Mendocino rejects nonlethal wildlife management and approves program to kill cougar, bear, and more

On December 17 the Mendocino Supervisors voted 3-2 to contract with the UDSA’s Wildlife Services program to manage human and wildlife conflicts. The controversial Wildlife Services program kills millions of animals a year nationwide, and an average of over 400 animals annually in Mendocino County. Dan Young reports.

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Mendocino considers shift to nonlethal wildlife management

The Mendocino Supervisors are considering shifting the county to nonlethal management methods for wildlife perceived as a threat to ranching and agriculture. The discussion will take place at 1:30pm during the Board’s Tuesday, December 17 meeting. Dan Young discussed this issue with Don Lipmanson, a long-time Mendocino homestedder and environmental and wildlife advocate.

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Ft. Bragg residents petition for further clean up at GP mill site

Redevelopment efforts seem poised to move forward on Fort Bragg’s former Georgia Pacific lumber mill site, which was shuttered in 2002. But some community activists are petitioning local and state officials to halt development pending further environmental remediation. Dan Young reports.

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Unlicensed Mendo cannabis cultivators face raids, while Supervisors work to help licensed growers

At their July 16 meeting the Mendocino Supervisors heard from Sheriff Allman about ongoing police sweeps against unlicensed cannabis cultivation sites. The Board also discussed five recommendations from a Board committee to improve conditions for licensed cultivators and grow the cannabis economy overall. Dan Young reports.

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Ft. Bragg Council discusses pollinators, polystyrene, plastic straws, and other green topics

On June 10 the Fort Bragg City Council heard about local efforts to protect pollinator species and move towards a zero waste society. The Council also discussed a proposal to fund an education program aimed at reducing plastic straw and polystyrene use. Dan Young reports.

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Fort Bragg reboots election system review committee

After only five meetings, the Fort Bragg City council has disbanded the election system review committee that was set up as part of a legal settlement over alleged violations of the voting rights of Hispanic and Latino residents. However Mayor Will Lee plans to appoint a new, smaller committee with the same goals. Dan Young reports.

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Fort Bragg appoints new city attorney, reopens discussion of new waste transfer station

On May 13 the Fort Bragg City Council decided to put out a request for proposals for analysis of the feasibility of building a new waste transfer station on the coast. This action by the city reopens a proposal that sparked controversy between 2014 and 2016 and then abruptly fell apart. The Fort Bragg Council also appointed a new city attorney, and heard about local trap-neuter-release efforts for stray and feral cat populations. Dan Young reports.

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