Monday, September 30, 2013

Video: Fire Claims Eureka Home

Posted By on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 at 9:34 PM


A Eureka house went up in flames this afternoon. Humboldt Bay Fire responded to the home — on the 2600 block of G Street — as area residents looked on.

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Cal Fire Crash

Posted By on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 at 5:11 PM

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  • Linda Stansberry

Cal Fire Engine 1267 overturned while navigating a steep curve just above Old Hindley Ranch road, near Honeydew this afternoon. Division Chief Charles Hanes said that at this time the cause of the accident was unknown, although brake failure seems likely. Three Cal Fire personnel were transported by ambulance to Redwood Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. Hanes says that the crew was fine, just "shaken up."

Engine 1267 belongs to the Mattole Station and was one of several engines that responded to a fire on Landregren Road. The fire began around 2:30 p.m. Local residents reported that the flames were "almost burning up the solar panels" on the hill above their house, and that they saw wildlife running for safety. The fire was promptly extinguished with the aid of a helitack crew which doused it with fire retardant. Ian Sigmund of the Honeydew Volunteer Fire Department served as Incident Commander. Several HVFD crew members also responded to direct traffic around the site of where the engine overturned.


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Coffee for a Cause

Posted By on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 at 4:46 PM


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You've gotta get that caffeine somewhere tomorrow, right?
Well, know that Dutch Bros. is donating its Oct. 1 proceeds to the Humboldt Community Breast Health Project. That is all.

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Crazy Klamath Mouth

Posted By on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 at 4:35 PM

When the Klamath River's mouth goes south, like it did late this summer, it can make for a wild ride, says Sara Borok, a state fish and wildlife biologist. Instead of dashing straight into the ocean as it does when the mouth opens on the north end of the spit, the river cuts a channel that runs long and narrow parallel to the ocean before emptying into it. This narrow channel is highly vulnerable to changing river flows — it opens here, then nearly closes, then opens over there. It makes everyone crazy.

click to enlarge Klamath River mouth, Sept. 11, 2013, at the far south end of the spit. - PHOTO BY SARA BOROK
  • Photo by Sara Borok
  • Klamath River mouth, Sept. 11, 2013, at the far south end of the spit.

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Saturday Evening Stoke Recap, Monday Morning Wave Warning

Posted By on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 at 6:47 AM

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Drivers cruising down Fourth Street into Eureka Saturday evening did a doubletake as they passed. On the right, the Red Lion Hotel, stalwart as usual. On the left, in a tiny parking lot outside a building the size of a single hotel room, a band cranked fuzzy-catchy-garage-y tunes into the street. Surfboard-laden trucks took  up the side street. An intriguing number of men in shorts and flip flops crowded around a gigantic bowl of bean dip. Women in hoodies laughed and passed the wine. It must have looked like a most excellent party – and it was. 

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

More Than a Musical Offering

Posted By on Sun, Sep 29, 2013 at 12:49 PM

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  • Dwain Goforth
Longtime KHSU host and friend of the community Ben Tankersley died Tuesday. He was 93 years old.

If you ever heard Ben talk, you know who he was. His Friday morning classical music program, “A Musical Offering,” ran for most of 26 years between 1985 and 2011.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

$21 Million Worth of Pot Busted in the Last Three Days

Posted By on Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 2:04 PM

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A series of massive busts on timber and public lands in SoHum brought down more than 20,000 marijuana plants and 600 pounds of pot — a value of $21 million, according to the Sheriff's Office. Deputies found a house being used for drying an processing by following a trail of marijuana leaves from one of the grow sites.

From the Sheriff's Office:

09-24-2013, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted by the Cannabis Eradication and Reclamation Team (C.E.R.T.) eradicated a large marijuana cultivation site on Barnum Timber Property, Garberville area. Deputies located and eradicated 9,056 growing marijuana plants ranging in height from 4’ to 6’. Deputies found rodenticides, fertilizers and environmental damage caused by clearing of brush and timber, along with a stream diversion.

On 09-25-2013, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted by the C.E.R.T. eradicated a large marijuana cultivation site again on Barnum Timber and adjacent private property in the Garberville area. Deputies located and eradicated 5,717 growing marijuana plants ranging in height from 4’ to 6’ tall. They again found rodenticides, fertilizers and environmental damage caused by clearing of brush and timber, along a with stream diversion. They also found a trail of marijuana leaves which they followed to a residence. A search warrant was obtained for the residence. Upon serving the search warrant on the residence deputies discovered the residence was being exclusively used to process and dry marijuana. Deputies located and seized 600 pounds of marijuana from the residence. No one was in the residence when the search warrant was served.

On 09-26-2013, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted by the C.E.R.T. eradicated a large marijuana cultivation site on Benbow State Park property and adjacent private property. Deputies located and eradicated 6,750 growing marijuana plants at this location along with a stream diversion and other environmental damage. The plants at this location ranged in size from 3’ to 7’ tall.

The estimated value of the total marijuana seized is conservatively 21 million dollars.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Who You Gonna Call? CAL FIRE!

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 1:10 PM

click to enlarge Mattole Station's CAL FIRE team checking out the dessert table at the Honeydew Elementary School Grand Slam Fundraiser - LINDA STANSBERRY
  • Linda Stansberry
  • Mattole Station's CAL FIRE team checking out the dessert table at the Honeydew Elementary School Grand Slam Fundraiser
Cal Fire Captain Eric Ayers of Mattole Station doesn't want another call like the one his crew responded to in July of this year. The victim crawled "quite a ways" along the river bar and then was transported an additional eight miles to the county road before emergency personnel were contacted. He had a severe neck injury and "should not have been moved in the first place." Roughly six hours elapsed between the time of injury and the time first responders were able to treat him. Ayers suspects the victim was involved in some illegal activity, and he doesn't care.

“Our mission is to provide public safety to the citizens of this state. We're not in the realm of investigating illegal grows. We respond to medical or fire emergencies. It's not our intention to bring police action on anyone.”

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Rural Road Rage Part II

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 10:18 AM

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  • Grant Scott-Goforth
Harvest season is about to hit full tilt, so I have to ask: what is it about hauling a trailer full of illegal green stuff that makes you inland outlaws want to drive so fast? There are so many switchbacks between here and the highway that your crop is whipping around on the back of your diesel truck like a happy dog's tail. And it's very unpleasant to share what is legally my lane with you when we're headed opposite directions and I know you could crush my little car like a soda can. So tell whoever's waiting for you you'll get there when you get there and for God's sake, act a little more nonchalant.


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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Rural Road Rage Part I

Posted By on Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 5:21 PM

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  • Humboldt County Visitors Bureau
If you're on your way out to the hills with an ice chest full of groceries and you get stuck behind one of those big ol' RVs with quippy names (The Voyage, The View, Wanderer) that insists on taking in every falling leaf and majestic redwood at 10 mph under the speed limit without pulling over to let you pass, you have two options:

You can, like your groceries, lose your cool and try to pass the RV on the scant stretch of road that's almost straight, one hand on your jiggling steering wheel and the other waving a majestic middle finger, scaring the tourists and whoever might be coming toward you in the opposite direction.

Or you can turn on the radio, find a station you like and play pretend. You're not a frustrated rural commuter with 20 miles of switchbacks between you and a waiting refrigerator. You're an explorer, an adventurer in a convoy of fellow adventurers making its way into the trackless wilderness, supplies and sundries strapped to our vehicles. None of us know what awaits us in the great unknown, where natives openly exhibit their unfriendliness by way of bullet-pocked signs and “no trespassing” notices. Reassured by the sight of our comrades ahead and behind we push relentlessly forward, propelled by a quenchless zest for discovery.

Remember: For us it's home. For the tourists it's a place they'd love to call home.


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