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Re: “'So Savage and Relevant'

Just a guy, but loved (1) JFC's essay (2) this response. Never too late for a dude to wake up (again!)

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Posted by barryevans on 06/20/2019 at 7:16 AM

Re: “In the Wind

Cape Mendocino is the westernmost point in Humboldt County and the entire state of California. It is one of the most seismically active areas in the US. There is a huge haystack shaped rock offshore at the point that is so large it is considered an island. Sugarloaf Island, as it is called, is visible from Mattole Road. You can view it from seven miles away if you go south to McNutt Gulch just as Mattole Rd. turns inland from the ocean. This iconic landmark is 328 feet tall. Terra Gen is proposing 60 industrial wind turbines that are 600 feet tall, with flashing red lights on , built on the highest point in southern Humboldt. They admitted they have never built in an area similar to this one. The rotors are 400' in diameter with tip speeds of 300 miles per hour. And they said they will repower with larger ones eventually. Bear River Ridge and Monument Ridge are hazardous and very hazardous for wildfires. Industrial wind turbines do catch on fire. These fires are impossible to put out. High winds come from the north and would send unstoppable forest fires directly into the Rockefeller Grove of old growth redwoods, largest remaining stand in the world. There are landslides, extreme rainfall and erosion in the winter. Many threatened species of raptors and bats will be destroyed by these mega machines and the remarkable beauty of this easily accessible, historically important, location desecrated. These are interesting websites, most telling what others who are living with industrial wind turbines have found out. I believe this project would be a huge mistake for Humboldt County.!topic/mattole/rJOu85-Mi1M

Posted by Dan B on 06/18/2019 at 1:05 PM

Re: “This is Not a Weed Tampon

This might be my favorite thing you've ever written, Jen. Hahahah

Posted by Monica1 on 06/17/2019 at 8:05 PM

Re: “In the Wind

Sylvia De Rooy is spot-on. The last article on the proposed wind turbines should not have been published. It just isn't Journal-quality.

As I stated in my comment on the story, why not send a photographer up there to take photos from Monument Gate south? You don't have to trespass.

Why not send a photographer up to Bear River Ridge to take photos of the grasslands? The propaganda in the story The Journal wrote about the grasslands not being pristine is hogwash. Maybe they aren't seemingly "pristine" from the road and where there is evidence of human civilization, but if a rancher allows you a walk, take it and tell me those grasslands are not pristine. Take a drive down into Bear River (it's one-way unless you have permission to drive through to Mattole).

Instead, what does The Journal give us? A propaganda photo from the project applicant that is not verified by any third-party source as being realistic. Who says that is what the turbines will look like? They may very well look like that, but why is The Journal printing it without any objective third-party architectural or other related firm taking a look at it and analyzing whether the scale is realistic and honest? By not taking those steps and publishing that photo, The Journal is just perpetuating the self-serving information from a party that has a huge stake in this project. Not kosher.

Furthermore, when is it OK to allow the taking of marbled murrelets? I'm a veteran of the timber wars, having argued mostly in editorials and columns on behalf of not shutting down all logging. Now that is has mostly been shut down, and the fact that environmentalists were correct about marbled murrelets and spotted owls, I cannot believe the Humboldt community will just idly sit by and accept the taking of even one marbled murrelet, considering what has been sacrificed to help bring their numbers back.

The Journal needs to up its game on this issue. While other coverage is good, on this issue it's a fail so far.

Posted by Glenn Thomas Franco on 06/15/2019 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Wagging the Dog

The City Council would do well to follow Mr. Greenson's well-reasoned advice. The coverage and this opinion in The Journal prove, once again, that The Journal is the only countywide publication that does a decent job covering such important issues.

Humboldt Made's board, by the same token, should ask its director why she didn't personally oversee the bid's submission. Whenever I submitted bids for Eel River Disposal, I did it myself. And a manager should never blame staff. The buck stops with the manager.

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Posted by Glenn Thomas Franco on 06/14/2019 at 8:00 PM

Re: “This is Not a Weed Tampon


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Posted by Emily Reinhart on 06/13/2019 at 9:54 PM

Re: “Wagging the Dog

Amazing display of, at the very least, ineptitude by the entire city administration.

If the city council was deliberately misled every staff member involved should be fired immediately after the June 18th city council meeting no matter who they are.

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Posted by John Fullerton on 06/13/2019 at 8:46 PM

Re: “'I'm a Wind Turbine'

Hey Solar give Windy her due, she works day or night, rain or shine when the wind blows while you can only manage 5 hours of peak power a day when the sun shines.

Posted by JayBee on 06/13/2019 at 4:17 PM

Re: “'Goodbye Dear Friend'

Editor: Interesting to read these comments concerning KHSU. As an east coast broadcaster who has felt the boot print of Peter Fretwell, I can relate. Before coming west, Fretwell was General Manager of Mercer County Community Colleges Classical Station WWFM in New Jersey. He made a mess of things there with a hostile work environment, the effects of which are still being felt today. If Fretwell has truly left KHSU, consider yourselves lucky! I sincerely hope the community at Humboldt can regain control. Peter Fretwell destroys virtually everything and anyone he touches.

Posted by Bliss Michelson on 06/12/2019 at 3:52 AM

Re: “No Trucking Way

nah, it would be cheaper.

Posted by Kuku h on 06/11/2019 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Must be PTSD

Happened before in Bay Area, corporate PBS is the McDonald's of Culture. Necessity is the mother of invention, and PBS will NOT go where no man has been before. Statistically and demographically unsound policy. So where are the mischievous Pirates when you need them?

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Posted by Booger Flicker on 06/09/2019 at 4:30 PM

Re: “'Send Comments'

Please stay tuned in, we need your input; I , for one, think that a little disturbing view is nothing compared to the destruction we are doing to the earth; I also think that solar is more the way to go, but we need to do something now!

Posted by Pat Kanzler on 06/06/2019 at 12:16 PM

Re: “'Stop this Madness'

Any addition of renewable energy such as wind and solar energy will reduce carbon emissions in the Humboldt area by displacing traditional fossil-fueled electricity generation with emission-free renewable energy. Humboldt's electricity largely comes from PG&E, and because of the well documented transmission constraints of the Humboldt area grid, this power comes largely from PG&E's gas-fired Humboldt Generating Station in Eureka. The grid operations rule for which power sources get used to supply consumers' electric demand is that renewable energy sources like wind and solar are used first and any shortfall is supplied by fossil-fueled generators, i.e. green house gas emitting power plants are last in line to be turned on and are first in line to be turned off as consumer demand changes.

Bottom line is that because of this displacement, every kilowatt-hour of wind or solar generated electricity reduces generation from PG&E's gas-fired, green house gas emitting Humboldt Generating Station on a one-for-one basis. Humboldt area wind farms, both onshore and offshore, will directly reduce carbon emissions in a substantial way in the Humboldt area.

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Posted by hcfan on 06/06/2019 at 9:33 AM

Re: “The Black Market's Legacy

While it would be hyperbolic of me to write that THIS T Greenson article is THE worst product of the MSM in the neo-prohibitionist era we are now in (only because such reportage/opinion is still so widespread), it is definitely a candidate for that award, due to so little linkage amongst the variables presented... Just for example, in the current "legalization (with extreme regs)" period, all 4 participants in the absolutely devastating event (described in another article in the same edition) are prohibited from availing themselves of the sprouting number of local "rec" retailers, since you have to be 21 to enter and purchase cannabis. Furthermore, the average price is hiked by @ 45% in these outlets due to state and local greed/sin taxes, and as a previous commenter on this article notes, E Garner was choked to death by cops on the east coast for suspicion of selling black market tobacco, which is a huge market only because of the greed/sin taxes attached to the "legal" product. I could/should say much more to dispute the opinion of this article, but I'll just conclude by stating the obvious: the cannabis black market will persist locally/nationally/globally as long as a plant that has never caused a single OD in the history of the world is treated by govts as if it were heroin or plutonium.

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Posted by FredKrissman on 06/05/2019 at 1:47 PM

Re: “The Black Market's Legacy

Another good one from Thadeus! Thanks.

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Posted by rc1 on 06/04/2019 at 6:23 PM

Re: “The Black Market's Legacy

I would argue that folks, particularly folks of color, are still killed over cigarettes and alcohol and even less in this country. Lest we forget Eric Garner being choked to death by POLICE for selling loose cigarettes in the park. Or Trayvon Martin being shot down for walking past a house carrying a pack of skittles? I understand the point being made about the black market in Humboldt, but I believe the real issue here is societal. It is more than Humboldt, more than any particular place; it is the cultural idea that possessions hold as much value if not more than human life.

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Posted by Gigi Ahmed on 06/04/2019 at 2:12 PM

Re: “The Black Market's Legacy

RIP young King

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Posted by D 1 on 06/04/2019 at 12:46 PM

Re: “What's in a Name?

I agree with Hilary Mosher. That's a gross billboard.

Posted by quicksilver80 on 06/01/2019 at 11:49 PM

Re: “What's in a Name?

Get the casino's right. Blue Lake Casino doe not have a large billboard on U.S. Highway 101. The Blue Lake Casino is located just off of State Highway 299.

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Posted by Robert Ulibarri on 05/30/2019 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Where's the Respect?

I agree wholeheartedly with Ms. Taylor's letter.

Supervisor Madrone won an election and thereby merits the full respect of his other Supervisors. Supervisor Madrone is seated at the Supervisors' dais to represent both his district constituents who elected him and the broader interests of the County, which he is actively doing.

Who is Supervisor Bohn representing? Certainly not the Latin constituents of his district who he recently equated with petty criminals. Whose respect does Supervisor Bohn merit with his apparent inability to think before he blurts, his stated disrespect for both his constituents and Supervisor colleague, and his positions favoring moneyed interests? Not mine.

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Posted by LBL on 05/24/2019 at 8:28 PM

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