Thursday, November 27, 2014

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.


All About That Bass - Great Star Wars Parody

Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, Nov. 11 @ 7:55 a.m. / Humor

Well you know it would be done sooner or later...


[PHOTO] Transient Tenants Let Weeds Overrun NoHum Nest

Mike Dronkers / Saturday, Nov. 8 @ 11:02 a.m. / Environment , Nature , Non-Crime , Non-Emergencies , Science , wildlife

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.