Update: Thurs., Feb. 28, 2013- David Anthony Williams located.

According to a press release from the Arcata Police Department, dated Fri., February 28, 2013, David Anthony Williams, who was reported missing by a family member on February 21st, has been located after admitting himself to a local medical facility. For more information see the press release update below. The original post on this story can also be viewed below.

Updated press release:

On Tuesday, February 27, 2013 the Arcata Police Department was notified David Anthony Williams, age 53, had been located after admitting himself to a local medical facility. Williams was reported missing by a family member on February 21st.  

The Arcata Police Department would like to thank all those who assisted in the search for Mr. Williams.

See the original post below.


According to a press release from the Arcata Police Department, dated Fri., February 22, 2013: 

The Arcata Police Department is seeking assistance in locating David Anthony Williams, age 53. Williams and his wife were in town visiting family in Arcata on Thurs., Feb. 21 when he went for a walk at about 11:00am. Williams told family he was walking to the northtown area to get something to eat. He did not return. Williams was reported missing by a family member later that evening.  He has a history of mental health issues and is considered at risk.
Anyone who has seen Mr. Williams or has any information as to his whereabouts is asked to call the Arcata Police Department at (707)822-2428. 

Williams is described as a white male adult, 6'-2" tall, weighing 150 lbs with short brown hair and blue eyes.  He wears glasses.

David Williams


According to a press release from the Cailfornia Department of Fish and Wildlife, dated Feb., 21, 2013:
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is announcing several changes to recreational groundfish regulations that apply to state waters, zero to three miles from shore. The new recreational regulations were adopted by the Fish and Game Commission and will take effect on March 1, 2013. “Department staff worked closely with the public for more than four years to implement this change,” said Marci Yaremko, State/Federal Fisheries Program Manager. “Allowing retention of shelf rockfish inside the CCAs when the groundfish season is open will reduce discarding without impacting cowcod. It also simplifies regulations by allowing shelf rockfish take and retention both inside and outside the CCAs.” Additionally, anglers will now have the ability to retain shelf rockfish while fishing inside the Cowcod Conservation Areas (CCAs) in waters shallower than 20 fathoms. Take and possession of bronzespotted rockfish, canary rockfish, cowcod and yelloweye rockfish will remain prohibited statewide.

Other changes to regulations pertain to bocaccio rockfish and include:

  • An increase in the sub-bag limit to three fish within the 10-fish Rockfish, Cabezon, Greenling (RCG) complex bag limit.
  • Removal of the minimum size limit and fillet length limit.  

The open season dates and allowable fishing depths for the recreational Groundfish Management Areas are as follows:

  • Northern – open May 15 through Oct. 31, in 20 fathoms (120 feet) or less.
  • Mendocino - open May 15 through Labor Day, in 20 fathoms (120 feet) or less.
  • San Francisco - open June 1 through Dec. 31, in 30 fathoms (180 feet) or less.
  • Central- open May 1 through Dec. 31, in 40 fathoms (240 feet) or less.
  • Southern – open March 1 through Dec. 31, in 50 fathoms (300 feet) or less.

For more information about recreational groundfish regulations and to stay informed of inseason changes, please call the Recreational Groundfish Hotline at (831) 649-2801 or check the CDFW Marine Region website at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine.

Additional Resources:

According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Feb. 17, 2013:

On 02-17-2013, at approximately 1:00 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a citizen who reported three males were at a large party in the area of East Ferry Road, Ferndale and were assaulting several people. Sheriff’s Deputies, California Highway Patrol Officers and Ferndale Police responded to the scene. While deputies were enroute they were advised the three male suspects were attempting to leave the area in a dark colored KIA Rio. A Ferndale Police Officer spotted the SUV near Fernbridge and stopped it.  Deputies and CHP Officers joined the Ferndale Officer and detained the three males who were in the Kia. The officers saw the occupants had fresh injuries to them and showed signs of alcohol intoxication. The officers could also see open alcoholic containers in the vehicle. All three subjects identified as Douglas Wayne Flowers, 43 years old, from Fortuna and Curtis Flowers, 22 years old, from Fortuna and Christopher James Hanly, 23 years old from McKinleyville were detained. Douglas Flowers is the father of Curtis Flowers. Curtis was the driver of the KIA Rio. Medical was requested to respond to the scene and treat them for their injuries.

Deputies then contacted witness and the victims. They were told by the witness and victims that the Flowers and Hanly showed up at the party on the Ferndale River bar intoxicated. The suspects shouted “White Pride”, as they walked around through the crowd. They were asked to calm down by party attendees. Curtis Flowers started pushing people and challenging them to fight. An 18 year old female attempted to leave the party in a Toyota Pickup truck because of Curtis Flowers behavior. As she got into the truck Curtis Flowers walked up to the truck and swung the truck door open. In doing so the door struck another 18 year old female who was watching what was occurring and standing near the pickup truck. When the female who was struck by the door made a comment about being struck by the door to Curtis Flowers, he punched her in the face with a closed fist. When the injured female got back up Douglas Flowers then punched her in the face knocking her back to the ground. The female immediately fell to the ground a second time. Meantime the female who had been in the truck exited the truck to assist the assaulted and injured female and she was punched in the face, which knocked her to the ground and unconscious. A 16 year old male who was close by came to both females aid and was punched in the eye by Curtis Flowers. Then all three suspects Curtis Flowers, Douglas Flowers and Hanly began punching him in the face after knocking the 16 year old to the ground.

Deputies could see the sixteen year old's eye was swollen almost shut. One of the eighteen year old females received a broken jaw which required surgery at a local hospital. The other female refused medical attention.

Curtis Flowers was transported by ambulance to Redwood Memorial Hospital to be treated for a cut on his neck and was admitted, however he fled from the hospital on 2-17-2013 around 5:00 p.m. Fortuna Police checked the area for him and were unable to locate him. Curtis Flowers is on active State Parole for a conviction of Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Curtis is wanted for Assault Causing Great Bodily Injury, Driving under the Influence, Assault and Battery, and Violation Parole. A Be-on-The-Lookout was broadcast to local Law Enforcement.

Douglas Flowers and Hanly were both arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.  Douglas Flowers was booked for Assault Causing Great Bodily Injury and Public Intoxication. His bail was set at $50,000.00. Hanly was booked for Assault, Probation Violation and Public Intoxication and was released on his own recognizance.

The Sheriff’s Office will be increasing patrols in the Eel River area for the foreseeable future to help curtail parties and other criminal activity.     
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.

Wanted suspect, Curtis Flowers:

Update - Wed., Feb. 20, 2013:

According to an update from the California Correctional Center, James Robert Prinz who walked away from the High Rock Conservation Camp near Weott on Mon., Feb. 18, 2013, was apprehended, without incident, a day later in Fortuna. The press release update appears below.

Minimum security inmate James Robert Prinz, walked away from the High Rock Conservation Camp CC# 32 in Weott, California on February 18, 2013.  Inmate Prinz was apprehended in Fortuna, California by Fortuna Police Department at approximately 3:15 p.m. on February 19, 2013, without incident.  Special agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation transported Inmate Prinz to the California Correctional Center in Susanville, California. Inmate Prinz was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for Criminal Threat to Cause Great Bodily Injury, Resisting an Officer with Force and Violence and Battery on a Peace Officer from Placer County.  He was scheduled to be paroled in April 2013.  This matter will be referred to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
Of all offenders who have escaped from an adult institution, camp or community-based program since 1977, 99.1 percent have been apprehended.

The original post on this incident may be viewed below.


According to a press release from the California Correctional Center, dated Feb. 19, 2013:

A Minimum security inmate walked away from High Rock Conservation Camp which is located just outside Weott, California on February 18, 2013.

The walkaway, 43 year old James Robert Prinz, is described as a White male, 200 pounds, with blue eyes, short brown hair and medium complexion.  He stands approximately 6’2” tall with a medium build.  He was last seen wearing orange pants with “C.D.C. R. Prisoner” written on them.  

Prinz was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on April 21, 2011, from Placer County for Criminal Threat to Cause Great Bodily Injury, Resist Officer with Force and Violence and Battery on a Peace Officer. He was scheduled to be paroled in April 2013. He was last seen approximately 3:30 p.m. this afternoon.  Escape apprehension efforts are continuing.  Anyone seeing him should contact 9-1-1 or law enforcement authorities immediately.

Additional Contact Information:
Anyone having information about or knowledge of the location of James Robert Prinz should contact the California Correctional Center Watch Commander at (530) 257-2181 extension 4173.

James Robert Prinz, shown below:

KMUD News has been following the recent flurry of criticism surrounding Green Diamond Resource Company's logging practices, including their timber harvest plan for the Strawberry Rock area near Trinidad, California. Recently Green Diamond hosted a public meeting to discuss their current  plans, and KMUD covered the event.

Use the player below to hear more on this story, including a report from KMUD News Correspondent Eric Black. This audio includes coverage of the meeting held by Green Diamond on Wed., Feb. 13, at the Bayside Grange, updating the public on Green Diamond's current plans. This story was aired by KMUD News Cordinator, Christina Aanestad, on the KMUD Local News, Feb., 14, 2013.

Click here for a map showing the location of Strawberry Rock.

Dress like an animal dance like a beast.

KMUD presents the 3rd annual
Animal Costume Party

Friday, March 8th from 8 PM to 2 AM
at the Portuguese Hall in Arcata.
Tickets at: Couple Cups & People's Records
and inticketing.com
$15 presale/$20 at the door.

Caltrans manages two of the nation’s busiest passenger rail lines. In an effort to get input from the public on its proposed draft California State Rail Plan, Caltrans is hosting five public open houses and a statewide webinar this month. See the press release below dated Mon. Feb. 11, 2013.

The department will host five public open houses and a statewide webinar this month to solicit input on the draft California State Rail Plan (CSRP), which will lay out a vision for freight, passenger and high-speed rail in the state. The draft plan is available on the Internet (http://californiastaterailplan.com/) and comments can be submitted through March 11.

“Each year, nearly six million passengers ride the trains in California,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “It’s important that we find out what our citizens have to say about rail, because their input will help us build a truly connected California.”

Ridership on California trains is up 56 percent since 2002, and California has about 18 percent of all Amtrak riders. “The Authority looks forward in working with Caltrans and our local partners to implement a statewide rail modernization plan that invests in urban, commuter, intercity, and high-speed rail lines to meet the state’s 21st century transportation needs,” said Jeff Morales, CEO of California High-Speed Rail Authority.

To review the draft plan and comment, please attend any of five events listed below. If you can’t attend a meeting in person, you can participate in the online webinar.

  • Sacramento: February 12, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., California State Railroad Museum, Stanford Gallery
  • Oakland: February 14, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Elihu M. Harris State Office Building, Room 1
  • San Diego: February 19, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Caltrans District 11 San Diego Office Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
  • Los Angeles: February 20, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority Headquarters, One Gateway Plaza
  • Fresno: February 21, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Hugh M. Burns State Building, Assembly Room 1036
  • Webinar: February 26, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Online Webinar, event password: RailPlan1- Click here for web link.

The final plan (scheduled to be issued this summer) will fully integrate California’s future high-speed rail system with existing and proposed conventional rail systems. The plan will serve as a basis for federal and state investments for high-speed and intercity passenger rail in California and will also describe the existing conditions of the state’s rail systems and the economic and environmental benefits of improvements.

According to a press release from the Humbolt County Sheriff's Office, dated Feb., 7, 2013:

On 2-5-2013, approximately 6:00 p.m. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies and California State Parks Rangers drove to Cher-Ae Lane, Trinidad in an attempt to serve two felony arrest warrants. The arrest warrants were for David Mathew Silva, 41 years old. The warrants were issued by Humboldt County Superior Court and are for possession of a controlled substance and receiving stolen property.

When the deputies arrived at the residence, Silva was not home. They confirmed Silva resided at the residence and conducted a probation search. Silva is on formal and summary probation with a search clause. Upon searching the residence deputies located a double barreled sawed off shotgun, live shotgun ammunition, several chainsaws with the serial numbers removed, a stolen 1990 Jeep Wrangler and a stolen motorcycle.

On 2-6-2013, approximately 1:30 a.m. deputies were called back to the residence regarding an assault in progress. When deputies arrived at the residence they met with the 50 year old female victim. She told the deputies she was asleep in bed with her 3 year old when she was awakened by David Silva punching her in the face. While he was hitting her he was threatening to kill her and anyone else who called law enforcement on him. She received minor injuries but refused medical treatment. The child was not injured. Silva fled prior to the deputies’ arrival.

Arrest warrants are being sought through the Humboldt County District Attorneys Office for Silva for additional charges of possession of stolen property, felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, terrorist threats and assault.

David Mathew Silva is described as:  Native American Male, 41 years old, 6-0, 250 lbs, brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case, his whereabouts 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.

David Mathew Silva


Underwater sounds generated from U.S. Naval testing and training activities off the coasts of California and Hawaii, and on the high seas of the Pacific Ocean, may have negative consequences for marine mammals. The degree to which this acoustic impact is harmful is a subject of controversy involving the Navy, NOAA-Fisheries Service, and environmental groups.

Public comments on the issue will be accepted by NOAA Fisheries through March 11, 2013. Comments should be addressed to:
P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division
Office of Protected Resources
National Marine Fisheries Service
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring MD 20910-3225

Electronic comments can be sent via the Federal eRulemaking Portal:http://www.regulations.gov, using the identifier 0648-BC52.

Use the player below to hear more on this issue, including an interview with a representatives from NOAA Fisheries and The Center for Biological Diversity. This story was aired by KMUD News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson, on the Wed., Feb. 6, 2013 edition of the KMUD Local News.

Additional resources:

According to a recent press release from NOAA:
NOAA’s Fisheries Service is seeking comments for a proposed rule requiring the United States Navy to implement protective measures during training and testing activities off the coasts of California and Hawaii and on the high seas of the Pacific Ocean to reduce the chances of harming marine mammals.

The Navy has requested an authorization under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, because the mid-frequency sound generated by active sonar, the sound and pressure generated by detonating explosives, and other associated activities may affect the behavior of some marine mammals, cause a temporary loss of their hearing sensitivity or other injury.

NOAA’s Fisheries Service recently made a preliminary determination that these effects would have a negligible effect on the species or stocks involved.  Based on that preliminary determination, it does not necessarily expect the exercises to result in serious injury or death to marine mammals, and proposes that the Navy use mitigation measures to avoid injury or death.

However, exposure to sonar in certain circumstances has been associated with the stranding of some marine mammals, and some injury or death may occur despite the best efforts of the Navy. Therefore, the proposed authorization allows for a small number of incidental mortalities to marine mammals from sonar, as well as vessel strikes and explosions.

Under the authorization, the Navy would have to follow mitigation measures to minimize effects on marine mammals, including:

  • establishing marine mammal mitigation zones around each vessel using sonar;
  • using Navy observers to shut down sonar operations if marine mammals are seen within designated mitigation zones;
  • using mitigation zones to ensure that explosives are not detonated when animals are detected within a certain distance;
  • implementing a stranding response plan that includes a training shutdown provision in certain circumstances, and allows for the Navy to contribute in-kind services to NOAA’s Fisheries Service if the agency has to conduct a stranding response and investigation; and,
  • designating a Humpback Whale Cautionary Area to protect high concentrations of humpback whales around Hawaii during winter months.

These measures should minimize the potential for injury or death and significantly reduce the number of marine mammals exposed to levels of sound likely to cause temporary loss of hearing. Additionally, the proposed rule includes an adaptive management component that requires that the Navy and NOAA’s Fisheries Service meet yearly to discuss new science, Navy research and development, and Navy monitoring results to determine if modifications to mitigation or monitoring measures are appropriate.  

NOAA’s Fisheries Service and the Navy have worked to develop a robust monitoring plan to use independent, experienced vessel-based marine mammal observers (as well as Navy observers), and passive acoustic monitoring to help better understand how marine mammals respond to various levels of sound and to assess the effectiveness of mitigation  measures. Additionally, an Integrated Comprehensive Monitoring Plan being developed by the Navy (with input from NOAA’s Fisheries Service) will better prioritize monitoring goals and standardize data collection methods across all U.S. range complexes.  

NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Join us on Facebook, Twitter and our other social media channels at http://www.noaa.gov/socialmedia.

Late in January KMUD Community Journalist, Bob Froehlich, obtained permission from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) to accompany Fisheries Technician, Ryan Spencer, on a Coho Salmon survey in the lower part of Little Sprowel Creek. Spencer works for Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, an agency established by Congress in 1947 to help resource agencies and the fishing industry sustainably manage Pacific Ocean resources. This agency contracts with DFW to assist with their current South Fork Eel River Coho Population Estimate Project. Little Sprowel Creek is a tributary of Sprowel Creek which itself flows into the South Fork of the Eel River. The mouth of Little Sprowel Creek is located about four miles southwest of Garberville.

An edited version (7 min.) of the field interview was aired on KMUD Local News on February 5, 2013.

Use the player below to hear the extended (25 min.) interview.

Fisheries Technician, Ryan Spencer, along Little Sprowel Creek


Vortex of water flowing under log obstruction (left) and potential likely redd building area in Little Spowel Creek (right)






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