Monthly Archives: July 2011

McK Totem Pole Mystery!

This week’s McKinleyville Press includes an entire page dedicated to the McKinleyville Totem Pole and all the characters on it. A list of characters, starting with the top, includes Thunderbird, Redheaded Woodpecker, Coyote, Blue Jay, Frog (with fire), Crow, Beaver, Owl and Grizzly Bear.

But below Grizzly Bear is this mysterious character. It’s not included in Ernest Pierson’s 1962 book “My Story, By The McKinleyville Totem Pole,” so it probably wasn’t on the pole when it was first erected. Sometime in the late 1970s/early 1980s, Pierson took the totem pole down to make repairs and recarve it. It may have been added then.

Ernest Pierson’s daughter, Anne Pierson, said she doesn’t know what it is. Duane Flatmo, who repainted the pole in 1998, also said it’s a mystery. If anyone knows the story behind this character, contact the Press.

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Westhaven Blackberry Festival this Sunday

Excerpt from Patti Fleschner’s Trinidad Notes column:

Join neighbors and friends at the 51st Annual Westhaven Blackberry Festival on Sunday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Westhaven Fire Hall on Sixth Avenue.

Sales of fresh blackberry pies, jams, barbecued hamburgers and beverages benefit the Westhaven Volunteer Fire Department. There will be music, booths and goodwill in abundance. No pets, please.

WCA will sponsor a Flea Market on Blackberry Festival day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bring your own attic, closet, cupboard and garage finds and your table and set up on WCA grounds on Westhaven Drive near Sixth Avenue. Ten percent of your sale proceeds will go to WCA.

Call Kahish at 677-9493 or 677-3125 to reserve a space. Kahish notes that anything that is not sold must be taken away. WCA does not have sufficient volunteers to handle leftovers.

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Front page 7.27.11

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Front page 7.20.11

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By the way, this week’s paper is Vol. 16, No. 1 and marks the paper’s 15th anniversary.

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Front page 7.13.11

Last week got away from me and I didn’t have time to upload this. So here’s last week’s front page, a week late. – Jack

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Trinidad Tsunami Siren Test On Tuesday

If you are in Trinidad on Tuesday, July 19 at 10 a.m., and you hear the wail of a tsunami siren, don’t run for the hills. It is only a test.
The siren, which was installed earlier this year, will be tested for the first time next Tuesday. The sound will last one minute.
If it were a real tsunami warning, you would hear “a wailing tone lasting for three minutes at each sounding,” said Dan Larkin of the county’s Office of Emergency Services.

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UPDATE: Walker Avenue Fire

The fire destroyed a vacant house that was used for storage, a shed, a chicken coop and some trees. Forty chickens perished in the fire. Earlier in the day the homeowner was burning debris in the yard. That fire probably reignited and spread, resulting in the blaze. For the full story, see the coming edition of the McKinleyville Press.

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Fire this afternoon on Walker Avenue, McKinleyville

There was a large fire this afternoon at the north end of Walker Avenue off Railroad Drive in McKinleyville. Details are still a little sketchy, but it appeared that several sheds were on fire. Access was difficult, with fences all around the property. In the photo above, firefighters are dousing the flames from Kirkwood Court off Theil Avenue. By about 3:30 p.m. the fire was out and firefighters began mop up operations, which were expected to last a couple hours. More details to come…

NOTE: This was first reported on the McKinleyville Press Facebook Page. Visit our page and hit “like” to receive these news updates.

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District Attorney says mismanagement of grants is ‘personnel issue’

From the 7.6.11 issue:

By Daniel Mintz
Press Staff Writer

Responding to a state agency’s concerns about grant management, the county’s District Attorney has called for an investigation that’s focusing on the actions of one of his employees.
District Attorney Paul Gallegos said that at his request, the county has hired an investigator to look into suspected mismanagement of several public safety grants from the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA).
Originally reported on by KIEM News Channel 3 last week, the investigation ensued when CalEMA informed Gallegos that county public safety agencies weren’t being notified of the availability of hundreds of thousands of dollars of grant monies.
Gallegos said that “the status of the grants is fine and the money is there” but it hasn’t been allocated to the Sheriff’s Office and other county agencies because of a “communication breakdown.”
The DA said the problem is a personnel issue, which requires confidentiality.
Brad Alexander, CalEMA’s public information officer, said the county’s investigator has contacted his agency but “no information has been exchanged yet.” He added, “There is anticipation of requests of communication exchanges” such as e-mails.
The investigation is “totally isolated to one particular individual in the DA’s Office,” said Alexander. He said his agency typically only deals with one or two individuals when grants are administrated.
The grants at issue are a $162,949 Anti Drug Abuse Enforcement grant, a $184,793 Victim Witness Assistance grant and a $133,000 Unserviced Population grant for Native American tribes. Most of the first two grants have been paid out to the county but no payments have been made on the latter grant.
Alexander said the Sheriff’s Office is eligible to get the grant funding and wasn’t notified. “The money was waiting for them and they weren’t aware the money was set aside for them,” he continued. “Clearly, this is a communication issue and it seems this one individual was sitting on their hands as far as notifying the locals that the money was available.”
The outcome of the investigation will determine whether the money was improperly spent, said Alexander, and the “severity of the issue” will determine whether or not the grants will be rescinded.
He said the lack of communication about grant administration was so conspicuous that officials from his agency travelled to Humboldt in December of last year to inquire about it. “Management papers weren’t being filed and the state doesn’t like to delay getting money to locals,” he continued.
“That’s part of the problem we’re trying to fix,” said Gallegos. “There were issues with providing documentation by my office and this is what we’re trying to fix – and actually, it is fixed and will remain fixed.”

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Front Page 7.6.11

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