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Articles by Jacquelyn Opalach

September 2021

Fortuna’s Apple Harvest Festival Canceled Two Years in a Row, But That Doesn’t Mean There Aren’t Plenty of Apples For You to Enjoy

‘Samoa Beach Academy’ Denied by Northern Humboldt Union High School District Board, But Proposed Charter School Could Still Open Through the County Office of Education

‘IT STARTS TO HURT YOUR SOUL’: Two St. Joe’s Nurses Talk About Life Inside the ICU During COVID

Some Parents Want COVID-19 Data From Schools to be Public, But Public Health Says the Request Isn’t Realistic Right Now

Local Parents Create Facebook Group to Track In-School COVID Cases and Circulate Petition Asking Public Health to Publish Those Numbers

Humboldt’s Schools Are Finally Fully Open, But Some Parents Don’t Trust That They’re Safe

August 2021

Humboldt’s First Fully Vaccinated COVID Fatality Lived With 30% Lung Capacity. With Confidence in Vaccine Efficacy, His Daughter Hopes More People in Humboldt Will Get Vaccinated, Too

Why Your Community Hall Might Close

July 2021

New Nonprofit Wants a Humboldt Where Aging-Out Foster Youth and Other Young Adults Aren’t Destined for Homelessness

This Free Program Teaches Locals Exactly How to Pursue the Trades

A BRIGHT LIGHT: At the Launch of Humboldt’s New Electric Microgrid, a Vision of the Future

With Push From New Nonprofit, Arcata City Council Will Soon Consider a Resolution That Would Decriminalize Psychedelic Plants and Fungi in Arcata

Speedy Local Teen is Revving Up for a Big-Deal Motorcycle Championship in Illinois Later This Month

June 2021

(VIDEO) Watch This Trailer for a Humboldt-Filmed Movie Created by T. Great Razooly’s Teenage Grandson

TOUGH PUFFIN: A Rare Bird Sighting in Trinidad Harbor

O My! There is an Oyster Fest, Of Sorts, Happening in Arcata Saturday

(PHOTOS) Kiddos, Parents and Bandemonium Spread the Love at Pride-Themed Arcata Library Storytime

‘A Resource for Imagination’: Eureka’s Synapsis Artist Collective Reinvents Itself at Historic Former Union Hall

‘IT WAS JOY’: During the Last Days of the School Year, Eureka High Performing Arts Students Got Their Turns On Stage

Most Humboldt Schools Are Not Regularly COVID Testing Students Despite Available Funding

May 2021

Aggressive Anti-vaxxers Protest McKinleyville High Vaccine Clinic, Harass Students and Staff

(VIDEOS) Arcata High’s AAPI Club is Here to Educate and Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Inside the Turmoil at Peninsula Union School, Where Staff Say That a Much-Lauded Administrator Governs Through Intimidation

Local Schools and Local Sculptor Adorn Jolly Giant Creek With Art That Celebrates It

(VIDEO) CELEBRATION! Eureka High Marching Band Parades Around Neighborhoods For Their First In-Person Practice in, Like, Forever

TACKLING PROBLEMS TOGETHER: Humboldt Schools Link Up and Learn With Taiwanese Kids During the Pandemic

April 2021

So How is School Reopening Going? Humboldt Teachers, Students and Staff Have Mixed Feelings About In-Person Learning After a Year of Pandemic

Hey, Parents of Girls! The Arcata Boy Scouts are Looking to Get a Girls’ Troop Going

In North Coast Schools, the Push is On to Recruit More Native American Teachers and Administrators

March 2021

‘Samoa Beach Academy’ Proponents Withdraw Their Petition in Wake of Criticism From District Staff, Say They Will Revise Proposal for New Charter High School on the Peninsula

You Want to Watch This Cool Series of Videos Made By Arcata High’s Black Student Union for Black History Month

(VIDEO) Redwood Coast Montessori Students Tackle Climate Change, Women’s Empowerment at Model United Nations Summit

February 2021

Proposed ‘Samoa Beach Academy’ Gets Thumbs Down from Northern Humboldt Staff; School Board Will Make Final Decision on Charter High School at Meeting Next Week

SCHOOLHOUSE RAP: Rapping Middle School Teacher Zigzilla Spits Verses on How to Read Paintings and Other Works of Art

The Acorn Project: Freshman Students’ Pandemic Setbacks Prompt NoHum High Schools to Create On-Site Program for Struggling Students

(VIDEOS) Union Street Charter Students Ask You to Please Think About Cutting Back on Plastic So More Sea Creatures Can Live

January 2021

At Roundtable Last Week, Humboldt Educators Discussed Why We’re Failing Native Kids and Detailed Some Changes That are Coming

In Letter to Community, McK High Principal Says That the School Has Fallen Short in Supporting BIPOC Students, Vows That Changes Will Come

Humboldt Schools and Reopening: Emergency State and Federal Funds Should be Coming Soon, But Many Districts Still Unsure About When They Can Get Back to Class

Northern Humboldt Education Leaders Issue Pledge Following Wednesday’s Riot at the Capitol

Teachers, Students Raise Concerns About Proposed Samoa Charter High School at School Board Meeting

With Apparent Backing From Danco, Community Group to Propose New Charter High School in Samoa at Special NoHum School Board Meeting Tonight

December 2020

Six Rivers Charter Students Put Together 2021 Wall Calendar for the Local History Lover in Your Life

Toys for Tots is Happening This Year, Despite COVID! Here’s What You Need to Know if Your Tot Needs a Toy, or If You Want to Give

Star Eureka High Student Scores Full Four-Year Scholarship to the University of Chicago

THE CAR SNORKEL! Creative Local Develops DIY Pandemic Device For Those Times When You Gotta Have Someone in Your Vehicle

November 2020

With Many Craft Fairs and Festivals Cancelled, Local Artists are Gearing Up for an Unusual Holiday Season

BRILLIANCE IN THE WORLD: For Humboldt’s California Teacher of the Year, Education is About Encouraging Students to Shine

What About Sports? Humboldt’s Kid Athletes and Their Coaches are Preparing For Spring Seasons, but the State Still Hasn’t Let Anyone Know If or When Games Will be Possible

As NoHum High Schools Prepare to Reopen, Staff Tackles Enormous Logistical Hurdles Required to Keep Everyone Safe