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Offshore Wind Power for Humboldt County. Pie in the Sky or Pie?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on August 8, 2014 by highboldtage

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The University of Maine and partners  including Iberdrola SA (IBE) and  Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co. plan to launch the first U.S.  offshore wind turbine today in a pilot project that will help design a $96  million, 12-megawatt floating power system.

The 65-foot (20 meter) tower and  blades will be towed to a site off the coast of Castine, about 35 miles south of  Bangor, Maine, and is expected to be connected to the Central Maine Power Co.  grid on June 2, Elizabeth Viselli, a university spokeswoman, said today in an  interview. The VolturnUS system has 20 kilowatts of capacity and is  one-eighth the scale of turbines that are expected to be deployed in 2016, she  said.

VolturnUS is one of two floating offshore wind projects that Maine is  planning with funding from the Energy Department to supply as much as 24  megawatts of capacity in 2016. Their goal is to reduce the cost of offshore wind  to 10 cents per kilowatt-hour by 2020.

Statoil ASA  (STL), Norway’s state-controlled oil company, in January received approval  from the Maine Public Utilities Commission to build a $120 million offshore wind  farm. The deepwater demonstration facility in the Gulf of Maine will use four,  3-megawatt floating turbines.

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I published this in 2008.   Pie in the sky, or pie?  I think much more real, and local, than any container port.

Humboldt Empowerment Project

GOAL:  Electrical energy self sufficiency (independence) for Humboldt County using a renewable source within five years.

MEANS:  A wind turbine farm placed in a ten mile square at sea twenty miles offshore on floating barge platforms with the electricity collected onshore in one or more stations..  On 500′ centers this will comprise +/- 11,100 turbines.

ECONOMIC NOTES:  Turbines and barges to be assembled locally in Humboldt County.  This project should result in 500 or more local good paying jobs for welders, assemblers and mariners.  If production starts in one year, we need to produce 10 barges per day to complete the project in 5 years.

ENGINEERING NOTES:  Barges should be plug and play, towed out to sea for production and towed to port for maintenance.  Barges, power transmission and anchors should be engineered to survive a 10,000 year tsunami. 

ENVIRONMENTAL NOTES:  Possible effect on seabirds.  Possible effect on fish and marine mammals.  Wind power production at this scale may alter global wind patterns.  Possible conflict with marine shipping routes and fishing zones.

BENEFITS:  Bountiful electric supply for Humboldt produced locally with a small carbon load, a boost to the local economy through cheaper power and good jobs, and a power plant that is very secure against disaster or attack.  Humboldt County will be a world pioneer in wind power energy production.

Kinetic Sculpture Race – 2014 – VIDEO

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2014 by highboldtage


pix by James Decker more of this fun day in Humboldt County:


Mad River Rounders @ Siren Song Tavern for Chris Kerrigan!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 18, 2014 by highboldtage

Mad River Rounders, Gunsafe

Kerrigan for Supervisor Campaign presents:

Mad River Rounders and Gunsafe

Wednesday May 21
7:00-10:00 PM
Siren Song Tavern, 325 2nd St, Eureka

Suggested donation is sliding scale $5-$20

  • $5
  • Phone: 442-8778
  • Email:
  • Web site

It’s Time for Eureka to Pay Reparations to Indigenous Peoples

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2014 by highboldtage

It’s Time for Eureka to Pay Reparations to Indigenous Peoples

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mnemonic here

The Eureka City Council has just shamed itself with a retraction of a mild apology to the Wiyot People for the Indian Island Massacre.

We will deal with these racist cowards at the ballot box in November.

In the meantime, it is time for the people of Eureka to bring forth an initiative to pay the Wiyot People reparations for the crimes that have been committed against them and in partial recompense for lands that have been stolen from them.

I propose as a starting point for talks the sum of one million dollars per year to be paid directly to the local Native Peoples.

Let’s get together soon and draft a simple initiative to do this and gather our signatures.  It is the right thing to do.

I know Linda Atkins personally and she is no racist so I assume she was buffaloed by some Hobson’s choice presented on short notice.  But she can speak to that.

contact me at

have a peaceful day,


Fair Wage Cafe Saturday March 22, FREE FOOD, FREE MUSIC

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 17, 2014 by highboldtage

FAIR WAGE CAFE, SATURDAY March 22nd @ the Labor Temple, Noon to 5pm

The Fair Wage Folks invite you to bring family and friends for fabulous live music all day, games for kids, coffee, tea, juice, lunch and snacks.  Everything is Free!

fair wage cafe_March22,2014

Music from Sarah Torres, Mad River Rounders, Bill Holmes, and Papa Paul.  Comedy from Nando Molina.  Amazing poetry.  Words from Board of Supes Candidate, Chris Kerrigan, and local Union Member of the Year, Bill Burns.

Come for a short time or all day. Relax. Enjoy. Get active to raise the minimum wage. Help build strong community!

You or your organization are welcome to set up informational tables.  Tables provided.

The Fair Wage Cafe is brought to you by the folks who wrote the Eureka Fair Wage Act (on the 2014 ballot as the Minimum Wage Ordinance).  The Cafe is a family-friendly space.
Please share the FACEBOOK EVENT:

HERE’s the flier!
For more information call (707) 442-7465, email or check out
See you there!The Fair Wage Folks

Blogging the 2014 Humboldt County California Elections

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 3, 2014 by highboldtage

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Humboldt County Supervisor District 4

Humboldt County Supervisor District 5

Eureka City Council Ward 1

Eureka City Council Ward 3

Humboldt County District Attorney

Eureka Mayor

Chris Kerrigan Pursues Dual Strategy – Mayor AND 4th District Supervisor!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on February 27, 2014 by highboldtage

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via times standard:

Kerrigan confirmed today that he has filed paperwork that allows him to raise money for a race against 4th District Supervisor Virginia Bass. He has also cited his intention to run against Eureka Mayor Frank Jager.

”I am considering running for supes,” Kerrigan said. “At this time, I’m not ready to make a final decision on that.”

According to the Humboldt County Elections Office, Kerrigan has filed a candidate intention statement. He has not declared his candidacy or paid the filing fee. The deadline is March 7. Bass has formally announced she is running for reelection.

County Registrar of Voters Carolyn Crnich said Kerrigan could potentially run for both races because they are on two different ballots.

”The mayor’s race isn’t until November,” Crnich said. “The primary supervisors’ race will be on the June ballot. If he was to run for supervisor and not win, he could run for mayor of Eureka.”

Unexplained Outbreak of E. Coli 0157:H7 in Humboldt County

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 7, 2013 by highboldtage

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When two more cases surfaced last month, routine lab tests sent to the state Department of Public Health revealed all four cases came from a strain of E. coli known as 0157:H7.

[not seen in California before]

Three of the Humboldt County cases progressed to hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, a serious complication of an E. coli infection characterized by acute kidney failure and anemia caused by the destruction of red blood cells.

Fundraising Season

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 25, 2013 by highboldtage

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Hi Everyone,

It is fund raising season again and I would like to raise some funds for my friends at PARC, People’s Action for Rights and Community here in Eureka.

So between now and New Year’s I want to do some house party fund raisers for PARC.

If you would like to support the vital community work and activism that radiates from PARC you can host a neighborhood house party.

Invite 15 or more of your friends and neighbors to your house (or other reasonable venue) and I will come and give you two hours of my best acoustic eclectic singing. Here is a link to my music page: You may have to provide me transport to and from.

Listen to and or download “Free the Weed”

This can be completely acoustic or amplified acoustic as your needs require. I can be loud enough to be enjoyed but not so loud as to anger your neighbors.

I will ask Verbena and the other PARCers to come and sit with you and speak for a few minutes about the work that is being done at PARC, and the work that needs to be done in our community.

I am just looking for a roughly 10 dollar or more contribution from each attendee. So roughly 150 bucks + for the party. Obviously some attendees may not have money and some may be able to donate a bit more. It is all good. But we will have a good time even if we fall short.

For me its a win win. I enjoy singing and I enjoy helping my friends at PARC.

You and your friends can enjoy a special and memorable day or evening. You supply the venue and the food and beverage and I will supply the music. We can enjoy life and strengthen our community together.

I will also do fund raisers gratis for other movements, campaigns and organizations, contact me:

Bill Holmes

Here is a link to my music page:

Listen to and or download “Free the Weed”

OH and if you want some live music for your harvest party, email me. I love harvest parties!

have a peaceful day,


A Sensible Proposal – Run Off Elections for Eureka City Council in June & November

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2013 by highboldtage

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from Bill Holmes

A Sensible Proposal – Run Off Elections for Eureka City Council in June & November

I think we should consider changing the city council election system before the next election cycle.

We should implement a primary election for City Council in Eureka in June with a run off in November between the top two vote getters.

This is the way democracies operate in the modern world.

I know that this is not quite the ranked choice voting that the Greens support, but it is simple and it works even if its not so elegant a solution. With a top two run off (two round system) there will be no more spoilers in the Eureka Council elections, and I would think that both Democrats and Greens and independents would favor that.

I ask if possible for Linda Atkins to bring this simple proposal forward for the council to act upon now. If they fail to act I would be interested in anyone willing to circulate an initiative to implement this simple but much needed change to bring basic democracy to the Lost Coast. This could be a big tent effort for any lovers of small “d” democracy.

I think as an initiative it will be a very easy sell to the voters. It will be no problem getting signatures for it to qualify, given a crew of a dozen volunteers or so.

And just think, no more spoilers.

have a peaceful day,


— A People’s Initiative for a $12.00 An Hour Minimum Wage for Large Employers