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BORING: Humboldt County

Humboldt County has a new website called Humboldt Online.  Currently the site acts as a “data mining project to help point people towards relevant news about our area.”

There is some original content in the FAQ section, however.  Readers will be sad to learn that Humboldt’s inadequate supply of big box stores is driving us to drugs and suicide.

Q. What is there to do in Humboldt County?

A. Humboldt County is not the entertainment capital of the world, to be sure. Due to its poor economic conditions, there are far fewer places to shop than in most locations its size. There are no amusement parks, and few places of interest to small children, or those with short attention spans. Many residents spend their spare time visiting our many public parks to take in the beautiful, local scenery. Unfortunately, the lack of exciting things to do here, especially in the Winter months, have resulted in a higher than normal average when it comes to drug and alcohol abuse. Mental illness and suicides also seem to be more widespread here than in most parts of the country. Indian casinos seem to be the biggest form of adult entertainment in the area. They are especially popular with local seniors.

So much for a good time!  Perhaps the Visitor’s Bureau can contact the site’s owner before it’s too late.

  1. Earnest Dodge
    November 19, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Hahaha not exactly subtle, is it?

  2. November 19, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    I hate amusement parks, despise big box stores, and don’t find malls or shopping exciting at all. Guess I live in the right place, huh?!

    As far as “entertainment”, I saw Los Lonely Boys last month, and will see Los Lobos end of this month. Took my preschooler to see the world acclaimed puppet show adaptation of “The Hobbit” this month too. Get to see Zappa plays Zappa right after Los Lobos. Also have tickets to upcoming Preservation Hall Jazz Band show and the Second City gig. Might be too much “entertainment” if you ask me.

    Oh, well, off to have a beer, then visit some beautiful local scenery, and just generally appreciate all the things we don’t have (to put up with).

  3. Anonymous
    November 19, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    “Humboldt County is not the entertainment capital of the world, to be sure. Due to its poor economic conditions, there are far fewer places to shop than in most locations its size.”

    WTF? Shopping is entertainment?

  4. Walt
    November 19, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    If it weren’t for the casinos, the mall and Costco, Jim Beam and ganja we’d have killed ourselves years ago. If we only had Walmart and Home Depot, think how healthy and happy we’d be! Maybe Sarah Palin would move here! (Be still my singing heart!)

  5. November 19, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Jobs that don’t pay a living wage (and never will), substandard (or no) housing for the poor and the working poor, pathetic services from the County Mental Health services (bad enough so someone shot himself to death at the gates to Sempervirens, and no detox facilities.

    With all this, you expect a low suicide rate?

    have a peaceful day,

  6. arcatawitch
    November 19, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    was that a joke?

  7. November 19, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Arcata Witch,

    Don’t know if you were talking to me but…

    It’s no joke as far as I am concerned. Humboldt County is a beautiful area but mental health requires a healthy economy, adequate shelter, and serious support for people who have mental problems or are addicted to alcohol or other drugs.

    have a peaceful day,

  8. Mr. Nice
    November 19, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Hey don’t be coming down too hard on homeboy’s opinion here. Y’all can just suck it up since we all know Democrats suck anyway.

    But Mr., uh, Humboldtonline, please change those awful colors you got going. Looks hideous as fuck. Almost as bad as that basehead NCJ ripoff site that got posted earlier. Seriously. Some fucked up shit dude.

    And if you read this, I totally agree that Supernova was fucking awful.

  9. November 19, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    “WTF? Shopping is entertainment?”

    It is if you last name starts with “A” and ends in “y”

    For me though, it’s just depressing …

  10. November 19, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    What’s wrong with the colors? The contrast between text and background make the site easy enough to read — if you squint. The text is on the small side.

  11. November 19, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    I think there is a lot of entertainment here, given the size of the city and the population of Humboldt County.

    A lot of it is free, if you know where to look you can enjoy some beautiful music in a park or plaza on many nice days.

    In Eureka you have Red Fox and Nocturnum and there seems to be a lively scene down at the Lil Red Lion. None of these usually have my kind of music, but they are there and draw crowds.

    You also have a concert series at HSU that brings lots of good music to Humboldt, and an active college town coffee house/bar culture there. The Arcata theater recently opened and seems to be pretty active with something going on every week.

    As a musician though I will say there is a shortage of paying gigs in Humboldt, as it seems that the paying venues mostly book out of town acts. Or maybe I am not good enough to get paid. LOL Anyway at this point in my life I don’t need to play music for money, I just need to play music.

    have a peaceful day,

  12. Anonymous
    November 19, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    unless you prefer hiking, kayaking, surfing, canoeing, bicycling, beachcombing, and playing music…then it’s pretty darn good!! (as long as you don’t mind the weather)

  13. November 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Even with the rain there are days right here in Eureka in when the sun comes out, and those days are sublimely beautiful.

    Those days with a clear blue sunny sky, maybe about 70-75 F can’t be beat anywhere else I’ve lived. If they could bottle it, they would make a fortune.

    have a peaceful day

  14. Tim A.
    November 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    The person who wrote that wonderful take on Humboldt needs to get out of town a little more often.
    Ive lived alot of places, and have yet to see anywhere that people dont use drugs and booze, doesnt claim to have “poor economic conditions’, and Ive got news for you pal, casinos are everywhere.
    But here we have beauty, and if you are a concrete
    lover, I think there IS still plenty to do.
    Musically, many local acts have always been great, and more national acts are appearing up here all the time.
    I think this person needs to go live in Fresno or Detroit, and would be much happier.

    And Bill? paying gigs are never why a musician sets roots here. I mean c’mon, how many live places do we even have? These days, its not a whole lot better for bands in big towns. People are jaded, oversaturated with choices, and more in love with their iphones than with ‘real’ people.

    Oh, BTW, ‘Mr. Nice’. Youre mom is calling you upstairs for dinner. Try to quit swearing so much, son.

  15. November 19, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Hi Tim,

    Well I meant it more as an observation rather than a complaint. I get plenty of chances to share my music, whether is is for free on the street or in a coffee house, or the occasional pay gig.

    One thing I will say, the summer concert series at the foot of F street always seems to hire out of area bands. Two years ago they had Calamity Jane, I think they are Arcatans but the rest come from out of the area. Don’t we have local Humboldt bands that can handle a 2 hour dance concert?

    have a peaceful day,

  16. November 19, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Oh, BTW, ‘Mr. Nice’. Youre mom is calling you upstairs for dinner. Try to quit swearing so much, son.

    You couldn’t get any closer to the truth…

  17. eurekite
    November 19, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    there is quite a bit of very good entertainment in the area. much of it unheard of for such a small area. there would be more, and more consistency, if the population could/did better support what is out there.

  18. Anony.Miss
    November 19, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Having lived in about 6 other places in southern and central California, I can say that this place is one that has more excellent restaurants per capita, more art and music shows and performances (I’ve seen Bill Cosby, David Sedaris, The Beach Boys, Judy Collins, America on and on here), more community events, very good health care providers, some excellent schools, many safe neighborhoods, and more natural beauty than anywhere I have lived. This fall has had the most awesome weather! We never have to wait for a spot in a movie theater or restaurant, we have the mountains and oceans, rivers and lakes nearby, and clean air to breathe. I don’t like the summer weather here, but Willow Creek or Southern Humboldt are an hour away. We have a lot to be thankful for. Upscale shopping is not something we can support, but we have the basics and we have lots of unique small shops. Aside from a depressed economy that is not atypical of small communities across America, I am not seeing much to complain about. We are really very lucky.

    Bored? You need to get out more and explore what is here or move away. There is somewhere for everyone.

  19. High Finance
    November 19, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Are all of you really as old as you sound ?

    Malls and shopping is extremly entertaining for kids from age 13 through 25 or so. For them, Humboldt County sucks.

  20. Anony.Miss
    November 19, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    My kids love it here. They love traveling and returning. They may not all end up living here but they all find great things to do. We can’t support better malls and shopping- you need to enjoy what we have and then leave town for the better shopping. For now, this area can’t support the stores I like (not even going to mention them!) but I do find basic needs here. Sorry, but hanging out in malls is not an every day entertainment- you have to find some other way to enrich yourself and this area has plenty of more healthy alternatives.

  21. Carol
    November 19, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Bridge anyone? Chess? Monopoly? There are lots of games to play. Craft projects. Get together with friends and learn how to knit.

  22. Carol
    November 19, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Support the arts in our public schools like music programs. Enriching kids lives by learning a musical instrument or taking art classes keeps them busy and occupied. We enjoyed a wonderful well-attended concert at Fortuna High this week.

  23. November 19, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Malls and shopping [are extremely] entertaining for kids from age 13 through 25 or so.

    You may want to rethink your parenting strategy. My five are grown and not one of them considers shopping a form of entertainment. As kiddos they loved Sequoia Park, the zoo, Arcata’s farmer’s market, the many local festivals, going to the beach in all but the worst weather, backpacking, car camping, going to the river, selected rep theater productions, and a lot more. As teens they continued their love of the outdoors and shifted socializing to hanging out in Old Town coffee shops and Arcata Pizza and Deli. One son loves off-road sports, one acts in local theater and sings with the Six Rivers Choral group. We kept them busy, but also raised them on the following adage: “Boredom is an attitude.” If you need to spend money to enjoy your life, something is mightily askew.

  24. unanonymous
    November 19, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    truth hurts.

  25. November 19, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    When the next big box goes out of business, they should put in an indoor miniature golf course.
    It would be popular when it rains. Not that it ever does that around here.

  26. Mr. Nice
    November 19, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    What’s wrong with the colors? The contrast between text and background make the site easy enough to read — if you squint. The text is on the small side.

    Am I getting a different set of default colors than you? I applied a straight up white on black style to use it without going nuts. I think the page works good and at least as efficiently as the blogthing as far as picking up articles. Also has a crazedlistishy craigslist rss feed. Could use a menu to pick up rants and raves.

  27. Not A Native
    November 19, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    That website is just about right.

    In every other area of the country where large numbers of people congregate, recreate, reside, visit, and involve themselves in civic and cultural events, most of Humboldt would be considered a slum, the “bad” part of town. I’ve actually heard visitors say that.

    Lots of people who live in slums choose to remain and defensively can’t acknowledge their way of life is impoverished. Just like some homeless choose and champion their lifestyle.

    But Humboldt is still a slum, regardless of the “holdouts” who would deny it.

  28. Anony.Miss
    November 19, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Driving around, it is certainly possible to find areas I would consider a slum. Entering Eureka you see only slum from the south and it only improves when you pass the downtown area, only to deteriorate again for a bit until you reach the town border leaving toward Arcata. Eureka’s west side would be classified a slum. I work part of my days in that area and it is not pleasant to park there. From there it is “hit or miss”. Pine Hill area isn’t good. Parts of McK and Fortuna aren’t good. Manila and Samoa? Ugh. But there are lots of nice areas. Most of this county is a very beautiful place to live.

  29. Ed
    November 19, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Yes, there’s few adventures quite as stimulating as a stroll through the good old chain stores. I can hardly wait to spend my days in a nice new big box! Followed of course with a quiet moment in Starbucks reading “going Rogue”. With god as my witness, I’ll never be bored again!

  30. oldphart
    November 19, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Eureka may be a slum, but Willow Creek?

    There are no boring situations, only boring people.

  31. Red Hummer
    November 19, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Ocean and river fishing is what brought me here and even with all the restrictions and upcoming MLPAs this area is still a paradise for anyone that likes to sport fish. The restricted salmon season brought so many people from out of the area that for a week all you could see was boats in the motel parking lots. Fishermen spend lots of money in eating establishments and bars when the ocean is rough. Crabbing, salmon, bottom fish, California halibut, Pacific halibut, albacore, A framing, perch fishing, abalone, diving, kayaking, and fly fishing are all at your front door here. You can go as simple and inexpensive, or first class as your income allows. But even a fellow with an old boat and motor and a little knowledge can feed his family and probably most of the neighborhood with what you can drag out of the sea and rivers. Also there is a camaraderie among the fishermen here that you don’t see in most other places. I’ve taken teenagers out fishing before and they definitely like lots of action, but I doubt they would rather be hanging in a mall when a nice king hits that apex. I have to admit though, I had a friend and his wife and their teenage niece and her friend stay with me for a few days and after getting limits of crab for a couple days the girls pestered gramps into a trip to Bayshore Mall. They actually lived in the valley in a small town without a mall and Bayshore was big time to the girls. Got a feeling they were more interested in trolling for boys than shopping though. Guess it’s all about what trips your trigger.

  32. Time to get real
    November 19, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I am sure glad I live in the right place, at least for me. I love walking the trails of Redwood National Park, walking the beaches, spending times with friends, a movie once in a while, seeing Center Arts Productions. Can’t say I have ever been bored living here. Shopping a big box comes close to last on the enjoyment and satisfaction list. I agree with Bill about the Thursday night concerts at the board walk. We have a wealth of local talent and they should be featured. Sponsored by Main Street and the City of Eureka. Let the know.

    And last but not least, we have such a wonderful cast of villains and heroes to follow and cheer on. The stories rival anything on TV. Did someone mention bored and depressed, I think not!

  33. Mr. Nice
    November 19, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Entering Eureka you see only slum from the southDriving around, it is certainly possible to find areas I would consider a slum.

    So like McCullens avenue and whatnot, you think is a slum. Alright, maybe.

    Eureka’s west side would be classified a slum.

    What, like on the water? A slum? There are few mentally different folks there but it’s not that bad.

    I work part of my days in that area and it is not pleasant to park there.

    Look at the crime map thing if you want to see why not to park near the jail.

    Pine Hill area isn’t good.

    What? You hate on all my favorite spots. Those houses may only be worth $125k, but that doesn’t make it a slum. You can still walk to the golf course. Sure, there are some apartments behind houses on dirt streets, but that is just how the terrain is.

    You missed C. St, Wabash, X. St, Del Norte, all those seasonal streets, 3rd street…

    Parts of McK and Fortuna aren’t good.

    Oh, come on. You can’t even compare Tweak Town to Tuna or Mack Town. Please. The worst you get is a penny flicked at your windshield in those places. Those places are fine. Sure, they got people on SSI collecting cans and whatnot, but even the “bad” parts or either Fortuna or McKinleyville still have crime rates lower than the rest of the county and for that matter, the state. People try to downplay the property crime rate in Eureka because so many people who live just out of city limits aren’t counted in the census, but whatever, it’s still high and it drags the rest of the county down.

    Manila and Samoa? Ugh.

    Again by the water. It’s like the wild west. It’s chicken coopy. Double wides. C’mon, you love Manila.

    But there are lots of nice areas. Most of this county is a very beautiful place to live.

    Thanks for clarifying. Even King Salmon is a beautiful place to live, right?

  34. Anony.Miss
    November 19, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    whatever. I stand by what I said. Thanks for reading every little word.

  35. 1234
    November 19, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    sounds like this was an accurate review of the county!

  36. November 20, 2009 at 4:06 am

    First, I’d like to thank The Humboldt Herald for their review… I think. I guess there’s no such thing as bad publicity?

    Secondly, thanks to those of you who had nice things to say about HumboldtOnline, and even the ones who had bad things to say. I enjoy getting feedback on the website, even if it hurts sometimes.

    I’d like to make a slight correction to the article. HumboldtOnline isn’t exactly new. We’ve been publishing on a daily basis for over a year now. Our archives of past headlines still include ones from the Eureka Reporter, which hasn’t been around for awhile.

    As to the notes in our FAQ, I wasn’t trying to imply that Humboldt County is not a great place to live. At the time I wrote that particular FAQ entry, I was thinking a lot more about the younger people in our community, rather than us “adults”. I have lived here my entire life and love the place. It isn’t exactly Disneyland for kids though, particularly during the Winter when outdoor activities are not all that enjoyable.

    As for the problems we have with drugs and alcohol, it’s more of a statistical fact than some kind of political commentary I was making. Happiness is where you find it, as far as I am concerned, and I don’t really need shopping or a lot of outside venues to be entertained.

    As for our color scheme, we are definitely still working on ironing that out. For those of you who can’t stand the current color scheme, I would suggest accessing us via our RSS feed instead… or just set your monitor to monochrome! :-)

    Anyway, I hope that those of you who do visit the site or read our RSS feed find some value in it. I’m definitely not in it for the money!

    William Van Hefner – Publisher – HumboldtOnline

  37. Anonymous
    November 20, 2009 at 7:11 am

    For me, 5:14 followed by 6:24 sum this thread up.

    People from large cities who move to the area are used to being able to pick up a paper and choose from a wide variety of “entertainment” options. There’s a ton of entertainment here, but it’s not generally big name and there’s not a lot of choice every night. People who miss the big city options are not likely to take up crochet or chess, and people who move here voluntarily are not going to miss the big city “entertainment.”

    The people who suffer are probably the children of the people who move here voluntarily. From their point of view, Humboldt Online is exactly right.

  38. Anonymous
    November 20, 2009 at 7:33 am

    We kind of have the best of both worlds here in our proximity to the Lost Coast, Redwood National Park, all of our rivers and the rest ot what makes Humboldt County what it is. But we’ve only got about a five hour drive to San Francisco which is one of the most interesting cities and areas in the country. And you’re going to be hard pressed to find small towns like Eureka and Arcata with a better Restaurant and Arts scene. God I love it here!

  39. Ekovox
    November 20, 2009 at 8:04 am

    What makes Humboldt County great is the people.
    What makes Humboldt County awful is the people.

  40. bottle rocket
    November 20, 2009 at 8:58 am

    I’ve never been to a reservation casino. Is that really where all the seniors are?

  41. November 20, 2009 at 9:00 am

    William, thanks for your comments. I stand corrected on the newness of HumboldtOnline. The Herald started picking up incoming links a week or two ago, which was my introduction to the site.

    The quoted section of your FAQ is similar to past comment threads on this and other blogs. I suspected it would be of interest to readers. The intent was not to give “bad publicity” but to poke a little fun and start a conversation. It worked! Perhaps it also brought new users to your site.

  42. November 20, 2009 at 9:34 am


    It’s all good! We did get a number of new visitors yesterday. The more, the merrier. I really did enjoy reading the comments here. I only wish we got that kind of interaction from our own readers!

    Since our news is actually aggregated from other websites, I suppose that the FAQ is one of our few pieces of original content. We’re hoping to add quite a bit more, eventually. For now, just keeping up with the thousands of blogs and news websites we do searches on every day for news about Humboldt County is keeping me busy enough. 90% of it turns out to be junk, but a lot of what remains is very interesting, especially the stuff that never quite makes it into the local newspaper.

    Sadly, I often find that the San Jose Mercury news often has more in-depth coverage of major events in this area, and usually gets the story out before our one, remaining daily newspaper. Same goes for the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat. Too bad those publications can not afford to compete up here. I can’t say as I am all that happy with the one choice we have of daily newspapers in Eureka. Our site hopefully helps to make finding relevant news about Humboldt from other sources a little bit easier for people.

    William Van Hefner – Publisher – HumboldtOnline

  43. November 20, 2009 at 9:45 am

    The number of blogs started in and about Humboldt County is staggering. That must be why HumboldtOnline flew under my radar.

    I’ve wondered if other communities engender so much interest among their residents. Newsweek had a recent story about bloggers “obsessively chronicling small-town life.” Maybe we’re not so unique in that respect.

  44. Big Al
    November 20, 2009 at 10:46 am

    When we go outside Humboldt we are always sure to mention how bad it can be living here. With the rain, fog and gray skies, the awful winter storms and the power outages, not to mention the slides that close the highways regularly… and the internet can go down in the entire area if someone digs up the fiberoptic cable.
    There is no industry here, few jobs and none of them pay well…
    We hope it keeps them all away, instead of building that bridge they should have put up a gate.
    ssshhhh don’t tell ’em!

  45. Oldphart
    November 20, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Ahhh – the wish to stay behind the Redwood Curtain. That when away when all you folks moved here over the last 20-30 years. “They’ will continue to come here. And for the same reasons you moved here.

  46. Ed
    November 20, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Yes Al, we should be honest about our Humboldt. It never stops raining, rabid foxes everywhere, floods, hippies, dueling banjos, seen one redwood, seen em all.

  47. Big Al
    November 20, 2009 at 11:25 am

    I forgot the foxes, we came here 40 years ago so I’m aware of the dueling banjos.
    Often when they hear we are from Humboldt they smile.

  48. Anon
    November 20, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    “Only boring people get bored”

  49. A-Nony-Mouse
    November 20, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Me, my nephew, and my grand-nephew all seem to enjoy the rain. Without it the salmon would have to use 4WD to get up the rivers! I love soupy foggy days that melt in funny ways across the bay. Fogs that smell of the sean instead of exhaust fumes. Unless you’re glued to ‘electronic adrenaline”, ther is no excuse for being bored around here. The site already contains a litany of great things to do and see. Read the NCJ for a weekly list. Bored? You’d have to have died three weeks ago to be bored around here.

    The kids aren’t shopping for goods at the Maul. They’re shopping for other kids, lookin’ good, bein’ cool. Merchandise has little to do with it.

  50. A-Nony-Mouse
    November 20, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    That’s “smell of the ocean”. Betrayed by the ‘flying fingers’ again!

  51. peewee
    November 20, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    “most of Humboldt would be considered a slum, the “bad” part of town. I’ve actually heard visitors say that.”

    Most of Humboldt?
    Funny, because most of Humboldt is NOT Eureka nor is it Arcata, so what are they talking about?
    I guess you live in MOST of Humboldt to have heard visitors saying such things…wherever THAT is..!!!

  52. Eric Kirk
    November 20, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    That passage is hilarious. Is it for real?

  53. A-Nony-Mouse
    November 20, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    The old Siberian says that there is no such thing as BAD WEATHER, only bad clothing.

  54. doggerelface
    November 20, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    a trollish bent is shown by Not a Native

    At first glance, his words seem cogitative

    But his screeds are seldom ,if ever,creative

    his knee jerk conclusions aren’t ever probative.

    He knows its’ a horrible place cause everyone here is inbred and vegetative.

  55. The Monitor
    November 20, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    I love going out on days like this in my Grundens.
    If you don’t understand, google it.

  56. November 21, 2009 at 7:03 am

    WordPress is the publisher of these blogs, similar situation at Humboldt Online. Unless the writer is actually doing his own HTML and not part of any umbrella site like WordPress, or Blogspot. In that case he would be a publisher of his own blog.
    I think this is a salient point. People get the idea they are some sort of “Publisher” or “Columnist/Commentator” in the professional sense, when any moron (see, ‘moviedad’) can start a blog. Then, without even having to give your real name; you can put yourself right up there with people who actually have to abide by ethics, and journalistic legal policies. Not that mass-idiot-media is either ethical or journalistic.But they are on paper.
    I’m sorry Heraldo, but how someone hiding anonymously can arrogantly attack and support those in local politics day after day, without any responsibility, is just beyond me.

  57. November 21, 2009 at 7:34 am

    To: MovieDad

    I’m not exactly sure at whom you are directing your remarks, but HumboldtOnline has never been “anonymous”, nor has it ever been run on “autopilot”, as you seem to imply.

    In our case, we use a highly modified version of WordPress called WordPress MU (multi-user). It’s quite a bit more work than running a normal WordPress blog on someone else’s server. The software itself runs on a virtual dedicated server that I personally manage. It had previously been run on a dedicated server that I had built myself and co-located here locally. Unfortunately, the cost of local co-location is just way too expensive to justify anymore, which is why we have switched to an off-site VPS. That being said, with NO graphical user interface, you still have to know a lot of Unix in order to get an internet server up-and-running properly.

    As for “any idiot” being able to start a blog, I have been making a living as an electronic publisher and writer since 1993. Well before most people had access to the Internet. I am currently the North American bureau chief for another electronic publisher, who shall remain nameless. I work on Humboldt Online on my own time, but I am a professional writer/editor by trade.

    I have extensive knowledge of HTML, but programs like WordPress save a lot of time that would otherwise be wasted typing redundant code. The server uses a combination of open source software, code I have written myself from scratch, openly-available PHP scripts and stores all of the info on a MySQL Database. Saying that I am not a publisher, simply because I take advantage of modern technology would be like saying that authors of the 20th century weren’t really writers, because they used typewriters instead of writing in long-hand.

    You can take a look at my personal bio if you wish. I’m not anonymous by any stretch of the imagination and I personally spend about an hour a day combing through articles for HumboldtOnline on my own time. Anyway, the URL for my homepage is: http://www.humboldtonline.com/williamvanhefner/

    William Van Hefner – Publisher – HumboldtOnline.Com

  58. 421
    November 21, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Then, without even having to give your real name; you can put yourself right up there with people who actually have to abide by ethics, and journalistic legal policies. Not that mass-idiot-media is either ethical or journalistic.But they are on paper.
    I’m sorry Heraldo, but how someone hiding anonymously can arrogantly attack and support those in local politics day after day, without any responsibility, is just beyond me.

    moviedad, i am trying to decide, are you ripping on Heraldo or is that the most ironic post to date?

  59. Mr. Nice
    November 21, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Yea bro, I did turn my browser on monochrome. Saved the prefs even.

    Sad this got all into talking about how Humboldt is a slum. Freakin NAN. I have a bad taste for elite motherfuckers who see every trailer park and are all tsk tsk. Not everyone was raised with a silver spoon up their ass.

    I think the diff is Humboldt doesn’t go to any lengths to hide the ghettoish areas. Roll south some time and tell me what are the most slummed out areas… but you can’t see what’s behind some giant ass wall. In Humboldt, you can see the tin can shacks without impediment.

    Real people live in those places. I’d much rather associate with real people than some uppity pseudo-intellectual types. I wouldn’t be caught dead in a house next to some of y’all unless it was an unattended grow.

  60. Mr. Nice
    November 21, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Why do I bother throwing corn like that.

    William, you could put in a button that was like “switch to greyscale” and have a cookie for that. I’ve seen sites with that.

  61. November 22, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Some folks run when no one is chasing. Uh, Count Hefner, obviously a rag on anonymity is not being applied to a known writer..421? What irony? I am not anonymous. HumRed, Black Flag, hell, even Rose can all track me down an “Talk Radio” me. So I don’t get the irony.

  62. 421
    November 22, 2009 at 7:21 am

    you wouldn’t

  63. Red Humdinger
    November 22, 2009 at 7:50 am

    “HumRed, Black Flag, hell, even Rose can all track me down an “Talk Radio” me.”

    When HumRed, Black Flag, and Rose come for you and they give you the corn cob and turpentine treatment, you will commence to start to begin to scoochin’ yer ass down the road. I will take anonymous valor over road rash every time.

  64. Anonymous
    November 22, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Wish all of you naysaying tightasses that find Eureka/Humboldt County so wretched would get the fuck out. But some folks are just born to bitch.

  65. November 22, 2009 at 5:33 pm


  66. Auntie Arkley
    November 23, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Wow, what an absolutely horrible site! Crowded, jumbled, where do you find what??? What is all that text about? Miserable! It will probably disappear (or radically change) soon.

  67. November 23, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    I’m actually finding it quite useful. It picks up on locally related articles that don’t appear on the usual sites. It’s worth subscribing to the RSS feed.

  68. Mr. Nice
    November 23, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Imma agree with both of y’all.

    Horrible looking bullshit… but very useful features. Luckily you can just use opera to switch it into a different look. If you don’t use opera then… well… you suck.

    Speaking of RSS, I looked at that second link to the visitor’s bureau. That site is the opposite. It looks good, but the RSS feed is all on crack. The dates are ordered like… I dunno… some useless shit. Why is the national geographic shit at the top? That happened last month. I would email and let them know, but it is kinna funny.

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