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According to a press release from the Public Information Office of the U.C. Center for Forestry:

A wave of new Sudden Oak Death (SOD)-related oak and tanoak mortality has been confirmed this year throughout California’s infested forests, according to the 2012 USDA Forest Service annual aerial survey. This year, the survey mapped 376,000 dead oak and tanoak over 54,000 acres in California’s SOD-impacted areas, compared to 38,000 trees across 8,000 acres mapped in the same area last year.


Photo from the California Oak Mortality Task Force Website at: http://www.suddenoakdeath.org/

“This increase in infection really was predicted two, and especially one, year ago when we had heavier rains and mild springs,” said Matteo Garbelotto, Adjunct Professor with UC Berkeley.  At that time, SOD Blitz surveys conducted by citizen scientists in participating communities were finding increases in symptomatic California bay laurel leaves (the primary host for disease spread and often the precursor to oak and tanoak infection), confirming that Phytophthora ramorum (the pathogen known to cause SOD) was spiking in activity in conjunction with optimal weather conditions.  SOD Blitzes, combined with the aerial surveys, validate our theory that SOD outbreaks are driven by wetter than average conditions and are initiated by bay laurel infection.  Bay laurel infections cannot be detected by aerial surveys, but require an on-ground survey like the SOD Blitzes, which now are proven to provide an early  warning (1 year, maybe more) for oak mortality outbreaks.  Early detection is crucial to pathogen containment and possibly local eradication attempts.”

Most of the key results of the 2012 SOD Blitzes concern the establishment of the pathogen in urban or residential areas.  Burlingame Hills, a residential area in the North Peninsula, had a staggering 48 percent of positive samples.  The west side of the East Bay revealed high levels of bay infection comparable to those normally observed at the onset of oak mortality outbreaks, indicating the disease in these urban areas has rapidly transitioned from arrival (reported in 2011) to an epidemic phase.  This year, P. ramorum levels are high enough that oak and tanoak infection in the SOD Blitz-sampled residential areas of Pinole, East Richmond, Kensington, North Berkeley, Claremont, and Piedmont is extremely likely, making preventive disease management options urgently needed to protect oaks and tanoaks both in private and public spaces.  SOD Blitz results from the east side of the East Bay confirmed that the pathogen is well established in Moraga and approaching Lafayette.  “All of the above are very significant infestations,” commented Garbelotto.  “Whenever you are dealing with populated areas, concerns over failing trees potentially harming people or property, as well as the loss of property value and aesthetics, can be very challenging.”

Additional urban outbreaks were detected in Santa Cruz, Carmel Valley Village, and most notably, in Golden Gate Park, where three trees were found to have SOD in a southwestern sector of the park.  Golden Gate Park was the site of another SOD finding several years ago, but in a completely different section several miles away.  Park managers and researchers are intensifying the survey in the area and deciding what steps can be taken to stop its spread in the park.

An unexpected, but encouraging SOD Blitz result, was the absence of positives in the Atherton area, where an outbreak had been detected during the 2010 and 2011 SOD Blitzes, and where local residents have attempted to eradicate what appears to be a discrete urban infestation located a significant distance from any other wildland infestations.  “Early detection and community involvement makes all the difference in success.  The pathogen was detected early thanks to a local SOD Blitz, allowing the community to respond with swift decisiveness.  The apparent absence of the pathogen in 2012 may suggest that the eradication effort has been successful, but such success can be confirmed only by continuing the monitoring efforts which, in turn, may provide early detection of future new infestations as well,” said Garbelotto.

A total of over 10.000 trees were surveyed in 19 SOD Blitzes organized throughout Northern California in the spring of 2012 and engaged over 500 volunteers.  The community-based outreach program is coordinated by local organizers in cooperation with UC Berkeley, and endorsed by the US Forest Service, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.  Participants are trained to identify SOD symptoms on California bay laurel and tanoak leaves and to properly collect samples and record their locations during the 2-day surveys.  Within 48 hours of collection, samples are processed by the Garbelotto lab to determine the presence or absence of P. ramorum, and results are published on a map early in October.

The maps are used to determine local risk of infection for oaks and tanoaks in affected California counties and also provide the backbone of SODMAP, a comprehensive distribution map of the disease in California.  Current P. ramorum distribution maps for San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Monterey, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, and Napa Counties are now available at www.sodmap.org, and can be used by community members to see how close SOD may be to any given property.  It is highly recommended that oaks and tanoaks within a half mile from confirmed outbreaks be treated to prevent infection.

Community members living in areas known to be infested are encouraged to attend one of the many free sessions organized by UC Berkeley in various SOD-impacted locations throughout October and November.  Sessions will show attendees how to correctly use the distribution maps, determine risk of infection for their oaks and tanoaks, and learn science-based recommendations to help prevent and manage SOD.

SOD is a serious exotic disease that is killing tanoak and oak species in California.  Currently it is found in the wildlands of 14 coastal California counties, from Monterey to Humboldt.

For more information on downloading maps as well as upcoming management training sessions and dates, go to: www.sodblitz.org.  For more information on Sudden Oak Death and P. ramorum, go to the California Oak Mortality Task Force website at www.suddenoakdeath.org or contact Katie Palmieri at (510) 847-5482 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

According to a press release from the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, dated Oct. 15, 2012:

On October 12, 2012 at approximately 6:30 pm Trinity County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call requesting medical aid for a gunshot victim on Sebring Road in Hayfork. When Deputies arrived on scene they found victim Weston Atwood, DOB: 6-28-80, still alive shot in the upper torso. Mr. Atwood was able to identify his shooter to Deputies before being transported via ambulance. Mr. Atwood died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Deputies and Investigators were able to locate suspect Delbert Hulseman Jr. at his residence on Gravel Mix Road in Hayfork. Hulseman was arrested and transported to the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office where he was interviewed and made some admissions as to his involvement. A search warrant was executed at Hulseman’s residence where a hand gun was recovered.

Jacob Oropeza was also arrested at the residence on Gravel Mix Road on Friday night. Oropeza was later questioned by Investigators as to his involvement. After further investigation it appears that Oropeza was not involved in the shooting. Delbert Lee Hulseman Jr. was arrested and has been booked on 187 PC, Murder. He currently is in the Trinity County Jail. Jacob Daniel Oropeza was arrested and was booked on 32 PC, Accessory. Oropeza has been released from the Trinity County Jail.

The photo below shows suspect, Delbert Hulseman Jr.

  According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Oct. 12, 2012:
On 10-11-2012, approximately 9:30 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office assisted by the Eureka Police Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Humboldt County Drug Task Force served a Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant in the 2000 block of Sunset Ridge Road, Blocksburg. Upon serving the search warrant, deputies located and detained 17 suspects. As deputies arrived and announced their presence one of the suspects, identified as Johines Ibonnet, attempted to jump out the back window of the residence and broke his ankle. He was transported to a local hospital and treated for his injury prior to being booked into jail.

Upon searching the 45 acre parcel deputies found a very large sophisticated marijuana growing and processing operation. The operation consisted of marijuana plants being grown in two large greenhouses estimated to be between 60 feet by 100 feet, along with marijuana plants being grown out in the open and inside the residence. The residence and greenhouses were powered by two commercial sized 25 KW generators. The growing marijuana plants ranged in size from 6 feet to 8 feet tall and were budding. Deputies estimated the growing plants to have at least one to two pounds of marijuana bud being produced on each plant. There were a total of 718 growing marijuana plants located and seized on the property. Inside a large drying shed, estimated to be approximately 60 feet by 40 feet, deputies located and seized approximately 900 lbs of drying marijuana bud. Inside the residence deputies located two commercial marijuana trimming machines being used to trim the dried marijuana bud from the plants. Deputies also located approximately 132 pounds of dried marijuana bud along with numerous drying racks and 261 sealed bags of marijuana bud ready to sell, estimated to weigh approximately one pound or more each, along with packaging material,  scales, a Norinco AK-47 assault rifle with several loaded high capacity magazines, a money counter and approximately $9,500.00 cash.
    
A total of approximately 1293 pounds of dried marijuana bud was located. Dried marijuana bud is being sold for approximately $2,000 a pound. The estimated value of the dried marijuana bud seized is $2,586,000.00 whole sale. If the live marijuana plants had been harvested they would had yielded conservatively an additional 718 pounds of dried marijuana bud estimated to be $1,436,000.00 wholesale.  The value of the marijuana seized is estimated to be at least $4 million dollars in just marijuana bud, not including the leaves. Several of the suspects admitted to investigating officers they were hired to work at the marijuana grow as laborers.

The following is a list of those arrested at the scene and booked in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of Cultivation and Possession for sale of Marijuana, and Conspiracy to Commit a Felony:

  • Elber Dejesus Ivonnet, male 53 years old from North Bergen, NJ -Bailed
  • Geyler  Melo-Pueyol, male  22 years old from Miami, Florida - In Custody $75,000.00 bail
  • Richardo Mateos-Perez, male 22 years old, from Homestead, Florida - In Custody $75,000.00 bail
  • Fernando Olvera, male 39 years old, from Santa Rosa, California - Bailed
  • Luis Manuel Sosa-Vega, male 47 years old, from Santiago, Cuba - In Custody $75,000.00 bail
  • Jose Pulido, male 42 years old, from Los Reva, Mexico - In Custody $75,000.00 bail, ICE Hold
  • Hildegarde Safont Arias, male 42 years old, from Hialeah, Florida - In Custody $75,000.00 bail
  • Disney Bolanos-Chacon, male  41 years old, from Charlotte, N. C. - In Custody $75,000.00 bail
  • Jonines Ibonnet, male 42 years, from Oakland, California - Bailed
  • Terrence Henderson, male, 43 years old, from Eureka, California - In Custody $75,000.00 bail
  • Pauline Ionie Barnes, female, 44 years old, from Green Island, Jamica - Released on O.R.
  • Arlettis Rodriguez-Alverez, female, 22 years old, from Hileah, Florida - Released on O.R.
  • Dayana Isabel Padron, female, 19 years old, from Blocksburg, California - Released on O.R.
  • Elizabeth Enamorado De Padron, female, 40 years from Santiago, Cuba - Released on O.R.
  • Hyacinth Hypatiae English, female, 48 years old, from Bridgeville, California - Released on O.R.
  • Idalmis Leyva Ivonnet, female, 62 years old, from Charlotte, N.C. - Released on O.R.


Michael Lewis Iverson Jr., 35 years old from Eureka, California was also arrested at the marijuana growing site, however he was only arrested on an outstanding probation violation warrant with a bail of $30,000.00. 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.

Use the player below to hear KMUD newscaster, Dave Brooksher, interviewing Lt. Steve Knight from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. This audio was aired as part of the KMUD Local News for Friday, Oct 12, 2012.


Images from the grow operation shown below:

  

   

 

Candidates - Election; Nov.6, 2012 -  This resource page is a work-in-progress - check back often for new information.

The information below is based on the Garberville/Redway Sample Ballot (all candidates listed in order as they appear on the Ballot).

Notice: To ensure all voters can get to the polls on November 6, California law provides employees up to two hours off to vote if they do not have enough time to do so during non-work hours.  Polling places will be open between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Click here for more information on this law.

The list of President/Vice President Candidates is as follows:

Candidates for U.S. Senate:

U.S. Congressional Representative-2nd District Race:

Candidates for State Assembly - District 2

  • WESLEY CHESBRO-Member of the Assembly (Democratic)
  • TOM LYNCH Father-Small Businessman Member of the Assembly (Democratic)

Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District, Governing Board Member (4 year term) - Vote for no more than TWO

  • DAVID ORDONEZ-Retired Firefighter - Use the player below to hear News Coordinator, Cynthia Elkins interview Candidate David Ordonez. This interview was aired on KMUD News on Oct. 8, 2012 by KMUD News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson.
  • CORINNE STROMSTAD-Appointed Incumbent - Use the player below to hear News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson, interview Candidate Corrinne Stromstad. This interview aired on KMUD News on Oct. 15, 2012 and begins with Stromstad explaining why she originally got involved with the Healthcare District almost 14 years ago.

  • KAREN RUTH-Retired Geneticist - Use the player below to hear News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson, interview Candidate Karen Ruth. This interview aired on the KMUD Local News on Oct. 24, 2012
  • BETH BENNETT-ALLEN-Patient Advocate-Use the player below to hear News Coordinator, Cynthia Elkins interview Candidate Beth Bennett-Allen.This interview was aired on KMUD News on Oct. 10, 2012 by KMUD Newscaster, Dave Brooksher.

 

Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District, Governing Board Member (2 year term) - Vote for ONE

  • CLIFTON ANDERSON-Appointed Incumbent

 

  • JUDITH A. GONZALES-Retired Business Owner - Use the player below to hear News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson, interview Candidate Judith (Judi) Gonzales. This interview aired on the KMUD Local News on Oct. 25, 2012.

 

 

In the three seat race for Humboldt County Board of Supervisors the final results of total vote in the June 5, 2012 election were as follows:

District #1:Rex Bohn won easily with 67%, while Cheryl Seidner trailed with 29 percent, and Annette De Modenafinished with 7%.
District #2:Estelle Fennel won with 53% of the vote to incumbant Clif Clendenen's 47%
District #3:Incumbant Mark Lovelace claimed victory with 67% of the final vote to Karen Brooks' 32%.
The three victorious candidates in the Supervisor's election all won outright, avoiding runoff elections in November. Rex Bohn was seated prematurally when Jimmy Smith resigned early because of illness (click here to see that story). Estelle Fennel will be seated in January and Mark Lovelace will be re-seated to serve another 4-year term.

Click on the links below for Additional Resources:

   According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Oct. 10, 2012:
On 10-09-2012 at about 11:15 am, the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, assisted by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, served a search warrant at a residence located in the 1100 block of Searles Street, Eureka. When Agents searched the apartment they located approximately 6 pounds of processed marijuana and a useable amount of heroin. During the investigation Agents detained one subject, identified as Patric Jerome Cuspard age 41, who had driven to the apartment in a Mercedes - a rental car from the Bay area. An Agent then wrote a search warrant for that vehicle which was parked on the street in front of the apartment.

When Agents obtained the search warrant for the vehicle they located an approximately one gallon size, sealed, new metal can in the trunk of the vehicle. Agents used a can opener to open the can. Agents then discovered a half pound of crystal methamphetamine and an ounce of black tar heroin. Cuspard was arrested for methamphetamine and heroin for sales and transportation and was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional. His bail was set at $100,000 dollars.

This case is still under investigation by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force.

The photo below shows suspect Patric Jerome Cuspard

According to a Eureka Police Department Press Release, dated Oct.9, 2012:
On 10/08/12, at about 1:10 PM, investigators with the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing (POP) and Criminal Investigative Services (CIS) Units served a search warrant on a suspected marijuana grow house on the 2700 block of ‘O’ Street, Eureka.  The warrant was in response to citizen complaints about suspected illegal activity there including commercial marijuana cultivation.  Investigators detained two adult Laotian males and two adult females inside the residence.  Two small children were also present in the home.  

During a search of the property, investigators uncovered evidence of a recently harvested for-profit indoor marijuana cultivation operation inside a detached two-car garage.  Approximately 24 1/2 pounds of dried, untrimmed marijuana was located inside the garage.  Another approximately 3 ½ pounds of drying marijuana was found inside the main residence along with 8 pounds of processed marijuana packaged for sale in multiple bags.  In all, a total of approximately 36 ½ pounds of marijuana was seized.

Investigators also located 12 firearms in the residence including 8 assault-style rifles (including AR-15 type .223/5.56mm and .22 LR calibers) and 4 handguns. Two of the handguns were loaded.  Ammunition and numerous detachable magazines for the weapons were found including 3 illegal high-capacity pistol magazines.  A Military issue “Interceptor” body armor vest with ceramic hard armor plates was located with the firearms. Additionally, one of the loaded pistols, Glock 22 (.40 caliber), was found under a mattress in one of the bedrooms that was shared by a child.  $7,980.00 cash was found in the pockets of the two male residents.  The cash was seized as suspected marijuana sales proceeds.  

Officials with the City of Eureka’s Building Department responded to assess safety and code enforcement concerns associated with the indoor marijuana grow.  (The grow was determined to be well-outside the provisions of the City’s Medical Cannabis Ordinance). Due to electrical/fire hazards (unpermitted/unsafe wiring) that were identified, a PG&E worker was dispatched to cut power to the property.   The POP Unit will also be contacting the property owner and issuing a “Notice and Order” requiring the owner(s) to take corrective action to abate the problem.  

Resident Jeperson Mykham (age 24) was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for unlawful marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale, maintaining a place for purpose of selling a controlled substance, possession of an assault weapon, unlawful possession of a high capacity magazine, probation violation, and child endangerment.  At the time of his arrest, Mykhma was on probation for carrying a concealed firearm.  

Resident Somchanh Khousinnavong (age 22) was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for unlawful marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of an assault weapon, unlawful possession of a high capacity magazine, and child endangerment.  

This investigation is still on-going.  Similar charges are anticipated to be filed by the District Attorney’s Office against the two adult female residents (who were detained and released at the scene to care for their children).

Anyone with information concerning suspected drug activity occurring in the City of Eureka is encouraged to call the Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (707) 441-4373 or the Humboldt County Drug Task Force at (707) 444-8095.  Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding criminal activity, including drug activity, is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line 707-268-2539.

For more information on this incident use the player below to hear an interview with Eureka Police Sgt. Steve Watson aired on KMUD Local News on Tues., Oct. 9, 2012 by News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson.

      

The photo below shows suspect Jeperson Mykham to the left and Somchanh Khousinnavong on the right.

   

   According to a press release from Office of Secretary of State, dated Oct. 8, 2012:
While Election Day is still weeks away, October 8 marks the start of “election month,” when county elections officials prepare to mail November 6 General Election ballots to the millions of Californians who opt for the convenience of voting by mail.
 
“With the ever-increasing popularity of voting by mail, Election Day has really become election month,” said Secretary of State Debra Bowen, the state’s chief elections officer. “Voting by mail lets you vote when you decide it’s convenient because you can mark your ballot and mail it now, or mark it as you make up your mind on issues and candidates. Whatever you do, make sure your county elections official receives your ballot by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day so it will be counted.”
 
Any California voter may vote by mail. The last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot is October 30. A registered voter may request a ballot by using the application printed on the back of the sample ballot booklet mailed by the county elections office, or obtain an application online at: www.sos.ca.gov/elections/vote-by-mail/pdf/fill-in-vote-by-mail-app-instruct.pdf. Registered voters can also vote in person at their county elections office prior to November 6.
 
County elections officials will begin mailing vote-by-mail ballots as early as October 9 (post offices are closed today for a federal holiday). Ballots have already been mailed to military and overseas voters. Vote-by-mail voters can cast their November 6 ballots through the mail, drop them off at any polling place within the voter’s county, or vote in person at county elections offices.  Once county elections officials determine the signature on the vote-by-mail ballot return envelope matches the voter’s signature on his or her voter registration application, and the voter did not vote elsewhere in the same election, the ballot is counted. All valid vote-by-mail ballots are counted in every election, regardless of the outcome or closeness of any race.
 
Vote-by-mail ballots comprised 65 percent of ballots cast in the June 2012 primary – the most ever in a California statewide election.

"All Sides Now" is an opportunity to express your opinion on an issue that interests you. KMUD repects your freedom to speak your mind and trusts that you will do so in a way that respects your listeners. All Sides Now aires after the 6 pm Local Newscast and before the 8 am replay of the Local news.
 
To record your opinion for being aired on the All Sides Now segment on KMUD call: 707-932-5276 or you can write to: All Sides Now, c/o KMUD, PO Box 135, Redway CA 95560

Please limit yourself to two minutes.


According to the Registrar of Voters web page you can register on-line to vote in the General Election (Nov. 6, 2012), but you must submit your electronic form before midnight Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on October 22, 2012. The process is easy and has good instructions.

To register you must be a citizen of the U.S. and be at least 18 years old. You cannot be registered to vote in more than one place at a time or be currently incarcerated or on parole, or currently judged by a court to be mentally incompetent. To use the on-line registration above you must be a California state resident.  

To register online you will need your California driver license or identification card number, the last four digits of your social security number and your date of birth. If you do not have a California driver license or California identification card, you can still use this form to register to vote by completing the online interview by midnight PDT on October 22, 2012, and printing, signing, and mailing your form to the address on the mailing label.

Click here to go directly to the registration page or use the Registrar of Voters web page at:http://co.humboldt.ca.us/election and click on the link that says, "NEW!! Register to Vote Online."

If you don't remember if you're registered to vote or need to check what name you're registered under or what political party you're registered with, click here to use the Secretary of State website to check.

KMUD Election resources:

Click here for a Resource Page for Nov., 2012 California State Ballot Measures.

A hit and run accident on Alderpoint Road sent a vehicle over the bank and one victim to the hospital this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 morning.

Use the player below to hear more about the incident, beginning with an interview with
CHP Officer Matt Harvey who says it all happened so fast, the victims barely got a good description of the suspect’s vehicle. This story was aired by News Cordinator, Terri Klemetson, on the KMUD Local News Wed. Oct 3, 2012

The Highway Patrol requests anyone with information about this incident to call them at: 707- 923-2155.

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