The North Coast’s new representative on the California Coastal Commission will be Del Norte Supervisor Martha McClure, following an appointment by Governor Jerry Brown. The job was formerly held by ex-Humboldt Supe Bonnie Neely who lost her seat after losing re-election in November. The issue of her replacement has devolved into bitter tantrums by the developer cheer-leading squad since then. Whether McClure will be framed as the devil — or worse, an angel — by these rah-rahs remains to be seen.
Four state parks in Humboldt County on the North Coast will be shuttered along with 66 others around the state to help close California’s massive budget gap: Benbow, Fort Humboldt, Standish-Hickey and Grizzly Creek. Parks will be closed by July 1, 2012.