Archives for January 2019

HSU Starts Housing Education Program

Humboldt State University is developing a new housing education program designed to ease housing barriers for students and build a stronger connection between Humboldt County landlords and student tenants.
Under the Educated Landlord and Tenant Program (ELTP), HSU students and landlords will take courses several times a month. Courses will cover a range of topics such as how to be a good landlord and tenant, implicit bias, indigenous perspectives, emotional and service animals, and personal finance. The program, expected to launch this fall, is one of several HSU initiatives attempting to address housing insecurity — a challenge for college students around the country.

Four Cuffed After Pursuit In Eureka

Three area residents and an out of towner are under arrest after a police pursuit in Eureka. The vehicle in question finally stopped near 14th and F Streets and those inside were detained. Police found a sawed off shotgun and a loaded .40 caliber handgun. Under arrest are 34 year old Triston Crossland of Fields Landing, 34 year old Ryan Landowski of Eureka, 31 year old Madelyn Flores of Boise, Idaho, and 26 year old Aaron Stanely of Fortuna. Landowski and Flores were charged in connections with the weapons uncovered.

EPD Has Advice For Getting Around Super Bowl Sunday

As the Super Bowl draws closer, the Eureka Police Department is encouraging all football fans to celebrate
responsibly by not driving impaired, or letting other fans get behind the wheel when they shouldn’t. They encourage you to have a game plan including a safe way home, ideally through a designated driver. Eureka Police Department will increase patrols Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 3), adding additional officers to look for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Eureka Police Department also reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take
prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you
might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with
alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.

Panther Gap Road Issues Being Dealt With By Engineers

Panther Gap Road became the first major slide in Humboldt County due to the series of storms that hit the coast. What began as a drop out in the roadway has since turned into a hillside slide and a substantial drop in the roadway itself. Portions of the road at post mile 0.50 have dropped 10 feet and huge piles of dirt and trees now cover the roadway. On January 22, Engineers responded to assess the damage and noticed that the hillside was still moving and clearing out the area would be too dangerous. Humboldt County Sheriff WIlliam Honsal has declared the area a Local State of Emergency. This will allow the Humboldt County Engineers to proceed with remediation and reconstruction plans faster. Current plans are to create a bypass trail for residents to either walk out or use side by side ATV’s to travel through the area. Engineers have been out on Panther Gap Road for several days surveying and analyzing a more permanent solution to this closure. Crews will be on Panther Gap Road in the next few days opening up a trail.

Arcata Meeting On Proposed Affordable Housing Project

They held a meeting in Arcata last concerning a new multi-family affordable housing project. It’s a four story building proposed for 7th and I streets. There would be a total of 44 units for low income residents…11 three bedroom units, 17 two bedroom units and 16 single bedroom units. Some who attended questioned how the four story building would fit into the aesthetics of the landscape. The developers say they’re open to any and all comments prior to construction. Others were concerned about how parking in the area could be affected by the project.

McKay Community Forest Trail Plan Draft Released

The Humboldt County Public Works today released the draft McKay Community Forest Trail Plan for public review. The purpose of the Trail Plan is to provide a blueprint for the development of trails, access points, and amenities to support recreational and educational activities within the Community Forest, located southeast of Eureka. The Trail Plan proposes a trail network with 27 miles of multi-use roads, multi-use trails, hiking trails, and mountain bike trails.

The draft plan is available on the county’s website The Trail Plan describes the overall goals, objectives, guiding principles, design standards, and construction practices for building sustainable trails to support outstanding outdoor experiences for a diversity of trail users. Sustainable trails support recreational use while preserving the integrity of the landscape and holding their form over time with limited maintenance. The six guiding principles in the Trail Plan are connectivity, integration, stewardship, accessibility, safety, and aesthetics.

Fortuna WIC Program Reopening At Library

The Fortuna Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program recently closed its Main Street office, and will reopen at the Fortuna Library on Monday, Feb. 4.

The Fortuna Library office will have limited hours and is expected to serve as a short-term solution until construction is completed on WIC’s new office in the next few months.

The Fortuna Library is located at 753 14th St. at the corner of 14th and N streets. The WIC office will be open Mondays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 to 11:30 a.m.

Changes Considered For Humboldt County Zoning Ordinance

Humboldt County is considering amendments to the Humboldt County Zoning Ordinance for the areas outside the Coastal Zone to implement the 2017 Humboldt County General Plan. A series of public workshops to discuss these proposed changes will be held in the coming weeks, including this evening at McKinleyville Middle School on Central Avenue starting at 6pm and on February 5th at Redway Elementary School starting at 6:30pm.

Huffman Voted To Chair Water, Oceans And Wildlife Subcommittee

The Democratic members of the House Committee on Natural Resources elected Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) to serve as the Chair of the newly established Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee. In a statement, Huffman says “We have a lot of work to do and I’m looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and working as a team to provide much-needed oversight of the Trump administration, improve the health of our oceans and economy of our coastal communities, respond to the threat of climate change on water supplies, and advance smart solutions to natural resources challenges. I am eager to move forward as Chair by starting with the facts, not ideology, to see where we can build consensus and tackle some of the most challenging conservation policy problems of our time.”

Free Police Training For Houses Of Worship

Fortuna Police offering free training for church ministers entitled “Keeping Our Houses of Worship Safe” . The training will feature the Director of the Eureka Rescue Mission, Bryan Hall, as one of the keynote speakers, and they anticipate having law enforcement officers from local agencies, as well as experts from the Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to present and to participate in the round-table discussions. The actual location of the event is to be determined following individual registration confirmation. They’re hoping to have at least one representative from as many area churches as possible.