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The Albion River Is Dead

The Albion River Is Dead

The Albion River is dry. That should be enough of an alarm for some people. Obviously, there is water at its mouth, but the river itself is not flowing. At…

The Battered Bastards of Baseball

Critics still argue about which book might qualify as the greatest American novel. Moby-Dick, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and numerous others have been put forth as candidates. The “just-the-facts-ma’am” answer…

Crime & Punishment In The Garden

The mouse sniffed its way through the dark. Rejecting the wild pea vines, it scurried past the oak barrels full of strawberry plants. Been there, snipped that, tucked away in…

Airbnb: Past, Present, Future

Airbnb: Past, Present, Future

City governments from San Francisco to Fort Bragg have figured out that Airbnb rentals are often subverting local business, zoning, and taxation laws and regulations.…

A Very Long Walk

We’re at that time between the Comptche Volunteer Fire Department’s Father’s Day picnic and the similar one put on by the Albion-Little River Fire Department. The Macdonald Ranch lies within…

Who Shot Lorrie’s Finger Off?

Officer Craig Guydan left the Fort Bragg Police Department for Cotati over a month ago, but his work has not gone gently or quietly away. Between June 11th and June…

Hiking The Yolla Bolly (Part 2)

Hiking The Yolla Bolly (Part 2)

The whole trek would have proved relatively uneventful except for the last two hundred yards of the trail. I was in the lead of five other backpackers, returning to the…

Hiking the Yolla Bolly

Hiking the Yolla Bolly

During the first week of June I headed into the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness in the northwestern corner of Mendocino County. In the Wintun language "Yo-la" means snow covered and…

Goodbye Officer Guydan

Goodbye Officer Guydan

Officer Guydan, who spent almost two full years on the Fort Bragg police force, was the subject of numerous formal and informal complaints by citizens and the Coast Copwatch group…

Ortner’s Insider Remodel

Ortner’s Insider Remodel

The trials and tribulations of bringing anything close to full-scale mental health care to the Mendocino Coast continue. In March, Fort Bragg’s City Council approved an application for a grant…

Calfire Top Heavy

Questions are arising again about the State Requirement Area (SRA) fee, which goes to defer the cost of fighting wildfires in locales without municipal fire departments. Much of Mendocino County,…

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