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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:

Amanda Malachesky  is working to understand the links between what we eat and how we feel physically, mentally and emotionally.  She calls it functional nutrition. Amanda spoke with Emma Breacain about transforming the way we approach our health challenges. 

Arcata City Attorney Nancy Diamond has delivered a cease and desist letter to former FBI special agent Tom Parker, claiming his comments on the David Josiah Lawson homicide investigation could harm the prosecution of the case.  

Diamond's letter accused Parker of intentionally breaching the confidentiality clause of his contract in media comments he made in the past two weeks.

Humboldt State University President Lisa Rossbacher wrote to the Arcata City Council and City Manager Karen Diemer on Wednesday, expressing concern over recent media reports about the David Josiah Lawson homicide investigation.  A copy of the letter was released by HSU this afternoon.

April 18, 2018

Dear Arcata City Council and City Manager:

On behalf of Humboldt State University, I wish to express concern regarding the investigation into the murder of student David Josiah Lawson.

Responding to KHSU's offer of an interview to allow her office to answer criticisms over how the David Josiah Lawson homicide case has been handled, Humboldt County District Attorney Maggie Fleming noted "all of our efforts on the case have been of high-quality and well-justified."  


According to Centro del Pueblo's Facebook page, some sort of immigration enforcement is underway in the Humboldt Bay area. A call was received on the Humboldt RRN Hotline Wednesday morning that ICE is in our area. 

We will update this post when more information becomes available. 

Via Facebook: 

Comunicado URGENTE de la línea de atención telefónica. SI VES A LA MIGRA, REPORTA

Recibimos una llamada en la linea caliente esta mañana que ICE está en nuestra área.

KHSU has obtained a copy of the civil claim filed Friday with the city of Arcata by civil rights attorney Shelley Mack. 

The claim asks for $500,000 damages for Charmaine Lawson in the death of her son, David Josiah Lawson, who was stabbed to death on April 15, 2017. 

Arcata police say the investigation is still active, but the claim filed Friday alleges the APD has failed to actively pursue the investigation. 

The city of Arcata issued a news release about the David Josiah Lawson homicide investigation late Monday. KHSU had offered a one-hour interview to city officials to respond to KHSU's and the North Coast Journal's interviews with former FBI agent Tom Parker and Arcata civil rights attorney Shelley Mack.

HSU President Lisa Rossbacher has issued a statement calling on Arcata city officials to ensure that justice is pursued in the David Josiah Lawson homicide investigation.

Her call comes after two resignations last week.  First, a a former FBI special agent who was a consultant to the Arcata Police Department's investigation resigned. Hours later, the Arcata police chief resigned.  

Arcata Police Chief Tom Chapman resigned on Tuesday, nearly 24 hours after former FBI agent Tom Parker, who was involved with the David Josiah Lawson murder case, also resigned.

Chapman released a short statement on his resignation which was effective April 10, 2018.

"I am resigning my employment with the city of Arcata as Chief of Police. it has been a pleasure working for the city for the past 24 years. I will forever cherish the memories. Thank you," Chapmen wrote. 

After today's announcement about the Arcata Police Chief's resignation, Arcata City Manager Karen Diemer sent an email to local media to answer frequently-asked questions.

Diemer also released Chapman's brief letter of resignation. 

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 [This article and headline have been updated to reflect new information from The California Report regarding former FBI special agent Thomas Parker.] 

Chief Tom Chapman is resigning after 24 years with Arcata Police, according to a press release from the City of Arcata. 

A former FBI agent hired by Arcata to consult on the David Josiah Lawson homicide case also resigned fewer than 24 hours before the APD chief. 

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As promised in November 2017, North Coast Senator Mike McGuire and Humboldt County Supervisor Virginia Bass are set to host another town hall meeting on the Opioid Crisis that plagues Humboldt County and much of the United States. 

Magazine: Alice DiMicele

Mar 22, 2018

Singer and activist Alice DiMicele opens up to Danielle Orr about recording her 14th album, the loss of a beloved recording engineer, and her new band 'Force of Nature.' Regularly seen on stages throughout northern California and southern Oregon, DiMicele performs tonight at the Arcata Playhouse.

Lawmakers are holding a hearing on Capitol Hill, a day after issuing security recommendations for the 2018 midterm elections. Homeland Security and state election officials are testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee about the Russian cyberattacks on the 2016 election and protective measures going forward. Watch the hearing live below.