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Farm To Farm

The first mornings after the autumn equinox you really feel the shift in season on the west side of Ander­son Valley, with the redwood forests shedding cold drafts that under­mine…

Remembering Ben Sonnenberg

There was a memorial for Ben Sonnenberg last week. Ben died on June 26 at the age of 73 — and a substantial crowd of the people who knew and…

Bird’s Eye View

Greetings one and all. If you are sitting comfortably I shall begin. Thanks to my ace team of investigative reporters, along with various Valley sleuths and histori­ans such as Pat…

Panther Soccer 2010

The first home league game of the season saw the Pirates of Point Arena come to the Valley last Wednes­day for a 4.30 match-up with the hometown Panthers. The Pirates…

Lives & Times of Valley Folks: Doug Johnson

I met with Doug at his property just south of Navarro where he has several showrooms full of his pottery along with the very quaint house where he lives. He…

Magical Thinking

“Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believ­ing in government and business.” — Tom Robbins Big game tonight, our Giants scrapping for first place in the National League…

Unexpected Encounters With Greatness

Being present at a musical performance of unex­pected greatness is even more memorable than having high expectations met. When I heard Rostropovich with the Boston Symphony under Seiji Ozawa in…

Farm To Farm

They tell me the north coast is supposed to get fog­gier and wetter as a side effect of global warming, at least for a while. I don't put too much…

Anybody Here Know How To Count?

Not long after the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors made one more muddled attempt at clearing up the confusion over their “balanced budget” at last Tuesday’s Board meeting, the County’s…

Fair Notes

Rain threatened all weekend and finally fell in light mists late Friday and Saturday, just enough to sweeten the day-time air which, by early morning, became muggy-hot all three days.…

Flying To Eugene, A Short Story

Chris Jones, now a resident of Eugene, Oregon, says hello to all his friends, and is especially grateful to Morgan Baynham for Morgan's recent letter and gift, both of which…