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Potter Valley water diversion variance public comment period open until June 2

On May 13, PG&E filed a petition with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to request a temporary variance in the flows released from Lake Pillsbury through the Potter Valley Water Project. The company is concerned that Lake Pillsbury may fall below its target storage level of 10,000 acre feet, which could damage the reservoir and cause high levels of turbidity in the river.

23 May 2015 at 9:28pm
by By Sarah Reith for Ukiah Daily Journal

Community raises $59,150 for Boys & Girls Club of Ukiah

At the close of the UDJ-BGCU 2015 campaign I am thankful to everyone in our community. You have once again helped us reach our goal in serving the youth of the Ukiah Valley and allowing us to increase programs and services.

BGCU is fortunate to have ongoing supporters throughout the year like: Don Burgess, Cheryl Wantland, UPS in Ukiah and Mendocino College employees.

23 May 2015 at 9:00pm
by By Liz Elmore

Crosswalk enforcement planned in Ukiah

The Ukiah Police Department is planning to conduct crosswalk enforcement at several intersections in the city Wednesday.

According to the UPD, officers will be stationed at the following intersections: Magnolia and North State streets; Ford and North State streets; Clay and South State streets and Freitas and South State Street.

23 May 2015 at 8:47pm
by By Ukiah Daily Journal Staff

Potter Valley Spring Festival and Rodeo back for a 69th year

The rodeo grounds were alive Saturday as Potter Valley welcomed its Spring Festival and Rodeo back for a 69th year.

Shortly after the Potter Valley juniors began the rodeo events Saturday morning, Main Street had its parade, Rodeo Queen Coronation and Potter Valley Volunteer Fire Department chicken barbecue.

23 May 2015 at 8:43pm
by By Adam Randall @udjadam on Twitter

Mendocino County proclaims May 24 as Judi Bari Day

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors declared May 24 as Judi Bari Day.

The proclamation was approved at the May 19 meeting to mark the 25th anniversary of Redwood Summer.

Bari, who died in 1997, was an environmental activist, labor organizer and feminist who organized and participated in many campaigns for environmental and social justice, according to the proclamation text.

23 May 2015 at 8:03pm
by Fort Bragg Advocate-News staff

Mendocino County history: 25 years ago - Redwood Summer on the Northcoast

May 18, 1990

Ukiah Daily Journal

Tempers cool at 'Summer' protest

In what organizers claim was a preview of the summer to come, about 100 environmentalists Thursday peacefully demonstrated in front of the Mendocino County Courthouse to push Redwood Summer and civil disobedience.

23 May 2015 at 8:02pm
by Jody Martinez

Final week for 'A Photo A Day' art exhibit in Ukiah

23 May 2015 at 7:09pm

Hack and Squirt: Mendocino County's supervisors discuss the issue

In 1994, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Resolution 94-173 addressing concerns about fire danger and the use of herbicides to treat and kill hardwoods that are ultimately left dead and standing.

The resolution states that such downed dead hardwoods present an extreme fire danger threatening the health and safety of thousands of rural and urban residents; that there have been no regulations on the practice of girdling or the use of herbicides or any requirement that...

23 May 2015 at 6:35pm
by By Karen Rifkin for Ukiah Daily Journal

'Telescope Expo' planned for May 28 at Observatory Park in Ukiah

The final presentation in the "Tours of Earth and Sky" spring series presented by Friends of Observatory Park will be this Thursday, May 28, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Observatory Park, 432 Observatory Ave. in Ukiah.

"Instead of our regular lecture, we're going to have a 'Telescope Expo,' " park interpreter Martin Bradley said.

23 May 2015 at 5:46pm
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Ukiah police and fire log: Sunday, May 24, 2015


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

FOUND WALLET: A lost wallet was found at the Arco gas station on Talmage Road at 1:50 a.m. Friday. The wallet was taken to the Ukiah Police Department.

23 May 2015 at 4:51pm

Eureka Times-Standard

Police arrest suspect in Arcata arson

The commercial building was unoccupied, but one Humboldt Bay Fire crew member received minor injuries, according to the Arcata Fire District.

Crews responded to the scene at 1:13 a.m. Saturday to find the building fully engulfed in fire.

"Kish claimed to be a witness to the fire and made some statements to the officers that were suspicious in nature," according to the Arcata Police Department.

23 May 2015 at 9:23pm
by By Jessie Faulkner Arcata police arrested Jeremy Kish, 30, of Eureka on suspicion of arson Saturday, following an early

They're off and rolling for kinetic glory

Fire-spewing, wing-flapping, crazy spiral spinning -- the Kinetic Grand Championship's rubber-band launch of the movable sculptures from the Arcata Plaza Saturday filled the sidewalks and much of the lawn-area with fans, some as colorful as the decked-out competitors.

Out-of-town gawkers and visiting sculptures made up some unknown percentage of the throng gathered in Arcata waiting for the starting whistle.

23 May 2015 at 9:22pm
by By Jessie Faulkner

UPDATE: Suspect arrested in Arcata fire

From an Arcata Fire District news release:

On Saturday at 1:13 a.m., the Arcata Police Department, along with the Arcata Fire Protection District, responded to the report of a structure fire at 1499 Spear Ave. Upon arrival, they found the former Alliance Market fully engulfed in fire. Officers began conducting traffic control for the arriving fire apparatus and attempting to locate witnesses.

23 May 2015 at 12:49pm
by The Times-Standard

Update: Suspect arrested in suspicious fire that destroyed vacant commercial ...

Update: On 05/23/15 at 1:13 AM, the Arcata Police Department, along with the Arcata Fire Protection District, responded to the report of a structure fire at 1499 Spear Ave. Upon the officer's arrival, they found the former Alliance Market fully engulfed in fire. Officers began conducting traffic control for the arriving fire apparatus and attempting to locate witnesses.

23 May 2015 at 9:43am
by The Times-Standard

Suspicious fire destroys vacant commercial building in Arcata

From an Arcata Fire District news release:

Shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday Arcata Fire District responded to a structure fire at the corner of Spear Avenue and Alliance Road. It was originally reported to be a red house across from the gas station.

Arcata Fire Engine 8216 was the first to arrive on scene and reported the fire to be a commercial structure fire, fully involved, with multiple exposures to the south and to the west.

23 May 2015 at 9:17am
by The Times-Standard

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May 23, 2015

Jenny Williamson, Public Information Officer

Arcata Fire District

Office: 707-825-2000


Suspicious Fire in Arcata

Arcata, CA- (May 23, 2015)- Shortly after 1:00 AM Arcata Fire District responded to a

structure fire at the corner of Spear Avenue and Alliance Road.

23 May 2015 at 8:57am
by By Jessie Faulkner on Twitter

Minor injuries in Highway 101 crash near Crescent City

Two people sustained minor injuries after the driver lost control of a vehicle and drove into an embankment around 8:30 a.m. Friday, according to a California Highway Patrol press release.

Brandy Hammond, 40, was driving a 2006 Chrysler minivan southbound on U.S. Highway 101 south of Mountain View Road on Friday morning when she lost control of her vehicle and drove off the west shoulder of the highway into an embankment, according to the release.

22 May 2015 at 9:55pm
by By Tabitha Soden The Times-Standard

Local groups look at whale entanglements off the Pacific coast

In response to a spike in whales getting tangled in fishing gear and other debris off the Pacific coast, groups are joining together to study what causes it to happen and what can be done to prevent it.

Between 1982 and 2012, an average of 10 whale entanglements were reported off the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington every year.

22 May 2015 at 9:54pm
by By Tabitha Soden

Caltrans: 101 bridge north of Rio Dell damaged; one lane closed

One lane is closed on the U.S. Highway 101 Paul E. Mudgett Memorial Bridge just north of Rio Dell, while Caltrans engineers assess the damage caused when a high load hit the bridge's overhead structure.

Caltrans District 1 Public Information Officer Myles Cochrane said the high load was being transported by a tractor-trailer when it struck the overhead structure at the bridge's south entrance.

22 May 2015 at 10:08am
by The Times-Standard

Car drives into embankment south of Smith River Friday morning

Around 9 a.m. this morning law enforcement received a call about a vehicle that had driven off the roadway and into an embankment south of Smith River. The vehicle's two occupants reported that they were unsure of their exact location, so a Del Norte County Sheriff's Office search-and-rescue team was dispatched along with California Highway Patrol and sheriff's office deputies, according to CHP Sgt.

22 May 2015 at 10:08am
by The Times-Standard

North Coast Journal

HumBug: The 40-year-old Mystery

When I was in the Navy I never minded midnight topside watch on the ship I was on in Long Beach. I've always loved glow-in-the-dark things, and I never tired of looking into the faintly luminous blue fire swirling in the warm bay waters.?

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24 May 2015 at 3:24pm
by Anthony Westkamper

Gavin Newsom to Talk Pot in Humboldt
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is headed to Humboldt to talk marijuana policy.

Newsom, who?s leading a committee looking at regulations for potential statewide marijuana legalization in 2016, is slated to appear at a ?public forum on marijuana policy? being put on by North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman on Friday afternoon in Garberville. But, it remains unclear if the event will be open to the public, as Huffman?s spokesman wasn?t immediately available for comment and calls to Newsom?s...
24 May 2015 at 1:59pm
by Thadeus Greenson

Kinetic Kickoff, in Photos
The 47th annual Kinetic Grand Championship is underway, with dozens of teams traversing 40 miles of asphalt, sand and water in pursuit of the glory. A trio of Journal contributors ? photographers Alexander Woodard, Mark McKenna and Mark Larson ? are following the madness.?

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24 May 2015 at 12:54pm
by Thadeus Greenson

CHP Searching for Driver in Fatal Hit and Run
The California Highway Patrol is looking for the public?s help finding the driver involved in a fatal accident on U.S. Highway 101 south of Eureka early this morning.

According to a press release, the CHP believes a Ford passenger car was heading south between midnight and 4 a.m. when it struck an unidentified male pedestrian and fled the scene. The pedestrian was found deceased at about 6 a.m., lying in the freeway?s center divide.

Investigators believe the involved vehicle ? a ?Ford passe...
24 May 2015 at 10:51am
by Thadeus Greenson

CHP Can't Pinpoint Cause of Fatal Bus Crash
After a 13-month investigation, the California Highway Patrol has determined a FedEx driver was at fault in the deadly bus crash that killed 10 people, including five high school students on their way to Humboldt State University?s Spring Preview event last April.

The investigation found that the FedEx driver made an unsafe turning movement on Interstate 5 near Orland, veering across the median and multiple lanes before colliding head-on with one of two tour busses bringing high schoolers an...
23 May 2015 at 3:05pm
by Thadeus Greenson

Tonight's Setlist: Happily Destructive, Deliciously Dark. Also, Math.

If sexy sells, then The Hip Joint should be among the 1 percent by now. The band is unleashing its epic boogieness at the Jambalaya along with the Bay Area's hard-swinging soulsters Royal Jelly Jive at the Jambalaya.?

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23 May 2015 at 9:06am
by Jennifer Savage


It's hard to look classy whilst cramming a big, grilled, cheesy, pastrami-packed Reuben into your mouth. And there are days when you want the taste of the sandwich, but maybe not the heart flutters afterward.?

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22 May 2015 at 11:47am
by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

Tonight's Setlist: Loss and Reconciliation
Alejandro Rose-Garcia goes by the name of Shakey Graves when delivering the blues-country-rock that's brought him national acclaim and keeps his debut album, Roll the Bones, near the top of Bandcamp's digital bestseller chart.

"The first album was me wanting to burn down my life, cut my hair off and run screaming into the woods," he says, introducing his latest release, And the War Came.?

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22 May 2015 at 11:02am
by Jennifer Savage

Kinetic Primer: A Photo Essay by Mark Larson

?Kinetics is for everyone,? according to the official rules for Humboldt?s human-powered sculpture race, and Rule A reads, ?Amusement is the gift we give and get, so all KGC participants, volunteers, spectators, and innocent bystanders must try their best to have FUN at all times.?

This preview guide to the 47th annual Kinetic Grand Championship was prepared for spectators and innocent bystanders with Rule A in mind. It contains our advice on how to have fun and where to best watch...
22 May 2015 at 7:57am
by Mark Larson

Watson Hanging up His Robe
Humboldt County Superior Court Judge W. Bruce Watson is leaving the bench.

Watson?s six-year term was slated to run through the end of next year, but he announced today that he will be retiring in January, after 23 robed years in the Humboldt County Courthouse. The governor will appoint a replacement to finish out Watson?s term.

A local product, Watson followed in his father, William Watson Jr.?s, footsteps.?

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21 May 2015 at 2:21pm
by Thadeus Greenson

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