Caltrans manages two of the nation’s busiest passenger rail lines. In an effort to get input from the public on its proposed draft California State Rail Plan, Caltrans is hosting five public open houses and a statewide webinar this month. See the press release below dated Mon. Feb. 11, 2013.
The department will host five public open houses and a statewide webinar this month to solicit input on the draft California State Rail Plan (CSRP), which will lay out a vision for freight, passenger and high-speed rail in the state. The draft plan is available on the Internet (http://californiastaterailplan.com/) and comments can be submitted through March 11.
“Each year, nearly six million passengers ride the trains in California,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “It’s important that we find out what our citizens have to say about rail, because their input will help us build a truly connected California.”
Ridership on California trains is up 56 percent since 2002, and California has about 18 percent of all Amtrak riders. “The Authority looks forward in working with Caltrans and our local partners to implement a statewide rail modernization plan that invests in urban, commuter, intercity, and high-speed rail lines to meet the state’s 21st century transportation needs,” said Jeff Morales, CEO of California High-Speed Rail Authority.
To review the draft plan and comment, please attend any of five events listed below. If you can’t attend a meeting in person, you can participate in the online webinar.
- Sacramento: February 12, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., California State Railroad Museum, Stanford Gallery
- Oakland: February 14, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Elihu M. Harris State Office Building, Room 1
- San Diego: February 19, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Caltrans District 11 San Diego Office Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
- Los Angeles: February 20, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority Headquarters, One Gateway Plaza
- Fresno: February 21, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Hugh M. Burns State Building, Assembly Room 1036
- Webinar: February 26, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Online Webinar, event password: RailPlan1- Click here for web link.
The final plan (scheduled to be issued this summer) will fully integrate California’s future high-speed rail system with existing and proposed conventional rail systems. The plan will serve as a basis for federal and state investments for high-speed and intercity passenger rail in California and will also describe the existing conditions of the state’s rail systems and the economic and environmental benefits of improvements.
According to a press release from the Humbolt County Sheriff's Office, dated Feb., 7, 2013:
On 2-5-2013, approximately 6:00 p.m. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies and California State Parks Rangers drove to Cher-Ae Lane, Trinidad in an attempt to serve two felony arrest warrants. The arrest warrants were for David Mathew Silva, 41 years old. The warrants were issued by Humboldt County Superior Court and are for possession of a controlled substance and receiving stolen property.
When the deputies arrived at the residence, Silva was not home. They confirmed Silva resided at the residence and conducted a probation search. Silva is on formal and summary probation with a search clause. Upon searching the residence deputies located a double barreled sawed off shotgun, live shotgun ammunition, several chainsaws with the serial numbers removed, a stolen 1990 Jeep Wrangler and a stolen motorcycle.
On 2-6-2013, approximately 1:30 a.m. deputies were called back to the residence regarding an assault in progress. When deputies arrived at the residence they met with the 50 year old female victim. She told the deputies she was asleep in bed with her 3 year old when she was awakened by David Silva punching her in the face. While he was hitting her he was threatening to kill her and anyone else who called law enforcement on him. She received minor injuries but refused medical treatment. The child was not injured. Silva fled prior to the deputies’ arrival.
Arrest warrants are being sought through the Humboldt County District Attorneys Office for Silva for additional charges of possession of stolen property, felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, terrorist threats and assault.
David Mathew Silva is described as: Native American Male, 41 years old, 6-0, 250 lbs, brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case, his whereabouts or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.
David Mathew Silva
Underwater sounds generated from U.S. Naval testing and training activities off the coasts of California and Hawaii, and on the high seas of the Pacific Ocean, may have negative consequences for marine mammals. The degree to which this acoustic impact is harmful is a subject of controversy involving the Navy, NOAA-Fisheries Service, and environmental groups.
Public comments on the issue will be accepted by NOAA Fisheries through March 11, 2013. Comments should be addressed to:
P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division
Office of Protected Resources
National Marine Fisheries Service
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring MD 20910-3225
Electronic comments can be sent via the Federal eRulemaking Portal:http://www.regulations.gov, using the identifier 0648-BC52.
Use the player below to hear more on this issue, including an interview with a representatives from NOAA Fisheries and The Center for Biological Diversity. This story was aired by KMUD News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson, on the Wed., Feb. 6, 2013 edition of the KMUD Local News.
- Click here for links monitoring Plans and additional materials.
- See Press release below
According to a recent press release from NOAA:
NOAA’s Fisheries Service is seeking comments for a proposed rule requiring the United States Navy to implement protective measures during training and testing activities off the coasts of California and Hawaii and on the high seas of the Pacific Ocean to reduce the chances of harming marine mammals.
The Navy has requested an authorization under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, because the mid-frequency sound generated by active sonar, the sound and pressure generated by detonating explosives, and other associated activities may affect the behavior of some marine mammals, cause a temporary loss of their hearing sensitivity or other injury.
NOAA’s Fisheries Service recently made a preliminary determination that these effects would have a negligible effect on the species or stocks involved. Based on that preliminary determination, it does not necessarily expect the exercises to result in serious injury or death to marine mammals, and proposes that the Navy use mitigation measures to avoid injury or death.
However, exposure to sonar in certain circumstances has been associated with the stranding of some marine mammals, and some injury or death may occur despite the best efforts of the Navy. Therefore, the proposed authorization allows for a small number of incidental mortalities to marine mammals from sonar, as well as vessel strikes and explosions.
Under the authorization, the Navy would have to follow mitigation measures to minimize effects on marine mammals, including:
- establishing marine mammal mitigation zones around each vessel using sonar;
- using Navy observers to shut down sonar operations if marine mammals are seen within designated mitigation zones;
- using mitigation zones to ensure that explosives are not detonated when animals are detected within a certain distance;
- implementing a stranding response plan that includes a training shutdown provision in certain circumstances, and allows for the Navy to contribute in-kind services to NOAA’s Fisheries Service if the agency has to conduct a stranding response and investigation; and,
- designating a Humpback Whale Cautionary Area to protect high concentrations of humpback whales around Hawaii during winter months.
These measures should minimize the potential for injury or death and significantly reduce the number of marine mammals exposed to levels of sound likely to cause temporary loss of hearing. Additionally, the proposed rule includes an adaptive management component that requires that the Navy and NOAA’s Fisheries Service meet yearly to discuss new science, Navy research and development, and Navy monitoring results to determine if modifications to mitigation or monitoring measures are appropriate.
NOAA’s Fisheries Service and the Navy have worked to develop a robust monitoring plan to use independent, experienced vessel-based marine mammal observers (as well as Navy observers), and passive acoustic monitoring to help better understand how marine mammals respond to various levels of sound and to assess the effectiveness of mitigation measures. Additionally, an Integrated Comprehensive Monitoring Plan being developed by the Navy (with input from NOAA’s Fisheries Service) will better prioritize monitoring goals and standardize data collection methods across all U.S. range complexes.
NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Join us on Facebook, Twitter and our other social media channels at http://www.noaa.gov/socialmedia.
Late in January KMUD Community Journalist, Bob Froehlich, obtained permission from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) to accompany Fisheries Technician, Ryan Spencer, on a Coho Salmon survey in the lower part of Little Sprowel Creek. Spencer works for Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, an agency established by Congress in 1947 to help resource agencies and the fishing industry sustainably manage Pacific Ocean resources. This agency contracts with DFW to assist with their current South Fork Eel River Coho Population Estimate Project. Little Sprowel Creek is a tributary of Sprowel Creek which itself flows into the South Fork of the Eel River. The mouth of Little Sprowel Creek is located about four miles southwest of Garberville.
An edited version (7 min.) of the field interview was aired on KMUD Local News on February 5, 2013.
Use the player below to hear the extended (25 min.) interview.
Fisheries Technician, Ryan Spencer, along Little Sprowel Creek
Vortex of water flowing under log obstruction (left) and potential likely redd building area in Little Spowel Creek (right)
In February’s Cannabis Science Update:
- New clinical trial data published online by The Journal of Pain, indicates that the administration of vaporized, low-THC cannabis mitigates pain in subjects with neuropathy. http://norml.org/news/2013/01/03/study-vaporized-low-potency-cannabis-mitigates-neuropathic-pain
- Another recent study challenges previous work linking cannabis use and lower IQ, but the authors of the original paper are standing by their findings. http://healthland.time.com/2013/01/15/new-research-questions-marijuanas-impact-in-lowering-iq/#ixzz2IjDjwkdg
- An additional study finds no evidence that per se drugged driving laws reduce traffic fatalities. Full text of the study, "Per Se Drugged Driving Laws and Traffic Fatalities" is available online at: http://ftp.iza.org/dp7048.pdf
- Survey data recently published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence shows that British Consumers strongly prefer organic cannabis to retail herbal products that contain synthetic cannabinoid agonists. http://norml.org/news/2013/01/10/study-consumers-prefer-natural-cannabis-over-synthetic-marijuana-herbal-products
- Full text of the study, "Synthetic cannabis: A comparison of patterns of use and effect profile with natural cannabis in a large global sample," appears in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
- An Amsterdam study finds that the availability of cannabis retail outlets in The Netherlands is not associated with greater incidences of cannabis use or an increase in the intensity of the public's consumption of cannabis. http://norml.org/news/2013/01/03/study-cannabis-retail-outlets-not-associated-with-rise-in-cannabis-use
- Full text of the study, "Cannabis use and proximity to coffee shops in the Netherlands," appears in the European Journal of Criminology.
Use the player below to hear the February Edition of Cannabis Science Update.
Cannabis Science Update is a regular feature of the KMUD radio show, Cannabis Consciousness (1:30-3:00pm on the first Sun. of every month), and is written by Kerry Reynolds, read by Harold Day, and recorded by Dave Smith.
Update: Ryan Floyd, resident of 550 block of Flint Rock Road outside of Garberville, was arrested on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 on multiple charges. Floyd was a person of interest wanted in a burglary which took place on February 2. The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office press release below describes the arrest. The original vehicle pursuit and buglary are described in the second press release below.
On 02-07-2013, approximately 0830 hours, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies and Humboldt County Drug Task Force Agents conducted a probation search at the residence of Ryan Floyd 30 years old, in the 500 block of Flint Rock Road ( Off Wade Road ), Garberville. When deputies arrived at the residence they located Floyd and arrested him on the outstanding no bail felony warrant for his arrest. Deputies are still on scene conducting a probation search of the residence. So far deputies have located what is estimated to be 45 pounds of dried marijuana bud, approximately $12,000.00 cash, a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun, approximately 1 oz of suspected heroin, approximately 2 grams of suspected methamphetamine, body armor, numerous loaded high capacity magazines, scales, drug paraphernalia and other indications of drug sales and what is estimated to be over forty vehicles, along with numerous all terrain vehicles. One of the vehicles is confirmed stolen. Deputies anticipate being at the residence for a lengthy period of time conducting their investigation and searching the property and vehicles.
Besides the outstanding arrest warrant, Floyd was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale, cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, illegal possession of a firearm magazine, illegal possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, illegal possession of a firearm and violation of probation. Other charges may be added as the investigation continues. He was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he his being held without bail.
Deputies also located a second male on the property identified as Gregory Benson, 48 years old from Garberville. Benson was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for illegal possession of ammunition and a firearm by a prohibited person. His bail was set at $50,000.00. An updated news release will be released at a later date.
The original post on this incident can be read below.
According to press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Feb. 4, 2013:
On 2-2-2013, approximately 11:30 p.m. a deputy attempted to pull over a black Chevy Silverado pickup truck for driving erratically and with no rear license plate on Dyerville Loop Road, near Fort Seward Road in the Dyerville area of Humboldt County. When the deputy activated his overhead lights the vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit was initiated. A slow speed pursuit traveled east on Fort Seward road at speeds of around 30 mph. At one point the pickup traveled onto the middle fork of the Eel River on the gravel bar before looping back onto Fort Seward Road. A second deputy caught up with the original deputy and they continued pursing the vehicle on Fort Seward Road at speeds of approximately 30 mph. When the vehicle drove up to the intersection of Dyerville Loop Road and Fort Seward Road, it turned south onto Dyerville Loop road. Approximately one half mile later, the vehicle drove off the roadway and down a hillside before crashing into a tree. When deputies reached the vehicle it was unoccupied. Deputies learned the vehicle was registered to residence in the 29000 block of Alderpoint Road, Garberville. When contact was made with the registered owners of the truck they were on vacation out of the area. A relative checked their residence and learned the vehicle was just stolen from their residence and their residence had been burglarized.
The Sheriff’s Office is currently asking for the publics help in locating Ryan Floyd and Honey Walsh who are persons of interest in this case.
Floyd is described as follows: A white male adult, 30 years old, 5-8, 155 pounds, strawberry blond hair. He currently has a no bail felony warrant for his arrest for being armed while possessing narcotics issued by Humboldt County Superior Court.
Honey Walsh is described as: White Female adult, 29 years old, 5-6, 130 lbs, brown hair, green eyes. She is from the Cave Junction, Oregon area. She has a misdemeanor warrant for her arrest for possession of a controlled substance out of Humboldt County Superior Court.
Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.
Persons of interest: Ryan Floyd (left) and Honey Walsh (right)
A two day event hosted by the California chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) marked the 100th anniversary of marijuana prohibition in California.The conference, held January 26 and 27, 2013 at the Ft. Mason Conference Center in San Francisco, focused on the history, causes and costs of marijuana prohibition as well as the future of marijuana reform.
Speakers included California State Senator Mark Leno, California State Assemblyman, Tom Ammiano, Dr. Larry Bedard, and a host of others. During the conference "Pioneer Freedom Fighter"awards were presented to Dennis Peron, Michelle Aldrich, Michael Aldrich, Debby Goldsberry and Gordon Brownell.
KMUD programmer, Sue Maloney attended the conference and recorded the presentations. KMUD Technical Director, Simon Frech, processed the audio and posted it for your listening enjoyment.
Click here to access the conference audio recordings.
(Left) Senator Mark Leno speaks on a panel about state obstacles to human rights for marijuana users along with (left to right) attorneys Omar Figueroa and Michael Levinsohn, and Daisy Bram of freemybabies.org at the Cannabis in California: Ending the 100-Year War Conference in San Francisco on January 26, 2013. Photo by Amanda Holguin/CULTURE Magazine.
According to a press release from the Arcata Police Department, dated Jan. 30, 2013:
The Arcata Police Department is seeking assistance in locating Jason Francis Lovell, 32 of Arcata. Lovell was reported missing on January 29th, 2013. He was last seen on the evening of January 25th in Arcata. Family and friends became concerned when Lovell failed to show up for work. His vehicle was found abandoned in the 1200 Blk of F St in Arcata. Lovell has a history of mental health issues and is considered at risk.
Lovell is described as a white male adult, 5'8" tall, weighing 150 lbs with short brown hair and hazel eyes. He has a short reddish brown beard.
Anyone who has seen Mr. Lovell or has any information as to his whereabouts is asked to call the Arcata Police Department at: (707)822-2428.
According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, dated Jan. 29, 2013:
On the afternoon of 01/28/13, detectives from the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) responded to a neighborhood complaint in the 2500 block of Union St. The complaint alleged excessive foot and vehicle traffic coming from an apartment located in the alley. Detectives contacted a female living in the apartment, who advised them one of the subjects living with her was Edward Charles Vercoe (12/28/69). Vercoe in on active PRCS Parole and is subject to search and seizure at anytime.
During a subsequent search, detectives located ½ gram of Heroin and a Sony HD video camera they believed was related to a weekend burglary of News Channel 3. Employees from Channel 3 were contacted and responded to the scene where they positively identified the Sony camera and related cables. The employees from Channel 3 stated there are additional cameras and equipment outstanding.
Vercoe was not on scene at the time the search was conducted and is currently wanted for being in Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Stolen Property. Anyone with information regarding Vercoe’s whereabouts can contact the Eureka Police Department, at (707) 441-4060, or call the Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (707) 441-4373.
Suspect wanted: Edward Charles Vercoe.
Previous press release related to this case from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Jan. 28, 2013:
On 01-27-2013, approximately 12:00 noon the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the station manager of KIEM News reporting a burglary to the station. A deputy responded to 5650 South Broadway Avenue, Eureka and met with the station manager who reported that someone stole four news video cameras and a scanner from a single wide trailer located behind the building. There were no signs of forced entry. The stolen items were last seen in the trailer at 8:30 p.m. Saturday night, 1-26-2013 and were discovered missing on Sunday, 1-27-2013, approximately 11:00 a.m. The news station and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office is requesting the public be on the lookout for the three stolen Sony cameras and a Panasonic camera, along with a radio shack scanner. Estimated loss is $10,000.00.
Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.
Update-Jan. 28, 2013
On Sun., Jan 27, a Shelter Cove woman was swept out to sea and drowned by a sneaker wave while walking along Little Black Sands Beach near Shelter Cove.
Use the player below to hear an interview with Cheryl Anthony, duty officer of the Shelter Cove Volunteer Fire Dept, describing the rescue attempt and also to hear about a movement to increase sneaker wave warning signage in the Shelter Cove area. This piece was aired on Mon., Jan 28, 2013 on the KMUD Local News by Christina Aanestad.
See below for the original post on this incident.
According to a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard, dated Jan. 27, 2013:
A 32-year-old woman was swept out to sea today while walking on Black Sand Beach with her friend and her dog. Her friend called the Coast Guard, and Coast Guard Group Humboldt Bay diverted a helicopter and launched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Station Noyo River to search for the woman in the water. Additionally, Shelter Cove Fire Rescue were called in to assist.
The helicopter was able to locate her within minutes of arriving on scene and relay her position to the Fire Rescue boats. Her body was recovered and brought to the emergency medical personnel on shore, who pronounced her dead.
The Coast Guard reminds everyone to be vigilant while recreating on the beaches in Northern California. Winter is an especially dangerous time, and sneaker waves can catch beach goers by surprise, washing them into the sea. People walking along the beach should not turn their back to the ocean. Families and dog owners should protect themselves and their loved ones from surf zones and avoid low-lying areas.
According to an article in the Times-Standard, the woman who drowned was from Shelter Cove, but as of Sunday, Jan., 27, her name has not been released pending next of kin. Click for more information in the Times Standard