Sunday, December 9, 2018

Coastal hotel project in Trinidad to be scaled down, says casino rep; Last week’s top stories

Like this, but you know, different | Amended rendering from the environmental document

Humboldt Last Week features quick local stories and typically ends with a longer one. Downloadable and on podcast networks for later listening.

 In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week

Options are limited in Humboldt County when it comes to hotels with ocean views but all that could change with a coastal project in Trinidad at Cher-Ae Heights Casino, and details of the proposal have been adjusted.

The project’s environmental document shows a stark six-story building with a rooftop event space. Now it appears the hotel will be redesigned and scaled down.

“We’re looking at reducing the height of the hotel to five stories with no rooftop event space,” said project rep David Tyson. “Four stories of rooms with a fifth-story lounge bar or meeting space with big windows to take advantage of the views.”

Tyson says they’re exploring a new color scheme and external treatment featuring a “more attractive northwest look” that better represents the community and culture.

With a vast majority of the rooms facing the ocean, the new concept maintains some of the original attributes like 100 rooms, an indoor pool, a fitness area, a possible partnership with Hyatt, and the addition of about 50 jobs in the community.

An environmental consultant is currently working on responses to comments on the aforementioned document related to wastewater treatment, traffic, design, stormwater, and materials. The consultant is expected to finish responses sometime in January and it will then be up to the Bureau of Indian Affairs to greenlight the project.

At this time the Trinidad Rancheria is aiming to begin construction in the “first quarter of 2019.” Once construction begins they expect it to take “14 to 16 months” to complete.

When reached incumbent Humboldt County Supervisor Steve Madrone said it was his hope that the project be scaled down to fit the natural environment and local community. Things appear to be moving in that direction, but still some want it scaled down even more.

“Most of us feel if it went to three stories we’d probably be OK with it,” said Jason Self, a vocal critic of the initial project.

The Rancheria will likely host a meeting to announce new details when they’re finalized.

Other stories in Episode 107

Alleged gun violence at an Arcata apartment complex, Eureka might be committing a national first when it comes to Indian Island, more worldwide attention on the passing of HSU grad and SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg, the presence of gangs in Humboldt analyzed, and much more.

Humboldt Last Week also has some lightheartedness, new music picks, and event suggestions. On the radio throughout the day on 99.1 KISS FM Mondays.

Episode partners: Ferndale Music Company - Cafe Nooner - Bongo Boy Studio - Tuyas Mexican Restaurant

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Luna lawyer talks pulled-from-car Oysterfest arrest; Last week’s top stories

Luna, left (submitted) | Jackson, right (HSU Police)

Humboldt Last Week features quick local stories and typically ends with a longer one. Downloadable and on podcast networks for later listening.


In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week

After videos went viral of an arrest last summer during Oysterfest in Arcata, then 20 year old Samantha Luna pleaded not guilty to a number of charges and now her lawyer is saying a civil case against the police is possible.

Luna has said she’s a former honor student at Eureka High. After reviewing the case the DA decided to charge her with resisting arrest, battery on an officer, public intoxication, and providing false ID.

“... Any experienced officer will take a look at what (HSU Police Sergeant Janelle Jackson) did and say that’s exactly what you shouldn’t do to de-escalate a situation,” said Luna’s attorney William Panzer who believes the arrest was unlawful. “You don’t get all emotional, you don’t just open a door and grab somebody. That’s not how you de-escalate.”

Jackson received a community policing award last year and has reportedly taken a significant amount of de-escalation training.

In the interview, which begins at 8:15, Panzer disputes each of the charges and answers questions about what’s depicted in the videos. He also disagrees with reports suggesting Jackson’s hair had to be cut off in order to be released from Luna’s grip.

Luna has a pretrial hearing December 11. Panzer says he is working to obtain police footage of the entire incident and that once he and Luna beat the criminal charges they’ll consider a civil case.

You can watch the arrest below. There are more videos here.

Other stories in Episode 106

SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg left behind a mega Humboldt footprint, “Murder Mountain” will be available via Netflix, the state agrees with a judge about revoking liquor licenses for Toby & Jacks and Sidelines in Arcata, former Eureka player Rey Maualuga now has a clearer path to an NFL team, the mother of fatal stabbing victim DJ Lawson filed a lawsuit against Arcata officials, we were on “Jeopardy” again, Sara Bareilles performed on Colbert, philanthropist Betty Chinn is receiving donations after a collision, and more.

Humboldt Last Week also has some lightheartedness, new music picks, and event suggestions. On the radio throughout the day on 99.1 KISS FM Mondays.

Episode partners: Ferndale Music Company - Cafe Nooner - Bongo Boy Studio - Tuyas Mexican Restaurant

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

[UPDATED] HSU grad joins NFL teammates to donate thousands of Thanksgiving meals

Alex Cappa, courtesy of Buccaneers.com
Update from Humboldt Sports: Successful NFL debut for Alex Cappa: "...(Cappa) saw plenty of action at right guard in a winning performance, as the Bucs comfortably defeated the San Francisco 49ers 27-9."

In the next episode of Humboldt Last Week

Humboldt State University graduate Alex Cappa recently joined some of his NFL teammates donating time and money to feed thousands of Tampa Bay families in need.

The 12th Annual Turkey Time with the O-line saw Cappa and fellow offensive linemen physically handing out gift cards and meals to people. Their $35,000 donation for the event was then matched by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation which reportedly made 350,000 additional meals possible on top of the over 1,000 that were handed out.

“It’s really cool,” Cappa told Buccaneers.com. “You don’t realize how many people you’re going to be able to reach out to and help, so it’s tremendous.”

Meals included turkey, cranberry sauce, gravy, mashed potatoes, veggies, and pumpkin pie.

Cappa still has yet to suit up for a regular season game during his rookie season with the Bucs. But the Tampa Bay Times reports head coach Dirk Koetter said “his time is coming soon.”

The Buccaneers play the 49ers in Florida on November 25.

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Humboldt Last Week features quick local stories and typically ends with a longer one. Downloadable and on podcast networks for later listening. It also has some lightheartedness, new music picks, and event suggestions. On the radio throughout the day on 99.1 KISS FM Mondays.