Sheriff Downey: Law Enforcement Coverage Comes With a Price Tag

Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey and 5th District Supervisor Ryan Sundberg were in Willow Creek on Thursday, March 27, to let residents know that law enforcement coverage won’t be increasing before 2017. Downey told the audience the economic downturn combined with an unexpectedly slow recovery had forced cuts in law enforcement coverage. Read More →

Tribe Negotiating Carbon Credit Deal with BP

The Hoopa Valley Tribe is negotiating a multi-million-dollar deal with BP to create carbon offset credits by agreeing not to cut down trees in tribal-owned old-growth timberlands. BP, formerly known as British Petroleum, is the fifth largest company in the world. It has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in carbon credit exchanges and carbon offset programs, like Target Neutral. Read More →

Honored U.S. Veteran Fighting to Win Her Own Battle against Cancer

It was right after Thanksgiving when Charlene O’Rourke got word she was diagnosed with Stage Four Gastric Adenocarcinoma. O’Rourke wound up in the San Louis Obispo emergency room, where they found a blockage in her intestines; she described it as the size and shape of a potato. Read More →

New Addresses on the Way for Every Building in Hoopa

Hoopa’s lack of street addresses and house numbers will soon be a thing of the past. The Tribe’s Planning and Natural Resources Departments are pushing ahead with a plan to give addresses to every building on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation. Read More →

Tribal Council Votes ‘No’ on Water Rate Increase

Regular users in the Hoopa Valley currently get 10,000 gallons of water for $16 per month and elders get 5,000 gallons for $11. Customers in the rest of Humboldt County typically pay over three times the money for that amount of water. Read More →

Nowhere Safe to Ride

There aren’t any supervised riding tracks in the area, so dozens of children can be seen every day riding motorcycles, or ATVs, or “quads” on Hoopa Valley’s roads or alongside of Highway 96. Judy Surber helped organize officially-sanctioned motocross circuit races in the Hoopa Valley in 2000. Read More →

Orleans Wins Grand Prize in Firewise Challenge

Orleans, California has been awarded a grand prize in the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 1,000 Safer Places: The Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program Challenge. Read More →

North Coast Youth Envision Their Impact

Dream Quest teens joined over 300 teens from Humboldt County and beyond 11th Annual Northcoast Youth Summit: “Envision Your Impact!” on March 15th at College of the Redwoods. The event was coordinated by the Humboldt County 4-H for 7th-12th graders and adults who work with youth. The fun, interactive conference was to increase the leadership skills of youth and adults, provide workforce preparation and empower them to become agents of change in their world. There were over 40 dynamic workshops, two motivational keynote speakers, service projects, and lunch. Read More →