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Monday, December 10, 2018

Fortuna Facing Water Woes After Main Break

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 1:29 PM

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If you live in Fortuna and are having some water issues, here’s what’s going on.

Workers are tackling a broken main on Smith Lane that will leave some residents without water access for most of the day, while others may experience discoloration due to hydrants being flushed, according to the city’s Facebook page.

Residents are asked reach out to city hall at 725-7600 if they need assistance or additional information.

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

North Coast Night Lights:The Covered Bridge of Elk River

Posted By on Sat, Dec 8, 2018 at 3:39 PM

Berta’s Ranch Covered Bridge is a couple miles out Elk River Road on Berta Road. - DAVID WILSON
  • David Wilson
  • Berta’s Ranch Covered Bridge is a couple miles out Elk River Road on Berta Road.
Humboldt County is home to a number of noteworthy bridges, two of which are wooden covered bridges built in the 1930s. Both of these are still in service out Elk River Road and I’ve thought for a while that catching an unusual view of them beneath the stars would be interesting. Earlier this year I visited the pair, hoping to find angles that would include the Milky Way flying over them. Yes, you know I love to include it over my landscapes. The Milky Way’s structure is the most visible reminder of the vastness of the cosmic space in which we drift and it comforts me to know that we are really too tiny down here for our problems to matter much in the true scope of things.

It’s quiet out Elk River on a week night. I photographed both of these bridges at about 10:30 p.m., just a few days apart in July of 2018. Only a couple cars passed by either night and I was probably photographing for about an hour both times. Humboldt has a third covered bridge, built in the 1960s, out past Jacoby Creek but I have yet to work out an angle for that one that could also feature the Milky Way.
Also off of Elk River Road, Zanes Road covered bridge is another half-mile or so past Berta Road. The red light at the end of the tunnel is me holding my headlamp. - DAVID WILSON
  • David Wilson
  • Also off of Elk River Road, Zanes Road covered bridge is another half-mile or so past Berta Road. The red light at the end of the tunnel is me holding my headlamp.


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Friday, December 7, 2018

Zooey Deschanel Really Likes Eureka

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 4:25 PM

The landmark Carson Mansion. - FILE
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  • The landmark Carson Mansion.
When actor Zooey Deschanel — star of New Girl and the perennial Christmas classic Elf — was asked about a must-go travel hot spot in California during a recent interview with Travel + Leisure, her answer was short and local: Eureka.

Deschanel, according to the online piece, is teaming up with Capital One on The Purpose Project to promote meaningful travel, which falls in line with her other efforts to make the world a better place, including support for The Farm Project and The Innocence Project.

During the interview — which includes a segment on navigating the perfect road trip through the Golden State — the writer notes that Eureka “probably isn’t on too many people’s radars,” to which Deschanel quickly replied it should be.

“Oh you have to go. It’s so beautiful,” she said. “Its amazing forests and hiking and it’s absolutely magical.”

Read the full Travel + Leisure story here.
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Fish and Wildlife Says the Crab Aren't Ready Yet

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 2:16 PM

Another crab season, another delay. - C. JUHASZ/CDFW WEBSITE
  • C. Juhasz/CDFW website
  • Another crab season, another delay.
The North Coast’s crab woes continue as local crustaceans just aren’t fattening up enough for the commercial season to begin, prompting the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to issue a second delay in opening day — which is now slated for Dec. 31.

According to a release, results from the Dec. 4 quality test “continue to show that Dungeness crab are not yet ready for harvesting." Another round of meat weighing is slated for Dec. 21, the results of which could either trigger a tossing of the crab pots or another postponement until mid-January.


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Body Found in Eel River May Be Missing Santa Rosa Man

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 12:53 PM

The SHCTR team works with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office on the details for recovering the body. - TALIA ROSE
  • Talia Rose
  • The SHCTR team works with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office on the details for recovering the body.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is looking into whether the body found earlier this week by a wildlife photographer in the Eel River is that of a Santa Rosa man who was last seen heading home after a trip to Eureka in November.

A release states that the missing man’s family contacted the MCSO after hearing reports of the recovery. His vehicle was later located near Confusion Hill, which is about 6 miles upriver from where the body was located and he matches the general description of the body that as found.

Read previous Journal coverage of the discovery of the body and the recovery efforts here and here.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

'This is a Human Being': A Volunteer Rescue Team Dropped Everything to Recover a Body Found in the Eel River

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 10:45 AM

The tech team uses a series of ropes to carefully free the body, which was snagged on a tree. - TALIA ROSE
  • Talia Rose
  • The tech team uses a series of ropes to carefully free the body, which was snagged on a tree.
The recent rains had pushed the waters of the Eel River higher and the sound the cold current rushing over rocks was loud when Southern Humboldt County Technical Rescue team member Thomas Norris met up with Talia Rose yesterday near the Humboldt-Mendocino county line.

“She had messaged us on Facebook about 12:45,” explained Norris, a Caltrans worker who volunteers his time with the team.

Rose, a wildlife photographer had seen what she initially thought was the carcass of a deer. She had even posted about the encounter on her local nature page. But then, a comment made her second guess what might have been lying in the water. She reached out to the SHCTR team who are well-known for their work locally.

The two met up and walked up the river. When they arrived, Norris said he could tell it was a body. “I tried to wade over but it was too deep,” he said.

Meanwhile, four other members of the SHCTR team were arriving. Diana Totten and Aurora Studebaker, both Southern Humboldt businesswomen, were there soon after Norris.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Grandmother Found Dying on Eureka Street

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 12:33 PM

Bryan Hall of the Eureka Rescue Mission. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Bryan Hall of the Eureka Rescue Mission.
About 7:15 a.m. Monday, a Native American woman was found unresponsive off an alleyway near the 1700 block of Fourth Street in Eureka. Though an officer administered CPR to the woman, Debra Jealous of Him, she was later pronounced dead.

Jealous of Him, who most recently lived on the streets of Eureka, had earlier lived in Hoopa.

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Eureka Considers Moving Forward with Indian Island Transfer

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 10:58 AM

Tuluwat, on Indian Island. - FILE
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  • Tuluwat, on Indian Island.
The Eureka City Council is slated tonight to decide whether to move forward with transferring ownership of Indian Island back to the Wiyot Tribe.

The city’s planning commission voted unanimously last month to find that the 202 acres of land the city owns on Indian Island are not required for “current or future public use” and is thus surplus property. The council will consider tomorrow whether to officially declare the property surplus and direct the city manager to negotiate transferring the land back to the tribe.


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Monday, December 3, 2018

Update: Badly Injured Boy Flown Out of the Area

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 2:46 PM

Emergency vehicles prepare the landing zone for the helicopter at Berry Summit. - CALTRANS TRAFFIC CAM
  • Caltrans Traffic Cam
  • Emergency vehicles prepare the landing zone for the helicopter at Berry Summit.
A 4- or 5-year-old boy from the Hoopa area was taken by helicopter to an out-of-the-area hospital after receiving major injuries today in what appears to be an accident involving “some sort of firework,” according to Samantha Karges, public information specialist with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

“About 12:45 p.m. we received a call from Grasshopper Lane. There was a child with major injuries,” she said.


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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Eureka Man ID'd as Person Found Dead in Burning Van, Daughter Says

Posted By on Sun, Dec 2, 2018 at 1:26 PM

Frank Pinckney - MCSO
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  • Frank Pinckney
The body found in a burning van Nov. 24 in a pullout a few miles west of Leggett on U.S. Highway 1 has been identified as missing Eureka man, Frank Pinckney, his daughter Jasmine Barreto said today. He was 58.

“They matched dental records and confirmed,” she told Redheaded Blackbelt. “I was notified Thursday.”

A witness saw a white male, described as weighing about 180 pounds and wearing a white jumpsuit with logging boots, fleeing the scene. “His leg was on fire,” Jamie Rennie, the witness, previously told Redheaded Blackbelt. “He was patting his leg and jumping around. … He was yelling incoherently and ran around to the back of the vehicle.” After that, Rennie lost track of the man.

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