Major Aquaculture Project Gets Samoa Lease

Humboldt County is poised to become a hub for aquaculture, as the Harbor District has approved a lease for a Norway-based company that aims to build a fish farm on the Samoa Peninsula.  The district’s Board of Commissioners approved a 30-year lease with a subsidiary of Nordic Aquafarms on February 11, in a closed session […]

Sea Rise Planning Sparks Climate Change Debate

A Humbolt County staff report states that sea level rise is “a significant threat to every aspect of life on the North Coast” but opinions on how to react to it are divided.  Based on a “vulnerability assessment” by hydrologist Aldaron Laird, a staff report prepared for the county’s Planning Commission describes inundation risks in […]

Mateel: Reggae Fest, Not Pot Fest

Facing questions on potential changes to the Reggae on the River music festival due to new management, boardmembers of the Mateel Community Center have told county planning commissioners that the event’s focus will be on music and financial stability, not cannabis. The implications of the Mateel’s new partnership with High Times Productions, the event management […]

Humco Supe Denies ‘Secret Plan’ Allegations

Humboldt County Supervisor Estelle Fennell is calling for unity after denouncing accusations that she’s secretly supporting an alleged plan to skirt Eel River fish protection.  The uncertain fate of the Potter Valley Project (PVP) water diversion and hydroelectric facility has led to division that was on full display at the May 15 Board of Supervisors […]

Humco Official: No Room In The Jail

A majority of Humboldt County’s Board of Supervisors supports a ballot initiative to limit early prison releases but capacity issues could interfere with the initiative’s goals.  The backlash against propositions 47 and 57 and AB 109, which reclassify some non-violent felonies as misdemeanors, runs strong in the county.  Responding to it, most supervisors voted last […]

Pot Legalization Arrives

The state’s roll-out of Proposition 64 adult use marijuana legalization is in a transitional phase where local approvals are used as a basis for temporary state permitting. At this point, only two Humboldt County dispensaries – EcoCann in Eureka and The Humboldt County Collective in Myrtletown – have been issued temporary state licenses for retail […]

Humco Sheriff: Jail Assault Reflects ‘New Reality’

The attack of a corrections deputy by inmates has led Humboldt County Sheriff Billy Honsal to call attention to the impacts of the state’s public safety realignment and increasing crime and gang activity. Honsal held a press conference in a Sheriff’s Office conference room on August 11 following what was described as the assault of […]

‘Raw, Disturbing’ Child Abuse Issues Probed

Humboldt County’s Grand Jury has released an annual report that delves into child welfare issues that are “raw, disturbing and should be of concern to all members of our community.” Protecting children from abuse and responding to it were main investigative items in the report, which was released in full last week. Declaring that “the […]

HumCo Sets Standards For Dealing With Pot Violators

Humboldt County is grasping for ways to deal with marijuana permit seekers who have submitted incomplete applications but are proceeding with grows that violate commercial cultivation codes. The dilemma of enforcing the county’s Medical Marijuana Commercial Land Use Ordinance was discussed at the May 9 Board of Supervisors meeting. Supervisors ultimately directed planning staff to […]

Fishermen At The Brink

The chairman of a state fisheries committee has said commercial fishing is in a “precarious state,” as record low salmon runs may trigger a disaster declaration and a proposed catch fee increase would drastically raise costs. Senator Mike McGuire chairs the state’s Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, which held a March 29 hearing focusing […]

Salmon Runs Crash, North Coast Fisheries Closed

With record low runs forecasted, the commercial and recreational ocean Chinook salmon fishing seasons in the Klamath Management Zone (KMZ) from Southern Oregon to north of Shelter Cove will be closed this season. The in-river Klamath tribal fishery will also be heavily restricted, with the Yurok and Hoopa Valley tribes sharing allocations that only number […]

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