Be On the Lookout: Generator Stolen From SoHum Vet

Kym Kemp / Thursday, Oct. 9 @ 7:43 a.m. /  Crime

Here’s the latest post in LoCO‘s “Be On the Lookout” series, where we highlight stolen items (in this case the item may have been lost and later found) and ask you to help by reporting any sighting to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, a red and black Honda GX380 was stolen from behind the Garberville Redway Veterinary Group’s office.

When power goes out in the area, this generator kept the vet’s office up and running and able to minister to sick and injured animals.

If anyone has any information please contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251.

Photos are of a similar generator not the exact one taken.

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61 Reasons for the North Coast to Be Glad Amaber Remembered Her Dad’s Birthday

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Oct. 8 @ 8:48 p.m. / Good News

On October 4, Amaber Heidinger decided to remember what would have been her dad’s 61st birthday by doing 61 random kind deeds. Were you one of the people who benefited?

One of the acts of random kindness Heidinger did in her father’s name was give her niece, Randi, a bouquet of flowers.


Colorado Murder Suspect Arrested Last Night near Rio Dell

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Oct. 8 @ 3:36 p.m. /  Crime

California Highway Patrol press release:

On the evening of Tuesday, November October 7th, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Humboldt Area with the assistance of multiple allied agencies, apprehended a murder suspect out of Colorado wanted for the murder of his wife.

Just after 5 pm, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) notified CHP Humboldt Communications of a murder suspect, 51 year old Ralph Le Roy Candelario, who was believed to be traveling through the southern Humboldt County area.  Mr. Candelario was issued an arrest warrant out of Colorado for the alleged murder of his wife in January. 

At approximately 6:30 pm, a CHP unit observed the associated vehicle, a 1993 Saab 900 convertible, traveling northbound on US-101, north of Jordan Road.  With the assistance of the Fortuna Police Department, Rio Dell Police Department, the Humboldt County Sheriff Department, and additional CHP units, an enforcement stop was made on the vehicle on US-101 Northbound, north of Rio Dell.  Subsequent to the enforcement stop, Mr. Candelario was taken into custody without incident.  Mr. Candelario’s son, 20 year old Joel Candelario, was following behind his father in a separate vehicle.  Joel Candelario was detained at the scene and later released.

Mr. Candelario was booked into the Humboldt County Jail facility on the felony warrant, and is currently awaiting extradition back to Colorado.

[New Hours!] Don’t Drive Through Willits on Thursday If You Can Avoid It, Says Caltrans

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Oct. 8 @ 8:02 a.m. /  News

Caltrans press release:

On Thursday, October 9, traffic on US Highway 101 on the south end of the Willits Bypass Project will be diverted to a long-term detour.  In order to tie the detour into the existing highway, one-way traffic control with a pilot car will be in effect from 2AM 4AM to 9PM on Thursday only.  Motorists should anticipate major traffic delays which could reach one hour or more during peak traffic times, with southbound traffic on US Highway 101 backing up into the northern end of Willits.  Motorists are advised to leave early to allow for extra travel time, or to alter their travel plans to avoid this section of highway.  This work is being done during the day due to nighttime temperatures which are too cold for paving.

The detour will eventually become the southbound onramp to US Highway 101 from Route 20.  Motorists are urged to drive with caution through the detour which contains a curve with a 20 MPH advisory speed.  The detour will remain in place until the bypass is completed in summer 2017.

Cannabis Growers Raise Consciousness About Their Issues While Raising Money for Needy Families

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Oct. 8 @ 7 a.m. /  marijuana

Members of the cannabis cultivation community mingled with local business owners and lawmakers at a meeting last Friday in Willow Creek. [Photo provided by Jason Beaver.]

On Friday, October 3, California Cannabis Voice in Willow Creek raised over $4000 to bring needy families in that community Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts. But that was just a side issue. The relatively new organization also brought over 200 people, including Humboldt County supervisors Ryan Sundberg and Virginia Bass, to discuss marijuana regulation. The festive event included two smoked hogs and music.

Sundberg stated in an email to the Outpost, “The BBQ meeting in Willow Creek last Friday night was one of the most encouraging I have been to in a while. People from the Marijuana Industry were coordinated and knew what the issues were that they need to overcome to become a legit industry.”

Jason Beaver, Development Director for California Cannabis Voice (CCV) said that the gathering was designed to “put forth a map by which we can move forward and hopefully begin to regulate ourselves in Humboldt County so when legalization happens, we are already ahead of the game.”

The relatively large turnout, Beaver said, shows the community’s interest in regulation of cannabis. Beaver believes there “has never been a larger gathering in Willow Creek for political purposes.” Having Humboldt County Supervisors join with members of the cultivation community,” Beaver said,  will “legitimize the conversation about our county’s future in cannabis.” 

Supervisor Sundberg spoke to the CCV meeting in Willow Creek (see photo below.) Later, he recapped his statements in an email to the Outpost. He wrote, “I let them know my view that marijuana is here, it’s not going anywhere, and we need to all talk about how to deal with the impacts now, so we can be leaders in becoming legitimate instead of accepting what out of the area people think is good for us.”

Humboldt County Supervisor Virginia Bass, Richard Marks CCV Humboldt Organizer, Matt Kumin, Director of CCV and Humboldt County Supervisor Ryan Sundberg at the Willow Creek gathering. [Photo provided by Jason Beaver.]

One of the goals of the CCV is to emulate the good practices of the wine industry. The organization believes that just as Napa is the center of wine making for California, the Emerald Triangle can become a similar center for cannabis. Luke Bruner, CCV treasurer said in an interview with the Outpost, “Doing [regulation] right will improve the value of our land and cause the price of our products to go up. If we improve the value of our brand…if our brand is associated with best practices …those are the things you have to do to become the next Napa.”

Bruner believes that in order for marijuana growers to gain respectability, they need to differentiate “themselves from the bad actors and the trespass growers.”  He explained, “When legit farmers can be legalized and regulated on the books and taxed, then we will have a scenario where the county and the legit farmers can work hand and hand.” 

 Beaver agrees. He explained to the Outpost in a phone interview that CCV wants Humboldt County to “have something that protects its brand moving forward. We need to do the very best we can to protect our brand internationally.” One of the ways to do that he said is to “be pioneers in the environmental area. There are so many people here already doing that.”

Patrick Murphy, the CCV Willow Creek Community Outreach Director, believes that there is a “perception of local [cannabis] farmers that they are greedy people who don’t care to solve the problems that the industry has brought to the area.” He said that he and CCV want to change that perception which is why they have started identifying areas of concern and are stepping in to help. He explained that in Willow Creek, with the help of local organizations, CCV “identified 120 families—some of these families are elderly people who are by themselves and some are families with multiple children—that might not have Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. In this one night we got over $4000 to help.”

The next area that Murphy is hoping to work on in his community is removing trash possibly left by “trimmigrants,” itinerant marijuana labor. “We put together a volunteer list… . There is a lot of trash under the bridge—that seems an obvious place to start.”

Murphy said that when he approached his local water board seeking ways to help in Willow Creek, he told them, “We want people to know we are your friends and we’re your family and we’re your neighbors and we want you to know that local cannabis farmers can be outstanding members of this community. 

Supervisor Sundberg noted that working to regulate the cannabis industry is still in its fledgling stages. He wrote, “There is a lot of work to do, but I think this is going in the right direction.”

The next meeting of Humboldt’s CCV is today in Eureka. Go here for a description.

How Long Has It Been Since You Took a College of The Redwoods Night Class?

Kym Kemp / Tuesday, Oct. 7 @ 9:18 p.m. /  Community


Here’s a flyer for one of the classes offered at the Garberville site this fall.`


CHP Releases Information on Fatal Accident Near Alderpoint Today

Kym Kemp / Tuesday, Oct. 7 @ 4:56 p.m. /  News

California Highway Patrol press release:

On October 7, 2014, at approximately 9:35 am, a 2002 Toyota Tacoma driven by a 39 year old male was traveling eastbound on Alderpoint Road, just west of Harris Road in Humboldt County.  While exiting a left hand curve in  the roadway, the Toyota continued its turning action and crossed over the westbound traffic lane of Alderpoint Road and onto the north ascending embankment.  The Toyota traveled up the embankment and overturned.  The Toyota came to rest on its wheels within Alderpoint Road.  The driver suffered major injuries as a result of the collision and was transported by City Ambulance of Eureka to a location on Alderpoint Road accessible by helicopter.  The driver was then air lifted by REACH Helicopter to Mercy Medical Center in Redding where he succumbed to his injuries. 

The driver’s use of the vehicle’s restraint system is still under investigation. 

Alcohol does appear to be a factor in the cause of this collision. 

California Highway Patrol, Cal-Fire, Alderpoint Volunteer Fire, City Ambulance of Eureka, and REACH Helicopter responded to the scene.  This collision remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol, Garberville Area.