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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!

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

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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: “Officer Wounded, Suspect Killed in Arcata Plaza Shooting

i like it

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Posted by Dora Dora on 09/20/2017 at 2:59 PM

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


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Posted by Dora Dora on 09/20/2017 at 2:58 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

Re: “Arcata Police, Witnesses Describe How a Fight Erupted into Gunfire

Thadeus, Your first paragraph is despicable and irresponsible journalism. You write the police narrative as if it is FACT. That is irresponsible.

Posted by Verbena on 09/18/2017 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Arcata Police, Witnesses Describe How a Fight Erupted into Gunfire

The story going around about Ervin Sweats, Jr. being killed by police on the Plaza must be questioned. Don't believe the police after they shoot and kill someone! Don't buy Thadeus Greenson's criminalizing description (of the dead person) that will never change, even if proven inaccurate.

Arcata police always have audio recorders. Where are their audio recordings from that night? I only mention this because it hasn't been mentioned here. The problem is: the Arcata police have control over the what happens to the recordings; the lawyers for the APD e.g., the wretched Nancy Delaney, have no problem DESTROYING evidence so no one else sees/hears it (see Ashbaucher et al vs. City of Arcata); and there are no defense attorneys for Ervin, because he is not alive to defend himself from the accusations against him, demanding the audio be preserved and made open to scrutiny.

Question the police narrative EVERY TIME.

Any time someone is murdered, you should question the story the killers give to justify it.
Especially when 1) their institution (here, the U.S. police) kills up to 3 people a day, EVERY DAY, 2) a black person is killed by police every 36 hours, 3) killer cops always criminalize the dead/murdered person who cannot speak or defend themselves from postmortem attack, and 4) even with video and audio showing murder by police, the in-justice system allows cops who kill and murder, who are unstable and violent, to walk free, and often, to keep their jobs carrying firearms, other weapons, and their badge of state power, manipulation, and intimidation.

Why are so many people in Humboldt ignorant as to the institutional racism and violence that pervades all police forces, yes, even Arcata cops. Arcata cops have an extra emphasized characteristic and habit - HEAVY PARANOIA OF BLACK PEOPLE AND A HABIT OF TELLING PEOPLE WHO HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG TO "GET DOWN."

This is the second young black person to be killed in Arcata in less than 6 months. The Arcata police made it impossible for David Josiah Lawson to be brought to the hospital and be medically treated for the brutal stabbing he received at a party. The APD also completely botched the investigation and did little to nothing to preserve the crime scene or witness statements, and allowed the main suspects to drive away without questioning. Now, the Arcata police have shot (unloading a whole clip?) and murdered Ervin Eugene Sweat Jr., a 26 year old black man. People in this area DON'T EVEN HEAR about Ervin because the media wants to focus on a cop who was shot in the leg, suffering no fatal injuries. On the other hand, the media makes little mention of and shows NO RESPECT for Ervin, who is DEAD and forever silenced due to Arcata police firing on him. The media only uses criminalizing words like "suspect killed" "had warrants." Come on folks, this is what police (and complicit media) do EVERY TIME. Cops are not really brave. They shoot quick, say they were afraid for their lives, and talk a bunch of shit about the victim after they murder them.

Ever heard of friendly fire? That's a term created by the GOVERNMENT for when they shoot one of their own (military or police). Police and governments hate to admit "friendly fire" so they blame someone else (learn about the MOVE 9). Here, did the cop get shot by one of his co-officers while he was trying to blow away a Ervin, a black man? The Arcata police and other agencies, under the same REMIF insurance and the same "blue wall of silence," are the investigators, so we will never even hear the question posed about friendly fire with regard to the officer's non-fatal injury.

What we DO KNOW is that a 26 year old person, Ervin Eugene Sweat Jr., is dead. Life stolen by police. RIP Ervin Eugene Sweat, Jr. Respect and sweetness to you and your ancestors.

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Posted by Verbena on 09/18/2017 at 1:18 PM

Re: “'Overlooked'

To Scott G:

Scott, your astonishing response to my article strikes me as a classic example of the misunderstanding on the part of certain environmentalists that has been a problem in the past, to which I referred briefly in the article. You say that "Real environmentalists can see right through your bullshit". Ill forbear to respond to the second part of that sentence (or the rest of your comments) but with regard to the first:

As a card-carrying Gemini Ive been an activist in several areas over the years, one of which is certainly environmentalism. Soon after we arrived here in 1971 we became aware that the only private parcel of old growth fir in our neighborhood was going to be logged. Two or three of us got together with the landowner and to his credit, he agreed not to log it (we made a strong case).

Then the BLM planned to log Gilham Butte, which had over three hundred acres of virgin old growth fir and was also a part of our neighborhood. A number of us put a substantial amount of effort into preventing that from happening, and we succeeded.

But a new Area Manager opened it up for logging again and we had to do it all over again. This time we ensured its safety by putting it into ACEC (Area of Critical Environmental Concern). For good measure we also created the Old Growth Reserve System within the BLM, through which we saved four more old growth forests in addition to Gilham Butte.

As a result of those activities I served a term as Vice Chair of the Ukiah BLM Citizens Advisory Committee, which term was cut short by the James Watt gang (Reagan's Secretary of the Interior) when they purged advisory committees all over the country of environmentalists. But before I left I got the Committee to approve a strongly worded statement regarding the need for the BLM to protect all the old growth within their jurisdiction.

I was fairly deeply involved in the Timber Wars. I was hauled off in irons (well, plastic) twice; of the roughly fourteen hundred arrestees in the Headwaters Forest demonstrations, I was one of seven who eventually went to trial, where I got considerable satisfaction from entering into the record a plea of "moral necessity".

Then I served on the Board of Directors of Ancient Forest International, which was started by another hippie hill dweller who happened to be a park ranger in Chile during the Pinochet regime (a tale or two there, youd best believe!). We played a significant role in saving a substantial amount of virgin Chilean alerce forest, as well as some magnificent araucaria. I spent several unforgettable days hiking in the Andes in connection with that effort.

So I think I qualify as an environmentalist. As do you; I know that you care deeply about the natural world and that youre as horrified as I am by the way weve treated it, and by the urgent necessity for protecting it. We're on the same team, Scott. Wouldnt it be better all around if we just recognized that fact and treated each other with the respect we deserve?

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Posted by PC on 09/18/2017 at 6:43 AM

Re: “'Overlooked'

Hi Peter, keep writing and sharing your kind-hearted thoughts. Helping communities come to agreement about how we live and work together is always a challenge. Kirk

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Posted by Kirk Gothier1 on 09/17/2017 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Shots, Shots, Shots

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