01October2014

As the June 3, 2014 election approaches, the four candidates running for Humboldt County District Attorney have made numerous appearances, including a Candidate Forum in Garberville on May 5. The 2-hour forum began at 7 pm and was hosted by the Civil Liberties Monitoring Project and broadcast live on KMUD. The photo provided by KMUD Technical Director Simon Frech shows the DA candidates from left to right: Maggie Fleming, Alan Dollison, Elan Firpo and Arnie Klein and, seated at the table to the left, is forum facilitator Ed Densen.The forum was attended by over 30 people. Full audio from the forum was provided by Simon Frech and may be heard using the players at the bottom of the page.

Additional candidate news appears on a previous KMUD News post "Race for Humboldt Co. D.A. heats up."

KMUD Correspondent Daniel Mintz aired a report on the event on the KMUD local news. Use the KMUD Soundcloud player below to hear that report.

 

Below is the full audio from the Candidate Forum, split into two parts. Part 1 starts with Facilitators Ed Densen and Jacob Schaffer.
Part 1

Part 2

The County Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet for the June 3, 2014 election has been mailed to registered voters in Humboldt County.  If you did not get your sample ballot, or need another copy, you can download polling place information and the sample ballot here. May 19 is the last day to register for this election. Click here for on-line registration information.  

To register online you will need:

  • Your California driver license or California identification card number
  • The last four digits of your social security number and Your date of birth.

In addition to voting for Governor and Lt. Governor, there are ten other State Offices on the ballot. Two statewide measures, the Southern Humboldt Unified School District Bond Measure and seven county offices are also on the ballot, including the Office of District Attorney which lists four candidates - click here for the KMUD News post on the District Attorney candidates. Note: CLMP will sponsor a DA candidate debate on Mon., May 5 at the Veterans Hall in Garberville.  The doors will open at 6:30 pm and the debate will run from 7 until 9 pm. KMUD will air this debate.

Benjamin Jasper Carter (shown in the photo) is wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of Zackery Jacob Chapman, age 36, from Redway. Chapman's body was found Last Saturday, April 19, 2014, just off of Kimtu Road, Garberville. On Friday the 18th, after the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a possible homicide, Melinda Elaine Carter (shown in the photo below), age 41, the wife of suspect Benjamin Jasper Carter, was arrested in Redway for conspiracy and accessory to a homicide, auto theft and arson. According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, the homicide is believed to have occurred on a property off Conic Creek, Garberville, where a trailer on the property had been burned down, possibly in an attempt to conceal evidence. The HCSO press releases appear below.

Carter is described to as a white male, age 33, 6’3”, 180 lbs., brown hair, and blue eyes. Carter’s head may be shaved bald and he may have a goatee and mustache. Carter has multiple tattoos on his chest, back, arms, legs, and neck. Carter is associated with a black GMC truck, CA license 6R68046. The truck has a blue tailgate with an Oakland Raiders design and front end damage. Carter is believed to be armed and dangerous - if seen, do not approach the suspect and contact law enforcement.

If anyone has information on this homicide they are encouraged to call Investigator Cheryl Franco at 707-268-3644 or the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251. 


HCSO press release, dated April 21, 2014:
On 04-18-2014 at about 10:30pm, Humboldt County Sheriff Office Detectives arrested Melinda Elaine Carter age 41 for conspiracy and accessory to a homicide, auto theft and arson.  Melinda Carter was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility in Eureka where her bail was set at $750,000 dollars. Detectives located Melinda Carter in a motel room at the Brass Rail Motel in Redway where they had served a search warrant related to the homicide investigation. Melinda Carter is the wife of the suspect, Benjamin Jasper Carter age 33, who has not been arrested yet in connection of the homicide.

On 04-19-2014 at about 12:30pm, a citizen dialed 9-1-1 after locating a deceased male body just off Kimtu Road, Garberville. The body was in the water near the river bank. Sheriff’s Office Detectives, who were in the area immediately responded to the scene. Sheriff’s Offices Detectives assisted by the California Department of Justice processed the crime scene. The Humboldt County Coroner Office responded to the scene to take possession of the body.

The male victim was identified by the Coroner’s Office as Zackery Jacob Chapman age 36 from Redway. Chapman appears to have died from the result of a gunshot wound. An Autopsy is scheduled for later this week.

On 04-19-2014 the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office along with Humboldt County Arson Task Force and the California Department of Justice processed the homicide scene, which was located on a piece of property off Conic Creek, Garberville. A trailer on the property had been burned down after the homicide in an attempt to conceal evidence where the homicide occurred.

The Sheriff’s Office is advising the public if they see the suspect Benjamin Jasper Carter to immediately contact law enforcement and do not approach Carter, who is considered armed and dangerous. They are being advised to dial 9-1-1.

 If anyone has information on this homicide they are encouraged to call Investigator Cheryl Franco at 707-268-3644 or the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251.
       

HCSO press release, dated April 19, 2014:
On 04/18/2014 the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a possible homicide involving a firearm that occurred in the Southern Humboldt area. The Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating this allegation with the assistance from the District Attorney Investigator’s Office, Department of Justice (DOJ), Arson Task Force, and the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

Benjamin Jasper Carter is wanted for questioning in association to this investigation. Carter is described to be a white male, age 33, 6’3”, 180 lbs, brown hair, and blue eyes. Carter’s head may be shaved bald and he may have a goatee and mustache. Carter has multiple tattoos on his chest, back, arms, legs, and neck. Carter is associated with a black GMC truck, CA license 6R68046. The truck has a blue tailgate with an Oakland Raiders design and front end damage. Carter is believed to be armed and dangerous. If seen, do not approach and contact law enforcement.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Melinda Elaine Carter shown in the photo below:

 

 


 

The Emerald Cup is the world's longest running outdoor organic cannabis competition and celebration. In its 10th year it moved out of the Emerald Triangle and drew approximately 5,000 visitors  to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, Calif. on December 14th and 15th, 2013. KMUD streamed the event live on the web and simulcast it on KMUD's HD2 channel.

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Click here for a Video by kubby tv of Steve Kubby interviewed by Harold Day and others at KMUD Booth:

Use the players below to hear audio recorded at the Emerald Cup event. The audio tracks were edited by Kerry Reynolds, KMUD News Correspondent and Host of the KMUD Radio Show Cannabis Consciousness. Kerry's show airs every first Sunday from 1:30-3:00pm on KMUD and streams live at: kmud.org. The photos and audio descriptions were also provided by Kerry Reynolds.

AUDIO OF AWARDS CEREMONY AND INTERVIEW WITH THE EMERALD CUP FOUNDER, TIM BLAKE
Awards Ceremony  Audio Part 1 - John Vergados sings to Brave Mykala; a blessing from Swami, a welcome from Jose Gutierrez; Debbie Goldsberry accepts lifetime achievement award; Fred Gardner presents Dennis Peron with lifetime achievement award; and Toni Serra marries Dennis Peron to longtime partner John Entwistle.

Awards Ceremony Audio Part 2 -  Tim Blake, Swami, Nikki and others announce the award winners. Top winners give acceptance speeches.

Cup Founder and Organizer Tim Blake interviewed by KMUD's Christina Aanestad.

AUDIO OF 2013 EMERALD CUP PANELS

Audio 1 - Medicinal Use of Cannabis For Children. Moderator: Attorney Matt Kumin Speakers: Erin and Brandon, Parents of Brave Mykala; Andrew DeAngelo, GM of Harborside Health Center; Samantha Miller, President and Chief Scientist of Pure Analytics; Micky Martin, Activist Parents4pot.org.

Audio 2 - Part 1: Breeding In Desired Traits, Breeding Out the Unwanted. Moderator: Leo Stone. Panelists: Lawrence Ringo, DJ Short, MzJil, Subcool

Audio 3  - Part 2: Breeding In Desired Traits, Breeding Out the Unwanted. Moderator: Leo Stone. Panelists: Lawrence Ringo, DJ Short, MzJil, Subcool

Audio 4 - Dabs, Are They Safe? Part 1 Moderator: Alec Dixon, SC Labs; Speakers: Josh Wurzer, SC Labs; K, Trichome Technologies; Nikka T; Addison, Steep Hill Labs; Taylor Beezel

Audio 5 - Dabs, Are They Safe? Part 2 Moderator: Alec Dixon, SC Labs; Speakers: Josh Wurzer, SC Labs; K, Trichome Technologies; Nikka T; Addison, Steep Hill Labs; Taylor Beezel

Audio 6 - Hemp .  Moderator: Michael Gosney. Speakers: Anna Owen, Chris Conrad, Agua Das.

Audio 7 - The Soil Food Web. Speaker: Jeff Lowenfells, Author of Teaming With Microbes

Audio 8 - True Living Organics. Speaker: The Rev, Cultivation writer for Skunk Magazine and author of True Living Organics

Audio 9 - Trends in Breeding. Moderator: John Vergados. Speakers: Green House Seeds, Simon The Professor, Sasha the Joint Doctor

THE FOLLOWING PANEL RECORDINGS DO NOT INCLUDE THE FULL PANELS

Audio A - Better Business Practices - This recording begins about 15 minutes into the panel. Moderator: Granddaddy Mike. Speakers: Steven DeAngelo (Harborside Health Center), Robert Jacob (Mayor of Sebastapol, Dispensary owner), Asa Schaffer(Sonoma County Collective), Forrest Landers (Magic Flight Launch Box)

Audio B- Beyond NPK How To Grow Your Own. A recording of the last 22 minutes. Moderator: Kristin Nevedal. Speakers: Kevin Jodrey, Rosebud and Scott Ireland, Scott Zeramby

Audio C-Social Impacts of Cannabis Growing. A recording of the first 18 minutes. Moderator: Kyndra Miller Speakers: Amanda Reiman, Kym Kemp, Diane Goldstein.

Audio D -Bud Curing - A recording of the last 6 minutes. Moderator: Kristin Nevedal. Speakers: Ed Rosenthal, Kevin Jodrey

Emerald Cup Stage

Update: April 24, 2014 - Jacqueline Joanne Sullivan (shown in the photo) is still missing. according to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. However, her ATM Card was used in the Coalinga, California area on March 11, 2014. HCSO also reported the vehicle driven by Sullivan, a 2002 Toyota Tacoma grey pickup with a shell, has a California license plate 6EYT307, not 7M50504 as originally reported. The updated press release is posted below.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

HCSO Press Release, dated April 24, 2014:

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detectives are still searching for Jacqueline Joanne Sullivan, 39 years old. Detectives spoke with Sullivan’s landlord who told them she texted him ten days prior to moving out of her apartment and told the landlord she was leaving the area. Detectives have also learned that Sullivan’s ATM Card was used in the Coalinga, California area on March 11, 2014. At this point there has still been no sighting of Sullivan or contact with family members who are worried about her welfare.

Detectives also learned the license plate on the truck she is driving is a 2002 Toyota Tacoma, grey with a shell, is California Plate 6EYT307, not 7M50504 as originally reported. The 7M50504 is an old license plate for the same truck.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

The original post on this story appears below.

Jacqueline Joanne Sullivan, a former KMUD employee, (shown in the photos) was reported by her mother as missing on April 8, 2014.

Jacqueline Sullivan is described as follows: White female, 39 years old, 5’6” tall, 150 lbs., brown eyes, glasses, brown shoulder length pony tail. She drives a 2002 Toyota Tacoma, grey with a shell, California Plate 7M50504.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539. The Humboldt County sheriff's Office press release appears below.

KMUD News Anchor, Eileen Russell, interviewed Jacqueline Sullivan's mother about her disappearance. The interview, which aired on the KMUD Local News on Mon., April 14, 2014, can be heard using the player below.


HCSO press release, dated April 14, 2014:
On 04-08-2014, at approximately 3:00 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a missing person report from the mother of Jacqueline Joanne Sullivan, 39 years old. The mother told the investigating deputy that she last communicated with her daughter on 02-20-2014. The mother said during the last communication with Jacqueline Sullivan the conversation sounded confused.

The mother has been attempting to contact her daughter ever since with no success.  The mother is concerned there are medical issues and Sullivan needs treatment. It is unknown where her daughter is and her cell phone voice mail is full. Her mother has checked with all her friends and other family members and no one has any idea what has happened to her or where she went.

Jacqueline Sullivan is described as follows: White female, 39 years old, 5’6” tall, 150 lbs., brown eyes, glasses, brown shoulder length pony tail. She drives a 2002 Toyota Tacoma, grey with a shell, California Plate 7M50504.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Jacqueline Sullivan in the KMUD Broadcast Studio.

Update: April 14, 2014 - Shannon Paige Sundberg, previously reported as missing, was located last Saturday safe and not in need of further assistance by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The press release update appears below.

HCSO press release, dated April 12, 2014:
On 04/12/2014 at approximately 2 PM, missing person Shannon Paige Sundberg was located by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.  A citizen had phoned the Sheriff’s Office and stated that they were traveling behind the vehicle that was associated with Shannon Sundberg. The caller stated the vehicle was last seen traveling south bound on Highway 101 in Eureka taking the Humboldt Hill exit. A Sheriff’s Deputy was in the immediate area at the time of the call and located Sundberg parked in her vehicle at the Humboldt Hill Vista Point. Paige was contacted and did not require any further assistance from the Sheriff’s Office.

The original post on this story appears below.


 

Shannon Sundberg (shown in the photo) was reported missing early this morning (April 11, 2014) by her husband. Her husband reported, to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, that she left last evening to drive from her home in Weott to a medical appointment in Fortuna.

Shannon Sundberg is described as follows: White female, 5’ 7” tall, 120 lbs., brownish red shoulder length hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and knee high leather boots with heels. She is driving a silver 2003 Saturn Ion, California plate 5CVV666. Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539. The HCSO press release appears below.

HCSO press release, dated April 11, 2014:
On 04-11-2014, at approximately 2:00 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the husband of Shannon Paige Sundberg who reported her as a missing person- overdue motorist.  Her husband told the investigating deputy that Shannon Sundberg left their Weott home on 04-10-2014, at approximately 6:30 p.m., for a medical appointment in the Fortuna area. He said his wife has had medical issues for several months and he was concerned when she failed to come home or contact him. He tried to call her cell phone and it rings directly to her voice mail. He told the deputy her failure to contact him or come home is completely out of character.

Shannon Sundberg is described as follows: White female, 5’ 7” tall, 120 lbs, brownish red shoulder length hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and knee high leather boots with heels. She is driving a silver 2003 Saturn Ion, California plate 5CVV666.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Beloved Briceland Volunteer Fire Chief, Tim Olsen, passed away in the afternoon on Thursday, March 20, and a memorial service honoring him will be held on Sunday April 13, 2014 beginning at 1:00PM at the River Lodge Conference Center located  at 1800 Riverwalk Dr., Fortuna Calif. Two of the photos on this page are from the Briceland Volunteer Fire Dept. Facebook page. The photo at the very bottom of the page was taken by Brian Elie and shows the Chief's Vehicle, at the Briceland Volunteer Fire Department, decorated as a memorial to Chief Tim Olsen.

Tune in to KMUD for a special edition of Burning Issues this Sunday, March 30, starting at 1:30 pm when host George Monroe will honor Tim Olsen. Chief Olsen was a frequent guest on Burning Issues, loved engaging listeners and often ran into the studio to share his fire and rescue stories.

The following information describing the memorial service for Tim Olsen was received by KMUD News:

The public memorial service for fallen Briceland Fire Chief Tim Olsen will be held on Sunday April 13, 2014 beginning at 1:00PM at the River Lodge Conference Center  located  at 1800 Riverwalk Dr. Fortuna Ca. A reception and dinner will immediately follow the memorial service at the same location. Chief Tim Olsen was well loved and admired for his work in Emergency services, not only in southern Humboldt but all over Humboldt County. He happily dedicated many years of his life to protect and serve our community and created a strong professional rural fire department that is admired and respected by all. Please join us and his family in honoring him in the tradition fitting for a fire chief of his stature.

All Humboldt county fire departments will receive email notification regarding procession details. Anyone wishing to make monetary donations for the Tim Olsen Memorial Fund can do so by sending a check to Briceland Volunteer Fire Department Po box 1249 Redway,  CA 95560 or cash donations can be made at the Community Credit Union in Garberville Ca under Briceland Volunteer Fire Department.

Photo below by Brian Elie shows the Chief's Vehicle at Briceland VFD decorated as a memorial to Chief Tim Olsen:

The current drought in California has prompted a streamlined approval process for installation of storage tanks by landowners in several regions of the state, including Del Norte, Humboldt, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity counties. According to a press release from the Calif. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, "...CDFW has essentially 'pre-approved' the installation of storage tanks that meet the general criteria. The State Water Board has agreed to incorporate these criteria as conditions of approval, and to expedite the issuance of the registrations."

The press release applauded local conservation efforts saying, "Today’s action was the direct result of suggestions made by local communities and fish conservation organizations such as Trout Unlimited, Mattole River Sanctuary Forest and the Salmonid Restoration Federation."

This streamlined approval process is limited to parties that are diverting and storing water to be used only for domestic purposes and fire protection. Further requirements include: tank design (must be rigid type, as opposed to collapsible type); storage tank(s) capacity must be at least that which would constitute a 60-day supply; and agreement by the applicant to use the stored water as a substitute for withdrawing additional water during the summer when flows are lowest. Click here to view the complete press release.

The State Water Resources Control Board has set up a website explaining the new Small Domestic Registration Process-click here connect to that site.

Click here to download the Dept. of Calif. Fish and Wildlife conditions that apply to registrations that meet the criteria for Emergency Tank Storage Registrations.

Click here to download the State Water Board form for Registering Small Domestic Use Tank Storage.

On March 14, 2014, KMUD News Director, Terri Klemetson, interviewed Dana Stolzman, Executive Director of the Salmonid Restoration Federation for more information about this new change in water storage requirements. The audio from this interview can be heard using the player below.


 

 

Use the player below to hear Jane Arnold from the Dept. of Fish & wildlife as she clarifies some of the new tank storage policy changes. Ms. Arnold was a guest on the Thurs. March 18, edition of the KMUD Environment Show hosted by Scott Greacen, Executive Director of Friends of the Eel River.

A public memorial service for Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino (shown in the photo), will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 beginning at 10:00 AM at the Cotton Auditorium located at 500 North Harold Street in Fort Bragg, California. Deputy Del Fiorentino was shot and killed last Wed., March 19 by a kidnapping suspect later identified as 42-year-old Ricardo Anthony Chaney from Oregon. Links to more information and the full press release appear below.

Additional links:

MCSO press release:
The public memorial service for fallen Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino will be held on Wednesday March 26, 2014 beginning at 10:00 AM at the Cotton Auditorium located at 500 North Harold Street in Fort Bragg, California. A reception will immediately follow the memorial service at the Fort Bragg Middle School located adjacent to the Cotton Auditorium.

Law Enforcement agencies wishing to participate in a marked patrol vehicle procession are asked to arrive at the Redwood Empire Fair & Event Center (1055 North State Street Ukiah, Ca) on Wednesday March 26, 2014 at 6:00 AM. The procession will depart at 7:00 AM and will travel approximately 60 miles along the routes of Highway 101, Highway 20 and Highway 1 before reaching the Georgia Pacific Mill Site (100 West Cypress Street) in Fort Bragg, California.   This procession will utilize the Nalemars radio frequency for communications.

A secondary Law Enforcement procession will depart the Georgia Pacific Mill Site to travel to the Cotton Auditorium after the first procession arrives at the mill site. The Georgia Pacific Mill Site has been established as the main parking area for the memorial service and buses will be at the location to shuttle attendees to/from the Cotton Auditorium. Parking near the Cotton Auditorium will be reserved for family, law enforcement and special guests.  Carpooling to the memorial service is highly recommended. The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office will be attempting to establish a video broadcast of the memorial service accessible via the internet for those who areunable to attend.

Anyone wishing to make monetary donations to the Ricky Del Fiorentino Memorial Fund can do so by contacting or visiting any of the Savings Bank of Mendocino County locations or by mail to PO Box 3600 Ukiah, Ca 95482 (707-462-6613).

Deputy Del Fiorentio is survived by his wife, children (ages 21, 19, 18, 6), step-son (age 29), grandson (age 5 months), step-grandchildren (ages 6, 3), parents and siblings.
        

      

Earlier this month 58 year old McKinleyville pastor and College of the Redwoods assistant professor, Sharon Latour, (shown in the photo), let it be known that she would be on the June 3 ballot running for 5th district Humboldt County Supervisor. The official Latour campaign launch took place on the steps of the Humboldt County Courthouse Thurs., March 21 where she threw down the gauntlet as she spoke about the current Board of Supervisors majority, including incumbent Ryan Sundberg, her opponent in this race.

Criticizing the BOS majority's mishandling of the General Plan Update process, Latour stated that, "Where there was a plan and a roadmap for our futures now there's only a mess." and went on to say that this process has cost the public time and money and eroded the public trust. Hear more about this event using the KMUD SoundCloud player below. To connect with the Sharon Latour campaign for Humboldt County Supervisor click here.

KMUD Correspondent, Daniel Mintz, covered the Latour campaign launch and submitted the report below, which aired on KMUD Local News on Thurs., March 20, 2014.

 

 

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