Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Fatal Crash on Myrtle Avenue

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 4:07 PM

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A 24-year-old Eureka man was killed today after his pickup truck crossed into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a tractor trailer, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash, which occurred just before noon on Myrtle Avenue north of Pigeon Point Drive, closed the road for more than two hours. The unidentified driver of the pickup truck died at St. Joseph Hospital.

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Eureka Council to Tackle Needle Regulation

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 12:38 PM

Needles discarded in a homeless camp. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Needles discarded in a homeless camp.
The Eureka City Council is expected to vote on an ordinance Tuesday that may offer more oversight of syringe exchange programs within city limits. Syringe or needle exchange has become a hot button issue in recent months, with some residents blaming the harm reduction programs for large amounts of discarded needles on public property.  (A Journal analysis in October found that about 7,000 needles go unaccounted for each month. Read more here.)

Bill No. 950-C.S., titled the Syringe Management Ordinance, is intended to provide "a degree of local control over Syringe Exchange Programs-SEPs," according to the language on the agenda summary, which was prepared by City Manager Greg Sparks.

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Feds Considering Protections for Klamath Spring Chinook

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 8:56 AM

A spring run Chinook in the Salmon River. - PHOTO BY NATHANIEL PENNINGTON
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  • A spring run Chinook in the Salmon River.
The National Marine Fisheries Service today triggered a 12-month review process on whether the Klamath River’s spring Chinook should be listed as endangered after finding the Karuk Tribe and Salmon River Restoration Council presented scientific evidence showing the “actions may be warranted.”

And the decision may very well rest in part on a cache of age-old fish bones found inside a cave in the Klamath Upper basin — with some dating back 5,000 years — where the so-called “springers” once swam before a series of dams blocked their way.

By comparing the remnants of those long-discarded catches to modern fish from the Salmon River, a team of University of California at Davis researchers was able to show a genetic mutation found in the today’s springers was evident in the past — an important component in showing the fish are "evolutionary distinct unit" from their fall counterparts.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Board of Supervisors Declare Shelter Crisis

Posted By on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 12:06 PM

A camp on the Eureka waterfront. - FILE
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  • A camp on the Eureka waterfront.
Following more than a month of meetings and deliberation by an ad hoc committee and intense public comment on the issue, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously today to declare a shelter crisis and create a committee to explore housing trust funds and solutions to homelessness.

The decision, which came after over an hour of deliberation and public comment, was greeted with applause, although it's ultimate utility – as noted by First District Supervisor Rex Bohn  – is unclear.

"Eureka has had a declarations for two years and it hasn’t done much," Bohn said. "We can make all the declarations we want but we have to do something and work together."

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Gov. Appoints Another HumCo Judge

Posted By on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 12:03 PM

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California Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed county Conflict Counsel Kaleb Cockrum to step in as Humboldt County’s next superior court judge.

Cockrum, 43, will step into the seat vacated by the retirement of Judge Marilyn Miles, who retired in July. He is the third new judge Brown has appointed to the Humboldt County bench since May, following Greg Elvine-Kreis and Kelly Neel.

The appointment does, however, represent another blow for the Humboldt County Public Defender’s Office, which Cockrum currently heads in an interim capacity and which lost Neel to a judgeship earlier this year.

Cockrum has served as the supervising attorney in the Humboldt County Conflict Counsel’s Office since early last year. He previously worked as a deputy public defender for 13 years.

Brown’s appointment brings the Humboldt County bench up to almost full strength, though Judge John Feeney has announced he will retire next month, creating another vacancy.

Read the full release from Brown's office here.

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Huffman Cosponsors Articles of Impeachment

Posted By on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 10:38 AM

Jared Huffman. - CONGRESS
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Citing his pledge to "support and defend the Constitution," North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman has cosponsored a resolution with five articles of impeachment against U.S. President Donald J. Trump. The Articles of Impeachment were introduced by Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen in November.

Huffman has been an active critic of Trump, consistently criticizing and insulting him on social media, and has been beating the impeachment drum since his inauguration in January of 2017. In the past year, Huffman has criticized Trump's approach to healthcare, offshore oil drilling, disaster funding and has also joined a federal lawsuit intended to force Trump to disclose financial documents that may reveal whether or not he is in violation of the emoluments clause.

The articles of impeachment, which can be found here, cite Trump's alleged interference with the U.S. Justice Department's investigation into his ties with Russia, violations of the emoluments clause and engagement in "a pattern of conduct designed to undermine the freedom of the press."

"President Trump has shown contempt for the institutions and safeguards that are essential to the rule of law and the proper functioning of our democracy," Huffman said in his statement. "That is precisely the situation that the rare remedy of impeachment was intended to address.”

Editor's note: This blog was updated to reflect more accurate information about when Rep. Cohen first announced the articles of impeachment.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

UPDATE: Preliminary Autopsy Results For Centerville Beach Body

Posted By on Mon, Feb 26, 2018 at 11:50 AM

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UPDATE: The body has been confirmed as  male, but its identity is pending. According to the sheriff's office, preliminary autopsy results show signs of death consistent with drowning.

Previously:

An autopsy is scheduled tomorrow to help determine the identity and cause of death of a body found Saturday afternoon on Centerville Beach, approximately a quarter of a mile from the mouth of the Eel River.

The sheriff's office declined to give any additional information about the body, which was described as "severely decomposed."

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Bid to Alter Squireses' Bankruptcy Case Cites 'Gross Mismanagement'

Posted By on Sat, Feb 24, 2018 at 7:33 AM

The Squireses' 833 H St. property, which has since been boarded up by the city. - FILE
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  • The Squireses' 833 H St. property, which has since been boarded up by the city.
A federal judge is set to consider a motion Wednesday to lift Floyd and Betty Squires’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection or convert the couple’s case to Chapter 7 based on claims of “gross mismanagement of the estate.”

The request is being made by the Office of the U.S. Trustee, part of the Department of Justice, which essentially acts as a watchdog agency for the proceedings.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Unidentified Remains Found by Hiker Near Petrolia

Posted By on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 2:57 PM

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Officials believe the unidentified person whose body was found by a hiker in the Mattole Beach area on Wednesday afternoon died some time ago, according to a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release.

An autopsy has been scheduled for Friday.

Few details were immediately available, including whether the remains were those of a man or a woman. Officials are asking anyone with information to contact the sheriff’s office.


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McKinley Statue is Coming Down, But Not Quite Yet

Posted By on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 2:50 PM

The statue of President William McKinley. - FILE
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  • The statue of President William McKinley.
Arcata Councilmember Paul Pitino didn't waste any time after listening to nearly three hours of public comment on whether the statue of President William McKinley and an offensive plaque should come down from the Plaza.

“I’d like to get right into it and say I’d like to make a motion to remove the statue and store it somewhere … and remove the plaque,” he said immediately after the matter landed back before the council.

Councilmember Susan Ornelas piped in with a quick second. And, just like that, the stage was set.

While a bit more discussion would follow, and the removal of the statue and the plaque would ultimately be separated into two motions, the council summarily decided to dramatically change the city’s center on Wednesday.

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