Here Is A Partial List of Things That Don't Belong In Liscom Slough That One Mild-Mannered Guy Removed
Today on KHUM's Coastal Currents, Jessica Hall of Humboldt Baykeeper introduces you to a regular guy whose moral compass points to Arcata's lowlands.
It also led him to smash up three abandoned cars with a sledgehammer. "But that's nothing compared to player pianos and walk-in safes and the other stuff," he told KHUM today.
Of that list above, Fish and Game (now Fish and Wildlife) made only one arrest, said Halstead. (He explains at 8:19 below.)
Hear today's Coastal Currents:
For almost two decades, Ted Halstead has been removing garbage from the slough on the north side of Arcata bay. A lot of garbage. And with today's King Tide (read: extra high tide, see photo below), a lot of that would've been swept out into the bay.
Halstead's impact extends well beyond general decency. "I don't think people realize how incredibly abundant these sloughs really are, and how critical they are to the fisheries industry here," said Hall.
"If you're a fan of salmon, halibut, the herring, the sardines, the baitfish, [a clean slough] is critical to being able to have those things," added Halstead.
He noted that at the peak of juvenile dungeness crab season, he observed about 1,500 crabs per hour making their way out to the bay.
UPDATE 12:15PM Thursday: Still there. Slurping mud.
We're told there's a California gray whale hanging out near Houda point.
Despite it occasionally rolling near the surf, HSU Zoology professor Dawn Goley said there isn't any immediately apparent cause for concern. She spoke with your Lost Coast Outpost reporter and Humboldt Baykeeper's Jessica Hall earlier today.
"It's out there in that sandy area south of Camel Rock and I think it's doing well.
We checked to see if there was any sign of entanglement, and from what we could see with scopes, we can't really see any evidence that it's trailing fishing gear or things like that.
We look for signs of what we consider normal behavior, and today we were able to watch it surface normally, roll on its side, which is normal behavior if they're feeding, and then we saw evidence of feeding because as it resurfaced you'd see mud plumes that were left behind. Gray whales feed on these invertebrates that are embedded in the mud. They feed by taking big mouthfuls of that mud and then squishing out the mud and the water, so if you see these mud plumes around whales you're pretty sure those guys are feeding."
Goley already took some HSU students out to view it this morning, some of whom thrilled to their first whale sighting.
If you go see it, landlocked whale watching doesn't get much more convenient. Take the Westhaven exit off Northbound 101, go under the underpass, and turn right. Pull over near the overlook or in the Houda Point parking lot. People live in Westhaven and the roads are tight, so be cool if you check it out. Bring binoculars. The whale has been there for about 24 hours already.
Thanks to KHUM caller "Ronnie" for tipping us off.
Hey, remember that idea that Humboldt county could take some logging land next to Eureka and turn it into a majestic park, putting Arcata's community forest to shame?
It's a dizzying eight-part suite dedicated to, and inspired by, the district that now houses Tomas Jewelry and the Arcata Playhouse.
Sure, ambient audio impressionism isn't burning up the charts this summer, but this is our ambient audio impressionism, which is why you just heard it on KHUM.
In addition to engineering a mountain of local CDs at his Myrtletown Studios, Gray is known for his work as Dell' Arte's resident sound designer and composer. Those songs in Mary Jane: The Musical? That's his job.
Maybe it'll blow your mind. Maybe it'll redefine your understanding of art. Maybe you'll wonder why even bother. Maybe you'll use it as directed.
From the artist:
It is designed to envelop you, the listener, into another aural world, an alternative universe in sound. I have designed this primarily for headphone/earbud use with the portable devices that are ubiquitous in the human culture, cell phones, iPods and other mp3 players, freely downloadable here.
The results range from the plainly literal (Birds) to the downright trippy (The Playhouse). Here's a sample of the titular piece.
This piece was created to reflect the act of walking around the creamery district. The listener is encouraged to match their walking pace to the footsteps in the soundscape and take a random stroll throughout the district. How much of the Creamery District is covered of course, depends upon the listener’s size and stride.
Hear all of Footfall here.
Mike Dronkers / Thursday, June 13 @ 1:51 p.m. / KHUM
North Coast Journal publisher Judy Hodgson is pretty upset with the Humboldt County board of supervisors, she told KHUM today. At best, one could call the board's revisioning of the General Plan a bold tactical move.
Or you could call it sneaky and underhanded, as Hodgson did today.
Expounding on a sternly-worded piece in this week's Journal, she sounds off on most board members, with a particular disdain for Estelle Fennell. From her op-ed:
On Wednesday, May 29, she decided all by herself — or in conjunction with her (cough!) advisers — that getting this damn General Plan Update done would sure be a lot easier if the guiding principles were a little more friendly to those of us special rural landowners....
She unveiled this radically different set of guiding principles before the weekend, followed by a hearing and vote Monday afternoon. So we all had less than 24 hours times four days to consider her personal revisions and two of those 24-hour periods were the weekend.
So that's where Hodgson was at today when she spoke on KHUM.
In addition to her concern about the environmental impacts of the changes and the preservation of timberlands, Hodgson told KHUM she's concerned that the updated guiding principles give landowners special treatment.
She inserted this word 'honor [landowners].' Why shoud we honor landowners? Shouldn't renters be honored? Everybody who rents in Humboldt County should be looking around and saying 'Wait a minute, am I a second class citizen?'
She stopped short of calling this the dumbest board in living memory.
"I think it's probably the most disappointing panel overall that I've ever seen since I've been reporting, since 1981."
She went on to reiterate her call for suitable contenders to replace those supervisors who were party to these changes. "Ryan Sundberg and Virginia Bass, they would be first, because they are the ones who are going to have to answer directly to the voters."
Since the above pullquotes don't really convey the full spectrum of Hodgson's ire, listen to her full KHUM interview below.