Kym Kemp / Monday, Dec. 9 @ 12:33 p.m. / News
Southern Humboldt Unified School District Press Release:
1. Casterlin School continues to be closed.
2. Bobby’s run (East 3) will meet at Pratt Mountain for high school at 6:50 am and 4:45 pm.
3. Bobby’s run (East 3) will meet at Pratt Mountain for Redway students at 7:45 am and 4:00 pm.
4. West runs will not go past Ettersburg School.
High School: 6:25 am 4:50 pm
Elementary: 7:44 am 3:50 pm
5. All other routes will be as regularly scheduled.
Humboldt County Superior Court Calendar: Tomorrow
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Kym Kemp / Monday, Dec. 9 @ 12:13 p.m. /
(Photo provided by Susan Fox, local artist.)
CHP Press Release:
On Saturday, December 7, 2013 at approximately 1215 hours, 27 year old Joel Ruben Garcia, of Mendota, CA was driving a Peterbilt semi-truck pulling a Great Dane trailer with a load of lumber, traveling southbound on US-101, approaching Benbow, CA. For reasons still under investigation, the semi-truck overturned onto its right side, sliding down the descending grade on US-101, before the tractor trailer came to rest. Garcia complained of pain but refused to be transported to the hospital. As a result of the collision, the lumber on the trailer spilled onto the northbound and southbound lanes of US-101. Cal trans responded to the collision scene to assist with clearing the lumber from the traffic lanes.
US-101 was closed for approximately 15 minutes in all directions until the truck and trailer could be moved. Cal-trans assisted with the road closure.
The Garberville CHP is investigating this collision.
With a Two-Carpetbagger Council Nigh, Isn’t it Time for Eureka To Scrap Its Ludicrous Electoral System?
Hank Sims / Monday, Dec. 9 @ noon / Local Government
News comes this morning that Eureka Mayor Frank Jager will nominate longtime resident Chet Albin to fill outgoing Fifth Ward Councilmember Lance Madsen’s seat on the Eureka City Council.
Albin must be confirmed by a majority of the remaining four members of the City Council, but that should present no problem — they, like he, tend toward the Tea Partyish end of the political spectrum, and so will likely welcome Albin, a newly minted “Democrat,” with open arms.
All well and good.
But poor Mr. Albin! Not only did he change party affiliation, he actually had to move house — on paper, at least — in order to qualify for the Fifth Ward seat, as the North Coast Journal’s Ryan Burns amusingly documented a few weeks ago. That places him in good company: Back in 2010, now-Third Ward Councilmember Mike Newman bagged up his carpets and shifted home from the Second Ward to run.
Poor fellows! None of it would be necessary were it not for Eureka’s skull-crushingly dumb system of choosing its elected representatives. Here it is, in brief: The city is geographically divided into five wards. The City Council has five seats. Each seat is reserved for a representative who is registered to vote in each of the wards.
Here’s the twist, though — the entire city votes for each representative. So if you live in the Third Ward, you’re not only voting for your Third Ward representative. You’re voting on who the First, Second, Fourth and Fifth wards get to have as their representatives too.
The logic of this unusual arrangement has always been difficult to pin down. Almost all the time, cities do this one of two ways: Either ward residents vote only for their own representative, or everyone votes for everyone in an at-large election, with no residency requirements for candidates. Put another way: Either councilmembers represent the whole city and the whole city votes for them, or councilmembers represent a geographic subunit of the city and only residents of that subunit vote for them.
Eureka does it different. Theoretically, the councilmembers represent the subunit — or why else have the residency requirement? — and yet everyone in the city gets a say as to who represents what. Again: If you think you have a handle on the rationale behind this, then please do share.
There have been attempts at reform in the past — even in the not-so-distant past — but they have all flamed out hard, mostly due to resistance from the city’s codgerly conservative faction. But hey — isn’t it now the codgerly conservative faction whose candidates have to go through the trouble of carpetbagging around town in order to land on an empty seat? Might they reconsider?
Press release from the City of Eureka follows:
Mayor Frank Jäger announced today that he is recommending Chet Albin for appointment to the Eureka City Council, 5th Ward. The appointment will be agendized on the December 17, 2013 Council meeting for approval by Council.
Three Eureka citizens of the 5th Ward submitted their names to Mayor Jäger for the vacancy created by Councilmember Lance Madsen of the 5th ward. A five-member sub-committee consisting of Mike Jones, Polly Endert, Neal Latt, Lorene Dunnaway and John Fullerton interviewed each of the applicants and made their recommendation to Mayor Jäger. The three qualified applicants were Chet Albin, Leslie Lolich and Barry Smith who all live within the 5th Ward. Mr. Albin was ranked as the number one candidate by 4 of the 5 sub-committee members.
Chet Albin has been a Eureka resident since 1985 and is a lifelong resident of Humboldt County. He has served on many local organizations including Fortuna Rotary, CASA, Humboldt Independent Insurance Agents Association, Six Rivers Basketball Referees Association, Eureka Hosing Advisory Board, Eureka Parking Place Commission and is currently a member of the Eureka Planning Commission.
Mayor Jäger would like to thank all of the applicants who came forward to apply for the vacancy and volunteer to serve the City of Eureka. Special thanks to the committee for giving up an evening of their time to assist in the process. Mayor Jäger stated, “It was a very tough decision as each of the applicants was very qualified and would do a great job for Eureka. At the end of the day, I relied on the recommendation of the 5 member committee and their insight into the candidates along with input from Councilmember Lance Madsen.”
Kym Kemp / Monday, Dec. 9 @ 11:56 a.m. / News
Attached photograph: Deputy Crosswhite, Cindy Broese, Andy Broese, Don Brown, and Undersheriff Honsal.
Humboldt Co. Sheriff Press Release:
Humboldt Deputy Sheriffs Organization (HDSO) member, Deputy Seth Crosswhite, has implemented a new program called Teddy Bears for Tears. When sheriff’s deputies answer calls for service, they sometimes encounter young children caught in traumatic, emotional and unstable situations. The Teddy Bears for Tears program will offer the children a stuffed animal in the hopes of providing some comfort in a terrible situation.
Children are all too often the victims of situations that leave them frightened, anxious and confused. The stuffed animals are used to help these young children cope with their distress by bringing them comfort and companionship. The emotional support the stuffed animals bring to these children is immeasurable. With this reassuring gesture, deputies are also able to create a bond with the children and help them realize that they are there to help.
“We see on a daily basis children that are put into unfair situations, and I want them to know that we care about them, and their feelings are not being ignored,” said Deputy Crosswhite. “The stuffed animals become a source of comfort and well-being even after we are gone.”
Deputy Crosswhite is asking the community to help children in need by donating new or gently used stuffed animals to the following locations: Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Eureka Main Station, the McKinleyville and Garberville Sheriff’s Substations, Don Brown Insurance in Fortuna and Broese’s Uniforms in Eureka.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can help.
Kym Kemp / Monday, Dec. 9 @ 11:37 a.m. /
Humboldt Co. Sheriff Press Release:
On 12-06-2013, at approximately 9:00 a.m. a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy in a marked patrol car witnessed a 1998 Gold Mercedes speeding and driving erratically on South Railroad Avenue, Blue Lake. The deputy stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver who identified herself as Karen Marie Palsson, 50 years old, from Arcata. While speaking with Palsson, the deputy smelled the strong odor of marijuana coming from inside her vehicle. The deputy questioned Palsson who told the deputy she had smoked marijuana approximately one hour earlier. The deputy detained Palsson and searched her vehicle. The deputy located approximately two pounds of processed marijuana in her vehicle which was contained in two ziplock baggies. The deputy also located a loaded .44 caliber handgun, a can of Counter Assault bear spray and a small amount of suspected methamphetamine. Palsson was arrested for transportation of marijuana, possession of more than an ounce of marijuana, carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of more than 2.5 ounces of tear gas, and possession of a controlled substance. She was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where her bail was set at $25,000.00.
Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.
Andrew Goff / Monday, Dec. 9 @ 10:25 a.m. / We Get Letters
Your Lost Coast Outpost, art lovers that we are, is sad to announce that a local artist has had a piece from her collection ganked from a public exhibition of her work.
Rae Elizabeth City was informed today that a section of her mixed media piece “Acceptance” was snatched from Redwood Curtain Brewery in Arcata. LoCO has obtained a photo (below) of the piece and a note from Rae pleading with the thief to return her not-for-sale art:
“I am struggling to find the words so please bear with me friends & fellow residents of Humboldt County.
It was brought to my attention early this morning that the top panel of this diptych titled “Acceptance” has been stolen from Redwood Curtain Brewing Company. I am optimistic that we as a community can find the person(s) responsible and compel them to return this piece. The piece can be returned anonymously to Redwood Curtain, the Arcata Police Department, or the Eureka Police Department.
Please understand that this piece was not for sale because it holds significant sentimental value. Thank you for your support!”
(Above: Hmm. Don’t forget to read the fine print.)
Andrew Goff / Monday, Dec. 9 @ 9:49 a.m. / Humboldt Approved
PREVIOUSLY: All Past Humboldt Approved Winners
And here we go. The Lost Coast Outpost‘s big, pointless popularity contest Humboldt Approved returns this week with a mission: to complete Humboldt’s ultimate power trio. We’ve got our drummer. We’ve got our bass player. Now all we need to know is which local axe slinger delivers the riffs that fill your ear holes just right? Specifically, in your opinion, who is Humboldt County’s best guitar player?
You decide the “best” parameters. Do you prefer purveyors of Yngwie-esque arpeggios from hell? Restrained, tasteful, put-you-to-sleep-in-a-good-way acoustic finger pickin’? Electric egg beater flamenco gimmickry? Your call, HumCo!
As we always do the weeks we stupidly delve into categories with which emotions may run high, LoCO will remind you that the results of this poll are unscientific at best and you really shouldn’t put a lot of stock in the results. Art, as we know, is subjective. Besides, winning some silly county-wide poll isn’t a big deal and doing so could never be used to promote oneself anyway. Just use this opportunity to honor some deserving local sound maker. This poll is very important.
To make sure your vote counts, please read and follow these rules:
To vote, look through the comments of this Humboldt Approved poll. If someone has already nominated the answer you would give for that week’s category, click the upvote arrow. If you don’t see your desired Humboldt Approved answer nominate it in a comment for others to upvote. (Please be careful to not duplicate answers; redundant answers will be deleted and potential associated upvotes will be lost.) Feel free to make your case by replying to/cheering on the answer you love most, but again the number by the arrows on the initial nomination is what counts.
You can vote for as many nominees as you deem worthy but, of course, the more you do that the more watered down your initial vote becomes. That’s math.
We reserve the right to delete superfluous/lame comments that make the voting/comment section hard to sift through. Please try not to get offended when your comment battle reply is deleted. We’re trying to do something here.
While many weeks we look for two winners — one winner from the metropolises of Eureka and Arcata, and one from Humboldt’s smaller communities — due to the nature of this category, this time we’re gonna limit it to one. Voting closes next Friday at noon and soon after a winner will be declared.
Alright, now give some guitarist the spotlight for once.
(Above: Winner of Humboldt Approved Best Guitar Player 2037.)