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Today, Friday Oct. 11, 2013, is day 11 of the partial Federal Government Shutdown and although the White House and Congress have been recently engaging in staff-level negotiations, the impasse, with Obamacare at its focal point, has not yet been resolved.
According to a press release from 2nd District Congressman Jared Huffman, he will hold a Telephone Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. Huffman will take questions regarding his efforts to end the government shutdown, as well as his other work and priorities representing the North Coast in Congress.
In the release Huffman stated, “I’m looking forward to discussing with Northern Californians about what exactly I’m doing to end the government shutdown. We need to reopen our government, and I am looking forward to discussing that and other issues with my constituents.”
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.
- Implications of a Government shutdown for Social Security
- U.S. Department of Defense Government shutdown information
- What would happen if U.S. government shuts down?
On Sept. 9, 2013, "Living Legend" Antonia Lamb passed away at home of natural causes in her beloved community of Mendocino. Antonia was the first child of Robert Blick and Marion Heller Blick (Bacon) and was born in New York City, on Oct. 3, 1943. She grew up in New York and Houston with her three siblings and cousin.
She was born questioning the establishment and championed social justice from a very young age. As a teen, she studied dance, wrote science-fiction, sold four novels, discovered that she was psychic, became an astrologer and fell into the Greenwich Village music scene.
After a brief stint in Hollywood as an "astrologer to the stars" in 1971, Antonia headed north to Mendocino in her Oldsmobile to live in a tepee with her two young children. It was there that she became part of a musical/tribal migration of friends. Antonia generously lent her talents and skills to her loved ones and community. She was a mother, sister, daughter, loyal friend, mentor, poet, novelist, editor, publicist, playwright, musician, singer, songwriter, satirist, actress, ballerina, professional photographer, community and planetary activist, radio personality, board member for many nonprofits, astrologer, psychic, scholar of the occult, epicure, world traveler, style icon, humorist and inspiration.
She is survived by her son, Jim Lamb of San Francisco; daughter, Joanna Lamb Looby of Los Angeles; and grandson, Lucky Looby. Her surviving siblings are Martha Collins, Ruth Elliott, Bob Blick, Gus Blick and step-siblings, James Garrott and Glinda Shipley. Also surviving are daughter-in-law, Tammy Loo; son-in-law, Brian Looby; sisters-in-law, Carol Goodwin Blick and Sookie Blick; her nieces and nephews, Christopher Collins, Diana Elliott Cullquipuma, Jon Elliott, Mike Elliott, Lisa Elliott, Stephen Elliot, Annie Elliott, Penelope Hamilton, Amy and Alexander Blick, Jaden Jude and Asher Elliott and Fiona Hamilton. She will be deeply missed by her large circle of chosen family and friends. Antonia is also survived by Norton the Cat, who has found a loving new home with her neighbor.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to KMUD (http://www.kmud.org), P.O. Box 135, Redway, CA 95560, or The Mendocino Coast Children's Fund (http://mccf.info/), P.O. Box 1616 Mendocino, CA 95460.
The first annual celebration of her being will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at the Caspar Community Center beginning at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome. Please bring a potluck dish, a memory of Antonia, and a biodegradable offering for a community-built outdoor altar.
Photo from antonialamb.com
Yes, death is king
But life is queen
& when they make love
They make spirals of creation
Let death be king / of that which
While life, our queen, gets on with
the business of being
September 8 or 9, 2013
-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