Andrew Goff / Wednesday, July 31 @ 11:40 a.m. / Local Celebs
(Above: Anne Holcomb of Food for People accepts the 2012 Nonprofit Leader Achievement Award.)
Press release from Northern California Association of Nonprofits:
The Northern California Association of Nonprofits (NorCAN) announces the opportunity to nominate an outstanding representative of the North Coast nonprofit sector for the prestigious Nonprofit Leader Achievement Award for 2013. This is your chance to help recognize an inspiring, hard working and innovative community member that has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills during their career, particularly in the last year.
There are so many incredible nonprofit leaders on the North Coast. Who do you know that has been particularly strategic, motivating, collaborative, and resourceful? Has one of your colleagues from the nonprofit sector helped your organization work through obstacles with confidence, creativity, and the support of their staff, volunteer and board teams? Is there someone that has demonstrated innovative approaches to providing their services, been exceptional in their community outreach, or engaged others in meaningful ways? Help recognize them for their hard work!
NorCAN is collecting nominations beginning today through August 30 and anyone can nominate! A leadership award committee will then select the final award recipient and recognize that person at NorCAN’s annual Strong as Redwoods conference on October 10, 2013 at the River Lodge in Fortuna.
Nomination forms are available by visiting www.northerncalifornianonprofits.org. NorCAN asks that the following characteristics be taken into consideration when making a nomination:
- Breadth of experience
- Commitment to strengthening organizational impact
- Ability to successfully respond in a time of reduced resources and increased demand
- Creative engagement of community members in the work of the organization
- Development and encouragement of other leaders in their organization(s), networks or community
- Active and effective work in collaborations or networks
For more information on the award, visit www.northerncalifornianonprofits.org or call Amie McClellan, NorCAN steering committee chair, at 707-223-3063.
Humboldt County Superior Court Calendar: Monday
2520 Mm299 (Humboldt office): Trfc Collision-No Inj
1914 - 1919 Sr96 (Humboldt office): Trfc Collision-Unkn Inj
Us101 / Bell Springs Rd (Garberville office): Traffic Hazard
Mad River Hosp (Humboldt office): Trfc Collision-Minor Inj
64274 - 64275 Sr271 (Garberville office): Trfc Collision-1141 Enrt
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Kym Kemp / Wednesday, July 31 @ 7:16 a.m. / Local Celebs
Going up Cougar Rock(Gore/Baylor Photography)
“You ride for 30 miles in the dark,” explained thirty-one year old April Moore of Southern Humboldt about the Tevis Cup, a 100 mile endurance horse race she completed last week. “That’s amazing… . You ride with a glow stick on your collar.. a headlamp for emergencies… . You put a lot of trust in your horse.” In the end, she said when you’ve trained a lot with your horse and things get tough, “You drop your horse’s reins and just let him bring you on home.”
Moore was the only rider this year to complete the prestigious race riding a stallion. She finished 49th out of 161 riders (less than half of whom completed the race in the required 24 hours.) She started out at 5:30 A.M. on the 20th of July and rode through the night completing the race at 4:21 in the morning. Although the tradition of the Tevis Cup started with a Wendell Robie and his Arabian stallion Bandos, stallions entering the race are relatively rare. Even rarer are those that finish. This year Moore and DB Bey Barz were the only pair to succeed.
DB Bey Barz, an arabian stallion, shows no sign of exhaustion as he trots through a medical checkpoint with Moore during the race. (Photo by Audra Homicz)
This was Moore’s third attempt at the prestigious event. People come from all over the world to participate and finishing the grueling event is considered a huge accomplishment. Temperatures this year reached over 110 degrees and Moore described competitors “dropping like flies, throwing up in trash cans” as they attempted to complete the ride.
In fact, on her first attempt at this ride 12 years ago, Moore herself “threw up and blacked out” after completing 70 miles in temperatures reaching 115 degrees. “My horse was fine,” she said but the race medical personnel pulled her from the race. Her second attempt was a year or two later, she explained. “This time,” she said, “I made it 30 miles… They say that there is a rock with your name on it, so try not to hit it. That year my horse hit it.” Again she had to pull out of the race. This time with only 30 miles under her belt.
The Tevis Cup, a 100 mile endurance ride, is known as one of the most grueling races for horses. Running from Tahoe to Auburn, it is also the oldest modern race of its kind.
Moore partly credits her stallion with helping her succeed this year. “I got him about 2 years ago…He came from southern Illinois and never saw a mountain. Now he’s done one of the toughest endurance rides in the world,” she explained proudly. “This stallion,” she notes, “tends to keep his feet on the ground a lot better. He is very efficient. He doesn’t waste a lot of energy.” This is important, she says, in an endurance race where energy must be conserved.
Even with the stallion’s efficiency, there were moments where he lost focus. One in particular stands out to her. On a place she describes as “Pucker Point,” a mare in heat was right in front of them. “[The mare] turned a corner. He started to go sideways.” The trail there is very narrow and steep—about 1500 feet down, Moore explained. Knowing how close the edge was “I thought I could die,” she said.
The ride is very dangerous for more than the heat and the steep cliffs. “About 70 miles into the ride,” Moore recounted, “…there was a rattlesnake in the trail…everyone around was scared. …[but, luckily,] no one stepped on it.”
“There are also canyons with swinging bridges,” Moore explained. “I watched people trot their horses across.” Moore paused then admitted with a smile in her voice, “I got off and led my horse across.”
“I ain’t gonna lie; it is a very tough ride,” Moore admitted. “The thing is that there are some horses and people shouldn’t be there.”… . Horses do die at this ride… .” Still, Moore said, the drive to match oneself against nature and survive is strong. She pointed out that, “[The Tevis Cup] is something similar to Mount Everest. People die, but they just keep going back… .”
Moore says that her stallion’s breed, arabians, are particularly qualified for endurance races. “The horses I ride are specifically bred to endure extreme heat and travel many miles on a little bit of food,” she points out. “The Bedouins were a nomadic people. Sometimes they would travel 50 miles a day.” Besides, she says, “my horse is happy doing it. If he wasn’t happy I wouldn’t do it.”
Moore, who is well known in Southern Humboldt as a horse trainer, farrier, as well as a competitive endurance rider is also a local musician. She writes her own songs as well as plays guitar and sings. “My mom really encourages me to play,” she explained as do other local musicians but to her it “is kinda a hobby. I generally don’t have a lot of time for it…When I get home from shoeing and riding all day, I kinda want to go to bed.”
Moore singing at Persimmons in Redway.
Born and raised in Humboldt her whole life, Moore lives in the Fruitland Ridge area. “I am a farrier. “That is my full time job. I’ve been doing going on 11 years… . I also saddle break and train horses part time (when the weather is good.)”
The finish line (Photo by Gore/Baylor)
Moore credits her community in part for succeeding at this ride. “I don’t feel like I did this on my own,” she said. “I had an immense amount of support and love. Everyone encouraged me so much and I have an amazing horse.”
(Photos used with Moore’s permission from her Facebook page. This one was taken by Amber Lewis.)
UPDATE, FEB. 20: For some reason we feel obliged to point out that the fake menu below is full of stolen jokes. But the man knows how to steal from the best. — HS
Former Ferndalian Guy Fieri hasn’t had an easy time of it. As previously reported here on LoCO, the painfully bleached restaurateur, author, television personality and game show host has been accused of many things and cleared of some of them. His newest restaurant was immortalized in the New York Times not for being wonderful, but because critic Paul Wells delivered a one-two punch of acerbity and wit in reviewing Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar:
When you saw the burger described as “Guy’s Pat LaFrieda custom blend, all-natural Creekstone Farm Black Angus beef patty, LTOP (lettuce, tomato, onion + pickle), SMC (super-melty-cheese) and a slathering of Donkey Sauce on garlic-buttered brioche,” did your mind touch the void for a minute?
Today, a veritable Fieri frenzy infused the national media. And by “frenzy” and “national media,” we mean that Business Insider, Bostinno and, our personal favorite, Jezebel, all brought to our attention that if you fail to purchase your own relevant domain names, hell will surely follow. Because, as Jezebel’s Laura Beck points out:
When you don’t, you end up like Guy Fieri — serving your big balls with cadillac cream sauce.
Wha?! Yes. See, this fellow, one Bryan Mytko, now owns guysamericankitchenandbar.com, which features such appetizing appetizers as the “Honky-Tonky Double Meat Barrel Loaded Blast” and “Guy’s Big Balls,” as well as, well, see for yourself:
UPDATE: Our friends at the NCJ actually stayed up late and watched the thing.
Proving once again that Humboldt County is the de facto center of the universe, Kai the Homefree Hitchhiker is scheduled to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight. Check it:
Kai, of course, a hitchhiking, hatchet-wielding hero who claims Humboldt.
Kimmel, of course, a late-night, microphone-wielding talk show host who defamed Humboldt.
Perhaps the former will soften the latter’s heart, and HSU’s dreams will come true.
Hank Sims / Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 @ 3:11 p.m. / Local Celebs
KILL THE FATTED CALF!
CREAM CITY CONQUERS CRUEL COASTIES
Press release from Rep. Mike Thompson:
REP. MIKE THOMPSON ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO SAVE FERNDALE LENS
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-1) today announced an agreement between the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the City of Ferndale to keep the Mendocino Lighthouse Lens in Ferndale. Later this month, the USCG is going to begin the process of dismantling and storing the lens. The city will then build an artifact exhibit at the Ferndale Museum. The city will also raise funds to reassemble, stabilize and partially restore the Fresnel lens. Once the funds are obtained and the exhibit is built, the city will obtain a 25-year loan, renewable upon mutual consent. Thompson, the USCG, and City of Ferndale have worked on finding a solution that keeps the lens in Ferndale for years.
“The Ferndale lens is an iconic and historic maritime landmark,” said Thompson. “After years of hard work and compromise, I am pleased to announce that our lens will remain at home in the city of Ferndale.”
“The Save Our Lens group is a true reflection of the nature of this tiny community,” said Ferndale City Manager Jay Parrish. “To raise $100,000 to keep the Cape Mendocino lens in Ferndale, where it has true historical context and has been taken care of for more than 64 years, shows the commitment of Ferndale to safekeeping its history and important artifacts. We thank Congressmen Thompson for helping us retain this priceless piece of history and we are certain that we will be successful in raising additional funds to place the Cape Mendocino lens in a world-class setting that truly reflects the value this important artifact holds to so many.”