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ARCATA - A 22-year-old Arcata man and his devoted volunteers are going above and beyond to improve the lives of children in eastern Africa.

The B.L.E.S.D. project organization, made its first international trip over the past month to Buikwe, Uganda, implementing sustainability projects and a school renovation. They returned Tuesday morning.

It all started when Matthew Cendejas of...

ARCATA - July rent for Arcata residents at the Lazy J Ranch mobile home park is up $17.   

Members of the park’s homeowners association say, rent has increased a total of $57 in less than three years without justification. Many residents are seniors with low, fixed income. Wednesday, residents will ask the Arcata City Council to implement rent stabilization.

“We need to have some...

EUREKA- The top rated Scrabble player on the North Coast preparing for the World English-Language Scrabble Players Association Championship in Perth, Australia.

Rich Baker grew up in Chicago and moved to Eureka 11 years ago.  He is currently organizing the Humboldt Bay Marathon, which will be held on August 9.  Previously, he taught at Humboldt State University and College of the...

FIELDS LANDING- Two people were arrested after a Fields Landing home exploded in flames Tuesday morning.

"I heard one pretty good explosion and then two other smaller explosions," 2nd Street Resident Harold Lehto said. "It got to where there were a fair amount of flames coming up and then the fire department showed up. I think there were about 4 fire trucks that showed up and then the...

CALIFORNIA- Parents no longer have the option to opt out of vaccines for their children if they want them enrolled in public or private school. On Tuesday Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 277 into law, removing the personal beliefs exemption from state mandated vaccines.

The new law only allows children to opt-out for medical reasons indicated by a physician. It also exempts students in a...

FORTUNA- After eight years as Fortuna Elementary School District's Superintendent Patti Hafner is saying goodbye.

Tuesday marked Superintendent Hafner's last day on the job. On Wednesday she will officially begin retirement. Hafner says it's time to retire after 35 years in education.

While superintendent she oversaw the successful consolidation of Rohnerville and Fortuna...

EUREKA- California Cannabis Voice Humboldt publicly unveiled the first part of it's land use ordinance Tuesday, directed towards the environmental damage created around an unregulated cannabis industry.

"Everybody is looking at it because we are fairly convinced that it may be legalized in 2016 so we've got to get to the point where we do something that will work for Humboldt County,"...

MCKINLEYVILLE- During Wednesday's board meeting, the McKinleyville Community Services District is expected to select a construction company to break ground on the 1.95 million dollar Teen & Community Center.

Plans for the Teen Center have been in the works since 2011, after a community survey expressed interest in the project. The 6,400 square foot building will be located next to...