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Friday, December 19, 2014
HUMBOLDT COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

Mendocino Land Trust

Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, Dec. 16 @ 9:40 a.m. / Trails

This morning Emily and I spoke with Louisa Morris of the Mendocino Land Trust which has been around since 1976 preserving outdoor space in Mendocino county. We spoke of the many easements to the coast and the multiple trails along the Mendocino coast that they manage.

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Humboldt County Agriculture, By The (Legal) 2013 Numbers

Mike Dronkers / Monday, Dec. 15 @ 3:58 p.m. / Economy , Government , KHUM , Rural

Humboldt County’s 2013 Crop and Livestock report, released last week, shows that 2013 was the legal ag sector's strongest year since 2007.   

From the 2013 Crop and Livestock report:

The estimated gross value of the County’s agricultural commodities is $269,310,000, which is an increase of approximately 6% over 2012’s production values. The most notable increases were in the value ofagriculture and livestock products.

The County’s leading commodities are ranked by value below:

  • Livestock - $76,921,000
  • Timber Production - $72,520,000
  • Milk and Milk Products - $61,889,000
  • Nursery Stock - $49,811,000
  • Field Crops - $4,860,000
  • Fruit and Nut Crops - $ 1,882,000
  • Vegetable Crops - $1,427,000

Timber production was up over the previous year, as were aquaculture and flower products.

Beef and veal production slid downward, along with milk and cheese. 2013 was rough for hay, which saw a 26% decrease in per-acre productivity, as well as a 7% market price drop.

The number of acres devoted to 'sustainable agriculture' almost doubled in 2013.

The report also includes nuts, pests & noxious weed updates. As government reports go, this one's actually easy to read. Read the full report here (PDF).  

For historical reference, compare ag reports from 1951-2005. The current report does not mention the word "marijuana."

 



Special Monday Cocktail Hour Simulcast Tonight!

Larry Trask / Monday, Dec. 15 @ 10:51 a.m. /

ToutSuite

Tonight from 6-7pm, there will be a special edition of The Cocktail Hour. "Why," you ask? Well, first of all, is there a night where it's NOT appropriate to have happy hour? Also, a company called ToutSuite will be simulcasting the show (with phancy phresh video!!). You can watch it here.

Tonight, our featured cocktail will be the Bulleit Holiday Brew, made as follows:

Ingredients:

1 1/2 ounces Bulleit Bourbon
Juice from 1/8 fresh lemon
Apple cider (hot or chilled)
1 cinnamon stick (for garnish)

Preparation:

Fill a tall mug with ice. Add the bourbon and lemon juice. Top with hot or chilled apple cider. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

 



(UPDATED) Two Car Accident on 101 Safety Corridor

Andrew Goff / Friday, Dec. 12 @ 12:48 p.m. / Traffic

UPDATE: The Mad River Union has posted an update on Abby Lovelace's condition.

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UPDATE, 4:13 p.m.: California Highway Patrol press release:

On December 12, 2014, at approximately 12:42 PM, the California Highway Patrol Humboldt Communications Center received a 911 call regarding a two-vehicle injury traffic collision on northbound US-101 at Indianola Cutoff. A 1990 Subaru, driven by Alia Brookshire of Blue Lake, was making a left turn from southbound US-101 to eastbound Indianola Cutoff. Abigail Lovelace of Arcata was seated in the right front passenger seat.  A 1996 Toyota, driven by Michael Enis of Eureka, was traveling northbound on US-101, south of Indianola Cutoff, in the #2 lane. Alan Krause II of Eureka was seated in the right front passenger seat. All occupants of both vehicles were properly restrained.  For reasons still under investigation, the right side of the 1990 Subaru was struck by the front end of the 1996 Toyota as it crossed the northbound traffic lanes of US-101. Ms. Brookshire, Ms. Lovelace, and Mr. Krause were injured during the collision. Ms. Lovelace was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph's Memorial Hospital in Eureka for additional care. DUI was determined not to be a factor in this collision.   

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UPDATE, 12:57 p.m.: Callers into KHUM Radio state there is front end damage to both vehicles, but that traffic is moving around the accident. Passersby note a lady in a hat standing near the wreckage being consoled by another person via shoulder rub.

KAEF photog Nick Prete is on the scene and tweeted the following image:

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Original Post: LoCO's CHPWatch indicates that an accident recently occurred on Highway 101 in the safety corridor near the Indianola Cutoff. Details are scant at this time -- a white station wagon is said to have collided with a blue car -- but we will update this post when we know more. In the meantime, be aware that traffic will likely be slowed in the area.



Most-Ever HSU Applicants

Mike Dronkers / Friday, Dec. 12 @ 12:03 p.m. /

Well, people want to go to HSU. 

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From Humboldt State:

Record Setting 12,000 Students Apply to Humboldt State

Humboldt State University received a record number of applications for the fall 2015 semester.

Through Nov. 30, applications from first-time freshman jumped to 12,390 from 11,653 the previous year. Similarly, the number of transfer students surged 7.2 percent to 3,220.

We're excited that the number of applications is going up. I think we have a very strong recruitment team, and a reputation for high quality programs at HSU--we reach out to students from a vast region that add to the diversity and experience of the student body.

"California State University saw a record number of applicants to the 23-campus system. More than 790,000 students applied for fall 2015, an increase of nearly 30,000 applications from last year," says Vikash Lakhani, HSU's Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management.

First-time freshman applications surged to 552,642 from 526,798, while transfer applications also increased to 238,258 from 234,659. Fall 2015 marks the sixth consecutive record high for CSU.

"The fact that the CSU is the university of choice year-after-year among California's high school graduates and transfer students demonstrates the power of our campuses to provide a transformative education," said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. "Through innovative programs, services and opportunities, CSU gives students the tools they need to succeed in an ever-changing workforce."

CSU attributes part of its success to its ability to attract a diverse group of students. The number of Hispanic and Latino applicants increased, with 109,895 undergraduate applicants who self-identified as Hispanic or Latino – up from 104,486 last year.

Despite the surge in applications, capacity issues persist due to state funding limitations. Under Governor Jerry Brown's proposed multi-year funding plan, CSU will be funded for a one percent net enrollment growth (which encompasses first-time freshmen, transfers and returning students).

The CSU Board of Trustees has requested additional funding in the governor's budget to allow a three percent net enrollment increase for the 2015-2016 academic year. Fully funding CSU's proposed support budget would allow CSU to enroll approximately 12,000 additional students.

Information about which campuses and programs are still accepting applications is available on CSU Mentor.



And Just Like That, Martin Slough Pump Station Is Operational

Mike Dronkers / Thursday, Dec. 11 @ 12:15 p.m. / Community

Charles Roecklein with the city of Eureka's engineering staff confirms that the stop-start Martin Slough Interceptor project has been quietly operational for the last few weeks. The project has been in the works for over 12 years, according to Roecklein.

"The new line is intercepting wastewater from the southern portions of the community and taking it directly to the wastewater treatment plant, " said Roecklein.

Until November, wastewater from Cutten, Ridgewood, and Lundbar Hills was pumped in a comedically circuitous route before finally making its way down to the treatment plant.

Hear the full KHUM interview below. 

Charles Roecklein

The pump station was completed last year, but the hole they were boring through Pine Hill did not go as planned, to say the least. Roecklin said that it's still unclear how far over budget the problem has become, but "it's significantly more than what the original contract was." The original cost was $3.8 million, which was upped shortly aftward to $4.1 million.

 This new pipe is a shortcut through Pine Hill, eliminating miles of indirect travel for those communities' wastewater. "It's great news," said Roecklin. "We'll be replacing seven old lift stations and replacing it with the single pump station."

This week's rainstorm did not damage the pump station, but it continues to delay final completion of the project, which is now set for summer 2015.

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Humboldt Animal Shelter Open House

Cliff Berkowitz / Thursday, Dec. 11 @ 8:47 a.m. / Animals

Humboldt County's Animal Shelter in McKinleyville will be having its 10th annual open house this Saturday from 12 Noon till 4pm. This morning I spoke with Tammy Falor about it.

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