Moore Inquest, Parolees and Forestry – December 7, 2007 (Updated)

We’ll start off with Humboldt County Coroner Frank Jager, who conducted the 2006 Cheri Lyn Moore Inquest. Testimony at the inquest is presumably being used to formulate what the Times-Standard’s source says are pending indictments for involuntary manslaughter against former Police Chief Dave Douglas and Incident Commander Lt. Tony Zanotti.

The main topic:

Alcohol Drug Care Services Inc. (ACDS) is considering expansion of its transitional services for non-violent parolees in Eureka. To some in a community that just went through the Teen Challenge controversy, this is too much.

Eureka City Councilmember Larry Glass questions both the proliferation of treatment facilities and their seeming concentration on the west side. He doesn’t disagree with the term “dumping ground” as applied to Eureka with regards to troubled individuals. But ACDS and a state parole official say that parolees been transitioned back into in supervised environments for years without incident.

We’ll talk to Councilmember Glass, a state parole spokesman and an ACDS representative to try and distinguish between fact and assumption.

We’ll also talk to Mark Rey, the Undersecretary of Agriculture responsible for the U.S. Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. During his visit, Under Secretary Rey will meet with faculty and students from the College of Natural Resources And Sciences, many of whom have worked for the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management.

Mr. Rey will appear at Humboldt State University Friday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. in the Natural Resources building, room 101 with a public presentation on the Farm Bill and employment trends in USDA.

Note that Mr. Rey is not beloved by the environmental community. I asked him about the criticism. His response may or may not satisfy concerns about his pre-public service affiliations.

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