Humboldt, Reviewed – March 26, 2008


In case you hadn’t heard, KHUM Humboldt Review has signed off for now.

We’ll leave the blog here for the time being as a resource of some sort. The cannabis grow house pics are still uncommonly popular, so if that’s your thing, enjoy.

It was fun while it lasted. Thanks for everything, folks!




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Richardson’s Grove, Salmon Collapse, Tsunami Drill (Updated with guests) – March 20, 2008

It’s called the Richardson’s Grove Improvement Project. But whether or not it constitutes an improvement or destruction depends on who you talk to.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) bills it as a way to allow standard-sized (bigger) trucks through the Redwood Curtain to “help local businesses stay competitive.” There’s a wealth of data at the Caltrans site to fill you in on the details, including hot big truck porn.

So, since it’s good for the economy, this project will likely sail through unopposed… right.

Actually – and this may comes as a shock to you – no. The Richardson’s Grove Improvement Project is seen as anything but that to opponents. These include environmentalists and those with businesses dependent on passenger cars.

No need to replicate all the back-and-forth here. Our March 20 show will feature the project’s designers, advocates and critics.

Guest for the main segment are:

Julie East, Public Information Officer, Caltrans

Vince Thomas, director of Logistics and Distribution, Sun Valley Group (Studio)

Scott Greacen, executive director, The Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC)

Our first segment will be on the collapse of salmon stocks along the West Coast. Our guest is Eric Chavez, Natural Resources Management Specialist, NOAA Fisheries

Our third segment will be on next week’s tsunami drill. Our guest is Troy Nicolini, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NOAA

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Mattole PTEIR, Endeavor Docs Online, C/R Pool Closure and… (Updated) – March 13, 2008

The Mattole Restoration Council is promoting what it says is an innovative solution to complicated land management in the Mattole Watershed.

A Program Timberland Environmental Impact Report (PTEIR) is described as a way to ensure environmental protection while easing “light-touch logging.”

Mattole Watershed

The Mattole PTEIR will be our main segment on the March 13 Humboldt Review.

For our first segment, we’ll offer an update on what we’ve learned this week about the Arcata Endeavor’s proposed new facility on St. Louis Road. Apparently the demand for information from the City has become so intense that it will do something that it has never done before – put staff reports online on the City’s website.

Our guest for this segment will be City Councilmember Alex Stillman.

For our final segment, we’ll take a deep breath and descend into the deep end of the College of the Redwoods swimming pool mystery. It’s leaking rather majorly, and C/R spokesguy Paul DeMark will tell all. Hopefully without any waterboarding.

Special Announcement

Kevin here. Friday I gave notice as host of HR, and KHUM is accepting inquiries by possible new hosts. For information, call Mike Dronkers at (707) 786-5104. If you want some idea of what’s involved in actually doing the work, feel free to contact me at

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Rio Dell, Arcata & Eureka Youth Protection Act(s), Arcata Endeavor – March 6, 2008

Rio Dell. Without getting into the jokes and plays on words (many of which the residents themselves are fond of telling), that’s a community that needs something.

A lot, actually – more business investment, fewer vacant lots downtown, some recognition for its natural assets. But it has a a lot, too.


Maybe what it needs most is an image, an identity other than being a half-considered blur as you pass the Pacific Lumber factory. Did you know that Rio Dell is “The Warm-Hearted City?”

Fortunately, some very astute individuals are on task with charting Rio Dell a new direction. And for the March 6, 2008 Humboldt Review, we’ll have them on.

For our main segment, guests are Rio Dell Mayor R.L. (Bud) Leonard, City Manager Nancy Flemming, PlanWest Partners’ George Williamson and Economist Michael Hackett.

For our first segment, we’ll ponder the Arcata and now, Eureka Youth Protection Act(s) with proponent Dave Meserve.

Our final segment will be on the new proposed site for the Arcata Endeavor, and the Endeavor’s hopes for a Community Development Block Grant to acquire it. Our guest will be Endeavor Interim Executive Director John Shelter.

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Gundersen, Curbside, Samoa, Storrs – February 28, 2008

This has been a difficult show to get off the ground. Booking guests is part art, part science and not necessarily easy.

Especially when an issue is more or less settled, as is the case with the Samoa Master Plan, which the Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday. However, we have cobbled together some sort of presentation on it.

But first, there’s the latest (highly sensational) charges against Blue lake Police Chief Dave Gundersen. We haven’t yet asked him, but we’re gambling that his attorney, Russ Clanton, will come on again for an update.

Next, it’s the wonder and majesty of curbside recycling. Eureka is not meeting its waste reduction mandates, and this could be a way to address it.

Finally, we’ll talk with Cindy Storrs, new chaplain with the  Arcata Police Department.

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Grizzly Creek State Park, Aiy-Yu-Kwee Mobile Home Park, Tuition Relief (With Final Update) – February 21, 2008

The Peaceable Hamlet of Blue Lake has been anything but lately. Come to think of it, the little town where sea air meets sunshine seems always to be in the throes of one imbroglio or another.

This time around, it’s the eviction notices being served top residents of the tiny Aiy-yu-kwee Mobile Home Park by the Blue Lake Rancheria.

As extensively reported, the 30 or so tenants have been given until Aug. 1, 2008 to move from their homes. Some were initially incentives offered and assistance, others weren’t. Since the land is now owned by the Rancheria, it is sovereign Indian territory and not subject to rights of redress available under the California Mobilehome Residency law.

Residents have raised the issue with the Blue Lake City Council and Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, who can offer little but good wishes and promises of help in locating new homes.

Rancheria officials have stated that the park’s septic system is failing and that the park’s continued operation is untenable, and called on the community to assist the tenants with relocation. It’s not clear what future uses the Rancheria has in mind for the park.

We’ll go into all this on the Feb. 21 Humboldt Review.

Our main segment guests are:

Corey Holderman, resident and spokesperson for the Blue Lake Mobile Park Association

Sid Madjarac, resident

Marlene Smith, Blue Lake City Councilmember

Jana Ganion, spokesperson, Blue Lake Rancheria

For our first segment, we’ll talk with Second District Supervisor Roger Rodoni about his efforts to rescue Grizzly Creek State Park from closure.

Our final segment will discuss Tuition Relief Now.

The guest for that segment is Matthew Herrera, student/local organizer, Humboldt State University.

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Gundersen, Graffiti, Indian Island (Updated) – February 14, 2008

First, we’ll talk to Arcata attorney Russell Clanton, who represents accused Blue Lake Police Chief Dave Gundersen.

Then we’ll discuss in considerable depth the phenomenon of graffiti.

Finally, we’ll talk about Saturday’s 17th Annual Indian Island Candlelight Vigil.

Guests are:

Blue Lake Police Chief David Gundersen:

Russell J. Clanton, attorney, Russell J Clanton & Associates, Representing Gundersen


Randy Mendosa, chief, Arcata Police Department

Steve Watson, sergeant, Eureka Police Department, member of the Humboldt County Gang Task Force

Simona Keat, coordinator, Gang Risk Intervention Program (G.R.I.P.)

Indian Island 17th Annual Candlelight Vigil:

Linda Woodin, office manager, Wiyot Tribe

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