The Last Days of the Budget Motel

The Last Days of the Budget Motel

David Kushwaha and the cockroaches, desperation and police calls that define his properties

(September 29, 2016) It's a balmy Friday morning, and Ken Booth is sitting on a step outside the Budget Motel. All his worldly possessions are being stacked around him before they are...

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Forum Fisticuffs in the Fourth

Candidates debate vision, experience in Eureka council race

(September 29, 2016) At their first debate, the two council candidates vying for a seat representing Eureka's 4th Ward made very clear they have something in common: They both love Eureka. That's...

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Service Call

Eureka's 'effervescent' new councilmember and her Bible-smuggling past

(September 22, 2016) While Heidi Messner stepped away from pursuing an acting career to follow her family's footsteps in the Christian ministry, her early childhood has all the makings of a Hollywood...

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Profits over People?

Officials scurry to stop skilled nursing closures

(September 22, 2016) State and local officials continue to fight the proposed closure of three local skilled nursing facilities, warning the closures would create a crisis with reverberating impacts throughout the region....

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Prove Them Wrong

Betty Chinn just keeps moving, carrying an entire community along with her

(September 15, 2016) It's easy to forget that it wasn't always like this for Betty Chinn, that she didn't always have a gleaming building with her name on it or public officials...

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What Will Happen to Ma and Pa?

Lies, statistics and the human cost of the proposed skilled nursing closures

(September 15, 2016) We decay. It happens slowly — our knuckles swell, our eyes cloud with cataracts, we forget names that we used to speak with love. Or it happens quickly, at...

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The Battle of Orleans

A rabies outbreak in rural Humboldt County

(September 8, 2016) It was a warm night in early August, and Todd Raffensperger had fallen asleep on the couch watching TV. Raffensperger has no air conditioning and takes medication that makes...

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Suing Squires

The legal saga of trying to bring Eureka's most notorious landlord into compliance

(September 1, 2016) The apartment complex at 833 H St. in Eureka has seen better days. Nearly a dozen broken windows dot the walls of the two-story building and overgrown shrubs encase...

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DA, Police Chiefs Mull Video Policy

Conflicted, local officials see San Diego as a model

(September 1, 2016) Humboldt County may become just the second county in the nation to adopt a uniform policy governing the release of police officer-involved shooting videos, a move officials hope will increase...

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Prepare for Impact

A new vaccination law has school administrators caught between a needle and a hard place

(August 25, 2016) As the first day of school approaches, there's an anxiety building in many administrative offices throughout Humboldt County. The anxiety doesn't seem to be pervasive, but cloistered in different pockets...

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Style, Class

(August 25, 2016) Dressing for the first day of class at Humboldt State University isn't a high-pressure fashion emergency (you remember junior high). Students roll up in what's comfortable and what speaks...

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A Waiting Game

Locals eyeing governor's coastal commission appointment process

(August 25, 2016) It's a seat at one of the state's most powerful tables. With 12 members handpicked by Sacramento's top officials, the California Coastal Commission determines the future of projects proposed on...

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End of Life Options

And why we might not have them in Humboldt

(August 18, 2016) If Elizabeth Wallner's life was reduced to a statistic, it might be one of these. She's among the 30 percent of US adults who serve as a primary caregiver (for...

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Putting Heads Together for Housing First

Humboldt County has one of the highest rates of chronically homeless people in the United States

(August 18, 2016) It's Thursday, Aug. 11, moving day, and the Eureka Police Department is busy. Every morning at around 6:30, several officers visit the parking lot where homeless people are allowed to...

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The Death of Jeannie Newstrom

Was it elder abuse, neglect or a failure of the system?

(August 4, 2016) Before you read the details of Jeannie Newstrom's death or the painful, gruesome and — if the allegations are to be believed — entirely preventable indignities that led up...

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Feds Probe Plane Crash

Life Flight wreck leaves no survivors

(August 4, 2016) A federal investigation is underway to determine what caused a medical transport plane bound for the Bay Area to crash just north of McKinleyville in the early morning hours on...

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Recent Comments

  • Re: The Last Days of the Budget Motel

    • Beautiful written, thank you for showing all the sides with such depth and human insight.

    • on September 29, 2016
  • Re: Service Call

    • Love you aunt Heidi, you rock!! I always love your spirit, loving attitude, and just…

    • on September 26, 2016
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    • As Heidi's older brother, I can vouch for her memories here, her dedication to loving…

    • on September 26, 2016
  • Re: Service Call

    • Heidi is one of the best people I know. I have known her for two…

    • on September 22, 2016
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