"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”"