Flatmo’d: Bum Deal

Andrew Goff / Friday, Dec. 12 @ 11:58 a.m. / Flatmo’d!

Part of an artist’s job is to reflect on their surroundings. For the latest edition of Flatmo’d, LoCO’s coaster artist Duane Flatmo says he was inspired after recently witnessing a guy dropping a deuce near a Eureka business in broad daylight. Now that Arcata offers a public restroom, Duane thinks it might be time for Eureka to catch up and upgrade its facilities.

Meanwhile, up at Arcata’s new loo, lines are long…

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Eureka High Grad Featured on TIME Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ Cover

Andrew Goff / Friday, Dec. 12 @ 11:18 a.m. / Our Culture

Every year since 1927, TIME Magazine editors have gone through the motions of selecting a “Person of the Year” (or “Man of the Year” until 1999). Over the years, the list of those deemed to be the year’s top deserving newsmaker have included most U.S. Presidents, a handful of Popes, Mark Zuckerberg, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Hitler. 

On occasion though, TIME has selected whole classes of people to grace the cover of their year-end issue — examples include “The American Fighting man” (1950), “U.S. Scientists” (1960), “The American Soldier” (2003), and “The Protester” (2011). 

2014’s “Person of the Year” issue is on shelves. This year’s recipient? “The Ebola Fighters” working to curb the spread of deadly disease in West Africa. Time has released five covers featuring various healthcare workers, one of which has Humboldt roots. 

Cover girl Ella Watson-Stryker, 34, is a health promoter working with Doctors Without Borders who, according to local blogger Bill Kowinski, also happens to be a 1998 Eureka High School graduate and daughter of Humboldt State sociology professor Betsy Watson.

On its website, TIME includes the following account of Watson-Stryker’s brief cover shoot:

“We took this picture very early in the morning, because everybody at MSF is incredibly busy, everybody is doing very important work,” says [TIME photographer Jackie] Nickerson. “And here we are, we come along and we’re trying to take them away from their important job. It literally took us 10 minutes to do that shot; and she was distracted, she wanted to do other things. What I love about that picture is the fact that it’s just her. She’s not trying to be anybody else. She’s just standing there because I have to take her picture. And she’s a very attractive person, but you can see the tightness in her face because she’s been working in Liberia and Sierra Leone as well. She’s had a long run of it.”

Read more about Watson-Stryker in TIME’s “The Ebola Fighters” here.



[RETURNED] Missing Rio Dell Man

Kym Kemp / Friday, Dec. 12 @ 8:07 a.m. / News

UPDATE: Thomas Uber has called and is returning home. 

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Original post:

A Rio Dell man, Thomas Uber, has been missing since Wednesday. He left his home in the morning and hasn’t returned. His granddaughter Felicia Uber said that this behavior “isn’t like him.”

Uber said her grandfather drives a white ‘91 Ford Areostar van with handicap license plate. The van has a smashed front end. “He is 70 years old and diabetic,” she wrote. “We’re worried about him out especially with this weather. Please…help us find him.”

Uber explained that her grandfather who is approximately 5‘4” and weighs 170 pounds often travels from Rio Dell to Arcata through Manila “so he can be anywhere in between.” 

Anyone who has any information about the whereabouts of Thomas Uber should contact Rio Dell Police at (707) 764-5312



[FOUND] Be On the Lookout: 2005 Mazda Tribute Taken After Keys Nabbed From Counter of Redway Shell

Kym Kemp / Friday, Dec. 12 @ 7:38 a.m. / Crime

Here’s the latest post in LoCO‘s “Be On the Lookout” series, where we highlight stolen items and ask you to help by reporting any sighting to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

UPDATE 9:21 p.m.: The owner contacted us and said that the vehicle had been found out towards Honeydew.

UPDATE: Photos of suspect and more information found here.

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Original post: The thief lifted the keys to this dark red 2005 Mazda Tribute off the counter of the Redway Shell Station as the owner of the car worked stocking shelves about 2:30 p.m. on December 9.

According to security video seen by the owner, the thief is believed to have wandered around the store for several minutes after taking the keys, careful to keep as much out of sight of the security camera as possible before he walked out the door and stole the car.

The gas station manager explained that she has not had time to view the video and get any relevant photos to law enforcement. We’ll try to update with an image when it becomes available if possible.

Below is a photo of the car which is now missing the front chrome piece.  The Idaho license plate number is 8b ex984. 

Let’s try and get this back to her, folks. She can’t work without the vehicle. If you see this car or have any information about it, please contact the California Highway Patrol at 707-268-2000.

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Schools That Are Closed Friday

Kym Kemp / Thursday, Dec. 11 @ 8:43 p.m. / News

Here is the current list of schools closed on Friday. We will update if more close. Southern Humboldt Unified School District announced that all the Miranda campuses will be closed on Friday, Dec 12 due to power outages. Whitethorn will also be closed. All other schools in Southern Humboldt will be opened.

Bus runs for Southern Humboldt have been slightly changed:

Normal bus runs for Agnes Johnson in Weott for Friday. 

Normal bus runs for Casterlin for Friday.

All Redway students out west meet the bus at 8 a.m. at the Logs Pickup at 3:20.

North and south runs will be at normal times.



Tribes Can Grow and Sell Marijuana, Feds Say

Ryan Burns / Thursday, Dec. 11 @ 3:16 p.m. / Government , marijuana , Tribes

Will tribal “Pump and Play” gas stations soon allow “Pump, Puff and Play?”

That appears possible after the U.S. Justice Department today issued made public a memo from October instructing U.S. attorneys not to mess with tribes that want to grow and sell marijuana on their sovereign lands, as long as those tribes maintain “robust and effective regulatory systems.”

This decision could have a major impact on tribes that choose to pursue marijuana cultivation and sales. U.S. News and World Report theorizes that “marijuana may displace casinos as reservation cash cows.” However, as the L.A. Times notes, “Many tribes are opposed to legalizing pot on their lands, and federal officials will continue to enforce the law in those areas, if requested.”

Local tribes may well fall into that latter category. The Outpost has reached out to local tribes asking for comment. We’ll update if and when we hear back. But the Yurok Tribe, for one, has gone on record saying they’re not fans of the illicit industry’s encroachment on their lands.

In October, for example, Yurok Tribe Executive Director Troy Fletcher appeared before the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors asking for a unified front in support of the tribe’s a zero-tolerance policy for marijuana grows impacting tribal lands.

The Justice Department memo is not exactly a green light for tribes. Like the so-called “Cole Memorandum” issued in August 2013, today’s this new memo takes pains to remind people that weed is still illegal under federal law. “Nothing in the Cole Memorandum alters the authority or jurisdiction of the United States to enforce federal law in Indian Country,” the memo states. 

Rather, the memo says the feds probably won’t mess with tribes (or states) that allow growing and/or selling weed as long as the cultivators/sellers don’t run afoul of the eight enforcement priorities established by the Justice Department. 

Those eight priorities:

  • Preventing the distribution of marijuana to minors;
  • Preventing revenue from the sale of marijuana from going to criminal enterprises, gangs, and cartels;
  • Preventing the diversion of marijuana from states where it is legal under state law in some form to other states;
  • Preventing state-authorized marijuana activity from being used as cover or pretext for the trafficking of other illegal drugs or illegal activity;
  • Preventing violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana;
  • Preventing drugged driving and the exacerbation of other adverse public health consequences associated with marijuana use;
  • Preventing the growing of marijuana on public lands and the attendant public safety and environmental dangers posed by marijuana production on public lands; and
  • Preventing marijuana possession or use on federal property. 

Residents of Northern California in particular should appreciate that individual U.S. Attorneys have a lot of leeway. Melinda Haag, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, has been one of the most aggressive Drug War hard-liners in the country, doggedly pursuing and shutting down state-law-abiding medical cannabis dispensaries and threatening local officials long after the Obama administration promised to look the other way.

In response to an inquiry from the Outpost, the Justice Department emailed the following statement:

The Justice Department is committed to dealing with tribes on a government-to-government basis.  This policy statement recognizes that Indian country is incredibly diverse, and different tribes will have different perspectives on enforcement priorities that are in the best interest of their community’s public safety. 

Some tribes are very concerned with public safety implications, such as the impact on youth, and the use of tribal lands for the cultivation or transport of marijuana, while others have explored decriminalization and other approaches.

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, and nothing in the Cole memorandum or this policy statement alters the authority or jurisdiction of the United States to enforce federal law in Indian country or elsewhere. Each U.S. Attorney will assess the threats and circumstances in his or her district, and consult closely with tribal partners and the Justice Department when significant issues or enforcement decisions arise in this area.

Read the entire Justice Department memorandum here.

UPDATE, 3:24 p.m.: The Yurok Tribe sent us the following statement:

Marijuana cultivation within the Yurok Reservation is prohibited. The Yurok Tribe strongly opposes marijuana cultivation on and close to the Reservation, because of the horrific environmental abuses and water thefts that are associated with the illicit industry. 

Last summer, during Operation Yurok, we eradicated dozens of marijuana grows, which were destroying our lands and draining our creeks. Pot plantation owners will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and their property will be forfeited. The green rush will not become another Gold Rush on the Yurok Reservation.



RAINAGEDDON II: The Rerainening!

Hank Sims / Thursday, Dec. 11 @ 1:27 p.m. / Weather

Pretty placid around most of the Humboldt Bay Area so far today, but the rain of terror has stricken our neighbors to the north.

Here’s a video taken by Facebook friend Lisa Ehrlich a couple of hours ago. Oh my God, it’s freezing! NSFW.

A little bit later, down in Orick, Facebook friend Jamie Schutmutt said:

Epic rain in Orick now, no power, phones, cellular, or Internet. I’m on a satellite running off a car battery… Roads are getting bad too… Lots of duff and debris on 101… Lightning hitting every 30sec…

Here’s Schutmutt’s video evidence:

The National Weather Service’s automated Mesonet weather system reports that half an inch has fallen in Crescent City in the last 12 hours, and a little more than that in Orick.