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Off the Record 8/12/2009

CHIEF DEPUTY District Attorney Jill Ravitch, pronounced Ravvvvvvitch! with teeth bared through the v's, Mendo’s most experienced trial attorney, came to us from Sonoma County where she had SoCo's criminal…

Off the Record 8/05/2009

WE'LL GIVE CLINT SMITH next week's front page because, as we went to press Tuesday afternoon, Judge Brennan hadn't announced his likely finding that Smith be spared prison time for…

Off the Record 7/29/2009

THE CLINT SMITH case will be back in the haphazard Willits courtroom of Judge Clay Brennan on August 4th. Smith is the charter school teacher who has pleaded guilty to…

Off the Record 7/22/2009

CLINT SMITH appeared in court last Thursday, the Honorable Clay Brennan presiding, presiding in the Willits branch of the Mendocino County Superior Court over what's shaping up as an Only…

Off the Record 7/15/09

TYLER NELSON is the son of Hopland Grape Grower and County Planning Commissioner Greg Nelson. Tyler appeared on UkiahValley.tv News last week, posed as he stood beside the Nelson’s huge…

Off the Record 7/8/2009

THE SCANDAL-RIDDEN Redwood Coast Senior Center, Fort Bragg, just keeps on reeling. The center's business manager, Janice Tholmaides, is being sued by a Louisiana-based bank for defaulting on a $650,000…

Off the Record 7/01/2009

WHEN GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER proposed closing 220 state parks to help ease the $24 billion (and deepening) state budget shortfall, the federal government said that if the state shuts its parks,…

Blue Container Man

CASSIDY HOLLINGER, a senior at Anderson Valley High School, will attend Vassar College in the fall, which makes this impressive young Boonville woman the first local girl we know of…

Christmas Morning Beating

CHUCK BUSH writes in the Kelley House Calendar column in last week's Mendocino Beacon "...So whatever destruction of the Indians was caused by the military and the settlers it wasn't…

Not Connecting the Dots

THE DENOYER WATCH. James 'Jimmy' Denoyer is going to be re-tried on felony animal abuse charges. The case has attracted much public interest not only in Mendocino County but nationally…