The July 2016 Economic Index Is IN

Here’s the latest from Dr. Eshcker and the crew.  Not much change this month. Unemployment is up a bit. “California gas prices decreased from $2.91 to $2.73.  Northern California’s average also fell to $2l84 from $2.93, and Eurekas average  gas price per gallon fell from $2.96 to $2.74.”

Read the whole report HERE.

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HARBOR GROUP MEETS WEDNESDAY! TODAY!!

The Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group will have its monthly luncheon Wednesday, July 27, at the Samoa Cookhouse.  The presentation will be by Richard Tippett, who will discuss the Upstate California Rail Connect Feasibility study grant. Fried chicken! Complete lunch for $15 or soup/salad for $11. RSVP to 441-1974 or to luncheon@humboldtworkingport.org

See you there!

 

The JUNE ECONOMIC INDEX is IN

The June Economic Index for the Co, thanks to to  Dr Eschker and the folks at HSU. 

As they summarize it, “The Composite Index fell 1.4 points from last month’s value of 107.9 to the current value of 106.5. The Hospitality Index climbed over the past month, while the Home Sales, Retail Sales, and Employment Indices declined. The median home price decreased to $270,000. Leading Indicators are mostly rising in May. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Humboldt County decreased from 4.6 percent to 4.4 percent. ”  

Read the whole report HERE.

The Chickens Are Growing

Our chickens are growing up. The three babies that we had in a bin on the dining room table are now outside full time. We finished clearing out the space on the side of the house and now we have a lovely chicken run. It has quite a few plants for shade and for snacks., and plenty of room to run around.  They definitely like greens and I’d get tired of the chicken food, too.  It looks like gravel and probably tastes like it too but they love it.  Southside Mike, who lives  over on Glenwood, warned me about hawks so Jon has rigged up netting over the space to deter them.

Their day begins at 7am when I go out to open their little enclosure. They don’t mind being penned up.  When the silky was the only one outside she’d go into the cat carrier we used as a chicken house of sorts, and wait for someone to lock her up.  Now that there are three others, they take longer to settle down but they’re the easiest animals to manage I’ve  ever seen. I feed them in the morning  and again around 6 or 7 so they’ll mosey back into their enclosure.  They seem to smell that dry feed; somehow they know when you’ve replenished  it.  There is a lot of chatter before they go to sleep.  Are they catching up on each others’ days?  They’ve been together  the whole time.  They spend their days poking around the space.  There are plants, a big table with more plants to afford them shelter, some higher points where they can perch, some shady spots, some sunny spots. They seem happy.

Now that they are teenagers, their appearance has changed .  The little yellow chick is becoming a beautiful white bird with black markings. The smallest, the brown one, has developed a gorgeous chestnut color with tiny golden chevrons and the big  black one is going to be HUGE. But I love the siiky best of all.  I love her white fluffy feathers, her dopey look with that topknot, the fluffy feathers all up and down her legs and between her toes as she steps so high and deliberately.

I don’t know if we’ll ever get any eggs and I don’t care.  We have chickens. Our house is complete.

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The January Economic Index Is In

Dr Eschker’s hard-working team reports that “The Monthly Foreclosures data in Humboldt County have been updated. There is a decrease in both Notices of Default and Trustee Deeds since our last update and since their peak after the housing bubble burst. These measures of foreclosure are at or near long run averages, which is an indication that the county housing market has bottomed out.”

Read the full report HERE.

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