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THE HUMBOLDT CHRONICLES: Dispatches from Marijuana Country

New radio series on Lost Coast Communications stations begins tonight:

Press release from LoCo’s Hank Sims:

How large is the impact of marijuana on Humboldt County’s economy? How much money does a marijuana grower make? What’s life like for “trimmers” – the itinerant farm workers of the marijuana world?

All these questions and more will be explored on “The Humboldt Chronicles,” the new radio documentary series from Lost Coast Communications premiering February 2. Hosted by Southern Humboldt journalist Kym Kemp and produced by Mike Dronkers and Chuck Rogers, the series will explore the innumerable ways in which marijuana cultivation plays a role in Humboldt County life – economic driver, touchstone of culture, environmental burden (or boon), source of violent crime, medical panacea.

Episode 1 focuses on the question that has been asked so many times before – just how big is the impact of marijuana on our local economy? Using the resources of an economist, a banker, a business person, and yes, a grower, the show seeks to establish some working parameters to measure the impact.

Lost Coast president Patrick Cleary says, “ I am very proud of our team and their efforts to produce a show on subject where information is scarce and its impact is very real. Regardless of one’s views on pot, it without a doubt affects almost everyone in the county in one way or another.”

Lost Coast Communications is a previous recipient of the 2007 Radio and Television News Directors’ Edward R. Murrow Award for its documentary program “Picking Up: Meth on the North Coast.” It owns and operates four Humboldt County FM radio stations – KHUM, KSLG, KWPT and KXGO, as well as the online news service the Lost Coast Outpost.

Debuts Thursday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. on KHUM-FM, 104.3/104.7 FM

Debut run is followed by a 30-60 minute call-in community dialog hosted by Kym Kemp, Chuck Rogers, Mike Dronkers and special guests. This will include a moderated live online chatroom via LostCoastOutpost.com, as well as social participation via Twitter, Facebook, email and SMS texts.

Encore airdates

KHUM 104.7/104.3 FM

• Saturday February 4th at 1pm
• Monday, February 6th at 12pm
• Sunday February 12th at 8pm

94.1 FM KSLG
• Tuesday, February 7th at 6pm
• Saturday, February 11th at 5pm

KWPT The Point 100.3/102.7 FM

• Friday February 3rd 1:30pm
• Sunday February 5th 5:30pm

The show will also be podcast at http://www.lostcoastoutpost.com


  1. Anonymous
    February 2, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Ocean, rail and marijuana. Same ol’ same ‘ol from that crew.

  2. Decline To State
    February 2, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Really! When are we going to be getting back to the really important stuff??? Tyson Bass, Bohn and the Evil Arkley. Shame to repress all that pent up anger with some sort of feel-good, educational, creative endeavor.

  3. February 2, 2012 at 8:04 am

    “Ocean, rail and marijuana. Same ol’ same ‘ol from that crew.”

    I do not know about the rail and marijuana, but to say we have news that allows us to understand what is going on our coastline is hilarious if it were not so sad.

    Some hooligans found a way to make money by getting kids and prisoners to remove vegetation on dunes!- now erosion, loss of wildlife, stability and loss of forest- these jackals are calling desertification- restoration.
    Sick, cruel and phony. We are waiting for a ‘White Paper’,
    another cruel joke. Overlapping ironies.

  4. canibust
    February 2, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Oh yeah, marijuana. Nobody around here ever talks about MJ. You never see marijuana leaves on front pages of local newspapers. The vanguard at the outpost, boy they are really cutting edge.

  5. anon
    February 2, 2012 at 10:43 am


  6. hater
    February 2, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Retarded County, full of retarded people. Especially the folks out on the sandbar, you know who you are,

  7. Sick o' Dan
    February 2, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    PenisMuerte = Dan, Please keep your rant in Manila you make us all look like wackos.

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