John Fullerton Launches Campaign for Eureka City Council

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 5:20 p.m. / Politics

Candidate Fullerton

The sun briefly won out on a classically overcast Humboldt day, just long enough for Eureka resident John Fullerton to officially launch his campaign to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Eureka City Council. Drawn to his cause, a few dozen supporters showed up to the Eureka Boardwalk at the foot of F Street for some brief speechifying, sign waving and photo ops. Fullerton laid out his reasons for running. 

“I moved to Eureka 40 years ago and fell in love with our town,” Fullerton said. “However, like most of you, I have become increasingly alarmed at what’s been happening to it over the last 15 to 20 years. The increasing number of homeless camping in our bushes, the increasing crime and the decreasing number of jobs — especially good-paying jobs. Well, this just isn’t acceptable.”

Fullerton stressed his record of leadership and history of community involvement. A few of the accomplishments he saw fit to mention: a term as the president of the Redwood Acres Fair board, two years on the Eureka Planning Commission, three years as a CASA volunteer, and a term on the board of directors of Coast Central Credit Union, all while owning his own Old Town accounting business for the past 33 years. 


Fullerton will be squaring off in November against Austin Allison, an employee of St. Joseph hospital, who signed up to run on the last day of the filing period, the same day Allison’s colleague Allan McCloskey pulled out of the race due to health issues. Allison is a newcomer to local politics, a fact that was alluded to by one of the Fullerton rally’s opening speakers, Humboldt County Supervisor Rex Bohn.

Fullerton supporters Jager and Bohn

“John’s been committed to doing this position for quite awhile. He didn’t think about it the last day and say, ‘Hey, I’m going to jump into the city council race. That sounds like fun’,” Bohn said. “It’s not a fun job. It’s a job for people that have experience in the city, that understand what’s going on.” 

“This is not a job for rookies,” said Eureka Mayor Frank Jager, echoing Bohn’s statements. 

The Outpost has reached out to Fullerton, as well as his opponent, in the hopes of conducting a more thorough coffee chat (do you both drink coffee?) and hopes to bring you those conversations in the coming weeks. 


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New-to-Town Marijuana Industry Worker Missing; Car Found Down Embankment in Willow Creek

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 3:13 p.m. / Missing

Aaron Kaloustian from Facebook

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release: 

On Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 5:39 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a missing person report regarding 43 year old Aaron Arakael Kaloustian. Kaloustian was reported to have moved to Humboldt County from Pennsylvania in July to work in the marijuana industry. Kaloustian was last heard from by family members on July 4, 2016. The wreckage of Kaloustian’s vehicle was found several hundred feet down an embankment off of Horse Linto Rd in Willow Creek on Sunday, August 21st, by USFS personnel. No persons were found near the wreckage. A CHP helicopter is scheduled to fly the area in attempt to locate any persons associated with the wreckage.

Aaron Kaloustian is described as a white male adult, 5’8”, 140 lbs, with brown eyes, shoulder length brown hair, and beard.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.



Shipment of Cocaine From Costa Rica Prompts Raids in Arcata, Fortuna; Two Arrested; Weed Found Also

Hank Sims / Yesterday @ 1:25 p.m. / Crime

From the Humboldt County Drug Task Force:

In early August 2016 the Humboldt County Drug Task Force was contacted by the Department of Homeland Security regarding a package containing approximately 3 ounces of suspected cocaine that had been shipped to an address in Arcata from Costa Rica. The Drug Task Force began an investigation into the parcel and its recipients.

Based on that investigation a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant was obtained for a residence on the 800 block of Crescent Way in Arcata. The warrant was served on Friday, August 19, and led to the arrest of Kyle Richard Jack Callihan, age 25, who was charged with 11350 H&S; possession of cocaine, and 11351 H&S; possession of cocaine for sale.

Further investigation revealed at least one additional involved person, and another search warrant was obtained. On Thursday, August 25, that warrant was served on the 1100 block of Angel Heights Drive in Fortuna. Christopher Patrick Harbin, age 38, was detained at the house. Harbin’s 8 and 11 year old children were also at the house.

A search revealed concentrated cannabis, an indoor marijuana grow containing 393 plants, and evidence linking Harbin to the shipment of cocaine. Harbin was arrested and charged with 11350 H&S, possession of cocaine, 11351 H&S; possession of cocaine for sale, 11357(a); possession of concentrated cannabis, 11358 H&S; cultivation of marijuana, and 273a(a)PC; child endangerment.
This investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information related to this investigation or other narcotics related crimes are encouraged to call the Humboldt County Drug Task Force at 707-444-8095 or the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 707-268-2539.



CAUTION! Trinity River to Surge Today Through Next Month, For Fish-Saving Purposes

Hank Sims / Yesterday @ 8:42 a.m. / Environment

The Trinity River at Hoopa. Photo: Wikimedia.

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Good news for fish, concerning news for swimmers on the Trinity: The Bureau of Reclamation announced yesterday that it will be ramping up water releases from Lewiston Dam in order to combat the ich infestation at the mouth of the Klamath, and to help get fish upstream.

The Trinity is a dangerous river when it is flowing strong. People die in it every year. Those looking to get one last river day in before summer fades away: Please take caution.

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

The Bureau of Reclamation will release additional water from Trinity Reservoir for the lower Klamath River to help protect returning adult fall run Chinook salmon from a disease outbreak and mortality. Supplemental flows from Lewiston Dam will commence on August 25 and extend into late September.

On August 2, Reclamation released a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the plan to use water from Trinity Reservoir for the supplemental flows. The Draft EA also analyzed using a potential emergency volume, if needed, to avoid a significant die-off of adult salmon. Real-time monitoring and adaptive management will help guide implementation of supplemental flow releases.

Releases from Lewiston Dam will be adjusted to target 2,800 cubic feet per second (cfs) in the lower Klamath River starting August 25. To meet this target, releases from Lewiston Dam will increase from 450 cfs up to 1,300 cfs before dropping to 450 cfs in late September. Additional information will be provided if higher peak flows are needed in early-to-mid-September as part of the preventive action.

Flows from Lewiston could be raised as high as 3,500 cfs for up to five days if real-time monitoring information suggests a need for additional supplemental flows as an emergency response.

Over the next several weeks, releases could increase as quickly as 250 cfs every two hours, and flow reductions could drop as quickly as 100 cfs every four hours. The public is urged to take all necessary precautions on or near the river while flows are high.

The Final EA and Finding of No Significant Impact are available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=26477. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.



Eureka Man Busted With 110 Pounds in the Pickup After Being Pulled Over For No Front Plates

Hank Sims / Yesterday @ 7:34 a.m. / Crime

Via the Marin Independent-Journal: On Tuesday afternoon, a Marin County Sheriff’s Deputy decided to pull over a pickup truck that was tooling down Los Ranchitos Road with no front license plate. At which point, it is said, the deputy smelled the unmistakable smell of the demon weed.

Cops found 110 pounds in the truck — see picture below — and arrested 31-year-old Russell Wade Broese Van Groenou on the spot. Search warrants were obtained for Broese Van Groenou’s Eureka home, and the next day they found a grow op in his attic, along with $17,000 cash and seven firearms.

Other evidence in the truck was tied to 33-year-old Eureka resident Adrien Quinones, so they raided his place too, finding cash and hash oil and shrooms. He, too, was arrested.

Read it all at the I-J.

Photo: Marin County Sheriff’s Office.





(VIDEO) New Fire Breaks Out Near Yreka, Threatens 150 Homes

Hank Sims / Wednesday, Aug. 24 @ 7:57 p.m. / Fire

Video of the “Grade Fire” shot by Friend o’ the LoCO Jon Brown this afternoon. Strong language.

Fire broke out in Siskiyou County near the town of Yreka this afternoon at about 3 p.m., and quickly grew to 100 acres. Evacuation orders are in place for Yreka and the nearby community of Hawkinsville. Highway 263, which runs from Yreka north to Highway 96, is closed.

The above video of what they’re calling the “Grade Fire” is somewhat reminiscent of the destruction of the nearby town of Weed in Siskiyou County two years ago, given the intensity of the fire and its nearness to town. Right now, 150 homes are threatened according to the latest Calfire situation report.

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Yurok Tribe Declares State of Emergency Due to Tully Fire, Asks for Public Help in Catching Arsonist

Hank Sims / Wednesday, Aug. 24 @ 6:02 p.m. / Emergencies

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From the Yurok Tribe:

The Yurok Tribal Council declared a State of Emergency today in response to the Tully Fire, which has already forced several local families to evacuate, consumed one home and caused a prolonged power outage.

Photo: Yurok Tribe.

The purpose of the declaration is to mobilize a coordinated Tribal response to this crisis. A team of Tribal staff has already begun working on a plan to assist the families required to leave their homes by the burgeoning forest fire.

“Our hearts go out to all of the people that have been affected by this fire,” said Thomas P. O’Rourke Sr., Chairman of the Yurok Tribe. “We will do everything we can to help the evacuees stay safe, sheltered and supplied with food, while they are out of their homes.”

The Tully Fire started Monday afternoon, just below Highway 169 on the eastern side of the Yurok Reservation and is comprised of three separate blazes. Fire crews, led by Cal Fire, stifled two of the smaller fires. The main fire has burned approximately 500 acres and continues to burn in the steep, forested terrain. The uncontrolled conflagration incinerated power poles supplying electricity to residents living off the highway and continues to threaten at least 30 homes occupied by Yurok Tribal members and non-Indians. PG&E was on site today assessing the damage and staging materials. Currently, there is no estimated time for when power will be restored.

The Tully Fire is the largest fire on the Yurok Reservation in about 20 years

In addition to the emergency declaration, the Yurok Tribal Council passed a resolution to provide direct assistance, such as food, water and temporary housing to those forced to flee the fire area.
Dean Baker is the Yurok Tribe’s Emergency Manager and Public Works Department director. Baker is a Yurok Tribal member, military veteran and FEMA-trained emergency manager.

Yurok Tribal staff went door to door today to do welfare checks and to speak with residents near the fire area to let them know about the evacuation orders and emergency shelter. The Red Cross shelter is open at the Hoopa Neighborhood Facility, located in Hoopa at 11900 Hwy 96.

The Tully Fire is currently burning upslope from Highway 169, near Upper Kepel Road. The state route is closed from Mitchell Road to McKinnon Hill Road.Yurok Tribal staff went door to door today to do welfare checks and to speak with residents near the fire area to let them know about the evacuation orders and emergency shelter. The Red Cross shelter is open at the Hoopa Neighborhood Facility, located in Hoopa at 11900 Hwy 96. A mandatory evacuation order is in effect for the following areas: Gibbens Road, Peters Lane, Jack Ranch Lane and McKinnon Hill Road. An evacuation warning is in place for Lower Kepel Road. The one-lane highway is the only way in and out of the Pecwan area. There are 800 fire fighters are aggressively implementing several different strategies to contain the fire.

“We would like to sincerely thank the hundreds of fire personnel that rapidly responded to the reservation to help us,” concluded Chairman O’Rourke.

On Monday, Yurok Tribal staff provided transportation to those in need, went door to door to perform welfare checks and offered information about the evacuation orders. They also gave residents directions to an emergency shelter set up by the Red Cross. The shelter is at the Hoopa Neighborhood Facility, 11900 Hwy 96.

The Tully Fire is the largest fire on the Yurok Reservation in about 20 years. Fire investigators believe that arson is the cause of this wildfire. 
“The individual or individuals responsible for starting this fire must be held accountable,” Chairman O’Rourke said.

Anyone with information about the arson is strongly encouraged to contact the Yurok Public Safety Department. Yurok Public Safety can be reached at (707) 482-8185.