Saturday, February 4, 2017

AG: No Criminal Charges Against HumCo Judges

Posted By on Sat, Feb 4, 2017 at 2:34 PM

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The California Attorney General’s Office has decided not to pursue criminal charges against a pair of Humboldt County Superior Court judges accused of submitting false affidavits to the state in order to receive their salaries.

The office’s review of the case — conducted at the request of Humboldt County District Attorney Maggie Fleming — spanned more than a year, following a pair of public admonishments issued by the Commission on Judicial Performance, the state body tasked with oversight and discipline of California’s nearly 2,000 judges. According to a California Department of Justice spokesperson, the AG’s Office decided last month, “after a complete review … no action is warranted on the part of this office.” A letter the office sent to Fleming notes that the judges face "persistently extreme workloads" and that the commission is the entity tasked by the state with judicial oversight.

"It is our belief in these instances that the Commission on Judicial Performance was the most qualified entity to investigate and take appropriate action, and in this case it did so," the letter states.

The two admonishments — the first issued to Judge Dale Reinholtsen in September of 2015 and the second to Judge Christopher Wilson in January of 2016 — were unprecedented in Humboldt County, and represent the first time the commission has publicly disciplined a local judge since its formation in 1960. Statewide, the commission fields some 1,200 complaints a year but metes out discipline — ranging from private advisory letters to removing judges from office — in only 40 or so cases annually.

The admonishments constitute black marks that threaten to forever stain the careers of Wilson and Reinholtsen, but they have been met with mixed reactions in the local courthouse, where both judges are widely considered thoughtful, thorough and hard working, and some see the public reprimands as the result of a “crushing” and unrealistic caseload.

The admonishments stem from a provision in the California constitution that requires the state’s judges to decide matters submitted to them within 90 days. State law requires judges to submit affidavits to the state swearing that they don’t have any matters pending before them that are more than 90 days old in order to receive their paychecks. If they have a backlog of decisions, the state withholds their salaries until they’ve cleared their desks of delinquent rulings.

In its admonishments, the Commission on Judicial Performance alleged that Reinholtsen and Wilson both repeatedly signed affidavits while they had delinquent decisions pending and that both illegally received their paychecks from the state on numerous occasions. Specifically, Reinholtsen was alleged to have decided 20 matters past the 90-day deadline, signed false affidavits seven times and illegally received his salary 13 times over the course of several years. Wilson was alleged to have signed eight false salary affidavits and received his salary on six occasions when it should have been withheld under the law.

Reinholtsen and Wilson both declined to comment for this story, with Wilson saying it would be inappropriate of him to do so because the Journal currently has a matter pending before him. Humboldt County Superior Court Presiding Judge Joyce Hinrichs, meanwhile, also declined to comment.

As we reported in our March 10, 2016, cover story “Judged,” the commission pointed to heavy caseloads as a potentially mitigating factor in its admonishments of Reinholtsen and Wilson. The state has determined Humboldt County needs two additional judges to manage its current caseload, yet has so far refused to fund the new positions. Local judges also have minimal support staff, with only one staff attorney to research case law for all seven judges and a pair of administrative assistants the judges share with the court executive office.

When the Journal spoke to Dustin Owens, president of the Humboldt County Bar Association for our story last March, he said the local association considered whether to make a public statement on the admonishments — whether it be condemning the judge’s actions or defending them — but couldn’t reach consensus. Some felt Reinholtsen and Wilson broke the law, committing perjury — considered a crime or moral turpitude and a disbarrable offense — by knowingly signing a false affidavit and should be punished. Others felt they are good judges in an untenable situation who were being reprimanded for taking on too much in an effort to keep the court’s head above water.

Some local attorneys also expressed concern about how the admonishments may impact Humboldt County’s ability to fill its bench in the future. Currently, one of the county’s seven local judgeships is vacant, and has been since Judge Bruce Watson retired last January as the governor’s office still has not appointed a replacement. Some think that is in part because there has been a dearth of applicants for what many consider an undesirable job.

Editor's note: This story was updated to reflect that Judge Reinholtsen got back to us in order to decline to comment for this story.
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Harbor Commission Taps Kullmann to Fill Empty Seat

Posted By on Sat, Feb 4, 2017 at 8:35 AM

There's a new commissioner in town. - FILE
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Wiyot Tribe Natural Resources Director Stephen Kullmann is set to take a seat on the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District board Feb. 16 after being selected by fellow commissioners on Thursday.

Harbor District Executive Director Jack Crider said Kullmann, one of two candidates under consideration, was appointed on a 3-1 vote, with Commissioner Larry Doss dissenting, to fill the seat vacated when former commissioner Mike Wilson joined the board of supervisors.

In his application to the commission, Kullmann wrote that he is “passionate about the rich resources of Humboldt Bay, both ecological and economic.”

“Not only do I believe that these goals are not mutually exclusive, but that the promotion of economy and protection and restoration of the environment support one another,” he stated.

Casey Allen, an avid outdoorsman and retired AT&T contract administrator and construction manager, also interviewed for the post. A third contender, David Narum, dropped out Thursday night during his opening statements, according to Crider.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

A Troubled SoHum Road Finally Fails, Funding to Fix Uncertain

Posted By on Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 4:35 PM

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  • Wilder Ridge Road, taken last year.

Residents of the Wilder Ridge/Honeydew area, a remote region of Humboldt County on the Lost Coast, have taken to social media over the last few months to post post pictures of their failing roads, including the extremely rough ride through Humboldt Redwoods State Park, where bathtub-size potholes have bent frames and popped tires. That road is scheduled to be fixed in mid-summer, due to some accounting magic on the part of California State Parks, but Wilder Ridge Road, which connects Wilder Ridge with the nearest store, school and post office, faces greater uncertainty. A portion of the road that has been threatening to slide for several years, at Landergen Road just south of Honeydew, has been closed indefinitely.

"It is buckled all across and sunk about 16 inches and Landergen has a drop off about 3 feet right above it," said Teresa Davey, a Wilder Ridge resident who was called to pick up her young daughter from school before the road was closed entirely. The Journal interviewed Davey almost exactly a year ago, when we investigated the roughly $200 million in deferred maintenance the county has accrued for road repair. At that time, Davey said she would probably have to park a car on either side of the slip and hike with her daughter across the slide should it fall out.

Things have not improved since then, for the road or for Davey, who said she wishes the county had fixed the failing section of road when there was better weather.

"Now they were out here in the pouring down rain trying to figure out what to do," said Davey, who is working with the school's principal, who also lives on Wilder Ridge, to ferry kids across the slide so they can attend school. The only other alternate route for children attending Honeydew Elementary is via Garberville and U.S. Highway 101, 81 additional miles that would take an additional three to four hours to traverse.

But Tom Mattson, the director of Public Works, said funding has yet to come through to fix that or other rural roads. In previous interviews, Mattson has said there is not enough money reaching his department via gas tax to make needed infrastructure repairs. Measure U, a half-cent sales tax that would have earmarked money for road repair, was rejected by Humboldt County voters in November.

Reached by email this afternoon, Mattson said he has not yet received word if emergency funding from the state will be coming through to fix the Wilder Ridge slide. The county had applied for this funding in January after making a disaster declaration due to the impact of heavy winter rains.

"No funding has been made available yet, although some 30 California counties have declared emergencies. Until we know there is funding to fix it we cannot give an estimated timeline on when it will be fixed," said Mattson, adding that his department has made a request to the Bureau of Land Management to see if an access road owned by that agency can be made available.

A more recent photo of the slip on Wilder Ridge, where the road has been reduced to one lane. - SUBMITTED
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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Wheetley Selected As Fortuna's City Manager

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 2:51 PM

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Arcata City Councilmember Mark Wheetley spent the early part of his morning at the River Lodge, waiting in the same room he first interviewed in for what the city of Fortuna announced today will be his new job: city manager.

The process came full circle at the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce's State of the City Breakfast, where Wheetley was the surprise (at least for attendees) guest — hidden away until the formal announcement.

First elected in 2005, Wheetley said he will step down from the council and his job as a state Fish and Wildlife Service biologist when he takes over the post, which he's expected to do April 1.

“It will be a new experience, a whole new chapter,” said Wheetley, who also served as Arcata’s mayor in 2008, 2009 and 2014.

Arcata City Manager Karen Diemer said a community discussion on the council’s options for filling Wheetley’s seat is scheduled for Feb. 15.

Diemer said the council needs to fill the seat by appointment or call a special election within 60 days of the vacancy, with the individual selected or elected holding office until Wheetley’s term ends in December of 2018.

Wheetley said he’s going to recommend the council go the appointment route, noting candidate pools have been slim in past elections, the cost involved and the breadth of qualified residents currently serving on city board and commissions.

In an email to the Journal, Diemer said Wheetley’s “long tenure is marked with both a neighborhood and school based focus as well as a dedication to regional and statewide advocacy for Arcata and the North Coast.”

She noted that he “ensured Arcata continued to stay on the cutting edge of environmental policy and practices” and earned a trip to the White House for his recent work with former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign.

“His history and thorough understanding of the challenges facing rural communities and coastal cities will be sorely missed in Arcata,” Diemer said. “Fortuna is lucky to have him coming on board.”

Tapping talent from Arcata seems to be trending in Fortuna. Wheetley replaces interim City Manager Randy Mendosa — who served as Arcata’s police chief and city manager during Wheetley’s time in office. Wheetley is stepping into Fortuna's government at an opportune time, as voters recently passed a sales tax measure projected to bring in about $1.2 million annually and erase a structural budget deficit that in recent years has all but depleted the city's reserves.

Wheatley serves on the board of community organizations and coaches youth soccer. The father of two has also held a seat on several local and state committees, including the League of California Cities and the Humboldt County Association of Governments.

He had been running what was considered to be a highly viable campaign for the Third District seat on the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors before stepping out of the race in January of 2015, following his arrest on suspicion of DUI. He later pleaded to a reduced charge and received three years probation.

Wheetley started his career in the city of Arcata’s Planning and Public Works departments and said his experience working with local governments during his time with the state also helped prepare him for his new job.

During that time, Wheetley said he saw first-hand the positive and negative effects a city manager can have on a city’s success. In Fortuna, the Humboldt State University graduate said he sees a community with a bright future bolstered by an enthusiastic staff.

While he currently resides in Arcata, Wheetley said he does plans to move to the Friendly City.

“I’m excited,” he said. “I think this is a great time to come into Fortuna.”

Read the full release from the city of Fortuna:

Fortuna, CA- This morning at the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce’s Annual State of the City Breakfast, Mayor Sue Long announced that a contract has been signed with Fortuna’s New City Manager, Mark Wheetley.
According to Mayor Long, Council is “still working on some of the logistics for a firm start date and should have that information available early next week.”
Mayor Sue Long has stated that Mark Wheetley is “…enthusiastic, energetic, and approachable. He will be a great Asset to the City of Fortuna.”
Mayor Pro Tem Tami Trent said, “I am very excited to get a City Manager that already knows and loves Fortuna.”
Council Member Doug Strehl said, “I’ve known and worked with Mark through the Redwood Empire League of Cities and am very excited that he will be our City Manager. Along with his expertise and our great city staff “Fortuna Strong” will get stronger.”
According to Council Member Dean Glaser “Fortuna City Council has chosen to hire local rather than utilize a hiring firm to advertise for candidates outside Humboldt. The Council had utilized outside hiring agencies in 2002 and 2012. This time a local candidate has successfully met the Council's mandates and will be our City Manager for 2017. I'm truly delighted with our choice and I've known him for the past 10 years.”
Council Member Tiara Brown stated “The staff at the City of Fortuna are extremely dedicated and hardworking. I am thrilled to have Mark on board. With his leadership and forward thinking mentality, Fortuna's future is bright.”
The City Council is expected to announce Wheetley’s start date soon.

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Jim Wood Introduces Bill to Strengthen Skilled Nursing Protections

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 1:34 PM

Assemblyman Jim Wood. - GRANT SCOTT-GOFORTH
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North Coast Assemblymember Jim Wood's announced today that he has introduced a bill to protect residents of skilled nursing facilities should a facility "have a change in license status or operation, such as closure." The legislation comes in response to last year's struggle to help patients in three local skilled nursing facilities owned by Brius Healthcare Services after the company threatened to close and transfer its patients out of the area.

The crisis, which would have displaced hundreds of Humboldt County's most vulnerable residents, lasted close to four months as Wood and other politicians negotiated with the company to avert the proposed closures, which appear to have been a bargaining ploy to increase reimbursement rates from the region's MediCal provider, Partnership Health Plan. The company eventually backed down and only closed one facility, but Wood refers to the four-month period of uncertainty as a "roller coaster ride of anxiety" for patients and families.

Assembly Bill 275, introduced this morning, includes several provisions that would potentially smooth out the twists and turns for future roller coaster rides, including:

- Requiring facilities to provide 90 days' notice to residents about closures and potential transfers. (Currently, only 30 days notice is required.)

- More stringent assessment of patients before they are transferred, including input from a physician and mental health professional. (Assessments of patients prior to transfer are already required.)

- Whenever two or more facilities propose to close on the same date, the facilities must be required to prepare a comprehensive community impact report.

That last provision is in direct response to Brius' outsized impact on rural Humboldt County, where it has a virtual monopoly on skilled nursing. (The press release, included below, refers to Rockport as the owner of the facilities, but Rockport is actually the administrative branch that operates the facilities locally.)

Suzi Fregeau, program coordinator for the Area 1 Agency on Aging's Long Term Care Omsbudsman program, said the legislation is welcome but echoes already-existing rules that have failed to protect residents from the whims of privately owned businesses like Brius.

"I would rather have licensing held accountable for enforcing rules that are already in place," said Fregeau.

From the office of Assemblymember Jim Wood:

Today, Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), introduced AB 275 that would provide additional protections to residents of skilled nursing facilities when those facilities have a change in license status or operation, such as closure. “Residents of skilled nursing facilities are among our most vulnerable citizens and they must be protected,” said Wood.

Last year, Rockport Healthcare Services, the owner of the only skilled nursing facilities in the Eureka area, announced that it was closing three of its five facilities. More than 100 residents were going to be displaced and moved far from their families. Despite an outpouring of support for the residents from the community, and many meetings with stakeholders, including the Department of Public Health, Partnership Health Plan, and Asm. Wood and Senator Mike McGuire, Rockport did not change its plans. “It’s very likely, however, that the community’s efforts, the media coverage and the many meetings held may have caused them to reconsider as they subsequently decided to close only one facility,” said Wood.

“During those many months,” said Wood, “residents and their families were on a roller coaster ride of anxiety. It became obvious to me that new protections would have to be put in place to prevent this trauma from happening to other residents in the future.”

This bill requires facilities to provide 90 days’ notice to residents and if resident’s concerns cannot be appropriately addressed, the Department of Public Health can add another 90 days. It requires a patient assessment by both a physician and mental health professional and gives the department the authority to require a patient transfer plan to assure that patients’ needs have been considered. And finally, another provision was included so that whenever two or more facilities propose to close on the same date, the facilities will be required to prepare a comprehensive community impact report.

“Although this was an issue that affected a rural community I represent, this situation could occur in more densely populated areas where beds are limited or similar ownership situations exist,” said Wood.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Three Candidates Look to Fill Empty Harbor Seat

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 5:27 PM

The Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District board will look at selecting one of three candidates to fill a vacant seat at a meeting on Thursday. - FILE PHOTO
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  • The Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District board will look at selecting one of three candidates to fill a vacant seat at a meeting on Thursday.
A special meeting of the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District board is scheduled Thursday to select a replacement for former District 3 Commissioner Mike Wilson, who was elected to the Board of Supervisors in June.

Three candidates have submitted their names for consideration: Wiyot Tribe Natural Resources Director Stephen Kullmann, Blue Lake Rancheria tribal government employee and Humboldt State University adjunct engineering professor David Narum and avid outdoorsman and retired AT&T Contract Administrator and Construction Manager Casey Allen.

The 6 p.m. meeting is set to take place in Arcata’s D Street Community Center (1301 D St.) to accommodate what is expected to be a large crowd, according to harbor district Executive Director Jack Crider.

Crider said commission members are expected to fill the vacancy at the meeting. District 3 includes Arcata, Bayside, Kneeland, Freshwater and Manila.

The harbor district oversees port development and other maritime projects, including channel dredging, along the Humboldt Bay shoreline. For more information on the candidates, click here to view the district's meeting agenda.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Huff on Fire: Congressman Facebook Vents About Trump's 'Hearsay and Hooey'

Posted By on Sat, Jan 28, 2017 at 2:18 PM

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  • We're not sure what Huffman looked like while Facebooking, but we like to imagine it was something like this.
Though still in its infancy, the presidency of Donald J. Trump has turned North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman’s Facebook page into straight fire.

The Huff, who is entering his third congressional term riding high after taking 76 percent of the vote in November, has unleashed a scathing post daily since Thursday.

First, Huffman shared an op-ed in the Washington Post written by one of the lawyers representing a liberal nonprofit that recently brought suit against Trump, alleging he is in violation of the emolument clause in the U.S. Constitution, which bars federal elected officials from taking gifts or payments from foreign governments. In his post, Huffman, a lawyer himself, says the suit could “shed light on what seems like an obvious constitutional violation by Pres. Trump. But regardless of litigation, Congress must use its oversight authority to get to the bottom of this — and disclosure of Trump’s tax returns is essential to that.”

“Mr. Trump is hiding something that could be grounds for impeachment,” Huffman continued. “Congress must not let him get away with it.”

The linked op-ed is an interesting read for its history lesson alone. For his part, Trump said the emolument lawsuit is "without merit."

Then, Friday morning, Huffman again took to Facebook to vent on “Trump’s latest whopper,” linking to a bizarre story about a German golfer and the president's unfounded claim that millions of fraudulently cast ballots cost him the popular vote. Huff says Trump’s illegal vote allegations — and I’m pretty sure these are both legal terms — are based “entirely on hearsay and hooey.”

“POTUS saying something this fantastical, and then hinting at a ‘major investigation’ on the subject, can only mean: 1) he’s once again trying to distract the press and the public; or 2) he’s getting ready to launch a major voter suppression initiative with Suppressor-in-Chief Jeff Sessions and will use this as a pretext. Either way, it’s shameful.”

Sessions, of course, is Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Justice Department as the nation’s next attorney general, and a man whose nomination for a federal judgeship in 1986 was torpedoed by allegations of racism and voter suppression, which caused the Senate Judiciary Committee — then chaired by Strom Thurmond — to reject his nomination.

On Friday evening, Huffman again took aim at the president, saying his "cynical sabotaging of insurance coverage for real people, under current law, is not OK," and urging folks to spread the word that Covered California — the state's health insurance exchange under Obamacare — has an open enrollment period that runs through the end of today.

That's a lot of fire for one week, but the Huff wasn't done, as he weighed in this morning, lamenting that "it seems each day brings a new outrageous executive order from Pres. Trump" and reassuring his constituents that he will be doing all he can to oppose "many of these overreaching, arbitrary and probably unconstitutional actions," specifically noting Trump's order barring the admission of refugees and immigrants from some Muslim countries into the United States.

"If these actions can be stopped in Congress, I'll fight to do that," Huffman continued. "If they can be stopped in the courts, I'll support and even join litigation to do that."

While the merits of Trump's first week on the job are certainly up for debate, there's no question it has made one North Coast congressman's Facebook page a more dynamic read.
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Friday, January 27, 2017

What to Read on Holocaust Memorial Day

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 4:43 PM

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  • Concentration camp, Munich, Germany.

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, an opportunity for citizens of the world to stop and reflect on what the National Holocaust Museum describes as "the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of 6 million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators." It's a time to remember the devastating consequences of allowing xenophobia, scapegoating, religious, racial and ethnic persecution, homophobia and prejudice against the disabled to take root in government and civil society.

And since the Nazis were so fond of burning books, it's also a good time to pick one up. Our local booksellers and the Humboldt County Library have volunteered their recommendations for learning more about the Holocaust. Read and remember.

From Eureka Books: Chasing Portraits: A Great Granddaughter's Quest for Her Lost Art Legacy by Elizabeth Rynecki ($28). An inspiring story of rigorous research and discovery as Rynecki regains pieces of her family's cultural heritage that were displaced during WWII.

From Tin Can Mailman: Maus by Spiegelman ($8.50). It's a graphic novel story of a cartoonist telling the story of his father who was a Holocaust survivor.

From Booklegger: Night, by Elie Wiesel ($5). An account of the author's time in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration capmps — a must-read from the era, and a beautiful and devastating literary accomplishment.

From Rain All Day Books: Shalom, Salaam, Peace: Reflections on Interfaith Peacemaking by Reverend Allison Stokes ($4). From the jacket: "Her comparisons of the Abrahamic faiths serve to move us from ignorance to understanding and from fear to respect."

From Blake's Books: The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman ($15.95). The story of how the keepers at the Warsaw Zoo saved more than 300 people from the Nazis.

From Northtown Books: Not to Hate But to Love, That is What I Am Here For by Heinrich F. Liebrecht  ($19.99). A memoir of a Holocaust survivor's path to reconciliation, translated by Ursula Osborne, a friend of Liebrecht's and an Arcata resident.

And from the Humboldt County Library: Star of Fear, Star of Hope by Jo Hoestlandt with illustrations by Johanna Kang, translated from the French by Mark Polizzotti. It tells the story of Helen and her best friend Lydia who are separated due to mass arrests and relocations of France’s Jewish population. It’s an excellent starting point for discussing the Holocaust with younger school-aged children grades 2 through 5.
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Scenes from the D.C. Women's March

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 1:45 PM

The Women's March on Washington D.C. was huge. - R. ARROYO
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  • The Women's March on Washington D.C. was huge.
Local photographer R. Arroyo was in Washington D.C. last Saturday, Jan. 21, when Women's March protesters filled the streets with signs, songs and pink "pussy ear" hats to voice their opposition to newly inaugurated President Donald Trump. The crowd (because crowd size is evidently everything) has been estimated at 470,000 people, according to the New York Times. On the same day, Eureka held a "sister" Women's March with some 5,000 attendees according to the Eureka Police Department.

Flip through the slideshow below for a look at what it was like in the historic throng in the nation's capital. You can also find an account of three generations of Humboldt women marching in D.C. here.

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Women's March on Washington, D.C.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Redwood National Park Joins Twitter Rebellion

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2017 at 4:12 PM

One day after Tweets with references to climate change were deleted from the Badlands National Park account, the Associated Press reports national parks across the country are sending out messages of their own.

Because that's where we are now.

Humboldt County’s own Redwood National Park appears to have joined the growing rebellion against Trump administration restrictions on government employee communications with the media today with this Tweet: “DYK redwood groves are #1 carbon sink / acre in nature? About 200 tons an acre. More redwoods would mean less #climatechange #climate”

According to the Associated Press, the Golden Gate National Park talked about the record setting temperatures in 2016, sending followers to “a report by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, also known as NOAA.”

President Trump has questioned climate change and called it a "hoax." A park service spokesperson said the Badland Tweets were deleted because an unauthorized person posted them.

This comes as Doug Ericksen, the spokesman for the Environmental Protection Agency transition team, told news organizations that agency scientists would likely have to have their work reviewed on a "case by case basis before it can be disseminated,” according to a NPR report.

Death Valley National Park, in turn, tweeted photos of Japanese Americans interned at a camp there during World War II, according to the AP article, as reports circulated about the possible “resumption of banned
interrogation methods and reopening CIA-run ‘black site’ prisons outside the United States.”

Meanwhile a series of “rogue” Twitter accounts are popping up from Rogue NASA to BadHombreLands NPS.

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