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Rio Dell, Arcata & Eureka Youth Protection Act(s), Arcata Endeavor – March 6, 2008

Rio Dell. Without getting into the jokes and plays on words (many of which the residents themselves are fond of telling), that’s a community that needs something.

A lot, actually – more business investment, fewer vacant lots downtown, some recognition for its natural assets. But it has a a lot, too.


Maybe what it needs most is an image, an identity other than being a half-considered blur as you pass the Pacific Lumber factory. Did you know that Rio Dell is “The Warm-Hearted City?”

Fortunately, some very astute individuals are on task with charting Rio Dell a new direction. And for the March 6, 2008 Humboldt Review, we’ll have them on.

For our main segment, guests are Rio Dell Mayor R.L. (Bud) Leonard, City Manager Nancy Flemming, PlanWest Partners’ George Williamson and Economist Michael Hackett.

For our first segment, we’ll ponder the Arcata and now, Eureka Youth Protection Act(s) with proponent Dave Meserve.

Our final segment will be on the new proposed site for the Arcata Endeavor, and the Endeavor’s hopes for a Community Development Block Grant to acquire it. Our guest will be Endeavor Interim Executive Director John Shelter.


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Gundersen, Curbside, Samoa, Storrs – February 28, 2008

This has been a difficult show to get off the ground. Booking guests is part art, part science and not necessarily easy.

Especially when an issue is more or less settled, as is the case with the Samoa Master Plan, which the Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday. However, we have cobbled together some sort of presentation on it.

But first, there’s the latest (highly sensational) charges against Blue lake Police Chief Dave Gundersen. We haven’t yet asked him, but we’re gambling that his attorney, Russ Clanton, will come on again for an update.

Next, it’s the wonder and majesty of curbside recycling. Eureka is not meeting its waste reduction mandates, and this could be a way to address it.

Finally, we’ll talk with Cindy Storrs, new chaplain with the  Arcata Police Department.

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Happy Birthday, Arcata! – January 10, 2008


This is the winning entry in the Arcata 150th Anniversary Logo Contest, unveiled just now at the California Welcome Center in Arcata. The artist is Ben Sweitzer.

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Arcata’s 150th Anniversary, Voter Information (Updated Tuesday night) – January 10, 2008

Humboldt Review, KHUM 104.3/104.7 FM’s weekly community affairs show will broadcast live from the California Welcome Center this Thursday, Jan. 10 from 6 to 7 p.m. The show takes place during the Arcata Chamber of Commerce’s kickoff for the year-long celebration of Arcata’s 150th Anniversary, which runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Guests will include representatives from the League of Women Voters, the Humboldt County Elections Division and others planning for California’s Feb. 5 primary election. A guest from the Humboldt Literacy Project will discuss Voter Information Day, set for this Saturday, Jan. 12.

Update – partial guest list:

Sharolyn Hutton, president, The League of Women Voters of Humboldt County

Melanie Johnson, Citizen Education, The League of Women Voters of Humboldt County

Judi Hedgpeth, executive director, Humboldt Literacy Project

Dave Berman, founding member of the Voter Confidence Committee

Carolyn Crnich, county clerk/recorder/registrar of voters, Humboldt County

Organizers of Arcata’s 150th Anniversary will be on to discuss the celebration with host Kevin Hoover, and when the winning entry in the 150th Anniversary Logo Contest is unveiled, it will appear simultaneously on the Humboldt Review website, humboldtreview.wordpress.com.

NOT the final Arcata 150 logo

This is NOT the final Arcata 150 logo, but an interim design created by Arcata Eye artist Dave Held to motivate artists to participate in the Arcata 150th Anniversary Logo Contest. The winning entry will be unveiled this Thursday evening, and will appear on this site simultaneously.

The official press release:

The Arcata Chamber of Commerce will host the kick-off celebration for Arcata’s 150th Anniversary on Thursday, January 10, 2008 at the California Welcome Center from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The entire community is welcome for an evening of food, wine, beer, music, and celebration. This special evening will feature local wine and beer tasting thanks to Briceland Vineyards, Moonstone Crossing, Robert Goodman Winery, and Mad River Brewing Company. Delectable hors d’oeurves will be provided by Murphy’s Sunny Brae Market and musical trio Weather Machine will be performing throughout the evening.

We hope you will join us as we honor Ben Sweitzer, winner of Arcata’s 150th logo contest, and unveil the logo in grand style! There will be a short program during the evening which will include a blessing and welcome given by Cheryl Seidner of the Table Bluff Reservation – Wiyot Tribe and Mayor Mark Wheetley. There will also be a special presentation from the City of Arcata. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on one of a kind historical photographs set on large canvas, and a raffle drawing will be held for a very special “Made in Humboldt” basket prepared by Bigfoot Gourmet.

All proceeds will help to support on-going yearly events for the sesquicentennial anniversary. Décor for this special evening will be generously provided by Plaza Design and the Sun Valley Floral Group. The California Welcome Center is located at 1635 Heindon Rd. Arcata. For more information or to RSVP for this event contact the Arcata Chamber of Commerce/ California Welcome Center at (707) 822-3619 or Arcata@arcatachamber.com.

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Cannabis Chronicles (Updated Thursday) – December 20, 2007

Few would dispute that Arcata is the unofficial capital of Ecotopia, and if there was ever any doubt that it’s also Cannabis Central… well, let’s just say that there isn’t any more doubt. How could there be at this point?

Oh sure, Southern Humboldt gives us a run for the (THC-infused) money, and you can probably score a bag without too much difficulty in Anytown, USA. But where else is an estimated one-seventh of the residential homes dedicated whole or in part to marijuana cultivation? And what other town has no less than four hydroponic shops and three (going on four) bustling cannabis dispensaries serving thousands of patients?

This Wednesday, the Arcata City Council will consider staff recommendations to deal with the proliferating grow houses and dispensaries/clinics. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

A staff report by Community Development Director Tom Conlon makes two recommendations:

• That the council direct staff to draft standards for personal marijuana cultivation in residential zones based on state SB420 guidelines, with a single Prop 215 recommendation allowed per residence. These standards would be added to the pending Land Use Code and processed by the Planning Commission and later, the council.

• That the Medical Marijuana Working Group authorized by the council on Oct. 17 be considered during annual goal-setting and budget study sessions, which take place during in the spring.

On this week’s Humboldt Review, we’ll get an update on whatever action the council takes Wednesday night. We’ll also talk with cannabis clinicians about their work, and the differing cultures of the various clinics. Our first confirmed guest is Eric Heimstadt of Humboldt Medical Supply, LLC.

As usual, expect updates as we confirm guests.

Tuesday update: Someone purporting to be from from NORML posted a “CODE RED” alert on the cannabis boards and blogs last night regarding Wednesday’s City Council meeting. So the cannabis-activist community will be aware that the grows are being considered. The Humboldt County chapter of Americans for Safe Access are already decrying the proposed recommendations as illegal.


Meanwhile, Mayor Wheetley has run foul of at least one person with access to a printer and staple gun. The flyer above appeared across from Arcata City Hall Tuesday morning.

Wheetley has been the main torch-bearer for City action on grow houses, initially proposing not only a task force or working group but suggesting individuals with publicly disclosed views on the matter to be members. Whether he’s anti-Arcata or not is a matter of opinion, but he does not oppose Prop 215 per se, as discussed during last week’s show. His concerns have centered on the proliferation of grow houses and their impact on neighborhoods.

Interestingly, the cannabis clinicians have mixed views on the grow houses, too. Hopefully we’ll get into that on Thursday’s show.

Update Tuesday night: Our first segment’s guest will be Richard Bull, chief of police, City of Ripon. Ripon’s indoor grow ordinance is suggested as a starting point for an Arcata version. We’ll discuss how Ripon’s law works, and how well it works.

Our last segment guest will be Gregg Foster, the former executive director of Redwood Region Economic Development Corporation (RREDC) and made bringing a third airline to the North Coast a priority before he moved on to Lost Coast Communications.

UpdateWednesday afternoon: Steven Gasparas, proprietor of the iCenter cannabis dispensary and its companion business, Sai Om Shree, will also be with us. The other two cannabis clinics in Arcata have so far declined invitations to appear, but Mr. Matthews is still working the phones.

UpdateWednesday night: Mariellen Jurkovich, director, Humboldt Patient Resource Center, will be with us in a pre-taped interview.

We now have participation by three of Arcata’s four existing or planned cannabis dispensaries/clinics, two of them in real time.

Wheetley says the recall poster is his new screen saver.

Thursday update: We’re still working on guests (trying to get someone from Americans for Safe Access). But we do have the above listed folks, and I doubt that I’ll have time to do another update before the show.

By the way, if you have never been to a medical cannabis dispensary, below is the homey view that greets you when you enter Mariellen’s Humboldt Patient Resource Center. What you can’t see is the growing-marijuana smell, which is like every grow house you’ve ever walked past, combined and multiplied by 100. But after a few minutes, you get used to it.


Don’t forget, you can always call in or send questions in by e-mail.

(707) 786-5104, studio@khum.com

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Ah… ‘Cata – Live from Wildberries Marketplace! (Updated Thursday) – December 13, 2007


This week’s show will be broadcast live from Wildberries Marketplace in Arcata. Since KHUM’s Larry Trask is doing a remote there from 2 to 6 p.m. as part of the station’s holiday Food and Fund Drive, we’ll just pick it up at 6 p.m.

Our topic is Arcata, and our main guest will be Mayor Mark Wheetley, just named as mayor today, Tuesday, Dec. 11, at City Hall. We’ll spend 20 minutes or so on a state-of-the-City update with Mark.


Vice Mayor Alex Stillman, Councilmember Michael Machi, Mayor Mark Wheetley, Councilmembers Paul Pitino and Harmony Groves. Photo by Terrence McNally.

One topic will be the new recommendations about marijuana grow houses that the Community Development department will present to the City Council next week at the Dec. 19 meeting. (It looks like they’re being advised against formation of a Task Force…)

Then we’ll have a succession of Arcata guests on; various people representing organizations that have new projects and initiatives. Each guest will have two or three minutes to tell what they’re doing and we’ll discuss it.

Update: Looks like we won’t be able to get hold of the staff report that details the pending grow house recommendations until Friday. However, we will still discuss the matter in general terms. Note that Mayor Wheetley has been the council’s main advocate for a new policy and more aggressive enforcement against grow houses.

Confirmed guests so far include:

Spring Garrett from the HSU Natural History Museum

Linda Erickson of MRCH’s new Women’s Health Center

Sean Armstrong of the Committee on Democracy and Corporations

Aaron Antrim of Green Wheels

Taffy Stockton of Arcata Mainstreet

Rondall Snodgrass, who will talk about Saturday’s “direct action” rail-trail cleanup project between Arcata and Eureka


Arcata Mayor Mark Wheetley, Mad River Community Hospital Women’s Health Center Supervisor Linda Erickson and your host.

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