Update-Jan. 28, 2013
On Sun., Jan 27, a Shelter Cove woman was swept out to sea and drowned by a sneaker wave while walking along Little Black Sands Beach near Shelter Cove.
Use the player below to hear an interview with Cheryl Anthony, duty officer of the Shelter Cove Volunteer Fire Dept, describing the rescue attempt and also to hear about a movement to increase sneaker wave warning signage in the Shelter Cove area. This piece was aired on Mon., Jan 28, 2013 on the KMUD Local News by Christina Aanestad.
See below for the original post on this incident.
According to a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard, dated Jan. 27, 2013:
A 32-year-old woman was swept out to sea today while walking on Black Sand Beach with her friend and her dog. Her friend called the Coast Guard, and Coast Guard Group Humboldt Bay diverted a helicopter and launched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Station Noyo River to search for the woman in the water. Additionally, Shelter Cove Fire Rescue were called in to assist.
The helicopter was able to locate her within minutes of arriving on scene and relay her position to the Fire Rescue boats. Her body was recovered and brought to the emergency medical personnel on shore, who pronounced her dead.
The Coast Guard reminds everyone to be vigilant while recreating on the beaches in Northern California. Winter is an especially dangerous time, and sneaker waves can catch beach goers by surprise, washing them into the sea. People walking along the beach should not turn their back to the ocean. Families and dog owners should protect themselves and their loved ones from surf zones and avoid low-lying areas.
According to an article in the Times-Standard, the woman who drowned was from Shelter Cove, but as of Sunday, Jan., 27, her name has not been released pending next of kin. Click for more information in the Times Standard
Update: Thurs., June 20, 2013 - Construction halted in wetland draining work area of the Willits Bypass Project.
The audio in the player below, submitted and aired by KMUD News Correspondent Eileen Russell, was broadcast on the KMUD Local News Thurs., June 20, 2013 and includes interviews with protesters, as well as representatives from Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol.
Also, see additional articles:
- Lockdown stops work at Willits Bypass; 2 arrested
- Willits Bypass tree-sitters extracted by CHP
- Arrests at Willits Bypass site
Update: February 27, 2013
Use the player below to hear: "Willits Bypass slowing Down", including more on the impact of the Willits Bypass Project on nesting birds. This piece was aired on Wed., Feb 27, 2013 by KMUD News Coordinator, Christina Aanestad.
Update: February 26, 2013
Use the player below to hear: "Willits Bypass protests continue" including the alledged finding of bird nests on the project construction site and "security" of the protest tree sit area. This part of the story was aired on Tues., Feb. 26 2013 by KMUD News Director, Terri Klemetson.
Update: February 25, 2013
use the player below to hear: "Protesters stop construction near Willits Bypass"and "Tree sitter says Willits Bypass deserves scrutiny", aired on Mon., Feb. 25, 2013 by KMUD News Director, Terry Klemetson, with reports from KMUD News Correspondent, Jennifer Poole and KMUD News Coordinator, Christina Aanestad.
Update: February 14, 2013
KMUD news has been following the progress of the Willits Bypass Project as tensions build between those protesting the project and Caltrans, the government agency in charge of the project.
Use the player below to hear an audio clip, aired by KMUD News Coordinator Christina Aanestad, which includes interviews with Naomi Wagner of Earth First, Caltrans Spokesperson, Phil Frisbie, and Treesitter, Warbler. This story was aired on KMUD Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.
See the posts below for previous updates, background and the original post on the Willits Bypass story.
Update-Jan. 28, 2013:
This Monday, Jan. 28, about 30 to 40 protestors participated in a rally and organized a tree sit just off Highway 101, at the south end of Willits, to protest the proposed Willits Bypass Project.
Use the player below to hear more about the demonstration opposing the Willits Bypass, including interviews with demonstrators and a Caltrans representative. This piece was aired by KMUD News Correspondent, Christina Aanestad on the KMUD Local News Monday, Jan. 28, 2013.
24-year old Amanda Senseman, also known as "Warbler", sits in a tree to stop the Willits bypass.
The original post of the proposed Willits Bypass Demonstration can be viewed below.
For a number of years there has been a proposal to reroute Highway 101 around the downtown Willits area, the so-called Willits Bypass. According to the Caltrans website:
“Route 101, functionally classified a principal arterial route, is the single north-south route serving the length of coastal California and is crucial in the commerce of northwestern California. On Route 101, trucks and passenger vehicles transport goods and people to and from the many communities throughout the region. In the Willits area, it serves an increasingly heavy commuter, recreational and commercial traffic demand. Lack of capacity and congestion has resulted in delay and lengthy traffic queues within the project limits north of the city limit.”
In September, 2012, concerned that the bypass project would harm wetlands, salmon streams and endangered plants, a number of environmental groups including: the Center for Biological Diversity, Willits Environmental Center, Redwood Chapter of the Sierra Club and EPIC, requested a preliminary injunction to stop the proposed bypass. Early in November of 2012 that injunction was denied by a federal judge and the work on the bypass is ready to begin as soon as funding for the project is designated.
Use the player below to hear more on this story, including a planned protest of the project on Monday, Jan.28. The piece was introduced and aired by KMUD News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson, and produced by Rian Marie and Cody Mark.
Save Our Willits Valley Coalition -707-216-5549
Click here for information about the protest on Mon., Jan. 28, 2013
Willits Bypass - Final Environmental Impact Statement / Environmental Impact Report, October 2006
Supplemental Environmental Impact Report, May 2010
Click here for maps of Willits Bypass
Willits Bypass - Reports and Presentations
Caltrans Willits Bypass - Environmental Atlas:
Update: Feb. 14, 2013
Marijuana related federal legislation was introduced in Congress this Feb. 14 by Representative Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon. The proposed bill, HR 689, would provide for the rescheduling of marijuana and for the medical use of marijuana in accordance with the laws of the various States.
Use the player below to hear more on this story, including an interview with 2nd District Congressman from California, Jared Huffman. This piece was aired by KMUD News Coordinator, Christina Aanestad, on the KMUD Local News, Thurs., Feb. 14, 2013
The original post of this story appears below.
On Oct. 16, 2012, the Court of Appeals in Washington DC began hearing oral arguments in the landmark case, Americans for Safe Access v Drug Enforcement Administration. The plaintiffs in this case argued that the DEA acted irrationally in ruling that cannabis belongs in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act and that this scheduling of marijuana has harmed medical marijuana patients physically and financially. On behalf of Americans for Safe Access, Attorney Joseph Elford asked the court to force the DEA to reconsider its classification of cannabis as a dangerous drug without therapeutic benefits, arguing that the agency ignored 200 well-controlled studies which show cannabis has legitimate medical uses. On Tues., Jan. 22, 2013 the court issued its ruling on the case.
Use the player below to hear the outcome of that ruling and an interview with Chris Hermes from Americans for Safe Access.This story was aired by KMUD News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson, on Wed., Jan 23, 2013.
Update- Wed. Jan. 23, 2013: High Risk missing person, Myra Sheek found safe and uninjured.
According to an update from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Wed. Jan. 23, 2013:
On 01-23-2013, approximately 9:00 a.m., five Humboldt County Sheriff Search and Rescue volunteers and two trained Search and Rescue Deputies met at Eggert Road, Eureka and expanded the search area for missing person Myra Sheek. At approximately 9:40 a.m. a search and rescue volunteer found Sheek hidden in thick brush. She was located approximately 150 feet on the northside of the roadway near the intersection of Ridgewood Drive and Eggert Road, Eureka. She indicated to the Sheriff's personnel that she did not want to be found. Medical Personnel were immediately summoned to the scene and Sheek was transported to a local hospital for treatment. She did not appear to be injured, only dehydrated and cold. Sheek is expected to make a full recovery.
The original post of this story is found below.
According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Jan 22, 2013:
On 01-18-2013, approximately 11:30 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the owner of Aguilar Manor Assisted Living Facility located at 6433 Eggert Road, Eureka, that a resident, Myra Sheek, was missing. The resident went for a walk at 11:00 a.m. that day and did not return. Normally Sheek never walks more than a block away from the home and returns within a short period of time. The owner told the investigating deputy that the missing female has some medical issues which raised the concern for her welfare. Deputies and Sheriff’s Citizens on Patrol (S.C.O.P.) searched the area for Sheek, but could not find her. Several neighbors were contacted but had not seen her.
The Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public's help in locating her.
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.
Myra Sheek is described as follows: 61 years old, White Female, 5' 6", 200 lbs, brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a denim jacket, yellow sweat pants. She wears glasses.
According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Jan. 18, 2013:
On 01-17-2013 at about 4:15 pm an Agent with the Humboldt County Drug Task Force received a telephone call from a Special Agent with the Iowa State Narcotics Task Force. The Special Agent relayed the following information to the Humboldt County Drug Task Force Agent. On 01-16-2013 at about 2:00 pm an Iowa State Trooper made traffic stop on a vehicle traveling east bound on Interstate Highway 80 near Atlantic, Iowa for a traffic violation.
The State Trooper discovered 100 individual one- pound bags of processed marijuana in the vehicle. Two suspects were arrested from the vehicle. Through their investigation in Iowa Officers learned that the marijuana came from a residence located in the 700 block of Park Avenue, Arcata, California. With the information provided by law enforcement in Iowa a Drug Task Force Agent obtained a search warrant for the residence located on Park Avenue, Arcata.At about 6:30 pm the Humboldt County Drug Task Force assisted by the Arcata Police Department and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at the residence on Park Avenue.
Officers detained two subjects at the residence who were identified as Christopher Joseph Luddie age 21 and Patrick Joseph Wall age 21. When Officers searched the residence they located 122 individual one-pound bags of processed marijuana buds in one of the bedrooms. Officers located evidence of a butane hash lab in the residence, along with approximately one pound of hash. Officers also located an indoor marijuana growing room in the garage that had been recently harvested. When Officers searched one of the vehicles that was parked in front of the residence they discovered approximately $160,000 dollars in cash inside of a duffle bag in the trunk of the vehicle. Officers seized the money for possible asset forfeiture.
Wall and Luddie were both arrested for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana, for manufacturing of a hash lab and for conspiracy to commit a crime. Both subjects were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and their bail was set at $500,000 dollars each.
This case is still under investigation by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force and the Iowa State Narcotics Task Force.
The photo below shows cannabis and cash confiscated in the case.
According to information recently released jointly by the California Highway Patrol, National Weather Service, and Caltrans:
The winter season brings the threat of small hail showers to Northwest California. Accumulating hail on roadways can result in very slick driving conditions. In fact, driving on a hail covered road is very similar to driving on a sheet of ice. Motorists can easily lose control of their vehicle resulting in a collision.
Here are some small hail weather event driver’s safety tips:
- Dark clouds ahead signal the potential for hail.
- Slow down and use your seatbelts. Small hail will make roads icy. Keep a constant watch for other vehicles.
- Turn on your headlights. Anytime your windshield wipers are on, your headlights are required to be on – it’s the law.
- Turn off cruise control. This will allow you to better react to sudden weather changes.
- Don’t panic. If you begin to slide on a hail covered roadway, slowly take your foot off the gas pedal. And remember, don’t slam on the brakes or make any sudden steering adjustments.
"Small hail on north coast roadways can make for extremely hazardous driving conditions and has been a factor in far too many traffic collisions causing injuries and claiming lives. A small hail event can come in an instant and without prior notice. The CHP's hope is that partnering with Caltrans District 1 and the National Weather Service in Eureka to launch this campaign will reduce the amount of weather related traffic collisions and ultimately save lives," said Garberville Area CHP Lieutenant Commander Adam Jager.
"Small hail showers occur most often in the winter and early spring, but can occur in the fall as well," said Nancy Dean, Meteorologist in Charge, National Weather Service Eureka. "Motorists should be on the lookout for dark, stormy clouds ahead and/or very heavy rainfall. Both can indicate the potential for small hail on the road just ahead."
"Weather conditions can change quickly on the north coast. Most winter accidents are the result of driving too fast for the conditions. Slow down, use your seat belt and arrive safely to your destination," said Charlie Fielder, Caltrans District 1 Director.
Please drive safely this winter season!
Photo: (From left to right) Charlie Fielder, Caltrans District 1 Director; Nancy Dean, Meteorologist in Charge, National Weather Service Eureka; and Garberville Area CHP Lieutenant Commander Adam Jager join to raise awareness about small hail on area roadways.
According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Jan. 16, 2013:
On 01-15-2013, approximately 7:00 p.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy was dispatched to a local hospital emergency room to meet with a gunshot victim. When the deputy arrived he met with the 28 year old male victim and his wife, who are Fortuna residents. They told the deputy they drove to Samoa Beach, off New Navy Base Road, at approximately 5:30 p.m. They parked in a turnout approximately 100 yards north of the Samoa Beach County Campground, exited their vehicle and walked towards the beach. When they arrived at the beach they went for a walk, south along the wave slope, for about 30 to 45 minutes, when they heard two or three gunshots. They did not see anyone in the area. The gunshots were seconds apart. After the second shot her husband felt a burning sensation in his buttocks and foot. He saw his foot was covered in blood. They ran back to their vehicle and drove to the hospital to seek treatment. They have no idea who did this or why. There are no suspects at this time. The victim is expected to recover from his injuries.
Deputies responded to the area described and checked the area. No witnesses, other victims or suspects were located.
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.
A press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Jan., 15, 2013, stated:The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has been receiving complaints from private property owners in the Kneeland-Greenwood Heights area due to low snow levels. The Sheriffs Office and property owners would like to remind snow seekers that Kneeland is primarily all private property, and deputies are issuing misdemeanor citations for trespassing.
Snow seekers should utilize the Horse Mountain, Six Rivers National Forest areas for recreational activity. If you do plan to recreate in the snow remember wet and cold weather can cause hypothermia. A cell phone, map or GPS is also very helpful. Keep in mind not all rural areas have cell phone coverage and cell phone batteries need to be fully charged.
According to KMUD News Correspondent, Christina Aanestad:
"A 3,000 page document outlining logging practices over the next 80 years at Mendocino Redwood Company is up for public review. The timber company is hosting 2 community workshops to present their Habitat Conservation Plan this Wednesday and Thursday. The plan would add 8000 acres for roosting spotted owls and open up 10 more miles of streams to spawning salmon over the next 30 years, according to Mike Jani, Chief Forester and resident of Mendocino and Humboldt Redwood Companies. He spoke with KMUD and outlined some of the conservation measures they’re going to take for salmon and old growth trees."
Use the player below to hear the interview with Mike Jani. This story was aired on KMUD Local News, Monday, January 14, 2013 by Christina Aanestad.
Public comment on the proposed plan is open until February 21, 2013. However, Jani told KMUD News that the regulating agencies are considering extending the deadline to April 21st, so the public has time to navigate MRC’s lengthy, 3,000 page habitat conservation plan.
Public Workshops (held at MRC’s Fort Bragg office, located at 32601 Holquist Lane in Fort Bragg - turn east onto Gibney Lane approximately 2.5 miles south of the Highway 20/Highway 1 interchange, office is on the corner of Holquist and Gibney):
- Fish and water portions of the habitat conservation plan - Wednesday, January 16, from 7-9 pm.
- Terrestrial portions of the plan - Thursday, January 17, from 7-9 pm.
Click here for more information on the workshops.
Click here for Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Mendocino Redwood Company Incidental Take Authorization and Habitat Conservation Plan Implementation.
Inland residents with questions unable to attend the meetings can contact the MRC project leader, John Ramaley at 707‐463‐5129.
Update-Friday, Jan. 25, 2013; Extended audio included:
Use the player below to hear an update on this story, including an interview with Jeremy James, long-time friend of Aaron Bassler. An edited portion of this extended interview was aired on KMUD Local News, Jan. 25, 2013, by KMUD News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson.
The original post on the release of the Allman/Sparks book appears below.
On October 1, 2011, Mendocino County Sheriff, Tom Allman, confirmed that murder suspect, Aaron Bassler, had been shot and killed by members of a Sacramento SWAT team while helping in the search for Bassler. Aaron Bassler had been charged with shooting and killing Fort Bragg City Councilman Jere Melo and Land Conservancy worker Matt Coleman and had eluded law enforcement efforts to capture him for 36 days. Bassler was shot as he walked down a logging road six miles outside of Fort Bragg, one-half mile south of Mud Springs near Sherwood Road, less than two miles from his mother's home.
Recently Sheriff Allman announced the release of a book about the Bassler case titled: Out There In The Woods: The Day-by-Day Account of the Extraordinary 36-Day Manhunt for a Double-Murderer on the Northern California Coast. Allman cowrote the book with author Stephen Sparks.
Use the player below to hear an extended interview with Sheriff Allman, beginning with his explanation of how the idea for this book came about. An edited version of this interview, conducted by KMUD News Correspondent Dave Brooksher, aired on the KMUD Local News Friday January 11, 2013.
Browse previous KMUD Web News Posts on the Bassler Case by clicking on the titles below (ordered from oldest to most recent):
Fort Bragg City Councilmember, Jere Melo, murdered in Mendocino
Aaron Bassler now suspect in two murders in Mendocino
$30,000 reward offered for Aaron Bassler
Reward offered for Murder Suspect Aaron Bassler
Aaron Bassler photographed carrying gun
Possible evidence of fugitive Aaron Bassler in NorthSpur area
Murder suspect Aaron Bassler shot and killed