This week, reports came out about four men held captive on a cannabis farm in Calaveras County, adding to growing national conversation about the seamy underground of Northern California’s marijuana gardens. We’ve compiled a round-up below, with non-marijuana news links afterwards:
Threats and Beatings Used to Keep Four Brothers Working on Marijuana Farm, Alleges Calaveras County Sheriff - Kym Kemp’s Redheaded Blackbelt.
Kemp reposted the original press release from the Calaveras Sheriff’s Office.
Police: 4 Men Held at California Pot Farm, Forced to Work - Associated Press in SF Chronicle.
The original story comes via AP.
Update: 2 more sought in kidnapping of 4 brothers held captive at California marijuana farm - The Cannabist, based in Colorado.
The Cannabist updates this story, which has been reposted in news outlets around the country.
California Pot Farm Violence Concerns Rise During Harvest - Press Democrat
The Press Dem’s take on the recent trimming coverage, published today.
Abuse is Rampant Among Pot Growers - SF Weekly’s Chem Tales column
This weekly column offers a response to the investigative report from Reveal released last week and asks whether pot growers should receive certifications for employee safety and labor law compliance.
A follow-up interview with California Growers Association’s Hezekiah Allen about Reveal’s investigative report.
In non-cannabis coverage, Mendocino made the news this week for real estate sales, a ceremony in memory of the mental health patients in the now-closed county facility, fires and drought discussion in the Mendocino National Forest, a local publisher winning a journalism award, medical billing in rural areas, injunction granted halting timber plan for Gualala River area, and in a discussion on drunk driving in the North Coast.
Gov. Brown signs bill allowing rural hospitals to hire doctors - Press Democrat
Brown signs a bill sponsored by north coast Assemblyman Jim Wood changing medical billing practices.
Gualala River logging project suspended by Sonoma County Judge - Press Democrat
Judge grants preliminary injunction to the Friends of the Gualala River over disputed timber plan.
Forest workshop talks beetles, drought - Appeal Democrat
Mendocino National Forest drought and Beetle discussion.
A small fire in the Mendocino National Forest.
Mendocino County ranch sold for over $6 million - Press Democrat
Mendocino ranch sells for $6 million.
Ceremony memorializing people buried in unmarked graves at the county’s now closed mental health facility.
DiMauro honored for her work in community journalism - The Fort Bragg Advocate News
Coast publisher wins community journalism award.
You and Me and the Keys - The North Coast Journal
An editorial by Thad Greenson dealing with drunk driving and the North Coast.
Thanks for reading! That's it for today's version of The Mendo Wire - where we report what others reported.