Sunday, January 31, 2010

Apparent traffic accident takes 5 radio stations and one TV station off air

A traffic accident on U.S. Highway 101, near Elk River Road just south of Eureka occurred at about the same time power was lost to many residents on and near Humboldt Hill at about 8:20 pm. The power outage took TV station KIEM off air and cable as well as all 5 Bicoastal Media stations, KRED, KKHB, KFMI, KATA, and KGOE.

Power was restored within about 40 minutes.
I have no information on the traffic accident. My report was from someone on Humboldt Hill that saw the emergency vehicles from their home on the hill.

The two incidents appear to be related.

Local Community Radio Act Moves Forward

Prometheus Says Clock Is Ticking On LPFM Bill

January 28, 2010: The Prometheus Radio Project says the Local Community Radio Act -- which would open the door to potentially thousands of new low-power FMs -- is "in the home stretch," but there are still obstacles.

Read more at Radio Inc.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Vegetarian Myth, A book Review from Self Destructive Bastards

Just because you don't eat animals doesn't mean you are not killing them for dinner.
One of my favorite blogs reviews a new book from Lierre Keith called The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability.

"The book takes a hard, scientific look at various arguments for vegetarianism and veganism. It also examines many of the moral and ethical arguments for this lifestyle, and asks whether a vegetarian diet is truly consistent with those values. The book is also about a personal journey for the author, who was herself a vegan for many years, and ran into serious health problems on account of this. Finally, it is a call to arms, to defend the planet and the environment, against those who would give it no quarter."

Read the review.

Please Support PARC

Greetings all,

This is probably my least favorite task, but here we are again asking for money contributions… We need to pay rent and bills (we don’t use heat, so our bills aren’t too high, except for phone bills- which rise incredibly from jail calls). Also, due to continuous rain, every few days we need to wash and dry blankets, towels, and clothes -for lots of people.

We’re hoping to get another safe sleeping space going (grass roots style, of course) for people who otherwise have no safe sleeping place. Once again, we will be doing lots of laundry and needing miscellaneous supplies.

I know that money is scarce all around (at least for most ordinary folks), but if you can eek out any “spare change”, we can keep things together. We can keep PARC open and thriving and support the projects that we generate.
Please call if you want to drop off or mail any money: (707) 442-7465
Also, we still have the paypal account at the PARC webpage:

Please pass on this request if you know people who might contribute. Although, right now we need rent money for the beginning of February, donations at any time of the month are super appreciated.
Click here to help.
Thank you!
Thanks to Highboltage for informing me of this.

Friday, January 22, 2010

A New Beer For Democrats

I saw this at Erik's blog, he said it should go viral and I agree.

With the recent Supreme Court decision that allows corporations unlimited influence in our elections, some balls or ovaries will be needed in congress to regulate corporations. This will get sticky because most corporations are creations of the states. That is U.S. corporations. The way I understand it, foreign corporations that do business or have chapters and such here will also be able to buy this influence on our elections.They will be limited only by the amount of money they have on hand to spend.

Consider this, in 2008, Exxon/Mobile made a profit of 45.2 billion dollars. They could use 10 or 20 billion to run ads for pro oil and gas law makers or against green candidates. Can our millions match their billions? Not likely.

Will we ever get single payer or proper health care? Not likely in this environment. On Thursday, five activist, right wing, Supreme Court Judges overturned past court decisions and have put corporations ahead of citizens when it comes to government.

And then there are the voting machines that are supplied by corporations that don't share their secret programming codes. There is no way to verify the votes from these machines without a hand count of the scanners that still use paper ballots. Recounts aren't funded, and are found upon. When they are funded, many times they are met with resistance by local registrar of voter folks that don't want someone snooping around. Read the Brad Blog for more on that.

I don't think that there is much time for the citizens of this country to wrestle power away from the corporations and through government, bring it back to the real people of this country. (Not the people that were created by the U.S. Supreme Court when it said that corporations are people and entitled to the same rights as people).

I say if they have the same rights, then they should be required to die within the average life expectancy of the people in this country that they have so much control over. If the corporation screws up and causes someone to die, should they also get the death penalty? Yes. Not the share holders, unless they voted in a way that enabled the persons death, but the company should die and exist no more. That is what  could happen to the rest of us in some states if we killed someone.

If the corporations are people with limited liability, maybe the people need to become a few big corporations with the same protections.
I call for a corporation of the people of the United States Of America! We would all be share holders and we could all vote with or without verifiable machines.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Air America Radio Files Bankruptcy, Will Cease Operations

It is with the greatest regret, on behalf of our Board, that we must announce that Air America Media is ceasing its live programming operations as of this afternoon, and that the Company will file soon under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code to carry out an orderly winding-down of the business.

The very difficult economic environment has had a significant impact on Air America's business. This past year has seen a "perfect storm" in the media industry generally. National and local advertising revenues have fallen drastically, causing many media companies nationwide to fold or seek bankruptcy protection. From large to small,recent bankruptcies like Citadel Broadcasting and closures like that of the industry's long-time trade publication Radio and Records have signaled that these are very difficult and rapidly changing times.

Those companies that remain are facing audience fragmentation as a result of new media technologies, are often saddled with crushing debt, and have generally found it difficult to obtain operating or investment capital from traditional sources of funding. In this climate, our painstaking search for new investors has come close several times right up into this week, but ultimately fell short of success.

With radio industry ad revenues down for 10 consecutive quarters, and reportedly off 21% in 2009, signs of improvement have consisted of hoping things will be less bad. And though Internet/new media revenues are projected to grow, our expanding online efforts face the same monetization and profitability challenges in the short term confronting the Web operations of most media companies.

When Air America Radio launched in April, 2004 with already-known personalities like Al Franken and then-unknown future stars like Rachel Maddow, it was the only full-time progressive voice in the mainstream broadcast media world. At a critical time in our nation’s history -- when dissent on issues such as the Iraq war wereoften denounced as “un-American”— Air America and its talented team helped millions of Americans remember the importance of compelling discussion about the most pivotal events and decisions of our generation.

Through some 100 radio outlets nationwide, Air America helped build a new sense of purpose and determination among American progressives. With this revival, the progressive movement made major gains in the 2006 mid-term elections and, more recently, in the election of President Barack Obama and a strongly Democratic Congress.

Laws have changed for the better thanks to this revival.....but all the same our company cannot escape the laws of economics. So we intend a rapid, orderly closure over the next few days. All current employees will be paid through today, January 21. A severance package will be offered tomorrow to full-time current employees with more than six months of tenure.

We will strive to assist affiliates and partners in achieving a smooth transition. Starting at 6 pm EST today, we will provide our affiliates, listeners and users a selection of encore programming until 9 pm EST on Monday, January 25, at which time Air America programming will end.

We are proud that Air America’s mission lives on through the words and actions of so many former radio hosts who are active today in progressive causes and media nationwide. In the years ahead, as we look back, we should all be proud of our passionate determination to assure that our nation’s progressive voice would be heard loud and clear. Through the hard work and dedication of current staff, and those who preceded you, a lasting legacy was forged which will now continue through other voices and venues.

Thank you.

Charlie Kireker
Chair, Air America Media

Locally, this will effect the Rachel Maddow Show on KGOE 1480 am, week nights from 9 pm to 10 pm.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Blues Jam-Benefit For Courtney Weaver

Start Time: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 8:30pm

End Time: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 1:30am

Location: Jambalaya ~ 915 H St. Arcata, CA

Vocalist Courtney Weaver of local band Saint John and the Sinners is the subject of the below press release.
The above benefit in Arcata is for her.


On Friday January 15th 2010, at approximately 10:17 p.m., officers from the Arcata Police Department responded to the 1100 Blk of J St for the report of gun shots heard in the area and a female subject screaming for help. Upon arrival officers located a female victim that had sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

A search of the area was conducted and the suspect, 34 year old Kenneth Fiaui of Arcata, was located one block from the shooting. Fiaui was uncooperative with officers and after a brief struggle, was taken into custody. A further search of the area located the firearm believed to be used in the crime.

The 23 year old female victim was transported to Mad River Community Hospital and later transported to UC Davis Medical Center where she is reported to be in serious but stable condition. Fiaui was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on charges of attempted homicide.

This case is still under investigation. It is believed that the suspect and victim are in a relationship and live together in a nearby residence. The motive for the shooting is unknown at this time.

(photo info)

MLK Day celebration performance by Dell' Arte

Students from Dell'Arte' School in Blue Lake Ca., performed on the Arcata Plaza.

The Saturday gathering featured speaking and songs as well as the performance by Dell' Arte students.

Incidentally, the city of Fortuna is open for business today. In god they trust, but they don't recognize the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Trinidad Throws A Tea Party

I know what you may be thinking, but it's not that kind of a tea party. No big corporate sponsors, no megaphones, no disgusting t-shirts or signs with distorted images of Barack Obama, just tea, cookies and art.  Billed as Déjà View & New Tea Party, it was a silent art auction fundraiser for the Trinidad Library.

Above is a drawing of the proposed Trinidad Library and Saunders Park complex.  The Museum has already been finished.

The event was held at Trinidad Town Hall  and there was a good turn out. I left before the auction started so I don't know how much money was raised, but it looked like everyone there was having a good time.

The Library will be located just behind the Chevron Station and will serve as part of the Scenic Gateway Project that is planned for the city entrance.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Rain Through Thursday-Big Ass Storms Coming.

Hazardous Weather Outlook

242 PM PST FRI JAN 15 2010


242 PM PST FRI JAN 15 2010





Rose is already on this.  It is good for the drought but not good for people with roof damage  from the earthquake and those that like electricity. She says get your generator ready.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Some Still Photos Of Arnold Schwarzenegger

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger met with Eureka and Humboldt County officials today.  He held a press conference on 2nd and E st. in Old Town Eureka after touring some of the damage caused by last Saturday's 6.5 earthquake.  I shot some still pictures and thought I would share them.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Visits Eureka

For better video and audio you can go the state web site:

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Betty T. Yee Announces Emergency Relief Available for Taxpayers in Humboldt County Due to Earthquake

January 13, 2010.

Betty T. Yee Announces Emergency Relief Available for Taxpayers in Humboldt County Due to Earthquake

Betty T. Yee, Chairwoman of the Board of Equalization (BOE), today announced that extensions for filing, audits, billing notices, assessments and relief from subsequent penalties are available for those individuals and/or businesses impacted by the earthquake in Humboldt County.

The Governor declared a state of emergency in Humboldt County due to a 6.5-magnitude earthquake that occurred on January 9, 2010.

“Natural disasters often cause sudden disruption for businesses without notice,” said Chairwoman Yee. “We offer assistance to businesses to help alleviate some of the stress, especially in these trying times.”

Emergency relief for taxpayers and fee payers may include extensions for filing returns or to make payments, relief of interest and penalties, and copies of BOE tax records will be made available on an expedited basis. Any taxpayer or fee payer who, as a result of the earthquake, cannot meet tax filing and payment deadlines may apply. The BOE may also extend these relief provisions to include delays caused by disruption of the normal activities of the U.S. Postal Service or other private mail and freight companies.

Extension for Filing Returns or Payments: Special relief in the form of a one-month extension of time to file or pay taxes or fees is available for the following tax and fee programs:

Sales and Use Taxes
Oil Spill Prevention Fee and Oil Spill Response Fee
Alcoholic Beverage Tax
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee
Cigarettes and Tobacco Products Excise Taxes
Integrated Waste Management Fee
Energy Resources Surcharge
Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee 
Emergency Telephone Users Surcharge
Electronic Waste Recycling (eWaste) Fee (Covered Electronic Devices or CEDs)
Natural Gas Surcharge
Marine Invasive Species Fee (Ballast Water Management Fee)
Timber Yield Tax
California Tire Fee (Tire recycling fee)
Fuel Taxes (Diesel Fuel Tax, Interstate User Tax, Use Fuel Tax, Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax, Aircraft Jet Fuel )
Hazardous Substances Fees (Environmental Fee, Activity Fee, Generator Fee, Disposal Fee, Facility Fee)
Underground Storage Tank Maintenance Fee
Water Rights Fee

Relief of Interest and Penalties: Relief from interest and penalties may be provided for those persons who are unable to file their returns or make their tax and fee payments in a timely manner. Relief from interest and penalties are available for the tax and fee programs listed above, including Insurance Taxes.

Request for Extension or Penalty and Interest Relief for Disaster Victims: Taxpayers and fee payers requesting extensions for filing, audits, billing notices, assessments and relief from subsequent penalties must fill out forms: BOE 468, Request for Extension and/or BOE 27, Penalty and Interest Relief for Disaster Victims. Both forms are available on the BOE website at Taxpayers and fee payers must also include with their returns a statement, signed under penalty of perjury, stating the cause for the late filing. The statement should include specific information about how the earthquake impacted their ability to report their taxes timely.

Please note that the relief program for Interstate User Tax under the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) applies to California tax payments only. To waive interest and penalties for another jurisdiction, the BOE must receive written approval from the other jurisdiction. For information regarding IFTA, call the Fuel Taxes Division at 916-322-9669 or 800-400-7115 and follow the prompts to Fuel Taxes.

Copies of BOE Tax Records Available: Business owners and fee payers needing to obtain copies of BOE tax records will be able to receive replacements free of charge. To obtain copies of critically needed tax records on file with the BOE, including prior tax returns filed with the BOE, copies of audits, and permit applications, call the Taxpayer Information Call Center at 800-400-7115. Requests for copies of tax records from disaster victims will be handled on an expedited basis.

Property Tax Relief Available from County Assessor’s Office: Individuals and/or businesses with taxable property damaged or destroyed by the earthquake may be eligible for property tax relief. Any claim for property tax relief, including applications for reduced assessment, are available from, and must be filed with, the county assessor’s office. For more information on property tax relief, contact the Humboldt County Assessor’s Office at 707-445-7663 or visit

For More Information: Visit the BOE website: or call the BOE Taxpayer Information Call Center at 800-400-7115. TDD service is available at 800-735-2929 and 800-735-2922. The BOE representatives are available to assist tax and fee payers Monday through Friday (except state holidays) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time).

Chairwoman Betty T. Yee was elected to her post in November 2006. Her district includes many of California’s coastal counties, from Del Norte to Santa Barbara, and includes the entire San Francisco Bay Area.

The five-member California State Board of Equalization is a publicly elected tax board. The BOE collects more than $53 billion annually in taxes and fees supporting state and local government services. It hears business tax appeals, acts as the appellate body for franchise and personal income tax appeals, and serves a significant role in the assessment and administration of property taxes. For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Monsanto's GMO Corn Linked To Organ Failure, Study Reveals

From The Huffington Post , 01-12-10
In a study released by the International Journal of Biological Sciences, analyzing the effects of genetically modified foods on mammalian health, researchers found that agricultural giant Monsanto's GM corn is linked to organ damage in rats.  Read More

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Verbena NOT GUILTY in City Hall Tarp Shelter Case

From People Project.
I missed this on Friday but saw it on Manifest Positivity.

Earthquake 6.5 in Eureka Ca.

I hope everyone is ok.
The ground shook at 4:27 pm Saturday as I was on my way to Eureka to see the movie Avatar. We stopped at the store to use the atm in Trinidad and the power was off. We went back home to see what was up and our room mate was all excited about an earthquake. I said good luck and headed to the radio station.

It took us about 40 minutes to get the generator out of storage and hooked up. Rollin Treahearne of fm 92.3 Big Red and Dana Hall of Cool 105.5 fm were already at the station when I arrived. Also there was our public affairs and PSA director Deborah Daniels. Elaina came in to run a game that wasn't to be aired as both our am stations 1340 ESPN and 1480 KGOE News Talk were off at the transmitter sites as well. CNN was on the phone and we were still trying to get the 3 FM's which include Power 96.3 fm on so Elaina handled that as the calls poured in. Kathy, one of our sales persons brought some food and cigarettes and answered some calls.

Victoria, showed up out of nowhere and also started taking phone calls. We fed the information coming in to Rollin and Dana aka Rock and roll Burlyman and they informed the public non stop with no music or commercials for about 4 and a half hours. When the phones died down, we put on some music and the generator died.

It was amazing to see the information being passed as we had 4 dead studios, no internet and no lights other than flashlights. Deborah brought her camp lanterns, it was a bit like camping.

We got all 5 stations back and reprogrammed by 2 am this morning. That's why this is my first blog on this.
I was on the air with Rollin, taking phone calls and doing generator things until now.

As far as I know, no one was killed or even seriously hurt. There was a guy on Humboldt Hill who said his chimney fell in and crushed his two dogs. A fire resulted and he had to put that out as the fire department took over an hour to get to him. He suffered minor burns on his hands.

The scene at Channel 3 was interesting as they had to broadcast from their parking lot with power from their mobile news van.

There were many reports of leaking propane and natural gas as well as cracked roads and down power lines. Many people called in to report that their brand new TV's they got for Christmas were smashed as well as several people who reported their houses had shifted off their foundations.

The bayshore mall is a small disaster area with sprinkler damage and fallen ceilings and merchandise.
I took the above photo on my way home at about 11 pm Saturday night.  The lights were on but no one was home at the Chevron Station on Broadway in Eureka.  The store had a pretty good wine section just a few hours before.  Not so much now.

We live in earthquake country so we are supposed to be ready for this stuff. It seems like we did ok this time.

Lets all take this as a wake up call to make sure we have what we need to be self sufficient for a few days, even up to a week. Sometimes when things get really bad, it takes that long before help arrives. We all remember Katrina.

Friday, January 8, 2010

U.S. Highway 1 North Of San Francisco

On my way home from the holidays, I took a detour over to Highway 1 north of San Francisco.

This is a world class drive that I would recommend to anyone with the time to spend an extra day getting back to the north coast from S.F or So.Cal.

There are oyster bars, scenic little towns and Noyo Harbor at Fort Brag Ca.
Here are some pictures.

There are  many places to stay from RVand tent  campgrounds and bed and breakfasts joints, inns and motels.  There are even two KOA campgroounds along Highway 1 between San Francisco and Fort Bragg California.  The peace and serenity found along the drive are spectacular. For a small amount of gas and a few days off we on the north coast in Humboldt are just about 3 or 4 hours away from a playground of the rich and famous. Not that that any of us would care about that, but it is one incredible place to see or stay.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Cat Heaters

Before it closed, I drove by the marquee for the movies at the Bayshore Mall in Eureka. It read, CAT HEATERS.COM. 
I laughed. Was there a demand for cat heaters? Maybe this is something we could make here in Humblodlt County I thought. I googled cat heaters and realized that they were talking about Ca with no space. The space on the sign between cat and was deliberate and funny. I didn't get a picture of it but it made me think of cat heaters when ever I go to the local movies.

I bring all of this up because Marcy Burstiner, (assistant professor of journalism and mass communication at Humboldt State University), wrote an article in this week's North Coast Journal. She questioned the sanity of the Times Standard moving their movie listings to their free paper the Tri-City Weekly.

Just about 3 weeks ago I was looking for the movie listings and couldn't find them. Then I remembered Cat Heaters, went on line and got the listings.

Burstiner's article inspired me to add the listings to the blog for free. I don't know how long it will remain but I am trying it out. I think if people can just think of Cat Heaters when they think movies, they can get there themselves and I can put something more useful in that "Coming Attractions" thingy to the left of the blog and down a bit.
Disclaimer: I receive no money, discounts or other gratuity for the free ad to Coming Attractions Theaters., Marcy Burstiner, Times-Standard, Tri-City Weekly or the North Coast Journal.  Wait, I take that back.  The Journal does provide me with a free copy of their paper at the rack at the grocery store. No cats were harmed in the making of this post.  Void where prohibited.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

For Those Who Want To Know

Did you know that:

Twenty leading journalists, including winners of several Emmys and a Pulitzer, have described being prevented by corporate media ownership from reporting riveting stories on major cover-ups.

BBC News has exposed plans of the U.S. military to "provide maximum control" of the Internet, as detailed in a declassified secret Pentagon document signed by a former U.S. Secretary of Defense.

A CBS News report quotes former U.S. Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, "According to some estimates, we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions." That's $8,000 for every man, woman and child in America.

Government documents released through the Freedom of Information Act show that the top Pentagon generals once approved plans to foment terrorism in major U.S. cities and even kill innocent civilians.

Multiple, reliable sources show that you may be eating genetically modified food every day which scientific experiments have repeatedly demonstrated can cause sickness and even death in lab animals.

Detroit's leading newspaper reported that the 1908 Ford Model T boasted a fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon. Yet over 100 years later, the EPA average mileage for all cars is under 21 mpg.

A highly decorated US General wrote a book titled War is a Racket, which clearly depicts how he was manipulated and how most wars are waged largely to keep the coffers of certain big corporations filled.

The former chief of a prestigious medical journal has revealed that the total profits of the ten drug companies in the Fortune 500 were more than the profits of the other 490 businesses combined.

Declassified CIA documents open to the public leave no doubt that through hypnosis, drugs, and electric shock, secret mind control projects created super spies, terrorists, assassins, and more.

More than 50 senior government officials and 100 professors have publicly expressed significant criticism of the 9/11 Commission Report. Many even allege government complicity in the 9/11 attacks.

For more highly revealing media articles hidden in plain sight with links for verification, click here.

Note: If you are already aware of these cover-ups, please visit our page which will take you even deeper.

For those that don't want to know, there are sports and TV.

Friday, January 1, 2010

The Morning Show Guys Do A Wedding

Last Night, in the picturesque town of Scotia Ca., a wedding took place. J.B. Mathers married his princess Kacy and I allegedly got some grainy footage of part of the ceremony.

The Scotia Inn was decked out in thousands of extra Christmas lights brought in just for the occasion.
They rented out the entire Inn and overflow crowd bedded down at the Holiday Inn Express in Fortuna where a shuttle bus was provided.

The Reverend Rollin Trehearne (morning guy on Big Red Country 92.3 fm) did the honors and D.J. Pete Meyer ( morning guy on Power 96.3 fm) provided the sound for the ceremony and the reception that followed. In the video Pete Meyer can be seen doing his Phantom of the Paradise impersonation between the speakers in the balcony above.

J.B. was nervous which was funny since he is the local news and sports dude on 5 radio stations, does live play by play in front of huge crowds, and even does a TV show.

If indeed this is actual footage of their wedding, it is so grainy that all parties involved could deny they were even there but just the same, I can't show you what happened at the reception. You'll have to ask someone else that was there. I will say that the drinks flowed well into the next year.

High Water At Fields Landing Ca.

I took these pictures at about 11:30 am New Years Day.  High tide today was about noon but it was already hiding the Fields Landing Boat Ramp.

A picnic table offers views of the ever encroaching bay.

US Senator Joe Liberman, WTC 7 Did Not Occur