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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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State Budget, Broadband Task Force, One Laptop Per Humboldt Child (Final update) – January 17, 2008

This week’s Humboldt Review will be broadcast live from Arcata’s HSU Natural History Museum. The topic will be the One Laptop Per Child initiative, which some people think could be helpful to students in remote areas of Humboldt County who are somewhat out of the mainstream due to lack of connectivity.
Final Thursday Afternoon Update: Here’s the full lineup for tonight:
6 – 6:10 p.m.: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Budget
Loretta Nicklaus, administrative officer, Humboldt County
6:10 – 6:20 p.m. One Laptop Per Child
Peter H. Pennekamp, executive director, Humboldt Area Foundation and member of the Governor’s Broadband Task Force
Jan Kraepelien, member of the Humboldt Access Board of Directors and Redwood Technology Consortium
Rollin Richmond, president, Humboldt State University and member of the Governor’s Broadband Task Force
Claire Hashem-Hanlon, Carlson Wireless Technologies, Inc.
Below is this week’s Arcata Eye story about the OLPC machine.
Kevin L. Hoover
Eye Editor

HUMBOLDT – Today will find Jan Kraepelien in Orick, demonstrating to the relatively isolated schoolchildren and their teachers a portable computer as tiny and inexpensive as it is innovative and powerful.

Dubbed the XO, the toy-like computer is the brainchild of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab co-founder Nicolas Negroponte as part of his “One Laptop Per Child” (OLPC) initiative, intended to help bring literacy and connectivity to children in underdeveloped Third World countries.

Despite its kid-sized keyboard and screen, the little green 3.2 lb. machine comes packed with a full complement of serious applications, including word processing, music, art, games, calculator, programming, Wi-Fi e-mail and Internet, plus color screen and a built-in video camera – everything you need to tap into not only the vast repositories of online information, but the rest of the world itself.

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Jan Kraepelien demonstrates the XO computer.

Kraepelien, a member of the Humboldt Access Board of Directors, member of the Redwood Technology Consortium and advocate for improved connectivity for Humboldt County, immediately recognized the value of the XO computer – designed for remote areas of Africa, Asia and elsewhere – to rural students in this bioregion. He obtained one of the units and, as a personal project, has been evangelizing about it to well-placed decisionmakers and possible users for months.

“We’re kind of a Third World county in the U.S.,” Kraepelien observed. “Orick is a classic example – here they are on [U.S. Highway] 101, but they don’t have high-speed Internet. They’re classically underserved.”

Through last year, the XO computer was available as part of an innovative one-for-the-price-of-two, “Give One, Get One” deal for just $499. For that price, American buyers got one of the machines, subsidizing another for delivery to developing countries such as Peru and Uruguay. Some 167,000 of the machines were sold that way.

Kraepelien’s mission is part advocacy, part scoping. He hopes to both build demand for the machine, and, as momentum builds, build it into the push for better connectivity for Humboldt via the state Broadband Task Force. That group has two influential local members – HSU President Rollin Richmond and Humboldt Area Foundation Executive Director Peter Pennekamp. Both were enthused, Kraepelien said.

“I do like the OLPC initiative very much,” Richmond confirmed. “I’ve already bought two of the laptops. One is going to Africa; the other to my granddaughter… Negroponte’s idea has huge potential, in my estimation. Kids learn best by doing, and this is a great way to get them started.”

“Kids immediately get it,” Kraepelien said. “We want to get them computers at the age they’re learning language, because computerese is just like a foreign language.”

Another key supporter is Jim Carlson of Arcata-based Carlson Wireless, which designs and manufactures long-range radio devices for rural communities – a natural fit with the XO.

“When I looked at that, I went, ‘Whoa,’” Carlson said. He noticed that OLPC’s outreach is to some of the same faraway places his company serves. He contacted OLPC’s technology officer, saying, “We’re working in a lot of these areas; let’s cooperate.”

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Tiny but mighty, the XO computer boasts excellent graphics and other advanced features.

The response was positive, and Carlson is committed to following OLPC’s credo of keeping costs to a minimum. “I’m committing our company to go in on a non-profit mode to show the value in economic and social mode,” he said. “The ultimate goal is to get every elementary school-age kid in Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity and Mendocino County a computer.”

Note: The XO computer will be the topic of this week’s Humboldt Review radio show Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m., broadcast live from Arcata’s HSU Natural History Museum on KHUM 104.3/104.7 FM. Those interested are invited to attend the show or listen live; the show will also be videotaped for later cablecast on Humboldt Access Channel 12.

More information on the XO computer is available at OLPC.com and laptop.org.

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