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Agencies preparing response plans for dam failures, massive floods

Agencies preparing response plans for dam failures, massive floods

Jack Durham Mad River Union NORTHERN HUMBOLDT – There are several nightmarish scenarios – including the failure of a dam holding back Ruth Lake – that would result in a wall of water washing over homes and businesses in several communities, including Blue Lake and Arcata. In preparation for such disasters, the Arcata Fire District

Jails can’t treat mental illness

Paul Mann Mad River Union  HUMBOLDT —Imprisonment is intended to protect the mentally ill from themselves and from others, says longtime mental health patient Ann Marie Carlsmith. Yet the nominal protection has often been a razor sharp, two-edged sword in her turbulent experience. Arrest and incarceration immerse a hallucinating, hyper manic and terrified prisoner in

Suspicion surrounds cannabis-related banking

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – As banking issues continue to affect the state’s legal marijuana industry, Humboldt County’s treasurer-tax collector has told the Board of Supervisors that the banking of marijuana tax revenue won’t trigger money-laundering oversight. The prominent issue of banking marijuana-related income was discussed at the Feb. 14 supervisors meeting. Supervisor

HSU student jailed immediately after sentencing

Paul Mann Mad River Union EUREKA —Humboldt State University student Robert William Bergeson III was remanded to Humboldt County Jail immediately after being sentenced Feb. 22 to one year behind bars and four years of supervised probation. His mother and friends cried out in protest and heartbreak in the courtroom when the 24-year-old was handcuffed

Agendas on the agenda at tonight’s McKinleyville Municipal Advisory Committee meeting

Jack Durham Mad River Union McKINLEYVILLE –  The McKinleyville Municipal Advisory Committee may change its policy tonight, Feb. 22 on how items are placed on its meeting agendas. The proposal was spurred by a conflict last year, in which a committee member wanted to place an item on the agenda, but the request was refused

McKMack takes up smoking

Jack Durham Mad River Union McKINLEYVILLE – McKinleyville’s advisory committee may make a recommendation tonight, Feb. 22 on whether the county should pursue its own smoking ordinance. The McKinleyville Municipal Advisory Committee will take up the matter when it meets at 6 p.m. at the newly named Middle School Conference Center (previously called the Azalea

Arcata Police Log: Scary monsters (and super creeps)

• Sunday, January 8 3:57 a.m. During prime time for Arcata’s armies of nocturnal doorhandle-tryers, a Union Street woman listened as her doorknob jiggled intermittently through the night, though to be fair it might have been someone’s freelance foley work or even ambient percussion fills. 8:22 a.m. A Valley West worker reported a customer bringing