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Gimme (Winter) Shelter

Last week's article concluded with a reminder that venues for emergency weather shelters (EWS) are still needed on the Mendocino Coast. Lynelle Johnson, one of the Board members of the…

Report From Ground Zero

Report From Ground Zero

The January 20th meeting of the County Behavioral Health Advisory Board (BHAB) was held at what some might term “ground zero” on the Mendocino Coast. In other words the location…

Fort Bragg’s Looming Dragon

Fort Bragg’s Looming Dragon

At the January 11th Fort Bragg City Council meeting Police Chief Fabian Lizarraga assured the Council, City staff, and the handful of citizens in attendance that the investigation into the…

Mental Health On The Scanner

You write long enough in newspapers and you develop a series of sources. People you can go to for information and people who want to provide you with information. It…

Lone Pine

The Inyo was the land of the Paiute for thousands of years. They say Inyo means dwelling place of great spirits. The modern county that bears the Inyo name is…

Missing The Mark

Missing The Mark

Film maker Ron Howard has stated several times that the sneak preview of his 1995 movie Apollo 13 produced one comment card that totally trashed the film, alleging a typical…

Hiking Yosemite

The barren summit of Yosemite's Half Dome is 8,836 feet above sea level, more than 4,700 feet higher than Yosemite Valley directly below. In 1868 Josiah Whitney, the noted geologist…

Ortner Denounced

Ortner Denounced

At 9:06 a.m. Mendocino County Board of Supervisors Chair Carre Brown gaveled the Tuesday, December 15th meeting to order then opened the speaker's podium to comments from the public on…

Coast Hospital Blues (& Reds)

A 2013 article in Salon.com declared that “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result,” had become the most overworked cliché…

Fort Bragg City Council Meeting

The initiative to ban social service organizations, retroactive to January 1, 2015, in Fort Bragg's Central Business District will be entitled Measure U on the June, 2016 ballot. The Fort…

‘Trying To’ Isn’t Good Enough

‘Trying To’ Isn’t Good Enough

It was a damp Wednesday morning, three-fifths of the way into November. Fifteen minutes before the Mendocino County Mental Health Board was set to convene, a homeless man curled inside…

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