The Reports are In

The 2019-2020 Civil Grand Jury weighs in on the Lawson investigation, county efforts to protect its most vulnerable charges

(July 30, 2020) The Humboldt County Civil Grand Jury wrapped up its work for the year last month, issuing the last of its eight reports. The reports tackle subjects ranging from leadership in...

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Rough Road

Pandemic brings safety, economic concerns for local bus lines that take essential workers to work

(July 30, 2020) When shelter in place became the law of the land in Humboldt County back in mid-March, shuttering much of the local economy and sending most people home, a swath of...

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A Walk Around the County

Photos from a hike a day during shelter in place

(July 23, 2020) Sheltering in place since March 11 has been a challenge for my wife, Sydney, and me. We're both in "at risk" categories due to age and we greatly miss...

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Closed ... Again

As cases spike, Newsom takes action and local push and pull continues

(July 16, 2020) When Gov. Gavin Newsom took to the podium July 13 for a noon press conference, nobody in Humboldt County was sure what was coming. For well over a week, the...

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Crossroads

Humboldt County's COVID-19 case count continues to climb

(July 9, 2020) Humboldt County's Joint Information Center had planned to close for the county holiday on July 3, a move that would save overtime expenses and give most of its employees three...

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'The Biggest Challenge'

California's 2020 all-mail election, explained

(July 2, 2020) How do you hold an election during a global pandemic? Without knowing it, California voters have been practicing for years. Since the 1920s — and before that, with a brief...

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'Our Sovereign Right'

With water woes continuing to hamper hotel project, Trinidad Rancheria accuses critics of prejudice, systemic racism

(July 2, 2020) Already escalated tensions spiked sharply south of Trinidad on June 24, when the Trinidad Rancheria accused the city, area residents and Fifth District Supervisor Steve Madrone of racism in their...

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Dinner from the Dock

During the pandemic, seafood sales surge at the marina

(June 25, 2020) Capt. Harrison Ibach lifts a redbanded rockfish through a hatch from a lower deck. The fish's eyes bulge like a Muppet's, and its striped carnelian body dwarfs Ibach's rubber-gloved hand....

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'It's Really Our Choice'

As Humboldt County continues reopening, health officer stresses 'personal responsibility'

(June 25, 2020) Toward the end of her June 23 presentation to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, Health Officer Teresa Frankovich seemed to cut to the chase. Humboldt County has moved...

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'Mission Fit'

Peers say Humboldt's health officer — new in town and under intense pressure — is exactly where she belongs

(June 18, 2020) The cards and short letters will show up from time to time at the Humboldt County Public Health Department addressed to Health Officer Teresa Frankovich. Inside, they have messages...

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Feeding the Children

Food for People, schools partner to cover Humboldt

(June 18, 2020) Food insecurity is not a new issue in Humboldt County and many families face an increased strain during the summer months when their children no longer have access to...

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Casinos are Open

For some staff, it's too big a gamble

(June 11, 2020) On May 12, staffers received word from their manager at Bear River Casino Resort saying it would be opening in 10 days and employees were expected to attend a May...

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'I Can't Breathe'

Following a governor's order, some local departments look to ban neck holds

(June 11, 2020) In the weeks following George Floyd's killing by a Minneapolis police officer, as protesters have taken to the streets in droves to decry institutionalized racism and police violence, Floyd's last...

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Policing the Police

(June 11, 2020) When protesters convened in front of the Eureka Police Department headquarters June 1 for a far-reaching dialogue, there were calls for increased transparency and accountability, but one of the few...

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21 Days in the Park

When NYC called for help, a local nurse answered

(June 11, 2020) In late March, as the COVID-19 pandemic's stranglehold on New York City strengthened, with cases totals doubling every couple of days, the city's wealthiest neighborhoods began to empty. By the...

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