(UPDATE) Humboldt’s Missing Peregrine Falcon Has Been Found and is Eating Chicken

Mike Dronkers / Monday, May 11 @ 1:16 p.m. / Animals

UPDATE: 5/13/15 10:10 AM: Carson the Falcon is back home and eating chicken. Witness the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center’s celebratory Facebook post below.

Carson, our ambassador Peregrine Falcon has been found and is back in our possession… tired and hungry, he’s currently…

Posted by Humboldt Wildlife Care Center on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Carson, an 11 year-old peregrine falcon, somehow escaped during an educational presentation in Manila. “He was seen off and on all day, but he wouldn’t come to us because he probably wasn’t hungry enough,”Humboldt Wildlife Care Center’s Linda Parkinson told KHUM today. Hear the four-minute interview below. 

KHUM Audio

Apparently, by hopping on and off his perch, the knot securing him came undone. He then headed for a nearby tree and wouldn’t come down to his handlers. At this hour, Parkinson is at the Arcata Marsh, where there were two sightings of a falcon with leather footwear.

“He has anklets around each leg, and then there’s a strap that comes down, the jesses, then they’re put together at a swivel base,” said Parkinson.

Parkinson said Carson came under HWCC’s care with as a juvenile suffering from a broken femur. Though he recovered, he didn’t get the requisite hunting practice. In other words, he’s a terrible hunter. His wildness is somewhat intact, though. “He won’t come home. We have to find him.” 

Should you see Carson, please call Linda Parkinson (362-7484) and follow the bird if it’s safe to do so.

The peregrine falcon is the fastest living thing on the planet, period. “Clocked at 280 miles an hour in a stoop, diving on prey,” said Parkinson.


Arcata Police Arrest Woman Believed to Have Been Involved in Saturday Night’s Home Invasion/Homicide

Hank Sims / Monday, May 11 @ 12:51 p.m. / Crime

One person has been arrested in connection with the home invasion robbery that ended when a man was shot dead Saturday night, according to Arcata Police Chief Tom Chapman.

Chapman told the Outpost that his officers found Kimberly Lyn Steele, 28, at her home in Samoa on Sunday, shortly after the shooting. Steele was taken into custody for questioning, Chapman said, after which she was arrested and booked into jail on robbery charges.

“We are continuing to investigate her involvement in the homicide,” Chapman said.

Meanwhile, police are still seeking two men who are also believed to have been involved in the home invasion robbery and homicide, which police believe to have been “marijuana-related.”

“We are continuing to work on identifying those two individuals,” Chapman said. “Their identities have not been confirmed at this time.”


… And Now the Power is Out in Hydesville and Carlotta

Andrew Goff / Monday, May 11 @ 9:59 a.m. /

Adding to the power woes already documented this morning on LoCO, PG&E is now reporting that an estimated 1174 customers are without power out Highway 36 centered around Hydesville and Carlotta. 

They estimate to have the lights on around 12:30 p.m. Stay strong.

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UPDATE, 11:07 a.m.: Seriously? Who is messing with the grid today? Now 191 customers are powerless in Petrolia for causes unknown. Estimated fix time is 3 p.m. 

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OBITUARY: Sue Baird, 1930-2015

LoCO Staff / Monday, May 11 @ 8:59 a.m. / Obits

Georgia Lea Baird, always known as “Sue”, 85 years old, died in her sleep with her loved ones continually by her side giving her last breath the morning of May 5, 2015. Born to Fornadia (Pat) and George McKeehan on April 11, 1930 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, raised in New Mexico and on to California, she was blessed with two sisters, Lucy (Tito) Stipek and Whetonia (Toni) Orsenico.

She was married at a young age to Neal Oester and was living in Santa Ana when the Flood of 19464 in Humboldt County was all over the news. When the decision was made to uproot her family and make a move for a new life change, she packed up everything, along with her three teenage children, and headed for the unknown. She never looked back.

She went to school and received her real estate license and then her brokers license. She went to work for Campton Heights Realty and was soon joined by her sister, Lucy Stipek. In 1970, Sue established Six Rivers Real Estate. She went on to become Red Carpet SRRE, where her daughter, Debi August, joined her, and finally Coldwell Banker SRRE, where her other daughter, Rhonda Meehan, joined her. She succeeded where others failed.

Some may remember her driving her red Cadillac and the many real estate floats she entered during the rodeo parades and events in the town of Fortuna.

A member of Humboldt County Association of Realtors since 1967, Sue earned the distinction and honor of being a CAR Member-for-Life and a NAR Realtor® Emeritus. She also held the prestige of being named Realtor of the Year, President of the Board of Realtors and California Association of Realtors Region One Chair for Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. She also started the MLS tour in Fortuna back in the ‘70s — she loved Fortuna and saw no reason her City should be left out.

Along with a couple other business ladies, she started the Soroptimist International of Eel River Valley and became a lifetime member. She was a member of the Fortuna Planning Commission for several years.

She met, fell in love with and married Harvey Baird in November of 1971. He taught her how to swim in the ocean and pluck abalone off the rocks. He took her hunting for deer and chukars. They went camping, where she came to the conclusion that her way of roughing it was a hotel with a black-and-white TV set. They loved taking long drives into the mountains looking for deer and other animals. Just being together was their special times.

She loved to collect antiques and dolls, she enjoyed decorating her window at home with her dolls for the holidays – Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Fourth of July, Autorama, Rodeo, Halloween, etc. She had the dolls and the props for all occasions. People from all over looked forward to seeing her displays.

She was always there for her family. She worried about them and prayed for them. She was and she will always be loved and adored. No one was more proud of her then her husband and family.

She was preceded in death by her sisters and parents. She lost her son, James Charles Oester, while he was in the service for our country in 1968 at the age of 21. A part of her died with him. They are finally together now.

She leaves behind her husband, Harvey Baird who will miss her dearly; her daughters, Rhonda Meehan and Deborah August (husband Paul), all from Fortuna; grandchildren Tonya Horvath, Yvonne Roberts, James Roberts, Wendy Medders, Bill Dobberstein, Tracy Singleton; 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Also, two nieces — Chonnie Yochum and Shelly Warriner – and one nephew, Danny Stipek; several great-nieces and nephews all who loved her; stepchildren Jesse Baird, Colley Baird (wife Phillis), Griff Baird (wife Wonda); Tana Bryan (husband Jerry). Grandchildren, Jocelyn Baird, Colleen Baird, Jeremy Baird, Kindra Quinton, Alex Gray-Baird, Chandler Baird, Austin Baird, Jordan Baird, YouJay Baird, Keely Baird & Fame Baird; 14 great-grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren.

Sue has been put to rest at the Pioneer Cemetery off Kenmar Road in Fortuna. A Celebration of Life will be held in her honor at the River Lodge on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 1 p.m. We will have a special time starting at 2 p.m. for those of you who would like to share a time of remembrance. Please come by and pay your respects and share your experiences about this beautiful lady.


The above obituary was submitted by Sue Baird’s family. The Lost Coast Outpost runs obituaries of Humboldt County residents at no charge. See guidelines here. Email news@lostcoastoutpost.com.

Multiple Power Outages Darken Humboldt’s Monday Morning

Andrew Goff / Monday, May 11 @ 8:28 a.m. /

UPDATE, 10 a.m.: More Power Outages

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Original Post: Multiple Outpost readers report that they’re kicking off their week in the dark, oh boy.

The handy dandy PG&E Outage Map reports just under 800 customers without power in parts of Orick, Manila, Stone Lagoon and Eureka. Most juice reactivation estimates are for around noon, you know, when you’re already at work with wet hair. 



(UPDATED) Mountain Lion Spotted Near Eureka School; Students Cautioned to Stay Off the Trails

Andrew Goff / Sunday, May 10 @ 9:23 p.m. / wildlife

UPDATE, 1 p.m.: The Department of Fish and Wildlife conducted a search of the paths in the wooded area near Zane Middle School this morning and found no trace of mountain lion. LoCO spoke with Zane principal Jan Schmidt who noted the school added extra security to ensure students’ safety and will maintain extra precautions until the area can be checked further.  

“There’s no ‘lion’s den’,” Schmidt said, referencing LoCO’s somewhat jokey wording in our quickly conceived graphic — some parents didn’t appreciate the lightness, it seems. OK. After a trip to the principal’s office, we’ve learned our lesson. (Updated map below.) 

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Happy Mother’s Day, y’all. Speaking of mothers, A LoCO reader/mother of a Zane Middle School student reached out to us tonight to let us know that she’d received a phone message from the school warning that a mountain lion had been spotted in the wooded area on the north side of the school. A message from Zane Middle School’s Facebook page reiterates this message:

ZANE MIDDLE SCHOOL ALERT: MOUNTAIN LION SIGHTINGThis is Eureka City Schools. We had a confirmed mountain lion siting…

Posted by Zane Middle School on Sunday, May 10, 2015

Oh my.

The message from Zane principal Jan Schmidt that went out to all parents of students at the school via automated phone message has been added below:


(VIDEO/PHOTOS) ZOO BREWED: Images From Last Night’s Sudsy Safari

Andrew Goff / Sunday, May 10 @ 9:36 a.m. / Cavy Babies

Did you zoo? Numerous Humboldters took the opportunity to imbibe amongst wildlife last night at the Sequoia Park Zoo’s annual Brew at the Zoo.

LoCO amigo Chris Smith from Apex Media hauled his lens to the event and pointed them at all the evening’s animals, both caged and sober and the other ones. Watch above. Below, enjoy photos of the event courtesy of the Sequoia Park Zoo.