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Despite concerns, supes OK voting system

Despite concerns, supes OK voting system

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – Humboldt County is sticking with the company that now provides election ballot system equipment, but the chair of the Board of Supervisors has voted against doing so due to timing and cost issues.  The Hart InterCivic company was chosen as the county’s voting system vendor by a majority

Supervisors weigh fraud risk

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – After a long discussion, Humboldt County supervisors agreed that there is a risk of fraud in government operations but most couldn’t completely agree that the risk is high.  The reform of the county’s Auditor-Controller’s Office figured into the Board of Supervisors’ response to a Grand Jury finding during

How cannabis businesses powered through the blackout

Steve Robles Mad River Union ARCATA – As Arcata’s citizenry held emergency barbecues to use food before it spoiled, in the city’s Cannabis Innovation Zone, businesses struggled to keep thousands of dollars of inventory from doing the same. Most of the companies in that zone offer trimming and extraction services, both of which are time-sensitive,

County, auditor disagreements on Grand Jury delays response

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union ​HUMBOLDT – The staffing and security of Humboldt County’s financial accounting are again at issue as the Board of Supervisors considers responses to a recent Grand Jury report. ​The financial issues led supervisors to hold off on approving responses to a Grand Jury report at their Oct. 2 meeting. ​The

First Five: Early childhood care is key to lifelong success

Michael Pazeian Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – One recent Friday morning, Wendy Rowan of First Five Humboldt made a presentation to the Arcata Sunrise Rotary. Her organization’s key message for us is, “For those with an interest in nurturing the next generation, investing in early childhood is the most strategic contribution that can be made.”

County planners warned about industrial hemp

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – Hearing opposition to allowing industrial hemp production, Humboldt County’s Planning Commission appears poised to recommend extending a temporary ban on it. ​Potential risks to the cannabis industry were highlighted as the commission held a workshop on hemp production at its Oct. 3 meeting. ​The 2018 federal farm bill