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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…

Martin Mileck’s Potter Valley Dump

As a public service, and as a guide to how Mendocino County and its haphazard media phlegmatically conspire to bamboozle the public let's deconstruct a recent story about Martin Mileck's…

Rusty Norvell, 1930-2008

The last time I saw Rusty was the Friday after the first big January storm. He hadn't had any electricity for several days. His place at The Woods, the oddly…

Personal Encounters With The Homeless

Three winters ago, the county of Mendocino put up a big tent next door to the Fort Bragg Police Department. The idea was to get the homeless out of the…

Here Come the Smartmeters

Our PG&E bill came today, and not only has the cost of electricity jumped (up) since the recent outages of early January, but there was a notification of PG&E filing…

Sister

I'm tired and a bit depressed — sad news from friends, the world gone madder than usual — so I decide not to ride my bicycle to town. Still, I…

The Crab Season

It's not the stuff you can see, they say, that will get you. It's the stuff you can't see. The November 7th spill of 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel oil…

Will Mendo Ever Again Have Affordable Housing?

Back in 2004 the Ukiah office of Legal Services of Northern California (formerly Redwood Legal) sued Mendocino County because the County's "Housing Element," a state-mandated ingredient of county general plans,…

What Really Happened To Marvin Noble

Remember the Marvin Noble case? Noble was shot dead by Ukiah Police back in 1998 when he tried to walk back to his Ukiah apartment after the Mendocino Mental Health…

A True History Of Anderson Valley

Much of the history of California settlement following the Spanish and Mexican periods has been built up around the "romantic" mining industry, which was profitable to the few rich men…

The Mendo Pot Chronicles

A cautionary tale, versions of which have happened here, and will continue to happen here. On January 9th of this year, Rex Farrance, 59, a long-time technical editor of PC…