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To Catch a Poacher

Ask a recreational abalone hunter on the North Coast about poaching, and the reply is invariably tinged with scorn or frustration. Their grumblings spill into Fort Bragg's Subsurface Dive Shop,…

Thirty Pages of Purple Chicken Scratch

As Willits contemplated the fate of Remco's toxic legacy last month at the June 12 City Council meeting, there was one unanswered question that haunted the evening's testimony. What happened…

Supervisors Have Ball Removed

THERE ARE TWO conventional schools of thought about why the Supervisors fired their relatively new Chief Executive Officer John Ball last Wednesday in a special closed session. (The Supes themselves…

Central Valley Developer Descends on Fort Bragg: The White Ranch Business

Angela and Andy Harney escaped South Lake Tahoe 12 years ago. The bumper to bumper traffic, the seasonal ski bunnies, "the rat race," as Angela puts it, had become too…

Central Valley Developer Descends on Fort Bragg: The White Ranch Business

Angela and Andy Harney escaped South Lake Tahoe 12 years ago. The bumper to bumper traffic, the seasonal ski bunnies, "the rat race," as Angela puts it, had become too…

The Bad Neighbor

Rich Pyorre is hardly the picture of toughness. He's 61, with a round, gently lined face and pale blue eyes the exact shade of his pale blue dress shirt. His…

Fear & Loathing at the Mendo Historical Review Board

Sitting at a large table at the head of the back room at the Mendocino Community Center on Monday night, Clinton Smith was furious. Smith, who looks like a scrawny…

Dope, Money & Fire

An emergency page-out came in from the Howard Forest Dispatch center for an escaped controlled burn Thursday night at about 9:40. Though fire conditions are quite low this time of…

Mammoth Buys Local™

If you have ever used the adjective "local" to describe a product that you were offering for sale, you will have to search the Webster's Dictionary for an alternative. As…

Supplementary Coast Hospital Board Meeting Notes

At the Hospital Board Meeting on February 9th when the Hospital Resource Council recommendations were discussed (see savethehospital.org), Hospital Board Chair Charlene McAllister noted in passing during the discussion of…

Ballard & the BobbleHeads Circle the Wagons

Last Wednesday (January 26), a group of local concerned citizens presented the results of an independent external audit of the hospital operations to the Mendocino Coast District Hospital Board of…