Monday, April 25, 2016

UPDATE: Pedestrian Killed on Highway Identified

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 4:25 PM

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The man killed on U.S. Highway 101 near Herrick Avenue on April 16 has been identified as 27-year-old Latham Paul Daggett Greensfelder from the Petrolia area. His next of kin has been notified, according to the coroner's office.

Previously:

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

HumBug: Unicorns, Fairies and Damsels

Posted By on Sun, Apr 24, 2016 at 4:58 PM

At last, an anise swallowtail.
  • At last, an anise swallowtail.
Some time ago I mentioned what I think of as my “Unicorn Species,” insects I know, have seen, are impressive in some way, but of which I have yet to get a good photo. Just a few days ago, with my brand new camera in hand, an anise swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon) landed on an old Cecil Bruner rose in my yard. I've watched this before and while they're attracted to rose flowers, insects seldom hang around long on them. I suspect they produce very little nectar. I got three quick shots and it was gone. These are a bit smaller than the more common western tiger swallowtail, and have one solid bar of black across their wing instead of stripes.

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TL;DR: Five Themes to Up-cycle from the Green Issue

Posted By on Sun, Apr 24, 2016 at 9:43 AM

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Did you throw away too much time this week? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a recycled version of this week's Green Issue, and five reasons why Humboldt County is a great place to go Zero Waste.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Droppin' (Recreational) Pots for Dungeness

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 6:53 PM

DREW HYLAND
  • Drew Hyland
Dust off your kayak and stock up on butter. While commercial fishing for both rock and Dungeness crab is still on hold in our county due to unsafe levels of toxic domoic acid, which can prove harmful and even deadly to humans, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced recreational Dungeness crab fishing is a go in Humboldt County. 

The department's press release today lists "Recreational Dungeness crab fishery open along mainland coast south of 40° 46.15 N Latitude, at the Humboldt Bay entrance, Humboldt County, including ocean waters of Humboldt Bay" as open and safe according to recent testing. Rock crab is still not clear for recreational fishing, and there is no word on when or if there will be a commercial crab fishing season.

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Fortuna Set to Adopt New Panhandling Ordinance

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 3:56 PM

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Citing a spike in aggressive panhandling within city limits, the Fortuna City Council is preparing to adopt an ordinance prohibiting "aggressive and intrusive solicitation." City staff presented a version of the ordinance on Monday, and a second reading and adoption of the ordinance is scheduled for May 2.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Bill Aims to Ease Hospital Hiring Restrictions to Boost Rural Docs

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 5:16 PM

Assemblyman Jim Wood. - GRANT SCOTT-GOFORTH
  • Grant Scott-Goforth
  • Assemblyman Jim Wood.
In an effort to curb the chronic lack of health care in rural areas like Humboldt County, the state Assemblyman Jim Wood-led Health Committee passed a bill that would give small-town hospitals more freedom to hire doctors.

The bill is a response to the difficulties rural areas have attracting and retaining medical providers (as the Journal has written about here and here).

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Council Moves forward with Container Community for the Homeless

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 10:19 AM

Shipping containers sit in the lot at the corner of Third and Commercial Streets, with renovations having already begun. - THADEUS GREENSON
  • Thadeus Greenson
  • Shipping containers sit in the lot at the corner of Third and Commercial Streets, with renovations having already begun.
After an outpouring of critical public comment, the Eureka City Council opted last night to move forward with a proposal to create a temporary homeless living arrangement in a vacant lot on the corner of Third and Commercial streets.

In a 4-1 vote, with Councilmember Linda Ciarabellini dissenting, the council amended its shelter crisis declaration to allow the Humboldt Coalition for Property Rights and Betty Chinn to convert Connex shipping containers into temporary living quarters to house about 40 soon-to-be-displaced homeless people who are currently residing in the Palco Marsh. The plan, which came together in the last few weeks, calls for HumCPR to oversee the funding and construction of the community, with Chinn and staff from the Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center providing oversight and case management. The proposal calls for the container community to remain at the site for six months.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Raised: Local Economists Talk California's Minimum Wage Increase

Posted By on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 10:30 AM

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Many of Humboldt County’s lowest-earning workers stand to see their lots improve over the next six years, as the California minimum wage increases to $15 per hour.

A bill, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this month, will increase the state minimum wage from $10 to $10.50 on Jan. 1, 2017, to $11 in 2018, and then by $1 each subsequent year until 2022. The increase comes as New York signed a similar bump, and following municipal wage raises around the nation, including in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

What does this mean for local businesses and workers? It’s hard to say at this point.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Korean War Veterans Honored at Weekend Ceremony

Posted By on Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 5:01 PM

More than 70 Korean War veterans and their families came to the Adorni Center on Saturday, where North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman presented them with medals from the Republic of Korea.
  • More than 70 Korean War veterans and their families came to the Adorni Center on Saturday, where North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman presented them with medals from the Republic of Korea.

North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman presented more than 70 local Korean War veterans with medals from the government of the Republic of Korea on Saturday at a ceremony in the Adorni Center.

The Ambassador for Peace medals were awarded in appreciation from the people of the Republic of Korea to those who served in the war. The medals were initially given to veterans who returned to South Korea as a part of the "Revisit Program," but have recently been offered to veterans who can no longer make the trip.

Huffman's office worked with the Korean Consulate to obtain the medals on behalf of local veterans and coordinated the medal ceremony, which also saw Eureka City Councilmember Natalie Arroyo and Humboldt County Supervisor Virginia Bass address the crowd.

Local photographer Mark McKenna was there to capture the ceremony, and shared the following images.


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Family of Missing Swimmer Seeks Closure

Posted By on Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 11:32 AM

Paul Michael Martin
  • Paul Michael Martin
Almost two weeks after he was swept away in the Trinity River, 22-year-old Paul Michael Martin’s family continues to search for answers.

Martin and two others jumped into the Trinity River near Tish Tang Campground at about 4:30 p.m. on April 6, and all three were quickly swept downriver in the strong current. One man was able to swim ashore and call for help; another made it to the riverbank near Vista Point and was later rescued by boat; but Martin has not been seen since.

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