Skip navigation

The Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians is suing major drug manufacturers and distributors over the opioid epidemic. The suit was filed today in San Francisco against prescription drug manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies for their role in the epidemic that Coyote Valley says has become a national crisis and devastated tribes. In the lawsuit, Coyote Valley argues it has suffered economic loss arising from the costs of providing medical care, counseling and rehabilitative services, and welfare and foster care services, as well as law enforcement and public safety. Chairman Michael Hunter said in a statement that so far only six tribes have stepped up to take on the issue and Coyote Valley is the first tribe in the West to do so.

Six million dollars has been awarded in a one-time grant to aid high-priority counties impacted by California’s historic tree mortality. CalFire says their Local Assistance for Tree Mortality Grant Program will provide the matching funds for counties to be able to tap into the California Disaster Assistance Act administered by the California Office of Emergency Services. Between 2010 and 2018, 129 million trees have died in California due to a combination of drought-stress and bark beetle infestation. Since 2015, over 1 million of these trees have been removed or felled but the goal of the new Grant Program is to step up the pace.

A controlled burn continues today in the Clearlake Riviera area. The Sheriff’s Office says you may see smoke and flames coming from the burn in the 9000 block of Soda Bay Road.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: