Sunday, August 31, 2014

Figy's No More

Posted By on Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 8:00 AM

  • Thadeus Greenson
The old Figueiredo’s building in McKinleyville — once home to a video store, pizzeria and Mexican restaurant — has been reduced to rubble as a Yuba City construction crew works to transform it into a new CVS store.

The plans have been in motion for a while now, since Dave and Dana Figueiredo sold the building to CVS a couple months back. Paul’s Live from New York Pizza has since closed and is looking to open another Arcata locale. Don Juan’s Mexican Restaurant shuttered its doors in April and hasn’t been heard from since. Figueiredo’s Video moved a few blocks north, opening a new store in the Safeway shopping center. And, this week, the building came down.

CVS, which bought out Lima’s Pharmacy’s McKinleyville location back in April, has yet to officially announce its plans to open the new store.

  • Thadeus Greenson

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Accused HSU Lecturer Released After Child Porn Arrest

Posted By on Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 2:50 PM

  • Haynes
A Humboldt State University lecturer posted bail and was released from custody hours after his arrest on suspicion of possessing and distributing child pornography Friday.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office announced with a press release that — after a months-long investigation involving numerous federal and local agencies — detectives arrested Christopher Steven Haynes, a 64-year-old award-winning lecturer who has taught geography courses at HSU for decades.

According to the sheriff’s office press release, the investigation began in June when a website company contacted the Department of Homeland Security to report that child pornography was being uploaded and viewed on a server hosted by the company. Through the investigation, authorities were able to locate I.P. addresses associated with the uploaded images and one of those addresses was allegedly tracked back to Haynes.

Investigators with the University Police Department, the sheriff’s office, the FBI and the Arcata Police Department served a search warrant on Haynes’ home in July and seized a computer, a thumb drive and a hard drive. A subsequent search of the devices by a Humboldt County District Attorney investigator allegedly located thousands of “child pornography pictures and videos,” according to the release.

Haynes was arrested at noon Friday without incident at his Arcata home, but posted $100,000 bail before the end of the day, according to Humboldt County jail staff. He was taken into custody on suspicion of possessing matter depicting a minor engaging or simulating sexual conduct; sending or duplicating sexual content involving a minor; exchanging or distributing content involving a matter depicting sexual content involving a minor and sexual exploitation of a child. Attempts to learn whether officials intend to prosecute Haynes federally or on the local level were not immediately successful.

According to HSU Associate Vice President of Advancement Frank Whitlatch, Haynes — an alum of the university — officially retired from HSU about five years ago but continued to teach a “limited number of classes on an annual contract basis.” Haynes taught a single class last semester — Spring of 2014 — and was listed on a tentative schedule to teach another class this semester. Whitlatch couldn’t say whether Haynes was dropped from this semester’s class schedule as a result of the criminal investigation, saying he’s “pretty constrained” by personnel rules. Whitlatch did add that tentative course schedules “often go through many changes” and that Haynes "does not have a current contract with HSU."

From nearly all accounts, Haynes was a popular teacher throughout his tenure at HSU. The website features 18 reviews of him, and he boasts high marks in all categories save for “easiness.” Most reviewers raved about his lectures, with one suggesting he “give teaching lessons to other profs.” A couple reviewers, however, left negative comments about Haynes’ personality. “Great teacher, but a real prick,” wrote one.
Students weren’t the only ones to take notice of Haynes lecturing abilities. In 2007, he was named the Outstanding Educator of the Year by the California Geographic Society — a prestigious award given annually to a single geography instructor teaching in kindergarten through the university level. One of the people who nominated him for the award deemed him the “Pied Piper of geography.”

Haynes has not been charged in the case and the investigation remains ongoing. The sheriff’s office asks that anyone with information come forward and call 445-7251 or the Crime Tip Line at 268-2539.

See the full sheriff’s office press release below, followed by a statement from HSU.

From the sheriff's office:


On 06-05-2014 the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the United States Department of Homeland Security ( D.H.S.) regarding Child Pornography being uploaded. A Sheriff’s Office Detective was assigned to the case and worked with the D.H.S. Cybercrimes unit The D.H.S. Agents told the Detective they were contacted by a website company that saw images of Child Pornography being posted and viewed on a server the website hosted. They provided the name of the server to D.H.S. who reviewed it and the contents. The server company provided I.P. addresses that were tracked down to individuals. One of those addresses belonged to a Christopher Steven Haynes, 64 years old, from Arcata. The Sheriff Detective wrote a search warrant for Haynes residence and computer, which the detective served July 10, 2014 with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Humboldt State University Police and Arcata Police. During the search of the residence, the detective located and seized Haynes computer, a thumb and hard drive which Haynes provided to the detective. A Humboldt County District Attorney Office investigator conducted a forensic examination on the computer, hard drive and thumb drive, which revealed thousands of Child Pornography pictures and videos.

The detective wrote and obtained a Humboldt County Superior Court arrest warrant for Haynes for possession of matter depicting a minor engaging or simulating sexual conduct, sending or duplicating sexual content involving a minor, exchanging or distributing content involving a matter depicting sexual content involving a minor and sexual exploitation of a child.

On 08-29-2104, at approximately 12:00 p.m. Sheriff’s Detectives drove to Haynes home and arrested him on the felony arrest warrant. He was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where his bail was set at $100,000.00.

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

From HSU:

Humboldt State University police have been assisting the Department of Homeland Security and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office with an investigation of Christopher Haynes, who was arrested today on charges related to child pornography. Haynes is a former geography instructor at HSU. The University will continue to cooperate with local and federal authorities as needed. 

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Thursday, August 28, 2014

On-Duty Ranger Arrested for Suspected DUI

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 4:15 PM

The California Highway Patrol is requesting that prosecutors file charges against a California State Parks law enforcement ranger arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence while on duty.

CHP officer Patrick Bourassa said a citizen called police shortly before 3 p.m. on Aug. 15 to report that a ranger was possibly driving under the influence on Avenue of the Giants, near Weott. Bourassa said officers responded to the area, and located a state parks vehicle driving north. Officers pulled the vehicle over and contacted its driver, Tyson Young.

“Young displayed objective signs of intoxication and was detained for a DUI investigation,” Bourassa said, adding that the ranger was transported to CHP headquarters where he was subsequently arrested.

Bourassa said Young was ultimately cited and released to a state park supervisor. While the case remains under investigation, Bourassa said, “We will be requesting that charges be filed.” He said he could not provide any additional information at this time.

California State Parks spokeswoman Vicky Waters confirmed there was an incident involving Young, who she described as a “tenured park employee,” but declined to provide any details. Waters said Young has been placed on paid administrative leave and that his state peace officer status has been suspended. In addition to cooperating fully with the criminal investigation, Waters said State Parks is also conducting an internal investigation into the incident.

According to the California State Parks website, Young has served as the supervising ranger for Humboldt Redwoods and Richardson Grove state parks.The Humboldt County District Attorney's Office has yet to make a charging decision in the case.
  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Gets in Your Eyes, Lungs

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 9:17 PM

  • Photo by Ken Malcomson
  • Near Somes Bar.
Every summer it’s the same, it seems: The woods burn, and the smoke settles in heavily over our inland communities. This season, so far, it’s the Happy Camp and July forest fire complexes, and the Oregon fire in Weaverville, clogging skies and lungs — and the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District has been issuing regular updates on the smoke hazards.

Today’s warning from the air quality folks says there continue to be smoke impacts in and around Orleans, Hoopa, Willow Creek and Weaverville.

“For today and Thursday the forecast high pressure system cause, daytime stagnation, increasing smoke impacts in communities throughout the region,” says the district in a news release. “There will also be strong nighttime drainage inversions in areas near the fires. Periods of smoke levels may reach levels unhealthy for sensitive individuals in the afternoon and evening … . Nighttime conditions will again allow smoke to settle into valley locations through the early morning.”

This warning is especially important to those sensitive to smoke, with health issues – like asthma and heart disease – or who are very young or old, or pregnant. Those folks should stay indoors, or get out of the smoky region altogether if they can.

“All others should limit prolonged or heavy activity and time spent outdoors,” says the district. “Even healthy adults can be affected by smoke. Seek medical help if you have symptoms that worsen or become severe.

Specific precautions from the district:

Minimize or stop outdoor activities, especially exercise.

Stay indoors with windows and doors closed as much as possible.

Do not run fans that bring smoky outdoor air inside – examples include swamp coolers, whole-house fans, and fresh air ventilation systems.

Run your air-conditioner only if it does not bring smoke in from the outdoors. Change the standard air conditioner filter to a medium or high efficiency filter. If available, use the “re-circulate” or “recycle” setting on the unit.

Do not smoke, fry food, or do other things that will create indoor air pollution.

If you have lung disease (including asthma) or heart disease, closely monitor your health and contact your doctor if you have symptoms that worsen.

Consider leaving the area until smoke conditions improve if you have repeated coughing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, palpitations, nausea, unusual fatigue, lightheadedness.

For 24-hour Air Quality Advisory Information, call toll-free at 1-866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287-6329). More info:
  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , ,

Judge Denies Bid To Stop Trinity Water Releases

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 5:47 PM

There was a Hoopa rally at Lewiston Dam today. - PHOTO COURTESY VIV ORCUTT
  • Photo courtesy Viv Orcutt
  • There was a Hoopa rally at Lewiston Dam today.
A federal judge with the Eastern District Court of California today denied a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction sought by Central Valley Project water users to stop extra releases of water from the Trinity reservoir at Lewiston Dam into the Trinity River.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation approved those flow augmentation releases last week, and the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority and Westlands Water District sued to stop them several days later. The two had another suit already outstanding with the court over emergency flows last year. In his decision, U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill talked about both cases. He said the emergency releases for salmon in the Trinity do not decrease the amount of water the plaintiff's users are getting from the project (which already, in these drought conditions, is zero for agriculture users and curtailed some for wildlife refuges). He acknowledged that releases into the Trinity this year likely could lower the reservoir enough that next year's the water supply could be impacted, meaning continued short supply (already in effect) for the plaintiff's water users. But, he said, "the balance of the harms does not warrant an injunction at this time."

"Even if the Court were prepared immediately to issue a final ruling on the merits in favor of Plaintiffs, an injunction would not be automatic," O'Neill wrote. "The potential harm to the Plaintiffs from the potential, but far from certain, loss of added water supply in 2015 does not outweigh the potentially catastrophic damage that 'more likely than not' will occur to this year’s salmon runs in the absence of the 2014 [flow augmentation releases]."

You can read the decision here: 

And here's a video showing before-and-after the releases:

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , ,

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SECOND UPDATE:Trinity Will Get More Water; Suit Filed

Posted By on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 2:46 PM

  • Photo courtesy the Bureau of Reclamation
  • Lewiston Dam
SECOND UPDATE: On Monday, Aug. 25, around 5 p.m., the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority filed for a temporary restraining order in Fresno Superior Court to stop the increased flows. Dan Nelson, executive director of the water authority, said Tuesday that the issue is much the same as last year when his agency and the Westlands Water District filed for a restraining order after the bureau approved emergency releases into the Trinity: balancing uses.

“We understand there are competing demands and that there are legitimate uses for this water,” Nelson said. “We don’t think the bureau, in its decision-making process, has taken into consideration all the impacts.”

Nelson also said the bureau can’t keep declaring emergencies each year, but instead should for once and all put together a long-term plan, with environmental documentation. He envisions getting all of the Trinity water stakeholders together, including tribes and water districts, to craft the plan, and says his agency has been asking the bureau to facilitate this for the past five years. Instead, the bureau seems to be going it alone on the long-term planning.

“We’d like the opportunity of sitting down with the tribes and working out a mutual agreeable solution,” Nelson said.

A judge will set a hearing on the restraining order request, and the bureau will have a chance to file a brief in response.

FIRST UPDATE: The San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority likely will file for a temporary restraining order to stop the increased flows granted by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, according to a KQED report. And in a statement, the water authority complains that its water users — mostly agriculture lands, but also some municipal, industrial, and wildlife refuges — could use some extra water, too, but have been denied; accuses the Trinity River Management Council and the bureau of neglecting to set aside water for emergencies; and refers to the 2002 fish die-off in the Klamath River as a "once in history" occasion and  says that conditions in the river this year do not match those of that year. 

"The only condition that has changed is the increase in volume in the voices of a few special interests," says the statement.


Tribal leaders praised the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s decision today to let more water out of Trinity River reservoir to improve conditions for the fall run of Chinook salmon entering the lower Klamath River, where drought-induced low flows and resulting warm water temperatures threaten a repeat of 2002’s massive fish kill. The emergency flows start tomorrow, Saturday Aug. 23.

They also said they hoped the action — a reversal of the July 30 decision by the bureau not to release more flows — has come soon enough.

“We are happy that the B.O.R.’s decision came out in favor of fish,” said Thomas P. O’Rourke Sr., chairman of the Yurok Tribe. “They did the right thing.”

Craig Tucker, Klamath coordinator for the Karuk Tribe, said the Karuk Tribal Council is "extremely thrilled” with the decision to release emergency flows but hopes the decision didn’t come too late.
2002 fish kill on the Klamath River - NORTH COAST JOURNAL
  • North Coast Journal
  • 2002 fish kill on the Klamath River
More than 60,000 fall Chinook died in 2002 as a result of low flows and warm water temperatures. The warm, stagnant water fostered growth of parasites and pathogens that spread rapidly among salmon as they crowded into deeper pools and at the mouths of tributaries, seeking cooler water.

Susan Masten, vice chair of the Yurok Tribe, also expressed pleasure at the bureau’s decision but concern that it could be too late.

“We have seen a few fish die already, and we’ve seen an increase in algae in the river and the water temperatures are too high,” she said.

Masten says the conditions in the river “are much worse today” than they were in 2002. She was tribal chair in 2002, and says the tribe’s scientists had warned the bureau back then that conditions were bad enough to cause a fish kill — to no avail. This year, she says, the tribe began pleading with the bureau as early as January to let more water into the Trinity (which flows to the Klamath), noting we are in a third year of drought. The Yurok, Karuk and Hoopa Valley tribes and others have met regularly with the bureau since to try to agree on a flow schedule. And protesters have further raised awareness and alarm.

Masten said the 2002 fish kill sharpened the tribe’s scientific understanding of the conditions that lead to such disasters, including the knowledge that, once dead fish start showing up, things can get out of hand fast. The tribe knew this, she said, and tried to convince the bureau early on that this could be a bad year and not to wait until fish started dying.

In a conference call this morning, Bureau of Reclamation Mid-Pacific Regional Director David Murillo said the bureau based its July 30 decision not to release more flows into the river system on science and on what the bureau knew at the time. Then, after monitoring, more discussions with water users and with tribal scientists, and a tour of the river, the bureau developed a better sense of the conditions and realized they were, indeed, not just similar to those in 2002, but “unprecedented.” Murillo noted, among them, low flows, warm water, fish crowding into cooler pools, toxin-producing blue-green algae growth and “observations of acutely stressed and lethargic fish.” Don Reck, with the bureau, added that “there was just a lot of new information that was brought to everyone’s attention.” And that’s why the bureau finally agreed that increased flows were necessary "to help reduce the potential for a large-scale fish die-off."

Masten said she's pleased the bureau accepted the tribe's scientific findings. "Hopefully it will be soon enough," she said. "It still will take a couple of days for the water to hit the lower Klamath."

Mike Belchik, senior fisheries biologist with the Yurok Fisheries program, said the tribe has tracked fish numbers since 1998 and noted patterns in behavior. He said that, every year, thousands of fish use the cold waters near Blue Creek, the largest tributary to the Klamath on the Yurok Reservation and the largest cold-water refuge from warm river water in the Klamath and Trinity rivers. And, most years, these fish are predominantly juveniles. But in 2002, thousands of adult fish used it for an extended period of time leading up to the fish kill. And that's happening again this year, Belchik said. 

In the conference call, Ron Milligan, who is the bureau’s Central Valley Operations manager, said the increase of flows from the reservoir into the Klamath River system would not cause a decrease in flows into Clear Creek and the Sacramento River, so there would be no harm to salmon, farmers or other water users in the Sacramento Valley. Instead, the bureau would just draw the reservoir down — and hope that next year is not another critically dry year.

Allie Hostler, Two Rivers Tribune editor, asked if the bureau has a time frame for developing a long-term plan in order to avoid future crises like this. Murillo said he doesn't but that the bureau is working on it and would “hopefully wrap up a plan soon.”

Here’s the new flow release schedule:

Aug. 23: At 7 a.m, the Bureau will begin increasing releases from Lewiston Dam, from 450 cubic feet per second to about 950 cfs to achieve a flow rate of 2,500 cfs in the lower Klamath River.

Aug. 25: At 7 a.m., releases from Lewiston Dam will begin increasing to about 2,450 cfs to achieve a flow rate of about 4,000 cfs in the lower Klamath River. This release will be maintained for about 24 hours before returning to about 950 cfs. Releases will remain at about 950 cfs, as necessary, to maintain lower Klamath River flows at 2,500 cfs until about Sunday, Sept. 14.

The Bureau promised that river and fishery conditions will be continuously monitored, and those conditions will determine the duration of increased releases. It also cautioned people to be careful around the rivers as flows ramp up.
  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Eureka Serviceman Dies in Afghanistan

Posted By on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Mulalley's Facebook page has become a memorial. - FACEBOOK
  • Facebook
  • Mulalley's Facebook page has become a memorial.
Flags will fly at half mast this week in honor of a Eureka man who died while serving in the Army in Afghanistan last week. 

Sgt. Christopher W. Mulalley, 26, died Friday, Aug. 22, in Gardez, Afghanistan, as the result of a non-combat related incident, according to a Department of Defense new release. The Army is investigating the incident. Mulalley had served for eight years and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division in Fort Hood, Texas.

From a press release:

Mulalley deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from March 2007 to December 2007 and Operation Enduring Freedom from May 2009 to June 2010. His latest deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom began in June.

Mulalley's awards and decorations include three Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge and Marksmanship Qualification Badge Expert with Rifle.

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , ,

Monday, August 25, 2014

Local History... Biker Dude Style

Posted By on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Local historian Ray Hillman (left) speaks with Stan Ellsworth for an upcoming episode of American Ride as a film crew looks on in Old Town Eureka. - THADEUS GREENSON
  • Thadeus Greenson
  • Local historian Ray Hillman (left) speaks with Stan Ellsworth for an upcoming episode of American Ride as a film crew looks on in Old Town Eureka.
A camera crew made its way through Old Town Eureka today, filming American Ride, a television show that showcases local history.

Brooke Redmon, the show's production manager, said the premise of program is basically to follow Stan Ellsworth, "a big, burly, biker dude" who happens to be a former high school history teacher, as he rides his Harley around and talks history with the locals. In Eureka, Ellsworth caught up with local historian Ray Hillman to talk logging and redwoods. Redmon said a new season of the show is slated to air this fall, though the episodes currently being filmed are slated to run next spring. The show airs on BYU TV, an affiliate of Brigham Young University, and past episodes can be found on the station's website.
A film crew huddles at the corner of F and Third streets in Eureka on Monday. - THADEUS GREENSON
  • Thadeus Greenson
  • A film crew huddles at the corner of F and Third streets in Eureka on Monday.

Stan Elsworth, described as his producer as a "big, burly biker dude" with an interest in history, talks with local historian Ray Hillman in Eureka. - THADEUS GREENSON
  • Thadeus Greenson
  • Stan Elsworth, described as his producer as a "big, burly biker dude" with an interest in history, talks with local historian Ray Hillman in Eureka.
An upcoming episode of American Ride is slated to focus on Humboldt County's logging past and feature local historian Ray Hillman. - THADEUS GREENSON
  • Thadeus Greenson
  • An upcoming episode of American Ride is slated to focus on Humboldt County's logging past and feature local historian Ray Hillman.

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Wait a Second... Sunset Magazine's Dubious Geography

Posted By on Sun, Aug 24, 2014 at 6:49 AM

If you saw Tuesday’s edition of the Times-Standard, you couldn’t have missed the splashy, above-the-fold cover feature about Sunset Magazine's most recent issue featuring Humboldt County on it’s own cover.

The hypish piece was “special to the Times-Standard,” and was essentially a story about the Humboldt County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau’s efforts to help the venerable West Coast culture and travel magazine showcase Humboldt. It’s not that far a stretch. Sunset is based out of the Bay Area and Humboldt County destinations have been featured in it a number of times. And this kind of thing is sort of the CVB's job, right? But while the bureau was patting itself on the back in local media, the five-million-reader Sunset committed an egregious faux pas.

A caption embedded on the magazine’s cover shot of a sparkling colorful beach vista reads “Moonstone Beach, near Trinidad, California.” But, after careful examination by the Journal’s panel of experts, it’s very clear that is, in fact, NOT Moonstone Beach. It’s Luffenholtz Beach, located just a few miles north. So getcher facts straight, Sunset, and, Humboldt County Convention and Vistors Bureau — maybe give your next visitors a better map.

If you're into seeing the local sights showcased on a national stage, Sunset also posted a slideshow from its Humboldt tour to its website (with another geographically questionable title: "Top 24 Sites on California's Lost Coast). You might see someone you know.
  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , ,

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bay Trail North: Funded

Posted By on Sat, Aug 23, 2014 at 8:05 AM

The California Transportation Commission this week approved $3.1 million in grant funding for the construction of the Humboldt Bay trail between Arcata and Bracut, possibly paving the way for construction to begin next year.

Officials described the grant as a “landmark,” and a major step forward for the long-talked about and debated project. Combined with a $1.5 million grant from Caltrans and some $766,000 in other funding, the CTC grant is expected to help Arcata cover the balance of construction costs for what will likely be a multi-year building effort.

In recommending approval of the grant, CTC staff deemed the project the region’s highest transportation priority. In it’s application, Arcata laid out the the project's purpose.

“The Humboldt Bay Trail is the backbone of Humboldt County’s envisioned regional trail system, linking the cities of Arcata and Eureka,” the application states. “The project will divert bicycle and pedestrian traffic away from Highway 101, State Route 255 and Old Arcata Road onto a regionally-desired multi-modal trail. Arcata’s section is a 4.5 mile-long Class I, ADA-accessible trail that will provide a safe route between Humboldt County’s two largest cities. The proposed trail will allow the community to eliminate over 60,000 motorized vehicle trips annually.”

In underscoring the need for the project, the application essentially cries poor, noting that the median household income in Arcata is $32,097, compared to $61,400 throughout the state and $53,046 nationally. “The North Coast also has some of the highest gas prices in the country,” the application states. “Furthermore, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, which urges families to spend no more than 45 percent of a household budget on housing and transportation costs, measures Arcata at a staggering 61.5 percent on its Housing + Transportation Affordability Index. The construction of the multi-modal trail will provide disadvantaged families and individuals with increased transportation choice, and allow households to live without a vehicle.”

Humboldt County Deputy Public Works Director Hank Seemann said the trail’s first segment, which is set to begin near the Arcata Marsh, will end at a natural area near Bracut, making it an attractive there-and-back trail until it is ultimately connected to the Eureka segment.

Now clear of the funding hurdle, the Arcata segment now needs to secure some permits and one right-of-way acquisition, according to the application, all of which city staff hopes to have in place by March 2015.
  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , ,

Recent Comments

Care2 Take Action?


Facebook | Twitter

© 2021 North Coast Journal

Website powered by Foundation