[UPDATE 1:21 P.M.] Flooding in Humboldt: Photos and Observations

Kym Kemp / Today @ 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 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 that the State Parks provided.


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 / Yesterday @ 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 / Yesterday @ 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

[UPDATE: Suspect Sustains Fatal Injuries] CHP Officer Injured by Suspect Near Willow Creek, Shots Fired

Kym Kemp / Thursday, Dec. 18 @ 8:02 a.m. /  Crime

UPDATE, 9:25 a.m.: A few minutes ago, Officer Matt Harvey, the local CHP public information officer, told the Outpost that his office cannot currently release any information about the type of weapon used in the attack on the officer, nor the types of injuries the officer sustained.

Harvey did say that the river rescue that took place nearly simultaneously about a mile and a half east of this confrontation is not believed to have any relation to it.

More on that river rescue shortly.

— Hank Sims


UPDATE, 8:17 a.m.: California Highway Patrol press release:

On Thursday, December 18, 2014, at approximately 1:35 am, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Humboldt Communications Center received a report of a single vehicle traffic collision on State Route 299 at Blue Jay Lane in the Willow Creek area.  A CHP Humboldt Area officer assigned to the Willow Creek Resident Post was called out to handle the traffic collision.  Upon the officer’s arrival, the officer was violently attacked by the driver of the vehicle by use of a deadly weapon.  The officer, in fear of his life, discharged his departmentally issued firearm at the suspect.  The suspect subsequently sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The officer sustained major injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to a nearby hospital for treatment. 

The officer is listed as in stable condition.  There are no other known suspects outstanding and the CHP believes this to be an isolated incident.  The county-wide shooting investigation team has been assigned to investigate this incident.  In addition, the CHP’s Northern Division shooting investigation team has been assigned to investigate this incident as an internal administrative investigation. 

This is a very tragic event that will have a lasting impact on our community, the CHP Humboldt Area, and the officer and families involved. 

Any inquiries into this incident can be directed the California Highway Patrol Humboldt Area office at (707) 822-5981.


Original post: According to scanner traffic early this morning, a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer  has been injured by a suspect. At approximately 2:10 a.m., a CHP officer called in stating that he had a Code Three (emergency situation.) He stated that there had been shots fired and an officer was hit and injured. (It is not clear but it appears that the injury was not from a gunshot.) 


Medical raced to the scene but had to wait until a law enforcement officer could clear the area and determine that medical would be safe.


The injured officer tries to give as much information as possible but states that he has trouble seeing. “Stay with me, buddy,” Dispatch urges.


Medical arrives close to scene as the officer’s vision returns but must stage and can’t approach.


Later, Dispatch states that the officer had locked himself in his vehicle, he has been hit with something possibly a “collapsible asp,” and has a broken arm. Dispatch indicates that the whereabouts of the suspect is unknown. 


At approximately 2:30 a.m., a suspect was detained. Dispatch indicates at one point that “with the help of good Samaritans” the suspect was captured.


The suspect is described as a male associated with a Prius and wearing a poncho and shorts.


Medical arrived and began tending the injured officer.


The injured officer was transported to a nearby hospital. The officer is in stable condition. According to CHP spokesperson, Matt Harvey, “We believe this to be an isolated incident. There is no other outstanding suspects and no threat to safety.”