Kathy and Greg Parks say their puppy was stolen Monday night, but they told KHUM that the dog is home tonight thanks to an anonymous homeless man who refused to accept the reward.
The Parks' had posted the dog's picture on Humboldt Paws Cause [Disclosure: Humboldt Paws Cause is owned by Lost Coast Communications] two days ago with the following description:
Jack Russell terrier mix. Taken from the corner of 14th & Pine Ave last night around 9pm 2-2-15.
We believe he was dog napped. Was wearing a flea collar and a purple harness. Brown with white markings, “smiley face” markings by the base of his tail.
Greg said he walked the streets of Eureka until midnight that night looking for the dog. Yesterday, he plastered Eureka with flyers.
This morning, more flyers in hand, Greg said that he went down to the homeless encampment behind the Bayshore Mall (often called "The Devil's Playground") to ask for help. He says also offered a $25 reward.
"There were a whole bunch of them that had bicycles. And they'd seen the flyers, they said they were going to go find the dog."
According to Parks, a homeless man in his 20s with a thin mustache saw a puppy being dragged and kicked down the street by a stranger.
"He went over and asked her if that was her dog. She couldn't give him a quick, good response so he said 'That's not your dog', and he took it from her."
"He was being a good Samaritan," said Julia Toland, office clerk at nearby Mission Linen. "[The homeless man] told me that he was just trying to save a dog from getting hurt."
Toland recognized Terry as the missing pup and called the number on the flyer. Greg said he walked over to Mission Linen to bring Terry home.
When Greg reached into his wallet for the $25 reward, the homeless man refused.
Choking up, Greg told KHUM "He told me that even though he was homeless, he wouldn't accept the reward because what happened was not right."
Hear Greg Parks' entire KHUM call below.
Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, Feb. 4 @ 2:45 p.m. / Comedy
As you may have heard, Alabamian advocates for same-sex marriage are celebrating a legal victory today.
But so far, it's been a slightly circuitous path to equality and to be honest, I didn't fully understand it. Luckily, KHUM's Larry Trask was there to explain it visually.
[Go ahead, click on it to see it a little more clearly.]
Cliff Berkowitz / Wednesday, Feb. 4 @ 8:46 a.m. / Weather
This morning on KHUM, I spoke with Mel Nordquist of the NOAA office on Woodly Island about the large storm that is heading our way.
I know we are all hesitant to cry wolf with memories of "Rainageddon" still fresh in our minds. But all weather models indicate that a significant rain event is coming. Beginning tomorrow (Thursday) in a series of "pulses" we are expecting somewhere between 5 to 7 inches of rain in the populated areas of Humboldt County and up to 12 inches in the mountains. Yes, a foot of rain! Snow levels are expected to be quite high so the mountains are expecting rain.
This much rain means potential flooding. Streams and low-lying areas are expected to flood; take precautions. Right now the Eel River at Fernbridge is expected to surpass flood stage by Saturday morning. Right now it is predicted to crest at 21.8 feet. Flood stage is at 20 feet.
Nordquist also warns of high winds as well. With each "pulse" will come high winds. The upper elevations could see gusts up to 90 miles per hour with gusts reaching up to 40 mph in the cities. With high winds come downed branches and with them, power lines. Power outages are a real possibility with this system so Nordquist reminds us it's a good idea to be prepared with flashlights and coolers for any items in the refrigerator. In addition to Humboldt County, both Mendocino and Del Norte Counties will be affected.
Mike Dronkers / Tuesday, Feb. 3 @ 12:14 p.m. /
[Photo via Humboldt State]
Humboldt Bay Harbor and Recreation District commissioner Mike Wilson told KHUM today that the 1984 General Plan only allows for very specific uses of that site, and that lawyers would have to look at whether or not marijuana cultivation is permissible.
"They've come and toured the site, as well as other folks, and we don't have any negotiations or anything with regards to that. But it's news, I suppose, because of the type of industry they're in and how we'd like to talk about it."
Hear Wilson's full KHUM interview below.
But should the cannabusiness move into the site, it wouldn't be the first time marijuana stakes its claim on a Harbor District-owned former mill site. Wilson added that industrial infrastructure is hard to come by, and that several everything from wood chip processing to data processing is on the table.
Via Humboldt State:
"The National Marine Research and Innovation Park (NMRIP), put forward by the Humboldt Bay Harbor Recreation and Conservation District (HBHRCD) and Humboldt State University (HSU), is a concept in development to repurpose the former pulp mill to a multi-use facility housing both research and commercial opportunities in aquaculture, biomass conversion, and renewable energy. Aquaculture and renewable energy are opportunities well-matched to regional strengths and resources. NMRIP will be an important part of a national strategic approach to develop a more innovative, competitive, self-sufficient and sustainable economy."
Larry Trask / Tuesday, Feb. 3 @ 10:29 a.m. / Music
Jimbo Mathus, a.k.a. Jim Mathus, Jas Mathus, James Mathus, and Hambone Mathus, is a very talented person. Probably best known as a founding member of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Mathus has played and recorded with such greats as Buddy Guy and Elvis Costello. He and his band the Tri-State Coalition played a show at Eureka's Palm Lounge on Monday and he was kind enough to spend a little time chatting with us from the road prior to the gig.
A recording of that interview can be found here.
Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, Feb. 3 @ 8:57 a.m. / Trails
This morning Emily and I spoke with Michael Kauffman, who came down to the KHUM studios. He is now helping to launch a new non-profit, the Bigfoot Trail Alliance, to steward the development of a formalized hiking trail in the Klamaths - like the PCT. The Bigfoot Trail will traverse many existing routes in the national forests through northern CA from the Yolla Bollys to Crescent City.
KHUM, Radio Without the Rules / Friday, Jan. 30 @ 2:45 p.m. /
There’s a lot of California in Cleopatra Degher’s sound but, in fact, she spent more of her childhood in Sweden than in California. After attending kindergarten near San Diego, she lived the rest of her school years under the gray skies of Malmö (the child of a Swedish mother and a Californian father).
But her school years in Sweden were not always rosy. She felt like an outsider and spent a lot of time alone. When Cleopatra returned to California at eighteen, she felt that coming back to California was “like a guitar with brand new strings.”
Her new album Pacific balances sunny southern California country-folk against impressionistic lyrics and asymmetric chord progressions.
In her second radio interview ever, she discusses her background, the Swedish music scene, and the Topanga Canyon sound.