Eureka police are seizing firearms at a staggering rate. The question is, why?

(July 21, 2016) There was the black .45 caliber handgun investigators picked up next to a dead 20-year-old at the scene of a shootout with a California Highway Patrol officer on Q...

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The Text Trail

Public defender to probe racist, homophobic sheriff's office texts

(July 21, 2016) The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office is sending some of its leadership staff to tolerance training due to a text message scandal that's come to light in the wake of the...

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Humboldt Responds

Readers begin a dialogue on race, policing and the deadly toll of a tragic week

(July 14, 2016) We on the North Coast watched intently, tied to our televisions, radios and news feeds this week as more painful stitches were added to the fabric of this nation's history....

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Predicting the Unpredictable

Humboldt firefighters weigh in on the 2016 fire season

(July 14, 2016) A decent winter's rain does not mean an easy season for firefighters. True, this last year capped a record-breaking four-year drought with a moderately wet El Niño, but the drought,...

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Some Reflections on Firefighting

(July 14, 2016) The California Conservation Corps, which hires and trains young people ages 18 to 25 (and military veterans up to age 29), recently turned 40. This year the Fortuna CCC center...

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The Growing Divide

(July 7, 2016) The Growing Divide is an online documentary project that uses photography and a series of 25 interviews with residents, marijuana growers, police officers and government officials to tell the story...

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Fast and Reckless

Community members off Highway 36 bemoan rapid growth of cannabis industry

(July 7, 2016) Every folding chair in the Bridgeville school gym was pressed into use on June 30, as the room filled with more than 100 community members. They came from neighboring communities,...

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24 hours, 1 city, 1,474 photographs

(June 30, 2016) When local photographer León Villagómez announced his new project on social media recently, explaining that he would spend the entirety of June 25 — all 24 hours of it...

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Justices to decide whether police videos are confidential personnel records

(June 30, 2016) Can police videos recorded on body-worn and patrol car cameras by considered confidential police officer personnel records and hidden from public view? That's the question three justices with the California...

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Piecemeal Transparency

Most cops now have cameras but who gets to see the footage remains murky

(June 23, 2016) When Arcata police officers Matthew O'Donovan and Don Arminio pulled into the Shell gas station on the corner of 14th and G streets at about 6:45 p.m. on May...

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The Curious Case of Parcel 106-101-054

How a Florida corporation tripped over regulations during the Green Rush

(June 23, 2016) Nine acres isn't much when it comes to agricultural land. It's big enough for a barn and a couple of cows. For many years, this particular parcel, tucked away off...

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in our blogs...

Eureka 'Evaluating Options' After Court Ruling

(July 22, 2016) The city of Eureka is “evaluating its options” with regard to this week’s appellate court ruling that it must release a police dash camera video capturing the controversial arrest...

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City of Eureka: Pick Up Your Stuff

(July 22, 2016) On Tuesday night the Eureka City Council voted 4-0, with councilmember Kim Bergel absent, to approve a Storage of Personal Property Ordinance that will allow the police department to...

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Attorneys: Fortuna Mom Standing by to Surrender in Fatal Hit and Run Case

(July 21, 2016) Just hours after the California Highway Patrol sent out a press release asking for the public’s assistance in locating a Fortuna woman named a person of interest in last week’s...

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