Sunday, November 23, 2014

Skywest To Be All Jet, All The Time

Mike Dronkers / Monday, Nov. 17 @ 5:56 p.m. / Airport , KHUM

Skywest Airlines announced the replacement of its turboprop Brasilia 120 Embraer fleet with an all-jet CRJ fleet. According to Emily Jacobs, program coordinator for Humboldt County Aviation Division, Humboldt's main airport will have fewer flights but bigger jets. Jacobs says the number of available seats will remain unchanged for now.  

Several other airports may lose service from United (Skywest's parent company), including Crescent City, Carslbad, Burbank, and Santa Barbara as a result of this transition. 

Emily Jacobs:

"We have an opportunity to capture some of these changes in the market. If we're proactive and we fill up the airplanes, the airlines will respond with more flights."

Jacobs said that by May, Skywest will no longer fly turboprops and that ACV could start seeing the new CRJ jets by January. She's optimisitc about the changes, likening the flurry of smaller planes to single-passenger vehicles. Fewer, larger planes leads to fewer choke points, which Jacobs said will hopefully lead to less congestion. 

"When you have bigger airplanes, it's so much easier to get rebooked. They're not going to cancel a 70-seat flight as easily as they would a 30-seat flight. With faster, quieter, more comfortable jets, we can economize the time slots, improve reliability, and increase comfort all at once."

She added that tall passengers will notice a serious change in the new planes: "You can stand all the way up in them. Even tall people."


According to a press release from Skywest

SkyWest, Inc. Announces Fleet and Contract UpdatesSkyWest Airlines to Transition to All-Jet FleetSt.

George, Utah, Nov. 17 – SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) today announced fleet transitions and contract updates designed to improve SkyWest’s overall efficiency and long-term profitability. Specifically, SkyWest announced that SkyWest Airlines, Inc., its wholly-owned subsidiary (“SkyWest Airlines”), intends to transition to an all-jet fleet by removing all remaining 30-seat Embraer 120 Brasilia turboprop aircraft (the “EMB 120s”) from service by summer 2015. 

The EMB 120 fleet retirement comes, in part, in response to increased costs and additional challenges associated with new FAR117 flight and duty rules, implemented in January 2014.

Separately, SkyWest announced that ExpressJet Airlines, Inc., its wholly-owned subsidiary (“ExpressJet Airlines”), has executed an agreement with United Airlines, Inc. (“United”) to reduce the term of the existing 50-seat ERJ145 contract between ExpressJet and United from November 2020 to December 2017, subject to certain extension rights by United.

ExpressJetAirlines anticipates the reduction in the ERJ145 operations will improve its overall operational reliability and financial results. As a result of the decision to remove the EMB 120 aircraft from service by June 2015 and as a result of the reduced term to operate the ERJ145 aircraft, SkyWest, Inc. anticipates recording pre-tax special charges (primarily non-cash) ranging from $55-70 million in Q4 2014. 

In Studio: Polyrhthmics Rocked It

Larry Trask / Friday, Nov. 14 @ 11:47 a.m. / In Studio

Seattle funksters The Polyrythmics stopped by the KHUM studios recent and completely destroyed it. Faces were melting as far away as Wilits.

If you missed the live performance, or you want to re-live the magic, check it out below. 

Polyrhythmics on KHUM

By the way, you can have KHUM in-studio performances automatically delivered to your music player by subscribing to the "Live At KHUM" podcast.


McKinleyville Vs. Arcata Green Race Heats Up

Mike Dronkers / Friday, Nov. 14 @ 10:32 a.m. /

According to the Mad River Union, the McKinleyville Services District is seriously considering a solar array that may save that community millions of dollars over the next 25 years. 

...the district could save from $3.8 million to $5.2 million over 25 years depending on how the project is financed. The solar panel installation would cost about $2.2 million and take up one and a half acres at the sewer plant, located at Hiller Park on the west side of McKinleyville.

In addition to that proposal, Jack Durham of the Mad River Union told KHUM that McKinleyville's green initiatives also include a new Coho nursery, yet another multi-use trail, and a community-managed organic pasture. 

Listen below.

Jack Durham


Another Reason to Love Friday | The South Side

Chas Lewis / Thursday, Nov. 13 @ 7:20 p.m. / Animals , Feel Good , Music

End of the Week.  Beginning of the Fun.
Start your weekend right with the soulful sounds of The South Side

CONTEST: Take a Pic Of Wherever You Are RIGHT NOW, Win Taste Of The Holidays Tickets ($50)

Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, Nov. 12 @ 12:42 p.m. /

What are you looking at right now? Something gorgeous? Somewhere yucky? In front of a computer?  With your beloved dog? It doesn't matter! 

Let's make a KHUM-wide class photo. 

So take a photo right now. It doesn't have to be interesting at all!

Email it to or post it in the comments below.

Whichever photo is the most remarkable wins you a pair of tickets to A Taste Of The Holidays on Saturday, November 20th at the Arcata Community Center. And by remarkable, we measure the quantity of good, bad, and empathetic remarks from KHUM staff. 

Here's mine. 

Please don't drive and take photos! Winner announced at 2pm today live on KHUM.

We're going to post these emailed pics as quickly as possible, but again, use the comments section. Here we go!

UPDATE! We have a winner. Congrats to Amy G and her menacing squirrel. Also, we do know how to rotate photos, and we did. Yet some still came out sideways. Sorry!

Amy has to endure this squirrel's hatestare.



Here's what you are looking at right now. 


Jennifer, poppin' tags




D's desk

Driving through the land of endless time

Adam C

Dennis Mayo & co, on their grind



Jessican still plays with toys at work

Bekki's Bohemian Mermaid studio


Chad working at the Arcata Wastewater Treatment Plant

Linda's having an in-car picnic above Luffenholtz



Zach is up a utility pole

J is pregnant but it's still a secret but she's having cravings

Janis is driving by us


Granddaughter Camille at King Salmon

Working at Rain All Day Books in Fortuna

Thomas practicing Law in Las Vegas, NV

Adam and Nox enjoying the sun in McKinleyville



James building a tinderbox for his emergency 'go bag'

Steve on 255

Sarah is trashed

Gigi and Rose at Moonstone Beach



Bob on the porch with Fiona

Bill in Santa Fe Springs, CA



Kenneth Jay Cowden: outside my window

Ashley Dare: Just parked Lol (not driving)

Angelica Hatfield: Bk

Dawn Dumas Larson: Working with Tuxedo Den

Greta Montagne: Eating lunch & hanging with my dog at Cooper Gulch Park in Eureka.

Jesse Miles: Playing with this girl!!

Aristea Saulsbury: Field Trip with Humboldt Educare

JLB recovering from hysterectomy


Melinda waiting for next client

Marianne making a fancy planter

At King Salmon with granddaughter Camille

Jonah is transporting local chocolate

Ray listening in Bradford PA

Milton's at work


Brittany at work with daughter

Kurt changing oil, listening online in La Quinta, CA

You must admit, the boots River is making kind of look like donuts. 

Carl in Loleta.

John pulled over just before dropping down into Crescent City.

Oldshake is checking paint samples.

WINNER! Amy has to endure this squirrel's hatestare.

Melinda Riley: Best homeschool selfie

Heather Ann Hardwick: Charlie taking his stroller ride

Tiffany Land: Baking at home!

Peter Wagner

Jenn Ward

Kris Kausen Martella

Julia Allshouse: In bed. Sicker than a dog

Jeremy Michael Benjamin Riley

Lisa McCombs: On the back porch with Nipper, enjoying the sunshine and cool breeze.

Brian G Cooley


Brad at Woodlab is glazing a sign, we think


Dominic is treating his anxiety


Loryn is glazing pottery.


Paul Prigmore: Stuck in road construction hwy 299 buckhorn summit

Elsie Bells Capricornshiner Iloff: Out my living room window, inside kind of day...

Sheena Bryant: Lord Ellis construction


Jerrie Nelson: Watching my granddaughters comb what is left of Papa's hair. He is a great sport.

Heidi Foley: Nap time snuggles

Sarah Godlin

Francine Patterson Planting daffodils with the Fortuna Garden Club!

Brandall Shumard: Sword in the stone movie play date

Jessie James

Chet Jarboe Waiting for a snack at Los Bagel's

Allan Daniel: Office time

Arly Allen: Cuddling this sleepy baby!

Listening to KHUM from a rooftop pool in Austin

Cody Macy: Creepin on my best friend Ashlee Scheffler on her First day of work!

Pandora Boling: Playing with triplets

Josh Buck


Brion Wallis: "Loving it."

Jad Whitey Downy: Humboldt life!

Jessica Martella

Sophia Cooper: Adel's for brunch, with the loved one.

Hannah Yost: Working! Taking photos

Willi Welton Lunch- Chapala

Jessica Reinus: Lunchtime craziness 'round here

Lucinda Smith: Work at the zoo just fed donkeys & camelids

Jessica Vaughn: LMAO watching Milo trying to get his rope from our gator head

Ross at The Shop

Elizabeth is making Redwood Organics Tomales for Farmer's Market

John is donating platelets

John is donating platelets

rachelle is in the Arcata community forest

Mike W is watching the girls work

Leon is editing fotos


Julia is doing yardwork in Eureka

Gretchen is on break

My coworker!

Laysha is on her deck in Loleta

Lara C




































Coastal Currents: The Marine Chemist Who Found Fukushima Radiation 100 Miles West Of Eureka

Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, Nov. 12 @ noon / Coastal Currents

Ken Buesseler, a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) specializing in the study of natural and man-made radionuclides, recently landed on the front page of Reddit as well as on Lost Coast Outpost due to his recent findings of radioactivity off the coast of Eureka. KHUM spoke with him about these results, what they mean and how concerned local residents should be. 

According to a WHOI press release:

Monitoring efforts along the Pacific Coast of the U.S. and Canada have detected the presence of small amounts of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident 100 miles (150 km) due west of Eureka, California. Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) found the trace amounts of telltale radioactive compounds as part of their ongoing monitoring of natural and human sources of radioactivity in the ocean.

The offshore radioactivity reported this week came from water samples collected and sent to Buesseler’s lab for analysis in August by a group of volunteers on the research vessel Point Sur sailing between Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and Eureka, California.

So should you stop swimming at Moonstone? Buesseler told KHUM he was cautious but not concerned.

"The real finding this week was, yes, it's there. Yes, it's gonna perhaps double the amount that people will be experiencing, but that number is still thousands of times lower than what's considered safe for drinking.... If you were to swim every day of the year in those waters, these are hundreds of times lower doses than a single dental X-ray."

The numbers are expected to increase over the next one to two years, but the predictions might be going from two to 10. Again, small. Not zero risk, but nothing where we would be thinking about closing fisheries or keeping people out of the ocean... We should be concerned. We should be diligent and monitoring but I think the types of numbers we're seeing on this side of the ocean shouldn't cause people to stop swimming, boating or surfing."

In fact, radiation levels in Humboldt's waters were much higher during the height of the offshore nuclear testing boom, he said.

Buesseler is also associated with, a crowdfunded research site that monitors oceanic radioactivity. You can see each sample site and its results on this Google Map

We haven't found a way to get the federal government to help pay for these types of analyses, so decided we would just respond directly to the people, and have them both fundraise for a given sample and then collect it as citizen scientists.

He told KHUM they've processed about 50 samples for 30 locations. From the shipping of the sampling kit through testing for radioactivity in a shielded basement, each sample costs about $550. If you want to help fund a sample location, check here for unmonitored northern Californian locations

Listen to the full KHUM interview below. 


Trails And Wilderness in Del Norte

Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, Nov. 11 @ 10:15 a.m. / Trails

This morning Emily and I spoke with Joe Gillespie about the 30th anniversary of the Siskiyou Wilderness, a new section of the California Coastal Trail from Front Street to the Harbor in Crescent City and more.