A 6.9 magnitude earthquake, centered in the ocean approximately 51 miles off the coast of Eureka CA, occurred on Sunday March 9, 2014 at around 10:18 PM Pacific Daylight Time. The initial quake was followed by around 10 aftershocks which ranged from 2.7- to 4.6-magnitude. According to early reports there was no major damage or injuries. Hear more tonight on the KMUD Local News.
The embedded You Tube video below ( uploaded by RIDAK LUDBA) discusses the earthquake and gives additional earthquake reports:
Excitement was generated on Friday, March 7, when former Eureka City Council Member, Chris Kerrigan, announced his campaign to challenge incumbent, Virginia Bass, for the Humboldt County Board of Supervisor's (BOS) seat. A press release from the Kerrigan campaign said, "As a two term Eureka City Councilmember (2000-2008), Kerrigan focused on economic development, public safety and creating a livable, walkable community. Now he plans to bring these values to the Board of Supervisors."
Many county residents have expressed disappointment and cynicism in the directions taken by the BOS since the last election, viewing the Board as being dominated by special interest agendas. Until Kerrigan entered the race there had been no challenges to the two incumbent Supervisors, Virginia Bass and Ryan Sundberg. Although time is short between now and Election Day on June 3, Kerrigan made his intentions clear on his Facebook page saying, "Four years ago Virginia Bass ran for this office on the position of passing the general plan. Due to her actions on the Board of Supervisors we’re further away today than we were 4 years ago. Today, I filed my papers to run for the Fourth District seat. I intend to spend the next 90 days talking to people about tangible solutions to move Humboldt forward."
KMUD News Correspondent, Daniel Mintz, attended Kerrigan's campaign announcement on Friday and aired the report below on the KMUD Local News Friday March 7, 2014.
"Eureka currently has one of the highest per-capita property crime rates in California for a city our size", according to a recent Eureka Police Department press release. The release further states that, "Experience shows that when people commit property crimes, they continue to offend until apprehended." To reach out to the community for help in locating "property crime" suspects the EPD has published "Eureka's Most Wanted" poster as appears below.
Anyone encountering the listed subjects should not attempt to contact or apprehend them, but rather call the Eureka Police Department immediately at (707) 441-4044 or (707) 441-4060.
Update: Feb. 12, 2014 - A duffle bag containing the urn stolen from the Ocean View Cemetery in Eureka has been found, but the cremated remains the urn contained are still missing, according to a post in the Times-Standard yesterday. The article reports that, "The police were contacted around 7 p.m. Sunday by a man doing renovations on a house on the 2900 block of B Street, who said he found the bag in some bushes a few days earlier."
Because the loved one's remains are irreplaceable and precious to the family, the Eureka Police Department is requesting that anyone with information that could help return them to the family call 441-4060.
The original post on this story appears below.
Desecration of the remains of ancestors is a taboo in most societies, including ours, so the question of motivation underlies an unusual theft from the chapel at the Ocean View Cemetery in Eureka. According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, footage from a camera revealed that last Tues. afternoon a white male in his thirties (shown in the photo below) stashed an urn containing the cremated remains of a deceased individual under a coat he was carrying and removed it from the chapel. The accompanying photo shows an urn similar in color and shape to the one stolen. The public is asked to provide the EPD with any information which may lead to returning the urn and remains to the family - call Officer Harkness at 707-441-4060. The full press release, including a description of the suspect, appears below.
EPD press release:
On 2-4-2014, between 3:00 – 3:30 PM, a male subject entered the chapel at the Ocean View Cemetery and removed an urn holding cremated remains.
The subject is described as a white male in his thirties wearing dark shoes with white soles, blue jeans, a gray hooded sweatshirt with writing on the front and a black baseball cap, when he enters. The subject changed his clothing to a grey short sleeved t-shirt with a checkered pattern on the front and donned a dark beanie cap with a white stripe. The suspect carried the urn away under a tan coat he carried with him.
Attached is a picture of an urn similar in shape and design to the one stolen.
The Eureka Police Department is asking for any information that could lead to the return of the remains to the family. If you have information regarding this theft, please contact Officer Harkness 707-441-4060.
Jeanette Todd (Chair)
Scope of the Committee:
The Development Committee helps KMUD management with fundraising and outreach planning and execution.
1st Monday, 3 pm at KMUD
Scope the Committee:
The purpose of the Policy Committee is to develop and maintain a complete and concise policy manual, collect policies as they are made by the Board, and assemble other rules and regulations which apply to the governance arena of Redwood Community Radio, for example CPB rules; Board meeting ground rules; FCC governance-related rules; etc. Additionally, the Policy Committee shall review policies, rules, and bylaws, and propose improvements to the Board and assist the Parliamentarian.
Old meeting time - 2nd Thursday, 11:30 am, KMUD; New meeting time - TBA
A gathering of Calif. state and federal agency officials presented information and answered questions at a Joint Press Conference hosted by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and United States Bureau of Reclamation. Mark Cowin, Director of DWR, (shown in the photo pointing to the map) opened the press conference by reviewing the present extent of the drought in California, saying, "We should all be clear by now that this is not a coming crisis. This is not an evolving crisis. This is a current crisis." Other speakers included David Murillo, Regional Director for the Mid-Pacific Region of the Bureau of Reclamation, Felicia Marcus Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), and Tom Howard Executive Director of SWCRB. After the presentations, questions were taken from media present at the press conference followed by a round of phone-in questions.
Immediately below is a report on the press conference submitted by KMUD Correspondent, Kelly Lincoln, which aired on the KMUD Local News on Jan. 1, 2014. Below that are players containing audio segments from the press conference. These segments were recorded and edited by Kelly Lincoln. Click here for more photos of the press conference and here for a video of the conference. Additional associated information can be viewed on the SWRCB website.
Press Conference Audio Below:
Mark Cowin, Director of California Department of Water Resources - introductions and opening remarks
David Murillo, Regional Director for the Mid-Pacific Region of the Bureau of Reclamation
Felicia Marcus Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board
Tom Howard Executive Director State Water Resources Control Board
Q&A from media present
Q&A from phone-in participants
Executive Committee (ExCom)
Committee Members: Redwood Community Radio Board President - Siena Klein; Vice President - Noel Soucy; Treasurer - Julia Minton; Secretary - Jack Frybulous; with Station Manager - Jeanette Todd serving as an ex-officio committee member
Scope of the Committee: The Executive Committee sets the agenda for Board meetings and also works on any other task(s) assigned to it by the Board.
Meeting Time: 2nd Monday at 11:30 am at KMUD
A full day of information, food, conversation, and fun took place last Sat., Feb 1, 2014 at the Beginnings Octagon and Briceland Vineyard in Briceland. Jointly sponsored by Salmonid Restoration Federation and Sanctuary Forest, the event began at 10 am, was well-attended, and was broadcast live on KMUD. Dana Stolzman, Executive Director of the Salmonid Restoration Federation, opened the workshop with introductions and an explanation of the day's schedule which included presentations, a panel discussion, a lunch, and in the afternoon, a Water Rights Clinic, tour of water conservation projects at Briceland Vineyards, and concluded with a free wine tasting at the vineyard. Topics covered in the presentations and panel discussion included: How to Navigate Water Rights, Conserving Water in a Time of Drought, Resources for Rural Landowners and Local & Regional Water Conservation Efforts.
The workshop audio was recorded by KMUD and can be heard using the players below. KMUD Technical Director, Simon Frech, edited the audio into the various segments, according to speaker. Photos are by Bob Froehlich. Tune to KMUD Local News weekdays at 6 pm (and rebroadcast at 8 am) to hear additional reports by Kelly Lincoln on this Water and Solutions Workshop.
Speakers are shown in the photo below: (from right to left) Sara Schremmer (standing), Scott Greacen, Tasha McKee, Matt Cocking, Mark Lancaster, and Brian Johnson.
Audio Segments - Note: To download a segment click on the "SOUNDCLOUD" link (top right corner of each segment). This takes you to thye KMUD NEWS SoundCloud page where you will see a download button.
1) Dana Stolzman, Executive Director, Salmonid Restoration Federation opens the Workshop.
2) Scott Greacen, Executive Director, Friends of the Eel River
3) Tasha McKee, Executive Director, Sanctuary Forest
4) Matt Cocking Forester for the National Resources Conservation Service
5) Comments: Dana Stolzman
6) Sara Schremmer - Project Coordinator, Salmonid Restoration Federation
9) Brian Johnson, California Director, Trout Unlimited
10) Panel discussion and Q&A
The body recovered from the ocean in the area of milepost marker 3.89 South Highway 1, Gualala has been identified as that of Stephen Clark Pease, 57, from Roseville, Calif., according to press releases from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office. The body was discovered by recreational divers and retrieved by law enforcement officers on Nov. 23, 2013 and later identified through the serial number on a hip implant. Classification of the death of Stephen Clark Pease is still undetermined, and the rented silver 2014 Chevrolet Captiva with Oregon license plate 500GKN, which Mr. Pease was known to be driving, has yet to be located. Read the original press release and two updates below.
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE:
On 11.23.13, at approximately 1230 hours, recreational divers were swimming in the Pacific Ocean near the shore in the area of milepost marker 3.89 South Highway 1, Gualala, when they located the floating body of a deceased person.
The divers called the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office. The Sonoma County Sheriff Helicopter (Henry 1), members of the South Coast Volunteer Fire Department, a California Highway Patrol Officer, and a California Department of Fish and Wildlife Warden also responded to assist with the recovery of the decedent.
The warden donned a wetsuit and swam out to the decedent and pulled him to the shore. Due to the height and steepness of the cliff it was not possible to carry the decedent up to the roadway. A Sonoma County Deputy Sheriff and a South Coast Firefighter were suspended under the helicopter and lowered to the decedent. They were able to place the decedent's remains in a litter and they were moved to an open field near the roadway with the helicopter.
The male decedent appears to have been in the water for more than a few days and no identification was located. The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office is investigating the identity of the decedent at this time.
The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office wishes to gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Highway Patrol, and South Coast Fire Department.
UPDATED PRESS RELEASE 1:
On 11-26-13 a forensic autopsy was conducted on the decedent and during the examination the decedent was found to have hip replacement implants.
A check of the serial numbers on the implants confirmed the decedent as being Stephen Clark Pease who had been reported missing to the Roseville Police Department on 10-31-13.
The Roseville Police Department missing person‚s investigation determined Pease had checked out of a Fort Bragg area motel on 11-03-13, which was approximately 50-60 miles from where his body was recovered.
Pease was last known to be driving a rented silver 2014 Chevrolet Captiva with Oregon license plate 500GKN and at this time the vehicle's whereabouts are unknown.
The coroner's investigation is ongoing into the cause of Pease's death.
UPDATED PRESS RELEASE 2:
On 01-15-2014 the Mendocino County Chief Deputy Coroner classified the death of Stephen Clark Pease as being Undetermined due to undetermined causes.
The rented silver 2014 Chevrolet Captiva with Oregon license plate 500GKN has yet to be located even after a land and aerial search of the area where Pease was found.