Saturday, August 19, 2017

Making Time: More Moments from the Hoopa Rodeo

Posted By on Sat, Aug 19, 2017 at 10:01 AM

Jerry Parrish with Barker and Kitty. - LINDA STANSBERRY
  • Linda Stansberry
  • Jerry Parrish with Barker and Kitty.
We hope you enjoyed this week's cover story "Holding On: A Day at the Hoopa Rodeo." Below you'll find a chunk of missing time from our hour-by-hour account of Saturday, Aug. 5, an interview that was cut for length from the cover, and a slideshow of photos taken during the day.


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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Drowning in Hoopa

Posted By on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 1:51 PM

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Stanley Capoeman, 64, drowned in the Trinity River yesterday at around 3:45 p.m. According to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, Capoeman was visiting family in Hoopa from Taholah, Washington. His family members reported that he suddenly called out for help and was then swept downstream. A search concluded at 5 p.m., when Capoeman was found several hundred yards downriver.

The sheriff's office reminds the public that "the Trinity River is known for having very cold and swift waters, with unpredictable and dangerous currents; and to please use caution when swimming and wading in the Trinity River waterways."

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For Second Year in a Row, No Local Salmon at Klamath Salmon Festival

Posted By on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 12:06 PM

Participants representing the Yurok Tribe Social Services Department advocated for salmon and dam removal and tossed candy to the crowd from their parade float at the 2016 Klamath Salmon Festival. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Participants representing the Yurok Tribe Social Services Department advocated for salmon and dam removal and tossed candy to the crowd from their parade float at the 2016 Klamath Salmon Festival.

For 53 years, the Klamath Salmon Festival was a celebration of the river's bounty and the traditions of the local Yurok Tribe, with Indian card games and stick game tournaments. The games and demonstrations will return this year, but the locally caught salmon that took center stage for over half a century will not, for the second year in a row.

In a press release, the Yurok Tribe says record low salmon runs mean the tribe will purchase fish from outside the Klamath River. Last year, there was no salmon served at the event and, instead, attendees ate from food trucks. In March, the tribe suspended commercial salmon fishing after learning this year's Chinook salmon run would be the lowest in recorded history.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Booklegger Recalls Eclipse Glasses

Posted By on Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 12:23 PM

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Booklegger is asking customers who purchased solar eclipse glasses from the Old Town Eureka bookstore to return them for a full refund after finding out the glasses may not be from a certified manufacturer.

In a recall notice sent out today, the store’s owners say they were notified of the possibility by Amazon on Aug. 12, even though the glasses had been advertised as ISO Certified.

“Amazon has urged people to not use these glasses to view the eclipse,” the notice reads. “Booklegger immediately pulled all eclipse glasses from their shelf.”

The news comes as the nation gears up for the total eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21 — with Humboldt County situated to receive 87 percent coverage at the height of the celestial event.

NASA’s website has safety tips for proper watching and the American Astronomical Society has a list of verified manufacturers of eclipse glasses and viewers that can be found here.

Read the Journal’s Aug. 9 blog post on the eclipse here to find out more about what you can expect on the North Coast when morning briefly turns to twilight later this month.

Recall notice from Booklegger:
On August 12th, Amazon notified Booklegger, a bookstore in Old Town Eureka, that a particular lot of glasses purchased by them should not be used for viewing the eclipse. The lot is described as: Solar Eclipse Glasses - Eclipse Viewing Glasses 2017 CE and ISO Certified Safe Shades for Direct Sun Viewing. Although the glasses were advertised as being ISO Certified, and this certification was printed on the glasses, Amazon stated that it has been unable to confirm from its supplier that the glasses were purchased from a recommended manufacturer. Amazon has urged people to not use these glasses to view the eclipse. Booklegger immediately pulled all eclipse glasses from their shelf.
Eleven sets of eclipse glasses were sold at Booklegger between July 31 and August 11. Booklegger requests that anyone who purchased eclipse glasses from them to please return them for a full refund. Booklegger deeply regrets the inconvenience caused to its customers.
Booklegger is located at 402 Second Street, corner of E Street in Old Town. Hours are 10am – 5:30pm Mon-Sat, and 11am-4pm Sunday. Phone 707-445-1344.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Standing with Charlottesville

Posted By on Sun, Aug 13, 2017 at 4:08 PM

Renate Pyhel, who was visiting friends from Cambridge, Massachusetts, held rainbow and smiley face flags during the vigil and decided to attend after hearing about it on the radio. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Renate Pyhel, who was visiting friends from Cambridge, Massachusetts, held rainbow and smiley face flags during the vigil and decided to attend after hearing about it on the radio.

About five dozen people showed up at the Arcata Plaza this afternoon for a hastily planned vigil honoring the woman killed in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday.

The vigil, which saw those in attendance form a circle on the plaza’s Southeast corner and a number of people speak, was organized by Jill Larrabee, of Show Up Humboldt, and Rachel Montgomery, and came a day after images of white supremacists marching on Charlottesville dominated the Internet. The Charlottesville protests, which were planned in advance of a “Unite the Right” rally scheduled for Saturday night, turned violent when counterdemonstrators showed up to denounce the public display for racism, and small scuffles broke out between the groups, leading to numerous arrests and a few hospitalizations.

Then, in what appears a premeditated act of violence, a car, allegedly driven by James Alex Fields Jr., a 20-year-old from Ohio, plowed through counterdemonstrators as they marched on the street, injuring 19 and killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

Two state troopers, Lt. H. Jay Cullen 48, and Berke Bates, 40, were also killed Saturday when the helicopter they’d been using to monitor the protests crash landed nearby.

Both the governor of Virginia and the mayor of Charlottsville have declared a state of emergency, urging protesters to go home.

On the plaza Sunday, all was peaceful, with 60 or so people standing in solidarity, urging love and unity in the face of hate.

Vigil organizers Jill Larrabee, right, of Show Up Humboldt, and Rachel Montgomery opened up the mic to the crowd after speaking. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Vigil organizers Jill Larrabee, right, of Show Up Humboldt, and Rachel Montgomery opened up the mic to the crowd after speaking.
Rev. Bryan D. Jessup, of the Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, spoke to the crowd, mentioning that his sermon this morning was titled “Raise Peace from the Ashes of War.” - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Rev. Bryan D. Jessup, of the Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, spoke to the crowd, mentioning that his sermon this morning was titled “Raise Peace from the Ashes of War.”
Around 60 people gathered at the Arcata Plaza's Southeast corner on Sunday for a vigil to stand in solidarity with Charlottesville, Virginia, following a deadly car attack on protesters Saturday. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Around 60 people gathered at the Arcata Plaza's Southeast corner on Sunday for a vigil to stand in solidarity with Charlottesville, Virginia, following a deadly car attack on protesters Saturday.
Joanne McGarry, left, and Virginia Chatfield, right, held McGarry's "Peace Love Dove" flag during the vigil. Chatfield said she attended because she wanted to support the people in Charlottesville, saying, “It's heartbreaking to see that happening in our country and hard to know what to do about it.” - McGarry said she has been standing for peace on Fridays with the Veterans for Peace, stating that she would be standing at the McKinley statue all week at 6 p.m. - “We need to be visible in our community as people of peace. Young and old, rich and poor, we all need to be visible,” said McGarry. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Joanne McGarry, left, and Virginia Chatfield, right, held McGarry's "Peace Love Dove" flag during the vigil. Chatfield said she attended because she wanted to support the people in Charlottesville, saying, “It's heartbreaking to see that happening in our country and hard to know what to do about it.” McGarry said she has been standing for peace on Fridays with the Veterans for Peace, stating that she would be standing at the McKinley statue all week at 6 p.m.“We need to be visible in our community as people of peace. Young and old, rich and poor, we all need to be visible,” said McGarry.
The crowd circles up on the Southeast corner. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • The crowd circles up on the Southeast corner.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Sheriff Says Recent Guard Attack Part of Growing Trend

Posted By on Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 3:04 PM

A screenshot from the video of the assault. - HUMBOLDT COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Humboldt County Sheriff's Office
  • A screenshot from the video of the assault.
Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal held a press conference this morning to share details about a Wednesday evening assault on a correctional deputy at the county jail and to call for more state resources in response to a surge in similar attacks since the 2013 passage of Assembly Bill 109.

According to Honsal, the attack on deputy Dillon Huffman is the 22nd such attack on a correctional officer in 2017. Huffman was apparently lured into a maximum security cell during a routine cell check at around 7:20 p.m. on Aug. 9 after two inmates, Lorence Emmanuel Bailey and Jonah Dale Little, allegedly invited him to look at some artwork. The men had shed their uniform orange jumpsuits and were "prepared to fight," said Honsal. In a video released by the HCSO, Huffman can be seen entering the cell and then backing out again as the two men hit him with their fists.


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UPDATE: Attempted Murder Suspect Surrenders to Police

Posted By on Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 8:54 AM

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  • Shawn Hof Jr.
UPDATE:
Shawn Hof Jr., the 25-year-old wanted since he allegedly shot at a state law enforcement officer last August, turned himself into police yesterday, a day after multiple agencies announced a renewed effort to bring him into custody, complete with a $20,000 reward.

See the full press release from the California Fish and Wildlife copied below our original post.

PREVIOUSLY:
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this morning that it is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Shawn Eugene Hof Jr., a 25-year-old man accused of shooting at an officer last year.

Hof, who was the focus of a recent raid in Ferndale that came up empty, was allegedly involved in a high-speed pursuit on State Route 36 on Aug. 21, 2016 and is accused of opening fire on a pursuing Fish and Wildlife officer. There is a $500,000 warrant out for Hof’s arrest.

Hof is described as standing about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Law enforcement asks that anyone with information about the case, and particularly Hof’s whereabouts, call a tip line set up at (888) 334-2258 or the Sheriff’s Office at 268-2539.

See the full press release copied below.


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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Eclipse 2017: Humboldt Sits on a Partial Path of Totality

Posted By on Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 9:28 AM

Stages of a total eclipse. - NASA
  • NASA
  • Stages of a total eclipse.
While we won’t get the full view, Humboldt County residents will still have some pretty good seats for one of the greatest celestial shows on earth when a total solar eclipse takes place Aug. 21.

At the height of the event visible here on the North Coast — where the maximum coverage will hit around 87 percent — the sun will appear as a glowing crescent sliver, much like a waxing moon, according to Ken Yanosko of the Astronomers of Humboldt club.

“It’s going to be a pretty good show, yes,” he says, noting that Mother Nature could still throw a wrench into the view, especially along our notoriously overcast coast. “Even for people who go to the path of totality it’s a gamble because you can always get clouds.”
The path of the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse. - NASA
  • NASA
  • The path of the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse.
Locally, the moon will begin taking its place in front of the sun at 9:01 a.m., according to the website Time and Date, reaching a near total eclipse at 10:14 a.m. and wrapping up the two hour and 34 minute display at 11:35 a.m.

Obligatory safety warning: As tempting as it may be, do not look at the sun without the proper gear. See safety tips to avoid eye injury and a list of approved eclipse glasses here, and instructions on how to make pin-point viewers here.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

DA Clears EPD in Hospital Death

Posted By on Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 5:33 PM

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The Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office has reviewed the circumstances surrounding the April 2, 2016 death of Jeremy Jenkins and found that EPD personnel did not contribute to the cause of his death.

Police were called to Spring Street at 1:25 p.m. that day to a report of a man “rolling around on the ground,” and arrived to find Jenkins on the sidewalk. When an officer contacted Jenkins, he reported told him he’d just smoked “$40 of meth,” according to a DA’s press release. Jenkins was then transported to St. Joseph Hospital, where he died.

A forensic pathologist determined Jenkins’ cause of death to be “excited delirium” due to “acute methapmetamine intoxication.” Jenkins was 33.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

DOJ Investigator Heading to Town in Public Administrator Probe

Posted By on Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 3:31 PM

Humboldt County District Attorney Maggie Fleming. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
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  • Humboldt County District Attorney Maggie Fleming.
A representative from the California Department of Justice is expected to arrive in Eureka this week to take over an investigation into possible wrongdoing involving the management of estates overseen by the county’s Public Administrator’s Office.

District Attorney Maggie Fleming says she was notified by phone Aug. 3 of the state’s decision to run the probe, which is looking into whether current and former county employees violated the law by purchasing cars and other items from the estates.

“Other than answering any questions they may have, we will have no role in the investigation,” Fleming writes in an email to the Journal. “We will also have no involvement in charging decisions or any prosecution.”


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