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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Fortuna CCC Crew Heads Out to Help Florida After Hurricane Michael

Posted By on Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 2:26 PM

Fortuna Crew supervisor T. Mike Asprey briefs Corpsmembers on travel and task assignments as they head to Hurricane Michael recovery work in Florida. - SUBMITTED
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  • Fortuna Crew supervisor T. Mike Asprey briefs Corpsmembers on travel and task assignments as they head to Hurricane Michael recovery work in Florida.
Fortuna members of the California Conservation Corp headed out to Florida this morning to help lend a hand to those devastated by Hurricane Michael, which killed at least 39 and left entire communities in Florida wiped off the map.

The crew, joined by another from San Diego, will be sent out across the Florida Gulf Coast to assist in the overwhelming task of cleaning up debris, removing downed trees and readying homes for rebuilding, according to a CCC release.

They will return home on Thanksgiving Day.

“If you have the skills and the will power to go do the work, why not go out and make a difference,” Kali Madding, a corpsmember from the CCC Fortuna Center, said in the release. “It makes it all worthwhile knowing that we’re going out there to help a community that can’t help themselves at the moment.”

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Hundreds Gather to Celebrate the Life of Merv George Sr.

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2018 at 4:11 PM

Laura Lee George holds up her cell phone to play a version of "Chocolate Ice Cream Cone" after telling the crowd that her husband was bullied because he was the smallest in his class and the only one who wore glasses. He started singing the song on the school bus and caught the attention of the "pretty girls," according to his son Merv George Jr. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Laura Lee George holds up her cell phone to play a version of "Chocolate Ice Cream Cone" after telling the crowd that her husband was bullied because he was the smallest in his class and the only one who wore glasses. He started singing the song on the school bus and caught the attention of the "pretty girls," according to his son Merv George Jr.

Hundreds of people gathered Sunday to celebrate the life of Merv George Sr., a Hupa religious dance leader and frontman of The Merv George Band, which for decades kept local dance floors buzzing at venues big and small. George was remembered Sunday as a talented musician with an easy smile who was dedicated to the communities he was a part of.

Check out local photographer Mark McKenna's slideshow below of images from Sunday's celebration of George's life. To read more about George, see past Journal coverage here. Donation's in George's honor can be made to the Merv George Memorial Music Fund at the Humboldt Area Foundation, 363 Indianola Road, Bayside, CA 95524.

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Beyond Geek TV Show Goes Kinetic

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2018 at 1:47 PM

Mad Plants - Beyond ThunderClones opens the mouth of its Venus Fly Trap. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Mad Plants - Beyond ThunderClones opens the mouth of its Venus Fly Trap.
Beyond Geek, a public television show about “a fascinating world you didn’t know existed, full of people who take geek to a whole new level,” has just released a new video about this year’s Kinetic Grand Championship.

Described as “part update, part behind the scenes” of the show’s kinetic episodes, filmed during the three-day Memorial Day weekend race that traverses land, sand and water in a quest for the glory.

So take a view down memory lane with the video below and you might just recognized a few of the featured folks:

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Community Icon Muriel Dinsmore Dies at 89

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 8:45 PM

Muriel Dinsmore - EUREKA HERITAGE SOCIETY'S FACEBOOK PAGE
  • Eureka Heritage Society's Facebook Page
  • Muriel Dinsmore
Muriel Dinsmore, a tireless supporter of myriad community causes — from the arts to historic preservation  to education — died this week. She was 89.

Born in Eureka just before the stock market crash of 1929, Dinsmore grew up in Rio Dell and was well-known for the decade she spent as editor of the Times-Standard’s Accent on People section, interviewing everyone from First Lady Nancy Reagan to hitchhikers passing through the region.

Dinsmore was a founding member of the Humboldt Arts Council, which runs the Morris Graves Museum of Art, and the Eureka Heritage Society, along with supporting a wealth of other organizations, including the League of Women Voters and the College of the Redwoods Foundation League.

She also served as College of the Redwoods director of public relations for 15 years.

As news of Dinsmore’s death spread on social media, dozens expressed sadness at her passing, remembering the mother of four as a “classy lady” with “boundless energy” and a “beautiful smile” who gave passionately to the community she loved.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Nearly 3 Years Later: Stagecoach Road is Back With Some Restrictions

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 2:43 PM

Posted road restrictions for Stagecoach Road. - COUNTY OF HUMBOLT
  • County of Humbolt
  • Posted road restrictions for Stagecoach Road.
After taking the long way home for nearly three years, residents living along Stagecoach Road north of Trinidad city limits can once again drive over the Mill Creek crossing after Humboldt County Public Works installed a single lane flatcar bridge.

The section of road was closed in December of 2015, when record-breaking storms drenched the region, causing a culvert on the road to fail. Read Journal coverage about the dousing here and here.

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North Coast Night Lights: Milky Way Over Kneeland Snow

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 12:28 PM

The Milky Way above a snowy landscape outside of Kneeland, California, early on the morning of Feb. 21, 2018. - DAVID WILSON
  • David Wilson
  • The Milky Way above a snowy landscape outside of Kneeland, California, early on the morning of Feb. 21, 2018.
I was enwombed in a place of dreamlike comfort and warmth. In the honey hum of perfect slumber, I was suspended in the vibrations of the universe. Dreaming of misty sunbeams and forest floors, and floating like a butterfly. Except …

Except the sound of Dr. McCoy’s medical scanner was intruding. It peeled away the warmth and glow, pulled back the mists and shattered the hum. My world tottered, and then it was dark. I was in bed. My alarm was going off. And I was tired. I reached for the phone and shut off the alarm.

3:30 a.m. read my phone and it was time to get up and go take the first Milky Way photograph of the year. Except it was so very early, and I was so very tired. And dreamland’s paradise of moments before still beckoned.

But a voice said to me from inside, "If you don't go out, you won't bring anything back.”

“But sometimes a body needs to sleep!” I cried.

“Well, if you don’t go out, you won’t bring anything back.”

“You always say that,” I said. But I got up.


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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Hospital Cuts, Awkward Railroad Talks, Shelter Funding on Tap in Eureka

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2018 at 3:33 PM

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Members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers are expected to ask the Eureka City Council tonight to press St. Joseph Hospital officials to reverse course on the elimination of 35 positions and call a public meeting on patient care issues, including staffing levels.

News of the layoffs, which the union has described as retaliatory, came in September after an informational rally on staffing issues was held outside the Eureka hospital. The health system has described the employee reductions as workforce realignments designed “to provide a more efficient and value-based care delivery system.”

Of the 35 jobs being lost, 10 were open positions that will not be filled. The cuts will impact both St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka and Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna. Read previous Journal coverage here.

The comments by union members will come at the start of the 6 p.m. meeting, which includes an agenda item on whether to request that the California Attorney General’s Office conduct an “investigative review” into a $10 billion railroad-to-port investment proposal that has been touted at Humboldt Bay Working Group meetings.

That could prove somewhat awkward seeing as Councilmember Marian Brady — who terms out this year and is running for a seat on the harbor district board — has voiced support for the endeavor and was quoted in local media reports as saying to “naysayers” that the project is “doable” with today’s modern technology.

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McKinley Statue Vandalized

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2018 at 11:32 AM

The statue of President McKinley was doused with an unknown substance. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • The statue of President McKinley was doused with an unknown substance.
The statue of President William McKinley was doused overnight or early this morning with some sort of liquid that left a greenish patina discoloration down the front and back of the figure.

The Mad River Union reports the vandalism was discovered by a city worker and has been reported to the Arcata Police Department. The sergeant on the case was not immediately available for comment.

This, of course, is not the first time the bronze has been marred. Back in April of 2003, someone snapped off its thumb but it was later returned.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

HumLook: Trains, Boats and Pride

Posted By on Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 8:52 AM

The Timber Heritage Association began a new speeder train crew car tour in Eureka on Sept. 29 to complement its existing speeder runs in Loleta and Samoa. People rode all day from under the Samoa Bridge, across the Eureka Slough bridge, and along Humboldt Bay for the 40-minute tours. - JOSE QUEZADA
  • Jose Quezada
  • The Timber Heritage Association began a new speeder train crew car tour in Eureka on Sept. 29 to complement its existing speeder runs in Loleta and Samoa. People rode all day from under the Samoa Bridge, across the Eureka Slough bridge, and along Humboldt Bay for the 40-minute tours.

Local photographer Jose Quezada has launched a pair of new websites, HumSport and HumLook, showcasing the work of a team of local photographers. Photographers will be uploading galleries of photos on both sites regularly, showcasing their best images of local sports, cultural events and landscapes. High-resolution downloads of the images are also available for $5 apiece.

The Journal is partnering with Quezada and the sites to bring you regular slideshows offering a glimpse of what these photographers have captured. The below slideshow is from HumLook. To see more or to purchase downloads of any of these images, visit www.HumLook.com.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Trinidad Rancheria to Host Meeting on Hotel Project

Posted By on Sun, Oct 14, 2018 at 2:07 PM

An early artistic rendering of the hotel — one that Trinidad Rancheria officials say was only a placeholder and doesn’t reflect current design concepts. - BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs Environmental Assessment
  • An early artistic rendering of the hotel — one that Trinidad Rancheria officials say was only a placeholder and doesn’t reflect current design concepts.
Those concerned about the Trinidad Rancheria's plans to build a six-story hotel on the bluff above Scenic Drive will have another chance to ask questions at a second public meeting scheduled for tomorrow. People will then have a week to send comments to the Bureau of Indian Affairs before the public comment period on the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the project closes Oct. 22.

"We will be responding to concerns raised by community members at the earlier meeting called by HARP (Humboldt Alliance for Responsible Planning)," said Trinidad Rancheria Chief Executive Officer Jacque Hostler-Carmesin. "Our meeting with the city of Trinidad was originally scheduled for Nov. 9, but we moved it forward so that people would have time to comment."

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