For Fourth Day, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies Head Out Bell Springs Road

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office once again headed out Bell Springs Road in the direction of Island Mountain. According to a reader, there were six vehicles including a wood chipper. (Wood chippers are commonly used by the Mendocino and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Departments to dispose of marijuana plants. See photo below from a raid last summer.)
Marijuana after going through a wood chipper

Tomorrow at 4 p.m., Sheriff Tom Allman from Mendocino will be holding a press conference to talk about the results of the raids. RB will be attending and pass along the results.

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  • That is confirmed 6 vehicle convoy on the palo verde for the 4th day in a row. They passed the pv fire station about 10 minutes ago


    It’s too bad that people sell them fuel for their convoys. If they were denied food, fuel, services, and shelter things would change.

    • Really? You think some ma and pa shop that does not sell these guys a bag of chips would result in garden raids coming to a stop?

      • The Alderpoint store refused CAMP service and they busted in and then brought a civil action under the Unruh act.We had to hold a benefit event to get their fees together. This was 20-30 years ago, but still…

    • Klamathman, little civil disobedience ya think.
      alas, those boys in swat gear with machetes and wood chippers and high powered rifles would just grab an extra vehicle (say, may they can put that armored tank/vehicle to use?!) and fill it with all they supplies needed for a nice week in the mountains…kinda like the camp fire boys…marshmallows, hershey bars, teddy grams, chips, beer…and a little medicine to boot!

      they’ll add that to the final invoice when they bill for their time (and a half) and other essentials.

    • It’s too bad some people pump water out of the rivers during a drought and so on as well….

    • This kind of behavior would guarantee more searches of more neighborhoods.

  • Gees on the rubbish piles already.
    These folks drag all sorts of crap out of the Berkeley dumpsters to use again off the grid deep in the woods.
    When it’s in a dumpster in the city, leave it there, don’t be the smart guy that brings this crap to permanently stay and rotten in the woods!

  • Hurry up and burn those plants. That way you can justify to the people why you ignored the rape, robbery or other assault that happened just down the road while you were firing up the wood chipper!

  • Are they anywhere near Heartwood School ? I know a lot of good people out there, just plain working folks trying to make stiff mortgage payments, just wanted to get out of the big city with all its crime, These people never even get traffic tickets, pay their taxes, sure they have a new truck,and indoor plumbing, Why not, these people are the salt of the earth.

  • 14 thousand plants on 4 parcels Hansen said yesterday.
    All these people do out there is bringing prices down ,..

  • Hey Kym just to be curious can you get a pic of these “rain” water tanks? I’m wondering how the system works. Is it connected to a roof system or something? 25,000 gallon “rain” catch tanks don’t exactly work like people are thinking they do. They don’t just “catch” water. The need to be hooked to a system that catches it and prefilters it. “Catching” water that is running down a stream because it rained doe not count 🙂

  • I was out there yesterday but not allowed on any private property. What I saw on other parcels in the area looked more like tanks that are filled during the rainy season from creeks and ponds. I did not see any true catchment though that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any.

    To my understanding though, tanks filled from streams during the rainy season are environmentally sound in this area.

    • But……that flowing water at times of peak discharge (storm events) has a value. It transports sediment and carves out creeks and rivers, shifts river bars, etc. It might be less of an effect than sucking tribs dry during the summer, but is in my opinion still effecting hydrology of these watersheds.

      • I haven’t seen the science on this but my gut feeling is that the amount of water that pours during good winters isn’t affected by filling water tanks. But I admit that I don’t know.

  • I have been stewing/fuming about this all week. Bottom line: If Chemise Creek or Piper Creek are drying up, the fish people are going to play hardball, whether or not anyone’s trying to come into compliance or is in compliance. And they’re not wrong to do it.

    I hate it, but if those creeks are incapable of providing habitat for salmonids because the drought is being compounded by human use, they’re “right” to do this, and to cut the tanks’ lines.

    I was listening to the KMUD archive the other night and I heard someone mention we’re “overstocked” with trees. I heard someone else griping about a mature tree drinking a hundred gallons a day. It wasn’t stated explicitly but it was clear to me some people think cutting down trees will leave more water to fish and people.

    The full forest of mature trees sucks moisture out of the atmosphere and drips it into the ground. The ENTIRE reason we have any of these glorious watercourses in the first place is the trees we are badly UNDERstocked with right now. Lort only knows how much worse this will be from wildfires this year.

    SoHum is on the verge of becoming Marin North because we “love” this life so much, because we figured out a way to live here and make it pay. Just like they did in Marin a hundred and fifty years ago. Well. SoHum’s about where Marin was when they got the bright idea to build reservoirs so they could keep the few Class I watercourses they had left.

    That stops solving the problem after fifty or so years.

    I really hate what jerks natives are to newcomers, but at the same time I recognize natives aren’t nasty enough by half… by a tenth… because natives like money as much as any newcomer.

    LOOK what it does. Aaaagh! I hate it. I hate it. I hate it! WHY don’t we LEARN?

    • I read somewhere that during the past droughts what kept the forest alive was that they create their own climate. Think in terms of canopy being a terrarium.
      Also called crown canopy, crown cover. the cover formed by the leafy upper branches of the trees in a forest.

      • Zactly. This is why clearcutting is so devastating. The dark green canopy expanse actually attracts weather… sort of like light colors reflect heat and dark colors soak it up… or because of it. The forest gets warmer than the air and creates condensation that both soaks into the trees’ needles and drips down onto their roots.

        And keeps streams running and shaded enough to provide habitat for juvenile salmonids.

        All of north coastal California was redwoods and perennial grasses and perennial streams before the gold rush. Park rangers like to say it was climatic changes that altered this, but WE altered it by cutting too many trees, overgrazing the grasses to extinction and generally trashing the water cycle this way… and showering and flushing it faster than it could be replaced.

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