Keith Newcomer paddle-out

Per Rotch (thanks, Rotch!):

A paddle-out for Keith Newcomer takes place Sunday, Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m. at the cove next to the Coast Guard Station at the end of the north spit.

Memorial takes place, 1 p.m., Arcata’s D Street Neighborhood Center.


PG&E ends Humboldt wave energy project

From today’s T-S:

The Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has announced that it is suspending its effort to develop a wave energy project off the coast of Humboldt County.

The utility cited “significant permitting challenges” and higher-than-expected projected costs. The proposed configuration and location of the project made it unviable, PG&E said in a statement.

The WaveConnect project was touted as first of its kind. PG&E wanted to test three to four different types of wave power generators in an area 1/2-mile wide and 2 miles long about 3 miles to sea roughly west of Arcata. The utility had said that intense wave activity off the Humboldt coast, and the chosen area’s proximity to a working harbor, made the site ideal.


Halloween gig this Saturday with Bucky Walters and the Absynth Quintet


Bucky Walters and The Absynth Quintet HALLOWEEN SHOW
8 p.m. – Midnight, Saturday, Oct. 30

Beer proceeds to benefit Humboldt Surfrider!

Volunteers needed! Email!


$5/ $7 (no advance ticket sales – come at 7:30 p.m.!)

Volunteers get in free!

Redwood Raks Main Studio, 824 L Street, Arcata in the Old Creamery Building

It’s a fabulous, fun alliages Dia de los Muertos-themed Costume Party music and dance celebration!

ACTION ALERT: Attend a Rally Tomorrow! Contact officials! Help stop the U.S. Navy’s attempt to expand the NorthWest Training Range Complex

Join concerned citizens tomorrow, Wednesday, October 27th at the Eureka Courthouse from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. to protest the Northwest Training Range Complex (NWTRC).

U.S. Navy Experimental Warfare Testing Programs were initiated in 2008, and will continue in the Atlantic, Pacific, and the Gulf of Mexico over the next five years.

The NWTRC proposal will extend the range down the Northern California coastline into Mendocino County. The U.S. Navy will be using live ordinance, long range sonar and has permission to incidentally kill marine life. It will affect all of us living on the coast as well as endangered species that live in our coastal region.For more information, check out Agriculture Defense Coalition. You can also read the Navy’s Northwest Training Complex Environmental Impact Statement.

The deadline to act is October 31st!. Contact your representatives to request public comment with National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. Tell them we want a 60-day extension on public comment and a U.S. Congressional Hearing on the matter.

Call the Whitehouse at 202-456-1111, fax your letter to 202-456-2461, or email the President.

Congressman Mike Thompson can be reached at 202-225-3311 or fax your letter to 707-269-9598.


Keith Newcomer (update)

As folks have likely heard, longtime Arcata resident and avid surfer/pilot Keith Newcomber died in a plane crash last Saturday, Oct. 16, along with his 7-year-old son.
News reports are in the Journal and in the Times-Standard.
A memorial service for Newcomer will be held on Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. at the D Street Neighborhood Center.

Thanks to Dave Struve for the photos. Anyone interested in or already organizing a paddle-out, please keep us in the loop via
A note from the photographer:
Thanks for posting the images of Keith Newcomer on your website. I am the photographer. My name is Gary Lynch. I lived in Humboldt from 1969 – 91. I was a friend of Tom Pratte’s and know Mark Massara well. I have many fond memories of the ‘early’ days of surfing Humboldt. Keith was one of my surfing buddies. Like many, we all respected Keith for his work in the community and his ability to become a successful businessman.

Found: Surfboard at Camel Rock

As seen on Craigslist and emailed to us:

Hey October 22nd in the evening, I saw you set your board down and change while I was getting ready to surf.
I went out and surfed till dark and when I came back your board was still there and you were long gone.
I am pretty sure I will recognize you, please contact me to reclaim your board.
When you reply tell me something about the board, brand or size so i know its really you.
rest assured I know what you look like so I wont give it to the wrong guy. 🙂

Hope to hear from you soon. email me or call : 707.633.4572
Please no spammers or scammers.


Surfrider and The Bag Monster speak to the Arcata City Council

Thanks to Laurie (a.k.a. the Bag Monster) and Larry who attended the Arcata City Council meeting to let our Councilmembers know how important we feel a single-use plastic bag ban is! You can watch their testimony from the October 20th meeting. It starts at 2:27:50.

You can let the councilmembers know how you feel about plastic bags at here.