Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, Nov. 12 @ 9:47 a.m. / Trails
Cliff and Emily talk with Bob Ornelas and Melanie Williams just back from the California Bicycle Summit in Oakland. Both are supercharged about what they saw and learned at the summit and how this information can apply to trails projects here in Humboldt County.
Mike Dronkers / Monday, Nov. 11 @ 11:41 a.m. / Economy
Hey, what's in the most recent Humboldt County Index of Economic activity? Huh? Some people don't think articles about statistics get clicks. They think you're easily bored.
The government shutdown complicated the unemployment data, but "leading indicators show positive signs for the local economy with Help Wanted and Buildings Permits up, and unemployment claims down."
- Gas prices are down
- Hospitality is up by 5.7% over last month
- Home prices are 34.4% higher than this time last year
- Median home price in Humboldt County rose to $243,500 from last month’s $242,750
- Monthly foreclosures continued to decrease
- The Retail Sales Index increased by 0.6 percent, 2.1% above this time last year
- Lumber manufacturing decreased 3.7%
Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, Nov. 6 @ 2:43 p.m. / PSA
Breakups are the worst, right? Maybe you could de-spurn your heart in the comfort of others, since some do-gooder* on Craigslist appears to be organizing a local breakup support group. Here's the description:
"Moving on is important to me. I feel like I've learned a lot from the relationship (both good and bad) and while it still hurts and there's still so much confusion, ultimately I just want to be happy. If that means without him, then I want to start making that happen. Going out with friends is one way for this process to take place.
So why don't we go out with each other & make a group out of it ? We can talk about what we're going through, but also share ways we're able to move forward. (How about over a beer?)"
Given the great things craigslist has facilitated through online connections, maybe this could be one of them.
*Update: People are interested! the group is forming!"
*We can't vouch for this person's character, but we do applaud those who use the internet for good over evil.
Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, Nov. 6 @ 11:54 a.m. /
Jeff Jacobsen is associate faculty member at Humboldt State University but chases whales for fun, and occasionally commits science on them with the help NOAA. Jacobsen cruises our coast in a Wing inflatable deflatable chasing these amazing animals.
Not to name-drop, but he totally knows some of the famous K-pod whales. And that whale pictured above, the one that washed up on Centerville Beach? He's got its whole skeleton.
In this episode of Coastal Currents, Jessica Hall, Jacobson, and yours truly discuss:
- Orca's empathatic prowess
- The documentary Blackfish
- That one time an orca snatched a seal right off of Indian Beach in Trinidad
There's some discussion of Sea World in today's show. For some unfettered, non-science-talk Sea World ranting, check out this op-ed in The Read. Start at the end, near 1:11:20. Real talk ensues, NSFW.
Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, Nov. 5 @ 9:02 a.m. / Trails
Cliff and Emily talk with Melinda Ciarabellini, Dan Moody and Sheila Parrott about the Draft Transportation Safety Plan for the city of Eureka and the award of Bronze Bicycle Friendly City.
Mike Dronkers / Friday, Nov. 1 @ 11:48 a.m. / Music
UPDATE 3:13 - He's been described as a "pagan voodoo cultist," but it's looking like Greacen's assertion might have legal traction. Potential violations include the Endangered Species Act (if certain species were present), pollution, and alteration of stream bed, bank or channel.
So it looks like the riverbar is not a legal no-man's land after all, and the potential fines are pricey. That song is enormously catchy, but is it catchy enough to keep Mendo's Fish & Wildlife people from acting?
[Also, it says here even off-roaders need to buckle up. Borrrring.]
UPDATE 12:30 - It seems to be the Eel. Lost Coast Outpost's Andrew Goff did some sleuthing. More info coming.
Ukiah-born McKenna Faith's latest video shows a good 'ol time being had on a riverbar in Cali-plated trucks. It's been alleged (very loosely, and anonymously at that) that the video was shot on the banks of our Eel River.
Joyless, America-hating Friends Of The Eel honcho Scott Greacen tells KHUM that while it's unlikely any salmon eggs were crushed during the making of the video, getting one's truck stuck in the river "does no favors to the fish." Also, the river has it hard enough.
That said, Greacen could not confirm that the video in question was shot on the Eel. Listen to his depraved screed below.