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CLEARLAKE CULTIVATION BAN CHALLENGED (LAW) JB 3/20/15

ADVOCATES FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA ARE CHALLENGING THE LEGALITY OF CLEARLAKES RECENT BAN ON MARIJUANA CULTIVATION.

A LAWSUIT WAS FILED ON THURSDAY ON BEHALF OF THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS IN CLEARLAKE AND IS BACKED BY THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR THE REFORM OF MARIJUANA LAWS. THE THREAT OF LITIGATION OVER THE BAN HAD BEEN LOOMING EVEN BEFORE THE CITY ADOPTED THE BAN IN FEBRUARY. THE BAN DOES NOT PREVENT PATIENTS FROM OBTAINING MEDICAL MARIJUANA, ONLY THE CULTIVATION OF THE DRUG. THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFFS IN THE CASE IS SEEKING AN INJUNCTION TO HALT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ORDINANCE, WHICH IS SLATED TO TAKE EFFECT AT THE END OF THE MONTH, WHILE THE CASE WORKS ITS WAY THROUGH THE LEGAL SYSTEM.

STATE APPROVES $189,000 FOR MUSSEL PROGRAM (EVR) JB 3/20/15

A GRANT FOR NEARLY $200,000 HAS BEEN RECEIVED TO FUND THE ONGOING BATTLE AGAINST INVASIVE SPECIES IN LAKE COUNTY.

THE RECORD BEE REPORTED THAT LAKE COUNTYS WATER RESOURCES OFFICE RECEIVED NOTICE ON TUESDAY THAT THE STATE HAD APPROVED $189,000 FROM AN INVASIVE SPECIES PROGRAM TO AID IN LOCAL QUAGGA MUSSEL PREVENTION EFFORTS. THE FUNDS COME FROM THE CALIFORNIA PARKS AND RECREATIONS DIVISION OF BOATING AND WATERWAYS AND WILL ALLOW WATER RESOURCES TO EMPLOY UP TO 10 PEOPLE TO MONITOR HIGH VOLUME BOAT RAMPS AROUND THE LAKE FOR TWO YEARS. THE COUNTY HAS RELIED ON $90,000 FROM WATERSHED PROTECTION DISTRICT FUNDS TO OPERATE A BOAT INSPECTION PROGRAM AND WAS IN THE PROCESS OF RECRUITING VOLUNTEER RAMP MONITORS IN CASE THE GRANT APPLICATION FELL THROUGH.

2015 SALMON SEASON OPTIONS REVEALED (EVR) JB 3/20/15

AS FISHERMEN PREPARE FOR THE OPENING OF THE 2015 SALMON FISHERY, TWO SEASON OPTIONS HAVE BEEN PROPOSED.

WHILE THE SPECIFIC DATES OF THE RECREATIONAL SALMON SEASON HAVE NOT BEEN FINALIZED YET, THE FORECASTS ARE GOOD FOR ANOTHER PLENTIFUL SEASON OFF THE NORTH COAST. THE FIRST SEASON PROPOSAL IS FOR CONSTANT FISHING FROM APRIL 4 THOUGH NOVEMBER 8, WITH A 20-INCH MINIMUM ON CHINOOK SALMON. THE SECOND OPTION, PROPOSED OVER PARTICULAR CONCERNS ABOUT THE SACRAMENTO RIVER, HAS A CLOSURE IN SEPTEMBER AND A MINIMUM SIZE LIMIT OF 24 INCHES AFTER APRIL 30. THE DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE IS EXPECTED TO RELEASE THE FINALIZED DATES FOR THE RECREATIONAL SALMON SEASON SHORTLY.

UKIAH DRIVERS ADVISED TO AVOID PERKINS STREET (TR) JB 3/20/15

UKIAH DRIVERS ARE BEING ADVISED TO AVOID PERKINS STREET DURING THE LENGTHY UTILITIES PROJECT ABOUT TO COMMENCE.

A MONTHS LONG PROJECT TO MOVE OVERHEAD UTILITIES UNDERGROUND ALONG PERKINS STREET IS SLATED TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK. THE WORK WILL ENTAIL COASTSIDE CONCRETE AND CITY CREWS TO CLOSE ONE LANE OF EASTBOUND PERKINS STREET TO ALLOW THE CREWS TO PREPARE UNDERGROUND VAULTS FOR THE UTILITY LINES. THE WORK IS SCHEDULED TO CONTINUE THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR AND DRIVERS WHO NORMALLY USE THE PERKINS CORRIDOR ARE ADVISED TO AVOID THE AREA IF AT ALL POSSIBLE AND TAKE ALTERNATE ROUTES.

BROWN PROPOSES $1 BILLION IN DROUGHT SPENDING (GOV) JB 3/20/15

LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE $1 BILLION IN DROUGHT FUNDS HAS BEEN INTRODUCED BY GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN.

GOVERNOR BROWN AND LEGISLATIVE LEADERS ON THURSDAY PROPOSED LEGISLATION TO ACCELERATE MORE THAN $1 BILLION IN DROUGHT-RELIEF SPENDING FOR CALIFORNIA AS IT COPES WITH A FOURTH DRY YEAR AND BROWN URGES RESIDENTS TO REDUCE WATER USE. BROWN SAID THE PROPOSAL ACCELERATES SPENDING THAT VOTERS HAVE ALREADY APPROVED FOR WATER AND FLOOD PROJECTS, INCLUDING LAST YEAR’S $7.5 BILLION BOND MEASURE. THE PACKAGE OF TWO BILLS WOULD PROVIDE SOME FUNDING FOR IMMEDIATE AID TO COMMUNITIES FACING DIRE WATER SHORTAGES AND UNEMPLOYMENT. IT INCLUDES $272 MILLION FOR SAFE DRINKING WATER AND WATER RECYCLING AND $128 MILLION FOR DIRECT ASSISTANCE TO THE HARDEST-HIT WORKERS AND COMMUNITIES. IT ALSO ACCELERATES $660 MILLION IN SPENDING FOR FLOOD PROTECTION IN URBAN AND RURAL AREAS.

WARM PACIFIC WATERS UPSETTING BALANCE (EVR) JB 3/20/15

A NEW REPORT FROM BIOLOGISTS STATES THAT WARM WATERS OFF THE PACIFIC COAST ARE UPSETTING THE BIOLOGICAL BALANCE OF THE ECOSYSTEM.

ACCORDING TO THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, UNPRECEDENTED CHANGES THAT HAVE WARMED THE OCEAN OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTH AMERICA MAY PORTEND A DRAMATIC DECLINE IN THE BIOLOGICAL PRODUCTIVITY OF COASTAL WATERS, EXPLAINING RECENT STRANDINGS OF EMACIATED SEA LION PUPS AND A MASS DIE-OFF THAT BEGAN LAST FALL OF SMALL SEABIRDS CALLED CASSINS AUKLETS. FISHERY EXPERTS AND ECOLOGISTS AT THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION HAVE SAID THAT POPULATIONS OF TINY ORGANISMS AT THE BASE OF THE MARINE FOOD WEB ALREADY HAVE DIMINISHED AND COULD TAKE A TOLL ON EVERYTHING FROM SALMON TO SEALS BECAUSE OF ESPECIALLY INTENSE VARIABILITY IN REGIONAL WEATHER PATTERNS. IN ADDITION, AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF WINDS FROM THE SOUTH AND WEAK WINDS FROM THE NORTH HAS DEPRESSED THE UPWELLING OF COLD, NUTRIENT-RICH WATER THAT WOULD NORMALLY FERTILIZE THE SURFACE WATERS AND STIMULATE A MORE PRODUCTIVE FOOD WEB.

HARVEST MARKET HONORED BY JARED HUFFMAN (PI) JB 3/20/15

CONGRESSMAN JARED HUFFMAN RECENTLY HONORED HARVEST MARKET IN FORT BRAGG FOR THEIR ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND BUSINESS PRACTICES.

DURING A RECENT TRIP THROUGH FORT BRAGG, CONGRESSMAN HUFFMAN PRESENTED HARVEST MARKET WITH A NORTH COAST SUSTAINABILITY AWARD FOR THEIR WORK TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT. AMONG THEIR EFFORTS, HARVEST MARKET RECYCLES THE HEAT PRODUCED BY THEIR REFRIGERATOR AND FREEZER SYSTEMS TO HEAT THE STORE. HARVEST MARKETS MENDOCINO LOCATION UTILIZES WATER PRODUCED FROM THE REFRIGERATION SYSTEM TO FLUSH THE STORES TOILETS. THE STORES TOKEN PROGRAM DONATES BAG FEES REQUIRED BY THE CITY AND COUNTY ORDINANCE AND HAS GENERATED OVER $81,000 IN DONATIONS SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 2013.

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