Using a bolt cutter to cut a lock, one or more suspects broke into the McKinleyville Community Services District (MCSD) facility on Letz Avenue, McKinleyville, cut the fuel line to a diesel tank and removed around 132 gallons of red dye diesel leaving a large amount of diesel fuel spilled on the ground. This fuel was found leaking into a drainage ditch adjacent to Widow White Creek.
It was estimated that the break-in occurred during the late night or early morning hours between Sat., May 4th and Sun., May 5th. See the full press release below for more information.
On Sunday, May 5, 2013, at approximately 7:00 am, MCSD staff was contacted by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office regarding a theft and vandalism. When a Sheriff Deputy arrived on site at the end of Letz Avenue, he was met by MCSD staff, where it was discovered that a lock on the gate was cut using bolt cutters, which were found at the scene along with other miscellaneous tools.
The suspect(s) then cut the diesel tank intake fuel line and attached a garden hose to it. Once the hose was attached the suspects removed approximately 132 gallons of red dye diesel from the tank. MCSD staff believes the crime occurred during the late night or early morning hours between May 4th and May 5th, 2013
When MCSD staff arrived on the scene, there was a large amount of diesel fuel spilled on the ground, which was leaking into a drainage ditch that is adjacent to Widow White Creek. Due to MCSD staff’s immediate response to contain the spilled diesel, they were successful in trapping the fuel before it entered the stream.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Humboldt County Environmental Health were notified and also responded to the scene. They both commended MCSD staff for their excellent response to the incident and preventing further potential environmental damage.
MCSD staff hired a local environmental contractor to assess the status of the incident. The contractor is also taking over the cleanup and will continue to monitor the site for the next seven (7) days.
Because of a previous incident in December 2012 at that location, MCSD had placed a camera on top of the building, which was also stolen by the thieves. The total loss to MCSD at this time is estimated at $6,300.00.
The photo below is of two 15-gallon containers. A total of 15 containers were found at the site. These containers were used to transport the diesel. It is possible that these 15 containers were being transported by vehicle Saturday night or early Sunday morning. If you have any information about these containers, please contact the MCSD General Manager at 839-3251 or the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.
Update- May 7, 2013: Missing person found
According to a press release update from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated May 7, 2013:
On 5-7-2013, approximately 12:00 noon the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Principal of Eureka High School that missing person Michelle Hibberts-Goodwin, 15 years old showed up at school. A deputy responded to the school and confirmed Hibberts-Goodwin was there. She was in good health and told the deputy she voluntarily left home, but decided to return due to media attention.
The original post on this incident appears below.
A 15 year-old female was reported missing, as of Friday, May 3, 2013, by her father.
Michelle Hibberts-Goodwin, who goes by the nickname "Elle", was last seen near Eureka High School on that Friday at around 2:30 pm. The press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office appears below.
On 05-03-2013, approximately 10:00 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the father of a missing juvenile. The father told the investigating deputy his daughter, Michelle Hibberts-Goodwin, 15 years old, from Eureka was missing. She goes by the nickname of “Elle” .She was last seen in the area of Eureka High School at approximately 2:30 p.m. and was supposed to take the bus home. She failed to show up.
Michelle Hibberts-Goodwin is further described as: White Female, 5’2” tall, 125 lbs, blue eyes, blond/black hair. She was last seen wearing jeans with sparkles and a black top
Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.
Reported missing: Michelle Hibberts-Goodwin - was last seen wearing jeans with sparkles and a black top.
Recent fires in our state have tapped Northern California CAL FIRE equipment and personnel leaving overall fire resources diminished in our area as hotter, dryer weather leads to increased fire potential. In addition to stretched resources and fire hazard prone weather, our local situation has been impacted by a bout of suspected arson caused blazes.
In an interview, aired on Fri., May 3, 2013 by KMUD News Director Terri Klemetson, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jeremy Monroe indicated that we are in a very elevated fire hazard time right now with the potential for fires to become large fires. Monroe implores people to, "Be careful with fire in the wild lands."
Use the player below to hear the full interview
Update - Tues., Dec. 17, 2013: According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, the Humboldt County Coroner has confirmed that the body found in a shallow grave off of Jewitt Ranch Road, in the Harris area of Humboldt County, is that of missing person Garret Rodriguez, 29 years old from San Diego, California. KMUD News offers condolences to the friends and family of Garrett Rodriguez. On April 25, 2013 Garret Rodriguez was reported missing by his father who told the investigating deputy that Garret told him he was coming to Humboldt County to work on a ranch that was growing medical marijuana. Anyone with information about this case is requested to contact lead Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detective Jennifer Turner at: 707-268-3642 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at: 707-268-2539. The press releases, updates, and original posts on this incident appear below.
Use the player below to hear more on this story in an update submitted by Eileen Russell and aired by KMUD News Director Terri Klemetson on the Local News on Tues., Dec. 17, 2013.
The audio below includes an extensive interview with Jennifer Turner, lead HCSO detective on this case.
HCSO Press Release, dated 12-13-13:
The Humboldt County Coroner has identified the human remains located in a gravesite off of Jewitt Ranch Road, Harris area of Humboldt County as that of missing person Garret Rodriguez, 29 years old from San Diego, California. Rodriguez was reported missing by his father to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office on 04-25-2013. His father told the investigating deputy that Garret told him he was coming to Humboldt County to work on a ranch growing medical marijuana. Garret told his father the ranch was located in an area known as “Murder Mountain.”
A Forensic Pathologist has also confirmed that Rodriguez is the victim of a homicide. Anyone with information about this case is requested to contact lead Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detective Jennifer Turner at Ph. 707-268-3642 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation ( F.B.I.) is assisting the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office with this investigation.
Gravesite Report HCSO Press Release:
On 11-30-2013, at approximately 5:00 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen who wanted to report a possible human gravesite. The citizen told deputies where to search for the possible grave. On 12-01-2013, approximately 7:00 a. m. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detectives went to the location described by the citizen which was off Jewitt Ranch Road, the Harris area of Humboldt County. Detectives located a possible gravesite which they dug up and located human remains. The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office was summoned to the scene. The identity of the deceased is unknown at this time, along with the cause of death, age and sex. Detectives are treating the deceased as a homicide at this time.
View other updates and the original post on this story below.
Update Tues., June 25, 2013-Family of missing person, Garrett Rodriguez, hires private investigator.
The family of Garrett Rodriguez who has been missing for well over half a year has hired Cook & Associates, a local private investigation company, to find their missing loved one. Rodriquez (pictured above) is from Ocean Beach, Calif. and according to his family went missing after coming to Humboldt County to work in the marijuana industry in the Rancho Sequoia-Alderpoint area. The player directly below contains the latest audio update on this story.
Anyone with information about the disappearance of Garrett Rodriguez is asked to call Chris Cook with Cook & Associates at 707-839-7422 and/or the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251, or the Sheriff’s Tip Line 707-268-2539. See photo below for Rodriquez without a beard.
This update, submitted and aired by KMUD News Correspondent Eileen Russell, includes interviews with the missing man's mother and aunt and the owner of the private investigator company hired by the family. The piece aired on KMUD Local News Tues., June 25, 2013.
The original post on this story appears below.
The father of 29 year-old Garret Rodriguez (Garret is shown in the photo above), recently notified the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office that he has not heard from his son for over six months. Garret had informed his father that he was coming to Humboldt County to work on a ranch growing medical marijuana, and that the ranch was located in an area known as “Murder Mountain." According to a KMUD interview with Garret's father he believes that "Murder Mountain" is in the Alderpoint area. Anyone with information relating to this missing person, Garret Rodriguez, is asked to contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Tip Line 707-268-2539.
Read the full press release below:
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing person. On 04-25-2013 a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy spoke on the telephone with the father of Garret Rodriguez who reported him as a missing person. His father told the investigating deputy that Garret told him he was coming to Humboldt County to work on a ranch growing medical marijuana. He told his father the ranch was located in an area known as “Murder Mountain”. The father has not heard from his son for over six months which is highly unusual. The father contacted all of Garret’s friends and they have not heard from Garret either.
Garret Rodriguez is described as follows: 29 year old white male, 5’8” tall, 180 lbs, brown hair, green eyes.
He is driving a 1998 Dodge Ram Pickup Truck, California plate 7P63498.
Just ahead of Earth Day 2013, the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research (HIIMR) hosted an Earthday Symposium on Marijuana and Environment. The event, held on the Humboldt State University Campus on April 19 and 20, 2013, attracted policymakers, grassroots environmental organizations, activists, scientists, students, and community members.
According to a description of the symposium on the HIIMR website, "We are at a critical juncture regarding marijuana policy in the United States, where the shifting legal and political landscape requires policymakers, environmental organizations, researchers, and growers to adapt quickly. Panelists will share their expertise and insights around the multitude of environmental issues related to the marijuana industry – whether it be climate harming reliance on indoor growing nationwide, or the local Northern California issues of fish and wildlife protections, land use policy, water quality, forest degradation, and other environmental impacts."
The Symposium was sponsored by:
The HSU Sociology Department, the Environment and Community Program, the Environmental Protection Information Center, the Salmonid Restoration Federation, and the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research.
Related KMUD News Post:
HSU Symposium on Marijuana and the Environment-audio posted
Use the players below to hear or download the audio from each of the presentations/panels. The audio was provided by KMUD News Correspondent, Eric Black.
Earthday Symposium on Marijuana and Environment
Friday, April 19,10:30 – 12:30 pm-Stories from the Frontlines:Reporting on the Culture and Practice of Marijuana Agriculture
Mikal Jakubal, Plants for the People
Kym Kemp, Reporter, Lost Coast Outpost
Emily Brady, author of Humboldt Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier
Kerry Reynolds, KMUD
Note: the sound at the start is a bit rough on this clip but clears up quickly.
2:00 – 2:50 pm-Sustainable vs Unsustainable Practices
Craig Benson, Redwood Community Action Agency
2:00 – 2:50 pm-Impacts on Cultural & Natural Resources from Marijuana Cultivation on Tribal Lands
Troy Fletcher, Executive Director, Yurok Tribe
Josh Saxon, Executive Director, Salmon River Restoration Council
Mark Higley, Yurok Tribe
3:00 – 3:50 pm-Ecological Data:What Do We Know? What Do We Need To Know?
Brad Job, Bureau of Land Management
Sarah Schremmer, Sociology Department, HSU
Scott Bauer, Department of Fish and Wildlife
3:00 – 3:50 pm-Timberland Impacts: Trespass, Conversion, and Solutions
Gary Rynearson, Green Diamond Resource Company
Noah Levy, Sanctuary Forest
Tom Shultz, Humboldt Redwood Company
4:00 – 4:50 pm-Legislative Update on Marijuana PolicyPanelists:
Ellen Komp, CalNORML
Mason Tvert, Executive Director, SAFER (Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation)
4:00 – 4:50 pm-The Impacts of Marijuana Agriculture on Public Lands
Larry Glass, S.A.F.E Alternatives for our Forest Environment
Andrew Orahoske, Environmental Protection Information Center
5:00 – 7:00 pm–Keynote Speaker:
Samantha Miller, Pure Analytics
Saturday, April, 20,10:00 – 11:15 am - BSS Native Forum Room 162, HSU-Environmental Impacts of the Marijuana Industry: Worst Case Scenarios
Mourad Gabriel, Wildlife Disease Ecologist, UC Davis
11:30 – 12:30 pm–Symposium Roundup:Confronting the Environmental Problems of Marijuana Agriculture: Strategies and Solutions
Tony Silvaggio, Mow and Sow
Tyce Frasier, Put em in the Sun
An item appeared on the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors Agenda for their April 16, 2013 meeting which will begin the process of vacating a portion of county owned property known as the Jim DeMulling Memorial Park in Garberville .
The agenda item and accompanying recommendation appeared as quoted below.
"Vacation of a Portion of Redwood Drive (C6B105) and Thomas Drive (6B150), also known as the Jim DeMulling Veterans Memorial Grove in Garberville."
"RECOMMENDATION: That the Board of Supervisors direct staff to prepare the necessary documents for the vacation of a portion of the unused right of way of Redwood Drive (C6B105) and Thomas Drive (6B150)."
According to the document above removing the property, not used for public road purposes, will allow the county to manage the property for non-road related purposes, and could ultimately allow the county to, "lease, license, or sell the property."
The DeMulling Park area, at the Northern entrance to Garberville, has been, and is currently, used as a meeting place, resting area, and refuge for the Houseless, Homeless, Traveler (HHT) population in Southern Humboldt. At times, however, it has also been the site of incidents of illegal activity and violence, making the continued use of the area by the HHT Community a point of controversy between various factions in the SoHum Community at large.
Use the player below to hear or download the audio of a report on this Board item, submitted by KMUD News Correspondent, Daniel Mintz. This piece was aired by News Director, Terri Klemetson, on the KMUD Local News Tues., April 16, 2013.
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In January, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency required new limitations on some of the most dangerous rat poisons to protect families but left loopholes that will still leave wildlife at risk.
The Center for Biological Diversity previously reported that recent research concludes that rat poisons have been implicated in deaths involving at least 25 different species of animals in California. And last February, the CBD submitted a formal notice of intent to sue the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to, "...protect the endangered San Joaquin kit fox, golden eagle, Pacific fisher and other wildlife from unintended poisonings from “super-toxic” rat poisons."
According to KMUD News,"Rat Poison disappeared off of some Southern Humboldt shelves this month...other stores continue to sell the second generation anti-coagulant."
More can be heard on this story using the player below. This report was submitted by KMUD News Correspondent, Travis Turner, and was aired by KMUD News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson on Mon., April 15, 2013.
Previous related KMUD News Posts:
"New lawsuit targets rat poison regulation"
"See Biologist Mourad Gabriel- Pot and Endangered Wildlife-Sept. 27 Arcata"
According to a the 2011 Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Humboldt Creamery in Fortuna made up 30% of the total toxic release in Humboldt County. The releases were in the form of nitrates as a by product of its milk manufacturing process.
According to Wikipedia, The Humboldt Creamery was established in 1929 as a local association of 152 dairy farms and, until 2009, creamery production was based on 50 small family dairies located in both Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. Wikipedia futher states that, "It was one of only two dairy operations in the United States to have 'free-farmed' certification, a designation related to the extraordinary quality of life attributed to cows who live in pastures."
After experiencing financial problems and a scandal following the resignation of CEO Rich Ghilarducci, bankruptcy was filed and the assets of the Humboldt Creamery were sold at auction on August 27, 2009 to Foster Farms Dairy. Click here to see the Northcoast Journal article on this story.
Use the player below to hear a report on the toxic release, submitted by KMUD News Correspondent Dan Young. This piece was aired by KMUD News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson, on Friday, April 12, 2013.
Water is necessary for the existence of our species, as well as other life forms on our planet. An article in the Huffington Post, titled, "Water Wars? Here in the US?", uses the term "peak water" to describe the coming water crisis, while a post in Aljazeera.com, states that, "...almost half of humanity will face water scarcity by 2030."
Focusing on water issues in our local area, the third Annual Water Day was held at the Mateel Community Center in Redway on March 30, 2013. This all-day event was sponsored by the Eel River Recovery Project (ERRP) and co-sponsored by a dozen other environmental non-profits.
Kmud News recorded the event and is bringing highlights from the day's offerings of presentations and panels.
Use the player below to hear a report from Water Day, submitted by KMUD News Correspondent, Eric Black, and aired on the KMUD Local News on Mon., April 8, 2013. The piece includes information from a presentation by Tasha McKee (Sanctuary Forest) and ideas offered by Sungnome Madrone of the Mattole Salmon Group.
The player below hosts an audio report submitted by KMUD News Correspondent, Eileen Russell and includes highlights from a presentation on Algae Blooms in the Eel River by Keith Bouma-Gregson from the UC Berkeley, Mary Power Lab; Survey work done by the Eel River Recovery Project, presented by Pat Higgins ERRP Volunteer Coordinator; and toxic algae monitoring discussed by Paul Domanchuk (ERRP Toxic Algae Team). The report was aired by KMUD News Director, Terri Klemetson, on Wed., April 3, 2013.
Photos below show (top to bottom) Tasha McKee doing her presentation; morning panel - (left to right) Sara Schremmer (HSU/SRF), Tasha Mckee (Sancutary Forest), Sungnome Madrone (Mattole Salmon Group), Larry Desmond (Mendocino Water Works), Andrew Orahoske (EPIC); Morning WDIII Audience.
April Cannabis Science Update:
A social work research study recently published in the International Journal of Drug Policy finds that children living in homes where marijuana is cultivated do not suffer from adverse health effects at any greater rate than do comparable children in cannabis-free environments.
Chronic cannabis consumers may test positive for trace, residual levels of THC in their blood, even after abstaining from cannabis use for several weeks. This is according to clinical trial data published in the journal of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry.
The National Institutes for Health and the National Institute for Drug Abuse - both US government agencies - are offering $2 million to researchers who want to study the negative impacts of marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington.
A new study published online in Diabetes Care finds that chronic cannabis smoking can induce subtle metabolic changes that include increased visceral adiposity (also known as belly fat) and increased body fat insulin resistance. The study found no evidence, however, of an association between chronic cannabis smoking and more severe metabolic impairment.
And new research from Australia provides evidence that Adults who inhale cannabis report significantly better health outcomes than those who smoke tobacco, or a combination of both substances.
Use the player below to hear the April Edition of Cannabis Science Update.
Cannabis Science Update is a regular feature of the KMUD radio show, Cannabis Consciousness (1:30-3:00pm on the first Sun. of every month), and is written by Kerry Reynolds, read by Harold Day, and recorded by Dave Smith.