At least 11 dog deaths from suspected blue-green algae poisoning have occurred in the last dozen years, according to the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). A recent press release from DHHS warns that low flows in local rivers, along with sustained high temperatures, have led to ideal conditions for accelerated blooms of potentially toxic blue-green algae. The algae can occur in any freshwater body and appears as a scum, foam or mats having colors ranging from green, blue-green, white to brown.
Human beings can also be in danger from this type of toxin, especially small children, but dogs are especially vulnerable because they are more apt to swallow the toxin when licking their fur. According to the press release, "Potential symptoms in dogs following exposure to blue-green algae toxins can include lethargy, difficulty breathing, salivation, excessive urination, vomiting, diarrhea or convulsions." The full press release appears below.
Full press release from the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services, dated July 25, 2013:
Officials with the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are warning recreational users of the South Fork Eel, Van Duzen, Klamath and Mattole rivers, Big Lagoon, Freshwater Lagoon and all other freshwater bodies to avoid contact with algae this summer.
Low flows along the South Fork of the Eel River as well as the Van Duzen, coupled with sustained high temperatures in the inland areas, have created the ideal conditions for rapid blooming of blue-green algae.
DHHS is aware of 11 dog deaths that may have been caused by blue-green algae poisoning since 2001. The dogs died shortly after swimming in Big Lagoon, the South Fork Eel River and the Van Duzen River.
A nerve toxin associated with blue-green algae was found in the stomachs of the dogs that died on the South Fork Eel River in 2002. The same toxin was found in water samples from the South Fork Eel and Van Duzen rivers in 2009 just after two dogs died. This poison is the most likely cause of the dog deaths on these rivers. Dogs are more vulnerable than people because they may swallow the toxin when they lick their fur. The onset of symptoms can be rapid; dogs have died within 30 minutes to one hour after leaving the water.
Blue-green algae blooms that produce a liver toxin have been documented in Klamath River reservoirs and the Klamath River this year. The current status of this river may be found at the Klamath Basin Monitoring Program website: http://www.kbmp.net/blue-green-algae-tracker.
Blue-green algae can be present in any freshwater body. It looks like green, blue-green, white or brown scum, foam or mats floating on the water. Usually, it does not affect animals or people. However, warm water and abundant nutrients can cause blue-green algae to grow more rapidly than usual. These floating algal masses, or “blooms,” can produce natural toxins that are very potent. Dogs and children are most likely to be affected because of their smaller body size and tendency to stay in the water for longer periods.
Potential symptoms in dogs following exposure to blue-green algae toxins can include lethargy, difficulty breathing, salivation, excessive urination, vomiting, diarrhea or convulsions. People can experience eye irritation, skin rash, mouth ulcers, vomiting, diarrhea and cold- or flu-like symptoms.
DHHS officials recommend the following guidelines for recreational users of all freshwater areas in Humboldt County:
• Keep children, pets and livestock from swimming in or drinking water containing algal scums or mats.
• Adults should also avoid wading and swimming in water containing algal blooms. Try not to swallow or inhale water spray in an algal bloom area.
• If no algal scums or mats are visible, you should still carefully watch young children and warn them not to swallow any water.
• Fish should be consumed only after removing the guts and liver and rinsing fillets in tap water.
• Never drink, cook with or wash dishes with water from rivers, streams or lakes.
• Get medical attention immediately if you think that you, your pet or livestock might have been poisoned by blue-green algae toxins. Be sure to tell the doctor about possible contact with blue-green algae.
Human activities can have a big effect on nutrient and water flows in rivers, streams or lakes. Phosphorous and nitrogen found in fertilizers, animal waste and human waste can stimulate blooms. Excessive water diversions can increase water temperatures and reduce flows. People can take the following measures to prevent algal blooms in local waters:
• Be very conservative with the use of water, fertilizers and pesticides on your lawn, garden or agricultural operation.
• Recycle any “spent” soil that has been used for intensive growing by tilling it back into gardens, or protect it from rainfall to avoid nutrient runoff.
• Plant or maintain native plants around banks. These plants help filter water and don’t require fertilizers.
• Pump and maintain your septic system every three to four years.
• Prevent surface water runoff from agricultural and livestock areas.
• Prevent erosion around construction and logging operations.
On May 14, 2013, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution of opposition to the use of anticoagulant rodenticides (click here to see that story) and now the state of California has proposed regulations focusing on that class of rodenticides. The proposal would require that the Agricultural Commissions Office regulate and provide oversight for the use of these rodenticides and would also eliminate their availability in the retail marketplace.
Hear more on this important issue, using the player below, including comments made by Jeff Dolf, Humboldt County Agriculture Commissioner, during a presentation to the County Board of Supervisors, clarifing that these rodenticides would not be legal in marijuana grows. This piece was submitted by KMUD News Correspondent Daniel Mintz and aired on the KMUD Local News Tues., July 23, 2013.
Previous related KMUD News Posts:
"Southern Humboldt businesses take rat poison off shelves"
"New lawsuit targets rat poison regulation"
"See Biologist Mourad Gabriel- Pot and Endangered Wildlife-Sept. 27 Arcata"
"Groups call for ban on rat poisons"
The biotechnology, broadly called genetic engineering or "GE", has been enthusiastically embraced by some while being vehemently opposed by others. Proponents see GE, also referred to GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms), as a critical technology to meet future food supply needs on a planet faced with global weather changes and over-population, while opponents question the safety of the technology and point out associated side effects such as unwanted contamination of non-GMO seed stock by cross-pollination with GMO crops.
Opposition to GMO crops was the focus of a meeting Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at the Bayside Grange in Bayside, where the topic was how to create an initiative to ban GMO's in Humboldt County. Click here for a Redwood Times article describing the meeting.
Hear more about the issues surrounding the GMO controversy using the player below. This piece was aired by KMUD News Anchor Eileen Russell on the KMUD Local News on July 10, 2013. The piece includes interviews with UC Riverside Professor Alan McHughen, a Biotechnology Specialist and Geneticist; Jeff Dolf, Humboldt County Agriculture Commissioner as well as comments from organic farmers, environmentalists, and anti-GMO activists.
Water use conditions are part of a General Plan Update Amendment approved on June 9, 2013 by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. The amendment involved zoning changes on portions of the Etter Ranch near the intersection of Wilder Ridge and Mattole Road. The re-zoning will allow portions of the ranch to accommodate residential and commercial uses which were previously restricted by the Agricultural-exclusive designation. The re-zone will facilitate a proposed project to restore the Honeydew Town Center atmosphere that existed before fires, floods and earthquakes led to its collapse.
In order to insure that the revitalization project will not create additional strain on water resources, several conditions accompanied approval including possible additional on-site water storage, bans on diversions during low-flow periods, and monitoring of the project development by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
More information can be found by using the audio player below to hear a piece submitted by KMUD News Correspondent Daniel Mintz. This story was aired by KMUD News Anchor, Eileen Russell, on Wed., July 10, 2013.
Update: KMUD makes audio recording of this nearly three-hour forum available on this website. Audio has been edited into five parts, and can be listened to or downloaded from the links below.
The water rights brochure mentioned during this presentation can be found at http://calsalmon.org/files/documents/tools/RedwoodCreek_WaterRights.pdf
We will include other links mentioned as they become available.
There will be time set aside after the presentations for a question and answer period. The presentation part of the Water Rights Forum will be broadcast live on KMUD from 4 to 6 pm.
Use the player below to hear more about this Water Rights Forum, including an interview with Dana Soltzman, Executive Director of Salmonid Restoration Federation. This story was aired by KMUD News Director, Terri Klemetson on the KMUD Local News Mon., July 8. 2013.
- Click here for more information about the Redwood Creek Water Conservation Project.
- Click here for the Redwood Creek Water Conservation Project,South Fork Eel River: Report & Updates.
Multiple fires occurred in our area compounded by lightning strikes, heat, wind and, Fourth of July fireworks. A fire in the Fruitland Ridge area burned one home and threatened another, prompting an attack on the fire using ground crews as well as multiple aircraft.
Also, Fourth of July fireworks are suspected causes of fires in Shelter Cove, including several small fires and a larger fire near Little Black Sands Beach that threatened several homes and presented challenges to fire fighters.
Additionally, several lightening-related fires, including one in the Harris area, were reported and extinguished on July 3. Another fire, that occurred near the intersection of Redwood Drive and Alderpoint Rd., Garberville, on Thurs. July 4, was also extinguished-see photos, above and below, taken by Felix Omai.
Use the player below to hear two fire-related stories, aired on the KMUD Local News Fri., July 5, 2013, by KMUD News correspondent Eileen Russell. The first piece gives details on the recent fires and includes interviews with Cheryl Anthony, Public Information Officer for the Shelter Cove Volunteer Fire Dept., and David Janssen Spokesman for Calfire. The second story is a report from Eric Black focusing on fire and other health-related issues associated with climate change and includes excerpts from a talk given by Dr. Wendy Ring, a 56-year old family physician who is riding a bicycle across the country to draw attention to the negative health impacts of climate change.
Brian Elie and Eric Kirk were recipients of the first-ever recognition for exceptional volunteerism and professional pro-bono work to KMUD for their assistance in handling the legal and real estate issues involved in two estates bequeathed to KMUD.
Brian Elie, the broker and owner of the Madrone Reality in Garberville and longtime KMUD programmer (Brian's World- Fridays 10 am - noon), was warmly applauded as he received a lifetime membership award and KMUD sweatshirt at the KMUD 2013 Annual KMUD Membership Meeting held last Tues., June 25 at the Healy Senior Center in Redway.
Eric Kirk, Attorney at Law with offices at 864 Locust St # A, Garberville, does a talk show on KMUD called "All Things Reconsidered" airing on the third Thurs. of each month from 7-8 pm. Kirk was not able to attend the membership meeting for the presentation.
According to Board Treasurer, Julia Minton, "In addition to their years of volunteer service to KMUD, both Brian Elie and Eric Kirk worked very diligently and selflessly on KMUD's two bequests. We are eternally grateful for their dedication and volunteer service."
Other highlights of the annual meeting included a final call for Member Representative Nominations for the Board and a "Strategic Planning Input Process" that gave those attending the meeting an opportunity to write answers to several questions, including questions about what KMUD does well and what would be the perfect KMUD programming? These responses will be taken into consideration as the Board continues developing its strategic plan.
The Photo below shows KMUD Board President Suzanne Beers presenting the Life Time Membership Award and KMUD Sweatshirt to Brian Elie. Photos on this page by Terri Klemetson.
Update: Fri., June 28, 2013- Anthony Lane located, and arrested for suspicion of murder and possession of a stolen vehicle.
Anthony Ray Lane, a person of interest sought in connection with the homicide investigation of a 57 year-old man in the 3700 block of Rancho Sequoia Drive, Alderpoint, was located in a motel in Willits and arrested early this morning by Willits Police Officers, assisted by Mendocino County Sheriff's Officers. Lane was booked into the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office for suspicion of murder and possession of a stolen vehicle. More details can be found in the HCSO press release below.
HCSO Press Release, Fri., June 28, 2013:
On Thursday June 27, 2013 at about 11:30 PM, Officers from the Willits Police Department located the black Jeep Cherokee that was believed to be operated by suspect Anthony Lane. The Willits Police Officers had received a "be on the lookout" broadcast issued by the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office for this homicide investigation. The vehicle was found in the parking lot of a motel in the Willits area. On June 28, 2013 at about 12:30 AM, officers of the Willits Police Department, with the assistance of deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, located Lane in one of the rooms of the hotel. Lane was taken into custody without incident and was transported to the Humboldt County Line, where deputies from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office took custody of Lane. Lane was booked into the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office for suspicion of murder and possession of
a stolen vehicle (the black Jeep Cherokee).
At this time the motive for the crime is being investigated. There does not appear at this time to be a connection with this homicide to the earlier marijuana cultivation investigation and arrests that took place in the same area. The homicide does not appear to be a home invasion, marijuana related or in association with the Garret Rodriguez missing person investigation.
The Humboldt County Coroner's Office is still in the process of notification of family members of the victim of this suspected homicide. For that reason, the name of the victim is not being released. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday June 29, 2013 and the cause of death is not being released until after the autopsy is concluded and it will not jeopardize the investigation. The lead investigator is Detective Franco (707) 268-3644 or (707) 445-7251, anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to telephone Detective Franco at the listed
Latest arrest booking photo of Lane shown below.
The original post on this story appears below.
A woman reported to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office that she found her 57 year-old step father deceased at his residence in the 3700 block of Rancho Sequoia Drive, Alderpoint, stating that she had not heard from him for four days and drove to his home to check on him. Upon investigation, deputies and dectectives ruled the death to be suspicious and are investigating the death as a homicide.
Presently detectives are looking for a black 2000 Jeep Cherokee, CA Lic. 5HNG536 which may be driven by Anthony Ray Lane (shown in the photo above), described as a 37 year-old white male adult, 5'10", 185 lbs., redish brown hair. Lane is reportedly a person of interest in this investigation and is being sought for questioning by the Sheriff's Office. Persons should not approach Lane, if located, and are asked to call the Sheriff's Office if he is spotted. The lead investigator is Detective Franco (707) 268-3644 or (707) 445-7251. The press release appears below.
HCSO press release, dated, Thurs., June 27, 2013:
Detectives from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office are currently investigating a
death that has been determined to be suspicious and suspected to be a homicide. The
location of occurrence is the 3700 block of Rancho Sequoia Drive, Alderpoint, CA.
The reporting party called the Sheriff's Office at 8:50 AM. The reporting party
stated that she had not heard from her step-father for the last four (4) days and
drove to his residence in the 3700 block of Rancho Sequoia Drive. When she arrived
she discovered her 57 year old step-father was deceased. Deputies and Detectives
were dispatched to the residence and have ruled the death to be suspicious and are
investigating the death as a homicide.
Detectives are looking for a black 2000 Jeep Cherokee, CA 5HNG536 which may be
driven by Anthony Ray Lane, WMA, 510, 185, red and brown (DOB 09-18-1975). Lane is
a person of interest in this investigation and is being sought for questioning by
the Sheriff's Office. Persons should not approach Lane, if located, and are asked
to call the Sheriff's Office if he is spotted. The lead investigator is Detective
Franco (707) 268-3644 or (707) 445-7251.
The motive for this suspected homicide is not known at this time. Detectives are
just now arriving at the time of this release. The name of the victim is not being
released until additional family members can be notified. Due to the infancy of
this investigation, the suspected cause of death is not being released, and will be
once the Coroner is able to arrange for an autopsy.
A man entered the Bank of America in McKinleyville this morning (Thurs., June 27, 2013 ) and reportedly waved a black revolver at tellers and customers announcing that it was a bank robbery. The suspect then, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office press release, jumped over the counter and began loading money into a bag. The suspect (see photo above) fled westbound on Hiller Avenue, dropping money as he ran, and drove away in a white Nissan Pathfinder or Xterra type vehicle with tinted rear windows driven by a second suspect. The vehicle was last seen westbound on Hiller Avenue.
The suspect is described as a Black Male Adult, 5-9 to 5-10" tall, around 30 years of age, wearing black tennis shoes with thin white strips on the arches, grey sweat pants, black sweat shirt, red under shirt, grey cotton style gloves, aviator style sunglasses, white bandana across face and a short cropped mustache to lip line. The HCSO press release appears below.
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.
HCSO press release:
On 06-27-2013, approximately 10:03 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office was notified of an armed robbery which just occurred at the Bank of America, McKinleyville. The Humboldt County Sheriff's Dispatch center was advised by witnesses that the suspect was dropping money as he fled the bank and was armed with a handgun.
When deputies arrived on scene they met with witnesses who told them the suspect entered the bank and immediately began waving a black revolver around, pointing it at the tellers and customers while telling them it was a Bank Robbery. The suspect jumped over the counter and loaded up a bag that he brought with him with the banks money. After loading up the bag, the suspect fled the bank on foot, westbound on Hiller Avenue dropping money as he fled. Witnesses saw the suspect get into a vehicle being driven by another person. The suspect was seen by witnesses getting into a white Nissan Pathfinder or Xterra type vehicle with tinted rear windows. It was being driven by a second suspect. The vehicle was last seen westbound on Hiller Avenue.
An immediate broadcast of the Bank Robbery suspect and vehicle description was sent to all local law enforcement agencies. Law Enforcement Units from all Humboldt County Agencies immediately began searching for the vehicle and suspect. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) responded and is assisting with the investigation. Bank of America has provided security photos of the suspect.
Suspect description: Black Male Adult, 5-9 to 5-10" tall, around 30 years of age, wearing black tennis shoes with thin white strips on the arches, grey sweat pants, black sweat shirt, red under shirt, grey cotton style gloves, aviator style sunglasses, white bandana across face and a short cropped mustache to lip line.
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.
Eric Allan Brown, age 27 from Redding, and Samuel O'Dennell Barton, 24 from Arcata, are being held on $265,000 bail for multiple offenses relating to marijuana cultivation on public land in the Six Rivers National Forest. According to a press release from the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, dated June 26, 2013, Officers entered a grow site, acting on information that unknown subjects had been stealing water from the town of Slayer.
At the site, Officers reportedly observed an area that had been clear cut and found planter boxes that had been constructed out of the trees from the clear cut. Officers located a tent on the property from which a pitbull mix dog emerged that bit an Officer's K9 in the face and then reportedly threatened the Officers. The pitbull was subsequently shot and killed by Officers on the scene. Brown and Barton were found inside the tent along with a loaded pistol. The suspects were arrested and transported to Trinity County Jail.
Pictured below are: Eric Allan Brown (left), and Samuel O'Dennell Barton (right).