Hoopa High Nabs Grant to Give Every Student an iPad, Every Teacher a MacBook

Ryan Burns / Tuesday, Oct. 28 @ 12:37 p.m. / Education , Technology

Yesterday morning Hoopa Valley High School learned that it had been named one of just 114 schools nationwide to win a “ConnectED” grant from Apple that will supply every student with an iPad, every teacher and administrator with an iPad mini and a MacBook, and every classroom with an Apple TV. Plus, the school will be assigned an “Apple Education team” to help integrate the technology with the curriculum.

The grant, which stems from President Barack Obama’s 2013 ConnectED initiative, is aimed at addressing the disparity between poor, minority-filled schools and the rest of the country when it comes to access to technology and education.

On its website Apple explains, “We’ve chosen to provide our support to schools where at least 96 percent of the students are eligible for the free or reduced-price lunch program.” And 92 percent of of students in the program’s partner schools are of Hispanic, Black, Native American, Alaskan Native, or Asian heritage, the website says.

Hoopa Valley High School Principal Matt Levesque said the grant will hopefully allow students to take advantage of a wireless internet connection while taking the bus to and from school. Some students, he said, have daily bus rides of an hour and a half each way. 

“The only problem is that [the contract is through] AT&T, which doesn’t have great service out here,” Levesque said. But he’s confident that the gadgets will provide good opportunities in the classrooms. “It will be cool,” he said.

Here’s a press release from Hoopa Valley High School:

Hoopa Valley High School is pleased to announce that it has been selected to receive an Apple grant as part of the ConnectED program. The award will enable Hoopa Valley High School to provide a comprehensive 1:1 technology solution for every student and teacher, including Apple hardware, software, and services.

By providing students, teachers, and administrators with Apple technology, Hoopa Valley High School will be able to enrich its classroom experience and expand opportunities for its students.

According to Matt Levesque, principal of Hoopa Valley High School, “This grant will have a tremendous impact on our students and our greater community. Rather than just send a bunch of hardware, this is a total-school solution tailored to the needs of our school and our students. It will also allow us to open up our network, which will benefit the community as well.”

Additional information about Apple and ConnectED is available at www.apple.com/education/connectED.


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Survivorman: Sorry if I Upset You, Humboldt

Andrew Goff / Tuesday, Oct. 28 @ 10:30 a.m. / Our Culture

PREVIOUSLY:

For better or worse, LoCO has discovered that there is quite a bit of interest in reality TV outdoorsman Les Stroud’s current trip to HumCo. Over the weekend, we provided an update on his adventures up in Hoopa citing an excerpt from an update Stroud posted on his Facebook page in which he spoke of his shooting troubles in Humboldt. The problems mostly stemmed from extreme weather and technical difficulties. Oh, but he also made mention of the Hoopa area’s “numerous pot farms and meth labs.”

That didn’t sit so well. The commenters poured in — over 400, as of today — many critical of his public assessment of their home. A sampling:

  • This makes me sad. All of us were so excited to have you here. I know a ton of locals watch and love your show. To see this, is a slap in the face.
  • Be careful what I say about my Beautiful home n people . You know nothing of us or this area. You r making a rash statement on just a few incidents that happened to be in your vicinity, that doesn’t mean the other 98% r that wAy. And, I hav not smelld that yucky meth lab smell around here for years, perhaps it was trash burning because it has a similar smell.
  • I used to like you.

Well, Survivorman heard you, Humboldt. In a lengthy post yesterday, again to his Facebook page, Stroud apologized in the event his words offended, noting that he was simply reflecting what locals had told him:

So I apologize Humboldt area if my mentioning the pot farms got you upset. I was not ‘bashing’ or at least didn’t mean it to come out that way. Every store I went into where there was a fan who recognized me, I stopped and talked and took a picture – and then – before I leave they all said “beware the back country man – the drug dudes will shoot you” – so what do you expect?

And did he encounter any weed?:

But yes – I did smell pot around many corners – and if you were here you would smell it too. So? I’m not condoning it or judging it – I just smelled it – that’s all. As far as I am concerned I wish the very best for Hoopa and area – what you have here is world class nature – wonderful hosts and a very spiritual place.

Read the whole apology-containing post here. Stroud goes on note that this experience has taught him a bit about navigating social media and that he hopes to return to Humboldt in the future to shoot more of its “world class nature.” He also mentions that he’s enduring horrible food poisoning — “we’re talking sweating on the bathroom floor from the pain and pretty much living in the bathroom” — but makes a point of not mentioning where he got it.

See? He’s learning.



Tractor Trailer Making Morning Commute on Myrtle Ave. Somewhat Difficult

Andrew Goff / Tuesday, Oct. 28 @ 8:16 a.m. / Traffic

A LoCO reader sends in the above “Oops” which is blocking traffic on Myrtle Avenue near Mitchell Road. Emergency personnel are said to be on the scene. Morning commuters may want to get creative.

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UPDATE, 8:30 a.m.: A more thorough report from LoCO Facebook “like”er Katie Norris:

Thank you Lost Coast. You were the first to report this and its one of the only ways to get to two of the schools out there without going on the highway. It just looks like the driveway there is too steep and he got stuck. They got pretty good control on the traffic, hardly a wait. Ive gone by it twice already.”




(UPDATE: BACK!) Internet-O-Pocalypse! AT&T, Frontier, Possibly Other Services Busted Around Humboldt County

Hank Sims / Monday, Oct. 27 @ 9:21 p.m. / Emergencies

UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: Multiple updates from commenters are confirmed by your reporter — AT&T DSL, at least, is back online in the Humboldt Bay area as of about 15 minutes ago. Our Frontier boxes in Ferndale are up and running again too.

No word on whether this scary Coast Guard red alert still holds true or not. Exercise safe boating.

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There is some sort of mass telecommunications die-off around Humboldt County at the moment. In Eureka, Arcata and Ferndale, customers with AT&T and Frontier are reporting that their Internet is gone. The KHUM and KSLG live streams are dead.

For once, Suddenlink seems to be doing fine, at least in Eureka and Ferndale.

We don’t know what the cause of this thing is yet, but every bit of information helps to track this down. Report in, if you are able!

  • ONE: Is your Internet down?
  • TWO: What is your ISP?
  • THREE: Where are you at?
  • FOUR: What about your phone/cell phone/cable TV?

We can get through this together!



Mariners Beware: Massive Communications Outage Hits Coast Guard Command Center

Ryan Burns / Monday, Oct. 27 @ 9:15 p.m. / News , Public Safety

The Internet-O-Pocalypse we reported on earlier this evening has hit the Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay Command Center, knocking out its communication system, which could interfere with the center’s ability to receive and respond to distress signals.

The center, which is located at the Humboldt County Airport north of McKinleyville, may be able to hear distress transmissions broadcast via VHF-FM radio, but according to a press release the Coasties stationed there “cannot reply or accurately locate the site of the distress” while its main communications system is down.

Here’s the press release from Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay:

The Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay Command Center is currently experiencing an outage of its communications system. Other local Coast Guard units with radio transmission capabilities will continue to monitor VHF-FM Channel 16 for any distress calls, and Coast Guard C-130 aircraft crews from Air Station Sacramento will be airborne over the area to provide long-range radio relay capabilities until the outage is repaired.

Mariners in distress are asked to continue to use their VHF-FM radio, channel 16, and broadcast the nature of distress, number of people on board, their position and if they are wearing life jackets.  Other boaters with VHF-FM marine radios and other Coast Guard units in the area may be able to hear and respond to distress calls.

Sector command center watchstanders may also be able to hear any such distress transmissions, but cannot reply or accurately locate the site of the distress using direction finding features available when the system is up. As a secondary means of communications, Sector Humboldt Bay Command Center asks distressed mariners with cellphone communications to contact them at 707-839-6113.

Any boaters who hear a distress call or see any signs for distress on the water are asked to relay information to the Coast Guard or local authorities.

The communications outage began Monday afternoon and technicians are troubleshooting the problem but cannot estimate when the Sector command center system will be back on line.  The system, known as Rescue 21 <http://www.uscg.mil/acquisition/rescue21/>, provides communications with mariners off the Northern California coast from Oregon to the Gualala River.



Fundraising Roundup for Eureka Elections: Incumbents Widen Money Gap

Ryan Burns / Monday, Oct. 27 @ 5:08 p.m. / Elections

The final round of pre-election campaign finance disclosure forms were turned in to Eureka City Hall late last week, and they showed incumbent City Council members Mike Newman and Chester “Chet” Albin had widened their fundraising leads over challengers Kim Bergel and Natalie Arroyo.

Also, there’s a lot more money fighting the so-called “Fair Wage Act” — Measure R, which would raise the minimum wage in the city to $12 per hour for businesses with 25 or more employees — than there is supporting it.

In the City Council contests, the money race for the Third Ward seat is rather lopsided, with Newman out-fundraising Bergel by roughly 60 percent. This lead can be at least partially attributed to his head start; Newman’s campaign brought in nearly $7,500 last year, well before Bergel announced her intention to run. But even in this latest fundraising period, which covers Oct. 1 through Oct. 18, Newman’s campaign out-raised Bergel’s by more than $1,300.

As of Oct. 18 Newman still had $7,707 left to spend compared to Bergel’s $5,259.

In the Fifth Ward race, Albin remains ahead of Arroyo, but the margin there is slimmer. In fact, Arroyo has raised about $2,500 more than Albin this year. But since Albin began 2014 with a war chest of $6,350, his total still exceeds that of Arroyo. Albin was appointed by Mayor Frank Jager to the Fifth Ward seat last December, replacing the ailing Lance Madsen.

The bad news for Arroyo is that her campaign money is nearly all spent. As of Oct. 18 she had a cash balance of just $838, while Albin still had more than $8,000 in the bank.

(Note: Money that comes in to the campaigns between Oct. 18 and Election Day won’t be reported until Feb. 2, 2015, long after the votes have been cast.)

Where’s all this money coming from? Well, the incumbents have gotten some notable support from fellow public-office-holders. Both Newman and Albin received $500 (the maximum allowable donation per calendar year) from the campaign fund of Eureka Mayor Frank Jager, who has the luxury of running for re-election unopposed. Newman also got a $500 check this cycle from Humboldt County Supervisor Virginia Bass’s campaign while Albin got $500 checks from the campaign accounts of both Supervisor Ryan Sundberg and Supervisor Rex Bohn.

Newman’s other $500 donors this cycle were Jill Kuoh and Thomas Kuoh (both from Oakland), the Humboldt Builder’s Exchange PAC, Eureka Readymix and Shaw & Petersen Insurance (Newman’s employer).

Albin’s other $500 donors this cycle were Jill Kuoh and Thomas Kuoh, Suzanne Franklin, Pacific Builders, Alliance Coast Management Group and Shaw & Petersen Insurance.

The challengers, meanwhile, garnered support from unions. Arroyo received $500 donations this cycle from the Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3 District 40 PAC and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 57 PAC, plus $250 from the Building and Construction Trades Council of Humboldt-Del Norte Counties and $200 from the California United Home Workers (CUHW) Union Local 4034 PAC.

Bergel likewise garnered a $500 donation from the AFSCME Council 57 PAC and $200 from the CUHW Union Local 4034 PAC, plus $250 from the campaign of sitting Fourth Ward Eureka City Councilmember Melinda Ciarabellini, bringing Ciarabellini’s year-to-date contributions to Begel up to the $500 limit. Ciarabellini is also supporting Albin — a rare example of divided allegiance between incumbents and challengers.

Which brings us to Measure R, the “Fair Wage Act.”

The supporters, known as the Fair Wage Folks, raised another $1,150 this cycle, bringing their total to $5,768. That pales in comparison to the money raised by opponents, aka the Committee to Protect Eureka and Against Measure R, who brought in $6,219 this cycle alone, bringing their fundraising total to $19,528.

Prior to this latest cycle, all the money fighting Measure R had come in via donations of less than $100, making them exempt from disclosure requirements — this according to the “No on R” treasurer, John Fullerton, who explained, “Some can’t afford more but many others simply do not want to be harassed by the Occupy Eureka people and be called names in the blogs.”

Well, this cycle some brave souls went on the record, including Fred Sundquist, the president of City Ambulance of Eureka, who donated $2,000 to the campaign. Still, more than 85 percent of the money raised to fight Measure R is off the books.

Major supporters of the measure include unions, with the Building and Construction Trades Council chipping in $750 to date ($250 this cycle), plus $250 this cycle from the Operating Engineers Local 3 and $200 from the CUHW.

And lastly, the committee supporting Measure Q, which would add another five years of the half-percent “public safety” sales tax ushered in with 2011’s Measure O, brought in a whopping $13,165 this cycle, bringing their total to $23,614. There is no organized opposition to Measure Q.

Here are the dollar breakdowns:

THIRD WARD

Bergel:

  • TOTAL RAISED TO DATE: $12,887
  • Total raised this period: $4,204

Newman: 

  • TOTAL RAISED TO DATE: $21,407 (includes $7,450 raised last year)
  • Total raised this period: $5,536

FIFTH WARD

Albin:

  • TOTAL RAISED TO DATE: $19,257 (includes $6,350 raised last year)
  • Total raised this period: $6,789

Arroyo:

  • TOTAL RAISED TO DATE: $15,404
  • Total raised this period: $5,617

MEASURE R, THE FAIR WAGE ACT

The Fair Wage Folks (Yes on R)

  • TOTAL RAISED TO DATE: $5,768
  • Total raised this period: $1,150

The Committee to Protect Eureka and Against Measure R

  • TOTAL RAISED TO DATE: $19,528
  • Total raised this period: $6,219

MEASURE Q

The Yes on Q Committee

  • TOTAL RAISED TO DATE: $23,614
  • Total raised this period: $13,165

Click the names in this sentence to see the 460 forms (pdf) from Bergel, Newman, Albin and Arroyo, plus those from the Fair Wage Folks, the Committee to Protect Eureka and Against Measure R, and the Yes On Q Committee. And don’t forget, for more information, visit the LoCO Elections Page.



Eureka Man on Probation For Possession of Stolen Property Pulled Over, Arrested for Possession of Stolen Property

Andrew Goff / Monday, Oct. 27 @ 11:25 a.m. / Crime

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release: 

On 10-26-2014, at approximately 1:30 a.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was driving a marked patrol car westbound on State Route 299, Blue Lake , when he saw a white Toyota pickup truck in front of him. The deputy saw the truck did not have commercial license plates as required by law. The deputy ran a DMV records check on the license plate, and discovered the plate was registered to a 1999 Ford Pickup truck. The license plate also had a 2015 registration tab displayed, however the registration for the plate had been expired since 2011.

The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the pickup truck, and spoke with the driver, Beau Zachary McClung, 37 years old, from Eureka. A records check on McClung revealed he was on probation for possession of stolen property with a search clause. The deputy detained McClung and searched his vehicle. During the search, the deputy discovered a MacBook laptop that was stolen from a residence in Eureka several months ago.

McClung was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for possession of stolen property, violation of probation, and displaying false registration. His bail was set at $25,000.

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.