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Update Dec. 12, 2012:

KMUD News was notified that a family member, the missing man's daughter, reported that her father, Tim Cox, had called in to tell her that he was not really missing and was fine.

 

Information given to KMUD by the family of Tim Cox, indicates that he is missing, and the family asks for help in locating him. Update, audio added

Tim Cox is 50 yrs old, 6 ft. tall, with sandy blonde curly hair and blue eyes. He was last last heard from 6 weeks ago and his last known whereabouts was in the Harris area.

If you have any information about Mr.Cox please call: 707-986-7664 or the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office at: 707-923-2761.

Use the player below to hear an interview with the missing man's sister-in-law, Pleasure Strange. This story was aried by News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson, on the KMUD Local News, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

The photo below shows Tim Cox - family requests help finding him.

Citizens of Humboldt County are being invited by the County of Humboldt, the Humboldt County Fire Safe Council (HCFSC), the Humboldt County Fire Chiefs’ Association, and state and federal collaborators to review and give their comments on the recently released Public Review Draft of the Humboldt County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) Update. The comment period will be open until Thursday, January 31, 2013.

Click here for a .pdf version of the Public Review Draft.

The complete press release from the Humboldt County Natural Resources Planning/Humboldt County Fire Safe Council, dated Dec. 7, 2012, can be read below:

The County of Humboldt, the Humboldt County Fire Safe Council (HCFSC), the Humboldt County Fire Chiefs’ Association, and state and federal collaborators invite the public to review and comment on the recently released Public Review Draft of the Humboldt County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) Update. The Draft CWPP can be accessed through the HCFSC Home Page at: http://www.co.humboldt.ca.us/natural-resources/fire_safe_council/. The primary purpose of this review is for residents and stakeholders to fact check and evaluate the CWPP for technical errors or omissions. The comment period will be open until Thursday, January 31, 2013.  

This CWPP is relevant to all Humboldt County residents, especially those living in high wildfire hazard areas. Valuable information for this update was gathered through a series of community workshops and HCFSC meetings. It is hoped that the updated CWPP will inspire action and give Humboldt County communities a competitive advantage for wildfire mitigation funding.

CWPPs are a vehicle for communities to identify priority actions to mitigate damage from wildfires and overall fire safety on both private and public lands. They make recommendations to address identified community needs with regards to prevention, preparedness, mitigation, and wildfire response. The Humboldt County CWPP process involved extensive collaboration between organized groups of residents, as well as local, state, and federal agencies. This program is sponsored by the County of Humboldt, guided by the HCFSC, and supported by funding from the United States Forest Service.

It is not a matter of if wildfires will occur in Humboldt County, but when. However, a wildfire does not have to be a disaster. It is possible to prepare for wildfire in such a way as to minimize impacts on life, property, and the community as a whole. The updated CWPP provides information about what can be done and how to do it. Local residents can improve their odds of surviving a wildfire by getting to know this plan!  The public review period will end on Thursday, January 31, 2013. During the months of February and March the HCFSC and County Staff will review and consider feedback from the public and revise the Draft CWPP. In April, the Final Draft CWPP will be presented to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, the Humboldt County Fire Chiefs’ Association, and CAL FIRE for their approval.

Please send comments to Cybelle Immitt with the Natural Resources Planning Division of Humboldt County Public Works at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (707) 268-3736.

According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Dec. 7, 2012:

On 12-7-2012, approximately 4:00 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Redwood Memorial Hospital that a gun shot victim was brought into the emergency room. A citizen had found the victim “staggering” on State Route Highway 36, near Bridgeville at a turnout, and transported the victim to the hospital. The victim is a 24 year old white male who resides in Hydesville. When deputies met with the victim he told deputies he could not remember much. He said he had hitchhiked out to the Bridgeville area from Hydesville, on 12-6-2012 during the day. He had three different people pick him up and provide him rides.  The victim has provided little information so far to investigators. The victim is being treated for a non-life threatening injury. The case is still under investigation.
        
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.

According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Dec. 4, 2012:
On 11-28-2012, approximately 5:00 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a missing person identified as Bryan Balcom. Deputies responded to the Balcom’s home in the 6800 block of Rohnerville Road, Hydesville and met with a female relative. The relative told the deputies she left town on 11-20-2012, and when she returned on 11-28-2012 Balcom was gone. She had no idea where he went. Deputies interviewed neighbors who told them they had not seen Balcom since 11-20-2012. Deputies located Balcom’s car keys and driver’s license in his residence. His vehicles were also at his residence. Balcom has medical issues. 

Balcom is described as: 51 years old, 5’8” tall, 180 lbs, green eyes, brown long hair. Last seen wearing tan shorts and a pink shirt.

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

According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Dec., 3, 2012:

On 12-3-2012, approximately 7:00 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an armed robbery which just occurred at the 76 Gas Station, 1980 Central Avenue, McKinleyville. When deputies arrived they met with the male employee. The victim told deputies he was alone in the gas station when two males entered via an unlocked rear door. The males were wearing black masks and gloves. One of the males had a dark colored handgun which he pointed at the victim and immediately ordered him to give them all the money from the safe. After the victim gave the suspects the money, he was ordered to lie on the floor. The employee was not injured during the robbery.

    The suspects are described as follows:

  • Suspect #1 – White male adult, 6’1 to 6’2”tall, thin build, black hoodie sweatshirt, black mask, black gloves, armed with dark colored handgun
  • Suspect#2-   male, thin build,  5’ 8” to 5’ 10” tall wearing a grey or white hoodie, dark mask.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff's 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.

    Update audio added-use the player below.

According to information received by KMUD News from Pacific Gas and Electric, dated Dec. 3, 2012:

PG&E crews worked through the night last night and made good progress restoring power to most of the PG&E service area. Today’s focus will be on moving crews to the harder hit areas where restoration efforts have been impacted by access issues. The goal is to have the vast majority of our customers restored today, but there will likely be some customers without power until tomorrow morning.

Listed below are the number of customers currently out of service as of 10:20 a.m., Dec. 3, 2012

City

Total Customers

ALBION

6

CLEARLAKE OAKS

1

ELK

62

FERNDALE

1

FORT BRAGG

209

GARBERVILLE

8

LAYTONVILLE

11

LEGGETT

5

LITTLE RIVER

1

LOLETA

8

MENDOCINO

13

MIDDLETOWN

10

MYERS FLAT

1

PHILO

35

PIERCY

7

REDWOOD VALLEY

1

ROCKPORT

1

WESTPORT

56

WHITETHORN

10

WILLITS

22

YORKVILLE

1

Total

469

 

Additiionally, information from a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Dec. 2, 2012 indicated that the following roads have been affected by the recent storms:

Closed Due to Flooding:
Port Kenyon Road, between Market Street and California Street
Meridian Road, between Port Kenyon Road and Centerville Road
California Street, between Port Kenyon Road and Van Ness Avenue
Kimtu Road at Camp Kimtu
Glendale Drive, PM 2.00
Hookton Road at Eel River Drive
Howard Heights Road
Berta Road
Elk River Road, SE of Zane Road
Mad River Road, PM 3.2 (Tyee City)

Closed Due to Slide or Slip Out:
Blue Slide Road, PM 2.40
Shively Flat Road at School Rd

Flooded, Not Closed:
Dyerville Loop Road, PM 2.64, 4WD only
Crannell Road, 4WD only
Freshwater Road, several locations
Old Arcata Road @ Jacoby Creek
Old Arcata Road, between Redmond Road and Ole Hanson Road
Elk Creek Road, South of Pine Hill Rd
Zane Road

Other Restrictions:
Sprowel Creek Road near Leino, 1 lane
Mattole Road PM 11.00, 1 lane
Mattole Road PM 13.66, 1 lane
Mattole Road, PM 40.5, 1 lane
Mattole Road, PM 20.00, 1 lane
Alderpoint Road, approx PM 11.00, 1 lane
The boat at McCann will not be operating today due to large amount of debris in water.

 Use the player below to hear all about our recent storms in a story featuring multiple interviews, aired by KMUD News Coordinator, Terri, Klemetson, on the KMUD Local News Monday, Dec. 3, 2012.

The photos below shows the slide near Honeydew, resulting from the recent storm. The slide is located above the Mattole Road, at the top of Cartwright Rd. Seven families are working to gain temporary access around the slide. The photos were sent to KMUD News by Mariah Gregori and were taken looking over the edge from Cartwright Rd.

Additional storm-related sources:

Click here for KMUD News Facebook
Click here for Northern Hemisphere Satellite Animation.
Click here for views from the Caltrans traffic camera in Mendocino Co./Hwy. 101 at the north Confusion Hill Bridge, 7 miles south of the Humboldt Co. line.
Other Traffic Cameras in Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, and Mendocino counties. 
Click here for the National Weather Service web page.

Use the player below to listen to updated audio about this storm system, including  three interviews.

According to a Weather Statement issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Wed. Nov. 28, 2012:

The current weather system in Northern California has triggered a "High Wind Warning", in effect today (Thurs., Nov. 29, 2012) from 3 am to 8 pm., PST, and a "Flood Watch" effective through late tonight. This hazardous weather outlook is for northwest California.

The release goes on to warn that: "Large trees and large branches will be knocked down by this storm....and can be deadly when they fall onto cars or people. Avoid unnecessary travel and stay indoors, if possible.  If you must travel, slow down to provide more reaction time in case the road is blocked by a tree."

Click here for more info. on the Flood Warning.

According to information released by the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, sandbags will be available at the following locations:

The following Trinity County Yards from 9:00am-3:00pm: Trinity Center, 35 Airport Road; Hayfork, 180 Morgan Hill Road; Ruth, 17960 Mad River Road
In Weaverville, Weaverville Solid Waste Transfer Site located at 173 Tom Bell Road from 8:00am-4:00pm.
There will be a limit of 25 bags per household. Please bring your own shovel.
In case of an emergency after hours please call the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office at 530-623-2611.

Use the player below to hear more information about the current storm system including interviews with Bob Ruehl, the observing Program Leader with the National Weather Service in Eureka, John Buttons of the California Conservation Crew (CCC), and Humbold County Road Maintenance Supervisor Marty Messenger. This piece was aired by KMUD News Cordinator, Cynthia Elkins, on the KMUD Local News Thurs., Nov. 29, 2012.

 

 

According to a press release titled, "Message from Office of Emergency Services - Weather Shift",  from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, dated Nov. 27, 2012:

A major shift in the weather pattern will bring wet and windy weather to all of Northern and Central California beginning midweek and lasting through the weekend and into the beginning of next week. Heavy precipitation is expected across northern portions of the state with high rainfall rates first on Wednesday then again on Friday into Saturday. Urban and small stream flooding will be common, even extending into central California. Regarding main stem rivers, this event will be the largest of the season to date, and rapid rises on some rivers can be expected, but for the most part remain below levels of serious concern. Meanwhile mud and debris flows are possible especially near areas burned during recent wildfires.

The press release goes on to indicate that the flood control reservoirs seem to be in excellent shape and further states that: "This storm sequence should wet basins down pretty well, making subsequent events much more effective, and the long-range guidance suggests that the storm door is remaining open."

Additional Info:
Click here for Northern Hemisphere Satellite Animation.
Click here for views from the Caltrans traffic camera in Mendocino Co./Hwy. 101 at the north Confusion Hill Bridge, 7 miles south of the Humboldt Co. line.
Other Traffic Cameras in Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, and Mendocino counties. 
Click here for the National Weather Service web page.

  Use the player below to hear an audio update on this tragic incident.
U.S.Coast Guard photo above shows the area of Big Lagoon State Park- site of search for three people swept into the ocean.

According to a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard, dated Mon., Nov. 26, 2012:

The Coast Guard suspended its search for the 16-year-old who was swept out to sea from a beach near Big Lagoon State Park on Saturday (Nov. 24).  At 12:40 p.m. on Saturday, the Coast Guard received notification from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s department that three people had been swept into the ocean.  Group Air Station Humboldt Bay dispatched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescue crew and two 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crews from Station Humboldt Bay to search the area.

Upon arriving on scene, the Coast Guard was advised by the Sheriff's Department that two bodies had been recovered, and that a 16-year-old male was still missing. Crews searched the six-square mile area around the state park by air and sea until suspending at 6:45 p.m. due to heavy fog and darkness. "This unfortunate and tragic event is a reminder of the ruthlessness and unrelenting power of the ocean here along the northern California coast," said Lt. Bernie Garrigan, the Group Humboldt Bay public affairs officer. "With the holiday season upon us and more people out for walks along the beach, it is critically important to maintain situational awareness and stay away from the surf which can quickly build and catch people off guard."

See more on this story from the Times Standard.

Use the player below to hear updated information on this incident. This information was aired by KMUD News Coordinator, Cynthia Elkins, on the KMUD Local News, Thurs., Nov 29, 2012.

The U.S. Coast Guard image below shows the search patterns used in attempts to locate the missing 16-year-old male.

According to a press release from the California Highway Patrol, dated Nov. 21, 2012:

On November 21, 2012 a Garberville Area CHP Officer observed a green 2004 Jeep Laredo traveling southbound on US-101 at a high rate of speed through Richardson Grove, resulting in an enforcement stop north of the Mendocino County line.  The Jeep's driver was identified by his California Driver's License as Luis Alonso Nolasco (DOB: 12/21/1972) from Paramount, California. 

While speaking with Mr. Nolasco, the Officer recognized the strong odor of marijuana emitting from inside the Jeep.  Mr.Nolasco also related that there was marijuana inside the vehicle.  During a subsequent investigation, approximately 111 pounds of processed and packaged marijuana was located inside the Jeep.  The marijuana was processed and packaged in clear plastic bags, each weighing nearly a pound.  Mr. Nolasco was placed under arrest on suspicion of marijuana cultivation, possession and transportation for sales.  The Humboldt County Drug Task Force (HCDTF) responded to the scene and assisted Garberville Area CHP with this incident.

The photo below shows the confiscated packaged marijuana:

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