Congressman Huffman Sounds Off on Keystone XL Pipeline

Ryan Burns / Thursday, Nov. 13 @ 4:35 p.m. / Environment , Government

Today on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, our man Jared Huffman added his voice to the almost-certainly futile resistance against the Keystone XL Pipeline, a controversial project aimed at channeling oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

(Click here for a passable CliffsNotes-style primer on the topic.)

Huffman called the project “a very early Christmas present from the United States Congress to one specific Canadian company” and, extending the metaphor, “a huge lump of coal for our global climate.”


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Six Rivers National Forest: The 2014 Fire Season in Review

Kym Kemp / Thursday, Nov. 13 @ 4:17 p.m. / Fire!

Klamath National Forest Hotshots pause while working on the Sugarbowl Fire. [Photo provided by Six Rivers National Forest.]

Six Rivers National Forest press release:

Although drought conditions contributed to an earlier than normal start to the fire season, the interagency fire management staff of the Six Rivers National Forest and Redwood National Park kept the acres burned to less than 1,200 acres on 52 wildfires. The interagency organization, initiated through a “Service First” agreement in early 2014, provides wildland fire protection to more than 1.3 million acres of public and private lands in Del Norte, Humboldt, Siskiyou and Trinity counties.

Seven of the protection area’s 52 fires were lightning-caused and 45 were human-caused. Of the 1,200 acres burned, 25 acres were a result of human-caused fires, while over 1,100 acres were associated with the Happy Camp Complex fire that moved into the protection area late in the season. The remaining acres were associated with six smaller lightning fires.

Considering that much of the summer was spent under very high fire-danger conditions, the outcome could have been very different. “Our areas of emphasis going into this year were fire prevention and response effectiveness,” said Interagency Fire Chief Mike Minton. “Having access to specialized assets like helicopters, hotshot crews and smokejumpers really made a difference when we were working lightning-caused fires in steep and remote areas.” With a ten-year average of 22 lightning-caused fires per year, this year’s 7 lightning-caused fires for the protection area was well below average.

One particularly difficult lightning-caused fire was the Boise incident, located in the upper third of Boise Creek above the community of Orleans. Located a mile from the nearest road, the fire was in extremely steep, heavily timbered terrain. Within a few days, hotshot crews and helicopters assigned to the fire were able to contain it to less than 12 acres. If control had not been achieved in those first days, the fire had the potential to grow to several thousand acres and threaten homes in the area. 

Forest Supervisor Merv George contributes the success to the relationships that are formed by working hand-in-hand with partners. “The ability to work effectively with our cooperative partners like CAL FIRE, the Karuk, Hoopa and Yurok tribes, as well as the many local volunteer fire departments and local contractors in these counties, is vital to our mission,” said George.

Interagency fire management staff would like to remind everyone that human-caused wildfires are often preventable; and, although wildfire danger subsides during the wet season, it is still good practice to exercise caution with fire in our communities.



Accident Temporarily Closed Hwy 299

Kym Kemp / Thursday, Nov. 13 @ 4:02 p.m. / News

The California Highway Patrol dispatch reported an accident about 3:30 p.m. which closed both sides of the Hwy 299 for a short period. The accident occurred about one and a half miles west of Willow Creek. At this point, debris has been cleared and both lanes are now open.

Follow updates here.



Don’t Worry, It’s an Arcata Fire Drill

Kym Kemp / Thursday, Nov. 13 @ 2:07 p.m. / News

Don’t be alarmed. Those fireman at the Humboldt Plaza apartments aren’t really fighting a fire. They are just practicing for saving your life and your property. Thanks, Firefolk!



OBITUARY: Shurina Ann Tate, 1977-2014

Hank Sims / Thursday, Nov. 13 @ 2:06 p.m. / Obits

The following obituary was submitted by the family of Shurina Tate. The Lost Coast Outpost will run obituaries of Humboldt County residents at no charge. Email news@lostcoastoutpost.com.

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Shurina Ann Tate was born on April 25, 1977 in Eureka, California to the union of Sharon and Edward Tate. She was a daughter, sister, aunt, niece, godmother and loving friend. She passed away on November 7, 2014.

Shurina attended Eureka High School and upon graduation she spent part of her professional life as a nurse. Shurina was blessed to find her passion, as a child care provide where she was able to nourish the spirits of children with her unconditional love.

Throughout Shurina’s life she was known for being such a nurturing and loving person. She created joy and unity wherever her spirit was present. Shurina was a natural born caretaker, a peacemaker, a giver, and had a heart of gold which was seen by those who she graced with her presence. But most of all Shurina loved her family and friends beyond measure.

“Ohana - Family. No One gets left behind”.

Shurina enjoyed fishing and took pleasure in creating crafts. She was well known in the community for her Indian Taco booth on 4th of July. As a great cook she mastered each dish effortlessly. She brought taste to a heightened level which became evident when her food graced your palette.

“Never Trust a Skinny Cook”

She leaves behind to cherish her memories: her parents, Sharon and Edward Tate, sister, Carena Tate, nephew, Jeremiah Tate-Golden, Grandmother Annie Pearl Tate, Aunt Nancy Steele, and Uncle Bert Steele, Aunt Sadie Tate, Uncle James Richardson, Uncle Henry Aubrey, and numerous other relatives and many lifelong friends that Shurina loved and adored.

The Funeral service will be held at the Women’s Club on J St. Eureka, Ca on Friday 11/14 at 10am. Following a Celebration of Life dinner at 5pm located at the Wharfinger Building. Graveside service will be held at Oceanview Cemetery on Saturday 11/15 at 10am



[UPDATE] Triple Fatality Closes Hwy 101 at Willits

Kym Kemp / Thursday, Nov. 13 @ 1:23 p.m. / News

UPDATE 2:15 p.m.: According to a CHP spokesperson details of the collision haven’t been determined yet. But what is known is that an elderly couple in a silver Prius with Washington plates and an elderly male in a white Toyota Camry with California plates hit head on. All three of them received fatal injuries in the crash.

A younger, male driver with black Honda Civic was also involved and his car received major front end damage. It is unknown if he was injured.  

UPDATE 1:45 p.m.: Traffic is being rerouted through Hollands Lane.

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Original post:

According to Caltrans, Highway 101 is closed in both directions south of Willits. CHP is reporting this occurred just south of Willits and Caltrans is reporting the accident is just north of Willits. Caltrans District 1 Facebook page says that “CHP and Caltrans are responding to a 3 vehicle triple fatal accident. No estimated time on when the road will re-open.”

Please share to make sure that people can take this into account when making travel plans.



Woman Dead, Man and Child With Major Injuries Following Yesterday’s Accident Near Garberville

Kym Kemp / Thursday, Nov. 13 @ 12:38 p.m. /

California Highway Patrol press release:

On November 12, 2014, at approximately 1730 hours, a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, driven by 48 year old David Lockhart of Weott, CA, was traveling south on US-101, north of Garberville. A 2012 Chevrolet Suburban SUV, driven by a 24 year old resident of Rio Dell, CA, was traveling north on US-101, north of Garberville. For reasons still under investigation, the Chevrolet Silverado pickup made an unsafe turning movement and traveled across the center median, into the northbound traffic lanes of US-101, while still traveling south.  The Silverado pickup subsequently collided head-on with the Suburban SUV in the #2 lane of northbound US 101.

Drivers of the both vehicles as well as the passenger of the Suburban SUV suffered major injuries as a result of the collision.  The driver of the Suburban SUV later succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at Jerold Phelps Community Hospital. The names of the Driver and Passenger of the Suburban SUV are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

California Highway Patrol, Humboldt County Sheriff, Cal-Fire, Garberville Volunteer Fire department, and Redway Volunteer Fire department all responded to the scene. This collision remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol - Garberville Area. 

Drug impairment does appear to be a factor in this collision.  At the time of the collision, airbags in both vehicles deployed, and all occupants were properly safety-belted.

Previously: Multi Car Accident Partially Blocks 101 Between Garberville and Dean Creek