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Sunday, April 10, 2016

TL;DR: Five Things You Might Have Missed in This Weeks’ Cover Story

Posted By on Sun, Apr 10, 2016 at 2:52 PM

The Alexandre family in front of the K-rails. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • The Alexandre family in front of the K-rails.

If you were too busy enjoying the great outdoors to read about the great outdoors, we understand. Here’s a summary of this week’s cover story, “Shot Up and Shut Down.”

In the final week of February, Joseph Alexandre, a farmer at Alexandre EcoDairy Farms in Ferndale, pushed a set of concrete K-rails into the parking lot next to Fernbridge and welded them together, blocking access to the river bar below the bridge. The lot, which is partially owned by the Alexandres, has been the point of entry for many people who like to hike, picnic, off-road, target shoot, and – sadly – dump their garbage on the river bar. The Alexandre family says there has been little recognition that the public river bar is next to their private property, and stray bullets are endangering the lives of their employees and dairy cows. Here are five things we learned while researching this story.

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Orville Magoon, architect of Humboldt's jetties, dies at 87

Posted By on Sat, Apr 9, 2016 at 2:07 PM

Orville Tyler Magoon - SUBMITTED PHOTO
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  • Orville Tyler Magoon
While his legacy in Humboldt County may live in for another century or more, Orville Tyler Magoon, the engineer who rebuilt the Humboldt jetties, has died. He was 87.

Magoon, who was featured in the Journal’s Dec. 19, 2013 story “Treacherous Maw,” came up with the idea of reinforcing Humboldt’s notoriously crumbly jetties with dolosse, massive, steel reinforced concrete forms modeled after a goat’s ankle bone. The Army Corps of Engineers would go on to pile 6,000 of the 42-ton dolosse around the jetties’ heads, which in 1977 drew the designation of being a historical civil engineering landmark. The jetties are still holding strong, 45 years after the dolosse were installed. And, in a 1994 interview with the Times-Standard, Magoon said that, with proper maintenance, the reinforced jetties should hold up much longer than 100 years.

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Friday, April 8, 2016

The Carson Block Building: Open for Business

Posted By on Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 4:58 PM

People gather to get their first glimpse of the grand ruby in Old Town's crown. - KALI COZYRIS
  • Kali Cozyris
  • People gather to get their first glimpse of the grand ruby in Old Town's crown.
The North Coast Indian Development Council moved back into the bottom floor last week, and rumor has it most of the offices in the newly renovated Carson Block building have been rented, but the public got its first peek at all of the work that's been done on this historic building during today's grand opening.

After a short speech by NCIDC Executive Director Terry Coltra and a traditional prayer by Wiyot elder Cheryl Seidner, Mayor Frank Jager produced a pair of oversized scissors and helped cut the red ribbon. The public then filed in, most making their way upstairs to the Ingomar Theatre, where local restaurants were serving snacks. Everyone seemed to agree — the old place looks pretty good.

For the full story on what it took to restore this 124-year-old building, check out our March cover story, found here.
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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Camping a Go at Koster Street Parking Lot

Posted By on Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 3:26 PM

A dog living in the Palco Marsh. - LINDA STANSBERRY
  • Linda Stansberry
  • A dog living in the Palco Marsh.
On Tuesday, the Eureka City Council voted 3 to 2, with council members Melinda Ciarabellini and Marion Brady dissenting, to allow camping in a city parking lot at Koster and Washington streets. The motion, which was a modified version of the Shelter Crisis Declaration approved by the council on Jan. 19, passed after a an hour and a half of discussion, debate and public comment.

While the sanctioned camping spot is temporary, from April 11 to June 10, the city insists it is not a “temporary sanctioned camp,” the term that has been a bugaboo for the city for more than a year, since the struggle to relocate campers in the Palco Marsh began. In an email to the Journal, Sparks said he believed the area escaped that designation by not allowing people to store their belongings onsite or providing restrooms. Sparks has said he sees the area as a “relief valve” for people who have been rousted from camping elsewhere in the city. The city will also be working with St. Vincent de Paul to create a temporary shelter using cots inside its facility.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

City's Shelter Crisis Declaration Up for Amendment

Posted By on Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 5:07 PM

A current camp in the PalCo Marsh. - LINDA STANSBERRY
  • Linda Stansberry
  • A current camp in the PalCo Marsh.
With the May 2 deadline for the estimated 180 people currently camping in the Palco Marsh to leave fast approaching, the Eureka City Council may use the much-debated Shelter Crisis Declaration, which passed in January after heated discussion and passionate public comment, to create some extra space for those in need.

The original resolution, which passed Jan. 19, did not specify any city-owned property to provide emergency shelter. However, a proposal for an amended version includes language to allow "homeless individuals" to sleep "from 8 p.m. until 7 a.m. for 60 days beginning April 11, 2016 and ending on June 10, 2016" at the city-owned parking lot at Koster and Washington streets. It also authorizes city staff to enter into agreement with St. Vincent de Paul to operate a "warming center," in which an undetermined number of cots for homeless men will be put out every night for six months in the St. Vincent de Paul dining room.

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Friday, March 25, 2016

City of Eureka Taking Proposals for Sanctuary Camp

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 1:06 PM

A  camp in the PalCo Marsh. - LINDA STANSBERRY
  • Linda Stansberry
  • A camp in the PalCo Marsh.
This morning, the city of Eureka released an official request for proposals aimed at "nonprofit organization[s], religious institution[s] or other interested parties to provide a temporary-not greater than six months sanctioned camping facility within the city limits."

With a scant 39 days until the estimated 180 people living behind the Bayshore Mall are ordered to vacate in order to accommodate construction of a waterfront trail, the odds of finding an organization meeting the guidelines in the RFP (insurance, experience and budgeted without city funds or resources) seem low. Proposals are also due by April 22, leaving the city of Eureka 11 days in which to read and approve a proposal if it plans to give the exiting marsh dwellers a sanctioned alternative. City Manager Greg Sparks was unable to comment on this issue; he and City Councilmember Kim Bergel were en route to Ukiah for the Northern California Homeless Services Summit with Sen. Mike McGuire.

Eureka_Homeless_Services_RFP.pdf
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

No, I Like Eureka

Posted By on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 4:41 PM

GRANT SCOTT-GOFORTH
  • Grant Scott-Goforth
The plot thickens.

This afternoon, the Journal received a letter from the Westside Sanguine Society, Eureka’s anonymous rogue publicity agent and creator of the popular “I Like Eureka” stickers that now blanket Eureka, from stop sign to cop car to seen-better-days bicycle.

The envelope included two stickers, per the Sanguinists’ M.O., as well as two letters, one addressed to us (“fellow citizen”), and the other a shot across the bow of the Eureka Neighborhood Watch Group — and its de facto leader Jeannie Breslin — which, over the last several months, co-opted the design and began selling all sorts of merchandise bearing the “I Like Eureka” slogan.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Humboldt County Grand Jury: 'Be Wise, Immunize'

Posted By on Mon, Mar 21, 2016 at 12:03 PM

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In its first report of the year, the Humboldt County Civil Grand Jury took a look at the county’s low vaccination rates, noting we currently rank 54th out of the state’s 58 counties when it comes to kindergartners and seventh graders.

The grand jury hones in on transportation as a major barrier to getting the county’s little ones all their shots, and also urges the Humboldt County Office of Education to take on an oversight role for school’s reporting of vaccination rates, including the posting of those rates to a data website, www.shotsforschool.org. The grand jury report has been met with ridicule in some circles, as it seems to ignore the fact that there are lots and lots of people in Humboldt who just don’t believe in vaccinations, but the recommendations also seem to have some merit.

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

TL;DR: Five Things You Might Have Missed in This Weeks’ Cover Story

Posted By on Sun, Mar 20, 2016 at 9:45 AM

Carson Building,  March 4, 2016. - PHOTO BY LEÓN VILLAGÓMEZ
  • Photo by León Villagómez
  • Carson Building, March 4, 2016.
Busy week? We get it. Let us build you a scale model of this week’s main story. Here are some highlights from “Witness Marks.”

Eureka’s Carson Block building turns 124 years old this year, and she’s celebrating her long life by returning to her roots. A patchwork of grant and loan funding put together by the Northern California Indian Development Council – the building’s owner – has helped restore the 51,000-square-foot commercial building to its original beauty. But it’s no small task – a small army of architects, contractors, consultants and workers have been busy for the last year getting every last detail just right.

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Arcata's 'Nonprofit of the Year'

Posted By on Mon, Mar 7, 2016 at 2:33 PM

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The Arcata Chamber of Commerce recently named Arcata House Partnership its 2015 nonprofit of the year.

Arcata House Partnership — which was nominated for the award by the chamber board and then given the top honor by a chamber-member vote — was recently featured in the Journal’s Feb. 25 cover story “Homing the Houseless,” which looked at the Housing First philosophy and how it might work in Humboldt.

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