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The Weight of The Water Board

A year ago this week, the California Highway Patrol conducted its mop-up of the five Willits tree sits that had been blocking portions of CalTrans’ Willits Bypass freeway construction. The…

Fracking On The North Coast

Across geologic time, rainwater sculpts the land into cradlelike entities that comprise a watershed. For the vast majority of inland Mendocino County, the basin that collects the water that the…

California’s Water Pathology

Speaking at the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board’s once-every-other-month meeting in the north Santa Rosa burbs on January 30th, California State Water Resources Board member Steven Moore characterized…

Mendo’s Secret Water Meeting

Mendo’s Secret Water Meeting

This past Monday, elected officials and public services staff people from throughout inland Mendocino County met with at least five of the State of California’s highest ranking regulatory officials who…

Assaulting An Officer?

Assaulting An Officer?

For as far back as Douglas Alan Duncan, 58, can trace, the maternal side of his family has been tied to the land in and around Robinson Rancheria: a federal…

Defense Of Necessity

As you have read elsewhere in the AVA, the Mendocino County District Attorney’s office and I agreed to a settlement recently. I was represented in these negotiations by my attorney,…

CalTrans’ Toxic Cover-Up?

CalTrans’ Toxic Cover-Up?

Let’s start with penta. A pesticide and wood preservative that timber companies applied liberally at mill sites from the 1960s until it was banned from most uses in 1987, penta…

Mendo’s Black Mesa Caravan

I was among five people from inland Mendocino County who stayed with elder Dine' (Navajo) families at Black Mesa, an uplands mountain plateau on Navajo/Hopi reservation land in the high,…

Life In A Wick Drain Stitcher Part 3: Unseasonal Rain

Life In A Wick Drain Stitcher Part 3: Unseasonal Rain

The past 160 years have involved the utter destruction of the vast majority of perhaps the most ecologically important natural communities there are here in California: its wetlands. Most of…

The Fight Is Everywhere

This past December 22nd, more than a month before The Warbler began a 65-day occupation of a Ponderosa pine in the southern part of the boggy town of Willits, CA,…

CalTrans, A Rogue Agency

My piece elsewhere in this issue of the AVA describes how Caltrans has appeared to violate Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Policy Act,…

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