Summer season means an increase in tourist and transient populations in the Garberville/Redway areas and with it a corresponding increase in trash left behind. In an effort to help foster clean communities, Humboldt County resident Mike Miller has organized a Community Clean-up Day. Miller spearheaded a successful clean-up event last year in mid-June. This year's event is scheduled for this Saturday, July 21, beginning at 10 am. Anyone wishing to help is encouraged to meet at the first turnout on the left, as you are going north from Garberville on Redwood Drive. The spot will be marked by a 20-yard dumpster donated by Recology Humboldt County.
Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves but trash bags will be provided. If you can bring a pick-up truck to help haul bagged trash that would also be welcomed but is in no way required.
The clean-up event is sponsored by Humboldt County Public Works, the Garberville/Redway Public Restroom Working Group (GRPRWG) and Clean Community Crew.
There is no shortage of opinions in Humboldt County when it comes to proposed regulations for growing marijuana on small parcels ranging from residential lots to 5 acres. According to the California NORML website, a public hearing on an ordinance to restrict cannabis growing on parcels five acres or smaller in Humboldt County will take place this Thurs., June 19, 2014 at the Courthouse in Eureka beginning at 6 pm. At that time members of the public will have an opportunity to express their opinions on the issue to the Planning Commission. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. Links to relevant documents relating to the proposed ordinance are provided below.
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College of the Redwoods will host an open house at its Garberville Instructional Site, located at 286 Sprowl Creek Rd.Garberville, on Thursday, June 19 from 4-8 p.m, according to a press release from CR. The event will include a tour of the newly remodeled building, information about classes and trainings to be offered at the site and information about the process involved in teaching a community education class for CR. Additionally, from 6 to 8 p.m., an introductory English as a Second Language (ESL) class will be held at the site. The press release appears below. Click here for a map to the site.
Press Release from College of the Redwoods:
College of the Redwoods will host an open house at it Garberville Instructional Site on Thursday, June 19 from 4-8 p.m. The first two hours will give Southern Humboldt residents an opportunity to see the newly remodeled building, computer lab and classroom. Visitors will also be able to learn about community education classes, including English as a Second Language classes, and other trainings being offered. Community members will be able to connect with CR student services, financial aid and counseling staff.
There will be opportunities for those who want to teach a community education class for CR to learn how to apply. “It has been a long road to get here, but it is definitely gratifying to see the completion of the building renovation and the various opportunities being planned for this site,” said CR President Kathy Smith. “CR is pleased to be able to open this building to community activities and future CR classes.”
From 6 to 8 p.m., an introductory ESL class will be held at the site.
Garberville Site coming to life
In the last year new educational offerings and community partnerships have started at the CR Garberville Instructional Site. They include:
- An expanding number of non-credit and not-for-credit Community Education classes;
- The seventh-through 12th grade Garberville Community School is completing its first year back at the Garberville Site after at least three years in Benbow;
- The Artful Children organization recently signed a lease at the Garberville Site to offer art and music classes, as well provide a space to create art;
- Since the beginning of the year, CR has been leasing the theater portion of the Garberville Site to a non-profit organization called the Redwood Community Theatre.
Election Night Final Report Humboldt County June Primary for selected races and school bond measure N results as of 11:56 pm, June 3, 2014:
Candidate Total Votes Hum. Co. Percentage Statewide Percentage
Governor (top 3 vote getters shown) :
Brown 12864 58.89% 54.5%
Kashkari 3085 14.12% 19.0%
Donnelly 2203 10.08% 14.8%
Huffman 12167 59.19% 67.4%
Mensing 6140 29.87% 23.0%
Caffery 2206 10.73% 9.7%
District 4 Supervisor
Bass 2358 53.31%
Kerrigan 2055 46.46%
District 5 Supervisor
Sundberg 2782 61.09%
Latour 1761 38.67%
Fleming 13308 60.96%
Firpo 5633 25.80%
Dollison 1764 8.08%
Klein 1085 4.97%
Measure N Southern Humboldt Unified School District Bond Measure
Yes 637 51.62%
No 597 48.38%
For additional results click here for the Humboldt County Election Results website. Note, according to the Calif. Secretary of State website, the state's new open primary system allows the two candiates receiving the most votes in the primary election to appear on the ballot for the general election. However, according to the website, " California's new open primary system does not apply to candidates running for U.S. President, county central committee, or local offices."
So statewide, there will be a runoff in November between present Governor Jerry Brown and challenger Neel Kashkari, in the Governor's race, and between Jared Huffman and Dale Mensing for the Second District U.S. House of Representative seat. However, if the present results hold, Maggie Fleming has been elected as Humboldt County District Attorney and Ryan Sundberg and Virginia Bass will be returning as county supervisors. Although yes votes for measure N are presently at 51.6%, the measure must have 55 percent to pass - so this one could go either way at this point.
More information on California's Open Primary System:
Tune to KMUD this Tuesday, June 3, from 8 pm until midnight for a special KMUD Election Night Simulcast. The simulcast can also be viewed on Access Humboldt Cable Channel 7, or Channel 11, or by using the video player on the KMUD homepage. Political commentators will be interviewing candidates from northern California, live in the studio, as well as calling in from their candidate parties. And you'll hear election results LIVE as they roll in this Tuesday Night from 8 pm - midnight.
The County Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet for the June 3, 2014 election has been mailed to registered voters in Humboldt County. If you did not get your sample ballot, or need another copy, you can download polling place information and the sample ballot here.
On this past Memorial Day the Southern Humboldt Veteran's Association Honor Guard conducted memorial services at the Garberville Cemetery, the Briceland Cemetery and the Light House located in Shelter Cove. KMUD News received video and photos from the services, and those are posted on this page.
Honor Guard at Briceland Cemetery, calling out of family members names & gun firing salute.
Additional photos from Southern Humboldt Veteran's Honor Guard, Memorial Day, Briceland Cemetery.
A recent streak of "smash and grab" burglaries have the Eureka Police Department requesting help from the public to identify the suspect(s). The burglaries are targeting businesses, typically occur at night, and involve breaking glass to force entry. According to a EPD press release, “The suspect(s) appears to be a white or light-skinned Hispanic male in his 20’s with a medium to slender build. He typically wears dark clothing with a hat and/or hood and attempts to obscure his face from surveillance cameras." A wanted poster with suspect photos and the EPD press release appear below. Anyone with information concerning these crimes is asked to contact the Eureka Police Department at (707) 441-4060 (main office) or (707) 441-4044 (dispatch).
EPD Press Release, dated May 22, 2014:
The Eureka Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect(s) involved in a recent rash of “smash and grab” (glass break) commercial burglaries occurring in Eureka. Since January of this year, EPD has identified at least 29 burglaries to retail stores sharing a similar modus operandi in which 1-2 male suspects use objects (such as rocks, bricks, and miscellaneous tools) to force entry via glass break into closed, alarmed businesses. This is primarily occurring under the cover of darkness during the early morning hours.
The suspect(s) typically grabs selected merchandise and then quickly flees the scene on foot or bicycle. The suspect(s) appears to be a white or light-skinned Hispanic male in his 20’s with a medium to slender build. He typically wears dark clothing with a hat and/or hood and attempts to obscure his face from surveillance cameras. It is believed the same 1-2 individuals are responsible for the majority of these burglaries. Items taken have included clothing (such as shirts and designer jeans), tobacco, cash, electronics, jewelry, and tools. Most of these burglaries have occurred in the Henderson Center, Old Town, and Downtown (4th/5th Street corridor) business districts.
Anyone with information concerning these crimes is asked to contact the Eureka Police Department at (707) 441-4060 (main office) or (707) 441-4044 (dispatch).
In response to these burglaries, EPD has significantly increased foot and vehicle patrols in the affected areas. Numerous suspicious subjects have been contacted during these directed patrols and officers have made several arrests of individuals suspected of theft and drug related activity. However, these suspects have not been definitively connected to any of the smash and grab burglaries.
Retailers should consider implementing a number of “target-hardening” options to reduce their future burglary risks. These preventative actions include:
1) Upgrading external security. Adopting measures such as: strengthening locks and reinforcing doors and windows; installing physical barriers such as strengthened glass, shutters, metal grilles, or window/glass protection films in windows and glass doors; installing high definition, quality video cameras to monitor possible entry points (ideally, these cameras should record to a hard drive and provide good image quality in low light conditions); and installing security lighting at entry points 2) Installing audible, monitored burglar alarms. 3) Safeguarding cash and valuable stock. This includes: removing high-value goods from window displays; concealing goods; using safes or secure cages for the most valuable items in stockrooms; marking valuable goods such as computers with traceable, hard-to-remove identification numbers; banking cash each day; and leaving empty cash registers open at night (to prevent their being broken into). 4) Employing security guards after hours. 5) Utilizing environmental design modifications. This entails changing landscaping and design features to (1) discourage access to all but intended users, (2) allow intruders to be more easily spotted. Also, revise landscaping to remove the convenient “tools” burglars may use as a projectile through a window (such as large river rocks, bricks etc.). Retailers wishing to have an officer visit their store to assess security and burglary prevention options may contact EPD to set up an appointment.
As the June 3, 2014 election approaches, the four candidates running for Humboldt County District Attorney have made numerous appearances, including a Candidate Forum in Garberville on May 5. The 2-hour forum began at 7 pm and was hosted by the Civil Liberties Monitoring Project and broadcast live on KMUD. The photo provided by KMUD Technical Director Simon Frech shows the DA candidates from left to right: Maggie Fleming, Alan Dollison, Elan Firpo and Arnie Klein and, seated at the table to the left, is forum facilitator Ed Densen.The forum was attended by over 30 people. Full audio from the forum was provided by Simon Frech and may be heard using the players at the bottom of the page.
Additional candidate news appears on a previous KMUD News post "Race for Humboldt Co. D.A. heats up."
KMUD Correspondent Daniel Mintz aired a report on the event on the KMUD local news. Use the KMUD Soundcloud player below to hear that report.
Below is the full audio from the Candidate Forum, split into two parts. Part 1 starts with Facilitators Ed Densen and Jacob Schaffer.
The County Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet for the June 3, 2014 election has been mailed to registered voters in Humboldt County. If you did not get your sample ballot, or need another copy, you can download polling place information and the sample ballot here. May 19 is the last day to register for this election. Click here for on-line registration information.
To register online you will need:
- Your California driver license or California identification card number
- The last four digits of your social security number and Your date of birth.
In addition to voting for Governor and Lt. Governor, there are ten other State Offices on the ballot. Two statewide measures, the Southern Humboldt Unified School District Bond Measure and seven county offices are also on the ballot, including the Office of District Attorney which lists four candidates - click here for the KMUD News post on the District Attorney candidates. Note: CLMP will sponsor a DA candidate debate on Mon., May 5 at the Veterans Hall in Garberville. The doors will open at 6:30 pm and the debate will run from 7 until 9 pm. KMUD will air this debate.
Benjamin Jasper Carter (shown in the photo) is wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of Zackery Jacob Chapman, age 36, from Redway. Chapman's body was found Last Saturday, April 19, 2014, just off of Kimtu Road, Garberville. On Friday the 18th, after the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a possible homicide, Melinda Elaine Carter (shown in the photo below), age 41, the wife of suspect Benjamin Jasper Carter, was arrested in Redway for conspiracy and accessory to a homicide, auto theft and arson. According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, the homicide is believed to have occurred on a property off Conic Creek, Garberville, where a trailer on the property had been burned down, possibly in an attempt to conceal evidence. The HCSO press releases appear below.
Carter is described to as a white male, age 33, 6’3”, 180 lbs., brown hair, and blue eyes. Carter’s head may be shaved bald and he may have a goatee and mustache. Carter has multiple tattoos on his chest, back, arms, legs, and neck. Carter is associated with a black GMC truck, CA license 6R68046. The truck has a blue tailgate with an Oakland Raiders design and front end damage. Carter is believed to be armed and dangerous - if seen, do not approach the suspect and contact law enforcement.
If anyone has information on this homicide they are encouraged to call Investigator Cheryl Franco at 707-268-3644 or the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251.
HCSO press release, dated April 21, 2014:
On 04-18-2014 at about 10:30pm, Humboldt County Sheriff Office Detectives arrested Melinda Elaine Carter age 41 for conspiracy and accessory to a homicide, auto theft and arson. Melinda Carter was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility in Eureka where her bail was set at $750,000 dollars. Detectives located Melinda Carter in a motel room at the Brass Rail Motel in Redway where they had served a search warrant related to the homicide investigation. Melinda Carter is the wife of the suspect, Benjamin Jasper Carter age 33, who has not been arrested yet in connection of the homicide.
On 04-19-2014 at about 12:30pm, a citizen dialed 9-1-1 after locating a deceased male body just off Kimtu Road, Garberville. The body was in the water near the river bank. Sheriff’s Office Detectives, who were in the area immediately responded to the scene. Sheriff’s Offices Detectives assisted by the California Department of Justice processed the crime scene. The Humboldt County Coroner Office responded to the scene to take possession of the body.
The male victim was identified by the Coroner’s Office as Zackery Jacob Chapman age 36 from Redway. Chapman appears to have died from the result of a gunshot wound. An Autopsy is scheduled for later this week.
On 04-19-2014 the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office along with Humboldt County Arson Task Force and the California Department of Justice processed the homicide scene, which was located on a piece of property off Conic Creek, Garberville. A trailer on the property had been burned down after the homicide in an attempt to conceal evidence where the homicide occurred.
The Sheriff’s Office is advising the public if they see the suspect Benjamin Jasper Carter to immediately contact law enforcement and do not approach Carter, who is considered armed and dangerous. They are being advised to dial 9-1-1.
If anyone has information on this homicide they are encouraged to call Investigator Cheryl Franco at 707-268-3644 or the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251.
HCSO press release, dated April 19, 2014:
On 04/18/2014 the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a possible homicide involving a firearm that occurred in the Southern Humboldt area. The Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating this allegation with the assistance from the District Attorney Investigator’s Office, Department of Justice (DOJ), Arson Task Force, and the California Highway Patrol (CHP).
Benjamin Jasper Carter is wanted for questioning in association to this investigation. Carter is described to be a white male, age 33, 6’3”, 180 lbs, brown hair, and blue eyes. Carter’s head may be shaved bald and he may have a goatee and mustache. Carter has multiple tattoos on his chest, back, arms, legs, and neck. Carter is associated with a black GMC truck, CA license 6R68046. The truck has a blue tailgate with an Oakland Raiders design and front end damage. Carter is believed to be armed and dangerous. If seen, do not approach and contact law enforcement.
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.
Melinda Elaine Carter shown in the photo below: