Wiedel: ‘Fragile’

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 12:06 p.m. / Wiedel

Your Lost Coast Outpost has been enjoying the paintings of Jesse Wiedel for some years now, most frequently when they miraculously and conveniently pop up in our Facebook feed. His pieces often feature Humboldt imagery and locations enhanced by colorful characters we may either choose to recognize or not. Wiedel is the Norman Rockwell Humboldt County deserves. And we love him. 

Thus, in the first of what LoCO hopes will be an ongoing series, we present Wiedel’s “Fragile,” which chronicles the current billboard situation at 3rd and D streets in Eureka. 

You can learn more about Jesse Wiedel and see more of his work at his website.


Teen Shot in the Neck by Dow’s Prairie BB Gun Sniper

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 10:09 a.m. / Crime

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release:

On 09-21-2014, at approximately 3:00 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a local hospital regarding a 17 year juvenile male receiving treatment in the Emergency Room after being shot in the neck with a BB type gun. A deputy responded to the Emergency Room and met with the victim and his mother. The victim told the deputy he was walking south on Dow’s Prairie Road, near Dow’s Prairie Elementary School after visiting with a friend nearby when he heard the sound of a BB type gun being fired. At the same time he heard the sound, he felt a stinging in the front of his neck. He grasped his neck with his hand and saw there was blood on his hand. He realized he had been shot in the neck. The victim told the deputy he was shot around midnight.

The victim walked home after being shot and examined himself. He felt the BB in his neck and attempted to remove it without success. He alerted his mother, who drove him to a local hospital to be treated.

The victim told the deputy he had no idea who shot him or why, and he did not see anyone.
The Emergency Room doctor told the investigating deputy the BB was resting very close to nerves and was within 5 mm of striking the victims jugular vein. If the BB had severed the jugular vein the victim could have died from the injury.

Deputies searched the Dow’s Prairie Road area for any possible suspects or witnesses and did not locate anyone.

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.


Sprinkler Douses Mini-Blaze at Bayshore Mall

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 9:59 a.m. / Non-Emergencies

Humboldt Bay Fire press release:

Just before 8:00 a.m. today Humboldt Bay Fire responded a single engine to a reported fire alarm activation at the Bayshore Mall at 3300 Broadway. Upon arrival fire personnel reported water flowing from the front doors of one of the stores at the mall. Mall security also indicated there was smoke in the structure. The on-scene Fire Captain upgraded the response to a full structure response of three engine companies, a truck company and three Chief Officers.

Fire personnel then searched the area and located a small fire that had been extinguished by a single fire sprinkler head in the back office of the “Gianni For Men” store. Crews then focused on shutting down the sprinkler system and salvaging items in the area. The damage in the office and store was minimal because of the activation of the sprinkler system and early notification of the fire department.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but appears to be accidental at this time. The Bayshore Mall is open with no interruption to service. This incident demonstrates the importance of fire protection and notification systems. Without the systems in place, this fire could have been devastating to the businesses in the mall and community as a whole.



Rain’s Coming: Are You Prepared?

Kym Kemp / Yesterday @ 6:58 a.m. / Weather

The US National Weather Service in Eureka (Facebook users, haven’t you liked them yet? Go on, follow this link and do it now) says rain is coming late tomorrow. Most of Humboldt will get between an inch and two inches of rain between Tuesday night and Thursday night. There are possible showers predicted through Sunday.

Check around outside today. Are your gutters clean? Do you have your firewood covered? Bicycles and tools inside?

How about your car? Windshield wipers in good shape? Tires have good tread?

You? You got rubber boots for the kids? Umbrellas? Rain coats?

All good? Sit back and enjoy fat drops of life giving water splashing down on a thirsty earth.

*Thanks, to the US National Weather Service in Eureka for letting us share their shiny graphics.

Internet Trolls Are Sadists, Scientists Say

Kym Kemp / Sunday, Sept. 21 @ 9:56 p.m. / Media

Science has now confirmed what is obvious to anyone who has explored the dark depths of the LoCO comment sections—internet trolls are sadists.

According to two studies just examined in the science journal Personality and Individual Differences, “trolling correlated positively with sadism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism.” In other words, folks who said their favorite thing to to do on the internet was troll [what kind of person admits that?] scored very high on tests that would indicate they had sadistic, psychopathic and Machiavellian tendencies.

The study authors wrote, “[T]he associations between sadism and GAIT (Global Assessment of Internet Trolling) scores were so strong that it might be said that online trolls are prototypical everyday sadists.”

We know you knew this already, but we thought you’d enjoy having it confirmed.

Psychology Today has a short but lucid piece on the study. Read it here.

Now, let the commenting interspersed with trolling begin… .

(Image from Wiki Commons.)

HITCHED, Sept. 21, 2014

Andrew Goff / Sunday, Sept. 21 @ 8:41 a.m. / Hitched!

LoCO loves love.

Therefore, when people in Humboldt file to have their love recognized by the government, their names go in HITCHED. You love HITCHED!

Scroll around. First, note that you went to high school with exactly 12% of the lovebirds below. Then, stay tuned; At the end of each HITCHED LoCO picks out the official wedding song for this week’s batch of soon-to-be betrothed.

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Public Marriage Licences issued between 9/10 and 9/16:


  • Steve A. Xiong and Xee Lor
  • Anita L. Bones and Steven R. Sousa
  • Jason P. Caria and Mio Kono
  • Benjamin G. Iberle and Hart D. Ford
  • Chrystyna K. McMinn and Zachary D. Johnson
  • Patrick O. Phillips and Elizabeth A. Meyer
  • Melissa J. Duncan and Derek S. O’Brien
  • Francis C. Gunn and Wasahna Phuengkuson
  • Robert W. Stockhoff and Serena L. McAllister
  • Darcee Longstreth and Cody B. West
  • Dean M. Traylor and McKenzie Barney
  • Hava N. Phillips and Edward G. Smith
  • Kyle O. Shelton and Brittany C. Olson
  • Stephanie R. West and Matthew R. Vick
  • Breana B. Guerra and Brandon M. Sundberg
  • Nichelle A. Johnson and Cody J. Morgan
  • Haley M. Day and Moses B. Lopez
  • Linda K. Nesmith and Joseph W. Blankenship
  • Kody A. Remala and Jennica L. Ray



Humboldt County Beaches, Now With Less Trash

Jennifer Savage / Sunday, Sept. 21 @ 8:15 a.m. / Activism , Community , Environment , Feel Good , Good News , Humboldt , Ocean

Fortuna High School students, Riverwalk

Good on ya, Humboldt! About 1,000 of you community-minded volunteers spent part of your Saturday cleaning up at over 70 sites for California Coastal Cleanup Day – ultimately removing an estimated eight tons of trash from our beaches, parks and waterways. (Including two downed billboards, yeah!) Very cool. Special recognition goes to Pam Halstead’s Fortuna High School students, who picked up 3,000 cigarette butts (they counted!) alongside Riverwalk, keeping them out of the already drought-impacted Eel River.

What about 1,600 discarded butts look like

Another highlight was removing a dozen or so pallets someone had dumped in the dunes, saving volunteers the effort of cleaning up nails and broken glass this morning.

Statewide, over 54,000 Californians cleaned up over a half million pounds of garbage across the state, plus over 100,000 pounds of recyclables, according to the California Coastal Commission. We know from past cleanups that between 60 to 80 percent of the debris on our beaches and shorelines is made up of single-use disposable plastic items that originate on land, traveling through storm drains, creeks or rivers to the beaches and ocean. Based on what we found in Humboldt, that remains true. 

All that garbage harms our wildlife and costs the county a significant amount to clean up during the year. The Northcoast Environmental Center thanks all the volunteers, site captains and sponsors for making a tangible difference in Humboldt’s environmental and economic health. Stop by our booth at the North Country Fair and say hello!

All photos courtesy of cleanup volunteers:

Moonstone Beach helpers

These people made Moonstone better

Coastal Cleanup cuteness

Another kind of butt, cleaned up

PacOut Green Team, Samoa Beach

Samoa Volunteer Fire District – note all the tires!

Why not leave a car door in the dunes, hmm?

Invasive species, North Jetty

Chew on this, North Jetty

Single-use plastic bag, soon to be banned

Balloon bits, North Jetty