The Politics of Water

The Politics of Water

Chesbro's 'no' vote underscores changes coming in January

(August 21, 2014) It was one of those few feel-good moments of unity in Sacramento. After months of wrangling, and with a deadline looming, the Legislature had just combined to vote 114-2 in...

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Ground Breaking

Lisa Rossbacher takes over as Humboldt State's new president

(August 21, 2014) Lisa Rossbacher hiked all around campus on her first day on the job, July 14, as Humboldt State University's new president, meeting the people who keep the place humming —...

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Cannabis Quagmire

(August 21, 2014) Nearly two decades after California voters passed a landmark medical marijuana law, there remains no statewide regulatory framework to govern what has now become a $1.8 billion industry. In each...

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Why local governments are broke and coming after your money

(August 14, 2014) Fortuna Mayor Doug Strehl hates taxes. So does Humboldt County Board of Supervisors Chair Rex Bohn. Strehl's worked on Fortuna's Main Street since he was 15 years old and has...

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Will Not Comply

The sheriff and the grand jury disagree on jail releases

(August 14, 2014) Sheriff Mike Downey says the jail will continue to release inmates during late night and early morning hours, despite a recent recommendation from the Humboldt County grand jury to halt...

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Fire in the Hills

Images from CalFire's battle to contain the Lodge Complex Fire

(August 14, 2014) Usually a popular locale for summer revelers soaking up the music festival scene, Black Oak Ranch north of Laytonville more closely resembles a wartime outpost these days. That's because the...

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Stoned Love

(August 14, 2014) There were no code words, no shiftiness, no subterfuge, no apologies. I have to give him credit: He was honest from the start. He liked me, I liked him, and...

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Un-entered Forest

Accord nears among tree-sitters, timber company and environmentalists on the Mattole

(August 7, 2014) Last week, forest activists partially peeled back a barricade, which has been blocking Humboldt Redwood Co.'s main road into its 8,000-acre Mattole watershed timber holdings since early July, to let...

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Houses of Cards

The Magic scene gets crowded in Myrtletown

(August 7, 2014) The fantasy worlds of modern fiction are cruel places, made up of vying factions, of loyalties forged, bent and destroyed, of cutthroat competition and nailbiting peril. The voyeurs that would...

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High Times

(August 7, 2014) The New York Times sounded like the voice of reason last week with a detailed and convincing six-part editorial series calling for the federal government to legalize marijuana. Repealing the...

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Interview with a Ganjier

(July 31, 2014) Wind your way just north of Garberville, through the narrow driveway behind the Renner gas station and, if you can find a place to park, you're in OG Kush heaven....

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in our blogs...

SECOND UPDATE:Trinity Will Get More Water; Suit Filed

(August 26, 2014) SECOND UPDATE: On Monday, Aug. 25, around 5 p.m., the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority filed for a temporary restraining order in Fresno Superior Court to stop the increased flows. Dan...

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Eureka Serviceman Dies in Afghanistan

(August 26, 2014) Flags will fly at half mast this week in honor of a Eureka man who died while serving in the Army in Afghanistan last week.  Sgt. Christopher W. Mulalley, 26,...

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Wait a Second... Sunset Magazine's Dubious Geography

(August 24, 2014) If you saw Tuesday’s edition of the Times-Standard, you couldn’t have missed the splashy, above-the-fold cover feature about Sunset Magazine's most recent issue featuring Humboldt County on it’s own cover. The...

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