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Smattering Signs of the Local Times


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?”


General Plan (GPU) Review at Board of Supes Today

From SoHum Parlance II and Bob Froehlich on the GPU Guiding Principles Final Hearing: 

“The Supervisors will finish reviewing the Guiding Principles this coming Monday, Oct. 7, starting at 1:30 pm.

I believe the large number of people who showed up at the last session and stood up for the environment contributed greatly to some compromises that the Supes. made – leading to a better outcome than I originally predicted.

However, they only got through G.P. # 5, so there is some very important work left to be done.

If this time we get a good turnout of folks speaking out for environmental health and  protection, it can make it difficult for the Supes to backpedal and not continue to compromise.

No doubt the development crowd will be there to push for no, or very minimal, restrictions and environmental safeguards.

Please come if you are at all able to and speak briefly about the importance of environmental protection for us and our future generations.

The public input begins at 1:30 pm and there’s nothing wrong with saying your piece and leaving shortly afterward.”


Shark Attack at North Jetty

From the Times-Standard:

A man surfing near the North Jetty was bitten by a shark Sunday morning.

The surfer — whose name was not released Sunday — is expected to recover after getting bit on the thigh at Bunkers, a popular surf spot near Humboldt Bay…

Details are scantily clad at this time.  You can read the full article at the Times-Standard and more at the Lost Coast Outpost.



Orick Mill Site Sold to Save the Redwoods

Members of the Save the Redwoods League are hoping to restore the former Orick Mill site, which they recently purchased from Green Diamond Resource Co. for $2 million.

”That property has been on the league’s radar for quite some time now,” Save the Redwoods League Land Project Manager Christine Aralia said. “It’s in a very strategic location.  The area is like ground zero for some of the tallest trees in the world…”

You can read more in the full article by Catherine Wong at the Times-Standard:  “Orick Mill Site sold to Save the Redwoods:  Green Diamond sells 125 acres for $2M


Drought and Pot Wreck Havoc on Klamath and Trinity Rivers

Two Rivers Tribune’s Kristan Korns had a very insightful piece about the perfect storm that’s been brewing for awhile:  low water flows, drought, and the residual fallout of marijuana and agricultural cultivation are all coming to a head impacting and devastating the Klamath and Trinity river watersheds.

She writes:

Severe drought, desperate farmers, and migrating fish struggling to survive in the shallow, over-heated and fertilizer-laden waters of the Klamath and Trinity Rivers:  almost all of the pieces are in place for a repeat of the 2002 fish kill.

Regina Chichizola, communications coordinator for the Hoopa Valley Tribe, said, “If we don’t get Trinity water this year, there’s a chance we’ll have another fish kill.”

The fish kill left tens of thousands of dead and rotting fish lining the banks of the Klamath and Trinity Rivers in September 2002, after political pressure forced the diversion of water to desperate farmers in the Upper Klamath Basin…

Krista has a lot more to say– and a surprising finish to her piece of “Drought and Expanding Marijuana Grows Paving Way for Repeat Fish Kill”


Trimmers and Their Toys

The Lost Coast Outpost has a spirited and lively article by Emily Hobelmann regarding some of the unusual ins and outs of the marijuana industry:  Choice of scissors, trim machines, and gender inequality in addition to some equally sprightly comments by readers make for a good voyeuristic read.

Emily starts her piece out by saying:

Last Monday I found myself on the KHUM airwaves with Mike Dronkers.  He put me on the spot, like he do, when he asked me what the most popular trimming scissors are these days.  He pressed me for information — scissors with a spring or no spring?

I didn’t know.  I didn’t have a nicely trimmed nugget of an answer to deliver on the airwaves.  Mike D. exposed me as the ignorant outsider that I am — he exposed my fraudulent association with the marihuana world.

After that radio appearance I felt compelled to right my ignorance, so I sought information about popular trim scene gadgetry from the pros at the most easy-to-find and accessible trim scene in Humboldt County — Trim Scene Solutions in Redway…

We enjoyed Emily’s insightful cannabis read and suspect you’ll like her inside peek-a-boo piece, too:  LoCO on the Pot: Trimmers and Their Toys

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“And the sign said, ‘Everybody welcome.  Come in, kneel down and pray’
But when they passed around the plate at the end of it all, I didn’t have a penny to pay
So I got me a pen and a paper and I made up my own little sign:
I said, ‘Thank you, Lord, for thinkin’ ’bout me.  I’m alive and doin’ fine’

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?”



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Marijuana Growers Lay Waste to Eastern Humboldt


A Dead Fisher, Loads of Poison, a Ton of Fertilizer, and Thousands of Plants Destroying Environment


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel



A dead fisher, enough poison to kill thousands of animals, and 16,000 marijuana plants were discovered in the wake of three recent marijuana growing operations found in Eastern Humboldt, the HCSO said yesterday.

Here’s a summary of the four day effort and what the Sheriff’s officers found:

On July 29 the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, United States Forest Service (USFS) Agents , Hoopa Valley Tribal Police ( HVTP) Officers and the Cannabis Eradication and Reclamation Team (CERT) conducted an investigation and eradication of a large marijuana cultivation site below the Brushy Mountain Lookout on Friday Ridge near Willow Creek.

Three civilian scientific researchers with a background in wildlife, toxicology and ecology were with the officers when they entered the marijuana site.  The officers eradicated 7,521 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from 4 feet to 6 feet tall.  All the marijuana was being cultivated on United States Forest Service Land.

While conducting the investigation the researchers and deputies found the following:

•  1,230 lbs. dry fertilizer (that’s over half a ton)
•  28 lbs. liquid concentrated fertilizer
14 lbs. 2nd generation anticoagulant rodenticide bait (enough to kill
2,246 woodrats or gray squirrels, 12 fishers, or at least 4 spotted owls)
•  32 oz. Carbaryl insecticide
•  32 oz. Carbofuran (a banned chemical in United States due to its toxicity to people
and wildlife– a 1/4 to 1/8 teaspoon of the stuff is enough to kill a 300-400 black bear.

Deputies also located fresh hot dogs strung from a tree on treble fish hooks as bait, along with two dead deer carcasses and a Hermit thrush bird.  Officers also witnessed environmental damage to the watershed.

Two days later on July 31, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies, USFS Agents, HVTP Officers and CERT Officers conducted a marijuana investigation and eradication at another cultivation site located in the Supply Creek Watershed of the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation.

The three researchers again accompanied the officers.

Agents found the recently deceased Fisher in the garden site pictured here and above, as well as 8,473 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from 3’ to 6’ tall.  The officers and researchers again found environmental damage to the area.

Fishers are currently under review by the State and Federal Government to be listed as an endangered species.  The researchers took custody of the deceased Fisher and intend to conduct a necropsy on it to determine the exact cause of death.  There was no obvious sign as to what killed it.

The day after the dead fisher discovery, the same team listed above with the researchers went to a third marijuana cultivation site located at Le-Terron Flat, Orleans , which is USFS property. There, the officers located and eradicated an additional 376 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from 3’ to 4’ tall.

Lt. Steve Knight of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office said the grow sites had been tended to recently but there are no suspects in custody.  He also added officers saw environmental damage at all the sites including clear cutting of trees, damming of creeks, and multiple truckloads of plastic piping in the ground.  Enough fertilizer was found to cover 25 football fields.

“Some of the banned chemicals are highly poisonous,” Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey told the Times-Standard news.  “People who aren’t residents of the county don’t really care.  They come in, take what they’ve grown and their profits and leave.”

A total of 1,942 lbs of dry fertilizer, 58 lbs of liquid concentrate fertilizer, 17 pounds of second generation anticoagulant rodenticide bait were removed altogether from the three sites.  The rodenticide by itself had the potential to kill 2,753 wood rats, 14 fishers and 5 spotted owls the researchers said.  Many of these toxicants were near creeks.

“What they’re finding is pretty astounding,” Sheriff Mike Downey said.  “Growers are using vastly more than what would be needed.  It’s enough to kill armies of rodents.”

The investigation into those responsible for the marijuana grows is continuing.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

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The Times-Standard news has more here.

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Crime, Caped Criminals, and Fast Cars


All Roads Lead to Trouble



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel



Caped Criminal Crusader Thwarted in Gas Station Robbery

On July 28 at 4:45 am, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an attempted robbery of the Freeway 76 Gas Station at 1021 Murray Road in McKinleyville.

When deputies arrived at the gas station they met with the clerk who told the deputies he was in the refrigerator area when he heard the alarm bell which notifies him someone enters the store.

The clerk saw a male dressed in a grey wig wearing a mask, sun glasses and a tan cape with big boots come to the counter.  The suspect put a bag on the counter and was tapping the counter with a metallic object that was covered.  The clerk believed the suspect was indicating he wanted the bag filled up with money.

The clerk asked the male suspect of he was serious or joking.  The male did not speak, however he kept indicating he wanted the bag filled with money.  The clerk refused to fill the bag and the suspect walked away towards Murray Road. 

Deputies checked the area and found the disguise hidden in the bushes of near the Hammond Trail by Murray Road, McKinleyville.

They also located a male hiding in the bushes nearby.  The male told the deputies he saw their spotlight and got scared, so he hid in the bushes. He identified himself as Roy Lynn Scoggins, 22-years old from Myers Flat.

Scoggins denied attempting to rob the store.  Deputies located brass knuckles in Scoggins possession.  The clerk could not identify Scoggins as the suspect. 

Mr. Scoggins was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for possession of an illegal weapon.  His bail was set at $50,000.


Knife-Wielding Hostage Crisis Successfully Ends

Today at approximately 12:50 pm, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a request from Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Department for a deputy to respond and assist with a welfare check of a possible suicidal female.  The female supposedly was armed with a knife. 

When a Tribal Police Officer and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at the residence located on Grasshopper Lane in Hoopa they learned the 31-year old female had gone into the bedroom with a four inch folding knife and her 19-month old female child.

The female told the deputies that if they entered the room she would kill the child and then herself.  She also indicated to the officers she wanted them to kill her.

A Deputy trained in crisis negotiations was one of the initial responders and spoke with the woman who held the four inch knife in her hand and the child in the other.  The woman constantly adjusted the knife and child while threatening to kill the child.

The deputy spoke with the woman for over an hour while a Sheriff’s Sergeant Crisis Response Supervisor and two Mental Health Crisis Team members responded to the scene from Eureka.  The woman finally agreed to release the child to an adult cousin who was summoned to the scene.

After releasing the child at 2:30 pm, the woman who was still in possession of the knife, held the knife to her own throat, and threatened to kill herself in front of the deputies and Tribal Police Officers.

After additional negotiations by the same deputy with the woman he convinced her to put down the knife, which she did.  She was then taken into custody.  She was being transported to Mental Health for an evaluation and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of felony child endangerment and terrorist threats.  No one was injured.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


Stolen Getaway Car Gets Away

On July 27 at 11:15 pm, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a woman screaming near a vehicle in the 38000 block of Highway 36 in Bridgeville.  When deputies arrived in the area they saw a 1999 White Toyota Pickup Truck, California License #8L52122 parked in the area where the woman was reported screaming.

A deputy pulled up behind the truck which was parked along Highway 36. 

As soon as the patrol car pulled up the white Toyota sped away, spinning its tires while doing so.  The deputies initiated a pursuit of the truck which traveled eastbound on Highway 36 at approximately 60 mph crossing into opposing lanes and cutting corners.

While pursing the truck, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch ran a vehicle license check and determined the truck was reported stolen from Miranda three days earlier to the Garberville California Highway Patrol Office.

The truck drove onto Buck Mountain Road with the deputies pursuing but they terminated the pursuit for public safety reasons.  The total pursuit lasted approximately eleven minutes and traveled approximately seven miles, the HCSO said.


Traffic Fatality on US 101 Today

Today, July 29th at approximately 11:30 am, an adult male was driving his grey 2005 Ford Explorer southbound on US 101, just south of the SR 299 interchange, in the right lane at approximately 65 miles per hour.

For reasons still under investigation, the Ford gradually drove off the west roadway edge and collided into a highway sign.  The vehicle continued in a southerly direction down an embankment and drove into a grove of trees where it eventually came to rest. 

The driver sustained fatal injuries when he was impaled by a tree branch that penetrated the vehicle’s windshield during the course of the collision. 

The driver had his seatbelt on at the time of the collision and DUI as a factor is currently being investigated. 

US 101 Southbound near the collision scene was reduced to one lane of traffic for several hours while the traffic collision was being investigated and the vehicle was being recovered.   The California Highway Patrol (CHP) Humboldt Area is investigating this traffic collision. 

The CHP would like to thank the Arcata Police Department, Arcata Fire Department, Alder Camp Calfire, Caltrans, Arcata-Mad River Ambulance, and the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office for their quick response to this traffic collision and their assistance in processing the collision scene. 


Traffic Fatality On US 101 Saturday, Too

On July 27, 2013, at 5:26 pm, Delbert McClatchey of Rio Dell, CA, was driving his 1996 Ford Escort southbound on US 101, in the slow lane at approximately 60 mph. 

As McClatchey approached the Kenmar Road on-ramp to southbound US 101, he safely moved to the fast lane to make room for traffic merging onto the freeway from Kenmar Road.   A 45-year old man was driving his 1995 Chevy Camaro southbound on US 101, in the fast lane at a high rate of speed. 

The driver of the Chevy rapidly approached McClatchey and changed lanes to the slow lane in an attempt to pass McClatchey on the right.  Due to the Chevy’s high rate of speed combined with making an unsafe lane change, the driver of the Chevy lost control of his vehicle, which sideswiped McClatchey’s vehicle. 

Both vehicles overturned and came to rest blocking the lanes of southbound US 101.   The driver of the Chevy was ejected from his vehicle and sustained major injuries.  He was transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  McClatchey sustained minor injuries and was also transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital.  

Emergency personnel from the Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department, City Ambulance, Fortuna Police Department, Forest Service, and California Highway Patrol responded to the scene.  Caltrans responded to the scene and provided traffic control as US-101 southbound was closed for approximately two hours.  All US-101 southbound traffic was diverted off US-101 at Kenmar Road. 

Alcohol and/or drug impairment as a factor in this collision is still under investigation.

The driver of the Chevy Camaro who sustained fatal injuries as a result of this collision is 45-year old Stephen D. Hall of Hydesville.

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Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

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Felons and Their Felonies


Villains and Their Villainy


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


McKinleyville Homicide Update:

On Saturday June 22, 2013 an autopsy was performed on
the victim of the suspected
McKinleyville homicide case.

At the conclusion of the autopsy the cause of death was determined to be as a result of multiple stab wounds to the neck, chest and abdomen of the victim.

The identity of the victim has been determined to be Forrest Croft Lovejoy (DOB: 07-02-1979), resident of McKinleyville, California.

The suspect, Michael Raymond Youravish, remains in custody at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and had an arraignment on Friday June 21 for the charge of homicide.


Loleta ATV Jack ’n Run

cannibal island roadOn Saturday, June 22, before 5:00 in the afternoon, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a robbery that just occurred on Cannibal Island Road, near Hawks Hill Road, in Loleta.

When deputies arrived on scene they met with the 65-year old male victim.  He told the deputies he parked a four wheeler ATV on Cannibal Island Road and was about ten feet away from it, working in a field doing something or another.

A silver 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Idaho plates and two males inside drove up beside him.  The male passenger exited the vehicle and asked him for a cigarette.  The victim told the male he did not smoke and went back to working in the field.

The male passenger reached into the Jeep and removed a tire iron.  The passenger then began swinging the tire iron at the victim while charging the victim and making verbal threats.

The victim backed away and the male passenger got onto the victim’s four wheeler and drove off with it, driving westbound on Cannibal Island Road with the Jeep heading the same direction following it.

The victim was able to provide a good description of the suspects to the deputies.

While checking the area for the suspects, a citizen contacted the deputies and told them they found a four wheeler in the bushes near Crab Park.

Deputies checked the area and located suspect Kevin Todd Latham, 26, from Woodland, California. Latham was identified by the victim as the passenger who brandished the tire iron at the victim. 

sigh2Deputies continued checking the area for the Jeep Cherokee, but were unable to locate it.  At approximately 7:00 pm. a deputy driving by Herrick Avenue and US 101 sighted the Jeep Cherokee parked at Herrick Avenue in Eureka.

The deputy saw the driver, who matched the suspect description leaving the vehicle on foot.  When the deputy was able to get off the highway to access the Jeep, the driver was gone.  The deputy continued to check the area.

At approximately 7:20 pm the same deputy located the second suspect walking in the Broadway McDonald’s parking lot.  The second suspect was identified as Joshua Ellis Moon, 24, from Hoopa.  The victim identified Moon as the driver of the Jeep.

The knuckleheaded duo of Moon and Latham were arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of robbery, brandishing a weapon, vehicle theft, and cornucopia amounts of scoundrelous stupidity.

Bail for the nobbyheaded dipsticked goobers was set at $50,000.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539, the HCSO added.


Arcata Gas Station Knock Off

bad thingsOn Saturday evening, June 22 at about 8:15 pm, officers from the Arcata Police Department were dispatched to the Texaco Gas Station, 421 J Street, on the report of an armed robbery.

Upon their arrival, officers learned that the lone suspect had fled, according the the APD release.  Officers from the HSU Police Department also responded to assist and the area was searched.  Try as they did, the scurrilous suspect of the robbery was not located.

Through their investigation, officers learned that a male suspect entered the store, threatened the clerk with a knife, and stole an undisclosed amount of money from the register.  The clerk was uninjured.

The scoundrel is described as a White Male in his mid 30′s, Medium build and wearing dark clothing and a beanie.  During the robbery, the suspect wore a bandanna over his face.  The suspect fled the area on foot in an unknown direction.  His identity is not known, APD said.

Due to the vague-to-none description of the culprit everyone remains a suspect, even you.

Anyone with information leading to the identity of the suspect is urged to call the Arcata Police Department at 822-2428.


Transients Believed to Cause Structure Fire Last Night in Eureka

tree fireOn June 21 before 11 pm, three fire engines, one ladder truck, and two Chief officers from Humboldt Bay Fire were dispatched to a reported structure fire at 400 Broadway in a vacant building formerly known as the East Bay Hydraulics, according to the Humboldt Bay Fire press release.

Prior to arrival, dispatchers began receiving a bevy of calls from multiple concerned reporting parties saying that flames and smoke were visible at the back of the vacant structure and they had better get a move on.

Humboldt Bay Fire units arrived to find smoke and fire from the rear of the building.  A ‘fire attack’ was initiated and the fire was extinguished. During the overhaul phase, a firefighter was injured, transported and evaluated at a local hospital.  He was later released.

The fire was confined to the structure with no damage to an adjacent building or billboard sign. Losses are estimated at approximately $50,000.  During the incident, the Arcata Fire Protection District provided coverage to the City of Eureka and outlying areas.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.  It is believed that the fire started due to transient activities inside the structure, Humboldt Bay Fire said.

Benjamin Franklin once remarked: “A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.”

Well, Ben, if that’s the case, will cooking up some Mexican brown tar and setting a building on fire suffice?


Valley West Bike Sting Results in Arrest

bikeThe City of Arcata– and specifically the Valley West area– have been seeing a significant number of bicycle thefts going on lately.  In an attempt to combat the ongoing problem, the Arcata Police Department conducted a ‘bicycle sting’ operation in Valley West on June 22 looking for the two-wheeled pedalous purloining perps.

An innocent-looking enough bicycle was left unsecured in an identified high crime location.  Officers then layed low, conducting a surreptitious surveillance on the bicycle over donuts and coffee.  Oops, this is Arcata.  Croissants, then.

During the course of the operation, Justin Lawson, 41, of Arcata was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Jail for 487 PC - grand theft, after he took possession of the bicycle and attempted to flee the scene.

Crime is indeed getting worse in Arcata.  The other day, the statue of William McKinley on the Arcata Plaza had both hands up.  The Arcata Police Department, however, said they will make crime pay.  They urged everyone to become a lawyer.

APD said they’ll continue to conduct this type of operation in the future to deter the theft of personal property.  Mike’s signs haven’t been working.

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Oohl We-son’: The Indian Way


Reclaiming the Yurok Language and Culture



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


We were pleased today to see the Gensaw, Lara, Santsche, Swain, and Bailey kids working to preserve
their Yurok language and culture in this Access Humboldt video,
produced with fellow students at the Klamath River Early College
of the Redwoods.

ms. burdickKids, you may not know this, but we knew many of your families, relatives, Aunties and Uncles through the years living in Humboldt.  Consider it an old-school kind of thing.  Elders and community are like that.

We also know it wasn’t easy nor was it always this way.  These efforts took a long time to come about.  A very hard long time.

We Welcome You,” below, is from the Yurok Tribe’s website.  It explains more of the history and culture of the Yurok people.


klamathAt one time our people lived in over fifty villages throughout our ancestral territory.  The laws, health and spirituality of our people were untouched by non-Indians.

Culturally, our people are known as great fishermen, eelers, basket weavers, canoe makers, storytellers, singers, dancers, healers and strong medicine people.

Before we were given the name “Yurok” (the name means “downriver people” in the neighboring Karuk
language) we referred to ourselves and others in our
area using our Indian language. When we refer to
ourselves we say Oohl, meaning Indian people.

yurok houseOur traditional family homes and sweathouses are made from fallen keehl (redwood trees) which are then cut into redwood boards.  Before contact, it was common for every village to have several family homes and sweathouses.  Today, only a small number of villages with traditional family homes and sweathouses remain intact.  Our traditional stories teach us that the redwood trees are sacred living beings.  Although we use them in our homes and canoes, we also respect redwood trees because they stand as guardians over our sacred places.

The yoch (canoe) makers are recognized for their yurok canoeintuitive craftsmanship.  The primary function of the canoes was to get people up and down the river and for ocean travel.  The canoe is also very important to the White Deerskin Dance, a ceremony recently rejuvenated. The canoes are used to transport dancers and ceremonial people.

The traditional money used by Yurok people is terk-term (dentalia shell), which is a shell harvested from the ocean.  The dentalia used on necklaces are most often used in traditional ceremonies, such as the u pyue-wes (White Deerskin Dance), 
woo-neek-we-ley-goo (Jump Dance) and mey-lee
(Brush Dance).  It was standard years ago to use dentalia
to settle debts, pay dowry, and purchase large or small items
needed by individuals or families.


Contact and Change

minersThe Yurok did not experience non-Indian exploration until much later than other tribal groups in California and the United States.  By 1849 settlers were quickly moving into Northern California because of the discovery of gold at Gold Bluffs and Orleans.  The Yurok and settlers traded goods and the Yurok assisted with transporting items via dugout canoe.  However, this relationship quickly changed as more settlers moved into the area and demonstrated hostility toward Indian people.

The gold mining expeditions resulted in the destruction of villages, loss of life and a culture severely fragmented.  By the end of the gold rush era at least 75% of the Yurok people died due to massacres and disease, while other
tribes in California saw a 95% loss of life.

The Federal Government established the Yurok Reservation in 1855 and immediately Yurok people were confined to the area.  The Reservation was considerably smaller than the Yurok original ancestral territory.  This presented a hardship for Yurok families who traditionally lived in villages along the Klamath River and northern Pacific coastline.


Reservations, Relocation and Education

basketsWhen Fort Terwer was established many Yurok families were relocated and forced to learn farming and the English language.  Several Yurok people were relocated to the newly established Reservation in Smith River that same year.  Once the Hoopa Valley Reservation was established many Yurok people were sent to live there, as were the Mad River, Eel River and Tolowa Indians. 

In the years following the opening of the Hoopa Valley Reservation, several squatters on the Yurok Reservation continued to farm and fish in the Klamath River.  The government’s response was to evict squatters and use military force.   At the time, logging practices were
unregulated and resulted in the contamination of the Klamath
River, depletion of the salmon population, and destruction of
Yurok village sites and sacred areas.

Western education was imposed on Yurok children beginning in the late 1850s at Fort Terwer.  Yurok children, sent to live at the Hoopa Valley Reservation, continued to be taught by missionaries.

The goal of the missionary style of teaching was to eliminate the continued use of cultural and religious teachings that Indian children’s families taught.  Children were abused by missionaries for using the Yurok language and observing cultural and ceremonial traditions. 

The Sherman Institute, Indian School Riverside, CAIn the late 1800s children were removed from the Reservation to Chemawa in Oregon and Sherman Institute in Riverside, California.  Today, many elders look back on this period in time as a horrifying experience because they lost their connection to their families, and their culture. Many were not able to learn the Yurok language and did not participate in ceremonies for fear of violence being brought against them by non-Indians.

Some elders went to great lengths to escape from the schools, traveling hundreds of miles to return home to their families.  They lived with the constant fear of being caught and returned to the school.  Families often hid their children when they saw government officials.  Over time the use of boarding schools declined and day schools were established on the Yurok Reservation. 

chemawaElders recall getting up early in the morning, traveling by canoe to the nearest day school and returning home late at night.  The fact that they were at day schools did not eliminate the constant pressure to forget their language and culture.

Families disguised the practice of teaching traditional ways, while others succumbed to the western philosophy of education and left their traditional ways behind.

Eventually, Indian children were granted permission to enroll in public schools.  Although they were granted access many faced harsh prejudice and stereotypes.  These hardships plagued Indian students for generations and are major factors in the decline of the Yurok language and traditional ways.


Cultural Revitalization

yurock womanThe younger generations of Yurok who survived these eras became strong advocates (as elders) for cultural revitalization.

Similar to other tribal groups in California, Yurok people overcame the destruction of their villages, and assimilation attempts by non-Indians. Many Yurok people went to extreme measures to hold on to their traditional ways. When government policy forbade the use of traditional languages and outlawed the practice of traditional ceremonies, Yurok people continued.  Some dances stopped while others were revitalized. Most importantly, the knowledge and beliefs continued and eventually reappeared and have remained constant.

The late 1970s and 80s were a time when the revitalization effort
soared in the local area.  The Jump Dance returned to Pek-won in 1984, a War Dance demonstration was held in the late 1980s, and communities came together to support the revitalization of Brush Dances along the river and the coast.  In the year 2000, the White Deerskin Dance was held again at the village of Weych-pues.

Yurock childFor several generations there were times of darkness – no cultural traditions being passed on and the language slowly fading away.  With so few Yurok families able to hold onto traditional ways, it appeared as though the attempts to eliminate the cultural traditions would be successful.

With the help of many elders (who have since passed on), a glimpse of light began to emerge.  Young people who were eager to learn Yurok traditions did so and for the past twenty years Yurok traditional ceremonies have continued.


Language Revitalization

yurok languageThe use of the Yurok language dramatically decreased when non-Indians settled in the Yurok territory.  By the early 1900s the Yurok language was near extinction.  It took less than 40 years for the language to reach that level.  It took another 70 years for the Yurok language to recover.

When the language revitalization effort began, the use of old records helped new language learners.  However, it was through hearing fluent
speakers that many young learners fluency level

When the Yurok Tribe began to operate as a formal tribal government, a language program was created

yurok language youthIn 1996 the Yurok Tribe received assistance from the Administration for Native Americans (ANA).  With the development of a Long Range Restoration Plan a survey was completed and the results showed that there were only 20 fluent speakers and 12 semi-fluent speakers of the Yurok language.

After a decade of language restoration activities, the Tribe most recently documented that there are now only 11 fluent Yurok speakers, but now have 37 advanced speakers, 60 intermediate speakers and approximately 311 basic speakers.

The Yurok Tribe continues to look to new approaches like the use of digital technology,  Internet sites, short stories, and supplemental curriculum.  The Tribe continues to increase the number of language classes taught on and off the Reservation, at local schools for young learners and at community classes.



yurok emblemToday, the Yurok Tribe is currently the largest Tribe in California, with more than 5,000 enrolled members.

The Tribe provides numerous services to the local community and membership with its more than 200 employees.  The Tribe’s major initiatives include: the Hoopa-Yurok Settlement Act, dam removal, natural resources protection, sustainable economic development enterprises and land acquisition.” 

(And, we might add, a unique project to reintroduce the critically endangered California condor.)


yurok salmonWe invite all people sharing this planet with us to join in: our deep appreciation and respect for the natural world, acceptance of our role as responsible stewards keeping balance in the world, and realization of the power that every individual has within them to make positive change for all people, wildlife, and the world as a whole.”

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The Yurok people have worked tenaciously to reclaim their culture, language, young people, and rightful place in the sun.


baskets2Our appreciation goes out to Josh, Jeremiah, Lena-Belle, Sammy, James, Ke-yoh, Eric, Misty, Page, Mari, Jasmine, and Madison for carrying the lit torch and family fishing net further, and to the Elders for teaching them on their way.

“We Welcome You: History and Culture” has been abridged.  The full article can be found here

(Images by the Humboldt Sentinel)



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Mutliple Drug Arrests Made by Hoopa Valley Tribal Police


Hoopa Valley Tribe Focusing on Drug Eradication Efforts


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


The Hoopa Valley Tribe has been conducting a series of high profile busts on tribal lands to curb drug activity in the
past few weeks.

Hoopa tribe sealOn January 27, 2013, after receiving information of drug activity from community members, the Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Department with the assistance of the:

  • US Forest Service
  • Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office
  • and the Humboldt County Drug Task Force

–said they conducted two probation searches and executed a search warrant at two residences on Grasshopper Lane in Hoopa.

Officers located 34.7 grams of heroin and 18.8 grams of methamphetamine
packaged for sales.

hoopa bustOfficers also located and seized two loaded firearms, one of which had a high-capacity magazine, and approximately $3,500 in cash.

Those arrested during the operation were:

  • Karen Hostler, 54, for H&S 11378 possession of a controlled substance for sales;  H&S 11366.5 maintaining a residence for the sales of controlled substances; and PC 273 a (a) child endangerment likely to produce great bodily harm,
  • David Hostler, 28, for H&S 11351 Possession for sales;  H&S 11370.1 possession of a controlled substance while armed with a firearm,
  • Shoshoni Gensaw, 30, for resisting or obstructing a police officer.

Also wanted in connection with this case is 30-year-old Amanda Hostler.

The Hoopa Valley Tribal Police asked that anyone with information on Ms. Hostler’s  whereabouts should contact the Hoopa Police Department or the HCSO.


hoopa tribal police bldgThese arrests comes on the heels of the two-day narcotics enforcement operation conducted by Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Department two weeks ago, resulting in 10 arrests.

Tribal police at that time, with the assistance of the U.S. Forest Service, seized:

  • 38.5 grams of methamphetamine
  • Four grams of cocaine
  • 4.4 grams of heroin
  • 13.6 grams of hashish
  • About a pound of marijuana
  • And two loaded handguns.

Arrested in relation to the narcotics operation were:

  • Richard Carpenter, 51-years-old
  • Michael Atkins, 56Hoopa Police badge
  • Bishop Little Feather Rivas, 25
  • Dawn Colegrove, 24
  • Terry Ballard, 25
  • Charlotte Frank, 46
  • Timothy Perry Jr., 26
  • Don Colegrove, 27
  • Angela Risling, 26
  • Jessie Mosier, 31

The Hoopa Tribal Police ask that anyone with information regarding the
sale of controlled substances to call the department at 530-625-4202.

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If you haven’t noticed, the Tribe has become serious about drug activity on the Rez as of late.

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Monday’s HCSO Reports


Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel


Two reports from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office today:


Fast Feet

On Sunday, at about 10 p.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s
deputy attempted to stop a 2000 gray Chevrolet Suburban for
a traffic violation on State Route 96 in Hoopa.

The Suburban initially pulled to the side of the road and yielded to the deputy, however it suddenly sped away south on Highway 96. The deputy initiated a pursuit of the Suburban.

The Suburban turned onto Deerhorn Road in Hoopa with the deputy following it.  The Suburban came across a slide covering the roadway and attempted to negotiate around the slide.  While doing so it drove too close to the side of the road and slid off the hillside approximately 75 feet down.  The cab of the vehicle was crushed during the wreck.

sheriff badgeThe deputy climbed down the hillside to check on the occupant’s status and witnessed the solo occupant climb out of the vehicle and disappear into the trees.

Hoopa Valley Tribal Police responded to the residence of the registered owner and located the owner of the vehicle who admitted to being the driver.

Sadie Jade McCovey, 27, was arrested for felony evasion of a police officer and transported to the Humboldt County jail where she was booked.  Her bail was set at $50,000.

McCovey was not injured in the crash.

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One Skinny Horse and Some Plump Bud

On Jan. 8, a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office livestock deputy responded to a residence on the 2500 block of Bolier Avenue in McKinleyville in regards to a welfare check of a reported skinny horse.

When the deputy arrived at the residence he met with the horse owner and viewed the horse.  The deputy determined the horse was not being neglected and was under a veterinarian’s care.

While speaking with the horse owner, the deputy smelled the strong odor of growing marijuana emanating from the residence.  The deputy left the area and obtained a Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant for the residence.

On Friday, at approximately 3:00 p.m., the deputy returned to the residence with additional deputies and served the search warrant.  They located 195 growing marijuana plants in the residence ranging from 12” to 14” in height.  They also located packaging material, approximately 1.5 lbs. of marijuana bud and approximately $1,400 in cash.

horsieNo arrests were made at the scene, however the case is being submitted to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office along with an arrest warrant requests charges of cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana.





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Mishaps and Crime March Onward


Reviewing the Reports


Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel


The word on the streets from our different agencies:


(Arcata—APD)  Vehicle Collision and Death

On Wednesday, December 12th at approximately 7:30 a.m., officers from the Arcata Police Department were dispatched to a reported single vehicle collision in the 5900 block of Ericson Way in Arcata.

Upon the officers arrival they discovered a white Volvo wagon had collided with a segment of a temporary bridge that was being stored in a fenced equipment yard.

The vehicle had been traveling northbound on Ericson Way when the driver left the roadway for unknown reasons.  The vehicle traveled off the east side of Ericson Way, through the fence, and collided with the large steel bridge segment, killing the 34-year-old driver and sole occupant.

Personnel from the Arcata Fire Protection District responded and extracted the victim from the badly damaged vehicle.  Because of the remote area of the crash, authorities believe the crash may have occurred several hours before it was discovered and reported.

Police are unsure if drugs or alcohol are a factor in the crash.

UPDATE 12/13:  The Coroner’s Office has identified Kenneth Moilanen, 34, of Arcata, as the sole victim.

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(Fortuna—FPD)  Salvation Army Kettle Thief

On December 12, at about 5:00 p.m., the Fortuna Police Department received a report of a theft that had just occurred in the area of Safeway at 701 South Fortuna Blvd.

Reporting parties reported that a male subject had approached the Salvation Army Bell Ringer and stole the donation kettle being used to collect holiday donations.

The bell ringer pursued the subject on foot and recovered the kettle.  The subject, however, fled on foot to the rear of the Safeway store.

With the assistance of several witnesses, officers were able to locate the suspect, identified as Kevin Clausen (age 23, of Fortuna) in the area of Barry Avenue.  Officers were able to identify Clausen as the suspect and he was placed under arrest.

Clausen is currently on probation and was arrested by Fortuna PD on November 19, 2012 for burglary to several vehicles.  Clausen was out on court ordered own recognizance release for the prior burglary charges.

Mr. Clausen was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for Robbery and Probation Violation.

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(McKinleyville- HCSO) Armed Robbery

On December 11, at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an armed robbery which just occurred at the US Cellular Store located at 1985 Central Avenue in McKinleyville.  When deputies arrived on the scene they met with the store manager and a sales representative.

The sales representative told the deputies she was working the front when the suspect entered the store and pointed a silver colored handgun at her and demanded money.

During the robbery the suspect heard a noise in the back room. The suspect made the sales representative move to the back room at gun point where the noise came from and he discovered the store manager on the telephone.

The store manager was unaware of the robbery in progress and had his wallet in his hand while placing a phone order.  Seeing the suspect with the gun, the store manager immediately dropped his wallet and put his hands in the air.  The suspect stole his wallet and then demanded money from the cash register.

After stealing the money and wallet, the suspect ordered both victims at gunpoint into the rear store bathroom and attempted to lock them inside it.  The suspect then fled the store.

The victims waited a short time, exited the restroom, and called 911 to report the crime.  No one was injured during the robbery, the HCSO said.

The suspect is described as:

  • Male
  • Approximately 5’6” tall
  • Approximately 190 lbs
  • Stocky build and dark skin
  • Wearing sunglasses, a light gray or white hooded sweatshirt which he used to cover most of his face
  • Possibly Hispanic or Native American
  • Armed with a silver colored handgun

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251– or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

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(Humboldt County Jail, Eureka—HCSO) Death in the Jail

On December 12 at approximately 6:40 a.m., a Humboldt County Correctional Officer was notified by an inmate that another inmate, identified as Jonathan Michael Sorrell, 35 years from Hoopa, was having a medical issue.

The Correctional Officer immediately went to Sorrell’s aid and called for jail medical, extra correctional staff and an ambulance to respond.

Initially Sorrell was breathing; however, while the Correctional Staff was with Sorrell, he stopped breathing.  They began C.P.R. until they were relieved by jail medical staff.

After an ambulance arrived at the facility, a physician determined that Sorrell was deceased.

The Humboldt County Corner was summed to the scene.  There was no sign of foul play.  An autopsy will be scheduled by the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office to determine the cause of death.

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(Eureka—District Attorney)  Additional Charges Sought for Jason Warren

District Attorney Paul Gallegos says he will likely bring charges against 28-year-old Jason Warren for the Bayside fatal hit-and-run of joggers, and the Hoopa homicide of Dorothy Ulrich, together.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office turned in the Hoopa homicide report last month.  The CHP turned in their hit-and-run report Tuesday, seeking murder charges for the death of Suzanne Seamann who was killed in the Bayside crash.

Gallegos says the reports will be reviewed together and then he will decide if any additional investigation is needed.  If he believes there’s sufficient evidence, charges will be brought against Warren for both cases at once.

Gallegos added that if they do being charges against Warren this month there will not likely be any court appearances until January as there are holiday concerns from both families involved in the cases.

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District Attorney and Judge Dropped the Ball in Warren Case


Mother of Victim Details Deadly Mistakes to State Attorney General


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Dorothy Ulrich was brutally murdered in her home in Hoopa by alleged suspect Jason Warren, a parolee awaiting sentencing on another matter.

After killing Ms. Ulrich, Warren stole her vehicle and drove to Eureka where it’s believed he ran down three joggers killing one of them, Suzanne Seemann, a professor at California State University Humboldt.

Last week, the Two Rivers Tribune published a letter written by the mother of victim Dorothy Ulrich to Kamala Harris, the Attorney General of California.  In the letter, Ulrich’s mother details the mistakes that were made granting the release of Warren allowing him to embark on his murderous spree.


In her letter, Dorothy’s mother asks:

  • Why was Jason Warren released on a Cruz waiver when the Court and District Attorney very well knew of his previous violent charges and history?
  • Why did the Deputy District Attorney, Zach Curtis, utter ‘No Objection’ to Warren’s release?
  • Why was Warren released when he had no address and was reportedly ‘homeless’ at the time?
  • Did the Judge and DA really expect Warren, free for two weeks after being granted his temporary waiver release, to return to Court and be sent to prison
    for his 4-year sentence?  Why wasn’t he simply remanded to
    custody until his prison transfer?
  • Why wasn’t his parole agent notified of his release?  Why was Warren released without any supervision whatsoever?

And the most important point of allDorothy Ulrich, one of Warren’s previous victims, was never notified of Warren’s release.

Dorothy Ulrich had no idea Warren was released from custody.  And Warren consequently killed her.  Had she been notified as a victim– as required under the Victim’s Bill of Rights and Marcy’s Law– she would have been aware of the extreme danger she was in.  Ulrich would have been able to protect herself, flee, or otherwise remove herself from the life-threatening danger that the Court and District Attorney erringly imposed upon her.

Dorothy Ulrich died because of their failure to notify her as a victim.

Adding further insult to injury, Dorothy’s mother concluded in her letter:

(Deputy District Attorney) Zack Curtis wasn’t the final decision maker.  Judge Timothy Cissna was the judge that issued the order.

It seems now that everyone involved in Warren’s case have closed ranks and refuse to offer any further explanation to me, the other victims and their families, or the citizens of Humboldt County.

We feel an explanation is clearly in order.  Bluntly put, Judge Cissna and Deputy District Attorney Zach Curtis dropped the ball allowing Warren’s release.  Dorothy Ulrich’s mother even asked if either party– the Court or the District Attorney’s Office–  had even bothered or taken the time to read Warren’s court file containing information addressing the above concerns.

The letter in the Two Rivers Tribune is a very knowledgeable, detailed, and well-written piece.

We’d like to bring the matter to your attention before it’s shamelessly swept under the rug and down the memory hole as if it never had happened.  It is a travesty– and the community should be duly outraged.

We encourage you to read the full letter here and make up your own mind as to whether there was a critical and deadly breakdown of justice allowing Dorothy Ulrich and Suzanne Seeman to be murdered in cold blood by a felon with a violent past who never should have been released in the first place.

We hope Attorney General Kamala Harris orders a complete review of this case to ensure it never, ever, happens again– and that our public safety servants perform their jobs that they’re appointed to do.

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HCSO Requests Homicide Charge for Jason Warren


Warren Responsible for Death of Dorothy Ulrich, HCSO Reports


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office release issued moments ago:

September 27, 2012: 

A California Highway Patrol Officer conducting a follow up investigation discovered a deceased female in a residence on Little Moon Lane, Hoopa.  The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and Hoopa Tribal Police responded to and took custody of the scene.

Sheriff’s detectives were notified and also responded to the residence.

A search warrant was issued by the Humboldt County Superior Court and detectives entered the residence for an investigation.

Today, November 20, 2012: 

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has concluded a majority of the Death Investigation of Dorothy Evelyn Ulrich, 47-years-old of Hoopa.

Investigators determined that Ulrich was the victim of a homicide, and suspect Jason Anthony Warren, 28-years-old and a transient, is responsible for her death.

Based upon their investigation, Sheriff’s Detectives believe Ulrich was killed during the early morning hours of September 27, 2012.

A silver Kia Spectra was stolen from Hoopa shortly after Ulrich’s death.  Subsequently, the Silver Kia Spectra was recovered by the Eureka Police Department in the City of Eureka on September 27th, 2012.

The Sheriff’s Office has submitted its case to the Humboldt County District Attorneys Office today, along with a Declaration in Support of an Arrest Warrant, requesting charges of homicide and auto theft be filed against Warren.

Jason Warren is currently in custody at San Quentin State Prison on
an unrelated charge.

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Mr. Warren, you remember, is also believed to be responsible for the death and serious injuries of the three Bayside joggers on September 27.

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Too Little, Too Late in Homicide Case

Jason Warren Never Should Have Been Released


Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel


Rose nailed it in her column today.

Drawing from this morning’s Times-Standard, she wrote:

Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Timothy Cissna released Warren from custody in late August on a Cruz waiver, part of a plea agreement that had him facing six years in prison with the stipulation that an assault change would be dropped if he showed up for his Sept. 7 (court date).

A Cruz waiver is part of a plea deal, usually requested by a defendant in custody or a defense attorney, that releases the defendant prior to sentencing.  A prosecutor can oppose the waiver, but the decision to release a defendant is ultimately up to a judge.

Jason Anthony Warren, 28, was arrested on a warrant related to his failure to appear for sentencing hours after the Sept. 27 hit-and-run that killed Humboldt State University geography instructor Suzanne Seemann — the mother of two young children and wife of Humboldt County official Hank Seemann.  She died at the scene.  Her running partners, Eureka residents Jessica Hunt, 41, and Terri Vroman-Little, 50, were severely injured.

jail card2An investigation into the hit-and-run led to the discovery of 47-year-old Dorothy Ulrich’s body in her Hoopa home.

It was the right decision for that time,” Gallegos told the Times-Standard last month.  “With the benefit of hindsight, I wish to God we had opposed it, and I wish the judge hadn’t released him.”


Well, uh, yeah.  Except that it wasn’t the right decision at the time.  In fact, it was clearly the wrong one.

Mr. Gallegos’ office didn’t oppose Mr. Warren’s release one bit.  Not so much as a single word or whisper.  Judge Cissna waited for the prosecuting attorney’s response– and hearing none– made his ill-fated ruling.

If the District Attorney’s Office had objected to Warren’s Cruz waiver release as they should have done, three citizens of our community would still be alive today.

It was an epic fail that lacked a whole boatload of common sense at the lowest level.

Jason Warren, a parolee, never should have been released.  Period.  And everyone knew that.  Even Dorothy Ulrich’s mother said those very same words after learning her daughter had been brutally killed.

Mr. Warren wasn’t a mystery.  Having a long antisocial and violent history stretching back to his juvenile days and into adulthood, he was well known to the Courts, the District Attorney’s Office, Defense Counsel, Law Enforcement, the Jail, Probation and Parole Officers, and the rest of the players on the block.

His behavior and crimes were well documented over a lengthy period of time.  Everyone knew exactly who he was and what he was capable of.  Bordering on sociopathy with no feelings of remorse, guilt, responsibility, or having a wit of conscience towards his crimes or victims, and with a serious substance abuse problem to boot, Warren was one dangerous cat.

Granted his unnopposed Cruz waiver and released– without so much as supervision or monitoring–  Warren was more or less allowed to run amok.  He likely murdered three people as a result of his newly found and unexpected freedom.  Not that he cared.

Not only did the Superior Court and the District Attorney’s Office act irresponsibly in his case and the interests of public safety, their complacent and indecisive error turned out to have deadly consequences.

Warren’s predictable wrath– coupled with a lack of judicial oversight and prevailing common sense– resulted in the deaths of three individuals.  Those deaths could have been prevented.

Simply put, our public servants just weren’t paying attention to what they were doing.  They dropped the ball.  Too little, too late is aptly correct.

It never, ever should have happened.  It was a terrible and tragic mistake.  The public should be made aware of it, and they should be duly concerned and outraged so it doesn’t happen again.


You can read more here:

Rose’s Watchpaul piece, ”Too Little, Too Late.

Scott Grant Go-Forth’s Times-Standard article, “ District Attorney’s Office Opposing Cruz Waivers Following Hit-and-Run Homicide” is here.

And Allie Hostler’s excellent Two Rivers Tribune story– with the background of Jason Warren– can be found here.

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Bless the Beasts and the Children– and Rex


Rex’s Savior Reprimanded for Doing the Right Thing


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


We received a curious piece of mail last week.

It was concerning the story we did on Rex, the black lab puppy shot by the Hoopa Valley Tribal Police. 

The anonymous do-gooder mystery writer said:

I read on Heather Hobson’s blog that the superintendent is reprimanding all the women who were mentioned in your article for helping this dog.

The principal of Hoopa Elementary won’t stand up for their teachers because they are only interested in protecting their retirement since they have 24 years vested.

Seems like they are trying to save face with the tribal police and sweep this incident under the rug and get rid of the whistle blowers who could implicate those guilty of this crime.

She posted it on her blog. In fact, she posted a LOT MORE that you probably know or published.

Might be worth a closer look???

I along with a number of friends sent everything that we have found on your website and Ms Hobson’s to the BIA Law Enforcement Division.

Maybe they can help sort this out too.

Well, this letter was a bit of a whodunnit situation following our story.

While we take anonymous letters with a grain of salt, this intrigued us.  We’re flattered someone would think of sending our post to the BIA, although we’re not sure why or what that would accomplish.  Well, like, whatever.

Perhaps it was worth taking a second look, though, to figure out what did happen– and letting our readers know about it.  Perhaps they can help sort it out.

So we went back to Heather’s blog to see if there was anything new.  Lo and behold, this is what she had posted about Rex on October 14:

Rex, Dog Shot by Hoopa Police, Made the Paper Again!

“Rex was in the Time-Standard again with a lovely picture taken just this week.

“I just wish the Time-Standard would do their research more accurately and actually double check what they write.  I found three errors, and in addition, they’ve still failed to interview the long list of names they have associated with Rex.  This time, the only names mentioned were Jean Durbin (and I’m not even sure who she is), and Karin Glinden.

“There are many more people in Hoopa who care about Rex.  Though, I’m going to point out here, those who have been standing up for Rex, and had their names printed in the paper over what happened in Hoopa, are receiving either “reprimands” or “memos” from the Superintendent of KTJUSD.

“Apparently he feels he now has to mend the district relationship with Tribal Police and is fearful that the insurance company may drop the district.  With as bad as our insurance coverage is, I personally don’t think (that) would be a bad thing.

“I, personally, received a memo because I didn’t personally tell my principal the dog was on campus, though my principal and vice-principal already knew and had seen the dog themselves (as well as about 50 other adults, who didn’t receive memos).

“I was singled out because my name was in the paper.  As you can see, that isn’t going to stop me from spreading the word and doing what is right.

“I know many people want to know what they can do to help, so here you go.

“1) If you feel that Hoopa needs to have its contracts renewed with the county so it receives support services from the county sheriff and animal control, contact the following board of supervisors:

“If you are a tribal member, you may want to also contact your Tribal Leadership.
“2) If you are concerned about Tribal Police issues, the people to contact are at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Again, if you are a tribal member, contact Tribal Leadership as well.
3) If you want to help pay Rex’s medical bill, contact the Sunny Brae Animal Clinic at 707-822-5124.  The bill is under Karin Glinden’s name, but if you remember Rex’s name, they will find it.
4) If you are interested in being Rex’s forever home, contact me through here, via my e-mail link.
5) If you want to help another dog on the reservation find a forever home, contact the Greater Rural Rescue (number listed in an earlier blog)
“I thank you all for your support.”
This is what we can determine based on our mysterious letter, Heather’s post, and the past two stories we covered.
Heather Hobson, the Hoopa Valley elementary school teacher who saved Rex along with other folks, did the right thing– and are now being leaned on because they spoke out about his abuse.
Heather and other good souls took care of Rex after he was cruelly shot and miraculously survived.  They protected him, they paid for his
expensive vet bills, and now they’re looking for an
adoptive home for him following his recovery.
Did they go too far?
Heather did the right thing, what any good and decent person would do.  She exercised proper and moral judgement making her decision.  After all, what would you do?  Look the other way and allow Rex to suffer and die after coming back, ridden with bullet holes, to the only safe place and trusted people he could turn to?
Only those willfully condoning animal cruelty, having no conscience, and looking the other way without having so much as an afterthought would do something like that.
No, they took him in instead.  Heather (and Karin) gave Rex shelter, nursed his wounds, and gave him another chance at life.  Just like any good elementary school teacher in charge of our children should do.
With her kind heart in the right place, Heather is now being pressured and squeezed in a big way.
Is she being bullied and possibly looking at being terminated by her employer for what she did?  For speaking out that the Tribal Police inhumanely and wantonly shoots a dog a month even though the Hoopa animal shelter is located just down the road? 
It seems like it’s going in that direction.
We won’t go as as far as saying Heather is being harassed or intimidated, but it’s right up there in terms of what we see as plain injustice and morally bankrupt dealings.
Heather Hobson did the right thing saving Rex.
We hope the Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District can exercise equally proper and good judgement by standing by their employees and doing the right thing, too.  For Heather, Rex, and for the children.

“This above all: to thine own self be true”


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Update on Rex: He Needs a Good Home

Surviving a Horrific Shooting by the Hoopa Tribal Police Last Month, Rex Has Recovered– and He’s Ready for a Good Home


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Heather Hobson informs us that Rex, the black lab puppy shot and left for dead by the Hoopa Valley Tribal Police before
escaping back to the safety of the elementary school he considered
home– and previously reported in the Sentinel story, The Miraculous Story of Rex
has been healing and coming along nicely due to his veterinary care and the love and
attention of many people.  Rex has recovered and he’s ready to be adopted into a good

Heather gave an update and photos about Rex in her blog this Friday.  She reported:


Rex Needs a Good Home Now

“Now that Rex has healed up enough, we are looking for a forever home for this wonderful dog.  His injuries are not proving to be a hindrance, though his remaining teeth will need to be brushed and such to make sure he keeps them.  His tongue works, though it is now a little shorter than it was before.  He can eat normally.

‘Karin has discovered that he likes to chase cats, so he wouldn’t be good in a home with cats.  He is house broken. He would need some basic obedience training, since he has never had any.  He also would need a yard with a good fence, since he was an abandoned dog and is used to wandering.

“So if you are interested, send me an e-mail through my blog.  I’ll put you in touch with Karin and you can arrange a visit and meet Rex yourself.

“If Rex isn’t the dog for you, but you still want to save a dog from the horrors of the reservation, please contact Greater
Rural Rescue, GRRS.  Their phone number is (530) 625-1078.”

“Karin took a couple of photos of Rex over the weekend.  As you can see, he is improving.  His medical bills are still coming in though and he still needs more medical procedures.  We haven’t had a response from the Hoopa Tribal Council about stepping up to the plate and doing the right thing. So far Karin has paid $1300 out of her own budget.  I’ve thrown in what I could, and so have a few others.

“If you wish to help pay Rex’s bill, you can contact the Sunny Brae Animal Hospital (707-822-5124).

“If you want to read more about Rex in the papers, please contact the Time-Standard ( 707-441-0500) and the Two Rivers Tribune (530 625-4344) and let them now you want a follow-up story.

“Karin wants to get Rex on Channel 3 news in Eureka (707-443-3933).  Anyone know how do proceed with this wish?

“The more people who know and act for the benefit of Rex, the
less likely Rex’s story will be repeated on the Hoopa Valley Reservation.”

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For those who have been following Rex’s story, Heather posted these earlier entries after our initial Sentinel article appeared.

On September 24, Heather wrote:

Rex went in to have his teeth worked on because they were in danger of being infected from the gun shot wound to his jaw.  The good news is he only had to lose 5 teeth.  He is back in his safe foster home recovering.

The treating vet has cleared me to share photos of the tongue injury (right photo).  It is graphic, but is also proof that this dog was not found 4-5 days after being shot.  He was found probably within an hour of being shot at.  I now have a witness that stated the dog arrived back at the school before the Tribal Police dispatcher who did the shooting made it back down the hill.

Today Karin Glinden shared the letters the students of the elementary school wrote with the Tribal Council. I’m not sure what their response was.

We are hoping the Tribal Council will step up and pay Rex’s medical bills.  Currently they are being paid by donations from individuals, with the rest being put on Karin’s vet tap.
Tomorrow The Two Rivers paper releases their article.  It should be well researched, and I do hope all the other individuals who were upset by Rex are mentioned.  Many other people at are site want to stand up for him, but every article I read only mentions Karin and me.

I also want to thank the Humboldt Sentinel for picking up the story and passing it on.

On September 25, Heather added:

Rex is mending well today after his tooth extraction.

The Two Rivers Tribune came out today with an in depth article about Rex.  I encourage people to read it to get a bigger picture.

I did find it disheartening that the Tribal Police confessed to shooting at least one dog a month.  That just shows how severe the issue is.  The police state they don’t have enough resources.  Perhaps the Hoopa Tribe needs to consider setting aside some of their $49 million settlement to provide for the animals the Creator has entrusted them with.  Just a thought.

Also, if you are in the place to adopt a dog or a cat, you might want to consider rescuing a Hoopa animal like Rex.  You can contact the Greater Rural Rescue in Hoopa at 530-625-1078.  They have lots of animals in need of a loving home.  They also aren’t financially supported by the Hoopa Tribe.  They are just a bunch of animal caring people trying to fix a desperate situation and using their own personal resources.  They are the Hoopa Valley’s equivalent to Miranda’s Rescue in Fortuna (only smaller).

Thank you Allie for a wonderful article.  I thank all of your for your support for Rex and other animals like him.

And on September 27:

The Two Rivers Tribune has put their article on-line now.  Here is the link.  Though, if you are local, they are a small paper and I do encourage financially supporting them by buying a copy if you can:

Karin reported Rex is doing fine and is starting to  look quite “debonair”.

Thank you, Heather. We hope Rex makes it to a good home, especially after traveling this far on his long journey to recovery.

The Times-Standard has more about Rex in their article

Besides finding Rex a good home, those who rescued Rex hope that some ‘angels’ might help in part with his $2,ooo vet bill. To help with that, please contact the Sunny Brae Animal Clinic at 822-5124 and indicate you wish to donate to Rex.  His account is under the name of Karin Glinden.  Any donation, no matter how small, will be gratefully received and put to good use for his vet care.

Karin Glinden, one of Rex’s rescuers, describes Rex as “charming, outgoing, playful, happy, confident, cuddly, enjoys learning, and tuned into pleasing others.  Available for a good home, Rex would make an excellent companion and family member.  He’s micro-chipped and up to date on his vaccinations.  For more information, you can call Karin at 599-5698.

(Photos of Rex and text courtesy of Heather Hobson and Karin Glinden)

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Fatal Bus Plunge Down Hoopa Embankment

One Fatality; Five Brought to Hospital

CHP:  Alcohol Significant Factor in Crash



–Updated Below–



Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel


According to a California Highway Patrol press release
issued on Saturday, a bus drove off a steep embankment on
State Route 96 between Willow Creek and Hoopa and plunged
down a hillside Friday, killing a 19-year-old woman and
injuring seven other people. The deceased woman remains

Around 9:50 p.m., a 1993 GMC former school bus driven by Lorenzo Jackson, 42, of Washington, drove off the right side of the highway approximately four miles north of Highway 299 on State Route 96 for unknown reasons.

The bus tumbled and rolled several times for a short distance down the steep hill before abruptly coming to a rest,  lodging itself against some trees.

Jackson broke his leg exiting the bus, the release stated.

Two other passengers exited the bus and remained nearby.
Another two other passengers walked up the embankment to
State Route 96.

Three people remained in the bus, including the woman who was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Deputy Coroner Roy Horton said the woman’s identity is currently unknown, and that the passengers on the bus did not know very much about each other.

During the CHP investigation of the crash, it was determined that both Jackson and Joseph Forcier, 35, of Florida, had driven the bus under suspicion of alcohol intoxication prior to– and during– the fatal accident, according to officials.

Both men were consequently arrested and transported to medical facilities for treatment of their injuries.

Forcier received major head trauma and was transported to Mad River Community Hospital.  Jackson received a broken leg and was transported to St. Joseph Hospital, according to the release.

Those injured in the accident were:

  • Tony Hughes, 27, of Bloomington, who received moderate injuries including lost teeth and back pain.  He was transported to Mad River Community Hospital.
  • Sarah Alair, 22, transient, received major injuries, including a broken elbow.  She was transported to St. Joseph Hospital.
  • Michael Lane, 24, of Tennessee, complained of back pain and was transported to Mad River Community Hospital.
  • Megan Huddle, 18, of Texas, complained of having pain to the knee.
  • Jordan Fuller, 25, transient, complained of pain to the ribs. 

Both Huddle and Fuller were not transported to the hospital.

Coroner Horton said the unidentified deceased woman may have gone by the street name of “Coco.”  She is described as:

  • about 5 feet tall
  • weighing 110 pounds
  • and is possibly of Asian descent

She is possibly from Tennessee, Horton said.  Otherwise, not much is known about her, he said.  Horton asked anyone who knows the identity of the woman to call the Coroner’s Office at (707) 445-7242.


The passenger killed late has been identified, the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office said Monday.

Briar “Coco” Rose Collette Oudom, 20, from Tennessee, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Deputy Coroner Roy Horton said Briar was identified after another Tennessee woman heard of the crash and called Humboldt County officials stating she believed it was Oudom, who goes by the street name of “Coco.” She assisted putting the coroner’s office in contact with Oudom’s relatives.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Suspect Identified In Hit-And-Run & Hoopa Crimes

Jason Warren, arrested on Sept. 27, is in jail without bail


By Charles Douglas
Humboldt Sentinel


After nearly a week of speculation as to a pair of investigations into the untimely deaths of local residents, Sheriff Mike Downey called a press conference this afternoon to clear the air and identify a “person of interest” in the cases.

“I know there’s been a lot of speculation…you got to understand why we’ve been holding back information,” he said.

Downey proceeded to explain that on the same afternoon as the fatal hit-and-run slaying of 40-year-old Bayside resident Suzanne Seemann on Old Arcata Road in Freshwater and the discovery of the body of 47-year-old Dorothy Ulrich of Hoopa in a residence there, law enforcement had taken 28-year-old Jason Anthony Warren into custody.

Warren was inside a home in Eureka at the time of his arrest; the Kia used in the hit-and-run which killed Seemann and injured 50-year-old Terri Vroman-Little and 41-year-old Jessica Hunt was found in Eureka earlier in the day.

Warren, whose area of residence was unknown to Downey, had skipped out on a Sept. 7 court hearing. Warren had previously plead guilty to assault with a deadly weapon and was set to be sent to state prison to serve a six-year sentence.

Warren, who has already served time on felony robbery and was released earlier this year, now sits in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility without bail, and has had an attorney appointed to represent him.

“We felt there was no jeopardy to the community in this matter,” the Sheriff explained, as Warren wasn’t going to be released under any circumstances regardless of the outcome of the investigation. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has taken the lead on this case, with assistance from the District Attorney’s office, California Highway Patrol and the Eureka Police Department.

“We were waiting on the autopsy, and that is being conducted in Santa Rosa,” Downey noted.

The Sheriff believes charges in the case would be filed “hopefully by the end of the week,” although he declined to state whether Warren was cooperating with investigators. He told the assembled reporters that while an arrest on either the Hoopa slaying or the hit-and-run wasn’t formally being made at this time, he didn’t want rumors to run rampant on “the blogs” and on Facebook.

“There’s been a lot of misinformation going out,” Downey said. “It was time to come forward and put as much of it to rest as possible.”

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Deceased Woman Found in Hoopa Home

Details Scant: One Report Indicates Suspected Homicide


Updated Below:  Vehicle Connected to the Bayside Hit and Run Accident?


Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel


This just in from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

This morning, September 27 at approximately 10:30 a.m., a California Highway Patrol officer conducting a follow up investigation discovered a deceased female in a residence on Little Moon Lane in Hoopa.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and Hoopa Tribal Police responded to, and took custody of, the scene.  Sheriff’s detectives were notified and also responded to the residence.

At 2:50 p.m., a search warrant was issued by the Humboldt County Superior Court and detectives entered the residence.  Further news releases will be made as the investigation continues.

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

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Update:  The Two Rivers Tribune posted a brief story on this incident.

The TRT is indicating this is a suspected homicide following discovery of the victim by a relative.  They say it may– or may not– be connected to the Bayside/Myrtle Avenue fatal hit and run that happened earlier this morning.


Update II: Here is what the Sentinel can determine from the CHP logs today:

At 5:45 a.m. this morning a CHP unit was enroute to the Bayside/Myrtle Avenue accident scene, locating three hit-and-run victims at 5:51 a.m.  The driver and the vehicle, a 2005 Kia Spectra, had previously fled the scene.

At 5:58 a.m., the Eureka Police Department contacted, or was contacted, regarding the suspect’s vehicle information.  The vehicle was found on California Street in Eureka by EPD.

At 7:39 a.m., the CHP was requested to go to the Hoopa Tribal Police to ‘ascertain the registered owner’s address and ascertain who was driving the vehicle.’

At approximately around or before 10:30 a.m., the CHP discovered the deceased Hoopa woman in her home; other agencies responded.  The Humboldt County Sheriff’s office and Hoopa Valley Tribal Police took control and custody of the scene.

For the record, both CHP and police “have not confirmed or denied a connection between the suspected homicide in Hoopa and the hit and run in Bayside” this morning.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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UPDATED: Fatal Hit and Run on Myrtle Avenue

Driver Flees After Striking Bayside Joggers; One Killed, Two Injured


Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel


SECOND UPDATE: The memorial jog event was subsequently cancelled at the request of the family.

UPDATE: An event has been organized on Facebook to commemorate this tragedy, coming up this Saturday, Sept. 29 at 8 a.m. at Three Corners Market in Freshwater. According to organizer Melissa L Tafoya: “This is going to be an informal gathering of runners, joggers and walkers to honor the three women who were hit in this morning’s hit and run accident on Myrtle Avenue and to remind all of us to share the road.”

California Highway Patrol officers were dispatched around 5:45 a.m. this morning following a call of three joggers injured by a vehicle, one of them suffering major injuries.

Deputy Coroner Ariel Gruenthal indicated later this morning that one individual was killed.  Two others were transported to the hospital with serious trauma following the hit-and-run traffic accident on Myrtle Avenue.  The name of the woman killed in the accident and pronounced deceased at the scene has yet to be released, pending notification of her next of kin.  All three joggers involved in the accident were female.

The two women brought to St. Joseph Hospital with possibly compound fractures and other injuries were Eureka residents Jessica Hunt, 41, and Terri Vroman-Little, 50, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The three joggers were running northbound on the west shoulder of Myrtle Avenue, south of Ole Hansen Road, at about 5:40 a.m. when a 2005 Kia Spectra driven by an unidentified suspect hit all three women, the CHP said.  For unknown reasons the vehicle left its lane of travel and struck all three of the female joggers.  A dog belonging to one of the joggers was also killed.

The driver of the vehicle fled the scene. The vehicle was later found abandoned by the Eureka Police Department on California Street, in Eureka.  Myrtle Avenue was closed between 3 Corners Market and Indianola Road for four hours following the accident.

Several possible leads are being followed up on as to the identity of the hit and run driver.  The accident– and locating the missing driver– remain under investigation, the CHP said.

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KIEM-TV has their video report here.

The Times-Standard News has been posting updates here.

Readers will want to see our updated Sentinel article regarding the possible connection between this incident and the deceased woman found by the CHP in Hoopa hours later, taken from a timeline of the CHP incident log.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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The Miraculous Story of Rex

Abused, Abandoned, Loved, and Shot by Local Police, Rex Survives


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


The Hoopa Valley Tribal Police said the dog was a danger after it bit the hand of an officer and a complaint of it annoying and hurting children.  They intended to kill it, but the dog escaped with serious bullet wounds.  It miraculously
returned back to the school and the only safe place it
had known.

The story of Rex has upset and shocked staff and students at the Hoopa Valley Elementary School.  They tell quite a different story about Rex.  They say Rex was a loving and peaceful dog, a “friendly stray” who liked to play with children.

This is what happened.  It’s Rex’s story.

On September 11, the Hoopa Valley Tribal Police received a previous complaint that “Rex” had chased and bit children at the Hoopa Valley Elementary School.  When an “unidentified” officer tried to take the dog away from the school,
it bit him.

According to the Times-Standard news:

 Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Lt. Ed Guyer said the officer — who he declined to identify — was instructed by Hoopa Police Chief Robert Kane to take the animal up the hill behind the police station and shoot it.

”He took it up the hill, shot it, but didn’t hit it well enough,” Guyer said. “It wasn’t used as target practice or anything. We were attempting to put it down.”

The Time-Standard reported Rex survived– and returned to the Hoopa Valley Elementary School days and the students who loved him days later.

Heather Hobson, however, said Rex returned to the school within hours of surviving his horrific shooting.

Ms. Hobson, a teacher at the elementary school, has been trying to get the word out about Rex and what really transpired.

She wrote on September 18:

Rex, Black Lab Puppy Shot by Hoopa Tribal Police:  On the Hoopa reservation live many stray dogs.  Dogs there are rarely fixed and allowed to roam.  Other dogs are dumped along the river when owners from the city decide they no longer want them.  This adds to the population.  Rex is one of these dogs.

“Rex is about one-year-old and a black lab.  About three weeks ago he started visiting the elementary school.  Rex would arrive about the same time as the students and make his rounds.  He greeted everyone with a dog grin and
a tail wag.  He allowed the kids to play roughly, even kick him,
and he never harmed anyone.

“Then on September 11, that all changed.  Someone called the Hoopa Tribal Police.  According to the police the caller said the dog had bit someone, but that someone can’t be found, and there is no verification of this happening.   The dispatcher was sent to pick Rex up.

Later Rex returned to the school, his safe place.  He had two gun shot wounds through his jaw.  His lower jaw was shattered and most of his lower teeth knocked out.   His tongue had almost been completely severed.   He had been shot near his anus that
exited out his side leg.  Bullet graze-wounds ran along his back and
his legs.

“As a teacher rushed Rex to Sunny Brae Medical Center the story began to unfold. Rex had been taken off by the dispatcher to a wooded area.  There, he had been shot at with a handgun in what appears to be a target practice torture session.  This is a break away from past practices where dogs that bit someone were to be quarantined for ten days observation.

“How Rex managed to escape we will never know, but he did… This is not the first incident of dog torture on the reservation.  Several people have confided to me stories of animal torture by the Tribal Police going back as far as twenty years…

“What makes this even more disturbing is there is an animal rescue group on the reservation only about a mile from the school.  They are called the Greater Rural Rescue or GRR.  They would have taken Rex.

“… I and many others who work and/or live in Hoopa are disturbed by this.  I have been left filled with anger, disgust, and rage.  I want justice for Rex and for all that have suffered before him.

“All I want is justice and safety for the animals.  Pray for Rex. Pray for me.  Pray for the Hoopa people.  We all need it.

“PS:  The doctor was able to reattach Rex’s tongue.  He is now healing in a safe foster home.”
On Wednesday, September 19, Heather gave us a brief update on Rex eight days after being shot:
Rex’s story is getting out there. People are learning the truth. I thank all of you for what you have done and will be doing. Here are some more photos of Rex.  I will keep you posted on Rex’s story.

The following day Heather detailed Rex’s injuries of his near-death encounter with the Tribal Police:

Rex, the Black Lab shot by Tribal Police in Hoopa:

I just received the photos and the vet report from Rex’s treating vet.  I want to cry again.  I’ll include the pertinent part of the report.  The vet prefers the photos aren’t shared.

The treating vet is Malcolm Richardson at Sunny Brae Animal Hospital.

Brief summary:  2 bullet wounds, one to the head, one to pelvic region, no
bullets remained in dog.

Head:  penetration from the lower mandible, fractured teeth lower mandible,
lacerated tongue, maxillary canine and first premolar fractured, exit upper
right lip.
Pelvic:  penetration near right anus, exit through left hip.

Heather gave us one final updated report this Saturday:

The story of Rex hit the paper today!
I am glad people are hearing about Rex and the abuse to animals by Tribal Police.
Alas, the reporter got some details in his article wrong. Rex was found hours after he was shot, not days.
The Two Rivers paper will have another article out on Tuesday.  That should have more details for all who are interested.

Rex is still mending.  He is going in to have his infected teeth removed on Monday, since the rest of his wounds are stable now.

I told my students on Friday part of what happened (they are too young for full details) because I felt it better they heard it from me and to give them a chance to talk and share feelings before it hit the paper.

One of my students claimed the dog as his and cried for the last 45 minutes of class. Four other students wrote about Rex and how he would lick their faces and play with them.

Rex is a very loved dog.

Apparently many others also agreed with Heather’s assessment.

“I’ve been trying to bring attention to the situation,” Hobson said to the Times-Standard.

“There is no way in the world the dog could be construed as vicious,” she said.  “Everyone is shocked.”


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Our appreciation goes out to Heather Hobson for sharing Rex’s information and photos with others and getting his story out for readers.  And to those who helped Rex, and the Sunny Brae Animal Clinic.

Our thanks also goes to uber-commentator Henchman Of Justice (HOJ), who first alerted us to this situation in his posts.

The Times-Standard’s story by Luke Ramseth is online– or you can wait for tomorrow’s paper.  Here’s the updated and well done Two Rivers news report released on Tuesday.

Heather has additional updates here and also here.

Heather, thank you.  Rex, we wish you the very best and a good recovery.  Yes, ol’ boy, you are a very lucky and loved dog.  Though you may not understand it, some people can be cruel at times.  Not all, only a few.  But there were also a few angels that were looking out for you, too, Rex.  Fortunately, you found them– by returning to the only safe place you ever knew.  We hope your future days will find you kindly treated and safe, in the loving home of the very same type of good people you so well deserve.


UPDATE:  Nearly a month later, Rex has been given the vet care and love he deserves.  Healed and ready for adoption, the Sentinel has an update of his long journey towards recovery.

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A Dog’s Prayer:

Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.

Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.

Speak to me often, for your voice is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footsteps falls upon my waiting ear.

When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements. And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. Though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land, for you are my god and I am your devoted worshiper.

Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life should your life be in danger.

And, beloved master, should the great Master see fit to deprive me of my health, do not turn me away from you.

Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest–and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.

~Beth Norman Harris


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More Ubiquitous Herb Goes Up in Smoke

Three Mildly Greedy Ganga Grows Busted


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Three HCSO marijuana search warrants in as many September days:  Sheriff Downey and his officers have been busy.  In between the larger marijuana grow-ops the agency has been cracking down on lately, there’s also  the smaller ones to contend with as the ubiquitous green thumbs of the Emerald Triangle are plucked and culled like
the low-hanging fruit of Humboldt’s late-season harvest.


SHIVELY– Normally known for its delicious corn, tomatoes, melons, and squash growing in the fertile soil and sunshine belt alongside the Eel river, a father and son farming team allegedly decided to move on to an easier and more lucrative cash crop other than the regular fruit and vegetable regimen of the region.

On Wednesday, September 5, at approximately 11:30 am, the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office Community Response Unit (C.R.U), assisted by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force served a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant in the 1000 Block of Shively Flat Road in Shively.  The warrant authorized deputies and agents to search 34 parcels of property for marijuana cultivation.

Deputies located four adults on the properties: three males and one female.  When deputies searched the parcels and associated residence they located two rifles, a scale, and packing material consistent with sales of marijuana.

They then located over 600 very large growing marijuana plants, estimated at 8-10 feet in height and approximately 5-6 feet in diameter.

Due to logistical and medical reasons, the three adult males on the properties, Jack A. Jones, 65, and Jack E. Jones, 45, both of Shively, were cited for cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and being armed in the commission of a felony.

Malcom Dollarhide, 51-years-old from Rio Dell, was also cited for cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale and released at the scene.


FORTUNA– You can run but you can’t hide when neighbors complain, even if your cannabis grow doesn’t really rate the amount of agency resources used.

Bright and early as a waking bird on Thursday, September 6– at 7 am in the morning– the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office Deputies, presumably after enjoying hot coffee and donuts, were assisted by the:

  •  Humboldt County Drug Task Force,
  • Fortuna Police Department,
  • United States Drug Enforcement Administration,
  • United States Forest Service ,
  • and the United States Marshall’s Office,

in serving a Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant in the 400 block of Francesco Place in Fortuna after receiving community complaints about marijuana cultivation at the residence.

When the warrant was served deputies located an indoor marijuana grow in the residence.  The deputies located and seized 52 marijuana plants ranging in size from 2-3 feet.  Deputies contacted the:

  • Fortuna Fire Department
  • Fortuna Planning Department
  • and Pacific Gas and Electric

after it appeared the wiring for the marijuana grow was creating an electrical hazard.

Two adult females and three juveniles were located in the residence.  No arrests were made, no names have been released, and the case is being referred to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.  Yawn.


HOOPA-PECWAN– Even the more far flung rural areas of the County aren’t immune from the long arm of the law.

On Wednesday, September 5, at 11:00 am, the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office Community Response Unit (C.R.U.) served a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant on a residence in the Blue Slide creek area of Pecwan.

When deputies arrived on scene they searched the residence.  Deputies located and seized:

  •  587 growing marijuana plants ranging from 1’ to 4’ in height,
  • two rifles,
  • approximately 39 lbs of processed marijuana,
  • and over three pounds of hashish.

Based on evidence deputies located at the scene, three ghostly unnamed adults are identified as being responsible.  Arrest warrants are sought through the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office for their arrest, according to the HCSO release.


KNEELAND:  OK, let’s throw in one more, one last really big one, and let’s toss everything into the mix:  guns, cash, and a whole lotta weed.  You know how it goes.  It’s been hard keeping up with the HCSO, friends.  They’ve been on a rapaciously raucous roll.

On Thursday, September 6, at about 10 in the morning, the Humboldt County Drug Task Force was assisted by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office serving a search warrant on a parcel of property located in the 5600 block of Kneeland Road in Kneeland.  Guess what they found there?  A commercial marijuana growing operation on the property.   The weed was being grown in two greenhouse type structures on the property and an indoor marijuana growing structure.

Officers discovered and seized 2,788 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from 6 inches to 5 feet in height.

Officers also seized:

  • 117 pounds of drying marijuana,
  • 2 rifles and 5 handguns,
  • and approximately $ 11,000 dollars in cash for possible asset forfeiture from the residence.

You can probably guess what happened next.  Officers noticed a possible electrical fire hazard with the indoor marijuana growing operation so they contacted the Humboldt County Building and Planning Department who responded to the scene.  Of course they inspected the electrical wiring and determined it to be an electrical fire hazard, so PG&E was then contacted to disconnect the electrical service to the property.

No one was at home when the search warrant was served.  One suspect has been identified in this case and an arrest warrant will be sought through the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana, the HCSO reported.

This case is still under investigation by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force.  More paperwork and warrants and lawyer’s fees and courtroom drama likely to follow.

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As always, the HCSO requests that anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding these cases– or related criminal activity– is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.





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Largest Marijuana Grow Yet in Humboldt Terminated

Sheriff, Hoopa Valley Tribe, Ask for Agency Assistance


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

More than 26,000 pot plants were discovered, seized, and promptly terminated by multiple law enforcement agencies Tuesday on the Hoopa Valley Reservation.
So far, it’s the largest marijuana grow ‘n bust found in Humboldt County this year.  The grow was so large– and the area so remote– that after discovering the clandestine grow, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department and the Hoopa Valley Tribe had to ask numerous other agencies for help.
On Tuesday, August 7, at  approximately 9:00 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by:
  • The Hoopa Tribal Police,
  • The Bureau of Indian Affairs,
  • US Marshals Office,
  • The California Department of Justice Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement,
  • The Humboldt County Drug Task Force,
  • The Bureau of Land Management,
  • and the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting,
in locating and eradicating the 26,600 marijuana plants.
The cannabis plants, ranging from 4-6 feet tall, were found in the Mill Creek drainage of the Hoopa Reservation through aerial reconnaissance flights, according to the HCSO release.
Officials were surprised by the sophisticated grow which quickly exceeded initial estimates in size. 
Gardens varying up to 5 acres in size were discovered, connected by over a mile of trails spreading through the Mill Creek drainage.
The Hoopa Valley Tribe was first alerted to the grow after reports by biologists who were conducting studies nearby heard gunshots.  Hoopa Valley Tribal Chairman Leonard Masten said the tribe is used to dealing with the small pot gardens– but given the large-scale cultivation and crime trafficking problems that have been increasing significantly over the years, coupled with the massive size of this grow, the Tribe asked the HCSO for its help.
The marijuana reportedly was planted in large clearings in neat rows like corn.  Irrigation lines, garbage, pesticides, fertilizers, and rodent-killing poisons were also found. 
On Tuesday, 30 officers spent five hours chopping down the crop.  Two helicopters were utilized in the eradication and removing the plants to a different location for disposal which wasn’t disclosed.  Several loads of garbage were also removed. 
No arrests were reportedly made.  The investigation is ongoing, the HCSO said.



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Skullduggery Reports Coming In From Across Humboldt County

Crime is hopping all over– but still doesn’t pay much


Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel


It’s a busy day with press releases coming from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), Eureka Police Department (EPD), the Fortuna Police Department (FPD), and an additional piece/link from DOTS.

Let’s just dive into all of them here and be a One-Stop Cop-Shop– saving ourselves some time and the seven separate posts, shan’t we?


From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

Assault with a Deadly Weapon—McKinleyville

On July 14, 2012, approximately 11:15 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a possible assault with a deadly weapon that occurred in the 2800 block of McKinleyville Avenue in McKinleyville.

When deputies and medical personnel arrived they located a 63 year old female with head trauma and multiple cuts on her body. The victim told the deputies she was assaulted by her daughter, Heather Megan Bohannon, 40 years old, who recently moved into her residence from San Francisco.

The victim told the deputies she was in her bedroom, in bed, when Bohannon entered the room and told her she was going to kill her. Bohannon then put her hands around the victim’s neck and began choking her. She then struck the victim several times in the head with a lamp and glass picture frame, before going into the kitchen and grabbing a knife.

Bohannon then stood over the victim and swung the kitchen knife at her several times, striking her in the arms and legs. Bohannon then left the residence with her mother’s car.

The victim was transported to a local hospital where she was treated and released for her injuries.

A be-on-the-lookout to law enforcement was broadcast statewide for Bohannon and the vehicle.  Bohannon was located on July 15 in San Francisco by San Francisco police at Leavenworth and Eddy Streets in San Francisco.  San Francisco Police arrested her for assault with a deadly weapon, vehicle theft and terrorist threats. She is currently in San Francisco County jail awaiting transport back to Humboldt County. Her bail is set at $100,000.00.


Home Invasion Robbery—Willow Creek

On July 16, 2012, at approximately 1:00 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a robbery which occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. on July 15, 2012, at the Rite Spot in Willow Creek.

When deputies met with the 55 year old female victim, she told them she was alone inside her residence when she heard a knock on her door. When she asked who it was, a male voice answered, “Terry”, which is a person she knew as Terrance Mullen.

When she answered the door, two males burst into the residence. One suspect was wearing a dark hoodie, the other was wearing a white towel or shirt wrapped around his face. They shoved her down while grabbing her neck and gagged her. The suspects demanded to know where her money and drugs were. The suspects then started ransacking her home looking for money, drugs and anything to steal. While doing so, the victim was able to free herself and reached for a handgun she kept hidden. When she grabbed the gun, both suspects immediately fled in a white 1970’s style motorhome.

The victim began searching her residence for her cell phone to call for help, but soon realized the suspects stole her phone and car keys. She went to a neighbor’s residence and used their phone to call law enforcement.

While deputies were investigating this case they learned Hoopa Valley Tribal Police had Terrance Mullen from Hoopa detained on an unrelated matter on Tish Tang Road, in Hoopa. Deputies responded to the residence where Tribal Police were at and saw a motorhome matching the description of the one the victim described associated with the robbery.

Deputies located another male at the residence, Johnny Edward Victor Randall Jr., 28 years old, and a female, Samantha Lee Pifferini, 20 years old, both from Hoopa. After conducting their investigation deputies arrested all three for robbery and conspiracy to commit a felony. The victim’s cell phone was also recovered at the residence where the suspects were located.

They were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where they are being held on $75,000.00 bail. Deputies have also identified a possible fourth suspect, a male, however due to the ongoing investigation, that name is being withheld at this time.


Marijuana Search Warrant—Benbow

On July 16, 2012, at approximately 11:30 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Community Response Unit (C.R.U.) served a search warrant on a residence in the 6100 block of Benbow Drive in Benbow, after receiving information there was marijuana grow in the residence.

When deputies served the Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant they located and seized 609 growing marijuana plants ranging in height from 2’ to 3’ tall. The deputies also located scales, packaging material and paperwork indicative of sales of marijuana.  No one was located in the residence, and it appeared the residence was not being lived in. It appeared it was only being used to cultivate marijuana.

The investigation into who is responsible for the residence and cultivation is ongoing.

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Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding these cases or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251, or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


From the Eureka Police Department:

Armed Robbery on Grant Street; Shot Fired, Weed Stolen

On July 15th 2012 at about 6:32pm, the Eureka Police Department received a report of a residential robbery that had just occurred at an apartment in the 200 block of Grant Street.

An investigation at the scene revealed that a male acquaintance had called the victim earlier to arrange the purchase of processed marijuana bud. The suspect arrived at the victim’s apartment a short time later accompanied by a second male adult. The suspect and second male were in the apartment for about half an hour. When a purchase price had been determined, the suspect removed a small caliber handgun from his person and displayed it to the victim. The suspect then fired at least one shot, grabbed the marijuana from the victim, and fled the residence with the second unknown male. 

No one was injured as a result of the shot fired by the suspect. However, the apartment was occupied by three other adults as well as the victim’s toddler son who was in an adjacent bedroom at the time of the incident.

The suspect and second male were last seen fleeing the area in a white Nissan Maxima, unknown license plate.

Suspect(s) Description:

  1. Adult male, 20’s, thin build, dark shaved hair, white shirt, and dark pants, possibly goes by the nickname of “Ruck.”
  2. Adult male, 20’s, no further description.

This is an on-going investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident, or who knows the identity of the suspect, is urged to contact the Eureka Police Department at 707-441-4044.


Bus Vandalism Investigation Nabs Three Juveniles

The Eureka Police Department has concluded its investigation into the June 23, 2012, incident at the Eureka City Schools Corp yard where fifteen (15) school buses were severally damaged and vandalized.  With the communities help three (3) male juveniles were identified as possible suspects in the vandalism.  The investigating Officer was able to locate and interview the juveniles. Through the interviews the Officer was able to obtain full confessions into the crime.

The initial motive was identified as theft; the suspects believing there was money stored on the buses.  When asked why they broke so many windows and discharged the fire extinguishers the common theme among all three juveniles was, “It was fun!”

The cost incurred by Eureka City Schools at this point to repair the damage is over $13,000, with another $3,000 expected in window repairs.

The juvenile suspects range in age from 10-12 years-old and are all from Eureka.  The investigation has been referred to the Humboldt County Juvenile Probation Department for prosecution.  The juveniles are being charged with burglary and felony vandalism.  Two (2) of the juveniles have been identified as suspects in other recent vandalisms and those reports will also be forwarded for prosecution.

The Eureka Police Department would like to thank the citizens that came forward with valuable information that led to the suspects being identified.


From the Fortuna Police Department:

Parolee Arrested for Sawed-Off Shotgun; Acquaintance Arrested for Outstanding Warrant

On July 13, 2012, at about 10:15 a.m., Officers with the Fortuna Police Department and two agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation responded to the 4000 block of South Loop Road in Fortuna to conduct a parole search on John Hanley (age 33). 

Upon arrival officers found John Hanley standing in the residence next to a loaded sawed off 12 Gauge Shotgun. In the residence, officers also located Ruth Wortman (age 26) who had a warrant out for her arrest.

Both subjects were arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

John Hanley was booked on the following charges:

  • California Penal Code Section 29800 – Felon in possession of a firearm
  • California Penal Code Section 33215 – Possession of a sawed off Shotgun
  • California Penal Code Section 30305 – Felon in possession


From the Department of Tom Sebourn (DOTS)

Bomb Squad Removing Ordinance From Eureka Waterfront

Bryan, is that you in the suit?

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Attempted Murder Suspect Arrested In Weitchpec

Louis Mitchell ran out of gas, literally, a month after alleged drive-by


Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel


One attempted murder suspect in the far northeastern reaches of Humboldt literally ran out of gas to let the cops catch up with him.

At about 11:30 p.m. last Saturday, a deputy from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office teamed up with an officer from the Hoopa Tribal Police to arrest Weitchpec resident Louis Dale Mitchell on the side of Mitchell Road. He was located sitting in his vehicle after it had run out of fuel, in the company of an adult female who was not named in the press statement by HCSO lieutenant Steve Knight, who says she was interviewed and released without charges.

The initial incident prompting the manhunt occurred at approximately 3 a.m. on May 31, when the HCSO got a 911 call from a 36-year-old Hoopa man who said he’d been shot at by Mitchell while parked in his Toyota pickup truck along that same road in Weitchpec. According to the victim’s testimony, a red Chevy half-ton pickup truck drove slowly by him, driven by Mitchell, a man the victim had supposedly been in arguments with recently. Mitchell allegedly got out an object resembling a rifle and put several bullet strikes in the victim’s driver’s side door as he sped away.

Mitchell was booked in county jail on charges of attempted murder, with bail set at $500,000.

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Trinity River Skeletal Remains Identified

Public’s Help Sought in Decades-Old Cold Case of 13-Year-Old Sylvester Lopez

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel


Twenty-three years after Sylvester Lopez was reported missing, his remains are being returned to family members after being identified, according to the Eureka Police Department Missing Persons Unit.

The case remains open and the Eureka Police Department is requesting the public’s help for information concerning his disappearance and death.

On February 21, 1989, a 13-year-old boy named Sylvester Lopez, who was living in a foster home in Eureka, was reported as a runaway juvenile to the Eureka Police Department.  EPD learned Lopez was possibly staying with various friends in the  Hoopa/Weitchpec area where he formerly lived.  The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was asked to see if they could locate him, but reportedly were unable to do so.

In September of 1989, partial skeletal remains were recovered from the Trinity River near Hoopa and turned over to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.  While the remains were initially identified as female, a later Humboldt County Coroner’s Office examination determined that they belonged to a young male.  Modern testing methods make it easier to identify the sex of young juvenile skeletal remains, according to the EPD press release.

The skeletal remains were sent to a Department of Justice (DOJ) lab for testing.

In 2008, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Eureka Police Department in obtaining DNA from Sylvester’s biological mother.  She died two days later of natural causes after the DNA samples were obtained.  The DNA samples were sent to the DOJ Lab and stored for potential matching with unidentified remains.

Recent examination of the partial skeletal remains found in 1989 by the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office revealed the skeletal remains were that of a young male– and not of a female.

On April 30, 2012, the lab notified the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office of a possible match on the skeletal remains that were recovered in the Trinity River in September of 1989.  There was a positive match with the biological mother of Sylvester Lopez and a possible match with Sylvester Lopez.

Once it was determined there were no other family members missing, the Humboldt County Coroner notified the family of Sylvester Lopez that his skeletal remains had been found and identified.

This is not a closed case, the Eureka Police Department reported Friday.  The case remains open and EPD is seeking the public’s help in this matter.

If anyone has any information regarding Sylvester Lopez, they are urged to call either the Eureka Police Department at (707) 441-4300, or the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office at (707) 445-7242.

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Heroin, Assault Weapons Uncovered In Hoopa

Robby Jackson popped for child endangerment & non-medical pot garden too


Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel



A Hoopa man was served with a search warrant which led to his arrest yesterday afternoon on a laundry list of charges.

The Humboldt County Drug Task Force, which included units from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and the Eureka Police Department, descended on the residence of Robby Ray Farr Jackson on Hostler Ridge Road near Community Road in Hoopa. The 33-year-old lives at the home with his girlfriend and two daughters, aged 3 and 5.

The cops searched the home and found a small amount of suspected heroin and a smoking pipe, along with two shotguns and a semi-automatic pistol with a high capacity magazine. They also found three rifles, one of which they characterized as an assault rifle. Outside the home, the DTF agents located and seized 20 growing marijuana plants.

Jackson was arrested and transported to county jail on charges of child endangerment, possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a drug house, possession of an assault rifle, possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana cultivation He is being held on $50,000 bail today, according to a press statement by HCSO lieutenant Steve Knight.

Jackson’s girlfriend, whose name is being withheld by law enforcement at this time, was left at the scene to care for their children; the cops say an arrest warrant on child endangerment charges will be requested through the District Attorney’s office, and their report on her will be sent to Child Welfare Services.

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Fixin’ Up Hoopa: A Community’s Struggle with Addiction – Part 1

Two Rivers Tribune and New American Media Report

Skippy Massey

Humboldt Sentinel


He snorted his first line of  dope when he was 15. He remembers the day. He ran with the older boys, and they tried to look out for him by refusing to rail him up. They told him “you better not.” But it wasn’t long before his “bros” caved to his curiosity. Nor was it long before he stopped snorting, and started shooting his poison. He spent the next 21 years incarcerated or on the run, battling an addiction that swept his youth away like powder in the wind.

Today, Michael is 38 years old with long black hair, salted gray. With 11 children and another on the way, he surrounds himself with “support people” and drenches himself in spirituality to stay healthy.  With tattoos peaking above his coat collar, he spoke calmly about his journey to recovery and his drive to be a good father. Looking back, he says he wasted most of his life on drugs. “I’ve never been off of parole,” he said. A bead of sweat rolled down the side of his face. He has 23 months drug free…


Allie Hostler of the Two Rivers Tribune and Jacob Simas of New America Media have teamed up for a series of articles produced as a project for The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, a program of USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.

In their first installment of  Fixin’ Up Hoopa: A Community’s Struggle with Addiction – Part 1 carried in this week’s Tribune, the two have undertaken a partnership offering a close and sensitive  look at substance abuse problems affecting the Hoopa community.

Part II of their feature series will examine the variety of services offered to recovering drug users in the Hoopa Valley, an exploration of what is working– and what is not.

We hope you give their excellent article and its accompanying video a look.  It’s a piece of journalism that the Two Rivers Tribune and its staff are becoming renowned for.

The TRT is quite the big little newspaper.  They never cease to amaze us with their progressive and insightful cutting edge reporting.

You can read Ms. Hostler’s and Mr. Simas’ article, Fixin’ Up Hoopa: A Community’s Struggle with Addiction – Part 1, here.


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A Wild Week of Crime in Humboldt

And It’s Only Midweek


By Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


The Arcata and Fortuna Police Departments have had their hands full lately, as have the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, the Drug Task Force, and the District Attorney’s Office.

We imagine the Eureka Police Department has been equally busy.  But you wouldn’t know it through their releases.  There haven’t been any.

EPD hasn’t released information, updates, or news for the public concerning safety issues in several weeks.  They still haven’t reported on the vicious assault of a female juvenile by a large group of teens that took place at Highland Park two weeks ago.

Technology and communication can be useful tools– when you use them.

As the weather warms up, so do the scoundrels and skullduggery running amok in the Humboldt community.  Here’s the news and the wild week in crime for our small corner of the world– with a small surprise at the end of the column.



On May 16, 2012, at about 2:00 a.m, officers responded to the 100 block of 12th Street in Fortuna for a report of a physical fight. Upon arrival, the involved subjects had fled the area.  While checking the area for the involved subjects, officers observed extensive damage to buildings on the Fortuna High School Campus. Shortly after, officers located a 17 year old male in a nearby field.

Using evidence collected at the scene and video surveillance from the High School, officers were able to establish that the 17 year old was the suspect in the vandalism.

“With the ongoing cuts to our schools’ budgets, it is simply appalling that this teen decided to engage in such behavior” said Sgt. Charles Ellebrecht. “Unfortunately, our entire community will have to bear the cost of this minor’s behavior”.

The 17 year old was arrested for Felony Vandalism and Public Intoxication. He was then booked into the Humboldt County Juvenile Hall.

The boozy misguided lad allegedly smashed windows, threw paint about, ripped a vent and electrical box off the wall, and performed other acts of wanton mayhem.  Fortunately, he was arrested in lieu of being tasered and shot, and is unlikely to remember what sort of fun he had or what he was even thinking about at the time, if anything.



On May 15, 2012, at about 0845 hours the Humboldt County Drug Task Force served a search warrant at a residence located in the 800 block of Herrick Avenue, Eureka, near the Pine Hill Elementary School.

DTF Agents located a sophisticated indoor marijuana growing operation in the residence. Agents detained two subjects who they identified as Christopher Edwin Roman, age 32, and his girlfriend, Christinia Michelle Senzig, age 22.

Agents seized 863 growing marijuana plants from the residence that ranged in size from 4 inches to 3 feet in height. Agents seized 53 pounds of dried marijuana.

Agents located LSD in the residence along with what appeared to be psilocybin mushrooms. Agents located evidence for a butane hash lab in the residence. Agents located two composite knuckles, which are commonly referred to as ‘brass knuckles’ for fighting.

Agents located two explosive type devices in the bedroom. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Disposal Unit responded to the residence to investigate those two devices. Agents and the two subjects that were detained left the residence until the Bomb Disposal Unit responded. At no time were the surrounding neighbors in any danger. The Sheriff’s Office Bomb Disposal Unit took custody of the two devices and transported them out of the area to be destroyed at a later time.

Agents noticed a possible fire hazard with electrical wiring associated with the indoor marijuana growing operation. Agents then contacted Humboldt County Building and Planning Department, who then responded to the residence. After Humboldt County Building and Planning Department inspected the electrical wiring, they determined that it was a possible fire hazard. Humboldt County Building and Planning Department then contacted PG&E to have the electrical power shut off to the residence.

Roman was arrested for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana, possession of a dangerous weapon, possession of LSD, possession of psilocybin mushrooms, possession of destruction devices and for the manufacturing of a hash lab. Roman’s bail was set at $500,000 dollars.

Senzig was arrested for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana her bail was set at $25,000 dollars.

Perhaps these are the nudnik twins.  No single person can possibly be that stupid.



On Sunday, May 13, approximately 4 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding threats being made from Shawn Hass. Deputies responded to the Brass Rail Motel, 3400 Block of Redway Drive, Redway to meet with Hass.

When the deputies arrived they saw two males standing in the motel parking lot. One of the males, who was later identified as Shawn Patrick Hass, 35 years old, a transient, spontaneously told the deputies, “I just stabbed him,” while pointing to another male who was sitting in a lawn chair being attended to by a female. Deputies saw Hass’ shirt had blood covering the front of it.

Hass was immediately detained while the deputies called for medical assistance for the injured male in the lawn chair. Deputies saw the injured 22-year-old male from Redway had a deep neck wound.  They  later learned he had approximately 15 stab wounds to his chest, shoulder, neck, throat, cheek, back and thigh. The victim was unable to give a statement due to the extent of his injuries.

When deputies interviewed Hass he told them he called the Sheriff’s Office because he was sleeping in his van on Empire Street in Redway when someone verbally threatened him regarding where he parked his van. At one point during the confrontation he and the person threatening him got into a brief struggle. He told the deputies he, (Hass) had a knife in his van which he used to fend the attacker off.

Hass drove his van a short distance away, but the person kept coming after him. He drove to the Brass Rail Motel and exited his van to use the telephone at the motel to call law enforcement. While at the motel, the victim was standing upstairs in a hallway and leaned over the railing and asked Hass if he was stalking his female friend. Words were exchanged and they got into a physical fight. Hass admitted to stabbing the victim during the fight and claimed it was self-defense. Hass was uninjured.

Deputies recovered a throwing type knife, approximately nine inches long at the scene, which was believed to be the assault weapon. The victim was airlifted to an out-of-area hospital for treatment. He is currently in “fair condition” and still hospitalized.

Hass was arrested for attempted murder and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. His bail was set at $500,000. The case is still under investigation by Sheriff’s Detectives.

When you’re the victim in your own head claiming self-defense, what’s a little knife-play anyway.



On Monday, May 14, 2012, Leon Alyious Bigleggins, 27, of Willow Creek, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and felony child abuse resulting in the death of Dylan Blount-Chambers, according to the District Attorney’s Office.  Both counts included great bodily injury enhancements inflicted on a child under five years of age.

Bigleggins’ testimony at his preliminary hearing revealed his abusive mistreatment of the small 4-year old child. He was accused of routinely hitting Dylan with a broken coat hanger, kicking him in the chest, and forcing him him to do squats and sit ups.

The autopsy report submitted by forensic pathologist, Mark Super, detailed the horrific injuries to the small child. Dr. Super determined that the young boy died of either blunt force trauma to the head or abdomen. The pathologist also noted that there was evidence of bruising covering most of the boy’s body including: the groin, abdomen, buttocks, palms of his hands, and the tops of his feet.

Mr. Bigleggins is scheduled to be sentenced on June 8, 2012 for the stipulated term of 18 years in prison by the Honorable Judge Timothy Cissna.

Bye-bye, Mr. Bigleggins.  Have a good trip.  See you in a few.



On May 14, 2012, Martin Salvador Alvarado, 30, of Pico Rivera, California, pleaded guilty to a series of assaults perpetrated on the Humboldt State University Campus nearly two years ago, the District Attorney’s Office reported.

In the early morning hours of October 24, 2010, Alvarado entered a Humboldt State University residence hall and sexually assaulted a female victim. Another resident  assisted the victim and the defendant fled the building. Shortly thereafter, the defendant physically assaulted two additional residents before entering another residence hall where he assaulted additional victims before being subdued by law enforcement.

According to District Attorney Paul Gallegos, who acted as prosecutor in the case, Alvarado pleaded guilty to each assault of which he was accused, which included sexual penetration with a foreign object, false imprisonment committed against a second victim, and assault with a deadly weapon (a wooden board) involving a third victim, all felonies. Alvarado also pleaded guilty to eight counts of misdemeanor battery involving multiple victims.

The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced on June 11, 2012 and faces up to six years in state prison. Upon his release, Alvarado will also be required to register as a sex offender.

This is why we have prisons– for those who can’t peacefully live with others or the rules of societyBut we’re not sure why it took two years to go down for six by the DA.



On May 13th, 2012, at 1:40 am, officers from the Arcata Police Department responded to a physical fight in progress in the 900 block of H St.

Upon the officers’ arrival, the fight was over and the participants had fled the area. The officers located a twenty-two year old male adult injured at the scene.  The man had substantial facial injuries as a result of the fight and was transported to Mad River Community Hospital for treatment.

The investigation resulted in the identification of twenty-three year old Donny Duane McCoy of Fortuna, as the perpetrator of the assault. 

On May 13th, 2012, at 4:00 pm, officers from the Fortuna Police Department located McCoy at his residence in Fortuna. He was taken into custody without incident. McCoy was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for a violation of 245(a)(1) PC, Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

APD has been busy as of late …and Sgt. Jaynie Goodwin rocks there, we hear.



On May 11, at about 9:45 am, Officers from the Arcata Police Department were dispatched to the Jacoby Creek School on the report that a male subject had entered the school grounds and was trying to lure children into the bushes by saying he needed help.

The subject fled the area on foot when a teacher was summoned. Officers searched the area upon arrival but were unable to locate the subject

At about 11:00am, Officers were dispatched back to the scene on the report that the subject had returned to the school grounds and was last seen jumping over a fence. Officers arrived on scene and with the help of an Arcata Police K-9 they searched the area. As a safety precaution the school was locked down during the search. Due to the dense wooded and marsh terrain Officers were again unable to locate him.

Jacoby Creek School students and staff described the subject as a white male adult in his early 30′s, clean shaven; short brown buzz cut hair, brown eyes, about 5’10″, 160 lbs, with a long face. He was further described as wearing a black t-shirt under an olive green windbreaker, and dark blue jeans. The subject never made physical contact with the students.

The Arcata Police Department is continuing its investigation and is asking for the help of the public to identify the male subject. Anyone with information on his identity or whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Arcata Police Department.

The predatory school perp is reminiscent of another creepster sighted two weeks ago at Eureka’s Zane Junior High.



On May 12, 2012, approximately 8:00 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a homeowner who reported a burglary in progress occurring in the 2400 block of McKinleyville Avenue, McKinleyville.

Deputies responded to the residence and met with the homeowner outside her home. The homeowner told the deputies she had been away from her residence and when she came home she found her window screens removed and a window open. Deputies entered the residence and found a female inside the house. The female was identified as Lise Eileen Kaufman. 58 years old from Eureka.

Deputies detained Kaufman who admitted prying open the windows with a screwdriver.  Kaufman was arrested for residential burglary. She was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Her bail is set at $75,000.00.

Sorry to note, but the county pokey uses special star hex security screws for their doors and windows, Ms. Kaufman.  Good luck.



On May 12, 2012, approximately 2:30 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen advising they just witnessed a vehicle broken into in the area of Ma’Lel Dunes, Manila. The citizen who wished to remain anonymous, was able to provide a description of the vehicle to responding deputies. The suspect vehicle was described as a, “Reddish/Pink” Dodge Neon with two white males in the vehicle.

A responding deputy saw a vehicle matching that description pass him on the Samoa Bridge near Woodley Island exit, Eureka. The deputy turned around on the vehicle, but lost sight of it near 4th and R Street, Eureka. The deputy searched the vicinity and saw the vehicle parked at gas station at 4th and R Street. When the deputy approached the vehicle, the passenger exited the car and took off running. The deputy gave chase and caught the passenger who was identified as Arlen Troy Brown, 28 years old from Eureka. Brown had an outstanding no bail felony warrant for probation violation. Brown was taken into custody on that warrant. Deputies located a stolen credit card in Brown’s pocket. 

Deputies searched the Neon and located several backpacks, camping gear, a cell phone, and an ice chest. Deputies were able to locate the vehicle the items were stolen from at the beach and its owner, who identified the stolen property. Deputies located at least one other vehicle that was broken into at the same location. The suspects broke into the vehicles by smashing the windows.

Deputies arrested Brown for burglary, possession of stolen property, probation violations and resisting arrest, besides the warrant. The driver of the Neon was identified as Jedediah Charles Hiller, 32 years old from McKinleyville. He was arrested for burglary and possession of stolen property.

Both Brown and Hiller were booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Brown is being held without bail, Hiller’s bail was set at $50,000.00.

Mr. Brown was a parolee wanted on a felony warrant for violation of his parole with a history of weapons, drugs and assault. You may remember Mr. Brown from his previous escapades:  crashing into a parked vehicle and fleeing the scene following his brief car chase near Sequoia Park in March, and hiding in a Harris Street attic resulting in the evacuation of the apartment complex as it was surrounded by police and parole agents in September.

Mr. Brown has just about worn out his Groundhog Day welcome in the community.  Every day is identical to the one before. Got Rehab? Prison? Warm milk and cookies?



On May 9, 2012,  at about 0845 hours, a Sheriff’s deputy on patrol in the area of Scenic Drive and Bakers Beach, Trinidad, observed an occupied vehicle stopped in a turn out. As the deputy stopped to check the vehicle and occupant, the vehicle drove away. The deputy observed the vehicles registration appeared expired and requested a check on the license. From that the deputy learned the vehicle had been reported as stolen out of the Hoopa area.

The deputy attempted to stop the driver however, the driver did not yield and a short vehicle pursuit ensued from Scenic Drive to the end of Old Wagon Wheel Road, Westhaven. The vehicles speeds ranged from 20-50 MPH. 

The pursuit traveled a distance of about 4.0 miles. At the end of Old Wagon Wheel Road the driver exited the stolen vehicle and fled on foot. The vehicle collided with an unoccupied parked vehicle at the location.

Deputies chased the driver on foot for less than fifty yards before he was arrested without incident. The driver initially gave deputies a false name however he was later identified as Kelly J. Byrns age 44 of Hoopa. Deputies learned Byrns was a wanted parolee at large and reported to be armed and dangerous.

Byrns was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for 2800.2 VC – Reckless Evading, 148 PC – Resisting/Obstructing a Peace Officer, 148.9 PC – Providing False I.D. to a Peace Officer, 4060 HS – Possession of a Controlled Substance and parole violations.

The party’s over and it’s time to go home now, Mr. Burns.  It’s past your bedtime.



On Tuesday, May 8, at about 7:30 a.m, the Humboldt County Drug Task Force assisted by the Arcata Police Department served a search warrant at an apartment located in the 180 block of South H St., Arcata. When officers arrived on scene they saw Nicholas Dwayne Cretsinger, 29, look at them through the front room window. Crestsinger then disappeared inside of the apartment. Agents then made forcible entry through the front door to the apartment.

Agents located Cretsinger in the bath room attempting to flush a hypodermic syringe and a small amount of methamphetamine down the toilet. Agents were able to recover both items out of the toilet. Cretsinger and his girlfriend Heather Elaine Cook, 22, were then both detained in the apartment.

When agents searched the apartment they located a small amount of methamphetamine hidden inside of a baby bottle. Agents located methamphetamine smoking pipes in the apartment. Both Cretsinger and Cook were arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine smoking pipes. Both subjects were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and their bail was set at $25,000 each.

Tweakers and junkies can be very resourceful when need to be.  What will they think of next?  Poopy diapers?



No, Humboldt didn’t make the list.  Our municipalities were too small in population for comparison purposes.

But it was surprising that the city of Redding recently earned the title of Fifth Most Dangerous City in the United States for women, as ranked by the internationally known Forbes magazine using 2010-11 FBI crime statistics.

Forbes noted:

“At No. 5 on the 2012 list of the most dangerous cities for women is Redding, California, where there were 797 incidences of violent crime and 65 rapes for every 100,000 citizens.

“For a metro area whose population is just over that number at 182,000, a total of 120 rapes occurred over 12 months.”

120 rapes?  Egads. That’s bad.  And we thought the hot weather was uncomfortable and the water slides were scary. 


What were the other cities ranked the worst by Forbes magazine? 

 1) Saginaw, Mich.

 2) Anchorage, Alaska

3) Fairbanks, Alaska

4) Springfield, Ill.

5) Redding, Calif.

6) Flint, Mich.

7) Pine Bluff, Ark.

8)Lawton, Okla.

9) Battle Creek, Mich. 

10) Memphis, Tenn.

 …But wait.  Hold on to your hat, folks.  Eureka was worse in crime overall than Redding– when adjusted for population using side-by-side comparisons in 2006– when figures were last available for this ranking graph.

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Bombs Found In Hoopa

Todd Schlueter originally sought on Trinity warrant


Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel


A Hoopa man is in Humboldt County jail tonight after local law enforcement sought him on a neighboring county’s warrant.

Todd Littlebear Schlueter, 28, was wanted in Trinity County on a felony drug warrant, and at about 11:45 p.m. last night, Hoopa Tribal Police personnel tracked him down to a residence on Pine Creek Road near Masten Flat.

Upon arriving, the Hoopa cops found Schlueter inside, along with his five-year-old child — but upon searching the home, they found a bucket with two improvised explosive devices in the bedroom, leading to the immediate evacuation of the home.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad immediately swung into action and sent in their robot to de-activate the bombs. According to lieutenant Steve Knight in a release, both devices were live; one was 10 inches long and three inches in diameter, while the other was four inches long and one inch in diameter. The contents of the explosives were not disclosed to the public; a further search of the home uncovered a loaded revolver, a rifle and what was described as a “possible” machine gun with the barrel missing.

Schleuter was arrested and transported to county jail on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, possession of a destructive device, manufacture of a constructive device and violation of the terms of his probation. He was also charged with his felony drug warrant, and is being held on $170,000 bail.

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Weekly Roundup For February 10, 2012

For the curiously aware of Humboldt County…


By Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel



WARM AND DRY and the cotton is high.  The weather has been unusually pleasant.  Now is the time to prepare your garden soil for planting next month.  Don’t put your plants in too early.  You can give them all the care and love you want, but the garden simply won’t grow until conditions become warmer.  There’s still a few frost days left.


REEFER MADNESS HOME INVASION:  From the HCSO Press Release Bureau and Bad Karma Division:

On Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 5:53 AM, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received a 911 call from a male victim reporting a home invasion robbery that just occurred at his residence, 3000 block of Thomas Road, Salmon Creek.

Deputies were dispatched to the residence and arrived at the remote home at about 6:15 AM. Deputies interviewed the victim and discovered the following: At about 4:30 AM, the male victim was sleeping in his bed beside his wife. They both were awaked when their dog began barking and noticed four (4) men had entered the residence. The men were all wearing combinations of ski masks and hoods, each wearing latex type gloves.

As the suspects entered the home, they were yelling, “It’s the police, get up!” One of the suspects removed the male victim from the bed and forced him to the floor. The suspect “zip tied” the male victim’s hands behind his back. The suspects then began demanding to know where the marijuana and money was located. The male victim led the suspects to approximately thirty (30) pounds of dried marijuana.

The suspects continued to demand money from the victim, who led them to a small security safe. When the victim could not remember the combination to the safe, he was struck in the face with an unknown object or fist, causing a moderate injury near his eye. Ultimately the safe was opened and no cash was found. During the entire event, the suspects threatened to kill the victims and/or burn down the house. The suspects were estimated to be in the home for about an hour. During that time, they rummaged the house and took an estimated $3,000 to $4,000 in cash.

Prior to leaving the residence, the suspects used duct tape to bind the female victim. They next used duct tape and bound the male victim. The two victims were then bound together (back to back) in a seated position on the floor with duct tape. The suspects then entered the victim’s newly purchased Subaru and drove approximately 1.5 miles to the locked gate on the victim’s property. The suspects were not able to get the stolen vehicle through the gate and left it abandoned in the roadway.

The male victim was able to unbind himself within minutes of the suspects leaving his home and call 911 for assistance. There is no description of the suspects or description of a vehicle that may have been used to travel to the victim’s residence.

At this time there are no evidentiary leads to the identity of the suspects, but the case remains under investigation. The Sheriff’s Office is reaching out to the residents of the Thomas Road area to contact the Sheriff’s Office with any information regarding this robbery (707-445-7251).


BUSTED IN RENO AGAIN.  At least you weren’t stuck in Lodi.  The HSU Lumberjack and Kaci Poor fills us in with their student  pot piece du jour. That bust paled in comparison, however, to the one in Mendo County. A hundred pounds and a hundred grand just doesn’t seem like very much nowadays.  Some people got to have it.  Some people really need it. What we do for the love of Money on the dark side of the moon. 

HOW LOW WOULD YOU GO?  Scoundrels and skullduggery know no limits, especially when it comes to stealing garbage,  Mr. Sims reports.  Share the love but take out the trash. Too many have become another brick in the wall,  Comfortably Numb and not giving a whit about others or themselves.


THE BIG LITTLE COMMUNITY we’re impressed with. The Willow Creek Community Services District tackled many issues in their first meeting of the year, as this extensive article by Kay Heitkamp shows. The complexity and issues taken on by the members was nothing less than astounding. One citizen remarked, “The WCCSD accomplished more in one meeting than Humboldt County planners do in three or four meetings.”

Many things caught our eye: notice that Redwood Region Economic Development Commission Director Gregg Foster is retiring; ambulance services from Hoopa to Mad River Hospital costing the Hoopa Valley $500,000 annually, resolving complaints of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s reportedly slow response times (or was it the lack of communication? Opinions vary), infrastructure upgrades and repair monies needed, and a wide variety of other issues. One trait consistently illustrated in Ms. Heitkamp’s article is that this community pulls together. Everyone chips in what they can offer.

Humboldt County 5th District Supervisor Ryan Sundberg should be proud of the Valley, the WCCSD, and the community’s efforts getting more things done with less. More self sufficiency and less bureaucracy, that is.


A CENTURY OF BUSINESS:  The Times-Standard articles by Donna Tam and Grant Scott-Goforth report that Harper Motors and the Minor Theatre have hit 100 years of being in business.  To curiously note, there are others who have done the same thing:  the hardworking dairy families of the Eel River Valley.  Why is Ferndale the second wealthiest region per capita in Humboldt County, behind Trinidad?  Their farms, houses, mortgages and herds were paid off long ago– and they’ve enjoyed 120 years of steady milk money coming in.


HELPING HOOPA: Two Rivers Tribune’s Allie Hostler penned a thoughtful memoriam for Dr. Karl Fisher, who passed away January 24. Well known in Humboldt County’s counseling and mental health circles, Dr. Fisher loved Hoopa Valley and everyone he met along the way.

Ms. Hostler wrote, “Because of the hundreds of lives he touched in the Hoopa community, the Human Services Division has arranged a remembrance get-together to be held on Friday, February 24 at noon at the Community Center (formerly Church of the Mountains) on Loop Road in Hoopa.”

Ms. Hostler also included a reprint of Dr. Fisher’s article, “12 Steps to Take If Your Child Has Problems at School, “ aside with her column regarding bullying issues.


ONE MODEL FOR ENDING HUNGER: Dr. Josh Strange, in his article for the Two Rivers Tribune, wrote:

Being able to keep food cheap and accessible for the poor while increasing the income of farmers, especially small scale family farmers, appears to be opposing goals.

But what if I told you that a city with over four million people had found answers and achieved these opposing goals? What if such a city made chronic hunger a thing of the past and allowed small family run farms to thrive like never before?

Hard to imagine right, especially when you can see lots of destitute people in modern, wealthy cities like San Francisco, or heck even here in Humboldt County. And yet it’s true—such a place really exists—it’s called Belo Horizonte, the fourth largest city in Brazil.

You can catch his story—and that of Belo Horizonte—in his article here. Ending hunger at a penny per day per resident seems like a good return and a worthy investment.

It’s a Beautiful Day and a Beautiful World if we make it so.  Don’t let it get away.


TIME TO START RUNNING: Eric Kirk’s SoHum Parlance II site reminds us that Yes, Rex Bohn Does have an Opponent for the race of 1st District Supervisor. Her name is Annette De Modena. She has a website.

Mr. Kirk suggests, “If she wants to win this race, she had better start running. Or walking. Kerrigan beat Rex by walking to every home in Eureka. If you don’t have the money, that’s a pretty good way to meet people.”

Well said, Mr. Kirk. And we thank you for adding the Sentinel to your site.


THIN MINTS, SAMOAS, AND TAGALONGS: Expect the Girl Scouts and their cookies coming by to a location near you, starting on February 13 and continuing through March.


ONE LOVE, ONE HEART: Let’s get together and feel all right.

Reggae on the River tickets go on sale March 1st.

The Mateel Community Center organizers say, “This year’s festival will take place on Saturday & Sunday July 21st and 22nd, 2012 at the Benbow Lake State Recreation Area. Advanced tickets go on sale March 1st, and prices and artists will be announced soon.

Set before a backdrop of ancient redwoods on the banks of the majestic Eel River, this 2-day celebration of the best in reggae and world music has been a favorite festival tradition for over a quarter century and offers attendees an opportunity to soak up the irie northern Cali vibes while enjoying a diverse array of top-class international artists, vendors, and kids activities in a family friendly environment. We look forward to seeing you at the 28th annual Reggae On The River!”

Right on. Yah Mon. We suggest reserving/making your lodging/camping accommodations now and getting your tickets March 1st while they last. Folks, we have two kinds of people: the quick and irie-less. One love and all. Peace, Humboldt.


ONE LOVE, AGAIN: Love has been showered by the Ambrosini School and the Cuddeback Kids Care Club. Nice. Sudents taking flight,  Learning to Fly with their own wings.


MORE LOVE AND NOTE TO SELF: don’t forget Valentine’s day like you almost did last year.  Get your garden ready, sign the GMO ballot initiative, don’t jeopardize your family or get ripped off, lock up your garbage if you must, buy girl scout cookies, look after your business, help the poor and your community, and remember your loved ones.

Yeah, that’s about it.  The moral of the story?  Easy.  One world, one love, and do the right thing.

You only have so much Time.


Happenings, events, groups, walks, other hip or rad stuff

Friday, February 10

Saturday, February 11

Sunday, February 12


Other entertainment can also be found here

Movies, reviews, times and trailers are here.



Woody Allen said,

“To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering one must not love. But then one suffers from not loving. Therefore to love is to suffer, not to love is to suffer. To suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy then is to suffer. But suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be unhappy one must love, or love to suffer, or suffer from too much happiness. I hope you’re getting this down.”

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Yurok, Hoopa Artifacts Briefly Stolen


Carter Daniels accused of robbing Blue Lake Museum to pawn seven hats


Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel


A break-in early this morning at a local museum led to the arrest of a Eureka man at a pawn shop.

Carter Daniels, 30, is in county jail after his arrest on possession of stolen property charges this afternoon.

Police caught up with him after a chase which started at 5:15 a.m., when an alarm was set off at the Blue Lake Museum on Railroad Avenue. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office personnel were immediately dispatched, and while en route a local resident called the HCSO dispatcher to say they could see someone was inside the museum; they later said they saw a suspect dressed in black flee on foot towards Hatchery Road.

Law enforcement found the front door of the museum forced in and damaged, with glass case display cases smashed. Deputies immediately began notifying pawn shops and local organizations of the incident, along with the description of the stolen property, namely woven hats from the Yurok Tribe and Hoopa Tribe — estimated to be over 100 years old and worth anywhere from $1,200 to $3,500 each according to museum staff. An initial release from lieutenant Steve Knight said that 11 hats were missing; this was later adjusted to seven hats.

At about 11:45 a.m. came the break in the case — the Eureka Police Department was notified by Heritage Antiques that someone was at their business attempting to sell Native American hats which matched the description of the stolen relics. EPD responded and detained two subjects until HCSO personnel could arrive.

Upon interviewing the two men, they determined that Daniels was the one in possession of the hats. He’s now awaiting arraignment, with bail set at $25,000.

Follow-up investigation into this case continues, with additional charges and arrests possible.  Members of the public with information regarding this case are asked to call the HCSO at (707) 445-7251 or their Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.

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Weekly Roundup For January 20, 2012

For the Curiously Aware of Humboldt County…


By Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel



Hank Sims correctly predicted Eureka’s Fantasy Pacific railroad proposal would be off and running after the Humboldt Bay Alternative Rail Route Feasibility Study was endorsed by the Eureka City Council Tuesday.

The Council not only approved the feasibility proposal after the 4-0 vote (Councilmember Lance Madsen was absent) but directed city staff to locate funding sources and technical support. Attorney and rail advocate Bill Barnum pointed out it’s a preliminary request looking at connecting Humboldt Bay’s shipping to a proposed rail corridor reaching Red Bluff.

The Sentinel will report more of Tuesday’s Council actions with the back story here.

Mr. Barnum believes the idea of a rail corridor should not be discredited before all the facts are in and given a fair consideration. He indicated there’s been misinformation circulating in the community.  The idea, as bold as it seems, requires careful evaluation, vision, and leadership.

Responding to Hank Sims at the Lost Coast Outpost last week, Mr. Barnum clarified a few points for readers:

Hi Hank,

I am curious why you feel a need to disparage this idea? Really, it sort of mystifies me.

To be helpful about a few details:

1. Nobody is ready to break ground just yet. The request is to investigate alternatives. This is what CEQA is all about. The map you copied above is merely to depict the route proposed in 1909 by local surveyor Jess Lentell. It may not be the route that is built – indeed a railroad may never be built.

2. The railroad is not proposed for public ownership and operation. No one is suggesting a publicly-owned-and-operated rail line. If rail is developed, the rail would be privately owned. The City of Eureka owns substantial land that could be developed and leased to the public’s benefit. I guess that is why the City may be interested in at least studying the matter.

3. I am certain the private railroad will not be financed by you. We will take you off the list of potential investors. If you should change your mind, let us know. To be clear, I will not be an owner either, so I guess we have that in common, Hank.

4. Most (but certainly not all) people living in Humboldt County would like to see some new source of employment sometime in our lifetimes. The government job hey-day is over. The state grant gravy-train (a different sort of train), is off the tracks and not likely to return. The State of California has resorted to eating its own by disallowing Redevelopment Agencies. The hand-writing is on the wall. Before Humboldt County becomes another Greece, it might be prudent to search out some private employment possibilities, huh?

5. Some people disparage the idea, other people have their hair on fire. I just don’t get that.

So, Hank, have your fun. Hell, you might be the smartest guy around. But if you don’t mind, when it comes to railroad engineering, I would rather get a feasibility study out of a railroad engineering firm. They do exist.
The beat goes on. It will be interesting to see who shows up Tuesday night to fight the idea of a feasibility study. See you then, Hank?

Mr. Barnum replied to another post:

In reply to Guest above, you are incorrect. I do not want to sell the future railroad any land, and none of its possible course would run through property I own. You are not the first person to suggest this; but you should stop it. It is not true.

My interest in this idea of rail to the valley goes back more than 20 years when I helped found the Humboldt Bay Alliance for Economic Development. My hope is to see a rail connection that helps with goods movement using Humboldt Bay as a connector between ships and the National Rail System. We are closest to Asia and a rail connection in the valley makes sense for bridging rail outside the busy San Francisco Bay Area transportation bottle-neck. Some of the freight stream could be opened here and value added, then re-packaged into containers for shipment. A modern railroad would include double-decked containers and could operate so that trains could transit from Red Bluff to Eureka in about 3 hours. This avoids congested ports and makes sense to people in that industry.

I know that many people are dedicated to seeing no or little economic change here, and many opposing posters resort to mockery and insults. My suggestion is that if the idea is feasible we should promote it. Many will disagree. That’s politics. Fine with me.

Tonight the Eureka City Council voted 4-0 (with Lance Madsen absent) to support
the idea and promote a feasibility study for an eastern rail route from
Humboldt Bay to Red Bluff. Thanks!

Readers weighed in with their comments, too. Here were a few by the proponents of rail optimism:

“This is a feasibility concept. People on both sides are saying it can or cannot be done. Why not get a definitive answer and find out? What will it haul? Who will pay for it, if it can be built? I would think that would be part of the study. Why taxpayer funding? Why not? We study and build roads to promote commerce. Is this that different? Without taxpayer dollars to maintain highways into Humboldt, we would be isolated in less than a year.”

“This is great news. Mocking research into railroad development is just stupid and short-sighted. A rail connection to the central valley is a major infrastructure improvement, the kind that makes your region more economically viable. And a railroad is FAR preferable to increased road access. …The niche for a Humboldt Bay port is not to compete against Oakland, LA and Long Beach, obviously. Those are enormous operations that serve a different purpose. The idea is to have a smaller port where a different type of shipping can predominate. The railroad provides an outlet for goods that arrive via Humboldt Bay, but equally important it provides an outlet for goods that are produced in Humboldt County. There is really no good reason to oppose researching an Eastern rail link, which is far more promising than the Southern route.”

“Gentlepersons, unless there is a major upgrade for accessibility, we will continue to be a backwater. …All costs are high to be here. Primarily, it is the isolation from the rest of the US that is the problem…”

“Will there be a direct connection to the China-Chunnel?”

Some naysaying nabobs of doubt offered their two cents:

“Is it crazier to imagine opening the line south and fighting the terrain and washouts for a longer stretch, or to create a new line east? I think most of us would drool at the prospect of a train connecting us to Amtrak, and for shipping, but it’s hard to imagine it could really be economically feasible in this part of the state.”

“I don’t have a problem with the idea of a rail line to the East. Problem is, what would it haul? I can’t think of any cargo that would be significant enough to make it worthwhile.”

“I suggest taking a look at the NCRA file at the Regional Water Board office in Santa Rosa. One of the things you will see are decades worth of business feasibility studies, all nicely bound and printed in multiple colors. These studies look into all the myriad ways a railroad south could be made to pay… These studies were not cheap and none of them was ever acted upon. At their most innocent, they were public dollars spent on trying to provide rationale… held by people of influence in the Humboldt Bay Area.  …But at a more fundamentally corrupt level, these “studies” were just money being handed out to make work for favored consulting companies. They may have been favors to politicians or lobbyists that have connections to the consultants. They may have been a way to keep the party going at public expense for a favored segment of the community. The one thing the studies were not was a serious attempt to actually get the railroad running.”

“Is the council seriously suggesting we spend staff time and our hard-to-come-by revenues on this sort of craziness?”

While one post curiously stood out unto its own:

“I already did this “study” for you… I will repeat it (again) for free.

There is this geographic feature of the North American continent called the “Great Salt Lake” which is approximately 600 miles due east of Eureka. All east-west transcontinental rail traffic must split east of the Great Salt Lake, and the northern route proceeds to Boise and then Seattle, while the southern route goes to Reno and then Oakland. The truth is that Redding is just as far from markets as Eureka is. So even if it is true that Eureka is a half day’s sea travel closer to Asia, it is at least a day farther from markets by rail. A half day or more would actually be lost by using the Port of Eureka, even supposing that a rail car could make it from Eureka to Redding to Oakland in one day. Most likely it will be two or three days.

There is nothing that we can do about this. So there you go, by accident of geography Eureka will never be a competitive deepwater West Coast port. … Then there are other issues. Could the railway to Redding actually be built? Yes, if you want to spend enough money. …You might be able to lay a new rail line across flat prairie or desert for $5 million a mile but not through those mountains. A half dozen tunnels and a half dozen bridges will cost $500 million all on their own.

This project, technically feasible will cost anywhere from $3 to $5 billion, minimum. The line would have to be heavily taxpayer subsidized or it could not exist and it will never be profitable, because of the geographical facts above.

If in some fantasy world this line was actually completed what would it haul? Although no Asian shipper of manufactured goods would use the port (because of the geographical facts above) shippers of dangerous, explosive or hazardous materials would like to have a lightly populated port to ship through. So we would get the nuclear waste, the caustic industrial chemicals and industrial acids, petroleum distillates, and military munitions. That’s your upside…

There’s your study.”

Granted, there are many questions concerning the rail proposal.  Can it be built?  What will it cost?  What will it haul?  Where will the route traverse?  Is it economically viable?  The proposal does have merit for consideration.  It deserves further discussion.  Free from speculation, conjecture, and opinion, a feasibility study would provide accurate and forthcoming answers to these questions, and we trust, be made available to the public.

More of the 260 comments about Eureka’s East-West railroad proposal can be found at:

The Lost Coast Outpost
The Humboldt Herald

The Eureka City Council Agenda Summary on the Humboldt Bay Alternative Rail Route Feasibility Study can be found here, courtesy of Mr. Sims.

Meanwhile, far, far away from the Redwood Curtain, China recently completed a 30-story building in only 15 days.  How were they able to accomplish this so quickly?  Able to withstand a 9.0 earthquake and 5 times more energy efficient than its counterparts, China’s new skyscraper is a testament to ingenuity, speed, and planning.  With labor standards, regulations, bureaucracy and unions pushed aside, we hope they used a higher quality drywall than usual.

Joel Mielke’s ‘Feasibility Studies’

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MUMS THE WORD:  No word has been received by Supervisor Clendenen offering an explanation here or at Ernie’s Place about the giveaway of STIP (State Transportation Improvement Program) monies to the Highway 101 Safety Corridor instead of repairing Garberville’s roads, as mentioned in last week’s Sentinel Roundup . As we previously said, it’s a sticky sore point stuck between State monies, County road repairs, and 2nd District constituents. Perhaps Supervisor Clendenen feels silence is golden and doesn’t need to explain such decisions to his district’s residents or shameless blogs requesting answers. Who needs pesky voters anyway?

GIVE US YOUR POOR, YOUR SICK, YOUR HUDDLED MASSES:  St. Joseph Hospital is opening the doors and inviting the community to see its new $140 million, 100,000 square foot Northeast Tower addition. At $1,400 per square foot, that’s one heck of an improvement. The open house tours are Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 9.a.m. to 3 p.m. The open house is free; however, donations have always been readily accepted for their past, present, and future needs.  And you thought they only wanted your blood.

SHELTER HELTER SKELTER:  Heidi Walters’ article and photos in The Journal, ‘New Direction’, explains what happened regarding the North Coast Resource Center closure and former Executive Director John Shelter’s future plans. After his sudden fall, will Mr. Shelter rise from the NCRC ashes like a legendary phoenix? You can bet on it.

MORE SHELTER:  Kym Kemp kindly reminds us the Eureka Extreme Weather Shelter has opened. She reports Shelter Coordinator Steve Bell said they’ve helped a lot of different people since the shelter has been available. “We’ve had new faces and about 2 new people a day. It’s a really positive situation here,” Bell said. “I’m hoping that we provide a model of what can be done.” Mr. Bell asked everyone to please direct people to go to the Mission, 110 2nd Street in Eureka, where they will go through intake and receive food, hot showers and clean clothes. Very pleased with how the new shelter is working out, Mr. Bell thanked those who helped, including the Eureka Main St. Organization, the Chamber (of Commerce), the North Coast Veteran’s Resource Center, the Eureka Rescue Mission, and the people at Teen Challenge. Mr. Bell can be rung at (707) 498-9611.  Thank you, Mr. Bell.  You, too, are helping build a sense of community.

GREED AND WEED:  Kevin Hoover and the Arcata Eye fill us in on the 6 quick marijuana busts made over a two-day period while the Two Rivers Tribune reports related pot problems. Humboldt County Supervisors, meanwhile, discussed their environmental concerns caused by weed cultivation and unpermitted grading in the county, comparing the damage to the ‘worst of the timber industry.’

HEALTH AND WELLNESS IS BIG BUSINESS:   Arcata’s Mad River Community Hospital has big plans and an even bigger complex waiting in the wings.

REAL DEAL:   The Rio Dell City Council met in a special closed session discussing a $975,000 contract offered to the property’s owner for a proposed business plaza development.  Rio Dell’s plans call for a new supermarket, strip mall, two motels, restaurants, a gas station and retail space sitting on the 20 acre site adjacent to Highway 101.  If the contract is accepted by the property owner, the next step is for the city to get a commitment from four or five businesses to participate in the development.  (UPDATE):  Unable to reach agreement between the City Of Rio Dell and the property owner, the Rio Dell Business Plaza has stalled. Here’s the counteroffer deal breaking letter.

BUS FUSS:  Virginia Graziani of the Redwood Times reports, “The Southern Humboldt Unified School District is calling all interested students, parents, and community members to join a caravan to Sacramento next Tuesday, Jan. 24, to let our state legislators and Governor Jerry Brown know how important school bus transportation is to rural communities.” Get on the bus, Gus. Make a new plan, Stan. Ms. Graziani also reports on the lesser important ho-hum SoHum school news, too. The Times-Standard’s Jessica Cejnar reported more on Sohum’s Bus Party to Sacto, as well.

EASTERN COMMUNITY SHOP TALK: Two Rivers Tribune’s Allie Hostler and Malcolm Terence talk access, degradation, and protection of Hoopa tribal land , tanoak mushroom picking, and Willow Creek’s new playschool.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZER HEIDI BENZONELLI and the Westside Community Improvement Association invite neighbors, friends, and community partners to a BBQ and community workday this Saturday, January 21. Whether it rains or shines, it’s happening. Bring your tools if you have them. Ms. B. requests your presence “joining the community while we build our future, 10 am ‘til around 3, BBQ somewhere around noon. We’ll be at the future home of the Jefferson Community Park Gardens and Community Center, 1000 B street Eureka. It looks like rain so we will plan most activities for indoors.” This event is hosted by Westside Community Improvement Association and sponsored by First Five Better Together, Humboldt Area Foundation and Eureka First United Methodist Church. That’s quite a collaboration.  Questions? Call 498-5764.

COMMUNITY BLOG FRIENDS ODDS ‘N ENDS:  So John’s up to his old tricks and Jo-Jo’s in the can now that Kristabel’s happily hitched and Tom’s eyeing orbs again.

RAINING CATS AND DOGS:  When will it stop?  Not for awhile.  Don’t complain, you’ll see a glimpse of the sun next Wednesday.  Then hunker down for a solid week or two of rain.  You asked for it.  Maybe it’s a good time to visit your local library and settle down with a good book.

SOMEBODY THAT YOU USED TO KNOW:  32 million viral views and counting. We didn’t know a community of 5 friends could play one guitar at the same time and perform such a hauntingly beautiful melody together.



SLAMMIN’ SALMON:  ACCESS HUMBOLDT is presenting an environmental documentary by Thomas Dunklin Friday, January 27 at 7 p.m. Dunklin is a fisheries geo-videologist and producer of documentary videos surrounding salmon, restoration, and salmon culture. His work encompasses underwater views from the Smith and Klamath Rivers, watershed restorations projects, Klamath dam and other amazing underwater wildlife footage. Questions and answers will follow Dunklin’s selected work. Movie trivia, prizes, and a reception will follow at the adjacent Access Humboldt Community Media Center.

The cost is $5 and all are welcome to attend. Folks, the seats are comfortable, the people and food good, and the price is right supporting independent community media. What isn’t there to like?

Friday, January 20

Saturday, January 21

Sunday, January 22

Movies, times, trailers, and IMDb reviews are here.



When Gandhi was asked what he thought of Western civilization, he said, “It would be nice.”

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Weekly Roundup For January 13, 2012

For the Curiously Aware of Humboldt County


By Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


IT’S A MIRACLE THEIR KIDNEYS MATCHED and a great story. Kym Kemp pens a column underscoring the simple goodness of Humboldt’s people.

Kym writes, “Some people give hearts as Valentine gifts, but two days after the holiday this year, Shannon Robinson is giving a total stranger, Travis Chagolla, her kidney. The little town of Myers Flat in southern Humboldt County is the scene of a very large act of Random Kindness…”

Large it is. Read her touching story. When Kym’s passionate about something her soul flows onto the page along with the words.

Kym added:

“The operation will take several hours and (Shannon) will have to rest for 4-8 weeks afterward. She has a young daughter at home. She won’t be able to work. How will she pay the rent? Shannon’s friends have convinced her to let them hold a fundraiser to help. On February 4th, they’re throwing a benefit at Beginnings in Briceland. There is going to be a spaghetti feed, beer and wine, a raffle and music…Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Myers Flat store and cafe as well as Signature Coffee in Redway.”

KIEM-TV’s Kelly May also reported on Shannon and Travis’ story.  While we don’t solicit random acts of shill, we do acknowledge those of kindness. It’s the right thing to do.  If you’d like to help, please look at Shannon’s donation page here.


NOT A MOMENT TOO SOON:  It’s freezing outside.  Lynette’s Norcal History Blog announced that due to low temperatures the Extreme Weather Shelter will open.  Please pass this on to any who might need the information. She says,

We were ready to have a test run of Eureka’s Extreme Weather Shelter for the homeless when Mother Nature jumped the gun.   A hard freeze warning for TONIGHT prompted the opening of the Extreme Weather Shelter at the St. Vincent’s Dining Facility  at 35 West 3rd Street, in Old Town, Eureka.

I am posting this in case someone out there sees someone who needs shelter for the night. Please send them to the Eureka Rescue Mission, 110 2nd Street in Eureka.


Coordinator Steve Bell is at the Dining Hall to welcome folks and between St. Vincent’s and the Rescue Mission, Eureka can provide shelter to everyone who wants to be indoors tonight. We even have donated dog kennels so folks with animals can be sure their pets are safe. Please help us to help those who need it most…


ERNIE IS ALWAYS RIGHT in his roundabout way. This time he came up with the Annoying Biggest Stories of 2011 in his column. The stories are those which have been underreported locally and without conclusive forthcoming answers. Here’s Ernie’s ‘Top 3’, in his words:

1) “‘Who pooped and peed on the bank?’ (They never did find out) I was always told that a lawyer or a news anchor-person was never supposed to ask a question unless they already knew the answer.”

2) “Sometimes I wish they would tell us things like ‘Why the Eureka officials kept the fact that Wall-Mart was coming to town such a big secret.’ That would interest the heck out of me. How does it happen that a town that knows everything and can’t keep even a small secret, keep the fact that a frickin’ Wal-Mart is coming to the Bayshore Mall. You’d think that would be important for people to know!”

3) “How many of us know that they were going to pave Garberville’s Redwood drive but our supervisor gave the money away to fix the road between Eureka and Arcata? What, you say? Garberville hasn’t been paved since the trees were planted and the power lines were under grounded. Why didn’t we know about the money giveaway until it was practically a done deal? I wouldn’t have even known about the money being given away if it weren’t for Mark Lovelace saying something like, ‘I think that we should ask the people of Garberville how they feel about this.’ Unfortunately I did not have the opportunity to scream bloody murder in time, so OUR Dist 2 Supervisor Clif Clendenen gave out road money to throw on the “Safety Corridor” between Eureka and Arcata.”

“Most people don’t have the time to decide how to spend county money. They split the county into 5 supervisor districts and then elect 5 supervisors to watch-out for our interests. How the heck does giving Garberville street money to Eureka and Arcata represent us in any way!?”

“…OUR supervisor, who has the most rural roads in the whole county, voted to give road money to the most expensive nightmare in Humboldt. Plus it is Highway 101! A state highway. The state has other means of raising money. The county doesn’t. Where is the news service that explains this to us?”

Ernie added:

Redwood Drive… is crumbling. The street looks like an unmade bed.

Before the vote was taken, Mark Lovelace said that he thought something this important should be given a little more time for public input. After the delay, Clif Clendenen broke the tie and voted to give the state the funding! Now, I would expect Eureka and Arcata to vote for it, so it was no surprise when they did. But, I did not expect the supervisor from the most rural district in Humboldt Co. to give away the funding.

The other two rural districts voted against giving away the funding. I had just assumed that OUR supervisor would vote against it. I thought that it was a no-brainer! Imagine my surprise. I probably would not have even known about the vote if it hadn’t been for Mark Lovelace.

Ernie Branscomb, a voice of reason and ever so the SoHum advocate, makes a good point. We believe this is an important issue worthy of a response.

We hope Supervisor Clendenen will offer an explanation either here or at Ernie’s Place before the upcoming election. It’s a sticky sore point stuck between State monies, County road repairs, and 2nd District constituents.

Clif, your peeps are calling. Line 1, line 2, and line 3 are on hold and blinking.


HOW MUCH CAN A DOLLAR BUY: Humboldt County has imposed a $1 fee per every vehicle registered since 1992. In the past year the County raised $133,454 to tow away 3,316 abandoned vehicles—about $40 per car/bus/camper/boat littering the roadsides and public domains. Supervisor Jimmy Smith said the fee has “helped clean up many areas and has been a practical tool literally saving a lot of neighborhoods and disputes.” Unfortunately, extending the fee supporting the abatement of these environmental eyesores requires Humboldt County to place it on the June primary ballot for voter approval– costing somewhere between $15,000 and $40,000. Ouch.

WHETHER OR NOT they appreciate the President and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Ferndale nonetheless scored a cool $8.8 million  low interest loan and grant completing their state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility without rate increases for 1,500 customers, as Mary Bullwinkel reports. Soon you will only be smelling Cream City’s fresh dairy-air.

PUTTING THE RUMOR TO REST: Vegetarians unite. In-N-Out Burger is not preparing to move into the former Arctic Circle site in Eureka nor does the popular burger chain have any plans of coming to Humboldt County.  But, did we tell you that Walmart is already here? Yes, we did. But let’s leave you smiling on a happy note.

WE LOVE HUMBOLDT. The people and community. More than a unique place, Humboldt occupies a special presence of mind for all of us. We love the pride of ownership and our local products. We apparently love cheese and beer, too.

YES, IT’S BEEN DRY. Abnormally so. 10.29 inches of rain for a season that should be seeing nearly 20 inches this time of year. The rivers are low and this could have dire consequences for young fish. Fire officials say a continuing dry spell could create an early wildfire season. But it’s still early. The good news is that rain is on the way, perhaps as early as Wednesday, January 18. Keep your fingers crossed unless you’ve been enjoying the drought weather and sunny skies lately. Mow your grass and get your gardening done.

ALSO DANGEROUS FOR FISH is the North Coast fishing report, courtesy of the Times-Standard and Kenny Priest for angling aficionados.  Pray for rain.

WE HAVE CRABS Jack Durham tells us the commercial crabbing season opens Sunday.  “At almost exactly 1 second after midnight on Saturday, Cap’n Zach Rotwein will pull up the first pot of crabs. He’ll deliver them to Trinidad Pier Sunday morning and they should be cooked and ready to be sold by 11 a.m.,” Jack says.  They are reportedly “fat and sassy.”  Who knew?  Make it happen, Cap’n.

WATERSHED ADVOCACY GROUP TAPS FRESH FLESH: The Humboldt Beacon reports attorney Scott Greacen is the new Friends of the Eel River Executive Director.

LATEST OCCUPY EUREKA HAPS: Angered over a series of emails supporters say created an “unlawful government conspiracy to vilify and suppress” their demonstration, District Attorney Paul Gallegos says he had no intention of raising alarm about the group but was concerned about public safety. Covered well and fairly in Grant Scott-Goforth’s, article, County E-mails Outrage Occupy Eureka; D.A. Says Tents Posed Safety Risks, it’s an interesting twist of conspiracies depending upon whom you speak to.

RYAN BURNS AND THE JOURNAL report in this week’s piece, The Debt Divide, just how the economic crisis affects regular people compared to big corporations using bankruptcy to weather the storm like… Well, we can’t name names and spoil that surprise for you. You’ll have to see for yourself.

HANK SIMS PREDICTS Eureka’s Crazy Train will be riding off the rails after endorsement by the City Council this Tuesday.  Attorney and rail advocate Bill Barnum insists it’s merely a request investigating alternatives.   Mr. Sims has been following the developments of the proposed 125 mile East-West rail corridor requiring a $250,000 feasibility study and construction price tag of half a billion dollars, though no one really knows how much it will cost or who will pay for it.  Picking up steam, citizens may want to see what the Eureka City Council has in mind this Tuesday, January 17, at 6 p.m. following Councilmember Newman fast tracking the Phantom Train onto the calendar.  If you haven’t been filled in, the Sentinel has the back story here.

REMEMBER FUKUSHIMA? Dr. Josh Strange, writing for the Two Rivers Tribune newspaper, states in his informative article that disaster is still brewing:

“Serious health problems are already on the rise in Japan with numerous sewage plants in Tokyo testing positive for radioactive iodine-131 showing that people are consuming contaminated food and water. In the Fukushima area, a wave of serious health problems continue…

Closer to home, debris from the tsunami have recently been washing up in large clumps in British Columbia months earlier than anticipated… scores of ring seals and walruses have been coming ashore since July with hair loss, bleeding lesions, liver spots, and failing immune systems. Biologists have ruled out viruses and are now having samples tested for nuclear radiation from Fukushima, which is consistent with the symptoms being observed.

What does this mean for us here on the West Coast?” he writes.

You’ll have to read his stellar article to find out the rest of the story. Dr. Strange is a fisheries biologist working for the Yurok tribe. A graduate of Arcata High School, Josh earned his graduate and doctorate degrees from the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences before coming home to live and work. From his biography:  “Joshua became passionate about river restoration at the age of 16 when he also trained to become a professional river guide, subsequently guiding some of the most remote and challenging runs in the West. His step-father is a Yurok Tribal elder and Joshua is blessed to have been raised with a diverse cultural perspective. Joshua lives in Hoopa, the largest Tribal reservation in California, where he pursues the dream of sustainable community on a farmstead with his family.”

The Two Rivers Tribune never fails to amaze us with its fine reporting. Dr. Strange’s article is one of the best that we’ve combed through this week. A local boy who’s doing good for his environment and community– his work is certainly deserving a read by the wider audience of Humboldt.


Events, Happenings, Lectures, Walks, Music and Stuff:

We’re thinking the Pastime Silent Movie Orchestra– The Fortuna Concert Series– presenting a classic Buster Keaton silent film accompanied by a live combo on Saturday, January 14 at 7:20 p.m. at the Monday Club in Fortuna is gonna be a good time for the family.  After all, free popcorn is included!  Under the direction of Franklin Stover, Buster Keaton’s The Cameraman is accompanied by the live combo Pastime Silent Movie Orchestra.  If you think Buster Keaton was great, wait until you get a load of Franklin Stover.   Folks, you’re in for a real one-of-a-kind musical treat.   Franklin might play one of his unusually rare Prussian instruments.  Who knows?  His repertoire is vast.  And why 7:20 p.m.?

There’s all sorts of other things happening this weekend.

Arcata has it going on FRIDAY:  Arts! Arcata, everybody wang chunging to the 80s Dance Party at the Jambalaya, the March Fourth Marching Band at Humboldt Brews, and the movie Friday (a stoner comedy-drama-buddy film, if you didn’t know) at the Arcata Theatre Lounge.  Blue Lake has the Naive Melodies, a tribute cover to the Talking Heads over at the Blue Lake Casino.  If you’re in the mood and around SoHum there’s the Mateel Comedy Cabaret at the Community Center.

SATURDAY has Guitar Shorty singing the blues at the Riverwood Inn and more.

SUNDAY has more than a few pancake, waffles, and breakfast things cooking, Redwood Region Audubon Society sponsoring a field trip through the wildlife and landscape areas of Potawot Health Village early in the morning, the Congressional Candidate’s debate is sparring the Mateel Community Center at 2 p.m. along with a John Lennon life and musical tribute gig at Arcata’s Cafe Veritas in Westwood Center later in the evening.

MONDAY has the City of Arcata’s Bowl of Beans benefit honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and local youth.  Eureka will be hosting its own annual presentation at the Adorni Center.  We think. Here was last year’s Eureka event, mixed in with an proto-Occupy Arcata Plaza gig headed up by Jack Nounnan, courtesy of KGOE’s Tom Sebourn and the Sentinel:

You can also take in a rose pruning workshop or a tea ceremony.  So many choice, so little time.

See the listings below for more details:

Friday, January 13

Saturday, January 14

Sunday, January 15


There’s some good flicks playing out there, too.

Movies, times, trailers, and IMDb reviews are here.



While it may be a pricey ticket ($47) at the Arkley Center on Thursday, January 19, comedian Gabriel Iglesias is worth every bit if you like laughing your fat bottom off.  If you’ve seen him perform, you know what we mean.  He’s good.  And getting richer.


ACCESS HUMBOLDT is kicking off 2012 with two film presentations. Travel Photography and More— Swaziland, Africa by local photographer, Gary Todoroff, is featured Thursday, January 19, at 6pm, in the Eureka High School Lecture Hall. Mr. Todoroff has a vast background in aerial, commercial, and fine art photography. His lecture documents an abandoned mining town transitioned into a self-supporting community for orphan care in Swaziland, Africa. Along with an inside look at a vibrant community, Gary will describe the techniques he used as the town’s resident photographer. He’ll also be teaching a 2-hour workshop series, beginning Wednesday, January 18, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. for photographers.

Also featured will be an environmental documentary by Thomas Dunklin Friday, January 27 at 7 p.m. Dunklin is a fisheries geo-videologist and producer of documentary videos surrounding salmon, restoration, and salmon culture. His work encompasses underwater views from the Smith and Klamath Rivers, watershed restorations projects, Klamath dam and other amazing underwater wildlife footage. Questions and answers will follow Dunklin’s selected work. Movie trivia, prizes, and a reception will follow at the adjacent Access Humboldt Community Media Center.

Each presentation is $5. All are welcome to attend.  The seats are comfortable, the people and food good, and the price is right for supporting Access Humboldt and independent media. What isn’t there to like?


Favorite Quote(s) of the Week:

You’re never more alive than when you’re almost dead. You recognize what’s valuable. Freshly, as if for the first time, you love what’s best in yourself and in the world, all that might be lost…. You find yourself studying the fine colors on the river, you feel wonder and awe at the setting of the sun, and you are filled with a hard, aching love for how the world could be and always should be, but now is not.

~Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried

We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.

~Alfred E. Newman

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Two Arrested In Orleans Stabbing

Siblings Richard and Ashley Myers now in county jail

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

A brother and sister from Orleans are in the clink in downtown Eureka after a brutal stabbing in rural northeastern Humboldt County.

At about 10:30 p.m. last night, personnel from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Hoopa area were dispatch to a reported stabbing near the 37000 block of State Route 96 in Orleans. At a home there they found a 30-year-old man lying in pain on a couch with a severe laceration wound on his lower back, for which he was treated by emergency medical technicians who arrived on scene.

The unnamed victim told deputies that he was visiting the home of a friend when he heard a loud commotion outside and went to investigate. In the area of the Orleans Senior Center, the victim said he heard the noise of people yelling and was walking in that direction when an attacker leapt out of the bushes and lunged at him, striking the victim in the head and knocking him to the ground. As the victim tried to get up and run away, he felt a sharp pain in his back, and when he got back to his friend’s house, he discovered that he had been stabbed in the back.

HCSO personnel continued their investigation and collection of evidence, and in doing so, they zeroed in on a suspect, 20-year-old Richard Myers, who lived nearby at a residence at the end of Asip Lane.  The unnamed victim said he did not know why Myers had attacked him. When deputies arrived at Myers’ residence and knocked on the door, Myers attempted to run out of the back door of the home, according to a press statement by lieutenant George Cavinta.

An HCSO deputy covering the back portion of the home allegedly saw Myers exit the home with a rifle of undetermined make and model. Myers was ordered by the cop to drop to the ground and the suspect complied; he was taken into custody without further resistance, and was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, violating his conditions of probation and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Further interviews by law enforcement led to the arrest of the suspect’s 19-year-old sister, Ashley Myers of Orleans, who was charged with being an accessory to the crime. Both are in Humboldt County jail awaiting arraignment.

Details on the condition of the victim are unknown as of press time, although he was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Members of the public with further information regarding this assault are asked to call the HSCO at (707) 445-7251 or their Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.

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Weekly Roundup For December 2, 2011

For the curiously aware of Humboldt County


By Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Occupy Eureka Resists Setbacks, Weather, and Authority

STRATEGIC PLANNING AND OCCUPY REORGANIZATION: HSU’s Kate Buchanan Room hosted over 100 people representing Humboldt’s various Occupy groups last Monday for what was billed as a ‘Countywide General Assembly’ to explore the local movement’s options going forward. Among the list of topics: should the three groups, Occupy Humboldt, Occupy Eureka, and Occupy Arcata consolidate their efforts together? Under moderator Travis Turner, agreement and consensus reached an impasse after different ideas were tabled and discussed. Another meeting is scheduled for next week.

THE GOOD PRESS: Occupy Eureka held a rally at the Courthouse the Saturday after Thanksgiving with 200 individuals braving the chilly weather hearing speakers, music, and enjoying the food.

THE BAD PRESS: According to the press release from the Eureka Police Department:

ON NOV. 21, 2011 at about 11:00 pm, officers of the Eureka Police Department responded to a reported hazardous condition at the “Occupy Eureka” encampment near the steps of the Humboldt County Courthouse. While officers were investigating the incident, an aggressive intoxicated subject approached and confronted the officers. The subject, who was identified as Roger Alan Parshall (56 years old of Eureka) was soon taken into custody for suspicion of public intoxication and obstructing an officer. He was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Several subjects were located sleeping in sleeping bags in a section of the illegal structure. These subjects were advised of the violation.

THEN ON Nov. 22, 2011 at about 7:30 am, officers responded to a verbal argument at the “Occupy Eureka” encampment. Upon arrival, officers were told that a member of the “Occupy Eureka” group was involved in a verbal altercation with two subjects awaiting the opening of the Courthouse. During the altercation, the “Occupy Eureka” member, identified as Heather Nicole McBride (19 years old of Eureka) allegedly threatened to assault the subjects. As a result of the investigation, McBride was taken into custody without incident for disturbing the peace.

With two previous early morning raids, nearly 50 arrests, and many problems over the past month, one would hope cooler heads would prevail, tensions might subside, and the provocative nature of the situation resolve itself. It didn’t, it wasn’t, and it hasn’t:

LATER IN the day at about 4 p.m., at the request of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, Humboldt County Chief Administrator’s Office, Humboldt County Council, and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, officers of the Eureka Police Department responded to the “Occupy Eureka” encampment to enforce the penal code violations regarding the illegal lodging. Deputies of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department and Officers of the California Highway Patrol assisted in this enforcement action. Upon officer’s arrival, several subjects were detained and identified concerning their illegal activity. The subjects were allowed to gather all personal property, that was not deemed camping equipment, and were escorted off the property temporarily, until the illegal structures could be dismantled. Once all subjects had been escorted away, the structure, constructed of concrete, wooden pallets, pipes, and tarps was dismantled and eventually hauled away. All supplies used solely for the purpose of exercising their right to freedom of speech were left at the scene for the group members to reclaim.

AS OFFICERS were finishing the clean-up of the area, a subject stepped out into oncoming eastbound 5th Street traffic with a large banner. He stopped directly in front of an oncoming vehicle. He was immediately taken into custody without incident for obstructing the street. The subject was identified as Hans Karl Ashbaucher (44 years old of Eureka). He was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. This is Ashbaucher’s third arrest at this location in connection with the “Occupy Eureka” movement. A complaint regarding this incident will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s office.”

ONE GROUP participating in Occupy Eureka noticed on their website: “STOP THE ATTACK ON CIVIL RIGHTS. Since Oct 8th, local police & officials have stolen everything we have, arrested us en masse with no warning or crime, beat us to broken ribs & concussion with hands & baton, arrested us for filming, kept us in jail illegally, deleted our videos, fenced off the courthouse lawn, & lied about it all. Cops now come many times a day & steal our signs, where people have demonstrated for decades. There’s no excuse for trying to wipe out our demo. It’s time to SPEAK OUT!

ON Wednesday, a couple of Occupy volunteers were busy erecting a 6 X 8 foot makeshift shelter using wood, PVC piping, and tarps near the Courthouse steps in the late afternoon. What was going on and what were they doing? It is, or was, the short-lived Occupy Eureka Information Booth and Social Center– until it was allegedly stolen by EPD and its Occupy members kidnapped. Tom Sebourn explains more via the communiqué he received of the situation and arrests:

“In the latest show of complete lawlessness and blatant disregard for the Constitutional Rights of the Citizens of Humboldt County, the Eureka Police Department has once again raided the Occupy Eureka site and stolen both the Information Booth and the Scott Olsen Social Center. In addition to this robbery, they have also kidnapped 2 of our Comrades – Kimberly (“Verbena”) Starr and Stanton Woods are now being held in the Humboldt County Jail despite the fact that they were doing nothing other than exercising their First Amendment Right to speak and hand out literature in a public place. The EPD is trying to claim that Kim Starr was in violation of a court order when she handed out fliers. At the court proceedings to which the EPD were referring, Judge Cissna EXPLICITLY, on the record, said that she was free to speak and hand out papers on the sidewalk. They claim that she further violated orders by erecting the Scott Olsen Center (which was not blocking the sidewalk or in any other way impeding foot traffic and was only there to protect the information table from the weather and as a gathering place for Occupiers and conversations) even though she never even touched any part of it…”

GOOD LUCK, Travis Turner, Ms. Starr, and Occupy Eureka. We wish you the best. We really do. A recent Field Poll found 46% of California voters identifying with the Occupy movement while 49% do not. 58% agree with the protesters’ underlying reasons. 52% blame Wall Street more than the federal government (24%) for the current economic disparity. It’s doubtful these numbers come close to approximating local sentiment in supporting our local Eureka movement given its recent problems as previously reported and the overall message co-opted into a scattered mix of provincial agendas and demands– such as the removal of a chain link fence surrounding a patch of courthouse sod formerly accommodating the overnight tent city and unfortunately wearing out its welcome.

GRANTED, some of the protesters were treated rudely and roughly, probably unduly so; it appears civil litigation for these cases is on the horizon from the sources we’ve heard from. Nonetheless, bringing a more even disposition and clearly grounded solutions to the table — rather than the angry, threatening display of emotional wrought and malfeasance brought to the chambers of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on November 15 — would be best for all concerned. We believe in social justice, carefully and restoratively sought, with a sagacious prudence and considerate respect for all involved. Wise and cooler heads need to prevail preventing the unraveled ends from falling apart and imploding altogether, driving away those who would be otherwise sympathetic. Representing Humboldt — and the 99%– needs to be presented and presented well, without the confrontation, blame game, and the victim card being played. It needn’t be a fine line to tread; otherwise, it detracts and distracts from OWS’ important message that something has gone seriously wrong regarding the disparate inequality and the state of our nation today.

MORE: Heidi Walters and the North Coast Journal covered more of the Occupy haps here for readers… unless you’d rather go directly to the Occupy Facebook site for their more recent postings. Tom Sebourn’s blog kindly archived the latest ballads arising from the source, while the Humboldt Herald’s readers weigh in with their 220 comments and opinions describing more of the above.


KINGPINS AND COLD CASH CAN WORK WONDERS: The sentencing of the Hydesville marijuana kingpin, Stanislaw Kopiej, has been postponed. You’ll remember he was arrested with more than 425 pounds of processed pot, entering into a probation-only plea agreement deal only a mere 10 days later after his arrest with his attorney Patrik Giego and the District Attorney’s Office, after forfeiting $175,000 in cash. Monday’s hearing was continued to December 7 to allow attorneys in the case to review the “forfeiture language” in the agreement concerning his former $1 million dollar operation. Meanwhile, the trimmers working for him languish in jail after being hammered with unprecedented felony charges by the District Attorney’s Office– to the dismay of their defense attorneys.

BUCKLE UP AND LOOK BOTH WAYS: Humboldt sadly lost two citizens on the road recently: talented musician Bucky Osper and young Eureka High Student Mariah Redman. Be careful out there, folks. Or going to the new Harris Street Safeway that’s reportedly experiencing fender benders due to the two simultaneous left turn lights colliding with the blocked traffic entering the parking lot, making it one of the more dangerous intersections in the City, some believe.

WHACKS, STABS AND PRICKS: If it wasn’t enough former Arcata mayor Bob Ornelas got trucked, it was Hanna’s report of being the second Arcata victim getting stuck.

PHYSICIANS AND PEEPS, HEAL THYSELF: The Two Rivers Tribune explained our national health front in a nutshell: School lunches lean towards the unhealthy, we’re living longer, teen birth rates are declining, Oxycontin-like drugs are smuggled in from Canada, newborns having an ‘explosive surge’ being hooked on prescription painkillers, and a rising level of drug use and alcoholism among doctors and health care professionals. Dr. DeCapua’s article noted, “Research suggest that 15 to 24 percent of lawyers suffer from alcoholism during their careers. The British Medical Association estimates that one in 15 healthcare professionals will develop an addiction problem. Doctors are three times more likely to develop cirrhosis of the liver than the general population.”

AN END RUN, PT II: THE GARBAGE WARS THICKEN. In the last Sentinel Roundup we reported that the Humboldt Waste Management Authority (HWMA) was making an end run of closed door negotiations utilizing Arcata Community Recycling Center (ACRC) employees amidst pending litigation. HWMA Executive Director Jim Test said that HWMA is still discussing leasing the Samoa Processing Plant and in a Nov. 10 closed session meeting met to discuss the possibility of keeping the Samoa plant open in an agreement with ACRC. In the latest twist, however, Fortuna’s Eel River Valley Disposal is looking at contracting for Arcata’s recyclables… and bypassing the Samoa Processing Plant altogether in favor of their new facility opening this month. The City of Arcata is pondering its new position of recycling authority. No doubt the clash of stubborn ill will between Directors Jim Test and ACRC’s Mark Loughmiller will continue in some form or another. Who would’ve thought there was money, plot twists and high drama in garbage?

BUSINESS AS USUAL STATS: The Hoopa Valley Tribal Council approved a $79.5 million budget—about $26,000 per person for 3,040 residents for fiscal year 2011-2012. In comparison, Eureka is looking at approving an approximately $55 million budget for 27, 191 residents, or $2,022 per person according to city sources. Humboldt County’s adopted $263.7 million budget for 134,630 residents comes in at $1,958 per person.

TURN OFF THE LIGHTS AND LOCK THE DOORS WHEN YOU LEAVE: If you’re one of Bank of America’s last customers, take note and heed. No, it’s not the fact that Bank of America recently secretly moved $57-75 trillion dollars (yes, that’s right; trillion with a T) of unknown derivatives to an FDIC-insured umbrella account that some say is preparing itself for bankruptcy, nor that the Federal Reserve Bank gave it and other institutions an equally secret $7.7 trillion dollar rescue and bailout coming to light, or that it’s just been hit with downgrades by the two major rating companies and also under investigation for illegally foreclosing on homes and using deceptive loan practices. If that isn’t enough of a warning in itself, it’s the fact that Bank of America’s stock is tanking big time. Currently around $5.53 a share (down 62% from the beginning of the year), experts believe it can’t go much lower without the institution going belly up. Corporate bonuses for such spectacular failure will be announced later– when the final figures for financial institutions are released– and before the projected layoff of 30,000 BofA employees. Our local branch of Bank of America is perilously close to going the way of the Dodo—or Mervyn’s, Hometown Buffet, Borders, Evergreen, the Eureka Reporter, and the Humboldt Beacon and the Times-Standard’s Monday edition.

POT PROMOTIONALS AND OTHER MERCHANDISE FOR SALE: Despite the economic downturn, there is a bright outdoor light of opportunity shining for some. If you haven’t taken the humorously crass capitalistic tour of Jorge’s Garden ‘O Humboldt Eden yet, you still can at Kym’s place. No doubt personal tours will be in the works shortly. Don’t forget to buy a T-shirt or mug at the gift shop on your way out.

THE PERFECT LOCO TRIFECTA? Lost Coast Communications media mogul Patrick Cleary, Lost Coast Outpost Hank Sims, and the ginger Redheaded Blackbelt Kym Kemp have joined forces. The fate of the Humboldt world hangs in their balance.

FAVORITE QUOTE OF THE WEEK LEST WE FORGET: “The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights. The amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. We have the right to assemble, and we have the right to question our government! Nobody has the right to pepper spray peaceful, albeit obnoxious, protesters… GOT IT?” (~Ernie Branscomb)


A NICE LINEUP THIS WEEKEND and a little something for everyone, musically speaking, with Hawaii’s ukulele-stretching Jake Shimabukuro on Friday, Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart on Saturday, locals Devin the Dude and Ishi Dube Saturday, 7 man swing and jazz band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy playing Sunday, and Humboldt’s beloved Huckleberry Flint set for Wednesday.

OR get outdoors in the rain or shine with the Arcata Marsh and Lanphere Dune walks and the Audubon King Salmon and Arcata bird outings listed in the Saturday calendar below, or take in the 22nd annual Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park candlelight walk.

HUMBOLDT’S infamous Impropriety Society is having their last-of-the-year-bash. Don’t know who the Imps are? Oh my. How does one explain this? Let’s put it this way: some things are best left unsaid and don’t look here and certainly don’t look here, either. We warned you, even if you are curiously aware.

…AND the Eureka Inn is scheduled to have their traditionally glittering Christmas Tree decorated and lit– delighting all on Saturday, too.


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Weekly Roundup For November 11, 2011

 For the curiously aware of Humboldt County…


By Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


VETERANS DAY EVENTS: The Eureka Veterans Day Program presented by the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka will honor veterans of all branches of the armed forces on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Eureka Municipal Auditorium, 1120 F St. Arcata will have a 5K Run/Walk hosted by the Veterans Enrollment and Transition Services Department and the Student Veterans Association Club will take place Friday in the Redwood Bowl at Humboldt State University at 11am. Fortuna’s Salute to Veterans is Friday starting at 2 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1426 Main Street, Fortuna. Honor Our Veterans will be presented by Sequoia Springs Assisted Living Friday at 12:30 p.m. at Sequoia Springs, 2401 Redwood Way, in Fortuna, too. The Hoopa Valley Tribe will be honoring veterans on Friday in front of the Hoopa Neighborhood Facilities Building at 11am. Please thank our veterans, love our country, and fly your flag high, folks.

FUNNY MONEY AND 101 SAFETY CORRIDOR FENDER BENDERS: Now you see it, now you don’t. The Board of Supervisors, the Eureka City Council, and the Humboldt County Association of Governments are grappling with the big $23 million Caltrans allotment price tag for the the larger plans of improving Highway 101 between Eureka and Arcata. Yes, it’s a headache for all concerned with many hours of discussions and wrangling set for the future. We’re not so sure it will come together like a fine Swiss watch running faster than the morning commute with so many municipal players wanting their piece of the fiscal pie kept intact.

FISKARS TRIMMERS, TITANS, AND THE LONG ARM OF THE CLAW: Kym Kemp brings us the glaring inconsistency of District Attorney Paul Gallegos seemingly new enforcement slant going after the cannabis trimmers while organizing kingpin Stanislaw Kopiej goes free. Kopiej’s massive $1 million Hydesville marijuana bust and subsequent probation-only plea bargain lies in stark contrast to his bud tending female trimmers getting subsequently soaked and hammered by the DA’s office. He’s free on bail while the trim ladies languish in the 5th Street Salmon Slammer. Birds of a tether do time together, per the iniquitously wobbly scales of justice and Paul Gallegos.

POOP AND PEE GO NATIONAL: Yes, Humboldt is known for towering redwoods, fresh air and clean water, pastoral views and its clandestine marijuana industry. And something else. The infamous Poop and Pee report erupted the local blogosphere wide open with projectile force as the Betsy Lambert/KIEM-TV video goes viral in reaching new heights of in-depth investigative reporting. Only in Humboldt would there an animated cartoon and a soulful ballad appoopriately memorializing this pseudo-historical potty event. Please people, make it go away. Far, far away. Can’t we just find our happy place behind the redwood curtain? Stall? Porta-potty? US Bank?

EMBATTLED ELECTION IMBROGLIO: Elections are rarely sexy and Tuesday’s turnout was true to form. As reported in Wednesday’s Sentinel, the votes are tallied. Incumbent Judy Anderson (42%) soundly lost to newcomer Susan Johnson (57.5%) bidding for Eureka City Schools Trustee and following her televised debate no-show last month. Note to self: simply show up before stiffing an informed electorate– even if only 21% of the voters cast ballots. Notably outspoken citizen regulator, fiscal conservative, and depending who you speak to civil advocate or civic critic David Elsebusch was trounced garnering a slim 14.9% of the vote for McKinleyville’s Community Services District. Arcata’s uniquely original and freewheeling thinker Geronimo Garcia went down in flames with only 4% for Manila Community Services District Director. Security National’s right hand front man and incumbent Brian Mitchell secured one of the two positions for McKinleyville Union School District with a respectable 33.5%. Measure U squeaked through with 52.3% of voter approval for the fiscal consolidation of two Fortuna school districts. Thus far no recounts have been demanded.

STUNNING SCHOOL STATS: The Humboldt County Office of Education Healthy Kids two-year report brings some striking news. 22% of Humboldt County 9th graders currently use marijuana regularly while 29% use alcohol. These figures bump up respectively to 26% and 42% by 11th grade; 37% and 60% if enrolled in an alternative education school. 7% of 9th graders currently smoke tobacco, increasing to 12% by 11th grade. Students in an alternative education setting see 45% smoking. Safety concerns? 5% of 5th graders brought a knife or gun to school. Gang affiliation? 8-9% of 7th, 8th, 9th, and 11th grade students considered themselves a member of a gang.

JUST TOO CUTE: Sequoia Humane Society’s Most Wanted. For those looking to take home a loyal companion there’s also Miranda’s Rescue and the Humboldt County Animal Shelter for some very adorably adoptable pets. My goodness.

JUST TOO UGLY: Eureka Police Department’s Most Wanted. Curiously enough, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office doesn’t seem to want anyone– as evidenced here.

‘BELIEVE IT OR NOT’ MEETS ‘ALL THE NEWS THAT FIT TO PRINT’: Or, Robert Ripley meets Ben Bradlee in Dave Stancliff’s amusing and colorful As It Stands column of various sundry laundry items culled from around the planet. Whether it’s Satanic sex stabbings, Britain’s rubber bullets for riotous acts, innocent children locked, loaded, and spun in Wascomat washing machines or the attack of the 50 foot woman, you’ll find it all here and the kitchen sink under Dave’s watchful muse and editorial eye. Dave is also a veteran and currently running for the position of POTUS.


Humboldt County’s Drug Task Force was informed last week that it will no longer be financially supported by the State Department of Justice—an approximate $213,000 blow to the county’s efforts to curb illegal drug use and sales.

Following the vandalism at Ferndale High School, a car crash, and the three teens involved, the stolen Milk Can Trophy was finally recovered from the woods by the Fortuna Police Department and returned back to its rightful winner.

Humboldt County and the City of Eureka have been trying to organize a temporary winter shelter for the homeless with too much discussion, differing opinions, and numerous emails flying about. Consensus is difficult to reach largely due to the 3 homeless advocates muddying up the waters in addition to Old Town businesses nixing any such idea in their neighborhood. Humboldt County Supervisor Jimmy Smith and Eureka City Councilman Mike Newman have been working tirelessly bringing all parties at the table towards agreement in providing humane solutions and a temporary shelter before temps dip lower come the holidays. Sources indicate the District Attorney’s office and Paul Gallegos have also been trying to resolve the otherwise cold situation. Birds under the weather stay warm together.

One Humboldt town may be growing smarter with their proposed Rio Dell Plaza in the works. Acting as its own developer, the city of Rio Dell is looking at building a large grocery store, 2 motels, a gas station, restaurants, civic buildings, and public space on 20 acres to draw traffic and tourists off the 101 and thwart a 16% unemployment rate.

The City of Arcata, Susan Ornelas, APD, and Kevin Hoover would certainly like to see something done differently for Halloween next year.

Arcata police have been fairly busy this week busting grows: one on Wednesday followed by the other on Thursday.

It’s been a rough week in Arcata, friends. You know it’s bad when our previously mentioned uniquely original and freewheeling thinker Geronimo Garcia gets shot with a BB gun and suffers a stunning electoral loss at the same time.


Cannabis happenings sighted in SoHum: Hemp Fest and Mary Jane: The Musical are around Redway-Town and the Mateel.

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Thank you, Veterans, for your service.

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HSU Author Publishes Indian Language Encyclopedia

Professor Victor Golla produces milestone volume on California tribes


By Paul Mann


Area bookstores have taken delivery of “California Indian Languages” by Humboldt State University Anthropology Professor Victor Golla. The milestone volume is the first encyclopedic reference book of all indigenous languages known to have existed in California before 1850.

Published by UC Press and available at Eureka Books and Northtown Books, Arcata, Golla’s unprecedented survey spans aboriginal languages in California, southern Oregon, areas of Nevada and parts of Baja California.
The omnibus work has drawn praise from fellow linguists and anthropologists alike.

“This book is a wonderful contribution that only Golla could have written,” says Ives Goddard, senior linguist emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution. “It is a perfect confluence of author and subject matter.”

Anthropology Professor Robert L. Bettinger of UC Davis agrees. “Golla is a gifted polymath and ‘California Indian Languages’ is certainly his landmark achievement, required reading for any linguist, archaeologist, ethnographer or historian interested in aboriginal California.”

The book lays out in full detail the basic facts about every indigenous language of the California region, about 80 all told.

Golla began work on the project in 2003, but the volume stems from a lifetime career in the study of indigenous languages in California and the Northwest. From the time of his graduate studies at Berkeley in the early 1960s, he has been a well-known figure in North American linguistics and anthropology. He served for more than two decades as the Executive Secretary of SSILA, the international professional society for American Indian linguistics.

Golla has taught at Humboldt State since 1988, and was earlier affiliated with the University of Alberta, Columbia University in New York, and George Washington University and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

The focus of “California Indian Languages” is what Golla calls the “aboriginal state of affairs”-the diversity of languages spoken in the pre-white era. Rich ethnogeographical data are supplemented by numerous maps. The history of documentation is uniquely illustrated by more than 100 photographs. The salient linguistic facts about each distinctive language or language group are summarized in tables, and surveyed on an area-wide basis in a separate chapter on “California as a Linguistic Area.”

Golla’s compendium cites everything known about the languages of California as they have been recorded and transcribed by linguists and anthropologists since the 1880s. Also noted are the less systematic, but still valuable materials collected by earlier explorers and missionaries, beginning with Cabrillo in the 1540s. Special sections are devoted to extensive field collections developed by C. Hart Merriam and J. P. Harrington during the first half of the 20th century.

“California Indian Languages” is a one-of-a-kind reference work for graduate students and professionals who need who need a detailed manual to guide their research on California’s native cultures, histories and archaeology. It can also assist California tribes in their efforts to retain knowledge of their traditional languages, Golla said. In his words, “If you’re teaching a language renewal class on, say, the Hoopa Reservation, you’re very interested in knowing how to find all the information that exists on the Hupa language. This book tells you that.”

At the same time, however, the work is accessible to general readers. “It’s not overly technical or laced with jargon,” Golla says. “Someone interested in the local Wiyot language, for example, will find lots of accurate information easily accessible, including where it was spoken, how it was divided up into dialects, what the grammatical structure of the language is and how Wiyot is related to other languages.”

Much of the information will be new to most readers, according to Golla. “Thus, many people will be surprised to learn that the name Wiyot comes from the indigenous word for the Eel River. “The Wiyots actually call themselves, and their language, ‘Sulatelak.’ It’s that kind of fact that people will go to my book to find out.”

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