AM News for Monday, 11.11.13
Friday, Congressman Huffman joined Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell for a tour of the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands .
Later, Huffman and Jewell held a public meeting to discuss adding the public lands to the California Coastal National Monument, one of the last steps needed before the Obama Administration can use the authority under the Antiquities Act to add the public lands to the CCNM. This designation would be the first land-based addition to the CCNM, currently made up of more than 20,000 small islands, rocks, and reefs along the California coast.
This designation would permanently protect more than 1,660 acres, add 10 miles to the California Coastal Trail and protect other natural jewels such as the Garcia Estuary and two miles of the Garcia River, critical habitat for salmon and steelhead. The land includes habitat for endangered species, including the Point Arena mountain beaver and the Behren’s silverspot butterfly.
After a family member offered a reward, the man suspected of growing marijuana in the Mendocino National Forest who allegedly fled from law enforcement officers has been found.
The family member confirmed that Chavez was OK, but did not provide any futher information about where Chavez had been or who had picked him up and provided shelter.
There may be a tiny bit of rain tonight and tomorrow, but don’t count on it coming anywhere close to solving the water supply questions on the North Coast .
For one thing, the parched earth is likely to soak up most of what falls as a storm system expected to hit Canada head-on skirts Mendocino county.
For another, the shifting forecast is less optimistic than it was even a few days ago, when it looked as if a whole inch of rainfall might be possible, meteorologists say.
The likelihood now is a fraction of an inch over a few hours late tonight and Tuesday.
The AVA reports that WILL PARRISH’S TRIAL has been put over until January 27th because Parrish’s attorney, Omar Figueroa, has not yet reviewed what he describes as “voluminous” CHP and Caltrans documents related to Parrish. The trial had been scheduled to start Tuesday November 12th. Other protesters Lucy Neely and Peggy Backup had a pre-trial hearing Friday (November 8th) and “Earthworm” and “Feather” have a hearing on Tuesday, November 12th at 8:30am in relation to their infraction charges for their first of two lock-downs
A Fort Bragg woman accused of striking and killing two road workers in an Interstate 80 construction zone in northern Nevada could face charges, pending the completion of the Nevada Highway Patrol's investigation of Tuesday's accident east of Battle Mountain.
69-year-old Candace Gittins was approaching stopped traffic along Interstate 80 when she swerved into orange construction barrels to avoid other cars.
She struck four workers, two of whom died.
Mendocino County District Attorney David Eyster has not filed charges against a Fort Bragg man who was arrested nine days ago on shooting a man several times, sending him to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Joel Humecky, 41, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and domestic battery after he reportedly ran from the scene of the shooting. Humecky was held under $505,000 bail until Wednesday, when he was released because the DA's Office had decided not to file charges against him.
Eyster said after looking at the available facts, investigators don't have enough evidence to support an attempted murder case in court.
"There could be any number of reasons," Eyster said, giving as an example a scenario where the shots were fired in self-defense.
Thanks to Tiffany Revelle of the UDJ for that story.