Andrew Goff / Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 @ 1:40 p.m. / Book Author
Press release from Humboldt Co. Department of Health and Human Services:
West Nile virus (WNV) has been confirmed in an American crow submitted for testing from Humboldt County. This is the first WNV-positive bird reported in Humboldt County since 2008.
A total of 827 birds across the state have tested positive for West Nile virus so far this year, according to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Fifty-nine people in California have been confirmed with West Nile virus to date. There have been no reports of illness in humans in Humboldt County.
“We have had no human cases of West Nile virus originate in Humboldt County,” said Kevin Metcalfe, Consumer Protection Program supervisor with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Environmental Health. “Cases occur in areas of California with warm average daily temperatures for several consecutive days. Our local climate does not support disease transmission.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most people get infected with West Nile virus after getting bitten by an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitoes can spread the virus to other animals and humans.
Most people who become infected with WNV do not develop any symptoms. According to the CDC, about one in five people will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Less than 1 percent of those infected will develop a serious neurologic illness.
Even though the prevalence of WNV is low in Humboldt County, local residents are still advised to follow safety measures, especially when traveling to areas where WNV is more common.
One of the best ways to avoid WNV is to prevent mosquito bites, according to the CDC. Avoid mosquito-infested areas especially at dawn and dusk when the insects are most active. People who are going to be outside during the early morning or early evening hours are advised to wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks.
The CDC also recommends using EPA-registered insect repellants such as DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus for long-lasting protection against mosquito bites. Always use repellents as directed by the manufacturer.
People are also encouraged to mosquito-proof their homes. The CDC suggests people install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside. Also, help reduce the number of mosquitoes by emptying standing water from flower pots, gutters, buckets, pet water dishes, discarded tires and bird baths.
“Standing water is a breeding source for mosquitoes,” Metcalfe said. “People should limit the number of places for mosquitoes to lay their eggs by getting rid of items that hold water.”
Residents are encouraged to contact the Division of Environmental Health at 707-445-6215 or toll-free at 800-963-9241 when high concentrations of mosquitoes or manmade/artificial breeding sources are encountered in Humboldt County.
To report dead birds or dead tree squirrels, call the California West Nile Virus Surveillance Program hotline at 1-877-968-2473. Dead bird or tree squirrel reports are important because they can be the first indication of WNV in an area, according to the CDPH. For more information, visit http://westnile.ca.gov.
Humboldt County Superior Court Calendar: Today
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Mike Dronkers / Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 @ 9:08 a.m. / Book Author
Author/KHUM alumnoid Kevin Hoover has a new book out, Legendary Locals of Arcata (buy it locally).
The Arcata Eye newspaper editor plumbed private collections, museums, and university archives to locate Arcata’s legendary locals. Hoover spoke with KHUM at 10:30am today about Arcata-born Parisian pop stars from the 1920s, environmental pioneers, and shampoo magnates.
He will sign books at the Jacoby Storehouse tonight during Arts! Arcata.
(pilot error - interview is missing first 45 seconds - MD)
From Arcadia Publishing:
Perched on a hilly clearing between the Pacific Ocean and a rainforest along California’s coastal highway, Arcata occupies a special niche behind the “Redwood Curtain.” A cultural and geographic crossroads, Arcata’s story is told in the faces of its people. The Wiyot were the first to inhabit Kori; their massacre on nearby Indian Island was boldly condemned by young Arcata (then Union) newspaper editor Bret Harte. Austin Wiley and sons carried on the newspaper tradition as pioneers Zelia Vaissade and Henrietta Moranda helped establish dairies on the Arcata Bottom. Arcata matured into a college town with Humboldt State College. Its first graduate, Susie Baker Fountain, became Humboldt County’s first historian. Working men like Warren Dowling built the town’s homes and churches, while the first woman city councilmember, Alexandra Stillman, helped usher in the modern age. Today, killing fields escapees Kimhak and Rasmey Chum make doughnuts and pizza that draw people at all hours, and Arcata fairly boils as a stew of contrasting traditions, styles, and icons with its artsy, eclectic, liberated citizens bringing Humboldt County’s North Coast its most vibrant tiny big city.
Kym Kemp / Saturday, July 13, 2013 @ 6:32 p.m. / Book Author
Looking for a light read? Look no further. What Happened to Robbie Tibbons ($2.99 for Kindle) recreates the summer of two middle school girls. The story could take place anywhere but the author, Sydney Setterlund, spent her youth living not far from Benbow Lake and the setting brings back ghostly memories of a watery playground that is gone forever.
Setterlund’s writing brings wafts of hot Humboldt summers back from the past. She’s an uncertain writer. At times, the writing is rough but, at others, it perfectly captures the personalities of her characters and what it was like to swim in the scorching sun in the cool green lake. Eeriness crawls in and out of the story as Lyddy and Sally search the lake looking for a missing boy. And their experiences of swimming around the trunks of dead trees with the sounds of kids squealing in the distance brings back the time and place beautifully.
From the beginning of the book, you know why Robbie Tibbons disappeared but where he has gone and why will pull you through the darkening lives of two girls whose choices draw them farther and farther from the safe shores of childhood.
Writer Syd Setterlund grew up with LoCO reporter, Kym Kemp.
Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier—A Book Destined to be a Classic Look at this County and Cannabis
Kym Kemp / Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 9:36 a.m. / Book Author
For those who have replaced copy after copy of Ray Raphael’s Cash Crop because volumes borrowed by friends never seem to be returned, you had better buy a few copies of Emily Brady’s new book, Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier. The book is destined to be a local classic—a book that you will ‘lend out’ knowing that you’ll rarely see it returned. Nonetheless, you’ll give it out with the same passion that Gideonite’s pass out Bibles—this book gets Humboldt pot culture—particularly Southern Humboldt pot culture.
That means, of course, that both people who love the culture and hate it are going to read parts—different parts, of course–and nod their head knowingly while saying, “She really nailed that.” And, both are also going to exclaim in shock–about different things, of course—”Wait, that’s not the real face of pot growing. That’s just a rare exception.”
Brady (pictured above) weaves the lives of four people into an almost story-like exploration of the marijuana culture. Each has a separate tale that reveals an important part of what this community is like. Brady introduces a seventy-year-old woman known as Mare. This woman is the smallest of growers and pats only a half dozen young plants into the ground each spring. Crockett, his pseudonym fitting the wilder aspect of Humboldt growing, is part of a million dollar operation—if he can wrangle the weed to harvest and get it sold. Brady doesn’t forget law enforcement’s role. There is Deputy Bob Hamilton who after working in the county comes to believe the War on Drugs is totally lost. And, there’s the child of the marijuana culture, Emma Worldpeace, whose stepbrother Mikal is currently awaiting trial for murder and yet, she is getting a master’s degree in social work.
Brady’s interview on KQED (see below—it is excellent) and her attempt to find a venue to host her book signing in Humboldt reflect the controversy this book is arousing and is likely to continue to arouse. In the San Francisco based radio interview, callers repeated castigated Brady for whitewashing growers (She doesn’t. She just doesn’t hide the good aspects) and yet in Southern Humboldt, she is accused of painting too dark of a picture of the very unique world.
Cash Crop intimately describes marijuana growing as it takes off in Emerald Triangle. Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier is its sequel in the best sense of the word—expanding this county’s story into current times.
Thursday, June 27 at 5 P.M., Emily Brady will be at the King Range Books in Garberville to sign and read from her book.
LoCO notes that Kym Kemp became a friend with Emily Brady during the writing of this book and is thanked in the Acknowledgements.
Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 @ 7:18 a.m. / Book Author
Stewart Kirby grew up in Humboldt in the tiny town of Miranda. He and his brothers as well as his sister Ruthie roamed through the park that rings the town with giant redwood towers. Like hobbits among the Ents, they found a different world than the mundane reality of school and chores. To Kirby, that town, that park, and the Humboldt County of his childhood have permeated his imagination and been spun into his third print novel, The Avenue of the Giants. There, among other colorful characters in his fantastical “Humbaba County,” a robotic Jim Morrison escapes from his makers and another man seeks financial salvation in a huge Woodstock like concert.
Kirby explained, “My overall experience here in Humboldt is distilled in a pretty surreal way. I think of it as Edgar A Poe meets Hunter S. Thompson…. There’s the creepy twisted aspect of the macabre but a political element as well…The surreal aspects are maybe …like the candy coating around the bitter political pill in the middle. For me a reanimated corpse on a mission of revenge isn’t just about good times, it is also about misguided political shenanigans.” Kirby’s writing is infused with the land he grew up in. “You write what you know,” he says. Then adds with a sly grin, “And I know Bigfeet.” The myths, legends and realities of Humboldt Co. intertwine so completely in his work that it is hard to separate them.
Kirby’s liberal politics flavor his writing. “For me,” he says, “everything is politicized… I see dehumanization happening all the time…I don’t like the corporatized, globalized world and I have something to say about that. But I don’t really feel that I’m preaching. I feel that these are characters and stories that come through me.”
He’s coming to Garberville this Friday,the 10th at 5 P.M. at King Range Books near Ray’s and Woodrose Cafe
“If you can’t make it in Humboldt when you are writing about Humboldt, then you probably won’t make it anywhere….It is a natural fit for me to try to market the stuff that takes place in Humbaba Co. in it’s obvious parallel to Humboldt Co.”