Due to scheduling conflicts with Plaza Grill, where we have been generously allowed to hold our regular meetings for several years, we’re moving the meetings to Humboldt Brews’ music room.

Next meeting:

Tuesday, June 7 at 7 p.m. in Humboldt Brews, 10th and I streets. As usual, first two pitchers of beers on us.

We thank the Plaza Grill for the longtime support and Humboldt Brews for welcoming us with open arms. Please spread the word — see you there!


Humboldt County beaches score well on annual report card

The Times-Standard
Posted: 05/26/2011 05:16:14 AM PDT

Humboldt County’s beaches again scored well on the Heal the Bay’s Beach Report Card 2010-2011 report.

Six local locations were sampled for bacteria in the mixing zone on a weekly basis from April through October. The quality was rated as excellent in the annual report, and all of Humboldt County’s beaches scored an “A.”

According to the nonprofit Heal the Bay report, the Beach Report Card is the only comprehensive analysis of coastline water quality on the West Coast. Every week, more than 500 beaches are graded based on bacteria analysis, including 445 in California.

The Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services tests water quality at the Mad River mouth north, Clam Beach near Strawberry Creek, Moonstone Beach near Little River, Luffenholtz Beach near Luffenholtz Creek, Trinidad State Beach near Mill Creek and Old Home Beach near Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse, according to the department website at

Heal the Bay’s report states this was the first year since Humboldt County’s inclusion that it did not test year-round and only participated in the state-mandated testing period. The monitoring program is funded through the Environmental Protection Agency’s National BEACH Program.

Ocean Night date change: Friday, June 3

ATL has moved us to Friday, June 3 — start your weekend with us and Sharkwater! Details here.

Ocean news: Oil drilling, how noise affects sea critters, ocean satellite

President Obama announces plans for domestic offshore oil production:

With gas topping $4 a gallon, President Barack Obama on Saturday announced new plans to speed up domestic drilling for oil. In his weekly address to the nation, the president outlined his plans for what he calls “safe and responsible” oil production. The Obama administration will speed up the leasing process for the Alaska National Petroleum Reserve, give oil companies better financial incentives to use their leases and extend all drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico so oil companies have more time to implement safety measures after the devastating BP oil spill.

How noise affects sea life:

Alongside a boom in international shipping and deep-sea oil development, the ocean is growing ever-noisier and scientists are increasingly wary of sound’s potential to impact sea life beyond just marine mammals.

NASA to launch ocean-watching satellite!:

The Earth-observing Aquarius/SAC-D mission will measure the salt levels, or salinity, of the ocean surface, and the subsequent interactions between ocean circulation, the water cycle and other drivers of the planet’s climate.

Ocean Night, June 3: Sharkwater

It’s all about sharks on Friday, June 3 when Humboldt Surfrider, Ocean Conservancy and Humboldt Baykeeper present Sharkwater at Arcata Theatre Lounge as part of the monthly Ocean Night event.

For filmmaker Rob Stewart, exploring sharks began as an underwater adventure. What it turned into was a beautiful and dangerous life journey into the balance of life on earth. Driven by passion fed from a lifelong fascination with sharks, Stewart debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters and reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas.

Filmed in visually stunning, high definition video, Sharkwater takes you into the most shark rich waters of the world, exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world’s shark populations in the marine reserves of Cocos Island, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

In an effort to protect sharks, Stewart teams up with renegade conservationist Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Their unbelievable adventure together starts with a battle between the Sea Shepherd and shark poachers in Guatemala, resulting in pirate boat rammings, gunboat chases, mafia espionage, corrupt court systems and attempted murder charges, forcing them to flee for their lives.

Through it all, Stewart discovers these magnificent creatures have gone from predator to prey, and how despite surviving the earth’s history of mass extinctions, they could easily be wiped out within a few years due to human greed.

Stewart’s remarkable journey of courage and determination changes from a mission to save the world’s sharks, into a fight for his life, and that of humankind.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Films start at 7 p.m. Ocean Night is all ages with a $3 donation requested and a raffle held between movies.

Cleaning Up Old Town, Saturday!

Clean Streets = Happy Oceans!

In an effort to promote community enhancement and encourage awareness of environmental issues, the City of Eureka will be sponsoring the City’s 5th Annual Mayday Community Clean Up Event.

Meet at the foot of C Street of Eureka on Saturday, May 7th at 1:00 P.M. Tobacco Free Humboldt will have a table where we will gather and plan our clean-up strategy. Volunteers will be picking up litter at Halvorson Park, Old Town, PALCO Marsh and Elk River Wildlife Sanctuary.

All necessary supplies will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own re-usable gloves in an effort to reduce waste.

Let’s Team Up to Clean Up!

May 5 Ocean Night: Bustin’ Down the Door

Bravery and bravado, turf wars and massive wipeouts dominate Ocean Night Thursday, May 5 when Humboldt Surfrider, Ocean Conservancy and Humboldt Baykeeper present the epic surf film Bustin’ Down the Door at Arcata Theatre Lounge.

This 2008 documentary chronicles the rise of professional surfing in the early 1970s as it follows a group young surfers from Australia and South Africa including Shaun Tomson, Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew, Ian Cairns, Mark Richards, Michael Tomson and Peter Townend. The crew relocates to Hawaii and clashes with the locals, some of whom find the newcomers’ brashness to be insulting to Hawaiian culture. Eventually the conflict culminates in death threats against the subjects of the film.

Also playing, Weather the Storm: the fight to stay local, a documentary set in France that resonates with California’s North Coast. In today’s global economy, the world’s ocean resources are being hit hard. Enormous industrial floating factories follow the fish wherever they are abundant, and move on when they have plundered the fish stocks. In the process, they squeeze the life out of small and local fishing communities. The fishing communities on France’s Western coast are determined to fight back. These small town fishermen have launched a sophisticated and multi-faceted strategy to stay small and successful in the face of global competition. Although the battle to save the oceans is often publicly waged between environmentalists and corporations, this film gives voice to an important group who just may have the solutions we need: the small-scale artisanal fishers.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Films start at 7 p.m. Ocean Night is all ages with a $3 donation requested and a raffle held between movies.