Jennifer Savage / Tuesday, June 25, 2013 @ 10:34 a.m. / Random Sightings
Fans of large equipment and fresh veggies will want to hustle down to Third and F streets in Eureka’s Old Town. In one direction, your weekly Tuesday Farmers’ Market is all a-bustle. In the other, a giant crane! It’s so big! 90 feet! Northern Construction’s been hard at work for months fixing up the old Greyhound building and today’s the day for swinging the trusses up to the rooftop. Should be a blast to watch.
On a more practical level, you might want to know that Third Street between F and G streets will be blocked off for most of the day, which, with the Farmers’ Market, makes for some congestion in the Old Town driving and parking scene. Also, loud noises! But please note: All the businesses remain open, so don’t let the construction madness deter you.
Farmers’ Market goes till 1 p.m.
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There’s all kinds of reasons local celebrity (and occasional KSLG 94.1 FM guest host) Andrew Goff might be spotted in a Eureka alley, but this morning’s cause was a noble one: to star in a forthcoming Humboldt Surfrider PSA advising smokers to “hold on to your butts!” Created by Humboldt wunderkind Malcolm DeSoto, the video is expected to premiere at Arcata Theatre Lounge in the near future. On the boom, the also multi-talented Johnathon DeSoto.
Why? Because Goff loves to be in front of a camera. Oh, and because all those cigarette butts end up in the gutter, then the storm drains, then the ocean and beach. Over one million of’em per year. Which is lousy for the critters whose homes have become ashtrays for smokers who can’t be bothered to… hold on their butts!
Currently, cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world. Here’s hoping for some change.
Hank Sims / Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 @ 1:24 p.m. / Random Sightings
We didn’t, but lots of KHUM listeners and Facebook people did. Apparently it lit up the skies a little after 6 p.m. There are a whole bunch of sightings from Yreka to Humboldt to Grants Pass to Coos Bay recorded on this site.
Sounds pretty impressive. Says Jennifer Wentworth from Gold Beach:
We had just stepped out of the car where we had arrived for dinner I noticed the moon to my east over the mountain as I turned I noticed the sky suddenly getting bright as if a light was being shined down from the sky. I was mesmerized I yelled to my mom and brother who also witnessed the tail end burning up in the sky. As I stood there in shook my mind raced as to what I was seeing UFO, meteor, plane!? What was this thing has huge has the moon plumbiting towards earth. It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever witnessed!!
Your Lost Coast Outpost is trying to reach some sort of certified astronomical professional so he/she can tell us exactly how screwed/blessed we all are, but until then — won’t you please record your impressions of the fireball below?
And thus with November arriving, “Sharktober” draws to a close. The month earned its moniker this year, with an encounter off Samoa Beach, a sighting at the same place, numerous sightings at the North Jetty and off the Freshwater Spit. A Crescent City fisherman provided YouTube thrills after recording a great white circling his boat near Pebble Beach. This time of year, the theory goes, the ocean is typically at its most flush with salmon, bringing seals and sea lions, and making the whole northerly coast rather buffet-like. A surfer off Monterey sustained injuries in a attack last Saturday, and yesterday at the RipCurl Pro Search surf contest, Hawaiian surfer Dusty Payne was welcomed to San Francisco’s Ocean Beach with a three-foot fin cruising by and scaring him right out of his heat. Historically, we’ve had attacks as late as November 11 locally. If you’re in the water, pay attention.
But out of the water, remember this: Sharks have much more to fear from us than we do from them. Humans slaughter an estimated 73 million sharks every year, primarily for their fins. California recently took a step in the right direction, joining Hawaii, Washington and Oregon in banning the sale, trade and possession of shark fins through the passing of AB376, co-authored by Assemblymembers Paul Fong and Jared Huffman (Huffman is also a 2nd district congressional candidate). Not only is this good news for the sharks, but protecting top predators serves to keep other species in balance and keeps ocean ecosystems healthier as a whole.
Speaking of ocean ecosystems, the network of Marine Protected Areas approved unanimously by North Coast stakeholders earlier this year continues to wend through the California Fish & Game Commission. At their most recent meeting, the FGC continued to pursue a way to incorporate traditional tribal take into these “underwater parks” proposed through the Marine Life Protection Act. This effort between North Coast tribes and state government staff is no small deal – progress made through the MLPA relationship heralds a new era of partnership, best expressed by InterTribal Sinkyone Director Hawk Rosales in his Nov. 2 Sacramento Bee op-ed column.
In addition to the political strides and proven conservation effectiveness, marine protected areas are usually particularly pretty places to visit. Anna Weinstein of the Audubon Society blogged last month about her tour through proposed protected areas along the North Coast, admiring the views, the abundant wildlife and the opportunity to safeguard an environmentally critical area:
“…thirteen species of seabirds breed at Castle Rock and across the north coast MLPA section from the Oregon border to Pt. Arena. Liberally dotted with rocks and islets, this part of our state is home to 40 percent of California’s breeding seabirds. Wild and sparsely populated, there is an opportunity here to take a precautionary approach to conservation – to secure protection for marine wildlife before it is heavily impacted by people.”
The next FGC meeting takes place Wednesday, Nov. 16 and Thursday, Nov. 17 in Santa Barbara, and can be viewed online at CalSpan.org. The North Coast is in the beginning stages of environmental review with actual implementation not expected until next fall. (Link to agenda as available here.)
Finally, this is also the time of year when the ocean commonly goes from placid to overwhelming in the course of a day. Know what to expect before you go by checking tides and marine forecasts, and always staying a safe distance away from water’s edge.
Upcoming ocean/conservation-related events:
Jennifer Savage / Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011 @ 8:51 p.m. / Random Sightings
Walking is better than driving because you notice more. Like this:
In a literal interpretation of the Government in the Sunshine Act, Eureka staffers for Senator Noreen Evans and Assemblymember Wes Chesbro have harnessed the North Coast’s natural resources to produce a bounty of homegrown (officegrown?) organic tomatoes right outside their conference room windows.
(No word on whether they plan to run a fruit stand out of the parking lot.)
Senator Evans’ Field Representative Zuretti Goosby with the first harvest.