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Minutes for June, 2013 Meeting have been posted.
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Judge to Dismiss Suit Against North Coast Rail Service
May 7, 2013 Press Democrat
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North Bay Freight Gets Back on Trackk
July 18, 2011
Freight Trains Back in North Bay
July 14, 2011
FRA Lifts EO 21
May 5, 2011
North Bay freight trains one step closer
Nov 22, 2010
Rail Realities
Nov 6, 2010
Freight Service On Hold Until Agencies Can Agree
Oct 20, 2010
Rail Dispute Threatens Cargo Service
Oct 19, 2010
Notice Of Availability - NCRA DEIR
Nov 10, 2009
NWP REPAIRS SUBSTANITALLY COMPLETE
Oct 22, 2009
 

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KCBS Radio
July 5, 2009
 

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Freight Trains Return to Sonoma County
Jun 30, 2009
 

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NCRA Releases DEIR
Mar 9, 2009
 

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Judge Approves Settlement
Nov 4, 2008
 

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Novato Drops Lawsuit
Oct 28, 2008
 

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Progressive Railroading May 22, 2008
May 22, 2008
 

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DARIES FEEL PINCH OF CLIMBING COSTS
Apr 26, 2008
 

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CTC APPROVES FINAL PAYMENT
Feb 14, 2008
 

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This is Rich
Feb 1, 2008

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NCRA Appeal to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign S.B. 861
Ukiah - Sept 20, 2007

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NCRA Receives $7.5 Million
Ukiah - May 4, 2007

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CTC Approves Rail Repair Funds
Ukiah - Nov 9, 2006

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Invitation to Bid
 

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NCRA APPROVES OPERATOR CONTRACT

Ukiah - September 14, 2006
 

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NCRA SELECTS OPERATOR

Ukiah - May 31, 2006
 

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NCRA SELECTS OPERATOR FINALISTS

Ukiah - May 10, 2006
 

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CTC APPROVES NCRA FUNDING

Ukiah - April 27, 2006 - The California Transportation Commission (CTC) today approved $7.8 million in funding for the North Coast Railroad Authority.

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Federal bill good news for railroad - Aug, 2005

By QUINCY CROMER/The Daily Journal

The $286 billion Transportation Equity Act approved by Congress last week includes two provisions for the North Coast Railroad Authority: $12 million in loan forgiveness and some $8.6 million of unused funding.

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Measures revive hopes for rail line

Glenda Anderson - THE PRESS DEMOCRAT  March 14, 2005            

 ...efforts to revive the North Coast's once-thriving freight line continue to rumble through state and federal legislative chambers, offering hope to rail proponents who have seen millions of dollars promised, then withheld from the railroad over the past 15 years. 

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CONGRESSMAN MIKE THOMPSON PRESS RELEASE - March 11, 05

House Approves Assistance for North Coast Railroad Authority - Thompson Secures Funding in Transportation Bill

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STATE SENATOR WES CHESBRO PRESS RELEASE - March 9, 2005

Chesbro Proposes Legislation To Save North Coast Railroad Authority

SACRAMENTO Senator Wesley Chesbro (D-Arcata) has introduced a bill that would provide the North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA) funding to jumpstart the railroad. 

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NCRA PRESS RELEASE - January 20, 2005

NCRA Reappoints Woolley Chair

The Board also approves $7.9 million spending plan. 

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NCRA PRESS RELEASE

NCRA files lawsuit against Petaluma Barge Company

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Sierra Railroad to buy Skunk Train

By Bob Norberg - The Press Democrat ... December 18, 2003

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NCRA PRESS RELEASE

NCRA Hires New Executive Director  

Ukiah, CA– August 4. 2003By unanimous consent, the Board of Directors for the North Coast Railroad Authority voted Friday to hire Mitch Stogner as the new Executive Director of the agency. Stogner replaces previous Executive Director, Douglas Christy, who resigned in May.

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NCRA PRESS RELEASE

North Coast Railroad Authority Approves Staff Changes 

Ukiah, CA June 19, 2003 With the recent resignation of Executive Director Doug Christy, the NCRA announced at it’s June 18th regular board meeting that it has hired   Mr. Rick Kennedy as Interim Executive Director.

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Woolley to take back post on railroad board
By The Times-Standard

Thursday, May 22, 2003 -

A bill that will allow elected officials to serve on the North Coast Railroad Authority was signed by Gov. Gray Davis on Wednesday.

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State suspends NWP funding

Agency loses access to $41 million; general manager announces plans to leave beleaguered railroad

Bob Norberg - The Press Democrat - May 8, 2003

The state has suspended $41 million in funding to the Northwestern Pacific Railroad, forcing the long-struggling agency to shelve plans to reopen a freight line through a rugged, slide-prone canyon from northern Mendocino County to Eureka.

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Rail executive director resigns
By John Driscoll The Times-Standard
Thursday, May 08, 2003  

The North Coast Railroad Authority's executive director is quitting to go to work for a Wisconsin company.

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NCRA PRESS RELEASE

NCRA executive director resigns

Ukiah, CA– May 7. 2003 – The North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA) announced today that they have accepted the resignation of Executive Director Douglas Christy.

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Skunk Train under new management
By Claudia Reed - Staff Writer - Willits News
Wed Apr 23 13:05:08 2003 -- Life-saving loan comes through

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SMART Station Area Planning Work Begins

(from SMART Email Update)

April 18, 2003

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City grants loan for Skunk Train

By Tony Reed of the Advocate - March 20, 2003                                           

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Woolley resigns from rail board on technicality
By John Driscoll The Times-Standard
March 04, 2003 -

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Railroad seeking $52 million in federal funding
By John Driscoll - The Times-Standard
February 20, 2003 

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NCRA opens Ukiah office
By MARK HEDGES/The Daily Journal

                                                 

The North Coast Railroad Authority has moved its office to Ukiah from Cloverdale.

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NCRA: Changes, new developments

 

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SS        TY to spend $96,000 on depot

Published on November 19, 2002
JOSE L. SANCHEZ JR. - THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

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Published on November 5, 2002
Bob Norberg - The Press Democrat

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THE HUMBOLDT BEACON

October 23,2002

By Leanne Whitten

The North Coast Railroad Authority has a new conductor.  Assistant Executive Director Doug Christy was unanimously approved by the NCRA Board of Directors Oct. 16 to step up as executive director of the agency.

Story

The Times-Standard

Woolley hops aboard rail authority
By John Driscoll

 

EUREKA -- In a bid to add some clout to the railroad effort, Humboldt County supervisors elected one of their own to the North Coast Railroad Authority on Tuesday.

Story

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT   September 9, 2002

City plans $168,000 renovation of historical building, site

By UCILIA WANG
 

UKIAH -- Despite the broken glass and graffiti, the 73-year-old train depot in downtown Ukiah still radiates an alluring mystique that hints at its importance to the city's history.

Story

The Times-Standard

Railroad sale would take act of Legislature
 

The railroad authority doesn't have the power to sell the North Coast's railroad without an act of the state Legislature.

Story

The Times-Standard

Rail authority takes leap of faith
By John Driscoll

EUREKA -- An act of God shut it down, and it may take an act of God to open it up again.

Story

Press Democrat Friday August 9, 2002

Proposal aims to reopen railroad

$61 million plan would reopen Northwestern Pacific to Eureka

By Bob Norberg

Freight trains could be running on the southern half of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad by next summer and through the Eel River Canyon by 2006 under a $61 million proposal being floated by the railroad's governing board.

Story

The Times-Standard  

Prepare railroad tracks for El Niño, county warns
By James Tressler

Fearing a return this winter of the 1998 El Niño storms that wiped out the North Coast's only railroad, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday called for emergency preparations to prevent further damage to the line.

Story

The Humboldt Beacon   July 25, 2002

Railroad board considers revised purchase proposal

By Leann Whitten

Ted Niemeyer, a Illinois developer who wants to re-establish the railroad to the North Coast, has again revised his proposal to acquire North Coast Railroad Authority's property, this time with a little bite.

Story

The Times-Standard 

Niemeyer takes a whack at rail authority, clarifies offer

John Driscoll

Chicago-area railroad suitor Ted Niemeyer clarified his offer to buy the North Coast Railroad in a letter to the North Coast Railroad Authority this week, and took a stab at the authority and staff for failing to get the crumbling line fixed.

Story

The Press Democrat    July 18, 2002

ASSEMBLYMAN TO DISCUSS RAIL BILL

BYLINE:    Spencer Soper

 

A proposed commuter rail system linking Sonoma and Marin counties will be the subject of a public meeting held by Assemblyman Joe Nation in San Rafael on Friday.

Story

The Press Democrat July 18, 2002

TRACKSIDE CAMPS WARNED

BYLINE:    ANDREA A. QUONG

 

South of Petaluma where the town unravels into a loose weave of industrial yards, highway overpasses and parched hills, homeless people have made camps, mostly out of view, in pockets of open space along the railroad tracks.

Story

Sonoma-Marin commuter rail gets railroad approval

Rail authority OKs project after change to bill's wording

July 17, 2002

By SPENCER SOPER
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Following weeks of negotiations with passenger train backers, a North Coast railroad owner concerned about maintaining access for freight trains has withdrawn its opposition to a state bill that would create a Sonoma-Marin commuter rail district.

Story

North Coast Journal  July 11, 2002

Holy roller not giving up

by ANDREW EDWARDS

Ted Niemeyer of Niemeyer and Associates and the newly formed Eel River Railroad are not going away.

Story

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT   July 11, 2002

HEALDSBURG MAKES INROADS ON NEW TRAIL

BYLINE:    SAM KENNEDY

Pedestrians and bicyclists would course through Healdsburg with little interference from automobile traffic under the City Council's plan to convert railroad right of way into a multiuse trail.

Story

ONLY 1 BID TO REOPEN RAIL LINE

Published on June 28, 2002
© 2002- The Press Democrat

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Story

The Times-Standard  Sunday, June 16, 2002

Authority should have equal parts faith and doubt for railroad suitor

The Chicago-area railman who wants to buy the North Coast railroad portends to be a miracle worker when he says he'll have the line open within a year.

Story

The Times-Standard Tuesday June 11, 2002

For real? Railroad suitor offers formal bid
By James Tressler

EUREKA -- A Chicago-area man who says he wants to buy the North Coast's railroad -- and get it back in business within a year -- apparently is for real.

Story

Times-Standard  Tuesday, May 21, 2002

Railroad suitor still in the game
By John Driscoll

 

A Chicago-area rail man said he is still looking to buy the North Coast Railroad, and believes he can open at least part of the line within a year.

Story

The Times-Standard Monday May 13, 2002

Rail Service is vital to California's harbors

By James Quinn

      The draft of Caltrans’ new 25-year transportation plan underscores the need for adequate railroad facilities at California’s harbors. 

Story

The Press Democrat   May 10, 2002
REASON FOR OPTIMISM ON TRANSPORTATION ISSUES

BYLINE:    BILL KORTUM and MIKE HAUSER

As Press Democrat Editorial Director Pete Golis chronicled in a recent column, reaching consensus on solutions to our transportation and traffic problems has been an on-again, off-again romance.

Story

North Coast Journal    May 2,02002

More trouble on the tracks 

The North Coast Railroad Authority could have another obstacle to overcome before it can re-establish railroad service in Humboldt County.

Story

The Press Democrat   April 30, 2002

MAYOR'S VIEW OF CLOVERDALE'S FUTURE CLOSE TO HOME

BYLINE:    BOB JEHN  

Cloverdale residents will gladly accept the award for being the ``most optimistic community in California'' and for good reasons. But not for the reasons George Rose enumerates in his Close to Home column, which appeared on the Forum page of the April 22 Press Democrat.

Story

North Coast Journal    May 2,02002

Too Good to be True?

There may not be many trains on the Northwestern Pacific rail line in the next few months, but the North Coast Railroad Authority is looking for someone to serve as an operator.

Story

 

Humboldt Beacon   May 2, 2002

Railroad Legislation Still in Contention
by Rhett Stephens

San Francisco -- Directors of the North Coast Railroad Authority traveled to San Francisco on Monday in an attempt to clear a new obstacle from the tracks of the rail line that they are trying to restore

Story

The Press Democrat  April 26,2002

Rail Backers Push for Vote

Commuter crunch: Supporters of passenger train linking Sonoma, Marin counties optimistic sales tax can win in 2004 despite dismal history, strong opposition

By Spencer Soper  
Once overshadowed by efforts to widen Highway 101, a proposed commuter rail system linking Sonoma and Marin counties is taking center stage in the region's long-running debate over raising taxes to improve transportation.

Story

North Coast Journal   Thursday April 25, 2002

Supervisors: Amend Rail Bill

Citing fears that the North Coast will be left out of railroad redevelopment, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted Friday to ask for amendments to a bill currently in the state Legislature.

Story

The Times-Standard Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Board Backs Amendments to Railroad Bill
By James Tressler

EUREKA -- In a special session on Friday, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors unanimously backed amendments to a state bill railroad advocates say threaten North Coast rail interests.

Story

Humboldt bEACON -  aPRIL 17, 2002

Legislation Threatens Re-establishment of Rail Lines
by RHETT STEPHENS

     The tracks remain dormant on the ground while things remain up in the air
for the re-establishment of rail service to Humboldt County...

 

Story

The Times-Standard  Wednesday, April 17, 2002 \

Supes Want Bill to Support Rail Line
By James Tressler
 

EUREKA -- Humboldt County supervisors on Tuesday asked alarmed railroad advocates to back off outright opposition to a state Assembly bill the advocates say could permanently put the North Coast out of the railroad business...

Story

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT - April 14, 2002
RAIL DISTRICT BILL STIRS DEBATE

Proponents of commuter rail in Sonoma and Marin counties are pushing state legislation that would create a new political district and, they believe, make it easier to pass a sales tax to support the train system...

Story

The Times-Standard Saturday, April 13, 2002

Contract for Port of Humboldt Bay plan awarded
By John Driscoll


        A panel of harbor-side agencies awarded a contract to work up a revitalization plan for the Port of Humboldt Bay to a Portland, Ore., firm which will hire a local group to assist...

Story

North Coast Journal, Wednesday March 28, 2002

Is railroad suitor for real?

An Illinois developer has expressed an interest in buying some of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad line -- but his desire may be hard to realize.

Story

The Times-Standard, Tuesday, March 26, 2002

Rail purchase eyed less warily
By John Driscoll

North Coast railroad officials are still dubious about an Illinois group's pitch to buy the Northwestern Pacific Railroad after hearing from the group's lead man last week.

Story

Times-Standard - Editorial - Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Let the man make his rail purchase pitch

It's not every day that someone says he want to buy a railroad. That has just happened, however, and it raises questions about just where things stand with the Northwestern Pacific Railroad and where they are going. Or not going.

Story

Ukiah Daily Journal - March 12, 2002

Park planned for site near depot

By MARK HEDGES

The much-abused Perkins Street Railroad Depot site will soon have a "pocket park" adjacent to it. Picture the area there: yes, the depot itself is historical, but vandalized, and its future use remains unknown. Presented to the City Council last week, were plans for the vacant land on the opposite side of Gibson Creek from the depot between Perkins Street and the "creek."

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Times-Standard    Sunday, March 2, 2001

The Railroad Benefits All Business
By J Warren Hockaday

Much has been written lately about the effort to restore rail service to the region. It has become an incredibly complex process involving layer upon layer of regulatory and bureaucratic oversight. As the proponents of the rail strive to make progress, the need for broad-based public support is critical.

Story

The Humboldt Beacon, Thursday, February 28, 2002
Railroad Plan A Moves Forward
By RHETT STEPHENS

 

For 80 years, the trains ran. The whistles blew, and the engines chugged along, carrying freight between Humboldt County and the Bay Area.

Story

The Press Democrat - February 22, 2002

HISTORIC RAIL CARS TO BE SOLD

The North Coast Railroad Authority is putting its fleet of historic rail cars up for sale rather than let them suffer the ravages of the weather and vandals. The cars include 14 passenger cars from the 1950s that were part of the Coast Daylight and Shasta Daylight fleets.

Story

Times-Standard  Thursday, February 21, 2002

Federal funds won't go to southern part of railroad for now

By John Driscoll

EUREKA -- In what appears a small victory for railroad proponents in northern Humboldt County, the North Coast Railroad Authority voted to shelve a project that might shift disaster funds to the southern part of the rail line and away from work needed in the Eel River Canyon.

Story

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