Monday, October 21, 2019

Humboldt Not Currently Included in PG&E Outage Warning

Posted By on Mon, Oct 21, 2019 at 11:09 AM

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PG&E is warning of another round of Public Safety Power Shutoffs due to expected dry and windy conditions Wednesday and Thursday, but does not include Humboldt County on its list.

In a Facebook post, the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services acknowledges the “healthy skepticism” local residents may have about the company’s announcement “since we were also not supposed to be impacted last time.”

That is, of course, referring to the Oct. 9 blackout that hit the entire county with little warning after PG&E realized late in the game that Humboldt was going to go dark. The action closed down many businesses, causing runs on food and gas, and left the region’s most vulnerable residents in a precarious situation — one that put lives at risk had the outage continued much longer.

“We will update as soon as any new information is available or if conditions change,” the OES post states.
PG&E’s release states any PSPS is “expected to be significantly smaller in terms of scope and impact” than the one that involved a huge swath of the state’s northern section.

“Portions of counties that may be impacted include, but are not limited to: Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Joaquin, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama, Yolo and Yuba,” according to the release.

The company says updates will be provided “several times a day.”

Read the full PG&E release below:


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Sunday, October 20, 2019

EPD Arrests Tennessee Man on Suspicion of Murder

Posted By on Sun, Oct 20, 2019 at 10:32 AM

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Eureka police have arrested a 22-year-old Tennessee man on suspicion of the murder of Brett Keiling, who died after a Sept. 26 assault near the 400 block of Third Street.

Eureka detectives, working in conjunction with the city's Community Safety Enhancement Team, identified Connor Whited as a suspect in the case, obtained an arrest warrant and took him into custody Saturday without incident.

Whited is being held on $1 million bail after, according to EPD, the investigation determined the fatal assault was not a random act of violence and that Whited had targeted Keiling, 55, who had recently moved to the area from Indiana.

See the full press release from EPD copied below:


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Friday, October 18, 2019

Moonstone Grill Changes Hands

Posted By on Fri, Oct 18, 2019 at 4:33 PM

The iconic beachside restaurant Moonstone Grill, formerly owned by the same group that operates Plaza Grill and the Basement (formerly Abruzzi), is now a part of another cluster of establishments owned by the Tanski family, along with Gabriel's Italian Restaurant and the Wine Cellar.

According to Likhi Tanski, general manager at Gabriel's, “It’s kind of been in the works for a few months but the actual deal got done a couple of weeks ago.” The sale, in escrow now, was “set up through a mutual friend," he says, adding that it was mainly handled by his brother Ariel Tanski, who will take over as owner and chef. 
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  • Window-side dining at Moonstone Grill.

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CalFresh Recipients Given Extra Time to Replace Food Lost to Blackout

Posted By on Fri, Oct 18, 2019 at 12:42 PM

The deadline for local CalFresh recipients who lost food during the Oct. 9 power outage to apply for replacement benefits has now been extended until Nov. 8, according to the California Heath and Human Services Agency.

Humboldt County residents can call (877) 410-8809 or go to the cou
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  • Deadline extended for CalFresh recipients who lost food in the outage to apply for replacement benefits.
nty Department of Health and Human Services office at 929 Koster St. in Eureka to start the process.

According to the CHHSA, recipients “will need to complete, sign and turn in a 'CF 303' form to request a replacement,” including contact information and a short description of how the food was lost and the time and date of the power outage.

For more information call (877) 847-3663 (FOOD) or visit CalFreshFood.org.
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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Author Chag Lowry to Talk About Yurok WWI Book at Multiple Events

Posted By on Thu, Oct 17, 2019 at 3:31 PM

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Formerly local author Chag Lowry, whose graphic novel Soldiers Unknown was the subject of the Journal’s Sept. 26 cover story, will be speaking at a couple local events this weekend.

Lowry, whose book tells the story of three young Yurok men drafted to serve in World War I, will be speaking at Humboldt State University at 1:30 p.m. Friday in room 162 the Behavioral and Social Sciences Building before a presentation and book signing at Northtown Books in Arcata at 7 p.m.

Then, on Saturday, Lowry will be speaking briefly at a screening of the film Wounded Knee to Standing Rock at 7 p.m. at the Eureka Theater.

For more about Lowry’s book and the inspiration behind it, see past Journal coverage here.
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Jim Hamm, Survivor of Mountain Lion Attack During Park Hike, Dies

Posted By on Thu, Oct 17, 2019 at 10:48 AM

Jim Hamm, the former Fortuna resident who along with his wife Nell made international news in 2007 when she used a pen and a branch to fight off a mountain lion who attacked him during a hike in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, has died. He was 82.

Nell Hamm told the Times-Standard that her husband died of pancreatic cancer over the weekend. She noted the outpouring of support that the couple received during those tenuous weeks when Jim Hamm’s life hung in the balance after the attack.
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  • This Times-Standard photo went viral after the attack.
“It’s important to me to let people know that Jim passed away and that he was so grateful for everyone in Humboldt County’s support,” Hamm told the Times-Standard. “Jim had so many surgeries after the attack and was close to dying so many times. The letters and cards and support were very, very special in his recovery.”

In a 2008 interview with the Journal, Nell Hamm offered this advice about enjoying the natural wonders of Humboldt County, as both she and her husband were apt to do as avid hikers.

The day of the attack, the couple had set off on a 10-mile trek.


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Large Power Outage in SoHum

Posted By on Thu, Oct 17, 2019 at 10:44 AM

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Power was restored around 10:50 a.m.

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A widespread outage in Southern Humboldt has left 4,200 PG&E customers without power and forced Southern Humboldt Unified School District to shutter its campuses for the day, with power expected to be out until this afternoon.

Power went out last night at 11:09 p.m. to almost all of the Southern Humboldt region. While PG&E had planned maintenance in the area today, a company spokesperson says the outage is unrelated — noting it is also not a part of any of the company's planned Public Safety Power Shutoffs — and the company has helicopters, which took off as soon as the fog lifted this morning, out checking lines from Bridgeville to Garberville.
SCREENSHOT OF PG&E'S OUTAGE MAP
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“Multiple personnel are in the area working on the issue,” the spokesperson said, adding that the outage appears to stem from a pocket of outages in the Leggett area.

According to the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services, “The Humboldt Alert test scheduled for 10:17 this morning has been canceled due to the unscheduled power outage in southern Humboldt. Drills and notification tests are always subject to cancellation if the message or activity may be confusing during a real event.”

PG&E representative Deanna Contreras sent the following press release:


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UPDATE: Humboldt Alert Test Canceled Due to SoHum Outage

Posted By on Thu, Oct 17, 2019 at 10:15 AM

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The Humboldt Alert test set for today to coincide with the ShakeOut at 10:17 a.m. has been canceled due to a power outage in Southern Humboldt.

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When the Humboldt Alert system triggers at 10:17 a.m. tomorrow, there’s no need to panic. The Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services will be testing the warning program as part of the ShakeOut earthquake drill. The alert, the OES notes, “will be clearly identified as a test."

The annual shakeout has millions of people around the world at schools, business, government agencies and more taking the time to “drop, cover and hold on” as a drill for what to do when an earthquake hits. And, if 10:17 a.m. doesn’t work, just pick another time, organizers say.

Not signed up for the Humboldt Alert system? There's still time, just click here.

And with the blackout barely behind us, this is also a great time to look at making sure that survival kit is stocked and ready, especially after the brief glimpse we all just had at what things might look like when the next big one strikes — whether it’s a quake, storm or Public Safety Power Shutoff.
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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Yurok Tribe to Buy Mad River Brewing

Posted By on Wed, Oct 16, 2019 at 12:23 PM

Hold onto your Steelhead. The Yurok Agricultural Corporation, which is owned by the Yurok Tribe, announced today it’s in the process of purchasing the 30-year-old Mad River Brewing and its taproom and restaurant. This will make the Yurok Tribe one of the few tribes in the U.S. to own and/or operate a brewing company, along with the Quapaw Tribe in Oklahoma, the Stillaguamish Tribe in Washington and the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians in San Diego. The sale of the shareholder-owned company is expected to take some 60 to 90 days to complete.
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Large Surf Headed to Local Beaches

Posted By on Wed, Oct 16, 2019 at 10:58 AM

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The National Weather Office in Eureka is reminding Humboldt County residents of the oft-said mantra — never turn your back on the ocean — especially with the first major winter swell set to hit local beaches late today.

The west-northwest sets could hit heights of 16 to 20 feet for west-northwest facing beaches, with the largest waves expected to come ashore Thursday, but the swell will last through Friday, according to a NWS Facebook post.

“Increased wave action may overtop jetties and rocks, as well as enhance how far waves will run up beach slopes,” the post reads. “Remember, never turn your back to the ocean.”
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