Monday, December 10, 2018

Supes Set to Consider Large-Scale Zoning Changes

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 7:23 PM

Things are likely to get heated in Supervisors Chambers tomorrow, when the board is slated to discuss a swath of zoning changes. - FILE
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  • Things are likely to get heated in Supervisors Chambers tomorrow, when the board is slated to discuss a swath of zoning changes.
The Mad River Grange meeting hall in Blue Lake was packed with about 100 worried residents on the evening of Dec. 6 who intently watched three county planners explain proposed zoning changes in Glendale. The small, unincorporated community between Blue Lake and Fieldbrook along the Mad River, near where the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District’s intake wells and water purification plant are located.

At an earlier meeting of the Humboldt County Planning Commission, zoning changes had been proposed that Glendale, Blue Lake and Fieldbrook residents strongly objected to, and Planning Director John Ford had set up the Dec. 6 community meeting to talk to them and provide additional information.

However, the audience and the planners seemed to be talking past one another rather than to each other.

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Last Week's Fatal Shooting Victim ID'd

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 1:51 PM

The shooting scene on State Route 36. - SUBMITTED
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  • The shooting scene on State Route 36.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man fatally shot Dec. 7 on State Route 36 as Anthony Joseph Calderone of Trinity County. He was 47.

According to a brief release, his autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday but no other information on possible suspects or any arrests were included.

Calderone was found by deputies just before 3 a.m. after responding to reports of a car accident and a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

According to a previous release, Calderone’s truck was found with “damage consistent with a traffic collision” and another vehicle was located on Van Duzen Road which was “possibly involved.”

Find previous Journal coverage here.

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Fortuna Facing Water Woes After Main Break

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 1:29 PM

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If you live in Fortuna and are having some water issues, here’s what’s going on.

Workers are tackling a broken main on Smith Lane that will leave some residents without water access for most of the day, while others may experience discoloration due to hydrants being flushed, according to the city’s Facebook page.

Residents are asked reach out to city hall at 725-7600 if they need assistance or additional information.

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Alarms Leads Deputies to Apparent Hash Lab Stash in McKinleyville Storage Facility

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 10:19 AM

Components of a hash oil lab found in the storage unit. - HCSO
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  • Components of a hash oil lab found in the storage unit.
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputies discovered components of a butane hash oil lab and nearly 330 pounds of pot after responding Saturday to a “duress alarm activation” at a McKinleyville storage facility on Sutter Road.

According to a release, deputies found a storage locker with the keys in the lock but no one who appeared to be associated with the unit. To make sure someone was not inside in need of help, they made entry to find “components associated with a butane hash oil (BHO) lab,” the cannabis and 26 pounds of hash oil product.

No one has been arrested and the case remains under investigation.


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Sunday, December 9, 2018

More Than Half of California Nursing Homes — Including Humboldt's — Balk at Stricter Staffing Rules

Posted By on Sun, Dec 9, 2018 at 9:05 AM

Eureka Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, as well as all other skilled nursing facilities in Humboldt County, have asked the state to be exempted from new staffing requirements. - FILE
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  • Eureka Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, as well as all other skilled nursing facilities in Humboldt County, have asked the state to be exempted from new staffing requirements.

More than half of California’s nursing homes, including four in Humboldt County, are asking to be exempted from new state regulations that would require them to spend more time directly caring for their patients.

The state’s new staffing requirements for nursing homes, quietly passed in last year’s budget bill, seem universally unpopular. Patient advocates say the new regulations don’t go far enough and that residents remain at risk in poorly staffed homes. Nursing home operators say they can’t hire enough staff to comply.

Under the new rules, which took effect in July but haven’t yet been enforced, skilled nursing facilities must provide at least 3.5 hours of direct care per resident per day, up from 3.2 hours of care previously. That care can range from inserting a feeding tube to changing an adult diaper or helping residents with eating and bathing.

The California Department of Public Health, which oversees nursing homes, is expected to announce in late January which — if any — facilities it will exempt from the new regulations. But some patient advocates don’t like the nursing homes’ balking.

“We’re appalled by the waiver system. It’s sending the worst possible message to California nursing homes that it’s OK to staff at levels that endanger residents,” said Mike Connors of California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, a consumer advocacy group.


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Saturday, December 8, 2018

North Coast Night Lights:The Covered Bridge of Elk River

Posted By on Sat, Dec 8, 2018 at 3:39 PM

Berta’s Ranch Covered Bridge is a couple miles out Elk River Road on Berta Road. - DAVID WILSON
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  • Berta’s Ranch Covered Bridge is a couple miles out Elk River Road on Berta Road.
Humboldt County is home to a number of noteworthy bridges, two of which are wooden covered bridges built in the 1930s. Both of these are still in service out Elk River Road and I’ve thought for a while that catching an unusual view of them beneath the stars would be interesting. Earlier this year I visited the pair, hoping to find angles that would include the Milky Way flying over them. Yes, you know I love to include it over my landscapes. The Milky Way’s structure is the most visible reminder of the vastness of the cosmic space in which we drift and it comforts me to know that we are really too tiny down here for our problems to matter much in the true scope of things.

It’s quiet out Elk River on a week night. I photographed both of these bridges at about 10:30 p.m., just a few days apart in July of 2018. Only a couple cars passed by either night and I was probably photographing for about an hour both times. Humboldt has a third covered bridge, built in the 1960s, out past Jacoby Creek but I have yet to work out an angle for that one that could also feature the Milky Way.
Also off of Elk River Road, Zanes Road covered bridge is another half-mile or so past Berta Road. The red light at the end of the tunnel is me holding my headlamp. - DAVID WILSON
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  • Also off of Elk River Road, Zanes Road covered bridge is another half-mile or so past Berta Road. The red light at the end of the tunnel is me holding my headlamp.


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Friday, December 7, 2018

Zooey Deschanel Really Likes Eureka

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 4:25 PM

The landmark Carson Mansion. - FILE
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  • The landmark Carson Mansion.
When actor Zooey Deschanel — star of New Girl and the perennial Christmas classic Elf — was asked about a must-go travel hot spot in California during a recent interview with Travel + Leisure, her answer was short and local: Eureka.

Deschanel, according to the online piece, is teaming up with Capital One on The Purpose Project to promote meaningful travel, which falls in line with her other efforts to make the world a better place, including support for The Farm Project and The Innocence Project.

During the interview — which includes a segment on navigating the perfect road trip through the Golden State — the writer notes that Eureka “probably isn’t on too many people’s radars,” to which Deschanel quickly replied it should be.

“Oh you have to go. It’s so beautiful,” she said. “Its amazing forests and hiking and it’s absolutely magical.”

Read the full Travel + Leisure story here.
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Fish and Wildlife Says the Crab Aren't Ready Yet

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 2:16 PM

Another crab season, another delay. - C. JUHASZ/CDFW WEBSITE
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  • Another crab season, another delay.
The North Coast’s crab woes continue as local crustaceans just aren’t fattening up enough for the commercial season to begin, prompting the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to issue a second delay in opening day — which is now slated for Dec. 31.

According to a release, results from the Dec. 4 quality test “continue to show that Dungeness crab are not yet ready for harvesting." Another round of meat weighing is slated for Dec. 21, the results of which could either trigger a tossing of the crab pots or another postponement until mid-January.


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Father of Faith Tsarnas Turns Self in for Ferndale Hit-and-Run

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 1:48 PM

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The father of Faith Tsarnas, the teenage girl killed while skateboarding with her friend by her friend’s mother Marci Kitchen, has turned himself in for a Nov. 27 hit-and-run crash that severely injured a woman.

According to a release, Jeffry Tsarnas, 54, of Myers Flat came to the California Highway Patrol office with the vehicle that was allegedly involved two days after the crash and gave a full statement.

The pedestrian, Marie Kelley of Garberville, suffered major injuries to her lower left leg.

A broken mirror found at the scene matched the vehicle that Tsarnas brought in, the release states, noting that it “is unknown if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in this collision.”

Faith Tsarnas was visiting Jeffry Tsarnas, whose first name has also been spelled "Jeffery" in various news reports, when she was hit from behind on Eel River Drive in July of 2016 and died at the scene.

Her friend Kiya Kitchen died the next day at a Bay Area hospital. Both were 14.

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Body Found in Eel River May Be Missing Santa Rosa Man

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 12:53 PM

The SHCTR team works with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office on the details for recovering the body. - TALIA ROSE
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  • The SHCTR team works with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office on the details for recovering the body.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is looking into whether the body found earlier this week by a wildlife photographer in the Eel River is that of a Santa Rosa man who was last seen heading home after a trip to Eureka in November.

A release states that the missing man’s family contacted the MCSO after hearing reports of the recovery. His vehicle was later located near Confusion Hill, which is about 6 miles upriver from where the body was located and he matches the general description of the body that as found.

Read previous Journal coverage of the discovery of the body and the recovery efforts here and here.

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