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Re: “The Gray Whale Die-off

Please remember the local stranding network. Northcoast Marine Mammal Center Stranding line 707 - 951-4722. We cover Humboldt & del Norte counties

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Re: “'Not the Norm': HSU Students, Faculty Speak out on Racism

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Re: “Four Timber Protesters Arrested in Rio Dell

It would be nice to know how to contribute to the defense fund for these protesters!

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Posted by Dave Carlson on 06/18/2019 at 8:24 AM

Re: “EPD Seeks Suspect in Possible Hate Crime

Which Starbucks was this: the one on Myrtle, or the one on 5th Street?

Posted by Diane Mettam on 06/16/2019 at 4:48 PM

Re: “The Case for Impeachment

A congressman with Derangement Syndrome. Not good for the people or country. When will he light his hair on fire?

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Posted by Freedom is not Free on 06/16/2019 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Yurok Tribe Awarded UN Honor for Forest Management Practices

I am proud to have had an association with the Yurok Tribe which involved returning to them my NW California Collection of 2,047 baskets and Objects of Culture. They are SUCH a fine organization, forward looking and pro-active, and I was happy to see what I had gathered over some 60 years go home at last. Tom O'Roarke was Tribal Chairman at that time, and his devotion to his tribe and to his culture was both inspiring and moving. Instead of attacking "Us Collectors," the Tribe recognized our contributions (in terms of having gathered and protected the Tribal Culture) and dealt with me very fairly.

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Posted by Mary Lou Walbergh on 06/15/2019 at 3:43 PM

Re: “The Cost of Wind

What would it take for The Journal to send a photographer up to Monument Gate, shoot some shots south of it along the ridge? You don't have to trespass. You can also shoot down into the valley to show how close they are together.

Same thing for Bear River but you could actually pay a photographer's gas mileage to drive the mostly gravel-dirt road between Rio Dell and Ferndale (on the Bear River Road part) and take photos of the prairie. It is unparalleled beauty that has not been harmed by ranchers. That is just a libel against ranchers. In fact, there is a grass-fed livestock ranch up there. Check it out. Check out the quality of the grasslands and tell me it isn't pristine.

The forests are another story. Too much over-logging in most places, but that doesn't justify a project that also has its huge carbon footprint.

And who will remove the reinforced (hopefully) cement pads these gigantic wind turbines will be placed on? When will that be done? When the project shuts down? Or never? To justify such environmental pollution while saying ranching has made the grasslands of Bear River less pristine is just hogwash. Furthermore, without an elk herd for decades, those very same cattle helped keep the prairie in a more-pristine state. (If you don't believe the value of cattle and range, check out what environmentalists are doing in South Africa and other southern African nations where desertification is posing a threat.) Bad ranching is harmful just like bad logging just like bad wind projects.

That doesn't justify the taking of marbled murrelets justified by a former EPIC employee.

The Journal needs to do a much better job than this story, which should have not have been published without being sent back and further research and writing required. It's one that doesn't make the cut. I'm surprised The Journal published it.

Posted by Glenn Thomas Franco on 06/15/2019 at 8:25 AM

Re: “After 70 Years, Remains of Eureka Man Killed in Korean War Return Home

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Posted by Rose Stone on 06/14/2019 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Win One for the Gipper

Thomas, thanks for your summary of the Crabs vs. Studs series. I appreciated reading it. But in explaining the missed 3rd strike rule [which allowed a Studs batter to reach first and eventually score on a sac fly], you inadvertently implied the batter may run anytime a catcher misses a 3rd strike. This is not the case. For a batter to run on a dropped/missed 3rd strike, either first base must be unoccupied, or there must be two outs. The most famous missed 3rd strike occurred in the 9th inning of Game 6 of the 1941 World Series. The Brooklyn Dodgers were leading the Yankees 4-3,when Yankees' Tommy Heinrich swung at & missed strike three, which should have ended the game. But Dodgers' catcher Mickey Owen missed the ball, allowing Heinrich to reach first and the Yankees rallied to win 7-4.

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Posted by on 06/11/2019 at 9:06 PM

Re: “DIY Rush Limbaugh

Grew up there and witnessed the damaging polices of liberalism from the 60's till my father died 2004. Sold the house because Euerka is nothing like it used to be and not worth living there with the proliferation of gangs and meth, since there are not any good jobs there anymore for blue collar workers. Big reason why over 13 percent decrease of population in the 70's were liberal policies that killed 36 percent of the jobs in less than 5 years. Redwood national park expansion Carter implemented.

Posted by Jaye Naish on 06/10/2019 at 9:51 PM

Re: “Gasoline Kings

Pardon my ignorance, but how is "lockstep" pricing different from price-fixing?

Posted by Vml on 06/10/2019 at 11:43 AM

Re: “The Cost of Wind

There is so much more that is questionable about this project, please read the letter from the Rio Dell City Council, to the Humboldt Planning Commission. In addition read Mr. Baciks' letter from Scotia, also to the HPC regarding impacts not even finished in the original proposal...I thought wind power would be great until I looked into a few of the qualities of this program that will destroy out enviroment...oh, in addition, when the huge windmills are no longer workable (30 years, if we are lucky), they have NO plan to take them down, rather they get to rust away right were they are....wonderful planning people...D S

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Re: “'A Comedy of Errors'

I can't attest to the stories listed before me from people who have lived in this area far longer then I, what I can say is that the reason that I came to Humboldt County and what it's know for and why people come here more so than any other reason is Cannabis. Muir woods national park (SF) & Big Basin State Park (SC) are much more accessible for tourist traveling from aboard to see Redwoods. Now I came up here like many because of article in High Times Magazine, that this was the place to grow the best in the world outdoors. I've invested over a million dollars in this industry and I would like to see it continue to thrive, I've seen this community highly benefit from it, I believe its our number one attraction. Now the winds are changing, the State of California is opening up production else where. We need more so than ever to Market it, yeah people say "weed sells itself" but now with so much of it, we Need to stand out! I honestly don't care who gets this Marketing contact (it's kind of peanuts in my eyes) but who ever does, needs focus on Cannabis. I'd prefer a local team, and I don't believe the media just my opinion.

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Posted by herbfarmer on 06/08/2019 at 10:21 AM

Re: “The Cost of Wind

While I agree that wind power is better than fossil fuels, the question that people here in Humboldt County are asking is this: why remove nearly 1,000 Acres of trees in order to install a wind farm that will only provide .3% of California's energy needs?

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Posted by marvellouslyradiant on 06/07/2019 at 7:51 PM

Re: “'A Comedy of Errors'

In response to Mr. Ducci's inquiry:

I probably hired one of your kids or friends. I didn't start my home and family business in Eureka because of any glossy magazine, or any tourist outreach whatsoever.

Humboldt County sells itself, known the world-over for Redwoods and pot. Miles of pristine forests, trails, beaches, wetlands, lagoons, rivers, bay, a university, college (both easily mistaken for resorts), rich in art, music and theater.

Limited public funds must STOP subsidizing connected industries whether it's unfunded infrastructure for the development industry's big-home subdivisions (McKay), traffic signals for more fast food, (Carrington), welfare for the national retail industry paying poverty wages, (attracting numerous predatory businesses downtown), and ESPECIALLY the tourism industry the most volatile of all...a seasonal rush at best, disappearing overnight when gas exceeds $5/gal.

No, QUALITY OF LIFE is NOT about the QUANTITY of "tourist attractions", but the condition of average working families currently documented as being several times worse in every category of health and human services...repeatedly drawing the attention of the Ca. Att. Gen. This is where public resources and subsidies MUST be focused...and NOT on industries that waste funds for un-provable benefits often exacerbating crises, as in housing.

America's Golden Goose of living wage manufacturing, taxable incomes, "cheap" energy, and full-investments in its human resources began migrating 40 years ago.

It's time for each of these industries to ween themselves off the public teat and produce whatever they feel is needed to promote their businesses, as my family did, within their own financial means.

Step up and be celebrated.

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Posted by Anon. on 06/07/2019 at 6:06 PM

Re: “'A Comedy of Errors'

What surprises me is that I haven't seen any Humboldt Made board members interviewed; or, perhaps I missed it. The board provides oversight for HM. I would be curious to know if the board has taken a position and/or action on staff's performance for this RFP, and whether it can or will make any decisions public that have arisen from this RFP.

Furthermore, you have one of the most-successful businesspersons ever in Humboldt County on HM's board: Mr. Don Banducci. Although I don't know him personally, I always admired how he and a partner saw a need, saw a company that could fulfill that need, bought it and made it scale to heights probably not imagined by its creators. He knows marketing, he is familiar with business practices, etc. Why not at least interview him? A basic question: do you and the board remain satisfied with HM's leadership? It's an obvious question. Not asked; or, again, perhaps I missed it.

As for the RFP, I wrote about RFPs many times during my media career in Humboldt, and I even submitted a lot of them, when I worked for Eel River Disposal. I can assure that if City Garbage (the name of our main competitor at the time) would have submitted a late RFP as alleged in this article, we would have sued with force and fury and we would have won. The waiver right, according to my layman's understanding, does not apply to an RFP that was not complete, submitted incorrectly, etc. I know my friends at City Garbage would have sued us silly had I done the same thing. I would have expected it. On this RFP issue, I disagree with "MRDDUCCI" above. I'm very familiar with local governments, RFPs, proper process, fairness, etc. The city would have spent more on a court case than the contract was worth, and I believe it would have lost, but I'm not a lawyer.

Thad did a good job; I wouldn't expect less of him. That said, who would want to work with Humboldt Made or the city of Eureka at this point? Just Google or follow the articles and comments on Lost Coast and they are enough to make a very bad impression on anyone not familiar with and living outside Humboldt County. The harm caused by this controversy, further covered by The Journal as it should be, will be difficult to overcome for the current leadership of Humboldt Made; however, it's not insurmountable. I hope city staff can learn from it, too.

However, no amount of marketing can undo the innuendo, "conspiracy" theories and jealousy (as alleged by "MRDDCUCI" above), allegations of malfeasance, diatribes, backbiting and gossip that are presented for the world to see and cringe at on Lost Coast Outpost. It smears all of Humboldt with a stench that the owner the Outpost should really consider. Just because it gets clicks doesn't mean it's worth it. That's on top of generally low-quality and incomplete reporting often plagued by many other negative variables.

Having lived out of Humboldt for 10 years in Silicon Valley, I believe the Vistors' Bureau did a great job with marketing the county, especially on TV. I don't watch much TV, but I saw its ads on many sports games that I do watch a lot of. They were professional and creative. They made me proud to have grown up and spent the majority of my career in Humboldt. In fact, they were the best-ever commercials from the Visitors' Bureau. Eureka got its money's worth in those ads because Eureka has the most hotel rooms in the county and that is where a lot of people would stay, spend money on gas, eat out, etc. That some folks in Humboldt would like to see a different approach is fine. That doesn't make the bureau bad.

In comments, I've seen someone say the bureau promised an app. Apps are far overrated. What would be better is continuing to improve its fine website, which is far ahead of what it used to be. People, at least on Droid-based systems, can save a home page to their phone's home screen. I do that for all the publications I subscribe to, rather than getting all their apps. I do this not because I don't have a lot of memory; I have a lot (RAM, internal and external). It's because I don't want all the negatives that apps bring to bear on RAM, updating, permissions, etc. An excellent, top-notch professional app could cost in the five figures if not the six figures, or you could go cheap and have issues. That is, unless you have in-house talent to build an app.

Humboldt is such a small community; it's a shame there is so much acrimony. At a time when it's the only county in the state to suffer suffer a decline in sales tax revenue, it seems now would be when the community should be coming together.

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Posted by Glenn Thomas Franco on 06/07/2019 at 4:28 PM

Re: “The Cost of Wind

Unfortunately, the Natural Gas/Renewables Industries are aggressively promoting misguided energy production projects, like the Humboldt Wind Energy Project, which will adversely impact our environment, and never deliver truly essential energy production improvements!

While over 10 million people die each year globally from air pollution and energy poverty, our local, state and federal agencies continue to approve projects which benefit wealthy corporations, support unprecedented levels of income disparity, and distract all of us from the urgent conversation we need to have ASAP, based on Science, about a realistic path towards clean air and water...…,…

Absent a clear path towards clean air and water, sustainable communities and prosperity for all our children, these adverse impacts will continue...

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Posted by Kirk Gothier1 on 06/07/2019 at 12:44 PM

Re: “The Cost of Wind

Louis, Humboldt County will not get any energy from this project. Her words were that the project was capable of generating one-third of the energy Humboldt County uses. When asked if any of the energy generated would go/stay in Humboldt, the answer was as the writer reports:
"[Humboldt County]could purchase the renewable energy from other providers throughout the state or buy some from the Terra-Gen project, if it is approved and built."

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