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Westlands asks Court to block releases for Klamath River salmon - by Dan Bacher
Mike Orcutt, Hoopa Valley Tribe Fisheries Director, said, "Hopefully, logic will prevail as the Judge has the same issue that he will be issuing a ruling on from last year's case." "A New TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) would only be issued if plaintiff can show 'irreparable' harm from BOR's action and they are already getting maximum deliveries from Trinity anyway. Moreover, BOR has already established its water deliveries so they won't be harmed by reductions in their water deliveries....
Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:03PM
Reclamation releases additional flows to avert Klamath River fish kill! - by Dan Bacher
"We have determined that unprecedented conditions over the past few weeks in the lower Klamath River require us to take emergency measures to help reduce the potential for a large-scale fish die-off,” said Mid-Pacific Regional Director David Murillo. “This decision was made based on science and after consultation with Tribes, water and power users, federal and state fish regulatory agencies, and others.”
Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:30AM
Tribal members rally in Sacramento to stop Klamath River fish kill - by Dan Bacher
“I told Murillo that if there is a fish kill, he is responsible for genocide,” said Annelia Hillman, a member of the Klamath Justice Coalition and Yurok Tribe.
Posted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:29AM
Out Of The Monterey Shale Downgrade Rises Wind On The Wings Of A Rising Solar Phoenix - by Tomas DiFiore
Whatever PR and debate surrounds production of oil from the Monterey Shale Formation, in no way affects non-associated - Northern California Tight Gas production, North Coast Tight Sands (tight gas) exploration and production targets i.e., the Eel River Basin in Humboldt County, or the lust for new offshore leases on the North Coast of oil, natural gas and methane hydrates. One day before the EIA reduced the estimates of the Monterey Shale deposits, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors b...
Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 5:14PM
Klamath River Tribes Confront Feds for Water Releases To Prevent Fish Kill - by Klamath Justice Coalition
Sacramento, California – Hundreds of Tribal members and supporters from the Trinity and Klamath Rivers converged at the Bureau of Reclamation in Sacramento today. They demanded increased water flows, known as preventative flows, from Lewiston Dam into the Trinity River, the largest tributary of the Klamath River. They also asked that more water be let out of Iron Gate Dam on the Klamath.
Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:09PM
Tribal protesters urge Secretary Jewell to stop Klamath River fish kill - by Dan Bacher
Chairwoman Vigil-Masten also mentioned the lack of water in the Klamath and Trinity rivers having a profound impact on tribal members, especially during a time when there are no jobs, a lack of industry and a lack of financial resources. “But, the people taking the water are doing quite well,” said Vigil-Masten. “To me, it’s really frustrating to that millions of dollars are being made on the backs of our salmon and our drinking water.”
Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:22PM
Obama Admin Finalizes Stronger Stream Buffers to Protect Imperiled Salmon from Pesticides - by Joanna Nasar
The Environmental Protection Agency today finalized an agreement to restore no-spray buffer zones around waterways to protect imperiled salmon and steelhead from five toxic pesticides.
Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:27PM
55K People Call on Ca. Attorney General to Investigate Poisoning Death of Scientist's Dog - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity delivered messages from more than 55,000 people to California Attorney General Kamala Harris on August 7 requesting an investigation into the fatal poisoning of the pet dog of a scientist studying the deadly impacts on wildlife of the same toxin that killed his dog. A necropsy showed that the dog, Nyxo, had been fed red meat and poisoned with the highly toxic rat poison brodifacoum. Nyxo belonged to Dr. Mourad Gabriel, one of the nation’s...
Posted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 5:15PM
Northern California's Clear Lake Hitch Protected as Threatened Species - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN DIEGO— The California Fish and Game Commission has designated the Clear Lake hitch — a large minnow found only in Northern California’s Clear Lake and its tributaries — as a threatened species under California’s state Endangered Species Act. The decision came after the commission heard testimony Wednesday from conservationists and Pomo Indian Tribes around Clear Lake that the fish’s spawning runs in 2013 and 2014 were the worst in recorded history. Hitch are threatened by exce...
Posted: Thu Aug 7, 2014 2:02PM
Hoopa Valley Tribe: Interior Secretary turns back on Klamath salmon - by Dan Bacher
“It is as if the Secretary of Transportation said let’s forget about automobile seat belts, airbags and antilock brakes and spend the savings on ambulances,” said Hoopa Valley Tribe Chair Danielle Vigil Masten. “The problem is that the ambulance may or may not get to a crash scene in time, and when it does arrive, the crew will have to deal with far more serious injuries.” Photo of the Trinity River courtesy of the Hoopa Valley Tribe.
Posted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 4:53PM
Third Lawsuit to Prevent Caltrans From Vandalizing Ancient Redwoods in Richardson Grove - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— Following two previously successful federal and state court legal actions, conservation groups and local residents filed a lawsuit in federal court on July 28 (see PDF) challenging Caltrans’ renewed approval of a controversial highway-widening project that would endanger ancient and irreplaceable redwood trees in Richardson Grove State Park in Humboldt County. Due to Caltrans’ flawed environmental-review process, the project to cut into and pave over the roots of old-grow...
Posted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:06AM
Humboldt Activists Defend Unlogged Forest In Mattole Watershed - by Karen Pickett
Timber Wars Continue As Humboldt Activists Begin New Tree Sit To Defend Unlogged Forest In Mattole Watershed: Earth First! activists have headed into the woods on the north coast to defend old growth Doug fir forests in the Mattole River Valley from logging by Humboldt Redwood Co., owned by the Fisher family, who purchased the forestland from the old Maxxam/Pacific Lumber with promises to log more sustainably. They have vowed to not log old growth and not clear-cut and have certification fro...
Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 10:29AM
Pomo Tribe Seeks Protection for Cultural Sites at Caltrans Construction of Bypass - by Karen Pickett
The Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians is requesting government to government consultations regarding ancestral sites in the area where Caltrans is doing highway constuction on the Willits Bypass. Caltrans has already dumped fill on archaeological sites without consultation, as required by law. The Resolution passed unanimously by the Tribe is attached.
Posted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 12:35PM
Caltrans Agrees to Reevaluate Impacts of Del Norte Highway Project on Endangered Salmon - by Center for Biological Diversity
CRESCENT CITY, Calif.— In response to a lawsuit by conservation groups, Caltrans has agreed to reassess impacts of a controversial highway-widening project in Del Norte County on protected salmon and their habitat along the wild and scenic Smith River. A settlement agreement will keep in place a court-ordered halt of construction work until Caltrans completes consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service under the Endangered Species Act and Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation ...
Posted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:50PM
Three Girls Beaten By Police After Demo for Andy Lopez - by Dave 'Davey D' Cook (repost)
Breaking News: Yesterday there was a big rally for Andy Lopez in Santa Rosa.. Youth from all over the city including many of Andy's classmates stood in front of the DA's office demanding she resign.. After the rally the police beat up 3 Latino girls, two of them 13 the other 14.. One is still in the hospital for injuries..
Posted: Wed Jul 9, 2014 2:37PM
Humboldt County Board of Supervisors Puts Contract Renewal With Wildlife Services on Hold - by Center for Biological Diversity
EUREKA, Calif.— One day after a broad coalition of national animal and conservation groups urged the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors to terminate its contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services, the board assented to a citizen request to delay consideration of contract renewal for at least a month in order to reevaluate the issues.
Posted: Wed Jul 2, 2014 7:12PM
Humboldt and Mendocino Counties Urged to Void Contract With Inhumane Wildlife Services - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— A broad coalition of national animal and conservation groups sent formal letters to the Humboldt County and Mendocino County boards of supervisors today urging them to terminate their contracts with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services, which indiscriminately kills tens of thousands of native wild animals in California every year, including coyotes, bears, foxes and mountain lions.
Posted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:22AM
June 2014 Corporate Hack Attack On A Northern California Community - by Tomas DiFiore
Butte County is taking a leadership stand for all the inland North State counties - the north state gas fields extend from Sacramento through the counties of Butte, Tehama and Glen, Colusa (west) to Lake County and have nothing to do with the 'Monterey Shale'. These are 'Gaslands', tight sand formations. Visit- https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/frack-free-butte-county#home 'The page has everything, and the story is so grass roots, it's historic and compelling.'
Posted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:36AM
Caltrans Willits Bypass Permit Suspended! - by Karen Pickett
The Army Corps of Engineers suspended the permit by which Caltrans is destroying wetlands in Mendocino County, connected to the controversial Caltrans Bypass on Highway 101. This is a much protested project, with Native American involvement. There were over 50 arrests last year.
Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:13PM
Legal Petition Calls for Return of Grizzly Bears to Vast Portions of American West - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a legal petition today calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to greatly expand its plans for recovering grizzly bears, including returning the iconic animals to vast portions of the American West. The petition identifies 110,000 square miles of potential grizzly habitat in places like the Gila/Mogollon complex in Arizona and New Mexico, Utah’s Uinta Mountains, California’s Sierra Nevada and the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 3:54PM