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.
Missing - Genevieve Alexander described as approximately 5' 6", 115 pounds, 30 years of age, curly brown hair, possibly wearing eye glasses.
According to information from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, 30 year old Genevieve Alexander, shown in the photo above, has been missing since April 4, 2013, at around 3:30 pm. Ms. Alexander was last seen by family members at the Pomo Campground in Fort Bragg, and there was a confirmed sighting of her later at 4:00 pm at the Botanical Gardens in Fort Bragg.
Mendocino County Search and Rescue and the U.S. Coast Guard conducted a search along the coast with negative results.
If you have any information regarding Genevieve's whereabouts, please call the Sheriff's Office at (707) 463-4086.
A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center between March 13-17, among 1,501 adults, shows that for the first time in more than forty years of polling on the issue, a majority of Americans now favor legalizing the use of marijuana. The survey indicates that 52% say that the use of marijuana should be made legal, while 45% say it should not. This represents an increase of 11 percentage points in those favoring legalization since 2011. Young people between the ages of 18 and 32 polled the highest, with 65% in support, up from just 36% in 2008.
Additionally, within the Baby Boomer group (those born between 1946 and 1964), 50% now favor legalizing marijuana, among the highest percentages ever. In past studies, statistics have fluctuated in the Boomer group. For example, in 1978, 47% of Boomers favored legalizing marijuana, but support fell during the 1980s reaching a low of 17% in 1990. However, since 1994 the percentage of Boomers favoring marijuana legalization has more than doubled, going from 24% to 50%.
For further survey details see: www.people-press.org/2013/04/04/majority-now-supports-legalizing-marijuana/
Confrontation escalated this morning, April 2, 2013, between those protesting the Caltrans Willits Bypass Project and California Highway Patrol Officers, the agency charged with safety and enforcement at the project site. Using CHP SWAT Officers trained in climbing techniques, the tree-sitter known as Warbler, who was also engaged in a hunger strike, was removed from high in the tree that she has occupied for over two months. Additional tree-sitters were extracted by the CHP team later in the day.
In response to today's removal of Willit's Bypass Project protestors, by the California Highway Patrol, California Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) issued a statement which can be read below.
Use the player below to hear details on this story in a piece aired on the KMUD Local News on Tues., April, 2, 2013 by KMUD News Director, Terri Klemetson.
For more information, photos and video see the Save Little Lake Valley web site: http://www.savelittlelakevalley.org
California State Senator Evans' Statement, dated April 2, 2013:
CHP was deployed to remove the protestors of the Willits Bypass Project just hours before I was set to meet with the director of Caltrans to have my questions answered. According to some reports, protestors in trees were extracted by CHP using "rubber bullets", and that CHP officers significantly outnumbered protestors.
I am shocked and dismayed at what seems to be an excessive use of force on unarmed protestors.
Thus far, I feel Caltrans and CHP have been slow to respond to my questions and quick to act regarding the Bypass Project.
It also was extremely disturbing to learn that the press was excluded from observing the removal of the protestors.
I had asked to be kept informed on a daily basis prior to any extraordinary action on this project as I represent the 1.3 million Californians living in the Second Senate District where this project is taking place. Regretfully that did not happen today.
I met today with Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty to express my dismay at today's events. I have additionally requested an immediate meeting with CHP Commissioner Joseph Farrow.
I urge everyone to remain calm and for protestors to remain peaceful in their opposition.
Photo below shows Warbler in her perch in March-Photo from Save Little Lake Valley Web Site.
Photo below provided by Jennifer Poole shows the remains of the Warbler tree-sit.