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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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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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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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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in our blogs...

Supreme Court Denies School Contract Case

(August 27, 2015) The California Supreme Court has denied a Fresno school district’s request to review an appellate court ruling that was strongly critical of its use of no-bid contracts — a ruling...

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Let it Flow: Judge Denies Bid to Halt Water Release

(August 26, 2015) UPDATE: North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman released a statement decrying the "preposterous" and repeated attempts of Southern California water districts to prevent water releases into the Trinity River.  He also...

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The Mystery of the Modest Endorsement

(August 26, 2015) If you like Eureka, but don’t exactly love it, you’re in good company. In 2014 a few hundred stickers bearing the phrase “I Like Eureka” in stark white letters...

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