Thursday, May 10, 2018

Mike McGuire wins biggest post card award. Timing off?

I went to my post box today and had to figure out a way to pull a 12' by 15" political post card on behalf of the McGuire campaign today. I ripped it slightly and was shocked to see how big it was. Mike, I love you, I support and will vote for you. But really? Tell your consultants to shrink that to a more standard 8 1/2" by 5 1/2". I ran across a mail carrier later in the day and saw they were folding these in half and were not happy dealing with them, and the lady who was delivering commented on the timing being off and that many had already voted and they seemed to think it was a waste. (Most Absentee ballots were delivered on Monday and absentee voters have already voted.)

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Humboldt and Del Norte Central Labor Council nails Absentee mailer.

The only mailer that arrived with my 2018 primary election ballot was from labor today. So kudos to Humboldt Del Norte Central Labor Council (HDNCLC) for their timing. 
Did anybody receive any political mailers today?

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Over regulation now?

How can we fix this problem? Start from scratch?

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Local business leaders asked to invest in "Clandestine" opportunity?

Why all the secretive "hush, hush" on this new Pacific Northwest Railroad organization? Seems to me that the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District (HBHR&RD) and the North Coast Rail Authority (NCRA) should probably be part of the conversation. I was called by a concerned potential local investor who wanted to know our involvement and I said I have only heard rumors, but here is now some evidence. Supposedly local people have been asked to invest 10 Million dollars to help leverage an ask of 4 Billion private dollars from Wall Street. Anyone out there have further clarification? Supposedly this new organization said there are rail laws on the books from the 1800's that allow them to fast track the process. 




Monday, April 23, 2018

Eureka Trading Post Relics win HCSSA Pre Season Tournament.


In a spirited Senior softball tournament that included controversial calls, illegal bat, rule clarifications and windy conditions, the Relics by virtue of head to head play squeaked by Classics 11-10 to win the 2018 Humboldt Classic Senior Softball Association tournament at Pacific Union.  Jeff Hagg for the Relics went 12 for 12 to for the batting title. Stuart Rosenburg was close behind at 10 for 11 or .909 average.

Big Thank You to Bill Hicks, Buzz Johnson and Rod for the help with field prep. Lets do it again soon!

Here are the top 21 hitters by Base % in the Tournament as best determined by the hideous scorekeeping of your softball brothers:

1.       Jeff Hagg             .1000      Relics
2.       Stuart Rosenburg .909        Legends
3.       Ken Hoffman         .889        Relics
4.       Fred Delgatta        .750        Relics
5.       Dan Duncan          .727        Legends
6.       Doug Pace             .727        Classics
7.       Tim Kunst             .727        Classics
8.       Roy Willis             .727        Classics
9.       Rob Moulton         .700        Classics
10.    Tim Vernig             .700        Classics
11.    Tina Buchanan       .700        Relics
12.    Rod                        .700        Legends
13.    Doc Jones              .667        Rookies
14.    Ron DenHeyer      .667        Relics
15.    Paul Barrett           .667        Relics
16.    Zeke Branca         .667        Legends
17.    Tony Hernandez   .636        Relics
18.    Robert Nickell       .636        Classics
19.    Tom Pagano          .625        Rookies
20.    Robert Ruehl         .600        Legends

21.    Tom Owen             .600        Rookies

(On a sad note the Softball King went down with another back injury. So I on Injured Reserve for the time being)

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Senior Softball King traded to Legends for Tim Ash.

In a complicated three team deal involving waiver wires, a six pack of Beer and Humboldt Classic Senior Softball League offices, Richard Marks (AKA the Senior Softball King) has been traded by the Relics to the Legends for Tim Ash. "I had a great run with the Relics!" When Marks was reminded he only played for them for 1 year, "I lasted a whole year with someone?" Legend coach Bill Hicks had this to say, "We were looking for someone who could field , hit and run. They were all taken, so we settled on Marks."

The Tale of the Tape

Marks: 6' Pitcher, 1st.  Traverse and Walsh and M & D Auto in the 70's. James Hill Trucking, Calvary Brothers, Everett's and Louisiana Pacific. (Slow Pitch and Fast.) in 80's and 90's. Tomaso's, SOP, SAC, Arcata Countertop, Murphy's and Redwood Curtain from 2000 to present.

Ash: 6'3"Pitcher, 1st. Arcata Muffler in the 70's and 80's, Betz Bombers for the 90's to present.

Senior and Open League On Base Percentage for 2017:

Marks: .605 for Redwood Curtain.  32nd in Arcata "D" Division overall and 2nd on Redwood Curtain. .750 for Relics in Seniors.

Ash: .667 for Sunset Bombers, 11th in Arcata "C" Division overall and 2nd on Sunset Bombers. .700 for Relics in Seniors.

Tim is a better pitcher than me and more of an asset on defense. He does drink a higher class of beer also I might add.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Senator McGuire introduces "Great Redwood Trail Act."

Recently the Senate Transportation and Housing committee voted on SB 1029 (McGuire) and the vote was 12-0. This is the first committee hearing in a process that calls for another policy committee hearing in the Senate Natural Resources committee on April 24, followed by a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing and a vote of the full Senate. There has been discussion to further amend the bill. As far as I understand the same process will take place in the State Assembly.
Great Redwood Trail Act
An act to add Section 14111 to, and to add Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 93030) to Title 12 of, the Government Code, and to add Chapter 14 (commencing with Section 5880) to Division 5 of, and to repeal Section 5883 of, the Public Resources Code, relating to transportation.

legislative counsel’s digest
SB 1029, as amended, McGuire. North Coast Railroad Authority: right-of-way: Great Redwood Trail Agency.
(1) Existing law creates the North Coast Railroad Authority with various powers and duties relating to rail service in the north coast area of the state, including the authority to acquire, own, operate, and lease real and personal property reasonably related to the operation and maintenance of railroads.
This bill would require the authority, before April 1, 2019, to transfer its rights, privileges, and responsibilities, excluding any preexisting liability related to debt, litigation, or contractual obligations, relating to both its right-of-way south of a point in the City of Willits and the railroad assets the authority owns to an unspecified successor agency, and to transfer its rights, privileges, and responsibilities responsibilities, excluding any preexisting liability related to debt, litigation, or contractual obligations, relating to its right-of-way north of that point in the City of Willits to the Department of Transportation. The bill would abolish the authority after those transfers are made. The bill would require the unspecified successor agency to conduct a freight rail study incorporating the entire length of the southern right-of-way.
(2) Existing law establishes the Active Transportation Program, within the Department of Transportation, to fund projects that promote active modes of transportation, such as biking and walking. This bill would require the department, within 2 years of being transferred the rights, privileges, and responsibilities relating to the northern right-of-way described in paragraph (1), to inventory any parcel or contract related to the right-of-way and complete an environmental assessment of the right-of-way. The bill would require the department, before January 1, 2021, to transfer those rights, privileges, and responsibilities to the Great Redwood Trail Agency.
This bill would create the Great Redwood Trail Agency, and provides provide for the appointment of its board of directors. The bill would require the agency, upon 4 board members joining the agency’s initial board of directors, to advise the department on certain issues relating to railbanking and the creation and maintenance of a trail in, or next to, the northern right-of-way. The bill would require the agency to create and maintain a trail in, or next to, the northern right-of-way. The bill would require the agency to complete the railbanking process on, or next to, on a portion of the northern right-of-way, and would authorize the agency to contract with an operator to operate freight or excursion rail service on the remaining portion of the northern right-of-way, as specified.
(3) Because this bill would impose new requirements on local entities, it would impose a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. This bill shall be known, and may be cited, as 2 the Great Redwood Trail Act.
1 SEC. 2. It is the intent of the Legislature to do all of the 2 following:
3 (a) Create a system wide hiking, biking, and riding trail within, 4 or adjacent to, the North Coast Railroad Authority’s right-of-way 5 on the north coast, running from mile post 0.0 to mile post 300.5, line 6 including any associated branch or spur line.
7 (b) Settle all liabilities, debts, contractual obligations, and 8 leasehold interests held by the Northwestern Pacific line 9 Railroad, and other legal obligations of the North Coast Railroad line 10 Authority, transfer the authority’s assets and the right-of-way as line 11 provided for in this act, and abolish the North Coast Railroad line 12 Authority, which was established by statute in 1989.
13 (c) Transfer the North Coast Railroad Authority’s real property, 14 rail assets, rail easements, 15 California, to right-of-way south of mile post 142.5 in Willits, 16 California, to an unspecified successor agency for the purposes of line 17 creating and maintaining a trail system and continuing to run freight 18 along the active rail line.
19 (d) Provide funding for the construction and maintenance line 20 of the systemwide trail trail, including funding for the design, line 21 environmental assessment, and permitting of, and for mitigation l22 measures and property interests associated with, the trail, and to 23 maintain the active portion of the freight rail line.
24 (e) Create the Great Redwood Trail Agency, which will be 25 responsible for constructing and maintaining a hiking, biking, and line 26 riding trail in the northern portion of the right-of-way, from mile 27 post 142.5 to mile post 300.5. 
28 (f) Transfer the northern portion of the North Coast Railroad 29 Authority’s right-of-way, from mile post 142.5 to mile post 300.5, 30 to the Department of Transportation for a period of not more than 31 two years, and then have it transferred to the Great Redwood Trail 32 Agency.
33 (g) Ensure each portion of the right-of-way not used for rail is 34 railbanked or otherwise used as a trail.
35 (h) Ensure each portion of the right-of-way used for rail also 36 has a trail created and maintained in, or next to, it.
37 SEC. 3. Section 14111 is added to the Government Code, to line 38 read:
39 14111. (a) Within two years of receiving the North Coast line 40 Railroad Authority’s rights, privileges, and
1 responsibilities, excluding any preexisting liability related to debt, 2 litigation, or contractual obligations, relating to the authority’s 3 right-of-way north of mile post 142.5 in the City of Willits, 4 including any associated branch or spur lines, pursuant to Section 5 93031, the department shall do both of the following:
6 (1) Inventory any parcel or contract related to the right-of-way.
7 (2) Complete an environmental assessment of the right-of-way.
8 (b) Before January 1, 2021, and after receiving notice from the 9 Great Redwood Trail Agency pursuant to Section 5884 of the 10 Public Resources Code, the department shall transfer those rights, 11 privileges, and responsibilities described in subdivision (a) to the 12 Great Redwood Trail Agency.
13 SEC. 4. Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 93030) is added 14 to Title 12 of the Government Code, to read:
15, 16 Chapter 4. Abolishment 17,18 93030. Before April 1, 2019, the authority shall transfer its19 rights, privileges, and responsibilities, excluding any preexisting 20 liability related to debt, litigation, or contractual obligations, 21 relating to both its right-of-way south of mile post 142.5 in the 22 City of Willits, including any associated branch or spur lines, and 23 the railroad assets the authority owns to ____. 
24 93031. Before April 1, 2019, the authority shall transfer its 25 rights, privileges, and responsibilities, excluding 26 any preexisting liability related to debt, litigation, or contractual 27 obligations, relating to its right-of-way north of mile post 142.5 28 in the City of Willits, including any associated branch or spur lines, 29 to the Department of Transportation.
30 93032. In making the transfers pursuant to Sections 93030 and 31 93031, the authority shall transfer all of its rights, privileges, and 32 responsibilities, excluding any preexisting liability 33 related to debt, litigation, or contractual obligations, relating to 34 any right-of-way.
35 93033. Upon making all of the transfers described in this l36 chapter, the authority shall be abolished.
37 SEC. 5. Chapter 14 (commencing with Section 5880) is added
38 to Division 5 of the Public Resources Code, to read:
1 Chapter 14. Great Redwood Trail Agency
2, 3 5880. The Great Redwood Trail Agency is hereby created.
4 5881. For purposes of this chapter, the following definitions 5 shall apply:
6 (a) “Agency” means the Great Redwood Trail Agency.
7 (b) “Board” means the agency’s board of directors described in 8 Section 5882.
9 (c) “Department” means the Department of Transportation.
10 (d) “Right-of-way” means the entire length of the right-of-way 11 transferred to the department pursuant to Section 93031 of the12 Government Code.
13 5882. The agency shall be governed by a board of directors, 14 composed as follows:
15 (a) The Governor shall appoint two board members members, 16 one representing the department and one representing the Natural 17 Resources Agency, who are knowledgeable about trails, parks, 18 railroads, or rivers.
19 (b) The Senate Committee on Rules shall appoint one board 20 member who is knowledgeable about trails, parks, railroads, or 21 rivers.
22 (c) The Speaker of the Assembly shall appoint one board 23 member who is knowledgeable about trails, parks, railroads, or 24 rivers.
25 (d) The Board of Supervisors of the County of Mendocino may l26 appoint one board member.
27 (e) The Board of Supervisors of the County of Humboldt may 28 appoint one board member.
29 (f) ____ may appoint one board member.
30 5883. (a) Upon four board members joining the agency’s initial 31 board, the agency shall advise the department on issues relating 32 to railbanking and the creation and maintenance of a trail in, or l 33 next to, the right-of-way.
34 (b) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 35 2022, and as of that date is repealed.
36 5884. (a) Before January 1, 2021, the board of directors shall 37 notify the department that the agency is ready to assume ownership 38 of the right-of-way.
1 (b) Upon the department making the transfer described in 2 Section 14111 of the Government Code, the agency shall assume line 3 ownership of the right-of-way.
4 5885. The agency shall do both of the following:
5 (a) For the portion of the right-of-way between mile post 142.5 6 and mile post 284, including any associated branch or spur lines, 7 the agency shall complete the railbanking process on, and create line 8 and maintain a trail in, or next to, that portion of the right-of-way. 9 The agency may contract with a trail manager or organization to 10 meet the requirements of this subdivision.
11 (b) For the portion of the right-of-way between mile post 284 12 and mile post 300.5, including any associated branch or spur lines, 13 the agency shall create and maintain a trail in, or next to, that 14 portion of the right-of-way, and may contract with a trail manager line 15 or organization to meet these requirements. The agency may 16 contract with an operator to operate freight or excursion rail service 17 on this portion of the right-of-way, except that the service shall 18 not interfere with or harm the agency’s trail.
19 5886. The agency shall have and may exercise all rights and line 20 powers, expressed or implied, necessary to carry out the purposes 21 and intent of this chapter, including, but not limited to, to enter 22 into and perform all necessary contracts pursuant to Article 53.5 23 (commencing with Section 20815) of Chapter 1 of Part 3 of 24 Division 2 of the Public Contract Code.
25 5887. The agency shall be subject to the Ralph M. Brown Act 26 (Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 54950) of Part 1 of Division line 27 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code) and the California Public line 28 Records Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 6250) of line 29 Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code).
30 SEC. 6. Upon receiving the North Coast Railroad Authority’s 31 rights, privileges, and responsibilities relating to the authority’s 32 right-of-way south of mile post 142.5 in the City of Willits 33 pursuant to Section 93030 of the Government Code, ____ shall 34 conduct a freight rail study incorporating this entire length of the 35 right-of-way.
36 SEC. 7. If the Commission on State Mandates determines that 37 this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to 38 local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made

1 pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 2 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

South Fork player leads Humboldt Del Norte in Batting Average.


Here are the leading Humboldt-Del Norte High School Hitters. I was only able to retrieve the teams that have reported on Max Preps. I really could use some contacts for box scores for McKinleyville, Arcata, Hoopa Valley, Fortuna and Ferndale. Cyphers is one of the leading hitters in North Coast Section Division 3!


#   Name School Pos BA PA H AB
1   Scott Coffelt - Sr SF P, SS 0.552 41 16 29
2   Gannon Cyphers - Sr Eureka INF, P 0.514 42 18 35
3   Dalton Tehan - Sr Eureka 3B 0.480 31 12 25
4   David Vagle - Jr Eureka P, INF 0.467 34 14 30
5   Graham McConnell - Fr SF SS, OF 0.444 26 8 18
6   Cody Wyatt - Jr SF P, C 0.440 34 11 25
7   Ethan Fischel - Sr Eureka INF, RHP 0.423 35 11 26
8   C.J. Van Meter - Jr SF P, OF 0.414 39 12 29
9   Jorge Landeros - Sr DN INF, OF 0.385 43 15 39
10   Sebastian Puente - Jr DN OF, RHP 0.382 37 13 34
11   Garrison Finck - Sr ST B SS, P 0.381 32 8 21
12   Jared Crassweller - Sr Eureka OF, C 0.370 34 10 27
13   Isaiah Jimenez - Sr ST B 3B, P 0.357 20 5 14
14   Caleb Ruiz - Jr ST B RF, P 0.357 16 5 14
15   Cole Harper - Sr DN C, OF 0.351 40 13 37
16   Ryan Janeiro - Sr DN INF, RHP 0.345 37 10 29
17   Jackson Reese - Sr DN OF, C 0.333 34 10 30
18   Johnathan Burger - Sr Eureka OF 0.333 16 3 9
19   Sebastian Fabricius - Sr DN 1B, OF 0.316 25 6 19
20   Cooper Scott - Jr SF P, INF 0.306 39 11 36
21   Kaden Ritter - So DN OF, C 0.303 35 10 33
22   Drew Nylander - Jr Eureka LHP, 1B 0.294 21 5 17

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Top Ten All-Time Humboldt Baseball players.

10. Billy OlsenLiving legend. Was hearing about this guy’s dominance when he pitched against my brother Roy Marks in the early 60’s. Said to might be the best Crab Pitcher ever. 
9.   Barry Scarpellino: I witnessed some monstrous Home Runs by Barry while playing for the Crabs. Over the Highway sign and out onto the Highway and over the Highway down the left field line.  
8. Scott Eskra:  Anyone who comes from Humboldt and does really well in SEC for Ole Miss is a step above others. Left way to early in life. RIP. 
7.  Greg ShanahanWish he would have played for the Giants instead of the stinking Dodgers! Been a great baseball ambassador to Humboldt County High School players for years. 
6.  Randy NiemannHad a decent pro career.  That is saying a lot! Not too many players from Humboldt have stuck around in the pros this long!
5. Rick LundbladeDominated the Pac division in 1985. Batted over .400 and led the league in almost all categories with Barry Bonds in the league. I wish he had more chances at the minor league level to reach the big leagues. But Stanford Grad with law degree? Not too shabby. 
4. Dane IorgDane had some great playoff experience and won a world series. 
3.  Garth Iorg:  Had great long career and is now a base coach with the Brewers. Life is good for the Iorg's. Lee Iorg must be ready for the Humboldt Senior League! Give me a call Lee!
2. John Jaso:  More home runs and RBI's than any players from Humboldt. First player to hit for cycle at PNC park. Caught 23rd perfect game in Major league history by Felix Hernandez. This should leave him as the best ever.....right?
1.  Joe Oeschger:  Once pitched 21 innings in a game. Was a 20 game winner one year.  3.81 ERA.  535 K’s.  Early 1900’s though. It does kinda matter to me since players of color weren’t allowed.

 Others considered: Steve Van Deren, Gary Young, Gary Wilson,  Sam Dugan, Ned Yost, David Stone, "Bookie" Harrington,  Layfayette Henion, Eddie Kearse, Bill Kentworthy and Roy Partee. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Best Eggs Benedict in Eureka.

Sometimes I like good Eggs Benedict for breakfast. There are very limited places to get a decent order here in the Eureka area. So I will rate the best so you don’t get too disappointed. Here goes:

5. Golden Harvest Cafe: They will ask you if you want to substitute a biscuit for the muffins. Don't be tempted. Neither one is that great. Not the worst, but not the best. Top 5 barely. 

4.  The Chalet: If you are all set on the one in Cutten, be sure they are open. We have seen staffing problems there. Kind of inconsistent. Service is usually good.

3. Kristina's: One of my favorite breakfast spots. Had Prime Rib and eggs on Monday for $9.95. That was awesome. Their Eggs Benedict are good, not great. But the seasoned potatoes makes this meal worth it. 

2. The Cafenooner: Is consistently good no matter what you order up. I always seem to want whatever I see on someone else's plate. The Eggs Benedict are good but not good enough to be the best.

1. The Greene Lily: Best Eggs Benedict in Eureka hands down. Not even close. Great service and Robin would say they have the best cooked omelets. So why are you waiting? Go get some breakfast! 

Monday, March 19, 2018

A Senior softball story.


Mike and Buzz have known each other for nearly 60 years. Mike plays shortstop and Buzz plays second.  Bee that way since they played Little League in Blue Lake, Babe Ruth, Legion ad High School. They ended up playing college ball together and then played 4 years each for the Humboldt Crabs. As life moved on they played in the local softball league into their senior years. They were inseparable to the point they joined the same Senior Travel league and while on the road in the car they made a pact ; if one of them died before the other they would send a message to the one left behind about the existence of heaven and whether there was softball in the afterlife. Buzz was hit by an errant ball in the head while he was stretching a single into a double. He was mourned greatly by the Senior Softball community.  Mike waited patiently for some sort of sign from Buzz whether there was indeed softball in the afterlife. Months went by, but out of the blue Buzz showed up in a dream. When Mike saw him he was excited and asked quickly, well Buzz, is there softball ball in heaven? Buzz answered, “I have some good news and bad news for you. What would you like to know first?” Mike thought about it and then asked, “How about the good news?” Buzz answered, “Yes there is a great never ending softball tournament in heaven. The competition is always equal and the snack bar is always open.” Mike thought about it a second, then asked, “What is the bad news? Buzz looked at him and replied with a smile, “You are starting at short tonight!” ( Thanks to Mike Carroll for  story.) 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Can you be rewarded for bad credit? Shopping at Red Bluff Dodge you can!

Robin was reading the Times Standard this morning and pointed out that there is a Jeep Renegade with Altitude Package sale with rebates over $7,000 brings the price in at $15,777. (That includes back up camera, Air Conditioning, cruise, Tilt, Custom Wheels, Power heated mirrors and 31 MPG!) She then pointed out that we aren't eligible for $2,250 of the rebates because our credit is to good. She said to check out the small print and sure enough it says to qualify for some of the rebates you have to have a credit score under 619! 
How is that so? You have to have rotten credit to be eligible for a  "Non-Prime rebate" which is term for loan types that do not fit into the restraints of government lending standards known as Prime, Agency, or A-Paper Lending and defined as Qualified Mortgages. Non-Prime loans are also known as temporary or fixer loans for borrowers who are on their way to Prime but need a little help before they qualify. Non-Prime loans characteristically are made to borrowers who have had a past credit event or events in the form of Foreclosure(s), Bankruptcy(ies), Short Sale(s), late payment(s), collection(s), charge-off(s), etcetera.  
A reward for bad behavior. No wonder times seem so weird.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Hailey Dolcini last of the Division 1 players from Humboldt County? Big West player of the week!

Maybe the most dominate softball player in Humboldt County history. She seemed to really enjoy playing and that seems to have followed her to UC Riverside where she is pitching for the Highlanders. Her overall record so far this Freshman season is 8-2 with an overall Earned Run Average of 1.52. That seems to be a pretty good start......but get this, she is 5-0 with and ERA of .18 in her last 6 games pitched! She has only given up 1 earned run in her last 38 Innings pitched! And she has struck out 32 D1 batters in those 6 games. She was named the Big West player of the week! Nice to see local girl playing at such an outstanding level.

Am I missing any other local athletes playing D1 ball anywhere?

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Senior Pitchers and Catchers report!


Above is the Eureka Trading Post Relics 2017 team. 15-9 League record. One tourney Championship. Bottom front, Mark Raymond Second Row Alan Richard Radford, Tom Marking, Rus Krause, Brian Pelley, Kent Willis and Al Wolski Back Row Pat Wagner, Mike Lorenzen, Paul Barrett, Mike Owen, Ken Hoffman, Jeff Haag, Mike Ramos, Richard Marks and Bob Borden.

The last few weeks I have witnessed the following senior players hitting and taking grounders, Bill Hicks, Stuart Rosenburg, Barry Scarpelino, Tom Pagano, Dan Duncan, David Wainwright, Dave Lonn, Frankie, Mikey Carroll, Uwe, Randy Troxel, Mickey Ayala, Mike Yancheff, Buzzy Johnson, Jeff Self, Jeff Powers, Dennis Costa, Tom Moore, Barry Oliver and others. The average age was over 65!

If you are looking to play in this years Humboldt Senior League Softball league, click the link to the left and start the process. You have to be 58 years old this year. PLAY BALL!. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

California Dredging issues addressed at CMANC.

I went to a California Maritime Affairs and Navigation Conference meeting in Los Angeles recently to talk about dredging issues. I am a director on CMANC and here was a quick synapse on what happened there:

Humboldt Harbor main channels are on schedule to dredged from May 20th to June 10th by the Army Corp of Engineers. It is estimated that 600,000 cubic yards will be moved by hopper dredge. Only the Channel Islands, San Francisco Harbor, and Oakland Harbor are scheduled for more. 

"Sea Level Rise" has now been replaced by" Sea Level Change" as the politically correct designation since lands in Alaska are rising and lands in New Orleans are sinking. Discussion was had about "Graceful Failure or retreat." 

Dredge Spoils is also on the way out. A 3,000 cubic yard "Strategic Placement of materials with Beneficial Reuse" components on pilot project using tides, spraying methods and other state of the art type processes is in the works. Maybe Moffett field on SF Bay.

Lt. General Todd Semonite of the Army Corp of Engineers gave an impassioned speech about  the Corps commitment to follow through on projects. I had a chance to talk to him and he was attentive.  

Smaller Marina in North San Diego has a cooper paint abatement project ongoing. Cooper is being replaced by new paints. This could have a dramatic affect in Humboldt. It is coming in the future.

Keith Merkel updated the Eel Grass conundrum. The concerns and issues are state wide. Humboldt has more Eel grass than all of the other harbors in California. Might be why we are the only "High Health" certified bay in California.  

Small East Harbor Marina in SF has 300 core samples checking for contaminants. 1 million dollars in costs. They may close the marina and that would eliminate about 300 boat slips.  


Superfund Maintenance Dredging the Willamette in 9.1 mile stretch on city front of Portland has a current price tag of 1 Billion dollars.

New Humboldt Bay Harbor Recreation and Conservation District Executive Director Larry Oetker was able to spend quality time with other ports to hear issues and figure how they could apply to solution for Humboldt. Dredging is definitely on the forefront for the Harbor District.