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Friday, August 10, 2018

Mendo Complex Gets Containment Date, but no Estimate for Carr Fire

Posted By on Fri, Aug 10, 2018 at 2:34 PM

Satellite imagery of wildfire smoke in the state. - NOAA
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  • Satellite imagery of wildfire smoke in the state.
While a string of fires continue to burn to the north, south and east of Humboldt County, air quality is expected to be in the good to moderate stage although some inland areas, such as Garberville, will have “widespread haze,” according to the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District.

Fire officials are now giving an estimated containment date of Sept. 1 for the Mendocino Complex — the merging of the Ranch and River fires, which currently stands as the largest in California history. The blaze has burned more than 300,000 acres and destroyed 119 homes with another 9,200 structures threatened, according to Calfire.

The cause remains under investigation.

To the east, the deadly Carr Fire, which has claimed at least eight lives, burned more than 180,000 acres and destroyed 1,077 homes, has no estimated date for full containment.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

NCJ Editor Nabs National Awards

Posted By on Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 2:45 PM

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The North Coast Journal’s own Jennifer Fumiko Cahill got some national recognition this week.

At its annual newspaper contest awards ceremony over the weekend, the Association of Alternative Newsmedia announced that Cahill, our arts and features editor, finished second in the Food Writing category and received an honorable mention in Best Columns in our circulation division, which sees the Journal compete against papers twice its size.

The awards stem from three Table Talk pieces Cahill wrote for the Journal in 2017 and the first two installments of her bitingly satirical “Seriously?” series. If you haven’t had a chance to read these, we urge you to double back.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Baykeeper Director Featured in Vanity Fair

Posted By on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 9:38 AM

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While the front cover of this season's Vanity Fair bears the standard celebrity mug (Emilia Clarke, who plays Game of Thrones' dragon-riding queen Daenerys Targaryen), on pages 84 through 89 you'll find an article about efforts to preserve California's vibrant coast — and one familiar face.

Humboldt Baykeeper Director Jennifer Kalt was interviewed along with several other Golden State water protectors highlighting sustainability efforts up and down the coast. In the article, which you can read here, Kalt discusses her promotion of sustainable oyster farming and the importance of zeroing in where you can make a difference.

“I know people feel really overwhelmed, but if they just focus on the one issue they really care about they can make so much of a difference,” says Kalt in the article, written by Bruno Navasky.


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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

Katie Whiteside - KHSU
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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, April 21, 2018

El Leñador Turns 5

Posted By on Sat, Apr 21, 2018 at 7:51 PM

This semester's El Leñador crew. - PHOTO BY SAM ARMANINO
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  • This semester's El Leñador crew.

Humboldt State University's bilingual student paper El Leñador started out as an insert in The Lumberjack. Some 40 issues later, it's a full-fledged, award-winning paper with rotating editors and a dedicated staff focusing on Latinx culture and issues. Students, staff, faculty and community members gathered to celebrate the paper's fifth year in the Kate Buchanan Room on Thursday evening over enchiladas with a raffle thrown in. See the latest from El Leñador here and see the slideshow by Sam Armanino (an El Leñ alum) below.


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Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Journal Scores Nine California News Awards

Posted By on Sun, Apr 15, 2018 at 2:55 PM

This first place CNPA award winner for Informational Graphic went with a story on cannabis contamination. - ILLUSTRATION BY HOLLY HARVEY
  • Illustration by Holly Harvey
  • This first place CNPA award winner for Informational Graphic went with a story on cannabis contamination.
The California News Publishers Association handed out its awards yesterday, of which the Journal, finalist for 12 categories, scored nine awards. We are crazy proud of our winning writers and designers, and of every person who makes each issue possible. Hearty thanks go the community of readers who support us.


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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

McKinley Statue Debate Making the Media Rounds

Posted By on Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 4:52 PM

Now everybody seems to be talking about McKinley. - FILE
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  • Now everybody seems to be talking about McKinley.
The pending removal of President William McKinley’s statue from the Arcata Plaza was thrust in the national spotlight this week after a Los Angeles Times story placed the council’s decision at the forefront of a growing push to take down symbols seen as celebrating the systematic atrocities committed against Native peoples.

The article published Sunday describes McKinley as “the most significant casualty in an emerging movement to remove monuments honoring people who helped lead what Native groups describe as a centuries-long war against their very existence.”

Soon the story was off and running on the conservative media circuit with Fox and Friends talking Tuesday with David LaRue — an Arcata resident working to place the bronze work’s future on the November ballot — who told the hosts he was against removing the statue and has “heard no convincing arguments on why this should happen.”

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Bekah on the Hill

Posted By on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 8:09 AM

A screenshot of Rebekah Martinez's Feb. 2 Instagram post (right) makes light of her once missing status, which was reported by news outlets throughout the country.
  • A screenshot of Rebekah Martinez's Feb. 2 Instagram post (right) makes light of her once missing status, which was reported by news outlets throughout the country.
Hours after her elimination from the show shocked Bachelor nation, Rebekah Martinez did an interview with Jimmy Kimmel last night and “set the record” straight as to how she wound up on the California Attorney General’s missing persons database.

Martinez grabbed international headlines earlier this month after the Journal, with the help of a careful reader, recognized Martinez in a slideshow of missing persons as being the burgeoning reality television star who has been captivating audiences since she began vying for Arie’s love when this season premiered Jan. 1.

In the brief interview with Kimmel, Martinez explained that after her elimination from the show during filming last year that — despite the speculation — she had not lied to her mother when she told her on Nov. 12 she was headed to work on a marijuana farm near Eureka.

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Sheriff, Bachelor Contestant Respond to Media Frenzy

Posted By on Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 1:06 PM

Rebekah Martinez - THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE
  • The Attorney General's Office
  • Rebekah Martinez
When our story broke yesterday that one of the "Humboldt 35" – people on the California Attorney General's database listed as missing from Humboldt County – was not only safe and sound, but vying for a rose on national television, it was greeted by a variety of responses, and a lot of questions. The most pressing question: How did Martinez's name end up on the California Attorney General's website as a missing person, when she was clearly alive and well and active on social media during the time period she was supposedly missing? The answer to that question says a lot about how our system for reporting and investigating missing persons does – and doesn't  –  work.

Bekah Martinez herself helped our story go viral, retweeting it with the words "MOM. How many times do I have to tell you I don't get cell service on the Bachelor??" This year's season of the popular show started filming Sept. 20, according to Insider, and wrapped up around the end of November. On Nov. 18, Martinez's mother reported her missing, saying she was last seen Nov. 12, and her listing was active on the Attorney General's website as of Jan. 18, our "point in time" for capturing the Humboldt 35. Martinez's mom apparently reported her as having come to Humboldt to work on a cannabis farm. Whether she left The Bachelor set to come to Humboldt (Spoiler alert, Bachelor Nation), just offered the story as an alibi while she was wrapping up filming or the timeline is just wonky, we don't know.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Not Missing in Humboldt: Bachelor Contestant Bekah Martinez

Posted By on Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 3:47 PM

Bekah Martinez - THE BACHELOR
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  • Bekah Martinez
It turns out Rebekah Martinez is not missing at all. Quite the contrary, actually, she's on a popular nationally televised show: The Bachelor, which you might have heard of.

When posting this week's cover story to Facebook, we asked if any of our readers recognized any of the 35 people currently listed as missing from Humboldt County on the California Department of Justice's website. Astute readers said, yes, they definitely did and pointed to Martinez, who appears to be a burgeoning reality television star. (Hat tip to you, Amy Bonner O'Brien!)

After some googling returned some Instagram images that appeared very similar to Martinez's photo on the missing persons page, we reached out to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. That prompted an email from Public Information Officer Samantha Karges to the deputy who initially took Martinez's missing persons report, noting the similarity in images and asking if Martinez was still listed as missing.

Ten minutes later, the deputy emailed Karges back: "I just got off the phone with Rebekah. She is in fact the same person. She has been removed from (the Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit)."

Responding to some follow up questions, Karges told the Journal via email that Martinez was reported missing at 1:06 a.m. on Nov. 18 by her mother. “Martinez had reportedly come to Humboldt County to work on a marijuana farm. Her mother hadn’t heard from her since Nov. 12, 2017,” Karges wrote.

There's not a lot of information on the Attorney General's website. It just says Martinez was last seen Nov. 12, 2017, and the case is being investigated by the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. It's interesting to note that Martinez has been active on Instagram throughout the time she was reported as missing. She posted Sept. 17 to tell followers she was "giving up" her phone and social media for several weeks, but she started posting again Nov. 23, some 11 days after she was apparently reported missing. It's also worth noting that there are lots of similarities between Martinez's profile on the Bachelor website, which went up Jan. 1, and her missing persons report on the AG's website.

Rebekah Martinez - THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE
  • The Attorney General's Office
  • Rebekah Martinez
So it appears Martinez is doing fine, and our Humboldt 35 is down to 33. (We reported yesterday about a call we received from an avid North Coast Journal reader who was shocked to find his name on this week's cover.)

To see more of Martinez, tune into The Bachelor Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Editor's note: This story was updated from a previous version to include additional information. Find a full update to this story here.
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