Three Arrested for Furnishing Alcohol to Minors

Kym Kemp / Today @ 9:32 a.m. /  Crime

Fortuna Police Department press release:

Officers from the Fortuna Police Department arrested three suspects on December 19, 2014 for furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors. The operation was conducted in the City of Fortuna.

The Fortuna Police Department conducted a program called a Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation which targets adults who purchase alcohol for people less than 21 years of age. Under the program, a minor under direct supervision of a peace officer will stand outside a liquor or convenience store and ask patrons to buy them alcohol. The minor indicates in some way he or she is underage and cannot purchase the alcohol. During the operation, a total of 28 patrons were asked to purchase alcohol for the minor.

If the adult agrees to purchase alcohol for the minor, Officers then arrest and cite them for furnishing alcohol to the minor. The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1000 fine and 24 hours of community service.

The program is intended to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors. Statistics have shown that young people under the age of 21 have a higher rate of drunken driving fatalities than the general adult population. Studies also show the combination of alcohol and youth tends to increase criminal conduct.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) through the department’s Grant Assistance Program.

[UPDATE 11:35 P.M. Sunday] Flooding in Humboldt: Photos and Observations

Kym Kemp / Yesterday @ 12:45 p.m. /  Weather

Any flooding where you are?  Some areas of Humboldt are experiencing high water flows. We’d love to know what you are seeing around you. We’ll update below as we get new information.

UPDATE 11:35 p.m.: CHP dispatch is reporting that Elk River Road is flooding just west of the concrete bridge to the Headwaters Forest.

UPDATE 5:09 p.m.: KHUM sent this photo and said that Freshwater Creek is flooding onto Howard Heights Road.



UPDATE 4:25 p.m.: The Little River has crossed Crannel Road north of McKinleyville, according to Ted Pease who took this photo:

Jason Barnes, a reader, sent the following photo of Elk River Road. This, he said, is the rather ominously named “Dead Woman’s Corner.”

UPDATE 4:13 p.m.: The Van Duzen Watershed Fire Safe Council posted on Facebook:

[Highway] 36 at Carlotta flooded at fire station, if you dont have a high clearance vehicle, I wouldnt try crossing it

UPDATE 1:21 p.m.: The State Parks has closed several parks. Here is their list on Facebook:

* Newton B. Drury Parkway is closed due to flooding and debris.

* Davison Road is closed due to flooding, Fern Canyon and the Gold Bluffs Beach Campground are not accessible.

For up to date park information visit one of our visitor centers or call 707-465-7335. Please be safe out there!

Above is a photo of Davidson Road from the State Parks’ Facebook page.


Original post: Here’s what one reader, Benjamin Dolf, saw in on Old Arcata Road today.  Jacoby Creek is pouring over the asphalt and around at least one home.

Another reader sent in this view of Indian Island which is swamped.

Got more information? We’d love to see photos or read your observations.

Southern Humboldt’s Lighted Parade in Pictures and Poem

Kym Kemp / Saturday, Dec. 20 @ 12:47 p.m. /  Humboldt

A lighted holiday parade wound from Redway to Garberville yesterday evening. Come along with us and enjoy the sights and sounds of the event. You might try imaging the following poem sung to Do You Hear What I Hear as you read along. In fact, for a little holiday silliness, sing along yourself.

Imagine you been browsing in small shops. You have some bags rustling at your fingertips with just the right gift for a loved one. You’re nibbling on a delicate short bread cookie or perhaps a rich chocolate brownie from the bake sale. There a mom, holding a baby and smiling, presides over a table heaping with offerings prepared by busy hands.

Said Santa Claus to the little child,
“Do you see what I see
Way off up the road, little child?
Do you see what I see?

Some lights, some lights, sparkling and bright
Shining in the Southern Humboldt night
Shining in the Southern Humboldt night.”

Said Santa Claus to the smiling elf,
“Let us join in the bright parade
With all the lit up floats, smiling elf.
Let us join in the bright parade.”

With lights, with lights, sparkling and bright
Shining in the cool Humboldt night
Shining in the cool Humboldt night.”

Said the mother to her little child,

Do you hear what I hear

Ringing through the dark, little child?

Do you hear what I hear?

A song, a song, winding through the trees
With voices as big as the sea
With voices as big as the sea.”

The folks, the folks laughing in the cold

Riding on the floats bright and bold

Which have been decked with white, red and gold

Said Santa to the people standing there,

Listen to what I say.

Tis a time for joy, people everywhere!

Listen to what I say.

For joy, for joy, brightening up the night

Will ease our hearts and we’ll unite

Enjoying this laughter and light.

May your holidays be merry and bright!

Hailey’s Hope Is You

Kym Kemp / Saturday, Dec. 20 @ 9:48 a.m. /  Community

Hailey with her horse. [Photos provided by family.]

Hailey Horn, one of our local girls, has a brain tumor.  She is only 14 and has had to cope with brain surgery. Diagnosed early in November, Hailey had surgery in Stanford on the ninth of that month. Unfortunately, the tumor wasn’t able to be completely removed.

After spending a month in the hospital, she has come home and is working with physical, occupational and speech therapists. She has to travel back to Stanford frequently for monitoring. All of this and more is very expensive for her family.

Today, December 20th is Hailey’s Fundraiser. Held in Ferndale at the Fairgrounds, there will be a Jackpot barrel race, a spaghetti feed, a raffle, a 50/50, and a silent auction. Lots of fun stuff for everyone!

Don’t worry about rain. The arena is covered and there is a tent. (Details on entering the race and what time events are happening can be found here.)

What? You don’t have time to go to Ferndale today. You can still help Hailey here. Donate at Hailey’s Hope online.

[OPEN] Slide Closes Redwood Drive: The Lighted Holiday Parade Should be Fine Though

Kym Kemp / Friday, Dec. 19 @ 12:28 p.m. / Breaking News

UPDATE 3:27 p.m.:  Denton Carrick from Humboldt County Public Works says that Redwood Drive is now open! Let the parade commence!


Orgiginal post.According to CHP dispatch there is a slide on Redwood Drive between Garberville and Redway. The road is currently blocked but the road should be clear in an hour or so.

A bunch of stuff came down and some more big stuff coming,” explained Denton Carrick from Humboldt County Public Works. “We’re working on it right now and it should be clear in an hour or so,” he said.

See you at the lighted Holiday parade. Come by the 4H bake sale, say hi and buy goodies!

A sleigh appears to fly into the sky on a float from the 2013 parade.


First Ever Re-entry Fair Offered to Inmates at Humboldt County Jail

Kym Kemp / Friday, Dec. 19 @ 12:10 p.m. /  News

An inmate gets information on housing at the Re-entry Fair held yesterday at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. [Photos provided by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office]

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release:

On December 18, 2014, general population inmates housed in the Humboldt Correctional Facility were given an opportunity to meet with several community based organizations from within the county. The concept of a Re-Entry Fair is the same as a Job-Fair. Inmates met with local organizations to gather information to improve their lifestyles, and to prepare themselves for re-entry to our communities. Some of the various topics ranged from transitional housing, veteran services, drug and alcohol treatment, parenting courses, and college classes. 

The program representatives went right into all the facility’s large housing units where inmates were able to meet one on one with them. Inmates gathered informational packets, and business cards for future references. These types of “Fairs” are not uncommon, but a first for our facility. The Sheriff’s Office goal is to help lower recidivism within our community, and better prepare individuals prior to their release.

Education opportunities were discussed with inmates.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all the organizations who attended and look forward to working with them in the future.

Veterans Outpatient Clinic College of the Redwoods

Arcata House 1st Street County Alcohol Drug Care Services

Eureka Rescue Mission Healthy Moms

North Coast Veterans Resource Center Healthy Dads

Humboldt Recovery

Recovery information was offered to those who are concerned about addiction issues.

Do You Know This Man? Photos of Car Theft Suspect

Kym Kemp / Friday, Dec. 19 @ 7:03 a.m. /

Flyer showing the pertinent details on the car theft suspect.

California Highway Patrol press release:

On 12/09/2014, at approximately 1425 hours, a red 2005 Mazda Tribute with Idaho license plates (# 8BEX984) was stolen from the Redway Shell Gas station, in Redway, CA. A white male adult (pictured below) with a full beard, standing approximately 5’ 11”, 200 lbs., wearing khaki pants, a gray shirt, and brown shoes, was captured on video surveillance taking the vehicle’s keys from atop an ice-cream cooler inside the Shell Gas Station store. The subject subsequently drove away from the scene in the Mazda. This incident remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol Garberville Area Office. Any information regarding the vehicle or suspect should be forwarded the Garberville CHP Office (707) 923-2155.


The car which is now missing the front chrome piece.  Its Idaho license plate number is 8b ex984. 


Previously: Be On the Lookout: 2005 Mazda Tribute Taken After Keys Nabbed From Counter of Redway Shell