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Use the player below to play or download a discussion about Facebook and KMUD. Facebook information presented to the KMUD Website Committee by Julia Minton Nov. 20, 2012.

Recorded by Bob Froehlich.

According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Nov. 12, 2012:
On 11-20-2012, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office concluded a majority of the Death Investigation of Dorothy Evelyn Ulrich, 47 years old of Hoopa. Investigators determined that Ulrich was the victim of a Homicide, and suspect Jason Anthony Warren, 28 years old, a transient, is allegedly responsible for her Homicide.

Based upon their investigation, Sheriff’s Detectives believe Ulrich was killed during the early morning hours of September 27, 2012. A silver Kia Spectra was stolen from Hoopa shortly after Ulrich’s death. Subsequently, the Silver Kia Spectra was recovered by the Eureka Police Department in the City of Eureka on September 27th, 2012. The Sheriff’s Office has submitted its case to the Humboldt County District Attorneys Office today, along with a Declaration in Support of an Arrest Warrant, requesting charges of homicide and auto theft be filed against Warren.
Jason Warren is currently in custody at San Quentin State Prison on an unrelated charge.

  Photograph by Michael Nichols from National Geographic website

Hear an extended 20+ min. interview with Stephen Sillett below.

According to a press release from the Humboldt State University Media Relations Office:

 Stephen C. Sillett, the first Kenneth L. Fisher Chair in Redwood Forest Ecology at Humboldt State University, and his colleagues have confirmed the second-largest tree on earth, about 3,240 years old, above a trail junction in Sequoia National Park, according to the latest edition of National Geographic magazine.

High-altitude climbing research and painstaking measurements by Sillett and his colleagues show that the giant sequoia, named the President about 90 years ago, ranks number two among all big trees ever measured, National Geographic reports.Twenty-seven feet in diameter at the base, the President’s spire rises 247 feet and is estimated to house nearly two billion leaves. It stands some 7,000 feet above sea level in the southern Sierra Nevada. In addition to confirming the tree’s near-record size, state-of-the-art climbing technology and extreme precision have enabled the Sillett operations crew to pinpoint startling facts, among them: a big tree’s rate of growth can increase despite old age. That negates the long-held belief that wood production diminishes as trees grow old, the premise undergirding short-rotation forestry.
The Sillett crew’s breakthrough, high-altitude research—numerous and demanding human ascent operations, laborious raising of cameras, the taking of bore samples and sophisticated mathematical modeling—is a key component of the 10-year Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative, led by Humboldt State and UC Berkeley redwoods scientists under the auspices of the Save the Redwoods League, San Francisco. The objectives are to gather research on how redwoods can survive immense environmental alterations and to devise a long-term, comprehensive strategy for redwoods adaptation to protect and restore redwood forestlands.

The research is aimed at data-based approaches to protection against climate change. It will be based in part on a network of forest plots to be monitored for more than 100 years. The study includes whole-tree and whole-forest rates of annual wood production as far back as 1,000 years. Leading scientists Sillett and Robert Van Pelt of Humboldt State University and Todd Dawson and Anthony Ambrose of the UC Berkeley are probing the capacity of redwoods to mitigate the impact of climate changes through their own photosynthesis, fog interception, wood production and carbon sequestration. The team will attempt to reconstruct past climates to learn how redwoods responded historically to climate change and then assess how the trees are adapting currently. Greenhouse experiments will be used to analyze how redwood seedlings and saplings from different parts of forest ranges might react to climate change.

Related information: For a wonderful book depicting the beauty and complexity of the redwoods see: The Wild Trees by Richard Preston - available in the Humboldt County Library system both as a book and recorded book.

On the Tues., Nov. 20 edition of the KMUD Local News, KMUD News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson, aired an interview with researcher Stephen Sillett. Use the player below to hear the extended version of that interview.

Photo of Sillett in climbing gear

    According to a press release from the Humboldt County sheriff's Office, dated Nov. 19, 2012:

On 11-17-2012, at approximately 5:00 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen stating there was a bank owned property located at 340 Fox Hill Lane, Fortuna. The citizen told the Sheriff’s Dispatcher there are currently people wandering around on the property that did not seem to belong there and now a chain was strung up across the driveway.

When deputies arrived at the residence with the Fortuna Police Department, no one was around. However, there appeared to be an indoor marijuana grow in the residence. Deputies attempted contact with a bank representative, however were unable to locate anyone. Deputies sought and obtained a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant for the residence and located approximately 300 pounds of processed marijuana hanging and drying in the garage and in a shed in the back yard. Deputies determined the suspect(s) had forced entry into the locked building via a back door and then re-secured it. Deputies are currently following up leads into potential suspects in this 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 Nov. 19, 2012:
On 11-18-2012, approximately 2:30 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the victim of a robbery. The 39 year old male told the responding deputies he was at the 76 Gasoline Station on Murray Road, McKinleville ( near U.S. 101)  parked to the east of the store. He was standing by his white 2001 Chevy Tahoe when a black male adult came up and asked him for a cigarette. As the victim reached for a cigarette, the suspect drew a silver colored handgun from his front sweatshirt pocket. The victim believed the gun was a .38 caliber revolver. The suspect then ordered the victim to drive him to Clam Beach Vista Point, US 101, McKinleyville. When the victim parked the vehicle the suspect ordered the victim to give him all his cash. After the victim gave the suspect his cash, the suspect struck the victim in the head with the gun, knocking the victim unconscious.

The victim described the suspect as a black male adult, 5’9” tall, wearing a blue sweatshirt and black pants. Deputies checked the area and were unable to locate the suspect.
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 Eureka Police Department, sent Nov. 17, 2012:

On 11-16-12 at about 9:17 pm, officers of the Eureka Police Department responded to a residential burglary alarm on the 3400 Block of ‘O’ Street.  The first officer who arrived observed that there were signs of forced entry into the residence.  He also saw two subjects walking away from the residence.  The officer attempted to contact the subjects, but they immediately fled into Sequoia Park.

After other officers arrived on the scene, a perimeter was set up and EPD K9 "Vex" was utilized to locate the subjects.  After a fairly extensive track through the wooded park, one of the suspects, a 16 year old male, was located.  He was taken into custody without incident.  After he was detained, as officers were trying to place him in a patrol car, the suspect attempted to kick one of the officer’s.  The officer was able to gain control of the suspect, and he was placed into the patrol car.  The juvenile suspect was arrested for burglary, resisting arrest, public intoxication, and possession of concentrated cannabis.  He was transported and booked into Juvenile Hall. The other suspect wasn’t located and is still outstanding.

Based upon evidence located on scene, including video surveillance from the area, it appears the two juveniles had been in the neighborhood checking door handles on automobiles prior to breaking into the residence.

If anyone has further information regarding this case they are encouraged to contact Officer Leonard La France at (707) 441-4060.

EPD K9 "Vex" on alert

According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, dated Nov. 17, 2012:
On 11-16-2012 at about 10:36 am, an officer with the Eureka Police Department met with the victim of a vehicle theft. A report was taken regarding the victim’s Volkswagen Passat.

At about 3:17 pm, officers were dispatched to the Bayshore Mall for a reported theft that had just occurred. A male suspect had stolen property from Kohl’s and fled the scene in a Volkswagen Passat. The vehicle was last seen traveling southbound on Broadway.  As the vehicle fled, Security personnel were able to obtain its license plate number. A records check of the license plate revealed that it was the vehicle stolen earlier in the day. Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the vehicle. Officers reviewed security footage of the theft and were able to identify the suspect as Marcos Antonio Gamez (36 years old of Eureka).

At about 4:09 pm, officers of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) responded to a single car traffic collision on Singley Hill Road in Loleta. A vehicle had impacted a power pole and driven off the embankment. CHP officers arrived on scene to find the involved vehicle to be the stolen Volkswagen Passat. CHP officers also located Gamez at the scene and took him into custody. An officer of the Eureka Police Department responded to the scene and confirmed the identification of Gamez as the suspect in the security footage of the Kohl’s incident. Items taken from the theft at Kohl’s were also located in the Volkswagen Passat.  Gamez was soon booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of possession of stolen property, petty theft, vehicle theft, driving under the influence, driving while suspended, probation violation, and parole violation. Gamez is not eligible for bail due to his parole status.  

This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information regarding this matter is urged to contact Officer Aubuchon at 707-441-4060.

Marcos Antonio Gamez

Growing marijuana ranges from very light touch, that is from using no additives except natural fertilizers, to the extreme of heavily utilizing commercial fertilizers, growth stimulants and pesticides. As is true for any crop that is consumed, how the plant is grown may have health implications for users. The increased sophistication of the marijuana industry along with moves toward legalization, and thus regulation, has created new practices, including laboratories that test the quality and safety of the product.

On Thurs., Nov. 15, 2012 KMUD News coordinator, Terri Klemetson, aired an interview with Alec Dixon, Director of Sales and Outreach and cofounder of a cannabis testing lab called SC Laboratories - the lab that will test entries to this year's Emerald Cup held at the Mateel Community Center, Dec. 15.

Use the player below to hear the audio clip of this news piece.

Alec Dixon, Director of Sales and Outreach of SC Laboratories:

According to information received by KMUD News from Humboldt County County Roads Maintenance Supervisor Marty Messenger:

Road Crews will be working to get the local roads ready for holiday travel.

The following roads will be affected next week:

  • On Monday, November 19th, Redwood Drive will be closed between Renner and Evergreen Drive from 8 am – 4 pm.
  • On Tuesday, Nov. 20th, Redwood Drive will be closed between Redway and Dean Creek from 8 am – 4 pm.

The Roads Maintenance Division wishes to thank drivers, in advance, for their patience.

According to information sent to KMUD News from Yurok E-Alert, dated Nov. 15, 2012:

The search for Katherine “Kathy” Gillham, a missing Yurok tribal member and mother of two, is now entering its sixth month. Gillham was last seen in Crescent City on June 11, 2012.

Katherine “Kathy” Gillham went missing on June 11, 2012

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has made finding her a high priority and has assigned a detective to the case. The Yurok Tribe has assembled a search team to find her as well. Gillham’s family hired private investigators, Cook and Associates, to locate her and is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to her return. The close knit family has been trying to locate her from the moment it was clear something was awry. “She has two kids, William and Holly,” said her niece Cynthia Bones. “Her kids are always at the top of her priority list. This is completely outside the realm of normal for Kathy.”  Gillham, who always kept in close contact with her family and has been in a relationship with Frank Lara Jr. for more than 20 years, left Grants Pass, Oregon just before 2 a.m. on June 11.

Gillham was driving a charcoal gray 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor with the California license plate that reads 6UXE841. The investigation has so far turned up video footage of her, captured by security cameras at Elk Valley Casino around 3 a.m. on June 11, the last day she was seen, but not much else.

The Humboldt County Sheriff'’s Office considers Gillham a “high risk missing person” and her disappearance “suspicious” because of how out of character it is for her not to communicate her whereabouts to her family and the time of night she left Oregon. Gillham suffers from diabetes, and may require medical attention. Gillham has brown hair and brown eyes. She stands 5’4 and weighs nearly 200 pounds. A past knee surgery left her with a distinct limp. In the Elk Valley footage she was wearing black jeans, brown t-shirt with a deer on it and had a think chain necklace around her neck.

Anyone with information can call Humboldt County Detective Cheryl Franco at 707-268-3644 or Detective Rich Schlesiger at 707-268-3642 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.  Anonymous information may be left on the Crime Tip line.
Information can also be sent to Cook & Associates at (707)839-7422.

Click here for previous post about Kathy Gillham.

Shown below is the exact make, model and color or Gillham’s SUV.

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