The Top 10 of 2010

After combing the data and crunching the numbers, the Humboldt Herald presents the top ten posts that sparked the most comments in 2010.

  1. Sundberg’s DUI (616 comments) — We begin our walk down memory lane with a story that broke records for most comments ever received on a single post on the Herald.  The shocking revelation that a candidate for Humboldt County Supervisor had a twice-the-limit DUI followed by the giant media fail to report it in a timely manner.  The Herald broke the story late on a Friday night as mail-in ballots were already making their way to the elections office. Despite the late posting, the proverbial fan was hit, spattering the walls on impact.  But the controversy easily slid off the back of Ryan Sundberg who will be sworn in as Fifth District Supervisor on January 3, 2011.
  2. Freshwater Pulp Gets the Go-Ahead (503 comments) — Despite the headline, the pulp mill is now being dismantled after this particular prospect for good-paying jobs and local industry never got off the ground.
  3. Bass Campaigner Threatens Bonnie (484 comments) — The right-wing’s ultra-fanatical rhetoric against then-Supervisor Bonnie Neely erupted in the unchecked political passions of one young man who unwisely left a threatening phone message from a Google-able phone number at the campaign HQ.  This misguided fellow surfaced again recently with an editorial proclaiming the anti-big box movement is dead and that a glorious future of jobs jobs jobs at Home Depot and other such saviors await us, hallelujah and amen.
  4. About this sacred zoo business (323 comments) — The “public safety vs. Sequoia Park Zoo” took a turn for the religious when the Times-Standard declared the zoo a “sacred” site.
  5. Healthy Humboldt running general plan radio ads (306 comments) — The title speaks for itself.  A liberal org disseminates facts in order to educate the public on the county’s contentious General Plan Update.  All hell breaks loose.
  6. Hello Arkleyville (306 comments) Here we have a tie.  Even before all the election night votes were counted it was clear that our next four years will be like a carnival ride at Arkleyworld.  Cotton candy Now!
  7. Tea Partier Challenges Chesbro (274 comments) — But in the California that lies outside Eureka, the tea party lost big in California on election night.
  8. Live blogging the Balloon Track zoning measure debate (273 comments) — The Arkley revolution to put Measure N on the November ballot.  The promise of “Marina Center Now!” and its big box utopia has yet to materialize.
  9. Bonnie bashers head to Sacramento (246 comments) — Their mission: crash a campaign fundraiser.  The result: nothing that night, but Neely lost re-election and the zealots have declared her the root of all problems that ever faced a developer anywhere and whose all mighty powers must be guarded against with garlic and crosses and fervent prayers to city hall.
  10. NCJ on the DUI (241 comments) — We conclude our list where we began, with the DUI (not) heard ’round the county — until many months later. The strange saga of a candidates criminal proceedings became a tepid tale about media’s failure to report and, in the case of the NCJ, the decision to withhold the story until after the Primary Election.
  1. anon
    December 31, 2010 at 12:31 am

    How bout a top 10 list of the most persistent, resistent and annoying posters of 2020: HiFi? Henchman?

  2. anon
    December 31, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Or better yet, a top 10 list of those who should go away and stay away in 2011: Tyson? Matt Bass-Owen? RA?

  3. anon
    December 31, 2010 at 12:35 am

    Oops, sorry, 2010 on the first post (celebrating early!)

  4. DavidIsley
    December 31, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Thanks for all your work, Heraldo.
    This is one of the few sites i make an attempt to check on a daily basis.

  5. Random Guy
    December 31, 2010 at 2:53 am

    Shit piss fuck cunt cocksucker motherfucker and tits. The
    new year is here. My income will increase $0. The price of gasoline
    has already increased about $0.30/gallon over the past year, the
    price of food at least ten cents per whatever…my rent will
    increase the allowed maximum…utility prices are up about 3-5% as
    far as I can tell without calculating. And there’s some stupid
    motherfucking shit bricks in local office right now who are all the
    happier because of it. LESS IS MORE, NO COMPROMISE!

  6. December 31, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Sad, really.

    Happy 2011 Humboldt Herald!

  7. Anonymous
    December 31, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Google “de la Fuente DUI” to check out the 45 media outlets which covered a city councilman’s DUI within 48 hours.

    Then Google “Sundberg DUI” to see the sad proof of Humboldt media’s utter incompetence and/or corruption.

    Humboldt will never have a good government when its media is as lame as it is.

  8. Decline to State
    December 31, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Hey, 2010 ain’t over yet! Lot’s of time for more foolishness for us to comment on.

  9. December 31, 2010 at 8:30 am

    How bout a top 10 list of the most persistent, resistent and annoying posters of 2020: HiFi? Henchman?

    The first annual Humboldt Herald Awards? Possibly too much effort to acknowledge trolls and other misfits.

  10. Goldie
    December 31, 2010 at 9:01 am

    The above the law blog and the Hansen case did not make the top 10?

  11. High Finance
    December 31, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Sometimes the truth is annonying.

    But losers like Tapperass and Anon could benefit if only they would listen and think about posts made by those they disagree with.

  12. Anonymous
    December 31, 2010 at 10:04 am

    HiFi, you are a true dumbass. Keep up the good work.

  13. Steak n Eggs
    December 31, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Once again the HH and its polarized commenters are making absolutely no difference except in the eyes of themselves. You just go in circles like a dog chasing its tail. The difference makers will be the ones that can listen to both sides and peridically come out of their box and across the aisle. The Independents will continue to grow in numbers this new year and the polarized fringe will likewise shrink.

  14. December 31, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Once again the HH and its polarized commenters are making absolutely no difference except in the eyes of themselves.

    Ah, it is a blog, not a media enterprise. Self indulgence is a quality of a blogger, ya know.

    High Finance takes this blog too literal and serious. Your predecessors fell to the same problem, some super hero you are.

  15. Neal Latt
    December 31, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Heraldo and his Herald again blowing away the Humboldt print media with scoops day after day, year after year.

    Bravo, Heraldo!

    Hank Sims: pull up a chair and take a refresher course in journalism from Heraldo. Lesson #1: whether a story is newsworthy is NOT (repeat: NOT) wholly contingent on who brings it to you. Didn’t they teach you that in the first week of classes in Journalism 101? Is Judy Hodgson even watching anymore?

  16. Anonymous
    December 31, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    What a sad indictment of this blog that the biggest response were for non stories such as Sundberg’s DUI and some poor half-wit who phoned Neely’s campaign.

  17. skippy
    December 31, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Happy New Year, Heraldo and dear readers. Onward!

    Enjoying the Double H with my morning news and a steaming cup of joe, yours truly appreciates the (usually) smart and civil comments. Ranging from HiFi to Plain Jane, Anonymouse to Rose (and many others; my apologies for not mentioning all of you… but you know who you are!), a variety of different insights and knowledge is had by all. Rest assured, my sources tell me the HH site is well-visited by those with enquiring minds and in the know– although they may not admit to it.

    Thanks for the news and issues; the lack of advertising and pop-ups; for being pleasantly more civil than that obnoxious Mirror or– gasp– Topix; the pleasant layout, the related links, and the side bar with our Humboldt blogs and local media. Just to note, having worked on a publicity release for different media outlets, those ‘media links’ were a handy and useful tool.

    Best wishes for the future, Heraldo, and everyone. Let’s build a better community, one worth living in, through better insights, information, and involvement. Me? I often fall short. Sigh. Yours truly is trying– attending city, county, and community meetings, having better information, keeping other’s opinions in mind, inspired or informed by the HH.

    Best wishes for the future, everyone.

  18. Richard "Rick" Khamsi
    December 31, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    While I did not write what Skippy wrote above, I heartily endorse it.

  19. Steak n Eggs
    December 31, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Tapperass…points taken.

    Despite my hatred for those personally attacking others in the name of politics, the HH is a great source of local news and varying opinions. H, if only you could work in a daily crossword, there would be no need for the TS except for local sports.

  20. High Finance
    December 31, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    While I have never agreed with Heraldo in my life (unless he likes Chinese food) and while some of his topics are deplorable, I do find this site more interesting than the T/S.

    I also think that Mouse & PJ should make a New Year’s Resolution to think more often instead of just react.

    So happy new year!

  21. Anonymous
    December 31, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    I think Hi Fi should make a new years resolution to take his thumb out of his…..ooops maybe I should think first.

  22. Not A Native
    December 31, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    H. Too bad you can’t do other metrics like threads with largest number of individual posters and threads with most posts in a short amount of time. Funny that, not pot threads on your list. I figured the Villica mess thread had the all time high number of posts.

    BTW, the NCJ has a legal ad this week for the permit for demolishment of some of the pulp mill equipment. What has happened with our Mr. Bob Simpson anyway? He was always touting his transparency and desire to include the local community in plans for using the pulp mill site. But now that plans are being concocted(decided upon) he’s nowhere to be seen or heard. I guess the only community input he really wants is those that support whatever scheme HE has decided on already. Not so dissimilar from that other local ‘civic minded promoter’ RA. C’mon Bob, what are the alternatives you’re considering and how about asking the community their ideas and what they would support?

  23. Living In Eureka
    December 31, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    HH & to one and all, another year comes to a close. Some of it was real & some of it was good, but no one can say it was real good. The election sucked big time, but we learned a lot & we’ll be reminded what we did wrong for 4 long years? So I will say good bye to this one with a shove out the door!

    The great thing about tomorrow is, it a bright & shinny & a fresh start. Stay safe out there tonight everyone.

  24. SNaFU
    December 31, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    A quote from Peter Schmuck, a Baltimore sports writer, concerning the indictment of Roger Clemens: “Isn’t it great to live in a society where the penalty for lying to a congressman can be up to 30 years in jail, but the penalty for a congressman lying to you is another term in office”.

  25. Mitch
    December 31, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Here’s to another year of living in one of the most beautiful places on the planet, with thanks to those who are trying to keep it that way and with the hope that those who would trade it away will come to realize what they have now.

  26. Schwingerkönig
    December 31, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    The real top story of 2010 is that Ken Zanzi is appointed to the Coastal Commission!

    Yeah Fortuna!

  27. Anonymous
    December 31, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Agreed. We are so lucky to have this place. It seems we all have different ideas about how to keep it the way we want it, but hopefully we can respect other people’s philosophies and listen to what they have to say, from their own perspectives and experiences. All included here.

  28. mresquan
    December 31, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Ken Zanzi…well it could have been worse,I guess.

  29. Anonymous
    December 31, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    He is unknown to me. What are his political leanings?

  30. owltotem
    December 31, 2010 at 7:00 pm
  31. owltotem
    December 31, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    2011 Mantra, Do the next right thing in front of me even if it scares me. Remain positive, optimistic, and open-minded. Build partnerships, help others and when faced with a challenge, ask myself, ultimately what is the benefit and how will this affect my grandchildren? Tell the truth, be fair, make friends even with people who don’t like me, I can still be their friend. Know my mentors and trust them, know my students and be trust-worthy. Always do my best.

  32. skippy
    December 31, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    To follow up on Schwingerkonig’s @ 5:57pm post of Mr. Zanzi’s appointment to the Coastal Commission– and from his link of the San Francisco, 12/31/10:

    “…Kenneth Zanzi, 67, of Fortuna, has been appointed to the California Coastal Commission representing the north coast region. He has been mayor pro tem of the city of Fortuna since 2010 and where he served as city councilmember from 2008 to 2010. Zanzi has owned Mad River Parkway Business Center since 1983. He worked for the Department of Fish and Game from 1965 to 1998 retiring as the deputy chief of the Wildlife Management Division. Zanzi is a member of the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Zanzi is a Republican.”

    Once again, thanks to the due diligence of the Dear Reader, the HH has the latest news… more or less.

  33. Anon
    December 31, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I can not imagine a more significant and well earned snub to Lovelace than to be beaten out by Republican from tiny Fortuna which by the way is not even in the coastal zone.

    Want to be considered for this kind of appointment? Consider representing more than 10% of your constituents.

  34. Anonymous
    December 31, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Mark doesn’t have it in him to representmore than the chosen few but picture what he could accomplish if he wasn’t ignored and marginalized by the majority of the county.

  35. Anonymous
    December 31, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    The right wing in the county is engaged in a very concerted negative campaign. It will not end anytime soon.

  36. Anon2
    December 31, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    That was a very negative thing to say. Go Zanzi !!

  37. December 31, 2010 at 9:18 pm
  38. anon1
    December 31, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Zanzi will be out soon..

  39. Anonymous
    January 1, 2011 at 1:45 am

    Don’t know quite what to believe about Zanzi – he is completely unknown to me. I suspect Jerry Brown could address the appointment but perhaps that will not be at the top of his list?

    On another note…while I am at times at odds with Heraldo’s point of view (a bit more to the center) I’m grateful for both the information and forum. I am often traveling and the Herald is more informative and on top of the news the other local news sources, imo!

    Happy New Year!

  40. Reality Check
    January 1, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Cheers, Heraldo!

  41. A-Nony-Mouse
    January 4, 2011 at 9:26 am

    PJ, I believe that when you and I were acknowledged by HiFi above that it was kind of like a pair of Ferraris getting a speed award from a Hugo. My day is made!!!

    Keep it up, Heraldo. This is FUN!!!

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