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Sister

I'm tired and a bit depressed — sad news from friends, the world gone madder than usual — so I decide not to ride my bicycle to town. Still, I…

Will Mendo Ever Again Have Affordable Housing?

Back in 2004 the Ukiah office of Legal Services of Northern California (formerly Redwood Legal) sued Mendocino County because the County's "Housing Element," a state-mandated ingredient of county general plans,…

What Really Happened To Marvin Noble

Remember the Marvin Noble case? Noble was shot dead by Ukiah Police back in 1998 when he tried to walk back to his Ukiah apartment after the Mendocino Mental Health…

The Mendo Pot Chronicles

A cautionary tale, versions of which have happened here, and will continue to happen here. On January 9th of this year, Rex Farrance, 59, a long-time technical editor of PC…

Water Woes

"No river should reach the ocean." —Stalin Not so long ago there was so much water in the summer time Russian River you could water ski at Healdsburg. Where did…

The Green, Green Hills Of Anderson Valley

It's been thirty years since Mendocino County fired Ted Erickson for saying that marijuana was Mendocino County's number one export crop. Not only saying it, but writing it. Erickson was…

Not Connecting the Dots

THE DENOYER WATCH. James 'Jimmy' Denoyer is going to be re-tried on felony animal abuse charges. The case has attracted much public interest not only in Mendocino County but nationally…

Travelers, Sour & Sentimental

"I hate traveling and explorers." —Claude Levi-Strauss, Tristes tropiques (1955) * * * We curse the journey in order to praise the destination more fully. Already in 1778 Boswell related…

Where Are They, Jimmy?

Donald "JC" Cavanaugh went missing in 2005. David Neily hasn't been seen since 2006. Both men worked for James "Jimmy" Denoyer on Denoyer's 20-acre horse ranch near Westport in an…

The Return of Bruce Anderson

MS: Why have you returned? BA: I didn't want the paper to fall into the wrong hands. MS: Whose hands would those be? BA: Pick a name or an entity.…

The Redleg Boogie Blues (Part 1)

INTRODUCTION After eight years in rock and roll bands on the east coast, living in motels and doing everything from playing frat parties and low-life bars to backing popular singers…