Sunday, December 28, 2014

Some Photos From Recent North Coast Storms

There were rainbows everywhere. This one shown above was a full bow and later on it had a double rainbow.
 All of these pictures were taken on or about 12-23 and 24-2014 from the parking lot at the radio stations I work for which are just across US 101 from Humboldt Bay. The bay was furious at times. You could see the waves topping over the north and south spits, I had never seen wave spray above the trees at the North Spit before but that's what was happening. Forget the South Spit of Humboldt Bay. Waves crashed right over the entire thing into the bay for a couple of days.

 Driftwood piled up on some local beaches. We hadn't seen many storms since March of 2011 so there was a lot of wood just waiting to be deposited and it was. Above is a sample of what currently sits on Clam Beach near McKinleyville California.
The straight line at the bottom of the rock levy is the rail line where the rail road used to go. The tracks are still there but the trains have stopped running
.
Of course there was a lot of coastal flooding due to astronomical high tides and lots of rain. Other bloggers in Humboldt had that story and lots of fine pictures to go with it too.

A Tree Falls In McKinleyville

On a mostly sunny day with little or no wind, a large tree decided to give up reaching for the sky and instead laid down in the #2 lane of North US 101 just North of School Road. This was the scene at about 2:40 pm Sunday.

Traffic is moving around the tired tree. We have had a lot of rain lately so the ground is pretty saturated and little wind is needed when a tree is a bit lopsided or just gets tired of being a tree and would rather be fire wood.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Trinidad Prepares For 100 Year Anniversary Of 200 Foot Wave

The City of Trinidad is getting ready for a celebration of sorts. We always worry these days about a Tsunami from an earthquake doing serious damage but consider the story from the light house keeper which is archived at the Bureau of Land Management site. You might gain a new respect for the largest ocean on the planet.

Here is an excerpt from:-- Leisyka Parrott, Interpretive Specialist, BLM Arcata Field Office, California (December 2014)
Keeper Harrington's account of the notorious wave:

"The storm commenced on December 28, 1914, blowing a gale that night. The gale continued for a whole week and was accompanied by a very heavy sea from the southwest.  On the 30th and 31st, the sea increased and at 3 p.m. on the 31st seemed to have reached its height, when it washed a number of times over (93-foot-high) Pilot Rock, a half mile south of the head. At 4:40 p.m., I was in the tower and had just set the lens in operation and turned to wipe the lantern room windows when ...


100 Year Anniversary of the Giant 200-Foot Wave

Join BLM and our partners in a celebration of the much talked about giant wave that hit Pilot Rock and Trinidad Head in a massive storm that blew gale winds over northern California for over 2 weeks in December 1914 and January 1915.
Meet at Trinidad Head Saturday, Jan. 10, from 2:00-5:00 pm to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the 200 foot wave that shook the Trinidad Head Lighthouse.  For more information, please contact BLM's Arcata Field Office at (707) 825-2313. (Event will be cancelled if hazardous weather conditions are predicted.)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Batten Down The Hatches?

The forecast seems to be holding. We appear to be in for a serious wind and rain event. It all starts Wednesday! So batten down the hatches if you have hatches. If not, you might, as I do,  wonder if perhaps you should have invested in hatches.

Seriously, if you are in a low lying area, wind prone area or can't be without electricity, internet and TV, do what you must to survive this. Earthquake kit should have most of what you need. Trow in a chain saw and generator, you get the idea. Better to be ready than without.
See local forecast for Humboldt County California.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Family Of Eureka Man Shot And Killed By Police Has Hired An Attorney

Thomas McClain, a 22 year old resident of Eureka Ca. was shot and killed by a Eureka Police Officer in his own front yard on September 17th. 2014. He was not accused of or involved in a crime

McClain was hearing impaired and was not wearing his hearing aid when officers approached him and ordered him to raise his hands. He was in possession of an unloaded BB gun which isn't against the law, and officers (seemed to be simultaneously) telling him to raise his hands and also to drop the gun which was in his waistband according to some early reports.  The District Attorney says that his office will not file charges against the officer since the officer did not appear to break any laws.

McClain's family has hired a lawyer to try to find out if there is something the police led investigation missed. The attorney is one of the two hired by the family of  Martin Frederic Cotton II who died in a Humboldt County Jail cell after being severely beaten by Eureka Police Officers and left do die without medical attention. The family won a 4.5 million dollar judgement against the city. 

Juniper Rose of the Times-Standard newspaper has a lot more on this.  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mr. Green All Stars Benefit For Trinidad Skate Park This Sunday

There will be a concert to benefit the Trinidad Skate Park Alliance this Sunday at Trinidad Town Hall. Mr Green All-Stars, punk/reggae band will play from 8 or 9 (flyer says 8 but website says 9),  to 11:30 pm, admission is $20.00 and the event is all ages. No Alcohol Please.

The band lineup looks like this:
Human Rights of Bad Branis
Hawaiian Lyon as Mr. Green
Norwood Fisher of Fishbone
Rocky George of Suicidal Tendencies
Boss Skank of Black Uhuru
John Stewart of Fishbone
Grant on Drums
Willy Waldman on Trumpet horns

See their facebook page for more


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Opportunity Village Eugene Founder To Speak In Eureka On Saturday

In Eugene, Oregon, local faith groups, religious leaders and volunteers have created Opportunity Village. It's a community of small houses for the unsheltered homeless. Each house is no more than 10 feet wide and was built with donated materials. Villagers pay just a dollar a night and there is no cost to taxpayers.

The founder of Opportunity Village in Eugene, Andrew Hebin will be here in Eureka for a talk at the Eureka Women's Club located at 1531 J Street on Saturday morning at 10:30 am.

Hebin will talk about the tiny house project which is being studied for duplication by many other cities. He will discuss how he got the Eugene City Council on board and how the project is able to house people for as little as $3.00 a bed night. The first project has an outside, common kitchen, a central shower and restroom area and other amenities. People wanting a place to say have to sign a contract that says they will abstain from illegal drugs or excessive alcohol use and that they will follow all of the many rules but many are willing to trade this for a safe and secure place to sleep and call home.


Hubin says the idea is to have these all over the place so that there isn't one hub or draw where homeless people congregate. He will be on a speaking tour through Northern California to propose how to start these projects regionally.

The event is open to the public and is free although donations will be greatly appreciated.

http://youtu.be/m32BWvi7ygs


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Time To Raise The Minimum Wage In Humbodlt County

So, now that Measure R has been defeated in Eureka, it's time to move forward with John Fullerton's plan. I think it needs tweaking but if a CPA like Fullerton is behind this, we should be able to get the entire county behind it too. This is from his facebook page.

John Fullerton
October 20 at 12:52pm ·

Measure R (the minimum wage increase measure for Eureka) is a job killer and must be defeated. Some people said "you can't just say no, what is your plan" So the following is my plan for an increase that won't cost jobs or cause a serious and sudden disruption to Eureka's economy.

1) My plan would be for the whole county and not discriminate against any one
city.

2) There would be TWO rates. The lower one would be California's mandated
rate of $9 per hour. Our lower rate would be for the following groups:
- Workers under 21. This will help them get their first job in life.
- Tipped employees like waiters & waitresses. They make more from their
tips than they do from their hourly wages.
- People in their first six months on the job. This helps employers during
new employees training period when they're getting up to speed and are
not as productive as they will be later.

3) The higher rate would be for everyone else. To give the local economy
and employers time to adjust & minimize disruptions it would be phased
in as follows;
$ 10 per hour on January 1st, 2015
$ 11 per hour on January 1st, 2016
$ 12 per hour on January 1st, 2017

4) My plan would give employers credit for their cost of providing health
insurance and retirement plans. This will greatly encourage employers to
offer those plans and wouldn't that benefit everybody ?

But first Measure R must be defeated so this new plan can be brought forward.

So now that Measure R has been defeated, what do you need to move your plan forward Mr. Fullerton? 

Monday, November 3, 2014

So How Does Raising The Minimum Wage Locally Really Affect Cities?

From an op ed in the New York Times written by Michael Reich and Ken Jacobs.

In the face of congressional inaction, the debate on raising the minimum wage is moving to the local level. As more cities and counties consider setting their own wage standards, they can learn from the policy experiments already underway.

Since the mid-1980s, states in every region of the country have raised the local minimum wage, often numerous times. Twenty-one states (and Washington, D.C.) currently have wage floors above the federal level ($7.25), and 11 of these raise them every year to account for inflation. Washington State currently has the highest, at $9.32; California’s is set to increase to $10 on July 1, 2016.

More than 120 cities and counties have adopted living wage laws that set pay standards, many of them in the $12 to $15 range.

Find out how this has affected the economies of the cities and regions where the wage has gone up by reading the rest of this here.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

No On Measure R People Misleading Eureka Voters

The folks over at Measure R Vote NO facebook page seem to be intentionally misleading the public about what and how the measure will affect the workers of Eureka if it passes.

Measure R is an attempt to raise the minimum wage in Eureka to 12 dollars an hour. The measure would not affect every business. Only businesses with more than 15 employees within the  city limits would required to pay the $12.00 minimum wage if it passes.

They have argued that Measure R raises the wage too much, too fast. It's true that when it was originally conceived, the California minimum wage was at a stagnant $8.00 an hour with no plans for our Republican Governor to sign off on any wage increase. It had only gone up $2.25 an hour in an entire decade. That decade turned into 16 years until we got a Democratic Governor willing to sign off on an increase and it went to $9.00 per hour about 4 months ago. In another 14 months it will go up to $10.00.

The folks at Measure R Vote NO facebook are saying that this increase is taking 3 years to complete which they say is reasonable by their timeline, as if July 1st. 2014 to January 1st. 2016 is 3 years time. They have their facts wrong and not just their facts but their math. A year and a half is not 3 years. Based on this one big lie, and all of the other inconsistent so called facts that the No on R folks seem to be basing their arguments on I say don't believe a word from these people.

Don't let these people that can't even do math allow you to be afraid of raising wages at the bottom instead of the top.

I have copied and pasted Shane Brinton's comments that point out some other falsehoods on the Measure R Vote NO page here:

Shane Brinton It is intellectually dishonest of the No on R campaign to use the plight of caregivers as an argument for keeping the minimum wage down. It is important to understand that state law designates the IHSS Public Authority (Board of Supervisors) as the body responsible for setting IHSS pay in Humboldt County. Attempting to shift responsibility to the Fair Wage Folks is a cynical ploy to mislead working class voters.

The Measure R proponents did not exclude caregivers anywhere in the measure. Their intent is for it to cover all large employers. If Measure R passes, I truly hope the Board of Supervisors will honor the intent of the measure. In any case, Measure R will create upward wage pressure, which will ultimately help IHSS workers and other low wage workers throughout the region. As the old saying goes, a rising tide lifts all boats.

Lastly, please note that the California United Homecare Workers (CUHW), which represents all IHSS workers in Humboldt County, has endorsed Measure R. The decision was discussed by IHSS workers at a local membership meeting. There was unanimous agreement among those present. Full disclosure: I am an employee of CUHW, which means I actually work for and interact with IHSS workers on a regular basis.


So if you want to get some straight information about Measure R in Eureka, see Yes on Measure R folks here.http://eurekafairwageact.wordpress.com/ 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Brace For Lots Of Wind

Humboldt County, a mother of a wind storm is about to unleash it's fury on us. In my neck of the redwoods near Trinidad Ca., I will be expecting sustained winds of between 20 and 35 mph with gusts to 50 mph. According to one report, gusts as high as 70 on the ridge above me. Things should start around midnight tonight and thunderstorms including possible small hail are possible in the morning.


I expect to wake up without electricity so I am taking the precautions needed like getting the chain saw out, flashlights in order, filling water containers (for flushing toilets) and topping off the britta filter pitchers. We're on a well so, no power, no water. There is a over 1,000 gallons in a tank but we would have to get it out with a bucket if the power is off.  I put away the trash cans and some lose items that could blow into my car. I also expect some of the radio stations I work for to go off but I hope they don't. I really need a day off.

Here is the skinny from the National Weather Service

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Shasta County May Be On To Somethig

Could this be the interference that the EPA couldn't identify that caused them to turn off their Air Monitor in Eureka? Probably not but who knows?

The Shasta County Board of Supervisors all took this seriously and have drafted a letter to seeking answers. At least some governmental body is taking the changes in the sky, air and soil seriously.


1http://youtu.be/FeTaejpg18g

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The EPA Has Turned Off All Coastal Beta Radiation Monitors Between Anchorage Alaska And San Diego California


Late last year I discovered the EPA Radnet system of air monitors. There were originally more than 200 of these scattered around the country. As some of them break or are taken off line for other causes, there have become fewer. There are now about 40 stations scattered around the US. There is (was) a Query Interface that you can plug in the nearest city to you and check for different radiation readings. Beta radiation is one of the things that one can check for. This type of radiation is generally weak and not that destructive. It is measured by forcing air through a clean paper filter and then taking measurements. The numbers of the measurements are displayed in CPM or Counts Per Minute. Beta radiation is what we are breathing in and this accumulates, meaning it builds up in your body. Normal background beta radiation in Eureka is between 7 and about 30 CPM. I have seen measurements as high as 230 CPM for our area which is pretty high to be breathing continually. Most of the high readings are spikes and only exist for a few hours or days however.

As we get 3 and a half years closer to when the 3 melting reactors in Fukushima Japan find the ground water table there and China Syndrome, one would think that more monitoring would be going on. When those melting cores hit cold water they will shoot radioactive steam high into the atmosphere where it will easily find it's way around the northern hemisphere. In a normal winter weather pattern, that would mean it would hit the jet stream and end up somewhere over the west coast between Canada and San Francisco. That's where the winter storms used to make landfall. Lucky for us, the jet stream doesn't head our way much anymore because since the accident destroyed the plants, we have been in a drought. This doesn't mean that we aren't getting hit with some radiation though. I have two charts below from the Radnet System. One is from Fresno California and the other is from Corvallis Oregon.

The area of Japan where the 3 melting reactors was hit by two massive typhoons in the last month. Water has poured into the open destroyed buildings and fallen onto the hot fuel releasing steam.



As I have been writing this I kept saving it for updates and have been avoiding it's release because I was waiting to hear back from the EPA. Here's why.


On August 6th. the Eureka Radnet monitor was shut down. There are no longer any public air radiation monitors along the west coast between Alaska and San Diego Ca. The official story from the EPA to me as to why the Eureka site was shut down as "Too much Radio Frequency interference".

I asked two follow up questions: "Are the rest of the west coast monitors turned off for the same reason?" and "What are or do you know what those offending radio frequencies are?" I have not received any response to the last two questions from the EPA. For this reason I have written our Congressman Jared Huffman.


The following information has been submitted:
Name: Mr. Thomas R. Sebourn
Address: ###############
City/State/Zip: Trinidad, CA 95570
E-mail: ##############
Telephone: 707-##########
Issue: ENV
Message Subject: EPA Radiation Monitoring Turned Off
Message Text:
Mr. Huffman, I am concerned about the EPA turning off the last coastal beta radiation monitoring site between Anchorage Alaska and San Diego California. Eureka was the last one working but was turned off due to "Radio Interference." The EPA Radnet sites are the only way the public could see the amount of radiation in the air. The current Typhoon dumping water into two of the 3 melted down reactors in Fukushima will produce steam that will make more radiation airborne. Too bad we aren't able to know if we even need to take cover. This is a travesty and a disservice to the public. One can only assume that things are so bad that we aren't being allowed to know what is happening to our DNA and the future of the planet.

Would you like a response? Yes.

_________________________________________________
Now I find that the EPA has turned off the Radnet Query Tool entirely. I don't know why. I still haven't gotten a response from Congressman Huffman or the EPA. If you go to the web site where I got the above charts showing high CPM in the 400 to 500 + range of beta radiation in Bakersfield and Fresno. You can't see them anymore because when you go to the query tool site you get an error.
The beta monitors were turned of one by one until San Diego and Anchorage were the last ones on. I took the above screen shots of inland readings for Bakersfield and Fresno on the 15th of October 2014. That is yesterday as I write this and they were still working inland. From what i have been seeing, It looks like a trend up in CPM for the unforeseeable future, or maybe I have just been looking at too many charts. I guess I won't have that problem anymore since the charts are now dark.

I was sent the following link this morning there is some more information there. Don't look to the main stream media for much on this story though because they already have Ebola and advertisers don't like this story very much. Besides, they looked into it a few months ago and things were fine on that day.
http://www.allnewspipeline.com/Something_Bad_Is_Happening_CA.php

It comes with an interesting conversion chart for reading radiation levels.


 While most of us are distracted by Ebola, NFL or Baseball playoffs, this seems to be moving up to levels where it should make people sick. It's going to rain again. That changes everything.



We Need To Make Some Improvements. How Did You Perform For The Great California Shake Out?

After the siren from the decommissioned nuclear power plant a few hundred yards away stopped just after 10:18 this morning, I took stock of how things were here at our 5 radio stations. I didn't tell my co-workers to prepare other than handing out flyers about the drill to the on air staff to share with the public so no one knew I would be assessing our readiness after the siren went off.

Of course our news guy was out of town on vacation as he usually is when disaster strikes. We still have 3 well seasoned DJ's though and myself to pass along any information providing we have
electricity.  Oh yeah, the generator. The generator was just tested a couple of weeks ago ( I test it about every 90 days) and we have just under 10 gallons of gas. That's enough to run some stuff for about 15 hours or so.

  Assuming the power would go out, I checked the earthquake kit, flashlights, check. Blanket, check. A candle in a can, check. CCrane Radio with wind up, solar rechargeable batteries, shortwave, weather and regular radio bands, check. Water? We have almost 18 gallons on hand and I have about 18 small bottles in the trunk of my car.
 
Our first aid kit is so so. We could use a few more items for that but at least we have band aids, tape, some gauze pads and a few sanitary wipes.

Food? No food. We did have Rita's today so there was some food but not in the kit. That was eaten over a year ago. We have some cereal on hand and a display of candy bars in the front office for a fund raiser. We need to improve the food situation.

I checked with the sales staff in the back building and one of them actually had a working flashlight in her purse. The other sales person on hand just had the one on her phone.

One of the changes we need to make is food. We need something that the DJ's won't eat when Rita's doesn't make it in. Instead of cereal bars or protein bars we need dehydrated food that needs to be cooked. That means we need a small one burner stove and some small propane cylinders. We have a kitchen with gas and a microwave but if the gas lines are broken and power is out we need a backup and you can't run a microwave off our small generator while it is also powering the radio stations.

Our first aid kit is so so. We could use a few more items for that but at least we have band aids, tape, some gauze pads and a few sanitary wipes.

Food and first aid kit are the two things that need to be addressed the most here. How did you do? Were you fully prepared?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tomorrow Is The Great California ShakeOut, Are You Ready?

Tomorrow at 10:16 AM the siren will sound at the PG&E Humboldt Bay Power Plant. That will be heard throughout the King Salmon and Humboldt Hill area as well as parts of the bay. The timing coincides with The Great California ShakeOut.

The Shakeout is designed to remind people that we live in Earthquake country. Do you have a plan?
Here is a good place to start when putting together an Earthquake Kit. That site is Ready.gov and the kit is applicable for anyone living anywhere where a disaster might strike including areas subject to floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, locusts and other things that can just ruin your day, week or month.

Here is some info from the Shakeout.org website:
While some areas of California are more likely to have earthquakes than others (see below), all of California is at higher risk compared to the rest of the country. You could be anywhere when an earthquake strikes: at home, at work, at school, or even on vacation.
What we do now will determine our quality of life after our next big earthquake. Are you prepared to survive and recover quickly?
The Great California ShakeOut is an annual opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes: "Drop, Cover and Hold On." The ShakeOut has also been organized to encourage you, your community, your school, or your organization to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure your space in order to prevent damage and injuries.
Registration totals from Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills across the U.S. are also included in America's PrepareAthon! participation totals.
Learn more below, or read answers to frequently asked questions.

Monday, October 13, 2014

March Against Monsanto Saturday In Eureka

This Saturday locals will march against Monsanto in Eureka. 

Here is information from their flier. 





An important part of the global movement to label, better yet, ban GMOs! Bring your kids, dogs, costumes (honey bees! bumble bees! beekeepers! butterflies! ladybugs!, the possibilities are endless!), dogs, signs, drums - whatever your imagination dictates, and we MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO and FOR SEED FREEDOM!! Protect ourselves, our children, our CSAs, our bees, our mother earth, our organic farmers, ourselves, our rights, our very existence!
 
 We will meet at 2nd and I streets in Eureka, and starting at 2:00, and at 3:00 we march to the Humboldt County Courthouse, where we will listen to various speakers and have the opportunity to speak ourselves, if we so choose. This is also a “get out the vote” exercise!  Vote YES on Measure P!!!

Check out our FaceBook page at Humboldt March Against Monsanto, Eureka or email us at cause4paws@yahoo.com

Humboldt County Candidate Forums On KEET-TV



KEET TV and the League of Women Voters of Humboldt County will be airing their candidate forums prior to the November 4, 2014 election live on KEET-HD/113. Viewers will be able to call in questions for the   Questions can also be e-mailed to sgreene@keet-tv.org by 4:00 pm on the forums broadcast day, except for October 26th. E-mails should be submitted no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, October 24th. All broadcasts can be heard live on 90.5 FM KHSU Public Radio. All forums will be streamed live online through various apps by the StreamGuys at www.keet.org
Image from HumboldtSentinel.com
candidates beginning at 6:45 pm to 445-0811.

Arcata City Council
Monday, October 13, 7:008:30 pm

Measure P
Wednesday, October 15th, 7:00-8:00 pm.

Eureka City Council
October 20, 7:00-8:00 pm.

U.S. Representative  District 2
Sunday, October 26th,
9:00-10:00 am.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Green News Report.

The Most Trusted Name In Coal
http://www.bradblog.com/audio/greennews/GNR_100914.mp3
The Green News Report with Desi and Brad discuses science and global climate change with an unarmed opponent. Is US Senator Mitch McConnell really just a talking turtle?

Props to Chris Hayes for keeping it real at msnbc

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Moonstone Grill At Sunset Over The Pacific

It was a fantastic sunset along the north coast tonight where hazy warm skies created warm friendly look. 
 A couple of humans enjoy the sunset on the bluff above Moonstone Beach California.
 There is very nice restaurant with full bar above Moonstone Beach.
 Lots of fresh seafood and local stuff.

  I think they're Spruce trees.

 Cars leaving the beach parking lot where there are no parking meters.
All this and there is a casino, camping, B&B's, several restaurants, gas and supermarket in the sea side fishing village of Trinidad just up the road. Sometimes I kayak the small stream called Little River seen cutting through the sandy beach. You can canoe or kayak inland for about a mile at high tide and ride the tide back to the parking lot. Except for during the rainy season there isn't much of a current in the river so it's great for a novice paddler.

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Replaced By Glenn Beck on Suddenlink?

If you have tuned in to Comedy Central in the past couple of nights you may have noticed that in Humboldt County it are no longer there. So maybe you went to the internet to find them and they weren't there either?  It seems that Suddenlink the internet service and cable TV provider is in a fight with Viacom which owns MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, TV Land and Comedy Central. According to Suddenlink, Viacom has raised it's rates 50 percent to Suddenlink and other cable TV providers.

So while the two fight it out, we get Glenn Beck's "The Blaze" TV show, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Sprout,  Investigation: Discovery, and something called UP! instead of the above mentioned Viacom shows which includes The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

Oh and if you are a Suddenlink customer, you can't get the Viacom channels streamed on the internet either because Viacom has blocked those too. Multichannel.com says you can access the channels through the internet with YouTube, Hulu, Hulu Plus, Amazon, Amazon Prime, iTunes, or other Internet sources.

 According to Multichannel.com Suddenlink pays more for ESPN than all 24 Viacom channels put together.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

After The Storm

After the storm, things look so much cleaner and brighter in McKinleyville Ca. I think a new hardware store is planned for this or parts of this field.

A rainbow shines over a row of portable toilets at the waste transfer station. 

Sunset in Trinidad tonight after the bulk of the rain moved through. The sun broke through on it's way to Asia to give us a fantastic show as it set against the Pacific Coast of California.
 From coastal Scenic Drive just south of Trinidad the fog and spray blended into the sky just before sunset. Pilot Rock is in the distance.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Well This Is Different

I haven't seen a weather forecast like this in a while.


High Surf Advisory

COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA CA
330 PM PDT TUE SEP 23 2014

...FIRST BIG SURF OF THE SEASON...

.THE FIRST BIG SURF OF THE SEASON WILL ARRIVE ON AREA BEACHES THAT
STILL HAVE THEIR FLATTER SUMERTIME BEACH SLOPES. THIS WILL ALLOW
THESE LARGER WAVES TO TRAVEL FARTHER UP THE BEACH THAN SIMILAR
ARRIVING WAVES LATER IN THE WINTER. BEACHGOERS SHOULD THEREFORE
STAY ESPECIALLY FAR BACK FROM THIS SURF AND AVOID ROCKS AND
JETTIES THAT CAN BE OVERTOPPED WITHOUT WARNING.

THESE FIRST BIG WAVES CAN ALSO CAUSE ENHANCED COASTAL EROSION BECAUSE
THE FLATTER SUMMERTIME BEACH SLOPES ALLOW THE WAVE ENERGY TO
TRAVEL FARTHER INLAND. STAY BACK FROM CLIFFS AND DUNE AREAS NEAR
THE SURF.

CAZ001-002-241030-
/O.NEW.KEKA.SU.Y.0004.140924T1500Z-140925T0300Z/
REDWOOD COAST-MENDOCINO COAST-
330 PM PDT TUE SEP 23 2014

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM TO 8 PM PDT WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN EUREKA HAS ISSUED A HIGH SURF
ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM TO 8 PM PDT WEDNESDAY.

* WAVES AND SURF...WAVES 14 TO 16 FEET AT 15 SECONDS PRODUCIMG
  SURF 20 TO 22 FEET.

* TIMING...THE SURF WILL RAPIDLY BUILD WEDNESDAY MORNING AND PEAK
  IN THE AFTERNOON BEFORE STARTING TO SUBSIDE IN THE EVENING.

* IMPACTS...WAVES TRAVELING FARTHER UP THE BEACHES AND COASTAL
  EROSION. AVOID ROCKS AND JETTIES AND STAY BACK FROM CLIFF AND
  DUNE AREAS NEAR THE SURF.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HIGH SURF ADVISORY MEANS THAT HIGH SURF WILL AFFECT BEACHES IN
THE ADVISORY AREA...PRODUCING RIP CURRENTS AND LOCALIZED BEACH
EROSION.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Is Trionidad Really The Best Place To Be?

Is Trinidad Really The Best Place To Be? According to the Mad River Union Newspaper it is.
Trinidad Lighthouse


Click the link and read why. Also Tastin' Trinidad is going on tonight from 5:30pm to 7:30 tonight more info at the Mad River Union link.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

$8-Thousand Dollar Government Grants Scam?

I got a  call on my cell phone today from a person that said they worked for the Department of Health and Human Services. They had all of my information and wanted to set me up with someone else that would tell me how to get $8-thousand dollars of easy grant money. I asked what the person's phone number was as they had blocked it saying it was restricted and they got a bit rude with me. I replied that they are the ones that called me and are blocking their number. I told them that I write about stuff like this and that a grant for $8,000.00 dollars sounded like something many of us in Humboldt County could use. I told him that there are people here that specialize in applying for grants that work for local non profits. The guy whom I could barely understand due to his thick accent kept interrupting me and saying,"don't you want the money?" I told him I did but that I wanted to share this with everyone since it was such a great thing so I needed more information about the program. He started to get mad and told me that it was only for 15 hundred people in the country. When I asked him why Health and Human Services was reaching out by calling people he told me to shut up. That's when I confirmed to myself that this person did not work for the government and I replied F*#@! Off and hung up on him.

He tried to call me back with the phone number 011 7 968 393-83-93, this time it wasn't blocked however, that isn't a normal phone number.

I followed up by calling Health & Human Services and was referred to a scam hotline which is 800-HHS-TIPS. After a short menu selection I was greeted by a kind gentleman that said that HHS does not call people offering grants. He said the phone number I was called back on was out of the country but that it didn't mean that much as many scamsters use what appear to be local numbers too.

I was given a reference number and sent to a web site to finish my report.

I also saw this online from the Better Business Beureau about a similar sounding scam.
http://www.bbb.org/blog/2012/06/bbb-warns-of-suspicious-phone-calls-offering-government-grants/

Don't get scammed by people wanting you to send them money. Clark Howard talks about this stuff all the time but not everyone listens to the radio so I am spreading the word here. 

Water Disruptions In Trinidad Today

The Trinidad Water Department is busy this morning trying to find the location of a significant leak in their system. Parts of the town have been and will be subject to their water being shut off as crews work to find and isolate the leaky pipe.

Jackie at Beach Comber Cafe next to the Trinidad Town Hall said by phone today that the city had sent some paperwork yesterday to warn local businesses about the possible shutoff today. Jackie said they had water as of 9:15 this morning but it was shut off just a couple of properties over from her.

Since the leak is yet to be found, no one actually knows or can predict when this will all be fixed or how bad the damage is.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Underpass In Trinidad Is Almost Done - The Fog Came In

 The other side of the Trinidad under crossing features a boat and other nautical themes.

 The fog came in thick at around 6 pm north of McKinleyville tonight. In town you couldn't see more than a block or so.
This last one looks like it has some smoke in it. It also has a bit of sunset in it and is aimed higher at the sky looking west just north east of town.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Eureka Vet Center 9/11 Open House And BBQ



Open House at Veterans CenterEureka on 9/11/2014

Tomorrow as part of the national day of service and remembrance in honor of those who have served us, all vet centers in the Pacific Western Region are hosting an open house event with an emphasis on highlighting the healing services offered to our transitioning warriors.


The Eureka Vet Center would like to invite all veterans, their families, members of the community and other stakeholders to a hosted BBQ being held at 2830 G street – Henderson Center – Eureka from 2 to 7 pm.

With a focus on readjustment and reintegration needs following military service, the open house is an opportunity for veterans of all era’s to connect with one another and their community.

The vet Center will also offer informational seminars addressing ares commonly found to be problematic with veterans who have experienced trauma in the military including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Stress Management and Sleep Problems.

There will be a free BBQ including Tri-Tip, hamburgers, hotdogs, side dishes and refreshments free of charge to everyone that comes (BBQ 4 to 7 PM)

There will also be entertainment for kids such as Wii Games, face painting and other family fun activities for all ages.

                                                  Schedule of events

2;00 pm    Vet Center flag pole rededication and moment of silence honoring the victims of 9/11 and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

2:30 pm   PTSD and The Family – A 30 minute seminar

3:30 pm   Stress Reduction – 30 minute seminar

4:00 pm   Sleep Hygien (what ever that is) – 30 minute seminar

4:00 – 7:00 pm  BBQ!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Trinidad Art Nights Photos

Blues Rhythm Review in front of Strawberry Rock Gallery and Lighthouse Grill.


Bergeron Winery was also in the spirit with their wine tasting room looking out into the redwoods as well as Salty's. That's where we found some sausages and albacore wrapped in bacon on a Webber Grill.  And there was salmon too but the piece in the picture didn't make it.
Eric Hann and Dee Hemingway did a simple bass, vocal duet at Trinidad Town Hall as a fundraiser for Big Lagoon School. 
After party was at Ocean Grove with High Crimes Joe Dominick Band


Nuclear Waste Water Fukusima From A Drone

G.W. Bush On Explosives At WTC

US Senator Joe Liberman, WTC 7 Did Not Occur