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Explosion, fire destroy Bayview Street home

Explosion, fire destroy Bayview Street home

Damage to the home is a total loss and estimated at $234,000 to the structure and $158,000 to its contents. The fire has been deemedunintentional. The home was occupied at the time and both occupants were able to exit the structure, although one occupant sustained minor burn injuries and smoke inhalation.

COVID variants complicate planning

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – ​COVID-19 cases are down statewide and Humboldt County is expected to follow that trend but its public health officer advises to be on guard for the pandemic’s next phase – another big surge. ​The county’s COVID-19 situation was updated at the February 9 Board of Supervisors meeting, where

Hemp ban here to stay

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union After nearly two years of temporarily banning industrial hemp farming, Humboldt County’s Board of Supervisors has approved an ordinance that permanently prohibits it. ​The context of the ban is the county’s commercial cannabis industry and the potential of hemp cross-pollination. But there’s recognition of hemp’s value as a source of

Bottoms annexation brings shock and awe

Kevin L. Hoover Mad River Union ARCATA BOTTOM – A county agency’s inclusion of 77 acres on the Arcata Bottom into the City of Arcata caught residents there by surprise last week. The Jan. 20 decision by the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) involved a historic westward expansion of the City of Arcata onto 76.7

Huffman: federal vaccination centers on way

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman has said the recent change of national leadership is ushering new pandemic response action, including a plan to open federally-run community vaccination centers. ​Huffman outlined new federal pandemic responses and co-hosted a panel of the North Coast region’s health officials with Assemblymember Jim

Arcata caps vacation rentals

Kevin L. Hoover Mad River Union ARCATA – Advocates for un- or lightly-regulated vacation home rentals and those concerned with affordable housing drying up made their best arguments at the Feb. 3 Arcata City Council meeting. In the end the council approved a 100-unit limit on the lucrative getaways, though existing rentals can get permits

McK CSD looking to boost law enforcement

Jack Durham Mad River Union McKINLEYVILLE – The McKinleyville Community Services District is wading into its latent powers, and may even look at collaborating with law enforcement to maintain and improve police services. The district’s authority was discussed Feb. 3 by the MCSD Board of Directors, which oversees sewer, water, streetlights, open space maintenance, parks

New UPD Police Chief Anthony Morgan views role as opportunity for positive change

Previously, Morgan served as police chief in Mount Rainier, Maryland and Covington, Virginia after more than 15 years with the police department in the college town of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Last year, Morgan’s department worked closely with protestors to safely hold a Black Lives Matter rally in Mount Rainier along with overseeing food distribution efforts during the pandemic.