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To Dam or Not to Dam?

 

Californians to Vote on Water
 and North Coast Relics

 

**VIDEO**

 

Will Parrish
Anderson Valley Advertiser

 

 

In roughly three weeks, the relatively slim percentage of Californians who vote in the Nov. 2014 election will decide on a politically contentious $7.5 billion state general obligation bond, Proposition 1, entitled “The State Water Bond.”

A creature of the dominant political response to California’s panic-strickening drought, the bond issue would provide a greater level of financing for new water projects than any in the state’s recent history.

Although the bond includes funding for everything from bike trails to water recycling to wetlands restoration, its most pivotal line item is $2.7 billion that would be allocated for expanded water storage.

That likely means dams, and construction of the Sites Reservoir, a vast new facility just east of the Mendocino National Forest, about 10 miles west of the town of Maxwell.  The bond singles it out for special mention.

Sites Reservoir would involve two large dams on the main stem of the Sacramento River, each around 310 feet high.  The water would be ferried through the Tehama-Colusa and Glen-Colusa canals, as well as a third canal that would be built specifically for the project and originate north of Colusa.  All of this liquid gold would thereby be plumbed into the Antelope Valley, drowning an estimated 14,000 acres of grassland, oak woodland, chaparral, riparian habitat, vernal pools, and wetlands– including 19 acres of rare alkali wetlands.

The water bond, it should be noted, would only cover part of the cost of constructing these enormous new installations.  Sites Reservoir would be California’s first massive water infrastructure project since the 1982 completion of Lake Sonoma, a huge reservoir less than one-fifth as large.

As of this writing, the state water bond enjoys strong support, especially from the state’s political leaders:  Only one state legislator voted against placing the bond on the ballot.

For their part, California water infrastructure planners have long envisioned capturing virtually every single drop of free-flowing water in this state behind a dam, enabling them to control exactly where water goes and who receives it.

 

The Plan of 1964

I have a PDF of a 1964 California Department of Water Resources document entitled “Possible Additional Facilities to the State Water Resources Development System in the North Coastal Area and West Side Sacramento Valley.”  The document is compelling exactly because of how shocking it is to the sensibilities of most people who would view it today: an era in which unlimited exploitation of the natural world is a death sentence for the planet.  The document is the product of an era in which California’s highways, dams, canals, electrical grid, suburban housing, and industrial manufacturing capacity grew recklessly and without restraint.

For perspective here, consider that the largest reservoir currently existing today in California, the Shasta Reservoir, holds 3.5 million acre-feet of water, and consider further that California has altered its natural watersheds to a greater extent than any area of equivalent size in the world.  This 1964 map features at least four reservoirs that would be considerably larger than Shasta Reservoir. 

The largest of the reservoirs this document envisions, the so-called Humboldt Reservoir– which appears on the 50-year plan– would span much of Humboldt County’s interior, including an enormous swath of the Six Rivers National Forest.

It would capture water from the Eel and Klamath Rivers via a dam on the lower Klamath, for the purpose of shunting that water via a network of tunnels and canals into the so-called Helena Reservoir — a huge add-on to the existing Trinity Reservoir.  From there, it would be on to Whiskeytown Reservoir and thence to the Sacramento River, which would virtually pipe it down to the main beneficiaries of this unparalleled plumbing system: San Joaquin Valley agribusiness and the water districts that provide Southern California’s megalopolises.

 

Mendocino County Plans

What did state water infrastructure planners have in mind for Mendocino County?

Well, if you like Lake Mendocino now, you may just learn to love the so-called “Enlarged Coyote Valley Reservoir,” which would expand the current reservoir by a factor of five.  Five!

But there’s so much more.

A new dam on the Eel River would expand the present-day Van Arsdale Reservoir and Lake Pillsbury Reservoir above Potter Valley — currently separated by a distance of more than 12 river miles — into one continuous reservoir known as English Ridge Reservoir.  The reservoir would extend even further than that, though, encompassing a significant expanse north of Potter Valley.

English Ridge, in turn, would drain into Clear Lake via the Garrett Tunnel, which would be bored through the mountains that comprise the southern portion of the Mendocino National Forest.  Dos Rios Reservoir would feature a second outlet, providing a more direct route to the Central Valley, a tunnel feeding into another massive new reservoir also envisioned on this map called the Glenn Reservoir Complex in Glenn County.  This enormous reservoir, far larger than Shasta Reservoir, would be just west of the actually-existing Black Butte Reservoir, which is roughly due east of Chico.

And that’s still not enough water for the good people of Glenn County to have on hand, either.  Spencer Reservoir would capture the waters of the North Fork Eel River channel (remember, the Eel has four major forks — all slated for new dams here), shunting it off into the Glenn Reservoir Complex as well.

And those are just some of the projects our state’s water planners envisioned as possibilities worth considering in the ensuing 25 years.

The 50-year plan would involve development of the Bell Springs Reservoir and the Sequoia Reservoir, which would flood most of the remainder of the mainstem Eel River’s 192-mile channel.

Part of the reason these projects never came to pass is that when the Army Corps of Engineers and the State Division of Water Resources pursued construction of the Dos Rios Reservoir in the late-1960s, they were thwarted by vigorous grassroots opposition and Republican Governor Ronald Reagan, who vetoed state funding for the facility.

The social upheavals of the time compelled Reagan and other leading politicians of the era to grant many of the demands of the burgeoning environmental movement leading to passage of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act several years later.

 

Ancient History

There are other interesting parallels in California’s history.  

In 1906, the conflagrations that consumed San Francisco following the 1906 earthquake provided renewed impetus for the Hetch Hetchy Dam project, which San Francisco-based engineers first developed in detail in 1864, exactly 100 years before the Division of Water Rights developed its master plan for transferring North Coast water to the Central Valley and Southern California.  If water tunneled into The City from the Sierra Nevadas had been available, project boosters asserted with little foundation, then the fires of 1906 would have been extinguished before they grew out of control.

In December 1964, the largest flood in the modern history of the Eel River caused what biologists refer to as a “mass wasting event.”  It was another case of North Coast ecosystems’ sacrifice on the altar of reckless expansion elsewhere in the state.

Clear-cut logging throughout the Eel River system had fueled the suburban construction boom in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.  The reckless logging had left deforested soils to run off into the river channel, with hundreds of miles of temporary roads also contributing to the problem.

The moral of the story: natural disasters create huge new political openings.  Nowadays, California’s water infrastructure boosters are saying this new set of proposals is the answer to the state’s water supply problem.

Of course, California’s existing reservoirs sit empty in large part due to the loss of snow melt, not capacity problems; climate change is a huge new factor in all of this.  Of course, the odds that any of the abandoned projects I’ve mentioned in this piece will be revived any time soon are slim.

But if dams become a popularly supported political solution to the state’s water woes, it remains to be seen which seeming relics from the past the water boosters will dust off.

~An abridged excerpt, you can read Will Parrish’s
full Oct. 15 article in the best little provocatively
independent newspaper still left standing:  
Mendocino’s Anderson Valley Advertiser .

 

 

 

 

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Humboldt’s Bad Cinema Weekend

 

The Eureka Theater

This Friday and Saturday Night

 

Doors Open at 6:30 pm
Movies at 7

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

It looks like rain in Humboldt.

Have some fun indoors tonight.  Grab a bite to eat and head on over to see the newly-restored gem of a 1939 Streamline Modern theater:  The Eureka Theater, located at 612 F Street in downtown Eureka.

You think you know what Bad Cinema is?  You’ll forget that blockbuster movie within weeks.  Bad Cinema is with you for the rest of your life. 

Bad Cinema is compelling.  Bad Cinema stars no one you’ve ever heard of.  The hilarious B-grade campy productions cost less than your last kitchen remodel.

Yet you cannot turn away, and you will find yourself watching Bad Cinema over and over again.  Bad Cinema simply endures.

Friday’s double feature for the kid-friendly and whole family event kicks off with Edward D. Wood Jr.’s magnum opus, PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, and continues with the modern masterpiece BIRDEMIC:  SHOCK AND TERROR, written and directed by James Nguyen (Master of Romantic Thrillers™).

The delicious wretchedness continues Saturday with the baffling ROBOT MONSTER (in glorious 2-D!), and concludes with the Eureka big-screen debut of Mystery Science Theater 3000– cleanse your Bad Cinema palate with Joel & the ‘Bots riffing on the sublimely rancid 1960s caveman romance musical.

Egads.  Suffice it to say you’ll be thankful for the full bar of drinks available.  For the kids, there’s refreshments, candy, popcorn and other treats close at hand.

The single admission, helping support the restoration of the theateris only $5.00 each night!

 

 

Bad Cinema Weekend

 

October 17th & 18th, 2014
Doors 6:30 PM | Showtime 7:00 PM

 The Eureka Theater – along with our generous sponsors CityBarberShopLittle Shop of HersL & M Photography, and Cool 105.5 – is deeply ashamed to present the first-ever Bad Cinema Weekend.

Two nights.  Four terrible movies.

Suffice it to say you’ll be thankful for our full bar. (21+ be prepared to show I.D.)

Single admission $5.00 each night

 

Friday, October 17th
Doors 6:30 pm  | Showtime 7 pm
 
Friday’s double feature kicks off with Edward D. Wood, Jr.’s magnum opus, PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, and continues with the modern masterpiece BIRDEMIC: SHOCK AND TERROR, written and directed by James Nguyen (Master of Romantic Thrillers™).
Saturday, October 18th
Doors 6:30 pm  | Showtime 7 pm
 
The wretchedness continues Saturday with the baffling ROBOT MONSTER (in glorious 2-D!), and concludes with the Eureka big-screen debut of MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000–cleanse your Bad Cinema palate with Joel & the ‘bots riffing on the sublimely rancid 1960s caveman musical romance EEGAH! 

 

 

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Hooked on Humboldt County

 

 

Changing the Times:

Ideas from Around the Web

 

**VIDEO**

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

It’s about time Humboldt leaders start leading the way with innovative ideas for the future of our beautiful North Coast. 

Instead of beating the tired old path of tax increases and asking for more, more, and still more, while threatening to reduce services unless they get their lazy fat-cat bureaucratic way, maybe they should consider the hard work of leading the progressive road forward for business and consumers to prosper alike– offering new and inventive ideas for growth and change.

The North Coast should be a leader of all things good.  Period.

Here’s a few token ideas from around the web of what other communities are doing with their effective leadership.

 

Bayshore Mall Affordable Housing?

America’s Oldest Enclosed Mall Converted to Tiny Housing

 

Take Part -  The bustling stores that used to grace the oldest enclosed mall in America, the Arcade Providence in Providence, R.I., have been transformed into mixed-use housing: shops on the ground floor and micro-apartments on the top two levels.

The Arcade was built in 1828, and like many malls struggling after the recent economic crash, the building, which is in Providence’s downtown, closed in 2008.

No new enclosed malls have been constructed in America since 2006, and nearly half of the nation’s existing malls are expected to go out of business within 10 years.

Gutting the Rhode Island property wasn’t an option—the building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976.  Enter developer Evan Granoff, who has spearheaded micro-housing projects in space-cramped cities such as Boston and San Francisco with city leaders.

Granoff bought the mall, set aside the ground floor for retail, and set about transforming the top two floors. 

Each of the new 38 micro-apartments, which began welcoming tenants in early 2014, is 225 to 300 square feet—they take their design inspiration from shipping containers.  Despite their minuscule size, the spaces come with the basics: a bathroom, a bedroom, storage, and a tiny kitchen (a mini-fridge and microwave are included, but there’s no oven or stove).

A handful of 900-square-foot apartments are available for folks who want a bit more breathing room.  The building also comes with amenities, including a game room and laundry facilities.

 

Beating the High Cost of Renner Gas

Kentucky Town Creates Its Own Gas Station

 

Nation of Change -  Earlier this month, the small city of Somerset, Kentucky, opened a municipally owned and operated fuel center in an effort to drive down gas prices for local residents.  

As a result of its proximity to Lake Cumberland, a popular tourist destination, the city of 11,000 residents has long struggled with high fuel prices– especially during the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Under the leadership of Republican Mayor Eddie Girdler, the conservative-leaning city purchased a fuel storage facility for $200,000.

The city spent another $75,000 building the infrastructure to distribute gasoline to the public– including the installation of 10 pumps.  

The city now purchases gas from a local supplier (Continental Refining Company) and uses city employees who rotate in from other departments to operate the station.

In a city where gas prices at private stations can spike 20 to 30 cents a gallon on weekends, the public station will not aim to turn a profit.  Rather the mayor’s office intends to set prices in a way that the city breaks even on the cost of fuel plus operating expenses.

However, an additional goal is to provide an incentive for motorists on their way to Lake Cumberland to stop in Somerset to refuel, thus generating additional business for—and greater tax revenues from—the city’s restaurants, shops, and other small businesses.

 

Slashing Health Care Insurance Expenses

Maine Healthcare Cooperative Proving a Model Success

 

Portland Press Herald, ME -    Maine Community Health Options will offer insurance through the federal marketplace to people throughout New Hampshire next year, a move made possible by a major federal loan and local success that has surprised industry experts and allowed the company to dominate the Maine market.

Cooperatives are an often-overlooked component of the Affordable Care Act and were designed as an alternative to traditional insurance companies, especially in states where there might be limited choices.  In the co-op model, the governing board is ruled by its members, and any profits are plowed back into operations.  In a traditional insurance company, profits can be distributed to shareholders.

Co-ops exist in 26 states, according to the National Alliance of State Health Co-Ops.  Through the health insurance marketplaces created by the federal law, where people can apply for subsidized benefits on healthcare.gov, the cooperatives offer competitive plans against the big players in the industry, such as
Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and State Farm.

Nationwide, the co-ops have had varying levels of success, but health experts rated the co-op in Maine an overwhelming success.

Despite being a start up competing against longtime insurer Anthem, Maine Community Health Options captured 83 percent of the 44,000 Mainers who signed up for insurance on the marketplace in 2014, surprising state health care experts.

The co-op and Anthem offered similarly priced plans, and yet most chose the new nonprofit over the established company.

“Maine was hungry for an alternative,” said Mitchell Stein, a Cumberland-based independent health policy analyst.

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~ Via Undernews, Take Part, Nation of Change, Portland Press Herald
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Companion Animal Foundation Dream Comes True

 

Art and Wine Benefit Tonight
To Celebrate New 18-Acre Petopia

 

When:   Saturday, Sept 27 at 6:30 pm

Where:  Bayside Grange
              2297 Jacoby Creek Road

 

 

As you may have heard, Companion Animal Foundation recently bought land in McKinleyville to create a humane education center.

We are hosting an Art Auction for the Animals on Saturday, September 27th at 6:30 p.m. at the Bayside Grange, 2297 Jacoby Creek Road.  

Help us make our goals a reality! 

Support us by bidding on unique and original artwork, which was graciously donated by the community.

CAF is still accepting donations of art, so please stop by the store or call 826-7387 for more information.  We are stilll recruiting volunteers, so please contact us if you would like to help.

We look forward to seeing you there! 

~Kim Class, CAF Executive Director

 

 Their dream is coming true.

The Companion Animal Foundation has purchased 18.5 acres from Cara and Jerry Brockhoff with the goal of creating a future Animal and Humane Education Center, as well as summer camps for children.

The Brockhoffs recently bid a fond farewell to their home, their friends and their beloved “Schroeder’s Swamp” to make a move down south to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

What they left behind wasn’t the end of something, but rather a beginning.

“When we purchased this property in 1994″ said Cara Brockhoff, “the Realtor told us, ‘You don’t want this troubled property, it will be difficult to build on.”

But building on the property was not the Brockhoffs’ priority.  They were excited at the thought of having private and fenced acreage where their many rescued greyhounds could run safely off lead.  

They enjoyed the property for 20 years with a total of 35 greyhounds enjoying their freedom and one mixed breed, Schroeder, a large rescued shepherd-chow mix with a heart of gold, for whom the property was named.

Approximately 20 years ago, the Brockhoffs began Northcoast Greyhounds, often traveling great distances to pick up elderly or retired racing greyhounds and bringing them back to their home in McKinleyville.  Every day, “the greyhound bus” could be seen traveling back and forth from their home to Schroeder’s Swamp for the daily “swamp romp.”

Over time, they watched as it reclaimed its natural state, growing from the scraped and drained condition created by the previous owner to the natural wonderland it was meant to be.  With trails meandering throughout the entire property, Mill Creek flowing west and some of the oldest and tallest trees in McKinleyville, the property holds special magic, they felt.  

This natural beauty will now be safely in the hands of a group dedicated to preserving its natural state.

On Aug. 8, escrow closed and the property officially came into the hands of the Companion Animal Foundation.

“I could feel something good was on the horizon for us” said Executive Director Kim Class.  ”The way this all came about could be almost a fairy story in itself. The Brockhoffs were very generous and instrumental in helping us to move forward with our goal of a future Animal and Humane Education Sanctuary and a safe place where we could hold summer camps for our youth.”

With a generous discount on the land as well as an additional private $50,000 donation, the foundation almost completely owns the land with the exception of a short-term, interest-free loan from a longtime CAF board member.

“I met the Brockhoffs about 22 years ago and was their pet sitter for Schroeder, a wonderful dog they adopted from Sequoia Humane Society” said Class.  ”I had been on their property walking many of their rescued greyhounds.  It’s quite simply the most beautiful piece of property I have ever been on.  To be the caretaker and guardian of something so magnificent, well, I believe we are up to the task at CAF!  I’m so excited to share this with our community and for many people and their canines to come out and walk the many trails.”

CAF’s goal is to work with the community to build a very thoughtful Animal and Humane Education Center.  

“We have saved over the last 12 years since CAF started,” said Class.  ”We have persistently held this vision for the future for the children and our community.  The Brockhoffs were very generous in their offer on the land and they made us an offer we simply couldn’t refuse!

“The first FUNdraiser is our ‘Art Auction for the Animals’ at the Bayside Grange this Saturday starting at 6:30 p.m.  We have so much donated original and print art, unique and very special jewelry, a wide variety of pottery, glassware and more.  A $10 donation will also get you delicious appetizers and a ticket for a glass of wine or a non-alcoholic drink.  Come early for the many ‘buy it now’ options.

“When people hear our story and can taste our vision for the future, they are moved to donate art or jewelry or something special for this big gala event.  Volunteers are also needed and encouraged to help the evening run smoothly.”

Class said her new motto is “A donation to Companion Animal Foundation is a donation for you, your children, our community and our beloved animals.”

For more information about the above upcoming events, the land project or any of CAF’s programs, call 826-PETS (7387).

 

~Every animal needs a good home.  We thank the Brockhoff family and the Companion Animal Foundation for making the dream come true and allowing the Sentinel to reprint this article for the Humboldt community.

Photos by Cara and Jerry Brockhoff, Companion Animal Foundation, and Kevin Hoover/Arcata Eye

 

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Free History Night in Freshwater

 

Jerry Rohde: The Infamous 1964 Flood

A Unique Perspective of Disaster

 

Friday, September 19: Freshwater Grange

Potluck at 6 pm

Presentation at 7 pm

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

There will be good times in Wrangletown tonight. 

Jerry’s back by popular demand for another free potluck and history presentation at the Freshwater Grange.

Pierson Building Center in Eureka is funding a free series of historical lectures as part of their celebration of the business’s 52nd anniversary.

Celebrating Life in Humboldt County is a series of 10 PowerPoint presentations being held at Grange halls, town halls and community centers throughout the county.

Jerry Rohde, local author and premier historian, will give an hour-long talk tonight on “The 1964 Flood,” highlighting different aspects of Humboldt’s infamous and catastrophic natural diasaster.

With over 60 images and interesting anecdotes, stories, and facts about Humboldt’s infamous 1964 Flood, Jerry may amaze and mesmerize the audience yet again like he did before.

Yes, as bridges were swept away, the National Guard was called in, entire communities were washed away down the rivers, and Humboldters rallied to help one another.

Jerry will tell us how history repeats itself: only 11 years earlier, the 1955 ‘Hundred-Year’ flood provided a warning of what was to come; while way back in the winter of 1861-62, the North Coast was hit with what may have been the biggest flood of all.

Come to the free presentation and Jerry will fill you in on the exciting history and take your questions.  Everyone is welcome and we’d love to see you.  And your family and friends!

There’s a community potluck at 6 pm, so bring a dish to share.

Jerry’s presentation starts at 7 pm.

Thank you Pierson Building Center for sponsoring Jerry’s gig.  Last time, it was fun for everyone– in a history sort of way.  Who knew history could be that fun?

To get there, take Myrtle Avenue/Old Arcata Road. At 3 Corners Market, turn east onto Freshwater Road and drive 2.2 miles to the Garfield Little Red School House, and turn right onto Grange Road.  You can’t miss it: it’s the big, big building at 29 Grange Road.

If you know Jerry, it ought to be a great presentation in Wrangletown,
a very friendly and beautiful community just outside of Eureka.

Admission is free.  For more information, you can contact Rohde at 445-3844 or jerry.rohde@gmail.com .

 

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This Sunday in Freshwater

 

 

A Big Day of Haps in the Little Sunny Valley

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

The end of summer is near. 

The trees are starting to turn, the leaves beginning to drop, the sun edging closer to the horizon.  Soon it will be a distant memory as we head towards colder days stoking the homefires and actually wishing for cool, cool rain to come.

But we still have a summer weekend– a day left of California Dreaming.  Without the Los Angeles part.

Freshwater has some delightful things to do this Sunday.  The weather looks good, Freshwater Park is open for a pleasant stroll, and as always, the folks are happy and content and friendly to a rule.

 

 

The Great Freshwater Grange Sunday Breakfast

Sunday, September 7, 8-11 am

 

Mom does this.  Mom does that.  Mom does everything! 

Isn’t it time we give Mom a break for once and let someone else wash all the dirty dishes? 

We think so!

Bring Mom and the family and come enjoy the full Sunday breakfast at the Grange of hotcakes, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, orange juice, milk, and French roast coffee.  Top it off with Laura’s homemade salsa and cheese. 

There will be a quilt raffle, too, and 12-year-old Kieran is excited about playing the Celtic harp for everyone to hear. 

It’s all for a good cause.  All monies raised goes toward the non-profit building fund helping restore the Grange Hall to its former glory.

And it’s still the best bargain in the county: only $5 for adults and $3 for kids!

 

 

Kathy’s Farmstand and the Regional Land Trust Open House & Potluck

Sunday, September 7, 12-6 pm

5851 Myrtle Avenue in Freshwater

 

You’re in for a real treat and now’s the perfect time to see it for yourself.

If you haven’t visited Humboldt’s little gem of a Farmstand– or tried one of Granny-Be-Jammin’s pies, you’ve been missing out.  They’re hands down the best little plumpest $6 pie in all of Humboldt– and the Farmstand beats all others in its downhome country charm. 

Join in for a special educational tour of the 74-acre property managed by the Northcoast Regional Land Trust and visit Kathy Mullen’s completely-adorable Kneeland Glen Farmstand, all on the same Freshwater Farms property located near Three Corners Market.

Starting at the historic Graham Long Dairy Barn at 2 pm, you can traverse the wild and working landscapes along Freshwater Creek that make the place a true community resource.  And the Land Trust will be seeking your opinion for the long-term vision of the property, too.

All afternoon there will be locally produced food, crafts, vendors and live music.  We’re talking fresh barbecued Pepperwood corn on the cob, homegrown delights of many flavors, local honey, udderly bubbly goat soaps and creams, spices, meats, cookies, and lots of other things you simply won’t find elsewhere.

The Open House is free.  Everyone is encouraged to bring a potluck item to share with their neighbors, with a focus on using locally grown and produced ingredients.

Come on by and see it for yourself.  It may be the best thing to happen to you all day.  Next to the pancake breakfast, of course.

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Oh.  And there’s something else coming up– later on.  Mark your calendars.  It’s free, too:

 

‘The 1964 Flood’—A Free Presentation by Historian Jerry Rohde

Friday, September 19, 6-8 pm

Freshwater Grange

 

Jerry’s back by popular demand for another free history presentation at the Grange.

With over 60 images and interesting anecdotes, stories, and facts about Humboldt’s infamous 1964 Flood, Jerry may amaze and mesmerize the audience yet again.

Yes, as bridges were swept away, the National Guard was called in, and entire communities were washed away down the rivers, Humboldters rallied to help one another. 

Jerry will tell us how history repeats itself:  only 11 years earlier, the 1955 ‘Hundred-Year’ flood provided a warning of what was to come, while way back in the winter of 1861-62, the North Coast was hit with what may have been the biggest flood of all.

Come to the free presentation and Jerry will fill us in on all the exciting history and take your questions, too.

There’s a community potluck at 6 pm, so bring a dish to share if you’d like to partake.

Jerry’s presentation starts at 7 pm.

Last time, it was mildly fun for everyone– in a history sort of way.  We didn’t know history could be that fun.

Thank you Pierson Building Center for sponsoring Jerry’s gig.

 

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Humboldt Bay Coast Guard Open House Today

 

Saturday, Aug. 30, from 10 am to 3 pm

A Rare Once-a-Year Peek Inside

 

**VIDEO**

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

It’s a once-in-a-year opportunity to see some really cool things.

Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay welcomes the public to its annual Open House Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 from 10 am to 3 pm in Samoa.

Everyone is invited to visit the station and meet the local Coast Guard crew.  Guests will be able to tour the historic building and the rescue boats. 

The Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay station covers 250 miles of rugged coastline from the Mendocino-Sonoma County line north to the California-Oregon border.

Cold Pacific currents, powerful Alaskan winter storms, towering offshore rocks, fog, and dangerous harbor entrance bars consistently threaten commercial and recreational vessels operating in the area.  The local Coast Guard facility monitors for distress 24 hours a day and directs boats and aircraft to respond to maritime emergencies along the coast, offshore, and inland.  

The group includes the Air Station, Small Boat Stations Humboldt Bay and Noyo River, two 87 foot cutters, and an Aids to Navigation Team.   The cutter USCGC Barracuda is homeported in Eureka; the cutter USCGC Dorado in Crescent City.

We suggest you gander up to the cupola of the grand old building and take a peek through their mounted high-powered binoculars.  It is truly amazing to see the individual blades of dune grass fluttering away across the harbor entrance from a distance of several miles using the precision one-of-a-kind optics.  The unsinkable cigar-shaped rescue lifeboats are also a highlight, housed inside the wooden bays of the  old boathouse.

Boat crews will be available to discuss their missions, general boating safety, and how the Coast Guard renders assistance to mariners operating off the dangerous north coast of California.  Personnel and vehicles from partner agencies will also be available from the Eureka Flotilla of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, local police and fire departments, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“Food For People” will be accepting donations of non-perishable food to aid the local community.

“The Coast Guard has been located on the North Spit since the 1800′s providing assistance to the maritime community,” said Master Chief Petty Officer Jon Gagnon, officer in charge of Station Humboldt Bay.

“The open house provides the public an excellent opportunity to come out to the North Jetty, see inside the historic building, and meet the fine young men and women of our Coast Guard,” Gagnon said.

Just head out to Samoa on Highway 255 and follow Navy Base Road to the end of the bay. 
Take in the beautiful views and don’t fall in the water.

 

 

 

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Free Humboldt History Presentation in Freshwater

 

Jerry Rohde Offers a Historical Perspective
of Humboldt’s ‘Unique and Useful Products’

 

Friday, August 22 at 7pm at the Freshwater Grange

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

There will be hot times in Wrangletown tonight.

Pierson Building Center in Eureka is funding a free series of historical lectures as part of their celebration of the business’s 52nd anniversary.

Celebrating Life in Humboldt County is a series of 10 PowerPoint presentations being held at Grange halls, town halls and community centers throughout the county.

Jerry Rohde, local author and premier historian, will give an hour-long talk on “Unique and Useful Products of Humboldt County,” highlighting different aspects of our life here in this beautiful corner of the world.

For over 60 years, Humboldt County was isolated from the rest of the state with no connecting railroad or highway.  It had its challenges.

But we were a self-sufficient bunch. 

Humboldters made their own bricks and beer, caught their own fish, and built their towns from the nearby redwoods.  Later, the Redwood Highway and the Northwestern Pacific Railroad brought in both merchandise and tourists, the latter attracted by sights not to be seen anywhere else.

Jerry’s presentation looks at our more exciting products and places, and includes at least 60 unique images with interesting facts and stories about each topic.

And, if we didn’t say it before, all of Jerry’s presentations are free.  Everyone is welcome and we’d love to see you.  And all of your family and friends!

It starts at 7pm Friday, August 22, at the Freshwater Grange in Freshwater.  And if you’d like to make it, there’s a small potluck beforehand at 6pm, too.

To get there, take Myrtle Avenue/Old Arcata Road.  At 3 Corners Market, turn east onto Freshwater Road and drive 2.2 miles to the Garfield Little Red School House, and turn right onto Grange Road.

You can’t miss it: it’s the big building at 54 Grange Road.

If you know Jerry, it ought to be a great presentation in Wrangletown, a very friendly and beautiful community just outside of Eureka.

Thank you, Pierson Building Center and Jerry Rohde, for making this happen in Humboldt.

Admission is free. For more information, contact Rohde at 445-3844 or jerry.rohde@gmail.com .

 

 

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A Shredding Good Time Road Trip

 

Shred ‘Til You’re Dead With the Homies

 

**VIDEO**

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Skate ’til you drop.

Five of the world’s best shred skaters, such as Chris Haffey, Erik Bailey, Jeff Stockwell, Victor Arias and Brandon Smith shared a two-week, 3,000-mile summer tour of skate parks in Northern California, Oregon and Idaho.

Ivan Narez joined those guys and made a video based on the footage he stacked up from the camping and shredding road trip.  You’ll catch them working Eureka’s Cooper Gulch Skate Park at the 5:17 mark.

Spending two weeks shredding, camping, playing Wiffle ball, riding motorcycles, fighting off aliens, swimming in the river, drinking brews and doing all the other things you like to do with homies on the road sounds hella fun to us.

They also burned through 200 pairs of socks, slept in tent cities, ate out of cans, got mighty stinky and kept a vigilant eye out for Bigfoot.

Life is one tough concrete jungle.  The rest of us have to work.

 

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Black Lightning Moto Envy Show and Bike Raffle Today

 

Be There & Show the Love:

  Saturday, August 16, 12-7 pm

  440 F Street, Eureka

 

Trina
Black Lightning Motorcycle Café

 

This project started 7 months ago after I got a wild
idea in my head.

I had been working at the Black Lightning Moto Cafe in downtown Eureka, which meant I spent most of my mornings talking with gear heads and motorcycle fanatics.  Simultaneously I was moving into my new screen printing shop and starting my own business, also in downtown Eureka.

As we moved our screen printing equipment into our new shop the church behind our shop was being roped off with crime scene tape.  A local priest had been brutally, randomly, unnecessarily murdered
the night before.

What came out of that tragedy was a large community meeting, called together by local doctors and nurses who had, for a long time, been seeing a surge in methamphetamine abuse, as well as a decrease in funding for mental health.  The purpose of that meeting was to discuss what anyone in Eureka could plainly see: we have big problems that need addressing.

I came out of that meeting wanting to do something.  I had been following a couple motorcycle rebuild projects online and came up with the idea for the Phoenix Project to raise money for people already involved in combating meth use, and as a way to learn more about something I love:  motorcycles.

The project has relied heavily on local volunteers, some more than others.  I have been blown away with the amount of support I have received from people who I had never met before this project started.  

One of the great things about this project is that it has exposed me to many new people, some of whom I consider new friends, and many of them have inspired me to keep going with this project even when things got frustrating.  

We had an initial $1,000 dollars that I raised on a kick-starter-type website (indie-a-go-go) and non-running motorcycle was gifted to us by a local man.  Since then we have received sponsorship, in the form of parts and encouragement by Biltwell Inc., Barnett, and Bell.

So here we are and we’re raffling off the project bike.

The raffle is today.  There are lots of bikes on display, food, drinks, vendors, and things to see.

The Phoenix will have a new owner, and myself and the rest of the volunteers will have to watch her roar away.

We will pick the winning raffle ticket at the Moto Envy Show at Black Lightning Moto Cafe, 440 F Street in Eureka, on Saturday August 16th.  There are still tickets left for the bike, though we will only sell 400 of them, so the odds are good! Our phone number is #442-2562.

Please help me spread the word about the raffle as this project wraps up!  

ALL of the proceeds from ticket sales are donated to the nonprofit HMAAP (the Humboldt Meth Abuse Awareness Project.)  Anyone interested in buying a raffle ticket from out of the area can contact me directly at my email address hinterland.empire@gmail.com.

THANK YOU and keep the shiny side up!
    ~Trinia

 

~Via BLMC/Hinterland

  Thank you for helping our Humboldt community, Jeff & Trinia

 

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Lookin’ Out My Backdoor

 

Tambourines & Elephants
 Playing in the Band 

 

Old School **VIDEO**

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

I love being here, looking out my back door.

Seeing mountains and green trees and beautiful skies every day.  Feeling the cool coastal breeze pass on through on a fine summer’s day.  The birds and dragonflies humming about, the deer and bears eating dandelions in the meadow, the blackberries and apples ripening on the vine as they have always done.

Happy Hum-people going about their day in an easygoing lazy way, a casual wave of the hand, a friendly smile and hello.

There’s a peace and rhythm in Humboldt filling our minds with calm and cheer.  We see the bright green emerald grass emerging under our feet and hear the ocean’s distant terrifying roar;  it brings a sense of  life to the vibrant fore.

We enjoy the last of the epic summer sunsets and tall white cumulus clouds while relishing the start of a season full of foggy mornings.  We love spending summer dreaming of winter storms, and then the opposite. 

I love that everyone here loves Humboldt so much.  I love being home on the North Coast.

There’s a gentle ache for Humboldt that lives in all of us.  It’s our own little world that we live in, but that’s OK;  they happen to know us here.  It’s a safe place where we can go and not be questioned for who we are.  It has its own sense of comfort, goodness, and a special warmth;  the touch of a friendly hand and a talk beside the fire.  We know the next best thing to being cared for is caring for someone else.  And we all do; whether rich or poor or something in between.

I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but life was never really ordinary.  I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.  Likewise, I never imagined that Humboldt might be something I’d miss– like tambourines and elephants playing in the band.

Yeah, it’s all here, everything one wants and hopes and dreams for.  Life used to be so damn hard.  It’s not so much anymore.  It’s the same for anyone, I suppose, no matter where it is they hang their hat. 

Maybe that’s why we call it home.  Home is the nicest word there is.

It just took me awhile to realize that, lookin’ out my back door.

 

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Love, Humboldt

 

Humboldt-Made

 

A Staff Pick *Hum-VIDEO*

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

We love Humboldt. 

Everyone does.  It’s our people and community; our place and our home.

Head north along the coast to where most people think California ends. Then keep going.  You’ll eventually reach the redwood forests, pristine beaches, and the six rivers of Humboldt.

You’re in for a treat– and more than the outdoor adventure kind.  That’s because the same natural abundance we enjoy has inspired generations of family farmers, small businesses and artisans.  They handcraft products with care that’s hard to come by anymore– and with an approach that says, “Hey, Let’s be nice to the Earth.”

It’s something we’re really proud of. 

For you, that means seriously treats like local beer and wine, milk, cheeses and grass-fed beef.  Fresh-off-the-dock oysters, salmon, halibut, albacore and crab.  An abundance and variety of heirloom-quality foods, crafts and jewelry.

The best part of Humboldt, though, is the people.  Giving, loving, genuine.  Independent.  Content, happy, and satisfied.  Always a smile and a kind word for one another. 

That’s just the way we are. 

The second best part of Humboldt is the summer weather:  cool and comfortable and far removed from the withering heat felt elsewhere by most throughout the nation.  Many locals stay put for the summer; it’s simply the nicest and best place to be.

If you visit, start with some serious outdoor fun.  Go on a hike, or set out in a kayak. Canoe one the gorgeous rivers or explore our pristine coastline.  

Walk through the glorious forests and smell the fresh air sifting through the redwood needles and bay laurel trees.  Gaze meditatively at our ancient old-growth majesties glowing like cathedrals in the dappled soft sunshine.  Take a long walk on the isolated beaches that stretch for miles.  Delve into the area’s deep and rich history.

You can start at a farmer’s market, perhaps the famous Arcata Farmer’s Market on Saturdays.  Or maybe search the Arcata Plaza, Victorian Ferndale or Old Town Eureka for locally made crafts and jewelry.  Try some wine-tasting in Trinidad or call ahead and visit one of our small wineries.

Say hello.  Don’t be shy about stopping at the boat docks or fruit stands.  During summer you can find festivals and handfuls of events underway.  There’s plenty of gaming around.  Sample the restaurants and eateries; they serve up local and delightful delicacies.

For a community that’s as uniquely independent as we are, we still know how to take care of one another.  Take the time to chat.  Look after your elders by bringing them treats and firewood.  Drop off some fresh-picked blackberries for friends.  Help your neighbor find their chickens.  Pack up the neighborhood kids for a carefree barbecue and a swim at the river.

…And have a happy summer and more fun from all of us in Humboldt.

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For our Hum-friends and family. 
~Via HumboldtMade.com and Vimeo/Runaway Kite

 

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The Hunt for Shane Miller is Over

 

 

Murderer’s Remains Found in Petrolia

 

*VIDEO*

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

From the Times-Standard news this morning:

The hunt for Shane Miller is over.

The Humboldt County’s Coroner’s Office confirmed Sunday the human remains recovered near Petrolia on Friday night belong to Humboldt County native Shane Miller, who was wanted in connection with the shooting deaths of his wife and two young daughters. 

A loaded handgun was found near his remains.

Miller, 45, was the subject of a massive manhunt in the Mattole Valley last May.

Authorities say he gunned down his wife Sandy and daughters Shelby Miller, 8, and Shasta Miller, 4, in their Shingletown home in Shasta County on May 7, 2013, before fleeing 200 miles to the Humboldt County, where he abandoned his truck and the family dog.

“Using dental records the remains have been positively identified as Shane Franklin Miller, age 46 of Shingletown, California,” a release from the office states.  ”Additional examination of Mr. Miller’s remains will be conducted this week.”…

An excerpt, the full Times-Standard article is here.

 

From NBC News:

Humboldt County and the rest of California’s “Lost Coast,” where the green mountains of the King Range plunge down to the sea, is the most undeveloped section of the state’s shoreline.  Its dense forests have few roads, towns or people and are little known to outsiders.

But Miller knew the area.

He grew up in Humboldt County, and was a sometime participant in one of the area’s major industries — growing marijuana.  He was convicted of felony cultivation in 1996.  He also racked up arrests for a hit and run, DUI, money laundering, marijuana cultivation, and illegal possession of a machine gun, before spending nearly four years in federal prison on a gun charge.  He was released in 2007.

People who knew Miller told local media that he had survival skills.  The Marshals described him as an “avid outdoorsman,” and the affidavit described him as “a survivalist, who frequently uses cash for purchases.”

A day after the killings, Miller’s truck was found in a remote area near the tiny town of Petrolia, California, less than five miles from the Pacific.  A week later, hikers found Miller’s dog wandering along the Lost Coast Trail, which winds through the redwoods and Douglas firs high above the ocean.  Hundreds of law enforcement personnel combed through the rugged area in an extensive manhunt for Miller.

In June, authorities found a homemade underground fortress on property that Miller owned.  An elaborate, prefabricated bunker was buried on one of the properties, with vent pipes hidden by wood and other debris, according to the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.  Inside, investigators say, was an arsenal of rifles, shotguns and handguns — but no sign of Shane Miller.

Late Friday night, someone anonymously reported possible human remains on the banks of the Mattole River in Petrolia.

Once authorities had confirmed the remains were human, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, “as the body’s location was within an area where Shane Miller had previously fled from law enforcement.”

On Saturday, according to a press release from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement officers from both counties and the Department of Justice collected the remains and other evidence from the scene.  

The remains were positively identified on Sunday through dental records as Shane Miller’s.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office didn’t say how long the body had been at the site or how Miller died, but announced plans for a press conference about the find at a later date due to personnel currently being assigned to several large fires within Shasta County.

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~Via Times-Standard, Google News/NBC/CNN,
Lost Coast Interpretive Association

 

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Eureka City Hall

 

Who’s in Charge? 
Who’s on First?
What’s on Second?

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

The money’s gone and there’s no telling where it went.
The fiasco will end up costing Eureka taxpayers more
once the lawyers get their say in court.  Meanwhile,
there’s nothing– and no one– to show for it.

First off, we have this lovely excerpt by Lorna Rodriguez
gracing the Times-Standard today about Eureka’s Martin
Slough Interceptor Project:

Apex Directional Drilling, the company once hired by the city of Eureka to provide drilling services for the Martin Slough Force Main project, filed a claim against the city on Wednesday seeking nearly $6.3 million in damages.

Apex walked off the job in April, and the Eureka City Council earlier this month authorized the Public Works Department to negotiate a contract with Wahlund Construction, Inc. to complete the project.

“In the case of the Martin Slough Force Main, we bent over backward to make this project work,” Apex President Mike Lachner wrote in a statement to the Times-Standard.

“Frankly, we are puzzled and troubled by the city’s unresponsiveness and refusal to acknowledge ground conditions that were vastly different than advertised when hiring for the project.  We filed this complaint because Eureka officials need to step up and be accountable for the damages caused by the city’s negligence, misrepresentations and breach of contract.”

 

Second, and to follow up on some recent Martin Slough history, we have this charming excerpt taken previously from the Tuluwat Examiner:

On Tuesday, the Eureka City Council held a special meeting regarding the recent troubles with the Martin Slough Interceptor. 

The meeting was to decide whether to award a $3.9 million dollar contract to Wahlund Construction to complete the work which Apex Drilling had pulled out of. 

That was the same amount originally awarded to Apex last year.  Watching the meeting, it was easy to see that the diligent and hardworking Council took this huge expenditure of public funds seriously.  Not.

The meeting lasted about 5 minutes and none of the Council members asked any questions of city staff.  $3.9 million dollars and no questions asked.  WTF? 

In looking at the agenda documents, Examiner staff saw numerous areas that demanded clarification.  The Council didn’t care or didn’t want to know any more information, though.

First off, in the documents Apex Drilling claims that the project they bid on had a flawed soil analysis by SHN Consulting.  Instead of “Hookton Formation” soil, there was supposedly just gray sand.  They described the soil as “just like beach sand.” 

Apex stated that a third party company conducted daily analysis of the soil, and gave those soil analysis reports to SHN on a daily basis.  SHN supposedly refused to accept those reports or engineer changes to the plan to account for putting a pipe into the sand (as opposed to stable dirt).  

To date, Apex has been paid $2.7 million dollars for the project.

That’s right; Apex has been paid $2.7 million.  And now Wahlund has been awarded the same contract as Apex– which brings this Boondoggle to $5.6 million dollars. 

Has the city analyzed the soil to check Apex’s claims?  Is the city still using SHN’s plans and analysis in their contract with Wahlund?  

None of that is clear in the agenda documents, and certainly weren’t touched on in the meeting. 

We ask the question, is the same City Engineer that oversaw this disaster still in charge?

Also in the agenda documents, were references to the Cincinnati Insurance Company, who issued bonds regarding the work to be done under the contract. 

The City had made a claim to the insurance company, but the insurance company hasn’t accepted the claim.  So, does that mean that the $2.7 million dollars paid to Apex might not be recovered? 

We don’t know, because the Council never saw fit to ask.

The Examiner has to wonder whether it’s a lack of intelligence, complete hubris, or just not caring about spending the public’s money that causes this Council to vote on spending huge amounts of cash without asking questions or apparently really knowing what’s going on.

Or, maybe they have the answers to all of the above questions because they discussed them already outside of the public’s view. 

Given the repeated Brown Act violations by this Council, it wouldn’t surprise us.

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We wonder what’s going on too.  It stinks to high heaven.  The original $3.9 million dollar project could potentially mushroom to $11.9 million, and may go higher.  All for a project– a mile of pipeline under Pine Hill– that is outside of the City limits and doesn’t benefit Eureka.

We wonder who’s in charge and who’s on first base because this is appearing like some bad Abbot and Costello number with all the bumbling and fumbling going on and no explanation and no one held accountable.

Then, of course, there’s also the little problem of Measure O lining the coffers of a bumbling Eureka City Hall to contend with, too.

We can only hope that someday the City of Eureka will actually spend the millions of dollars they take for fixing our poor and dilapidated roads and policing the streets rather than lining developer’s pockets. 

Until that happens, we’ll bleed away more money until City Hall, like the town of Bell, can get itself into fiscal rehab before it’s too late.

 

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The Laid-Back Arcata Farmers Market

 

Good Food, Good Vibes

VIDEO

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Just another Saturday morning at the Farmers Market on the Plaza in downtown Arcata, California.

Over the years, folks have become loyal groupies of the Farmers Market.  

They wait for the seasons of harvest like anticipating the arrival of Christmas.  Why?  It’s a fun place to walk around, buy and eat good food, and meet friends.

The Arcata Farmer’s Market is more than a farmer’s market.  It’s a destination spot.  There’s a lot to see here:  a celebratory lovefest hub of entertainment, vendors, local flavor and some great people watching. You can easily be occupied for several hours taking it all in.

One of the biggest and best farmers market around, there’s a fairly large selection of stuff:  eggs, plants, juices, mushrooms, soaps, seafood, garlic, flowers, herbs, cacti, regular produce fruits and vegetables, and a gazillion other groovy things.

You can pick up all sorts of goodies here.  There is honey fresh from the hive.  Locally fished and smoked salmon.  Tamales and fried things.  Coffee from Los Bagels, the best darkest sweetest French Roast you’ll ever have in del todo mundo.  Candles, crafts, olives, and sweets.

Even beanies spun out of some lady’s bunnies’ hair.

Many of the growers know exactly what they’re talking about and will be straight up with you on how their food is grown and whether or not a plant will survive where you plan on taking it. They love what they’re doing and like showing the passion for their mission.

The prices vary depending on what you’re looking for and what stand you buy from, so it helps to look around and barter a bit– but understand that some things are only available at one stand.

Oh, to frolic amongst the wannabe hippies, yuppies, jugglers, lumberjacks and potheads. Take our word for it, where else can you see a menagerie of people like this?  And where might you find excellent food, crafts, music, and stories to go along with it?

With an atmosphere that’s way laid back and all unto its own, locals bring their own bags or baskets to bring home their fresh, organically-grown produce.  Those that are less than local end up purchasing a bag or basket so they can look cool, too.  It’s all good.  Everyone takes part in the pleasant scene and the overall vibe happening.

And no, there are no weed vendors here… well, none that are legal and part of the Farmer’s Market.

With the smell of marijuana and patchouli and fresh onions in the air, you know you are in Humboldt County– and the Farmer’s Market is the highlight of Humboldt’s quintessential laid-back culture.

Peace and love, vegetables and broccoli, do still abound.

 

 

Kinetic Grand Championship Plaza Start 2008 from Kimberly Perkins on Vimeo.

Videos courtesy of Michael LM Joyce and Kimberly Perkins. 
Photos by Ben G.

 

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Sunday Pancakes Made Easy

 

Freshwater Grange Pancakes and Eggs 

Sunday Morning, May 4 from 8-11 am

VIDEO

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

Breakfast… the most important meal of the day.

And there is nothing quite like a hot pancake breakfast with your friends and family on a Sunday morning.

It’s an awesome meal when the Freshwater Grange is preparing and passing out their hot cake ‘n egg and ham and sausage and French roast coffee dishes for you to sample.  It’s been a hit and the pancake family grows larger.

Think of it as a breakfast delight, where you get to try a bite of a little bit of everything along with the maple syrup– and not have to wash a dirty pan or dish.

It all comes together like a magical surprise with everyone’s fine help.  Well, most of the time it does anyway.

What’s great is the rock bottom price:

$5 for adults, and only $3 for the kids!

 

Wrangletown would love to have you.  All in all a perfect way to spend a Sunday morning.  Just beware that a nap will be necessary following the impending food coma.

When: First Sunday of every month, 8-11 a.m.
Where: Freshwater Grange, 49 Grange Road

…Just follow the smiley balloons and sign on Myrtle Avenue/Old Arcata Road.  At 3 Corners Market turn east onto Freshwater Road and drive 2.2 miles to the Garfield Little Red School House, and onto Grange Road. 

You can’t miss it.

Our appreciation goes to the Ahrens’ family for letting us in on their fine breakfast and love of family. 
It sure feels good to be alive.

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The Amazing New Humboldt Bay Eagle Cam

 

They’re Back

And So is a New Higher-Def Camera

VIDEO CAMERA LINK

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

They’re back.  And they’re beautiful.

We’re excited our namesake mascots are back.  We watched these eagles all last summer and were kind of sad when they all left.  Talk about having an ‘empty nest syndrome’.

Welcome to the nesting pair of bald eagles in Humboldt Bay, Arcata.

Constructed on top of a Douglas fir tree near Bayside, this famous and rare nest has a well recorded breeding history going back to 2006.

In the 2013 breeding season two nest cameras were installed by the Institute for Wildlife Studies who monitor a number of active nests in the area.  The Humboldt Bay Eagles nest is quite different from other nests because the nest is monitored by multiple tilt-zoom cameras and can relay information from different angles.

Bald eagles breed once a year and remain with one mate as long as they are alive and successful at breeding.  The nest has created quite the buzz and offspring in Humboldt and the newly installed higher-definition camera seen at the top, above, has been a hit for viewing better quality images of the breeding pair. 

Just press the blue  ’Play’ button above and give the site a few seconds to upload itself.  You can also watch both camera views at www.iws.org/hbe.html and see reports of nesting activities at the Humboldt Bay Eagles Forum.

Shhh.  The exact location of the nest, however, is a closely guarded secret.

To note, this nest is also unique because it harbors activity of other animals besides the eagles.  It turns out the nest is very actively used by Northern Pacific Chorus frogs living in the tree.  The frogs generally come out when the evening weather warms above a certain temperature.

During the camera installation, the person in charge left the camera lying in the
nest.  When he returned the next day to finish, there was a frog hiding in the mounting housing.  As a canopy ecologist, he knew right away that this was significant– it’s the second highest known location for a Pacific Chorus Frog.

With infrared lighting, observers are able to see the frogs at night and knowing there is no data about chorus frog behaviors at this “elevation” in trees, a citizen science project was started.

But the raptors are the fascinating star of the show.  Come back to this site again and again– day or night– to see what our eagles have been up to during different times of the day and season. 

A word to the wise:  the family is growing– and the hatching is happening.

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HSU Bus Crash Remembrance Today

 

Remembrance and Vigil to be Held Thursday

Students and Public Welcome to Attend

VIDEO

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

A memorial and candlelight ceremony will be held today at
Humboldt State University to remember those affected by last
week’s deadly bus crash near Orland.

The memorial takes place at 12:30 pm in the university campus quad.  A candlelight vigil will also be held later, at 5 pm in the quad. 

Both ceremonies are open to the public, HSU spokesman Jarad Petroske said. 

In a released statement,  HSU President Rollin Richmond said:

“Humboldt State University continues to grieve over last week’s I-5 bus accident that took the lives of 10, a group of young people filled with hope and promise.  This was a tragedy we will never forget, and one that affects people throughout California.”

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Feeding The World

 

The Food Crisis Paradox

Award-Winning Film

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

“People are not hungry because they are ignorant… The issues are more fundamental. 

The fish are there.  The people know how to fish.  Yet, there is barbed wire around the pond– literally and figuratively.”

 

Why buy local?  This is why:  Food security.

It’s baffling that in some parts of the world, there’s an oversupply of food, while elsewhere people are suffering from malnourishment.

This infotainment film, How to Feed the World, was directed by Denis van Waerebeke for kids age 9 to 14 in an effort to explain resource disparity, malnutrition and the food crisis in an eye-catching and accessible way.

Waerebeke lays it all out, showing that it all boils down to food dependency.  He describes how a system of imports and exports complicate a process that could be simplified and sustainable if it focused on the local paradigm instead.

Of course it’s a little more convoluted than that, but the video explains it in a way that manages to be both digestible and informative.

The moral of the story? 

Work hard, think and buy and local, and thank your lucky stars if you’re fortunate enough to feed your family today.

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It’s Cakes ‘N Eggs Time Again

 
 

Freshwater Pancakes and Eggs and Maple Syrup Sunday Morning:

April 6, 8-11 am

 

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 
 
 
Wake up and smell the coffee– and the cakes.  Eating them is even better!
 
The Freshwater Grange Friends and Volunteers are hosting their fresh hot pancakes and real scrambled egg breakfast– with all the fixin’s– this Sunday.
 
There’s breakfast, conversation and all the fine local flavor served up fresh.  We welcome, delight, and would love to have you come enjoy it with us in the beautiful Freshwater Valley.  Every time it happens more and more of you show up and our ‘pancake family’ grows bigger.   Thank you!
 
The menu features delicious buttermilk and whole grain pancakes, plus ham, sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice, tea, and Wanda’s bottomless French Roast coffee.  Hungry?  Come back for more.  It’s all included.
 
James cracks all the fresh eggs early in the morning and our pixie pancake makers– Sue and Shirley– are mixing up the fresh batter to the right proportions for the griddle.  Patrick and Laura, the dynamic duo, are stirring the eggs and fixing up the sausage and ham. 
 
Wanda and Mary will be sure your coffee is hot and brewed fresh for your cup.  Jen and Clay and Tissa will be there helping, too.  Dr. Dick is up to something, Janice did the Easter decorations, and Nancy made the quilts!
 
The aroma of fresh pancakes and sausage– just like
you remember at home– is happening all morning.
 
It all comes together like a magical surprise with everyone’s fine help. Well, most of the time it does anyway.
 
What’s great is the rock bottom price:
$5 for adults, and only $3 for the kids.
 
The price hasn’t been raised in eight years.  Heck, for that kind of convenient deal you can bring the whole family. Why not?
 
The money goes to the good cause of fun-raising: fixing up and restoring the old Freshwater Grange. So far you’ve helped put on a new roof, repair the drainage and walkway, install a new heater, and help spiff up the historical place.  It is over a 100 years old after all, and every little bit helps. It needs our community help and care. And you help us put the word fun back into funky!
 
We hope to see you there– and fill your plate with some happy, happy, happy down-home Wrangletown lumberjack cooking.
 
When: First Sunday of every month, 8-11 a.m.
Phone: 442-7107
Price: $5 adults; $3 kids
 
The Place: Freshwater Grange, 49 Grange Road
 
…Just follow the smiley balloons and signs: up Freshwater Road, about 2.2 miles east of 3 Corners market and then turn right past Garfield’s Little Red School
House onto Grange Road.
 
You can’t miss it. If you do happen to miss it, just ask anyone standing nearby.  They’re all friendly, they’re on Aloha Time, and they have no worries.
 
 
You may be the highlight of their otherwise slow and bucolic day.
 
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Freshwater Country Store Dream Come True

 

The Kneeland Glen Farm Stand

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

It’s a happy, friendly, and delightful kind of business place.

Kathy Mullen has started a farm stand in Freshwater that is
unique for Humboldt:  a farm-based cottage industry cooperative.

Members of the Kneeland Glen Farm Stand take turns working the small indoor shop, and sell their fresh organic produce, handmade items– like Kathy’s Kneeland Glen Soap, a handmade goat’s milk soap, and also skin lotions– and cottage-made food items and crafts.

There’s fruit and vegetables, jams and jellies, honey, eggs, olives, breads and pastries, beautiful and colorful children’s clothing, and a wide range of other things to numerous to mention.  For such a small place, the variety and vibe is amazing.  The community came together helping Kathy’s humble dream come true– and vice-versa.  It’s a match made in heaven.

She’s working on bringing in new partners and so far the farm stand is a success. The small and adorable country store is a pleasant and friendly oasis, a place that feels more like a warm and loving home than your typical store.

Almost out of time, the place harkens back to the way things used to be so many years ago: a Humboldt-based farm and cottage industry cooperative, as well as a community gathering place.

Kathy is a warm, welcoming and thoughtful person, a real pleasure to be with.  She, like her business, are Humboldt gems.  And she loves to chat about anything under the sun.

When we were there, Kathy picked fresh basil for us even though she’d just closed up shop and on her way home for dinner.  That’s the kind of person she is.

Not a problem at all, she said, taking us kindly inside. We sat down and talked, having the most pleasant conversation we’ve had in quite awhile.

Open, genuine and wearing her heart on her sleeve, she told us about herself and getting walloped in the face recently by her horse, her long-time ranching family, our mutual friends in common, her milk goats, and her inspiration for starting the store.  Our conversation was sweet and beautiful and timeless.

See it for yourself.  We’re sure you’ll like it, finding something delightful in this little oasis. 

It’s open everyday from 12-6 and located close to the 3 Corners store at 5851 Myrtle Avenue and her phone is #496-0459 should you need it.

Stop by and say hi to Kathy and her daughter, Jenny, working there.  And don’t be surprised if you’re treated like an old friend.

 

KHSU’s Food For Thought audio post has Kathy explaining more about her mission and how others can be involved. You can listen to it here.

You may be amazed and perhaps inspired and transformed of how some dreams—great or small– can come true.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some nice fresh produce, farm fresh eggs, and Granny Be Jammin’ Fresh Pastries and Blackberry Cobbler

 

Fresh herbs, soap, farmers, and more!

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Humboldt Weed: ‘One Good Year’

 

Feature Film Documentary Premiers April 14

VIDEO

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

“In Humboldt County, everyone has sticky stuff on their fingers…Every business in this county relies on the marijuana business.”
~Grower, One Good Year

 

One Good Year is all about the Humboldt weed.

While “Humboldt” has become synonymous the world over with high-grade marijuana for both the medical and black markets, the outside world knows little about the farmers themselves and their lives, history, dreams, and hopes for the future.

A feature length documentary in post production relating the inside story of Humboldt’s legendary pot-growing culture, One Good Year follows the everyday lives of four medical marijuana growers and their unique community.

Directed by local author, nursery owner, author, and volunteer firefighter Mikal Jakubal, the film is set in the remotely familiar hills where “Humboldt Grown” is well known.  Why did he do it?

As Jakubal explains:

“Humboldt pot farmers maintain one of the last remaining small farming economies in the country, the last of a tradition where people working the land with their hands could still sustain themselves and their families.

This is why we have to show the world the real face of pot farming.  Otherwise, when the inevitable regulation or legalization happens, we’ll be excluded by laws based on the paranoid public perception of pot farming as a dangerous,
gangster activity.

As the marijuana economy moves mainstream, we need to keep it democratic and accessible to farmers at any scale.

I think my film will go a long way toward that end by influencing public perception in a positive way.”

 

The outside world knows little about the marijuana growing culture.  One Good Year offers us a peak into it. 

You can expect the premier opening happening next month, on April 14.  We expect it to come closer to home soon for a showing.  Mikal won’t let us down.

 

 

Film and Photo CreditOne Good Year, Mikal Jakubal, Vimeo

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Bare-Faced Messiah

 

Book About Scientology Founder Finally Allowed To Be Published

VIDEO

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

We believe in transparency of information being accessible
for all, even if others don’t want you to have it.

A book Scientologists have kept off the shelves of American book stores for 27 years that alleges church founder L. Ron Hubbard was a fantasist with a predilection for bizarre sexual rituals, is finally set to be published.

Written by British journalist Russell Miller in 1986, ‘Bare-Faced Messiah’ cuts a swath through the many myths the Scientologist chief built up around himself and exposes him as a charismatic charmer, and one who targeted celebrity devotees.

Miller alleges that Hubbard lied about his service in World War II, and that instead of the millions of members the church claims to have, it only counts around 25,000 people as followers.  And there’s much more than that.

‘Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard’ was published around the globe, but two years of litigation and censorship from Scientologists have held up the book’s publication in the United States.

Now finally, it has been printed by Silvertail Books with a newly written introduction from Miller, a prize-winning journalist, researcher, and the author of eight previous books.

The biography goes right back to the start of Hubbard’s life in Montana, where Hubbard said he grew up breaking wild horses on his grandfather’s ranch.

However, Miller claims that Hubbard’s grandfather was a ‘small-time veterinarian who supplemented his income renting out horses and buggies from a livery barn.’

Hubbard also claimed to have traveled Asia intensively, where he developed
his love of philosophy and mysticism after spending time with holy men who thought him to be wildly precocious.  However, all Miller could find was evidence of two trips to Asia as a teenager while his father was stationed in Guam.

Hubbard’s early writings with Scientology– after his mediocre stint at writing science fiction– claimed that he was one of the United States’ first nuclear physicists and also held a medical degree.

Miller discovered during the course of his biography that Hubbard failed the one class he took in nuclear physics– and dropped out of George Washington University after his sophomore year and never got a degree.

 But not all of Miller’s research was to debunk the man behind the legend…

 

An excerpt, you can read the full article in the UK Mail here.

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Humboldt is an area of rugged independence and individualism.  We look after each other, our families, and our community.  We do good, work hard, and  believe in our free mutual well-being.

Coins and crosses never know their fruitless worth.  Believe in yourself– and ourselves.  Beware of those groups taking your time and money for their own personal gain; ‘Clear’, Anonymous, secret bunkers in Humboldt, Printelligent and otherwise.

 

SeaArrrgh II – Protesting the Cult of scientology – June 13 & 20, 2009 – from TheDonzerlyLight on Vimeo.

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More Humboldt Mayhem

 

Machete-Wielding Man Attacks Wife

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

What is happening to the City of Eureka now?

More violence.  According to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release, a Eureka man was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, domestic violence, violation of a court order and violation of probation after allegedly attacking his wife with a machete.

Torry Williams, 32, reportedly attacked his wife Friday when she stopped by his residence with a friend to speak with him.

He allegedly grabbed her by the hair, dragged her into the home and immediately began assaulting her with his fists, and later, a machete.

The woman was able to fend off Williams and run to her friend’s car.  The two drove away while Williams hit the vehicle with the machete, the release states.

Deputies found Williams at his residence, along with the 18-inch blade machete on the kitchen counter.

A piece of the friend’s car that appeared to have been sliced off by a sharp object was located on the ground outside.

Williams was taken to the Humboldt County Jail and his bail was set at $100,000.

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Mr. Gallegos, you’re going to need more prosecutors for our fair city.

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Mystery and Mudslinging at Miranda’s Corral

 

A Finger Pointing Whodunnit

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

The pen is mightier than the sword.  Or gun.

If you didn’t catch the recent exposé of the current controversy
surrounding Miranda’s Animal Rescue by Ryan Burns in the
Lost Coast Outpost, you really ought to. 

Mr. Burns, formerly of the North Coast Journal and perhaps the last, best investigative reporter left standing in Humboldt, writes a fine doozy of a gunslinging piece.

In “Behind a Smear Campaign: Miranda’s Rescue Founder Takes a Stand,” Burns unravels the complex knot of accusations regarding the current smear campaign against the animal rescue organization.

A somewhat lengthy read– spiced with some ‘aw-shucks’ heartwarming pictures– is one of the best local articles we’ve seen in a long, long, time.

Capturing all the smoking-gun twists and turns and accusations and innuendos and dead ends and fast straightaways of a local down-home fingerpointing whodunnit, the article is done in such a way that’s easy to understand.  That’s no simple feat considering it’s a rather complicated tale based initially on hearsay and dubious evidence.  Taking the time, effort, and research to arduously track it down once he got on the case, Burns slices and dices to the truth in short order bringing it to the light of day.  We’re still dizzy.

All the while, it remains a fair presentation where the reader can derive their own conclusions.

Burns writes:

…In 2007, Miranda’s Rescue was named “Best Sanctuary for Abused Animals” by the state Assembly. That same year, the Red Cross named Miranda himself one of “Humboldt County’s Heroes.”  Last year alone the organization reportedly rescued 866 animals and adopted out 577.

But the past year hasn’t been entirely the fantasy suggested by Miranda’s idyllic property.  As he and a couple colleagues gave a recent tour of the place, Miranda was keyed up and exasperated.  

“This has just been an absolute nightmare,” he said. 

For nearly a year, a Sacramento woman named Marianna Mullins has been waging a campaign against Miranda and his rescue, making accusations online, calling up Miranda’s business associates, and even hiring a local private investigator…

… In the month since our first conversation, the LoCO has spoken with Mullins’ private investigator, read six anonymous “witness statements” containing further accusations and interviewed a variety of people who have worked for or with Miranda over the years.

In the process we’ve heard no shortage of accusations from both sides — claims of mass animal graves, unwanted sexual advances, stolen files and an armed confrontation on private property.

And while some of the facts behind these charges remain obscured, we’ve gained some insight into the parties involved– who has credibility and who lacks it…

 

An excerpt, we suggest you take time to read the full article– and illuminative comments by readers– here.

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“Oh, what a tangled web we weave… when first we practice to deceive.”
~Walter Scott, Marmion

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Eureka Double Homicide Suspect Taken Into Custody

 

EPD and Coroner’s Office Release Identities of Suspect, Victims

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

On Wednesday, March 26 at 5:57 pm, Eureka Police officers came upon two murder victims while responding
to a call in a Eureka home.

They had initially responded to the residence located at 2109 Harris Street for a citizen’s report of an injured person in the house.

Officers entered the house to render first aid and found a man deceased with obvious trauma, namely what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head.  

Checking the rest of the house for other persons who may need help, they found a second person deceased as well.  He, too, suffered from a gunshot wound to the head, Eureka Police said.

Based on evidence collected at the scene, EPD investigators believe the crime was a double homicide. 

One person was detained at the scene and arrested as the lone suspect in the murders.

Investigators will continue to process the scene for the rest of today.  The deceased have been identified but their names are being withheld until family members are notified by the Coroner’s Office (see below).

The suspect taken into custody is Eureka resident Vincent “Vinnie” Earnest Sanchez, DOB: 04-30-1985.  

Sanchez was booked into the Humboldt County Jail on two counts of homicide.  Mr. Sanchez, to note, has had prior contacts and arrests by law enforcement.  It is unknown if Sanchez was on probation or being supervised previous to the murders occurring.

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The Coroner’s Office recently identified the first victim as Richard “Rick” Storre, 60, of Eureka.  The second victim is confirmed as Lance Delbert Henry, 25.  Mr. Henry is reportedly the half- brother of suspect Vincent Sanchez.

This is the third homicide to occur, rocking the small city of Eureka, population 27,000, in almost as many months.

 

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Willow Creek Crime Wave– As Sheriff Sleeps

 

Residents:  Sheriff Downey Unresponsive and Uncommunicative

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

The following article by Krista Korns in the March 21 edition of the Two Rivers Tribune should be of interest to
readers. 

Reprinted here, we hope– and trust– Sheriff Downey will get
on the case once the nap is over:

“Willow Creek residents at the Willow Creek Community Service District (WCCSD) meeting last month expressed their frustration with County law enforcement cutbacks.

Residents said the small Eastern Humboldt County town is in the midst of a crime wave, citing at least two armed home invasions, several armed robberies, and at least one major burglary.

Ray’s Food Place in Willow Creek was robbed twice at gunpoint.  The Patriot Gas Station was also robbed by an armed gunman. 

Burglars used a truck to rip the door off of the Tonkin Wildlife Museum, getting away with several exhibits.

The County is cutting back on law enforcement despite the increased levels of crime in the area. A single Sheriff’s Deputy will be on duty from 6 am to 6 pm.

Local fishing guide Ed Duggan, said, “We think it’s deplorable that if we have an incident after 6 pm, we’re going to have to wait for a Deputy to come out here from the Coast.”

WCCSD Vice Chairman Judy Gower said, “Once the Sheriff is off, there’s no one on duty until the next morning.  It’s not going to take them long to figure out that at about 10 o’clock it takes two hours for any response.”

Board Chairman Bruce Nelson said they emailed Sheriff Downey three times about the issue and requested that someone from his department attend the WCCSD meeting.

“We asked him to explain why coverage is being cut back with all of the recent armed robberies and home invasions,” Nelson said.

“I don’t understand why he didn’t at least email us back and attempt to communicate with us,” Nelson added.

Privately, several residents told the Two Rivers Tribune they were worried that the next robbery attempt might end in a gun battle downtown if people take matters into their own hands.

“I’m really worried about our local law enforcement having no backup,” Nelson said.

Nathan Falk said, “Two years ago Sheriff Downey stood in front of us and said we’d have Sheriff’s Deputies here and they wouldn’t leave until midnight.  He hasn’t kept his word.”

Nelson said, “If they were to look us in the eye and say ‘we’re doing our best,’ that would go over a lot better than just not contacting us.”

 

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Sheriff, please check your mail and kindly return calls within a month.  It’s the least you can do before the shooting starts.

That’s why we pay you the big money as an elected official.  Especially given your timely rejection of our $17.5 million SB 1022 grant—all because a simple financial spreadsheet failed to be included in the grant package.

~Article by Krista Korns, Two Rivers Tribune

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The Great Freshwater Pasta Gala Tonight

 

Friday, March 21 from 5 – 7 pm

–The Price is Right–

 

Kids and noodles are just plain fun.

Join us tonight, Friday March 21st from 5 – 7 pm, at the Freshwater Grange for a family pasta night out to help raise funds for Garfield School’s Upper Elementary class trip to Sacramento.

The pasta price is right:  $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and kids,
and those under the age of 5 eat for free.

But here’s the better family deal: $20.00 feeds your family of four.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.

And it won’t be that overly-cooked squishy cafeteria noodle food that you fondly remember from your elementary school, either.  Oh, heavens no.  The real deal, this is more Pasta Gala than say, spaghetti feed.

Chef Ed Z., former owner and manager of the Samurai restaurant, and Chef Janet Arrington of Arrington Apples and Catering, are cooking up the special pasta and sauce.

If it’s like their past events together, this dynamic duo will be coming up with something especially good.  Last time if you remember, Mr. Ed brought in his experienced Samurai crew, and with Janet’s help, whipped up an exhilarating variety of all-you-can eat sushi rolls and other delicacies for one low pittance of a price during Japanese Dinner Night.  A popular hit, it sold out in record time.

This time, it’s a bit different– and even more brilliant. 

The Garfield school kids– of all ages and sizes– will be serving up the food and running the tables.  Parents, Principal Barbara McMahon, Loretta Eckenrode, Laura Arrington and the dedicated Garfield School staff and Booster Club will be nearby when the pasta gets rolling, the kids get flying, and hopefully before the pan hits the fan.

We expect a bit of fun and mayhem.  You never know.  It should all turn out just fine.  We think.  We hope.  And we’ll see. 

Come join in the community and see the controlled chaos for yourself– and remember to eat generously like Grandma always told you to.  The menu line-up should look something similar to this:

Mixed Green or Caesar Salad
French Bread

Pasta with Meat Sauce

Pasta with Marinara

We hope to see you at the Freshwater Grange, located at 39 Grange Road, just off of Freshwater Road. 

We’ll fill your plate with some good old-fashioned Freshwater family fun. 

Oh, and some real pasta, too.

 

 

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Wiyot World Renewal Ceremony

 

Milestone Moment Finally Comes

VIDEO

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

They were always here.

It was the discovery of gold in 1849 that brought white 
settlement to the Bay, ultimately resulting in the destruction
of the peaceful Wiyot tribe and culture.

The ensuing, “Indian troubles” culminated in a series of massacres against the Wiyot on February 26, 1860.  The most infamous of these was at Tuluwat village on Indian Island in Humboldt Bay.

The Wiyot people had gathered at this traditional site for the annual World Renewal Ceremony, which lasted seven to ten days.  Tuluwat was the center of the Wiyot world.

At night, the Wiyot men would replenish supplies, leaving the elders, women and children sleeping and resting.

Under cover of darkness, local men armed with hatchets and knives rowed to the Island from Eureka and brutally murdered nearly all the sleeping Wiyot.  Devastating the Wiyot people, a tribe surrounding the areas of Humboldt Bay since time immemorial, the event marked the darkest and most barbaric day in the history of Humboldt County and the city of Eureka. 

Estimates of the dead ranged from 80 to 250 in the night’s series of orchestrated massacres taking place that night.  Although the white men of the murderous mob were locally known, no charges were ever brought against them.  The remaining Wiyot temporarily took refuge at Fort Humboldt where nearly half died of exposure and starvation.  The survivors were forcibly relocated to reservations at Klamath and elsewhere.

The Wiyot people, however, did not disappear.  Attempting to return to their homeland, they found their homes had been destroyed and the lands taken over by others.

Until now.

Efforts to restore the Tuluwat site have been ongoing since 2000, after the tribe purchased 1.5 acres of the island.  The city of Eureka transferred over another 60 acres to the Wiyot later, and recently delivered a formal apology to the tribe for the horrific events of 1860.

Generations after the massacre on Indian Island, the Wiyot Tribe’s World Renewal Ceremony is returning in March, completing a cycle that’s been left unfinished for more than 150 years.

The ceremony will last three days beginning March 28, starting on Indian Island and ending at the Wiyot Reservation in Loleta.

“We’ve been waiting a long time to bring the World Renewal Ceremony back,” said former Wiyot Tribal Chairwoman Cheryl A. Seidner, the great granddaughter of Jerry James (pictured above at right), the lone surviving baby of the 1860 slaughter.

“It’s an exciting adventure,” Seidner said.  “It can be very emotional.”

“It’s not just desirable and beneficial for the Wiyot Tribe to do this,” said Gene Brundin, a participant in the Karuk Tribe’s World Renewal Ceremonies.  “It’s essential.”

“This ceremony returning is almost indescribable.  It’s something we have been looking forward to for several generations,” Brundin said.

Seidner said the ceremony is a time to come together and a time to be unified.

“Whether you’re a part of the Wiyot Tribe or an ancestor, it’s time for us to come together and heal the Earth, heal the world.  I am looking at it as an opportunity to look forward,” Seidner said.

 

We are pleased that this milestone moment has finally happened.  It’s been a long time in the making.  It’s good to come home after being away for so long.

While the Wiyot World Renewal ceremony is the most significant event to have happened in a long time, they are kindly asking the public to respect this moment so they can have their healing gathering with tribal members in private. 

Below is the Tribe’s open letter to the public:

He’ ba’ lo’,
Re: Attendance at the 2014 Wiyot World Renewal Ceremony

On March 28-30, 2014, the Wiyot Tribe will be holding its first World Renewal Ceremony since February 1860.

This sacred ceremony will take place over three consecutive days at Tuluwat on Indian Island, Pi’mad on the South Jetty, and at Rrawuraghu’muk at Table Bluff Reservation.

While it is customary not to turn away anyone who wishes to participate with an open heart, free of anger toward anyone, we ask that the community respect the sacredness of this ceremony.  

This is not a demonstration or spectator event.

The Wiyot Tribe will provide transportation by boat to and from Tuluwat for the dancers, their families and supporters, and Wiyot Tribal Citizens.

Parking along Highway 255 and Samoa Bridge is not permitted.  Furthermore, attempting to walk across the marsh or cross the channel from Woodley Island is extremely dangerous and not advisable, and there are not any public facilities at Tuluwat.

The Wiyot Tribe accepts no liability for anyone attempting to make their way to Tuluwat.  No video, photography, or recording is allowed and we ask that no one attempt to record the ceremony from a distance.

We are very grateful for the outpouring of support from the community and all of those who worked to help bring this historic event to pass, so that the Wiyot Tribe can once again “set the world right” and promote ongoing healing for the entire community.

We ask that anyone who does wish to show their support by attending the ceremony refrain from coming until the final day, March 30, at Table Bluff Reservation (in Loleta).

For more information, please contact the Wiyot Tribal Office during regular business hours at 707-733-5055.

Juwaksh,
The Wiyot Tribe Council

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Downtown Downer

 

Local Residents Confront Developer of Blighted Property

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

The defunct and deteriorating Downtowner Motel has been a continual source of blight for Eureka’s residents for
what’s been over a decade now.

An eyesore and magnet for transients, trash, and graffiti, it should have been cleaned up or sold by the developer, Kevin McKenny, long ago and given the proper attention that neighbors deserve.  It’s been long enough.  It’s gone absolutely nowhere but down the drain with delays and excuses galore handed out routinely from time to time.

Will Houston writes of the progress— or lack of it—that has occurred during a recent neighborhood meeting where residents confronted McKenny, also a sitting member on the Planning Commission, on his downtown downer property in The Beacon:

 

Neighbors of county Planning Commissioner Kevin McKenny’s blighted Downtowner Motel in Eureka met with him last week to vent frustrations about the project’s delayed progress and draft some short-term solutions.

Sylvia Scott, who has lived a few blocks from the motel located on F and Eighth streets for the last 12 years, said she and other residents walked out of the March 6 meeting knowing progress had been made.

”I was very impressed with Mr. McKenny,” Scott said. “It took a lot of courage to face a lot of angry neighbors, and he was very gracious and understood our concerns. We were there to have solutions, not just complain about problems.”

The community meeting was organized by 4th District Supervisor Virginia Bass, who received some backlash when she appointed McKenny to the county Planning Commission in February.

A former Eureka mayor and councilwoman, Bass said she plans to hold further meetings to ensure that “continuous progress” is made…

…The most pressing concern from the dozen residents who met with McKenny centered on the regular buildup of trash, graffiti and weeds around the motel with no promise of development in sight.

”We live in these beautiful homes that are really works of art,” Scott said. “But when you have a place like the Downtowner, it blights all the work we’ve done to maintain these pieces of art…”

 

An excerpt, you can read Will Houston’s full article in The Beacon .

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Talk is cheap and a developer’s money hedges and haws until it finally screams.  As we know from past experiences, the city of Eureka won’t clean it’s act up until residents at wit’s end demand it.

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Transcending Redwoods

 

Seeing the Forest for the Trees

IODA MEDIA VIDEO

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Redwoods never cease to amaze people.

They are impressive.  Humboldt’s majestic redwoods are the tallest and more massive species of trees on the planet.  Found nowhere else, they are engulfed by mountains, drowned in oceans and fog, and eaten up by lush rainforests.

Documenting a recent exploratory trip to the redwoods and various places on the coast by Ioda Media, this beautifully shot film highlights what a great job a group of filmmakers, designers and thinkers can do when they combine some fun and work and nature together.

It’s also an amazingly low key film.  All that sun, water and nature was just what we needed to remind us of the beauty of Humboldt and it’s special trees during our humdrum day of eking out a living on the North Coast.

About the video, the gang at Ioda simply said:

“We love what we do enough that it’s easy to get lost in our work.  The importance of creating things and telling stories that transcend our daily “to-do” lists.  

That is why trips like this are so important.

It’s our adventures and hobbies that drive our creativity.  We want to share that with our friends.”

 

Something we should all strive for in our own work and play. 
Camp on, and remember to see the forest for its trees.

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For the sisters and brothers and redwoods at Iona.
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Among Giants In Humboldt

 

A Glimpse Into the ’Tree Hugging’ Tree Sits

AWARD WINNING VIDEO

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

It’s been a controversial issue, to say the least.

And when one hears the term “tree huggers,” a cliché hippie stereotype may come to mind.

You know, the free spirited, dreadlocked white dude who flashes peace signs while wearing a ragged tie-dyed shirt.

Well, Among Giants, a short and well done documentary from the team over at Rainhouse Cinema and filmed in Humboldt, does its very best to throw away these conventions.  For one, the film’s tree hugging protagonist, Farmer, is surprisingly reflective.

As he speaks, explaining his self-imposed tree sit struggle to save an ancient redwood grove in California, the expected platitudes of free love and
environmental rhetoric never come to the fore as one might guess.  

Instead, his conversation is personal, intimate, and understated.  His love of nature– his willingness to spend three years on a tiny platform a hundred feet up in the tree canopy– is simultaneously crazy and heroic and naively idealistic.

Shot in a particularly understated style in locations easily recognizable to us, Among Giants is as much a nature film as it is a socially conscious one of a contentious issue that has rankled Humboldt County over the past two decades.  

Apart from select sections, the movie exists almost entirely without a musical score, opting instead for the ambient sounds of the forest.  The result is serene and sublime.

 As the film closes, we’re treated to gorgeous aerial cinematography, contrasting the beauty of the existing forestland with the destruction of logged over areas.

While the film would never stoop so low as to say it outright, it’s clear that the message is for us all to embrace individualism, to retreat back into the transcendental glory that nature can offer. And so Farmer and his comrades do just that— they patiently wait amongst the treetops, sitting peacefully to stop what they see as inherent destruction.

Among Giants screened at numerous festivals to surprise success, having won numerous awards. 

Comprised of three extremely talented filmmakers—Sam Price-Waldman, Ben Mullinkosson, and Chris Cresci, the mission of Rainhouse Cinema is to make films that center around people and the environment.

Whatever your beliefs of environmentalism, activists, tree sits, logging, and clearcuts are, it is indeed a rare peek of what’s been going on– above the trees in Humboldt.

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Denied: Adult Criminal Justice Facility for Humboldt

 

State Says ‘No-Go’ to Grant Funding– for Now

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Local writer and columnist John Chiv had a good article today of why Humboldt County was denied grant funding
from the State for building a much needed criminal justice
and rehabilitation facility adjacent to the Courthouse.

In his post, Mr. Chiv reports:

Sheriff Mike Downey held a press conference in the Sheriff’s Correctional Facility briefing today at 10 a.m. to explain why Humboldt County was denied grant funding for SB 1022 money which would have been used to construct an Adult Local Criminal Justice Facilities Construction Program.

This proposed facility would have been built on the dirt parking lot right next to the Humboldt County jail.

This project would have created a two-story structure that would have housed Mental Health Services, the Probation Day Center (which is now on 5th Street and space is being rented) as well as Sheriff’s work programs. It would have integrated services and inmates released could go next door from the jail instead of walking to these other facilities.

Sheriff Downey also said that it would have addressed some concerns about nighttime and other releases that were brought up at the forum held recently at the Wharfinger…

 

The grant funding was denied after a last minute appeal, Chiv noted. 

Optimistic that another opportunity will present itself soon—possibly this summer—Sheriff Downey emphasized Humboldt County is still in a good position for future funding. 

Altogether though, it was a major setback. 

The Board of Supervisors already had set aside matching funds for construction in conjunction with the much hoped for SB 1022 grant funds. But the whole $17.5 million enchilada went down anyway for reasons that aren’t fully clear– other than issues
of the ‘funding criteria not being met’ by someone neglecting to include a simple spread-
sheet in the packet.

An excerpt, you can read more of the details in John Chiv’s Words Worth column here.

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Long Shaker Rattles Humboldt: A 6.9 Whopping Jolt

 

Many Small Aftershocks Following

(UPDATED) 

 

From the USGS website moments ago:

 

A 6.9 magnitude earthquake rattled Humboldt at 10:18 pm on March 9, 2014. 

The quake originated 77 kilometers West/NorthWest of Ferndale.

UPDATE:

12 minutes later, a second 3.4 earthquake struck 26 km
Southwest of Ferndale, @ 10:32 pm. 

A third quake– measured at 3.5– hit 77 km North/Northwest of Ferndale @ 10:41 pm; this was followed by
a fourth quake measuring @ 3.4 at 10:43 pm, centered 67 km West of Ferndale.

Eight more quakes in a cluster have followed.

 

As of 12:32 am March 10, there has been one large earthquake and 10 lesser aftershock quakes of varying degrees.

There have been no reports of major damage in the county, including road damage as reported by Caltrans.  The quake was felt as far away as Willits.  The USGS report a greater than 90% chance of a 5.0 aftershock or bigger in the next week.

Residents may want to stay atop of the news and the USGS website data

 

UPDATE:

It was a whopper. 

Fortunately, it rattled nerves more than it did property.

A very strong offshore earthquake shook and rattled the Northern California coast and was widely felt across the region Sunday night.

There were no reports of any injuries or damage, local authorities said.

The 6.9 magnitude quake struck at 10:18 p.m. PDT Sunday amid heavy rainfall.  Centered about 50 miles west of Eureka and 4 miles beneath the Pacific seabed, the large quake was followed by a series of twenty aftershocks, including several between the magnitude of 3.5 – 4.6, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

There was no danger of a tsunami as a result of the earthquake, the National Tsunami Warning Center reported.

Widely felt across the region, Humboldt fire and sheriff’s authorities said there were no reports of any damage or injuries early this morning.

More than 3,000 people reported on the USGS website that they felt the quake.  Some reported a long, rolling shake waking children or knocking items off shelves.  Some of those reporting on the site said they live in Oregon across the border.

“We had some alarms go off and other than that we dodged a bullet,” Humboldt County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Knight told the Times-Standard news this morning.

“This lasted longer than any earthquake I’ve ever felt,” one resident, who lives about a mile from the coast in Ferndale near Eureka, told The LA Times.  

“It just kept going and going, very slowly and softly.  It was not violent.  It almost felt like you were in a boat that was rocking,” she said.  “The quake felt like it lasted about 20 or 30 seconds.”

“The animals, they felt it,” she said. “My two horses were running around out by the barn, and my dogs, six dogs, were ready to get out of the house.”

Others, however, reported the earthquake was more than a moderate trembler.  “I’m tired and terrified of this,” another resident said.  “I’ve had it.  This is too much.  I thought my house was going to fall down into a pile of sticks.  It went on for what seemed like forever.”

Earthquakes are not unusual in Eureka.  The area experienced a magnitude 7.2 earthquake in 1992 that left 95 people injured and caused millions of dollars in damage.  That earthquake was felt as far south as San Francisco.

It was followed by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake about 12 hours later, and a magnitude 6.7 earthquake a few hours after that.  Both caused additional damage.

The area had a 5.6 magnitude earthquake in February, 2012 that did not cause serious damages or injuries.  An offshore magnitude 6.5 quake struck offshore in 2010, breaking glass in some buildings and causing bumps and cuts among residents.

Given than Humboldt County is prone to earthquakes and faces tsunami, flooding, power outages and windstorm threats from time to time, local residents should be prepared. 

It’s time to once again review your emergency plans and evacuation routes, restock batteries and emergency kits at home, have cell phones and emergency lights ready with alternative capabilities for recharging available, and know how to shut off power and gas lines to your residence.

The good news?  The drought plaguing the rest of California has bypassed Humboldt.

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Humboldt County Residents Challenge Huffman for Representative Seat

 

Deadline for Election Filing Ends

–And an Unrelated Homer Simpson VIDEO–

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Two candidates, both based in Humboldt County, have emerged to challenge Rep. Jared Huffman for his 2nd District
congressional seat in the House of Representatives.

Two Garberville residents, Andy Caffrey, an environmental activist, and Dale Mensing, a supermarket cashier, have both filed to run in the June 3 primary election for the seat held by Huffman.

The filing period for the election ended Friday for most races.  For all races where an incumbent is not running, the filing period will be extended until Wednesday to ensure there are plenty of qualified candidates.  Friday was also the deadline for filing tax measures.

Caffrey, a Democrat, was among the dozen candidates who ran for the 2nd District seat two years ago, when Huffman, D-San Rafael, was first elected to Congress.

This is the first time that Mensing, a Republican, has run for office.

Mensing said he chose to run “because of the widespread attack on the Bill of Rights,” by progressives.

“Especially Obamacare is an attack on the Bill of Rights,” Mensing said.

Mensing said he attended a meeting of Marin County Republicans earlier this month and received a cordial reception.

“I have gotten statements from members of the Republican Party in Marin County that they would back me financially,” Mensing said.

David McCuan, a Sonoma State University associate professor of political science, said barring some unforeseen circumstance it appears
Huffman is a shoo-in for re-election.

McCuan said, “Caffrey becomes the guy on the far left, but he doesn’t have the following of a Norman Solomon.”

As for Mensing, McCuan said the question becomes: “Is he a sacrificial lamb or is he serious about party building?”

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Arcata Lights the Way Forward

 

Small City Big on Progressive Thinking

VIDEO

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

We’re inspired by the City of Arcata.

One of the most progressive and forward thinking communities in California, its civic leaders think outside the box, helping people and businesses alike to build prosperity and community.

Arcata just approved $600,000 in loans and technical assistance to build a new industrial park on the Happy Valley Industrial Park property for the ‘incubation’ of new business. 

Additionally, the small municipality also approved expanding and improving a condominium-style complex in the Aldergrove Industrial Park enabling private local companies to purchase and acquire their own property.

At the Arcata Courtyard Circle Apartments, the first solar-powered apartment complex of its kind in Humboldt County, Arcata team leader Sean Armstrong
is creating a ‘food forest’.  

Armstrong envisions building and strengthening the Arcata community “one fruit tree at a time.”  The food forest, co-funded by the city of Arcata, will be planted and maintained by like-minded volunteers.  It will include peaches, grapes, Chilean guavas, blueberries, tayberries, marionberries, kiwis, pears, cherries, oranges and native plants that will grow well in the local climate.

The city is also making major improvements to the Juniper Apartment low income housing project with capital repairs of new roofing, siding, stairs, landscaping and other repairs, keeping it maintained and looking good for residents and citizens. 

The city’s other development, Windsong, has prospered nicely under a similar plan, with those homes bought and owned by low-income residents who never dreamed of becoming proud homeowners themselves one day.

There are more examples:  the community farms, bird marsh and wildlife sanctuary, the recreation and community centers, the community forest and parks, and others. 

Arcata, through some smart urban planning, is a liveable, walkable, bicycle-able, and safe workable city.  It’s residents are,
for the most part, happy and satisfied.  Businesses locating there 
have been growing steadily.

Humboldt State University (HSU) in Arcata has also fostered its share of forward thinking through University improvements, increased enrollment and endowments, the construction of multiple new dorms and the science, kinesiology, and behavioral and social science buildings under the leadership of President Rollin Richmond.

HSU has expanded new research opportunities in Regenerative Medicine and the CSU Program in Biotechnology, the Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology, and the Agricultural Research Initiative.

HSU’s Schatz Energy Lab pioneered the first developments of creating hydrogen energy from water, performing innovative energy research and in-
ternships for engineering and science students under
the direction of Dr. Peter Lehman.

These are only a few examples of the innovative planning and thinking Arcata and HSU have jointly advanced benefitting the people living here.  New ideas are constantly in the works.

This video that you see here by Shugo Tokumaru reminds us of this progressive legacy, and what Arcata, Sean Armstrong, HSU, Dr. Rollin Richmond, and others are doing.  Find the biggest screen you can, turn up the volume, and watch this video again to see what we mean.  You won’t regret it.

Why?  There are many similarities. 

The sheer amount of work and thinking involved.  The colossal amount of energy expended. The amazing attention to detail.  The bold beauty and foresight to bring forth something better and improved for everyone– collaboratively using skills, given talents, and our imagination on a wider scale. 

The woeful city of Eureka, with a staff and budget far larger than that of Arcata in comparison, could certainly gain from Arcata’s example, direction, and wisdom.

Arcata, our hat is off to you.  Cities just like you– and their timely planning and constructive hard work– built America. 

Leading the visionary way forward, you’re the bright light for the future of Humboldt.

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Mismanaging the Humboldt County Fair

 

Deficits and Expenses Balloon Following Titus’ Resignation

 

Bad to Worse: Reserve Drops 59%

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

The following excerpt from the Ferndale Enterprise concerning
the Humboldt County Fair budget didn’t exactly surprise us:

 

Hold all tickets.

Newly-released budget numbers show the Humboldt County Fair lost more in 2013 than initially reported last month. The year will now go down in the books as one with the largest loss in fair history, due to unchecked spending, a disappointing horse racing meet and budget overruns.

The fair association, according to a newly-released operating budget, finished the year with a loss of $216,000…

The loss dropped the fair’s operating reserve — including the cash on hand it uses to pay the bills before the all-important revenue-generating month of August — 59 percent or from $494,108 in January of 2013 to $203,315 at the beginning of 2014.

The $216,000 loss of revenue compares to a profit of $98,000 at the end of 2012.

At an association Finance Committee meeting last week, fair directors blamed the loss mostly on others, and at a Monday night regular board meeting, when asked who was responsible for the loss and double-digit budget overruns, no answer was provided.

Former general manager of the fair, Stuart Titus, whose contract was not renewed at the start of last year and who left the fair with the largest reserve in history, said he was shocked and saddened by the numbers.

“It’s really too bad, because it took a lot of time and discipline to build the reserve to where it was, and we did it because we knew there were tough times coming,” said Titus, who managed the fair for 22 years and who voluntarily took a $10,000 pay cut in 2012 to help hold costs down and build the reserve.

“The directors are trying to write it all off to deferred maintenance and horse racing expenses, but that doesn’t hold water.  It’s pretty clear there was no chain of command and that they lost all control over expenses.  During my time and with former director Ken Christen as the chair of the Buildings and Grounds committee, we did almost $4 million worth of improvements on the grounds and kept perfect records on all of them.”

Titus said he is extremely concerned about the future of the fair and the $7 million economic impact the fair brings to the county.

“I knew they might run into trouble after I left and they hired someone with no fair management experience, but I had no idea it would be this bad,” he said…

An excerpt from “Humboldt County Fair Budget Goes from Bad to Worse; Reserve Drops 59 Percent in One Year” by Ferndale Enterprise Editor Caroline Titus, you can read the full article and details here.

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We had an inkling this would happen after Stuart Titus, the successful and stalwart County Fair manager for 22 years, was drummed out by the Fair Association Board cronies last year. 

Why?  Because his wife, Caroline, ran the local newspaper and reported the news fairly and accurately as she saw it.  They didn’t like that in a small town and so they leaned on him after she refused to be railroaded.

They replaced Mr. Titus with a new fair manager– and with no prior experience– gave him a 20% raise right off the bat.

The proof is in the numbers and if it wasn’t any clearer it would bite you.

 

 

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The Great Freshwater Pancake Sunday Breakfast

 
 

Hearty Pancakes and Eggs and Maple Syrup For Your Sunday Morning:

March 2, 8-11 am

 

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 
 
 
Wake up and smell the coffee– and the cakes. Eating them is even better!
 
The Freshwater Grange Friends and Volunteers are hosting their fresh hot pancakes and real scrambled egg breakfast– with all the fixin’s– this Superbowl Sunday.
 
There’s breakfast, conversation and all the fine local flavor served up fresh. We welcome, delight, and would love to have you come enjoy it with us in the beautiful Freshwater Valley.  Every time it happens more and more of you show up and our ‘pancake family’ grows bigger.  Thank you!
 
The menu features delicious buttermilk and whole grain pancakes, plus ham, sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice, tea, and Wanda’s bottomless French Roast coffee.  Hungry? Come back for more.  It’s all included.
 
James cracks all the fresh eggs early in the morning and our pixie pancake makers– Sue and Shirley– are mixing up the fresh batter to the right proportions for the griddle. Patrick and Laura, the dynamic duo, are stirring the eggs and fixing up the sausage and ham.  Wanda and Mary will be sure your coffee is hot and brewed fresh for your cup.  Tamara and Jen and Clay and Tissa will be there helping, too.
 
The aroma of fresh pancakes and sausage– just like you remember at home during the holidays– is happening all morning. 
 
It all comes together like a magical surprise with everyone’s fine help.  Well, most of the time it does anyway.
 
What’s great is the rock bottom price:
$5 for adults, and  only $3 for the kids.
 
The price hasn’t been raised in eight years.  Heck, for that kind of convenient deal you can bring the whole family.  Why not?
 
The money goes to the good cause of fun-raising:  fixing up and restoring the old Freshwater Grange.  So far you’ve helped put on a new roof, repair the drainage and walkway, install a new heater, and help spiff up the historical place.  It is over a 100 years old after all, and every little bit helps. It needs our community help and care. And you help us put the word fun back into funky!
 
We hope to see you there– and fill your plate with some happy, happy, happy down-home Wrangletown lumberjack cooking just before the big 3:30 game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos.
 
When: First Sunday of every month, 8-11 a.m.
Phone: 442-7107
Price: $5 adults; $3 kids
 
The Place: Freshwater Grange, 49 Grange Road
 
…Just follow the smiley balloons and signs: up Freshwater Road, about 2.2 miles east of 3 Corners market and then turn right past the Garfield Little Red Schoolhouse onto Grange Road.
 
You can’t miss it. If you do happen to miss it, just ask anyone standing nearby. They’re all friendly, they’re all on Aloha Time and they all have no worries.
 
You may be the highlight of their otherwise slow and bucolic day.
 

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Celebrate Eureka Theater’s 75th Jubilee This Weekend

 

35¢ Gets You in the Door All Day Saturday

…And Only One Thin Dime for the Kids!

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

March 4, 1939, was a milestone date for the city of Eureka.

The Eureka Theater, in all its Art Moderne glory, celebrated its 1939 grand opening — and it was a very big deal, indeed.

75 years later, the Eureka Theater will observe that special anniversary with a two-day celebration for kids and parents, movie lovers and all those who appreciate the history of Eureka and the iconic building that has meant so much to generations of people on the North Coast.

The Jubilee celebration has been months in the planning, said Michael Logan, chair of the organizing committee for the Eureka Theater Jubilee.  Saturday will be all about movies and will feature a full slate of 1939 movies shown on the big screen.  

The fun starts at noon with a showing of “The Wizard of Oz.”  Before the curtain rises, however, kids will be treated to personal appearances from Dorothy, Scarecrow, Glinda the Good Witch and several munchkins.

These Ozians will be in the front lobby of the theater at 11 a.m. Saturday to meet their young fans, to mix and mingle and, since their roots are in the Humboldt Light Opera Company, it is expected that more than a few songs will be sung.  JoAnn Bauer, children’s librarian for the Humboldt County Library and organizer of the children’s event that precedes the movie, suggests that parents bring
their cameras.

”Our visitors from Oz will pose for photos with children and really, how often does Dorothy come to town?” she said.  Bauer and other volunteers will also be on hand to provide face painting for young movie fans before the tornado makes landfall in Kansas.  For more information about the children’s activities, call Bauer at 269-1910.

Other movies scheduled for showing on Saturday after the Wizard of Oz are:

2 p.m. — “Stagecoach”

4 p.m. — “Ninotchka”

6:15 p.m. — “Another Thin Man”

8:45 p.m. — “Hound of the Baskervilles”

10:15 p.m. — “Son of Frankenstein”

And 1930s-era shorts and cartoons will be shown between movie showings.

 

More amazing is this: 

Bring the whole family because admission will be at 1939 prices all day: 35 cents, with kids under 12 admitted for a dime!

“It’s hard to overstate the significance of the Eureka Theater to Eurekans and others who grew up watching movies as children, teenagers, parents and grandparents,” said Melinda Ciarabellini, Eureka City Council member and member of the organizing committee for the Jubilee.

“This grand old movie palace is part of the fabric of life on the North Coast.  The celebration of its history, the ongoing work of the Eureka Concert and Film Center and its dedicated board of directors and volunteers to return it to the glory of its youth, it all speaks to the very best in us.”

On Sunday, the Eureka Theater will partner with the Humboldt County Film Commission to host an Oscar party that will welcome the public to a special live showing of the 2014 Academy Awards program on the big screen.

Cocktails from the 1939 era will be served from the no-host bar, and 1939 appetizers will be featured.

Historic film from Hollywood’s Golden Age will be shown during breaks in the Oscar program.

“We encourage our guests to dress for the red carpet,” said Humboldt County Film Commissioner Cassandra Hesseltine, “and yes, there will be a red carpet.”

Sunday’s event begins at 5 p.m. with the live telecast of the Academy Awards scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Eureka Chamber of Commerce on Broadway, Annex 39 (next door to the theater at Sixth and F streets) and online at redcarpethumboldt.brownpapertickets.com.  For more information about this event, call 825-7600.

 

 

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Save the Bees: Be a Beekeeper

 

 

HSU Class Starting February 25

 

Humboldt Beekeepers Meeting Thursday, February 6

(VIDEO)

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should; their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.”
~Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.”
~Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee

 

Save the Bees!

Honeybees pollinate the crops that we depend on for many of the foods we eat.  In recent decades, economic and environmental challenges have led to a major decline in the number of honeybees in North America.  We’re facing a serious challenge of losing our hives and bees unless we help.

In response, more people want to learn to keep bees in their own backyard.  You can learn how to do it and it doesn’t cost very much.

The Humboldt County Beekeepers Association is a community of beekeepers, a resource for locals to ask questions of each other and share information through our Yahoo and FaceBook groups.

The Humboldt County Beekeepers Association meets on the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m, in the auditorium at the Humboldt County Agriculture Department at 5630 South Broadway in Eureka.  To get to the Agriculture Department, take the Humboldt Hill Road exit from Hwy 101 and turn right on S. Broadway/Hill Road.  It’s right across from the KIEM-TV building.

Meetings take place in the auditorium which is on the south side of the Agriculture Department building.  New beekeepers are encouraged to come 30 minutes early to ask questions of more experienced beekeepers.  You can contact Jamie Bucklin (#845–3362) for more information.

The next meeting is this Thursday, February 6, at 6:30 p.m.  The guest speaker will be Brad Woodward, who will talk about winter/spring feeding and what to look for.   Jamie Bucklin will give a presentation on monitoring hives with a hive scale and building a hive scale.  There will be refreshments and a drawing for door prizes and HCBA T-shirts will be on sale.

Beekeeping classes are offered annually.  Anyone interested in starting their own hives for the first time this year, as well as folks who are just want to learn more about honeybees and beekeeping, we have good news:  HSU Extended Education is once again offering Practical Beekeeping classes.

The new session starts at Humboldt State University on February 25 with beginner classes starting on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons taught by Garrett Brinton.

Topics include basic bee biology and natural history, life cycle and social organization, and basic colony management techniques.  The class covers both conventional and alternative methods for keeping bees healthy and coping with common bee diseases and parasites.

Students will also learn practical, hands-on skills while visiting local beeyards on several field trips and have the opportunity to purchase hive equipment and package bees at a substantial discount in order to start their own honeybee colonies.

Info about the class and registration is here at the HSU website.

Help save the bees.  Join us, bee there, and learn the basic techniques of beekeeping. 

Give bees a chance.  Bee all you can be.  Support your local beekeepers– and please remember to buy the local honey when you can.

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Above, 28-year-old Croatian Maksim Mrvica playing in concert Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee,” a short but very, very difficult piece to master for its tempo and rhythmic complexity, inspiring terror in most pianists. 

Honeybees, in comparison, are relatively easy and harmless.

 

 

~Via Humboldt Beekeepers, HSU Extended Education, and Maksim Mrvica/YouTube

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Superbowl Sunday Pre-Game Pancake Breakfast at Freshwater Grange

 
 

Hearty Pancakes and Eggs and Maple Syrup For Your Sunday Morning:

February 2, 8-11 am

 

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 
 
 
Wake up and smell the coffee– and the cakes.  Eating them is even better.
 
The Freshwater Grange Friends and Volunteers are hosting their fresh hot pancakes and real scrambled egg breakfast– with all the fixin’s– this Superbowl Sunday.
 
There’s breakfast, conversation and all the fine local flavor served up fresh.  We would welcome, delight, and love to have you come enjoy it with us in the beautiful Freshwater Valley.  Every time it happens more and more of you show up and our ‘pancake family’ grows bigger.  Thank you.
 
The menu features delicious buttermilk and whole grain pancakes, plus ham, sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice, tea, and Wanda’s bottomless French Roast coffee.
 
Hungry?  Come back for more.  It’s all included.
 
James cracks all the fresh eggs early in the morning and our pixie pancake makers– Sue and Shirley– are mixing the batter to the right proportions for the griddle. Patrick and Laura, the dynamic duo, are stirring the eggs and fixing up the sausage and ham.  Wanda and Mary will be sure your coffee is hot and brewed fresh for your cup.  Mark and Valerie and Sue and Tamara will be there helping, too.
 
The aroma of fresh pancakes and sausage– just like you remember at home during the holidays– is happening all morning. 
 
Last month the surprise was fresh cherry compote;  this Sunday looks like maple butter or a ‘special recipe’ apple compote.  Or maybe both.  Don’t miss Laura’s fresh homemade salsa, too.  It’s been a hit.  We never know what may show up.  It all comes together like a magical surprise with everyone’s fine help.
 
Well, most of the time it does anyway.
 
What’s great is the rock bottom price: $5 for adults, and
only $3 for the kids.
 
Heck, for that kind of convenient deal you can bring the whole family.  Why not? Mom, Dad, the kids, Nana and Grandpa, and all the neighbors and Aunties and Uncles you can squeeze into the family SUV.
 
You can’t do that at home and not everyone may can squeeze back into that SUV for the ride back home.  But, hey, at least Mom doesn’t have to wash all those maple syrupy dishes afterwards.  She has better things to do.  Keep her in a good mood or she’ll make brussel sprouts for dinner.
 
So come by and say hello, stay awhile, and relax.  Why not?  No mess, no fuss, no worries.  Mom deserves it and so do you.  You have enough to do on Superbowl Sunday so stumble on in and treat yourself to breakfast served.  And no one deserves brussel sprouts.
 
Afterwards, take a walk afterwards thru Freshwater.  It will be a warm (well, sort of) sunny day in downtown Freshwater and you and the family will be feeling fine and good and all smiley-smiles after a great breakfast, a cup of joe or two or maybe three, some fine conversation, and a pleasant sunny Sunday morning spent before the big game.
 
And the money goes to the good cause of fun-raising: fixing up and restoring the old Freshwater Grange.  That’s why the volunteers are all there serving you up right.
 
So far you’ve helped put on a new roof, repair the drainage and walkway, install a new heater, and help spiff up the historical place.  It is over a 100 years old after all, and every little bit helps.  It needs our community help and care.  And you help us put the word fun back into funky!
 
We hope to see you there– and fill your plate with some happy, happy, happy down-home Wrangletown lumberjack cooking just before the big 3:30 game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos.
 
When: First Sunday of every month, 8-11 a.m.
Phone: 442-7107
Price: $5 adults; $3 kids
 
The Place: Freshwater Grange, 49 Grange Road
 
…Just follow the signs: up Freshwater Road, about 2.2 miles east of 3 Corners market and then turn right past the Garfield Little Red Schoolhouse onto Grange Road.
 
You can’t miss it.  If you do happen to miss it, just ask anyone standing nearby.  They’re all friendly, they’re all on Aloha Time and they all have no worries. 
 
You may be the highlight of their otherwise slow and bucolic day.
 

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Native Americans Take Stand for Equal Education at Local Schools

 

Charges Underscore Dismal Humboldt County History

 

Emily Wilson

UC San Diego School of International Relations and Pacific Studies

 

 

The principal and superintendent of Loleta Elementary School in California’s
Humboldt County grabbed a Native American student by the ear and asked,
“See how red it’s getting?”

The school secretary said students behaved like “wild Indians.” Native American students have been suspended for seemingly minor infractions– breaking crayons and kicking a ball on a roof.

Native American students are forced to finish their lunches, including having to drink spoiled milk while White students can throw out unfinished food.

These are some of the charges in a complaint filed with the Office for Civil Rights by the California Indian Legal Services, along with the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Center for Youth Law at the end of last year.

The latter two groups also filed a federal lawsuit against the Eureka City Schools district charging that school officials discriminate against African American and Native American students.

The schools are in Humboldt County, a predominantly rural area, with one of the highest populations of Native Americans in the state at around six percent.

At Loleta, about a third of the students are members of federally recognized tribes, and Delia Parr, an attorney with the California Indian Legal Services, says because of the way these students are treated many parents have transferred their children to neighboring schools, leaving the most vulnerable behind.

Parr says they filed this complaint because the school officials had ignored previous complaints, and this felt like the only way to effect change.

“Rather than recognizing that these children are members of this community, there’s continued disenfranchisement,” Parr said.  “The school is not following the education code. … This just perpetuates the cycle for a community that suffers from historical trauma.”

Humboldt, in the far north of the state, has a bad record of sending kids to college, but it’s particularly abysmal for Native Americans, with fewer than 10 students qualifying for either California State University or the University of California system.

Having only single digits of kids ready for higher education ties directly to their treatment in elementary school, says Mat Matson, a member of the tribal council of the Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria, who filed the complaint against Loleta officials, along with the Wiyot Tribe.  Tribal leaders are trying to do everything they can to provide educational support for the children, such as running a resource library and offering tutoring, he says– but they need the school to work with, not against them.

“The most egregious, disappointing, and shocking element of this is it appears to be a culture and a pattern that treats children differently,” Matson said.  “When they are disproportionately suspended or punished, that undermines everything we’re trying to do.”

Matson acknowledges that as a small school, Loleta’s administrators have multiple jobs to do and responsibilities to carry out with limited resources.

“They probably face some unfunded mandate, and it’s difficult to meet all their obligations, but it doesn’t seem like there’s an effort to try to access pots of money available,” Matson said.  “We’ve had many conversations with administrators, and it seems like there’s not an effort to get us to a solution.  We want results, and we want some sort of path.”

That would include training school staff on the culture and history of the Native American students, he says.

That needs to happen at Eureka High School as well where the suit charges that, in a “wildly inaccurate and extremely insulting” lesson, a history teachers had students make up tribes and have them fight one another, saying that was how Native Americans resolve conflict.   A teacher also asked a plaintiff in the suit, a Yurok girl, to explain a massacre of the Wiyot tribe, seemingly not understanding she was part of a different tribe.

“It’s easy when you have white Anglo teachers for them to teach what’s comfortable for them, which is their own history,” said Jim McQuillen, the director of educational services for the Yurok tribe.  “People get uncomfortable when you talk about local massacres– the Wiyots were massacred in 1860.  That’s not so very long ago when you think of history.”

More negative history is even closer, McQuillen says, such as coerced boarding schools.

“There was this idea of beating the Indian out of the kid,” he said.  “Our grandparents were forbidden to speak their native language and they got spanked or whipped for speaking it.”

McQuillen is very concerned about what he sees as Native American students being pushed out of regular schools to alternative schools that don’t prepare students
for college.

That’s simply unacceptable, says Abby Abinanti, a Chief Judge for the Yurok Tribal Court and a California Superior Court Commissioner.

“No country can go forward with its students not successfully educated,” she said.  “I want to see our kids get a fair shot.  I believe in public education.  I hope what will come out of this is everyone will recommit themselves to this system.”

Abinanti, like McQuillen, says the curriculum at the schools in Humboldt needs to change.

“If you go to school, and you walk away and go, ‘I don’t know anything about how to run a tribe, and I don’t know anything about me,’ that’s a problem,” she said.  “Anything you learn there is not about us.”

Abinanti says often in the past the Caucasians and the Native Americans in Humboldt have ignored each another.

“They were happy not to see us, and we were happy to stay under the radar,” she said.  “We have to say no more – it’s better for them and better for us.  We live right next to these people.”

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(Courtesy of Emily Wilson and UC San Diego School of International Relations and Pacific Studies)

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