Andrew Goff / Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 @ 2:45 p.m. / Local Celebs
So read a wanted poster that quickly spread across social media after the Mad River Union’s revelation that local attorney/Americans With Disabilities act “champion” Jason Singleton played a part in the closure of yet another local business. By Facebook standards, the backlash has been swift and severe. While it’s impossible to quantify how many times the poster has been shared and celebrated at this point, the author of the Union article that sparked it — Jack Durham — gave us a glimpse as to some measure of the issue’s local salience on his Facebook page. From Dec. 12:
“This is strange. More people have viewed this article today than any other article I’ve ever written. Ever. Our fledgling website got a record number of hits. There’s something about the topic that really speaks to people, more so even than our stories about a murder and a deadly fire. What gives?”
People are riled by injustice/loss of meat?
If the untimely end of Arcata’s Porter Street Barbecue is your first encounter with our local crusader for the less-abled, you may enjoy the NCJ’s Heidi Walters’ 2008 article about Singleton’s previous battles with Six Rivers Brewery and Arctic Circle, among others.
Here at your Lost Coast Outpost, we have been inundated with Facebook messages, comments and emails pondering why we weren’t reporting on J-Sing’s exploits. We promise you it is not because we are in the same knitting circle as Mr. Singleton as some, more or less, suggested. To prove it, we’ll just go ahead and pass on a link provided to us to someone’s homemade ADA Abuse website that include’s handy, blurbed PDF judgments to old court cases our hero was involved in. Beware: They’re only good for those that need their belief that this guy is a scum bag solidified further. Some tasty meat:
“The Court finds that counsel’s statement was a purposeful attempt to deceive the Court. The discrepancy between what was represented to the Court and what was the truth is such a large and glaring one as to obviate any belief that the misstatement was the product of mistake or oversight on counsel’s part.” (SOURCE)
“Plaintiff’s counsel’s billing practices are nothing short of appalling. Counsel may rest assured that any future request for fees and costs made to this Court will be subjected to the absolute strictest scrutiny.” (SOURCE)
Anywho, have fun with those.
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Andrew Goff / Wednesday, July 31, 2013 @ 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.
Kym Kemp / Wednesday, July 31, 2013 @ 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.