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Things Looking Up For Tall Timber

Things Looking Up For Tall Timber

The North Coast’s biggest timber operator says the economy is looking up in tall timber country despite the state’s still sagging new housing and home improvement markets.…

Who Really Won The Murray Case?

Guest Commentary by Susan Rush, Manchester There was no surprise, on my part, by the article which appeared in the Independent Coast Observer (ICO) by D. Glenn O'Hara on February…

Mendo’s Major Industries

I thought I overheard the following discussion the other day outside the Ukiah Visitors Center. A man in a tailored suit who was driving a late model BMW was discussing…

Happy Garden

There is a Chinese restaurant in San Francisco a few blocks from my parents’ house. The Garden is indistinguishable from dozens of other Chinese restaurants in Beijing-By-The-Bay: harsh fluorescent lights,…

The Smell Of Snow

Last week, it rained enough in Tucson for the riv­ers to run, however briefly. At the same time it rained in the desert, snow dusted the mountains surrounding Tucson. I…

Don’t Look to Washington for Help: Rule By The Rich

The election of Republican Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate by Democratic voters in Massachusetts sends President Obama a message. Voters perceive that Obama’s administration has morphed into a Bush-Cheney…

Brian Murphy Takes A Hike

Two years ago last December I was hanging out in my Waikiki condo watching the evening news when the top story was about a hiker lost on Mauna Kea. Michigan…

Richard Blum: The Man Behind California’s “Developing Economy”

On April 17, 2009, with the edifice of the global economy rotting under an architecture of monumen­tal greed, war deficits, and official hubris, the Univer­sity of California, Berkeley conducted a…

An Odd New Gallery

Tucked away, up a narrow staircase above Tangents--on the corner of Main and Laurel in Fort Bragg--sits Odd Hours, an art gallery and studio space run by local artists Jason…

Should I Move from Ontario to Mendocino and Become a Marijuana Farmer?

Should I Move from Ontario to Mendocino and Become a Marijuana Farmer?

This question, posed on a Yahoo forum, is apparently serious.…

The Hydroponics Monopoly & Medical Marijuana

Today, the American hydroponics industry is a rapidly growing, half-billion-dollar a year economic segment that is currently going through an important, wrenching, and necessary evolution.…