Friday, August 29, 2008

Rogue Nuke Truck Closes 36

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 6:01 PM

That massive truck wipeout that has closed Highway 36 by Dinsmore since about noon? Get this -- it's 110 feet long, just about twice as long as the legal limit for Humboldt County -- and it's intended for carrying nuclear material. Although everyone assures us that its contents were innocent at the time of the crash.

"It's the biggest truck I've ever seen," said Officer Paul Dahlen of the California Highway Patrol about the super-truck just a few minutes ago. "It shouldn't have even been here. It shouldn't have been on 36, on 299, on 101 -- it shouldn't have been up here."

The truck is 110 feet long. The longest truck you can legally drive into Humboldt County is 65 feet long (unless you have a cattle exemption, I believe).

Presumably the fellow was contracting with PG&E, which in the process of slowly dismantling the Humboldt Bay Nuclear Power Plant. But why Big Man took Hwy 36, of all routes, is still a mystery. To hide?

In any case, according to Dahlen you can put away your Geiger counter. "There's nothing HAZMAT about this," he said.

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Bigfoot Daze

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 2:24 PM

We got a note today from our friend Richard at the Humboldt County Convention and Visitors Bureau :


If yer looking for something to blog today, I wanted to share something that might be fun, given that this weekend is Bigfoot Days and that 2008 is the so-called Year of the Bigfoot (he turns 50 this year).

Lost in the uproar about the Georgia Bigfoot hoax is that two weeks ago there actually was some pretty compelling video evidence of a real live Bigfoot shot in Humboldt County. Check it out!

Our office helped capture the Bigfoot, so let me know if you'd like to know more. It's nice to know too that something fun and fuzzy from Humboldt has more than 100,000 views on YouTube. A few other media outlets have taken notice:

The Los Angeles Times and The Sacramento Bee
Yours,
Richard Stenger
Media & Marketing
Humboldt County CVB
Richard does not explain, but the Bigfoot reunion video was made in response to this YouTube smash:

Incidentally, the creator of the Bigfoot YouTubage, Matt St. Charles is also the filmmaker behind Remote Control Grandpa , a homegrown comedy that played last night at the Minor as part of the WildRivers 101 Film Festival .

You'll find d etails about the rest of the WildRivers 101 Fest in this week's calendar.

Regrettably, The Journal failed to note Willow Creek's Bigfoot celebration in that same calendar.

To rectify our oversight we offer the details:

The highlight of Bigfoot Days is the parade starting at 10:30 a.m. along Highway 299 in downtown Willow Creek Saturday, Aug. 30. The theme: "Year of the Bigfoot. Seeing is Believing!" The grand marshal: 84-year-old, Al Hodgson, a Sasquatch hunter who has found and preserved (via plaster casting) several Bigfoot footprints.

Theirs is still time to enter the parade, and it's free for families and nonprofits. (Businesses pay $25.) Just show up before 9:30 at the registration table by Ray's Food Place and they'll give you a spot. Judging runs from 9:45-10:15 a.m. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m.

A VFW honor guard takes the lead bringing the parade to Veteran's Park where the rest of the "days'" events take place, including a car show, a softball tourney, vendors, music of some sort and the requisite barbeque. For further details about any of this call Cortney at 503-629-3530.

You might also want to check out the S.F. Chron travel piece on the fest . And you really should revisit the story Capt. Buhne wrote for the Journal last year: BIGFOOT TRAPPED BY NORCAL FANATIC!

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Monday, August 25, 2008

AG Brown sets new rules for pot growers and clinics

Posted By on Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 3:24 PM

This just in from Americans for Safe Access courtesy of Eric H.

For Immediate Release: August 25, 2008

CA Attorney General Directs Law Enforcement on Medical Marijuana Comprehensive recommendations include protection of dispensaries

Sacramento, CA -- California Attorney General Jerry Brown issued long-awaited guidelines on medical marijuana today with support from advocates and law enforcement alike. The guidelines direct law enforcement on how to approach encounters with medical marijuana patients and establish a road map for local police policies. However, more significantly, the guidelines provide recommendations for operating medical marijuana dispensaries in accordance with state law. Specifically, the Attorney General states that, "a properly organized and operated collective or cooperative that dispenses medical marijuana through a storefront may be lawful under California law."
The guidelines are the culmination of years of work by Americans for Safe
Access (ASA) and other advocates to educate and urge action from the
Attorney General and other state officials. "Today we stand beside the
Attorney General of California in his effort to fully implement the
state's medical marijuana law," said ASA Chief Counsel Joe Elford. "We
welcome this leadership and expect that compliance with these guidelines
will result in fewer unnecessary arrests, citations and seizures of
medicine from qualified patients and their primary caregivers." The
guidelines not only provide direction for patients and police, but also
for lawyers, judges and public officials to better understand their
rights, responsibilities, and obligations under state law.

The guidelines firmly establish that as long as patients and caregivers
are abiding by local and state laws, they "should be released" from
police custody and "the marijuana should not be seized." In the event
that medical marijuana is wrongfully seized from a patient or caregiver,
and the court orders its return, the guidelines state that police "must
return the property." Affirming that California's medical marijuana law
is not preempted by federal law, the Attorney General further directs
"state and local law enforcement officers [to] not arrest individuals or
seize marijuana under federal law" when an individual's conduct is legal
under state law.

Contained within the guidelines is a controversial provision requiring
medical marijuana dispensaries to operate on a not-for-profit basis. This
interpretation of the law comes from California's Medical Marijuana
Program Act (SB 420), passed by the legislature in 2003. However, while
the voter-approved initiative Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act,
references the need for a distribution system, no mention is made of
for-profit status. In prior discussions with the Attorney General's
office, ASA had strenuously objected to this provision of the guidelines.

The guidelines come at a time of escalating interference by the federal
government. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and
Department of Justice continue in their attempts to undermine state law
through ongoing investigations, raids, seizures, prosecutions, and
imprisonment of medical marijuana patients and providers. In response,
several California mayors, including Gavin Newsom and Ron Dellums, have
voiced their opposition to House Judiciary Chair John Conyers (D-MI) and
have called for oversight hearings. "It is now up to Congress and the new
President to align federal policy with California and other medical
cannabis states," said ASA spokesperson Kris Hermes. "It is time to
resolve the federal-state conflict that serves only to undermine
California and other states' sovereignty and inflict harm on seriously
ill patients and their care providers."

For further information:
Guidelines issued today by the California Attorney General:

Attorney General bulletin issued to all law enforcement after the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Gonzales v. Raich:

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Salzman becomes a blogger

Posted By on Sun, Aug 24, 2008 at 11:59 AM

If you are on one of Richard's e-mail lists, you probably already know: Local prog-politico Richard Salzman has officially entered the blogosphere.

His first post is pretty interesting, a between-the-lines analysis of the new contract AT&T sent out to all its customers. (I tossed mine in the recycling pile when I saw it was not a bill.)

I'd have to say Richard could have come up with a more creative name for his blog. "Richard Salzman" is short and to the point, but it doesn't have much zing to it.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

The Newspaper War - a Death Match? T-S says yes.

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 10:35 AM

Buried back in the business section of today's Times Standard is a story by Ryan Burns "T-S files unfair business practices lawsuit against The Eureka Reporter."

Specifically the suit filed by T-S/Tri-City parent corp California Newspaper Partnership (a division of Denver-based MediaNews Group Inc.)  alleges that the E-R has been selling ads at a cut rate and operating at a loss, "targeting known customers of the Times-Standard and the Tri-City Weekly with the intent of eliminating the papers as competitors."

According to the T-S, "The California Newspaper Partnership estimates losses in advertising revenue of approximately $3 million, while the value of The Times-Standard and the Tri-City Weekly have been depressed by as much as $40 million, according to the complaint."

Burns goes on to draw comparison to a suit in the alt. weekly world: "The San Francisco Bay Guardian successfully brought a similar case against the SF Weekly , the East Bay Express and their owner, New Times Media, alleging illegal advertising practices."

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Programming Note: Broadband

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 9:00 AM

If you're interested, we'll be broadcasting today's Rural Broadband Forum down in Fortuna starting at about 9 a.m. It's be live at northcoastjournal.com. As always, thanks to The Venue Project.

UPDATE: Yes, the seemingly inevitable technical difficulties. We should be with you shortly.

UPDATE 2: The sound in the room is pretty much useless, so we're giving this one a bye. If you still want to check it, cruise on over to thevenueproject.com.

Click through below for a schedule.

Rural Connections: From Grassroots to Treetops:
Getting Broadband to All of the Redwood Coast
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Agenda

9:00 a.m. Welcome: From Our Governor’s Broadband Task Force Rural Members:
Peter Pennekamp, Executive Director of Humboldt Area Foundation;
Rollin Richmond, President, Humboldt State University

9:15 a.m. Introductions -- everyone

9:30 a.m. Status of Broadband Deployment in the Region
Local and Tribal Government Updates

10:00 a.m. Redwood Coast Connect Report Out
"What have we learned to further our efforts to provide Ubiquitous Broadband Connection throughout our region?"
Steve Karp, Associate Director Small Business Development Center at HSU.

10:45 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. Our Keynote--"Rural is on California’s Radar"
Susan Walters, Senior Vice President of the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF)

11:30 a.m. "Increasing Broadband Demand and Adoption in our Region"
Fiber, telco, cable, and wireless broadband providers will give short presentations

12:30 p.m. Lunch (provided)

1:15 p.m. The Permit Panel—the best way to work together through the hurdles.
Bob Merrill, North Coast District Manager, Coastal Commission
Charlie Fielder, Caltrans District 1 Director
Jay Harris, Resource Program Manager, State Parks, North Coast Redwoods District
Gordon Leppig, Staff Environmental Scientist, Department of Fish & Game

2:15 p.m. Break

2:30 p.m. National Policy Update
Sean McLaughlin, Executive Director, Access Humboldt
Susan Estrada, President, Aldea Communications, Inc

3:00 p.m. Next Steps

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Monday, August 18, 2008

It's official: Cleary Named Interim KHSU Chief

Posted By on Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 2:53 PM





Arcata – Humboldt State Vice President of Advancement Rob Gunsalus (on left above) has named Patrick Cleary, President of Lost Coast Communications, interim general manager of the University’s radio station, KHSU-FM, with immediate effect.

In announcing the appointment August 18, Dr. Gunsalus said Cleary’s track record of consistent achievement in broadcasting, business, and community endeavors met the University’s criteria for KHSU ’s new leadership.

"I believe it is imperative that KHSU have strong interim management," Gunsalus said at a campus news conference. "Day-to-day operations and the approaching October pledge drive require firm direction. Patrick’s appointment will enable station staff and volunteers to function at full strength. From today forward, underwriters can be assured of sound leadership as KHSU opens a new and promising chapter in its distinguished service to the Redwood Coast Community."

Accepting the appointment, Cleary set two priorities. "Step one is to secure KHSU ’s financial stability, both short- and long-term," he said. "We must put the station’s financial house in order, to stem its losses and ensure its viability during a period of serious budget pressures on the state and the University."

He said his second order of business is to buttress partnerships with current underwriters, recruit new ones and enlist expanded community support for the station. " KHSU has many strengths," he said, "and it clearly has done a good job of building a large and passionate audience. Evaluation of the station’s program costs, which are climbing, must be handled professionally, taking into account community support as well as ratings."

Cleary’s leadership of Lost Coast Communications, which operates three award-winning FM radio stations in the region, has pivoted on locally-originated programming. Prior to his arrival in Humboldt County in 1997, Cleary served on the board of directors of Act III Broadcasting, Icelandic Broadcasting Corporation and the Independence Broadcasting Corporation. He has 17 years of experience in finance in New York City and was successively vice president and managing director of Chase Manhattan Bank’s Media and Telecommunications Division.

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Who's going to run KHSU ? - part 2

Posted By on Sat, Aug 16, 2008 at 10:35 AM

Well, it looks like Rob Gunsalus made a choice, and a good one at that. It seems he's convinced Patrick Cleary, a founding member of the Humboldt State University Advancement Foundation , to handle station management for KHSU on an interim basis. Expect an official press conference announcement Monday.

The fact that Cleary is also CEO of Lost Coast Communications -- the radio group that includes KHUM , K-Slug and The Point -- will complicate matters somewhat. We'll ask him how he'll deal with it when we see him play his guitar mandolin and bass at the Buddy Brown Blues Festival today in Blue Lake .

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Friday, August 15, 2008

BIG NEWS

Posted By on Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 3:13 PM

Somebody wondered in a most-miffed fashion the other day, in a response to a previous post, "what important community issue was shelved to make room for this stupid, worthless blog entry."

Well, if you have to ask...I did have a breaking news story about white stallions I probably shoulda put in there instead, but, well, but....

But nevermind, because this time I've got some real Big News. THEY'VE FOUND BIGFOOT! Dead, however, with DNA verification and whatnot pending and some live Bigfeet right now looking nervously over their shoulders because the intrepid hunters say they're gonna catch them, too -- alive (the stories don't say the hunters actually killed the dead 'foot, though).

OK, so you already heard the news. There's an oddly unimpressed feeling attached to this latest bigfoot announcement. And today's New York Times story about the find in deep-woods Georgia does note that one of the photographs the hunters gave media "showed what resembled a gorilla — or maybe an old sheepskin rug — lying twisted in a freezer, with a dollop of intestines protruding from its belly."

Gruesome, nonetheless. Also -- and nobody's reported this one yet so it's a real big scoop -- the hunters told a friend of theirs that as they approached the Bigfoot carcass, they saw a white horse -- or maybe it was a ghost of one -- galloping off into the woods, whinnying warning to the other Bigfeet.

Let's see, it took about a minute, maybe two or three to write this post. Appalling.

Update: Latest news even freakier still. Apparently, the creature isn't Bigfoot, but (one could infer, if one wanted to) a strange human-possum cross-species accident of nature -- or perhaps a secret govt experiment gone wrong??

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Who's going to run KHSU?

Posted By on Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 11:15 PM

You may remember that HSU announced an interim station management team after Elizabeth Hans McCrone was forced into retirement .

As Advancement VP Rob Gunsalus wrote in his open letter to the community :

We are exploring options for leadership of the station. Program Director Katie Whiteside and Director of Development Pam Long are assuming joint responsibility for management of the station on an interim basis. I have confidence in their abilities, and both will continue with those additional responsibilities during the transition.

Well, today Pam Long told management that she's found a new job in the Bay Area and will be gone in three weeks. At the moment Katie Whitesides is on a much deserved vacation. Rumor has it another interim manager may be on the way who will make everyone happy, and provide leadership that will pull the station out of its current mess, but that's all we've heard.

(Note: That's Pam on the left above, Katie on the right.)

Update: Pam Long's new job is with the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito, where she'll be event planner, volunteer coordinator and liaison to the board.

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