Tuesday, January 2, 2018

UPDATE: Sheriff IDs Teenage Boy Who Died After Being Hit by Car

Posted By on Tue, Jan 2, 2018 at 11:28 AM

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UPDATE: The minor has been identified as Elias Silva. His family has established a crowdfunding site to help pay for the teenager's funeral expenses. That can be found here.

Previously:

A teenage boy has died after being hit by a car on Saturday, Dec. 30, just before 11:30 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

The teen, who was running along Hurst Road onto Walnut Drive, apparently ran directly into the path of the driver. The CHP reports the conditions were wet and foggy at the time of the accident, with visibility down to 800 feet. DUI is not considered a factor.

His death marks the 35th traffic-related death in 2017, a grim record for Humboldt County.

According to CHP, the woman driver stopped her car, called 911 and blocked the roadway to protect the boy, who later died at St. Joseph Hospital. The 17-year-old's name has not been released.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Year in Photos, by Mark Larson

Posted By on Sun, Dec 31, 2017 at 10:03 AM

Jocie Hague, of the Arcata Bottoms 4-H club, showed off her Grand Champion Hereford-Charolais cross to attract bids for auctioneer Lee Mora during the Junior Livestock Auction at the Humboldt County Fair on Sunday, Aug. 27. - MARK LARSON
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  • Jocie Hague, of the Arcata Bottoms 4-H club, showed off her Grand Champion Hereford-Charolais cross to attract bids for auctioneer Lee Mora during the Junior Livestock Auction at the Humboldt County Fair on Sunday, Aug. 27.

As we count down the last hours before 2017 is relegated to the dustbins of history, take a few minutes to look back. Local photographer Mark Larson put together the following slideshow of pictures he took throughout the year. Together, they paint a picture of a community that celebrated, protested, grieved, laughed and triumphed its way through 2017.


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Friday, December 29, 2017

Crab Health Advisory Lifted

Posted By on Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 2:32 PM

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If you have a boat and some pots, you can get to cracking shells without worry. The California Department of Public Health has lifted its advisory for Dungeness crab consumption. Recent tests show domoic acid levels have dropped low enough that eating sport-caught crustaceans, if prepared properly, should be safe. Make sure to boil or steam your crab, discard of the water used in preparation and don't eat any viscera.

Commercial crab season is still on hold until Jan. 15.




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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Fast Food Giant Launches 'Munchie Meals' Targeting Recreational Stoner Cash

Posted By on Thu, Dec 28, 2017 at 3:22 PM

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Not to be left off the multi-billion-dollar cannabis bandwagon, fast food giant Jack in the Box announced earlier this week that it’s launching a line of stoner-targeted snacks.

“Jack’s Munchie Meals” will come with two tacos, five mini churros, three crispy chicken strips, a small drink and a serving of half curly fries and half regular fries, so, you know, all cravings are covered. Oh, and the new snack pack will be on sale for $4.20, you know, just so everybody gets their giggles. The idea is apparently the product of a partnership between the fast food chain and Merry Jane, a cannabis-focused digital media company started by rap legend Snoop Dogg, who once passed a weed collection bucket through the crowd at a concert in Eureka.

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Protesters Try to Block Lighthouse Move

Posted By on Thu, Dec 28, 2017 at 10:27 AM

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A handful of protesters scaled the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse before daybreak this morning in an effort to block its scheduled move next week.

The historic lighthouse, which is on unsteady ground in the midst of an active landslide and in danger of tumbling to the rocky shoreline below, has long been a point of contention for some local tribes. Earlier this month, the Trinidad Civic Club, which owns the lighthouse, announced emergency plans to move the lighthouse about 20 feet to the east onto firmer ground.

But the lighthouse sits on a traditional Yurok village site, Tsurai, which includes a cemetery, and the Yurok Tribe issued a scathing press release earlier this month likening the lighthouse to a Confederate monument and noting that the cemetery it sits atop is occupied in part by Yuroks killed by white settlers.

Lucas Garcia, one of the protesters currently occupying the lighthouse, says native people’s voices were ignored or cut out of discussions about what to do about the failing lighthouse.

“I’m actually a direct descendent from the village of Tsurai and I’m here to protect what we have left and to protect my ancestors who are buried right below where the lighthouse is,” Garcia says. “This temporary solution isn’t a solution. This move is only going to further harm the cultural resources present at the site.”

Currently, the protesters say a construction crew beneath them is continuing to prepare the lighthouse to be moved by crane to the new site next week as more than a half dozen Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputies stand by. Sheriff William Honsal says he has no plans to intervene or disturb the protest at this point.

“We’re there monitoring the situation right now,” he says. “They’re peacefully protesting. We’re talking to them to make sure it stays peaceful. As long as it stays peaceful, we’re not going to interfere.”

Trinidad Civic Club Chair Patti Fleschner says the move is an attempt to save both the lighthouse and the village site below. "This is an attempt to preserve and protect these two important historic Trinidad sites," she says. In an interview with the Lost Coast Outpost earlier this month, she said the lighthouse, which includes a monument to 238 people buried at sea, is "iconic for the whole county" and is a "sacred place, just as the ancient Tsurai Village is a sacred place."

Stanton Wood, one of the protesters who used to live in Trinidad and says he’s followed the situation closely, says they want to see the project put on hold so all interested parties can return to the negotiating table to find a solution that addresses tribal concerns. The protest is being streamed on Facebook live here, and Garcia urges those concerned about the planned move to get involved.

“Just come out and show support,” he says. “All we’re asking for is a dialogue for our people to be heard.”

For some background on the issue, see dueling press releases sent out by the Yurok Tribe and the Trinidad Rancheria copied below these pictures from local photographer Mark McKenna.


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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

A Deadly Year in Humboldt: 2017 Marks Record for Road Deaths

Posted By on Tue, Dec 26, 2017 at 4:12 PM

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The holiday weekend passed without a single motor vehicle death, a rarity for our often rainy and treacherous roads (the Arcata California Highway Patrol office did report nine DUI arrests and five total crashes). But Humboldt County still exceeds the national average on two tragic statistics: Motor vehicle deaths and accidental overdoses.

As the Journal went to press on Tuesday, Dec. 26, the coroner’s log for the year included a total of 34 deaths related to motor vehicle accidents. Astute readers will note that this is three more than the Journal estimated on Dec. 14, when we reported that Dwight “Dirty Dave” Davis, a beloved member of the local biker scene, was struck by an allegedly drunk driver while crossing West Harris Street on foot, making him what we thought was the 31st roadway death of the year. There are a few reasons for this discrepancy: The coroner will occasionally record deaths of people we don’t get press releases about, or record deaths for people who don’t die immediately on scene, but pass away later, such as Lee Price, whose vehicle struck a tree on Oct. 15, but only died from his injuries on Nov. 16. Ultimately, with six days left in a very grim year, we totaled 34, three more than the 2012 record of 31.

Why? Paul Craft, public information officer for the California Highway Patrol’s Arcata station, believes that last year’s very wet weather may have been a contributing factor.

“It’s been an odd year,” Craft told the Journal. “A really bad year throughout the winter. Combined with road closures, and mudslides – this is more of a personal observation – but it changed the dynamics of who was travelling, when and where to. It was just a different type of year.”

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The Ugly Holiday Sweater Fun Run in Photos

Posted By on Tue, Dec 26, 2017 at 8:41 AM

Clearly winning Christmas. - MARK LARSON
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  • Clearly winning Christmas.
The third Friday of December is now officially National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day – a clothing statement even non-Christians can wear. Our local second annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Fun Run was held Dec. 17 on the Arcata Plaza as a fundraiser for Humboldt Educare and organized by Arcata Main Street.

Given Humboldt Educate was the fundraising recipient, it was no surprise that a large number of youngsters, along with adults of all ages, participated in the 1-mile and 5-kilometer runs. Their ugly sweaters reflected a wide range of cute, naughty or nice and funny home-made creativity as well as selections purchased on the Internet.

Prizes were given out in a mix of categories for the "ugly" apparel. In the 1-mile run, Braden Dyar, 18, was the first male to cross the finish line (8:41) and Ruth Godline-Sullivan was the first female (8:42). Krystal Mendez was the first female to cross the finish line in the 5k (20:14) and Jasper Severn was the first male (18:11).

Whether you need a bit of motivation to lace up your shoes and go work off some of that holiday bounty or are just hungry for a bit of Christmas nostalgia as you pack up the decorations, take a look back at this slideshow from Mark Larson.


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Friday, December 22, 2017

Remembering Those Lost in the Helicopter Crash of the '64 Flood

Posted By on Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 2:44 PM

MH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilots from Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay honor those lost in a helicopter crash 53 years ago today. - COURTESY OF THE COAST GUARD
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  • MH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilots from Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay honor those lost in a helicopter crash 53 years ago today.
The Coast Guard held a ceremony today to honor those killed on this date 53 years ago when the helicopter they were in went down in severe weather during a rescue mission amid the devastating flood of 1964.

Three crew members, Lt. Cmdr. Donald Prince, Royal Canadian Navy Sub-Lt. Allen Leonard Alltree and Petty Officer 2nd Class James A. Nininger, Jr., and citizen volunteer Bud Hansen had saved 10 flood survivors before they died with evacuees Marie Bahnsen, Betty Kemp and Kemp's 20-month-old daughter, Melanie, when the aircraft crashed near Strawberry Rock in Trinidad.

They were among the 24 people, including 19 in Humboldt County, who lost their lives in the disaster after a massive storm some 500-miles wide unleashed torrents of water down on the North Coast, swelling already swollen rivers that washed away whole towns, never to be rebuilt.

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Kelly Neel Tapped as Next Superior Court Judge

Posted By on Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 12:23 PM

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There’s a new judge in town.

Gov. Jerry Brown just announced that he appointed Deputy Public Defender Kelly Neel to the Humboldt County Superior Court judgeship being vacated by Judge Timothy Cissna, who is retiring next month after nearly two decades on the bench.

“I’m just speechless,” Neel said when reached by the Journal. “I am genuinely excited to be able to continue being a public servant but in this new capacity. I’m thrilled.”

Soft-spoken but with a reputation for being smart and relentless in the courtroom, Neel, 47, is well respected around the county courthouse, having spent stints in the offices of the district attorney, county counsel and the public defender. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law, Neel has spent the bulk of her time in Humboldt County working for the district attorney’s office, where she worked up to the title of assistant district attorney, a role she held for four years before departing in 2015. Since then, Neel has worked as a deputy public defender.

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UPDATE: Ferndale Truck Driver Who Died Mendocino Crash Identified

Posted By on Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 10:40 AM

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UPDATE: The Mendocino County Coroner's office has identified the driver as Ronald Machado.

Previously:

An unidentified Ferndale man driving a Peterbilt logging truck died yesterday after leaving U.S. Highway 101 just north of Leggett and colliding with a tree. The truck was driving northbound when it left its lane and side swiped a Ram pickup being driven by Randell Morgan, of Fortuna, according to a California Highway Patrol press release. It is not known why the truck went over the double yellow lines but it continued across the highway, leaving the west shoulder to collide with a power pole and then a large redwood tree. The name of the driver of the logging truck, a Ferndale man, is being withheld, pending notification of his family. The collision report notes that he was not wearing a seatbelt and that impairment is not believed to be a factor. According to the report, he was trapped in the vehicle and died at the scene.

The Ram pick up also collided with another vehicle, a Honda CR-V, but the drivers of both vehicles were uninjured. A Winco foods truck also collided with the downed power lines. The highway was closed for two and a half hours, opening to one lane traffic control at 4 p.m.


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