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It’s a familiar story. Traffic is once again moving on State Route 299 after temporary closures over the weekend.

The recurring slide at Big French Creek near Big Bar continues to deposit debris from heavy weather onto the roadway, resulting in this weekend’s closure. Just before 10:30 Sunday morning, Highway 299 was back open to one-way controlled traffic with 30-minute delays. Crews...

Post date: Mon, 03/07/2016 - 16:08

BLUE LAKE - After agreeing to make required environmental improvements, the Blue Lake Power Plant will avoid litigation regarding alleged violations of the Clean Air Act and the California State Implementation Plan.

The plant will enter a consent decree with the Environmental Protection Agency and the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District, who filed the initial complaint...

Post date: Mon, 03/07/2016 - 15:59

Storms on the North Coast cause power outages, flooding, and road closures. Fortuna home-based businesses set up shop at Fortuna Business Expo. Social Workers are being recognized during Social Worker Appreciation Month. Casa of Humboldt hosts it's 15th Annual Dinner Fundraiser. HUMDOG Expo draws more than 1,000 people to Redwood Acres. 7th Grade student at Scotia School qualifies for state-...

Post date: Sun, 03/06/2016 - 18:59

Wet weather returns to the North Coast with a flood watch in effect. HSU hosts the 22nd Annual Social Justice Summit. Community members lend their support to Betty Chinn's Family Shelter expected to open this summer. Soroptimist International of Arcata raises scholarship funds. A Wisconsin painter travels to Arcata as part of a West Coast pop-up art show. Hundreds participate in Bowl For Kids...

Post date: Sat, 03/05/2016 - 16:14

SAN MATEO - Congressional members, Jared Huffman and Jackie Speier were in the Bay Area Friday introducing their new Crab Emergency Disaster Assistance Act of 2016.

On a waterfront in San Rafael, they spoke of the fishery disaster and what their legislation would do. They also asked U.S. Commerce Secretary, Penny Pritzker to evaluate Governor Brown’s disaster declaration request and...

Post date: Fri, 03/04/2016 - 22:03

ARCATA - The City of Arcata is continuing its work on affordable housing in the area by investing to develop a mobile home park strategy.

The city council will appropriate $35,000 from the general fund to evaluate current conditions, collect data, and look at potential areas of involvement. Issues like rent control, MOU’s, long term lease agreements with management in exchange for lower...

Post date: Fri, 03/04/2016 - 21:51

NORTH COAST - Humboldt County’s unemployment rate is up slightly for the month of January at 5.6 percent. It’s not a huge increase; just one tenth of one percent. The year over rate is down actually 1.1 percent from January of 2015.

The county remained ranked 18th in the 58-counties statewide. Humboldt job growth was in leisure and hospitality, education and health,...

Post date: Fri, 03/04/2016 - 21:38

FORTUNA-Proposed changes to Fortuna's smoking ordinance is moving forward; the first reading will happen at city council's meeting this Monday. 

Proposed changes to the ordinance would prohibit smoking in public service areas such as bus stops and ATM's as well as multi-unit housing. It could also change definitions of "smoke" to include electronic smoking device vapor. Increasing the...

Post date: Fri, 03/04/2016 - 17:48