Kym Kemp / Sunday, Feb. 16 @ 4:25 p.m. / PSA
The Camo Cowboys, Los Marjuanos and Blue Sky Pie will all be playing at this Saturday’s benefit to raise money for an anti-rodenticide ad campaign.
Rodenticides have contributed to the death of wildlife such as fishers and hawks. Local activists have worked to remove these kinds of products from local businesses. Now environmental groups are raising money to alert more people to the associated dangers.
Kym Kemp / Sunday, Feb. 16 @ 1:13 p.m. / News
On Christmas Day, Southern Humboldt residents spied a young hawk on the shoulder of Highway 101 near Redway. The next day they brought the malnourished bird to the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center in Bayside.
“The juvenile hawk was in very poor condition – he’d lost 50% of his normal body mass and was also critically anemic,” explained Bird Ally X’s in a detailed moving blog post about the rescue. The bird had apparently somehow suffered electrocution. With a great deal of time and energy, the creature was nurtured back to health.
Earlier this month, the hawk was released near where it was found. “Once the transport box was open,” the blog noted, “he launched toward the forest, the sky, and his free and wild life.”
Another photo of the immature hawk taken after its release in the Southern Humboldt area (Photo by Alfred Burger.)
Kym Kemp / Saturday, Feb. 15 @ 7:57 p.m. / News
Light shows tree suspended on wires over the roadway. (Photo provided by Caltrans.)
UPDATE 12 a.m.: Road opened.
UPDATED 9 p.m.: According to Caltrans spokesperson, Betsy Totten, the Avenue of the Giants is closed 1/4 mile north of Weott. A tree has fallen and is suspended on wires above the roadway. Crews are on scene and working to remove the hazard.
Caltrans is reporting that Avenue of the Giants is currently closed at mile marker 18.5. CHP dispatch reports that the tree has fallen on wires and the gps coordinates given point to an spot just north of Weott.
Caltrans is reporting that PG&E is onsite with them working to clear the problem.
Kym Kemp / Saturday, Feb. 15 @ 7:49 a.m. / Weather
Graphic from the US National Weather Service’s Facebook page.
According to the US National Weather Service, blustery southerly winds are predicted today between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Gusts could reach 50 mph particularly on coastal headlands and mountain ridges.
Driving conditions could be impacted by these winds with high profile vehicles experiencing the most difficulty. Areas of Hwy 101 and 299, Bald Hills Road and Fickle Hill Road could be particularly affected.
Below is a snip from the NOAA weather map showing areas most likely to be affected. The area in lavender shows where a small craft advisory is under affect. Spots of gold show where a wind advisory has been placed.
Kym Kemp / Friday, Feb. 14 @ 8:14 p.m. / News
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department Press Release:
On 02-14-2014 at 10:41 AM the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center received a telephone call from a motorist in Calpella, California.
The motorist reported seeing an adult male laying on the ground in a clearing beside the roadway in the 5000 block of North State Street. The motorist noticed what appeared to be two dogs attacking the adult male’s body.
A Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Officer arrived on scene and witnessed the two dogs, a Rottweiler and Pitbull, standing over the adult male’s body.
The Animal Control Officer yelled to the dogs to gain their attention and the Rottweiler aggressively charged at the Officer. The Officer discharged his duty weapon two times hitting the Rottweiler at least once.
The Rottweiler fled a short distance away and died as a result of being shot by the Officer. The Pitbull, described as being white in color, fled the area and was not located after an exhaustive search of the area.
The Animal Control Officer approached the adult male and noticed he was deceased.
Sheriff’s Detectives and investigators from the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office were summoned to the scene. The investigation into the cause of the adult male’s death is ongoing.
At this time investigators do not believe the adult male died as a result of an animal attack although evidence of animal activity on the adult male’s body was evident.
Sheriff’s Detectives have yet to identify the adult male and a forensic autopsy has been scheduled for 02-18-2014.
Animal Control Officers took possession of the Rottweiler with the intention of having an autopsy preformed on the animal.
The owner(s) of the Rottweiler and Pitbull have yet to be determined.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is urged to call the Sheriff’s Office Tip-line at 707-234-2100.
Kym Kemp / Thursday, Feb. 13 @ 9:28 p.m. / Community
It is the small things that make a community. Each helpful gesture may seem ordinary and unimportant to the one who does them. But in reality, these gestures build a sense of home and belonging. So here’s a small song of praise for one of Southern Humboldt’s businesses—for the way they step forward and help the schools, the churches and the non-profits all year long. Salmon Creek Community School was a lucky recipient of their kindness this week.
The school’s Valentine’s Day bake sale is normally held on the side of a busy country road. Tents and tables are spread with goodies, gifts and vases of bright red roses. But this year’s rains had puddled in the usual spot by the intersection of Salmon Creek Road and Maple Hills Road. Muddy and wet as the turnout was, the parents expected to have a miserable time. Then a parent explained the situation to Cathy Studebaker owner of Randall’s Sand and Gravel. She was asked to donate some rock to gravel the turnout. She kindly agreed and another parent spread the gravel (in the rain, bless him).
Tomorrow, tents and treats will be assembled in the much less muddy area. And, the bake sale will go forward with the support of this helpful business owner.
Studebaker explained, “I spent lots of time at bake sales when my kids were little in the rain and the sun. I think it is nice to see all the young parents working hard putting their time into making their school work… . I’m happy to do something like that.”
It wasn’t a huge gift but it was a heartening one—reminding everyone how lucky they are to live here and get so much support from this community.
Kym Kemp / Thursday, Feb. 13 @ 4:28 p.m. / Weather
Boards and boys making the best of a badminton situation on a rainy Humboldt day.
Twitter user @mkimberleeeeee posted this video of students at Humboldt State enjoying the liquid luxury of a real North Coast winter.