This article was originally ttitled Missing Person: Sam Cushman

KMUD News reported on 10/29/2009 that Mr. Cushman's pickup truck and his remains have been found.

Here's an article in the October 30, 2009 edition of the Eureka Times-Standard:

Human remains found in Trinity County last week were identified as a missing Garberville man on Wednesday and his death appears to be a suicide.

Sam Dunlea Cushman, 36, was reported missing May 3 and was classified as "at risk," according to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. The Trinity County Sheriff's Office determined that Cushman died from a self-inflicted shotgun wound. He was identified through his dental records.

A citizen hunting on private property reported finding a 1998 green camouflage Toyota Tacoma truck approximately two miles south of Island Mountain in Trinity County on Oct. 24. The truck belonged to Cushman, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office.

Cushman dropped off his child at his former girlfriend's home on April 28 and then disappeared. After he did not return phone calls and e-mails, his former girlfriend notified police.

Link to this article: http://www.times-standard.com/ci_13675566




Below is the original article from our website:

scroll down to see photo of Sam Cushman


Humboldt County Sheriff's Office

826 Fourth Street, Eureka, CA 95501



Date: May 08, 2009 From: Brenda Godsey, PIO

(707) 268-3645

Subject: Missing Person Case: 200902894


Humboldt County Sheriff's Office is looking for a Garberville man who has been missing after unexpectedly dropping off his child at his ex-girlfriend's house and disappearing. On May 3, 2009. Sam Dunlea Cushman's ex-girlfriend reported that she had not seen nor heard from Sam since he dropped off their child on April 28. The woman added that Sam had not returned her phone calls or e-mails and that was unusual for Sam. She said on April 29 she had received a telephone call from a friend of Sam's who told her he had seen Sam that day. He told her Sam had been acting strangely and he was concerned about Sam. That was last time Sam has been seen.



Sheriff's Deputies checked Mr. Cushman's house and found many of his personal items still at the house. Further investigation revealed that Mr. Cushman may be struggling with some personal problems and he has a history of drug use and depression. Mr. Cushman is considered an "at-risk" missing person.


Mr. Cushman drives a 1998 green camouflage Toyota Tacoma, California license plate 8S71716. Mr. Cushman is known to travel to Mendocino County via Bell Springs Road. He is 36 years old, 6 feet tall, and 145 pounds. He has brown hair and green eyes. He has several tattoos including a lion's head on is back. Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Sam Cushman should call the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office at (707) 445-7251.







MISSING: Sam Cushman


If you're concerned or want to find more information about health issues, including the recent swine flu outbreak, please check the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services website www.humboldthealthalert.org


A meeting to discuss the future of the Southern Humboldt Community Park was held at the Mateel Community Center in Redway on February 24, 2009. It was attended by about 200 people, most speaking in support of rezoning the park from Agricultural zoning to Recreational.

KMUD News reporter Cynthia Elkins attended the meeting and recorded the statements. As a public service we make the recording available in two parts. You can listen online or download the file to your computer. If you would rather receive a recording on two CD's (in higher audio quality) you may purchase the set for $15, shipping included. Call KMUD at (707) 923-2513.


Part 1 (59:32)

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Part 2 (1:01:46)

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The Eureka Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in locating a missing juvenile named Christine Noel McArthur.  Christine is a white 16 year old female, 5'07", she weighs 100 lbs, has brown hair and brown eyes.  The last time Christine was seen was approximately two weeks ago.  Any one with information regarding Christine is urged to contact PSO Mary Anderson at Eureka Police Department at (707) 441-4300 or call the 24-hour dispatch number (707) 441-4044.
(Bulletin issued February 19, 2009)



How to Submit Comment on Offshore Oil Development

The Minerals Management Service has proposed a new 5 year program for offshore oil and gas developments.  The public has until March 23rd September 23rd to submit public comment.

For information on the proposal:
Fact Sheet: http://www.mms.gov/ooc/PDFs/DPP_FactSheet.pdf

To submit a public comment on the new proposal, people can go to :
The Docket number is:

Or people can send a comment by mail to:
Minerals Management Service
Attention: Leasing Division (LD)
381 Elden Street, MS-4024
Herndon, VA 20170-4817


Northwest Training Range Complex

The U.S. Navy has been training in the Northwest Training Range Complex for national defense purposes for over 100 years. In line with the Northwest Training Range Complex-wide management practices, the U.S. Navy has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS) to comprehensively evaluate the effects of current and future Navy activities within the range complex on the environment.

Deadline for public comment on the Environmental Impact Statement is March 11, 2009

Find information about this here: http://www.nwtrangecomplexeis.com/


This Wednesday afternoon community radio station WORT in Madison, Wisconsin talked about last week's "Operation Southern Sweep" and interviewed KMUD volunteer Charley Custer.

Here is audio from A Public Affair, Wednesday edition, courtesy of wort-fm.org


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Assemblywoman Patty Berg of California's first assembly district, was in Redway on Friday, June 27, to present a $1.95 million grant for upgrading the Garberville Sanitation District. Ms. Berg also talked about the state's budget.

Below is raw audio from that town-hall meeting.

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Terry Klemetson talking with Mark Romero, unit chief of the Mendocino unit of Calfire; Tom Allman, Mendocino County Sheriff; and Joe Waterman, Incident Commander of Calfire Incident Command Team 4 and of the Mendocino Lightning Complex.

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Today Terry Klemetson of the KMUD news department talked with FBI Special Agent Joseph M. Schadler about "Operation Southern Sweep."

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(fixed link and corrected sample rate June 26, 10:00 am)

Joint News Release

For Immediate Release
June 25, 2008 4:20 p.m.

Operation ‘Southern Sweep' Targets Commercial Marijuana Growers

Around 7 a.m. Tuesday approximately 450 local, state, and federal law enforcement personnel
executed 29 search warrants in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties.  The warrants stemmed from
a nearly two-year investigation targeting a large commercial marijuana cultivation and distribution

Law enforcement officers raided grow houses and residences in Shelter Cove, Whitethorn,
Redway, Ettersburg, Garberville, Miranda, Phillipsville, Arcata, and McKinleyville.  They also
secured and are searching almost 2000 acres in southern Humboldt County and northern
Mendocino County belonging to the targets of the investigation.

Over the course of Tuesday's activity, officers located around ten thousand marijuana plants
estimated to be worth between $25 and $60 million on the street.  They seized 30 firearms,
including fully automatic weapons, one vehicle, and over $160 thousand in cash.

No charges have been filed and none of the targets of the investigation were arrested during
yesterday's raids.  However, FBI agents arrested one man for assault on a federal agent during
the execution of the search warrants.

"This is not a medical marijuana operation or a group of people growing for personal use," said
FBI Special Agent in Charge Charlene B. Thornton.  "It's a large-scale, for-profit, commercial
business.  The targets of our investigation are reaping huge profits while contributing to the crime
and violence oppressing communities across the state."

California Department of Justice Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement Special Agent in Charge Sara
Marie Simpson said, "Californians voted for reasonable personal use of medicinal marijuana for
qualified patients-not massive wholesale growing operations.  When large quantities of cash
start changing hands, crime and violence soon follow and that will not be tolerated by law

Beginning in early 2006, members of BNE's Redding regional office initiated an investigation into
a California-based organization which had purchased a large parcel of mountainous land in the
southern Humboldt and northern Mendocino County areas, and was suspected of growing large
amounts of marijuana on the land and selling it for profit.  Due to the large scale and scope of the
investigation, BNE invited the FBI to participate.  

Upon checking the area, agents located numerous buildings and greenhouses on the properties.  
No building permits had been issued for any of the structures on the properties.   A review of
aerial photos showed construction and grading in the area had increased year to year. 

Investigators believed the subjects were working together on the rural properties to grow
marijuana to be sold for profit.

This investigation has been a cooperative effort between the FBI, BNE, Internal Revenue Service,
United States Postal Inspection Service, United States Drug Enforcement Administration,
California Highway Patrol, California National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, United States
Forest Service, Campaign Against Marijuana Planting, California Department of Fish and Game,
Eureka Police Department, Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, Mendocino County Sheriff's Office,
and the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office.  CA DOJ/BNE task forces included the North and South
Butte Interagency Narcotic Task Force, Tehama Interagency Drug Enforcement, Glenn
Interagency Narcotic Task Force, Shasta Interagency Narcotic Task Force, Siskiyou County
Interagency Narcotic Task Force, Humboldt County Drug Task Force, Mendocino County Major
Crimes Task Force, San Jose Unified Narcotic Enforcement Team, and the Madera County
Narcotic Enforcement Team.   

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