Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Business Owner Doxxed Over Utility Box Art Spat

Posted By on Tue, May 22, 2018 at 4:05 PM

The now utility box near the coroner of Fith and G streets that once showcased "Cat Food." - SAM ARMANINO
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  • The now utility box near the coroner of Fith and G streets that once showcased "Cat Food."
In the week since she stood before the Eureka City Council to lament the brightly painted utility box out in front of her business, Molly Green has received a lot of backlash, some from thousands of miles away.

The rift began when Green showed up at her business near Fifth and G streets in Eureka — SCRUB Spa and Event Venue — to find that, without her advance knowledge or approval, the utility box out front had been painted with a bright, whimsical mural titled “Cat Food” that featured a variety of food-shaped felines. A few days later, Green voiced her displeasure to the Eureka City Council, calling the mural a “really large, ugly, poorly done eyesore” and threatening to campaign vigorously against each of the council members unless they did something to make the mural go away.

The Lost Coast Outpost ran a story headlined “Outraged Eureka Business Owner Convinces City to Cover Cat Painting Right Meow” about Green’s heated council comments a couple of days later, detailing her frustration and the city’s subsequent move to paint over and replace the mural.

The post ended up on the front page of Reddit, an American social news aggregation and discussion website, with a note revealing all of Green’s personal contact information. In an interview with Green, she played the Journal a voicemail a New York in which an unidentified man refers to her as a “cunt,” “a moron” and “uptight.”

“Congratulations now everyone in every fucking state know what a piece of shit you are. From California to New York” he said.

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UPDATE: Arcata Council Directs Staff to Bring Back Gun Safety Ordinance

Posted By on Tue, May 22, 2018 at 12:24 PM

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UPDATE: A gun safety ordinance will be coming forward at a future Arcata City Council meeting after members directed staff to research various options and bring back some examples from other cities and counties for their consideration.

Several councilmembers at the May 16 meeting noted that law enforcement would not be coming into private homes to ensure firearms were locked up and unloaded if such an ordinance were to pass but the action could provide an opening for conversations about gun safety.

“I think what it does is symbolically tell whoever owns the gun that you have to have control of it,” Councilmember Paul Pitino said.


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Monday, May 21, 2018

Remembering Curley Tait, Ferndale Legend

Posted By on Mon, May 21, 2018 at 3:56 PM

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Friends and family gathered at Belotti Hall in Ferndale May 20 to celebrate the life of Robert "Curley" Tait, a former model and Chicago blues nightclub owner who for much of his life was well known and well loved for his restaurant, Curley's Bar and Grill, which served California-style favorites for 16 years in Ferndale. The restaurant closed in 2011, re-opening briefly at a new location in Fortuna, but according to Tait's obituary, the spunky octogenarian — who had open heart surgery in 2001 — had found other hobbies, including teaching a Jazzercise class.

Tait, who died  at home in Ferndale on May 1o, was immortalized in this 2000 Journal cover story, which details his origins as a dishwasher in his family's Evanston, Illinois, restaurant who went on to manage famous '60's pop band Spanky and Our Gang. After that chapter of his life closed and his marriage began to fray from the pressures of life on the road, he landed in Ferndale by chance, opening a restaurant at the then-empty Victorian Inn in 1970. That enterprise didn't last but Tait went on to build a career as a local restaurateur, managing The Brewery, opening a French seafood restaurant called "Tango" and managing Arcata stalwarts Abruzzi and Plaza Grill. Between restaurant booms he raised Arabian horses in Ferndale.

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Want to Vote in June? Register by the Stroke of Midnight

Posted By on Mon, May 21, 2018 at 1:31 PM

"I Voted" stickers only go to those who register. - MANUEL J. ORBEGOZO
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  • "I Voted" stickers only go to those who register.
Monday, May 21, is the last day to register to vote in California's June 5 primary election, which will see residents in the Fourth and Fifth Districts marking their choice for supervisor, the first contested judgeship in decades and an unusually dynamic battle for auditor-controller — not to mention several unchallenged races along with candidates vying for state and federal posts.

The deadline for making your voice heard is just before the stroke of midnight by visiting registertovote.ca.gov. Read the Journal's coverage on the auditor-controller and judgeship races here and here then pick up this week's edition for a look at the supervisorial candidates and a slew of election letters.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Amid Kelp and Abalone Die-offs, State Raises Urchin Limits

Posted By on Sat, May 19, 2018 at 1:56 PM

Urchins blanket a rocky reef. - CYNTHIA CATTON/CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
  • Cynthia Catton/California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Urchins blanket a rocky reef.

The California Fish and Game Commission adopted emergency regulations this week aimed at reducing purple sea urchin populations off the North Coast.

The urchin populations have exploded in recent years, part of what marine biologists call a “perfect storm” of factors contributing to the collapse of northern California kelp forests and the widespread starvation of the region’s red abalone (“Plight of the Abalone,” March 8, 2018.)

ILLUSTRATION BY JACQUELINE LANGELAND
  • Illustration by Jacqueline Langeland
Purple sea urchins generally fall under the commission’s “general invertebrate bag limit” of 35 a day for SCUBA and skin divers off the Mendocino and Sonoma county coasts, but the new emergency regulations allow a daily bag limit of 20 gallons with no limit on how many urchins can be possessed.


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Friday, May 18, 2018

Amid Allegations he Violated Environmental Laws, a Planning Commissioner Resigns

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 12:09 PM

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Humboldt County Planning Commissioner Kevin McKenny has resigned his post after revelations that he has been cited for violating state and federal environmental laws, according to reports in the Lost Coast Outpost and the Times-Standard.

The alleged violations took place on a property McKenny owns in Eureka and he conceded in an interview with the Lost Coast Outpost that he "made a mistake."

Humboldt County Fourth District Supervisor Virginia Bass, who controversially appointed McKenny to the commission in 2014 amid an outcry over the long-dilapidated Downtowner Motel McKenney owned in Eureka, announced the commissioner's resignation yesterday. (Months after his appointment, McKenny sold the property to Danco and it has since been rebuilt into a senior housing project called The Lodge.)

After the Lost Coast Outpost first reported on the allegations last month, a number of local environmental groups have called for his resignation.

For more on the alleged environmental violations and McKenney's resignation in the Times-Standard and Lost Coast Outpost.
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Village Project Heads to Arcata City Council Sans Recommendation

Posted By on Thu, May 17, 2018 at 11:23 AM

Conceptual photo illustration of how The Village project would look from the perspective of the Westwood neighborhood. - CITY OF ARCATA
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  • Conceptual photo illustration of how The Village project would look from the perspective of the Westwood neighborhood.
A controversial large-scale student housing project will go before the Arcata City Council in June without a planning commission stamp of approval after commissioners split 2-2 last week on whether to recommend general plan and zoning amendments needed for the proposed development.

By the May 8 commission meeting, The Village plan — comprising a three- and four-story complex with 200 units for some 700 Humboldt State University students — had become a regular and contentious agenda item, appearing five times just since the end of February.

The project is slated to go before the council June 6.


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Monday, May 14, 2018

Caps and Gowns

Posted By on Mon, May 14, 2018 at 5:31 PM

There's cap flair, and there's cap flair. - SAM ARMANINO
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  • There's cap flair, and there's cap flair.

More than 2,600 HSU students were expected to earn degrees in the 2017-18 academic year, and over 1,900 participated in the 2018 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12, according to Humboldt State University's marketing and communications department.

Thousands of students, families and friends packed HSU's Redwood Bowl to watch students walk the walk, often with some extra flair to their personalized caps and gowns. The ceremony began with the College of Arts and Humanities in the morning, followed by the College of Natural Resources and Sciences, and the College of Professional Studies. Check out the slideshow below for highlights from the day.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Cannabis-Related Lights Polluting SoHum Skies

Posted By on Sat, May 12, 2018 at 4:37 PM

A greenhouse glowing in Southern Humboldt in late April.
  • A greenhouse glowing in Southern Humboldt in late April.

Editor's note: This story first appeared on www.kymkemp.com and is reposted here with permission.

Once again spring brings light to the hills of the Emerald Counties — large industrial lights that flood valleys, glow into neighbors’ windows and possibly confuse wildlife, disrupting natural cycles. Rural communities complain that greenhouses constructed specifically for growing marijuana bring unwanted light into rural areas usually only lit by the stars, the moon and an occasional pinpoint of light from a distant cabin.

Concerns about the lights vary. Many rural residents are worried about environmental issues, ranging from the light creating problems for animals that are nocturnal hunters to the it impacting the night skies, making it more difficult to view the stars. Others are concerned about lights shining in their homes and the generators that power them disturbing quiet neighborhoods.

Many greenhouses lighting up the night in Southern Humboldt this month.
  • Many greenhouses lighting up the night in Southern Humboldt this month.
According to Kyle Keegan, a local resident who has studied the issue, “[A]n increasing body of scientific knowledge tells us that altering the day/night cycles of environments can have a profound effect on the physiology of human and nonhuman species, as well as ecological systems.”

Keegan said, “The whole phenomenon of light pollution was not taken seriously until the last decade.” But, he said, scientist have become increasingly concerned as they’ve looked into the situation.

Keegan particularly worries that the large number of greenhouses lighting up the dark will affect nighttime pollinators, such as moths. He worries that the glow will attract moths and other insects. “If they are out there chasing that light, they are not being pollinators,” Keegan explained. This can disrupt natural processes and possibly change our local ecology.

Keegan says the number of uncovered greenhouses appears to have slightly decreased in his neighborhood this year. However, in March 2013, as the following light map shows, there were few lights showing beyond those found in towns.

Light map from March 2013 for Southern Humboldt. - LIGHTPOLLUTIONMAP.INFO
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  • Light map from March 2013 for Southern Humboldt.

By last year, light pollution had exploded.

Light map from March 2017 for Southern Humboldt. - LIGHTPOLLUTIONMAP.INFO
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  • Light map from March 2017 for Southern Humboldt.

One side effect of the uncovered greenhouse lights is that they are frequently confused with wildfires. Firefighters, most of them volunteers, are then roused from their beds and sent chasing the false fires wasting their time and their resources.

When low-flying fog hangs over a greenhouse, water droplets amplify the light. This can look like wildfire to observers and even trigger calls to bring firefighters and inmate crews. - SUBMITTED
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  • When low-flying fog hangs over a greenhouse, water droplets amplify the light. This can look like wildfire to observers and even trigger calls to bring firefighters and inmate crews.

Possibly of the most importance to the actual grower is that having a light source provides a beacon to the greenhouse and the light itself is illegal. According to Humboldt County regulations, “Cultivators using artificial lighting for mixed-light cultivation shall shield greenhouses so that little to no light escapes. Light shall not escape at a level that is visible from neighboring properties between sunset and sunrise.”

According to a spokesperson for the Humboldt County Planning Department, “The Planning and Building Department line is the best contact for light complaints…”

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Many, if not most, greenhouse owners cover their lights but, the glow from the ones who don’t continues to frustrate rural neighborhoods.
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Friday, May 11, 2018

Four Years Later, Spring Preview Bus Crash Survivors Set to Graduate

Posted By on Fri, May 11, 2018 at 5:49 PM

Rosibeth Cuevas, 21, sits on a bench that was dedicated to those who died in a 2014 bus crash in Orland. A survivor of the crash, Cuevas is now graduating from Humboldt State University. - COURTESY OF SOFIA TAM
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  • Rosibeth Cuevas, 21, sits on a bench that was dedicated to those who died in a 2014 bus crash in Orland. A survivor of the crash, Cuevas is now graduating from Humboldt State University.
Saturday will mark an unlikely right of passage for Humboldt State University senior Rosibeth Cuevas.

It’s not just that she will be the first in her family to graduate from college when she walks across the Redwood Bowl stage to get her degree in criminology and justice studies. It’s also that she is one of six HSU graduates who survived the the fiery Spring Preview bus crash near Orland four years ago that took the lives of 10 people, including five prospective high school students traveling from Los Angeles to Arcata to visit HSU.


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