Kym Kemp / Sunday, Oct. 20 @ 8:32 a.m. / Local Happenings
Once again the Boom boomed in the Eureka area. (Possibly boomed several times.) Once again, LoCO readers are asking, “What’s up?”
LoCO notes that we have not yet tracked down the source of these loud disturbances. In fact, we are clueless as to the origins. So (with apologies to the Scarlet Pimpernel) we say helplessly,
We seek him here. We seek him there.
That dammed illusive bombardier.
(Not wanting to be unduly biased, we acknowledge the noises could come from a she or and it also.)
Perhaps it would help the police or amateur detectives if we include our approximate locations, direction of sound if it could be determined, how loud, direction of flash if seen, as well as the date and time.
Then s/he offered a format and information to do so:
Time: 11:29 or :30 pm
My location: near McCullen and Broadway, indoors
Direction of boom: possibly west
How loud: earlier ones may have been louder, but fairly loud
Direction of flash: not seen
Perhaps your information could be helpful in zeroing in on the culprit(s) so feel free to chime in with what you’ve got. Can crowdsourcing pinpoint the cause where law enforcement has failed?
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Kym Kemp / Thursday, Aug. 8 @ 7:13 p.m. / Local Happenings
When Josephine Johnson was away from home playing at a girl’s camp, her home was broken into and much of her means of making a living was stolen.
Local folk have rallied round. A fundraising page is up. We all hate when good people are treated badly. Be part of the solution. Donate to help this local talented musician get back on her feet.
Cooperation and collaboration usual highlight relations between the North Coast Environmental Center and Ocean Conservancy. This weekend, however, the groups face off in the annual sand wars – aka the Friends of the Dunes’ Sand Sculpture Contest. Will Ocean Conservancy reclaim the coveted Golden Shovel? Or will the NEC upstage yours truly by bringing talent and skill to the game? Perhaps both will be left adrift and another sponsor’s name will adorn the trophy. Only one way to know – come out on Saturday for to 18th Annual Sand Sculpture Festival!
The action starts at 8 a.m. if you’re building or you can wait till noon for the best spectating. For those intrigued by the idea of combining bits of mostly disingrated rock into temporarily artful forms, here’s some more encouragement: Cash prizes up to $100 will be awarded!
Pre-register a team for the discounted price, $7 for teams up to 6 ($10 the day of) and $12 for teams of 7 or more ($15 the day of). Participation by all ages and skill levels is encouraged. The magic happens on the beach beyond the Manila Community Center, 1611 Peninsula Drive. More info at Friends of the Dunes.
The NEC and OC will also be combing the beach for tsunami debris and “regular” trash this weekend. In collaboration with the California Coastal Commission, the NEC hosts two Japan Tsunami Debris monitoring events:
- Samoa Beach in Humboldt County on Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to noon.
- Point St. George Beach in Del Norte County on Sunday, June 30, also from 10 a.m. to noon.
They’ve found some amazing things so far – join them for the hunt and the clean up.
To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org, register on the NEC’s Facebook page, or call (707) 822-6918.
Meanwhile, Ocean Conservancy (me) will scour the beach outside the Ma-l’el Dunes and inside the Samoa State Marine Conservation Area on Sunday, June 30 at 11 a.m. Meet at the south BLM parking lot in Manila off Young Lane.
I’ll be discussing tsunami debris, the monitoring projects and the greater problem of ocean trash with John Matthews on KSLG 94.1 FM today at 11:30 a.m. and with Larry Traskk on KHUM 104.3 FM at 12:30 p.m. One topic: alternatives to scrubbing your face with micro plastic. Seriously.
From last year’s Friends of the Dunes Sand Sculpture Contest: Photographer’s Choice “Sea Sock Monkey” by Team Japhy’s: Dash, Jessie, Anthea, Christoph, Naomi, Kira, Miwa, Josh. Info about this year’s below.
Oh, to live on the North Coast! It only takes one trip to some poor town with nothing but chain restaurants to make a person once again appreciate the fresh and local options we can so regularly indulge in. Two different festivals this weekend celebrate bounty of the seafood kind.
First, of course, Saturday brings us Oyster Fest. If that wasn’t enough fish and fun, on Sunday the annual Trinidad Fish Festival takes place — and you can hike off the gazillions of delicious calories by climbing up the Trinidad Head trails or taking a post-indulgence trek around Elk Head/College Cove. (As I write this, the weather forecast suggests sunshine with only light winds, yeah!)
In addition to these immediate gratification options, seafood lovers should know that protections meant to ensure healthy fisheries in the long-term are also in place — and in five years, we’ll have our first comprehensive look into the science of how they’re working. Preparation for the North Coast MPA Baseline Program is currently underway through the MPA Monitoring Enterprise team, and a number of community discussion sessions are lined up for next week:
- Tuesday, June 18, 5 – 7 p.m., Crescent City Harbor Office, 101 Citizens Dock Road, Crescent City.
- Wednesday, June 19, 7 – 9 a.m., Café Marina, 601 Startare Drive, Eureka.
- Wednesday, June 19, 5 – 7 p.m., Inn of the Lost Coast, 205 Wave Drive, Whitethorn.
- Thursday, June 20, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Caspar Community Center, 15051 Caspar Road, Caspar.
Speaking of protecting the ocean, our Rep. Jared Huffman’s first bill in Congress, the Point Arena-Stornett Public Lands bill, has passed the House committee on Natural Resources. Huffman hopes to expand the California Coastal Monument by 1,255 acres. Stay tuned…
Looking ahead, the Friends of the Dunes 18th Annual Sand Sculpture Festival — sponsored in part by Ocean Conservancy, former winners of the coveted Golden Shovel trophy — takes place on Saturday, June 29 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Manila Dunes Recreation Area. Grab your shovels and your friends and spend the day frolicking at the beach. Participation by all ages and skill levels is encouraged and spectators are welcome. Registration opens at 8 a.m. the Manila Community Center, 1611 Peninsula Drive in Manila. Register in advance or at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center. See you there!
Just Another Molting Elephant Seal Who Needs Some R&R
“R&R” as in “rest and recuperation,” not “rock’n’roll”! As noted last week, we’ve come round to that time of year when seals and sea lions come ashore to molt. The first elephant seal opted to leave the North Jetty, likely due to all the noise and traffic, but as of yesterday, we have another individual who beached himself in the same location.
Now, this fellow (I use the term with no real clue) might look bad, what with the bald patches and what appears to be an old sharkbite scar, but he just needs some peace and quiet. Please don’t be like the idiot I witnessed last week who let his dog run up to and harass the seal, all while strolling around with a leash dangling from his hand. Advice: When you see cones, tapes and signs cordoning off an area and explaining why, there’s likely a real good reason for it. Keep your dogs away from the elephant seal, give the guy a wide berth and don’t rev your ORV or 4WD up next to him to get a photo. Info and more gentle advice at the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center.
Ocean Night, tonight, 6:30 p.m., Arcata Theatre Lounge
Speaking of idiots… Those of you who have seen Idiocracy will remember The Great Trash Avalanche of 2025 – and those who haven’t should check it out, not just because it’s a rather spot-on satire of our culture’s dumbing down, but because at the rate we’re making trash, Idiocracy is also prophetic.