Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Office of Ed Sites Lists Schools' Status for Instruction

Posted By on Wed, Aug 12, 2020 at 11:19 AM

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The Humboldt County Office of Education has set up a website for parents seeking information on what their children’s school district is planning for at least the beginning of the school year.

According to the office, the information is updated as often as possible to keep up with the fluid situation, but the current list shows the vast majority of Humboldt County schools have opted for distance learning. For more information on school reopenings and to find the school status list, click here.

For more information on school reopenings and to find the school status list, click here.
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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

EPD Officers Complete More De-escalation Training

Posted By on Tue, Aug 11, 2020 at 5:19 PM

Eureka Police officers at the scene of a July 23 standoff with a reportedly suicidal man. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Eureka Police officers at the scene of a July 23 standoff with a reportedly suicidal man.
The Eureka Police Department announced that it held its fourth in a series of de-escalation and tactical communications courses today, with 19 officers participating.

The 10-hour training was offered by "senior" EPD officers who attended a "nationally recognized train-the-trainer course" last year, according to a press release. The training is modeled after the nonprofit Police Executive Research Forum's "Integrating Communications, Assessment and Tactics" (ICAT) program.

“One of the core values of the Eureka Police Department is our respect for the sanctity and value of all human life," EPD Chief Steve Watson said in a press release. "While not every incident can be successfully resolved without use of force, these important de-escalation skills and tactics can assist officers in defusing situations involving persons who may be experiencing a mental health or other crisis.”

Nationally, the ICAT program has been praised in some circles. It is currently being implemented in Philadelphia and is credited with profound reductions in the use of police force and overall crime in Volusia County, Florida, according to a deep-dive report by the Philadelphia Citizen, which can be found here.

Today's training comes after four EPD officers — including three with prior crisis intervention training — fatally shot John Karl Sieger, 51, who had reportedly made suicidal statements before allegedly raising a handgun at officers during a tense standoff on Lowell Street on July 23.

For more information on the ICAT program, find the Police Executive Research Forum's report on it here. A nonprofit, the forum was founded in 1976 with the goal of fostering debate with an openness to challenging traditional police practices. Since 2014, the membership organization of police executives has reportedly focused on policies and training programs to minimize officers' use of lethal force.

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Public Health Confirms Seven New COVID-19 Cases

Posted By on Tue, Aug 11, 2020 at 4:44 PM

Humboldt County Public Health confirmed another seven new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the county's total to date to 293.

Today's tally makes 60 cases recorded locally so far this month and continues a spike that saw a total of 100 new cases confirmed in July after just 32 in June. Two new hospitalizations were reported yesterday, bringing the total to date to 19.

In a press release, Humboldt County Health Officer Teresa Frankovich took the opportunity to remind the community that a stocked emergency kit can be an important tool to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic, which can force people to quarantine or self-isolate with little notice.

“Many of the supplies that are recommended to keep on hand for unexpected emergencies, such as earthquakes and power outages, can be just as useful during a pandemic,” Frankovich said in the release. “Keeping a store of non-perishable food and extra prescription medications can come in handy if someone in your home becomes ill with COVID-19 and everyone needs to stay put during quarantine.”

A rapid rise in cases this month prompted public health to raise the "Effectiveness of Disease Control" to level three on the county’s Alert Level Assessment Tool but the county's overall COVID alert level — which runs on a scale of 1 to 4 — remains at 3. Level 3 is described as: "High risk — many cases with conditions for community spread, with many undetected cases likely. Limit everyday activities to increase safety."

To date, the county has seen 19 hospitalizations and four fatalities, all of them residents at Alder Bay Assisted Living. Today's results include 347 new test and 233 of county's the cases are considered recovered. Fifty-six cases remain classified as active.

Nationally, more than 5 million cases have been officially confirmed to date with 162,407 fatalities, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Those include 561,911 cases — up 7,751 from yesterday — and 10,359 deaths in California, according to the Department of Public Health.

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What California Knows About Kamala Harris

Posted By on Tue, Aug 11, 2020 at 3:51 PM

U.S. Senator and former California Attorney General Kamala Harris, has been tapped to be Joe Biden's vice presidential candidate. - PHOTO BY GAGE SKIMORE VIA FLICKR
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  • U.S. Senator and former California Attorney General Kamala Harris, has been tapped to be Joe Biden's vice presidential candidate.

More than any other vice presidential contender in a generation, Kamala Harris’ biography is singularly Californian.

Born and bussed to school in Berkeley, tested by San Francisco’s cut-throat municipal politics and propelled onto the national stage as the state’s top law enforcement officer and then its first female senator of color, Harris’ approach to politics and policymaking were honed here.

Although most Americans are now focusing on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s ticket pick — her political pedigree, her record on criminal justice, her reputation as (depending on your point of view) a pragmatic or an over-cautious political figure — we’ve seen it here in California for decades.

Here are eight ways that California shaped Kamala Harris and that Harris has shaped California.

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Series of Virtual State Park Tours to Feature Patrick's Point

Posted By on Tue, Aug 11, 2020 at 3:03 PM

One of many stunning vistas at Patrick's Point State Park. - GREG NYQUIST
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  • One of many stunning vistas at Patrick's Point State Park.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to give up a great many things, but a behind-the-scenes tour of one of our California State Parks need not be one of them.

Parks California, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to making the state’s parks thrive, unveiled today virtual guided tours of three state parks — including Humboldt County’s own Patrick’s Point — with behind-the-scenes access that explores their histories and the ongoing efforts to conserve them.

“Parks California and the ParkSpeak series are raising awareness of California’s state parks by exploring the authentic stories, histories and projects of each,” said Parks California President and CEO Kindley Walsh Lawlor in a press release. “When more people understand what’s happening in their parks, they are more likely to feel connected to, enjoy and care for these important places.”

Patrick’s Point State Park will kick off the monthly series (accessible here) at 6 p.m. Thursday with a tour focused on Sumeg Village, the park’s importance to the Yurok Tribe and “how this partnership has engaged in restorative justice.” That will be followed by a virtual tour of La Purisima Mission State Historic Park in Lompoc on Sept. 24 and a tour of Anza Borrego Desert State Park in Borrego Springs on Oct. 15.

For all the details, check out the press release copied below and the program’s website here.

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A Total of Nine Candidates Qualify for Two Eureka Council Races

Posted By on Tue, Aug 11, 2020 at 1:52 PM

A total of nine candidates have qualified to run for two seats on the Eureka City Council, the city announced this afternoon.

There isn't an incumbent in either race, as sitting Ward 2 Councilmember Heidi Messner does not reside in the newly drawn district boundaries and Ward 4 Councilmember Austin Allison has opted not to seek another term.

The city's Second Ward race will see Lucinda Jackson, Kati Moulton, Tamar Shirley and Dot Jager-Wenworth square off for Messner's seat. Ward 4, meanwhile, will see Scott Bauer, Eddie Morgan, Matthew Owen, William Tuttle and Liza Welsh vie for the seat being vacated by Allison.

See the city's full press release here.
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Exclusive: More Than 1,600 Californians Evicted During Pandemic

Posted By , and on Tue, Aug 11, 2020 at 1:20 PM

Jamie Burson sits on the bed of her motel room in Farfield on August 4, 2020. Burson, who has been living between her car and motels since being evicted in April, said she feels unsafe at the motel and planned to move again later later that day. - ANNE WERNIKOFF FOR CALMATTERS
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  • Jamie Burson sits on the bed of her motel room in Farfield on August 4, 2020. Burson, who has been living between her car and motels since being evicted in April, said she feels unsafe at the motel and planned to move again later later that day.

Like any parent, Jamie Burson didn’t want her 11-year-old son to discover how frightened she really was about the novel coronavirus. But it’s hard to mask anxiety when you’re living and sleeping together in the same car.

After Burson was evicted from her two bedroom apartment in Vacaville the second week of April, she heeded Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order to shelter in place by cooping up in a two-door sedan near her Walmart job. With school campuses shuttered, her son propped his school-issued laptop on top of the glovebox and attended class in the same passenger seat he slept in.

It helped that he could occasionally spend a night at a relative’s or friend’s house, although Burson hesitated to ask to sleep there herself, partly out of fear of spreading the virus to friends and family.

“I was scared because of how many people were dying on a daily basis,” said Burson, who was evicted for a late February rent payment. “Made me feel like mankind was going to go extinct. I’ve never lived to see any type of disease take people out the way this one has.”

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Red Salmon Complex to Create Smoky Conditions (with Video)

Posted By on Tue, Aug 11, 2020 at 10:20 AM

Smoky sunset, looking southwest toward Red and Salmon fires, - US FOREST SERVICE BY KARUNA GREENBERG, SALMON RIVER COMMUNITY LIAISON
  • US Forest Service by Karuna Greenberg, Salmon River Community Liaison
  • Smoky sunset, looking southwest toward Red and Salmon fires,
The Red Fire Complex — comprising the Red, Salmon and Jones Point fires — stand at 8,138 acres with 35 percent containment, according to this morning's update.

“Heavy low-level smoke continues to drain into valley bottoms near the fire area and along the Bigfoot Highway affecting Orleans, Weitchpec, Hoopa and other communities in this region,” the update states. "These areas are expected to see periods of ‘Unhealthy’ air quality with improving conditions late in the day.”

Watch the video below to find out more about unmanned aircraft operations used at the complex to help provide fire managers intel on the blazes as they work toward full suppression. 
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations - Red Salmon Complex

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) can be used to provide intelligence and support to fire managers and the crews on the ground as they work to suppress wildfires. UAS have proven a vital tool on the Red Salmon Complex. #SixRiversNF #ShastaTrinityNF #KlamathNF #RedSalmonComplex

Posted by U.S. Forest Service - Six Rivers National Forest on Monday, August 10, 2020
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Monday, August 10, 2020

UPDATING: McKinleyville Standoff Ends After 2 Hours

Posted By on Mon, Aug 10, 2020 at 7:03 PM

The standoff ended after negotiations. - HCSO
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  • The standoff ended after negotiations.
UPDATE :

One person was detained after a two-hour standoff at a Thiel Avenue home in McKinleyville following reports of repeated shots being fired toward a neighboring backyard, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office reports.

At least one bullet reportedly entered the neighbor’s residence.

According to a news release, Ryan Gordon Shaw, 39, surrendered after negotiations. No one was injured during the incident. Read the full HCSO release at the bottom of this report.



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Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputies are setting up a perimeter after receiving reports of multiple shots fired from a residence on Thiel Avenue in McKinleyville.

They have requested that Hiller Road be closed at Columbus Avenue and at McKinleyville Avenue. Soon after arriving at scene at 6:49 p.m., deputies are reporting seeing someone shooting out of the residence.

Local residents are asked to stay inside or avoid the area.


UPDATE 6:54 p.m.: Negotiators responding to the scene, according to the scanner.

UPDATE 6:57 p.m.: “Shots fired. Shots Fired!” reported an officer over the scanner. Neighbors are reporting they have received an alert and are being asked to stay inside.

UPDATE 7:05 p.m.: More shots have been fired, according to reports from the scene. The individual is reported to be shooting toward the backyard of a woman who originally reported the shooting. SWAT is on their way.


UPDATE 7:18 p.m.: Shots fired again toward neighboring backyard, the dispatcher reports. 
The scene in McKinleyville. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • The scene in McKinleyville.

UPDATE 7:25 p.m.: Additional shots fired, reports the dispatcher.

UPDATE 7:33 p.m.: Additional shots fired, reports the dispatcher again. A reader sent in a photo of Hiller being blocked by law enforcement.

UPDATE 7:37 p.m.: An officer reported that an additional shot was fired.

UPDATE 8:11 p.m.: The suspect is moving about the residence and may have thrown something out of the window, according to the dispatcher.

UPDATE 8:20 p.m.: Shots fired again by the suspect. The SWAT team is moving toward the home and surrender commands are being issued.

UPDATE 8:21 p.m.: Another shot fired by the suspect, an officer at the scene reports.

UPDATE 8:36 p.m.: One person detained and medical is being released, according to the scanner. Reenforcements requested from Pelican Bay are being cancelled.


The HCSO release:
On August 10, 2020, at about 6 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call regarding shots fired into a residence on the 2000 block of Thiel Avenue in McKinleyville.

The suspect, later identified as 39-year-old Ryan Gordon Shaw, reportedly began shooting toward a neighbor’s residence from within his own home. At least one bullet reportedly entered the neighbor’s residence. Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene and extricated the neighbor to safety.

During this time, Shaw continued firing numerous shots from his residence, becoming verbally aggressive toward deputies. Humboldt County SWAT, the Humboldt County Crisis Negotiation Team and Humboldt County Mental Health responded to the scene to begin negotiations with Shaw. Shaw continued firing from within his residence for the duration of the incident.

Just before 8:30 p.m., Humboldt County SWAT deputies conducted a tactical operation utilizing the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Bearcat armored vehicle, to negotiate with Shaw for a peaceful surrender.

Deputies were successful with their negotiation and Shaw was taken into custody peacefully. No one was injured during this incident. Shaw is being booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges related to this incident. More information will be released when available and appropriate.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the California Highway Patrol, Arcata Fire, the Humboldt County Crisis Negotiation Team and Humboldt County Mental Health for their assistance with this incident. 
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Seven New COVID-19 Cases Since Friday

Posted By on Mon, Aug 10, 2020 at 5:20 PM

Public Health reported seven confirmed COVID-19 cases today, bringing Humboldt County's total to date to 286 after three previously recorded results from an outside lab were later found to be false positives and removed from the region's count.

"We are committed to reporting data accurately and want our community to have confidence that case counts are accurate and that if an error occurs anywhere in the process, it will be corrected,” County Health Officer Teresa Frankovich said in a news release.

A rapid rise in cases this month prompted public health to raise the "Effectiveness of Disease Control" to level three on the county’s Alert Level Assessment Tool but the county's overall COVID alert level — which runs on a scale of 1 to 4 — remains at 3. Level 3 is described as: "High risk — many cases with conditions for community spread, with many undetected cases likely. Limit everyday activities to increase safety."
Humboldt County has seen 53 new confirmed infections in the first 10 days of August, on the way to eclipsing July's record high of 100.

To date, the county has seen 19 hospitalizations and four fatalities, all of them residents at Alder Bay Assisted Living. Today's results include 1,139 new test and 233 of county's the cases are considered recovered.

Humboldt County Public Health is urging residents who aren't experiencing symptoms to get tested free of charge at the mobile testing site at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds. (People experiencing symptoms should contact a healthcare provider, officials say.) Asymptomatic individuals can make an appointment to be tested by visiting https://Lhi.care/covidtesting or calling (888) 634-1123. Tests will be administered free of charge, whether or not people have health insurance.
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