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(At 14:30): There’s talk of big money from the Big Apple as New Yorkers Terra-Gen would like to build a wind energy farm on ridges near Rio Dell, with 47 turbines each standing over 600 feet tall. Terra-Gen says this proposed project brings alternative energy to the fight against climate change along with infrastructure upgrades for our community, and all the while making themselves the second-largest tax contributors in Humboldt County. But hold up -- not everyone is on board.

“(Trying to rush this project) was very telling to me that Terra-Gen doesn’t care about the environment as they say they care about it,” Rio Dell Mayor Debra Garnes told Humboldt Last Week during a 23-minute interview, currently weighing the cons heavier than the pros.

During the interview which begins at 14:30 in this week's episode, Garnes raises project concerns regarding Rio Dell’s drinking water, the nearby viewshed, the redwoods, sacred Wiyot land, and her belief Terra-Gen will try to rush the Board of Supervisors into making a decision. She acknowledged the economic benefits could be positive but noted Rio Dell may have lost out on those benefits due to their call for more time for definitive answers.

On Nov. 21 the Humboldt County Planning Commission denied Terra-Gen’s proposed project in a 4-2 vote, essentially sending an appeal decision to the Board of Supervisors. The ‘Supervisors will soon take on this big topic in a big room, setting up a special meeting at the Adorni Center in Eureka on Monday, Dec. 16 beginning at 9 a.m. It’s possible the meeting will extend into a second day on Tuesday, Dec. 17 also beginning at 9 a.m.

An update from NCJ: Project denied.

(9:10) Introducing contributing host Sammantha Melton: Sammantha Melton is an artist, photographer, and all-around Jill of all trades. This week she covers a festive ride on the Skunk Train with a Humboldt discount, snatched paintings out of Eureka, a meeting regarding PG&E outages, an art exhibit exploring female indigenous tattoo culture, a closure report on Loleta Cheese, and more.

Also in this episode: A new Netflix drama with local references, a local company makes a Forbes appearance, the cast has been announced for Sara Bareilles’ upcoming TV show, racist graffiti popped up at Humboldt State, changes for some local food stamp recipients, crime updates, the Humboldt-utilized movie of the week, event suggestions, and much more.

Humboldt Last Week episode 153 partners: Belle Starr Clothing, Northcoast Horticulture Supply, Bongo Boy Studio, Trinidad Vacation Rental, North Coast Journal, Photography by Shi, Redheaded Blackbelt, 99.1 KISS FM