KEET-TV Presents Zoom Series: Conversations on Hemingway

Get to know the man, the myth, the legend when filmmakers and special guests explore Ernest Hemingway’s art and legacy in Conversations on Hemingway, a Zoom event series, happening Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Feb. 23 and continuing through March 18. The author is the subject of an upcoming three-part, six-hour documentary series directed by award- winning filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. The virtual events will cover themes in Hemingway’s work and life, and include discussions with the filmmakers and leading writers and scholars, as well as clips from series. Register to attend at www.PBS.org/hemingwayevents.…

Humboldt Marks 1 Year Since First COVID Case Reported

One year ago today, the news came: Humboldt had its first confirmed case of COVID-19, which at the time had yet to be detected almost anywhere else in the nation. The individual, who had recently returned from China, recovered after seeking treatment for flu-like symptoms at St. Joseph Hospital. Exactly a month would pass before a second case, also connected to travel, was recorded. Soon, the first cases of community spread were identified. In late March of 2020, Humboldt County was placed under a local shelter-in-place order that shuttered all but essential businesses, sent students home to continue their educations under now familiar distance learning and brought life as most people knew it to an abrupt halt. “We have to be proactive about limiting existing spread if it is here, or to slow it when it arrives on our doorstep if it’s not already here,” then County Health Officer Teresa Frankovich said at the time. “It’s critically important. We need to protect both our most vulnerable populations and our healthcare system.” Meanwhile, county officials worked quickly to prepare. Frankovich and her team expanded Public Health’s team…

County Logs Lowest Weekly COVID-19 Case Total in Three Months

Humboldt County Public Health reported 15 new cases today along with an increase in available local intensive care unit capacity as the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized locally decreases. With today’s results, which came after 182 samples were tested with a test-positivity rate of 8.2 percent, the county has now confirmed a total of 3,067 COVID-19 cases to date, including 85 this week. The week’s case count — the county’s lowest since mid November — represents a continued decrease from January, when the county was confirming 200-plus new cases a week. According to the county’s dashboard, 10 local residents are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, including one under intensive care. Local available intensive care unit capacity, meanwhile has risen to 28.6 — up from the 10.7 percent reported yesterday. The county’s Joint Information Center also reported today that the state Department of PUblic Health has released updates guidelines for youth and adult recreational sports, which allow some to resume with safety measures in place in counties with case relates below an average of 14 new cases confirmed daily per 100,000 residents. The measures will take effect…

Eureka City Schools to Offer In-Person Classes in March

The Eureka City Schools Board voted last night to open up for in-person instruction by March 1 for pre-school to eighth grade, with families having the option to continue distance learning. Superintendent Fred Van Vleck noted in a Facebook post that the California Department of Public Health does not allow high schools to reopen in areas under the purple COVID-19 risk tier — which is where Humboldt County currently sits — but the district is “optimistic” the region will move into the red tier next week, which would possibly allow for the move by the March 1 date. “As we transition to the option of in-person learning, there will be much work happening in preparation.  Many of the details are not yet available,” Van Vleck’s post states. “Your student’s school site will be in contact with you next week to determine whether or not you would like your student to stay on distance learning or attend in-person.  Sites will also be reaching out with the schedule details, as there will likely be modifications to start and end times for both in-person and distance learning to…

UPDATE: SR 96 Remains Closed Near Happy Camp as Another Slide Hits 101 at Last Chance, Lines Down on SR169

State Route 96 remains closed about 4 miles west of Happy Camp due to a slide that hit early Thursday while U.S. Highway 101 at Last Chance Grade was shut down yet again today due to more slide activity. Caltrans reports more than 30,000 cubic yards of debris will need to be cleared on SR 96 and the slide area remains active. “There is no current estimated time for reopening the highway,” a Facebook post states. Last Chance Grade, meanwhile, has been hit by a series of slides this week. “Crews are working tirelessly around the clock to reopen U.S. 101 at Last Chance Grade as soon as it is safe to do so,” Caltrans reported. More slide activity has State Route 169 closed a U.S. 101 (Del Norte County) and power lines are also down. Find the latest road information at quickmap.dot.ca.gov. …

Speakers, Music at HCBMAA’s Liberation March in Old Town

Humboldt County Black Music and Arts Association’s Harambee Liberation Month activities continue this weekend with the Harambee Liberation March on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Old Town Gazebo. Hear guest speakers and singers, including Dej “Heard Today,” Lettie Love and the Love Crew, Lorenza Simmons, Jude Drum and Olivia Dunn. Community participants are invited to bring instruments for the peaceful, voiceless march leaving for the Humboldt County Courthouse at around 11:30 a.m. There, candles will be lit to remember those lost. Participants are asked to wear black in solidarity. Social distancing and masking will be observed. …

Virtual Bowl For Kids’ Sake 38: Comic Book Bonanza Online Now

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Coast’s major fundraiser is not sitting out this year, even if the bowling lanes are closed. Instead, it’s rolling online for Virtual Bowl For Kids’ Sake 38: Comic Book Bonanza — on now through March 6. It’s a month of challenges featuring online bowling, bowling at home, a comic art contest, trivia, costume contest and lip syncing battles. Join ’em, you’ve got time to spare. Or strike. Or gutterball it. However the pins fall, it’s good fun for a great cause. Tune in to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Coast’s Facebook page live Fridays at 5 p.m. for prizes, team updates and more. There will also be an in-person, socially distant/safe drop-off for pledge sheets and to pick up prizes on March 6 (Location TBA. Check Facebook).

EPD Releases Review Board Findings in Police Shooting

The Use of Force/Shooting Review Board called earlier this month by Eureka Police Chief Steve Watson found officers performed properly at the scene of a July police shooting that killed 51-year-old John Karl Sieger. Sieger, a military veteran, was reportedly intoxicated and suicidal when he raised a pistol at officers during a tense standoff at a home on the 2800 block of Lowell Street last year. The board looked at the officers’ performance in regard to several situations at the scene covered by EPD policies, including use of force, use of firearm, hostage and barricaded subject, mental illness commitments and crisis intervention, finding they “performed their duties within policy.” The exception the board found was two officers whose cameras were not active during the situation, with one officer not turning it on after arriving at scene and another shutting it off at some point, but determined the first instance was “stress related” and there was no “malicious intent” in the second action. The board included Arcata Police Chief Brian Ahearn, Cal Fire Chief Rhett Imperiale, former Eureka City Council member and retired Humboldt County Sheriff’s…

Public Health Confirms 19 New Cases as Local ICU Capacity Dips to 10.7%

Humboldt County Public Health reported 19 new COVID-19 cases today, making 70 so far this week, and three new hospitalizations and a further dip in local available intensive care unit capacity. According to the county’s dashboard, 12 local residents are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, including three under intensive care, as local available ICU bed capacity sits at 10.7 percent. With today’s results, announced after 409 samples were processed with a test-positivity rate of 4.6 percent, the county’s case tally stands at 3,053 roughly a year after the first local case was confirmed. Public Health also reported with today’s case count that adverse weather throughout the United States have delayed some vaccine shipments, prompting some local clinic cancelations. “Public health and other health care providers administering COVID-19 vaccine will reach out to those impacted to reschedule vaccination once the delayed shipments arrive,” state the press release, which adds that next week’s allocation of vaccinations is expected to include 4,445 doses. Earlier today, the county announced it had confirmed the presence of a never-before-seen COVID-19 variation in 16 cases associated with the catastrophic outbreak at Granada Rehabilitation…

UPDATE: Traffic Alert: 101 at Last Chance Grade Closed Again, 96 Hit by Slide West of Happy Camp

UPDATE: U.S. Highway 101 reopened at Last Chance Grade with one-hour delays but the situation could change if more slide activity occurs, Caltrans reports. PREVIOUS: U.S. Highway 101 at Last Chance Grade is closed again after another slide hit the stretch located in Del Norte County south of Crescent City and a slide on State Route 96 west of Happy Camp has closed that roadway. Caltrans estimates the 101 will reopen later today but notes “this estimate is subject to change if additional slide activity occurs.” “We continue 24/7 monitoring of the area to ensure safety and prompt reopening,” a Facebook post states. This is another in a series of recent slide activity in recent weeks. For updates on SR 96, visit Caltrans District 2. Roadway information can also be found at quickmap.dot.ca.gov. …

Arcata Puts a Lid on Vacation Rentals

The Arcata City Council passed a vacation rental ordinance last night that will cap the units at 100, for now, as well as require owners to obtain permits and provide contact information at the site. After Mayor Sofia Pereira recused herself, the remaining councilmembers voted 4-0 to pass the regulations on short-stay rentals in an effort to preserve neighborhood settings and protect the city’s limited housing stock. The item was pulled from the consent calendar by Councilmember Brett Watson for discussion on how to handle properties that might have multiple rentals on a single parcel. Watson and fellow Councilmembers Emily Goldstein, Sarah Schaefer and Stacy Atkins-Salazar all voiced agreement that one permit would be required per property but each rental unit on a property would be counted and applied toward the cap of 100. City Manager Karen Diemer noted there was a 90-day grace period for property owners already operating short-stay rentals to apply for permits, with “everyone getting a chance to in essence be grandfathered in” under the ordinance. After that time passes, Diemer said she would bring back to the council for review…

Traffic Alert: 101 at Last Chance Grade Closed Again, 96 Hit by Slide West of Happy Camp

U.S. Highway 101 at Last Chance Grade is closed again after another slide hit the stretch located in Del Norte County south of Crescent City and a slide on State Route 96 west of Happy Camp has closed that roadway. Caltrans estimates the 101 will reopen later today but notes “this estimate is subject to change if additional slide activity occurs.” “We continue 24/7 monitoring of the area to ensure safety and prompt reopening,” a Facebook post states. This is another in a series of recent slide activity in recent weeks. For updates on SR 96, visit Caltrans District 2. Roadway information can also be found at quickmap.dot.ca.gov. …

Harper Motors Carousel Has a New Home

Have you noticed anything different when driving on the U.S. Highway 101 safety corridor? Especially when you pass Harper Motors? Maybe you’ve noticed that a bright red and yellow tent and the contents underneath it are missing? Well, the Harper Motors carousel has found a new home with the Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria in Loleta. According to Trevor Harper, whose grandfather Harvey Harper co-founded Harper Motors and bought the carousel in 1991, Harper Motors donated the carousel to the Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria Tribal Council.  “I’m happy that it’s staying local,” Harper says, adding he’s excited that all of the kids who experienced the carousel growing up and are now parents get to experience it with their kids at its new home. This is exactly what Darrell Sherman, tribal council member-at-large, had in mind when he reached out to Trevor and Dan Harper about the possibility of donating the historic carousel.  “For me, instead of seeing it go elsewhere … moving completely out of the area, it just moved 25 minutes south from where it was before. I thought it…

Warrior Women (Part 2)

“Their marriage law lays it down, that no girl shall wed until she has killed a man in battle.” — Herodotus, circa 600 B.C., writing about the Sauromatae, mythical descendents of Amazons Herodotus, so-called Father of History, had much to say about Amazons, the legendary race of women warriors who nearly bested Greek soldiers while trying to free one of their own during the mythical Attic War. He claimed the Amazonian capital, Themiscyra, was located in present-day northern Turkey, near the shore of the Black Sea. Brooking no male presence, the women took care of procreation in an annual get-together with the tribe who lived on the other side of the mountain, the Gargareans. Baby girls were brought up to become Amazon warriors, while baby boys were sent back to their fathers. According to Herodotus, when they weren’t reproducing, the Amazons spent their days either pillaging their neighbors or founding new cities, including Ephesus and Smyrna. Herodotus was elaborating on Homer’s earlier tale of the Trojan War, the Iliad, which had its oral origins in the Late Bronze Age circa 1200 B.C. The Amazons were…

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