Arcata in the News
To honor the memory of Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday, December 5, 2013, the President of the United States ordered the United States flag to be flown at half-staff on all public buildings and grounds until sunset on Monday, December 9. The flag also flies at half-staff on Saturday, December 7, for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.Why is the flag at half-staff?
Let the City know what kind of play equipment and recreational activities you would like to see at Greenview's neighborhood park. Join park neighbors and Arcata's Parks and Recreation Committee for a visioning workshop on Wednesday, December 11 at 6 p.m. at the Arcata Community Center Arts and Crafts Room. Call (707) 822-7091 for more information.More about Greenview Park's visioning workshop
Want to give a gift to a loved one and the planet at the same time? Consider the gift of carbon offsets from Arcata Community Forest's Jacoby Creek/Barnum Tract, available now from TerraPass.com. For just $13.12 per metric ton, you reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases equal to a roundtrip flight from SFO to JFK or driving a midsize car 2,000 miles. Call (707) 822-8184 for more information or visit www.TerraPass.com/shop/Arcata.More about Arcata Community Forest carbon offsets
Join the Friends of Arcata Marsh and the City's Environmental Services Department for the final volunteer work day of 2013. Volunteers will meet at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary's South I Street parking lot (the first one on the left after passing Samoa Boulevard) at 9 a.m. and will remove non-native plants and trash until 1 p.m. Gloves, tools, food and beverages will be provided. Please wear work clothes and closed toe shoes or boots. Call (707) 825-2163 for more information.More about Saturday's volunteer work day
Be a proud owner of a new home in Sandpiper Park at 115 South G Street in downtown Arcata. Eleven out of 16 new units are already under contract or have been sold. These 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 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. For more information call 1-800-655-6600.More about homes in Sandpiper Park
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to schedule a site visit. Click for more information and application materials.Read more about Foodworks kitchen leases
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
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.
The City’s Environmental Services Department and the Humboldt Fish Action Council invite you to help the Humboldt State University Natural Resources Club clean up Jolly Giant Creek on Saturday, November 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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. Participants will be provided with tools, beverages and snacks. Please be sure to wear work clothes and closed-toe shoes or boots. For more information, call (707) 825-2163 or email email@example.com.
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for helping keep Arcata beautiful!
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
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
This Saturday is the United Way of Wine Country's 12th Annual Day of Caring. It is also California Coastal Cleanup Day. Why not celebrate both worthy occasions by caring for your local, world famous marsh from 9 a.m. to noon? Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center parking lot on South G Street. Enjoy a barbecue lunch at Eureka's Sequoia Park afterwards, courtesy of the United Way.More about Saturday's volunteer work day
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
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
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!
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.
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
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
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.Read More
The Humboldt Waste Management Authority sponsors a household hazardous waste collection event on Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pierson Park on Central Avenue and Pickett Road. 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.
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 email@example.com for more information.More on the motor oil drain pans
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.)
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.More about being an Arcata Community Forest trail steward
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
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.
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.)
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
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.
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 email@example.com and write "Marsh Survey" in the subject line.
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.More about volunteer work days
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
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
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
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.
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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.Read More
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
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
When moving, 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 and hazardous waste collection facilities. The guide is available online here, at City Hall, the Arcata Library and Arcata laundromats.More on recycling and reusing
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.Read More
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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com.More on the volunteer work day
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
The Arcata City Council adopted the Arcata Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan Update 2010 at its April 7, 2010 meeting.Read More
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."Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More