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Navarro Girl Raped & Beaten

A 14-year-old Navarro girl was raped and severely beaten Friday night and into Saturday morning by two Philo men the victim has identified as Julio Rengal-Ceja, 18, and Jose Lopez…

The Endless Detention

Days turn to weeks, weeks to months and I think back to when I was first arrested by Border Patrol agents in Texas and told that this would take, at…

Notes from the Inferno

Cool temperatures, gentle winds, Mendocino County's steadfast volunteer fire departments, and impromptu neighborhood groups, have combined to hold the line on the most menacing of Mendocino's fires, now in their…

Mendocino Burning

Friday evening about seven, as Old Testament reggae entertained rapturous crowds at the Boonville Fairgrounds with rhythmic warnings that Judgment Day would soon be upon us, a sudden rain began,…

Locals To Planners: ‘Enough Grapes!’

The old plan, the young live. Most of the people at last Thursday's Planning Commission hearing to address the Anderson Valley Alternative General Plan Draft at the Boonville Fairgrounds were…

Tree Rustling, Fort Bragg Style

The day after escrow closed on the Fort Bragg property Wayne and Mason Cottrell bought out on Franklin Road, they logged the property next door. Mason Cottrell is a Fort…

Chiselers Smith & Colfax Denounce Grand Jury

The Grand Jury's careful documentation of travel reimbursement abuse by Supervisors Kendall Smith (Fort Bragg) and J. David Colfax (Boonville) brought angry denunciations from both Smith and Colfax last week.…

Grand Jury Accuses Supervisors Smith and Colfax of Intentional Misappropriation

After last year's Mendocino County Grand Jury reported that Supervisors Kendall Smith (Fort Bragg) and J. David Colfax (Boonville) had been overcharging the County for travel and hadn't paid the…

Heads Roll at Free Speech Radio

Mendocino County's marijuana controversy got its best airing yet when free speech made a rare, hour-long appearance at the county's public radio station last Thursday evening. But by Friday morning…

The Mall Man’s Dreams For Ukiah

They can talk. They can do statistics. They're really good at charts and drawings. They're absolutely teriffic at green-speak. But what they're best at, they say, is mythology. They say…

Inside The Hamburg Pot Bust

At a dramatic preliminary hearing for self-described marijuana activist Laura Hamburg last Thursday, retired Superior Court Judge James Luther threw out all the evidence the Sheriff's Department obtained during the…