And The Winners of the Emerald Cup Are…

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 @ 8:15 a.m. /  marijuana

Here are the winners from California’s longest running medical marijuana Emerald Cup.  The Cup was started as a friendly competition between neighbors and has grown to become a major trade show that sold out the Sonoma County Fairgrounds with around 10,000 attending Saturday alone. 

The Cup encourages growers to up their game—become better at growing, curing and presentation. In a secretive business, this chance to see multiple final products is a unique education for growers and the public alike.

There were several different competitions but the bud contest draws the most entries and the most interest. Number one in both the Breeder’s Cup and the Emerald Cup is Jose Pianato with Sweet Serenade. This Indica/Sativa cross was bred and grown in Mendocino from a seed. Below is a photo taken of a sample bud for CannCast (This reporter is speculating that this small bud is a section of a larger and better manicured bud.) A photo and test results for many entries can be seen on their website. 

Go here to see more information about the winner.

Place Entry # Collective Cultivator Strain

Below is the Judges’ list which includes the compiled description (often somewhat comical or horrifying depending on how seriously you take the reported flavors which include dirty armpit, tangerine, cinnamon toast, pre-school locker room and some kid pissed his pants.

1st 9 HHF Joe Peinado Sweet Serenade

solid big buds densely packed with crystals - cardamon and eggnog, zabaglione, rich full flavor, cherry turpentine, subtle changes throughout the joint, big expansion and a clear mental high. Good for creative focus.

2nd 164 HHF Mean Gene Mendo/Aficionado Black Lime Reserve

Big Brachs Beauty

Strong gasoline smell

Comes in waves

Go here to see more information about the second place finisher

3rd 347 OrganiCann,SRosa Star Cheese

Emerald Green & light brown hairs firm bud

poopy deep stink/roasted peppers/very strong/rose lavender/ dried mango w/a touch of mint/delicious all the way through

Open headed high/happy thinking person’s high/put me in a space zone & got me really high

4th 24 Peace In Medicine S Rosa Juan Lopez SFV-OG (San Fernando Valley OG)+

Blue Power

tight trim loaded with golden trichomes

super strong pine&mothballs

Stinky minty dirty armpit - & it tastes like it smells! Tastes stony

loose jaw and brain spiral/ vibratory head stone/good social weed

5th 470 HHF Terp Hogz Zklittez

Symmetrical shape tight trim

smells like Tangerine juice and tequilla with some lime

tastes like candy cane/full smoky rich flavor

nose ticker/full-headed high

6th 570 HHF 3rd Gen Family & Dyingbreed Zklittez #8

Seeds & Terp Hogz

Hairspray and tangerine

7th 505 HHF Tar Hill Cannabis Reserve

Sparkly sticky dark green frosty coating

smell: chocolate hash with raspberry sauce/fruity&fuely

Tastes like it smells plus piney/peppery butterscotch

Clear head and bright eyed

8th 82 HHF Pearly Sweetcakes Clementine

Tight bud and good trim/bright orange hairs

smell lemon bars & naugahyde

tequilla aftertaste/key lime pie/airplane glue/stinky socks - phew!

Slow down and feel good!

9th 611 WonderLand, LA Karl Witt & Eden Farms Durban Poison

Pretty girl with big brachs

smells like yummy peach brandy - intoxicating

taste apricot nectar &old books/very smooth month aftertaste/smoked to the very end

full body take off on 4th hit/strong sensory awareness and big fun

10th 301 (288?) HHF Mean Gene, Mendo Cherry Limeade #9

Blonde inside tight firm bud

Smells like tangerine/cinnamon toast/pre-school locker room(& some kid pissed his pants)

Tastes like grapefruit and cherry

Clearheaded high

Breaking News: Two Shot Out Hwy 36

Kym Kemp / Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 @ 9:42 p.m. /  Crime

Reportedly, two individuals have been shot and are located at widely different points along Highway 36.  A report of gunshots fired came across the scanner around 8:45 p.m. According to the subsequent scanner traffic, one victim, a female, was said to have been wounded in the arm in the Church Lane area of Carlotta Swain’s Flat. Scanner traffic indicates that the woman appears at this point to be stable. 

About 9:00 p.m. a report came across the scanner of an individual with a gunshot wound to the back in the Swain’s Flat Outpost area . Scanner traffic indicates that this second individual is believed but not confirmed to be the shooter of the woman in CarlottaGoogle maps indicates that the distance would take approximately 15 minutes to travel. 

Medical personnel staged in the Swain’s Flat Outpost area—staging means they wait at a distance until the scene is found to be safe by law enforcement. Law enforcement has now indicated that the area is safe for medical personnel.

The Church Lane area has also been cleared by law enforcement so that medical personnel could tend to the woman.

We are following the scanner and will update as more information comes in.

An earlier version of this post erroneously identified Carlotta as the place where the woman was wounded.

Mugshot of Suspect Arrested in McKinleyville Shooting Incident and More Details

Kym Kemp / Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 @ 12:14 p.m. /  Crime

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release:

The investigation into last night’s officer involved shooting in 2300 block of Chapel Hill Road in McKinleyville is still ongoing. Sheriff’s Office Detectives and members of the countywide Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) are currently investigating the incident. CIRT consists of investigators from the District Attorney’s Office, Eureka Police Department, Arcata Police Department, State Department of Justice and the California Highway Patrol. 

The male suspect, Michael Lawrence Barrett (age 23) remains in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on a no bail warrant for Parole Violation out of Los Angeles. The unidentified adult female remains in a hospital, out of the area, with a non-life threatening injury to her hand. Investigators are still trying to confirm her identity due to her not cooperating with law enforcement. Neither Barrett nor the Deputy was injured. 

The Deputy involved in the shooting is not being identified at this time and remains on administrative leave per the Sheriff’s Office Shooting protocol which is standard procedure in a case such as this. 

Barrett and the unidentified female have not been charged with a crime at this point pending the outcome of the investigation. 

Further information will be released as it becomes available. 

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at (707) 268-2539.

Rainbow Mountain Walker Memorial

Kym Kemp / Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 @ 1:07 a.m. /  Obits



Memorial announcement for Rainbow Mountain Walker:

Join us for a celebration of the life of Rainbow Mountain Walker!

All are invited to the Mateel Community Center in Redway on Saturday, December 20th to celebrate the life of beloved community member, Rainbow Mountain Walker. 

An avid supporter of groups like Kiwanis Of The Redwoods, Mateel Community Center, and Old Coots On Scoots, Rainbow was an iconic local personality, known and loved by many.  

A biker to the core, in fitting tribute to this passion his celebration of life will feature legendary biker band, Charley Brechtel and Friends, plus favorite local rockers, Cyclops & The Owl.   

The event runs from 4pm to 1am and potluck dishes are encouraged. 

Food will also be served out of the Mateel kitchen and a bar will offer beer and wine to those 21 and over. 

What:A celebration of the life of beloved community member, Rainbow Mountain Walker!
When:Saturday, December 20th,2014 / 4pm to 1am
Where:Mateel Community Center
Tickets: Free Event / Potluck - Bringing Dishes Encouraged!

Previously: Well-liked Southern Humboldt Man Discovered Dead

[UPDATE With Eyewitness Accounts] Shots Fired in McKinleyville, Woman With Gunshot Wound

Kym Kemp / Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 @ 9:52 p.m. / Breaking News

UPDATE 6:58 a.m.:

Law enforcement press release here: Sheriff’s Deputy Fires on Suspects Attempting to Flee; One Injured, One Arrested

UPDATE 12:05 a.m.: Two residents of the area where the gunshots were fired Monday evening have just described the situation to the Outpost.

It must have been before 9 and after 8:30,” explained Eric Mason, a resident of the area where the incident occurred. “I was doing the dishes. I saw the car ripping down our road and the [law enforcement vehicle] chasing the car.”

Mason said that he lives on a dead end road which ends in his circular driveway. “They came ripping about our roundabout. My uncle [who lives with Mason] said they came to a head at the end of our driveway. The car went around the roundabout and then they were facing the police car. They attempted to run towards the police car and to the left up an embankment” in order to go around the officer’s car.”

Mason explained when that when the suspect vehicle couldn’t get past the police officer’s vehicle, they reversed. While reversing, he said, “They hit my wife’s car.”

Mason had gone to get his wife, Rheannon Okey. While he wasn’t looking at the vehicles, he heard multiple gunshots. Okey said that later law enforcement told them that some people had exited the vehicle and fled.

Okey said that at this point she came from her child’s bedroom and went outside. There were more law enforcement officers on the scene. She heard the driver of the suspect vehicle, screaming. Okey said, officers were telling the driver that she needed to exit the vehicle. The woman, Okey said, told them “I can’t. I’m bleeding.”

At that point, an officer told Okey to go back inside.

Later, Okey said, officers came to the home. She said they told her they needed to search her house to make sure someone didn’t sneak in without the family knowing. After the search was completed, the family was told to lock the doors and not come out.

Okey said her husband saw a male suspect later being placed in a law enforcement vehicle. She also said that law enforcement told her husband that there was still at least one suspect, reportedly a female, still at large.

As of 11:15, Mason said, law enforcement was still on his property looking for the suspect/s. “There is a K9 search of our property happening right now. We own about an acre and that is all being searched….I can tell our property is swarming with police.”

Okey said that she isn’t too concerned though she is having trouble getting her children to go to sleep. “ I feel pretty safe and secure,” she explained because “there are a lot of cops” around her home.

UPDATE 10:19 p.m.: Law enforcement is using a K9 to search for suspects.

UPDATE 10:15 p.m.: According to scanner traffic, one suspect has been detained. “Possibly two suspects are still outstanding.”

UPDATE 10:06 p.m.: A K9 unit was requested.


Original post: 

Scanner traffic indicates that gunshots have been fired in the McKinleyville area. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and Arcata Police Department have responded to Chapel Hill near Azalea Ave. At 9:05 p.m. an officer requested medical aid.

Medical call

Scanner traffic later at approximately 9:35 p.m. indicated that a woman was injured. She apparently has a gunshot wound in her arm. Two suspects, one a woman and one a man who is possibly armed, have run off in the woods. 

First audio.

Scanner traffic indicates that Azalea Avenue is being blocked at Sutter and at North Bank. We are monitoring the situation and will update as soon as possible.

CannaActivists Warily Eye Cannabusinessmen

Kym Kemp / Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 @ 7:44 a.m. /  marijuana

A poster first produced in 1982 signed by artist Pat Ryan was displayed in his booth at the Emerald Cup. It and other “Humboldt homegrown” art attracted attention from growers nostalgic for images from their youth and also from collectors of cannabis memorabilia looking to cash in on their purchases at a later date.

At the Emerald Cup this weekend, growers competed for prizes and prestige. However, this cannabis convention wasn’t only about whose buds were the best, it was also about whose values will be carried forward as cannabis evolves into a legal business. At the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, hill growers with muddy boots and knit caps bumped elbows with snake oil salesmen and expensively dressed business entrepreneurs and investors. Long time activists and savvy money people both believed that those who made the right connections and captured the imagination of the cannabis community could fund successful social movements or make themselves rich.

Beyond the smoke that wafted among the booths and the music that throbbed from the stages, a battle was being fought between competing cultures. Or, more precisely, it was less of a battle than a dance designed to avoid a bloody war—a war that could destroy everything both sides wanted. Here, at the Emerald Cup, the old cannabis culture shook hands with the new. All factions need each other right now as the industry moves towards legitimacy. No one seems to want an outright war that will harm the legalization movement or impact wallets. Nonetheless, there was suspicion and anxiety and barbed comments.

While grinning consumers tasted dabs and growers jotted notes during cultivation workshops, the leaders of the activists groups figuratively and literally shook hands with the business entrepreneurs all the while worrying that they might be walking a path that will ultimately destroy their culture and their communities. 

The activists guardedly watched the business interests and warned of the possibility of big money co-opting cannabis and its culture. The Executive Director of WAMM (Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana) Valerie Corral cautioned that “you can feel the claws and you can feel the drool” of investors eager to make money off marijuana.

A grower at the Emerald Cup told the Lost Coast Outpost, “We’re being invaded. If we don’t protect ourselves by being a group, we’re doomed.”

Activists fretted that business interests looking to invest in what the investors believe may be a vast money making opportunity might ignore long held values of cannabis culture. Many of the true believers in cannabis as a political right, as a medicine or in hemp as an environmental savior wonder how they are going to continue to keep social issues in the forefront when business interests enter the marijuana world.  Panelist Debby Goldsberry, who co-founded the Berkeley Patient Group and currently works to standardize cannabis medicines, urged growers and activists to  “bring their values with them” as they work with the cannabusiness entrepreneurs.

Aundre Speciale, a founding member of Americans for Safe Access—a marijuana patient activist organization—speaking in a panel at the Emerald Cup, agreed adding, “People who are coming into the community for only money are going to find that that isn’t a good business model…Giving back to the community and taking care of each other…will be the best business model.” 

At the Emerald Cup, Valerie Corral, Debby Goldsberry and Aundre Speciale spoke together on a panel.

Activists also are concerned that the entrepreneurs don’t value marijuana or its consumers. Aundre Speciale described a recent cannabusiness convention in Las Vegas as having “3000 people eager to come into the business…Not only did a lot of them not smoke, a lot of them looked down on those who did.” (A quick perusal of the rules and regulations for the Las Vegas convention show that the plant and its buds were not of major interest to the organizers who strictly forbid “the use, distribution, or sale of any products containing THC…in the exhibit hall, conference sessions, or any other function space where the event is conducted.”) 

Nonetheless, many growers and older cannabusinesses are also concerned about profiting and not losing their place at the coming economic table that they feel they’ve earned. Leo Stone of Aficionado Seeds explained at one panel, “People are nervous and concerned in a capitalist culture about protecting the work they’ve done.” 

Leo Stone spoke on a panel at the Emerald Cup.

In the vendor pavilion, the anxiety was palpable as growers scrambled among the booths trying to find a way to make money as the old methods of selling their pounds slipped away. Older men with weather-beaten faces and rough hands stood shoulder to shoulder with tattooed young men staring with bewildered interest at CO2 extractors. Could they turn their pounds to dabs of gold with this?

CO2 extractors like this small one pictured above are used to make cannabis concentrates such as hash oil.

Other growers carefully examined the entries into the flower contest. What could they do better next year to make their buds more competitive in the tougher marketplace?

A man carefully captures a photo of a particular entry. Is it his? Or is it one that he aspires to grow next year.

The anxiety is pushing some long time growers to grow more and grow less carefully. One grower who wished to remain anonymous pointed out that it wasn’t only entrepreneurs from outside the marijuana community who were changing its values. He said there were members of the community itself who were so eager to make money that they were willing to sell out social justice values and environmental concerns for a profit. “They’re part of the cannabis community but they’re ready to eat their own,” he said. “They’re canna-bals.”

In spite of competing desires and goals, activists, business interests and growers all shared a common emotion as they gathered together at the Cup—hope. All of them want to better their lives, whether they see that as fattening their bank accounts or helping make a more just society or some mixture of the two.

On Sunday evening towards the close of the Emerald Cup, Tim Blake, its founder, spoke before a large crowd. He urged all the factions—growers, activists, and entrepreneurs to “come together as business people supporting the right kind of business.” 

The uneasy coalition formed between the differing factions may be fraught with suspicion and anxiety but so far it is holding. Will it make it through the attempts to create a legalization bill for 2016 that all sides can stomach?

Unidentified Body Found on Beach Near Fort Bragg

Kym Kemp / Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 @ 9:19 p.m. /  News

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office press release:

On 12-14-2014, at approximately 7:00 AM a subject was walking his dog on the Noyo Beach in Fort Bragg, California when he came upon the remains of a deceased person lying on the beach near the surf.

Mendocino County Deputy Sheriff/Coroner’s responded and initiated an investigation.

The decedent was found to be a male adult, estimated to be 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and 130 to 160 pounds who appeared to have been in the water for sometime and was in an advanced state of decomposition.

The decedent was wearing blue “Alfred Dunner” brand sweat pants, gray socks, and brown “Outdoor Gear” hiking boots. The decedent also has a tattoo of what appears to be the letter ‘S’ on the back of his left hand between the thumb and index finger and also a tattoo on his right shoulder of a “heart” and a name, which is unreadable.

No identification was located and the identity of the decedent is unknown at this time.

Any persons with information which may assist in identifying the decedent are encouraged to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office tip-line at (707) 234-2100.