Aww, Seen This Little Guy?

Kym Kemp / Saturday, Oct. 25 @ 11:15 a.m. /  Animals

Hey, SoHum folks, this pup jumped out of a truck in the Alderpoint area, somewhere between Casterlin School and Wool Mountain yesterday. His owner says,

He is a young, male, unneutered, pitbull. He is brindle with a white chest and he has a camo collar. His name is Oscar, and he is very friendly. We have 3 heartbroken kids at home who miss their best friend.

My name is Sarah and my phone number is 707-223-0575

Can everyone try and get the word out to folks in that neighborhood.


Survivorman Not Sure He’ll Survive Pot Farms, Meth Labs and Rain

Kym Kemp / Saturday, Oct. 25 @ 10:29 a.m. / Our Culture

Screenshot from Stroud’s Facebook page. [Snapped of a photo taken from here.]

Les Stroud, host of Survivorman, is having trouble with what Humboldt folks call normal life. (Remember, he’s up here shooting an episode of his show.) This morning, he wrote on his Facebook page,

well - I’m [in] Hoopa California in the mountains trying to shoot this episode - and man!!!! everything is going wrong - this is the craziest shoot i have ever attempted - i have been here a week and i have nothing to show for it - rain held me back - cameras not working right - people messing up - just never ending….maybe its all the smell of pot in the air - every bend in the road you smell a new flavour of pot - deep in the surrounding hills there are numerous pot farms and meth labs - its a dangerous place and i am trying to keep clear of those areas….I’m headed out in an hour deep into the forest yet again to hopefully stay….crazy place - but incredibly beautiful….

Hope he isn’t blowing away today or getting struck by lightning….And, joking aside, we’re glad we’re not out in that storm today.

Storm Watch

Kym Kemp / Saturday, Oct. 25 @ 9:25 a.m. /  Weather

Surf conditions as seen from Shelter Cove.[Courtesy of Sunny Fortuna Cams]

Hopefully, you are all cozy in your homes with a big pot of stew bubbling on the stove and your fingers wrapped around a cup of hot coffee. We hope you aren’t huddled over your smart phone trying to keep rain drops from spattering on it!

We’ll be using this post to update you on storm damage. Scroll down past the introductory links to get any updates that will effect major roads or large amounts of residents. Please tell us what is going on in your neighborhood and upload any weather related photos in the comment section.

  • To get the latest information on power outages, go here. Click on the dots for information on each outage.
  • To get the latest information on roads in Humboldt, go here. For travel that extends outside Humboldt, go here.
  • To see weather conditions around the county (take a look through area webcams for some pretty stormy views,) go here.

Young Man Dies in Humboldt, His Dog, Pepper, Needs to Go to His Mom

Kym Kemp / Saturday, Oct. 25 @ 8:27 a.m. /  Community

When her young owner died tragically, Pepper eventually ended up in the Humboldt County Animal Shelter. Community members helped the young man’s heartbroken mother locate her son’s pet. Now the mom wants to bring Pepper to live with her in Ohio. She needs assistance though.

Can you help?

The owner of Tiger Lily Bookstore in Garberville, Kathy Epling, who knows Pepper well says she “is very good-natured and up-to-date on vaccinations.” Epling explained that the hope is that someone could find a way to unite the grieving mom and the bereft pup. Maybe someone is willing to drive back there?

The owner’s mother is willing to help pay something for transportation. If anyone can help, please contact 

Tree Down, Both Lanes on Briceland Thorn Road Blocked

Kym Kemp / Saturday, Oct. 25 @ 7:21 a.m. /  Weather

According to CHP dispatch, a tree has fallen and is blocking all lanes of the Briceland Thorn Road near China Creek. County Roads is on its way. Follow CHP dispatch on this situation here.

Remember high winds are impacting roads and travel times. Stay home if you can. Allow extra time if you must travel. 

Look Out, Toto, High Winds on the Way, Even a ‘Slim Chance’ of a Tornado

Kym Kemp / Friday, Oct. 24 @ 6:32 p.m. /  Weather

Graphic from the US National Weather Service in Eureka (Like their Facebook page here.)

The US National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory from 11 p.m. tonight til 5 p.m. tomorrow for Humboldt County. The gusts should reach their highest tomorrow morning. Talk about dramatic weather! There is even a possibility of a tornado! According to Matthew Kidwell, forecaster in Eureka with the US National Weather Service, this is a “very slim chance” but it could happen. In addition, he says, there may be lightning and thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon.

High winds are forecast for all over the county beginning late tonight, Kidwell said. Because this is “the first big southerly wind of the fall, it is probably going to have more impact on people,” he explained. “Things that you haven’t tied down all summer are going to start to blow away.” Trees and branches are predicted to fall. There will likely be power outages. Gusts could make driving, particularly for those driving high profile vehicles, difficult. Mountainous areas like Kneeland are in for gusts of 50 to 60 miles per hour in the peak morning hours.

Showers will begin early tomorrow morning with heavy rain at times. By late morning, thunderstorms are predicted.  “If you can hear thunder,” Kidwell warned, “you are close enough to be struck by lightning.” Those at ball games or other outdoor activities, he said, should go indoors until a half hour after the last peal of thunder has been heard. During these thunderstorms, small hail could fall. Drivers should be alert and allow extra time to get to their destinations.

The rainfall is not expected to bring up local rivers much. Kidwell explained, “This system is moving through quickly… . It might bring some creeks up. The major rivers will come up a bit.” However, overall, he said, there is “not expected to be much change” in river heights.

If anyone does see “any interesting or dramatic weather,” Kidwell hopes that they will post it to the agency’s Facebook page. We’d like to see any photos that you take, too. Please upload them in the comment section to share with everybody. 

And, if anyone sees Dorothy blowing by, warn her to hold tight to ToTo til she gets over the rainbow.

[UPDATE—Now Open!] Avenue of the Giants Blocked by Tree

Kym Kemp / Friday, Oct. 24 @ 7:52 a.m. /  News

UPDATE 9:41 a.m.: The Avenue is now clear in both areas.  Yeah, Caltrans!

UPDATE 9:00 a.m.: According to Caltrans’ spokesperson Eli Rohl, “There are two trees down - the first one up at [post mile] 39 and another near [post mile] 18.” One tree fall causing a partial closure is by Holmes. It is north of Weott. The second, as posted earlier, is a full closure south of Weott. The northern tree fall should be cleared by 10:30, Rohl said. At this point, the southern tree fall has no estimated time for being cleared. Caltrans is sending crews to the site to clear it as soon as possible.

UPDATE 8:41 a.m.: Caltrans estimates the closure will last one to two hours.

Original post: According to CHP dispatch a tree has fallen across Hwy 254 (the Avenue of the Giants.) The tree is across both lanes south of Weott. Follow updates here.