An item appeared on the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors Agenda for their April 16, 2013 meeting which will begin the process of vacating a portion of county owned property known as the Jim DeMulling Memorial Park in Garberville .

The agenda item and accompanying recommendation appeared as quoted below.

"Vacation of a Portion of Redwood Drive (C6B105) and Thomas Drive (6B150), also known as the Jim DeMulling Veterans Memorial Grove in Garberville."

"RECOMMENDATION: That the Board of Supervisors direct staff to prepare the necessary documents for the vacation of a portion of the unused right of way of Redwood Drive (C6B105) and Thomas Drive (6B150)."

Click here for a pdf version of a County document giving the details on the background and current situation involving the DeMulling Park area.

According to the document above removing the property, not used for public road purposes, will allow the county to manage the property for non-road related purposes, and could ultimately allow the county to, "lease, license, or sell the property."

The DeMulling Park area, at the Northern entrance to Garberville, has been, and is currently, used as a meeting place, resting area, and refuge for the Houseless, Homeless, Traveler (HHT) population in Southern Humboldt.  At times, however, it has also been the site of incidents of illegal activity and violence, making the continued use of the area by the HHT Community a point of controversy between various factions in the SoHum Community at large.

Use the player below to hear or download the audio of a report on this Board item, submitted by KMUD News Correspondent, Daniel Mintz. This piece was aired by News Director, Terri Klemetson, on the KMUD Local News Tues., April 16, 2013.

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In January, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency required new limitations on some of the most dangerous rat poisons to protect families but left loopholes that will still leave wildlife at risk.

The Center for Biological Diversity previously reported that recent research concludes that rat poisons have been implicated in deaths involving at least 25 different species of animals in California. And last February, the CBD submitted a formal notice of intent to sue the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to, "...protect the endangered San Joaquin kit fox, golden eagle, Pacific fisher and other wildlife from unintended poisonings from “super-toxic” rat poisons."

According to KMUD News,"Rat Poison disappeared off of some Southern Humboldt shelves this month...other stores continue to sell the second generation anti-coagulant."

More can be heard on this story using the player below. This report was submitted by KMUD News Correspondent, Travis Turner, and was aired by KMUD News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson on Mon., April 15, 2013.

Additional Resources:
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According to a the 2011 Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Humboldt Creamery in Fortuna made up 30% of the total toxic release in Humboldt County. The releases were in the form of nitrates as a by product of its milk manufacturing process.

According to Wikipedia, The Humboldt Creamery was established in 1929 as a local association of 152 dairy farms and, until 2009, creamery production was based on 50 small family dairies located in both Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. Wikipedia futher states that, "It was one of only two dairy operations in the United States to have 'free-farmed' certification, a designation related to the extraordinary quality of life attributed to cows who live in pastures."

After experiencing financial problems and a scandal following the resignation of CEO Rich Ghilarducci, bankruptcy was filed and the assets of the Humboldt Creamery were sold at auction on August 27, 2009 to Foster Farms Dairy. Click here to see the Northcoast Journal article on this story.  

Use the player below to hear a report on the toxic release, submitted by KMUD News Correspondent Dan Young. This piece was aired by KMUD News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson, on Friday, April 12, 2013.


Water is necessary for the existence of our species, as well as other life forms on our planet. An article in the Huffington Post, titled, "Water Wars? Here in the US?", uses the term "peak water" to describe the coming water crisis, while a post in Aljazeera.com, states that, "...almost half of humanity will face water scarcity by 2030."

Focusing on water issues in our local area, the third Annual Water Day was held at the Mateel Community Center in Redway on March 30, 2013. This all-day event was sponsored by the Eel River Recovery Project (ERRP) and co-sponsored by a dozen other environmental non-profits.

Kmud News recorded the event and is bringing highlights from the day's offerings of presentations and panels.

Use the player below to hear a report from Water Day, submitted by KMUD News Correspondent, Eric Black, and aired on the KMUD Local News on Mon., April 8, 2013. The piece includes information from a presentation by Tasha McKee (Sanctuary Forest) and ideas offered by Sungnome Madrone of the Mattole Salmon Group.

The player below hosts an audio report submitted by KMUD News Correspondent, Eileen Russell and includes highlights from a presentation on Algae Blooms in the Eel River by Keith Bouma-Gregson from the UC Berkeley, Mary Power Lab; Survey work done by the Eel River Recovery Project, presented by Pat Higgins ERRP Volunteer Coordinator; and  toxic algae monitoring discussed by Paul Domanchuk (ERRP Toxic Algae Team). The report was aired by KMUD News Director, Terri Klemetson, on Wed., April 3, 2013.

Photos below show (top to bottom) Tasha McKee doing her presentation; morning panel - (left to right) Sara Schremmer (HSU/SRF), Tasha Mckee (Sancutary Forest), Sungnome Madrone (Mattole Salmon Group), Larry Desmond (Mendocino Water Works), Andrew Orahoske (EPIC); Morning WDIII Audience.

April Cannabis Science Update:

A social work research study recently published in the International Journal of Drug Policy finds that children living in homes where marijuana is cultivated do not suffer from adverse health effects at any greater rate than do comparable children in cannabis-free environments.

Chronic cannabis consumers may test positive for trace, residual levels of THC in their blood, even after abstaining from cannabis use for several weeks. This is according to clinical trial data published in the journal of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry.


The National Institutes for Health and the National Institute for Drug Abuse - both US government agencies - are offering $2 million to researchers who want to study the negative impacts of marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington.  
A new study published online in Diabetes Care finds that chronic cannabis smoking can induce subtle metabolic changes that include increased visceral adiposity (also known as belly fat) and increased body fat insulin resistance. The study found no evidence, however, of an association between chronic cannabis smoking and more severe metabolic impairment.

And new research from Australia provides evidence that Adults who inhale cannabis report significantly better health outcomes than those who smoke tobacco, or a combination of both substances.

Use the player below to hear the April Edition of Cannabis Science Update.

Cannabis Science Update is a regular feature of the KMUD radio show, Cannabis Consciousness (1:30-3:00pm on the first Sun. of every month), and is written by Kerry Reynolds, read by Harold Day, and recorded by Dave Smith.


Missing - Genevieve Alexander described as approximately 5' 6", 115 pounds, 30 years of age, curly brown hair, possibly wearing eye glasses.

According to information from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, 30 year old Genevieve Alexander, shown in the photo above, has been missing since April 4, 2013, at around 3:30 pm. Ms. Alexander was last seen by family members at the Pomo Campground in Fort Bragg, and there was a confirmed sighting of her later at 4:00 pm at the Botanical Gardens in Fort Bragg.

Mendocino County Search and Rescue and the U.S. Coast Guard conducted a search along the coast with negative results.

If you have any information regarding Genevieve's whereabouts, please call the Sheriff's Office at (707) 463-4086.

A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center between March 13-17, among 1,501 adults, shows that for the first time in more than forty years of polling on the issue, a majority of Americans now favor legalizing the use of marijuana. The survey indicates that 52% say that the use of marijuana should be made legal, while 45% say it should not. This represents an increase of 11 percentage points in those favoring legalization since 2011. Young people between the ages of 18 and 32 polled the highest, with 65% in support, up from just 36% in 2008.

Additionally, within the Baby Boomer group (those born between 1946 and 1964), 50% now favor legalizing marijuana, among the highest percentages ever. In past studies, statistics have fluctuated in the Boomer group. For example, in 1978, 47% of Boomers favored legalizing marijuana, but support fell during the 1980s reaching a low of 17% in 1990. However, since 1994 the percentage of Boomers favoring marijuana legalization has  more than doubled, going from 24% to 50%.

For further survey details see: www.people-press.org/2013/04/04/majority-now-supports-legalizing-marijuana/

Ree21Confrontation escalated this morning, April 2, 2013, between those protesting the Caltrans Willits Bypass Project and California Highway Patrol Officers, the agency charged with safety and enforcement at the project site. Using CHP SWAT Officers trained in climbing techniques, the tree-sitter known as Warbler, who was also engaged in a hunger strike, was removed from high in the tree that she has occupied for over two months. Additional tree-sitters were extracted by the CHP team later in the day.

In response to today's removal of Willit's Bypass Project protestors, by the California Highway Patrol, California Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) issued a statement which can be read below.

Use the player below to hear details on this story in a piece aired on the KMUD Local News on Tues., April, 2, 2013 by KMUD News Director, Terri Klemetson.

For more information, photos and video see the Save Little Lake Valley web site: http://www.savelittlelakevalley.org

California State Senator Evans' Statement, dated April 2, 2013:

CHP was deployed to remove the protestors of the Willits Bypass Project just hours before I was set to meet with the director of Caltrans to have my questions answered.  According to some reports, protestors in trees were extracted by CHP using "rubber bullets", and that CHP officers significantly outnumbered protestors.

I am shocked and dismayed at what seems to be an excessive use of force on unarmed protestors.

Thus far, I feel Caltrans and CHP have been slow to respond to my questions and quick to act regarding the Bypass Project. 

It also was extremely disturbing to learn that the press was excluded from observing the removal of the protestors.

I had asked to be kept informed on a daily basis prior to any extraordinary action on this project as I represent the 1.3 million Californians living in the Second Senate District where this project is taking place.  Regretfully that did not happen today. 

I met today with Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty to express my dismay at today's events.  I have additionally requested an immediate meeting with CHP Commissioner Joseph Farrow. 

I urge everyone to remain calm and for protestors to remain peaceful in their opposition.


Photo below shows Warbler in her perch in March-Photo from Save Little Lake Valley Web Site.

Photo below provided by Jennifer Poole shows the remains of the Warbler tree-sit.


A study published this month in the Open Journal of Pediatrics indicated that just days after the meltdowns in the nuclear reactors at the Fukushima-Dai-ichi plant in Japan in March, 2011, Iodine-131 concentrations in US precipitation was measured up to 211 times above normal, and that the highest levels of I-131 were found in the five US pacific coastal states. The number of congenital hypothyroid cases in these five states from March 17-December 31, 2011 was found to be 16% greater than for the same period in 2010, compared to a 3% decline in 36 other US States. The authors' noted that In the Pacific/West Coast, the largest changes were in the California city of Eureka.

Joseph Mangan and Janette Sherman, the authors of the study, suggest that, "Further analysis, in the US and in other nations, is needed to better understand any association between iodine exposure from Fukushima-Dai-ichi and congenital hypothyroidism risk."

Click here for a pdf copy of the article.

A search warrant for a residence in Eureka resulted in the arrest of 19 year old  Matthew Mildbrandt for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana, conspiracy to commit a felony, being armed in commission of a felony and unlawful sexual relations with a minor. In the same case a search warrant for a residence in Fortuna and another property at the 2500 block of Burr Valley Road, Dinsmore, led to the arrest of Mark Mildbrandt 56 years old, and his wife Denise Mildbrandt, 54 years old, the parents of Matthew Mildbrandt. Mark Mildbrandt was arrested for cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale, conspiracy and armed in commission of a felony, and Denise Mildbrandt was arrested for cultivation of marijuana, possession for sale of marijuana, conspiracy and armed in commission of a felony. The searches also turned up cash, silver, numerous weapons and suspected evidence of environmental damage.The full press release and photos may be viewed below.

HCSO press release, March 26,2013:

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Community Response Unit (C.R.U.) obtained a Humboldt County Superior Court Search warrant for two residences after an approximate month long investigation which began with a crime tip. The warrant authorized the deputies to search a residence in the 2100 block of Law Blvd, Eureka and a residence in the 1900 block of Scenic Drive, Fortuna. Deputies assisted by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force (H.C.D.T.F) served the warrant at Law Blvd first at approximately 7:30 a.m. on 03-25-2013.  When deputies arrived they located Matthew Mildbrandt, 19 years old and a 17 year old juvenile female. When deputies searched the residence they located ten one pound packages of marijuana bud, an assault weapon, 65 growing marijuana plants, approximately 10 pounds of processed marijuana, a US Postal Box containing approximately two pounds of sealed marijuana ready to be shipped via US Postal Service, paperwork indicating sales of marijuana, approximately $6000.00 in US Currency and evidence of Matthew Mildbrandt having unlawful sexual relations with a minor. Matthew was arrested for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana, conspiracy to commit a felony, being armed in commission of a felony and unlawful sexual relations with a minor. He was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where his bail was set at $50,000.00. The juvenile female was released to her mother who responded to the residence and took custody of her. Mark Mildbrandt was arrested for cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale, conspiracy and armed in commission of a felony, and Denise Mildbrandt was arrested for cultivation of marijuana, possession for sale of marijuana, conspiracy and armed in commission of a felony.

Deputies then served the search warrant at the Scenic Drive residence. When they arrived at the residence no one was home. The residence belonged to Mark Mildbrandt 56 years old, and his wife Denise Mildbrandt, 54 years old, the parents of Matthew Mildbrandt. They searched the residence and located two assault style weapons and nineteen other rifles and handguns. They also located paperwork indicating sales of marijuana and over 400 ounces of silver along withother precious metals and approximately 13,000.00 in cash. While at the home Mark showed up in his employer's truck. Deputies searched the truck Mark arrived in and found approximately 10 pounds of harvested marijuana in the truck. Mark Mildbrandt was arrested for cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale, conspiracy and armed in commission of a felony. He was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where his bail was set at $50,000.00. Denise Mildbrandt showed up at the residence after Mark, and she too was arrested for cultivation of marijuana, possession for sale of marijuana, conspiracy and armed in commission of a felony. Her bail was set at $50,000.00.

Deputies were able to obtain information during their search which indicated Mark and Denise Mildbrandt had property in the 2500 block of Burr Valley Road, Dinsmore along with Mark David Mildbrandt. Deputies obtained a search warrant for that property and drove to Burr Valley
Road to serve the warrant on 3-25-2013, approximately 4:00 p.m. When the deputies drove up Burr Valley Road, they came across four fir trees that had been recently fallen across the road. The fir trees were approximately two feet in diameter and completely blocked the road. This not only blocked the deputies from accessing the search warrant location to be searched, but it also blocked other non involved residents from accessing or leaving their homes. Deputies were able to clear the road enough to pass after about thirty minutes using chainsaws.

Once at the search warrant site, deputies located a cabin that had been converted for cultivation of marijuana. There was a small living space, along with a drying and manicuring room. Deputies located a diesel powered greenhouse on the property that had leaked several gallons of diesel and oil onto the ground. In the greenhouse structure deputies approximately 300 growing marijuana plants approximately one foot high. They also located approximately 364 pounds of dried marijuana and three firearms including a shotgun. No one was at the structure when they arrived.

The Humboldt County Code Enforcement Unit and Environmental Health are being notified of the environmental damage that the deputies witnessed at the scene. This is an ongoing investigations with more arrests anticipated.

Photos below were provided by HCSO.


Suspects Arrested, left to right: Mark Mildbrandt, Denise Mildbrandt, and Matthew Mildbrandt, 


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