Arcata in the News
The Arcata City Council's Wednesday, October 1, 2014, regular meeting agenda is now online and available for viewing. Ecomments for Wednesday's meeting are due at noon on Wednesday. For more information, please call the City Manager's office at 707.822.5953.
Asphalt grinding and repaving on sections of I Street and 10th Street has been delayed due to rain and will begin on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. The Hilfiker Drive water main will be in service on Monday, October 6. Asphalt and baserock recycling and recompaction begins on Hilfiker Drive on Thursday, October 2. Sewer and manhole repair work begins around Arcata on Monday, October 6. Thank you for your patience as we work to maintain our valuable city roadways and water system. For more information on construction and road work projects around Arcata, visit the Construction Projects page.
The Mad River Union, Arcata High School Pepperbox, KHSU 90.5 FM, Arcata Chamber of Commerce and City of Arcata hosted a 2014 Arcata City Council Candidate Forum on Thursday, September 18 at the D Street Neighborhood Center. If you missed the forum, moderated by Mad River Union Editor-at-Large Kevin L. Hoover, listen to it online by clicking here.More on the Arcata City Council candidate forum
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
Join the Humboldt Trails Council's Volunteer Trail Stewards, the Humboldt State University Natural Resources Club and the City's Environmental Services Department for a volunteer work day celebrating National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at the concrete steps up from the corner of Margaret and Buttermilk Lanes. Volunteers will clear the path for part of the Lower Beith Creek Loop Trail in the Sunny Brae Tract of the Arcata Community Forest. Gloves, tools, food and beverages will be provided. Call (707) 825-2163 for more information.More about Saturday's volunteer work day
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
If you're wondering what's happening on Samoa Boulevard as you head toward Manila from Arcata, Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) is performing hydrostatic pressure tests on a natural gas pipeline. This is part of a system-wide program to ensure the safety of the transmission pipelines that deliver gas across the region. Click here for more information on PG&E's tests.
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
When moving in or out, save space in our landfills and take your reusable materials to businesses listed in "Don't Dump and Run--Recycle, Reuse and Donate!" the City's guide to Arcata's thrift stores, book stores, hazardous waste and recycling collection facilities. You can save a lot of cash by furnishing your new home with thrift store goods, too. The guide is available online here, at City Hall, the Arcata Library and Arcata laundromats.More on recycling and reusing
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.
The California Transportation Commission awarded the City of Arcata a $3.1 million Active Transportation Program grant to build a 3.2 mile long, multi-use trail from Samoa Boulevard to the Bracut/Highway 101 intersection. This project is part of a larger Humboldt Bay Trail, which stretches from the Arcata Skate Park to the Elk River trailhead of the Hikshari' Trail in Eureka, and will serve as a section of the California Coastal Trail.Read more about the Rail with Trail grant
The City sends out a big thank you to the 19 strong volunteers who coated the Beith Creek Loop Trail stream crossings with crushed rock on Saturday. In all, they improved about 400 feet of trail in the Sunny Brae Tract of the Arcata Community Forest. The next volunteer work day will be on Saturday, September 13, to remove invasive plant species at Janes Creek near Cropley Way. Please call (707) 825-2163 for more information.
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
Arcata's Parks and Recreation, Transportation Safety and Transaction and Use Tax Oversight Committees are all looking for a few good volunteers. If you have expertise in parks, recreation, trails, any mode of transportation (including car, pedestrian, bicycle, wheelchair or skateboard), or public safety, considering serving your community on one of these committees. Click here for an application.More about volunteering on a city committee
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
Want to keep tabs on the City's public bathroom project? Check out our new Downtown Public Restroom webpage for photos, updates on restroom construction, and more.
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
The City sends out a big thank you to the 22 volunteers who built 250 feet of new trail and decommissioned 80 feet of old trail in the Sunny Brae Tract of the Arcata Community Forest this past Saturday. The new section of the Beith Creek Loop Trail was constructed to bypass a steep, fall line section of trail. Kudos to the Humboldt Trails Council's Volunteer Trail Stewards for their dedication to improving everyone's trail experience!
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
Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary users, there will be resurfacing work on trails to the east and west of South I Street beginning on Monday, July 21, and lasting for about two weeks. Please access the Marsh trail system from the Marsh Interpretive Center parking lot at 569 South G Street and from the City Corporation Yard parking lot at 600 South G Street.More about the Marsh trail resurfacing work
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.
Twelve Friends of the Arcata Marsh joined Environmental Services Department staff members to remove a small mountain of invasive plants from around the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center on Saturday. Thank you for your hard work! The next volunteer work day will be hosted by the Humboldt Trails Council's Volunteer Trail Stewards under the shady canopy of the Sunny Brae Tract of the Arcata Community Forest on Saturday, July 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (707) 834-7301 for more information.Read about the next volunteer work day
The City's Environmental Services Department opened the newest addition to the Arcata Community Forest Trail system on Friday. The South Fork Janes Creek Trail can be accessed by hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians from the Diamond Drive or California Avenue entrances to the Community Forest, or from Trail #5 and #10 in the Forest's trail system. See a map of the new trail and access points.More about the New South Fork Janes Creek Trail
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
Three Arcata City Council seats will be open this November 2014 election. There will be two four-year terms and one two-year term on the ballot. Nominees must state which term they are running for. If you are interested in running for the Council, you can pick up nomination papers starting on Monday, July 14, 2014, through Friday, August 8, 2014.More about running for the Arcata City Council
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.
Twenty-six Volunteer Trail Stewards and California Conservation Corps volunteers rerouted a section of the Beith Creek Loop Trail in the Arcata Community Forest, dug a series of drainage swales for a soggy trail section, and worked on rerouting two stream crossings on Saturday, June 28. After all this hard work, everyone enjoyed a delicious barbecue lunch, courtesy of the Volunteer Center of the Redwoods/RSVP. Thank you for making Arcata's trails even more enjoyable!
DANCO Communities has proposed an 18-unit, affordable housing project off O Street at the former Reid & Wright Lumber Mill site. The development process requires several steps and there will be opportunities along the way for public involvement. Find out more about the proposed Redwood Pond (O Street) development project here.Read more about the proposed Redwood Pond/O Street project
At Wednesday's Arcata City Council meeting, David Boyd and Larry Hand of the Six Rivers Bocce Club presented the Council with a $280 check--proceeds from the Club's First Annual Arcata Recreation Division Youth Development Scholarship Fund Bocce Tournament at Larson Park on June 7, 2014. The tournament proceeds will go to the Youth Development Scholarship fund, which helps kids from low-income families participate in Arcata's great recreation programs. Thank you for supporting Arcata's youth!
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
Homeowners or contractors doing projects that do not require plan checks can now request simple building permits from home or any mobile device. People installing stand-alone furnaces, water heaters, gas lines or roof replacements can submit a simple form via email and save a trip to City Hall. Check out the new form to see if your project can benefit from the streamlined process.
Arcata is vying for the title of "Coolest California City" against 10 other cities in the Cool California City Challenge sponsored by Energy Upgrade California. Sign up for Team Arcata today at http://coolcalifornia.org/community-challenge and start cutting carbon emissions by bicycling or switching to CFL lightbulbs. The winning city receives prize money to cut its carbon emissions even further. The competition runs from April 1 through August 31. Sign up today and start saving energy!Read More about the Cool California Challenge
A stalwart crew of ten Humboldt Trails Council Volunteer Trail Stewards and California Conservation Corps volunteers rerouted the Beith Creek Loop Trail in two places in the Arcata Community Forest on Saturday. Their work on National Trails Day will make for a less wet and mucky hiking experience for everyone. After rerouting the trail, they rehabbed the old trail sections with duff and ferns. Thank you all for your hard work!More on Saturday's volunteer work day
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
The Arcata Community Forest was awarded a 2014 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence, which honors travel attractions and businesses that consistently receive outstanding reviews on the popular travel website. Certificate of Excellence attractions maintain an overall rating of at least four out of five bubbles on the website's rating system. The Arcata Community Forest has an average visitor rating of 4.5 bubbles. The Arcata Community Forest is owned and managed by the residents of Arcata through community forestry management practices. Learn about helping care for your forest here.
Come to a public meeting about a five year plan of proposed water and sewer rate increases and the critical renovations to our aging infrastructure that they will fund on Tuesday, June 3 at 8:30 a.m. at Arcata City Hall, 736 F Street, Arcata. Any objections to proposed rates must be written and filed with the Arcata Environmental Services Department before the Wednesday, July 2 public hearing during the regularly scheduled Arcata City Council meeting. Learn more and get involved in improving our city's critical infrastructure.
Ever wonder how your Arcata Community Forest trails stay beautiful and user friendly? Last Saturday, 21 Volunteer Trail Stewards from the Humboldt Trails Council maintained Trails 6 and 7 by rerouting 20 feet of trail, rehabbing old trail sections by replanting ferns and duff, installing retainers on eroded trail sections, and cutting back vegetation growing over trail sections. Watch their incredible hard work. The next volunteer work day will celebrate National Trails Day in the Sunny Brae Tract of the Arcata Community Forest on Saturday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (707) 825-2163 for more information.More about Saturday's volunteer work day
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.
A total of amazing 47 volunteers--Arcata High School students, Arcata Elementary School students, parents and teachers, and Humboldt State University Natural Resources Club members--worked at two different sites on Saturday, May 10. The final tons of crushed rock were wheelbarrowed into place to complete Arcata Elementary School's nature interpretive trail, and graffiti, illegal campsites and invasive English ivy were removed from Shay Park and Dellanina Nature Reserve. Thank you for your hard work!
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.
The Arcata City Council will consider adopting a Negative Declaration of Environmental Impact for the proposed public toilet at its Wednesday, May 7, 2014 meeting. Read the complete draft report online, call (707) 822-5955 or visit the Community Development Department for more information. The Public Works Department can also provide details on accessibility and public utility connection details. Call them at (707) 822-5957 or visit the Public Works Department office at 529 9th Street for more information. See the proposed public toilet location map here.More about the public toilet environmental report
Volunteers worked hard on April 26 at both Arcata Elementary School building a nature trail and in the Arcata Community Forest, clearing English ivy and Scotch broom from Trail 18 along Fickle Hill. Thank you to every one of the 37 Volunteer Trail Steward, CCC, Humboldt State University Natural Resources Club and Americorps volunteers. You all make Arcata a better place! The next volunteer work day will be on Saturday, May 10 at three locations: Shay Park, Janes Creek at Westwood Manor Park, and again at Arcata Elementary School. Call (707) 8252-2163 for more information.
AmeriCorps, Humboldt State University's Natural Resources Club and Chi Phi Fraternity, Girl Scout Troop 90006, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Humboldt Fish Action Council were well represented on Saturday with 36 volunteers working hard at Janes Creek. Everyone pitched in to lay out and stake 300 feet of fabric and plant over 300 native plants and willow sprigs to shade out reed canary grass along the creek.Thank you to Doug Kelly for grilling burgers for everyone, to David Lam and Toni Longley for organizing the day and to the rain for holding off until most of the work was done.Read about the next volunteer work day
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
Nineteen amazing volunteers from AmeriCorps, the Humboldt Fish Action Council, HSU's Natural Resources Club, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and community members rolled out, trenched and staked 250 feet of geotextile fabric on a berm separating Janes Creek from the Galachi field near West End Road on Saturday. Roughly 250 willow sprigs were planted to improve the streamside ecosystem and prevent the return of invasive reed canary grass. Thank you for your hard work! Help finish the project next Saturday, April 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (707) 825-2163 for more information.
The City of Arcata Community Development Department invites developers to submit proposals for the purchase and development of property located at Sunset Avenue and Alliance Road, commonly known as the “Twin Parks” properties (APNs 505-151-026, 505-131-014, and 505-131-016). This request for proposals will provide background about the property, and outline the information the City will use to consider your proposal. Click here for complete proposal package.
Watch some awesome volunteers in action as they help Arcata Elementary School students on Saturday, March 29. Thirty-eight people from the Humboldt Fish Action Council, Humboldt State University, an HSU fraternity, the CCC Fortuna Center and Arcata Elementary School families cleared brush and ivy and wheel barrowed crushed rock to create 250 feet of nature interpretive trail. Work on the trail will resume on Saturday, April 26, during another volunteer work day. Thank you, everyone, for building a trail the kids will enjoy for generations!
The City sends out a big thank you to the 30 volunteers from the Volunteer Trail Stewards, Humboldt State University, and Sonoma State University's Join Us Making Progress program who helped restore chronic, illegal campsites in the Arcata Community Forest on Saturday. The volunteers hauled out 4 cubic yards of trash, scarified the compacted ground, planted sword ferns, then went on to clear English ivy and maintain trails in the Forest. The next volunteer work day will be on Saturday, March 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Arcata Elementary School. Volunteers will help construct an interpretive nature trail and remove non-native, invasive species from Sunset Creek. Call 707.825-2163 for more information.
On Saturday, 16 volunteers from the Humboldt Fish Action Council and the Humboldt State University Natural Resources Club took up picks and loppers in the ongoing struggle against invasive ivy at Janes Creek. Their efforts are transforming the creekside from an ivy desert to a mixed native species landscape. Thank you for your hard work! The next volunteer workday will be on Saturday, March 22 in the Arcata Community Forest when volunteers will restore and naturalize illegal campsites. For more information, call (707) 825-2163 or email eservices@CityofArcata.org.
A very strong group of 27 volunteers continued construction on the South Fork Janes Creek Loop Trail in the Arcata Community Forest on Saturday, February 22, 2014. The mighty volunteers set crib logs for two switchback turns, set 40 feet of outside cribbing for sidehill bench construction, hand split six chunks of redwood and rehabbed 400 feet of previously construction trail. Thank you for all of your hard work that the community will enjoy for years to come!More about Saturday's volunteer work day
The City's Public Works Department will be moving to the City Hall annex building located next to the Arcata Transit Facility on Friday, February 28, 2014. Public Works services, including issuing encroachment permits, will be limited from Friday, February 28 through Tuesday, March 4, as phone and computer systems are relocated. Please submit encroachment permit applications or call with road, sewer, and water questions well in advance of moving day to ensure prompt service. Thank you for your cooperation!More about the Public Works Department move
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
Thirty volunteers representing AmeriCorps, the Humboldt Fish Action Council, Six Rivers National Forest, Friends of the Arcata Marsh, the California Conservation Corps Fortuna Center and the HSU Natural Resources Club planted a whopping 1,500 willow sprigs and 40 Sitka spruce at the February 15, 2014 McDaniel Slough Restoration Site volunteer work day. Volunteers also removed trash from an illegal camping area and invasive plants from the marsh on South I Street. Thank you for a great day of work!More on the McDaniel Slough volunteer work day
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
Janes Creek and the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary benefitted from 54 volunteers' hard work on Saturday, February 1. They removed a total of 16 cubic yard of invasive ivy, vinca, teasel and other plants from the creek bank and marsh sites, improving both ecosystems. Thanks to Friends of the Arcata Marsh, AmeriCorps, California Conservation Corps of Fortuna, the Humboldt Fish Action Council and HSU's Natural Resources Club for their great work!
Buy Arcata Community Forest carbon offsets before February 7 and your dollar goes 50 percent farther to grow large old trees and sequester more carbon for the long term. In the past two months alone, people bought 675 metric tons of greenhouse gas offsets from the Arcata Community Forest's Jacoby Creek Barnum Tract. That’s equal to pulling the emissions from 675 roundtrips between SFO to JFK out of the atmosphere. If you've been thinking about buying offsets for gifts or to offset travel, business or development emissions, now's the time. Spread the word! Call (707) 822-8184 for more information or visit www.TerraPass.com/shop/Arcata. (Photo credit: Michael J. Furniss)
The City sends out a big thank you to all 35 people who worked hard on the South Fork Janes Creek Loop Trail on Saturday. The volunteers cleared 3,000 feet of brush along the trail corridor and constructed a major wood crib retaining wall in preparation for trail head construction on Saturday, February 22. The next volunteer work day will be at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday, February 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone's welcome to meet at the first parking lot on the left as you drive down South I Street from Samoa Boulevard. Volunteers will remove invasive species and trash from this Arcata open space gem.
Arcata was one of 20 cities, counties and nonprofit organizations awarded California Coastal Commission funds to reduce risks from global warming. The grant will fund design and permitting for protective salt marshes or "living shorelines" around Arcata's waste water treatment facility and the Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, two valuable public facilities at risk for flooding as sea levels rise.More about the Climate Ready grant
Show the world what you love about Arcata's parks and recreation programs and how parks and recreation make your life better. Enter your favorite fun time, outdoors, exercise, or get together photo taken in Arcata and you may win $25 off an Arcata Recreation Division summer recreation program and the cover photo spot on the 2014 summer activity guide. Deadline is Friday, February 28. Click here for details.Read More
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
Make the season merry for the planet as well as for loved ones by reducing waste. More than one million tons of extra waste is generated each year between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. The City of Arcata's Environmental Services Department has great tips for how to make the season bright AND light on the landfill. Click the link below for some planet-friendly gift ideas.More holiday waste-reducing ideas
The City of Arcata will receive two new, 35’ foot clean diesel transit buses in April 2014. These buses will replace two of our 12-year-old buses that have fulfilled their required lifecycles. The new buses feature the latest safety equipment, clean air technology and a more modern Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) styling. The City successfully obtained approximately $1 million in Public Transportation Modernization, Improvement and Service Enhancement Account (PTMISEA) grant funds for this bus replacement project.
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 City sends out a huge thank you to the 11 hardy souls from the Friends of the Arcata Marsh and the California Conservation Corps who braved the cold to dig out English ivy, teasel, cotoneaster and coyote brush from different parts of the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Thank you for improving the ecosystem at the Marsh!More about Saturday's volunteer work day
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 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
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.
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
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
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
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
Stay connected with what's happening in Arcata; Follow us on Facebook. Now you can get news stories, upcoming meeting agendas, public service annoucements, new City service information, construction project updates and job annoucements directly on your Facebook page. Friend the City of Arcata on Facebook!
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