Kym Kemp / Yesterday @ 5:52 a.m. / News
Photo taken by George Monroe, Myers Flat VFD Chief. Photo provided by Doug Bryan from the Southern Humboldt Fire Chiefs Association Public Information Team
UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: According to the CHP, the driver (last name Foster, first name unreleased) was headed south on the Eagle Point Viaduct with a loaded truck and trailer. “Due to Foster’s speed in a sweeping right turn, the combination trailer began to tip. [T]he trailer and the load fell onto the southbound #1 land, and the load became detached, spilling across all lanes of the highway. Foster was uninjured, and no other vehicles were involved.”
“US-101 was closed intermittently for cleanup, and a partial lane closure will remain in effect for Tuesday, May 21 while cleanup is finished. The load consisted of Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF).”
UPDATE: According to Southern Humboldt Fire Chiefs Association Public Information Team member Doug Bryan, the Semi was not a lumber truck but a chip truck. Also the accident is south of Myers Flat.
Original post below …………….
The CHP is reporting that a semi truck with a trailer had an accident near the south bound Myers Flat exit off of Hwy 101. The accident which spilled a load of lumber across the road was reported a little before four o’clock this morning. Two additional vehicles may have hit the spilled lumber. Dept of Transportation is at the scene and clearing the roadway. Traffic appears to be getting through. Follow updates here.
Humboldt County Superior Court Calendar: Today
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Mm101 / Us101 S Sr200 E Ofr (Humboldt office): Assist with Construction
McKinleyville Press: Ramp closures this week as work winds up on Mad River Bridges
McKinleyville Press: County braces for health care reform’s funding shift
McKinleyville Press: Work Day on the Hammond, Arcata Ridge trails
McKinleyville Press: Vendors Wanted for Trinidad Fish Festival
Hank Sims / Monday, May 20 @ 1:20 p.m. / News
UPDATE, 1:35 p.m.: The Times-Standard has a press release from Security National that states the company hopes to finish “much needed repairs, maintenance and general upkeep” on the center by spring 2014.
Eureka’s Arkley Center for the Performing Arts will soon be closing its doors, the Lost Coast Outpost has learned.
Word of the theater’s impending closure started leaking out last week. A friend of the Outpost posted a query on our Facebook wall on Thursday, after which we made calls to Arkley Center staff. They declined comment.
However, Pam Cahill, president of the board of directors for the Eureka Symphony, confirmed today that she was told last week that the center would be closing for an “indefinite” period of time. Cahill said that the symphony — which usually performs at the Arkley, exclusively — is currently scrambling to come up with a new venue for next year’s concert series, for which brochures have already been printed and tickets sold.
“We’re just sad because it’s a really beautiful venue for the community,” she said. “There are very few venues in this area that can seat 700 people and have room on the stage for the orchestra.”
Cahill said that it was her understanding that the theater would stay open until late June, when another Arkley Center staple — North Coast Dance — finishes out its season. Reached earlier today, North Coast Dance Executive Director Kris Beck said she had heard nothing about the impending closure.
Members of the Eureka Symphony said that the news was revealed to them Saturday night, at a party following the last show of the symphony’s 2012-2013 series.
Cahill said she was told by staff at Security National, which owns and operates the facility, that it needed to be closed in order for repairs to be made to the building. She did not receive and estimated date of reopening.
Built in the 1920s, the Arkley Center building — originally known as the Sweasey State Theater — was a center of county nightlife until 1973. In 2003, following a long period in which the building sat vacant, the Arkley family bought the facility and began renovations. The theater reopened in its new form in 2007.
Kym Kemp / Saturday, May 18 @ 10:36 p.m. / News
Drawing from the Mattole Grange site.
Since May 8th, when volunteer firefighters around the tiny community of the Petrolia helped law enforcement find the vehicle of Shane Miller—the suspect in the deaths of his wife, Sandy, and his two young daughters, Shasta and Shelby—the rural area has been traumatized. Residents have been afraid of the fugitive and they’ve had to deal with shelter-in-place requests, school closures, frequent searches, large numbers of law enforcement, and check points. Over the last few days as shelter-in-place has been rescinded and law enforcement has begun to draw down, normal life has slowly been returning to the tiny community.
On Wednesday, May 16th, the Petrolia store resumed regular hours. They posted on the community bulletin board, “…[T]he store will be returning to normal hours today. That means closing at 5:30pm and opening at 9am Monday-Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday.”
The Farmers Market is open this Sunday and the Mattole Grange is having its monthly pancake breakfast (From 8-11. See photos from last month’s event below)
The community bulletin board which announced the breakfast also says, “Lets get back to the happy and care-free environment that is the Mattole Valley…it is paradise here!! See your friends and swap stories about the last week’s crazy reality, and vent too!I know everyone has some story to tell and it would be nice to get back to our normal happy lives. Breakfast is only $5.00 per person and we bring the food to you and clean up afterwards.”
Life in Petrolia and surrounding areas hasn’t completely returned to normal. The May Pole festivities have been canceled because the beach is still closed as a result of the continuing search for Miller. However, another 4.0 trembler shook the area Saturday….and that is practically commonplace for a town known as the Earthquake Capital of the US.
Kym Kemp / Saturday, May 18 @ 8:53 p.m. / News
Southern Humboldt Fire Chiefs Association Public Information Team member Doug Bryan says, “Redwood stump on fire near ToobyPark. Cal fire and Garberville fire at scene.” He provided the photo also.
Kym Kemp / Friday, May 17 @ 11:12 a.m. / News
Screen print of Google Map of the junction of Hwy 101 and 162. Marker is placed by Google to indicate the road not the spot the bones were found.
Mendocino Co. Press Release:
On 05-16-2013 at 1223 hours the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a suspicious circumstance in a secluded area adjacent to Highway 162 near the 1.04 mile post marker.
The reporting person stated they were in the area when they noticed the remnants of burnt ground. Upon closer inspection the reporting person observed what appeared to be bones amongst the burnt ground.
Based upon the information, Sheriff’s Detectives responded to the location and initiated an investigation.
Upon arrival the Detectives located several badly charred bones, which investigators believe to be of human origin at this time.
Detectives will be enlisting the assistance of a forensic odontologist and forensic anthropologist in attempting to identify if the bones are human.
Anyone that has information that could assist with this investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip-Line by calling 707-234-2100.