Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Humboldt freezing over? No global warming this month.

I was checking out the Weather and noticed that we had only met our average daily temperature 2 times in May. And that was 59 and 60 degrees! The other 12 days in May were all in the 50's and below our average! So are we witnessing global cooling in Humboldt? Can I somehow blame this on Game Thrones?

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

My old home in Cutten on fire!

John Chiv does a story on house fire in Cutten. Thankful that all made it out OK. This house is significant to me in that my father James Marks used to own it and I had many great memories in my youth. I went to Cutten for Kindergarten and 1st Grade. Then later went back for 3rd, 4th and 5th. I loved having the freedom to explore the woods surrounding Winship. At one time we had my sister Kathy and her husband Fred with kids Colleen and Jimmy in the Cottage in the back. My Brothers and sisters, Roy, Mary, Mike, and, of course Tooter in the house.

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Knock that dust off the old glove! Mad River Softball about to begin! Rain be Damned!

Mad River Softball Association is about to begin! Well, if the rain only stops. 

Public Service announcement:

Non-Profit organization Mad River Softball Association (MRSA) is announcing the start of Adult Spring Wood Bat League on Saturdays beginning April 27th. Players must be at least 16 years old and games are at the Arcata Community Center or Pacific Union. Summer League will start in early June with games being played Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For more information please contact Richard Marks at 707-445-3432 or e-mail  

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Samoa to go from 350 population to 1,400 by 2025? Homes for sale!

Last night there was a town meeting for Samoa. Standing room only. Dan Johnson gave a quick update on the Samoa Town Project. (Check out the link for the complete project overview.) Dan said his company is investing 45 million to this project. He has offered a path forward for people who live in Samoa to purchase there homes by about 2022. (All of Samoa is renters.) Chris Driscoll from Umqua bank was present to help the town of renters with the homeowner purchase paperwork. Each renter will be expected to put up a $200 deposit to show their interest to Danco. This will not stop outside people from purchasing houses in Samoa. The town has a historical designation that will allow the homes to be sold as is.

Right now homes are being treated for lead abatement and repainted. Water and sewer lines (new water treatment facility) will be replaced by October 2020. Lots will be split. The new low income family apartment complex will be one of the first new construction projects. The Samoa block will have a grocery store and gas station. There will be a three mile trail around the town. High end three story houses will be built to the west. The Samoa softball field will be renovated for senior softball and soccer.

The Community Service District that was voted on by the residents of the Peninsula will be funded by Danco until they can manage the towns infrastructure of, water, sewer, fire protection and recreational projects.

Robin and I have lived in Samoa for nearly 40 years and have enjoyed our stay. Both of us worked for years on the Peninsula and would like to see things spruced up a bit. Lots going on in the next few years.   

Monday, April 01, 2019

Death & Carnage by Cell Phones. Why?

It is one thing for older adults like Giants CEO Larry Baer to fight with his wife Pam over a cell phone in public, but the recent murders in Humboldt County of Lawson and Brocious over cell phones just has me perplexed. And how many other fights ending with death or ruined lives have there been over cell phones? Am am sure we would all agree that these are senseless. Oh wait! I have to go, my phones ringing!  

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Find that glove! Batting practice at Samoa Field tomorrow Sunday March 17th at 10am!

Time to knock off a little rust for the upcoming season. Over 48's and 58's softball start in May! Open Spring League in April! Regular Mad River softball season in early June!
Practice at the Samoa Field across from the Cookhouse tomorrow March 17th at 10am! Come one, come all ages!

Saturday, March 02, 2019

Just how much rain is enough?

Well, in Humboldt we are more than safe from a drought year. As a matter of fact, right now the State of California is 112% over historical levels. Did you know that 30% of all of the water in California is supplied by Snow Pack? On April 1st the state does the official measuring of snow and calculates how it will affect the Reservoirs. Locally it only takes a few inches of rain to cause Ruth Dam to overflow. But to our east the Trinity Lake depends on Snow Pack to supply 70% of that lake's water! Only 30% comes from rain! But further to the east at Shasta lake they depend on rain fall to supply 70% of their levels and only 30% by Snow Pack. You would think it would be just the opposite! Well, now you know!