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Articles by Ryan Burns

March 2022

Evenson Drops Out of Auditor-Controller Race, Throws Support Behind Challenger Cheryl Dillingham

New Auditor-Controller Candidate: Cheryl Dillingham, 30-Year County Employee With Experience in A-C, CAO’s Offices, Enters Race

With Just One Day Left Before the Candidate Filing Deadline, Here’s Where County Races Stand

Fortuna City Council Directs Staff to Send Letter Expressing ‘No Confidence’ in Auditor-Controller Karen Paz Dominguez

TODAY in SUPES: Delinquent Financial Reports are Making County’s Budgeting Process a Challenge, Chief Financial Officer Says

(UPDATE: POSTPONED) McKAY RANCH SUBDIVISION: Board of Supes Set to Decide Fate of Proposed 320-Unit Development in Cutten

Attorney General’s Office Confirms ‘Final Notice’ to Auditor-Controller Was Not Sent By Mistake

Staff, Supervisors Cite Ongoing Communication Problems With Auditor-Controller in Heated Payroll Hearing

(UPDATED) Paz Dominguez on the Offensive: Auditor-Controller Riles Supervisors, Staff With Allegations of Fiscal Shenanigans

February 2022

Humboldt County’s Interim Human Resources Director Resigns

(UPDATED) Attorney General’s Office Threatens Legal Action Against Auditor-Controller Karen Paz Dominguez Over Failure to Submit Financial Transactions Report

Three Candidates Now Vying to Become Humboldt County’s Next Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters

Outpost Editor Hank Sims Wins Journalism Award for His Reporting on the County’s Redistricting Process

For Black History Month, Ferndale Reverend Calls BLM ‘Evil’ and Says the Movement is ‘Built on Sin’

Snow Level Expected to Drop Below 1,500 Feet; Berry Summit Could Get More Than Six Inches, National Weather Service Says

Beloved Local Activist Betty Chinn to Receive Honorary Doctorate from Cal Poly Humboldt

TODAY in SUPES: Board Talks Drought, Weed Irrigation Curtailment; Madrone Confronts a Geologist

With Just Days Left for Public Comment, Enviro Groups Seek More Detail, Assurances in Nordic Aquafarms’ EIR

Following State’s Lead, Humboldt County Will Lift Indoor Mask Mandate Next Week, But Not in Schools or Hospitals

With the Local Cannabis Industry Reeling, Supervisors Slash 2022 Cultivation Tax by 85 Percent

(UPDATED) ‘Extremely Bad News’: Caltrans Sanctions County, Freezes New Project Funding Because of Overdue Audit Report

YESTERDAY in SUPES: After Bushnell Recuses Herself, Board Considers Tax Relief Options for Struggling Cannabis Growers But Postpones Decision

January 2022

Supervisors to Consider Cannabis Tax Relief Amid Growing Concerns Over Industry’s Long-Term Viability

Former Fiscal Manager for Wiyot Tribe and North Coast Co-op Sentenced to Federal Prison for Bank Fraud

TODAY in SUPES: In-Person Meetings to Resume in March; Samoa Wastewater Project Moves Forward, Eel River Groundwater Plan Approved

‘Not Enough Tests’: County Health Officer Says Sick People Should Take Priority With Limited Supply

Here’s How to Get Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits From the Federal Government

Two Candidates for District Attorney: Deputy DA Stacey Eads and Public Defender Adrian Kamada File Paperwork

(VIDEO) Massive Herd of Roosevelt Elk Crosses Snowy Ridge, Then Changes Its Collective Mind, Heads Back

Supervisors Split Over Whether Planning Commission Should Tighten Cannabis Rules for Generators, Water Use and Roads

(UPDATE: HE HAS DROPPED OUT) Thomas Koors Launches County Supervisor Campaign Opposing COVID Vaccine and Mask Mandates

Humboldt County Supervisor Virginia Bass Announces She Will Not Seek Re-election

TODAY in SUPES: Bass Moves Popular Public Comment Period to the End of Meeting Agendas; Staff Presents Groundwater Plan for Eel River Valley

Supes Look to Change Public Comment Process as Antivaxxers Grow Increasingly Menacing and Unhinged

Supes Ratify State of Emergency After Winter Storm Causes More Than $10M in Costs and Damages

December 2021

(UPDATE) Coast Guard, Sheriff’s Office and Others Searching for Man Who Went Missing in Canoe Near Trinidad

(VIDEO) Dog Goes Wiggle-Happy Reuniting With His Soldier Mama Returning From Six-Month Deployment

In Fight Against Omicron, California Bets on Boosters, Rapid Tests

Dreaming of a White Christmas? Snow Levels May Drop as Low as 1,000 Feet Over the Holiday Weekend

WATCH: Humboldt Crab Fisherman Zip-Ties a GoPro Camera Inside a Crab Pot; Feeding Frenzy Ensues

[UPDATED] New Fortuna Ordinance Would Ban Public Camping, But Does It Violate the Rights of the Unhoused?

County Releases Draft Environmental Impact Report for Nordic Aquafarms’ Fish Factory Project on Samoa Peninsula

YESTERDAY in SUPES: ‘Your House is on Fire and It’s Threatening My House’: First 5 Director Pleads With County to Fix Its Financial Mess

Supes to Consider Removing Planning Commissioner Over Conflict of Interest, Plus More Conflict with Paz Dominguez on Deck for Tuesday’s Meeting

State Launches Investigation Into County’s Financial Practices and Reporting

[UPDATE: Employees Dispute Auditor’s Account] Someone Apparently Tried to Steal County Employee Paychecks Via Email-Based Fraud

TODAY in SUPES: Board Finalizes New District Map (Same as the Old Map), Names Next Year’s Chair (Same as Last Year’s Chair) and Ponders Its Responsibility to Counter COVID Misinformation

How Does THIS Happen? Car Found Flipped Over and Mostly Submerged in Arcata Marsh

City of Arcata Takes a Roundabout of Its Own, Delays Decision on Old Arcata Road Improvement Plans to Address Wetland Impacts

Residential Rehab Program Completed, Former Mayor Brett Watson Rejoins the Arcata City Council