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Friday, June 10, 2016

Dredge Report

Posted By on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 11:59 AM

A stitched-together panorama of the Bayport. - GRANT SCOTT-GOFORTH
  • Grant Scott-Goforth
  • A stitched-together panorama of the Bayport.
The Journal tagged along with North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman and the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Conservation and Recreation District earlier this week on a visit to the dredge Bayport, which is clearing winter storm shoaling that made Humboldt Bay's entrance super dangerous and prevented several cargo ships from docking this spring.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Korbel Mill Sold

Posted By on Tue, May 17, 2016 at 12:40 PM

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  • FROM THE CALIFORNIA REDWOOD CO. WEBSITE
The Korbel Mill, which has been for sale for almost two years and closed down last February, recently sold to the Trinity River Timber Company.

Green Diamond Resource Company, which owned the sawmill, announced the sale — which includes the fixed mill assets, a lease of the property and associated log and lumber yards and a log supply agreement with Green Diamond timberlands — in a press release today.

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Selling out to Big Soda

Posted By on Sat, May 7, 2016 at 9:36 AM

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  • Grant Scott-Goforth
It was with incredulity that Journal staffers gazed on a slender green can of caffeinated pop dressed up in gaudy packaging that arrived last week.

There, in front of us, was a piece of bona fide swag. A well constructed box with a green ribbon pull, embossed lettering, and printed with a somewhat ominous countdown: 93 days, 15 hours, 47 minutes. It’s unclear what was supposed to happen three months from the box’s arrival; it’s clearly a summer product, but summer was more like 60 days away when the box arrived, and how could the energy drink’s marketers possibly know the minute it would show up at NCJ HQ?

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Raised: Local Economists Talk California's Minimum Wage Increase

Posted By on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 10:30 AM

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Many of Humboldt County’s lowest-earning workers stand to see their lots improve over the next six years, as the California minimum wage increases to $15 per hour.

A bill, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this month, will increase the state minimum wage from $10 to $10.50 on Jan. 1, 2017, to $11 in 2018, and then by $1 each subsequent year until 2022. The increase comes as New York signed a similar bump, and following municipal wage raises around the nation, including in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

What does this mean for local businesses and workers? It’s hard to say at this point.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Mayor Jager Hears Realtors' Concerns, Vetoes Ordinance

Posted By on Sat, Apr 16, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Eureka Mayor Frank Jager has vetoed an ordinance for the first time in 20 years, and possibly on the second time in the city's history. - THADEUS GREENSON
  • Thadeus Greenson
  • Eureka Mayor Frank Jager has vetoed an ordinance for the first time in 20 years, and possibly on the second time in the city's history.
For the first time in 20 years, Eureka’s mayor has vetoed an ordinance passed by the city council.

Eureka Mayor Frank Jager sent the council a memorandum on Thursday advising that he is vetoing its April 5 vote to pass an ordinance requiring residents to have their lateral sewer lines — those connecting their houses to the main city line — inspected and, if needed, repaired. The ordinance, a similar version of which recently passed in Arcata, requires the inspections and repairs under several conditions, including whenever the property sells to a new owner.

But, citing concerns from real estate agents and homeowners, Jager wielded his seldom used veto power to send the bill back to the council for further consideration.

“I don’t feel the ordinance was vetted well with the community,” Jager wrote. “Other communities considering such an ordinance have held information workshops with the public and taken input from the real estate community. The impact of this ordinance on the homeowner is not a minor expense.”

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Must, Need & Nice: Measure Z Committee Makes Its Recommendations

Posted By on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 3:42 PM

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The Citizen's Advisory Committee on Measure Z has finished sorting through the 43 applications it received for funding, breaking the requests up into three categories: "must," "need" and "nice." The process, which involved six meetings and a public hearing, short-listed the "musts" for inclusion in the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the budget for which will be up for approval by the Board of Supervisors on June 7. The "needs" will return for consideration during the mid-year budget review, and the "nices" will probably not see a cent of the $5.93 million generated from sales tax revenue estimated to swell the county coffers this year.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Carson Block Redux: When Stucco Was King

Posted By on Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 2:52 PM

A 1924 advertisement touting the modernization of the Carson Block building. - BOB LIBERSHAL
  • Bob Libershal
  • A 1924 advertisement touting the modernization of the Carson Block building.
Local historian Bob Libershal was kind enough to come by the Journal office recently and deliver a copy of an article he found during his duties as archivist for the Eureka Heritage Society. The article, from June of 1924, sheds light on why the H.H. Buhne Company, which bought the Carson Block building from the Carson family in 1923, then chose to coat the gorgeous old building in stucco. A full page advertisement in the same newspaper, the Humboldt Standard, appeared two months later with the names of the contracting firms who did the renovation "in a workmanlike manner." Enjoy!

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Friday, March 11, 2016

There's Weed-Infused Vodka Now

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 2:21 PM

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We all knew it was coming to this. Humboldt Distillery — which began selling its Humboldt Vodka brand a couple years ago — has released a cannabis-infused vodka called, obviously, "Humboldt's Finest." 

Owner Abe Stevens explains in a press release that the vodka — which doesn't have any THC in it, rendering it legal to sell — has an "herbal and aromatic quality reminiscent of fresh cannabis, and we've found it works very well in place of gin, giving classic cocktails a fresh new spin.” 

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Weigh in on Designs for Eureka's Waterfront Wednesday at the Wharfinger

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 5:12 PM

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Got a vision for the waterfront? Eureka’s Community Development Department has released six sketches of a possible future for the undeveloped bayside stretch between C and F streets.

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Inside the Portland Flights Deal

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 10:07 AM

The U.S. is a mess of interconnecting air routes except, as this map illustrates, the Pacific Northwest. - COURTESY OF EMILY JACOBS
  • Courtesy of Emily Jacobs
  • The U.S. is a mess of interconnecting air routes except, as this map illustrates, the Pacific Northwest.
Humboldt County has a kinship with Portland, what with our shared interests in food, drink, marijuana, arts, neo-lumber fashion and keepin’ it weird.

So PenAir’s announcement that it would be offering service from the Redwood Coast Airport (nee the Arcata-Eureka Airport) was met with palpable excitement. Portland is a hip alternative to San Francisco for Humboldt County youth looking to spread their wings.

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