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Zecke the Bloodsucker

Buzzards swoop on the wind drafts in the draw that extends from below my house to the bottom lands next to the remains of Uncle Charlie’s cabin.  The same wind…

Selling Off Public Property

Selling Off Public Property

It was an early spring day and I sat in my dentist's waiting room. The only magazine that looked even half interesting proved to be the latest issue of Field…

Gluten Trending

Anyone who has ever seen “The Pickle Story” episode of The Andy Griffith Show (first aired a week before Christmas, 1961) knows that there are prize-winning pickles, not-so-good pickles and…

City Council Votes on Old Coast Hotel

City Council Votes on Old Coast Hotel

On a fog drenched Monday night, in a nearly five hour meeting, the Fort Bragg City Council approved a forgivable loan agreement with the Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center to use…

Slaughterhouse Gulch

Slaughterhouse Gulch

Three gulches west from the ranch that I live on, Slaughterhouse Gulch cuts the hillside north of the Albion River. Even in this fourth year of severe drought its stream…

Subsidizing MRC

A column about Cal Fire's State Responsibility Area (SRA) fees seems to be an annual ritual, but this year there are new twists and turns as well as time-worn truths…

Hanging In There

Hanging In There

The Fort Bragg City Council held a follow-up to their February 21, 2015 goal setting retreat on the last Monday afternoon in March. In February only three members of the…

No Knees Kelley

Recently I was asked, “When ya gonna write somethin' positive?” Answer: When I get sick and tired of watching reruns of the black and white episodes of The Andy Griffith…

City Council’s Vote on Hare Creek

On an evening that started with blue skies overhead, then clouded over to a rainy nightfall, the Fort Bragg City Council voted 4-0 to uphold the appeal of the city…

Mapping the Albion

Mapping the Albion

The Albion River and its close environs bears little resemblance to its appearance when I was a boy. Then you could walk or drive unimpeded up Allan's Gulch to the…

Sport Chrysler Debt Relief

Last month I wrote about the Fort Bragg City Council meeting of February 9th, and how those who left after only listening to the comments about the Old Coast Hotel…

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