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Chronically Online
Jo Murphy, Web Editor • May 17, 2024

Chronically Online
Jo Murphy, Web Editor • May 17, 2024

Sophomore serves as Executive Director of Trinidad Chamber of Commerce
Sofia Flores, News Editor • May 15, 2024

As the bustle and bloom of spring lurches forward, the Trinidad Chamber of Commerce will be putting on fun-packed events for people of all ages....

Save your Mate Money
Save your Mate Money
Malea Melendrez, News Correspondent • May 8, 2024

Tell me the last time you walked around school without seeing one of those yellow glowing 15.5 fluid ounce cylinders in someone’s hand, sitting...

ZYNS: the new vaping
ZYNS: the new vaping
Sofia Flores, Sofia Flores • May 8, 2024

ZYN use is on the rise at Arcata High, some even referring to it as the “New vaping.”  “Students use whatever is trendy at the...

Save your Mate Money


Tell me the last time you walked around school without seeing one of those yellow glowing 15.5 fluid ounce cylinders in someone’s hand, sitting on a desk, or in the recycling bins of every classroom. Even if you’re not looking for them it’s not hard to recall seeing the bright cans around campus. 

“Yes, I think this is an addiction. I get a headache when I don’t get one throughout the day. At least I’m not addicted to coffee…it’s just tea” (Madeline Chatfield, Junior)

“The yerba mate withdrawals are real. I drink a yerba every day of the week but I can stop whenever I want to.” (Jonah O’brien, Junior)

Yerba Mate cans are gripped in the hands of these young caffeine addicts storming about campus. Most people interviewed admitted to drinking an abundant amount of this flavored tea averaging around seven cans a week. One can’t help but think about all the George Washingtons adding up behind this. My heart aches for all of my poor, empty-walleted peers walking around campus wondering how they’ll afford their next can of energy. 

In our small town filled with locally-owned businesses, it can be hard to find cheap prices anywhere. On the search for the cheapest Yerba option these were the results

Store Price
Wildberries Marketplace $39.48 for a 12 pack ~ 3.29 for single can
Co-op $3.29 and they often have little $1 off
Los Bagels $4.50
Coffeebreak $3.50
Murphys (Arcata location) $3.99 usually but price reduction currently at $3.49
Eureka Natural Foods $32.30 for a 12 pack ~ $2.99 for single can
Winco $2.18 each
Safeway $3.49 each
Costco $23.99 for a 12 pack ~ 1.99 per can
Target $2.99 each
Walmart $2.84 each


*all stats are for the 15.5 fluid ounce cans

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Malea Melendrez
Malea Melendrez, Reporter
Malea is a 16-year-old junior at Arcata High School who is just joining The Pepperbox team this fall. Ever since she came to this school two years ago, Malea has read every issue of The Pepperbox cover to cover and has been waiting for this chance to be a part of this journalism process. When she can, Malea enjoys adding an opinionated flare to all of her pieces. She plans to pursue her journalism career past high school. Malea hopes to continue being a part of such an interesting piece of Arcata High history for the next two years. She can be reached at the email linked below.
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