Perhaps this will help, but I doubt it, that would require thinking.
Also, a year and a half ago, the Humboldy County Planning Commission voted to remove any reference to railroads from the Transportation Element of the Master Plan because the County has no jurisdiction, nor do the cities.
Perhaps this will help, though it tends to be ignored behind the Redwood Curtain.
Now that was last year, the trend continues. As many people have pointed out a railroad easement does not cover other uses, so if the FRA approves a railroad's application to abandon a route, the easement no longer applies. Gone. Currently the Federal Government is spending $millions to satisfy land owners that are winning these court actions.
After 15 years of faked stats, threats, whining and misrepresentation, what NCRA said very politely is "It's over, get used to it"
Make that "When the homeless camp north of the Eureka Slough Bridge was removed last year".
It should be mentioned that contrary to the propaganda bandied about by some people, some of whom are our elected employees and supposed to represent people other than their cadre of buddies, the last rail traffic on the 101 corridor was in 2010. That's if you don't count Cliff Clendenen using a rail equipped truck to transport people and material when the homeless camp north of the Eureka Slough Bridge last year. Of course, the Timber Heritage group does regular rail runs on the Samoa-Arcata tracks. They also were running on the main line in Loleta as recently as four days ago.
It's good that the east-west rail line was brought up. Imagine the Humboldt economy if it was tied to the rest of the world north-south and east-west by rail. The second most environmentally responsible means of transport . Only ships, AMerican ships anyhow, do it better. If that happened, those of us who do not eat taxes for a living, and who can't call home for more money, might be able to find legal work. What a wild and crazy Idea!
So Mr. Hughes was able to get an EIR approved? Something the owners of the railroad have been fought tooth and nail on for several years? I see in the background of one photo that somebody is using a shovel in facy has it full of dirt.
I assume he had the proper permits and insurance, and provided chemical toilets for his workers rather than let them contaminate the shoreline. I assume this was an HSU sanctioned event.
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vol XXIV issue 49
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