Monday, August 13, 2018

Senior softball gets press!

KIEM came out and did a story on Senior Softball. It was fun.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Arcata Softball still alive! EXGOINGTOGIVEITTOYA wins tourney.

EXGOINGTOGIVEITTOYA! Beat the Free Agent "Dom Squad" 10-2 to win the Samoa Athletic Club Invitational.

The "Dom Squad" was able overcome a 4 hit with HR performance by Toye Johnson of CJ's to squeak by 13-11 to advance to the Championship game. Jake went 5-6 to lead the "Dom Squad."

In the Home Run Contest, Les Charter and Jesse Homen tied with 4 out 5 hits HR's. Jesse Homen went 3 out of 5 to win the contest of over 20 contestants and win over $100. Toye Johnson hit the top of the Arcata Community center over 400 Ft away for the Longest HR in the contest.

Should we have another tourney before September?

Friday, August 10, 2018

Richard Marks for Harbor Commissioner Division 4.

Looks like I have an opponent for my Harbor Commission seat. Below is my Campaign Statement.


Richard Marks                                                                      Age: 61

Occupation:  Commissioner, Humboldt Bay Division 4

I am running for re-election to continue to bring real economic balance and environmental stewardship to the district.

From an economic development and job creation perspective the district has been on a path of growth. This commission continues to be successful in working with our elected representatives at the state and congressional levels to lobby the Army Corps of Engineers for the continued dredging of Humboldt Bay even through lean years – ship traffic wise.

This commission successfully acquired the former Evergreen Pulp Mill with its many assets, including a commercial dock, needed warehousing, ocean outfall and other infrastructure that would have cost tens of millions to replace.  The Harbor District successfully worked with the EPA to safely remove nearly 3 million gallons of caustic chemicals to be repurposed at another pulp mill in Washington.

The Harbor Commission continues to support the fish cleaning station at Shelter Cove and has made many environmental improvements, including repairing the breakwater structure protecting the harbor.

The District has never been more transparent and accessible. I look forward to continuing that momentum.

Richard Marks 4th Division Commissioner
Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District

Friday, August 03, 2018

Softball August 11th in Arcata!

Please help get the word out! $10 per player at the Arcata Community Center.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

5 Worst rock bands of all time! Yucky awards!

My least favorite rock bands starting from #5 and working to #1.

5. Eagles- Hotel California just does nothing for me. Period. I cant tell you why. is the only song of theirs I can listen to.

4. The Knack- When Robin and I were first married we had these neighbors in Myrtletowne that played "My Sharona" day and night. Drove me nuts. Right next to them was another of our neighbors that played music and was on tour with Rush in 1978. Pretty cool.

3. Hall and Oates- "I cant go for that" or anything else they do. They are a consistent yucky.

2. Boston- This is more than a feeling, Man, when Boston came out in the 70's I thought they were going to be the greatest of all time. After decades they grate on me more than any band. And you too I suppose.

1. Steve Miller Band- Joker, Keep on Rocking me, Jet Airliner, Abracadabra, Jungle Love, Space Cowboy........all horrible. Equally. Hope to not offend all.

Sunday, July 08, 2018

I agree with TS that EPA needs to follow through!

The Times-Standard
“Who pays for the pulp mill cleanup?” we asked in a Friday front page headline on Samoa’s environmental woes, but you could already guess the answer: You.
Not Evergreen Pulp Inc., the company found responsible by the Environmental Protection Agency for nearly causing an environmental catastrophe on Humboldt Bay and the Samoa Peninsula.
Rotting tanks full of caustic pulp mill liquors might have spilled into Humboldt Bay under a heavy rainfall thanks to Evergreen Pulp. But, shock, shock, horror, Evergreen Pulp has left taxpayers holding the tab for the cleanup: $16 million and rising.
That’s millions the EPA might not ever collect from the company it blames for the debacle.
“EPA investigated Evergreen Pulp, and believes it to be a liable party, but the investigation also revealed a long line of unsatisfied creditors ahead of EPA,” agency’s spokeswoman Margot Perez-Sullivan wrote in an email to the Times-Standard.
Reacting to Friday’s story on his own blog, Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District Division 4 Commissioner Richard Marks — who worked at the mill for 30 years — paints a picture of an EPA unable or unwilling to chase down bad actors and convince them to make good on their debts.
The cumulative effect of this limp response by federal regulators? For starters, it undermines whatever trust we may put in government oversight. It encourages malfeasance from unscrupulous companies, who see that they’ll be allowed to essentially skip town without being held responsible for their actions. It figuratively poisons the business climate for the companies who remain, or who hope to do business here in the future. And, most importantly, it continues to threaten the literal poisoning of our environment.
Do better, EPA. Get what we’re owed.

Friday, July 06, 2018

EPA decision leaves hundreds of Humboldt workers screwed.

Will Houston wrote an article in the Times Standard today, "Who pays for the Pulp Mill Cleanup?" The price is up to 16 million dollars! Basically they are allowing Evergreen Pulp Inc., the responsible party, to walk away from any form of repayment.

When I gave testimony to the Environmental Protection Agency, they had identified the officers of Evergreen and they knew of their subsidiary status with Lee and Mann of China. If you check the link out you will see that Lee and Mann is quite healthy finance wise. The investor rating is to "Buy." I requested and begged the EPA to go after Evergreen or Lee and Mann and was told at that time they were leery because they didn't want to make an "International Incidence" over a few million dollars. Well, 16 million is not chicken feed. I was hoping for the EPA to leave a paper trail so that I could hire lawyers to go after Evergreen and recover federal "Warn Act" money that workers were entitled to as well as medical monies and recovery of legal expenses for the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers local 49 workers at the former pulp mill. I called EPA spokeswoman Margot Perez-Sullivan to question the EPA decision to let Evergreen slide and she referred me to EPA attorney Andrew Helmlinger.

Mr. Helminger told me the EPA decision so far has been based on "No Judgement Proof" or the failure of AWPPW attorneys and the EPA's attorneys lack of financial success chasing Evergreen to Colorado and the Virgin Isles which were hidden in "Corporate Veils." Not wanting to throw good money for bad." Mr. Helmlinger and Margot Perez-Sullivan were very cordial and patient with my requests. I am considering options to rectify this situation.

(I took some time off from this blog for awhile. Should be more regular posts now.)