Mike Dronkers / Friday, Nov. 14 @ 10:32 a.m. /
...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.
Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, Nov. 12 @ 12:42 p.m. /
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 email@example.com 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.
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!
Here's what you are looking at right now.
Brad at Woodlab is glazing a sign, we think
Dominic is treating his anxiety
Loryn is glazing pottery.
Listening to KHUM from a rooftop pool in Austin
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.
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.
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.
Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, Nov. 11 @ 7:55 a.m. / Humor
Well you know it would be done sooner or later...
They've really let the place go. This screenshot indicates that the once-bustling Humboldt Bay Eagles nest is now a planterbox. Worse still, frogs, squirrels and chickadees have also been squatting while the eagles are out of town. Typical.
So where are the eagles, anyway? According to biologist Sandra Hunt-von Arb:
"They're off wherever they go during the off-season, although they come by to check their territory periodically (although not always where we see them on the cam)."
And what's in that raised bed? Whatever sprouted in the mix of twigs, feathers, fish bones, moss, and raptordoo remains a mystery. KHUM's unofficial botany correspondent Jen Kalt tells us that it's "hard to see them well... but the non-grassy one looks like possibly wild radish."
Hang out with Humboldt Bay Eagle fans over on this Facebook group. Until next time, enjoy this family portrait from busier times atop Humboldt's most famous nest.