Goodbye, Chief

Goodbye, Chief

Lovefest at the Wharfinger

(July 27, 2017) Downstairs at Eureka's Wharfinger Building, a man is sleeping on a bench next to his bike. Upstairs, the family of Thomas McClain, a 22-year-old Eureka resident shot dead by Eureka...

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'The People's Chief'

Mills leaves Eureka almost universally liked and that in itself is extraordinary

(July 27, 2017) Andrew Mills had just finished lunch and was strolling through Old Town on a Thursday afternoon, just about 24 hours before his almost four-year tenure as Eureka's chief of police...

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It's Watson for the Interim

Meet the former theologian and substitute teacher leading EPD

(July 27, 2017) Steve Watson is not the kind of man who lets things go. Walking down Third Street, past the St. Vincent de Paul cafeteria, he initially passes the group of men...

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Who's Next?

With Mills' exit, Eureka gets busy searching for its next police chief

(July 27, 2017) Before former Eureka Police Chief Andrew Mills had left the building, City Manager Greg Sparks was already setting the wheels in motion to find his replacement. As the Journal went...

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'Nothing in Writing'

Public defender testifies he lawyered but can't provide any documentation

(July 27, 2017) Local attorney Patrik Griego refiled his lawsuit last week, alleging that Humboldt County Public Defender David Marcus fails to meet minimum state qualifications for his post. And this time, Griego...

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Dates with David Marcus

An updated timeline of the Public Defender's controversial hiring

(July 27, 2017) December, 2016 — Humboldt County Public Defender Kevin Robinson retires. Feb. 8, 2017 — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors announces the hire of David Marcus as Humboldt's next public...

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Oh, Mercy

How the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center keeps wild animals wild

(July 20, 2017) The patient lets out a low, chittering growl, a warning. Lucinda Adamson reaches down and lifts him up onto the scale, her thick leather gloves protecting her from the juvenile...

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Siren Song

Tsunami warning system rides out budget

(July 20, 2017) When an earthquake that struck a string of remote islands off Russia was revised up to a magnitude-7.7 on July 17, the National Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami advisory...

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(July 20, 2017) A story in the June 13, 2017 edition of the North Coast Journal headlined "Off the Top" incorrectly stated Maria Martinez's place of employment. She works for a skilled nursing...

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Buddy's Blues

A bluesman goes back on the road

(July 13, 2017) It's 11 p.m. on a Saturday and the parking lot outside the Speakeasy echoes with rough, jangly guitar. Inside the packed bar, Buddy Reed, all 5 foot 6 of him,...

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Off the Top

What California's audit of a skilled nursing giant might find

(July 13, 2017) "We're understaffed almost every single day. Sometimes we don't have enough soap or towels," said Maria Martinez at a recent hearing before California's Joint Legislative Audit Committee. Martinez, a certified...

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in our blogs...

Paint the Utility Box You Want to See in the World

(July 25, 2017) Before you tag that utility box for free, consider getting paid $500 by the city of Eureka to do a mini-mural. A new program called Eureka Box Art! (somebody...

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AG Revives Program to Seize Assets Without Charges or Convictions

(July 24, 2017) Advocates of civil asset forfeiture reform had a few choice names for U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions — among them “drug warrior” and “forfeiture fanatic” — when interviewed for a...

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Online Fortuna Fire Comments Spark Controversy

(July 22, 2017) A local fire chief and reporter are in a bit of a standoff over comments left on a blog about the fatal fire that took the life of Martha Ann Robertson...

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