Monthly Archives: May 2011

McK Press receives Community Builder Award

Jack Durham with the Community Builder Award

By Jason Sehon
MCSD Parks & Recreation

McKinleyville Community Services District (MCSD) presents the Community Builder Award monthly to local individuals, businesses and organizations for their volunteer service, sponsorship, promotion of programs and events, outstanding service in the interest of the District, and for other contributions significant to McKinleyville’s quality of life.
The Community Builder Award for the month of May 2011 goes to the McKinleyville Press. In the last several years, the McKinleyville Press has sponsored various community special events and parks & recreation fundraisers.
In addition, the McKinleyville Press has donated advertising spots in the local newspaper in order to help promote leisure and recreation programs and events.
The McKinleyville Press has been a great resource to keep residents updated on various events in McKinleyville.
Recently, I interviewed Jack Durham, who has been the owner, editor, and publisher of the McKinleyville Press since the summer of 1996.
Jack says he likes McKinleyville because, “It’s a friendly town with nice people. It has a small-town feeling, but with plenty of stores and services.” Another highlight for Jack is the Hammond Trail and the beautiful views of the Mad River.
When asked what Jack likes about McKinleyville Community Services District, he said, “While an occasional controversy flares up and makes the newspaper, for the most part the MCSD is an efficiently managed agency providing essential services to the community. It does a good job fulfilling its mission. And, if you don’t like the direction the district is going, you can always run into board members at a local coffee shop and tell them what you think.”
Jack feels Park facilities are all about quality of life. “When you live in a nice place, you can walk out your front door and be on a trail or at a park within a few minutes. You can run around with your dog or rocket down a trail on your bike without having to jump in your car and drive somewhere. There are lots of neighborhoods in McKinleyville where you can enjoy this. Those neighborhoods that don’t have such facilities can get them if we work together to make it happen.”
As for a future vision for MCSD, Jack says, “I’d like to see the MCSD evolve into something closer to an actual city government. I don’t think incorporation is feasible, but there’s nothing to prevent the MCSD from taking on more powers and responsibilities. This would give the voters of McKinleyville greater control over what happens in their town. I’d also like to see continued park and trail expansion throughout town. Let’s face it – you can never have enough parks.”
Jack added, “The McKinleyville Press has helped give this bedroom community a sense of identity. The paper has also served as a watchdog when it comes to local government and it’s provided a forum for residents to debate the issues of the day. This year we launched a special fund raising program for non-profits, which we hope to expand in the coming months and years.”
In a final thought, Jack said, “The McKinleyville Press is made possible by the businesses that advertise and the people who subscribe or buy the paper each week. The content comes from a small army of reporters, columnists and contributors from throughout the community. All of these folks are the ones that deserve to be thanked. And thank you for the award!”

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Front page 5.25.11

Here’s this week’s front page. To read the entire newspaper, subscribe or buy a copy from one of nearly 40 racks and retail locations from Eureka to Trinidad.

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Tsunami siren test this Friday at Big Lagoon

From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

The newly installed tsunami siren located at the Big Lagoon County Park will be tested on Friday, 27 May, at 0915. The test will be a one minute-long steady tone activation of the siren. In conjunction with the test, Big Lagoon School students and teachers will practice an evacuation of the shoreline area to a safe location on the school grounds. Some area residents, members of the Redwood Coast Tsunami Work Group, and participating representatives of various local, state, and federal agencies and tribal governments will observe and record various test activities. Included in those activities will be determining the range of the audible siren signal and timing the movement along various evacuation routes from the tsunami inundation zone. The siren at the Big Lagoon County Park was installed as part of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) grant to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services. That grant funded the installation of sirens or siren components at (listed north to south) Orick, Big Lagoon, Trinidad, Clam Beach, Manila, Samoa, Woodley Island, Fairhaven, Fields Landing, and Shelter Cove. In addition, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company installed the siren at King Salmon and provided a generous donation of siren components for installation at the other sites. The 11-site siren system installation is nearing completion. Additional siren sites will be tested over the next few months, as they become fully operation

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Little girl missing


The missing girl.

Mother of missing girl.

Raw from the Sheriff’s Dept.:

On 05-20-2011 at about 0815 hours the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office took a report, regarding a missing female subject named Claudia Pedreros aka Parker age 30 from Yamaha Court, McKinleyville. Pedreros left her residence at about 0030 hours this morning with her 2- _ year old daughter; driving a 2008, silver Kia, sedan, California License number 6GKR186. Pedreros is 5-0, 140 pounds, brown eyes, black hair.

At about 0900 hours the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office located a female subject, walking naked on Highway 3, near Coffee Creek Road, which is near Trinity Lake. The female subject was identified by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office as Claudia Pedreros. When Trinity County Deputies inquired with Pedreros status they discovered that she had either mental health issues or was under the influence of some type of narcotics.

Pedreros did not know where her daughter was at or how she arrived in Trinity County. Deputies located Pedreros’s, 2008, silver, Kia sedan, parked at the Trinity River Camp ground off Highway 3. The child was not located in the vehicle or the surrounding area.

The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching all roads in the area of Highway 3 for the child. Trinity County Sheriff’s Office located an approximately 10-mile area off Highway 3 where it appeared that contents of the vehicle were thrown out. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching all roads towards Trinity County off Highway 299.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public immediate help if they know the location of Pedrero’s daughter or if they had seen Pedreros traveling on Highway 299 or Highway 3, Trinity County.

Please contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or Sergeant Wayne Hanson at 228-3639 or Detective Kyla Smith at 268-3643.

This case is still under investigation.

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Weather Update 5.20.11

Saturday should be relatively nice for the Rapture.

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA CA
337 AM PDT FRI MAY 20 2011

.SYNOPSIS…
NORTHWEST CALIFORNIA WILL SEE ONE MORE WARM DAY ON FRIDAY BEFORE
A WEAK STORM SYSTEM WILL INCREASE CLOUDS AND COOL TEMPERATURES
THIS WEEKEND. ONLY A SMALL CHANCE OF SHOWERS IS EXPECTED THROUGH
MONDAY…MAINLY ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS.

&&

.DISCUSSION…
ANOTHER NIGHT OF WATCHING THE STRATUS WAX AND WANE ALONG THE COAST
INTO THE EEL RIVER VALLEY. OBS/SAT EARLIER SEEMED TO INDICATE THAT
THE COVERAGE WAS GREATER THAN LAST NIGHT BUT THAT HAS SINCE CHANGED
WITH A SCATTERING TREND THE LAST COUPLE OF HOURS. PROBABLY SOME
INFLUENCE OF THE APPROACHING SHORTWAVE OFFSHORE…MAYBE SOME
WESTERLY WINDS JUST OFF THE BOUNDARY LAYER DISRUPTING THE LOCAL LOW
LEVEL CONVERGENCE. IN ANY CASE…MID/HIGH CLOUDS ARE ALREADY
SPREADING TOWARD THE COAST SO ANY SUNSHINE WILL BEGIN TO DIM THIS
AFTERNOON.

NEXT ISSUE WILL BE PRECIP CHANCES WITH SHORTWAVES MOVING THROUGH
OVER THE WEEKEND. HEIGHTS WILL BEGIN TO LOWER THIS EVENING AND THE
MODELS ARE HINTING AT THE POSSIBILITY OF CONVECTIVE SHOWERS
DEVELOPING OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF EASTERN TRINITY AND MENDOCINO
COUNTIES. MOISTURE WILL BE A LIMITING FACTOR SO EXPECT WHATEVER
DEVELOPS TO BE ISOLATED AND SHORT-LIVED. LULL BETWEEN SHORTWAVES
WILL BE SATURDAY AFTERNOON SO EXPECT MOST AREAS TO SEE A DECENT
AMOUNT OF SUNSHINE. SUNDAY WILL TURN CLOUDIER AS THE MORE
SIGNIFICANT PIECE OF ENERGY DROPS IN FROM THE NW. IF ANYTHING
MOISTURE WILL BE MORE LIMITED SO KEPT POPS ON THE LOW-SIDE WITH THE
HIGHER CHANCES INLAND OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN. AREAS SOUTH OF THE
CAPE WILL SEE MORE SUNSHINE SUN/MON ALTHOUGH OTHER AREAS SHOULD AT
LEAST SEE BREAKS DURING THE AFTERNOON HOURS IF NOT CLEARING
ALTOGETHER BY MONDAY AFTERNOON. TUESDAY LOOKS TO BE THE SUNNIER AND
WARMER DAY WITH BRIEF RIDGING AHEAD OF THE NEXT SYSTEM POISED TO
ARRIVE LATE WEDNESDAY OR WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THAT SYSTEM LOOKS LIKE A
BETTER SHOT AT A WIDESPREAD RAINFALL…BUT STILL LOOKS LIKE TENTH OF
AN INCH TYPE AMOUNTS AT BEST. MOST OF THE CWA ONLY EXPECTED TO SEE
TRACE AMOUNTS OF RAIN IF NOT REMAIN COMPLETELY DRY UNTIL THEN. AD

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Front page 5.18.11

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Weather update 5.19.11

Translation: This is a good weekend to mow your lawn/ plant your garden.

Raw from the NWS:

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA CA
405 AM PDT THU MAY 19 2011

.SYNOPSIS…
HIGH PRESSURE WILL ALLOW FOR SUNSHINE AND TEMPERATURES IN THE
SEVENTIES ACROSS INTERIOR NORTHWEST CALIFORNIA WHILE SOME CLOUDS
AND A NORTHWEST BREEZE KEEPS COASTAL AREAS COOLER. A WEAK STORM
SYSTEM WILL INCREASE CLOUDS AND COOL TEMPERATURES THIS WEEKEND BUT
ONLY A SMALL CHANCE OF RAIN IS EXPECTED MAINLY NORTH OF CAPE
MENDOCINO.

&&

.DISCUSSION…
STRATUS DEVELOPED QUICKLY AFTER SUNSET WEDNESDAY EVENING AND LOOKS
TO PERSIST BETWEEN TRINIDAD AND THE CAPE…DOWN INTO THE EEL RIVER
VALLEY THIS MORNING. MESO MODELS SEEM TO HAVE A DECENT HANDLE ON IT
AND SHOW DISSIPATION AROUND NOON TODAY…WHICH MAKES SENSE GIVEN THE
SYNOPTIC PATTERN. NW WINDS WILL PICK UP AT THE COAST THU AND FRI
AFTERNOONS BUT SHOULDNT BE TOO STRONG…10-20MPH RANGE. EXPECT MORE
STRATUS IN THE SAME AREAS TONIGHT/FRI AM. MID/HIGH CLOUDINESS WILL
THEN INCREASE FRIDAY AS SHORTWAVE RIDGE GIVES WAY TO THE NEXT TROUGH
EXPECTED TO CROSS THE AREA SAT MORNING. THIS SYSTEM WILL LACK
MOISTURE SO KEPT POPS IN THE SLIGHT/LOW CHC RANGE OVER THE WEEKEND. A
SECONDARY PIECE OF ENERGY DROPS INTO THE TROUGH WITH THE LOWEST
HEIGHTS ACROSS NW CA LATE SUNDAY/SUNDAY NT…SO SLIGHTLY HIGHER POPS
AND CLOUD COVER THIS PERIOD. THINGS MAY TAKE AWHILE TO CLEAR OUT
MONDAY BEFORE RIDGING RETURNS BY TUESDAY. LONG RANGE GUIDANCE LOOKS
IN SOMEWHAT BETTER AGREEMENT WITH THE NEXT SYSTEM POISED TO AFFECT
THE NORTH COAST BY LATE WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY. THAT SYSTEM
POTENTIALLY COULD HAVE MORE MOISTURE WITH IT BUT NOTHING TO BE TOO
CONCERNED ABOUT. AD

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Exploring paradise

By Jack Durham

Last Saturday we drove north and visited Freshwater Lagoon, then headed up Bald Hills Road. Here are some photos..

We came across Roosevelt elk near Stone Lagoon.

We spotted at least six osprey at Freshwater Lagoon.

If I was a more skilled photographer, perhaps I could have captured an image of them diving into the water to catch fish, but those shots didn’t come out.

Here I am with my wife in a field of lupines near the RNSP Visitor Center at Freshwater Lagoon.

Here’s a pretty pond south of Orick.

We drove up Bald Hills Road.

It was cold and cloudy, but beautiful.

The elk at Stone Lagoon are apparently used to seeing people and don’t freak out, but that’s not the case on Bald Hills Road. This elk saw us and started running.

We came across the Tinman out in the middle of nowhere. What a trip.

We went over Bald Hills Road to Highway 169 and worked our way towards Willow Creek. This is a photo of Bluff Creek. There were lots of Bigfoots walking around, but we wanted to protect their privacy, so we didn’t take any photos.

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Pony Express Days Parade Notification

From Public Works:

SPECIAL EVENT NOTICE

EVENT DATE June 4, 2011

EVENT TIME: Between the Hours 11:00 am and 12:30 pm

TO: Property Owners and Business along Parade route

PROPOSED ROUTE: From the staging area at McKinleyville High School on Murray Road to east on Murray Road to south on Central Avenue to west into the Mill Creek Shopping Center property located at 1500 Anna Sparks Way.
A parade on the above mentioned route will use California Highway Patrol escort to temporarily close all or portion of the following County roadways: the southern most east bound lane of Murray Road and all lanes of Central Avenue. Special event traffic control personnel will assist with side street traffic. The Event is permitted on the date and proposed to be between the hours mentioned above. On street parking is permitted, however traffic is subject to delays during the parade activities.

The event organizer has indicated that the actual event duration at any one location would be 60 to 90 minutes. Contact event organizer David Carbiener at 444-6163 for more information.
Glen Anderson, Engineering Technician
Land Use Division
3033 H Street, Room 17
Eureka, CA 95501
(707) 445-7205 voice
(707) 445-7388 fax
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
C O U N T Y O F H U M B O L D T
MAILING ADDRESS: 1106 SECOND STREET, EUREKA, CA 95501-0579
AREA CODE 707 / FAX 445-7409

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Weather Update

Looks like the rain will taper off on Wednesday…

Raw from the NWS:

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA CA
316 AM PDT MON MAY 16 2011

.SYNOPSIS…ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM WILL AFFECT THE REGION TODAY INTO
TUESDAY WITH RAIN AND HIGHER ELEVATION SNOW. SKIES WILL BEGIN TO
CLEAR AS DRY WEATHER RETURNS WEDNESDAY.
&&

.DISCUSSION…SAT IMAGERY SHOWS THE NEXT SYSTEM APPROX 41N/132W AS
UPPER LEVEL TROUGH PERSISTS OVER THE NE PAC. MODELS REMAIN IN
GOOD AGREEMENT IN BRINGING THIS SYSTEM INTO THE BAY AREA THIS
AFTERNOON AND EVENING WITH HIGHEST PRECIP TOTALS EXPECTED TO BE
OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF MENDO AND TRINITY COUNTIES. NSSL BB AND
MESOWEST OBS DATA SHOW SNOW LEVELS AROUND 2000-2500 FT ATTM. SOME
WAA AHEAD OF THE NEXT SHORT WAVE WILL RAISE SNOW LEVELS TO
3000-3500 FT THIS AFTERNOON WITH SOME SHELTERED VALLEYS REMAINING
AROUND 2500 FT. PRECIP WILL TAPER OFF OVERNIGHT BEFORE INCREASING
AGAIN TUE AS ANOTHER SHORT WAVE PUSHES THE TROUGH AXIS ACROSS THE
REGION. PRECIP WILL GRADUALLY TAPER OFF INTO WED AS MOIST NW FLOW
PERSISTS. UPPER LEVEL RIDGE BUILDS IN FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK
WITH MAIN CONCERN LIMITED TO COASTAL/VALLEY FG/STRATUS. MODELS
COMING INTO BETTER AGREEMENT FOR THE FIRST HALF OF THE WEEKEND AS
ANOTHER STORM AFFECTS THE W COAST…HOWEVER SOLUTIONS DIVERGE
HEADING INTO NEXT WEEK…SO KEPT POPS NEAR CLIMO.
&&

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