Sunday, June 30, 2019

HSU Professor's Book Nabs Prestigious International Award

Posted By on Sun, Jun 30, 2019 at 11:47 AM

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Humboldt State University Native American Studies department chair and Journal contributor Cutcha Risling Baldy’s first book was just honored at the Native American Indigenous Studies Conference in New Zealand.

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We are Dancing for You: Native Feminisms and the Revitalization of Women’s Coming-of-age Ceremonies was named the Best First Book in Native American and Indigenous Studies on Friday night at the conference, which draws more than 1,000 scholars working in the fields of Native American and Indigenous studies throughout the world.

If Risling Baldy’s book sounds familiar, it should. The Journal ran an excerpt from it as our Aug. 2, 2018, cover story, “The Flower Dancers.” We suggest you check out the excerpt here and pick up a copy, available at local book stores. And check out Risling Baldy’s other columns for the Journal here, including her most recent offering, “How We Let This Happen,” which takes on issues of concentration camps detaining migrant children and the genocide of Native people in California.

And please join us in giving Risling Baldy a hearty congratulations on this prestigious honor.
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Saturday, June 29, 2019

UPDATE: CHP: Driver Tried to Flee After Crashing into Humboldt Hill Home

Posted By and on Sat, Jun 29, 2019 at 12:10 PM

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The 25-year-old driver of a truck that crashed into the bedroom of a Humboldt Hill Road home, killing a man and injuring a woman, was held at the scene by bystanders after he tried to flee, according to CHP.

A California Highway Patrol release states Fields Landing resident Ryder Stapp was “at a high rate of speed” when he allowed his pickup to drift off the road and through a parking lot before plowing into the home.

Two of the home’s residents, Robert Beland and Elizabeth Martin, were in bed at the time. Both were injured. Beland died at the hospital. He was 64.

Stapp was arrested on suspicion of DUI, hit and run and vehicular manslaughter.
Read the CHP full release at the end of the post.

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A person inside a Humboldt Hill Road home was killed last night after a truck crashed into residence just before 10:30 p.m., causing significant damage.

According to Humboldt Bay Fire, two other residents and the driver were uninjured, while another person inside the home suffered minor injures after the vehicle came to rest completely inside of the house.

The person who died was found by responding firefighters amid the debris.

A neighbor told Redheaded Blackbelt that the truck plowed through a huge sign before crashing into a bedroom in the house.

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Remains of Missing Man From Illinois Found

Posted By on Fri, Jun 28, 2019 at 2:25 PM

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Remains found Thursday in Redwood National and State Parks have been identified as belonging to 49-year-old Jeff Pierce of Oswego, Illinois, who had been reported missing.

No foul play is suspected at this time, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

A release states the remains were found after state parks rangers called the sheriff’s office to report an abandon car possibly linked to Pierce had been found in Dolason Prairie area.

“Sheriff’s deputies, National and State Parks rangers, California Department of Fish and Wildlife wardens, a California Highway Patrol helicopter and members of the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Posse were deployed to search the area for the missing person,” the release states. “At approximately 1:30 p.m., searchers located human remains in brush within the search area.”

The case remains under investigation.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Crabs on the Upswing

Posted By on Thu, Jun 27, 2019 at 2:56 PM

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  • New Crab Vinny Bologna celebrates with the Bat Kid after scoring a run in Tuesday's game
Back from the sole road trip of the season, the Crabs are on a four-game winning streak, took two games from their Humboldt Bay brethren and now sport a .500 record for the first time since they were 0-0.

This past week saw our Crabs travel down U.S. Highway 101 and face off against the Healdsburg Prune Packers (really just the worst name for a ball club) and the Lincoln Potters (slightly better name). They split each series, 1-1 against Healdsburg and 2-1 against Lincoln, and it seems like the change of scenery has reinvigorated the boys. The bats have picked up — after getting blanked 7-0 in their first game against Healdsburg, they’ve scored 12, 7, 8, 11, 15 and 12 runs in the games that followed.

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Dog Killed, 85-Year-Old Man Stabbed in Neck During Assault in McKinleyville

Posted By on Thu, Jun 27, 2019 at 11:41 AM

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A man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and animal cruelty Wednesday night in McKinleyville after fatally stabbing a dog and injuring an 85-year-old man during a struggle over the knife.

According to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responding to a call on the 2300 Grace Avenue arrived to find Jonathan Albert Boone outside of the house. The 38 year old reportedly became combative when the deputies tried to take him into custody and continued to struggle after being tasered.

The release states Boone had been in a confrontation with the older man, who received non-life-threatening injuries to the neck and shoulder, earlier in the evening and had left the home.

Boone reportedly returned later and physically assaulted a 39-year-old woman before fatally stabbing the dog.

“According to the male victim, a struggle over the knife ensued, at which time the male victim was injured. Boone then reportedly dropped the knife and fled to the outside of the residence,” the release states.

The relationship between Boone and the two victims was not immediately clear.
Boone was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, elder abuse, robbery, animal cruelty, brandishing a weapon, criminal threats, battery, resisting arrest and violation of Post Release Community Supervision after he was medically cleared.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Eureka Man Dies in Rollover Crash

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2019 at 3:04 PM

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A 25-year-old Eureka man was killed late last night when a Jeep that he was in overturned on a “rough private mountain dirt trail” on a property east of Dinsmore, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The man, whose name has not been released, is the fifth traffic fatality to hit the region over the last few days. The Jeep's driver was uninjured and has cooperated with the investigation, the CHP release states.

Another man, identified by the Times-Standard as a 20-year-old Orange County resident Esteban Gonzalez Espinoza, died June 23 after driving a Honda into the path of an oncoming car while overcorrecting on State Route 36. Extreme speed and alcohol are believed to have been factors in the crash.

Two days later, in the early morning hours, three others died in a fiery single-car crash on Patrick’s Point Drive. Forty-four-year-old Trinidad resident James Cohee Jr., 28-year-old Eureka resident Chloe Chapman and 32-year-old Arcata resident Cody Behler died at the scene. None were wearing seatbelts.

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North Coast Night Lights: Guardian Giants on the Avenue

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2019 at 12:06 PM

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The full moon rose over the redwood forests of the Eel River valley, bathing the hillsides in its stark light. It flashed through the redwood tree branches beside me as I drove along the Avenue of the Giants, snaking along the river in and out of great stands of the giant trees.

It was after 11 p.m. and I had been looking for a moonlit vista but the two spots I had visited already were more overgrown than I’d remembered and wouldn’t work for my idea. My fallback plan was another place that I’d photographed before where the Avenue passed between two huge redwood trees that stood in silent sentinel to either side.

Standing beneath them in the night, silent but for the stirring of branches in the breeze, I felt my own tininess next to their immensity, their enduring longevity beside my own brief lifetime. These living things were old. What stories could they tell? What events even stand out to an entity with a lifetime that can span up to two thousand years?

Sequoia sempervirens, our California coast redwoods, are the tallest trees in the world. Their native range is constrained to little stretches of the west coast of North America, but their fame spans the globe. The Redwood forest (capitalization mine) is a unique forest type, and is one of our greatest treasures here on the North Coast, and indeed the world. For people coming from every part of the planet to see them, visiting our national and state parks is the easiest and best way to share in the amazing beauty of these forests.
Guardians of the Night. The full moon rises behind towering redwoods standing watch on the Avenue of the Giants in the Eel River valley. It was 11:30 p.m. A breeze played among the branches and grasses beside the road. Sunlight? Nope! The only light on the landscape was that of the moon, made bright from a long exposure in this photograph. Humboldt County, California. - DAVID WILSON
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  • Guardians of the Night. The full moon rises behind towering redwoods standing watch on the Avenue of the Giants in the Eel River valley. It was 11:30 p.m. A breeze played among the branches and grasses beside the road. Sunlight? Nope! The only light on the landscape was that of the moon, made bright from a long exposure in this photograph. Humboldt County, California.


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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

UPDATE: CHP IDs Three Killed in Crash on Patrick's Point Drive

Posted By on Tue, Jun 25, 2019 at 1:12 PM

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The CHP has identified the three people killed in a crash on Patrick’s Point Drive early this morning as 44-year-old Trinidad resident James Cohee Jr., 28-year-old Eureka resident Chloe Chapman and 32-year-old Arcata resident Cody Behler.

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At 3:15  this morning, the California Highway Patrol responded to a vehicle collision on Patrick’s Point Drive, near the Larrupin Cafe.

CHP learned that a 1996 Chevrolet pickup truck had driven off the road way and crashed into an embankment, with the driver and two passengers — who weren't wearing seatbelts — ejected from the vehicle. All three were pronounced dead at the scene.


Their identities are being withheld until the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office notifies their next of kin. The cause of the collision is still unknown but the CHP is continuing its investigation and is asking anyone with additional information to contact the Humboldt Area CHP Office at 822-5981 or send an email to humboldt_area.humboldt_area@chp.ca.gov.


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UPDATE 6-25-19 @ 1300 Hours: The victims in this morning’s fatal collision have been identified as 42 year old James Cohee Jr. of Trinidad, 28 year old Chloe Chapman of Eureka and 32 year old Cody Behler of Arcata. The CHP would like to extend our condolences to the families of the victims and asks anyone with information regarding this collision to please contact the Humboldt Area CHP Office at 707-822-5981 or send an email to humboldt_area.humboldt_area@chp.ca.gov.

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On 06/25/2019, at approximately 315 AM, the CHP Humboldt Area responded to a report of a vehicle collision on Patrick's Point Drive, near the Larrupin Cafe. A caller reported a vehicle off the roadway and on fire. Upon arrival, emergency personnel discovered a 1966 Chevrolet pickup which had traveled off the roadway, impacted an embankment, and ejected three occupants. Unfortunately, due to their injuries, all three occupants were pronounced deceased.

Identification of the occupants is pending notification of next of kin by the Humboldt County Coroner's Office.

The cause of the collision is unknown at this time. The California Highway Patrol Humboldt Area is asking anyone with additional information regarding this collision to contact the Humboldt Area CHP Office at 707-822-5981 or to send an email to
humboldt_area.humboldt_area@chp.ca.gov.

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UPDATE: Three Escape, Two Found Dead After Fire

Posted By and on Tue, Jun 25, 2019 at 12:31 PM

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The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office reports that three residents were able to escape the early morning fire in the Weitchpec area, with one of them sustaining moderate injuries.

According to the release, the “identification of the deceased is pending further investigation and will be released at a later time.”

Several agencies responded to the call, including Cal Fire, the Hoopa Fire Department, the Orleans Volunteer Fire Department, the Yurok Tribal Police Department and the Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Department, as well as a fire crew from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

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Two people were found dead after a fire broke 
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out in a house trailer on Mitchell Road near Martins Ferry in northeastern Humboldt about 6:15 this morning, confirmed Samantha Karges, spokesperson for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

“We can confirm that we did find two deceased,” she said. “We are still investigating and don’t know the cause of the fire.”

Scanner traffic indicated that those on the scene said that two were trapped in the trailer as fire engulfed it and moved to the surrounding vegetation.


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State Route 36 Blocked by Tree, Pole

Posted By on Tue, Jun 25, 2019 at 9:14 AM

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State Route 36 closed this morning near Pepperwood Falls east of Swain’s Flat Outpost after a tree fell into utility lines and brought them down across the roadway. The first report came in about 7:40 a.m.

Myles Cochrane, spokesperson for Caltrans told Redheaded Blackbelt just before 9 a.m., that the roadway is closed at mile marker 20.5. “Dispatch indicates a telephone pole and lines are down with an estimated time of opening in an hour to an hour-and-a-half,” he said.

According to the PG&E outage map, about 25 residences are without power following the incident.
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