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Re: “All Creatures Great and Small

Great story, Kali! Keep writing!! <3

Posted by Amy Beth Barnes on 10/20/2017 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Reggae Falling

Kelley Lincoln; since you dont want to answer those questions, how about these:

In the Reggae on the River plans and revised technical report for the leachfields and wastewater discharge requirements, submitted to the State Water Board on March 3, 2014, it states the following from page 2 of 3:

"The design wastewater generation volume from the entire event is 11,000 gallons per day Keep in mind that only 6500 of the 10,500 attendees stay overnight and not all of them shower."…

Do they mean only attendees camping onsite take showers, what about attendees not camping onsite that have been in the river, or because its been a long hot, dry and dusty day and take care of personal hygiene ("not all of them shower")?

Why did the Reggae on the River monitoring report for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, dated October 6, 2017 reflect the event generated 11,000 gallons per day (Table 2)? Since the report states:

"the attendance never hit the 10,500 that was used in the design nor the 9000 that is currently allowed by the CUP"…

The Reggae on the River October 6, 2017 monitoring report states the event generated exactly 11,000 gallons of wastewater per day for 4 days, which was estimated for the higher number of attendees, not the lower number as stated in the monitoring report (Table 1). Are these estimates and calculations correct?

In other words, the volume of wastewater generated is greater, compared to the number of attendees, which is lower in 2017. Why is that?

And as for those attendees numbers, no one noticed the slow decline in numbers from 2014 to 2016?

In your reporting, you stated:

"Earnings from Reggae were strong each of the next two years, according to the general manager and the board. Crellin said ROTR netted $249,000 in 2015 and $278,000 the following year"

Wow, thats amazing; according to the Reggae on the River October 6, 2017 monitoring report to the State Water Board, the Daily Average (Table 1) was 288 less in 2016 than in 2015, but they made $29,000 more in 2016 than in 2015? Maybe they should figure out how they did that

And my last question; in your reporting, you stated:

"Reflecting on Reggae 2017, the Mateel and its members face an inescapable truth: It lacked support from the very community it was formed to serve. Advanced tickets for Reggae the ones typically snatched up by out-of-town buyers mostly met sales projections. It was the locals who were almost completely absent, prompting Crellin to ask during his presentation, If the locals dont come, then who are we doing it for?"

Whoa and you believe that? Blaming something you cannot quantify? Its kinda like the MCC can tell you how many gallons of potable water they use every year, but cannot tell you how many thousands of gallons of wastewater they leave behind for the river to ingest. Leave No Trace, right?

Posted by Ed Voice on 10/20/2017 at 7:10 AM

Re: “Needles, Needles, Needles

These are from San Francisco in 2015; they have many more locations, open hours, and assorted drop boxes.……

Posted by Judy Sousa on 10/20/2017 at 7:06 AM

Re: “Reggae Falling

Let me also remind you, back in 2015, Calfresh paid the Mateel $11,750 for a new mechanical/automated dishwasher and installation for the Mateel Meal program. And Calfresh also paid overhead, personnel and operating cost of the Mateel Meal for years. How is the Mateel Meal a burden on the Mateel? Why did they stop the Calfresh outreach program this year? Maybe because the current Calfresh contract for 2017/2018 FY required a mandatory Drug Free Workplace & Employee Agreement and Drug Free Policy Agreement to receive Calfresh funding for the Mateel and Mateel Meal?…

Posted by Ed Voice on 10/20/2017 at 7:01 AM

Re: “All Creatures Great and Small

Little Molly looks so much like our little Rescue, Benji! We lost him last year to cancer and we miss him so much. He had the sweetest personality and loved to play with every dog he met.

Posted by Marna on 10/19/2017 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Reggae Falling

I have a couple of questions for Kelley Lincoln, from her Journals cover story,

One of your statements in the article was:

"The Mateel spent about $35,000 for new leach fields for the septic system serving the kitchen and food vendors"

1. Why did you forget to mention the public showers? The majority of the wastewater dumped into the onsite leach fields (within the floodplain of the South Fork Eel) was generated by attendees using public showers during the event for 4 days each year.

2. Why did it take until this year (2017) for the MCC to file all the yearly required wastewater monitoring reports to the State Water Board (2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017)?

3. How come the MCC can only estimate the amount of wastewater being dumped into the leach fields? See link:…

4. In that State Water Board report, do the number of attendees include; volunteers, event staff, emergency staff, security staff, VIP/entertainment, vendors, guests and comp ticket holders?

5. Does any amount of that wastewater include RV holding tanks?

You also stated:

"The Mateel also mitigated environmental stressors by constructing a rain catchment pond to use for dust control and lawn for the concert bowl at a cost of about $55,000"

1. Where in the MCC Conditional Use Permit EIR for "Reggae on the River", does it require mitigated environmental stressors and construction of a rain catchment pond (780,000 gallon)?

2. What are mitigated environmental stressors?

3. Why was this $55,000 rain catchment pond empty 9 days before the event started this year (2017)?

4. Since there was no rain water in the catchment pond, at least 9 days before the event; where did the water come from for dust control and lawn during the event in 2017?

Posted by Ed Voice on 10/19/2017 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Strumming Up a Case

Some of Oscar's music and music of other local underground musicians is at Willburn Records and Willburn Records II on Soundcloud and Youtube. If you dig what you're hearin', support your local arts community by sharing it with others. The archive's always growing. -Felix

Posted by Spencer Kennedy on 10/15/2017 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Reggae Falling

This is a letter to the editor, an opinion, not from the pen of a journalist or reporter, an inaccurate account of the facts. This is a great example of bias, why you should NEVER report on an issue dear to your heart or have relations with. It's very apparent the writer is defending the MCC beyond the pale.

Posted by Ed Voice on 10/15/2017 at 12:22 AM

Re: “Strumming Up a Case

I have known Oscar for about three years and have had the honor of playing on location with him on several occasions including at Eureka Natural Foods, the Post Office on Clark Street, Old Town Farmers Market, and Costco. Never have I seen him "belt out" "F***in' on the Side" in any public venue nor do I think he ever would. As far as I have seen Oscar always conducts his performances with respect for his audience and the venues he plays and does not use profanity in his songs. Although some of his songs have some material intended for adult audiences he DOES NOT play them while busking. To exercise "journalistic freedom" by adding these details to your article which have no credibility is simply false press and bad journalism. Investigative reporting doesn't mean making up facts.

Posted by Felix J. Feelz on 10/12/2017 at 8:16 PM

Re: “Reggae Falling

Please edit for truthfulness : Your spin is showing.

In the mid nighties CAROL AND PB AND a host of core staff resigned from staff at MCC and started people productions. They decided for the MCC board that they shouldn't be in business of production any more. We were manipulated by the best. (Of manipulators) The MCC was forced to hire them to produce rotr. Oh boy that was a crazy money skimming few years wasn't it Carol? Wristbands were their own currency!! And of course people productions always demanded and got the preferential treatment in Hall use calander. They still ran the MCC from down the street.

Then pb Tommy Carol and their posse got real greedy . They hatched a sinister unbelievably toxic plan to betray the MCC and the entire community by taking reggae / the permit and they tried to just RENAME IT.

We all saw the cancer began to grow then. The MCC rallied for a while but those actions' end prognosis is terminal. Thanks a lot for nothing. Here's to hoping karma visits hard on those bitches and blowhards from reggae rising poser gig.

May we rally on, or slip away peacefully. Sometimes things die. I know who is responsible.

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Posted by mymy on 10/12/2017 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Money On Trees

Ha this is not the story u told me j.w....

Posted by Khar E. B.H. on 10/12/2017 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Push and Pull

Why not organize a "foster" system? Eureka property owners having enough land to permit a "camper", can provide clean water access, potable toilet unit and safe electrical connection. After a standardized interview, overseen by City staff, a property owner and homeless individual can be matched. A contract should be drafted stating safe and reasonable terms for both parties. The property owner should supply a sleeping structure (a new tent at minimum) and the City should inspect such and provide any exemptions for accommodations deemed to be adequate shelter.

The tenant would clear the land of weeds and brush, mow lawns, trim hedges, prune trees, rake leaves and weekly maintain the lot for the property owner. The owner would provide a safe, clean living area for the camping tenant. The City would assign a worker to help the new tenants to receive food stamps to obtain healthy foods which would be prepared on a propane cook stove supplied by the property owner. (Maybe local stores could become involved by selling the stoves at an especially reduced price)

This would not work for every homeless individual, as some would not be able to complete this sort of task. However, there are those who are certainly capable and these individuals would benefit by living in the improved situation of a sanctioned camp, on private property. The property owners will certainly benefit from this symbiotic relationship by having their land cleared and maintained. This arrangement may even lead to further work opportunities, wherein, the tenant receives a wage. This suggestion is not a "full" solution for Eureka's homeless problem, however, it may reduce the number of individuals in need of shelter.

The "in-take" process must have oversight, to protect the prospective worker from property owners who do not fulfill their end of the bargain and, likewise, to insure that property owners are not victimized by tenants who run afoul of their contract terms.

Posted by Observation & Assimulation on 10/10/2017 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Strumming Up a Case

Oscar does NOT perform his song F**cking on the Side in public. This story has cost him gigs in the area, because people now fear he's not PG enough. The NCJ should correct this mistake ASAP.

Posted by John Hardin on 10/06/2017 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Wayward Passage

What a fascinating article. Proof that long-form journalism still works. Well-done, Kimberly.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 10/05/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Can Humboldt County Solve Addiction?

It is super sad that Humboldt has such a poor record of helping those in the community who struggle with addiction. You need a methadone clinic. Period. Sad. Sad. Sad. You all should be ashamed. Addition is a health issue. Treat it like you do
other diseases! Get it together, guys!

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Posted by Jason Stroupe on 10/01/2017 at 2:00 PM

Re: “'Things Can Fall Apart'

Another stellar story, Thadeus. Good to see hard-news journalism still has a home in Humboldt County. Excellent story.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 09/30/2017 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Youth Movement

Me to garry,sure do miss orleans.Greatest place on earth to grow up in.

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Posted by Danny Norman on 09/30/2017 at 7:25 AM

Re: “Youth Movement

That was very well written! Made me want to return to my long ago home and join hands with the OVFD!

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Posted by Garry Graves on 09/29/2017 at 10:08 PM

Re: “The Case of the Missing $5 Million

Steve Gorter-
In the below link, you'll find audio of the Jan. 15, 2016 interview with ESPN referenced in the article in which Mr. Rechnitz says $1.5 billion is "at least half a year's income for me."…

We don't run "fictional sob stories." Facts are facts and we do our best to report them fairly. If you can point to something specific in the story that is inaccurate, please do. If we got something wrong, we'll correct it. But if you can't point to any specific inaccuracies, please take your "fake news" diatribes elsewhere and spare our award-winning reporter your baseless accusations.

Posted by Thadeus Greenson on 09/29/2017 at 11:35 AM

Re: “'Things Can Fall Apart'

As a former deputy public defender under Kevin Robinson, I second Heidi Holmquist's statements regarding the ethic of zealous representation and inner office support that allowed my colleagues and I to effectively advocate on behalf of the indigent of Humboldt County. Even though the attorneys and wonderful support staff were completely overworked and drowning in cases, we supported each other and went to work everyday knowing that we were a valued member of a team. It is a sad day when my former colleagues have decided to leave the office because they feel they are unable to do their job because of the choices of the Board of Supervisors. It is time to put egos aside and do what is right and constitutionally mandated: hire someone who is qualified and dedicated to indigent representation to lead the office forward. It really doesn't matter if the current PD is legally "qualified" pursuant to local and State rules- what matters is that he is failing miserably as a leader and the most vulnerable populations of the County are the ones most likely to suffer because of this failure.

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Posted by KFJD on 09/29/2017 at 11:20 AM

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