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A Real Turkey Shoot

A couple of corrections from last week's piece. The four to five stacks of lumber usually present, and visible out to sea, in the Mendocino of 1879 were piled south…

New Years On The Coast, 1879

1878 slipped into 1879 along the Mendocino Coast behind a northwestern breeze that blew away the rain showers of New Year's Eve. The flag on the point of Mendocino's headlands…

Glusker Censured

At a hurriedly called January 3rd meeting, the Mendocino Coast District Hospital's Board of Directors voted a resolution of censure for one of its members, Dr. Peter Glusker. The closed…

An Historical Point Of View

Some of you may have already paid your property taxes in full, some may have sent in half, with another half still due in the new year. Odds are the…

Coast Hospital: The New Administration

Mendocino Coast District Hospital held a special meeting of their Board of Directors three days before Christmas. With five board members, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Bob Edwards, Chief Financial…

Tale of Two Meetings

This is a tale of two meetings. The first occurred Monday December 12th at Fort Bragg's Town Hall. The main order of business, recognizing outgoing councilmembers Scott Deitz and Doug…

Fort Bragg Protocols

At the Fort Bragg City Council meeting of December 12th, new councilmembers Will Lee and Bernie Norvell will be sworn in. Next up, Vice Mayor Lindy Peters will will turn…

Coast Newspapers, A Brief History

The publisher of the consolidated Mendocino Coast newspapers is retiring. In modern parlance her 23 years as publisher is considered a long tenure. Long before those two papers were taken…

Roving Chocolatiers

Recent news about the sand bar at the mouth of the Navarro River blocking the stream so thoroughly that Highway 128 remained flooded by the backed up waters sent me…

Hospitality House Woes

As part of a column in September I wrote the following: “For years the Board and employees of [Mendocino Coast] Hospitality Center have demonstrated an inability to simply manage the…

Mr. Heeser’s Paper

William Heeser, born and raised in Koblenz, Germany, proved more than fluent in English by the time he reached the Mendocino Coast in the 1850s, a gentleman of thirty something.…