Monthly Archives: February 2012

Front page 2.29.12

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The Great Margarita Heist of 2012

From the Sheriff’s Dept.

Casey Jay Cooper

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

On 02-25-2012, approximately 11:30 a.m. a Humboldt County Sheriffs deputy was dispatched to investigate a Commercial Burglary that occurred at Luzmila’s Restaurant, McKinleyville. When the deputy arrived he met with the owner of the restaurant who told him the suspect(s) had turned off the circuit breakers to the restaurant, and pried open the back door to the restaurant causing damage after scaling a six foot fence. The burglary happened sometime between 11:00 p.m. on 2-24-2012 and 10:00 a.m. 2-25-2012. The restaurant owner reported several cases of alcohol had been stolen, including cases of Wine, Tequila and Triple Sec.
The deputy reviewed a security video tape at the restaurant and saw at approximately 12:15 a.m. a white male suspect is on the back patio of the restaurant moving items around and stacking crates below the camera. The suspect then accessed the camera using the crates to stand on and began smashing the camera. The deputy recognized the suspect from previous contacts as Casey Jay Cooper, 28 years old from McKinleyville. The deputy ran a criminal check on Cooper and learned he was on four separate summary probations for drug and weapons charges, with search clauses.
The deputy drove to Cooper’s residence on Park Road, McKinleville with another deputy and found Cooper hiding under a tarp in the back yard of his residence. The deputies also located several of the cases of stolen alcohol which they recovered.
Cooper was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on burglary and possession of stolen property charges, along with violation of probation. His bail is set at $50,000.00.

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or criminal related activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line 707-268-2539. If you live in the City Limits of Eureka the Eureka Police Problem Oriented Policing Unit can be reached at 707-441-4373

Mike Downey
Sheriff

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Winter Storm Watch Alert

From the NWS:

Winter Storm Watch
Alert:
…STRONG COLD FRONT MAY BRING SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL ABOVE 2000
FEET…

…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ABOVE 2000 FEET…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN EUREKA HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WATCH ABOVE 2000 FEET…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

* SNOW IS EXPECTED ABOVE 2000 FEET BEGINNING TUESDAY AFTERNOON
AND CONTINUING THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS
EXPECTED TUESDAY NIGHT. SNOW FALL TOTALS OF 8 TO 12 INCHES ARE
POSSIBLE ABOVE 2000 FEET.

* SLOW DOWN…ALLOW EXTRA TIME IF TRAVELING.

* CHECK THE LATEST FORECASTS AND CALL 1-800-427- 7623 FOR
CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS AND CHAIN REQUIREMENTS BEFORE
TRAVELING….

* BE ALERT FOR ROCK SLIDES IN MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN….
Instructions: A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW…SLEET…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.
Target Area:
Upper Trinity River

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An Open Letter to an Occupy Eureka organizer

2.24.12

Dear Jack Nounnan,
I’m writing you to let you know about a problem I’ve had in front of the Humboldt County Courthouse.
As you may know, I own the McKinleyville Press, which is a non-corporate, locally owned, independent community newspaper. I serve as the newspaper’s publisher, editor, reporter, photographer and paper boy.
For years I’ve had a newspaper rack at the Humboldt County Courthouse, first on the Fourth Street side. Later I moved the rack to the Fifth Street side. I never had a problem with theft or vandalism, until recently.
About a month ago I was delivering newspapers and discovered that the padlock had somehow been broken off my rack and stolen. So I had to go out and spend $10 on a new padlock. That might not sound like a big deal to most people, but these are tough times and little expenses like that can add up.
I figured that the incident was just a fluke and tried to put it behind me. Then, about two weeks ago, I was dismayed to discover that someone had kicked in the plastic window on the front of my newspaper rack.
My first thought was that I should dip into my meager bank account, purchase a new window, then take an hour or two way from my regular newspaper duties to dismantle and remove the old window and replace it with a new window. (It’s not an easy job, being that the racks are several decades old and the bolts are rusty.)
But then I had to wonder: Do we have a pattern here? If my newspaper rack was targeted twice in one month, might it be targeted again? Maybe.
So I had to replace the rack and move it to the Fourth Street side, away from the Occupy protest. I could no longer afford to do business there.
I don’t know who targeted my rack. Was it an Occupy protester, or someone just hanging out with the protesters? I don’t know.
But the incident demonstrates that there is a problem in front of the courthouse. Either misguided protesters are engaged in the vandalism, or the protest is attracting a criminal element, which seemingly cannot be policed by the protesters.
I would have thought that my newspaper, and the rack that dispenses it, would be a welcome addition at the protest. After all, the McKinleyville Press represents the opposite of corporate-dominated, plutocratic media. The Press is locally owned. It’s non-corporate. It’s a micro-media enterprise. It’s even printed letters and columns sympathetic to the Occupy movement.
I also would have thought that with a 24/7 protest taking place in front of the courthouse, my newspaper rack would be safer than ever before. Protesters, after all, are sitting only a few feet away from it. But that’s not the case.
The fact that the Occupy protest site is inhospitable to a local community newspaper makes me really sad.
I’ll be the first to acknowledge that my complaint is trivial compared to some of the major problems we face in today’s world. We’ve got people going hungry. Health care is inadequate. The nation is engaged in endless conflict overseas. The list goes on and on.
But it doesn’t make sense to take it out on small businesses, or to allow a scuzzy element to run wild and make things more difficult for local mom & pop businesses that are just trying to survive.
I hope that organizers can do something to change the situation in front of the courthouse and make it welcome again for the entire community.
Remember, we’re all in this together.

Thank you for your time,

Jack Durham
Editor/Publisher
McKinleyville Press
news@mckinleyvillepress.com
http://www.mckinleyvillepress.com

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Postalgeddon

From the USPS website:

As a result of studies begun five months ago, the Postal Service has made the decision to move all mail processing operations at eight California facilities to other locations as follows:

Bakersfield Processing & Distribution Center (P&DC) to Santa Clarita P&DC
Eureka Customer Service and Mail Processing Center (CSMPC) to Medford, OR, CSMPC
Industry P&DC to Santa Ana P&DC and Anaheim Processing & Distribution Facility (P&DF)
Long Beach P&DC to Los Angeles P&DC
North Bay P&DC in Petaluma, CA, to Oakland P&DC
Pasadena P&DC to Los Angeles P&DC
Redding CSMPC to West Sacramento P&DC
Stockton P&DC to West Sacramento P&DC

Once the transfers are completed, the mail processing operations at the eight facilities will cease. There will be no changes to any retail, business mail entry, or vehicle maintenance operations at these locations at this time.

It also has been determined as a result of the study of the San Bernardino P&DC in Redlands, CA, that there was no significant opportunity to improve efficiency or service through consolidation of mail processing operations, and no changes will be made at this time.

The Postal Service has experienced a 25 percent decline in First-Class Mail volume since 2006, and receives no tax dollars for its operations, relying instead on the sale of postage, postal products and services.

“The decision to consolidate mail processing facilities recognizes the urgent need to reduce the size of the national mail processing network to eliminate costly underutilized infrastructure,” said Chief Operating Officer Megan Brennan. “Consolidating operations is necessary if the Postal Service is to remain viable to provide mail service to the nation.”

Specific dates have not been set for the transitions. Until specific dates are announced, residential and business mailers will continue to be served through the current facilities.

In December 2011, the Postal Service agreed to impose a moratorium on closing or consolidating Post Offices and mail processing facilities prior to May 15, 2012, to give Congress and the Administration the opportunity to enact an alternative plan.

This delay was designed to allow Congress sufficient time to enact comprehensive postal legislation. In the meantime, the Postal Service continued all necessary steps required for the review of these facilities, including public notifications, public input meetings and consideration of public comments.

Implementation of these consolidations is contingent upon the outcome of pending rulemaking for a proposal to revise existing service standards. This announcement is provided in advance so that appropriate planning and notifications can be made in accordance with existing employee agreements.

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A list of mail processing studies and their status is available at usps.com/ourfuturenetwork. Specific information about individual studies, including public meeting summaries and summary briefs, is posted on the website, usps.com/areamailprocessing, as it becomes available.

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A list of processing facilities studied, FAQs, mail processing b-roll, and additional information can be found at usps.com/ourfuturenetwork.

A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation, 151 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With nearly 32,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government, usps.com, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $65 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world’s mail. If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 35th in the 2011 Fortune 500. In 2011, the U.S. Postal Service was ranked number one in overall service performance, out of the top 20 wealthiest nations in the world, Oxford Strategic Consulting. Black Enterprise and Hispanic Business magazines ranked the Postal Service as a leader in workforce diversity. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency for six years and the sixth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute.

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Another pot bust

Another pot bust.
From the Sheriff’s Dept.:

On 02-21-2012 the Humboldt County Drug Task Force received a telephone call from Oregon State Police Department, regarding a subject named, Keith T. Carpentier age 39. Oregon State Police Department said that they had stopped Carpentier for a traffic violation when he was driving on Interstate 5 near Eugene, Oregon. During their contact of Carpentier, Oregon State Police Department searched Carpentier’s vehicle. Officers discovered 15 pounds of processed marijuana in his vehicle. Carpentier was placed under arrest for possession for sales and transportation of marijuana. Through their investigation with Carpentier, Officers in Oregon learned that Carpentier lived in McKinleyville, California.
Humboldt County Drug Task Force Agents then wrote a search warrant for Carpentier’s residence which was located in the 2200 block of McKinleyville Avenue, McKinleyville. When Officer’s served the search warrant at the residence they discovered a commercial indoor marijuana growing operation. Officers contacted a subject, who they identified as John Paul Krekeler age 49 at the residence.
Officers seized 102 growing marijuana plants from inside of the residence that ranged in size from 4 inches to 3 foot in height. Officers located 15 individual one pound bags of processed marijuana in the residence along with approximately 40 pounds of drying marijuana plants that had been recently harvested. Officer located one shotgun and one pistol in the residence. Officers located $19,730 dollars in currency that was seized for asset forfeiture.
Humboldt County Building and Planning Department was contacted and responded to the scene, because of the possible fire hazard caused by the electrical indoor marijuana growing operation. Once the Building and Planning Department arrived on scene they determined that the marijuana growing operation was a possible fire hazard and they then contacted PG&E to have the electricity removed from the residence.
Krekeler was arrested for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana and was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. An arrest warrant will be sent to the Humboldt County District attorney’s Office for Carpentier’s arrest for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana.
This case is still under investigation by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force.
Mike Downey, Sheriff

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Front Page 2.22.12

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Please note that Sutters Mudd remains open even while construction is underway on a new gas station and mini mart at the corner of Central Avenue and Sutter Road. So stop on by for a cup of freshly brewed organic coffee, an espresso, cappuccino or mocha. Sutters Mudd is locally owned and family run.

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EXCLUSIVE! Height of World’s Largest Totem Pole to be revealed.

Does size matter? You bet it does. That’s why the McKinleyville Press asked a professional surveying company to measure The World’s Largest Totem Pole. The results will appear in the coming edition.

Of course, we could have saved time and just looked at the plaque at the bottom, which says the pole is 160 feet tall. But is that accurate? And what about the alterations that were made in 1984? And what about the antennae that flopped over about a decade ago and are dangling from the top?

There were questions that needed to be answered, so we called in the good folks at Points West Surveying Co. See this week’s paper for results.

Here’s a photo of the pole taken in 1962. Michael Pulley of Points West Surveying Co. found it. It may have been taken by John Olson at Oscar Larson & Associates, which did work for the Piersons.


Here’s a more current photo taken by Jack Durham

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Willits bypass – the long and winding road

In the summer of 1991 I was fresh out of college and working as a freelance reporter/photographer for The Willits News. One of the many meetings I attended and covered for the paper was a hearing on a proposal to build a highway bypass around Willits.

Today, more than 20 years later, Caltrans signed the final permitting paperwork. It’s been a long and winding bureaucratic road!
– Jack

Here’s the press release from Caltrans:

CALTRANS SIGNS FINAL PERMIT FOR WILLITS BYPASS

EUREKA – This afternoon, after a careful review by Caltrans staff, District
1 Director Charlie Fielder signed the final environmental permit for the
Willits bypass. The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) provided the
permit to Caltrans for review late yesterday, and it will now be returned
to USACE for their final signature.

This $200 million project will relieve congestion, reduce delays, and
improve safety for traffic passing through Willits, eliminating the only
stop lights on US 101 between San Francisco and Eureka. Caltrans will be
going before the California Transportation Commission on March 28-29 to ask
for the funding needed for construction.

“We are very pleased to be moving forward with this important project”,
said Charlie Fielder. “Not only will we be constructing a bypass to help
alleviate traffic congestion and delay on Route 101 through Willits, this
project is also providing the opportunity for significant environmental
restoration in the Little Lake Valley. I want to thank our permitting and
resource agencies, local agencies, and our legislative representatives who
supported this project. But most of all, I want to thank all the citizens
and groups who provided their comments and support. This project is better
because of them.”

Besides the USACE, the permitting and resource agencies included the
National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game, and
the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. Local agencies
included the City of Willits and Mayor Bruce Burton, Mendocino County
Council of Governments and Executive Director Phil Dow, and Mendocino
County Supervisor John Pinches. Legislative representatives included U.S.
Congressman Mike Thompson and U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer. Local groups
included the Mendocino County Farm Bureau, Mendocino County Resource
Conservation District, and the Willits Environmental Center, which provided
valuable feedback and were strong advocates for local sustainable
agriculture.

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