Volunteers in the Southern Humboldt-Northern Mendocino areas were monitoring animal behavior as part of a pioneer project in earthquake prediction.
Monitors in towns such as Piercy, Garberville, Myers Flat and Petrolia were volunteering daily efforts as part of Project Earthquake Watch, and were among 128 Northcoast volunteers in Region E of the statewide experimental look at earthquake prone areas.
The project was an attempt to determine whether reports of unusual animal behavior before earthquakes were valid and could be used in the prediction of earthquakes.
Project Earthquake Watch spokesperson said, “Our project has been carefully designed to answer the question once and for all, as to whether or not unusual animal behavior precedes earthquakes. If the answer is yes, then a much larger network of observers will very likely be set up over seismic areas in California and most likely in other states that experience earthquakes. We expect that other countries of the world will also follow our lead. If the answer is no, then this notion which has been around since ancient times, can be laid to rest.”
The county declared as surplus two acres just east of Garberville, which formerly served as a dump site and put the property up for sale to the public.
The Humboldt County board of supervisors agreed to declare the former dump site as surplus, according to the public works department, which said it had recommended a minimum bid of $1,000 be set for the two acres off Alderpoint Road outside of Garberville.
A landowner with enjoining property had requested the land be put up for sale, the public works department said. Because of seepage and gasses from garbage dumped there, the site was not suitable for construction, a department official stated.
A federal grant to fund an increased attack on Humboldt home-grown was turned down by the Humboldt County board of supervisors by a 3-2 vote.
The supervisors rejected a $19,643 contract that was part of a $144,000 federal grant to establish a “sinsemilla task force” to help eliminate marijuana in Humboldt, Del Norte, Mendocino and Lake counties.
Sinsemilla was said to be an especially strong type of marijuana grown in various Northcoast areas.
While the sheriff’s department was reportedly stunned by the board’s decision, those officials predicted no change in enforcement of marijuana laws and claimed state and federal agencies would still work with the county in marijuana eradication.
While inclement weather kept about half of the entered long-distance runners from showing, nearly 500 runners competed in the first Humboldt Redwoods Marathon at Dyerville.
The voters of Southern Humboldt Community Hospital District would be asked to approve the issuance of revenue bonds in the amount of $1,350,000 for the purchase and financing of the Southern Humboldt Community Hospital.
In 1978, voters had overwhelmingly supported the formation of the district and the Southern Humboldt Community Hospital District had become a legal entity.
The board of directors of the district had diligently pursued the goal of acquisition of the hospital and had negotiated a purchase agreement which it felt to be in the best interest of all concerned.