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The $400 million Eel River trail

Madrone estimates the trail would cost between $300 million and $400 million to build

That is a quote from the trail adviser, unlike Sims who used any person from the audience.

A railroad easement is there until the railroad is abandoned. It doesn’t matter if the line has been inactive for twenty-five years or more.

The railroad is not required to use creosoted wood. Other alternatives are concrete, steel, plastic, rubber, and other wood resistant to rot.

We rail advocates understand it will be a long hard path.

With  ever increasing fuel costs, there is a rising need for the railroad. The railroad can haul one ton of freight for an average of 426 miles on one gallon of fuel. A truck on the other hand hauls one ton of freight for about an average of 118 miles on one gallon of fuel. With rising tensions and population around the world, do we really want to be stuck with a less efficient transportation?

Security is of paramount importance, so ERTA promotes use of technology here. A “trail card” system with solar-powdered automated trail stations could be located at all of the approx. 15 main ERT access points from paved roads. The cards could have a proximity sensor function, so that if someone gets lost, we would know which section they last passed through. It is much easier to search 5 or10 miles than it is 162 miles. All trail users could be required to provide next of kin contacts and planned date of arrival at a given access point. There could be different types of trail cards, like single or multiple day-use as well as annual or lifetime passes, for locals or frequent users.

How many people do they really think is going to pay for trail use? Enough for $400 million in costs, not to mention maintenance costs? Does he really think anyone will use this security card, let alone MJ Growers? I’m sure DEA will not subpena the records.

BTW, NCRA said the rails, etc is theirs, and will be used for the rest of the system if this is railbanked. So if you are counting on $400 million from scrapping the relatively small amount, forget it. Also the scrap won’t even add up to what they need.



Re: Railbanking
Wednesday 9 Mar 2011, 09:47
Filed under: Humboldt, NCRA, Northwestern Pacific Railroad, Railroad, Southern Humboldt

It isn’t as simple as people are making it out.

If I was one of the many ranchers and land owners that didn’t want a trail on my property. I would make them have to invoke eminent domain. Until then, no trail can be built on your property, even if the railroad has an easement.



Whats the big deal about Richardson’s Grove?
Monday 14 Jun 2010, 06:41
Filed under: Humboldt, Southern Humboldt

I will never understand it. The trees have survived road work so far. It seems that if they achieved balance after said brutal road work in the grove, they will once again achieve balance after the current project.

Larger trees have been or will be cut for the new Safeway store in Eureka. Not a peep from the enviros about that one, even after NCJ did a fine article about that one.

I also don’t get how these people are fighting against the project to save Humboldt, fight against any local company that voices support for the project, against any media article that isn’t 100% against the project, and ignore that it will benefit local small businesses.

Do any of you scare tactic folks understand a small business can be a corporation too?

We have many, many environmental problems out there, yet complaining about a blip in time of a project, and impact. We are spending tons on 101 from Marin north, the 7 million for RG project is just a drop in the bucket. Here’s another project for $9.3 million for 101 in San Rafael in Marin.

We have the good old oil spill going on now in the Gulf, though it isn’t so far the biggest spill, or the biggest environmental disaster. Fred covered a big long-lasting spill on California Land that was bigger. We are still snagging chemical munitions our government dumped off our own coast(Mustard gas). You know there is six nuclear weapons missing around the US don’t you? We still have to clean up from manufacture of nuclear weapons and fuel.

What about the oil naturally leaking in the gulf, and other areas? What about the massive amount of oil in ship wrecks that will leak, or does? What about the plastic floating in the oceans?

Whole cities have been abandoned in the US due to effects of their principal mining, and other manufacturing. One city has burned for decades because the coal underneath it caught fire, from trash burning. Oops. What about the co2 from that coal-burning

What about working to get us better energy sources? What about working on these huge problems? VS RG project, where nobody will notice any effect.



Caltrans cites EPIC for violations per the Outdoor Advertising Act – Humboldt Beacon
Thursday 6 May 2010, 01:13
Filed under: Humboldt, Southern Humboldt

The “Save the Richardson Grove” sign went up in January, measures 16-feet wide, and covers 64-square feet. Just south of Standish Hickey State Park, the sign can be easily seen from the roadway. Citing conflicts with the Outdoor Advertising Act, Field Inspector Thomas Austen filed a Notice of Violation with EPIC in Redway on April 12.

via Caltrans cites EPIC for violations per the Outdoor Advertising Act – Humboldt Beacon.



Save richardson’s grove Indian opposition is due to deep seated racism
Wednesday 17 Feb 2010, 08:07
Filed under: Humboldt, Southern Humboldt | Tags: , ,

It is amazing. Placing it at a deliberately undersized venue to achieve the all too important packed appearance. Add to this way undersized parking facilities, negatively effecting the neighborhood, and dangerously placing overflow parking on narrow two lane roads on the narrow shoulder.

So on to the nice prayer we were supposed to stand up for to protect the grove as though this project will wipe out the grove. At least she was honest that the Indian opposition is due to their opposition to the “white man” and the distrust of the same. After all “you have to be careful how you nod your head” with these folks. You have to love the deep seated racism. Never mind this project will help all races an genders, but us whities need to be opposed. Her good idea for the grove is speed bumps!

Some of what they are trying to feed people is that STAA trucks are not currently allowed in to Humboldt. That is a lie, STAA are allowed in from the North. Thank Ken Miller for that. Note, while trying to correct this, I was labeled rude. However any supporting comments offered up in same manner is ok.

Reasons given to oppose it, Marina Center, so 101 can’t be used for STAA thoroughfare traffic to say other rural communities, that the STAA truck might tip over more often, that STAA might cause more accidents, that srg’s incomplete data is good FUD, percy’s small amount of responses to the grove without checking responses from Garberville means more accidents need to happen to be considered, possible increased military traffic, possible LNG trucks, that Caltrans likes congestion in Eureka so citizens there will clamor for a bypass using waterfront drive.

It was recommend here that every time someone sees an STAA truck in Humboldt county to call CHP so that they start to enforce their little buffer world.



Renner Petroleum to sell biofuel at cardlock stations
Thursday 31 Dec 2009, 05:39
Filed under: Arcata, Eureka, Humboldt, McKinleyville, Southern Humboldt | Tags: , , ,

Renner Petroleum has started the permitting process to sell bio-fuel B5 and E85 at Arcata, McKinleyville, Garberville, and two card-lock stations in Eureka. According to the info posted at their card lock stations.



Richardsons Grove poll results
Sunday 28 Jun 2009, 07:22
Filed under: Humboldt, Southern Humboldt

“Answer Text”,”Vote Count”
“Yes”,”93″
“No”,”76″
“Undecided”,”6″

After five weeks, trying to publish it in a good many areas, to give fair access. The Yes for the project, is the majority. I meant to only run it four weeks, but didn’t know how to get in to close it. Unfortunately, the free version doesn’t allow me to detect fraud. That is a minimum of $200 per year. Look on the bright side, I can only reset the results, not edit them.

Maybe I can reuse a quote the opposition used, “the people have voted”.

Do I feel that way? No for many reasons. Despite a much better response, it still will not reflect the public. Too small a sample of people, vs population. Maybe this is another reflection of blog vs newspaper in readership? What does it reflect? I feel it reflects the online community, who choose to respond. Other reasons, it isn’t a scientific poll response. With our loss of newspapers, will we lose our scientific polling of the communities on issues?




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