The $50 Million Henhouse

The $50 Million Henhouse

With bond money to spend, Eureka City Schools is using controversial and legally questionable contracts. Who's watching?

(August 27, 2015) John Fullerton was skeptical, and not without reason. He'd been serving on the Eureka City Schools Board of Education for about a decade when the subject of getting another...

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Humboldt's Homeless Students

Almost 6 percent of school age children in Humboldt suffer from housing insecurity

(August 27, 2015) When the Humboldt Housing and Homeless Coalition released its Point In Time Count last month, one large demographic was left out: homeless students. The Humboldt County Office of Education...

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First Class

HSU students in their back-to-campus best

(August 27, 2015) Photographer Leon Villagomez shot some high-style higher education looks on the first day of classes at Humboldt State University on Monday, Aug. 24. ...

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Free and Afraid

A flawed system, a prosecutor's error and a man who fears he will harm children again

(August 20, 2015) It was a Thursday afternoon in Courtroom Four of the Humboldt County Superior Courthouse and Deputy District Attorney Andrew Isaac was frustrated. Isaac told Judge Timothy Cissna that a month...

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Game Over

A former sex trafficking victim fights back

(August 20, 2015) Elle Snow sits with a straight back and squared shoulders. Her long blonde hair is pulled back into a ponytail. Her muscular arms are framed with matching black tattoos: an...

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Circle the Welcome Wagons

City funding for tourism efforts slashed

(August 13, 2015) Several weeks ago, Eureka Police Chief Andy Mills got a call on a Sunday night from an irate citizen complaining about a homeless man sleeping beneath the "Welcome to Eureka"...

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The Casino Con

How a 70-year-old Georgian allegedly swindled the Yurok Tribe out of $250K

(August 13, 2015) The Yurok Tribe says it fell victim to a conman named Duke who bilked the tribe of $250,000 as it pushed to finance the opening of its new Redwood Hotel...

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Exempt from Disclosure

Transparency, confidentiality and the police video Eureka doesn't want you to see

(August 6, 2015) The clip opens with the bright blue sky reflecting off the black hood of a Eureka Police Department patrol car as it pulls to a stop sign at G...

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A Long View of the Klamath

Conditions and controversy have salmon again poised on brink of disaster

(August 6, 2015) When the Yurok Tribe's fisheries biologists identified causes that contributed to the 2002 Klamath River Fish Kill, in which upward of 50,000 salmon perished, the conclusion was matter-of-fact: "In this...

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Jail staff stumped by spike in suicide attempts

(August 6, 2015) On Sunday, July 12, at 2:20 p.m. Cyrus David Cook Jr. left his assigned floor in the general population dormitory at the Humboldt County jail, walked up a flight of...

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Race Day

Cars, smoke, consumption and the quest for speed at the Acres

(July 30, 2015) At one o'clock on a bright blue Saturday afternoon, the howling hasn't yet started. There is a lazy gold aspect to everything, a hint of harshness in the glare...

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Arcata Eyes Costly Divorce

City weighing Community Choice energy options

(July 30, 2015) If Arcata divorces PG&E for its own "personal space," speaking electricity-wise, that independence may come at a cost rivaling alimony, according to a recently released feasibility study. Arcata and the...

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Photographs by León Villagómez

(July 23, 2015) It began with an all-nighter about 10 weeks ago. Local photographer Leon Villagomez sat in front of a computer monitor in his Arcata home, processing photos as the sounds of...

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Three Heads for Every Bed

Eureka tells marsh homeless to move on, but where?

(July 23, 2015) Terrie Smith and Steve Tyson have moved seven times in the last three months: down the abandoned Northwestern Pacific railroad line to unincorporated territory, across the tracks and then...

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Power and Control

Long before he donned a police uniform, Kevin Harralson had a history of domestic violence allegations. Why did Rio Dell give him a badge and a gun?

(July 16, 2015) Rio Dell police officer Kevin Harralson had a history of domestic violence allegations years before he allegedly punched his girlfriend twice and ordered her out of his home at gunpoint...

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The Numbers are Out and the Jury is In

Hard facts on the scope of Humboldt's homelessness problem and the obstacles to solving it

(July 16, 2015) The average homeless person in Humboldt County is male. He is white, between 35 and 45 years of age. He lives in Eureka and sleeps unsheltered, probably in a tent...

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Recent Comments

  • Re: Exempt from Disclosure

    • I don't see anything wrong with the tape. In fact after the collision with the…

    • on August 26, 2015
  • Re: Answering the critics

    • Great Article. Thanks for the info. Does anyone know where I can find a blank…

    • on August 25, 2015
  • Re: A Long View of the Klamath

    • Follow the money. Who owns the dam(s)? Who benefits from the diversion of that water?…

    • on August 23, 2015
  • Re: Game Over

    • Thank you for all you are doing and best wishes in your endeavors, Ms. Snow!…

    • on August 20, 2015
  • Re: Free and Afraid

    • There's a straightforward solution to all this: just house the pedophile with the judge's daughter…

    • on August 20, 2015
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