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Wake Up, Dan Hamburg!

Wake Up, Dan Hamburg!

I started out to write about something more benign this week, but I can’t stand it any longer. Wake Up, Dan Hamburg! Wake the freak up! You’ve been attending Mendocino…

Drum Demo At Shasta Dam

Drum Demo At Shasta Dam

For the Winnemem Wintu people of the McCloud River watershed (a mighty tributary of the Upper Sacramento River, formed by the southeastern drainage of Mt. Shasta and its stately foothills),…

Bush Hippies Brawl

It all started at a trimming session during harvest season in Laytonville. It was hot, the pot sticky, the vibe hostile bordering on angry. It was time for a break,…

Off the Record (Sep 17, 2014)

UKIAH IS PAYING the usual outside consultant $28,524 to “evaluate traffic impacts to affected streets” for the new County Courthouse that no one except the County’s nine (count ‘em) judges…

Business as Usual For California Water Hogs

The year 2013 was California’s driest on record. The first six months of 2014 were the hottest half-year on record. Reservoirs are drying up. Groundwater basins are diminishing at an…

Will The Real Crazy Person Please Stand Up?

Will The Real Crazy Person Please Stand Up?

Rather than acting as “Supervisors” who oversee the actions of their subordinates, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors prefers to insult the messenger, in this case the Mendocino County Grand…

Off the Record (Sep 10, 2014)

Off the Record (Sep 10, 2014)

SHERIFF TOM ALLMAN told a Laytonville audience last week, “I’ve never arrested a card-carrying cartel member.” He meant, of course, a person who could be linked to a drug cartel.…

Boss Kelly

The preliminary hearing for Kelly Boss of Philo ended in a holding order last week, which means the state showed up with enough evidence to make a reasonable person, Ukiah…

Mendo’s Timber Tentacles

It’s been well over a decade since the grape-based alcohol sector first outpaced tree cutting as Mendocino County’s dominant state-sanctioned economic sector. This watershed moment — a product of many…

The Acetone Defense

The first time Peter Richardson went to the venerable Water Trough bar on South State Street in Ukiah was back in the late 1950s or early 1960s (he doesn’t remember…

The Little River Logging Fiasco

A couple of weeks back I went on a walk with some of the people who are opposed to the proposed logging plan on Mendocino County’s Little River Airport property.…

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