Monthly Archives: February 2011

Sneak peek at the coming issue

The March 2, 2011 edition of the McKinleyville Press is now at the printer, waiting to be plated and inked onto newsprint.

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s paper.

• There’s a tragic story about the death of Dustin Lee Praytor, who was killed in car wreck last week. We also have his obituary. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.

• The Airport Advisory Committee got a chuckle out of the recent Planning Commission discussion about moving the county’s main airport. Apparently, it’s a nutty idea.

• There’s coverage of the Planned Parenthood rally (and counter rally) that took place last week.

• Heroes, heroes, heroes. The Red Cross honored a bunch of them and we have their stories.

• Wow! What a great season for the Mack High Boys and Girls basketball teams. Read all about it.

• There’s a new director at the McK Senior Center. Find out who it is.

• Lots of art exhibits in Trinidad!

• On the opinion page, there’s a letter about the end of the pot industry as we know it. Is the THC gold rush over?

• One letter writer thinks McKinleyville should have a Municipal Advisory Committee. Another writer wants a Planning Commission.

• McKinleyville man wins Peacemaker Award.

• There’s opposition in Trinidad to a tsunami siren, or at least the proposed location.

And there’s more. To read all about it, pick up a copy of this week’s paper or subscribe.

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Flower Power?


Who the heck is this guy and what is he doing in the coming edition of the Mack Press? Pick up a copy of Wednesday’s paper to find out, or subscribe today.

 

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Rain, rain and, coming soon, wind and more rain.



Looks like we'll have an entire week of rain, with wind increasing late Tuesday. Might be a good week to stay inside, or go see a movie. (Photo is of the box office at the Mill Creek Cinema in McKinleyville.)


Raw "discussion" from the National Weather Service in Eureka.

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA CA
 430 AM PST MON FEB 28 2011
 
 .SYNOPSIS...TWO WEAK FRONTS WILL BRING PERIODS OF LIGHT RAIN AND 
 SNOW TODAY THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY. TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY A 
 STRONGER STORM WILL BRING SIGNIFICANT RAIN AND HIGH ELEVATION SNOW 
 AS WELL AS GUSTY WINDS TO THE COAST. 
 
 &&
 
 DISCUSSION...MORNING WEATHER SHOWS LIGHT SHOWERS MOVING SOUTH SOUTHWEST
 TO NORTH NORTHEAST ACROSS THE NORTH COAST.  AS OF 4AM ONLY 0.02 
 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN AT EKA AS A WEAK FRONT REMAINS NEARLY STATIONARY
 ACROSS THE ORCA BORDER. THIS FEATURE WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE SOME UPGLIDE
 OVER THE COASTAL REGIONS THROUGH MOST OF THE DAY WITH SOME 
 ENHANCEMENT IN PRECIPITATION RATES EXPECTED THROUGHOUT THE DAY DUE 
 TO THE PASSING OF A COUPLE OF MINOR SHORTWAVES. A BRIEF BREAK IN THE 
 WEATHER OCCURS TONIGHT AND TOMORROW BEFORE ATTENTION TURNS TO THE NEXT
 STORM THAT WILL PROVIDE MUCH MORE PUNCH THAN TODAYS.  LATER TUESDAY
 AFTERNOON A 982MB LOW WILL MOVE TO NEAR 40N 130W WITH A WARM FRONT THAT
 WILL EXTEND OVER THE CWA PROVIDING SOME LIGHT RAIN AND INCREASING SOUTH
 WINDS OFF THE COAST.  TOWARD TUESDAY EVENING THE COLD FRONT WILL FOLLOW
 WITH SOUTH WINDS RAMPING UP TO GALE FORCE OVER THE COASTAL WATERS 
 ALONG WITH 20 TO 30 MPH WINDS EXPECTED ALONG THE REDWOOD COAST AND 
 MENDOCINO COAST. ALTHOUGH WIND SPEEDS SHOULD REMAIN BELOW WIND ADVISORY 
 CRITERIA SOME LOCALIZED HIGHER GUSTS ARE LIKELY OVER FAVORED AREAS 
 SUCH TRINIDAD HEAD AND CRESCENT CITY.  STRONGER GUSTS ARE ALSO LIKELY 
 ALONG THE COASTAL HILL COMMUNITIES SUCH AS KNEELAND AND FICKLE HILL. 
 MODELS IN GOOD AGREEMENT ON BRINGING PRECIPITATION BULLSEYES OVER 
 THE FORT BRAGG AREA LATE TUESDAY NIGHT WITH ABOUT AN INCH OF RAIN 
 EXPECTED ACROSS THOSE AREAS AND HIGHER AMOUNTS OF 2 OR EVEN 3 INCHES 
 ACROSS OROGRAPHICALLY ENHANCED SPOTS SUCH AS THE HONEYDEW AREA. 
 GIVEN THE EXTENT OF THE WARM AIR ADVECTION EXPECTED THROUGH 
 TUESDAY...EARLIER THOUGHTS OF TRAPPED COLD AIR ACROSS THE INTERIOR 
 SEEMS LESS LIKELY NOW.  FREE AIR SNOW LEVELS SHOULD RANGE FROM 4 TO 
 5K TUESDAY NIGHT AND ALTHOUGH AREAS ACROSS TRINITY VALLEY MAY SEE 
 SLIGHTLY LOWER SNOW LEVELS...THE LOWER VALLEY COMMUNITIES SHOULD SEE 
 ALL RAIN. GIVEN THE RELATIVELY HIGH SNOW LEVELS HAVE OPTED TO 
 ADDRESS THE POTENTIAL OF HEAVY SNOW WITH A SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT 
 (SPSEKA) RATHER THAN ISSUING A WINTER STORM WATCH. THE POTENTIAL FOR 
 HEAVY SNOW ABOVE 4500 FEET IS HIGH. USING A CONSERVATIVE 8 TO 1 
 RATIO WOULD STILL YIELD ANYWHERE FROM 6 TO 10 INCHES OF NEW SNOW. 
 AFTER COLD FRONT PASSAGE SNOW LEVELS WILL DIP SLIGHTLY ON WEDNESDAY 
 SO THE LIKELY HOOD OF SNOW SHOWERS ACROSS PASS LEVELS ARE 
 POSSIBLE...BUT ACCUMULATIONS SHOULD REMAIN BELOW ADVISORY CRITERIA. 
 BEHIND THE COLD FRONT SHOWERY CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO LINGER 
 THROUGH THURSDAY. THE GFS/ECMWF SHOW A RIDGE BRIEFLY BUILDING INTO 
 THE REGION ON FRIDAY. TIMING AND STRENGTH IS STILL UNCERTAIN AND THE 
 RIDGE QUICKLY BREAKS DOWN AS THE MODELS BRING ANOTHER SYSTEM IN FOR 
 THE WEEKEND.

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Humboldt Roller Derby this Saturday

 

From Humboldt Roller Derby:

 

Bring your friends and family out to Humboldt Roller Derby’s first double-header of their 2011 season!
Come cheer on your favorite skaters at Redwood Acres’ Franceschi Hall on Saturday, March 5. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the first bout will start at 6 p.m., featuring Humboldt’s Widow Makers against Reno’s Battle Born Derby Demons.
At around 7:30 p.m., Humboldt’s Redwood Rollers will take on the Bay Area Derby (B.A.D.) Girls’ Oakland Outlaws.
Tickets are currently on sale online at humboldtrollerderby.com, at People’s Records on the Plaza in Arcata, and The Works in Eureka (note their new location in Old Town on C Street between 2nd and 3rd!). Ticket prices are $10 in advance or $12 at the door – if there are any left. Bouts always sell out quickly, so be sure to buy your tickets early.
Humboldt Roller Derby bouts are always family-friendly, and kids aged 10 and under get in free (with no ticket required).
As always, this event will feature entertainment by HRD’s brass band, the Dirty Derby Blowhards, dance performances by the Derby Darlings dance crew, and all the food and drink you can handle. Microbrews will be provided by Six Rivers Brewery, with beer sale proceeds to benefit the North Star Quest Camp for Girls.
For more information about Humboldt Roller Derby, check out humboldtrollerderby.com.

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Spamalot tickets?

The McKinleyville Press is in desperate need of 2 tickets to Spamalot. Anyone?

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Humboldt newspapering, 1855

“We have to apologize to the readers of the Times this week for double-banking on them a little with our reading matter. The shooting affray which occurred in our office last week left us without a compositor; with the assistance, however, of a ‘gentleman from the mountains,” we offer you this sheet as an apology for the Humboldt Times. Henry Rohner, who was shot in this office, before our last issue, is still alive and his attending physician considers him out of danger.”

– Humboldt Times, Nov. 3, 1855

From “The Sea Captain’s Odyssey, Biography of Captain H.H. Buhne” by Marvin Shepherd

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This morning’s weather report

Don’t forget to crack the ice on your dog’s water bowl before you leave the house this morning. It will be a cold, but sunny, weekend. Next week looks like it will be wet and nasty.

Here’s the weather “discussion” from the National Weather Service in Eureka:

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA CA
415 AM PST SAT FEB 26 2011

.SYNOPSIS…A COLD AIR MASS WILL REMAIN OVER THE AREA THROUGH
SUNDAY. A SERIES OF PACIFIC STORMS WILL BRING PERIODIC RAIN AND
PERHAPS STRONG WIND THROUGH MID NEXT WEEK.

&&

.DISCUSSION…PRIMARY FOCUS OF THE FORECAST TODAY THROUGH SUNDAY
WILL BE THE RECORD COLD ACROSS THE REGION. MOIST GROUNDS AND LIGHT
NORTHEAST WINDS HAVE KEPT TEMPERATURES FROM RAPIDLY FALLING…BUT
AS OF 3 AM SEVERAL SITES WERE AT 30F OR LESS ALONG THE COAST.
SEVERAL OF THE RAWS IN THE UPPER ELEVATIONS OF TRINITY HAVE DIPPED
INTO THE TEENS WITH A FEW READINGS IN THE SINGLE DIGITS. AN ARCTIC
HIGH OVER EASTERN OREGON WILL CONTINUE TO MIGRATE SOUTHWARD TODAY
AND SLOWLY MODERATE THROUGH TONIGHT.

AIR MASS ALOFT WILL WARM TONIGHT…BUT EARLY MORNING MINIMUMS ON
SUNDAY WILL MOST LIKELY DIP BELOW FREEZING ALONG THE COAST AGAIN.
RECORD LOWS WILL ONCE AGAIN BE IN JEOPARDY. ANOTHER HARD FREEZE
WARNING WILL BE NECESSARY IF TEMPERATURES FALL AS EXPECTED FOR A
DURATION OF 2 HOURS OR MORE AND CLOUDS FROM AN APPROACHING FRONT
HOLD OFF TIL MID MORNING SUNDAY.

EXPECT ICY SPOTS ON ROADS THROUGHOUT THE REGION FOR THE NEXT
COUPLE OF NIGHT/MORNINGS. SOUTHERLY WIND AND INCREASING CLOUD
COVER WILL START TO MODERATE TEMPERATURES SUNDAY NIGHT INTO
MONDAY. THE WARMING WILL BE SLOWER ACROSS THE INTERIOR ESPECIALLY
IN EASTERN TRINITY WHERE FREEZING AND SUBFREEZING TEMPS ARE LIKELY
FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS.

THE MAIN STORY FOR NEXT WEEK IS THE POTENTIAL FOR HEAVY RAIN AND
STRONG WINDS. AS USUAL THE STRONG WINDS WILL OCCUR OVER THE WATERS
AND OVER THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS…BUT MAY EXTEND DOWN TO SEA LEVEL.
THE GFS AND ECWMF WERE IN DECENT AGREEMENT WITH BRINGING THE FIRST
WAVE OF PRECIPITATION INTO THE AREA SUNDAY NIGHT. THIS LOOKS TO BE
ON THE LIGHT SIDE BUT WILL BOOST PRECIP CHANCES NORTH OF CAPE MENDO.
STRONGER OVERRUNNING AND UPSLOPE SOUTH FLOW DEVELOPS ON MONDAY AND WE
SHOULD SEE HIGHER AMOUNTS OF PRECIP. THE EXCEPTION WILL BE AROUND
THE GREATER EUREKA AREA WHERE DOWN SLOPING FROM THE KING RANGE MAY
REDUCE PRECIP AMOUNTS INITIALLY IF WINDS GET TOO STRONG. SNOW LEVELS
SHOULD INCREASE ON MONDAY…BUT MAY STILL AFFECT PASSES ALONG HIGHWAYS
299 AND 36. COLD AND DRY AIR WEDGED IN OVER EASTERN TRINITY MAY
BRING LOCALLY LOWER SNOWFALL…DOWN TO 2KFT. STAY TUNED AS THE
DETAILS IN THE FORECAST ARE STILL SKETCHY. DJB

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Snow photos

Here are some photos taken by Scott W. Binder this morning in the vicinity of Berry Summit.

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Morning weather update

UPDATE NO. 2: I went out to get some photos/video of the snow, which is when it stopped snowing. Very uncooperative.

(UPDATE: About 10 seconds after posting this it started snowing!)

Looks like the chance for snow at sea level has passed, although dark clouds are hanging over Mack Town. The weekend will be cold, but dry.


Here’s a view of snow in the hills taken from the Arcata Bottoms this morning.


Here’s the view looking east toward the Hammond Bridge. The Mad River is nice and full.

Here’s the raw text from the National Weather Service in Eureka:

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA CA
455 AM PST FRI FEB 25 2011

.SYNOPSIS…A COLD WEATHER SYSTEM WILL BRING SCATTERED RAIN AND
SNOW SHOWERS TO THE REGION TODAY. DRY BUT COLD WEATHER IS EXPECTED
ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. A WARMER STORM WILL AFFECT THE AREA NEXT
WEEK WITH THE POSSIBILITY FOR HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG WINDS.

&&

.DISCUSSION…MAIN FORECAST CONCERN CONTINUES TO REVOLVE AROUND THE
POTENTIAL FOR SNOW DOWN TO SEA LEVEL EARLY THIS MORNING. SO FAR
IT HAS BEEN A COLD RAIN ALONG THE NORTH COAST WITH TEMPERATURES OF
34-36F. BAND OF PRECIP MOVING THROUGH EARLY THIS MORNING LOOKS TO
BE THE LAST SHOT FOR SNOW…WITH WINDS GOING SLIGHTLY OFFSHORE. IT
WAS ABOUT THIS TIME IN FEBRUARY OF 2007 WHEN THUNDER-SNOW ROLLED
THROUGH ARCATA-EUREKA MUNI AIRPORT DUMPING 2-4 INCHES OF SNOW. SO
FAR WE`VE RECEIVED ONLY A FEW REPORTS OF SNOW MIXED WITH RAIN. IN
ADDITION…ASOS HAS BEEN REPORTING UNKNOWN PRECIP.

THE COLD AIR MASS WILL CONTINUE TO PLUNGE SOUTHWARD TODAY…WITH
THE BULK OF OPEN CELLULAR CONVECTION STAYING OFFSHORE. THE UPPER
LOW WILL DIG RIGHT OVER THE INTERIOR THIS AFTERNOON AND WE WILL
SEE A SECONDARY SPIKE IN SCATTERED SNOW SHOWER ACTIVITY…PRIMARILY
INLAND. A FEW MORE SHOWERS MAY ROLL ONTO THE COAST FROM THE OCEAN
AND IN THE WRAP AROUND THROUGH THIS EVENING. THE PRECIP LOOKS TO
WIND DOWN TONIGHT AS THE UPPER LOW MOVES INTO CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
BY 4AM PST SATURDAY. AN ARCTIC HIGH WILL SETTLE OVER EASTERN
OREGON CREATING OFFSHORE WIND FLOW FOR NORTHWEST CALIFORNIA. IT
WILL GET REALLY COLD TONIGHT AND EARLY SATURDAY. NEW RECORD LOW
TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED ALONG THE NORTH COAST. RECORDS ELSEWHERE
MAY BE IN JEOPARDY AS WELL. A HARD FREEZE WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED
FOR TEMPERATURES OF 24-29F ALONG THE NORTH COAST.

SOLUTIONS HAVE BEEN INDICATING A WARM TYPE FRONT MOVING INTO THE
PAC NW ON SUNDAY…WITH PRECIP EXTENDING AS FAR SOUTH AS THE DEL
NORTE COUNTY SUNDAY AFTERNOON. THE BRUNT OF THE PRECIP LOOKS TO
HOLD OFF TIL MONDAY…WITH OVERRUNNING PRECIP PERHAPS OVERSPREADING
THE ENTIRE FORECAST AREA. SNOW LEVELS SHOULD RAMP UP ACROSS MOST
OF THE AREA ON MONDAY…EXCEPT IN CENTRAL/EASTERN TRINITY WHERE
SNOW MAY ACCUMULATE AS LOW AS 2KFT.

NEXT WEEK IS LOOKING WET AND STORMY…WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR
HEAVY RAIN AND BOUTS OF STRONG WIND. THE GFS HAS BEEN WAVERING
AROUND FROM RUN TO RUN…BUT OVERALL THE THEME IS FOR IT TO BE
WET. THIS STORM DOES LOOK TO BE WARMER…HOWEVER HEAVY SNOW
WILL LIKELY BE A CONCERN FOR THE UPPER ELEVATIONS. DJB

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Move the county airport?

Some Planning Commissioners recently suggested that a new location be found for Humboldt County’s main airport. In next week’s McKinleyville Press, read about what members of the Airport Advisory Committee think of this idea.

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