On Sept. 22 at the KMUD Studio in Redway, Terri Klemetson, KMUD News Coordinator, will be teaching a class on "Writing For Radio." Beginning at 11 am, this 1 1/2 hour, free class is open to anyone and will cover script writing for radio, stressing the art of creating clear and direct audio content. Following this class Terri will facilitate a round table discussion focusing on Radio Talk Shows.
According to a recent News Release from the California Regional Water Quality Control Board:
Due to its potential health risks, federal, state, and tribal agencies are urging swimmers, boaters and recreational users to avoid contact with blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) now blooming in the Klamath River, downstream of Iron Gate Dam, in Northern California. Water in the Klamath River from Iron Gate Dam to Turwar in Humboldt County has exceeded public health criteria; these areas have been posted with health advisories warning against human and animal contact with the water. Recent monitoring indicates that levels of cyanobacteria downstream of Turwar are also increasing (but are currently below the state’s action levels); water users are encouraged to use caution, and check most recent sampling results on the Klamath Blue-Green algae Tracker (see link below) for all locations along the River. Monitoring along the River is being conducted weekly and this advisory will be revised as conditions change.
Cyanobacteria (Microcystis aeruginosa) cell counts at several locations in the Klamath River downstream of Iron Gate Dam exceeded the public health advisory threshold during recent public health monitoring. Based upon earlier monitoring results, Iron Gate and Copco Reservoirs wereposted with health advisories in July. California agencies including the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), CA Department of Public Health, as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Yurok and Karuk Tribes urge residents and recreational water users to use caution or avoid getting in the water near these blooms. Public health monitoring for the Klamath River from Link River Dam in Oregon to the estuary in California (including Copco and Iron Gate Reservoirs) is conducted collaboratively by the United States Bureau of Reclamation, PacifiCorp, the Karuk Tribe, the Yurok Tribe, and the CA North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board and United States Environmental Protection Agency.
“As blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) can pose health risks, especially to children and pets, we urge people to be careful where they swim,” said Matt St. John, Executive Officer of the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. “We recommend that people and their pets avoid contact with the blooms, and particularly avoid swallowing or inhaling water spray in an algal bloom area."
The algal blooms appear as very green water, and blue-green, white or brown foam, scum or mats floating on the water. Recreational exposure to toxic blue-green algae can cause eye irritation, allergic skin rash, mouth ulcer, vomiting, diarrhea, and cold and flu-like symptoms. Liver failure, nerve damage and death have occurred in rare situations where large amounts of contaminated water were directly ingested.
“This is a situation that anyone who comes into contact with water in algal bloom areas should be aware of. Vacationers and the public should adjust their activities accordingly”, said Mr. St. John.
The Statewide Guidance on Harmful Algal Blooms recommends the following:
- Avoid wading and swimming in water containing visible blooms or water containing algae, scums or mats.
- If no algae, scums or mats are visible, you should still carefully watch young children and warn them not to swallow the water.
- Do not drink, cook or wash dishes with untreated surface water under any circumstances; common water purification techniques (e.g., camping filters, tablets) may not remove toxins.
- People should limit or avoid eating fish. If fish are consumed, remove guts and liver, and rinse meat in clean drinking water.
- Take care that pets and livestock do not drink the water or swim through heavy algae, scums or mats, nor lick their fur after going in the water. Rinse pets in clean drinking water to remove algae from fur.
- Get medical treatment immediately if you think that you, your pet, or your livestock might have been poisoned by blue-green algae toxins. Be sure to alert the medical professional to the possible contact with blue-green algae.
With proper precautions to avoid water contact, people can still visit Klamath River and enjoy camping, hiking, biking, canoeing, picnicking, or other recreational activities, excluding direct contact with the waters impacted by algal blooms.
For more information, please visit:
California Department of Public Health:
State Water Resources Control Board
CA Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment:
Klamath Blue-Green Algae Tracker
US Environmental Protection Agency
Siskiyou County Public Health Department:
According to a story that aired on KMUD Local News for Thurs., Sept. 13:
"Cinnamon O’Neill Paula is a motivated parent, she has 4 boys, one at South Fork High School and 3 attending Leggett. She’s worked hard to raise money for the schools through PTA and organized to save school bus funding, now she’s hoping more parents will get involved to save what’s left of rural school funding."
Use the player below to hear Terri Klemetson's (KMUD News Cordinator) interview with Cinnamon O’Neill Paula.
According to a Press Release from the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, dated Sept. 13, 2012:
On September 12, 2012 at approximately 11:08 am the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call that 4 men were at a property on Carr Creek in Hayfork with guns attempting to rob the residence. The 4 men at the residence have been identified as Josh Stanley of Hayfork, Dannoll Geer of Redding, James Cremeans of Redding and Kasey Rogers. Shortly after the initial call of the 4 men attempting to rob the residence it was reported that Dannoll Geer, James Cremeans and Kasey Rogers had taken Josh Stanley and put him in the back of a rental truck and were driving the truck to Stanley’s residence in Hayfork. Stanley escaped from the truck and ran to his residence on Nelson Road in Hayfork. At that point Stanley armed himself and ran behind his house on Nelson Road to hide. He was located by Kasey Rogers and that is when Josh Stanley reportedly shot Kasey Rogers.
Kasey Rogers was transported to a hospital in Redding and is in critical condition as of this morning.
The Press release reports the following arrests:
- Josh Stanley DOB: 03/26/80 of Hayfork, Charges are pending further investigation
- Dannoll Geer DOB: 04/07/76 of Redding, 664/211 PC – Attempt to Commit Robbery, 422 PC – Threats to Commit Crime, 246.3 PC – Discharge Firearm in Grossly Negligent Manner, 182 PC – Conspiracy to Commit Crime, 245(a)(2) PC – Assault with Deadly Weapon (Firearm)
- James Cremeans DOB: 08/17/60 of Redding, 664/211 PC – Attempt to Commit Robbery, 182 PC – Conspiracy to Commit Crime
Shown below, from left to right, are photos of Cremeans, Geer and Stanley
At the August 24, 2012 meeting, the Board of Directors seated Julia Minton and Marcy Stein, and elected and seated Carlos Casarez.
Marcy Stein, KMUD Programmer and owner of Cafe Bella in Redway, was seated for a three year term beginning August 24, 2012. Stein, a current Board member, was appointed by the Board on February 28, 2012.
Another familiar face returned to the Board as Julia Minton was seated for a three-year term.
Photos taken by Julia Minton
Greg Pratt, Humboldt Transit Authority General Manager, drove a bus to the Southern Humboldt Working Together meeting that took place at the Civic Club in Garberville last Wed., Sept. 5, 2012. Folks attending the meeting got on board to learn more about our local bus service and the need to increase ridership.
"Try Us Tuesdays" (free bus service on Tuesdays) started Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 and will continue through the month of October.
Use the player below to hear or download an audio clip of this story, aired on Friday, Sept 7, 2012 on the KMUD Local News by KMUD News Coordinator Terri Klemetson.
Greg Pratt Talks as Terri Klemetson records.
Update on Stafford Fire for September 14, 2012: Image from InciWeb
According to the Cal Fire web page, as of September 13, 2012 at 7:15 pm the Stafford Fire has been 100% contained and has burned 4,407 acres.
All evacuations and road closures have now been lifted. Because of heavy equipment and fire traffic, non-residents should avoid going into these areas. Traffic may be interrupted to allow for snag felling. Power has been restored to the residences on Wildwood Road and in the Wild Things area. Power has not been restored past the residences due to snags that must be felled before power can be restored. Firefighers are mopping up along the perimeter of the fire and doing suppression repair.
According to a press release from the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, dated Sept. 10, 2012:
As of 4:23 pm, Sept. 10, 2012, all evacuations and road closures have been lifted between Highway 3 and East Fork Road with the exception of Wildwood Road.
According to the Cal fire web site, dated Sept 10, at 6:30 am:
The fire is now 4,460 acres and is 45% contained with 225 residences, 28 commercial properties, 200 outbuildings threatened and one injury.
Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for the Morgan Hill, Wild Things, Wildwood Road, Nelson Road, portions of Summit Creek Road, Duncan Creek Lane, Barker Creek, Barker Valley, and the lower one-half mile portion of Big Creek Road areas.
Road Closures in effect: Wildwood Road is closed between Highway 3 on the North and County Road 343 (East Fork Road) on the South
Also see InciWeb for more information.
According to the Incident Information System Web Page, InciWeb, posted Sept 8, 2012:
The Stafford Fire began at approximately 2:42 p.m. Wednesday, September 5 near Wildwood Road southeast of Hayfork. As of Sat., Sept 8 at 1:30 pm, the fire size is estimated at 2,485 acres with 15% containment. The Forest Service and CAL FIRE are fighting the fire under Unified Command, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. At 5:00 p.m. September 6, mandatory evacuations were ordered for the Morgan Hill, Wild Things and Wildwood Road areas. Specifically, residences from the end of Morgan Hill Road to Genest Road, Wild Things Road, and Wildwood Road from the north end to Highway 3 are under a mandatory evacuation order.
At 12:00 a.m. on Saturday September 8 the Trinity County Sheriff ordered the immediate evacuation of residences in the Barker Creek and Barker Valley areas. Sheriff's officers will be making personal door-to-door notification.
Road Closures in effect: Wildwood Road is closed between Highway 3 on the North and County Road 343 (East Fork Road) on the South. Firefighting equipment and activity near Highway 3 may temporarily interrupt traffic. See Caltrans link for current road information.
The photo below was clipped from the InciWeb site and shows the location of the Stafford Fire.
According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department:
On Thursday, 9-6-12, a little after 9:00 pm, EPD Officers were dispatched to an assault with a deadly weapon in the vicinity of 4th and D Streets in Eureka.
Arriving Officers located the victim on-scene. The victim had suffered a life threatening injury and was immediately transported to St. Joseph’s hospital for emergency treatment. The victim is a Eureka resident and is expected to survive his injuries. No suspect has been identified or located at this time. The Eureka Police Criminal Investigations Division is requesting the public’s help in catching the suspect in this investigation. The suspect is described as a white male adult, 40s – 50s, 6-1”, 230 lbs, with dark hair and a medium length beard.
Anyone who may have witnessed this assault or who knows the suspect is encouraged to contact Detective Sergeant Nova and/or the Eureka Police Criminal Investigations Division: Police Department Phone: (707) 441-4060; Criminal Investigations: (707) 441-4300
According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Sept. 6, 2012:
On 09-06-2012 at about 10:00 am the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, assisted by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, served a search warrant at a parcel of property located in the 5600 block of Kneeland Road. Officers located a commercial marijuana growing operation on the property. No one was at home when the search warrant was served. Officers seized 2,788 growing marijuana plants from the property that ranged in size from 6 inches to 5 feet in height. The marijuana was being grown in two greenhouse type structures on the property plus an indoor marijuana growing structure. Officers seized 117 pounds of drying marijuana, 2 rifles and 5 handguns from the residence. Officers seized approximately $ 11,000 dollars in cash for possible asset forfeiture from the residence.
Officers noticed a possible electrical fire hazard with the indoor marijuana growing operation. They then contacted Humboldt County Building and Planning Department who responded to the scene. Humboldt County Building and Planning Department then inspected the electrical wiring and determined it to be an electrical fire hazard. PG&E was then contacted to disconnect the electrical service to the property. One suspect has been identified in this case and an arrest warrant will be sought through the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana.
This case is still under investigation by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force.
According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Sept. 6, 2012:
On 09-05-2012, approximately 11:30 a.m. Humboldt County Sheriffs Office Community Response Unit (C.R.U), assisted by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force served a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant in the 1000 Block of Shively Flat Road, Shively. The warrant authorized deputies and agents to search 34 parcels of property for marijuana cultivation. Deputies located four adults on the properties, three males, and one female. When deputies searched the parcels and associated residence they located two rifles, a scale and packing material consistent with sales of marijuana. They located over 600 very large growing marijuana plants estimated to be 8-10 feet in height and approximately 5-6 feet in diameter.
Due to logistical and medical reasons, the three adult males on the properties, Jack A. Jones, 65 years, and Jack E. Jones, 45 years both from Shively, were cited for cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and being armed in the commission of a felony. Malcom Dollarhide, 51 years from Rio Dell, was also cited for cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale and released at the scene.
Anyone with information for the Sheriffs 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.