Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Photos from the Lantern Floating Ceremony

Posted By on Tue, Aug 14, 2018 at 5:52 PM

Volunteer Tony Wallin, of Arcata, helped move the lighted lanterns away from the shore into the gentle breeze blowing across Klopp Lake. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Volunteer Tony Wallin, of Arcata, helped move the lighted lanterns away from the shore into the gentle breeze blowing across Klopp Lake.

The Saturday morning lantern-making workshop on the Arcata Plaza was busy with people of all ages making lanterns with personalized remembrances or social commentary for that evening’s 36th annual Lantern Floating Ceremony at Klopp Lake in the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Lantern Floating Ceremony is based on the Japanese Obon tradition of honoring the departed. Our local event was first organized by the city’s Nuclear Free Zone Committee as a memorial for those affected by the WWII bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and to increase awareness about the dangers of nuclear proliferation. See the slideshow below for photos of the ceremony.


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'Unhealthy' Air Quality in Orleans, Hoopa, Weitchpec

Posted By on Tue, Aug 14, 2018 at 11:14 AM

Satellite imagine of wildfire smoke. - NWS
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  • Satellite imagine of wildfire smoke.
Orleans, Hoopa and Weitchpec will likely see unhealthy air quality conditions today and tomorrow due to ongoing impacts from wildfire smoke, according to the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District.

People with heart or lung disease, the elderly, children and pregnant women are cautioned to “avoid all prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion,” during these conditions, although an uptick in light southerly winds expected in the coming days may bring some “limited relief,” according to a release from the district.


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Monday, August 13, 2018

Coroner IDs Eureka Teen Killed in Fatal Cemetery Stabbing

Posted By on Mon, Aug 13, 2018 at 4:42 PM

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The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office today identified the teenage boy fatally stabbed in Ocean View Cemetery on Aug. 9 as 16-year-old Brandon Brocious of Eureka.

The Eureka Police Department has arrested two suspects in connection with Brocious’ death, Lorna Jean Leen, 38, and an unidentified juvenile male. Both were taken into custody without incident the next morning after being found at two separate locations near the Bayshore Mall.

According to an EPD release on Aug. 10, Leen and the juvenile male were identified as suspects during the initial investigation after police were called to the cemetery around 9 p.m. on reports of a stabbing and found Brocious dead.

Read previous Journal coverage here.
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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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UPDATE: CHP IDs Eureka Man Fatally Struck on 101 North of Herrick Ave.

Posted By on Fri, Aug 10, 2018 at 1:35 PM

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UPDATE:
The California Highway Patrol has identified the man fatally struck on U.S. Highway 101 Aug. 4 after apparently running into traffic as Eureka resident Raymond Severns. He was 29.

PREVIOUSLY:
A 29-year-old man was fatally struck on southbound U.S. Highway 101 north of Herrick Avenue last night after apparently running into the path of a driver who was unable to avoid hitting him.

According to the CHP, the driver attempted to brake but could not stop before hitting the man, who authorities are working to positively identify before notifying his next of kin. He died at St. Joseph Hospital.

The driver was not impaired at the time of the collision, the California Highway Patrol released states, and tests to determine whether the pedestrian was under the influence of drugs or alcohol are pending.


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Woman, Juvenile Arrested in Fatal Eureka Stabbing

Posted By on Fri, Aug 10, 2018 at 10:22 AM

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Two people were arrested this morning in connection with the death of a young man who was fatally stabbed in Ocean View Cemetery last night, the Eureka Police Department reports.

Lorna Jean Leen, 38, and an unidentified juvenile male were taken custody without incident after being located at two separate locations around the 1300 block of Bayshore Way. Police found Leen at a campsite at about 7 a.m. and the juvenile in a nearby car.

According to an EPD release, officers responded to a report of a stabbing at the cemetery about 9 p.m. and found a male juvenile dead. Leen and the other male juvenile were identified as suspects during the ensuing investigation and homicide warrants were issued for their arrests.

Both were taken into custody on the warrants with bail amounts of $1 million, according to the release.

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CHP: Eureka Teen Found on 101 Hit by Car

Posted By on Fri, Aug 10, 2018 at 9:34 AM

After an autopsy and further investigation, officials have determined that an 18-year-old Eureka man found dead along U.S. Highway 101 on Aug. 1 suffered injuries “consistent with having been involved in a collision with a vehicle,” a CHP release states.

Hunter Allen was found in the roadway south of the Humboldt Hill Road off-ramp around 3 a.m. Officers were called to the scene and initially there was no indication that he had been hit by a car. While the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was originally heading the investigation, the California Highway Patrol has now taken over the case and is asking anyone with information to call 822-5981 or 268-2000.


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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Want to Run for Office? The Deadline is Looming

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2018 at 5:19 PM

Candidates, it's time to turn in those nomination papers. - FILE
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  • Candidates, it's time to turn in those nomination papers.
Time is running out for candidates to file their nomination papers to run for council and mayor in cities across Humboldt County — the exception being Ferndale, which closed its nomination period today. All others have deadlines tomorrow. That is unless an incumbent does not seek a return to office, in which case the filing periods are extended to Aug. 15.

Qualifications vary a bit depending on the city, so it’s best to check in with your respective city clerk for all the details. Here’s a rundown of which seats are open:

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UPDATE: EPD: Uninjured Baby Found in Room with Couple Dead in Murder-Suicide

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2018 at 10:39 AM

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The Eureka Police Department today identified the couple found dead in a D Street home Aug. 3 in a murder-suicide, releasing for the first time that a 7-month-old baby was found on a bed in the same room.

Officers responding to a welfare call found the scene around 8 p.m. after forcing entry in the home after trying for several minutes to contact the occupants, stating in an earlier release that the decision was based “on the details of the call, the lack of contact, and observations made at the scene, officers believed exigent circumstances existed.”

According to the release, Astraia Marie Muir, 39, died of “multiple incised wounds” and had to be identified using her fingerprints due to the extensive injuries to her face. The man, identified as Matthew Orion Julius Muir, 42, was found hanging in a nearby closet with “superficial lacerations to his wrists.” The cause of death was asphyxia.

The child was taken to St. Joseph Hospital for evaluation but appeared to be uninjured, and was later released to Child Welfare Service staff, the EPD states.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for Astraia Muir’s two children. Many who posted on the site describe her as a passionate nurse and dedicated mother with what one person called an “infectious smile” The site can be found here.
The Times-Standard reports she had recently filed for divorce from the man who police say killed her.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Eureka Council Moves Forward With H and I Street Changes, Cannabis Lounges

Posted By on Wed, Aug 8, 2018 at 4:21 PM

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The Eureka City Council voted last night to move forward with reducing the number of lanes on H and I streets, establishing an advisory committee on needle exchange and directed staff to bring back a proposed ordinance for cannabis lounges.

Council members selected the first of three options for creating traffic calming measures on two of the city’s most well-traveled thoroughfares, which includes adding striping on Harris Street to denote parking, creating bike lanes and pedestrian safety improvements such as “bulb-outs,” flashing beacons and lighted crosswalks at intersections.


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