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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Warning: Back Away From the (Sports Harvested) Bi-Valves

Posted By on Thu, Sep 13, 2018 at 2:53 PM

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The California Department of Public Health is advising against eating mussels, clams or whole scallops that were recreationally harvested in Humboldt County due to dangerous levels of domoic acid.

A similar warning was already in place for Del Norte County, along with one advising against eating sports harvested razor clams from both regions.

According to the department’s release, the warning “does not apply to commercially sold clams, mussels, scallops or oysters from approved sources,” which are required to undergo frequent testing.


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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Update: I-5 Back Open

Posted By on Sun, Sep 9, 2018 at 10:06 AM

Flames from the Delta Fire near an Interstate 5 exit on Saturday. - INTERAGENCY FIRE MANAGEMENT TEAM
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  • Flames from the Delta Fire near an Interstate 5 exit on Saturday.
Update: Caltrans reports Interstate 5 has reopened between Redding and Mount Shasta.
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The Delta Fire has grown to nearly 41,000 acres and continues to force the closure of a stretch of Interstate 5 this morning with another evaluation of the threat to public safety set to take place this afternoon, according to a Caltrans tweet.

Two “soft closures” have been established in areas of the blaze, now 5 percent contained, affecting the communities of Lakehead and Dunsmuir with certain conditions but the interagency fire management team notes that “visitors and tourists will not be granted access.”

For up-to-date information, visit here.


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Flight 93 "Tower of Voices" Memorial to be Dedicated Today

Posted By on Sun, Sep 9, 2018 at 8:30 AM

The Tower of Voice memorial to the 40 passengers and crew of Flight 93. - NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
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  • The Tower of Voice memorial to the 40 passengers and crew of Flight 93.
Encircled by trees and rising above a sprawling Pennsylvania meadow brimming with wild flowers, the 93-foot Tower of Voices is being dedicated today in memory of the 33 passengers and seven crew members who died aboard Flight 93 amid the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Each of them — including former Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge Manager Richard Guadagno — are represented by the 40 wind chimes that cascade down the concrete memorial.

The design, according to the Flight 93 Memorial’s website, is meant to allow their silenced voices to continue to resonate with “tones that convey, through harmony and discord, both the serenity of the site and the tragic event.”

The 10 a.m. ceremony will be live-streamed on the Friends of Flight 93 website, which can be found here.
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Guadagno, 38, is believed to have been among the passengers and crew who stormed the cockpit after hijackers took over the flight, bringing down the plane on an empty field rather than its intended target, thought to have been the U.S. Capitol.

Seventeen years later, the pain of his loss is evident as Diqui LaPenta recalls their time together, her voice breaking with emotion as she talks about the man she knew and once thought she might marry.

“It’s a blessing to have loved so deeply to hurt so much,” LaPenta says. “No, it’s something you don’t get over, but you get through it. Over and over again, you get through it.”


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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Sac Bee Looks at Rural Policing and a Kettenpom Couple's Terrifying Ordeal

Posted By and on Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 11:00 AM

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Rural residents know that a 911 call to law enforcement may result in an hours long wait for a response. On Wednesday, the Sacramento Bee posted the culmination of several months of research into the problem.

Leading the article is the story of how in March of 2011 a Trinity County couple, Jim and Norma Gund, had their throats slashed by a murderer when they responded to a request from a Trinity County Sheriff Cpl. Ron Whitman to check on their neighbor who had called 911 for help. Whitman was almost 100 miles away in Weaverville.

According to the Bee’s story, “[T]he drive — through rugged forest and over steep passes — would take almost three hours.”


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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Eureka Sues Big Pharma

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 12:29 PM

The county of Humboldt, home to more opioid prescriptions than people, filed a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies. Eureka has now followed suit. - FLICKR
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  • The county of Humboldt, home to more opioid prescriptions than people, filed a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies. Eureka has now followed suit.
The city of Eureka has joined a host of municipalities across the country — including the county of Humboldt — by filing a federal lawsuit against the nation’s largest manufacturers of prescription opioids.

Specifically, the complaint alleges the companies have violated federal racketeering laws and constitute a public nuisance. Keller Rohrback — the same law firm representing the county in its suit — is representing Eureka in the litigation on a contingency basis, meaning the firm will only be paid out of awarded damages if the suit is successful.

See the city’s full press release copied below:

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

UPDATED: Divided Arcata City Council Stalls Student Housing Project

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 11:11 AM

Conceptual photo illustration of how The Village project would look from the perspective of the Westwood neighborhood. - CITY OF ARCATA
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  • Conceptual photo illustration of how The Village project would look from the perspective of the Westwood neighborhood.
The Arcata City Council, meeting this morning with Councilmember Michael Winkler absent, having recused himself from the issue, deadlocked on The Village, a controversial off-campus student housing project, leaving the development’s future uncertain.

The council voted 2-2, with Councilmember Paul Pitino and Mayor Sofia Pereira dissenting, on a motion from Councilmember Susan Ornelas that would have approved the project in principle while requiring Humboldt State University and the developer to modify their proposal to include family housing in the project, which as proposed would house 600 students. Earlier in the meeting, an HSU administrator told the council that including family housing in the development isn’t viable due to liability concerns and a lack of demand.

After Ornelas’ motion failed for lack of a third vote, Pitino moved to approve the project as proposed. But Ornelas abstained from the vote in “protest” of what she deemed a lack of willingness from the developer and HSU to think creatively and to compromise. Councilmember Brett Watson also abstained without explanation, halting the motion.

With the council having failed to come to a consensus, the project appears stalled and it’s unclear under what circumstances it could be brought back for further consideration.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Arcata City Council to Consider 'The Village' Project at Morning Meeting

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2018 at 5:37 PM

Conceptual photo illustration of how The Village project would look from the perspective of the Westwood neighborhood. - CITY OF ARCATA
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  • Conceptual photo illustration of how The Village project would look from the perspective of the Westwood neighborhood.
A special 9 a.m. meeting is scheduled Wednesday for the Arcata City Council to consider the approval of a controversial off-campus student housing project known as The Village.

The proposed 600-bed facility is supported by Humboldt State University but has drawn opposition from local residents who have voiced concerns about noise, traffic and other impacts from placing so many students in a development on a 10-acre parcel just over the bridge from LK Wood Boulevard.

The now downsized proposal includes two three-story buildings and three two-story buildings with a total of 152 units.


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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Mill Creek Fire Grows to More Than 2,000 Acres

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2018 at 11:29 AM

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Editor's note: A previous version of the story incorrectly stated the date of the community meeting in Hoopa. The meeting took place Tuesday night.

The Mill Creek Fire, burning in the Hoopa Valley south of Weitchpec, continued to grow overnight and now stands at more than 2,000 acres.

Orleans, Weitchpec, Hoopa, Willow Creek and Bald Hill are all being rated as having unhealthy air quality due to the smoke and officials are cautioning anyone living in the area who has breathing issues or other sensitivities to stay inside or to visit a clean air site. Coastal areas are expected to be in the moderate zone, but sensitive individuals should consider limiting prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion. Garberville, being impacted by fires to the south, is also in the moderate range, according to the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District.

Residents are also being directed to individual school websites for information about possible schedule changes due to the closure of State Route 96 between Bull Creek and Mill Creek.

A $10,000 award is currently being offered for information on the fire, which has been determined to be arson.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

APD Interim Chief Hopes to See Charges in Lawson Case in 6-8 Weeks

Posted By on Fri, Aug 17, 2018 at 11:32 AM

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  • Protesters disrupt Thursday's Arcata City Council meeting.
After a group of about 30 protesters shut down an Arcata City Council meeting for the second consecutive night to demand justice for a slain Humboldt State University student, Interim Police Chief Richard Ehle offered a brief update on the case, saying he hopes to conclude the investigation and forward it on to the district attorney’s office for a charging decision in six to eight weeks.

“We have done much, so much stuff you wouldn’t believe it,” Ehle told the group. “We’re very close.”

Protesters disrupted the council’s regular scheduled meeting Wednesday, pushing for progress in the now 18-month-old investigation into the April 15, 2017, stabbing death of David Josiah Lawson, a 19-year-old HSU sophomore, at an off-campus party. The council abruptly postponed the meeting, rescheduling it for last night.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

'Justice for Josiah' Protest Disrupts Arcata Council Meeting

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2018 at 9:18 PM

Protestors disrupt Wednesday's Arcata City Council meeting. - PHOTO BY RYAN HUTSON
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  • Protestors disrupt Wednesday's Arcata City Council meeting.
Wednesday’s Arcata City Council meeting was rescheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday after protesters demanding movement on an investigation into the fatal stabbing of Humboldt State University student David Josiah Lawson took over the council chambers.

Video footage from local media outlets showed the group lined up along the aisles of the room and in front of the council’s dais while clapping and chanting, “Justice for Josiah, now” and “Bring Tom Parker back.”

Both Parker and Josiah Lawson’s mother Charmaine Lawson spoke to the crowd via phone, according to a reporter at city hall. Protesters were vowing to stay until Arcata agreed to bring Parker back.

Parker, a retired FBI agent who had been assisting the Arcata Police Department with the case pro bono, resigned in April, saying the department was not following his recommendations and he believed investigators were withholding information from him. Then Arcata Police Chief Tom Chapman abruptly stepped down less than 24-hours later.

At the time, City Manager Karen Diemer didn’t dispute Parker’s contentions about detectives withholding information but said the lack of trust had developed after a confidentiality breach.

Lawson, a 19-year-old sophomore, died April 15, 2017, after being stabbed at an off-campus party.

Editor's note: A version of this report first appeared on www.kymkemp.com and is reposted here with permission
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