Environment

Sheriff Downey: Law Enforcement Coverage Comes With a Price Tag

Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey and 5th District Supervisor Ryan Sundberg were in Willow Creek on Thursday, March 27, to let residents know that law enforcement coverage won’t be increasing before 2017. Downey told the audience the economic downturn combined with an unexpectedly slow recovery had forced cuts in law enforcement coverage. Read More →

Tribal Council Votes ‘No’ on Water Rate Increase

Regular users in the Hoopa Valley currently get 10,000 gallons of water for $16 per month and elders get 5,000 gallons for $11. Customers in the rest of Humboldt County typically pay over three times the money for that amount of water. Read More →

Tribal Harvest 2014 Allotment of Adult Fall Chinook Salmon Low

Official harvest allotment numbers for this year’s run of adult fall Chinook won’t be released for another two weeks, but preliminary reports indicate they’ll be less than a third of last year’s. Read More →

Klamath Tribes Negotiate Water Deal With Oregon Ranchers

Farmers and ranchers in the Upper Klamath Basin agreed to restore fish habitat and push for removal of four dams on the Klamath River less than a year after the Klamath Tribes exercised their senior water rights to cutoff irrigation in the area. Read More →

Blazing Trails with Fire Planning Collaborative

In some cases it is code for Why-Can’t-Everybody-Agree-With-Me? In others, like the roll-out a few years ago of a timber sale in Orleans, it was a thinly-veiled announcement of an already formulated Forest Service plan. Read More →

Local Drought Preparations Continue Despite Recent Rains

Communities in the Klamath-Trinity region are moving ahead with emergency drought plans despite the recent rains that sent much-needed water into local streams and reservoirs. Trinity Lake is holding 1,263,380 acre feet of water – around 52 percent of its total capacity – up by 5 percent from where it was just a month ago. Read More →

Hoopa Man Named Interim Lassen Forest Supervisor

“I feel blessed and fortunate to be given the opportunity to work on the Lassen National Forest,” said George. “I look forward to working with the local communities and the employees of the Forest for the next several months.” Read More →

River Activists Visit Amazon Villages

The Brazil trip was an eye-opener as well for the seven locals who just returned from their travels there. It was their political statement of unity that would link the South American villagers with there own efforts to remove four dams from the Klamath River. One of them, Mahlija Florendo, is a 16-year-old junior at Hoopa High. She said she traveled before with family to Mexico, Canada and even France, but those were just vacations. Read More →