Ryan Burns / Wednesday, July 27 @ 4:54 p.m. / Our Culture
The show, which we first caught wind of almost a year and a half ago, was inspired by Emily Brady’s 2013 nonfiction book Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier. (Alas, Malkovich will not be playing our own Sheriff Mike Downey, who features in the book.)
Details are scant thus far, but this thing has some promising bona fides, beyond Mr. Malkovich. The series is being co-developed by Anonymous Content, the production company behind such esteemed shows as Mr. Robot and True Detective and the award-winning movies Spotlight and The Revenant.
As Humboldt County looks to capitalize on our reputation for quality cannabis, it looks like Tinseltown is doing the same. No word yet on whether they’ll actually film the show here.
Humboldt County Superior Court Calendar: Today
13550 Mm101 (Humboldt office): Traffic Hazard
7440 Mm101 (Garberville office): Report of Fire
Anderson Ln / Patricks Point Dr (Humboldt office): Traffic Hazard
Mad River Union: Two arrested after Arcata house-shooting
Mad River Union: Meeting Tuesday for Sunny Brae, South G St. residents
Betty Chinn Gives Us an Update on the Blue Angel Container Village, a (Temporary) Home for the Homeless
Bayley Brown / Wednesday, July 27 @ 4:37 p.m. / Homelessness
Betty Chinn standing by the healing garden in the Blue Angel Village Photo: Bayley Brown
Betty Chinn and Greater Eureka Community Outreach Program (GECOP) Project Manager James Rockwell came in to the KHUM studios give an update on how everything is shaping up at the Mercer-Fraser Parking Lot at Commercial and 3rd Streets. GECOP has been informally called “Container Village” and “Betty’s Apartments” but Rockwell said that the residents voted on “Blue Angel Village” at one of their weekly community meetings.
The project is nearing its halfway point, and Chinn says that they have seen significant progress from many of the residents. Under the agreement with the city, people who check in have 90 days to find employment and housing. They will have to extend the deadline for a few residents to 120 days because the process takes time. Chinn says, “Basically they’ve stayed back because of the housing. We haven’t gotten the paperwork done yet.” So far 16 people have found permanent housing and about 28 have employment.
GECOP connects residents with medical care, mental health services, alcohol and drug services, birth certificate, state IDs, and other foundational needs. “We work with people where they’re at and try to build up their potential to reenter our community,” Rockwell said. He also had the idea of a healing garden, which the residents have taken pride in.
Rockwell said that a low barrier program is important. “So many people there have dogs. That is a barrier to them getting any sort of housing program,” he said. The only overnight shelter in the community doesn’t allow dogs. He stressed that it was amazing how much this was a prohibitive barrier for people to get into programs and get housing. We discussed how the dogs are members of the residents’ families and it was important to keep people with their companions.
When the program was first proposed, many businesses spoke out against it. Chinn stressed that they have not had any problems and that in fact one unnamed business owner now comes by daily. She attributed this to her good neighbor policy: no loitering, no litter and no trespassing.
Chinn and Rockwell said that they have made a commitment to have the containers there for only six months. The containers are not outfitted with heating. Rockwell said that they will have to get creative in the winter, but luckily the environment on Humboldt Bay is temperate.
“It’s a program in which we allow people with whatever problems they have with their dogs and whatever baggage to come in and get an opportunity to change their life around. People are seizing the opportunity” Rockwell said. He stressed that giving people homes first gives them empowerment through a sense of ownership and voice. Rockwell elaborated: “We’ve engaged with a lot of hopelessness. ‘I can’t change my life. This is it.’ So to watch people come alive from that state has been pure awesomeness. Really, really fulfilling for me on a personal level to participate in that process with people.”
If anyone wants more information or is looking for employees, Betty requests you call the Day Center at 707-407-3833 or visit http://bettychinn.org/
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The healing garden. Photo: Bayley Brown.
A view of the village from the street. Photo: Bayley Brown.
A row of apartments. Photo: Bayley Brown.
A few more apartments. Photo: Bayley Brown.
At Fried Chicken Lunch, Trinity County Official Tells Rail Boosters Feasibility Study Will be In-Depth and Unbiased
Members of the Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group watch a presentation by Richard Tippett of the Trinity County Transportation Commission at the Samoa Cookhouse Wednesday. | Ryan Burns
When Caltrans announced last month that it was awarding a $276,000 grant to the Trinity County Transportation Commission for an east-west rail feasibility study, many local train fans viewed it as validation, a vote of confidence in their dreams of Humboldt Bay becoming a major shipping hub connected to the national rail system via a newly constructed railroad. But in a presentation this afternoon to the pro-rail Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group, a Trinity County official warned a group of roughly 60 people that the study will be an unbiased analysis of the facts, and as such it may well conclude that a new rail line is not feasible.
Richard Tippett serves as both the director of the Trinity County Department of Transportation and the secretary of the county’s Transportation Commission, the agency receiving the grant. He traveled to the Samoa Cookhouse today, and one of the first slides in his lunchtime presentation stated:
THIS IS NOT - A study to show/prove that a rail line is feasible.
THIS IS - A study to determine the feasibility of constructing a new rail line.
THIS MEANS - Trinity County starts out neutral and lets the facts bring the project to a conclusion.
ULTIMATELY - We know that there will be a large group that will not like the results, but will accept the conclusion based on the goals of being factual, transparent and inclusive.
With that explanation out of the way, Tippett went on to describe the planned scope and schedule of the study and outline the groups that will be involved in bringing it to fruition.
Here are a few of the facts he laid out:
- With $69,000 in local matching funds/services coming from the Land Bridge Alliance (another pro-rail group instrumental in pursuing this grant), the total project amount will be $345,000.
- If — and only if — the study concludes that a new east-west rail line is feasible then — and only then — will the project proceed to the environmental analysis phase, which would likely cost millions of dollars and take several years to complete.
- The amount of money it would take to go into construction on such a rail line is well beyond the means of Trinity County or any of the non-governmental groups involved in this effort. But since the Caltrans grant was announced Tippett’s phone has been “ringing off the hook” from agencies “all over the country” interested in winning the bid to perform the study. This includes representatives of major railroad companies such as HDR, Inc.
- The contract for the study must be awarded by May 17, 2017, and the study must be completed by June 30, 2019.
- The study will involve reviewing all previous studies; identifying possible railroad routes and land ownership along the way; listing environmental issues and permitting needs; laying out the known cultural resources including sites of tribal significance; and analyzing the economic forecast, including the market potential.
Tippett noted that the timeline imposed by Caltrans’ — three years and three months — will be tight. The whole process, he said, is “get your butt in gear, get out the door and get it done.”
He also noted that he’s heard a wide range of opinions on this contentious issue, including letters in local publications. “It’s important that we be inclusive and listen to them,” Tippett said.
Andrew Goff / Wednesday, July 27 @ 4:05 p.m. / Our Culture
As we note often here on LoCO, Humboldtians are fascinated with the way we are perceived by outsiders. Thus, we can’t help but be fascinated with the travel video below.
Meet Drew Fant AKA “NoCantFant.” On his Facebook page, the Houston, Texas resident describes himself as “JUST A MAN THAT LIKES TO TRAVEL AND CREATE,” which seems to check out since, recently, Fant traveled to the “quaint town” of Eureka and created a video chronicling his experiences here.
His conclusion? The Eureka pace of life had him feeling like a “lost puppy.”
“I was literally trying to figure out what am I going to do with my life over here, you know?” Fant says in the clip. “Idle time is the devil’s playground and, player, I was on the slide.”
More on how Fant felt about his time here is revealed in the clip’s description:
Here is my trip to the wonderful town of Eureka California! I enjoyed my stay here after a few bumps on the road, but there are some nice museums here and a zoo to check out! Not downing Eureka, but just wasn’t my cup of tea for others it may be perfect. What I do know is that it is BEAUTIFUL!
Fant eventually found his way to Trinidad which seems to have been, in his view, more soul-pleasing. You win this round, Trinidad!
We will note that, should you happen to be someone who is in the habit of donating to strangers’ world treks, our mini-documentarian friend has a GoFundMe page with which he hopes to fund his travels.
Good luck, NoCantFant. Oh, now watch that video.
UPDATE, 2:51 p.m.: Lt. Wayne Hanson of the Sheriff’s Office sends along this afterthought:
These grows were not permitted by the County of Humboldt.
From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
On 07-26-2016 at 9:00 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office assisted by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Services, Cal-Fire, Humboldt County Code Enforcement, California National Guard and the State Water Quality Board served a search warrant at the end of Crosby Road, Ferndale.
When Officers arrived on scene they detained (7) seven suspects. Officers located a large outdoor commercial marijuana growing operation on the property. Two of the suspect(s) located on the property were armed with loaded handguns on their person in the marijuana garden.
Officers eradicated over 3,000 outdoor marijuana plants that ranged in size from 3’ to 7’ in height. Officers located evidence of unpermitted road grading on the property along with water diversion. Officers arrested two suspects on the property, who were armed. Those two suspect were identified as, Oscar Ricardo Cubero age 31 and Vidal Ysidro Cortez age 26 both from Texas. Both suspects were arrested for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana and for being armed in the commission of a felony. The other (5) subjects located on the property were questioned and released without charges.
Officers while at the scene developed information for a roll over search at property located in the 1000 block of Felt Road, Miranda. Officers then obtained a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant for the property at 4:00 p.m. When Officers served the search warrant they did not locate any subjects on the property.
Officers seized over 3,000 growing marijuana plants that ranged in size from 2” to 4’ in height. Officers seized over 350 pounds of processed marijuana and 350 individual one pound bags of processed marijuana. Officers located 9 firearms on the property.
Both of these cases are still under investigation and more arrests are anticipated.
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.
Andrew Goff / Wednesday, July 27 @ 1:59 p.m. / Crime
UPDATE, 7/28: EPD is now distributing slightly better images of the Fedora Bandit (better name needed). See below:
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Do you know this, uh, person?
Eureka Police Department press release:
On July 27, 2016, at about 11:19 a.m., officers with the Eureka Police Department responded to a bank on the 2900 block of Central Avenue in Eureka for the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.
The bank teller told officers that the suspect brandished a black handgun and demanded money. The suspect then left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money. It is unknown if the suspect left the area on foot or in a vehicle.
The suspect is described as a white male adult, 25-30 years old, about 6’3”, medium build. He was described as wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark glasses, black pants, light colored fedora style hat, and armed with a black handgun.
Anyone with information regarding this robbery is asked to call Detective Sergeant Patrick O’Neill at (707) 268-5261.
PREVIOUSLY: Credit Union Near Eureka Mall Robbed at Gunpoint
Hank Sims / Wednesday, July 27 @ 12:57 p.m. / Crime
UPDATE, 1:40 p.m.: Captain Steve Watson of the Eureka Police Department, speaking at the scene, said that one identified suspect, whose name is not being released at this time, is still being sought in connection with this incident.
Watson said it is believed that the suspect fired one shot into the ground at a home on the 1600 block of Union, then fled north on Union in a sedan. No one is believed to have been injured.
Watson said that the people associated with the house are known to law enforcement.
It’s been a busy day for the EPD. In addition to the bank robbery earlier in the day, there was a stolen vehicle report, with the owner of the vehicle chasing the suspect, and another report of shots fired across town. One person has been taken into custody in the former case; Watson said that his understanding currently is that the latter case was not as reported.
Shots fires x2, occupied stolen car w owner chasing, bank robbery. EPD is busy. pic.twitter.com/AdcbMqOccr— Andrew Mills (@ChiefAndyMills) July 27, 2016
The Eureka Police Department is investigating a shooting incident on the 1600 block of Union Street, just across from the Caltrans building, this afternoon.
Eureka Police Department spokesperson Brittany Powell tells the Outpost that information is still uncertain, given that officers are still investigating at the scene, but that it appears no one was injured in the incident. One person is believed to have been detained while the investigation continues.
We’ll update when we know more.
Photo courtesy Twitter user oh__johnny.