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Jul. 22, 2017

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Jim Shields looks at developments in the county's enforcement of its new cannabis ordinance.
CalFire and local departments continue to make progress on the fire.
UPDATED 7/19/17, 10:30am — CalFire has announced the Murphy Fire is now fully contained.7/17/17, 7PM— Route 29 has been...
a cannabis plant
In which we attempt to put together a compliance primer of online resources for cannabis cultivators and business people.
CalFire dipping into the pond at Happy Day Farms on Bell Springs Road, photo submitted by reader Mark O'Neill.
Air and ground crews are currently responding.
Head-on collision on Highway 101 near Laytonville.
UPDATE 4:15pm: CHP staff at the Garberville station confirmed that three people were transported to the hospital in Santa...
PLEASE NOTE: You can check current updates of CHP incidents at their incident report page here. Reports in Mendocino...
A late night boating accident on Lake Mendocino claimed one life this weekend. It's unclear if alcohol or excessive speed were a factor.
No one was injured, though the suspect allegedly shot at the victims four times, with two different guns. Law enforcement is actively searching for the suspect.
The deceased was charged with attempted homicide after threatening his estranged wife and forcing his way into a residence.
According to the scanner deputies and CHP officers have been dispatched. We'll be updating.
Water wars, wolves, fire, supervisors, cannabis, and a special guest talking about what's at Willits' Wagon Wheel Mobile Home park.

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The sheriff's office has confirmed the deceased was Jeffery Settler. A BOLO has been issued for Zachary Wuester, Frederick Gaestel, Gary Blank III, Gary Lynn Fitzgerald and Amanda Weist.
The alleged murderer, Zachary Wuester, had been in contact with a federal marshal who urged him to turn himself in. Several other suspects remain at large.
The woman's mother contacted the MCSO to explain that she was safe in the Bay Area. No suspects in the homicide have been apprehended.
The suspect, Zachary Wuester, was arrested Monday night and booked this morning.
Head-on collision on Highway 101 near Laytonville.
UPDATE 4:15pm: CHP staff at the Garberville station confirmed that three people were transported to the hospital in Santa...
Before a packed house, the supervisors hammered out a few more details about the proposed medical cannabis cultivation ordinance. They could make a final decision by March 7.
Gary "Giggles" Lynn Fitzgerald was arrested November 25 in Ukiah for the murder of Jeff Settler. Photo from MCSO.
MCSO arrests Gary Fitzgerald for murder, the second arrest made in the Jeff Settler homicide that occurred outside Laytonville. Wiest is no longer a suspect and now considered a victim.
UPDATE: 1:25pmThe search for the suspects has ended. No victim or suspect has been found. No one has come...
The Department of Trimmigration
With outdoor harvest season starting up, traveling trimmers are creating tension in town, one man decided to provide some nifty guidelines in a public flyer.
Nishan Karassik of Phylos Bioscience (left) collected cannabis genetics from Kat Hart of Sohum Seeds and Chris Larson of Lost Coast Botanicals to add to the Phylos Galaxy-- an online, open-source three dimensional map of the lineage of each known strain. According to The Emerald Cup founder Tim Blake, all of this year's award winners will be added to the Phylos Galaxy.
Emerald Cup wins embolden boutique cannabis farmers to continue down uncertain road to cannabis compliance - a special report from Kerry Reynolds.
PLEASE NOTE: You can check current updates of CHP incidents at their incident report page here. Reports in Mendocino...
The bill would prohibit state and local agencies from cooperating with federal enforcement efforts of people engaging in legal cannabis activity.
UPDATE 5:15pm: The CHP has released a statement on the incident, stating the driver, Jessi Preyer, was driving a...
A series of 9.31 inspection gave a jolt of surprise to some prominent growers last week.
MENDOCINO Co., Nov. 28 -- The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office has released a statement on the arrest of Gary Fitzgerald,...
In which the columnist advocates against dinners on freeways, and other kinds of fast food.
Suspect Abdirahman Mohamed, taken into custody today. Photo courtesy of Kym Kemp.
Mohamed is the third suspect arrested in Settler's homicide; other suspects remain at large.
Jesse Cole Wells
Jesse Cole Wells, a suspect in the killing of Laytonville resident Jeffrey Settler, was arrested today by South Lake Tahoe police, with assistance from the Mendo sheriffs
Open casting call announcement for the HBO movie filming in Redwood Valley.
You can get paid to be one of the Mendocino faces on screen.
At a hearing this morning Woodhouse was ruled legally unable to care for himself, and placed in a conservatorship; his wife will act as conservator.
Drop off your mail-in ballot in this traffic circle box at 501 Low Gap Road in Ukiah or at any polling location around the county.
Measure AG is still too close to call, as are several council races across the county.
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In which we attempt to put together a compliance primer of online resources for cannabis cultivators and business people.
The vehicle chase appears to have started in Ukiah and wound up in Willits, the suspect is now in custody. He fire shots out the window, but police did not return fire.
The Fort Bragg City Council race is a competitive one this year, with five local men vying for two empty seats. The Mendo Voice spoke with the candidates.
National Weather Service expects thunder, hail, high winds, and up to five inches of rain today.
Cannabis in a light dep greenhouse.
COMMET, a special team that targets trespass grows, many of them identified by a DEA-sponsored aerial cannabis observation school, got the county’s blessing to apply for federal funding.
On Sunday a panel of industry leaders discussed the impacts of legalization under Prop. 64, at the Mateel.
Local support for Standing Rock isn't limited to adults. Check out this video from the Round Valley schools.
The shelter accepts people between the hours of 5pm and 7pm at Plowshares in Ukiah.
MCSO is seeking Kelley Coan, shown in a photograph from 2007. She is described as a white female adult, 5'06" tall, weighing approximately 140 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes, and is 39 years old.
MCSO is seeking Kelly Coan in the murder of Jamie Shipman, as well as Shipman's vehicle.
Cannabis in a light dep greenhouse.
Without making any formal announcement, and without notifying all of the county supervisors, the sheriff’s office sent a letter sometime last week that appears to suspend substantial portions of the most recent set of rules for cannabis cultivation.
Supervisor Woodhouse's official portrait from the County's website.
The Mendo Voice sat down with Third District Supervisor Tom Woodhouse to talk about his recent absence, and where he plans to go from here.
The gate at the 128 was stil closed late in the evening November 14.
CalTrans, CHP, Motorist Reports:UPDATE: NOVEMBER 19As of 8:45pm, Caltrans has announced that Route 128 is now open. The waters...
Woodhouse was arrested at his home on Friday night, on a charge of misdemeanor domestic battery and resisting arrest. His arrest included a struggle during which he was tasered and had to be subdued.
According to the scanner deputies and CHP officers have been dispatched. We'll be updating.
Supervisor Woodhouse's official portrait from the County's website.
Woodhouse also sent word that he would be taking a leave until Nov. 3.
Nine people were injured earlier this evening in a head-on collision near Point Arena. Mendocino Sports Plus, a Facebook based Mendo coast...
A memorial will be held for Jude Nagle at Harwood Hall in Laytonville, Jan. 14, 2017, at 2 p.m.
A photo of some of Dow's searchers, who included agency representatives from five different counties, from Sheriff Tom Allman's Facebook page.
58 year old Mary Ann Dow was located around 1:30pm this afternoon.
A statement from the Mendocino County Executive Office on medical cannabis cultivation procedures is expected today.
Board of Supervisors
Tuesday’s BoS meeting includes a workshop on cannabis business regs.
Allman presents to supervisors, BHAB members, and HHSA staff at a Jan. 23 joint meeting in Ukiah.
Sheriff Allman plans to send out deputies on mental health crisis calls only when the threat of violence is present.
The chase began because the suspect's car was believed to be involved in multiple burglaries. Speeds of over 100mph were reached, the Willits PD deployed a spike strip, the suspect fired on police, police did NOT return fire, and the chase was ended on foot.
Yesterday's activity north of Laytonville appears to have been in response to calls about armed men robbing 20lbs of weed. Law enforcement is now searching for, and asking for tips that could lead to the capture of the four cannabis burglars.
The details of her death are unclear, and she had been missing for several days. A vigil will be held today at 6pm, at the Willits city park.
One of the plaintiffs suing the county explains his position.
The victim was described as a transient, semi-local. The suspect claimed self-defense, be has been booked and detectives believe the shooting may not have met the criteria for self-defense.
UPDATE: 12:51pmCalFire had a crew on the fire over night, and has a crew there today. They are continuing...
The attorney in the case against AI, the voter-approved initiative taxing medical cannabis cultivators, declared that he will take the case to the court of appeals.
Photo of the Highway 1 slide from Caltrans' Facebook on the morning of Feb. 4.
Caltrans is unsure when the road will be cleared.
UPDATE Jan. 1, 2017:Mendocino Sports Plus is reporting that the body of the man who was lost at sea...
Butane cans after an illegal cannabis grow, provided by the CA Department of Fish & Wildlife.
The state's proposed budget includes $1.5 for Mendocino, Humboldt, and Trinity counties.
De'Shaun Davis has been named as the 20 year old homicide victim in the Nov. 21 shooting by Steven Ryan that took place in Ukiah.
A Caltrans photo of the slide north of Leggett, which also took out the fence.
The slide is 6 miles north of Leggett and will be re-evaluated at daylight.
Frederick Gaestel is the fifth suspect arrested in the homicide of Jeffrey Settler.
A family of snowmen under the stars on Highway 20 just west of Highway 101 in Willits.
Highway 1: as of 11:30pm the road has now re-opened with one lane, with traffic controls.As of 11pm, there...
UPDATE:Little Lake Fire responded to the accident and took one patient with moderate to major injuries to Howard Hospital....
In a press release the sheriff's office announced that they would resume selling zip-ties. The release made no mention of the what the plant limit is.
Board of Supervisors
Code compliance, track and trace, and management of the Ukiah Valley’s groundwater basin are on the docket this week. Also crowd control sound cannons.
The deceased was charged with attempted homicide after threatening his estranged wife and forcing his way into a residence.
Visitors could check out the winners in the 215 area after the Golden Tarp awards event.
Here's our report on this year's light dep cannabis winners from The Golden Tarp Awards, now in its third year at the Mateel.
A press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office: DATE:  "October 10, 2016" FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Incident Number: 2016-31092Crime/Incident: 459/460(a) PC (First Degree Residential...
Several hundred customers in communities around the county are out of power. Emergency phones are available at several locations.
Willits City Councilperson Holly Madrigal writes about why she's supporting AF.
Photo from the HIIMR website.
Humboldt researchers are conducting two cannabis business surveys.
In which we attempt to put together a compliance primer of online resources for cannabis cultivators and business people.
MENDOCINO Co., 1/12/17 -- One motorist is dead and another injured after their car ran off Hwy. 101 and...
This year’s emergency winter shelter is close to becoming a reality in Ukiah, a few blocks from free meals, and within sight of a bus stop.
From the darker side of trimming to LA farmers' markets to statewide cannabis regs, here's a round-up of Mendocino in the news from out-of-county publications.
After much public discussion at the the Sept. 20 meeting, the Board passed a motion officially stating their opposition to AF, also know as the Heritage Initiative.
The Arts Council is seeking art submissions for a show in June that contribute to a conversation on cannabis in Mendocino.
WILLITS -- This situation is developing and we'll continue to update as more info becomes available. The CHP will...
Have an opinion on the county's cannabis regulations, currently under development? Get yourself to a meeting this month!
The MCSO has released more information on the suspect in last night's chase, who is alleged to have engaged in multiple mail thefts. And law enforcement urges everyone to keep an eye on their mail, especially on lonely rural roads, this holiday season.
Lori Ajax, Chief of California's Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, talks to the transportation break-out group in at the pre-regulatory public meeting in Sacramento in September.
Lori Ajax, Chief of the California Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation sat down with The Mendo Voice.
The man was shot in the head, it is unclear if he is alive or dead. No information on the shooter is currently available.
Steven Patrick Ryan, 62, from his Nov. 22 Sheriff's booking log entry. Ryan is accused of the homicide of 20 year old De'Shaun Davis.
At a plea hearing this morning Ryan, who initially claimed to have shot Davis in self-defense, pled not guilty to murder.
In light of the recent canine parvo deaths, we talked to a vet about the disease.
Students in Round Valley create videos in support of Standing Rock.
Photo from the Lake Co. Sheriff's Office
The County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Team and the California National Guard Drug Task Force assisted Lake County Sheriff's in the execution of two warrants.
Pollard Hale was airlifted to Santa Rosa where he underwent massive reconstructive surgery, he remains hospitalized.
Supervisor Woodhouse's official portrait from the County's website.
WILLITS -- District Three Supervisor Tom Woodhouse's family has issued a statement saying that he is under doctor's care...
Round Valley Wailaki language teacher and Dreamstarter recipient Cheryl Tuttle with students Walter Card, Shayleena Britton, and Lourdes Downey talking to students at Willits High School this March.
High school senior Shayleena Britton will create an educational resource to share the Wailaki language.
An early morning 911 call led to a massive search, but neither victims nor suspects were found.
The “angry farmer,” columnist Ben Wolff, argues that the Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op could be the pillar of the local food movement, it claims to be, if it just got out of its own way.
The flyer for the November 6 "Mendo Stands with Standing Rock" event.
Mendocino supporters are holding a fundraiser on November 6 for the Standing Rock camps.
Third District Supervisor Tom Woodhouse.
Woodhouse, who has been absent from BoS meetings since August 30, came by the County Administration building and spoke briefly about his thoughts.
A new chapter, specific to cannabis nuisances, contains language allowing multiple county departments to declare that pot is causing a nuisance.
Jesse Edward Slotte from his MCSO booking log photo.
A man threatened to kill his ex, and dragged her while she hung out of a car.
At least one dog has died, and another is infected. However, volunteers at the shelter report that there may be more deaths.
Board of Supervisors
There will be two BoS meetings next week, with a hearing on the cannabis ordinance Tuesday and transportation, community character, and budget matters scheduled for Monday.
The seventh and final suspect in the killing of Jeffrey Settler has been apprehended in New Jersey. Mendocino County officials are traveling to NJ to begin the extradition process.
American Indian Movement Spiritual Leader Fred Short led the crowd in a closing prayer at an event supporting Standing Rock at the Redwood Valley Guild.
UPDATE, Dec. 6: - The "Laytonville for Standing Rock" group decided at their Nov. 30 event to hold ongoing...