Outdoors

Friday, July 10, 2020

Road Construction Work in Eureka Next Week

Posted By on Fri, Jul 10, 2020 at 12:59 PM

The city of Eureka and PG&E will be working on utility reconstruction work on adjoining side streets to Fourth Street (Hwy 101) from O Street to Y Street in Eureka on Monday, July 13, through Friday, July 17.

There will be controlled traffic and detours in the area. Drivers should expect short delays.

Read the full release below.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Never Turn Your Back: Sneaker Waves Possible this Weekend

Posted By on Sat, Jul 4, 2020 at 12:42 PM

sneaker_wave_warning.png
The Eureka office of the National Weather Service warns there is a slight to moderate threat of sneaker waves this holiday that continues through Sunday evening.

A long-period southernly swell is bringing the risk, which is more acute at steep beaches but larger waves may also wash over jetties and rock outcroppings that would normally remain dry, according to the beach hazard statement.

Read the NWS hazard statement below:
* WHAT...
A long period southerly swell will bring a threat of sneaker waves to area beaches.

* WHERE...
Coastal Del Norte, Northern Humboldt Coast, Southwestern Humboldt and Mendocino Coast Counties.

* WHEN...
Through Sunday evening.

* IMPACTS...
Potential sneaker waves may create locally hazardous conditions at area beaches. Steep beaches will have a higher risk of sneaker wave activity with greater wave run-up onto beaches. Large waves will also wash over jetties and rock outcroppings that normally stay dry.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
Caution should be used when in or near the water. Stay a safe distance from the water along beaches, rocks, jetties, piers, and other waterside infrastructure. Remain out of the water to avoid hazardous swimming conditions. Never turn you back to the ocean. A slight to moderate threat of sneaker waves will be possible along south-southwest facing beaches through Sunday evening. Steep beaches will have the highest risk of sneaker wave activity. Remember to never turn your back on the ocean.
  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Making the Grade: No Bummer Beaches for Humboldt this Year

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 at 3:12 PM

An exceptional low tide at Luffenholtz Beach near Trinidad. - PHOTO BY MARK A. LARSON
  • Photo by Mark A. Larson
  • An exceptional low tide at Luffenholtz Beach near Trinidad.
Here’s some good news:  Humboldt County’s shores didn't make the “Bummer Beach” list in this year’s Heal the Bay report card on California’s coastline.

Clam Beach has been at the top of list in recent years and Luffenholtz Beach has also made an appearance or two. In fact, the Humboldt report shows above average grades with 80 percent of local beaches receiving an A or B during wet weather while that dropped to 60 percent for the region’s summer grades.

“A day at the beach shouldn’t make anyone sick,” Shelley Luce, President and CEO of Heal the Bay, said in a release. “We are glad to see water quality improving at some beaches, but there are no guarantees."

Find the full report here.

Read the Humboldt County section from the report below: 
HUMBOLDT COUNTY Summer Dry Grades were poor but still above average this year with just 60% of the beaches receiving A and B grades.

Wet Weather Grades were good and far above average this year with 80% of the beaches receiving A and B grades.

Humboldt County does not monitor its beaches in the winter months so there were no Winter Dry Grades and no beaches were eligible for the Honor Roll.

Humboldt County received 36 inches of rain, which is 11% lower than the historical average of 41 inches. Most of the rain fell during the winter months when the beaches are not monitored, so we do not know the full impact of the reduced rainfall.

There was one reported sewage spill that sent 5,300 gallons into the Eel River, which flows into the ocean south of Eureka. No beaches were closed as a result of the spill.

Can't see the PDF in mobile view? Try desktop view.

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , ,

Monday, June 29, 2020

Fire Safety Reminders for Six Rivers National Forest

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 4:10 PM

The Six Rivers National Forest was established in 1947. - PHOTO BY HEIDI WALTERS
  • Photo by Heidi Walters
  • The Six Rivers National Forest was established in 1947.
Six Rivers National Forrest is reminding residents ahead of the Fourth of July weekend that fire restrictions are in effect in the forest to protect visitors, communities, employees and natural resources. 

“Every unwanted wildfire causes needless damage and during this COVID-19 pandemic, increases virus exposure to our firefighters and the public,” Interagency Fire Chief Josh Mathieson said in a release. 

According to the release, fire restrictions prohibit igniting, building, maintaining or using a fire outside of developed recreation sites, designated fire-safe sites, and wilderness areas within the boundaries of the Six Rivers National Forest.

Read the full release below.
  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , ,

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Friends of the Dunes Presents the Dispersed Sand Sculpture Festival

Posted By on Sun, Jun 28, 2020 at 5:56 PM

Friends of the Dunes announced that a physically-distanced version of its 25th Annual Sand Sculpture Festival will take place during the entire month of July. The modified event, called the Dispersed Sand Sculpture Festival, will take place in lieu of the annual Sand Sculpture Festival previously scheduled for July 25, 2020 at Samoa Drag Strip.

Getting outdoors and creating art in a socially distant and responsible way?
We dig it.
2019 Sand Sculpture Festival - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • 2019 Sand Sculpture Festival

In the press release, organizers invite household groups to "create sandy masterpieces on local beaches, post creations on social media, vote for their favorite sand sculptures, and be entered to win exciting prizes."

2019 Sand Sculpture Festival - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • 2019 Sand Sculpture Festival
The press release goes on to say, "Rather than taking place at a designated beach on a designated day, the Sand Sculpture Festival will take place throughout the entire month of July at any beach the sculptors choose to sculpt. For the health and safety of participants and interested spectators, Friends of the Dunes is asking sand sculpting teams to practice physical distancing, which means teams should only consist of households or people that are sheltering together. Before households start sculpting, it is important to check the tides and always keep an eye out for dangerous sneaker waves."

Prizes include $100 cash for the sculpture with the most votes, and a chance to win a free Friends of the Dunes membership.
2019 Sand Sculpture Festival - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • 2019 Sand Sculpture Festival
July will be here in just a few days, teams, so on your marks, get your pails and tools together and get out there! For more information on rules, prizes and how to enter, read more from Friends of the Dunes below.

Friends of the Dunes is excited to announce that a physically-distanced version of the 25th Annual Sand Sculpture Festival will be taking place during the entire month of July! During the Dispersed Sand Sculpture Festival, household groups are invited to create sandy masterpieces on local beaches, post creations on social media, vote for their favorite sand sculptures, and be entered to win exciting prizes.


Humboldt beaches are open and have an ample supply of sand and plenty of space to make all of your sand-sculpting dreams come true! Rather than taking place at a designated beach on a designated day, the Sand Sculpture Festival will take place throughout the entire month of July at any beach the sculptors choose to sculpt. For the health and safety of participants and interested spectators, Friends of the Dunes is asking sand sculpting teams to practice physical distancing, which means teams should only consist of households or people that are sheltering together. Before households start sculpting, it is important to check the tides and always keep an eye out for dangerous sneaker waves.


To be entered into the competition, teams should email images of their sculptures to info@friendsofthedunes.org along with the location of the sculpture, the date it was created, the team name, the name of the sculpture, and if applicable, the name of the business partner that your team is representing. Make sure that the images are in color, are not blurry, or taken from too far away. Teams will be entered for a chance to win the following prizes:


People's Choice: $100 cash prize for the sculpture with the most votes from you!

Golden Shovel: Only available to teams representing a business partner.

Teams can also win bragging rights and a free Friends of the Dunes membership when competing for the titles of:

Best of Show

Most Dedicated Diggers

Most Photogenic

Most Imaginative

Staff Pick


Don’t forget to post your sculptures on social media! Although it is optional, households that post their sculptures and the location of their sculptures on social media with the hashtags #SandSculptureFestival2020 and #FriendsoftheDunes, as well as tagging @humboldtbaysocialclub and @friendsofthedunes, will receive $5 off of a food purchase from our generous partners at the Humboldt Bay Social Club. After a long day of sculpting, you can reward your team with fresh oysters and a cold drink around the fire pit. Posting hashtags and locations is encouraged so that interested beachgoers can admire the sculptures in person before the tides wash them away. Those seeking out sculptures can search for the hashtags online, and are encouraged to maintain safe physical distancing.


Friends of the Dunes will post emailed images of the sculptures on their website as soon as possible, which means that spectators can start voting for the People’s Choice award right away! Proceeds raised from vote purchases will support free dune education and stewardship programs.


Playing in the sand at our local beaches is a great way to kick off the summer season, so grab your buckets, pack a picnic, and start sculpting! For full details on how to participate in the Dispersed Sand Sculpture Festival and how to vote for your favorite sculptures, please visit our website.
  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , ,

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Coroner's Office Identifies Human Remains Found in Manila Last Week

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2020 at 1:19 PM

The Humboldt County Coroner's Office has identified the human remains that were found near Manila on June 18 as 22-year-old Ajani S. Wilson.

"Wilson was reported missing to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office on May 28 after falling into the ocean in the Elk Head area of Trinidad. Search teams were unable to locate Wilson during a two-day search and rescue operation in the area," the release states.

Wilson's cause of death was determined to be probable drowning with blunt force trauma due to the fall, it was ruled accidental.

Read the full release below.
Human remains identified as missing Victorville man

The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office has positively identified human remains discovered in the area of the Ma-le’l Dunes on June 18, 2020 as that of 22-year-old Ajani S. Wilson of Victorville, California.

Wilson was reported missing to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office on May 28 after falling into the ocean in the Elk Head area of Trinidad. Search teams were unable to locate Wilson during a two-day search and rescue operation in the area.

Wilson’s death has been ruled accidental, with the cause of death determined to be probable drowning with blunt force trauma due to fall from height. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office extends our deepest sympathies to Ajani Wilson’s family during this difficult time.


  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

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

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

McKay Community Forest Approved for Expansion

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2020 at 5:41 PM

mckay_community_forest_logo.jpg
The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of 197 acres of forestland southeast of Eureka near Ridgewood Heights that would expand the McKay Community Forest.

The land will be purchased from Green Diamond Resource Company. The funding for the forest will be provided by the California Natural Resources Agency, Cal Fire and the Long Foundation.

“The McKay Community Forest is a long-term investment for our community,” said Rex Bohn, Humboldt County First District Supervisor. “We can provide outstanding recreational and educational opportunities right at Eureka’s back door while supporting local jobs and maintaining the ecosystem services provided by the forest. We’re working hard to be ready to start building trails and opening the community forest for all county residents to enjoy. I appreciate Green Diamond’s recognition of the benefits of creating a community forest at the Eureka area’s urban interface and their exceptional efforts to make this expansion possible.”


Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , ,

Cal Fire Humboldt-Del Norte to Suspend Outdoor Vegetation Burning; Issues Warning Ahead of Fourth of July

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2020 at 1:15 PM

cal_fire_logo.png
Due to atmospheric conditions changing, Cal Fire Humboldt-Del Norte unit will be suspending outdoor vegetation burning in Humboldt, Del Norte and western Trinity counties.

Cal Fire would also like to remind residents to celebrate responsibly during the Fourth of July, as only fireworks with the "Safe and Sane" logo are legal for use in California. Local jurisdictions may have additional restrictions in place as well.

"CAL FIRE is warning the public of the state’s zero-tolerance regarding the use or sale of illegal fireworks. CAL FIRE is working closely with local law enforcement and firefighting agencies to seize illegal fireworks and prosecute those found in possession of them," an email from Cal Fire Battalion Chief Paul Savona states. 
  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , ,

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Friends of the Dunes Offers Online 'Get Outside Gear Sale'

Posted By on Sun, Jun 21, 2020 at 7:41 PM

Friends of the Dunes’ Get Outside Gear Sale is one of Humboldt County's hidden gem events. The annual fundraiser that supports coastal education and conservation programs is the insiders' spot to score great deals on new and gently used outdoor gear. Due to Covid-19, this year's April event was cancelled. However, gear donated before the shut down is waiting to be paired with happy new owners.  Boats and bikes, shoes and clothing, camping and hiking — all great for socially distant outdoor activities.

Find your score at https://friendsofthedunes.square.site. Gear is available while supplies last, with local, safe and physically-distant pick-up only.

Read more about the online sale below.

Friends of the Dunes’ Get Outside Gear Sale is going online! The Gear Sale, originally scheduled in April, was canceled to protect the safety of our community. Now that summer is nearly here, we want to help you find great deals on the gear you might need for outdoor adventures!

All used gear was generously donated by our community before the spread of COVID-19 to Humboldt County and has been safely stored for months. Funds raised from the sale will support Friends of the Dunes coastal stewardship and education programs.

At the Virtual Get Outside Gear Sale, you will find deals on new and used gear, including:

Kayaks and kayaking gear
Backpacks
Tents and camping gear
Fishing Gear
Spotting Scopes
Bikes

To view and purchase gear, please visit https://friendsofthedunes.square.site/. For more information, contact Friends of the Dunes at info@friendsofthedunes.org. Gear is available while supplies last, with local, safe, and physically-distant pick-up only.

Due to public health guidance regarding COVID-19, we are not accepting donations or consignments for this sale. This will be the ‘first wave’ of the gear sale, with more gear to come in the fall. If you donated gear, but don’t see it in this sale, it will likely be included in the fall sale. 
  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , ,

Monday, June 15, 2020

Construction on Blue Slide Road June 17

Posted By on Mon, Jun 15, 2020 at 2:19 PM

expect_delays.jpg
Humboldt County Public Works will be constructing a retaining wall to restore two travel lanes on Blue Slide Road (by Eel River) at post mile marker 3.24 on Wednesday, June 17.

According to the release, stop signs will be in place to control single-lane traffic through the construction site until the project is completed. The project should be completed sometime in August.

Expect 15-minute delays.

Read the full release below.



  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , ,

Recent Comments

socialize

Facebook | Twitter

© 2020 North Coast Journal

Website powered by Foundation