Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Hurry, Just In Time For Christmas. As Seen On TV!

http://youtu.be/wIL42N-6PCI



I actually got to work with Bill Frenzer some years back on the Crazy Jay Show now part of  the Rocking Comedy Show. I always liked this Invisible Exerciser and still have two of them.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Humboldt County Raises $1-Million Dollars In Effort To Attract Second Airline

Press Release:

EUREKA, CA) - The Redwood Region Economic Development Commission (RREDC) announced today that a giant step has been taken towards attracting more air service to the area — and bringing competition back to the Arcata Eureka Airport (ACV)— when a $1 million fundraising goal was reached today. The money will be used to support a new air carrier flying to a new hub airport until that route is self-supporting. RREDC and the County are now actively recruiting airlines and hope to have new service in place by spring 2013.
Photo from Humboldt.edu

“We all recognize that air service is a crucial link to the world for Humboldt County, just like the Internet and U.S. [highway] 101,” according to Don Ehnebuske, executive director of RREDC. “But like many people, we questioned why the community should raise funds to attract an airline to the area. After all, isn’t it their business to provide air service? However, when we started looking into it, we came to understand the huge payback for everyone in Humboldt County.”

Ticket prices shot up when Horizon ceased flights from ACV, leaving only one airline serving the area, and passengers began driving to other airports to take flights. Average one-way ticket prices to Los Angeles are now about $100 over the competitive fares of two years ago, costing the tens of thousands of passengers flying to LA millions of dollars a year. And there are about 50,000 fewer passengers flying from the airport every year, which dramatically reduces FAA construction funding available for local contractors and suppliers. The total loss to the community is at least $5 million per year by the most conservative estimates.

The $1 million raised came from the Department of Transportation, the Headwaters Fund and from over 70 local donors — businesses, tribes, individuals and local governments. The total local contribution was $250,000. That translates to at least $40 in reduced prices and construction jobs for every $1 invested by the community over the two-year agreement with a new airline.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sights and Sounds of the Pacific, College Cove

A few weeks back when we had some great weather, I was exploring the trails above College Cove just north of Trinidad State Beach. I wanted to capture the sights and sounds more than the photos seemed capable of so I tried out the video function on my new camera. Enjoy a minute and 40 seconds of wobbly hand held video looking down at the beach. The sound from my little camera made me want a Corona beer.
http://youtu.be/cV7vB_S8Lgg




Thursday, December 6, 2012

Doubling Down On The Contrails

For what ever reason they are doubling down on the contrails over the Humboldt County skies today. A few moments ago I took these pictures just south of Eureka near Humboldt Hill. So much for Mr. Sun today.



Sunday, December 2, 2012

High Water

Crannel Rd. near the Little River which dumps into the Pacific Ocean near Moonstone Beach.
A barn sits near the overflowing Mad River just west of U.S. 101.
An area of The Little River where it is overflowing it's banks into a cow pasture.
What is usually a small creek of a river, as it turns and goes under a private bridge just about a quarter mile before it dumps into the Pacific.

It was a really wet night with multiple road incidences all up and down the North Coast. 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Flood Warnings For Del Norte and Humboldt Counties


LOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA, CA
943 PM PST SAT DEC 1 2012

...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN
CALIFORNIA...

  NAVARRO RIVER AT NAVARRO AFFECTING MENDOCINO COUNTY
  RUSSIAN RIVER NEAR HOPLAND AFFECTING MENDOCINO COUNTY
  EEL RIVER AT FERNBRIDGE AFFECTING HUMBOLDT COUNTY
  VAN DUZEN RIVER NEAR BRIDGEVILLE AFFECTING HUMBOLDT COUNTY

MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CONTINUE THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING.
RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES EXPECTED ACROSS HUMBOLDT AND DEL
NORTE COUNTIES WITH 3 TO 5 INCHES EXPECTED OVER MENDOCINO COUNTY.
LOCALIZED AMOUNTS OF 7 TO 10 INCHES POSSIBLE OVER FAVORED TERRAIN.
THIS AMOUNT OF RAINFALL WILL CAUSE MAJOR RISES ON THE NAVARRO...
RUSSIAN...EEL...AND VAN DUZEN RIVERS.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

SAFETY MESSAGE...

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR CAR ACROSS FLOODED ROADWAYS. IT ONLY TAKES ABOUT
TWO FEET OF WATER TO FLOAT MOST VEHICLES. FOR AREA ROAD CONDITIONS...
CALL CALTRANS AT 1-800-427-7623.

STAY TUNED TO DEVELOPMENTS BY LISTENING TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR
LOCAL TV OR RADIO STATIONS.

THE NEXT STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED BY DECEMBER 2 AT 5 AM OR AS
WARRANTED BY CHANGING CONDITIONS.

&&

CAC023-021743-
/O.EXT.KEKA.FL.W.0010.121203T0430Z-121203T1815Z/
/FRNC1.1.ER.121203T0430Z.121203T0800Z.121203T1215Z.NO/
943 PM PST SAT DEC 1 2012

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR
  THE EEL RIVER AT FERNBRIDGE.
* FROM SUNDAY EVENING TO MONDAY MORNING...OR UNTIL THE WARNING IS
  CANCELLED.
* AT 9:15 PM SATURDAY THE STAGE WAS 9.9 FEET.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 20 FEET.
* RIVER WILL CREST NEAR 21 FEET SUNDAY NIGHT.
* IMPACTS...AT 20 FEET...EXPECT SIGNIFICANT FLOODING OF THE WESTERN
  PORTIONS OF CANNIBAL ISLAND ROAD...CAMP WEOTT ROAD...THE SALT AND
  OLD RIVERS AND ALL ADJACENT LOW LYING AREAS.


$$



Flood Warning

FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA, CA
943 PM PST SAT DEC 1 2012

...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN
CALIFORNIA...

  NAVARRO RIVER AT NAVARRO AFFECTING MENDOCINO COUNTY
  RUSSIAN RIVER NEAR HOPLAND AFFECTING MENDOCINO COUNTY
  EEL RIVER AT FERNBRIDGE AFFECTING HUMBOLDT COUNTY
  VAN DUZEN RIVER NEAR BRIDGEVILLE AFFECTING HUMBOLDT COUNTY

MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CONTINUE THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING.
RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES EXPECTED ACROSS HUMBOLDT AND DEL
NORTE COUNTIES WITH 3 TO 5 INCHES EXPECTED OVER MENDOCINO COUNTY.
LOCALIZED AMOUNTS OF 7 TO 10 INCHES POSSIBLE OVER FAVORED TERRAIN.
THIS AMOUNT OF RAINFALL WILL CAUSE MAJOR RISES ON THE NAVARRO...
RUSSIAN...EEL...AND VAN DUZEN RIVERS.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

SAFETY MESSAGE...

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR CAR ACROSS FLOODED ROADWAYS. IT ONLY TAKES ABOUT
TWO FEET OF WATER TO FLOAT MOST VEHICLES. FOR AREA ROAD CONDITIONS...
CALL CALTRANS AT 1-800-427-7623.

STAY TUNED TO DEVELOPMENTS BY LISTENING TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR
LOCAL TV OR RADIO STATIONS.

THE NEXT STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED BY DECEMBER 2 AT 5 AM OR AS
WARRANTED BY CHANGING CONDITIONS.

&&

CAC023-021743-
/O.CON.KEKA.FL.W.0011.000000T0000Z-121202T2230Z/
/BRGC1.N.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.NO/
943 PM PST SAT DEC 1 2012

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR
  THE VAN DUZEN RIVER NEAR BRIDGEVILLE.
* UNTIL SUNDAY AFTERNOON...OR UNTIL THE WARNING IS CANCELLED.
* AT  9:15 PM SATURDAY THE STAGE WAS 6.2 FEET.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 17 FEET.
* THE RIVER WILL CREST NEAR 17 FEET LATE SUNDAY MORNING.
* IMPACTS...AT 17 FEET...FLOODING WILL BEGIN IN LOWER PORTIONS OF
  GRIZZLY CREEK STATE PARK AND ALONG RIVER BAR ROAD.

$$





Flood Warning

FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA CA
711 PM PST SAT DEC 1 2012

CAC015-023-021500-
/O.NEW.KEKA.FA.W.0002.121202T0311Z-121202T1500Z/
/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/
HUMBOLDT CA-DEL NORTE CA-
711 PM PST SAT DEC 1 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN EUREKA HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WARNING FOR URBAN AREAS AND SMALL STREAMS IN...
  WESTERN DEL NORTE COUNTY IN NORTHWEST CALIFORNIA...
  THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF CRESCENT CITY...
  WESTERN HUMBOLDT COUNTY IN NORTHWEST CALIFORNIA...
  THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...SHELTER COVE...ORICK...HONEYDEW...
  EUREKA...

* UNTIL 700 AM PST SUNDAY

* AT 657 PM PST RADAR INDICATED MODERATE RAIN FALLING ACROSS COASTAL
AREAS OF HUMBOLDT AND DEL NORTE COUNTIES.

A FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR HAS BEEN REPORTED.
STREAM RISES WILL BE SLOW AND FLASH FLOODING IS NOT EXPECTED.
HOWEVER...ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS
IMMEDIATELY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING
OF SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS...HIGHWAYS AND UNDERPASSES.
ADDITIONALLY...COUNTRY ROADS AND FARMLANDS ALONG THE BANKS OF
CREEKS...STREAMS AND OTHER LOW LYING AREAS ARE SUBJECT TO FLOODING.

IN HILLY TERRAIN THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF LOW WATER CROSSINGS WHICH ARE
POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS IN HEAVY RAIN. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL ACROSS
FLOODED ROADS. FIND ALTERNATE ROUTES. IT TAKES ONLY A FEW INCHES OF
SWIFTLY FLOWING WATER TO CARRY VEHICLES AWAY.

SMALL STREAMS AND CREEKS WILL RISE SHARPLY TONIGHT. SEVERE LOCALIZED
FLOODING WILL OCCUR AS CREEKS RAPIDLY EXCEED THEIR CHANNEL AND
CULVERT CAPACITIES. CULVERTS BLOCKED BY DEBRIS WILL LEAD TO ENHANCED
LOCAL FLOODING. ROCK AND MUDSLIDES WILL LIKELY OCCUR ABOVE ROADS IN
STEEP AREAS DURING HEAVIEST RAINFALL INTENSITIES.

SIGNIFICANT FLOODING WILL OCCUR IN LOW LYING AREAS AROUND HUMBOLDT
BAY TONIGHT...WITH WIDESPREAD PONDING WATER DURING PERIODS OF
HEAVIEST RAINFALL. URBAN AREAS WILL EXPERIENCE STREET FLOODING AS
STORM DRAIN CAPACITIES ARE EXCEEDED. SMALL STREAMS AND CREEKS WILL
QUICKLY EXCEED THEIR CHANNEL AND CULVERT CAPACITIES CAUSING LOCALIZED
FLOODING. AREAS OF PARTICULAR CONCERN ARE JOLLY
GIANT...JACOBY...FRESHWATER...SALMON CREEKS...AS WELL AS ELK RIVER
AND NUMEROUS SLOUGHS AROUND THE BAY. HIGH TIDES COINCIDENT WITH
RISING STREAM FLOW WILL ENHANCE FLOODING IN LOW LYING COASTAL AREAS.

&&

LAT...LON 4200 12410 4185 12412 4146 12391 4121 12386
      4065 12412 4047 12413 4019 12399 4002 12396
      4002 12409 4008 12410 4025 12437 4043 12442
      4098 12413 4114 12418 4124 12412 4147 12407
      4172 12416 4177 12427 4200 12421

$$

BFG






Flood Watch

FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA CA
933 PM PST SAT DEC 1 2012

CAZ001>004-076-021345-
/O.CON.KEKA.FA.A.0003.000000T0000Z-121202T2000Z/
/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/
REDWOOD COAST-MENDOCINO COAST-NORTH COAST INTERIOR-
UPPER TRINITY RIVER-MENDOCINO INTERIOR-
933 PM PST SAT DEC 1 2012

...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING...

THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* A PORTION OF NORTHWEST CALIFORNIA...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING
  AREAS...MENDOCINO COAST...MENDOCINO INTERIOR...NORTH COAST
  INTERIOR...REDWOOD COAST AND UPPER TRINITY RIVER.

* THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING

* HEAVY RAINFALL EXPECTED TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING.
  RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES EXPECTED ACROSS HUMBOLDT...
  DEL NORTE AND TRINITY COUNTIES WITH 3 TO 5 INCHES EXPECTED
  OVER MENDOCINO COUNTY. LOCALIZED AMOUNTS OF 7 TO 10 INCHES
  POSSIBLE OVER FAVORED TERRAIN.

* LOCAL STREET FLOODING IS POSSIBLE IN URBAN AREAS. SMALL
  STREAMS MAY OVER TOP THEIR BANKS AND FLOOD LOCAL ROADS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON
CURRENT FORECASTS.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE
FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE
PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.

&&

$$




Hazardous Weather Outlook

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA CA
513 PM PST SAT DEC 1 2012

...POTENT PACIFIC FRONT TO BRING WINDS AND RAIN TONIGHT...

A STRONG PACIFIC FRONT WILL BRING GUSTY WINDS TO THE COASTAL AREAS
OF NW CALIFORNIA TONIGHT. THESE WINDS WILL SPREAD ACROSS INTERIOR
LOCATIONS AS WELL...WITH THE HIGHEST WINDS MAINLY REMAINING AT
ELEVATIONS ABOVE ABOUT 2000 FT. GUSTY WINDS CAN BE EXPECTED IN
VALLEY LOCATIONS AS WELL...BUT SHOULD REMAIN SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER
THAN THOSE ALONG RIDGES AND OVER PASSES. ALONG WITH THE WINDS WILL
COME COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF RAIN...LEADING TO POTENTIAL LAND AND ROCK
SLIDES AND DOWNED TREES. THESE TYPES OF CONDITIONS WILL MAKE
DRIVING DIFFICULT AND MOTORISTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO MAKE TRAVEL
PLANS AROUND THE WEATHER FORECAST. FOR INFORMATION ABOUT ROAD
CONDITIONS CALL 1 800 GAS ROAD.

CAZ001-030115-
REDWOOD COAST-
513 PM PST SAT DEC 1 2012

...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM TONIGHT UNTIL 7 AM SUNDAY...
...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY
MORNING...

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTHWEST CALIFORNIA.

.DAY ONE...TONIGHT.

A WIND ADVISORY IS CURRENTLY IN EFFECT.
A FLOOD WATCH IS CURRENTLY IN EFFECT.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.

A WIND ADVISORY IS CURRENTLY IN EFFECT.
A FLOOD WATCH IS CURRENTLY IN EFFECT.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...
SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT SIGNIFICANT WEATHER TO THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN EUREKA.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS PLEASE REFER TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR
WEATHER.GOV/EUREKA.

$$



Wind Advisory

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA CA
513 PM PST SAT DEC 1 2012

...STRONG WINDS WILL IMPACT NW CALIFORNIA TONIGHT...

.STRONG WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO IMPACT COASTAL AND INTERIOR AREAS
OF NORTHWEST CALIFORNIA THIS EVENING THROUGH EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.

CAZ001-021415-
/O.CON.KEKA.WI.Y.0013.121202T0300Z-121202T1500Z/
REDWOOD COAST-
513 PM PST SAT DEC 1 2012

...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 AM
SUNDAY...

* WINDS...SOUTH SOUTHEAST WINDS 20 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45
  MPH. WINDS WILL BE STRONGEST ON EXPOSED COASTAL HEADLANDS.

* LOCATIONS...COASTAL HUMBOLDT AND DEL NORTE COUNTIES.

* HIGHWAYS IMPACTED...101...199 AND 299. STRONG WINDS CAN MAKE
  DRIVING DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

SMALL TREES AND BRANCHES MAY BE KNOCKED DOWN BY THIS STORM AND
CAN BE DANGEROUS WHEN THEY FALL ONTO CARS OR PEOPLE. AVOID
UNNECESSARY TRAVEL. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...SLOW DOWN TO PROVIDE
MORE REACTION TIME IN CASE THE ROAD IS BLOCKED BY A TREE.

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS STRONG WINDS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS A LARGE
AREA.

&&

$$





Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Traffic Hazard In Macktown, Right Lane Only Pretends To Be There

Drove into ditch on Tuesday morning.
When driving South on Central Avenue from Beau Pre Golf Course or the Eureka/Arcata Airport in McKinleyville Ca. you will pass a 76 gas station and Smug's Pizza on the right. It's just past Murray Road and the Renner Station.
If you are a good driver, you might be able to resist the ditch that pretends to be a part of the road. The road wants to be there but the county has left it open for the frogs or to save money from having to turn a small stream into a buried pipe and paved road.
Drove into ditch tonight, the next day.


At night it is almost impossible to see that the right lane is really a ditch. Wile turning right out of the driveway between Smug's Pizza and the 76 Gas station it is hard to see that there is a more than  3 food ditch to fall into. The ditch is not marked properly and at night with almost no light around, even I almost drove into the ditch of doom on a foggy night. 
The right lane is a lie

A guy named Lloyd said that he saw another small car in the ditch about a month ago. 
With the big rains on the way, don't you dare drown yourself in downtown Macktown!
I hope someone in the county or MCSD can figure out how to make this more safe. 

Ok,  perhaps you could only drown if you were on your razor scooter and hit your head on the way in or if you were thrown from a plain white van by terrorists while bound and unable to climb out during the big winter storm. Still you will find it a bit hard to see in the fog or dark. Beware of that hole on the right that sucks you in. Stay left I say.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Some High Winds And Heavy Rains For Days

We are in for one heck of a week starting Wednesday. Expect some power outages. 
Here's what the National Weather Service in Eureka is saying tonight at about 10:30 PM.

The first in a series of storms will impact the area late tonight into Wednesday. This will be a quick moving system bringing one half inch to 2 inches of rainfall with local amounts up to 3 inches in favored areas. Winds will gust 40 to 45 mph along the immediate coastal headlands and over ridges. Snow levels will be around 4500 feet over eastern Trinity county with several inches of snow possible above 5000 feet. A second system will bring stronger and potentially damaging winds to the coast on Thursday with another period of heavy rain. Localized urban and small stream flooding is possible as the front moves through. Yet another storm is projected to impact northwest California on Friday with more strong winds and heavy rain. Total rainfall amounts of 6 to 10 inches are expected through Sunday with localized amounts well over a foot in the King Range and over South Fork Mountain.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Did Anonymous Stop Karl Rove From Stealing Ohio Again?

Talk show host Thom Hartmann asks if Anonymous used a firewall to allow Rove to think he had access to the machines in 3 states but blocked access to it at the last minute and blocked his transfer of vote tallies in Ohio to Tennessee. See the video



Friday, November 16, 2012

Dial Global and Cumulus Say Rush Limbaugh Hurt Radio Business



Rush Limbaugh, who's entertainment show airs on the Premiere Radio Networks has drawn the ire of two other radio network, Dial Global and Cumulus. Dial Global is the satellite distributor for progressive radio talk show hosts like Stephanie Miller, Ed Schultz, Thom Hartmann and Mike Malloy. Cumulus bought Citidel which included  ABC Radio, and stations like KGO in San Francisco.

Both networks are saying that advertisers left talk radio after Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a slut. Many advertisers said they just didn't want to be a part of talk radio at all after the caustic comedian took to his misogynistic and ignorant rants about Sandra Fluke and women in general. His ignorance of  how the female body works and constant rants on the subject cost the industry millions of dollars.

According to the Huffington Post, the rants have Dial Global removing themselves from the NASDQ Stock Exchange. This doesn't bode well for talk radio. The sad fact is that while Rush will stay on hundreds of stations because many of his advertisers don't care what he says about women and minorities, progressive talk show hosts may find themselves without a network. That would mean that stations like KGOE in Eureka could potentially end up having to find new programming. Yes, as odd as it seems, progressive talk radio designed to be an alternative to the racist and misogynistic rants of the right may be brought down by the very rants they were trying to be an alternative to.


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Friday, November 9, 2012

Portland Loses Progressive Talk Station

What used to be the Flagship Thom Hartmann station in Oregon is switching its format from Progressive Talk to Sports.  10-Thousand watt powerhouse KPOJ AM is owned by Clear Channel which was acquired by Bain Capital in 2008.  KPOJ will now be a Fox Sports affiliate.

Stephanie Miller got moved to overnights in Detroit.

Radio host Mike Malloy said tonight on the air that we can expect to see more stations across the country make the change from Prog. Talk to Sports or what ever as the mega corporations do what they can to marginalize the progressive message. Malloy said the message wouldn't go away though, it will just move from terrestrial radio stations to online forums, pod casts and internet radio. He explained that this was already happening with i phones, droids and other newfangled stuff.

I can confirm that a couple of new sports networks are on the scene and they are going after stations hard to get them to change to their new ESPN alternative. I don't foresee a change at KGOE but you never know what lies ahead. If the programming is still available and we are still selling ads, we'll probable be around for a while.  

Here is Bradblog's take on the story.

In-Home Supportive Services Workers Hold Candle Light Vigil

Tonight at the Humboldt County Courthouse, what looked like close to 100 people gathered for a candle light vigil to protest their low wages. In-home workers receive no overtime, or proper breaks, they have no health insurance and are paid minimum wage. Without these workers, many of our parents and grand parents would have to live in rest homes.The County Board of Supervisors refuses to give these workers a wage increase, they make $8.00 an hour and have to provide their own transportation, car, insurance and gas. 

The elderly woman that owned this dog said that without her in-home care worker she would have to be in an old folks home and her dog would be put to sleep. 

Workers and many of their supporters gathered to protest these injustices and then to head to a party at the CHUW office at 314 L Street Eureka.  The free event includes food and music from Joanne Rand.


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Conservatives Gave Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars To The Liberal Media

Photo from ywcneedham.blogspot.com
I was just pondering all of the money enabled by Citizens United  that went to conservative political PAC's during the campaign season. Literally hundreds of millions of dollars was just handed over to the so called "liberal media" to buy commercials and  influence the outcome of  the election to no avail.  Conservative judges enabled this outcome. Conservative political hacks were the ones that brought Citizens United to the Supreme Court in the first place. My question is, how many more millions of dollars are the Republicans willing to give to the so called "liberal media" before they get a clue?

I am inviting Republicans to join with the rest of us to stop this give away to the "liberal media" and work to overturn Citizens United before it is too late. Your party is almost destroyed, you have lost countless millions of dollars. The young people in this country will not support you no matter how much you spend to influence them. They want actions not commercials. Think of how much the Citizens United decision has done for the media you conservatives despise. If the media is truly liberal as most of you believe, put your money where your mouth is and help the rest of us overturn Citizens United before it's too late. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Did Colorado just legalize pot?

Did Colorado just legalize Pot?
If numbers hold...Slate dot com has the story.

Washington State also legalizes Marijuana and will tax it. 


How To Protect Your Vote In A Crooked County, Or On An Electronic Voting Machine

Brad Friedman has some tips for voting and making sure everyone's vote counts.


First and foremost:
  • If you have problems or see problems at the polls, be sure to report them to866-OUR-VOTE, or atOurVoteLive.org!
  • Catch any problems at the polls on photo or video? Upload it to YouTube and social sites, and tellVideoTheVote.org! Also tag it with the #VideoTheVote hashtag.
  • Be at the polls when they close and photograph and video tape the results tapes that are printed out from electronic systems. Results have a way of changing between the time they're printed out at the close of polls and the time they show up on the web. Your photographic evidence could help save an election!
  • Watching results on the web throughout the night? Take screenshots, save them as you go, and include a timestamp in the filename when you do. Those web results also have a way of changing, sometimes in the wrong direction, throughout the night. Your evidence could help save an election!
Vote on a Paper Ballot!
  • In some places, it may be too late to vote on paper ballots. In others, know your rights and whether you are entitled to vote on a paper ballot if you wish, even if they try to direct you towards an electronic voting system. For example, in OH and CA every voter may vote on paper if they wish and if they know to ask for one. So (politely) demand a paper ballot! Check with your County Clerk or Sec. of State if you're not sure.
  • A touch-screen system with a little paper printout is NOT a paper ballot! Those paper printouts are never counted and your vote will be 100% unverifiable, like Barack Obama's foolishly was. We made this short toon to explain that point quickly in 2008, so let's roll it out once again...

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

100 Percent Chance Of Heavy Rain Wednesday

I looked at the forecast for tomorrow here near Trinidad. 100% chance of heavy rain it says.  I guess that pretty much settles it.
Nexrad Radar

Sunday, October 28, 2012

NSA Analyst Proves GOP Is Stealing The Vote

Voting Machine Hacked To Play Pac Man
They are only doing it in large cities and precincts but an analyst says he has proven that Republicans are indeed stealing the vote. The fact that this can happen has been Brad  Blog's charge since he came on the scene to warn us against paperless electronic voting machines. This story however, does not include Brad Friedman.


By Denis G. Campbell andCharley James
(c) 25 October 2012 
UPDATED: Why is Mitt Romney so confident?
In states where the winner will be decided by less than 10%, of the vote he already knows he will win. This is no tinfoil hat conspiracy. It’s a maths problem.  Read More

Here is another story about hacking electronic voting machines from The Christian Science Monitor

Saturday, October 27, 2012

7.7 Quake On West Coast Of British Columbia Tsunami Warning Issued

The Tsunami Warning is north of California and should not effect Trinidad or the Humboldt coast to any serious degree. Click here for details. 
The weather channel says evacuations have been ordered for parts of the Hawaiian Islands. Tsunami are expected to arrive there by 1:30 Am Pacific time here in California. The Tsunamis will last for a while according to CNN. 

Update: Live stream from Hawaii

17" Wave hits Crescent City California

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Humboldt Sentinel Co-Sponsors Presidential Debate Tonight

Larry King will moderate tonight's Presidential Debate that starts at 6:00 pm Pacific. 

Two of the major players won't be there though, President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney will be absent. Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party), Jill Stein (Green Party), Virgil Goode (Constitution Party) and Rocky Anderson (Justice Party) will give for differing points of view on how to best run this country. 

This debate will not air on CNN, FOX, NBC or any other main stream news outlet.  Instead you can watch the debate at Free Speech TV, RT tv, C-SPAN or locally on Access Humboldt cable channel 11.

Local news blog The Humboldt Sentinel is co-sponsoring the debate.  They have more on this here.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

College Cove Perfect Weather Today

College Cove, just north of Trinidad State Beach. It was a fantastic Sunday for a short walk.

So why not walk in one of the most beautiful settings in the world. This is an easy walk for young children and older people and even those that are out of shape. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Every Picture Tells A Story Donut?

This morning the sky looked like there were supposed to be musical notes drawn into the lines. It was a beautiful day and everyone was jet setting or surfing the magnificent surf that was not so large but was breaking nicely. 

The U.S. Coast Guard flew over the scene as the sun was setting over Pilot Rock and Trinidad Bay. They flew over my house a bit  later on.
 Who could blame them. It was a perfect night to catch a wave or go for a flight. There were no donuts involved in the making of this post. Sorry, I lied about that part to get your attention. 

Trinidad Bay California at sunset.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Trinidad Ramp Closures All Week / Lighthouse Grill Review


If you're heading to Trinidad this week there are two things that you should know. First is that the Lighthouse Grill is now open and second is that there will be road closures.
Caltrans has announced that there will be intermittent full closures of the US 101 north bound off ramp and on ramp Monday - Friday from 9 pm until 6 am. The southbound on ramp will also face closures this week so plan accordingly.

Now about that Lighthouse Grill, they are indeed open 11 am until 8 pm and closed Wednesdays. Located just feet from the freeway in front of Murphy's Market and across from the post office it has location, location going for it.  I had the pleasure of having dinner there last night. I had a Humboldt Grass Fed burger with cheese and bacon and fries. The bun seemed to be homemade and it had some density to it but was not too heavy.  I washed it down with a Steelhead beer on tap. They have an IPA and Lost Coast Brewery root beer also on tap. Wine is also available. There are,  among other things salads, chicken, beef brisket and fish n' chips and what I think was a surf board with daily specials on it. They also have a homemade savory waffle cone made there and filled with mash potatoes and gravy for $3.00 add a dollar and you can get cheese and bacon on top of that or go all the way and for 5 dollars you can have all that and beef brisket.
They make their own ice cream cones also, as well as the ice cream itself. They had about 6 or 8 flavors last night from a honey gram or chocolate chip mint to the salted caramel, that's the one I had. It was fantastic. If you cant' decide they have spoon samples.

In closing, the food is great and the new owners, Chuck and Sherry Vanderpool, seem to be great people. They try to get their ingredients from as many local sources as possible and can be found frequenting local farmers markets when they are in season. They have been doing this for their delivery business "Humboldt Homemade Meals" so they already know where the good stuff is at. 

Their hours again ,11 am to 8 pm closed Wednesdays.
The off ramp closures again for you Cher Ae' Heights folks is off and on intermediate closures 9 pm till 6 am all this week through Friday. You can also try calling 1-800-427-7623 for current closures or go to www.dot.ca.gov.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Walmart Worker Strikes Hit 28 Stores In 12 States


Walmart workers who recently went on strike in Illinois and California appear to have inspired some of their fellow big box employees, and now it looks like the movement is going viral.
Labor leaders said Tuesday, just one day before Walmart’s annual shareholder meeting, that workers at 28 stores in 12 states walked out and went on strike to demand the anti-union employer raise wages, improve working conditions and end retaliations against employees who attempt to form unions.

Read the whole story at the Raw Story.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Stand Down Is Friday Not Saturday

See previous post for story.  The original headline for the Stand Down post said it was Saturday but it is in fact this Friday.

Sorry for any confusion.


Veterans North Coast Stand Down Friday In Eureka

This years North Coast Stand Down is a one day event on Friday, October 12th., 2012.  Formerly a three day event, this now one day event is designed to bring veterans and veterans services together in one place.

Formerly held at the Fairgrounds in Ferndale, the Stand Down is now held at the Eureka Veterans Hall at 1018 H. Street. 

There will be transportation from McKinleyville and Arcata this year. Meet at either the Safeway totem pole in Mack Town, or the Arcata library at 8:30 am and 11:30 am. 



Hunter S. Thompson's FBI File Partially Destroyed




 
 
 

   
    FBI destroyed part of Hunter S. Thompson’s file (via Raw Story )
   
       The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) admitted this week that portions of a detailed file on legendary outlaw journalist Hunter S. Thompson were destroyed during the Clinton administration. Responding to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by Argus Leader reporter Cody Winchester, the…
   
 
 

Monday, October 8, 2012

So How Long Did Democrats Really Control Congress Under Obama?

Not very long.  It turns out that it was about 5 months if you don't account for the 2 months they were off during summer recess.

Check it out from Outside The Beltway

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Trinidad Arts Night Showcase New Venue, The Lighthouse Cafe.

Trinidad Arts Night Showcase New Venue, The Lighthouse Cafe.

The lights were on, the patio had people in it, there were wonderful smells in the air and it was the soft opening of The Lighthouse Cafe in Trinidad Ca.  The new digs had art work from Bea Stanley on the walls and live music from Joe Garceau. It was after all, Trinidad Arts Night.


I would have stayed as I was invited by one of the owners while taking pictures but I had a prior engagement. The vibe was good and people seemed happy sampling morsels of food that will be on sale Monday, October 8th. when they officially open.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Eureka To Introduce New Anti-Homeless Laws


By Charles Douglas
Humboldt Sentinel


It’s not every day when Eureka looks to follow the example of Arcata.
Photo from The Humboldt Sentinel
Turning decades of municipal rivalry on its head, Eureka is looking up to its smaller municipal brethren across Humboldt Bay — at least when it comes to firing off a fresh round of anti-homeless laws.
Fresh on the heels of a 4-1 Council approval of stiffening the ban on sleeping in public by boosting the legal definition of this famous crime from an infraction to a misdemeanor, City Attorney Cyndy Day-Wilson has cooked up two separate sets of amendments to city code on the eve of next month’s general election — one in which the sole dissenting Councilmember, Linda Atkins, faces stiff opposition for her Ward Two seat.
Keep reading here at the Humboldt Sentinel

Monday, October 1, 2012

This Is The Best Time To Come To The North Coast

Sunset looking West from the lighthouse in Trinidad Ca. today.

Arcata Police Looking For Fraud Suspects. Do You Know These Women?

Do you know these two women? They are persons of 

interest in a fraud case.

 If you know the identity of either of these people, please 

contact the Arcata Police Department at 822-2428 or leave 

an anonymous message on the APD Crime Tip Line at 825-

2588.   

California Republican Party Breaks With National Party Over Tax Breaks

The national Republican Party has had the platform that lower taxes on business means more jobs. The Governor of California just sided with that philosophy and now the local Republicans in California are up in arms over tax cuts for business because they say it doesn't work. In fact they say, "that sound economic logic doesn't apply to every other aspect of the economy".

Image from my Republican brother
Here is a press release from the California Republican Party that was just released today.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      CRP Communications
October 1, 2012                                                          (916) 448-9496
 

California Republican Party Statement on Gov. Brown Signing Bill Extending Tax Breaks for Film Industry
BURBANK -- The California Republican Party today made the follwing statement regarding California Governor Jerry Brown signing Assembly Bill 2026, which extends the $100 million annual tax break for California motion picture companies:

"Gov. Brown just signed the bill that extends tax breaks for the film industry. Presumably, the Governor believes that the lower tax rates will provide incentives for more films to be made here, resulting in more jobs. More jobs will result in more tax revenue because working people pay more taxes.

"Someone needs to ask the Governor why that sound economic logic doesn't apply to every other aspect of the economy. We need to ask Gov. Brown why he wants want to raise taxes on small businesses through Prop 30 but lower them for the film industry?"

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Rainbow Around The Sun, Is A Storm Coming?


To answer my own question, no. The 7 day forecast from the National Weather Service says sunny skies through Wednesday.


There are a lot of contrails in the sky today over Eureka/Arcata/McKinleyville.  These aren't visible along the coast due to low fog but if you get a couple of blocks inland you could see the circle in the sky around the sun and lots and lots of contrails.  Some say that these are chemtrails as shown in this video. Either way locals can forget about an Autumn sky of blue today.


Friday, September 28, 2012

Humboldt County's Great Shame

Eureka, California - After months of efforts to bargain a historic first wage increase for County IHSS Caregivers, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors (acting as the Governing Board of the IHSS Public Authority) rejected a Fact Finder’s recommendation to increase wages for over 1,400 County IHSS homecare workers. The Fact Finder understood the urgency and growing health care crisis facing the residents of Humboldt County. The Fact Finder referred to his ruling as “fair and equitable,” stating that the reasons for his ruling were “numerous.”

“This is beyond shameful, it is offensive and says more about their commitment to turn their backs on our County’s most vulnerable and the Caregivers who change adult diapers,” said County IHSS Caregiver Antoinette Skiles when she learned of the Supervisor’s response to the Fact Finding Report. “We use money out of our own pockets to care for people who would most likely be in nursing homes without us. We love the people we care for and that’s why we do it. But we shouldn’t be punished because we have a heart,” she added.

In his ruling, the Fact Finder emphasized that, “The County clearly has the ability to pay the modest increases sought,” and that the homecare workforce, which is comprised primarily of women and minorities, is paid significantly less than every other County employee. Many facts included in the Fact Finding Report, such as the Supervisor’s willingness to increase their own salaries while homecare wages remained stagnant over the years, were accentuated by a recommendation that stated, “When it came to the issue of wages and healthcare benefits for care providers, the Union makes the more compelling case.”

The two day Fact Finding Hearing covered an exhaustive amount of data and testimony from County Caregivers, recipients and university professors Eileen Boris and Candace Howes. Both Boris and Howes are national experts on long-term care whose efforts have been used to influence national, state and County long-term care legislation. After reviewing documents and testimony from the County and CUHW, the Fact Finder awarded his decision: Humboldt County IHSS Caregivers deserved better.

Last Tuesday the Board of Supervisors met in closed session to discuss the Fact Finding Report, ultimately not only refusing to implement the report’s recommendation but also attempting to discredit the Fact Finder in the process. In an official statement released on behalf of the County IHSS Public Authority the County claimed that the Fact Finder “misunderstood” important concepts during the hearing. In that same official statement, the County repeated that its refusal to grant a wage increase to County IHSS Caregivers was, “due to the County’s finances,” this despite admitting during the Fact Finding hearing that it in fact had budgeted enough to provide the requested wage increase.

The Supervisor’s recent rejection of the Fact Finder’s recommendation follows their rejection of a mediated settlement proposal last July that also called for a wage increase for County IHSS Caregivers. CUHW has filed an Unfair Labor Practice against the County and will continue its efforts to work with the residents of Humboldt County to achieve justice for its most vulnerable populations and those who care for them.

Call the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors (707.476.2396) today and tell them: The facts don’t lie. Implement the IHSS Fact Finder’s Recommendations and be fair to those who care. End the shame of minimum wage:


View the Fact Finder’s entire Report and Recommendation at: http://co.humboldt.ca.us/publicinfo/docs/2012-09-25_h12-079-factfinding--cuhw-humboldt.pdf

View the Board of Supervisors press release at:
http://co.humboldt.ca.us/publicinfo/docs/2012-09-27%20-%20statement%20by%20public%20authority%20for%20ihss.pdf.

Loretta Stevens
Executive Director

California United Homecare Workers
AFSCME/SEIU Local 4034
2484 Natomas Park Drive #101
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 239-3988 office


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