Drillers eye oil reserves off California coast

From today’s SF Chronicle:

The federal government is taking steps that may open California’s fabled coast to oil drilling in as few as three years, an action that could place dozens of platforms off the Sonoma, Mendocino and Humboldt coasts, and raises the specter of spills, air pollution and increased ship traffic into San Francisco Bay.

Full story here.

Shark news, Australia

From The Guardian: Australian snorkeller snatched by shark Continue reading

“Shark” video, local

From “Humboldt Mike” and his YouTube collection: shark or not?

King Range comment period

Also from the Redwood Times

The U. S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comments on issues that should be addressed as the agency develops a wilderness management plan for the King Range National Conservation Area (NCA). Continue reading

NPK throws benefit for Surfrider Humboldt!

From the Redwood Times:

After Christmas, the NPK will play at Mazzotti’s on Dec. 31 around 9:30 p.m. for New Year’s Eve. Next, NPK is throwing a benefit concert for the Humboldt Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation at Humbrews in Arcata on Friday, Jan. 16. Continue reading

Concrete blocks removed from Harbor Entrance area

Many still remain – one is in the sand near Bunkers, at least three are on the beach in Manila – but  the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District felt motivated to have a few of the “dock blocks” pulled off the sand near the North Jetty/Harbor Entrance area. Story in next week’s Arcata Eye (and details will be posted here as well). Special thanks to Bill Lydgate and Third District Commissioner Mike Wilson for their attention to this matter.

Photos by Terrence McNally of the Arcata Eye:

A friendly note

Three Arcata Plaza merchants are partnering with Friends of the Dunes in a Holiday Season Silent Auction to support the campaign to develop the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center. Visit Plaza Design, Arcata Exchange, and The Garden Gate for a chance to bid on outstanding works by local artisans from now until December 23. Items up for bid include:

  • A hand-turned pepperwood and acacia salad bowl set by Ken Rothschiller (Arcata Exchange)
  • A stunning photo of the beach morning glory on Stone Lagoon by photographer and ecologist Andrea Pickart (The Plaza Design)
  • An original oil painting by Joan Dunning entitled Snowy Plover and Chick (The Garden Gate)

This holiday season, visit these local stores and be a part of the transformation of the former Stamps House into the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center – “Gateway to the Dunes.”

Buoy removal from Big Lagoon

McKinleyville, Calif. -The Coast Guard has arranged for the removal of Humboldt Bay Buoy Nine from the Big Lagoon Spit by a commercial heavy-lift helicopter on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008.

The buoy was reported adrift January 30, 2008 and discovered on Big Lagoon beach on February 3, having drifted about 20 nautical miles. The buoy is about 17 feet long, seven feet in diameter and weighs about eight tons.

The Coast Guard delayed the recovery of the buoy until now to limit the possible disruption of the Western Snowy Plover and California Brown Pelican that are known to live in the area.

All that glitters

Jetty yesterday courtesy of Terrence McNally/Arcata Eye

Jetty yesterday courtesy of Terrence McNally/Arcata Eye

Wave power put to the test in Monterey Bay

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

The 60-foot Velocity motored out of Santa Cruz harbor Monday afternoon under mostly sunny skies. On deck was an apprehensive crew — scientists with research group SRI International of Menlo Park, observers from the Department of Energy and financiers with the Tokyo-based Hyper Drive Corp.

As the boat began to bob up and down after clearing the breakwater, and the stomachs of those with weaker constitutions began to churn, the day’s mission became all the more clear: to see the wave motion go to work making electricity.

Read the rest here.

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Reminder: We’re planning an informational community forum on wave energy for Saturday, Feb. 12.

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