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Letters to the Editor, March 24/31, 2021

Letters to the Editor, March 24/31, 2021

Help stop the Arcata Bottom mega-grow I urge all Humboldt County residents to participate in this Thursday’s (April 1) planning commission meeting at 6 p.m. via zoom, to voice your opinion on the Sun Valley proposed 23 acre cannabis grow destined for the Arcata bottom just outside the city limit. This area is not conducive to

Kim Puckett: The case against the Arcata Land Company cannabis project

Note: Area residents and others concerned about the proposed 23-acre Arcata Land Company cannabis grow and processing facility have organized in opposition. Below is one of the letters submitted to the Humboldt County Planning Commission in anticipation of its first hearing on the matter, Thursday, March 18. – Ed.  Date: Wednesday 10 March 2021 To:


Letters to the Editor, March 10, 2021

Annexation without representation I have lived at 1983 Foster Avenue in Arcata since 1990, a property under the jurisdiction of the County of Humboldt.  I was informed by a neighbor on January 30, 2021, that my home and property and three neighboring parcels were annexed by LAFCo from the county to the City of Arcata’s

Greg King: It’s time to free Arcata from automobile dominance – here’s how

Recently the Union printed the surprising revelation that the City of Arcata’s Community Development Department on Dec. 17, 2020 hosted a “Community Vision Listening Session” in preparation for a General Plan Update. The revelation was surprising because I had seen no public outreach from the city on the General Plan Update, nor anything about the

Alexandra Riggs: Adversity challenges truth-seeking young journalists. Still, they persist

There’s just one laptop for the 12 of us running the 2016 version of Adobe. We have no printer, no cameras, budget or classroom. Hell, we don’t even have a full-time adviser. But we persevere in making Northcoast Preparatory Academy’s (NPA) Heron Herald, a student-run and written newspaper, because it’s more important to us than

Letters to the Editor, February 24, 2021

Town Center alternatives needed Humboldt County planners and the McKinleyville Municipal Advisory Committee (MMAC) are currently engaged in a Town Center Masterplan for the community of McKinleyville. Proposed commercial/residential development on a private parcel behind Safeway will permanently impact approximately three acres of seasonal wetlands and an undisclosed and unmitigated take of approximately 10-acres of forested


Letters to the Editor, February 17, 2021

Non-extremist Christians still alive, well and around As a Presbyterian minister in McKinleyville, I feel compelled to respond to Gail Ledbetter’s “Christians gone awry” piece in last week’s Union. As with Jan Phelps’ letter concerning religious hypocrisy, it might surprise Ms. Ledbetter that I agree with almost everything she and Ms. Phelps said, except for