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"Since she was elected as Arcata’s first woman council member in 1972, Alex Stillman has served many roles in her community — a council member in the ‘70s and again in 2006, a member of the Historic Sites Society and Historic Landmarks Committee and a board member of Arcata Main Street, to name a few — and she has never stopped working to improve her little Humboldt town.

Of course, the grande dame Stillman has some stories to tell from the last five decades and shares a few of them with you, dear listener, on this week’s episode of Humboldt Holding Up — the Outpost‘s good-enough podcast. Topic include:

  • How Arcata’s adapted to COVID and the joys of outdoor dining
  • What will HSU’s transformation to a polytechnic university mean for the town?
  • What was Arcata like in the ‘70s? Stillman gives a shout-out to old bars the Keg and the Boot and talks about not partaking in the key parties
  • The start of the Arcata Marsh and Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • The then contentious issue of the freeway being constructed through town and the “Stop at Four” Campaign
  • Stillman’s passion for historic preservation
  • Why she is proud to hand out Mr. Humboldt’s coveted “Cougar Award”"