Demand for an EIR

Editor: Humboldt County appears hell bent on approving massive projects like the mega cannabis grows and the (proposed) fish factory. In every case, citizens and environmental groups have been clamoring for environmental impact reports (EIRs). So why is it that the county is so reluctant and unresponsive to the concerns of its constituents in demanding EIRs for major projects? Indeed, how can our reps (supervisors) claim to represent us when they choose to overlook the overwhelming consensus and demand for an EIR?  Our communities are faced with significant impacts from these mega projects in the aggregate, from drought to accelerating climate change (wildfires, etc.). Yet, no study has been done to ascertain the cumulative impacts in the aggregate from all these projects put together. An EIR would require that such a study be undertaken.  Under CEQA, an EIR requires a study of all projects combined (in the aggregate) on our precious resources. Why wouldn’t our reps want to have this information before making decisions on major projects if they are truly looking out for our interests? I really don’t get their reluctance.  And what does…

Fatal Shooting Suspect Turns Self In

A Trinidad man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of a man who was dropped off at a CalFire station near Orick late last month was arrested today after turning himself in to authorities, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. Shaun Patrick McMahon, 49, went to the main sheriff’s office in Eureka around 9:15 a.m., a news release states. He is a suspect in the death of Benjamin Scott Thomas, 40, who was also a Trinidad resident. Thomas was driven to the CalFire station around 6 p.m. on June 23, and left there by “multiple unknown individuals,” according to the sheriff’s office. Lifesaving efforts at the scene were unsuccessful and gunshot wounds were later determined to be Thomas’ cause of death. McMahon was arrested on suspicion of murder and is being held without bail, according to the HCSO release. Read the HCSO release below: On July 7, 2021, at about 9:15 a.m., Shaun Patrick McMahon, age 49 of Trinidad, turned himself in to law enforcement at the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Main Station in Eureka. McMahon has been identified as the suspect in…

Music, Food and Fun at Annie and Mary Day

Oh, Happy Day! Happy Annie and Mary Day, that is. Have fun in the Blue Lake sun with the return of the annual celebration of the historic Arcata Mad River Rail Line on Sunday, July 11 in Blue Lake (free). The family friendly event features a parade in town at 11 a.m. followed by music with the Back Seat Drivers, Dead On, Cadillac Ranch and Barn Fire at Perigot Park from noon-5 p.m. Also at the park, you’ll find barbecue and other food, pony rides, a petting zoo, craft vendors and a car show. Mad River micro-brews, wine and Jewell Distillery Citon Vodka cocktails will be available for purchase.  …

Arcata Man Convicted in Fatal Stabbing

A 29-year-old Arcata man is facing life in prison after a jury found him guilty of first degree murder and two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon involving two different incidents in which he approached strangers outside of local bars. The verdict was reached yesterday after a months-long trial, according to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office. Brandon Matthew Watson was convicted of fatally stabbing Peter “Bo” Triantos on Oct. 25, 2018, after the two met up for a fight following a confrontation outside of The Jam in Arcata, which started when Watson reportedly interjection himself into a conversation. He was also convicted of assault in a stabbing that occurred two years earlier under similar circumstances outside the Pearl Lounge in Old Town Eureka, where he inserted himself into a conversation two men were having, reportedly on the subject of gangs. An ensuring fight was broken up, but the district attorney’s office states Watson and others were waiting when the men and their Valentine’s Day dates exited the building. Both men were stabbed but survived, “albeit with severe physical and mental complications,” the…

Breakthrough COVID is Rare in California

About 7,550 out of more than 19.5 million Californians who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have contracted the disease, a minuscule percentage that provides strong evidence of the vaccines’ effectiveness, according to state data. The breakthrough infections through June 23 amount to 0.039 percent of vaccinated Californians — or one case out of every 2,583 vaccinated people. Most of the infections were minor, but 62 vaccinated Californians died from COVID-19, according to California Department of Public Health data. “The way we should think about these cases is that they’re very rare,” said  George Rutherford, a University of California, San Francisco epidemiologist. The risks of the disease far outweigh the chance of a breakthrough case: More COVID-19 deaths have been reported in the past four days than the total number of vaccinated people who died from it over the past six months. On Wednesday, state health officials reported 2,013 new infections among all Californians, including 24 deaths. They did not respond to a request for comment. Nationally, out of 154 million fully vaccinated Americans, 4,115 people have been hospitalized or died after contracting COVID-19. That’s a…

Timothy Gray: 1957-2021

Timothy Gray passed from this world on Aril 10, 2021. “Timmy” was an amazing musician, composer, sound designer, recording artist, photographer and friend. His life was full of great music, excellent adventures, and collaborations that lifted and brought together our community time and time again. He was born on July 16, 1957 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended Catholic grade school in Indianapolis. By all accounts, he was terrified of the nuns. One day the head nun, called over the loudspeaker that “Timothy Gray was to report to the office immediately.” Fearing the worst he ran there only to find out that he had won the paper airplane contest sponsored by Scientific American for having the most aerodynamic paper plane. He then chose to go to public high school. There he met good friend Bob Bullens, and together they got to be the “AV guys” for the school, which allowed them both to take a deep dive into emerging technology and left plenty of time to get a little high between deliveries. When he was young his parents gave him a guitar for Christmas. He went…

Funny Girls

Good on Paper REVIEWS GOOD ON PAPER. I usually don’t like it when comedians make movies because they’re seldom as funny as their stand-up routines. I get that they want to break out of the boxes we have put them in (or they have put themselves in) but it’s never the same. Still, Iliza Shleslinger is by far one of my favorite stand-up comedians so when I saw she had put out a movie with stand-up royalty Margaret Cho (Hysterical, 2021), I eagerly pressed play. Iliza Shleslinger stars as stand-up comedian Andrea Singer, who accidentally meets the “perfect guy.” Along with her alarm bells, Andrea ignores warnings from her friend Margot (played by the forever wonderful Cho), who is convinced he’s not all sunshine and roses. Is she right? So begins their investigation. Directed by Kimmy Gatewood, whose directorial resume includes episodes of Girls5eva and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and written by Shlesinger, this gal-pal romp is fast-paced, entertaining and slightly clever. I say slightly because Shlesinger seems to be holding back her smarts as if she’s trying to make the movie enjoyable for everyone and not…

Summer Puzzles: Answers

Amazon Interview Question Half the cable length is 40 feet, so the cable must be hanging straight down, i.e. the poles are touching. Live Another Day The outcome of the two tosses will either be the same or different, so they decided on a simple strategy: Tulip will always predict the same (e.g. she sees a head and predicts Jesse will see a head) while Jesse will always say the opposite (e.g. he sees a head and guesses Tulip saw a tail). One of their guesses will always be correct. Go for the Girls! It’s 50/50, since each baby born is as equally likely to be a boy as a girl, no matter what the king says. More Girls 1 in 3. She might have (in birth order) girl-girl, girl-boy or boy-girl. Only one of these three options results in her other child being a girl. Triangles There are 18 triangles. Timepieces Sundial; hourglass. Race Second. Letters ITS (In The Sequence). Dormitory Dirty room. Roman Numerals Turn it upside down. 1876 MIT Entrance Exam They are 50 and 18. (Two years ago, they were 48…

First Farmers’ Market After the Pandemic

After the great silence, we come to the church of blessing. On this sunny Sunday on the plaza, we stream onto the sidewalks quiet and contrite. We listen to the wisdom of the farmers as they tell us of the past year—how much fell sick and died—how much had to be pruned back and burned, if there was to be a harvest again. How long has it been since we have seen so much bounty. Children dance around us, laughing, but we speak in whispers. One by one, we arrive at the tables, take off our masks, and receive the sacraments: the snapdragons, sage sticks, homemade tamales, BBQed oysters, hot dogs, and fresh baked bread. We reach out our hands, stunned by the overflow of cacti and sunflowers, infused oils and artichokes, homemade tamales and sun ripened peaches. We bow our heads before the woman who offers us local mead, receive the communion of goat cheese on a cracker with a dollop of jalapeno jelly, forgiving us all of the ways we failed ourselves and one another. And then, as if reborn, we find ourselves…

Tough Go for Eureka King Opener

For at least the past few weeks, there were all sorts of signs indicating salmon were plentiful off the coast of Eureka and Trinidad. But somehow those signs, and the salmon, all but vanished by the time the sport salmon season opened Tuesday. While the majority of boats opted for Pacific halibut, a group including Tim Klassen of Reel Steel Sport Fishing dedicated a good part of the day hunting for salmon. And what they found was pretty disappointing. According to Klassen, there were no keeper kings caught that he had heard of. The overall salmon abundance numbers weren’t projected very high for our area, but there should have been at least a handful caught. But it wasn’t meant to be. At least not yet. For all we know the fish could be out in deeper water, or they could still be making their way here. Shelter Cove had a decent opener, so that’s encouraging. Until the kings arrive, rockfish will suffice. Pacific Halibut closed as of June 30 The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Tuesday that the recreational Pacific halibut fishery will…

The Race to Bring Horse Racing Back to the Fair

The Humboldt County Fair homepage says, “While there are still uncertainties as we move through 2021, plans to have a full fair including horse racing, vendors, carnival, exhibits and livestock is underway.” Come Friday, the fair is just seven weeks away with plenty of loose ends to be tied. At least now there are some funds, as the Humboldt County Supervisors approved $200,000 in budget allocations and the fair board can sign contracts for vendors and performers. A local carnival and full fair are in the air for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The livestock auction will be live again the first Sunday of the fair, Aug. 22. Humboldt County Fair Board President Andy Titus, along with recent new board members Greg Gomes and Jack Rice, are bringing fresh energy for changes and positive long-term growth. But sometimes new ideas can be met with a lingering feeling of resentment and reluctance by more “seasoned” board members and this board of 13 members is operating without a fair director. Eight years ago, when the fair had a large reserve, the board didn’t renew…

‘Care and Competency’

Editor: Just as I’m finishing my estate plan including a directive for my end of life care, I read your excellent but horrifying article on Dick and Judy Magneys’ cruel treatment (“Calculated Deception,” June 24) by the county’s misnamed Adult Protective Services Department. Not only has an appellate court pronounced APS’ actions “profoundly disturbing” but the County has paid $1 million to settle the resulting lawsuit. Just as disturbing is Humboldt County’s Public Guardian Office forcing Mr. Magney, when he was desperately ill, to testify alone before a judge, to defend his last wishes for his care. Topping it off is the possible suspension of two attorneys’ licenses to practice law for their conduct in representing Humboldt County and the agencies involved. Mr. Magney’s advance care directive, in part, states, “I want to live my life with dignity and for my loved ones to have pleasant memories of my final days.” My own advance care directive will express a very similar wish. But unless there’s a thorough shakeup in the county departments involved, as well as in the Board of Supervisors who set the standard…

Removing a Monument to a Eugenicist Nazi Collaborator

State Parks reckons with ugly truths On June 15, while shooting some of the images of Prairie Creek featured in this issue, photographer Mark Larson came across a team using an excavator to remove a massive boulder from which it pried a plaque. Victor Bjelajac, North Coast Redwoods District superintendent, was on site for the removal of the Madison Grant Forest and Elk Refuge’s marker and explained the decision, later outlined in a June 28 press release from the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Grant, a Save the Redwoods League founder who died in 1937, did not limit his activism to nature preservation, but also promoted “racist, anti-Asian, eugenicist and anti-miscegenation laws,” according to the release. An interpretive sign to be installed at the site explains the connection: “Because he thought redwoods were the ‘apex species’ of tree, he equated saving them with preserving White supremacy.” It goes on to say Grant, a “regular contributor to the Nazi movement,” had a successful writing career promoting eugenics and his work contributed to laws restricting immigration and outlawing interracial marriage. In October of last year, 212…

California Dolphin