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Ukiah police and fire log: Tuesday, March 31, 2015


The following were compiled from reports prepared by the Ukiah Police Department. To anonymously report crime information, call 463-6205.

POSSIBLE PROWLER: Caller in the 400 block of Pomo Drive reported at 1:48 a.m. Friday that a possible prowler was in the yard. An officer cehcked the area but did not see anything suspicious.

30 Mar 2015 at 5:56pm
by By Ukiah Daily Journal staff

Project to close part of Hwy 128 to big rigs

According to Caltrans, signs are already up warning drivers of the pending work, which will be centered "two miles west of the three-way intersection of North Cloverdale Boulevard/ North Redwood Highway/Oat Valley Road, and approximately 1.8 miles east of the Mendocino County line."

Construction was expected to begin this week and continue through October 2015.

30 Mar 2015 at 5:55pm
by By Ukiah Daily Journal staff A project to protect the slopes along Highway 128 just south of the Mendocino County line will restrict semi-trucks from

Truck of milk on Hwy 20 spills into lake

Thousands of gallons of milk were spilled on Highway 20 Saturday when a semi-truck overturned, trapping the driver, the California Highway Patrol reported.

According to the CHP, a 57-year-old Corning man was driving a 2008 Kenworth and pulling a 1999 Tank Trailer while heading westbound on Hwy 20 just east of Lucerne when, for unknown reasons, the truck left the roadway around 3:30 a.

30 Mar 2015 at 5:54pm
by By Ukiah Daily Journal staff

Ukiah school district plans to hire more teachers

The Ukiah Unified School District's board of trustees this month approved moving forward with the hiring of seven more full-time teachers for its elementary schools.

The hires are part of the UUSD's Strategic Plan, which is still being revised and has yet to be approved. In anticipation of the plan being approved, however, UUSD Superintendent Deb Kubin requested that her staff be authorized to recruit for the new positions.

30 Mar 2015 at 5:53pm
by Justine Frederiksen

Lights, camera, action!

Teen members of Mendocino Access Television, Ukiah's public access television station have completed a third filmmaking workshop, under the tutelage of instructors Scott Spears and Ryan Cameron.

Cade Cooperrider, Jace Cooperrider, Duncan Cline, Nathan Hayes, Ayled Zayed, Lily Turrill and Kai Mablango have spent the past several months working as a team to create a short film that will be debuted next month.

30 Mar 2015 at 5:51pm
by By Carole Brodsky For the Ukiah Daily Journal

'The Russian River': Filmmakers explore the value of an American watershed

One day in 2007, Bill Sorenson, accompanied by his wife, Stella Kwiecinski, and colleague Nancy Econome, was working on a commercial film project on the Russian River; up to his chest in the river with tripod in hand, shooting canoes moving downstream, he noticed the water was very warm and had a strange odor.

28 Mar 2015 at 9:10pm
by By Karen Rifkin for Ukiah Daily Journal

Mendocino County history: Pomo basket weaving - art, innovation, survival

After reading the subject article from 50 years ago, about the three elder Pomo woman weavers Elsie Allen, Annie Lake and Mary Rivas, I became aware of the contradictions that Indians in Mendocino County have had to live with for generations. Along with the sorrow comes a profound respect and appreciation for the immense courage, perseverance and daring it took to carry on.

28 Mar 2015 at 7:42pm
by By Barbara Renick

Roadwork planned for Mendocino County next week

Mendocino County roadwork:

• Highway 101: Caltrans will perform slide repairs near the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge (near Frog Woman Rock). Northbound traffic will be restricted to one lane 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Motorists may experience minor traffic slowdowns.

• Highway 101: Pavement repairs from Reeves Canyon Road to Ridgewood Ranch Road will continue.

28 Mar 2015 at 6:44pm
by By Ukiah Daily Journal staff

Mendocino County veterans can now seek health care closer to home

Veterans living on the Mendocino Coast will not have to travel as far for medical care, after the Department of Veterans Affairs implemented a recommended change, Rep. Jared Huffman (D - San Rafael) reported this week.

According to Huffman's office, the local congressman requested earlier this year in a letter to VA Secretary Robert A.

28 Mar 2015 at 6:34pm
by By Ukiah Daily Journal staff

Study raises concerns about Roundup component glyphosate

Seventeen experts from 11 countries met at the International Agency for Research on Cancer, IARC, (the World Health Organization's Cancer Agency) in Lyon, France, to assess the carcinogenicity of pesticides including glyphosate, a broad-spectrum herbicide found in Roundup, brought to the market by Monsanto in 1974.

28 Mar 2015 at 5:45pm
by By Karen Rifkin for Ukiah Daily Journal

Eureka Times-Standard

EPD targets distracted drivers

From the Eureka Police Department:

To save lives and educate all Californians, especially young drivers, about the dangers of distracted driving, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), California Highway Patrol (CHP), Impact Teen Drivers, and more than 200 law enforcement agencies statewide are working together on increased education and enforcement efforts for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April and California Teen Safe Driving Week, the first week of April.

31 Mar 2015 at 9:37am
by The Times-Standard

One injured in Crescent City crash

A Crescent City man received major injuries in a rear-end collision just after 9 a.m. Friday in Crescent City, according to the California Highway Patrol.

John M. Horner, 40, was traveling directly behind a 2000 Ford pickup whose driver had slowed to turn into the Self Storage Center on Northcrest Drive just south of the intersection of Pine Grove Road.

30 Mar 2015 at 10:29pm
by The Times-Standard

Coroner identifies pedestrian hit by bus

The Humboldt County Coroner's Office on Monday identified the pedestrian who died after being hit by a bus last week as Eureka resident Thomas William Rice. He was 35.

Deputy Coroner Ernie Stewart said in a news release that Rice was taken to St. Joseph Hospital after the 11:30 a.m. collision at Fifth and O streets in Eureka on Friday, but he later died of his injuries.

30 Mar 2015 at 10:27pm
by The Times-Standard

Officials seek help identifying man whose remains were found in Hoopa

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office is asking for the community's help to identify the man whose remains were found in a wooded area off Bair Road in Hoopa on the night of March 23.

His death is considered "suspicious in nature," officials said.

An autopsy was conducted on the remains Saturday narrowed the man's estimated age to between 18 and 30 years old.

30 Mar 2015 at 10:27pm
by The Times-Standard

Man hit by bus dies

From the Humboldt County Coroner's Office:

On Friday at about 11:30 a.m. there was an accident involving a transit bus and a pedestrian near the intersection of Fifth and O streets, Eureka. The pedestrian was transported to St. Joseph Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The involved pedestrian was eventually declared deceased as a result of those injuries.

30 Mar 2015 at 12:01pm
by The Times-Standard on Twitter

Sheriff seeks community help in identifying remains

From the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office:

On Saturday, an autopsy was performed on the remains of a person located off Bair Road in Hoopa. The autopsy revealed the remains were that of a male approximately 18-30 years' old wearing size 12 black and red Air Jordan shoes, 36x34 size brown Carhart painter's style pants, 3X size black sweatpants with a "Hoopa Warriors" logo, a black "Cal" baseball cap and a black t-shirt with "California Republic" logo printed in red and white.

30 Mar 2015 at 12:13pm
by The Times-Standard

Vial of Life saves lives: First responders can easily access a person's medic...

Redwood Memorial Hospital volunteer Gail Sisson first heard about the Vial of Life program 15 years ago and knew right away she wanted to bring the idea to Humboldt County.

"I went to Willits at their hospital and I saw the program there," Sisson said. "I thought, 'Boy, that would be a wonderful thing to bring up to our area.

29 Mar 2015 at 5:08pm
by By Heather Shelton hshelton@times-standard

Eureka studying need for cold storage facility

It's been nearly seven years since aging equipment prompted the owners of Eureka Ice & Storage to close the Waterfront Drive business rather than undertake costly repairs.

Now, Eureka is launching a feasibility study for a new facility after receiving a $25,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration which the city matched with its own $25,000.

28 Mar 2015 at 10:02pm
by By Jessie Faulkner

Festival: listening and moving

The Eureka Municipal Auditorium on Eureka's F Street has seen some big names in music over the years: Ringo Starr, Neil Young, The Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service and many more.

But, it's unlikely that those musicians prompted dancing of the caliber demonstrated Saturday at the Muni during the 25th annual Redwood Coast Music Festival.

28 Mar 2015 at 10:00pm
by By Jessie Faulkner

Fortuna offers free compost

Just when gardeners' thoughts are turning to planting and weeding and caring for their plots, the city of Fortuna is offering a little help.

Beginning Monday and continuing through April 3, the city is offering free, grade-A compost on a first-come, first-serve basis. The compost is available at the city's facility at 180 Dinsmore Drive and is limited to 2.

27 Mar 2015 at 10:11pm
by The Times-Standard

North Coast Journal

North Coast Drownings on Record Pace
Bobby Allan Root, a 20-year-old from Vicksburg, Michigan who enjoyed sketching and a good Will Ferrell movie is presumed drowned after going missing in the ocean off the North Coast on March 24.

Root had been in Humboldt County visiting some friends when, on an overcast day, he dove into the Pacific Ocean at the mouth of Redwood Creek, west of Orick, trying to save his dog, who appeared to have been swept out to sea. Root?s friends quickly lost sight of him and ? after U.S. Coast Guard a...
31 Mar 2015 at 2:36pm
by Thadeus Greenson

Sheriff Seeks Public Help in Death Investigation
The Humboldt County Sheriff?s Office is asking the public for help identifying a dead man found on a rural and secluded part of the Hoopa Valley reservation.

The Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Department got a call at about 10 p.m. on March 22 from someone reporting they?d found human remains in a wooded area off Bair Road. Sheriff?s detectives recovered the remains the following day and launched an investigation.

Sheriff?s Lt. Kevin Miller said the department isn?t releasing how the stil...
30 Mar 2015 at 2:54pm
by Thadeus Greenson

Eureka Man Dies After Being Run Over by Bus
The Humboldt County Coroner?s Office has identified the pedestrian run over by a bus Friday morning as 35-year-old Thomas William Rice, of Eureka.

Eureka Police Capt. Steve Watson said the department?s preliminary investigation indicates that Rice was causing a disturbance at a bus stop near the intersection of Fifth and O streets at about 11:30 a.m. on Friday. Rice was banging on the doors of the Redwood Transit Authority bus, Watson said, when the bus began to pull away from the curb, caus...
30 Mar 2015 at 12:28pm
by Thadeus Greenson

HSU Has the State's worst Faculty Tenure and Salary Numbers
A new report released from the California Faculty Association indicates Humboldt State is among the worst schools in the California State University system when it comes to a growing salary disparity between professors and administrators.

The CSU faculty's labor union report notes several alarming trends between 2004 and 2014:


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27 Mar 2015 at 10:53am
by Grant Scott-Goforth

Critters and Creepy-crawlies

Willow Creek is known as Bigfoot country. But what other furry critters creep around in Sasquatch's neck of the woods??

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27 Mar 2015 at 4:00am
by Kali Cozyris

No Silver Lining
Bad news for Humboldt?s hungry jet set: Silver Lining, the restaurant located upstairs in the Eureka-Arcata airport, has closed.

Aviation Division Program Manager Emily Jacobs said when she arrived at work yesterday morning, the restaurant hadn?t opened its doors. The owners told Jacobs they simply couldn?t make it work anymore.

It?s another ding for the Aviation Division, which is in financial trouble and is seeking additional airlines, as the Journal reported in this week?s cover ...
26 Mar 2015 at 2:22pm
by Grant Scott-Goforth

River Dance

There are two kinds of people: Those who dump trash thoughtlessly, and those who come along and clean up after them. To quote a familiar bumper sticker, "We all live downstream."?

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26 Mar 2015 at 4:00am
by Kali Cozyris

Why me?

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26 Mar 2015 at 1:00am

A Little Poem
by Dorothy Myers The breath of the garden has been steeped all night in wood smoke.?

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26 Mar 2015 at 1:00am
by Dorothy Myers

Drained Dry
by Grant Scott-Goforth A study published last week posits a parched forecast for several North Coast watersheds that host concentrated marijuana cultivation sites. The report, co-written by scientists from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the National Marine Fisheries Service, outlines the stream-sucking impacts of grows in the areas of Upper Redwood Creek, Salmon Creek and Redwood Creek South, located in Humboldt County, and Mendocino County's Outlet Creek.? ...
26 Mar 2015 at 1:00am
by Grant Scott-Goforth

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