Community articles

38th Lantern Floating Ceremony going virtual

The City of Arcata’s Nuclear-Free Zone Committee started the Arcata Lantern Floating Ceremony 38 years ago to commemorate the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and to affirm Arcata’s dedication to the cause of peace. The ceremony has since evolved into a beautiful opportunity for the community to come together for a collective moment of remembrance and reflection.

Ham Radio Field Day this weekend

The event is ARRL Field Day ( Hams from across North America ordinarily participate in Field Day by establishing temporary ham radio stations in public locations to demonstrate their skill and service. Their use of radio signals bring people together while providing essential communication in service of communities. 

Mary Jean Waldkirch, Aug. 16, 1927 – June 18, 2020

Mary Jean Waldkirch was born Aug. 16, 1927 to Thomas and Lena Funk in Portland, Oregon.  She passed peacefully surrounded by her daughters on June 18, 2020, in McKinleyville, California.   Mary graduated from Lincoln High School and continued on to pursue her education as an administrative professional. After a whirlwind romance of only three

Gianpaolo Venturi, Dec. 11, 1940 – June 12, 2020

Gianpaolo Venturi was born on Dec. 11, 1940, in Bologna, Italy.  He died on June 12, 2020, in his home in Arcata, Calif., from ampullary cancer. Gianpaolo graduated with a law degree from the University of Bologna. Shortly after beginning a family, he and his family moved to Beatrice, Nebraska, where along with his father-in-law,

Blue Lake Notes: Making the best of these times

Since this crisis began, many have taken to working on projects and activities we may have seen during past crisis: victory gardening, learning to bake bread, and raising livestock at home. I know I’m not the only one with a more promising garden this year from years past and a new flock of hens (greetings