Valley People

by AVA News Service, April 21, 2010

DAN KUNY is organizing a County-wide football team to challenge any neighboring county to a game at the Boonville Fairgrounds on July 31. A small entrance fee will be charged to cover the costs of the refs and the lights. Anyone interested in participating should call Dan Kuny at 489-8452.

LOGGER DAN also mentioned that he and several friends were back at work in the woods, which Dan hoped meant a slight improvement in the local timber economy.

CHERYL SCHRADER of Anderson Valley Rescue is annoyed — seriously annoyed — at the Animal Control Officers, now part of the Sheriff's Department. This is what happened: Jed Adams' dog got loose last week. The dog has a large, cancerous tumor on its side, and was not long for this world when he managed to free himself for a last jaunt up Anderson Valley Way. Jed wasn't at home, but Cheryl was. Cheryl lives just down the street from Jed. Someone spotted Jed's dog and called Animal Control. Someone else spotted Jed's dog and called Cheryl. Cheryl told Animal Control she'd handle it. Better yet Anderson Valley Rescue would pay for whatever care ensued. But Animal Control was dispatched to pick up the dog even after Cheryl assured the officers that Jed was hustling back from Ukiah to take care of the animal, which answers only to Jed and his wife, Angel. The dog needed Jed and some veterinary attention, not incarceration at the Ukiah Animal Shelter and treatment courtesy of the taxpayers. But Animal Control came out to take the dog to the shelter even after being told by Cheryl, a person well known to them and to Sheriff Allman, as well known to Animal Control and the Sheriff as Cheryl's invaluable charity, Anderson Valley Rescue. Cheryl had assured Animal Control that Jed would arrive momentarily to round up his dog and get it to the vet. Cheryl was concerned that if Animal Control tried to catch Jed's dog the dog could be injured further, perhaps even shot to death as a dog was last week in Ukiah when it attacked one of the Animal Control officers. “Dogs see people with cat poles coming at them and they run away,” Cheryl explains. “Dogs see their owners coming and they go to their owners,” as Jed's dog did the instant he saw Jed and Mrs. Adams arrive. Jed quickly took his own dog into his own custody. But Animal Control talked Jed into handing the dog to them, and off the dog went to the Dog Jail in Ukiah. From there, Jed's dog, at County expense, went to the vet. The vet said Jed's dog would have to be put down. Back the dog went to the County shelter where Cheryl intervened, took the dog to the dog doc at her expense and the dog was put out of its last misery. She and Jed could have handled the whole affair at no cost to broke Mendocino County, which is now several hundred dollars broker because Animal Control ignored Cheryl's offer to handle the matter at no cost to the taxpayers. Anderson Valley Rescue, not so incidentally, spent a hundred thou last year spaying and neutering animals. They'll spend more this year. Sheriff Allman has just turned over responsibility for the entire County's feral and problem cat population to Cheryl and AV Rescue. The Sheriff no longer has to dispatch his Animal Control officers to deal with problem tabbies, and AV Rescue is saving the County a lot of money. So, Cheryl asks, “Why does Animal Control waste their time on calls like Jed's when they are specifically told that there is no problem and the dog's owner is taking care of the problem? No wonder the County's broke.”

THE ANNUAL Mendo College plant sale is upon us! April 30, 9-5 and May 1st, 9-3. A great selection of veggies, perennials and California natives, all grown by students in direct, subsidized competition with the County's many privately-own nurseries. All proceeds from the Mendo College sale go to help support the college's ag program. Info at 468-3148.

FREE ENTERPRISE is busting out all over downtown Boonville. Loretta Hauck is poised to open a book store called “Laughing Dog” in the street-facing front space of the freshly revamped, TomTown, central Boonville. Loretta said Monday she'll offer new and used books for sale and, assuming she secures some final operating capital, will open her doors to Anderson Valley's many bibliophiles by May 21st, complete with a reading room, children's books and TomTown's outdoor patio for leisurely reads in the sunshine.

NEXT DOOR in the Farrer Building, and directly beneath the office of the fine publication that faithfully brings you all this information every week, Nahara will soon be offering her much admired healing arts or, if you prefer, body work. Massage that takes the kink out of your neck and puts a smile on your face.

LA ELEGANTE-AV Video congratulates the AV basketball and track teams on their successful seasons by gifting one free movie rental to any high school, junior high, or youth participant in the above two sports. Come on in, Panthers, for your free movie. Offer good through the first week of May.

ROSE RYNEARSON, known to many local old timers, died April 16th at her Ukiah home, her daughter Sheila snuggled at her side. Mom was born August 15th, 1926 with her twin sister. “Rosie” is now joined with Addie, Cleo and brothers and sisters from her family of eleven children. You are invited to offer strength and comfort to Rose and Bunny’s family on Friday, April 23rd or Saturday, April 24th. Drop by Rose’s home at 670 N. Bush, Ukiah from 2-5pm. 462-2105 — Sheri Hansen

WE ARE SORRY to hear that the vivacious youth worker, Meade Williams, is leaving The Valley in June. Meade breathed new life into the Teen Center and her all-round enthusiasm for her work was always a delight to see, as was she.

JACOB GOWAN got a ton of playing time last Saturday in Stanford's intra-squad football game at San Francisco's Kezar Stadium. Jacob, the son of Don and Sharon Gowan, and the grandson of James Gowan, subject of this week's AVA interview by Steve Sparks, won an academic scholarship to Stanford after three years of high school at Cardinal Newman in Santa Rosa. He is in his second year at Palo Alto but a first year varsity football player because he sat out, or red-shirted, his freshman season. Jacob, 6'4” and 277 pounds, is called “Boone” by his teammates. He played at nose tackle and defensive end last Saturday, doing quite well by all accounts including a sack. Jacob will see a lot of action this coming season at college football's most competitive level.

DON'T FORGET the Threads of Life book signing at the Ukiah Art Center, 5-8pm, Thursday, April 29th, music by Marcos Pereda Garcia. Threads of Life is the splendid work-study program presided over by Molly Johnson Martinez at the Elementary School. Spanish-speaking moms get daycare and English language lessons while earning their way via the creation of miniature quilts depicting their struggles to begin new lives in America. The quilts are beautifully done and very affecting.

THE PHILO YACHT CLUB hasn't quite announced that its annual regatta is scheduled for Sunday, May 23rd (not May 3rd as previously mentioned) under the Greenwood Bridge, Philo.

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