Crabs Before Christmas? Maybe Not

According to the Department of Fish and Wildlife, starting tonight at midnight, crab pots could legally go in the water and succulent crustaceans could be headed to stores soon after—ready to be sold to customers and fried into cakes or dunked into containers of sweet butter and tangy lemon. However, that’s not going to happen. […]

A Skeleton In Sneakers

On the eve of the eve of Halloween (October 29th, 2012) just one year ago, a local man and his daughter kayaked to their favorite mushrooming spot on the Eel River just south of the Humboldt County line. As his daughter played, the man noticed something odd. For years there had been the pale crescent […]

Last Heard From Near ‘Murder Mountain’

When Garret Rodriguez drove north from Ocean Beach in late December 2012, he sat behind the wheel of his newly purchased 1998 Dodge Ram four-wheel drive pickup. He and two friends had left their marijuana growing operation in Humboldt to visit the neighborhood in San Diego that he had lived in for many years. Now, […]

‘How Necessary Is Public Vindication?’

On May 20th, 2011, a confused and nude Claudia Pedreros was found wandering on a remote Trinity County road. Her two and a half year old daughter, Sophia, was missing and later found drowned in nearby Coffee Creek. Her husband, Robert Parker, who’d been away from home at the time, supported his wife in her […]

A Bumper Crop Of New Pot Laws

Like corn in Iowa or potatoes in Idaho, the price of certain key crops indicate the economic health of a region. For better or worse, the crop that fuels the financial engine of the Emerald Triangle is marijuana. Economists and bankers have estimated that Humboldt County alone produces from $400 million to over $2.5 billion […]

The Ukiah Legalization Forum: Mainstreaming Marijuana

In response to worries among the cannabis community about how legalization would affect the pocketbooks of growers and the region at large, the Mendocino Medical Marijuana Advisory Board (MMMAB) convened a forum and workshop in Ukiah two weeks ago to help its constituents discuss possible challenges. Businessmen in striped shirts walked beside men with dreads […]