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Somes Bar Builder Tries Old Methods To Build Houses of the Future

Dillon Creasy built frame of massive timbers, all cut from local trees, after the foundation and floor slab were poured. The next step would be the construction of thick walls packed with straw infused with a wet clay slurry./Photo courtesy of Dillon Creasy.  Creasy says that homes built with the same methods in Europe 800 years ago are still in use. The straw content of the walls would make them seem vulnerable to rot and fire but the infusion of the clay slurry just before the packing stage adds durability. Read More →

Bear Activity on the Rise

The Black Bear population is Humboldt County has been determined to be stable, not increasing nor decreasing. Wildlife Biologist Dave Lancaster said, currently there are approximately four migrating bears per square mile./Photo courtesy of Pamela Mattz “He comes everyday at this point.” Mattz said. “And he plows through everything. He cleans everything, and he will stand there and stare at me. I watch for as long as I can before he freaks me out. I don’t know if he was going to attack or what he might do. Although he seems really mellow, he still is a wild animal.” Read More →

Stories, Legends and Other Things: Mount Mazama

Crater Lake National Park in Oregon./Photo courtesy of wikimedia commonsThe destruction of Mount Mazama, which created Crater Lake about 7,500 years ago was witnessed by the Klamath Indians of Oregon. One of their legends recounts when two chiefs, Llao of the below world and Skell of the above world were pitted in a battle which ended up in the destruction of Llao’s home; Mount Mazama. Read More →

Home Town Heroes: Wildland Firefighters Part XII

Women firefighters are very common to see in the firefighting world, not just as office personal but out on the firelines, in engines and on hand crews. Felicia Luna is optimistic about growing her career. She’s working toward promotions and soaking up all the fire knowledge available to her./Photo courtesy of Felicia Luna “I have worked hard to become a lead firefighter, but I am not in a rush. I’m trying to learn as much as I can to become a better firefighter,” Luna said. “I didn’t ever think about what I was doing or what my job entailed until I was on my first fire.” Read More →

Medi-Cal Debt Weight Shaming Salty Kids

• Governor Brown has until September 30th to sign or veto several critical health and consumer protection bills, including SB1124 (Hernandez), a crucial bill that protects California families from having to choose between their health and their home. Current California law directs the state to recover from the estate of a deceased Medi-Cal recipient to recoup its long-term costs of the Medi-Cal beneficiaries. In 1993, the federal government began requiring all states to recoup the costs and apply liens on assets from the deceased Medi-Cal beneficiaries older than 55 years of age. Read More →

Reclamation Releases More Water to Combat Fish Kill Parasite

After touring the Trinity and Klamath Rivers in early August, Bureau of Reclamation Regional Director, David Murillo (left), at the urging of scientists, tribes and activists, chose to allow more water to flow from the Trinity to prevent a catastrophic fish kill in the Klamath River. /Photo by Allie Hostler, Two Rivers Tribune“This documented presence of ich before the flows arrived does fit the understanding that ich is basically just lurking there at undetectable levels until the right conditions come about and encourage it to spread and grow,” Strange said. “Things were definitely set up for another fish kill and the flows interrupted it, but not at the level that has completely prevented the parasite from getting a foothold and it appears to be on the rise as those flows are ending. Unfortunately, our full preventive flow recommendations were never met and the preseason run size forecast appears to have significantly under estimated the number of salmon coming back to the river this fall.” Read More →

Bald Hill Three Fire Burns Fast and Hot

The Bald Hill Three Fire was started by heavy equipment on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation on Friday afternoon. On Monday the fire was 85 percent contained and expected to be extinguished by Wednesday. Several families were evacuated from their homes on Friday and able to return the following day. No homes were lost./Photo by Allie Hostler, Two Rivers TribuneBy RHONDA BIGOVICH, Two Rivers Tribune On Friday, Sept. 12, at around 3pm, an accidental fire was lit by a piece of heavy equipment at a Bald Hill logging site. A diesel engine caught fire and quickly created a catastrophe for Bald Hill residents, some of whom were ordered to evacuate their residence. The Bald […] Read More →

Students Rally for Diversity at HSU

“There is something about the drum that certainly brings all our collective energies together to be cast out to the people,” Lonyx Landry said. Within minutes, over 50 students, faculty and local Native American tribal members surrounded a dormant drum lying underneath the overhang of Humboldt State’s University Center. Read More →