Friday, August 31, 2018

SR 299 Lanes Reopen after Crash

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 8:49 PM

Berry Summit traffic cam. - CALTRANS
  • Caltrans
  • Berry Summit traffic cam.
At approximately 7:20 p.m., two vehicles collided at Vista Point on Berry Summit on State Route 299. Traffic lanes were reopened around 8:30 p.m. after being closed due to the accident, according to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page.

A Toyota 4-Runner and a Chevrolet Silverado struck front ends, according to the same source. One was pulling a boat on a trailer.

Two ambulances were requested, according to a dispatcher speaking over the scanner.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was directing traffic.
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Tensions Mount in Rainbow Ridge Protests

Posted By and on Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 3:46 PM

Several days of protests over plans to log in a grove that contains old growth Douglas fir on Rainbow Ridge reached a peak just before 3 p.m. yesterday after demonstrators blocked the southernmost exit/entrance from U.S. Highway 101 to Scotia and the Humboldt Redwood Company Lumber Mill.

Video by Earth First in Humboldt uploaded to YouTube and embedded above shows a trucker with empty trailers driving through a large banner — held by two protesters who were blocking Main Street — in order to enter the highway.

Another video uploaded to YouTube by Rick Shreve, an environmental activist, and embedded below shows a trucker hauling logs arguing with protesters, including one who stepped up onto the semi.

The California Highway Patrol incident page shows the agency received several calls about the blockade that forced truckers to stop on the exits. CHP also received reports that demonstrators were climbing onto the trucks.

Humboldt Redwood Company Forest Policy Director John Andersen said protests have been occurring on and off for the last week or so. But he said that when protesters started moving to block the freeway on and off ramps, safety became a concern and the company called police.

Several law enforcement agencies were dispatched to the scene but protesters dispersed before they arrived.

"We have no problem with people protesting," Andersen said. "But safety is very important to us."

Andersen said the company tries to be transparent, offering to take anyone who is curious about its operations "out to the woods to see firsthand what we do." As to Rainbow Ridge — an 18,000-acre swath of property located on the headwaters of the upper and lower forks of the Mattole River on which the company has approved timber harvest plans — he reiterated that no old growth trees or stands will be cut, though he said the company does have plans to begin logging in "late summer or early fall."

He also confirmed that auditors with the Forest Stewardship Council will be making a site visit in September, during which they will take a look at Rainbow Ridge and the company's harvest plans.

Editor's note: A version of this report first appeared on It is reposted here with permission.
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UPDATE: Fires Breaking Out Along SR 299

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 1:56 PM

According to CalFire Battalion Chief Paul Savory, the fire's forward progress has been stopped at 2.5 acres. Crews are currently mopping up but the threat to structures has been mitigated. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

According to the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services, westbound traffic on State Route 299 is currently being diverted due to the fire in the vicinity of Glendale Road. Motorists are also asked "to stay off Glendale Road while fire crews are working."

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Teen Arrested After 1.5 Pounds of Heroin Found in Hidden Car Compartment

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 12:34 PM

Heroin found in a hidden compartment of a car. - HCDTF
  • Heroin found in a hidden compartment of a car.
A 17-year-old boy who law enforcement officials believe was “employed by a drug trafficking organization” was arrested earlier this week after Humboldt County Drug Task Force agents reported finding 1.5 pounds of heroin in a hidden compartment of the car he was driving.

According to a release, the agents were conducting an investigation Tuesday at a residence on the 5200 block of Cummings Road in Eureka when the teen was seen parking in the driveway.

He was contacted by the agents and detained while an investigator from the district attorney’s office and a K9 were called to the scene. The dog alerted law enforcement to narcotics in the vehicle and a search yielded the false compartment with the heroin inside, according to the release.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Flatmo's Dragon Slays at the Smithsonian

Posted By and on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Duane Flatmo, Tin Pan Dragon, 2006. - PHOTO BY LIBBY WEILER
  • Photo by Libby Weiler
  • Duane Flatmo, Tin Pan Dragon, 2006.
Editor's note: With Black Rock City once again rising up amid the great sandscape of Nevada’s desert expanse, we thought now would be a good time to take another look at the fantastical work of Humboldt County’s own Duane Flatmo, whose dragon creation is part of the Smithsonian’s No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man exhibit on the annual gathering.

The title is inspired by a longstanding “no spectators” saying at the event, according to curator Nora Atkinson, who organized the exhibit in collaboration with the nonprofit that puts on Burning Man, in an article on the Smithsonian website.

"It’s all about being there, being fully present, and not just observing,” Atkinson says in the article. “Two of the 10 principles of Burning Man are radical participation and radical inclusivity, meaning that there are no outsiders. Everyone is part of the experience.”

The reign of Flatmo’s dragon in the Renwick Gallery, located just steps from the White House, is drawing to end Sept. 16 but below you'll find a look back at arts and features editor Jennifer Fumiko Cahill’s coverage when the artist and B
urning Man aficionado was readying for the show in November of 2017.

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