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Saturday, December 12, 2020

Commercial Crab Season Set to Open Dec. 23

Posted By on Sat, Dec 12, 2020 at 6:25 PM

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Get that butter ready.

The commercial Dungeness crab season is slated to start statewide on Dec. 23 after being delayed due to meat quality in the Humboldt region and whale entanglement concerns farther south.

“Our recommendation was to open this Wednesday (Dec. 16),” said California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham in a news release. “But after hearing from parts of the fleet expressing a variety of views, and review of additional scientific information provided by Working Group experts, we decided on an additional seven-day delay.

"This gives the fleet extra time to get ready and get their gear in the water, certainty in that we’re opening statewide, hopefully the chance to get part of the holiday market and an additional seven days for any remaining whales to migrate," he continued. "We support any additional measures the fleet or specific ports wish to take to minimize entanglements and also understand the additional hardships resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. CDFW staff, collaborators and partners have worked hard to collect data to inform a unified statewide opener.”

Read the CDFW release below: 
Proving that the Risk Assessment Mitigation Program is successfully striking a balance between the needs of the commercial Dungeness crab fleet and protection of marine life, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will open the commercial season statewide on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, allowing the fleet a chance to get Dungeness crab on California tables before the holiday season ends.

This statewide opener ends delays in place due to mea
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quality in the northern management area (NMA) and the potential for whale entanglement in the central management area (CMA). It also gives the fleet ample time for planning and gear preparation and promotes an orderly start to the fishery. For the NMA Fishing Zones 1 and 2, the pre-soak period will begin Sunday, Dec. 20 at 8:01 a.m. and for the CMA, Fishing Zones 3, 4, 5 and 6, the pre-soak period will begin Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 6:01 a.m.

Available data indicates some whales remain in the fishing grounds but risk is declining and CDFW supports a balanced approach to managing risk and providing opportunity for the commercial fishery that is grounded in expert science. Whale entanglement risk still exists, but it is low. Thus, the opening declaration is accompanied by an notice to the fleet to use best fishing practices and avoid areas where whales may be congregating including around the canyon edges of Monterey, and between the Farallon Islands and Point Reyes.

Crabbers are encouraged to review the Best Practices Guide and remember to minimize knots and line scope when fishing. Recent survey data indicate most whales have started their annual migration out of the fishing grounds. Based on these data, CDFW made a preliminary recommendation to open the fishery statewide on Wednesday, Dec. 16.

The Whale Entanglement Working Group evaluated all available data and did not provide a consensus recommendation to open or delay. After the Working Group meeting, the majority of ports requested further delay of the opener.

“Our recommendation was to open this Wednesday,” said CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham. “But after hearing from parts of the fleet expressing a variety of views, and review of additional scientific information provided by Working Group experts, we decided on an additional seven-day delay. This gives the fleet extra time to get ready and get their gear in the water, certainty in that we’re opening statewide, hopefully the chance to get part of the holiday market and an additional seven days for any remaining whales to migrate. We support any additional measures the fleet or specific ports wish to take to minimize entanglements and also understand the additional hardships resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. CDFW staff, collaborators and partners have worked hard to collect data to inform a unified statewide opener.”

Since late October, CDFW in partnership with researchers, federal agencies and the fishing industry has conducted surveys from the Oregon state line to the Channel Islands to observe marine life concentrations. Based on recent aerial surveys and observation data, whales have begun to migrate out of California waters to their winter breeding grounds, which in turn reduces the risk of entanglement when the commercial fishery opens.

Through the course of the crab season, CDFW will engage regularly with the Working Group to review scientific information and advice efforts to minimize the risk of whale and sea turtle entanglements while maximizing fishing opportunity. Based on that process, CDFW may take additional management actions in response to future risk assessments. For more information related to the risk assessment process or this delay, please visit CDFW’s Whale Safe Fisheries page. For more information related to the risk assessment process or this delay, please visit CDFW’s Whale Safe Fisheries page or for more information on Dungeness crab, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/crab.
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Monday, December 7, 2020

How to Help: The Humboldt Holiday Food Drive

Posted By on Mon, Dec 7, 2020 at 11:09 AM

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The Humboldt Holiday Food Drive is happening this week to benefit Food for People, which is seeing an increased need this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at:

• Eureka Co-op, Fourth and B streets in Eureka: Monday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to  1 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

• Wildberries, 747 18th St. in Arcata: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

• Safeway, 2555 Harris St. in Eureka: Thursday, Dec. 10, 3:00 p.m. to 6 p.m, which will see KHUM and state Sen. Mike McGuire teaming up for a drive up and donate event.

Food for People is encouraging those who are able to make a tax-deductible donation or to host a virtual food drive to raise funds, noting that it can purchase three bags of food for what the average person would pay for one using its wholesale buying ability, in effect tripling the contribution.

Also, the nonprofit that serves more than 12,000 people a month has limited space to store food donations due to devastating damage at its main building caused by the sewer back up in late February, just before COVID shutdowns began.

Visit the Food for People website here to find out more ways to help or to receive assistance.
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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Cooperation Humboldt to Take on Local Food Guide Publication

Posted By on Sun, Oct 11, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Locally Delicious, a nonprofit organization that works to support a sustainable local food system, has produced the Local Food Guide since 2017. Established as a resource for the community to access information about local, organic and freshly prepared foods, the guide lists Humboldt County farms, bakeries, markets and more. It’s designed to help visitors and residents alike find restaurants that source local produce and seafood, and to shre information about CSA (community supported agriculture) memberships and how to eat seasonally on the North Coast.
The most recent issue of the Local Food Guide. - LOCALLY DELICIOUS
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The Local Food Guide shines a spotlight on our vibrant local food scene,” says Locally Delicious founding member Ann Anderson. However, fellow member (and Journal contributor) Pat Bitton says, “we're all seniors now and it's simply too much work for our core team…, not to mention the distribution challenges we've encountered this year because of COVID-19.”

After four years, Locally Delicious is ready to pass on the project to an organization with more energy and resources. In 2021, publication of the Local Food Guide will be taken on by another nonprofit organization, Cooperation Humboldt. With a focus on building a “solidarity economy,” Cooperation Humboldt is already invested in food and sustainability programs like community gardens and fruit trees, Free Little Pantries, and Food Not Lawns. Read more about Cooperation Humboldt’s roots and programs here.

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Saturday, October 10, 2020

Food for People Rebuilds

Posted By on Sat, Oct 10, 2020 at 1:38 PM

Food for People team member Veronica Brooks packing produce in preparation for a free produce distribution. - SUBMITTED
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  • Food for People team member Veronica Brooks packing produce in preparation for a free produce distribution.
Food for People is rebuilding its main site after the building faced devastating sewer damage in February.

"Following the sewer disaster that occurred at Food for People’s main site earlier this year they are moving forward with plans to rebuild creating a food bank facility that will ensure every person in Humboldt County in need can access nutritious foods," the release states.

In February, Food for People's Eureka headquarters sustained $80,000 in structural damage and $47,000 in food losses after a city sewer back up flooded the building.

According to the release, Food for People will rebuild its facility with added warehouse space that will enable them to better support and enhance its county-wide network of 17 pantries and 18 diverse hunger relief, advocacy, and job training programs.

The new building will help Food for People distribute more emergency foods, as the COVID-19 pandemic has added demand to the food distribution center.

Read the full press release below. 

Rebuilding Food for People

Food for People is rebuilding after disaster. Following the sewer disaster that occurred at Food for People’s main site earlier this year they are moving forward with plans to rebuild creating a food bank facility that will ensure every person in Humboldt County in need can access nutritious foods, and local children, seniors, and families can connect with services that address the root causes of hunger and poverty.

Over the last four decades, Food for People has grown into the principal hunger-relief organization in Humboldt County serving more than 12,000 each month; providing food to nearly 100 partner agencies; distributing food to 3,600 children and more than 2,500 seniors every year; reaching the most rural areas of Humboldt County; and meeting the emergency food needs that arise locally during a natural disaster, emergency, or global pandemic. The sewer inundation that occurred on February 28th stuck a tough blow to Food for People’s facility and operations, but they have persevered and are ready to move forward, from the figurative ashes, to build a new and improved food bank facility.

Food for People’s aging building went from useable and overcrowded to requiring evacuation due to failed infrastructure amid a sewer inundation on February 28, 2020.

Since the pandemic, Food for People has been hard at work distributing emergency foods, making use of temporary leased spaces, but they are not a long term solution to the emergency response needs for the future. Food for People currently lacks a permanent facility to provide food assistance to the community.

In order to address the long-term needs for hunger relief and food assistance in our community Food for People is will rebuild its facility and add warehouse space. This will enable Food for People to better support and enhance their county-wide network of 17 pantries and 18 diverse hunger relief, advocacy, and job training programs.

Expanded services will include space for partners to connect people with an array of community support services that promote stability and lead to a better quality of life; improve the quality of food served by expanding cold storage to prioritize healthy foods and reduce food waste; and expanded job training to improve employment prospects for people experiencing adversity by providing work skills in warehouse operations, front desk reception, and more.

An innovative flexible building design will allow Food for People to change their building layout, expanding storage or service space as required addressing the needs of the current pandemic and wildfire crisis while looking forward.

To realize their goal Food for People is undertaking a capital campaign to raise $5 million. Thanks to the incredible support of our donors and community partners they have already raised nearly 3 million. Lead donors to the campaign include the Smullin Foundation, St. Joseph Health, the Rose Perinin Foundation, the Humboldt Area Foundation, Humboldt Health Foundation, Redwood Capital Bank Food for People's Board of Directors, and generous community leaders.

Food for People is undertaking this project now because it is needed to ensure the health of our community. Our area struggles with high cost of living, housing shortage, and low wages making food security a struggle for many community members. Food for People already serves 10% of Humboldt County while 21% of County’s population lives in poverty according to census data. Food for People would need to double operations to meet this need. Seniors are the largest growing demographic in need of food assistance. Healthy, affordable foods are hard to access in rural areas, where there are few, if any, places that provide it. Food for People is the designated food relief organization during a natural disaster, emergency, or pandemic for all of Humboldt County. The pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the need for food assistance in our community, and the economic impacts will be felt for some time to come. Food for People is on the front line in times of crisis, they need a facility that will have the space to be effective and efficient during community disasters and will also allow them to serve the community into the future. Food for People is embarking on this project now because action is needed to continue to address food security in our community.
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Friday, September 25, 2020

Food for People to Hold SoHum Distributions Tuesday

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2020 at 4:22 PM

Food for People team member Veronica Brooks packing produce in preparation for a free produce distribution distribution. - SUBMITTED
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  • Food for People team member Veronica Brooks packing produce in preparation for a free produce distribution distribution.

Due to wildfire evacuations and road closures in Southern Humboldt County, Food for People has rescheduled produce distributions in Redway and Garberville to Tuesday.

From 10:30 a.m. to noon, those in need can receive fresh, free produce at the Garberville Presbyterian Church (437 Maple Lane) and from 1 to 3 p.m. at Redway Baptist Church, which will host a drive through distribution.

Get details on both in the Food for People press release below:


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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Food for People Offering Drive-Thru Sites

Posted By on Tue, Aug 18, 2020 at 3:05 PM

Volunteers load food into the trunk of a waiting car at a recent food distribution. - SUBMITTED
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  • Volunteers load food into the trunk of a waiting car at a recent food distribution.
Food for People will be offering a series of drive-thru produce distributions over the next several weeks to help out community members facing food insecurity, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The nonprofit reminds potential clients that masks are required — as are social distancing practices — and asks that room is made to allow volunteers to load the produce directly into a vehicle’s truck.

Sites include Fortuna, Eureka, Garberville and Redway. For the full list, dates and times, continuing reading the full Food for People release below:
Do you, or someone you know, need food assistance? Food for People’s Free Produce Distributions can help! In order to expand access to healthy foods during these challenging times Food for People is offering Free Produce Distributions in Eureka, Fortuna, Garberville, and Redway.

Fortuna Drive-thru Produce Distribution – Wednesday, August 19th Every 3rd Wednesday from 11:30am-12:30pm at Fortuna Community Services parking lot (2331 Rohnerville Road). *This is a drive-thru distribution; cars will enter via David Way. There will be a separate area for walk-ups.

Eureka Drive-thru Produce Distribution – Thursday, August 20th Every 3rd Thursday from 11am-1pm in the north parking lot at Bayshore mall (3300 Broadway St.). *This is a drive-thru distribution, those without a vehicle are directed to visit the Eureka Food Pantry (2112 Broadway) open Tues, Wed, Fri from 11am-3pm.

Masks are required for all distributions and we ask everyone observe 6 foot social distancing. Participants are asked to make room in vehicles volunteers will load produce directly into the trunk for drive-thru distributions.

Coming up: Garberville Produce Distribution – Tuesday, September 8th Every 2nd Tuesday from 10:30am-12pm at the Garberville Presbyterian Church (437 Maple Lane). *This is a walk-up distribution – participates are required to wear face masks and maintain 6ft social distancing.

Redway Drive-thru Produce Distribution – Tuesday, September 8th Every 2nd Tuesday from 1-3pm at Redway Baptist Church (553 Redway Drive). *

This is a drive-thru distribution; cars will enter via Empire Drive and exit onto Redway Drive. There will be a separate area for walk-ups. Food for People, the Food Bank for Humboldt County, operates a network of countywide pantries and food distribution programs to help those experiencing hunger and instability.

All regular distributions programs remain operational though some may become fluid as we address evolving needs and challenges. To find the program or pantry location best fitted for you please visit www.foodforpeople.org. 
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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

In-N-Out is Opening, T-S reports

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2020 at 11:42 AM

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In-N-Out is opening tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. for take-out and drive-thru orders, according to the Times-Standard.

The long-planned burger and shake joint is the latest addition to a sequence of new restaurant chains to take up residence on Broadway Street in Eureka.

Read more here.
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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Food for People Launches Series of Free Drive-Through Produce Distributions

Posted By on Sat, Jul 11, 2020 at 6:47 AM

Volunteers load food into the trunk of a waiting car at a recent food distribution. - SUBMITTED
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  • Volunteers load food into the trunk of a waiting car at a recent food distribution.

Food for People will launch a series of free produce distributions that will continue through October in an effort to help expand access to healthy foods during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has cost scores of jobs and had reverberating economic impacts.

The drive-through produce distributions will start this week and are available in Eureka, Fortuna, Garberville and Redway. Masks are required for all distributions and the nonprofit asks everyone observe 6-feet of physical distancing. Participants are asked to make room in vehicles so volunteers can load produce directly into the trunk for drive-thru distributions.

See the full press release copied below for details and if you're not in need of food but in a position to help your neighbors, Food for People says cash donations are current the best way to lend a hand to the cause. See the nonprofit's website here for more details.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

The California Fire Foundation and Sysco Corporation Donates $5,000 to Food for People

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2020 at 5:09 PM

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The California Fire Foundation and Sysco Corporation have donated $5,000 to Food for People as a relief effort to help Humboldt County communities impacted by COVID-19.

“As California firefighters are on the front lines of wildfires and other natural disasters, so too are the many organizations supporting families and communities through the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rick Martinez, Executive Director of the California Fire Foundation. “Our foundation has already supported communities heavily impacted by disaster, and thanks to the support from Sysco, we are proud to continue that commitment and aid the Food for People Food Bank in their ongoing efforts to help their communities.”

Food for People has been conducting drive-thru food bank distributions since the shelter in place order began in March. 

“So many are suffering in our community due to this unprecedented crisis and we have seen the need for our service increase dramatically,” said Anne Holcomb, Executive Director of the Food for People Food Bank in Humboldt County. “We understand the long-term consequences of hunger and poor nutrition and thanks to the generous aid from California Fire Foundation and Sysco, we can continue our commitment to creating a stronger and healthier Humboldt County.”

Read the full press release below.

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Saturday, July 4, 2020

CR Offering Frontline Workers De-escalation, Assertiveness Training

Posted By on Sat, Jul 4, 2020 at 2:00 PM

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Many in the customer service industry and public sector jobs are bearing the brunt of resentment — and too often outright hostility — toward COVID-19 health and safety protocols meant to protect workers and the public as Humboldt County teeters on the precipice of becoming yet another California hotspot.

To help employees and business owners navigate these tempestuous waters, College of the Redwoods is offering free online classes in “awareness, de-escalation and assertiveness skills” from mid-July to Aug. 1.

(Read more about the challenges restaurants are facing in this week’s story “Restaurant Mask Drama,” in which owners and servers talk about the toll being argued with and cussed at on a daily basis is taking on them.)

To register for the classes, call CR’s Workforce and Community Education Program at 476-4500 or go to https://www.redwoods.edu/communityed/online. Space is limited.

Read the College of the Redwoods release below:

College of the Redwoods is offering free online trainings on awareness, de-escalation, and assertiveness skills for workers interacting with the public.

Trainings will be offered through CR’s Workforce and Community Education Program from the middle of July through August 1 and are being paid for by CR’s Foundation.

“We were approached by Susan Seaman, the Mayor of Eureka, about the need for de-escalation trainings and this was echoed by community leaders on the COVID Economic Resilience Committee (CERC) weekly calls, being hosted by the North Coast Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Redwood Region Economic Development Commission (RREDC),” said Marty Coelho, Executive Director of College Advancement and the CR Foundation.

“A large number of our businesses and organizations have a plan for all sorts of situations but we don’t plan to routinely deal with angry customers when things can get out of control. This collaborative effort between the CR’s Foundation and Community Education will provide clients with strategies for resolving those situations. It’s also another example of how CR is responding to the needs of our community,” said Keith Flamer, President of College of the Redwoods.

Susan Seaman, City of Eureka’s Mayor said, "With growing economic stress, political divisiveness, and so few answers about what to expect in the near future, people's nerves are frayed. We have heard time and again about customers taking it out on service providers. I'm so grateful that College of the Redwoods Foundation recognized that de-escalation and assertiveness training can be a valuable tool for employees to help them navigate this uncertain road."

CR’s free Awareness, De-Escalation & Assertiveness online trainings will be offered to the following industry groups: retail workers on Saturday, July 18 from 8:30 – 11 am; hospitality workers on Saturday, July 18 from 2 – 4:30 pm; grocery workers on Thursday, July 23 from 8:30 – 11 am; city/county frontline workers on Thursday, July 23 from 2 – 4:30 pm; and child care workers on Saturday, August 1 from 8:30 -11 am.

“We can train up to 25 workers for each industry group. Normally the class would cost at least $35 per person, but the CR Foundation will cover the $4,375 in fees for these classes,” said Coelho.

CR’s Workforce and Community Education Program partners with the community to contribute to the economic vitality of the region, provides workforce training to support local employers' needs, and provides lifelong learning opportunities within the Redwoods Community College District.

“The Workforce and Community Education Program is a valuable local asset. CR offers high quality trainings that can be quickly responsive to community needs, “ said Danny Kelley, Foundation board member and CR Board of Trustee’s Vice-President.

To register for CR’s free online trainings for Awareness, De-Escalation & Assertiveness, call CR’s Workforce and Community Education Program at 707-476-4500 or go to https://www.redwoods.edu/communityed/online. Space is limited.
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