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Ida’s Place—Book Two

I am pleased to announce the publication of the coil-bound photocopy edition (the only edition there is) of Ida’s Place Book Two: Revival, the second volume of what I intend…

Mendocino Talking: Bruce Anderson

Mendocino Talking: Bruce Anderson

Bruce Anderson is editor and publisher of this newspaper, the Anderson Valley Advertiser (the AVA) in Boonville. Despite his protests about being interviewed for his own paper, he finally agreed…

Quitting Grapes

Must have been sometime after 1980 when, once and for all, I resolved to quit working grapes. It was a god-awful hot afternoon and I was harvesting pinot noir (?)…

AV Firefighters: Clay Eubank

Clay Eubank has been in Anderson Valley since 2010. His partner Sarah Farber is the Captain of the Yorkville Station. It was through their involvement with firefighting that they met…

Jane-On-Another-Plain

Jane-On-Another-Plain

Leila Jane Dornacker was always dynamic, and often first: she was credited in 1968 as the nation's first female mail carrier; she was elected homecoming queen her freshman year at…

Around The World On Books

Peep, peep, peep, peep. A fowl in the hand is worth two that came home to roost. It is the Friends of Willits Library book sale. For one of the…

Waiting For Disaster

Waiting For Disaster

As the drought continues and a weakening El Niño lessens the chance of a good wet winter in California, we are having a second water tank installed to give us…

Mendocino Talking: Christie Olson Day

Christie is the owner of the Gallery Book Shop in Mendocino (gallerybookshop.com). She grew up in Woodenville, outside Seattle, Washington, and lived in that area until she moved here with…

Going Back To College (Part 2)

My first semester was over and now I needed a summer job. I had worked on the Mendocino County road crew out of the Laytonville Yard the past two seasons…

AV Firefighters: Roy Laird

Battalion Chief Roy Laird has been on the Anderson Valley Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years (with a few years off when his long haul trucking job got in the…

Adventures In Hauling Grapes

I have now hauled a total of 14 tons of grapes from our vineyard on Greenwood Ridge. About half of that went to Sonoma and half to Forestville. The Forestville…

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