A fuel tanker that was traveling north on U.S. Highway 101 and overturned near the Salmon Creek exit last Wednesday has leaked 4,000 gallons of gasoline in an area above the South Fork of the Eel River, the California Department of Health & Human Services said in a press release issued this past weekend.Read More
It’s hot, so in an ideal world taking a swim in the South Fork of the Eel would be the thing to do.
But this is not an ideal world.
Proof of that are the “mats of floating algae,” as a recent press release by the Eel River Recovery Project put it, that can be seen in the river as it flows through Tooby Memorial Park near Garberville.
The eruption of two wildfires in Southern Humboldt last week — one west of Weott and the other in the Benbow area — made it clear that the 2016 fire season has arrived.
Granted, the kick-off is nowhere near as dramatic as a year ago, when a lightning storm at the end of July triggered more than 70 separate blazes in the Blocksburg area. The multiple ignitions, dubbed the Humboldt Complex, soon merged into three main fires that ended up torching close to 5,000 acres.
A small-scale marijuana farming group’s lawsuit challenging the county’s commercial marijuana production ordinance has been settled and includes a $35,000 payment for the group’s legal fees. But the chair of the county’s Board of Supervisors believes the settlement doesn’t change anything because its main aspect — a commitment to re-do the ordinance under a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR) — was promised before the legal action was taken.Read More
At its regular monthly meeting last week, the governing board of the Garberville Sanitary District unanimously approved the district’s official comments on proposed land-use designation changes at the Southern Humboldt Community Park.
The comments include an “opinion,” as the one-page letter signed by board chairperson Linda Brodersen put it, that the park should pay to be annexed into the district so that the district can provide drinking water to members of the public using the park.Read More
It was also the first weather year in five years — like fiscal years, weather years traditionally run from July 1 through June 30 — that saw a higher than average annual rainfall total, said both Joanne Pardini and Jean Heritage.Read More
Everyone agrees that rezoning the Southern Humboldt Community Park to allow for athletic fields is going to significantly increase the amount of water the park draws from the South Fork of the Eel River for irrigation.
An 852-page Draft Environmental Impact Report that came out in April evaluates a number of proposed land-use designation changes at the 405-acre park — including one that would allow for the staging of public festivals. But the massive document has not settled the irrigation issue.Read More
The Garberville Sanitary District (GSD) board of directors considered whether to write any comments about the Southern Humboldt Community Park (SHCP) board’s proposed land-use designation change and looked at the district’s draft budget for the next fiscal year at their regular meeting on May 24.Read More
“It’s a relatively common occurrence for [gray whale] calves to die on this part of their northern migration,” Dr. Dawn Goley, Humboldt State University’s coordinator for the Marine Mammal Stranding Network, said on Friday. “Killer whales and sharks can target them easily.”Read More
A multi-jurisdictional public energy agency that includes the county is advancing a power purchasing program whose implementation in unincorporated areas has been approved by the Board of Supervisors.
At their May 24 meeting, supervisors approved the introduction of an ordinance authorizing the county’s participation in the new program, which is slated to begin providing power in the spring of 2017.Read More
The Shelter Cove Resort Improvement District (RID) board heard a presentation on solar energy, discussed airport upgrades, and resolved to adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration on a proposed water recycling expansion project at their May 19 meeting.
The board and about 25 members of the Shelter Cove community viewed a PowerPoint presentation given by Dr. Peter Lehman, a founding director of Schatz Energy Research Center (SERC), that included a history of SERC, its experience in the renewable energy field, and SERC’s eagerness to collaborate with RID to develop solar arrays for a micro-grid for the district.Read More
And while new areas of SOD infection weren’t identified in aerial surveys last year, the pathogen continues to spread in existing areas and it’s uncertain that drought has had an effect due to Humboldt County’s numerous, wet “micro-climates.”Read More
But as executive director Tasha McKee pointed out, the money generated by fundraising events, while important, is secondary to something else: demonstrating to grant funders that the organization has community support.
Members of the Eel River Recovery Project will help a University of California, Berkeley researcher to collect yellow-legged frog eggs near Benbow Dam and relocate them to safer areas in the river system on Sunday, May 15.
According to an ERRP press release, the egg masses are currently located near the dam’s foundations, which means that thousands of tadpoles are at risk since the dam’s abutments are scheduled to be removed next month by the North Coast Redwoods District of the California State Parks Department.Read More
Reflecting the evolution of Humboldt County’s timber industry, county supervisors have praised the Humboldt Redwood Company for its management of 209,000 acres of forestland previously owned by the intensely controversial Maxxam corporation.
Humboldt Redwood Company (HRC) took ownership of the Maxxam-owned Pacific Lumber Company holdings in a bankruptcy reorganization and began operations in 2008. That action ended the county’s timber wars, an era of aggressive Maxxam logging and community division over its impacts.Read More
The Shelter Cove Resort Improvement District (RID) Board of Directors heard presentations from representatives of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and the Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District at their regular meeting on Thursday, April 21.
Matt Rees, new chief executive officer of the Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District, introduced himself to the board and the 25 members of the public in attendance, and spoke about the challenge of building a new health care facility in Southern Humboldt.Read More
Issues related to placement of garbage and recycling bins, a temporary bridge over the South Fork Eel River and building permits led to new conditions for the three-day event, which takes place the first weekend in August at French’s Camp.
The event’s operations plan reflects a “status quo” approach due to “lack of issues” with last year’s event, said County Planner Michael Richardson. Attendance levels are the same as last year’s — 6,500 ticket holders plus 2,500 staffers, volunteers and performers.Read More
A water diversion back into Redwood Creek tributary Miller Creek has yielded “the greatest improvement for fish habitat in Redwood Creek in decades,” Briceland Community Services District operator Harold Neufeld reported at the district’s April 7 board meeting.
Neufeld told directors that the district’s water diversion back into Miller Creek had been stabilized at 35 pounds of line pressure. “All water not needed for district consumption is now returned to the creek,” Neufeld said. “This is the greatest improvement for fish habitat in Redwood Creek in decades because we’d been wasting so much water with the way it was set up.”Read More