01October2014

Congressman Jered Huffman offered an amendment to the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 4923) which would have provided an additional $52 million earmarked to aid in drought relief in California and other western states. However, according to a press release received by the KMUD News Department, the amendment did not pass. The press release appears below as does a video of Huffman speaking on the House floor about his amendment.

Press Release, dated July 10, 2014:
Huffman: “Congress cannot make it rain, but what we can do is invest in drought-resistant water supplies through smart, sustainable investments in conservation and water reuse.”

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) offered an amendment to the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 4923) to provide relief from the historic drought facing California and many other western states. Huffman’s amendment would provide an additional $52 million for water-saving conservation, reuse and recycling infrastructure projects, offset by a reduction to the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy account, which provides funding for research into non-military nuclear power plants. The amendment was defeated.
 
“The California drought is the most extreme drought that many of us have seen in our lifetime, and we either believe it’s a national crisis and a national priority or we don’t,” Congressman Huffman said. “Congress cannot make it rain, but what we can do is invest in drought-resistant water supplies through smart, sustainable investments in conservation and water reuse.”
 
Specifically, Huffman’s amendment would direct $52 million to the Bureau of Reclamation for Title XVI water-saving conservation, reuse and recycling infrastructure projects, which support municipalities, farmers, fish and wildlife, and recreation. This amendment reflects one program funded by Congressman Huffman’s drought bill, which he introduced in March. In June, nearly 80% of California was under extreme drought conditions, and 36% of the state was in an “exceptional” drought, the highest category on the U.S. Drought Monitor.

 

Morgan Martin, a 14 year old girl, (shown in the photo) was reported missing as of 8:30 pm Friday, July 4, 2014 and was last seen on Parkwood Boulevard in Eureka.

Morgan Martin is described as: a white female, 5’7” tall, brown eyes, with short strawberry blond hair, and weighs approximately 178 lbs. She was last seen wearing dark Yoga pants, dark San Francisco Giants ball cap and a pink blouse. Her hair is in a ponytail, and she carries a flowered purse. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Morgan is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Press Release, dated July 9, 2014:
On 07-05-2014, at approximately 1:00 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the grandmother of Morgan Martin, 14 years old. The grandmother reported that she is the guardian of Martin. On July 4, 2014, they were on Parkwood Boulevard, Eureka watching fireworks together at approximately 8:30 p.m.  Martin told her she was going to visit a friend and walked off. She failed to come home. The grandmother searched for her until approximately midnight. The grandmother checked with all her friends, and no one had seen Martin or had any idea where she was.

The grandmother is concerned not only due to her age, but also because Martin has medical issues which require medication.

Morgan Martin is described as follows:  14 years old, white female, 5’7” tall, brown eyes, short strawberry blond hair, approximately 178 lbs. Last seen wearing dark Yoga pants, dark San Francisco Giants ball cap and pink blouse. Her hair is in a ponytail and she carries a flowered purse.

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

The Post Election Update Report for the June 3 California Primary Election was made available today, June 24, 2014. County results for selected races and School Bond Measure N are reported below.
Candidate   Total Votes     Humboldt County Percentage  
 Governor (top 3 vote getters shown) :
Brown          16028                58.23%                              
Kashkari        3886                14.12%                              
Donnelly        2821                10.25%                              

U.S Representative
Huffman       15163                58.64%                             
Mensing         7755                29.99%                              
Caffery            2881                11.14%                               

District 4 Supervisor
Bass              2822                 52.05%
Kerrigan        2587                 47.71%

District 5 Supervisor
Sundberg     3465                  60.58%
Latour           2239                  39.14%

District Attorney
Fleming      16488                  59.86%
Firpo              7454                  27.06%
Dollison        2154                    7.82%
Klein              1396                    5.07%

Measure N Southern Humboldt Unified School District Bond Measure
Yes                951                      54.41%
No                 797                      45.59%

For additional results click here for the Humboldt County Election Results website. Note, according to the Calif. Secretary of State website, the state's new open primary system allows the two candiates receiving the most votes in the primary election to appear on the ballot for the general election. However, according to the website, " California's new open primary system does not apply to candidates running for U.S. President, county central committee, or local offices."

So statewide, there will be a runoff in November between present Governor Jerry Brown and challenger Neel Kashkari, in the Governor's race, and between Jared Huffman and Dale Mensing for the Second District U.S. House of Representative seat. However, Maggie Fleming has been elected as Humboldt County District Attorney, and Ryan Sundberg and Virginia Bass will be returning as county supervisors. Although yes votes for measure N are presently at 54.41%, the measure must have 55 percent to pass.

 More information on California's Open Primary System:
https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/no-party-preference.htm
http://cavotes.org/vote/primary
http://www.kcet.org/news/ballotbrief/election-law/californias-new-top-two-open-primaries-explained.html

Summer season means an increase in tourist and transient populations in the Garberville/Redway areas and with it a corresponding increase in trash left behind. In an effort to help foster clean communities, Humboldt County resident Mike Miller has organized a Community Clean-up Day. Miller spearheaded a successful clean-up event last year in mid-June. This year's event is scheduled for this Saturday, July 21, beginning at 10 am. Anyone wishing to help is encouraged to meet at the first turnout on the left, as you are going north from Garberville on Redwood Drive. The spot will be marked by a 20-yard dumpster donated by Recology Humboldt County.

Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves but trash bags will be provided. If you can bring a pick-up truck to help haul bagged trash that would also be welcomed but is in no way required.

The clean-up event is sponsored by Humboldt County Public Works, the Garberville/Redway Public Restroom Working Group (GRPRWG) and Clean Community Crew.

There is no shortage of opinions in Humboldt County when it comes to proposed regulations for growing marijuana on small parcels ranging from residential lots to 5 acres. According to the California NORML website, a public hearing on an ordinance to restrict cannabis growing on parcels five acres or smaller in Humboldt County will take place this Thurs., June 19, 2014 at the Courthouse in Eureka beginning at 6 pm.  At that time members of the public will have an opportunity to express their opinions on the issue to the Planning Commission. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. Links to relevant documents relating to the proposed ordinance are provided below.

Links to documents:

College of the Redwoods will host an open house at its Garberville Instructional Site, located at 286 Sprowl Creek Rd.Garberville, on Thursday, June 19 from 4-8 p.m, according to a press release from CR. The event will include a tour of the newly remodeled building, information about classes and trainings to be offered at the site and information about the process involved in teaching a community education class for CR. Additionally, from 6 to 8 p.m., an introductory English as a Second Language (ESL) class will be held at the site. The press release appears below. Click here for a map to the site.
 
Press Release from College of the Redwoods:
College of the Redwoods will host an open house at it Garberville Instructional Site on Thursday, June 19 from 4-8 p.m. The first two hours will give Southern Humboldt residents an opportunity to see the newly remodeled building, computer lab and classroom. Visitors will also be able to learn about community education classes, including English as a Second Language classes, and other trainings being offered. Community members will be able to connect with CR student services, financial aid and counseling staff.  

There will be opportunities for those who want to teach a community education class for CR to learn how to apply.  “It has been a long road to get here, but it is definitely gratifying to see the completion of the building renovation and the various opportunities being planned for this site,” said CR President Kathy Smith. “CR is pleased to be able to open this building to community activities and future CR classes.”

From 6 to 8 p.m., an introductory ESL class will be held at the site.

Garberville Site coming to life

In the last year new educational offerings and community partnerships have started at the CR Garberville Instructional Site. They include:  

  • An expanding number of non-credit and not-for-credit Community Education classes;
  • The seventh-through 12th grade Garberville Community School is completing its first year back at the Garberville Site after at least three years in Benbow;
  • The Artful Children organization recently signed a lease at the Garberville Site to offer art and music classes, as well provide a space to create art;
  • Since the beginning of the year, CR has been leasing the theater portion of the Garberville Site to a non-profit organization called the Redwood Community Theatre.

Election Night Final Report Humboldt County June Primary for selected races and school bond measure N results as of 11:56 pm, June 3, 2014:
Candidate   Total Votes     Hum. Co. Percentage     Statewide Percentage
 Governor (top 3 vote getters shown) :
Brown          12864                58.89%                               54.5%
Kashkari        3085                14.12%                               19.0%
Donnelly        2203                10.08%                               14.8%

U.S Representative
Huffman       12167                59.19%                               67.4%
Mensing         6140                29.87%                               23.0%
Caffery           2206                10.73%                                 9.7%

District 4 Supervisor
Bass              2358                 53.31%
Kerrigan        2055                 46.46%

District 5 Supervisor
Sundberg     2782                  61.09%
Latour           1761                  38.67%

 

District Attorney
Fleming      13308                  60.96%
Firpo             5633                  25.80%
Dollison       1764                    8.08%
Klein             1085                    4.97%

Measure N Southern Humboldt Unified School District Bond Measure
Yes                637                      51.62%
No                 597                      48.38%

 

For additional results click here for the Humboldt County Election Results website. Note, according to the Calif. Secretary of State website, the state's new open primary system allows the two candiates receiving the most votes in the primary election to appear on the ballot for the general election. However, according to the website, " California's new open primary system does not apply to candidates running for U.S. President, county central committee, or local offices."

So statewide, there will be a runoff in November between present Governor Jerry Brown and challenger Neel Kashkari, in the Governor's race, and between Jared Huffman and Dale Mensing for the Second District U.S. House of Representative seat. However, if the present results hold, Maggie Fleming has been elected as Humboldt County District Attorney and Ryan Sundberg and Virginia Bass will be returning as county supervisors. Although yes votes for measure N are presently at 51.6%, the measure must have 55 percent to pass - so this one could go either way at this point. 

 More information on California's Open Primary System:
https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/no-party-preference.htm
http://cavotes.org/vote/primary
http://www.kcet.org/news/ballotbrief/election-law/californias-new-top-two-open-primaries-explained.html

Tune to KMUD this Tuesday, June 3, from 8 pm until midnight for a special KMUD Election Night Simulcast. The simulcast can also be viewed on Access Humboldt Cable Channel 7, or Channel 11, or by using the video player on the KMUD homepage.  Political commentators will be interviewing candidates from northern California, live in the studio, as well as calling in from their candidate parties.  And you'll hear election results LIVE as they roll in this Tuesday Night from 8 pm - midnight.  

The County Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet for the June 3, 2014 election has been mailed to registered voters in Humboldt County.  If you did not get your sample ballot, or need another copy, you can download polling place information and the sample ballot here

 

 

 

 

On this past Memorial Day the Southern Humboldt Veteran's Association Honor Guard conducted memorial services at the Garberville Cemetery, the Briceland Cemetery and the Light House located in Shelter Cove. KMUD News received video and photos from the services, and those are posted on this page.

 Honor Guard at Briceland Cemetery, calling out of family members names & gun firing salute.

Additional photos from Southern Humboldt Veteran's Honor Guard, Memorial Day, Briceland Cemetery.

A recent streak of "smash and grab" burglaries have the Eureka Police Department requesting help from the public to identify the suspect(s). The burglaries are targeting businesses, typically occur at night, and involve breaking glass to force entry.  According to a EPD press release, “The suspect(s) appears to be a white or light-skinned Hispanic male in his 20’s with a medium to slender build. He typically wears dark clothing with a hat and/or hood and attempts to obscure his face from surveillance cameras." A wanted poster with suspect photos and the EPD press release appear below. Anyone with information concerning these crimes is asked to contact the Eureka Police Department at (707) 441-4060 (main office) or (707) 441-4044 (dispatch).

EPD Press Release, dated May 22, 2014:
The Eureka Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect(s) involved in a recent rash of “smash and grab” (glass break) commercial burglaries occurring in Eureka. Since January of this year, EPD has identified at least 29 burglaries to retail stores sharing a similar modus operandi in which 1-2 male suspects use objects (such as rocks, bricks, and miscellaneous tools) to force entry via glass break into closed, alarmed businesses. This is primarily occurring under the cover of darkness during the early morning hours.
The suspect(s) typically grabs selected merchandise and then quickly flees the scene on foot or bicycle. The suspect(s) appears to be a white or light-skinned Hispanic male in his 20’s with a medium to slender build. He typically wears dark clothing with a hat and/or hood and attempts to obscure his face from surveillance cameras. It is believed the same 1-2 individuals are responsible for the majority of these burglaries. Items taken have included clothing (such as shirts and designer jeans), tobacco, cash, electronics, jewelry, and tools. Most of these burglaries have occurred in the Henderson Center, Old Town, and Downtown (4th/5th Street corridor) business districts.
Anyone with information concerning these crimes is asked to contact the Eureka Police Department at (707) 441-4060 (main office) or (707) 441-4044 (dispatch).

In response to these burglaries, EPD has significantly increased foot and vehicle patrols in the affected areas. Numerous suspicious subjects have been contacted during these directed patrols and officers have made several arrests of individuals suspected of theft and drug related activity. However, these suspects have not been definitively connected to any of the smash and grab burglaries.
Retailers should consider implementing a number of “target-hardening” options to reduce their future burglary risks. These preventative actions include:
1) Upgrading external security. Adopting measures such as: strengthening locks and reinforcing doors and windows; installing physical barriers such as strengthened glass, shutters, metal grilles, or window/glass protection films in windows and glass doors; installing high definition, quality video cameras to monitor possible entry points (ideally, these cameras should record to a hard drive and provide good image quality in low light conditions); and installing security lighting at entry points 2) Installing audible, monitored burglar alarms. 3) Safeguarding cash and valuable stock. This includes: removing high-value goods from window displays; concealing goods; using safes or secure cages for the most valuable items in stockrooms; marking valuable goods such as computers with traceable, hard-to-remove identification numbers; banking cash each day; and leaving empty cash registers open at night (to prevent their being broken into). 4) Employing security guards after hours. 5) Utilizing environmental design modifications. This entails changing landscaping and design features to (1) discourage access to all but intended users, (2) allow intruders to be more easily spotted. Also, revise landscaping to remove the convenient “tools” burglars may use as a projectile through a window (such as large river rocks, bricks etc.). Retailers wishing to have an officer visit their store to assess security and burglary prevention options may contact EPD to set up an appointment.

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