Kym Kemp / Monday, Dec. 9 @ 11:56 a.m. / News
Attached photograph: Deputy Crosswhite, Cindy Broese, Andy Broese, Don Brown, and Undersheriff Honsal.
Humboldt Co. Sheriff Press Release:
Humboldt Deputy Sheriffs Organization (HDSO) member, Deputy Seth Crosswhite, has implemented a new program called Teddy Bears for Tears. When sheriff’s deputies answer calls for service, they sometimes encounter young children caught in traumatic, emotional and unstable situations. The Teddy Bears for Tears program will offer the children a stuffed animal in the hopes of providing some comfort in a terrible situation.
Children are all too often the victims of situations that leave them frightened, anxious and confused. The stuffed animals are used to help these young children cope with their distress by bringing them comfort and companionship. The emotional support the stuffed animals bring to these children is immeasurable. With this reassuring gesture, deputies are also able to create a bond with the children and help them realize that they are there to help.
“We see on a daily basis children that are put into unfair situations, and I want them to know that we care about them, and their feelings are not being ignored,” said Deputy Crosswhite. “The stuffed animals become a source of comfort and well-being even after we are gone.”
Deputy Crosswhite is asking the community to help children in need by donating new or gently used stuffed animals to the following locations: Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Eureka Main Station, the McKinleyville and Garberville Sheriff’s Substations, Don Brown Insurance in Fortuna and Broese’s Uniforms in Eureka.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can help.
Kym Kemp / Sunday, Dec. 8 @ 11:25 p.m. / photo
Take a journey through our beautiful weekend and check in on some of our biggest stories along the way. (Note: Click the Pictures link in the upper right corner of the slideshow to see thumbnails if you want to choose which photos to view rather than watching the slideshow all the way through.)
First, Kim Sallaway, well known Southern Humboldt photographer takes us up into the snow on a windy county road. (See more of Sallaway’s photos by clicking this link.)
Then, one of our readers sent in to our Facebook page this photo of a car fire. Read more about it on LoCO’s CHP Watch.
After that, enjoy the beautiful winter photos our readers sent in. Some of these came from our Facebook, some from our Featured Photo, some from our email, and some from our stories.
- (You can see more of Wes Edwards’ Photography here.)
- Sara and Mike (KHUM DJ) Dronkers live blogged their way over treacherous roads. (See their photo journey here.)
Next, a tuba picture to relive a classic Humboldt Holiday moment. (Go here to read the story and revel in Mark McKenna’s photography.)
After that, a flame filled photo from the fire that claimed a life in Arcata Saturday night. (Go here to view the photos coming in as LoCO’s readers responded with images for the breaking story. And, go here to read the detailed press release from the Arcata Fire Department—there’s a video there, too.)
Finally, take in the beautiful panorama from the Mad River boat launch. Unfortunately, our screen isn’t quite wide enough to do it justice. (To see more of Jenni Nexus’ photography go here.)
What is your favorite shot?
Kym Kemp / Sunday, Dec. 8 @ 6:40 p.m. / News
The Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District will be closed tomorrow because of weather related issues, announced Matt Levesque, Principal of the Captain John High School. The schools include
Hoopa Valley High School
Trinity Valley Elementary
The River Schools
Captain John High School
The Community Day Schools
LoCO focuses on Humboldt Co. news and some of these schools are out of the county but LoCO readers have been asked to help spread the word.
Kym Kemp / Sunday, Dec. 8 @ 5:14 p.m. / News
Image snipped from So. Humboldt Unified School Dist. Facebook page.
Southern Humboldt School District Press Release:
Due to the hard freeze warning and the expected low temperatures, Southern Humboldt Unified School District makes the following announcement:
1. Casterlin Elementary will be closed on Monday, December 9th.
2. There will be no bus runs to the East of 101.
3. South Fork High School will start school at 10:30 am.
4. Other Elementary Schools will start at 10:00 am.
5. Buses will run to the West to Ettersburg Logs and Whitethorn Junction only.
6. We expect to be at Ettersburg Logs at 9:00 am for those students coming into town for Redway or SFHS.
7. High School students from Shelter Cove should be at Whitethorn Junction at 8:30.
8. We expect to be at Whitethorn Junction at 9:30 for those students going to Whitethorn Elementary.
9. Students heading from town to Whitethorn, please meet at Redway at 8:30 am
10. Other bus runs should be expected to run two hours later than a typical morning.
11. All schools will be dismissed at the normal times. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to ensure staff and students safety.
Kym Kemp / Sunday, Dec. 8 @ 12:29 p.m. / Good News
Timothy Byars and dog. (Used from his Facebook with permission.)
“I was driving down Henderson and I saw a fire flickering off a window,” explained Timothy Byars (age 24) about last Tuesday’s structure fire in Eureka. He didn’t immediately see the fire. Byars was on his way to work at Winco but he didn’t dismiss the image in the window and keep driving. Instead, he keep looking and found the home on fire, 2807 R Street.
He quickly called 911 and described the situation.
He ran and banged on the door.
Byars ran to the two nearest homes and banged on their doors. Still, no answer.
He ran back to the home on fire. This time he saw a door slightly open. He pushed it wide. “The smoke was so thick, it looked like it was matching with the white walls,” Byars recounted. He stepped into the smoke-filled room. Breathing made him feel like his “lungs were on fire.”
Through the thick haze, he spotted a pair of legs wandering aimlessly. “I was able to see someone walking around with his walker….He was just in a little hospital bathrobe.”
Byars rushed into the smoke. He said he wasn’t afraid. “I just wanted to make sure everyone was out of there.”
He helped the elderly man make his way out. “Neighbors came and helped me get him down,” Byars said. The neighbors got blankets to wrap around the resident as Humboldt Bay Fire arrived.
“A fireman said if I hadn’t gotten to him in time, he probably wouldn’t have survived,” Byars sounds amazed at the situation.
“My whole family is proud of me…My friends are astounded,” he says a little awed.
The resident was taken to the hospital, treated, and released.
Byars hopes the man is okay. He thinks about him a lot. “I’ve been wondering how he’s been doing after the fire… . It felt really good risking my life for somebody.”
Kym Kemp / Sunday, Dec. 8 @ 11:01 a.m. / Fire!
Telegraph Ridge Press Release submitted by Peter Lawsky, Chief of the Telegraph Ridge Volunteer Fire Company:
A little before 2 A.M. Telegraph Ridge Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Dootyville Doodyville Road in the Ettersburg area. A residence of approximately 1000 square feet was on fire.
Fire was in the attic and had extended into the walls.
Telegraph Ridge firefighters fought the fire with two engines (5533 & 5548). An interior attack was made, and the fire might have been contained if there was more water available. Unfortunately the temperature was in the 20’s and water sources were frozen.
A mutual aid call was sent, and one engine each from Whitethorn Fire and Briceland Fire were dispatched. With the help of their water, the fire was eventually contained.
Although still standing with some rooms intact, the building is considered a complete loss. Some of the contents will be salvageable.
The residents escaped safely, and there were no injuries.
The last Telegraph Ridge engine and firefighters left at 5:30 A.M. Telegraph Ridge Assistant Chief Travis Strange was the Incident Commander.
Many thanks to all the Telegraph Ridge crew, and the Briceland and Whitethorn Fire Departments for their assistance.
Kym Kemp / Sunday, Dec. 8 @ 8:10 a.m. / News
Yesterday, US Forest Service Roads off of Hwy 36 made a winterwonderland for snow seekers (Photo by Jada Krueger.)
UPDATE 8:40 A.M.: Marty Messenger of County Roads wrote on SoHum Awareness, “At 8:15am sanding spotty ice on Whitethorn Rd. Jct. To Monastery, 18 deg @ Whitethorn school.”
Original post: “Things are looking pretty doggone good on the west side of 101,” says Marty Messenger. “Shelter Cove/Briceland Thorn Road and Chemise Mountain Road are passable. There is some spotty ice on either side of Paradise Ridge that has been sanded. The bridges have all been sanded as a precaution.”
Messenger is heading out Whitethorn Road next and County workers will be out Alderpoint in the next hour.
The county roads are in pretty good shape in Southern Humboldt. It is cold however. According to Messenger, Ettersburg was 21 degrees at 6 A.M, at 6 :15 A.M. Whitethorn Post Office was 18 degrees, at 6:30 Paradise Ridge was 22 degrees.
101 has no traffic restrictions.
Hwy 36 has chains or snow tires required from one mile east of Bridgeville to the county line.
Hwy 299 requires chains or snow tires on 4 wheel drive from 16 miles east of Blue Lake to 4 miles west of the junction with 96.
The Avenue of the Giants has various roadwork but no weather related conditions.
For highway conditions got to the Caltrans website.