Eel River rail line tough to build, and tough to kill

By GAYE LeBARON FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT  Published: Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 3:00 a.m.   The rail line through the Eel River Canyon hasn’t carried a train for 13 years. “Oh, we’ll all go out to meet her when she comes…We’ll be shoutin’ ‘Hallelujah!’ when she comes.” Or, perhaps, the variation on the old campfire … Read more

What BoxCo Does Best

Help Support Important Local Reporting, Subscribe Today http://theava.com/   by Will Parrish on Apr 17th, 2011   For most of the past 150 years, the California North Coast has had a clearly defined role in the state’s political economy. The region was blessed with vast, nearly impenetrable forests of huge redwood trees and accompanying great stands … Read more

Marin Voice: Lopsided freight train lease

By Bernard Meyers Guest op-ed column Posted: 03/24/2011 02:00:00 AM PDT TWO TRAINS share the tracks running through Marin to Humboldt Bay — one for commuter service (SMART) and one for freight (North Coast Railroad Authority). No trains have run for a decade, but freight trains could soon be if the last hurdles are cleared. NCRA’s … Read more