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January – Drumming and dancing were featured as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at the Arcata Community Center.
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February – Hundreds of Cal Poly Humboldt students gathered to protest a new policy preventing returning students from living in Fall 2923 residence halls. The policy was eventually rescinded by campus administrators.
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April – A telephoto lens view of the controversial Schneider property from Freshwater Slough and Myrtle Avenue/Old Arcata Road prior to the county decision to remove the construction.
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May – Day 1 of the Kinetic Grand Championship began with the racers making loops around the Arcata Plaza that was crowded with spectactors.
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May – Memorial Day activities began in Ferndale with its traditional small-town parade.
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May – Tce yac, a newly created mosaic otter, was celebrated with a party on World Otter Day and installed into the visitor center at Humboldt Redwoods State Park near Weott. The otter, covered with over 40 mosaic images of flora and fauna found in southern Humboldt parks, was created as gift for the visitor center by Weott mosaic artist Jennifer Amidi.
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June – Princess Leia Organa (aka Karen Booth of Ukiah) recreated her signature moment with R2-D2 during the Costumers Appearance at Arts Alive! in Eureka. Humboldt celebrated the inaugural Forest Moon Festival presented by the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission on the anniversary of the locally filmed Return of the Jedi.
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July – This cowboy and horse caught some air at the Fortuna Rodeo.
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August – The Obon Festival featured Bon Odori, traditional Japanese folkdancing, led by Craig Kurumada with Gary Ronne on Taiko drum.
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August – The Yurok Tribe honored Miss Indian World 2023 Tori McConnell of the Yurok Tribe and Karuk heritage while riding in a redwood canoe float in the morning parade at the 59th annual Klamath Salmon Festival. The 23-year-old McConnell wore the beaded crown of Miss Indian World 2023 awarded in April at the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Born and raised in Eureka, McConnell graduated from the University of California at Davis with a Native American studies major.
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August – Members of the "WINGS Women of the Ingomar" Hat Day group joined other railbirds to watch the finish of this horse race on Saturday at the Humboldt County Fair.
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October – In closing, Donald Forrest as Terry "King" Lear raised a glass in toast to life and death in his title role in "King Lear" at the Logger Bar inn Blue Lake. The play was produced and directed by Michael Fields, owner of the Logger Bar. Forrest died unexpectedly not long after the the show closed.
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October – After the dance performance by the Dancing Magickal Witches of Humboldt County, Jody Himango led the Witches Paddle participants down the Samoa Bridge boat ramp and into Humboldt Bay.
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November – Many lucky bird watchers have now seen this "first-ever-at-the-Arcata Marsh" American purple gallinule near the Brackish Pond at the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sactuary. It's a resident species of the SE U.S. and Pacific coast of Mexico and had never been sighted before north of the Bay Area. Sources do say, however, that "the species has the greatest pattern of vagrancy amongst rails."
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January – Drumming and dancing were featured as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at the Arcata Community Center.

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