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SMITH RIVER- A Del Norte County resident sent us what could be a funnel cloud near Smith River.
 
David Quaschnick took this photo Friday afternoon from Ocean View Drive. He and his wife had done some shopping and were heading north on Highway 101 when he glimpsed the spiral starting to form. Quaschnick said he had seen them back east and just had to pull over.
 

ARCATA - The Class of 2015 could be a big one. HSU has received a record number of applications for the fall semester next year.

Officials with the university said for the first time applications from freshmen jumped by nearly a thousand students to 12,390.  Transfer students also surged 7.2 percent  to over 3,200 applications. Cal State Universities as a whole saw record increases for...

FORTUNA- A 20-year CAL FIRE veteran is taking over the Humboldt-Del Norte unit. Hugh Scanlon was announced this month as the unit’s chief.

Scanlon is a Humboldt State graduate and has served in the U.S Navy, U.S. Forest Service and at the Arcata Fire Department. Most recently he served as the Assistant Chief to the Humboldt-Del Norte CAL FIRE unit. In his new position, Chief Scanlon...

FORTUNA- A new mayor may be in the near future for the friendly city. Council members will vote on Monday to elect a mayor and mayor pro-tem. The positions are up for rotation every two years.

Current Mayor Douglas Strehl says he intends to step down from the position to allow more time to focus on other issues. If all goes as discussed this past week at a special meeting, council...

SAMOA- A porta potty meant to help the homeless and protect the Samoa Dunes is now under fire.

Due to resident complaints, the harbor district is being asked to remove the porta potty from its current location on cookhouse road. According to those complaints, the facility is an attractive nuisance and many residents worry it could create an increase in area crime.

The harbor...

FORTUNA- Fortuna’s downtown businesses are going all out for the Christmas season. The businesses have been working this week to decorate their windows for the holiday. The decorations are part of a window contest held by the business improvement district. On Friday judges were out observing the decorations and at Friday’s open house customers will have a chance to judge the windows and vote....

FORTUNA- River flooding was a big concern this week with a major winter storm moving across the north coast almost 50 years after the 1964 Flood in Humboldt County. In honor of the holiday season and the anniversary of the flood, the Fortuna Depot Museum is taking a look back.

“It's just so tremendously important to the history of this area,” Fortuna Depot Museum Curator Alex Service...

It’s forecasted to be a record holiday shipping season. USPS has temporarily expanded delivery to seven days a week to handle an anticipated 12% increase in packages shipped from last year. And Fed Ex is expecting more than 290 million shipments between black Friday and Christmas Eve.

“It seems like every day we get more and more freight which is kind of inspiring to see that people...

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