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Delivery Truck Fire Near Brio Breadworks

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.…

Bill to Fund Broadband Infrastructure Moves Forward

The California Senate Committee on Energy Utilities and Communications approved a bill (SB 1130) that would allocate $300 million to fund broadband infrastructure “where none currently provides the service,” reads a press release from Access Humboldt. According to the release, North Coast Sen. Mike McGuire voted in favor of the measure, which is supported by Access Humboldt and the California Center for Rural Policy, along with 30 other organizations. “The pandemic has clearly shown us that California is overdue to build the networks we need to provide universal access to open, secure internet,’ Access Humboldt’s Executive Director Sean Taketa McLaughlin said in the release. “Thanks to our State Sen. Mike McGuire for his support of the measure today.  Clearly, we cannot afford to leave students behind, to leave workers behind, to leave healthcare behind, to leave our families behind.  Our communities cannot afford to be uninformed or misinformed. Robust, resilient broadband media are necessary for our community and our anchor institutions, including local media, to meet local needs for public health & safety, for education, for community and economic development; for culture and arts, and for…

Restaurants and Places Of Worship Can Reopen as Early as Friday

Restaurants that have been certified by the Humboldt County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be able to start dine-in services as early as Friday, May 29. Places of worship will also be able to reopen with safety modifications in place.  A county press release states that places of worship should follow the published state guidance for faith-based gatherings, which include limiting the capacity to 25 percent or 100 people. The press release also states that some gatherings of worship have seen an uptick of COVID-19 outbreaks, including in Mendocino County. The EOC is encouraging faith-based organizations to submit a Reopening Plan, although it is not required. Barbershops and hair salons, which Gov. Gavin Newsom moved into stage two of the state’s reopening plan today, will also be able to submit a Reopening Plan to the EOC on Thursday, but their plans will be reviewed “after those deemed a lower risk,” reads the press release. “All of these safety measures are done with the community in mind. Yes, we want to make it easier for businesses to open. We also want to make sure they do…

Public Health: No New COVID Cases Confirmed Today

Humboldt County Public Health announced that no new COVID-19 cases were confirmed today, leaving the county’s case count at 94. It’s a moment of relief as the county is coming off a two-week spike of COVID cases that began on May 9 with a total of 38 confirmed cases since then. The spike also included the county’s first COVID-19 related deaths, both of residents at Alder Bay Assisted Living. The first confirmed death in Humboldt County occurred May 17, when a 97-year-old woman died at a local hospital. Another Alder Bay resident died at St. Joseph Hospital on May 19. To date, Alder Bay has seen a total of seven residents and seven staff members test positive. Basics of COVID-19 The California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control, state that symptoms of novel coronavirus include cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or at least two of the following: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or a new loss of taste or smell.

Rio Dell Faces COVID-19 by Embracing Old Traditions, Creating New Ones

On Memorial Day volunteers with the Rio Dell-Scotia Chamber of Commerce rose before dawn to install 57 American flags along Rio Dell’s Wildwood Avenue median, starting at the north side of town and going all the way to the Eagle Prairie Bridge. “Everyone in town loved it,” said Chamber President Nick Angeloff. “It went off without a hitch.” The event was capped off by a performance of “Taps” by Scotia Band bugler Mike McClimon. Second District Supervisor Estelle Fennell, Rio Dell Mayor Debra Garnes and Chamber Vice-President Jim Brickley stood 12 feet apart behind McClimon wearing masks and holding flags in honor of the nation’s fallen veterans. Due to social distancing, there was no parade or assembly, but this Memorial Day celebration was significant in another way — it was the first in the hamlet for more than 30 years. “Part of the joy of this, particularly for the seniors who remembered seeing flags up, it was good for them to see it again,” said Angeloff. “Anybody under 40 has never seen it before.” The Chamber hit upon the idea after brainstorming ways to raise…

Dell’Arte’s 2020 Mad River Festival Cancelled Due to COVID-19

Dell’Arte has announced that its annual Mad River Festival has been canceled.  According to a press release sent by the school, Dell’Arte Producing Artistic Director Michael Fields was hoping to postpone the festival in September but “given the County and State health directives, it is clear that will not be possible, certainly not in a manner where groups of people can gather en masse, in a way that the word ‘festival’ embodies.” Read the full press release below: May 26, 2020 2020 Mad River Festival Cancelled Dell’Arte Producing Artistic Director Michael Fields Pens Letter to Community BLUE LAKE, CA – The 2020 Mad River Festival, Dell’Arte’s annual summertime backyard extravaganza, featuring five weeks of theatre, music, cabaret, dance, mashups and description-defying experiments “from around the world and down the block,” is being cancelled due to the impact of Covid-19. A message from Dell’Arte Producing Artistic Director Michael Fields: “For the past 30 years we have gathered in the summer on the lawn of Dell’Arte’s amphitheatre to come together as a community to laugh, listen, sing, celebrate, and see things from around the world and down…

Storm Damage Repair on Herrick Ave, Expect Delays Starting June 8

The Humboldt County Department of Public Works will be replacing a culvert under Herrick Ave near the E lks Lodge. Public works is expecting up to 15 minutes delay during this time period. Construction will begin on June 8 and is expected to be completed bu August. Read the full release below. Notice of Construction for Storm Damage Repair to Herrick Avenue at post mile marker 0.74. Humboldt County Department of Public Works will be replacing a culvert near the Elks Lodge on Herrick Avenue. Construction is scheduled to begin on June 8, 2020 with a completion date in August 2020. Expect delays greater than 15 minutes at any time during this period. Flaggers will be in place as needed to control single-lane traffic. Thank you for your patience during this time. …

Class of 2020 Portraits Line Main Road Between Southern Humboldt Towns (VIDEO)

Communities throughout the nation are searching for meaningful ways to honor high school and college graduates at a time when the COVID-19 Crisis mandates social distancing. Southern Humboldt parents and businesses though have found one small way–they put up a large poster for each of the South Fork High School Class of 2020 graduates. The parent of one of the graduating seniors, Lori Ruiz, found the idea online and shared it on Facebook. Then Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce President, Michelle Bushnell, offered to help make the presentation happen. Jim and Tammy Clary also helped. And, long-time business owners in the area, Jim and Marie Johnson, provided the money for the posters.✖ SLIDESHOW 4 slides           

Public Health Confirms One New COVID-19 Case; Means of Transmission Confirmed for All Active Cases

Humboldt County Public Health is reporting one new COVID-19 case today, which brings the county’s total to 94. According to today’s county press release, the means of transmission has been confirmed for all active cases. Of the 94 cases, 53 were acquired through contact with a known case, 24 were acquired through travel outside of the area and 17 were acquired through community transmission, meaning they contracted the virus through an unknown source in the local community. The new case comes after a two-week spike that began May 9, with a total of 38 cases confirmed since then, including a cluster of cases at the Alder Bay Living Facility in Eureka, and two hospitalized deaths from the virus. The first confirmed COVID-19 death in Humboldt County occurred May 17, when a 97-year-old woman living at Alder Bay died at a local hospital. Another Alder Bay resident died Tuesday at St. Joseph Hospital. To date, Alder Bay has seen a total of seven residents and seven staff members test positive. Today’s positive case was confirmed after the Public Health Laboratory processed 34 samples and corporate labs…

Kayaker Describes Harrowing Shark Attack

This morning, a shark attacked a lone kayaker fishing in the waters off Southern Humboldt County. According to Cheryl Antony, spokesperson for Shelter Cove Fire Department, at 7:45 a.m. an emergency dispatcher sent her department to look for a victim of a shark attack in a kayak. Antony said that they were able to see the kayaker sinking in the water quite a ways offshore “by the buoy.” One of the department got on the radio and made contact with a nearby fisherman who rescued the man and his kayak. Michael Thallheimer, Jr., 40, from Eureka, said he had taken his peddle kayak out about 6:15 a.m. and settled in to fish near the buoy. “I had caught two small ling cod and then caught a large one about 36 inches or so,” he explained. “I put it on my fish clip — I cut through the gills and it pumps all the blood out — as soon as I did that, it wasn’t 30 seconds after, that [the shark] attacked.” One second, he said he was feeling good about his catch and the next…

A Huge Thank You to our Supporters

For nearly 30 years, the North Coast Journal has been covering the stories and people you care about in Humboldt County. We’re proud to share our coverage in print and online for free so everyone — with or without internet access or the means to subscribe to a paper — can stay informed, especially during the current COVID-19 crisis. This week, our ongoing COVID-19 reporting included daily case updates, a look at the criteria officials will use to determine when it’s time to slow down the easing of shelter-in-place restrictions, a heart-warming story about the woman making soup for a community of seniors, a look at how COVID-19 has impacted local farmers’ markets and, with a pair of local casinos opening their doors, a story about why mass gatherings scare health officials. It’s been a lot to keep up with. For the first time in our history, the Journal has created a way for readers to pitch in to help keep our mission going and the newsroom humming through these unprecedented times. (Click here for more information.) We’d like to take this opportunity to publicly thank…

Batter Up! A Youth Team Holds Tryouts During the COVID Crisis

All photos and video by Mark McKenna As summer approaches in the time of the COVID crisis, coaches and athletes look for new ways to practice the sports they love. On Wednesday, about 50 hopeful youths showed up throughout a series of tryouts spaced in intervals at Redwood Fields in Cutten. They hope to be chosen for the Humboldt Eagles baseball team–the first local youth team to begin activities after the spread of the pandemic forced sports to go on hiatus. As each session progressed, the youth spread out to work in groups of six. As they practiced, the crisp smack of the bat, the thud of a mitt closing over a fast ball mixed with the muffled voices of coaches shouting through cloth echoed both traditional tryouts and highlighted the new reality where young and old were required to wear masks when they arrive and when they are close to each other. Normally, youth trying out for baseball teams is as American and uncontroversial as apple pie but, in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, restarting the sport is cause for debate. On the…

Ferndale’s Memorial Day Adapts to Shelter in Place

Ferndale’s more than 130-year tradition of honoring veterans on Memorial Day won’t be broken by COVID-19 but the Victorian Village is changing its usual plans to keep spectators and veterans safe. Instead of crowds lining up on the sidewalks, people are invited to park along the route through town and watch the flag pass from their cars. In their press release, organizers ask, “Please honor the day and the sacrifices which were made for our freedom. If you plan on viewing the presentation of our flag as it passes through town, please follow the social distancing requirements of our state.” Sounds like the patriotic thing to do. Veterans will head off at 10:15 a.m. toward the closed cemetery for a private ceremony at 11 a.m. and you can watch the pre-recorded speeches from Rex Bohn, Mike Bibby, Lee Tomasini, Cindy Jacobsen McWhorter and Pastor Vic Alvarado in the video below. Read the full press release and see the route below: [pdf-1]…

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