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Re: “March of the Conifers

Interesting article - thanks! This gets to the heart of the difficulties in ecological restoration: how do we know what is "natural," since most land has been influenced by humans since before recorded history?

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Posted by Amber Catherine Kerr on 04/28/2016 at 2:54 PM

Re: “March of the Conifers

How can they state that the natural environment is oaklands and that the firs are invasive when the article even states that the native Americans and then the settlers continued the practice of burning the firs out every so many years to gain better hunting and later better grazing lands? The natural ecosystem progression in areas that have been denuded by fire in North America where rainfall reaches the rainforest level has always been grasses, brush, hardwoods the conifers over anywhere from 25-200 years to happen. In fact, the North American Plate was almost all conifers prior to the last ice age. It was only after the ice receded that hardwoods took over the northeast as settlers tried to keep grazing and farm lands open to more sunlight. If we are truly talking about natural states in the environment, the march of the conifers is absolutely natural. But that isn't what we are really talking about, we are talking about aesthetics and personal desires/needs of the current land owners, not nature here.

Posted by Martin Gill on 04/28/2016 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Express Shipping

“(Ulansey) said building is difficult in Humboldt County, stressing that there's a general housing shortage in the county and that any new development would trickle down to help low income folks. The county, he said, needs more housing of all types.”

Not true.

Developers and their lobbyists have stacked elected and appointed offices for so long that massive sewage discharges "trickled down" into Humboldt Bay for decades prior to construction of the $30 million Martin Slough Interceptor due to unbridled development in Cutten and South Eureka during the 1980’s and 2000’s housing bubbles. Ensuing traffic "trickled down" onto Eureka’s unimproved rural roads becoming some of California’s deadliest.

Not one piece of legislation has "trickled down" to avoid the next bubble or end chronic shortages in affordable infill housing.

In fact, supervisors and their Planning Commission spent their first term making autocratic, alterations deregulating planning policies and Guiding Principles in the General Plan Update that "trickled up" to the crony capitalist development industry making Ulansey’s Crocodile Tears over 40 years of rigged housing shortages a disgraceful performance by this appointed “public servant” who has never advocated for a single ordinance, fee, or fund to "trickle down" affordable infill housing.

Ulansey’s “Humboldt Coalition for Property Rights”, founded by developers, expanded membership by promising “deregulation crumbs” to rural homeowners wanting to sell their unrecorded, unsafe, illegally occupied structures on parcels of unknown status. (HumCPR Newsletter Sept. 2015).

HumCPR only became concerned about homelessness when it became an obvious crisis.

Except for the blogs, no one in Humboldt County has the guts to report the development industry’s contributions to homelessness. Exposing the causes of resident’s suffering without limit exposes the enrichment of entrenched privilege without limit.

That isn’t tolerated in a corrupt community.

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Posted by Carol Jones on 04/26/2016 at 11:38 PM

Re: “Shot Up and Shut Down

River gets diverted to the valley is why it's low....but that's another topic

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Posted by Dennis Vizgaudis on 04/08/2016 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Shot Up and Shut Down

So, presuming from your bright red cover with the flat-tracking motorcycle, I presumed I would be horrified by the damage done by motorcycles to the river bar. Imagine my surprise to find the culprits involved with the destruction of the environment were yay-hoos with guns in four-bys and a$$holes in sedans dumping trash. Do your writers and graphic "artists" not talk to make sure the cover actually has a teensy bit to do with the actual story? Or, like a lot of commenters who seldom wade through the collection of words that comprise a story, does the person designing the cover just PRESUME to know what it's about? Geez. Otherwise, good story, Linda.

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Posted by beachcomber on 04/08/2016 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Shot Up and Shut Down

So, I picked up the Journal and my immediate thought was, those damned irresponsable motorcyclists are the reason the riverbar got closed!! As I read the complete story, I discovered NOT ONE WORD was even mentioned about off-road motorcycles!! WHAT?!?!? Here again is another biased attempt to make motorcyclists look bad for absolutely no reason. Where are the pictures of the 4x4's, or the guns the story talks about? There is a very small,easily missed shadow of a quad, but front and center here is a flat tracker sliding around shot up beer cans, which has absolutely NOTHING to do about the article!
I called the editor yesterday afternoon to voice my displeasure about the misleading cover and was told it's "just art". Art is what you see in a gallery, or on your living room wall, NOT on the cover of a newspaper type publication, unless the article is about art, and the story is not about art! But unless you read the whole story (the story was well written by the way), you would make the assumption by the cover, that motorcyclists are to blame for the drinking and firearm use leading up to the closing of the access to the riverbar.
The headlines and cover pictures are to draw interest to the lead story. The people who only read the headlines and look at the "art" have already formed their opinion and wrongly placed blame and won't take the time to read the story.

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Posted by Nervous Staff1 on 04/08/2016 at 6:49 AM

Re: “Shot Up and Shut Down

I find it to be offensive to Motorcyclists, that you chose to put a motorcycle on the cover of your latest issue. That shows the bias against motorcycles in general that many people feel.How is it that you did not put a gun on the cover as you say the major problems arise from people shooting irresponsibly on the river bar? I find it hard to shoot a gun while riding.As a responsible and caring rider I take great offense at the implication that motorcyclists are the cause of the problems there.If there was a designated area to ride in Humboldt Co this might alleviate part of the problem, there are funds collected from motorcycle sales that are intended to facilitate riding areas that are controlled and supervised. Also as for the shooting, if there was a rifle range that people could use this may help Robert"Bobbyg"Godwin ,host "Riding on the Mud" KMUD FM

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Posted by Robert Ecv Godwin on 04/07/2016 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Shot Up and Shut Down

We long ago pretty much gave up walking our dog along Riverwalk because of the shooting. We tried all different times of day, different days of the week, and rarely found a time when we could enjoy the walk. After 3 or 4 shots our dog would drag us to the car, terrified.
And the garbage... Sigh. It's the difference between wanting to go enjoy the river area or wanting to go use it.... Or abuse it, I guess.
Good article, Linda.

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Posted by Dottie1 on 04/07/2016 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Shot Up and Shut Down

Another great reporting job by Linda Stansberry. As a Fortuna resident who sometimes drives over Fernbridge and sees the mess they make, I find it appalling that people take advantage of their vehicles' ability to drive on sand and mud to abuse the river -- the river these same people claim to love.

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Posted by Alineglish on 04/07/2016 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Witness Marks

Wow....a great job. Looking at the stairs, I remember looking down at them when that earthquake hit...That was scary! Rob Davis

Posted by Robert Davis on 03/31/2016 at 12:18 AM

Re: “Salmon Outlook: Less Fish, Less Fishing

Scientists estimate that the Klamath River needs 41,000 natural spawning Fall Chinook Salmon in order to produce the maximum amount of Klamath Salmon in subsequent years. Last year, due to vastly overoptimistic forecasts of abundance, only 28,000 Klamath Chinook spawned naturally in the Klamath and tributaries even though in river tribal and sport fishermen did not reach their salmon take quotas. This year the prediction is that only 14,550 Chinook will spawn naturally in the Klamath. As a result salmon fishing quotas will be way down for years to come.

Why are the predictions of Klamath Chinook abundance so far off base?

El Nino is part of the cause. But the #1 reason is that fisheries mangers have ignored the Klamath's salmon disease epidemic that kills most juvenile Klamath River salmon before they can reach the ocean. Scientists tell us that the disease epidemic can be ameliorated by higher spring flows. But leaders of tribes, fishing organizations and even environmental groups refuse to challenge the Biological Opinion that is responsible for the inadequate Klamath River flows because they have signed on to federal water deals that prioritize irrigation over the health of the River. "Relationships" and "bonding" have become more important to these folks than the salmon and the people they represent.

Maybe that means we need new leaders.

Posted by Unofelice on 03/25/2016 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Witness Marks

Excellent and complicated restoration! As a restorer I am sure you had to make many compromises to the final design. Would love to see a bit more exterior color variation given it's enormity, but I can understand the choice serving as protection for the surface and original color historically. I cannot tell from the photos, but was the wood dado panel painted over or left with it's beautiful grain? Looks faux finished in some photos, perhaps just putting back what was taken out in specific areas and replicating? Thank you!

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Posted by Kris Hendrickson Testanier on 03/17/2016 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Witness Marks

Looks beautiful! I cannot wait to walk by the building this weekend!

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Posted by Robert Pitts Jr on 03/17/2016 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Mendo Growers Push Initiative

Calli iz duh titz of potpromotion and reality

Posted by Anris Boris on 03/17/2016 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Mendo Growers Push Initiative

california is te leader in pot promotion, only state that got it most right

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Posted by Anris Boris on 03/17/2016 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Witness Marks

Good job! Congratulations to ALL involved!

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Posted by Doc Anchovy on 03/17/2016 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Homing the Houseless

You are absolutely right Elliot.

Utah is the reddest of red states, they crunched the numbers and proved that building and renovating little apartments for the homeless is cheaper than what they were spending on police and other emergency services. Plus, the intangible community benefits dignity provides those that want to reintegrate into the community and those that want to work.

Yes, there's lots of financially comfortable folks that are, nevertheless, miserable and who derive solace knowing others are suffering more. Most are self-loathing alcoholics, i.e., one-in-four Americans. It's so common that we adopted the German word for it "schadenfreude".

The homeless problem and the smorgasbord of our other human resource disasters is exasperated by historic right-wing political control making sure that affordable housing deficits remain chronic.

This was just one important manipulation in tricking and trapping folks into bigger homes they can't afford, rigging the system to make people prosperous in the development, speculator, realtor, broker, banker and insurance industries.

It has also creating a flood of foreclosures and a worldwide economic collapse AKA a "fire-sale" for the rich...just like the last Depression.

Humboldt County NEVER used to have this many rental agencies serving absentee landlord corporations.

The New U.S. Feudalism?

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Posted by Dennis Ramsey on 03/15/2016 at 12:32 AM

Re: “Judged

Ok there is one thing that is not adding up here. Judge Watson's seat was up in 2016. He left with 1 year remaining on his term. The county elections office just had to list it as a vacant office for election in 2016 and there would be a replacement on 1 January 2017. In fact after the election results the governor could then have appointed that person earlier. (Brown did that for Rex Bohn). Yet an appointment won't happen until 2018? There will be other seats up which might be vacant that year. Why did the County Ekectiins office screw this up and not have an election which is the preferred method in the California Constitution?

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Posted by Copland on 03/12/2016 at 2:26 PM

Re: “An AHHA Moment

According to critics like the mayor, Mathew Owen, Sue Brandenberg, Leo Sears and others, "Homelessness has always been here and always will".

So, why are they calling for the sanctioned camps to be "temporary"?

Because they know that nothing will be done locally to build and refurnishing basic apartments for local homeless residents, and they can soon return to their eviction policy. 40 years of developer control over local politics has effectively quashed attempts to construct adequate affordable housing in Eureka and Humboldt County.

The old families that inherited land got rich on big home subdivisions that local ("we can't afford housing") government prioritized to provide multi-million dollar infrastructure improvements!

If media began describing this troubling public reality, more folks might start to vote.

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Posted by Catherine Smith on 03/12/2016 at 12:22 AM

Re: “Judged

"Some argue it's a harsh rule that limits judges' abilities to issue thoughtful, well-researched rulings, especially in jurisdictions with heavy caseloads".

Millions of Americans, mostly minorities, languish in jail suffering lifelong stigma, and catastrophic losses as a result of having made this same argument over the non-violent crimes they knowingly committed to keep their families fed and housed.

"Heavy caseloads"?

With judges filing false reports, how in the Hell can anyone claim to compare jurisdictions accurately?

The judges had several other (difficult) options but the money was too damn good!

In the name of justice, and to send a clear message that restores confidence, these judges should be replaced by William Verick and whoever blew the whistle.

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Posted by Catherine Smith on 03/11/2016 at 11:58 PM

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