Her Name Was Ida

Her Name Was Ida

Remembering Humboldt's first COVID-19 death for a life well lived

(May 28, 2020) Ida Adelia Newell, an avid reader with a quick wit who loved golf and traveling the world but always returned to her lifelong home in Humboldt County, died May 17...

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Why Mass Gatherings Terrify Health Officials

(May 28, 2020) Over the past week, Humboldt County Public Health Officer Teresa Frankovich has repeatedly expressed the concern that some local residents are ignoring current prohibitions on gatherings. And whether social functions...

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A Glimpse Inside Alder Bay

(May 28, 2020) When Alder Bay Assisted Living Interim Administrator Mark Stephenson answered the facility's main phone line on May 20, the exhaustion hung heavy in his voice. Over the previous nine days,...

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Triggers and Clusters

Humboldt is slowly reopening and cases are rising. How will officials know when to pump the brakes?

(May 21, 2020) When Humboldt County took its first baby step toward easing shelter-in-place restrictions on May 8, allowing retail businesses to reopen for curbside pickup and delivery service, there was an...

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'Very Soon'

Humboldt County was ready to move forward, then cases spiked, leaving an uncertain path ahead

(May 14, 2020) On the afternoon of Friday, May 8, just hours after some toy stores, florists, boutiques, bookstores and other retailers throughout Humboldt County re-opened for curbside pickup and delivery for the...

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Rural Markets Struggle to Stay Afloat

Being an essential business isn't protecting small community hubs

(May 14, 2020) On April 29, Fieldbrook Market and Eatery owners Kelli Costa and her husband Ross announced through a Facebook post that they were temporarily closing the market, no longer able to...

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A Toe in the Water

As a slow relaxing of shelter in place begins, a long road lies ahead

(May 7, 2020) On May 4, Gov. Gavin Newsom delivered some desperately anticipated news: The state will begin lifting shelter-in-place restrictions May 8, in time for people to buy some flowers for Mother's...

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The Test

Testing capacity remains the biggest challenge in finding a path out of shelter in place

(April 30, 2020) It's been a common refrain, one that's morphed into an intense chorus in recent weeks as county officials ponder the possibility of easing shelter-in-place restrictions in an effort to get...

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Dire Projections

Local models forecast stark spike in COVID-19 cases

(April 30, 2020) Local models used by Public Health to predict the spread of COVID-19 project that if Humboldt County keeps all current social distancing orders in place, it could still see 28...

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News in Brief

(April 30, 2020) Economic Woes Mount: Responding to an ongoing survey conducted by the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services, 668 businesses have combined to report more than $28.3 million in lost revenue...

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Front Window

Janessa Johnsrude's Sheltering in Places portraits

(April 23, 2020) In one of Janessa Johnsrude's photos, a mother and daughter sit perched in an open window, smiling at one another, a big, milky-eyed dog between them. Their tableau, framed...

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Tests and Models and Masks

(April 23, 2020) As this edition of the Journal went to press, Humboldt County was riding a wave of seemingly good news. It had been nearly a week since the last new COVID-19...

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The COVID Conjuncture

Amid an historic event, Cooperation Humboldt looks to create historic change

(April 16, 2020) Do you know what a historic conjuncture is, David Cobb asks. Told no, the already quick cadence of his voice quickens over the phone. The term, the 2004 Green...

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The Little School that Could

A district steps into the void to serve an impoverished community

(April 16, 2020) As Humboldt County school districts stepped up to continue feeding their students amid the COVID-19 shutdown, one of its smallest districts in one of its poorest areas decided it needed...

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'Trying to Lead'

Mayor Debra Garnes is helping tiny Rio Dell do big things

(April 9, 2020) The April 2 letter was addressed to "My fellow Rio Dellights," and had all the warmth and reassurance of a fireside chat. It acknowledged the gravity of the situation,...

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Slowing the Velocity

The effort to slow Humboldt's infection rate and other news from the week

(April 9, 2020) As the Journal went to press April 7, Public Health announced one more Humboldt County resident had tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the local total to an even 50. While...

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  • Re: Her Name Was Ida

    • Knew Ida since the 1970's. She worked at George Petersen for years. Also knew her…

    • on May 29, 2020
  • Re: Her Name Was Ida

    • Lovely tribute. Thank you.

    • on May 28, 2020
  • Re: Her Name Was Ida

    • Sorry for the loss..Thanks so much for giving Ida a fitting memory to make her…

    • on May 28, 2020
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    • Thank you for this Thad.

    • on May 28, 2020
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    • Lynette, Thank you for chipping away on the unfinished business of telling these stories. Your…

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