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Re: “Redwood Pride Starts Over in Arcata

Excellent work Jennifer. As a parent, bi, and alli. I am thankful for the story.
I was happy to see at least two churches representing openness there.
Really want our community to stand together, especially at these troubling times

Posted by Ruby Reed on 09/24/2017 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Is This the Direction Agriculture is Going in Humboldt County?

Is it just me, or does this cartoon miss something? Tell me that young hippie couple weren't trying to pay the mortgage on their land selling corn and carrots?

Posted by HONEST ANSWER1 on 09/24/2017 at 6:02 PM

Re: “TL;DR: Five Reasons NOT to Try This at Home

And yet druggies, stoners and dope advocates can only extol virtues of this magnificent and peaceful industry where nary a criminal is know to be involved. It's time neighbors outed neighbors and criminals were driven into the sea.

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Posted by Johannes Lorenz on 09/24/2017 at 12:44 PM

Re: “UPDATED: Another Assault on Jail Staff

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Posted by Ali lizzy on 09/24/2017 at 4:46 AM

Re: “Enabling or a Lifeline?

In my opinion it is not a bad idea. No, it won't cure anybody, but it will in effect warehouse them and keep their bad habits off the street at least for a percentage of the day. By their choices they have taken themselves out of our productive society, so the next best thing is to put them somewhere where they can't hurt themselves or others. I know that sounds heartless, and I do have sympathy for folks addicted to drugs, and I wish them well. Keeping them safe and away from vulnerable members of our society is a bad solution to a worse problem. At least with clean needles and surroundings they will be less likely to act as a reservoir for diseases.

Posted by Anthony Westkamper on 09/24/2017 at 12:06 AM

Re: “Judge Allows Public Defender Lawsuit to Proceed Amid Attorney Exodus

Doctors and lawyers with the ability to leave have done so. Many who remain don't have the same mobility. This current BOS overall doesn't seem to get it or doesn't care. Time for change.

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Posted by Caring for Humboldt on 09/22/2017 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Enabling or a Lifeline?

Portugal is held up as the gold standard for "decriminalizing" drugs and not "judging" the addict. Their programs has some success due to wrap-around services and is mandatory. Drug dealing is still illegal and dealt with harshly. Other EU countries tried to emulate the program. With the 2008 recession, their budgets were slashed for the addicts in program and caused overdoses, increased crime, and increased disease transmission, increased homelessness. Can you see us having an Injections Site AND wrap-around services? I don't believe there will be funding for both. Why not use any proposed funding and increase needed detox/rehab facilities and sober living environments along with all the needed physical/mental health and social services. The way I see it, Injections Sites are prolonging the suffering and misery of the addict with the usual end result of death. Which would be more compassionate?…

The four pillar approach only works when each pillar is properly funded. Prevention reduces the flow of people into addiction. Treatment reduces the number of addicts including those living in the DTES. Policing keeps a lid on the open drug dealing and the affects of the associated problems on the community. Only after these three pillars are properly funded can we afford to spend money on Harm Reduction initiatives that do not encourage abstinence. Putting HR first is like running up debt on your credit card and never paying more than your minimum payments.…

A Critical Evaluation of the Effects of Safe Injection Facilities
Garth Davies, Simon Fraser University

Conclusion: Taking Causality Seriously
On the subject of the effects of SIFs, the available research is overwhelmingly positive. Evidence can be found in support of SIFs achieving each of the goals listed at the beginning of the evaluation. In terms of our level of confidence in these studies,the assessment offered here is far less sanguine. In truth,none of the impacts attributed to SIFs can be unambiguously verified. As a result of the methodological and analytical problems identified above, all claims remain open to question.…

Vancouver's INSITE service and other Supervised injection sites: What has been learned from research?

Final report of the Expert Advisory Committee…

"At the Vancouver site, the manager said since opening in 2003, the overdose death rate in the area around the clinic has dropped 35 percent. But the clinic also estimates 15 to 20 percent of people using the site come from other parts of the country specifically for it."…
"Although research appears to bear that out, many of the studies that attest to Insites success are small and limited to the years after the center opened. For instance, a 2011 study published in the journal The Lancet found a 35 percent reduction in overdose deaths in the blocks surrounding Insite, versus 9 percent in the rest of Vancouver.

But that often-cited study looked only at the period two years before and two years after the center opened, not the ensuing decade."…

"Although Insite is paired with a drug-treatment center, called Onsite, Berner and other critics point out that completion rates are low. Of the 6,500 people who visited Insite last year, 464 were referred to Onsites detox center. Of those, 252 finished treatment."

The Vancouver Insite was placed in a crime-ridden, drug-ridden, low-income neighborhood. It only got worse.…
"Although the Insite center is a model, the Vancouver neighborhood surrounding it is nothing to emulate, advocates acknowledged.

If I came from a city like Seattle and I went to that Insite place, it would scare the hell out of me, Kral said. I would think, Are we going to create one of those?"…
Vancouvers gulag: Canadas poorest neighbourhood refuses to get better despite $1M a day in social spending

What do you think would happen if this was placed in a middle-class neighborhood, or, ANY neighborhood?………
Brian Hutchinson: Finding used drug needles in public spaces has become the new normal for Vancouver…

"Ten years later, despite any lofty claims, for most addicts, InSite's just another place to get high."

The 100% positive studies on Vancouver's Insite (Safe Injection Facility) was done "Early last decade, Montaner and Kerr lobbied for an injection site. In 2003, the Chretien Liberals acquiesced, gave the greenlight to B.C.'s Ministry of Health, which, through Vancouver Coastal Health, gave nearly $1.5 million to the BC Centre (that's Montaner and Kerr, you remember them) to evaluate a three-year injection site trial in Vancouver.

I asked him about the potential conflict of interest (lobbyists conducting research) and he ended the interview with a warning. "If you took that one step further you'd be accusing me of scientific misconduct, which I would take great offense to. And any allegation of that has been generally met with a letter from my lawyer."

Was I being unfair? InSite is a radical experiment, new to North America and paid for by taxpayers. Kerr and company are obligated to explain their methods and defend their philosophy without issuing veiled threats of legal action."

In the media, Kerr frequently mentions the "peer review" status of his studies, implying that studies published in medical journals are unassailable. Rubbish. Journals often publish controversial studies to attract readers -- publication does not necessarily equal endorsement. The InSite study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a favourite reference of InSite champions, appeared as a "letter to the editor" sandwiched between a letter about "crush injuries" in earthquakes and another on celiac disease."

Really? What kind of "science" produces dozens of studies, within the realm of public health, a notoriously volatile research field, with positive outcomes 100 per cent of the time? Those results should raise the eyebrows of any first-year stats student."

And who's more likely to be swayed by personal bias? InSite opponents, questioning government-sanctioned hard drug abuse? Or Montaner, Kerr and their handful of acolytes who've staked their careers on InSite's survival? From 2003 to 2011, the BC Centre received $2,610,000 from B.C. taxpayers to "study" InSite. How much money have InSite critics received?"

There has never been an independent analysis of InSite, yet, if you base your knowledge on Vancouver media reports, the case is closed. InSite is a success and should be copied nationwide for the benefit of humanity. Tangential links to declining overdose rates are swallowed whole. Kerr's claims of reduced "public disorder" in the neighbourhood go unchallenged, despite other mitigating factors such as police activity and community initiative. Journalists note Onsite, the so-called "treatment program" above the injection site, ignoring Onsite's reputation among neighbourhood residents as a spit-shined flophouse of momentary sobriety."…

Reducing the Transmission of Blood-Borne Viral Infections & Other Injection Related Infections

"Self-reports from users of the INSITE service and from users of SIS services in other countries indicate that needle sharing decreases with increased use of SISs. Mathematical modeling, based on assumptions about baseline rates of needle sharing, the risks of HIV transmission and other variables, generated very wide ranging estimates for the number of HIV cases that might have been prevented. The EAC were not convinced that these assumptions were entirely valid.
SISs do not typically have the capacity to accommodate all, or even most injections that might otherwise take place in public. Several limitations to existing research were identified including:
Caution should be exercised in using mathematical modelling for assessing cost benefit/effectiveness of INSITE, given that:
There was limited local data available regarding baseline frequency of injection, frequency of needle sharing and other key variables used in the analysis;
While some longitudinal studies have been conducted, the results have yet to be published and may never be published given the overlapping design of the cohorts;
No studies have compared INSITE with other methods that might be used to increase referrals to detoxification and treatment services, such as outreach, enhanced needle exchange service, or drug treatment courts.
Some user characteristics relevant to understanding their needs and monitoring change have not been reported including details of baseline treatment histories, frequency of injection and frequency of needle sharing.
User characteristics and reported changes in injection practices are based on self-reports and have not been validated in other ways. More objective evidence of sustained changes in risk behaviours and a comparison or control group study would be needed to confidently state that INSITE and SISs have a significant impact on needle sharing and other risk behaviours outside of the site where the vast majority of drug injections still take place."

"It has been estimated that injection drug users inject an average six injections a day of cocaine and four injections a day of heroin. The street costs of this use are estimated at around $100 a day or $35,000 a year. Few injection drug users have sufficient income to pay for the habit out through employment. Some, mainly females get this money through prostitution and others through theft, break-ins and auto theft. If the theft is of property rather than cash, it is estimated that they must steal close to $350,000 in property a year to get $35,000 cash. Still others get the money they need by selling drugs."…

"In addition, the federal governments Advisory Committee on Drug Injection Sites report only five per cent of drug addicts use the injection site, three per cent were referred for treatment and there was no indication the crime rate has decreased, as well as no indication of a decrease in AIDS and hepatitis C since the injection site was opened."…
Massive Price Hike for Lifesaving Opioid Overdose Antidote

Suddenly in demand, naloxone injector goes from $690 to $4,500

Should we follow the money? Who would be profiting bigly from the increased use of naloxone?…

"Setting up free injection sites to deal with the recent spate of drug overdoses does not address the root of the opioid problem, says Ted Brown, executive director of Bramptons Regeneration Outreach Community.

Instead, Queens Park and other tiers of governments should consider investing resources and dollars toward rehabilitation programs to help those dealing with addiction and mental health issues, said Brown. "…
Supervised injection sitesa view from law enforcement

Jamie Graham, former chief of Vancouver Police has outlined the successful model of dealing with an epidemic: Support, mandatory treatment, abstinence, and counseling as all part of the solution. My recover(ed)(ing) addict friends say they would agree.…
Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse but the rest of the world isnt listening

In Iceland, teenage smoking, drinking and drug use have been radically cut in the past 20 years. Emma Young finds out how they did it, and why other countries wont follow suit.…

"The current campaign reports significant reductions in drug overdoses, yet the Government of British Columbia Selected Vital Statistics and Health Status Indicators show that the number of deaths from drug overdose in Vancouvers Downtown Eastside has increased each year (with one exception) since the site opened in 2003."…

Pigeon nest of needles highlights Vancouver's drug problem

Some graphs about how overdoses in Vancouver, BC have increased:…

One more:…

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Posted by don honda on 09/21/2017 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Rio Dell's Hash Lab Murder Case

Solid story, Thadeus. After reading a story elsewhere, I was wondering how the process worked, so I Googled it and found a link to this story. You explained it well, and your explanation of the law was excellent. Another fine example of writing.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 09/21/2017 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Grow Local, Grow Natives

I'd like to know more about indigenous foods and how to begin "bringing them back". Don't have a lot of time for research. Can you help by providing me, first, with a list of maybe 10 foods? Thanks!

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Posted by wimsicle on 09/21/2017 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Enabling or a Lifeline?

Kim Bergel rocks

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Posted by Maureen Chase on 09/21/2017 at 8:05 AM

Re: “Local Law Enforcement Leaders Promise to Protect Immigrants

Local governments and law enforcement agencies that shun involvement in immigration law enforcement are missing an opportunity to protect their communities from criminal immigrant gang activity. Policymakers should take further steps to institutionalize partnerships between state and local law enforcement agencies and ICE in order to address gang and other crime problems with a connection to immigration. Thank you for sharing your article about Local Law Enforcement Leaders Promise to Protect Immigrants. If You interested to know more information please visit

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Posted by Deanna Friel on 09/21/2017 at 5:43 AM

Re: “Court Cracks Down on Skipping Jury Duty

I have done my time but my 81 year old relative is just unable to serve. He can't hear and he was diagnosed with cognitive decline, borderline dementia, but there is no way to remove his name from the list permanently. Having to go to the doctor to have him/her sign off on the form is just ridiculous! Also, he looses his mail so by the time I discover it I usually have to bring him down to the courthouse and talk about all his deficits. This is very upsetting for him. There has to be a better way!! With that said, if you're of sound mind get yourself down to the courthouse when it's your turn to serve!

Posted by jalago52 on 09/21/2017 at 1:08 AM

Re: “The Painting on the Wall

I drove by this atrocity today...who in their right mind thinks this is appealing?

Posted by Chris Stone on 09/20/2017 at 8:08 PM

Re: “CalFrustrated

@chuy it's not the tax payers job to take care of you. If you can't afford to live your life then you need to start rethinking your life choices.

Posted by Rina Ri on 09/20/2017 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Poor Reggae on the River Attendance Leaves Mateel Community Center's Future in Question

Giant staff salaries? No audits? How much money is not accounted for? Where are the books? Time for the Grand Jury to look at this. Why are they reported to be not in compliance with state law, etc. These are obviously major problems. Also times change, musical tastes change and people go elsewhere. The Green Rush is ending and the economy will be changing as well.

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Posted by South Fork on 09/20/2017 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Officer Wounded, Suspect Killed in Arcata Plaza Shooting

WTH, my sons mom goes to this school. You would think that its a quiet town. You almost think its safer to be in a bigger city. These rual areas have weaker police, and therefore more S**T heads doing drugs losing their sanity.

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Posted by Wozer on 09/19/2017 at 10:52 PM

Re: “County Warns Employees Personal Info May Have Been Compromised

Before employment with the Department of Social Services I worked in the public sector as a customer service representative for State Farm, dental assistant and photographer at Sears. I can say that the county was by far my very best work experience. Automatic raises, vacation and sick leave, health insurance and pension. Not sure what Wolf Strom's problem was but not my experience. Having a pension has allowed me to have a good life after retirement and for me Humboldt County was a great employer and so glad I went that way....

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Posted by Dara Marty on 09/19/2017 at 8:07 AM

Re: “'Overlooked'

Having known Peter when I was editor of The Redwood Record in Garberville, and having followed him over the years, I can certainly attest to his being a true environmentalist. While we may not have always agreed on some issues, Peter has always had my respect. He is a steward and he certainly is not an ***hole. He's not responsible for all the bad apples who didn't care about the land. I also remember United Stand and all the meetings in Garberville. I also remember receiving a medallion for my coverage of land-use issues from United Stand. All they ever asked for was balanced coverage.

Always a thoughtful and kind person, Peter's experience and the issues he has expressed should certainly be considered by county officials, and I hope this column leads to some more reflection and, perhaps, analysis and action, because the last thing the county needs is more environmental degradation.

Lastly, the thought of generators and the eye and light pollution in Southern Humboldt are disconcerting. Very much so. These are variables that county regulations could be created or stiffened for, because the area's rural nature should be retained and light pollution and noise pollution should not be allowed to the extent that Peter has described, in my opinion.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 09/18/2017 at 7:45 PM

Re: “County Warns Employees Personal Info May Have Been Compromised

You don't know anything. You are an angry, unhappy person, probably because you weren't hired and have to blame everyone else. Couldn't be that the problem is with you. I feel sorry for you. The county is a good employer. There are bad people everywhere. The auditors office does have a lot of issues. But the county is trying to get to the bottom of this breach.

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Posted by Janine Robertson-Ross on 09/18/2017 at 7:31 PM

Re: “County Warns Employees Personal Info May Have Been Compromised

The County of Humboldt is corrupt to the core. Now they join Equifax in showing just how stupid petty bureaucrats can be. They discriminate in hiring so they have no problem giving away employee info too. Most of these employees got their jobs through friends or family so they can all sink together. Horrible employer.

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Posted by Wolf Storm on 09/18/2017 at 6:52 PM

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