HALLOWE’EN LIGHTS AND SIGHTS IN EUREKA 2015

I put out a request on the NextDoor website asking for locations with Hallowe’en lights or displays worth driving by. This is what has been reported so far. Enjoy! and watch out for little goblins.

Cedar Street past the corner of Cypress (the Cedar Street near Lundbar Hills, not the Cedar Street downtown)

Corner of “H” and Manzanita

3400 Block of “K” between Hodgson and Manzanita

London Drive on Humboldt Hill

Herrick between Noe and Bay Pointe (Don’t miss this one! Several figures)

Corner of Chester and Harrison- Spooks dancing around a tree. Excellent!

and everyone’ s favorite, Hodgson Street just before W Street. 

Just In from NN: “We are trying our first ever “Haunted Pathway” this year at our house! It’s not a haunted house per se, but it’s 50ft of Halloween fun with some entertainment, music, and an ending that will leave a lasting impression! Try out your courage, and you will surely be rewarded for your efforts at the end.

South end of D street in Eureka! Just follow the music =).”

 

Finally, I picked up a flyer at the Fresh Freeze which advertises “The Haunted Ghost Ship” which looks an awful lot like the Madaket.  The Ghost Ship will be open Friday and Saturday only from 6 to 10 pm for those 12 years and older, in flat shoes, admission “$10 per soul”.   Tickets sold on the dock at the foot of Commercial Street.  This is a joint presentation of the Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum. the Humboldt Bay Air/Sea Naval Museum and the crew of the Madaket. They have a Facebook page right HERE. 

Please write in to share your favorites!  HAPPY HALLOWE’EN!.

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Humboldt Democrats Honor Atkins, Gallegos

In a departure from tradition, the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee held its “Democrat of the Year” dinner Friday night in Fortuna at the River Lodge.  Almost 200 Democrats gathered to honor former Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos and current but termed-out Eureka City Council member Linda Atkins for their accomplishments. It was a great evening and featured State Senator Mike McGuire who can rev people up more with a ten-minute speech than most pols can with cannon and fireworks. ( No auction this time, though.)

Among the attendees was former Eureka City Councilman Chris Kerrigan, just back from grad school in Belfast. The consensus was that this may be the first time the DOTY dinner was held in the South County,  but it won’t be the last. Congrats are in order to all who made it happen, including Ways and Means Committee chair Pam Cahill and Fortuna resident and HCCDC member  Richard Leamon, who was instrumental in steering the DOTY southward. A wonderful evening!

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The News From Redding- Home Sales UP and They’re Good For Nurses.

The news from over the hill is rosy these days. “Home sales in Shasta County were up 17 percent through August, outpacing a 7.4 percent jump in sales in California for the same eight months,” according to the California Association of Realtors.  The whole story as reported in the Redding Searchlight-Record is HERE.

Also, the paper reports that Redding has been named the “best small town for nurses.” So those of you who are looking for a nurse to date, marry,  hire or just admire for all the wonderful things they do, might want to check out THIS STORY. $100K wages sound pretty good. Don’t you wish HSU hadn’t discontinued that program?

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JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!

TWO major hiring opportunities are coming up RIGHT NOW.  The first is at Arcata’s Wing Inflatables, which has announced in the Mad River Union that it is expanding its facilities and recruiting for approximately 77 positions.  “The company seeks highly motivated general manufacturing workers with strong attention to detail.  Interested prospective employees may email a resume, cover letter, and contact details to Wing Inflatables’ Human Resources Department at employment@wing.com .”

AND the Mendocino and Humboldt Redwood Companies are holding a  “Hiring Event” on Saturday, 8:00 am -1:00 pm at the Humboldt Redwood Company Forestry Office, 125 Main Street, Scotia.  Their announcement in the Times-Standard states, “Bring your resume,  application and interest.  We will conduct on-site interviews, share giveaways and more!”   For advance applications contact Recruiter@Hrcllc.com or call (707 485-6701.

GO FOR IT!

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StreamGuys Launches New Oceania Service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Contact:
Brian Galante
Dimension PR
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StreamGuys Launches Oceania Service in Alignment with Regional Business Growth

Strategic move will reduce streaming costs and network congestion for consumers of local content from NZME and other broadcasters through a regional point-of-presence

BAYSIDE, CALIFORNIA, October 22, 2015 — StreamGuys, a pioneering content delivery network and streaming media provider, has launched a new service to benefit its growing roster of broadcasters and their listeners across the Oceania region of the Asia-Pacific, including Australia, New Zealand and other surrounding islands. The new regional service will further strengthen StreamGuys’ overall Asia-Pacific strategy, which includes a Tokyo point of presence that services broadcasters in Japan, the Philippines and other northern Asia-Pacific countries.

Importantly, the Oceania service provides an overall better user experience for local residents, since the content is being consumed from a local point of presence (POP). Most Australia and New Zealand consumers are bound by metered accounts from ISPs, and international connectivity often becomes a bottleneck when consuming content delivered from overseas. This is a side effect of the higher expense of international bandwidth in comparison to local connectivity.

Up until recently, consumers streaming content from broadcasters in the Oceania region, including New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME), were served by StreamGuys’ data centers in Tokyo, Amsterdam or Chicago.

“Having the ability to serve content from within New Zealand greatly improves the end user experience, as consumers don’t have to use international transit to consume streaming content,” said Eduardo Martinez, director of technology, StreamGuys. “This move ensures that local listeners are not penalized for consuming content over congested international links, while getting the same exceptional quality of service from StreamGuys at a much closer point-of-presence.”

Wayne Sleeman, iHeartRadio NZ technical lead for NZME, adds that his online audiences get a great user experience as a result of the streams being delivered from the regional StreamGuys point-of-presence. StreamGuys is the exclusive content delivery network for NZME’s mobile streaming, and supports 74 online and mobile streams today.

“StreamGuys has supported our needs as a broadcaster moving beyond terrestrial-only deliver for the past several years, and continues to add new services and capacity to grow with us,” said Sleeman. “The establishment of a local point-of-presence confirms their commitment to our business model by helping us keep costs low for our regional online and mobile listeners.”

The new service, available today, offers plenty of capacity for other broadcasters in the region, and integrates the latest high-end, cloud-based streaming equipment. This includes virtualized servers to minimize hardware and maintenance; and software-defined transcoding equipment to accommodate multiple streaming formats. The flexible infrastructure offers high availability for quick deployments, and scalable streaming options based on changing broadcast dynamics.

About StreamGuys, Inc.
In business since 2000, StreamGuys is an industry-leading service provider of live and on-demand streaming, podcasting delivery, and software-as-a-service (SaaS) toolsets for enterprise-level broadcast media organizations. The company brings together the industry’s best price-to-performance ratio, a robust and reliable network, and an infinitely scalable cloud-based platform for clients of any size to process, deliver, monetize and playout professional streaming content. StreamGuys supports many of the world’s largest Podcasts, global TV and radio broadcasters, video and audio production companies, houses of worship, retail and hospitality businesses, government organizations, medical and healthcare services, and live venues for sports and entertainment. The company excels in developing and deploying technologies for business growth and revenue generation, including dynamic ad insertion, mobile streaming and detailed business and data analytics.

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Train Nuts, Morons, and Our Wack Harbor Election

Well, our sleepy little Harbor District is stealing all the attention in the upcoming November election.  As a First District resident,  I didn’t even get a ballot since the two doofuses who were supposed to run and were too incompetent to turn in their signatures left the field to Larry Doss who gets the job unopposed. Disgraceful!

So the action is all in the Second and Fifth Districts, and might be summarized as Higgins and Dale vs. Rotwein and Angeloff. There have been many strange issues and red herrings brought up in these races and very little clarity. Greg Dale either DOES or DOES NOT have a conflict of interest.  The Harbor District DOES or DOES NOT owe millions of dollars to the EPA. It IS binary!

Leo/Hank: One of the mini-issues has been Leo Sears’ shyness about being named a rail supporter  by Hank Sims of LOCO. Hank, of course, is famous for having labelled rail supporters “morons” in a discussion about restoring the North/South, or Eel River route.  I remain  proudly one of those “morons”  and I believe that restoring rail traffic to Marin would be a reasonable investment in our infrastructure, considering  it could be done for half a billion and would result in a world-class tourist attraction if done right and properly integrated with trails. On the other hand,  the East-West rail line being promoted by Angeloff  is lunacy.  It would cost at least a billion, have no tourist potential and have nothing to haul that doesn’t already have more efficient ways to get to market.

I cannot stress too strongly the difference between the two rail routes. East-West is a joke; North-South a noble endeavor.    No one who has ever personally ridden the train through the Eel River Valley is opposed to opening it up again.  No one. Yes, it will be expensive and will require more environmental safeguards than before but we would end up with a world -class tourist attraction which would attract folks who don’t necessarily enjoy backpacking.

 I was for several years a member of an amorphous group called the  Committee for Port/Rail Development.  At least I think that’s what they were called.  I have no written records of them although I must have attended several dozen of their monthly lunches at the Cookhouse.  Kaye Strickland was the wonderful lady who ran those lunches. I’m almost positive that’s where I met Leo. The group was not only amorphous-it was pretty much chaotic.  I don’t think they kept any attendance figures nor was any money collected.  Every once in a while Charles Ollivier would stand up and give an impassioned oration. There was a lot of discussion but nothing ever HAPPENED. Out of frustration, Mark Matteoli and some other guys started a committee called RAPIT but it was pretty short-lived. If you stroll into one of the monthly lunches being held by the “Humboldt Bay Harbor Working  Group” that evolved out of the 2012 Prosperity campaign,  you might think you’re in a time warp.  About 80% of the HBHWG were also involved in the CPD. More disclosure: I bailed from the Prosperity effort when we got to the point of recommending a full study of the East-West rail option. I didn’t think East/West would fly and I thought that would be the end of it.  Silly me! The CPR-backed Rotwein and Angeloff campaigns are pushing East/West as a route for moving their chesnuts or cherries or something.   If I’m a moron, these guys are lunatics.

A delicious complication appears to be on the horizon: Leo has taken out a Fictitious Business Name Statement in the Mad River Union announcing the establishment of something called “Economic Growth and Stability” located at TWO addresses in Eureka, which seems like a typo. The nicer house is located in the heart of Henderson Center and sports a huge Rex Bohn poster in the hedge. All roads led to Rex, apparently. So what’s Leo up to?  We could call and ask but what would be the fun in that? Stay tuned.

When I get around to having my “MORON AND PROUD” t-shirts printed up, I’ll let you know.  Meanwhile, the Times-Standard ran my letter the other day in which I advocate voting for Greg Dale and Pat Higgins. Wish I could vote!I

Letter to the Times-Standard, “Vote for Greg Dale and Pat Higgins”

The current Harbor Commission has, by and large, done a fine job in getting the District’s finances under control and setting a new course in the post-pulp mill era. The incumbents who are running for re-election, Greg Dale and Pat Higgins, deserve your vote. They bring experience and dedication. Their challengers bring flimflam and half-truths. The choice is clear. Vote for Pat Higgins and Greg Dale on November 3!

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