Hank Sims / Wednesday, Nov. 27 @ 3:14 p.m. / Economy
People from Raw TV Ltd., a British television production studio, recently contacted our colleagues at KWPT-FM (“The Point”) with a request for help. They’re putting together a new reality show, and they believe that there might be a Humboldt County resident or two who has what it takes.
This studio is the real deal. They make a whole host of popular reality TV shows, including “Gold Rush” and “Locked Up Abroad.”
Briefly: They’re looking for some badass (and TV-colorful) backwoods professionals to sign on to a three-month job in Siberia. And they’re looking soon. Shooting starts in January. Interested? Listen to the interview that DJ Janet did with the producers a little bit ago, then check down below for contact information.
Good luck, Humboldt County woodsman!
From a message send to The Point by a Raw TV producer:
We are making a new TV series for the Discovery Channel about Sean Van an American logger who has been working in the logging industry for the past 15 years in Siberia. Sean is looking for a highly skilled crew of American loggers to take over to Siberia with him this coming January-April 2014. Sean has managed to secure a contract to harvest and supply trees to a large mill just north of the city of Krasnoyarsk in Siberia. This is a documentary series following both the Logging work and all the associated challenges as well as the experience of Americans living out in Siberia. Sean will remunerate the Loggers with a highly competitive wage, along with expenses and lodgings and they will be filmed taking part in a logging adventure of a lifetime. We are making initial contact with American loggers on behalf of Sean to help him get the best crew together.
I’m reaching out from our New York office but our company is based in London. I was hoping to arrange an interview with someone from your station and our casting producer Gemma Gibbs (currently based in London) to share with the Humboldt County logging community what we are doing. If it is also possible could we also submit this blurb to be read on the air:
A new logging venture is looking for American logging crew members prepared to set out on the adventure of a life time and be filmed doing it for Discovery Channel, shooting from January to April 2014. This will be a paid engagement. If you think you have the necessary experience and what it takes to operate logging equipment, fix mechanical breakdowns or drive trucks in extreme conditions and weather then please send an email with your name and telephone number to: email@example.com
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Mike Dronkers / Monday, Nov. 11 @ 11:41 a.m. / Economy
Hey, what’s in the most recent Humboldt County Index of Economic activity? Huh? Some people don’t think articles about statistics get clicks. They think you’re easily bored.
The government shutdown complicated the unemployment data, but “leading indicators show positive signs for the local economy with Help Wanted and Buildings Permits up, and unemployment claims down.”
- Gas prices are down
- Hospitality is up by 5.7% over last month
- Home prices are 34.4% higher than this time last year
- Median home price in Humboldt County rose to $243,500 from last month’s $242,750
- Monthly foreclosures continued to decrease
- The Retail Sales Index increased by 0.6 percent, 2.1% above this time last year
- Lumber manufacturing decreased 3.7%
Cypress Grove Chevre, the award-winning and much-lauded high-end goat cheese manufacturer, has been mucho busy this week as the walls go up on its new creamery expansion project. This new facility is going to about double the square footage given over to producing of of one of Arcata’s most prized exports.
The LoCO took a spin over to 11th & Q to witness the work at the invitation of Cypress Grove Customer Service Manager Charles Horn, who you may know in a somewhat different context. Horn was jazzed. The construction, which has been underway for some time now, has, since Monday, entered its most visible phase, with the big cranes lifting the specially constructed concrete slab walls into place. The new facility is scheduled to come online sometime next year.
The project hasn’t been without controversy. Last year the Arcata Eye reported on an appeal against it that had been filed by residents in the general vicinity of Cypress Grove World HQ — the same person, incidentally, whose threatened legal action against Cypress Grove’s proposed goat dairy prompted Cypress G to move their beasts to McKinleyville. But Armstrong lost this one, and now construction is furiously moving forward.
Have you seen that big pile of dirt on Alliance recently? That’s from the expansion project; it’s the dirt that was dug out to make room for the new building’s foundation. Horn said that it’s going to be spread around to terraform the remainder of the parcel, much of which will be given over to a community park/walkway and fruit farm. The company is going to put apple trees, free for the picking, on that somewhat benighted corner of the town.
All the money for the project came from Cypress Grove’s corporate parent, the Swiss cheese behemoth Emmi. (That’s SWISS cheese behemoth. Not SWISS CHEESE behemoth. You get it.) When Emmi bought the skyrocketing Cypress Grove back in 2010, there was a lot of fear of what has since been known as the “Yakima effect” — mega-successful local business gets bought out, new owners promptly get the hell out of Humboldt.
But this huge capital investment seems to prove that Emmi is hanging in Humboldt for the long haul.
The Yangtze Pioneer loading logs in Humboldt Bay (Photo by Walt Frazer)
LoCO likes to keep you apprised of interesting events in our area so today we give you a glimpse of our port. Usually Humboldt Bay seems like a kayaker’s paradise—relatively quiet and beautiful. However, yesterday, the Yangtze Pioneer came north from Long Beach and is taking on a load of logs. This gives our bay a bit of an international bustle. The ship’s destination is most likely China where it was expected to offload logs in Changshu this last June 23rd and will probably return there after loading up.
According to the Facebook page of the Madaket, “The [Yangtze Pioneer] will be here through Sunday and is docked right along the Madaket’s cruise route. Step aboard the Madaket for a cruise this week and get a close up view of the ship!”
Andrew Goff / Friday, July 19 @ 7:08 p.m. / Economy
Yesterday, the L.A. Times featured a piece looking at economic recovery in California. According to California’s Employment Development Department, the state’s unemployment rate fell from 10.6 percent in 2012 to 8.5 percent in June of this year — the most significant decline of all 50 states. Suck it, Texas.
Sure, sure. But we Humboldtians love it most when major news outlets talk about us. So! Feast your eyes on the L.A. Times-constructed “interactive map” below. In it you’ll find the five cities with the state’s lowest jobless rates (marked in lovely green) and the five with the highest (marked with evil red).
Now you’ll have to adjust the map size to see it (no love for NorCal) but that’s Ferndale with a green marker dropped lovingly on it, checking in at No. 2 (behind elitist first place Carmel-by-the-Sea) with a stunning 1.7 percent unemployment rate.
Holy cows! Can that be right? Well, it’s in the L.A. Times, therefore it’s fact. So let’s hear it for Ferndale, the job capital of Humboldt! Lookin’ for work? Maybe you should cross over Fernbridge.
(ATTN: John Matthews)