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Navigating life and school after an attempt
Navigating life and school after an attempt
Ell Franklin and Anthony Vasek November 3, 2023
“I’ve been focusing more on myself and what I need because I used to be a really bad people pleaser. I’ve always put everyone else first before me.”
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The CCLL Leadership team 

(top row, left to right: Erika Homan, Carolyn van Mantgem, Melanie Zapper, Taylor Nada, Tim Clewell.
bottom row, left to right: Johanna Mauro, Fionn Conroy, Kayla Gaskill)
Hello CCLL!
Taylor Nada, Online Editor • December 7, 2023
This year, the Arcata Arts Institute joined a new program known as the Creative Careers Leadership Lab (CCLL), an organization aimed at helping art students gain skills to succeed in future careers in the arts.  
Pepperbox Broadcast
Pepperbox Broadcast
Rey Barber, Art Director • November 17, 2023
“It’s the first time we’ve ever had a broadcast,” Kloe Bryant said, “so it’s really just testing everything out,”
Difference Between America and Other Countries
Shu Yamashita November 14, 2023
“In Italy, we have just one class and the same classmates, we don’t change classes. We have been in the same class for four years. We have twelve subjects,”
Is study hall really for studying?
Kyndle Eisner, Production Manager • November 14, 2023
“I feel like it’s less strict than last year, but the pass system is stupid and doesn’t work.”

A new Texas chain restaurant is coming to Humboldt, and students couldn’t be happier

Humboldt is lucky to get this restaurant due to it being a small county with many small local businesses, and not as many “chain” restaurants. 
Anthony Vasek
Pine Motel right after being demolished

The plan to tear down the Pine Motel, the electric blue hotel that once sat on Broadway, and replace it with something new started in 2020. The City of Eureka’s Design Review Committee held a meeting Tuesday morning, October 10th, to discuss a proposal that would replace the Pine Motel at 2411 Broadway with a new building containing a Subway and a separate Starbucks drive-thru. 

Plans have changed, and a Wingstop is replacing the Subway idea. Wingstop, a restaurant originating from Garland, Texas, is making its way to the North Coast. What they sell at Wingstop is literally in the name: Wings! They’re also known for their hand-cut seasoned fries that leave your mouth watering, and you can’t forget their original sauces. It’s more than just a meal, it’s a flavor experience. 

“I used to live in a big city, so knowing they’re gonna open a Wingstop makes me feel close to home. Just don’t get the lemon pepper wings, they’re dry,” senior Kiara Leon said 

Anthony Vasek

Due to all the incoming students at the Cal-Poly Humboldt, the school wants to add more food attractions. As well as make “Broadway” in Eureka more appealing. Not only are they adding Wingstop, but they are adding a Starbucks to accompany it. Humboldt is lucky to get this restaurant due to it being a small county with many small local businesses, and not as many “chain” restaurants.  


Anthony Vasek

“That’s what Eureka’s for! All the normal fast food chains that Humboldt didn’t have, like, forever,” said Arcata High senior Eden Beachy. We’re very sure there are going to be a lot of controversial opinions on this opening, but having another wing place other than Lost Coast Brewery is pretty exciting. 

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Nola Bachemin, Photo Editor
Nola Bachemin, environmentally curious direct information fact-based reporter. Nonfiction reporter of all things Humboldt as it pertains to the world of high school and the younger generation. She’s no-nonsense addressing current issues and all things political and environmental. Nola loves to write and create art and has been creative throughout her school journey. She finds herself a senior with a lot of life experience including living on the East Coast and now the West Coast, discovering many places, and remaining curious and adventurous. The ocean never ceases to amaze her and as it remains one of our last frontiers, Nola would like to combine her love of words and discovery and express our awe, love, and devotion to our amazing coast. Phone number: (707)-616-5926
Anthony Vasek, Managing Editor
Anthony Vasek has been a reporter for the Pepperbox, a student-run publication with nearly a century of history, since 2022. This year he is excited to use his knowledge to take an editorial role. His coverage revolves mostly around sensitive topics, such as mental health, drug use, and queer nuances. He also does a great deal of graphic design, having created multiple centerspreads and a cover. Two articles of his have won both first and second place, respectively, in the Feature category of the Jackie Awards. Personally, he has a strong belief towards the supremacy of felines and fish.
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    nolaOct 11, 2023 at 4:03 pm