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I will be interviewing representatives of the coalition on Thursday Night Talk at 7:00 p.m. on KHSU.  I will contact the Forest Service to try to get a representative on the show or at least a statement – otherwise I will plan for a response at a later date.

 

PRESS RELEASE – MAY 2, 2016

Early Morning Blockade Disrupts Klamath Salvage Logging
Group urges Forest Service to support Karuk Alternative to the Westside Project

HD video and photos available for use at:

Youtube: https://youtu.be/zwr_F4-cW6E

Photos: https://goo.gl/photos/PhuuuWQeF8FPm89Q8

SEIAD VALLEY, Calif. – Hours before daybreak this morning dozens of people including Tribal youth, river advocates and forest activists blocked the road leading to the Westside salvage logging project in the Klamath National Forest. Demonstrators held banners that read Karuk Land: Karuk Plan, recited call and response chants, and testified to the timber sales’ impact on ailing salmon populations. Work was delayed for approximately four hours.

The Westside Salvage Logging Project would clear cut more than 5,700 acres on steep slopes above Klamath River tributaries and along 320 miles of roads within Klamath National Forest. Post-fire logging and hauling began in late April, before legal claims brought forth by a lawsuit led by the Karuk Tribe could be considered in court.

“The Forest Service should follow the Karuk Plan on Karuk Land. Traditional knowledge of fire helps everything stay in balance because it’s all intertwined,” said Dania Rose Colegrove of the Klamath Justice Coalition. “When you destroy the forests, you destroy the rivers.”

Unlike the Karuk Alternative, the Westside plan calls for clear cut logging on steep slopes right above several of the Klamath River’s most important salmon-bearing streams, at a time when returning salmon numbers are reaching record lows. Members of local Tribal youth councils who participated in today’s protest see Westside salvage logging as a threat to their future.

“Today I showed up and stood up for what is right for future generations,” said Lacey Jackson, a 16-year old Hoopa Tribal Youth Council member.  “My cultural and traditional livelihood is being threatened, and the way they are going about this logging is a big part of that. I will continue to stand up for me, my people and future generations.”

Community Park

 

PRESS RELEASE

It is with great pleasure and a big sigh of relief that the Southern Humboldt Community Park Board of Directors announces the release of a 350-page Environmental Impact Report (EIR) by the Humboldt County Planning Department. The EIR is required for public recreational uses at the Community Park.

The direct link to the document is: http://humboldtgov.org/DocumentCenter/View/54894.
The Park Board urges you to send a letter of support to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors before June 10th . You can also download a template a letter of support on the Park’s website www.sohumpark.org.

On Saturday, May 14th the Board of Directors will host an open house from 2-4 at Tooby Park to learn more about how you can help support the Park though the final process.

I really miss Marco Rubio’s victory speeches.

Basically, do we hold onto the old economic-industrial model hoping that marijuana keeps it alive until the great shipping and logging revival?  Or do we look to new models and new ideas?

It’s an intense discussion made more intense last night.

The county’s kind of dying on the vine, but as a certain young political figure tried to point out a few years back (which led to another intense interaction at the same location as this one), certain elements of the marijuana industry has allied itself with certain elements of the old guard.  They have the power right now and they aren’t letting go anytime soon, so basically we’re waiting for a shipping/logging revival/marijuana miracle to come along.  Until then we argue about where to put the increasing number of homeless people and whine about the crime.

The alliance has had a lock on county politics since 2012.  Lot’s of campaign money flowing to keep them in place with the only possibility of raising money to counter it being the only donation sources (the Native Tribes) to be effectively regulated.  No serious opposition to the majority lock this election cycle, and probably not the next either.

So what are you waiting for?  Progressives aren’t in your way – lots of 4-1 votes in the GPU update, no need to compromise so no real effort that way.  You’ve got the reins.  You’ve had them for four years.  Fix the problems already!

Or you can stay mad and continue to throw tantrums.

Bob Froehlich, Julia Minton, and I will discuss intuitive and analytical thinking as they relate to critical thinking.  7:00 p.m. this evening.

KMUD

To celebrate her placement on the 20 dollar bill. I should note that I wish Jackson was being removed altogether. While he did introduce the concept of universal suffrage (albeit limited to free men) his refusal to abide by the Supreme Court decision upholding treaties with Native Americans amounts to a bloodless military coup in my opinion. Unfortunately, he still gets to be on the back of the bill.

In the meantime we get to recognize one of the the most heroic figures in American history.  That’s pretty cool!

Addendum: Some of the best conservative responses to the change. By the way, did you know that she used guns? Some of the conservatives think you should know that – in case you missed the movie.

Only Germans could do this quite this way.

Found guilty on all counts.  I’m not going to comment except to say that I’m just sad.  There doesn’t seem to be any light in this.  It’s all dark.

TNT LogoChuck Rogers of KWPT will join me to discuss election politics on KHSU Thursday Night Talk tonight. Probably the main topic will be Bernie Sanders’s winning streak and whether it will be enough to overcome Hillary Clinton’s delegate lead. But we will cover other issues as well. 7:00 p.m. as always.

Spending a lot of time on the road, work and family related.

I will start up the posts again, but for right now let’s just call this an “open thread.” Knock yourselves out. For those of you without WordPress accounts, I will try to clear your posts ASAP, but I’m not going to be online as often as usual for the next month. Probably will pick up the posting pace in May.

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