Sara Bareilles to Honor Robin Williams at Next Week’s Emmy Awards Show

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 4:14 p.m. / Our Culture

Numerous media outlets who know about this kinda thing are reporting that inspirational pop megastar and Eureka High School graduate Sara Bareilles will perform during the “In Memoriam” segment at the 66th annual Emmy Awards on Monday.

As you can imagine, Robin Williams’ recent suicide will be at the forefront of peoples’ minds — his longtime friend and Comic Relief partner Billy Crystal is slated to contribute to the segment as well.

If you’re curious as to the nature of Bareilles’ contribution to the show, this concert review from The Hollywood Reporter may shed some light. At a concert at the Greek in Los Angeles the night of Williams’ death, the Humboldt County-native dedicated her song “Hercules” to the late comedian. The song comes from Bareilles’ latest album The Blessed Unrest and explores her own dealings with depression.

Watch Bareilles discuss and perform “Hercules” below. The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards air Monday, Aug. 25 on NBC staring at 5 p.m. Humboldt time.


Huffman Town Holler Tomorrow On Insidious Federal Plan to Send Our Mail to Oregon

Hank Sims / Yesterday @ 4:12 p.m. / D.C.

They’ve tried it before and they’re trying it again: The U.S. Postal Service wants to cut costs by shuttering Eureka’s own mail sorting facility and routing all our incoming bills, magazines and junk mail through the godforsaken waste of Medford, Oregon.

Rep. Jared Huffman, who reckons that the move will further slow the already glacial rate at which Mr. Zip moves product to and fro between Humboldt County and Amerikkka, is raising holy hell about it. He’s holding a town hall meeting at the Wharfinger tomorrow afternoon, with USPS representatives in tow, and he’d love it if you were to show up and gripe.

From the office of Rep. Jared Huffman:

Eureka, CA—On Friday, August 22nd at 4:00 p.m., Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) will hold a Town Hall in Eureka, California on the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) announcement of a plan to close the Eureka Customer Service Mail Processing Center.The town hall will be held at the Wharfinger Building and is open to the public.

In July, Huffman wrote a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe expressing his strong opposition to the plan, citing that it would cause disruption of mail delivery, cause job loss, and damage local economies. In this letter, Huffman, along with Rep. Mike Thompson, who previously represented Eureka, wrote:

“In 2011, we opposed this same consolidation proposal because we knew then that such a proposal would hurt the local economy and be detrimental to mail delivery in the region,” Huffman and Thompson wrote. “We are again opposing this misguided consolidation as a means to solve the USPS financial crisis. It is our understanding that this decision will result in the loss of hundreds of postal staff positions, and our constituents will face a 2 to 3 day service standard for First-Class Mail, instead of 1 to 3 days. This change would be especially difficult for seniors, veterans, and our rural communities, who rely on timely delivery of prescriptions and other postal services.”

Huffman previously opposed the consolidation plan when it was first proposed in 2011.

Members of the press are invited and should RSVP to, and constituents should RSVP to or call 707-407-3585.

WHO:   Rep. Jared Huffman, Representatives from the U.S. Postal Service

WHAT:   Town Hall on U.S. Post Office Services

WHEN:  August 22, 2014: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. 

WHERE:  Wharfinger Building, 1 Marina Way, Eureka, California 95501

North Coast Co-op Announces Recall of Nut Butters Due to Salmonella Fears

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 12:53 p.m. /

North Coast Co-op press release:

The North Coast Co-op received notification from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling certain lots of Arrowhead Mills peanut butters, Maranatha almond butters and peanut butters and specific private label butters (sold at Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Safeway, etc.) due to possible salmonella contamination. The products were distributed to Canada, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, Dominican Republic and the United States.

The potential risk of salmonella was brought to the attention of nSpired Natural Foods, a subsidiary of Hain Celestial, by the FDA following routine testing. According to the FDA, nSpired has received reports of four illnesses that may be associated with these specific products.

“Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis,” according to the FDA’s website.

The North Coast Co-op pulled the affected product from its shelves and placed 85 phone calls to its members who purchased peanut or almond butter from Maranatha in the last month.

“We take the extra step to call every member in our database that has purchased the product because the safety of our customers is of utmost importance and our members truly appreciate the service,” said Melanie Bettenhausen, Marketing and Membership Director for the North Coast Co-op.

The North Coast Co-op invites shoppers to return recalled products to the Co-op for a full refund. A list of affected products and “best by” dates can be found at or call the Co-op and someone at Customer Service can check the product dates. Arcata (707) 826-5947 or Eureka (707) 443-6027.

The Co-op relies on member data during a recall. Please take a moment to update your information with Membership Coordinator Bella Waters at (707) 382-3109. The Co-op never sells or shares information.

Sheriff’s Office ATV Stolen From Sheriff’s Office Farm

Hank Sims / Yesterday @ 11:52 a.m. / Crime

Artist’s rendering.

From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On 8-21-2014, at approximately 7:30 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office discovered unknown suspects(s) stole a side by side Yamaha ATV Rhino from the Sheriff’s Office Rohnerville Farm, Fortuna. The Rhino was stolen between 2:45 p.m., 08-20-2014 and 7:30 a.m., 08-21-2014. The suspect(s) cut a locked gate and cut off the lock to a shed on the farm to access the Rhino.

The 2006 Yamaha Rhino is described as Camouflaged colored, all terrain vehicle. The vehicle identification number is M305E042621.

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.

Apex Drilling President Releases Statement Regarding Martin Slough Project Breakthrough

Ryan Burns / Yesterday @ 11:30 a.m. / Government

Earlier this week we reported that local contractor Wahlund Construction, along with Sacramento Valley company HDD Co. Inc., had completed a drilling project for the City of Eureka. Now, the president of the company that walked off the project over a contract dispute with the City has issued a statement. Mike Lachner, president of Apex Directional Drilling, again asserts that Eureka officials misrepresented the job and failed to reimburse the company for unanticipated costs.

Here’s his statement:

No one at Apex Directional Drilling ever said it would be impossible to complete the drilling and pipe work needed for Eureka’s Martin Slough interceptor project. Instead, Apex asserted the truth: The project was impossible to complete as described in our contract, and it would cost more than the city initially estimated because soil conditions were completely different than what we were told they’d be, requiring changes to the job.

Nonetheless, we were on board to complete the work –- so long as we were compensated fairly for our costs.

The company even offered to forego making any profit in order to complete the project –- likely for millions less than it appears the city ultimately paid.

We outlined the potential costs in great detail for trying to solve the problems encountered and finish the project. However, the city never agreed to pay them – or to compensate us for work already conducted beyond the scope of our initial contract.

The work conducted by Wahlund was very similar to what we’d outlined, and those proposed techniques did indeed work – plus, unlike our crews, Wahlund had the advantage of knowing the actual ground conditions, as we’d already encountered them, and the benefit of using our drill steel, which we had already drilled clear through the hill and left for whichever contractor the city hired to complete the project. Wahlund finished the work using a drill three times as big as the one the city specified for us to use on the job in our contract.

I don’t know why the city would spend more to hire Wahlund than to compensate us for work we had performed so far and for the additional work needed to finish the project. But as you can see from the city’s expenditures to hire a new contractor for this job, it did indeed cost more to complete this phase of the project. The city spent almost $4 million to bring Wahlund Construction in to do work we had already started.

Marijuana Grow-Related Sites in Bridgeville, Tompkins Hill and Ferndale Raided by Sheriff’s Deputies

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 11:17 a.m. / marijuana

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release:

On 08-20-2014, at approximately 9:00 a.m. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputies served a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant in the 27000 block of Highway 36, Bridgeville. When deputies served the search warrant they located six greenhouses and an outdoor marijuana garden containing 2188 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from 2 to 6 feet tall. They also located a barn type structure with 340 pounds of dried marijuana bud in it. Deputies located two men living on the property. Both men were detained, interviewed and released at the scene. The men told deputies they were from Fresno, California and admitted to working on the marijuana grows.

Deputies then drove to a residence in the 1600 block of Tompkins Hill Road, Eureka where they served another Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant.  No one was at the residence when the search warrant was served, however; deputies located $23,000 in cash, 18 pounds of dried loose marijuana, two semi-automatic weapons, a drum magazine for an assault weapon, a shotgun, a tactical raid vest with body armor and paperwork indicating sales of marijuana, and ownership of the Tompkins Hill Road Property and Highway 36 Property.

Deputies then drove to the 200 block of Price Creek Road, Ferndale, where they served another Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant. The deputies located two men on the property who were detained. Deputies located a greenhouse where marijuana plants had been recently ripped up and removed, besides a greenhouse which contained 522 growing marijuana plants that were still in the ground, those plants ranged from 2 to 4 feet tall.

Deputies arrested Timothy Douglas Chez, 32 years old who resides in the Price Creek residence. Chez was arrested for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana. He was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked. His bail was set at $50,000.

Deputies identified, interviewed and released the other man located at the Price Creek residence after determining he had only been there a short period of time.

Deputies will be submitting a case to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office against the men located at the Highway 36 property, and the property owners of the Tompkins Hill Road property, seeking charges of cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana. Deputies will also be seeking additional charges against the homeowner of the Tompkins Hill Road property for firearms violations.

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.


Suspected Eureka Serial Burglar Drops Wallet, Gets Nabbed

Hank Sims / Yesterday @ 8:20 a.m. / Crime

From the Eureka Police Department:

On 08/20/14 at about 11:40 p.m., officers responded to the 300 3300 block of Gross Street for a report of a subject trying to force entry into a residence. Officers checked the area, but were unable to locate the suspect. Officers found a wallet outside the residence with an identification card belonging to David Mako.

On 08/21/14 at about 12:14 a.m., officers responded to the 1200 block of Gross Street for a report of a woman heard screaming. Upon arrival, the victim told officers that she had interrupted a male burglarizing her attached garage. The victim said the male ran out of the garage after a brief verbal confrontation.

Officers checked the area and located David Mako (59) of Eureka, in the alley behind the victim’s residence. The victim positively identified Mako as being the male in her garage. Mako was arrested for burglary and taken to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Mako is on probation for previous theft related offenses.