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Business as Usual For California Water Hogs

The year 2013 was California’s driest on record. The first six months of 2014 were the hottest half-year on record. Reservoirs are drying up. Groundwater basins are diminishing at an…

Mendo’s Timber Tentacles

It’s been well over a decade since the grape-based alcohol sector first outpaced tree cutting as Mendocino County’s dominant state-sanctioned economic sector. This watershed moment — a product of many…

The Imaginary World Of Phil Frisbie, Jr.

The Imaginary World Of Phil Frisbie, Jr.

Since the advent of the modern propaganda industry during the era of World War I, paid propaganda shills have become a fixture of large capital projects and national endeavors of…

Willits Bypass Timeline

In Willits, many people have not taken kindly to the California Department of Transportation's asphalt imperialism, which entails spreading more than 140,000 dump truck loads of fill in Little Lake…

Jared Huffman: CalTrans Errand Boy

Jared Huffman: CalTrans Errand Boy

Last week, the US Congressional representative for California's North Coast, a former Natural Resources Defense Council attorney named Jared Huffman, threw the full weight of his legislative power behind the…

Why The Corps Shut Down The Bypass

Why The Corps Shut Down The Bypass

New details have come to light regarding the US Army Corps of Engineers’ June 20th decision to suspend the Willits Bypass’ US Clean Water Act permit (404 permit): the first…

Bypass Stopped — For Now

When it comes to large, earth-destroying projects of the sort rapidly unraveling this planet’s life support systems, efforts by corporations and nation-states to “remediate,” “mitigate,” or “compensate” (the specific jargon…

Archeological Site Known to CalTrans Damaged Again

In the latest bad news for Indigenous people whose cultural resources have been horribly impacted by CalTrans’ Willits Bypass, Big Orange’s construction crews have damaged another known archeological site. The…

Water, Money & Mendo’s Fisheries

Water, Money & Mendo’s Fisheries

The old truism that California’s water “flows uphill toward power and money” is often literally true, but not always. The powerful and wealthy of Sonoma County, northern Marin County, and…

The Politics of the World’s Most Hydrologically Altered Landmass

The Politics of the World’s Most Hydrologically Altered Landmass

California is the most hydrologically altered landmass on the planet, a distinction it first attained in the early-mid-20th century. The Hoover Dam (on the Colorado River), which began operation in…

Lake County’s First Native American Supervisor?

Lake County’s First Native American Supervisor?

Jim Browneagle, 60, of the Elem Pomo, is one among six people contending to represent Lake County District 3, which includes the communities of Blue Lakes, Upper Lake, Nice, Lucerne,…

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