Oct 25, 2014

PG and E update on Humboldt County outages; over 70 crews working in Northern region

The following is from Mark Van Groder to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. Fifth District Supervisor Ryan Sundberg shared this with me, in response to my calling him and he wanted to get the most current information out to voters.


According to PG and E, Humboldt County is experiencing outages in groups of less than 500 +/- customers per outage. Several hundred customers are out of power due to the ongoing storm. The outages are in various and remote areas. 

Wind and trees related damage is causing outages with downed power lines and broken poles in the Humboldt County area.

At 1500 a total of 3,217customers are without electricity in 53 outages.

PG&E has over 70 crews serving the northern region to address these multiple outages and working to restore power as quickly as possible.

PG and E government representative told the Humboldt County Supervisors to call him if they have urgent concerns about repair and restoration.

Multiple crews responding but some restoration may take several hours due to restoration locations and storm conditions.

Humboldt Rants and Raves disses TS and gives a shut out to LOCO

The rant below sums up what people across political lines feel. It is not just TS, traditional newspapers whose websites are cumbersome and not user friendly lose viewers.

Locally, blogs are current and giving the people what they need.

The online free ride won't last forever, and even LOCO should not be guilty of falling prey to hubris. In the current world of social media, viewer loyalty is as permanent as the next click and the next fascination.

LOCO is smart to link all the local blogs and news sources that people are reading. When the TS folds, a smart entrepreneur would be planning now for some competition for LOCO.

Let editorial do their job, funders do yours. Someone saw Hank's vision, and it is the editorial decisions that bring in the advertising numbers.

Overwhelmingly, we have local media that leans left because they have funders. Advertisers need to realize if they want a voice and results, they need to put their money behind people who have vision. Someone believed in Hank.

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 `Times Standard` ... We are done !!! (Fortuna, Ca.)
Your piece of shit paper and I are DONE ! I used to enjoy the Times Standard very much (30 years), but I guess that I`ve just been reading out of habit, because your paper has went steadily down hill for the last few years to the point that it is a total joke ! (I am referring to the `E` edition ... I no longer get the `paper` edition) Constant web problems, and old stories repeated on the guise that "they are the most popular" ? Really ??? When ? Certainly not still after 2-3 years are people trying to read these every day. You`re supposed to report news ... remember ? The only thing that really has kept me looking lately is the `Obits`, but you can`t seem to get that working right for the last couple of MONTHS either. Anyway, probably enough said. Although, when I called to cancel my subscription today, the person answering the phone didn`t know how. She tried (nice girl), but after a few minutes I was told that perhaps it would be better if "I`d contact my bank, and have them cancel any future monthly payments. So that`s what I did, and good bye Times Standard ! Guess I`ll just have to get it all from the `Lost Coast` on-line. They don`t yet have a lot of content, but I`m willing to watch them grow. At least their news is current.
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Oct 24, 2014

Who cares about Brad Pitt, the real sighting in Old Town was Sims and Goff

I could care less about Brad Pitt. Seeing Hank Sims and Andrew Goff in Old Town made me wonder what LOCO post were they investigating now. I wanted to tail them to the new Eureka office but  the sights and shops of Old Town distracted me and Hank and Andrew disappeared into the Humboldt sunny afternoon.

I told Hank, Goff'd should be a new column. If Ryan Burns had been there, it would have been a flashback of former NCJ staffers on the beat.




Prayers for Sacramento and Washington State High School

Pryers for the deputies and their families in Sacramento and for the students and their families at Washington State.

Oct 23, 2014

Ian Henry, Bodhi Tree witness, busted for marijuana

This is a small town and from the booking photo, that looks a lot like Bodhi Tree witness Ian Henry.


HCSO Press Release:


On 10-22-2014, at approximately 7:00 p.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Deputy stopped a red GMC pickup truck for a traffic violation on Glendale Road at State Route 299, Blue Lake. After the deputy stopped the truck, he spoke with the driver who was identified as Jacob Paul Swagert, 25 years old from Eureka. Swagert told the deputy he did not his driver's license with him. A check with dispatch confirmed Swagert's driver's license was suspended and Swagert was on probation. A male passenger in Swagerts truck was identified as Ian Henry, 24 years old, from Arcata.  The deputy learned Henry was also on probation. The deputy searched the truck and located over two pounds of marijuana bud behind the driver's seat, along with indications of sales of marijuana. Henry claimed responsibility for the marijuana.

Swagert was arrested for driving on a suspended license and violation of probation. Henry was arrested for violation of probation, possession of more than an ounce of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of marijuana. Both were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and booked. Swagert was booked and released on his own recognition.

Protest at the Courthouse, maybe this election distraction will work?

The court summon stunt may not work, in time for November 4. We are getting hammered with facts on Measure R, spin on the Bergel bankruptcy issue isn't guaranteed.

What can we do two weeks before the election to distract the public? Let's protest outside the courthouse! Let's sensationalize an unfortunate death and protest a City measure outside the County building.

Occupy, Fair Wage, now these protestors. Same tactics every time. Can't get candidates to win on their merits, then just distract the public.

So far, the protest seems orderlly and free speech isn't being curtailed.  It isn't the cause that is the problem, it is the timing and where the protest was first publicized that should raise questions. Who is the master mind behind this exercise of free speech?





Oct 22, 2014

Media and public help HCSO locate motorcycle rider suspect

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has identified the suspect involved in the pursuit on
10-16-2014, as Jason  Andrue Meisner, 40 years old, from Eureka.   A be- on -the lookout for Meisner has been issued to all law enforcement agencies. Mesiner is wanted for felony evasion of a police officer and violation of felony probation. Mesiner is on formal probation for cultivation of marijuana.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the media and public for their assistance in identifying Meisner.  The Sheriff’s Office received over twenty calls.

Previous press release:


The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the motorcycle rider who evaded deputies on 10-16-2014. The investigating deputy was able to obtain a photograph of the man from Bear River Casino Security. The man had been at Bear River Casino prior to the pursuit.

On 10-16-14, at approximately 11:45 p.m. a Humboldt County Deputy Sheriff driving a marked patrol car near Bear River Casino was flagged down by a citizen. The citizen told the deputy two motorcyclists had been involved in the purchase of multiple pounds of marijuana and just left the area. One of the motorcyclists was carrying a large army duffle bag which contained the marijuana.

The deputy began checking the area for the motorcyclists. The deputy saw two motorcyclists matching the description provided in the area of Singly Hill Road and the Casino. As the motorcyclists turned onto Singly Hill Road, one of them failed to stop for the stop sign. The deputy attempted a traffic stop on the motorcyclist who failed to stop and who was carrying a large army duffle bag. The motorcyclist was riding a blue Yamaha 2006 motorcycle.  Instead of yielding to the deputy, the motorcycle sped off and entered onto southbound US 101. The motorcycle accelerated to over 90 mph. The motorcycle then exited at Palmer Boulevard and then re-entered US 101 northbound with the deputy still pursing it. The motorcycle again accelerated to high speeds, this time accelerating to over 110 mph northbound on US 101. Due to the extreme speed, the deputy terminated the pursuit in the interest of public safety.

Additional deputies responding towards the area from Eureka saw the motorcycle enter College of the Redwoods parking lot. As the deputies arrived at College of the Redwoods to look for the motorcycle, it again fled the deputies, back onto US 101. The deputies did not pursue the motorcyclist as it traveled southbound on US 101 in the northbound lanes at a high rate of speed, weaving in and out of traffic. The deputies lost sight of the motorcycle at Hookton Road where the motorcycle exited the freeway.

 A deputy traveling on Thompkins Hill Road spotted the motorcycle in the 3100 block.  The motorcycle was parked and partially covered up with wooden pallets.  Deputies and a Eureka Police K-9 searched the area for the rider and did not locate anyone. The motorcycle was impounded and the Sheriff’s Office is following up on leads as to the rider’s identity.



Stolen property arrest while detectives patrol for recent rash of residential burglaries

On 10/22/14 at about 1:58 p.m., Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Detectives were patrolling Eureka in response to the recent rash in residential burglaries.  Detectives recognized Rajean Achane, 31 of Eureka near Cedar and A Streets from previous police contacts.

A warrants check of Achane revealed that he had an active felony warrant for possession of stolen property.  Detectives contacted Achane and arrested him for the warrant.  During the course of the investigation officers found Achane to be in possession of stolen property from a burglary that was reported earlier this morning.

Achane was transported to the Humboldt County Jail and booked on the felony warrant charge and a new felony charge of possession of stolen property.

Anyone with information regarding the possible identity of the suspect(s) responsible for these burglaries is asked to call the Eureka Police Department at (707)441-4388.