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Friday, August 19, 2016

UPDATED: Bay Billboards No More

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 10:16 AM

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UPDATE:
The Humboldt County Association of Governments just issued a press release noting that removal of the 10 billboards won’t just be good for scenery enthusiasts, but also for the Humboldt Bay Trail and the Safety Corridor Improvement Project. See the press release copied below, along with a billboard map.

PREVIOUSLY:
Motorists on the Safety Corridor will soon have a clear view of the bay.

Caltrans announced this morning that it has reached an agreement with Outfront Media, formerly known as CBS Outdoor, to remove the 10 billboards the company owns along U.S. Highway 101 between Eureka and Arcata. The billboards are slated to come down by the end of the year, according to Caltrans, which would bring an end to years of wrangling that, at one time, saw a billboard bandit take matters into his or her own hands by sawing down several of the signs.

See the full release from Caltrans copied below:

BILLBOARDS TO BE REMOVED ALONG U.S. HIGHWAY 101
BETWEEN EUREKA AND ARCATA
 
EUREKA – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has come to an agreement with OUTFRONT Media (formerly CBS Outdoor) to remove ten billboards along U.S. Highway 101 between Eureka and Arcata by the end of the year.
 
The negotiations were initiated as part of the development and eventual permitting of the Eureka-Arcata Corridor Improvement project.  More information about this project is available at www.dot.ca.gov/dist1/d1projects/eureka_arcata/.
From HCAOG:
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The Humboldt County Association of Governments (HCAOG) is pleased to learn that the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has reached an agreement with OUTFRONT Media (formerly CBS Outdoor) to remove ten billboards along U.S. Highway 101 between Eureka and Arcata by the end of the year. Removal of these billboards will help Caltrans meet one of the California Coastal Commission’s conditions for permitting the Eureka-Arcata Route 101 Corridor Improvement Project. The Eureka-Arcata Route 101 Corridor Improvement Project is a safety project to reduce collisions at intersections on Route 101 and has been a regional priority for over ten years. The Coastal Commission,
in its Consistency Certification, required removing billboards in the Coastal Zone, to the maximum extent feasible, to mitigate the proposed project’s visual impacts at Indianola Cutoff. Some of the billboards to be removed are located on publicly owned land, without permission of the underlying landowner.

This agreement will also benefit the Humboldt Bay Trail, as some of the billboards subject to this agreement conflict with the location of the proposed trail. The Humboldt Bay Trail is an active transportation and “complete streets” project to build a safe, multi-use path for pedestrians and bicyclists, ADA accessible, and separated from cars and trucks. The City of Arcata plans to begin constructing the northern segment of the Humboldt Bay Trail in 2017. The County of Humboldt has initiated the engineering and permitting phase for the southern segment; there is as yet no funding secured for the construction phase.

The Eureka-Arcata Route 101 Corridor Improvement Project also remains in the engineering and permitting phase. Construction funding has been authorized by the California Transportation Commission, but construction will likely not begin for at least three to four years.

The Humboldt Bay Trail is being collaboratively developed by HCAOG, County of Humboldt, City of Arcata, City of Eureka, Caltrans, State Coastal Conservancy, North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA), and a variety of other agencies and organizations. For more information on trails, see the “State of the Trails Report: Expanding Regional and Local Trail in Humboldt County” (June 2016) at hcaog.net.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Election Council Seat Roundup

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 1:13 PM

Election season is officially upon us. - FILE
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  • Election season is officially upon us.
With the dust settled after Wednesday’s filing deadline, local city council races have solidified.

There was some movement — with one Eureka candidate, Allen McCloskey, bowing out due to health reasons and someone stepping in to take his place on the ballot — at the 11th hour, and it seems most cities will have at least one contested race on their ballots come November.

Here’s the rundown:

Trinidad has two candidates running unopposed for two seats: incumbent Jack West and Humboldt State University Director of Admissions Steve Ladwig.

Arcata has five candidates vying for three open seats: incumbents Michael Winkler, Susan Ornelas and Paul Pitino, along with challengers Daniel Murphy, a local chef, and Valerie Rose-Campbell, a playgroup facilitator for the city.

Eureka will see Eureka Faith Center co-pastor Heidi Messner running unopposed for the city’s 2nd Ward seat, while local accountant John Fullerton and St. Joseph Hospital employee Austin Allison will square off on the race to represent the city’s 4th Ward.

Blue Lake has one qualified candidate for three open seats on the city's council: Adelene L. Jones – an incumbent who is listed as a retired educator on her ballot designation. City Clerk April Sousa said the council will be deciding how to move forward at its next meeting.

Fortuna will see two candidates — former Councilmember Dean Glaser and local business owner Tami Trent — running unopposed for its two open council seats.

Ferndale will see a pair of contested races. Vying for an open council seat are incumbent Daniel Brown and challenger Patrick O’Rourke, who lists his occupation as educator. For the mayor’s chair, incumbent Don Hindley will see a challenge from Steve Nunes, who is retired.

Rio Dell has three candidates going after two open council seats, with challengers Bryan K. Richter, a contractor, and Susan Strahan, a local business owner, taking on incumbent Frank Wilson, an electrician.
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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Former Care Home Owner Sentenced

Posted By on Sat, Aug 13, 2016 at 9:59 AM

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Gina Chamberlain, convicted in March of stealing from residents in her Eureka care home, is now in the midst of serving a 286-day jail sentence, after which she will spend three years on probation.

Chamberlain, who was initially investigated by California Community Care Licensing over the course of five months, had her license suspended in May of 2014 after that agency substantiated accusations that she had stolen money, medication, a watch and car from her residents. According to a press release from the District Attorney's office, multiple agencies were involved in the subsequent investigation, including the Department of Justice, Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing and the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office.

The investigation revealed that Chamberlain cashed 14 unauthorized checks from one resident's account, totaling $52,400, overcharged another resident by $13,100 and did not have worker's compensation for her employees for the entire 18 years she was in business.

The original investigation of the case by Community Care Licensing garnered criticism from Suzi Fregeau, longterm care ombudsman at the Area 1 Agency on Aging. Fregeau alleged that licensing was aware of issues with Chamberlain as early as August of 2013 but allowed her to continue admitting residents. A spokesperson for the California Department of Health and Human Services rebutted that they had devoted substantial resources to investigating Chamberlain's Care Home in 2014. The closure of the care home was initially covered by the Journal in 2014; it took over two years to convict and sentence Chamberlain.

Analysis of data from state DHHS's website for the Journal's Aug. 4 cover story, "The Death of Jeannie Newstrom," reveals that although Humboldt County has one of the highest rates of allegations per care home facility, and an equally high rate of substantiated allegations, the amount of citations issued to care homes from the California Department of Health and Human Services is one of the lowest in the state. Michael Weston, deputy director of public affairs and outreach programs for DHHS, responded that the disparity between complaints and citations might be due to a particularly vocal advocacy base in Humboldt County. 

Chamberlain was sentenced Aug. 1 to serve 106 days in jail for a case prosecuted by the Humboldt County District Attorney's office for theft and worker's compensation charges, and 180 days in a case brought by the Attorney Genera's Office for fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance. She will not be allowed to run an elder care facility in the future.

From the Humboldt County District Attorney:

AUG. 8, 2016

On August 1, 2016, Gina Chamberlain was sentenced by Judge Feeney to 3 years of felony probation, 286 days in jail and ordered to repay restitution in an amount to be determined on September 29th. Her sentence was the result of her guilty pleas to theft from an elder (Penal Code section 368(e)) and failure to secure worker’s compensation insurance for employees (Labor Code section 3700.5(a)) in a case prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Office and her plea to fraudulently obtaining controlled substances (Health and Safety Code section 11173(a)) in a case prosecuted by the Attorney General.
 
Gina Chamberlain was the owner and operator of Chamberlain’s Care House, a care home for the elderly. A multi-agency investigation involving the Department of Justice, Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing, and the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office began after allegations of abuse arose in April 2014. This joint investigation revealed the following:

On November 9, 2010, Jane Doe #1 (dob 8/30/28) moved into Chamberlain’s Care House. Her initial monthly board and care was $2,000 per month and then increased to $2,200 per month in June of 2011. A professional financial services office handled all of Jane Doe’s financial affairs, including payment of her board and care. Between June 5, 2012, and May 28, 2013, Ms. Chamberlain cashed 14 unauthorized checks from Jane Doe’s personal checking account. These fraudulent checks totaled $52,400. (The issue of restitution has been set for a hearing as the defendant disputes the total amount cashed.)

On April 13, 2012 Jane Doe #2 (dob 11/25/19) moved into Chamberlain’s Care House. Her husband (dob 2/3/19) later joined her at Chamberlain’s Care House and personally handled the finances for the two of them. Ms. Chamberlain admitted to presenting him with checks to cover board and care for him to sign. Between January 2014 and April 2014, Ms. Chamberlain overcharged them for board and care by $13,100.

The joint investigation also revealed no record of Chamberlain’s Care House ever obtaining worker’s compensation insurance. Ms. Chamberlain subsequently admitted to not having coverage for the entire 18 years she was in business.

Additionally, the Attorney General’s investigation revealed that Ms. Chamberlain was diverting narcotic pain medication prescribed to Jane Doe #2. Ms. Chamberlain reported giving Jane Doe #2 the prescribed pain medication and provided a falsified medicine log. A toxicology screening performed on Jane Doe #2 revealed she had no narcotics whatsoever in her system. When confronted with this information, Ms. Chamberlain eventually confessed to investigators that she was taking Ms. Chamberlain’s medications herself as well as sharing it with a friend.  

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Council Races Take Shape: Stunning Turn in Eureka's 2nd

Posted By on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 5:17 PM

Local election season is officially ramping up. - FILE
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  • Local election season is officially ramping up.

City council races throughout Humboldt County are taking shape and a shocking turn has left Eureka Faith Center co-pastor Heidi Messner running unopposed for Eureka's 2nd Ward seat, which is being vacated by the termed-out Linda Atkins.

Both Wells Fargo broker Matthew Owen and former 5th Ward Councilman Chet Albin had submitted papers qualifying for the ballot but — seemingly at the 11th hour — both informed Eureka City Clerk Pam Powell that they were withdrawing from the race, leaving the little-known (politically, anyway) Messner alone in the race.

In his email to Powell, which was sent at exactly 5 p.m. and a copy of which he provided to the Journal, Owen said he's spent the last six months actively trying to recruit folks to step up and run for the open council seat. But — with a busy work schedule, his post as Eureka Rotary president and more — Owen said he was deciding to bow out of the race with news that there were already two other candidates qualified. In a text message to the Journal, Owen said he was unaware Albin also decided to bow out of the race.

Meanwhile, Eureka’s 4th Ward seat currently held by Melinda Ciarabellini, who announced earlier this week that she won’t seek re-election, is so far being sought by local accountant and former long-time Eureka City Schools Board member John Fullerton and Providence St. Joseph Health lab technician Allen McCloskey. This race could pick up additional candidates, though, as the filing deadline has been extended until the close of business Wednesday, Aug. 17, due to Ciarabellini’s opting out of the race.

Familiar faces abound in Arcata, as well, where incumbents Michael Winkler, Susan Ornelas and Paul Pitinio have all re-entered the ring, along with challenger Daniel Murphy, who will be looking to unseat one of the three sitting councilmembers as the group vies for three seats.

Down in Fortuna, where the filing deadline has also been extended to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, due to an incumbent — Douglas Strehl — bowing out of the race, Tami Trent and former Councilmember Dean Glaser have thus far thrown their hats into the ring for the Friendly City’s two open council seats.
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Ticket to Ride: Veteran Helps to Bring About Bus Pass Program

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 12:19 PM

A Redwood Transit Bus rolls into HSU’s library circle. Photo by David Lawlor.
  • A Redwood Transit Bus rolls into HSU’s library circle. Photo by David Lawlor.
U.S. Navy veteran John Gengenbach arrived in Eureka two years ago this month with his remaining possessions packed in the Chevrolet Tahoe that he slept in at night.

This was not how he planned to come to the West Coast.

The now 58-year-old Gengenbach and his longtime partner Lynn Brascugli-Damberg had been readying for retirement. They were going to sell their home and the antique shop they operated in Minnesota, move to California, and open a bed and breakfast on the Smith River.

All that changed when she was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer. Over the course of her illness, they lost their house and their business. Then, Gengenbach lost her.

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'Don't Ask, Don't Tell': Sizzla Speaks at Reggae on the River

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 10:33 AM

Sizzla Kalonji addresses the media at a press conference after his show. Prior to the press conference, Kalonji's manager warned reporters not to ask any "homophobic questions." - ERICA BOTKIN
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  • Sizzla Kalonji addresses the media at a press conference after his show. Prior to the press conference, Kalonji's manager warned reporters not to ask any "homophobic questions."
Reggae dancehall artist Sizzla Kalonji has given few interviews in recent years. So it was sort of a big deal when Kalonji’s camp confirmed at the last minute that the artist would be talking to the press at Reggae on the River immediately after his headlining show Saturday night.

The interview appeared to be part of a repositioning effort intended to introduce Sizzla to new listeners and put his work back in the mainstream public eye after a seven-year hiatus from the United States due to work visa issues. In 2008, Kalonji was one of a number of Jamaican dancehall and reggae musicians whose visa applications were declined, reportedly due to their shared propensity for speech acts inciting violence against gay men.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Housing 30 People in 60 Days: The Clock Starts Today

Posted By on Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 4:38 PM

Supervisor Virginia Bass speaks at the launch of the city and county's Housing First campaign. The cleaning supplies were donated by a local outreach group as a "welcome home" gift to new renters. - LINDA STANSBERRY
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  • Supervisor Virginia Bass speaks at the launch of the city and county's Housing First campaign. The cleaning supplies were donated by a local outreach group as a "welcome home" gift to new renters.
Today the city of Eureka and county of Humboldt officially launched their Housing First campaign. The get-together from noon to 1 p.m. at city hall featured light refreshments and a discussion on how to house 30 people in 60 days, an “achievable goal” recommended as the initial step for implementation of a larger Housing First plan by Focus Strategies, a consultancy firm hired by the city to help solve its entrenched homelessness problem. But how successful the city has been, and will be, on implementing Focus Strategies’ recommendations depends on who you ask.

Recommendations from Focus Strategies, which Eureka paid $80,000 in 2014, include adopting a county-wide Housing First model. Eureka has historically borne the brunt of countywide issues with homelessness and poverty. In January of 2016, the city and county met for a historic joint meeting and later agreed to adopt and implement the recommendations of the report, which also included strengthening the Mobile Intervention and Services Team (MIST), creating low barrier pathways to housing and using data systems to track progress.

“We’ve kind of been doing it all along with the implementation of the MIST Team, and [Multiple Assistance Center], as well as setting people up in the container village,” said Melinda Petersen, Eureka’s housing projects manager in a phone interview, referring to the joint project between Betty Chinn and the Humboldt Coalition for Property Rights, in which shipping containers were converted into small dwellings. “What we’re trying to do is kick off 30 folks in 60 days. We’ve been moving them along since January, housing folks.”


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Thursday, August 4, 2016

UPDATED: Reggae Ready to 'Pull the Plug' on Sizzla if Assurances not Met

Posted By on Thu, Aug 4, 2016 at 1:35 PM

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UPDATE: Humboldt Pride has called on Reggae on the River to cancel Sizzla’s performance and issue a public apology to the Humboldt queer community. If Reggae organizers do not comply, Pride will call for ticket holders to boycott the performance.

“It’s a slap in the face to the LGBT Community,” said Zakkary Zoah, Board Member of Humboldt Pride. “His anti-queer rhetoric is well-documented. Giving this man an opportunity to spew his hate isn’t the Humboldt way.”

Previously:

The Reggae on the River festival has received “assurances” from controversial headliner Sizzla Kalonji’s management that “no derogatory speech will occur” during his performance, and staff is prepared to pull the plug on the show if the dancehall star does not follow through.

In an email to the Journal and other media outlets this afternoon, Mateel Community Center General Manager and Talent Coordinator Justin Crellin responded to the controversy that has sparked up surrounding Sizzla’s headlining role at the four-day Southern Humboldt music festival and his history of lyrics targeting the LGBTQ community.

“Please note that Sizzla has been booked on the show since we first announced the line-up over 5 months ago — and we received no concerns about him being on the bill until very recently — despite a great deal of local publicity,” Crellin wrote in the email. “That said, we now recognize there are concerns within the community about his appearance on the show.”

Crellin then notes the assurances received from Sizzla’s management and staff’s having a protocol in place to “pull the plug on his performance should anything like this happen.” Crellin says the festival will also be posting a “values statement” at its merchandize booths and encouraging audience members to sign it in order to share it with Sizzla’s management “and send a message about where we stand as a community and to underscore what we expect from our artists — with the ultimate goal of fostering real dialogue on an issue that is sadly pervasive in Jamaican culture.”

As the Journal reported yesterday, Sizzla has been outspoken in his condemnation of gay people, both in song and in interviews, and is a figure of international controversy, having had shows canceled in multiple countries in the face of large-scale protests from groups that have deemed his work “murder music” because it incites violence against LGBTQ communities.

It should also be noted that Sizzla has a track record of making similar assurances to the one his management reportedly made Crellin, and then breaking them. In 2007, he signed the Reggae Compassionate Act, which asked artists to renounce homophobia and drop lyrics promoting violence against gay people from their music, only to continue playing and defending such songs. More recently, he took the stage at Sting — Jamaica’s largest reggae festival — in 2013, reportedly after promising promoters he would not sing any anti-gay songs, only to launch into a lengthy homophobic verse that culminated with his jumping up and down and screaming “battyman,” the Jamaican slang equivalent to “faggot.”

"Sizzla was warned repeatedly before going onstage about not promoting hate music and he went up there and did it repeatedly," Sting's promoter, Isaiah Laing, told Jamaica's The Gleaner newspaper.

Reggae on the River will be Sizzla’s first show in the United States since a tour in 2008, which saw a host of shows cancelled in the face of protests.

Crellin said the festival will donate funds from its 2016 Ambassador Program, which donates 10 percent of funds from the festival’s Ambassador Pass — an exclusive ticket for the event — sales to “charities related to reggae culture,” to a nonprofit working on gay rights issues in Jamaica.

Journal emails to Mateel board members inquiring about what went into the organization's initial decision to book Sizzla to headline its largest annual fundraiser and concerns from the local LGBTQ community have gone unreturned. Crellin has also not replied to a Journal follow up email asking if Mateel staff was aware of and discussed Sizzla's controversial lyrics prior to booking him and when staff received these "assurances" from the artist's management. 

For more on Sizzla’s history — including video from his controversial 2013 performance in Jamaica — and local reaction to his headlining role at this weekend’s festival, see past Journal coverage here.

Below, see Crellin’s email copied in its entirety:

Sorry for the delay in responding to your emails yesterday.  We were having some internet issues and obviously we are in full swing with the production of the event, so we have a lot going on right now.  Please note that Sizzla has been booked on the show since we first announced the line-up over 5 months ago- and we received no concerns about him being on the bill until very recently- despite a great deal of local publicity.  That said, we now recognize there are concerns within the community about his appearance on the show.  We have an assurance from management that no derogatory speech will occur and have protocol in place to pull the plug on his performance should anything like this happen.  We will also be posting a values statement at our artist merchandise booth and will be talking from the stage (and in our press tent) encouraging our audience to sign this document with the intent to share it with his management and send a message about where we stand as a community and to underscore what we expect from our artists- with the ultimate goal of fostering real dialogue on an issue that is sadly pervasive in Jamaican culture.  To this end, we will also be utilizing funds from our 2016 Ambassador Program- which funnels 10% of funds from our Ambassador ticket sales to global charities related to reggae culture- to directly support the work of an NPO in Jamaica that is working to combat this issue and foster tolerance and understanding regarding the LGBTQ community.  I hope this helps answer some of your questions...

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Reggae Headliner Re-stokes Murder Music Outcry

Posted By on Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 4:20 PM

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Reggae on the River kicks off this weekend but the festival’s choice of headliner has some local LGBTQ groups wondering if "Murder Music on the River" might be a more fitting moniker.

In its 32nd year, the four-day summer music festival put on by the Mateel Community Center has confirmed Jamaican reggae artist Sizzla Kalonji will headline Saturday’s lineup, marking his first performance in the United States in eight years. At first blush, the dancehall artist’s appearance is a coup for the festival, as he’s been nominated for Grammys, released more than 60 albums and landed on Billboard’s Top Reggae Album chart 28 times.

But Sizzla, born Miguel Orlando Collins, has also earned a reputation for his homophobic lyrics that some say incite violence against the LGBTQ community. Most recently, Sizzla grabbed headlines when he was banned from performing at Jamaica’s largest reggae festival in 2014 — Kingston’s Sting festival, which is broadcast live to an estimated audience of 315 million people on five continents — for including an extended homophobic verse in one of his songs on the festival’s stage the year before, an act that culminated with his jumping up and down and screaming “battyman,” the Jamaican slang equivalent to “faggot.”


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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Korean War Vets, Coasties Remember the Fallen

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 9:50 AM

Korean War veteran Warren Longnickel, 83, of Carlotta and fellow veteran Don Biasca head down the dock to board the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Dorado for the commemorative wreath ceremony. U.S. involvement in the “Korean conflict” ended in 1953. - TED PEASE
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  • Korean War veteran Warren Longnickel, 83, of Carlotta and fellow veteran Don Biasca head down the dock to board the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Dorado for the commemorative wreath ceremony. U.S. involvement in the “Korean conflict” ended in 1953.

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Dorado eased off Woodley Island Marina’s outermost dock Wednesday morning with valuable cargo aboard and a solemn task to perform.

It was the 63rd anniversary of the “end” of the Korean War — a war that reached a United Nations armistice on July 27,1953 but, in truth, has still not ended.

Wednesday morning, five surviving Korean War veterans, all in their 80s, came aboard the Dorado for a quiet annual ceremony, laying a wreath between the jaws of the Eureka Jetty to remember 24 Humboldt sailors, soldiers and airmen who didn’t make it back from that war. For the United States, the Korean “Conflict” lasted from 1950 into 1953, but for these men and for thousands more, the battles continue.

“I still remember them,” said 83-year-old Warren Longnickel, of Carlotta, who, after 20 years in, left the service as a master sergeant. He read the names of the 24 Humboldters who died there, as a Coast Guard sailor rang the bell after each name.

Bill Odonnell, whose father — another Bill and a Korean War vet who died last year — helped organize the ceremony with the Coast Guard.

“Let us not forget that they went to war not for conquest and not for gain, but only to protect the innocent,” Odonnell said. “They suffered greatly in 1,000 forgotten battles. They added luster to the codes we hold most dear — duty, honor and country.”

Odonnell and Korean War veterans Longnickel, Leo Sears, Don Biasca, Carl Nelson and Jack Coleman — all in their 80s — came aboard the Dorado to commemorate the official end of the Korean War. They were greeted by Dorado skipper Lt. Andrew Russo and his Crescent City crew, as well as Coast Guard Humboldt Sector Capt. Arthur Snyder and his operations officer, Cmdr. Kevin Barres.

The Dorado steamed down from its berth in Crescent City for the ceremony because Humboldt’s cutter, the Barracuda, is down for maintenance.

It was an honor to have these men aboard, Russo said. “These people fought for freedom, so it’s nice to give back and honor them for all their sacrifices,” he said. “With everything going on today — all the terror attacks — it’s a reminder that we can overcome.”

U.S. military estimates show nearly 37,000 people — Americans, allies and Koreans — killed during the three years of U.S. involvement in the war in the early 1950s; 103,284 were U.S. troops wounded in action. But other estimates place the casualties much higher — 1.2 million Korean and Chinese military, and 1.6 million civilians.

The Dorado steamed slowly out of Humboldt Bay to the mouth of the Jetty. There, Don Biasca threw a wreath overboard, and it drifted out to sea on the tide.

The Coasties, vets and observers offered a prayer for the fallen, as fishermen nearby trolled for salmon.

“We remember these men not with fear, but with love,” Odonnell said.

The fog started to lift as Dorado turned and headed back to shore. 

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