Cliff Berkowitz / Thursday, Aug. 7 @ 8:47 a.m. / Event
This morning I spoke with Mona Daily about the Stand Down Dinner & Auction coming up next Thursday, August 14th, 6pm at the Saphir Palace at Blue Lake Casino. This is the big fundraiser for North Coast Stand Down which will take place in October in Ferndale at the Fairgrounds providing services to veterans over a 3 day period.
This year's auction will have hundreds of incredible items available at the silent auction. About 6 high end items will be auctioned off live including a autographed photograph of Robin Williams as DJ Adrian Cronauer, featured in "Good Morning Vietnam" pictured above.
There will be music provided by Swing Set with Donna Landry, a no host bar at 6pm, dinner at 7pm. Amy and I will MC the evening.
Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, Aug. 6 @ 12:27 p.m. / Ocean
Tomorrow's Ocean Night is shaping up nicely. Last week, local artist Matt Beard spoke about "What The Sea Gives Me," in which he is featured. This week, filmmaker Marcy Cravat joined us to talk about her film, Angel Azul.
Nutshell: This sculptor threw a bunch of statues into the waters off Mexico mainly to watch coral reefs grow on them. Turns out, something else started happening.
Ocean Night is at the Arcata Theater Lounge tomorrow night at 6:30 pm. Advance tickets are recommended.
Cliff Berkowitz / Wednesday, Aug. 6 @ 9:34 a.m. / Theater
This morning I spoke with Megan Johnson about Plays in the Park. For the month of August they will be performing William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Fridays and Saturday nights, $12 or $10 in advance. They will also be performing "Scheherazade" by Susan Pargman for a free matinee on Sundays at 2pm. Click here for more info.
Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, Aug. 5 @ 11:07 a.m. / Trails
Mike Dronkers / Monday, Aug. 4 @ 10:51 a.m. /
Mike Dronkers / Thursday, July 31 @ 12:12 p.m. / Science
(Above: Texas A&M's similar Max Rover, hunting shipwrecks)
According to a press release from HSU:
Humboldt State University has acquired a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV), a submarine that will be used to study marine habitats and organisms up to 3,000 feet beneath the ocean’s surface.
The Deep Sea Systems Max Rover is a gift from the U.S Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center at Port Hueneme, Calif. to HSU’s California Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and will be used by HSU faculty and students to conduct a variety of marine research. It was previously used by the U.S. Navy to recover aircraft, drones and conduct marine research.
“In addition to being a tremendous asset to the university, this rover will help enhance our understanding of Northern California’s largely unexplored coast line,” said Brian Tissot, HSU’s Marine Lab Director.
Photo via HSU Marine Lab's Facebook Page
The device will be used in conjunction with the R.V. Coral Sea—HSU’s oceangoing teaching and research vessel—for teaching and research in biology, fisheries, oceanography, chemistry, engineering and environmental sciences. It will also be available for contract work.
Among its features are: the capacity to record and transmit underwater video and the ability to carry equipment and collect marine samples.
Tissot said the submarine could be used to explore the continental shelf, survey marine organisms and assess the health of local fish populations.
“We might even find new species and ecological zones that have never been explored,” he said.
ROVs are frequently used by scientists to explore the ocean. Some have discovered new marine species.
The Deep Sea Systems Max Rover is the newest addition to HSU’s marine research fleet, which includes the R.V. Coral Sea—an oceangoing research and teaching vessel—and the Phantom XL ROV, which reaches depths of up to 1,000 feet.