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Death in Garberville Appears Accidental, Says HCSO

On Feb. 5, 2023, at about 11:27 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a grocery store on the 800 block of Redwood Drive in Garberville for the report of an injured man. Deputies arrived in the area and located a 43-year-old man with significant head injuries in...

Earthquake recovery continues on Northern California coast

RIO DELL, Calif. (AP) — Humboldt County authorities have released the latest statistics on recovery from the December earthquake and aftershocks that struck the Northern California coast. Approximately 91 structures have been red-tagged as unsafe to occupy and more than 300 structures have been yellow-tagged, indicating they require safety...

Nature Versus Progress: A Look Back at the Early Days of Highway 36

Over 100 years after the photo below was taken, Mother Nature and travelers continue the tug and pull of nature versus progress along the Van Duzen River. Both the raw, wild nature of rugged land refusing to mold to man’s demands and the dogged persistence of humans to live in remote hills, along scenic and unforgiving terrain, are inspiring and capture a bit of the heart of the people that reside here.

Humboldt County Earthquake Recovery Update

Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services:. Earthquake recovery efforts to end incident-related displacement and begin rebuilding continue in Rio Dell and surrounding Humboldt County communities. Long-Term Earthquake Recovery Planning Efforts Underway. The County of Humboldt, City of Rio Dell and the California Office of...

Caltrans, City of Rio Dell Offer Free ‘Clean CA Dump Vouchers’ to Residents

Caltrans, the City of Rio Dell, and Recology Eel River announced Dump Day vouchers for residents will be handed out Wednesday, February 8 at Fireman’s Park parking lot in Rio Dell. This Dump Day event is part of Governor Newsom’s $1.2 billion Clean California initiative which makes this event, and other litter prevention and educational events occurring throughout the state, possible.

SHUSD Begins the Year with a Full Board, Big Plans, and Empty Desk Seats

The recently filled Southern Humboldt Unified School District board begins the new calendar year on a good foot with plans for campus improvement projects, expanded programs, and new hires, though administrators warn that students are behind academically, and enrollment continues to fall. The SHUSD board filled its last vacant seat...

THEY GOT THE BLOTTER: 2,400 Tabs of Acid Confiscated, Along With Weed and Cash, During Hydesville Traffic Stop Today, Sheriff’s Office Says; One Arrested

Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:. On February 2, 2023, at about 12:30 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies on patrol in the Hydesville area conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation. The driver of the vehicle, 26-year-old John Joseph Roche, was found to be...

How You Can Help the Storm Cleanup

The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz is organizing storm cleanup efforts in Felton Grove for the next several weeks. To sign up to be an emergency response volunteer, request flood clean-up assistance, or donate to the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County and support its efforts, visit For more information call 831.427.5070.

Federal Disaster Loan Program Extends its Stay in Humboldt

Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:. Humboldt County residents impacted by the recent earthquakes now have more time to receive assistance in filing for disaster loans. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center will be relocating to Rio Dell, extending its operation in Humboldt...

SBA Disaster Field Operations Moved from Fortuna to Rio Dell; Disaster Loans Available

Press release from the Small Business Administration:. Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West announced today that SBA [relocated] its Fortuna Outreach Center from the Rohner Recreation Hall to the Rio Dell Community Resource Center (Old Chamber of Commerce Building) on Monday, Jan. 30, 2023.
North Coast Journal

Why Hospitals Are Struggling to Meet Earthquake Safety Deadline

Jerold Phelps Community Hospital in Garberville is one of the smallest in the country. Its mere nine acute-care beds serve a community of about 10,000 people in Southern Humboldt. The next closest emergency room is about an hour's drive north. Despite its small size, the hospital is facing a hefty...

Measure U: Birth of a new fire district boundary

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North Coast Journal

Quakes Damage Hits $32M, Disaster Loan Center Moves to Rio Dell, Contractors Wanted for State Earthquake Retrofitting Program

To state the obvious, living in Humboldt County means living in earthquake country. That’s the reason why local homeowners, especially those with a house built before 1940, may be eligible to apply for a state program called Earthquake Brace + Bolt, which aims to help offset the cost of retrofitting homes vulnerable to falling off their foundations by providing $3,000 grants.