Politics and Community

Politics and Community

Here you will find a broad range of news articles with a focus on community and political content.

Community members rallied after hearing about the possible closure of the Obstetrics Unit at Redwood Memorial Hospital (RMH) in Fortuna. About 200 members of the public attended an afternoon public meeting on the issue held last Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. The objective of the meeting was to explain the situation and get feedback from the public to help inform the St. Joseph Health/Humboldt County Board of Trustees as they consider several options, including consolidating the Redwood Memorial and St. Joseph obstetrics programs.




According to Redwood Memorial Foundation President John Egan, coverage issues and lack of recruitment, not lack of money, were the reasons for considering eliminating the obstetrics program at Redwood Memorial. Use the player below to hear more on this story, aired by Terri Klemetson on the KMUD Local News Friday, Dec.6.

Use the players below to hear audio from the public meeting.  KMUD thanks Precision Intermedia and the McLean Foundation for providing us with the audio recordings.

RMH Public Meeting part 1: Introductions and Comments

RMH Public Meeting part 2: Health System Presentation

RMH Public Meeting part 3: Comments

The Community Journalism Project (CJP) took shape in 2009 under the direction of Terri Klemetson who is now News Director at KMUD.  Initial goals of the CJP included getting more voices on the Local News, and more multi-media collaboration within the KMUD listening community. Participation in the program does not require prior knowledge of journalism or radio broadcasting. The CJP training component covers the basics of broadcast journalism, including: ethics, interviewing techniques, recording equipment basics, writing for radio, story composition and editing.

Terrri Klemetson describes her vision in this way, "I wanted listeners to understand journalism ethics, and I wanted to create a space for open dialogue about why and how the KMUD Newsroom picked stories to air.  It was a great forum for open discussion, critique and skill sharing.  I also firmly believe that KMUD is more than a radio station - our newsroom needs to adapt to the changing media world and the expansion of social media as a news source and communication tool."

A spin-off from the CJP was the Emergency Response Team (ERT), which evolved in 2010 to enhance the coverage of emergency events such as earthquakes, major slides, fires, and floods. ERT members come from those who have already gone through the Community Journalist training and then receive additional emergency preparedness training and participate in practice sessions.

Another round of Community Journalist training classes has been scheduled between now and the end of the year. All classes are free (donations welcome) and are held at the KMUD studios at: 1144 Redway Dr, Redway, Calif. For more information call the KMUD Office at (707) 923-2513 or the KMUD News Room (707) 923-2605.

The current 2013 class schedule appears below:

  • Nov. 24 – (Everyone invited!) - 1:00-3:00. This class will teach audio editing, using both Audacity and Sound Studio. Both Monique Rowan and Terri Klemetson will be teaching. Newsroom reporters, producers, and anchors will be attending to share audio editing tips.
  • Dec. 1 – (Everyone invited!) - 1:00-3:00. This class will include information about investigative reporting, Public Records Act (PRA) , and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
  • Dec. 15 – (Everyone invited!) - 1:00-3:00. Emergency Response Team class will cover winter disaster preparedness.
  • Jan. 5 – (Everyone invited!) - 1:00-3:00. This class will focus on audio editing.
  • Jan. 19 – (Everyone invited!) - 1:00-3:00. This class will present information on investigative reporting.


Today, Friday Oct. 11, 2013, is day 11 of the partial Federal Government Shutdown and although the White House and Congress have been recently engaging in staff-level negotiations, the impasse, with Obamacare at its focal point, has not yet been resolved.

According to a press release from 2nd District Congressman Jared Huffman, he will hold a Telephone Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. Huffman will take questions regarding his efforts to end the government shutdown, as well as his other work and priorities representing the North Coast in Congress.

In the release Huffman stated, “I’m looking forward to discussing with Northern Californians about what exactly I’m doing to end the government shutdown. We need to reopen our government, and I am looking forward to discussing that and other issues with my constituents.”

Click here to sign up for the Telephone Town Hall Meeting.


Monday, September 30, 2013

Government shutdown looms-update

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Update: Thurs., Oct 3, 2013 - Officially beginning on Tues, Oct.1, 2013, the U.S. federal government entered a "shutdown", suspending discretionary services deemed "non-excepted" by the Federal Antideficiency Act.

The current shutdown has resulted in 800,000 federal workers being furloughed, and it's estimated that their lost salaries alone will cost the U.S. economy 300 million dollars per day, according to CBS News.com

The last shutdowns occurred in 1995-6 and lasted a total of 28 days.  At this point there is no indication of how long the present shutdown will last.

According to a CNN/ORC International poll, which was conducted Friday through Sunday and came out on Monday, Sept. 30, 46% of respondents say they would blame congressional Republicans for a government shutdown, with 36% saying the president would be more responsible and 13% pointing fingers at both the GOP in Congress and Obama. The original post of this story appears below. See the "Additional Resources" section at the bottom of this page for links to more information.

 Original post of this story:

It's been 17 years since the last government shutdown, and the threat of a repetition of this event is looming again as House Republicans attempt maneuvers to prevent implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).  According to CNN.com, "President Barack Obama made a previously unscheduled statement to reporters on Monday afternoon that repeated his criticism of the attempts by House Republicans to undermine Obamacare that he said threaten to harm the economy with a shutdown."

In response to the House Republican maneuvers, U.S. Congressman from the 2nd District of California, Jared Huffman, posted this message on his Facebook page:

"Tonight, the House GOP majority set in motion a shutdown of our national government starting Monday at midnight. Instead of allowing a vote to simply maintain government funding and avoid a shutdown, Speaker Boehner caved in to the Tea Party fringe of his party and re-issued a partisan ultimatum: no government funding unless the Affordable Care Act is repealed. This is the GOP's 43rd futile attempt to repeal Obamacare. It's not going to happen. I am certain that more reasonable minds in the Republican caucus will eventually change course, work with Democrats, and enact responsible legislation to fund the government. The question is, how much will the American people and our economy will have to suffer before they come to their senses?"

KMUD News Anchor, Eileen Russell, aired a report on this story on the KMUD Local News on Mon., Sept 30, 2013. Use the player below to hear details of what a government shutdown would mean for various government programs and services, including the implications for national parks and specifically for local parks.

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