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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…

Waterboarded: The Kenny Rogers Saga

The village of Westport is the last outpost before Mendocino County's northern coast disappears into a roadless swath of rugged shoreline and redwood-carpeted hills. It is spread across roughly one…

Valley People 7/22/2009

DR. APFEL of the Anderson Valley Health Center called Tuesday to say that the late Salvadore Aguilar, only 20 when he died, had not been seen at the Anderson Valley…

Easing the Easement

Just behind the Zina Hyde Cunningham Tasting Room here in downtown Boonville, a brief road ran straight as a string east toward Anderson Creek. The road ran. Past tense. Farrer…

Fort Bragg Advocate: Not the Newshour

In its July 9 issue, the Fort Bragg Advocate ran an editorial that bravely confirmed what any thinking person already knew: Our local advertorial broadsheet — which is no more…

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…

McGuire Ranch Clean-Up

Fort Bragg’s Georgia Pacific mill site dispersed tons of fly ash — the left over residue from burning wood — to several locations on the Mendocino Coast before the company…

An Anderson Valley Legend: Skip Boyd

Anderson Valley lost a legend on July 15, 2009 when Robin ‘Skip’ Bloyd passed away. Skip was born on May 15, 1945 in Fort Bragg to Robin and Dorothy Bloyd.…

Chief Gets a Raise, A Big Raise

Five percent over five years will bring Chief Wilson’s pay from $56,805 to about $72.5k per year when he retires. Chief Tunzi of the Comptche Volunteer Fire Department is not…

Dead Man at Greenwood Bridge

The young man was dead on the trail near the Greenwood Bridge, the dusty path locals walk to get to the swimming holes on the summer time Navarro. The dead…

Moroccan Adventure

 Last winter I had the opportunity to discover my roots on my father’s side in the country of Morocco. This was my first time flying by myself and so I…