Photo: Martin Swett



County Cannabis Ordinance: Reigning in Existing Grows

By Tom Wheeler

Humboldt County is moving forward with regulating medical cannabis production with a final ordinance set to be passed as we go to print. With the language of the ordinance still being solidified by county planning staff, nothing is set in stone until the Board of Supervisors takes a final action. However, below is our best reading of the tea leaves as to where the Board stands as of press time (spoiler alert: it looks pretty decent):




Remembering Two Fallen Giants: Lucille Vinyard and Susie Van Kirk
Remembering two local women who fought for conservation and inspired generations of activists.

Lucille Vinyard


Susie Van Kirk




Weed Comes to the Woods: the Environmental Wars Begin

By Dr. Loon

Dr. Loon returns after a five-year break. This is the second excerpt from The Price of a Life: Shells, Gold, Carbon Notes and Weed in the Humboldt Bay / Six Rivers Region.

The shutting down of the Humboldt Bay Nuclear Power Plant in 1976 was a historic event, especially for downwind residents and the children of South Bay School. But it had another long-term significance. It announced the arrival of another spirit of valuation in the Pacific Northwest, a different way of accounting. It had taken years to find its voice, but now the message was unmistakable: the weed economy was here.

By weed I mean a lot more than marijuana.




Global Carbon Levels Surpass 400ppm for First Time Ever for Entire Month

By Sarah Lazarre, Common Dreams

Marking yet another grim milestone for an ever-warming planet, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) revealed on Wednesday that, for the first time in recorded history, global levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere averaged more than 400 parts per million (ppm) for an entire month—in March 2015.

“This marks the fact that humans burning fossil fuels have caused global carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations to rise more than 120 parts per million since pre-industrial times,” said Pieter Tans, lead scientist of NOAA’s Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network, in a press statement. “Half of that rise has occurred since 1980.”






Share your memories of Lucille and Susie

We at NEC understand that no one person or group could cover all the important, passionate work Lucille Vinyard and Susie Van Kirk did for our community and for our earth. We were fortunate to work with them. We know many of our friends and readers have stories to share about these two women and we invite you to share those with us. We will put as much of them on our website in upcoming months as possible.

If you would like to share some stories, please mail them to NEC Board Vice-President Dan Sealy at

The more concise your memories and tributes are, the more likely we can make everything available on the NEC website. We will also be archiving all tributes for future reference and research.  

Thank you ~ the NEC Board



Community Choice Energy Q & A

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) is currently working to establish a community choice energy program for Humboldt County. Community choice aggregation, also known as community choice energy, is a provision of California law that allows cities, counties or joint powers agencies to purchase electricity on behalf of the customers in their territories. RCEA is fascillitating a presentation and discussion of Community Choice energy on Tuesday, February 9 for members and staff of the NEC, Humboldt Baykeeper, and other local environmental groups. RCEA is a Joint Powers Authority whose members include the County of Humboldt, the Cities of Arcata, Blue Lake, Eureka, Ferndale, Fortuna, Rio Dell, and Trinidad, and the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District.




Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance News

Having a hard time keeping up with marijuana news? Our colleagues at Humboldt Baykeeper have compiled a selection of the latest articles on their website at Marijuana Impacts & Regulation.