Stuart Bewley’s Outlaw Grows

Chris Brennan first learned about the proliferation of marijuana cultivation sites on Stuart Bewley’s 14,000-acre Adanac Ranch this past July when he fielded a phone call from then-Third District Supervisor Tom Woodhouse. The erstwhile real estate agent-turned-elected representative informed Brennan of complaints he had received concerning Bewley’s violations of a newly-adopted county “urgency ordinance” which […]

Stuart Bewley’s Cannabis Grows (Part One)

As with so many of Mendocino County-based backwoods cannabis proprietors, Stuart Bewley’s journey to the rugged hills and gullies of Bell Springs and west Laytonville began during the 1970s. In that heady time, young idealists flocked to the remote and disjointed terrain of California’s northern coastal mountains, in collective pursuit of a better life in […]

Floodwaters Still Rise

Every year, for more than two decades, the Elk River in Humboldt County has risen out of its banks following rainstorms of even moderate intensity, vomiting torrents of mud and gravel across dozens of properties in its valley southeast of Eureka. On numerous occasions, these churning surges of murky brown floodwater have entered people’s homes […]

That Old Maxxam Band Again

First came the “Dogwood” plan: a 320-acre timber harvest plan (THP) filed by Gualala Redwoods Timber (GRT) in 2015. It involves tractor-logging hundreds of stately second-growth redwoods that line the lower Gualala River, which straddles the Sonoma-Mendocino county line on the coast, in areas spared from axes and chainsaws for a century or more. Next […]

Local Impacts of Standing Rock

On Sunday, November 6, in Redwood Valley, several hundred people gathered to listen to activists report back from Standing Rock where they had stood in solidarity with Native American Tribes, known as Water Protectors, opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. One such speaker was Jassen Rodriguez, a Mishewal Wappo tribal member whose ancestral landbase includes much […]

On the Barricades at Standing Rock

North Dakota police officers wounded more than 150 people with concussion grenades and rubber bullets, and drenched hundreds more with high-powered hoses amid freezing temperatures, as part of a demonstration related to the Dakota Access Pipeline on November 20th. Mendocino County residents were among those who stood off at the razor-wire barricade the police had […]

Willits Bypass Opens

A parade of classic cars led the way last Thursday afternoon, November 4th, as CalTrans celebrated Opening Day of the Willits Bypass. A bulletin relased by Big Orange’s legendary propaganda shill, Phil Frisbie, Jr., stated that the Chevy Bel Airs and Ford Thunderbirds would be ferrying the likes of Assemblymember Jim Wood and Willits City […]

The Bay Area’s Money Pipeline to Dakota Access

Mill Valley’s Shelterpoint Business Park occupies a narrow strip of asphalt between Richardson Bay and Highway 101, roughly five miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. In the back of the office complex stands a tan building with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer sweeping views of Mt. Tamalpais’ grassy southeastern slopes. This is the headquarters of […]

Mendo Support Caravan Heads to Oil Pipeline Stand-Off

While Sierra Rose Alexander was growing up on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in southeastern Montana, several influential members of the tribe were keen on leasing reservation land to Arch Coal Corporation.  This corporate leviathan was seeking to develop one of the USA’s largest coal strip mines, link it by rail to a Washington State terminal, […]

Mendo Protests The Fisher Family

On August 18th, about 30 Mendocino County residents came by van and bus to San Francisco to rally outside the office tower headquarters of Sansome Partners, the investment firm that controls Mendocino Redwood Company. Sansome Partners is itself controlled by the Fisher family, the multi-billionaire investor clan best known as founders of The Gap. The […]

North Coast Timber Conflict Flares Up—Again

In June, Mendocino County voters resoundingly passed Measure V, which declares intentionally killing and leaving standing dead trees a public nuisance under certain circumstances. The measure received 62% of the vote — even though its main opponent, Mendocino Redwood Company, spent more than $250,000 in a campaign to defeat it that mainly relied on a […]

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