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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
HUMBOLDT COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

Coastal Currents: Coastal Cleanup Day Sept. 20th

Mike Dronkers / Today @ 11:37 a.m. / Coastal Currents

Eben ‚ÄčSchwartz, Marine Debris Program Manager for the California Coastal Commission is our guest today to talk about the upcoming Coastal Cleanup Day, Saturday, Sept. 20.

From the North Coast Environmental Center:

This year marks the 30th anniversary of California Coastal Cleanup Day—and for Humboldt County beach cleaner-uppers, this will be our 35th year!

Coastal Cleanup Day began as a local program of the NEC in the mid-1970s and has since grown into the largest volunteer event caring for the marine environment in California and across the world.

Not only does Coastal Cleanup Day result in tangible, immediate betterment of the environment—last year over 600 volunteers collected trash at over 40 sites resulting in over four tons of garbage being removed from North Coast waterways—but the data collected provides a profile of the most littered items, the persistence of trash and statistics useful in trying to stem the flow of garbage at its source. 

The success of Coastal Cleanup Day is owed to the participation of our many long-standing site captains and volunteers, our energetic new volunteers that join us each year and the support of our many community partners including local, national, and international businesses and organizations.

How to get involved:

 Be a site captain! Site captains are the main points of contact for the cleanup teams at each site and work with the NEC’s Cleanup Coordinator, recruiting teammates, gathering supplies, overseeing the successful cleanup of their site and reporting cleanup data back to the NEC. Check the NEC’s website for a list of available beaches and email brandon@yournec.org to sign up. 

Join a team! Be part of the group cleaning up your favorite beach. All you need to do is show up and pick up.

Sponsor Coastal Cleanup! This is a fantastic way to support local cleanup efforts and publicize your business or organization as a friend to the ocean. The NEC has a number of sponsorship packages available and all include your logo on county-wide posters and recognition at a special Ocean Night event following Coastal Cleanup Day. Email jsavage@yournec.org to find the support level right for you.

Spread the word! Passing info on to colleagues, friends, family, school teachers and civic minded groups.  The more hands we have on deck, the more impact we can make!

 

 



AUDIO: Ozomatli on Upstage Live

Mike Dronkers / Yesterday @ 8:38 p.m. / In Studio , Upstage Live

Ever bought El Salvadorian food from some guys in a minivan? Been accused of swimming across a lake by the Burmese junta? Or read a book that happens to be Los Bagels-centric?

If so, you have at least one thing in common with Ozomatli, who were just on Upstage Live at the Van Duzer Theater.

Video will be coming in a few weeks, but here's the interview and performance.

Ozo Audio

NOTE TO IN-PERSON AUDIENCE MEMBERS: If you have some footage on your smartphone, we'd love to see it! We just might credit you as a camera operator. Email mike@khum.com. 



Funding Funding Funding! Plus Maureen McGarry and RSVP

Cliff Berkowitz / Yesterday @ 9:03 a.m. / Trails

Emily and I talk about the transportation funding that was just announced to go to the Humboldt Bay Trail, Eureka Waterfront Trail and others including additional funding for more safe routes to school projects. Also Maureen McGarry talks about the R.S.V.P. program, volunteering and trail steward opportunities. 

Audio



Upstage Live: Q+A & Music With Ozomatli, 6pm Today

Mike Dronkers / Monday, Aug. 25 @ 4:16 p.m. / Upstage Live

 

UPDATE: All Upstage Live tickets are gone. Their live concert still has a few seats left. 

Members of Ozo will be at Los Bagels meeting fans and signing autographs, and giving away swag. 

Bay Area traffic slowed the band's bus and they will regretfully not make it to Los Bagels today.

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One of the best bands you'll ever see will take questions and play live on KHUM tomorrow at 6:00 pm.

For almost 20 years, Ozomatli has somehow managed to pack extra energy and intention into each live show. Ask anyone who's seen Ozomatli. Seriously. 

Tune in to KHUM tomorrow at 6pm for another episode of Upstage Live. Then buy your tickets for their Tuesday night concert at the Van Duzer.

Special thanks to the Van Duzer team for their support of Upstage Live. 



First Hand Report - The Napa Quake

Cliff Berkowitz / Sunday, Aug. 24 @ 11:04 a.m. / Earthquake

As you likely know by how, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck this morning at about 3:20 AM approximately 6 miles southwest of the town of Napa, in the Bay Area. There are reports of serious damage, especially to some of the older buildings in downtown. As many as 89 people have been reported as injured, 3 critically. As of this posting, there are no reports of any fatalities.

My cousins Zach and Becky Berkowitz have lived in Napa for the past 35 years in a passive solar home on a vineyard. This morning I was able to get through on a land line to check in with them and make sure they were OK. Once their health and non-injured status was confirmed, I asked Becky if she could give me a first hand account of what the quake was like.

The event left their house in a shambles. Broken items everywhere, even their pellet stove moved across the room. There are cracks in the walls and foundation. I recored my conversation with my cousin, which is attached below.

Audio

 



Bay Trail Funding TOMORROW???

Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, Aug. 19 @ 9:07 a.m. / Trails

Cliff and Emily talk with Karen Diemer about the fact that the California Transportation Commission staff has made
the recommendation that funding for the northern portion of the Bay Trail be funded from the Arcata Skate Park all the way to Bracut Center. The vote will take place tomorrow. If this goes through, it bodes well for future funding for the entire project.

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Wild Street Fair!

Cliff Berkowitz / Saturday, Aug. 16 @ 12:22 p.m. / Event

Going on right now until 3pm today, there is a HUGE street fair in Arcata. 13th street between H and G Streets in are closed off and filled all kinds of local venders from Smokin Moses, Cypress Grove, Humboldt Hot Sauce and many more. All this for no charge as Wildberries celebrates their 20th anniversary.

Moments ago, Phil Ricord, owner of Wildberries just held the "Wild Wiener Walk" to honor the store mascot "Fred." Dachshunds of all shapes and sizes participated in the walk in which the oldest, longest and other attributes of these wiener dogs was celebrated.

Amy Berkowitz (my lovely wife) is broadcasting live from the fair directly across from Smokin Moses and right next to Ramones booths. Its a yummy place to be.

Aside from all the free food, there is live music all day long. Anyone even close to Arcata is encouraged to attend.


Thanks to Precision Intermedia for their great work on this site.