Hank Sims / Monday, Oct. 21 @ 1:13 p.m. / Emergencies
UPDATE: All clear. KIEM’s Facebook page is reporting that the device was detonated by the bomb squad.
Sgt. Ernie Steward of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office confirms that the Eureka Police Department has called his office’s bomb squad in to investigate a possible pipe bomb that was found on I Street not too far from the high school this morning.
Traffic on I Street is closed, Stewart said.
More to follow…
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Andrew Goff / Saturday, Oct. 5 @ 12:40 p.m. / Emergencies
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Above: Blue Lake BaconFest emcee John McClurg scales “Mt. Bacon” at Blue Lake Casino Saturday. The porky peak started the day comprised of nearly 3,500 pieces of bacon. However, environmental degradation caused by steady “mountaineering” is currently causing rapid elevation decrease. Plan your visit soon (like, in the next couple of hours).
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UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: In other breaking BaconFest news, area man Sean Beltran bested four other competitors in the bacon eating competition. His prize? A three month supply of bacon! Oh boy!
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UPDATE, 2:35 p.m.: More bacon! Kenneth Berry took home first place in the amateur bacon competition with his bacon cheese cake (pictured below amongst other competitors).
Andrew Goff / Tuesday, Oct. 1 @ 11:49 a.m. / Emergencies
Citizens of Ferndale, take comfort in knowing that the first responders in your city are on the ball should disaster befall thee. Proof? Look no further than the care and manpower devoted to what locals are already calling the Great 2013 Ferndale Paint Spill. Witnesses at the scene told the Lost Coast Outpost that a truck turning onto Main St. from Milton Ave. — coincidently, the location of LoCO HQ — took the turn a bit too swiftly causing a can of latex-based paint to become dislodged and fall to the street below.
Fear not, Ferndale. This was a job Ferndale’s Police Department and its Volunteer Fire Department were more than ready for. The agencies responded, laid out flares and directed traffic around the spill so the paint could safely be cleaned (well, except for the emergency vehicle that drove right through it. Everyone else went around though).
Your Lost Coast Outpost spoke with KHUM radio live from the scene. That audio is included below.
So, if anyone asks you if the citizens of sleepy Ferndale sit around and watch the paint dry, you look them dead in the eye and say, “They do not. They take action.”
Andrew Goff / Friday, Sept. 20 @ 6:17 p.m. / Emergencies
Thus, a venue change. Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission press release:
The event scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, September 21 has been moved from Sequoia Park in Eureka to the Eureka Theater at 612 F street in downtown Eureka due to ongoing rain in the forecast. The original start time of 7 P.M. still stands, with doors opening at 6:15 P.M.
The movie for this month’s event is Walt Disney’s The Gnome-Mobile. Based on a 1936 book by Upton Sinclair and filmed in Humboldt County, The Gnome-Mobile is one of the last films produced by Walt Disney himself. The film features an eccentric millionaire and his grandchildren, who become embroiled in the plights of some forest gnomes who are searching for the rest of their tribe. While helping them, the millionaire is suspected of being crazy because he’s seeing gnomes! He’s committed, and the niece and nephew and the gnomes have to find him and free him.
There will be an information table set up on site with Film Commission volunteers collecting donations and answering questions about the organization’s mission and services.
The Film Commission would like to thank the Eureka Theater for hosting the event on short notice.
The film Commission would also like to thank its community sponsors Northcoast Audio, Deep Groove Society, Living the Dream Ice Cream, Pierson Building Center, A and I Roofing, Red Lion Hotel, Redwood Capital Bank, Humboldt Wholesale, Northcoast Co-op and Old Town Chocolates and Coffee.
For more information contact the Film Commission at (707)825-7600 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hank Sims / Tuesday, Sept. 17 @ 9:58 a.m. / Emergencies
UPDATE, NOON: Mark McKenna — LoCO contributor and Humboldt County’s top news photographer beyond any sort of a doubt — was at the scene when the bomb squad did its business.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad deployed a robot at a construction site at the foot of H Street in Eureka today to remove unexploded ordnance believed to be from World War Two.
A member of the the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad controls a bucket to place the unexploded ordnance into the bomb disposal truck.
UPDATE, 11:20 a.m.: ALL CLEAR: Sgt. Steve Watson of the EPD tells the Outpost that the bomb squad has both pieces of ordnance secured. The evacuation should be lifted shortly.
UPDATE, 11:10 a.m.: From reader Greg Beaumont, sleepy First Street.
UPDATE, 11:02 a.m.: Photos of the scene and the ordnance from Sgt. Steve Watson of the Eureka Police Department:
UPDATE, 10:55 a.m.: Lost Coast Outpost reader Malissa Mori sends the following photo of two tow trucks and a blocked intersection at 2nd and H. Taken at about 10:15 a.m., she says.
More photos from LoCO contributor Mark McKenna coming soon.
UPDATE, 10:48 a.m.: Lt. Steve Knight of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office informs us that the bomb squad is still at the site as of right now. “When they deal with this stuff, it tends to go real slow,” he said.
One unexploded shell has been found. They’re looking for the second one, Knight said.
Knight said that the explosives are at a construction site near the foot of H Street — the location of an old shipyard.
UPDATE, 10:13 a.m.: The T-S reports that the evacuation is being prompted by the discovery of unexploded World War II-era shells at the corner of I Street and Waterfront Drive.
A large section of Old Town Eureka is being evacuated as we speak. Kathy Michaels, owner of Strictly For The Birds, says that police have closed First and Second streets between E and I, or thereabouts, and are evacuating buildings.
Michaels says her understanding is that unexploded ordnance was found at the soil remediation project currently underway down by the waterfront.
Updates coming quickly. Pictures? Reports? Send ‘em — email@example.com.