From KCRA: “Crime statistics by the Redding Police Department show in January 2015, the Safeway on Pine Street had 151 calls made to police from that location with 15 arrests. In February, after the store changed its hours, the number of calls dropped to police to 67, with arrests dropping to seven. Those numbers stayed consistently lower for the months to come.”
Translation: when this store started closing between midnight and 6am, their police calls dropped to less than half the former numbers. However, the other Redding Safeway, which continues its 24-hour open policy, has seen its police calls GROW from 57 calls and three arrests in February to 109 calls and 19 arrests in May. In other words, they doubled.
It appears this is a whack-a mole situation- the trouble calls move around to where the OPEN stores are. What if they BOTH closed down during the wee hours? What a concept!
Here’s the announcement, from their Facebook page. “Humboldt Soup Company is looking for a part time customer service/counter person. Want to work in a fast paced environment? Have a passion for customer service? Love food and all the goodness that it shares? Are you able to smile through the pressure? We want to meet you! Experience not required but it helps. Smiley faces move to the front of the line. No drops ‘ins or phone calls please. For consideration please submit resume or letter of interest to: email@example.com Good Luck!”
HSC has become one of my favorite places and Christine, the owner, is hardworking and sincere in her effort to provide fresh and local produce. If you get hired, you’ll see me frequently. Good luck!
A FOB (Friend of the Blog) advised us that Grocery Outlet is opening at Strong’s Plaza in Fortuna. GO confirms this and says they’re already pouring concrete in Fortuna. Different owners for Fortuna, however.
We learn from the Coos Bay World that service to Denver , yes, Denver, will continue through the summer. I find this somewhat amazing.
Here, without comment, are genuine “Housing Wanted” ads that have appeared within the past year on our local Craig’s List. They are transcribed exactly as they appeared. Enjoy!
“Need free space for band practice.”
“Looking for room for couple with two toddlers and a dog. Must have hi-speed internet for our business and space for homeschooling kids. Also RV parking. Can pay $300.”
“Chill dude looking to settle in Humboldt. Will have to work for rent since I don’t have any cash. “
“Homeless student entrepuner (sic) with four dogs, two ponies.”
“Fun couple seeks room.”
“I wanna live with couscous(sic), real farmers.”
“WANTED: HOUSE FOR PARTY”
“I’m 20 turning 21 this year and have experience working with people but my life revolves around bud. “
“Viking Pagan needs place to live.”
“Occultist seeks new magickal (sic) space.”
“looking for a house to rent for 2-3 weeks till my rental house comes available. i have a small dog, trained, also i will have two house guests for the next 6 days till they fly home. need a place by tomorrow.”
CNBC’s new series “Blue Collar Millionaires” featured a Redding man, Boyce Muse, in its initial broadcast. Muse, the founder and owner, with his wife, of Muse Concrete, came up from dire poverty. At an early age, they bet everything they owned on a future building boom in Northern California. They bet right.
Concrete is an expensive business. The machinery involved in pouring and sawing concrete is massive and difficult to transport. Muse now has over 100 employees, 16 machines up from the original one, and the business did $13M in 2014. They do projects all over Northern California. The Muses have two homes, a 4000 sf home in Redding and and an 8000 sf mountain retreat near Mt Shasta. And a plane. You can rent the Shasta house when they’re not using it for $895 a night.
Mrs. Muse is shown describing the trepidation they felt at taking out a loan for a machine that cost more than their then-house. Yes, their bet paid off. But would that kind of financing even be available today? Ever since the 2008 crash, it seems that financing has dried up. It’s going to be hard to spawn more tycoons without capital available for investment.
The next two episodes of “Blue Collar Millionaire” air tonight (July 22) at 7 and 10pm on CNBC. You may have to tape Sharknado.
“Dark Matter Digital Network, a burgeoning online radio network focused on science, paranormal and related topical radio shows, has selected StreamGuys to provide all content delivery network (CDN) and streaming services for its programming, including dynamic ad insertion.” according to a press release from StreamGuys.
It continues, “The appointment of StreamGuys as the network’s exclusive CDN and streaming partner coincides with paranormal radio legend Art Bell’s return to broadcasting. Mr. Bell’s new Midnight in the Desert program premieres this week, airing weeknights on Dark Matter Digital Network at 12 midnight ET.”
(Calls to KINS and to BiCoastal Media, formerly the local outlet for Bell’s late night show, established that they currently have no plans to carry his new show but a barrage of phone calls could perhaps change their minds. Bell fans are vociferous in their devotion. KXL in Portland, 101.1 FM, is carrying the broadcasts as are KNYE in Pahrump NV, 95.1 FM and four SoCal stations. Does anyone besides Art Bell really live in Pahrump NV?)
“Keith Rowland, owner of Dark Matter Digital Network and a longtime webmaster and engineer for Art Bell, has gradually built a live talent roster since launching the network in 2013. With the return of Art Bell and the addition of The Other Side of Midnight, a new show from Richard C. Hoagland airing immediately after Midnight in the Desert, Rowland sought to offload the growing responsibilities that come with a busier live streaming schedule—and a quickly growing audience.
A recommendation from TuneIn, the popular stream aggregator that will carry Midnight in the Desert via its mobile app, brought StreamGuys into the picture. StreamGuys quickly established a robust, cloud- based streaming architecture that can quickly scale up or down to accommodate audience sizes from show to show, along with redundant mp3 and AAC+ streams to accommodate most media players. Rowland also signed on for StreamGuys’ dynamic ad insertion service, ensuring a simple path to stream monetization without the burden of managing ad schedules and delivery.”
“StreamGuys developed a strong combination of hardware and streaming infrastructure that covered everything from dynamic user numbers to ad delivery,” said Rowland. “They built a redundant server backbone to handle thousands of connections seamlessly, with automatic failover to backup systems as needed. It’s an intelligent configuration that can determine which server and data center location is best equipped to handle each connection. And the ad insertion service happens entirely server-side, which means we simply have to send a toe down the audio chain to trigger ads. They do all the heavy lifting, which removes the headaches of manual ad management from the client side.”
The monetization angle is especially important for Dark Matter Digital Network as a quickly growing streaming network. While 22 over-the-air radio stations in North America have signed on to pick up Midnight in the Desert from a relay stream, Rowland emphasizes that his operation is primarily an internet streaming network—a vision that he sees quickly gaining momentum.
“Increasingly, broadcasters who leave the corporate market recognize independent internet streaming as the next logical step,” said Rowland. “Even when Art Bell was on terrestrial and later satellite radio, more listeners were switching to a concurrent internet stream with each passing week. This was the next natural step for Art, and it’s exactly where we want to be as Dark Matter Digital Network. We can control everything we do, and streaming is a more exacting technology when it comes to financials. We understand our demographics, we know our audience numbers and we can monetize everything easily compared to the surveys and averages of terrestrial radio. StreamGuys is helping us achieve our monetization goals.”
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Those of you who know about Saechow’s strawberries in Fortuna, you can skip this. Those who don’t, you owe me a big favor for telling you.
What: Mr. Chan Yan Saechow began growing strawberries after he was laid off from Eel River Sawmill. Thank God he was laid off, because he grows the best strawberries you have ever had. They have vegetables, too, but the berries are the thing. And we still have a good chunk of summer left.
Where: Take the Kenmar exit and when you reach the bottom of the ramp go left. (Right takes you to the River Lodge). Then go about a block and make the first right, where you see signs advertising berries, butterflies , burls, a gun range , etc. Saechow’s stand is about a mile own the road on your left and you won’t miss it.
When: When I went there Saturday, they handed me a business card with their number and suggested calling ahead to see when they’re open. There were a few traumatic weeks when they were NOT open but now they’re back. Just call 707-845-3930 to make sure.
While our ACV struggles to maintain a four-flights-a-day schedule, the Medford airport is jammed. A Friend of the Blog turned us onto this story from the Medford Mail Tribune . Medford is handling 19 departures a day to ACV’s four and passenger traffic is at an all-time high.
Eugene too! The excellent article also points out that “Eugene’s Mahlon Sweet Airport has announced expanded service, with a daily flight to San Jose by Alaska Air Group’s Horizon unit, a Southwest Airlines flight to Dallas and five flights per week to Beijing by Hainan Airlines.” (One-stop in San Jose). Yes, Beijing. Whee!
I mentioned the Eugene flights to a Chinese friend who commented that due to the economic expansion in China there are direct or one-stop flights to China now from American locations that would have been unthinkable until recently. Like Eugene.
Our Friend also points out that the departure of Avis R/A/C from our ACV has been accomplished and Avis didn’t mind paying $9K to get out of its contract. A windfall! Not exactly, but it will cover the cost of trimming a few trees.
The invaluable Mad River Union has a story today about the Grand Jury recommendations re: ACV. The piece is not online but contains the following startling statistic: “Between 2007 and 2013, McKinleyville enplanements plunged to 56,682 from 105,969, costing vital federal dollars, which are apportioned by a formula linked to the number of annual enplanements.”
The Economic Index for June is in and again we thank Dr. Escher and his hardworking associates. This month’s Index represents a milestone of sorts since the Lumber Manufacturing Index has been suspended “until we can find a sufficient number of data providers”. Pretty sad when you consider the many years in which timber was king around here. The Home Sales and Hospitality Indices are up, as you would expect during the summer, bur Retail sales and Employment are down, which you would NOT expect. Take a look at their Gas Prices graph and tell me demand isn’t 90% of the picture.