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Power Restored to All Humboldt County Residents

The Humboldt Office of Emergency Services has announced that PG&E has restored all power to Humboldt County homes. PG&E had initiated a Public Safety Power Shutoff on Oct. 25, because of a Red Flag Warning that began on the same day. Only Southern Humboldt Residents were impacted. PG&E Community Resource Centers have closed. …

Suspect Sought After Arcata Assault

CPR is in progress after a man was hit over the head with a wine bottle about 4:30 p.m. in the 4900 block of Van Dyke Court in the Arcata area, according to the first reports coming over the scanner. The suspect, according to radio traffic from law enforcement, has left the scene on a motorcycle so medical is able to go in without waiting for law enforcement. UPDATE 4:59 p.m.: According to Samantha Karges, spokesperson for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, “We are assisting the Arcata Police Department in searching for an assault suspect, last seen fleeing eastbound on Highway 299 towards Blue Lake on a green Kawasaki motorcycle.”…

Bicyclist Killed in Eureka Identified

The Eureka Police Department has identified the bicyclist killed Oct. 24 at Broadway and West Wabash as Eureka resident Thomas Burns. He was 67. “Based on the preliminary investigation, it appears the driver of the involved vehicle had the green light at the intersection and was turning right on to Broadway from West Wabash Ave.,” a EPD news release states. “The bicyclist was traveling against traffic on Broadway through a red light when he was struck by the vehicle as it entered the intersection. It does not appear the driver saw Burns in the road.” According to the EPD, an off-duty doctor stopped to help, but Burns died at the scene. The case remains under investigation. Read the EPD release below: On October 24, 2020, at about 10:47 a.m., officers with the Eureka Police Department (EPD) responded to the intersection of Broadway and West Wabash Avenue for the report of a vehicle vs. bicyclist collision. The male bicyclist was located down on the roadway suffering from major injuries. A passing off-duty doctor stopped to assist and Humboldt Bay Fire and City Ambulance arrived shortly after.…

SECOND UPDATE: Fortuna Motel Barricade Situation Resolved

SECOND UPDATE: The Fortuna Police Department reports via Facebook that the situation has been resolved and the suspect is in custody. PREVIOUS: Fortuna Police are asking residents in the vicinity of the 500 block of South Fortuna Boulevard between 1st and 2nd Streets to shelter in place. “The department is currently working in active police incident,” they posted on their Facebook page a little before 4 p.m. “We are currently negotiating with the subject who has barricaded himself in a room,” Sgt. Charles Ellecbrecht said. UPDATE 5:12 p.m.: According to Sgt. Jason Kadle of the Fortuna Police, the situation began as a report of domestic violence earlier today at the motel. Fortuna Police obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect but he refused to exit the room and barricaded himself inside. “We believe he is the only one in the hotel room,” Kadle said. He added, “We have numerous people helping out with negotiations” in order to help the matter end peacefully. …

Humboldt Sees 10th COVID-related Death

Public Health reported a tenth COVID-related death and five new COVID-19 cases since Friday, bringing the county’s  total case count of 567. The individual who died was in their 80s, according to the county. “We extend our condolences to their family and friends for this loss,” County Health Officer Teresa Frankovich said in a news release. Under California Department of Public Health data released last, Humboldt County remains in the yellow or minimal tier under the state’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy,” with a positivity rate of 0.5 percent and an adjusted case rate of 1. That data will be updated tomorrow and health officials have cautioned residents that a spike in cases would be enough to push Humboldt back into a more restrictive tier. Right now, under the lower risk category, most indoor businesses — including bars — can reopen but the county can put further restrictions in place, according to the state. Only seven other counties in California are currently in the minimal tier. Read more about what it means here. Today’s results came after 588 test samples were processed. To date, Humboldt County…

Investigation into Major Injury Crash on 4th Continues

A 25-year-old man hit Oct. 22 while attempting to cross the intersection of Fourth and A streets in Eureka remains in serious but stable condition and the 47-year-old driver is cooperating with the ongoing investigation after initially leaving the scene, according to the Eureka Police Department. A news release states the driver, whose name was not released, contacted police after returning home, telling officers he was “shook up” and didn’t have his phone on him. The EPD states he was evaluated and neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be a factor. An initial investigation, according to the release, indicates the pedestrian tried to cross the three lanes of Fourth Street around 6 p.m. in a marked crosswalk as traffic continued toward him and then “appeared to suddenly run out in front of the car that ultimately struck him.” “The driver of the car stated that he did not see the pedestrian approaching and was unable to avoid the collision,” the EPD release states. “The driver was evaluated and it does not appear drugs or alcohol were a factor. He is cooperating with the investigation and the…

Witches Float: Photos from the Witches Paddle

A coven of witches gathered on Saturday afternoon at the Eureka Boat Basin public boat launch for the inaugural Witches Paddle in kayaks and canoes, and on stand-up paddle boards on Humboldt Bay. The local version of a nationwide event on the last weekend before Halloween headed east on the incoming tide to the the Samoa Bridge Boat Launch near Halvorsen Park before returning to the put-in location. (See the slideshow below.) “I was motivated to start this local version of the Witches Paddle on the day Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg died,” said event organizer Jody Himango, who lives on the Samoa Peninsula. “Next year I’d like to do it as a fundraiser.” The event poster invited participants to “Take to the streets and the water. Let’s demonstrate our strength and solidarity in a fun, beautiful way.” At least 50 witches and a few wizards showed up to paddle on a warm sunny afternoon with light winds. Participants stayed physically distanced from each other in this outdoor event and most wore masks near others before entering the water. …

SoHum Residents May Not See Power Until Tomorrow

The Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services reports some areas in the southwest, including Honeydew, Petrolia and Whitethorn, have skirted PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff. A shutoff in Southern Humboldt, however, is currently underway as well as in northeast portions of the county, but communities in the latter are “currently running off of temporary generation power and many may not have seen an interruption of services,” according to an OES Facebook post. Community Resource Centers have been set up at the following locations: Bridgeville School District 38717 Kneeland Road Bridgeville, Humboldt, 95526 Hours Open: 8:00AM – 10:00PM First Baptist Church 1055 Redway Dr Redway, Humboldt, 95560 Hours Open: 8:00AM – 10:00PM Karuk Tribe CRC 39051 Hwy 96 Orleans, Humboldt, 95556 Hours Open: 11:00AM – 10:00PM Yurok Weitchpec Office 23001 State Hwy 96 Weitchpec, Humboldt, 95546 Hours Open: 11:00AM – 10:00PM …

Shots Fired Arrest in Eureka

A man was arrested early Saturday morning on the 4000 block of E Street for allegedly firing a shot and pointing a gun at another man who had been called to the home by a woman who asked for assistance in leaving. According to a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office release, deputies were called to the scene just before 12:30 a.m. after 27-year-old Marvin Brice McGaughey reportedly became verbally aggressive with a woman, who with a young child, and shot at the door when the other man arrived outside. McGaughey then reportedly walked outside of the residence and pointed the weapon at the man. No one was injured. McGaughey was booked on suspicion of assault with a firearm, discharging a firearm in gross, shooting at an inhabited dwelling (PC 246) and child cruelty. Read the HCSO release below: On Oct. 24, 2020, at about 12:27 a.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 4000 block of E Street, in the County’s jurisdiction of Eureka, for the report of a disturbance with shots fired. Deputies arrived on scene and made contact with a 31-year-old male victim…

Do You Know Where Your Ballot Is?

For the first time, Californians can track their mail-in ballots from the point they’re printed to the moment they’re accepted by their county elections office. Ballot tracking, now available in parts or all of a dozen states, has become a particularly useful option this year, when many voters are anxious about election security. As of October 22, 2.7 million Californians — about 12 percent of the electorate —had signed up for mail-in ballot tracking with BallotTrax, a free service whose website spells out its security measures with all the gravitas of a nuclear code. Three states have higher participation rates so far — Oregon (16 percent), North Carolina (19 percent) and Colorado (43 percent). According to the California Secretary of State Office, just under 27,000 Humboldt County voters had returned their vote-by-mail ballots as of Oct. 24, or around 31 percent of the just more than 86,000 who received one. Of those, 99.45 percent have been accepted, the state reports. Californians have been voting by mail in record numbers at this stage in the election cycle. But thousands of ballots might not be counted for…

Replacing Cash Bail: Fairer Justice or Robopocalypse?

California is either about to right decades of inequality between rich and poor defendants by eliminating cash bail, or it’s about to turn over its justice system to robots. The question of what to do about the system that decides whether people should be free while awaiting trial will be determined by Proposition 25. The stakes, as explained by each side, are either ending an unjust system or relinquishing judicial authority to a pretrial assessment tool run on an algorithm. If passed, Prop. 25 would allow each of California’s 58 counties to choose its own algorithm to assess a person’s flight risk or likelihood of reoffending while awaiting trial. The algorithm makes a recommendation, but the decision falls to the judge. Yet those algorithms meant to solve for human bias have come under scrutiny in recent years, with some early boosters pulling back support. Those new dissenters worry the computer programs currently available will be overly broad in interpreting risk and unnecessarily keep throngs of defendants, many of them poor and minorities, behind bars. Cash bail as an industry dominated by commercial bail bondsmen only…

UPDATED: More than 7K in Humboldt Could be Without Power for Days in Looming Shutoff

UPDATE: PG&E has upped its estimate for how many in Humboldt could lose power in today’s Public Safety Power Shutoff due to high winds and low humidity levels creating a fire risk to 7,143 customers. For those being affected, power is expected to start going out between noon and 4 p.m. To look up a specific address, click here. According to the Office of Emergency Services, PG&E is scheduled to open Community Resource Centers at the following locations on Monday. Bridgeville School District 38717 Kneeland Road Bridgeville, Humboldt, 95526 Hours Open: 8:00AM – 10:00PM First Baptist Church 1055 Redway Dr Redway, Humboldt, 95560 Hours Open: 8:00AM – 10:00PM Karuk Tribe CRC 39051 Hwy 96 Orleans, Humboldt, 95556 Hours Open: 11:00AM – 10:00PM Yurok Weitchpec Office 23001 State Hwy 96 Weitchpec, Humboldt, 95546 Hours Open: 11:00AM – 10:00PM PREVIOUS: Nearly 5,000 PG&E customers in Humboldt County could lose power tomorrow in a Public Safety Power Shutoff that could stretch until noon Tuesday, the company has announced. The PSPS event, which is aimed at limiting wildfire risk,  and comes as Red Flag conditions are forecast throughout much…

Nearly 5K Humboldt PG&E Customers Could be Without Power for Days in Looming Shutoff

Nearly 5,000 PG&E customers in Humboldt County could lose power tomorrow in a Public Safety Power Shutoff that could stretch until noon Tuesday, the company has announced. The PSPS event, which is aimed at limiting wildfire risk,  and comes as Red Flag conditions are forecast throughout much of the state, including Humboldt County, beginning tomorrow morning. Statewide, the shutoffs could impact more than 450,000 customers spread across 38 counties and 25 tribal communities. Currently, forecasts indicate only customers in southern and eastern stretches of Humboldt County will be impacted but that’ subject to change, and a final decision about where power will be shutoff isn’t expected until later today. See the full press release from PG&E copied below the embedded video update from the company: Forecasted Highest Winds and Driest Conditions of the Season Mean PG&E May Need to Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety to Customers Across Northern and Central California Customers Who Might Be Affected by the Public Safety Power Shutoff are Continuing to Receive Notifications Today, One Day Ahead of the Potential Event SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s…

Fire Updates: August Complex’s Northwest Zone Nears Full Containment

Crews continue to report good news on the fire front, even as blazes continue to encircle Humboldt County. Here’s a quick update on the three fires that have been burning to Humboldt’s east, north and south, as well as the one that sparked yesterday near Carlotta. The Redwood Fire, 102 acres, 80 percent contained CalFire’s Humboldt-Del Norte Unit was able to get a quick handle on the fire that started yesterday near Redwood House and Kneeland roads, northwest of Bridgeville. No structures have been threatened by the fire, which crews are battling by building a perimeter and dropping fire retardant from above. Red Salmon Complex, 143,641 acres, 75 percent contained Burning 14 miles north of Willow Creek and abutting the Hoopa Valley Reservation, the Red Salmon Complex Fire remains active across Klamath, Six River sand Shasta-Trinity national forest lands. Fire crews reported that a cold front that moved into the area last night lowered temperatures and increased humidity levels, aicingfire fighting efforts. But a Red Flag warning is expected to go into effect tomorrow morning and stretch into Monday as the humidity lowers and winds…

Eureka Moves Forward with Land Acknowledgement, Police Advisory Board and Affordable Housing Development

The Eureka City Council moved forward this week with including a land acknowledgement at the the beginning of its meetings, unanimously approved the creation of citizens advisory board for the police department and chose Linc Housing, a company out of Long Beach, as the developer for 107 affordable housing units across three city-owned properties. At Councilmember Natalie Arroyo’s request, the council considered Tuesday whether to include a regular acknowledgement in council meetings that would fall between the councilmembers’ roll call and the pledge of allegiance specifically noting that the meeting is taking place on the ancestral lands of the Wiyot people, who have lived in Humboldt County since time immemorial. Councilmember Kim Bergel said she liked the idea but the acknowledgement needs to be more than just boilerplate language. “I think it’s important, I think it’s a sign of respect,” she said. “The thing about this though, I don’t want to do a land acknowledgement because it’s the thing to do … I don’t want to do gratuitous land acknowledgement. I believe it needs have some substance.” Bergel said she’d like to see the city…

Coroner Called to Eureka Crash Scene

A bicyclist was reportedly killed in a crash on Broadway at West Wabash in Eureka this morning, according to reports over the scanner. The bicyclist collided with a white van at about 10:45 a.m. The victim was partially under the vehicle when the first officer arrived on scene, according to the officer’s report over the scanner. The officer asked for an ambulance and said the bicyclist had major injuries and then called for a coroner. According to the scanner, this is a confirmed coroner’s case.…

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