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“Oh My God–We Hit A Little Girl!”

Following M Company from Fort Dix to Vietnam [Esquire, 1966].…

Shipwrecks On The Mendocino Coast

Shipwrecks On The Mendocino Coast

As a historian I’ve always been fascinated by shipwrecks, but not in the conventional manner. Yes, there is drama in the ship crashing on the rocks and the exciting rescue…

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…

Massacre in Mexico

How a U.S. drug operation sparked a cartel bloodbath near the Texas border.…

Regulating Pot

Regulating Pot

Tony Linegar has a wealth of experience in two northern California counties where cannabis has long been a major cash crop: Mendocino and Sonoma. Before taking over the reigns as the…

The Ongoing Saga of the San Juan

The Ongoing Saga of the San Juan

Saturday morning early I pulled into the Fort Bragg McDonalds to get a shot of joe. It had been a hard strange week. The boys were sitting around on the concrete…

The Gulls Have Spoken

I only ever deliberately killed another animal once in my life. It was in the mid-80s and I was working on a farm/nursery in Durango, Colorado, where the mistress of…

Big

Getting my first computer was inspired by a visit to AVA regular Jim Gibbons, in the hills outside of Willits. He was on solar power and had a Mac Plus…

Bird’s Eye View (June 14, 2017)

Disappointingly, but not surprisingly, the American media's default reaction to this last week's terror attack in London was to assume the British people were “reeling.” The word, which means “to…

Starving To Death In Fort Bragg

Lori Fiorentino was sentenced to three years in the California State Prison this morning, June 8th in Superior court by Judge Ann Moorman for the neglect of Arlene Potts who…

Keystone Monkey-Wrencher Won’t Back Down

The man who turned off the Keystone pipeline gave up family, job and possibly his freedom. He would do it again. …