Suspect in This Morning’s Arcata Motel Armed Robbery Arrested in Scotia

Andrew Goff / Friday, Dec. 9 @ 11:13 a.m. / Crime

Photo: Michael Smith

Arcata Police Department press release:

On 12-09-16 at about 6:36 AM, the Arcata Police Department (APD) responded to a report of a robbery that had just occurred from a guest of the Super 8 Motel (4887 Valley West Blvd).  The investigation revealed that the female victim was staying in a room with an acquaintance, identified as Wesley Nance. At about 6:15 AM, two friends of Nance’s arrived at the room. The victim stated that Nance and his two friends brandished handguns and demanded money from her. Nance and the other two suspects took an undisclosed amount of money from the victim and some of the victim’s property and left the motel. 

A county wide BOL (Be on the Lookout) was issued for Nance, the two suspects, and Nance’s vehicle. At about 7:12 AM, an Officer from the Eureka Police Department (EPD) spotted the vehicle driving southbound on Broadway and began following the vehicle. Once sufficient backup units arrived, a high risk traffic stop was initiated on Hwy 101, near Scotia. 

An APD Officer and Detective responded to the scene of the traffic stop and arrested Wesley Nance (22) of Sacramento and Richard Valdez (23) of Sacramento for Penal Code 211, robbery. The third suspect was not in the vehicle and has not yet been identified.  Both Nance and Valdez were booked and lodged in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. 

Anyone with information in this case is encouraged to call the Arcata Police Department.


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Fight, Attempted Robbery at Humboldt State; University Police Seek Info on Two Students Who Fracased With Non-Student

Hank Sims / Friday, Dec. 9 @ 10:34 a.m. / Crime

Campus Apartments at night. File photo.

From the Humboldt State University Police Department:

A male in his 20s was injured following an attempted robbery and altercation that occurred on the Humboldt State University campus in the parking lot of the Campus Apartments sometime around 10:30 p.m. last night. The man is not an HSU student.

University Police are seeking more information about people involved in an attempted robbery and altercation. University Police Officers responded to calls of a fight in the parking lot. Upon arrival, a vehicle fled the scene and an officer pursued. A traffic stop was made on Giuntoli Lane, at which time the officer noticed the man who had suffered a head injury. The man refused medical assistance on the scene and was followed by UPD to the Mad River Hospital. Arcata Police assisted with the traffic stop.

The man described one suspect as African American male, approximately 6‘2” tall with a slim build. Police are also seeking a person of interest. The individual, who may be named “Ron,” is an African American male, between 5‘7” and 5‘9” tall. Both are believed to be Humboldt State students.

Anyone with more information about the incident is asked to call University Police at 707-826-5555.



Humboldt State’s Brilliant ‘columbinus’ Finds America’s Heart of Darkness at High School

Lauraine Leblanc / Friday, Dec. 9 @ 7:36 a.m. / Theater

On the first anniversary of the San Bernardino shooting – and days before the 27th anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre – Humboldt State’s Theatre Department opened its powerful production of columbinus, the award-winning play about the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. The work itself is harrowing, and HSU’s production of it, directed by Troy Lescher, is heart-wrenching. It’s a brave choice, in what is traditionally a season of lighthearted holiday theatre, and this stellar production could not be more timely.

In the works since 2002, columbinus, by Stephen Karam and P.J. Paparelli, incorporates extensive research into and materials from the shooting with depictions of both actual people and fictionalized characters.

The first half opens in a purposely anonymous American high school populated by adolescent standards: the jock, the prep, the nerd, the goth, the Christian, the popular girl, the freak and the loner. While each of these characters is named in the script (i.e., the Christian is “Faith,” the nerd is “AP”), this production chose not to denote the separate characters as such in the program, but rather to simply list the actors under the rubric “Ensemble.” Six cast members – Makenna Baker, Joshua Banuelos, Ambar Cuevas, Heather Karns, Joey Lawrence and Elio Robles – play multiple roles as students, teachers and parents. Two others transform into killers: “Loner” Bryan Kashon into Dylan Klebold for the second half, and “Freak” Mickey Donovan into Eric Harris.

Every actor was brilliant. columbinus calls on each one to reveal the angst, torment and suffering of adolescence; each is, literally, stripped bare and put in the spotlight. Every single actor delivered not a stereotype, but an archetype, a fully realized character full of pathos.

Even more remarkable was the work of the cast as an ensemble. From the very first moments of the play, the cast is called upon to click into a seamless unit, to show their similarities before being differentiated, and it would not work unless each actor had perfect timing – and they did.

Given that each performance is so key to the success of this play, it is somewhat of a betrayal to single out the roles of Freak/Harris and Loner/Klebold as principals. But the play, reflecting actual events, separates these two out from the crowd. Kashon brought a doe-eyed vulnerability to the role of Dylan Klebold, the suicidal half of the duo. First-year theatre major Donovan gave an impassioned, electric portrayal of Eric Harris so filled with rage that he was absolutely terrifying.

The calibre of the performances was perfectly framed by the simplicity of the set designed by Maggie Luc – a stack of sharp angles and hard edges that ushered its inhabitants into catastrophe. The lighting cues and backdrop projections by Derek Lane were impeccable, as was sound design by Cory Stewart; had any of these been less than perfect, all would have failed. The show operations staff (too numerous to mention individually, but each deserving a solid A) made it all work flawlessly.

While columbinus so movingly depicts horrifying events, paradoxically, watching it was a pleasure. This is attributable in part to the unexpected wit and humor in the first half. But it was the quality of the performances and the staging that accomplished what theatre does best: allow us to collectively live out an experience of deep pain and trauma, and bring us through to the other side.

Every mass shooting spawns cottage industries of speculation but, as advertised, columbinus offers no easy rationalizations of the terrible events of April 1999. What HSU Theatre did here was “Columbine” us – bring us into to the heart of darkness and reveal its humanity.

columbinus continues at HSU’s Gist Hall Theatre Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 8, 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinée performance Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. Due to depictions of violence and very explicit language, the production is recommended for ages 16 and older. And when you go, turn off your damn cell phone.

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OBITUARY: Viola E. Risling-Ryerson, 1919-2016

LoCO Staff / Friday, Dec. 9 @ 7:33 a.m. / Obits

Viola E. Risling-Ryerson passed away peacefully on December 7, 2016.  She was born at Morek, a village along the Klamath River, on March 28, 1919, and welcomed by her parents, David W. Risling & Mary Geneva (Orcutt) Risling.  Viola was the fifth of eight children born to David & Geneva.  Her long and beautiful life was filled with numerous public and private moments showing her deep and personal ties to her culture, family and community. 

At the time of her death, Viola was the oldest member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe. She was from the villages of Medildin in Hoopa, Morek on the Yurok Reservation and a proud descendant of the Karuk village of Suworhum.  As a young child, Viola, along with her family, relocated to Hoopa, where she and her siblings attended the Indian Boarding School. She was a proud and noble Indian woman who participated in many important Native American movements, inspiring and teaching future generations to be proud of her Native culture and heritage. Throughout her life, she participated in ceremonial dances for the Karuks, Yuroks and Hupas. Viola was also a regalia owner and dance leader.

Viola was also an artist. She worked as a cartographer and in the ship yards during World War II.  She supported educational demonstrations and opportunities to show Native culture as living and dynamic. In her youth she represented Indian people at community wide events and was crowned Princess at the annual “Days of 49” festival in Arcata, CA in 1936.  Throughout her life she met famed Native American Olympian Jim Thorpe, introduced former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt at the World’s Fair held on Treasure Island in 1939, met Mohammed Ali & Dick Gregory during the Longest Walk and she participated in efforts to support DQ-University (the first Native American Tribal College in California).  Viola was also active in social justice movements that defended Native sovereignty & self-determination and always took the opportunity to educate non-natives about their Native culture. She attended events in support of the American Indian Movement, in support of Indian Education, and in later life attended local Idle No More rallies in support of First Nations people in Canada.  

With all of her accomplishments, Viola was also a dedicated and loving “Auntie” to many. Her infectious smile and kind eyes were a warm welcome at any gathering and she lit up every time she was greeted by family and community members. It is because of elders like Viola that future generations will continue to proudly dedicate themselves to culture and ceremony. At Viola’s request, if you have a basket cap please wear it to the services.

She is survived by her son Gary Risling, granddaughters Emmilee and Mary Risling, great-grandson David W. Risling-Eaglespeaker, and her sister-in-law Barbara Risling, wife of brother David Risling, Jr. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins all who affectionately referred to her as “Auntie.” She was always kind and loving and in return was loved by many people.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Robert K. Evans and her second husband Bud Tefry Ryerson. Her parents Mary Geneva (Orcutt) Risling and David W. Risling, Sr.  Her grandparents Suworhum Maggie Charlie & George Simpson (from Medildin), August Risling and Lewis Orcutt & Annabelle (Young) Orcutt.  Her great-grandparents SuWorhrom Charlie (from Suworhum) and wife (from Red Cap); Old Doctor (from Medildin) and Mrs. Doctor (from Medildin), Christian Risling and Sophia (Loehar) Risling; Fanny (from Up River) and Albion Lewis Orcutt; and Jane Young (from Down River) and William ‘Captain’ Young.   Her siblings: Anthony Risling and wife Barbara (Marshall) Risling; Vivian (Risling) Hailstone & Albert ‘Buck’ Hailstone Sr.; Lawrence ‘Jack’ Risling and wife Joy (Rowley) Risling; Rosalind (Risling) Marshall & husband Ernest C. Marshall; David W. Risling Jr.; Baron D. Risling and Leslie F. Risling Sr. & wife Wilma Belle (Scott) Risling.

Visitation and viewing will be held on Friday December 9, 2016 at Sanders Funeral Home, 1835 E Street Eureka, CA from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Funeral service will be on Saturday December 10, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Hoopa Neighborhood Facility. Internment and graveside service will follow at the Hoopa Tribal Cemetery. A reception and meal will follow the conclusion of the services at the Hoopa Wildland Fire Hall.

Pall bearers for the service include: Baron Risling Jr.; Douglas Kyle Risling; Leslie Risling III; Suworhum David Baldy; Victorio Shaw; Justin Childs; Matt Rivas & Zachary Brown.

Honorary pall bearers are: Albert Hailstone Jr.; Baron Risling Sr.; Dale Risling; Douglas ‘Gene’ Coleman Jr.; Ed Wallace; Glen Roberts; Kenneth Risling; Larry ‘Buddy’ Marshall; Larry Risling; Leslie ‘Sim’ Risling Jr.; Steve Baldy; Anthony ‘Tony’ Risling, Clifford Lyle Marshall; Dave Karr; Rodney McKinnon III; Weldon Hailey; Jonathan ‘Jonny’ Carlson; Kevin Orcutt; Alvis ‘Bud’ Johnson; Art Mastel; David Arwood Sr.; John Provolt; Leo Carpenter; Wally Obie & William Carpenter.

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Kortney Olson, International Entrepreneur and Humboldt Native, Bounces Back From Addiction on the Strength of Her Watermelon-Crushing Thighs

John Ross Ferrara / Thursday, Dec. 8 @ 2:16 p.m. / Our Culture

  

Before she was developing an international clothing line or crushing watermelons between her thighs on cable TV, Kortney Olson was a troubled Humboldt County teen with negative body image and a snowballing meth addiction.

It seemed a long off way from her life as the student body president of St. Bernard’s class of ‘99, where she was voted most likely to succeed, and dreamed of becoming the first woman president.

Olson’s yearbook pictures from her senior year. Photos provided by St. Bernard’s.

Olson’s persistence would follow her into the gym, where she worked out regularly to meet society’s unrealistic demands of having a perfect body size. But her life took a dramatic turn when she was raped by her boxing instructor during her senior year of high school.

“He was supposed to be my mentor at the time, so that was definitely a watershed that spun me out of control,” Olson said. “It took me a long time to come to terms with the fact that it was not my fault.”

Then life went from bad to worse when she took her first hit of meth on the night of her homecoming dance.

“After the dance, I walked into my best friend’s house and it was so strange; everyone’s eyes were bulging out of their heads,” Olson said. “Their pupils were the size of pennies, and you hear ‘just say no’ and all that bullshit, but drug education sucks. Had I heard my story when I was young, I more than likely wouldn’t have picked it up.”

That first hit sparked an addiction that would mar her life for the next decade.

“I was a classic Humboldt County fuck-up,” Olson said. “Just absolutely insane. I would steal your wallet and then help you look for it.”

At 21 the Fortuna native checked into rehab, but it would be another six years before she could shake her meth and alcohol addictions.

“When I got to 26, I was like ‘I’m not in the White House, how the fuck did this happen?’” Olson said.

Her passion for fitness became the foundation of her recovery, and when she moved to Australia to pursue a love interest in her late 20s she began working toward a career as a professional bodybuilder.

Photos provided by Kortney Olson.

But when she hurt her back wrestling, her problems started all over again.

“I thought ‘pain pills, that’s not my problem. My name’s on the bottle, so it’s all right,’” Olson said. “Then I spent the next year and a half developing a gnarly pain pill addiction. I went from Vicodin, to Norco, to Oxycontin really quick. That made me realize on a whole ‘nother level what kind of problem I had.”

The Oxycontin habit would be harder to break than her addiction to speed, but she regained control of her life after swallowing her last pill on June 14, 2010.

“That’s when my recovery finally started to begin,” Olson said.

Despite her addictions, Olson never quit working out, and she managed to gain international attention when she was dared to crush a watermelon between her muscular thighs.

A video of her thigh-popping melons was uploaded to internet in 2009, but she didn’t become a viral sensation until the video was featured on the hit Comedy Central series “Tosh.0” in 2011.

Olson continued to build on her new-found internet fame by posting more videos, and winning the Women’s Australian Armwrestling Championship in 2012. Two years later, her inhuman strength landed her a spot on the History Channel series “Stan Lee’s Superhumans.”

With all her growing success, Olson decided to start the clothing line “GRRRL,” in hopes of inspiring women who have also been affected by body image issues.  (She also hosts women empowerment camps named Kamp Konfidence.

“We’re a very authentic brand. We don’t have any photoshop in our advertising and we don’t have traditional sizes,” Olson said. “Instead of sizes, we use athlete names, because there’s so much stigma wrapped up in being the right size.”

She launched the brand in 2015, but getting the company off the ground wasn’t easy.

“We got started with five credit cards because I couldn’t get a loan,” Olson said. “I cashed out my 401k and spent the entire marketing budget for the year on sponsoring Holly Holm in UFC 193.”  

Holm KOd heavily favored bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in the second round, and instantly became one of the most celebrated women in sports.

“She was wearing our clothing on her last Instagram post, and her followers went from 250,000 to over a million after the fight,” Olson said. “And what everybody saw was her in our gear. It was literally like winning the lottery. That’s pretty much what propelled us.”

A year later, Olson’s company is nearing $1 million in annual sales, and she’s in the process of moving her business to Singapore, which she says is a perfect central hub for her markets in Australia, the U.S. and the U.K.

But she has hopes of taking her brand back to Humboldt County

“That’s part of the mission, to grow this clothing line and put the resources back in locally,” Olson said. “I want to take what we’ve done in Australia and bring that message of hope to Humboldt.”

While visiting Humboldt County last month, Olson took her first step toward bringing that message home when she inspired a Fortuna girls soccer team with a live watermelon squashing.

“It blew their minds,” Olson said. “Girls need real role models who can do epic shit.”

Olson crushes a watermelon for a Fortuna youth soccer team.



MATTHEW IN THE MIDDLE: The Bubble

Matthew Owen / Thursday, Dec. 8 @ 2:12 p.m. / In the Middle

If you’re still asking, “What the hell happened?” then you’re probably living in “The Bubble.” The Bubble is where only like-minded people hang out together. They drive their Prius hybrids from their Bayside McMansions after retiring at 55 with their six-figure CalPERS pension checks (inflation adjusted for life), while complaining how bad things are out there. In case you haven’t noticed there are two America’s and you can’t stick your head in the sand and say, “I’m right and you’re wrong!”

It’s only in hindsight that we see America was tired of Clintonia and Bushville. And no, Chelsea Clinton cannot run for Congress. The final numbers tell us there’s a huge difference between a 48 year old charismatic African-American man with great oratory skills who looks like a Nordstrom’s model and campaigned relentlessly versus a soon to be 70 year old woman that wears pants suits from a thrift store and put us to sleep with her wonky speeches between naps. Hillary was very good with numbers and policy, but she was a seriously flawed Democratic candidate to start with. You can’t be under investigation by the FBI and expect to generate voter enthusiasm. Hillary earned almost $3 million from her Wall Street speeches. Good for her. Just don’t run for President as a Democrat. You can’t earn $15 million a year and say you understand what the average American is going through ‘cuz ya got no clue. Hillary didn’t do live interviews for over six months as she was above the media. Hillary turned down a Megyn Kelly prime time interview on Fox News, which probably could have converted some undecided voters in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Hillary, Bill and Chelsea all turned down Showtime’s documentary “The Circus” interviews, while Donald Trump and his team were the stars.

So where does that leave the Democratic Party today? Some people call it a big tent, as long as you think like us. I’ll refer to a Linda Atkins’ Times-Standard My Word where she stated, “People who hold views that are in opposition to the values of a particular political party should not feel welcome in that party.” My first question of course is, what “values”? The values to support an unemployed, stoner, slacker, who’s never held a full-time job in his adult life for public office? Those values? Pass.

The Democratic Party today has to be more than union members, public employees, retired and those on SSDI disability. Let me ask a dumb question. How do you think we pay for Social Security, public employees, public employee pensions and Social Security Disability Insurance? While the Democratic Party talks about the “big tent”, they need to start walking the walk. Even Bill Clinton understood Hillary’s campaign wasn’t reaching the “Bubbas” in the Rust Belt, those white class working folks. That was his base, his people and Hillary couldn’t connect with them. The majority of working class voters viewed Hillary as part of the elite system that had been screwing them over for decades.

Q: How many states did Hillary win between the two coasts?
A: Five (Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Illinois, and Minnesota). Trump won 26.

Do you wanna know what’s really holding the Democratic Party back?

  • In 2017 Diane Feinstein turns 84
  • Willie Brown turns 83
  • Jerry Brown turns 79
  • Steny Hoyer turns 78
  • Nancy Pelosi turns 77
  • Jim Clyburn turns 77
  • Harry Reid turns 77
  • Barbara Boxer turns 77
  • Bernie Sanders turns 76
  • Joe Biden turns 75
  • Hillary Clinton turns 70
  • And locally, Bob Service the chair of the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee turns 75

What do all these people have in common? THEY’RE OLD! They should have retired decades ago and let the younger blood move up. In politics, you either move up or move out and become a lobbyist or political consultant. The Democrats have an entire generation of progressives that have been kept in the minor leagues as the above players would not move on.

The fact that Nancy Pelosi was just reelected to Congressional Minority Leader after Hillary lost the general election should tell you where the Democrats are at today. Ask any Bernie supporter what they think about the Democratic leadership and how fair it is to anyone outside of the bubble.

What were ya thinking? 1,264 Humboldt County people voted for Bernie Sanders in the November general election (2% of the county vote). Trump won the Brexit states of Michigan (10,704 votes), Wisconsin (22,177 votes) and Pennsylvania (44,307 votes) by a total of 77,188 votes. If that same percentage of Bernie voters had voted for Hillary in those three states, the Electoral College would have flipped and a different President would be inaugurated on January 20, 2017.

For those who voted for Donald Trump because you thought you were getting someone from outside the Beltway, let me remind you of The Who’s song, “Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.” Better yet, think of Al Pacino’s character, “Sonny” in Dog Day Afternoon shouting at the cops. “Kiss me. I like to get kissed while getting fucked.” In the coming four years of a Trump White House, you get no kisses and no lube. Just bend over and take it like a man.

-EUREKA ELECTIONS-

Here’s the mantra for local elections and how I predicted the Eureka City Council 4th Ward race: “Those who don’t walk, don’t win.”

While North Coast People’s Alliance should be proud of the volunteer work they did with local campaigns, don’t take too much credit for Austin Allison’s Eureka City Council win. I say that if the opposition won’t walk the streets and go door to door, then you can grab some Democrat register person off the rack, someone we’ve never heard of before, someone who has zero street cred, someone who has accomplished absolutely nothing in their adult life, you can even literally grab them at the last possible minute before filing deadline and run them on the D-Train.

Get around the City of Eureka’s $500 maximum campaign contribution laws by having Bill Pierson drop money bombs to the HCDCC (Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee) and other special interest groups (Yes on Measure P and Measure V) so they can produce slate mailers and door hangers and then ride that D-Train to election night victory every four years in November, where most voters vote the partisan ticket, even though our local elections are non-partisan.

I couldn’t believe it when I read on Austin Allison’s campaign website, “Why not make building within Eureka attractive to local developers?” Does your base know you just pimped developers? Remember “developers” is a bad name with the Regressives. If they think you’re a developer stooge, Heraldo will post a blog hit piece on you from Sacramento.

Also on Austin Allison’s campaign website, “We need more high density housing close to town.” So why doesn’t someone from The Left purchase an empty lot, develop 12 multi-units, charge below market rents and let me know how well this works for you. The Regressive candidates say this every two years and how many affordable housing units have they built over the past sixteen years? Zero. But hey, it looks good on a campaign flyer.

Now we’re gonna have another two years of a “progressive” Eureka City Council majority. So how were these past two years of a progressive Eureka City Council majority? Where do I begin? Let’s see, we had bums, errrr free speech panhandlers, begging on every other corner of our streets until they finally came out with a panhandling ordinance. Wanna know why the panhandling ordinance worked? It ain’t what ya think. The day after the panhandling ordinance was passed, the EPD first gave a warning and then arrested a bum. However they impounded his dog to the animal shelter in McKinleyville. The shelter requires that you pay a fine and show proof of current vaccinations to get Fido released. And like that, word spread like wildfire that if the EPD arrests you for panhandling, your dog will be impounded at the shelter. Suddenly, the bums stopped begging on every corner in Eureka and moved on to the next town. My only question of our progressive Eureka City Council is, what the hell took you so damn long?

We had hundreds of homeless people trespassing illegally on city property (Palco Marsh) and the Eureka City Council allowed them to camp there illegally for years until we (the voters of Eureka) said “Enough!” They finally grew a pair and decided to enforce the laws on the books and evict them.

I say this over and over again. Why have laws on the books if you have no intention of enforcing them?

Ya have to laugh when you hear people complaining about the “good ‘ole boys” and the “status quo”. Seems to me when the Eureka City Council is five women, then it’s the “good ‘ole girls” and the status quo is the past two years of a progressive majority. Still like the status quo?

In eight years of Linda Atkins progressive policy driven leadership we had…

A community garden (which was done by city staff).

Ummm…

Anything marijuana related and…

Ummm…

Jobs? Nope.

Ummm…

Voted “No” on everything.

Ummm…

Oh yeah, a Homeless Shelter Crisis where she wanted to open up the Adorni Center to allow homeless drug addicts to pitch their tents on the hardwood basketball floor and start a bonfire indoors. What could possibly go wrong?

Here’s my suggestions for the Eureka City Council.

Set homeless boundaries:

Much like teenagers, most homeless will press whatever boundaries you set for them and then once they are not enforced, will blow past all bounds of civility. Let’s be honest here. Homelessness is not a crime, it’s a tragedy. What do we do with the mentally ill on our streets? What do we do with those who don’t want to stop doing drugs and drinking until they pass out? I’m all ears. So here’s what we do in the meantime. Set strong boundaries and enforce them daily.

Is stealing a crime – yes or no?
Enforce this law like a hammer until the thieves move on to the next town.

Is trespassing on private property a crime – yes or no?
Enforce the laws.

Is dealing or using drugs a crime – yes or no?
Enforce the laws.

Is falling down drunk in public a crime – yes or no?
Enforce the laws.

If the outlaws can’t live within the laws, they can move to Arcata.

Broadway Corridor:

How many more years (or decades) do we have to listen to our Eureka City Council say, “We need to put something up on the south entrance to our town to beautify Eureka.” So stop talking and start doing. We wanna see results, not more community collaborative meetings that go nowhere.

No Tell Motels:

How many dilapidated and boarded up motels are on Broadway, 4th and 5th Streets making it an embarrassment to all who drive through? Why doesn’t the Eureka City Council do something about this? It’s my understanding that a property owner only gets fined $300 a month for not being in compliance with building codes. Change that to $300 a day and you get their attention.

Receivership and Eminent Domain. We need the courts to enforce the laws against the slumlords out there. If the slumlord doesn’t want to spend the money to upgrade their properties to code, then force them into receivership or acquire the property via eminent domain. Pay the slumlord fair market value minus the costs of the repairs. This will take the average $500,000 sales price and after deducting repairs and rehab down to $10,000. Resell the property to a developer who will complete the repairs and get these properties rented without the cockroaches, mold, exposed electrical, non-working heaters, etc.

The Boardwalk:

It’s been twelve years since we last had two development projects on the table on 1st Street, which would have brought much needed jobs and tax revenues. Due to the two lawsuits filed by Leo Sears (rest his soul) of the Humboldt Taxpayers League and later picked up by Sue Brandenburg, both of these projects went away. There’s an old saying in real estate development, “Time kills all deals.” For the past twelve years we’ve had dirt. No jobs. No tax revenues. Or as our local Regressives say, “No growth nirvana.” What is the latest excuse for not getting bay front property developed?

These are simple fixes if our progressive Eureka City Council wants to actually get some results… or I can write this same article in another two years of nothing getting done.



Woman Missing After Highway 101 Crash North of Willits Found Deceased in Marshy Area

Andrew Goff / Thursday, Dec. 8 @ 1:52 p.m. / Missing

Maria Shelley Young-Falkenberg

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office press release: 

During the late evening hours of 12-03-2016, Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office heard radio traffic from the California Highway Patrol regarding a solo vehicle collision in the area of Mile Post Marker 50 on North Highway 101 in Willits, California.
Deputies responded to the collision scene as it was reported the driver, reportedly a female, of the vehicle had fled the scene on foot after having a brief conversation with a motorist who stopped to provide assistance.  

During the conversation the female stated she did not want to be contacted by law enforcement personnel. 

Upon arrival Deputies searched the immediate area of the collision scene with assistance from the Little Lake Fire Department.  The search was aided by a handheld heat detection device and ultimately the search did not reveal the presence of the female.  Officers from the California Highway Patrol also conducted a search of the area and were unable to locate the female.

During the evening of 12-06-2016 Deputies began to receive third hand information that the female, identified as being Maria Shelley Young-Falkenberg, was possibly a missing person in connection with the collision.

Deputies contacted Young-Falkenberg’s family and began investigations as it was possible that she fled the collision scene on 12-03-2016 and was staying somewhere in Humboldt County.

Deputies determined during the afternoon of 12-07-2016 that Young Falkenberg was not in Humboldt County and had not been in contact with any known family or friends after the collision.

On 12-08-2016 at 7:00 AM the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office facilitated a search and rescue operation focused on the area of where the collision had occurred.

This search was conducted with personnel from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, Mendocino County Search & Rescue team, California Office of Emergency Services, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Lake County Search & Rescue team, CALTRANS, Little Lake Fire Department and California Highway Patrol. 

The Little Lake Ranch (special assistance from ranch manager Chris Bartow) provided accommodations for the establishment of a command post and provided for the needs of the personnel dedicated to the search efforts.

At approximately 9:30 AM searchers found Young-Falkenberg deceased underneath approximately 3 feet of water in a marshy area approximately 1,000 feet from the 12-03-2016 collision point.

An autopsy will be conducted at a later date in connection with the Coroner’s Investigation into Young-Falkenberg’s death.