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Supervisors amend new ordinance

Jun 24, 2021

June 24, 2021 — The Board of Supervisors discussed cannabis and water   at this week’s meeting.

Loggers Become Protestors in Jackson State Forest

Jun 23, 2021
Photo by Jude Rodriques

June 23, 2021--Caspar, CA

Myles Anderson is the owner of Anderson Logging, the logging company working on the controversial Timber Harvest Plan in Jackson State Forest known as Caspar 500. Anderson’s crews began cutting in the area on June 10, but they have been slowed or stopped every day by protestors.

Jim Culp reports on the sale of The Woods, a senior community in Little River, as all the residents vote to take control of their fate and purchase the property.

Reduced flows to hit ag hard

Jun 21, 2021

June 21, 2021 —  As the region heads into a dry spell expected to rival the drought of 1977, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a much-reduced flow of water to Lake Mendocino and Potter Valley. 

Fuel break denudes slopes

Jun 18, 2021

June 18, 2021 — Last month, PG&E cleared the vegetation on either side of its transmission lines for about two miles along Road A in Redwood Valley, from its substation to Highway 20. The clear cut area is up to 80 feet wide in some places, and traverses steep slopes and narrow canyons. 

The work is in a public utility easement outside the coastal zone, and is exempt from county review, according to Planning and Building Services.

Reduced flows to benefit wild fish

Jun 17, 2021

June 17, 2021 — Lake Mendocino’s supply of water from the Eel River is likely to dry up sometime this summer, due to flows being reduced to a  fifth of what they were when conditions were dry rather than critical. 

Logging continues, in spite of people in the forest

Jun 16, 2021
Contributed by Alicia Bales

June 16, 2021 — Logging continues in the Jackson Demonstration State Forest, in close proximity to activists trying to prevent it.    The site, Capar 500, is one of six timber harvest plans being carried out by CalFire. Reached by phone yesterday, Kevin Conway, Cal Fire State Forests Program Director, said he couldn’t comment.  Tree sitters with the Mama Tree network took up residence in two old-growth redwoods, dubbed the Mama and Papa trees, in April.

June 15, 2021 — The Board of Supervisors agreed to move ahead with a multi-department plan to enforce cannabis codes, involving aerial surveillance and more staff. The plan is based on the Humboldt County model, which relies heavily on satellite imagery and fines and liens to achieve compliance. Another big change is that enforcement will be proactive as well as complaint based.

Drought drop-by event encourages conservation

Jun 14, 2021

June 14, 2021 — With a looming drought and the high likelihood of emergency curtailment regulations on the Russian River, local agencies are encouraging water conservation. On Saturday, anyone pulling up to the stop signs at the Redwood Valley Grange or Club Calpella could expect to receive a bucket full of drought swag.

We’ll hear about the dire situation for the fisheries, how the Calpella Water District is preparing for the drought, and go through the swag for water-saving tips.

Water agency revived

Jun 10, 2021

June 11, 2021 — With the drought declaration that started in the dry bed of Lake Mendocino, the county has revived its water agency with $50,000 and the hope of further grant funding to come up with water security plans and ways to pay for them. The agency is headed up by Josh Metz, a senior advisor with a firm called Regional Government Services.

Logging begins in Jackson State Forest

Jun 10, 2021

June 10, 2021 — Logging started early this morning in the Jackson Demonstration State Forest, in spite of the efforts of local tribal and environmental groups that believe the trees are more valuable standing.

But CalFire is moving ahead with its timber harvest plan in Caspar 500, one of six plans the agency intends to move forward with.

Tree sitter Alder was high up in the now-iconic Mama Tree when logging trucks arrived.






Referendum effort to repeal 10% underway

Jun 10, 2021

June 10, 2021 — As the Board of Supervisors prepares to adopt an unpopular cannabis cultivation ordinance, two separate groups are planning referenda to repeal or amend the final product. One group is gathering signatures to repeal the whole thing. Another group wants to strike the ten percent provision, and follow up with negotiations for further amendments, or, failing that, a citizens’ initiative.

June 9, 2021 — A proposed development in the Western Hills of Ukiah has neighbors fuming as the city takes steps to acquire and annex about 700 acres off of Redwood Avenue, in the headwaters of Doolan Creek. The property currently belongs to David Hull, who gave the city 188 acres adjacent to the proposed project parcels late last year. The city wants to break 54 acres into seven lots for single family residential parcels, where owners would be allowed to build one main house and one additional dwelling unit each.

Contributed by Kelda Britton

June 8, 2021 — As the region heads into a massive drought and the start of fire season, there are some signs of optimism about humanity’s ability to reverse some of the damage it’s done.

June 7, 2021 — On Wednesday, the Board of Supervisors voted 4-1, with John Haschak dissenting, to waive the first reading of a cannabis cultivation ordinance which, if it becomes law, will allow grows of up to ten percent on ag and rangeland parcels over ten acres. Ellen Drell is working with a citizens group called Save Our Water, Wildlife, and Way of Life to repeal the ordinance.