Thursday, May 31, 2018

Concerned Community Members Flood Meeting to Discuss Firing of Woman who 'Put the K in KHSU'

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2018 at 2:11 PM

Katie Whiteside - KHSU
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  • Katie Whiteside
The KHSU Community Advisory Board held its monthly open meeting Wednesday evening in Humboldt State University’s Gist Hall to address community concerns over the handling of issues regarding staffing and station procedures — specifically, the sudden firing of longtime program and operations director Katie Whiteside by KHSU General Manager Peter Fretwell.

Fretwell, who was brought from outside the area to helm KHSU in April of 2017,  is “a 37-year radio executive … an experienced leader focused on community-driven programming and service, team-building and organizational culture,” according to a brief bio on the station's website. The 140 or so community members who attended the meeting, made up mostly of KHSU volunteers, staff, sustaining members and underwriters, expressed displeasure with the firing of Whiteside, who has worked at the station for more than two decades.


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State Senate Unanimously Passes 'Great Redwood Trail' Bill

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2018 at 1:09 PM

Mike McGuire
  • Mike McGuire
The Great Redwood Trail is one step closer to reality.

A bill by North Coast state Sen. Mike McGuire to dissolve the North Coast Railroad Authority and transform the defunct railway from Willits to Arcata into a multi-use trail nabbed a unanimous 36-0 vote on the Senate floor last night.

“There is tremendous support for this trail project both in the state Legislature and on the North Coast and we couldn’t be more grateful for the support thus far,” McGuire said in a press release. “However, there is still major work to do and we know that anything that makes a big difference is never easy. We need to resolve the significant financial debt that NCRA has racked up over the years as our first step.”

The press release goes on to note that the bill has strong support from environmental groups, including the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, Trout Unlimited and “dozens more.” It also touts the trail’s potential economic impact to the North Coast.

Senate Bill 1029 will now head to the state Assembly for consideration. See the full press release from McGuire’s office copied below.

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