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There’s Always Hope

Dear AVA, I would just like to thank you for sending me your paper and continuing with the awesome work on your end. I only know that it is a…

Dancing in the Dark on Low Gap Road

An Open Letter To “The Supes”: The Board of Supervisors (affectionately known as THE SUPES) called a special session on Monday Feb 22nd  with only 24 hours notice put surreptitiously…

Jurors Rights

Editor: The trial jury created by our Constitution is a judicial body with more power than Congress, the President, or even the Supreme Court. Judges frequently say the "issue of…

The Solipsist’s Guide To The Universe: Open Lines On KZYX

Hello caller, you’re on the air. Hey, it’s me and I’m sorry but I gotta say that your last caller was so out of it. I mean, they obviously just…

Lives & Times of Valley Folks: Billy W. ‘Bill’ Holcomb

I drove above Ornbaun Road to meet with Bill at the house he and wife Eva have called home since 1976. We sat down with some coffee and a plate…

The Night Of The Living Deadheads

One of my college friends was a Deadhead. He had crates of cassette tapes with labels like “Bucknell, 1971”, Stanford 1973”; “Fillmore East 1970.”  Of an eve­ning he would navigate…

Bird’s Eye View By Turkey Vulture

Greetings one and all. If you are sitting comfortably then I shall begin. Let’s start with the Public Service Announcements. #131. I am told that Variety Show tickets are available…

What They Forgot to Mention About Olympic Skier Julia Mancuso

This winter’s Olympics have seen the usual sentimen­tal media saturation of weepy or aw-shucks back stories on the athletes. Overcoming adversity is often the theme: Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette…

Valley People 3/3/2010

MORGAN BAYNHAM reminds us all that the Anderson Valley Grange Variety Show is this Friday and Saturday. Tickets are available at the Philo Market and All That Good Stuff, Boonville.…

Our Fathers

It's still hard for some locals to accept that 150 years ago — five generations, a historical blip — Hum­boldt County was controlled by genocidaires. Our illus­trious forefathers, the settlers…

Schadenfreude for the Masses: ‘I Am SO Sorry’

I’m sorry, so sorry.... Please accept my apology... — Brenda Lee, 1960 It’s apology season. Maybe it's like the Catholic church, you go and con­fess, you are absolved and free…