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Safety and Public Awareness

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

DFG debuts new MPA Mobile Website

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According to information received by KMUD News:
The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is excited to announce its new Marine Protected Area (MPA) mobile website. Now anglers, divers and other ocean users can look up current information about restricted areas and boundaries from smartphones and other portable Internet-enabled devices. This tool will be invaluable to marine enthusiasts of all kinds while they are on Californias ocean waters or shores. 
 
Located at www.dfg.ca.gov/m/MPA, the MPA mobile website allows the public to:
  • Search for any current MPA by name, county or general area to find information about the MPA's boundaries and regulations (the site will be updated as new MPAs go into effect, with no effect on the end user).
  • Use an interactive map to locate any MPA and learn about its boundaries and regulations.
  • Find and track the user's current location using the GPS on a mobile device, locate the closest MPA(s) and determine whether or not the user is currently located within an MPA.
  • Read a summary of regulations or complete regulations for any MPA.
Though some offshore areas may have spotty cell phone coverage, the website is expected to be extremely useful to anglers, boaters and others who plan to use or pass through MPA waters. Users can access the information from personal computers on land, as well as by smartphones, tablets and other portable Internet-enabled devices. MPAs provide higher levels of protection to a variety of important California marine ecosystems. Recreational and commercial activity may be limited in these waters, including some areas that are designated as "no take," where no fishing or collecting of any kind is allowed.  California's MPAs were created pursuant to the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA), which was designed to better conserve marine resources for their long-term sustainability while also enhancing outdoor recreation and ocean research opportunities along the coast.
According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, dated 10/10/11:
On October 7, 2011 at about 12:58 pm, officers of the Eureka Police Department responded to a suspicious circumstance/vehicle call near the 3300 block of Glen Street in Eureka. Upon arrival, Officers were advised by the reporting party that the vehicle belonged to a friend that had not been heard from for a several days. Detectives were then called to the scene. Upon inspection of the vehicle, the interior was found to be cluttered with clothing items, which made visibility into the interior difficult. Entry was soon made into the vehicle and the registered owner was found deceased within. The body showed signs of trauma and was released to the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office. The vehicle was secured as evidence by the Eureka Police Department. The deceased was identified as Reginald Alan Clark (53 years old of Eureka). 
 
Over the next several hours, Detectives canvassed the area and conducted numerous interviews. Search warrants were also authored and served.  On Oct. 8, Detectives received information leading them to believe that two subjects, who were in custody in Yuba County Jail, may be connected with the death of Clark.  The subjects were identified as David Joseph Pedersen (age 31) and Holly Ann Grigsby (age 24), both of Everett, Washington. Pedersen and Grigsby had been arrested together on October 5, 2011 by Yuba/Sutter area California Highway Patrol officers. Pedersen and Grigsby are suspects in an Everett, Washington murder investigation and are also suspects in the death of a Lafayette, Oregon teen. Eureka Police Department Detectives drove to Yuba County Jail and interviewed Pedersen and Grigsby. 
 
On Oct. 9, 2011, an autopsy was conducted on Clark at the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office. The cause of death was determined to be a gunshot wound to the head. Based on the investigation, the evidence obtained, and the results of the autopsy, the Eureka Police Department will be forwarding a report to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office requesting warrants be issued for Pedersen and Grigsby for Murder. The Eureka Police Department is working in conjunction with the Oregon State Police, the Everett Washington Police Department, and the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department in this investigation.  
 
Anyone with information concerning this investigation is urged to contact Detective Sergeant Patrick O’Neill of the Eureka Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Section at 707-268-5261. 
 
For Information regarding the Washington investigation contact:
Sergeant Robert Goetz
Everett, Washington Police Department
Public Information Officer
Office: (425) 257-8404
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For Information regarding the Oregon investigation contact:
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Oregon State Police
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247
Pager: (503) 323-3195
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The photo below is a recent photograph of the deceased, Reginald Alan Clark (53 years old of Eureka):
 

According to information received by KMUD News from the Humdoldt County Planning Department:

Community Mapping meetings for the General Plan Update are being held countywide in October and November with an all day Planning Commission meeting being held on Saturday, November 5th in the County Courthouse Board Chambers.
 
 
According to information received by KMUD News:
Californians who visit the state’s wildlife areas and ecological reserves are reminded that day-use and annual passes are no longer sold at on-site checkpoints. As of Monday, Oct. 3, visitors to these areas must make an advance purchase of a $4.32 daily lands pass or a $22.68 annual lands pass, either online at www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing or at one of the California Department of Fish and Game’s 1,500 license agents or license sales offices.
 
The areas that require day-use or annual passes for non-hunting visitors include Gray Lodge, Grizzly Island, Los Banos, San Jacinto and Imperial Wildlife Areas, and Elkhorn Slough and Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserves. After providing proof of a pre-paid pass, visitors will be issued a daily entry permit at these areas. The only exception is the Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve, which will continue to sell daily and annual passes at its Visitors Center.
 
Visitors who have a valid California hunting or fishing license may obtain an entry permit by presenting their license at the area, and are not required to purchase a pre-paid daily or annual pass. However, hunters are reminded that license sales at the checkpoints have also been discontinued, and all licenses and stamps must be purchased ahead of time (also online or from an agent or sales office).

 

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