Local News

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 →

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 →

Shake up for K’ima:w Medical Center Board

The Hoopa Valley Tribal Council voted on Monday, March 24, to advertise and interview for all positions on K’ima:w Medical Center’s (KMC) Board. Chairperson Danielle Vigil-Masten advised current K’ima:w Board members that they would remain in place until the positions were filled. Read More →

Watershed Education 20 Years and Counting

It’s been twenty years since AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Project members first stepped foot in local classrooms. Since that time, hundreds of students have been exposed to the “Real Science” curriculum, which focuses on watersheds issues and different topics involving salmon anatomy and their life cycle. This collaborative effort between the U.S. Forest Service, AmeriCorps, and the Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District places members in classrooms stretching from Pecwan, Hoopa, and Orleans, and grade levels from kindergarten to eighth grade. Read More →

The Not so Great Debate

The League of Women’s Voters hosted a Hoopa Valley Tribal Council Candidate forum along with KIDE 91.3 FM last Wednesday, March 26, but most of the candidates didn’t show up, neither did the tribal membership. 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 →