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The Blind Leading the Ophthalmologists: Hospital Mulls $10 Bond (Or Tax)

There were four different official versions of the recent departure of Coast Hospital's Chief Financial Officer Jacob Lewis. Hospital Business Development Director Heather Paulsen described Lewis's departure as "taking on…

Disappeared

When in 1827 the Jedediah Smith party, 20 men herding 315 horses and mules, trapped and explored their way up California's central valley and Sierra foothills, one of the things…

The Staff Runs the Show: Planning Commission Votes To Do Nothing About Esterlina Winery’s Roadside Parking

A suspicious odor of deja vu permeated the Supervisors Chambers in Ukiah last Thursday afternoon when the Mendocino County Planning Commission considered a modification of Esterlina Winery's Holmes Ranch use…

Sir! No Sir!

I went down to Mill Valley last Wednesday. A friend of mine had gotten me invited to a benefit at the Throckmorton Theater. For a $100 donation to help fund…

Supplementary Coast Hospital Board Meeting Notes

At the Hospital Board Meeting on February 9th when the Hospital Resource Council recommendations were discussed (see savethehospital.org), Hospital Board Chair Charlene McAllister noted in passing during the discussion of…

OFF THE RECORD: Hospital Footnotes

A FEW FOOTNOTES to Mr. Sanicki's report on the independent audit presented to the Coast District Hospital Board last week. Four people commissioned the audit — Tom Birdsell, Mike Dell'Ara,…

Part 5: The Raps and the Wrap Up

Prosecutor Kevin Davenport looks like a 6'4" Clark Kent. He's in his early 40s and wears dark, conservative suits. He looks like a movie prosecutor. Or a mortician. The grandson…

The Great Fort Bragg Witch Hunt

Isn’t it just like Lucifer to plunk his evil self down in a pretty little Mendocino County mill town of forested hillsides, ocean bluffs, and rivers running to the sea?…

DA, Feds Fiddle While Fort Bragg Burns (Part 5)

In September of 1987 the Fort Bragg library was burned to the ground at the corner of Main and Laurel. The arson also destroyed the adjacent Ten Mile Justice Court.…

Who Burned Fort Bragg & Why (Part 4)

Superior Janitorial's distinctive red van was a familiar sight in late night Fort Bragg. Peter Durigan, Superior's owner, went to work about midnight with his wife Irene, formerly Irene Specie. The…

Willy Loman As Arsonist (Part 3)

Vince Sisco began his working life in Stockton where he and other members of his family ran bars and restaurants, most famously in the old Stockton Hotel. He enjoyed a…