Tuesday, September 17, 2013

EPA funds Klamath Restoration

Posted By on Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 11:28 AM

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The Yurok Tribe got $1.3 million from the Environmental Protection Agency this week to continue its work on wetland restoration and pollution control on a long stretch of the Klamath River.

From the EPA:

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announces it has awarded a $1.3 million grant under its Performance Partnership Grant Program to the Yurok Tribe in Klamath, Calif. to support the tribe’s efforts to control water pollution, enhance the tribe’s wetlands preservation and restoration program, and provide community outreach and staff environmental training. The grant will support tribal environmental protection activities for two years.

“The Yurok Tribe is working to preserve and improve ecosystems along 45 miles of the Klamath River, including approximately 5800 acres of wetlands,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “The Yurok’s efforts are a great example of how states and tribes can take advantage of EPA resources to further the scope of their environmental programs.”

Under this grant, the Yurok Tribe will:

· enhance water quality monitoring and analysis of tribal waters;
· implement a new management plan addressing sources of water pollution, such as land runoff;
· support intertribal watershed coordination activities with the Klamath Basin Tribal Water Quality Workgroup;
· further development of the Tribe's wetlands program plan, including assessing climate change impacts to reservation wetlands;
· close nine dumpsites and implement new tools to better manage solid waste; and
· conduct community outreach and education, staff training and general administration and evaluation of the tribe’s environmental program.

EPA’s Performance Partnership Grant Program allows for states and tribes to combine multiple environmental program grants into a single grant. Yurok’s grant includes funds from four EPA grant programs.

The Yurok Tribe is the largest tribe in California, with more than 5,000 members and more than 200 employees. The tribe’s major initiatives include: the Hoopa-Yurok Settlement Act, dam removal, natural resources protection, sustainable economic development enterprises and land acquisition. The Yurok Tribe chairman is Thomas P. O'Rourke Sr.

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Update w/ Photos: Discovery of Artillery Shuts Down Old Town

Posted By on Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM

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Update from Eureka Police Department Sgt. Steve Watson:

On 9/17/13, at about 8:00 AM, Eureka Police Department officers were dispatched to a construction site along the waterfront between H and I Streets after construction workers reported uncovering two World War II era artillery shells. The shells were located in separate dirt piles within the construction site.

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After confirming the presence of possible undetonated artillery shells, officers established a wide perimeter around the construction site and evacuated neighboring businesses and residences as a precautionary measure. Assistance from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad was also requested.

The Bomb Squad subsequently removed the projectiles and transported them in a “single vent explosives transportation trailer” to the Samoa beach where they were destroyed. EPD provided a police escort for the explosives trailer’s transportation to the beach. The evacuations were lifted at approximately 11:45 AM.

The first projectile was determined to be empty and inert. The second projectile was filled with an undermined substance and it is unknown whether or not that projectile was “live.” The Bomb Squad identified the projectiles as being Navy artillery.

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The origin of the artillery shells and how they came to be buried at the construction site is unknown at this time.  

Previously:

The Times-Standard is reporting that parts of Old Town have been closed off and evacuated after construction workers discovered what appears to be World War II-era ordnance on the waterfront.

The bomb squad has been called in to deal with the ammunition. The evacuation did not reach as far as the Journal's offices at Third and F streets and the Old Town farmers market is still going.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Arkley vs. Bridges: Two Perspectives on How to Treat the Needy

Posted By on Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 2:34 PM

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The Bible has a lot to say about helping the needy, but we doubt that even the Holy Ghost saw this day coming. Good people of Humboldt County, we urge you to lock your doors, board up your windows and hide your canned food — because it looks like the meek got tired of waiting for their inheritance.

Dear All,

Our County and City are being taken over by the homeless.

So begins an email to the community from Eureka businessman Rob Arkley, who argues that by offering free food, showers and clean clothes, we have turned our region into "a Mecca for the homeless and we all pay the price."

The email, which went out last week and was posted on the Lost Coast Outpost, announces a meeting this Wednesday at Eureka's Wharfinger building at 5:30 p.m. (Arkley's company, Security National, rented the venue for the occasion.) How do we quell this homeless insurrection? Arkley suggests pinching off the teat of human kindness.

"I would like to know what policies and programs can be cut that will reduce the number of homeless," he says. (Read his full email below.)

But it looks like Jesus wasn't the only bearded hippie with a soft spot for mooching layabouts. 

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Friday, September 13, 2013

'Let's Have Intercourse' - An Etymological Mystery

Posted By on Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 4:47 PM

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In this week's cover story on the not-so-sleepy town of Loleta, Heidi Walters recalls the town's late-19th century days as a railroad depot known as Swauger's Station. "The townspeople," reports Walters, "changed the name in 1897 to Loleta — a Wiyot term, lo-le-tah, meaning "pleasant place at the end of the water."

Ah, how sweet and idyllic. And indeed, that appears to be the official word on the matter. 

But today, a dim memory rose to the surface of our collective Journal-brain: Some years ago, National Geographic published an interactive map of the United States filled with definitions of town names derived from Native American languages. If you click and hover over our region of the map, you see this:

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Update: Eureka Manager Bill Panos Submits Resignation

Posted By on Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 9:41 AM

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Update: Panos issued a press release  addressing his resignation, writing in it, “I have enjoyed working with the Council and senior leadership team. The City of Eureka has embarked on a new strategy with a reenergized organization.”

Previously:

Bill Panos — who was hired as Eureka's city manager last November — has submitted a letter of resignation, the Lost Coast Outpost reports.

Panos' most high-profile task was hiring a chief of police to replace Murl Harpham. That hasn't been a particularly smooth process.

The Journal profiled the incoming city manager at the beginning of this year. Panos didn't immediately return a phone call placed this morning.
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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Coastal Commission Gives Conditional Go-Ahead to Caltrans' 101 Corridor Project

Posted By on Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 5:52 PM

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Going against its own staff's recommendation, the California Coastal Commission this evening voted 9-1 to give a conditional federal consistency determination (translation: a go-ahead) to Caltrans' proposed project for the 101 corridor between Arcata and Eureka. 

And that's not all: The "conditional" part of the approval means that Caltrans will have to address a number of community concerns before a Coastal Development Permit will be issued.

First off, Caltrans must include a Class 1 bicycle trail (definition here) in its project design. 

Secondly, Caltrans must submit a plan to remove not just the one billboard it planned to take down (at Indianola) but all of the billboards along the corridor, to the extent feasible. (With all the jurisdictions involved this likely won't wind up being every last billboard, but still: Many of those suckers will come down.)

And third, Caltrans must integrate sea-level-rise analysis in its design.

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Sympathy for the Leakers

Posted By on Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 1:47 PM

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Hey, look! Greg King, longtime environmental activist and current executive director of the Siskiyou Land Conservancy, has a letter in the Mailbox section of this week's New Yorker magazine.

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Two Crossbows Found Near Murder Site

Posted By on Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 12:34 PM

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Sheriff's Office investigators found two crossbows near the site of the Sept. 8 attack on the Samoa peninsula, which left one man dead and another injured. Phoenix Triton King, whose 21st birthday is today, was arrested for the crime on Monday, along with an unidentified 16-year-old girl.

Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office:

On Wednesday September 11, 2013 at about 2:30 PM, investigators from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office returned to the incident location of this homicide. Investigators returned to search for the missing crossbows that were alleged to be used in this incident. Investigators were able to locate two separate crossbows that are believed to be used in this homicide investigation. The crossbows were found about 150 yards from where the deceased victim was located. The crossbows were found in a heavily brush/wooded area and were in a condition as if they were discarded. They make/model/type of crossbow is not being released.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Eureka Names New Police Chief

Posted By on Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 2:12 PM

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After a frustrated withdrawal by previous front-runner Michael Johnson, Eureka City Manager Bill Panos today announced that Andrew G. Mills, a former commanding officer in San Diego, is slated to be the next chief of the Eureka Police Department. The Eureka City Council plans to confirm Mills at its Oct. 1 meeting, according to a press release, and he's scheduled to start on Nov. 4.

Here's the press release:

Eureka City Manager, William T. Panos has recommended the appointment of Andrew G. Mills to serve as Eureka Police Chief. Mills is a national award winning law enforcement professional and brings years of command and community policing experience to the position. The Eureka City Council plans to confirm the new Police Chief at the next City Council meeting on October 1, 2013. Mills is scheduled to start on November 4, 2013.

“After a comprehensive search, I am very pleased that we have found an outstanding candidate to serve as our police chief. His experience in key command positions and extensive experience with community policing is a strong asset to our city. I look forward to working with him,” said Mayor Frank Jäger.

Most recently, he was the commanding officer of San Diego’s Western Division responsible for patrol and investigations for over 140,000 residents, the airport and large business districts. In that part of San Diego he also led efforts with the mental health community to handle a large homeless population, increased efforts to reduce violent street robberies and transformed their neighborhood watch programs.

Mills was previously commanding officer for the Eastern Division of San Diego, commanding officer for criminal intelligence, and unit commander for gang investigations. In his role as commanding officer for criminal intelligence he was co-creator of the National Criminal Intelligence Enterprise, integrated intelligence led policing into the agency, dismantled parts of a major Mexican drug cartel in the region, and built solid relationships with the Jewish anti-defamation league and Muslim groups throughout the San Diego area.

Mr. Mills serves on the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, has received over 20 internal service awards for meritorious service, exceptional performance and several commanding officer citations. In 2000, he won the Police Executive Research Forum’s Gary P. Hayes award for excellence in police leadership and led a team that won the international Herman Goldstein award for excellence in problem oriented policing.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

School Trustees Ask for Dan Johnson's Resignation

Posted By on Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 11:47 PM

After nearly an hour of tense — and at times downright chaotic — comments about a plagiarized graduation speech and its subsequent handling, Northern Humboldt Union High School District trustees voted 3-1 this evening to ask Dan Johnson to resign.

Johnson sat calmly as his fellow trustees voted, and said nothing afterward about whether he would take their advice.

While unable to force Johnson, an elected official, from his seat, the board’s vote was a harsh condemnation of his actions — or, as some board members put it, inactions.

The decision came during a tense, sometimes raucous evening. Roughly 100 people jammed into the McKinleyville High School multi-purpose room, sometimes shouting at each other and over each other.

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