Saturday, April 28, 2018

[Listen] Humboldt Last Week (Episode 81)

Humboldt Last Week is a hopefully enjoyable new way to catch up on some local news. Available where you get podcasts and downloadable for later listening. When you click play it may take a few seconds to start.
Episode partners: Cafe Nooner / Bongo Boy Studio

Some stories covered in this episode?

- HSU alum Alex Cappa selected by Tampa Bay in NFL draft
- David Josiah Lawson murder case: Bold blood test allegations and denials
- Marci Kitchen’s lawyer reportedly may request another delay
- Man reportedly shot in head, run over by own vehicle, before being hit by semi
- St. Joseph Health sued over alleged iffy business practices
- HSU won’t raise tuition next year
- Partnership enticing cruise ships to Eureka, one already on the way
- ‘Sweet’ dog with tags shot for no apparent reason in Eureka
- Local school comes out on top after burglary
- Couple allegedly assaulted by young hooligans in Eureka
- HSU responds to criticism from Eureka NAACP
- Eight year old girl loses life to ocean near Big Lagoon
- Other top stories from last week

Humboldt Last Week also includes additional crime updates, some attempts at humor, new music samples, Facebook giveaways, and more top stories.



Saturday, April 21, 2018

[Listen] Humboldt Last Week (Episode 80)

Humboldt Last Week is a hopefully enjoyable new way to catch up on some local news. Available where you get podcasts and downloadable for later listening. When you click play it may take a few seconds to start.
Episode partners: Cafe Nooner / Bongo Boy Studio

Some stories covered in this episode?
  • Local driver recalls killer Robert Durst just before alleged murder trip, hearings begin (9:23)
  • Mother of slain HSU student files $0.5 million claim against Arcata
  • Controversial hash lab between Arcata and Blue Lake not happening
  • Two Arcata bars potentially in hot water over alleged drug sales
  • Cannabis shop opens at Humboldt’s southern gateway
  • Opioid treatment center retreats after community concerns, eyeing other local spots
  • Questions follow young Serbian woman’s death in Fortuna
  • ICE detains local farmer, says activist group
  • A former local is co-hosting the Tony Awards
  • Former local makes rock magazine’s list of top replacement singers of all time
  • HSU alum visits 49ers, other NFL teams, set to be drafted this week
  • Gold-toothed jerk waves gun around in Winco parking lot
  • Win tickets to see The Crystal Method on April 28 at the Mateel
Humboldt Last Week also includes additional crime updates, some attempts at humor, new music samples, Facebook giveaways, and other top stories.



[Listen] Local driver recalls killer Robert Durst just before alleged murder trip, hearings begin (in Episode 80)

Humboldt Last Week is a hopefully enjoyable new way to catch up on some local news. Available where you get podcasts and downloadable for later listening. When you click play it may take a few seconds to start.

Episode partners: Cafe Nooner / Bongo Boy Studio

Humboldt Last Week (9:23): Former Humboldt resident and alleged serial killer Robert Durst was in court in Southern California last week for a preliminary hearing to see if he’ll stand trial for the 2000 murder of his friend Susan Berman.

“...Lousy tipper, though...” said Door-to-Door Airporter Shuttle Service owner Russ Vitalie, who back in the day repeatedly gave Durst rides around Humboldt including one days before the alleged murder of Berman.

The 75 year old multi-millionaire and real estate scion has also been suspected of murdering his wife in New York in the 1980s. In the early 2000s he admitted to killing and dismembering a man in Texas before going on the run, but was later acquitted of murder in that case after pleading self-defense.

Prosecutors believe Durst’s motive was to prevent Berman from airing his dirty laundry. In hearings last week a jail call was played with Durst saying he regretted participating in the gripping HBO documentary series “The Jinx.” In the final episode of the show, when he thought his mic was off, he can be heard saying “...killed them all, of course.” Durst has pleaded not guilty and has argued the statements he made on the show should be thrown out because he was on drugs.

In the podcast you can hear more from Vitalie regarding his interactions with Durst and more background on how Durst spent his time in Humboldt.

The story begins at 9.23.

Also covered - Controversial hash lab between Arcata and Blue Lake not happening - Cannabis shop opens at Humboldt’s southern gateway - Two Arcata bars potentially in hot water over alleged drug sales - Opioid treatment center retreats after community concerns, eyeing other local spots - Mother of slain HSU student files $0.5 million claim against Arcata - Questions follow young Serbian woman’s death in Fortuna - ICE detains local farmer, says activist group - A former local is co-hosting the Tony Awards - Former local makes rock magazine’s list of top replacement singers of all time - HSU alum visits 49ers, other NFL teams, set to be drafted this week - Gold-toothed jerk waves gun around in Winco parking lot - Win tickets to see The Crystal Method on April 28 at the Mateel Humboldt Last Week also includes additional crime updates, some attempts at humor, new music samples, Facebook giveaways, and other top stories.


Robert Durst, courtesy of HBO

Saturday, April 14, 2018

[Listen] Humboldt Last Week (Episode 79)

Humboldt Last Week is a hopefully enjoyable new way to catch up on some local news. Available where you get podcasts and downloadable for later listening.

Episode partner: Bongo Boy Studio

Some stories covered in this episode?

- Arcata City Councilmember Paul Pitino discusses police chief’s resignation, Lawson case, McKinley statue, and his priorities for Arcata
- In-N-Out Burger addresses rumors of Humboldt location
- Elderly woman, alleged retirement-home meth peddler, turns heads
- Marci Kitchen, accused drunken child killer, on schedule for trial
- Guy Fieri is working on movie theater restaurants overseas
- Pro runner does Lost Coast in record time
- Hoax out of Eastern Europe alarms local schools
- Rescuer saves kittens tossed from moving truck in grocery bag
- Alleged gang murderers, including father and son, headed to trial

Humboldt Last Week also includes additional crime updates, some attempts at humor, new music samples, Facebook giveaways, and other top stories.


Friday, April 13, 2018

[Listen] In-N-Out Burger addresses rumors of Humboldt location (In Episode 79)

Humboldt Last Week is a way to hear highlights from Humboldt’s last week. Also available to download for later listening. When you click play it may take a few seconds to start.
Episode partners: Bongo Boy Studio

Humboldt Last Week (9:20): So how about those rumors of an In-N-Out Burger location in Humboldt?

“...We do believe that Eureka is a great area and we do hope to be there in the future...” said In-N-Out’s VP of Development Carl Arena.

In the podcast you can hear the full statement. Nothing is set in stone, but there is hope.

The story begins at 9:20.

Also covered

- Arcata City Councilmember Paul Pitino discusses police chief’s resignation, Lawson case, McKinley statue, and his priorities for Arcata (10:28)
- Elderly woman, alleged retirement home meth peddler, turns heads in court
- Marci Kitchen, accused drunken child killer, on schedule for trial
- Guy Fieri is working on movie theater restaurants overseas
- Pro runner does Lost Coast in record time
- Hoax out of Eastern Europe alarms local schools
- Rescuer saves kittens tossed from moving truck in grocery bag
- Alleged gang murderers, including father and son, headed to trial

Humboldt Last Week also includes additional crime updates, some attempts at humor, new music samples, Facebook giveaways, and other top stories.


In-N-Out, Wikipedia Commons, pointnshoot from Oakland

[Listen] Arcata Councilmember discusses recent news matters (in Episode 79)

Humboldt Last Week is a hopefully enjoyable new way to catch up on some local news. Available where you get podcasts and downloadable for later listening. When you click play it may take a few seconds to start.

Episode partners: Bongo Boy Studio

Humboldt Last Week (10:27): Fresh after returning from a racial equity training at the University of Southern California, Arcata City Councilmember Paul Pitino guested on the program to talk about some of his city’s news matters.

“(When I was a little kid my mother) said to me ‘look, nobody is better than you.’ And I said ‘really?’ And she said ‘yeah, but remember, you’re no better than anyone else’,” he explained about his belief that nobody should have a statue. Sentiments he also recently shared with Fox News when discussing the contested McKinley statue on the plaza.

In the interview Pitino also answers questions about the unexpected resignation of Police Chief Tom Chapman, the year-old unsolved murder of David Josiah Lawson, and his desires for the city moving forward.

The interview begins at 10:27.

Also covered

- In-N-Out Burger addresses rumors of Humboldt location
- Elderly woman, alleged retirement home meth peddler, turns heads in court
- Marci Kitchen, accused drunken child killer, on schedule for trial
- Guy Fieri is working on movie theater restaurants overseas
- Pro runner does Lost Coast in record time
- Hoax out of Eastern Europe alarms local schools
- Rescuer saves kittens tossed from moving truck in grocery bag
- Alleged gang murderers, including father and son, headed to trial

Humboldt Last Week also includes additional crime updates, some attempts at humor, new music samples, Facebook giveaways, and other top stories.


Arcata Plaza, Wikipedia Commons, by Jss3255
Paul Pitino, Arcata City Council

Saturday, April 7, 2018

[Listen] ‘Reducing Crime’ initiative supported by ‘Supervisors; 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


With what many call the “revolving door” at the jail comes majority support from the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors for an initiative called the “Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act.”

“Serial property theft would mean a year in jail rather than probation -- that’s a big one,” said Lost Coast Outpost reporter Ryan Burns.


The measure which is still in the signature gathering phase aims to reduce early release numbers for violent prisoners, make serial theft a felony, increase penalties for parole violations, and allow DNA collection in more cases among other things. It sounds great on paper if you’re not a criminal.


In an unexpected turn of events at a ‘Supervisors meeting last week retiring Chief Probation Officer Bill Damiano broke with many of his law enforcement peers as a skeptic of the initiative saying it could bog down already overcrowded jails and take money away from rehabbing the 95 percent of inmates that will inevitably be released. Damiano believes the good the initiative does can be achieved in other ways.

In the program, Lost Coast Outpost reporter Ryan Burns is interviewed about his coverage on the meeting and the nuances of the perspectives shared.

The interview begins at 11:42.

Also covered

The loss of a local radio superstar, the McKinley statue gets us national coverage, an NFL-bound HSU alum reaches an internet milestone, a local MMA fighter goes pro, Sara Bareilles gets outstanding critical reviews for a live performance on NBC, Fortuna has a new interim City Manager, a North Coast News employee anonymously told KMUD they’re refusing to run Sinclair promos in response to a viral video, drug issues, crime updates, and more.

Facing 'Supervisors, retiring Chief Probation Officer Bill Damiano and Sheriff Billy Honsal share different views on the initiative. Photo: Ryan Burns


Monday, April 2, 2018

[Listen] Grammy-nominated drummer from Humboldt on new LP with Faith No More producer; 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


A rock drummer from Humboldt with a few Grammy nominations is all set to release a new album with his Hoobastank bandmates on May 25 -- their first LP in around six years. The forthcoming album “Push Pull” is produced by Matt Wallace, known for his work with another Humboldt-tied act: Faith No More.

“The significance of Matt had more to do with the fact that he worked with Faith No More, regardless of where (some of their members) came from,” Hesse said.

In the podcast Hesse discusses the upcoming new album saying it’s unlike anything they’ve ever done before.

The story begins at 6:54.

Hesse was born in Willow Creek and graduated from high school in Arcata. He’s been a member of Hoobastank since they started up in the mid-1990s.

Also covered

Why some of us care about who Humboldt-raised superstar Sara Bareilles is dating, 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.

Chris Hesse, submitted