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Drought: College teaching water preservation design

Although El Niño is raising the hopes of forecasters for a wet winter, California is still in the grips of a historic drought and those on the cutting edge of sustainable water development are working to create drought- friendly environments for local homeowners and a program and curriculum for a water certification program at Mendocino College.

28 Jul 2015 at 7:59pm
by By Karen Rifkin for The Ukiah Daily Journal

"Clueless" actress' brother allegedly caught in Redwood Valley marijuana raid

David Silverstone, who was arrested during last week's marijuana raid in Redwood Valley, is reported to be the brother of actress Alicia Silverstone who starred in the 1995 film "Clueless."

Also found at the July 21 raid was U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, currently facing a charge of desertion from the U.

28 Jul 2015 at 7:24pm
by By Adam Randall @theadamrandall on Twitter

Animal rights groups targeting Mendocino County, again

The Animal Legal Defense Fund, along with at least six other parties, have brought forth another lawsuit against Mendocino County, alleging it previously breached a settlement agreement from a prior suit pertaining to a predator management program with the United States Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services.

28 Jul 2015 at 6:34pm
by By Adam Randall @theadamrandall on Twitter

Ukiah still surpassing water conservation goals

The city of Ukiah nearly doubled the amount of water it was expected to conserve by the state last month, according to the Public Works Department.

In the last Drought Update given to the Ukiah City Council, Jarod Thiele of the Public Works Department said that as of July 15, the city had used 36 million gallons, which was significantly less than the amount it used in 2013, the month the state is using for comparison.

28 Jul 2015 at 6:16pm
by Justine Frederiksen

Ukiah City Council to discuss upcoming city projects

At a special meeting this afternoon, the Ukiah City Council will be reviewing a list of proposed projects for the city that includes a roundabout at the intersection of Low Gap Road and Bush Street, and a traffic light at East Gobbi Street and Waugh Lane.

The list is the Capital Improvement Plan for 2015-16, and is currently in draft form.

28 Jul 2015 at 6:07pm
by Justine Frederiksen

Ukiah police and fire log: Wednesday, July 29, 2015


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

SHOPLIFTER: An officer responded to Kohl's on North Orchard Avenue at 3:26 p.m. Sunday for a report of a shoplifter and arrested a woman for theft.

28 Jul 2015 at 5:53pm
by By Ukiah Daily Journal staff

The Not So Simple Living Fair

The Not So Simple Living Fair is complicated. After all, careful planning, mixed with improvisation, is never simple. The map and schedule, available at the information booth, are highly detailed, printed on two sheets of 17x11 inch paper, front and back. Instructions include, "Go with the flow," a combination of flexibility and precision which is entirely appropriate to the skills that were shared at the county fairgrounds in Boonville from July 24-26.

27 Jul 2015 at 7:28pm
by By Sarah Reith for The Ukiah Daily Journal

Cal-OSHA issues citations in January Willits bypass viaduct collapse

Caltrans, Flatiron-West, Inc. and the DeSilva Gates-Flatiron Joint Venture were all cited and fined by Cal OSHA for issues associated with the viaduct falsework collapse near E. Valley St. on July 22.

Flatiron West was fined $93,900 for one general and four serious violations. Caltrans was fined $21,600 for four serious violations.

27 Jul 2015 at 7:27pm
by By Linda Williams The Willits News

Lawsuit dropped in REACH case

The Willits City Council signed off July 22 on a settlement between REACH Air Ambulance Services and Keep the Code. The settlement requires all parties to pay their own legal fees and for REACH to park its helicopter, whenever possible, at the new pad it installed for that purpose at Ells Field.

By approving the settlement, already signed by REACH and the lawyer for Keep the Code, the city brings to a close the litigious chapter associated with bringing an air ambulance service to the Willits ...

27 Jul 2015 at 7:27pm
by By Linda Williams The Willits News

Reggae on the River celebrates 31 years

Next weekend is the thirty-first annual Reggae on The River. Held this year July 30-August 2 at French's Camp on the Eel River on the southern border of Humboldt county, Reggae On The River is the longest running Reggae Festival in the world, and is such an iconic event that it is simply referred to by friends and fans as "Reggae.

27 Jul 2015 at 7:27pm
by By Kathryn Gleason for The Ukiah Daily Journal

Eureka Times-Standard

EPD: Tuesday morning assault and robbery suspects arrested

From the Eureka Police Department:

On 07/28/15 at about 1:41 a.m., officers responded to 6th and V Streets for the report of a female that had been assaulted with hammers and bats and robbed. Officers made contact with several possibly involved people near 6th and T Streets but were unable to locate the victim.

29 Jul 2015 at 10:58am
by The Times-Standard

Letter: Redwood Empire Quilters Guild thanks Clarke Museum

Redwood Empire Quilters Guild thanks Clarke Museum

Thank you to the Clarke Museum for their continued support of our guild. This year, they are once again displaying the Ulysses S. Grant Quilt. Plus, the restored letters back and forth between Eureka and the Grant family which are on display for the first time.

28 Jul 2015 at 9:37pm

Community joins in the planning for Eureka waterfront parcel

Area residents interested in giving their views on what the future should hold for one of Eureka's oldest commercial sites can still attended design workshops over the next few days and final concepts presentations on Friday -- the last in a week of events to gather ideas for the waterfront property located between C and F streets.

28 Jul 2015 at 9:33pm
by By Jessie Faulkner

Coast experiences record-breaking weather

Tuesday's high temperature of 77 degrees at the Woodley Island National Weather Service office broke two records, with more expected to fall throughout the week.

"The record was 69 set in 2000 for today and we've seen highs of 77," meteorologist Ryan Aylward said of Tuesday's heat. "This was the highest temperature we've ever seen it in July.

28 Jul 2015 at 9:33pm
by By Hunter Cresswell

Georgia man's death being investigated as a homicide

From a Humboldt County Sheriff's Office press release:

On Saturday, July 25, 2015 an autopsy was performed on Lam's body at the Humboldt County Coroner's Office by a Forensic Pathologist. The results of the autopsy were Lam's injuries were not consistent with a fall, as previously reported by witnesses.

28 Jul 2015 at 2:00pm
by The Times-Standard

Eureka police say no foul play suspected in suspicious death investigation

From a Eureka Police Department press release:

On 06/24/15 at about 8:53 p.m., the Eureka Police Department responded to the Palco marsh area for the report that a man in his 40's was unconscious and needed medical attention. The man, later identified as Kenneth Eldeen, 46 of South Dakota, was transported to the hospital and pronounced deceased by hospital staff.

28 Jul 2015 at 11:13am
by The Times Standard

EPD responds to two unrelated assault incidents overnight

The Eureka Police Department responded to two unrelated assaults overnight that led to the arrest of one man, according to EPD Public Information Officer Brittany Powell.

The first incident occurred Monday around 10:40 p.m. Police responded to an unknown problem at a grassy field near the 900 block of Waterfront Drive in Eureka, according to Powell.

28 Jul 2015 at 11:02am
by By Tabitha Soden

Courts: Carter found guilty, sentencing scheduled for September

From a Humboldt County District Attorney's Office press release:

On July 27, 2015, in the case of the People of the State of California v. Benjamin Carter, the jury found the defendant guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The defendant admitted a special allegation that he had previously been convicted of a strike under California's Three Strikes law.

28 Jul 2015 at 9:49am
by The Times-Standard

Heat hinders fire crews

Recent weather hasn't helped Humboldt County fire crews battle blazes over the weekend and today, and the heat isn't expected to lift anytime soon.

"At least this past week overall it's been pretty dry," Eureka meteorologist Shawn Palmquist of the National Weather Service said. "There was no precipitation to affect these fires.

27 Jul 2015 at 9:42pm
by By Hunter Cresswell

Korean War vets pay tribute to fallen classmate

The Presidio of San Francisco recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for a Korean War Memorial that will eventually bear the names of at least four Eel River Valley veterans -- four Fortuna Union High School Class of 1947 friends who shipped off to war in 1950.

Ray Cesaretti said he, Garth Jaehnig, Conrad Neville and Dale Skiffington, all from Scotia and Rio Dell, rode the bus to school together every day.

27 Jul 2015 at 9:38pm
by By Hunter Cresswell

North Coast Journal

Garberville Death Ruled a Homicide; County Eclipses Grisly Record
A forensic pathologist?s determination that a Georgia man died of blunt force injuries not consistent with a fall has morphed a suspicious death investigation into a homicide case, the Humboldt County Sheriff?s Office announced today. It would be the county's seventh homicide of the year.

Deputies responded shortly before 1 p.m. on July 18 to Jerold Phelps Community Hospital in Garberville, where 37-year-old Khanh Lam was in critical condition, unconscious from a possible assault.?
28 Jul 2015 at 3:26pm
by Thadeus Greenson

UPDATE: Death behind Bayshore Mall

The Eureka Police Department has confirmed that Kenneth Eldeen, who was found unconscious in the encampment behind the Bayshore Mall on June 24, died from an overdose. His death was originally deemed suspicious because of an alleged altercation Eldeen had with another marsh resident earlier that evening.?
28 Jul 2015 at 2:12pm
by Grant Scott-Goforth

The Reluctant Cyclist, part 4
Number of miles ridden (part one): 5.6
Time traveled: 23:54 minutes

Number of miles ridden (part two): 3
Time traveled: 22.43 minutes (This included a stop at the Co-op during which I left Strava on. Oops.)

Number of stop signs deliberately blown through (clear view of no cars!?

28 Jul 2015 at 12:19pm
by Jennifer Savage

The Jefferson Project Fights Summer Hunger
"We had kids getting off the school bus and telling us they were hungry," says Heidi Benzonelli, president of the Westside Community Improvement Association. The WCIA's community center, the Jefferson Project, is located in the old Jefferson Elementary School and offers and oversees free programs to community members, including after-school care.?
28 Jul 2015 at 11:19am
by Linda Stansberry

Humboldt's Got Style

Our county?s residents boast a variety of styles, but when it comes to looking your Humboldt-est, we don?t think anyone does it better than Eureka's Traci and Barney Barnwell, as photographed by Jay Cowden. This year, they put on their Fourth of July best and enlisted their chicken friend Buffy the Bug Slayer to pose with them.?
27 Jul 2015 at 2:45pm
by Thadeus Greenson

Rolled, Rocked and Raised
Journal contributor Jennifer Savage emceed this year's Roll on the Mattole, the Honeydew Volunteer Fire Company's annual fundraiser. Also in attendance was Journal staff writer ? and Honeydew native ? Linda Stansberry.?
27 Jul 2015 at 12:46pm
by Jennifer Savage

Marsh Homeless' Eviction Notice is Today, What's Going to Happen?
?The main thing is to get people here so we can connect as a community,? said Roger Pryor as he laid out bowls of taco fillings on Wednesday, July 22. Pryor is part of a group of advocates dubbed ?Friends of the Marsh,? who have been serving weekly lunches in the Bayshore Mall?s north parking lot in an attempt to engage homeless people camping behind the mall.?
27 Jul 2015 at 9:20am
by Linda Stansberry

HumBug: Tiny and Primitive

If you have sharp eyes or good glasses, pick up a potted plant and you might see a tiny gray thing, not much larger than the period at the end of this sentence, scurry away or even leap. This particular kind of critter has been hiding under rocks for a very long time.?
26 Jul 2015 at 3:00pm
by Anthony Westkamper

Bigger Numbers or Just Better Data? Point in Time Count is Out

The Humboldt Housing and Homeless Coalition released a final draft of its Point in Time Count today, which you can find here. While the overall figures seem to indicate a jump in the number of homeless people in Humboldt, (1,319 people in 2015, up from 1,054 in 2013), organizers of the biannual tally say that improved methods, including a shorter form, may have contributed to more complete data.

As the Journal originally reported when the PIT Count's draft went out for review, some...
24 Jul 2015 at 3:48pm
by Linda Stansberry

Arcata's Best Chile Relleno, Determined

Okay, lovers of Mexican food, we heard you. You said last week's entry into the Arcata bracket, the eggy, crepe-y delish dish from Fiesta Grill and Cantina, was inadequate competition against the traditional battered and fried version from Carmela's.?
24 Jul 2015 at 2:24pm
by Linda Stansberry

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