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The Declaration of Sentiments

July 19th is the 200th day of the year. One hundred seventy-one years ago, on July 19, 1848 (a leap year), in the home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton in Seneca…

Not Lost Any More

Not Lost Any More

California's Lost Coast is lost no longer. Permits are now required to hike the northern half, from the mouth of the Mattole River to Black Sands Beach on the outskirts…

Female Firsts

Women got short shrift in 19th century reporting. If married, a woman was almost always referred to in print by her husband's first and last name, with Mrs. in front…

Administrative Malpractice

But Ob-Gyn Saved, For Now... By a 5-0 vote the Board of Directors of the Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) has decided to keep the obstetrics (OB) department open for…

Coast Hospital Digs Itself in Deeper

Coast Hospital Digs Itself in Deeper

At a June 13th special meeting of the Mendocino Coast Hospital (MCDH) Board of Directors, Chair Steve Lund reported out of a 40 minute closed session, “After careful deliberation of…

California’s First Woman Lawyer

California’s First Woman Lawyer

In researching other items from the 1870s I ran across this note from a San Francisco newspaper in 1879: “Mrs. Clara S. Foltz appeared recently in the Nineteenth District Court…

The Adventures of Thomas Crapo

The Adventures of Thomas Crapo

While the current versions of newspapers in Fort Bragg and Mendocino rarely cover stories outside of the myopically local, their progenitor, William Heeser, reported on news from around the state,…

Coast Hospital: Questions Remain

Try to find the office of Mendocino Coast District Hospital's (MCDH) Chief Executive Officer, Bob Edwards. If you don't work there, and possibly if you do, it is a hard…

Gold Rush History, Revisited

Gold Rush History, Revisited

One of the major misconceptions about the history of the Mendocino Coast is the idea that the sawmill at the mouth of Big River produced the first lumber in the…

Inhospitality House

On Sunday, May 7th, our Anderson Valley Advertiser's online edition feature “Mendocino County Today” contained a relatively brief notice alluding to a Fort Bragg City Council Closed Session item concerning…

Presumed Dead

We are deep into the National Basketball Association (NBA) 2017 playoffs. Every once in awhile when I watch Klay Thompson or Steph Curry swish another three-pointer I'm reminded of the…