Kym Kemp / Saturday, March 8 @ 9:54 p.m. / Humboldt
Fortuna Police Department Press Release:
Humboldt County’s “AVOID the 7” DUI Task Force is now “AVOID the 8”. The Humboldt State University Police Department has joined the seven other Humboldt County Law Enforcement agencies in the commitment to removing drunk drivers from our roadways and educating the public about the dangers associated with driving while intoxicated.
“The Humboldt State University Police Department is pleased to be able to work with its community law enforcement partners through the AVOID the 8 Grant.” said HSU PD Chief Lynn Soderberg. “Impaired driving affects us all, and UPD is dedicated to enhancing the safety of our students, staff, faculty, as well as our neighbors, by participating in the events sponsored by this program.”
The Task Force is funded through a grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Avoid DUI Task Force will next deploy operations on St. Patrick’s.
Humboldt County Superior Court Calendar: Today
No current incidents
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Kym Kemp / Thursday, March 6 @ 5:04 p.m. / Humboldt
Humboldt Co. Press Release:
Humboldt County citizens can now find all the materials they need for tonight’s Community Budget Meeting in one place. By visiting the County of Humboldt’s home page at co.humboldt.ca.us, you will see the “Community Budget Meeting Center” in the middle of the page. There, you will find the following:
- A video player that streams tonight’s meeting
- A survey and handout with information on services paid for by the General Fund
- A link to submit a comment or question via Twitter
- The mid-year budget report, which includes information on the state of the County’s budget
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and will be held simultaneously in five different locations around Humboldt County. Elected representatives will be in attendance at each site. If you cannot make it out to any of these locations, you can view the meeting through the County’s web site at the link above, or on Access Humboldt Channel 10. Southern Humboldt residents on Wave Broadband can view the meeting on Access Humboldt Channel 7.
The meetings will be held at the following locations:
Scotia Elementary School
South Fork High School
Pacific Union School
Hoopa High School
Humboldt County Office of Education Annex
Kym Kemp / Monday, March 3 @ 12:20 p.m. / Humboldt
If you are a fan of local stuff, then LoCO’s new series, Debuted, will feature Humboldt folk offering new products, new businesses and new books. Here’s a chance to support a local company or individual who has created something that is just coming out. Go Humboldt!
1)Looking for a little suspense and romance in your next book? If you are, you might want to check out Eureka author, Jana Hollifield’s debut novel, The Problem with Goodbye. A woman terrorized by a stalker becomes involved with an attractive stranger.
Hollifield’s press release touts her gaining national attention from Sisters in Crime and the International Thriller Writers which features an interview with Hollifield in the March issue of their monthly publication, The Big Thrill.
There is a Kindle version of her book for $3.99 here.
2) Beer and Baked goods? Cassie Forrington, a Humboldt native and owner of Boujie Baking Co., says she has combined her two vices and started selling food cooked with beer.
Forrington’s press release says her business specializes in”Beer Kissed” desserts. Soon it will roll out its new line of beer-infused caramel sauces to the Southern Pacific region of Whole Foods Market. She calls it a “dream come true.”
Do you want a new local product featured? Contact email@example.com and tell us a little bit about the DEBUT item. A photo is helpful.
Photo of a water pipeline in Oregon. At this time, there are no images available for the proposed Humboldt County pipeline. (Photo from Malheur County, Oregon.)
What will happen to the millions of gallons of Mad River water that used to be purchased daily by Eureka’s two closed pulp mills? Current state law says that water must be assigned to some user. As Kelly Lincoln of KMUD explains in the audio below, “If the [Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District] does not find a user for the water, they will lose the water rights. Then someone else will be able to take the water and will not have to provide the District any compensation for it.”
The Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District [HBMWD] and its Community Advisory Committee have decided to first allocate this water to the environment and local industry, as well as any other North Coast communities in need, Lincoln says. However, according to HBMWD’s calculations, “That will leave up to 50 percent of their water right in need of a user,” Lincoln explains. Thus, Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District is looking for ways to export the unused portion of this water out of Humboldt County.
“The next piece of California’s extravagantly engineered water plumbing may be built from the Redwood Coast in the next couple of decades,” Lincoln says in the following radio piece. The plan is just beginning to take shape, but on Tuesday the 25th, Lincoln says, “the Board examined a map developed by their lead engineer showing about seven possible pipeline routes.” The map, she said, generated some controversy. It was the “most provocative piece.”
In the following story, Lincoln describes several possible routes for the pipeline in general terms and the possible outcomes of the two major route directions. One of the possible directions is south through drought-stricken Southern Humboldt where some Eel River water has been diverted to customers in Sonoma County. The idea might be to exchange some of the Eel’s currently diverted water for some of the Mad River’s water — thus restoring higher flows to the currently low Eel. “But a route south is the longest pipeline to build,” Lincoln says, “meaning it is the most expensive, and with the fewest customers to help pay for it.”
The other alternative is to go east to the Central Valley. This, she says, “would probably be half as long and … [there] are literally millions of people to buy the water.” But, she says, “the board imagines, however, that almost no one in the entire North Coast will like the idea.”
Lincoln explains in the piece below how moving the plan through the environmental and approval processes will take many years and will be difficult to achieve by the deadline before the District loses its current right to a significant portion of the Mad River.
Photo of a large water pipeline being installed in Libya.
Kym Kemp / Sunday, Feb. 23 @ 10:54 p.m. / Humboldt
The above gif is from this page here. It is not tonight’s meteor.
According to multiple reports, a very bright meteor sped across the sky around 8 p.m. Reports came in from Eureka to Southern Humboldt. Did you see it? Not only can you comment below but you can report it to the American Meteor Society here.