Monthly Archives: May 2012

Woman dies at Big Lagoon

From the Sheriff’s Office:

On 05-30-2012, approximately 1:30 p.m. the California Highway Patrol received a 911 call regarding a female possibly in the water at Big Lagoon. The California Highway Patrol, Humboldt County Sheriffs Office, Arcata Ambulance, Cal Fire and the United States Coast Guard responded to the scene. Once on scene the deputies learned the 47 year old Asian female, from Eureka, was picking flowers along US 101, north end of Big Lagoon near mile marker 110 with another adult female relative at approximately 10:00 a.m. this morning. They became separated and the female relative could not find the victim. The relative searched the area with no success, so she called the victims husband and her husband notifying them of the missing victim. They responded to the scene and assisted in the search.
At approximately 1:30 p.m. they located the victim approximately twenty to thirty feet down the hillside against a tree and unresponsive. They attempted C.P.R. and called 911.

Emergency Personnel determined the victim was deceased and the Humboldt County Coroners Office was notified. It appears the victim fell down the hill and there are no signs of foul play at this time. The investigation is turned over to the Corners Office.


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Pony Express correction

When I talked to Cindy Harrington at the McKinleyville Chamber, I misunderstood what she said about using the Activity Center for Pony Express Days. It turns out that Saturday’s Pony Express Festival will be held outside at Pierson Park. The event that will be held inside is tonight’s Clam Chowder Cook-Off. FYI – Jack

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Front Page 5.30.12

Here is this week’s front page. To read the entire issue, please buy a copy today. We only charge a measly 50 cents an issue, so it’s cheap.

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Pony Express Days 2012 schedule of events

Pick up a copy of the May 30, 2012 edition of the McKinleyville Press for more details about Pony Express Days. There’s also an article about the history of the event.

Here is a list of locations where you can buy the paper.

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Wednesday, May 30
5:30 p.m. – Fourth Annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off at the McKinleyville Activity Center, Pierson Park. Diners will be charged $8 for a bread bowl, $6 for a regular soup bowl or $4 for a kids bowl. Chowders made by professional and amateur cooks. You get to judge which chowders are the best.
Thursday, May 31
5:30 p.m. – Pony Express Days Firemen’s Muster at the Ray’s Food Place parking lot. Watch local firefighters compete in a bucket brigade and hose coupling relay. Free.
Friday, June 1
8 p.m. – Pony Express Dance at the Blue Lake Casino. 21 and over. $10. Wear your best boots and enter the boot contest.
Saturday, June 2
11 a.m. – Pony Express Days Parade. Starts at Mack High and travels south down Central Avenue to the Mill Creek Marketplace. Free.
Noon – 4 p.m. – Pony Express Festival at Pierson Park. Craft and food vendors. Beer Garden, barbecue and live music. Visit the McKinleyville Senior Center and McKinleyville Library for special sales and contests.
Sunday, June 3
All day – McKinleyville Rodeo Association Gymkhana at the McKinleyville Rodeo Grounds on Kjer Road. Take Central Avenue north. Kjer Road is on the west side of Central Avenue near the Clam Beach Inn. Take Kjer Road to the end.

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McKinleyville Skate Park Benefit

During Pony Express Days there will be a benefit for the McKinleyville Skate Park. Check it out:


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Pony Express Days 2012

Next week the McKinleyville Press will print its 16th annual Pony Express Days edition. Make sure you pick up a copy. Meanwhile, we’re posting a few things here so you can plan ahead.

Here is the poster:

The Pony Express Days Parade starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 2. It begins at the high school, makes its way south down Central Avenue and ends at the Mill Creek Marketplace. Grab some folding chairs and find a spot along Central Avenue to watch. You are hereby warned that streets will be closed to make way for the parade. You should plan for this. If you live in McKinleyville, this is a good day to use your bicycle. During the parade you’ll be able to get around town much more quickly than people in cars.

Here’s the road closure notice:

Someone will inevitably ask “Why does McKinleyville celebrate Pony Express Days? Don’t those idiots know that the Pony Express never came to Humboldt” WHOA THERE COWBOY! Take it easy. There’s a very logical reason why its called Pony Express Days. In the coming edition there’s an article about the history of Pony Express Days. Everything will be explained.

Here’s the first Pony Express Day Committee, as pictured in a 1968 edition of The Arcata Union:

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Here are some advertisements from businesses that help keep the Mckinleyville Press alive:

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Front Page 5.23.12

To read the entire issue buy a copy today. Click here for a list of newspaper racks and retail locations in McKinleyville, Trinidad, Fieldbrook, Arcata and Eureka where you can purchase a copy for a measly 50 cents.

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Also, next week we’re printing our 16th annual Pony Express Days edition. If you own a business, you’ll want to advertise.

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