NCJ Preview: Policing the Police, Return of the Crabs and Rice Dumplings

This week we’re talking about the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and Sgt. Jason Daniels, who remains on the payroll despite documented misconduct, and why it’s so hard to make “separation from employment” stick. We’re also celebrating the return of Humboldt Crabs baseball and learning to make zongzi rice dumplings at home. Hit subscribe for weekly updates on Humboldt County stories.  …

Take in the Trinidad Art and Otter Walk this Sunday

You otter have art. And Trinidad does! Discover it at the Trinidad Art and Otter Walk on Sunday, June 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Trinidad. Check out five of those adorable otter art statues from the North Coast Otters Public Arts Initiative at spots throughout town. Start at Trinidad Art Gallery to view Donvieve’s otter and see featured work by Donvieve and Annie Reid (and pick up a map for finding all the local otters). At Simmons Gallery/Trinidad Coastal Land Trust, view artist Maureen McGarry’s otter sculpture and watercolors. Masks and social distancing will be in place at indoor exhibits.…

Public Health Confirms Seven New COVID-19 Cases, One New Hospitalization

Humboldt County Public Health reported seven new COVID-19 cases today, making 66 this week, and one new hospitalization. The cases were confirmed after laboratories processed 238 samples with a test-positivity rate of 2.9 percent. According to a state database, five people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 locally, including three under intensive care. Tuesday, the county Joint Information Center noted that of those who have fallen critically ill or died in Humboldt County, none was vaccinated. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 192 people have been hospitalized and 46 local residents have died,” a press release stated. “None of them were vaccinated.” Public Health also reported Wednesday that 48.6 percent of Humboldt County residents age 12 and older have now been fully vaccinated, and that 58.3 percent of eligible residents have received at least one dose. In a press conference Wednesday, Health Officer Ian Hoffman noted that two COVID-19 variants — B.1.1.7 and P1 — are now the predominant strains of the virus locally. Public Health is continuing to urge residents to get vaccinated, with clinics scheduled this week at College of the…

Interior Secretary Pens Letter Supporting Klamath Dam Removal

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland released a letter today to the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee in support of Klamath dam removal. “Dam removal will restore salmonid fisheries, reestablish fish passage, improve water quality and bring new recreation and economic opportunities to the Basin,” Haaland, the nation’s first Native Interior Secretary, wrote. “Moreover, removal will advance the Biden-Harris administrations’ commitments to combat the climate crisis, increasing resilience to the impacts of climate change; protect public health; conserve our lands, waters, and biodiversity; deliver environmental justice; and fulfill the Federal Government’s trust and treaty responsibilities.” In response to Haaland’s letter, Karuk Chairman Russell ‘Buster’ Attebery issued the following statement: “The Karuk Tribe deeply appreciates Secretary Haaland’s support for Klamath dam removal. With the restoration of the river comes the restoration of our health, our livelihood, our culture, and our systems of socio-ecological resilience. We are grateful have an Interior Secretary that understands how important these issues are for tribes in the Klamath Basin.” The four hydroelectric dams clogging the Klamath River are slated to be removed in 2023 under an agreement forged between the states of California and…

True North COVID-19 Vaccine Fair Sunday

True North Organizing Network and Humboldt County Public Health are hosting a family COVID-19 vaccine fair this Sunday, June 13, at College of the Redwoods that will feature free tacos, music, face painting, a gas card raffle for those getting vaccinated and Spanish speaking volunteers available to help Hispanic community members. The goal of the event is to make the environment more comfortable and inviting for bilingual families coming to get their vaccinations, said Julia Lerma, director of organizing at True North. True North has been working to organize vaccine fairs centered on reaching the county’s Hispanic and Latinx population, and they’ve been successful. Lerma said that they were able to help 300 people sign up for their COVID vaccinations in the span of seven weeks. It’s progress that she’s proud of and one she’s hoping to continue as the organizing network anticipates planning more vaccine fairs like this one. “True North Organizing really has been a lead in engaging directly with folks that they’ve been organizing with the Latinx community, so they’ve done really great grassroot movement work, so they’re doing a lot of…

Get Outside and Explore with Trinidad Coastal Land Trust

Smell the fresh sea air and interact with some of our coastal creatures this weekend with two fun outings offered by Trinidad Coastal Land Trust. First, there’s a Geology of Trinidad Walk on Saturday, June 12 from 9 to 11 a.m with Danny O’Shea. He’ll take you on an in-depth journey back into the geologic history of the rocky shoreline. Solid. Reserve your spot and find out more at www.trinidadcoastallandtrust.org. And, get your iPhones ready for the Snapshot Trinidad Coast Bioblitz on Sunday, June 13 (free). Meet Trinidad Coastal Land Trust Ambassadors at Baker Beach between 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. for free coastal species guides, stickers and an iNaturalist demonstration — then head down to any Trinidad Beach to gather observations for the Snapshot Trinidad Coast Bioblitz. Find out more on the BioBlitz here. …

Four New COVID-19 Cases, Two New Hospitalizations

Humboldt County Public Health reported four new COVID-19 cases today and two new hospitalizations. The cases were confirmed after laboratories processed 167 samples with a test-positivity rate of 2.4 percent. According to a state database, five people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 locally, including two under intensive care. The county also reported that the state has updated its guidance on masking in the workplace in advance of the dropping of most state COVID-19 restrictions on June 15. “The state of California announced that it plans to align its masking guidance with that of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on June 15,” the press release states. “The guidance allows for fully vaccinated people to go unmasked in most public settings, with the exception of health care settings, indoor youth settings, homeless and emergency shelters, public transit and correctional facilities. “The CDC guidance still requires unvaccinated individuals to mask in indoor public settings and businesses as well as in outdoor settings when around people who are unvaccinated and not part of their household,” the release continues. “Unvaccinated people of the same household who gather…

Free Will Astrology

Week of June 10, 2021 ARIES (March 21-April 19): Aries actor Leonard Nimoy became mega-famous by playing the role of Spock, an alien from the planet Vulcan in the Star Trek franchise. He always enjoyed the role, but in 1975 he wrote an autobiography called I Am Not Spock. In it, he clarified how different he was from the character he performed. In 1995, Nimoy published a follow-up autobiography, I Am Spock, in which he described the ways in which he was similar to the fictional alien. In the spirit of Nimoy’s expansive self-definition, Aries, and in accordance with current astrological potentials, I invite you to make it clear to people exactly who you and who you aren’t. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The poet Rumi declared, “A lover has four streams inside, of water, wine, honey, and milk.” With that in mind, Taurus, I will recommend that you seek a boost in the honey department. Your passions and feelings have been flowing along fairy well, but lately they’ve lacked some sweetness. As a result, you’re not receiving as much of the sweetness you need from…

‘Policing our Own’

The story of reinstated sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Daniels and why holding problematic officers accountable is harder than it seems By the time Jason Daniels was criminally charged in 2014 with committing rape and sexual battery while on patrol as a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputy, he’d already been “separated from his employment,” as the county put it. And as the case wound its way through court, local headlines all had a familiar refrain: “Ex-sergeant’s Sexual Assault Case Gets February Prelim Date,” “Ex-deputy Gets Day in Court,” “Alleged Sexual Assault Victim Testifies Against Former HumCo Sheriff’s Sergeant Jason Daniels” and, finally, “Former HCSO Sgt. Jason Daniels Found Not Guilty.” But five years after the last of those headlines, Jason Daniels has his job back — technically anyway, though he is no longer working as a law enforcement officer — despite the county having spent more than $240,000 on outside attorneys in personnel actions involving the case. While Daniels is not currently working or receiving a regular paycheck, he holds one of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office’s 17 sergeant positions on paper, apparently after an independent arbitrator…

Break in the Wind Puts Boats Back on the Water

The wind and seas finally relented Tuesday, allowing the Eureka-based fleet of boats to get back on the water. A few of the boats went south, reacquainting themselves with Cape Mendocino. The rockfish bite was good, according to the few boats who made the run. The majority had halibut on their minds and headed north to 250 feet of water. Reports coming from the charter boats were good, with limits or close to for most. That’s good news as the bite had really slowed prior to the last blow. The ocean looks plenty fishable for the next few days, although the dreaded south wind will rear its ugly head beginning Thursday and stick around through the weekend. Weekend marine forecast After a few nice days, the winds will shift to the south starting Thursday. Friday’s forecast is calling for 5 to 15 knot winds out of the south and waves southwest 6 feet at nine seconds. Saturday looks a little better, with south winds 5 to 10 knots and waves west 6 feet at 11 seconds. Sunday looks similar, with south winds up to 5…

In Favor of a Police Review Board

Editor: We have now seen the true colors of at least two Eureka Police Department officers (‘Mission, Values, Vision,’ June 3). It is obvious that Sgt. Rodrigo Reyna-Sanchez and officer Mark Meftah need to be immediately terminated. These are people officially charged with protecting and serving the most vulnerable, unempowered and defenseless segments of society. We now know, thanks to the anonymous leaker of their secret toxic texts, that they have zero willingness to respect the humanity of the homeless and other unfortunates. Are there other officers there in the EPD whose texts were not revealed, and who harbor similar depraved attitudes? Are there other EPD officers who were aware of the vile attitudes of Reyna-Sanchez and Meftah, and potentially others, and who said nothing, did nothing and reported nothing to their superiors? Were their superiors aware of this and did nothing? According to the NCJ’s article there are, indeed, indications of this. It is not unreasonable to assume there may be others lurking in the department. It would be nice if the city of Eureka’s hiring of a investigatory firm were to answer these…

Clarification

A Views column in the June 3, 2021, edition of the North Coast Journal headlined “GET Vaccinated!” included a potentially misleading sentence. The three COVID-19 vaccines currently being administered in the United States have received emergency use authorizations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Journal regrets any confusion.

Start-up No More

A merger brings promises of expansion for Humboldt’s revolutionary, patient-centered palliative care company Resolution Care, Humboldt County’s groundbreaking palliative care company, has been sold to Vynca, an advanced care planning technology company, in a merger that Resolution Care founder Michael Fratkin hopes will ultimately allow for a national expansion of the patient-centered care the company has prided itself on providing. Founded in 2014, Resolution Care’s palliative care teams rely heavily on telemedicine to help people live out their lives comfortably and on their own terms in the face of serious — often fatal — illness. With patients and quality of life as its focus, Resolution Care provides a litany of services, viewing healthcare not as a simple matrix of treatments and medications, but of desired outcomes with the goal of giving people the highest quality of life. As such, the company does everything from helping its patients fight housing insecurity to getting to the grocery store to navigating healthcare services and making end-of-life plans. Vynca, meanwhile, was founded in 2013 to create technology and analytics to help patients and providers document and share end-of-life planning…

Humboldt Crabs Back With a Bang, Winning First Series

Baseball and beer are back at the Arcata Ballpark as the Humboldt Crabs are up to their usual winning ways to get the season started, taking two out of three games against the visiting Lincoln Potters to win their first series. For the first time since 2019, fans were welcomed back into the ballpark at limited capacity to watch the Crabs play baseball after taking a season off due to COVID-19. With Friday and Saturday’s games sold out before gates opened, the Crabs’ faithful were clearly ready to get back to what they do best; heckle the visitors, enjoy some libations, and watch some classic summer baseball. The Crabs dropped their first game of the season 5-9 to the Potters after giving up runs late in the eighth and ninth innings in what was otherwise a close offensive game. Cade Van Allen got the first start for the Crabs and held the Potters scoreless until the fourth inning after the team took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. The Humboldt bats fell silent for much of the middle innings and despite tying the game…

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