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Re: “Awash in Debt, Loleta Cheese Factory is Shuttered After 38 Years

Very well written and researched article. A different view than many of the other articles written on the Cheese Factory's situation.
Thank you, well done!

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Posted by Inter Rested on 12/14/2019 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Eureka's 'Moonshot' Program Aims High

This is ridiculous.
I live by the airport I do not want small rocket testing.

And they have tried to bring in other airlines several times and it never works.
If their trying to bring business into Eureka how about they do some things that impact Eureka and not McKinleyville!!!!!

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Posted by DenisePO on 12/13/2019 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Eureka's 'Moonshot' Program Aims High

Rocket testing??? Am I the only one who thinks rocket testing near communities of living people and creatures is a BAD thing????

And, un, giving $500 to each resident each month? Those would be for the people who move here to work on these privately funded rockets? What about the people already living here who struggle making rent each month?????

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Posted by Karee James on 12/12/2019 at 11:08 PM

Re: “Awash in Debt, Loleta Cheese Factory is Shuttered After 38 Years

I never saw it at the local Grocery Outlet.

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Posted by PassinThru on 12/12/2019 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Eureka's 'Moonshot' Program Aims High


I like the thinking out of the box, but we do have to think within the bounds of reality.

Unfortunately, the amount of inbreeding in this area would necessitate the importation of considerable numbers of manual labor from outside the community. This would be a problem, as the community is not known for its open-armed attitude to outsiders, or "furriners" as the local dialect would have it. It would, therefore, be somewhat cost-prohibitive in terms of variable capital costs, as the increased cost due to hazard pay would likely break the bank.

The alternative of utilizing the local labor pool would only exacerbate problems by ensuring the need for future renovations due to shoddy workmanship. In short, these inbred yokels couldn't build a soapbox derby car, let alone a state-of-the-art spaceport.

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Posted by PassinThru on 12/12/2019 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Eureka's 'Moonshot' Program Aims High

In the 1960's it was possible to take a gravel road through Vandenberg to the ocean. There were signs all along the road saying it was a federal crime to stop and look at the many missile launch sites you passed. When we got near the beach there were thousands of dead seabirds littering the hills and the road itself. I learned years later from an acquaintance who was involved there that it was the result of the toxic gases that rockets and missiles emit when launched and he told me it is the same in Florida at Cape Canaveral.

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Posted by Dav on 12/12/2019 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Top Down

In the discussion of women’s rights, one controversial issue has been whether women have the right to be bare-chested in public. Journalist Heidi Walters argues it is an act of lewd behavior. On the other hand, equal rights activists believe if men have such a right, women should too. I believe the right to be bare-chested in public is a human right that we all should possess. It’s time to stand up to the fight for women’s right to make their own decisions about their body and free will.
“Free will” by definition is the ability to act at one's own discretion. However, our societal beliefs dictate what actions are to be left to free will. All across the globe, ancient societal norms allowed women to carry on their regular lives in and out of public, all while exposing their breasts. Until the 1890’s, women weren’t allowed to work, before the 1920’s, women didn’t have the right to vote for their president. The law hid behind the excuse of preserving female morality then too. Now it’s 2019 and women are still being denied their human rights.
America displays a grey area on the legality of bare-chested women. Federally, there is no such law neither allowing nor forbidding women from the right to bare their chest in public. However states and regions possess the right to determine if women are violating their laws pertaining to indecent exposure, which can lead to legal consequences. The Penal Code prohibiting indecent exposure reads as “Willfully exposing your genitals to someone else, motivated by a desire to sexually gratify yourself or the other person.”
Heidi Walters of the North Coast Journal claims three bare-chested women hula-hooping on the Arcata Plaza during a farmer’s market violated those laws and were guilty of indecent exposure. Walters argues “…[a woman] hula-hooping and bouncing their naked breasts around is certainly lewd, especially with children around.” In making this comment, Walters urges us to avoid traumatizing the youth. While I understand her concern for the children, I believe the more important concern is why we as a society hyper-sexualize women’s bodies. Of the children Walters is concerned about protecting, the CDC recorded 83% of them were breastfed. From the first moment of life, infants are exposed to breasts. Children are not traumatized by bare-chests. The trauma occurs through our society’s overwhelming sexualization of the female body.
Our society begins sexualizing women before their breasts are even developed. Young girls are told to cover their chests to protect the sake of female modesty. This issue may seem to affect only females, but the perpetuation of the idea that the female body is inherently sexual, contributes to objectification of women. This perversion has lasting effects on our society and females by teaching little girls and adult women to hide their bodies out of shame. Although not all people share the same beliefs, some religious followers may argue women must cover themselves not to avoid shame, but to protect religious modesty. My own view however, is breasts are of nature, which gods of all religions are responsible for creating. Religious or not, women should have the right to their own free will.
The right for women to be in charge of their own bodies should be their own. Although fighting for the right for women to be bare-chested in public may seem trivial, it is in fact crucial in today’s progression of gender equality. Women and men should have equal rights. In the hopes of achieving such a dream, like so many brave activists in the history of women’s rights, we need to recognize the devastating consequences of sexualizing someone else’s body. Everyone, male and female, of all ages, should have the right to be comfortable in any setting, without feeling objectified or risking the threat of arrest.

Works Cited

Walters, Heidi. “Heidi Walters.” North Coast Journal, 29 Sept. 2017,

“Breastfeeding Report Card.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20 Aug. 2018,

“Code Section.” Law Section,§ionNum., Last Accessed 18 November 2019

Posted by Lauran Sharkey on 12/11/2019 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Redwood Reborn

I just sprained my ankle while jumping up from my chair and shouting Hooray!!! My Lord, imagine how many tourists would come to see that magnificent tree, if some drunken bastards hadn't cut it down?

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Posted by awfulorv on 12/11/2019 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Planning Commission Denies Wind Farm Project

field engineer schlumberger

Posted by maheshvision on 12/09/2019 at 2:13 AM

Re: “Trinity River Under Siege

that's okay the climate scientists tell us the oceans will rise,right? ; which is it-more water is gonna kill us or less water is gonna kill us? i wish you guys would make up your minds! that said i am not for damming(damning?) any of the Six Rivers,especially for some Peripheral Canal type scheme to give Northern Ca. water to SoCal,which for me starts around San Francisco

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Posted by Michael Hutson on 12/06/2019 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Flash Fiction 2019

These are great! How many people usually enter this contest?

Posted by PatsyM on 12/05/2019 at 6:47 AM

Re: “Monstrous Acts

some true most lies and name is wrong unless he changed it from when he was married to Kathy Melvin, , these two links can start some of the story, and there are other links on the page under " Melvin or Lammers" and some others if you looks under Melvin

Posted by Sharon Euleen Mea Lammers on 12/02/2019 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Planning Commission Denies Wind Farm Project

Did i read that right? Vajdos wants to sell the turbines to Humboldt? Doesn’t surprise me. 600 foot wind turbines aren’t sustainable.TerraGen won’t give us the cradle to grave figures. Why? Because those figures would prove that it takes more fossil fuel and releases more greenhouse gases to build and maintain these than they say we would save by installing these on our pristine and undeveloped ridges.

These won’t help to reverse our climate change crisis. This is the sort of thing that got us here in the first place. This is industry on a massive scale. The minerals must be mined, factories built, trucks and machinery used, fuel burned. Then there is the maintenance, we all understand what it takes to keep a machine running. Our vehicles require constant care. Most parts can be held in our hands. These machines require massive machinery to make and move and install. Regular oil changes require hundreds of gallons of oil. Blades 225 long have to be inspected and cleaned. It’s insane. What happens to those blades when they wear out? Natalynne says they are thrown out. It’s unfortunate but all in the name of green energy. Vajdos told me July 2017 that now they chop the carbon fiber blades up in a massive chipper instead of stockpiling them. DeLapp joked about making jewelry out of the blade waste. This is no joke. These are huge machines that will eventually be junk. Once the Production Tax Credit expires the industry will die. It’s happening already in Germany. 3000 people have lost jobs in the German wind industry.

At a 350 Humboldt meeting they believe this project will make us energy independent, that it will combat climate change. In the same breath it was said that 30% of California’s energy was from renewables. Solar accounted for over twice as much as wind. Solar doesn’t require maintenance, there are no moving parts. They don’t kill or affect wildlife. Panels don’t need new infrastructure. Energy can be stored in EV vehicles and home battery systems. Mini grids can be established and people can take energy production into their own hands.

When the grid is shut down, we still won’t have power from these machines. The forest that the new transmission lines travel through will have to be maintained, roads will be made to accommodate the huge equipment, birds and bats will be killed. Lights will be blinking at night. Instead of a bucolic ridge line of grass lands and trees we will see widened roads, meteorology towers and wind turbines. Gigantic concrete footings requiring over 300 yards of concrete each will never go away. That’s over 30 concrete trucks per turbine. TerraGen says 1,600,000 gallons of diesel fuel will be burned during the installation of the turbines .

Micro grids fueled by solar, small scale wind and mini hydro systems can create the power we need. We need more PG&E blackouts. It will make people react and realize there is another way of living sustainably by using less power and creating our own. Look around, how many roofs have solar? Not enough. I challenge Humboldt to preserve our wild lands, to invest in small scale decentralized power production. I believe we can become an energy island but not by destroying our precious undeveloped land by allowing wind turbines into our backyard. We have to do it, we can’t stand back and watch Energy Capital Partners take over. It’s time.

Posted by mattolecraftsman on 12/02/2019 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Planning Commission Denies Wind Farm Project

As a person from Canada who visited those redwoods, it is a valuable heritage site to even California itself, and the very idea of -logging- it for a turbine farm of negligable impact seems absurd.
That speaks volumes of the shortsightedness and foolishness of the companies perpetrating this concept of green energy, instead of finding actual real solutions to the energy and climate problems that are more obvious.
Surely they have heard of encouraging solar power on city and house roofing, helping reduce water usage from the vast waterways that help feed California's famous green valleys with various covering methods, have they not?

Imagine hearing of such wonderous, last of their kind trees to arrive and see a set of turbines twice their height instead. Truly a waste.

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Posted by Grendel's Children on 12/02/2019 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Planning Commission Denies Wind Farm Project

Would the folks supporting the wind turbines do a bit of research on how much emissions turbines are supposedly avoiding because it really isn't worth the money or the hassle.

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Posted by Nan Swanson on 11/30/2019 at 5:59 AM

Re: “Planning Commission Denies Wind Farm Project

Thank you Pat.

Scalping and fragmenting the last great temperate forest for a dysfunctional corporate control
Fragmenting the ancient forest ridges making the "cleared" devastated area 15 or degrees hotter in summer day colder than the night forest by the same amount, , these are NOT green.

Redwoods, if allowed to mature, are the world's greates single (per area) sequesterers of carbon. Should we ever afford to buy back the logging co. lands (which, by the way, were acquired through fraudulent use of the 1872 Homestead Act - failed miners and sailors were approached by lumber barons with proffer of ticket "home" for filing for 160 acres; fake cabins were built and inspected in 6 months, deed was granted, written over to SImpsons et al. Find info on this fraud in library)

The excellent and laborious work done in the filing of significant harm to some species should be lauded. Those who imagine that humans are the only organism worthy of consideration are in massive error. Turbines whack so many birds that the few returning Goldens and Bald eagles I've seen above the lower Eel, will live and raise young again. The smaller birds and the long-suffering night-traveling geese, who once flew in masses down to the southern Bay now occupied by cities and ships and pollution, are others whose lifelines are now more assured (Before the human devastation and overpopulation of the Bay Area, California was a great world for birds, who mostly died as "bushmeat" for worthless yellow-metal seekers a century before this wave of ill began extinguishing life in Africa)

Home -rooftop photovoltaics instead would assist us in understanding that we MUST CONSERVE our power, diminish our usage, rather than expending it in profligate wasteful, circadian cycle-damaging light pollution. I've studied the latter physiological effects to some extent, and can tell you that obesity, decreased cognitive capacity, and mood dysregulation occur due to excess artificial day imposed on our necessary but ignored night.

Rooftop photovoltaics have proceeded apace, cheaper now than other, toxic old heating.
Storage - like Tesla's "Powerwalls" doing better in leaps and bounds, even making it possible to energize the new vehicles that can run silent without stench. And we need so much less than we use.

The forest metabolism heals the earth, or haven't you heard? Human fragmentation fo forests have brought about excessive motor access, endangering and diminishing many, many species.

Even though the Wiyot alive now do not retain the images of the beauty existing before the exploitation of this land, they carry the memory. This is what is called in this language, "spirit", and remains the essence of reverence - which is as it should be. We must revere the REAL, whether the Marten leaping and pursuing across the canopy, the silent-nesting seabirds so few of you ever see, the bats, now so vulnerable and losing their insect-balancing numbers across the continent, who travel also, north and east and back here, lives shaped by the seasons.

A community depends upon its members, and long-distance transport is colonization. The green world here must never be colonized further - we have lost 98% of our great climate-tempering redwoods, killed, and taken to make hot tubs in NY and houses house houses far away (not unlike the Port Orford Cedars, who I walk among periodically in their last undiseased refugia along streams I will not identify. Their bodies were taken, for the least of all acceptable reasons. Because they are so resistant to most fungi, they were shipped to the orient for human caskets, for imaginary immortal preservation of remains that should have flown with the vultures to be placed anew. The most ancient bone of your body, the femur is at most composed of molecules ten years old, with most far younger before complete replacement. The forests themselves, take the nitrogen - essentially the protein - of the dead, bodies normally become , here, parts of trees and other organisms in a tiny hidden generosity, becoming others down the ages.THIS is community, of which we are part, when we breathe, that which we ate, expended, are, is taken again, gift, ever. We must never wantonly or selfishly kill this giving)

This decision was good, respectful of the sacred life of earth.

Here today, we thank the Wiyot for remembering what is important, and their courage in protecting us, the evanescent beings of this land.

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Posted by george mira on 11/28/2019 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Planning Commission Denies Wind Farm Project

When global warming kills the last redwood folks will wish their grandparents had had better vision. But at least they did not have to worry in their own time and isn't that all that matters.

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Posted by Dav on 11/28/2019 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Planning Commission Denies Wind Farm Project

We do not need big money ad big oil foisting this on us ( red flag) when it could reap havoc on our biodiversity and our Redwoods.

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Posted by Pat Kanzler on 11/28/2019 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Recycling's New Reality

Great, clear article. It has changed my recycling behavior. Thanks.

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Posted by Lynn Scott Jones on 11/26/2019 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Recycling's New Reality

“What can I do?” READ THIS! Repair, Reuse, Recycle. NOW! Don’t wait for legislation. Thank you for leading the way in this, HUMBOLDT CO.
Thank you, NC Journal.

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Posted by Janet McIntosh on 11/23/2019 at 8:48 AM

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