Safety and Public Awareness

Safety and Public Awareness

News reporting arrests, weather warnings, product recalls, and other important information relating to safety and public awareness, are found in this category.

 According to a Press Release from the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office, dated 9/15/11:

In April 2006, the green sturgeon was listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as a threatened species and retention of any green sturgeon caught in state waters was prohibited by California law in 2006.  The ESA take prohibitions took effect in July 2010. According to NOAA Fisheries, Southern DPS green sturgeon numbers have been dramatically declining during the past ten years, and it is estimated that fewer than 1,000 individuals remain. Green sturgeon can reach 7 feet (210 cm) in length and weigh up to 350 pounds (159 kg). The largest green sturgeon have been aged at 42 years, but this is probably an underestimate, and maximum ages of 60 to 70 years or more are likely.
In September 2010, Vernon Steeves of McKinleyville and Larry Swingseth of Eureka unlawfully took a Southern Distinct Population Segment (sDPS) green sturgeon from Humboldt Bay. This case was investigated by NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement and on August 25, 2011, Steeves and Swingseth, pled no contest to the capture and killing of a federally and state protected green sturgeon. “This case clearly illustrates why it is so important for sportsmen to know how to identify species,” noted prosecuting Deputy District Attorney Christa McKimmy. “Fishermen are ultimately responsible for knowing applicable fishing regulations and I highly recommend they check with California Fish and Game or the local NOAA Fisheries office before leaving on a fishing trip,” added Special Agent David Reilly with NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement. “When in doubt, ask.”
Both Steeves and Swingseth received $685 fines and one year of probation

According to a press release from Congressman Mike Thompson's Office, dated 9/16/11:

Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-1) today announced that the Yurok Tribe in Humboldt County has been awarded a $3.3 million grant for the establishment of the Yurok Tribe Veterans Cemetary. The project will provide services to more than 2,500 underserved Native Veterans and their families. “The veterans of our local Tribes have served this nation with bravery and honor,” said Rep. Thompson. “They and their families have earned the right to visit the final resting place of these heroes without the hardship of having to travel hundreds of miles to do so. This new cemetery will be a distinguished memorial site for these Native American Veterans and their families.” “The Tribe is very honored and privileged to play such a substantial role in providing local native veterans with a final resting place, worthy of the valuable service they have given to our nation,” said Yurok Councilmember Richard Myers, who served in the Navy’s Submarine Unit from 1962-1966.
This grant will fund the construction of a main entrance, roads, an assembly area, a committal shelter, full casketed gravesites, cremains gravesites, landscaping, a memorial walkway and supporting infrastructure. The project will be developed on approximately five acres and will include 171 standard burial gravesites and 161 cremains gravesites. Currently, the closest national cemetery is VA’s Eagle Point National Cemetery in Eagle Point, Oregon, which is 175 miles away. The closest State Veterans Cemetery is the Northern California Veterans Cemetery in Igo, California, which is 125 miles away.
Approximately 90 percent of Yurok men of appropriate age served in World Wars I and II.  A great number of Yurok women served too. Large portions of the population also served in Vietnam and are currently serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. According to the Department of Defense, more Native Americans serve in the United States military service per capita than any other ethnic group. Congressman Mike Thompson is proud to represent California’s 1st Congressional District, which includes the Counties of Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Sonoma, Napa, and Yolo. He is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Rep. Thompson is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and sits on the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Wine Caucus.

According to News Releases from both the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office and CAL FIRE:

The memorial service honoring Jesse D. Pittman is scheduled for Saturday September 24, 2011 at the Redwood Empire Fair grounds in Ukiah beginning at 11:00am. Jesse was one of 30 U.S. servicemen killed August 6, 2011 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan.  Jesse was a 2002 Willits High School graduate joining the Navy in March 2005 and becoming a Navy SEAL in April 2007. The extended family and friends of Jesse Pittman ask the community of Mendocino County and beyond to come out and show their support for the sacrifice made by Jesse and his family by lining the streets of Ukiah as the family is escorted to the fairgrounds for the service.
The procession is scheduled to travel from U.S. Highway 101 to the Perkins Street exit; head west to State Street turn north and travel to the fairgrounds. The approximate time the procession should exit the freeway will be between 10:00am and 10:15am on Saturday September 24, 2011.  Please bring a small American Flag if possible and pick a location on the designated route to help do your small part to let Jesses family know that we all care and send deepest condolences their way at this time of tremendous loss.
For those who would like to make a donation to help with this memorial honoring our local Fallen Hero Jesse, please send your donation to:
Agape Bible Church, 290 S. Lenore,Willits, CA  95490: C/O Jesse Pittman Fund
Jesse D. Pittman:
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

$30,000 reward offered for Aaron Bassler

Written by

County of Mendocino
Office Of The Sheriff-Coroner


Captain Kurt O. Smallcomb
Field Services

Captain Tim Pearce
Contact: Sheriff Tom Allman 
Phone: (707) 463-4085 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For Immediate Release

September 13, 2011, Ukiah, CA — The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office has been contacted by private citizens as well as the U.S. Marshals' Service and the Mendocino Land Trust, providing reward funds for information leading to the capture and arrest of Aaron Bassler. The reward amount is at $30,000 at the time of this press release.

Aaron Bassler is the lead suspect in the homicides of Matthew Coleman and Jere Melo. Residents of the Fort Bragg and surrounding areas should remain vigilant and conscientious of their surroundings as suspect Bassler is considered armed and dangerous and thought to have remained in the area. Suspect Bassler should not be approached. Law enforcement is looking for information, not active participation in the search. Please notify authorities at (707) 463-4086 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any information you may think would be helpful. Anonymous information can be sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office wishes to thank the many individuals and local, state and federal agencies assisting in the search of suspect Bassler in our attempt to safely apprehend the suspect.
See attached Reward Poster.

589-A Low Gap Road Ukiah, California 95482-3734
707-463-4411 Fax 707-468-3404

Link to original press release

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