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Subsidizing MRC

A column about Cal Fire's State Responsibility Area (SRA) fees seems to be an annual ritual, but this year there are new twists and turns as well as time-worn truths…

Hanging In There

Hanging In There

The Fort Bragg City Council held a follow-up to their February 21, 2015 goal setting retreat on the last Monday afternoon in March. In February only three members of the…

No Knees Kelley

Recently I was asked, “When ya gonna write somethin' positive?” Answer: When I get sick and tired of watching reruns of the black and white episodes of The Andy Griffith…

City Council’s Vote on Hare Creek

On an evening that started with blue skies overhead, then clouded over to a rainy nightfall, the Fort Bragg City Council voted 4-0 to uphold the appeal of the city…

Mapping the Albion

Mapping the Albion

The Albion River and its close environs bears little resemblance to its appearance when I was a boy. Then you could walk or drive unimpeded up Allan's Gulch to the…

Sport Chrysler Debt Relief

Last month I wrote about the Fort Bragg City Council meeting of February 9th, and how those who left after only listening to the comments about the Old Coast Hotel…

Unbroken

Unbroken

For some of us it is hard to believe that World War II ended seventy years ago. I am not quite old enough to have lived through that conflict, but…

Coast Hotel: What’s the Plan?

Coast Hotel: What’s the Plan?

I feel like Michael Corleone in The Godfather (Part III): “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” For me, it's not the mob, but the…

Flunking the Civics Lesson

The Old Coast Hotel will not go gently into any Hospitality Center good night. Upwards of sixty people attended the Fort Bragg City Council meeting February 9th, on an evening…

Mental Health Facility, Not Homeless Shelter

Mental Health Facility, Not Homeless Shelter

After reading Troy King's offering in the first AVA of February, this writer feels compelled to respond to some of the points of misconception raised by Mr. King. The opening…

The Wellness Center, Pros & Cons

The Wellness Center, Pros & Cons

The approval of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the purchase of the Old Coast Hotel as a centralized mental health services site as well as a location for…

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