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FORTUNA- More than 1,500 lbs. of garbage by the Eel River were collected today in part thanks to Measure Z funding.  River Life Foundation volunteers say Friday's cleanup was rewarding.

The River Life Foundation has collected more than 140,000 lbs. of trash from the Eel River Valley over the last seven years. 

"It's just our environment and our waters and I've got kids and just...

HUMBOLDT COUNTY- The Humboldt County Planning and Building Director has announced he will retire.

Kevin Hamblin began serving in the position in 2012, and was the planning development director for Del Norte County before that.  Earlier, he was the Director of Community Development for the City of Eureka.  In the 1980s, he was a planning assistant and Director of Planning for the...

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA- The Governor of California has declared a State of Emergency due to the wildfires. California fire crews continue to battle several lightning sparked fires across Humboldt County.

According to Cal Fire, there have been 71 total fires. The Mad River Complex has burned 1,500 acres and is 5 percent contained. One of those blazes is the Picket Fire burning near Ruth...

MCKINLEYVILLE - The family that owned and operated car dealership Opie’s Chevrolet and Buick in McKinleyville is saying farewell after almost 50 years in business. 

“We're selling the business because there's no other family member that wants to take it on and I'm ready to retire and Opie’s 85 and he's been ready to step down for a while. I want to thank all...

ARCATA - Nearly 100 teachers gathered at HSU Friday with thousands coming together across the state. 

More than 15,000 teachers at 33 locations in California took part in the first ever, California Teachers Summit. With the theme "Better Together," teachers are striving to build a powerful and lasting support network.     

As teachers prepare for the upcoming school year, the...

RIO DELL- The Rio Dell community is celebrating Wildwood Days, a five day festival of fun, food, and entertainment.

Friday's festivities include a rib cook off with seven different competitors and a 500-dollar prize up for grabs. Hosted by the Rio Dell Volunteer Fire Department, this year is extra special, commemorating a big milestone for the community.

"Rio Dell was...

FORTUNA- With all of the fires on the North Coast, Cal Fire Humboldt-Del Norte Unit is staying busier than usual in the field as well as behind the scenes.

The Emergency Command Center Expanded is running a 24-hour operation due to the scale and increasing number of fires in Humboldt County.

"What happens is when a large fire takes off in the unit we need to move that off the...

Humboldt Bay Fire will be taking to the streets this summer for its yearly inspection of the hundreds of fire hydrants across Eureka. It’s extremely important to test the hydrants for many reasons, the first being for appropriate water pressure. When fighting a fire Chief Ken Woods says, having sufficient water pressure is critical when fighting a fire of any size. Crews with Humboldt Bay Fire...