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Monday, June 15, 2020

New Streaming Link for Humboldt County Budget Hearing

Posted By on Mon, Jun 15, 2020 at 2:10 PM

Due to construction at Access Humboldt, there's a new link to view today's Humboldt County Budget Hearing.
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Please click here to join the webinar.
Password: 435881

"When the Board of Supervisors announce the agenda item that you wish to comment on, call the conference line and turn off your TV or live stream. Please call 669 900-9128, enter Meeting ID 956 2327 1746 and press star (*) 9 on your phone, this will raise your hand. You’ll continue to hear the Board meeting on the call," a press release states.

Read the full release below.

New Streaming Link for Budget Hearing County

Due to construction at Access Humboldt, The Humboldt County Budget Hearings scheduled for Monday, June 15, at 1:30 pm and 5:30 pm can be viewed via Zoom at this link: Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://zoom.us/j/95623271746?pwd=bDlJR2pYMGo0NEtwMURzUzBHQWJHZz09
Password: 435881

When the Board of Supervisors announce the agenda item that you wish to comment on, call the conference line and turn off your TV or live stream. Please call 669 900-9128, enter Meeting ID 956 2327 1746 and press star (*) 9 on your phone, this will raise your hand. You’ll continue to hear the Board meeting on the call.
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Sunday, June 14, 2020

A Huge Thank You to Our Supporters

Posted By on Sun, Jun 14, 2020 at 8:30 AM

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For nearly 30 years, the North Coast Journal has been covering the stories and people you care about in Humboldt County. We’re proud to share our coverage in print and online for free so everyone — with or without internet access or the means to subscribe to a paper — can stay informed, especially during the current COVID-19 crisis.

This week, our ongoing COVID-19 reporting included daily case updates, a deep dive into the opening of local casinos and why some employees don't feel it's safe, the story of a local nurse who spent 21 straight days working 14-hour shifts in a makeshift hospital in New York City as cases surged, an explanation of Humboldt County Health Officer Teresa Frankovich's revised travel guidelines, a look at Humboldt State University's plans to reopen with some face-to-face instruction and a trip to the disc golf course. And in non COVID-19 news, we kept up with local Black Lives Matter demonstrations and took a look at the policies and procedures of local police departments, including whether they allow the controversial carotid artery control hold. It’s been a lot to keep up with.

For the first time in our history, the Journal has created a way for readers to pitch in to help keep our mission going and the newsroom humming through these unprecedented times. (Click here for more information.)

We’d like to take this opportunity to publicly thank our newest supporters:

Marilyn Andrews
Harriet Hill
Shelley Holstein
Katherine Cech Latonio

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Tonight's Still A Mystery Episode to Feature Josiah Lawson Case

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2020 at 1:18 PM

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The unsolved fatal stabbing of Humboldt State University student David Josiah Lawson will be featured on Still A Mystery, an Investigation Discovery television program that looks at a single crime in each episode “where unanswered questions still remain.”

More than three years have passed since Lawson, a 19-year-old sophomore studying criminal justice, was killed on April 15, 2017, at an off-campus party.

While a suspect, then 23-year-old Kyle Zoellner, of McKinleyville, was arrested at the scene and charged with Lawson's murder, the case was dismissed a few weeks later after a Humboldt County Superior Court judge found insufficient evidence to hold him to stand trial.

Nearly two years later, a criminal grand jury declined to indict anyone in connection with the case.

Lawson's mother, Charmaine Lawson, has been a constant presence in the community since his death, calling for justice for her son and asking witnesses and the perpetrator to come forward.

In a post on the Justice for Josiah Facebook page, Charmaine Lawson asked people to “watch and share with friends and family.”

“Three years and still no justice,” the post states. “I will not give up until justices is served for my son DJ.”

Earlier this year, the National Police Foundation released its long-awaited report on the Arcata Police Department’s investigation into Josiah Lawson’s death, which detailed a litany of mistakes made in the first 72 hours of the case.

The Josiah Lawson episode of Still a Mystery airs at 10 p.m. today.
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Sunday, June 7, 2020

A Huge Thank you to Our Supporters

Posted By on Sun, Jun 7, 2020 at 8:00 AM

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For nearly 30 years, the North Coast Journal has been covering the stories and people you care about in Humboldt County. We’re proud to share our coverage in print and online for free so everyone — with or without internet access or the means to subscribe to a paper — can stay informed, especially during the current COVID-19 crisis.

This week, our ongoing COVID-19 reporting included daily case updates, a look at how the pandemic is widening gaps in regional food supply chains, how restaurant owners are wrestling with whether to reopen, the county's releasing the identities of those who have died locally of COVID-19 and how the Humboldt County Library has reopened for curbside service. And that's just the COVID-19 stuff. We were also on the scene for Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Garberville, Fortuna and Eureka, and got the scoop on Blue Lake's iconic Logger Bar going up for sale and Humboldt State University's announcement that its new nursing program will begin in the fall. It’s been a lot to keep up with.

For the first time in our history, the Journal has created a way for readers to pitch in to help keep our mission going and the newsroom humming through these unprecedented times. (Click here for more information.)

We’d like to take this opportunity to publicly thank our newest supporters:

Ann Alter
Judith Geppert
Patricia Girczyc
Ann Kim
Joseph Kravitz
Evelyn Legier
John Plant
Todd Truesdell
Bruce Will

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

EPD Flags 'Fake Troll Account' Attempting to 'Incite Conflict'

Posted By on Thu, Jun 4, 2020 at 6:42 AM

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The Eureka Police Department posted Wednesday night on its Facebook page that it has forwarded information on an Instagram account to the FBI because "fake troll account" is being used to erroneously “incite conflict and controversy.”

The account, which purports to be from a young white man, began on May 11 with a photo that EPD says was “taken from our Facebook page of one of our officers.”

“Look at my dad,” the account posted next to an EPD officer’s photo. According to Brittany Powell, spokesperson for the Eureka Police Department, the officer in question doesn’t have any children.

The account didn't post another image until May 31. It shows a young man kneeling on the neck of another youth and makes reference to George Floyd, the black man whose death under the knee of a white Minneapolis Police Officer has sparked waves of protests across the nation, including in Eureka. Throughout the country, law enforcement have blamed fake social media accounts for contributing to rising tensions at the protests and, in some cases, inciting violence.

There are only eight images posted to the account, including one of a young woman the account holder claims to be his deceased mother. But several of images are of people of color and include racist statements about the images.

The most recent video posted as of last night had been viewed almost 45,000 times with 3,500 comments, many of which are hostile toward the poster and the officer EPD states is unaffiliated with the account or the poster. Another post Wednesday makes a seemingly threatening reference to Sandy Hook Elementary School, the site of a mass shooting in 2012 that killed 26 people, including 20 children.

The photo of the EPD officer on the account has comments that include death threats and statements like: “Exactly why I don’t support cops look at how he raised his ignorance of a son.”

EPD says the whole account is a hoax: "The Instagram account is a fake troll account and is an obvious attempt to agitate and incite conflict and controversy."

See EPD's full Facebook post copied below:

Today we were made aware that a photo taken from our Facebook page of one of our officers was being used on an Instagram account to incite conflict.

The Instagram account is a fake troll account and is an obvious attempt to agitate and incite conflict and controversy.

We are working to have the account flagged for removal. We will be forwarding all information to the FBI for further investigation. This kind of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

Thank you to all that made us aware of the issue.
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Sunday, May 31, 2020

A Thank You to Our Supporters

Posted By on Sun, May 31, 2020 at 8:30 AM

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For nearly 30 years, the North Coast Journal has been covering the stories and people you care about in Humboldt County. We’re proud to share our coverage in print and online for free so everyone — with or without internet access or the means to subscribe to a paper — can stay informed, especially during the current COVID-19 crisis.

This week, our ongoing COVID-19 reporting included daily case updates, a story about the life of the first Humboldt County resident to die of COVID-19, a look inside Alder Bay Assisted Living amid an outbreak, how the pandemic is impacting food distribution chains, whether restaurants can get by after being allowed to re-open and a look at Oyster Fest's plans to go virtual. Plus we've got a column about how parents are coping with distance learning (spoiler: it's hard) and an editorial looking at the white privilege that underlies protests against shelter-in-place orders. And that's just the COVID-19 stuff. We were also on the scene when hundreds hit the streets of Eureka to protest the death of George Floyd, to detail the terms of former Eureka City Manager's six-figure severance agreement with the city and more. It’s been a lot to keep up with.

For the first time in our history, the Journal has created a way for readers to pitch in to help keep our mission going and the newsroom humming through these unprecedented times. (Click here for more information.)

We’d like to take this opportunity to publicly thank our newest supporters:

Emily Dalton
Bruce Fleck
Mikkel Martinez Foisy
MaryClaire Kier
Steven Kossow
Robert Oswell
Frederick Pierce
Diane Williams

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Monday, May 25, 2020

A Huge Thank You to our Supporters

Posted By on Mon, May 25, 2020 at 8:30 AM

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For nearly 30 years, the North Coast Journal has been covering the stories and people you care about in Humboldt County. We’re proud to share our coverage in print and online for free so everyone — with or without internet access or the means to subscribe to a paper — can stay informed, especially during the current COVID-19 crisis.

This week, our ongoing COVID-19 reporting included daily case updates, a look at the criteria officials will use to determine when it's time to slow down the easing of shelter-in-place restrictions, a heart-warming story about the woman making soup for a community of seniors, a look at how COVID-19 has impacted local farmers' markets and, with a pair of local casinos opening their doors, a story about why mass gatherings scare health officials. It’s been a lot to keep up with.

For the first time in our history, the Journal has created a way for readers to pitch in to help keep our mission going and the newsroom humming through these unprecedented times. (Click here for more information.)

We’d like to take this opportunity to publicly thank our newest supporters:


Elaine Benjamin
Elizabeth Bray
Edith Butler
Laura Dodd
Keenan Hilton
Joyce Houston
Joyce Houston
Ann Lindsay
Pamela Mendelsohn
Stephanie Perrett
Gloria Picchetti
Marguerite Powers
Jennifer Raymond
Nancy Reichard
Michael Richardson
Judith Rucker
Susan Seeger

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

AP Story Highlights Humboldt Reopening Approach

Posted By on Sat, May 23, 2020 at 7:18 PM

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The Associated Press turned the spotlight on Humboldt County in a story sent out to papers across the nation that focused on the region’s reopening in the wake of a spike in COVID-19 cases after a period of relative calm.

Humboldt County Public Health announced two new cases today involving Alder Bay Assisted Living Facility personnel, which brings the county’s total to 93.

The first confirmed COVID-19 death in Humboldt County occurred May 17, when a 97-year-old woman living at Alder Bay died at a local hospital. Another Alder Bay resident died Tuesday at St. Joseph Hospital. To date, Alder Bay has seen a total of seven residents and seven staff members test positive.

In the AP article, Supervisor Virginia Bass and Eureka Councilman Austin Allison discuss how the recent ramp up in positive test results was necessitating a more measured approach. Public Health Officer Teresa Frankovich and Sheriff William Honsal were quoted from their daily updates.

Also included were interviews with Six Rivers Brewery co-owner Meredith Maier and Alder Bay Assisted Living Facility Administrator Mark Stephenson, as well as Ryan Rice, one of the Facebook group’s Open Humboldt organizers, who expressed that he believes the timeline for reopening is “severely skewed.”

Marijuana, of course, made a brief cameo.

Read the full story here.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Lost Coast Outpost: Times-Standard Dismantles Printing Press, Lays Off Production Staff and Sends Printing Duties to Chico

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2020 at 5:27 PM

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The Lost Coast Outpost is reporting that the Times-Standard has downsized once again as its printing operations are moving to Chico.

According to the report, the paper has laid off 12 production staff members.

The layoffs don't come as a surprise though as last October, the Times-Standard had laid off the majority of its reporting staff, leaving only six reporters. Read the NCJ past coverage of the Times-Standard here.

Read the Lost Coast Outposts full story here
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Sunday, May 10, 2020

A Thank You to Our Members

Posted By on Sun, May 10, 2020 at 9:07 AM

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For nearly 30 years, the North Coast Journal has been covering the stories and people you care about in Humboldt County. We’re proud to share our coverage in print and online for free so everyone — with or without internet access or the means to subscribe to a paper — can stay informed, especially during the current COVID-19 crisis.

This week, our ongoing COVID-19 reporting included daily case updates, a look at state and local plans to slowly lift shelter-in-place restrictions, a story about Lao and Hmong volunteers coming together to feed their communities, a satirical piece in the voice of a cat that desperately wants its owner to return to work, a video explaining what you can expect if you go in for a COVID-19 test, an editorial explaining the importance of maintaining law and order in these unprecedented times and a letter from our publisher urging you to help us tell your stories. It’s been a lot to keep up with.

For the first time in our history, the Journal has created a way for readers to pitch in to help keep our mission going and the newsroom humming through these unprecedented times. (Click here for more information.)

We’d like to take this opportunity to publicly thank our newest supporters:

Ilene Harris
Pat Hecht
Diana Lynn
Pamela Markovich
Aletha Morden
Robyn Moreno
Christine O'Kelly
Frank Onstine
Rob Peach
William Williams

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