Arcata in the News
City offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day and will reopen at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 6. Revisit our founding fathers' ideas and the documents at the core of our nation at the National Archives' curated online exhibit, "The Charters of Freedom."After hours emergency numbers
ROAD CLOSURE/TRAFFIC DETOUR NOTICE: From Wednesday, July 1 through Friday, July 3, 2015, contractor Mercer-Fraser will pave Sunset Avenue. Both east- and westbound traffic on Sunset Avenue at Jay Street will be blocked. Construction on the Foster Avenue Extension and Arcata Rails with Trails projects will take place between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. Both projects are anticipated to be completed by Friday, October 9, weather permitting. Click here for work locations, traffic detours and project updates. Please follow all traffic control measures around the work sites, and contact the City's Public Works Department at (707) 822-5957 for more information.More on the Foster Avenue Extension and Rails with Trails construction
The deadline to apply for a seat on the Planning Commission is 5 p.m. Monday, July 6. There are also volunteer opportunities on the Arcata Historic and Design Review Commission, and the Transportation Safety, Open Space and Agriculture, and Transaction and Use Tax Oversight Committees. Download committee application forms here, and commission application forms here. Get involved in shaping your community!More about being a committee or commission member
Twenty-five Volunteer Trail Stewards, California Conservation Corps Fortuna Center members, equestrians and community members wheelbarrowed 20 cubic yards of crushed rock to armor the north end of the Arcata Ridge Trail at West End Road on Saturday. Kudos to them and to RSVPs Maureen McGarry for feeding everyone yummy fish tacos! The next volunteer workday will be on Saturday, July 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. removing invasive Spartina grass from the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. Please call (707) 825-2163 or email EServices@CityofArcata.org for more information.More about Saturday's volunteer work day
The Planning Commission wants to hear from you about updating rules on Arcata's Coastal Zone. The Coastal Zone is very big, making up one-third of the city's area, and the new rules will be in effect for the next 20 years. The Local Coastal Program update will be discussed at Planning Commission meetings at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month through August. On the agenda for the July 14 scoping meeting:Coastal Zone portions of the Creamery District and the Samoa Business District. Call (707) 822-5955 or email AHunter@CityofArcata.org for more information.Read More
California residents, please save water to help everyone ride out our state's drought emergency. See the current mandatory water saving measures in effect in Arcata here.See the new water conservation measures
Arcata DIYers can get a FloTools 15 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 online for up to $10 plus shipping but are free thanks to a grant from CalRecycle. Supplies are limited. Call (707) 822-8184 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.More on the motor oil drain pans
Rachel Hernandez works at one of her favorite places in Arcata--the Marsh. Her love of water and lab work make her well-suited to be Arcata’s sole Environmental Compliance Officer. She works with businesses and restaurants, focusing on removing grease and other harmful wastewater pollutants before they reach the sewage treatment plant and Humboldt Bay. “Our treatment plant can only handle normal household wastewater, so think twice before you pour things down the drain.”Our People...Our Community...Ourcata
Thank you to the 20 people who spent National Trails Day prepping 150 feet of Panorama Court Trail corridor for construction. Saturday's crew of Volunteer Trail Stewards and the general public also carried three 12-foot logs into place for trail cribbing. Mighty work! The next trail volunteer work day will be on Saturday, June 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information and meeting location, please call (707) 825-2163 or email EServices@CityofArcata.org.More about Saturday's volunteer work day
When moving out, save precious landfill space and take your reusable stuff 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. Please do not leave household goods in driveways, sidewalks, streets or parks. The recycling guide is available online here, at City Hall, the Arcata Library and Arcata laundromats.More on recycling and reusing
The City of Arcata is pleased to announce the completion of the Arcata Bicycle Boulevards (ABB) on 10th and I Streets in the downtown area. The Bicycle Boulevards create more bicycle-friendly routes to popular downtown destinations and encourage more bicycle travel within Arcata. Check out this new video outlining the Bicycle Boulevards' features.More on the Arcata Bicycle Boulevard
Paul Wilson intended to visit Arcata for just two weeks in 1961, then stayed and served as an Arcata Recreation employee, City Councilman, Firefighter and, for the past eight years, as a Sergeant with the Arcata Police Department’s Citizen Volunteer Patrol Program. APD volunteers help with traffic control, paperwork and house checks. Going on vacation? Trained APD volunteers like Paul can be an extra set of eyes on your home. Call (707) 822-2428 to register!Our People...Our Community...Ourcata
Arcata's revised citywide smoking ban went into effect on Friday, April 17, 2015. Smoking is now prohibited within city limits unless actively passing through on the way to another destination. Smoking is still completely banned in the Plaza Area, including all outer perimeter sidewalks, at the Arcata Intermodal Transit Facility at 501 9th Street and in City parks. In those areas, everyone, including people who are actively passing through, cannot smoke. Read the smoking ordinance here.More about the revised smoking ban
Protect our local watershed and show off your artwork at the same time! The City of Arcata is calling on local artists to submit stormwater drain mural design proposals. Three artists will be awarded $500 to bring their vision to life on Arcata's streets. The entry deadline has been extended to July 31. Click here for more details.More about the Downstream Designs art contest
“I pop up on bears all the time,” says Arcata’s Natural Resources Technician Michael McDowall. Since 2007, Michael has been surveying spotted owls, amphibians and carnivores in and around Arcata. He also monitors the forest's growth, and works with downtown businesses to reduce storm water pollution. Rainy weather can make his outdoor job challenging, but Michael says, “Everyone in the Environmental Services Department really believes in what they're doing. When people do something wholeheartedly, you get high quality work.”Our People...Our Community...Ourcata
Improve your health, reduce stress and help create a harmonious Plaza atmosphere through community Tai Chi. Instructor Ron Sieh leads classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 noon to 1 p.m. on the Arcata Plaza. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to practice for 30 minutes or stay for the full hour. Classes are $3 to drop in or $20 for a ten class pass. Call Arcata Recreation at (707) 822-7091 for more information.More about community Tai Chi on the Plaza
As a Contracts and Procurement Specialist, Harold Miller stays abreast of changes in California labor and procurement laws. He ensures that all State regulations are followed when awarding contracts for a government project. Harold was hired by the City in 1984, and has worked closely with local vendors his entire career. “I love working with the community,” he says. Here’s a fun fact: Harold grew up in a house where City Hall now stands. “I really get around, huh?”Our People...Our Community...Ourcata
Due to recently added water bill payment options, there has been a decrease in foot traffic at the City's cashier window. In an effort to use budget funds as efficiently as possible, the hours at the cashier window have been reduced. The new hours are Monday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Click here to learn more about the City's new, convenient payment options.Read about new, convenient payment options
Joe Mateer has worked for the City of Arcata since 2001. As a Senior Planner, Joe ensures that building projects meet City standards and codes. Projects can vary from a kitchen remodel to a second dwelling unit, or even a subdivision. “My department is called Community Development,” says Joe. “I’d like to encourage people to get involved in crafting our community’s planning documents, like the Housing Element, that we use every day to determine how Arcata looks and functions.”Our People...Our Community...Ourcata
In 2014, 705 people rolled up their sleeves to help maintain Arcata's forests, marshes and creeks. During 25 Saturday volunteer work days, these individuals and members of different community groups built parts of the Arcata Ridge Trail, restored McDaniel Slough's salt marshes off of Samoa Boulevard, picked up rubbish from parks and along creeks, and helped build a new nature trail at Arcata Elementary School. Arcata shines because of your hard work. Thank you! Click here to find out about 2015 volunteer work days.Read about the outstanding volunteers of 2014
Don’t forget to recycle your “naked,” tinsel-free Christmas tree at Mad River Compost at 6360 West End Road through Sunday, January 30, or at Eel River Disposal, 555 Vance Avenue in Samoa, until Thursday, January 15. Need help hauling your tree? Arcata High School students will pick up your tree from your curb for $10 through Sunday, January 18. Call (707) 822-8325 to make arrangements. Check out this list of Christmas tree drop off locations from Trinidad to Blue Lake, and south to Ferndale. Have a happy, safe holiday!More on Xmas tree and Xmas light recycling
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.More holiday waste reducing tips
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
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
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.
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.
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.org. Watch a video of Loretta at work.Our People...Our Community...Ourcata
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
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
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."Our People...Our Community...Ourcata
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.Our People...Our Community...Ourcata
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
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."Our People...Our Community...Ourcata
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.
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.Our People...Our Community...Ourcata
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.Our People...Our Community...Ourcata
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.Our People...Our Community...Ourcata
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.
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
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
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.”Our People...Our Community...Ourcata
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.Our People...Our Community...Ourcata
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”Our People...Our Community...Ourcata
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.”Our People...Our Community...Ourcata
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.Our People...Our Community...Ourcata
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.
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.”Our People...Our Community...Ourcata
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.”Our People...Our Community...Ourcata
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.
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.Our People...Our Community...Ourcata
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
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.Our People...Our Community...Ourcata
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.”Our People...Our Community...Ourcata
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.
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.
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.”Our People...Our Community...Ourcata
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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 email@example.com for more information or to schedule a site visit. Click for more information and application materials.Read more about Foodworks kitchen leases
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.)
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.
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
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)
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 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
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
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.
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
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