Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Trump's Fire Tweets Decried as Congressional Delegation Urges Disaster Declaration

Posted By on Tue, Aug 7, 2018 at 6:31 PM

Map of the Mendocino Complex. - CALFIRE
  • Calfire
  • Map of the Mendocino Complex.
With the Mendocino Fire Complex — an explosive combination of the River and Ranch fires — now officially ranked as the largest in California’s history at nearly 300,000 acres, a congressional delegation sent a letter today urging President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster in Mendocino, Lake and Napa counties.

The move would free up federal resources for firefighting and recovery efforts, something Trump did Saturday for Shasta County in response to the devastating Carr Fire that has killed at least seven people, destroyed more than 1,000 homes and burned more than 167,000 acres, according to Calfire’s latest report.

The most up-to-date fire information, including road closures and evacuations, can be found at www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents and inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

EPD: D Street Deaths Appear to be a Murder-Suicide

Posted By on Mon, Aug 6, 2018 at 4:20 PM

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The deaths of two people found in a D Street home on Friday night appear to be a murder-suicide, according to the Eureka Police Department.

Officers responding to a welfare check call around 8 p.m. forced their way into the residence on the 3200 block where they found a man and woman dead. Both had “lacerations,” according to an EPD release, and the man’s appeared to be “self-inflicted.”

The release states that the coroner’s office has not released “positive identifications or causes of death of the two decedents.” Autopsies are scheduled for later this week.

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Crabs Season is over and Everything is Garbage

Posted By on Mon, Aug 6, 2018 at 3:29 PM

MATT FILAR
  • Matt Filar

Well, folks, it’s over. Humboldt’s best summer distraction
has come to a close and now we are all forced to confront the empty misery of
our Crabs-less existences. No more heckling, no more Crusty, no more dynamic renditions of "Go Big Red," no more band at all! Baseball has abandoned Arcata, not to return for 11 months. It’s always a difficult week after our boys head back
home. The town feels … empty. F Street is no longer a perilous route that only
the most courageous and resolute dare ford. We’ve no place to gather together
and bond as a community. It is a time for mourning and bereavement.

The Humboldt Crabs finished the season with a series sweep
against the Bay Area Blues, an all-star team on the eastern side of the bay.
Our boys ended up 37-10 on the year and unloaded 19 runs in the final game of
the season, an explosive display on par with the fireworks Saturday night.


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Cannabis Lounges, Lane Changes to H and I on Eureka Council Agenda

Posted By on Mon, Aug 6, 2018 at 10:07 AM

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The Eureka City Council will consider Tuesday giving direction on potential regulations for onsite cannabis consumption as well as alterations to H and I streets to make the thoroughfares more bike and pedestrian friendly.

A staff report asks the council to look at framework options for establishments that could allow the consumption of cannabis in its many forms, noting that the retail market is growing in the city following the legalization of recreational marijuana this year, but state regulations greatly restrict where the products can be used.

“For instance, cannabis cannot be legally consumed in vehicles, in public places, or most hotel rooms. Primarily, cannabis can only be consumed within a person’s private residence,” the report states. “Accordingly, tourists passing through Eureka would have great difficulty in securing a legal place to consume cannabis after making a purchase at a Eureka-based Cannabis retail facility. The most likely solution is ‘on-site cannabis consumption lounges.’”

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

TSA Proposal Looks at Cutting Smaller Airport Screenings

Posted By on Sun, Aug 5, 2018 at 7:30 AM

TSA internal proposal looks at eliminating security screenings at smaller airports. - FILE
  • File
  • TSA internal proposal looks at eliminating security screenings at smaller airports.
An internal Transportation Security Administration proposal floats the idea of eliminating security screenings at 150 small-to-medium sized airports across the country as a cost-saving measure, according to agency documents first reported on CNN.

The network’s story states that “the internal documents from June and July suggest the move could save $115 million annually, money that could be used to bolster security at larger airports.”

While the TSA proposal focuses on airports served by planes with 60 or fewer seats, which means the California Redwood Coast — Humboldt County Airport in McKinleyville could possibly be a contender, specific sites are not included, according to the CNN report.

A TSA spokesperson told the network that the concept "is not a new issue" and the elimination of security screenings is permitted under "the regulations which established TSA."

The agency also released two statements in response to media coverage, which state the agency’s “top priority is to protect the nation’s transportation system” and that “no decisions have been” made on the proposal that was part of “pre-decisional budget deliberations” to look at “potential operational changes to better allocate limited taxpayer resources.”

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

EPD Investigating Possible Double Homicide

Posted By on Sat, Aug 4, 2018 at 9:53 AM

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The Eureka Police Department has launched a homicide investigation after finding two dead in a residence in the 3200 block of D Street.

Officers responded to the residence shortly after 8 p.m. yesterday for a welfare check call. After getting no answer, the officers forced entry into the residence, where they found the two dead bodies.

Police aren't releasing the names, ages, genders or causes of death of the deceased at this point, but advise that no suspects are believed to be at large.

See the full EPD press release copied below:

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Fire Whirl in Carr Fire Reached 143 MPH

Posted By on Fri, Aug 3, 2018 at 1:43 PM

Aftermath of the Carr Fire "fire whirl." - CALFIRE/NWS
  • Calfire/NWS
  • Aftermath of the Carr Fire "fire whirl."
A fire whirl — similar to a tornado — that occurred in the Carr Fire near Redding on July 26 had maximum winds in excess of 143 mph, according to an initial analysis by the National Weather Service and Calfire.

The column of fire produced by “intense rising heat and turbulent winds” was equivalent to an F3 tornado and left a path of destruction — completely stripping bark off of trees, uprooting some others and collapsing power line towers, according to the National Weather Service.

“A fire that is burning very hot develops its own weather by drawing in winds that exceed ambient weather conditions,” the National Weather Service wrote in a tweet. “When the winds are strong enough and the fire is hot enough, sometimes, the rising air columns start to rotate.”

In an interview with the Associated Press, NWS meteorologist Duane Dykema said the phenomenon was on par with some of the most destructive Midwest tornadoes.

For up-to-date fire information, including evacuations and road closures, visit www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents.

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Bridge Linking Scotia and Rio Dell Reopens

Posted By on Fri, Aug 3, 2018 at 11:51 AM

The Eagle Prairie Bridge reopened this morning. - CITY OF RIO DELL
  • City of Rio Dell
  • The Eagle Prairie Bridge reopened this morning.
The Eagle Prairie Bridge that connects Rio Dell and Scotia reopened today just in time for Wildwood Days after a four-month closure for repainting.

As detailed in the July 5 North Coast Journal cover story “Just Across the Bridge,” the shut down pushed many Rio Dell businesses to the brink at the height of the tourist season and caught many owners off-guard after they received a scant two-weeks of notice about the work from Caltrans.

"I walked out of my door and it was like a nuclear bomb had gone off," Adam Dias, who founded the Eagle Prairie Arts District and runs a custom wood gallery on Main Street, told the Journal. "There was nobody on the street, no traffic."

The opening comes earlier than expected and coincides with the opening day of Rio Dell’s Wildwood Days event. Read more about the weekend of festivities here.


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Thursday, August 2, 2018

NCJ Editor Nabs National Awards

Posted By on Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 2:45 PM

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The North Coast Journal’s own Jennifer Fumiko Cahill got some national recognition this week.

At its annual newspaper contest awards ceremony over the weekend, the Association of Alternative Newsmedia announced that Cahill, our arts and features editor, finished second in the Food Writing category and received an honorable mention in Best Columns in our circulation division, which sees the Journal compete against papers twice its size.

The awards stem from three Table Talk pieces Cahill wrote for the Journal in 2017 and the first two installments of her bitingly satirical “Seriously?” series. If you haven’t had a chance to read these, we urge you to double back.

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Wildfire Smoke Likely to Impact Air Quality

Posted By on Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 12:28 PM

A plane helps battle the Eel Fire. - COURTESY OF MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST
  • Courtesy of Mendocino National Forest
  • A plane helps battle the Eel Fire.
Parts of the North Coast, including Orleans and the Hoopa, Van Duzen and Mad River areas, may experience periods of unhealthy air quality conditions today and this evening due to wildfires.

According to the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District, winds coming from the northwest will help disperse the smoke from the Carr Fire near Redding but impacts from Oregon fires will hit northern portions of Humboldt County.

For the latest information on California wildfires, including evacuations and road closures, visit the CalFire incident website: www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents.


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