Sunday, February 25, 2018

[Listen] Humboldt’s cannabis connection with Europe, and legalization so far; Last week’s top stories

Humboldt Last Week is a way to hear highlights from Humboldt’s last week

Humboldt Last Week (12:12): The award-winning journalists at Balkan Insight recently looked into how Eastern Europeans are enticed in large numbers to come work on Humboldt cannabis farms, hearing sometimes exaggerated tales of the riches earned here.

“The doctors -- couldn’t we just get them to move here to work on that,” joked Redheaded Blackbelt journalist Kym Kemp in reference to Eastern European professionals moving to Humboldt for cannabis work. She was interviewed for the ‘Insight article.

In the podcast Kemp discusses the aforementioned article, the state of legal recreational cannabis in Humboldt so far, concerns from mom and pop growers regarding taxes and fees, law enforcement challenges, a controversial rezoning project involving a proposed hash lab along the Mad River, and the upsides to legalization so far.

The story begins at 12:12.

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A man is accused of murdering his sister in Hoopa, Netflix is shooting here, Arcata’s vanished mystery cabin pops up online again, Fern Canyon gets some love, HSU’s interim head football coach wants the official role, air travel news, two bodies found, crime updates, and more.

Public Domain photo of the Eel River, altered

Sunday, February 18, 2018

[Listen] Girl, backed by bikers, testifies against ‘spooky storyteller’; Last week’s top stories

Humboldt Last Week is a way to hear highlights from Humboldt’s last week


Humboldt Last Week (8:36): (Warning: Disturbing content) Following preliminary hearings, a judge determined he’d heard enough to send a “spooky storyteller” accused of child molestation to trial.

Suspect John Robert Beideman is known in the community for dressing up in a skeleton costume and telling ghost stories, calling himself “Carpathian.” He was also a clerk at the courthouse. According to the Lost Coast Outpost, a 17 year old girl detailed disturbing crimes she says were committed by him against her over three years from the age of 5.

Beideman is currently set to stand trial on five charges, with a trial date possibly being set next month. He remains at the county jail in Eureka.

At least 20 members of the international organization Bikers Against Child Abuse were in the courtroom audience to support the 17 year old. The local chapter’s president said they show up in situations such as this only when invited and stressed their mission to protect and empower abused children while following a number of protocols. He provided additional details about the Humboldt County chapter.

The story begins at 8:36.

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Cannabis farmers tell local officials taxes and fees are preventing them from success, an actor joins us in spreading the word about the disappearance of Hana Hammer, local schools will reportedly roll out sex trafficking education soon, the Wiyot Tribe supports removing the McKinley statue from the Arcata Plaza, a settlement formalizes recent changes in how child abuse and neglect cases are being handled, a major guinea pig problem in Eureka, and other top stories.

Creative Commons photo of motorcyclists, press photo of "Carpathian"
John Robert Beideman, booking photo

Sunday, February 11, 2018

[Listen] HSU grad, SpongeBob creator, given lifetime achievement award; Last week’s top stories

Humboldt Last Week is a way to hear highlights from Humboldt’s last week of news. It’s available on iTunes, SoundCloud, top podcast platforms, and at kymkemp.com

Episode partners: Massage Therapy by Arice Miranda / Masters of Hawaiian Music in Ferndale Feb. 25 / Bongo Boy Studio / Mazzotti’s

In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (11:12): Last week HSU graduate Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob Squarepants, was given a lifetime achievement award at the 45th annual Annie Awards in Southern California.

The ceremony honors overall excellence in animation and often helps predict Oscars awarded to animated flicks. Specifically, Hillenberg received a Winsor McCay Award which according to the award show’s website is in recognition of lifetime or career contributions.

“...Hillenberg, who was diagnosed with ALS this past year, was (in attendance) and received a standing ovation,” wrote The Hollywood Reporter. “Tom Kenny, who is the voice actor for SpongeBob, made the stage presentation and accepted the award...”

The 56 year old graduated from HSU in 1984 and went on to create the aforementioned multiple billion dollar franchise. Among other generous efforts his foundation United Plankton helped fund renovations to the HSU Marine Lab.

The story begins at 11:12.

Also covered

Win tickets to see Afroman in Blue Lake Feb. 15, Lonely Planet selects Humboldt as the most compelling vacation destination of 2018, Humboldt also has the highest rate of found people in the state, a celebrity TV host gets involved in local politics, sitting ducks, crime updates, and other top stories from last week.

Stephen Hillenberg, by Carlos Burgos, Wikipedia Commons



Sunday, February 4, 2018

[Listen] Late HSU student, theater standout, awarded posthumous degree with honors; Last week’s top stories

Humboldt Last Week is a way to hear highlights from Humboldt’s last week a news. It’s available on iTunes, SoundCloud, top podcast platforms, and at kymkemp.com

In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (11:43): It’s not easy talking about Erin Henry but it’s important -- she was the HSU student just about to graduate with a theater degree who police determined ended her own life.

According to a Lumberjack article that was posted last week, the university awarded her with a posthumous degree with honors. Henry’s advisor is quoted as saying she’s never met anyone more kind, thoughtful, and considerate. The type of positive, talented person who doesn’t come along every day. And she doesn’t think think anyone will ever know what happened.

Henry was reportedly adopted when she was two months old and grew up in Wyoming before moving here. She volunteered caring for seniors, she dreamed of working to end human trafficking, and while at HSU she had roles in “Young Frankenstein” and “Julius Caesar.”

Back in December her body was found south of Trinidad after it seemed like the entire county was looking for her for over a week.

Previously Henry’s family partially wrote this in a letter to the community shared by the Times Standard and other media outlets: “We would also like to encourage others suffering from depression, or related ailments, to seek help. Please help to eliminate any stigma associated with needing medication or treatment in order to function as a happy, healthy human being.”

The story begins at 11:43.

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An alleged serial killer awaiting an unrelated trial is possibly linked to one of Humboldt’s missing, the “missing woman” starring on a show with millions of viewers, Humboldt is enticing if you know how to do it right, a Supervisor’s private flight to Sacramento is questioned,  crime updates, and other top stories from last week.


Courtesy of the “In Loving Memory Of Erin Henry” Facebook page

Saturday, February 3, 2018

[Listen] Alleged serial killer, awaiting unrelated trial, possibly linked to one of Humboldt’s missing; Last week’s top stories

Humboldt Last Week is a way to hear highlights from Humboldt’s last week a news. It’s available on iTunes, SoundCloud, top podcast platforms, and at kymkemp.com
 Episode partners: Masters of Hawaiian Music in Ferndale Feb. 25 / Bongo Boy Studio / Mazzotti’s / Primal Decor

In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (2:52): While the largest media outlets in the country have been pointing to a North Coast Journal article that resulted in locating at least two people listed as “missing” in Humboldt, that’s not the only aspect of the story that has received international attention in recent memory. Just a few years ago the 1997 missing persons case of Karen Mitchell was highlighted by The Guardian and others, with Mitchell’s mom pointing out she thinks there’s a 50-50 chance infamous alleged serial killer Robert Durst is responsible.

Durst was living in Trinidad at the time. The wealthy man reportedly had a reputation for enjoying the company of transients and frequented a shelter where Karen Mitchell volunteered.

Right now Durst is awaiting trial in Southern California for another alleged murder, a separate case. His story gained an even larger audience after the release of the gripping 2015 HBO documentary series “The Jinx.”

Thirty-three people remain missing in Humboldt. We apparently have the highest per-capita rate of missing persons reports in the state. Those missing disappeared from 1977 to just back in November.

The first “missing person” rang up ‘Journal reporter Linda Stansberry saying he’s a regular reader -- he didn’t know his siblings had reported him missing and they got in touch. The second, as a reader pointed out, is a short-haired brunette currently starring on the ABC show “The Bachelor."

The story begins at 2:52.

Also covered

A late HSU student and theater standout was awarded a posthumous degree with honors, Humboldt is enticing if you know how to do it right, a Supervisor’s private flight to Sacramento is questioned, crime updates, and other top stories from last week.

Robert Durst, booking photo