Arcata in the News

Tue, Oct 14, 2014

Sewer manhole, mainline repair work continues around Arcata

The City has contracted with V & C Construction to repair 15 broken sewer mains and install 16 sewer manholes around Arcata, including the Downtown area. There have been weather delays to this project, which is near completion as of Friday, November 21. Thank you for your patience as we work to repair and maintain our valuable city infrastructure. For more information, visit the Construction Projects page.

Sewer manhole, mainline repair work continues around Arcata
Thu, Dec 19, 2013

City Offices Closed Wednesday-Friday, December 24-26, 2014. Happy holidays!

City offices will be closed from Wednesday, December 24 through Friday, December 26 for the holidays. Offices will reopen on Monday, December 29 at 9 a.m. Happy holidays from your City of Arcata staff! 

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City Offices Closed Wednesday-Friday, December 24-26, 2014. Happy holidays!
Fri, Dec 19, 2014

Have a zero waste holiday, everyone!

Trash can filling up more quickly during the holiday season? The City's Environmental Services Department has some waste-reducing tips and great gift ideas to make the holidays brighter for your loved ones and the planet. (Don't forget to recycle your Christmas tree!)

More holiday waste reducing tips
Have a zero waste holiday, everyone!
Tue, Dec 16, 2014

Give the gift of experience! Arcata Recreation gift cards open up new worlds

Give the gift of experience to a little (or big) person in your life by giving a $25, $50, or $100 Arcata Recreation Division gift card. Gift cards can be used toward any of over 50 programs offered by Arcata Recreation, including the Arcata Ropes Course, summer camps (including Skate Camp), school break camps, fresh farm share veggies from Bayside Park Farm, gymnastics classes, piano lessons, martial arts classes and the very popular LEGO engineering classes. To register, call Arcata Recreation at (707) 822-7091, stop by the Recreation office at City Hall, or purchase gift cards online at www.CityofArcata.org/Rec.

More gift ideas from the City of Arcata
Give the gift of experience! Arcata Recreation gift cards open up new worlds
Fri, Dec 12, 2014

Think globally, shop locally with the City of Arcata

When you give a gift of carbon offsets from your very own Arcata Community Forest to a loved one, you're also giving a gift to the planet. Ten dollars offsets a metric ton of carbon dioxide gas, the equivalent of flying from San Francisco to New York City and back. The offset comes with a certificate that makes an ecologically conscious gift for anyone on your list. Call the Environmental Services Department at (707) 822-8184 or email EServices@CityofArcata.org for more information.

More gift ideas from the City of Arcata
Carbon offsets from the Arcata Community Forest, the perfect holiday gift
Thu, Dec 11, 2014

Sandbags available for flooded areas

If you are experiencing flooding in your area and need sandbags to protect your property, filled sand bags are available for public use at Westwood Village Shopping Center, Sunny Brae Shopping Center, and by Jolly Giant Creek on 11th Street. As always, the City has sand bags and sand for making your own bags at the City's Corporation Yard at 600 South G Street. If you need assistance with sand bags, please call the Arcata Public Works Department at (707) 822-5957.

Sandbags available for flooded areas
Thu, Dec 11, 2014

Congratulations, Mayor Winkler and Vice-Mayor Pitino!

Congratulations to Michael Winkler, Arcata's new Mayor, and Paul Pitino, our new Vice-Mayor. Both were elected by the City Council to their new roles at a special Council meeting on Tuesday, December 9. At the same meeting, Councilmembers Sofia Pereira and Mark Wheetley were sworn-in and Councilmember Alex Stillman retired. In keeping with Arcata's Municipal Code, the Council elects a Mayor and Vice-Mayor from among its members at a special meeting each December. Both the Mayor and Vice-Mayor fulfill the duties of those offices for one year.

Arcata City Council elected Mayor Michael Winkler and Vice Mayor Paul Pitino
Thu, Dec 4, 2014

Ourcata: Meet Loretta Arbuckle, Finance Clerk

As one of Arcata’s Finance clerks, Loretta Arbuckle does everything from opening new water accounts to filling in for the cashier. “People don’t realize how much work goes into their water bill,” she says. “We analyze about 5,000 accounts every month. If a meter reads much higher than normal, we send someone out to check.” Loretta would like the community to know that water usage information, bill payment and auto pay are now available at www.CityofArcata.orgWatch a video of Loretta at work.

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Ourcata: Meet Loretta Arbuckle, Finance Clerk
Wed, Nov 26, 2014

Please, don't pour fat, oil or grease down the drain!

This holiday season (and all year round), please remember to dispose of cooking oil and grease in the trash and not down the drain. Wipe greasy pots and dishes with a paper towel before washing, and pour cooking oil into a container, freeze until hardened, then toss in the trash. Taking these extra steps can save money in plumbing and sewer repairs.

More tips on grease disposal
Please, don't pour fat, oil or grease down the drain!
Wed, Nov 26, 2014

Holiday travelers, buy your Greyhound tickets in advance!

Greyhound bus ticket are selling out quickly and people showing up to take the bus without a ticket have been left stranded. Some travelers even missed plane connections because of this. Avoid unpleasant holiday surprises and buy your Greyhound bus ticket well in advance. Buy your tickets online at www.Greyhound.com or call (800) 231-2222. Have a safe trip!

More about traveling by Greyhound this holiday season
Holiday travelers, buy your Greyhound tickets in advance!
Mon, Nov 24, 2014

Final 2014 work day a rousing success, thanks to 37 great volunteers!

The City sends out a huge thank you to the 37 volunteers from the Humboldt Trails Council's Volunteer Trail Stewards, the HSU Natural Resources Club, the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Juvenile Assigned Work Service program who removed brush, transplanted huckleberry, pulled out English ivy and rehabbed a decommissioned road on Saturday, November 22, in the Sunny Brae Tract of the Arcata Community Forest. Maureen McGarry and Mary Calderwood from the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program supplied a delicious spread of wraps, bagels, roasted veggies and cheesecake. Hats off to everyone for a successful day!

More on Saturday's volunteer work day
November 22, 2014 volunteer work day in Sunny Brae Forest
Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Ourcata: Senior Streets Maintenance Worker Dale Farris

Watch a video of Dale Farris, Senior Maintenance Worker for the Public Works Department's Streets Division. Dale is one of a ten member crew that maintains 120 curb miles of sidewalk and over 6,000 water service connections in Arcata. "One of us is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year," Dale says. "If there's a water or sewer emergency on the city side of your property, call the Police Department and they'll dispatch the right person to come and solve the problem."

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Ourcata: Senior Streets Maintenance Worker Dale Farris
Tue, Nov 18, 2014

Come to the final 2014 volunteer work day this Saturday!

Don't miss the final volunteer work day of 2014 this Saturday, November 22, in the Sunny Brae Tract of the Arcata Community Forest. Volunteers will help clear the way for more construction on the Beith Creek Loop Trail from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at the Margaret Lane Trailhead at the concrete steps near the corner of Margaret and Buttermilk Lanes in Sunny Brae. Call (707) 825-2163 or email eServices@CityofArcata.org for more information.

More about Saturday's volunteer work day
Final 2014 volunteer work day, Saturday, November 22, 2014 in Community Forest.
Wed, Nov 12, 2014

Thank you to Saturday's 21 Janes and Jolly Giant Creek volunteers!

A visiting group of students from Consumnes Junior College near Sacramento joined forces with Humboldt State University's mighty Natural Resources Club on Saturday to remove five cubic yards of trash from Jolly Giant and Janes Creeks. Thank you for your hard work! The final volunteer work day for 2014 will be on Saturday, November 22, at the Beith Creek Loop Trail in the Sunny Brae Tract of the Arcata Community Forest. For more information, call (707) 825-2163 or email eservices@cityofarcata.org.

More about Saturday's volunteer work day
Thank you to Saturday's 21 Janes and Jolly Giant Creek volunteers!
Fri, Nov 7, 2014

Ourcata: Meet Bridget Dory, City Clerk

Bridget Dory, a 16-year City of Arcata employee, is currently the City Clerk. Clerks can be referred to as “keepers of democracy.” Bridget is tenacious and precise to ensure the city complies with state and federal laws. Among her many duties, she takes minutes at City Council meetings and responds to public records requests. Bridget enjoys preserving Arcata’s history and helping citizens gather information from City Hall. Watch a video of Bridget at work.

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Ourcata: Meet Bridget Dory, City Clerk
Fri, Nov 7, 2014

Transportation, Transaction & Use Tax Committees, Budget Task Force seek members

Advise the City on bicycle, pedestrian and public transportation; maintaining roads and public safety; or eliminating the General Fund budget deficit. Arcata's Transportation Safety and Transaction and Use Tax Oversight Committees, and its 2014/15 General Fund Budget Task Force all are seeking volunteer members. The deadline for Budget Task Force applications is November 30, 2014. Download committee application forms here, and Budget Task Force application forms here.

More about being a committee or task force member
Transportation, Transaction Use Tax Committees, Budget Task Force seek members
Thu, Nov 6, 2014

Help beautify Jolly Giant Creek this Saturday

Join the Humboldt Fish Action Council and the City's Environmental Services Department for a Jolly Giant Creek volunteer work day. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. in front of Bug Press at 1461 M Street in Arcata and will remove trash from this beautiful creekside. Tools, beverages, snacks and appreciation will be provided. Please be sure to wear work clothes and closed-toe shoes or boots. Call (707) 825-2163 or email eServices@CityofArcata.org for more information.

More about Saturday's volunteer work day
Help beautify Jolly Giant Creek this Saturday, November 8, 2014
Mon, Oct 27, 2014

Huge thank you to Saturday's 25 trail building volunteers who braved the rain

Twenty-five volunteers from the Humboldt Trails Council's Volunteer Trail Stewards and a Humboldt State University dorm braved Saturday's rain and wind to hike 30 minutes (with shovels!) to the Beith Creek Loop Trail in the Sunny Brae Tract of the Arcata Community Forest on Saturday. They cleared brush from a 600 to 700 foot corridor where the current trail switchbacks will be rerouted. Thank you for building a trail that everyone will enjoy for many years to come!

More about Saturday's volunteer work day
Huge thank you to Saturday's Sunny Brae Forest volunteers who braved the rain
Fri, Oct 24, 2014

Nominate an Arcata business for the 2015 Business of the Year Award

Nominate an Arcata business for the City's 2015 Business of the Year Award. Each year, the City Council honors a business that exemplifies innovation, resourcefulness, business collaboration and business practices that protect the environment and support our community. Nomination forms are available here, or at the Community Development Department at Arcata City Hall. Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

More about the Arcata Business of the Year Award
Nominate an Arcata business for the 2015 Business of the Year Award
Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Ourcata: Transit Assistant and Bus Driver LeAnn Schuetzle at work

Watch a video of LeAnn Schuetzle, Transit Assistant and Bus Driver for the City's Arcata and Mad River Transit System. Whether she's behind the wheel or the counter, you'll find LeAnn helping locals and visitors get where they need to go. "Taking the bus saves so much fuel," she says. "When I have 80 people on the bus, that's 80 less cars on the road."

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Ourcata: Transit Assistant and Bus Driver LeAnn Schuetzle at work
Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Take a Sculpture Scavenger self-guided tour of Arcata's public art

See some of the most prominent sculptures from Arcata's "Art Around Arcata" Public Art Program by taking a self-guided Sculpture Scavenger Tour. The tour showcases over a dozen works by local artists and takes the viewer on an hour-long stroll at a comfortable pace through from the Downtown area to the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. Tour maps are available at local businesses and by clicking here.

Take a self-guided tour of Arcata's public art
Mon, Oct 20, 2014

Ourcata: Meet Dennis Houghton, Natural Resources Maintenance Crew Leader

Dennis Houghton is the Natural Resources Maintenance Crew Leader for the City of Arcata’s Environmental Services Department. His passion for the outdoors is seen in his daily work. “This is a very labor-intensive job. We can spend all day outside,” he says. Dennis works closely with his crew and local volunteers to build trails and maintain Arcata’s wetlands and open spaces to optimize fish and wildlife habitat. “Open spaces are important to the community and our mission is preserving these resources.” Watch a video of Dennis at work.

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Ourcata: Meet Dennis Houghton, Natural Resources Maintenance Crew Leader
Thu, Oct 16, 2014

Aldergrove water system intertie project successful

The new connection on the water transmission main along Aldergrove Road was successfully installed and water flow resumed at 7 a.m. on Thursday, October 16. Initial water flow from the tap may appear discolored. This does NOT pose a health risk. To lessen the chance of using discolored water, flush cold water from a faucet or hose bib outside the home prior to use. Thank you to the residents and businesses of Arcata, McKinleyville, Eureka, the Samoa Peninsula and the Humboldt Community Services District for conserving water during the intertie installation. For more information, call (707) 822-8184.

Read about the water connection installation
Aldergrove water system intertie project, October 15 and 16, 2014, successful
Mon, Oct 13, 2014

Thank you to Saturday's Janes Creek volunteers!

What's missing from this photo? Ivy! Eight cubic yards of the invasive plant were removed from the banks of Janes Creek at a volunteer work day this past Saturday. The City sends out a big thank you to the 15 Humboldt State University Natural Resources Club and Humboldt Fish Action Council volunteers for their hard work this past weekend and over the past six years. Their labor has had a major impact on the vegetation and ecosystem along Janes Creek. The next volunteer work day will be on Saturday, October 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. working on the Beith Creek Loop Trail in the Sunny Brae Forest. Call 707.825.2163 for more information.

MIssing ivy at Janes Creek, thanks to 15 HFAC and HSU NR Club volunteers
Thu, Oct 2, 2014

Ourcata: Public Works Engineering Technician Martin Nelson at work

Watch a video of Martin Nelson, Engineering Technician in the City's Public Works Department. "I really enjoy my job and the variety of drafting work I do," says Martin. "The drawings I do end up being infrastructure improvements for the City that enhance the quality of life here and the ease of use of the streets." Watch a video of Martin's work day.

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Ourcata: Public Works Engineering Technician Martin Nelson at work
Wed, Oct 1, 2014

Thank you to Saturday's 65 incredible trail volunteers!

In a true community effort, 65 Humboldt Trails Council Volunteer Trail Stewards, Humboldt State University Natural Resources Club members and HSU Chi Phi Fraternity brothers celebrated National Public Lands Day this past Saturday in the Sunny Brae tract of the Arcata Community Forest by rehabbing old skid trails, armoring newly constructed trails and clearing a corridor of brush for a new multi-use trail section. Everyone enjoyed a feast prepared by Maureen McGarry and Mary Calderwood of Volunteer Center of the Redwoods, after the hard work was done.

More about the National Public Lands Day volunteer work day
Maureen McGarry of RSVP feeds the hard working volunteers
Tue, Sep 23, 2014

Ourcata: Meet Heidi Groszmann, Park Ranger

Park Ranger Heidi Groszmann works for the Arcata Police Department’s Special Services Division and is in charge of patrolling and preserving the city’s parks, the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, the Aldergrove Marsh, and the Arcata Community Forest. “People come from all over the world to see the redwoods,” says Ranger Heidi. “Tread lightly on the forest and clean up after yourself. It’s important to preserve the forest for future generations.” Watch a video of Heidi at work.

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Ourcata: Meet Heidi Groszmann, Park Ranger
Mon, Sep 22, 2014

Break up concrete pathways and reduce stormwater runoff from your property

Watch this short video and learn how to reduce your property's stormwater runoff and improve its water absorption by breaking up concrete paths and driveways. Less runoff means less pollution, and now more than ever, we need to hang on to every drop of water. See all six instructional videos the California Water Board's Storm Water Program has produced on being a California Water Warrior.

Break up concrete pathways and reduce stormwater runoff from your property
Tue, Sep 16, 2014

Prevent pollution at its source this Pollution Prevention Week

National Pollution Prevention Week runs from September 15 through 21, and is a great time to learn how to keep household and toxic waste out of landfills and waterways. Instead of pouring old pesticides, paints and cleaning products down the drain, take them to the Humboldt Waste Management Authority's Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 1059 West Hawthorne Street in Eureka. For just $5 on the first Saturday of each month, you can dispose of up to 15 gallons of hazardous material, and keep fish, wildlife and our community safe. 

More pollution prevention tips
Prevention pollution at its source this Pollution Prevention Week, Sept. 15 - 21
Mon, Sep 15, 2014

Welcome back, Humboldt State University Natural Resources Club!

And thank you for doing battle with invasive ivy vines and blackberry bushes along Janes Creek this Saturday! Twenty-two club members cut and pulled out 13 cubic yards of twisted and spiny shrubbery to improve the riparian streamside ecosystem. (Click the link above to see a larger group photo.) The next volunteer work day is Saturday, September 20, at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary in celebration of United Way's Day of Caring and California Coastal Cleanup Day. Call (707) 825-2163 for more information.

More about Saturday's volunteer work day
22 Humboldt State University Natural Resources Club members cleaned Janes Creek
Thu, Sep 4, 2014

PG&E performs hydrostatic pressure testing from Eureka to Arcata

If you're wondering what's happening on Samoa Boulevard as you head toward Manila from Arcata, Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) is performing hydrostatic pressure tests on a natural gas pipeline. This is part of a system-wide program to ensure the safety of the transmission pipelines that deliver gas across the region. Click here for more information on PG&E's tests.

PG&E performs hydrostatic pressure testing from Eureka to Arcata
Wed, Sep 3, 2014

Ourcata: Meet Martin Nelson, Public Works Engineering Technician

As a Public Works Engineering Technician, Martin Nelson drafts maps and plans for the city. His latest Arcata Bicycle Boulevard drawings help people understand how the Boulevard’s new signage and striping can make bicycle commuting safer. Martin is an amazing painter and went back to school to pursue his dream of studying art at Humboldt State University. “I love my drawing time at work,” he says, “and the variety of people I get to work with at the city.”

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Ourcata: Meet Martin Nelson, Public Works Engineering Technician
Tue, Sep 2, 2014

Moving in? Recycle and reuse!

When moving in or out, save space in our landfills and take your reusable materials to businesses listed in "Don't Dump and Run--Recycle, Reuse and Donate!" the City's guide to Arcata's thrift stores, book stores, hazardous waste and recycling collection facilities. You can save a lot of cash by furnishing your new home with thrift store goods, too. The guide is available online here, at City Hall, the Arcata Library and Arcata laundromats.

More on recycling and reusing
Arcata recycle, reuse and donation guide to thrift stores available at City Hall
Fri, Aug 29, 2014

Ourcata: Senior Maintenance Worker Stan Shaffer at work

Watch a video of Stan Shaffer, Senior Maintenance Worker in the City's industrious Parks and Facilities Division. "I love seeing the direct results of my labor," says Stan. "Seeing children playing on a playground I helped build and seeing parents with smiles on their faces as children play." Watch a video of Stan's work day. 

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Ourcata: Senior Maintenance Worker Stan Shaffer at work
Wed, Aug 27, 2014

Own an affordable new home in Arcata. Only three Sandpiper Park units left!

Be a proud owner of a new, downtown Arcata home in Sandpiper Park, 115 South G Street. Thirteen out of 16 new units are already under contract or have been sold. These one-bedroom manufactured homes come with cathedral ceilings, fully-equipped kitchens, dual pane windows and tankless water heaters and are available for $59,900. Low- to moderate-income households may be eligible for financial assistance from the City. Monthly space rents at Sandpiper Park are regulated by the City of Arcata to maintain affordability. Come see these beautiful homes between 1 and 5 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends by appointment. For more information call (707) 478-7786 or (916) 399-4993.

Own a new home in Sandpiper Park, 115 South G Street, Arcata, for $59,900
Tue, Aug 26, 2014

Arcata receives $3.1 million grant for Humboldt Bay Trail construction

The California Transportation Commission awarded the City of Arcata a $3.1 million Active Transportation Program grant to build a 3.2 mile long, multi-use trail from Samoa Boulevard to the Bracut/Highway 101 intersection. This project is part of a larger Humboldt Bay Trail, which stretches from the Arcata Skate Park to the Elk River trailhead of the Hikshari' Trail in Eureka, and will serve as a section of the California Coastal Trail. 

Read more about the Rail with Trail grant
Arcata receives $3.1 million grant for Humboldt Bay Trail construction
Tue, Aug 26, 2014

Beith Creek Loop Trail stream crossings less muddy thanks to these volunteers

The City sends out a big thank you to the 19 strong volunteers who coated the Beith Creek Loop Trail stream crossings with crushed rock on Saturday. In all, they improved about 400 feet of trail in the Sunny Brae Tract of the Arcata Community Forest. The next volunteer work day will be on Saturday, September 13, to remove invasive plant species at Janes Creek near Cropley Way. Please call (707) 825-2163 for more information.

19 volunteers improved the Beith Creek Loop Trail on Saturday, August 23, 2014
Fri, Aug 22, 2014

School buses start rolling on Monday. Remember traffic safety rules

Summer vacation officially ends for many Humboldt County kids on Monday, August 25. During their school commute, kids are most at risk when approaching and leaving the bus. Take a minute to review traffic safety rules with your children, and brush up on driving rules around school buses at the link below.

Brush up on traffic safety rules around school buses
School buses start rolling on Monday. Remember traffic safety rules
Tue, Aug 19, 2014

Help plan Arcata's parks, help shape our future

Arcata's Parks and Recreation, Transportation Safety and Transaction and Use Tax Oversight Committees are all looking for a few good volunteers. If you have expertise in parks, recreation, trails, any mode of transportation (including car, pedestrian, bicycle, wheelchair or skateboard), or public safety, considering serving your community on one of these committees. Click here for an application.

More about volunteering on a city committee
Volunteer on an Arcata committee and help shape our future
Fri, Aug 15, 2014

Float a lantern for a loved one on Saturday, August 16

Remember a departed loved one and honor the memory of those who died in the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 16, 2014, at Arcata Marsh's Klopp Lake. Make a lantern to float that morning between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Farmers' Market on Arcata Plaza. The 32nd Annual Arcata Lantern Floating Ceremony is sponsored by the City of Arcata and numerous local peace organizations.

Arcata Lantern Floating Ceremony on Saturday, August 16, 2014
Thu, Aug 14, 2014

Improve your soil structure and reduce runoff, pollution and pesticides

Watch this short video and learn how to improve soil structure and water absorption by adding organic material to your yard. Better soil structure means less runoff and pollution, and less need for fertilizer and pesticides to keep your plants healthy. See all five instructional videos the California Water Board's Storm Water Program has produced on being a California Water Warrior.

Improve your soil structure and reduce runoff, pollution and pesticides
Wed, Aug 13, 2014

Ourcata: Meet Heather Schmidt, Recreation Supervisor

Heather Schmidt is a Recreation Supervisor for the City of Arcata’s Recreation Division. Heather oversees the City’s Arts programming, a multi-level gymnastics program, the ever popular Redwood Day Camp, and the Leader-In-Training program, which offers teenagers an opportunity to take a lead role in city summer camps. “Some people think that recreation is a luxury, but it’s a necessity,” says Heather. “It makes a big difference in the lives of families and children who work with us. It helps them learn and grow.”

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Ourcata: Meet Heather Schmidt, Recreation Supervisor
Tue, Aug 12, 2014

Check the Downtown Public Restroom webpage for new loo updates

Want to keep tabs on the City's public bathroom project? Check out our new Downtown Public Restroom webpage for photos, updates on restroom construction, and more.

Check the Downtown Public Restroom webpage for new loo updates
Thu, Jul 31, 2014

Ourcata: Wastewater Operator Dave Couch at work

Watch a video of Dave Couch, Wastewater Operator at the City of Arcata's famous treatment plant. During his time in the lab he administers a series of tests to ensure the plant is meeting city and state regulations. “I often refer to myself as a blue collar environmentalist,” he says. “I love water and this position allows me to help people and protect the environment.”

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Ourcata: Watch Wastewater Operator Dave Couch at work
Mon, Jul 28, 2014

Thank you to Saturday's Beith Creek Loop Trail volunteers!

The City sends out a big thank you to the 22 volunteers who built 250 feet of new trail and decommissioned 80 feet of old trail in the Sunny Brae Tract of the Arcata Community Forest this past Saturday. The new section of the Beith Creek Loop Trail was constructed to bypass a steep, fall line section of trail. Kudos to the Humboldt Trails Council's Volunteer Trail Stewards for their dedication to improving everyone's trail experience!

Thank you to Saturday's Beith Creek Loop Trail volunteers!
Thu, Jul 24, 2014

Ourcata: Meet LeAnn Schuetzle, Transit Assistant and Bus Driver

LeAnn Schuetzle holds two positions for the city of Arcata as a Transit Assistant and Bus Driver. As an Arcata native LeAnn enjoys giving back to her community. She says, “Both jobs give me the opportunity to act as a tour guide directing locals and visitors to their destinations around the city efficiently and safely.” LeAnn’s past experience includes driving kindergarten to eighth-grade students during her 15 year stint as a school bus driver.

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Ourcata: Meet LeAnn Schuetzle, Transit Assistant and Bus Driver
Fri, Jul 18, 2014

Arcata Marsh trail resurfacing work begins Monday, July 21

Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary users, there will be resurfacing work on trails to the east and west of South I Street beginning on Monday, July 21, and lasting for about two weeks. Please access the Marsh trail system from the Marsh Interpretive Center parking lot at 569 South G Street and from the City Corporation Yard parking lot at 600 South G Street.

More about the Marsh trail resurfacing work
Arcata Marsh trail resurfacing work begins Monday, July 21
Tue, Jul 15, 2014

McKinleyville household hazardous waste disposal event on Saturday, July 26

The Humboldt Waste Management Authority sponsors a household hazardous waste collection event on Saturday, July 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pierson Park on Central Avenue and Pickett Road in McKinleyville. Bring your wet paint, used oil, auto and garden products, pharmaceutical sharps (in biohazard containers), aerosols, batteries, household cleaners and fluorescent bulbs. Cost is $5 per vehicle. Additional fees apply to Fortuna City residents. Find out more at www.HWMA.net or call (707) 441-2005.

McKinleyville household hazardous waste event, Saturday, July 26, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tue, Jul 15, 2014

Thank you to Saturday's FOAM volunteers!

Twelve Friends of the Arcata Marsh joined Environmental Services Department staff members to remove a small mountain of invasive plants from around the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center on Saturday. Thank you for your hard work! The next volunteer work day will be hosted by the Humboldt Trails Council's Volunteer Trail Stewards under the shady canopy of the Sunny Brae Tract of the Arcata Community Forest on Saturday, July 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (707) 834-7301 for more information.

Read about the next volunteer work day
Thank you to Saturday's FOAM volunteers!
Mon, Jul 14, 2014

Experience the brand new South Fork Janes Creek Trail

The City's Environmental Services Department opened the newest addition to the Arcata Community Forest Trail system on Friday. The South Fork Janes Creek Trail can be accessed by hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians from the Diamond Drive or California Avenue entrances to the Community Forest, or from Trail #5 and #10 in the Forest's trail system. See a map of the new trail and access points.

More about the New South Fork Janes Creek Trail
Experience the brand new South Fork Janes Creek Trail
Thu, Jul 10, 2014

Ourcata: Watch Wendell Laagland, Foodworks Culinary Center Operator, at work

Watch a video of Wendell Laagland, jack of all trades and the City of Arcata’s Foodworks Culinary Center Operator. Incorporating his diverse background of hospitality, property management and prior experience as a business owner, Wendell acts as a liaison between the City of Arcata and our communities’ small business owners. “If you have a dream and you want to be your own boss in the food sector,” he says, “come talk to us, we can help.”

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Ourcata: Watch Wendell Laagland, Foodworks Culinary Center Operator, at work
Thu, Jul 3, 2014

Ourcata: Meet Dale Farris, Street Maintenance Worker

Dale Farris, who began his employment with the City of Arcata in 2005, is a Street Maintenance Worker. Traffic control signs, clearing brush that’s blocking roads, sidewalks or street signs, and street paving are a few of his recurring projects. As a U.S. Air Force veteran Dale acknowledges the importance of keeping morale high. “We are a small, close knit crew and the camaraderie motivates everyone to keep our production level running at 100 percent.”

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Ourcata: Meet Dale Farris, Street Maintenance Worker
Thu, Jul 3, 2014

Three City Council seats up for grabs in 2014

Three Arcata City Council seats will be open this November 2014 election. There will be two four-year terms and one two-year term on the ballot. Nominees must state which term they are running for. If you are interested in running for the Council, you can pick up nomination papers starting on Monday, July 14, 2014, through Friday, August 8, 2014.

More about running for the Arcata City Council
Three City Council seats up for grabs in 2014
Tue, Jul 1, 2014

Watch videos on how to make your landscape act more like a sponge

The California Water Board's Storm Water Program has produced a series of how-to videos on getting rid of your lawn and saving water and cash by getting rid of your grass. Learn more about being a California water warrior here.

See some short films on how to make your landscape act more like a sponge
Mon, Jun 30, 2014

Thank you to Saturday's Beith Creek Loop Trail volunteers!

Twenty-six Volunteer Trail Stewards and California Conservation Corps volunteers rerouted a section of the Beith Creek Loop Trail in the Arcata Community Forest, dug a series of drainage swales for a soggy trail section, and worked on rerouting two stream crossings on Saturday, June 28. After all this hard work, everyone enjoyed a delicious barbecue lunch, courtesy of the Volunteer Center of the Redwoods/RSVP. Thank you for making Arcata's trails even more enjoyable!

Thank you to Saturday's Beith Creek Loop Trail volunteers!
Mon, Jun 30, 2014

Get info on the proposed O Street/Redwood Pond affordable housing project

DANCO Communities has proposed an 18-unit, affordable housing project off O Street at the former Reid & Wright Lumber Mill site. The development process requires several steps and there will be opportunities along the way for public involvement. Find out more about the proposed Redwood Pond (O Street) development project here.

Read more about the proposed Redwood Pond/O Street project
DANCO Communities proposes an 18-unit affordable housing project off O Street
Mon, Jun 30, 2014

Six Rivers Bocce Club donates to the Youth Development Scholarship Fund

At Wednesday's Arcata City Council meeting, David Boyd and Larry Hand of the Six Rivers Bocce Club presented the Council with a $280 check--proceeds from the Club's First Annual Arcata Recreation Division Youth Development Scholarship Fund Bocce Tournament at Larson Park on June 7, 2014. The tournament proceeds will go to the Youth Development Scholarship fund, which helps kids from low-income families participate in Arcata's great recreation programs. Thank you for supporting Arcata's youth!

Thank you Six Rivers Bocce Club for sYouth Development Scholarship Fund donation
Thu, Jun 19, 2014

Ourcata: Meet Leah Christian, Evidence Technician

Leah Christian is an Evidence Technician for the Arcata Police Department, serving since 2009. When people visualize an evidence technician, the popular CSI actors come to mind. Although this job is not like the TV show Leah says, “I enjoy my job because it’s never dull and presents new challenges every day.” Leah is responsible for crime scene processing and tracking evidence such as money, guns and drugs. She ensures proper evidence protocol is followed while property is stored in the APD vault.

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Ourcata: Meet Leah Christian, Evidence Technician
Fri, Jun 13, 2014

Request simple building permits online

Homeowners or contractors doing projects that do not require plan checks can now request simple building permits from home or any mobile device. People installing stand-alone furnaces, water heaters, gas lines or roof replacements can submit a simple form via email and save a trip to City Hall. Check out the new form to see if your project can benefit from the streamlined process.

Arcata building permit requests for simple projects can be made online
Mon, Jun 9, 2014

Compete with other California cities and shrink Arcata's carbon footprint

Arcata is vying for the title of "Coolest California City" against 10 other cities in the Cool California City Challenge sponsored by Energy Upgrade California. Sign up for Team Arcata today at http://coolcalifornia.org/community-challenge and start cutting carbon emissions by bicycling or switching to CFL lightbulbs. The winning city receives prize money to cut its carbon emissions even further. The competition runs from April 1 through August 31. Sign up today and start saving energy! 

Read More about the Cool California Challenge
Compete with other California cities and shrink Arcata's carbon footprint
Mon, Jun 9, 2014

Thank you California Conservation Corps and Volunteer Trail Stewards!

A stalwart crew of ten Humboldt Trails Council Volunteer Trail Stewards and California Conservation Corps volunteers rerouted the Beith Creek Loop Trail in two places in the Arcata Community Forest on Saturday. Their work on National Trails Day will make for a less wet and mucky hiking experience for everyone. After rerouting the trail, they rehabbed the old trail sections with duff and ferns. Thank you all for your hard work!

More on Saturday's volunteer work day
10 Volunteer Trail Stewards and CCC members upgraded the Beith Creek Loop Trail
Fri, Jun 6, 2014

Rare chance to hike the Jacoby Creek Forest on Saturday, June 7

Join members of the Environmental Services Department staff for a guided, redwood ecology hike in the Jacoby Creek Forest on Saturday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hikers will meet at the Arcata City Hall parking lot next to the Arcata Library at 11 a.m. to carpool to the trailhead. Please bring water and sturdy hiking shoes. The forest is usually closed to the public and space is limited, so call (707) 822-8184 or email eservices@CityofArcata.org to reserve a space today.

More about Saturday's hike
Rare chance to hike in the Jacoby Creek Forest on Saturday, June 7
Thu, Jun 5, 2014

Ourcata: Meet Stan Shaffer, Parks Senior Maintenance Worker

Senior Maintenance Worker Stan Shaffer has been committed to the city of Arcata for over 17 years. To hear him speak is to know he thrives on community beautification. “The feeling I get watching a tree I planted grow or seeing a mother push her child on a swing set I built is one of a kind.” Stan’s kindness doesn’t stop there. He grows and donates his hair to children with cancer to help them regain their self-esteem and confidence.

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Ourcata: Meet Stan Shaffer, Parks Senior Maintenance Worker
Fri, May 30, 2014

Arcata Community Forest wins Tripadvisor Excellence Award

The Arcata Community Forest was awarded a 2014 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence, which honors travel attractions and businesses that consistently receive outstanding reviews on the popular travel website. Certificate of Excellence attractions maintain an overall rating of at least four out of five bubbles on the website's rating system. The Arcata Community Forest has an average visitor rating of 4.5 bubbles. The Arcata Community Forest is owned and managed by the residents of Arcata through community forestry management practices. Learn about helping care for your forest here.

Arcata Community Forest wins Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Award
Wed, May 28, 2014

Learn about proposed water and sewer rate increases on Tuesday, June 3

Come to a public meeting about a five year plan of proposed water and sewer rate increases and the critical renovations to our aging infrastructure that they will fund on Tuesday, June 3 at 8:30 a.m. at Arcata City Hall, 736 F Street, Arcata. Any objections to proposed rates must be written and filed with the Arcata Environmental Services Department before the Wednesday, July 2 public hearing during the regularly scheduled Arcata City Council meeting. Learn more and get involved in improving our city's critical infrastructure.

Learn about proposed water and sewer rate increases on Tuesday, June 3
Wed, May 28, 2014

Thank you to Saturday's 21 Arcata Community Forest volunteers!

Ever wonder how your Arcata Community Forest trails stay beautiful and user friendly? Last Saturday, 21 Volunteer Trail Stewards from the Humboldt Trails Council maintained Trails 6 and 7 by rerouting 20 feet of trail, rehabbing old trail sections by replanting ferns and duff, installing retainers on eroded trail sections, and cutting back vegetation growing over trail sections. Watch their incredible hard work. The next volunteer work day will celebrate National Trails Day in the Sunny Brae Tract of the Arcata Community Forest on Saturday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (707) 825-2163 for more information.

More about Saturday's volunteer work day
Arcata Community Forest volunteers maintain trails on May 24, 2014
Wed, May 21, 2014

Ourcata: Meet Dave Couch, Wastewater Operator

Wastewater treatment is an essential aspect of keeping a community safe and healthy. Dave Couch has dedicated over 30 years to the city of Arcata as a Wastewater Operator. During his time in the lab he administers a series of tests to ensure the plant is meeting city and state regulations. “I often refer to myself as a blue collar environmentalist,” he says. “I love water and this position allows me to help people and protect the environment.”

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Ourcata: Meet Dave Couch, Wastewater Operator
Mon, May 19, 2014

Receive emergency notifications on your phone. Sign up for CodeRED today.

Register your landline or cell phone numbers with CodeRED and receive notices about water outages, Amber Alerts, and evacuation alerts for tsunamis, severe weather or significant criminal events--directly on your phone. Enroll online today and check out this video for more information.

Receive emergency notifications on your phone. Sign up for CodeRED today.
Fri, May 16, 2014

Coho salmon returning to Janes Creek

Thanks to funding from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Office of Spill Prevention and Response, and the funding and work of many other partners, Coho salmon are returning to Janes Creek. See this video on how the juvenile fish reappeared just months after removing a McDaniel Slough levee, reconnecting Janes Creek to Humboldt Bay for the first time in 50 years.

Threatened coho salmon returning to Janes Creek, Arcata
Sat, May 10, 2014

Thank you to these amazing volunteers!

A total of amazing 47 volunteers--Arcata High School students, Arcata Elementary School students, parents and teachers, and Humboldt State University Natural Resources Club members--worked at two different sites on Saturday, May 10. The final tons of crushed rock were wheelbarrowed into place to complete Arcata Elementary School's nature interpretive trail, and graffiti, illegal campsites and invasive English ivy were removed from Shay Park and Dellanina Nature Reserve. Thank you for your hard work!

May 10, 2014 Shay Park & Arcata Elementary School volunteer work day
Wed, May 7, 2014

Ourcata: Meet Wendell Laagland, Foodworks Culinary Center Operator

Wendell Laagland is a jack of all trades servicing the City of Arcata’s Foodworks Culinary Center as its Operator. Incorporating his diverse background of hospitality, property management and prior experience as a business owner, Wendell acts as a liaison between the City of Arcata and our communities’ small business owners. “If you have a dream and you want to be your own boss in the food sector,” he says, “come talk to us, we can help.”

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Ourcata: Meet Wendell Laagland, Foodworks Culinary Center Operator
Tue, May 6, 2014

Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month in May

May is National Historic Preservation Month with the theme "The New Age of Preservation: Embark, Inspire, Engage." Check out the City's online Historic Preservation resources, or stop by City Hall and read about architectural styles and tips on how to repair old, wooden windows the right way in our informative lobby display.

Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month in May
Tue, Apr 29, 2014

Arcata public toilet environmental review documents available for public review

The Arcata City Council will consider adoptingNegative Declaration of Environmental Impact for the proposed public toilet at its Wednesday, May 7, 2014 meeting. Read the complete draft report online, call (707) 822-5955 or visit the Community Development Department for more information. The Public Works Department can also provide details on accessibility and public utility connection details. Call them at (707) 822-5957 or visit the Public Works Department office at 529 9th Street for more information. See the proposed public toilet location map here

More about the public toilet environmental report
Arcata public toilet environmental review documents are available for review
Mon, Apr 28, 2014

Thank you to Saturday's trail builders and clearers

Volunteers worked hard on April 26 at both Arcata Elementary School building a nature trail and in the Arcata Community Forest, clearing English ivy and Scotch broom from Trail 18 along Fickle Hill. Thank you to every one of the 37 Volunteer Trail Steward, CCC, Humboldt State University Natural Resources Club and Americorps volunteers. You all make Arcata a better place! The next volunteer work day will be on Saturday, May 10 at three locations: Shay Park, Janes Creek at Westwood Manor Park, and again at Arcata Elementary School. Call (707) 8252-2163 for more information.

Thank you to Saturday's Arcata Elementary School and Community Forest volunteers
Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Saturday's Janes Creek work day a success, thanks to 36 volunteers

AmeriCorps, Humboldt State University's Natural Resources Club and Chi Phi Fraternity, Girl Scout Troop 90006, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Humboldt Fish Action Council were well represented on Saturday with 36 volunteers working hard at Janes Creek. Everyone pitched in to lay out and stake 300 feet of fabric and plant over 300 native plants and willow sprigs to shade out reed canary grass along the creek.Thank you to Doug Kelly for grilling burgers for everyone, to David Lam and Toni Longley for organizing the day and to the rain for holding off until most of the work was done.

Read about the next volunteer work day
Saturday's Janes Creek work day a success, thanks to 36 volunteers
Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Sign up today for 10 weeks of summer fun with Arcata Recreation

Register your 4- to 14-year-old in up to 10 weeks of summer fun. Choose between 11 different summer camps, or combine half-day camps tailored to fuel your child's particular passions. This year's camp line up includes Dance Camp, Marsh Explorers Science Camp, Skate Camp, Art Camp, Redwood Theater Camp, Adventure Camp and more. Sign up early as popular camps fill quickly. Register online, go to www.CityofArcata.org/Rec, or stop by the Recreation office at City Hall.

Read about Arcata Recreation's summer camps
sign up today for 10 weeks of summer fun with Arcata Recreation
Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Thank you to Saturday's Janes Creek volunteers!

Nineteen amazing volunteers from AmeriCorps, the Humboldt Fish Action Council, HSU's Natural Resources Club, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and community members rolled out, trenched and staked 250 feet of geotextile fabric on a berm separating Janes Creek from the Galachi field near West End Road on Saturday. Roughly 250 willow sprigs were planted to improve the streamside ecosystem and prevent the return of invasive reed canary grass. Thank you for your hard work! Help finish the project next Saturday, April 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (707) 825-2163 for more information.

Thank you to the Saturday, April 12, 2014 Janes Creek volunteers!
Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Sale and Development of Twin Parks – Invitation for Proposals

The City of Arcata Community Development Department invites developers to submit proposals for the purchase and development of property located at Sunset Avenue and Alliance Road, commonly known as the “Twin Parks” properties (APNs 505-151-026, 505-131-014, and 505-131-016). This request for proposals will provide background about the property, and outline the information the City will use to consider your proposal. Click here for complete proposal package.  

Sale and Development of Twin Parks Proposals Foster Avenue Arcata
Wed, Apr 2, 2014

Watch 38 volunteers build Arcata Elementary School's nature trail

Watch some awesome volunteers in action as they help Arcata Elementary School students on Saturday, March 29. Thirty-eight people from the Humboldt Fish Action Council, Humboldt State University, an HSU fraternity, the CCC Fortuna Center and Arcata Elementary School families cleared brush and ivy and wheel barrowed crushed rock to create 250 feet of nature interpretive trail. Work on the trail will resume on Saturday, April 26, during another volunteer work day. Thank you, everyone, for building a trail the kids will enjoy for generations!

38 volunteers helped build Arcata Elementary School's nature trail on March 29
Tue, Mar 25, 2014

Thank you to Saturday's 30 Community Forest campsite cleanup volunteers!

The City sends out a big thank you to the 30 volunteers from the Volunteer Trail Stewards, Humboldt State University, and Sonoma State University's Join Us Making Progress program who helped restore chronic, illegal campsites in the Arcata Community Forest on Saturday. The volunteers hauled out 4 cubic yards of trash, scarified the compacted ground, planted sword ferns, then went on to clear English ivy and maintain trails in the Forest. The next volunteer work day will be on Saturday, March 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Arcata Elementary School. Volunteers will help construct an interpretive nature trail and remove non-native, invasive species from Sunset Creek. Call 707.825-2163 for more information.

Thank you to Saturday's 30 Arcata Community Forest campsite cleanup volunteers!
Tue, Mar 11, 2014

Winning the battle vs. ivy at Janes Creek, thanks to Arcata's amazing volunteers!

On Saturday, 16 volunteers from the Humboldt Fish Action Council and the Humboldt State University Natural Resources Club took up picks and loppers in the ongoing struggle against invasive ivy at Janes Creek. Their efforts are transforming the creekside from an ivy desert to a mixed native species landscape. Thank you for your hard work! The next volunteer workday will be on Saturday, March 22 in the Arcata Community Forest when volunteers will restore and naturalize illegal campsites. For more information, call (707) 825-2163 or email eservices@CityofArcata.org.

Thank you to the March 8, 2014,  Janes Creek volunteers!
Mon, Feb 24, 2014

Thank you to Saturday's South Fork Janes Creek Loop Trail builders!

A very strong group of 27 volunteers continued construction on the South Fork Janes Creek Loop Trail in the Arcata Community Forest on Saturday, February 22, 2014. The mighty volunteers set crib logs for two switchback turns, set 40 feet of outside cribbing for sidehill bench construction, hand split six chunks of redwood and rehabbed 400 feet of previously construction trail. Thank you for all of your hard work that the community will enjoy for years to come!

More about Saturday's volunteer work day
Thank you to 27 volunteers who worked on the South Fork Janes Creek Loop Trail
Thu, Feb 20, 2014

Public Works Department moves to City Hall Annex on Friday, February 28

The City's Public Works Department will be moving to the City Hall annex building located next to the Arcata Transit Facility on Friday, February 28, 2014. Public Works services, including issuing encroachment permits, will be limited from Friday, February 28 through Tuesday, March 4, as phone and computer systems are relocated. Please submit encroachment permit applications or call with road, sewer, and water questions well in advance of moving day to ensure prompt service. Thank you for your cooperation!

More about the Public Works Department move
Public Works Department moves to City Hall annex building on Friday, February 28
Wed, Feb 19, 2014

Despite recent rains, reservoir levels still low. Help save water.

Despite recent rains, reservoir levels at Ruth Lake and across California remain seriously low. With drought conditions predicted to continue into the foreseeable future, the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District asks everyone to help save water. For water conservation tips, go to www.SaveOurH2O.org.

More on the drought
Despite recent rains, California's serious drought continues. Help save water.
Sun, Feb 16, 2014

Thank you to Saturday's 30 McDaniel Slough restoration site volunteers!

Thirty volunteers representing AmeriCorps, the Humboldt Fish Action Council, Six Rivers National Forest, Friends of the Arcata Marsh, the California Conservation Corps Fortuna Center and the HSU Natural Resources Club planted a whopping 1,500 willow sprigs and 40 Sitka spruce at the February 15, 2014 McDaniel Slough Restoration Site volunteer work day. Volunteers also removed trash from an illegal camping area and invasive plants from the marsh on South I Street. Thank you for a great day of work!

More on the McDaniel Slough volunteer work day
Volunteers planted willow and Sitka spruce at McDaniel Slough on Feb. 15, 2014.
Tue, Feb 11, 2014

Charge up your electric vehicle in Downtown Arcata

Drivers of newer model Nissan Leafs, Toyota Prius Plug-ins and Chevy Volts can charge their cars at a new ChargePoint electric vehicle station at the corner of F and 8th Streets in Downtown Arcata. Thanks to a grant from the California Energy Commission and a partnership with local engineering firm OurEvolution, Arcata offers electric vehicle drivers space in this conveniently located parking lot to plug in and top up for just $1 an hour. 

More about the new charging station
Try the new Level II ChargePoint electric vehicle charging station in Arcata
Tue, Feb 4, 2014

Thank you to Saturday's 54 Janes Creek and Arcata Marsh volunteers!

Janes Creek and the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary benefitted from 54 volunteers' hard work on Saturday, February 1. They removed a total of 16 cubic yard of invasive ivy, vinca, teasel and other plants from the creek bank and marsh sites, improving both ecosystems. Thanks to Friends of the Arcata Marsh, AmeriCorps, California Conservation Corps of Fortuna, the Humboldt Fish Action Council and HSU's Natural Resources Club for their great work! 

54 volunteers helped clear invasive plants from Janes Creek and Arcata Marsh
Fri, Jan 31, 2014

Stretch your greenhouse gas reducing dollars before February 7

Buy Arcata Community Forest carbon offsets before February 7 and your dollar goes 50 percent farther to grow large old trees and sequester more carbon for the long term. In the past two months alone, people bought 675 metric tons of greenhouse gas offsets from the Arcata Community Forest's Jacoby Creek Barnum Tract. That’s equal to pulling the emissions from 675 roundtrips between SFO to JFK out of the atmosphere. If you've been thinking about buying offsets for gifts or to offset travel, business or development emissions, now's the time. Spread the word! Call (707) 822-8184 for more information or visit www.TerraPass.com/shop/Arcata. (Photo credit: Michael J. Furniss)

Buy carbon offsets from the Arcata Community Forest from TerraPass
Tue, Jan 28, 2014

Thank you to Saturday's volunteer trail builders

The City sends out a big thank you to all 35 people who worked hard on the South Fork Janes Creek Loop Trail on Saturday. The volunteers cleared 3,000 feet of brush along the trail corridor and constructed a major wood crib retaining wall in preparation for trail head construction on Saturday, February 22. The next volunteer work day will be at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday, February 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone's welcome to meet at the first parking lot on the left as you drive down South I Street from Samoa Boulevard. Volunteers will remove invasive species and trash from this Arcata open space gem.

January 25, 2014 South Fork Janes Creek Loop Trail volunteers build trail
Fri, Jan 24, 2014

Arcata awarded $86,000 grant for sea level rise preparations

Arcata was one of 20 cities, counties and nonprofit organizations awarded California Coastal Commission funds to reduce risks from global warming. The grant will fund design and permitting for protective salt marshes or "living shorelines" around Arcata's waste water treatment facility and the Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, two valuable public facilities at risk for flooding as sea levels rise.

More about the Climate Ready grant
Arcata awarded $86,000 Climate Ready grant for sea level rise preparations
Wed, Jan 22, 2014

Enter your parks pics in the recreation photo contest!

Show the world what you love about Arcata's parks and recreation programs and how parks and recreation make your life better. Enter your favorite fun time, outdoors, exercise, or get together photo taken in Arcata and you may win $25 off an Arcata Recreation Division summer recreation program and the cover photo spot on the 2014 summer activity guide. Deadline is Friday, February 28. Click here for details.

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Parks and Recreation photo contest deadline February 28, 2014
Fri, Dec 27, 2013

Thank you to the 634 open space volunteers of 2013!

Together, you put in 2,455 hours of hard work building sections of the Arcata Ridge Trail, pulling out creek-clogging reed canary grass and trash from waterways and stream sides, and planting salt grass starts to restore wetlands. The City sends out a huge thank you for making Arcata's open spaces beautiful and better for all of our human, animal and plant neighbors!

More on 2013's amazing volunteers
Thank you to the 634 open space volunteers of 2013!
Thu, Dec 12, 2013

City to receive two new buses in April 2014

The City of Arcata will receive two new, 35’ foot clean diesel transit buses in April 2014. These buses will replace two of our 12-year-old buses that have fulfilled their required lifecycles. The new buses feature the latest safety equipment, clean air technology and a more modern Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) styling. The City successfully obtained approximately $1 million in Public Transportation Modernization, Improvement and Service Enhancement Account (PTMISEA) grant funds for this bus replacement project.

City to receive two new buses in April 2014
Wed, Dec 11, 2013

Congratulations, Mayor Wheetley and Vice-Mayor Winkler!

Congratulations to Mark Wheetley, Arcata's new Mayor, and Michael Winkler, our new Vice-Mayor. Both were elected by the City Council to their new roles at a special Council meeting on Tuesday, December 10. In keeping with Arcata's Municipal Code, the Council elects a Mayor and Vice-Mayor from among its members at a special meeting each December. Both the Mayor and Vice-Mayor fulfill the duties of those offices for one year.

Mark Wheetley and Michael Winkler were elected Mayor and Vice-Mayor on 12-10-13.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013

Only let rain down the storm drain

Before pouring anything into the street gutter or down the storm drain, remember that stormwater flows directly into creeks and Humboldt Bay. Your Environmental Services Department reminds you to let only rain go down the storm drain. Please put pet waste in the trash. Take used motor oil to Franklin's Service on Heindon Road in Arcata, and any unwanted pesticides, cleaners and paint thinners to the Humboldt Waste Management Authority's household hazardous waste facility at 1059 West Hawthorne Street in Eureka. Click here for more stormwater pollution prevention.

How to let only rain down the storm drain
Only let rain down the storm drain. Stormwater flows untreated into Humboldt Bay
Tue, Dec 10, 2013

Thank you to Saturday's volunteers who braved the cold at the Marsh

The City sends out a huge thank you to the 11 hardy souls from the Friends of the Arcata Marsh and the California Conservation Corps who braved the cold to dig out English ivy, teasel, cotoneaster and coyote brush from different parts of the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Thank you for improving the ecosystem at the Marsh!

More about Saturday's volunteer work day
11 FOAM and CCC volunteers removed invasive plants at the Marsh on Dec. 7, 2013
Tue, Nov 26, 2013

Serve on the Historic Landmarks Committee or Planning Commission

The Historic Landmarks Committee seeks a member with a passion for preserving Arcata's heritage of older buildings, and the influential Arcata Planning Commission seeks a member to help make decisions for most planning and physical development permits in the Arcata area. Both are volunteer positions. 

More on the Planning Commission and Historic Landmarks Committee
Serve on the Historic Landmarks Committee or Planning Commission
Thu, Nov 21, 2013

57 volunteers build Community Forest Trail, improve Janes Creek vegetation

There was a lot of activity going on in the Arcata Community Forest and along Janes Creek on Saturday, November 16. Twenty three volunteers constructed the Samuels Loop Trail in the Forest, and 34 volunteers working with Humboldt Fish Action Council removed invasive plants and planted native shrubs along Janes Creek. Thank you for improving Arcata's open spaces! The next volunteer workday will be on Saturday, December 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. For more information, please call (707) 825-2163.

More on Saturday's volunteer work day
57 volunteers build Arcata Community Forest Trail, improve Janes Creek
Thu, Nov 21, 2013

Grow your food business at Foodworks

Lease a commercial kitchen at Foodworks Culinary Center at great rates and join a growing community of local food entrepreneurs at this renovated facility with large truck delivery access, a warehouse, walk-in freezer, refrigerated storage, office space, on-site manager and more. Lease a kitchen by the hour or month. Financial assistance for tenant improvements may also be available. Contact Wendell Laagland at (707) 599-7986 or wlaagland@cityofarcata.org for more information or to schedule a site visit. Click for more information and application materials.

Read more about Foodworks kitchen leases
Arcata's Foodworks Culinary Center has kitchens ready for leasing.
Thu, Nov 21, 2013

HSU Natural Resources Club, Track Team clean up Jolly Giant and Janes Creeks

Twenty six Humboldt State University Natural Resources Club and HSU track team members cleared a truckload of mattresses, vacuum cleaners, pots and pans from Jolly Giant and Janes Creek on Saturday. Thank you for your hard work! The next workday will be on Saturday, November 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will meet at the Arcata Community Forest Diamond Drive trailhead at the top of Diamond Drive and will construct a portion of the Arcata Ridge Trail on the Samuels easement.

More on this and next Saturday's work days
HSU Natural Resources Club and Track Team clean up Jolly Giant and Janes Creeks
Thu, Nov 21, 2013

Toilets are not trash cans!

Did you know that putting "flushable" baby and personal wipes down the toilet can clog sewage pumps and cause costly sewage spills? The City's Environmental Services Department wants to remind you to please flush only human waste and toilet paper down the toilet and put dental floss, feminine hygiene products, baby wipes, diapers and other solid waste into the trash can.

Please flush only human waste and toilet paper down the toilet
Sun, Nov 3, 2013

Thank you to Saturday's Janes Creek Meadows volunteers!

Thirty volunteers from the Humboldt State University Natural Resources Club put their backs into clearing 400 feet of reed canary grass and planting between 200 and 300 willow sprigs along Janes Creek next to the Janes Creek Meadows subdivision. Thank you for your hard work! The next volunteer workday will be on Saturday, November 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., partnering with Humboldt Fish Action Council and the HSU Natural Resources Club to pick up trash along Jolly Giant and Janes creek. Volunteers will meet near Bug Press at 1461 M Street, Arcata, at 9 a.m.

More on the volunteer work days
Thank you to Saturday's 30 HSU Natural Resources Club volunteers!
Thu, Oct 31, 2013

Valley East & West Boulevard stripe painting done, finish work continues

Painting of traffic and parking stripes on Valley East and Valley West Boulevards has been completed. Remaining work includes sidewalk and bus stop reconstruction, which will take place once AT&T completes raising some equipment to the new pavement and sidewalk levels, and reinstallation of roadway monuments. Drivers are asked to drive cautiously and slowly through work areas. All businesses will remain OPEN during construction.

More on the Valley East and Valley West construction project
Valley East & West Boulevard asphalt paving done, completion work continues
Sat, Oct 26, 2013

Thank you to Saturday's Janes Creek volunteers!

Thank you to the diehard dozen Humboldt State University Natural Resources Club volunteers who cut out an impressive 12 cubic yards of persistent ivy and other non-native plant species from the banks of Janes Creek on Saturday, October 26. This hard work prepares the way for planting at the next volunteer work day on Saturday, November 2. Thank you for improving the streamside habitat!

More information on the volunteer work day
Thank you to the Janes Creek Saturday, October 26, 2013 volunteers
Wed, Oct 23, 2013

Wednesday, November 6 deadline for City housing loan monitoring proposals

Financial management and other qualified firms, the City wants your proposal to provide loan underwriting, servicing and monitoring services for the City's Community Development housing loan program. Drop off your sealed proposal for this work at the City Manager’s Office until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. The award for this contract is anticipated to be made at the City Council’s regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. For more information on the bid process and for information on this competitive bid request, see the Finance Department's Purchasing webpage.

More about the housing loan monitoring request for proposals
Wednesday, November 6 deadline for City housing loan monitoring proposals
Sun, Oct 20, 2013

Thank you to the 38 Arcata Community Forest trail building volunteers!

Thirty eight volunteers from the Volunteer Trail Stewards, the Humboldt State University Natural Resources Club and the HSU Volunteer Opportunities Program helped to reconstruct portions of Trail 5 and 10 in the Arcata Community Forest on Saturday, October 19. The volunteers moved 20 cubic yards of crushed rock in wheel barrows to construct 2 trail turnpikes and rehabbed ¾ miles of trail and road edges in a monumental effort. Thank you! The next volunteer workday will be on Saturday, October 26 along Janes Creek to remove invasive plants and replant native species. The meeting location will be at the corner of Hilfiker Drive and Cropley way at 9 a.m.

See more of these amazing volunteers
Thank you to the 38 Arcata Community Forest trail building volunteers!
Wed, Oct 16, 2013

Arcata makes Mother Earth News' great places you've (maybe) never heard of list

Arcata's community spirit and environmental ethic are featured in the October/November issue of Mother Earth News. The magazine compiles an annual list of great communities whose residents take responsibility for making their towns great places to live. In the article, Environmental Services Department Director Mark Andre spreads the word about our Community Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan, sparked by citizens' concern about sea level rise, and our community-managed forest's sustainable practices. Congratulations, Arcata!

Arcata is featured in the October November 2013 issue of Mother Earth News
Mon, Sep 30, 2013

Thank you to the Janes Creek National Public Lands Day volunteers!

Twenty hardy souls from Humboldt State University's Natural Resources Club fought mightily against thorny Himalayan blackberry bushes and thick walls of ivy along Janes Creek on Saturday in celebration of National Public Lands Day. Thank you for removing 23 cubic yards of invasive plants in preparation for native tree and shrub planting at the end of October!

More on the volunteer work day
Thank you to the Janes Creek National Public Lands Day volunteers!
Fri, Sep 27, 2013

Welcome home, Humboldt State alumni!

Humboldt State University's centennial homecoming celebration kicks off on Friday, September 27 with a parade around the Arcata Plaza, ending with a campus barbecue and pep rally. Welcome home, HSU alumni! It's nice to have you back.

Humboldt State University centennial homecoming parade September 27, 2013
Wed, Sep 25, 2013

Celebrate National Public Lands Day at a Janes Creek volunteer work day

Join the Humboldt State University Natural Resources Club and the Humboldt Fish Action Council for a volunteer work day celebrating National Public Lands Day at Janes Creek this Saturday, September 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will be pulling invasive plants and removing trash from this Arcata waterway. Meet at 9 a.m. at the corner of Hilfiker Drive and Cropley Avenue. For more information, call (707) 825-2163 or email eservices@cityofarcata.org. Thank you for helping keep Arcata beautiful!

Come to a  volunteer work day at Janes Creek, Saturday, September 28, 2013
Sat, Sep 21, 2013

Thank you to the 61 Day of Caring/Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers!

Sixty-one volunteers from Humboldt State University, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Friends of the Dunes, People for Pickleweed, Humboldt Fish Action Council, the Northcoast Environmental Center and the Friends of Arcata Marsh came out to the United Way Day of Caring/Coastal Cleanup Day at the Arcata Marsh on Saturday. Volunteers dug out spartina, fennel, vinca and other invasive plant species and picked up trash. Thank you, everyone, for a very successful day!

More about the volunteer work day
Sixty-one intrepid volunteers cleaned up the Arcata Marsh on September 21, 2013.
Thu, Sep 19, 2013

Prevent pollution at its source this Pollution Prevention Week, September 15-21

This Pollution Prevention Week, start habits that stop pollution before it happens. Take pressure off landfills and avoid polystyrene take out containers whenever possible. Take old medicine to the Open Door Community Health Center or to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Eureka, where you can also dispose of pesticides and old paint, keeping them out of Humboldt Bay. Call the Environmental Services Department at (707) 822-8184 for more information or stop by and pick up a handy household waste reduction guide.

More about preventing pollution
Reduce pollution at its source this Pollution Prevention Week, September 15-21
Tue, Sep 17, 2013

Thank you to Saturday's 33 McDaniel Slough volunteers!

The McDaniel Slough restoration project sports over 5,000 newly planted salt grass starts thanks to 33 Humboldt State University Natural Resources Club members and volunteers from the community. The CCC will pick up where these volunteers left off until 11,000 salt grass starts are in the ground. Thank you for your hard work!

More about Saturday's volunteer work day
Thank you to Saturday's 33 McDaniel Slough volunteers!
Fri, Aug 30, 2013

Volunteers teach Arcata businesses, property managers about new smoking law

Tobacco Education Network (TEN) coalition volunteers and Humboldt County's Tobacco Free Humboldt Program staff will be going door-to-door this fall passing out free No Smoking signs and fliers explaining Arcata’s new smoking law. Education efforts will begin with the smoke-free downtown zone businesses. Free fliers and signs are also available from the Arcata Police Department, or download and print out your own copies from the Tobacco Free Humboldt website

More on smoking ordinance outreach efforts
Volunteers teach Arcata businesses and property managers about new smoking law
Wed, Aug 28, 2013

City crews repair roads in Arcata neighborhoods through September 20

City Public Works crews are grinding out and patch paving various roadways throughout Arcata starting on Wednesday, August 28 through Friday, September 20, 2013. To see if your street is on the work list, click the Construction Projects button above. Please excuse our dust and debris as we work to improve your streets, and drive carefully over rough road conditions in the construction areas. Thank you for your cooperation! 

City crews repair roads in Arcata neighborhoods through September 20
Thu, Aug 8, 2013

No time to stand in line? Drop off a check or pay online

Take advantage of the City's online water bill payment service or drop off your payment coupon and check at City Hall. Secure drop boxes are located in the City Hall lobby, and are accessible 24/7 in the parking lot near the Arcata Library and on City Hall's F Street sidewalk entrance. Prefer paying your bill in person? Remembering to bring your payment coupon makes the process quick and easy. 

Pay your Arcata water bill online or drop off a check, don't wait in line!
Mon, Jul 29, 2013

Plays in the Park tickets on sale now

Enjoy Shakespeare's "As You Like It" and Sarah Ruhl's Pulitzer-nominated "Late: A Cowboy Song" surrounded by redwoods at this year's Plays in the Park. Reserve your tickets by calling (707) 822-7091. Plays in the Park is a Dream Maker project of the Ink People Center for the Arts. Both productions are brought to you by Arcata's Recreation Division and the North Coast Repertory Theater and run through September 1.

More about this year's Plays in the Park
Tickets for "As You Like It" and "Late: A Cowboy Song" are on sale now
Mon, Jul 22, 2013

Float a lantern for the departed on Saturday, August 3

The City and local peace and faith groups host the 31st Annual Lantern Ceremony honoring the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atom bomb casualties on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at Klopp Lake in the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. Make a floating lantern that morning at the Farmers' Market between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and launch it at the ceremony at sunset. All lanterns are retrieved for reuse after the ceremony.

Read more about the Lantern Ceremony
Photo Courtesy of Donna Shiroma Nakasue
Mon, Jul 22, 2013

New Smoking Restrictions in Effect

The City of Arcata’s Ordinance No. 1431 Amending the Arcata Municipal Code Relating to Smoking became effective on Friday, July 19, 2013.  The ordinance changes smoking restrictions within Arcata.  To read the ordinance in its entirety, click here.

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Thu, Jul 11, 2013

Change your own motor oil? Get a free oil drain container

Arcata DIYers can get a 12.5 quart motor oil drain pan from the City of Arcata's Environmental Services Department by coming down to City Hall and presenting an Arcata water bill, rental contract or rent receipt. These containers are sold for up to $25 elsewhere but are free thanks to a grant from CalRecycle. Supplies are limited. Call (707) 822-8184 or email eservices@cityofarcata.org for more information. 

More on the motor oil drain pans
Arcata residents can get a free oil drain container from the City
Thu, Jul 11, 2013

Arcata Recreation's summer camps are filling up fast. Register your child today!

Grab your spot in the Marsh Explorers and other popular Arcata Recreation Division summer camps while they last! There's limited space in upcoming Dance, Art, Adventure, Pee Wee Sports, Marsh Explorers, Natural Resource Science and Skate camps. Register online at www.cityofarcata.org/departments/parks-recreation or by calling (707) 822-7091.

See Times-Standard front page Marsh Explorers photos
Grab your spot in the Marsh Explorers and other camps while they last!
Fri, Jun 28, 2013

Know your drinking water

City of Arcata and Jacoby Creek Water District drinking water meets all federal and state health standards. Get the details in the 2012 Arcata and Jacoby Creek Water District drinking water consumer confidence reports, now available online. Learn about your water quality, where your water comes from and the importance of protecting its source.

More about the water quality reports
Arcata's 2012 water quality consumer confidence reports are available online.
Fri, Jun 21, 2013

Green Wheels donates $1,000 for the Arcata Ridge Trail

Green Wheels president (and former Arcata Mayor) Bob Ornelas handed the City Council a $1,000 donation check from the local non-profit to be used toward construction of the Arcata Ridge Trail at this Wednesday's Arcata City Council meeting. Green Wheels works for a healthier community, economy and environment, advocating for balanced and sustainable transportation on the North Coast.

Greenwheels donates $1,000 for the Arcata Ridge Trail on June 19, 2013
Thu, Jun 13, 2013

Volunteer on a committee or commission and help your community

Have expertise to share and want to be part of your local government? Four different City committees and commissions need volunteers to attend one or two meetings per month and make recommendations to the City staff and Council on everything from energy efficiency policies to preserving Arcata's heritage of older buildings. See the list of current committee and commission volunteer opportunities.

Current committee and commission vacancies
volunteer for a City committee and help your community grow
Wed, Jun 5, 2013

Thank you to the 43 volunteer Arcata Ridge Trail builders!

Sometime in the not too distant future when you're enjoying the Beith Creek Loop of the Arcata Ridge Trail, take a moment to thank the 43 volunteers who helped build it on Saturday, June 1. These hard working people labored in the Sunny Brae Forest then enjoyed a barbecue lunch prepared by the Humboldt Fish Action Council and won raffle prizes from a host of generous donors. The next volunteer work day will be on Saturday, July 20, removing invasive plants from the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. Please call (707) 822-8184 for more information.

More about the National Trails Day work day
43 volunteers helped build the Beith Creek Loop Trail in the Sunny Brae Forest
Wed, Jun 5, 2013

You're invited to the Marsh Project artists' reception on Friday, June 7

See the work of young local artists who participated in the Marsh Project afterschool arts program this Friday, June 7 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Ultimate Yogurt on Arcata Plaza. Enjoy nature-inspired ceramic tiles and photographs and refreshments, too. The Marsh Project was sponsored by a generous donation from the Robert M. Lochtie Memorial Fund, a fund of the Humboldt Area Foundation. 

More about the Marsh Project artists' reception
Marsh Project Arts in the Afternoon program artists' reception Friday, June 7
Wed, May 29, 2013

Arcata Elementary School Student Council visits City Hall

The Arcata Elementary School's student council paid the Arcata City Council and staff a visit on Thursday, May 30. They discussed the importance of community service and explored career opportunities in city government with Vice-Mayor Mark Wheetley and City staff members .

More about the Arcata Elementary School Council's visit
Arcata Elementary School fourth and fifth grade student council members
Fri, May 24, 2013

Help build the Arcata Ridge Trail on National Trails Day, June 1

The City, the Humboldt Trails Council's Volunteer Trail Stewards and the American Hiking Society invite you to help build the Beith Creek Loop, part of the Arcata Ridge Trail in the Sunny Brae Forest on Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone's welcome! Meet near the corner of Margaret and Buttermilk Lanes in Sunny Brae and wear work clothes and closed-toe shoes. Volunteers can enter to win great raffle prizes from generous sponsors. There'll even be a barbecue lunch when the work is done. Call (707) 822-8184 for more information.

More about the trail building volunteer work day
Help build the Arcata Ridge Trail on National Trails Day, Saturday, June 1, 2013
Fri, May 24, 2013

Support our young entrepreneurs this Lemonade Day, Saturday, June 1

Young entrepreneurs will be setting up stands around Humboldt County this Lemonade Day, Saturday, June 1. Buy some lemonade, see who has the best stand and encourage our community's youngest business people! Register your lemonade stand online or find your nearest lemonade stand location on this map.

Learn more about Lemonade Day
Lemonade Day Humboldt young entrepreneurs Arcata Economic Development
Thu, May 23, 2013

A rare opportunity to hike in the Jacoby Creek Forest on Saturday, June 1

The City's Environmental Services Department invites you to a guided redwood ecology hike into the Jacoby Creek Forest on Saturday, June 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Jacoby Creek Forest is normally closed to the public, so take this opportunity to experience this beautiful redwood environment and learn about its plant life from City staffers. Space is limited to 25 hikers, so please call (707) 822-8184 to reserve your space today.

More about the Jacoby Creek Forest hike
Take a redwood ecology hike into Jacoby Creek Forest on Saturday, June 1, 2013.
Wed, May 22, 2013

Earthquakes, tsunamis and floods, oh my! Take a minute to tell us what you know.

Help your local governments improve their disaster response strategy by taking a quick online survey. In order for us to know how to best prepare everyone for natural disasters, we need to know how much YOU know and what you've already done to prepare yourself and your family. The questionnaire takes less than ten minutes to complete. Your help now can help us all stay safer later.

Read about the County Hazard Mitigation Planning Survey
Help update the Humboldt County Hazard Mitigation Plan by taking this survey.
Wed, May 15, 2013

Thank you to Ms. Condit's Arcata High School biology class!

Twenty-five spirited students from Cindy Condit's AHS biology class cleared trash from Shay Park, Jolly Giant and Janes Creek on Saturday, May 11. They even rescued an alligator lizard trapped in a plastic bottle. The City (and the lizard) send out a big thank you to you all! The next volunteer work day will be on National Trails Day, Saturday, June 1, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. working on the Arcata Ridge Trail. For more information, call (707) 822-8184.

More on the National Trails Day volunteer work day
25 students from Arcata High School cleaned up Shay Park on May 11, 2013.
Wed, May 15, 2013

Congratulations HSU students! Remember to resell and donate when moving

Humboldt State University students, congratulations on a great year! When moving, remember to save money and the environment by reselling, recycling and donating any usable clothes, books and household items. The Environmental Services Department's handy "Moving? Don't Dump and Run!" flier has a great list of thrift stores and hazardous waste disposal facilities. Download the flier here, or get a copy at Arcata City Hall. Landlords, call (707) 822-8184 to get multiple copies for your tenants.

More on recycling housewares
Illegally dumped housewares overtax landfills. Recycle, reuse or donate instead.
Fri, May 3, 2013

Get your Bayside Park Farm CSA shares while they last!

Here's your chance to get 21 weeks of some of the freshest organic produce available, grown by your friendly, neighborhood farmers at Bayside Park Farm. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares are on sale now for $450 with weekly vegetable pick up starting the first week of June and ending in November. Each week's share of produce will feed a family of three or four. To buy a share, call the Arcata Recreation Division at 707.822-7091 or purchase online at www.cityofarcata.org/departments/parks-recreation/.

More about Bayside Park Farm shares
Buy 21 weeks of local, organic produce for $450 from Bayside Park Farm.
Thu, May 2, 2013

May is National Historic Preservation Month

Find out how Arcata honors its past. Read the Arcata City Council's proclamation for National Historic Preservation Month and learn about Arcata's history and the City's involvement in historic preservation. Check out what's going on at the Historical Sites Society of Arcata. (Photo: The L.K. Wood house, formerly at Janes Road and Zehndner Avenue, late 1800s.)

May is National Historic Preservation Month. Photo: L K Wood House.
Wed, May 1, 2013

Thank you to the HSU Natural Resources Club!

Fourteen diehard members of Humboldt State University's Natural Resources Club burlap sheet mulched and planted native trees along the bank of Janes Creek this Saturday, April 27. Thank you for helping the creek flow free from invasive reed canary grass! The next volunteer work day will be on Saturday, May 11 at Shay Park. Call (707) 825-2163 for more information.

14 HSU Natural Resources Club members volunteered at Janes Creek on April 27.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013

39 volunteers beat back reed canary grass along Janes Creek

Thank you to the 39 volunteers from Americorps, CCC Fortuna Center, Six Rivers National Forest, Humboldt State University's Natural Resources Club and Arcata High School who worked hard at the Saturday, April 20, 2013 workday along Janes Creek, Arcata. Volunteers smothered 300 feet of reed canary grass with cardboard and burlap, planted 200 willow sprigs and installed eight willow bundles in an effort to shade out canary grass regrowth.

More on the Janes Creek volunteer work day
39 volunteers beat back reed canary grass along Janes Creek, Arcata on April 20.
Fri, Apr 19, 2013

Go green with eco-friendly apps

Want to find the nearest bike route to get you where you want to go? Or find out how much you can save on your utility bill by cutting down your water use? Check out our Go Green page and our Energy Program page for a wealth of information and links to free apps that can help you tread lightly on the planet and save some money, too!

check out the Go Green page on www.cityofarcata.org for earth saving tips
Sat, Apr 13, 2013

42 volunteers mulch 250 feet of Janes Creek and plant native shade plants

The City sends out a huge thank you to the 42 Americorps volunteers, Arcata High School biology students, and California Conservation Corps, Humboldt State University Natural Resources Club and Humboldt Fish Action Council members who shaded out invasive reed canary grass and planted shade trees along Janes Creek on Saturday, April 13. Your hard work makes Arcata better for everyone, fish included! The next work day will be Saturday, April 20, at Janes Creek for Earth Day. Call (707) 825-2163 for more information.

42 volunteers mulch and plant to improve Janes Creek habitat on April 13
Fri, Apr 12, 2013

April 15 is tax day -- reduce, reuse, recycle, REFUND!

Save a tree, slow climate change and support human health...all by e-filing your taxes! Trees fight climate change by absorbing CO2, storing carbon and emitting pure oxygen. Last year, nearly 100 million taxpayers opted to save time, trees and money by e-filing. Who knew saving the planet could be so simple and rewarding? Learn more about waste reduction at www.calrecycle.ca.gov.

April 15 is tax day -- e-file to reduce, reuse, recycle!
Thu, Apr 11, 2013

Surf the web while you ride or wait for your bus

Check your email and update your Facebook page while waiting for your bus at the Arcata Transit Center or riding an Arcata and Mad River Transit System red or gold route bus. High speed Wi-Fi was installed at the Transit Center and on the A&MRTS fleet at the beginning of the year and riders have been catching on to the new service. Free Wi-Fi--it's one more reason to take the bus to school or work.

More about Wi-Fi on A&MRTS buses
Free Wi-Fi available on A&MRTS Red, Gold route buses and Arcata Transit Center
Wed, Apr 10, 2013

Thank you Americorps, CCC Fortuna, Arcata Boy Scout Troop 9, AHS and HSU students!

Twenty-seven volunteers cleared 250 feet of reed canary grass and planted 35 shading wax myrtle and 100 willow sprigs along the north fork of Janes Creek on Saturday, April 6. Thank you to the good people from Americorps, California Conservation Corps Fortuna Center, Arcata Boy Scout Troop 9, Arcata High School and Humboldt State University students who got muddy and improved the stream for salmon and other species!

27 volunteers cleared reed canary grass along the North Fork of Janes Creek
Mon, Apr 1, 2013

Amazing 43 volunteers build another 700+ feet of Arcata Ridge Trail

Thank you to the 43 members of the Bigfoot Mountain Bike Club, Arcata Community Forest Trail Stewards and California Conservation Corps who built another 700-800 feet of initial trail, part of the Arcata Ridge Trail, on Saturday, March 30. The next Ridge Trail volunteer day will be on Saturday, June 1, in celebration of National Trails Day. Call (707) 825-2163 for more information.

43 volunteers built 700-800 feet of the Arcata Ridge Trail on March 30, 2013.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013

47 volunteers build 600 feet of Arcata Ridge Trail in one day. Thank you!

A die-hard contingent of 47 Volunteer Trail Stewards and members of the Bigfoot Mountain Bike Club constructed 600 feet of single track trail in the Sunny Brae Forest this past Saturday. This trail is part of the four mile, wooded Arcata Ridge Trail that will connect West End Road to Buttermilk Lane. The next trail building volunteer work day in Sunny Brae Forest will be on Saturday, March 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (707) 825-2163 for more information.

47 volunteers built 600 feet of the Arcata Ridge Trail on Saturday, March 2
Wed, Feb 27, 2013

Thank you to the Sunset Creek volunteers!

These smiling people, members of the California Conservation Corps' Fortuna Center and Arcata Elementary School kids and parents, spent a recent Saturday morning removing invasive plants, weeding around native plants and preparing for future plantings at Sunset Creek. Thank you for your hard work taking care of the streamside habitat! The next volunteer work day is on Saturday, March 30 in the Sunny Brae Forest to help build the Arcata Ridge Trail.

Thank you to the February 23, 2013 Sunset Creek volunteers!
Fri, Feb 22, 2013

Love your Community Forest? Be a volunteer trail steward.

If you spend a lot of time hiking, biking or riding horses on Arcata Community Forest trails, consider becoming a volunteer trail steward. Stewards are community eyes and ears in the Forest, calling in safety hazards, picking up litter and reporting inappropriate Forest use. Call Rees Hughes at (707) 826-0163, or email him at hughes@humboldt.edu for more information.

More about being an Arcata Community Forest trail steward
Be an Arcata Community Forest volunteer trail steward
Wed, Feb 20, 2013

Space still available in Monday morning parenting classes. Sign up today!

First 5 Humboldt and the Recreation Division host a free parenting education class for five weeks starting on Monday, February 25 from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at the D Street Neighborhood Center. Learn about parent-child communication, embracing play and understanding tantrums! Call Beth Heavilin at (707) 445-7087, ext. 2 to register. Space is limited to 15 participants so sign up today. Childcare will be provided and everyone is welcome to stay after for the Arcata Play Center program from 10 a.m. to noon.

More about parenting classes
Tea for two? First 5 Humboldt hosts free parenting classes starting Feb. 25.
Fri, Feb 1, 2013

CodeRED emergency call system is upgraded and online--sign up today!

Arcata Police Department's CodeRED system, the service that automatically calls citizens during emergencies, is upgraded and back online. The best way to make sure you get automatic calls or texts in the event of a natural disaster, road closure or police emergency situation is to sign up for the notification service using the link to the left. APD strongly suggests that residents and businesses sign up all landlines and cell phones to ensure prompt notification.

CodeRED emergency call system is upgraded and back online--sign up today
Tue, Jan 29, 2013

Dr. M.L. King, Jr. Parkway named amidst fanfare at Annual Bowl of Beans Dinner

The road to the Arcata Community Center was renamed amidst great fanfare at the 13th annual Bowl of Beans dinner on January 21 benefitting the Recreation Division's Arts in the Afternoon Program and Arcata Elementary School's art program. Students from Arcata Elementary led everyone in singing "We Are the World" and Mayor Shane Brinton cut the ribbon to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway. (Photo courtesy of Terrence McNally.)

Dr. M.L. King, Jr. Parkway named amidst fanfare at Annual Bowl of Beans Dinner
Fri, Jan 25, 2013

Arcata recognized for energy efficiency achievements

The Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative honored the City of Arcata for its energy efficiency achievements. The City is participating in the Beacon Award program that is encouraging local governments to find sustainable solutions to the global climate change problem. So far, the City's greenhouse gas reduction measures have cut Arcata's electricity use by over 180,000 kilowatt hours per year.

Read more about Arcata's energy saving measures
Arcata recognized for participation in Beacon Award energy saving program
Thu, Jan 24, 2013

Video selections of low impact development workshop available online soon

Video selections from the North Coast Stormwater Coalition Wednesday, January 23 low impact development workshop will be available on this website soon. The all day workshop covered how to build and develop land without hurting the watershed.

Video from January 23, 2013 low impact development workshop available soon
Thu, Jan 24, 2013

What would YOU like to do at the Marsh?

What do you do at the Marsh now and what would you like to do there in the future? Fill out this questionnaire and get your ideas included in the City's strategic plan for the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. Please mail or deliver your questionnaire by Monday, February 18 to the Environmental Services Department at 736 F Street, Arcata, 95521, fax to 707.825.2116 or email it to eservices@cityofarcata.org and write "Marsh Survey" in the subject line.

Fill out a questionnaire and help shape your future Marsh experience
Wed, Dec 26, 2012

Give the landfill a break this holiday season

The period between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day traditionally generates an additional one million tons of waste each week across the United States. Learn how to enjoy the holiday season without adding strain on our nation's landfills by clicking here.

click on the link to find out how to cut down on waste this holiday season
Wed, Dec 12, 2012

Congratulations to Mayor Brinton, Vice-Mayor Wheetley

Congratulations to Shane Brinton, Arcata's new mayor, and Mark Wheetley, our new vice-mayor. Both were elected to office at a special City Council meeting on Monday, December 10. Mayor Brinton will preside over his first regular City Council meeting on Wednesday, December 19, 2012.

The Arcata City Council elected a new mayor and vice mayor at a Dec. 10 meeting.
Thu, Dec 6, 2012

Thank you to the work day volunteers of 2012!

The City of Arcata sends out a big THANK YOU to the work day volunteers and partner organizations of 2012. This year, more than 260 volunteers gave over 1,000 hours of their time helping to maintain Arcata's vast natural areas. The City sends out a heartfelt thank you to these neighbors and friends who helped take care of our community's open spaces. For more information, call 707.825.2163 or email eservices@cityofarcata.org.

More about volunteer work days
The City of Arcata says thank you to the work day volunteers of 2012!
Thu, Nov 15, 2012

What's in your trash?

November 15 is America Recycles Day! Rescue reusable and recyclable items from the trash to save money and the planet--today and everyday. Find out more at www.earth911.org and www.calrecycle.ca.gov. Recycle. It just makes sense.

Recycling information for businesses
What's in your trash? November 15 is America Recycles Day.
Wed, Nov 14, 2012

Thank you for rebuilding this salt marsh!

On Saturday, 43 volunteers from the community and Humboldt State University's Youth Educational Services Volunteer Opportunity Program and Natural Resources Club joined forces to plant over 2,500 salt marsh plants at McDaniel Slough in preparation for reintroduction of Humboldt Bay waters to this wetland next year. The next volunteer work day will be on Saturday, December 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. Please call 707.825.2163 for more information.

More on Saturday's salt marsh work day
43 volunteers planted 2,582 salt marsh plants at McDaniel Slough this Saturday
Wed, Nov 7, 2012

See your City workers through the eyes of Arcata Arts Institute students

See your City workers through Arcata High School students' eyes at Arcata City Hall through December. "Who You Gonna Call," a photo essay, was shot this fall by media arts students at AHS' Arcata Arts Institute who followed bus drivers, maintenance workers and police as they worked behind the scenes to keep the City running. 

More about the photo exhibit
City workers featured in Arcata Arts Institute photo exhibit
Wed, Oct 17, 2012

Thank you to the Janes Creek work day volunteers!

The City sends out a big thank you to these 15 hearty volunteers who removed six cubic yards of invasive ivy from Janes Creek this Saturday. Thank you for improving Janes Creek's streamside ecosystem and for representing what's great about Arcata! The next volunteer workday will be on Saturday, November 3 at Jolly Giant and Janes Creeks. Call (707) 825-2163 for more information.

Thank you to the Janes Creek work day volunteers!
Fri, Sep 14, 2012

Coast Guard/Air Station Humboldt Bay helicopter crew respond to Adventure Campers' SOS

The City's Recreation Division sends out a T-H-A-N-K Y-O-U to the U.S. Coast Guard/Air Station Humboldt Bay for generously participating in this summer's Adventure Camp. The crew of a Coast Guard MH-65 short range recovery helicopter helped campers with a mock evacuation exercise. Campers spelled out SOS and were rewarded with a dramatic helicopter flyover at Redwood Park.

More on the Coast Guard-Adventure Camp flyover
US Coast Guard/Air Station Humboldt Bay crew respond to Adventure Camp SOS
Fri, Sep 7, 2012

Thank you to this year's Bat 'n' Rouge participants and volunteers!

The City sends out a big THANK YOU to everyone who attended and participated in this year's Bat 'n' Rouge comedy baseball fundraiser for the Arcata Ridge Trail. Special thanks go to the Eureka Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence who worked hard to organize this event and dress both the OUTfielders and the Arcata community leaders teams. The Ridge Trail is closer to completion thanks to your support! (Photo credit: Kevin Hoover, The Arcata Eye)

Thank you to this year's Bat 'n' Rouge participants and volunteers!
Wed, Sep 5, 2012

Shirley Blvd. and Boyd Rd. annexation information available online

Residents, property owners and anyone interested in the proposed parcel annexations on Shirley Boulevard and Boyd Road can find project information and maps online at the Community Development Department's Current Projects page or by calling (707) 822-5955.

Shirley Blvd. and Boyd Rd. annexation information available online
Fri, Aug 10, 2012

McDaniel Slough Project levee construction begins Monday, August 13

The final construction phase of the City's McDaniel Slough Wetlands Restoration/Enhancement project begins on Monday, August 13. City contractor Hooven Construction will build a levee and connect the levee system to the Highway 255 roadway levee. Humboldt Bay's waters will be reintroduced to the project area, restoring fish passageways and benefiting other bird, invertebrate and fish species, sometime in 2013.

McDaniel Slough Project levee construction begins Monday, August 13
Mon, Aug 6, 2012

Renew your 2012 / 2013 preferential parking permits online starting August 6

Starting on Monday, August 6, people holding preferential parking permits in Arcata can renew their permits online by visiting https://www.paymycite.com/arcata/parkingpermit.aspx and clicking the "PERMITS" link. A convenience fee will be applied to all credit card transactions. The Arcata Police Department will take all in-person permit applications and renewals at their 736 F Street station. The Finance Department at City Hall will no longer be accepting parking permit applications.

Renew your 2012/13 Arcata preferential parking permits online starting August 6.
Mon, Jun 18, 2012

Good news for bicyclists, Bicycle Friendly Community plaque unveiled!

Arcata's bicycling advocates proudly unveiled a new sign commemorating the city's Bicycle Friendly Community Silver Award status near the corner of Sunset Avenue and H Street earlier this week. The League of American Bicyclists upgraded Arcata from bronze to silver status last month to recognize our ongoing efforts to make cycling safe for children on bikes, local commuters and recreational bicyclists.

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Wed, Jun 6, 2012

Thank you to the National Trails Day volunteers!

Love your Arcata Community Forest trails? Pictured at right are some of the people who keep them beautiful. These hearty volunteers, many from the Bigfoot Bicycle Club, hiked and biked into the forest to do trail maintenance work for National Trails Day. The next volunteer work day will be on Saturday, July 21 at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. Call (707) 825-2163 for more information.

More on the volunteer work day
12 Bigfoot Bicycle Club volunteers worked on trails in Arcata Community Forest
Wed, Jun 6, 2012

Arcata wins Bicycle Friendly Communities Silver Award

The League of American Bicyclists named Arcata a Silver Award Bicycle Friendly Community for our ongoing efforts to make bicycling safe for children on bikes, local commuters and recreational bicyclists.

More about the Silver Award
Arcata League of American Bicyclists Silver Award Bicycle Friendly Community
Wed, May 16, 2012

Thank you to Cindy Condit's AHS biology class

The City sends out a big thank you to Cindy Condit's Arcata High School biology class. In May, eighteen hard-working students pulled a TV, refrigerator, mattress, sheet metal, bedding, clothes and other trash from Jolly Giant and Janes Creek. And then they painted over graffiti and pulled up invasive plants at Shay Park. The next volunteer work day is on Saturday, June 2 in Arcata Community Forest.

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May 12 Shay Park Volunteer Work Day Arcata High School Condit Biology Class
Fri, May 11, 2012

City's Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary featured on statewide radio program

The Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, the City's innovative wastewater treatment facility, featured Friday, May 4, on KHSU public radio's The California Report news magazine.  Listen to the radio broadcast Arcata Marsh: a Scenic Solution to a Messy Problem online at www.californiareport.org.

Tue, May 1, 2012

Thank you to Saturday's Fickle Hill Creek and Gannon Slough volunteers!

The City of Arcata sends out a big thank you to the 38 volunteers at Saturday's work day who planted 300 alder, sitka spruce and red twig dogwood seedlings and 200 willow sprigs at the Fickle Hill Creek and Gannon Slough restoration sites. The next volunteer work day will be hosted by the City and Cindy Condit's Arcata High School biology class on Saturday, May 12 at Shay Park. Call (707) 825-2163 for more information.

More on the volunteer work day
Arcata Fickle Hill Creek Gannon Slough restoration volunteer work day tree
Wed, Apr 25, 2012

Watch an Energy Committee meeting on supplying our own green power

Want to learn about community choice aggregation, where cities and counties supply electricity to their residents? Local Power, Inc. made a presentation on the topic at a special Energy Committee meeting on Monday, April 23, 2012. If you missed the meeting, watch it online here.

Arcata Energy Committee special meeting local power community aggregation
Mon, Apr 9, 2012

Thank you to the 42 Fickle Hill Creek volunteers!

The City sends out a big thank you to the 42 volunteers from Humboldt State University's YES Volunteer Opportunities Program, the Humboldt Fish Action Council and the community who showed up earlier this month to plant 1500 willow sprigs and prepare 350 planting spots at Fickle Hill Creek and the upper Gannon Slough restoration sites. Volunteers at the next work day on Saturday, April 28 will plant alder, Sitka spruce, red twig dogwood and ninebark. For more information, call (707) 825-2163 or email eservices@cityofarcata.org.

More on the volunteer work day
42 community volunteers planted willow at Fickle HIll Creek, Arcata in April
Fri, Mar 30, 2012

Arcata residents! Get your discounted composter while supplies last!

Arcata residents living within the city limits can buy an Earth Machine composter for just $20. Just bring a City water bill or a rental contract or receipt to the Environmental Services Department in City Hall between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. The composter can sell for up to $100 so get yours now while supplies last and get ready for spring gardening!

More about the discounted composters
Arcata residents can buy composters for just $20 while supplies last.
Fri, Mar 30, 2012

McDaniel Slough Project gets $75,000 Wetlands Conservation Act grant

The City's multi-phase McDaniel Slough Restoration and Enhancement Project got a $75,000 North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant earlier this month to help turn over 300 acres between Humboldt Bay's north tip and Samoa Boulevard back into tidal marshland and fresh water marsh habitat for birds, fish and other wetland animals. Less than 1,000 acres of Humboldt Bay's salt marshes remain today, a loss of 90 percent of the Bay's historical tidelands.

More about the McDaniel Slough Grant
Arcata gets $75,000 Wetlands Conservation Act Grant for McDaniel Slough Project
Thu, Mar 22, 2012

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Stay connected with what's happening in Arcata; Follow us on Facebook. Now you can get news stories, upcoming meeting agendas, public service annoucements, new City service information, construction project updates and job annoucements directly on your Facebook page.   Friend the City of Arcata on Facebook!  

Thu, Mar 22, 2012

Recycle your used motor oil

Did you know that motor oil never wears out? It just gets dirty and can be cleaned and reused. Take your used motor oil to Franklin's Service on Heindon Road in Arcata. Find other Humboldt County used motor oil collection sites and check out these handy tips on going green.

More on Recycling Used Motor Oil
Recycle used motor oil at Franklin's in Arcata, CA and use rerefined motor oil
Wed, Mar 21, 2012

Know your bats! Talk on Humboldt County bats now available online

If you missed USDA Forest Service ecologist Ted Weller's standing-room-only talk on Humboldt County bats last fall, not to worry. Watch a video of Weller's informative talk online, anytime. Ted Weller has been studying California and Pacific Northwest bats for the past 15 years and is developing methods to lessen wind energy's impacts on bats.

More on the Bat Video
USDA Forest Service ecologist Ted Weller Humboldt County bat talk video online.
Mon, Mar 19, 2012

Watch a video on rapid sea level rise on the North Coast

According to scientists, we're in the middle of a slow motion flood. To find out more, watch the February 16 lecture Rapid Sea Level Rise on the North Coast presented by U.S. Forest Service geomorphologist Michael Furniss. Furniss’ talk was part of the City of Arcata’s Forest Lecture Series.  Watch Video Online.

More about the Slow Motion Flood Talk
Michael Furniss talks about rapid sea level rise on the North Coast, Feb. 16.
Fri, Mar 16, 2012

Learn What Your Government is Doing this Sunshine Week

In honor of Sunshine Week learn what your local government is doing. Read a proclamation recognizing March 11 - 17 as Sunshine Week in Arcata and check out this refresher on being part of your City government's decision making process.

How to Participate in Your City Government
Sunshine Week, Freedom of Information Day, access your government documents
Thu, Mar 15, 2012

City Thanks Two Anonymous Chevret-Vaissade Park Fire Witnesses

The City thanked two witnesses who gave police information leading to the arrest of the Chevret-Vaissade Park playground arsonists this week. Both received checks for $750. After the September 3, 2011 fire, the City offered a reward for information and local attorney Kathleen Bryson generously donated funds to increase the amount. Thanks to overwhelming public support and donations totaling over $8,500 plus matching funds and in-kind donations offered by local businesses and groups, the City was able to rebuild the park in just two months.

More on Chevret-Vaissade Playground's Heroes
City of Arcata Awarded Two Chevret-Vaissade Park Playground Fire Witnesses
Fri, Mar 9, 2012

Free Home Energy Inspections Offered for a Limited Time

For a limited time, you can have a Redwood Coast Energy Authority technician inspect your home, determine your eligibility for rebates, suggest no-cost fixes to start saving you money right away and even install low-flow showerheads and hot water pipe insulation--all for free! Call (707) 269-1700 for more information.

Free energy upgrade home inspections offered by Redwood Coast Energy Authority.
Fri, Mar 9, 2012

Arcata Marsh Featured on International Econews Program

If you missed seeing the Earthrise segment on Arcata's innovative wastewater treatment system, click here. The Arcata Marsh was featured on this Al Jazeera English environmental program in November 2011. The Al Jazeera English network reaches more than 220 million households in over 100 countries. Now people around the world know about our City's useful gem!

Arcata Marsh Wastewater Treatment Featured on Al Jazeera English's Earthrise
Fri, Feb 24, 2012

Check Your Number Before You Change Your Oil

Almost 10 million Californians change their motor oil every 3,000 miles or less. With new technologies, however, many cars and trucks can run much longer without an oil change while still enjoying top performance. If your car was made after 2000, check out www.CheckYourNumber.org to see how long it can go without an oil change. Your wallet and the environment will thank you. Find out more about how you can help the environment at the City's Go Green and Energy Program webpages.

Go to CheckYourNumber.org to see when your car needs an oil change.
Thu, Feb 9, 2012

See Wiyot Leader Kiwelattah's Portrait at City Hall Through March

Come and see a historic portrait of Kiwelattah, the Wiyot Tribe elder who greeted the Gregg/Wood exploration party when they landed in Humboldt Bay in 1850. The portrait and an exhibit will be on display during business hours through the month of March 2012 at Arcata City Hall, located within the Wiyot Tribe's aboriginal territory.

More about Kiwelattah's Portrait
Wiyot Tribe elder Kiwelattah's portrait will be on display February - March 2012
Wed, Feb 8, 2012

Thank You, Sunset Creek Work Day Volunteers!

The City sends out a big thank you to the 16 volunteers, including Arcata Elementary School kids and their parents, HSU Psychology Club members and people from our community, who cleared 6 cubic yards of invasive plants, planted trees and shrubs and prepared the area for more tree planting this past Saturday at Sunset Creek. The next tree planting work day will be Saturday, April 7 at Gannon Slough and Fickle Hill and Jacoby Creeks. For more information, please call (707) 822-8184.

16 volunteers removed invasive plants, prepped site for tree planting.
Tue, Dec 20, 2011

AHS Students Shine at 2011 Student Government Day

Arcata High School students and their community and City mentors wrangled with the Plaza Halloween issue at a mock Council meeting this week. The meeting was part of AHS' Student Government Day 2011, a lesson on how government works. The mock Council decided to block off the McKinley statue on Halloween and form an ad-hoc working group to consider an organized Halloween Plaza event.

Read the AHS Student Article on the Mock Council Meeting
# AHS students ran a mock City Council meeting on the Plaza mayhem issue.
Tue, Dec 20, 2011

Michael Winkler Elected Arcata Mayor, Shane Brinton Is Vice Mayor

The Arcata City Council selected Michael Winkler to be the new mayor and Shane Brinton to be vice mayor at a special meeting on December 8. "It has been a real honor to serve as mayor of Arcata," says outgoing Mayor Susan Ornelas, "This community inspires me with its forward-thinking, creative problem solvers." The Council selects two of its members to serve as mayor and vice mayor each December.

The Arcata City Council selected Michael Winkler to be mayor for the next year.
Tue, Nov 22, 2011

Sign Up for Code Red Emergency Phone Notifications

CLICK HERE to sign up or update your emergency contact information.  ARCATA RESIDENTS: The phone call you received on Tuesday, November 22, was a TEST of the City of Arcata Emergency Alert System -- Code Red.  The Arcata Police Department is partnering with Emergency Communication Network's CodeRED message system to quickly notify Arcata residents and businesses about critical events like tsunami warnings, fires or significant criminal events within different neighborhoods. To get these warnings by land line or cell phone, register your phone numbers with CodeRED by clicking on the CodeRED logo on the left side of this webpage.

More about Code Red Emergency Notifications
Enroll in Code Red and receive emergency notifications via cell phone.
Fri, Nov 18, 2011

A Big Thank You to All Bat 'n' Rouge Participants

On Wednesday, November 16, the Eureka Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence presented the Arcata City Council with a big check for $9,874 that was raised at September's Bat 'n' Rouge comedy softball event. The funds will be used to purchase property along the Arcata Ridge Trail which will connect the City's northern and southern boundaries with a four-mile, wooded hillside trail for hikers, bikers and equestrians.

Eureka Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence give the Arcata City Council a big check
Fri, Nov 4, 2011

Thank You to the Jolly Giant Creek Work Day Volunteers

Ten hard-working citizens joined the City of Arcata's volunteer work day this past Saturday, November 12 and pulled this truckload of trash from Jolly Giant Creek between 11th Street and the Skatepark. The next volunteer work day will be at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday, December 10. Call (707) 822-8184 for more information.

Volunteers removed this truckload of trash from Jolly Giant Creek last Saturday.
Tue, Oct 25, 2011

Except for Light Poles, Samoa Boulevard Phase One Is Complete

With the exception of streetlight pole installation, Phase I of the Samoa Gateway Project is complete. Phase II of the improvement project, which involves aesthetic elements like landscaping, irrigation and signage, is in the early planning and funding stages. Construction is expected to start in the spring. Thank you, Arcata, for your patience during the construction process.

Samoa Boulevard Gateway Phase One Is Complete
Mon, Oct 24, 2011

Chevret-Vaissade Playground Is Open!

The new Chevret-Vaissade Park playground is now open.  Watch "Chevret-Vaissade Park: Tragedy to Triumph," the story of the community-wide effort to rebuild this popular neighborhood playground after it was destroyed by fire on September 3, 2011.

See Park Ribbon Cutting
Thu, Oct 13, 2011

Thank You to the Ridge Trail Festival Participants and Volunteers!

Twenty-five volunteers worked countless hours and over 150 mountain bikers from around the state enjoyed the fruits of their labor at this past weekend's Ridge Trail Festival. The City thanks the Festival participants and crew and also everyone who volunteered and attended last month's Bat 'N' Rouge fundraiser. Your support is bringing the Arcata Ridge Trail closer to completion.

The City thanks the volunteers and participants at the Ridge Trail Festival.
Thu, Oct 13, 2011

H Street Under Construction AND Open for Business

Construction on the H Street pedestrian improvement project has begun. Starting Friday, September 30, H Street will be closed to vehicle traffic between 10th and 11th Streets, but all H Street merchants will be open for business. Watch a Video about the project or click here for today's update.

More on the H Street Construction Project
City of Arcata H Street Pedestrian Improvement Construction Project
Wed, Oct 12, 2011

The Chevret-Vaissade Playground Is Under Construction

The replacement equipment for Chevret-Vaissade Playground has arrived and construction is underway. Donations to help defray the equipment's $10,000 insurance deductible are still being gratefully accepted. Checks made out to "City Arcata" (please note "Vaissade Park playground fund" on the check) can be dropped off or mailed to the City Manager's Office, 736 F Street, Arcata, CA 95521. For more information, click the "Hot Projects" button above or call (707) 822-5953.

More on the Chevret-Vaissade Playground Rebuilding Fund
The Chevret-Vaissade Park Playground is under construction. has been ordered.
Fri, Oct 7, 2011

Emmerson Endowment Donates Incident Response Vehicle to APD

The City of Arcata is extremely grateful to the Orvamae Emmerson Endowment for the donation of a much-needed Critical Response Vehicle to the Arcata Police Department.   The vehicle is equipped with state-of the-art communications and technology systems which allows public safety to operate independently even when the region is cut off from the outside world during natural disasters.

More on the Critical Incident Response Vehicle
See the Arcata Police Department's new Incident Response Vehicle October 8.
Thu, Sep 15, 2011

Samoa Boulevard Construction Is in Full Swing! See Project Updates

Click the Construction Projects button above for project and Facebook updates and traffic detour information for the Samoa Gateway construction project to renovate the sidewalks and roadways of Arcata's south entrance, and the City's many other work projects. Thank you for your patience as we improve our City's valuable infrastructure! For more information, call the Public Works Department at (707) 822-5957.

Find Samoa Gateway Project updates on Facebook and the City's Construction page.
Wed, Sep 7, 2011

$1,500 Reward Offered for Chevret-Vaissade Park Fire Information

The Chevret-Vaissade Park playground was destroyed by a fire on Saturday, September 3, and a $1,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the fire. Anyone with information is asked to call the Arcata Police Department at (707) 822-2428. Donations to increase the reward amount are being accepted and can be mailed or dropped off at the Police Department at 736 F Street, Arcata, CA 95521.

More on the Playground Fire Reward Fund
The Chevret-Vaissade Park playground after the fire on September 3, 2011.
Fri, Aug 19, 2011

See a Flyover of the Proposed Arcata Ridge Trail

See an animated flyover of the proposed four mile Arcata Ridge Trail that will allow hikers to walk from the north to the south of the City entirely on wooded trails. The Ridge trail would start at West End Road and end at Buttermilk Lane, crossing through the Sunny Brae and Arcata Community Forests. (Requires Google Earth. To download a free version of Google Earth, click here.)

See Instructions
Watch an animated flyover of the Arcata Ridge Trail withGoogle Earth.
Fri, Jun 10, 2011

Thank You to the 39 National Trails Day Volunteers!

On June 4, National Trails Day, 39 devoted volunteers helped maintain Arcata Community Forest's Trail 13, realigning its steep, eroded sections. The City thanks the Arcata High School students, equestrian trail riders and mountain bikers for their hard work. The next volunteer workday will be on Saturday, August 20 at the Arcata Community Forest. Call (707) 822-8184 for more information.

More on the Volunteer Work Day
Volunteer to maintain your city's open spaces.
Fri, Jun 10, 2011

Video on Phantom Energy Wasters Now Available Online

Watch the Arcata Green Team as they help one Arcata renter save energy, water and money in The Case of the Phantom Menace and His Gang of Energy Wasting Goons.

Read More about the Energy Saving Video
Fri, May 27, 2011

Watch the City's GIS How-To Video Online

GIS Specialist Brian Kang's video on how to use the City's GIS mapping portal is now available to watch online anytime. A wealth of information is available from a home computer including land use and zoning information, earthquake faults and aerial imagery. To watch the video, click this homepage's "Watch Meetings" button and look for "2011 City Events and Awards," or click here.

More on the City's Mapping Feature
Mon, May 23, 2011

Arcata Recreation Hotspots Featured in Outdoors Cool! Campaign

The new Outdoors Cool! television ad campaign features local recreation areas like the Arcata Community Forest and the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary -- great outdoor spaces for kids. Check out outdoorscool.com to find an outdoors wonderland near you. The Recreation Division's wide array of fun summer camps is another great way to get outside and play. Call (707) 822-7091 for more information.

See the Arcata Summer Camp Line-Up
The Outdoors Cool! campaign shows kids places to play in their own backyard.
Fri, Apr 1, 2011

Monitoring Local Radiation Levels and Arcata's Tsunami Response

According to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, one of the agencies monitoring radioactive releases and predicting their paths, “All the available information continues to indicate Hawaii, Alaska, the U.S. Territories and the U.S. West Coast are not expected to experience any harmful levels of radioactivity.” See current radiation level readings from the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District.

More on Radiation Levels and Arcata's Tsunami Response
Wed, Mar 30, 2011

Get Local Traffic, Disaster and Crime Alerts from APD and Nixle

The Arcata Police Department is partnering with Nixle, a community information service, to deliver timely, important messages about road closures, natural disasters and crime to Arcata residents. Anyone can sign up for this free service at www.nixle.com and receive alerts via the web, email and cell phone.

Read the APD Press Release
Fri, Feb 25, 2011

Report Graffiti to the APD Tip Hotline

Graffiti is detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the community in that it leads to urban blight, encourages gang activity, is detrimental to property values, business opportunities, and the quality of life. To report graffiti around Arcata, call the 24hr Arcata Police Department Tip Hotline at (707) 825-2587 ext 1. Learn more about the City's Graffiti Abatement program.

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Fri, Feb 18, 2011

Three Part Arcata History Series - Video

Watch the first and second videos in a three part history series, The Vanished Neighborhood: Looking Back at Bayview & Back to the Future: A Tour of Arcata's Modern Resources along the the Redwood Highway: 1900-1970.

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Fri, Dec 17, 2010

Eat Healthy this New Year

The Recreation Division reminds you that community supported agriculture farm shares at Arcata Educational Farm and plots at the Bayside Park Community Garden are still available. Did you make a New Years resolution to eat healthy this year? Call (707) 822-7091 or click here to get started.

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Fri, Dec 10, 2010

Council Adopts a 5-Year Capital Improvement Program

On December 15, the City Council adopted a Five-Year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for fiscal years 2010/11 - 2014/15. The CIP addresses the City’s long-term major capital improvements to public facilities, sewer and water infrastructure, roadways and sidewalks so the City can continue providing high-quality services.

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Thu, Dec 9, 2010

Enjoy Your Newly Renovated Larson Park

Come try out the new bocce and tennis courts (the only ones in the City!), have lunch in the picnic grounds or try out the new playground at the City's newly-renovated Larson Park, 901 Grant Ave. Renovations were funded in part by California State Parks through Proposition 40, the U.S. Tennis Association and the City of Arcata.

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Fri, Dec 3, 2010

Council Calls for West Coast Hearing on Proposed Navy Trainings

On December 1, 2010, the City Council adopted a resolution calling for a Congressional Hearing to be held in Humboldt County so that citizens can voice their concerns on the potential impacts from proposed U.S. Navy training exercises in the Northwest Training Range Complex.  Read the Council Letter and Resolution No, 101-39.   

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Wed, Nov 17, 2010

Valley West Streetscape Conceptual Plans

Over the last few years the City of Arcata has been working to improve the Valley West neighborhood.  As part of this continuing effort, the City staff has been working to redesign the existing public right of way along Valley West and East Boulevards to make this area more pedestrian friendly and a better place to live, work, play and visit.  See conceptual designs.

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Wed, Oct 20, 2010

Arcata Ridge Trail Project

The City of Arcata has an opportunity to create a four-mile ridge trail from West End Road though the Arcata Community Forest, connecting to the Sunny Brae Forest and ending at Buttermilk Lane.  Watch Video segment from the September 1, 2010, City Council Meeting about the project.

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Fri, Sep 24, 2010

City Receives NOAA Grant for Wetlands Restoration

The City received $275,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Estuary Habitat Restoration Grant program. The funds will be used for a multi-phase project to restore tidal and freshwater wetland habitat and fish access to McDaniel Slough and Janes Creek.

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Mon, Sep 13, 2010

City Water/Sewer Bills Have a New Look

Residents may have noticed that the water/sewer bill has changed from a post card to a new letter-sized account statement.  The New Utility Bill Account Statement provides residents more account information, comparative consumption history, special messages, and a convenient payment coupon. For questions about the new billing system, please contact the Finance Department at 822-5951.  

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Wed, Aug 18, 2010

Local Youth Rewarded for Wearing Helmets

In July & September, the Arcata Police Department, in partnership with local businesses, mounted a campaign to encourage local children to wear helmets while riding their bicycles and skateboards..  Thanks to generous gift donors, APD Officers rewarded 105 helmet wearing kids with gift certificates for special treats.  

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Fri, Aug 6, 2010

Sculptures Installed in Giuntoli Lane Roundabouts

Artist Bob Benson's "River Steps" sculpture was mounted in the western Giuntoli Lane roundabout at the end of July thanks to the work of a group of dedicated Arcata citizens calling themselves the Arts Arbor Arcata Committee. Benson's work, along with sculptor Mort Scott's "Luna," greet people entering and leaving Arcata from the north.

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Sculptor Bob Benson smiles like a proud papa in front of his newly-installed "River Steps" sculpture in the western Giuntoli Lane roundabout.
Wed, Jul 21, 2010

Natural Resources Science Camp Wins National Grant Award

Arcata and Eureka's City-run science summer camps won a $30,000 grant from a USDA Forest Service's More Kids in the Woods cost-share program. Arcata's innovative, hands-on Natural Resources Science Camp features science experiments and unique access to HSU labs and faculty. Participants explore the local environment and learn about research and careers in natural resources.

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Thu, Jun 24, 2010

Arcata's Finest Sworn-In

Lieutenant Bart Silvers, Sergeant Jaynie Goodwin and Officer Richard Bergstresser were sworn-in at a ceremony in the Council Chamber on Thursday, June 24. Goodwin is APD's first-ever female Sergeant. The Arcata Police Department also welcomed aboard two new dispatchers, Miranda Baird and Elyse Bialous.

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Tue, May 4, 2010

Arcata Receives Funding for Transitional Housing

On Thursday, April 29, 2010, the City of Arcata was awarded $1,680,000 by the State to develop transitional housing for the homeless on the City-owned property at 250 E Street.  City representatives will meet with neighbors to address community concerns before applying for a Conditional Use Permit.

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Property at 250 E Street
Fri, Apr 23, 2010

Jacoby Creek School Kids Plant 150 Trees

Jacoby Creek Charter School fifth and sixth graders planted 150 alder trees along Jacoby Creek as part of an innovative Project Learning Tree education day on April 15. The program was funded by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife grant.

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Roy Bergstrom of Six Rivers National Forest explains how to determine a tree's size and age.
Fri, Apr 9, 2010

Volunteers Plant 1,500 Native Trees at Jacoby Creek

Fifty-nine volunteers planted 1,500 native trees along Jacoby and Fickle Hill Creeks during two volunteer work days in March and April. The projects were funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The next volunteer work day is scheduled for Saturday, May 1, at Sunnybrae Park.

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Volunteer Work Day Participants at Jacoby Creek
Thu, Apr 1, 2010

Arcata Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan

The Arcata City Council adopted the Arcata Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan Update 2010 at its April 7, 2010 meeting. 

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Fri, Mar 19, 2010

Thomas Chapman Sworn In as Arcata's New Police Chief

Thomas F. Chapman became Arcata's newest Chief of Police at a swearing in ceremony on Friday. Chief Chapman is a 15-year veteran of the Arcata Police Department. "Tom understands the important law enforcement needs and issues facing our city," says City Manager Randy Mendosa, "as well as the many wonderful and unique aspects that define our community."

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Fri, Mar 12, 2010

City Launches Interactive Online Map Service

The City of Arcata website now offers an interactive Geographic Information System (GIS) application. Find useful information on specific parcels in the City, print a map, or see historical aerial images of the area from as early as 1931.

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Fri, Feb 5, 2010

Economic Development Strategic Plan

The City's Draft Economic Development Strategic Plan (PDF 3,370 KB) and its Appendices are online for public viewing. The City Council adopted the Economic Strategic Plan at its Wednesday February 17, 2010, meeting.

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Mon, Dec 7, 2009

Community Development Agency - 5 Year Implementation Plan

The Arcata Community Development Agency is updating the five-year Implementation Plan. The Plan identifies projects and programs to eliminate blight in the City's redevelopment area through 2014. View the Draft Implementation Plan.

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