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									                                       Volume 13. No. 6                                                              February 16th, 2007

Husky Howler                                                 379 Twelfth Street, Fortuna, CA 95540

Understanding PALCO’s Situation
by Miles Hay
    Pacific Lumber Company             mill and designate it as public land,   its various bond holders, already      is reportedly under funded by $20     corporation would guarantee the
(PALCO) has recently filed for         while additionally encompassing         past due. This problem, and all        million, and there is some concern    pension and take over its assets.
bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the     a “habitat conservation plan” that      further resulting debt concerns,       that pension plans will be cast       The corporation then adds money
United States Bankruptcy Code.         regulated how many trees the            has led to the bankruptcy filing.      aside during the restructuring        from its insurance funds to cover
This process entails reorganization    company could cut down for use          As of Wednesday, January 31,           process. In certain situations, a     the promises.
of a business in order to deal with    as lumber.                              bankruptcy court proceedings           company can ask the court to              For pension plans ending in
massive debt that cannot                Regulations enacted in California      have formally begun in Corpus          relieve that and other obligations    2007, up to $49,500 can be paid for
otherwise be paid. Under Chapter       since 1999, PALCO claims, have          Christi, Texas.                        should it be otherwise unable to      a 65-year old retiree, according to
11, a company generally continues      resulted in an altered plan that            Fortuna City Manager Duane         reorganize successfully.              estimates from the Times-
to operate while proceedings           differs from the original language      Rigge conveyed recently in a               However, if the pension plan      Standard. Amounts provided may
regarding the restructure of a         of the agreement. Allegedly,            statement to the Times-Standard        cannot be funded by PALCO due         vary depending on certain details
business and its debt are held.        logging expenses have increased,        that that PALCO’s bankruptcy will      to complications in the               of a given plan, and such data has
    In December, PALCO sued            and the habitat conservation plan       have a great impact on many            restructuring, there exists another   yet to be made available.
California in state court, alleging    has too heavily restricted the          families and on all businesses that    option: The plan can be taken over        PALCO’s current projected
that the state had breached The        cutting down of trees. Thus,            support the industry. Scotia           by the Pension Benefit Guaranty       “reconstruction period” will last 18
1999 Headwaters Forest                 according to recent press releases,     Pacific, PALCO’s local subsidiary,     Corporation.        This public       months.
agreement. This legislative act, in    The Times-Standard and The San          has 81 employees. Those
summary, was implemented to
spare a reported 5,600 acres of old
growth redwood timber from the
                                       Francisco Chronicle, the
                                       company has been unable to make
                                       a $27 million interest payment to
                                                                               employees are owed an estimated
                                                                               $333,000 in wages and benefits.
                                                                               PALCO’s employee pension plan            SEROQUEL
                                                                                                                       The Newest Drug At Fortuna High
Internet Issues Strike Again                                                                                          by Shaylene Miranda

by Kyle Ambrosini                      Most connections were fully             and hopes to see another optic line      A few weeks ago there were some     fatal pneumonia or heart failure in
   Early January 21st, many local      restored by 4 p.m. that day.            established in the area.” Foster is    problems on campus. A drug was        older adults with dementia-related
residents woke up to limited or no        This is not the only time            not the only one who would like        being distributed and those           conditions. As you can see it is
Internet connectivity in the           Humboldt County has been                to see a change. Many                  involved were turned over to the      very powerful and has many
Humboldt County area. However,         isolated from the world. A              organizations and departments are      authorities. At least two students    dangerous side effects. One of the
it did not end here. Home phones,      comparable incident occurred on         already looking into the money and     here were taken to the hospital for   students continued to be very sick
cell phones, ATM services, and         December 27 th when storms              time involved for putting in a more    treatment after overdosing on a       after released from the hospital.
even credit cards were without use     disrupted a fiber optic cable close     secure line. The Eureka Reporter       drug called                                           Many people have
throughout the evening. Several        to Laytonville. Many citizens are       informs us through Susan Estrada       Seroquel. Seroquel                                  died from this drug
local businesses were unable to        concerned with the reliability of the   that ‘putting in a fiber optic cable   is an antipsychotic                                 and this is not to be
use or rely on credit cards to         current fiber optic cable and are       along Highway 299 would be $6          medication. It                                      taken lightly. If you
complete         transactions,         really hoping for the construction      million alone in right-of-way fees     works by changing                                   know of anyone
dramatically affecting local           of a new and improved cable.            to Caltrans.’ Though, it would be      the actions of                                      taking        or
businesses. Remarkably, it all boils   According to The Eureka                 an exceedingly expensive task to       chemicals in the                                    distributing
down to a structural fire near the     Reporter, “Redwood Region               undertake. Some feel that              brain. Seroquel is                                  Seroquel or any
city of Willits which disconnected     Economic Development                    regardless of money, keeping           used to treat the symptoms of         other drug you are encouraged to
a very large section of fiber optic    Commission Executive Director           Humboldt County and                    psychotic conditions such as          contact an authority figure
cable. AT&T crews instantly            Gregg Foster said he was in             surrounding area in touch with the     schizophrenia and bipolar disorder    immediately. You could be saving
reported to the scene and began        ‘absolute disbelief this could          world may turn out to be worth         (manic depression). Seroquel has      someone’s life.
to replace the damaged fibers.         happen twice in less than a month’      every penny when disaster strikes.     been held responsible for causing
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    INSIDE THIS                        The Threat of Wealthy                   New ASB Officers                       Senior Pranks 101                     New Baseball Coach and
                                       Neighbors                               Announced                                                                    Student Teacher
       ISSUE:                                                                                                                                               Justin Moore
Editorial - 2                                                                                                                            February 16 th, 2007

    Ryan’s                               Letters To The Editor                                                          As Told
                                                                                                                                                             Howler Staff
                                                                                                                                                               2006 - 2007
                                       To Whom It May Concern.                   The Act requires schools offer the                                         Edit or -In-Chief
   Rhetoric                               I am writing in response to an
                                                                               same access to students that
                                                                               is provided generally to higher
                                                                                                                        By Julie                                  Jess Pinnell
                                                                                                                                                            -Opinion Edit or -
   The Threat Of                       editorial in the November 17th          educational institutions (colleges
  Wealthy Neighbors                    issue of your paper. I would like       and universities) or to                                                           Blaine Corley
                                       to clear up some misinformation         proseoective employers of those
                                                                                                                      by Julie Casteel
                                                                                                                                                            -Featur e Edit or -
                                                                                                                                                            -Featur Editor
                                                                                                                                                            -Feature Editor-
by Ryan Christie                       given in that article. The article      students.
                                                                                                                      Dear Julie-                                Solina Larum
   Fortuna is a small town, with a     cites the “No Child Left Behind            Joining the military is a career
population of around 10,000. But       Act of 2002, but misstates the facts.   option that should be available
                                                                                                                                                             -Spor ts Edit or -
                                                                                                                                                             -Sports Editor
                                                                                                                        As you may know, girls focus a          Kyle Ambrosini
The Friendly City is growing fast,     Section 9528 states that “each          to interested students and provid-
                                                                                                                      lot of energy on the romantic
and new subdivisions are appear-       local educational agency receiv-        ing students with information
                                                                                                                      aspect of a relationship. Guys         -Reporters-
ing every year, giving this grow-      ing assistance under this Act shall     about military careers is a
                                                                                                                      like me, know nothing and                  Chris Bender
ing city tax money and the hope        provide, on request made by mili-       recruiter’s job.
                                                                                                                      become notorious for screwing              Julie Casteel
that it will someday surpass Eu-       tary recruiters or an institution of      Thank you for your time and at-
                                                                                                                      things up. On Valentine’s Day, I           Ryan Christie
reka (which has very slowly been       higher educaiton, access to sec-        tention.
                                                                                                                      obliviously sent flowers to my
shrinking in population since          ondary school students names, ad-       Elizabeth Allen
                                                                                                                      ex-girlfriend along with my
                                                                                                                                                                  Miles Hay
1990). But is this a good thing? My    dresses, and telephone listings.”       Public Affairs Director                                                         Shane Legendre
                                                                                                                      current girlfriend. I am really
friend Matt had this huge field on     It does_ not_ authorize the release     Navy Recruiting District Portalnd
                                                                                                                      good friends with her and                 Ashley Maniaci
top of a hill near his house. For      of student’s social security num-       (503) 258-2015
                                                                                                                      thought it was a nice gesture. I         Amber Mattson
almost two years it was our favor-     bers, birth dates, athletic ability,         want to just move on and forget         Shaylene Miranda
ite hangout. The field had tall        email addresses or grade.                                                      this, but it seems like that’s not
beautiful yellow grass, a welcome
                                                                                                                      an option. What can I do to make
                                                                                                                                                                Kelsey Webb
change from the perfectly square       Dear Editor,                            maybe you know who did. Maybe
                                         My daughter attended the semi-                                               this up to her?                          Johnathin Wicke
and unnatural green suburban                                                   you felt bad when you realized
                                       formal several weeks ago. As a          what they did but didn’t know
                                                                                                                                                            -Pho t og r apher -
                                                                                                                                                            -Phot ogr
lawns around the rest of the town.                                                                                    A Desperate Boyfriend
Last summer the whole field was        student at the Academy of the           what to do. Maybe you’ve heard                                                   Richie Roberts
                                                                                                                      Dear Desperate Boyfriend-
destroyed, the grass uprooted and      Redwoods at CR, she and her             people talk....because people                                                - A d Manag er s-
                                                                                                                                                              Ad Managerers-
                                       friends appreciated being               ALWAYS brag or, what’s the point
the topsoil washed away by a con-
                                       allowed to attend a “formal”
                                                                                                                        First, you need to realize,             Isabel Cortes
struction company. Now our                                                     of doing something so bold?            although it may not be a big deal
                                       dance at Fortuna High. The              Maybe you don’t want to rat out                                                  Victoria Fence
“field” is just dirt and construc-                                                                                    to you, it is important and valid
tion tractors, it’s soon going to be   money they paid benefits the kids       a friend or even an enemy              for her to feel resentful. Girls      -Cartoonists-
                                       at FHS, NOT AR. She took her   would you feel if
a new subdivision. Lately wealthy                                                                                     realize that this is the one day            Sean Byrd
retirees from the Bay Area, the Sac-   dad’s camera to record the              someone stole your camera? If          that guys put effort out to show
                                       occasion. While dancing, she                                                                                            Dallas Hoisington
ramento Valley, and to a lesser ex-                                            this person stole this camera,         us girls we are appreciated and
tent Los Angeles, have been mov-       tucked her purse and camera             would they hesitate to rip you off,    cherished-it is important to
                                                                                                                                                               - A dviser -
ing here, whether living in the        under a coat on the bleachers.          given a chance?      If you know       make some effort even if it’s              Gini Wozny
gated community or renting out the     Upon returning to the bleachers,        who has the camera, please talk        expected. I’m sure all she wanted
smaller houses with tax dollars to     she found her purse out, open and       to Mr. Shriner. You can do so          was to feel like you love and care
spend. I’m sorry, but gated com-       devoid of cash. Also missing: the       without risk. We would just like       deeply for her. The gesture was
minutes do not belong in a city this   camera and her friend’s money.          the camera returned.                   ruined by reciprocating it to
small. It disturbs me greatly see-     Maybe you didn’t take it but            -A concerned parent                    your ex-girlfriend. As a rule of
ing the forests in the hills near                                                                                     thumb, along with having
Rohnerville road being chopped         All letters to the editor are spelling in context. All letters                 amazing memories, girls can be
down and replaced with houses.         are posted as recieved, and are not changed in any way.                        very jealous out of insecurities.
It took hundreds of years for these    The Husky Howler will not redistribute literature from                         Your current girlfriend is
trees to grow, and it’s been lev-      political interest groups. For a letter to be printed, it must                 probably feeling threatened by
eled in a month. Matt and I have                                                                                      your ex and the flowers instilled
                                       be originally written, appropiate, and relevant. Letters
long wanted to teepee those con-                                                                                      in her mind that she is still a
struction tractors…
                                       can be mailed to 379 Twelfth St, Fortuna CA, 95540.                            threat to her and she remains to
                                                                                                                      have importance in your life.
          Now Is The Time For Gay Rights
 by Blaine Corley
                                                                                                                      First, start with apologizing
                                                                                                                      without defending yourself and
                                       word for cigarette, a tedious or in-    sush as pain and fear, love and        allow her to vent. Don’t
  When we think of the term “Ho-       tensive chore and many more, only       compassion. We turn biblical and       overcompensate or it’ll look
mosexual,” what words pop into         to be changed for male homosexu-        moral affairs into the law, segre-     forced. Realize this will take
our heads? Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,     als who are not “manly.” Why is         gate millions of homosexuals, and      time and in the meantime work
Homosexual, Butch, Fag, Queer,         this right, why do homosexuals not      in the end, it only comes down to      to appreciate her on a daily basis
Fairy; the list is endless. All of     have the right to be married, and       the fact that we are afraid because    and remind her of this.
these words were originated from       why is it that we have a wide se-       they are different. If you are not
somewhere else, but miscon-            lection of negative words for them,     gay, and you are 100% straight,         Julie
strued only to degrade people and      when we can’t make a word that          then why should you hate them          Have a problem? Need advice?
make them feel like dirt. For in-      rhymes with orange. Aren’t they         so much?                               Email Julie @ fortunawoz
stance, the term “fag,” is a British   human? Don’t they feel emotions
 Editorial - 3                                                                                                                          February 16th, 2007
           What are your plans after high school?                                                                                                              Senioritis
                                                                                                                                                              by Chris Bender
                                                                                                                                                                 Well guys and gals we are get-
                                                                                                                                                              ting closer and closer to one of the
                                                                                                                                                              greatest moments in life, gradua-
                                                                                                                                                              tion. Sorry if I seem to straight for-
                                                                                                                                                              ward, but we have little time to
                                                                                                                                                              screw up or slack off. We as the
                                                                                                                                                              seniors have to show that we can
                                                                                                                                                              step up to the plate and face any
                                                                                                                                                              challenge set before us, even if it’s
 “I Plan on getting   “I want to get                                                                                                                          hard. We have three classes that
     my college                        “I want to be able   “I am going to                                                                                    are, oh so important to pass. These
                      some form of                            college for                                                                                     three classes are American Gov-
   education and                        to go to Feather                                                                                                      ernment, Economics, and English.
                     degree at CR and                       architecture, or                                                                                  If these classes aren’t taken seri-
  getting a job in then go to beauty River College and                                                                                                        ously the result can be devastat-

                                            Rodeo.”        open a business.”                                                                                  ing. This article is a firm reminder
    architectural      school down                                                                                                                            that we have some pressure set
                                      -Mandy Anderson,11- -Derrick Craps, 12                                                                                  upon us, not the pressure that you
   engineering.”          south”                                                                                                                              get from friends or parents, its
                                                                                                                                                              pressure from this new work load
-Tony Viltrakis, 9- -Molly Wicke, 10-                                                                                                                         and pressure from the fact that it
                                                                                                                                                              has to be done or else. This article
                                                                                                                                                              is also to remind all of us how im-

Pressures On For The Seniors                                                                                                                                  portant these last few months are.
                                                                                                                                                              This goes out to all of us who have
                                                                                                                                                              stuck with school and kept going,
                                                                                                                                                              just hang in there a little longer,
by Shane LeGendre                                                                                                                                             we are almost done. Keep your
   There is a plague amongst us         senior class. This disease can        stresses of finals. This exertion of    and ensures that your guardian          grades up, stay out of trouble,
seniors. It is not contagious but       jeopardize your grades, after         energy takes all the motive and the     will be informed of any misconduct      make sure you don’t do anything
most people catch this disease right    school time, Saturdays, and the       will to be at, or have anything to      preformed in school. But the            drastic, ask for help if you have
after finals, at the beginning of the   want to learn. This devastating       do with school. After the first         attempts to find a cure have failed.    any problems, try and do your best
new semester. This disease has          disease is Senior-itous.              semester gets over seniors start to     Library times, and Saturday             and don’t be afraid. Let’s show the
spread through the high school            The disease usually starts right    realize that high school is almost      schools are getting filled to the max   teachers, the administration, and
very rapidly in the majority of its     after the harsh physical and mental   over and that its going to be a         of seniors trying to make up the        our parents, that we are young
                                                                              breeze to get by. So it starts by,      credits lost from being absent, and     adults and we are ready for the
                                                                              leaving for lunch early, or sleeping    after making them up turn right         challenges of the world. Let’s use
                                                                              in, or maybe skipping some petty        back around and are “sick” again.       these last precious months to make
                                                                              assignments, but, for every choice      The fact of the matter is that know     plans before we set off on our own
                                                                              made there is a consequence to be       matter what “cures” are presented       adventures. This is our last year
                                                                              paid. So the school has tried to        the diseased seniors find loop          in high school, last make some-
                                                                              help cure this disease by               holes and back doors around             thing of it, lets be the best gradu-
                                                                              enforcing, a new tardy policy that      them. Senior-itious is unavoidable      ating class yet! We are the class
                                                                              removes credits from your grades,       it comes and goes with time.            of 2007, Go seniors!

                                                                                                    Student Involvement
                                                                              by Ashley Maniaci
                                                                                Have you noticed the increasing       become known on campus that the         hear that every one is getting more
                                                                              number of students involved             numbers of people in sports are         and more involved with our
                                                                              lately?                                 also increasing. The sports that are    school. Being involved is such a
                                                                                 This year on homecoming two          increasing in numbers of students       great and rewarding experience
                                                                              hundred students were involved          are in golf, swimming, baseball and     that will be with you the rest of
                                                                              in the lip-sync and for Powder-         softball. A great deal of people are    your life and believe me you won’t
                                                                              puff, we had one hundred twenty         getting involved with FFA and the       ever forget it. I would like to say
                                                                              junior and senior girls get involved.   Ag department As well as the            thank you to all the students who
                                                                              The clubs are on the rise students      Upward Bound program and the            are getting involved and helping
                                                                              are getting involved in clubs such      talent search program. I think this     our school, because you are
                                                                              as Interact, key club, art club and     is an excellent improvement on the      representing our school when
                                                                              Fortuna creeks project. It has          students part and I am so glad to       you’re involved in it.
News - 4                                                                                                                                 February 16th, 2007
Presidents’                                                                                                                                                    NEW
by Miles Hay
                                                                                                                                                             FACES IN
   The week of February 18th to
February24th will see students at
Fortuna High (and a number of                                                                                                                                  ASB
                                                                                                                                                             by Solina Larum
other public schools nationwide),
celebrating Presidents’ Week.                                                                                                                                  It has been announced that the
  This break is a newer incarnation                                                                                                                          Associated Student Body officers
of what is popularly known as                                                                                                                                for the next school year of 2007 to
“Presidents’ Day” a federally                                                                                                                                2008 are as follows.
recognized holiday that has roots                                                                                                                                Unopposed Elections and
in the celebration of George                                                                                                                                 Eligibility goes to Isabel Cortes.
Washington’s last birthday during                                                                                                                            Also unopposed the office of
his final full term as President of                                                                                                                          Treasurer will go to Lindsay Todd.
the United States, in 1796.                                                   From left to right: Melissa Adams, Kyle Ambrosini, Isabel Cortes,              In the race for Secretary between
    The      holiday,      dubbed                                             Lindsay Todd, and Taylor McCullough.                                           Kelsey Kate, and Taylor
“Washington’s Birthday” in its                                                                                                                               McCullough, McCullough came
original form, has always been
observed in February. According
                                       Developments In The Annexation Of Scotia                                                                              out victor. Vice Presidency goes
                                                                                                                                                             to Melissa Adams against Ashley
to calendars in use during the 18th                                                                                                                          Maniaci; And in the position of
century, that is the month
                                       by Johnathin Wicke                     annexation, issues such as the          faces the same problems as city’s      President between Heather Cree,
                                           According to documented            potential new tax revenue, the cost     system.                                Kyle Ambrosini and Quade Ross,
Washington is said to have been
                                       overview, The Pacific Lumber           of maintaining Scotia (including          Next would be the Water System.      Sophomore Ambrosini came out
                                       Company (PALCO) petitioned the         infrastructure issues such as           Its distribution system is             on top.
   “Washington’s Birthday” was
                                       City of Rio Dell to annex (the         streets and water), the potential       extremely old, is located under          In response to his new win Kyle
expanded in 1865 to include
                                       combining of two towns) the            benefits of managing the land uses      homes/buildings, and has               replied, “I’m very excited and
Abraham Lincoln, as a way to
                                       Town of Scotia to the City of Rio      of Rio Dell, and the overall benefits   significant leaks. It can use a        anxious to pursue this position at
honor his achievements. He had
                                       Dell on April 18, 2006. The City       to its citizens.                        portion of the existing fire           our school. I will try to represent
been assassinated earlier that year.
                                       Council accepted the petition from     If and when the annexation              protection pipelines. It needs new     and please the student body to the
  In 1968, legislation was passed
                                       PALCO to process an application        process takes place, there will be      hydrants and valves. They would        best of my abilities.” Andy Hiller,
to move observance of
                                       to annex the town of Scotia and        several systems that will need to       have to build a new distribution       who is stepping down from ASB
“Washington’s Birthday” to the
                                       directed staff to prepare a fiscal     be looked at like: Scotia’s             system, with separate industrial       Presidency reflected, stating, “I’m
third Monday in February of each
                                       impact analysis, engineering           Wastewater System, the collection       fire protection. Its treatment         happy that I did it, but I’m also
year. This was done to give federal
                                       analysis/review; environmental         system is extremely old, has            system is in need of relatively        happy that it’s over because it was
employees a dedicated day of
                                       impact report, and General Plan/       vitrified clay pipes, located under     minor repairs. Last it runs into the   a lot of work, although gratifying.”
respite, regardless of the precise
                                       Zoning amendments. The                 homes/buildings, high level inflow      city system so they act as one.            In response to his successor
calendar date. By that point, the
                                       annexation process is a                and infiltration. Its treatment          Overall if the City Council decides   Hiller mentioned, “He did good
holiday had effectively become
                                       complicated process that requires      system is 50 years old, is located      to accept the proposal, it will not    (Kyle Ambrosini), he went up there
“Presidents’ Day”, to celebrate
                                       many studies and careful review        in 100-year flood plain permitting      affect the neighboring schools in      without fear and spoke clearly. He
the birth and service of
                                       by city and county officials.          and funding problems, and has no        any way. It will also give the         started his speech going, ‘Here ye,
Washington, Lincoln, and all other
                                         First, the City of Rio Dell will     redundancy and no nitrogen              citizens access to the baseball and    Here ye’, in an old English dialect,
presidents throughout the history
                                       carefully study all aspects of         removal. Also its disposal system       soccer fields.                         It was pretty cool. I was very
of the United States.
   Presidents’ Day 2007 falls on                                                                                                                             impressed.”
February 19.
                                        Fortuna Adult School
                                                       An Opportunity To Further Improve Education
                                       by Isabel Cortes
                                           Fortuna High Adult School is       8:00p.m. Monday through Friday.         attending the Adult School all you
                                       for anyone that wishes to learn        This school also offers GED             have to do to register is to go to
                                       more about the English language,       preparation classes for anyone in       the address stated, sign up, and
                                       and for anyone that wants to learn     attendance.                             you will be enrolled.
                                       other subjects to expand their            The Adult School also offers           Frank Lovio was the previously
                                       knowledge. Something beneficial        computer classes and ELD                the teacher for the Fortuna Adult
                                       about this school, is that it allows   (English Language Development)          School and believes “Learning
                                       a certain number of students from      classes. These classes are taught       English is the key to success in
                                       Fortuna Union High School, to          by Stephanie Bennett.                   this country and it’s also a great
                                       attend classes and make up the             The classes offered at the          opportunity to get better jobs.”
                                       credits they’ve lost. This school      Fortuna Adult School are free, and         Remember that this school is
                                       is on 3500 Alomar Way by Denny’s,      there is childcare provided for ELD     offered for anyone who wishes to
                                       the classes are from 4:00p.m. to       as well. If you are interested in       learn.
Feature - 5                                                                                                                            February 16th, 2007

  The Shins: Wincing the Night Away
by Sean Byrd
  It has been four long years since    Inverted World’ which was               feel like I’m simultaneously going
the Shins last album, ‘Chutes Too      released in 2001.                       forward and backward.
Narrow’, and I for one have been          The latest Shins album’s title,      Keyboardist/guitarist/bassist
hurting. Reviews of the album          ‘Wincing the Night Away’ refers         Martin Crandall and bassist/                                                  Josephine Olbers and Gabrielle Ducarme
which I read prior to hearing the      to an traumatic incident which          guitarist Dave Hernandez switch                                              outings to ensure that they
album were rife with off hand          singer/songwriter James Mercer          instruments during their live                                                maximize their experience here. It
references to the Shins being a bit    endured in the Portland, Oregon         show that it is difficult to place                                           is the host family’s responsibility
of a one hit wonder in wake of the     which he described as “some real        what their true role is. With the                                            to look after the exchange student
film Garden State, but I for one       gangster s**t”, involving the           addition of Eric Johnson,                                                    and provide the student with
believe seeing, or in this case        police and a very long night, which     formerly of the Fruit Bats, their                                            living quarters and food. Host
hearing, is believing.                 he simply had to wince away.            sound has further evolved,                                                   families do not necessarily need
   Forming originally in                  What sets ‘Wincing the Night         making each song on the record                                               to be composed of a married couple
Albuquerque, New Mexico in             Away’ from their previous releases      completely unique.                                                           or contain children. It is an option
1997, the Shins created a sound        is the wide range of instruments          In some ways, this record is a                                             for the student to request the type
that transcends genres with lyrical    and sounds. In the song                 throw back to ‘Oh, Inverted                                                  of family setting. Choice also
eloquence and beautiful vocal and      ‘Australia’ the banjo is flawlessly     World’ with the melodic layered                                              applies to which regional setting
instrumental performances. In a        incorporated into the chorus            vocal harmonies of ‘New Slang’,                                              the student would like to
2000 tour with Modest Mouse, they      giving the feeling of elevation, and    reincarnated in the title track                                              experience such as state, urban, or
were met by a Sub-Pop                  in ‘Spilt Needles’, synthesized         ‘Phantom Limb’, but the whole                                                rural. The location choice is
representative, who offered to         violin graces the song with an eerie    record in itself gives one no                                                strongly discouraged by exchange
release their debut album, ‘Oh,        sound which personally makes me         reason to wince.                                                             programs, as it narrows the more

     Godfather of Soul                                                                                                                                      important choice of family. A
                                                                                                                                                            vegetarian student requesting to
                                                                                                                                                            live near the Rocky Mountains
                                                                                                                                                            could possibly be situated on a
        Passes On
by Ryan Christie
                                                                                                                                                            Midwest beef ranch.
                                                                                                                                                              Exchange students are also not
                                                                                                                                                            on a free ride. The average 10
  On Christmas Eve 2006, James         and his father went to live in
Brown, more commonly referred to       Augusta, Georgia where he was                                                                                        month trip overseas runs for about
as “The Godfather of Soul”,            sent to live with an aunt. When he                                                                                   $3,000. Students are also prone to
passed away. Two days earlier,         became an adult he moved north                                                                                       a trip home if they become a poor
Brown showed up for a dentist          to Washington D.C to pursue a                                                                                        representative of their home
appointment several hours later        musical career. His fame grew in the                                                                                 country. Skipping class, violating
than the 1:30 P.M appointment. His     50’s and 60’s, and by the early 70’s                                                                                 the country’s drinking age,
longtime dentist said that he          was touring the world, and in1974                                                                                    disrespecting your host family, or
looked “Very bad, weak, and            he even got to sing before the                                                                                       even hitchhiking are all
dazed.” The next day he checked        “Rumble in The Jungle” boxing           From Left to Right: Falko Kuehnel, Martin Thibodaux, Gabrielle Ducarme       unacceptable. Some programs,
into a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia,   match between George Foreman                                                                                         such as Rotary International, also
as he had been feeling ill the past
couple of days.
                                       and Muhammad Ali in Zaire,
                                                    Africa. His popularity
                                                                               Foreign Exchange Programs                                                    discourage
                                                                                                                                                                               long       term

Despite this he                                     took a brief dip in the                                         by Jess Pinnell                              Students leave their host
planned to go on a                                  late 70’s because of the                                           For tuna High has had the            country with an experience of
tour of New York City                               newfound popularity                                             opportunity to host five foreign        another culture and meet friends
and New England                                     with disco music. He                                            exchange students for the spring        they can visit back home.
starting January 2nd.                               temporarily strayed                                             semester. They are Gabrielle            Josephine Olbers advises that
He      died      at                                from the traditional                                            Ducarme of Belgium, Josephine           students visit “a country that
approximately 1:45 A.M of              funk and soul he was famous for a                                            Olbers of Sweden, Martin                speaks a different language, and
congestive heart failure stemming      more disco sound. In the 1980’s he                                           Thibodaux of France, and Falko          has a noticeably different culture
from complications of pneumonia.       returned to funk and soul. James                                             Kuehnel and Lan Anh, both hailing       than your own. It is a unique
His last words were “I’m going         Brown kept at it until he passed                                             from Germany.                           opportunity and you grow as a
away tonight”. After saying this       away. James Brown was among the                                                All foreign exchange students are     person.” Olbers also points out
he took three long breaths and         first inductees into the Rock and                                            participants of an exchange             that many foreign countries use a
slowly closed his eyes.                Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1986.                                         program. Four major exchange            five year program instead of our
    James Joseph Brown J.R was         He also has a star on the                                                    programs include AFS (American          four. It is possible to visit a foreign
born on May 3rd, 1933, in Barnwell,    Hollywood Walk of Fame and is in                                             Field Service), Rotary International,   country after graduating high
South Carolina, the son of James       the UK Music Hall of Fame in                                                 Youth for Understanding, and            school, and then graduate a year
Joseph Brown S.R and Susan             England. James Brown also                                                    World Education Program. These          later from a foreign school. This
Brown. His parents separated in        appeared in several movies,                                                  organizations provide the student       way, you will not jeopardize your
1937 when Susan Brown left to live     including “Rocky IV” and “The                                                with a host family. They also take      chance of graduating on time at
with another man. James Brown          Tuxedo”.                                                                     their students on ski trips and other   FUHS.
 Feature - 6                                                                                                                                February 16th, 2007

College of the Month HROP Troubleshooting History of
     UC Davis                              Senior                              by Shane LeGendre
                                                                                  Have you ever been in D or E
                                                                               building and heard noises that you
                                                                                                                       “hands-on” mechanical competi-
                                                                                                                       tion in both the state and national
                                                                                                                       competition. Each vehicle in the
                                                                               would hear at a nascar race? Well
by Isabel Cortes

   University of California Davis,
                                                                               its not the Nextell Cup in town, it’s
                                                                               the Fortuna Highs Auto Shop pro-
                                                                                                                       competition is supervised by a
                                                                                                                       team judge who supplies new parts
                                                                                                                       upon request. When a team be-
                                                                                                                                                               by Jess Pinnell
is one of the most prestigious                                                 gram. The auto program is in-           lieves it has returned its vehicle to     Senior pranks are nothing new to
universities in California. The                                                structed by Mike Williams, and has      normal working order the hood is        high school. They have been
campus is set in the heart of the                                              been for 27 years. Ever since the       closed, signaling a timer to stop       happening in a traditional style
Central Valley, close to the San                                               year of 1991, the HROP program,         the team’s clock. The team and its      since the late 1950’s. A “senior
Francisco Bay area. UC Davis has                                               or advanced auto, has been enter-       judge then take the vehicle on a        prank” is a widely organized
5,300 acres, which makes this                                                  ing in a troubleshooting contest.       short road test. The team may then      practical joke, played on the school
university the largest UC campus.                                              In the contest each teacher selects     return the vehicle to its work area     by a graduating senior class. It is
UC Davis’s mascot is aggies. UC                                                his best 11th or 12th grade auto        for further diagnosis and repair, or    an attempt to be remembered by
Davis is recognized for its                                                    technology students to take a state     proceed to final judging. The team      classes to come, while at the same
excellence in academics, sports,         distinguished university is also      qualifying exam. The combined           with the fewest quality-of-work-        time having the last laugh.
and the bright students that             one of the sixty-two North            score of the two highest scoring        manship demerits and the best             The most common prank features
attend. UC Davis has four colleges       American universities admitted        students from each school be-           combined total score of repair time     the altering of school property.
(Agricultural and Environment            into the prestigious Association      comes the team score and counts         and written exam will be declared       Especially at Fortuna High, paint
Sciences, Biological Sciences,           of American Universities.UC           40% in the state finals. In most        the winner. Students, instructors,      has been used to give the school a
Engineering, Letters and Science).       Davis sponsors 14 varsity sports      states the ten teams scoring high-      and schools win savings bonds,          humorous appearance. At other
This university also has five            for women and 12 for men. Some        est on the state qualifying exam        scholarships, trophies, jackets,        schools across the world, students
professional schools (Education,         of these sports include; women’s      then move on to the “hands-on”          certificates, shop manuals, trips       have been known to fill staff
Law, Management, Medicine, and           gymnastics, women’s water polo,       state finals. In the “hands-on”         and automotive equipment for            parking lots with birdseed, move
Veterinary). UC Davis has 103            women’s tennis, men’s golf, men’s     competition, new Ford Motor             their schools. Opportunities with       heavy objects onto rooftops,
undergraduate majors, and 86             cross-country, men’s soccer, and      Company vehicles are uniformly          the Ford ASSET program will be          tamper with school plumbing, steal
graduate programs. Some                  men’s outdoor track and field.        “bugged” so that each team has          available to many of the competi-       school property, or even repaint
interesting facts about UC Davis         There are more than 450 student       identical malfunctions to diagnose      tion finalists. The Qualifying exam     parking lots.
are that it is, 10th in the ranking of   organizations at UC Davis. If you     and repair. The competition re-         is in February, and the hands on           Although these jokes can very
the U.S. universities based on their     plan to attend UC Davis, or wish      quires repairs to be made with the      in May. The two students that are       memorable and humorous, recent
contributions to society. It also        to know more about this               highest quality workmanship in the      taking the exam are Allan               pranks at Fortuna High have
holds the 13th place among public        university, make sure you visit UC    lowest total time. The winning two-     Swanlund and Shane Legendre.            resulted in property damages,
universities nationwide. This            Davis online at      person team from each state and         For the 16 years that the auto pro-     lawsuits, and the denial of a
                                                                               their instructor are provided ex-       gram has been in the competition        diploma. Wikipedia states that
                                                                               pense-paid trips to the national fi-    it has advanced to the state finals     “There is no clean-cut boundary
                                                                               nals in June. At the national com-      14 out of the 16 times. Lets hope       between practical jokes and
                                                                               petition, each member of the 50         they can keep up the good work,         hooliganism, vandalism, or
                                                                               state teams will take a written exam.   and add another trophy to the           sadism.”
                                                                               Errors on the written exams are         case and another mark in the win-       The last three pranks preformed at
                                                                               converted into time demerits that       ners column.                            FUHS by leaving seniors were:
                                                                               are added to the team’s time on the                                             -2006- Students painted the
                                                                                                                                                               football scoreboard with Rasta
                                                                               Sending a Hoot ‘n Holler                                                        colors and profane statements.
                                                                                                                                                               -2005- A swimming pool was dug
                                                                                                                                                               into the senior lawn.

                                         by Julie Casteel
                                                                                              Out to AG                                                        -2004- Picnic benches were
                                                                                                                                                               discovered to be painted pink.
                                                                                                                                                                 As previously stated, pranks do
                                          In actuality, Fortuna High’s         off into different categories like:      which is how you travel.               not go unpunished. 2005’s
                                         Agriculture Department, is deeper     committees, leadership programs,              According to Taylor               swimming pool prank was caught
                                         and more than meets the eye. The      animals, travel, mechanics, floral,     McCullough, 10, Ag “teaches you         on camera. The violators were
                                         program can be seen throughout        business, and the general Ag            leadership skills, work ethic, and      quickly identified and were
                                         the community in charity projects,    class. FFA membership is generally      expands your horizons...and             demanded to pay for the property
                                         the fair, and fundraisers like the    gained from participation in an Ag      involves kids of all walks of life.”    damages. The students have yet to
                                         annual tri-tip on wheels, spaghetti   class. A high point of FFA includes     McCullough serves as the club           pay, and their diplomas were
                                         feed, and tri-tip and oyster feed.    fear factor.                            public relations officer.               consequently withheld from them.
                                         Fortuna High is just one group of       The Ag program is active year-            Marcela Samaniego, 12,                Clint Duey, a Fortuna High staff
                                         the many national programs that       round, however, Spring and              encourages joining Ag, “It’s fun,       member, has been quoted in saying
                                         are found throughout the country.     August are described as the             exciting, and has really great          that “Senior pranks are stupid,
                                         Ag spouts off from two facets of      busiest time. In spring, members        teachers.” Samaniego enjoys             pointless, and destructive. They are
                                         the program: the class and FFA.       will start raising animals and          Christmas caroling with the club,       a waste of time, and malicious
                                         From there, the program branches      judging teams become established        especially.                             towards maintenance staff.”
Sports -- 7                                                                                                                             February 16th, 2007
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   Sugar and Spice                                                              Game Time                                                                      Golf Tees
 Rugby’s Not Very Nice
by Solina Larum
                                                                               Bounces Away
                                                                                 “It was a good and interesting      Bob Smith travels south to
                                                                                                                                                               by Kyle Ambrosini
                                                                                                                                                                   “FORE!” With a tournament
                                                                                                                                                               just around the corner, Fortuna
   Have you noticed pretty girls       practices, Husky A and Husky B.       year,” said Jeremyah Branson the        represent the Huskies. If they are
                                                                                                                                                               High’s golf team is teeing off to a
around school limping, or with        The girls recently played in a three   Huskies leading scorer with a game      awarded a berth the team will most
                                                                                                                                                               great start. The first tournament
rainbow colored faces? Either         day tournament on February 3rd         high of 32 points against the Arcata    likely play a top seeded team on
                                                                                                                                                               will be held March 10th in Fortuna.
these girls are extremely clumsy or   where teams from as far as Canada      Tigers. Fortuna High’s Varsity          the road. Possibilities of another
                                                                                                                                                               In regards to the upcoming
they are involved in the newest       came to play. Elizabeth Welch          basketball team did well across the     home game are very unlikely. This
                                                                                                                                                               season, Glen Senestaro, the head
craze to hit girls sports - rugby.    went on to say, “Most injuries         board this year. Their overall record   year saw the boys travel to Arizona
                                                                                                                                                               coach stated, “We’re hoping for
Elizabeth Welch related the cause     happen from tackling. The game         is 14-2 including 4-4 in league play.   where they placed third in an eight
                                                                                                                                                               better weather this year.” With
of her injury, “There’s not much of   is pretty brutal, probably even        There is a possibility of a post-       team tournament. Branson is one
                                                                                                                                                               around 12 members on the team,
a story, it happened when another     tougher then football.” In asking      season playoff berth which will be      of only three seniors on this year’s
                                                                                                                                                               they are going to need all it takes
girl and I went in for the same       several rugby members if the game      determined tomorrow by the North        team so the team will not require
                                                                                                                                                               to compete with surrounding
tackle. I ended up with a swollen     is worth all the injuries, they all    Coast Section, when head coach          major reconstruction next year and
                                                                                                                                                               teams. Senestraro exclaimed there
eye and she had to get staples in     replied in the same context, “It’s                                             will have a solid core for the season.
                                                                                                                                                               is competition, “Everywhere!”
her head.” Since the nearest rugby    soo worth it!” Karen Nichols said,                                             “JV has some really good players,”
                                                                                                                                                               Let’s hope for a hole-in-one and
team is at Humboldt State, the        “It’s so fun. Everyone should                                                  complimented Branson.
                                                                                                                                                               go get par!
Husky rugby girls separate into       play. It’s great to tackle
two rallying teams for their          without pads!”
                                                                                                                     Coach Moore Steps
                                                                                                                      Up to The Plate
                                                                                                                     by Kelsey Webb                            the coaches, and the sport alone.
                                                                                                                         Baseball season is starting up        How can I not like it?” Moore has
                                                                                                                     quickly and Fortuna High has a            also coached for the Humboldt
                                                                                                                     new coach. Justin Moore, or Mr.           All Stars team during the summer.
                                                                                                                     Moore, is one of the coaches for          Moore is going to be assisting
                                                                                                                     this years Junior Varsity and Varsity     Greg Diaz, Max Lodes and Corbett
                                                                                                                     Baseball teams. You may also know         Bollan. Moore was also a player
                                                                                                                     Moore as a student teacher in the         and coach on the All Stars team.
                                                                                                                     math department. He teaches in E-         “Make sure to come out and
                                                                                                                     2 during 4th period and E-4 during        support our baseball program!”
                                                                                                                     6th. “I haven’t started coaching yet,     The first baseball game is on
                                                                                                                     but I predict that I will like coaching   March 8, 2007 at Red Bluff for a
                                                                                                                     for Fortuna High. I like the players,     tournament.

            Pictured above is Elizabeth Welch

                                                                                                              Pictured above is coach Justin Moore
Be Back At School On February 26th. Happy Presidents’ Week Break!

Time For Tennis
by Kyle Ambrosini
                                                                                   Guys In Spandex
                                                                                 by Ashley Maniacci                  weight class-171, Devon Brooks;
                                        team is solid in skill and is “strong-                                                                             yet defeated anyone. “I’d rather
  Get your rackets ready! Tennis        headed by Cole Demello.”                                                     weight class-171, and Travis Brant;   throw ya than know ya,” is our
season will be in full swing after      Although there is no Clayton               One of the lesser known teams     weight class-215. The coaches are     wrestling team’s motto. Our
President’s Week on Monday the          Hunter this year, the team is            here at Fortuna Union High School   Shawn Oday, Bret Santos, Matt         school wrestles the following
26th. With many big names as such       prepared and primed to take on the       is the wrestling team. The top      Davis, Brandon Secrez and Ryan        teams: Sutterunion, Middletown,
as, Josh Sarvinski, Cole Demello,       top teams. Mike Meltzer will be          players are Jarred Santos; weight   Shepard. The team this year is        Ukiah, Lower lake, Upper lake and
Matt Deems, Louie Deak, and             assisting Bettiga in training our        class- 125, Ivan Cardoza; weight    doing well, but they are a young      Windsor. We also have
Garrett Farsworth, the season           Huskies for victory. Some of the         class -119, Dillion Eckerfield;     team. The goals to improve the        conferences in our area amongst
looks like it’s off to a great start.   big competitions this season             weight class-125, Matt Johnson;     team are to work and condition        our county. The conferences are
According to Mike Bettiga, head         include Arcata and Del Norte. The        weight class-135, Keith Arnold;     harder. The wrestling team has not    with Eureka, Arcata and Del Norte.
coach, “We have a solid group of        first match will be March 6 th
seniors” and the future looks,          against Eureka so come on by and
“good.” He also mentioned the           support our players!

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