Larry Trask / Monday, Feb. 24 @ 11:46 a.m. / Politics
Mike Dronkers / Monday, Feb. 24 @ 9:38 a.m. /
Somebody datamapped our local forestland. Actually, it's global forestland but the granularity makes it particularly useful for Humboldters.
We're not foresters and had to spellcheck "silviculture," so we don't know really how to interpret this. Help?
Zoom into Humboldt. Sort by tree height, terrain, and other fun metrics using the button on the right.
Don't forget to hit the 'play' button down below to see the action over the last 13 years.
Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, Feb. 19 @ 10:14 a.m. /
People who don't usually get alarmed about county politics are truly concerned after last night's meeting.
"They just cut out language with the goal of "a countywide trail system that meets future recreational and non-motorized transportation demands." Gone."- Mark Lovelace
Lovelace added that people who should be concerned about trails in Humboldt aren't being heard at these meetings. "They need to show up. Because right now, huge sweeping decisions are being made by a planning commission with the complete absence of public input."
Said Dan Ehresman of the Northcoast Environmental Center:
It was not unexpected that HumCPR founders sitting on the commission would go to the extreme of cutting regional trails and gutting the open space program. I am more disappointed in three of the five supervisors who voted to send it back to the commission.
There were many split votes on important policies that the previous planning commission and diverse stakeholders unanimously supported.
This is not making things more clear for the supervisors who will be the ones making the decision in the end.
Cliff Berkowitz / Wednesday, Feb. 19 @ 8:45 a.m. / Weather
The short answer to the headline is no. This morning I talked with Bob, one of the weather forecasters at the National Weather Service offices on Woodley Island.
In a nutshell, it's a good news/bad news scenario. We have had a better than normal amount of rainfall for the month of February: That's good. However, we are still 11 inches below normal for the rain year. That's bad.
Local reservoirs are substantially higher, but we are still in drought conditions. In fact, it looks like we will have sun for at least the next week. According to Bob, we could be setting up for another big ridge of high pressure that will keep the rain away for the forseeable future.
So, in a nutshell: Keep conserving water.
Mike Dronkers / Tuesday, Feb. 18 @ 3:40 p.m. / PSA
My dog PineCone , PeaCie for short, has a severe fracture of her right rear femur. The only vet that can do the work does not take payments.
She has a severe fracture of the right rear femur. It requires surgery and pins, plates, etc. The Xrays were not good, there is a large bone fragment, and the bones are severly displaced. She needs a specialist to do the work. There is only one in the area.
The Vets are estimating surgery costs of up to $2000 or more plus after care. I am desperately trying to save her leg.
Amputation would be an expensive surgery as well. I am trying to avoid this at all cost.
Please help. PineCone is an incredible dog. She is 9 to 10 months old and full of love. I owe her much.
Larry Trask / Tuesday, Feb. 18 @ 9:33 a.m. / Cocktail
Tonight during The Cocktail Hour (6pm), we'll be celebrating the gift of rain with a cocktail called the "Damp Pavement". There's nothing about this cocktail that particularly suggest rain or wet sidewalks to me, but whatever. The name alone will suffice. Note the bonus here: a recipe within a recipe, allowing you to easily make your own ginger syrup which is surprising (to me) handy in the world of mixology.
- 1 oz ginger syrup*
- .75 oz lemon juice
- 3 oz water
- 1.5 oz Scotch whisky (or whisky of your choice. I use rye.)
- 1 tsp Allspice dram**
- Garnish: Orange peel
- Glass: Mug
Add the ginger syrup, lemon juice and water to small saucepan and heat until piping hot. Stir in the whisky and allspice dram, and pour into a pre-heated mug. Garnish with an orange peel.
*To make ginger syrup, combine equal parts diced raw ginger, sugar and hot water in a blender. Puree until smooth and strain through a fine-mesh strainer. Refrigerate until needed.
Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, Feb. 18 @ 9:29 a.m. / Trails
Cliff and Emily talk with Melanie Williams about the Bicycle Bookmobile program she has started in the Arcata area with hopes of expanding to other communities. So far it has been very well received. Emily also updates us on all other bike, ped and trail related events happing this week.