Friday, January 18, 2019

Flood Watch This Afternoon as More Rain Arrives

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 12:36 PM

Damage caused to a Shelter Cove home. - CHERYL ANTONY OF SHELTER COVE FIRE
  • Cheryl Antony of Shelter Cove Fire
  • Damage caused to a Shelter Cove home.
The Coast Guard (working without pay due to the government shutdown) this morning authorized the reopening of the Humboldt Bay harbor after heavy surf Thursday prompted the closure.

The waves upwards of 30 feet, which damaged at least eight homes in Shelter Cove, also necessitated the closure of Centerville Road due to hazardous conditions. (If you are wondering why, check out the video below.)


But the rain is sticking around for a while, at least through Sunday, and the Eureka office of the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch beginning at 4 p.m. today through late Saturday for areas of Del Norte and northern Humboldt County.

For the latest information about specific areas of Humboldt, visit the National Weather Service website here and enter a city or ZIP code in the top left-hand corner search box.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

UPDATE: 1 Dead in Major Crash on 101 Near Weott

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 5:05 PM

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UPDATE:

According to a CHP release, one person was killed in the car crash near Weott this afternoon but his identify is not being released at this time, pending a notification of next of kin.

Read the CHP release below:
On January 17, 2019, at approximately 1630 hours, a 2010 Toyota Tundra driven by Zechariah Alailefaleula was traveling northbound on US-101, just north of Weott in the #1 traffic lane. For an unknown reason, the driver of the Tundra allowed his vehicle to drift to the left into the southbound traffic lane, where it collided with a 2017 Toyota Camry, which was traveling southbound US-101 in the southbound #1 lane. The driver of the Toyota Tundra was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital with moderate injuries, and was evaluated for DUI, which did not appear to be a factor. The driver of the Toyota Camry was also transported to St. Joseph's Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The drivers name of the Toyota Camry is being withheld, pending next of kin notification by the Humboldt County Coroner. This incident remains under investigation by the Garberville CHP office.

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A collision between a black Nissan pickup and a small car on U.S. Highway 101 near the Weott offramp about 4:30 this afternoon has left at least one person with major injuries trapped in a vehicle, according to an incident commander.

Southbound traffic is still moving but northbound traffic is not, according to the CHP incident page. How many people were injured is not clear but a second ambulance was being called to the scene just before 5 p.m.
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Eureka Takes up Collection for Coasties Working Without Pay

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 12:59 PM

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The city of Eureka announced today that it is stepping up to do what the federal government currently can not: Make sure local Coast Guard service members can feed their families while they are working without pay during the government shutdown.

A designated Coast Guard City, the city of Eureka will be accepting donations of non-perishable food, gift cards and cash donations for service members and their families at city hall, 531 K St., and will also be accepting checks mailed to the City Manager’s Office at the same address.

The city has also set up a GoFundMe account with the goal of raising $10,000, which can be found here.

There are approximately 250 local Coast Guard service members, all of whom are currently working without pay amid the partial shutdown, as President Donald Trump and Democrats continue their stand off over $5.7 billion in funding Trump has requested for a wall along the southern border. The service members have reportedly been told by superiors to inquire about getting short-term loans, forbearing mortgage payments and even having garage sales to make ends meet until the government re-opens.

With the longest government shutdown in U.S. history in its 27th day, former Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen blasted the shutdown, the first to first to force members of the U.S. military work without pay, calling it "disgraceful" and "insulting."

In its press release today, the city also announced it will be opening some public facilities — including its gym, with adjacent locker rooms — to furloughed employees who may need them.

“The city of Eureka recognizes that this is a difficult and stressful time for Coast Guard members and all federal employees,” the city press release states. “Therefore, the city invites Coast Guard members and furloughed federal employees to utilize the Adorni facilities at no cost during the furlough. Please bring your federal ID to access.”
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Eight Shelter Cove Homes Damaged as Massive Waves Pound the Coast

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 12:37 PM

CHERYL ANTONY OF SHELTER COVE FIRE
  • Cheryl Antony of Shelter Cove Fire

Eight homes on Lower Pacific Drive in Shelter Cove have extensive damage from massive waves hitting the shoreline today, said Cheryl Antony, spokesperson for Shelter Cove Fire. One home has approximately 10 broken windows.

Homes are flooded, furniture damaged, one door was broken, debris, water and mud are strewn throughout the homes.

Broken door, soaked furniture and debris on the floor mar this beautiful beachfront home. - CHERYL ANTONY OF SHELTER COVE FIRE
  • Cheryl Antony of Shelter Cove Fire
  • Broken door, soaked furniture and debris on the floor mar this beautiful beachfront home.

And the waves continue to surge.

“We had to put life jackets on to walk around [to access damage],” Anthony explained. “We have never seen waves like this before. One came over the whole deck we were standing on. We had to run.”

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UPDATE: Waves Upwards of 30 Feet Expected to Pound the Coast

Posted By and on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 8:34 AM

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The National Weather Service is reporting: As of 8 am: The Coast Guard has observed 20 foot or greater breaking waves at Noyo, Humboldt, and Crescent City - Safety zones now enforced.

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As rain, high winds, as well as thunder and lightning pound the North Coast, local roadways are taking a beating. Though almost all of the main roads are open, there are many minor impacts from ponding on the roads to power lines down. Cheryl Antony from Shelter Cove Fire reminds people, “Slow down. There will be more trees down … and flooding.”

The National Weather Service is warning of hazardous ocean conditions today, with gale force winds early on and waves upwards of 30 feet predicted to pummel the shore. The high seas are expected to impact local crabbers, who were already hit with major delay for the recreational season.

“The Humboldt Bay bar will likely close at some point due to the high waves on Thursday,” according to a NWS post.
The large surf prompted the county to close Centerville Road, which is not slated to reopen until Friday morning. Read previous coverage here.


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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Grove of Titans Preservation Project Makes $1M Goal

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 4:21 PM

Stay on trail sign. - PHOTO BY MAX FORSTER
  • Photo by Max Forster
  • Stay on trail sign.
There will be no more Grove of Titans treasure hunts for hikers seeking the ultimate selfie as Save the Redwoods League reached its fundraising goal of $1 million.

The old growth redwood grove located in the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, which was only “discovered” two decades ago, gained an almost cult-like status in certain circles after being featured in the book The Wild Trees. Soon afterward, people made visiting the ancient landscape their new must-see ticket item and would seek out the grove by walking off-trails, trampling through ferns and fallen logs to get to the Grove of Titans.

“This large increase in daily foot traffic has caused substantial damage to these larger-than-life redwood trees and the fragile forest floor,” a Save the Redwood League release states.

In November, California State Parks, Save the Redwoods League, the National Park Service and the Redwood Parks Conservancy unveiled a three-year project to safeguard the grove by installing a 1,300-foot-long elevated walkway linking the grove to the existing Mill Creek Trail, while also restoring the impacted areas around the grove.

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North Coast Night Lights: A Bit of Whimsy

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 12:29 PM

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It’s not for everyone to take the world seriously all of the time, though some people probably need to, at least a little bit. But I don’t think I’m one of them. I surmise folks like that need people like me to keep things in balance, so this week I am taking creative license to present a handful of images of our North Coast through the looking glass of whimsy. Or is that mimsy?

Taking an early morning walk in the woods after the first rains, one finds mushrooms in many forms and colors pushing up through the debris on the forest floor. Some are small, some are large. Once while hiking with friends after sunset along the continent’s edge where the forest overlooks the broad Pacific, we spied a mushroom taller than the rest, a veritable tree it was. I joked that we could climb to the top of it, though I’m not really fond of heights. But when my friend Bill from SoCal began scrambling up a tuft of moss leaning on the mushroom’s side, there was nothing for it but to climb up with him. From the mushroom’s summit we watched as the crescent moon set into the ocean. Friends Morgan and Miranda stayed below and spoke in whispers over a glowing orb. I think they kept us safe.

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SECOND UPDATE: Incoming Storm Brings Flood Watch, Wind/High Surf Advisories

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 10:10 AM

Centerville Road overrun by surf on Dec. 17.  The road will be closed Thursday at 5  a.m. until Friday at 7 a.m. - COUNTY OF HUMBOLDT
  • County of Humboldt
  • Centerville Road overrun by surf on Dec. 17. The road will be closed Thursday at 5 a.m. until Friday at 7 a.m.
SECOND UPDATE:

A Small Stream Flood Advisory was issued just before 5 p.m. today for Southern Humboldt, which is in effect until 7:15 p.m.


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The county has pushed back its closure of Centerville Road to 5 a.m. Thursday and continuing until 7 a.m. Friday due to hazardous surf.

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As you may have heard, a big winter storm is heading our way today bringing the usual ensemble of rain, heavy winds and high surf.

A wind advisory is in effect from 1 to 10 p.m. today, while a high surf advisory goes into effect at 5 a.m. Thursday and will continue to 5 a.m. on Friday with “rapid building waves up to 30 feet" forecast. The National Weather Service expects the highest surf to hit along west and southwest facing beaches.

For the latest information about specific areas of Humboldt, visit the National Weather Service website here and enter a city or ZIP code in the top left-hand corner search box.

“Heavy rain will result in sharp rises on main stem rivers as well as smaller streams and creeks through Thursday,” according to the Eureka office of the National Weather Service advisory. “A few thunderstorms tonight will contain heavy downpours and brief small hail.”

Southern Humboldt will be under a flood watch from 6 p.m. today until tomorrow morning with the Eel River expected to “rise tonight and Thursday, cresting Thursday afternoon or Thursday night,” the weather service states.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Dozens Gather at Vigil for Josiah Lawson, Urge Action From DA

Posted By on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 8:45 PM

A Justice for Josiah sign and posters of Lawson illuminated by candlelight at the vigil. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • A Justice for Josiah sign and posters of Lawson illuminated by candlelight at the vigil.
Red and white roses surrounded a photo of David Josiah Lawson on the front steps of the Humboldt County Courthouse this evening as people gathered to voice their concerns, frustrations and support for the slain Humboldt State University student.

“My heart is filled with rage and sadness,” Renee Saucedo, a supporter, told the crowd of approximately 50 people. “It has been 20 months since Charmaine lost a child and there has been no justice. I feel ashamed.”

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Orick Woman Killed in Big Lagoon Crash

Posted By on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 7:54 PM

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A 56-year-old Orick woman was killed this afternoon when an SUV she was traveling in veered off U.S. Highway 101 north of Big Lagoon and overturned several times near the water's edge, causing her to be ejected from the vehicle.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a 26-year-old woman, Tina Josephine Siders, and her 1-year-old daughter were rescued from the water's edge by a bystander but Laura Ann Siders sustained fatal injuries in the crash.

The wreck occurred, according to CHP, after Tina Siders allowed her 2004 Ford Expedition to drift onto the west shoulder while driving south on U.S. Highway 101. She then overcorrected multiple times, sending the vehicle down an embankment toward the water.

Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

See the full CHP press release here.
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