I’ll have Dave Meserve with me to discuss it.  7:00 p.m. as always.


From John Shelter regarding the questionable use of equipment to clean up the marsh.  I

“Well I hope I did this right. This past Friday was our last day out at the marsh. An area that we overseen from 2009 to 2011 just before it really got crazy. “Really at one point we really had some support”. Then again from 2013 to present with only the mall supporting the program financially. This video was shot Friday while we were inspecting areas where the city of eureka decided to clean using their method. New Directions was created to address many issues such employment, housing and most of all the environmental impact that homelessness and poverty create. Leaving a bigger environmental foot print in the name of cleaning up just does not cut it.”

Generally speaking, to run a bulldozer through such a sensitive wetlands requires some sort of environmental review, if not a full on EIR.  Eureka City Manager Greg Sparks really must participate in a public discussion if he intends this to become regular policy.  He needs to seek scientific input.  There is no shortage of expertise locally.  He needs to avail himself of it.  This was a really bad decision.

I would encourage those of you who care about this issue to contact him and cc your communication to the Eureka City Council.

From the City website:

Greg Sparks, City Manager email gsparks@ci.eureka.ca.gov
Christine Tyson, Executive Assistant email ctyson@ci.eureka.ca.gov

The City Manager’s office is located at:     Eureka City Hall
531 K Street-Room 208
                                                            Eureka, CA 95501-1146

The office is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Closed Noon to 1:00 PM.

Telephone: (707) 441-4144

Fax: (707) 441-4138

For those who can’t be there.

Also, this was taken over the festival by drone – credit George Krieger.

Lots more of his and other photos on the ROTR Facebook page.

Reggae from a Drone

When a rich white guy is inconvenienced.


Addendum:  Sorry, I didn’t notice the date on this article.  Not sure why it was sent to me today.


TONIGHT on Thursday Night Talk Linda Stansberry talks with Suzi Fregeau and John Heckel of the Area 1 Agency on Aging’s long term care ombudsman program about the state of skilled nursing in Humboldt County. Tune in and call in beginning at 7.


Meanwhile, in her day shop she highlights the work of yet another local remarkable woman.

31st annual Reggae On The River  July 30-August 2, 2015
Capping off July and welcoming August on the weekend of July 30-August 2, the 31st anniversary of Reggae On The River will grace the banks of the meandering Eel River at French’s Camp in Humboldt County, CA.  The longest running reggae festival in the U.S.- and the only one in the world known simply as “Reggae”- Reggae On The River is more than just a music festival. It’s a testament to music that opens boundaries and brings people together.
A celebration truly deserving of an annual pilgrimage- the 2015 edition will again represent the evolution of global reggaemusic with performers from the far corners of the Earth- and irie vibes for miles – all weekend long.
Three and 4-day tickets are still available- as are a limited number of RV spots.  If you act soon, you could go big with the new Ambassador Pass to enjoy unprecedented perks and access while supporting two Jamaican non-profits- the Alpha Boys Institute and Lil Raggamuffins Summer Camp.
For those with a 4-day pass, admission begins on Thursday, July 30th and includes first dibs on camping and an extra evening of entertainment to include King Jammys, Fortunate Youth, Mr. Williamz, HIRIE, Pyrx Band, IrieFuse, Iya Terra, and others.
The 3-day ticket allows access to the grounds on Friday, July 31 and highlights an epic schedule to kick off the main event with performances by Cham, Protoje & The Indiggnation, Collie Buddz, Katchafire, Stick Figure, Inna Vision, and Juce.
Building on these foundations, Saturday’s massive line-up will feature Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Tarrus Riley & Blak Soil, Ce’Cile, Ghetto Youths International featuring Jo Mersa, Christopher Ellis, Black-Am-I, & Wayne Marshall; Emmanuel Jal, Alerta Kamarada, Aaradhna, and Lior Ben-Hur.
Culminating the positive vibrations on Sunday, August 2nd will be worldly ambassadors: Alborosie & The Shengen Clan, Nahko and Medicine For The People,
The Congos, Exco Levi, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, Empress Unification, and Reggae Angels.
Reggae will also feature top DJs and Sound Systems, the ever-lively KidLandia, and the camping, community, and irie vibes that made Reggae On The River famous. There are more than 60 vending/ non-profit booths, and each of Reggae’s food booths are either partnered with a non-profit or solely run by a non-profit. Some of the non-profits benefitting this year will be, Heart of the Redwoods Community Hospice, Fire Departments, Beginnings, Eel River Clean-Up Project, Veterans For Peace to name just a few.
Having fun while helping build community is a mantra of ROTR, so whether you are coming by way of the Ambassador pass or a regular weekend ticket, you can bring a tool to donate to the Tools For Change program- an outreach project conducted in partnership with communities in rural Burkina Faso, West Africa.
To discover more about these programs, to buy tickets, or to explore the good times  to be had at Reggae On The River 2015- visit the festival website at www.reggaeontheriver.com.  It’s happening July 30th-August 2nd at French’s Camp, in Garberville, CA- heart of the Emerald Triangle- and your portal to a higher vibration!

Humboldt County Draft General Plan Update
Monday, July 13, 2015
Land Use Proposed Map Changes – Focus Southern County
NOTE: Mateel Center, 59 Rusk Lane, Redway
On Monday, July 13, 2015, at 11:00 am or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard, the Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the Humboldt County General Plan Update – Planning Commission reviewed Draft Plan (Draft Plan).  The purpose of this meeting is to discuss and deliberate on the above listed topic.  The hearing will be held at the Mateel Center, 59 Rusk Lane, Redway California (wheelchair access is available).  A sign-up list for speakers will be provided at the venue for those persons wishing to present public testimony on the Draft Plan. The sign-up list will be available prior to hearing at 10:45 a.m. on the day of the hearing.

The Draft Plan, supporting documents and a schedule of the proposed hearing dates for the Draft Plan are available at the Humboldt County Planning Division’s website, and at the Planning and Building Department located at 3015 H Street, Eureka, California. Copies of the staff report and other meeting materials will be available by Friday, 7/10/15 at the Board of Supervisors website.

I hope it’s not too unpatriotic to introduce some critical thinking exercises on this Independence Day. I don’t necessarily agree with everything in this very thoughtful article, and I don’t think independence was a bad thing overall. But the article raises some really good questions.

The article, entitled 3 Reasons Why the American Revolution was a Mistake, contains all the Howard Zinnish material you’ve probably read in one form or another, puts it together, and asks the question.

Tune to KMUD – Redwood Community Radio, Inc. this Thursday evening at 7 pm to hear Bob Froehlich and Julia Minton discuss the nature of critical thinking and why it’s important to learn and practice the process. Listeners will be invited to call-in and share their thoughts about critical thinking and the processes they use to form their own beliefs.

KMUD - Redwood Community Radio, Inc.'s photo.
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