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The Redleg Boogie Blues (Part 2)

THE REAL REDLEGS STORY I couldn’t have been more wrong when I first arrived and thought the waterfront/Redlegs scene was a cult. It was not a cult, a commune, a…

Mountain Lions In Our Midst

One of the more rewarding aspects of this job is to discover the myriad and remarkable ways that people's buttons get pushed. With regards to Nancy Mayer's comments (see below)…

Bird Flu Chicken Poop

Every time I see the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, I wonder if it's worth torturing myself by trusting that paper to give me a picture of what humanity is up…

The Blind Leading the Ophthalmologists: Hospital Mulls $10 Bond (Or Tax)

There were four different official versions of the recent departure of Coast Hospital's Chief Financial Officer Jacob Lewis. Hospital Business Development Director Heather Paulsen described Lewis's departure as "taking on…

Disappeared

When in 1827 the Jedediah Smith party, 20 men herding 315 horses and mules, trapped and explored their way up California's central valley and Sierra foothills, one of the things…

The Press Democrat’s ‘Get Vroman’ Campaign

I read Mike Geniella's May 24, 2006, article on Norm Vroman in the Press Democrat. Before that article was published, I kept silent to the press about the Mendocino County…

The Staff Runs the Show: Planning Commission Votes To Do Nothing About Esterlina Winery’s Roadside Parking

A suspicious odor of deja vu permeated the Supervisors Chambers in Ukiah last Thursday afternoon when the Mendocino County Planning Commission considered a modification of Esterlina Winery's Holmes Ranch use…

Don’t Bite the Hands that Feed Us

This much is clear about the confusing many-sided debate over immigration law reform: Whatever Congress finally comes up with — if it manages to come up with anything — is…

Bergner’s Liquidation: George Bergner’s Moral and Intellectual Bankruptcy Goes Economic

George Bergner and his wife Roberta Ann Conger have filed for bankruptcy and put much of their holdings into Chapter 7 liquidation. I must confess that I am somewhat ashamed…

Sir! No Sir!

I went down to Mill Valley last Wednesday. A friend of mine had gotten me invited to a benefit at the Throckmorton Theater. For a $100 donation to help fund…

OFF THE RECORD: Hospital Footnotes

A FEW FOOTNOTES to Mr. Sanicki's report on the independent audit presented to the Coast District Hospital Board last week. Four people commissioned the audit — Tom Birdsell, Mike Dell'Ara,…