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At 12:35: Furthering our coverage last week on how Humboldt County is not, in fact, the murder capital of the world with zero laws, we now have additional statistics that show most of our missing people end up just fine.

Citing data from the California Department of Justice, as of Nov. 13, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office tallied 165 missing adults locally since 1975. That number, 165 over almost four and a half decades, is worth comparing to the several hundreds of adult missing persons reports filed in the county each year.

“About 80 percent of missing adults are either located, return home, or are voluntarily missing,” said Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Samantha Karges. “Approximately 1.5 to 2 percent are found deceased for various reasons which become a part of our investigation.”

That number is higher for Humboldt’s kids -- 90 percent of missing juvenile reports end up resolved. Officials have tallied 49 missing kids since 1975.

Bad stuff does happen in Humboldt County but to say we hold the Olympic gold medal for macabre notoriety is a redwood-high stretch.

Remember, despite what some outside writers and documentarians will tell their audience, over the last decade 10 California counties had worse homicide rates per capita, our homicide conviction rates have been solid, and most of the people that go missing in Humboldt end up just fine. Humboldt is no emerald utopia, but it’s also not a backwoods chainsaw massacre out there. Stay safe and prepared, Humboldt, and enjoy the scenery.

Introducing contributing host Adina Loewinsohn at 9:06: “Irie” Adina Loewinsohn is a local radio personality known for hosting reggae specials. This week she talks about a run on Thanksgiving morning, quitting smoking, ditching Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples Day, reducing childhood trauma, and the local teens who recently received national praise.

Also in the new episode: Proposed wind turbines near Rio Dell get a thumbs down from the Planning Commission, the hemp moratorium continues, Eureka gets a shoutout in “The Walking Dead,” further details regarding a former tribal director accused of sexual misconduct, another tale of a mentally distressed person welcoming themselves into a Humboldt home, locally-raised performer Sara Bareilles gets another Grammy nomination, the locally-shot movie of the week, mention of the new podcast Humboldt Sports Talk, event suggestions for the week, and much more.

Humboldt Last Week episode 151 partners: Belle Starr Clothing, Northcoast Horticulture Supply, Bongo Boy Studio, Trinidad Vacation Rental, North Coast Journal, Photography by Shi, Redheaded Blackbelt, 99.1 KISS FM