IN OUR SPIRIT OF THE NORTH COAST, WE LEARN ABOUT TWO HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY ALUMNI WHO CREATED A COMPANY ALMOST 30 YEARS AGO THAT HAS BLOSSOMED INTO A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS AND MAKE GIVING BACK TO TH
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Humboldt State University Provost Bob Snyder has pushed back his decision on which programs to recommend for elimination. Snyder has been mulling his decision since the HSU Academic Senate voted April 6 to recommend the school’s undergraduate
Humboldt State University police are investigating an act of vandalism over the weekend in which natural gas valves were opened in the campus’ Science B building, allowing gas to spread to several floors.
Even as Humboldt State University wrestles with which programs will be slashed in its ongoing budget negotiations, it drew a record a number of prospective students, family members and guests this weekend to its annual Spring Preview, being held
On a campus beset by budget cuts, furloughs and reduced course offerings, Humboldt State University students may be asked to pay more next year. A number of proposed fee increases are being considered right now, and could increase a
Humboldt State University senate recommends nursing program for elimination; also votes to axe computer information systems and graduate film program
The Humboldt State University Academic Senate voted Tuesday to recommend the school’s nursing and computer information systems programs for elimination, as well as graduate programs in film production and scenography.
Their unified yells of “No!” bounced around the small room in Jolly Giant Commons at Humboldt State University. The women — some of whom had been raped and attacked before — grew louder with each yell, simultaneously practicing a
[Freshwater Tissue Co. owner Bob Simpson responds to a recent guest post about the reopening of the mill.]
On behalf of Freshwater Tissue Company, I would like to thank those of you who have taken the time to search for facts rather than recycle the same “Pulp Fiction” for decades.
For the sake of clarification, the only pollution standard the Samoa mill cannot comply with is biochemical oxygen demand “BOD”. In short, BOD is organic sugar. You could just as easily refer to BOD as fish food or plant nutrients. If the Samoa mill was discharging its pollution to the Eel River it would be a problem because both plants and fish thrive on it. Unfortunately, BOD causes plants/algae to grow, which then depletes oxygen and strangles fish. However, BOD in the Pacific Ocean is not an issue or concern due to the size of the receiving water (Pacific Ocean), and because the ocean constantly produces oxygen through wave action and tidal influence. In fact, studies have been conducted over 20 years, which you can confirm through Humboldt State University, that conclude the Samoa mill’s BOD has no oxygen impact to the receiving water, but the fish to thrive at the end of the outfall line. You could accuse the Samoa mill of chumming the fish!
The real issue with the Samoa mill is not about pollution, it is about a 37 year old antiquated EPA evaluation system that regulates BOD regardless of where pulp mill effluent is discharged, i.e., stream, river, lake, or ocean. As you might conclude, EPA’s antiquated regulation of BOD was, and it remains, a politically backed decision supported by industry lobbyist’s to eliminate a perceived environmental advantage over ocean discharging pulp mills, such as the Samoa mill, in comparison to competing pulp mills located on northwest rivers and lakes, and pulp mills located on the shores of the Great Lakes. There are only two pulp mills remaining on the west coast with ocean outfall lines. We are in fact trying to make sure the Samoa mill survives.
Lastly, you should not judge a pulp mill by its age. There haven’t been, nor will there be, any pulp mills constructed in the United States or Canada for over 20 years. A 45 year old pulp mill in North America is relatively young, environmentally superior to pulp mills located in South American and Asian, and the Samoa mill is run be experienced workers who care about the community and the environment that surrounds us. Are you aware Evergreen invested $26 million in environmental and quality improvement projects during its four years of operation? Did you know Louisiana-Pacific invested $175 million in environmental technology during its 28 years of ownership? FTC intends to invest $50 million in its first five years of ownership, most of which will be environmental investment. You shouldn’t judge the Samoa mill by its outer structure. Because the heart of the Samoa mill, which is its environmental technology, is as healthy as can be. To permanently close the Samoa mill would be a monumental mistake.
For those of you in our community too young to remember, a group of men intervened and rescued the Ingomar Club from extinction. We all know how the Ingomar has become an icon for Eureka, and it continues to bring enjoyment for its members. With the support of the entire community, the Samoa mill will set new environmental standards for the pulp industry, provide family wage jobs for 215 employees, and it will support landowners and sawmill owners by providing a market for tanoak logs and pulp chips. Our community needs another Ingomar type story. Remember, United we stand, divided we fall.
Bob Simpson – Freshwater Tissue Company
Humboldt State University’s Academic Senate on Saturday grilled the heads of departments that are on the chopping block about the value of their programs, part of a process to develop recommendations to send to the provost.
With a looming April 20 deadline to make recommendations to the provost, the Humboldt State University Academic Senate is continuing with the arduous task of singling out academic programs for elimination.
Wondering where the United States economy is headed? Then Humboldt State University has a lecture for you. The university will host Christopher Thornberg, a leading business forecaster and expert on California’s economy who teaches at