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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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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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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Black Widows Found at Carlotta Post Office

(September 30, 2016) Officials are investigating an apparent infestation of poisonous black widow spiders at the Carlotta Post Office. Carlotta resident, Journal columnist and bug enthusiast Anthony Westkamper was picking up his...

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Grants Bring Bay Trail Closer to Completion

(September 29, 2016) Efforts to link a series of trails to create a 13-mile-long recreational waterfront corridor between Eureka and Arcata took two steps forward this week with nearly $1 million in grants...

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UPDATE: Eureka Approves Containerville Move, $75k in Funding

(September 28, 2016) UPDATE: The Eureka City Council voted unanimously yesterday to approve a new location and provide $75,000 in funding for the shipping container shelter project for the homeless. After hours of...

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