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My Mind Walked Out The Door

It’s long forgotten now, but prior to the start of fiscal year 1847 there were no postage stamps in use in the United States of America. Before July 1, 1847,…

No Good Deed, Fort Bragg Branch

What I love(d) about living in the big city is the wealth of opportunity. I'm not talking about the potential for cultural enrichment or the multitude of career options, the…

Legal High — Mile High

Legal marijuana. I never thought I’d see it happen, not in my lifetime. Legalized medical marijuana is one thing, but now the states of Colorado and Washington have legal marijuana.…

We’re In It

Those thousands of articles about the coming consequences of global warming, over-population, and environmental pollution? Those consequences are here. Yes, things are going to get worse, but unprecedented climatic events…

Twist in the Tunnels Plan

When Gov. Jerry Brown announced two weeks ago at an Oakland press conference that he would radically downsize a 100,000-acre wetland restoration job, environmentalists and water policy activists blew the…

Roadtripping With Nabokov

Driving to Boston from Ithaca to give a concert at the venerable early music festival there last week, I decided to listen to a book on tape rather than my…

Take Me Out To The Ballgames

Take Me Out To The Ballgames

A's Versus Giants Ballparks — If going to a ballgame at Giants Park in San Francisco is considered a step up in the major league baseball fan experience, well then…

California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

California has arguably taken stronger legislative steps to address climate change than any state in the union. Assembly Bill 32 mandates that the state reduce carbon dioxide emissions to 1990…

Grand Jury: HumCo Needs Regional Fire District

Grand Jury: HumCo Needs Regional Fire District

A Grand Jury report echoes what firefighting officials have been telling Humboldt County — that rural fire departments have substandard equipment…

Back Country Bridge to Nowhere

Back Country Bridge to Nowhere

My husband’s idea of a great day trip is anything that involves trains and back roads so we headed over to Maxwell on I-5 to satisfy his curiosity about an…

The Animal Lady of Juniper Flat

I’ve always been of two minds when it comes to animal lovers. So long as they put the human animal at the top of their lists, I put them atop…

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