Saturday, May 26, 2018

(Listen) ‘(‘Times) Ignored the Many Good Things Happening Here,’ EPD Chief Interviewed; Other Top Stories

Refresh yourself or catch up on local news with Humboldt Last Week. It begins with quick summaries and often finishes with an interview or longer story. Available where you get podcasts and downloadable for later listening.
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Humboldt Last Week, Episode 85
  • ‘(The New York Times) Ignored the Many Good Things Happening Here,’ EPD Chief Interviewed (4:40)
Eureka Police Chief Steve Watson talks about his city’s challenges and upsides, his view of the not-in-my-backyard mentality for intervention services, his ambitions for reducing crime rates, and how he assesses his department as he’s coming up on a year at the helm in July.
  • McKinley Statue Fate Might Be Up To Arcata Voters, Signatures Being Verified
  • Chef Guy Fieri Has News for Jimmy Fallon That Could Impact Humboldt Businesses
  • Humboldt High HIV Rates Cause State Intervention
  • KHSU Addresses Rumors After Firing of Longtime ‘Director
  • Beach Wheelchairs for Humboldt
  • Other Top Stories
Humboldt Last Week also includes additional crime updates, some attempts at humor, new music picks, Facebook giveaways, and more top stories.

Image of Chief Watson courtesy of his Twitter page

Saturday, May 19, 2018

(Listen) Angry Business Owner Has Nearby Cat Painting Scratched, Artist Interviewed; Other Top Stories

Refresh yourself or catch up on local news with Humboldt Last Week. It begins with quick summaries and often finishes with an interview or longer story. Available where you get podcasts and downloadable for later listening. 
  Episode partners: Cafe Nooner / Bongo Boy Studio / Humboldt Clothing Co.

Humboldt Last Week, Episode 84
  • Angry Business Owner Has Nearby Cat Painting Scratched, Artist Interviewed
(6:42) Samantha Moore has agreed to paint another utility box for the City of Eureka, perhaps this time adding some glitter. She chats about herself, her art, and the situation.
  • HSU Grad Alex Cappa Inks Over $3 Million Deal With Tampa Bay
  • Sometimes Local Gets Animal Planet Show
  • Lawyers Challenge 2017 County Cannabis Taxes as Netflix Films
  • State Cannabis Tax Revenue Numbers Released For Early 2018
  • Eureka Nixes Industrial Site Near Trail for Supervised Village, Site Just South Still Considered
  • Access Humboldt Wary of Growth of North Coast News Parent Company Sinclair
  • Local Athlete Wins First Professional Mixed Martial Arts Fight
  • Privately-Owned Dorm Complex For Around 700 HSU Students Contested
  • County Health to Update Supervisors on Support and Handling of Needle Exchange
  • High Schoolers Get Arcata to Draft Gun Storage Ordinance
  • Former Local on the Rise in the Film Industry
  • Other Top Stories
Humboldt Last Week also includes additional crime updates, some attempts at humor, new music picks, Facebook giveaways, and more top stories.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

(Listen) Assemblymember Jim Wood On Humboldt’s Opioid Woes, ‘Times Piece; Other Top Stories

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 partners: Humboldt Clothing Co. / Cafe Nooner / Bongo Boy Studio

Humboldt Last Week, Episode 83 (7:02): Last week the New York Times put out an article noting Humboldt County as the place hit worst by the opioid epidemic in all of California -- a place with an opioid death rate higher than five times the state average.

The article goes into the disturbing amount of heroin and meth use in Eureka, homelessness issues, the lack of affordable housing in the area, law enforcement challenges, and criticism about the amount of state funding doled out to combat these issues.

“We really are trying and it’s a challenge,” said Assemblymember Jim Wood, a dentist who sits on many health committees. “Because it’s not just about opioids. It’s about behavioral health, it’s about homelessness… we’re just not spending the money where we need to (on things like treatment and relapse prevention)..."

In an interview with HLW, Wood discusses what he and the state have been doing to combat Humboldt’s opioid issues, a startling local heroin statistic, his healthcare proposals including one that would cover young undocumented immigrants, and his respectful disagreement with Governor Jerry Brown about healthcare funding priorities.

Other stories covered in this episode:
  • Police Say Woman Died Protecting Friend, Memorial Fund Set Up
  • Pool Will Be a Part of New Family Entertainment Center, Says Bear River Rancheria (2:35)
  • Tourists Visiting Humboldt Said To Have Spent Record $448 Million In 2017
  • Zoo Gets Funding for Views From Up High in the Redwoods
  • New Cannabis Rules
  • Restaurateur Curly Tait Remembered: Band Manager, Friend of George Carlin and Others
  • (UPDATE: ReturnedLocal Almost Two Year Old Girl Missing With Father
  • County Employee Appearingly Thrown Under Metaphorical Bus Before Election
  • Daily Bees-Ness Troubles For Local Woman
  • Other Top Stories
Humboldt Last Week also includes additional crime updates, some attempts at humor, new music picks, Facebook giveaways, and more top stories. You can also listen and connect at humboldtlastweek.com.


HSU alum Alex Cappa inks over $3 million deal with Tampa Bay

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Humboldt State University graduate Alex Cappa has signed his first NFL contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

According to OverTheCap, the 6-6 305-pound offensive lineman with long hair signed a four year contract worth $3,368,704 which includes a $793,704 signing bonus.

"(Humboldt State is) a small school, I enjoyed it a lot,'' Cappa told the Tampa Bay Times who referred to him as the Bucs’ mane man. "It's in a small town, which is cool as a college football player. Everybody knows who you are. You get to meet all the locals, so I really enjoyed it over there.''

The Buccaneers traded with another team to secure Cappa as a selection in the third round of the NFL draft at the end of April. Picked 94th overall, he is the first Humboldt State player to be drafted into the league in the modern seven-round era.

According to a team writer, it’s possible that Cappa will compete for an early starting spot on the lineup at right guard, but his prospects look good at any position on the offensive line.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

(Listen) Special guest: Estelle Fennell, County Supervisor (Episode 82)

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 / Cafe Nooner
Some stories discussed with Humboldt County Supervisor Estelle Fennell (10:38):
Supervisor Fennell elected president of California Cannabis Authority
She delves into how she believes this role will help Humboldt and discusses legal recreational cannabis in its fifth month.
Young woman booked after ramming patrol vehicle with stolen car, cops say
“We’re not going back to a time where people like this young woman who clearly have problems are gonna be kicked into a jail system and come out worse,” she said after recently supporting a tough-on-crime initiative despite concerns from some about its potential impact on rehabilitation. “They’re still going to be dealing with a system that’s trying to help them…”
Trial delay confirmed for Kitchen as lawyer explores new defense angle
“It’s something has been the focus of a lot of people’s anger and also just feeling so distraught by such a horrible situation,” she said before further discussing the double-manslaughter case. “There’s a lot of empathy for the kids, a lot of empathy for the survivors who have to live with that day in and day out, and a call for for justice…”
Other stories covered in this episode:
  • Made-up group of positive hug-giving kids mentioned, then coincidentally appears
  • Bareilles makes list of top TV shows so far this year
  • HSU grad Hillenberg wins Emmy honor for ‘SpongeBob’
  • Mother says men didn’t get help while teenager died in hotel room
  • New TV show “Tree-SI”? Cops bust alleged drive by tree shooter
  • St. Joes to host six resident doctors next year, potentially 18 at a time in the future
  • Dramatic water rescues
  • Court process continues for ex cheerleading coach who denies sex offenses
  • Another HSU alum, running back, looking to earn spot with 49ers
  • Raising awareness about Humboldt’s deadly beaches
  • Man says transient, wanting more money than offered, stabbed his face in Arcata
  • STD spike
  • A utility box makes this writer hungry
  • Eureka looks to operate entirely on clean renewable energy by 2025
  • 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.
Estelle Fennell, from county website

Friday, May 4, 2018

(Listen) Made-up group of positive hug-giving kids mentioned, coincidentally appears

Episode partners: Cafe Nooner / Bongo Boy Studio

In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (1:30): This was a happy coincidence following an unfortunate story.

Perhaps recently you heard about a group of teenagers in Eureka that allegedly assaulted a couple and sent them to the hospital.

For juxtaposition in the April 28 episode of Humboldt Last Week an opposite group of kids was made up... An imaginary bunch going around offering free hugs and kindness.

Then coincidentally the next day a real group was spotted in Eureka in front of the courthouse with signs reading “free hugs,” “free smiles,” and “Humboldt is the best.”

That happy coincidence is worth a smile.


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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.