Heroin-Toting Arcata Burglary Suspect Found by Sheriff’s Office

Hank Sims / Monday, Aug. 17 @ 7:04 a.m. / Crime

From the Arcata Police Department:

On Sunday August 16, 2015 at about 1:00 am, the Arcata Police Department responded to the 3000 block of Janes Road on the report of an interrupted residential burglary.  The suspect fled when one of the occupants located him rummaging through items in the garage.  Officers on scene were able to identify 28 year old McKinleyville resident Richard Lewis Boone as the suspect.

On Monday August 17, 2015 at about 2:15 am, Deputies from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office located Boone during a traffic stop in Mckinleyville and APD took him into custody for the burglary and for possession of a quarter ounce of Heroin.

Boone was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on the following charges:

  • PC 459-Burglary
  • HS 11350(a)-Possession of a Narcotic     


Humboldt Bay Fire Responding to Sunday Afternoon Balloon Track Blaze

Hank Sims / Sunday, Aug. 16 @ 5:28 p.m. / Fire!

UPDATE, 5:40 p.m.: The fire has been contained, according to scanner traffic. One engine will be mopping up for the next hour or so, and fire crews plan to monitor the site throughout the night.


Photos: John Ferrara

A fire broke out at Eureka’s Balloon Track just before 5 p.m., and is burning down the railroad line. Two engines from Humboldt Bay Fire have responded; one is behind the fence, battling the fire, and the other is parked on the street and its personnel are observing. 

The fire was thought to be “rapidly spreading” when it was first called in, but according to the Outpost’s  John Ferrara, who is on scene, firefighters seem to have it well in hand.

OBITUARY: Janice Ann Dupuy, 1947-2015

John Ross Ferrara / Sunday, Aug. 16 @ 3:17 p.m. / Obits

Janice Ann Dupuy. Photo provided by Ron Dupuy.

God called his angel Jan home on August 10, 2015.  She passed away in her home at the age of 67.

Jan lived in Fortuna for the last 25 years with her husband Ron. Jan and Ron traveled the world together, enjoying many different sites and cultures. Everywhere she went her vivacious personality made strangers into instant friends, and friends into life-long companions. Her passion was to spend time with friends and family, especially her husband, children and grandchildren.  She was an avid reader, cross stitch and antique enthusiast. She loved playing cards, board games and putting together jigsaw puzzles.

Jan is survived by her husband of 44 years, Ron Dupuy; her children, daughter Devon Dupuy (Josh) and son Mike, as well as her grandchildren Savannah and Grace. She is also survived by her brothers Dennis Lunder (Barbara), Steve Lunder (Karen), her sister-in-law Lanetta Wilsey (Gary) and many wonderful nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her father Amos Lunder and her mother Marge Swenson Lunder.

As a woman of great faith, she loved her Christian family and her church. We take great comfort knowing that she is with the saints in the presence of god.

To all her family and friends, for your thoughts and prayers during her illness we cannot say thank you enough.

There will be a Celebration of Life at Eureka Nazarene, 2039 E Street on August 28, at noon. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Cancer Society. (Self-addressed envelopes will be proved at the reception immediately following the memorial.)

Your Update on All Things Smoke; Unhealthy and Hazardous Conditions in the Emerald Triangle

John Ross Ferrara / Sunday, Aug. 16 @ 12:53 p.m. / Fire!

    Ruth Lake Fire. Photos submitted by Elyse Cormier.


North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District press release:

HUMBOLDT COUNTY: Orleans, Weitchpec, Dinsmore

TRINITY COUNTY: Weaverville, Hayfork, Lewiston, Trinity Pines,

Wildwood, Big Bar, Junction City, Burnt Ranch, and Mad River Smoke levels in these area(s) have been classified as Unhealthy and are creating a health hazard. Depending upon your proximity and in areas near the fires, smoke concentrations could range from Unhealthy to even Hazardous. These conditions are problematic for those with health conditions. Smoke Levels continue to be monitored. Please watch for updates. People are recommended to restrict outdoor activity.


Symptoms that may be related to excess smoke exposure include:

• Repeated coughing
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Wheezing
• Chest tightness or pain
• Palpitations
• Nausea or unusual fatigue
• Lightheadedness

If you have any of the symptoms listed above, contact your health care provider. Please see the NCUAQMD’s General Public Service Announcement for recommendations on limiting smoke exposure.


TRINITY COUNTY: Denny, Hyampom Area

Smoke levels in these area(s) have been classified as Hazardous. Smoke in this area is creating a health hazard. It is anticipated that the hazardous conditions will be continue until midnight. Please watch for updates.

Clean Air Shelters in Trinity County:

Solid Rock Church (Hayfork), Open 24 hrs, 66 Tule Cr, Hayfork

Roderick Senior Center (Hayfork), 9am to 3pm., 90 Corral Ave, Hayfork

Golden Age Ctr (Weaverville), Open 9am to 7pm, 201 Browns Ranch Rd, Weaverville

Junction City School (Junction City), 9am to 7pm, 430 Red Hill Rd, Junction City

Burn Ranch School (Burnt Ranch), 251 Burnt Ranch School Rd, Burn Ranch.

Wildfire Smoke Public Service Announcement:

Current monitor results show particulate matter concentrations in the Good to Moderate range in the greater Humboldt Bay and Eureka area. However, on Saturday, based on 24-hour averages, air quality near the fires deteriorated. Hyampom and Hayfork reported Hazardous conditions, Weaverville reported Very Unhealthy conditions, and Burnt Ranch, Mad River, and Dinsmore reported Unhealthy conditions. Both an Unhealthy Advisory and Hazardous Alert have been issued for several communities near the fires (see www.ncuaqmd.org).

Air Resource Advisors on the Shasta-Trinity & Six Rivers Complexes indicate that for today, smoke dispersion will be limited due to weak Northwest transport wind over the area, while a North/Northeasterly wind is expected in Del Norte County, Siskiyou County and Shasta County.

A live squirrel amid the scorched forest.

Northwesterly/Westerly onshore wind is expected in Humboldt and Trinity County. Smoke is expected to settle in the Trinity River drainage, South Fork Trinity River drainage, and Klamath River drainage. It is anticipated that in areas such as Hayfork and Hyampom in Trinity County may experience a few hours of very high smoke concentrations.

Diminished smoke dispersion is expected until the middle of the upcoming week. Air Resource Advisors indicate that for tomorrow, smoke dispersion will be limited due to a slow transport wind over the area. A weak Northwesterly, Westerly onshore wind is expected to go into Central Trinity County only.

With weak wind overnight, smoke will again settle in the drainages of the Trinity River, South Fork Trinity River, and Klamath River. PM Monitors in areas such as Hayfork and Hyampom in Trinity County may again see high smoke concentrations for a few hours.

These are the main fires of interest that are generating smoke:

Mad River Complex (Humboldt/Trinity County)
Humboldt Complex (Humboldt County)
Route Complex (Humboldt County)
Nickowitz Fire (Humboldt County)
Gasquet Complex (Del Norte County)
South Complex (Hyampom (Trinity County)
River Complex (Trinity County)
Fork Complex (Trinity County
Rocky Fire – Lower Lake (Lake County)
Fire Information can be found at www.inciweb.nwcg.gov.

Health Information for Smoke Impacts:

Concentrations of smoke may vary depending upon location, weather, and distance from the fire. Smoke from wildfires and structure fires contain harmful chemicals that can affect your health. Smoke can cause eye and throat irritation, coughing, and difficulty breathing. People who are at greatest risk of experiencing symptoms due to smoke include: those with respiratory disease (such as asthma), those with heart disease, young children, and older adults.

These sensitive populations should stay indoors and avoid prolonged activity. All others should limit prolonged or heavy activity and time spent outdoors. Even healthy adults can be affected by smoke. Seek medical help if you have symptoms that worsen or become severe. If you can see, taste, or feel smoke, contact your local health department and/or primary healthcare provider. This is especially important if you have health concerns, are elderly, are pregnant, or have a child in your care. Follow these general precautions to protect your health during a smoke event:

• Minimize or stop outdoor activities, especially exercise

• Stay indoors with windows and doors closed as much as possible

• Do not run fans that bring smoky outdoor air inside – examples include swamp coolers, whole-house fans, and fresh air ventilation systems

• Run your air-conditioner only if it does not bring smoke in from the outdoors. Change the standard air conditioner filter to a medium or high efficiency filter. If available, use the “re-circulate” or “recycle” setting on the unit

• Do not smoke, fry food, or do other things that will create indoor air pollution

U.S. National Weather Service Eureka California Facebook Page.

Firefighters Practice Life-Saving Skills and Techniques in Arcata

John Ross Ferrara / Sunday, Aug. 16 @ 10:26 a.m. / Fire!

Photos by Arcata Fire.

Arcata Fire District press release:

Firefighters Train with “Jaws of Life”

Arcata Fire District has been planning a joint training event with its neighboring Automatic-Aid partners, Fieldbrook Fire and Blue Lake Fire for the past 6 month. This weekend all of the hard work will come together as firefighters from the three agencies get together and practice life-saving skills and techniques at the Mercer-Fraser gravel plant on Glendale Drive, Arcata, CA.

Arcata Fire Captain John Evenson has been working with local companies to put together this two-day drill for the firefighters. The drill site has been set up with eight simulated vehicle extrication challenges for the first responders to mitigate as if the incidents were real.

“We’d like to thank the companies that made this possible: John’s Used Cars and Wreckers, Buddy’s Towing, GRS construction, and Mercer-Fraser, because without them, none of this would have been possible,” reported Arcata Captain John Evenson.

The drill is intended to build on the relationship between agencies and allow crews to become more familiar with each other’s capabilities on these types of incidents. Crews will practice advanced life-saving techniques in realistic motor vehicle accident scenarios. Weakness will be identified and corrected, strengths will be reinforced and praised.

Blue Lake Fire Chief Ray Stonebarger comments, “It is very important for our firefighters to train together if we are expected to work together. We respond to these types of incidents regularly and we have to be on our A-Game every time. Training is the only way to ensure we don’t lose our effectiveness in this perishable skill.”

Firefighters will practice using each agencies hydraulic power tools and hand tools to refresh on techniques such as vehicle stabilization, door removal, roof removal, patient care, and rolling a dash board. Vehicle extrication is an advanced skill that requires regular refresher training as vehicles change annually. All of the instructors involved in the training have traveled throughout the state to maintain skills in these advanced techniques. The three agencies are bringing their instructor cadre together as a team to share the things they learned from their advanced training.

Battalion Chief Campbell reports, “We have more than 33 firefighters from three agencies coming together to work and improve so we can better serve our communities. I am really proud of all of these firefighters and instructors for taking their only two days off this week, to work and train so they better themselves. Where else do you see dedication like that?”

Firefighters will be at the Mercer-Fraser gravel plant for two days (18 hours), beginning Saturday, August 15 and finishing Sunday, August 16.

DEAD RECKONING: This Legacy Bites

James Faulk / Sunday, Aug. 16 @ 8 a.m. / Dead Reckoning

There’s a demonic mole in our family’s genetics that lurks in the helices that combine and overlap deep in the marrow of every cell in our bodies.

Anatomically, they form the proteins and traits to fabricate a human animal. In our case, the animals sometimes bite.

It has produced both men and women with circuitry prone to lapses and irregular thinking, violence and delusions of vast conspiracies that center, for some reason, on their mostly irrelevant lives.

My Dad was one. Craig was another. A cousin on my father’s side, his condition proved fatal this past week, and the details are vague but appropriately tragic.

A massive man with shoulders as wide as an ax handle is long, Craig was dangerous to everyone who knew him. His rage, a gnarled and twisted trunk grown from the rapacious root of fear and disease, ultimately killed him.

Dark-haired, long-limbed, his genetics also gifted him a natural, robust physique that required little maintenance. Other than these basics, my memories of him from childhood are faint, distorted by time and later knowledge about who he became; but in every one of them, he was shirtless. And bragging, with a species of bravado I remember too well from my dad’s disconnected soliloquies on toughness and loyalty. Craig’s ego threatened at all times to erupt in a volcanic torrent of fury and self congratulations. Simply put, he was the best at being the best. He’d fight to prove it.

We come from down home stock, and his points of pride reflected those country roots. He’d claim outlandish feats of skill, sort of like shooting the balls off a woodpecker at 500 yards. With open sights and high-wind adjustments. So naturally, you’d be tempted to laugh at what would have been an easy joke out of anyone else’s mouth. But with Craig, might as well call him a liar. Bad move.

Within him roiled the hot and toxic gases of wrong thinking. The family knew he balanced on a razor wire dividing just plain mean from goddamn crazy.

We’d seen it before, with a great aunt in Oklahoma, with my dad, and now with Craig. Even further back, there were the hazy tales of murder and mayhem when one uncle beat his neighbor to mush with a round of firewood, and another one shot his wife dead for letting his dinner go cold. Or something.

So Craig’s demon was familiar to us, one to keep an eye on, to lull with solicitudes and momentary kindnesses, and worst of all, one to avoid. An empty circle surrounding cousin Craig grew as he fell further into the clutches of his disease. His family learned it was better to keep a safe distance than offer help that would later weave you into his chaos.

Only his mother Evelyn — and sometimes his equally brash but thoroughly sane brother Chris — ever sought him out.

I can’t imagine, as a father, watching a child of mine struggle on the edge of reason, tortured in a bleak world of his own creation where every word is a threat, and every passing car delivering death. You’d run the inventory of his childhood, sifting through the stacks of memories for that one moment, that one episode, where you failed the boy and made him crazy. How could you not blame yourself?

It didn’t help that the misogynistic thinking of the day laid the blame for such virulent schizophrenia on mothers. Cold mothering, insufficient affection, entirely bullshit.

Until her death, my grandmother still half believed that she could have prevented my father’s issues if only she’d tried harder.

Craig left California to build a new life in Arizona thirteen years ago. It wasn’t meant to be.

A few months after the move, the storm hit. A late night phone call tore Evelyn from her bed. In the hallway, her veined hands clutching her night coat closed against an unseasonable chill, she pleaded with her boy to see sense — no one followed him home. No one was trying to kill him.

She whispered, hoarse and ragged through her clenching throat, anxious to let her second husband sleep.

His bank account? Of course it was safe from prying hands and eyes. It’s all in your mind, son. Can’t you see?

Hospital staff assured her that they would keep him until she could get from Placerville to Arizona. Frantic, she quickly found passage and a day later stumbled into the lobby of the hospital. Craig, though, was gone.

She never heard from him again. She searched around town, researched likely hideouts, and ultimately hired a private detective. There was no trace. He vanished, and abandoned everything, including a bank account holding hundreds of dollars.

They assumed he was dead.

This past week, though, cousin Chris took a call from the desert. The police were looking for Craig’s next of kin.

Craig had been alive these past 13 years, apparently without psychological help, and had most recently been living with a roommate. Craig, after an argument, threatened the man with a gun. The roommate apparently took the threat seriously, and stabbed Craig to death with a knife.

Evelyn called my mother to give her the sad news. Craig’s death had hit her hard, reopening an old wound and exacerbating the long-held sense that she could have somehow saved Craig from himself if only she had been a better mother.

An awful end to a sad life. Unlike my father, in Craig’s case it proved his ultimate undoing, though it’s hard to argue that either of them had ever really had a chance to live.

As a kid, I’d lose sleep fearing for my own mind. It seemed the sickest kind of torture: Your mind, the operating system of your life, betrays you in such a fundamental way that you cease to distinguish the real from the imagined. It whispers lies and half truths, makes you into a character caught in the crosshairs of an early novel by Stephen King. Randall Flagg follows you, always, and your life is reduced to fight or flight.

In those circumstances, who wouldn’t be difficult? Who wouldn’t sometimes be an asshole? Such fronting seems now to be a method of deflection, and camouflage.

Now, I lose sleep worrying about my kids. My siblings and I were spared the worst of our family’s legacy, though several of us do suffer from more mild forms of mental illness.

Yet in my dad’s case, his sickness didn’t fully manifest itself until the age of 19. None of my nieces and nephews showed the familiar signs, yet I’m left to watch my own kids and wait. The odds are in my favor, but with your children, any risk is high risk.

I’ll keep my eyes open, my heart engaged, and try to be ready. You can never be ready.


James Faulk is a writer living in Eureka. He can be reached at faulk.james@yahoo.com


Barry Evans / Sunday, Aug. 16 @ 7:51 a.m. / Growing Old Ungracefully

This is a follow-up to a recent post in which I suggested we return to simply enjoying food instead of worrying about it. Our “toxins are everywhere” culture seems to be presently engaged in making us super-anxious about what we eat and drink: “Five Foods You Should Never Eat,” “Your Doctor NEVER Eats This,” and similar ominous warnings appear to be a permanent fixtures on web pages and magazine covers these days.

My bottom line was, What you eat probably won’t kill you/what you don’t eat probably won’t cure you. One exception to this simplistic comment is celiac disease. If you have it, gluten may not kill you, but it sure will hurt you, by damaging the inner brushlike surface of your small intestine. Celiac disease affects somewhere between 1 in 100 and 1 in 200 of the population; a blood test with a follow-biopsy can establish if you have it.

Scalloping and “caked mud” appearance of damaged lining of small intestine caused by celiac disease. [“Samir at en.wikipedia.” Creative Commons Attribution.]

Celiac disease is, for hotly-debated reasons, about five times as common as it was 30 years ago. Other immune disorders such as hay fever, IBS and multiple sclerosis are also on the rise, suggesting that our intestinal microbial communities are getting more compromised, perhaps by overuse of antibiotics and too much emphasis on hygiene.*

Here’s a little more on gluten. It’s a protein, created when molecules of glutenin and gliadin combine during the production of flour by milling. The gluten emerges from the mixture as an elastic membrane—it’s what makes bread chewy and pizza doughy. Bakers sometimes add “vital wheat gluten” to dough to trap carbon dioxide and add volume to bread, and it’s added to pasta, cereal, crackers and literally hundreds of foods as a thickener.

Wheat provides 20 percent of the world’s nourishment. [“Bluemoose.” GNU Free Documentation License]

Gluten is found in wheat, rye and barley, meaning that it’s ubiquitous. Wheat, for instance, provides about one fifth of the world’s calories (more nourishment that any other source), equivalent to about 200 pounds per human per year. It’s easy to grow, easy to store and easy to ship. Wheat and wheat derivatives are found in about one third of foods stocked in a typical U.S. supermarket.

Gluten appears to be one of the four basic food needs (the others are salt, sugar and fat) that humans adapted to long ago; cut out one, and your body (or the food manufacturer!) will try to compensate by providing more of the others. That’s one reason why diets are, in general, so difficult to maintain: our stomachs are far better at manipulating our brains than the other way around. (As I wrote recently in the Journal, “…will power isn’t the issue. You’re not a weak, bad person if you go off the diet wagon. You’re a normal person, with normal genes, and a body that outsmarts your brain.”)

The jury is still out on Non-Celiac Gluten Disease, or NCGD, but meanwhile, if you’re having symptoms, it’s worth trying to find out if you really are allergic to gluten — if only because it’s such a hassle to completely cut it out completely from your diet! Also, because there’s a genetic component to the disease, your blood relatives may end up thanking you.

* One piece of supporting evidence for the “too much hygiene” idea comes from Karelia, the territory that spans the border of Russia and Finland (the area has a sad, complicated history). Although the populations on both sides eat similar amounts of wheat, celiac disease—together with allergies and asthma – is up to five times more common on the Finnish side. Why? The theory is that Russian Karelia, being poorer, is less attuned to hygiene, so suffers a higher incidence of fecal infections, which result — ironically — in stronger immune systems.

The closest I got to Karelia: Savonlinna Castle, Finland. [Barry Evans]