Quick local stories | New and nostalgia songs | Jul-Aug 2019



In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (136):
Trinidad State Beach by hakkun, creative commons
Stashed cannabis farmer polaroids possibly from Humboldt’s mid-80s era become internet famous, HSU alum Alex Cappa’s new “Madden NFL” ratings, a reveal regarding the late and ex-Humboldtian creator of SpongeBob, despite a setback an Arcatan’s cannabis battle with feds continues, new murals coming to Eureka, Zac Efron makes a Humboldt-raised friend, a TIL (today I learned) that may incite a tisk-tisk from some Sara Bareilles fans, driving through Humboldt trees in 1900, Trinidad State Beach love, and much more.

Plus! Event picks, the attraction of the week, and HLW altRadio with new and nostalgia songs.

Humboldt Last Week is available at:

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Quick local stories | New and nostalgia songs | Late July 2019


In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (135):

(10:40): A young woman who attended classes at Humboldt State University used a 23andMe home DNA kit and discovered something shocking: Her birth mom used a donor egg to conceive her and never got around to mentioning it.

Last week this story was picked up nationally by the New York Post and even internationally via The Sun.

23-year-old Antonia Picardi, who studied zoology at HSU, reportedly became interested about the kits in Arcata during a genetics class. After discovering the identity of her biological mom via an app and throwing her phone to the floor in shock, Picardi has since met and befriended her.

Picardi’s birth mom never found the right time to tell her. The HSU grad’s father died when she was five, the teenage years were, well, teenage years, and then by the time college rolled around she was dealing with enough change.

“Adolescence is a very touchy time,” Picardi’s birth mom told the Weekly Calistogan. “I thought about it after high school, but then she was entering a whole new world. And there was never any medical reason to tell her.”

The story begins ten minutes and 40 seconds into this week’s episode of Humboldt Last Week.

Update (July 22): Antonia Picardi told Humboldt Last Week she was inspired to try 23andMe by HSU professor Mark Wilson -- one of her favorites.

“I absolutely loved being up there (in Humboldt),” Picardi said. Before moving to the Napa area, she spent her time here enjoying Humboldt's rivers, forests, and nightlife (besides studying of course).

“I definitely plan on visiting again sometime soon.”

Also in the latest episode: Anti-hate posters amass where a hate poster once was, logging protests continue near Rio Dell, with the military at his side this summer Sheriff Billy Honsal says half of Humboldt County homicides are related to illegal cannabis, another local is now bringing the pro MMA pain, a grandma helped disrupt a brutal robbery near Eureka, in LA handwriting experts will be allowed to testify in the high-profile murder trial of a former Trinidad resident, a man pleaded not guilty to using his skateboard for murder, a Eureka teen pleaded guilty in the stabbing death of another teen, Carson Mansion love, and much more.

Plus! Event picks, the attraction of the week, and HLW altRadio with new and nostalgia songs.

Humboldt Last Week is available at:

humboldtlastweek.com
kymkemp.com
99.1 KISS FM Mondays
northcoastjournal.com

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Quick local stories | New and nostalgia songs | Mid July 2019



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In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (134):
Tall Trees Grove, National Parks, creative commons
(10:41) An Arcata doctor accused of overprescribing opioids has been battling the state medical board to keep her license, garnering a significant amount of community support while raising concerns about California’s mandates for tapering opioids.

The Medical Board of California’s complaint against Dr. Connie Basch surrounds five Humboldt County patients that were taking high doses of opioids and anti-anxiety meds.

“Although she’d tapered them to lower doses, the complaint alleges the amounts are still excessive and the combination of drugs places the patients at risk of overdose and death,” reads a recent report by Pain News Network.

Dr. Basch claims none of those five patients died, overdosed, or were otherwise harmed by her tapering schedule.

“The California standard hasn’t caught up with what they’ve realized at the national level, that forcing tapers (on legacy patients) is not a constructive intervention,” she said in an interview with Humboldt Last Week. “...It should be individualized. I believe you have to persuade people to (taper) and then they do well.”

“(Those five patients) were stable,” she said at another point in the interview. “They were on ridiculously high doses but they had been for years from other prescribers ...I feel worried that the medical profession (in California) is making an error (regarding tapering policies) that I think many of us are seeing as harmful, but are afraid to speak up. We are so intimidated by authority.”

“A decrease of 10 percent of the original dose per week is a reasonable starting point,” reads a CDC pocket guide for tapering opioids. “Some patients who have taken opioids for a long time might find even slower tapers (e.g., 10 percent per month) easier.”

“No standard opioid tapering schedule exists that is suitable for all patients,” the FDA acknowledged in April.

Fighting the opioid epidemic is important but is the fight going too far when it comes to Dr. Basch?
Her interview begins 10 minutes and 41 seconds into this week’s episode (10:41). She explains why she believes California’s tapering guidelines are doing more harm that good, her approach when treating pain patients, and how she believes our state can make better progress battling the opioid epidemic.

The aforementioned investigation has been in progress for almost two years now while Dr. Basch has simultaneously been permitted to keep treating her over 1,400 patients. It’s unclear when she’ll find out if she can keep her medical license. Stay tuned with Humboldt Last Week for future developments.

You can read more about Dr. Basch and the Full Circle Center for Integrative Medicine via their website here.

Also in the latest episode: A teen’s family dragged him to the police station after finding out he recruited for a white supremicist hate group, by next summer Humboldt County’s District Attorney will consider over 1,000 pre-legalization cannabis convictions for dismissal, Reggae on the River gets a substitute event, learning more about Humboldt State’s new president, Sara Bareilles’ Grammy chances might have increased, military choppers, the internet wants Guy Fieri to be a Disney star, a Holocaust survivor wants his photos back, a local teen’s award-winning movie is now on Amazon Prime, Tall Trees Grove love, and much more.

Plus! Event picks, the attraction of the week, and HLW altRadio with new and nostalgia songs.

Humboldt Last Week is available at:
humboldtlastweek.com
kymkemp.com
99.1 KISS FM Mondays
and soon at northcoastjournal.com