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Honey Oil Production Explodes In Mendocino

Last month in Ukiah, Wayne Briley stood in front of the board of supervisors waving a hash oil extractor, an empty butane canister and some other butane hash oil (BHO)…

The Ketchup Kaper

“It was all over a bottle of ketchup — this alleged shooting — along with some missing cheese and beer,” Public Defender Linda Thompson told the jury. “Now, my client,…

Willits Bypass Timeline

In Willits, many people have not taken kindly to the California Department of Transportation's asphalt imperialism, which entails spreading more than 140,000 dump truck loads of fill in Little Lake…

Off the Record (July 23, 2014)

Off the Record (July 23, 2014)

BOONVILLE REDEMPTION, the movie partly filmed here, doesn’t seem headed for blockbuster status. Even its on-line description is unpromising. “Thirteen year-old Melinda (Strike one! — any movie featuring a kid…

Should Pot Farmers Get The Water?

We are deep into 2014 and the drought ain’t about to quit. Already, we’ve had some barn-burners this summer — you can fry a bass on the side of Ukiah…

Crime & Punishment In The Garden

The mouse sniffed its way through the dark. Rejecting the wild pea vines, it scurried past the oak barrels full of strawberry plants. Been there, snipped that, tucked away in…

Dredges From A Reporter’s Notebook

Slow week at the County Courthouse last week. In recent years we’ve had some riveting murder trials in the summertime, but this year, so far, the most sensational murder, that…

Jared Huffman: CalTrans Errand Boy

Jared Huffman: CalTrans Errand Boy

Last week, the US Congressional representative for California's North Coast, a former Natural Resources Defense Council attorney named Jared Huffman, threw the full weight of his legislative power behind the…

Off the Record (July 16, 2014)

COUNTY AUDITOR Meredith Ford’s proposal to hire herself as an “extra-help” trainer for her replacement, Assistant Auditor Lloyd Weer at $440 per day was approved unanimously without discussion at last…

Why The Corps Shut Down The Bypass

Why The Corps Shut Down The Bypass

New details have come to light regarding the US Army Corps of Engineers’ June 20th decision to suspend the Willits Bypass’ US Clean Water Act permit (404 permit): the first…

Huffman’s Trespass Grow Forum

Huffman’s Trespass Grow Forum

The vexing problem of trespass marijuana grows was probed at a forum convened by North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman, who emphasized the need for collaboration between police and wildlife agencies…

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