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Autumn Reminiscence & Baseball Ramblings

In the land of the free and the home of the brave, when the golden days of autumn turn to cloudy, dingy days in December an American's thoughts can yearn…

Dutch Fred & William Kelly

Most people know that Bald Hill is north and slightly east of Fort Bragg, but few have ever seen the monument astride the top. It rests alongside a giant eucalyptus…

Step One: Sturgeon Resigns

Step One: Sturgeon Resigns

The result of a closed session meeting of the Mendocino Coast District Hospital Board of Directors on November 14th: Wade Sturgeon has resigned his post as Chief Financial Officer (CFO)…

Glusker Calls for Hospital Exec Firings

Glusker Calls for Hospital Exec Firings

The audience for a closed session of Mendocino Coast Hospital's Board of Directors usually consists of Marianne McGee from Mendocino TV and yours truly. On Thursday, November 9th, fifteen or…

A Brief History Of Fire In The West

When I was a youngster in the late 1950s a series of thick foggy evenings meant my father would usually conclude supper with the comment, “Good night to burn.” My…

19th Century Mendo Dentistry

At this time of year in 1879 Mendocino County was consumed with news regarding what came to be called “The Mendocino Outlaws,” a band of San Quentin alumni who had…

Elephants In The ER? What Elephants?

The former Chief of Human Resources at Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) has filed suit in federal court against the hospital, its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO),…

Incident At Cuffey’s Cove

How did I go from a city council meeting in Fort Bragg on a Monday night to the wind whistling bluffs behind Cuffey's Cove Cemetery ten days later? The journey…

Hospitality House’s Last Chance?

Hospitality House’s Last Chance?

After a four hour public hearing on October 3rd, the Fort Bragg City Council voted to deny an appeal of a Planning Commission decision regarding Hospitality House, the controversial non-profit…

Search for Hollow Earth

Search for Hollow Earth

“I declare the earth is hollow, and habitable within; containing a number of solid concentrick spheres, one within the other, and that it is open at the poles 12 or…

Vigilante Justice

In the autumn of 1867 members of the Frost and Coates families engaged in a gun battle on the streets of Little Lake that would make the shootout at Tombstone's…

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