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County’s suicide rate rebounds

County’s suicide rate rebounds

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – An annual report to Humboldt County supervisors on suicide rates and prevention shows that last year’s reduction in suicides isn’t a trend, as this year’s rate is tracking to be as high as ever. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and at its Aug. 28 meeting, the

McKinleyville grapples with planning issues

Jack Durham Mad River Union McKINLEYVILLE – McKinleyville is wrestling with how it can give residents a voice in land use decisions, while at the same time not creating additional expenses and bureaucracy. The McKinleyville Municipal Advisory Committee (McKMAC)  held an in-depth discussion on the topic at its Aug. 29 meeting, with members debating the

1,957 Humboldt County cannabis permit applications being reviewed

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – Humboldt County’s planning director has reported that there are 1,957 Humboldt County cannabis permit applications being reviewed and the process has been “chaotic” but is improving. At its Aug. 16 meeting, Planning Director John Ford gave the county’s Planning Commission a cannabis permitting status report. Ford began by

Letters to the Editor: Let us remake ourselves, our towns and society in a more rational fashion

McKinley again?!? His head is once again on the chopping block, which happens about every 20 years. Whether to keep him or not, that’s always the big question. However, there are a few other things to consider. The McKinley statue was a gift to the City of Arcata and that gift was accepted by a

MCSD takes vague stand on Mercer Fraser pot factory

Jack Durham Mad River Union McKINLEYVILLE/GLENDALE – McKinleyville’s town board has weighed in on a controversial county decision to rezone riverfront property in Glendale to heavy industrial and to permit a 5,000-square-foot cannabis manufacturing factory at the site. The McKinleyville Community Services District Board of Directors convened Feb. 7  to consider backing an appeal filed

Humboldt, land of 15,000 grows

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Humboldt County’s new commercial marijuana ordinance estimates that there are up to 15,000 grow operations here and environmental review can only be done for the minority that come into the regulatory system. At its November 16 meeting, the county’s Planning Commission held

A testy kerfuffle over alleged conflict of interest

Jack Durham Mad River Union McKINLEYVILLE – A candidate for Fifth District supervisor has publicly accused a planning commissioner of having a conflict of interest, and has asked him to recuse himself from any discussions regarding the development of a commercial cannabis growing ordinance. Candidate Steven Madrone made the accusation against Humboldt County Planning Commissioner

Supervisors approve General Plan Update after final debate

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – After 17 years of controversy, Humboldt County’s General Plan Update is approved but not without a final round of debate that highlighted the most divisive issues. The non-coastal portion of the county’s General Plan Update and its Environmental Impact Report (EIR) were approved at an Oct. 23 special

‘Significant concerns’ over interim cannabis permitting

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – Over the strong objections of the county’s environmental advocates and the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), the Planning Commission has voted to allow hundreds of existing marijuana growers to continue cultivating before they finish the permitting process. At the Oct. 19 commission meeting, the county’s planning

Intensity of county cannabis regulation debated

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – Concerns over making permit approvals too expensive and restrictive to entice compliance are emerging as Humboldt County updates its commercial marijuana regulations. There’s also a contrasting concern – that growers who have submitted permit applications under the county’s current system will have skirted requirements that aim to shield

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