Friday, December 5, 2014

Jack's to the Waterfront

Posted By on Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 8:43 AM

The Fisherman's Terminal, restaurant-side, where Jack's Seafood is set to go in sometime next year - PHOTO BY HEIDI WALTERS
  • Photo by Heidi Walters
  • The Fisherman's Terminal, restaurant-side, where Jack's Seafood is set to go in sometime next year
It’s a common tourist question Eurekans struggle to answer: Where’s a good place to dine on the waterfront?

There’s no place, you answer, at first, before remembering the few anchors of hope in this bay-abutting town: the humble restaurant with a deck over on Woodley Island. Glass-encased, fancyish Bayfront, in Eureka proper. Shamus T Bones on Truesdale. And Gill’s By the Bay over in King Salmon. Shamefully slim-pickins' water-side considering the overall abundance of Eureka eateries.

But by the end of next year, godwillin' and the sea don’t rise, there might be one more offering to suggest: Jack’s Seafood, inside the city of Eureka’s long-malingering Fisherman’s Terminal at the foot of C Street. Architect Philippe Lapotre, who’s designing the restaurant for Jack Wu (who also owns Bayfront), designed the overall terminal project which was completed in 2011. Wild Planet Foods’ fish processing operation moved in and is a thriving operation. The lovely world map engraved in the concrete, and sculptures, are appropriate lures. But the space where a restaurant was supposed to go in has remained empty with a jaggy, unfinished interior.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Korbel Sawmill Is Closing

Posted By on Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Korbel, California, sawmill operations. - PHOTO FROM THE CALIFORNIA REDWOOD CO. WEBSITE
  • Photo from the California Redwood Co. website
  • Korbel, California, sawmill operations.

The California Redwood Co. announced today it's closing the Korbel sawmill in February. 

The company, a subsidiary of Green Diamond Resources Co., has been trying to sell the mill since mid-October. Local blogger and Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation & Conservation District Commissioner Richard Marks posted yesterday on his site that he'd heard from an inside source that Red Emmerson's Sierra Pacific Industries was buying it. But in a news release, California Redwood Co. President Douglas Reed said only that there is no purchaser at this time "who would continue to operate the mill."

"This shutdown likely will end our company’s involvement in lumber manufacturing in California," Reed said. "“We have been manufacturing lumber in California for roughly half a century, so this decision comes only after a great deal of thought and with considerable sadness."

The company's been cutting back operations since May. About 90 people work at the mill now. Reed said employees who will be affected by the closure were notified today and will be provided employment counseling and other resources.

The company will continue to grow and sell timber.

Here's the news release:

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Jog On

Posted By on Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 3:26 PM

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Jogging’s good for you, it turns out. A recent study co-conducted by Humboldt State University researchers shows that people older than 65 who regularly jogged were “less likely to experience age-related physical decline in walking efficiency than those who simply walked.”

The study, published online last month, found that seniors who jog for at least 30 minutes three times a week experience a lower “metabolic cost” of walking — their movements consume less energy and they are able to walk more easily.

Their metabolic cost was similar to that of people in their 20s, according to the research. The study has gathered quite a bit of international press attention since its release.

From HSU:

A new study by researchers at Humboldt State University and the University of Colorado, Boulder is shedding light on an unexpected benefit of jogging in older adults.
The study looked at adults over the age of 65—some of whom walk for exercise and some who run for exercise. The researchers found that those who run at least 30 minutes, three times a week were less likely to experience age-related physical decline in walking efficiency than those who simply walked.

In fact, the older runners were 7-10 percent more efficient at walking than those who didn’t jog.

The paper was published online in the journal PLOS ONE Nov. 20.

Humboldt State Kinesiology Professor Justus Ortega conducts walking efficiency testing.

“What we found is that older adults who regularly participate in high aerobic activities—running in particular—have what we call a lower metabolic cost of walking than older, sedentary adults. In fact, their metabolic cost of walking is similar to young adults in their 20s,” said Justus Ortega, a Kinesiology Professor at Humboldt State and director of HSU’s Biomechanics Lab.

Metabolic cost is the amount of energy needed to move and naturally increases as we age. High metabolic cost contributes to making walking more difficult and tiring. Decline in walking ability is a key predictor of morbidity in older adults.

In the study, researchers looked at self-reported older joggers over the age of 65—those who ran at least 30 minutes a day, three times a week—and self-reported walkers, those who walked three times a week for 30 minutes.

Participants were asked to walk on a treadmill at three speeds (1.6, 2.8 and 3.9 miles per hour) as researchers measured their oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production.

Overall, older joggers were 7-10 percent more efficient at walking than older adults who just walked for exercise. Their metabolic cost was similar to young people in their 20s.

Researchers aren’t yet sure what makes joggers more efficient than walkers but they believe it may have something to do with the mitochondria found in cells. Evidence suggests that people who exercise vigorously have healthier mitochondria in their muscles.

“The bottom line is that running keeps you younger, at least in terms of efficiency,” said Rodger Kram, a Professor of Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a co-author of the paper.

Future studies are planned to examine whether other highly-aerobic activities—such as swimming and cycling—also mitigate age-related physical decline.

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