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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.

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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.

Byline Mendocino: Investigate PG&E’s Power Lines

Jun 7, 2021

May 28, 2021--On this Edition of Byline Mendocino, Alicia Bales was joined by KQED's Lily Jamali and NPR's Aaron Glantz for the latest on PG&E's progress compensating their victims from the Fire Victims' Trust, and efforts to ground-truth their work to clear fire hazards from power lines in the most at-risk fire zones. 

June 4, 2021 — The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to approve chapter 22.18, the phase III cannabis cultivation ordinance that will allow cultivation on up to 10% of ag or rangeland parcels that are ten acres or larger. They also directed staff to come back with another ordinance this summer that will allow growers in those zones to phase in to larger operations. The board was struggling to pass the ordinance before June 30. After that, the state requires  local jurisdictions to conduct what supervisors fear would be a costly and time consuming environmental impact review.

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William Jay Sydeman, once called “the most played composer of his generation” by the New York Times, died suddenly and peacefully in his bed at home in Mendocino on May 27, 2021. Sydeman taught composition at Mannes School of Music in New York from 1960 to 1970. He was often featured in the Music of Our Time new music concerts in the 1960s and received numerous commissions and awards, including the Boston Symphony’s Award of Merit. Erich Leinsdorf selected Sydeman to write “In Memoriam John F. Kennedy”, performed in Boston, New York and Washington, D. C. by the Boston Symphony.

May 25, 2021 — Public Health Officer Andy Coren told the Board of Supervisors today that the county is in a covid-19 surge. Though there are no outbreaks in the county at this time, Coren expects the county to be demoted to the orange tier by June 2. 

May 25, 2021 — The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously yesterday to use Measure B funds for a psychiatric health facility, or puff, and to conduct a study on the feasibility of locating it on Whitmore Lane, in the unincorporated fifth district portion of south Ukiah. The county purchased the 26,601 square foot building with two point two million dollars of CARES Act federal funding last August.

May 24, 2021 — Supervisor John Haschak met virtually with a friendly crowd at a town hall organized by Willits Mayor Madge Strong and the Willits Economic Localization group. Residents talked about water, fire, money, cannabis, and public safety. Haschak, who is on a drought ad hoc committee, said the county is considering asking residents for a 20% voluntary reduction in water usage. He didn’t have exact numbers for emergency drought funding from the state, but he said projects that are well planned and ready to go would be more likely to get the money when it comes.

May 21, 2021 — The county is anticipating big changes around cannabis between now and the end of June. Chapter 22.18, the proposed new county cultivation ordinance, has gone through two rounds of review by the Planning Commission and is due before the Board of Supervisors again soon. Hovering over that process is the possibility of a referendum, if enough voters essentially recall the ordinance.

More recently, the governor proposed to spend $100 million statewide to help provisional license holders get through the system and obtain annual state licenses.

May 19, 2021 — The pandemic has been an economic catastrophe as well as a health disaster. In Mendocino County, where 98% of the businesses are small, the blows have kept landing. Now a group representing a variety of local interests has assembled economic data and a plan they think will help the county climb out of a slump following multiple disasters and long-term stagnation.

May 27, 2021 — Khadijah Britton and her family will be honored tonight at the completion ceremony for a new mural featuring her likeness, a bouquet of yellow roses, and the fresh red handprints of community members. Britton, a member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes, was abducted at gunpoint four years ago, and has not been seen since. Her story has become a rallying cry for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, a group that’s working to change the high rates of violence experienced by Native American women.

Potter Valley speaks up on settlement funds

May 17, 2021

May 17, 2021 — Supervisors Glenn McGourty and Maureen Mulheren held a community meeting with residents of Potter Valley on Saturday morning, to talk about what they’d like from the $22 million PG&E settlement for damage caused by the 2017 firestorm.