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Gas Station Attendant Arrested for Fatally Shooting Robbery Suspect

Last night in Blue Lake at around 9:45 p.m., an attendant allegedly shot a man who was attempting to rob the Patriot Gas Station, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The alleged robber — who has yet to be identified — died from a gunshot wound at the scene. The gas station attendant — Mark Anthony Nelson Jr. — was later arrested on suspicion of murder. The incident began at around 9:40 p.m., police said, when a man allegedly brandishing a firearm approached Nelson and a patron outside of the gas station. As Nelson and the customer fled, according to the press release, the alleged robber entered the store and stole cash and other items. “Investigators believe that as the man exited the business, the employee, later identified as 39-year-old Mark Anthony Nelson Jr., approached the subject and shot him,” police said. “A stolen firearm believed to be associated with the homicide was recovered at the scene.” Nelson was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County jail on suspicion of murder, possessing stolen property and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, according to the…

Art for Your Face: Snarky Mouth Coverings by Humboldt Artists for Sale

If your neighbor’s children aren’t already scared of you and you’d like to look more like Shane MacGowan of the Pogues, or just generally deck up your current boring COVID-compliant face mask, two local artists have you covered. Aimee Hennessy, local artist and co-owner of Richards’ Goat Tavern and Tearoom in Arcata, is flogging her handmade masks on Redbubble, a platform for independent artists to sell their work. Hennessey’s mask designs draw from vintage illustrations ranging from the bucolic (Yosemite) to the Satanic (goat and cat chimera). The shop also features a satiric image of our fine state with an arrow pointing to the rest of the United States along with the phrase, “I’m With Stupid.” Not to be outdone, Jesse Wiedel, best known for his grim surrealist depictions of Northern California squalor and people living on the margins of that squalor, is also selling a “Meth Mouth Mask,” with crooked yellow teeth poking out of a gummy pink mouth. Reached via email, Wiedel said he heard from a friend about a site  — Art of Where — that would post artwork on masks and decided…

Public Health Confirms Six New COVID-19 Cases on Eve of Holiday Weekend

Humboldt County Public Health has confirmed six new COVID-19 cases, continuing a recent spike and making 30 new cases locally over the past two weeks. The county’s Joint Information Center announced the tally this morning heading into the holiday weekend after telling media yesterday they would not be announcing test results. The six new cases bring the county’s tally to 144. The new cases put Humboldt County perilously close to crossing one of the indicators the governor’s office has set that counties may need to pull back and reinstitute stronger shelter-in-place restrictions. That threshold is that counties should not record more than 25 new cases per 100,000 residents over a 14-day period, which equates to 34 cases for Humboldt’s population. But that’s only one indicator, as officials will also look at other factors, including the number of unique clusters of infection, available intensive care unit beds, whether healthcare workers have been infected and availability of personal protective equipment for hospital staff. Nonetheless, it’s definitely an indicator the virus is circulating in Humboldt County, and a far cry from the local stretch of just three new…

More Than 10K Pounds of ‘Dangerous Fireworks’ Seized in Eureka

CalFire reported this morning that in a joint operation with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office it seized more than 10,000 pounds of “dangerous fireworks” from a residence on Alpha Street in Eureka. Zackery Edward Brown, 34, of Eureka, was arrested at the scene and booked into the Humboldt County jail on suspicion of possessing dangerous fireworks, selling or delivering fireworks without a permit. According to a press release, the fireworks will be transferred to the California State Fire Marshal to be safely destroyed. CalFire also reminds residents that only fireworks bearing the “Safe and Sane” logo are legal to possess in California. See CalFire’s full press release here.…

Homicide Reported in Blue Lake

Someone was shot and killed tonight during a reported armed robbery at a gas station in the 200 block of Blue Lake Boulevard at about 9:45, according to scanner traffic. A dispatcher sent law enforcement and medical personnel to the scene after a report of an armed robbery that left one person with a gunshot wound, and later reported CPR in progress at 9:55 p.m. Shortly after 10 p.m., one of the first responders told the dispatcher, “One confirmed 1144,” the code for deceased, and then clarified that the person who died was believed to be a victim and not a suspect in the robbery. The suspect is described as a white male adult who fled the scene, possibly in a white pickup, according to the scanner traffic. Blue Lake Boulevard is currently closed, according to a resident of the area.…

On the roof next-door

From the roof comes boyish laughter! How cool to be there in the blue with an elevated view, a solid job and good pay after. I see them resting on the peak. Thickish middles show their age. Their shapes against the page of sky show strength in their physiques. With balance there is levity. They don’t mind being high or notice when I spy how they’re defying gravity. Their work is full of manly action: while pulling staples, scraping shingles, singing with the radio jingles, gives me a stealthy satisfaction.…

Coronaviruses and Bioweapons

Despite researchers showing that SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing the current pandemic, was not created in a lab in Wuhan, China, polls show that nearly half of all Americans prefer the rumors to science. Predictably, much depends on one’s political persuasion: Twice as many Republicans believe this is either definitely or probably true. So, once again (having addressed this in a previous column, “Blame Evolution,” March 26), it’s possible to state with near-certainty that at least two features of the virus rule out an artificial origin: The overall molecular structure or “backbone” of the virus differs substantially from known coronaviruses, instead resembling those found in bats and pangolins. A bioengineer creating a new pathogenic coronavirus would surely have started out with the backbone of a virus already known to be harmful to humans rather than reinventing the wheel, as it were. The spike protein is so effective at binding to human ACE-2 cells that researchers concluded that it could only have evolved naturally, not created by genetic engineering. According to Scripps Research immunologist Kristian Andersen, “By comparing the available genome sequence data for known coronavirus strains,…

Sequoia Park Zoo Reopens with Online Reservations

The red pandas will not be the only ones in masks at the Sequoia Park Zoo starting July 7. Visitors will need to make reservations online, which is meant to limit crowds, and wear masks on the premises. (Do not make a fuss over this — even the howler monkeys find it overdramatic.) One-way paths will be marked and guests are asked to observe 6-foot social distance from other households. Just like Super Salmon is doing. Read the full press release below. July 2, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Gretchen Ziegler Phone: 707-441-4227 E-mail: gziegler@ci.eureka.ca.gov SEQUOIA PARK ZOO REOPENS JULY 7, Online Reservations Required EUREKA, CA – The Sequoia Park Zoo is excited to welcome you back! Beginning July 7th, the Zoo will officially reopen to the general public, with a Zoo Members-only preview weekend on July 3rd-July 5th. Zoo Staff have been hard at work to create a safe environment for your next Zoo experience. In order to limit capacity and allow for social distancing, online reservations are now required via sequoiaparkzoo.net. Additional safety measures you will notice on your next Zoo visit include…

There is Help

Editor: I’d like to thank the NCJ for helping to keep our community informed during COVID-19. PSAs, virtual town halls and local organizations have been helpful educating us about wearing masks, proper hand hygiene and social distancing, as well as food and financial assistance resources. Unfortunately, I have not heard about resources available in our community for those struggling with stress, sleeplessness, anxiety and other mood issues related to and or independent of COVID-19. Local therapists are offering sessions through online platforms and or telephone sessions. People needing support can locate local therapists through several sources, including: www.ncamhp.org/directory.asp, www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists, and Humboldt Family Services Center at 443-7358 and www.humboldtfamily.org. Open Door also has therapists on staff to help established Open Door patients. People can also ask their primary medical providers, some of whom have lists of local therapists. People with private insurance and/or Partnership can call their insurance companies for a list of contracted therapists. Fionna M. Davis, Eureka…

‘Our Sovereign Right’

With water woes continuing to hamper hotel project, Trinidad Rancheria accuses critics of prejudice, systemic racism Already escalated tensions spiked sharply south of Trinidad on June 24, when the Trinidad Rancheria accused the city, area residents and Fifth District Supervisor Steve Madrone of racism in their opposition or perceived lack of support for proposed Rancheria developments. The Rancheria is pushing forward with controversial plans to build a five-story, 100-bed hotel adjacent to Cher-Ae Heights Casino, just south of Trinidad and frustrations have mounted over the city’s unwillingness or inability (depending on whom you ask) to enter into a contract to provide water for the development. Earlier this month, the Rancheria approached the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District about the possibility of piping its water to tribal lands, though Rancheria officials maintained the request wasn’t for the hotel but for other economic development projects, including a proposed RV park, mini-mart, gas station, cultural center and housing. But the agenda item drew a slew of pushback from area residents, who submitted dozens of letters opposing the idea, arguing it was inefficient and could lead to sprawling development…

Rough Waters

Rafting businesses navigate social distancing The water level on the Trinity River is just right and the hot summer weather is ideal. But a month after local white-water rafting businesses received approval to reopen from county and U.S. Forest Service officials, company owners say that reservation numbers are still modest. School and church groups have all canceled and the absence of international travelers has also been challenging, the owners say. But California families are picking up some of the slack. “After being under quarantine was so hard, people are saying, ‘We want to get outside and see the world,'” said Six Rivers Rafting owner Shandy Otto. “It’s such a great way for families to bond.” On Sunday, one such family of five from Southern California (who asked to remain nameless) embarked on a trip down the Pidgeon Point run with Trinity River Rafting. The family is traveling around the state in a rented RV, the mother said, which was difficult to come by. Setting out on the river, though, the whole family was smiling. Upon reopening for Memorial Day weekend, area rafting companies all instituted…

‘Her Name Was Ida’

Editor: After reading your May 28 issue, I would like to thank you for your article: “Her Name Was Ida” and “A Glimpse Inside Alder Bay.” My stepmother moved into Alder Bay in July of 2017 and was placed at the dining table with Ida. As time passed we soon discovered her to be a remarkable and kind soul. Ida took it upon herself to make our family feel right at home. She always would ask about what was new in your life and then maybe inquire if you had seen the latest golf match or ball game of the day. We would also like to thank the entire Alder Bay staff for their dedication and service to both Ida and our family during the COVID-19 crisis. We will always miss Ida Newell and we always remember the sacrifices and devotion shown by the staff of Alder Bay. Harry Kavich, Eureka Editor: The families and friends of Ida Newell thank the North Coast Journal, Thadeus Greenson, Mark McKenna and Jennifer Fumiko Cahill for the great job they did on the story “Her Name Was Ida”…

NCJ Preview: Servers Under Pressure, Risking Bars and Barbecues, and Voting by Mail

This week’s conversation with Access Humboldt starts with the flak Humboldt restaurant staff are taking from patrons who don’t want to wear masks. On top of the stresses of increased protocols during the pandemic and exposure to scores of local and visiting customers, it’s a lot. And while opening bars is a concern, Humboldt’s public health officer warns casual socializing between households — our friends and families — is a major threat to safety. We’ve also got a breakdown of voting by mail in November. Hit subscribe for weekly updates.  …

Community Caravan for Rent and Mortgage Forgiveness Wheeled Through Eureka Yesterday, LoCo Reports

Centro del Pueblo, Cooperation Humboldt, North Coast People’s Alliance, the Humboldt and Del Norte Central Labor Council, Buenlucha, the Party for Socialism and Liberation and other community organizations hosted a caravan in downtown Eureka calling for rent and mortgage relief yesterday evening. The caravan, first covered by the Journal here, was documented by the Lost Coast Outpost. You can find that coverage using this link. …

BOLO for Suspect in Armed Robbery of Trinidad Business

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is requesting help locating a suspect connected with the armed robbery of a Trinidad business last night. The unknown male suspect allegedly pointed a handgun at two employees before taking cash and physically assaulting the employees. He is suspected to have later fled southbound on U.S. Highway 101 in a newer model white Chevy truck. From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office: On July 1, 2020, at about 10 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a business on the 300 block of Main Street in Trinidad for the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred. Upon further investigation, deputies learned that an unknown male suspect entered the business, pointed a handgun at two employees and demanded cash from the store registers. The suspect then physically assaulted the employees, prior to taking a large amount of cash and fleeing the business. The suspect was last seen running westbound from the business. A newer model white Chevy truck, possibly associated with the suspect, was later seen fleeing the area southbound on Highway 101 at a high rate of speed.…

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