20 Wind Turbines to Be Installed in Loleta Next Month

Andrew Goff / Wednesday, Sept. 23 @ 11:02 a.m. / Tribes

Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria press release: 

Two rows of solar panels installed on a hillside next to Singley Road are now supplying power to the Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria’s Tish Non Community Center. The solar panels are one part of a renewable energy system developed by Rocklin, CA-based JLM Energy, and the first Tribal renewable microgrid system in California.

Two rows of solar panels already line the hillside off Singley Road

The next step in this unique project is to install wind turbines, which will be mounted on the back row of the solar panels. “These are micro-turbines,” said Matthew Mattson, Executive Director of Tribal Operations for Bear River, “that are designed for urban applications.” He said the turbines are low noise, with blades less than three feet long.

In all, 20 turbines will be installed, with the goal of having the wind-related portion of the alternative energy project completed sometime in October.

The JLM Energy Gridz system will provide a 30-kilowatt microgrid, which is supported by a 100-kilowatt photovoltaic solar system and several wind turbines to provide an integrated approach to sustainable energy. This system is unique in that is combines a microgrid with wind and solar energy in an integrated system.

“To the best of our knowledge, this is the first renewable, hybrid microgrid installed by a California tribe,” said Edwin Smith, Tribal Council Member and Director of Environment and Natural Resources. “Bear River is thinking globally and acting locally,” he said.

The energy system will support the Community Center’s operations during a power outage, and will reduce energy use overall by shaving peak demand charges.

The tribe currently has a single ten watt wind turbine that has been generating power for a component of the Tribal wastewater treatment infrastructure for more than five years.

“Our experience with the single wind turbine has been positive,” said Edwin Smith, Tribal Council Member and Director of Environment and Natural Resources. “We know it works,” he added. “The technology has improved for wind and solar, and it is the right thing to do for the environment. It’s a sound economic decision in the long run,” Smith said, “but it is also a long term investment in our planet.”

“The investment in the installation pencils out to a ten year payback when analyzing reduced power costs for the Tish Non Community Center,” said Dakota McGinnis, Vice Chairman and Economic Development Director.

The project is part of a sustained effort by the Bear River Tribe to diversify economically, reduce its carbon footprint and become more self-sufficient as a community. It is the first tribal renewable microgrid system in California.


Bomb-Bot Deployed on Bag of Laundry Near the Blue Lake Post Office Last Night

Hank Sims / Wednesday, Sept. 23 @ 10:12 a.m. / Non-Emergencies

Photo: Tyler Burrow

From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at approximately 5:55 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen stating there was a suspicious duffle bag at the Blue Lake Post Office. The reporting citizen stated they were told by an unknown person the bag possibly contained a bomb. The Sheriff’s Office Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was called to respond to the scene.

Sheriff’s Deputies, with the assistance of the Blue Lake Fire Department, closed the road around the post office while the EOD team examined the duffle bag.

After EOD deputies closely examined the duffle bag they found it contained only clothing.

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




Willow Creek Man Pulled Over for Speeding With 54 Pounds in the Trunk

Hank Sims / Wednesday, Sept. 23 @ 9:10 a.m. / Crime

From the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:

Suspect #1

  • Name: Trinity Brickey
  • Age: 37
  • City/State: Willow Creek, CA

On 09-19-2015 at approximately 9:25 PM a Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputy K-9 handler conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a speeding vehicle traveling southbound on Highway 101 near mile post marker 32 in Redwood Valley, California.

When the Deputy contacted the sole occupant, Trinity Brickey, the Deputy detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

The Deputy utilized his K-9 partner “Doc” who is trained to detect the odor of controlled substances and “Doc” alerted to the rear of the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle was conducted and approximately 54 pounds of processed marijuana was located inside the vehicle’s trunk.

Brickey was booked into the Mendocino County Jail for the listed violation and was to be held in lieu of $50,000.00 bail.

Fake Plane to Fake Crash at the California Redwood Coast–Humboldt County Airport This Afternoon

Hank Sims / Wednesday, Sept. 23 @ 8:41 a.m. / Non-Emergencies

From the Humboldt County Department of Public Works:

The Humboldt County Aviation Division will be holding a live emergency drill at the California Redwood Coast – Humboldt County Airport on Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 1 pm to approximately 3 pm. Federal Aviation Regulation Part 139 requires that the airport hold a live drill once every three years, and this drill was last conducted at the airport in 2012.

During the drill, several emergency agencies and vehicles will be responding to a simulated aircraft accident on airport grounds. If you are near the airport during the drill, you may hear sirens or other loud noises associated with a typical emergency response. The drill will include real-time response, mock injuries, and challenging issues to make the drill a true training event for the participating agencies.

If you have questions, please contact the airport at 707-839-5401.


After Struggle, Two Arrested in Ferndale for Possession of Meth for Sale

Andrew Goff / Tuesday, Sept. 22 @ 11:45 p.m. / Crime

Ferndale Police Department press release:

On September 22nd, 2015 at approximately 0030 hours, Ferndale Police Officers arrested 33 year old Eureka resident Allison Nicole Newman and 37 year Fortuna resident Gerald Peck for possession of a large quantity of methamphetamine, transportation of methamphetamine and possession for sales of methamphetamine.

Ferndale Police Officers were on patrol in the area of Highway 211 and Port Kenyon Road, just outside of the City of Ferndale, when one of the officers observed a lighting violation on the vehicle driven by Peck. Officers learned Newman was on searchable probation for narcotics.  During a weapons pat down of the driver, Peck briefly struggled with one of the officers, broke free from the officer and fled on foot into a dark grassy field.  Two officers engaged in a foot pursuit, where Peck came face to face with another officer and took a fighting stance.  Officers took Peck to the ground after he refused to comply with verbal commands to surrender.

During the ground struggle, Peck attempted to regain and shove officers off of him and flee again. While they attempted to restrain him, Peck elbowed one of the officers in the face causing visible injury. The officer sustained a minor injury, which did not require medical treatment. Eventually, officers were able to overcome Peck’s resistance and take him into custody. Search incident to arrest, Peck was found to be in possession of approximately one ounce of methamphetamine.  In addition to the methamphetamine, officers located approximately 100 small unused “dime size” plastic baggies consistent with packaging for sales of controlled substances.  

Peck was arrested and booked on the following charges:

  • V/C 24601, No license plate light
  • V/C 5201, Obstructed rear license plate
  • P/C 69, Violently resisting officers causing injury
  • P/C 148(a)(1), Resisting arrest
  • H/S 11377(a), Possession of methamphetamine
  • H/S 11378, Possession of methamphetamine for sale
  • H/S 11379, Transportation of methamphetamine for sale

Newman was searched in accordance to her probation terms and officers located methamphetamine and packing consistent with methamphetamine sales. Hypodermic syringes were located inside of the vehicle.

Newman was arrested and booked for the following charges:

  • H/S 11377(a), Possession of methamphetamine
  • H/S 11378, Transportation of methamphetamine for sale

Both Peck and Newman were booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

Mendo Sheriffs Raid Marijuana Operation on Tribal Territory; Pinoleville Pomo Megagrow Busted

Hank Sims / Tuesday, Sept. 22 @ 6:25 p.m. / Crime , marijuana



The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office was chopping down plants at the Pinoleville Rancheria Tuesday after serving search…

Posted by The Ukiah Daily Journal on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

From the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:

Several months ago the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office began receiving information about a marijuana cultivation operation being established by the Pinoleville Pomo Nation Tribe in Ukiah, California.

Since that time personnel from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office had numerous contacts with representatives from the tribe concerning why the operation was being established.

During those contacts it was determined the operation was utilizing open land located at 650 Pinoleville Road and a building at 2150 North State Street both being locations in Ukiah, California.

Several aerial over-flights of 650 Pinoleville Road were conducted within the last two months showing approximately 400 growing marijuana plants at that location.

On 09-18-2015 Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were called to 2150 North State Street due to the activation of a burglary alarm.

Upon arrival Deputies contacted several individuals who were transporting cut marijuana plants from 650 Pinoleville Road to the building.  These individuals identified themselves as being employed by the Pinoleville Pomo Nation Tribe.

On 09-22-2015 the County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Team obtained search warrants for 650 Pinoleville Road and 2150 North State Street.

Each search warrant was subsequently served and 382 growing marijuana plants were eradicated from 650 Pinoleville Road.  Investigators noticed several marijuana plants had already been harvested from the location.

During the search of the building at 2150 North State Street a sophisticated honey oil chemical extraction laboratory was discovered in addition to over 100 pounds of trimmed/processed marijuana.

No individuals were present at both locations when the search warrants were served and investigations are on-going at this time.

In 1953 Public Law 280 mandated a substantial transfer of jurisdiction from the federal government to the state level in California as to situations occurring on Indian Country.

As a result, The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is mandated to assume jurisdiction on Indian Country located in the unincorporated areas of Mendocino County and to enforce California state laws including those listed in the crime/incident section of this press release.

INTRODUCING: SCANNER TRAFFIC INDICATES, the New LoCO Subsite That Tells You What Those Sirens Are For

Hank Sims / Tuesday, Sept. 22 @ 4:01 p.m. / Housekeeping

Today the Outpost is pleased to launch the Internet’s newest feature – Scanner Traffic Indicates! This is the place on the Internet where all the things that Humboldt County scanner traffic has indicated are etched down for posterity. If you like listening to police scanners, stay tuned for a special offer near the end of this post!

But first: What is Scanner Traffic Indicates?

Here in Humboldt County, we often hear about scanner traffic indicating this thing or that. Sometimes it will indicate that a small vegetation fire has broken out behind the Bayshore Mall, and that Humboldt Bay Fire’s Engine 8113 is responding. Or it will indicate that a 97-year-old woman in Ferndale is feeling dizzy. Or it will indicate that three young males are in an argument in front of the Arcata Safeway. Or it will, sometimes, indicate more serious things.

Sometimes scanner traffic will indicate that a man has kidnapped a baby and is parading down the boardwalk in the nude with a machete in each hand, but when police arrive it turns out to be only a tourist from Rancho Cucamonga picking his nose and trying to take a snapshot of a seal. That’s scanner traffic for you.

Ninety-nine percent of the things that scanner traffic indicate are too small and uneventful to investigate and write about. They don’t meet even the Outpost’s admittedly low postworthiness standards. Still: When the sirens whiz past you, it is only human nature to wonder where they are headed, and why. 

Scanner Traffic Indicates will try to scratch that benign itch. It’s a daily parade of Humboldt County humanity as experienced through the radios of policewomen, firefolk and paramedics.

Let’s take a tour! It’s pretty simple. Near the top of each Scanner Traffic Indicates page you’ll see a “Launch the Scanner!” button. Click that open and emergency communications start streaming through your speakers. You’re listening to the northern Humboldt-centric stream; click the “Switch to SoHum” link and you’ll get the SoHum-centric one instead. (Though there is a lot of overlap.) Both of these streams come to us from Broadcastify.com, and both are originally provided by dedicated local volunteers who hook their actual, physical police radios up to the Internet and beam them to the world.

Underneath the header is a list of all the things we have caught scanner traffic indicating today. If you hover over one it will give you a permalink icon — you use that to get a permanent URL to share a particular item with your social mediaverse. We also have the LoCO’s CHP-bot note all new traffic incidents in here.

Up at the very top — above the graphics — you can scroll back to yesterday’s STI, or the day before that one’s.

Now, a lot of local media are doing something like this, in one half-assed fashion or another. The Times-Standard, for example, literally chains a person to a desk and superglues scanner-attuned headphones to their ears, Clockwork Orange-style, to crank out item after item after item for the paper’s Facebook wall. It is a brutal form of internal discipline used to punish reporters who fail the pee test.

Still, we understand that this is a fairly new phenomenon, and we have some concerns. To that end, Scanner Traffic Indicates has three rules:

  • No names. No names whatsoever.
  • No precise residential addresses. Phrases like “the 3400 block of F Street” exist for a reason. They tell you about where something happened without implicating the people who live at that place. So we’ll use that formula in STI. But…
  • Only the very vaguest of details will be available when what looks like a serious police emergency is underway. This is where our STI crew members are mandated to be very, very careful. First: In real emergency situations information comes in fast and furious and a lot of it turns out to be wrong, and it is not the intention of Scanner Traffic Indicates to inspire panic. Second and most importantly: It is not the intention of Scanner Traffic Indicates to tip off the perpetrators of a crime as to what the police are up to in an investigation. Yes, the information is already on the radio — and if you have a smartphone, you have police radio — but we do not need to make things any easier, or to catch perps on the run up with what they may have missed earlier in the scanner day. (If you represent a police agency and you have additional concerns, call me up and we’ll work them through.)

Did I say something about “STI crew members”? Yes! We happen to know for a fact that there are dozens of people out in Humboldtia who love nothing more than to monitor emergency radio channels. We would like to offer those folks full membership in the Scanner Traffic Indicates community by giving them a login and allowing them to share whatever catches their ears during their listening day. (So long as they abide by the three-part STI code of conduct, above.) 

If you’re one of the many people who have contacted me over the years with a tip they heard on the scanner, and you’d like a Scanner Traffic Indicates login, hit me up! I’ll give you a login and a place on our masthead, and you will have the undying gratitude of the LoCO readership. 

If you want in and I don’t know you, here’s what you do. Beneath each Scanner Traffic Indicates day there are comment threads. Use those threads to audition. Hit us with a couple of posts over a series of a few days, and you’re in.

That’s it! Go see what scanner traffic is indicating right now!