Say Goodbye to Summer: a Sharp Drop in Temperatures Forecast for Humboldt’s Interior Next Week

John Ross Ferrara / Friday, Sept. 15 @ 9:15 a.m. / How ‘Bout That Weather


Rain, cooler temperatures, and maybe even some snow is forecast for the interior areas of the Emerald Triangle in the coming days.

Eureka’s National Weather Service office reports that an early seasonal cold front will start to affect our inland communities this weekend, with a sharp drop in temperatures on Monday. 

Costal communities will continue to see mild temperatures, but may get some showers early next week.


Read more from the NWS below:

Much more seasonable interior temperatures are on the way for interior areas this weekend, followed by a significant cooldown Monday and beyond thanks to an early season cold front.

Temperatures near the coast will remain near normal even after the cold front passes thanks to the ever-present marine influence. Some areas are also likely to see periods of light rain late Sunday through at least Tuesday, mostly north of Cape Mendocino. In fact, some of the higher peaks of Humboldt and Trinity county above roughly 6,000 feet will likely see some light snow showers as temperatures fall behind the cold front!


McGuire Bill Requiring Presidential Candidates to Disclose Tax Returns Heads to Governor’s Desk

Hank Sims / Friday, Sept. 15 @ 8:34 a.m. / D.C. , Sacramento

State Sen. McGuire (left) and a person who would be affected by this legislation.

Want to appear on a California ballot, would-be presidential candidate? If Jerry Brown signs this bill, you’re going to have to show us your tax returns first.

From the office of State Sen. Mike McGuire:

Senators Mike McGuire and Scott Wiener’s Presidential Tax Transparency Bill that would require all presidential primary candidates to release their tax returns prior to being placed on the California ballot passed the State Assembly today [yesterday — Ed.],  heading back for a concurrence vote in the Senate and then will be on its way to the Governor’s desk.

California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla has also endorsed the transparency bill.

“President Trump’s blatant disregard for the tradition of releasing tax returns is dangerous to our democracy,” Senator Mike McGuire said. “For decades, every President has put their personal beliefs aside and put our country first and released their returns. SB 149 helps to reestablish desperately needed transparency in the White House, and we are looking forward to seeing the Governor’s signature on the bill.”
SB 149 – the Presidential Tax Transparency & Accountability Act – will require basic tax information to be shared with the American public and require that all presidential candidates release the last 5 years of their tax returns in order to appear on the California ballot. The returns would also be made available to the public on the Secretary of State’s website.

After President Trump’s election and potential conflicts of interest became apparent, legislators in California and several other states across the country moved forward with similar legislation mandating the release of tax returns — but so far California is the closest to seeing the bill become law. 

“This bill is about giving the American people the honesty and transparency they deserve from anyone who wishes to serve as their President,” said Senator Wiener. “As the months continue to go by in the disastrous Trump Administration and the investigations and conflicts of interest pile up, it becomes more and more clear how critical basic transparency is in how we elect our president. I’m proud to be partnering with Senator McGuire on this bill to restore and strengthen the trust between American voters and future Presidents.”

Prior to Donald Trump’s refusal to release any tax returns, every president since Jimmy Carter (over 40 years) has released at least one year of tax returns. During the 2016 Presidential election, Hillary Clinton (Democratic) and Jill Stein (Green) both released their tax returns.

Contrary to what President Trump has stated in public that Americans don’t care about his tax returns, 74 percent of respondents in national polls on the issue believe President Trump should release his tax returns.

The bill passed the State Assembly today on a 42-18 vote. The bill was presented on the Assembly Floor by Assemblymember Santiago.

OBITUARY: Ruth Ann Settle, 1945-2017

LoCO Staff / Friday, Sept. 15 @ 6:45 a.m. / Obits

Ruth Ann Sttle was born October 26, 1945 in Fresno to Archie Edward (Sandy) Settle and Amy Ruth Settle. She died in Eureka on July 31, 2017 after a long, arduous battle with throat cancer.

In 2012, Ruth lost her ability to speak and was unable to eat or drink the last 19 months of her life. She suffered with various cancers until her death, and was first diagnosed with breast cancer in her thirties. Her children, Shannon and Scott Campbell, both of Eureka were eight and ten years old. In spite of the cancer, Ruth lived a full life.

Ruth was raised by her mother, Amy and Amy’s partner, Doris Watson, both deceased. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law Paul and Barbara Settle of Galt, her brother and sister-in-law Steven and Cathy Settle of California City and her sister Tina Shannon of Madera Ranchos, California. Her youngest brother, Burt, passed away several years ago. Ruth also had her adopted son, Donald Wilkes and his wife Tina. He and Tina were there for her at a moment’s notice, through thick and thin. They truly made a difference in her life. Ruth adored her grandson, Terrance Campbell, of Chico, California. Terrance earned top grades in advanced math studies and recently enlisted in the Navy with ambitions to become a Nuclear Engineer. Ruth was very proud of Terrance. He was her shining light as she neared the end of her life. Ruth never married.

Ruth was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Central Valley, with her eventual settlement in Sonora, California where she raised her sons. She came to Humboldt County in the late 1980’s where she found happiness in the Redwoods.

Ruth’s efforts and career goals were always human centered and social work oriented, in part because of her sons’ problems with drugs. Ruth co-sponsored Parents Helping Parents, a support group-network for parents of troubled teens in Humboldt. She garnered financial support from the Sisters of St. Orange to pay a Counselor Mediator. She didn’t solve the problems of the world but she sure tried. Additionally, Ruth volunteered as a Humboldt County Grand Juror for several years. She was proud of herself, typesetting and publishing the Final Report(s) for both years she served. Ruth was eventually hired with the County of Humboldt Department of Health and Human Services. Ruth worked for various Departments: Children’s Shelter, General Relief, In Home Support Services, and the Medi-Cal Division. She loved working with the General Relief clients and her coworkers and this was one of the happiest times of her life. At times, she was relentless in working the system, trying to access financial aid or medical assistance for them, sometimes getting scolded and reined in by her bosses.

Ruth was honored to have the local Chapter of SGI-USA Buddhists come and chant with her in the hospital. She was happy with her care and treatment at St. Joseph’s Hospital. She is thankful to the agencies and doctors that helped her. To name a few: Resolution Care, Stanford Medical Center and all the doctors and nurses she encountered there, all the visiting nurses and social workers in Humboldt County treated her wonderfully, never taking away her dignity. Ruth was also a grateful fan of the American Cancer Society who assisted her through with gas and hotels for her travels to Stanford for medical treatment through the years. They also helped with the periodic replacement of a bra, or a wig if she needed one.

Ruth’s hobbies were many: gardening, yard sales, home decorating and renovation, jewelry making, cooking, and entertaining with a flair. She was a member of the Eureka Women of the Moose, where she loved cheffing in her whites for the members. And, she loved to gamble! Her favorite was Texas Hold’ Em Poker. She would giggle about the many players at the casinos who were in fear of her and their money at the poker table. Ruth won a spot in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. She won the first tournament but unfortunately, had a plane to catch, back home to Eureka. She sold her seat and came home with over a grand in her pocket! That was Ruth!

Ruth will be missed by all who knew her. A Celebration of life, Potluck, and a SGI-USA Buddhist service will be held on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Eureka Moose Lodge, 4328 Campton Road, Eureka California. Please bring a dish to share you know Ruth would be proud to serve.

Ruth’s favorite charities were KEET-TV and the American Cancer Society if you wish to donate in her name.


The obituary above was submitted by Ruth Ann Settle’s familyThe Lost Coast Outpost runs obituaries of Humboldt County residents at no charge. See guidelines here.

OBITUARY: JoAnn Margery Taylor, 1931-2017

LoCO Staff / Friday, Sept. 15 @ 6:45 a.m. / Obits

JoAnn Margery Taylor, age 86, passed over on August 29, in Tucson, Ariz., surrounded by family.

Born in Fargo, N.D. on July 15, 1931, to Algot and Eleanor Zetterberg, her family made their way to Eureka in the late 1930s after living in Minnesota, Montana and Idaho. She attended Eureka and Arcata schools and studied Elementary Education at HSU.

She excelled at sales work, with a warm smile and sparkle in her eyes. One of her most cherished volunteer programs was the Foster Grandparent Program, where she was known as “Grandma JoAnn”.

Her hobbies included traveling, civil war reenactment, reading, painting/sketching, and writing.

Upon leaving Eureka after 70 years, she resided in Hayfork and Tucson, Ariz. to be close to her grandchildren.

Predeceased by parents Algot and Eleanor Zetterberg, and son Alan Orlandi.

Survived by children: Cary (Marcy) Orlandi, Green Valley, Ariz.; Evan Orlandi, Mckinleyville; Edward Taylor, Tucson, Ariz.; Todd (Brenda) Kamiah, Idaho; Laura Russell (Mark), Tucson, Ariz.; Grandsons, Chance Taylor; Trevor Russell; Jared Russell; Brandon Russell; and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.

Her compassion for others boiled over, and her warm smile everlasting.

Her love will feed eternally.

Memorial donations in her name can be made to Boys & Girls Club of The Redwoods, Eureka.

A graveside memorial at Ocean View Cemetery Eureka, will be held Oct. 12, 1 p.m.

Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven … Matthew 5:12.


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

OBITUARY: Roxana Louise Hand, 1940-2017

LoCO Staff / Friday, Sept. 15 @ 6:45 a.m. / Obits

Roxana Louise Hand (Weibel) took her last breath and left her body behind on Sunday, September 3, 2017. She was 77 years old. She was a remarkable woman who will be missed by anyone fortunate enough to have known her.

Roxana was born in Oklahoma, but spent her early life in Redondo Beach, California, where she grew up alongside her two sisters, Twanye and Carolyn. She had many great stories of adventures on the Redondo Beach Pier.

She had three daughters and raised them as a single mother. While working and completing her Bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University, Roxana maintained impressive status on the Deans Honor Roll.

Aside from her family, Roxana was always involved in many organizations. This allowed her to connect with people, forming many long-term friendships. While living in Southern California, Roxana discovered a UU fellowship and joined a women’s group there. She often said that group turned her mind and life around. Unitarians have been an important part of her life ever since. Roxana spent some time as an American Sign Language Interpreter in Los Angeles. She always enjoyed signing along to any song. Roxana was involved in the Radical Psychiatry group in Atlanta and Southern California.

Over the years, Roxana was involved in several business women networking groups. Roxana was always willing to volunteer, especially if young people were involved. One of her favorite organizations that she was involved with was the Atlanta and San Francisco branches of the NYC based All Stars Talent Show Network for disadvantaged kids. She talked excitedly about the talent and commitment she saw in these young people. Roxana sang with the Atlanta Feminist Women’s Choir and the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir. She was an active member of Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and worked at College of the Redwoods Child Development Center as the business manager. Roxana was often the first smiling face young children saw as they started their day.

However, there was nothing Roxana loved more than being a grandmother. Her six grandchildren were her pride and joy in life, and ultimately what brought her to the Bay Area and then Humboldt County after living for many years in Atlanta, Georgia.

Our ‘Grandma Roxie’ will be remembered for so many things:

  • Her willingness to adventure anywhere at any time.

  • For being Arcata High’s #1 cheerleader at every home football game, cross country meet, and track meet.

  • For being the #1 cheerleader for the E & O junior bowlers.

  • A familiar face at school functions, including Pacific Union, Coastal Grove, Six Rivers Charter High School, and Arcata High School.

  • A good friend, always ready with a hug.

  • Her house was a place where any of those grandkids could come and get away.

  • Her strength (as well as a bit of crazy) these last few years as she lived with the effects of a stroke.

  • Being always ready to listen to our latest story.

Roxana was truly the center and the root of our loud, fun-loving family. She would never let you through the door without first giving her a hug. Through her, or in spite of her, we are all friends. We so value the time we get to spend together, just as she looked forward to each and every moment she got to spend with one of her daughters or any of her grandchildren. Stories of Grandma Roxie will, no doubt, be a part of our gatherings. She will not be forgotten.

xoxo gma, rest in paradise.

Roxana is lovingly survived by her family; her three daughters and their husbands, Tami and Don Waddell (Walnut Creek CA), Pam and Greg Goldsmith (Portland OR), Susi and Mark Huschle (Arcata). Her six Grandchildren; Alassane Goldsmith (Kevin Johnson Jr.), Christopher Waddell (Emily Snyder), Elizabeth Waddell Myers (Spencer Myers), Greta Huschle, Louis Goldsmith and Adam Huschle. Her two sisters, Twanye (Peter Mueller, Heidelberg, Germany) and Carolyn Weibel (Eureka). Her niece, Nicole May (Rob) and her nephew, Stefan Mueller of Heidelberg, Germany. She is also survived by longtime friend and companion Diane Dickson (Arcata).

Go now in peace …

Please join us for a celebration of Roxana’s life on Oct. 21, 2017 at 7 p.m. At the Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship located at 24 Fellowship Way, Bayside.


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

KITTEN OVERLOAD! Humboldt Animal Rescue Team is Overflowing With Cats in Need of Good Homes

John Ross Ferrara / Thursday, Sept. 14 @ 5:12 p.m. / Animals

“Shasta, Skittles, Timone and Simba all boys ready for forever homes!” | HART.

A cat-astrophic amount of kittens has been dumped on Humboldt Animal Rescue Team’s doorstep this month.

HART is currently at capacity after an influx of 45 kittens. The organization says its kennels are filled and that it will be unable to rescue any more cats in the meantime.

As a result, HART has temporarily lowered its kitten price to $120 in hopes of freeing up some space.

Check out these photos of HART’s adoptable felines, and read more from the organization below:

HART (Humboldt Animal Rescue Team) is a local 501 (c) Organization dedicated to reducing the number of homeless animals in our community.

Now through the end of September we will have kittens available for just $120. All kittens are spayed/neutered, test negative for FIV/FeLV, have received the first FVRCP vaccine, and have been treated for worms and fleas.

Open Hours Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday 12-3 pm. Located at the Corner of 6th and A Street, Eureka (8 West 6th Street), Call or text or email for appointments.

We have around 45 kittens available for adoption right now. Lots of great personalities. Tuxedo kittens, all black kittens, orange and white tabby kittens, grey tabby kittens, Maine Coone mixes, and Tortishell’s.
Thank you Ashley Villa-Lovos Petography for the lovely photos of our adoptable kittens and cats!

HART is also looking for responsible, reliable, animal lovers who are 18 years or older to volunteer as kennel attendants during weekdays about 2 hours/per week. If you or someone you know is interested applications are available on our website

Judge Rules That Shawn Hof Jr. Can Be Tried for Attempted Murder of Fish and Wildlife Warden; Poaching Suspect Was on the Run for Nearly a Year

Rhonda Parker / Thursday, Sept. 14 @ 4:59 p.m. / Courts

A Fortuna man accused of trying to kill a Fish and Wildlife warden by firing multiple shots at his patrol vehicle was ordered today to stand trial on all charges.

Judge Dale Reinholtsen held 25-year-old Shawn Eugene Hof Jr. to answer for attempted murder, assault with a firearm on a peace officer, use of threat or violence against a peace officer, several weapons allegations and spotlighting for wildlife.


Defense attorney Paul Gallegos had argued that the shooter’s identity is in question, but if Hof was the shooter his only motive was to slow Warden Matthew Wells down, not kill him. Wells was not hurt and no bullets hit his truck.

Hof and his close friend Thomas Wheeler allegedly were “spotlighting” for deer on Redwood House Road when Wells spotted them and gave chase with lights and siren. Yesterday Wells testified he was about 10 yards behind the suspect’s truck when a man standing in the truck bed opened fire with a handgun. Then the shooter climbed through a sliding window into the cab and continued firing from the passenger-side window.

During the chase Wheeler’s truck ran off the road and struck a redwood tree. Law enforcement officers found only a puppy in the wrecked pickup, and a loaded Mini-14 Ruger rifle was found outside near the driver’s door.

Today Fish and Wildlife Lt. Adrian Foss testified that he obtained cellphone and Facebook records for both Hof and Wheeler. Hof said little after the incident except one text reading “Oh yeah, they didn’t get the pistol,” which he spelled pstl. There was also some communication about his injured leg. Wheeler told investigators Hof twisted his knee during their escape on foot.

Wheeler provided investigators with a full account of the incident. He also had plenty to say in texts and private Facebook messages to several people. Shortly before the warden began chasing them, he texted someone that he was “hunting up Redwood House (Road) with Shawnshine,” his nickname for Hof. He also said he was “just enjoying spending time with Shawn.”

After the incident, he spoke freely about Hof emptying the whole clip in a .45-caliber handgun, then firing shots from the “Mini.”

“Crazy Fuckers,” the person responded.

“We got away, didn’t we?” Wheeler asked. He bragged he was going to get his truck back “because I reported it stolen.”

He later wrote to another person that he no longer had a truck because Fish and Game had tried to pull them over and “my idiot brother decided to shoot at them with a .45. Now he’s on the run.”

Hof and Wheeler referred to one another as brothers.

Wheeler’s statement to law enforcement is the only direct evidence against Hof. Gallegos tried hard during the preliminary hearing to paint Wheeler as a liar who is “totally incredible.” Yet he also had to rely on Wheeler’s statement in trying to convince the judge that Hof wasn’t trying to kill the warden. Wheeler said Hof was just trying to shoot out the radiator in Wells’ truck to slow him down.

Arguing that Hof should be held to answer, Deputy District Attorney Adrian Kamada said Hof’s motive was to get away, whether that meant shooting out Wells’ tire or shooting Wells himself. In doing so, he fired “approximately 10 shots.”

Gallegos noted Wells was not able to identify Hof as the shooter. A man who confronted Hof and Wheeler afterward as they walked through his neighborhood could not identify Hof in a photo lineup.

But he did say the man with an injured leg called himself “Shawn.”

Reinholtsen, in making his ruling, stressed that the “probable cause” standard in a preliminary hearing is much lower than the “reasonable doubt” standard applied during a jury trial. Also, although Wheeler’s taped statement implicating Hof was admissible in a preliminary hearing, it would not be allowed as evidence in a trial.

As to whether Hof had the intent to kill, “you can’t get inside someone’s head,” Reinholtsen said. (“But) the discharge of a firearm multiple times at a pursuing vehicle establishes an intent to kill.”

Hof was a fugitive for almost a year before turning himself in on Aug. 10. Today Lt. Foss testified that the day before that, Hof led Fish and Wildlife officers on a high-speed chase on state Highway 36, managing to elude his pursuers after about four minutes.

“I looked down and my speedometer was at over 100 miles per hour,” Foss recalled. “… It ended when we lost sight of the truck.”

Foss said Hof was driving the white Toyota pickup truck. His passenger was Wheeler.

Hof, who remains in custody, is scheduled for arraignment on Sept. 28. Gallegos told the judge he was representing Hof only through the preliminary hearing. A public defender is expected to be appointed at the arraignment.

Wheeler has been charged separately. He also is in custody on several other cases.