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Trinity County poorest in California
Posted: Jan. 17, 2018 By: Linda Watkins-Bennett - Action News Now

The financial news and opinion website "24/7 Wall Street" ranks Trinity County as the poorest county in California.
To identify the poorest counties in each state, the agency reviewed median annual household income for every county in the United States with at least 10,000 residents, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Trinity County's median household income is $35,270.00 ... compared to the state median household income of $63,783.00.
The poverty rate in Trinity County stands at twenty percent, with a five percent unemployment rate.
The website says that with just four people per square mile, the county is one of the least densely populated counties in California, and analysts say it lacks much of the economic activity prevalent in the more dense and prosperous parts of the state.

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Calendar Events / Trinity Tribal Gathering
« on: July 12, 2017, 11:41:00 AM »
   
We are so pleased to bring you a full roster of music, speakers and performances for this year’s
Trinity Tribal Gathering!

Taking place Friday September 1 – Sunday, September 3, 2017 at Junction City Park at the foot of the Trinity Alps Wilderness in Northern California!

This year’s Gathering will feature a lineup of music, speakers and forums that has to be one of our best yet. 🙂
See you soon.

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On Tuesday 07/11/2017, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office’s Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) served a search warrant to investigate an allegation of illegal cultivation of marijuana. The parcel in question had no application on file with Humboldt County Building and Planning and no permits issued for the cultivation of commercial marijuana. The search warrant was served in the area of Hyampom just west of the Trinity County line. The following agencies assisted DEU with this investigation: Wardens from California Fish and Wildlife, Biologist from California Fish and Wildlife, CAL Fire officers, specialist from the Humboldt County Environmental Health and HAZMAT Unit, Humboldt County Code Enforcement officers, and personnel from the California Army National Guard Counter Drug Unit.

Upon responding to the parcel, several Hispanic subjects were observed running from the greenhouses and into the brush. No subjects were detained by law enforcement. DEU documented fifteen (15) greenhouses on the property containing growing marijuana plants. Seven (7) outdoor marijuana grows were also documented on this parcel. A total of 5,491 marijuana plants were eradicated on the property. The property was registered to an LLC. The LLC involved with the property is still under investigation.

California Fish and Wildlife conducted a parallel investigation this parcel and discovered 1 stream bed alteration, 3 separate water diversions, and 1 violation of beneficial storage of water. This is a State Water Board violation and will be forwarded for further follow up.

Humboldt County Environmental Health and HAZMAT conducted a parallel investigation and discovered 1 count of failure to submit a HAZAMAT plan for the storage of kerosene.

CAL Fire officers conducted a parallel investigation and discovered the following violations:

Timber slash violation and 9 violations of operating without a timber conversion permit.

Humboldt County Code Enforcement officers conducted a parallel investigation and discovered the following violations: Grading without a permit, Construction without a permit, solid waste disposal violations, unapproved sewage disposal, junk vehicle violations, and commercial marijuana cultivation ordinance violations.

All criminal violations stemming from the marijuana cultivation investigation will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s office for review. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office maintains a cooperative relationship with all agencies that participated in this investigation. All future investigations into non-compliant marijuana operations will continue to be investigated in this manner.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Originally shared on Facebook, "Weaverville Ca.  Neighborhood Watch"

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An Unabashed Look at Setting Up One Cannabis Grow in Trinity County
This article first appeared in a new publication devoted to cannabis, the Emerald Tribune.  (Follow them on Facebook for more cannabis news.) The article is reprinted here with their gracious permission.

    FROM A SEED TO A DREAM



    D’Andre Johnson

    D’Andre Johnson has been growing cannabis for years. He recently purchased and began developing a new farm in Trinity County. We caught up with him to talk about the trials and tribulations of setting up a new homestead. D’Andre hopes that his story will help inspire young kids living in California’s major cities.

    This is my first time growing in Trinity County. Last year I was in Siskiyou. When I got this property in February, it was just a home surrounded by trees, with a fence on one side, running next to the road. At first, it was just me up here, cutting down trees.

    I just bought chainsaws and got started. I had cut down a lot of trees at my previous farm, so I felt pretty confident. But these trees are 120 feet tall, 50-80 year old trees! I realized that had no idea what I was doing.

        “Not everything went smoothly with all of the trees.”

    A young man walked up the road and saw me cutting trees. He asked if I needed any help, and I ended up hiring him on. He was working for my neighbor at the time. I guess he liked it better over here, because he stayed on, and then he brought his brother over as well. Now they both work for me.

    There's still plenty of room for potential growth

    THERE’S STILL PLENTY OF ROOM FOR POTENTIAL GROWTH

    Things started moving a lot faster once they got here. We logged for something like a month and a half. I donated a lot of the wood to elderly people throughout town to use as firewood.

        “Trinity has been going a million times better. I don’t have a single complaint.”

    Not everything went smoothly with all of the trees. We were falling this one, when the wind suddenly picked up and started leaning it towards the house. It looked super bad, so we grabbed the big diesel truck and tried to winch it, to fall it downhill. The wind won, and the tree came down, nearly taking out the house. It crashed into a power line and sparks started flying everywhere! That was a bad day.

    The fallen tree stretched all the way from the greenhouse, hundreds of feet up the yard

    THE FALLEN TREE STRETCHED ALL THE WAY FROM THE GREENHOUSE, HUNDREDS OF FEET UP THE YARD


    We couldn’t develop the property exactly how we imagined it. Initially, we wanted one big flat, but we ended up making multiple terraces. While we were leveling everything out, I flipped a tractor going down to the second terrace. I was coming down a steep hill, and gravity just took me! I fell over 90 degrees, and had to use the bucket to push myself upright. It was fun.

    We even had a little incident when my doggie was younger. She ripped all these plants out of the ground. She broke five plants and ripped out another twenty!

    Since I started in this business, every day has been a learning experience. My previous farm was much more challenging. Trinity has been going a million times better. I don’t have a single complaint.

    It’s been pretty relaxed and chill up here. You don’t see too many crazies. You don’t hear a bunch of gunshots in the middle of the night. Part of that is because the cannabis industry is a lot more new out here. My workers suspect that within the next five years, this is going to become like The Pines. That’s where a majority of the farms in Trinity County are right now.

    Kodak the puppy enjoying downtime on the farm


    The organic market ultimately will be the most valuable. A lot of farmers are marketing specifically for SoCal shoppers, and a sustainable vibe is the route they take.

    It feels like the industry is waiting for the next big invention, but it hasn’t come yet. We found out that there’s a specific market for CBD: only medical. But I want to appeal to both sides. I really like the medical, holistic approach. I don’t like the corporate greed and sponsorships.

    Although I’ve yet to get anything tested, testing is what’s encouraged me to do all organic. Plus, I care about patients’ health. With organic, you’ll get higher yields and a product with a higher potency. It just takes a little more time to figure out your winning formula.

    I just do what all the old guys tell me. A little chicken manure, some steer manure, bat guano, etc, etc. The plants love it, and at this point, I love it too. You can shower as much as you want to, but your hands will still smell like chicken manure for a week.

   

    Right now we’re working with a photographer to make a mini documentary about the experience. She’s going to come in and take drone pictures to show off the whole farm. We’re already using the hashtag “from a seed to a dream” on all the pictures on social media to promote it.

    The idea is to create a narrative. We want to show kids, especially urban inner-city youth, that a life like this is possible. I’m the first person in my family to cut a tree. I’m living my dream.

View the comments on his blog by clicking the link at the top

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Marijuana cultivation is a super hot topic right now so I figured this would be a good thing to share.

Source: http://bioscience.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/06/19/biosci.biv083.full

The liberalization of marijuana policies, including the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana, is sweeping the United States and other countries. Marijuana cultivation can have significant negative collateral effects on the environment that are often unknown or overlooked. Focusing on the state of California, where by some estimates 60%?70% of the marijuana consumed in the United States is grown, we argue that (a) the environmental harm caused by marijuana cultivation merits a direct policy response, (b) current approaches to governing the environmental effects are inadequate, and (c) neglecting discussion of the environmental impacts of cultivation when shaping future marijuana use and possession policies represents a missed opportunity to reduce, regulate, and mitigate environmental harm.

Marijuana is the subject of heated debates over whether the liberalization of marijuana policies would benefit or harm society (Kilmer et al. 2010, Caulkins et al. 2011). Countries as diverse as Uruguay, Morocco, and the Netherlands?as well as 23 US states?are experimenting with the decriminalization of marijuana, including the states of Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska, which have legalized recreational sale and possession (AP 2014, Hughes 2014). The policy debate, which has focused on the public-health and criminal outcomes of liberalization, has largely neglected another notable source of societal harm arising from widespread marijuana use: the environmental harm associated with its commercial-scale cultivation. Where this harm has been examined by policy analysts in a legalization and policy context in Washington State (O'Hare et al. 2013), it was assumed that the environmental impacts are largely associated with energy use in indoor cultivation and will shrink in state-legal markets through regulation and other mechanisms. In that case, it was also assumed that environmental considerations are of minor importance in framing marijuana policy (O'Hare et al. 2013).

These assumptions are questionable in warm, arid, or semi-arid regions with extensive outdoor marijuana cultivation, or where state-legal/medical markets and black markets are significantly intertwined. California, where by some estimates 60%?70% of the marijuana consumed in the United States is grown (USDOJ NDIC 2007, Gabriel et al. 2013), serves as a good example of both conditions. California marijuana is primarily outdoor grown, and there is significant mixing between the medical and black markets (Short 2010, Bauer et al. 2015). Although the total area under marijuana cultivation in California is likely low compared with that of traditional Californian crops such as grapes, hay, or tomatoes, the site-specific impacts of marijuana production are significant and problematic. Illegal marijuana production in California is centered in sensitive watersheds with high biodiversity (Bauer et al. 2015), which represent habitat for several rare state- and federally listed species. The Mediterranean climate of much of the state results in the limited availability of surface water within these watersheds during marijuana's growing season. The combination of limited water resources, a water-hungry crop, and illegal cultivation in sensitive ecosystems means that marijuana cultivation can have environmental impacts that are disproportionately large given the area under production.

Like all forms of agriculture, marijuana cultivation has implications for natural resources that should be part of the current and future policy discussion. However, regulation designed to mitigate environmental harm is more difficult to implement for marijuana cultivation than for other agricultural activities because of its unique and evolving legal status. Although many US states are legalizing recreational and medical marijuana possession and use, it remains illegal at the federal level, putting the industry in a semi-legal gray area in these states. This status separates marijuana from fully legal agricultural commodities and greatly complicates regulation of the industry. Without adopting a position on liberalization of marijuana use and possession policies, we argue here that (a) the environmental harm caused by marijuana cultivation in both the semi-legal and black-market context is significant and merits a direct policy response, (b) current approaches to and funding for governing the environmental effects are inadequate, and (c) neglecting discussion of the environmental impacts of cultivation when shaping future marijuana-use and -possession policies represents a missed opportunity to reduce, regulate, and mitigate environmental harm.

The environmental impacts of marijuana cultivation
Marijuana is a water- and nutrient-intensive crop (Cervantes 2006, HGA 2010). Its cultivation is associated with land clearing (figure 1), the diversion of surface water (figures 2 and 3), agrochemical pollution, and the poaching of wildlife in the United States (Gabriel et al. 2013, Thompson et al. 2014, Bauer et al. 2015) and internationally (Armstead 1992, McNeil 1992, Bussman 1996). Where grown indoors, it can require extensive energy inputs with potentially negative effects on climate (Mills 2012, O'Hare et al. 2013). Marijuana cultivation in California is mainly concentrated in remote forested watersheds, on private, public, and Native American tribal lands, and is largely grown outdoors (Gabriel et al. 2012, Milestone et al. 2012, Thompson et al. 2014, Bauer et al. 2015), with environmental impacts often extending far beyond the specific cultivation site (Gabriel et al. 2013, Bauer et al. 2015). Both semi-legal and black-market marijuana plantations can be harmful to water resources and aquatic life. In the California north coast region, an estimated 22 liters (L) of water or more per plant per day are applied during the June?October outdoor growing season (HGA 2010). Using this water application rate and documented planting densities in greenhouses (900,000 plants per square kilometer [km2]; Bauer et al. 2015), water application rates would be approximately 3 billion L per km2 of greenhouse-grown marijuana per growing season. Outdoor planting densities appear to be much lower (Scott Bauer, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, personal communication, October 13, 2014), and if we assume a planting density of 130,000 plants per km2, water application rates would be approximately 430 million L per km2 of outdoor-grown marijuana per growing season. For comparison, wine grapes on the California north coast are estimated to use a mean of 271 million L of water per km2 of vines per growing season (CDWR 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005). Marijuana is therefore estimated to be almost two times more ?thirsty? than wine grapes, the other major irrigated crop in the region.

Fig.1
Land clearing, habitat conversion, and road building associated with marijuana cultivation in the Trinity River watershed (a) before conversion, 2004, and (b) after conversion, 2012. Source: Jennifer Carah; base imagery US Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency through Google Earth (2004), and Google Earth (2012).

Fig.2
A California outdoor marijuana garden adjacent to a drained wetland. The wetland was drained to irrigate the marijuana garden. Photograph: Scott Bauer.

Fig.3
An illegally constructed pond and water diversion associated with a marijuana cultivation site in northern California. Photograph: Scott Bauer.

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This is a proposal for monitoring illegal and hostile cultivation of marijuana within neighborhoods.
from an unknown source. Give us your opinion!

Marijuana Control Initiative
Neighborhood Relief
Community Peace
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Whereas the cultivation of marijuana in Trinity County has impacted established communities in a number of serious ways, this ballot Measure is so constructed as to serve as a means toward an end.  The goal of this initiative is to aid in restoration of ?Peaceable Communities? in a manner that benefits the county as a whole.

1. First Year - 7.5% of the Mountain Community Hospital District Parcel Tax will go to the Sheriff?s Department specifically to hire and retain one deputy.

2. Second Year ? An Additional 7.5% of HPT goes to the District Attorney to aid in case load through the hire and retention of an assistant.

3. Third Year- A final 7.5% of HPT goes to the Sheriff?s Department to hire and retain another deputy.


CONDITIONS:

1. The redirection of funds from HPT must not be undone through cuts to the District Attorney or Sheriff?s Department or any other measure/act that results in negation of this initiative

2. Once per week, a deputy will be assigned to a neighborhood for a day to observe traffic and conditions.  The deputy will be so housed as to conceal his/her presence and document all conditions observed such as high traffic, noise, smell, harassment intimidation that are known to stem from hostile growers.

3. Abatement measures to relieve neighborhoods of undue stress shall be given high priority, and re checked for compliance at random intervals.

4. This measure, if approved, will remain in effect for 4 years, requiring vote of majority of Trinity County registered voters to alter, amend or terminate.  County is precluded from taking any measure to alter, amend, and terminate any part of this measure without voter approval.

5. (Any funds from citizens wishing to contribute to cannabis control efforts shall be split between the District Attorney, Sheriff?s Department and the Hospital District until the Hospital District has been reimbursed to its portion of HPT of current year overseen by the Grand Jury.)

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Community Discussion and General Bulletin Area / Re: S.K.A.T.E.
« on: July 27, 2015, 12:06:36 PM »


We got the boards approval to get started!! If anyone wants to get involved get ahold of Dexter Herron or myself or come see us at Juice Garden!!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=860610267322206&set=gm.1008680239156050&type=1

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Calendar Events / County Meeting, Illegal Marajuana Growing
« on: July 15, 2015, 03:03:29 PM »

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VIDEO: BOS meeting about illegal and out-of-control pot grows.

Video attached. still working on this message so check back for pictures and details.

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Community Discussion and General Bulletin Area / S.K.A.T.E.
« on: June 26, 2015, 04:45:51 AM »
10 years ago the County  received  grant money for Lowden Park.  At that time there was a Skateboard Park on the list of projects to be funded with the grant.  Unfortunately, the Lowden Park Pool was in desperate need of repairs and remodeling, so the Board voted to use the Skateboard Park funds for the pool.  And we have a very nice pool.  When that happened, my Son, Jake and I and some of his friends formed S.K.A.T.E.  We had a lot to learn and it was difficult to rally the community, but we kept doing fundraising, and  trying and dreaming and hoping and then, the County had another go at a Park Grant and we waited on that, only to be denied by the State.  I wrote and sent in a big packet to Rob Dyrdek in 2013, but never heard back. We want to build a temporary wood skatepark to use until we can apply for more grants, like Tony Hawk. But those grants are tough and we need at least $10,000 in the bank for matching funds and to show community support.  We have raised $750 in the last year, and we need $1000 to start a bank account. The big project needs about $75,000.  So, in the meantime, we are looking into sites where we can build wood ramps, (diyramps.com) for the kids to skate, sooner than later! Please donate to the S.K.A.T.E fund either here, or if you live in Weaverville, CA you can donate your recyclable money at Trinity Recycling Center. 
THANK YOU.  Kelly Frost
*S.K.A.T.E. is a subsidarary of the Weaverville/Douglas City Parks and Recreation District.

http://www.gofundme.com/x2u8g7s

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Calendar Events / Hayfork Speedway Fireworks and Celebration
« on: June 26, 2015, 04:35:12 AM »
Friends, Family and Fireworks at the Heyfork Speedway.


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Calendar Events / 4th of july scedule
« on: June 25, 2015, 05:56:07 AM »

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Calendar Events / Nor-Cal Jazz Festival
« on: June 25, 2015, 05:50:49 AM »
Nor-Cal Jazz Festival is coming to historic Weaverville, CA this summer! The date is Saturday July 25 in beautiful Lee Fong Park; doors at 4, downbeat at 5.

LEE FONG PARK IN WEAVERVILLE, CA HAS JUST BEEN ADDED TO THE 2015 NOR-CAL JAZZ FESTIVAL.

THIS BEAUTIFUL LOCATION will be the scene of another Wonderful Eventing of JAZZ in Northern California. Bring your Blanket and Lawn Chairs and RELAX under the trees to some of the North States finest JAZZ. Featured this year areE BRADY MCKAY MEREDITH WITH JOHN TIEDMAN, THE LATIN GUITAR DUO AL MIRES & TYLER MANSFIELD AND THE WORLD JAZZ JAM SOUND OF LEFT HOOK.

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