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Kind Of Blue At 50

Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” was released 50 years ago this coming Monday: August 17, 1959. That was ten years after, and ten degrees cooler, than the little big band…

Lives & Times of Anderson Valley Folks: Kirk Wilder

On a gloriously sunny afternoon in Boonville, and following a brief tour of his workshop and hangar with two small airplanes, Kirk Wilder and I sat down to chat on…

Septic Easements & Other Effluent

Mendocino County is broke and getting broker by the week. Just last week the State announced that it was “borrowing” another $3 million from Mendocino County and proportionate amounts from…

Bird’s Eye View 8/19/2009

Greetings one and all. My apologies for the absence of a Bird’s Eye View last week. Many of you have written to me wondering why and expressing concern. I was…

Health Plans & Death Plans

The first illusion to chase off the stage is that the great debate here has much to do with health. So far as public health is concerned, many of the…

All In The Family

Bullet-headed, barrel-chested, built like a brickworks, and with his head shaved and sporting a big, bushy Fu Manchu mustache, Special Agent Peter Hoyle, a 33-year police veteran, much of it…

Loving the Kids, Willits Style

Clint Smith's lawyer, Mark Kalina, asked, “Everyone here for Clinton Smith please stand.” Almost everyone in the packed Willits courtroom last Tuesday, stood. There were school teachers and churchgoers, parents…

High School Tagged

Last week the Anderson Valley High School was tagged in two brazen raids that left many locals spitting mad. One custodian I spoke with at the school swore with such…

Saving Deputy Walker

Mendocino County is broke, and broker by the day. All branches of County government, including the Sheriff's Department, have been forced to cut expenditures. Along with the proposed cuts there’s…

Of Tourists & Mendocino

We are now at the high tide of the summer tourist season in Mendocino, the streets of the village awash in visitors from more populous places — the beach at…

Progressive Illusions

In retrospect we can see what a lucky fellow Barack Obama was to have had, during his run for the presidency last year, a radical black pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah…