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Re: “Otter Spotter

"Although I look forward to getting to know them, nothing equals the unexpected sighting in the wild."

All too often, what's oddly missing from reports like this is WHY it's "unexpected".

When I moved to Humboldt County 40 years ago I frequented the tributaries that cross the road between Korbel and Maple Creek. Like clockwork otters would run up these streams devouring an amazing abundance of crayfish, clams, amphibians, and eels. Last time I visited this area in the early 2000's they are nearly lifeless.

We're too far into the sixth largest extinction event of life's history on Earth for well-intended, feel-good reporting that omits the most important context critical to understanding and changing human behavior, if it's not too late.

In other words, all animals are best observed in the wild if you really want to "know them".

Posted by Alan Moss on 03/28/2014 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Humboldt's Hidden Treasures

Another "PS"- No, there is not a "constant flow" of trackables. Are you even a cacher?? They are rare. I have NEVER found one. Why? Because people horde them. End of story. And I have no issue with DECENT people geocaching and being newbies. But there are some pretty trashy people that read this paper, and you just invited a slew of muggles to thrash all the hard work people have put into their caches and keeping them HIDDEN. It's as if you're saying, "Here you go tweakers, thieves, and prostitutes, all you have to do is download an app and you can raid hidden treasure caches all over the world!". There is a reason that this sort of thing is a "word-of-mouth" type hobby. It's NOT for everyone.

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Posted by GeoTreasures on 02/24/2014 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Humboldt's Hidden Treasures

***OFFICIAL GEOCACHING ETIQUETTE NEWSLETTER(READ STEP FIVE! PS- Those things are seriously expensive!)****

5 Geocaching Etiquette Tips
The Guide to Geocaching Etiquette
There are two steps to any geocache: 1) it’s hidden and 2) others are challenged to find it. As easy as that is, it’s even easier to make sure you’re keeping your geocaching adventures on the up-and-up. Check out five helpful geocaching etiquette tips below or just watch the geocaching etiquette video.

​— Bring a Pen – It’s like the first day of school. You need to be prepared. Always pack a pen to make sure you’re ready to sign your Geocaching username and the date.

— Leave No Trace – Be kind to the geocaching game board, which happens to be the entire world. Make sure to Cache In Trash Out (CITO) when you geocache: pick up litter along the way and don't leave anything behind.

— Write a Great “Found It” or “Didn’t find It” Log – When you find a geocache, or even when you don’t find a geocache, make sure to share the spirit of adventure with the geocache owner and for other geocachers. Write a log detailing your journey.

— Put the Geocache Back Where and How You Found It – The geocache owner placed the geocache at a specific location for a reason. Make sure the owner can find it again later and that other geocachers have the same experience as you.

— Move Trackables Along – If you remove a trackable, like a Travel Bug ®, from a geocache make sure to post a “retrieved” log and move it to another geocache as soon as possible.


These five steps will have you rocking the geocaching world in no time. What geocaching tips would you add? Post your thoughts on our Geocaching Facebook page. Oh, and don’t forget the sixth step: repeat steps 1 – 5 often!

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Posted by GeoTreasures on 02/24/2014 at 9:46 PM

Re: “Humboldt's Hidden Treasures

No one is hoarding trackables. There is a constant flow of those coming in and those going out. Newbies are not posers. We always need more cachers. Young and fresh energy is good. That is what it is all about. Share the magic. Don't be greedy, brother.

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Posted by Virginia Creeper on 02/20/2014 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Humboldt's Hidden Treasures

NOOOOO!!!!!! The posers will kill it!! And hoarding trackables is a sin!! NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by GeoTreasures on 02/20/2014 at 5:54 PM

Re: “A Home in a Redwood

An y comment from engineers???

Posted by jean doran1 on 02/03/2014 at 4:39 PM

Re: “A Home in a Redwood

I don't question the cantilever--but the banister on 60 feetfof stairway--supported by parallel spaced sticks???

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Posted by jean doran1 on 02/01/2014 at 9:48 AM

Re: “A Home in a Redwood

In 2007-08 my son and I built a treehouse as his "coming of age" project (in lieu of a bar mitzvah) in two large Doug Fir trees. It's the engineering of the foundation (in other words - the floor) that makes the treehouse - all the rest is general construction. You need to provide for tree growth & sway in winter winds - a critical detail. I love the work of Peter Nelson and visited his "Treesort" in Cave Junction, Or. I would love to see a book on the treehouses of the Northcoast some day. I bet there are some really unique structures out there.

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Posted by Redwood Larry Goldberg on 01/30/2014 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Catching Air

Well written and fascinating article. Thanks.

Posted by Kestrel on 11/21/2013 at 5:26 PM

Re: “The Joys of Bocce

Bocce Tournament Sunday July 21st at St. Mary's Church on Janes Road in Arcata. $5 entry fee, beginners welcome. Practice begins at 10 a.m. , tournament begins at 11 a.m. Italian BBQ and festival begins at noon.

Posted by Sam1 on 07/20/2013 at 8:31 AM

Re: “The Clam Whisperer

Keep going, you'll find the same people checking their same spots. And most are really friendly!

Posted by Peter Westfall on 05/22/2013 at 12:16 AM

Re: “Coasting (Part 2)

Nice article. I may be mistaken but I believe what you refer to as the Eureka Marsh is still officially named PALCO Marsh. Building out that piece of trail from Del Norte through the marsh to Truesdale would be wonderful. Even though there would still be gaps in the Eureka Waterfront Trail it would at least be navigable from the Target store to Herrick Avenue.

Posted by Mike Buettner on 03/22/2013 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Coasting

Very interesting article.

Posted by Ron Kuhnel on 02/28/2013 at 5:04 AM

Re: “Stand Up and Paddle

To Garret and public access users. I think that most people who launch from I dock just use the first finger dock. I don't know why the Harbor District recently designated this a the launch for kayaks, etc, instead of G dock. As a former HYC member, I will say that there is no difference in height between the first slip and the main dock, but the Yacht Club's docks are closer to the water. There is no signage of any sort - that might be useful!

Posted by Susan Penn on 10/30/2012 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Stand Up and Paddle

I believe that the directions for public access at Woodley Island directs people to the Humboldt Yacht Club dinghy dock. Please be respectful if using the dock for entering the bay. The club uses its private funds to build and maintain those docks. http://www.humboldtyachtclub.org/

Posted by Garrett Coonrod on 10/27/2012 at 2:24 PM

Re: “A Walk on the Wild Side (of 101)

i love the idea of preserving, restoring, and actually appreciating our railsystems here in Humboldt.Tthe rail-and-trail idea is the most appealing on so many levels. It provides for future use for actual railcars for so many purposes. And does anyone elsesee this as wonderful transportation alternative to widening any part of the Avenue of the Giants? i surely do! And i grew up hiking down the tracks though some of the most beautiful parts of our county, so the addition of trails is really cool. I think that safe hiking and viable ecofriendly transportation of goods and people is still an option is awesome. There is a railroad bridge out where i grew up that is 100 yrs old and should be protected as a piece of Humboldt history. The rails are a huge part of the history of our county and country, so what better way to honor the blood, sweat, tears, even the very lives that were poured into the creation of the railroad than to restore the tracks and upgrade the trains to ecofriendly machines? Come on Humboldt, lets get it together and qit bickering and make a positive change for the future while honoring Humboldt's past.

Posted by aj on 07/31/2012 at 7:30 PM

Re: “A Room with a View

Could it be, Randy Gans, VP of Security National? http://www.manta.com/g/mmghvlt/randy-gans

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Posted by Ester on 07/27/2012 at 9:41 AM

Re: “A Room with a View

Hello. I worked on Trinity County Lookouts between 1975 as relief, til 1990, took some time in between to go to HSU. Hayfork Bally, Ironside, & Weaverbally. The last one killed my car! It's such a shame they've closed most of the Towers! I hope they don't rent out Ironside to people w children, cause there are a lot of rattlesnakes up there. Love Izora

Posted by Izora Burns on 07/26/2012 at 12:04 PM

Re: “A Room with a View

What sort of nut takes the reporting of a donation by someone to somehow be be a slight on someone else? Seek help, Randy.

Posted by Stretch on 07/22/2012 at 11:30 AM

Re: “A Room with a View

Thats a great article ...hey Randy..its about fire-towers,,not about charity work,,Pierson, Arkley or otherwise.Im sure Robin is very proud of Randys comment atleast a 100 fold. Keep the goods coming NCJ

Posted by grasshopper neighbor on 07/22/2012 at 6:09 AM

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