Sunday, October 28, 2018

[Audio] Brought to you in part by ADHD; Last week’s top stories

Humboldt Last Week features quick local stories and typically ends with a longer one. Downloadable and on podcast networks for later listening.

In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week

As a kid I took a stimulating medication for a few years after being diagnosed with ADHD. You probably know that stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder because it’s such a common deal. They used to call it “ADD.” People close to it know it’s not just a kid thing; Adults have it too.

These damn smartphones can’t be helping our attention spans either. Hold on, I see something interesting online.

Back now.

Even if you’ve never had the diagnosis I bet our smartphone society sometimes has you joining me in some of these symptoms -- a short attention span, social awkwardness, forgetfulness, multitasking when you should be focusing on one thing, sleeplessness, low self esteem, all that jazz.

There’s help. Lifehack.org has a nice list with suggestions to improve our attention spans. Exercise, hydrate, prioritize, limit distractions, do one thing at a time, take small steps, re-focus on the task at hand. Music and meditation can be helpful. Another tip I’ve seen is to take the time to read longer stories.

Following a customized list with some of those things can help us function to the best of our abilities. It’s better than scary medications if you can avoid ‘em. We’ve got responsibilities. We’ve gotta be on top of our game.

Then if we have a list that works a short attention span is no scapegoat for mistakes. If our mistakes are attention-span related we can remind ourselves to be better about following the list If we mess up while following the list maybe there’s something bigger that needs our attention.

I’m aware of people that think my old ADHD diagnosis is part of a problem with overdiagnosis or a certain coddling by society. Let me be real with you, my brain is not easy to be attached to at times. It gives me headaches, it makes me daydream when I shouldn’t, it impacts my ability to be a good friend, it’s gotten me into trouble.

On the upside ADHD eventually pushed me toward personal discipline. There’s the great detail I can give to activities I find interesting. There’s the physical benefits of more activity. Plus with ADHD I have the now-funny childhood stories of sawing furniture with a butterknife the first time my stepmom watched me or attempting to trip my grandma down the stairs to “see how far she’d fall.” Yikes, right?

Honestly most of the local news stories I cover for Humboldt Last Week take me a lot of effort to fully grasp. I wish I could just read an article and quickly report the main facts back to you but in reality I have paste information into a document and do multiple rewrites in my own words. After that I analyze those notes to decide if they’re valuable enough to broadcast. I make mistakes. Earlier in my 20s I lucked out practicing that process a lot working as a radio host full time. I got quicker. I enjoy knowing what’s going on around me so it’s a process I fell in love with.

That’s why this show features “quick local stories.” It’s what’s best suited for my brain. That said, reading quality in-depth news reporting is the medicine that makes it possible.

I’m lucky to have a list and program that helps me overcome the majority of those symptoms I mentioned. Not everyone with an obstacle is dealing with something that’s manageable and a lot of the struggles people deal with aren’t viewable from the surface. I’m seeing a lot of efforts to raise awareness about the inner struggles our neighbors could be dealing with. Plus I’m seeing more people taking their mental and physical health seriously. Let’s keep that up.

Other stories in Episode 103

A homicide in the thick of Arcata’s nightlife, a hash lab explosion near a school, PBS gets in on the Kinetic Grand Championship, the possibility of a sanctuary county status is debated, Humboldt-raised star Sara Bareilles released a new song, a notorious former resident is headed trial for murder again, and much more.

Humboldt Last Week also has some lightheartedness, new music picks, and event suggestions. On the radio throughout the day on 99.1 KISS FM Mondays.

Episode partners: Bongo Boy Studio - Tuyas Mexican Restaurant


Sunday, October 21, 2018

Local case may help push Trump to legalize medical pot nationally; Last week’s top stories

Humboldt Last Week includes quick local stories and typically ends with an interview or longer feature. Downloadable and on podcast networks for later listening.

In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (5:48)

A chat with Eureka lawyer Fred Fletcher, who’s repping Humboldt local Emma Nation in a case that may’ve partially prompted stories like this one from Fox Business: “White House to unveil federal cannabis reform 'very soon,' says GOP lawmaker.”

Nation believes when the FDA approved a cannabis-derived medication the feds acknowledged marijuana has medical value and her eviction related to the plant was unlawful.

The feds are scheduled to answer the lawsuit on December 19.

Other stories in Episode 102

McKinley statue meddling ahead of a big vote in Arcata, Humboldt now has a comedy club in Eureka thanks to Savage Henry, a proposed wind farm viewable from Rio Dell could be huge economic boost, some name proposals for on-site cannabis consumption shops in Eureka, in Lawson homicide coverage KQED interviewed an ex-local who says she was attacked and called the N-word on the bus here, stunning mountain lion shots, a proposed wind energy farm on the ocean here made the New York Times, and much more.


Humboldt Last Week also includes additional crime updates, some lightheartedness, new music picks, event suggestions, more top stories, and social media giveaways. It additionally airs throughout the day Mondays on 99.1 KISS FM.

Episode partners: Bongo Boy Studio - Tuyas Mexican Restaurant - Laurie Lewis in Ferndale Oct. 27 - Cafe Nooner


Sunday, October 14, 2018

Humboldt political chairs appeal to listeners for votes; Last week’s top stories

Humboldt Last Week includes quick local stories and typically ends with an interview or longer feature. Downloadable and on podcast networks for later listening.
In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (Starts at 6:00)

The chairs representing local Democrats and Republicans were each given a minute to reel voters in. Democrat Bob Service and Republican John Schutt are featured guests.

Other stories in Episode 101

A new airport destination, a year of weed raids, Guy Fieri makes cannabis comments, a notorious former Trinidad resident is accused of murdering dogs, a monster pumpkin, and much more.

Humboldt Last Week also includes additional crime updates, some lightheartedness, new music picks, event suggestions, more top stories, and social media giveaways. It additionally airs throughout the day Mondays on 99.1 KISS FM.

Episode partners: Cafe Nooner - Molly Tuttle in Ferndale Oct. 14 - Bongo Boy Studio - Tuyas Mexican Restaurant - Keola and Moanalani Beamer with Jeff Peterson in Ferndale Oct. 20


Monday, October 8, 2018

[Audio] HSU Prez To Exit, Clown Will Scare And Spoil, Viral Arrest Charges, Last Week Of News

Humboldt Last Week includes quick local stories and typically ends with an interview or longer feature. Downloadable and on podcast networks for later listening.

In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week

The forthcoming exit of HSU’s President spawns mention of some top headlines during her tenure, a woman will dress up as a sinister clown to scare and spoil local targets, and the suspect in a viral Arcata arrest is hoping the public won’t be alarmed she’s been charged.

Also in Episode 100

Some widespread attention on the unsolved killing of HSU student DJ Lawson, a local teacher won a national award, Humboldt Sports has a little hope for a possible return of HSU football, an alleged criminal comes out of the closet, the Friendly City is still not friends with cannabis, Ar...cat...a, fundraising for a memorial skatepark, Sacramento is likely embarrassed by two alleged criminals, Eureka will likely approve on-site cannabis consumption, sanctuary county costs make the news, Betty Chinn is a CNN hero, and more.

Humboldt Last Week also includes additional crime updates, some silliness, new music picks, event suggestions, more top stories, and social media giveaways. It additionally airs throughout the day Mondays on 99.1 KISS FM.

Episode partners: Popovich Comedy Pet Theater - Tuyas Mexican Restaurant - Cafe Nooner - Molly Tuttle in Ferndale Oct. 14 - Bongo Boy Studio


Sunday, October 7, 2018

[Audio] Sinister Clown Will Scare, Spoil Local Targets, Last Week Of News

Humboldt Last Week includes quick local stories and typically ends with an interview or longer feature. Downloadable and on podcast networks for later listening.
In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (7:57)

Irene Caudill may not have much professional experience scaring others but she says raising four kids is “scary enough.” For Halloween this month the McKinleyville resident will dress up as a sinister clown in order to scare and spoil local targets while an assistant films.

“We’re just a family that loves to have fun and with my mom and aunt having cancer I'm trying to be able to be home with them and the kids and make sure my family has everything they need,” she said.

For $80 Caudill will conduct the scare, give out a dozen donuts and a red balloon, and then provide a video of the good-natured horror. Her contact information is here.

Also in Episode 100

The forthcoming exit of HSU’s President spawns mention of some top headlines during her tenure, the suspect in a viral Arcata arrest is hoping the public won’t be alarmed she’s been charged, some widespread attention on the unsolved killing of HSU student DJ Lawson, a local teacher won a national award, Humboldt Sports has a little hope for a possible return of HSU football, an alleged criminal comes out of the closet, the Friendly City is still not friends with cannabis, Ar...cat...a, fundraising for a memorial skatepark, Sacramento is likely embarrassed by two alleged criminals, Eureka will likely approve on-site cannabis consumption, sanctuary county costs make the news, Betty Chinn is a CNN hero, and more.

Humboldt Last Week also includes additional crime updates, some silliness, new music picks, event suggestions, more top stories, and social media giveaways. It additionally airs throughout the day Mondays on 99.1 KISS FM.

Episode partners: Popovich Comedy Pet Theater - Tuyas Mexican Restaurant - Cafe Nooner - Molly Tuttle in Ferndale Oct. 14 - Bongo Boy Studio


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

(Listen) Local Grow Raid Spawns Mention Of Statewide Black Market Analysis, Last Week Of News

Humboldt Last Week includes quick local stories and typically ends with an interview or longer feature. Downloadable and on podcast networks for later listening. Also available on 99.1 KISS FM Mondays.

Humboldt Last Week, Episode 99
  • Grow Bust Spawns Mention Of Statewide Black Market Analysis
Big cannabis raid in SoHum last week -- officers say the grow was unpermitted and environmentally bad. Almost 5,000 plants. Looking at this, Marijuana Business Daily wrote California has a thriving black market, pointing to a recent survey suggesting about 1 in 5 marijuana consumers buy from the black market. Wonder what the black market percentages are here in Humboldt...
  • Fortuna Getting Paul’s Live From New York Pizza Location
  • Humboldt Ice Rink Moving From Fortuna To Ferndale
  • Mike Huckabee Says Ferndale Is His Kinda Town
  • Winnebago Bay No No
  • Liquor Licenses For Two Arcata Plaza Bars In Jeopardy At Hearings
  • More Proposed Low Income Housing
  • Community Meets Regarding Proposed Coastal Trinidad Hotel
  • Mega Trail Moving Forward
  • Other Top Stories
Humboldt Last Week also includes additional crime updates, some silliness, new music picks, event suggestions, more top stories, and social media giveaways.


Image: Humboldt County Drug Enforcement Unit