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UPDATED: Rescue Underway Near Trinidad

At approximately 1:45 p.m., an emergency dispatcher sent Arcata Ambulance and Westhaven Fire Department to travel out the main trail off the parking lot “east of the beach” in the College Cove area near Trinidad. The dispatcher said they had received two reports of a 22-year-old male that had fallen about 15 feet “possibly into the water.” UPDATE 2:43 p.m.: A rescue swimmer is in the water, according to the incident commander speaking over the scanner. UPDATE 3:16 p.m.: The swimmer is still in the water. UPDATE 3:40 p.m.: A staticy transmission from the Incident Commander on the scene appears to state that the Coast Guard has been released from the incident and the swimmer is out of the water. UPDATE 4:16 p.m.: According to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Paul Savona, “We received a report of an adult male into the water from the trail at College Cove [about 1/45 p.m.]” Savona said that crews have been looking for the victim. “We did not locate anyone as of yet,” he told us. California Park Chief Bill Salata told us that they were sent to the…

Police Incident Blocked Traffic on 7th, One Detained

A reportedly armed man who had refused to leave a 7th Street apartment has exited the building and is being detained. Just before 3 p.m., a woman reported being choked in an apartment building on the 1300 block of 7th Street and said that her assailant, a man, had an assault rifle, according to information a dispatcher relayed to Eureka Police officers over the scanner. The woman left the apartment and was being assisted by law enforcement. The man called emergency dispatch from the apartment and said he did not have a rifle, the dispatcher told officers. He offered to show pictures of the woman choking herself through the window but will not exit unless officers have a warrant. Law enforcement is on the scene and the incident caused traffic to be blocked on 7th Street.  …

Rescue Underway Near Trinidad

At approximately 1:45 p.m., an emergency dispatcher sent Arcata Ambulance and Westhaven Fire Department to travel out the main trail off the parking lot “east of the beach” in the College Cove area near Trinidad. The dispatcher said they had received two reports of a 22-year-old male that had fallen about 15 feet “possibly into the water.” UPDATE 2:43 p.m.: A rescue swimmer is in the water, according to the incident commander speaking over the scanner. UPDATE 3:16 p.m.: The swimmer is still in the water. …

The Takeout Menu

At this stage of shelter in place, takeout is the name of the game. Scores of local restaurants have made the move to curbside, delivery and to-go menus, re-shuffling their hours and ordering to keep their patrons and staff safer. We’ve compiled a partial list here — if you don’t see your own establishment, let us know by emailing calendar@northcoastjournal.com and we’ll update. And if you head to one of these places, remember: Wear a mask and keep it on; wash/sanitize your hands; order, pay and tip in advance when possible; make your tip pandemic appropriate for the folks taking on risk to feed you; and stay back a full 6 feet from both staff and other customers. ARCATA Arcada 630-5236, arcadagameshumboldt.com Arcata Pizza Deli 822-4650, arcatapizza.com Bencharong Thai 825-0900, facebook.com/Bencharong-Thai-House-402867866487537 Cafe Brio 822-5922, cafebrioarcata.com Café Phoenix 630-5021, facebook.com/cafephoenixarcata Campground 630-5148, campgroundarcata.com Coffee Break 825-6685, coffeebreakarcata.com Don’s Donuts 822-6465, facebook.com/Dons-Donuts-Pizza-Deli-115983365096679 Dutchy’s Pizza Online orders only, dutchyspizza.com Hole in the Wall Arcata 822-7407, https://www.facebook.com/Hole-In-The-Wall-115790685109848/ Japhy’s 826-2594, japhys.com Kebab Cafe 826-2121, kebabcafearcata.com La Trattoria 822-6101, latrattoriaarcata.com Loco Fish Co. Arcata 572-6019, facebook.com/550SouthGStreetArcata-CA95521 Los Bagels, Arcata 822-3150, losbagels.com…

Betty Chinn’s Homeless Foundation Receives Grant to Care for Pets

The Betty Kwan Chinn Homeless Foundation announced today that it has received a $200,000 grant from the California Department of Housing and Community Development, Pet Assistance and Support Program to help house, feed and provide basic veterinary service to the pets of its clients. Chinn, who spent much of her childhood living alone in a garbage dump during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution after her mother was jailed and her siblings sent off to labor camps due to her parents’ wealth and Christian beliefs, has operated one of the few West Coast shelters to allow animals. “Betty has long recognized the importance that some homeless individuals attach to their companion animals,” the release states. “Dogs provide emotional support, companionship, warmth and security to people living in the street. However, they also present a significant barrier to services because many shelters do not allow dogs, and this prevents some of the chronically homeless from accessing case management services geared toward regaining their self-sufficiency.” Read the full release from the foundation below: The Betty Kwan Chinn Homeless Foundation is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $200,000…

Public Health: COVID-19 Tests Only a ‘Snapshot in Time’

Public health officials are reminding Humboldt County residents that while a negative COVID-19 is good news, it’s only a “snapshot in time” and not an all-clear sign. Community members are eligible to be retested every 14 days, which is especially recommended for first responders, healthcare workers, those in the service sector — such as restaurant and grocery store employees — and anyone who has interaction with the public on a regular basis. Testing is available to the general public by appointment by visiting https://lhi.care/covidtesting or call 888-634-1123. For more information, watch the video below: …

Dine-in Approved Restaurants Can Open Friday. Will They?

Yesterday the county cleared restaurants with safety plans approved by the Humboldt County Emergency Operations Center to open for dine-in service as soon as Friday. A list of those restaurants is below and being updated daily on the county’s website here, much like the list of retailers approved for walk-in business on the same page. However, not every restaurant on the list is making the jump just yet. Meredith Maier of Six Rivers Brewery put together a plan for her restaurant to follow not only state and OSHA guidelines, like masks for staff and tables 6 feet apart, but a set of house rules, including only admitting those 21 and over, seating at only five tables and offering counter service as opposed to full dining service. But Six Rivers won’t be seating diners on Friday. And it won’t until the staff unanimously agrees it should. “We’ve been having lots of staff meetings from the beginning,” she says. “What’s everyone’s level of comfort? … I don’t want people coming to work and feeling scared. I want them to feel we’re doing what’s right for us and right…

Distance Learning: It’s Hard. For Everyone.

If you are among the legion of parents that have taken on the role of teacher during distance learning, you have undoubtedly experienced the challenging merge of parent and educator. Seems natural, right? Heck, we are the parent, we understand our kids better than anyone — we got this. But if you are fortunate to have technology during this time to access distance learning, you’ve likely tried not to curse at the computer as you hurried to get your child on Google Classroom, Zoom, Khan Academy or Flip Grid (yes that’s a thing). What’s more, your child may be more adept at navigating these programs than you! We are trying with all our might, yet something has shifted. Big time. So much so that any of us are acknowledging a freshly fortified appreciation for teachers right about now. The absence of physical, real-life school is profound and we ask ourselves, “How do they do it?” Roles are fascinating when change occurs. When applied to group dynamics, terms like “storming” and “norming” are used to describe the process of role establishment. As we move into the…

‘The Height of the Floor’

Why Congress needs to pass the Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act Open up the coop, the viral chickens are home to roost. Hello to the latest, pandemically inspired reality check, here’s something we all know as individuals: It sucks to be sick. Enter Covid-19. To paraphrase Anand Giridharadas, “Coronavirus makes clear what has been true all along. Our health is as safe as that of the worst-insured, worst-cared-for person in our society. It will be decided by the height of the floor, not the ceiling.” With a healthcare system that does not promote health for all, we find ourselves inundated by patients filling hospitals, clinics and morgues. Before the pandemic, we already had some 70 million residents either uninsured or under-insured. According to the Urban Institute’s May 2020 publication, we now have between 25 million and 43 million more losing their employer-based health insurance along with their income. When nearly a third of the population cannot, dare not, access health care in the midst of a highly infectious virus invasion, society is not only impacted financially but in every way possible. The cracks in our…

Eureka, Garberville DMV Offices Set to Reopen

Eureka and Garberville among the 46 Department of Motor Vehicle field offices scheduled to reopen to the public Thursday, according to a news release. The hours will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the exception of opening at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Residents are still encouraged to use online and other services other than in-person when possible, including eligible driver license and vehicle registration renewals. To find out more, visit the DMV website here and here. …

EPD: ‘Person of Interest’ in Campton Road Homicide Arrested

A person of interest in the homicide of an 84-year-old Campton Road resident found dead in his home May 20 has been arrested on unrelated charges, the Eureka Police Department reports. Wesley Lee Starritt, 22, was arrested by an EPD Problem-Oriented Policing Unit detective following a traffic stop May 26 while other investigators were watching his residence, which is also located on Campton Road. Starritt, who EPD reports is also a person of interest in two recent stabbings, was booked into the Humboldt County jail on suspicion of unrelated charges, including violation of probation, and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. A search warrant was served at Starritt’s Campton Drive home and additional evidence collected, according to a news release. Roger Mitchell “Mitch” Clark was found dead in his home by a relative. An autopsy conducted on May 23 confirmed his death was a homicide, EPD reports. The specific cause and details of his death are not being released at this time to “protect the integrity of the investigation,” the release states. “Detectives are actively working to build their case. No arrest…

Public Health Confirms Four New COVID-19 Cases, One More Hospitalization

Humboldt County Public Health confirmed four new local COVID-19 cases today, as well as another hospitalization, bringing the county’s case count at 98. The four new cases, all of which were acquired through contact with another known case, continues a spike that has seen 44 new cases confirmed since May 9, with the county having recorded its first two COVID-19 deaths last week when two Alder Bay Assisted Living Facility resident died form the disease at St. Joseph Hospital. Today’s results came after the county Public Health Laboratory processed 60 samples and corporate labs reported results from another 87, for a total of 147. To date, 5,870 local residents have been tested for the virus, according to Public Health, about 4.3 percent of the population. Roughly one in 60 local tests have come back positive. Nationally, about 4.6 percent of the population has been tested, with roughly one in nine tests coming back positive for a total of 1.7 million confirmed cases, including 99,031 fatalities. Statewide, 4.3 percent of the population has been tested, with roughly one in every 17.5 cases returning positive for a…

Redwood Acres Cancels June 6 Schedule

Redwood Acres Raceway announced today that the June 6 schedule has been canceled after consulting with the county health officer, who race officials said indicated other events might be able to take place soon, according to a news release. A request has been made for a June 20 schedule. Several Humboldt County events have been cancelled or delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak and a statewide ban on large gatherings, which can heighten the spread of the highly contagious and potentially deadly virus. Fortuna’s Redwood AutoXpo board also announced today that it is canceling the July event, which draws classic car aficionados from far and wide, and has instead set its sights on next year. Find the full releases from the Redwood Acres and the AutoXpo below. Eureka, CA (May 27, 2020) – After consulting Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich, Redwood Acres Raceway officials regretfully announce that the race scheduled for June 6 has been canceled. Track officials requested permission to race what would have been the 2020 season opening event but Dr. Frankovich denied the request. Dr. Frankovich indicated that racing at…

Delivery Truck Fire Near Brio Breadworks (with Video)

About 7 a.m., multiple people reported a fire in a vehicle by the Brio Breadworks near 1400 11th St. in Arcata. According to Arcata Fire, “The fire was contained to a delivery truck, but it did burn the outside wall of Angels of Hope.” Firefighters extinguished the flames and the cause of the fire is under investigation. …

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