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Letters (Sep. 6, 2017)

As cannabis stumbles toward legalization in California, it seems like almost everyone's grown ganja this year. New plants appeared where there once were none, greenhouses mushroomed, and many older patches…

Drinking Water Tax In The Works

There’s a bill in the state Senate that if approved would impose for the first time in California a tax on public drinking water for both homes and businesses. SB…

Bird’s Eye View (Sep. 6, 2017)

My fellow eating and drinking buddy, Steve Sparks, is planning to start up a new version of the very popular and useful AV Grange Newsletter, the Valley information sheet that…

If You’re Tired Of Reading About Cannabis…

If you’re tired of reading about cannabis, don’t expect relief anytime soon. Right now, we’re in the cannabis moment. The media here and around the U.S.A. can’t get enough stories…

Jumping The Shark, But Keeping It Greene

If a team of tasteful, classy evaluators were to compile some sort of chart or graph or list of human entertainments, graded and categorized according to relative cultural value, I'm…

Mendocino County Today: Wednesday, Sep. 6, 2017

THREE TEENS SHOT (Mendocino County Sheriff's Office - Press Release) Crime/Incident: 664/187 PC [Attempted Murder] Location: Lake Mendocino Drive at Portlock Lane, Ukiah CA 95482 Date of Incident: 09/05/2017 Time:…

An Isolated Incident

An Isolated Incident

During the evening of August 14th a twenty year old woman named Morgan Franklin, from Big Bear, CA, appeared at the emergency room (ER) of Mendocino Coast Hospital (MCDH), apparently…

Headhunters Coming To Fort Bragg (Really)

I barely got to enjoy the rough dismissal of Fort Bragg city manager Linda Ruffing from her three grand a week job when I learned that the city intends to…

Back In The DDR

Organists have long been present at, indeed participants in, great political events:  the 759 Byzantine delegation from Constantinople to the French court of Pippin the Great, the diplomatic mission that…

A Lone Pine View

A Lone Pine View

Worth more than any blinking traffic light, it guided folks for years. It told them where they were and how to get to where they were going. It stood alone,…

Duets

Duets

Funny how things will stick in one's memory. The bit on Sacco and Vanzetti in a recent AVA column reminded me of other infamous duos from the dark distant past…

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