25December2014

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted recently to support a multi-agency committee dedicated to promoting enhanced use of the port at Humboldt Bay. However, others are concerned about the environmental impact of increased shipping on marine mammals. These issues were the focus of a news piece aired Thurs., Oct. 3, 2013 on the KMUD Local news. See the "Additional Resources" section below for infographics that support the information in the interview.

Use the player below to hear an interview with Stephanie Buffum, Executive Director of Friends of the San Juan, a non-profit organization focused on cleaning up and protecting the harbors and surrounding waters in Washington State.This story was submitted and aired by KMUD News Director Terri Klemetson.

 


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Update: Thurs., Oct 3, 2013 - Officially beginning on Tues, Oct.1, 2013, the U.S. federal government entered a "shutdown", suspending discretionary services deemed "non-excepted" by the Federal Antideficiency Act.

The current shutdown has resulted in 800,000 federal workers being furloughed, and it's estimated that their lost salaries alone will cost the U.S. economy 300 million dollars per day, according to CBS News.com

The last shutdowns occurred in 1995-6 and lasted a total of 28 days.  At this point there is no indication of how long the present shutdown will last.

According to a CNN/ORC International poll, which was conducted Friday through Sunday and came out on Monday, Sept. 30, 46% of respondents say they would blame congressional Republicans for a government shutdown, with 36% saying the president would be more responsible and 13% pointing fingers at both the GOP in Congress and Obama. The original post of this story appears below. See the "Additional Resources" section at the bottom of this page for links to more information.


 Original post of this story:

It's been 17 years since the last government shutdown, and the threat of a repetition of this event is looming again as House Republicans attempt maneuvers to prevent implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).  According to CNN.com, "President Barack Obama made a previously unscheduled statement to reporters on Monday afternoon that repeated his criticism of the attempts by House Republicans to undermine Obamacare that he said threaten to harm the economy with a shutdown."

In response to the House Republican maneuvers, U.S. Congressman from the 2nd District of California, Jared Huffman, posted this message on his Facebook page:

"Tonight, the House GOP majority set in motion a shutdown of our national government starting Monday at midnight. Instead of allowing a vote to simply maintain government funding and avoid a shutdown, Speaker Boehner caved in to the Tea Party fringe of his party and re-issued a partisan ultimatum: no government funding unless the Affordable Care Act is repealed. This is the GOP's 43rd futile attempt to repeal Obamacare. It's not going to happen. I am certain that more reasonable minds in the Republican caucus will eventually change course, work with Democrats, and enact responsible legislation to fund the government. The question is, how much will the American people and our economy will have to suffer before they come to their senses?"

KMUD News Anchor, Eileen Russell, aired a report on this story on the KMUD Local News on Mon., Sept 30, 2013. Use the player below to hear details of what a government shutdown would mean for various government programs and services, including the implications for national parks and specifically for local parks.

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-Photo of Doug Green by Bob Doran

As broadcast on the KMUD Local News this Mon. by Christina Aanestad: "Reggae on the River pioneer and festival MC Doug Green passed away Sunday September 22nd, 2013 after a bout with cancer. He was 68 years old.  Green worked in the entertainment business for more than 30 years and was one of the pioneers of the live music concerts we know today. He was born in Kentucky in 1945. A 4th generation in the theater business, Green grew up with vaudeville performers and theater producers.  He studied at U.C. Berkeley in the 1960’s and then left before receiving his degree to work in the theater industry. He settled in southern Humboldt in 1968. Doug Green MC'd several festivals in his lifetime, including the Oregon Country Fair, the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and Reggae on the River.  As part of the Keeping Community series for the KMUD News, Doug Green spoke with Joellen Peterson in 2007 about his life and career in theater."

A portion of the 2007 Joellen Peterson interview with Doug Green was heard during the Mon. news broadcast. Use the player below to hear the entire interview.

"Doug Green passed away on Sunday night, September 22 at 10:45 pm. Blessings and guidance for your soul, Doug, and all those around you. You lived well, left your positive legacy and have, in your own words, "graduated." Southern Humboldt is a better place from your presence here. And it shall live on. Blessed be."
– Daryl Cherney



The photo above shows the crowd at the Sept. 18 meeting called by Rob Arkley in Eureka.

It's no secret that as the peak marijuana trimming season arrives the population of Homeless, Houseless and Traveling (HHT) folks increases in Humboldt and neighboring counties. With the increase in that population comes an increase in reports of inappropriate behavior carried out by some of the members of the HHT community. Conversely, reactions by individuals and law enforcement to the perceived problems and increased visibility of the Homeless, Houseless and Traveling population become causes of concern to people within the HHT group. KMUD News has covered several events and incidents related to HHT issues. Recent highlights are found on this page.

Homeless-focused meeting draws hundreds in Eureka: The player below contains audio from a report submitted by KMUD Correspondent Daniel Mintz and aired by KMUD News Director Terri Klemetson on the Local News Thurs., Sept 19. This report covers the meeting called by northern Humboldt Businessman Rob Arkley. Hundreds of people attended this meeting, held at the Warfinger Building on Wed., Sept 18, 2013, while a protest gathered outside leading to law enforcement being called and arrests being made. Photos were provided by Daniel Mintz

   

Second District Supervisor Estelle Fennell reported to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors during their Tues., Sept.17 meeting, after touring Garberville's streets and transient camps. The player below contains a report submitted by Daniel Mintz and includes audio from portions of Fennell's report to the board. This piece was aired on KMUD Local News on Wed., Sept. 18, 2013 by KMUD News Director Terri Klmetson.

The report below, submitted and aired by KMUD News Anchor Eileen Russell on Wed. Sept. 18, includes interviews with William, a "traveler" from Brazil camping in the area known as Hippy Hill at the north end of Garberville. William describes his experiences of traveling and camping in southern Humboldt, viewing what he's seen as a spiritual, cultural, and political movement. Also included in the audio, is a report that campers in the Hippy Hill area were told to leave and CAL FIRE began clearing brush at that location.

The following warning was received by KMUD News in a press release from the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region, dated Sept. 17, 2013.


Due to its potential health risks, federal, state, county and tribal agencies are urging swimmers, boaters and recreational users to avoid direct contact with or use of waters containing blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), now blooming in reaches of the Klamath River in Northern California.
 
Reaches of the Klamath River including the Copco and Iron Gate Reservoirs, and below to the confluence with Tully Creek are now posted with health advisories warning against human and animal contact with the water.  People can still enjoy camping, hiking, biking, canoeing, picnicking, or other recreational activities while visiting the reservoirs and the Klamath River, with proper precautions to avoid direct contact with algal bloom waters.
 
Recent monitoring found cyanobacteria (Microcystis aeruginosa) cell counts that exceeded public health advisory thresholds in Klamath River waters at locations in Copco and Iron Gate Reservoirs and downstream through Weitchpec on the Yurok Reservation.
 
Iron Gate and Copco Reservoirs were posted with health advisories in June and these advisories remain in effect.   Residents and recreational water users of the Klamath River from Copco Reservoir to Tully Creek are urged to use caution and avoid getting in the water near these bloom areas.
 
“These conditions are concerning as blue-green algae can pose health risks, particularly to children and pets.  These conditions underscore the importance of implementing the Klamath Basin water quality restoration strategy,” said Matt St. John, executive officer of the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.
 
“We urge people to choose safe activities when visiting the affected reaches of the Klamath River and recommend that people and their pets avoid contact with water in locations with blooms, and particularly avoid swallowing or inhaling water spray in an algal bloom area." St. John said.
 
The algal blooms appear as bright green in the water, and blue-green, white or brown foam, scum or mats can float on the water and accumulate along the shore.  Recreational exposure to toxic blue-green algae can cause eye irritation, allergic skin rash, mouth ulcers, vomiting, diarrhea, and cold and flu-like symptoms.  Liver failure, nerve damage and death have occurred in rare situations where large amounts of contaminated water were directly ingested.
 
The Statewide Guidance on Harmful Algal Blooms recommends the following for blue-green algae impacted waters:

  • Take care that pets and livestock do not drink the water, swim through heavy algae, scums or mats, or lick their fur after going in the water.  Rinse pets in clean drinking water to remove algae from fur.
  • Avoid wading, swimming or jet or water skiing in water containing algae blooms or scums or mats.
  • Do not drink, cook or wash dishes with untreated surface water from these areas under any circumstances; common water purification techniques (e.g., camping filters, tablets and boiling) do not remove toxins.
  • People should not eat mussels or other bivalves collected from these areas.  Limit or avoid eating fish; if fish are consumed, remove guts and liver, and rinse filets in clean drinking water.
  • Get medical treatment immediately if you think that you, your pet, or livestock might have been poisoned by blue-green algae toxins.  Be sure to alert the medical professional to the possible contact with blue-green algae.

Water users are encouraged to check most recent sampling results on the Klamath Blue-Green Algae Tracker (see link below).   Even when blue-green algae blooms are not present, still carefully watch young children and warn them not to swallow the water.

For more information, please visit:
California Department of Public Health:
http://www.cdph.ca.gov/healthinfo/environhealth/water/Pages/Bluegreenalgae.aspx

State Water Resources Control Board
http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/bluegreen_algae/

CA Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment:
http://oehha.ca.gov/ecotox/microcystins.html

Klamath Blue-Green Algae Tracker
http://www.kbmp.net/blue-green-algae-tracker

US Environmental Protection Agency
http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance/standards/criteria/nutrients/cyanohabs.cfm

Siskiyou County Public Health Department:
http://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/PHS/phs.aspx
 (530) 841-2100

  Water quality monitoring for the Klamath River is conducted collaboratively by the United States Bureau of Reclamation, PacifiCorp, the Karuk Tribe, the Yurok Tribe, the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board and United States Environmental Protection Agency from Link River Dam in Oregon to the estuary in California.  The health advisory postings are supported by the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), the California Department of Public Health, as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Yurok and Karuk Tribes.

The following warning was received by KMUD News in a press release from the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region, dated Sept. 17, 2013.


Due to its potential health risks, federal, state, county and tribal agencies are urging swimmers, boaters and recreational users to avoid direct contact with or use of waters containing blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), now blooming in reaches of the Klamath River in Northern California.
 
Reaches of the Klamath River including the Copco and Iron Gate Reservoirs, and below to the confluence with Tully Creek are now posted with health advisories warning against human and animal contact with the water.  People can still enjoy camping, hiking, biking, canoeing, picnicking, or other recreational activities while visiting the reservoirs and the Klamath River, with proper precautions to avoid direct contact with algal bloom waters.
 
Recent monitoring found cyanobacteria (Microcystis aeruginosa) cell counts that exceeded public health advisory thresholds in Klamath River waters at locations in Copco and Iron Gate Reservoirs and downstream through Weitchpec on the Yurok Reservation.
 
Iron Gate and Copco Reservoirs were posted with health advisories in June and these advisories remain in effect.   Residents and recreational water users of the Klamath River from Copco Reservoir to Tully Creek are urged to use caution and avoid getting in the water near these bloom areas.
 
“These conditions are concerning as blue-green algae can pose health risks, particularly to children and pets.  These conditions underscore the importance of implementing the Klamath Basin water quality restoration strategy,” said Matt St. John, executive officer of the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.
 
“We urge people to choose safe activities when visiting the affected reaches of the Klamath River and recommend that people and their pets avoid contact with water in locations with blooms, and particularly avoid swallowing or inhaling water spray in an algal bloom area." St. John said.
 
The algal blooms appear as bright green in the water, and blue-green, white or brown foam, scum or mats can float on the water and accumulate along the shore.  Recreational exposure to toxic blue-green algae can cause eye irritation, allergic skin rash, mouth ulcers, vomiting, diarrhea, and cold and flu-like symptoms.  Liver failure, nerve damage and death have occurred in rare situations where large amounts of contaminated water were directly ingested.
 
The Statewide Guidance on Harmful Algal Blooms recommends the following for blue-green algae impacted waters:
·         Take care that pets and livestock do not drink the water, swim through heavy algae, scums or mats, or lick their fur after going in the water.  Rinse pets in clean drinking water to remove algae from fur.
·         Avoid wading, swimming or jet or water skiing in water containing algae blooms or scums or mats.
·         Do not drink, cook or wash dishes with untreated surface water from these areas under any circumstances; common water purification techniques (e.g., camping filters, tablets and boiling) do not remove toxins.
·         People should not eat mussels or other bivalves collected from these areas.  Limit or avoid eating fish; if fish are consumed, remove guts and liver, and rinse filets in clean drinking water.
·         Get medical treatment immediately if you think that you, your pet, or livestock might have been poisoned by blue-green algae toxins.  Be sure to alert the medical professional to the possible contact with blue-green algae.
 
Water users are encouraged to check most recent sampling results on the Klamath Blue-Green Algae Tracker (see link below).   Even when blue-green algae blooms are not present, still carefully watch young children and warn them not to swallow the water.
 
For more information, please visit:
 
California Department of Public Health:
http://www.cdph.ca.gov/healthinfo/environhealth/water/Pages/Bluegreenalgae.aspx
 
State Water Resources Control Board
http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/bluegreen_algae/
 
CA Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment:
http://oehha.ca.gov/ecotox/microcystins.html
Klamath Blue-Green Algae Tracker
http://www.kbmp.net/blue-green-algae-tracker
 
US Environmental Protection Agency
http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance/standards/criteria/nutrients/cyanohabs.cfm
 
Siskiyou County Public Health Department:
http://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/PHS/phs.aspx
 (530) 841-2100
 
  Water quality monitoring for the Klamath River is conducted collaboratively by the United States Bureau of Reclamation, PacifiCorp, the Karuk Tribe, the Yurok Tribe, the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board and United States Environmental Protection Agency from Link River Dam in Oregon to the estuary in California.  The health advisory postings are supported by the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), the California Department of Public Health, as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Yurok and Karuk Tribes.

Businesses and residences in the waterfront area of Eureka were evacuated Tues., Sept. 17 as the Humboldt County Bomb Squad and Eureka Police worked to remove "projectiles" that were uncovered at a construction site and identified as Navy artillery shells, according to a Eureka Police Department press release.

The artillery shells were safely transported to Samoa Beach and destroyed. At this time it is unknown how the shells came to be at the construction site. The full Eureka Police Department press release appears below.

EPD Press Release, dated Sept., 17, 2013:

On 9/17/13, at about 8:00 AM, Eureka Police Department officers were dispatched to a construction site along the waterfront between H and I Streets after construction workers reported uncovering two World War II era artillery shells.  The shells were located in separate dirt piles within the construction site.

After confirming the presence of possible undetonated artillery shells, officers established a wide perimeter around the construction site and evacuated neighboring businesses and residences as a precautionary measure.  Assistance from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad was also requested.

The Bomb Squad subsequently removed the projectiles and transported them in a “single vent explosives transportation trailer” to the Samoa beach where they were destroyed.  EPD provided a police escort for the explosives trailer’s transportation to the beach.  The evacuations were lifted at approximately 11:45 AM. 

The first projectile was determined to be empty and inert.  The second projectile was filled with an undermined substance and it is unknown whether or not that projectile was “live.” The Bomb Squad identified the projectiles as being Navy artillery.
The origin of the artillery shells and how they came to be buried at the construction site is unknown at this time.

 

 

image of missile strike

Update: Sept. 11, 2013--Congressional Rep. Jared Huffman gives reaction to Obama address on Syria (audio)
On Tues., Sept. 10, 2013, President Obama addressed the current situation in Syria in a nationally televised prime-time address from the East Room of the White House. The audio portion of this appeal to the American public was broadcast on KMUD. After the speech KMUD News Anchor, Eillen Russell, interviewed U.S. Congressional Representative Jared Huffman to get his reaction to President Obama's address. Use the player below to hear the interview.

As the tensions and threats between the U.S. and the Assad government in Syria build antiwar demonstrations have erupted in the U.S., from Times Square in New York City to the Courthouse in Eureka, California. The precipitating event, leading to the proposal by the Obama Administration to conduct strategic bombing within Syria, was the suspected use of chemical agents, on August 22, by the Syrian government in a suburb of Damascus. The agent, thought to be nerve gas, was said to have killed hundreds of people, according to an article in the Sept. 9, edition of Time Magazine.

As a national discussion evolves, weighing the pros and cons and moral issues involved in U.S. intervention in Syria, those opposing escalating American intervention rallied locally at locations in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties. On Thurs., Sept. 5, a group of 40 to 50 people demonstrated outside the County Courthouse in Eureka urging non-intervention in Syria. Meanwhile, U.S. naval ships, armed with scores of Tomahawk cruise missiles, are positioned in the Mediterrenean Sea.

Use the player below to hear more on this story, including an interview with Jim Paquin, a Vietnam veteran present at the Eureka demonstration. Also included, is information about the position on the matter taken by U.S. Congressional Representative Jared Huffman.  Huffman signed a letter that urged President Obama to wait for the United Nations to investigate the chemical agent allegations and to wait until an act of Congress before using military force. This piece was submitted and aired by KMUD News Correspondent, Christina Aanestad, on the KMUD Local News Thurs., Sept. 5, 2013.

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EuroBureau is a weekly radio magazine of music and news from Europe and airs on KMUD every Wednesday afternoon from 2:30 to 4:00 (PST).

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