Zenia Bluff Road Closed

Kym Kemp / Friday, Dec. 5 @ 10:18 a.m. /

A large truck had difficulty negotiating the bridge on Dobbins Creek. The Zenia Bluff Road is closed until a big enough tow truck to move it can get to the site of the incident. Currently, the estimated time for the tow truck to get there is noon explained Denton Carrick from Humboldt County Public Works.

It will take some time after that for the truck to be moved.  Hold on folks living in the area. The hope is that the road will open by early afternoon.

Good luck, folks!

UPDATE! Redwood Drive Now Open One Lane Closed on East Benbow Drive

Kym Kemp / Friday, Dec. 5 @ 7:37 a.m. /

UPDATE: Redwood Drive is now open. (Thank goodness!) But East Branch Road in Benbow is still down to one lane and Zenia Bluff Road is closed.


Original post:

Southern Humboldt roadways are taking a beating with the latest storms. Two roads are currently seriously impacted.

Redwood Drive is still closed. Utility companies working to replace the two poles snapped yesterday when a tree on Redwood Drive near Redway fell are “having problems with one of the poles,” according to Denton Carrick from Humboldt County Public Works Department. At this point, Redwood Drive is closed with no estimated time of opening.

Hopefully this morning,” Carrick said. The Outpost will update with the new information as it comes in.

Also, the slipout on East Benbow Drive Branch in Benbow has been somewhat stabilized but with today’s storms predicted to dump up to an inch of rain, Carrick is keeping one lane closed in case the roadway moves again.

Thanks to all the roadworkers out in these rains keeping the cars rolling!

[UPDATE] Downed Power Lines Close Redwood Drive Near Dean Creek

Kym Kemp / Thursday, Dec. 4 @ 10:58 a.m. /  News

A truck was stuck between downed powerline and fallen tree. [Photo by Bryan Norkunas bryan@pv-cables.com]

UPDATE 11:50 a.m.: According to Denton Carrick from Humboldt County Roads, two utility poles are down and the road is estimated to remain closed until 2 a.m.!


Original post:At approximately 9:15 this morning, stormy weather in Southern Humboldt caused a tree to collapse onto Redwood Drive between Redway and Dean Creek. A powerline came down with the tree trapping a truck between the downed line and the downed tree. The road is closed and CHP dispatch indicates that that it might not be opened for hours.

Humboldt County Roads is headed to the area to assess the situation. 

Almost 1500 people are currently without electricity. However, PG&E is on scene and accessing damages.

Humboldt Is to Weed What Napa Is to Fine Wine

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Dec. 3 @ 6:49 p.m. /  marijuana

Local growers have said it for years, “Humboldt is to great cannabis what Napa is to fine wine.” But now NPR is saying it, too, in a piece about youthful travelers working in this county’s marijuana business.

Snip, snip here. Snip, snip there. Scissors drifters everywhere.” With a song from Humboldt County’s Camo Cowboys playing in the background, NPR Youth Radio reports on trimmigrants. Like migrant workers in Napa, the scissor drifters come with their own set of problems not always appreciated by the locals. (Maybe someday we’ll see solutions like this one, which was implemented in wine country, started here for our own migrant laborors.)

NPR Youth Radio was here in October gathering information for the story. Now our unique local phenomenon and very own coined word are apparently going to gets their few minutes of fame on All Things Considered tomorrow afternoon. 

Above is a trailer for the story.

Let the raucous commenting begin!


Full disclosure— this reporter provided photos and background for the story.

Alleged “Baby Faced” Robber Gets Busted After High Speed Chase

Kym Kemp / Monday, Dec. 1 @ 1:51 p.m. /  Crime

Two robberies in Mendocino County appear to be related. In each, a male robber with his accomplice hold up a grocery store. A high speed chase after the second robbery resulted in one man and one juvenile being arrested.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office press release:

On 11-29-14 at 2:15 PM, deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were summoned to the Little Baker’s Market, located at 6951 East Road in Redwood Valley for an armed robbery that had just occurred.

Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the store cashier and witnesses who indicated that a male adult entered the store, brandished a knife and demanded money. The cashier provided money from the cash register and the suspect fled the store, getting into the passenger seat of an early 1990’s model Honda sedan, and fled southbound on East Road.

The suspect was described as a male adult of unknown nationality, with olive colored skin, and he was wearing a lime green jumpsuit or coveralls, a black beanie style cap, black sunglasses, black cloth over his mouth and lower face, and black cotton gloves. The suspect was approximately 5‘5” tall and thin build. The driver of the car was a female with no further description.

Fortunately no persons were injured and the amount of money taken is, as of now, undetermined.

If anybody has any information regarding the robbery or possibly identity of the suspects, please contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.


On 11/30/2014 a similar incident happened at the Albion Store in Albion.  Two suspects were apprehended in that incident with evidence, linking them to this robbery, was obtained from their vehicle.  For further details see Press release #2014-31924.

Second press release:

On 11-30-2014 at approximately 10:57 AM, Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a robbery at the Albion Store.

A young male subject reportedly walked into the store wearing dark clothing, a black beanie, black face mask, black gloves and sunglasses. A second male sat outside behind the wheel of a green Honda sedan. As the subject spoke to the female clerk, his hand was concealed in a bag alongside his hip in a position that suggested he was holding a firearm.  The clerk thought she might have seen a handgun but could not be sure.  He demanded money and directed the clerk to give him only the $20.00 bills. Fearing for her life, the clerk handed the suspect a stack of $20 bills she estimated to be worth about $500.00.

The suspect then ran out of the store and got into a green Honda sedan driven by an accomplice. A witness from the store was able to provide the suspect vehicle description and direction of travel. The witness said the vehicle left and headed east bound on Albion Little River Road, towards Comptche.

Deputies from the Ukiah area joined deputies from the Coast to converge on the Comptche area from several directions.  They were assisted from State Park Rangers who were on duty in the area.  At one point the suspect vehicle was spotted by a deputy sheriff, travelling at a high rate of speed, east bound on Comptche-Ukiah Road, approximately 4 miles west of Comptche.  The deputy called out the suspect vehicle location and then turned around to attempt catch up with the vehicle. As the deputy arrived in Comptche, citizens provided information the suspect vehicle continued east on Comptche-Ukiah Road.  There were other MCSO Deputies in this area but they did not meet the vehicle.  A short time later the vehicle was spotted leaving a private driveway and was stopped on the Comptche-Ukiah Road near the intersection of Flynn Creek Road. It was later determined the vehicle entered the private driveway and attempted to flee on foot when the landowner confronted them.  They got back into the vehicle and drove back out the driveway where deputies apprehended them.

Deputies identified the robbery suspect as eighteen year-old Tristan Mendez of Redwood Valley and the driver as a 17 year old juvenile, also of Redwood Valley.  Evidence located on the suspects and in the suspects’ vehicle included approximately $500 in $20 bills, a knife, a black facemask, black gloves and a black beanie.   Evidence located also linked the suspects to a similar robbery, which occurred the day before, at the Little Baker’s Market in Redwood Valley (MCSO Press Release 2014-31859). Mendez and his seventeen-year-old accomplice were arrested for robbery and conspiracy.

The juvenile suspect was lodged into Juvenile Hall. Mendez was transported to the Mendocino County Jail where he is held in lieu of $150,000 bail.

[UPDATE] Law Enforcement Responding to Hiller Road In McKinleyville, Possible Weapons Involved

Kym Kemp / Sunday, Nov. 30 @ 12:02 p.m. /  News

UPDATE 1:51 p.m.: Confirmed attempted suicide. Patient in serious but stable condition.

Original post:

Law enforcement is responding to an area near Hiller Road and McKinleyville Avenue in McKinleyville. Weapons were reportedly involved. Medical was first asked to staged (stay at a distance until law enforcement ascertained that there was no danger to them.) However, medical is now at the scene.

Scanner traffic is reporting that this may be a suicide.

We are following this story.

Crescent City Boat Disabled and Adrift, Coast Guard Responding

Kym Kemp / Sunday, Nov. 30 @ 8:49 a.m. /  News

A small crab boat, the Codzilla,* is disabled and adrift near Crescent City. The Coast Guard received a report this morning that the vessel, containing two people, had engine issues and was drifting out to sea. 

According to a Coast Guard spokesperson, the agency is “launching our small boat from the Chetco River just across the Oregon border.” Crews on the 47 foot motor life boat will be responding in conditions the spokesperson called “a little rough.”

The fishing vessel, which is registered out of Crescent City, is currently being swept away from land and awaiting rescue from the Coast Guard.

Scanner traffic between the Coast Guard and the vessel indicates that once the rescue boat is launched, the response time will be an hour to an hour and a half transit to the disabled vessel. Once the Coast Guard arrives at the vessel, the vessel will be towed into harbor.

*First reported as the Godzilla.