Flatmo’d: New Vision

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 7:10 p.m. / Flatmo’d!

It’s been over a month since LoCO has been paid a visit from local coaster artist Duane Flatmo. Our man has been somewhat busy earning People Magazine write-ups for El Pulpo Mecanico’s Burning Man exploits and melting snow in the Great White North.

But after his steampunk heroism, Duane returned home where he had an appointment with his eye doctor who confirmed that he had 20/800 vision! Oof! The experience likely influenced this week’s Flatmo’d entry.





Sheriff and DTF in Blocksburg Today

Kym Kemp / Yesterday @ 6:55 p.m. / News

Lt. Steve Knight of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that Sheriff’s deputies and members of the Humboldt County Drug Task Force were serving search warrants out in the Dobbyn Creek area of Blocksburg/ Fort Seward.

Officers began gathering at the Fortuna River Lodge this morning.

Though there are only two in the photo above, reports from eyewitnesses indicate there was a large presence (between 12 and 15 trucks according to two people who saw the vehicles at different times.)

We’ll be looking for more information tomorrow and updating.

Rio Dell Resident Dead After Accident Near Hwy 36 This Morning

Kym Kemp / Yesterday @ 6:24 p.m. / News

California Highway Patrol press release:

[Today at approximately 12:15 a.m., a 22-year-old Mad River resident] was driving his red Toyota pick-up southbound on Van Duzen Road approximately seven miles south of SR-36 at a high rate of speed. For unknown reasons the driver lost control of the pick-up, thus allowing it to drive off the left shoulder of Van Duzen Road. As a result, the pick-up rolled over multiple times before coming to rest on its wheels approximately 100 feet below the roadway, at the bottom of a steep embankment.

During the collision, the passenger [a 24-year-old Rio Dell resident] was ejected from the vehicle and succumbed to his injuries as a result of the ejection. The driver remained in the vehicle and was able to extricate himself once the vehicle came to rest.

Following his exit, the driver was able to walk back up to the roadside and find help. 

Alcohol may have been a factor in this collision and this is an ongoing investigation. Names will be released after family notification has been made.

HSU Responds to Alaskan Fishing Tripgate

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 3:20 p.m. / News

Last week, the Lost Coast Outpost highlighted a story that first appeared in The Lumberjack detailing allegations that a pair of Humboldt State employees improperly used funds intended for students for, among other things, fishing trips to Alaska — you can read The Jack‘s piece here and/or skim LoCO‘s post here

HSU ain’t buying it. In an effort to calm the concerns voiced by donors, the school today firmly stated it believes the “unproven allegations” in the pending lawsuit are “without merit” and it is working with an independent auditing firm to prove it.

Further, HSU claims that the costs for the famous fishing trip were “actually paid by a generous donor.”

Read the entire release from Humboldt State University below:

Humboldt State University enjoys broad support from the community we serve.  We value the loyalty of our alumni and our donors who participate as partners in helping to provide an exceptional educational experience for our students.  We are committed to doing everything possible to earn and keep the trust of those who volunteer and make gifts to the University.

In particular, we strive to ensure that those who have generously made charitable contributions can be confident that their contributions are used as they intend.

Recent articles in local media have focused attention on donor cultivation activities by the Department of Athletics. Based on the unproven allegations in a lawsuit by a single employee, which is still pending and which the University believes to be without merit, these outlets reported that scholarship funds may have been diverted away from students. The stories neglected to report many relevant facts, including that nearly all costs of the activities were actually paid by a generous donor, and suggest that donor funds might have been misused.

This has caused concern among some of our donors. We take this concern, and the allegations that prompt them, very seriously, and we are investigating the issue, wherever it might lead. With that objective, we have contracted with an independent auditing firm, Clifton Larson Allen, to conduct a review of the Athletic scholarship program funds. The reviewing firm will have full access to pursue their inquiries, and the results will be made available after the review is concluded.

Donors can trust Humboldt State with their contributions. We are committed to taking every step necessary to ensure all donors that they can be completely confident that their funds are used as intended.

PREVIOUSLY: Lumberjack: HSU Athletic Director Accused of Inappropriately Funded Alaskan Fishing Trip

[UPDATE From CHP] One Dead After Vehicle Overturns on Highway 101 in Arcata

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 2:33 p.m. / Traffic

UPDATE 6:05 p.m.: CHP press release:

On the afternoon of Monday, September 22nd, a single vehicle traffic collision on US-101, south of the St. Louis overcrossing, resulted in one fatality and multiple injuries to the occupants. 

At approximately 2:15 p.m., a silver Toyota 4runner with four occupants was traveling erratic southbound on US-101.  For reasons still under investigation, the 4runner drove out of control through a Caltrans construction zone, across the grass median, overturned across the northbound traffic lanes, and came to rest on its roof on the northbound shoulder.  The vehicle’s unrestrained female driver was ejected during the course of the collision while the other restrained occupants remained in the vehicle.  Shortly following the collision, the female driver, whose name is being withheld pending family notification, was pronounced deceased at the scene.  56 year old Virgil Blake, Sr. of Hoopa, who was seated in the right front seat, and 49 year old Robert Mitchell Janes also of Hoopa, who was seated in the left rear seat, were transported to by ground ambulance to Mad River Community Hospital with moderate to major injuries.  62 year old Edward Dale Pratt of Hoopa, who was seated in the left rear seat, did not sustain any injuries out of the collision.  A road construction crew was working within the center median where the vehicle drove across the center divider, however, were not struck through the course of the collision. 

DUI as a factor is being investigated.  The California Highway Patrol Humboldt Area is investigating this traffic collision. 

The CHP reminds motorists to reduce your vehicle’s speed and remain vigilant when traveling through roadway construction zones.

Alexander Woodard.

UPDATE, 3:09 p.m.: Reports coming in that there has been a second accident just north of the 14th Street exit involving three more vehicles. Seriously, Highway 101 through Arcata is a bad scene at the moment. Take another route. LK Wood or Alliance come to mind.

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UPDATE, 2:51 p.m.: LoCO spoke via phone with the California Highway Patrol’s Matt Harvey who confirmed to us that officers at the scene reported one person has been killed in this afternoon’s accident after being ejected from their vehicle.

While vehicles are able to get through at this time, Harvey recommended taking another route if possible.

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Original Post: Callers in to LoCO’s sister station KWPT The Point are reporting that northbound traffic on Highway 101 is slowed near the Sunset Avenue exit in Arcata due to a flipped vehicle in the roadway. LoCO‘s CHPWatch bot is providing updates.

We will update this post as we know more. Photos above and below submitted by LoCO reader Jessica Paige.



Wiedel: ‘Fragile’

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 12:06 p.m. / Wiedel

Your Lost Coast Outpost has been enjoying the paintings of Jesse Wiedel for some years now, most frequently when they miraculously and conveniently pop up in our Facebook feed. His pieces often feature Humboldt imagery and locations enhanced by colorful characters we may either choose to recognize or not. Wiedel is the Norman Rockwell Humboldt County deserves. And we love him. 

Thus, in the first of what LoCO hopes will be an ongoing series, we present Wiedel’s “Fragile,” which chronicles the current billboard situation at 3rd and D streets in Eureka. 

You can learn more about Jesse Wiedel and see more of his work at his website.

Teen Shot in the Neck by Dow’s Prairie BB Gun Sniper

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 10:09 a.m. / Crime

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release:

On 09-21-2014, at approximately 3:00 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a local hospital regarding a 17 year juvenile male receiving treatment in the Emergency Room after being shot in the neck with a BB type gun. A deputy responded to the Emergency Room and met with the victim and his mother. The victim told the deputy he was walking south on Dow’s Prairie Road, near Dow’s Prairie Elementary School after visiting with a friend nearby when he heard the sound of a BB type gun being fired. At the same time he heard the sound, he felt a stinging in the front of his neck. He grasped his neck with his hand and saw there was blood on his hand. He realized he had been shot in the neck. The victim told the deputy he was shot around midnight.

The victim walked home after being shot and examined himself. He felt the BB in his neck and attempted to remove it without success. He alerted his mother, who drove him to a local hospital to be treated.

The victim told the deputy he had no idea who shot him or why, and he did not see anyone.
The Emergency Room doctor told the investigating deputy the BB was resting very close to nerves and was within 5 mm of striking the victims jugular vein. If the BB had severed the jugular vein the victim could have died from the injury.

Deputies searched the Dow’s Prairie Road area for any possible suspects or witnesses and did not locate anyone.

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.