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Rural Rebellion in Northern California

Rural folk from four Northern California counties came in mid-April to a magical juncture where the life-giving Russian River empties into the majestic Pacific Ocean. Though the small, unincorporated village…

Slaughterhouse Gulch

Slaughterhouse Gulch

Three gulches west from the ranch that I live on, Slaughterhouse Gulch cuts the hillside north of the Albion River. Even in this fourth year of severe drought its stream…

Eyster v. Ten Pounds In a Midnight Yukon

Pulled over and asked to step out of the car. Spread-eagled against the vehicle. First, one arm and then the other pulled behind you as you're snapped into the handcuffs.…

Off the Record (Apr 29, 2015)

ONE OF THE FISHERMEN who died in that terrible Bodega Bay boating accident two weekends ago was Richard Hargreaves Jr., 59. Richard Hargreaves Sr. spent many years as a union…

MRC: Profiting in the Name of ‘Restoration’

MRC: Profiting in the Name of ‘Restoration’

On Tuesday, April 21st (yesterday, as this week’s edition goes to press) the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors was set to consider regulations, for the first time, on Mendocino Redwood…

Who You Callin’ a Dirt Bag?

Last week the mainstream media's echo chamber reverberated with a story out of Oklahoma about an elderly white volunteer cop who shot a black man down. The geriatric law enforcer…

Off the Record (Apr 22, 2015)

ON APRIL 10, 2015 at 1:27 AM, the Sheriff's press release begins, correctional staff discovered an unresponsive inmate in her cell during a routine walk through. The 59-year old female…

The Danes are Coming! (Who?)

Being fully retired after a 12-year stint as a volunteer EMT responder while consecutively serving most of that time as operations manager for the Anderson Valley Ambulance Service, I feel…

Fooling Most of the People

Fooling Most of the People

The week-long trial of Edward Starski, Esq, and his former client/father-in-law/co-conspirator and co-defendant, Larry Cornett, ended in guilty verdicts for both of them last Friday. They were charged with posing…

Water Or Wine?

“California Puts Mandatory Curbs on Water Use” reports the April 2 New York Times long article at the top of the front-page. “Steps to Confront Record-Setting Drought,” the sub-headline reads.…

California’s Thirsty Wine-Grapes

In the San Joaquin Valley heartland town of Livingston, located along Highway 99 between Turlock and Merced, the United States' most lucrative wine corporation, E&J Gallo, operates the world's largest…

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