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Valley People (Feb 25, 2015)

FROST FANS in vineyards northeast of Central Boonville kicked on Monday and Tuesday morning about midnight, as did the sprinkler system in the vast vineyard in the same general area.…

Bird’s Eye View (Feb 25, 2105)

Apparently, this past week has seen a journalist from Newsweek, the national weekly magazine, in the Valley researching an article that will feature your beloved AVA, the last real newspaper…

Ricard’s Rattrap: A Photo Essay

Ricard’s Rattrap: A Photo Essay

Boonville's "Ricard Building," at the corner of Highway 128 and Haehl Street, has stubbornly remained vacant and derelict for decades.…

Teaching In Mendocino County, 1934

The following are excerpts taken from letters I wrote home to my parents during the first year and a half that I taught in Sherwood Valley School in Mendocino County.…

Valley People (Feb 18, 2015)

NICE TURNOUT at the Buckhorn for Steve Sparks who, I swear, seems to be the reincarnation of Homer Mannix, Anderson Valley's Mr. Everything from 1950 to 1980. Sparks hasn't yet…

Bird’s Eye View (Feb 18, 2015)

With Valentine’s Day leading into President’s Day there was a steady stream of business at the Valley’s eateries and wineries this past weekend. And a good thing too. February, March,…

Resiliency Starts Here

Resiliency Starts Here

The 32nd Annual Winter Abundance Workshop, known by regulars as the Seed and Scion Exchange, was held this year at the Mendocino County fairgrounds in Boonville on the last day…

Valley People (Feb 11, 2015)

Valley People (Feb 11, 2015)

EVERYONE in The Valley has a storm story, ranging from mysterious blue flame racing along power lines between Boonville and the high school, to the big winds throwing fifty pound…

Bird’s Eye View (Feb 11, 2015)

So we are already at Valentine’s Day and yet the year seems as if it began yesterday. In fact, some folks are still wishing me a Happy New Year! Valentine’s…

Valley People (Feb 4, 2015)

GOT UP TO 79 in Boonville last Saturday as January's eerily dry days and sunny tranquility came to an end. First January in recorded history that it hasn't rained in…

Bird’s Eye View (Feb 4, 2015)

It appears that Mitt Romney heeded my advice and backed out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination. I just do what I can (?).…

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