Kym Kemp / Yesterday @ 5:52 a.m. / News
Photo taken by George Monroe, Myers Flat VFD Chief. Photo provided by Doug Bryan from the Southern Humboldt Fire Chiefs Association Public Information Team
UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: According to the CHP, the driver (last name Foster, first name unreleased) was headed south on the Eagle Point Viaduct with a loaded truck and trailer. “Due to Foster’s speed in a sweeping right turn, the combination trailer began to tip. [T]he trailer and the load fell onto the southbound #1 land, and the load became detached, spilling across all lanes of the highway. Foster was uninjured, and no other vehicles were involved.”
“US-101 was closed intermittently for cleanup, and a partial lane closure will remain in effect for Tuesday, May 21 while cleanup is finished. The load consisted of Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF).”
UPDATE: According to Southern Humboldt Fire Chiefs Association Public Information Team member Doug Bryan, the Semi was not a lumber truck but a chip truck. Also the accident is south of Myers Flat.
Original post below …………….
The CHP is reporting that a semi truck with a trailer had an accident near the south bound Myers Flat exit off of Hwy 101. The accident which spilled a load of lumber across the road was reported a little before four o’clock this morning. Two additional vehicles may have hit the spilled lumber. Dept of Transportation is at the scene and clearing the roadway. Traffic appears to be getting through. Follow updates here.
Kym Kemp / Monday, May 20 @ 7:08 p.m. /
UPDATE: According to scanner traffic, the fire was put out.
CHP dispatch is reporting a vehicle fire at 502 Phillipsville Rd. in Phillipsville. According to Southern Humboldt Fire Chiefs Association Public Information Team member Doug Bryan, “Cal Fire, Phillipsville Fire and Miranda fire responding.”
Kym Kemp / Monday, May 20 @ 11:28 a.m. / Mendocino
CHP Press Release:
On Sunday, May 19, 2013, at approximately 1030 hours, 40 year old Harley D. DeCent of Lucerne, Ca. was traveling southbound on Crawford Road [near Covelo] on a 1987 Honda dirt bike. As DeCent approached a clearly marked stop sign at the intersection of Crawford Road and Foothill Blvd., he failed to stop and continued through the intersection. The motorcycle entered a dirt field and hit a dirt berm, causing it to be propelled 50 feet through the air, before landing on the ground. DeCent was ejected from the motorcycle and thrown into a metal fence post. DeCent was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision and succumbed to his injuries.Officers from the Garberville Area office of the California Highway Patrol were assisted at the scene by other first responders and emergency services including Covelo Volunteer Fire Department and Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.Alcohol and or drug impairment as a factor in this collision remains under investigation.The California Highway Patrol, Garberville Area, is investigating this incident.
Kym Kemp / Monday, May 20 @ 6:21 a.m. / Weather
The US National Weather Service is saying that inland temperatures will be in the low 80’s today and coastal temperatures in the 60’s (See map here.) However, tomorrow will bring possible rain showers north of Cape Mendocino and Wednesday and Thursday could start off with an unseasonable frost. The US National Weather Service says,
An approaching low pressure system will bring an unseasonably cold airmass to Northwest California Tue night into Wed. This storm system will bring rain showers and high elevation snow showers to the region late Tue through Thu. Light snow accumulations will be possible across the highest elevations Wed and Thu with frost and/or freezing temperatures possible in the mornings. Unsettled weather will continue through Fri as this storm lingers over the region.
Kym Kemp / Saturday, May 18 @ 10:36 p.m. / News
Drawing from the Mattole Grange site.
Since May 8th, when volunteer firefighters around the tiny community of the Petrolia helped law enforcement find the vehicle of Shane Miller—the suspect in the deaths of his wife, Sandy, and his two young daughters, Shasta and Shelby—the rural area has been traumatized. Residents have been afraid of the fugitive and they’ve had to deal with shelter-in-place requests, school closures, frequent searches, large numbers of law enforcement, and check points. Over the last few days as shelter-in-place has been rescinded and law enforcement has begun to draw down, normal life has slowly been returning to the tiny community.
On Wednesday, May 16th, the Petrolia store resumed regular hours. They posted on the community bulletin board, “…[T]he store will be returning to normal hours today. That means closing at 5:30pm and opening at 9am Monday-Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday.”
The Farmers Market is open this Sunday and the Mattole Grange is having its monthly pancake breakfast (From 8-11. See photos from last month’s event below)
The community bulletin board which announced the breakfast also says, “Lets get back to the happy and care-free environment that is the Mattole Valley…it is paradise here!! See your friends and swap stories about the last week’s crazy reality, and vent too!I know everyone has some story to tell and it would be nice to get back to our normal happy lives. Breakfast is only $5.00 per person and we bring the food to you and clean up afterwards.”
Life in Petrolia and surrounding areas hasn’t completely returned to normal. The May Pole festivities have been canceled because the beach is still closed as a result of the continuing search for Miller. However, another 4.0 trembler shook the area Saturday….and that is practically commonplace for a town known as the Earthquake Capital of the US.
Kym Kemp / Saturday, May 18 @ 8:53 p.m. / News
Southern Humboldt Fire Chiefs Association Public Information Team member Doug Bryan says, “Redwood stump on fire near ToobyPark. Cal fire and Garberville fire at scene.” He provided the photo also.
Kym Kemp / Saturday, May 18 @ 8:40 p.m. / HSU
This graduating senior’s mortarboard was painted with a variety of what appeared to be goals including “kick butt” and “make men howl.”
Today’s Humboldt State graduation marked nearly 100 years since the University was founded in June of 1913. Students, faculty and even the school itself stepped out of academic seriousness into a lighter mode before the graduates need to face a somewhat grim job market.
Though many in the graduating class wore the traditional cap and gown, some students graduating from the Native American Studies program wore traditional woven caps and long scarves decorated with shells and other regalia.
Other programs similarly wore something to indicate their area of studies. But other students poured on the fun factor. One student wore a clown nose. One wore a moose hood. Some students wore flowers and almost all wore smiles.
To further lighten the mood, the University itself offered long dead Alexander von Humboldt as a commencement speaker.
A few students had evidently had fun with the cards that the announcers used to call out their names. Real names were sandwiched around middle names like “I love my mom,” and “$40,000 education.”
With all the lighthearted moments, the University provided a lovely venue and ceremony for the proud graduates.
HSU President Rollin C. Richmond follows the mace bearer during the recessional.
Students hug during the graduation.
The Lost Coast Outpost sends best wishes to Bob Doran of the North Coast Journal who suffered a medical emergency during the ceremonies. Get well soon, Bob!