Wednesday, March 30, 2016

State Conducting Sweeping Investigation of DHHS's Handling of Child Abuse Reports

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 4:56 PM

Kamala Harris
  • Kamala Harris
The California Attorney General’s Office has launched an investigation into the the Humboldt Department of Health and Human Services’ handling of reports of child abuse and neglect, and specifically whether it is in compliance with the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act.

The origins and goals of the investigation are unclear, but a court document filed by the AG's Office describes it as a civil investigation relating to Humboldt County agencies' compliance with California's Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act. The state seems to be casting a broad net as last month it subpoenaed a host of records from the county, including the paper trail documenting every report of child abuse or neglect received by the county from 2011 through 2015 and how it was handled. Additionally, the AG’s Office subpoena requests seem especially focused on the department’s correspondences and agreements with local law enforcement, mandated reporting policies and its handling handling of abuse and neglect reports relating to foster kids and native youth.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Huffman Urges DOJ to Clarify Stance on Pot Advertising

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 1:57 PM

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North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman is urging the Department of Justice to rebuff the U.S. Postal Service’s requests and publicly state that it won’t prosecute businesses who are mailing advertisements for marijuana but are acting in line with state law.

Huffman joined seven of his colleagues in penning a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch urging her to “clarify” how the Department of Justice intends to respond to the USPS’ referring newspapers to her office for potential prosecution for violations of the federal Controlled Substances Act. By “clarify,” the members of congress mean publicly state “that DOJ will not prosecute individuals who are placing advertisements for marijuana products in accordance with state law.”

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Name Released of Deceased SoHum Man Dumped in Hospital Driveway

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 12:15 PM

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Christopher Duke, 55, was probably already deceased when parties unknown unloaded his body into the shadows at the end of the driveway of Jerold Phelps Community Hospital in Garberville.

"The upper part of the body was wrapped in a sheet, including the face," says Kent Scown, the hospital's chief operating officer. "It is an odd circumstance. I’ve been here a very long time and I don’t recall anyone dropping off someone in that manner, and having a staff member find someone."

The exact time and manner of death is unknown, as the Humboldt County Coroner's Office prepares to do an autopsy tomorrow. Deputy Coroner Trevor Enright says the death is unlikely to be related to foul play, although his office is investigating the possibility of both a drug overdose and/or mitigating health factors. 

"He is considered to be homeless," says Enright. "He's been around the area for some time ... in Garberville for something like a decade."

The person or persons who left Duke's body at the end of driveway did not notify hospital staff of their presence. Although there are medical staff on duty all night, they chose instead to leave his body at the very end of the 55-foot driveway, where the hospital's security staff found it in the early hours of Monday morning. Scown said he did not yet have a report from staff about how long the body had been there before it was found. Security camera footage captured a glimpse of the car, but due to a burned-out streetlight the faces and identifying features of Duke's companions were not identifiable.

From the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office:


On Monday, March 28, 2016 at about 2:10 a.m. a Humboldt County Deputy Sheriff and a Deputy Coroner responded to Jerald Phelps Hospital in Garberville for a report of a dead body found outside the hospital’s emergency room. Deputies arrived on scene and spoke with the security guard who had found the body. The security guard stated he located the body near the emergency room entrance. The body was unresponsive and declared deceased by medical personnel.

The decedent has been positively identified as a 55 year old Garberville resident. The release of his identity is pending notification of next of kin.

The Coroner’s Division is actively investigating this incident. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

HumBug: Alien Eyes

Posted By on Sun, Mar 27, 2016 at 3:30 PM

Hey, five-eyes. A Halictid bee shows three tiny oceli between its larger compound eyes. - ANTHONY WESTKAMPER
  • Anthony Westkamper
  • Hey, five-eyes. A Halictid bee shows three tiny oceli between its larger compound eyes.
If mankind ever encounters space aliens, it's a pretty sure bet they won't be much like us. There will likely be some similarities; 2+2=4 everywhere, after all. Any advanced life form must have some way of perceiving the universe around it and insects might be a good model. They're not necessarily like the aliens, but they are as alien as anything we on Earth are likely to encounter until the Little Green Men park on the Whitehouse lawn and say, “Take me to your leader.”

Insect eyes see the world differently than we do. They do not produce a single image, but a mosaic of images stitched together. Even more dizzying than that, many insects have five eyes: two major compound eyes capable of resolving an image, and three oceli which seem to help them orient themselves when flying. In some cases, like the cardinal meadowhawk dragonfly, their big compound eyes differ from top to bottom, allowing different parts of the eye to be optimized for specific functions.

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TL;DR: Five Things You Need to Know about Derelict Boats on Humboldt Bay

Posted By on Sun, Mar 27, 2016 at 2:21 PM

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Busy week? We get it. Let us get you afloat of this week’s main story. Here are some highlights from “That Sinking Feeling.”

The February sinking of the Dennis Gayle represented a small victory in an ongoing problem: derelict boats on Humboldt Bay. When the Gayle’s sister ship the Allen Cody sank in 2008, hundreds of gallons of oil and fuel spilled into the bay. Officials with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Oil Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) team leveraged the costs of that cleanup to convince the Dennis Gayle’s owner to scrub the 100-foot former fishing vessel of hazardous materials. That action prevented a potentially serious spill when the Dennis Gayle went down, but it also highlights how serious of a threat dilapidated boats pose to the bay.

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Whitethorn Woman Faces 10-Year Prison Term for Environmentally Destructive Grow

Posted By on Sat, Mar 26, 2016 at 2:50 PM

The scenic King Range National Conservation Area. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • The scenic King Range National Conservation Area.

A Whitethorn woman has pleaded guilty to charges of depredation against the property of the United States, admitting to doing more than $100,000 worth of environmental damage to federal lands as a part of her marijuana cultivation operation.

Melinda Van Horne entered the plea Wednesday, according to a press release, and is free on bond awaiting sentencing in July, when she faces a maximum term of 10 years in federal prison.

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'Full Spectrum': One Way to Attract Doctors to the North Coast

Posted By on Sat, Mar 26, 2016 at 11:35 AM

It’s no secret Humboldt County has a doctor shortage. The lack of both primary care physicians and specialists has a variety of causes, and a host of impacts on the community.

And efforts to recruit and retain doctors are met with mixed results; the shortage continues, but once in a while, you get a success story like Kelvin Vu.

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Friday, March 25, 2016

City of Eureka Taking Proposals for Sanctuary Camp

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 1:06 PM

A  camp in the PalCo Marsh. - LINDA STANSBERRY
  • Linda Stansberry
  • A camp in the PalCo Marsh.
This morning, the city of Eureka released an official request for proposals aimed at "nonprofit organization[s], religious institution[s] or other interested parties to provide a temporary-not greater than six months sanctioned camping facility within the city limits."

With a scant 39 days until the estimated 180 people living behind the Bayshore Mall are ordered to vacate in order to accommodate construction of a waterfront trail, the odds of finding an organization meeting the guidelines in the RFP (insurance, experience and budgeted without city funds or resources) seem low. Proposals are also due by April 22, leaving the city of Eureka 11 days in which to read and approve a proposal if it plans to give the exiting marsh dwellers a sanctioned alternative. City Manager Greg Sparks was unable to comment on this issue; he and City Councilmember Kim Bergel were en route to Ukiah for the Northern California Homeless Services Summit with Sen. Mike McGuire.


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Manslaughter Arrest Made in September Death

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 10:13 AM

Terry Lee Thomas - COURTESY OF THOMAS' FAMILY
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  • Terry Lee Thomas
The Eureka Police Department has arrested a 24-year-old on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter for the September death of a local homeless man, Terry Lee Thomas.

Thomas, 63, was found bloodied and unresponsive shortly after 8 p.m. on Sept. 8 in the parking lot of the Courthouse Market in the 900 block of Fourth Street. He later died at a local hospital and an autopsy ruled his death a homicide.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Palco Marsh Potty Fire an Act of Protest?

Posted By on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 4:49 PM

Camps at the Palco Marsh. - LINDA STANSBERRY
  • Linda Stansberry
  • Camps at the Palco Marsh.
In the wee hours of Tuesday morning the portable toilets in the Bayshore Mall's north parking lot burnt to almost nothing. So says the press release from Humboldt Bay Fire, which responded to a call at 5:28 a.m. to find the plastic potties completely destroyed by fire.

But Richard Marks, who serves on the Humboldt Bay Harbor Commission and advocated for the installation of the toilets, said their fate was sealed March 18, when the city announced that illegal campers must leave the area by May 2.

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