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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…

Fort Bragg City Council Race Heats Up

On September 27th the five candidates for three seats on the Fort Bragg City Council appeared at a League of Women’s Voters forum. Their statements and responses to audience questions…

Eleven Days

What’s the connection between a 16th century Pope and the songwriter of “War,” Edwin Starr? Absolutely nothing, of course. As any Baby Boomer can tell you, “Absolutely nothing,” is the…

Wake Up, Dan Hamburg!

Wake Up, Dan Hamburg!

I started out to write about something more benign this week, but I can’t stand it any longer. Wake Up, Dan Hamburg! Wake the freak up! You’ve been attending Mendocino…

Old Trees

Old Trees

The first 25-30 years of logging near the Mendocino Coast was accomplished by men with axes, chopping down huge old growth redwoods that stood very close to our coastal streams.…

The Little River Logging Fiasco

A couple of weeks back I went on a walk with some of the people who are opposed to the proposed logging plan on Mendocino County’s Little River Airport property.…

Uncle Leonard and Fat Man

Uncle Leonard and Fat Man

Whenever the first days of August arrive I think of Uncle Leonard. Actually, Leonard Roy Ward was my great uncle, Mother’s side. He was born at the dawn of the…

Chief Mayberry’s Resignation

Chief Mayberry’s Resignation

There were 70 or more supporters of Scott Mayberry in the audience August 11th when Mayor Dave Turner asked for a show of hands at the outset of the meeting…

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