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Madness Seizes the Barbarians

Panikon Thermopylae, 279 BC Brennus and his army of Gauls were faced by the Greeks at Delphi, and soon portents boding no good to the barbarians were sent by the…

My Roller Derby Date

My Roller Derby Date

After Roller Derby in Eureka, after lots of sushi and sake in Arcata, after she drove home to Trinidad at 11pm I walked around the corner to the Arcata Hotel…

Letters (June 28, 2017)

Do you AV guys and gals know that the UC-Berkeley Cal Bears power hitting first baseman is the grandson of Ronnie Vaughn? Yes, Andrew Vaughn is also a starting pitcher…

Gus

Gus

The lucky accident of our place and time has spared us the unspeakable domestic horror of watching our families and friends displaced from their homes and slaughtered as they flee…

Hmong Among Us

Hmong Among Us

On a summer day in June it was hot and dry almost everywhere in California. Nearly eight thousand miles away, it was hot and rainy across much of Laos, the…

The New Pot Growth Industry

The New Pot Growth Industry

We happened on an April presentation by a young State Water Board staffer named Jeff Parks in Willits. Parks was rapping, one might say in the lingo of the Summer…

Fear The Beard!

Of all the mystifying shit that youth is getting up to these days — body-madding, skinny jeans, gender-hopping, emoji poetry, and molecular cuisine being just a few notable examples —…

Willits Bypass Costs Revealed

Willits Bypass Costs Revealed

ABC7 News has learned a controversial freeway project that Caltrans claimed cost $300 million actually cost $460 million, 50 percent more than the agency told the public. Documents obtained by…

Clones

I really wasn't sure I wanted to grow this year, the stress of selling it was overwhelming, the price always going down, and all the packaging and repackaging, all the…

Yellowstone

In your life you must go to Yellowstone. If you can't or haven't, come on, come along. I was a tour bus driver and a park ranger there for several…

Garlic Gone Baby

Several years ago we rented a farm house to a couple new to the area. Ironically the man’s father-in-law had just purchased our property in Hopland, making it possible for…

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