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It Happened In 1929

Once upon a time in Mendocino, a hundred years and more ago, children walked miles through downpours along Little Lake Road before splashing their way on up the rise to…

Former Chief Mayberry Clears The Air

Former Chief Mayberry Clears The Air

Mayberry stated that city staff accused him of “abandoning the department at an important time.” Mayberry revealed that his physician had told him, somewhere near the end of 2013, that…

The Sheriff’s Tragic Accident

The Byrnes family arrived in Mendocino County around 1880. The patriarch, Michael J. Byrnes had been born in Boston, Massachusetts either in 1840 or 1841. He headed westward in 1862.…

Undue Influence

At the October meeting of Mendocino County's Mental Health Board, Chairman John Wetzler and his fellow board members were left a bit flummoxed and frustrated at news that the Board…

The Oakland A’s — Albion Timber Connection

The Oakland A’s — Albion Timber Connection

If a tree falls in Albion will the Oakland A’s be able to afford a high priced free agent? For those readers whose esoterica does not extend to the connection…

Sequoia National Park

Last month I spent several days in Sequoia National Park. When most folks hear that name they think: big trees. Yes, the world’s largest tree, in terms of volume, the…

Prescription Drugs

Prescription Drugs

Outside the robins are gobbling hawthorn berries, one after the other. The tree will be bare in another day. Hawthorn berries contain the same antioxidant, oligomeric procyandins (OPCs), as grapes,…

Sequoia Explorers

August, 1875 — While my great-grandfather John Robertson was herding every sort of livestock from oxen to turkeys overland from Little Lake (Willits) to Mendocino Coast boom towns like Pine…

The Central Committee

Great Uncle John used to tote his gallon jug to Newgard’s Store in Albion once a month to refill it with whiskey. In local election years he packed that jug…

More Turbulence At Coast Hospital

After sitting through the Mendocino Coast District Hospital candidates’ forum on October 6th, I promised myself I’d say something positive or at least charitable about said facility. So here’s what…

Words and Deeds

According to the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus told his followers (as recounted by the King James translation), “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost…

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