Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Seven-O-Heaven in the 415

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 3:17 PM

Our goodwill -- good Will? -- ambassadors. Don't ask ...



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Access Humboldt Off the Air

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 8:30 AM

In case you were wondering why nothing's on:

On Wednesday, November 11th Access Humboldt channels (EDUC8, CIVIC 10, AH 11, and AH 12) will experience a temporary outage while we move our playback equipment to our new facilities. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our viewers and presenters and hope to restore the channels as soon as possible. Please direct questions or comments to or 707-476-1798.

For more information about Access Humboldt, visit the web site at

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Monday, November 9, 2009

County's Not-so-automatic Deposit

Posted By on Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 2:49 PM

The vast majority of county employees who've signed up for automatic paycheck deposits were alarmed last week and into the weekend as, one by one, they discovered that their latest paychecks had not arrived on schedule. The snafu was the result of an as-yet-undetermined accounting error, Assistant County Administrative Officer Phil Smith-Hanes explained this afternoon, and it could leave the county on the hook for untold bank overdraft fees.

"Payroll transmitted everything like normal on Wednesday," Smith-Hanes said, "but for some reason we're still trying to figure out there were extraneous lines in the transmission and Bank of America didn't process the payment."

All county employees have been paid as of this morning, Smith-Hanes said, but the effects of the delay remain to be seen. The county has agreed to cover any and all fees charged to employees who bounced checks or otherwise overdrew their accounts as a result of the late payment, though Smith-Hanes said the county treasurer's office is contacting local banks first in an attempt to get those fees waived. Bank of America and Coast Central Credit Union have already agreed to do so, he said.

A meeting will be held at 3:30 this afternoon and a follow-up notice will be sent out informing all county employees how to file a claim. Smith-Hanes said he has no idea how much the total overdraft fees might be but that nearly all of the county's 2,000 or so employees were affected. If some banks won't agree to waive the fees, the county will then ask Bank of America to cover them, Smith-Hanes said, "because we think this was at least partially a mistake on their part."

One way or another, he said, county officials are hoping to take care of the problems without costing the county any extra money. Employees who would like more information should call the Risk Management Department at 268-3669.

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Marina Center Indemnification Agreement

Posted By on Sat, Nov 7, 2009 at 11:25 AM

By request. (79k, PDF)

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Friday, November 6, 2009

One idea for today's lunch

Posted By on Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 10:04 AM



You can read more about CR art prof Garth Johnson in next week's Art Beat , but for now, drop everything and hustle to College of the Redwoods to hear this smart, funny and accomplished man breeze through the history of creative reuse. After the historical part – and, please note, our era is notable for being the only time in which recycling and reusing are not instinctive – Garth'll share the director's cut version of his new book, 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse that features, you guessed it: 1,000 different projects by artists, designers and craftsmen from around the world that incorporate reused, recycled or repurposed items.

The lecture is today in CR's Forum Theater from noon to 1 p.m. If you can't make that, visit him at Booklegger (E & Two Street) during Arts Alive! tomorrow night from 6 to 9 p.m.

You can also visit his website, Extreme Craft . More info at (707) 476-4177 .

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Pot pioneers

Posted By on Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Pot pioneers: The San Francisco Bay Guardian profiles two simultaneous efforts to Legalize It! in California -- a ballot initiative, led by those studious stoners at Oaksterdam University, and Assembly Bill 390, introduced by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, who's been exchanging sweet nothings with Governor Schwarzenegger of late. A heads-up to the local Chamber of Commerce: Oak-town appears to be eyeballing Humboldt County's own legalization contingency plan. OU cofounder Richard Lee "says his ultimate goal is to place Oakland on the map as a West Coast version of Amsterdam." Hmm. Maybe we can be the West Coast's Freetown Christiana
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Facebooking the Blogthing

Posted By on Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Facebook fanatics: If this works -- fingers crossed -- you can now get updates from the Blogthing right there in your "friendstream," or whatever the hell it's called.

How does it work? Just become a fan of the NCJ on our Facebook fan page. When a new post hits the Blogthing ... boom! Your friendstream is friended with the hot info. Feel free to "like" or "poke" it, or just gripe at us in the comments. Write on our "wall." Go crazy.

Twitter users have enjoyed this mind-blowing service for weeks now, and we are thrilled to finally extend it to the rival tribe.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Samoa Pulp Mill Not Dead Yet

Posted By on Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 4:32 PM

So says Freshwater Tissue's Bob Simpson, addressing the flurry of attention that followed a post -- since removed -- by blogger, former mill worker and newly elected Harbor Commissioner Richard Marks. Said post anounced that the mill would fire up again in April. No further information was provided.

Here's the deal:

After being denied federal stimulus funds -- thought to be the last hope for the mill -- Freshwater Tissue Co. revised its business plan, somehow reducing up-front capital requirements from $409 million to just $50 million. Simpson said he's found a European pulp and paper trading company willing to purchase 100 percent of the pulp produced at the mill and ship it to customers in China, some of whom would process the pulp, per Freshwater Tissue specifications, into chlorine-free toilet paper, which would then be shipped back and marketed here in the U.S. Once the mill got up and running, Freshwater Tissue Co. would have two years, give or take, to find the balance of necessary funding, Simpson said.

One hitch: "We don't have $50 million any more than we have $409 million," Simpson said.

Still, he believes the lower startup figure makes the goal more attainable. Over the next three to four weeks, he'll attempt to cobble together that $50 mil through Industrial Development District bonds, state-operated loan programs and other sources. Why the timeline? Because, Simpson said, he's already received offers for mill equipment, which, in light of the expected closure, was set to be sold off piece by piece.

"Now we have a race against time," Simpson said. "At the end of that period, we have to decide whether to start accepting those offers."

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MJ & 'T Bear' [updated]

Posted By on Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 1:09 PM


T-Bear's garden News release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office:

Shortly after midnight yesterday [Tuesday], a Humboldt County Sheriff's Deputy was on patrol in the Willow Creek area when he saw a vehicle with an equipment violation. He made a traffic stop and contacted the three occupants of the vehicle. While speaking with them, the deputy could smell the strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

A records check of the occupants revealed that the driver, Thomas "T Bear" Anthony Kinder, 30 of Hoopa, was on probation with a search clause. The deputy asked Kinder to exit the vehicle. As Kinder walked toward the rear of his car, he threw a small plastic baggie containing methamphetamine from his pocket to the ground.

The two passengers, George McCovey, 25, and Skye McCovey, 20, both of Hoopa, were asked to step out of the vehicle. George was found to be in possession of two baggies containing marijuana; Skye was in possession of a hypodermic syringe and drug paraphernalia. Deputies searched the vehicle pursuant to the terms of Kinder's probation. Inside the car they found a loaded handgun, 161.2 grams of marijuana (packaged for sales), a digital scale, more than ten grams of methamphetamine, packaging materials, and a counterfeit $100 bill.

All three subjects were arrested, transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and booked on the following charges:

Kinder: being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle, carrying a loaded firearm in public, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sales, transportation of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana for sales, possession of more than an ounce of marijuana, transportation of marijuana for sales.

George McCovey: possession of marijuana for sales, possession of more than an ounce of marijuana, transportation of marijuana for sales.

Skye McCovey: carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle, carrying a loaded firearm in public, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana for sales, possession of more than an ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic syringe, and providing false identification to a peace officer.

All three are expected to be arraigned by Friday.

More produce from T-Bear UPDATE [h/t Heidi Walters]: "T Bear" Kinder was arrested earlier this year and charged with attempted murder for a New Year's Eve shooting. His alleged intended victim was Hoopa resident Isaac McCovey, now 34. Recall the two passengers in the above imbroglio: George McCovey, 25, and Skye McCovey, 20, both of Hoopa.

HCSO Public Information Officer Brenda Godsey said she had no information on whether the McCoveys were related.

The murder case against Kinder was closed on July 24, 2009 for reasons as yet unknown. (Stay tuned.)

The images above come from T-Bear's MySpace page , where he lists among his general interests, "growing."

UPDATE #2: Following his arrest, Kinder was held in jail on $500,000 bail. He stood trial for felony attempted murder and felony assault with a firearm. On July 24 a jury found him not guilty on both counts.

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Election Final Report

Posted By on Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 8:06 AM


Election Nov. 3, 2009 "Unofficial" Final Report

Total Ballots Cast            15,359        21.4%

Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation & Conservation District Division Three Commissioner

Mike Wilson          2,680          71.8%

Dan Hauser          1,023          27.4%

Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation & Conservation District Division Four Commissioner

Richard Marks          1,268          47.2%

John Ash          957          35.6%

Susan Penn          447          16.6%

Northern Humboldt Union High School Governing Board Member

Sarie Toste          4,157          29.1%

Mike Pigg          4,004          28.0%

Dana Silvernale          3,239          22.7%

Dan J. Johnson          2,797          19.6%

All other results here.

A question: If these are in fact the "final results," why does it seem that not all precincts have reported. For example, results for the Division Three race say, " Completed Precincts: 15 of 20." Is that what makes them unofficial? Why call them "final"?

Can anyone explain?

Update: James Faulk attempts an explanation in a piece in Thursday's T.S.

Only one issue came up with the new gear, said [ Humboldt County Registrar of Voters Carolyn Crnich] . On some of the election tallies posted to the Web Tuesday night, it appeared as if all of the precincts hadn't reported, she said. What actually happened, she said, was that the system was listing vote-by-mail precincts as it would a normal precinct. So while those votes were counted and included in the night's totals, the results showed that some precincts had yet to report.

I guess that means there are not really 20 precincts in Dist. 3. Right?

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