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Lawsuit to Protect Pinto Abalone From Ocean Acidification, Climate Change and Poaching - by Center for Biological Diversity
ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Conservation groups notified the National Marine Fisheries Service today of their intent to sue the agency for delaying Endangered Species Act protection for the pinto abalone, an approximately six-inch snail with an iridescent inner shell that was once common in rocky, intertidal coasts from Alaska to Baja California.
Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 4:27PM
MLPA Initiative funder pledged $250 million for Mauna Kea telescope - by Dan Bacher
“The TMT is an atrocity the size of Aloha Stadium,” said Kamahana Kealoha, a Hawaiian cultural practitioner and organizer of those who held a protest today at Mauna Kea, where a scheduled groundbreaking ceremony was delayed. “It is like building a sky-scraper on top of the mountain, a place that is being violated in many ways culturally, environmentally and spiritually.” Photo of protest at Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation offices today in solidarity with protests to stop the bui...
Posted: Tue Oct 7, 2014 8:38PM
Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for 16 Rare Amphibians and Reptiles in California - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to decide whether 16 increasingly rare amphibians and reptiles in California warrant consideration for Endangered Species Act protection. The Center first petitioned for these species — the western pond turtle, southern rubber boa, western spadefoot, foothill yellow-legged frog, Colorado Desert fringe-toed lizard, sandstone night lizard and ni...
Posted: Tue Oct 7, 2014 8:07PM
Judge rejects Westlands lawsuit blocking Trinity River flows - by Dan Bacher
"Straight up, if the Bureau of Reclamation did not make the decision to augment flows on the Klamath, we would be right now cleaning up thousands of salmon carcasses on the river,” said Thomas P. O'Rourke, Sr., Chairman of the Yurok Tribe. “We applaud Judge O'Neill's decision. We need to do everything possible to ensure in-basin fish needs are met and to prevent another heartbreaking tragedy on the Klamath River." Photo of Lewiston Dam on the Trinity River by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Wed Oct 1, 2014 3:37PM
Governor signs Chesbro bill to protect fisheries from ‘frankenfish’ - by Dan Bacher
“As chair of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture since 2010, every year I have authored an ‘omnibus’ bill to protect California fisheries and enhance commercial and sport fishing in the state,” Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro said. “The idea for this year’s bill – to protect our irreplaceable salmon and steelhead fisheries – came out of the annual Fisheries Forum that the Joint Committee hosted at the Capitol earlier this year."
Posted: Wed Oct 1, 2014 8:44AM
New Marijuana Practices in California: Private Security Firm Raiding Mendocino Pot Farms - by markthshark
They wear camouflaged uniforms, bearing military-style insignia. They ride helicopters over the forests of Mendocino County, Calif., on the state's north coast, equipped with firearms, where they cut down illegal marijuana. But they aren't the army. They aren't even the police. They are Lear Asset Management (no phone listing or company website), a private security firm that is attracting a lot of attention for the work it's doing -- and even perhaps some work it hasn't done.
Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 1:33PM
What is Solitary Confinement? - by Abdul Olugbala Shakur
This is an analysis written recently, and re-printed with permission, by Abdul Olugbala Shakur, a New Afrikan Revolutionary Prisoner currently in solitary confinement in Pelican Bay State Prison. Abdul here discusses the modern manifestations of isolation/solitary confinement and its potential impacts on prison organizing (both inside and out). Please share! If you would like to write to Abdul, his contact information is at the bottom of the article. thanks! -Carl
Posted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 8:59AM
Pomo Leaders, AIM elders and Activists Shut Down Caltrans Construction - by Karen Pickett
Tribal Pomo Representatives, AIM elders and Environmentalists Take Action for Ancient Native Sites and Wetlands. Trucks Dumping Fill are Shut Down at the site of the under-construction Caltrans Willits Bypass in Mendocino County. The Native participants, from Coyote Valley, Sherwood Valley, Potter Valley and the American Indian Movement entered the construction site with the AIM flag, banners and drums for prayers and direct action in conjunction with local environmental activists.
Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 9:14PM
Feds release emergency flows after fish parasite found in Klamath - by by Dan Bacher
“While there has not been a confirmation that any fish have died as a result of Ich, we are extremely concerned that there could be another fish kill in the coming weeks if additional flows are not released. We appreciate that the Bureau of Reclamation heeded our request to send emergency flows down the Klamath River,” said Thomas P. O’Rourke Sr., Chair of the Yurok Tribe.
Posted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 3:11PM
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