Archives for October 2019

Suspects In Chase Turn Themselves In

Two suspects wanted after taking off from police during a Tuesday traffic stop have turned themselves in. Officers tried to make a traffic stop on a silver Nissan Sedan traveling northbound on US 101 just south of the Hooker Creek exit. The Nissan failed to yield to the officer and continued at a high rate of speed northbound of SR 254 (Avenue of the Giants). The Nissan continued north on SR 254 through Miranda and turned right on Jay Smith Road. Approximately one half mile up Jay Smith Road the Nissan was abandoned and two Hispanic males fled the vehicle on foot and ran into the surrounding forest. Tuesday night, 21 year old Ivan Soto called police to surrender. 90 minutes later, 20 year old Marvin Rosa did the same thing.

Eureka Seeking Business Loss Estimates From PSPS

The City of Eureka is asking all businesses to provide the City with a report regarding estimated
losses related to PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shut-off. Eureka is pursuing a State Emergency
Declaration that may in turn offer assistance to those businesses that incurred a loss. Even if
Eureka is not successful in securing the Emergency Declaration, we would like to know what
this loss of power cost each of our businesses.
Please e-mail an estimate of the losses your business sustained due to the power outage.
Include the name of your business, address and amount of financial loss of either product or
revenue due to the outage. This information will be used to establish an overall loss sustained
by businesses and government during the Public Safety Power Shut-off.

Fake PG & E Advisory About Another Planned Electric Outage

There is a fraudulent PG&E letter alerting customers of an upcoming planned outage for maintenance work, starting on the 16th, which indicates it could impact several counties. This letter is a fake and there is no such outage or Public Safety Power Shutoff planned. This letter has been widely shared on social media and indicates an extended county-wide outage.

PG&E does routinely schedule planned power outages for maintenance. In order for crews to safety make repairs, we have to de-energize the line in targeted areas. Customers will receive a letter several days in advance directly to their address we have on file.

In addition, the letter in question has a return address of Fortuna. Again, there is not a planned outage scheduled for Fortuna for October 16-19.

Lotter Chosen As New City Manager In Eureka

The Mayor and Council in Eureka are announcing that Dean Lotter of New Brighton, Minnesota
has accepted the position of City Manager with the City of Eureka. Dean comes to the City of
Eureka with 23 years of experience and knowledge as a City Manager. Mr. Lotter is currently
employed by the City of New Brighton, MN as their City Manager and oversees $16.8 M General
Fund, $73.3 M CIP and $10 Million Utility Funds.
Previous experience: Dean served as the City Administrator of Minnetrista, MN. Minnetrista is
a developing, third ring Twin Cities Metro suburb of 6,500 people surrounded by many nearby
lakes. He managed a $6 million City Budget and developed relationships with many nearby
agencies and districts. Prior to Minnetrista, Dean was the City Administrator in the City of
Janesville, MN. Janesville is a rural, stand-alone community that provides a nursing home as
well as electrical generation and distribution service along with all other public services to its
residents. While there, Dean developed and managed a 4-million-dollar budget
Dean Lotter received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point with
majors in Public Administration & Policy Analysis, Political Science and History in 1993. Dean
earned a Masters of Arts in Urban Studies – Local Government from Mankato State University
(MSU) in March of 1996.

Filing Claim For Power Outage?

According to the Redwood Times, customers affected by Pacific Gas & Electric Corp.’s planned power shut-offs will not eligible for reimbursement through the company’s Safety Net program — which typically compensates customers for weather-related outages. Customers without power for 48 hours or more due to a weather event qualify for the program, but the company said earlier this week that outages through the PSPS did not qualify. PG&E customers who experienced hardship due to the loss of power can still try to submit a claim to the utility company by going online and using the form at

Sheriff’s Deputies Answer Calls

Langlade County Sheriffs Deputies dealt with some malfeasance Tuesday. They got a call from Orchard Road where a resident reported that he was checking his pheasant pens and cameras and discovered that the card was gone from one camera. Footprints were seen nearby and a possible suspect identified, reports the Antigo Daily Journal. Also, late Tuesday afternoon, deputies stopped a vehicle for speeding near the intersection of
Badger Avenue and Superior Street. The smell of pot was detected and when police told the driver they were going to search his car, he turned over a pipe and marijuana. He’s being charged with pot and paraphernalia possession.

Arcata Advisory To Pressure Sewer System Owners

The City of Arcata would like to inform the few Arcata residents with septic sewer systems or private sewer pumps known as “pressure sewer systems” that these sewer systems have been affected by the PG&E power shutdown. These pump systems require electricity to run and will not operate without a backup power source.

The majority of Arcata residents do not have septic or pressure sewer systems and have not been affected.

Residents with septic or pressure sewer systems are encouraged conserve water and to closely monitor the water in their sewer holding tank to prevent overflow. Frequent flushing or water use will ultimately cause the system to overflow if not monitored properly.

PG & E PSPS Wednesday PM Update

PG&E is out with an update on the PSPS situation. The utility says 513,000 customers were part of the first phase and those customers are out of service in Humboldt, Mendocino and parts of several other counties.
About 21,000 in Calaveras and 800 customers in Mendocino were not part of the first phase and are being turned off during the second phase happening late Wednesday. Shutoffs for the second phase of counties, initially scheduled to start around noon on Wednesday, have been delayed by a few hours, given changes to the weather forecast. Those 800 customers in Mendocino will be affected by that outage but no part of Humboldt County will be. It’s still unclear when Humboldt County will get power back. Also, the community resource center, located at Eureka Redwood Acres Fairgrounds – 3750 Harris Street, Eureka 95503, will be open at 8am Thursday.

What You Need To Know About PSPS Plans For Eureka

The City of Eureka has received notification that the County of Humboldt will be part of PG&E’s
Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). The two main power transmission lines coming into
Humboldt County along Hwy 299 and Hwy 36 will be de-energized to protect areas along the
route that are subject to high fire risk due to predicted wind weather events.
The shutdown will begin at Midnight 12AM tonight, October 8th and is scheduled to last until 12
noon on Thursday, October 10th. Re-energization of the lines could take additional time and
residents should be prepared for the outage to last until Friday the 11th

. At this time, the City of
Eureka is activating it Emergency Operations Center and working with Humboldt County Office
of Emergency Services.
Due to loss of power, the City of Eureka operations will be impacted significantly. Public Safety
and Public Works crews will be staffing up to handle operations as needed. During power
shutdowns, residents are advised to the following:
• City Hall, Eureka Police, and Humboldt Bay Fire Offices will be open regular hours
• Water will still flow to homes however sewer lift stations will be impacted and crews
will rotate pumping utilizing mobile generators and other equipment
• Non-working traffic signals are four way stops. Motorist must stop and proceed once it
is safe to continue.
• Only call 9-1-1 with in the event of a true emergency
• Non emergency calls can be directed to the following numbers:
o Eureka Police Business Line 441-4060
o Humboldt Bay Fire 441-4000
o Eureka Public Works 441-4203
o Eureka Administration 441-4144

Humboldt County Now On List of Potential PG&E PSPS

Portions of Humboldt County have been added to the potential scope of PG and E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), in addition to the 30 counties identified Monday. Overall, based on the latest weather forecasts and models, PG&E anticipates that this weather event will last through midday Thursday, with peak winds forecasted from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning and reaching 40 to 55 mph, with isolated gusts up to 60 to 70 mph. Before restoring power, PG&E must inspect its equipment for damage and make any necessary repairs. That process cannot begin until the severe weather event has subsided. Given the prolonged period during which the wind event will unfold, and the large number of power line miles that will need to be inspected before restoration, customers are being asked to prepare for an extended outage. No word as yet concerning projections of how long that will be.