Saturday, March 31, 2018

[Listen] Why some of us care about who Sara Bareilles is dating; Last week’s top stories

Humboldt Last Week is a way to hear highlights from Humboldt’s last week. Also available to download for later listening


Why do some of us care about who Humboldt-raised superstar Sara Bareilles is dating? Sure, she has a massive list of more noteworthy creative achievements, but last week some of the millions of readers of Elite Daily were drawn to a story with the headline: “Who is Sara Bareilles' boyfriend? The pair have an adorable story.”

As curiosity struck this apparently shameless writer and he clicked in, we wondered why he and others are drawn to this kind of information about people they’d likely never meet.

“... a psychoanalyst in the tradition of Sigmund Freud might say we see ourselves or someone important to us reflected in the lives of strangers...” said Humboldt State University Psychology Lecturer Kevin Matlock.

In the podcast more of Matlock’s thoughts are shared, and yeah, listeners can hear the juicy-to-some info about Bareilles that probably has no tangible impact on our lives.

The story begins at 9:24.

Also covered

A Grammy-nominated rock drummer from Humboldt discusses his band's next album with a Faith No More producer, a Mexican national accused of shooting a cop near Ferndale gets a preliminary hearing date, a fugitive murder suspects allegedly shady acquaintances, Fortuna’s City Manager pleads guilty in relation to his second drunk driving arrest in a year and a half, some tax leniency for cannabis farmers, a politician says no to cannabis because Garberville, crime updates, and more.


Sara Bareilles, photo by Amw9991, Wikipedia Commons

Sunday, March 25, 2018

[Listen] Guy Fieri admired again for officiating gay weddings in honor of late sister; Last week’s top stories

Humboldt Last Week is a way to hear highlights from Humboldt’s last week. Also available to download for later listening.
Episode partners: Eel River Hydroponics / Bongo Boy Studio / Ferndale Museum Movie Night

Humboldt Last Week: Humboldt’s celebrity chef from Ferndale went viral on the internet once again last week, garnering over 31,000 upvotes on the social site Reddit.

“(Today I learned) Guy Fieri officiates gay wedding ceremonies to honor his late sister,” reads the link to a USA Today article from a few years ago discussing Fieri’s role in 101 weddings in one weekend in honor of his late sibling who was a lesbian.

We were unable to confirm one commenter’s suspicion that Fieri says “welcome to Flavortown" instead of "you may now kiss the bride” to conclude his ceremonies.

Also covered

The high-profile arrest of Ray Christie for animal cruelty, another Sara Bareilles update, High Times taking on Reggae on the River, the former Eureka K-Mart building is no longer an option for County offices, win tickets to see Wyclef Jean at the Mateel March 28, Arcata moves forward with their McKinley statue removal after a hiccup, a student protest at HSU over cuts, Jon Goldberg is convicted of second-degree murder, crime updates, and more.

Guy Fieri, Wikipedia Commons, U.S. Navy

Saturday, March 17, 2018

[Listen] New efforts underway for community pool in Fortuna; Last week’s top stories

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

Humboldt Last Week (11:56): Efforts are currently underway looking into the possibility of building a community pool in Fortuna, potentially at the site of an upcoming community center off Newburg Road.

According to the Times Standard, the McLean Foundation set aside a spot in the new complex for a pool so long as the community builds and runs it.

“Community pools have many proven benefits,” says the narrator in this video produced by Fortuna High School students. “...Improving wellness and longevity for the local population, recreation and sports opportunities for youth, health and fitness opportunities for seniors, decreasing drowning risks, contributing to the local economy, and more.”

A fundraising campaign is now active as a committee is looking to fund a feasibility study determining whether or not the Eel River Valley wants a community pool, how many people will use it, how big it should be, operational costs, and other important questions.

Also according to this release from the City of Fortuna, they’re looking for people to sit on a board that could potentially evaluate the answers to those questions.

This writer is a huge fan of the idea, especially if there’s a fun kids section that his daughter can play in.

The story begins at 11:56.

Also covered

Sara Bareilles is likely getting involved in an “Alice in Wonderland” musical, suspects plead guilty to manslaughter and other charges in a hash lab explosion in Rio Dell, a wrongful death claim in Arcata, our neighbors up north say no to commercial cannabis, hundreds of Humboldt students participated in events hoping for less gun violence, Leafly lists the best places to “blaze up” (or just visit) in Humboldt, crime updates, and other top stories from last week.

Indoor pool, Creative Commons, Battle Creek CVB


Monday, March 12, 2018

[Listen] Sara Bareilles to be honored by Songwriters Hall of Fame; Last week’s top stories

Humboldt Last Week is a way to hear highlights from Humboldt’s last week
Episode partners: Eel River Hydroponics / Bongo Boy Studio / Los Bagels / Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas in Ferndale

Humboldt Last Week (7:20): This coming June, Humboldt-raised musician and actress Sara Bareilles will be receiving the Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award for 2018.

According to a press release the award is given to “gifted young songwriters who are making a significant impact in the music industry via their original songs.” Previous winners of the honor include Ed Sheeran, Nate Ruess of the band Fun, and Dan Reynolds of the band Imagine Dragons.

“I am so very moved by this,” Bareilles wrote on Instagram. “One of the very first professional folks I shared my music with listened to my CD and told me I was just a voice, not a songwriter. I was crushed at first but more importantly, ultimately dismissive of his opinion of me. To this day, the thing I care the most about is creating songs that speak to the vulnerabilities of the human condition, and hopefully comfort some folks along the way. It is the honor of a lifetime to be acknowledged for my voice as a writer, for it is the voice I am the most proud of. Thank you for this. I am beyond grateful.”

“From her self-described 'piano-based pop soul' sound to her tremendous success with her long-running Broadway show ‘Waitress,’ Sara has been a pioneer, forging new ground as a singer-songwriter with every step in her career,” says the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Other honorees at the upcoming awards ceremony in June include Mariah Carey, Tracy Chapman, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits and John Mellencamp.

In 2016, Bareilles -- the six-time Grammy nominee -- got a Tony nomination for music she made for “Waitress."

On April 1, Bareilles will star in a live production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” on NBC.

The story begins at 7:20.

Also covered

A Eureka City Council member and candidate share different views on a new needle ordinance, Ferndale gets kudos, a wild story involving a bounty hunter, the upcoming jail expansion, thieves steal from kids, crab fishers rescued a deer from drowning, Arcata voters might weigh in on the McKinley statue, Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” hits theaters, free tuition for first-time college students at CR, crime updates, and other top stories from last week.

Sara Bareilles, Creative Commons by Lunchbox LP


Sunday, March 11, 2018

[Listen] Eureka councilmember, candidate, share different views on needle ordinance; Last week’s top stories

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

Humboldt Last Week (12:47): Needle litter sucks. Addiction sucks. The spread of disease from dirty needles sucks. Aiming to keep all of that in mind, last week the Eureka City Council passed an ordinance that applies to organizations that provide needs-based needle exchange within city limits. The ordinance mostly applies to the non-profit HACHR.

The ordinance requires exchange organizations to keep records on the number of needles given out and received, encourage drug users to seek treatment, and do weekly community cleanups. Check out the North Coast Journal’s good coverage on the council meeting here.

In the podcast, Eureka City Council Member Austin Allison and Eureka City Council candidate John Fullerton share different views on the ordinance.

In short, Allison supports the new ordinance but would prefer amendments, for one something that provides incentive for higher needle return rates. Fullerton draws from family experience in his cautious support for needle exchange, but not as it is currently implemented in Eureka -- he only supports a one-for-one exchange.

The story begins at 12:47.

Also covered

Sara Bareilles is getting a huge honor, Ferndale gets kudos, a wild story involving a bounty hunter, the upcoming jail expansion, thieves steal from kids, crab fishers rescued a deer from drowning, Arcata voters might weigh in on the McKinley statue, Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” hits theaters, free tuition for first-time college students at CR, crime updates, and other top stories from last week.

Creative Commons, by dgbb1979


Sunday, March 4, 2018

[Listen] Jury considering fate of man accused of murdering wife’s boyfriend; Last week’s top stories

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

Humboldt Last Week (9:04): (Warning: Graphic content) A jury trial began for a man accused of murdering a man he once believed was a friend, but was reportedly found to be involved in an intimate relationship with his wife.

Tim Smith, a volunteer firefighter and beloved member of the community, was shot multiple times and died in front of his Fortuna home in September of 2016.

Defense attorneys for suspect Jon Goldberg say he tragically shot Smith in self-defense in a moment of fear and confusion. Prosecutors say Goldberg drove over 30 miles with a loaded weapon to commit cold-blooded first-degree murder.

In the podcast, Lost Coast Outpost reporter Rhonda Parker discusses her coverage and the trial so far.

The story begins at 9:04.

Also covered

Humboldt is getting a doctor residency program as early as this summer, Eureka’s potential amendment to policy on needle exchange, Marci Kitchen’s lawyers dropped her as a client, a big win for the Yurok Tribe, Fortuna settles a wrongful death lawsuit, HSU alum Alex Cappa continues to thrill at the NFL scouting combine, crime updates, and more.

Suspect Jon Goldberg and victim Tim Smith