The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office sent out a press release this morning to remind Humboldt County residents that neither Kneeland nor its bountiful piles of white joy belong to them. Also, be really careful wherever non-Kneeland place you fools end up.
The entire press release follows. Read it now:
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has been receiving complaints from private property owners in the Kneeland-Greenwood Heights area due to low snow levels. The Sheriffs Office and property owners would like to remind snow seekers that Kneeland is primarily all private property, and deputies are issuing misdemeanor citations for trespassing.
Snow seekers should utilize the Horse Mountain, Six Rivers National Forest areas for recreational activity. If you do plan to recreate in the snow remember wet and cold weather can cause hypothermia. A cell phone, map or GPS is also very helpful. Keep in mind not all rural areas have cell phone coverage and cell phone batteries need to be fully charged.
In closing, we're not gonna remind you how crazy fun it is to play in the snow at Kneeland School. Because that would be mean.
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UPDATE 1/15 12:01 p.m.: Oh, so the Journal were curious about how many citations had been handed out to local snow thiefs. Sheriff's Lt. Steve Knight says that deputies warned some folks who were trespassing on Sunday afternoon, and another batch on Monday morning, but so far haven't actually cited anyone for misdemeanor trespass. So why put out a press release saying deputies "are issuing misdemeanor citations"?
"Because we will. And we can. And we have in the past," says Knight.