You think you’ve got problems? Has anyone left a sponge inside you lately ?? It happened in Redding. Read about it HERE.

READ IT AND WEEP. The State has just published its list of the lowest-performing school districts in four years. The whole list is HERE.To save you some time, I broke it down for you. OF the approximately 800 districts, the highest-scoring (HIGHEST IS BAD) was Hoopa Valley Elementary at 241, with Hoopa Valley High at 345. Next was Loleta Elementary at 498. tied with Del Norte’s Margaret Keating Elementary at 498. Next we have Fortuna High’s version of the EAST program at 454. Next, the HCOE’s Eel River Center at 588. Next the HCOE’s Juvenile Hall at 649.Finally, the Del Norte COE’s Castle Rock Elementary at 780? and Pacific Union’s Trillium Charter School at about the same- it’s hard to tell from the way they publish the list. Guess they don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.

INTRODUCING “THE TRUMPIES”, best award show ever. No date or location arranged yet but we’re taking nominations now. For “Amiable Buffoon”, Mike Pompeo. Is he still bringing his wife to work? He’s also nominated for the “Arrested Development” prize. “Best Imitation of a Dictator” goes to D Trump for his Mussolini impression (sticking his chin out to signal he wants applause) which we seem to see more and more often. For “Likeable Nebbish”, Sam Nunberg, who else? For “Unlikeable Nebbish”, Steve Mnuchin. For “Style Maven”, it’s a competition between Melania and Roger Stone, but the winner is definitely Roger. That beret!!. For “Best Celebrity Impression”, its definitely Matt Whitaker as Daddy Warbucks, with Honorable Mention going to William Barr as the Blue Meanie from Yellow Submarine. Submit your nominations here.


SUPERBOWL SUNDAY-  a great day of rest for those of us who hate football.  When I lived in Hawaii, I loved it. You had the beaches to yourself. TWO YEARS IN A ROW they had a blackout in the middle of Superbowl.  People were going nuts, calling their friends on the Mainland to find out what was going on.  Lots of grown men crying….

TOO MANY DEMOCRATS?? Talk about a robust field. Tulsi Gabbard is hitting the dust early.  Read her sad tale HERE.

Who else?  They’re flyin’ out of the woodwork. Kamala’s off to a good start.  Can hardly wait to hear her debate El Trumpo. What about Cory Booker?  He still lives in the projects!   That’s instant cred.  At this point I’m glad when I hear about anyone dropping out. And I’m an old Biden fan, too….Warren has made a lot of mistakes already.  Sherrod Brown has got to do something about that little curl right in the middle of his forehead. This is going to be fun.

TRUMP’S WALL is on life support except in Our Fake President’s mind. WHO are these Democrats he says are are egging him on? Maybe they don’t exist? Like his friend “Jim” who doesn’t go to Paris anymore? Read the LA Times account HERE.

GET OFF FACEBOOK! The worse they behave the more money they make!! See it HERE

SHORT EDITION TODAY. My cousin in Minneapolis is digging herself out from the blast. Thank God we live in California.


Every month or so Charles Bean of the Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group sends me a beautiful poster about their upcoming lunch. I always have problems working with what they send and today was even worse than usual. PDF does not play nice with WordPress. Anyway, their speaker at noon on Wednesday at the Cookhouse is Larry Oetker, and the lunch is pot roast. Contact Charles at 441-1974.


Well, why not? There’s a new addition to everyone’s favorite neighborhood. The F Street Gallery, operated by artist Kathryn Stotler, is located just across from Joanne’s and catty-corner from the Fresh Freeze. It’s great to see a new business opening up there. Here’s her announcement.  

F Street Gallery, in Henderson Center, Eureka features contemporary abstract art of the Pacific North Coast.  Officially opened in January 2019, the gallery, located at 3122 F Street,  showcases the work of artist / owner Kathryn Stotler.  Her studio, where she paints local geological forms with a unique magnification, is located in the gallery as well. Both are open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 to 4:00 as well as by appointment.  

The building is a small Tudor revival house built in 1926 allegedly by construction students.  The Stotlers purchased it nearly twenty years ago and it served as a psychotherapy office for most of that time. 

,When her husband retired Stotler was delighted to learn that the building’s zoning allowed for it to be an art gallery.  Now the house provides space for her large paintings as well as smaller works, unframed originals, and cards.

For more information, call or text 707-601-2333, email to, or visit


Quote of the week, From the New York Times:  Bret Stephens nails it: “Instead of building a wall that Mexicans will pay for, Americans are going unpaid for a wall that’s not going to be built…” (NYT)   Thank God the shutdown is over, for now. 

Here’s some local news about OYSTERS from the Lost Coast Outpost that you’ve probably seen but need to be reminded of. It’s about OYSTERS! Read it HERE.  

Also in local news, you all know that the Angel of Death visited Eureka last weekend and anyone who ever knew J Hockaday and Tony Smithers is sad. Further in local news,the Times – Standard carries about the fifteen annual notice that KEET is on the verge of foundering. When I first moved back here, in ’93, I dutifully joined KEET but somehow over the years I dropped my membership and stopped watching! The only thing I watch on KEET these days is an occasional Frontline. I believe there should be a PBS but I think a lot of other people have abandoned them in favor of cable.

Here’s a reminder of the cluelessness if not heartlessness of Trump’s 81-year old probably senile billionaire Commerce Secretary, Willbur Ross, who frequently falls asleep during meetings.. You’re not still patronizing Carl’s Junior, are you??? Read it HERE.

And thank God the shutdown is over, for now. How about that Nancy Pelosi, who handled Trump like a misbehaving puppy? Didn’t you love her “Please don’t throw me in that briar patch” routine while the entire Democratic contingent and a few Republicans stood up to Trump, who put a million people out work and countless others in hardship and even danger FOR NOTHING. The. Worst. President. Ever, Wonder what evil he’ll come up with when he’s finished licking his wounds? Here’s a brilliant cartoon:

Adam Zyglis: A great fall

FOOD STUFF: The ROAST PORK RECIPE that ran in Parade on Jan 14 was life-changing. I’d fallen into the habit of just throwing pork roasts into the slow cooker. No more!. We made this and it was SO GOOD and although bourbon is one of the ingredients, it doesn’t taste like bourbon at all! Try it. You’ll like it! The recipe is HERE

MORE FOOD STUFF: GREAT piece about FISH you will want to read. It’s HERE.

The ICHIBAN Revisited: We dropped in last week for dinner and had a mixed experience. The food was good, the service was pretty raggedy. The place was about half full and the ambiance, as usual was quiet and pleasant. We ordered two sushi’s (is that grammatical?), and two bento dinners, which included soup. After quite a while, the server brought ONE sushi (the unagi) and two lukewarm soups. We didn’t bother to send the soup back because we figured we were about to get the other sushi momentarily. Wrong! We waited another fifteen minutes during which the five staff members we had counted, chose to absent themselves. We were seated near the front desk and the phone kept ringing and ringing with no one answering it. Finally the server returned with the OTHER sushi (California roll) and our bentos all at once. I would have preferred the sushis first, THEN the bentos, but I’m getting to be an old grinch. The food WAS good. He had the chicken katsu and I had the “Golden Fish” which was perfectly fried and heated up well. Generous portions. Definitely worth a return trip. No website.

THE KABOB CAFE´ REVISITED, TOO: The last time we had tried them I was terribly disappointed with the gyros meat, which was full of GRISTLE! I HATE gristle! I am happy to report that they dumped their bad supplier or whatever the problem was and the gyros has returned to its former Olympian heights of excellence. The Kabob really is a gem. Visit them soon in Valley West. Website is HERE.

Finally, another great quote , this from Adm. James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commender of NATO: “The President famously does not read the voluminous policy papers with which he is presented. From the perspective of a military mind, this woud be akin to a car refusing to be gassed up.”