Sunday, September 30, 2018

HumLook: Cows, Elk and a War Moth

Posted By on Sun, Sep 30, 2018 at 2:00 PM

A cow takes a moment from grazing to take in the sea breeze coming off the Pacific Ocean on Wildcat Road overlooking Capetown Ranch, about midway between Ferndale and Petrolia. - JOSE QUEZADA
  • Jose Quezada
  • A cow takes a moment from grazing to take in the sea breeze coming off the Pacific Ocean on Wildcat Road overlooking Capetown Ranch, about midway between Ferndale and Petrolia.
Local photographer Jose Quezada has launched a pair of new websites, HumSport and HumLook, showcasing the work of a team of local photographers. Photographers will be uploading galleries of photos on both sites regularly, showcasing their best images of local sports, cultural events and landscapes. High-resolution downloads of the images are also available for $5 apiece.

The Journal is partnering with Quezada and the sites to bring you regular slideshows offering a glimpse of what these photographers have captured. The below slideshow is from HumLook. To see more or to purchase downloads of any of these images, visit www.HumLook.com.

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HumSport: Your Week in Sports Photos

Posted By on Sun, Sep 30, 2018 at 9:46 AM

Fortuna High School Husky Levi Nyberg carries the ball for big - yardage in front of a homecoming crowd against the previously unbeaten Del Norte Warriors. Fortuna won the Friday night game, 62-32. - JOSE QUEZADA
  • Jose Quezada
  • Fortuna High School Husky Levi Nyberg carries the ball for big yardage in front of a homecoming crowd against the previously unbeaten Del Norte Warriors. Fortuna won the Friday night game, 62-32.

Local photographer Jose Quezada has launched a pair of new websites, HumSport and HumLook, showcasing the work of local photographers. Photographers will be uploading galleries of photos on both sites regularly, showcasing their best images of local sports, cultural events and landscapes. High-resolution downloads of the images are also available for $5 apiece.

The Journal is partnering with Quezada and the sites to bring you regular slideshows offering a glimpse of what these photographers have captured. The below slideshow is from HumSport. To see more or to purchase downloads of any of these images, visit www.HumSport.com.
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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Major 101 Crash North of Willits

Posted By on Sat, Sep 29, 2018 at 3:36 PM

A vehicle burns as onlookers attempt to remove lumber from the road. - PHOTO COURTESY OF  CHRIS BRANNAN
  • Photo courtesy of Chris Brannan
  • A vehicle burns as onlookers attempt to remove lumber from the road.
A major accident involving a car and a semi has closed U.S. Highway 101 north of Willits near Outlet Creek, according to a witness at the scene.

The crash caused the vehicle to catch fire with at least one person inside and the semi spilled an entire load of lumber across the roadway.

Southern Humboldt resident Chris Brannan told Kym Kemp of Redheaded Blackbelt that he was one of the first on the scene, saying, “We all ran down with fire extinguishers and started pulling the wood off of the road to get the emergency vehicles a lane … while others pulled the bodies out and started CPR.”


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Thursday, September 27, 2018

We #BelieveChristine and All Survivors Rally in Arcata

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 4:22 PM

Protesters gathered on the Arcata Plaza in support of Christine Blasey Ford. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Protesters gathered on the Arcata Plaza in support of Christine Blasey Ford.

Some 40 people gathered at the Arcata Plaza today to show their support for Christine Blasey Ford, who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning about a high school party during which she says she was sexually assaulted by U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

There was also a minute of silence at the We #BelieveChristine and All Survivors noon rally to show solidarity with Ford and all those who have experienced sexual violence, often bearing the burden alone.

Some who attended carrying signs reading “Thank you, Dr. Ford” and “I Believe you Dr. Blasey Ford, Just as I Still Believe Dr. Hill,” while others held up their hands with the words “I Believe” written across the palms. See photographer Mark McKenna’s slideshow of the We #BelieveChristine and All Survivors gathering below.

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Huffman, Other Dems Call For Postponement of Kavanaugh Nomination Process

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 10:49 AM

Jared Huffman. - CONGRESS
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  • Jared Huffman.
On the same morning Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about a high school party at which she says U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, Congressman Jared Huffman called for his confirmation proceedings to be postponed.

In a letter signed by Huffman and 65 other Democratic members of Congress, the representatives called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to suspend the process until the FBI can conduct a thorough investigation into Ford’s account, as well as those of other women who have now come forward.

“We urge you to give these allegations the respect and seriousness they deserve,” the letter states. “Anything short of that is an insult to women and girls everywhere and sends a chilling message that survivors should not come forward because they will not be believed.”

Kavanaugh, who has denied the allegations, is scheduled to testify later today.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Mike Huckabee Sends Ferndale Some Love

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2018 at 6:29 PM

HUCKABEE
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So it turns out former Arkansas governor, radio host, minister and conservative political commentator Mike Huckabee has a show. It airs on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, where you can also tune in for Jesus the Game Changer. Huckabee features a segment called "Our Kind of Town," in which the folksy politico, who resigned from the Country Music Awards board after industry outcry over his anti-LBGTQ rhetoric, highlights a place that speaks to him. On Sept. 22 he featured our own beloved Ferndale, extolling the wholesome virtues of the Victorian Village over a nicely edited video featuring shots of holiday lights, local architecture and the finish line of the Kinetic Grand Championship, for which he tips his hat to Visit Ferndale and the Gingerbread Mansion. See the clip below.

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North Coast Night Lights: Houda Beach Cave

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2018 at 12:04 PM

The Milky Way rises from the horizon near the glow of the setting crescent moon outside of this hidden Houda Beach cave. Camel Rock’s silhouette is large on the horizon beside the glow of the setting crescent moon. Humboldt County, California. September 13, 2018. - DAVID WILSON
  • David Wilson
  • The Milky Way rises from the horizon near the glow of the setting crescent moon outside of this hidden Houda Beach cave. Camel Rock’s silhouette is large on the horizon beside the glow of the setting crescent moon. Humboldt County, California. September 13, 2018.

It was a low tide, a low moon, the cave and the Milky Way — long had I waited for this combination to come together. And when it did, somehow, I was there. All summer I’d watched the tides, waiting for a tide low enough for me to get to the cave safely sometime before midnight (hey, I get tired). But the idea had slipped from the forefront for a time and I hadn’t been watching the tides when the bug to go out hit me and I called my brother Seth for company on a photographic outing.
Near the cave’s entrance, Mars peeks over the edge as two rocks frame the Milky Way. - DAVID WILSON
  • David Wilson
  • Near the cave’s entrance, Mars peeks over the edge as two rocks frame the Milky Way.

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Fire Burning West of Alderpoint

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2018 at 10:20 AM

Smoke from the fire west of Alderpoint. - SUBMITTED
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  • Smoke from the fire west of Alderpoint.
At approximately 8:30 a.m., Cal Fire received a report from a school bus driver of a fire burning near River Road west of Alderpoint in southeastern Humboldt County. According to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Laura Coleman, the fire is slowly spreading through leaf litter and by 9:30 a.m. was about 1 acre in size.

Chopper 102 arrived on the scene first, she said. “When the helicopter got there, a trailer was burned but they haven’t determined the burned trailer to be related to the fire yet,” she explained, adding that was likely the case.

Alderpoint Fire, Cal Fire and Chopper 102 are now on the scene and more information should be coming in later this morning or afternoon.

Editor's note: This report first appeared on www.kymkemp.com and is reposted here with permission.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Suspected Coke Dealer Fails to Appear in Court

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 1:02 PM

Drugs and money seized by the drug task force. - HCDTF
  • HCDTF
  • Drugs and money seized by the drug task force.
A $200,000 arrest warrant was issued this morning for Ariel Arguelles-Sosa after he failed to show at a bail review hearing requested by the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office to raise concerns about whether his bail was procured from drug money, according to a media report.

Arguelles-Sosa was arrested Aug. 30 in what officials described as “one of the largest Humboldt County cocaine seizures in recent history” after special agents with the Humboldt County Drug Task Forced served search warrants at his Arcata home and business.
Ariel Arguelles-Sosa
  • Ariel Arguelles-Sosa

The task force reported finding just under three pounds of suspected cocaine, two ounces of methamphetamine, and four ounces of heroin at his Ponderosa Way residence, along with $65,000 in cash and two vehicles “believed to be the proceeds of narcotics sales,” according to an earlier news release.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Contrary to Report, DA Sees 'No Legal Basis' to Appeal Kitchen Sentence

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 1:54 PM

Marci Kitchen - HCSO
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  • Marci Kitchen
Humboldt County District Attorney Maggie Fleming has no plans to challenge the eight-year prison sentence that Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Kaleb Cockrum handed down to Marci Kitchen last week for the 2016 DUI crash that killed two teenage girls, including Kitchen's own daughter.

In the last few days, you may have read a piece wildly opining about how the court and prosecutors "absolutely got it wrong" in determining Kitchen’s prison sentence and suggesting the district attorney’s office has grounds to appeal Kitchen’s sentence. The argument is wrong.

“We are not considering filing a sentencing appeal,” Fleming wrote in an email to the Journal. “We don’t have a legal basis for filing one.”

The erroneous legal theory — which was penned by local attorney Allan Dollison and posted, apparently without any vetting or fact checking,  by a local blog, from where it has been shared on social media — posited that Cockrum’s sentence failed to impose a sentence on Kitchen that accounted for both victims in the case — Kiya Kitchen and Faith Tsarnas, both 14. But Dollison’s take on the case, which he was uninvolved in, is incorrect.

When sentencing Kitchen, Cockrum imposed a two-year sentence for vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated without gross negligence, a one-year enhancement for the existence of an additional victim and a five-year enhancement for fleeing the scene of a fatal crash, for a total term of eight years. While none of the time Kitchen serves in prison will be related to the second count of vehicular manslaughter to which she pleaded guilty — the sentence imposed by Cockrum does account for both victims.

And if Cockrum had instead opted to sentence both counts of vehicular manslaughter, it would have resulted in a prison term that was four months shorter than the one imposed, due to state sentencing law that requires subsequent counts to be sentenced at one-third of the midterm sentence in California's determinant sentencing triad.

According to Fleming, prosecutors did a lot of research in order to charge the case in a way that resulted in maximum exposure for Kitchen.

“I might note that the California penal and vehicle codes do include considerably complexity that can create many charging alternatives,” she wrote the Journal. “We have substantial in-house expertise to address this complexity. Also, we do not hesitate to consult state-level experts when they might identify alternatives that would further promote justice. In the Kitchen case, we consulted with someone who has handled hundreds of vehicular manslaughter cases and taught classes on that topic.”

Cockrum could have imposed a harsher sentence on Kitchen by giving her the aggravated term for the principle vehicular manslaughter charge, which would have added two years to her prison sentence. However, doing so would have given Kitchen the option of taking back her guilty pleas and proceeding to trial in the case. Cockrum also mentioned at Kitchen's sentencing that he felt she showed remorse for her crimes, which, coupled with the fact that she had no criminal record prior to her arrest in this case, likely played a part in his imposing the midterm sentence.

A Journal email to Dollison pointing out the mistake in his argument went unreturned. Meanwhile, the local blogger’s post presenting Dollison’s take without challenge remains. 
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