Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Photo Contest!

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2017 at 3:54 PM

The winning photo from our "winter in Humboldt" photo contest last year. - PHOTO BY SEAN JANSEN
  • Photo by Sean Jansen
  • The winning photo from our "winter in Humboldt" photo contest last year.

I don’t think we’re alone in saying 2017 has been a slog so far. We were all so happy to put 2016 behind us but every day it seems like some new craziness — both from within our county and beyond — has descended to test us.

But all that has spurred us to spend some time contemplating the ties that bind us together, and we keep coming back to the word community. What does it mean to you? What’s your community look like, both physically and philosophically? Show us.

As we do every year, we’re calling on all Humboldt shutterbugs to grab your cameras — or phones — to take part in our annual photo contest, this year under the theme of community. Using your camera, show your community, whatever that means to you — it can be your people, your neighborhood, your city, your surroundings, your culture. It can be pictures of birthday parties, potlucks, volunteer days and farmers markets, but it can also be the slice-of-life stuff — your work, the dilapidated house on your block, next week's planning commission meeting, the bus stop you wait at every morning and the people who wait there with you. Basically, just think about what binds you to this time and space and take a pictures that tells us about it.

Get us your best photos by midnight on June 19 to be entered in the contest, which will see the top photo nab a prize (dinner out on us, plus a bottle of vino and a little something for dessert) and get published in an upcoming issue. Photos should be taken during the contest period — between May 10 and June 19 — no flashbacks to those Redwood Summer days. No Photoshop and no filters; they need to be the real deal. Entries can be emailed to photocontest@northcoastjournal.com, and we encourage folks to enter as many photos as they’d like.

Now get to shootin’. And, if you need a little inspiration, check out this slideshow from last year’s contest, which came with the theme “winter in Humboldt,” and scroll through these.

Good luck, and hit us up with any questions.
  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , ,

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

THIRD UPDATE: Pedestrian Killed in 101 Hit and Run ID

Posted By on Tue, May 9, 2017 at 2:55 PM

chp-patch.gif
THIRD UPDATE: The Humboldt County Coroner's Office has identified the pedestrian killed May 5 on U.S. Highway 101 north of the airport as McKinleyville resident Ralph Pak Summers. He was 49.

CHP Officer Cy May said the case is active and the agency is "following up on some pretty good investigative leads."

He says investigators believe they have identified the driver and owner of a second vehicle suspected of being involved in the fatal collision and expects more information to become available in the coming days.


SECOND UPDATE: Humboldt CHP is still looking for a possible second vehicle related to this morning’s fatal traffic collision. Based on several vehicle parts/debris left at the scene it has been determined that we are looking for a 1997-2003 Ford F-150 dark in color. If anyone has any information please contact the Humboldt Area CHP Office at (707)822-5981 during business hours or the Humboldt Communications Center at (707)268-2000 for after business hours.


UPDATE: Humboldt CHP has recovered one of the vehicles involved, a 1995 Ford Escort, and has arrested David J. Lara of Trinidad on felony hit and run charges. Lara was taken into custody and was booked into the Humboldt County Jail early this morning. The CHP has "reason to believe a second vehicle was involved in this collision and is still outstanding." They are still looking for a dark blue full sized pickup with undercarriage damage.

Previously:

The California Highway Patrol responded to news of a dead body this morning on U.S. Highway 101 between McKinleyville Airport and Clam Beach. Little information is available at this time but it appears that a male pedestrian was struck by a vehicle traveling in the northbound lane. The CHP and Humboldt County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene, closing the highway at 1:19 a.m. and reopening it at 2:27 a.m. The CHP is currently looking for a "dark blue full sized pickup truck with damage to the undercarriage and wheel wells." According to the CHP, "there may have been multiple occupants in the suspect vehicle."

This is the 14th traffic fatality of 2017, and the fifth that involved a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle.


Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , ,

Monday, May 8, 2017

UPDATE: Name of Shelter Cove Man Killed in 'Intentional' Collision Released

Posted By on Mon, May 8, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Jesse Simpson - FACEBOOK
  • Facebook
  • Jesse Simpson
Update: The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office today identified the man killed May 3 in what officials described as an intentional act as Shelter Cove resident Jesse Earl Simpson. He was 42.

Previous:

A fatal traffic collision in Shelter Cove yesterday left one person dead and a 45-year-man has been arrested in what officials are calling "an intentional act."


Few details are being released at this time, but both the Redheaded Blackbelt and the Lost Coast Outpost reported that the person killed was a pedestrian. The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office identified the suspect as Eric Lively. The victim's identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office:
On 05-03-17 Officers from the California Highway Patrol were dispatched to a fatal traffic collision in the Shelter Cove area of Southern Humboldt County. Once on scene, CHP Officers determined the collision was the result of an intentional act.

Detectives from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office responded and took over the investigation. Suspect Eric Lively (45 years old) was arrested and is being charged with homicide. The victim’s identity is being withheld until next of kin can be notified.

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.

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , ,

Skilled Nursing Defendants File for Change of Venue

Posted By on Mon, May 8, 2017 at 11:03 AM

Shlomo Rechnitz - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SACARAMENTO BEE / PAUL KITAGAKI JR.
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SACARAMENTO BEE / PAUL KITAGAKI JR.
  • Shlomo Rechnitz
Shlomo Rechnitz can’t get a fair trial in Humboldt County. That’s the contention of the law firm representing the skilled nursing magnate, Lewis Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith LLP, which recently filed a motion for a change of venue in one of the three wrongful death and elder abuse suits filed against Rechnitz and his company, Brius Healthcare Management.

The case in question revolves around Ralph Sorensen, a patient at Seaview Rehabilitation and Wellness Center who died Jan. 27, 2016 after complications related to an infected pressure ulcer. In the complaint, local law firm Janssen Malloy LLP alleges that Sorensen’s death is correlated to low staffing levels at the facility and charges Seaview, Rechnitz, Brius and the administrative services company Rockport with wrongful death related to elder abuse and neglect.

The motion filed by Rechnitz’s attorneys, which will be heard on May 25, says “there is a reason to believe that an impartial trial in Humboldt cannot be had.” As evidence for this claim, the motion cites a 2011 meeting between Rechnitz and then-District Attorney Paul Gallegos in which Gallegos “threatened to jail someone if understaffing continued to occur at the facilities.”

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , ,

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Tensions Escalate During Saturday Protest in Arcata

Posted By on Sun, May 7, 2017 at 3:04 PM

For the second consecutive day, protesters descended on the Arcata Plaza on Saturday to demand justice in the killing of David Josiah Lawson. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • For the second consecutive day, protesters descended on the Arcata Plaza on Saturday to demand justice in the killing of David Josiah Lawson.

Arcata has been quiet today after protesters' chants echoed through the city's streets for two consecutive days, demanding justice for slain Humboldt State University sophomore David Josiah Lawson.

More than 100 people descended on the Arcata Plaza yesterday, where they chanted and waved signs before moving on to the Union Town Shopping Center. At the shopping center, which houses Safeway and CVS, the protesters blocked the entrances and exits, refusing to let cars pass unless they first agreed to call the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office to request further investigation into Lawson's killing.

The protest — which came after more than 100 students and community members marched through the streets Friday night — turned tense at times, when some motorists took exception to not being allowed to leave or enter the parking lot. Ultimately, Arcata Police Chief Tom Chapman said protesters remained peaceful.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Eureka Visitor's Center to Close During Bid Process

Posted By on Sun, May 7, 2017 at 9:43 AM

eureka.jpg
After more than 40 years, the Eureka Visitor’s Center on Broadway is slated to close at the end of next month while the city completes a competitive bid process for the service during peak tourist season.

Eureka councilmembers voted 4-1 last week — with Councilmember Marian Brady dissenting — not to extend funding after the Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce’s $110,000 annual contract ends June 30.

The city voiced its intention last year to take the bid route — with bids due in June with the selection process expected in August. Any selected operator is required to have the center up and running by January of 2018.

The chamber had submitted a $13,500 per month proposal to keep the doors open in the interim, which equates to $81,000 to cover the anticipated six-month gap — a roughly $4,000 a month more than the current agreement.


Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Peaceful Protest in Arcata Demands 'Justice for Josiah'

Posted By on Sat, May 6, 2017 at 9:14 AM

More than 100 people gathered in Arcata to demand "justice for Josiah" Lawson after a judge ruled there isn't enough evidence to hold his accused killer to stand trial. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • More than 100 people gathered in Arcata to demand "justice for Josiah" Lawson after a judge ruled there isn't enough evidence to hold his accused killer to stand trial.

More than 100 people marched through Arcata last night to demand justice for slain Humboldt State University sophomore David Josiah Lawson and urge law enforcement to continue its investigation.

Chants of “justice for Josiah” and “no justice, no peace,” echoed off downtown buildings and through on-campus apartments as the group marched for more than two hours. At several rallying points, speakers urged those in attendance — mostly students with some community members sprinkled in — to call the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office to urge a thorough and continued investigation.

Earlier in the day yesterday, a Humboldt County Superior Court judge ruled police had not found enough evidence to hold Lawson’s accused killer, 23-year-old Kyle Zoellner, to stand trial on a murder charge. Zoellner was released from jail yesterday, though he could be recharged in the case if the investigation yields new and credible witness statements or forensic evidence linking Zoellner to the stabbing.

Last night, someone had posted some fliers on campus proclaiming, “murderer on the loose!!!” and “Don’t trust this man,” with a picture of Zoellner. The case has been racially charged from the beginning — Zoellner is white and Lawson was black, and there have been allegations that the stabbing was racially motivated, though no evidence was presented during Zoellner’s five-day preliminary hearing to support that.

The protest last night remained peaceful, though marchers did block off the exits of the Safeway shopping center for about 10 minutes, refusing to let cars leave. The group plans to protest again today at the Arcata Farmers Market.

Local photographer Mark McKenna was at the march last night and shares the following slideshow of scenes from the protest. For more on Friday's court decision, see past Journal coverage here and for more on Lawson's killing see this week's Journal cover story here.


  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Friday, May 5, 2017

Judge Dismisses Murder Charge in Slaying of HSU Student

Posted By on Fri, May 5, 2017 at 3:34 PM

Kyle Zoellner - ARCATA POLICE DEPARTMENT
  • Arcata Police Department
  • Kyle Zoellner
Update: The city of Arcata released a statement that is copied in its entirety below the original post, as are statements from Humboldt State University and the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office.

Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Dale Reinholtsen ruled this afternoon that there is insufficient evidence to hold Kyle Christopher Zoellner to stand trial on a charge that he murdered David Josiah Lawson on April 15.

Friends and family of Zoellner’s clapped as the judge announced his ruling, after which bailiffs quickly led the defendant out of the packed courtroom. Some who had been attending the hearing in support of Lawson, a 19-year-old Humboldt State University sophomore, wept in the hallway afterward.

Reinholtsen offered a lengthy explanation of his ruling and the deficiencies in the prosecutors' case against Zoellner, saying there wasn’t a single witness that put a knife in Zoellner’s hands that night, much less who claimed to have seen the fatal stabbing. And at this early juncture — just a few weeks after the killing — there is no physical evidence connecting the defendant to the 10-inch kitchen knife found at the crime scene or the killing, Reinholtsen said.

“We know (Lawson) was killed, we know he was killed by a knife and we know somebody at the party did it, but I don’t think at this point we have sufficient reason to think the defendant did it,” Reinholtsen said.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , ,

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Huffman, Humboldt Residents, Decry House Passage of 'TrumpCare'

Posted By on Thu, May 4, 2017 at 3:30 PM

John and Micha Denizio - THAD GREENSON
  • Thad Greenson
  • John and Micha Denizio
Shortly after H.R. 1628 passed by a narrow margin in the House of Representatives, Rep. Jared Huffman's office fired off a press release denouncing the passage of "TrumpCare" as a "disaster." The bill, which includes an amendment that may remove coverage for patients with pre-existing conditions, can still be altered significantly in the Senate. Huffman isn't having it.

“At its core, TrumpCare is a massive tax break for the wealthiest of Americans," said Huffman, "with the Republican Congress playing the role of a ‘reverse Robin Hood’: robbing health care from millions of Americans in order to hand out $600 billion in tax breaks to our country’s richest people and largest corporations."

California Secretary of Treasury John Chiang also released a statement about the bill, saying, “In less than 24 hours, Congress has left 7.5 million Californians careening toward an impoverished retirement and four million Californians at risk of losing their healthcare."

According to a press release from the nonprofit Justice in Aging, the bill is also expected to have an outsized impact on older Californians, potentially raising increasing the annual cost of coverage for those in the 50-64 age group by as much as $12,900 and slashing Medicaid funding.

Only two people, John and Micha Denizio, showed up to a last-minute protest at the Humboldt County Courthouse at around 1:30 this afternoon, but another protest has been planned for 5 p.m. today, this one in response to an executive order signed by President Donald Trump that would allow religious groups to openly support political causes and candidates. The "Religious Liberty" Bill also has provisions that will exempt religious groups from having to pay for contraception for employees and staff.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Five Owlets Have Landed in Ferndale

Posted By on Thu, May 4, 2017 at 1:03 PM

Mother owl "Truman" shows her brood. - SCREEN SHOT
  • Screen shot
  • Mother owl "Truman" shows her brood.
Things are getting crowded in the barn owl nest in The Ferndale Music Company and the Old Steeple building.

The mother owl “Truman” appears to have now hatched five of her six eggs — with the f
Mother owl "Truman"  sits on the nest. - SCREEN SHOT
  • Screen shot
  • Mother owl "Truman" sits on the nest.
irst two debuting last week in the bell tower of the turn-of the-century former Ferndale church.

The Ferndale Music Company guitar salesman Anthony Taibi said his boss Paul Beatie — who set up the owl cam that gives an up-close view of Truman and her brood — believes the fifth owlet hatched Tuesday. “You can hear them making noise up there,” Taibi said.


Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , ,

Recent Comments

Care2 Take Action?

socialize

Facebook | Twitter

© 2022 North Coast Journal

Website powered by Foundation