OBITUARY: Janet Catherine Harward, 1961-2016

LoCO Staff / Wednesday, Nov. 30 @ 7:11 a.m. / Obits

Janet Catherine Harward was born August 24, 1961. She passed away on November 26, 2016. She is survived by her loving husband of 35 years, Bill Harward, her sons Adam (Julie) and Scott Harward, and her beloved granddaughter Annabel Dina Harward. Janet is also survived by her mother, Nancy, her sister Helen (Vince), her brother Ron (Rene) and nephews and nieces whom she all loved dearly.

Janet was preceded in death by her father, Donald Dean Devore, and both sets of grandparents.

She was one of three children born to Donald and Nancy Devore. Janet grew up in a town called Central Valley, currently called Shasta Lake City near Redding, California and attended the local schools there. After graduation from Central Valley High School Janet attended San Jose Bible College (which has been renamed William Jessup University). Janet’s father had attended this college and attending the Bible College was a very meaningful time for her. Janet and her father shared a special love for words and throughout her lifetime the use of words held special significance for Janet. She remembers as a child the times she would hear her father reciting poetry in the evening, because, she explained, poetry is meant to be spoken out loud.

Janet grew up in a Christian home and her father was active in the church and preached regularly. Janet remembers in childhood, that her life sometimes was used in part of a sermon illustration. She understood well the path of a “PK” (preacher’s kid). Attending church and growing in her Christian faith was a lifelong pursuit of Janet’s, and her spiritual gift of faith was evident in her encouragement to others.

In 1980 Janet met the man who would be the love of her life, Bill Harward. They dated for a short time and then Bill proposed. When Janet let her parents know that they would be getting married her mother told her that she would need at least six months to prepare for the wedding. As years went on, Janet recognized her mother’s wisdom in saying she needed some time, for it gave the young couple time to get to know each other and build a solid relationship.

Janet was all about relationships. Her family and the people she loved were her passion and she was able to articulate her care and concern for people very effectively.

Bill was from Humboldt County, California and he found work at the Pacific Lumber Company in Scotia, California. The couple lived in Scotia, a lumber mill company town. Janet found work at the Humboldt Beacon newspaper where she could make good use of her special appreciation for words.

Soon the young couple welcomed their first child into the world, Adam William Harward. Janet recalls that Adam really liked to be clean and as a little boy really didn’t like getting his hands dirty. Adam shared Janet’s love for words and books and school was a happy place for Adam. Two and a half years later the family welcomed a strawberry blonde outgoing little boy named Scott MacKenzie Harward. Scott had his own way of looking at the world and Janet appreciated that he was a thinker and accepted people for who they were. Now the family was complete. Janet often spoke of the special and uniqueness of both of their children and valued each one for their individuality and counted each one special gifts from the Lord.

Bill and Janet had an obvious deep love and respect for one another. Their companionship is something others looked upon with admiration. They each would share with others the good attributes of the other and encouraged and supported each other. Each year Bill would arrange a special get away for their anniversary including finding babysitting while they went away. This time was especially meaningful to them and they anticipated this time together each year.

Bill and Janet loved their entire extended family and would make special arrangements to spend time with them at the holidays and other family vacations.

Bill and Janet attended churches throughout their time in Humboldt County – First Christian Church, Hydesville Community Church and Redwood Christian Fellowship. They counted “church family” as important. Bill and Janet were involved in their faith community and contributed much time and effort in outreaches in the community and serving in a variety of ways.

Above all Janet had an abiding faith and confidence in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. While she did not want to leave us this soon, she knew with surety that when she left this earth she would be with Christ – her supreme joy. While we know that she is free from her difficulties and trials on this earth and rejoice that she is with the Lord, we also grieve her passing because we will miss her dearly.

A memorial service will be held at the Nazarene Church in Fortuna, 1355 Ross Hill Road at one o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, December 3rd.

In lieu of flowers a donation can be made in Janet’s name to Samaritan’s Purse.


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EPD: Residential Burglaries on the Rise in Eureka

Andrew Goff / Tuesday, Nov. 29 @ 4:04 p.m. / Crime

Locations of November residential burglaries | EPD

Eureka Police Department press release: 

The Eureka Police Department has seen an increase in residential burglary reports during the month of November, primarily in the Henderson Center area.  Below are some of the trends we’ve seen.

Residents should be aware and use extra precaution when leaving their homes.  

Of 24 residential burglaries this month, 16 occurred between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. while residents were at work. Half of the burglaries happened on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Entry was most commonly made through a rear or side door or window.  In one report, entry was made through a large dog door.  Other common entry points were through garages, basement windows, and the front door.  

In many of the reports, the whole house appeared to have been ransacked.  Commonly stolen items were electronics, cash, jewelry, tools, and other easy to transport items.  If suspects were seen in the area, they were most commonly described as up to two males wearing dark clothing.  In several of the cases the suspects were described as juveniles.      

Residents are encouraged to report any suspicious persons, vehicles, or activity occurring in their neighborhoods that may be related.

Anyone with information regarding the possible identity of the suspect(s) responsible for these burglaries is asked to call the Eureka Police Department at 441-4044.

The following are some precautions that homeowners can take to reduce their risk of burglary:  

  • Keep all doors and windows locked when away.
  • Invest in an alarm system/surveillance cameras.
  • Secure sliding glass doors by placing a broomstick, metal rod or piece of plywood in the track and install vertical bolts. These will help prevent burglars from forcing the door open or lifting it off the track.
  • Keep garage doors closed and locked.  Also keep doors that lead to interior of residence secured.  
  • Get to know your neighbors and keep an eye out for each other.  
  • Occasionally come home on lunch breaks.
  • Create the illusion you are home by using timers on lights, radios, and televisions. Make your residence appear occupied even when no one is home.
  • Keep the perimeter of your residence well-lit and trim any shrubs so they do not provide concealment for would-be-burglars.  
  • Never leave a message on your answering machine telling people you are away from home.  Do not post on social media that you are out of town.  
  • Do not leave clues that you are away on a trip. Have a trusted neighbor collect mail and newspapers while you are away so delivered items do not accumulate.
  • Re-key the locks when you move into a new house or apartment.
  • Do not hide keys where burglars can find them.  Consider leaving your spare key with a trusted neighbor instead.
  • Report any suspicious activity/persons in your neighborhood to law enforcement immediately.    
  • Join a neighborhood watch and/or use to communicate with your neighbors.  More information can be found here.

(PHOTOS) No One Shreds Crazy Unsafe Surf Like the United States Coast Guard

Hank Sims / Tuesday, Nov. 29 @ 3:54 p.m. / Ocean

Photo: Tyler Whiteside.

Remember that high surf warning that went out yesterday morning? Well, judging strictly from the evidence sent to us by Friend o’ the LoCO Tyler Whiteside, who was out at the north jetty this morning, the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay’s motor lifeboat took the warning as an excuse to put their vessel through its paces.

“Crazy f__as!” says Tyler. Something like that!

Photo: Tyler Whiteside.

Photo: Tyler Whiteside.

Photo: Tyler Whiteside.

Photo: Tyler Whiteside.

Tyler and the Coasties weren’t the only people out at the jetty this morning (at a very safe distance, we hope.) Other Friend o’ the LoCO Kathi Hendricks was out taking pics too, and she told us that you could see the waves breaking over the South Jetty from all the across the channel.

“It is hard to believe the size of the waves,” Hendricks said. “The North Jetty is completely underwater, with a wall of water coming right up.”

REMINDER: These pictures are real pretty and all, but high surf is no joke. More people than you want to count have been swept off the rocks and out to sea, particularly during conditions like these. Stay off of the jetty when the waves are pummeling it. 

Photo: Kathi Hendricks

Photo: Kathi Hendricks

Photo: Kathi Hendricks

DHHS Would Like You to PrEPare for World AIDS Day

Andrew Goff / Tuesday, Nov. 29 @ 2:43 p.m. / Health

Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services press release: 

World AIDS Day connects people around the world to show solidarity in the fight against HIV and AIDS. This year it will be celebrated on Thursday, Dec. 1. Started in 1988, the observance is an opportunity to share new tools to fight the epidemic, like Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) treatment as prevention.

Individuals who are more vulnerable to HIV now have the option of taking the daily PrEP pill, which greatly reduces the risk of infection. People living with HIV who take care of themselves and take prescribed medication are 96 percent less likely to pass the virus to an uninfected partner, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This practice is known as “treatment as prevention.”

The Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Public Health encourages everyone to get tested and know their status. “Options for prevention and treatment are better than ever,” said Shaun Peterson, community health outreach worker.

“These new tools, combined with testing and treatment, have the potential to dramatically reduce the number of new infections.”
DHHS offers many ways to help people learn more about HIV and stay healthy. These include free anonymous HIV testing, HIV prevention education, condoms, access to PrEP and syringe exchange and disposal. 

To learn more or schedule an appointment to get tested, call 707-268-2132 or go to HERE. For information in Southern Humboldt, call 707-923-2779, Ext 303.

Yurok Students Receive Mental Health Training as Tribe Works to Prevent More Youth Suicides

Ryan Burns / Tuesday, Nov. 29 @ 2:16 p.m. / Tribes

Young residents of the Yurok Reservation gathered last week for a youth wellness workshop. | Photos by Ryan Burns.

Deep in the most remote reaches of the Yurok Reservation, half an hour past the nearest convenience store, near the dead end of State Route 169, a gravel driveway leads to the Morek Won Community Center. With a multi-angled roofline surrounded by pines and Douglas firs, the building holds a kitchen, boys’ and girls’ bathrooms and exactly half of a regulation-size basketball court.

On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, roughly 20 kids from up and down the reservation gathered on the hardwood floor to talk about some tough topics, including historic trauma, domestic violence, substance abuse and mental illness. But their spirits were high under the fluorescent lights as they stood elbow-to-elbow in a large circle.

Annelia Hillman, the Yurok Tribe’s upriver peer youth liaison, described the rules for the ice-breaking game. The students were told to look at the floor until Hillman gave the command in the Yurok language, at which point they should lift their heads and look directly at one of their fellow students. If that student happened to be looking back then both students were eliminated and the game would continue, the circle getting smaller and smaller with each round. 

Hillman, a young woman with the traditional facial markings once common among certain Pacific Rim tribes — a trio of chin stripes called a moko — had organized the day’s youth event shortly after returning from the ongoing protest against the Dakota Access pipeline. She stood among the students, giving the command. With each round a few students laughed and squealed as they looked up to find someone looking back at them. The circle shrank until there were just seven kids, and then three and finally one.

With their voices echoing against the high ceiling, the students made their way over to a group of chairs arranged near the wall for the next activity.

Ranging in age from sixth graders through high school seniors — and in height from barely four feet to almost six — the students had come from as far away as Klamath, which is only about 17 miles northwest as the crow flies but requires a circuitous two-hour, 67-mile drive — or a boat trip down the Klamath. 

A road sign on the winding, one-lane State Route 169 warns drivers that the end is near.

More than half a century ago, Route 169 provided a fairly direct route upriver, but the stretch between Klamath Glen and Wauteck Village has remained impassable since being wiped out in the floods of 1964. As a result, the upriver communities such as Weitchpec, Martins Ferry and Pecwan have remained remote and profoundly isolated from the outside world. Many residents have no internet or cell service, and quite a few lack electricity.

As in many other indigenous communities, poverty and substance abuse have taken a toll on the Yurok Reservation. With scarce job opportunities, the younger generation often struggles to find hope. In December 2015 the Yurok tribal council declared a state of emergency following seven suicides in an 18-month period. Most of the tribe members who’d taken their own lives were teenagers; the oldest was just 32. And they all lived near the tiny community of Weitchpec.

Since the emergency declaration the tribe has taken many measures to address the underlying issues. By collaborating with federal, state, local and tribal agencies, Yurok leadership has expanded social services including mental health training, alcohol and drug counseling, parenting classes, suicide-prevention courses and more. 

Last week’s youth wellness event was part of the ongoing effort to identify and address the factors that contribute to chronic depression and suicide. 

“I’d just like to say that today we’ll be diving into some heavy conversation, and it might get personal,” Hillman told the group. She asked everyone to respect differing opinions and vow to maintain confidentiality. “We want to be able to openly share and be comfortable in this circle,” she explained.

Two volunteers scoop sugar into jars to see how much is included in popular beverages.

Another tribe leader then led the kids through an activity demonstrating techniques for positive and assertive communication, as well as active listening. A health and wellness coordinator showed them how to read nutrition labels for sugar and had volunteers dump heaping spoonfuls into jars to visualize how much sugar is in a Dr. Pepper, a Red Bull and a bottle of apple juice.

“Sugar is a poison,” Hillman told the group. “It was one of the first things introduced to native people, especially in California – sugar, coffee, things that were never part of our diets before. It has begun to change our body, our health, our DNA structures.”

She backed toward one of several hand-written signs on butcher paper taped to the wall. “That’s a good introduction into talking about colonization,” she said. “How many of you know what that is?”

A young boy volunteered to read the dictionary definition on the wall, after which Hillman elaborated. “It’s how we have been taken over by force,” she said. “They forced institutional beliefs, ideological beliefs, economic and behavioral ideas. … It changed our whole way of life. It changed our diets. It has changed our physical structures, the way we think about things, how we value things — money was a new concept.”

She asked the kids for examples of harmful influences in the community.

“Pollution,” said a soft-spoken teenage girl. Others chimed in: “Crime.” “Heroin addicts.” “Violence?” A small boy swinging his legs piped up, “Donald Trump!” and Hillman giggled. “Right!” she said with a smile. “He is the epitome of all of our problems.”

Many of the tribe’s problems, from substance abuse to depression and anger, can be traced to colonization and oppression, Hillman said, and the community should strive to liberate itself as much as possible. “We wanted to make this the foundation of what we’re here to work on today. Our families, our land and our spirituality – these are the things we want to strengthen again.”

The next activity was aimed at strengthening social bonds. It was called “human bingo.” Each student was given a bingo card with a five-by-five grid. Inside each square was a statement about life experience. “Comes from a blended family.” “Likes to swim.” “Has been to a Jump Dance.” “Has a safe person to talk to.” They were told to wander among each other, having fellow students write their name in a square that applied to him or her. Afterward they again gathered in a big circle to assess the results. 

“Who here has caught a sturgeon before?” Hillman asked, and about a third of the kids stepped forward to indicate they had.

“Who here has a safe person to talk to?” All but a few stepped forward.

Most of the questions were innocuous: Who likes to swim? Who loves their pets? But more serious ones were mixed in.

“Who has seen a behavioral counselor?” Roughly half stepped forward.

“Who has had their life affected by drugs or alcohol?” All but one.

“Who has suffered from depression or anxiety?” About three-quarters of the kids stepped forward. One, a precocious young boy, volunteered, “It sucks.” 

“Yeah, it does,” Hillman affirmed. “It’s an ongoing struggle sometimes.”

Despite the depression, substance abuse and poverty that afflicts the Yurok Tribe, many young people do excel academically and professionally. Teresina Obie is one of them. After growing up in Klamath she graduated from college and went on to obtain her master’s of social work degree from Fordham University in New York City. Now she’s back on the reservation, employed by the tribe as its Indian Child Welfare Act social worker.

Obie was on hand at last week’s workshop and said most families on the reservation want to address the social ills afflicting the community, but logistics make it difficult to arrange this type of event. 

“Really the hardest part is transportation — getting to and from and providing food,” Obie said. The Yurok Reservation covers more than 63,000 acres, hugging the banks of the Klamath River from the mouth to 44 miles upriver and extending a mile on either side. From the upriver communities it takes more than two hours by car to reach Tribal Headquarters in Klamath; that’s assuming access to a car, which many residents lack.

“A lot of families that I’ve talked to, they’re so impacted by poverty,” Obie said. “But they do realize that there is a problem. They want to help their kids, so they’ll send their kids off. A lot of the kids today are affected by drugs and alcohol in the home.”

Events like this workshop help them realize they’re not alone and can talk about such issues without being judged, Obie said.

Trish Carlson, the community liaison with Yurok Social Services, also attended the workshop, offering a presentation on historical trauma. She cited scholar Eduardo Duran and his theory that intergenerational trauma tends to impact the younger generation, so that kids wind up bearing the burden.

“Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for natives age 10 to 34,” she told the group. “With other ethnicities it happens [more frequently] in mid-life or older, but with us it’s younger.”

It’s too soon to tell whether the tribe’s response to the suicide crisis will improve those statistics, but the early signs are promising. According to the tribe there have been no youth suicides thus far in 2016.

“There’s always been a lack of services in this area, so it’s important to keep the momentum going on the subject and educate the community,” Carlson said.

Late in the afternoon the skies opened up and pummeled the roof of the small community center. Carlson stood in front of the kids and asked if they knew what the word “resiliency” means.

“When something’s hard, it’s what helps you to keep going or stay strong,” she said. “What do you think has kept native people strong?”

“Praying?” one girl suggested.

“Family,” said another.

“Culture,” said a teen boy.

Hillman approved of each kid’s answer and then offered one of her own. “And being willing to talk about heavy topics – colonization, grief, historical trauma – that is amazing and incredible to see. It’s really heartwarming to see that.”

Approximate location of the Morek Won Community Center.

In Old Town? Have a Book? Leave a Book! Need a Book? Take a Book!

Andrew Goff / Tuesday, Nov. 29 @ 11:52 a.m. / Community Services

Is your shelf full of books that you’ve already read? Are you craving new words to put in your brain? Old Town Eureka has a cure to alleviate your woes. 

After a brief period of hoodlum-induced hibernation, the Little Free Library is back in a new location (with a door that locks at night). More in the release below:

Little Free Library #15424 has been resurrected! It’s now in Old Town Coffee and Chocolates on F Street in old town Eureka.

For 2 ½ years, the library was located in the entrance alcove of the Redwood Curtain Theatre on Snug Alley. After a long run with books coming and going regularly, the entire stock began to disappear during the wee hours of the night, hence the relocation to a safer home.

In the past six years, the Little Free Library book exchange movement has grown from one (in Hudson, Wisconsin) to over 50,000 registered LFLs in all 50 U.S. states and in over 70 countries.

Pictured are co-stewards Rebecca Kalal, Barry Evans and Gil Yule (not pictured Louisa Rogers). Third from left is Gail Mentink, co-owner of Old Town Coffee and Chocolates.

Highway 299 Will Be Fully Closed For an Hour Today While Caltrans Explodes a Boulder

Andrew Goff / Tuesday, Nov. 29 @ 9:55 a.m. / Traffic


Humboldt travelers heading east, take heed! Highway 299 will be temporarily impeded today by a scheduled Caltrans’ kaboom. LoCO’s orange liaison Coney will now explain the explodey:


Route 299 will be FULLY CLOSED near Burnt Ranch in Trinity County between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. today, November 29. Crews will be performing blasting operations to remove a large boulder from the side of the roadway.