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As COVID cases rise, county spending falls

As COVID cases rise, county spending falls

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – ​In what’s been described as a tentative Humboldt County budget, spending is downscaled due to the unpredictability of COVID-19 impacts. ​The county budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 was reviewed by the Board of Supervisors in two June 15 hearings. ​Public comment was minimal during the

HumCo supe on county sheltering order: ‘I fear for our children’

​The effects of the county’s shelter-in-place order, which has been in effect since March 20, include school shutdowns and lack of social contact between children. “We’ve shocked and awed them like they’ve never seen before,” Bohn said. “We’ve got to tell kids what we’re doing, why we’re doing this and what we’re going to do for them – because I worry about the children.”

Cross-pollination worries compel Supes to downsize hemp farming

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – A mapped hemp farming zone includes 6,000 acres of the greater Arcata area but it’s now off the table as county supervisors are focusing on smaller-scale medicinal hemp production. ​The ongoing debate on how to regulate hemp continued at the Nov. 19 Board of Supervisors meeting. Up for

Bohn says no more power shutoffs in 2020

Supervisor Mike Wilson said county residents were led to believe a “mythology” that power generation could be locally isolated in a so-called energy island. “I think there were many people within PG&E who were just as shocked as we were that the larger bureaucracy just didn’t perform in the way that they thought it would,” he continued.

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

Supes spend to save county cyber assets, election security

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – ​New software will allow Humboldt County to pinpoint the vulnerabilities of its cyber systems – including the election office’s system – and guard against hacking and malware. ​At its September 17 meeting, the county’s Board of Supervisors took action to guard against cyber system disruptions. ​The board approved

Should climate change deniers help make policy?

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – ​Humboldt County’s interest in forming a Climate Advisory Committee hinges on an initial question – should those who are skeptical be disqualified from its membership? ​The idea of forming a committee to recommend climate change responses was discussed – and debated – at the August 27 Board of