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July 2014

More than 9,000 residents were without power Monday night in the Eel River Valley.
 
The outage was reported just after 7:00 p.m. 

According to PG&E's outage map, power was restored in Fortuna and Loleta by 10:00 p.m. 1,400 Residents in Ferndale were still without electricity as of midnight. 

The cause of the outage is unknown.

 

MCKINLEYVILLE- The Humboldt County Animal Shelter is almost full to capacity after the 4th of July holiday weekend.

Since fireworks went on sale a total of 33 dogs, four puppies, five cats and eight kittens have come into the shelter. Animal Shelter employees said that is more than last year.

On Monday, before noon, a total of five animals had been reunited with their owners....

EUREKA- The defense has filed a motion to separate the three suspect's cases for the fatal stabbing of an Arcata chef that occurred back in November. Co-defense attorneys for Sophie Rocheleau and Nicholas Stoiber have asked the court to sever each co-defendant in the case, so that each case would go through trial separately.

Both suspects face lesser charges, assault, while Juan Ferrer...

EUREKA- As the drought situation worsens across the state, ranchers and other commercial water consumers in Humboldt County are being told to stop using the water in the Eel River and the Van Duzen Tributary by the state Water Resources Control Board.

More than 100 letters were sent out to junior water rights holders of both rivers. In those letters, the rights holders were asked to...

HUMBOLDT COUNTY- The Avoid 8 DUI Task Force arrested 15 over the weekend for being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Law enforcement had a maximum enforcement period from Thursday until midnight on Sunday.

This year, fatal traffic collisions increased because of the Fortuna accident that resulted in two deaths due to a DUI.

EUREKA- Humboldt County residents may see a new tax measure on the November ballot.

The Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday to discuss the results of a countywide poll on taxes. In that poll, 400 people across the five districts were asked what type of tax they would most prefer.

Residents were given two options, a countywide sales tax or a utility users tax with an additional...

EUREKA- Mental illness plagues nearly 60 percent of Eureka’s homeless population.

But a pilot program by the Eureka Police Department and the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services is reaching out to those with mental illnesses that need help.

“We're finally bringing the different pieces together because the city of eureka couldn't do it on their own, health and...

EUREKA- The College of the Redwoods Board of Trustees will consider reducing the number of board members on Tuesday.

CR President and Superintendent Kathy Smith has recommended to the board that they reduce the number from nine to eight. The college has been working to reduce the number for a year. If approved, the community college would need to be redistricted.

Smith said the...

ARLINGTON, VA- Passengers on in-bound U.S. flights face greater scrutiny as the TSA clamps down on cell phones and laptops.
 
With terror concerns on the rise, the Transportation Security Administration is now requiring travelers at some overseas airports to power on their electronic devices, before boarding planes headed to the United States.
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From the Humboldt Senior Resource Center: 
 
Low cost wood vouchers are available for sale to area seniors beginning Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at the Humboldt Senior Resource Center (HSRC) (located at 1910 California Street in Eureka).  Households with an individual who is 55 or older and living on a low to moderate income are eligible to purchase firewood vouchers.  ...

WILLITS- Most of the construction on the Willits Bypass Project will come to a halt on Tuesday.  The decision by Caltrans comes after the Army Corps of Engineers suspended permits for the project last month.

When Caltrans officials received a letter from the Army Corps of Engineers in June, which stated permits were conditionally suspended, the letter cited several reasons.

“Some...

From the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office: 
 
On 07-05-2014, at approximately 9:15 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a citizen who located two possible homemade fireworks near the south bleachers of McKinleyille High School, McKinleyville. 
 
When the deputy arrived at the high school, the citizen pointed...

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