Garberville Man Claims to Own Gingerbread Mansion, Police Arrest Him

Kym Kemp / Monday, Aug. 25 @ 1:39 p.m. /  Crime

Ferndale Police Department press release:

On August 24, 2014 at approximately 1:30 pm, Ferndale police officers responded to the Gingerbread Mansion Bed and Breakfast, 400 Berding Street, regarding a suspicious male acting strangely.  Upon the officer’s arrival at the Gingerbread Mansion, the Ferndale police Officer contacted Dan Craig Dobbs, 40 years old, Garberville, CA, outside the establishment on the porch.

Dobbs claimed he was a past guest of the Gingerbread Mansion and wanted to rent a room. Dobbs said he entered the bed and breakfast and walked to the third floor in order to look at a room he wanted to rent. Dobbs claimed he had “only” had a sip of wine from a wine bottle located next to the establishment’s guest registration log book, on the first floor. 

The officer spoke with management and learned Dobbs had actually walked upstairs, entered two separate private hotel rooms.  While Dobbs was inside the first private unoccupied hotel room, he stole a bottle of wine from the room and exited the room.  Dobbs then immediately walked into another unoccupied private hotel room and opened the sealed bottle of wine.  Dobbs exited the second room, walked to the first floor, retrieved a wine glass and returned to the second private hotel room.  While inside the hotel room, he began drinking the wine.  The wine was valued at approximately 40-50 dollars. 

Furthermore, Dobbs claimed to be the owner of the establishment to management and staff.  At some point, Dobbs walked into the kitchen area, and without permission, began opening and looking through kitchen drawers and cabinets along with the refrigerator and freezer. During Dobbs’ visit, he walked into one of the rooms reserved for staff and began pointing at things within the room and claimed they were stolen from him.

After the officer conducted a full investigation, Dobbs was arrested for burglary.  Ultimately Dobbs was transported to the Humboldt County Jail where he was booked for burglary. 

Rio Dell Resident Dies in Motorcycle Accident

Kym Kemp / Monday, Aug. 25 @ 9:41 a.m. /  News

California Highway Patrol press release:

On August 23, 2014, at approximately 6:20 PM, a 2001 Honda motorcycle driven by a 42 year old resident of Rio Dell, CA was traveling west on Mattole Road, west of the Honeydew Cal-Fire Station.  For reasons still under investigation, the motorcycle left the roadway and the driver was ejected.  The driver sustained fatal injuries upon coming in contact with the ground. 

Passing motorists came upon the collision scene and contacted emergency personnel.  Garberville CHP, Honeydew Volunteer Fire Department, and Mattole Cal-Fire responded to the scene. 

The driver of the motorcycle was wearing his helmet at the time of the collision.  It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the cause of this collision. 

This collision remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol, Garberville Area.

Fatal ATV Accident near Laytonville

Kym Kemp / Monday, Aug. 25 @ 9:38 a.m. /  News

California Highway Patrol press release:

On August 24, 2014, at approximately 9:00 AM, Mr. Travis Edwin Lee, of Dattledoro, North Carolina, was operating a borrowed, highly modified racing ATV.  Lee was traveling on a private asphalt roadway and entered a right hand curve at a high rate of speed.  Lee was unable to negotiate the curve and the ATV drifted to the outside of the curve and contacted a boulder.  The ATV was thrust into the air, as was Lee, who was ejected.  Lee contacted the grass covered dirt shoulder with his head and suffered significant trauma to both his torso, as well as his head.  Lee was not discovered immediately.  A passerby observed Lee on the side of the road and contacted a nearby resident, who called 911.

Lee was transported from the scene by the Long Valley Fire Department ambulance, to Howard Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.  Next of kin has been notified.

Assisting at the collision scene were the Laytonville Volunteer Fire Department, Laytonville Ambulance, and McCaffrey’s Automotive Towing.

The cause of this collision remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol, Garberville Area.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the cause of this collision.

[UPDATED 6:55 p.m.] Fire West of Weaverville

Kym Kemp / Sunday, Aug. 24 @ 6:16 p.m. /  Fire!

UPDATE 6:58 p.m.: Cal Fire has revised its estimate of acreage burned downwards to 580 acres. According to the Oregon Fire Incident Information report, the fire is now considered 45% contained. One structure was destroyed. There were two injuries.

Below is a rough map from Wildland Fire that shows the approximate area of the fire including where it began on Hwy 299.

UPDATE 5:55 p.m.: The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office just issued the following information:

As of 6:00PM, all evacuations will be lifted. The evacuation center will be closing.

Cal Fire states, “Favorable weather conditions with decreased winds allowed firefighters to make good progress overnight. Ground and air resources will continue to work toward strengthening and increasing containment lines today in addition to mopping up.”

UPDATE 12:14 p.m.: Caltrans issued a statement:

SR 299 from Weaverville to the Oregon Mountain summit is OPEN! Short closure in westbound #2 lane for emergency equipment at postmile 49.65-49.85.

UPDATE 11:35 a.m.:  Photographer Jed Medin has a series of frightening shots from last night’s windblown blaze. Here’s one below. See more of his photos by clicking here.

Fire engulfs a hill west of Weaverville. [Photo by Jed Medin.]

UPDATE 9:45 a.m.: Trinity County Sheriff’s Department updated information. They issued the following statement:

As of 8:00AM, all areas that were under a mandatory evacuation have been put on an advisory evacuation. 

The evacuation center at the Weaverville First Baptist Church will remain open until further notice.

UPDATE 8:01 a.m.: Red Cross tweeted,

UPDATE 8/25 7:03 a.m.: Cal Fire released information  a few minutes before seven a.m. that the fire is still 650 acres and 25% contained. They write that the following evacuations are still in effect and and evacuated people are welcome at the following place:

Evacuations: Mandatory for Weaver Bally Estates, Easter Ave.,Ridge Road, Weeks Road, Leslie Lane, Airport Road, East Weaver Creek, Red Hill Road, Barbara Road, 5 Cent Gulch Street, Red River Road, Browns Ranch Road and Brooks Road North of Highway 3 and Highway 299

Evacuation Center: Weaverville Elementary School, 31020 Highway 3 Weaverville, CA

Cal Trans says there is one lane piloted traffic through the affected area of 299—three miles west of Weaverville and to the junction with State Route 3..

UPDATE 10:44 p.m.:

UPDATE 9:55 p.m.: The Red Cross tweeted,

UPDATE 9:38 p.m.:  Video of earlier this evening from reader Megan Siebold‎,

UPDATE 9:16 p.m.: A Facebook page has started for Weaverville residents threatened by the fire. You can follow it here.

UPDATE 9:11 p.m.: KRCR News is reporting at least one structure burnt. For more information and photos, click here.

UPDATE 8:41 p.m.: Cal Fire is saying,

The fire is currently burning at a rapid rate of spread. Extremely steep terrain and winds are making containment difficult for firefighters. Numerous ground and air resources are working on the fire with additional units responding.  

UPDATE 8:39 p.m.: Here is an image that shows the fire right after it started about 4:30 p.m..

Just after the fire started around 4:30 p.m. [Photo provided by Rebekah Gobin Harmon]

UPDATE 8:32 p.m.: is listing the fire at 650 acres.

UPDATE 8:27 p.m.: Rachel Dhe posted a photo on our Facebook and the following explanation, “We are sitting at the west end of town, we can see the fire. Cal Trans says we will be escorted through by CHP.”


UPDATE 8:23 p.m.: KRCR Reporter tweeted,

UPDATE 8:14 p.m.: Trinity County Sheriff just sent out this information,

On August 25, 2014 starting at 8:00AM, the Red Cross evacuation center will be moving to the Weaverville First Baptist Church located on Highway 299 across from Mountain View Rd.

UPDATE 8:11 p.m.: Incredible video shot by KRCR News. Click here.

UPDATE 8:04 p.m.: Caltrans in the area is tweeting,

UPDATE 7:44 p.m.: Trinity County Sheriff’s Office just added additional evacuations. They wrote,

Additional MANDATORY evacuations are as follows: Kelso St, Mulligan St, Willow Ave, Manzanita St, Reservoir Rd, Town Reservoir Rd, Tom Bell Rd, Angel Hill Rd, Brashaw Rd, Benoist Ln. 

UPDATE 7:33 p.m.: Cal Fire tweet:

UPDATE 7:26 p.m.: Wildland Fire says scanner reports are indicating, “Per [Incident Commander,] 450 ac burning toward area of Weaverville Airport and Hwy 3 at this time. 30 to 45 min before Airport is expected to be impacted by the fire.” 

UPDATE 7:17 p.m.: Reports from readers indicating that some traffic is getting through. Pilot cars are escorting traffic.

UPDATE 7:08 p.m.: Two photos provided by Jim Irving who is stuck on Oregon Summit. The view is looking east.


UPDATE 7:05 p.m.: Smoke on the Satellite and radar. Image provided by the US National Weather Service.


UPDATE 7:01 p.m.: Caltrans says, State Route 299 is closed from three miles west of Weaverville to the Junction of State Route 3 in Weaverville.

UPDATE 6:43 p.m.: Aircraft fighting the Oregon Fire: 

From a reader.

UPDATE 6:39 p.m.: Trinity County Sheriff press release:

The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a mandatory fire evacuations for the following Weaverville areas: 

Leslie Lane, Weaver Bally Rd, Weaver Bally Estates, Fisher Price Lane, Ridge Rd, Easter Avenue, Barbara Avenue, Garden Gulch, Browns Ranch Rd, Squires Lane, East Weaver Creek Rd, Airport Rd, Brooks Lane, Squires Lane. 

The Red Cross evacuation center is located at the Weaverville Elementary School.

UPDATE 6:34 p.m.: Cal Fire tweet:

Homes threatened by the fast growing fire.[Photo provided by a reader.]

UPDATE 6:27 p.m.: Map from here.

UPDATE 6:22 p.m.: Cal Fire is now saying 200 acres! Hwy 299 now closed.


Original post:

A fast growing blaze has blown up two miles west of Weaverville. The first report came at 4:25 today. Cal Fire says the burn (known as the Oregon Fire) is already 40 acres. CHP dispatch reports that a boat may have come off its trailer sending up a spark that started the incident. The dispatch also says that evacuation notice is going out to some residents in the area.

According to CHP, eastbound 299 is being closed at the Oregon Summit.

Smoke seen from the main street of Weaverville. [Photo provided by a reader.]


Willow Creek Air Quality at Unhealthy Levels

Kym Kemp / Sunday, Aug. 24 @ 4:32 p.m. /  News

As smoke pours into many areas of Humboldt from the Happy and the July Complex, air quality is suffering. Willow Creek has just moved into the Unhealthy category. People in that community are being advised to stay indoors.

North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District press release:

Smoke levels in the [Willow Creek area has] been classified as Unhealthy and are creating a health hazard. Smoke is being generated by the fires of the Happy and July Complexes. Current weather forecasts a short lived shift in northwesterly winds by this evening. Northeasterly winds are anticipated to return tomorrow.

Smoke Levels continue to be monitored. Please watch for updates. People are recommended to restrict outdoor activity.Symptoms that may be related to excess smoke exposure include: 

• Repeated coughing 

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

• Wheezing 

• Chest tightness or pain

• Palpitations 

• Nausea or unusual fatigue

• Lightheadedness

If you have any of the symptoms listed above, contact your health care provider. Please see the NCUAQMD’s General Public Service Announcement for recommendations on limiting smoke exposure.

For 24-hour Air Quality Advisory Information, call the NCUAQMD’s hotline toll-free at 1-866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287-6329), or visit the website at

Homesteading Humboldt: A Gift From the Sea

Kym Kemp / Sunday, Aug. 24 @ 3:44 p.m. /  Food

Want to learn how to make stuff? build stuff? grow stuff? The Lost Coast Outpost will occasionally be bringing you guest posts from experts in their fields that will give you a bit of information on living sustainably and cultivating old-fashioned skills in a modern way.

Today’s post in our Homesteading Humboldt series is written by Dottie Simmons. She and her husband, Dennis, are the creators of one of our local businesses, Simmon’s Natural Body CareTheir Facebook page is here. Simmons is a Humboldt County Master Food Preserver (MFP) and a trained volunteer through the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE.) 


From Sea to Pantry

Part of keeping a well-stocked pantry is having some protein packed away. Dry beans and peas fill some of that need, frozen meats another, but there is nothing like having some canned Albacore tuna!

Now is the time of year fresh/frozen Albacore tuna is available direct from the fishing boats moored at Woodley Island. Canning your own tuna is a job worth the effort. Home canned Albacore is delicious and you can have variety you can’t find any other way.

First and foremost, Tuna MUST be canned in a pressure canner (NOT pressure cooker) with a gauge. Low acid foods such as meat, fish, green beans and other vegetables, can harbor botulism bacteria, which are killed by the high heat (240°) generated by steam under pressure. Luckily, this is easy and safe to do in your kitchen.

Tuna tips:

You can buy tuna whole or loined (filleted). It costs a bit more to get it loined. The price you pay is for the whole fish BEFORE it is loined, but we have always found home canning tuna to be cost effective. We bought $60 worth of loins last week and got 16-8 ounce jars coming out to $3.75 each – not including the tuna we grilled for dinner!

Pros for buying the tuna filleted: It’s not easy to loin a tuna if you are not accustomed to doing it, and can add a considerable amount of time to the process. You have none of the bones, tail, etc. to deal with.

Cons: If you want the extra parts: head; tail; bones; dark red meat, as cat food or fertilizer or?, you lose them when you buy it pre-loined.

To slice or loin it yourself, it is easiest when the fish is still partially frozen.

Put ¼ cup white vinegar in the water of the canner to help with clean up and cut the smell. This makes it SO much easier.

I mark a sheet of paper with the desired length for each type of jar and place it under a clear cutting mat. This makes it easy to get the right length every time.

Cutting mat to help slice the right portion.


Can tuna raw or cooked in ½ pints or pint jars.

Raw pack: cut the loins crosswise into jar size pieces and pack into clean, hot jars leaving a 1” head space.

Hot pack: bake or grill whole tuna until done (165° to 175° internally). Chill, then remove skin, bones, dark flesh, etc. cut into quarters (loins) and then into jar length pieces. Personally, I prefer raw pack, but we have friends that say grilling it first gives it great flavor.

Now you can get creative, adding anything from boiling water to Cajun seasoning to add variety. We like tamari soy sauce, lemon infused olive oil, or diced jalapeno pepper, but the possibilities are endless. We like the lemon tuna in with salads, the tamari with vegetables. For liquids, add 1 tablespoon per ½ pint, 2 tablespoons to pint jars. Put no more than ½ teaspoon salt per ½ pint, 1 teaspoon per pint.

Remember to leave a 1 inch headspace, remove any air bubbles and wipe the jar rim before adding the 2-piece lid.

½ pints or pints are both processed 1 hour and 40 minutes (100 minutes) at 10 pounds pressure (11 pounds if you are over 1000 ft elevation, 12 lb. over 2000’ or 13 lb. from 4000’ to 6000’).

And whatever you do, save some to eat fresh. Albacore is a gift from the sea!

Questions about food preservation? Interested in a demo?

Questions about the Master Food Preserver Program?

Contact the Humboldt County Cooperative Extension Office at:

5630 S. Broadway, Eureka, CA 95503, Phone: 707) 444-9334, or online at:

Previous Homesteading Humboldt posts:


Family Seeking Kidney Donor for Fortuna Woman

Kym Kemp / Sunday, Aug. 24 @ 3:21 p.m. /  Humboldt

Jayne Peters 

Fortuna resident, Jayne Johnson Peters was 9 years old when she began to get sick. She was eleven when her kidneys failed. “She is one of the youngest children to have double kidney failure without any family history of the problem,” explained her sister Jessica Peters. At 12, Jayne had surgery to implant a kidney from her mother. Now, at age 27, the donated kidney is failing. (On average, a donated kidney only lasts 10-12 years.) She needs a new one. Her family is hoping someone in this community can be a match.

Right now, Jayne has to have frequent medical interventions. Three times a week hemodialysis is done at a medical clinic in Eureka. It is a 6 hour process, said Jayne’s sister. Four hours must be spent on the system. “[Technicians] remove her blood with one tube and then pump it back in with another, Jessica explained. “She has a double port in her heart—an intake and an outtake.”  There the blood goes through a filtration system.

This process is very difficult, said Saryn Kennedy, a niece of the two sisters who recently went with her aunt to the center. “It was so horrible to watch her whole body turn white.”

Jayne must also do peritoneal dialysis several times a week. “She is doing home dialysis as well,” Jessica said. “It takes 12 hours. That is a port that goes into her stomach. It pumps in a saline solution. She has a drain port into her stomach to drain it out.” 

A new kidney would allow Jayne to continue her studies in health nutrition. However, no one in Jayne’s immediate family can donate. “I can’t be a donor because I have a certain type of Auto Immune Disorder that disqualifies me,” Jessica ran through the list. “Mother already gave one. Father’s protein count [is] too high. Saryn [has the] wrong blood type.”

The family is hoping someone will help. “She is blood type 0-,” niece Saryn Kennedy said eagerly. “Any type of O blood can be a match.” 

The process isn’t easy for a would-be donor. However, according to a webpage offered by the Mayo Clinic,Research has shown that there’s little long-term risk for kidney donation, provided you’re carefully screened before becoming a donor.”

Collage of Jayne Peters photos compiled by her sister, Jessica Peters. The child is one of her nephews.

There are organizations that will help pay travel expenses and [help donors] get a medical leave,” Saryn Kennedy explained. Anyone wishing to explore the possibility of donating or with at any questions regarding procedures should contact the California Pacific Medical Center at (415) 600-1700 in regards to the Jayne Johnson/Peters account.

In addition, an account has been set up at Umqua Bank to help raise money. The Jayne Peters Kidney Fund’s account number is 993088707. Anyone wishing to donate may either send a check or deposit money directly at any Umqua bank.

A raffle and auction are also planned as future fundraisers.