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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

HSU to Host Town Hall on Village Housing Project

Posted By on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 3:53 PM

Conceptual photo illustration of how The Village project would look from the perspective of the Westwood neighborhood. - CITY OF ARCATA
  • City of Arcata
  • Conceptual photo illustration of how The Village project would look from the perspective of the Westwood neighborhood.
Humboldt State University will host a town hall meeting Monday to provide information and answer questions about The Village, a large student housing project proposed for Arcata’s Craftsman’s Mall site, which sits across U.S. Highway 101 from LK Wood Boulevard north of campus.

Last week, the university announced that it is working to “finalize a partnership” with AMCAL, the private developer pushing the project, under which the university would manage the complex, which is slated to house 600 students and has met significant pushback from residents of Arcata’s Westwood neighborhood, who feel it is a poor fit.

Monday’s meeting is slated to run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall in the College Creek Apartments complex on campus. It will feature a presentation from a variety of HSU officials on the project’s “operational plan” and time for a question-and-answer period.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Hitting the Water

Posted By on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 3:05 PM

Humboldt Bay Fire’s water rescue team dove back into action Sunday following a year’s hiatus with a demonstration at the Del Norte Street pier after funding was secured by the department, HBF’s board and HBF Local 652 to bring back the program.

HBF RESCUE SWIMMING - NCJ from North Coast Journal on Vimeo.

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Pathway Planned for Downtown Petrolia

Posted By on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 2:29 PM

Children crossing the road in downtown Petrolia. - GOFUNDME
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  • Children crossing the road in downtown Petrolia.
Petrolia locals have taken on an ambitious project: a one-mile pedestrian path stretching from the George C. Lindley Memorial Bridge to the Petrolia General Store in an effort to make a safer walking environment for children. The project is expected to begin this summer.

On May 17, 2017, Petrolia resident Darlene Santner was clipped by a truck while pushing her toddler in his stroller on the side of Mattole Road. For Santner, who was then pregnant with her second child, this opened her eyes to just how unsafe it was for kids and adults alike to walk in the sidewalk-less town. Petrolia has a population of roughly 400 to 600 people and many of the community's events take place within walking distance of residential hubs. When Santner contacted First District Supervisor Rex Bohn, he told her that the county had few resources for such a project, so she would have to do take it into her own hands.

“They can’t put much into (the) trail since the road is so bad and there isn’t funding for that,” Bohn told the Journal.

According to Santner, it has been a long, difficult process. “The biggest challenge has been implementation. Do we put it on both sides? One side? How will we fund it?”

Though funding has been a challenge, Santner has also seen support.

“We received a grant from the Monroe Tobin Family Fund, and a fund from the Humboldt Area Foundation,” she said.”We are grateful for Tom Mattson, [Humboldt County] director of public works for his support. Because of his support, the county received $11,000 in Measure Z funds to be allocated toward the pathway. The county has crushed rock to donate for the path and will begin this summer.”

Santner also experienced some negativity online, directed at her from local landowners worried that the path would infringe on their property. She assured them that the path will remain on the county easement on either side of the road.
Efforts are being taken to speed up the project.

“We want to kick-start making it safer for kids,” Bohn said.

“I feel kids deserve a safe and fun place to ride bikes or walk and should be able to access the store, resource center, medical clinic, community center and school,” Santner said. She has also started a GoFundMe page, where she has raised almost $3,000 of a $20,000 goal.

Editor's Note: Maple Wheeler is a sophomore at Mattole Triple Junction High School who joined us for several weeks as part of her school's annual Mentor Project program to learn more about a career in journalism. This is her first contribution to the Journal.
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Friday, June 8, 2018

KHSU Pledge Drive Postponed Amid Community Concerns

Posted By on Fri, Jun 8, 2018 at 3:54 PM

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A KHSU pledge drive scheduled to take place next week has been postponed in the wake of community concerns about the recent firing of a longtime program and operations manager Katie Whiteside.

About 150 community members upset about her departure attended a KHSU Community Advisory Board meeting in May, with several saying they had rescinded their support for the station and urged others to do the same.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

HSU Working to 'Finalize' Agreement on Massive Arcata Housing Project

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2018 at 3:23 PM

Conceptual photo illustration of how The Village project would look from the perspective of the Westwood neighborhood. - CITY OF ARCATA
  • City of Arcata
  • Conceptual photo illustration of how The Village project would look from the perspective of the Westwood neighborhood.

Humboldt State University is touting its effort to “finalize a partnership” with a private developer on a massive student housing project near campus that is the subject of a special Arcata City Council meeting tonight.

According to President Lisa Rossbacher’s June 6 letter to council members, the university had been receiving information about The Village for more than a year but didn’t “make progress” on a formal relationship with AMCAL until May 8, which happens to be the same day a divided planning commission voted not to recommend the needed general plan and zoning amendments to the council.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Interim Chief, Controversial Housing Project Before Arcata Council

Posted By on Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 4:28 PM

Conceptual photo illustration of how The Village project would look from the perspective of the Westwood neighborhood. - CITY OF ARCATA
  • City of Arcata
  • Conceptual photo illustration of how The Village project would look from the perspective of the Westwood neighborhood.
The Arcata City Council will consider Wednesday appointing an interim police chief and conduct a public hearing on a massive student housing complex — a controversial project expected to bring in such a large crowd that staff recommends shifting public comment on the item to a special meeting Thursday.

While the city is searching for a permanent chief after Tom Chapman’s sudden resignation in April, Richard “Rick” Ehle would oversee day-to-day operations of the department to “reduce that impact on current staff during this transitional period,” according to the staff report.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

A Final Burial of Flight 93 Slated at National Memorial

Posted By on Mon, Jun 4, 2018 at 7:59 AM

The grounds of the Flight 93 National Memorial. - NPS
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  • The grounds of the Flight 93 National Memorial.
The National Park Service is preparing to lay to rest the last remnants of Flight 93, which was brought down in a Pennsylvania field rather than its intended target on Sept. 11, 2001, after crew members and passengers — including Humboldt County resident Richard Guadagno — thwarted their hijackers.

According to a news release, the wreckage will be buried at the crash site later this year “in a restricted access zone on the sacred ground of Flight 93 National Memorial and will not be accessible to the public or the media.”

Guadagno, then manager of the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, stormed the cockpit with others after they realized their plane was part of a targeted terrorist attack that had already devastated the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. He was 38.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Concerned Community Members Flood Meeting to Discuss Firing of Woman who 'Put the K in KHSU'

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2018 at 2:11 PM

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  • Katie Whiteside
The KHSU Community Advisory Board held its monthly open meeting Wednesday evening in Humboldt State University’s Gist Hall to address community concerns over the handling of issues regarding staffing and station procedures — specifically, the sudden firing of longtime program and operations director Katie Whiteside by KHSU General Manager Peter Fretwell.

Fretwell, who was brought from outside the area to helm KHSU in April of 2017,  is “a 37-year radio executive … an experienced leader focused on community-driven programming and service, team-building and organizational culture,” according to a brief bio on the station's website. The 140 or so community members who attended the meeting, made up mostly of KHSU volunteers, staff, sustaining members and underwriters, expressed displeasure with the firing of Whiteside, who has worked at the station for more than two decades.


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Saturday, May 26, 2018

McKinley Draped in 'Justice for Josiah' Banner in Dual Act of Protest

Posted By on Sat, May 26, 2018 at 2:40 PM

The McKinley statue was shrouded in a "Justice for Josiah" banner for today's kick off of the Kinetic Grand Championship race. - THADEUS GREENSON
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  • The McKinley statue was shrouded in a "Justice for Josiah" banner for today's kick off of the Kinetic Grand Championship race.
The thousands of people who descended on the Arcata Plaza this morning to watch the Kinetic Grand Championship race begin were greeted by an unusual sight.

The McKinley statue in the plaza’s center — the source of months of public debate — was shrouded in a white sheet painted with the words “Justice for Josiah” in red paint. It’s unclear who shrouded the statue in protest but no efforts were being made to remove it as the race kicked off.

The kind of dual protest comes on the heels of Thursday night’s dialogue on race in Arcata, where much of the conversation focused on the April 15, 2017, stabbing death of David Josiah Lawson, a 19-year-old Humboldt State University sophomore whose killing remains unsolved more than a year later. And the shrouding of the McKinley statue can be seen as its own protest, as well, as since the Arcata City Council voted Feb. 21 to remove the statute amid a public outcry a group of citizens has been circulating a petition seeking to rescind the council’s decision and put the matter before city voters in November.
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Friday, May 25, 2018

State Steps in Amid Surge in HIV Cases

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2018 at 10:41 AM

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The California Department of Public Health is stepping in amid a dramatic rise in newly diagnosed HIV cases in Humboldt County and officials believe there are at least 35 people in the community who may not be aware they have been exposed and may be infected, according to a Department of Health and Human Services release.

The state has sent two communicable disease specialists to aid in the outbreak’s investigation with the hope of heading off a public health crisis like one that occurred in Indiana in 2015, becoming one of the worst HIV epidemics in U.S. history.

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