The current drought in California has prompted a streamlined approval process for installation of storage tanks by landowners in several regions of the state, including Del Norte, Humboldt, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity counties. According to a press release from the Calif. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, "...CDFW has essentially 'pre-approved' the installation of storage tanks that meet the general criteria. The State Water Board has agreed to incorporate these criteria as conditions of approval, and to expedite the issuance of the registrations."
The press release applauded local conservation efforts saying, "Today’s action was the direct result of suggestions made by local communities and fish conservation organizations such as Trout Unlimited, Mattole River Sanctuary Forest and the Salmonid Restoration Federation."
This streamlined approval process is limited to parties that are diverting and storing water to be used only for domestic purposes and fire protection. Further requirements include: tank design (must be rigid type, as opposed to collapsible type); storage tank(s) capacity must be at least that which would constitute a 60-day supply; and agreement by the applicant to use the stored water as a substitute for withdrawing additional water during the summer when flows are lowest. Click here to view the complete press release.
The State Water Resources Control Board has set up a website explaining the new Small Domestic Registration Process-click here connect to that site.
Click here to download the Dept. of Calif. Fish and Wildlife conditions that apply to registrations that meet the criteria for Emergency Tank Storage Registrations.
On March 14, 2014, KMUD News Director, Terri Klemetson, interviewed Dana Stolzman, Executive Director of the Salmonid Restoration Federation for more information about this new change in water storage requirements. The audio from this interview can be heard using the player below.
Use the player below to hear Jane Arnold from the Dept. of Fish & wildlife as she clarifies some of the new tank storage policy changes. Ms. Arnold was a guest on the Thurs. March 18, edition of the KMUD Environment Show hosted by Scott Greacen, Executive Director of Friends of the Eel River.
A public memorial service for Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino (shown in the photo), will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 beginning at 10:00 AM at the Cotton Auditorium located at 500 North Harold Street in Fort Bragg, California. Deputy Del Fiorentino was shot and killed last Wed., March 19 by a kidnapping suspect later identified as 42-year-old Ricardo Anthony Chaney from Oregon. Links to more information and the full press release appear below.
- KMUD News audio on SoundCloud
- Huffington Post Story
- San Francisco Gate article
- Press Democrat article
MCSO press release:
The public memorial service for fallen Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino will be held on Wednesday March 26, 2014 beginning at 10:00 AM at the Cotton Auditorium located at 500 North Harold Street in Fort Bragg, California. A reception will immediately follow the memorial service at the Fort Bragg Middle School located adjacent to the Cotton Auditorium.
Law Enforcement agencies wishing to participate in a marked patrol vehicle procession are asked to arrive at the Redwood Empire Fair & Event Center (1055 North State Street Ukiah, Ca) on Wednesday March 26, 2014 at 6:00 AM. The procession will depart at 7:00 AM and will travel approximately 60 miles along the routes of Highway 101, Highway 20 and Highway 1 before reaching the Georgia Pacific Mill Site (100 West Cypress Street) in Fort Bragg, California. This procession will utilize the Nalemars radio frequency for communications.
A secondary Law Enforcement procession will depart the Georgia Pacific Mill Site to travel to the Cotton Auditorium after the first procession arrives at the mill site. The Georgia Pacific Mill Site has been established as the main parking area for the memorial service and buses will be at the location to shuttle attendees to/from the Cotton Auditorium. Parking near the Cotton Auditorium will be reserved for family, law enforcement and special guests. Carpooling to the memorial service is highly recommended. The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office will be attempting to establish a video broadcast of the memorial service accessible via the internet for those who areunable to attend.
Anyone wishing to make monetary donations to the Ricky Del Fiorentino Memorial Fund can do so by contacting or visiting any of the Savings Bank of Mendocino County locations or by mail to PO Box 3600 Ukiah, Ca 95482 (707-462-6613).
Deputy Del Fiorentio is survived by his wife, children (ages 21, 19, 18, 6), step-son (age 29), grandson (age 5 months), step-grandchildren (ages 6, 3), parents and siblings.
Earlier this month 58 year old McKinleyville pastor and College of the Redwoods assistant professor, Sharon Latour, (shown in the photo), let it be known that she would be on the June 3 ballot running for 5th district Humboldt County Supervisor. The official Latour campaign launch took place on the steps of the Humboldt County Courthouse Thurs., March 21 where she threw down the gauntlet as she spoke about the current Board of Supervisors majority, including incumbent Ryan Sundberg, her opponent in this race.
Criticizing the BOS majority's mishandling of the General Plan Update process, Latour stated that, "Where there was a plan and a roadmap for our futures now there's only a mess." and went on to say that this process has cost the public time and money and eroded the public trust. Hear more about this event using the KMUD SoundCloud player below. To connect with the Sharon Latour campaign for Humboldt County Supervisor click here.
KMUD Correspondent, Daniel Mintz, covered the Latour campaign launch and submitted the report below, which aired on KMUD Local News on Thurs., March 20, 2014.
Drought in California and looming state legalization of marijuana brought relevancy to the "Environmental Cannabis Forum" held Sat., March 8, 2014 at the Mateel Community Center in Redway. About 30 people attended the event, which was organized by Attorney Kathleen Bryson and featured six speakers. The speakers included Tim Blake, founder of the Emerald Cup; Tony Silvaggio, Environmental Sociologist at Humboldt State University; Gary Graham Hughes, Director of Environmental Protection and Information Center (EPIC); Paul Hagen, Environmental Attorney and former Mendocino County Environmental Prosecutor; Scott Greacen, Executive Director of Friends of the Eel River; and Kym Kemp, Humboldt County reporter specializing in marijuana issues - writes for Lost Coast Outpost and the blog Redheaded Blackbelt.
KMUD News Correspondent, Kerry Reynolds, covered the event and provided the full audio which can be heard using the players below. Reynolds does a weekly "Cannabis Report" that airs on the Fri. edition of KMUD Local News. Forum Photo below provided by Julia Minton.
In the audio below, Forum Organizer, Kathleen Bryson introduces the forum and each panelist introduces themselves.
Remarks from Tim Blake, founder of the Emerald Cup
Humboldt State University Environmental Sociologist, Tony Silvaggio, presents a slideshow, titled "The Ecology, Culture and Economy of Marijuana Agriculture in the Emerald Triangle" with conclusions based on hundreds of interviews with law enforcement, growers, and others.
A brief Q&A is followed by a presentation by Gary Graham Hughes, Executive Director of EPIC (Environmental Protection and Information Center).
Speaker Paul Hagen, Environmental Attorney and former Mendocino County Environmental Prosecutor:
Presentations by Scott Greacen, Executive Director of Friends of the Eel River; and Kym Kemp, Humboldt County Reporter specializing in marijuana issues:
Sheila Franks (shown in the photos), known to live in both Rio Dell and Loleta, was reported as missing last week by a family member. Sheila was last seen in Eureka on Jan. 11, 2014. Sheila Franks is described as: White female, 37 years old, strawberry blond hair, blue eyes, 5’5” tall and approximately 120 lbs. Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office press release appears below.
HCSO press release, dated March 17, 2014:
On 3-13-2014, at approximately 7:30 p.m., the Fortuna Police Department forwarded a missing person report to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The missing person is Sheila Franks, 37 years old known to live in Rio Dell and Loleta. Her mother called to report her missing, because her family had not heard from Sheila in the last month and a half. Sheila has been very consistent with communicating with her son, which has not occurred for over a month and is very out of character for Sheila. Shelia was last seen in Eureka on 01-11-14.
Sheila Franks is described as: White female, 37 years old, strawberry blond hair, blue eyes, 5’5” tall and approximately 120 lbs.
Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.
Another photo of Sheila Franks:
According to KMUD News, US Marshalls were canvassing Southern Humboldt today looking for Dinette Eugene Patterson (shown in the photo). Patterson is wanted for allegedly stabbing and murdering Charles Jordan in Sacramento.
Patterson is described as a black male adult, 5-feet 11-inches tall, weighing 195 pounds. If you have information about this suspect, please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text at 408-355-0999, or call local law enforcement. Tune in to the KMUD Local news tonight (Fri., March 14, 2014) to hear more on this story
Foul play is suspected in the disappearance of Robert Joseph Tennison, age 42.Tennison (shown in the photo) was reported missing on March 19, 2009 and was last seen in the Rancho Sequoia area of Alderpoint. Law enforcement is treating Tennison's disappearance as a possible homicide and served a search warrant on a residence and parcel of property located in the 1000 block of Rancho Sequoia Road. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is requesting that anyone having information on Tennison’s disappearance please contact, Detective Sam Williams at 707-268-3645 or the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251. The full Humboldt County Sheriff's Office press release appears below.
To get more information about this case, KMUD News Director Terri Klemetson interviewed Lt. Wayne Hanson from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. Use the KMUD News SoundCloud player below to hear the interview, which aired on the KMUD Local News on Thurs., March 13, 2014.
HCSO Press Release, dated March 13, 2014:
On 03-12-2014 at about 0900 hours the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the State of California Department of Justice served a search warrant on a residence and parcel of property located in the 1000 block of Rancho Sequoia Road, Alderpoint. The search warrant was related to the disappearance of Robert Joseph Tennison age 42, who was reported as a missing person on 03-19-2009 to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office considers the disappearance of Tennison as suspicious and are concerned that Tennison may be the victim of foul play. The search warrant was served on the property in Rancho Sequoia after new information was received in the investigation.
Several items of evidence where seized by the Department of Justice to be tested a later date for any forensic clues related to Tennison’s disappearance.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is requesting that if anyone has information on the Tennison’s disappearance to please contact, Detective Sam Williams at 707-268-3645 or the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251.
A 6.9 magnitude earthquake, centered in the ocean approximately 51 miles off the coast of Eureka CA, occurred on Sunday March 9, 2014 at around 10:18 PM Pacific Daylight Time. The initial quake was followed by around 10 aftershocks which ranged from 2.7- to 4.6-magnitude. According to early reports there was no major damage or injuries. Hear more tonight on the KMUD Local News.
The embedded You Tube video below ( uploaded by RIDAK LUDBA) discusses the earthquake and gives additional earthquake reports:
Excitement was generated on Friday, March 7, when former Eureka City Council Member, Chris Kerrigan, announced his campaign to challenge incumbent, Virginia Bass, for the Humboldt County Board of Supervisor's (BOS) seat. A press release from the Kerrigan campaign said, "As a two term Eureka City Councilmember (2000-2008), Kerrigan focused on economic development, public safety and creating a livable, walkable community. Now he plans to bring these values to the Board of Supervisors."
Many county residents have expressed disappointment and cynicism in the directions taken by the BOS since the last election, viewing the Board as being dominated by special interest agendas. Until Kerrigan entered the race there had been no challenges to the two incumbent Supervisors, Virginia Bass and Ryan Sundberg. Although time is short between now and Election Day on June 3, Kerrigan made his intentions clear on his Facebook page saying, "Four years ago Virginia Bass ran for this office on the position of passing the general plan. Due to her actions on the Board of Supervisors we’re further away today than we were 4 years ago. Today, I filed my papers to run for the Fourth District seat. I intend to spend the next 90 days talking to people about tangible solutions to move Humboldt forward."
KMUD News Correspondent, Daniel Mintz, attended Kerrigan's campaign announcement on Friday and aired the report below on the KMUD Local News Friday March 7, 2014.
"Eureka currently has one of the highest per-capita property crime rates in California for a city our size", according to a recent Eureka Police Department press release. The release further states that, "Experience shows that when people commit property crimes, they continue to offend until apprehended." To reach out to the community for help in locating "property crime" suspects the EPD has published "Eureka's Most Wanted" poster as appears below.
Anyone encountering the listed subjects should not attempt to contact or apprehend them, but rather call the Eureka Police Department immediately at (707) 441-4044 or (707) 441-4060.