Early morning at the Incident Base Camp during the Humboldt Lightning Complex Fires.
Conferring with CalFire Chief Marty Hobbs.
Identifying the numerous fire locations prior to visiting the front lines.
Just south of Blocksburg, Fire Crews conduct safety briefing before launching the day’s operations.
As the fires spread and multiplied Incident Management Team 5 was brought in.
Estelle Chairs the first ever official Board of Supervisors meeting in Southern Humboldt (Redway) July 13, 2015.
Estelle works with Senator Mike McGuire to find ways to help Rio Dell revitalize and repair old water infrastructure.
Mayor Frank Wilson, City Council Member Debra Garnes and City Manager Kyle Knopp discuss infrastructure needs with Estelle and Senator Mike McGuire.
Looking over maps and historical data with Rio Dell Mayor Frank Wilson, City Council Member Debra Garnes and City Manager Kyle Knopp and Senator Mike McGuire.
Randy Jensen of Public Works leads a tour of the site.
Estelle Emcees Wildwood Days Parade in Rio Dell August 2015.
Toddy Thomas Middle School Leadership Panel with the students.
Estelle was joined by School Superintendent, Julie Johannsen and Dan Collins in a great discussion with the students about what it takes to be a leader in Government, Education and the private sector.
Having fun after a great discussion about Leadership at Toddy Thomas Middle School.
Some of the traits students at Toddy Thomas think make for a good leader.
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.
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.
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 Receives the award from Sally Conley and Becky Giacomini
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.