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Have you seen the Humboldt Sentinel

sentinelI wonder how many people are even aware it exists, but the Humboldt Sentinel has been providing a wide variety of local and world stories for years now, and it may be the area’s most professional-looking news site, whether paid or unpaid.  I believe it was started by Charles Douglas.  Check it out at http://humboldtsentinel.com — a good place to start would be Skippy Massey’s story on Eureka’s budgeting and bonds.

  1. December 18, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Charles and crew provide a valuable perspective and occasionally scoop everyone else. Thanks for recognizing them

  2. Anonymous
    December 18, 2012 at 11:06 am

    It’s mostly reblogged Times-Standard (and other) articles from a wannabe AS president. Or, are we only to post praise? I guess that’s why this thread is so short.

  3. Mitch
    December 18, 2012 at 11:11 am

    No, the thread is short because I’m dumping the pointless insults and off-topic comments. If you just stay on the topic at hand and have more to say than the juvenile equivalent of “I don’t like him,” you’ll be fine.

  4. Anonymous
    December 18, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Doesn’t the character of the person you’re praising matter? In this case, the blog you’re praising is largely by one person, and thus the person behind the website matters. It’s not like a newspaper website where we might have issues with a particular reporter. You can’t separate a blogger from his blog.

  5. Mitch
    December 18, 2012 at 11:30 am


    See #3.

  6. Sunny Side
    December 18, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Thank you for bringing attention to the Humboldt Sentinel. I checked it out and was very pleasantly surprised to discover lots of interesting locally-focused articles. I wish the Times-Standard were half as good. And thanks to Skippy and crew for offering their service to a generally poorly-informed community starved for actual local journalism.

  7. Anonoymous & Proud
    December 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Humboldt Sentinel and Lost Coast Outpost are better sources for local news than the Times Standard. And it’s FREE

  8. Cheers
    December 19, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Thank you Mitch…I haven’t the patience to wade through months of Yellow Journalism at either of those blogs to find the gems you’ve posted here.

  9. Anonymous
    December 19, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Who has the patience to wade through months of Yellow Journalism at those 2 blog sites?

    Crime, crime, and more crime…. be afraid!

  10. The Rumpled Critic
    December 21, 2012 at 1:12 am

    I have been a contributor for the Humboldt Sentinel for over 6 years and if you look in the archives you will find movie, music and theater revues. This handful of vagabond journalists have used whatever tools were at their disposal to cover areas found lacking in other publications. Just because it doesn’t go to press, doesn’t invalidate the work and commitment that went into this free source of not so politically correct articles. Thank you all that saw the value of honest, gritty, bare boned journalism. The rest of the “newspapers” can cower to their Masters who keep them employed.

  11. Fact Checker
    December 21, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Sentinel, sigh. Steve Lewis too…

  12. Anonymous
    December 21, 2012 at 7:30 am

    San Diego…..

    Some of the city’s biggest bills aren’t under its control.

    A court will ultimately decide whether Prop. B, which would give most new city staffers 401(k) plans instead of pensions, completely goes into effect. If Filner implements a pensionable pay freeze, the initiative is projected to save the city cash in the long run but could require the city to pay off more than $2 billion in pension debt more quickly than it would otherwise.

    That will likely mean a $27 million bill next year, said Chief Operating Officer Jay Goldstone, who appeared with Filner Wednesday.

    The city is bracing for another pension bill too.

    The city’s retirement system assumes a 7.5 percent return on investment over the long term. The return turned out to be 0.9 percent this year and the city’s operating fund will need to cover the majority of the extra cost. Goldstone projects an $8 million to $10 million bill above its current estimate for next year.

    State officials largely dictate the city’s bills in other areas.

    The state eliminated redevelopment agencies in San Diego and elsewhere to balance its budget.

    That left the city with a $13.8 million loan payment for Petco Park and the convention center, an amount that wasn’t factored into Sanders’ budget projections. The debt payments will increase in coming years.

    Late Tuesday, the state Department of Finance notified San Diego officials some projects originally planned to be bolstered by redevelopment funds won’t get $4.8 billion the city had expected.

    A fire station, an affordable housing project and homeless shelter were among those planned developments.

    The city is also awaiting another related decision that could have a greater impact on its day-to-day budget. The state Controller’s Office will soon say whether the state can charge the city for previous redevelopment expenditures.

    The city estimates that bill, known as a “claw back,” could be up to $28 million.

    Then there’s Prop. A, a voter initiative that banned union-friendly project labor agreements. State officials have yet to say how they will enforce a conflicting state law that would make the city ineligible for state construction grants due to its ban on those pacts. (For more background, check out this June post.)

    We outlined other potential budget pitfalls in a recent review of Sanders’ budget outlook.

    “I’m not sure whether to call them land mines or time bombs but there are several things that can go off in the next month or two that will severely or critically alter the budget projections,” Filner said.

    The budget message is changing.

    As our Liam Dillon noted earlier this year, many newly elected officials come into office pledging to invest in popular programs and projects only to revise their promises after taking a closer look at the budget.

    But Filner focused on other topics in his earliest days as San Diego mayor.

    He also didn’t explain one major budget reality on the campaign trail: The city will need to come up with new revenue or cuts to balance the budget, pay those pension bills and deliver on infrastructure promises.


  13. December 24, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Dear Mr. “Rumpled,”
    Did write for the paper anonymously? Just wondering.

  14. The Rumpled Critic
    December 25, 2012 at 3:39 am

    Mr. Dad,
    I have always gone as the Rumpled Critic. I was there for the ground level beginnings of the Humboldt Sentinel and continue to act in an editorial capacity. I realize that some of the older posts are no longer accessible, much like other online publications like the Arcata Eye or the North Coast Journal, newer stories get web space preference. The majority of local media get their stories from other sources and paraphrase. It is a common practice, and , lets face it. Most stories are basic facts with a smidgen of editorial-ism. Is there a reason you have so much interest in my birth name? Many writers have gone under pen names, such as Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) and many others.Whats yours? Just wondering.

  15. The Rumpled Critic
    December 25, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Anonymous in San Diego:
    This is not a blog page for you to post articles concerning other topics. There is a conversation, and , much like a radio alarm or an impudent parrot, you spit back non sequesters and use it for your personal soap box. Please stay on topic, and start your own blog elsewhere?

    Anonymous in Humboldt:
    According to Encyclopedia Britannica, ” Yellow journalism, the use of lurid features and sensationalized news in newspaper publishing to attract readers and increase circulation. The phrase was coined in the 1890s to describe the tactics employed in furious competition between two New York City newspapers, the World and the Journal.”
    First you say the Sentinel has copied stories from the Times Standard, yet, you claim they use sensationalism to gain readers? Make up your mind.Is it fact or is it fiction?

  16. skippy
    January 3, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Thanks, Mitch. The Sentinel has come a long way over the past year, posting new articles of interest daily across a wide variety of subjects.

    We’ve carried local news, the usual crime reports, unusual aspects of pop or political culture, humor, state and national budget issues, social service and community pieces, Gangnam Style parodies, enlightening videos, Bigfoot and UFO mysteries, memoriam obituaries, as well as columns by local Humboldt residents, Ralph Nader, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Dr. Joseph Palermo, and Robert Reich, all experts in their respective fields. Much of our stuff is not found in the Times-Standard or elsewhere. Take artist Robert Crumb’s cartoons, for example.

    It’s been a labor of love, staffed by volunteers and operating with a budget of zero. In fact, we’ve posted over 360 articles during the past year; a little something for everyone.

    We’ve spiced up the format with comments, more perky images, and some additional pith and punch. We also added our Facebook and Twitter feeds for those who’d like to friend, follow, or link us.

    A little over a year ago our readership and columns were languishing at best; now we’re receiving on either side of a few thousand hits per day. That’s not out-of-this world fantastic, but it’s good for our little corner of the world.

    One column, ‘Who Was That Kid Singing During the Olympic Ceremony?’ crashed our servers with readership hits throughout the globe back in March. We were the first media outlet to report the final local election results in 2012, as well as a few other stories. To note, however, we are warily blacklisted by two other websites who prefer not to have the competition– us — at their doorstep by linking us to their site. Sigh.

    It’s been a learning experience. It hasn’t been perfect nor have we been able to cover everything. But all-in-all, it’s been an enjoyable and wonderful process to see improve, change, and evolve over the last year.

    A big thanks goes to our readers, contributors, and those who’ve helped us on our way. I can’t mention all of you, but you know who you are! Thank you, everyone, and for your comments here.

    Oh– and we’d like to remind you that we welcome your submissions, articles, service announcements, and anything else under the sun for consideration. We can always use– and would appreciate– your help towards making the Humboldt Sentinel better.

  17. The Rumpled Critic
    January 4, 2013 at 9:54 am

    We should meet up sometime and go over page management and editing. Vagabond Journalist is down with it. You can get my 411 from him.

  18. skippy
    June 28, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Just a short note that we’re still alive and kickin’.

    Come by and check us out sometime: http://humboldtsentinel.com/

  19. anon1
    July 2, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Ah, so the real Heraldo was Skippy. Shoulda known.

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