Saturday, March 30, 2013

Teen Collapses, Dies After Jogging

Posted By on Sat, Mar 30, 2013 at 4:23 PM

An 18-year-old HSU fresman died Saturday morning after jogging with a friend, the university is reporting. The young woman, Jessica Garcia, had been sitting in the bleachers at the Redwood Bowl when she was stricken. Fellow students and coaches tried to help before she was taken to Mad River Hospital, the university said in a press release.

Garcia was from Reseda, and had been living in an on-campus residence, HSU said. The cause of her death wasn't immediately known.

The press release is here:

HSU Student Dies After Collapsing on Campus

Jessica Garcia, an 18-year-old freshman at HSU, died this morning shortly after being rushed to the hospital from Redwood Bowl.

Garcia had been jogging with a friend, and then collapsed while sitting in the bleachers.  Her friend, other students and HSU coaches nearby attempted to aid her, as did campus police who arrived within minutes.

Garcia was taken to Mad River Hospital, but could not be revived. The hospital has been in contact with her family, and HSU President Rollin Richmond has also called her family to express condolences on behalf of the campus community.

Jessica Garcia was a freshmen from Reseda, California. She was living in the residence halls on campus.

The cause of her death is unknown, but may have been a medical problem. University officials and police are investigating, and are working closely with other local agencies including the County Coroner's Office.

The University is offering counseling and support to students and others. Campus staff will also reach out to Garcia's professors and the students in her classes.

Anyone from the campus community needing support is encouraged to contact the Counseling Center at 826-3236.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Man About Town

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Jack Lincoln is one of the latest strutting habitués of the brick sidewalk in front of Old Town Coffee & Chocolates, in Eureka. Handsome, too: blue head, changeable neck -- it goes creamy white when he's content, says his person, Nick, and red when he's excited (equally with anger, happiness or lust).

On this sunny afternoon, Jack, an 11-month-old Rio Grande wild turkey, was participating in a strange feather-shaking dance with passersby. One man decided to cha-cha-cha with Jack, and around and around they stamped and shivered their butts, eyeing each other with ceremony.

With every tail shake came, insisted Nick, a "bonnnngggg" sound, a bass wave, issuing from Jack's belly and booming out the dish-like spread of his tail.

"It's a sign of health," Nick said. 

It's a sign that Jack thinks all the two-leggeds around him are an extension of his turkey tribe.

After dancing with the man, Jack repeatedly sidled up to a woman in a short green dress and green rubber boots. She cut a few tight circles with the bird, then left. Next he sidled up repeatedly to woman in black pants and brown leather boots, and finally pecked her left leg softly then reared up to hump it.

Nick pulled Jack away, several times, picked him up and cuddled his feathery bulk. Put him down. The sidling and humping resumed.


He's named, Nick said, after the turkey whom President Abe Lincoln granted a reprieve from slaughter for the family's holiday meal after Lincoln's boy Tad cried to spare him.

Nick has eight other turkeys; sometimes he'll herd them in a group about town. And they all, in a sense, are pardoned birds. They won't be slaughtered for eating. In fact, it is Nick's wish to develop a domesticated house turkey breed, one that can be house-trained and, presumably, taught some general pet-like manners and mores.

Now, though, he's got a more pressing problem.

"I have 30 eggs I have to either incubate, sell or eat," he said.


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Talk Pot

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Ready to offer your opinion on plans for regulating outdoor marijuan grow operations? This just in from the Supes:

County Schedules Community Meetings to Discuss Potential Outdoor Medical Marijuana Ordinance

EUREKA – The County announces that it will hold three community meetings in April to discuss the draft of an outline for an ordinance regarding the outdoor cultivation of medical marijuana.


The meeting information is as follows:

Wednesday, April 3, 5:30 p.m. Garberville Veteran’s Hall, 483 Conger St., Garberville

Monday, April 15, 6 p.m. Trinity Valley Elementary School Cafeteria, 730 North Hwy 96, Willow Creek

Wednesday, April 17, 5 p.m. Mattole Grange #569, 36512 Mattole Road, Petrolia

Citizens will also be able to share their comments on this issue once the County posts a new topic to Open Humboldt, the on-line discussion forum located on front page of the county’s website. 

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Arcata Cop In Parking Space Fracas Exits Force

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Arcata Police Officer Kevin Stonebarger is no longer employed with the Arcata Police Department. As readers might recall, Stonebarger was involved in a verbal rumpus over a parking space in February 2012, outside Pho Tien Long restaurant in Eureka, where he and other members of the drug task force were having lunch.

APD Chief Tom Chapman would not say whether Stonebarger was terminated or left of his own accord.

An internal investigation into the incident had concluded Stonebarger committed several violations of conduct, including using a badge inappropriately, being rude to the public and overstepping his authority as a peace officer when he threatened to arrest a tow truck driver -- who was trying to haul away another agent's vehicle that occupied the space -- and the owner of the parking space -- who was lawfully trying to record the events, which were taking place in public. Stonebarger was taken off the drug task force and reassigned.

He filed a claim against the city refuting the conclusion of the investigation and saying he lost his position as a firearms instructor at College of the Redwoods because of the investigation. (The investigation report can be viewed in the claim document.)

The city rejected the claim this January. There was talk Stonebarger would file a lawsuit.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Fortuna Family Arrested For Various Marijuana/Gun Related Offenses

Posted By on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 2:30 PM


Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office: 

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Community Response Unit (C.R.U.) obtained a Humboldt County Superior Court Search warrant for two residences after an approximate month long investigation which began with a crime tip. The warrant authorized the deputies to search a residence in the 2100 block of Law Blvd, Eureka and a residence in the 1900 block of Scenic Drive, Fortuna. Deputies assisted by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force (H.C.D.T.F) served the warrant at Law Blvd first at approximately 7:30 a.m. on 03-25-2013. When deputies arrived they located Matthew Mildbrandt, 19 years old and a 17 year old juvenile female.
When deputies searched the residence they located ten one pound packages of marijuana bud, an assault weapon, 65 growing marijuana plants, approximately 10 pounds of processed marijuana, a US Postal Box containing approximately two pounds of sealed marijuana ready to be shipped via US Postal Service, paperwork indicating sales of marijuana, approximately $6000.00 in US Currency and evidence of Matthew Mildbrandt having unlawful sexual relations with a minor. Matthew was arrested for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana, conspiracy to commit a felony, being armed in commission of a felony and unlawful sexual relations with a minor. He was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where his bail was set at $50,000.00. The juvenile female was released to her mother who responded to the residence and took custody of her. 
Deputies then served the search warrant at the Scenic Drive residence. When they arrived at the residence no one was home. The residence belonged to Mark Mildbrandt 56 years old, and his wife Denise Mildbrandt, 54 years old, the parents of Matthew Mildbrandt. They searched the residence and located two assault style weapons and nineteen other rifles and handguns. They also located paperwork indicating sales of marijuana and over 400 ounces of silver along with other precious metals and approximately 13,000.00 in cash. While at the home Mark showed up in his employer's truck. Deputies searched the truck Mark arrived in and found approximately 10 pounds of harvested marijuana in the truck. Mark Mildbrandt was arrested for cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale, conspiracy and armed in commission of a felony. He was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where his bail was set at $50,000.00.

Denise Mildbrandt  showed up at the residence after Mark, and she too was arrested for cultivation of marijuana, possession for sale of marijuana, conspiracy and armed in commission of a felony. Her bail was set at $50,000.00.
Deputies were able to obtain information during their search which indicated Mark and Denise Mildbrandt had property in the 2500 block of Burr Valley Road, Dinsmore along with Mark David Mildbrandt. Deputies obtained a search warrant for that property and drove to Burr Valley Road to serve the warrant on 3-25-2013, approximately 4:00 p.m. When the deputies drove up Burr Valley Road, they came across four fir trees that had been recently fallen across the road. The fir trees were approximately two feet in diameter and completely blocked the road. This not only blocked the deputies from accessing the search warrant location to be searched, but it also blocked other non involved residents from accessing or leaving their homes. Deputies were able to clear the road enough to pass after about thirty minutes using chainsaws.
Once at the search warrant site, deputies located a cabin that had been converted for cultivation of marijuana. There was a small living space, along with a drying and manicuring room. Deputies located a diesel powered greenhouse on the property that had leaked several gallons of diesel and oil onto the ground. In the greenhouse structure deputies approximately 300 growing marijuana plants approximately one foot high. They also located approximately 364 pounds of dried marijuana and three firearms including a shotgun. No one was at the structure when they arrived.
The Humboldt County Code Enforcement Unit and Environmental Health are being notified of the environmental damage that the deputies witnessed at the scene.
This is an ongoing investigations with more arrests anticipated.
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Yep, It's True: TJ Maxx Is Coming

Posted By on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 12:49 PM

A friendly clerk at Kohl's in the Bayshore Mall said the other day that, no, the prospect of another competitor isn't threatening. Kohl's can handle it. It's known, said the clerk, for its customer service, especially at the Eureka store:

"We were just voted No. 1 in customer service in our region, out of 106 stores."

The newbie -- T.J. Maxx -- (owned by the same company as Marshall's) has been written up as a successful sourcer in quality brands.

Even so, this news likely ain't as exciting as a new Wal-Mart coming to town.

Well, T.J., welcome to Eureka -- and to the pending minimum wage showdown.



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Six Rivers Planned Parenthood is "The Worst"

Posted By on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 12:34 PM


The Eureka arm of the 40 Days For Life campaign, the human prayer shield camped out in front of Six Rivers Planned Parenthood since Feb. 13, wrapped up operations over the weekend on Sunday, March 24. Done.

(For previous Journal coverage of the prayer-a-thon, clicketh here.)

So what did we learn? Be careful what you sign up for. Early on in the saga, the Journal signed up for the 40 Days of Life daily newsletters. Then, for 40 straight days we received emails sent out by campaign director Shawn Carney through its headquarters in Fredericksburg, Va. Most of the daily blasts chronicled movement successes and inspirational anecdotes culled from reports from the many encampments around the world -- the final number of babies saved they're goin' with is 554, by the way.

But finally, on Day 38, Eureka got its moment in the spotlight. In an email titled "They're back!" 40 Days of Life warned its followers about efforts to undermine the campaign's message and highlighted Clergy for Choice and Six Rivers Planned Parenthood as "the worst of the lot." Their crime? Mocking God.

The aforementioned section of the email follows:

Subject: DAY 38: They're back

Dear Andrew,

Lots of people love the peaceful approach of 40 Days for Life and see how God has used this effort.

BUT ... it comes as no surprise to find out that not everybody is a fan.

There are people in the abortion industry who call this campaign "40 Days of Harassment." No one is being harassed, of course (except maybe the prayer volunteers). 

The truth is that peaceful prayer on the sidewalk is bad for business. So the pro-abortion side is doing whatever it can to minimize the impact ... by twisting the truth.


There are a number of pro-abortion backlash efforts that have adopted the "40 days" theme. The worst of the lot is jointly sponsored by "Clergy for Choice" and the Planned Parenthood affiliate in Eureka, California.

This effort, "40 Days of Prayer to Keep Abortion Safe and Legal," is really a mockery of 40 Days for Life -- and frankly, of God. They use a collection of 40 daily prayer intentions -- sounds familiar, doesn't it?

But listen to some of the "Clergy for Choice" intentions:

• Day 5: Today we pray for medical students who want to include abortion care in their practice.

• Day 18: Today we pray for all the staff at abortion clinics around the nation. May they be daily confirmed in the sacred care that they offer women.

• Day 27: Today we give thanks for abortion providers around the nation whose concern for women is the driving force in their lives.

• Day 40: Today we give thanks and celebrate that abortion is still safe and legal.
To respond to each of those "prayer" intentions:

• Day 5: Fewer and fewer medical students are interested in abortion. Aging abortionists are retiring and not being replaced.

• Day 18: Abortion -- the destruction of innocent children -- is considered "sacred care"? Unbelievable!

• Day 27: The "driving force" for Planned Parenthood is money. There is no prestige in the abortion trade.

• Day 40: Safe and legal? Based on numerous ambulance calls at abortion facilities, "safe" couldn't be any farther from the truth. And of course, abortion is never "safe" for the baby.

Let's all pray for all of those who've convinced themselves that abortion is a moral "choice" -- and for all who are deluded into believing that lie.

So there.

As we previously reported, in response to the 40 Days For Life campaign, Six Rivers Planned Parenthood launched a Pledge-A-Picketeer campaign. In the end it raised over $15,000 for the clinic.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Journal a Winner

Posted By on Sun, Mar 24, 2013 at 1:29 PM

The California Newspaper Publishers Association has honored the North Coast Journal for award-winning work in eight categories this year, ranging from investigative reporting to feature writing, from cartooning to graphic illustration.

We just got the CNPA awards notice in the mail late last week, and there are lots of congratulations to go around in this year's Better Newspapers Contest.

Ryan Burns won first or second place, to be announced in June, in three categories: coverage of local government ("To Redeem a Felon"), investigative reporting ("Don't Bother Coming In") and writing ("Fight").

The enitire editorial team won a first or second place, to be announced in June, for breaking news with its June 2012 election coverage ("The Money, The Future, The Vote").

And we are always proud of our "certificates of achievement," awarded to runners-up who were in the top 10 percent for their category:

Carrie Peyton Dahlberg for investigative reporting ("Going Once") and coverage of the environment ("Dairy Diary").

Holly Harvey for graphic illustration. (Update: The link is now here for "Shellfish Cultivation in Humboldt Bay.")

Scottie Lee Meyers for a feature story ("The Mormon Moment").

Joel Mielke for editorial cartooning ("What bumper stickers mean" and "The everlasting blessing of the season").


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Friday, March 22, 2013

Brownouts, Be Gone

Posted By on Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Humboldt State University students designed a cool device to try to help the 50 million households in the world relying on renewable energy mini-grids avoid brownouts by distributing their load on the grid more evenly. And it seems to work.

They conceived the grid-share idea, reports environmental research web, when HSU grad student Karma Dorji, who's from the Bhutan, explained the problem that people in his country were having, notes the story:

Many villages in Bhutan have micro hydroelectric mini-grids and brownouts are common, particularly first thing in the morning when people are heating water and in the early evening when people are cooking rice.

The students designed a device that tells a homeowner the status of the grid capacity at any given moment. If it's normal, then it's a good time to cook. If a brownout's pending, then maybe the cooking can wait. The device was used in a pilot project in the Bhutan:

The data showed that severe brownouts were reduced by over 92% after the GridShare devices were installed.

The results of the pilot project were published in the January-March 2013 Environmental Research Letters.

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Clint's Our Man!

Posted By on Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 12:42 PM


The San Francisco Chronicle has a feature today about Humboldt County cattleman Clint Victorine, who raises organic grass-fed beef down in the Eel River Valley.

It's a modern-day rags-to-riches -- or niches -- tale. Local boy wants to raise cattle. Has no family spread to inherit. Old-timers tell him it can't be done. He does it anyway, and has 40 head of cattle by the time he's heading for college. Comes back, still talking crazy about raising more cattle. Old timers shake their heads. But others say, organic's where you gotta be. Then the old folks say, hell, you'll never make it without giving 'em growth hormones not to mention worm meds and other health-fortifying drugs. And compete with the big boys? Bah.

Well, he did it, went organic -- with help from others, including a Headwaters Forest grant, and a partnership with a fellow who knows the food-brokering ropes, Bill Carman, says the story. And now:

Now, he runs his herd -- about 5,000 head -- on the 6,000 acres he leases and the 200 he owns in Loleta. Whole Foods Market in Southern California is their largest account. In Northern California they sell Eel River or Pacific Pastures to independent stores, including Mollie Stone's, Draeger's and Andronico's."

Go read the full story, it's colorful.

Of course, we've known about local, organic, grass-fed beef-grower Victorine for a long time, now. And we appreciate his telling the world that:

"... Humboldt's got the best grass around."

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