Mad River Current for Thursday, Aug. 10: Drizzle, commissioner removed, Hammond Trail Stewards and butt-tat drama

Thunder and drizzle


Boom! It's a thunderous morning here on the coast, and probably more so in the hills. And there drizzle. This should continue until about 11 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. By the afternoon, it should be partly sunny.


'Do you know who I am?';
Trinidad Council removes commissioner

Andrew George Butler

Mad River Union

TRINIDAD – The Trinidad City Council voted unanimously last night, Aug. 9 to remove John Hedrick from his seat on Trinidad’s Planning Commission.

The dismissal comes following a formal complaint made to the City by a resident claiming Hedrick threatened her by invoking his status as a planning commissioner during a dispute over the sale of Hedrick’s pies.

The formal complaint to the city made by Trinidad resident Penny Gunn recounted a June 4 dispute between Hedrick and Gunn over the former Planning Commissioners’ sale of pies at the Trinidad Artisans Market.

Gunn wrote in her complaint to the city that Hedrick was selling pies at the market “uninvited and without consent to sell pies.” Gunn then wrote she informed Hedrick of the “rules and regulations” of the Market, and tasked him to “please not return.”

Gunn wrote Hedrick responded by saying “Do you even know who I am? I am the Planning Commissioner for the City of Trinidad and if you ever want a building permit or an upgrade good luck with that.”

Hedrick addressed the council during public comment and told a much different story. Hedrick acknowledged he had not received a formal invitation to join the artisans market, but said he was giving away pie for free. Hedrick went on to call Gunn a “dictator” and her accusations “bullshit.” Hedrick said he had tried to contact Gunn for permission participate in the market, but had been unsuccessful. Hedrick then said he believed Gunn was intoxicated and or under-the-influence of a substance, saying that she was acting “drunk.”

Hedrick told the Council that during his verbal dispute with Gunn he said “I’m a planning commissioner,” but nothing more. Hedrick said that after telling Gunn this, she calmed down and eventually returned and apologized.

Hedrick then went on to tell the Council regarding their impending vote, “If this goes down sideways, you’ll see what happens.” Hedrick then spoke ominously to the power that an individual citizen can have in a community, and then returned to his seat.

Mayor Dwight Miller spoke briefly and cited concerns he had with Hedrick and his “representation of an official position.”

Councilmember Susan Golledge-Rotwein said it was clear that Hedrick had violated ethical principles that all city government members agree to uphold.

Cannabis businesses banned in the seaside village

Andrew George Butler
Mad River Union

TRINIDAD – The Trinidad City Council members waded into the murkiness of creating a commercial cannabis ordinance and they didn’t like it, at all.

At last night’s meeting, the  council moved toward banning all commercial sale and production of cannabis within the city.

The council unanimously agreed to pursue an ordinance similar to what was passed in Blue Lake, which has tried to keep out as much cannabis related business as it can in the face of 2018’s coming cannabis legalization.

The 16 or so Trinidadians in attendance clapped in likewise unanimous support for the city’s soon to be unilateral recreational cannabis ban. Residents who spoke during public comment cited an already strained police force and fire department, concerns for public safety, and several other small town comforts that would be threatened if cannabis businesses came in.

Volunteers give love to Hammond Trail

The Saturday, August 5 Volunteer Trail Stewards work day on the Hammond Trail brought fog, treats courtesy of Eureka Natural Foods, and a group of Volunteer Trail Stewards and friends out to enjoy the trail and help with trail maintenance.  Volunteers restored memorial benches along the trail, and installed a new bench at the trailhead at the end of Murray Road in McKinleyville.

Hammond Trail Stewards and friends. Submitted photo

Hammond Trail Stewards meet the first Saturday of most months for work days at changing locations, in coordination with Humboldt County Parks and Recreation staff.  New volunteers are always welcome! For more information on dates and locations, please contact Stacy at [email protected].  Volunteer Trail Stewards are projects of the Humboldt Trails Council. Check out the Humboldt Trails Council Facebook page.

Carol Newman (Trail Steward), Rees Hughes (Trail Steward), Jason Ball (County Parks and Recreation)


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