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Mark Lovelace will join me on KHSU tonight at 7:00 p.m.  to discuss the status of the General Plan Update.

Call in with your questions.

I did extend an invitation to all of the Supervisors.  All but one responded, and only Mark can join me.

Tonight on KHSU at 7:00.  We’ll discuss what looks to be a SCOTUS gutting of the Voting Rights Act.  It was argued yesterday (or it will be yesterday in less than an hour), and there were some pretty remarkable comments, including an extraordinary statement from Justice Scalia arguing that because the 2006 extension of the provisions applying to problem areas of the country was practically unanimous, it means that voting rights have become a “racial entitlement.”

My guests:

Ryan Emenaker is a professor of political science at College of the Redwoods. His research  focuses on judicial politics and separation of powers. He has written numerous pieces on the history and role of the Supreme Court. His most recent article, on why the Supreme Court should uphold the Voting Rights Act, appeared on SCOTUSblog the premier news and research site on the Supreme Court.

Mohamad Alnakhlawi is an honors student at College of the Redwoods majoring in political science who plans to apply his education of political institutions and interests to a career in journalism and or public policy and law.

Mercedes Scoles- is an honor’s student, a political science major and plans on a career in public policy or education.

My KHSU talk show debuts tomorrow night.  I have Milt Boyd of the Democrats and Park Bostron Parke Bostrom (I hope I’m spelling those names right) of the Republicans to talk statewide ballot propositions.  7:00 to 8:00.  We have 11 propositions, some of them kind of complicated, but I will make room for calls.

From KHSU (click on the image to clarify, then again to enlarge):


Garberville, CA – NPR affiliate KHSU has developed a fundraising plan to preserve and expand its service area in Southern Humboldt County with a new transmitter. Station staff and supporters explained fundraising needs to fellow listeners at the Garberville Civic Club Friday evening.     

Station general manager Ed Subkis said the station has a goal to raise $52,000 for the project. To date, money has come from a core of individual supporters in Southern Humboldt, in addition to contributions from the Monroe Tobin Family Fund & the John and Barbara Francek Memorial Fund of the Humboldt Area Foundation.

Time is of the essence in raising these funds by January, 2013. Subkis explained that KHSU has an FCC construction permit to build a permanent Southern Humboldt transmitter on 89.9 FM, but the permit will expire at the start of 2013. If the new transmitter is installed in time, it will protect KHSU from ever being forced off the air. The new transmitter will also triple the population served by KHSU in Southern Humboldt and improve current listeners’ reception.

Since 2002, KHSU has served the Redway and Garberville area with a translator on 89.7 FM. A translator is a low-power radio repeater designed to extend a station’s programming into an area not served by its main signal. The FCC considers translators a secondary service, meaning they are not permanent, protected authorizations. They can be forced off the air if a primary service station begins to broadcast on a nearby channel.

If the January, 2013 deadline is not met, Subkis explained, the permit will expire and the FCC will likely award the frequency to another broadcaster. If that happens, the current KHSU Southern Humboldt translator—only one channel away—will be forced off the air and KHSU service to Southern Humboldt and Northern Mendocino Counties will be lost forever.

David Reed, KHSU’s Director of Development, said “We are coming to KHSU listeners in Southern Humboldt and Northern Mendocino counties to help raise the funds to complete this transmitter project.” He appealed to listeners to make increased contributions, paid over a three-to-five year pledge period, to finance the new transmitter.

“This is one of many current projects to improve KHSU’s public service to the North Coast,” added Subkis, “but unlike many of them, the Southern Humboldt initiative doesn’t have a lot of grant funds to support it.”



In addition to serving more Southern Humboldt residents, Subkis explained that KHSU wants to purchase an HD transmitter. This will broadcast current KHSU programming to existing analog radios, but also allow KHSU to add a second program service of BBC news on its HD-2 service.  Listeners will need a new HD radio in order to receive additional programming on the HD-2 channel.

Additional information on the Southern Humboldt transmitter project is available by contacting KHSU general manager, Ed Subkis at 707-826-6085 or at

KHSU is a member supported public radio station with 65% of its operating funds coming from community support. The station’s remaining funding comes from Humboldt State University and through a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The station’s programming originates in studios on the campus of Humboldt State University. Its main transmitter broadcasts on 90.5 FM in Eureka/Arcata. KHSU programming is repeated on 89.7 FM around Garberville and Redway, on 91.9 FM in Crescent City and Brookings, on 88.7 FM in Ferndale-Fortuna, on 99.7 FM in Willow Creek and online at KHSU.ORG. KHSU broadcasts a mix of national news from NPR and other sources, locally-produced music shows and local public affairs programs.

Dan Faulk will be sitting in for David Cobb on Thursday Night Talk tonight at 7:30.  They’ll be talking about the economic crisis, but I wonder if some local issues will come up, especially after the last Board of Supervisors meeting where Supervisor Mark Lovelace reported that he had met with Arkley’s Humboldt Economic and Land Plan (HELP) to discuss the General Plan.

Has he been on KHSU before?  Could be lively.  Unfortunately, I’ll be out of range.

Now that Estelle is heading up HumCPR, I’m wondering how the group will interface with HELP.

Addendum: Heraldo has a summary and discussion of the Thursday night interview.  No mention of the Marina Center.  Apparently Schwarzenegger and Arkley aren’t on good terms anymore.

Former Sohum resident and KMUD programmer Bonnie Burgess was honored by her new station KHSU and briefly interviewed by the Eye. Her show Go for Baroque airs at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesdays.

The interview begins with her show’s description:

Go for Baroque features Western European music from the Baroque time period which is, roughly, the years 1600 to 1750. I cheat a bit and often play music from the late 1700s, which is officially the Classical era. That way I can include music by the sons of J.S. Bach and even occasionally Mozart and early Beethoven. Those guys were so heavily influenced by the Baroque composers that their sound doesn’t give my listeners “musical whiplash.”

I miss her on Thursday nights, though we have some excellent classical programmers in Fred and Margaret who’ve taken her place. I just remembered that I posted about her KMUD show once previously.

I’ll be a guest on Estelle’s talk show tomorrow night at 7:00 on KMUD. Election’s the topic of course.


Hank Sims will be joining, um, somebody on KHSU on Tuesday night for a play-by-play. Unfortunately, I can’t find my copy of NCJ so I can’t give you the time at the moment.


I met with Mark Lovelace today. Really, everybody should see his presentation. However you fall on the issue, he raises some damn good questions. I’ll post more about that later.


Also met Larry Glass briefly. Nice guy. Hope he wins.

Where is Local Solutions anyway? They’re usually on GOTV about now, but I haven’t heard a thing.


While I was waiting for my order at Liu’s (the family had a craving for Chinese) I walked over to the new Co-op. It had the feel of a Whole Foods to me. I like the demo kitchen idea. A bit too pristine for me – I feel much more comfortable at the Arcata site – but maybe it just needs to be broken in a little. I saw much more of a cross-section of the community there than in Arcata however, and the parking lot was full.

On my way I walked past the ER office and peeked in. Pretty swank office!


When in court this morning I used the bathroom on the first floor. Somebody scratched “Cobb out of Humboldt County” onto the stall door. I figure it has to be one of the anons around here.

Come on dude. Fess up! I won’t check your IP.


And damn! I went to Los Bagels and forgot to try their new wasabi sauce!

I turned on KHSU at 6:00 tonight hoping to hear the gubernatorial debate, which was probably just as uneventful as the snoozer whipped up by an incumbent who’s in for life, an unimaginative Republican whose campaign belongs in a more rectangular state, and a one-trick-pony perennial candidate aging hippy who will solve every problem from global warming to static cling with marijuana and hemp.

Give Mike Thompson credit for agreeing to a debate. It’s not like he has to do anything but stay out of bed with his pages to get re-elected.

His Republican opponent has nothing to offer an overwhelmingly Democratic district. Frank Riggs won a couple of elections because he could profess social moderation. Riggs was pro-choice. I have no idea what Jones stands for other than the cookie-cutter RNC talking points, which he delivered in spectacularly bland form tonight. About the only cookie he tossed to liberals was an ambiguous statement that the UN is probably a good idea, in principle anyway. When asked about the crucial issue for north coasters and his campaign he responded, “infrastructure.” Yep. That’ll get them into the streets.

Pamela Elizonda wants to legalize hemp and marijuana. She also wants to legalize hemp and marijuana. And did I mention that she wants to legalize hemp and marijuana? She did. About 40 times.

Some highlights:

Thompson believes that the number one foreign policy priority is slamming the president. Jones believes the number one foreign policy priority is “standing proud.” Elizonda believes the number one foreign policy priority is convincing foreign leaders to grow hemp and marijuana. Did you also notice that despite the fact that the question specifically excluded Iraq that none of the candidates could resist the temptation to discuss it?

Thompson opposes the US/Mexican border wall because it isn’t long enough anyway. Jones supports it because he’s a retired cop. Elizonda wants to offer illegal immigrants jobs growing hemp and marijuana.

Thompson supports some sort of public funding for candidates to undermine the power of money. Jones opposes it and he’s concerned that the current system has so many restrictions that the special interests aren’t able to get their messages out. Elizonda didn’t address the question, but says she opposes political labels, and by the way we need to legalize hemp and marijuana.

Thompson wants a timeline for Iraq. Jones doesn’t. Elizonda wants the soldiers brought home and offered jobs growing hemp and marijuana.

So where was Tim Stock the Peace and Freedom candidate?

As to the governor race debate, the folk over at Governorphil are cheering their candidate’s performance tonight. Not an unbiased opinion obviously, but even if it’s justified in objective terms it doesn’t matter if nobody saw it.


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