Friday, May 31, 2013

Crabs Season Opens Tomorrow With Two Games

The Humboldt Crabs Baseball Season opens tomorrow with a 12:30 PM afternoon game and an evening game at 7 PM.

 Local radio coverage is available for all Humboldt Crabs games at 1480 AM  KGOE with Hok Holcomb and "The Professor" Benjamin Schaffer. If you are out of the area you can catch your Crabs on the stream here. The radio broadcasts start 20 minutes before the game.

The Arcata Eye reports this week that the stadium is likely to be refurbished next year. Out with the flimsy aluminum bleachers that have been there for about 30 years and in with stadium seats. Other cool stuff about the remodel is available at the Arcata Eye Newspaper but it won't be available until next week unless you buy the actual paper.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Humboldt County Supervisors OK Development In Flood Plain

The Arcata Eye is reporting that the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors has decided that they will not stand in the way of some development in 100 year flood plain areas within Humboldt

See the story by Daniel Mintz as seen in the Arcata Eye. 

Friday, May 24, 2013

March Against Monsanto Saturday Morning Eureka Ca.

Tomorrow people from all over the world will meet to march against Monsanto.  Locally the march will take place in Eureka. Participants are asked to meet at 2nd and I streets in Eureka at 10:30am as we march to the Courthouse! 

I decided to put this up on the blog since when I put a link to this on my facebook this morning, it was removed by (i assume) facebook. 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The California Department of Fish and Game Doing Surveys In Trinidad Today

After a nice kayak paddle in Trinidad Bay today I noticed two women with clipboards talking to fishermen as they came in on their boats. The weather was great so there were a lot of people fishing in small boats launched right off the sandy beach near the boat launch.

 Katie of the California Department of Fish and Game said they were just doing surveys of what fish were being caught and where. She said she had seen some pretty nice fish today that included large Ling Cod and even Salmon.

Trinidad Bay Eatery Is Hiring And Plans To Open Soon

It closed last year and Trinidad Ca. lost it's iconic breakfast spot. Sure there is the Beachcomber Cafe' but they don't do the full on breakfast like the Trinidad Bay Eatery did. Since 1975 people have enjoyed going to the eatery which also contained the gallery next door, where one could find local products, arts and crafts as well as Trinidad clothing.

The sign in the window today said to check their website which said that they are now hiring and the same owners will be running it. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Ethanol Gas Blend Killing Small Engines

Is your weed  wacker, chain saw or leaf blower running hot or going into the shop more than usual?  The problem might be the gasoline you use. In California, most of the gas contains 10% ethanol blended with the gas to increase oxygen levels for cleaner burning. This works fairly well in new cars and trucks (2001 and newer) but may cause damage in older cars and trucks. It also will wreak havoc on small engines like weed wackers, chain saws, generators and even larger rider lawnmowers.
Photo from Consumer Reports

I started to notice that using the same weed wacker from one year to the next that it was running way too hot and burning my wrist after just a few minutes of operation. After a little research I discovered that this was due to the ethanol in the gas I was using which contains more ethanol that before and it burns hotter. I also had to take two weed wackers back to Sears to be fixed and they were under warranty so no biggie. This happened two years in a row though which is why I got interested in this problem.

Turns out that you can buy pure gasoline for these small engines but you have to sign your name to a paper that says you will not put it in your car or truck. In Northern Humboldt County Ca. where I live, there are two places I know to get pure gasoline with no ethanol but it will cost you. First is Miller Farms Nursery in McKinleyville and in Eureka, Fortuna and even Garberville it is available at Renner Petroleum (not their self serve gas stations) but their 3 stores.

Read more about storing your engines in the off season and other precautions to take at the link to the 3 Renner stores or at Consumer Reports.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

A Fun Way To Track Planes And Their Routes In Real Time. See What's Flying Over, On Your Phone Or Computer

Trinidad To Remove Recycling Bins

KIEM News Channel 3, The Spirit of the North Coast has the story

The story says new curbside recycling bins and garbage pickup will be voluntary. They don't say that the trucks will be able to go to rural roads between Trinidad and Westhaven that have no curbs though. That probably means that some of us will have to drive to McKinleyville just to get rid of recyclables. 

I would usually dump my recyclables, minus the aluminum,  in the Trinidad bins and just take my garbage and  and aluminum to Macktown. Now I have to get a bigger truck or go more often. 

New Energy Breakthrough Could Save The Planet

Patent filing claims solar breakthrough.

From McClatchy News

By Greg Gordon | McClatchy Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON — In a U.S. patent application, a little-known Maryland inventor claims a stunning solar energy breakthrough that promises to end the planet’s reliance on fossil fuels at a fraction of the current cost – a transformation that also could blunt global warming.
Ronald Ace, photographed at his home in Laurel, Maryland, May 4, 2013, said his flat-panel "Solar Traps," which can be mounted on rooftops or used in power plants, will shatter barriers that have stymied efforts to make solar energy cheap, clean and reliable. His claimed discoveries, which exist only on paper so far, would represent such a leap that they're sure to draw skepticism. | Mary F. Calvert/MCT

Read more here:

Inventor Ronald Ace said that his flat-panel “Solar Traps,” which can be mounted on rooftops or used in electric power plants, will shatter decades-old scientific and technological barriers that have stymied efforts to make solar energy a cheap, clean and reliable alternative.

“This is a fundamental scientific and environmental discovery,” Ace said. “This invention can meet about 92 percent of the world’s energy needs.”

Read more here: 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

March Against Monsanto May 25th.

March Against Monsanto - Eureka

Sat May 25th
March from 2nd and I St. to
 Superior Court of California, County of Humboldt
825 5th St
Eureka, CA
On May 25, activists around the world will unite to March Against Monsanto. Why do we march? Research studies have shown that Monsantos genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects.
In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety for the population, is steered by ex-Monsanto executives, and we feel thats a questionable conflict of interests and explains the lack of government-lead research on the long-term effects of GMO products.
Recently, the U.S. Congress and president collectively passed the nicknamed Monsanto Protection Act that, among other things, bans courts from halting the sale of Monsantos genetically-modified seeds. For too long, Monsanto has been the benefactor of corporate subsidies and political favoritism. Organic and small farmers suffer losses while Monsanto continues to forge its monopoly over the worlds food supply, including exclusive patenting rights over seeds and genetic makeup. Monsanto's GMO seeds are harmful to the environment; for example, scientists have indicated they have caused colony collapse among the world's bee population.
What are solutions we advocate?
Voting with your dollar by buying organic and boycotting Monsanto-owned companies that use GMOs in their products.
Labeling of GMOs so that consumers can make those informed decisions easier.
Repealing relevant provisions of the US's "Monsanto Protection Act."
Calling for further scientific research on the health effects of GMOs.
Holding Monsanto executives and Monsanto-supporting politicians accountable through direct communication, grassroots journalism, social media, etc.
Continuing to inform the public about Monsanto's secrets.
Taking to the streets to show the world and Monsanto that we won't take these injustices quietly.
We will not stand for cronyism. We will not stand for poison. That's why we March Against Monsanto.
Join us!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Red's Crescent City Drive-in Theater Opens This Weekend For The Season

One of the few Drive-in Theaters left in the country is here on the North Coast. Red's Crescent City Drive-in  will open this Friday through Sunday.  Weekday showings will start later in the year.

This weekend's movies are "Jack Reacher" and "Mama" both rated PG13. Box Office opens at 8:45pm, movie starts when dark or around 9pm.

Next week will be "Identity Thief" and "A Good Day To Die Hard" both rated R. 

US Senator Joe Liberman, WTC 7 Did Not Occur