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Wednesday, April 1, 2015
HUMBOLDT COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

(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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NorthCoast Youth Summit

Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, March 3 @ 8:08 a.m. / Education

Coming up on Saturday March 14th at College of the Redwoods it will be the Youth Summit. The theme this year is "Pave Your Own Path" and there will be speakers and workshops for area youth to discover some of the possibilities open to them once they graduate high school. Brady Reed was my guest along with two youth organizers, Phoebe Ruggles and Kenton Goldsby. Get more information and register  for the event at ysummit.org. Spoiler, yours truly will be one of the keynote speakers that day.

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Squatchy Supertrail Planning Going Pretty Good

Mike Dronkers / Monday, March 2 @ 10:45 a.m. / Nature , Trails , wildlife

[Grizzly Lake: © Michael Kauffman]

Ask a seasoned backpacker about their bucket list and they'll name-check some of North America's most legendary routes. Pacific Crest Trail. Appalachian Trail. Continental Divide Trail.

One local group is trying to add another name to that list: The Bigfoot Trail, and they're off to a strong start.

And after you poke around photos of the trail, you can see why.  

While savvy hikers with decent maps can already string the route together using existing trails and roads, organizers want to unify this unique part of the world by establishing a through-hike that travels through its best biomes. 

After the Bigfoot Trail Alliance Kickstarter campaign surpassed its goal three times over, author and organizer Michael Kauffmann is feeling confident that a 360-mile hike through the Klamath, Marble, and Trinity wilderness deserves a spotlight. 

Via BigfootTrail.org:

The trail begins on the subalpine slopes of the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness, traverses the Klamath's most spectacular peaks, crosses all its wild rivers, and ends at the edge of the continent in the temperate rainforest.

The trail traverses at least six major watersheds and one national park.

"And then somebody pointed out...that if you end with a toe in the Pacific ocean, you're in the California coastal national monument," Kauffman told KHUM earlier today.

He said that the Klamath mountains offer a multitude of hidden gems, from caves littered with saber tooth tiger fossils to majestic trees that require marble in their diet. 

"You've heard of the Marble mountains. Well, Marble mountain is a giant chunk of marble. It's been eroded for millions of years, there're caves all over it.

There's a relic stand of trees at the top called foxtail pines, which happens to be my favorite conifer. These things... it's just like a museum."

Although the fundraising goal was met, they will still absolutely take your donation. 

From their Kickstarter page:

All additional funds will go towards meeting the mission of the BFTA: creating a community committed to constructing, promoting, and protecting the Bigfoot Trail. We need a nest-egg to get off and running (or, hiking, for that matter). It has been beyond wonderful to see such support for the future of the Bigfoot Trail Alliance! 

Click below to hear Kauffman try to make you take a month off to hike the Bigfoot Trail. 

Michael Kauffmann interview

Previously: 



Upstage Live: John Craigie 3/5 5pm

Mike Dronkers / Thursday, Feb. 26 @ 3:40 p.m. / Upstage Live

 

 

For the past seven years, John Craigie has taken his unique musical style across the western United States. He stays true to the essence of folk music, and the traditions of the seminal writers of our past century.

And he's one of KHUM's favorite guests. 

Craigie returns to Arcata on a record release tour for his new album "Working On My Farewell". The record features 10 new songs played entirely on electric guitar. For this tour, Craigie will be promoting it by performing electric with a small back up band.

John’s live performances – in private homes, cafes, festivals, and sold-out venues – inspire and delight his audiences, who welcome him like a long-lost son and return to see him whenever he visits. He has traveled around the world, having played in all 50 states and beyond, bringing his music to nearly every corner of the planet. His fans span generations, political ideologies and geographic locations, but they are all charmed by the dynamic yet humble troubadour peering out from under his signature cap.

Tune in for Q&A and music with John Craigie on Upstage Live. It's live! Mistakes could happen!

Get tickets to his full set (8pm, Arcata Playhouse) here or at Wildberries Marketplace.

Upstage Live is possible through support from Lost Coast Light & Sound. 

Check out one of Craigie's previous appearances on KHUM here. 



This Kicks Ass Ep. 1: Interactive Arcata Trails Map

Mike Dronkers / Thursday, Feb. 26 @ 12:06 p.m. / This Kicks Ass

 

If you've ever wondered which trail you should hike in Arcata's community forest, someone went ahead and biked them with a camera. It also tells you what is and isn't allowed on specific trails. 

Dig in below, and say goodbye to a productive day, because this kicks ass!

http://interactivetrailsmaps.com/acf.html



(UPDATED) Bike-Thru Thief Snatches Dutch Bros. Tip Jar, Gets Caught, Gets Released

Mike Dronkers / Tuesday, Feb. 24 @ 1:05 p.m. / Crime

[Photo: Google Streetview]

UPDATE 2:52pm: Sure, he got detained in the 10 a.m. hour. It looks like that didn't slow his roll. 

From Eureka Police Department:

At 11:43a.m., officers responded to a business on the 2440 block of Broadway after employees caught a male taking items out of service trucks.  The male was Steven Beck (35) of Eureka and the same male that took the tip jar from Dutch Brothers.  This time around he was arrested for petty theft and probation violation. 

Asked for backstory on the suspect, Powell said that Mr. Beck has already been arrested three times in 2015, or roughly one arrest every two and a half weeks. 

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Original Post: A man apparently rode his bike through the Dutch Bros. drive-through and grabbed the tip from the window at around 10am this morning. An assertive KHUM caller said that he saw the theft, called EPD, and tailed the thief until the police apprehended the suspect.

According to Eureka Police Dept's Brittany Powell:

"The witness was able to provide several directions and our officers caught up with him near the 1,000 block of Del Norte street. They made contact, did a field interview, and the victim did not want to press charges."

Why did Dutch Brothers turn the other cheek?

As of this writing, Dutch Brothers employees could not speak on the record and management hasn't responded (yet).

Click below to hear EPD's understanding of this morning's events:

EPD's Brittany Powell