AM News Friday 10.04.13
Monday, Humboldt Deputies assisted by the DA's
Environmental Task Force, CalFire, Fish and Wildlife and Humboldt Environmental Health served a search warrant in the Burr Valley area of Bridgeville. Officers located three greenhouses containing 463 growing marijuana plants, along with 62 pounds of processed marijuana bud. The estimated value is conservatively $525,000.00. No one was home.
The officers also witnessed environmental damage
consisting of illegal water diversion where the stream is a tributary to Dairy Creek which feeds into Burr
Creek. Burr Creek is salmon and steelhead habitat;
California Fish and Wildlife is concerned the illegal
water diversion will cause sediment to flow
downstream and affect the salmon and steelhead
A California Environmental Scientist located a spring where a damaged Native American archaeological
site was detected which was excavated and graded
by heavy equipment An archaeologist confirmed the
items located were pre-historical Native American.
No arrests have been made at this time, however
suspects have been identified and arrest warrants will be sought for cultivation of marijuana, stream
diversion and polluting a waterway.
The sheriff's office is asking anyone with information
to call the office at 445-7251 or the crime tip line at 268-2539.
Democratic Congressmen Mike Thompson and
Jared Huffman who earn salaries of $174,000, will
continue to draw their paychecks, during the
shutdown, despite a growing list of members of
Congress who said they will voluntarily forgo their
salaries while government workers are furloughed.
A Washington Post tally found 108 lawmakers — 56
Republicans and 52 Democrats — had announced
that they would donate or refuse compensation
during the impasse.
Huffman spokesman Paul Arden referred to a
statement released Wednesday in which Huffman
blamed the Tea Party for bringing the government to a halt. Huffman said. “No one should lose pay
because of this reckless political stunt, except
perhaps the Tea Party extremists who orchestrated it.”
Congressional staffers are deemed essential
employees and are staying at their posts during the
Spokesman Austin Vevurka said “Rep. Thompson is doing the job his constituents elected him to do —
fighting for the district by working to keep the
government open and making sure folks can get
affordable health insurance."
The third Supervisor's race is heating up. In addition
to Willits Mayor Holly Madrigal running, two others
have announced their candidacy. Tom Woodhouse, real estate broker and 40- year Mendocino County
resident, and ARNO GASSEN, a long-time county janitorial employee, who declared his
candidacy on his facebook page yesterday.
Woodhouse has served as a member of the Willits
High School Site Council, volunteered with Friends of the Willits Library and Relay for Life as well as sitting on the WUSD Bond Oversight Committee and
running a Sheriff work-release program in Willits.
Gassen says “I planned to retire in March but my
fellow brothers and sisters taught me that they need
somebody to believe in their cause. They [the County] have the money to reinstate our 10% and are still
lying about the budget. The public believes that the
county is broke. We need to show them otherwise.”
Woodhouse is committed to protecting and
managing the county reserve. With a healthy reserve and well-managed budget, the county could more effectively
upgrade and maintain county roads as well as better support the hard-working law enforcement, first responders, and
residents that travel them, according to his press
The City of Fort Bragg is hosting a City Dialogue
meeting today at Fort Bragg Town Hall from 8 AM – 10 AM. The purpose of the meeting is to continue
a dialogue with downtown businesspeople, property owners, and interested community members about
the Main Street Merge
Lane Relocation Project. Everyone is welcome.