Letters to the Editor Part 2

1. Will miss working with the paper

What a sad sign of the times. The Beacon has been a part of our community for such a long time. I worked for Pat O'Dell when he owned the Beacon. He was proud to carry on the work of his father Dwight before him. I'll miss reading the Beacon every week, and I'll miss working with you. You were part of our community too.

Cheryl Nicholson

City of Fortuna

2. Scotia Band member comments

Dear Editor,

I am saddened to hear of the ceasing of the publication of the Humboldt Beacon. The Beacon has been a part of our home here in Fortuna all of my life. Our whole family read the paper weekly and used the information as a connection to our community and neighbors. Many of our family scrapbooks contain articles, personal interest stories and obituaries dating back decades.

The Scotia Band archives many issues that featured our community band over the last 76 years and now a look back at those yellowed issues will have even more emotional meaning as we have reached the end of an era. I feel that we are losing an important community information tool which now leaves us a little more isolated even in this highly technological age. The Internet is a wondrous thing, but it cannot replace the feel and look of the printed word and the familial connection that the Humboldt Beacon has given the Eel River Valley communities. Goodbye friend. We will miss you.

Sharon Palmer Holt

Scotia Band Historian


3. A 'wonderful asset to the Eel River Valley'

Dear Editor,

I'm really saddened by the closure of the Humboldt Beacon. The paper has been a wonderful asset to the Eel River Valley by promoting events of interest to the people here, supporting the buisnesses, and developing a sense of community. The Beacon will be missed. Thanks for all the years of service!

Nanette Heidtman


4. Beacon helped to get the word out

Dear Editor,

It is with great sadness I read about the demise of the Humboldt Beacon. I have always been able to depend upon Franklin Stover to help me get the word out about Fortuna happenings, whether it was an announcement for my church fundraiser, advertising for Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo, or a plea for 400 coats to give to kids through our Fire Department Christmas gift program. Franklin always responded immediately to my requests, offered suggestions, and most of all, made sure the community heard what we needed. I never consider digging through the Times-Standard to find Fortuna information, and doubt if many will in the future.

Stacey Wallace


5. 'Local people want local news'

Dear Editor,

I was flabbergasted when I read the sad news of the Humboldt Beacon's demise in today's Times Standard. I subscribe to both newspapers. Newspapers can't seem to figure out that local people want local news. We can access the wire service reports, national and international news via the Internet, television or any of the hand-held gadgetry so predominant in our world today. People crave individual attention that call them by name not by number!

I have contributed to the Beacon's Church News section as my small effort to help in that regard. Many people comment to me on those submissions. The accomplishments of local students and fraternal organizations are well covered in both papers and important to local-yokels. Even the advertisers like Bill Pierson are appreciated. If we don't look out for our own, who will?

We are now showing too little too late in support of our local papers. The recent "Shop Local" efforts aren't new, but they are a wake-up call. Bill Baker, a Fortuna resident of many years had a charge account at Goble's Corner Grocery where all his family's grocery shopping was done. When asked why, Bill let you know right off that owner Harry couldn't match Safeway's prices, but he was a fellow Fortunan and counted on the support of locals.

I have many memories of the Humboldt Beacon and the O'Dell Family - of Dwight standing in the front of the local Safeway, where I was an employee, waiting for Julia to do their shopping, and after his death, my chauffeuring Julia around. Julia was a brilliant woman who didn't drive.

Folks, there is a big, wide world out there, but here behind the Redwood Curtain is home. Let's not abandon the way of life that is so rapidly being snatched from us by the encroaching world. Let's keep and maintain our isolated way of life, and support those who value, enjoy and maintain that informal, rural, "everybody knows my name" atmosphere. Humboldt Beacon, R.I.P.!

Doris Osburn


6. Writer of 'At the Races' comments

Dear Editor,

What a shock to learn the Beacon will no longer exist. We have subscribed for many years and have been able to keep up with what goes on in other areas of Humboldt County. Over 11 years ago, former editor Christine Sackey asked if I would write some articles about McKinleyville and I agreed. I wrote articles about the Arcata Oyster Festival and McKinleyville Community Services District meetings and then began writing articles about the car races at Redwood Acres Raceway, and wrote various articles for the "Autorama" section that the Beacon used to publish when the "hot rods" came to town in July.

When the Beacon changed its format to only have articles about the Eel River area, I continued to write about the car races and eventually the article got a name: "At the Races." I have known for a while that there were budget restrictions and instead of maybe 3 photos I could only submit one for publication. Many of the racers live in the Eel River area and beyond and many that are from other areas subscribe to the Beacon. If at the courthouse, I always pickup a free copy of the Redwood Times and it surprising that the free newspaper will continue to be published and not the Beacon.

Maybe someone will decide to start up a new newspaper with an independent owner and be able to continue to report on the area. I would subscribe.

Penny Elsebusch


7. Subscriber for decades writes

Dear Editor

I was greatly saddened to read about the closing of the Humboldt Beacon. I have been a subscriber for decades. When my late husband was alive and we lived outside Bridgeville, we received the Beacon by mail. I have always enjoyed the publication and will miss it terribly.

I also want to thank you personally for your wonderful support with the activities for which I contacted you (the Fortuna Camera Club and the Humboldt County Cattle Women and Humboldt-Del Norte Cattlemen's Association scholarships). You have been terrific about informing the public of these things in a very timely fashion. I feel as though I am losing a friend in you and wish you much luck and success in your future. I hope you will always have happy thoughts and memories of Fortuna.

Alayne Hunt


8. Thanks from Redwood Empire Golf Association

Dear Editor,

I was saddened to see the headlines on Monday's Times-Standard. The Redwood Empire Women's Golf Association appreciated all the support you gave us by including our articles and photos in the Humboldt Beacon. You personally and the Humboldt Beacon will truly be missed. The Humboldt Beacon represented the atmosphere and the people who live in the Eel River Valley area, like no other newspaper in the county could effectively do. Best wishes in your future endeavors.

Carolyn Podratz


9. Still in denial over loss

Dear Editor,

I'm still in denial about losing the Humboldt Beacon. It was our own little slice of small town heaven--proud parents clipped photos for refrigerators; local artists found a champion for their most recent work; pets adopted loving owners and moved to new homes; athletes were spotlighted and scores local highlighted; Fortuna Chamber of Commerce promoted mixers, forums and events that benefited the entire community; Fortuna Rotarians rushed to get a copy of the paper on Thursdays just before their Noon meeting at Hunan's; in a hundred little ways the Beacon was important to our community, in a thousand big ways it will be missed.

Erin Dunn, CEO

Fortuna Chamber of Commerce

10. More challenges to being informed

Dear Editor,

I believe I speak for many in our community when I say that we are sad to see the end of the publication of the Humboldt Beacon. We are witnesses to history. And like many communities across our country, print media struggles to keep afloat. Not always successfully. New technology is changing our world, so quickly we know not how to plan or predict what our future will be like.

What is certain, the way we get our news, stay informed, and communicate with each other, will be very different. We will have to work harder, search deeper, verify and check our sources more carefully, if we want to stay accurately and fully informed. I know the publisher says he will devote a page in the Times Standard to news in our area, but how can one page replace the Humboldt Beacon? There won't be the depth of coverage nor the variety.

Thank you for your years of service as the editor, for helping us get our stories told, and helping us stay informed as to what was important to know in the area.

Nancy Gregory


11. Losing threads that bind

The loss of a newspaper is the loss of a thread that binds us together as a community. Newspapers provide us with a starting point, shared knowledge to help us deal with life's problems and help in keeping up with friends and neighbors. I have always appreciated your helpfulness, and your dedication to the people the Beacon served.

Don Andersen

Ferndale Museum

12. Sad to see paper go

Dear Editor,

I just found out that the Beacon is closing its doors. I am so sad. I love each and every edition of the Beacon that I have ever read and I read it front to back each week. I will also miss the kindness you have shown with all your editing skills through-out the past several years that I've been sending you articles. I wish there were things we could do to stop this. I don't want to lose our town newspaper. Peace to you.

Ellie Mahouski