Recent Letters To The Editor – November 23, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Useless alternatives

The common cold is a viral infection with symptoms such as sneezing, sore throat and runny nose, and is one of the most prevalent illnesses in the world.

Here in Humboldt, as discussed last week in the Arcata Eye, it is often called the Humboldt Crud. It is commonly caused by rhinoviruses, and antibiotics  are often prescribed unnecessarily.

Therefore, a large number of clinical trials to evaluate alternative treatments such as herbal medicines have been reported.

The treatment discussed last week, the Vitamin C and the Echinacea, have been studied extensively. The results of the studies contradict the recommendations in last week’s article from my friends at the Open Door Clinic.

Meta-analysis, as well as seven separate trials, which turned out to be greater than 300,000 colds, showed no effect from Vitamin C compared to Placebo-controlled groups.

Echinacea is the most frequently used biological in the United States, but there is as yet no scientific basis for its use in the common cold.

One interesting report from the Ukraine shows a statistically significant benefit from pelargonium proparations, but no one to this point has duplicated the results from the Ukrainian group. Ongoing research continues.

My plea is to use science and scientific studies as our guidance for appropriate therapy.

Sincerely,

Gary Garcia, MD

Arcata

Note: Agreed, and the folkloric nature of those recommendations seemed out of place in an otherwise fact-based column. 

We occasionally receive submissions offering questionable quasi-medical advice and services. 

These have included various “immune system boosting” preparations, exotic/preposterous alternative medicine treatments and even, during the peak of the H1N1 epidemic, someone advertising a homeopathic “cure” for the flu. 

Most of these claim or imply that they are outside of science, or beyond it, or shunned by it. That makes them magic, and not medicine. 

Superstition-based treatments that have no scientific foundation conditions may offer some narrow value in terms of placebo effect, but the possibility that they could supplant efficacious treatment is unconscionable. – Ed.

 

Brett the Brit got hacked

I’m writing this with tears in my eyes, I came down here to London, United Kingdom for a short vacation unfortunately I was mugged at the park on my way to hotel where I stayed, All cash, Credit card and cell were stolen off me but luckily for me I still have my passports with me.

I’ve been to the embassy and the Police here but they’re not helping issues at all and my flight leaves in a couple of hours but am having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won’t let me leave until i settle the bills, I need you to loan me some $$$.

I’ll refund it to you as soon as i arrive home.Write me back so i can tell you how to get it to me.

I’m freaked out at the moment.I need your assistance.

Brett

Brett Shuler Fine Catering

Note: Brett wasn’t robbed in London, nor has he forgotten how to punctuate. He was hacked in Arcata. – Ed.

 

Houseless hypervigilance

I am writing to address and inform the community of an injustice which occurred at HealthSPORT. I previously was a member of HealthSPORT and my membership was terminated due to my houseless status.

At the McK HealthSPORT, a member reported to the female manager, concerns that I emerged from my vehicle to shower at HealthSPORT and then left without exercising.

My interactions with the manager  regarding this complaint, I believe, were unfair and lead to her becoming threatening and hypervigilant when I was at the gym.

I believe it is my right with paying my membership dues monthly to use the showers and choose to exercise or not on some days. Exercising has always been a health promoter for me and I noticed a decline in my health when I was terminated from my membership.

I am a concerned citizen and feel my rights were violated due to my houseless status. I would like the community to know the discriminate and prejudicial response I found with this local business.

Sincerely,

 Robert Monaco

Arcata/McKinleyville

 

Note: Citing the member’s privacy, HealthSPORT declined an opportunity to respond to the above letter. – Ed.

 

Parking perspectives

Dear Lt. Peterson,

Please thank City Council members for holding the public meeting to discuss the important issue of parking. It was only because of the front page notice in the Arcata Eye the previous day that I knew about it. The discussion was most interesting.

Most residents realize and appreciate the importance of healthy enrollment at the University and car use is not likely to diminish appreciably. While the ultimate decision as to how best to mitigate the problems must be by the elected City Councilmembers, I urge something similar to the current federal budget crisis: a study committee which will develop a plan to be voted up or down by the ACC. Lengthy meetings may give some a feeling of participation but it takes valuable time from the work of City employees who must attend.

If we could have a “count” similar to the annual homeless single night count, using a clicker parking officers might get a rough idea of how many cars are actually parked, whether in a lot or on the street.

Examine the City map which was a handout last night, and determine if any of the undeveloped property is or could become City-owned. Would this be a suitable purchase for Community Development? How about long-term leases? Walking or biking distance from the HSU campus would be the prime factor to consider.

Using more parking meters in the downtown area would increase space turnover and increase badly needed revenue. Change makers need to be strategically located.

The concept of single family occupants in areas zoned residential has virtually disappeared but using alleys to create backyard parking could relieve part of the on-street parking crunch. Particularly on nights when garbage/recycling and street sweeping trucks operate, we see obstacles not easily solved for these night-time activities.

Parking is a valuable commodity; drive to any city and we see how expensive it is. No one owns the streets, not home owners, not students or visitors. Like stop signs at intersections, we need to collaborate to make things work safely and conveniently for everybody. Let’s get a small group to work on this problem.

Sincerely,

Sara Turner

Arcata

 

SLC lauds Arcata

While it is admittedly unusual for a land trust to commend the laying down of pavement, recent and ongoing public works projects by the City of Arcata are not just commendable, but worthy of emulation.

Siskiyou Land Conservancy strives to promote policies that make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to navigate in areas often fiercely dominated by cars.

The City’s recent addition of sidewalks on Janes Road, Q Street and 17th Street have significantly diminished the risk to non-motorized individuals along these primary transportation corridors, which as we know is an important step toward getting people out of their cars.

Likewise, the wonderful shrinking of Samoa Boulevard to cars, making room for bikes and pedestrians. This project in particular is visionary and courageous. It is rare for a municipality to remove automobile lanes, but this is exactly the action required for our communities to rein in the often destructive domination of the automobile culture.

Finally, the new sidewalks and bike-friendly lanes on H Street are looking marvelous. Granted, many of us would rather have seen a dedicated bike lane and one less car lane, but this is a start, and it’s a good one.

The next step is to actually create car-free lanes. The concept, however fraught with political and logistical implications, is simple: Choose at least two streets that transect the city — one east-west and one north-south — and run a barrier down the middle. One side of the street is for one-way automobile traffic, the other side is for people without cars. In Arcata the rail corridor would suffice in places.

Greg King, president/executive director

Siskiyou Land Conservancy

Arcata

Note: Anyone wishing to work on the ideas and projects listed in the above two letters is always welcome to participate in the citizen-led Transportation Safety Committee, which meets the third Tuesday of each month, or at the call of the Chair, at 4:30 p.m. in the Arcata City Council Chamber. cityofarcata.org/government/committees/transportation-safety – Ed.

 

Safeway unfair to local labor

I would like to start by publicly thanking Kevin Hoover for creating and maintaining an excellent local newspaper for our community. I can only imagine the hard work and self-sacrifice involved with such a thankless endeavor, but rest assured, the smiles and good humor you inject into the community with your intellect, and honest reporting on publication day, does not go un-noticed!

On a more somber note, Safeway Inc. brought in most of the construction workers from out of the area to build their new Eureka store. Although I am a local labor representative, this is a much broader issue than union vs. non-union.

We have no issues with our union brothers and sisters at Safeway; they have bills to pay too. Hiring out-of-area construction workers is becoming so prevalent that if not countered, we won’t have any qualified construction workers left in Humboldt County.

We have lost our resource-based economy, and if we can’t get jobs, how can we buy groceries and pay the taxes that support local schools and infrastructure?

It was a difficult choice to take on a corporate giant like Safeway, that hires union checkers, but if we don’t stand together we all lose in the future. We appreciate the support from many UFCW (retail clerks union) members that “get it.”

Other area stores have built local to the best of their ability and also hire union checkers, i.e.: Rite Aid and the North Coast Co-op. If a media campaign influences Safeway or any other business to provide local work and apprenticeship training opportunities in small communities throughout Northern California, union or non- union, then we have turned something negative into a positive.

Once we have jobs, we can work on maintaining or raising the area standard wages and working conditions in our community.

 Sid Berg, president

Humboldt-Del Norte County Building and Construction Trades Council

Eureka

 

Debi’s newest mission

I’ll be pedaling my bike with great friends AND sleeping in a tent for seven nights all to End HIV/AIDS

Those who haven’t seen me in a while probably won’t believe this but from June 3 to 9, 2012, I’m bicycling in a 545-mile ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles that will make a world of difference in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS!

Now, I have NEVER done anything this physical in my entire life and am a bit nervous about taking on this challenge but I’m passionate about the cause and want to make a difference in the lives of folks living with HIV/AIDS. A few years ago (on a lark) I entered a fit challenge that changed my life. I have since committed myself to a new, healthy lifestyle which has resulted in me losing half my body weight.

I have faced many obstacles along my journey to better health but my challenges are a walk in the park compared to what those living with HIV/AIDS have endured. As if the threat of death wasn’t enough, the disease also brought prejudice, ignorance and fear. Just like with me, a lot of progress has been made, but there is still much to be done. For the time being, we have medicines to control the disease, but we have not found a cure and I will NEVER forget my friends who lost their lives to HIV related illness, for they are my motivation and inspiration to ride!

My goal is to raise $25,000 for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation – a hefty amount indeed but with YOUR help AND MONEY I know that my goal will be achieved. For many years I had visions of being a part of the ride but my weight kept me from participating. I have no excuse now. I’m up for the challenge and have committed to a rigorous training regimen in order to be able to do it. I’m learning how to push myself physically and mentally in a way I never thought possible.

So while I dig down into myself to find strength and endurance, I’m asking YOU, my friends, family, and colleges to dig down deep in your pockets and donate money to this very important cause. Alone, I can’t make a difference but with your HELP – together we can and WILL make a difference in the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. farbergirl@gmail.com

Thanks sooo much!

Debi Farber Bush

Arcata

 

Restoring rights

Last week I got a ticket for sticking up for a homeless man who needed to use the restroom at a grocery store. The police were called when he threatened an employee.

I didn’t know what had happened to start out with, but walked into the store that morning to buy food for the hungry people and Occupy Arcata on the Plaza. That’s when the police officer and the homeless man were walking out, with the man yelling that he really had to go to the bathroom.

The policeman told me to go away, and I said I had a right to stand there because it is a public space. So he put hand cuffs on me while the other man left.

If we don’t have a right to use a bathroom, how do we have the right to live? There is a denial by the rich, and even some of the not so rich, to acknowledge that poor people are here to stay and have as much right to exist as anyone else. Because of the adoption of the agenda of the one percent, the rest of the populace struggles just to find a place to be safe and unmolested. We started the Occupy Arcata project in solidarity with the demonstrators on Wall Street to raise awareness in our community about issues like this and many others. We intend to have a voice in the global arena to change the dynamics that become the basis for wars.

We believe in non-violent direct action, education, health care, the right to exist without persecution, and many other ideas. We have been “occupying” the Plaza downtown where it has been illegal to camp for years. Now we have a relatively safe place to sleep, while we work toward real change, not only for ourselves, but for our children, all humanity, and the future of our planet. We are the 99 percent of the population who work and are struggling to survive. Although the one percent has few numbers, they control almost half of the world’s wealth, and because of our corrupt governments, hold the power to make laws. We are going to have to change that.

There is no public restroom in Arcata. This is a health concern and a monetary burden on the businesses around the community. Although there is a public restroom a block off the Plaza that could be maintained by volunteers, the City Council holds the key and has refused to open it for public use. Community members have offered to pay for a port-a-potty, complete with pick-up and delivery, but the City Council has refused to agree to these arrangements.

Now we have worked with many others in our community and Arcata City Council to put this item on the agenda for Wednesday, Nov., 2. After years with no public restroom, we are finally making progress toward positive change.

We try to inspire people to look inside themselves for answers. We want to address issues that affect people in the wider world and have been focusing on unifying our community to make more global changes. We are a voice to those who have been stifled or unheard or are unaware, those who have no resources or understanding of how to fight a corporate government. We continue to explore the issues: the global environmental emergency, economic justice, equal rights, etc.

This country has become a plutocracy; the rich rule, although there was no unanimous or majority decision to make it so. The rich rule through tactics to take our money, to undermine our personal integrity, to silence us, isolate us, make us afraid, and to pit us against each other (divide and conquer). Our own voices and actions have made significant changes in the lives of many people in just the past three weeks. If only a few can do this with little money or support, what could we accomplish if 99 percent of our world’s population all worked together?

We are growing in numbers. We have been operating solely through small private donations. We need donations for food and blankets, also printing fees. We are working toward necessary change. Your input is extremely valuable to us; we would appreciate hearing your comments and concerns. Please come to a General Assembly held daily at 5 p.m. (Fridays at three p.m.).

This is what democracy looks like.

You can send donations to:

Occupy Arcata

c/o Trisha Tillotson, founder

1690 Union St.

Arcata, CA. 95521

Forest torn asunder

Let’s see if I understand: Back in the 1940s the Sunny Brae forest was logged heavily. For the past 40 years or so this area has been slowly reclaimed by Mother Nature. What had been “the scars of decades of aggressive logging” had evolved into a delightful walk through the woods. Thanks to the recent destruction of a gi-normous earth mover and other heavy equipment, this gloriously reclaimed land has once again been torn asunder and replaced with a “narrow, four foot bench” that “isn’t ready for safe public access.”

The trail where I’ve been safely walking for the past 20 years has been ripped apart leaving a mile long, 40 foot-wide swath of destruction chock full of deep mud and shards of lumber. While I did see one stream crossing that has been carefully restructured with rocks and boulders, I came across two more that would make the Army Corps of Engineers proud: Straight troughs of muddy sediment lined with straw.

Who approved this debacle? Mark Andre of Environmental Services was quoted “from what I saw (there will be) some of the finest trails in Arcata.” Either Mr. Andre doesn’t get out often or he didn’t see very much of this abysmal attempt at trail enhancement.

As things currently stand there is a fantastic walk through ferns, alders and redwoods that culminates at a beautiful waterfall. On the other side of this waterway is a barrier of two trees with a flagging wrapped around them blocking access to “1.2 miles less road scarring the Sunny Brae Forest.”

How soon before the remaining piece of what had been a sweet hike is destroyed in the name of reclamation? Mother Nature had done a fantastic job fixing this logged area. Too bad she has been set back another 40 years by well-intentioned white people.

Brian Gean Ingram

Arcata

Note: Notwithstanding the ethnicity of the workers involved, restoration sites look bad at first, then grow in and go back to nature with the erosion and other problems fixed. Environmental Services Director Mark Andre calls it a “short-term disturbance to prevent long-term environmental damage.” See Issue No. 1 of the Arcata Eye in 1996, in which people were complaining about the immediate post-restoration appearance of Shay Park, now a wonderland. By the way, the Sunny Brae Forest is still off-limits to hikers pending access improvements. – Ed.

 

 

Manila pleads for safety

On Oct. 4, a collision on State Route 255 and Dean Street in Manila resulted in a fatality of a Manila resident.

This particular intersection is widely known as a dangerous one, especially to residents, though crossing at any of the intersections of the 255 is a hazardous undertaking.

Unfortunately, these junctions are where people need to cross regularly between the bay and ocean, park and Community Center, and neighbors’ homes.

With the recent openings of the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center and trails at the Ma-le’l Dunes, our community has even more reason to try to commit to non-motorized transportation within our town.

Since the Safety Corridor was implemented on Highway 101, there has been a 25 to 30 percent increase in traffic on the 255, according to a Caltrans study. The Eureka-Arcata Safety Corridor Three-Year Comprehensive Report, done over the course of May 2002 to May 2005, indicated that on S.R. 255 total collisions per year increased 51 percent and fatal-plus-injury collisions increased by 90 percent.

We would like to see Class I bike paths through Manila to help keep pedestrians, children, bikers, and horseback riders off the 255, as well as improvements for both non-motorized and motorized transport through Manila and into both Arcata and Eureka.

The residents of Manila ask that you please slow down and obey all traffic laws when driving through our town. Remember that you are not driving past us — you are driving right through the center of our community.

Colleen Clifford and Ian Davidson

 Manila residents

 

Label GMO foods

Do Americans have the right to know what is in their food? According to Monsanto we don’t have the right to know.

The company argues that products containing Genetically Modified (GM) crops do not differ enough from non-GM products to warrant labeling.

Monsanto further contends that GM products are risk-free, so labeling them would undermine US labeling laws intended for health and safety information. Yet, GM crops have not fully been tested for human safety since it is such a new technology.

So why should we trust the monopolistic producer who is making hundreds of millions of dollars from their patented crop genes to tell us what is safe and what is not? Could GM labeling threaten their profits?

If you think we have the right to know what is in our food, sign a petition to get the California Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Act on the ballot in November, 2012.

Visit labelgmos.org/ for more information.

Alyssa Hosbach

Arcata

Derailed by bickering

Occupiers spend more time fighting with city officials and police to remain occupied than on the issues which brought them to the Occupation in the first place. This tactic is absolutely exhausting dedicated revolutionaries, and expending the valuable resource of their time and knowledge in petty negotiations about whether a tent is or is not a form of free speech. Even “enlightened” communities seem to think they should not have to actually look at some of the symptoms of the broken system we are protesting against.

Homelessness in America is not pretty, it is not pretty anywhere. Joblessness is heartbreaking and injurious to everyone in the family. One in six Americans are unemployed or underemployed. There are five people that want to work for every job in America. That means four of them don’t get a job. Hunger is abhorrent everywhere, amazing it is so prevalent in America. A hungry person cannot be expected to follow a coherent thought. Apparently some people in America are more deserving to eat, and subsequently think, than are others.

While citizens ask where is the education element at a small Occupation they ignore constant requests from the Occupations to help make the small local Occupations just the information stations the community says it wants. We ask for dedicated laptops, a power source, a dedicated phone, printing for literature. Still what is received is complaints the Occupation does not have those or not enough.

We are told MANY support the movement, and many drive by honking in support, others fly peace signs or fists from their windows. Others drive by cussing and screaming hysterically “get a job” and we wonder where those jobs are? That is one of the issues. “Get a job” has become a cry of the utterly uniformed. Those that we hear support the movement do not come to meetings in the dark, in the fog. No large and covered public spaces are offered. Because there are homeless people present some among the “supporters” say they are afraid to come to the Occupations. Afraid? Of learning some among the homeless have jobs and cannot afford homes? Afraid of… really confronting the issues head on that we are here for to begin with and the manifestations – the SYMPTOMS – that are in our local communities.

The “haves” in the communities are very clear that their right to aesthetically appealing neighborhoods and public facilities is far more important that free speech, jobs, affordable housing, an economic “system” in ruin and a system of governance that is corrupt and has failed. “Important” people think it is OK to come storming into the Occupations and rage temper tantrums for which I would send my two-year-old grand daughter on a time out. But it is apparently OK for “important people” (the “haves”) to act that way in front of those they deem as “have nots.” Most Occupiers would be jailed for this outrageous behavior, or sent to a mental hospital for evaluation.

The “battle” cannot remain in the realm of aesthetic appeal and among the 99 percent themselves! That slight class division must necessarily be set aside. It must. We MUST return to a real conversation about the issues at hand that severely impact us all. If you are precariously balanced, it is fruitless to blame and scream at those that have already fallen! We need to TALK and THINK about how we, collectively, as a society, got here. Then we need to have some REAL DISCUSSIONS on how to get out of it. The localized bickering derails us and expends precious time and energy we could be spending making things better.

Lois Cordova

Arcata

Support St. V de P

Humboldt’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul suffered a severe financial setback when its roof collapsed during the effort to repair it, making it necessary to close the Society’s Eureka store and office. For many years the St. Vincent de Paul dining facility has been the place where many people get their only daily square meal – free, without any scrutiny or coercion. The dining space is shared by the St. Joseph Community Resource Center, where people can receive help for many of their needs. Sales of donated goods have been the only source of funds to keep the dining facility in operation, and those funds are running very low.

There is a second, smaller St. Vincent de Paul store in Arcata. Because truck drivers were laid off when the Eureka store closed, the Society’s trucks cannot pick up large items such as furniture and appliances to bring them to the Arcata store. Also, that store has had to pay large garbage bills because people bring unusable items when no-one is there to receive them.

Because I value St. Vincent de Paul’s services so much–they have helped me to help others in the past – I would like to help the Society, and to urge others to help, too. If you have large items to donate, and you have a way to transport them, call the Arcata store and ask if they will be able to accept them. Their phone number is (707) 822-6946. Used vehicles also often can be accepted, and a tax break for the donor is possible; the number to call to donate a vehicle is (800) 322-8284. Clothing and other smaller items can be brought to the store during business hours (Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.); please don’t bring them at other times!

Finally, if you can, please send a check to St. Vincent de Paul, 528 2nd Street, Eureka 95501. If we pitch in now, St. Vincent’s caring services can continue until the organization is fully operational again.

Margaret Shaffer

Arcata

 

A landlord’s lament

I read the article about my rental on A Street getting busted. It was a well-written piece and full of good details. As you know, Kevin, I have been working in hostile zones of Central Asia for some time. Dan O’Brien was simply an HSU film student who rented my two bedroom house for $1,325 a month while I am out of the country.

Renting houses in Arcata has always been risky because college kids are often ambitious but dumb. Since my bank account probably shows less than Officer Dokweiler’s, I am not too concerned about being put in the crosshairs as a pot grow backer!

On a positive note, our new police chief has found very creative ways to block the phenomenon of 420 in the park, and he is doing a  much better job on policing the Plaza, too, except when it occasionally gets overrun by unruly mobs.  Maybe he can come up with ways to roust the mafia who run these dispensaries and grow houses out, also!

If the authorities are going to seriously bust grow houses in Arcata, I suggest they ask the  DOJ to bring in 500 special agents and surround the town, then do a house to house search while a drone watches for the runners. This is what is done in an Afghan village when they search for guns and dope, why not Arcata?

In the meantime, perhaps the APD could start by not sending all the grow lights back to the Arcata recycling center. You can quite often find a few non-mafia backed HSU students in there, too, BTW. And as Jesus taught us to pray: “Lead us not into temptation” the same might apply to the folks who run this little town.

Bob Eckart

Arcata

 

Respect the armatures

Dear Chief Chapman,

I cannot help but note the “some of our more extreme” police chiefs sent equipment over to Eureka to help… despite our community’s standards. Not to get to far into that. I do want you to know that my proudest moment as an Arcata resident was when I learned that one of your officers risked life and limb to save a homeless person, despondent, a gentleman that was drenched in gasoline and about to immolate himself. I know the officer was commended, but he was not commended enough. That was fabulous police work, I hope he is put forward to any national recognition possible. This single act by far, exemplifies an attitude rarely seen elsewhere, these days. (by anyone, not just officers… how many people would have watched him set himself alight?) Given that, a lot of what has occurs with the “Occupy” folks makes little sense.

This stuff with the Occupy citizens, demonstrating by encamping is Free Speech and the courts will uphold that (including the “camping”). Your issue is public safety, starting with them. They are in tents and vulnerable. Let the use bathrooms (require they, like anyone, police the membership and keep all clean).

They are out there for all of us, confronting real problems, we all, and all of your force is sharing (pensions, home values). Don’t escalate rhetoric, you are the professional, they are the armatures.

I contrast the above with what has been proposed for the citizens encamped as part of “Occupy.” Respect will gain you respect, cooperation, cooperation. I hope you continue to use the best practices possible and not be lead astray by flawed national direction from questioned leadership at fault. Find the best solutions and as an example, lead.

Thank you,

Marc Delany

Arcata

cc: Mark Lovelace, et al

 

Arcata uses best practices

I read with keen interest Brian Ingram’s Nov. 9 letter to the Eye, headlined, “Forest torn asunder” and his view of the road decommissioning work that took place in the Sunny Brae Forest this past summer.

To those not familiar with road decommissioning work, it is a process of restoring forest watersheds through elimination or partial elimination of roads and stream crossings that present potentially high sediment contributions to anadromous fisheries streams.

Decommissioning is generally accomplished utilizing a bulldozer and an excavator with the equipment operators literally moving the road sidecast or “fill” material back upslope to reshape the hillside mimicking a pre-road condition.

Once the fill dirt has been moved back, equipment operators work their way out of a site by placing woody debris and straw mulch over the restored area to help stabilize the soil until manual planting or natural seeding can occur.

The problem with many old forest roads and stream crossings is the amount of “perched fill material” that could give way and bleed back into the stream courses.  Roads, log landings and stream crossings were often constructed by first dumping large logs and stumps onto a site and then covering the logs etc. with dirt.  This was a common practice that was efficient and cost effective.

The problem is that years later, the woody debris under the fill has often rotted and decomposed to the point of failure coupled with the weight of the “fill” dirt over top.  These “perched fill” sites eventually fail over time and often deliver significant sediment loads directly into stream courses thus negatively impacting the lower stream reaches.

Road decommissioning work has taken place on the north coast for a number of years and has evolved into a fairly systematic approach. Redwood National Park and the California State Park system are two agencies along with numerous local consulting geologists, hydrologists and engineers that have pioneered and further developed this process in watershed restoration.

Responsible forest management, such as the case of Sunny Brae Forest, looks at alleviating long-term environmental damage.

Yes, there are short-term disturbances to this forest site, but as any astute observer of the natural world will recognize, nature is not “static but dynamic.”

I look forward to watching the plant succession process take place as it recolonizes this strip of forest ground; especially knowing that the chance of excessive sediment loads entering the Beith and Grotzman creek stream systems have been lessened.

Dennis Houghton

Eureka

 

AHS’s awesome coaches

This year the Arcata High School Varsity Volleyball team had a tremendous season – winning the Arcata Invitational Volleyball Tournament (for the first time in AHS history), finishing as the Big 5 League Champions (undefeated in league play), and competing in the North Coast Section Playoffs (another first for Arcata High).

On behalf of the Arcata High Varsity volleyball players and parents, I would like to recognize three coaches who have been instrumental in making this season such a huge success.

With 10 of the 13 varsity players coming from Pacific Union, we would first like to thank Tish Osborne. She has coached at Pacific Union for 16 years and continues to instill good sportsmanship and a love of volleyball in her players.

With another winning season for Pacific Union and seven of the AHS Junior Varsity players having played for Pacific Union, her legacy will definitely continue far into the future.

A second thank you goes to AHS Alumni, Janna Walsh, who has coached the Junior Varsity team for the last three years. She led this year’s JV team to another winning season. Her disciplined drills and encouragement push the players to fine-tune their skills, getting them ready for the varsity level.

Finally, Varsity Coach, Laurie Griffith, deserves much of the credit for this winning season. This AHS Alumni and Hall of Famer has coached at AHS for four years. Her expertise and positive approach built a team that was highly skilled, versatile, and having fun at every game. Coach Griffith takes her responsibilities very seriously and constantly analyzes the team’s strengths and weaknesses, developing solutions that best suit each opponent.

These three women, with their excellent coaching styles and dedication, continue to bring out the best in their volleyball teams. A big thank you to all three coaches for contributing to a successful and exciting season for the AHS Varsity Volleyball team.

Lucy Salazar

Arcata

 

The other side of the fence

Theothersideofthefence.org is coming to Humboldt County this December! We are a 501 c3 tax exempt organization that benefits all ages – especially children, the disabled, seniors, low income and unwell. Theothersideofthefence.org will be setting up shop in Arcata to offer our educational workshops, community service programs, as well as a broad range of affordable services for pet owners with sliding fee scales for those who need it. Three of our favorite workshops and programs are:

Creature Teacher – Depending on their reading level this workshop provides children with the opportunity to listen and interact with a story or read aloud to animals, helping to improve a child’s reading skills and self-confidence.

Pets Luv Vets – This program will provide a second chance for both animals in the Humboldt County Animal Shelter who have been placed on the euthanasia list as well as much deserving veterans in the surrounding community.

The animals will be rescued, evaluated, trained if needed, fully vetted, and paired with a local veteran enrolled in the program. With each dog/veteran match we provide on-going support plus all of the necessary equipment for them to start their new life together.

Traveling Cuddle Wagon – The Traveling Cuddle Wagon provides cuddles to those who need it most. Volunteers bring rehabilitated shelter dogs that benefit from socialization to visit Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities and Hospices. In addition, we will work with local organizations that specialize in certain illness’ (Cancer, Aids, Autism, Depression, and Abuse) to bring the Traveling Cuddle Wagon where it will be the most convenient to their patients.

In order to obtain funding for the nonprofit goals to better our community- here is a peek of only a few services Theothersideofthefence.org will offer: Basic Pet Training and Walking, Pet Boarding, In-Home Pet Sitting, and Pooper Scooping.

Five of the organizations most valuable Board of Directors will be relocating to operate and expand this new office by December 20, 2011. Theothersideofthefence.org will be relocating close to HSU, where two of the Directors will be attending to continue working on their Masters in Biological Science. Theothersideofthefence.org is requesting help from anyone who can rent commercial property in Arcata city limits and/or has property out of town for the Officers of the organization to rent/rent to own. With two miniature horses and a chicken at least four-plus acres of land that is not zoned residential will be required. Please contact Jaymeey Hatfield at (573) 776-0430 or jaymeeyh@theothersideofthefence.org for more information. One of the best examples of a spirited community is Arcata. We are excited to meet you and join your community! Remember, “The grass is always greener on … Theothersideofthefence.org.”

Jaymeey Hatfield, executive officer

Poplar Bluff, Missouri

theothersideofthefence.org

 

Animal Shelter thanks

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Animal Shelter would like to thank everyone who attended our seventh annual Open House on October 20th, 2011. We received many generous donations to help the shelter animals!

We would also like to acknowledge the following businesses, citizens and employees of the shelter who donated raffle items for the event, and thank all of the staff and volunteers who continue to make this event possible year after year.

Proceeds from the raffle were donated to the emergency medical fund through Friends for Life Animal Rescue. Donations can be made to this fund year-round at the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Animal Shelter, 960 Lycoming Ave., McKinleyville, mailed to FFL-EMF, P.O. Box 962, Eureka CA, 95501, or via dogrescuers.org.

Ray’s Food Place, Pet Studio, Connie Wolf, Doug Blair, Shear Designs, Arcata Animal Hospital, Debbie Crawley, Sue Morrison/Kathy Keleher, Kathy Pavlich, Almquist Lumber, Jean Durbin, Kathy Vogel, Cathy Deyo, Healing Spirit, Linda Wahlund, Pepsi Co., Penny Tipton, Myrtle Avenue Pet Center, Georgia Smits, Eureka Veterinary Hospital, Fire and Light, Patty West, Traci & Barney Barnwell, Jeanne Fleek, Tomo, Staci Jensen, Pet Portraits, Gary & Sharon Chadwick, Jim Marlatt, Rustic West Trading, Smokin’ Moses Barbecue, Cindy Anderson, McKinleyville Animal Care, Kerry McCauley, Silver Lining, North Bank Kennels.

The Shelter still has lots of pets looking for good homes. You can see all of the animals that are currently available for adoption by visiting the shelter, or by visiting petharbor.com.

Mike Downey

Sheriff

 

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