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MCT: Thursday, July 18, 2019

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PRELIMINARILY, we understand that the sudden, shocking death of Fort Bragg Advocate reporter, Kelci Parks, is attributed to a heart attack. Ms. Parks, only 34, was diagnosed with a heart murmur some months ago. She leaves behind a twelve-year-old son and family in Oklahoma.

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RE THE POSSIBLE TAKEOVER of Coast Hospital by the Adventist octopus, Jeff Fox writes: "Thanks for the great article detailing the lesser known aspects of an Adventist takeover. Having just retired from MCDH after 23 years I had plenty of opportunity to interact with the Adventist people, and personally know several employees that left MCDH to work for Adventist, and vice versa.

It’s not widely known how deeply the religious aspect is ingrained in the organization. Even though lower level managers are not required to be Adventists, one I know personally has told me they are subjected to giving prayer before managerial meetings. It’s also little known that Adventists are basically a doomsday cult, holding the belief and hoping for a God-induced global apocalypse that will destroy all unbelievers and leave only Adventists as survivors.

I’m not expressing an opinion one way or the other as to whether MCDH should or should not affiliate with Adventist. There are definitely issues at MCDH that an affiliation would fix. But it’s important that the community be aware that much of what they are used to, such as services Adventist deems “unprofitable” will disappear without the opportunity for public input. Affiliation will leave the publicly elected MCDH board with practically zero influence over direction of the hospital. Those who have become accustomed to attending public Board meetings and expressing their views on important issues such as the closing of the Labor and Delivery unit are in for a rude surprise. Dr. Turner’s comments on profiteering are consistent with my own experiences both as a patient and as a department manager who interacted with them in my capacity at MCDH. In my opinion, should Adventist take over the hospital, the chances of keeping the L&D unit open is virtually nil. Additionally, expect the town to lose the jobs currently held by the billing, medical records, and the majority of I.T. staff. My off-the-cuff estimate this that we’ll say adios to around 25 benefited, living wage jobs in those three departments alone. Off to Roseville they’ll go (or Santa Rosa for the billing jobs)."

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Summer has arrived!

  • Santa Rosa Plums, Strawberries
  • Early Girl, Cherry & a few Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Padron, Jalapeno & *Corno di Toro Peppers
  • Walla Walla Onions, Zucchini & *Patty Pan Squash
  • Basil, Kale, Eggplant, Sunflowers

3301 Holmes Ranch Rd, Philo


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In the July 12, 2019 issue you printed a paragraph about the death of my cousin Gordon Cameron Hettrick. He did not die of natural causes, he was murdered, shot in the head by either the Plowrights or one of their thieving associates. Why is so obvious. He was curious about the abandoned U-Haul van in the ditch. He went missing shortly after that and his remains were found on our property. We live next door to the Plowrights.

To this day I still say as loudly as I can that if Gordon was a pretty little white girl the Sheriff’s department would have spared no expense to find out who put a bullet in her head. They claim that all cases are treated with equal respect. Prove it and reopen this case and ask the Plowright who is currently incarcerated some real questions.

In closing I want everyone to know that Gordon was one of the kindest, most thoughtful and considerate persons I ever knew and he deserves justice. The world was a better place when he was here and he is missed by all who knew him.

Can you imagine what it feels like to know that in this beautiful valley a murderer may still be walking free and Gordon is not?

Tisha McLeran

Kramer Lane, Philo

AVA, June 12, 2019:

GORDON HETTRICK was 57 when he was last seen on the Upper Holmes Ranch late in the afternoon of March 10th, 2007, a Saturday. Ten months later his remains were found off Little Mill Creek, between the Holmes Ranch and Nash Mill. A human skull, some bones and bits of clothing were discovered early Friday afternoon by the owner of the property, Tish McLeran and her husband. Mrs. McLeran said at the time that Hettrick was her cousin, adding, “I’m waiting for the findings of the police before I say anything else because it would be wrong to speculate right now.” Mrs. McLeran emphatically stated her home is not a care home as some neighbors speculated. The Sheriff’s Department, at the time, attributed Hettrick’s death to natural causes via exposure.

ED NOTE: I'm not wed to the official version of Mr. Hettrick's demise, and it's certainly true that the Plowrights, a multi-faceted criminal enterprise, are capable of pretty much anything. But the police found nothing indicating foul play, and here we are.

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by Dick Meister

Like every other fan of the National Pastime, I've looked forward with great anticipation to the new baseball season. But I know it won't possibly match my favorite season of all time.

It was 1950 — the year that I, a 17-year-old shortstop not yet out of high school in San Francisco, took the first step toward what I was certain would be major league stardom.

You had to start somewhere, and my somewhere was Boonville, California, home of the Loggers, one of six teams in the semi-professional Mendocino County League.

Boonville. It sounded as if it was thousands of miles from San Francisco, and although actually only about 120 miles north, it might as well have been. There were only a few hundred people in town, two grocery stores, a service station, pool hall and a combination bar and restaurant with a dozen crumbling one-room cabins behind it — the Boonville Lodge, our principal source of food, lodging and entertainment for the summer.

Though small, Boonville was exceptionally well placed, in the heart of massive forests of pine and redwood and lush farmland. Narrow towers of dense gray smoke surrounded the town, tall aromatic sentinels rising above lumber mills, guarding Boonville's economic well-being.

The Loggers played only on weekends; their fans were overwhelmingly preoccupied with work at other times. But, my God, those weekends!

The fans barreled into town at noontime on game days, straight down the highway that doubled as Main Street, climbed out of pickup trucks and long fish-tailed sedans and hurried into the bar and restaurant. They jostled good-naturedly as they yelled out their orders. Beer and chicken-fried steak, beer and hamburger steak, beer and fried chicken or, for those feeling flush, beer and the house special, T-bone steak.

Soon the laughing, noisy crowd headed for the ballpark just across the highway, grasping bottles of beer and washtubs filled with ice and more beer.

The heat rose in waves. You could see it through the thick clouds of dust kicked up by infielders warming up as the fans clambered up into the bleachers, rattling the seats formed from sagging wooden planks, old, dry and smelling of resin. They bellowed advice and encouragement full blast through the afternoon, and some came down under the bleachers between innings to offer icy, dripping bottles of beer that the players downed in quick, gasping gulps.

It didn't end with the games. We walked, players and fans, the sweat-soaked lot of us, across the highway afterward, replaying the games as we made our way to the lodge, there to continue our talk, inside and in boisterous groups that spilled out onto the sidewalk. More beer, and the raucous, endlessly blasting jukebox sound of country boys singing country songs.

It was like that in all the league towns, none more than an hour away by car.

We spent very little time in the cabins that were our homes away from home. There was work at a lumber mill, from seven in the morning until three or four in the afternoon. Then came two to three hours on the practice field, where the boss was the Logger manager's right-hand man, Woody, once a first baseman in the Chicago White Sox minor league chain.

Woody was the "old pro" who was standard on such teams as the Loggers, a heavy drinker in his mid-40s who'd been drifting around the country for the past ten years. He knew no trade except baseball and had no skills but those of a ballplayer, skills too blunted by age and hard living for him to make it with teams at any higher level.

Woody was just another hand at the lumber mill, but at practice he called all the shots, a drill master with a fat stomach and a long, thin fungo bat. He'd slap balls to our left, to our right, over our heads, balls that would hit just in front of us and pop right up. He'd stand us up at home plate while the pitchers fired away, reaching out to straighten our shoulders, twist us this way and that, move our feet together, then apart, out from the plate, then in, move us back in the batter's box, then forward.

Practice, practice, until our eyes stung with sweat dripping down our foreheads.

Woody didn't say so, and we certainly didn't think so at the time, but we were experiencing true joy. The moist warmth enveloping our bodies, our muscles responding spontaneously and uncomplainingly to our every demand, dashing across the field full tilt to catch up to a ball, sending a ball flying far beyond us with the mere swing of a bat, our bodies doing just what they were supposed to do, just what they had learned to do.

That's what it meant to be young. That's what it meant to be playing baseball. That's what Woody Wilson never said, but never forgot.

There are other lessons as well. Standing out on the field we learned our importance. We were part of a team, sure, but each of us stood apart, alone. Each of us had a unique role he had to fill if we were to be a team, for there were nine of us in nine different positions.

When the ball is hit, only one of us would reach it, and that player would be the center of attention; everybody would be watching, the other players, the spectators. What happened next in the game would be solely his doing. He was in control of his destiny and the destiny of those around him.

It was the same when your team was at bat, in that tense, electric moment before the ball was hit and attention shifted from batter to fielder. You stood alone at home plate waiting for the pitch, the entire team relying on what you would do.

There was no faking and no hiding. You did what you did in public. Your performance, your past, was never forgotten; it was etched forever in cold, hard statistics, facts that could never be challenged. Whatever you did would be compared to what others were doing or have done, no matter when they had done it; you were competing against players both alive and dead, whose recorded performances would never die.

And those umpires we argued with — the argument was just another part of the ritual of baseball. We knew a pitch was not a strike or a ball because it crossed or didn't cross the plate at a point delineated in the rulebook. It was a strike or a ball because the umpire said it was a strike or a ball. A baserunner was not out because we tagged him before he reached the base; he was out because the umpire said he was out.

We learned those things and more. But we, of course, thought we were only learning baseball.

Boonville Town Team c.1959
Angelo Pronsolino, [Unidentified], John Childers, Donald Pardini, George Wilcox
'Baseball Jack,' Roger Doolin, Emil Rossi, Bob Paul, Bill Sanders, Tom Tovani

(Copyright©Dick Meister (

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ON THE ROAD WITH FRANK HARTZELL: "We picked Annie up at the airport yesterday. we left before 8 and got back at 11 PM. WE saw something NOBODY may have ever seen in history. EVERY guy on two sets of Caltrans crews was working feverishly, even the supervisors. WHERE were the 5 guys leaning on shovels telling jokes while one guy works? What is the world coming to? They were squirting hot tar into dirt hillsides, not sure why they do that? We saw 8 cops on cycles followed by a SO truck and trailer. We let them go by, then they all stopped at Navarro store for lunch. GREAT lunches at that little place! Found a car from about 1910, pre-model T in the bushes, where its probably been for 80 years. I love the grape stakes at Gowan's orchard. At some point very long ago they took out grapes to put in apples. They have been there for at least 20 years, probably more. We had a GREAT dinner at the Hamburger Ranch in Cloverdale on the way home, improved a lot and I liked it before."

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by Charles Dillinger (LA Times, December 14, 1989)

Fort Bragg, Mendocino County -- Since the 1940s the two women have been the mainstays of this quaint, isolated northern California coastal town, an hour's drive from the nearest four-lane highway.

One, a radio announcer, is the sounding board, and often the conscience of the community. The other has headed Paul Bunyan days, Fort Bragg's biggest annual event, since its inception on her ranch half a century ago and keeps it going by sheer force of will every September.

Both women are up in years. Gertrude White, the rancher, is a lively 95. Louise Keller, the radio announcer, known affectionately by townspeople as Aunt Ellie, chooses not to tell her age.

Eloise Keller

"Because of its isolation, Fort Bragg has many traditional aspects no longer found in many other towns as America changes," said Brooks Mencher, 33, Editor of the weekly Fort Bragg Advocate News. The newspaper, like the town, is 100 years old.

"Eloise Keller and Gertrude White," Mencher said, "are prime examples of the unique flavor of our small community."

Aldo ‘Moose’ Mattiuzzo, 59, a lifelong logger, said, "Most of the town grew up with these two ladies. Everybody goes to Gertrude for advice and everybody calls Elly when she's on the air and talks about anything they want to talk about."

Mattiuzzo’s sentiments are echoed throughout Fort Bragg, population 5500, a place where fishing and a sawmill are the two biggest enterprises and the downtown business section consists of turn of the century frame buildings jammed together.

Aunt Elly’s on the Air

For 40 years on Elly has been on the air five days a week over KDAC, Fort Bragg’s AM station where ads go for $15 a minute and 12,000 listeners tune in for 50 miles up and down the coast.

"Some days I feel 105. Other days I feel 35," said the tiny, gray-haired radio personality. She doesn't sound a day over 35 on the air.

"I don't know Elly’s age. When I bought KDAC in 1960 she came with the station," said KDAC’s owner, Charlie Stone, 66. The Art Deco radio building on a hill overlooking town has two Flash Gordon lightning bolts painted over its entrance.

Eloise Keller has an hour-long talk show every morning at 9 and a half hour interview show at 5:30 in the afternoon. When people call in they never give their names but Elly knows most of them anyway by their voices.

"Elly has touched the lives of everyone around here," said the radio station owner. "She has campaigned for more things in this town. When Fort Bragg needed a new hospital, Elly went on the air and campaigned for the hospital until we got it. When the fire department needed a new ladder truck, it was Elly who led the drive to get it. The fire chief drove out to the station to give her the first ride in the truck."

A wall at the radio station is filled with plaques honoring Keller, one from every organization in town plus several statewide awards for special radio programs she produced. For years she read children's stories over the air. That's when they started calling her aunt Elly.

She had never broadcast anything in her life when she called KDAC in 1949 to compliment the station for a women's program it aired early after she moved from Los Angeles.

"Paul Singer was manager of the station at the time. He told me the lady doing the show devoted to women's issues had left the station that day, and he was looking for someone to take her place. He told me he liked my voice and asked if I would do it. That was on a Friday. I went to work for the station on Monday and I have been here ever since," Keller recalled.

Hearty Ranch Woman

For 60 years Gertrude White has been caring for dairy and beef cattle (20 head of beef cattle at present) on her 70 acre ranch. For 50 years she has operated a riding stable and taught horsemanship.

White rode a horse every year in the Paul Bunyan Days parade, the popular event she started, until she was 90. The horse she owned at the time died and she did not get another one. She has been riding on the fire truck in the Parade ever since.

All through the 1930s, 40s and 50s, Fort Bragg received most of its milk from the dairy owned and operated by this hearty ranch woman. She has led and been the cook and chief bottle washer on an annual three-day trail ride sponsored by her riding club for 50 years.

A widow who lives by herself in a weatherbeaten old farm house overlooking the sea, she shows up at almost every function in town, especially dances. "I'm considered the best dancer in Fort Bragg, and there are a lot of good dancers here," she said with a laugh.

“I do as I damn well please and I have no intention of slowing down."

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CATCH OF THE DAY, JULY 16-17, 2019

Arnold, Asher, Blom

DEWAYNE ARNOLD, Upper Lake/Ukiah. Loaded firearm, paraphernalia, evasion.

SPENCER ASHER, Covelo. Probation revocation.

PETER BLOM, Mendocino. Grand theft, theft from elder, stolen property, disorderly conduct-alcohol, vandalism.

Bright, Delgadillo-Vicencio, DeWolf

JORDAN BRIGHT, Calpella. Domestic battery, paraphernalia, failure to appear, probation revocation.

LUIS DELGADILLO-VICENCIO, Calpella. Disobeying court order, protective order violation.

HEATHER DEWOLF, Fort Bragg. Disorderly conduct-alcohol. (Frequent flyer.)

Jimenez, Kimpton, Larson

SALVADOR JIMENEZ, Santa Rosa/Ukiah. Suspended license (for DUI), no license, probation revocation.

BENJAMIN KIMPTON, Ukiah. Probation revocation.

BUTCH LARSON, Ukiah. Controlled substance, paraphernalia.

Luna, Parkinson, Pelkey

NANCY LUNA, Ukiah. Domestic abuse.

ADAM PARKINSON, Leggett. Disorderly conduct-alcohol.

MICHAEL PELKEY, Ukiah. Failure to appear.

Piceno, Rodriguez-Vences, Rogers

MARCIANO PICENO, Ukiah. Domestic battery, paraphernalia, vandalism, resisting.

JORGE RODRIGUEZ-VENCES, Ukiah. Disorderly conduct-alcohol.

JARED ROGERS, Willits. DUI-alcohol&drugs, concealed stolen weapon, large capacity magazine.

Russell, Scott, Spitsen

GARY RUSSELL, Quartzsite, Arizona/Ukiah. Suspended license (for DUI).

ALBERT SCOTT, Alderpoint/Laytonville. DUI, negligent discharge of firearm.

MARK SPITSEN, Ukiah. Petty theft, under influence, controlled substance, paraphernalia, probation revocation.

Vanmeter, Way, Winchester

LILA VANMETER, Willits. Domestic abuse, probation revocation.

SHAUN WAY, Potter Valley. Vandalism, probation revocation.

KELLY WINCHESTER, Petaluma/Fort Bragg. Disorderly conduct-alcohol, resisting.

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As a pharmacist who is currently licensed in Canada and the US, and who has worked in both places, I can tell you that it isn’t just insulin pricing that is way out of whack – Here are a few more examples (Canada prices converted to US Dollars);

Drug Name; Pkg; US Price; Can Price

Migranal; 8; $3607; $91

Eliquis; 2.5 mg 60; $427; $81

Farxiga; 10mg 30; $474; $67

Avonex; 4; $6743; $1464

I could go on and on…. All these drugs are made by exactly the same companies for US and Canadian distribution, and probably in the same factory.

To me the real question is, “Why are the outrageous profits being made on US sales not being reflected in their stock prices?”

The only answer I can come up with is skimming, bribery of politicians, and racketeering that should get Bernie Madoff released for time served due to comparative innocence….

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“I hear he turned water into wine, but it was a rather poor quality Mesopotamian Cabernet.”

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OK, so here we are with a hideous mess at our border — people crammed in cages with no room to sit down, much less lie down, teenagers having to deal with babies and toddlers because there are no adults to care for them. Now Donald Trump’s minions are threatening to grab people who have a life established here to deport them, adding to the mess that is already hideous enough.

What are we trying to say? They came here expecting humanity. Are we saying, “Sorry, we don’t have any”? What lesson are we teaching these children we feed frozen burritos and won’t even allow to bathe or brush their teeth?

I accept that refugee camps aren’t wonderful places, but most countries don’t take your children away and lose them, or put people in cages with standing room only.

Apparently Trump is trying to scare people away from coming here. I imagine he will be quite successful, along with causing a generation of children to hate the United States. Is this our new standard?

We might as well push the Statue of Liberty off of her island. She doesn’t speak for us anymore.

Gail Outlaw

Santa Rosa

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Sonoma Wildlife needs fish and fruit

Sonoma Wildlife Rescue supports Woodlands Wildlife in a big way. We have worked closely with them for many years. I know some of you might fish or have fruit trees, so am forwarding their call for help below. Sonoma Wildlife is located 10 minutes from the freeway just south of Santa Rosa.

Ronnie, Do you fish? Do you know anyone who fishes? We need fish donations! Our three otter pups are growing, and as they grow they need more fish to eat. They will be eating as much as 40 FRESH WATER fish in a week! In addition to fresh fish, fruit is also needed for the other animals in our care. If you have a fruit tree with an overabundance of produce, bring it in! We go through over 50lbs of fruits and vegetables a week, anything helps!

Doris Duncan

Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue


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Faculty read: Thursday, Aug 1, St. Anthony's, 6:30 p.m. Friday, evening at Cotton auditorium 6:30; plus 1:00 pm at Mendocino Middle School each day of the Conference, August 1-3, for Paths to Publishing, reading by Writing Contest winners, and Open Mic.

MCWC 2019 registration closed with record numbers, making this years conference our largest yet! We are thrilled so many people will be joining us for our 30th year. Of course, thirty years of MCWC would not be possible without the support of our returning participants, our generous donors, and our dedicated board. We spoke with a few of our board members this month to learn more about the history of MCWC and celebrate its future. MCWC started in 1989 when Marlis Boardhead, a creative writing teacher at College of the Redwoods, decided to bring a few published authors to speak at the college. By the time MCWC President Ginny Rorby started volunteering in 1996, the event had blossomed into a full weekend conference.

For a full list of Afternoon Events, please visit

(Look for the events listed as open to the public if you are not attending the conference this year.)

Registration is still open for the Sunday Publishing Bootcamp on August 4. This one-day intensive bootcamp can be added on to your conference experience or taken as a stand-alone event.

More information is available at

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COASTAL STORYTELLERS--Mother Nature Story night--Thursday, July 25 at Community Center of Mendocino

Dear Fans of Coastal Storytellers and Wannabee Storytellers,

Coastal Storytellers will be back at the Community Center of Mendocino for “Mother Nature” and related stories on Thursday, July 25 from 6:30-8:30pm. Our favorite Circus Girl, Nicole Laumb is on the road on a flying trapeze with the Flynn Creek Circus (hope you can catch a show!) so I (Doug Nunn) will be her substitute host. We will miss the fabulous Ms. Laumb, but she wants us to go forward and let the stories fly. Anything relating to Mother Nature and Planet Earth is welcome—from backpacking to surfing to gardening to mountain climbing and beyond. Let’s tell some lovely stories that would make Nicole proud. If you have a piece you would like to share please send me an email at Right now there are still a few slots open. If you haven’t heard back from me, please make a point of writing to or calling me at 415-613-4416. Mother Nature is excited to have people tell stories about her.

Thank you and hope to see you on July 25!

Doug Nunn

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“Could I have a word with someone in Building Security?”

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Tickets for the July 26-28, 2019 Not So Simple Gathering are advance purchase only and must be purchased by July 20 at Brown Paper Tickets. Workshops, Camping and Meals are included in ticket price. A limited number of full weekend non camping tickets are available at a reduced cost.

The weekend of Hands-On Workshops and Demonstrations Celebrating Rural Living and Homesteading Skills will be held July 26-28 in a small, beautiful, shaded, setting. The Groundswell Community Retreat Center in Yorkville is a lovely space that implements many of the rural living skills that are the foundation of our event.

The land has rustic cabins with bunks as well as tent camping with plenty of areas for workshops scattered throughout the woods. Also, a centrally located kitchen, dining hall, and campfire where there will be Hosted Campfire Conversations. Plus, access to Rancheria Creek for swimming, a hot tub available all weekend, and locally sourced community meals provided by Groundswell's culinary team. Saturday night will be an acoustic band scramble so your instruments are welcome. Sunday’s keynote speaker, Jim Tarbell will talk about Mapping Local Economies that Work for the Common Good. Jaye and I will offer a Johnson-Su Bioreactor class, and 2 dozen or more other classes will be held too. For more info visit or call 707..895.3243

Floodgate Farm's "Eating on the Wild Side/Salad University" will be Sunday August 11, from 12:45-4:30. Taste and learn how to make wild chips, green smoothies, thistle drink, and the properties of dozens of wild and cultivated plants used in these and in the floral herbal salad mix which we will share in a potluck at the end. We will also look at the regenerative farming practices that are sequestering carbon at the farm, and producing especially healthy food. Meet at West Road Exit 557 off US 101 at 12:45, leaving at 12:55 sharp (earlier meeting at Ukiah United Methodist Church, 205 Bush St., at 12:15 leaving 12:30 sharp). The mountain farm is 3 miles up a quite good gravel road. Cost is $30 or $50 for couple. You can preregister at Ukiah Farmers' Market, 9-noon, School and Clay St..

The Acres USA Healthy Soil Summit is taking place at the UC Davis Conference Center on Wed.-Thurs. August 21st and 22nd. KEYNOTE SPEAKER is Gary Zimmer - Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Midwestern BioAg. Known as the “father” of biological agriculture, Zimmer is an internationally known author, speaker, and consultant. He owns Otter Creek Organic Farm near Lone Rock, Wisconsin. Zimmer is the author of three books, The Biological Farmer (Second Edition), The Biological Farmer and Advancing Biological Farming, and numerous articles on soils and livestock nutrition.

JOHN KEMPF - Founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture, a leading crop nutrition consulting company, and a Managing Partner at Zeno Capital Partners — an investment fund working in the areas of agriculture, food production, medicine and clean energy. John is a leading crop health consultant and designer of innovative soil and plant management systems. He is a member of the Amish community and lives in Middlefield, Ohio, and will be Jaye’s and Bill's guest on the Monday July 29, 11 AM-noon Farm and Garden Show (, 91.5 FM, 90.7 FM, 88.1 in Fort Bragg).

Other speakers: Bill Brush is an expert in soil fertility and water management. Adrian Ferrero, Co-founder and CEO of Biome Makers, is a self-described entrepreneur on a mission to change the world. Dr. Pam Marrone – Entomologist and CEO/Founder of Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI), a company she started in 2006 to discover and develop bio‐based products for pest management and plant health. Glen Rabenberg - Founder and owner of Soil Works LLC. He brings his knowledge of animal science and applies it to the soil. He still maintains his third-generation farm in Bancroft, South Dakota. Brendon Rockey is a third generation farmer in Center, Colorado. On 500 acre Rockey Farms, he raises specialty potatoes and quinoa among fields of green manure, all cultivated in a living environment. Companion crops, animals, cover crops and flowers replace synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides.

To register, the website is, email is, phone is 1-800-355-5313.

Hope to see you at some or all of these events!

Bill Taylor and Jaye Alison Moscariello 707-272-1688

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Vacant seats for the newly formed Round Valley Area Municipal Advisory Council.

Please contact the Clerk of the Board office at (707) 463-4441

Round Valley Area Municipal Advisory Council (11)

Please note: Anticipated vacancies include expiring terms: the incumbent of the expiring term may apply for reappointment and/or may continue to serve in their capacity until replaced. California Government Code requires public noticing for all expiring terms regardless of the incumbent’s intention to apply for reappointment.

If you are interested in serving on this Board, contact your Supervisor, or the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, at 501 Low Gap Road, Room 1010, Ukiah, CA 95482 or (707) 463-4441.

LAST DATE FOR FILING: August 5, 2019, or until filled.

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Saturday, July 20 & Sunday, July 21, 10am-5pm

40 Juried Artists • Live Music • Festive Food • Free admission

Browse a wide variety of quality, one-of-a-kind artwork at 40 artist booths situated outdoors among the Mendocino Art Center gardens. Wearable art lovers are in for a treat, with an array of handmade jewelry, as well as clothing, scarves, bags and hats. Those looking for something for the home will find sculptural and functional ceramics, paintings, photography, wood accessories, glass works, baskets, furniture items, and more. Also enjoy festive foods and live local music with the Mendocino Coast Ukulele Group, and Christopher Cisper on acoustic guitar.

More information and a list of participating artists:

Be sure to stop inside the Mendocino Art Center's Gallery Shop which is also open during the Summer Arts & Crafts Fair and offers great gift ideas created by MAC's member artists.

And view July's gallery showings (on exhibit through July 29):



“A Sleep & A Forgetting”

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IF SHE COULD GET TO SLEEP[…] She got quickly into bed and moved about freely between the sheets. Yes, she was warm all over. A cold, dry breeze was coming in from the river, thank goodness! She tried to think about her little rock-house and the Arizona sun and blue sky. But that led to memories which were still too disturbing. She turned on her side, closed her eyes, and tried an old device. She entered her father's front door, hung her hat and coat on the rack, and stopped in the parlour to warm her hands at the stove. Then she went through the dining-room, where the boys were getting their lessons at the long table; through the sitting-toom, where Thor was asleep in his cot bed, his dress and stockings hanging on a chair. In the kitchen she stopped for her lantern and her hot brick. She hurried up the back stairs the through the windy loft to her own glacial room. The illusion was marred only by the consciousness that she ought to brush her teeth before she went to bed, and that she never used to do it. Why --- ? The water was frozen solid in the pitcher, so she got over that. Once between the blankets there was a short, fierce battle with the cold; then, warmer --- warmer. She could hear her father shaking down the hard-coal burner for the night, and the wind rushing and banging down the village street. The boughs of the cottonwood, hard as bone, rattled against her gable. The bed grew softer and warmer. Everybody was warm and well downstairs. The sprawling old house had gathered them all in, like a hen, and had settled down over its brood. They were all warm in their father's house. Softer and softer. She was asleep. She slept ten hours without turning over. From sleep like that, one awakes in shining armour.

--Willa Cather, 1915; from "The Song of the Lark"

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Temporary housing in Burbank for Angelenos of Japanese heritage returning from WWII internment camps, 1945. Photo Los Angeles Daily News Negatives.

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PG&E WILL HOST A WEBINAR to share information about our Community Wildfire Safety Program (CWSP). This webinar will provide an additional opportunity for anyone who is interested in PG&E’s wildfire safety efforts to receive a presentation from PG&E leadership, ask questions and provide feedback.

Topics will include:

• Expansion of the Public Safety Power Shutoff program

• Accelerated safety inspections of electric infrastructure

• Enhanced vegetation management around power lines

• Hardening the electric system for the future by replacing equipment and installing stronger and more resilient poles and covered power lines

Below is more information about the upcoming webinar. Please feel free to share this invitation with your friends, family or business.

Wildfire Safety Informational Webinar

Monday, July 22, 2019

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Portland, Or. – The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is requesting public comment on structuring the Area 2A (West Coast) non-Indian directed commercial halibut fishery for the upcoming year. The public is encouraged to comment at the September and November 2019 Council meetings as management of this halibut fishery transitions from the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) to the Council.

In June, the Council committed to working closely with the IPHC and stakeholders on the transition. The Council will focus on a smooth transfer of management authority for the commercial directed fishery, and will rely on the IPHC to continue to issue licenses for this fishery in the near-term. The Council intends to maintain the current management structure, but may consider changes to vessel poundage limits and open periods.

At its September and November 2019 meetings, when the Council typically considers changes to its halibut Catch Sharing Plan, it will also make management recommendations for the 2020 directed commercial halibut fishery trip limits and fishing periods. These meetings will provide an opportunity for public, agency, and advisory body comment. The Groundfish Advisory Subpanel meetings held in conjunction with the September and November Council meetings will also provide an opportunity for public comment on this issue. As always, public comment will be accepted through the Council’s e-portal ( before the meetings.

The September meeting will be held September 11-18 at the Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho. The November meeting will be held November 13-20 at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa in Costa Mesa, California.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will hold public meetings August 5-8 to discuss fishing periods and trip limits for the 2020 directed commercial halibut fishery. Meeting dates and locations will be posted online (; information is also available at (541) 867-4741. Currently, the Departments of Fish and Wildlife for Washington and California do not have public meetings scheduled to discuss the non-Indian commercial directed halibut fishery season structure for 2020.

Council Role

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional fishery management councils established by the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976 for the purpose of managing fisheries 3-200 miles offshore of the United States of America coastline. The Pacific Council recommends management measures for fisheries off the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington. All Council meetings are open to the public.

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The 20-person lineup for the two-night Democratic presidential debate on July 30 and 31 will look familiar, with just one change from last month's event.

Last week, California Rep. Eric Swalwell became the first major candidate to end his White House bid. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock — after only narrowly missing the mark last time — will take his place.

Swalwell out, Bullock in

The criteria for the second debate was the same as the first, requiring hopefuls to meet either a polling or fundraising benchmark. A candidate must have registered at least 1% in three polls recognized by the Democratic National Committee. Or the candidates must have 65,000 donors, with at least 200 donors in 20 states.

Fourteen candidates met both requirements — former Vice President Joe Biden, California Sen. Kamala Harris, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, author and spiritual adviser Marianne Williamson, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

The remaining six candidates made the cut because of their standing in the polls, but did not meet the donor threshold — Bullock, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan.

Former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel qualified based on donations alone, but under the DNC formula, polling is given greater weight, thus he didn't make the cut. Ten candidates will be debating each night.

Other major candidates left off the stage include Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton and Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne Messam. Former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak, who just entered the race late last month, and billionaire executive and activist Tom Steyer, who reversed his initial decision to pass on the race last week, also haven't qualified, with little time to register in polls or raise money.

CNN, which is hosting this next series of debates in Detroit, will hold a live drawing on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET to determine which candidates will appear on which night. That's where the real shake-up will happen, shuffling which White House hopefuls get to face off against one another and which will have a chance to take aim at the top-tier candidates.

In the first debate, Harris seized her chance against Biden in the second night of the debate. She went after him over his past opposition to mandated busing to integrate schools in the 1970s, and Biden faltered in his response. That helped her rise in many polls.

On the first debate night, Castro found a chance to emerge from the pack after taking a firm stance on decriminalizing illegal border crossings and taking on fellow Texan O'Rourke's reluctance to back such a change. Castro saw his fundraising surge while O'Rourke has continued to struggle.

The stakes of performing well in the July debate could be high for several candidates.

The criteria for the third debate in September is expected to winnow the field further. Candidates will have to register at least 2% in at least four national or statewide polls recognized by the committee and get donations from at least 130,000 unique donors, along with 400 unique donors in 20 states. If a candidate does not hit both benchmarks, they will be off the stage.

—Jessica Taylor (

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  1. Harvey Reading July 18, 2019


    Even the Canadian drug prices are outrageous. It’s past time to bring kaputalsm to its knees.

    • Bruce McEwen July 18, 2019

      This just in from Marilyn Davin who is leaving the hospital today after surgery: “Had altercation with discharge manager – doc had prescribed 1 week of the trendy blood thinner Eloquis for $200 for 20 pills – the dogs! I will find a way to do a pharma story!”

  2. Harvey Reading July 18, 2019


    This country always hated immigrants, especially if they had darker skins. It’s sort of a self-hate syndrome. Apparently we, including the liars Obama and Trump, think it’s part of what makes us great and exceptional, but we don’t even know what great and exceptional really are, and always confuse them with being ignorant and boorish and violent. Rally round that flag, y’all!

  3. Harvey Reading July 18, 2019


    What a con. A lot of suckers will fall for it, though, and praise the kindly monopoly to the high heavens for its great beneficence.

  4. Harvey Reading July 18, 2019


    Why not just play a tape of the first two, and save energy and money? The democrats are finished and have been since the early 70s. They are nothing but reactionary lite.

  5. Harvey Reading July 18, 2019

    “Don’t Open the Door

    When the knock came at the door for
    A second
    I thought about a man: Davino Watson
    A US citizen
    Locked up for forty-one months by ICE
    Over 3 years
    Of his life lost. For what? A clerical error
    Or clerical terror
    And then about Bello, the Bakersfield poet
    Targeted by ICE
    and locked up for reading his critical verse

    So, when the unexpected knock came
    at the door
    At first I froze
    Just me at home and my two-year-old
    And now we all know,
    And it’s no exaggeration,
    That ICE tortures children,
    And rapes them,
    and kills them.

    The knocker, however,
    Was only the super
    As it turned out,
    This time.”

    –Elliot Sperber

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