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Fine Art, Good Books, Chilled Wine & Hot Licks: Boonville! Where Yuppie Meets Country

Boonville — The warm weather’s here and the buds are on the vine. The spring rains were generous, the frost merciful, labor cheap, and the leisure class flush with the…

The Boonville Beer Festival

Usually, when you mix drinks with sex, you get more pricks than kicks. But this year’s beer-fueled debauchery was pretty sane.…

Dispatches From The Temple Of Justice, Ukiah

I’ve made my share of enemies working the crime beat, on both sides of the law, and last week I was scolded in open court by a judge. I can’t…

Chicken Ridge Penumbras

  The preliminary hearing into the shoot-out on Chicken Ridge, Covelo, was put off again last week. It's a confused event involving a large cast of characters that includes rap…

Father Knows Best

You could call them the Courthouse Players. Their repertory changes every day and fresh talent? An annual cast of thousands! The Mendocino County Courthouse stages new dramas every working day,…

Can This Marriage Be Saved?

Many longtime Ukiahans know the story of Johnny and Mina Kvasnicka. An ambitious, hard-working couple, the Kvasnickas built an enviably beautiful new house at the swanky address of Saratoga Court…

Seeds & Stems

Attorney E.D. Lerman got one guy off on two big felonies – cultivation in numbers beyond all medical reason and possession of marijuana for sale.…

Twisted Tales of Torture

As of Monday morning, Jack S. Towers was looking at 14 felony counts related to the beating of his girlfriend, loving her nearly to death, you might say. As of…

The Shootout On Chicken Ridge

Six black rappers in Covelo? On Chicken Ridge? It's kind of complicated. You've got Darvel Blackwell, Clifton Jacobs, and Marquis Walker on one side of the beef, with Troy 'T'…

Bruce McEwen on Green Door v. V’Canto

Moving west to Fort Bragg, when I first learned that the renowned sculptor Dan Hemann had been savaged by the brutal spaghetti vendor Jim “Muttface” Muto, I abandoned my duties…

Marie, Perry’s Garage & The Fairy Ranch

The Ukiah Valley Medical Center is being sued for malpractice. The plaintiff is a woman named Marie. We will spare Marie further agony by fully identifying her. UVMC, unkindly referred…