Monday, December 21, 2015

County Pays $32K for Warren Conviction

Posted By on Mon, Dec 21, 2015 at 11:24 AM

Jason Anthony Warren
  • Jason Anthony Warren
With a conviction in hand and a gag order lifted, Humboldt County District Attorney Maggie Fleming opened up about the arrangement that brought a special prosecutor up from Mendocino County to try the double murder case of Jason Anthony Warren.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Championship Crusaders

Posted By on Sun, Dec 20, 2015 at 10:14 AM

FACEBOOK
  • Facebook
The St. Bernard’s High School football team made history yesterday, becoming the first North Coast team to win a state championship.

Under a driving rain in Laguna Hills, the Crusaders lead throughout and beat Saddleback Valley Christian 28-21 to claim the California Interscholastic Federations Division V-A state title. After taking the early lead, the Crusaders leaned on a power running game, lead by junior quarterback Jack Rice, who finished with 41 carries for 148 yards, according to a report in the Times-Standard.

After the team got a police escort out of Eureka last week, one can imagine a hero’s welcome awaits when the Crusaders’ bus rolls into town today. For complete game coverage, check out Danny Penza’s report in the Times-Standard here.
  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , ,

Saturday, December 19, 2015

MediCal Expansion May Bring Better Addiction Treatment to Humboldt

Posted By on Sat, Dec 19, 2015 at 12:09 PM

THINKSTOCK
  • Thinkstock
Drug and alcohol related fatalities comprised 20 percent of all Humboldt County deaths over the last three years, but the number of those seeking help often exceeds the amount of treatment available. A change in the state's MediCal program may change that, opening up access to treatment for many low-income residents. 

A key component of the MediCal program's federal "drug waiver," which will get rolling in 2016, is flexibility. Prior to this expansion of the Affordable Care Act, treatment providers were limited in the types of care they could offer to MediCal patients. Currently, no inpatient residential program in Humboldt County accepts MediCal as a form of payment. Residential programs, with a structured environment, can be crucial in addressing the holistic needs of patients who may also struggle with housing insecurity, mental illness and making lifestyle changes that support recovery. The county's outpatient program (which features group and individual therapy) does accept MediCal, but it does not include detox services. For many patients, detox, which involves the withdrawal from the substance or substances of abuse, is the first hurdle in getting clean. The county's lone detox program, which is privately run through Alcohol Drug Care Services, accepts subsidies for some patients from the county but does not accept MediCal. Nancy Starck, legislative and policy manager at the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services, says that might be changing.

"It could be a great opportunity to address a big need in our county," she says. "We're exploring opting in to the waiver as a Northern California Region, for economy of scale. A small county like ours can't expand these services alone."

For the first time, the county may also cover reimbursement for case management. Case management allows social workers to address all the needs of a client (housing, mental illness, employment), connect clients to services and track progress over a greater length of time.

"We think integrating these new services into the Medi-Cal health plan makes the most sense for holistic patient care," says Starck.

A county report on this option adds that opting into the waiver is voluntary, and  "a number of the small, rural northern counties have agreed to meet as a region to explore several ACA and managed care issues and opportunities, including a regional approach to Drug MediCal." Medi-Cal for the eight northernmost counties of California is all managed under the Partnership Healthcare Plan, and Starck said that the counties may work regionally to address this common issue. Existing treatment programs, specifically Alcohol Drug Care Services, may also get a boost from this funding. 
  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Friday, December 18, 2015

HSU Students Killed the Cup

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2015 at 12:14 PM

Humboldt State University recently placed in the top rankings in a national waste reduction program called Kill the Cup, in which zero waste enthusiasts encouraged people on campus to ditch their single-use cups for nifty logo-bedecked reusable mugs. The Jacks got in on it, as well as staff and faculty. The campus Waste Reduction and Resource Awareness Program (WRRAP) worked to educate people on how to reduce or eliminate waste from their daily lives. HSU came in first place for Social Awareness, measured by how many people uploaded a photo of themselves with a reusable cup to the program's app, and third place for actual waste reduction, competing against much larger institutions such as the University of Florida and University of Washington. Participating coffee shops counted a 25.7 percent reduction in single use cups.

HSU will receive a $500 grant rewarding its efforts; WRRAP says it will be used towards diverting office waste

"The competition might be over but this is only the start of a movement that will ultimately phase out disposable cups at HSU forever," said Meredith Garrett, director of WWRAP's Take Back the Tap Program.

Jacks football players and mascot "Lucky" pose with reusable cups. - HSU
  • HSU
  • Jacks football players and mascot "Lucky" pose with reusable cups.

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

On the Heels of Blackouts, AT&T Promises Upgrades

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 4:40 PM

att-logo-580x2551.png
It looks like the North Coast’s AT&T customers will be entering the modern era of telecommunications reliability. Next year.

In a letter sent to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors today, the company said it’s “upgrading the North Coast network to significantly increase the network’s protection against outages or service disruptions caused by fiber damage.” The company has been plagued by a pair of recent outages — the first in September, when someone sliced through a fiber optic line between Ukiah and Hopland, and the second earlier this month, when a CalTrans crew near Fortuna severed the line while clearing a culvert — that have left tens of thousands of customers without cell phone, internet and home phone service. (Those came on the heels of another blackout in October, 2014.)


Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , ,

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Littlefield Mistrial Overturned, Guilty Verdicts Stand

Posted By on Tue, Dec 15, 2015 at 4:01 PM

Timothy Littlefield
  • Timothy Littlefield
If convicted child molester Timothy Floyd Littlefield wants a new trial, he has to find more evidence of juror misconduct, the California First District Court of Appeals ruled today.

Littlefield, who was convicted of 11 child molestation charges in September 2013, was granted a mistrial by Humboldt County Superior Court Judge John Feeney, who ruled that a juror in the case had improperly shifted the burden of proof to the defense. The California Attorney General’s Office appealed the ruling and, today, the court found Feeney abused his discretion in granting the mistrial.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Eleventh Hour Interims Appointed to County's Helm

Posted By on Tue, Dec 15, 2015 at 3:31 PM

Connie Beck and Phillip Crandall - GRANT SCOTT-GOFORTH
  • Grant Scott-Goforth
  • Connie Beck and Phillip Crandall
The egress of two major county employees has prompted the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors to fill their seats with interim appointments. Cheryl Dillingham will step in as county administrative officer, taking the place of Phillip Smith-Hanes, who resigned this morning to take a position in Kansas. Dillingham has served as assistant CAO since 2012.

Connie Beck, currently assistant director of administration for the Department of Health and Human Services, will step in as head of that department following the retirement of 31-year county employee Phillip Crandall. The search for a DHHS director has been bumpy, with ongoing controversy over the reportedly-beleaguered mental health branch, and has already garnered one dead end. Kristin Brinks, a candidate hired in November, pulled out of the position on Dec. 1. County officials had no comment on the search for a permanent replacement for Crandall at this time.


Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , ,

CR Scholarship to Honor Fortuna High Grad Killed in Umpqua College Shooting

Posted By on Tue, Dec 15, 2015 at 11:42 AM

Jason Dale Johnson receiving his high school diploma last spring. - SUBMITTED
  • Submitted
  • Jason Dale Johnson receiving his high school diploma last spring.
College of the Redwoods is asking the community to donate to a scholarship fund in honor of Fortuna High grad Jason Dale Johnson, who was killed in the Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon on Oct. 1.

Johnson had recently completed a six-month treatment program and, as part of a “new way of life, clean and sober,” had returned to complete his education just three days before the mass shooting claimed his life.

“He was turning his life around and he was ready for a change” his cousin and CR staff member Jennifer Bailey said in a press release. “He always extended his hand to those who were hurting. He was always one for the underdog.”

College of Redwoods is working with the community to establish a scholarship in Johnson’s name that will aid students, “just like Jason, who need financial assistance as they pursue their own triumphant return to college.”

The college hopes to raise $2,000 by March 1, so it can begin offering the scholarship to returning students in the fall of 2016.

Anyone interested in donating to the scholarship fund can contact CR’s Scholarship office at 476-4191, or email Jordan-walsh@redwoods.edu.

From College of the Redwoods:

Jason Dale Johnson was just three days into his return as a student at Umpqua Community College when his brightly lit future was suddenly taken on October 1st, 2015.

Before his passing, and upon his return from a six-month treatment program through the Salvation Army, Jason found a new way of life, clean and sober.

Jason’s story is that of redemption, grace and courage.

Studying general education, Jason was determined to meet his educational goals through Umpqua Community College. “He was turning his life around and he was ready for a change” said his cousin, and CR staff member, Jennifer Bailey. “He always extended his hand to those who were hurting. He was always one for the underdog.”

In light of this terrible tragedy that prevented Jason from pursuing his own path of triumph, the Redwoods Community College District family asks the community to help create a special scholarship for students, just like Jason, who need financial assistance as they pursue their own triumphant return to college.

CR’s goal is to raise $2,000 in efforts to create a scholarship that will forever live on in Jason’s name, a kind-hearted and daring individual who never gave up.

We have the opportunity to lend our hand to honor Jason, by contributing to the Jason Dale Johnson Triumphant Return Scholarship.

Although donations will be always be accepted, the Scholarship Office hopes to reach our goal by March 1st so we may begin to offer this scholarship to students beginning in fall of 2016.

For more information, please contact the CR Scholarship office at 707-476-4191, or email Jordan-walsh@redwoods.edu


  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , ,

Monday, December 14, 2015

Going Back to Kansas, County CAO Set to Resign

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2015 at 10:02 AM

Smith-Hanes
  • Smith-Hanes
It looks like Humboldt County Chief Administrative Officer Phillip Smith-Hanes will be moving on after six years as the county’s chief staffer.

Smith-Hanes told the Journal this morning that he has accepted a CAO position in Ellis County, Kansas. If the board of commissioners approves his contract, as expected, at its meeting tonight, Smith-Hanes said he plans to tender his resignation in Humboldt tomorrow morning.


Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Sunday, December 13, 2015

HumBug: It's a Bug's Life

Posted By on Sun, Dec 13, 2015 at 3:00 PM

This dragonfly is missing its left front wing. - ANTHONY WESTKAMPER
  • Anthony Westkamper
  • This dragonfly is missing its left front wing.
I should explain I am using the word “Bug” in the generic sense ... any small creepy crawly critter born with more than four legs. There is another technical definition for the word: a member of the insect order Hemiptera. The “true bugs” are generally shield shaped, with front wings about half the size of the rear wings and piercing/sucking mouth parts.


Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , ,

Recent Comments

Care2 Take Action?

socialize

Facebook | Twitter

© 2021 North Coast Journal

Website powered by Foundation