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East-West Railroad Feasibility Study

 

Two Wholly Different Takes

(VIDEO)

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

We have two entirely different takes on the proposed East-West railroad for you here.

Above is our poignantly humorous short line version of what it takes making the estimated $1.2 billion high cost and high risk project a reality come true.

Below is the more serious and thorough draft study presented by BST Associates and the Burger Rail Group to the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District on July 25, 2013. 

The informative albeit dry rail presentation– a delight for railroadie enthusiasts everywhere– starts at the 14:00 minute mark.

Dreams can come true– especially if you have enough of someone else’s money shoveled into them.

 

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Study: East-West Railroad to Cost Over $1 Billion

 

A High-Cost, High Risk Project

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

Common sense is not so common.

BST Associates and the Burger Rail Group presented their draft study to the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District entitled, “Humboldt Bay Rail Concept Level Construction Cost and Revenue Analysis” on July 17, 2013.

You may remember that the Harbor District had offered their own lower-cost study to rail advocates pushing for the new development and construction of a 135-mile east-west rail line stretching from Humboldt Bay to Gerber, south of Red Bluff.

The Harbor District was kicked to the curb in favor of a more expensive and presumably more favorable feasibility study done by proponents pushing for the new rail line– such as the City of Eureka and the newly-formed UpState RailConnect Committee– who rushed throughout the state getting everyone and their agencies on the same page for the purposes of feasibility, support, and public investment in what would likely be a wholly private enterprise.

The short end of the rail analysis stick is that building the east-west rail is a costly proposal encompassing high degree of risk for a number of reasons.

How much would it cost?  Between $1.1 to $1.2 billion depending on the route chosen, the experts say.  To note, costs for environmental mitigation were not included in the study.

Some of the brief summary details of the BST/Burger Rail Group report:

Investment vs. Unknown Cargo  

Rail service to Humboldt County will require a major investment, through either a new East-West rail alignment or through reconstruction of the former North-South line.  

In order for this investment to be financially feasible, the rail line will need to move very large volumes of cargo

Competition

A rail line to Humboldt County would face strong competition from existing ports, primarily those on the U.S. West Coast.  

Humboldt County would face several competitive disadvantages relative to these other ports, including that rail traffic would need to generate sufficient net revenue to finance the construction of a rail line, and
the lack of a rail distance advantage. 

… The difficulty will lie in convincing the shipping lines that the Port of Humboldt Bay offers sufficient competitive advantages over Prince Rupert, Vancouver, Seattle, Tacoma, Portland and Oakland for it to fully support the project before construction commences

New Cargo Terminal Necessary

In addition to the lack of rail infrastructure, waterborne exports of large volumes of bulk commodities would likely require substantial investments in new cargo terminals.  Also, the Humboldt navigation channel is not at deep as that at most of the competing ports, which would also require a substantial investment.

… Humboldt Bay would likely need a deeper navigation channel to handle the numbers and sizes of ships needed to handle the estimated volume of cargo.  Such a deepening project would likely be costly.

The End Result:

In conclusion, development of rail service to Humboldt County is likely to be both high cost and high risk.

 

So tell us something we don’t already know. 

We shouldn’t need yet another study telling us what this one does and what common sense already indicates; unless, of course, one believes that pigs can fly and aliens exist. 

You can claim anything is real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody’s proved it doesn’t exist. 

You can read the comprehensive details of the full study here.

Mike Dronker’s Lost Coast Outpost article and readers comments can be found here.

…And then there’s also the freaky side-turn railroading of events that the North Coast Journal’s Ryan Burns superlatively pointed out in ‘Run Out on a Rail’.

 

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Trinity County Makes 14 Drug Arrests This Week

Big City Problems For a Small Rural Place

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

They’re not saying much except for giving out only the bare bones of basic information.

But this is what Trinity County Sheriff Bruce Haney and the Trinity County Narcotics Task Force did say yesterday:

Marijuana raids in Trinity County this week resulted in 14 arrests. 

Over a two-day period during the week of September 18, 2012, six search warrants were served in the County of Trinity with officers of the:

  • Trinity County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO)
  • North State Marijuana Investigative Team (NSMIT)
  • Redding Office of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

Over the course of the two-day investigation, officers arrested 14 people.  They were arrested on the various charges listed below:

Charges:

  • 11358 H&S -          Cultivation of Marijuana
  • 11359 H&S -          Possession of Marijuana for sales
  • 11377 H&S -          Possession of a controlled substance
  • 273a(A) PC -         Child Endangerment.
  • 29800(a) PC -       Felon in possession of a firearm.
  • 30305(a)(3) PC – Felon in possession of ammunition.

Items seized from the locations include:

  •  406 growing marijuana plants
  • Over 150 Ibs of processed marijuana
  • Peyote
  • Two firearms
  • A honey hash oil lab
  • And $180,000 of U.S. Currency

Due to ongoing investigations locations and names of the subjects arrested will be withheld.

Updates on this story will be posted if we receive them, the TCSO said.

 

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For a county having only 13,000 folks and no traffic lights or incorporated cities in 3,000 square miles of rugged wilderness, Trinity certainly is experiencing its share of busts and problems and seizures and shootings.

And like Humboldt, the Feds have made their presence there known in a big way.

Where there’s smoke, there’s more fire to be found.  Just another day in the Wild West– and folks hoping to make a fortune by striking it rich.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Trinity County Officers Crush Pot Operations

Cultivation and Cash Cache Seized

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Marijuana Raid in the Trinity National Forest

Officers with the Trinity County Narcotics Task Force, United States Forest Service, CERT Team 1, and the North State Marijuana Investigative Team (NSMIT) eradicated a
large clandestine marijuana grow on the National Forest
in Trinity County on September 7, according to the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office.

Approximately 7,300 growing marijuana pants were seized– along with approximately 500 pounds of processed marijuana.

Two subjects were located in the marijuana cultivation site and a foot chase ensued.  Two Hispanic male adults, Aristeo Ambriz Equihua, 61, of Livingston, Ca. (top photo), and Andres Valenzueua Reyes, 30 (bottom photo), of Mexico, were caught, arrested, and charged with the above listed charges.  Both are being held on $30,000.00 bail.

The cultivation site located was returned to its natural state.  All camps, garbage, water lines and any other items located were removed via helicopter, the TCSO said.

The Redding Record-Searchlight reported this was part of a larger operation in Trinity County beginning last month when authorities seized and destroyed pot operations spanning two local forests, seizing 21,000 plants, 200 pounds of processed marijuana,and two firearms.  The grows were in the Trinity and Six Rivers National Forests.

 

CHP Traffic Stop Results in Arrest and Large Cash Seizure

In other Trinity County news, officers with the California Highway Patrol conducted a traffic stop on two vehicles near the intersection of Union Hill Road and SR 299 near Douglas City yesterday, September 14.

A consent search was conducted on one of the vehicles and a large sum of money was located in the vehicle.

The Trinity County Narcotics Task Force along with a Trinity County K9 officer was requested to respond to the scene.

 
Upon their arrival a detailed search of both vehicles was conducted, which lead to the locating and seizure of over $50,000.  Packaging for the sales of marijuana was also located in one of the vehicles.

Both drivers, James Santalucia, 43, of Anderson, Ca., and Lee Berman, 40, (photo not available)  were arrested and transported to the Trinity County jail and booked.

 

 

 

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Hayfork Robbers Kidnap One of Their Own

Robber-Victim Shoots His Fellow Crook

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

In a robbery gone astray, the Trinity County Sheriff reported a group of suspects turned on one of their own– and kidnapped him.  Escaping, the fellow robber-turned-victim shot his pursuer.

From the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department release:

 
Three Men Arrested in Hayfork on Multiple Charges

On September 12, 2012 at approximately 11:08 the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call that 4 men were at a property on Carr Creek in Hayfork with guns attempting to rob the residence.

The 4 men at the residence have been identified as Josh Stanley of Hayfork; Dannoll Geer of Redding; James Cremeans of Redding; and Kasey Rogers.

Shortly after the initial call of the 4 men attempting to rob the residence, it was reported that Dannoll Geer, James Cremeans, and Kasey Rogers had taken Josh Stanley and put him in the back of a rental truck and were driving the truck to Stanley’s residence in Hayfork.

Why the robbers turned on Stanley is unknown at this point.  Stanley, however, escaped from the truck and ran to his residence on Nelson Road in Hayfork.  Stanley then armed himself and ran behind his house on Nelson Road to hide.

He was located by Kasey Rogers.  At this time Josh Stanley reportedly shot Kasey Rogers.

Kasey Rogers was transported to a hospital in Redding and is in critical condition as of this morning.

Arrested were:

Josh Stanley (top photo) of Hayfork, 32:  Charges are pending further investigation.

Dannoll Geer (middle photo) of Redding, 36, for:

  • 664/211 PC – Attempt to Commit Robbery,
  • 422 PC – Threats to Commit Crime,
  • 246.3 PC – Discharge Firearm in Grossly Negligent Manner,
  • 182 PC – Conspiracy to Commit Crime,
  • 245(a)(2) PC – Assault with Deadly Weapon (Firearm)

James Cremeans (bottom photo) of Redding, 52, for:

  • 664/211 PC – Attempt to Commit Robbery
  • 182 PC –Conspiracy to Commit Crime.

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Another Trinity County shooting?  We reported one yesterday, too.  Good Grief.

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity.  We’re not sure about the former.

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Shooting at Simon Legree’s

 

Victim Shot in Head; Trinity County Sheriff Gets His Man

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

The Trinity County Sheriff’s Department responded to reports that a man had been shot in the head on Friday, September 7, near Hawkins Bar.

The initial report received by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department came from a frantic 911 caller from Simon Legree’s Roadhouse Saloon in Hawkins Bar at 9:49 p.m., saying that an individual at the bar had been shot in the head.

Another report was shortly received that victim Timothy Thompson was shot in the head by a man standing near Highway 299 in front of a residence located along Highway 299 in Hawkins Bar.

Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives responded to Simon Legree’s and contacted several witnesses.

Timothy Thompson was taken to the hospital via ambulance.  He was later interviewed by detectives.

Witnesses said that Timothy Thompson, along with some friends, were standing along Highway 299 across from a residence in Hawkins Bar.

A dog from the residence wandered across the road and was barking at Thompson and his friends.  The group yelled at the dog and told it to leave.

They then heard a voice from the residence across the highway telling Mr. Thompson and his group to leave.

The dog ran back across the highway.  As the dog was crossing the road to return back home, he was struck by a passing car.

After the dog was hit by the vehicle, the group heard several shots coming from the residence across Highway 299.  Reports indicated the suspect stepped outside of his home and started firing several gun shots across the highway.

It was at that time that Timothy Thompson was struck in the head by one of the bullets.  His friends then took Thompson to Simon Legree’s bar and called for help.

Information was provided to the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department on Sunday, September 9, regarding who was responsible for the shooting.

That same day detectives along with Trinity County Sheriff Bruce Haney located and arrested Kenneth Earl Hodges, 50, in connection with the shooting.

Mr. Hodges was arrested on attempt to commit murder and for possessing, manufacturing, and selling dangerous weapons.

He was lodged into the Trinity County Jail in Weaverville, according to the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department press announcement.

Loud people, angry people, people with firearms, and people with too much alcohol and time on their hands are bound to have something exciting happen.  In Trinity County everyone owns guns and
they use ‘em – sometimes just for the hell of it.

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Dangerous Labor Day Weekend for Drivers

 

Multiple Crashes, One Fatality, and a High-Speed Chase

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Buckle up.  It’s gonna be a bumpy ride. 

It was a dangerous weekend for Del Norte and Humboldt drivers.  Just when you thought it was safe to
go out for an otherwise fine and sunny Labor Day weekend,
think again:

 

Three-Car Accident Sends 10 to the Hospital

Ten people were hospitalized following a three-car accident on U.S. Highway 101 near Ehlers Way in the area of Crescent City Saturday, the California Highway Patrol said.

Shona E. Jacomella, 33, of Klamath, was driving her 1998 Ford Mustang southbound on U.S. Highway 101 when she entered into the left-hand turn lane for Ehlers Way, according to a CHP press release.

Ms. Jacomella proceeded to turn left and crossed into the path of a 2001 Suzuki heading northbound on U.S. Highway 101 driven by Janaka L. Haycook, 36, of Crescent City.  The front of the Ms. Haycook’s Suzuki struck Ms. Jacomella’s Ford, forcing the Suzuki into the right-hand lane of Ehlers Way.  There, the Suzuki, and presumably Ms. Haycook, struck a stopped 1996 Geo Prizm driven by Daniel Armendariz, 34, of Klamath.

Shona E. Jacomella and her passenger Sara M. Jacomella, 14, of Klamath, were transported to Sutter Coast Hospital with minor injuries.

Janaka L. Haycook and her passengers Shawn M. Haycook, 16, Damian H. Haycook, 17, Taylor J. Haycook, 14, and Lauren L. Haycook, 8, were transported to Sutter Coast Hospital with minor injuries.  All of Janaka L. Haycook’s passengers were from Crescent City.

Daniel Armendariz and his passengers Michelle C. Armendariz, 40, and Danikah M. Armendariz, 11 months, both of Klamath, were also transported to Sutter Coast Hospital for minor injuries.

Alcohol and drugs were not suspected to be a factor in the accident, the CHP release said.

 

Another Del Norte Accident Involving Three Cars Lands Five More Folks in Hospital

Del Norte was a bad-car-karma kind of place for victims and the CHP yet again.  Call it Kismet.

This time, five people were hospitalized after a three-car accident on U.S. Highway 199– south of Shady Lane in the area of Crescent City on Saturday.

Around 5:55 pm, Timothy B. Jolley, 44, of Crescent City, was driving his 1996 Dodge northbound on U.S. Highway 199 when he struck the back of a 1998 Ford being driven by 40-year-old Shara Soderlund of Gasquet.

Mr. Jolley apparently had not noticed that Ms. Soderlund had slowed to turn her vehicle into a private driveway, the California Highway Patrol release said.

Upon impact, Mr. Jolley’s vehicle pushed Ms. Soderlund’s vehicle into the southbound lane of U.S. Highway 199, where, like the above accident, caused a chain reaction.  Ms. Soderlund’s vehicle collided with a 1990 Chevrolet being driven by Ricardo Caballero, 76, of Arcata.  Ricardo Caballero’s vehicle the skidded off the roadway and struck a tree on the west shoulder of U.S. Highway 199.

Both Ricardo Caballero and his passenger, Barbara Caballero, 56, of Arcata, had to be extracted from their vehicle by responding officers.  This resulted in an hour-and-a-half-hour closure on Highway 199.

Due to the extent of her injuries, Barbara Caballero was transported by air to Rogue Valley Hospital in Oregon.  Ricardo Caballero was transported to Sutter Coast Hospital with major injuries.

Mr. Jolley, along with Ms. Soderlund and her passenger Don Bowden, 50, of Gasquet, were transported to Sutter Coast Hospital with minor injuries.  Drugs and alcohol were not suspected to be a factor in the collision.

 

Highway 36 Crash Kills Motorcyclist

A 57-year-old woman on a Honda motorcycle was killed after the bike went down an embankment on State Route Highway 36 near the Dinsmore Airport on Saturday, August 1.

The California Highway Patrol identified the woman as Winchester resident Sandra Evelyn Owens.  She was a passenger on a 1999 Honda 1500 Goldwing with husband, David Owens, also 57-years-old.

According to the CHP, the husband and wife were headed west on the 36 pulling their 2003 Champion trailer.  As they approached a sharp left curve near Buck Mountain Road, Mr. Owens ran over debris and felt the front wheel shake.  He applied the brakes while in the turn and the sudden slowing caused the loaded trailer to push the rear of the Honda towards the right.  They were traveling at approximately 55-60 mph.

The Honda continued to travel, on its left side, in a northwesterly direction off the road and down a steep embankment.  Mr. Owens was ejected from the Honda while on the roadway and shoulder; Ms. Owens, still on the Honda, rode over the embankment for approximately 20 feet before she was fully ejected.  She landed a short distance away, CHP officials said.

Emergency personnel from the Southern Trinity Area Rescue (S.T.A.R.), Bridgeville, Carlotta, and Fortuna Volunteer firefighters, Calfire, City Ambulance, REACH and the CHP helicopter responded to the scene and assisted CHP Officers with this collision. 

Medical aid and CPR was performed on Sandra Owens to no avail, officials added.  She was transported to the hospital.  Mr. Owens was treated for minor injuries to his left arm at the scene.

Both Mr. and and Ms. Owens were wearing helmets and protective riding gear and impairment is not a factor, CHP officials added.

 

High-Speed Romp Over Samoa Bridge Monday

On Monday morning, September 3, at 8:16 deputies with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office attempted to pull over driver Charles Wayne Uber for a traffic stop in the Manila area.  Mr. Uber chose not to pull over and a short but merry chase ensued.  Thankfully, no one was hurt.

Mr. Uber sped off on Highway 255 over the Samoa bridges at speeds reaching 100 mph.

Uber is on active parole, he finally yielded to deputies near the intersection of 2nd and I streets in Eureka, just over from the Samoa Bridge.

Uber was arrested for:

  • Felony Evading of a Police Officer
  • Excessive Speed
  • and Driving with a Suspended License

Mr. Uber currently sits in jail on his charges. 

On active parole and apparently unsupervised, Mr. Uber, or “Chopper” as he’s otherwise known, was let out of the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on August 13 for Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License. 

For the safety of others, we hope his Parole Agent takes away his car keys before he hurts someone.  Some folks simply can’t drive 55.  Or shouldn’t be near a car at all.

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Buckle up, drive slow, be cautious and look both ways.  Be safe out there, people.  Accidents happen.

You might a good driver.  heck, youmight be the best driver in the world.  Chances are, though, the other driver isn’t. 

There are some crazy and inattentive folks out there.  Ten pounds of crazy wrapped in a five pound sack, two wheels spinning in the sand, and lit by a very dim bulb.

 

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