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January 2014

From Eureka Police Department:

Just before 7 pm on Tuesday night, Eureka Police officer’s responded to the foot of Del Norte Street to a transient related 
unknown problem. A male subject was discovered with life threatening injuries likely caused by an assault. The male victim is a 30 year old male transient, Brandon Spharler. 
Spharler was unable to give a statement...

The U.S. Department of Agriculture rates California as the number one producer of agriculture in the country. Now, however, agriculture departments in school districts across California face funding cuts in the next school year, and educators warn students will suffer because of it.  

"Although I think our classes will still exist and we do have a supportive community, without the...

SCOTIA- A Scotia family who lost virtually everything in a house fire, the Gaines family, says they now have more than ever, thanks to the generosity of the community.

"It's really blown me away and it's a big 'wow' for all the stuff we got.  It is just amazing.  There are like no words to describe everything we've been given," said Keren Gaines.
 
The fire took place in...

FORTUNA- California Highway Patrol officials say the number one killer of people ages 3 to 34 is automobile accidents.  Today, the CHP recognized the Fortuna Police Department for its efforts.  
 

"It means a great deal to us.  I think it shows we're out there, we're doing what we need to be doing as far as education, training and enforcement of speeding, seatbelt enforcement,...

ARCATA- An Arcata woman, with the help of neighboring children, is working to clean up an empty lot near her apartment complex. The team hope to transform the overgrown area into a park with a baseball field for the neighborhood to enjoy.

"It was completely overgrown with brier bushes, a real mess," said Letitia Harris, who has been working to clean up the area with the children.

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ARCATA- On the first day of the 101st school year administrators at Humboldt State University unveiled a new flag to fly over the campus. The flag is to celebrate the university's 100th anniversary which was reached last year.

Two University Police Officers assisted President Rollin Richmond raise the flag early Tuesday morning, the first day of the spring semester. The new flag mirrors...

***WARNING: Details of the testimony described below contain graphic descriptions and inappropriate language.***

EUREKA- The man accused of murdering a St. Bernard priest New Year’s Day will be held to answer on all felony charges including two special allegations.

On Tuesday, Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Marilyn B. Miles said that there is enough evidence to hold...

HUMBOLDT COUNTY- Community members took the time off from work and school to reflect back on the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Two events in Eureka and Arcata celebrated the civil rights leader.

In Eureka, the local chapter of the NAACP encouraged the community to continue the work of Dr. King. Liz Smith of the NAACP said there are still goals that have not been fully...

ARCATA- Another billboard has been taken down along the hwy 101 safety corridor by an unknown vandal. The third billboard was reported to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Monday morning and is believed to be removed sometime over the weekend.

Last week two other billboards were removed by the vandal who, authorities believe, was using an electric saw. The owner of the most recently...

DEL NORTE COUNTY- The township of Hiouchi is recovering after loosing all of its drinking water. The Big Rock Community Service District discovered a leak last month on National Park property. Eventually the township was able to repair the problem, but not without help from the county and the city of Crescent City. To thank the city for its help, the Big Rock Community Service District will be...

EUREKA- To reduce crime in the city of Eureka, a local group is aiming to improve safety among the community. The group is called "Operation Safe Streets Eureka," a grassroots movement that involves dozens of community members and officials. The moderator of the group, local businessman Gene Bass, said that the purpose of the group is to connect neighbors with one another, something Eureka...

EUREKA- The California Office of Traffic Safety has been providing the City of Eureka with grants for increasing traffic safety since the 1990’s.  The next installment of those grants is expected to be accepted Tuesday at the Eureka City Council meeting.

The first grant is for $19,800.  It would provide funding for equipment for four DUI/Driver’s License checkpoints in Eureka during...

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