Sunday, October 21, 2018

Man Suffers Severe Burns in McKinleyville Hash Lab Explosion

Posted By on Sun, Oct 21, 2018 at 6:43 PM

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The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hash lab explosion that took place this afternoon in the 1200 block of East Bates Road in McKinleyville that left a man with severe burns.

According to a release, deputies were called to the scene just after 2 p.m. and found a hash oil extraction lab inside of a shipping container. The man who was injured was taken to a local hospital, but his condition was not immediately available.

The explosion took place near Morris Elementary School.

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Solo Vehicle Accident on SR 96 Injures One

Posted By on Sat, Oct 20, 2018 at 6:11 PM

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About 2:09 p.m., a solo vehicle crashed on State Route 96 near mile marker 23. A woman received major injuries, according to a spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol.

A helicopter responded to the scene to fly the woman to a hospital, the spokesperson confirmed.

For a time, both lanes were blocked but just after 4 p.m. the roadway was reopened. Caltrans was called to provide an absorbent for spilled motor oil.
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Friday, October 19, 2018

Community Icon Muriel Dinsmore Dies at 89

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 8:45 PM

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Muriel Dinsmore, a tireless supporter of myriad community causes — from the arts to historic preservation  to education — died this week. She was 89.

Born in Eureka just before the stock market crash of 1929, Dinsmore grew up in Rio Dell and was well-known for the decade she spent as editor of the Times-Standard’s Accent on People section, interviewing everyone from First Lady Nancy Reagan to hitchhikers passing through the region.

Dinsmore was a founding member of the Humboldt Arts Council, which runs the Morris Graves Museum of Art, and the Eureka Heritage Society, along with supporting a wealth of other organizations, including the League of Women Voters and the College of the Redwoods Foundation League.

She also served as College of the Redwoods director of public relations for 15 years.

As news of Dinsmore’s death spread on social media, dozens expressed sadness at her passing, remembering the mother of four as a “classy lady” with “boundless energy” and a “beautiful smile” who gave passionately to the community she loved.

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Public Defender's Office: New Trial Denied Despite 'Conclusive Evidence' of Jury Misconduct

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 7:43 PM

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The Humboldt County Public Defender’s Office contends that Jon David Goldberg, who was sentenced this afternoon for the murder of a Fortuna volunteer firefighter, was denied a new trial despite “conclusive evidence” of jury misconduct.

A press release by the Humboldt County Public Defender’s Office also states that visiting Judge Graham Cribbs closed proceedings on the matter over defense objections, which were “based on the belief that one of the primary reasons we have open courts is to ensure transparency in our system, and that transparency is essential to the protection of due process.”

”Unfortunately, the public did not get to see any part of a proceeding in this case that dealt with a crucial aspect of due process, the right to a fair and impartial jury,” the release states.

Goldberg was sentenced to 15 years to life for fatally shooting Timothy Smith outside of his Rohnerville Road home Sept. 26, 2016, shortly after finding out that the 42-year-old father of two had an affair with his wife.

Read more about today’s hearing here.


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UPDATE: Judge Denies New Trial, Sentences Goldberg to Prison

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 5:14 PM

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Visiting Judge Graham Cribbs sentenced Jon David Goldberg to 15 years to life in prison this afternoon for the murder of volunteer Fortuna firefighter Tim Smith but struck down a firearm enhancement that would have added 25 years to his term.

He handed down his decision after denying Goldberg’s petition for a new trial following a week of essentially conducting “a trial within a trial,” in which 11 of the 12 jurors were questioned about their conduct in the case to probe defense allegations of misconduct by panel members.

The judge also gave a 15-minute soliloquy about overseeing the trial, including how much he enjoyed his time in Humboldt, saying, “it’s mind-boggling to think things like this can happen over something ... I would say was foolish” and several versions of the sentiment that “we are all human beings, we all have failings.”

Goldberg was found guilty in March of fatally shooting Smith outside of his Rohnerville Road home Sept. 26, 2016, shortly after finding out that the 42-year-old father of two had an affair with his wife, a situation Cribbs made veiled references to in his courtroom address.

The Humboldt County Public Defender’s Office contends that Goldberg was denied a new trial despite “conclusive evidence” of jury misconduct. Read more here.

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Judge Sentences Goldberg to 15 Years to Life, Denies New Trial

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 3:38 PM

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Visiting Judge Graham Cribbs sentenced Jon David Goldberg to 15 years to life in prison this afternoon for murdering volunteer Fortuna firefighter Tim Smith but struck down a firearm enhancement that would have added 25 years to his term.

He handed down his decision after denying Goldberg’s petition for a new trial following a week of essentially conducting “a trial within a trial,” in which 11 of the 12 jurors were questioned about their conduct in the case to probe defense allegations of misconduct by panel members.

The Humboldt County Public Defender’s Office contends that Goldberg was denied a new trial despite “conclusive evidence” of jury misconduct. Read more here.

A press release by the Humboldt County Public Defender’s Office also states that Cribbs closed proceedings on the matter over defense objections, which were “based on the belief that one of the primary reasons we have open courts is to ensure transparency in our system, and that transparency is essential to the protection of due process.”


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Visions Collide at Harbor District Forum

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 12:13 PM

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Two candidates for the Fourth District seat on the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District board exchanged tersely worded comments at a forum held on Oct. 17, sponsored by Access Humboldt and the League of Women Voters. The forum occurred at Access Humboldt's TV studio, and viewers phoned in or emailed their questions for the contenders.

Incumbent Richard Marks has served on the district board since 2009, a period marked by the dismantling and cleanup of former pulp mill tanks that had been filled with deadly chemicals, the emergence of new aquaculture businesses along the docks, and, at least according to Marks, a pronounced improvement in the district's finances.

Challenger Marian Brady, a current Eureka city councilmember, sees things differently. She wants to see a lot more dredging in the bay so businesses can ship their wares in and out year-round. She does not believe that the financial footing of the district is sound and wants to have a forensic audit of its finances. She supports a proposed east-west railroad that she says could bring increased shipping to the port.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

MCSD Candidates Square Off at Forum

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 5:51 PM

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Candidates for three open seats on the McKinleyville Community Services District Board of Directors met at an Oct. 16 forum at Azalea Hall sponsored by the McKinleyville Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters. Candidates answered questions asked by the members of the public who were present, or who phoned in their concerns.

The forum saw incumbents David Couch, Dennis Mayo and George Wheeler square off with a single challenger, Eric Rydberg.

Although it is the third largest community in Humboldt County, McKinleyville is not an incorporated city and therefore does not have a city council. However, many of the basic functions of a city government are handled by the community services district board of directors. The district’s mission statement is to provide McKinleyville with safe and reliable water, wastewater, lighting, open space, parks and recreation, and library services in an environmentally and fiscally responsible manner. The chamber of commerce restricted questions from the community to these topics.

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Fire and Food in Karuk and Yurok Communities

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 4:51 PM

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Traditional Native methods of prescribed burning aren't just helping protect forests on the North Coast. According to an article published by Civil Eats, the controlled burns and ancient agroforestry practices are on their way to reestablishing forest-grown food staples, reviving traditional foodways and working toward food sovereignty.

The article, produced with Mongabay, details how Karuk and Yurok tribal members working with the U.S. Forest Service have found that, "Along with hazel, these controlled burns are rejuvenating wormwood and other medicinal plants, and bear grass for baskets. Acorns, raspberries, thimbleberries, vines for teas, and other edible plants have burgeoned since they began burning. By thinning out forest undergrowth, fires also improve habitat for the elk and deer, important Yurok foods." Salmon, too, get a boost from burnings that cut back brush and weeds that can clog streams.

Read more about forest stewardship via controlled burning in the Nov. 3, 2016, cover story by Malcolm Terrence "Unleasing the TREX." 
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Interior Department Moves on Offshore Wind, RCEA's Application Remains in the Mix

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 4:09 PM

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The U.S. Interior Department announced this morning that it is officially beginning the process of looking for companies interested in developing offshore wind farms along the California coast.

The department will issue a "call for information and nominations" tomorrow, which will kick off a 100-day comment period that will close Jan. 27.

So what does this mean for Humboldt County? A few things.


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