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Very sad press release this morning:
MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. - A 27 year old Coast Guardsman died this afternoon after a swimming accident in the Trinity River. Seaman James A. Salac, a Food Service Specialist at Coast Guard Group Humboldt Bay, was pulled from the river by the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department at approximately 5:34 p.m. after a 911 call alerted authorities of an emergency at Kimtu Beach in Willow Creek, CA.
The Coast Guard dispatched an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter to Kimtu Beach on the Trinity River at 4:53 p.m. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection also dispatched a helicopter to the scene and the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department responded on the ground. Once on scene, both agencies immediately began searching the area via air and boat.
The HH-65 dolphin arrived on scene at approximately 5:26 p.m. and began searching the river. Once located, the body of Salac was immediately removed from the river by the boat crew and resuscitation efforts began. The Coast Guard helicopter landed at the scene and transported him to St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, CA, where he was later pronounced deceased.
Salac is survived by his wife and infant daughter.
"We will do everything possible to help his family through this difficult time, and like them we will seek strength from the memory of Seaman Salac, whose sense of public service, love of life, and positive outlook brightened the lives of everyone with whom he served," said Captain Christopher Martino, Commanding Officer of Group/Air Station Humboldt Bay.
At its most recent Tuesday meeting, the Board of Supes appointed Eureka attorney Zachary Zwerdling to the board of directors of the Headwaters Fund, the somewhat embattled body that administers a big pot o' cash aimed at local economic development. "As a practicing attorney, I would bring years of legal experience to the Board," Zwerdling wrote in his application. "Being a lawyer requires knowing how to read and evaluate complex documents, weigh evidence on both sides of an issue, consider priorities and plan strategically." Indubitably. We wish Mr. Zwerdling success.
It turns out, though, that the volunteer position drew about 20 aspirants, and we were surprised to see a diverse and worthy crowd represented. In addition to Zwerdling, the following notable names were on the candidacy list: Former Pacific Lumber attorney Frank Bacik; former Northcoast Environmental Center Executive Director Greg King; former Deputy District Attorney Jeff Schwartz; and, last but not least, Eureka kazillionaire Robin P. Arkley II.
What, you say! That's the Rob Arkley, sworn enemy of bureaucracy, launcher of a thousand lawsuits against county government? The very man. In his application, Arkley notes his passion for the economic wellbeing of his hometown, and lists among his accomplishments the successful Economic Fuel! business plan competition that funds eight or so new startups every year. It wasn't enough, apparently.
Applicants were required to provide three character references. Among Arkley's, we note, was Eureka City Manager Dave Tyson, whose relationship to the applicant Arkley described as "Business and Friend." Hard to say which end of that formula will make Tyson sweat more, in the coming months.
Here's the big, bad PDF of all applications for the position (3.9 M). Arkley's starts on page 8.
The T-S gets the scoop.
Sad news, sad news -- via e-mail today:
At 11:20 a.m. April 17, 2009 Eric Vaughn Heimstadt passed away circled by family and friends.
Eric was the founder of Humboldt Medical Supply in Arcata, a member of the Humboldt County Medical Task Force, and perhaps the most informed and articulate advocate Humboldt had in trying to bring sanity to compassionate use of marijuana. In recent months he'd been bravely facing another battle -- with cancer. He lost that one... He will be missed.
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