In the Photo above, CHP Officer Pierman and a Mendocino County Sheriff confer with the demonstrators about their well being and discuss their plans around the lock down.
Work at the Caltrans Willits Bypass project was once again delayed when it was discovered that two protesters, Jamie Chevalier and Travis Jochimsen, had used metal lockboxes to lock themselves to a wick drain augur, a tool used in the process of draining the wetland area along the bypass construction site. The two were locked to the augur for around five hours before they were arrested -see photos below. Photos on this page are by Ree Slocum Photography.
Use the player to hear more on this story in a piece aired on Mon, May 20, 2013, by KMUD News Correspondent Christina Aanestad. The audio clip begins with an interview with Sarah Grusky of Save Our Little Lake Valley.
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Around 6 am this morning, Jamie Chevalier (Photo Left) and Travis Jochimsen (photo right) locked down in a black bear device on the wick drain boom brought in by Caltrans.