Merle Haggard & The Politics Of Salmon

During the battle to save the pristine salmon and steelhead habitat of Headwaters Forest in 1998, I got a phone call one morning from Mike Sherwood, then the California Director of the Sierra Club. He told me that country legend Merle Haggard (who passed away on his birthday, April 6, this week) and actor Woody […]

Long-Time Local Fish & Rivers Advocate Passes Away

Zeke Grader, a legendary defender of fish, fishing communities, the Bay-Delta Estuary and the public trust, passed away Monday night. The Executive Director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), Zeke was one of one of the most quotable and witty people I have ever met. I spent many, many hours in meetings, […]

Salmon Season Looks Promising

In spite of the record drought, the forecast for recreational and commercial salmon fishing year on the California coast from Horse Mountain in Humboldt County to below Monterey looks relatively good, according to data released at a California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) meeting in Santa Rosa on Wednesday. The majority of the fish […]

Little River Man Found Guilty

Court documents reveal that LeValley conspired with Roland Raymond to embezzle the funds through a complex scheme of fake and inflated invoices and payments for spotted owl surveys that LeValley and his organization never performed.

Fishy Fish Stats

The Central Valley Project Improvement Act, a landmark federal law signed by President George H.W. Bush in the fall of 1992, set a goal of doubling the Bay-Delta watershed’s Chinook salmon runs from 495,000 to 990,000 wild adult fish by 2002. The legislation also mandated the doubling by 2002 of other anadromous fish species — […]

Jerry Brown: The Big Oil Governor

Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the President of the Western States Petroleum Association, is back in the news in an article in today’s Sacramento Bee about the increase in steam injection oil drilling permits since Governor Jerry Brown in November fired two regulators who were actually doing their job. Reheis-Boyd served as the Chair of the Marine Life […]

Off The Hook

Recreational salmon fishing opened on the California coast from Horse Mountain in Humboldt County to the U.S./Mexico border on Saturday with good fishing reported by moochers and trollers fishing Monterey Bay and the San Mateo County Coast. Brian Cutting, captain of the Chubasco out of Randy’s Fishing Trips in Monterey, reported 32 salmon for 30 […]

The UC Davis Pepper Suit

The inevitable lawsuit contesting the brutal pepper spraying of UC Davis students last fall was filed on Wednesday, February 22. Seventeen students and two recent graduates, represented by the ACLU of Northern California and cooperating attorneys, filed a federal lawsuit against UC Davis over the University’s treatment of protesters during a November 18 demonstration. In […]

Occupy State Parks?

David Gurney, independent journalist, slammed the state of California’s winter closure of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park in Sonoma County — and pondered whether state parks proposed for closure will be turned over to private interests, as some have proposed. “In the first ring of a dismal peal that signals the death knell for our revered […]

Arrives After Tribal Ceremonies: Largest Salmon Run On Eel River In 77 Years

Over 2,300 fall run Chinook salmon, the largest num­ber of fish counted at the Van Arsdale Fisheries Station on the Eel River below Cape Horn Dam since the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) began keeping records, arrived just several months after members of the Round Valley Indian Tribes of Covelo conducted dances and ceremonies […]

Tribes & Allies Take Control of MLPA Meeting: The Fort Bragg MLPA Protest

In a historic protest on July 21, members of dozens of California Indian Tribes and their allies marched through the streets of downtown Fort Bragg protesting the viola­tion of indigenous fishing and gathering rights under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Marine Life Protec­tion Act (MLPA) Initiative. “This is the biggest protest on any issue held on the […]