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Sonia Waraich


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Past articles by Sonia:

Top 10, No. 9 | July 4 assault case headed to trial without hate crime charge

Editor’s note: According to readers at, these were the Top 10 Humboldt County news stories of 2022. A man accused of assaulting a Black man with a bottle and calling him th… → Read More

Top 10, No. 2 | Airlines cancel routes out of Humboldt County airport

Two years after the start of the pandemic, the airline industry is still in a state of volatility and that’s spelled bad news for the Humboldt County airport. → Read More

State DOT seeks tribal, rural participants for road charge pilot program

The Department of Transportation is expected to begin recruiting in January and February and is seeking about 100 tribal and 350 rural residents across the state. → Read More

Home sales saw double-digit drop in Humboldt County in November

Single-family home sales in Humboldt County saw a 23.1% month-over-month drop and 25.9% year-over-year drop in November, leading to an increase in the amount of unsold inventory, according to the C… → Read More

Celebrate restoration of Baduwa’t, aka Mad River, estuary on Wednesday

Both fish and people have more access to the Baduwa’t, also known as Mad River, estuary thanks to the completion of a restoration and reconnection project that was recently completed. → Read More

Become a citizen weather observer

The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network is seeking volunteers in northwestern California who are willing to invest five minutes a day to record changes in the weather using a low-c… → Read More

Humboldt County ‘right where almost everybody else’ is on organic waste recycling

One of the state’s major climate policies is reducing the amount of methane generated from organic waste decomposing in landfills, but jurisdictions across the state are lagging in getting th… → Read More

Humboldt County supes to revisit cannabis ordinance

On Tuesday, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors unanimously decided to have staff bring back information about putting together a cannabis ad hoc committee and amending the commercial cannabis… → Read More

‘We got the job done’: Tribal leaders celebrate Klamath River restoration with state, federal partners

In addition the celebrating the removal of four of the six dams on the Klamath River, which is expected to be complete in 2024, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced millions in additional fundi… → Read More

Winning bids for North Coast offshore wind leases top $331 million

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced the two leases in the Humboldt wind energy area, 21 miles off the coast of Humboldt Bay, were awarded to RWE Offshore Wind Holdings — 63,338 acres for … → Read More

Humboldt County supervisors mull creation of new finance department

On Tuesday, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors directed staff to bring back more information about placing the creation of a new department of finance on the June 2024 ballot, as well as brin… → Read More

Humboldt County supervisors consider adding community grant coordinator position

On Tuesday, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors directed staff to look into creating a community grant coordinator position and how that position would fit into the current county government. → Read More

Humboldt County supes express support for fishermen as offshore wind lease auction begins

On Tuesday morning, seven bidders began vying for five offshore wind leases off the coast of California, including two off the coast of Humboldt Bay. The development of offshore wind is going to im… → Read More

ACLU files complaint on behalf of Bear River Band over discrimination at Loleta Elementary

The departure of a school psychologist and climate officer has led to a rebound in discrimination against students who are Indigenous and have disabilities at Loleta Elementary School, according to… → Read More

Offshore wind report offers positive outlook ahead of lease auction

The first auction for offshore wind leases in California is set for Tuesday, and a report from the offshore wind industry states that may be the beginning of a new era of economic prosperity for co… → Read More

Planning director clarifies how county planning process works

On Thursday, Humboldt County Planning and Building Director John Ford explained to the Planning Commission how county staff refers the projects to tribes and other agencies, such as the state Depar… → Read More

Humboldt County supes frustrated with lack of progress on homelessness

A routine, procedural vote to allow the county’s Department of Health and Human Services to apply for state homelessness funding turned into a lengthier conversation about whether the county&… → Read More

Wet weather expected to follow brief dry spell in Humboldt County

The National Weather Service Office in Eureka is forecasting Friday and most of Saturday should be relatively rain-free, but another storm system should be passing through the area starting on Satu… → Read More

Save California Salmon releases free curriculum on traditional ecological knowledge

On Tuesday, nonprofit Save California Salmon announced the release of the curriculum for Native American Heritage Month with the aim of teaching middle school students about Northern California&#82… → Read More

Humboldt County supervisors respond late to grand jury reports

On Tuesday, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved responses to three civil grand jury reports focused on the county’s finances, facilities and tribal relations as they… → Read More