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Past articles by Sam:

Humboldt County Cup becomes Green Party political platform

People from all over the state perused about 50 booths showcasing cannabis products at the Humboldt County Cup on Saturday at Redwood Acres.Live music, political speakers, comedy and cannabis competitions filled the afternoon schedule for the e → Read More

Great American Smokeout urges smokers to quit

Thursday marked Humboldt County’s annual Great American Smokeout to encourage tobacco users to quit, or at least try. According to Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services, it’s a day to remind smokers that there ar → Read More

Trial date set in Kitchen case for late May

Despite objections from Humboldt County Deputy District Attorney Stacey Eads, Marcia Kitchen’s trial for a 2016 hit-and-run that left her 14-year-old daughter and another teenage girl dead was scheduled for May 29 during a trial setting this mo → Read More

Blue Lake tax measure falling short, early numbers show

According to the Humboldt County Elections Office’s final unofficial election report, the Blue Lake Fire Protection District’s Measure Y was falling short of the needed two-thirds vote with only 51.32 percent of the votes as of 10:24 p.m → Read More

Humboldt County nurses talk solutions in opioid crisis

More than 100 nurses packed into the Hospice of Humboldt to educate each other on prescribing opioids in Humboldt County.During Thursday evening’s Nurses Night Out, a quarterly event for nurses to connect and discuss issues in the commun → Read More

Salon opens on the second floor of Blue Lake Casino and Hotel

For Aggie Ramos, the new beauty salon on the second floor of the Blue Lake Casino and Hotel is a dream come true.Before working in the new beauty salon, she wore a lot of different hats. Ramos said she started as a cocktail waitress, moved to a → Read More

Zoellner files claim against Arcata for wrongful imprisonment, defamation, and more

A McKinleyville man who was arrested, charged and pleaded not guilty to a fatal stabbing before a judge ruled there was insufficient evidence to hold him for trial has filed a claim against the city of Arcata alleging defamation of character, maliciou → Read More

‘An eclectic year’ for Humboldt Halloween costumes

On Halloween, everything from Pennywise the Dancing Clown, industrial steampunk fanatics to North Coast mermaids and pirates will be walking the streets in search of fun in Humboldt County. This year, a few local Halloween stores said the costumes ste → Read More

Kitchen case pushed; court received new reports

A Humboldt County Judge ruled to push Marcia Kitchen’s vehicular manslaughter trial on Wednesday. Judge Bruce Watson sided with the defense’s request to have more time to review a recently finished speed analysis report. A setting was sc → Read More

Three Humboldt County dispatchers return from fire aid

Three Humboldt County-based dispatchers were part of a group that returned from Mendocino County on Monday, along with other local officials and county workers.Responding to the call for mutual aid were two Humboldt County Sheriff’s Offi → Read More

St. Joseph Hospital sent down over 8,400 respiratory masks to aid fire relief

St. Joseph Health in Eureka sent down more than 8,460 respirator masks to its sister hospitals in areas affected by recent wildfires. Last week, 54 cases of respiratory masks were sent down to the Santa Rosa Memorial and Queen of the Valley in → Read More

HSU sexual assault reports double since 2014

Humboldt State University on Wednesday released the Clery crime report detailing university crime and arrests from the past three years on university property. There were six reported rapes in 2016 which doubles the reported rapes in 2014, acco → Read More

Storyteller pleads not guilty to child molestation charges

Biedeman pleads not guilty to sexual abuseJohn Robert Beideman, pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual molestation during his arraignment Tuesday. A preliminary hearing date is set for Oct. 23 with an intervention on Oct. 18. B → Read More

SoHum school board pushes for DACA action

The Southern Humboldt Unified School District recently passed a resolution urging Congress to at least continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program with further legislation. The DACA renewal deadline for students was Thursday.Alt → Read More

HSU community collaborates to support Mexico, Puerto Rico

A Humboldt State University student with connections to Mexico and a recent HSU graduate with family in Puerto Rico have joined forces to raise money to support the communities devastated by the recent disasters.Both women are working with the → Read More

Eureka City Council hears recommendations on ward changes

On Tuesday night, the Eureka City Council heard recommendations from an ad hoc committee for changing the boundaries city’s voting districts and expanding the city limits in the Brainard area to include properties owned by the California Redwoo → Read More

Misztal case delayed for psych report

Misztal case delayed a month for psych reportOn Wednesday, visiting judge Marjorie Carter postponed a hearing for the court to hear one of the psychological evaluations of Ewa Misztal. Carter gave the court one month to receive → Read More

Live fire training for the Arcata Fire team

Multiple agencies including the Arcata Fire District will be engaging active flames in a training session Sunday. Arcata Fire Battalion Chief Sean Campbell said the training is a “win, win” because it helps the firefighters train, the la → Read More

Ex-deputy pleads not guilty to sex abuse

On Friday, former Humboldt County correctional deputy Cory Jordan Fisher Sr. pleaded not guilty to nine charges of sexual molestation and physical abuse involving minors.Fisher appeared in court handcuffed wearing a red jumpsuit. A preliminary → Read More

Judge allows suit over Humboldt County public defender to continue

This morning, visiting judge Marjorie Carter ruled that there was enough alleged evidence to continue a lawsuit filed against Humboldt County over the hiring of David Marcus as public defender. Now the county has 15 days to go through the petition to → Read More