Hitchhikers in King Salmon are relentless, but at least they're polite.
It proved to be a pretty epic first kayak trip for Liz Bagnell.
Bagnell, a sales consultant for Northwood Chevrolet, had just moved down to King Salmon from Cutten, and set out to get to know her new neighborhood by hopping a kayak for the first time to paddle around the residential channels in her new backyard. A few minutes in, something caught her attention.
“Out of nowhere, I heard this kind of rustling and looked back, and (a sea lion pup) was playing in my wake,” Bagnell said. “After about 30 seconds, he hopped up onto the back of my kayak. It happened really quick. Then, he just sat there, just like Sea World, just looking around.”
It’s high school graduation time, and the kids are ready to cut loose. They’re going to drink anyway, you reason, so shouldn’t they be doing it in the safety of your home? NO, says the Eureka Police Department. Thanks to a social host liability law, passed by the Eureka City Council in 2014, you could be fined a minimum of $250 for serving minors in your home. And if the cops have to come back for the same problem within a year, they’ll ask you to pick up the tab for their services on top of subsequent charges of $500 for the second offense, and $1,000 for a third time.
The ordinance came in response to what Humboldt Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention called “alarming rates of underage drinking along with related risk behaviors and consequences.” According to the 2014 California Healthy Kids Survey, most high school-aged children in Humboldt County were drinking in private homes, with and without the knowledge of their parents or guardians. The survey also reported that in 2013, 17 percent of ninth graders and 30 percent of 11th graders reported binge drinking within a 30 day period. Over half of all 11th graders reported that they had obtained alcohol from adults in their friends’ homes.
Adults and kids alike showed up for the vigil at the courthouse on Monday.
Like communities across the country, Humboldt County residents showed their support on Monday for the victims and families of the mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando. More than 50 people gathered with signs and rainbow flags at the county courthouse to hold hands and hear the names of the 49 victims read aloud.
Paul Michael Martin, 22, of Hoopa, is the second confirmed drowning death of 2016. Martin went missing April 6 after jumping into the Trinity River near Tish Tang Campground. The swift current quickly swept him away, along with two of his friends. The friends were rescued. A press release sent today by the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office announced that Martin's body was found June 8 at the mouth of the Klamath River, some 60 miles away from where he entered the water.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Hoopa Tribal Police, the Hoopa Volunteer Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard spent five days searching the river for signs of Martin but suspended the search April 12. Neither the HCSO nor DNSO were immediately available to comment for this story.
Humboldt County saw 12 drowning deaths in 2015, its highest tally in seven years. On Sunday several agencies responded to Tish Tang for a report of three men clinging to rocks. The men were rescued by a Hoopa Police boat. The river is still dangerous, with cold flows and deceptively strong currents.
Chad Duran, Mason Trevino and Bill Shapeero at the Pride Picnic in Carson Park on Sunday.
On Sunday afternoon, Carson Park in Eureka was awash in sunshine as a dozen Pride Picnic attendees sat chatting at wooden tables. Most had woken up to the news of the early morning shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando that left at least 50 people dead, including the shooter, and another 53 injured. (See the Orlando Sentinal website for a timeline of the attack.) It was all the more reason to gather.
Charles Bean rolls down one of Eureka's waterfront trails.
Busy week? We get it. Here's what you might have missed from this week's cover story, "Slow Roll."
1. The thing most Humboldt folks say they love best about where we live is our wild places – the forests, beaches and trails. But this important resource is largely inaccessible to those in our community who are disabled. In our research, we found roughly 13 miles of trail for wheelchair users in our state parks, less than this in our national parks and about 20 miles between our three largest cities. There are also two beaches that meet the standards for the Americans with Disabilities Act, one of which has a beach wheelchair with special tires that can be checked out.
2. Information about how to find ADA-accessible facilities is hard to come by. Different jurisdictions may have their own maps, but these guides are often incomplete or outdated. A local advocacy group, Tri-County Independent Living, is working on putting together a complete list, but won't put the organization's name on it without verifying every single spot. “Sometimes the claim is that they are accessible but they technically don't meet the accessibility guidelines,” says Mary Bullwinkel, who is compiling the guide.
The Journal tagged along with North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman and the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Conservation and Recreation District earlier this week on a visit to the dredge Bayport, which is clearing winter storm shoaling that made Humboldt Bay's entrance super dangerous and prevented several cargo ships from docking this spring.
As of today, terminally ill Californians have the right — with doctors’ recommendations — to end their lives rather than live out the course of their diseases.
The bill, which passed after decades of attempts (and the ongoing work of former North Coast Assemblywoman Patty Berg) was controversial, unsurprisingly. It received Governor approval last year, after the high-profile death of Brittany Maynard, a Bay Area native who moved to Oregon last year to carry out her legal doctor-assisted death after being diagnosed with brain cancer. The Journal featured her story, and has written multiple times about the changing ways that locals face the end of their lives.
A Blue Lake man who went missing just over a week ago is now wanted for alleged repeated sexual abuse of a 9-year-old.
The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office announced last week that the wife of 68-year-old Roy Alan Gibbs reported him missing on May 30 after he went for a walk and didn't return. The sheriff's office has asked the public to look for Gibbs, but warns not to try to apprehend him as he may be armed.