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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
  • Photo by Sam Armanino
  • 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
  • The Bachelor
  • 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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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Trusted Weatherman Jim Bernard has Died

Posted By on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 11:12 AM

Jim Bernard (standing) on his last day at KIEM-TV. - PHOTO COURTESY OF KAY RECEDE
  • Photo courtesy of Kay Recede
  • Jim Bernard (standing) on his last day at KIEM-TV.
Jim Bernard, the popular, longtime Channel 3 meteorologist who was also an air traffic controller at the Arcata-Eureka airport has died, the television station announced. He was 64.

Trusted for his accurate forecasts and known for referring to viewers as "weather fans," Bernard stepped down from the job in 2012 after a neurological disease began to impact his speech. He is survived by his wife Chris, son Jeff and daughter Lacey, according to his former station.

Read the Journal's 2012 tribute to Bernard after his last day on air here.
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Award-Winning Eel River Documentary Screens Tomorrow in Eureka

Posted By on Thu, Jan 18, 2018 at 4:11 PM

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The North Coast will get the chance tomorrow to take an up-close look at the Eel River, its history and its uncertain future.

A River’s Last Chance, an award-winning documentary by Shane Anderson, will screen at the Eureka Theater at 7 p.m., to be followed by a panel discussion with Anderson, co-producer Jason Hartwick and others. Anderson says he’s been working on the film for more than four years, with it becoming all-consuming in the last couple.

The ambitious film looks at the river’s history, from pre-colonial times through the salmon boom, the timber rush, its damming and the current green rush.

“I think the overarching theme is that those who can’t learn from history are condemned to repeat it,” Anderson said. “I don’t know how many more times the river or our local economy can withstand that.”

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

KQED's California Report Visits Humboldt County

Posted By on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 1:24 PM

John Sepulvado - TWITTER
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  • John Sepulvado
John Sepulvado, host of San Francisco public radio station KQED's California Report, is reporting from KHSU this week. The California Report is broadcast on public radio stations across the state. This morning, KQED aired an interview with Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal in which he talked about the impact of prison realignment on local jails, saying that people who would normally sober up and receive services in the Humboldt County correctional facility are instead being released onto the streets in the midst of mental health crises, creating a situation that looks like "the walking dead."

Sepulvado also interviewed a man recently released from the jail, Earl Gordon, describing his face as "busted up, like he spent the night sleeping on a pillow that was made of fists." Gordon begins crying during the interview, describing an overdose in 1997, and saying he is "very, very high" during the interview.

In a phone interview, Sepulvado says he doesn't see Gordon as just "someone that's high on the street and worthy of judgement" but, rather, as a person enduring a mental health crisis and not receiving the services he needs.

"The problem with methamphetamine has not gone away here," Sepulvado told the Journal. Sepulvado studied at College of the Redwoods for a semester in 1998 and says he is invested in exposing the "disintegration of our rural communities."

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Online Fortuna Fire Comments Spark Controversy

Posted By on Sat, Jul 22, 2017 at 10:49 AM

Capt. Lon Winburn - FORTUNA FIRE DEPARTMENT WEBSITE
  • Fortuna Fire Department Website
  • Capt. Lon Winburn
A local fire chief and reporter are in a bit of a standoff over comments left on a blog about the fatal fire that took the life of Martha Ann Robertson in the early hours of July 11. Robertson, 76, was a resident of Royal Crest Mobile Estates in Fortuna, CA and apparently perished due to smoke inhalation after firefighters were unable to rescue her from her mobile home, which was allegedly packed with belongings, making entry and exploration difficult. The cause of the fire is still under investigation but it is believed to have been accidental.

The comments on a local news blog, Redheaded Blackbelt, have caused a mini-controversy after Fortuna Fire Chief Lon Winburn asked that site’s owner, editor and reporter, Kym Kemp, to remove his press release regarding the fire. In an email sent July 13 (two days after the fire), Winburn wrote Kemp the following:

“Please remove our media release regarding the fire in Royal Crest from your site, we do not want any association with the comments that are being allowed to be posted.”

The comments Winburn referenced appear to be a collection of readers speculating on why the fire department was unable to save Robertson, questions as to why the crew did not have proper water pressure at the park and accusations of incompetence directed at Winburn. This kind of amateur sleuthing in comment forums is nothing new, of course, but Winburn took it to heart.

“I was not happy that she allows what was posted to be posted,” he told the Journal. “It’s because of the effect it has on my firefighters. My firefighters busted their butts to get into that house. When you have a fatality, it really hurts.”

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