Mike Dronkers / Tuesday, July 22 @ 12:46 p.m. / Eureka Rising
Over at the Jefferson Project in Eureka, people are getting. stuff. done.
Heidi Benzonelli and a team of community organizers are quietly turning a blighted eyesore, the old Jefferson school, into a bustling neighborhood resource. Free lunch programs, a new playground, a produce giveaway, a DIY bike repair 'kitchen'' and other programs are breathing new life into one of Humboldt's most-populated 'hoods.
Via the Northcoast Journal:
To hear it from Benzonelli, the center's momentum is nearly unstoppable. "We're a multi-million-dollar organization overnight," she said. Three years after negotiating the purchase of the Jefferson School with a $3.3 million grant, the property is paid off, bills are paid on time and the Westside Community Improvement Association has no debt, Benzonelli said.
Grant Scott-Goforth of the North Coast Journal strolled the Jefferson Project grounds with Benzonelli, and spoke with KHUM earlier today about how things are going over there.
Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, July 22 @ 10:10 a.m. / Trails
Cliff and Emily talk with Chris Carterette of the San Diego Association of Governments about the Coast Rail Trail, funding and other projects in their community. Carterette also used to be the City Planner for Fort Bragg and compares trails work in Northern vs Southern California. We also discuss the current repaving project on the Safety Corridor between Eureka and Arcata in which the shoulders are being laid down with a brick red pigmentation.
Larry Trask / Monday, July 21 @ 10:39 p.m. / Cocktail
Tonight during The Cocktail Hour (6pm), we'll be enjoying a delicious variation of the classic bloody mary. The variation is the inclusion of a tablespoon or so of spicy Buffalo wing sauce. Sounds crazy, I know, but it adds a delightful tangy flavor and I like the extra bite. You can use mild sauce if your not a fan of heat.
Here's how I make mine. Use your own favorite preparation:
- In a pint glass full of ice, add vodka
- Add a couple of shakes of cayenne pepper and granulated garlic
- Add three or four shakes of Worcestershire sauce
- Squeeze half of one lemon and half of one lime
- Add two or so tablespoons of wing sauce, spicy for mine please
- Pour bloody mary mix into glass and stir
- Squeeze one quarter lemon and one quarter lime on top
- Garnish with olvies
Mike Dronkers / Monday, July 21 @ 2:51 p.m. / Animals
Campaign image from the Center for Biological Diversity.
At Tuesday's meeting the board of supes will revisit the county's relationship with Wildlife Services, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture charged with killing animals that inconvenience humans. Wildlife Services was borne of a frontier era, in which ranchers needed support in keeping the coyotes out of their ranchland.
"Wherever you are on the political spectrum, there's a reason to hate Wildlife Services."- Amy Atwood, Center For Biological Diversity
Today, says the Center For Biological Diversity's Amy Atwood, Wildlife Services is low on oversight and transparency. The agency has come under fire lately: Read this harsh piece in the Sacramento Bee or this one in the Washington Post. Skeptics accuse Wildlife Services of a lack of transparency, systemic subterfuge, animal cruelty, and generally worsening the problem they were once tasked with solving while using taxpayer dollars to do so.
In short, wildlife management is a complicated problem, and some say Wildlife Services is downright terrible at their job.
So why is the CBD sending an expensive lawyer hundreds of miles from her home office? The Center For Biological Diversity, along with Bird Ally X, feel that the County should terminate its relationship with Wildlife Services. Both Sonoma County and Marin County have already severed ties with the agency.
In the audio clip below, Atwood addresses the importance of addressing invasive species.
Via the Times-Standard:
Originally on the board's July 1 consent calendar, the agreement would set up a four-year contract with the agency to help protect residents, property, livestock, crops and natural resources from damage caused by predators and other wildlife. The item was pulled for future discussion in response to a letter submitted by Monte Merrick of Bird Ally X and the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center regarding the federal agency's practices.
In the letter, Merrick alleges that Wildlife Services has committed a number of illegal acts, has unintentionally trapped and killed endangered and threatened species, and has had a "systematic lack of accountability."
While Wildlife Services does combat invasive species, Atwood told KHUM they use cruel and outdated techniques on predators, techniques that merely serve to kick the nuisance-animal ball down the field.
"We just don't think it's appropriate in this day and age for taxpayer dollars to be going toward this when there are better options, nonlethal methods, that can do a better job, are cheaper, and don't result in this kind of suffering."
Got an opinion on this? Go to the meeting. They're also slated to discuss a single-use plastic bag ban.
- 9 a.m.
- Humboldt County Courthouse
825 5th St.
Eureka, CA 95501
Hear Atwood's KHUM interview below.
And here's a press release via http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/
Mike Dronkers / Monday, July 21 @ 10:57 a.m. /
Friends of the Dunes is excited to offer a Drop-in Dune Detectives Summer Camp at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center. This week long day camp program for ages 5-8 will connect participants to the diverse coastal habitats of the Samoa Peninsula. The Nature Center is located in Manila between the Humboldt Bay and Pacific Ocean, an ideal location for exploring a diverse array of coastal habitats by foot.
Participants will visit beaches, dunes, wetlands, and coastal forests while learning about nature and history through inquiry based learning and creative expression. While exploring diverse coastal habitats, participants will learn about the animals and plants that live there through games, songs, and hands-on exploration.
The cost of this half day program is $25 a day ($20 for members) or, register your child for the whole week of camp for $95 ($80 for members). Space is limited, and scholarships are available, please call (707) 444-1397 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register.
Mike Dronkers / Monday, July 21 @ 9:41 a.m. /
Mike Dronkers / Friday, July 18 @ 2:09 p.m. /
In the first hour of my show tonight, I'm scheduled to hook up by phone with both Chris 'Kid' Andersen, playing the first of the Blue Lake Casino Blues Series shows tonight, and with Tommy Castro, who's playing tonight at Humbrews.
They are both Johnny Winter fans, so that will likely be one of the
things we talk about.
Click here to see the playlist for this show.