Thursday, December 5, 2019

UPDATE: CHP Releases Name of Santa Rosa Man Killed in 101 Crash Near Miranda

Posted By on Thu, Dec 5, 2019 at 12:10 PM

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UPDATE:

The California Highway Patrol today released the name of the Santa Rosa man killed Nov. 27 in a head-on crash on U.S. Highway 101 near Salmon Creek Road that also injured two others.

According to a release, John Bare, 59, was driving a BMX SUV when he lost control of the vehicle amid winter weather conditions. His passenger sustained major injuries and the driver of the other vehicle suffered moderate injures in the collision.

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A man was killed and his passenger severely injured just before 1 p.m. today after the driver lost control of his vehicle for unknown reasons near Salmon Creek Road on U.S. Highway 101 and drove into the path of a Ford Excursion traveling in the opposite direction.

According to the CHP, the driver, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene and the passenger “sustained major injuries.” The driver of the Excursion suffered “minor to moderate injuries,” a release states.

U.S. Highway 101 near Miranda was closed for almost two hours during “the collision investigation and recovery of the vehicles,” according to the release. During that time, southbound and northbound traffic was diverted onto State Route 254.

The California Highway Patrol reports there was “heavy rainfall and hail” on that section of the roadway at the time of the head-on crash, which was immediately followed by “two separate non-injury collisions” in the same area.

Read the release from the CHP below:

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

HSU Student Killed in Holiday Weekend Crash

Posted By on Wed, Dec 4, 2019 at 7:25 PM

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A 19-year-old Humboldt State student was killed Nov. 30 when the 1996 Honda Civic he was driving westbound on State Route 20 in the Clearlake area lost traction on the wet roadway.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the car crossed over the double yellow lines and into the eastbound lane, colliding head on with a Toyota pickup driven by Nina Watanabe, a 65-year-old Elk Grove woman heading eastbound. Watanabe and her passenger received major injuries.

The student, Kenneth Xiong, who was from Stockton, was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to a letter from Humboldt State University to the campus community today, Xiong, a sophomore, was “pursuing his degree in Fisheries Biology.”

HSU is offering to help students grieving Xiong’s death. The letter suggested several numbers to call, including Counseling & Psychological Services at 826-3236.

Read the CHP release (prior to Xiong’s name being released) below:


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APD: Driver Sought in Suspected 'Intentional Assault' for Hitting Victim with Car

Posted By on Wed, Dec 4, 2019 at 3:59 PM

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The Arcata Police Department is searching for a driver who is believed to have been intentionally struck another man with a vehicle around 2:30 p.m. today in a case of assault with a deadly weapon, Arcata Police Chief Brian Ahearn said.

The victim was driving his vehicle with his adult son in the car when he believed he was cut off by a driver in another vehicle, Ahearn said. The victim followed the suspect vehicle to southbound H Street where it crossed over Samoa before stopping.

“The victim got out his car to get the suspect vehicle’s license plate,” Ahearn said. “The suspect sped toward the victim striking the victim who then rolled up on the hood of the suspect vehicle and rolled off the vehicle.”

Ahearn said the victim had moderate injuries. that were non-life-threatening. He was transported while conscious and alert to Mad River Community Hospital.

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3.8 Earthquake Strikes Redway

Posted By on Wed, Dec 4, 2019 at 12:24 PM

ShakeMap of the 3.8 earthquake in Redway - USGS
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  • ShakeMap of the 3.8 earthquake in Redway
The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a magnitude 3.8 earthquake that struck Redway at 11:40 a.m., close to the Garberville-Briceland fault zone.

According to the USGS "Did You Feel It?" Community Internet Intensity Map, the earthquake was lightly felt in Myers Flat, Whitethorn and even in Petrolia.

The late morning quake hit at a depth of 13.6 miles.
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Lone Swan Graces Benbow

Posted By on Wed, Dec 4, 2019 at 11:03 AM

The swan at Benbow. - TALIA ROSE
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A lone swan is swimming on the Eel River at Benbow.
Though swans are not unknown in the area, it is somewhat rare to see one in Southern Humboldt. The swans breed and raise their young in Arctic areas at the tip of the North American continent. Then they migrate south to winter on estuaries found along the coast of California and on the rice fields and wild wetlands in the Central Valley.
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This single bird though has drifted down to float like a solitary snowflake on the
Eel River near the Benbow Inn. Local wildlife photographer Talia Rose was also able to capture some shots of the graceful bird, saying on her Facebook page County Line Wild that the swan had been at the location for a few days.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Fortuna's Chief Dobberstein to Retire

Posted By on Tue, Dec 3, 2019 at 5:51 PM

Fortuna Police Chief Willian Dobberstein. - FILE
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  • Fortuna Police Chief Willian Dobberstein.
The city of Fortuna announced today that Police Chief William Dobberstein will be retiring next month.

Dobberstein, who started with the city’s force in 1994, has been at the department’s helm since 2011.

According to a release, Dobberstein was “instrumental in the department adding a drug task force agent, school resource officer, two police detectives,” as well as increasing community policing efforts.

“Chief Dobberstein is grateful to the Fortuna City Council, members of the Fortuna Police Department and our community for the opportunity he has had to serve as a member of the Fortuna Police Department and the chief of police,” the release states.

His official retirement date is Jan. 17.

Read the announcement from the city of Fortuna below:


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Monday, December 2, 2019

North Coast Night Lights: Looking for a Monocerotid Unicorn

Posted By on Mon, Dec 2, 2019 at 10:13 AM

Reflections at Moonstone Beach. While we waited for meteors, a pair of helicopters skimmed the horizon as blinking dots sliding toward Trinidad’s glow. The rest of the galaxy hanging overhead didn’t notice us. Humboldt County, California., November 21, 2019. - DAVID WILSON
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  • Reflections at Moonstone Beach. While we waited for meteors, a pair of helicopters skimmed the horizon as blinking dots sliding toward Trinidad’s glow. The rest of the galaxy hanging overhead didn’t notice us. Humboldt County, California., November 21, 2019.
The other week I was finally made aware of the existence of an elusive annual celestial phenomenon nicknamed the Unicorn meteor shower, or Alpha Monocerotids. So dubbed in part no doubt for its mercurial habits, the name is also eponymous for the constellation Monoceros, the Unicorn, from which the meteors appear to radiate. The constellation itself is faint and difficult to see, and the shifty meteor shower can vary widely in its intensity from one year to the next.

The Alpha Monocerotid shower occurs when Earth’s orbit takes it through the trail of debris left by an unknown comet at some point time in the past. It’s a narrow trail by cosmic standards, and we don’t always intersect with it perfectly as we ride our planet around the sun. This year Earth was predicted to hit the thick of it, but because the trail is so thin we would pass through it quickly and enjoy only a short window of possibly intense meteor action.
Hoping with family members to see the edge of the Monocerotid meteor shower from Moonstone Beach, instead we came back with the makings of our next album cover. (Not really.) We saw a couple meteors, maybe, but we missed the shower. Humboldt County, California. November 21, 2019. - DAVID WILSON
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  • Hoping with family members to see the edge of the Monocerotid meteor shower from Moonstone Beach, instead we came back with the makings of our next album cover. (Not really.) We saw a couple meteors, maybe, but we missed the shower. Humboldt County, California. November 21, 2019.
I’m not an astronomer, just an observer with an imagination. I imagine a comet’s trail of particles to be similar to a stream of water from a hose, except that it is fairly straight rather than bending down to the ground, and it’s not flowing because it was left behind by a comet rather than forced out of a hose. The debris trail is not absolutely straight, of course, as the comet is orbiting the sun, but still it is a path of particles that Earth passes through. Also, although water comes out of your hose in a solid column, the path of cometary particles is far less dense.

Now imagine passing a globe of Earth through the stream from your hose. As the stream of water splashes down onto the globe, so, too, does the stream of debris left by a comet. From the point of view of someone standing on Earth’s surface, this “stream” of particles will radiate from the point in the sky where the path is entering the atmosphere, which is called the radiant. What we see as meteors are the particles from the comet’s trail of flotsam burning up in our atmosphere. The radiant moves across the sky with the rest of the stars as the Earth revolves on its axis.
A few annotations to help you find your way. Trinidad glows to the north. November 21, 2019. - DAVID WILSON
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  • A few annotations to help you find your way. Trinidad glows to the north. November 21, 2019.
This year, the Monocerotid meteor shower was predicted to be fairly intense, but our part of the globe wasn’t predicted to see the best of the action. The radiant would be far out over the Atlantic during the shower, and the show would be over before it would rise here on the west coast of North America. The shower would begin around 8:15 p.m. for us and only last about an hour as Earth intersected the debris trail. The radiant, located in the constellation Monoceros beneath and a little to the north of Orion, wouldn’t rise in the east until around 9:30 p.m., after the shower’s peak. I knew we wouldn’t get a view of the radiant itself, but I had hopes that some outlying “earthgrazer” meteors would still be visible for us as they streaked a glancing arc through the atmosphere.

But in the end, my own tale of the meteor shower would reflect only the chase of a unicorn’s tail.


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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Photos from the Thanksgiving Vigil

Posted By on Thu, Nov 28, 2019 at 7:18 PM

This morning, while many were preparing for holiday feasts with friends and family, some 50 people gathered on the steps of the Humboldt County Courthouse to hold a vigil for those immigrant families and individuals who are spending Thanksgiving in detention centers. As attendees held protest signs, speakers from Centro del Pueblo the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous People and other organizations addressed the crowd, and a symbolic Thanksgiving table stood empty of guests. 
Brenda Perez emcees Centro del Pueblo’s demonstration. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
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  • Brenda Perez emcees Centro del Pueblo’s demonstration.

Organizers also announced a planned caravan to Yuba City Jail on Dec. 14 in support of ICE detainees there. See the slideshow below for photographer Mark McKenna's images from the vigil.

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Thousands Could Face Days Without Power as Temperatures Plummet

Posted By on Thu, Nov 28, 2019 at 11:31 AM

Thousands of Humboldt County residents woke up on this frosty Thanksgiving morning still without power and many are looking at several more nights in the dark.

A scattering of outages continues in the region after a so-called “bomb cyclone” hit Tuesday and Wednesday, leaving a swath of damage, including downed trees and power lines.
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While the skies have cleared, frigid temperatures have ushered in the holiday. Daytime temperatures are expected to be in the 30s to 40s, while today and Friday morning are expected to bring the “coldest night and morning of the season,” according to the National Weather Service, which reminded folks to check in on their vulnerable neighbors, especially those without power.

For many, that could be several days or longer.

“There is widespread damage to power lines that is making it difficult to turn power back on for a large number of customers at one time,” the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services stated in a Facebook post on Wednesday. “Power will return in increments but some outages may last through tomorrow or longer.”

According to the PG&E outage page, 175 customers in the Trinidad to Patrick’s Point area have an estimated restoration date of Dec. 1, as do another 65 in McKinleyville, 220 in the Kneeland area, 200 in the area off of Alder Grove Road, 60 next to Sequoia Park Zoo and 150 around Big Lagoon.

Another patch of outages, including 350 in the Glendale/Blue Lake area, 400 around Fickle Hill, more than 700 near Westhaven, 90 from Orick stretching to the Praire Creek Visitor Center and another 150 near Sequoia Park have no estimated time for restoration.

Some 500 customers in Freshwater are expected to regain power today around 9 p.m., according to the outage map.

Read the full Facebook post from the National Weather Service office in Eureka below:


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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Celebrating Therin Brooks

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2019 at 3:21 PM

Friends and family of Therin Brooks, who died in a car accident on Nov. 15, gathered for a celebration of life in Redwood Park on Saturday, Nov. 23. As tribute to the 37-year-old Eureka artist's colorful style, attendees were asked to come in bright attire and they did — right down to their pets. See the slideshow below for photographer Mark McKenna's images from the event.
Therin Brooks at their May opening at Piante Gallery. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
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  • Therin Brooks at their May opening at Piante Gallery.
Brooks earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Pratt Institute of Art and Design. Paintings like "Dusk at Beltaine," which was part of the Mercurial show at Piante Gallery in May, embody some of Brooks' skill, playful spirit and imagination. However, Brooks was in the process of transitioning to a career as a therapist.
"Dusk at Beltaine" by Therin Brooks. - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
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  • "Dusk at Beltaine" by Therin Brooks.


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