Restraining order for kids? No thanks, says judge
During a court hearing this week to discuss what to do with Timothy John Huntley, a Del Norte man convicted of giving marijuana to minors, his attorney, Leroy Davies, suggested legally restaining children from being around him.
Davies and the DA’s Office were trying to figure out what to do with Huntley, who is apparently too sick to sit in jail, but needs to serve his sentence.
There’s house arrest, but Judge William Follett said Huntley was a danger to children and shouldn’t be in contact with them.
Davies suggested putting Huntley under house arrest and issuing a restraining order against the kids who were supplied with marijuana.
Follett didn’t care for that idea.
“What is our society coming to?” he said, if the justice system is restraining minors “when he provided the 12-year-old with marijuana?”
Apparently the jail doesn’t want Huntley because he has medical issues and with tight budget constraints would end up releasing him. Follett wants him under lock and key.
“He’s a danger to this community and the children of this community,” the judge said.
The case was continued to next week and Huntley walked free.
Bakery returns, sort of
Brandon and April Martin, who closed Continental Bakery a few months ago, are now doughnut makers at the Crescent City Farmers Market.
They mix the dough and deep fry the doughnuts in their booth. Brandon said they sold 80-90 dozen doughnuts Saturday. Soon their popular pesto rolls will be available as well, they said.
Continental Bakery closed its location on U.S. Highway 101 last December after 30 years of operation.
— Michele Thomas
Bay Area view of the Smith
A prominent environmentalist who often draws the ire of Smith River farmers will soon be giving a presentation in the Bay Area on the state of the Smith River.
“Award winning journalist Greg King presents his breathtaking photos of the Smith River, in the far northwestern corner of California, while discussing the threat of pesticides and other impacts to this last of the state’s wild rivers,” reads the billing for the event.
Two studies conducted at the behest of organizations headed by King (Siskiyou Land Conservancy and Smith River Project) were cited in a recently released draft plan to recover threatened coho salmon in regional rivers.
The most recent study, a one-day sampling from 2010, found one surface sample with high levels of copper occurring on a small Smith River tributary downstream from a lily bulb farm. Copper is an active ingredient in fungicides applied to lily bulb fields.
Since the positive tests of copper, Smith River farmers have been working with state agencies to solve the problem. Although lily bulb farmers acknowledge the high quantities of pesticides used, they have pointed to a lack of testing to prove the pesticides are leaking into the river.
King’s presentation, “The Smith River: The Fight for California's Last Wild River” will be held at 7 p.m., June 30, at the Royce Gallery in San Francisco.