Tuesday, February 6, 2018

UPDATED: Sheriff's Office Pulls Body from Van Duzen River

Posted By on Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 9:21 AM


According to a press release from the sheriff's office, deputies recovered a male body from the Van Duzen River, near the south side of the Van Duzen River bank, located "approximately 1000 feet from the mouth of the river." An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 7.


The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office confirmed that deputies retrieved a body from the Van Duzen River this afternoon at around 4 p.m. A citizen reported seeing a body in the water of the Eel River near Fortuna at 11:48 this morning, and deputies were dispatched to the Van Duzen Bridge in the Grizzly Bluff area.

Samantha Karges, spokesperson for the sheriff's office, was not able to offer more details this afternoon except to say the "original report of the body being female may be incorrect" and that she was waiting for official word from the deputy coroner.

According to an earlier email from Karges, the body was difficult to find as it was in a "very difficult location for emergency responders to access."

The initial reporting party described the body as having "been deceased for some time."

Editor's note: This post originally stated that the body was found in the Eel River, based on initial reports. It has been corrected to reflect an accurate location.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

How to Get Involved 101

Posted By on Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 3:18 PM

“How do we get rid of the ‘old boys club?” was the first question posed at Sunday’s Run, Serve, Lead! conference hosted by North Coast People’s Alliance to educate residents about becoming involved in the political landscape.

The alliance grew out of the local efforts to elect Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sander to office.

The event’s panel included College of the Redwoods Trustee Danny Kelley, Arcata Mayor Sofia Pereira, Ferndale City Councilman Patrick O’Rourke, former Supervisor Clif Clendenen and immigration rights activist Renee Saucedo, who each shared their unique experiences and thoughts on local government.

“Forget about the good old boys,” advised Kelley, who defeated a nearly two-decade incumbent in November to take a seat on the college board. “Do what you think is right.”

Pereira gave the keynote speech at the event, which focused on how to prepare for mounting an election campaign or working on one, noting that everyone has “different experiences that are valuable to local government.”

“What’s that fire in your belly? What brought you here?” she asked the crowd of more than 100 gathered in the Multi-Generational Center in Fortuna.

Echoing a similar sentiment, Saucedo urged those in attendance to take the responsibility of governance into their own hands.

“The most meaningful change happens in this country when everyday people organize around issues they deeply care about,” she said.

O’Rourke agreed, saying involvement in local government starts with figuring out what talents and capabilities one has that can be useful to their community.

“It’s something you do from the heart,” he said.

Clendenen, meanwhile, also noted that the lack of depth many people have about the workings of their local government can be shocking.

“It’s a steep learning curve,” he said. “It makes for a better democracy when people understand their government.”

The alliance distributed information packets about how to become more involved, which are available online at northcoastpeoplesalliance.org.

NCPA Vice Chair and event coordinator Carrie Peyton-Dahlberg said the main aim was to encourage Humboldt residents to get involved, whether that means a full-fledged bid for office, a part-time role on a campaign or a couple hours a week of phone banking.

“If you have an hour or two, whatever time you’ve got, there’s something you can do,” she said.
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Crab Season Starts With Vessel Rescue, Fisherman Lost Overboard

Posted By on Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 12:44 PM

After spending 11 hours combing 700 square miles off the coast, the U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a crew member who fell off a crabbing boat in a tragic start to the commercial Dungeness season.

“It is with a heavy heart the Coast Guard makes the decision to suspend a search-and-rescue case,” Capt. Greg Fuller, the Sector Humboldt Bay commander, said in a release. “We extend our deepest condolences to this man’s loved ones and the entire fishing community.”

While the Coast Guard is not release the crew member’s name, the Redheaded Blackbelt’s Kym Kemp reported that family identified him as Bryan Scott Moore — also known as Bryan Moore Oberg — and posted his brother’s request for help in “any way to continue the search.”

Moore fell off the 47-foot commercial vessel Chief Joseph around 1:10 a.m. on Sunday along with another crew member, whom the captain was able to pull back on board. Moore has not been found.

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