Here is Next Week’s Highway 299 Single-Time Opening Schedule

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 11:08 a.m. / Traffic

Caltrans District 2 release: 


Caltrans District 2 will conduct single-time openings next week on State Route 299W between Junction City and Helena due to contracted rock scaling and timber falling operations.  The highway has been open to continuous one-way traffic control in the area of the Helena Fire since September 11.  Anticipated single-time openings for next week are:

  • 9 a.m.
  • 12 p.m.
  • 3 p.m.

Motorists in line at the single-time openings will be allowed through the area.  Motorists are asked arrive at the closure areas within 15 minutes of the anticipated opening times. 

The last pilot car will take traffic through the area at 7:45 a.m. each morning. The highway will reopen to continuous one-way traffic control at 6 p.m. and continue overnight until 7:45 a.m. the following day. This schedule is anticipated for Monday, September 25 through Saturday, September 30. 

For additional road and traffic control information, please visit our webpage at, call our hotline at 530-225-3452 or follow us on Facebook at Caltrans District 2 or Twitter at CaltransD2.


Today is the First Day of Fall, But You Can Expect Beautiful Summer Weather for at Least the Next Week

John Ross Ferrara / Yesterday @ 11:05 a.m. / How ‘Bout That Weather

Happy autumnal equinox, Humboldt.

That means the entire earth gets an equal amount of daytime and nighttime hours today. It also means shorter days and longer nights for us folks here in the Northern hemisphere.

And while the Earth’s seasons are on the precipice of change, Humboldt’s weather should remain darn near perfect for at least the next week.

Eureka’s National Weather Service office reports that a Northwest California will see a warming trend through next week, with little to no rain.

While inland ares saw chilly temperatures overnight that dipped into the mid 30s, today’s interior temperatures should be about 10 degrees warmer overall.

Eureka’s 7 day forecast. | NWS.

Humboldt’s coast can also expect beautiful sunny weather in the coming days, with highs reaching the 70s by this weekend.

Get out and enjoy the fleeting summer weather, Humboldt. And for you turkey lovers — although LoCO is partial to green bean casserole — Thanksgiving is only 61 days away.

OBITUARY: Beverly Jean Yaple, 1945-2017

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

Beverly Jean Yaple, born Jan. 29, 1945, in Bend, Ore. left us on Sept. 15, 2017.

Beverly is preceded in death by her fathers, Carl Swanson and Aloysious Vizenor, her mother, Grace Swanson, grandmother Daisy Chamberlin, brothers Dale Vizenor, Charlie Swanson, Lynn Swanson and her dog Sarah Lee.

She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Weldon Yaple, daughter Carla (Jeff) Santsche, son Dewane Yaple, grandchildren Cameron (Ciera) Yaple, Curtis (Lindsay) Santsche, Lauryn Yaple, Aryn (Clyde) Dalton, Cassidy (Skylar) Sutsch and four great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, brother and sister-in-laws and many cousins.

Beverly grew up mostly in Eureka after moving here from Oregon. She was one of the Humboldt Hill gang and always had a special place in her heart for them. She enjoyed many years of bowling and being in the dance club with her husband, as well as the 4x4 club. Later on in life she loved playing pool with the girls — Linda, Darci, Barb, Karla, Debbie and Muffie. She also loved her trips to the casino with family and friends. Everyone who met her loved her for her infectious laugh and spontaneous humor. We will all miss this tremendously.

We would like to Dr. Matthews, Dr. Palmer, Dr. Michel and all the staff at Fresenius Dialysis.

A celebration of life will be held on Oct. 14, 2 p.m.- 6 p.m., at E&O Bowl in Glendale (Blue Lake).


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

(VIDEO) PEACE DAY: See How One Local Montessori School Celebrates and Embraces the Philosophy of Peace

Sierra Jenkins / Thursday, Sept. 21 @ 7:30 p.m. / LoCO Video Reports

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September 21 is the International Day of Peace and in this LoCO Video Report we see how one local school celebrates in a big way.

Peace festivities have become a tradition at Redwood Coast Montessori in Manila. They kick off the day with a parade around the field and kids get to show off their peace inspired decorations, all while singing inspirational songs of peace.

They sing “I’ve Got Peace Like a River,” “Light a Candle for Peace,” “Peace is the World Smiling,” “I Think You’re Wonderful,” and the list goes on.

They prepare for days in advance, creating prayer flags, pinwheels and cut-outs with well-known quotes. Such as: “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”

Students spend time learning the importance of peace and take time to acknowledge the opportunity they have to know peace.

“We’re lucky we live in a community where we can sleep at night. You don’t have to be afraid that bombs are going to be dropped on your house. And we should be grateful we live in a nice community where we don’t have to worry about terrorist attacks, massacres and terrible stuff like that,” said one sixth grade student.  

Peace Day was created in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution as an effort for all humanity to commit one day to peace above all differences. However this school sees peace as an evolving process, and practices it everyday.

“There’s a lot of practicing that needs to happen,” said the school’s co-founder Terri Vroman Little. “So having circle time out on the field with the whole school, singing together, acknowledging each other visually, that’s just part of helping us build this peace process.”

This year’s Peace Day theme is Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.



Eureka Man Deemed ‘Sexually Violent Predator’ by Judge, Will Be Sent to State Hospital

Andrew Goff / Thursday, Sept. 21 @ 2:50 p.m. / News

Humboldt County Office of the District Attorney press release: 


Following a court trial, Judge Timothy P. Cissna this morning found 32-year-old David Boardman to be a sexually violent predator under California Welfare and Institutions Code section 6600. Drs. William Damon and Christina O’Sullivan, the two experts called to testify by Deputy District Attorney (DDA) Stacey Eads, both concluded if Mr. Boardman were released into the community he would be likely to engage in sexually violent predatory behavior as a result of Pedophilic Disorder. DDA Eads also presented additional evidence, including details of Mr. Boardman’s molestation of a 5-year-old girl after he lured her into his Eureka apartment on July 10, 2010.

Mr. Boardman has remained in custody since his arrest for the 2010 molestation. As a result of Judge Cissna’s decision today, Mr. Boardman will be transported to Coalinga State Hospital, a locked facility primarily devoted to treating sexually violent predators. He would be released from that hospital only if his condition changes such that he no longer met the definition of a sexually violent predator or if a less-restrictive alternative that adequately protected the community were identified. Had Mr. Boardman not been classified as a sexually violent predator today, he would have been released from custody.

Public Invited to Help Plan for the Future of Humboldt’s Fishing Industry

Ryan Burns / Thursday, Sept. 21 @ 11:43 a.m. / Economy , Fish

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Reports of our local fishing industry’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.

While our local fisheries may not be as productive as in their 1970s heyday — when we landed more than half the fish consumed in the state — fishermen (and oyster farmers and support industries) still make up an integral part of our local economy. And in a pair of upcoming meetings led by Humboldt State University, the public will have an opportunity to help develop sustainability plans for our local ports.

The first one will be held next Wednesday at Eureka’s Wharfinger Building, and the second will be next Friday at the Shelter Cove Community Center. Surfers have a stake, too, as noted by retired fisheries conservationist Jud Ellinwood in his letter to local stakeholders.

See the flyers and press release below for more information.

Press release:


Humboldt State University (HSU) is leading a team of researchers which includes Lisa Wise Consulting, Inc. (LWC), a planning and working waterfront firm, to work directly with representatives from the fishing communities of Eureka and Shelter Cove.

Fishing Community Sustainability Plans (CSPs) are a way for fishermen to have a direct impact on the future of their port and their industry. CSP planning is a process that involves working with stakeholders in fishing and waterfront activities to assess community needs and develop a list of recommendations to take to improve the sustainability of their ports.

A key focus of the plan will be the commercial fishing industry but the process incorporates a wide range of waterfront interests including: commercial fishing, charter and recreational fishing, mariculture, fish buyers/processors, marina services, support industries, tourism, and local government.

A CSP is a strategic document that will help the fishing community identify, communicate, and attain their goals for a stronger and more resilient future. 

Here are the flyers for the workshops:

Humboldt State Launches ‘Zagster’ Bike Sharing Service, Four Other Stations Planned for Downtown Arcata

John Ross Ferrara / Thursday, Sept. 21 @ 11 a.m. / HSU

‘Humboldt State University press release:

Humboldt State University, in conjunction with the City of Arcata, launched the Zagster bike share service on Monday to help students, staff, and faculty get around campus and town while reducing their carbon footprint. 

The project was given a significant boost by a donation from former HSU Zoology Professor Manuel Kaster.

There are five bikes at each Zagster station, located at Jolly Giant Commons and Harry Griffith Hall. To use the bikes, you must sign up through the Zagster app. Riding a Zagster bike costs $2 per hour, up to $30 per ride. People who plan to use the bikes often should consider the annual membership, which costs $20. This option gives you the first hour for free each time you borrow a bike and costs $2 per additional hour.

Photos provided by HSU.

Bikes are reserved with the Zagster app and can be returned to any station, including the ones planned for Arcata. They come with a basket and a built-in lock that allows riders to secure bikes mid-trip without having to return them to designated stations. 

“I’m very excited to have this up and running,” says Morgan King, climate action analyst with HSU’s Office of Sustainability. “Bike-sharing is a cost-effective approach to relieving traffic and parking constraints while having positive benefits to health and the environment. With this program, we are able to offer the campus community a convenient, cheap, and fun transportation option. It makes it that much easier for people to leave their cars at home.”

The program has been years in the making. King began looking into the possibility of bringing bikes to campus in 2012. Since then, he’s worked with several HSU departments and HSU students who have studied the logistics, costs, and benefits of such a program.  

King is collaborating with the city of Arcata, which plans to launch four stations: at the Arcata Plaza, the Arcata Transit Center, and additional locations in the downtown area. The city of Eureka has also expressed interest in joining the Zagster network, says King. 

“The city of Arcata actively promotes alternative transportation,” says Arcata City Engineer Doby Class, who is coordinating the Zagster project. “Zagster gives students, residents, and visitors easy access to bikes to ride our local trails and enjoy what Arcata has to offer.”

HSU Housing & Residence Life paid for the Jolly Giant Commons station. The station at Harry Griffith Hall is supported by a $31,684 gift from Kaster, an avid cyclist who often rode his bike from his home in Arcata to campus. He passed away in May at the age of 86.  

The program is one of the several strategies outlined in HSU’s Climate Action Plan, which offers guidelines on ways to reach CSU system-wide emissions goals. Zagster also adds to HSU’s growing suite of alternative transportation: the Zipcar car-sharing program; Zimride, an online ridesharing service that connects drivers and passengers for local or long-distance trips; and the JackPass program, which allows HSU students to ride many Humboldt County buses without paying fares.

About Zagster
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Zagster is the fastest-growing bike-share provider in North America, with more than 135 bike share programs in more than 30 states. Zagster plans, deploys, and operates turnkey bike-sharing programs for cities, universities, businesses, and real estate properties. The company’s goal: to make the bike the most loved form of transportation in every community.