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Re: “UPDATE: Eureka Council Passes Human Rights Resolution

Another thing your a liar! I call you out where did you see the Nazi flag? Exactly you didn't. As long as I have lived here I have never seen a Nazi flag displayed.

Posted by Amasiauxor on 01/21/2017 at 4:51 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Eureka Council Passes Human Rights Resolution

Humans are born with inalienable rights. Written rights are an erosion of those rights by the self serving self righteous. The sun shines on Nazis the same as everyone else. Live and let live.

Posted by Amasiauxor on 01/21/2017 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Six Years and Counting

Home is where the heart is. The street is not a home. Like it or not Floyd has a purpose and these people would otherwise have nowhere without him. He keeps these lovelies out of your backyard. You ought to give him a metal. Unlike so called do gooders looking to get their grubby paws on the payee percentage. Yes you can eat but you gotta beg Jesus first.

Posted by Amasiauxor on 01/21/2017 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Silent People in Black Protest on Arcata Plaza

Not for me... Make California Great Again!

Posted by Amasiauxor on 01/21/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Elder Abuse Case Against Timber Ridge Yields $5 Million Verdict

Family doesn't put their loved ones in homes to be looked after by strangers.

Posted by Amasiauxor on 01/21/2017 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Six Years and Counting

It's long overdue, the court taking action against the squires!

Posted by Christine Dorsett Santos on 01/21/2017 at 5:11 AM

Re: “Battle for Boomer Jack

Anyone know how I might contact Lincoln Kilian?

The email I have for him from his book's website just doesn't work anymore: info@boomer-jack.com

Thanks!

lanny@kllg.org

Posted by Lanny Cotler on 01/20/2017 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Elder Abuse Case Against Timber Ridge Yields $5 Million Verdict

The decision to provide care under license to an elderly client, whether for one or numerous residents, should not be made by many who nevertheless go ahead and make it. When taking that step, under a license issued by the State of California, they enter into an agreement as to what they must and will provide. In other words, it is a license that has conditions which are outlined in Health and Safety Codes (law) and enforceable regulation. If they fail to meet those conditions, they, as licensees, become financially vulnerable when litigation such as this occurs.

One condition is that they have both medical and functional assessments completed for potential new clients and have them updated as needed for those already in their care.

One condition is that they provide care and supervision as required through that previous assessment of their client's current or potential needs. If they are unable to meet those needs, they should not accept or retain that client. Residents diagnosed with dementia, particularly those showing a known propensity to wander or leave a facility, should not be left unsupervised.

One condition is that they assist their clients by providing the correct medication, to the correct person, in the correct dosage, and at the correct time it is prescribed to be given.

Problems regarding quality of care almost always trace back to cost-cutting efforts made by licensees.

This industry is not like opening a barbershop. A bad haircut can grow back. Mistakes made caring for a vulnerable at risk population can result in injury, death, and/or criminal charges. What do you, as a consumer, do if you are considering placing a loved one in a licensed care home? Drop by unexpectedly. Mealtime will tell a lot. Look around to see how many staff are on duty. Visit the ombudsman's office and read the state inspection reports. Make your choice regarding which care home to choose an informed decision and hope you've made a good one.

Posted by Phil Braun on 01/20/2017 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Elder Abuse Case Against Timber Ridge Yields $5 Million Verdict

This facility also failed to make an appropriate and timely 911 call for a resident who was found unresponsive for "over an hour" and by the time medical personnel were called the resident passed. He was a "full code"....this statement made by the representative of TR is inaccurate - these records are public and can be viewed at the Community Care Licensing website.

Posted by Snoozers on 01/20/2017 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Nurses, Stat

At the most basic level, this is a story about American economics and capitalists.

Nurses are a valuable commodity just as any other group of well-educated professionals are. Among other things, they seek to maximize their return (income) on their investment (time and money expended earning a nursing education and experience). When they consider where to work and whom to work for, they look at the value proposition consisting of the area and employers. The reality about Humboldt County is that it has an exceedingly poor value proposition for nurses. As it stands, Humboldt County's primary value proposition is (for the time being at least) growing marijuana. Timber and fishing were once major parts of the value proposition but play a minor role today and one that appeals to very few workers. Stated another way: For what the great majority of nursing professionals are looking for, Humboldt County provides very little. Thus, few choose to live in the area excepting being a traveler for a few months. The same applies to physicians (and other professionals), very few of whom desire to live and work in Humboldt County. If Humboldt County were such a great value proposition for professionals of all types, the best and brightest would live and work in the county. They dont.

The capitalist leadership of Providence St. Joseph Health and Mad River Hospital also fully understand how return on investment works. So long as Humboldt State University's Nursing program was turning out RNs, the two local hospitals had a convenient gravy train of new graduates ready to fill open positions. This was made possible the way that capitalists most prefer it: The state government and students paid the cost of the education. Realize this: If the return on investment calculations favored Providence and Mad River creating and operating their own local nursing school, they would do so without delay. The financial reality however, is that the return on investment calculations favor paying traveling nurses. This is possible because public payers (i.e., the state and federal governments) and private payers (e.g., Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California) reimburse Providence and Mad River enough to make traveling nurses less costly than locally educating nurses.

Change Humboldt County's value proposition, change reimbursement arrangements, change community priorities, etc. and different outcomes are possible. The current Humboldt County value proposition, reimbursement arrangements, and community priorities are yielding exactly the outcomes cited in the article.

Posted by vkqw4721 on 01/20/2017 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Nurses, Stat

Let's do talk about wages - it's a very valid concern. I don't have data to address the question about wage variation between local employers. However, on a national level, CA nurses are the highest paid in the nation (http://californiahealthline.org/news/californias-rn-wages-now-highest-in-the-nation-federal-data-show/).
Within CA, it's very true that nurses in rural areas make less money than those in urban areas. In fact, the nurses in the northern counties (including Humboldt) are some of the lower paid statewide, with average salary in 2014 of $84,461, annually. Nurses in rural southern CA counties do a bit better, with average salaries around $85 - 89K annually. Nurses in the San Francisco bay area (the top wages in the U.S.) are paid substantially more, at about $100K / year. (all data from the CA Board of Nursing:http://www.rn.ca.gov/pdfs/forms/survey2014.pdf) This is a difference of closer to $7 - $8 / hour, not $15. It may still be significant in nurses selecting options for employment.

Sadly, though, I think the local problems are more complex. Just my 2c, but I suspect most nurses who choose to live and work in Humboldt county are not interested in re-locating to SFO or Sacramento for better wages.

I applaud the local academic institutions and health care employers for their attention to this important matter.

Thanks Thad, for the balanced and informative reporting.

pat farmer

Posted by pat farmer on 01/20/2017 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Six Years and Counting

I have had a few cases over the last several years where I helped tenants who were served with eviction notices by Mr. Squires. Based on all I have seen and experienced, the properties should be under a full receivership. While Mr. Squires is intelligent and can be nice, he is unfit to manage real property. I believe he does many shady and illegal things to get rid of tenants that resist his unlawful practices. I had one case where he gave an eviction notice to an old woman for wanting her heater repaired in Winter! Could you ever imagine being that hard-hearted? For the sake of the City, the receiver must have full control.

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Posted by Andrew Stunich on 01/20/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “CHP Seeks Help to Find Hit and Run Driver

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Posted by Chill Chan on 01/19/2017 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Nurses, Stat

Let's talk about wages! Compare the wages (& benefits) just between the 2 area hospitals. Let alone to the rest of California. How many RNs do we loose if they can make $15 more per hour w/ better benefits & less stress?

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Posted by LOSBOZOS on 01/19/2017 at 12:40 PM

Re: “The Return of the California Condor

I am so happy to see this! I loved seeing Condors flying free when I was a kid. Now you hardly see them. They are breathtaking. Way to go guys!

Malakai Sparks
http://malakaisparks.com/

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Posted by Malakai Sparks on 01/19/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Nurses, Stat

It is a shame that our public officials have done little to address the nursing shortage and for that matter an overall medical professional shortage in Humboldt County. It is only getting worse as more and more medical professionals are retiring or leaving the county. We need an innovative program to lure nurses and doctors and support personnel to our community. This is becoming, if not already, a public health crisis. The excuse that, "it's just as bad in other rural communities" is tiresome and a shirk of responsibility. Our public officials should prioritize public health and attend a seminar or two on the subject rather than sticking their heads in the sand.

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Posted by ladynacage on 01/19/2017 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Who's Whooo in Ferndale

Please do not use rat poison--it will endanger these owls! I have been to Ferndale and seen them--you are so lucky to have them offering free, non-toxic pest control!

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Posted by Lisa Owens Viani on 01/18/2017 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Genocide and Extortion

Yerva Nelson can you please email me at getthecoates@yahoo.com
My great great grandmother was also Matilda and I'm trying to find some information thank you!

Posted by Kristian Coates Sr. on 01/17/2017 at 12:35 PM

Re: “The Death of Jeannie Newstrom

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Posted by Angel Javire on 01/17/2017 at 12:45 AM

Re: “'Not the Norm': HSU Students, Faculty Speak out on Racism

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Posted by Marian Stephen on 01/16/2017 at 9:29 AM

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