Archive for April, 2011

The 4:20 Day: CR Students Smoke Journalism

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

What time is 1:20? CR Students Inhale Pot Alternative

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

The Chill Factor — Inside Humboldt Co. Coroner Office

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Protestors Try to Stop Cal-trans Road Project

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Snow Camp is Cool!!!

Monday, April 18th, 2011

  The two most frequently asked questions I get when I tell people I’m going snow camping are, “Don’t you get cold?” and, “What do you do there?” Well, to address the first question: No, I usually don’t get cold. When one thinks of camping the familiar image of hiking or fishing during the day and sitting around a campfire roasting marshmallows at night. Snow camping is not this scenario with snow on the ground. It is COLD and can be dangerous if an inexperienced person tries to do it without help.  Don’t get me wrong; when one has the right gear and supplies, the cold is not as big of an issue but should still be kept in mind. To address the second question, you have to be there to know what it’s like. There are plenty of things to do.

Brief trip walkthrough:

Buying food and other stuff: Ideally, one would have already bought all of his or her food for the trip already and had it all lined out for however long they would be gone for. When I go, this is usually not the case. Freeze-dried food is the only food item I bring from home. Freeze-dried food is generally the meal of choice because it is so light and simple to prepare. Trail mix is a good food for the hike in and is usually bought in the nearest town to trailhead.

Getting registered: When camping, one is required to fill out a back country pass for however long they will be staying. It will have to be carried to camp and out to let the Park Service know you haven’t been eaten in an avalanche or other disaster.

Preparation: It sounds like a real mom speech but it’s true, you should wear sunscreen. It is a hassle and it makes your hands and face all greasy but it is so much better than having half your face peel off when you get home. It only takes a couple trips to realize the benefits.

The hike: During any kind of hiking hydration is extremely important. Being dehydrated is very dangerous but is easily avoided. A hydration pack such as a Camelbak is very handy on hikes to keep your hands free for poles or picture taking, etc. Pacing is also very important. If the pace is too fast, you may burn out too early and be stuck going very slow or other inconveniences. Running is generally not recommended. 

Camp setup: I recommend setting up camp as soon as you arrive because you will have the most energy (and hopefully light) at that point. If you are like me, you will immediately start building things in the snow. Like I said before, you  have to be there to know what I am talking about. Feel free to do lots of stuff in the snow but just remember not to get too wet because it will make the night and next morning a real nightmare.

Hike out: Pretty much the same as the hike in but keep in mind that you will be much more tired and less rested as when you came in so don’t try to go out too quickly.

Remember, this is only a Brief description of a trip. There are many other details that are not included.

Parker Hect

Richardson grove update

Friday, April 15th, 2011

MEDIA ALERT: April 14, 2011 For Immediate Release

Contact: Richardson Grove Action Now (707) 602-7551,

Mass Rally Monday April 18 at Noon To Oppose CalTrans’
Federally-Funded Plan to Widen the Highway Through Richardson Grove State Park

Protest Coincides With Advertised Bid Day for Bulk of Richardson Grove Highway Construction

Humboldt County: Richardson Grove Action Now has organized a rally for Monday, April 18, 2011 at CalTrans District One Headquarters in Eureka to protest the federally-funded plan to widen Highway 101 through Richardson Grove State Park. April 18th is the advertised bid day for the main phase of construction for the Richardson Grove project. The protest will begin at noon where participants will again demand “No Road Widening Through Richardson Grove.”

Richardson Grove Action Now asks , “If CalTrans can build in a State Park and injure protected old-growth, steal adjacent private property forestland, and violate the Endangered Species Act, what is stopping them from building anywhere for any reason and turning it all into highway?”

The organizers invite all who value living ecosystems and locally-owned business instead of free-trade corridors for interstate commerce to come to CalTrans and declare “HANDS OFF THE ANCIENT FOREST! We are resisting your military and corporate invasion!” Rallyers are encouraged to bring signs, banners, musical instruments, and bullhorns on Monday to make sure that there is no business as usual for CalTrans on the bid day and to deliver the message cancel the plan.

On the morning of Monday April 18th , bicyclists against the highway expansion through Richardson Grove will depart at 10am from the Arcata Plaza for a group ride to the Mass Rally at CalTrans in Eureka.

Richardson Grove Action Now believes that a grassroots movement committed to direct action is key in the struggle against Caltrans’ disastrous and destructive project. Richardson Grove Action Now is interested in organizing with anyone to protect the autonomy of west coast rural communities, and to keep corporate and government entities from ruining our local economy and dominating and bullying us. Organizers know that CalTrans’ highway expansions are supported by U.S. Military and so-called defense agencies that wish to have greater access to and control over the people and natural resources of this region.

Richardson Grove Action Now invites all opposed to the plan to CalTrans this Monday, April 18th to insist on the right to survive and determine what passes through our lives and covers the landscape of our home.

For more info: Richardson Grove Action Now at (707) 602-7551 or email

CR Journalism — Hecka-fun!!!

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Homeless on Del Norte Street–CR Students Learn Firsthand

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

CR Student Performs in Humboldt Varietyville

Thursday, April 7th, 2011