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- thursday aug.15, 2013 vol XXIV issue 33 â€˘ humboldt county, calif. FREE Drinkyour milk - decades of dai7 princesses can't be wrong By Heidi Walters 6 Bat-throwing? 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Really, Arcata? 30 The Hum should i stay or should i go? 7 Five Things to Know Before playing cornhole reviving a neighborhood 8 News 10 Blogjammin’ 12 Seven-o-Heaven cartoon by andrew goff 34 Music & More! 36 Calendar 40 Filmland occupy space station 41 In Review a book 14 On The Cover moooovers and shakers 20 Down and Dirty gen x and y gardeners 22 Home & Garden Service Directory 23 Field Notes crossing the rogue 41 Workshops 46 Sudoku 46 Crossword 47 Marketplace 50 Body, Mind & Spirit 51 Real Estate This Week northcoastjournal.com • North Coast Journal • Thursday, aug. 15, 2013 3 Aug. 15, 2013 Volume XXIV No. 33 North Coast Journal Inc. www.northcoastjournal.com ISSN 1099-7571 © Copyright 2013 CIRCULATION VERIFICATION C O U N C I L Co-ops and Robbers Editor: Carl Ratner’s letter (“Mailbox,” Aug. 8) exposing the nefarious workings of the Co-op’s management and its hiring of an attorney from the law firm of Jackson Lewis, dedicated to a “union free workplace” and in bed with the Koch-funded Heritage Foundation, is spot on and well needs reading by those who frequent the Co-op. Mr. Ratner uses the term “neoliberal” to identify the law firm as a group, as well as the Heritage Foundation. I totally agree with this indictment, but some reading the letter will see no further than the term “liberal”, never mind what the “neo” means. The term liberal or Cartoon by joel mielke neoliberal (“new” liberal) however, used in the economic context in Mr. Ratner’s letare against unions and the benefits ter, is something very different from the those unions fight to preserve for the word “liberal” used in a political context, dwindling middle class. They are a whole as it was during Franklin Roosevelt’s tenure different matter. as president. Roosevelt’s New Deal did Jack Bettis, Eureka indeed better the lives of a great many people and foster the idea that government should advance the common good. With the shrinking of unions, and the rise of corporate power through both Editor: SCOTUS and Wall Street shenanigans, Michael Johnson, a top pick for Eureka once again the economic liberals of the police chief (Blog Jammin’, Aug. 8) and 1880’s and 1890’s (robber barons) have Mayor Frank Jager returned as the belittled people one-percenters who contacted and their lackeys. the city with conThese are the ecocerns about Mr. nomic neoliberals. Johnson’s involveI am and have ment with the been a “liberal” 2006 Cheri Lyn for over 65 years Moore shooting. and am proud Morning wakes Questioners are of it. But mine described as “a is the New Deal Boxes, bags, suitcases very small group political liberalHeld breath with their own ism that Keynes Keys relinquished easily agenda” (Johnson) suggested would It’s cleared and “certainly allow capitalism those half dozen to flourish only The lists are concluded people don’t with full employspeak for the ment, and that The tightness whole commucould be accomnity” (Jager). The held back emotions plished only by In 2011 the City the government Memories of Eureka held and the central What my mother told me public meetings banks intervenThe release to get guidance ing to increase about qualities to employment. Their excitement realized. look for in Garr The “neoliberals” Nielsen’s replacethat Mr. Ratner — R. L. Montieth ment. My husband so aptly labels in and I went to one his letter, shining of the sessions a bright light on representing Co-op manageNAMI-Humboldt ment’s actions, The North Coast Journal is a weekly newspaper serving Humboldt County. 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After all that input, I was taken aback to read in the Times-Standard that the city’s choice was an officer who fatally shot Cheri Lyn Moore, a mentally ill woman brandishing a flare gun. Following Moore’s death, our group worked with mental health staff and police to increase training for first responders who deal with that population. Groups of 30 or more each year attend crisis intervention training sessions. I respect first responders and can think of many times when I’ve felt safer thanks to the presence of a policeman or woman. Maybe Johnson, who has withdrawn from the hiring process, could have been an effective police chief for Eureka. I’m skeptical, but I could give him the benefit of the doubt if he reached out to the mental health community. That would take a level of respect and communication not shown by writing off those who dare to raise concerns. Those who speak out usually represent others who didn’t call or email. Mental illness affects the lives of one in four adults in the U.S. NAMI’s website states: “NAMI works every day to save every life.” This is the “agenda.” Debbe Hartridge, Arcata Tree Concerns Editor: I love trees. The planet needs more of them. There are, however, a number of problems with planting them up and down the sidewalks of Eureka (“Field Notes,” July 4). First of all, in a city with a climate as Past Dairy Princesses Photoillustration by Lynn Jones on the cover: • 4 North Coast Journal • Thursday, AUG. 15, 2013 • northcoastjournal.com cool as it is here in Eureka, the last thing we need is more shade. Next, there is the upkeep problem. In our neighborhood, the 1100 block of C Street serves as a prime (but not unusual) example of tree planting gone bad. The cutouts in the sidewalk have turned into ugly little weed patches and litter magnets that no one seems to care about. Then there are the pruning chores needed to keep them out of the telephone lines and in good health and the problem of dealing with fallen leaves that rot and turn into slippery globs; problems that will go on for many, many years. I don’t at all understand Natalie Arroyo’s claim (“Mailbox,” Aug. 8) that they make it safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. It seems to me to do just the opposite. Making sidewalks narrower only creates bottlenecks that push people and bicycles into closer proximity. The intentions of Keep Eureka Beautiful are fine and good and I do appreciate its efforts at beautifying the city, but trees and sidewalks really don’t mix well. Sorry to be so negative. Douglas George, Eureka deer and rivers (“Blog Jammin’,” Aug. 8). Good farming of any kind gives good returns all around. Good reproductive (birthing or not) health care and education so innocent babies aren’t continually born to unhealthy situations over which they grow as mutations in life. Good health care/education for all. Good representation by elected public servants that project intent for community — an overall big picture good for everyone and everything! There are good people, but I am afraid not enough of them, because one severely miserable soul can devastate and destroy way beyond what several good souls can endeavor to mend and make whole. A very pessimistic view, I know and I am sorry and sad for it. I just don’t hold out much hope for humankind and am really distraught about the innocent bystanders we are taking/have taken down with us. How is that right? It’s not. Kathy Travers, Eureka SUNNY SUMMER TIME IS THE BEST TIME FOR YOUR NEW ROOF PUT A LID ON IT! Where Credit’s Due Editor: I really appreciate Jennifer Savage’s coverage (“The Hum,” Aug. 1) of my Arts Alive! performance at The Works Records in Eureka, and that the story included a great photograph. I deeply and sincerely regret, however, that I neglected to credit the photo. Not only did Traci Bear Thiele take that great photograph, she invited me to her home, cooked me a scrumptious dinner at a party where I was invited to play through a very nice sound system for a splendid group of friends, and she provided me with a pillow to sit on while I played. She snapped the photo during my set, and a few days later emailed it to me gratis. How could I have forgotten to credit Traci Bear Thiele for such a generous gift? I am terribly embarrassed to admit that it simply did not occur to me until I saw it in print. I am very sorry to Traci Bear Thiele, the Journal, and its readers for the omission. John Hardin, Redway Forbusco’s in store experts will help with planning, design and materials Magic Words Editor: I enjoyed the poem (“Sorcery”) in the North Coast Journal on Aug. 8. It expanded my horizon to the sea shore, and my vocabulary by four words, which I found in the dictionary. Thank you. Ursula Osborne, Arcata Malaise Editor: Walking my dog this morning, I began lamenting the old days, and by that, I mean I miss being naive. When I was young, I held a belief in the good of the majority of people. I liked people. I was optimistic for the positive outcome in any situation that became the larger world’s problems. The world has gotten smaller because it’s my own, private, little world, and I am happy in it. It is good and I can control some of it and most of it reaches a positive outcome. Patience, time and less outside influence seem to be the key. Things left unmolested by human interference, generally greed, are by themselves benign, if not actually good. Good logging for healthy forests and wildlife habitat. Good marijuana farming by caring growers doesn’t kill fishers, Check our Website for More Weekly Specials Correction One of the stories in the Aug. 8 “Flash Fiction” was wrongly attributed. “Veritas” (Page 14) was written by Alexis George. l Mon - Sat 7:30 am - 5:30 pm. - Sun 9 am - 3:30 pm 1784 Smith Lane - Fortuna - 725-5111 www.forbusco.com northcoastjournal.com • North Coast Journal • Thursday, AUG. 15, 2013 5 views Cheering the bat-thrower? Really, Arcata? I t was a chilly August evening in the Arcata ballpark, but things were about to warm up fast when Sergio Sanchez stepped to the plate for the Humboldt Crabs. This was the sixth inning of a win-or-go-home game in the Far West Baseball League championship tournament, and the crowd greeted Sanchez with “Ser-gi-o ... Ser-gi-o ... Ser-gi-o.” During the two-month summer collegiate season he had become the most popular player on the team and the darling of Arcata fans, who chanted whenever he came to bat. With the Crabs leading 6-4, the California Warriors of Mill Valley had just sent in a fresh pitcher. The first pitch sailed high over Sanchez’ head to the backstop. I thought maybe the pitcher was wild, since he’d just entered the game. The second pitch buzzed Sanchez, and he started toward the mound. The catcher and home plate umpire quickly stopped him. The third pitch came directly at Sanchez and he made no move to avoid it as the ball plunked him on the left shoulder and bounced away. Almost instantly Sanchez threw his bat at the mound. It sailed over the pitcher’s head and bounced almost to second base. Sanchez paused for a moment, then charged the mound. Players from both benches ran onto the field, and their brawl caused a 20-minute delay. As a former athlete, coach and sports reporter, I was appalled. But what happened in the stands was even more appalling. The crowd started chanting “Ser-gi-o... Ser-gi-o... Ser-gi-o,” as if he were a hero for throwing a bat. In baseball, every player has to throw the ball, but no player is ever supposed to throw a bat. Players can be ejected merely for throwing their helmets. But a bat? Go after someone with a bat on the street, and a prosecutor might call that assault with a deadly weapon. In one of the ugliest episodes in baseball, San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marichal beat Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Johnny Roseboro over the head with a bat in 1965. It ruined the season for the Giants, paved the way for the Dodgers to win the World Series, and followed Marichal for life — even delaying his entry into the Hall of Fame. The attack had such an impact on the game that a complete review was broadcast as recently as October 2009, in “MLB Network Remembers: Incident at Candlestick, with Bob Costas” (see vimeo. com/6972310). The Arcata episode of Aug. 3 has been posted on YouTube, in a video that has received more than 750,000 hits in less than a week (See a Journal blog post and the video at bit.ly14IbqhG). The video only begins with the third pitch, but the crowd can clearly be heard chanting “Sergio,” while someone else can be heard booing and calling out the name “Marichal.” That was me. I was so upset at Sanchez’ behavior that I also booed him again on Sunday, which caused some unpleasantness because a few people nearby thought I was being racist. Can Sanchez escape punishment for this and remain a hero? Apparently, yes. And this is the wrong message to send to fans and to their children, the athletes of the future. Sanchez and the pitcher were both ejected and automatically suspended for the following game, in accord with Far West League policy. So Sanchez did not play the next game Sunday morning — but he was allowed to play in the following two championship games. League Commissioner Erik Wagle added an additional five-game suspension for both players — but only in 2014. But neither player is required to play in the league next year, so Sanchez received a very light punishment for throwing that bat. I wasn’t able to catch up with Sanchez for comment, but Crabs Coach Matt Nutter said, “Sergio had been hit the most on our team, and he was tired of being pitched at. He’s missed games because of being hit. So how dare the pitcher throw at his head three times in a row! “If I could turn back the clock a lot of things would be done differently,” Nutter added. “Everyone learned a lot of lessons from it. Sergio regrets it, and it’s a tough position for all of us to be in. I’m just thankful there weren’t any serious injuries.” And what about the fans who cheered Sanchez while jeering his opponents? “He became a fan favorite early on. … The fans were just saying we’re behind you,” Nutter said. The head coach of Top Speed Baseball from Petaluma, the team that lost the last two championship games to the Crabs, had a different opinion. “That is an unsafe place to play. I was threatened by one of the fans that he was gonna jump me at the end of the game,” Stan Switala wrote in an email. “My parents and fans don’t even want to go back as the environment is beyond hostile,” he wrote. “We play in other venues in the West Coast League and California Collegiate League and they draw way more fans than Humboldt does — 1,000 to 3,000 a game — and there is never an issue as the fans are respectful and are there to watch baseball and not make fun of college players’ weight and the way they look.” The coaches of the other two teams in the tournament also told me that the Crabs fans were abusive and obnoxious. Vince Lombardi and Richard Nixon are both well-known for saying “winning isn’t everything — it’s the only thing.” This philosophy worked well for Lombardi in an era when players complied with a mandatory dress and behavior code. Nixon used it as a campaign strategy, and it landed more than 20 of his henchmen in prison and forced him to resign. When athletes retire from sports, they leave their personal statistics and wonloss records behind them. What they take with them are their lessons in life, social behavior and character development. With the right coaching and parenting, athletes learn that losing builds character, and character builds winners. So, winning isn’t everything. Character is! This is the greatest lesson we can learn from sports, and all of us, athletes and fans, should keep that in mind — instead of cheering mindlessly. — Sam H. Clauder II 6 North Coast Journal • Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 • northcoastjournal.com FIVe THINGS To knoW Five Things to Know Before Playing Cornhole By Jennifer Savage 884 9th Street Arcata, Ca 95521 (707) 822-2965 15% OFF FINAL PURCHASE Only applies to Kitchen and Furniture Store - Good through 2013 (Excludes appliances, power tools and Kandiland) Kitchen, Furniture & Appliances Sunday-Saturday • 9am-5:30pm Hardware Store Monday-Friday • 7:30am-6:30pm Saturday • 8am-6pm Sunday • 9am-5:30pm 1 2 3 Why cornhole? Because socializing mixed with friendly competition lets some sunshine into the otherwise dark recesses of your brain — it’s science! And because tossing a sack in a hole is harder than you think, you need a challenge, and this is way less scary than skydiving. Also because you muck about on Facebook too much and need some actual face-to-face interaction before your social skills completely atrophy. And because you need to do something silly with your partner to counterbalance all the bickering about the children/bills/ dishes/why he thinks draping his socks over the deck railing to “air out” is the same as washing them. Also, day drinking. You will need a team name. The perfect team name includes at least one of the following words: “hole,” “sack,” “bag,” “corn,” or some word related to one of them. It’s also a double entendre or pun: My husband and I played in the Humboldt County Cornhole Association’s annual Tournament as “The Hole Shebang.” Ahem. Other favorites include: “The Hole Enchilada,” “The Fun Bags,” “Maized and Confused” and “Amateur Corn Stars.” Hearing all the rules at once confuses the brain. Essentially, you’re trying to get the bag in the hole. The best way to acquire the necessary skills is to play with someone familiar with the ins-and-outs of the game, someone who will nurture you through the initial awkwardness and gently guide you into the best positions for success. With a little confidence instilled, you’ll be able to find your own groove and grow into a competent, perhaps even 4 5 amazing, player — but if your teammate is also a novice, don’t fret. You’ll just have to be patient with each other as you learn together. Then, years later, you’ll have wonderful memories to share. “Remember the first time we played cornhole?” “Yeah, that was really something.” Remember, bag in the hole is best, bag on the board is next best, knocking the other team’s bag off the board is excellent, but don’t let your bag bounce off the board into the dirt, because then it becomes a “dirty sack” and nobody likes that. According to the American Cornhole Association (yes, that exists!), cornhole rules because it’s safe (no metal or pointed objects), can be played almost anywhere and is extremely portable (take that, bocce ball!). All true. And even minimally crafty types can make their own boards and bags. Bonus: Join the cornhole world and expand your social options! Monday, Aug. 19, for example, Redwood Curtain Brewing Company in Arcata hosts a free cornhole tourney beginning at 6:30 p.m. Boards and bags provided. Call 826-7222 for more info. The Logger Bar also celebrates cornhole on a regular basis — check the legendary Blue Lake establishment’s Facebook page and the Journal’s calendar for dates and times or call 668-5000. Start now and be prepared to dominate the annual Humboldt County Cornhole Association tournament (yes, that’s a thing) next July. Forty-two teams competed this year. Check it out at humboldtcountycornhole. com. l Hensel’s Ace Hardware is a one stop shop. Family owned and Family operated! firstname.lastname@example.org northcoastjournal.com • North Coast Journal • Thursday, AUG. 15, 2013 7 A recent art installation by Lori Goodman is one of five outdoor pieces recently commissioned by the Arcata Playhouse. Photo by Grant Scott-Goforth Reviving a Neighborhood OVER 40 SE TS to choose from Using art as a springboard, Arcata’s Creamery District resurges By Grant Scott-Goforth B email@example.com Ashley Sofas from $ 49999 Twin Sets with Frame $ 99 249 Full Mattress Sets with Frame $29999 Futon with Premium Mattress $49999 IN STOCK! Deliver Today! On Most Items www.furnituredesigncenter.net y now you may have been to — or heard of — the Arcata Playhouse, the cozy theatre on the ground floor of the Ninth Street Creamery building, with its roller-rink floor and rustic charm. The pothole-spotted streets crisscrossing the neighborhood around the playhouse have long cloaked a concentration of creativity, from potters and stained glass-makers to painters, dancers and kinetic sculpture makers. While the Arcata Community Recycling Center was a regular draw, and Halloween brought costumed crowds to the Kinetic Lab’s haunted house, it wasn’t until the last six or so years, with the opening of the Arcata Playhouse, that the area began to have a more public face. The Playhouse reels in an eclectic potpourri of dance troupes, plays, bands and more and — next week — is expanding its scope outside the theater walls for an ambitious three-day festival stretched across several city blocks. “The festival explores the whole neighborhood and what’s possible here,” said Arcata Playhouse co-owner Jackie Dandeneau. She wants to “blow the doors off a little bit.” This re-envisioning is intended to put a public face on what’s becoming known as Arcata’s Creamery District, an outwardly industrial gateway to the Bottoms nestled under the asymmetrical creamery. Local artists, property owners and the playhouse owners dreamed up the “Creamery District” name a couple of years ago, to give the neighborhood a stronger identity as they worked with the city to improve it. The facelift is moving quickly, and a year after receiving a $50,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant, Dandeneau and her husband David Ferney, who co-owns the playhouse, are putting together a summer spectacular. With a healthy turnout, they expect the broader community can see the first results of a year-and-a-half-long collaboration of business owners, artists, residents and the city. In the last several years, the district has seen new businesses, landscaping and public art. Small, affordable offices in the Greenway Partners building (formerly Yakima) now house the Northcoast Environmental Center, the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission and graphic designers Sideshow Design. Most recently, the playhouse commissioned works ranging from an audio installation to urban-style art on nearby storage units. Aging industrial areas like the Creamery District can be havens for artists and startup businesses, said 3rd District Supervisor Mark 8 North Coast Journal • Thursday, aug. 15, 2013 • northcoastjournal.com Lovelace. “You start with the areas where there’s a lot of vacant space,” he said. “It doesn’t need to be the most attractive of areas initially because its inward work, it’s not customer-driven work. After a while redevelopment is driven just by the amount of activity going on there.” Jewelry maker Holly Yashi moved into the Creamery building around 1985. “It was the right place at the right price,” co-owner Paul Lubitz said. When a building across the street went up for sale, Holly Yashi bought it and moved in, eventually adding 10,000 square feet to the facility. Later, in 2010, it opened a retail shop. That had been coowner Holly Hosterman’s idea, and Lubitz had reservations at first. “We’re hardly on the plaza,” he said. “Even the Arcata Plaza’s not Pier 39. It’s retail. It’s tough out there.” But Hosterman’s vision turned out to be a success. Tourists and locals alike shop and watch jewelry-making in action in Holly Yashi’s fuschia-hued building. Lubitz credits part of that success to the draw of the playhouse, and he says the neighborhood would be even more successful with more artists and more reasons to stay — like food, beer and wine. When the drop-off site of the nowdefunct recycling center came up for sale, Holly Yashi pounced on it. While the new owners’ plans are “very up in the air,” Lubitz loosely envisions the 12,000-square-foot property as a kind of artists’ courtyard, where visitors can watch crafts being made and get food or a drink after a Playhouse show. They’ll give it a trial run at next week’s festival, with food, art demonstrations and festivities occupying the open air space. “Everyone wants liveliness, they want art, they want life here,” Lubitz said. They also welcome other businesses. The Creamery building hosts a solar refrigerator company and a dance studio along with artists’ studios. What’s next? Ferney and Dandeneau plan to continue working with the city on ways to make the district more accessible from the plaza and beyond. That means better, contiguous lighting, safe crossings at K Street, and a look at traffic, parking, walking and bike paths. Public Works Director Doby Class said Arcata has applied for a Caltrans grant to fund that development. “It’s a great project,” Class said, adding that the City Council recently designated the playhouse a “Local Arts Agency” to help it to secure more grant funding. A proposed trail through the district, paralleling the unused rails on L Street, is in the environmental review stage, Class said, and expected to go before the California Transportation Commission in January. Meanwhile, the neighborhood spirit is blossoming in other ways. “Renegade gardening” has replaced rocky, weedy roadside grass patches with sunflowers and other colorful flora. After a day of planting earlier this month, three tall paintings appeared overnight at the end of Ninth Street, an uncommissioned gift from a mystery benefactor. The revival has been driven by a good neighborhood communication, helped along by the liveliness of the playhouse, but its owners don’t want to claim too much credit. “We’re performers. We’re producers. We’re not civic organizers,” Dandeneau said. Ferney and Dandeneau met in Edmonton, Canada. After traveling internationally for years, they were both hired by Dell’Arte. They opened the Arcata Playhouse together in 2007. It was those years of travel and networking (“Once a street performer, always a street performer,” Dandeneau said) that gave them the contacts and know-how to attract talent for the playhouse — and for the upcoming festival. “Cross-pollinating” artists in and out of the area makes for a steady supply of talent, Dandeneau said. Their motto: “Pay artists first,” even if it’s not much. “You’re not going to be able to give them a huge fee — if you can give them a good experience they’ll come back,” Dandeneau said. They’ve paid out $250,000 to artists since the Playhouse opened in 2007, Ferney said, including $7,200 in commissioned street art this year. The pieces, imagined by five local artists, include sculpture, yarnwrapped trees and an audio installation that will play during the creamery festival. They’re all outdoors. Inspired by similar community-spurred neighborhood revitalizations in Portland and Detroit, Ferney and Dandeneau have long seen their neighborhood as ripe for revival. Their grant from the National Endowment of Arts’ helped bring their ideas to the attention of local businesses and governments, Dandeneau said. “It put a huge stamp of credibility on the organization and the project,” she said. And while the city’s gotten on board, Dandeneau said, she hopes over time the county will do more to fully embrace the idea of the arts as an economic driver, in Arcata and beyond. County supervisors approved a $25,000 Headwaters Fund grant for the playhouse last year, and Dandeneau would like to see arts and culture highlighted in the county’s economic planning. County Supervisor Lovelace said he’s a fan of the Creamery District revitalization, though its development is completely under the purview of the city. “I’m all ears if there’s role for the county to play in developing that,” Lovelace said. “I think it’s really prime for a renaissance down there.” l Summer Sale Sa ust 3 Aug Y RR ds h n HU E le 0t r Time Fo New Eyewear Time t keep Lio e in Focuf s Time For Savings BIG 30% to 50% OVER 1500 FRAMES TO CHOOSE FROM QUALITY — SERVICE — SELECTION All Frames In Stock ECONOMY EYEWEAR PACKAGE Frame & Lenses Complete Single vision plastic some restrictions apply $ We specialize in ﬁlling your Doctor’s Prescription 2039 Harrison Ave. Eureka Mon.-Fri 9:00-5:30 • Sat. 9:30-1:30 www.sixriversoptical.com 3 59 00 445-2079 northcoastjournal.com • North Coast Journal • Thursday, aug. 15, 2013 9 Blog Jammin’ sentences in federal prisons. Speaking in front of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates in San Francisco, Holder was quoted as saying, “Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good law enforcement reason.” Effective immediately, Holder’s plan will reduce sentences for drug offenses that aren’t tied to large-scale organizations, gangs or cartels. The change is aimed in part at reducing the country’s (and the state’s) ballooning incarceration rate. ● BY JENNIFER SAVAGE / MONDAY, AUG. 12 AT 4:09 P.M. SMOKE BILLOWS NEAR THE HOOPA VALLEY INDIAN RESERVATION. PHOTO BY KEN MALCOMSON ENVIRONMENT / NATURAL RESOURCES / BY HEIDI WALTERS / MONDAY, AUG. 12 AT 1:52 P.M. Good News or Bad News? Remember last year how the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center, in Bayside, was inundated with sick pelicans? Most slick with oil from their ill-fated rummaging in ﬁsh-waste-Dumpsters, a few with ﬁsh skeletons lodged in their elegant throats? And the year before, same story, sick pelicans galore? Well this year, so far, the care center has had no pelican patients. None. And that’s actually a little creepy, says Monte Merrick, who works there and with Bird Ally X. “It’s very unusual,” he writes in an email to the Journal. “The absence of pelicans is kind of alarming ... still waiting to hear how the breeding year went down south, but my hunch is quite poorly, especially after the sea lion pup ‘unusual mortality event’ earlier this year. They eat the same ﬁsh, sardines and anchovies.” Bird Ally X has just released its ﬁnal report on last year’s ﬁsh-waste contamination of pelicans. You can read it on the group’s blog. Even without pelicans, the care center still has been exhaustingly busy with other critters, says Merrick, including “TONS of baby mammals.” Here’s the rest of the tally, to date: 25 raccoons; 19 opossums (eight of them just released from care); two gray fox kits; one coyote; one squirrel; four skunks; six deer; and an assortment of birds, young and old. ● BUSINESS / ECONOMY / GOVERNMENT / BY RYAN BURNS / MONDAY, AUG. 12 AT 10:12 A.M. No Sick Pelicans ENVIRONMENT / NATURAL RESOURCES/ BY GRANT SCOTT-GOFORTH / MONDAY, AUG. 12 AT 7:52 P.M. Lightning sparked ﬁres east of Hoopa over the weekend, adding to the smokecongested air along the Trinity, Klamath and Salmon rivers. Joining ﬁres in Orleans and along the Salmon River, the latest blaze (called the Corral Complex) started Saturday morning and grew to 375 acres by this afternoon. Lots of fuels and extreme terrain — not to mention thinly spread ﬁreﬁghting resources — are making this ﬁre “problematic,” according to Six Rivers National Forest. Check the Forest Service’s Inciweb site for updated details on this and other Northern California ﬁres. ● GOVERNMENT / BY GRANT SCOTT-GOFORTH / TUESDAY, AUG. 13 AT 1:54 P.M. The Safety Corridor has been all a-bustle lately — earth movers, dump trucks, surveyors and pickups galore. Last week signs popped up at the Samoa Boulevard, 14th Street and Sunset Avenue interchanges and the Indianola Cutoff announcing overnight ramp cloREAD FULL POSTS AND