sheri quinn

Sheri Quinn

  One of the most remote, rugged and secret treasures of Mendocino County is the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park located on what's called The Lost Coast, because of the lack of major road and highway access. This coastline lined with chandalier redwood trees, is also often hidden by blankets of fog. The 7,500 acre park has been considered a "wild west" at times and now the state has increased patrols and is planning improvements to the park.  

Three new cases of human sex trafficking were reported in northern California since 2016, according to trafficking survivor Elle Snow and founder of Game Over, a survivor led organization working to end sex trafficking

  

Snow has turned her horrifying experience into an awareness campaign - helping other victims across the United States escape trafficking and educating communities about how to identify it, prevent it, and more.  

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Spotted owl populations have plummeted over the past several years despite a decade of protection. Scientists measuring the decline say their populations are decreasing at a rate of 4 percent a year. Turns out, the main culprit is a much larger owl called the Barred owl. It has moved in from the East Coast and has encroached on the smaller owl's territory in Northern California. The Barred owl will also sometimes eat spotted owls and even breed with them, producing what scientists are calling the Sparred Owl.

 

The emergency homeless shelter in Ukiah recently closed, forcing many homeless individuals in Mendocino county to wander the streets and sleep outside at night. The closure puts them at greater risk of being ticketed by police for illegal camping.  

 

The city of Ukiah adopted an illegal camping ordinance in 2014, essentially criminalizing camping and homelessness. 

  

  Alan Schlosser, Senior counsel of the ACLU in Northern California wrote a letter to the city when the ordinance was on the city council meeting agenda in 2014.

 

The March for Science on Earth Day this year swiftly became a global news story. Thousands turned out for marches in U.S. Cities. In Mendocino County, hundreds turned out to march in support of the scientific process and value of research. Here is a montage of some of the highlights, starting with Mendocino High School sophmore Henry Thomas followed by Miriam Kawshiwada of Three Rivers Charter School. 

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