Monday, July 2, 2018

Crabs Crunch Expos

Posted By on Mon, Jul 2, 2018 at 4:39 PM

Crabs players celebrate Cowboy Night too! They're just like us! - HUMBOLDT CRABS FACEBOOK
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  • Crabs players celebrate Cowboy Night too! They're just like us!

Over choruses of “O Canada” and riotous, bench-pouding cheers, the Crabs completed a sweep of the California Expos (née Montreal) Sunday afternoon. In the 10th inning, third baseman Wesley Ghan-Gibson punched a walk-off double over the Expos center fielder and sent the Expos on a quiet bus ride back to Central California (a cruel fate, indeed).

Two days earlier, I rushed down the stairs past dozens of folks patiently waiting in line as the first pitch was being thrown out. From the cheers I heard, it was a real heater. I was late (for no good reason) and desperately worried that my precious heckle section would be chock to the gills full of town criers. After all, it was the weekend before Independence Day and some folks gotta work, y’know. But as it turns out, 782 people fit quite comfortably into the Arcata Ball Park and my spectator friends are more responsible than I am.

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Updated: Pawnee Fire Closes Sections of Highway 20

Posted By and on Sat, Jun 30, 2018 at 7:47 PM

A Sikorsky helicopter prepares to refill its water hold to combat the Pawnee Fire earlier this week. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • A Sikorsky helicopter prepares to refill its water hold to combat the Pawnee Fire earlier this week.
The Pawnee Fire exploded this afternoon and has closed sections of Highway 20 in Lake and Colusa counties, according to Caltrans. The agency's Facebook page states, “SR 20 has been closed from the junction of SR 53 in Lake County to SR 16 in Colusa County. Caltrans will reopen the highway as soon as it is safe, but there is no estimated time right now."

According to a Calfire update at 7 p.m. today, the wildfire stands at 13,850 acres and is 73 percent contained, with full containment expected on July 3. So far, 22 structures have been destroyed, six damaged and another 50 are currently threatened. One firefighter has been injured.

"Due to Red Flag conditions, fire activity has increased," the update states.

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Protesters Say 'Enough is Enough' at Families Belong Together Rally

Posted By on Sat, Jun 30, 2018 at 3:08 PM

Protesters march down Third Street as part of today's Families Belong Together rally in Old Town Eureka. - CHUCK LEISHMAN
  • Chuck Leishman
  • Protesters march down Third Street as part of today's Families Belong Together rally in Old Town Eureka.
A diverse crowd of protesters stretching some three city blocks made their way through the streets of Old Town Eureka this morning, peacefully decrying the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy at the border and demanding the reunification of separated families.

As they wound along the route, marchers held aloft handmade signs, some reading “In our America Love is Love,” “Where are all the babies and children?” and "Together we fight for all,” amid the chants of “I.C.E, I.C.E, go away. Caging children is not OK.” and “Hey, hey. Ho, ho. I. C. E. has got to go.”

Similar Families Belong Together protests took place across the country today, with more than 700 planned from coast to coast. Local organizers put early  estimates of the turnout in Eureka near 3,000.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Pedestrian Killed in Private Driveway Accident

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 10:59 PM

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A pedestrian was killed in Bayside on Friday evening when she reportedly tried to grab onto a pickup truck on a private driveway.

The California Highway Patrol is withholding the identity of the 5o-year-old Bayside woman was was killed until her family can be notified.

According to the CHP, a 53-year-old Bayside man was driving his 2002 Dodge pickup truck down a driveway off Golf Course Road near Bayside when the woman reportedly ran up from behind the truck and tried to grab onto its side.

"As she did so, she slipped and was run over by the left rear tire of the pickup," the release states, adding that she was pronounced dead at a local hospital.


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Crabs Bomb Three Homers in Series Against B-52s

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Crabs players show off their Blue uniforms. Home-run champ of the series, #40 Ramon Enriquez far right. - MATT FILAR
  • Matt Filar
  • Crabs players show off their Blue uniforms. Home-run champ of the series, #40 Ramon Enriquez far right.

Attention 101-South drivers: The Crabs have corked their bats and the Samoa exit is no longer safe during game time. Back home from their longest and final road trip of the year, our favorite arthropods pummeled their south bay brethren, the B-52s, in a two-game series.

The Battle of the Safety Corridor commenced Tuesday evening, with the Crab Grass Band in attendance (they typically play Wednesdays) and vociferous hecklers peppered throughout the bleachers (as always). This is the first true series and only the fourth game ever played between these two squads.

Seahawk-green ballcaps stick out in a sea of blue and red, so it’s easy to spot the away fans, a rare sight at the Arcata Ballpark. And they were out in good number throughout the bleachers. What surprised me is that they didn’t all sit together. Now perhaps that’s simple pragmatism, open-seating makes organization difficult. But wouldn’t you — 7 miles into enemy territory — seek out like-hatted people? It could be cool to see a B-52 section in future games, even if it backfires spectacularly. Tensions can be high in these games, as the B-52s are a more local team and many parents make the jaunt northward to see their sons take the field and Crabbie hecklers can sometimes delight in the audience.

The Crabs wasted no time putting runs on the board, as first baseman Ramon

First baseman Ramon Enriquez celebrates a home run - MATT FILAR
  • Matt Filar
  • First baseman Ramon Enriquez celebrates a home run

Enriquez (who went 3-4 on the day and plays with great style, later tossing the ball through his legs into his throwing hand after an easy out) crushed a solo shot into the City Hall parking lot. This would trigger a 14-hit, nine-run avalanche and a decisive victory in which every Crab clocked at least one hit.

In the fourth inning, B-52s first baseman and former Crabs MVP, Jeff Giacomini
lumbered  his way into a double on a decisive fly ball to center field. A single
by pitcher/designated hitter (a praiseworthy combo) Tommy Gale pushed Giacomini over to third. With two outs and runners on the corners, a passed ball error saw Giacomini roaring down the third base line and sliding in under the glove to tie the game and give the B-52s their only run of the game.

The game was tied but the Crabs had no intention of leaving it that way. Back-to-back singles by Enriquez and third baseman Chase Larsen put runners on the corners with no outs. A sacrifice fly by O’Boy brought Enriquez home and the lead back to Arcata. 2-1 Crabs.

Two quick innings ensued, but drama wasn’t far off. After an easy pop-out to Enriquez, the B-52s loaded the bases on three straight singles. Pitcher Chris Brown, however, wasn’t phased and easily struck out the next batter. The B-52s called up a pinch hitter. The Crabs outfield set up deep to track down any potential
extra-base hits. And then the worst happened. Pinch hitter James Garcia looped
a fly ball to mid-left field. But McCarthy Tatum, all but wearing Superman’s cape, came screaming in and made a diving catch to save the inning
and the lead. It was — I am not exaggerating here — the most spectacular play
I’ve ever seen at a Crab’s game. If there’s a team Golden Glove award, give it to Tatum. If there isn’t, make one and give it to him.

#22 McCarthy Tatum steals second - MATT FILAR
  • Matt Filar
  • #22 McCarthy Tatum steals second

The bottom of the seventh saw the Crabs pull away. Crabs catcher O’Boy rocked a double to right field, center fielder Kellen Strahm reached on straightaway bunt that pushed O’Boy to third. Former B-52s player Koko Figueiredo was walked to load the bases. A Jackson Kritch walk brought O’Boy home and Tatum followed
up with a sacrifice fly to score Strahm and chalk up the first out of the inning. An infield single by right fielder Connor Blair brought home Figueiredo and Kritch. Blair would be caught stealing second and, after a long at-bat, Larsen popped out to center field to end the inning.

Undeterred by a commanding lead, the Crabs quickly dispatched with the B-52s and came back up to bat. O’Boy got beaned, Strahm singled, Figueiredo walked, Kritch hit a two-run infield single and Tatum hit his second sacrifice fly of the night to drive in the final run. It was three-up, three-up down for the B-52s in the top of the ninth, ending the game on a looking strike three. It was 9-1 Crabs.


Wednesday night’s game was a speedy two-and-a-half-hour affair that had more balls hit F Street than land in play. Three Crabs pitchers combined to throw a 9-0 shutout, with starter Zach Wallace throwing seven strong innings, striking out six.

It was also local cannabis-based medicinal company Papa & Barkley’s company
party. They rented out the left field recreation area and brought many amenities. Fresh cooked wings, delicious iced tea and cucumber-lemon water, free massages with CBD oil. It looked like a great time and they sponsored the 50-50 drawing.

The Crabs got out the gate even earlier, putting two runs up in the first inning.
Bronson Grubbs drove Strahm home on a double. Tatum singled and brought Grubbs home. The B-52s struggled to get a runner past second base and very few of their innings had more than four batters see the plate. The middle innings
breezed by, neither team able to capitalize on their opportunities. It wasn’t until the seventh inning that something happened. And boy did it happen.

Crabs shortstop Santiago Cantu walked on five pitches. Strahm took the plate and
waited out a 3-1 count before seeing a pitch he liked, crushing it over the left field wall and onto the Samoa Boulevard exit. Grubbs got beaned before the crowd had even settled and, whaddaya know, Figueiredo got walked. Tatum grounded into the second out, but that would quickly be forgotten. Ramon Enriquez, the first baseman with flair, hacked away at pitcher Craig Broadman for a while before jacking a three-run homer over the right field wall. The stands erupted, hundreds of ounces of beer were spilled, I almost fell out of the bleachers. Two more runs in the bottom of the eighth was, admittedly, a bit gratuitous — but this isn’t tee-ball. Crabs took the game 9-0 and swept the series. Bringing their all-time record against the B-52s to 3-2. Let’s get some games at Bomber Field next year.

Upcoming Games
Crabs play at home for the remainder of the season, so look for games Tuesday and Wednesday, and Friday through Sunday. They play the California Expos this weekend June 29-July 1. It's Koozie Night Friday, sponsored by Mad River Brewing Company.

Cheers and Jeers
Cheers to Papa & Barkley, for donating bandanas with their logo. It will certainly be the most confiscated giveaway of the year, when parents go home and look them up.

Jeers to the really drunk, really aggro B-52s fan who couldn’t leave the Wednesday night game without flipping the stands the bird and challenging us all to a fight. Worst of all, he heckled Crusty! Your girlfriend looked super embarrassed as you got kicked out. (This brings the total kick-outs on the season to seven.)

A huge, belated Cheers to Liam Warner, for scoring every game and making my job immeasurably easier. I hope Marvin Bagley III works out for your Kings, Liam.

Heckle of the Series
After a particularly unlucky cut by a B-52s batter, someone shouted, “My parents swing better than you!”

Stories, heckles, cheers & jeers, salutations or censures can be sent to sports@northcoastjournal.com



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91 Year Old Killed in Arcata Dog Attack

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 4:45 PM

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A 91-year-old man was killed in a dog attack in Arcata on June 25, according to the Humboldt County Coroner's Office.

According to a press release, Donald Steele sustained fatal injuries consistent with a dog attack. His manner of death has been deemed "accidental."

The dog that allegedly attacked Steele was taken into the custody of Humboldt County Animal Control, according to the release. It tested negative for rabies and was euthanized June 28 under orders from the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services.

Arcata police continue to investigate the case and asks that anyone with inquires or information call 822-2428.

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Families Belong Together Rally in Eureka on Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 2:38 PM

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A local Families Belong Together rally will join hundreds of others taking place across the country Saturday to protest the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a “zero tolerance” approach by the Trump administration that has left thousand of children in detention centers away from their parents.

The march is scheduled to begin at Madaket Plaza, the foot of C Street, at 10 a.m. with a Native blessing and presentations before moving along the Boardwalk and through Old Town Eureka, including a stop at the local Department of Homeland Security office, according to a release from organizers.

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'Definite Plan' for Klamath Dam Removals Filed

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 12:44 PM

Irongate Dam on the upper Klamath River. - FILE
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  • Irongate Dam on the upper Klamath River.
The “definite plan” for removing four dams from the Klamath River has been filed with the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission, providing a detailed blue print for how the largest river restoration project in U.S. history will unfold.

“We have completed a major milestone through the development and filing of this plan,” said Mark Bransom, executive director of Klamath River Renewal Corporation. “KRRC has developed this plan with tremendous respect for the complexity of the project and with extraordinary care in its efforts to enhance benefits and minimize impacts to local communities. I am proud of this achievement and I look forward to the next steps in the regulatory review process.”

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Traffic Alert: 101 Closed North Of Leggett

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2018 at 10:45 PM

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U.S. Highway 101 is closed at mile marker 92, just north of Leggett, after power lines fell into the roadway at approximately 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to a California Highway Patrol spokesperson. The downed lines caused a small fire and traffic was stopped.

According to a Caltrans update at around 10:30 p.m., there are no detours and the highway may be closed for several hours.

Facebook post from Caltrans:
U.S. Highway 101 is fully closed just north of the Leggett due to a  downed tree and power lines. Caltrans crews are waiting for PG&E to  reach the scene and de-energize the power lines so the tree can be removed. There is no detour, and the highway may be closed for a few  hours.
Editor's note: This report first appeared on www.kymkemp.com and is reposted here with permission.
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Humboldt Crews Battling Pawnee Fire Save Vineyard (Slideshow)

Posted By and on Wed, Jun 27, 2018 at 2:50 PM

Chris Mitchell, left, and Arly Allen watch the progress of the fire as it slowly burns towards a private road on the Cache Creek Winery in Lake County. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Chris Mitchell, left, and Arly Allen watch the progress of the fire as it slowly burns towards a private road on the Cache Creek Winery in Lake County.
Some 2,700 firefighters from around the state, including the Humboldt County Strike Team, are battling the Pawnee Fire burning north of the Lake County community of Clearlake Oaks, which as of this morning was 25 percent contained with 13,500 acres burned, according to Calfire.

To date, 22 structures have been destroyed in the fire that started on the evening of June 23 while another 600 are threatened. The cause remains under investigation, according to Calfire, and there is no predicated date for full containment.

The Humboldt County Strike Team, which includes crews from the Arcata Fire, Blue Lake Fire, Humboldt Bay Fire, Miranda Volunteer Fire and Briceland Volunteer Fire departments, is led by Humboldt Bay Fire Battalion Chief Kent Hulbert. Yesterday, the strike team successfully kept the Pawnee Fire from burning the carefully tended vines of the Cache Creek Winery.


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