HSU and CR Commencement Ceremonies This Weekend; HSU to Honor Yurok Spiritual Leader

Congratulations to all Humboldt State University and College of the Redwoods graduates! The schools will be celebrating their graduates at this weekend’s commencement ceremonies both in-person and virtually. Although CR’s in-person graduation ceremony was canceled due to COVID-19, the college has opted to hold a virtual ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday via Facebook Watch and its website, www.redwoods.edu.  “On behalf of the College of the Redwoods administration, faculty and staff, please accept our congratulations on your academic achievement during your time here at CR,” said CR President Keith Flamer in a message to graduates. “We know this year has been unusually challenging and we commend all of you for persevering and reaching your goals. I am sorry that we cannot celebrate in person again this spring. I know that we will be together in person next year.” Following county and state COVID-19 regulations, HSU will be holding four commencement ceremonies for 2020 and 2021 graduates over the course of two days, starting with an All Colleges Ceremony tomorrow at 4 p.m. in the Redwood Bowl. On Saturday, HSU will hold its pre-pandemic commencement ceremony schedule…

Rags to Riches

A ‘shipping issue’ led to a scramble to find vaccine, ultimately leaving Humboldt with a surplus When a handful of officials at the forefront of the county’s COVID-19 response sat down to a virtual press conference May 5, they made clear Humboldt County was at an inflection point. In sharp contrast to the rest of the state, local case numbers were ballooning, with the county having confirmed 267 new cases — and a rash of hospitalizations — over the previous 14 days as the state continued preparations to lift most pandemic restrictions and reopen its economy by mid June. “We’re still very much in the middle of this pandemic response,” cautioned Public Health Director Michele Stephens. “I think we’re all feeling really hopeful that the vaccine is here and we’re getting shots in arms — it’s certainly something we’ve all been waiting for. … But we’re not through this yet. We’re still seeing cases, we’re still seeing hospitalizations.” Health Officer Ian Hoffman followed up to say he’d seen a “change in the tide,” fueled by the arrival of the virus’ highly contagious B.1.1.7 variant on…

Easttown and Down

MARE OF EASTTOWN. Given the velocity at which I jettisoned myself from my own beat-down East Coast hometown full of salt-rusted cars and muddy yards, it’s a little surprising how drawn I am to the world of Easttown. The grim, fictional composite of Pennsylvania towns in which HBO’s detective miniseries takes place is south of the state line from where I grew up, but watching its disappointed characters drag themselves from high school gym to bar is like observing my imagined class reunion punishingly sober. Surely there are happy people in the Philadelphia suburbs, as there were in my hometown, but we won’t be visiting with them in Mare of Easttown. Instead, we’ll watch parents digest the loss of their children and children shrug at their rapidly shrinking prospects, all while swiping at each other’s wounds before a backdrop of comfortless Irish Catholicism and bare trees. Good times. Last week’s review of Sasquatch (“Homicide and Hominids,” May 6) touched on the way visiting documentarians seem hell bent on pumping up the spookiness of Humboldt County forests. Conversely, Netflix’s Virgin River sands down our local eccentricities…

‘Not Enough’

Editor: Your article reprinted May 6 from The Counter and titled “Crisis on the Klamath” by Jessica Fu contains a factual error. It states: “Every year, a coalition of tribal representatives, fishermen, and community and environmental advocates sets catch limits on salmon in the region in order to maintain long-term viability.” While the groups mentioned participate in the process, catch limits are recommended by the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, a federal advisory committee, and set by the U.S. Department of Commerce. By court decree and settled law, those tribes with treaty or reserve fishing rights are allocated 50 percent of the allowable catch of each stock. Individual tribes then allocate their share among members. State fish and wildlife agencies allocate 50 percent of the allowable catch for each stock to sport and commercial, ocean and in-river fisheries. Otherwise, the article is excellent. It rightly highlights the only solution to recurring and deepening water conflicts by quoting professor Turlock: “There’s got to be some retreat in the Klamath Basin … I think it’s pretty clear there’s not enough water to support the existing level of agriculture.” We, the people…

‘A Sign’

Editor: If the members of the Pentecostal church in Eureka, and the greater religious community in general, have been waiting for a sign from God as to the need to get vaccinated and practice safe distancing and mask wearing, then, prayers answered! The 40-plus cases of COVID-19 they brought home to Humboldt County, which have been traced back to the super-spreader event to the Youth Gathering at Christian Life Center in Stockton (“Eureka Church Linked to Surge in COVID-19 Cases,” April 23), may not be a burning bush, but they could well ignite a surge of COVID cases in our community. Richard Salzman, Arcata…

Clarification

The article headlined “This is a Race” in the April 29, 2021, edition of the North Coast Journal used vaccination figures from the Humboldt County COVID-19 dashboard, which pulls data from the CAIRs reporting system, indicating Hoopa had one of the lowest per-capita vaccination rates in the county. However, data provided by the tribe after the story’s publication indicate approximately 2,608 vaccine doses have been administered in Hoopa, an average of about 0.75 per resident, which would be one of the higher rates in the county. The Journal regrets any confusion.

Stockton Neighbors Thank Mysterious Hero Who Stopped Lance Lowe From Allegedly Strangling His Son

STOCKTON(CBS13) – In video you’ll see only on CBS13, a hero tackled a suspect to the ground after Lance Lowe, Officer Jimmy Inn’s alleged killer, was seen choking his own 8-year-old son. “He should be recognized for that,” said Carlo Soto who lives in the neighborhood. Soto is grateful for the man’s heart and courage. He can’t imagine what the young boy was feeling in those terrifying moments and is now proud of the Good Samaritan that stopped the violent attack. “Man, blessed, you know, to have someone like that around us that did that heroic action,” he said. Lance Lowe (left) and Officer Jimmy Inn (right). (Photos credit: CDCR and the Stockton Police Department) The suspect who was seen choking and pinning his son to the ground has been identified as 30-year-old Lance Lowe. ALSO: What We Know About Lance Lowe, Suspect In Killing Of Stockton Police Officer Jimmy Inn The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says Lowe was recently released from prison in Los Angeles County. He was sentenced to five years in prison in 2018 for grand theft auto with the use of a…

Some Local Companies, Cities Giving Financial Incentives To Those Who Get COVID Vaccine

WEST SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – There is a new push to get people vaccinated against COVID-19. Some companies are offering cash incentives for their employees to get the shots. Nugget Markets is making a push for its employees — whether they’re putting away carts or bagging groceries. The grocery chain is putting some extra green in their pockets, $100 worth, for rolling up their sleeves and getting fully vaccinated. It’s a trend their customers are glad to see happening. “Anything we can do to get the jabs into people’s arms is great. I’m glad the company’s spreading the social responsibility,” said Meiling Hunter at the company’s West Sacramento store. “We all need an incentive to do anything in this world so, money talks, BS walks. I think it’s a great incentive,” said shopper Larry Rodrigues. Take Our Poll Nugget Markets employees aren’t the only ones securing the bag for getting vaccinated. Safeway and Produce Express are also offering their employees $100 to get fully vaccinated. And it’s not just private companies trying to get people on board with getting their shots. So is the city of…

Tributes Flood In For Stockton Ofc. Jimmy Inn

STOCKTON (CBS13) – The tributes continue to come in for Stockton police Officer Jimmy Inn — from those who knew him to those who only knew of him. “Everybody loved him,” said Tita Kong. Kong said those who knew Officer Jimmy Inn knew he was destined for greatness from the time he was a young boy at the Buddhist temple he attended with his parents. “He help people like the old people. He bring the chair and say ‘sit…like here’ and he smile,” said Kong. That signature smile was captured in a photograph with girl scout Jordyn Gaines several years ago. ALSO: What We Know About Lance Lowe, Suspect In Killing Of Stockton Police Officer Jimmy Inn “I really liked meeting him,” she said. Their brief encounter in North Stockton part of a club project. “Her assignment was to draw out her handprint and to do a cop a high five,” said her father, Jason. But Inn went beyond that, taking time away from his lunch break. “He let me turn on his sirens and sit inside by his steering wheel,” said Jordyn. Inn left a…

Photos: Flying Fish and a Jolly Giant

Next time you’re in Arcata, head for the Creamery District (Ninth and L streets) and check out the two new “Homeward Leaping” stainless steel sculptures that evoke coastal cutthroat trout and the ecosystem of Jolly Giant Greek. Walk the L Street Bike Path between Eighth and Ninth streets to catch a close-up view of the permanent 14-foot sculptures designed and created during the past year by artist James Hildebrandt of the Arcata Playhouse. See the slideshow below for highlights. While you’re there, also check out the new 4-by-72-foot mural featuring paintings on the fence along the L Street Bike Path south of Eighth Street. The mural depicts the diverse plants and wildlife in Jolly Giant Creek and is made of 70 individual 2-by-2-foot paintings by local grade school students. It’s part of a project organized by the Playhouse Education team of Sarah McKinney, Mackenzie Ridgewood and Haley Davis, who worked via Zoom with Fieldbrook Elementary and Redwood Coast Montessori students at home this past year. The overall project was created to increase awareness of the unique ecosystem of the Jolly Giant Creek in Arcata and…

VIDEO: Man Steals Sailboat, Gets Stuck On Tower Bridge

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A man is facing charges after authorities say he stole a sailboat but couldn’t navigate under the Tower Bridge. Police say the man took the boat around 9 p.m. near the docks of Old Sacramento. But, the suspect didn’t get far after the boat got stuck in the Tower Bridge. At one point, the man jumped off the boat and into the Sacramento River. He tried to swim away, but had to grab onto one of the pillars. He was eventually rescued and arrested. Police have not yet released his name. A friend of the boat’s owner claimed it wasn’t the first time that same suspect has tried to take the sailboat. The boat has since been removed from the bridge and is now back at the dock.

Weekly Capitol Mall Farmers Market Set To Return On June 16

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Downtown Sacramento’s farmers market is coming back. Organizers say the market is scheduled for Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. starting June 16 at 6th Street and Capitol Mall. More than 25 vendors are expected to be out at the market, and organizers hope for more. A new program is also being offered at the market which will offer local chefs priority pick-up. Measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will still be in place, organizers say, including limiting the number of people per stall, wider market aisles, and temporarily suspending food sampling. Masks or face coverings are still expected to be worn.

Break-Ins, Sexual Assault Reported At West Sacramento Apartment Complex; Suspect Arrested

WEST SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Authorities are investigating a reported sexual assault during a break-in at a West Sacramento apartment complex. The incidents happened early Tuesday morning at the Courtyard apartments off Evergreen Circle. Officers confirmed that there were multiple reports of break-ins at the complex. A sexual assault was reported as part of one of the break-ins, police say. An extensive search of the area resulted in the arrest of a suspect. Police say they do not believe there are any outstanding suspects. The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with further information relevant to the case is urged to call police at (916) 372-3375.

Trap, Tag, Haze: New Efforts To Get Bears To Behave In Tahoe Area

TAHOE (CBS13) – Tahoe is a roaring tourist attraction year-round, but when the snow melts, that’s when experts say black bears pose a threat – and it’s getting worse every year. “It’s a real problem every summer. It was heightened last year during COVID with so many people looking to get out of the city,” said Peter Tira, a spokesperson with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. “We are seeing bears become more bold, jumping on picnic tables, bluff charging people to scare them off to get the food. Then they are getting rewarded with the food and it reinforces that kind of behavior.” To change that, Tira said they are teaming up with California State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service to trap, tag, and haze bears with loud noises and bean bags. Their efforts are intended to not only track the bears but also give them a reason not to come back to campgrounds and heavily populated areas around the Tahoe National Forest. “We are flipping the tables. We are trapping these bears, giving it a very negative experience,” Tira explained. By…

Yuba City Neighborhood ‘Traumatized’ After High Speed Drivers Repeatedly Crash Into Homes

YUBA CITY (CBS13) — Neighbors in a west Yuba City community want Sutter County leaders to take action after repeated car crashes into homes. The latest incident happened Sunday night. Cellphone video shows a home on the corner of Cherry Street and Anna Drive erupt in flames after a driver crashed into the garage. The family inside had just been making dinner and were looking at their garden when, suddenly, they ran for their lives. “As soon as I call 9-1-1, I see the sparks just light up and this fire just consumes this whole part of the garage,” said Vimal Saroya, who lives at the home with his family. Saroya said he watched this same thing happen to their neighbors across the street four times over the last several years, and now, he’s experiencing a dreaded deja vu. In 2018, CBS13 interviewed Saroya about the crashes at his neighbor’s house. He worried he’d be next. “Since I’ve always been the viewer of the crash, not the experiencer, it hit me in a completely different way. I was no longer the bystander,” he said. It’s…

Decades Later, California’s ‘Gann Limit’ Back In Spotlight As Gov. Newsom Announces Golden State Stimulus Expansion

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — If California Gov. Gavin Newsom avoids getting recalled from office later this year, he could owe a debt of gratitude to a conservative Republican political activist from the 1970s and 1980s. It was Paul Gann who led the 1979 campaign that convinced voters to put limits on government spending. When the limit is exceeded, money gets returned to taxpayers. That threshold has been reached only once — in 1987, when $1.1 billion was returned. And now it’s happened again and the return is much larger. On Monday, the Newsom announced California would soar past the limit by an astonishing $16 billion. The governor proposed what he called the largest state tax rebate in history, guaranteeing payments of up to $1,100 to people who earn up to $75,000 per year, or roughly two-thirds of the state’s adult population. “I’m about to make an announcement no other governor in California history has ever made and I would argue no governor in American history is ever made: Today we’re announcing a $75.7 billion budget surplus,” Newsom said during a news conference in Oakland. “Because of…

Woman Driving Shuttle Arrested After Chase, Crash In Placer County

PLACER COUNTY (CBS13) – A woman driving a shuttle bus as her personal vehicle was arrested after leading a chase in Placer County and crashing into another car, injuring three people, authorities said on Monday. The California Highway Patrol said an officer pulled the woman over along Interstate 80 near Galleria Boulevard and she sped off after she was told the bus would be towed. She led a chase down I-80 east, driving on the shoulder to pass traffic, before exiting at Penryn Road. The CHP said that is when she crashed into the other car, leaving the occupants with moderate injuries. No one else was in the shuttle bus at the time of the crash. The woman was taken into custody. Information regarding charges was not yet released.

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