Politics and Community
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On Friday, October 7th, community members met at the Garberville Vet's Hall, from 6 - 8 PM to address homelessness issues in Southern Humboldt. Friday's meeting was the most recent public forum in a series of meetings hosted by different groups, to address this issue. Problems and concerns that have been voiced at these meetings include:
- lack of a public bathroom in Redway or Garberville
- littering, including trash and feces
- alleged drug dealing at the Vet's Park in Garberville
- transient loitering
- perceived lack of respect from the community toward transients and vice versa.
According to a Press Release from multiple Klamath Stakeholder groups, dated 9/21/11:
- The most probable estimate for dam removal and associated mitigations is $290 million (in 2020 dollars). Partial removal would cost $247 million, this assumes leaving some structures in place such as old powerhouses and selected abutment structures. Note that $200 million would come from ratepayers (who would otherwise foot the $500 million plus price tag for dam relicensing) and the balance would come from California.
- The one-year dam removal project is estimated to result in 1,400 jobs during the year of construction.
- Commercial fishing jobs were estimated in five Management Zones. Estimated jobs stemming from improved fishing conditions range from 11 average annual jobs in the KMZ-OR Management Area to 218 average annual jobs in the San Francisco Management Area.
- Dam removal would immediately alleviate massive blooms of toxic algae that plague the river each summer and pose health risks.
- Salmon dependent Tribes would benefit from increased abundance of salmon and improved water quality.
- Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges would receive additional water and for the first time in more than 100 years, receive a certainty of water delivery. This water supply could improve hunting and wildlife viewing, which could attract more visitors to the refuges. There would be an estimated additional 193,830 fall waterfowl and 3,634 hunting trips over the 50-year period of analysis.
On Friday, August 26, 2011, at 7 pm, Cindy Sheehan spoke and answered questions at the Vet's Hall in Garberville. Sheehan is an anti-war activist whose son, U.S. Army Specialist Casey Sheehan was killed by enemy action during the Iraq War. This tragedy prompted her to speak out against the wars and in early August 2005 to organize a protest camp outside President George W. Bush's Prairie Chapel Ranch, just outside Crawford, Texas. She was also one of the nine founding members of Gold Star Families for Peace an organization that seeks to end the US occupation of Iraq and provides support for families of soldiers killed in Iraq. Cindy Sheehan is still active in both anti-war and environmental issues and is traveling on the "Peace Bus" to advocate for "Revolutionary Communities."
Community Journalist, Kelly Lincoln, covered the event for KMUD News and recorded the session. The audio for the entire event was split into four parts- use the players below to hear the audio.
According to a KMUD Newscast aired July 28, 2011, KMUD News Coordinator, Cynthia Elkins, reported that Barnum Timber Company is going through a process to have the county recognize parcels on portions of their holdings and has filed an application that covers approximately 27 square miles. Barnum is disputing the number of parcels the County has certified, saying there are more. The appeals cover close to 7000 acres out of the 17,000 in the application. The parcels in dispute are in the Garberville (Sprowel Creek) and Whitethorn areas.
Use the audio player below to hear the July 28, 2011 KMUD newscast, which includes the interview with Kirk Girard, Director of Humboldt County Community Development Services Department.
On July 28, 2011 the Humboldt County Planning Commission denied the Barnum Timber Company’s appeal of the staff determination regarding the legality of some of its parcels in Southern Humboldt. The appeal will now be heard by the Board of Supervisors. The Barnum Company has made it known that they will challenge the decision by suing the county if their appeal is not upheld.
On August 1, 2011, KMUD news aired a report by Daniel Mintz on the Planning Commission decision. That report may be heard by using the player below.
Below are supporting documents and links to fill in the details of this complex issue:
- Click here for a color coded Determination of Status “Township” map (from Humboldt County Community Services Development Department website) showing parcels issued and parcels yet to be determined. Other maps and figures may be found at: http://co.humboldt.ca.us/planning/commission/2011/BTC_figures.pdf
- Click here for a link to Barnum Timber Company Appeal of Administrative Determinations of Status-Case Nos.: DS-06-03A and DS-09-25A-Garberville and Whitethorn Areas
- Map of Parcels showing locations with regard to towns, roads and streams-generated by Healthy Humboldt (takes several seconds to load)
- For other links: click here and scroll down to Hearing Date July 28 (Barnum Timber)