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Re: “St. Joseph Hospital and Redwood Memorial Hospital Healthcare Workers on Strike

replacements for the 1 day strike arrived the day AFTER the strike, when those employees who supported the strike would have already returned to their positions. Employees who were conscientious enough to show up for their shifts on the day of the strike were forced out, escorted out of the building by management teams, and told not to come back to work for 5 days. You do not need replacements for employees who are already on the job - this lockout is a purely a punitive measure and has nothing at all to do with patient care. It's sole intent is to cause financial harm to the lowest paid employees in the organization. Dozens of managers and security guards prevented those employees from returning to work. The sisters of St Joseph would be heartbroken at what providence has done to their legacy.

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Posted by avenger on 11/22/2019 at 4:56 AM

Re: “Green Versus Green

What makes Mr. Goldberg think local wind energy will be used locally in an emergency when we already have a natural-gas facility designed to operate independently that is useless in emergencies?

Hopefully, the dollars we spend at the local casinos will provide the attorneys necessary to stop this boondoggle. The long-term negative impacts for tribal members and the environment are not worth these massive machine's short lifespan.

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Posted by Chuck Warren on 11/14/2019 at 6:26 PM

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: “Green Versus Green

‘You won’t understand it until you live it’

Tanya Lamb, Greenfield Nov 6, 2019

To all Madison County tax paying residents:

My name is Tanya Lamb. I am 50 years old. I have lived at my residence for 26 years, my husband for 37 years. We, at the very second you read this, live in the footprint of industrial wind. My husband loves to boast “I’ve planted every tree but two” on our once beautiful property. He started planning his future on our property in 1982, when he planted rows of evergreens that now surround three sides of our home. We met in 1993, married in 1997, built our dream home and moved in the spring of 2006. Fast forward to November 2019, we are now completely unsure we will be able to stay in our home.

I also have attended several supervisors meetings in Madison County. I have absolutely nothing to gain by attending these meetings and sharing my very real and sad story; I am just simply trying to educate people on the true tragedies and deprivation of industrial wind.

We, personally, have been inundated by 100s of industrial wind turbines. We have seven practically on top of our home, the closest one being 1,800 feet and the farthest 2,800 feet from our home.

Nearly every day (yes, every day) I am discomposed by industrial turbines. We no longer are able to sit outside and enjoy the peace and quiet. Our coonhound no longer sleeps outside; our cats no longer want to be outside at night. We find ourselves sleeping in our basement on a regular basis. We live in a brick home. You don’t and won’t understand, until you live it.

We have, going on three weeks, shadow flickering. It starts out in our bathroom and bedroom, then travels through our dining and living room, then into our kitchen and finally ending in our garage. This is about 30 minutes a day. Then, in the evening it travels in the reverse direction, for about the same 30 minutes. It messes with your head. Imagine being in a room and someone keeps turning the light switch on and off, on and off, on and off. The legal term for this is “trespass zoning”. You don’t and won’t understand, until you live it.

Next, the noise – the horrific noise – we knew the turbines were going to be loud, but not as loud as they truly are. We had three of the Blattner Energy employees stand in our driveway and tell us they indeed were going to be very loud. These men were from Montana, Oklahoma, and a local from Greenfield.

These monsters are 494 feet tall from base to the tip of the blade; the blades are close to 200 feet long. When you have a very large structure, moving and spinning at over 200 mph, vibrating the air, then compound it with multiple structures, all of the same size and speed, there will be noise – and lots of it. You don’t and won’t understand, until you live it.

It doesn’t take any type of degree, or a ton of common sense, to understand this concept. They do indeed sound like jets that won’t land. It goes on all day, almost every day. We pray for days without wind. You don’t and won’t understand, until you live it.

On Saturday, Oct. 19, I heard our neighbor’s cows mooing for the first time in over 30 days. That evening we heard pheasants and even some geese. Again – you don’t and wont, understand, until you live it.

I am not opposed to anyone wanting industrial wind turbines. You just have to keep the noise, the shadowing, and all other adverse affects on your property, and not ours.

The World Health Organization has deemed these industrial turbines a health risk. Common sense would tell, or should tell, any reasonable person this is not right to impose these things on any living being.

Page County, a county not even slated to get turbines, have created an ordinance to prevent industrial wind from destroying their county. They did this because they do not want what happened to Adair County to happen to them. What does this say to any reasonable person?

I am certain, without a shadow of a doubt, had our county been educated it would have been a much, much different outcome in Adair County. We are living it each and every day. And each and every day people are learning that this is truly not what we were led to believe. How can we possibly be wrong? We are not. Again, we are living it – many of the residents of Madison County are not. You don’t and won’t understand, until you live it – as many of our residents didn’t, either. It’s too late for use. It’s not for you.

Stand up for your property rights.

One last note: Judy Neal, if you don’t already know this, not one of your neighbors for miles wants industrial wind turbines. Therefore I am certain they do not want the adverse affects from your turbines. I hope you can keep them from infringing onto your neighbors’ property. They, too, will be very unhappy.

Lastly, I had my hearing checked, as I now have ringing and ear pain, on Oct. 22 at the ENT Clinic of Iowa by Dr. Wright. He found that my hearing had actually improved since my last test in 2017. Therefore, I am certain I can hear pretty well.

You don’t and won’t understand, until you live it.

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Posted by Dan B on 11/16/2019 at 5:27 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: “FIFTH UPDATE: Thousands Without Power as Strong Winds Arrive, Snow is Falling

It's irritating that 26 hours after the power went out in Blue Lake the best PG&E can do is 'cause unknown' and not have any estimate for when it will be restored. A little better transparency and information would go a long ways towards conveying that they care about their customers!

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Posted by AnnaK on 11/27/2019 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Hundreds Attend ACEs Town Hall Featuring California Surgeon General Nadine Burke Harris (with Video)

Humboldt County lost millions of dollars in wage subsidies for youths when Ronald Reagan cut the California Employment Training Administration.

Ace's can be mitigated immediately through early emancipation programs which Humboldt County seriously lacks. Most youths are eager for the responsibility.

Humboldt County also lacks a 24/7 Mobile Response Team of two professionals to deescalate crises resulting from abuse, addiction, homelessness and metal illness. Leaving this to untrained and non-certified police is resulting in fatalities nationwide.

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Posted by Chuck Warren on 11/24/2019 at 12:25 AM

Re: “Green Versus Green

We don't have any experience with industrial wind turbines in Humboldt. Decisions like the one we face should be based on results so I listen to people who are living with them. This is a person from Iowa:… and another from Vermont:
filed: April 2, 2016 • Opinions, Vermont
Good neighbors don’t trespass

Credit: Paul Brouha: Good Neighbors Don’t Trespass | April 2, 2016 | ~~

It is there as day breaks on a still spring morning when I am outside listening for a wild turkey’s gobble. It is there when I cross the yard to work in my garden. When I go out for a walk with the dogs it comes along. I feel its vibrations while sitting at my desk with the windows closed on a winter afternoon. It is wind turbine noise from the Sheffield Wind Project which invades our property on a northwest wind. It is especially evident on rainy/snowy days when the clouds hang low over our neighbor’s ridgeline where the 16 wind turbines have been erected.

In Vermont, we homeowners have a right to the peaceful use and enjoyment of our property. We also have a right to be protected against unlawful trespass on our property.

In granting Certificates of Public Good and their associated establishment and measurement of noise standards for wind turbines inside neighboring homes rather than at property lines, the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) has essentially awarded wind developers an uncompensated nuisance noise, health, and safety easement across private property even though that neighboring parcel has not been leased to the wind developer.

In effect, future development rights on thousands of acres of private property have been stripped from Vermont’s rural citizens and handed to their neighbor’s tenant, the wind developer, without compensation as required by Article 2 of the Vermont Constitution.

The basic premise of zoning is to separate conflicting uses of land. When the PSB establishes safety setbacks and noise emissions that are measured at or inside a neighboring home rather than at a property line, there is in fact NO separation of the conflicting use.

The definition of trespassing is “to enter the owner’s land or property without permission.”

Vermont’s PSB has established noise limit criteria at and inside neighboring homes rather than at property lines. Vermont has legalized trespassing onto our properties, inside our homes and in our rural communities. It has enacted trespass zoning.

Here is how it works: First, after filing a noise complaint, the wind company is supposed to review its data to ensure the noise is within the noise limit. Most often, and in my particular case, the wind company reported data that showed it was in compliance with the CPG. I then had to prove the noise was too loud on my property. Even when I submitted an expert report that showed the noise on my property exceeded the noise limit, in order to establish whether a violation of the noise standard had occurred, the PSB authorized the developer to come into our home (into our 2nd floor bedroom, actually) to conduct another test. As a result of that test, which confirmed my expert’s report, the out-of-state wind company now wants to monitor and audio record what is happening in our bedroom 24/7 for a month. And the wind company’s owners want access to our bedroom at any time they feel like making a measurement.

Neighbors who oppose wind developments are often characterized by wind developers as NIMBYs. While we don’t want wind developments in our back yards, we neighboring landowners simply recognize that the trespass zoning granted to wind developers is in reality a subsidy extracted from us without any compensation. Worse yet, the regulators in this state allow the wind industry to intrude inside people’s homes to determine compliance with the state’s already-poor noise standards. Basically, they and the developer want to make the whole complaint process so intrusive and unpalatable that we’ll never complain again!

Where the wind developer can use these unleased properties for nuisance noise and safety easements free of charge, they have no reason to approach the neighbors to negotiate a fair price for their loss of amenity and property values. Trespass zoning has deprived wind project neighbors of all economic bargaining power. The PSB’s approval of trespass zoning has donated Vermonters’ private property to the neighboring landowner’s wind developer tenant.

What the Legislature needs to do is to amend Section 248 to require developers to comply at all times of operation with a reasonably recognized noise level. The current noise limits in most CPGs are 45 dBA for specified outside zones and 30 dBA for inside a neighboring residence. These noise limits are not enforced evenly at all locations and the wind company is able to manipulate the data to show compliance, when the noise exceeds the established levels.

To combat the lack of integrity from both the PSB and the wind developer, Vermont landowners propose a 37 dBA LMax noise limit standard attributable to the wind turbine generators at and beyond the plant facility property line and 30 dBA LMax in residence interiors neighboring the plant facility property. Further, to ensure that landowners are protected from future violations, the Legislature must require the wind developer to fund the costs of continuous independent transparent monitoring at all existing and future wind projects, and data collection and reporting of noise generated by the plant facility at and beyond the property line.

By moving turbine noise standards to property lines and requiring monitoring, the Vermont Legislature would simply be holding wind developers (and the PSB) accountable for the effects of their projects: noise pollution, turbine rotor failure and its attendant debris field, property value loss, and visual blight. During the current session, the Legislature needs to restore property rights by eliminating trespass zoning and to hold the PSB accountable for respecting the private property rights of Vermonters. Good neighbors don’t trespass.

Paul Brouha, of Sutton, lives on property that abuts the Sheffield Wind Project.
Source: Paul Brouha: Good Neighbors Don’t Trespass | April 2, 2016 |

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Posted by Dan B on 11/16/2019 at 8:28 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

“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

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: “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: “Thousands Could Face Days Without Power as Temperatures Plummet

It's getting worse (and longer) each time we have an outage. Is it odd to anyone else that the outages only come during important times (back to school-halloween eve- Thanksgiving )? Makes me wonder how long we will be denied power over Christmas week? If it's long enough people will be agreeable to any billing hikes necessary to make it stop.😁

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Posted by Don A Gormley on 11/29/2019 at 5:41 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: “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: “County Sends Nearly 500 Cannabis Warning Letters

inhaling is beautiful,she not a criminal,nor a murderer too.Stop pursuing her and we smoking at if you are interested at joining the crowd no problems..
"I have always loved marijuana.It makes me feel the way I need to feel."

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Posted by German German on 11/24/2019 at 11:22 PM

Re: “HSU to Offer Immigration Legal Services to Staff, Employees

Thanks for writing such a good article,Thank you. Power of attorney form

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Posted by Carl Glendon on 11/14/2019 at 3:26 AM

Re: “Pasta Luego Says Ciao

I've been going to business in that building for years, from the basement (now Basement) to the top floor... and I've even been on the roof! I had no idea Pasta Luego was even there and I can't recall ever having heard of the place.

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Posted by lostinthewoods on 11/13/2019 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Planning Commission Denies Wind Farm Project

field engineer schlumberger

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