Kym Kemp / Today @ 6:14 p.m. / Weather
Notice a bit of rain in the Humboldt Bay region?
Poke your nose out and look around. It’s the wettest it has ever been on this date.
According to the US Weather Service, today Eureka beat its previous record for March 9 recorded in 1983. That record was 1.17 inches. Today’s measurement, as of 5:12 p.m., was 1.44 inches with more precipitation predicted for this evening.
However, even if there is a serious rainfall, it is unlikely to reach the previous all time record of 6.79 inches in a 24 hour period on December 27, 2002.
Kym Kemp / Today @ 4:37 p.m. / Sports
HSU Women’s rugby players, Annie Fehrenbach, Heather Snyder and Caitlin Prauss, execute a tough play.
HSU’s women’s rugby team is rolling over their opponents this season. In spite of 10 of the 15 starter players being rookies, the women have won the last four games and so far this season scored a total of 195 points while allowing their opponents just 110.
Yesterday, the team flattened Sacramento State 29-19 putting the HSU women in second place within their division. Their coach, Evi Ashenbrucker, graduated from South Fork High School here in Humboldt County in 2008 where she was known for her basketball prowess.
When Ashenbrucker walked by the rugby team practicing on her way to basketball tryouts her freshman year at UC San Diego, she became almost instantly hooked on the sport. “It looked like nothing I had ever seen before,” she said. That first year, she started a path that led to her becoming an All-American, playing for an Italian premiership team as well as a US premier team, and now onto coaching rugby for HSU women.
“I think even more than winning games, the best part of coaching is the moment you get to watch those “lightbulb” moments, when a player figures something out and is able to successfully execute it,” Ashenbrucker explained, “their self-esteem seems to develop into a tangible thing right before your eyes.”
Team photo taken at Saturday’s game.
Rugby is a little like football without the padding but there are some crucial differences including the ball can’t be passed forward but only side to side or backwards. Also each goal is worth 5 points and a field goal is worth two.
“We have a lot of raw talent and athleticism,” Ashenbrucker said about this year’s team. “The girls have been working incredibly hard and their efforts are paying off.”
“Hopefully some of you can make it out to watch our next home game, Saturday, March 15th, at College Creek field on the HSU campus,” Ashenbrucker added. “Kickoff at 11 a.m. vs. Reno. We would appreciate any support.”
Kym Kemp / Today @ 2:28 p.m. / Crime
Over the last few days, several men in an older Chevy Suburban with Oregon license plate number 742 ESY have been driving out to extremely rural homes and offering their services as carpet cleaners or, in at least one case, as house painters. The men are described as dark complected with one being tall but slightly built about 40 years old and another as much younger and broad shouldered. This has rural residents concerned that the men might be casing their residences.
“I live on a private dirt road,” explained Jimmy Friel about his rural neighborhood in Southern Humboldt near Whitethorn. “There are only three homes out here.” Friel was walking his herd of goats to another area up this road when he saw what he described as a primer grey Chevy Suburban driving by. Surprised, because he didn’t recognize the vehicle, he waved them down. The passenger, whom Friel spoke of as “disarmingly charming,” claimed to be going door to door looking for carpet cleaning jobs.
Friel said that initially he just thought these people were lost. He quickly explained to them, “There’s nobody on the road here. It is a really bad idea to be doing what you are doing. If you want to go door to door, town would be a better place.” He even got the following business card from them. Efforts to contact the business’ listed number have gone unanswered.
He says, “I still was naively thinking maybe they just had a bad business plan.” But after they left, he said he began to think how “absurd” it was to be driving miles out dirt roads looking for such work. They would burn a great deal of gas and secure very few jobs if any.
Friel quickly learned that there were others who had had similar questions. Mark Arroyo, who lives near Briceland, was startled by a knock on his door this last Friday. He described answering the knock to find a dark complected man that was “really amicable.” The man, Arroyo said, was a guy that could easily talk his way into homes. At one point the man reached across him to open the door behind Arroyo. Arroyo let him know that wasn’t appropriate. At this point, Arroyo’s large dog began acting unfriendly and the man left. He got into what Arroyo described as a Chevy Suburban with at least two other dark complected men and drove away.
Arroyo posted about his experience on Facebook showing the below photo as being very like the vehicle he encountered and was quickly flooded with others describing similar experiences from Benbow to Shelter Cove.
Sergeant K. Ireland of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office said that his agency had been contacted about the vehicle. He urged caution in dealing with the individuals. “It is unusual for anyone to be attempting to solicit business in such a rural part of any county,” he noted. “I would recommend anyone who observes unknown persons on private roadway to contact law enforcement. Outside of a lost person, they have no lawful reason to be on a private road whatsoever.”
However, if contact with the individuals is unavoidable, such as if they are knocking at a door, don’t open up. “I would highly recommend,” he explained, “that people communicate through a closed door. Tell them to leave.” He pointed out that in an area subject to a higher level of home invasions that being cautious was a good idea.
He also suggested trying to gather as much physical information as possible without endangering anyone. “Providing as much description as possible would assist us in being able to locate subjects,” he said. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office can be contacted at 707-445-7251.
Kym Kemp / Friday, March 7 @ 8:25 p.m. / News
UPDATE 3/8: KMUD interviewed a firefighter who recounted the rescue in detail.
Original Post below:
KMUD News and scanner traffic tells the story of a kayaker who went missing on the Mattole River. The kayak was found drifting by a fellow kayaker, the rider, however, was gone, so the alarm was sent out. Honeydew and Petrolia Firefighters, Calfire and the Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue were all called out out to search.
At this point, according to KMUD, the lost kayaker was “located on a rock upstream of the Hadley AA Bridge.”
The recent rains have brought river levels up and enticed kayakers out to run the newly full waterways.
Scanner traffic indicates that a rope rescue is being planned right now. We’ll be updating as information comes in.
Kayaker running another Humboldt waterway after a rainstorm in March of 2011.
UPDATE 9:02 p.m.: Calstar helicopter is on its way to the site.
UPDATE 9:22 p.m.: The patient is out of the water and ready to transport. The person is being evaluated for hypothermia and to determine whether the Calstar helicopter is needed. (Thanks to all the emergency crews working on the rescue!)
Kym Kemp / Friday, March 7 @ 6:34 p.m. / Crime
Wildlife and animal rights groups today increased to $20,000 a reward for information about the fatal poisoning of a Northern California dog owned by a leading ecologist studying how the same controversial poison affects endangered species. The dog, named Nyxo, died Feb. 3. He belonged to Dr. Mourad Gabriel, who has been investigating how the highly toxic rat poison brodifacoum threatens wildlife, including Pacific fishers and northern spotted owls. A necropsy revealed that the dog had ingested red meat along with brodifacoum.
“Nyxo was a handsome, inquisitive rescue dog who was at my side on many research trips,” said Gabriel. “His death was so unnecessary.”
Dr. Gabriel discovered Nyxo was having seizures and had vomited red meat, which the family had not fed to the dog. The dog was immediately taken to a local veterinarian, who was unable to save the animal’s life. Dr. Gabriel drove Nyxo’s body to a laboratory at the University of California at Davis, where a necropsy determined Nyxo had died of brodifacoum poisoning after being fed meat and the poison.
“Although the circumstances surrounding this unfortunate death remain unclear, we demand justice for this malicious poisoning and condemn the use of violence to silence any scientist, researcher or citizen whose work aims to conserve wildlife,” said Jonathan Evans, toxics and endangered species campaign director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “What is very clear is that the reckless use and sale of these poisons must be banned to end the indiscriminate killing of pets and wildlife.”
The Center for Biological Diversity and Animal Legal Defense Fund increased an initial award of $2,500 that was issued last month. More than 53,000 people have signed a petition demanding justice for Nyxo’s poisoning.
“Poor Nyxo was a beautiful rescue dog and did not deserve to suffer and die,” said Stephen Wells, executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. “We hope this substantial reward offer will help Humboldt law enforcement track down the dangerous individual at large who could do such a thing to a helpless family pet.”
Individuals wishing to contribute to the reward fund can visit JusticeForNyxo.org
Anticoagulant rodenticides interfere with blood clotting, resulting in uncontrollable bleeding that leads to death. Second-generation anticoagulants — including brodifacoum — are especially hazardous and persist for a long time in body tissues.
The state of California and the Environmental Protection Agency have taken steps to ban hazardous d-CON products containing brodifacoum because of the documented poisonings of children, pets and wildlife. Brodifacoum in d-CON products is still being sold because the manufacturer of d-CON, Reckitt Benckiser, is currently challenging the EPA cancellation order. Conservation groups have called on stores such as Wal-Mart and Lowes to stop selling d-CON products that the EPA has declared unsafe.
A coalition of nonprofit organizations, municipalities, businesses and scientists formed the Safe Rodent Control Coalition to promote effective, affordable rodent-control strategies that protect children, pets and wildlife. For more on the Center’s work to combat anticoagulant poisoning click here.
The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 675,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund was founded in 1979 with the unique mission of protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system. For more information, please visit aldf.org.
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Kym Kemp / Friday, March 7 @ 10:56 a.m. / Crime
Here’s the latest post in our “Be On the Lookout” series, where we highlight stolen items and ask you, our readers, to help your neighbors by passing on any helpful information to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
Yesterday, this 1970 Honda Trail 90 was stolen in Arcata. The victim is offering a reward of $100 for its safe return.
The Arcata Police has confirmed the vehicle as being stolen. Please contact them at 822-2428 or 822-2424 if you have any information about its whereabouts.
- Be On the Lookout: 2007 Dodge Ram
- Be On The Lookout: Stolen 1986 Toyota Pickup
- Be On the Lookout: Toyota Tacoma Containing Firearms, Jewelry, etc. Taken in ‘Brazen’ Burglary
- Be On the Look Out: Stolen Ford F250 (This Time We’re Including Tips on How to Protect Your Vehicle —FOUND)
- Be On the Lookout: Bike Taken From HSU Teaching Credential Student
- Be On the Lookout: Toyota Tundra Stolen This Morning [FOUND]
- Be On the Lookout: Stolen Kayak Last Seen In Eureka at 4:30 This Afternoon
- Be On the Lookout: Urn Containing Human Remains Stolen From Cemetery [PARTIALLY FOUND]
- Be On the Lookout: 1996 Ford Ranger Stolen from Eureka
- Be On The Lookout: McK Teen’s First Car Stolen From Driveway Last Night (UPDATE: FOUND!)
- Be On the Lookout: Stolen Truck Found and Man on Probation for Auto Theft Arrested
- Be On the Lookout: Stolen Flatware [Video of Suspect]
- Be On The Lookout: Stolen 1986 Toyota Pickup
- Pawndamonium Employee Helps Recover Stolen Elantra
- (UPDATE — FOUND!) Be On the Lookout: 1988 Toyota Pickup Ganked From Eureka
Kym Kemp / Friday, March 7 @ 10:35 a.m. / Crime
Humboldt County Sheriff Press Release:
On 03-05-2014, at approximately 10:20 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of man at Redwood Memorial Hospital, Fortuna who was being treated for an assault.
A deputy responded to the hospital emergency room and met with the 22 year old male victim from Fortuna, and his 19 year old girlfriend who witnessed the incident. The deputy could see the victim had abrasions on his forehead, a swollen left eye socket and lacerations to his mouth. The victim also received a broken hand which required surgery.
The victim reported he was driving with his girlfriend in his white 2005 Audi southbound on US 101, at about 12th street at approximately 10:10 a.m., on 03-05-2014, when they noticed a Blue Dodge or Ford truck following them. They exited U.S. 101 onto Kenmar Road, Fortuna and began to drive south on Eel River Drive. The truck drove in front of them and began forcing him by slowing down and swerving side to side, while the solo driver motioned for them to stop. They stopped at the area of the Strawberry Farm. The victim got out of his vehicle to see why the truck driver was stopping him. The driver of the truck exited his vehicle and then beat up the victim with his fists.
The girlfriend told the deputy they may have accidentally cut off the suspect, which upset the suspect.
The suspect is described as follows: White male adult, approximately 6’4”, approximately 250 lbs, brown hair, late twenties to early thirties. The suspect vehicle is described as Blue Dodge or Ford, Oregon Plates with a number “8” in the sequence.
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.