Monday, July 22, 2024

Pedestrian Killed on State Route 96

Posted By on Mon, Jul 22, 2024 at 4:28 PM

A 25-year-old man was killed on State Route 96 when he reported stepped into traffic and was struck by a car Friday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.

According to a press release, the CHP responded to a report of a vehicle-versus-pedestrian crash at about 11:40 a.m. on State Route 96 west of Shoemaker Road. A preliminary investigation determined Joseph McCovey stepped in the westbound lane, directly into the path of a 2015 Kia Soul, which subsequently left the scene.

McCovey was pronounced dead at the scene.

Shortly after midnight, Neo McKindley, 18, and his passenger, Dawnalee Rangel, 19, arrived ash the Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Station to report they'd been in the Kia that struck McCovey. Both were fully cooperative with officers, according to the release, and were released pending further investigation.

Whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash remains under investigation. See a copy of the full release here.
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Friday, July 19, 2024

Huffman Joins Colleagues in Calling for Biden to ‘Pass the Torch’

Posted By on Fri, Jul 19, 2024 at 12:54 PM

North Coast Rep. Jared Huffman joined a growing chorus of Democratic officials calling for President Joe Biden to step out of the race today, issuing a joint message with three of his congressional colleagues directly to the embattled candidate, stating it was time for him to “pass the torch to a new generation.”

Huffman has been raising concerns about Biden’s ability to defeat former President Donald Trump in recent weeks while also raising the alarm about Project 2025, the conservative roadmap designed for a new Trump presidency. (Read more in this week's cover story "Huffman Talks Project 2025" here.)

In a pre-recorded interview that ran on local radio station KZZH yesterday, he went as far as to endorse Vice President Kamala Harris as the Democrats' best chance for retaining the White House. But Huffman had previously stopped short of directly pressing for Biden to end his bid for a second term.

In a social media post accompanying the joint message, Huffman wrote, “Thomas Paine famously said, ‘the times have found us.' Winning this election is a moral, democratic & existential imperative.”

Huffman went on to state that with “that in mind, and with a firm belief we can turn this around & win,” he was releasing the message to Biden with fellow Representatives Marc Veasey of Texas, Chuy Garcia of Illinois and Mark Pocan of Wisconsin.

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Thursday, July 18, 2024

Huffman on Thursday Night Talk: Harris is Dems' Best Chance at Presidency

Posted By on Thu, Jul 18, 2024 at 3:53 PM

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In a pre-recorded conversation set to air tonight on Thursday Night Talk on KZZH, North Coast Congressmember Jared Huffman said he believes Vice President Kamala Harris would be Democrats' best presidential candidate in November.

While Huffman stops short of saying President Joe Biden should bow out of the race, he makes clear his belief that Democrats have a "very serious problem," describing Biden's polling as "terrible" and saying it's "gotten a lot worse since the disastrous debate performance."

"My hope is that in a matter of a few short days we should be able to resolve the issue of who's at the top of the ticket, or at least whether President Biden is at the top of the ticket," Huffman says.

Huffman says he sees Harris as the most likely replacement candidate, should Biden step aside.

"I think there's a path to Democrats winning," he says. "I personally think the best path would be with Kamala Harris at the top of the ticket, and then someone like maybe Gov. [Josh] Shapiro from Pennsylvania."

Host Talvi Fried then refers to Huffman's comments as an "unofficial endorsement."

"You can make it official," he responds.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

SECOND UPDATE: Victim of Fatal Shooting Identified

Posted By on Wed, Jul 17, 2024 at 2:38 PM

SECOND UPDATE:

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man fatally shot near Bridgeville on July 14 as Rafael Orlando Castillo-Cortes. He was 34. According to the updated release, Castillo-Cortes, a Sacramento resident, knew the man arrested as a suspect in his death. An autopsy is scheduled for later this week.



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The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office has identified the suspect in the Bridgeville fatal shooting  as Melvin Portillo, 20 years old, from Sacramento.


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The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred late last night near Bridgeville as a homicide.

According to a press release, deputies dispatched to the 27000 block of State Route 36 on a report of a possible shooting, located a deceased male.

“One male was subsequently arrested for homicide,” the release states. “There are no outstanding suspects or parties, and there is no danger or threat to the public.”

No other information was immediately available.

The sheriff’s office release states the case remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Crabs Get the Sweep, Move into Playoff Contention

Posted By on Tue, Jul 16, 2024 at 4:32 PM

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Baseball is a game ladened with ebbs and flows. When things are good, they are really good, and when things are bad, well ... the sky is falling. Sometimes the keys to success can be found in that stability between the ups and the downs, after all, baseball is every day. After starting their conference season 0-7, the Humboldt Crabs have hit stride and found that even keel that you need to get things right. It didn’t happen overnight, but our boys of summer have faced the adversity that a new conference and competitive schedule can bring, they’ve found themselves, they’ve found each other and they are back in the playoff picture. Winners of four strait conference series, Sunday’s win meant their first conference sweep of the summer, and seven strait wins to put them in second place by a half-game entering Tuesday's action and the final few weeks of the season.


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Thursday, July 11, 2024

Jackson Stepping Down at Cal Poly Humboldt

Posted By on Thu, Jul 11, 2024 at 12:28 PM

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After five years on the job, Cal Poly Humboldt President Tom Jackson Jr. announced today that he will be stepping away from his current post and retreating to a faculty position next month.

The announcement comes after a tumultuous end to the 2023-2024 school year saw Jackson face calls for his resignation and a no-confidence vote from faculty stemming from his handling of a group of pro-Palestinian demonstrators who occupied Siemens Hall for about a week in late April. Jackson drew public criticism from students, faculty, staff, community members and civil rights groups for his decision to close campus and then send hundreds of officers to arrest protesters. The president then did not attend the last University Senate meeting of the year, reportedly due to concerns for his personal safety.

But Jackson's tenure has also seen a huge influx of state resources to the campus, as it transitions into California's third polytechnic university. While the transition has yet to result in a significant increase in enrollment, it's projected to double the school's student in the coming years at a time when enrollments are declining in higher education.

“Cal Poly Humboldt is an amazing place with special people," Jackson said in the release. "I have had the privilege to work alongside scientists and future scientists, teachers and future teachers, artists and future artists, engineers and future engineers, and leaders and future leaders. Like many of you, I wake up every day and remember what a gift I have been given: to have the opportunity to inspire and lead others. Your work makes a positive difference for our students. Please never forget that.”

After leaving the presidency, Jackson will step into a tenured professor position working with the College of Professional Studies and the College of Extended Education and Global Engagement, according to the release. The California State University Chancellor's Office will appoint an interim president to lead Cal Poly Humboldt until Jackson's replacement is hired after a national search, according to the press release.

Find the full press release from Cal Poly Humboldt copied below and pick up next week's Journal for more.


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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

California Approves New Blueprint for Offshore Wind. The Massive Projects Will Cost Billions

Posted By on Wed, Jul 10, 2024 at 12:45 PM

Fishing boats are docked in Humboldt Bay in Eureka. Ocean waters 20 miles off this coast have been leased to energy companies for offshore wind platforms. - PHOTO BY LARRY VALENZUELA, CALMATTERS/CATCHLIGHT LOCAL
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  • Fishing boats are docked in Humboldt Bay in Eureka. Ocean waters 20 miles off this coast have been leased to energy companies for offshore wind platforms.
The California Energy Commission today unanimously approved a sweeping plan to develop a massive floating offshore wind industry in ocean waters — a first-of-its-kind undertaking that will require billions in public and private investments and could transform parts of the coast.

The new state plan sets the path for harnessing wind power from hundreds of giant turbines, each as tall as a 70-story building, floating in the ocean about 20 miles off Humboldt Bay and Morro Bay. The untapped energy is expected to become a major power source as California electrifies vehicles and switches to clean energy.

California’s wind farms represent a giant experiment: No other place in the world has floating wind operations in such deep waters — more than a half-mile deep — so far from shore.

The commission’s vote today came after representatives of various industries, environmentalists, community leaders and others mostly expressed support for offshore wind, although some voiced concerns.

State and federal officials use the word “urgency” to describe the frenetic pace needed to lay the groundwork for development of five areas that the federal government has leased to offshore wind companies.

“I feel the urgency to move forward swiftly,’ said energy commissioner Patty Monahan. “The climate crisis is upon us. Offshore wind is a real opportunity for us to move forward with clean energy.”

She added, though, that the plan “is a starting point…There are a lot of uncertainties about environmental impacts. We need to be clear-eyed and engage the right scientific interests and move carefully.”

The five energy companies are now assessing sites within the 583 square miles, which is expected to take five years. That will be followed by about two years of design, construction and environmental and technical reviews.



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Crabs Rally to Win Third Series in a Row

Posted By on Wed, Jul 10, 2024 at 9:07 AM

After an exciting week that featured three walk-off wins and their first conference series victory, the Humboldt Crabs had seemingly turned things around after opening conference play 0-7. They’d get one day to enjoy it before embarking on a new week of challenges that included six games in six days.
Jett Ruby scores on the Fourth of July to give Crabs lead. - PHOTO BY MATT FILAR
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  • Jett Ruby scores on the Fourth of July to give Crabs lead.

Momentum can be fickle, especially in baseball. Tuesday night, they welcomed the Solano Mudcats to town for a three-game set, but the magic they had experienced the past week wasn’t there and, after losing the opener 10-0, the Crabs and their faithful might have thought, “It was fun while it lasted.” But this team and this community are built different. Baseball players need to have a short memory to be able to turn the page, and Wednesday night the Crabs would storm back and do just that.

Billy Ham and Troy Harding would set the pace for the Crabbies offensively with two RBIs each. The real story would be the Crabs bullpen, which has been a strength all summer. University of California Davis product Max Hippenstell, fresh off a great performance in Sunday’s extra-inning win, would take the mound again in absolute dominant fashion. He’d give up one hit over three scoreless innings, while striking out seven to lock up his second win in four days. “Everything was working. My fastball was coming out of my hand well, and my change up was absolutely filthy,” he said. Mad Max does not lack confidence — exactly what you want and need in a reliever. The Crabs would take game two with a score of 7-3, with a pivotal series-deciding game looming over the biggest home game of the year.

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Monday, July 8, 2024

Eureka Woman Arrested for Manslaughter, DUI for I Street Crash

Posted By on Mon, Jul 8, 2024 at 6:26 PM

A 30-year-old Eureka woman reported has admitted to using nitrous oxide just prior to causing a fatal multi-car collision on I Street in May that left a pedestrian dead, according to Eureka police.

The Eureka Police Department issued a press release this afternoon announcing it had secured a Ramey warrant for the arrest of Maria Cuevas for vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and hit and run causing death or injury and that Cuevas is in custody, held on $65,000 bail. According to jail records, Cuevas was booked into the jail July 2.

“Additional charges of felony DUI causing bodily injury were submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review, as Cuevas admitted to using [nitrous] oxide just prior to the collision,” the press release states, adding that the investigation is ongoing.


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Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Resilient Crabs Rally Behind Three Walk-off Wins

Posted By on Tue, Jul 2, 2024 at 6:18 PM

Sunday’s game was bigger than the others. A win in this contest would signal the first conference series win of the new era of Crabs baseball, while a loss would mean far more. Despite palpable tension, coach John Bryant sat calmly reading his book, the fifth in a 13-volume series, pregame outside of the dugout. Sunday day games are when Bryant (a fellow former Orange Coast Pirate) takes the opportunity to read outside in the elements — the crowd all around him. He’s able to focus and find a center. I walked to the fence with our usual greeting, “How you doing, you old Pirate?”

He set his book aside for two ticks and answered, “Hey lefty. Ask me in three hours.”

After I wished him luck, he said, “Thank you, we need this one,” and locked fingers with me through the net for a second.  

It’s already been a trying season for our Crabs with more travel, a new conference and accelerated competition. Walking among the two teams pre-game, the opponents looked more like villains from a Mighty Duck movie. The roster showed a bunch of schools not usually represented against the Crabs. It’s a new era for our Crabbies and, though it may be trial by fire, this season will go down as the one that brought an amazing brand of the greatest game on earth to Humboldt. 


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