Jack Durham & Kevin L. Hoover McKinleyville Press/Arcata Eye For 110 years, the Humboldt Beacon has served the people of Fortuna and the Eel River Valley, persevering through two world wars, The Great Depression, the Humboldt flood of ’64 and an untold number of other trials and tribulations. Last Thursday, the Beacon put out its final…
There’s nothing wrong with being a small newspaper, I thought to myself. Print the paper that you can afford to print.
I used to joke that if a nuclear bomb goes off in Humboldt County, it’s not a story that will appear in the McKinleyville Press unless the reporter finds a McKinleyville angle.
In some ways, life back then for me resembled the movie Groundhog Day, in which a weatherman is doomed to relive the same day over and over again. Except in my case, instead of a day, it was a weekly cycle.
In the fall of 1995, I came home late one evening from a camping trip, turned on the evening news and learned that the Arcata Union was going out of business. Although I didn’t know it at the time, that was a pivotal moment in the birth of the McKinleyville Press.
The administration had no choice but to heartily reinstate our class for the upcoming year. We did it.
Students from a College of the Redwoods Journalism class will gather in Arcata Plaza at 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20.
Chapman said police found no evidence of weapons or drugs in the subject’s possession, nor was any intoxication detected.
I’ll miss Tom. He paid for the coffee. On the other hand, the North Coast Journal is open to more of my students’ work So, too, is the Arcata Eye.
This isn’t just about preparing students to be future journalists (although that in itself is a noble goal). The skills they acquire, hone and apply on the Pepperbox will transfer to their futures and arguably ours.