(VIDEO) Manila Man Who Admitted to KIEM Reporter He ‘Burnt the Mother****er’s Place Down’ Faces 9 Years After Assault, Arson Conviction

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 2:29 p.m. / Courts

PREVIOUSLY: (VIDEO) Manila Homeless Camp Resident Arrested For Felony Assault and Arson

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Humboldt County Office of the District Attorney press release: 


Humboldt County District Attorney Maggie Fleming announced that yesterday a jury found 56-year-old Anthony Domenico of Manila guilty of arson of an inhabited structure and assault with a deadly weapon. Domenico could serve 9 years for these two felonies; sentencing is scheduled for December 14.

The charges stemmed from an incident on August 18 of this year in Manila, when the defendant assaulted Thomas Uber with a tree branch, knocking him to the ground and causing a 4-inch cut on his head. After Mr. Uber fled to call 911, his camp structure was set on fire. Mr. Uber lost most of his personal possessions in the fire.

In responding to the arson report, Monica Petruzzelli of KIEM-News Channel 3 encountered the defendant, who twice admitted to arson on camera, when he thought the camera was off.

The case was investigated by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department. Deputy District Attorney Trent Timm prosecuted the case with the assistance of District Attorney Investigator Marvin Kirkpatrick, Victim Witness Advocate Marybeth Bian and Arcata Fire District Battalion Chief Sean Campbell.


(VIDEO) NASA Simulation Shows Smoke From Recent Pacific Northwest Wildfires Blow From Here to Europe

John Ross Ferrara / Yesterday @ 12:24 p.m. / Soaring

The Pacific Northwest’s recent string of wildfires caused transcontinental haziness.

According to a NASA hurricane-and-air-particle simulation put out on Monday, wildfire smoke from Washington, Oregon and what looks like a few puffs from Northern California, blew clear across America’s Bible Belt and into Europe in September. 

Imagine: the same wildfire smoke inhaled by an Arcata hipster on Labor Day, reaching the lungs of a Spanish sheep herder a week later.

“This visualization uses data from NASA satellites, combined with mathematical models in a computer simulation allow scientists to study the physical processes in our atmosphere,” NASA wrote in the YouTube video description.

Take that Europe. | NASA.

At about 45 seconds into the video, the simulation shows the Pacific Northwest exhale a thick cloud of wildfire smoke, before blowing it across the country and directly into Europe’s face. America!

“By following the sea salt that is evaporated from the ocean, you can see the storms of the 2017 hurricane season,” NASA wrote. “During the same time, large fires in the Pacific Northwest released smoke into the atmosphere. Large weather patterns can transport these particles long distances: in early September, you can see a line of smoke from Oregon and Washington, down the Great Plains, through the South, and across the Atlantic to England.”

If you keep an eye on the dates in the lower left-hand corner of the video, you can match the visuals up with Oregon’s Chetco Bar Fire, which ignited on July 12, and the Wine Country Wildfires which ignited on October 8 and 9. 

The simulation also shows dust kicked up in the African Sahara blow across the Atlantic and into Florida. Pretty cool stuff; check it out.

ALL THE TRUCKS: Highway 299 Now Free From STAA Restrictions Between Humboldt and Redding

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 11:20 a.m. / Traffic


It’s a new era! Ain’t no big rig too big! Caltrans explains: 


Caltrans is pleased to announce that Route 299 is now free of STAA restrictions from the U.S. Highway 101 junction in Humboldt County all the way to Interstate 5 in Redding. This change in designation comes shortly after Caltrans District 2 completed improvements at Buckhorn Grade in Shasta County.

The 1982 Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) set the bar for trucks sized to industry standards. As STAA trucks have become the national standard, communities with major routes unable to provide STAA access have been at an economic disadvantage.

“The opening of Route 299 to STAA standards provides another link for industry standard-sized trucks to reach the North Coast from the rest of California and beyond,” said Caltrans District 1 Director Matt Brady. “U.S. Highway 101 from just north of Richardson Grove in Humboldt County to the Oregon border is already accessible by STAA industry standard-sized trucks.”

The scenic east-west route has been the site of multiple projects in recent years to prevent truck off-tracking by realigning tight curves.

OBITUARY: Donna Wilson, 1934-2017

LoCO Staff / Yesterday @ 10:05 a.m. / Obits

Donna was born to Don Hobson, a roustabout from Tennessee, and Melba Lewis Hobson, a school teacher from a pioneer family in Paso Robles, California, on the same day that her father was laid off from his job. 

Donna enjoyed cross-stitch, reading, traveling, shouting answers at TV game shows, and reading highly detailed and adjective-laden obituaries.

Donna left this planet on the day of the solar eclipse after a long battle with lymphoma, with her husband, Ed, and beloved dog, Henry, by her side. As the sun was blocked by the moon and re-emerged to lighten our world, the light of her life was blocked out to re-emerge in the next realm, as well as in our hearts and memories. (She would have read that bit out loud.)

Her Career: Donna was a devoted elementary school teacher for 33 years. She began her career in Orange County, Calif. in 1957, moving to Santa Maria, Calif., in 1966, and in 1977 to Burney, Calif. At the time when most others would have been looking forward to retirement, she went back to school and pursued her childhood dream of becoming a nurse. She graduated from Shasta College’s nursing program and worked until she was 80. She first went to work at Mayer’s Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills, Calif. She went on to work in skilled nursing facilities in Grass Valley and Fresno, Hospice in Fresno, and, finally, as staff nurse for Butler Valley, Inc’s, group homes in Eureka and Arcata. It was this job that she felt put all of her prior experiences to use in one job.

Family Life: Donna expected that she would never marry when at 29 years old, a friend set her up on a blind date. The day before the appointed date, she went to her friend’s house to explain that she had changed her mind and wanted to cancel. Her friend was not at home, but who did she meet on her friends front porch but her intended date, also there to back out! They talked and decided that since neither of them were interested in marriage that it would be safe to date. Five months later, Ed and Donna Wilson were married — the day after JFK was assassinated! This make for an unusual wedding day, but they remembered their anniversary and that day for their 53 ½ years of marriage. A year later, their daughter Carol was born and four years after that, they welcomed their son, Matthew into the family. She had high expectations for her children, but was in no way a helicopter parent. We have many memories of traveling and camping with Mom, and Dad when he could join us.

Spiritual Life: Donna began teaching Sunday school at the age of nine. She sang in church choirs, taught Bible studies, was a hospital chaplain and graduated from the North Coast Bible Institute. She had a no-nonsense belief in God that carried her through her life.

Donna will be missed by her husband, Edward; her daughter, Carol Martinez, and her husband, Albert; her son, Matthew, and his wife, Debbie; her “Little Brother”, Wade Hobson, and his wife, Jeannie; grandchildren – David, Emily, and Michael Martinez, and Allie and Eric Wilson, as well as nieces and nephews and her stepchildren, Eddie and Brenda and their respective families.

There will be a celebration of Donna’s life Saturday, Nov.18 at 1:30 pm at Coastline Foursquare Church. All are welcome. 


The obituary above was submitted by Donna Wilson’s family. The Lost Coast Outpost runs obituaries of Humboldt County residents at no charge. See guidelines here.

(VIDEO) Sharp-Disposal Kiosks Coming to Eureka; County’s Effort to Combat Loose Needles Will Put Safe Disposal Sites at Three DHHS Locations

Sierra Jenkins / Yesterday @ 7:14 a.m. / LoCO Video Reports


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The number of hypodermic needles being found on the streets of Humboldt — and specifically in Eureka — has become such a public health concern that the county has decided to take some action with a new needle collection program.

The program will kick off by installing three permanent sharps waste kiosks outside of various Department of Health and Human Services locations to provide the public a free and easy way to dispose of needles properly.

In this LoCO Video Report we find out more about the efforts from senior program manager Dana Murguia at the DHHS Healthy Communities Division.



FREEZE WARNING! Emergency Shelter Alert Issued as Cold Winds Set to Blow Over Humboldt Tonight, Tomorrow

Hank Sims / Yesterday @ 6:50 a.m. / How ‘Bout That Weather

Emergency shelter alert!

Cold snap coming!

The National Weather Service office on Woodley Island warns that a cold air mass is set to hover over Humboldt tonight and tomorrow morning, with high and dry winds bringing the windchill-adjusted temperature into the 20s around the bay and a likelihood of frost in the interior.

Graphic: NWS.

These freezy conditions are currently scheduled to last until Sunday, at which point the rain is supposed to descend. Expect “wet and unsettled” weather between Sunday and Wednesday.

This morning’s full forecast discussion from the National Weather Service:

SYNOPSIS…A colder and drier air mass will settle over the region today and hold through Saturday. A front will approach on Sunday, bringing a new threat for rain and strong winds Sunday night and Monday. Wet and unsettled weather will likely continue for Tuesday through Wednesday.

DISCUSSION…Radar was showing isolated rain and snow showers rapidly diminishing early this morning. The forecast for today will feature drier weather conditions and clearer skies as high pressure builds this morning and strengthens through the day. An offshore flow pattern will develop tonight and set the stage for mainly clear skies and chilly overnight low temperatures for much of the forecast area. Guidance continues to indicate temperatures bottoming out in the upper 20s to mid 30s across the interior valleys of Del Norte, Humboldt and Mendocino counties tonight. Trinty county will be colder. The one fly-in-the-ointment will be fog and low clouds that almost always forms in the interior river valleys this time of year after days of rain. Near freezing temperatures are also possible at the coast.

High pressure will hold over the area through Saturday and then start to weaken Saturday night and Sunday. Low temperatures should moderate on Sunday. Forecast models continue to indicate warming aloft and perhaps high and mid cloud spreading over the area in advance of a warm front. Models were consistent with keeping the warm front and rain well offshore through most of the day on Sunday. Models were in slightly better agreement with winds ramping up Sunday night and rain spreading over the area by Monday morning. Another storm will impact the forecast area with strong winds and rain Tue thru Wed. The models were in generally good agreement with the overall pattern, so confidence is high it is going to be wet and windy at times through mid week. The warm/moist nature of these storms will likely keep snow levels fairly high and above all the major passes of northwest California. Folks planning travel next week for the Thanksgiving holiday should stay abreast of the latest forecast.

AVIATION…Showers are forecast to taper off this morning leaving northwest California with mostly clear skies and VFR conditions. The challenge for this forecast period is tonight into tomorrow morning and whether or not fog will develop. Current thinking is that the river valleys will see some patchy fog and with temperatures becoming relatively cold, interior and lower elevation ridgetops may see freezing fog. TAFs do not currently have any fog or mist in them but will probably be added in later updates.

MARINE…Northerly winds and subsiding wave heights will be observed today as a weak ridge takes hold of the forecast. Conditions are expected be relatively calm for the majority of the weekend with light to moderate northerly winds and wave heights around 3 to 5 feet. The forecast becomes more hazardous late Sunday into Monday as a storm system brings increasing southerly winds to the waters. Steep wave heights will rise from these winds and then fluctuate through the work week as additional storms move through our forecast area.


  • Frost Advisory from 3 AM to 8AM PST Sat for CAZ103-109-112.
  • Freeze Warning from 3 AM to 8AM PST Sat for CAZ102-104>106-113.


OBITUARY: Travis James Baker, 1979-2017

LoCO Staff / Yesterday @ 6:45 a.m. / Obits

Travis James Baker was born Nov. 18, 1979 in Medford. A longtime resident of McKinleyville, he went to be with his heavenly father on Oct. 26, 2017 at the tender age of 37.

Travis was that amazing husband. He was that one who would work those long hours and yet be happy to come home and cook you an incredible dinner. He would always listen to you and could always make you laugh. Travis and Tasha were best friends, “two peas in a pod,” meant for each other, and perfect together.

Travis was that incredible dad who was always there to listen and to talk, and he was great at giving advice. He would make you feel safe and know you could always count on him to be there.

Travis was a good brother, one who loved unconditionally and would always protect and care for his sisters. Through the good times and bad, he would always be there.

Travis was the “greatest brother-in-law.” He fit right in with the family from the very first moment. We all knew we would never have to worry about our little sister being in good hands. Travis always treated us like we were his own and showed love and respect. He would help anyone of us out with whatever was needed without any hesitation.

Travis as an uncle. He loved his nieces and nephews with all his heart. They would all tell you their Uncle Travis was “The best uncle ever!” He would spend hours playing catch with his nephews Danyon and Dakari, or be outside teaching the kids how to build things or taking them to the beach. Travis was a great mentor to them all, especially his niece Cathryn. His advice to her was a great comfort; he was her Mac Dre buddy. She knew, like everyone who knew, she could count on him.

Being a man of varied tastes, Travis enjoyed many genres of music. He especially loved that of his Native American heritage, which he would sing and try and teach his nephew Dakari. Travis also loved riding motorcycles, going to the beach, barbecues, spending time with friends and family, cooking, gardening, camping, his many cats, his precious dogs Athena and Shadow, football (especially the 49ers), and helping those in need.

Travis was preceded in death by his father, Gary Baker. He is survived by his wife of six years, Tasha Bonner Baker; daughter, Jade Baker Ave; son, Nathan Guffey of Bonanza, Oregon; mother, Michelle Bergstrom of Springfield, Oregon; sisters Julia Baker of Placerville, California and Talea Hardwick of Springfield, Oregon; brother-in-law William Lupan Sr. of Grants Pass, Oregon; sister-in-law Sheila Bonner of Fortuna, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Charles and Kara Dukes of Rocklin, California; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Brian and Julie Dukes of McKinleyville. The numerous nephews and nieces include: Cody and Dylan LaFranchi, Isaah Flanagan, Xavier,Darius, Dante and Dominic Dukes, Desmond, Jace, Davin, Danyon, Dakari Dukes and Mathias Briggs. Also, nieces Kaylena Johnson, Cathryn and Anastasiya Briggs.

We will be having a memorial service for friends and family on Saturday, Nov,18, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Bayside Community Hall — 2297 Jacoby Creek RoadBaysideWe invite all who knew and loved Travis to attend and if you could afford to bring your favorite dish to share that would be wonderful.

Travis was the wonderful man that was loved, is missed, always cherished, and will never be forgotten.

No Farewell Words Were Spoken, No Time To Say Goodbye, You Were Gone Before We Knew It, And Only God Knows Why – SB.


The obituary above was submitted by Travis James Baker’s family. The Lost Coast Outpost runs obituaries of Humboldt County residents at no charge. See guidelines here.