Sunday, May 31, 2020

UPDATE: Another Night, Another George Floyd Protest in Eureka

Posted By on Sun, May 31, 2020 at 7:37 PM

Protesters take a knee during a 10-minute moment of silence for George Floyd, who died Monday after a Minnesota police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes during an arrest. - MARK MCKENNA
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  • Protesters take a knee during a 10-minute moment of silence for George Floyd, who died Monday after a Minnesota police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes during an arrest.

SECOND UPDATE:
At some point last night protests escalated and police reportedly used pepper ball ammunition to disperse a crowd that was growing violent. KCRC's Nazy Javid posted the following video a viewer sent her last night.


UPDATE:
As protesters marched passed Eureka Police headquarters chanting, they were met by a powerful moment of solidarity.


PREVIOUSLY:
Protesters are gathering in Eureka tonight for a second straight day of demonstrations against police brutality, part of a nationwide movement in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minnesota during an arrest in which a police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes.

There are currently more than 100 people gathered in front of the Humboldt County Courthouse, where protesters have taken a knee for a 10-minute moment of silence in honor of Floyd and other victims of police brutality.

Yesterday, hundreds of protesters convened and marched through the city's streets in a demonstration that was largely nonviolent, but also saw fits of violence allegedly targeting the police presence and some passing motorists as protesters marched through the streets and blocked traffic. There were also isolated reports of vandalism and graffiti.

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In an email to the Journal, Eureka Police Chief Steve Watson said he was on foot and had to "rescue" some responding officers in their patrol cars as protesters banged on car hoods and windows and, in two instances, broke police car windows. While some protesters alleged passing motorists sped through the crowd in acts of attempted vehicular assault, Watson said he saw some motorists encircled by protesters and felt they were trying to flee to safety through the crowd. He described a chaotic scene last night that grew increasingly on edge as the protest went on. There was also video footage of police vehicles moving through the crowd, pushing protesters, until Watson stepped in, telling the patrol cars to stop and persuading protesters to clear a path.

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*This just happened today in Eureka, CA* As people came together to raise voices and shout out against racial injustice and murder... screaming the names of the many Black lives lost to our countries systemic racism and police brutality, I was shocked at how many people came out last minute for this protest. We had the highway 101 north blocked. The police were assisting in the blockades and diverting traffic. It was making an impact, conversations of new action were being had... Then all of a sudden someone had enough and apparently couldn’t stand that we were protesting Black Lives Matter and that it got in their way. The driver of a red Jeep Liberty stomped on the gas and drove straight into the crowd. We were about 20 feet away from the car as a man was on top of the hood of the car and another person was hit from what I could see... then the driver sped off down the highway, we are now waiting to see if this person will be charged with a hit-and-run attempted murder case. Sadly This person succeeded in their goal in stopping people from chanting and screaming and demanding that Black lives matter. This hatred runs deep and racism runs even deeper. Yes folks I’m glad we came together to protest but clearly it’s not enough... clearly more action needs to be taken... right when I was feeling shocked that so many people in this dominantly white area came out to speak their voices, then Boom hit with the juxtaposition of the reality that absolutely exists here, that blatant hatred & racism are rampant and alive in Humboldt County. #SilenceNoMore #UseYourWhitePrivelegeForChange #ProtectBlackLives #ItStartsWithinEachOneOfUs We are fine, I have heard that the victims are banged up but ok. But this sort of danger is real in the lives of black and brown people, this is the main point to take notice on in this post. . . . Footage taken by my husband Joel McClure please feel free to share this footage.

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"There is a militant, anarchist crowd of younger people (some I suspect maybe bused here) trying to invoke violence and confrontations with police," Watson wrote in the email. "They broke windows, spray painted graffiti on businesses, our police department, patrol car, etc. Rocks were thrown, and someone was shooting a [sling shot] toward officers."

Thus far, all reports indicate this evening's protests have been peaceful, though police scanner traffic earlier indicated some demonstrators arrived carrying shields. One speaker opened this evening's protest with a plea for peace, civility and community mindedness.

"This is our community and we have to take care of it," he said. "I won't stand for it to be destroyed."


After convening at the courthouse, some protesters marched to Eureka Police Department headquarters, where Watson and Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal stood out front with a white board emblazoned with the message, "We stand with you against racism."


We'll update this post as the evening progresses.
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Donn Peterson Retiring as Chief of Police at HSU

Posted By on Sun, May 31, 2020 at 2:02 PM

Humboldt State University announced today that police chief Donn Peterson is retiring from his position as Chief of Police at Humboldt State University. In a press release, the university states that Peterson's last day is today, May 31, 2020.

The press release goes on to say, "Peterson has participated and created several programs that have improved the overall safety of our campus. As referenced in his evaluations, these programs include being an active participant in Equity Arcata, creating and participating in the Chiefs’ Advisory Panel, and the creation of the Student Safety Escort Program, which provides students who do not feel comfortable walking alone at night a uniformed student employee escort. Peterson also initiated the “Ask Me Anything” events on campus, creating opportunities for stronger dialogue for students."

Peterson has worked for Humboldt State for the last five years. The Journal first reported on his hiring back in 2014.

Read the full press release about Peterson's retiring here:

Donn Peterson will be retiring from his position as Chief of Police at Humboldt State University effective May 31, 2020.

The University thanks Peterson for his dedicated service over the past five years. Peterson has participated and created several programs that have improved the overall safety of our campus. As referenced in his evaluations, these programs include being an active participant in Equity Arcata, creating and participating in the Chiefs’ Advisory Panel, and the creation of the Student Safety Escort Program, which provides students who do not feel comfortable walking alone at night a uniformed student employee escort. Peterson also initiated the “Ask Me Anything” events on campus, creating opportunities for stronger dialogue for students.

HSU appreciates these and other contributions Peterson has made during his tenure and wishes him well in his future endeavors.

Information about filling the Chief position will be shared over the next several days.
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Enlightening Strikes: SoHum Meditation Instructor's Home Set Ablaze by Lightning

Posted By on Sun, May 31, 2020 at 9:37 AM

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During yesterday morning’s thunderstorm, lightning struck a home in the Benbow area of Southern Humboldt.

Dan Miller, a kundalini yoga teacher who teaches meditation, said he was lying awake watching and listening to the thunder and lightning about 4 a.m. “It was fascinating,” he told us. “So wild….Then I thought I heard some varmints banging stuff around.”

He was worried that it might be a skunk. But he got up and went outside. “I had no idea my house was on fire…I came around the corner and I smelled smoke,” he said. “The trees were lit up.”

Then he realized what was happening. “Flames were going up the side of the house,” he explained. “This brand new seat was on fire.”

He told us he didn’t have time to think. Luckily a garden hose was right there. “The primal brain kicks in,” he said. He grabbed the hose and managed to put out the fire.


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A Thank You to Our Supporters

Posted By on Sun, May 31, 2020 at 8:30 AM

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For nearly 30 years, the North Coast Journal has been covering the stories and people you care about in Humboldt County. We’re proud to share our coverage in print and online for free so everyone — with or without internet access or the means to subscribe to a paper — can stay informed, especially during the current COVID-19 crisis.

This week, our ongoing COVID-19 reporting included daily case updates, a story about the life of the first Humboldt County resident to die of COVID-19, a look inside Alder Bay Assisted Living amid an outbreak, how the pandemic is impacting food distribution chains, whether restaurants can get by after being allowed to re-open and a look at Oyster Fest's plans to go virtual. Plus we've got a column about how parents are coping with distance learning (spoiler: it's hard) and an editorial looking at the white privilege that underlies protests against shelter-in-place orders. And that's just the COVID-19 stuff. We were also on the scene when hundreds hit the streets of Eureka to protest the death of George Floyd, to detail the terms of former Eureka City Manager's six-figure severance agreement with the city and more. It’s been a lot to keep up with.

For the first time in our history, the Journal has created a way for readers to pitch in to help keep our mission going and the newsroom humming through these unprecedented times. (Click here for more information.)

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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Eureka Police Responding to a Possible Armed Home Invasion on Glen Street

Posted By on Sat, May 30, 2020 at 9:14 PM

Deputy at the scene of a possible home invasion on Glen Street. - MARK MCKENNA
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  • Deputy at the scene of a possible home invasion on Glen Street.
About 8:24 p.m., a dispatcher sent officers to a possible armed home invasion in the 3100 block of Glen Street in Eureka.

Reportedly, a man in the home had managed to text his mother that armed men were in the home and robbing it. She contacted 911.

Officers responded and suspects fled the home. “Runners out the back,” an officer relayed over the radio at 8:37 p.m. By 8:46 p.m., officers were reporting they had five people detained. Officers are searching the area around the home and questioning those detained.

Please remember that information gathered from initial reports is subject to revision as more facts become available.

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More Photos of George Floyd, Black Lives Matter Protest in Eureka

Posted By on Sat, May 30, 2020 at 9:01 PM

Hundreds of Humboldt County residents marched through downtown Eureka to protest the fatal arrest of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 
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Humboldt County Threatened with Suit Over Temporary Evictions Ban, Times-Standard Reports

Posted By on Sat, May 30, 2020 at 6:01 PM

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The Times-Standard is reporting that Humboldt Coalition for Property Rights (HumCPR) is threatening to take legal action against Humboldt County over its eviction bans for tenants who are unable to pay for rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Arcata Recreation Summer Camp Enrollment Begins June 3

Posted By on Sat, May 30, 2020 at 5:39 PM

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The city of Arcata's Recreation Division has been certified by Humboldt County's Emergency Operations Center to open its summer camp programs.

Open enrollment for the 2020 summer camp season will begin Wednesday, June 3 at 9 a.m.

The city has modified its camp operations to ensure compliance with state and county health and safety of campers and employees, for example, each camp will be limited to 10 campers and two camp leaders, facial coverings, physical distancing and other COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be in place.

Read the city's full press release below:

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ARCATA RECREATION SUMMER CAMP ENROLLMENT

OPENS ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3

Arcata, CA, May 30, 2020 – The City of Arcata’s Recreation Division has been certified by Humboldt County’s Emergency Operations Center to operate a Summer Camp Child Care Program. Open enrollment for the 2020 summer camp season will begin Wednesday, June 3 at 9 a.m.

A variety of camps are offered, with some lasting up to ten weeks, for youth and teens ranging from 5-12 years of age, in addition to a Camp Leader in Training Program for teens age 13-17.

Modifications to normal camp operations have been made to ensure compliance with State and County health and safety regulations. Each camp will be limited to ten campers, up to two camp Leaders in Training and one staff member. Face coverings, physical distancing and other COVID-19 health and safety protocol will be in place to ensure the safety of participants and employees. Additional time will be taken for wellness screenings, and drop-off and pick-up times will be staggered. To limit community contact, field trips, swim days, large group games and sleepovers will not be offered.

A complete list of camps is below.

Half Day Skate Camp - (Ages 6-12) Beginners, intermediate and advanced skateboarders are all welcome and encouraged to join the fun. Camp will be instructed by local, skilled skateboarders. This camp will focus on skate park safety, etiquette, street riding, vert riding and style. Skate Camp runs daily, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m to 1 p.m., Monday, June 15 through Friday, August 21. There will be staggered drop-off and pick-up times. Weekly Camp Fees are $115 for Arcata residents and $127 for non-residents, and camp is held at the Arcata Skate Park, located at 900 Sunset Avenue. Full pads are required. Participants may show proof of skate camp enrollment to receive a 10% discount on required gear from AMPT Skate Shop, located at 1040 H Street in Arcata. For assistance call AMPT at (707) 822-9500.

Half Day Marsh Explorers Camp – (Ages 5-7 and Ages 8-11) Marsh Explorers Science Camp is a half-day camp, running weekly from Monday, June 15 through Friday, August 21. Campers may choose to attend the morning session or the afternoon session, but not both within the same week. Campers will investigate nature through experiments, outdoor adventures, individual projects and engaging, hands-on learning. Each week has a designated theme of exploration including birds, water, wetland mammals and more. Camp will take place at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center in the morning from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or in the afternoon from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Weekly fees cost $115 for Arcata residents and $127 for non-residents. There will be staggered drop-off and pick-up times. Weekly camp dates will be staggered by age group and the full camp schedule can be found online at www.cityofarcata.org/rec or by calling (707) 822-7091.

Full Day Lodge/Adventure Camp - (Ages 9-12) This new camp pairing allows campers to choose to start their day at Lodge Camp or Adventure Camp, then switch to the other camp at 1p.m. Campers get a little bit of both camps each day and gain life-long skills while challenging their individual limits. Each week brings new activities and adventures. Camp will take place from Monday, June 29 through Friday, August 21 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Redwood Lodge and the Picnic Area in Redwood Park located at 490 East Park Road in Arcata. There will be staggered drop-off and pick-up times. Weekly fees are $155 for Arcata residents and $167 for non-residents.

Full Day Lounge/Forest Camp - (Ages 5-8) This new camp pairing allows campers to choose to start their day at Lounge Camp or Forest Camp, then switch to the other camp at 1 p.m. Campers get a little bit of both camps each day and gain life-long skills while challenging their individual limits. Each week brings new activities and adventures. Camp will take place from Monday, June 29 through Friday, August 21 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Redwood Lounge and the Stage Area in Redwood Park located at 490 East Park Road in Arcata. There will be staggered drop-off and pick-up times. Weekly fees are $155 for Arcata residents and $167 for non-residents.

Full Day Dance/Art Camp – (Ages 5-7 and Ages 8-11) This new camp pairing allows campers to choose to start their day at Dance Camp or Art Camp, then switch to the other camp at 1 p.m. Campers will discover their own creativity through a variety of art mediums and dance styles. Each week will bring new explorations into visual and performing arts. Camp will take place from Monday, June 29 through Friday, August 21 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Arcata Community Center Teen Room and Gymnastics Room, located at 321 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway in Arcata. There will be staggered drop-off and pick-up times. Weekly fees are $155 for Arcata residents and $167 for non-residents. Weekly camp dates will be staggered by age group and the full camp schedule can be found online at www.cityofarcata.org/rec or by calling (707) 822-7091.

Summer Camp Leader in Training Program – (Ages 13-17) Camp Leaders in Training work with youth age 5 to 12, helping plan and lead summer camp activities. Participants will have the opportunity to gain real life work experience and leadership skills all while having fun in the sun. The Leader in Training Program experience can also count toward community service requirements and looks great on a college application. Participants must be 13 years old by Monday, June 15, or former Arcata Recreation campers who will turn 13 in Fall 2020 may be eligible to work at camps serving our younger age groups. The program runs from Monday, June 15 through Friday, August 21, and participation fees are $18 per week for Arcata residents plus a $2 non-resident fee per registration. Fees for five or more weeks are $90 for Arcata residents or $100 for non-residents. For more information, email rec@cityofarcata.org or call (707) 822-7091.

Due to safety protocol in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19, in-person registration cannot be accepted. Camp registration may be completed online at www.cityofarcata.org/rec, via email at rec@cityofarcata.org or by calling (707) 822-7091. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to enroll campers in the same camp for two consecutive weeks whenever possible to reduce exposure to new groups or individuals. Payment plans are available, and payment plan arrangements can only be accommodated via email or by phone.

For more information, please visit www.cityofarcata.org/rec, email rec@cityofarcta.org or call (707)-822-7091.

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Public Health: Humboldt Confirms its 100th COVID-19 Case

Posted By on Sat, May 30, 2020 at 5:04 PM

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Humboldt County has now surpassed 100 confirmed COVID-19 cases, after Public Health announced two new positive tests this afternoon.

The county reported today that after an additional 196 tests were processed, two new cases were confirmed, bringing the county's tally to 101.

Three Humboldt County residents have died of the highly contagious virus, all residents of Alder Bay Assisted Living Facility in Eureka, which has seen seven residents and seven staff members test positive for the disease. Read this week’s stories here and here.

Today's positives continue a spike that had seen 47 new cases confirmed since May 9.

According to Public Health, about 4.4 percent of Humboldt County's population has been tested to date.

Basics of COVID-19

The California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control, state that symptoms of novel coronavirus include cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or at least two of the following: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or a new loss of taste or smell.

Emergency warning signs needing immediate medical attention include difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to awaken, and bluish lips or face.

In an emergency situation:

Call ahead to the emergency room or inform the 911 operator of the possibility of a COVID-19 infection and, if possible, put on a face mask.

Symptoms or possible exposure:

In the case of a possible exposure with symptoms — fever and cough or shortness of breath — contact your doctor’s office or the county Department of Health and Human Services, which has a hotline that can be reached during business hours at covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us or at (707) 441-5000.

Residents seeking medical advice or questions about testing are asked to contact Public Health at hhsphb@co.humbldt.ca.us or at (707) 445-6200.

St. Joseph Health has also set up a virtual assessment tool as an aid to assess risk factors for contracting the illness, which can be found at www.providence.org/patients-and-visitors/coronavirus-advisory.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has started a rumor-control webpage that can be found here. For the Journal's latest COVID stories, updates and information resources, click here.

Read the Public Health report below:

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Humboldt County’s total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is now 101 after two additional positive cases were confirmed today.

For the most recent COVID-19 information, visit cdc.gov or cdph.ca.gov. Local information is available at humboldtgov.org or during business hours by contacting covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us or calling 707-441-5000.


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Another Humboldt County resident has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the county’s total to 99. according to today’s report from Public Health.



Three Humboldt County residents have died of the highly contagious virus, including one death reported yesterday. All were residents of Alder Bay Assisted Living Facility in Eureka. Read this week’s stories here and here.


There were no confirmed cases yesterday and four on Wednesday, all of which were acquired through contact with another known case, continuing a spike that had seen 45 new cases confirmed since May 9.

According to Public Health, about 4.4 percent of Humboldt County's population has been tested to date.

Basics of COVID-19

The California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control, state that symptoms of novel coronavirus include cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or at least two of the following: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or a new loss of taste or smell.

Emergency warning signs needing immediate medical attention include difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to awaken, and bluish lips or face.

In an emergency situation:

Call ahead to the emergency room or inform the 911 operator of the possibility of a COVID-19 infection and, if possible, put on a face mask.

Symptoms or possible exposure:

In the case of a possible exposure with symptoms — fever and cough or shortness of breath — contact your doctor’s office or the county Department of Health and Human Services, which has a hotline that can be reached during business hours at covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us or at (707) 441-5000.

Residents seeking medical advice or questions about testing are asked to contact Public Health at hhsphb@co.humbldt.ca.us or at (707) 445-6200.

St. Joseph Health has also set up a virtual assessment tool as an aid to assess risk factors for contracting the illness, which can be found at www.providence.org/patients-and-visitors/coronavirus-advisory.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has started a rumor-control webpage that can be found here. For the Journal's latest COVID stories, updates and information resources, click here.

Read the Public Health report below:






One new case of COVID-19 was confirmed today, bringing to 99 the total number of Humboldt County residents who have tested positive for the virus.




The following information is based on the most recent data available for all confirmed cases:
Contact to a Known Case: 58
Travel-Acquired: 24
Community Transmission: 17
Under Investigation: 0
Positive cases by region:
Northern Humboldt: 18
Greater Humboldt Bay Area: 77
Southern Humboldt: 4
Males: 41% Females: 59%
Mean age: 47
Age Range
0-19: 8
20-29: 13
30-39: 19
40-49: 17
50-59: 11
60-69: 21
70-79: 3
80+: 7
Estimated testing rates: Humboldt County: 4,424 per 100,000 residents California: 4,483 per 100,000 residents United States: 4,749 per 100,000 residents
Estimated rate of confirmed cases: Humboldt County: 73 per 100,000 residents California: 261 per 100,000 residents United States: 527 per 100,000 residents



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Black Lives Matter and George Floyd Protest Happening in Eureka (VIDEO)

Posted By on Sat, May 30, 2020 at 4:11 PM

Humboldt County residents are protesting the death of George Floyd in Eureka. Protesters started marching at the Humboldt County Courthouse and made its way to Highway 101 on V and Fifth Street.

Demonstrators gathered outside the Eureka courthouse on May 30th at around 3:00 p.m. to protest the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Michael Chauvin.

All across the country, protests have been taking place calling for justice for Floyd as well as an end to police brutality. Locally, demonstrators took to the streets starting at the courthouse marching north on 4th street and eventually briefly occupying the Eureka Slough bridge before crossing the embankment and made their way back South on 5th street.

Demonstrators brought, signs, chanted, as well as marched in the middle of the streets. Many passers-by showed their support by honking horns and those who opposed the protest shouted and made obscene hand gestures at the marchers.

by Zach Lathouris.   
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