Expect Road Work, Traffic Delays at Whittemore Grove Monday

SoHum Awareness:
This repair is scheduled for Monday, (Hallowe’en):

SoHum drivers please plan for traffic delays in Whittemore Grove from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Monday, October 31st. State Parks will be repaving the area. In the morning expect delays of 45 minutes to one hour during repaving of the slip out (one lane) area. Expect one – way control and minor delays in the afternoon while the remainder of the grove is being repaved. (Thanks to Marty Messenger for info) – Estelle

Marcy Wilke: I really think that the state park should consider changing the day of this repair! This is going to be one of the busiest days on the Briceland road, with almost EVERYONE from the east side heading to town after school to do the Halloween town thing. Not to mention parents trying to make it to their kids’ classroom Halloween parties. This is a little nightmare if you ask me.
October 28 at 11:00am

SoHum Awareness: On a hopefully brighter note: According to Marty, the biggest delays will be in the morning. By the afternoon they will have one way- controlled traffic and delays should be a lot shorter. Keeping fingers crossed – Estelle
October 29 at 10:43am


Kevin Murphy: Was Halloween the only day they could do this. Seems like poor planning
Monday October 31 at 9:26am
Michelle Koho: Gonna be a long wait right now they’re paving
Monday October 31 at 10:39am
SoHum Awareness: Thanks for keeping us up to date. It helps the whole community for people to add what they know. (kym)
Monday October 31 at 11:38am
Sandra Galli King: Last I heard they were turning cars around to take old Briceland rd.
Monday October 31 at 1:05pm
Marcy Stein: Why in the world did they choose to do this TODAY…??? What a hassle for all the kids and their families coming from the west into town for the Chamber of Commerce Halloween festivities that begin after school!!! Poor planning is an understatement.
Monday October 31 at 1:31pm

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Missing woman, Jaymie Ritchey of Redway

SoHum Awareness:
12 November 2011:
Jaymie Ritchie has been found. R.I.P.

Jaymie Ritchie

Jaymie Ritchy - Missing

The Humboldt County Sheriffs office is seeking the public help in locating a High Risk missing person. The Sheriff’s office is seeking the publics help in locating Jaymie Christine Ritchey, 41 years of Redway. Ritchey was last seen on October 20th, 2011 around 12:30 a.m. at the Brass Rail bar in Redway, California. Ritchey told a female friend she was with at the bar that that she was going to hitchhike to Garberville. Ritchey has not been seen or heard from since.

Ritchey may be traveling with an adult male, described as 5-7, 160 pounds, mustache, dark curly shoulder length hair, last seen wearing grey baggy shorts and a black jacket.

On October 24th, 2011 Ritchey’s mother reported her missing to the Sheriff’s Office. Ritchey has medical issues and her family and friends reported to law enforcement they are very concerned about her welfare.

Anyone with information is requested to contact Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detective Cheryl Franco at 707-268-3644.
~from KymKemp.com

More photos on KMUD’s website.

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Disaster Attitude – By Heidi Walters

SoHum Awareness:
Another good article of earthquake preparedness:
Disaster Attitude | North Coast Journal | Humboldt County

Friday Oct. 20, 2011
First the rumble, loud, louder, LOUDER until it thunders under your feet. Then BAM! CRACK! And the terrifying shaking, the deafening, dread symphony of rattle, thud, jingle and smash.

When it’s over, you crawl out from under the sturdy table you dove under the second you realized it was an earthquake — right? didn’t you? — pick your way through the mess to the front door, pry it open and peer out. Chaos. Houses, including your own, askew on their foundations, power poles toppled, drooping wires crisscrossing the impassable, rubbled streets.

Go to North Coast Journal to continue reading this article

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Are You Prepared?

The next big earthquake could be today..tomorrow..

SoHum Awareness - Be Prepared icon

Living here in quake country, as well as already slide prone territory, we as a community need to be aware of the level of preparedness each one of us has. You have all read the booklet, On Shaky Ground – Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country — haven’t you? Here’s a link to read online or down load.

Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country

Here’s some information from the USGS site on what to have on hand:

What emergency supplies do I need?

  1. Fire extinguisher
  2. Adequate supplies of medications that you or family members are taking, don’t forget reading glasses!
  3. Crescent and pipe wrenches to turn off gas and water supplies
  4. First-aid kit and handbook – take a first aid class!
  5. Flashlights with extra bulbs and batteries (hand crank radios and flashlights are good too)
  6. Portable radio with extra batteries
  7. Water for each family member for at least two weeks (allow at least 1 gallon per person per day) and purification tablets or chlorine bleach to purify drinking water from other sources
  8. Canned and package foods, enough for several days and MECHANICAL can opener. Extra food for pets or livestock if necessary.
  9. Camp stove or barbecue to cook on outdoors
  10. Waterproof, heavy-duty plastic bags for waste disposal. Don’t forget the toilet paper!

I also think that these booklets and info guides are really set up for more urban areas than ours. A few other things to keep on hand and in full supply living here in Southern Humboldt would be:

  • chainsaws and fuel
  • tarps for roof repairs
  • water systems repair kit
  • back up fuel for generator
  • back up propane for house hold use (test all lines with soap and water first)
  • back up home heating plan (if chimmey is damaged) – MR.Heaters and propane tank with base (open windows)
  • extra stove pipe and sealant

Living as far away from the urban areas as we do, it is important to note that we may become more isolated if the 101 corridor is damaged in both // or either direction.
Food and fuel may not be delivered to Garberville or Redway. Remember what a mess it was just last year when 101 north of Redway was out for 5 days, and when Briceland Road was gone how hard it was to get to town. And that section of road hasn’t been properly repaired as of this writing.

Being the resilient and self sufficient lot that we are, we may overlook some little things or even big things that could make our having to go it alone for 2-3 WEEKS a lot more pleasant. And just because ‘we’ have it together doesn’t mean our neighbors will.. that is why I encourage every one to get prepared. And stay that way.. it’s easy to become complacent, to live off the pantry supplies, to wait too long to refuel, to ‘know’ you can just run into town and get the meds or toilet paper.

The more each household prepares, the better we are as a community to help each other.
Sheltering in place is always preferred, if the house is still standing and safe.
Having some supplies in your vehicle is also very wise.
Especially rain gear, foot gear, water, energy bars, flashlight and radio, blanket, garbage bags, toilet paper, perhaps a stash of meds and reading glasses and anything you or your family would need if you were to be stranded.

Being Prepared — It’s not just for earthquakes.

14 May 2012 : Training and Courses .. The Regional Training Institute – Community Disaster Preparedness and Training to ‘prepare, survive, thrive’ – Story and photos by Clay McGlaughlin/The Times-Standard

20 October 2011 : A great article about local attitudes..
Disaster Attitude by Heidi Walters – North Coast Journal

15 November 2011 : Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) training being offered in Shelter Cove.

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The National weather Service has issued a weather watch for Humboldt and Del Norte Counties for low daytime humidity and poor nighttime humidity recovery. Wind gust are expected to be 10 to 15 mph in the evening with gusts from 20 to 30 mph expected along higher terrain such as the Bald Hills, Trinity Lake and the west slopes of the Salmon and Siskiyou Mountains.

Cal Fire would like to encourage extreme caution. Make sure your home as a Defensible Space by clearing flammable vegetation from structures.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures will create higher fire growth potential.

For any questions please contact your local fire department or Cal Fire at 707 725-4413. -Estelle

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Island Mountain Road Fire

SoHum Awareness:
“Crews working to suppress fire in Palo Verde area, north Chemise Creek, air attack, 2 crews, dozer all working the fire” – @KMUDNEWS 1:00pm
Friday at 1:38pm

SoHum Awareness:
Island Mountain Road Fire Contained to 4 Acres
Friday, August 26, 2011 at 1:47pm

Island Mountain Road Fire Contained to 4 acres. Fire was located in grassland just south of the Heartwood Institute. One structure was threatened but saved. Fire crews will remain on site for another 2 hours conducting mop-up operations.

Calfire responded with 4 Engines, 1 Helicopter, 2 Air Tankers, 1 Air Attack and 1 CalFire Crew. Paloverde Volunteer firefighters also assisted. According to Incident Commander, Marty Hobbs, Garberville Battalion Chief, people from the public also responded at first before firefighters got on scene. He praised them for working so hard and for stepping aside when the professionals came on scene. “That’s the way it’s supposed to work”, he said. The cause of the fire is under investigation and is still unknown.- Estelle


SoHum Awareness:
Investigators Find cause of Island mountain Fire: According to Incident Commander Marty Hobbs (Garberville Battalion Chief) the Island Mountain (Wood Incident) was caused by a faulty catalytic converter on a vehicle. Pieces of the catalytic converter were found around the point of origin. The faulty vehicle was not identified. – Estelle
Saturday August 27, 2011 at 7:49am

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Missing – Randi Elizabeth Barton: FOUND

SoHum Awareness:

Randi Elizabeth Barton - Missing

Randi Elizabeth Barton - Missing

The Eureka Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Randi Elizabeth Barton who was reported missing by her family on 08/23/11. The last date she was seen was on 08/22/11 at about noon when she left a family friend’s house in Eureka without saying where she was going. Barton is a white female adult, 5’04”, approximately 120 lbs., reddish brown hair, and green eyes. She …has scars on both wrists. She was last seen wearing a light blue pajama type long sleeve shirt and checked white/black pajama type pants. If you have seen this woman or know where she may be staying please contact the Eureka Police Department’s Dispatch at (707)-441-4044 or PSO Mary Anderson at (707)-441-4300.
Thursday August 25 at 2:30pm

Update: September 6, 2011 10:00am –
Missing Woman Located Safe; The Eureka Police Department announced today that on Sept 3rd (Saturday) they received notification from another law enforcement agency of the safe locating of missing woman Randi Barton. Barton’s missing person report has been cleared. Thanks to all who helped. -Estelle

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