Estelle Fennell - Supervisor Humboldt County 2nd District

Sworn into office January 3, 2017

This morning Estelle Fennell renewed her oath of office for her second term.
She was sworn in by Judge Joyce Hinrichs, who also swore in Rex Bohn for a second term and Mike Wilson for 3rd District.

Estelle Fennell taking oath of office 2017
Estelle Fennell, Mike Wilson & Rex Bohn receiving oath of office by Judge Joyce Hinrichs

(photo by Ana Hartwell)

Estelle in action

  • Estelle Fennell Conferring with CalFire Chief Marty Hobbs
    Early morning at the Incident Base Camp during the Humboldt Lightning Complex Fires. Conferring with CalFire Chief Marty Hobbs.

Safe Routes to School Funding

California Transportation Commission’s Active Transportation Program awarded funding to four projects in Humboldt County this week. Two of those projects were in the 2nd District. The other projects are in Trinidad and Hoopa.

Through the funding, safe routes to schools projects will be started in Fortuna and Rio Dell. South Fortuna Elementary will receive almost $900,000 and Rio Dell’s K-8 schools will receive $1.5 million.

This is the program that also funded the recent improvements around Redway Elementary School.

Grant workshop for school funding in Fortuna

A successful grant requires the kind of information and input gathered at workshops like this one Estelle participated in at South Fortuna Elementary last February.


The school is located on the well-travelled Newburg Road and safe access for kids is a real challenge. Improvements to access will hopefully address this kind of dangerous behavior.

Fortuna Kiwanis honor Woman of Distinction and Family of the Year

Assemblyman Jim Wood congratulated Second District Humboldt County Supervisor Estelle Fennell
Assemblyman Jim Wood congratulated 2nd District Humboldt County Supervisor Estelle Fennell for Fortuna Kiwanis 2015 Woman of Distinction award

The Fortuna River Lodge was decorated in sunflowers to celebrate this year’s theme of the annual National Business Women’s luncheon, hosted by the Fortuna Kiwanis Club.

Second District Humboldt County Supervisor and board President Estelle Fennell was honored as the 2015 Fortuna Kiwanis Woman of Distinction at the annual luncheon, which took place on Oct. 21.

Fennell said she was unprepared when her name was announced.

“I am totally surprised,” she said, “so much so that I am speechless. I am extremely honored, and humbled. I have not ever been as honored as I am this day.”

Distinguished Woman 2015 Award

Estelle was presented the “Distinguished Woman of the Year Award” 2015 at the Kiwanis Annual Businesswomen’s Luncheon in Fortuna, Wed October 21st 2015. Each year the recipient is chosen for “Enduring and Devoted Service to the Community”.

The name of the recipient is kept secret until the day of the Luncheon and Estelle was completely surprised and honored to hear her name called.

Estelle Fennell - Distinguished Woman 2015 Award
Estelle Receives the award from Sally Conley and Becky Giacomini

Fire Chiefs Association receives Measure Z funded equipment

Estelle Fennell - firefighting equipment from Measure Z
Second District Supervisor Estelle Fennell stands with some of the new firefighting equipment the Fire Chiefs Association received with Measure Z funds

GARBERVILLE – More than 200 new self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA) were inspected on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department and prepared for distribution to local volunteer fire districts. The equipment cost nearly $1.4 million and is being paid for by Measure Z, the half-cent sales tax passed by voters in November.

Local fire chiefs gathered at the Garberville Cal Fire station on Thursday to receive their new apparatuses and learn the proper way to use them. On hand was Alex Bunker, sales manger for Allstar Fire Equipment Inc. from Hayward. A representative from the manufacturer was also on hand.

It is difficult for volunteer fire departments in the county to make substantial purchases of new equipment. Often, these departments operate at emergency scenes with outdated, unsafe and inadequate equipment, which puts the safety of citizens and firefighters at risk. The equipment received last week will replace old equipment, dramatically improving the ability for volunteers to respond to fires and other emergencies.