Eureka Waterfront Dreaming: See Sketches From This Week’s Design Charrette at Arts Alive

Andrew Goff / Saturday, Aug. 1 @ 12:14 p.m. / Community

If you’re of a certain gaming age, you likely spent many hours building pixelated metropolises in the computer game SimCity. It’s fun to play God. You want to build a kids’ playground next to the nuclear power plant? You could do that in SimCity in just a couple clicks, no city planning experience or higher education required. All was possible.

That’s kind of how it felt at the Wharfinger Building this week. After much pre-planning, the City of Eureka set out to gather community input with the hope of finding something resembling consensus on what directions to take with future waterfront development. All were invited to the multi-day design charrette. After some initial site tours, those that attended broke into groups, huddled around tables and had their whimsical conceptual designs visually validated by designers from the Waterfront Collaborative who sketched the ideas onto large maps depicting the bayfront section of Eureka between C and F streets.

There are no bad ideas in brainstorming. Thus, any and all suggestions were considered and maybe sketched out onto the map to see how they would fit. How about an ice skating rink? Let’s put that over there. I want another saloon. Well, let’s have it extend over the bay! Doesn’t Eureka need a waterpark? Yes! 

GHD’s Jessica Hall was tasked with sketching fantasy waterfronts

“We have an untapped resource here,” one of the amateur designers, retired Eureka resident Midge Catching, announced at one of the three tables collaborating Wednesday. “We have tracks that run all the way down to Target. We could be running speeders there.” They were drawn on the map by GHD landscape architect Jessica Hall who encouraged the armchair city planners to consider all options.

“What about this building?” Hall asked the table pointing to the old North Coast Co-op building. “Does it stay or does it go?”

“Can it go?” asked Catching.

“Sure!” Hall replied. The table was cool with the building’s demolition. With a stroke of the pen, it was gone.

While participants certainly had fun designing the waterfront of their dreams, the point of the charette process is to isolate which ideas people are most interested in seeing become reality. According to Eureka City Manager Greg Sparks, he’s hoping to find common themes favored by community members which can then be presented to potential developers.

“Then you can take these ideas to developers and show them concepts that have already been vetted with the community,” Sparks said. “If they try to do something totally different they may have a harder time.”

At Friday evening’s final presentations at Eureka’s Wharfinger Building

With the community’s dreams collected, city staff will spend the next month or so synthesizing them down into something that can be presented to the Eureka City Council for further discussion on how to move forward.

If you’d like to get an up close look at what a week of visual brainstorming looks like, you’re in luck. All of this week’s sketches will be on display during Arts Alive (6-9 p.m.) at Redwood Curtain Theatre. Go get your critique on. Here’s a few to get you started.


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Vigilant Neighbor Foils Eureka Burglary

John Ross Ferrara / Saturday, Aug. 1 @ 11:54 a.m. / Crime

 

Thomas Prince

Eureka Police Department press release:

On 07/31/15 at about 11:49 p.m., the Eureka Police Department Communications Center received a call from a resident on the 2500 block of California Street.  The caller said their neighbor’s home was being burglarized.

Officers responded and observed a broken window to the rear of the residence and could see a person moving room to room inside.  Officers secured a perimeter around the house. 

The suspect, later identified as Thomas Prince, 31 of Eureka, became aware of the officers and attempted to flee out of a window.  He was met by officers and retreated back inside.  He then tried to flee out the front door but was again met by officers.

Officers lit up the residence with patrol vehicle spotlights and communicated with Prince with a loudspeaker.  Prince was told to come out with his hands up.  Prince eventually complied and was taken into custody without further incident. 

K9 Vex cleared the residence and no other suspects were located. Prince was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and charged with Burglary, Ex-Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Parole Violation. Thank you to the caller for watching out for their neighbors and calling in a residential burglary.



Evacuations Ordered Throughout Trinity County

John Ross Ferrara / Saturday, Aug. 1 @ 11:23 a.m. / Fire!

For LoCO’s chronological list of fire updates, go here.

Trinity County Sheriff’s Office Press Release:

TRINITY COUNTY EVACUATION NOTICES 08-01-15

Down River Area Evacuations:

~Denny Area Voluntary Evacuations

For the town of Denny and surrounding area US Forest Service is recommending voluntary evacuations at this time. Multiple fires are threatening Denny Road and the ability to evacuate the area.

~Castle Rock Area Mandatory Evacuations

Mandatory Evacuations have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department for residences in the area of Underwood Mountain Rd, Castle Rock and Hog

Ranch  including 5 N 40 road, 5 N 07 Road, 5 N 09 Road, Big Lake, hidden Lake, to 5 N 60 Road to Mill Creek Road

~Mill Creek Rd Voluntary Evacuations

Mandatory Evacuations have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department for the following area from Highway 299 about 1 mile down Mill Creek Rd

~Road Closures for Down River Area:

Soft Closures Hwy 299 @ Underwood Mountain Rd

~No Evacuation Center at this time

Mad River/Ruth Area Evacuations:

~Ruth Lake Area Mandatory Evacuations

Mandatory Evacuations have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department for residences in the area of Mad River Rd from Highway 36 to Three Forks Road area and the back side of the lake on Ruth/Zenia Road to the Ruth Dam

Road Closures for Mad River Area:

Hard Closure: Hwy 36 @ Forest Glen west to Lower Mad River Rd and Lower Mad River Rd to Ruth/Zenia Rd

Soft Closure: Ruth/Zenia Rd to Three Forks Area

Red Cross Evacuation Center for Mad River/Ruth is at:  Van Duzen Community Center, Van Duzen Road, Mad River

Hayfork Area Evacuations:

~Kingsbury Gulch Mandatory Evacuations

Mandatory Evacuations have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department for residences in the area of Morgan Hill Rd from Pine St to Kingsbury Gulch Rd, including Kingsbury Rd, Center St, Dirt Rd

~Mill Gulch Mandatory Evacuations

Mandatory Evacuations have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department for the Mill Gulch area

~Trinity Pines Mandatory Evacuations

Mandatory Evacuations have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department for residences in the area of Trinity Pines you will need to evacuate to Post

Mountain Road to Highway 36 to Red Bluff or Highway 36 to Highway 3 to Hayfork.

Road Closures for Hayfork Area:

Hard Closure: Hwy 3 @ Fairgrounds south on Hwy 3 to Hwy 36 and Hwy 36 @ Wildwood Rd to all W/B Traffic

Red Cross Evacuation Center for Hayfork is at: Solid Rock Christian Church, 66 Tule Creek Rd, Hayfork

Hyampom Area Evacuations:

~Corral Bottom Mandatory Evacuations

Mandatory Evacuations have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department for the following areas from the intersection of Road 16 and Road 47 to Road 47 to Road 60 and Road 60 into Hyampom

~End of Kerlin Creek Rd

~Skunk Ranch Area

~Manzanita Ranch Area

 Road Closures for Hyampom Area: Soft Closure: Hwy 299 @ Corral Bottom Rd



VIDEO From Ruth Lake Fire

Ryan Burns / Friday, July 31 @ 10:57 p.m. / Fire!

For LoCO’s chronological list of fire updates, go here.

The video above was submitted to the Outpost by Matthew Williams.

ADDENDUM: Williams says this video was shot on Hwy. 36, about 10 miles west of the exit to Ruth.

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Aerial Photos from Ruth Lake Wildfire; Highway 36 Closed at Humboldt/Trinity Line; Power Outages

Andrew Goff / Friday, July 31 @ 9:49 p.m. / Fire!

For LoCO’s chronological list of fire updates, go here.

Quick road condition update: Caltrans reports that Highway 36 is now closed near the Humboldt and Trinity county lines. No estimated time of reopening as of yet. 

Additionally, PG&E is reporting significant power outages in the area.

One more quick update: LoCO superfriend Megan Hensley is offering her pasture space for fire-afftected horse people who might need to evacuate their equine friends. More details here.  

Now, the Outpost would like to apologize for not having the energy to post all of the stunning imagery readers are sending our way related to the various wildfires burning in our region. There is a lot coming in. We appreciate it. Do feel free to post shots on our Facebook page and in the Thunderdome/Country Club.

Having said that, we did want to share a few more shots, though: Friend of the LoCO Stephanie Fritz sends in the following aerial photos taken from high above Ruth Lake this afternoon. As we previously reported, three campgrounds in the area have been evacuated. Links after the photos to all our most recent fire coverage.

Photos: Stephanie Fritz

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Ashes Fall From the Sky All Around Humboldt County

Hank Sims / Friday, July 31 @ 8:07 p.m. / Fire!

[For LoCO’s chronological list of fire updates, go here.]

A red sun hangs over Table Bluff. Photo: Andrew Goff.

Friends of the Outpost from across middle Humboldt are reporting that they are witnessing ashes falling from the sky, our harvest from the scary fire situation in the mountains to our southeast. While your correspondent has not witnessed this phenomenon at his current perch in Eureka, the Outpost’s Ryan Burns confirms that blackened scraps of our former forests have fallen on his barbecue party.

And he is not the only one. Reader Anne Sahlberg reports:

I live by Eureka High School - is that ash that’s falling from the sky?  I’m wondering if anyone else has bits of black falling on their cars?

Reader Sarah Kinnamon:

Where is the fire at? I’m in myrtle ave and my car is covered in ash! And the air smells heavy like a fire! Anyone else experiencing the same thing?

Reader “Mark”: 

Ash is falling in bluelake at this time from lightning fires inland.

Reader Aaeon “Ferrocious: Ferro:  

It’s a little spooky and ill try to get some pictures but its raining ash in blue lake.

Likewise, we have seen posts from across the Facebooks from Fortuna, Arcata, McKinleyville and elsewhere confirming the rain of ash. And for the record, in the time it has taken for your correspondent to put this post together, the sky has turned noticeably more yellow and black flecks have landed on the screen. 

Ruth lake fire grows with the rise of the winds surrounding more than half the lake.

Posted by William Sand on Friday, July 31, 2015

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St. Joseph Health Looks to Merge With Larger Catholic Nonprofit

Ryan Burns / Friday, July 31 @ 6:31 p.m. / Health Care

St. Joseph Health System, the SoCal-based Catholic nonprofit that owns both St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka and Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna, is pursuing a merger with Providence Health and Service, a Seattle-based nonprofit that, like St. Joe’s, is a Catholic organization.

The Orange County Register reports that a Providence executive sent an email to members of the foundation saying the two organization have signed a letter of intent to become “a new, single organization” in 2016. 

Locally, employees of St. Joseph Hospital have been engaged in bitter contract negotiations, with the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) waging a campaign to raise wages for union members.

The OC Register reports that St. Joseph Health posted $29.6 million in losses in the fiscal year that ended in 2013. 

The health care industry generally has seen unprecedented levels of consolidation recently.

Providence Health and Service operates 34 hospitals, 475 physician clinics, 22 long-term care facilities, 19 hospice and home health programs and 693 supportive housing units in 14 location, according to its website.

DOCUMENT: St. Joseph Health Letter of Intent