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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
HUMBOLDT COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

KMUD's Island Mountain Update Is Inexplicably Strange

Mike Dronkers / Friday, March 6 @ 3:48 p.m. / Crime

This is a head scratcher. KHUM just got off the phone with KMUD News' Terri Klemetson, who updated us on the Island mountain situation.

"Residents in the Island Mountain area are not happy with law enforcement as of three o'clock this afternoon," Klemetson said.

The picture she painted goes like this: Sheriffs are asking people to keep their eyes out and call law enforcement if the suspects are spotted. But when the suspects were apparently spotted "brandishing sticks" and law enforcement was called out, sheriffs were not feelin' it. 

"Local residents were following them on foot and continued to track their movements. Meanwhile, Sheriff's officers were called. The deputies got to the scene and did speak with local residents at the New Harris General Store but the deputies did not contact the suspects. 

Undersheriff Honsal reportedly said after speaking with the deputies that the deputies looked out along the long expansive ranchland and said that the suspects were about two and a half miles away and that the hike supposedly "was not worth just a field interview.""

Klemetson emphasized that the situation was dynamic and she'd be updating as more information became available. 

(AUDIO) Klemetson

Speaking of strange, is this Island mountain sign for real? 

 



Dog Expo This Sunday

Cliff Berkowitz / Friday, March 6 @ 9:10 a.m. / Event

This morning I spoke with Marilyn Backman of Humdog about their Dog Expo coming up this sunday 10am till 4pm at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds. Come out and meet many different breeds of dogs, see many different exhibitions and meet with lots of different dog related vendors. There will be raffles and lots to see and do. A great event for dog lovers of all ages. Please leave your dogs at home.

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The Good Body

Cliff Berkowitz / Thursday, March 5 @ 9:02 a.m. / Entertainment

This morning I spoke with Vanessa Pike-Vrtiak and Marry May about the play "The Good Body". This play written by Eve Ensler, author of the Vagina Monologues deals with body image and body dysmorphia with humor but is poignant and meaningful. The play, directed by Pike-Vrtiak, will be playing all over Humboldt:

March 6-7 HSU Studio Theater 7pm

Eureka Women's Club March 15th 4pm

The Garberville Theater March 19th 7pm

Arcata Playhouse March 20th 7pm

Tickets available at Good Relations, The Garberville Theater and Wildberries Marketplace.

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Pun Off Tomorrow Night!

Cliff Berkowitz / Thursday, March 5 @ 8:02 a.m. / Humor


This morning I spoke with Lorna McLeod, co-founder of the Pun Off. This almost annual event will take place tomorrow night (Friday 3/6) at the Arcata Theater Lounge. Doors open at 7:30 the Punning begins at 8pm. This will be the 24th Pun Off and will be benefiting Making Headway of Eureka. This year I will be MCing the event and Amy will be one of the judges. Pick up tickets at the door but get there early because this event always sells out (in every way).

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In Studio: Kris Orlowski Needed A Change

Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, March 4 @ 4:16 p.m. / In Studio

Kris Orlowski (yes, Polish*) just walked away from a respectable life in Seattle's tech sector to make even better use of his time above ground. And by 'just', we mean a few weeks ago. 

Apparently, this new life includes making music with people like Damian Jurado and playing live on KHUM.

We talked about his favorite things (his girlfriend, parents, Iowan high schools, etc) and then listed them in order of value, because why not objectively quantify the precious intangibles that make life worth living? 

KrisOrlowski on KHUM

Listen to/download Orlowski's KHUM performance above, unless you're not in the mood to reevaluate your life choices. But you totally should. 

Kris Orlowski's debut album is out now. 

*His surname doublecrossed his family tree



(AUDIO/UPDATE) Law Enforcement Searching For Multiple Suspects After Attempted Armed Home Invasion in East SoHum

Andrew Goff / Tuesday, March 3 @ 11:04 a.m. / Crime

UPDATE, 2:50 p.m.: Sheriff's Office update.

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UPDATE, 11:39 a.m.: Klemetson just provided another update to KHUM. According to Humboldt County Sheriff's Office PIO Wayne Hanson, one of the suspects, 34-year-old Bret Swortzel has been arrested. He was dressed in black and hiding in the bushes north of the New Harris General Store. Helicopters are still circling the area looking for the two other white, male suspects. The men are considered armed and dangerous.

Additional details in the audio below:

(AUDIO) Klemetson/Dronkers II

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Original Post: Early this morning, Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a remote area east of Garberville called Island Mountain on a report of an attempted home invasion robbery involving several men. LoCO has reached out to multiple individuals within the Sheriff’s Office for more details. No response yet.

In the scanner audio below, recorded at around 12:26 a.m., a dispatcher states that a New Harris woman called in and stated that she and her husband were attacked and pepper sprayed by their son in their home. The son was accompanied by three other individuals. Medical personnel were dispatched. 

(AUDIO) Scanner Traffic

KMUD news director Terri Klemetson spoke with KHUM's Mike Dronkers around 11 a.m. this morning and provided a good summation of what we know so far. Listen below:

(AUDIO) Klemetson/Dronkers

Klemetson would later inform us that HCSO has issued a shelter in place advisory meaning people should stay in their homes. The latest update LoCO received: A witness on the scene tells KHUM that the suspects have been located and are being chased by law enforcement. 

LoCO will flesh out the details of the alleged invasion as we get them.



Covelo Multipurpose Trail

Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, March 3 @ 8:56 a.m. / Trails

This morning Emily and I spoke with Phil Dow, MCOG Director (Mendocino Council of Governments) on the Covelo Transportation Project. Multipurpose trail through Covelo in partnership with Caltrans and local tribes.

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