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The winner of the 2024 Kinetic Grand Championship: HumBULLdt Pie Factory
Competing for the glory at the annual Kinetic Grand Championship
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The 2024 annual Kinetic Race took place over Memorial Day Weekend. It launched on Saturday, May 25 at 12:07 p.m. from the Arcata Plaza and concluded...

Cast of Alice by Heart bowing at the end of closing night
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Ilana Maclay, Feature editor • June 12, 2024

Lights fade. Drapes open. The audience falls quiet. The Spring musical production of “Alice by Heart” opens with a beautiful image of Alice...

Ethnic studies class postponed yet again
Taya Holmes, Copy Editor • June 12, 2024

California will be the first state to implement a high school graduation requirement for an ethnic studies class. California is requiring that...

Bathrooms vandalised, students suspended
Caterina Morones, Production Manager • June 12, 2024

Admin closed multiple bathrooms until further notice due to accounts of vandalism, vaping, and other disrespectful acts. Principal Ron Perry...

Gary: The man behind the cemetery gate
Andrea Merezko, Social Media Director • June 12, 2024

When one goes to school it isn't plain to the mind what surrounds the school campus. Whether that’s coffee shops or gas stations for snacks...

Seagulls! Gah, stop it now!?

“I just wish the birds would be more respectful,”

I’m not down for getting sh*t on. Middle school gave me enough of an opportunity to experience that. Currently, however, it seems like every other day I see another glaring sh*t stain on the paintwork of my beloved, Taco, the Tacoma. As I get home and whip out the garden hose my mind goes to the perpetrator, none other than the common seagull, that is initiating this attack on automotive pride.

After scrubbing on some lovely purple excrement for a while you might be wondering, Why isn’t this stuff coming off? According to, bird poop has a PH of around 3.5 to 4 making it acidic. It essentially burns itself into your paint and/ or wax coating leaving behind potential stains after almost any period of contact.

For someone who likes to keep their car looking nice, this is an issue. AHS Senior Sasha Neyra commented that her, “good paint,” has protected her vehicle from any excess discoloration but still finds sh*t stains are quite an annoyance.

“I just wish the birds would be more respectful,” said Neyra.

Jenny Haggerty is a senior and bird lover at Arcata High who has also noticed the prevalence of these attacks, and their lack of adherence to Tiger RISE norms.

 “You are a car lover Owen but you don’t love every single car. I think I’m similar. I can love the sparrow or the pretty songbirds, but think seagulls are the spawn of the devil,” Haggerty said, continuing to point out what draws these seagulls into our parking lot. 

“It’s all the food we throw out after lunch, I’ve seen them flocking around the trashcans.”

Proper food waste disposal would be an immediate solution but, this might not be as attainable as you’d think.

 “Most of the student body just leaves [their trash] everywhere,” AHS senior and Go Green Club officer Ella Ivan said, continuing that she didn’t think that students would change this behavior either.

It seems the seagulls are not fully to blame. They have essentially been lured by an artificial hellish ecosystem that is a high school campus. However, to a vehicle-owning high schooler, their goopy little bombs from the sky serve as one more annoyance to the day.

 “I’m more annoyed that it happened to my car. Out of any car, why did it have to be mine? Oh, and there’s like no power lines nearby, like, come on!” Ivan said. 


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Owen Peterson
Owen Peterson, A&E Section Editor
Owen Peterson is a senior at Arcata High. As a Pepperbox writer, he will highlight and challenge the often commonly accepted happenings at both the campus and community asking the BIG questions: … “What is Frau B hiding in her elixir?” And... “Were joggers ever cute?”... He will also pose discussion of ecological efforts/ issues on campus, and will include different segments of student culture such as the car community. Owen has been a lifelong writer winning first place for his work submitted to the Redwood Writing Contest in 2019.
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