Saturday, April 25, 2009

Let the Bitch-Fest Begin!

Posted on Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 1:30 PM

September.

The surgeons are scrubbed, the scalpels are laid out neatly in a line, and northcoastjournal.com is lain out flat on the operating table, awaiting its facelift. All that is remains is to hear from you, our team of aesthetic consultants.

Do you love northcoastjournal.com? Do you hate it? Do you hate some parts and love others? Are you entirely indifferent? What are your biggest pain points when visiting our home page, the calendar, the Blogthing, or any other sub-area of the great sprawling thing that is our Web site? Give us a wish list. Issue unrealistic demands. Let the discussion be wide open, so long as it has something to do with this site and how it might be improved. Call us nasty names. Call each other nasty names.

And thanks in advance!

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Patty Berg's New Gig

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 9:14 AM

Patty Berg's New Gig: She's freelancing for Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, the Chron
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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Coast Guard Member Killed

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 9:06 AM

Very sad press release this morning:

MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. - A 27 year old Coast Guardsman died this afternoon after a swimming accident in the Trinity River.  Seaman James A. Salac, a Food Service Specialist at Coast Guard Group Humboldt Bay, was pulled from the river by the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department at approximately 5:34 p.m. after a 911 call alerted authorities of an emergency at Kimtu Beach in Willow Creek, CA.

The Coast Guard dispatched an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter to Kimtu Beach on the Trinity River at 4:53 p.m. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection also dispatched a helicopter to the scene and the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department responded on the ground.  Once on scene, both agencies immediately began searching the area via air and boat.

The HH-65 dolphin arrived on scene at approximately 5:26 p.m. and began searching the river.  Once located, the body of Salac was immediately removed from the river by the boat crew and resuscitation efforts began.  The Coast Guard helicopter landed at the scene and transported him to St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, CA, where he was later pronounced deceased.

Salac is survived by his wife and infant daughter.

"We will do everything possible to help his family through this difficult time, and like them we will seek strength from the memory of Seaman Salac, whose sense of public service, love of life, and positive outlook brightened the lives of everyone with whom he served," said Captain Christopher Martino, Commanding Officer of Group/Air Station Humboldt Bay.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Second Place

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 6:30 PM

June.

At its most recent Tuesday meeting, the Board of Supes appointed Eureka attorney Zachary Zwerdling to the board of directors of the Headwaters Fund, the somewhat embattled body that administers a big pot o' cash aimed at local economic development. "As a practicing attorney, I would bring years of legal experience to the Board," Zwerdling wrote in his application. "Being a lawyer requires knowing how to read and evaluate complex documents, weigh evidence on both sides of an issue, consider priorities and plan strategically." Indubitably. We wish Mr. Zwerdling success.

It turns out, though, that the volunteer position drew about 20 aspirants, and we were surprised to see a diverse and worthy crowd represented. In addition to Zwerdling, the following notable names were on the candidacy list: Former Pacific Lumber attorney Frank Bacik; former Northcoast Environmental Center Executive Director Greg King; former Deputy District Attorney Jeff Schwartz; and, last but not least, Eureka kazillionaire Robin P. Arkley II.

What, you say! That's the Rob Arkley, sworn enemy of bureaucracy, launcher of a thousand lawsuits against county government? The very man. In his application, Arkley notes his passion for the economic wellbeing of his hometown, and lists among his accomplishments the successful Economic Fuel! business plan competition that funds eight or so new startups every year. It wasn't enough, apparently.

Applicants were required to provide three character references. Among Arkley's, we note, was Eureka City Manager Dave Tyson, whose relationship to the applicant Arkley described as "Business and Friend." Hard to say which end of that formula will make Tyson sweat more, in the coming months.

Here's the big, bad PDF of all applications for the position (3.9 M). Arkley's starts on page 8.

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Humboldt Creamery Declares Bankruptcy

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 1:35 PM

continuously."

The T-S gets the scoop.

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Our piece of the Recovery pie Goo-mapped

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 10:27 AM

dude...Our piece of the Recovery pie Goo-mapped: "Rep. Mike Thompson launched an interactive Google map on his web site to highlight the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 at work in our district. The map reflects funding that has been announced to date, and it will be updated
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Monday, April 20, 2009

Bonnie Neely and U2's The Edge

Posted By on Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Bonnie Neely and U2's The Edge: The jingly jangly guitar man wants to construct a five-mansion complex in Malibu, E! Online reports, and neighbors are hella pissed. Only California Coastal Commission Chair (and Humboldt County Supervisor) Bonnie Neely stands in his way! The photo op is scheduled for
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Marijuana Advocates Point to Signs of Change - NYTimes.com

Posted By on Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 2:07 PM

link.Marijuana Advocates Point to Signs of Change - NYTimes.com: Itz 420
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Saturday, April 18, 2009

RIP: Eric H. -- Master of Medical Marijuana

Posted By on Sat, Apr 18, 2009 at 9:43 PM

morning.

Sad news, sad news -- via e-mail today:

At 11:20 a.m. April 17, 2009 Eric Vaughn Heimstadt passed away circled by family and friends.

Eric was the founder of Humboldt Medical Supply in Arcata, a member of the Humboldt County Medical Task Force, and perhaps the most informed and articulate advocate Humboldt had in trying to bring sanity to  compassionate use of marijuana. In recent months he'd been bravely facing another battle -- with cancer. He lost that one... He will be missed.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bayshore Mall: Bust

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Cuchumatán.Bayshore Mall: Bust: General Growth Properties, owner of the Bayshore Mall, filed for bankruptcy this
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