KHSU Staff

North Coast Journal

More than a year after the murder of Humboldt State University student David Josiah Lawson, a man--Kyle Zoellner--accused but ultimately not charged with the crime, has filed a lawsuit against the city of Arcata. Zoellner alleges that police and city officials violated his civil rights. 

The North Coast Journal has obtained a copy of Kyle Zoellner's lawsuit against the city of Arcata. Zoellner claims Arcata police violated his civil rights and falsified reports in the homicide case against him.

Chris Howard and Gerry Hemmingsen will stay in their seats as Del Norte County Supervisors according to preliminary results from the county elections office.

Hemmingsen received 51.75% of the vote in the fourth district contest.  The next nearest candidate,  David Mason received 25.5% of the vote.  If these numbers hold when results are finalized, Hemmingsen will retain the seat without a runoff.

Incumbent Chris Howard received 66.1% of the votes cast.  His only rival, Jake Smith pulled in 397 votes for 33.64%.

You're invited to be in a studio audience for a series of live performances next week at the Arcata Playhouse. This KHSU/PBS Northcoast collaboration, called Lost Coast Sessions, will spotlight local talent ranging from chamber music to heavy metal. Here's the lineup: 

In this week's North Coast Journal, Thadeous Greenson and Kimberly Wear explore the life and death of Sharral "Sherry" McDonald. She was fatally shot in Eureka in early May 2018 while protecting a friend from domestic violence. 

The Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services reported in a press release  that the county has three time more hepatitis C cases compared to the California state average. Nearly one in 18 people had cases of the virus in 2017. Public Health is working on ways to bring the number of cases down. 

The full press release is below: 

Millions of people in the U.S. live with chronic hepatitis, and according to the California Department of Public Health, Humboldt County’s rate of new cases of hepatitis C is nearly three times the state average.

The North Coast Journal's Linda Stansberry explores the world of animal death and necropsy reports at the Sequoia Park Zoo in Eureka. She explains the Zoo's history with exotic animals, new sustainable practices as well as how care conditions and zoo regulations have changed since it's inception in 1907. 

New York Times' readers from across the nation responded to the NYT's Tuesday feature on Humboldt County's opioid crisis. The responses ranged from hyperbole - " I feel safer walking through Chicago at midnight than Eureka during the day"

KHSU and the North Coast Journal have teamed up to provide more local coverage of whats happening in our region. We introduce the North Coast Journal co-editors Thadeus Greenson and Jennifer Fumiko Cahill and talk about their new Summer of Fun issue this week as well as the latest information on Brius Healthcare Services. 

Candidates for Humboldt County Supervisor District Four answer voter questions tonight at 7 p.m.

The forum is a co-production of PBS North Coast And The League Of Woman Voters Of Humboldt County. To submit your questions, email or call 707-455-0811

The candidates for Fourth District Supervisor are: Virginia Bass, Dani Burkhart and Mary Ann Lyons.

The co-chairs of the Humboldt State University committee that shares governance over the HSU budget have issued a public letter strongly disputing the findings of an Eastern Michigan University accounting professor hired by the California Faculty Association to review the university's finances. 

Three North Coast conservation groups have called for the resignation of Humboldt County Planning Commissioner Kevin McKenny, claiming he knowingly violated regulations on draining wetlands. 

KHSU reached out to Kevin McKenny for a response to the news release from the three groups.


(Photos by CalMatters)

Who will replace Jerry Brown as California's next Governor? Listen to KHSU tonight for a Northern California-focused debate between candidates Travis Allen, John Chiang, John Cox, Delaine Eastin, Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa. The 90 minute debate begins at 6:30 p.m.

The first 30 minutes of the debate will focus largely on issues facing Northern California, followed by an hour of discussion on issues facing the whole state. 

Saying a "heroin scourge" is "afflicting the region," The New York Times has just published a feature piece on Humboldt County that notes:

"A sharp rise in heroin use has created intense fear among community members and public health officials in Humboldt County, even while California as a whole has one of the lowest overall opioid-related death rates in the country. In Humboldt County, opioid-related overdose rates are five times higher than in the rest of the state."

Tune in tonight at 7 pm to hear a debate between local Auditor-Controller candidates Karen Paz Dominguez and Mike Lorig. This will preempt regularly-schedule programming. The debate is produced by Humboldt County League of Women Voters

To submit candidate questions, email  Questions, via email, will be accepted until 6:45 PM.  You can also telephone (707) 445-0811 during the forum and volunteer will submit your question to the moderator for consideration.

Humboldt County Administrations Office

According to an update from Humboldt County officials, this week the Board of Supervisors proposed an additional $4.4 million in Measure Z spending  for projects to protect the community. The proposals are set to be included in the county’s proposed budget. This adds to the $7.2 million which was already dedicated to next year’s budget for public safety services like employing deputies in the Sheriff’s Office, prosecutors in the DA’s office, probation officers to reduce recidivisim, and social workers to help victims of child abuse. The Board of Supervisors meeting will have the budget available for public comment at their June 5th meeting.

Grape Fire Update

May 1, 2018


The latest update from the U.S. National Forest Services states that the fire is now 40 percent contained and is now at 244 acres. More information is below: 

Humboldt State University President Dr. Lisa Rossbacher has responded with astonishment to the Eureka NAACP's call for HSU to stop recruiting students of color until the school can assure them a supportive environment.

Part of Dr. Rossbacher's comments from the HSU press release:

The City of Arcata hosted a dialogue on race at the D Street Community Center Thursday evening as the city continues to discuss racial issues a year after the stabbing death of HSU student David Josiah Lawson. 

A panel was asked to answer ten questions compiled by Lawson's mother, Charmaine Lawson.  The questions were also included in the session's handout for residents attending the event. 

The Eureka chapter of the NAACP issued a press release this afternoon that calls on Humboldt State University to stop recruiting in minority-majority neighborhoods until HSU can assure recruited students that "support is in place so that students of color thrive in this community."

The press release: