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Re: “Online Fortuna Fire Comments Spark Controversy

This is interesting. I can understand and support Wilburn's standing. 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...your literally retarded, 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. Thank you for sharing your blog

Posted by Deanna Friel on 08/22/2017 at 5:04 AM

Re: “Dozens Gather for May Day Protest in Fortuna (with Video)

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Posted by Sanchez Gabriel on 08/20/2017 at 10:09 PM

Re: “'Nibs' and 'The Taz'

"The Board of Supervisors are revealing their true colors"?

Humboldt County's Butcher, Baker and Candlestick Maker Supes have never had the leadership or courage to deviate from the direction big money dictates. This is their primary directive. Wealthy campaign contributors win most elections and have no use for intelligent naysayers that might interfere in their financial interests.

Locking up the indigent is fully funded. Problem solved. The Supes are busy unleashing Big Pot into our headwaters to finish the job Big Timber started. Not enough water? The policy is, "Don't Look, Don't Tell, No Problem".

Nothing has changed for poor Humboldt County.

In equal crimes unequal fates are found, when one swings the other's crowned.

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Posted by Cherise Cawley on 08/16/2017 at 12:30 PM

Re: “'Nibs' and 'The Taz'

I don't know this man or anything about him. But, the guy in that photo has the physical appearance of a severe alcoholic. If he is, that would explain a lot of the behaviors mentioned - unexplained absences, moodiness, apathy, etc etc. Just a thought.

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Posted by LocoGuy on 08/12/2017 at 1:39 PM

Re: “'Nibs' and 'The Taz'

Even if half of what's been reported about David Marcus is a half truth, it's painfully obvious he's a professional con-man who has swindled his way into a six-digit salary paid for by the public. By all accounts, he's a burden to his coworkers as well as an expense and a liability to everybody living in Humboldt County. There's simply no excuse for his continuing employment. The Board of Supervisors are revealing their true colors regarding their genuine care and concern for their own constituents.

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Posted by Prefer to remain anonymous. on 08/12/2017 at 10:16 AM

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: “'Nibs' and 'The Taz'

Oh boy...

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Posted by ladynacage on 08/10/2017 at 9:30 AM

Re: “The Last Days of the Budget Motel

Situated by the boarded up Budget Motel

The Royal Inn Motel Unsafe For Tourists Visiting Eureka
full of code violations and a magnet for police calls

We will avoid Eureka next time.

The Last Days of the Royal Inn Motel
Eureka City Manager Greg Sparks
DHHS Director Connie Beck close down this crime ridden tier two roach hotel.

Trivago is still taking bookings for The Royal Inn Motel.
Trivago does not care about the public safety of their customers.
WE DID NOT FEEL SAFE. LEFT PROPERTY EARLY. DID NOT SLEEP. Cockroach ghetto hotel - Royal Inn Motel, Eureka, California, USA - Trivago booking - full of homeless. The hotel room smelt like a sewer. The Royal Inn Motel, Eureka is a very dangerous disgusting slum property full of pot smoking homeless people. The location is situated in a ghetto part of town. Did not feel safe. Left property early. Did not sleep.

The hotels surrounding the Royal Inn Motel are empty, boarded up and condemned! The hotel looked like a war zone! Trivago you should NOT be taking peoples money by advertising & sending anymore people there. No air-con in cockroach infested rooms, full of fleas, and flies dancing around fecal matter. The hotel room smelt like a sewer. Sheets and pillows full of stains and smelt of urine. The bullish East Indian staff did not speak English and refused to give a refund. Read the very negative online reviews on social media sites including Trivago from tourists like myself and my family who have unfortunately stayed at The Royal Inn Motel in Eureka, California, USA.

We demand a complete refund from Trivago.
Ruined our vacation.

Posted by Dont Stay At The Royal Inn Motel, Eureka, California, USA on 08/09/2017 at 10:14 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: “It's Watson for the Interim

I am extremely disappointed to see the NCJ and its usually highly competent reporter Linda Stansberry give Steve Watson an unchallenged venue to present a completely non-tested theory: "... that many of the homeless and transient people in Eureka were attracted to the area by the pot industry ... ."

HSU faculty would love to conduct scientific studies to test urban-legend "theories" such as this but governmental, law enforcement and media hostility to our region's largest multibillion-dollar industry is such that funding opportunities for large-scale social science research projects are severely constrained. A working assumption is that this social problem has deep and diverse causes likely rooted in economic and political practices over the last 70 years entirely unrelated to the emergence of a domestic cannabis industry in the 1980s. Examples include deindustrialization, with most manufacturing businesses moving abroad and then-Gov R Reagan's closing of most state mental health facilities, Etc.

The Journal/Stansberry should have tempered this Trumpian-level rant with sources working with the homeless or in the industry. Faculty at Humboldt State University's Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research are readily available for comment, if all else fails. Considering the high level of ad revenue the Journal receives from cannabis-related businesses, it is the least the citizens of Humboldt should expect.

Posted by Fred Krissman on 08/08/2017 at 8:30 AM

Re: “Best of Humboldt

So....who won in each category?

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Posted by Mel Carlson on 08/06/2017 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Chief

All of Eureka, ALL of HUMBOLDT should be throwing a party and celebrating the Era of MILLS and his crooked way of doing things to cover up the shit that his police officers were always getting away with. It's yet to be seen how this new chief will run things, but we all must Thank God that his partner in police crime, his candidate Captain Stephens was denied the position. That means that there is always a possibility that the Eureka Police Department could regain a good name yet. We'll have to keep our fingers crossed and pray for that to happen. For Eureka has gotten away with far too much, I am speaking on behalf of my Nephew Tommy McClain and the many others like Cotton who have lost their lives due to the rampart that the EPD got away with because of the direction of MILLS allowed them to. My Brother is lost without a son, his ONLY son, he was at the farewell as well as my sister Tommy McClains Aunt Jamie who you see in the photo addressing Mills. she has held this case to the very facts that Mills presented to the public, that were made up or nothing of the truth at all. Tommy McClain Aunt Jamie has pieced together this case like a puzzle No one wanted to see and if it were not for her hard work and extreme devotion to this case, Tommy McClain would have been made out to be another suspect that confronted the police with a firearm, when infact it was nothing to that degree. Mills has been doing these types of things for years, and is why he was transferred out of L.A county just as he is being transferred now. Santa Cruz beware and keep your eyes on this man for he is gonna bring a bad name your way also. Thank you for reading.

Posted by His Uncle #JUSTICEFORTOMMYMCCLAIN on 08/05/2017 at 12:25 AM

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: “'The People's Chief'

Contrary to this series of reports, former Eureka Police Chief Andrew Mills' 3 years and 10 months of employment do not constitute a "legacy".

We were reminded of law enforcement's legacy when they removed Protect and Serve from police vehicles and buildings long ago, it is a legacy best summed-up by corporate America's trillion dollar annual advertising message, "This is a World of Plenty for the Deserving".

For the "undeserving" and unwanted destitute, law enforcement continues its historical role imposing punitive and brutal treatment worsening the problem by further destabilizing the most vulnerable people in our community, the homeless, (not to be confused with law enforcement's treatment of native people, suffragettes, strikers, blacks, Chinese, gays, disabled, Jews, and LGBT! That would be a conspiracy, a fully discredited word).

To be fair, most law enforcement agencies, including elected and appointed officials, work to protect the interests of the rich despite being primary perpetrators behind chronic affordable housing shortages.

In just over one generation the financial interests of this nation's, (and our community's), wealthy developers, speculators, financiers, brokers, title companies, land attorneys, insurers and realtors, control the national and local agenda enough to build the third catastrophic and highly profitable housing bubble, as if millions of foreclosures, bankruptcies, bank bailouts and nationwide economic collapse never happened.

Its 2017 and were still reading the same old bigotry against the poor that was common in 19th Century newspapers!?

What purpose did it serve to disparage the quality of transportation being used by family survivors of Tommy McClain who was wrongly killed by EPD?

Please stop repeating the tiresome canards linking poverty and homelessness to higher crime. Why not interview one of our local academic professionals in sociology, healthcare or psychology? They'll tell you that in every 4th home on your block resides a person with a diagnosable mental pathology, or an abuser of drugs, alcohol, or a spouse. Had law enforcement gone door-to-door checking I.D. in tiny Trinidad's million dollar homes they would have discovered serial killer Robert Durst 15 years sooner. How, exactly, does that crime, or the way Mr. Durst has been treated, compare to the crimes and group-punishment imposed upon an entire class of homeless residents? Would a wealthy serial killer ever need to fear the withholding of food because other rich people caused unprecedented nationwide suffering after they looted the U.S. Treasury in bailouts in 2008?

Evicting hundreds of homeless from Palco Marsh without first securing a sanctioned location was cruel and inhuman, it was not a "Smooth Eviction". Would the NCJ call the withholding food at St. Vincent De Paul, a "Smooth Starving"?

Declaring Andrew Mills likable, over and over again, appears to be the most unique legacy he left for Eureka.

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Posted by Sammy Ortiz on 07/29/2017 at 1:39 AM

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

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