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Re: “Eclipse 2017: Humboldt Sits on a Partial Path of Totality

With due respect to Ken Yanosko, a partial eclipse will never be life-changing. You'll never be the same after viewing a total solar eclipse.

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Posted by barryevans on 08/10/2017 at 12:13 PM

Re: “DA Clears EPD in Hospital Death

I am shocked that epd cleared itself and the DA rubber stamped it.

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Posted by James Decker1 on 08/08/2017 at 9:04 PM

Re: “TL;DR: How Andrew Mills Barely Escaped Humboldt

so, is the next police cheif gonna look into the murder of tommy mcclAin or just push it on bye the mills? im pretty sure there all the same, you would think someone who wears that badge would stand up and say what they did to mthat young man was wrong. someone should stand up and do the right thing!!

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Posted by Robin Christoffersen on 08/04/2017 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Denied: Appellate Court Rejects Rechnitz Appeal for Change of Venue

lucky for Mr. Shlomo there will be space at the airfield (Murray Field) for his private jet!!! And I am sure one or two of his local minions can chauffeur him back and forth....and I am certain Seaview can find a lovely room for he and the lovely Mrs Shlomo to stay, at a reasonable rate......and the meals will be elegant also....just ask the residents!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by Snoozers on 08/02/2017 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Denied: Appellate Court Rejects Rechnitz Appeal for Change of Venue

If you take on the duty to provide care whether paid or unpaid and fail to reasonable provide that care resulting in significant injury or death to the patient, it's a class C Felony in Oregon. From what I know about this case, the nursing not only failed to provide the care, but abandon him. Someone should go to jail for this. Having been a part of licensing these facilities and investigating abuse in facilities for 10 years in Oregon, I saw a lot. These corporation hide behind a room of attorneys and vigorously fight any investigation where they were found abusive or not providing reasonable care. Yet they are willing to tell families..yes we can provide for your family member at horrible rates and fail to provide the care. I applaud the courts. As for a fair trial.. um no matter where it is once the facts are heard, um I think venue will be the least of their problems.

Posted by Clydeine Oglesby on 08/02/2017 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Court Cracks Down on Skipping Jury Duty

True but if the courts pay them more, then we have to pay more taxes to make this worthwhile to a bunch of people to sit around and most are ultimately dismissed... just doesn't seem very efficient. Maybe if we give some more tax breaks to the super-rich then it will trickle down and there will be plenty of riches for everyone and everything will work out after all.

Posted by Leroy Gustavson on 08/01/2017 at 10:57 PM

Re: “Study of NFL Brains 'Reinforcing' for Local Concussion Awareness Efforts

There is a website I value and follow which examines press releases and reporting on medical issues, particularly 'headline' stories.
The main website is
They send out a weekly email which I receive.
The most recent email had this story about this issue. Those interested in brain damage from concussions may want to read it and follow up on their own:

Brain damage in the NFL: under-recognized at first; now likely overstated…

Even supposedly 'serious' newspapers give in and sensationalize health stories to get people to read them which does the reader a disservice.

Posted by Gabriele Gray on 07/31/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “What’s Humboldt Funding? Wrecks, Pets and Murder on the Internet

i would like to know what "family member" is denying this about my fathers death. I am his first born daughter and dont want anymore lies spread about him. i was never notified by the authority of his death and we made plans days before his death about seeing each other. None of his long time friends have expressed that he would ever feel death by suicide would be the answer and he strongly believed against being cremated. His heartless wife has not reached out to me and i had to find out about his passing way passed his actual death but she had enough strength to get the insurance money within the same week. if you're going to write about someone passing do the person's life justice. he served in the navy for over 20 years and doesnt deserve this nonchalant attitude.

Posted by Hanna Oh on 07/30/2017 at 6:46 PM

Re: “Supes Take Needed Step to Protect Our Coast

Very hypocritical of the same board of supervisors who reduced riparian buffers for development right here in their own county, despite plenty of protest.

Posted by Coaster on 07/28/2017 at 12:35 PM

Re: “EPD Retracts Plans for Homeless Meal Voucher System

I find it absolutely disgusting that EPD would even consider a program that uses starvation as a punishment tool. Can you say, "obvious human rights violation" boys and girls? But then again, EPD has quite the reputation for human rights violations.

Posted by WhoAreThesePeople? on 07/27/2017 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Online Fortuna Fire Comments Spark Controversy

Holy shit, tell your kids to stop giving a fuck about the internet, stop staring at screens all day yourselves. Teachers, politicians, media reps, PARENTS are setting the worst example possible then scratching their heads over why internet commentary is as it is. Get the fuck over that bullshit, retards...youre literally retarded, retarding your own mental growth and maturity, and turning out retarded kids by example. Next thing you know your kid will grow up to be a hypersensitive idiot.

Posted by What do you expect? on 07/26/2017 at 7:54 AM

Re: “Online Fortuna Fire Comments Spark Controversy

I agree that the firefighters shouldn't have to read the comments and the comments should also remain.
It is all still better than the days when living in a small community without plains and cars when all there was was ink and gossip for info and public mobs...oh wait, maybe that led to more empathy? Don't think so.

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Posted by Noyb on 07/23/2017 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Online Fortuna Fire Comments Spark Controversy

reynard, more likely i think he may be have been unfamiliar w/how the anonymous commenters on the internet work. especially those who are always going to be there with a bad attitude and a bunch of blather, no matter what the topic.

i'm positive mr. Winburn is too familiar with & being honest in his assessment of how his personnel feel and the toll paid even without the bs that some will throw out.

please, fortuna firefighters, know for certain - ignorant written comments directed at you were made by those who chose being anonymous for a good reason - they lack strength of character and have little ability to deal with being told by their peers their machinations are without merit. have they ever earned a pat on the back?

anonymous commenters are hiding in shadows, throwing shit and fanning embers & their egos (no matter what the web site).
--- every firefighter wears their name in huge bold lettering on their back, a firefighter must check their ego at the door of an emergent task so as to get that job done safely, not as one man but as a team for the overall good of all.
firefighter don't look for pat on the back for the job done with great valor.
i pity these miserable commenters - they do prove they have too much to say concerning that which they do not & can not know.

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Posted by judi on 07/22/2017 at 11:36 PM

Re: “Online Fortuna Fire Comments Spark Controversy

This is interesting. I can understand and support Winburn's standing, but the press also. It's neither that is causing this conflict, it's the public comments. What I don't understand and find hard to accept, are the toxic comments and opinions of people that are broadcast and can be hard to dismiss on the receiving end. And a lot of the time, the 'opinions' or remarks are not from a knowledgeable stance but personal & biased opinion without all the facts. Sometimes it's best to say nothing at all!!

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Posted by Joyce Radelich on 07/22/2017 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Online Fortuna Fire Comments Spark Controversy

Winburn is clearly unfamiliar with how the internets work. Also the First Amendment.

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Posted by Reynard on 07/22/2017 at 12:00 PM

Re: “EPD Retracts Plans for Homeless Meal Voucher System

We would modify ours, if it is even feasible, to fit the needs and capabilities of our community. We're just trying to control behavior, reduce crime and disorder problems, and improve the safety and beauty of our Old Town area (and the rest of the city) through creative crime fighting that is firm when needed but fair. Think outside the box and find other options beyond just enforcement. You sound interested. Why don't you help us find a solution? Contact our Homeless Programs Manager Lynette Mullen ( if you've got a better idea or want to help us find one.

Interim Chief Watson

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Posted by SW on 07/20/2017 at 3:32 PM

Re: “EPD Retracts Plans for Homeless Meal Voucher System

I find this interesting in that the program in Santa Cruz that Watson talks about has not started yet so there is no way to know if it is a good idea or not. The Santa Cruz program is believed to cost around $400,000 this year. They closed the emergency shelter because of a short fall of $600,000. The shelter not only provided a place for people to sleep but showers, meals and mail service. Something is wrong here.

"Watson said his team was exploring a different approach similar to that implemented by a nonprofit in Santa Cruz, which recruits homeless people as volunteers for beautification projects, rewarding the effort with gift certificates for laundry or transportation needs."

Posted by Keith McHenry on 07/20/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “EPD Retracts Plans for Homeless Meal Voucher System

Homeless need and we need to treat them as INDIVIDUALS. We won't diminish the numbers unless we treat them as the individuals that they are. Relying on religious organizations (with agendas, even when hidden) should be ILLEGAL. SOME homeless would benefit from community service and volunteering OTHERS are :
1. suffering and in need of R&R, mental health care etc. WE DON"T ASK THOSE WITH SIGNIFICANT PHYSICAL issues like cancer to volunteer WHILE fighting the disease yet we subject those with mental health problems to higher expectations than the general public who does not volunteer especially at random ..they volunteer if and when and for what they choose.
2. and/or needing to recoup and then need to spend all of their time finding ways to survive ..housing, work or whatever. Looking for work is a full-time job!! Especially a livable wage when you are over 50!

Volunteerism is great if you are retired AND don't have to work or have a partner who supports you or a family inheritance or whatever.

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Posted by Noyb on 07/20/2017 at 9:49 AM

Re: “State Conducting Sweeping Investigation of DHHS's Handling of Child Abuse Reports

sureno gang members of vagos vgs 13 are corrupting monterey county cps / fcs in monterey county i can prove are employed by this county ive got pictures transmissions emails and am a victim of this corruption something needs to be done here!

Posted by Jk Puga on 07/20/2017 at 12:53 AM

Re: “UPDATED: Chief Mills' Last Day Set for July 21

IF only everybody knew what really happened.
The night Tommy died the officers were under the control of Sgt. Stephens, The events reported were inaccurate and misleading. The police claim Tommy had a confrontation with a person that drove up driving a dark colored Ford truck. I seen the persons statement, there was never a confrontation between the driver and Tommy to justify such a concern. During the trial Sgt. Stephens sat with Linfoot at the defense table. I watched Stephens texting on his cell phone, most of the time holding his phone in his lap just under the table. I couldn't help but to think that he must have thought the rules of the courtroom did not apply to him or he was above any consequences. Every elected officials have the ability to do what is right and what's expected of them, Eureka City's Council has the same ability. This is not an isolated instance, there's a serious threat to the welfare and safety to the people in Eureka. The Mayor, is a former EPD officer, he has not taken a stand to protect the people in the community. Members of the city council, have delegated their responsibilities, they have not acted within the scope of their authority. When police officers or elected officials abandon or abuse their power, we are all put in danger.
I have always admired and respect law enforcement, the death of Tommy has not changed that. Unfortunately, I assumed that all officers are honest so the ones that are not don't take their position very seriously. The officers illegal and unethical actions were a state violation of Tommy's individual constitutional rights, law-enforcement are here to protect us not jeopardize our lives.
That night Tommy was killed, the officers operational plan was based on an unreliable tip Stephens received from some girl walking down the street late at night. Stephens was the first officer to confront Tommy. Tommy and his cousin and his cousins wife had returned home after they celebrated Tommys cousins birthday, yes Tommy and his cousin were drinking but they did the responsible thing and made arrangements to have a designated driver. Stephens pulled up on Tommy in the dark, just after midnight started yelling and pointing a gun at him. Tommy was standing up on his porch, posting to Facebook, his Facebook timeline shows him texting at 12:25am thanking his cousins wife for a good time and again at 12:27am Tommy was shot at 12:30am.
Stephens stated as he commanded Tommy to "Come Down Here Now" and "Put Your Hands Up" Stephens claimed Tommy showed resistance, but Tommy did not, he put his hands up, stepped off the porch and started walking down to the officer. Just because Tommy was asking, "what's going on?" "why are you doing this to me?" "what did I do?" Questions are not acts of resistance. Linfoot describes the encounter as a fishing expedition. It's my belief the officers provoked and instigated the altercation with McClain the officers actions were unprovoked and lacked provocation. Linfoot said everyone out there was saying the same thing, there was no conflicting demands being made which he knows can confuse the situation. It was very specific "Keep Your Hands Up" Stephens, Harkness and McElroy backed up his story. Harpham asked... where was Thomas located? Linfoot answers, He was just walking in a straight pathway off of the porch, he just continued to walk straight.
Linfoot states he was comfortable with Tommy's actions, he was doing what he was instructed to do.
Officer Linfoots actions were excessive and performed with a deliberate indifference to the circumstances. Law enforcement officers must take into account the totality of the circumstances. The objective factor is to determine the reasonableness of force. Tommy McClain did not commit any violation or offense, he wasn't wanted for any contravention or malefaction, he did not attempt to resist or evade apprehension. Mr. McClain was cooperative and responded to the verbal commands, the length Tommy walked as Stephens commanded him to "Come Down Here Now" the was a significant distance and showed a willingness to comply. The officers vehicles are equipped with Watch Sentinel Surveillance System, albeit it does not show the accrual shooting Tommy is up in his yard out of the camera's view. The video taken from Sergeant Stephens car will show, Linfoot barreling around the corner from the west side, he jumps out of his quad car pulls his firearm and points it in the direction where Tommy McClain was standing. The audio from Linfoot's car has confirmed all the officers simultaneously yelling conflicting commands such as get down, get down hear right now. Tommy slightly lowered his hands and hesitated but quickly bringing them back up again as the officers yelled even louder "keep your hands up, "keep your hands up, . The last commands heard on the audio is the voice of officer Linfoot yelling "Get Down" and another officer yelling "stop."stop" stop" during trial Mr. Galipo asked Linfoot if he recognize the voice that yelled "Get Down" Linfoot stated he believed it was his voice he heard.
Blaming Tommmy for dropping his hand is a ridiculous excuse for Linfoots for own actions. Mills concluded that the utilization of force was justified and dismissed all inopportune police conduct. But the investigation was predicated on fallacious information that was propitious to his officers and the department. The outcome of the investigation was reached from a plenarily partialness conclusion by consummately ignoring the facts that the officer's own temerarious or deliberate conduct during the initial contact with Tommy unreasonably created a situation, that evidently ended the life of Tommy James McClain. EPD Ronald Harpham labeled the death of Tommy justified homicide. A mistake is never justified and Linfoots intentions to shoot Tommy on the ground was not a mistake. Tommy's death certificate says, he was in altercation but all he was doing was standing outside in his yard..........
Sgt. Stephens might not have killed Tommy, but he certainly lacks integrity by not coming forward with the truth, completely disregarded any concern for the Publics Safety. When it comes to law-enforcement standing agents these types of wrong doings is more important then defending them.

Posted by jamiyssalinn on 07/18/2017 at 9:13 AM

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