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The Fort Bragg Initiative

On Monday evening, July 13th, the Fort Bragg City Council met in front of a subdued audience of 25-30 citizens. Anna Shaw, head of the Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center (MCHC)…

River Views (July 15, 2015)

It's raining in July at the Macdonald ranch. Here it proves a welcome sight, damping down dusty roads and dry grass. Any rain in drought years seems precious. We are…

Marble Mountain Wilderness

Marble Mountain Wilderness

“The whole landscape appears to have been formed by some mighty convulsion of the earth that has thrown up numerous spurs or broken ranges of mountains to the height of…

My Mind Walked Out The Door

It’s long forgotten now, but prior to the start of fiscal year 1847 there were no postage stamps in use in the United States of America. Before July 1, 1847,…

The National Pasttime

June 24th brings us to one of the littlest known stories about major league baseball. It began in Ipswich, County Suffolk, England in 1854, on July 24th, with the birth…

Flycatchers

Flycatchers

The Pacific-slope Flycatchers who entrusted a corner of this ranch house for their nest have fledged their baby Flycatchers and moved on, leaving behind a beautifully constructed, but empty, nest.…

Pilgrimages

On June 10, 1881, a fifty-two year old count draped himself in the garb of a peasant and set off down a dust covered, rutted road. The count had been…

What’s Up at Coast Hospital?

Transparency has become a buzzword to serve the purposes of politicians or those who oppose them. In Fort Bragg, California, it is one of the rallying cries of citizens seeking…

Old-Time Timber Fallers

Timber fallers can be heard less than a mile north and slightly west of here. I walked through their handiwork last evening, a far neater job than I've witnessed on…

Zecke the Bloodsucker

Buzzards swoop on the wind drafts in the draw that extends from below my house to the bottom lands next to the remains of Uncle Charlie’s cabin.  The same wind…

Selling Off Public Property

Selling Off Public Property

It was an early spring day and I sat in my dentist's waiting room. The only magazine that looked even half interesting proved to be the latest issue of Field…

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