2012 Rio Dell Times Archive
12.31.12 Robbery at Fortuna Best Western
Rio Dell city council to consider medical marijuana ordinance in public hearing Jan. 3rd 6:30pm
12.18.12 Latest Game Build: "...and then there was something" version 1.05 release
12.13.12 Rob Harvey arrested for burglary
12.12.12 Armed robbery in McKinleyville
12.8.12 The 12.4.12 city council meeting is online!
11.30.12 Rio Dell proposed medical marijuana regulations (pages 9-30 of Planning Commission packet)
11.29.12 Final election report is in; Measure J fails with only 55.61% Yes (66% required to pass). The voter turn-out rate for Rio Dell was 65.92% which is pretty good based on past years.
11.24.12 The 11.20.12 city council meeting is online! Includes discussion of proposed improvements to city hall which would be funded by $1 million in reserves, new Welcome to Rio Dell sign to be installed at Eagle Prairie Bridge, etc.
11.16.12 Rio Dell City Council meeting Tuesday 6:30pm Agenda Packet - agenda includes closed door discussion of Wolff v. City of Rio Dell suit over public records, initiation of wastewater rate study (usually the first step in raising rates), design concepts for Welcome sign at Eagle Prairie Bridge, etc.
11.12.12 The November 8th, 2012 Rio Dell City Council meeting is online. City Council ends contract with Miranda's Rescue over cost dispute and huge discrepency between the police and Miranda's on the number of dogs brought in by Rio Dell, business owners on Wildwood Ave. will have to pay for any needed sidewalk repairs themselves as this won't be included in the streetscape improvement project, and much more...
11.11.12 Happy Veterans Day! Support our veterans!
11.7.12 Measure J fails! Final tally Yes = 492 No = 404 54.91% Yes with 66% needed to pass.
Unopposed city council incumbent Jack Thompson only receives 46% while Frank Wilson received 49% of the vote. 39% of the voters didn't bother to vote for either one; write-in candidates received 4%.
Community Events updated regarding the election
11.6.12 Measure J precinct voter totals Yes = 252 No = 219 (54% Yes) Absentee ballots still to be counted - 66% needed to pass. Initial report of votes by mail totals Yes = 240 No = 185 (56.47% Yes)
VOTE!! SmartVoter.org Polls are open 7am - 8pm at Monument Middle School & Scotia Fire Hall
City Council Meeting Thurs. the 8th at 6:30pm Agenda Packet Meeting includes terminating the city contract with Miranda's Rescue over cost and disagreement on how many dogs the city brought in. Shannon Miranda states Rio Dell brought in 115 dogs in the last year and the city says it was only 38 in 2011. The city is proposing housing dogs in Fortuna at a cost of $200 per dog for 10 days. Parking ordinance to be approved, changes to Town Center ordinance, removal of Solid Rock as subcontractor for wastewater project, etc. *Solid Rock completed the horizontal drilling and installation of water laterals a few years ago which devolved into a lawsuit between the construction crew and the company over lost wages, etc.
11.5.12 Burglary arrest. More!!!
Eel River Valley Regional Food Cooperative final report (2011) funded by the Headwaters Fund. Proposal involved creating a local foods distribution center at a Brownfields clean-up site (fka Eel River Sawmill) that was also going to house the new wastewater treatment plant. Thousands of dollars have been spent by the city to Planwest Partners in the preparation of this plan which was initiated under then city manager Nancy Flemming.
11.3.12 City Council meeting postponed until Thurs. 6:30pm due to elections. City hopes to pass Measure J, $2 million dollar bond that would raise property taxes to pay for resurfacing of approx. 80% of city streets. Flyer recently mailed out by city claims the streets would be "fixed" but the measure only involves resurfacing - there are no actual repairs, upgrades or improvements included.
11.2.12 Barricade suspect update
11.1.12 Barricaded suspect More!!!
10.30.12 Shark attack at North Jetty
10.25.12 Don't bother coming in - North Coast Journal Hundreds of thousands of dollars paid out for administrative leave with the county. *If this story interests you then try reading the independent investigation into public works in Rio Dell...The city has redacted the names to make it look like one person was solely responsible but it is clear how many others are still involved.
10.20.12 Cudahy CA, yet another example of small town corruption - Los Angeles Times Three city officials arrested and charged with public corruption, finally! "The choices are clear, either stand up to them or shut up and continue to be a victim" Luis Garcia
10.17.12 Community events updated re. Measure J
10.14.12 City Council meeting Tues. 6:30pm Agenda Packet - includes changes to parking regulations, town center designation, Measure J discussion (street paving bond measure 2nd attempt), etc.
10.7.12 Medical benefits of marijuana gets its day in court - The Guardian Oral arguments before the federal appeals court begins Oct. 16th as suit seeks to reclassify marijuana.
10.6.12 The 10.2.12 city council meeting is now online!
10.3.12 FYI - Rio Dell Headwaters grant application detailing over $15 million in current grants/loans received by the city (see pgs10-11). That is a lot of taxpayer money coming in to a city that chooses to ignore 'felony-level embezzlement' for years and spends even more money to keep the report buried.
10.1.12 City Council meeting Tues. Oct. 2nd 6:30pm Agenda packet
9.30.12 Timeline of events surrounding Hale investigation - So far, over $100,000 spent to replace 'missing' equipment plus tens of thousands of dollars outlined in the report with missing equipment, city assets, personal favors done for a select few and on and on. The city has never publicly acknowledged the problems or any steps taken to prevent it from happening today. Keep that in mind as the multi-million dollar street paving bond measure comes up for another vote. Is there any reason to believe that anything has changed?
9.28.12 Assault on Peace Officer
9.25.12 Here is the redacted former Public Works Director Jim Hale Investigation Report. More to come? You bet!!! The 52-page report details 24 different allegations, including "felony-level offense embezzlement of property entrusted to Hale by the City." Community Events updated regarding the long awaited report.
9.22.12 The September 18, 2012 Rio Dell City Council Meeting is online. Discussion with city attorney on what the City Council can and can't do. City is trying yet another attempt to pass a street bond issue renaming it from Measure X to Measure J. If Measure J passes city wide property taxes will increase. More!!!
9.15.12 City Council meeting Tues. the 18th a6 6:30pm Agenda Packet
9.14.12 Arctic sea ice melts to smallest extent ever recorded - The Guardian Effects on the climate world wide accelerate as clearly demonstrated by increasing catastrophic weather events world wide
9.11.12 Victims of 9.11 Attack 11th Anniversary.
See the worlds tallest building here
9.2.12 City Council meeting Tues. Sept. 4th 6:30pm Agenda Packet Includes $662,145.35 payment for work on the wastewater treatment plant project, continuation of emergency declaration for repair of the drainage ditch at Miller & Tyme, status report on wastewater project, etc. *Pipeline boring through town scheduled to begin Oct. 15th headed from wastewater treatment plant towards Metropolitan. City plans on putting the pipeline carrying treated wastewater 40' below the Eel River. Summary of project is in the agenda packet near the end.
Public records request in Wolff v. City of Rio Dell continues...stay tuned!
8.31.12 Humboldt County receives $700,000 grant for first-time homebuyer program. Hopefully it will be administered better than what we have seen in the past here in Rio Dell
8.20.12 City Council meeting Tuesday Aug. 21st 6:30pm Agenda packet Includes denial of zoning change application for Albin property (Wildwood Ave & Painter St.), etc.
8.11.12 Richmond refinery fire investigation focusing on decades old pipe recently inspected - The Guardian Yet another example of the critical importance of safety inspections and competent inspectors.
Large marijuana operation busted near Hoopa (pictures added)
8.5.12 City Council meeting Tues. 6:30pm - Agenda packet Includes changing the part-time city manager position back to full-time for a period of time, approval of increased water rates, changes to specific employment agreements (including the city manager, chief of police, city clerk, etc.) and more...
7.21.12 Former Blue Lake police chief David Gundersen to be retried on weapons charges - Times Standard In the first trial it was found that Rio Dell police were in possession of multiple machine guns "loaned" illegally by Gundersen which were returned after the charges were filed. Original case history here...
Homeland Security initiates raids in Southern Humboldt, Arcata - Willits News Further details about the indictments of Samuell Pfeifle, Sean McFarland and Brandon Newell can be read at the Lost Coast Outpost
7.17.12 Explosives arrest more!!!
7.16.12 City Council meeting Tues. 6:30pm Agenda Includes preliminary remodel design for Kreations Auto Body, acceptance of petition signatures to place the failed street improvement bond measure back on the November ballot, etc.
7.15.12 July 10th, 2012 Rio Dell City Council meeting Onine. Discussion of one way streets. Approval of Employee contracts for pay raises of 3% and approval of failed bond measure for street improvement to be placed on November ballot.
7.13.12 Clarification re. 126 cited wastewater effluent discharge violations - complaint filed by regional water quality control board details 'serious violations' including 'waste discharge that violates the effluent limitations' for toxins such as 'total suspended solids, coliform bacteria and dichlorobromomethane' among others. The city has filed a request to have the $366,000 in fines waived due to plans for the upgraded wastewater treatment plant. The discharged effluent was released into the Eel River which has already had an ongoing problem with blue-green algae blooms resulting in public health warnings after 11 dogs died following exposure to toxic river water.
Council votes to put defeated street bond measure back on the Nov. ballot, approves 3% raises for city staff and to proceed with plans to change 1st & 2nd Ave. to one-way streets. Meeting video coming soon!
7.9.12 Nationwide utility bill scam alert! Government assistance to pay high utility bills is a lie being spread rapidly by facebook resulting in identity theft.
City Council, Planning Commission joint special meeting Tuesday July 10th 5:30pm Agenda Packet Includes discussion of one-way streets project, county general plan update, town center designation, etc.
7.6.12 July 3rd, 2012 Rio Dell City Council meeting: Rio Dell Times Editor Sharon Wolff questions city regarding the $366,000 fines for the dozens of violations regarding sewage effluent releases into the Eel River between 2006 thru 2012.
7.4.12 Happy 4th of July!
7.2.12 Regional Water Quality Control Board complaint against Rio Dell alleging 126 seperate effluent limitation violations, etc. with a proposed mandatory minimum penalty of $366,000. Hearing to be held Aug. 23rd in Santa Rosa.
7.1.12 City Council Meeting Tuesday 6:30pm - Agenda packet Includes one-way streets designation in downtown area, consideration of placing defeated street improvement bond measure on Nov. ballot, status report on state budget impact on a portion of scheduled raises, re-consideration of zoning change for Wildwood Ave & Painter St. property, etc.
6.28.12 a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/HumboldtCountySheriff/6.28.12RobbyJacksonArrestedDrugSalesChildEndangerment.pdf">Robby Ray Farr Jackson arrested in Hoopa for drug sales, child endangerment, etc. a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/HumboldtCountySheriff/6.28.12RobbyJacksonArrestedDrugSalesChildEndangerment.pdf">
6.26.12a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/HumboldtCountySheriff/6.26.12PursuitAndArrest.pdf"> High speed chase of stolen vehicle ends in arrest after crash on Hwy 101
a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/HumboldtCountySheriff/6.26.12Shooting.pdf">Drunk intruder shot at residence on Fickle Hill Rd.
a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/EurekaPoliceDepartment/6.26.12EliAubryArrestedCarJacking.pdf">Eli Aubrey arrested for car jacking in Eureka
6.25.12 a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/HumboldtCountySheriff/6.25.12Stabbing.pdf">Stabbing - "When deputies arrived they found victims on the ground in various locations around the residence with several screaming for help."a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/HumboldtCountySheriff/6.25.12Stabbing.pdf"> More!!!
6.23.12 a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/HumboldtCountySheriff/6.21.12DrugBustAtGarbervilleMotel.pdf">Two arrested after drug bust at Garberville motela href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/HumboldtCountySheriff/6.21.12DrugBustAtGarbervilleMotel.pdf">
6.20.12 a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/HumboldtCountySheriff/6.19.12ResidentialBurglary.pdf">Residential burglary on Meadowood Ln. Eureka
a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/HumboldtCountySheriff/6.19.12MissingPersonUpdate.pdf">Katherine Gillham remains missing as search continues
a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/FortunaPoliceDepartment/6.20.12PhoenixRunningwolfArrested.pdf">Phoenix Runningwolf arrested in Fortuna after taking photographs of 4-year-old girl
a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/HumboldtCountySheriff/6.20.12BurglarySuspectWanted.pdf">William Davis Kistler wanted in connection with burglary in McKinleyville
a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/HumboldtCountySheriff/6.20.12BurglaryInGarberville.pdf">Joshua David Roberson arrested for burglary at B&B Auto Repair in Garberville
6.19.12a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/http://co.humboldt.ca.us/election/results/2012/2012jun-postelectionupdate.pdf"> Updated election numbers are in...Rio Dell's Measure X for street improvement bonds fails by a small margin. A total of 697 residents cast ballots with 62.7% in favor, failing to reach the required 66% by 23 votes (25 voters did not vote on the measure either way).
6.16.12 City Council meeting Tuesday June 19th 6:00 closed door session 6:30 public meeting - a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/CityCouncilRioDellCalifornia/6.19.12Agenda/index.htm">Agenda Closed door meeting with legal counsel re. lawsuit a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/FreedomofInformationAct/Wolffv.CityOfRioDell/3.5.12PetitionForWritOfMandate.pdf">Wolff v. City of Rio Dell to force the a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/FreedomofInformationAct/index.htm">release of public records. See a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/FreedomofInformationAct/index.htm">Freedom of Information Act for the ongoing saga as well as a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/CommunityEvents/index.htm">Community Events for a discussion of the issues. Agenda includes garbage rate increase, change in water deposit requirements, second attempt at approving/denying zoning change at Painter St. & Wildwood Ave. property, approval of operating budget, etc.
6.15.12a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/EurekaPoliceDepartment/6.15.12BrianFlemingArrestedForMethAtBlueLakeCasino.pdf"> Brian Fleming arrested with over 1/4 pound methamphetamine at Blue Lake Casino
a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/HumboldtCountySheriff/6.15.12MissingPersonKatherineGillham.pdf">Missing person Katherine Gillham
a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/HumboldtCountySheriff/6.15.12ResidentialBurglary.pdf">Residential burglary on Barscape Lane, Eureka
a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/HumboldtCountySheriff/6.15.12TheftArrests.pdf">Theft on Kneeland Rd. leads to arrest of Michael Lourenzo, James Dixon
a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/EurekaPoliceDepartment/6.15.12DaleBaldridgeArrested.pdf">Dale Dodge Baldridge arrested in Eureka with 57 grams heroin
a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/EurekaPoliceDepartment/6.15.12TwoArrestsForDrugSales.pdf">Shannon Noonan, Jose Godoy arrested for drug sales after search warrants served at two residences
6.14.12 a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/http://www.times-standard.com/breakingnews/ci_20849751">Club Nightshade owner, David Howard, turns himself in on felony sexual assault charges before "grand opening" of club in Rio Dell is cancelled - Times Standard
6.13.12 a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/HumboldtCountySheriff/6.13.12DrugArrestCarlotta.pdf">Marijuana bust in Carlotta leads to arrest of Dennis Boeckmann, Michael Malonea href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/HumboldtCountySheriff/6.13.12DrugArrestCarlotta.pdf">
a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/HumboldtCountySheriff/6.13.12LostHiker.pdf">Successful search and rescue for lost hiker
a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/HumboldtCountySheriff/6.12.12MarijuanaInvestigation.pdf">Arrest in Reno leads back to marijuana grow and hash lab in Arcata
a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/HumboldtCountySheriff/6.12.12MatthewRobertWilliamsWantedSuspect.pdf">Matthew Robert Williams wanted after high speed chase on Elk River Rd.
a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/HumboldtCountySheriff/6.12.12ChristianHernandezDrugArrest.pdf">Christian Paige Hernandez arrested for drugs, felony warrant
a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/EurekaPoliceDepartment/6.12.12LiquorStoreRobbery.pdf">Liquor store robbery in Eureka
6.9.12 a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/HumboldtCountySheriff/6.9.12Burglary.pdf">Burglary at Redwood Acres stablea href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/HumboldtCountySheriff/6.9.12Burglary.pdf">
a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/EurekaPoliceDepartment/6.9.12WellsFargoBankRobbery.pdf">Wells Fargo Bank robbed, John O'Neill taken into custody
6.8.12a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/HumboldtCountySheriff/6.8.12PalcoPHarmacyinScotiaRobbedatGunpoint.pdf"> Palco Pharmacy in Scotia robbed at gunpoint more!!!
6.7.12 a href="http://www.riodelltimes.com/LostCoast4x4s/6.7.12LostCoast4x413thAnnualEelRiverBarCleanup.pdf">Lost Coast 4x4's - 13th annual Eel river bar cleanup
6.6.12 Final election results for street improvement bond fail 62.26% for and 37.74% against (66% required to pass)
6.5.12 Early results show street improvement bond measure with 62.85% approval based on absentee ballots - unofficial tally of cast ballots shows 172 for and 107 against (62.21%) - measure requires 66% approval to pass
City Council meeting tonight 6:00pm study session re. HWMA; 6:30pm public meeting Agenda
Don't forget to VOTE! Important local issues hang in the balance
5.30.12 Major burglary in Ferndale
5.27.12 City Council special meeting Tuesday May 29th closed door 6:00pm; open session at some point after that. Closed door meeting with legal counsel re. lawsuit Wolff v. City of Rio Dell to force the release of public records. See Freedom of Information Act for the ongoing saga as well as Community Events for a discussion of the issues. Agenda includes purchase of portable camera inspection system for sewer/water lines, receipt of draft operating budget, etc.
5.13.12 Happy Mother's Day!
City Council meeting Tuesday May 13th 6:30pm; budget study session scheduled for sometime between 5:00-6:30pm. Closed session re. two pending lawsuits-Micheli v. City of Rio Dell, Steven and Sharon Wolff v. City of Rio Dell at 5:00pm. Agenda packet
5.6.12 Community Events updated! Includes an officer shooting last night and update on the Wolff v. City of Rio Dell suit which has taken a major step forward.
5.3.12 The 5.1.12 meeting is online! Includes announcement of pending records release in Wolff v. City of Rio Dell suit (stay tuned), approval of Wildwood Ave. streetscape redesign project, etc.
4.28.12 City Council meeting Tuesday May 1st 6:30pm Agenda - includes final approval of Wildwood Ave. redesign project, increase to pet license fees, etc. Closed door meeting with legal counsel re. lawsuit Wolff v. City of Rio Dell to force the release of public records. See Freedom of Information Act for the ongoing saga as well as Community Events for a discussion of the issues.
4.22.12 The April 17th city council meeting Part 1 is online! Includes discussion of Wildwood Ave. streetscape redesign project
4.17.12 City council votes to spend taxpayer money fighting to keep public records hidden - see the ongoing saga for public records here. The city votes to hire an outside law firm to prevent disclosure at all costs. Stay tuned...
4.13.12 City Council meeting Tuesday April 17th 6:30pm Agenda - Includes closed door meeting with legal counsel re. lawsuit Wolff v. City of Rio Dell to force the release of public records. See Freedom of Information Act for the ongoing saga as well as Community Events for a discussion of the issues. City manager Ron Henrickson retiring; Jim Stretch to return as City Manager part-time June 4th (if approved) at $52,241 + benefits Agenda packet contains employment agreement.
4.9.12 Special meeting tomorrow night for final redesign plan of Wildwood Ave. streetscape - last chance to express your opinion on the drastic changes planned!
4.8.12 HAPPY EASTER!
4.4.12 Wildwood Ave. streetscape redesign project final meeting Tues. Apr. 10th 6:30pm - Flyer The project will include replacing curbside parking with center median parking and landscaping among other significant changes. Come see the design and participate in the process!
3.31.12 City Council meeting Tuesday April 3rd 5:30 study session 6:30 regular meeting Agenda Includes closed door meeting with legal counsel re. lawsuit Wolff v. City of Rio Dell to force the release of public records. See Freedom of Information Act for the ongoing saga as well as Community Events for a discussion of the issues. Study session re. Wildwood Ave. streetscape redesign. Regular meeting includes discussion of changes to animal control fee and tribal membership to HCAOG. Wildwood Days events to be expanded to the school property, approval of contracts for Wastewater project totalling over $600,000 and passage of the Animal Care and Control Ordinance on the agenda. See the council packet for documents regarding the agenda items. Agenda publichsed by city incorrectly lists the date at the top.
Planning Commission Wed. Mar 28th 6:30pm; review of animal control fees, fence regulations, etc.
3.18.12 Former Blue Lake Police Chief Dave Gundersen has weapons convictions reversed on appeal due to 'instructional error'
3.17.12 City council meeting Tuesday March 20th 6:30pm regular meeting - Agenda Includes closed door meeting with legal counsel re. lawsuit Wolff v. City of Rio Dell to force the release of public records. See Freedom of Information Act for the ongoing saga as well as Community Events for a discussion of the issues.
3.13.12 Happy Sunshine Week! March 11-17, 2012 Celebrating the public right to know about its government!
3.3.12 City council meeting Tuesday March 6th 6:30pm regular session - Agenda Includes closed session re. 2 potential lawsuits at 5:30pm, approval of changes to sewer regulations, increase to sewer deposit ($200) for new customers, recommendation related to plastic bag ban ordinance, etc.
Missing person Matthew Mercer found safe
2.20.12 Happy Birthday George Washington! Technically, it is not Presidents' Day.
2.19.12 City Council meeting Tues. Feb. 21st 5:30pm study session 6:30 regular meeting - Agenda Study session re. animal control ordinance changes (increased fees will be on a future agenda). Regular meeting includes approval of significant increases to water deposit and reconnection fees, approval of $2.8 mil. bond to go before voters, etc. *the water deposit will be increased from $40 to $100; the sewer deposit is being raised from $30 to $200 in a future meeting.
2.4.12 City council meeting Tues. Feb. 7th 6:00pm study session 6:30pm regular meeting - includes approval of $2.8 million bond proposal for street paving project (subject to voter approval), revision of water deposit/reconnection fees, etc. The bond proposal is estimated to cost each property owner an additional $122-$215 annually.
Records request response confirming release of former city manager settlement documents - denies release of public works investigation. Continuing quest for public records can be viewed here
Response to request for more information re. public records request The almost year long quest for public records continues...
ChillingEffects.org - excellent resource of First Amendment and IP rights online
1.22.12 Read H.R. 4170: Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996 proposed by Newt Gingrich which imposed the death penalty for anyone caught carrying 2 ounces or more of marijuana or any controlled substance across the border.
$2.8 million dollar bond measure proposed for "city wide" street paving project - study session video coming soon Voter approval would be sought in June elections; annual property tax increase estimated to be $122-$215
1.17.12 Rio Dell Plaza project is effectively dead. City and owner unable to agree on terms. Counter offer letter from owner can be read here
!!Rio Dell Times to join internet strike Wednesday in protest of S.O.P.A and P.I.P.A!!
1.14.12 City Council meeting Tues. 17th study session 6:00pm regular meeting 6:30pm Agenda Study session re. city wide bond measure for street paving. Agenda includes update to Rio Dell Plaza proposal, budget presentation, open gym basketball program, establishment of fire sprinkler connection policy, changes to the municipal code for home occupation permits, zoning and second dwelling units, etc.
1.5.12 City council holds special closed session to negotiate a price for the proposed Rio Dell Plaza site property with owner Linda Todd. The city had offered $975,000.00 for the 20 acre site and the owner has countered.
1.3.12 City council meeting tonight 6:30pm - full council packet *Update-the property owner for the proposed Rio Dell Plaza site has countered the city's offer of $975,000.00. The council will consider the matter at a closed session later in the week.