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Rep. Huffman Hosts Livestream on 2020 Census Report

Congressman Jared Huffman will be hosting a Facebook Live event this Wednesday to announce the findings of a new Congressional report on the impacts of the 2020 Census on the constituents of California’s second district. The event takes place Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 2:30 p.m. at Rep. Huffman’s Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/RepHuffman. For more information on the Congressional report and the Facebook Live event, read the press release below. San Rafael, CA – This Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. PT, Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) will be hosting a special Facebook Live to announce the findings of a new Congressional report on the impacts of the 2020 Census on the constituents of California’s second district. This month, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties compiled a report that details how a complete Census count will impact critical funding and services in the second congressional district, including funding for schools and job training in Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, and Del Norte Counties. Rep. Huffman will share the findings of this report during the live online event and…

Red Salmon, Slater-Devil Fire Roundup

Red Salmon Complex: Nearing 105,000 acres with 20 percent containment “The word of the day is focus,” said Incident Commander Mike Strawhun in the fire update. “Today is day 56 of this fire and crews have been working very hard to construct control lines and find the right weather conditions to conduct firing operations.” With the smoke haze lifting some in the last few days, air resources have been able to rejoin the fight, with helicopters conducting water drops on key hot spots. The southwest corner of complex remains active and were crew were planning to use tactical burn operations along Tish Tang Ridge and Lone Pine Ridge to help secure the area. An evacuation warning remains in effect for Forks of Salmon. Find more information here. Slater-Devil Fire: Nearly 149,000 acres with 22 percent containment Firefighters are continuing their efforts to protect Gasquet by building containment and contingency lines along Highway 199 and crews are “staying as close to the fire as they can to keep the fire from growing, especially along Knopki Road.” Meanwhile, highways 199 and 96 have re-opened but motorists are…

‘Unhealthy’ Air Advisory For Trinity, Coast is Clear

The communties of Hayfork, Ruth, Zenia-Kettenpom and Trinity Pines areas in Trinity County may experience ‘unhealthy’ conditions in the next 24 hours due to wildfire smoke, according to this morning’s air quality advisory from the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District. Coastal communities from Trinidad to Rio Dell will continue to experience ‘good’ conditions. There are no air quality alerts for hazardous conditions issued for today.  For more, read the full advisory below: [pdf-1]  …

Warmer Temps Bring Increased Fire Activity, Smoke

Red Salmon Complex: 103,276 acres and 20 percent containment. Warmer temperatures and low humidity have returned making the fire more active than it has been in the past couple days, according to this morning’s update. Along with the increase in fire activity comes an increase of smoke. Heavy smoke may affect Hoopa Valley this afternoon with some areas experienceing ‘unhealthy’ levels while the coast should continue to have ‘good’ air quality. From the incident webpage: “Firefighters have contained the northwest and west sides of the fire from the Whitney Peak area on the north side to Box Camp on the west side. Along the southwestern and southern flanks, firefighters are successfully conducting firing operations and improving roads to protect the Hoopa Valley Reservation and the communities of Willow Creek and Denny. Structure protection in the Forks of Salmon area continues to be a priority while hand crews, heavy equipment, and firefighting aircraft continue to suppress the fire.” Find more information on the Red Salmon Complex at: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6891 Slater-Devil Fire: 146,698 acres and 18 percent containment. This morning’s update states, “The Slater and Devil fires remain active as crews…

4 Dead After Driver Crashes Into Tree In Tracy, CHP Says

TRACY (CBS13) – Four people were killed Friday night in Tracy after a driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree, according to the California Highway Patrol. Tracy area CHP said the collision happened at around 7 p.m. when the driver attempted to re-enter Interstate 205 off of Tracy Boulevard. Prior to the crash, CHP said it attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle on southbound Interstate 5 for a moving violation, which prompted a brief high-speed chase. The pursuit was called off after officers lost track of the vehicle. According to the CHP, the vehicle crashed shortly later after entering I-205 and exiting the freeway on Tracy Boulevard and all four occupants – two males, two females – of the vehicle were declared dead by responding officers. While authorities have not yet officially confirmed the identities of the four people, a family has told CBS13 that one of the victims killed in the crash was Stockton teen Treyvon Breckenridge Breckenridge had previously started his own business, working in his Stockton community providing cleaning services for other residents. MORE: Stockton Teen Starts…

Suspect in McKinleyville Hostage Situation ID’d

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office today identified the man arrested after a hostage situation and standoff on the 1600 block of Fisher Avenue in McKinleyville last night as 30-year-old Jesse David Brucklacher. According to a news release, Brucklacher was taken into custody by the SWAT team just after 12:30 a.m. following a multi-hour incident that began around five hours earlier as a domestic disturbance call with a woman being held against her will. After deputies arrived on scene, Brucklacher told them he had a gun and threatened to kill the woman and deputies, the release states. The 26-year-old woman was eventually able to escape through a window and was escorted to safety. She sustained some minor injuries, according to the sheriff’s office. Click here to read a detailed account of how the situation unfolded over the evening and into the early morning. Brucklacher was treated for tear gas exposure at the scene and booked into the Humboldt County jail on suspicion of false imprisonment, inflicting corporal injury on a spouse and resisting arrest. He is currently being held without bail. Read the full HCSO release…

Vigil to Honor Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability. And to help repair tears in her society, to make things a little better through the use of whatever ability she has. To do something, as my colleague David Souter would say, outside myself. ‘Cause I’ve gotten much more satisfaction for the things that I’ve done for which I was not paid.” — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on how she would like to be remembered.  A vigil to honor Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died yesterday at 87 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, is planned for this afternoon and evening at the Humboldt County Courthouse.  According to a Facebook event page, participants are invited to celebrate the life of the woman known fondly as the Notorious RBG by lighting a candle, saying a prayer and gathering with the community. And, for those who would like to, to “dress ‘fancy’ for Ruth.” The vigil is slated to take place from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Those attending are asked to wear a mask…

UPDATE: SWAT Ends McKinleyville Hostage Situation

UPDATE: A 30-year-old man who barricaded himself in a McKinleyville apartment last night was taken into custody early this morning after the SWAT team made entry on a search warrant, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The 26-year-old woman who was being held inside was able to get out safely before the team went in. PREVIOUS: The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is bringing the BearCat and SWAT to a situation on Fischer Avenue off of School Road in McKinleyville after a man began holding a woman hostage this evening. About 7:10 p.m., law enforcement began gathering in the area. Reportedly the male has been making suicide by cop statements and has barricaded himself and the hostage in a home “with an extensive amount of furniture,” according to a report over the scanner. About 7:30 p.m., the dispatcher told officers that the “female was begging to leave.” Neighbors are reporting getting a reverse 911 or texts saying, “[There is] Active Law Enforcement activity nearby. remain indoors and shelter in place. Stay clear of windows and doors. We will notify once there is an all-clear.” Please…

All Road Closures In Humboldt Lifted

The Humboldt Office of Emergency Services announced that all Humboldt County roads that were closed in the August Complex west zone have been lifted. People should use caution when entering roads and areas affected by the fire. For other county road closures not related to wildfire activity, please visit http://humboldtgov.org/roads See the Humboldt OES Twitter post below.  …

Update: One Fatality in Head-On Collision in Cutten

California Highway Patrol responded to a fatal head-on collision involving a vehicle and a motorcycle in Cutten today. In their investigation, CHP learned that a 2007 Kymco Motorcycle, being driven by 29-year-old Trista Poletski of Eureka, had been traveling northbound on Walnut Drive, south of Greenbriar Lane in Cutten when the motorcycle traveled into the southbound lane and crashed with the front of the Dodge Nitro. Emergency medical personnel responded and provided life-saving efforts for Poletski, but she suffered major injuries as a result of the collision and was pronounced deceased at the scene. CHP is investigating the fatal collision and asks anyone who may have information to contact the office at 822-5981. Read the full CHP release bel0w. PREVIOUS: A motorcycle is down in the 5300 block of Walnut Drive near Greenbriar in the southeast outskirts of Eureka after a motorcycle struck an SUV head-on. The motorcyclist is unmoving in the roadway, according to first but unconfirmed reports from the scene. An ambulance is requested. Please remember that information gathered from initial reports is subject to revision as more facts become available. UPDATE 12:33…

Slater Devil Fire Update

Since starting on Sept. 7, the Slater Devil fire has grown to 143,092 acres and is at 10 percent containment as of today. “On the northern side of the fire near Shepherd Hills, crews were able to tie a small spot fire back into Forest Road 4803. Priorities for firefighters in the south zone today are to ensure that private properties in Thompson Creek are protected. Isolated pockets of fuel continue to burn as the Slater Firebacks down in that drainage,” Reads the Slater Fire update.  For Del Norte County evacuation information, click here. Read the full Slater Devil Fire update below.  [pdf-1]…

NCJ Preview: Smoke, Fire and Risking Live Shows in a Pandemic

Fire everywhere and smoke all over Humboldt. We’ll break down what’s happening with the closes wildfires and why even places some distance away were blanketed with smoke and orange haze last week. Plus what the future of the North Coast looks like in terms of climate and fire. We’re also talking about venues that are going ahead with live shows despite public health orders and those holding back. What are the risks of deciding the show must go on? Hit subscribe for weekly updates on Humboldt County stories.  …

CPR Being Performed After Motorcycle and Vehicle Head-On Collision in Eureka

A motorcycle is down in the 5300 block of Walnut Drive near Greenbriar in the southeast outskirts of Eureka after a motorcycle struck an SUV head-on. The motorcyclist is unmoving in the roadway, according to first but unconfirmed reports from the scene. An ambulance is requested. Please remember that information gathered from initial reports is subject to revision as more facts become available. UPDATE 12:33 p.m.: “An off-duty firefighter is performing CPR on the motorcycle rider,” the dispatcher relayed to emergency personnel on the way to the accident.…

Humboldt County’s Air quality Has Been Up and Down. Here’s Where to Find the Clearest Information, T-S reports

The Times-Standard is reporting where Humboldt County residents can find the most reliable air quality index. In the report, Brian Wilson, a local air pollution control officer who works at North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District says that some air quality outlook websites use different formulas to assess the air quality. Wilson says that people should use the federal government websites to look up the air quality like the Environmental Protection Agency’s website or AirNow’s website. Read the full T-S article here. …

St. Joe’s Health to Offer Housing for Homeless Residents

St. Joseph’s Health will house Humboldt County residents who are experiencing homelessness at the Providence Eureka House. “We know that the first step towards improved health for those facing housing insecurity is a safe place to sleep,” said Roberta Luskin-Hawk, M.D., Chief Executive, St. Joseph Health, Humboldt County. “Providence St. Joseph Health is privileged to be in a position to extend our healing mission to our community and provide the necessary resources to ensure those most at risk have access to the resources they need to lead a healthier life.” The Providence Eureka House will sit on the current site of the Humboldt Inn on Fourth Street and will include 49 “independent dwelling units” that will house and provide resources to homeless individuals. “Studies show that secure housing is critical to a community member’s overall health,” the release states. The project is possible through the “Housing is Health” initiative which represents Providence’s commitment to investing in the best practices of community partners, like Providence Supportive Housing and St. Joe’s Health-Humboldt County CARE Network (leader of supportive services), who work on temporary and permanent housing in the communities…

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