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With the possibility of a marijuana legalization measure on the 2016 ballot, economics experts and local representatives are weighing in on the idea of Humboldt brand pot, according to the Eureka Times Standard.

Erick Eschker, a Humboldt State University economics professor and co-director for the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research, said that  he could think of two extreme cases that may come with legalization -- the rosy scenario and the doomsday scenario.

"If it becomes more legal, meaning on a federal level, Humboldt could maintain prevalence. It could also be that case if forward-looking officials allow large scale production which can produce at lower cost."

Eschker said in the doomsday scenario, marijuana growers leave the county to move closer to Los Angeles, and San Francisco .

"Many people working up here are here because they are from the cities and enforcement is harder in the woods. If it becomes legal, that advantage is gone," he said

HSU economics professor Beth Wilson, a member of the institute, said"If marijuana is legalized on a federal level, allowing for interstate commerce, then maybe a Humboldt brand would make a difference." 

Supervisor Ryan Sundberg,said he wanted the county to address the neighborhood impacts of small grows first. After that, he said, large production marijuana grows will be addressed.


LONGTIME Mendocino County Deputy Public Defender Tom Croak was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Highway 20 Sunday afternoon. Croak, who wasn’t wearing his seatbelt, apparently over-corrected on a turn near Chamberlain Creek, rolled his 1988 Jeep down an embankment and into a creek.

The CHP said Croak’s passenger, Brian Wagoner, 46, of Fort Bragg, suffered only minor scrapes and bruising. Croak, 57, had been westbound when the accident occurred about 4pm. He had served for years as public defender at Ten Mile Court, Fort Bragg.


Steve Pease, the missing Roseville restaurant owner, who was last seen in FB, was in default on a $1.5 million loan from a Roseville nonprofit intended to help kick-start his Sammy Hagar-themed restaurant, The Sacramento Bee reports.

The Roseville Community Development Corporation announced Monday that the 57-year-old Pease was in default on the loan the agency had granted him a little more than a year ago as he got Sammy's Rockin' Island Bar & Grill off the ground.

Chris Maudru, who has been leading the effort to locate Pease, tells the newspaper it's inconceivable that his friend would disappear over a $9,000 monthly payment.

With Pease gone, the Roseville restaurant closed its doors Nov. 10.

Pease has not been seen since November 2nd.

The Willits City council voted unanimously Monday to enact a phase 2 water emergency for the City.

 Despite the expected rain, as of Monday evening the combined water levels of the reservoirs are 467 Acre Feet.  The council thought it prudent to be cautious and to declare this stage of emergency and to make the public  aware of the water shortage.  

"If we receive a large amount of rain in this upcoming storm, the council may rescind the emergency declaration at our December meeting. Historical records show that we have higher water levels than the drought experienced in 2008."  

The following mandatory restrictions shall be enforced :

Even numbered addresses shall water lawns and landscaping only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and odd numbered addresses shall water lawns and landscaping only on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Watering or irrigation shall not be permitted on Mondays.

All watering or irrigation of lawns and landscaping shall be prohibited between the hours of ten a.m. and seven p.m.





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