OBITUARY: Robert Williams, Jr., 1966-2017

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

Robert Gordon Williams, Jr. was born in Eureka on October 12 1966, and passed away unexpectedly at his home on February 12, 2017. 

Robert grew up and attended school in the Cutten, Ridgewood area of Eureka. As a young child Robert spent countless days running around behind his folks home in the woods, fishing, hunting and just hanging out with his neighborhood buddies that he had kept as life long friends. Back in those days Ridgewood was kind of out in the sticks.

There was one time when Robert and his brother Allen and some buddies were pigeon hunting and came across some pheasant. The boys all ran back to Robert’s house and told his mother Pat what they had seen. She told them they were full of it and that there were no pheasant in the area. The boys were adamant and finally convinced Pat to go back with them. Well, they found the pheasant and after a few pellet gun shots and a small wrestling match the boys had bagged a pheasant for supper that night. Come to find out the neighbor was raising them and the boys all swore to keep it a secret. 

Robert attended and graduated from Eureka High School in 1984. After high school he went to work in the construction field working for a number of contractors, while honing his concrete finishing skills. Robert would later get his contractors license and worked for himself. He was very adamant about doing things the right way and showing pride in his work. 

Robert remained an avid hunter and fisherman throughout his life, if he wasn’t working he was on the water or in the hills doing what he loved. 

Robert is survived by his son Matthew Robert Williams; His parents Robert Gordon Sr. and Patsy Williams; His brother Allen Williams and family; his sister Melissa Williams and his many life long friends too many to list.

There will be a celebration of life on March 25 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Wharfinger Building in Eureka. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that you donate to a charity of your choice.

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OBITUARY: Henry ‘Doomie’ Beck, Jr., 1956-2017

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


Henry Arnold Beck Jr, 60, of Weitchpec, CA, passed away on February 13, 2017 in Hoopa, CA.

Henry Arnold Beck Jr was born at Corona, CA to Henry and Katherine Beck on November 27, 1956. He went to school at Hoopa Valley High. He was a Yurok Tribal member and also of Karuk descent. He was very proud of his native heritage. He was engaged to his soulmate Connie Lynn Taylor over 31 years. He worked as a truck driver and many other positions within the Hoopa Valley Tribe, but lastly for Hoopa Forest Industries. He was a loving, wonderful father and amazing grandfather. He always had a smile and nickname for everyone. He loved to laugh and cracks jokes, whether it be at your expense or his. Some of his favorite hobbies were reading, telling stories and doing whatever Connie told him to do.

Henry Arnold Beck Jr is preceded in death by his soul mate, Connie Lynn Taylor, his mother Katherine, grandson Grant, uncle Bill Jr and cousin Bill III and mother in-law Radenia Taylor passed on before.

Henry Arnold Beck Jr is survived by father Henry “Popeye” Beck Sr and sisters Valerie Tuey, Velda McKinnon, Carolyn Taylor and brothers Lawrence and Leonard Taylor. Children Barbara Laura(Kevin), Michael Wayne (Mandee), William Dean, Radenia Wakara, and Ralenia Katherine Beck. Grandchildren Taylor Karen, Joseph Scott, Tanner Cole, Jennifer Louise, Kayla Lynn, Karly Bree, Kelsey Lovie, Talon Joseph, Carter Laverne, Kaiden Henry Dean, and Evelyn Cheegery and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Celebration of Life will be 10:00 a.m.-noon, Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Neighborhood Facilities. Burial will take place at a later time with immediate family during a private ceremony. Arrangements are made by Paul’s Chapel.

The family of Henry Arnold Beck Jr wishes to extend our sincere thanks to list the Yurok Tribe, Hoopa Valley Tribe, Hoopa Forest Industries, Hoopa Fire Department and all the people that had come to share their personal stories and fond memories of Doomie.

Reception/potluck to follow at the Hoopa Fire Department.


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SILVER ALERT CANCELED: Missing Eureka Woman Found Safe and in Good Spirits

Hank Sims / Yesterday @ 9:39 p.m. / Non-Emergencies



From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On 2/21/17 at approx. 1800 hours, missing person Anne Farley was located at her home, in good health. Farley indicated she had been spending time with a friend.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the public for their assistance in this matter.

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.

Humboldt’s Tuesday Afternoon Roads Report

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 4:05 p.m. / Traffic

Photo courtesy reader Teresa Mondragon

Sounds like Caltrans has just about cleared that slide that temporarily fully closed Highway 101 north of Laytonville earlier today (see how it looked earlier today, above). Two-lane traffic should be restored soon.

That’s all well and good, but the Humboldt County Department of Public Works just sent out it’s Tuesday afternoon list (as of 3:30 p.m.) of local road closures. It’s long! Check if your path home is impeded below:

  • Shively Road 1 lane controlled traffic at PM 0.50, PM 3.56, PM 7.00 and PM 11.50
  • Dyerville Loop Road 1 lane at PM 2.00
  • Nunnemaker Road at Eel Rock Road is closed
  • Fort Seward Road 1 lane at PM 3.90
  • Eel Rock Road 1 lane controlled traffic at PM 2.70
  • Alderpoint Road 1 way controlled traffic at PM 17.70, PM 26.00, PM 30.33 and PM 34.79
  • East Branch Road 1 way controlled traffic
  • Shelter Cove Road 1 lane at PM 7.60
  • Telegraph Creek Road 1 lane at PM 1.90
  • Salmon Creek Road closed at PM 0.56 detour 101 or Maple Hill
  • Hidden Court closed
  • Mosswood Lane closed
  • Benbow Drive closed
  • Briceland Thorn Road 1 way traffic with bridge and signal at PM 3.27
  • Kings Peak Road closed PM 7.00
  • Eel River Drive closed at PM 1.00
  • Jack Shaw Road closed at PM 1.30
  • Howard Heights Flooded
  • Cannibal Island closed
  • Butler Valley Road 1 lane at PM 3.71
  • Blue Slide Road 1 lane at PM 1.75 and 3.25
  • Coffee Creek Road closed
  • Mattole Road 1 way controlled at various locations
  • Port Kenyon closed
  • Meridian closed between Port Kenyon and Centerville
  • Fullmore Road closed
  • Wilder Ridge Road closed at Landergen-No alternate route
  • Landergen Road closed
  • Stagecoach Road close PM 1.00
  • Bair Road 1 lane at PM 0.72 and PM 1.30
  • Stover Road slide at PM 0.72 proceed with caution
  • Red Cap Road slipout at PM 2.30 road is open proceed with caution
  • Lower Cappell Road at PM 1.49 open  but soft and motorist must proceed with caution

Here Comes the Huff! Congressman to Visit Arcata for Town Hall Meeting

Ryan Burns / Yesterday @ 4:05 p.m. / Government


Our man in D.C. is coming to Arcata this week to chat with local constituents about making “forward progress in today’s new political climate.” (Subtext: TRUMP!)

The Huff doesn’t mention our new commander-in-chief by name in promo materials for this gathering, but he has already established that he’s no fan of Trump’s early actions on the job. In his online invitation, Huffman merely says, “I look forward to answering your questions and sharing my priorities for representing California’s North Coast in the 115th Congress.”

Here’s the official press release from Congressma Huffman’s office:

On Thursday, February 23rd, Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) will hold his next community town hall meeting at the Arcata High School Fine Arts Center in California’s 2nd Congressional District where he will discuss how to make forward progress in today’s new political climate.

He will answer questions and share his plans and priorities for best representing California’s North Coast in Congress. This meeting is free and open to the public.

Constituents can RSVP and find additional information about the program here:

Please contact Huffman’s Eureka District Office at (707) 407-3585 or email with any questions.
WHO:      Congressman Jared Huffman
WHAT:     Humboldt County Town Hall 
WHEN:    Thursday, February 23, 2017, 5:30-7 pm
WHERE:  Arcata High School Fine Arts Center, 1720 M Street in Arcata

DON’T LET THOSE PILLS PILE: Here is a List of Six Humboldt Pharmacies Now Accepting Unwanted Medication

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 2:12 p.m. / Health

Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services press release:

Six Humboldt County pharmacies are now accepting expired, unused or unwanted medications, including prescription, non-prescription, controlled and non-controlled substances and pet medications. 

Humboldt County has a high rate of prescription medication overdose deaths, and the new bins will help reduce the number of dangerous medications circulating through the community. Additionally, if disposed of improperly pharmaceutical waste can damage waterways and wildlife. Disposing of medication in these bins can help protect the environment.

In March 2016, Cloney’s Pharmacy set up medication disposal bins at its McKinleyville location and one of its Eureka locations. Since that time, four more pharmacies have followed suit.
The disposal bins are located at:

  • Cloney’s Pharmacy, 1567 City Center Road, McKinleyville (near Safeway) 707-840-9923
  • Cloney’s Pharmacy, 2515 Harrison Ave., Eureka, 707-443-7086
  • Green’s Pharmacy, 906 Main St., Fortuna, 707-725-4431
  • Palco Pharmacy, 113 Main St., Scotia, 707-764-3591
  • Ring’s Pharmacy, 362 Main St., Ferndale, 707-786-4511
  • Willow Creek Pharmacy, 39050 Highway 299, Willow Creek, 530-629-3144.

Medications should be removed from their containers and placed in a sealed plastic bag before being deposited into a bin. Please do not deposit medication bottles. 

Funding and support for the medication disposal bins are provided by a collaboration of Rx Safe Humboldt, St. Joseph Health, Humboldt Waste Management Authority, Humboldt Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention, the Independent Practice Association, the Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services and local pharmacies. 

For more information about safe medication disposal, visit or

Latest Highway 299 Limited Opening Schedule

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 2 p.m. / Traffic


Despite unfriendly weather, work on the section of Highway 299 at Big French Creek continues.

Last week Caltrans told the Record-Searchlight that, while “significant” progress has been made, Highway 299’s trouble spot is likely to remain restricted to one lane until the summer.

Tuesday afternoon Caltrans District 2 announced that the route would be open between the following times:

SR 299 at Big French Creek latest update Tuesday, Feb 21:

OPEN this afternoon 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM;

also overnight with 1-hour delays from 6:30 PM to 5:30 AM.