Archives for September 2019

Kneeland Firehouse Grand Opening Set For Sunday

The Grand Opening of the Kneeland Firehouse is set for Sunday. Measure Z funding paid for the work and also provided funding to Kneeland Fire for a new fire engine and water tender, and fire hose, structural and wildland personal protective equipment and self-contained breathing apparatuses. In 2014, Humboldt County voters approved Measure Z, a half-cent sales tax to fund public safety and essential services. Voters renewed this locally controlled funding in November 2018. Since Measure Z was passed, more than $9 million has been allocated to volunteer fire departments for purchasing critical equipment they could not otherwise afford.

Man Found Beaten Up In Eureka Alley

Early Thursday morning, a Sergeant with the Eureka Police Department was patrolling an alley near the 400 block of Third street in Eureka when he located an injured man. The 55-year-old male, who recently moved here from Indiana, was transported to a local hospital for emergency care. Investigators have determined that the
injuries are from an assault that occurred at about 4:15 a.m. No word on the nature of the man’s injuries or suspects in the attack.

Health Officials Urge Pertussis Vaccination

Local public health officials are stressing the importance of getting vaccinated
for pertussis after a local infant who tested positive for the disease was
hospitalized in an intensive care unit earlier this month.
Since July, nine county residents, including the infant, have been diagnosed
with the highly contagious respiratory illness in seven separate incidents.
In early July, a Eureka teenager was diagnosed with pertussis, also known as
whooping cough. Subsequently, one of the teenager’s family members was
also diagnosed. In an unrelated case, another teenager and family member
were diagnosed later in the month. To date, an additional four unrelated
people between the ages of 9 and 67 years old have been diagnosed with
whooping cough in Humboldt County.

Eureka Moving Closer To Next City Manager

The Eureka City Council has retained HUELife, an executive search firm, to assist in the
recruitment of the next City Manager for the City of Eureka. HUELife received 40
applications for City Manager, which were due on August 31, 2019. 10 semi-finalists have been identified.
At the September 24th Closed Session meeting, Council reviewed the 10 applications and
resumes and chose 6 finalists to be interviewed by the Council on October 11-12, 2019. One
applicant has withdrawn from the process leaving the Council with 5 applicants to interview.
Beginning on Friday, October 11th, applicants will meet with City Council and staff and then tour
the City of Eureka. At 5:00 PM, a community forum will be held at the Wharfinger Building to
allow the public to meet the candidates and hear a brief introduction from each candidate.
On Saturday, October 12th, applicants will be interviewed by a community panel, selected by
the Mayor and Council, city department directors and the Mayor and City Council Members.

Update On Rio Dell Homicide

An update from police in Rio Dell in connection with the shooting death of Johnny Renfro on August 29th. The Rio Dell Police Department has recovered the vehicle believed to have been used by the shooter. The department has also collected numerous mobile phones, computers, recordings and other modern technology for which search warrants have been obtained and served. The evidence has been turned over for analysis and it’s believed that when the results of these warrants are received, there will be enough evidence to seek an
arrest warrant for the shooter. Additional investigation into the motive for the shooting is ongoing and the Department has also identified a person of interest in the investigation, Demetrius Coleman, 39 of Eureka, California.

Fire Restrictions Lifted In Six Rivers National Forest

Due to recent rainfall and some cooler temperatures, Forest Supervisor Ted McArthur has announced that the Six Rivers National Forest would be lifting fire restrictions beginning Friday, September 20.
With no fire restrictions, forest visitors may once again have open campfires outside of designated campgrounds, provided they are in possession of a valid California campfire permit. The permit is free from any US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, or California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) office. You may also obtain a California Campfire Permit online at

CDFA Now Accepting Proposals for 2019 CalAgPlate Grant Program

CDFA Now Accepting Proposals for 2019 CalAgPlate Grant Program
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is currently accepting proposals for the 2019 California Agriculture Special Interest License Plate (CalAgPlate) grant program. This program provides an estimated $250,000 in grant funding to promote agricultural education and leadership activities for students at the K-12, post-secondary, and adult education levels. Proceeds generated through the sales of specialized, agriculture-themed license plates through the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) funds educational opportunities statewide that include agricultural workshops, farm tours, and the state Future Farmers of America (FFA) Leadership Conference. The application deadline is October 7.For further information and grant applications, visit the CDFA website. You can help support agricultural education and the CalAgPlate program by purchasing a special interest license plate at your local DMV office or online.

U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering Fire Recovery Assistance

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering Fire Recovery Assistance
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has multiple agencies that provide financial and/or technical assistance to help farmers, ranchers and rural landowners recover from natural disasters, such as wildfires. Funding for some programs are contingent on the annual enactment of Congressional appropriations legislation.


In keeping with California Governor Gavin Newsom’s vision of a “California for All,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced funding for the 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). California received $22.9 million that will fund 69 projects, with a focus on increasing sales of specialty crops, providing nutritional education for consumers, as well as conducting research on conservation and environmental outcomes, pest control and disease, and organic and sustainable production practices.

Arcata Police Issue Scam Alert

The Arcata Police Department would like to make the public aware of on-line and phone based frauds circulating in our community. Scams come in many different varieties and through various sources such as text messages, emails, on-line advertisements, direct calls or even a stranger asking to use your cell phone. They generally consist of the perpetrator offering a major prize or gift requiring minor payment and personal information, threatening prosecution for crimes if money is not received, sending an alert that one’s social security number has been compromised, offering a home for rent that is not their own, or borrowing your phone to access your money transfer applications or other private data.

In order to steal a victim’s identity, the scammer will often request the victim to fill out an application divulging personal data and to return it via email, or will simply ask the victim to relay their personal information over the phone or through a text message. No legitimate business should ever ask for personal information such as social security numbers, date of birth or bank account information to be transmitted via email or text. No legitimate law-enforcement entity will ever ask you for money in lieu of prosecution. Be cautious of rentals listed at a price point that is too good to be true, where the poster is not available to show the property, or cannot provide photos of the interior, or notes there is no reason to contact the real estate or property management agency. All of these are attempts to steal your personal data. The bottom line is, never give money or personal information to unverified sources.

If you are the victim of or suspect a local scam, please contact the Arcata Police Department at 707-822-2424,