Hoopa’s Only Grocery Store to Close Immediately Because of Rat Infestation

Hoopa Rays-coverPress release from Hoopa Tribe:

The Hoopa Valley Tribe was notified of an extensive rodent infestation in a building it leases to Ray’s Food Place grocery store, which is owned by C & K Market, Inc., on June 10, 2016. In response, Tribal Chairman Ryan Jackson issued a statement to the Hoopa Valley community on Facebook on June 11, 2016, calling the conditions identified in a report by the Indian Health Service, “wholly unacceptable.”

Members of the Tribal Council personally participated in on-site inspections of the facility on Tuesday, June 14. These representatives participated in order to assess the ongoing eradication efforts by Ray’s Food Place and to ensure that any structural or maintenance issues that are the Tribe’s responsibility are immediately addressed. Several relatively minor maintenance issues were identified and are being remediated. 

Since being notified of the rodent infestation, the Tribe has also met with representatives of Ray’s Food Place by phone and in person in order to resolve these issues and ensure the safety of the Hoopa Valley Tribe community. In addition to valuing its 40-year business relationship with Ray’s Food Place, the Hoopa Valley Tribe is also very concerned about losing the only grocery store within its community. A key issue discussed in these meetings was whether it was possible to eradicate the rodent infestation without temporarily closing the grocery store.

However, yesterday, the Hoopa Valley Tribe received Official Inspection Report Number DAOEMHKZO from the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services Division of Environmental Health, which indicated many of the rodent infestation issues had not been resolved despite significant efforts by Ray’s Food Place to do so. After discussion with representatives of C & K Market, Inc. and government to government consultation with the Humboldt County Division of Environmental Health, the Hoopa Valley Tribe decided to support the county’s recommendation that the store be closed immediately because the rodent infestation presents an eminent threat to public health and safety. The Hoopa Valley Tribe informed C & K Market, Inc. of its decision early yesterday afternoon.

Speaking today, Chairman Jackson said, “The Hoopa Valley Tribe is firmly committed to ensuring the safety of tribal members and the entire Hoopa Valley Community and has mobilized all the resources at our disposal to address and resolve this issue.” In addition to addressing any structural or landscaping issues that may have contributed to the problem, the Tribe is currently reviewing options to ensure community access to fresh food and other groceries, including opening a temporary shopping facility as well as exploring the possibility of declaring a state of emergency in regards to food access.

The Hoopa Valley Tribe continues conversations with Ray’s Food Place owners, C & K Market, Inc., about continuing their grocery store operations in Hoopa once the rodent infestation is eradicated.



  • D-Con works wonders ☺️

  • The word is “imminent”.

    …Yes, I put the period outside. It’s illogical to put it inside.

    • Lost Croat Outburst

      You are correct on imminent. I hear you on the logic of the period placement, and I’m inconsistent myself. But, I fear, the correct English of my misspent youth wants the period on the inside. Sigh. Eminant implies implies: successful, well-known, stellar.

      • I was going to respond that they must have meant “imminent”–as in “immediate danger”–but just checked, and dictionary.com meaning #2 for “eminent” is “conspicuous, signal, or noteworthy.” As in “obvious.” So it could be said that the danger is not just very soon to happen, but clear and conspicuous: eminent.
        However, since the common expression is “imminent danger,” we might assume the writers are not English majors. That’s okay, though… we are just English nerds!

    • Ernie Branscomb

      I put the period inside the quotes if it’s part of the quote. I put it outside if it’s not part of the quote. I know that’s wrong, but it’s how it should be. This is Humboldt, we don’t need no stinkin’ rules.

      • Exactly.

        Well, that’s settled.

      • True, Ernie. But here’s another view:
        Our language, written or spoken, has established rules for clarity in our communication. It is standardized (with rules) to preserve clarity. Honest ideas cannot be exchanged without clarity, so we MUST use these rules to know what we are reading and hearing clearly, without ambiguity.
        Unless, of course, we’re talking politics…then the most obfuscated and confusing choice of English is obviously the best tool for preserving the ambiguity needed to do political 180s…practically a daily event.
        Check HRClinton’s speeches and pitches. Her use of our language hides her criminal behavior and sounds good only until picked apart… and standardized grammar and punctuation make that “picking” job easy. af

        • Reading the tides

          English is actually the most unlogicl confusing language.

        • Ernie Branscomb

          Anon Forrest,
          I like your take on politics, but this is California, reason and accountability has no part in the voting process. My friends are more important to me than politcs, so as you might imagine, I have a very chewed up.tongue.

        • Of course the period should go inside the quotes according to the current rules.

          But rules change or we’d all be speaking and writing like Aaron Burr, or Shakespeare, or or or…

          Putting punctuation *inside* quotes when it was not part of the quote often leads to ambiguity. The punctuation outside the quotes leaves no room for ambiguity. It is logical. Languages progress. It’s time for another incremental step toward a better language.

          If I were to quote Anon Forrest according to the rules, it could look like this:
          Anon, did you say, “Her use of language?”

          Now doesn’t that look like I am asking if you said something with a question mark in it? But really my question is separate from your quote, which was not a question at all. I maintain that the logical way to quote you here would be:
          Anon, did you say, “Her use of language”?

          It leaves no room for ambiguity. It just requires a commitment to logic and a willingness to change.

          Now, someone suggested rat terriers. How do they relate to the rules regarding the use of punctuation with quotation marks!? 😉

  • Man I feel bad for the people of Hoopa. No wonder there’s so much crime there, crime and poverty go hand in hand! Even their grocery store is closed for a third world issue like rat infestation.

  • Punchuate yoface

    no one. cares. where u put. your period. This is disgusting example of how these grocery stores in low population areas work. Gville Rays is pretty crusty too

  • The Hoopa Tribe has an emergency on its hands. As owner of that building, they need to step up to the plate and treat it as such. That building needs torn down or retrofitted in an emergency response manner. I fear it will sit there, expected to fall down, (some day) as I guess they expect the old gas station that was torched to do.
    Perhaps if they had done inspections all along, things would have not gotten to this state.

  • Dyerville Loop is Not Alderpoint

    A rat infest ation article turns into a nasty english nazi showdown? wtf? how about some rat terriers? they’ll do the job…

  • In the old days rat bait was readily available for emergency’s.
    Not anymore.

    • Sleepy Alligator

      I bet the eagles, the fishers, the hawks and owls, and every other predator out there are all happy the old days are over.

      • And the kitties and dogs that hunt rodents!!! Watching my cat narrowly survive eating a poisoned rat was heartbreaking and his rear leg muscles still are weak.

  • mix grain with plaster of paris ……

  • I think the ‘rats’ are coming in from Corporate in Oregon. This corporation has a monopoly in Hoopa, and in Southern Humboldt. I suspect they set up in areas where there is no competition as part of their ‘business’ plan. I think where they have had to close stores, Eureka for one, they had competition.

    I really like all the people who work at Shopsmart (where I shop when I must). Those who work there are perpetually understaffed because Corporate treats their employees without respect, thus there isn’t a work atmosphere that invites loyalty. I know some have been there from before Rays took over; but they probably just need to keep their jobs…I hope they’ve gotten regular pay raises over the years that keep them afloat.

    Corporate removes brands, and for example, leave us with no other choice than Franz. What happened to Orowheat? The bread that I usually buy is Brio, and Chautauqua (a smaller non-chain grocery) has a better price than Shopsmart. Also, often the food is WAY PAST expired, probably because of understaffing.

    I sure would like to send the rat droppings back to the Corporate Rats in Oregon.

  • Back to the lander

    I am almost afraid to post a comment because of the English Nazis.
    I will anyway. This supermarket shut down is serious. Our River communities have nowhere to purchase food. Not everyone can afford to go to Town i.e. Eureka/Arcata. School is out and that is where a large population receive their meals. I feel this is an excellent opportunity to bring to light the need for agriculture in our mountain homes that feeds our families. Not the kind that is leading to the destruction of their children. Let’s teach agriculture in our schools turn the pot farms into corn fields and grassfed beef. Chicken farms for eggs and meat. So much food can be grown right here in Hoopa,Orleans, Willow Creek.
    Our people deserve better. We have everything we need to be self sufficient.

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