Fire Destroys Hoopa Housing Authority Building

Ryan Burns / Today @ 1:45 p.m. / News

Press release from the Hoopa Valley Tribe:

The Hoopa Housing Authority building was destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning.

Lieutenant Kevin Miller, with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, said, “The first call about the fire came in to dispatch a little after 6:00 am, and Hoopa Volunteer Volunteer Firefighter Andrea Masten said, “When I got here at 6:30 it was already halfway burned down. The whole side was completely engulfed and flames were Tribal Chairwoman Danielle Vigil-Masten said, “This is very disheartening news for our tribe and community. It’s a major set-back for projects we are working on, and may delay tribal members receiving homes.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation, with Hoopa Valley Tribal Police and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department officers on site. Miller said, “We’re waiting for firefighters to finish the suppression and mop-up, and then we can start trying to determine the cause and origin of the fire.”


Eureka Dog Park Countdown: One Week

Mike Dronkers / Today @ 1:22 p.m. / Eureka Rising , Good News

According to the Eureka Dog Park’s Facebook page, “The City of Eureka will hold opening ceremonies and ribbon cutting for the long awaited dog park. Once the formal activities are done, the park will officially go to the dogs!”

The ceremonies are set for Wednesday, April 8th at 11am. 

According to Eureka Dog Park’s official site

As of March 20, 2015 the park fence has been completed, the parking pad and handicapped access has been completed, and the parking area has been graveled. The City signs are up. The grass is now well established.

A dog park in Eureka has been a long time coming. Via their Facebook page:

Citizens started asking for a Dog Park in Eureka way back in 1996. Dog parks were popping up allover the world and were shown to be an excellent way of socializing and exercising your dogs to make them happier, healthier, and friendlier. 

In 2002 the demand for a dog park grew to the point that the city of Eureka began looking for possible sites. Site selection was a long and difficult process. Every property owned by the City of Eureka was evaluated.

They ultimately settled on a lot behind St. Joseph Health Center at the corner of Walford and Watson Drive. The official address is 2020 Watson Street (map). 

Enthusiasm has emanated down the safety corridor from (currently) dog parkless Arcata. “They’ve been working on it for fifteen years, and it’s so exciting,” Arcata Dog Park Working Group’s Pamela Brown told KHUM today. 

Donations for the Eureka Dog Park are still being solicited


[Photos via Eureka Dog Park Facebook page]

In other dog park news: 

The Arcata Dog Park and its advocates are supporting Godwit Days by having a “poop-p-raid” on Wednesday evening, April 8th starting at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center parking lot on South G Street in Arcata at 6 p.m.  
The “poop-p-raid” walkers will be picking up dog stools left by other dog owners who have neglected to do so. This action supports Godwit Days and the future of the Arcata Dog Park at the Little Lake Property next to the marsh. 

Arcata Man on Probation Arrested with Meth, Guns, Cane Sword

Andrew Goff / Today @ 1:12 p.m. / Crime

Arcata Police Department press release: 

Officers from the Arcata Police Department, assisted by Officers from the Humboldt County Probation Department, served a felony arrest warrant at a residence in the 5000 Block of Monterey Drive on Wednesday morning, April 1st. 

Upon searching the residence, officers located 34 year old Joseph Gene Conn of Arcata. Conn, who is currently on Post Release Community Service for a previous drug related conviction, was taken into custody on two outstanding felony arrest warrants. Officer found two loaded shotguns in Conn’s residence, and a loaded handgun in Conn’s vehicle. Nearly half an ounce of methamphetamine was located concealed on Conn’s person. 

Conn was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Jail on the following charges:

  • Two felony arrest warrants
  • 11378 of the Health and Safety Code, Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale 
  • 1203.2 of the Penal Code, Violation of Probation
  • 33210 of the Penal Code, Possession of a Short Barreled Shotgun
  • 29800 of the Penal Code, Felon in Possession of a Firearm
  • 29800 of the Penal Code, Possession of a Concealed Firearm
  • 20510 of the Penal Code, Possession of a Cane Sword


(VIDEO) Watch the Mobile Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and a Ton of Bikers Roll Through Humboldt

Andrew Goff / Today @ 12:50 p.m. / Veterans Services

As we mentioned on LoCO yesterday, “The Wall that Heals” Vietnam veterans’ memorial will be on display from Thursday through Sunday at the Bear River Community Center. Friend of the LoCO Chad Johnson rode along and filmed a portion of the truck-encased wall’s descent from Willow Creek to the coast where it was escorted by numerous motorcyclists. Watch below.

(UPDATED) DUI a Factor in Last Night’s Highway 101 Double Fatality, Says CHP

Andrew Goff / Today @ 12:12 p.m. / Traffic

UPDATE, 1:55 p.m.: From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On March 31, 2015 at about 6:00 PM there was a single vehicle traffic accident on southbound Highway 101 near Highway 299. Two subjects in the vehicle received extensive injuries as a result of the accident.

One of the injured subjects was declared deceased at the scene. The other injured subject was transported to Mad River Hospital and declared deceased at the hospital.

The deceased persons have been identified as Stacy M. Kejar, age 55, of McKinleyville. The second subject has been identified as Karen L. Brennan, age 59, of Eureka. The California Highway Patrol is the lead agency in this investigation. All further information regarding this incident will be released through their office.


California Highway Patrol press release: 

The night of Tuesday, March 31, two occupants sustained fatal injuries out of a DUI collision on US-101, north of Arcata.

Just after 6 p.m., 57 year old William Larry Morris of Fortuna was driving a silver Hyundai Accent southbound on US-101, south of State Route 299, along with two adult female passengers.  Due to Morris driving while under the combined influence of alcohol and drugs, he allowed the vehicle to drive off the west roadway edge where the vehicle collided directly into a tree.  The female adult passenger who was seated in the right front seat sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The female adult passenger who was seated in the right rear seat was transported by ground ambulance to Mad River Community Hospital where she was pronounced deceased a short time later.  Morris sustained minor injuries and was ultimately booked into the Humboldt County Jail facility on felony DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter charges. It was further discovered that Morris was driving on a suspended license. The two female occupants who sustained fatal injuries were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the collision.

A few minutes prior to this collision, CHP Humboldt Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call of a reckless driver in a silver sedan on US-101 Southbound, south of McKinleyville.  It is believed that this is the same vehicle that was involved in the traffic collision.

Agencies that responded to and assisted with this collision include the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office, Caltrans, Arcata Fire Protection District, Humboldt Bay Fire, City Ambulance of Eureka, and Mad River Community Hospital personnel.

This is the fifth fatal collision investigated by the CHP Humboldt Area office to date for the 2015 year that has resulted in a total of 7 fatal victims.  4 of these 7 victims are the result of DUI.  The CHP reminds motorists to dial 9-1-1 immediately if you suspect a driver to be DUI.

PREVIOUSLY: Two People Killed in Car Crash on 101 Near Arcata

No Toking, But You Can ‘Free Speech’ All You Want in Redwood Park On 4/20

Andrew Goff / Today @ 10:20 a.m. / marijuana

After previous rejection, the Humboldt Center for Constitutional Rights announced today that it had gained approval from the City of Arcata to hold a “free speech event” in Redwood Park on holy April the Twentieth.

As Humboldtians are aware, for years the weedy date used to seduce smokehounds to the park for an unofficial green celebration. That all ended in 2011 when Arcata Police officers stationed themselves at all entrances to the park and informed the masses the the space was closed for repairs. Subsequent years featured similar increased enforcement. 

Mellow harshed.

Well, according to Humboldt Center for Constitutional Rights’ press release below, you still can’t smoke but APD will ease up so you can get your free speech on, whatever that looks like (the permit hints at a picnic!). Full HCCR release below: 

The City of Arcata has agreed to keep the gates of Redwood Park open on April 20 this year to allow a local non-profit to hold a free speech event under a limited use permit.

The City of Arcata previously denied a permit to the Humboldt Center for Constitutional Rights on the grounds that the Arcata Police Department had a standing reservation for use of the picnic area and stage every April 20th. The local civil rights organization has been working to keep the city from closing the park off from the public. 

Following a recent permit review by City Manager Karen Diemer, however, HumRights staff Monday signed and submitted a revised picnic permit allowing friends of the nonprofit access to the park on April 20 between the hours of 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., for an Inaugural Picnic and Gathering. 

“While HumRights does not accept limits on free speech and assembly on public property without any proof of imminent danger, HumRights has agreed to accept limits on its free speech event in order to keep our public park open to the public,” said HumRights Executive Director Jeffrey Schwartz. “We feel this permit is an important first step in our efforts to keep our public spaces open.”

The permit limits the free speech celebration to the picnic area and specifies that within the permitted area there will be no smoking or alcohol. It specifically prohibits HumRights from using the stage or amplified sound.

“With the terms of the permit, the city is saying that free speech is allowed as long as we keep it quiet,” Schwartz said. 

HumRights had been previously told that the Arcata Police Department had a standing reservation at the park on April 20th of every year for the picnic area, stage and building as a staging area and command post for public safety operations on that date. 

“With this permit, the City of Arcata is at least acknowledging that political expression cannot take a backseat to police training,” Schwartz said. “We hope that if Arcata police still plan to hold training operations in Redwood Park on April 20, they will be respectful of the desire of our citizens to celebrate their First Amendment rights to free speech and assembly, part of the U.S. Constitution which all police officers in this country are sworn to protect.”

Redwood Park is located just south of Humboldt State University in Arcata at the east ends of 11th and 7th streets. 

Further updates about the event will be posted on our website at For more information about the event or to volunteer, please email Outreach Director Kaci Poor at or call 707-633-9085



Missing 14-Year-Old Girl Sought by Eureka Police

Andrew Goff / Today @ 10:10 a.m. / Missing

Eureka Police Department press release:

The Eureka Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Shyanne Avery Horton, who is described as a 14 year old, American Indian female, 5‘4” tall, 110 lbs., with brown eyes and black shoulder length hair. Her lower lip is pierced.

She was reported as a runaway on 03/29/15. Anyone with information is asked to call the Eureka Police Department at (707) 441-4060.