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Fortuna - Ten local recently started businesses have won seed money in stage one of the Humboldt Business Challenge. An awards ceremony was held at the River Lodge. The challenge asked prospective entrepreneurs to come up with unique and sustaining ideas for a business that can contribute to the local economy. Stage one winners received $250.00 of seed money to help them develop and polish their ideas.

Stage two, which will be announced in March, will be offering between $500.00 and $5,000 to prospective companies that have a business plan and have started operations. Stage three will be in August and winning prizes have yet to be announced.

This year’s stage one winners varied from a hard apple cider company and eclectic gift boutiques to a gluten free bakery and an eco-friendly electrical contractor and consulting firm. For more information on the program, go to: humboldtbusinesschallenge.org 

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Eureka – “Line of Duty Deaths” have been in the forefront of the news as a fourth officer was killed in Sacramento just over a week ago. The Eureka Police and other local law enforcement agencies are wearing mourning bands over their badges. It is a symbolic gesture worn with great respect.

Today also marks the 67th anniversary of EPD officer Pete Carroll’s traffic collision...

NORTH COAST - Proponents of the patient safety measure, also called Proposition 46, say if passed, it will save lives.

It has been a hotly contested item on this upcoming November’s ballot. The prop will require random drug and alcohol testing for physicians.

It will also raise the cap on medical negligence cases, specifically for the death of children or elderly parents.

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EUREKA - A new app is delivering answers for your Election Day questions, right into the palm of your hand. The app went live just two days ago and is called the “Voting Information Project” or “VIP”.

By plugging in your address to “VIP”, it finds your closest poll locations for Election Day and even gives information on statewide candidates and propositions. The app is designed for...

EUREKA - The Humboldt Senior Resource Center joined in the Halloween fun celebrating with a party and parade.

The event is part of their lunch program that draws seniors from throughout the North Coast community.

The center expected to see nearly 100 people turn out for the lunch and celebrations.

Party patrons decorated pumpkins and strutted their costumes in a parade...

EUREKA - Eureka Police were led on a short two-block pursuit early Friday morning. The suspect? A goat.

Officers received a call around 4 a.m. of a goat in a person’s front yard. They responded to the home near Everdeen and Union Street.

The goat led the officers on a chase but was finally coerced with carrots.

Officers then transported the goat in the back of their patrol...