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The Decline & Fall of Mendocino Apples

The Decline & Fall of Mendocino Apples

Though there are far fewer examples of apples today than when I was a boy it is good to know that last weekend's gathering in Boonville was still called the…

Dry Heaving in Paradise

In the chilly hours of morning we folded our tent, rolled our rain fly and gazed up toward the steep climb ahead. There are higher passes along the John Muir…

Coast Hospital Tries To Stop The Bleeding

Mendocino Coast District Hospital's Planning Committee met on August 16th in Fort Bragg. By meeting's end the six members of the committee, chaired by retired nurse Kitty Bruning, reached consensus…

I Was There

You Are There was a 1940s and 50s CBS radio and television series in which 20th Century reporters pretended to be at significant historical events from centuries gone by.  In…

Sierra Stories

Three of us, the brother/sister team of Nick and E.B. along with yours truly, started our planned ninety-five mile trek on the John Muir Trail late in July. I can't…

Thunder and Lightning

We're at the Denny's in Bishop by 5:05 a.m. To beat the heat. It has been 106 degrees Fahrenheit or more in Bishop for days. A surprising number of other…

Peg Leg Smith

Peg Leg Smith

The Logan Trace is a branch of Daniel Boone's Wilderness Road in central Kentucky. In this context a “trace” is a trail, particularly in a wilderness area. The Logan Trace…

Another Sniece Day

Ed Sniece walks the river road like his daddy and grandfather before. Some days he strides along, taking much of the waterway for granted, lost in thought or trailing the…

Getting To The JMT

By the time readers peruse this issue of the AVA, yours truly should be embarked on a 75-mile section of the John Muir Trail (JMT). Getting to a JMT trailhead…

Obstetric Complications At Coast Hospital

The Mendocino Coast District Hospital's Board of Director's hosted a public forum about the Obstetrics (OB) Department Tuesday evening, July 12th, at Fort Bragg's Cotton Auditorium. A crowd of a…

Sinners, Saints and Addicts

Sinners, Saints and Addicts

Drive to Yreka and hang a left. That's the flippant answer about how one finds the Marble Mountains, but it's more or less all you need to know for general…

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