FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 14, 2014
Chesbro statement: Water bond measure is a bad deal for the North Coast
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) released the following statement today explaining his vote against water bond legislation that the Legislature passed and the governor signed yesterday:
“The water bond passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor yesterday has many attractive elements, but at the end of the day this bond measure is bad news for the North Coast. It includes $2.7 billion for water storage projects – dams and reservoirs – increasing pressure for diversion of more Northern California river water. The Trinity River – and ultimately the Klamath – is at greatest risk, because of existing plumbing that already diverts water from the Trinity to the Sacramento River. Increasing reservoir capacity will lead to greater demand for water from the Trinity at a time when severe and prolonged drought has significantly reduced existing snow packs.
As the drought deepens, the impact to the people and fisheries on the North Coast will increase. The rivers of the North Coast are some of the last remaining refuge for endangered salmon species that are on the brink of extinction. Additionally, our rivers provide important spawning habitat for fish that are important to the entire state, up and down the West Coast.
I had hoped to secure funding for protection of Trinity River flows through legislation this year. When that did not happen I worked to place language in the water bond legislation. I was disappointed it was not included, and that reducing risks to our North Coast rivers and to our way of life, our fish and our economy was not much of a priority in the measure that will be placed on the November ballot. I believe the water bond short-changes the people of the North Coast, and as their representative in the Legislature I felt compelled to vote against it.”
On 08-10-2014, at approximately 7:30 a.m., California State Parks was notified of possible human remains, which were located by a hiker on a trail in Cuneo Creek Campground, Humboldt Redwoods State Park. A Park Ranger responded and confirmed the remains were human. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and Humboldt County Coroner’s Office were notified and responded to the scene. The skeletal remains were collected by a Deputy Coroner and will be examined by a Forensic Anthropologist to determine identity, age, sex and possible cause of death, which are all unknown at this time.
Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.
The four occupants that received fatal injuries are 40 year old Daniel Lentz Ole Morris (restrained in the driver seat), 33 year old Alisha Marie Summerfield (seated unrestrained in the right front passenger seat), 13 year old Judith Maxine Martin (seated unrestrained in the rear truck bed), and 20 year old Savanna Nicole Line Ramirez (seated unrestrained in the rear truck bed). Each of the fatal victims recently resided in the Fortuna area.PREVIOUSLY:
The four occupants that sustained injuries are 15 year old Thomas M. Wheeler of Fortuna, 15 year old Miss Taylor M. Wheeler of Fortuna, 15 year old Faith Nadine Anderson of Scotia, and 21 year old Christopher Douglas Spencer of Fortuna. Each of these injured occupants are listed as in critical, but stable condition. After initially being transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna, Thomas and Taylor Wheeler, twin siblings, were transported by air ambulance to UD Davis Medical Center. Faith Anderson and Christopher Spencer were transported by air ambulance to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.
Summerfield was the mother of Judith Martin, and Thomas and Taylor Wheeler.
DUI as a collision factor remains under investigation pending a toxicology report from the Humboldt County Coroner’s office.
The Hospice of Humboldt Grief Support Services is offering grief counseling to any friends, family, or community members effected by this tragic incident. The Grief Support Services hotline is (707) 445-8443.
FOUR CONFIRMED DECEASED IN SINGLE VEHICLE TRAFFIC COLLISION
HUMBOLDT, Calif. – On the evening of Sunday, August 10th, a single vehicle collided head-on into a tree on State Route 36, east of Hydesville, resulting in multiple fatalities and major injuries.
At approximately 4:30 pm, a 2002 Dodge Dakota pickup truck was traveling westbound on State Route 36, just east of Fisher Road, when it veered to the right off the roadway edge and collided head-on into a tree. Four of the vehicle’s eight occupants including the driver, one male and three females, were pronounced deceased at the scene. The remaining four occupants were transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital with major injuries. The male driver was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision and seatbelt usage among the remaining occupants is still under investigation. Several of the occupants were in the rear of the pickup truck when it collided into the tree. Two dogs were rescued from the vehicle, one having sustained major injuries. The occupants’ names are being withheld pending family notification.
DUI as a factor in this traffic collision is being investigated, but has not yet been confirmed or ruled out. The California Highway Patrol is investigating this traffic collision.
The CHP would like to acknowledge the quick response and outstanding efforts by Caltrans, Calfire, Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department, Carlotta Volunteer Fire Department, Humboldt County Coroner’s Office, Humboldt County Sheriff Animal Control Unit, and Buddy’s Towing.
This collision is the deadliest traffic collision investigated by the CHP in Humboldt County in nearly 14 years.
City of Eureka
Office of the City Clerk
Date: August 8, 2014
The following nominees have qualified for the ballot for offices of the City of Eureka, at the General Municipal Election to be held November 4, 2014:
Office of Mayor
Frank J. Jäger
3815 G Street
Eureka, CA 95503
Office of City Council – Ward 1:
803 Pine Street
Eureka, CA 95501
We have received signatures for another candidate but are awaiting for verification of qualification.
Office of City Council – Ward 3:
Mike L. Newman
1624 E Street, Apt. D
Eureka, CA 95501
1312 K Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Office of City Council – Ward 5:
1124 Thomas Street, Apt. D
Eureka, CA 95503
Natalie C. Arroyo
2127 C Street
Eureka, CA 95501
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