Friday, April 22, 2016

Droppin' (Recreational) Pots for Dungeness

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 6:53 PM

DREW HYLAND
  • Drew Hyland
Dust off your kayak and stock up on butter. While commercial fishing for both rock and Dungeness crab is still on hold in our county due to unsafe levels of toxic domoic acid, which can prove harmful and even deadly to humans, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced recreational Dungeness crab fishing is a go in Humboldt County. 

The department's press release today lists "Recreational Dungeness crab fishery open along mainland coast south of 40° 46.15 N Latitude, at the Humboldt Bay entrance, Humboldt County, including ocean waters of Humboldt Bay" as open and safe according to recent testing. Rock crab is still not clear for recreational fishing, and there is no word on when or if there will be a commercial crab fishing season.

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Fortuna Set to Adopt New Panhandling Ordinance

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 3:56 PM

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Citing a spike in aggressive panhandling within city limits, the Fortuna City Council is preparing to adopt an ordinance prohibiting "aggressive and intrusive solicitation." City staff presented a version of the ordinance on Monday, and a second reading and adoption of the ordinance is scheduled for May 2.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Bill Aims to Ease Hospital Hiring Restrictions to Boost Rural Docs

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 5:16 PM

Assemblyman Jim Wood. - GRANT SCOTT-GOFORTH
  • Grant Scott-Goforth
  • Assemblyman Jim Wood.
In an effort to curb the chronic lack of health care in rural areas like Humboldt County, the state Assemblyman Jim Wood-led Health Committee passed a bill that would give small-town hospitals more freedom to hire doctors.

The bill is a response to the difficulties rural areas have attracting and retaining medical providers (as the Journal has written about here and here).

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Council Moves forward with Container Community for the Homeless

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 10:19 AM

Shipping containers sit in the lot at the corner of Third and Commercial Streets, with renovations having already begun. - THADEUS GREENSON
  • Thadeus Greenson
  • Shipping containers sit in the lot at the corner of Third and Commercial Streets, with renovations having already begun.
After an outpouring of critical public comment, the Eureka City Council opted last night to move forward with a proposal to create a temporary homeless living arrangement in a vacant lot on the corner of Third and Commercial streets.

In a 4-1 vote, with Councilmember Linda Ciarabellini dissenting, the council amended its shelter crisis declaration to allow the Humboldt Coalition for Property Rights and Betty Chinn to convert Connex shipping containers into temporary living quarters to house about 40 soon-to-be-displaced homeless people who are currently residing in the Palco Marsh. The plan, which came together in the last few weeks, calls for HumCPR to oversee the funding and construction of the community, with Chinn and staff from the Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center providing oversight and case management. The proposal calls for the container community to remain at the site for six months.

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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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Monday, April 18, 2016

Korean War Veterans Honored at Weekend Ceremony

Posted By on Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 5:01 PM

More than 70 Korean War veterans and their families came to the Adorni Center on Saturday, where North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman presented them with medals from the Republic of Korea.
  • More than 70 Korean War veterans and their families came to the Adorni Center on Saturday, where North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman presented them with medals from the Republic of Korea.

North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman presented more than 70 local Korean War veterans with medals from the government of the Republic of Korea on Saturday at a ceremony in the Adorni Center.

The Ambassador for Peace medals were awarded in appreciation from the people of the Republic of Korea to those who served in the war. The medals were initially given to veterans who returned to South Korea as a part of the "Revisit Program," but have recently been offered to veterans who can no longer make the trip.

Huffman's office worked with the Korean Consulate to obtain the medals on behalf of local veterans and coordinated the medal ceremony, which also saw Eureka City Councilmember Natalie Arroyo and Humboldt County Supervisor Virginia Bass address the crowd.

Local photographer Mark McKenna was there to capture the ceremony, and shared the following images.

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Family of Missing Swimmer Seeks Closure

Posted By on Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 11:32 AM

Paul Michael Martin
  • Paul Michael Martin
Almost two weeks after he was swept away in the Trinity River, 22-year-old Paul Michael Martin’s family continues to search for answers.

Martin and two others jumped into the Trinity River near Tish Tang Campground at about 4:30 p.m. on April 6, and all three were quickly swept downriver in the strong current. One man was able to swim ashore and call for help; another made it to the riverbank near Vista Point and was later rescued by boat; but Martin has not been seen since.

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

HumBug: Return of the Zombies (and Everybody Else)

Posted By and on Sun, Apr 17, 2016 at 3:00 PM

The zombie dung flies are back. - ANTHONY WESTKAMPER
  • Anthony Westkamper
  • The zombie dung flies are back.
It is early April, and the world of insects is finally warming up. I've spotted more of the "zombie" flies, paralyzed by fungus, that were cropping up last year in early March (“Zombie Dung Flies,” March 1, 2015). I've seen a few snakeflies lately. These used to be included in the order Neuroptera with the lacewings but scientists have given them their own order now, Raphidioptera. Their long “necks” are distinctive. They are welcome guests in my garden as they eat many small pest species, such as aphids. The female has a long ovipositor (egg laying structure) on the end of her abdomen for depositing eggs in the furrows in tree bark.

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TL;DR: Five Things You Need to Know About This Week's Cover Story

Posted By on Sun, Apr 17, 2016 at 11:10 AM

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Busy week? We get it, and we're not judging. Here are some highlights from “Until the Sun Sets” to get you caught up.

On April 6, federal, state and tribal officials descended on Yurok Tribal land to ink a new pact to remove four hydroelectric dams that have choked the Klamath River for decades. It was a historic day, but beyond the pomp and circumstance, what does the deal really mean for the river and the new path forward toward dam removal?

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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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