says Director Bill Kier, who's soon leaving the area and so resigned from the agency board two weeks ago, after representing Humboldt County for almost two years.
is not only broke," he
elaborates, "but it's deeply in debt."
After the last meeting here in Humboldt, NCRA Director Bill Kier resigned so that he and his wife can move back to Marin County and be closer to family.
In an interview with the Journal he
agreed with Wilson.
"It's unclear to me why we should continue an agency whose mission is inoperable in our lifetime," he
interests, beginning with the Harbor District, are perfectly competent to resurrect rail service in their county."
suggested that if the four counties represented in the NCRA
agreed, then the state legislature would be willing to take another look at the act that created the agency and possibly split it into separate sections with separate jurisdictions.
For example, he
said, the federal Bureau of Land Management has said it has suitable authority to manage a public trail through the Eel River Canyon, which many have suggested. (Some ranchers along the way would probably object, however.)
Shortly after Humboldt County Supervisor Estelle Fennell joined the NCRA board, Kier wrote her a series of briefing notes to get her up to speed on the agency's history, finances and the various issues it's facing.
has been digging itself into an increasingly deep financial pit since its creation 20-plus years ago," Kier
But Kier, Humboldt County's other representative on the board and a certified fisheries scientist, didn't understand Neary's reasoning.
"We've taken the position that we have no plans for resurrecting service through the Eel River Canyon in the foreseeable future," Kier
told the Journal.