Sunday, December 23, 2018

A Hostage For 5 Years, Former HSU Professor Alann Steen Dies

Posted By on Sun, Dec 23, 2018 at 1:26 PM

Alann Steen (left) in 1992 at HSU as a Hadley Lecture speaker, following his release from captivity, with Mark Larson (center) and Howard Seemann of the journalism department. - COURTESY OF MICHAEL HARMON
  • Courtesy of Michael Harmon
  • Alann Steen (left) in 1992 at HSU as a Hadley Lecture speaker, following his release from captivity, with Mark Larson (center) and Howard Seemann of the journalism department.
Alann Steen, a former Humboldt State University journalism professor who was catapulted into the international spotlight when he was held hostage in Beirut for nearly five years, has died. He was 79.

Steen, who also earned double master’s degrees at HSU after a six-year stint in the U.S. Marines Corps, which included being briefly deployed outside of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis, was living in Washington state at the time of his death.

According to an obituary by his family, Steen was surrounded by “his girls” who “loved him more than words can express” when he succumbed to cancer after a “short but heroic battle” on Dec. 13.

Steen departed HSU to teach at Chico State University before leaving to become a journalism professor at Beirut University College in 1983. He was kidnapped from the campus Jan. 24, 1987, with three of his colleagues before being released Dec. 3, 1991.

The father of three and grandfather of four was the “eighth longest-held Western hostage freed” in Lebanon at the time of his release, which was the result of “complex negotiations” done by United Nations that also included exchanges of prisoners held by Israel for Israeli servicemen missing in Lebanon, according to a New York Times article.

In a December 1991 interview with the Journal, Steen said he never gave up hope during his captivity.


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Saturday, December 22, 2018

Major Leak Causing Water Woes in Miranda

Posted By on Sat, Dec 22, 2018 at 11:34 AM

STOCK IMAGE BY NICOLE-KOEHLER VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • Stock image by Nicole-Koehler via Wikimedia Commons
Miranda residents are being asked to conserve water this morning due to a leak impacted the system. Some re sidents are without water.

“Miranda Community Water District is fixing a major leak south of town,” said Kathy Eldridge, Water District board member. “It is a 6-inch main line that broke. … The town needs to please conserve water.”

“If you need water, please go to the Miranda Market and pick up a gallon or two of water,” she added. Then, she said to give your name to the store. “Just until leak is fixed,” Eldridge said.
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Friday, December 21, 2018

UPDATE: 1 Arrested, 1 Sought After SWAT Standoff South of Laytonville

Posted By on Fri, Dec 21, 2018 at 11:37 PM

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UPDATE: One man was arrested while a second suspect is still on the loose after the stand-off with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office last night.

PREVIOUSLY:
U.S. Highway 101 was shut down in both directions tonight as law enforcement responded to a suspect vehicle that may have been involved in a home invasion near Island Mountain.

A man and his daughter, who is in her 20s, are reported to have been injured in the incident that occurred around 9 p.m. The male victim was reportedly hit multiple times on the head and may have serious injuries.

The two suspects, Hispanic males, reportedly fled in their own vehicle, a blue Honda SUV, and in the victim’s white four-door GMC Denali, according to a person who spoke with the victims.

Things are unfolding quickly at the scene near the Irvine rest stop south of Laytonville, where, according to the police scanner, a suspect vehicle is pulled over and it appears that Onstar may have disabled the accelerator. The suspect is refusing to exit the vehicle, initial reports indicate.


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Dungeness Crab Season Shelved Again

Posted By on Fri, Dec 21, 2018 at 3:33 PM

Our local Dungeness crab in Humboldt, where they should belong. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Our local Dungeness crab in Humboldt, where they should belong.
Those waiting with bated breath for some locally caught crab have some more waiting to do, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this afternoon.

The already delayed opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season has been pushed back to Jan. 15 after quality tests scheduled to take place this week had to be canceled due to rough ocean conditions, which prevented boats from safely deploying and retrieving traps.

Testing on crab collected Nov. 3 and Dec. 4 showed the crab did not have enough meat to warrant opening of the season but the opening cannot be delayed again for that reason beyond Jan. 15. However, the department continues to test for domoic acid and a positive test could trigger further delays.

But, as of now, the season is set to begin at 12:01 a.m. on Jan 15, with commercial vessels allowed to begin setting their gear after 8:01 a.m. on Jan. 12.

Find the full release from Fish and Wildlife copied below:


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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Mysterious Light in the Sky and Smoke Trail Likely a Meteor

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2018 at 8:11 PM

Residents across California watched what may have been a meteor streak across the sky on Wednesday night. - PHOTO BY STEVE HENCZ
  • Photo by Steve Hencz
  • Residents across California watched what may have been a meteor streak across the sky on Wednesday night.
A mysterious light and what appeared be smoke trailing behind it blazed across the sky around 5:40 p.m. Residents of the North Coast as well as people in Reno, the Bay Area and beyond spotted the bright light followed by a curvy tail of smoke. Several sent us photos and video.

Many at first thought this was the Delta IV rocket Launch that had been scheduled at 5:44 p.m. but it had been cancelled due to a hydrogen leak. News organizations and scientists scrambled to explain what had happened.

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North Coast Night Lights: Cooks Valley Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2018 at 1:30 PM

DAVID WILSON
  • David Wilson
In 1993, I spent a year in Chicago. Even then I loved photographing at night; I have always been drawn to it. I would use either available light or introduce light of my own, painting it into a scene much as I do now. I wasn’t comfortable photographing with models then, confining myself mostly to scenes without people and making them interesting with unusual angles and lighting. I had a couple of photography shows while I was there, both in small galleries. After those two shows, I was charged up and submitted my portfolio to a larger gallery. But I ran into a curious thing.

“They’re interesting,” the curator said, “but you need figures in them. Figures lend a human element and a story to an image.”

I was abashed, and somewhat offended, I have to admit. But as time passed, I realized she was right. Photography is a visual language that can convey feelings, messages and stories. But there is only so much story you can get out of a sunset, or a flower or interesting lighting when there are no people present. A pretty picture can be very attractive, no doubt, and I was proud of my photographs, but when you put a person in there, tales will pop out.

Each person viewing an image will have a different experience of it, which will sometimes make it difficult for the photographer to convey specific ideas or messages. Someone might chuckle where another gasps. Individual experiences people have in their lives shape how they view the world and one person’s reaction to an image may be very different from the reaction of another person. At one show I had, a woman simply could not look at a photograph of my young son’s face that I had blended with leaves. To me it was a soothing image. But she had to turn away from it, telling me it was painful to see. I don’t know what experience she had had that could give her that reaction to the peaceful image of my little “Forest Spirit,” but it was very real to her.

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High Surf Continues, High Tides Later This Week

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2018 at 11:57 AM

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High surf is once again set to hit Humboldt shores with another surge expected this afternoon and overnight, according to the Eureka office of the National Weather Service.

Breaking waves are looking to be in the 20- to 24-foot range and officials are asking folks to use caution near the shoreline and mariners to monitor the status of the harbor entrance.

Earlier this week the surf was even higher, upward of 30 feet, which led to the U.S. Coast Guard shutting down the bay entrance and the county of Humboldt to close down Centerville Road (check out the photo below if you are wondering why).


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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Poll: Despite Surging Economy, Californians Anxious About Future and Want Change

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 9:59 AM


Californians may have just voted overwhelmingly for more of the same — boosting Democratic majorities in both chambers of the Legislature and replacing one Democratic governor with another for the first time since the 1880’s — but many are still eager for major changes to state policy. And a majority are downright pessimistic about California’s future.

Those results, which would seem at odds with recent indicators that paint a sunny macroeconomic picture for the state, come via a new survey from the Public Policy Institute of California.

Half of all respondents, and 60 percent of respondents identified as likely voters, predicted that children growing up today in California will face a bleaker financial future than their parents. That impending decline could arrive sooner than we think. Asked if California should expect an economic downturn in the next year, respondents were split. And like the state’s economic growth, that optimism was not evenly distributed: majorities of coastal city residents foresee good times ahead, while pessimism clustered in the Inland Empire and Central Valley.

The number of Californians who believe “the good times might be over” was “decidedly different than even a few weeks before the election,” said Mark Baldassare, president of the institute.


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Monday, December 17, 2018

Man Killed in Eureka Hit and Run Identified

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 3:22 PM

The Humboldt County Coroner's Office at the scene. - THADEUS GREENSON
  • Thadeus Greenson
  • The Humboldt County Coroner's Office at the scene.
The man found dead in a green belt area near U.S. Highway 101 on Dec. 14 has been identified by the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office as Michael Kenneth Pohl. He was 29.

According to a release, Pohl died of “impact injuries due to a motor vehicle.” No suspect has been identified. Earlier information from the Eureka Police Department indicated that the hit and run is believed to have occurred around 7 p.m. on Dec. 13 and may have involved a dark-colored SUV.

The case remains under investigation.


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Waves Upward of 30 Feet Along the Coast Today

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 11:08 AM

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With waves upward of 30 feet on local beaches today, the county of Humboldt has closed a portion of Centerville Road until further notice due do “dangerous coastal conditions.”

The Eureka office of the National Weather Service warns that people should stay off rocks and jetties. High surf conditions, which have been hitting the local shoreline since Friday, are expected to continue throughout the week.

Yesterday the large wave heights prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to close the Humboldt Bay bar entrance to mariner traffic. A high surf warning remains in effect until 9 p.m. today.

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