Talk Humboldt

What exactly do people in Humboldt do all day for work, and why?

Listen to Talk Humboldt with Keith and Tom, where Keith Flamer of College of the Redwoods and Tom Jackson of Cal Poly Humboldt talk to the people that make Humboldt work.

Jason Ramos speaks into a microphone.

Jason Ramos

September 28, 2023

Energy innovator, Tribal administrator, chiropractor, casino manager, de-facto mayor.... unpacking Jason Ramos' many jobs is no easy feat.

But the Blue Lake Rancheria leader always looking forward. He questions the future of the Tribe's gas station. He's helping to build a community health center. And he's got his eye on offshore wind development as a big opportunity.

"I think people in this community deserve some real opportunity for once," he tells Talk Humboldt. "I would sure like it if my Tribal members had jobs, where our local community members had some of those jobs. It's going to be one of those situations where we're going to have to put our heads together and figure that stuff out - and it's coming fast."


Transcript: Talk Humboldt: Jason Ramos
Amy Bohner, Keith Flamer, and Tom Jackson sit in a warehouse distillery.

Alchemy Distillery

September 22, 2023

Bourbon has rules, says Amy Bohner of Alchemy Distillery in Arcata. "Bourbon has to go in a brand-new barrel every time." And for this award-winning distillery, the barrel has to be carefully scorched before filling it. "And through that char, that's where it gets the color and the vanilla flavor."

Admittedly, Alchemy has chosen a complicated path. They prefer to use local grains, repurpose their spent grain, and write most of their labels by hand. Beneath a 14-foot whiskey still and racks of oak barrels, Bohner sat down with hosts Keith Flamer and Tom Jackson to talk about bourbon rules, the unmatchable perks of wild yeast, and if whiskey can be too old.

Transcript: Talk Humboldt: Alchemy Distillery
Chessy Jones kneels with a horse.

Wild Souls Ranch

September 22, 2023

Horses "can feel your heartbeat from eight feet away," says social worker Chessalynn "Chessy" Jones. Since a horse can weigh over 1,000 lbs, they demand honesty and respect - especially among the kids at Wild Souls Ranch, a nonprofit serving Humboldt county's at-risk youth. "Essentially, you can't fool a horse. So if you're calm, the horse will reflect being calm back to you." Equine-assisted learning approaches personal growth through the lens of ranchhand responsibilities: riding, caring for, and cleaning up after a horse. 

Transcript: Talk Humboldt: Wild Souls Ranch
Natalynne Delapp of the Humboldt County Growers Alliance in the studio.

Humboldt County Growers Alliance

June 26, 2023

Humboldt County's cannabis growers "are the smartest, the most resilient, and possibly the most stubborn individuals remaining," says Natalynne Delapp of the Humboldt County Growers Alliance, a trade group whose stated mission is to preserve, protect and enhance Humboldt's cannabis industry. On this episode of Talk Humboldt, Delapp tells hosts Keith Flamer and Tom Jackson about her environmental background, how many cannabis farms are in operation today, and the landscape she occupies in her role as HCGA's executive director.

Transcript: Talk Humboldt: Humboldt County Growers Alliance