AM News for Wednesday, 12.04.13
A wool mill in Mendocino county may become a reality next year according to Matthew Gilbert aka Matt The Shearer. He and others are planning for a medium sized facility that would produce about 1000 pounds of yarn per month and employ about 5 people.
"at this juncture we are optimistic that we’ll be able to make it happen and are working very hard to make it a reality. It is going to take over $300,000 to start the mill, so one of the things that we have been working on is our Facebook page at is mendowool"
Several California lawmakers, including Congressmen Jared Huffman and Mike Thompson, sent a letter last month to the U.S. Sentencing Commission requesting tougher penalties for marijuana growing on federal and some private lands.
The letter considers "the production and cultivation of controlled substances in particularly marijuana, on public lands or while trespassing on private property" to be a "direct threat to our environment and public safety."
"We are concerned that existing guidelines do not address the long term detrimental threats these operations pose to the environment and nearby communities."
The letter cites "over the past decade, drug cultivation has significantly expanded in terms of both geography and scale. In rural and remote areas, today's marijuana operations can involve tens of thousands of plants and industrial-scale farming practices. Drug trafficking organizations composed of both foreign and American criminals have profited greatly from this expansion, and are making forests and open spaces unsafe for working and recreation."
" Rural communities with large ranching, agriculture and timber lands are particularly vulnerable to criminals trespassing to cultivate and produce narcotics."
Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and Congressman Doug Amalfa representing northeastern California and Congressman Sam Farr representing the central coast (including Santa Cruz) also signed the letter. Thanks to Linda Williams and TWN for this story.
Unsatisfied with the $2.50 a pound they are being offered, skippers who fish along the Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte county coasts appear unified in their decision to stay ashore until wholesalers make an offer closer to the $3 a pound being paid to fishermen working out of Bodega Bay and points south.
Last year, North Coast fishermen settled for $2.50 a pound to open the season and suffered while fish processors did not.
A better price is even more important this year because the size of the catch is expected to be smaller, though the individual crabs appear to be big and meaty. Moreover, there’s a strong market buoyed by demand for crab in Asia that would support a higher price.
The strength of their position depends on the timing of the commercial season in Oregon and Washington, which has been delayed until at least Dec. 16.
Representatives for fishermen in the four primary North Coast ports — Fort Bragg, Eureka, Trinidad and Crescent City — were to meet Wednesday on next steps.
Representatives for Pacific Choice Seafood, which is negotiating on behalf of wholesalers, were not available for comment Monday.
The Mendocino Coast District Hospital's Hospice is holding its annual "Light Up A Life" memorial ceremony and fundraiser Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. in the hospital lobby."Our goal is to build awareness for the hospice program and raise funds to help our friends, family and neighbors deal with end of life," says Hospice Coordinator Arlene Case, R.N., who notes that the hospice program is supported entirely by donations and sales at the Hospice Thrift Shop in the Boatyard Shopping Center.
The memorial ceremony will feature the Gloriana Carolers and the Threshold Choir, accompanied by Roberta Belson on the harp. The lights on the trees will then lit up.