Monday, November 30, 2015

PalCo Marsh Update

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM

LINDA STANSBERRY
  • Linda Stansberry
Two nights of battering storms had given way to a clear Wednesday morning when Erin Powers-Taylor and Kim Bergel met in the north parking lot of the Bayshore Mall. Powers-Taylor, a volunteer with the Friends of the Marsh Group, which serves a free meal for the marsh homeless every Friday, handed Bergel, a Eureka City Council member for Ward 3, a basket full of small packages containing warm socks and granola bars. Bergel also had a car trunk full of gently used clothing. The two headed out to check on how marsh campers had fared.


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Sunday, November 29, 2015

HumBug: Bugs in Winter

Posted By on Sun, Nov 29, 2015 at 3:00 PM

The mourning cloak butterfly, in for the winter.
  • The mourning cloak butterfly, in for the winter.

I got down to the river about 2:30 p.m. I was too late; the angle of the sun didn't light up the ground anywhere. My little dragonflies were nowhere in evidence. In fact, without the sun on the ground I saw one fly and a tiny spider and a baby centipede under a rock. That was it.

All this raises the question, “Where do the bugs go in winter?” They are ectothermic (cold blooded) and in danger of freezing in even a light frost. Ice forming ruptures cell walls and is usually deadly.


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Jacks Defeated in Missouri

Posted By on Sun, Nov 29, 2015 at 11:38 AM

GRANT SCOTT-GOFORTH
  • Grant Scott-Goforth
After a win over Augustana University to start the Humboldt State University football team's first postseason since 1968, the Jacks were routed Saturday, 54-7, by the number one-ranked Northwestern Missouri State.

Playing in Maryland, Missouri, the Jacks record-setting offense was all but stuffed, held to a single touchdown in the fourth quarter off a blocked punt. As the Times-Standard's Danny Penza wrote on Twitter,  "Northwest Missouri State is good."
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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Remembering HSU Journalism Prof Maclyn McClary

Posted By on Sat, Nov 28, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Mac McClary. - SUBMITTED
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  • Mac McClary.
"Forgive us our trespasses; here are our press passes."

Reporter, editor, professor and wisecrack Maclyn McClary, who was a force of journalistic muster on the North Coast and beyond, died Oct. 31. He was 78.


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Friday, November 27, 2015

Two Years After Molestation Conviction, Littlefield Waits to Hear Fate

Posted By on Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Timothy Littlefield
  • Timothy Littlefield
More than two years after a Humboldt County jury convicted him of 11 child molestation charges, Timothy Floyd Littlefield is still waiting to learn his fate.

But word of what the future holds for Littlefield could come any day now, as the California First District Court of Appeals has heard oral arguments in his case, taken it under submission and is now expected to issue a ruling in the coming weeks.

Littlefield was facing a total of eight life sentences as he stood before Humboldt County Superior Court Judge John Feeney in May of 2014, when the judge granted a defense motion seeking a mistrial in the case due to juror misconduct.


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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Brand Watch: The Myth of the Sleazy Car Salesman

Posted By on Thu, Nov 26, 2015 at 10:05 AM

LINDA STANSBERRY
  • Linda Stansberry

The unshaven man leers from behind the high lapels of his trenchcoat, his fingers tented as though to shield a cigarette from the wind. Beside him the neon winks, letters in a loopy vintage font: Bob’s Fine Cars.

The owner of Bob’s Fine Cars, Bob Crivello, says the logo has been the source of confusion for some, nostalgia for others. People often stop and take photos of the dealership at the corner of Sixth and Broadway, trying to capture a unique piece of Americana.


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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Dogs Dosed By Junkie Poop? Naaaah. Well, Maybe.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 at 3:28 PM

On a leash and out of the poop, please! - LINDA STANSBERRY
  • Linda Stansberry
  • On a leash and out of the poop, please!
A few weeks ago, while scrolling through Facebook to research our article on digilantism, we ran across a passionate comment from a Hammond Trail hiker whose pup had been "poisoned" by eating human poop.

"Later that afternoon my dog almost died. Vet took samples of what my dog threw up and her diarrhea...Found mushrooms and pot. My vet said if it had been heroin laced feces it would have been fatal for dogs. The Vet said they are seeing 2 to 3 dogs per week that have been "poisoned" by ingesting drug laced human feces out on local beaches and trails."


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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Humboldt's 23 Percent Voter Turnout Not as Dismal as it Sounds

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 4:13 PM

Kelly Erben casts her ballot at a local precinct, which turned out to be pretty lonely places on Election Day. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Kelly Erben casts her ballot at a local precinct, which turned out to be pretty lonely places on Election Day.
It’s official.

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors certified the county’s election results this morning, making official what’s long been known: Harbor District incumbents Pat Higgins and Greg Dale have each won four more years on the board.


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Yurok Tribe Mourns the Death of Troy Fletcher

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 12:48 PM

Troy Fletcher - COURTESY OF THE YUROK TRIBE
  • Courtesy of the Yurok Tribe
  • Troy Fletcher
Troy Fletcher, the longtime executive director of the Yurok Tribe and one of the initial linchpins in the original Klamath Basin Restoration Agreements, died unexpectedly Friday after suffering a heart attack. He was 53.


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Monday, November 23, 2015

Names Released in Recent Road Deaths, Heavy Fog a Factor

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 3:49 PM

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Heavy fog is being blamed for the death of a 43-year old McKinleyville woman, Cassandra Rogers, who was crossing U.S. Highway 101 northbound on foot when she was struck by a vehicle driven by Dorvin Valgene Phillips, 80, also of McKinleyville. Rogers was wearing dark clothing and apparently went unseen by Phillips until it was too late to react.

California Highway Patrol Officer Matt Harvey said Phillips did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. A toxicology report on Rogers will not be available for several weeks. Harvey added that the area in which Rogers was struck, just north of Giuntoli Lane, is a popular crossing spot for pedestrians despite the presence of an overpass. 

"This is about the time of year we really need to start slowing down and thinking about pedestrians and wildlife," said Harvey. "Wednesday is one of the biggest travel days of the year. We have to look out for one another."

Rogers' death marks the latest in what could be a record number of road deaths for 2015. Her death is the 28th for the year. The driver in last Tuesday's big rig death was also recently identified by the county coroner's office as a 29-year old man from Stockton, Yang Nhya. Investigators do not yet know why Nhya's commercial vehicle left the road and overturned. 
 
From the California Highway Patrol:

Arcata, California – On the evening of Sunday, November 22, a 2009 Chevy Malibu was traveling on US-101 Northbound, north of Giuntoli Lane, when it struck a pedestrian who was walking within the traffic lanes.

Just before 9:00 p.m., CHP officers responded to a call of a pedestrian who was standing in the roadway on US-101 Northbound, north of Giuntoli Lane. Moments later, a 2009 Chevy Malibu, driven by 80 year old Dorvin Valgene Phillips of McKinleyville, collided with the pedestrian. Due to heavy fog and the pedestrian wearing dark clothing, Phillips did not have time to react and was unable to avoid a collision with the pedestrian. The right front of the Chevy struck the pedestrian. As a result of this collision, the pedestrian sustained fatal injuries. Phillips was transported by ground ambulance to Mad River Community Hospital as a precautionary. Alcohol or drugs are not suspected to be a factor in this collision. The California Highway Patrol Humboldt Area is investigating this traffic collision.

The California Highway Patrol would like to take this unfortunate opportunity to remind motorist if you’re driving in fog to keep the headlights on low beam, don’t stop on the roadway (except in emergency), move away from a stalled or disabled vehicle and watch for CHP pace vehicles which may be guiding traffic through the fog. Consider turning off the road and waiting until the fog eases.

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