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Perseid Meteors 2020: A comet’s tale

Normal.dotm 0 0 1 437 2492 Birmingham Weekly 20 4 3060 12.0 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false Currently speeding out from the sun after its last visit to the solar system’s inner reaches in 1992, Comet Swift-Tuttle leaves a trail of debris in its path. Comets are made of frozen gasses, dust and rock; as the sun’s energy warms and sublimates the frozen gasses, some of its solids are blown off into space, leaving the trail of particles. (See the time-lapse video below.) Every 133 years, Swift-Tuttle comes in from out beyond Pluto to swing by Earth’s neighborhood on its path around the sun, laying down another swath of dust and small particles before heading back out again. Earth passes through its stream of cometary dust every year in early to mid August. As we pass through the trail of dust and small chunks, we collect them in our atmosphere like bugs on a windshield. The particles, or meteoroids, enter the atmosphere at incredibly high speeds (over 100,000 miles per hour) and burn up quickly due to friction with…

Red Salmon Fire Now Over 15,000 Acres

The Red Salmon Complex is now at 15,129 acres with 35 percent containment, according to this morning’s update. The update also states that thunderstorm potential continues to wane and a gradual cooling trend will start today with humidity near normal levels. Smoke will flow down into canyons and valleys again this evening. Read the full update here: [pdf-1]…

Coasties Rescue Firefighter in Mendo

A Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay crew rescued a firefighter suffering heat stroke symptoms while working in rough terrain on the Box Fire in the Mendocino National Forest on Sunday night, according to a news release. The call for assistance came in around 10:50 p.m. “Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay launched an MH-65D Dolphin helicopter crew who flew to the area and located the injured firefighter within 100 yards of the fire line in a clearing that the fire crew on scene had cut in the forest to allow for an extraction,” the release states. “The helicopter crew approached the extraction zone and made a tree-top hoist from 150 feet.” Read the full Coast Guard release below:  MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. — The Coast Guard rescued an injured firefighter from a ridge near Snow Mountain Wilderness in the Mendocino National Forest Sunday evening. At 10:50 p.m. Sunday, Mendocino County Fire Dispatch personnel requested the Coast Guard’s assistance with the rescue of an injured firefighter who was experiencing heat stroke symptoms while working in rough terrain on the Box Fire. Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay launched an MH-65D…

Meth Found at Fieldbrook ‘Stash’ Property

An alleged “stash location” in Fieldbrook yielded nearly 4 pounds of methamphetamine today but the “primary suspect” of the multi-agency operation was not located, according to a news release. The Humboldt County Drug Task Force, assisted by the Eureka and Arcata police department, served the search warrant at a property on the 2300 block of Fieldbrook Road. “HCDTF K9-Bodhi conducted a search of the property and alerted to the presence of narcotics in a garage of a vacant house,” the release states. “Agents searched the area identified by K9-Bodhi and located 3.75 pounds of methamphetamine hidden behind cabinets. Agents located smaller amounts of methamphetamine in two other structures on the property.” Read the full HCDTF release below: On August 17th, 2020, special agents with the Humboldt County Drug Task Force (HCDTF), with assistance from the Eureka Police Department POP Team, and the Arcata Police Department, served a search warrant in the 2300 block of Fieldbrook Rd. in Fieldbrook. Agents had obtained a search warrant after identifying this property as a “stash location” for a local Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO). Agents detained several people in multiple…

Newly Arrived HSU Student Tests Positive for COVID

Within days of moving onto campus, one student has test positive for COVID-19, the Humboldt State University reports.  “The student is asymptomatic and has been moved to a room on campus that was set aside for isolation,” a news release states. “The university will be conducting frequent health and wellness checks with the student, as well as providing meal delivery and other necessities. Our campus community knows this is a challenging situation for this student and offers sincere best wishes for a quick recovery.” More than 200 HSU students moved into on-campus housing Saturday — with another 600 or so expected to be in place by this week — over the objections of the county’s public health officer. HSU stated in a release that all those living on campus will be expected to self-quarantine for two weeks due to COVID-19 concerns and that students would be tested for COVID-19 multiple times. This positive case was part of the first 100 tests. The HSU release states that the campus is “is working closely with Humboldt County Public Health, which will determine whether there are members of the…

UPDATE: No Rolling Power Outages Tonight

A record breaking heat wave across the western United States has California’s electrical grid gasping for power. The California Independent System Operator (ISO), which manages the state’s grid, issued another statewide Flex Alert, asking for consumers to reduce their power usage from 3 to 10 p.m. today through Wednesday. Temperatures have rocketed to new heights the last few days throughout the state. On Sunday, Death Valley had what will likely be confirmed as the highest temperature ever recorded on earth – 130 degrees. And consumers have been turning on their air conditioning in droves. The ISO points out that the hours between 3 and 10 are when temperatures are high and solar power (a major source of energy for California) is increasingly limited by the coming of darkness. PG&E is urging customers to conserve power and warns that rolling blackouts could result. “Outages are estimated to last one to two hours,” a press release from the company states. According to an email circulating in a Humboldt County government office, “We got a message from PG&E. … It sounds like we may have some power outages…

Hoopa: No New COVID Cases Today

The Hoopa Valley Tribal Office of Emergency Services COVID-19 Incident Management Team reported no new cases were confirmed today at the K’ima:w Medical Center. The report also states 24 cases are currently considered “active.” More information can be found at https://hoopaoes.org. …

Sheriff’s Office Investigating SoHum Death

The Humboldt County’s Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 38 year old who was found with multiple gunshot wounds after “an out-of-area attorney” called to report the victim, according to a news release. The deceased man has been identified as Wade Daniel Harris and an autopsy is scheduled for Aug. 18. The HCSO release states deputies responded to the property on Old Harris Road in Garberville around noon on Aug. 14, where Harris was found lying in the driveway. A man, who was not identified by HCSO, was found at the location and the “subject declined to provide a statement to law enforcement,” according to the release. “Deputies collected evidence on scene and the subject was released pending further investigation,” the release states. Anyone with information is asked to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539. Read the full HCSO release below:  On August 14, 2020, at about noon, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by an out-of-area attorney regarding a deceased possible gunshot victim at a property on Old…

Hoopa Reports One New COVID-19 Case Today

The Hoopa Valley Tribal Office of Emergency Services COVID-19 Incident Management Team announced one new case of COVID-19 reported today through the K’ima:w Medical Center. To date there are 42 total confirmed cases in Hoopa, of which 24 are active with 18 recoveries and zero deaths.  The results from the K’ima:w Medical Center are included in Humboldt County’s data. More information can be found at https://hoopaoes.org. …

Playhouse Arts/equity arcata Present “Art on the Fence”

A press release from equity arcata’s JustArts working group announced that the organization has partnered with Playhouse Arts and the City of Arcata to present “Art on the Fence,” a public art exhibition of BIPOC and White community artists in Arcata. The public can check out artists’ works, currently presented on plywood panels at the Arcata Ballpark fence, located at 888 F Street. For more on the exhibition, read the press release below: [pdf-1]…

Red Salmon Fire Update – Now Over 12,000 Acres

The Red Salmon Complex — which includes the Red and Salmon fires — stands at 12,101 acres with 35 percent containment, according to this morning’s update. In the Red Fire, protection efforts for historical and cultural sites around Salmon Summit and High Point Trail Head will continue, the update states. The Red Fire is at 19 percent containment. The Salmon Fire is at 79 percent containment. The update states the strategy is for this fire and the Red Fire to burn together along the northwest corner of the Salmon Fire. A Red Flag Warning will be in effect for the fire and surrounding areas due to expected abundant lighting. Read the full update below: [pdf-1]…

COVID Tip Line Busy

 Nearly six months into the COVID-19 pandemic the Humboldt County tip line, dubbed the “snitch” line by some, is proving to be a useful tool in coaxing compliance from residents and businesses regarding the ever-changing state and local health department orders. “We had a real spike in calls a few weeks ago when the state closed restaurants and bars a second time,” said Sheriff William Honsal in a phone interview last Friday. Since restaurants serving customers indoors had only been reopened for a short time, a few squeezed out an extra day or two of revenue past the extended grace period local officials allowed for coming into compliance with the new closure deadline. Others quickly threw up four-sided tents to move business “outdoors.” A creative response, but since four walls equals inside dining, they were quickly told one wall only. Calls to the tip line have been averaging about 200 a month, seven to eight a day. “When health officers create a new order, calls increase,” Honsal said. “Calls went way up when the state ordered facial coverings” in public places on June 18. Admittedly,…

HSU Students Move Into On-Campus Housing Amid COVID-19 Concerns

Around 225 Humboldt State University students moved into on-campus housing today — with a total of 800 or so expected to be in place by next week — over the objections of the county’s public health officer. Describing the event as low-key, HSU stated in a release that all those living on campus will be expected to self-quarantine for two weeks due to COVID-19 concerns. “And in a change announced Friday, the on-campus residents are also being tested for COVID-19 multiple times while they self-quarantine,” a release from HSU states. “That additional testing resulted from a campus appeal to the CSU system and the Governor’s Office, following concerns about capacity raised by Humboldt County Public Health. The state was able to provide additional resources to make the increased level of testing possible. As of Saturday, the county had provided 400 additional tests, with more to come.” A series of emails released in response to a Journal request under the California Public Records Act show that County Health Officer Teresa Frankovich had urged the university to wait until October to bring those students back, a delay…

UPDATE: Eureka Sets Record, Thunderstorms Inland as Hot Temps Continue

UPDATE: It’s not quite official until midnight, but all signs point to Eureka breaking the Aug. 15 record of 73 degrees set in 2013 by hitting 78 degrees today, the Eureka office of the National Weather Service states. PREVIOUS: Scattered thunderstorms are expected to hit areas of inland Humboldt County this afternoon and evening, bringing the potential for new wildfires, according to the Eureka office of the National Weather Service. Needless to say, the region’s hot streak is continuing for a second day, with a heat advisory in effect until 7 p.m. for inland areas, with maximum temperatures between 100 and 110 degrees. Some relief is expected from overnight temperatures in the upper 50s to mid 60s. “Some minor cooling may take place Sunday, but residents can expect prolonged above average temperatures for several days,” the advisory states. On the coast, Eureka fell 1 degree short of the Aug. 14 record at 73, although the record for Aug. 15 — 73 degrees — is expected to be broken today, the service noted. Meanwhile, the Red Salmon Complex stands at 10,895 acres with 35 percent containment,…

Thunderstorms Inland as Hot Temps Continue

Scattered thunderstorms are expected to hit areas of inland Humboldt County this afternoon and evening, bringing the potential for new wildfires, according to the Eureka office of the National Weather Service. Needless to say, the region’s hot streak is continuing for a second day, with a heat advisory in effect until 7 p.m. for inland areas, with maximum temperatures between 100 and 110 degrees. Some relief is expected from overnight temperatures in the upper 50s to mid 60s. “Some minor cooling may take place Sunday, but residents can expect prolonged above average temperatures for several days,” the advisory states. Athough Eureka fell 1 degree short of the Aug. 14 record at 73, although the record for Aug. 15 — 73 degrees — is expected to be broken today, the service noted. Meanwhile, the Red Salmon Complex stands at 10,895 acres with 35 percent containment, according to this morning’s update. …

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