Archives for February 2019

McKinley Statue Down In Arcata

The City of Arcata announced today that the statue of President
William McKinley was removed from Arcata’s Plaza early this morning.
City staff continued with the statue removal process when a break in the rain occurred with a long
enough window for it to be transported safely and at a time when Plaza businesses, parking and traffic
would be least impacted.
The City is currently working with the City of Canton, Ohio to relocate the statue.
McKinley Statue Recap
Last year, on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, the Arcata City Council voted in favor of relocating the
McKinley statue from the center of Arcata’s Plaza. On Wednesday, February 20, City Council certified the Final Environmental Impact Report and instructed City staff to work with the City of Canton, Ohio to relocate the statue. The Council instructed City staff to remove the statue quickly and safely.

Coast Guard Urging Checks On Vessel Moorings

The Coast Guard urges mariners and vessel owners to inspect vessel moorings due to high flood warnings and fast moving currents for all rivers in Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. An example of a boat that broke free from its moorings occurred this morning when Coast Guard Station Noyo River received several calls reporting a 55-foot charter vessel named TREK II breaking free off its moorings inside the Noyo River basin in Ft Bragg, CA. The Coast Guard quickly sent crews aboard two 47-foot Motor Life Boats to attempt to secure the TREK II but due to the high speed of the river current, reported at 6-8 knots inside the basin and speeding up to 12 knots at the Noyo River jetties, they were not able to recover the adrift vessel. The TREK II grounded itself on rocks a few hundred yards of the north jetty tip, below Soldier Point Park. No one was onboard, and no injuries were reported.

Early Morning Fire In Cutten

A fire early Wednesday morning at a home in Cutten. At about 1:30am, Humboldt Bay Fire was dispatched to the 5400 block of Walnut Drive. The first arriving unit arrived on scene and found a single
story residential structure with moderate smoke visible from the attached garage. The
occupants had evacuated the residence and were all accounted for on the front lawn. The
first arriving engine made entry into the garage through an exterior man door and
extinguished the fire. The door from the garage into the residence remained closed
throughout the incident which prevented smoke from entering the living area. The fire
was controlled in 15 minutes and fire damage was limited to a corner of the garage and
estimated at $5000. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries and Humboldt Bay Fire
units remained on scene for 1 ½ hours. The cause of the fire was determined to be
electrical in nature and PG&E secured all utility services to the residence.

Three Arrests For Drugs In Eureka

Three people busted in the wake of search warrants executed recently in Eureka. 61 year old Dwayne Lavoy Fields was arrested when special agents conducted a traffic stop on Fields at a business located in the 2500 block of Harris Street, Eureka. Agents detained Fields without incident and searched his vehicle. Fields was found to be in possession of methamphetamine packaged for sales and other packaging materials. Agents then served two additional search warrants at houses located in the 3100 block of U Street and the 1300 block of Santa Clara Street, Eureka. At the U Street location agents located multiple firearms, methamphetamine, scales, and miscellaneous packaging materials. The residents, Melony Adrienne Miller (age 57) and Barbara Ann Fields (age
63), were subsequently placed under arrest for weapons and narcotics violations.
Upon arrival at the Santa Clara Street location, agents contacted multiple subjects who were interviewed
and released. Throughout the course of this investigation, agents seized approximately 98 grams of
suspected methamphetamine and four firearms.
Fields was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for possession of controlled
substances for sales.

Stolen Vehicle Leads To One Arrest In Eureka

One arrest after a traffic stop in Eureka Tuesday afternoon. Police say a car that had been reported stolen was pulled over at H and Seventh Streets. A man and woman inside the vehicle were taken out of the vehicle at gunpoint. The person who owns the vehicle is the father of the female occupants. The male in the vehicle, 32 year old Jonathan Krasnay was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, being an unlicensed driver, and probation violation. The female occupant was released at the scene. The car was towed at the request of the owner.

Eel River Flooding Concerns

The Eel River at Fernbridge is currently forecast to exceed flood stage at 20.1 ft by Tuesday at 8 a.m. and then again at 22.9 ft Wednesday afternoon. River forecasts are likely to change. Significant flooding of the western portions of Cannibal Island Road, Camp Weott Road, the Salt and Old Rivers and all adjacent low-lying areas. Flooding in these areas is exaggerated when crest timing is coincident with high tides and strong onshore winds, and for longer duration events. A Special Action Advisory is being issued to all owners of livestock in low-lying areas of the Eel Delta. These animals are at risk due to rising river levels and appropriate action should be considered. The western half of the Eel Delta may be completely flooded, especially if at or above this level for an extended period of time

Bay Board Issues Shoaling Warning

Serious situation facing the Board of Commissioners for the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District. Members Thursday night passed a motion to declare a countywide state of emergency in light of shoaling, or increased sedimentation, on Humboldt Bay near the channel entrance — conditions that could persist for months. The Redwood Times reports a recent Army Corps of Engineers survey says the shoaling has reduced depths halfway across the channel between North Bay Buoys nine and 10, also known as Rock and Roll Alley, to 13 1/2 feet, making for what District Executive Director Larry Oetker called “life-threatening conditions” and shutting down commercial operations in what is the shallowest depth sounding in the bay’s history.

Fortuna PD Seeking Stabbing Suspect

The Fortuna Police Department continues to actively investigate the stabbing which occurred on February 21, 2019 in the 2300 block of Acacia Drive in Fortuna and now officers are actively looking for a suspect.
On February 22, 2019 detectives obtained a “No Bail” Warrant for the arrest of 24 year old Derek Ray Johnson of Fortuna for the crime of Attempted Murder. The department is actively search for Johnson and requesting the public assistance in his apprehension. If you know Johnson’s whereabouts you are urged to contact Detective Brian Taylor with the Fortuna Police Department at 707-725-1447.

Grants Available For Mental Health Wellness Initiatives

Humboldt County can apply for its share of $27.3 million in mental health wellness grants for children and youth. The grant program funds facility acquisition, construction and/or renovation, equipment acquisition, and applicable program startup or expansion costs for crisis residential treatment facilities, crisis stabilization facilities, mobile crisis support teams, and family respite care. The deadline for counties to apply for grants is Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Non-profit corporations also are encouraged to contact their counties to apply jointly.

Eureka Workshop On Riparian Habitat Restoration

There’s a workshop coming up soon in Eureka focused on instream and riparian habitat restoration actions that reconnect and enhance spawning and rearing habitats, and improve habitat complexity alongside streams, ponds and lakes. They’ll review the types of restoration actions available, list any additional project locations for actions, and prioritize restoration work. The overall goal is to develop an aquatic restoration action plan (ARAP) that identifies priority restoration actions that will move forest instream and riparian habitat towards the desired conditions identified in the EA and other state and federal recovery plans. The workshop happens at the Six Rivers National Forest Headquarters at 1330 Bayshore Way on March 5th from 3 to 5pm.