The worldwide phenomenon that is Coastal Cleanup Day is 40 years old this year. On the cover of the North Coast Journal this week, Joe Abbott tells his story and the story of the beginnings of what would become Coastal Cleanup Day on the beaches of Manila in 1977.
Journal news editor Thad Greenson shares the very personal story of Abbott and Ann Morrisey, who wrote the original grant that launched the clean-up with the North Coast Environmental Center. That two-year project has become a global event with 800,000 volunteers, picking up millions of tons of waste from beaches and waterways.
Greenson also gives an update on the Marci Kitchen case. Kitchen surrendered her bail bond and was booked into Humboldt County jail on Monday. Kitchen has pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, one count of driving under the influence causing an injury and one count of fleeing the scene of an injury crash, as well as seven special allegations.