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WARM AND DRY CONDITIONS accompanied by breezy north-northeast winds are expected through the rest of this week. Light rain showers will be possible Friday night, however conditions are expected to dry out over the weekend with northerly winds increasing again toward the latter portion of the weekend.
PERIODS OF CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS Expected This Week: Gusty north to northeast winds are forecast to continue over southeastern Lake County early this morning. Gusty north winds and widespread low humidities develop once again early Thursday morning, likely bringing critical fire weather conditions through late Friday morning across a large of interior northwest California.
(National Weather Service)
SECOND RED FLAG WARNING ISSUED; PG&E warns of potential power cut for North Bay
LA NINA TENDENCIES
Since 1954, there have been 22 years when La Nina conditions were present, according to statistics Null compiled. In 10 of them, the Bay Area had a dry winter, receiving less than 80% of its average rainfall. In eight of those years, however, rainfall was normal — between 80% and 120% of average. And in four, it was a very wet winter, with rainfall above 120% of average.
SEVEN NEW COVID CASES in Mendocino County on Tuesday. Total now up to 1111.
FREE FLU SHOTS Wednesday in the parking lot of the high school, 4-6pm.
NAME THIS SPOT
THE MOONEYHAM MURDER
On Monday, October 19, 2020 at 1:30 PM Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a violent assault that had occurred at a residence located in the 19000 block of Babcock Lane in Fort Bragg.
Upon arrival Deputies located Jimmie Mathias Mooneyham, 60, of Fort Bragg, deceased inside his residence. His injuries appeared to be caused by a bladed instrument.
Deputies contacted multiple people on the property and developed information that linked Robert Henry Brockway, 33, of Albion, to Mooneyham's death.
Deputies learned Brockway had fled the area on foot shortly before the Deputies arrival prompting an immediate search of the area.
During this time the Sheriff's Office received assistance from the Fort Bragg Police Department, Mendocino County Multi-Agency SWAT Team, Mendocino County Major Crimes Task Force, Mendocino County Probation Department, California Highway Patrol, California State Parks and Department of Fish & Wildlife.
An extensive search of the area was unsuccessful in locating Brockway.
Sheriff's Detectives were summoned to the scene and began to conduct follow up investigations with the assistance of the Mendocino County District Attorney's Office and California Department of Justice Eureka Crime Lab.
Deputies continued the search for Brockway and found him at a family member's residence in Fort Bragg where he had arrived unannounced.
Brockway was arrested without incident and was cooperative with Deputies.
During initial scene investigations it appeared the incident was an unprovoked act of violence and the pair were social acquaintances. Brockway was known to frequent the property where Mooneyham lived, which also contained other living quarters.
A forensic autopsy of Mooneyham's body is scheduled for Wednesday, October 21, 2020.
Brockway was booked into the Mendocino County Jail on charges of 187 PC (Murder) and violation of Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS - County Probation).
Brockway was to be held in lieu of $500,000.00 bail for the murder charge and on a No Bail status for the PRCS violation.
FORT BRAGG MURDER — ACCUSED HAD AT LEAST ONE PRIOR FELONY
According to the DA’s charge sheet filed today in Superior Court against Robert Brockway, the murder victim’s name was Jimmie Mathias Mooneyhan, age 60, of Fort Bragg. The charges also included a special allegation that Brockway used a sword in commission of the murder. Also, Brockway has a prior strike for first degree burglary in Hawaii in 2009. Brockway is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning.
THE COUNTY of Mendo is opening two assistance centers help people recovering from the Oak fire and massive August Complex fire. The offices will offer disaster assistance programs and services from local and federal agencies, nonprofits and other support groups. The first opens Monday, October 27, at the Willits Library, and the second at Round Valley Elementary School in Covelo on Wednesday, October 28.
MENDOCINO COUNTY TO HOST LOCAL ASSISTANCE CENTER for Residents Impacted by the Oak Fire and August Complex Fire
Post Date: 10/20/2020 3:58 PM
The County of Mendocino will host two Local Assistance Centers (LAC) in order to provide services and resources to individuals, families, and businesses impacted by the Oak and August Complex fires.
The LAC provides a single location where those impacted by the fire can access available disaster assistance programs and services. This multi-agency event will include representatives from local and federal agencies, non-profit agencies, and other support services.
Mendocino County will host a LAC in Willits on Monday, October 26 and Covelo on Wednesday, October 28 from 2:00pm – 6:00pm. Please see the information below on location, time and participating organizations.
Willits: Monday, October 26, 2020
- When: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
- Where: Willits Library at 390 E. Commercial Street, Willits, CA 95490
Covelo: Wednesday, October 28, 2020
- When: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
- Where: Round Valley Elementary School at 76280 High School Street, Covelo, CA 95428
The Local Assistance Centers will have representatives from County departments including:
- Disaster Recovery
- Planning and Building
- Health and Human Services
- Cannabis Program
- Environmental Health
With community partners from:
- North Coast Opportunities
- And more!
FEMA representatives will be on site at the Willits Library October 26 through October 29 from 8:00AM – 5:00PM to provide assistance to those affected by the Oak Fire and August Complex Fire.
To slow the spread of COVID-19, please wear a mask. The County will follow social distancing guidelines, provide hand sanitizer, and conduct health screenings.
For more information, please contact the Disaster Recovery Team at (707) 234-6303 or email@example.com.
AFTER A HALF-HOUR LOVE FEST and group nuzzle-bumming, the Board of Supervisors agreed with State Senator Mike McGuire that they have no choice but to rubberstamp the $10.6 million, the state’s homelessness cash-stash to convert the Best Western Motel on Ukiah's Orchard Street to a permanent homeless facility for 50 or 60 people. McGuire said the Supes had to rubberstamp the project quickly or the money would go elsewhere. No questions arose about the high cost of the purchase, no mention of the cost of site prep; no alternatives considered. McGuire promised that he’d work with Mendo to develop “models” for operating these kinds of facilities (apparently Mendo has no idea) and that the state would continue to fund future support services for the facility, which just happens to be conveniently located next door to Camille Schraeder’s Community Services Empire Headquarters.
AS THE PRESENTATION WOUND DOWN, Supervisor Ted Williams asked, “If we don’t approve this do we leave these people sleeping on the streets under bridges?”
Project staffer Megan Van Zant replied: “That’s my assessment.”
You couldn’t find a clearer admission that the County’s Homelessness Establishment (the 32-agency Continuum of Care) is another complete and utter failure. Here’s Official Mendo after decades of grant writing and meetings and planning and homeless person counts and consultant and they have no way to house people besides sitting around twiddling their well-paid thumbs in hope that the State will throw millions of dollars at them to provide $180k per person roofs over the heads of a small fraction of Mendo’s hundreds of marginal people. And they congratulate each other for their success. (Reminds me of that old joke about the arrangement cat people have with their cats: On the one hand, the person feeds the cat. And in exchange the cat returns the favor and eats it.) Not only has the Continuum of Care done nothing but meet and spend years on homelessness plans that are required for more grants for themselves, but all the talk about second and third units, and housing elements, and homeless services, etc., has had literally zero impact on the people they’re supposed to help. But now they’re forced to take a perfectly good motel and convert it to housing for a few homeless people in Ukiah that’s not well-suited for it at a location which was only selected because it’s near the Schraeder community services offices.
THIS WASTEFUL BOONDOGGLE WAS SOON FOLLOWED by the Sheriff who said that the state prisoners who are being off-loaded to County Jails are costing the county up to $7k per week for higher than budgeted medical support.
Sheriff Kendall: “This morning we had 47 inmates that have been sentenced to state prison that are in the County Jail because the state is not accepting prisoners from us. That’s just the state prison sentences. We’ve got roughly another 30 or so that were released from state prison and are under post-release community supervision. We receive about $94 per inmate. That doesn’t cover the needs that we have, especially medical needs. We have one subject who has some serious medical needs. We get about $650 per week per inmate and it’s costing us almost $7,000 per week. Plus, the state prison inmates often require much more supervision than your standard county jail inmates. Further, the inmates who were recently released due to AB 109 and are now coming back to us for supervision also require much more supervision. Therefore we’ve been working very hard. We’ve met with Assemblyman Wood regarding this issue because I feel like the state is pushing their responsibilities back on us and not adequately funding it at this point.
Response from Supervisors: (On to next subject.)
Maybe they could have asked Senator McGuire to help make up the diff. But by the time the Sheriff made his observation McGuire the Magnificent, Champion of the Down & Out, had logged out of the meeting.
I WROTE YESTERDAY: "The New Yorker has suspended writer and CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin for exposing himself during a work Zoom call. As an admirer of Toobin's work, I find it hard to believe this was anything but inadvertent, an accident. A person of his standing is hardly likely to engage in this kind of low rent pervery. But a lot of the Gotcha reporting on the episode is positively jubilant, compelling Toobin to apologize in a statement to Vice News, explaining that he thought he had turned his Zoom camera off. Not surprised that the chickenbleep New Yorker has suspended him.”
TURNS OUT Toobin has now admitted that he was masturbating on camera but assumed no one could see him. Unbelievable that he'd do such a thing, but he did, and has now expanded the definition of “multi-tasking,” ruinous division. Still and all, I say Toobin's large talent moots what was a weird but not all that big a deal, esp. in this totally kinked-out country.
STEVE AND MARIE SILLETT have been climbing the redwoods at Hendy Woods, not simply for the heck of it but to measure the old growth trees for scientific purpose. The couple was surprised to find so many giant redwoods thriving so close to each other. They said all the other really, really big redwoods they've investigated are loners — one here, one way over there. The Silletts, by the way, discovered that huge redwood in Montgomery Woods, and those legendarily huge trees in Humboldt County. We all knew they were tall trees, but we didn't know exactly how tall until the Silletts climbed them to carefully record their heights.
MEME OF THE DAY: “I'm a little confused. Are we liberal, latte-drinking snowflakes or a violent raging mob? I need to know which role to dress for.”
GLENN GREENWALD of The Intercept isn't the only one on the lib-left wondering about the mainstream media's “cone of silence” regarding Hunter Biden's and his pop's overseas business dealings. “Is there a single journalist willing to say with a straight face they believe the emails relating to the Bidens are either fabricated or otherwise fraudulently altered, but the Bidens just aren't saying so? There has to be some limits to your willingness to go to bat for them.”
SOME GOOD NEWS, albeit from beyond our planet, is the annual Orion Meteor Shower, on display nightly through November 7th.
MY LATE BROTHER sat on Ukiah's Planning Commission. Ordinarily a mellow kinda dude, he'd become quite testy when I said stuff like, “Ukiah has planning? Show me the evidence.” He'd say all the un-planning happened before discerning persons like him assumed the reins. I suppose. My theory is that beginning in the early 1960s the town's money people withdrew from the civic caring that drove small town pride prior to World War Two. Hard to imagine now, but Ukiah, and even Willits, were once pretty, coherent little towns, as were towns of all sizes everywhere in the land. Then, The Fall. Today's elected people grew up in today's architectural squalor. They're used to it, think it's normal, and seem genuinely puzzled when someone says, “Jeezus, you'd think Ukiah would at least get some trees going on State Street!”
Even the few visual saves in Ukiah were the work of rare, persistent persons of elementary consciousness like, for instance, the late Judy Pruden, who I think fondly of every time I go to Safeway. If it weren't for her agitation, that huge structure on South State would be a matching eyesore to the mammoth Rite Aid directly across the street, seemingly erected as an answer to the attempt by Safeway to spiff up the neighborhood. But thanks to Ms. P., often insulted as a busybody, that Ukiah Safeway is more or less consistent with traditional California mission architecture and a reminder that big doesn't have to be ugly. What things look like directly affect mental well being hence, perhaps, the high incidence of mental illness in the county seat and, in the country, a link zillions of people have already made.
BUT HERE we go again. Does Ukiah need another gas station? Of course not, but another gas station is being installed on the site of the old Water Trough bar on South State, a kind of blasphemy given the years and vivid history of the old watering hole. That lot ought to be a memorial pocket park. But there it will soon be, a redundant multi-pump eyesore adjacent to a school and immediately next door to the old water wheel market.
A FOG BELT READER WRITES: “I've forwarded, below, an email from the Arena Theater. They, too, are showing CoCo at the pop-up drive-in at Arena Cove but it's pretty pricey. $30 for a car with three people and $5 each for more people in the same car. Also, they have a lot of rules. The Grange sounds like a much better deal and if I were moved to see that particular movie I'd seriously think about seeing it at the Grange, the drive and gas be damned!”
REMEMBERING THE GARBAGE GANG
Waste Management’s retroactive rate increase
Waste Management is a gigantic predatory mob corporation, as bad as they come. There were locals justifiably bitching about it back, exposing its perfidy and so on, when I was publishing my paper in the early and middle 1990s.
Once, one couple, a tall dirty-blonde man and a tiny Asian woman, brought me a several-thousand-word article about how awful Waste Management was. Memo was a full-size tabloid but it was only 16 pages and there were dozens of other stories in it, and two pages of poetry, so I divided the article to print part right away and the second half next time, and when the paper came out the man came to my house in Caspar, which no longer exists, they've knocked it down since then, and he was shaking with anger that I had sabotaged his devastating expose (say ex-poh-ZAY). Immediately when I opened the door he growl/whispered, "Marco. Who got to you."
IN OTHER SIMILAR PARANOIA-NEWS. Friday I did MOTA [Memo of the Air radio broadcast] from the shop in Fort Bragg, with full protection and alcohol wipe-down of everything afterward, of course. (I got my tragic hipster ponytail -- or rather rat-tail now -- tied up in a hard knot in the mask strings, so I put some music on and spent five minutes getting the mask off, and worried about that, but there are little professional microphone condoms there and, as I said, alcohol. Anyway, I'd locked up the place and was going around the back to the car to leave. The whole world was quiet and downtown was as empty as when I got there at 8pm, it was 5am now, and there was a Torchwood-style giant shiny black SUV with opaque windows idling ominously in the dim alley, just back from where I cornered the building. I smiled and waved, and walked away from it, ready to dive aside in case its lights suddenly came on and it incompetently attacked me the way they do in the movies.
I've always wondered about that. Why do they turn the lights on and advertise that they're pouncing? Why don't they just floor it?
Marco McClean, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://MemoOfTheAir.wordpress.com
QUESTION FOR SUPERVISORS WILLIAMS & GJERDE:
How has the Board of Supervisors allowed this 'retroactive' Waste Management rate increase to happen? Is it even legal? Mendocino County has a contract with Waste Management, are retroactive rate increases spanning two years addressed or allowed in that contract? Can you please explain?
ANOTHER COASTIE WONDERS: The principle is definitely the main thing. What’s next? Retroactive charges from PG&E? In addition, “who stated that there had been delays from both Waste Management and the County’s part in enacting the rate increases” sounds like obfuscation bs to me — o, like, we’re supposed to think that makes it okay? Fair rates are... fair. But this retroactive business is not. Users were not given the opportunity to decline or downsize. Yes, one must expect rates to eventually rise but not retroactively. Sounds like some changes in management and/or “best practices” are in order.
BOB DEINES (OF ALBION AND WILLITS) IS 50-MILE CHAMP
by Ted Corbitt
Celebrating Ultramarathon Running History - 50 Years Ago Today!
October 18, 1970 The Greatest Ultramarathon Race (of its day) on United States Soil! Ted Corbitt sets a 50 Mile World Age Group Record that Still Stands Today!
“50 Miles of Pure Drama”
The Ted Corbitt’s Diary: National AAU 50 Mile Championship, Rocklin, Calif.
Field of 49
6th place 5:34:01 — Broke American record of 5:38 10 X 5 loops
Refreshment stations at 2.5 miles.
Ran in second group, never made contact with leaders, two of whom survived, and 3 men passed me one in last 2 miles (5th place) Dr. Pagliano. Winner passed me (and ran all the way with me or just behind until) just after half-way on 6th lap.
I ran 32, 63, 1:35, 2:06, 2:38, 4:20:39, 4:57
Ran OK and accelerated at 7.5 miles. Missed one water stop and got only cup of water at next. Slowed a bit to avoid fatigue problems. Was tired at 30 miles and had a “living nightmare” for 10 miles.
Revived a bit in last 10 miles but not enough.
Joe Henderson called it “the best race I ever saw” in his article for Distance Running News. The American record was broken by nearly 23 minutes by Bob Deines in 5:15:19.2. His margin of victory over Skip Houk was just 3 seconds. The world record in 1970 was 5:12:40. The first six runners were under the American Record. Natalie Cullimore finished 18th in 7:35:57 and became the first female to establish a standard of global excellence that caught the eye of other talented women. In Ted Corbitt’s 33 U.S. ultramarathons since 1959, he finished in the top 2 places in all but one race. This race represented a changing of the guard in U.S. ultramarathon history.
Ted Corbitt said the following in a letter to John Chodes: “If I had not been aware of the force that the West Coast has become it would have been like walking into a big, big ambush. I was aware and on one occasion a few weeks ago I figured that I could break the American 50-mile record and finish as high as 10th place. I expected to break the American record even if I had a bad day and my run was not good. From 30 to 40 miles was a €œliving nightmare. I ran very badly, losing ground where I had hope to close up the distance. We must have passed the marathon point in about 2:46 and I still felt reasonably ok at that point. As you know I had at least three efforts which were considerably better than the record in longer races. Now the new record is most respectable — but it can be had.
Note a year earlier at the age of 50, Ted Corbitt unofficial 50 mile split time during the London-to-Brighton 52.5 mile race was 5:22:06.
There were no timers at the 50 mile check point thus no record.
There were many notable individuals in this race: Ken Young who helped invent the sport with his pioneering work in record keeping finished 11th. Prolific racer Paul Reese and Walt Stack finished 19th and 22nd respectively. Jim McDonagh past national champion and first American to beat Ted Corbitt in an ultra, dropped out at 35 miles. Tom Derderian Boston Marathon Author/Historian and Greater Boston Track Club Coach dropped out at 35 miles. Bruce Dern the actor, dropped out at 30 miles. Joe Henderson running pioneer and author, dropped out at 30 miles. Pete League running pioneer and a first generation course measurement certifier, dropped out at 15 miles.
- Bob Deines 5:15:19.2
- Skip Houk 5:15:22
- Darryl Beardall 5:18:55
- Jose Cortez 5:30:42
- John Pagliano 5:33:03
- Ted Corbitt 5:34:01
- Gary Dobrenz 6:03:12
- Randy Lawson 6:05:45
- Bryan Geiser 6:07:40
- Rost Bruner 6:09:55
- Ken Young 6:20:37
- James Bowles 6:25:50
- R. Paffenbarger 6:26:15
- Tobe Lusionam 6:31:38
- Peter Mattei 6:29:29
- Al Meehan 7:02:43
- Pat Crevet 7:12:43
- Natalie Cullimore 7:35:57
- Paul Reese 7:38:49
- Brad Gieser 7:56:09
- Phil Schaffner 8:04:52
- Walt Stack 8:08:58
- Dave Cortez 8:32:18
- Mitch Kinsery 8:51:27
- Rex Dietberich 8:53:39
- Mike Ipsen 9:41:55
(Gary Corbitt Curator: Ted Corbitt Archives Historian: National Black Marathoners Association (NBMA) To learn more about Ted Corbitt and Running History visit: www.tedcorbitt.com)
GOAT HERD ARRIVES TO CLEAN UP UKIAH
by Jody Martinez
A herd of 200 goats are eating their way from Brush Street to the airport along the railroad tracks. The goats are protected by six Pyrenees dogs. The plan is to remove as much vegetation as possible to reduce the fire hazard. The goat wrangler expects to be done in approximately 10 days and hopes to return next year with 400 goats. On Monday morning, the goats were between Brush Street and Ford Street, moving to Ford and Clara on Tuesday.
700 POUNDS OF CANNABIS CONFISCATED From Vehicle in Laytonville Area After Occupants Flee
On October 15, 2020, a local Department of Fish and Wildlife warden attempted to stop a vehicle on Laytonville’s Spy Rock Road. Three occupants of the vehicle fled on foot. A search of the vehicle resulted in 700 lbs of cannabis being confiscated.
MEMORIES OF DORY DAN BOLIN (compiled by Marco McClean)
Marco here. I wrote to the MCN Announce listserv:
Dory Dan's house burned down Sunday night with him in it.
He was a gruff gravelly shouter because of near deafness, with a heart of gold. He'd help anybody. A woman who prefers to remain anonymous –and I never understand that, but whatever – told me about how when she fled here with her kids circa early 1970s after escaping her husband's attempt to kill her, she was constructing a shelter in the woods out of available detritus, like a scout, you know, and Dory Dan appeared out of the mist and suggested at top volume that she just use a tarp. "HOW MUCH MONEY YA GOT," he shouted. She said, "Fifty-two dollars." He shouted, "JUST GO GET A TARP."
He lived for a long time on a houseboat of his own construction on the Albion River.
One time in the lobby of the theater Dory Dan shouted to me instructions on how to make a welder out of leftover house wiring, jumper cables and an old clothes iron, in case you ever need to weld something and don't have welding apparatus. "THE IRON IS THE CURRENT LIMITING RESISTOR," he said. "BUT YA GOTTA BE CAREFUL 'CAUSE IT'S ONE-TEN VOLTS."
When Dreama Blankenbeckler's son Jonah was a little boy Dory Dan took him out to catch his first fish. Apparently that was a thing he did-- took small kids out to catch their first fish.
I spent a day in Albion nearly 40 years ago that included a stop to see Dory Dan, and his girlfriend in their houseboat. It would be inappropriate for me to recount most of my memories of that day here, but I will say, I came home with culture shock. Sorry to hear of the tragic death. RIP, Dan.George Hollister
Here’s one of many he told me as I assisted him this year: circa 1970 he lived at Wheeler’s ranch, a commune in west Sonoma County and once a month they’d all load into an old bus for a drive to Ukiah to load up the bus with free commodities they all collected and then hitch hike back to the commune. As necessary they would take a bus full of folks in need of some meds from the free clinic in San Francisco.Skip Taube
Can’t add much detail, just remember him as an iconic member of the Noyo salmon troll fleet going back to the mid 70s, when I started fishing. He was undoubtedly there before that, but I wasn’t. Last I saw him was on his boat, the Ceac. No idea what the name means. He had netting surrounding the entire deck to keep his two or three chihuahuas from going overboard.Gary Smith
A friend and I canoed up the Albion River to visit Dan and his girlfriend Shadow in his houseboat in the late ‘70’s. They were very self-sufficient, and resourceful gleaners. From time to time, they bought a horse at auction, butchered it for food, and tanned the hide for carpet and clothes. Same thing with deerskin. Dan always wore a handmade coonskin cap.
As I sat in their small living room, I glanced up. There was a dried orange domestic cat skin on the slatted shelf above my head. It took me aback.
Their rescued pet otter, Ott hauled herself onto the boat and joined us on the couch. She came straight from the river, but her fur was so thick that it wasn’t wet next to her skin. Her body was oval-shaped, and so supple it seemed boneless. She had 2 speeds: frenetic movement and asleep. She was a bit bitey, but it was such a privilege to know and touch her.
Ott got in trouble for raiding the barbecuing chicken from a neighboring houseboat. Shadow took her in the car every time they took the skiff across river to go to the village. As Ott became sexually mature she would musk the interior of the car: Shadow said it was smellier than skunk spray. It became intolerable and Ott had to go to a refuge in the Bay Area.
Dan was a man true to himself, unconventional in appearance and habit, with a heart of gold. A mensch. I feel lucky to have known him.Devora Rossman
Dory Dan Bolin was a runner till a crippling car crash at 19 reset his life.
Running away from abusive home. Truant from catholic school. Escaping into the woods... fishing he was good at early on.
Always wary with fists ready -- a red warrior. In junior high he challenged the toughest boy and got decked. But he said, after that, nobody picked on him.
Dan's audacity was authentic and strategic. He felt that he had done things that nobody believed he could accomplish. And he had plans for much more.
But his legacy lives in the soil he created in the forest. With tons of mule manure loaded and hauled from Albion. Now bearing potatoes asparagus, carrots, beets, brussel sprouts, chard and flowers.
As we share precious memories in our collective souls. Leaving offerings at Dan's Dory by the river. I am grateful for time well spent helping him and sharing his journey.Skippy
I have been friends with Dory Dan since we were both 16, in high school. [Theresa sent the school picture of Dory Dan at 16 years old.] I was the new kid on the block after transferring in at the end of sophomore year. I wanted to join the school chess club, but I had two strikes against me, I was black and a girl. The president of the club told me only boys were allowed to join.
Dory Dan, was outraged. So he played against me and I won. Then he arranged for me to play each member of the club, he challenged them to try to win against me. None did...his conclusion to them was, they had to let me in because I was better than all of them. A fierce defender of justice, even then! This is Dan when first we met:
I just visited him twice in September, the last time was the the 27th. I so miss his presence on our planet!Theresa Sheppard Alexander MA, MFT
Dory Dan was an unassuming but unabashed Ladies Man. Packaged in the body of a hippie freak, was Clark Gable surrounded by Fred Astaire. It was real neat to know him. He was one of the few people I really liked.Brian
In September 1977 I got a load of firewood from Dory Dan. I had cherished friend from that day until October 6, 2020. He arrived with firewood in his coon skin cap just like Daniel Boone! He took me mushroom hunting. Entertained me with his accordion.
A good memory is Dory Dan riding his motorcycle in the early mornings around the headlands to check out the fishing weather and buy the paper with Spotty Boy, one of his herd of chihuahuas, tucked into his leather jacket.
One night in 70’s we went up Albion River to dinner at the little houseboat. My son who was in Kindergarten played with Shadow’s young nephew and a skunk she and Dan had taxidermied into a stuffed toy of sorts. Dan told us he’d helped clear a dead horse in Albion from a farm. We had a big hunk of meat he fried up in a skillet. It came out of a white paper wrapper. I always wonder if we had part if that horse.
My husband helped Dory Dan a lot in recent years. Most recently he helped Dan with his bed. Dan had fallen out of his loft bed a few nights before. Into his recliner instead of the concrete floor thankfully. He built him a new bed down the stairs on solid ground so he didn’t have to climb up and down the ladder.
Dan’s huge heart always included animals in his life. He loved to share his home with his menagerie. He grew huge amounts vegetables he shared with everyone. The hens he kept laid the best eggs. He was a hugger and Covid protocols were hard on him. And Dory Dan could talk really loud!Barbara Sochacki
I only met Dory Dan once, but I heard a lot about him. My mom, Wendy, drove Meals-on-Wheels and would see Dory Dan every week. They’d chat and she’d come home with wonderful and colorful stories. One week, I was along for the ride. We were going to get some extra ‘vegetables’ which included a tour of his garden, a quick walk past the bee hives, a short visit in his house, and many stories. I was a bit nervous, but my mom was comfortable and relaxed. That day, I learned a lot about my mom and a little about Dory Dan - kindness was the theme.Carin Berolzheimer
I met Dory Dan after the puppet performance at the Mendocino Theater Company. He stood there with his funny hat, and yelled at me loudly (haha) “Hey, man! I know some Czech people, they were hanging out with me on the houseboat! It was 10 or 20 years back. I still have Susan Swansea’s guitar, here at my beachhouse! Would you like to come and hang out?” We didn’t have any place to stay for that night, so we went, and it was a very memorable evening for the rest of my crew. He talked and talked, his stories about the whales and the shining excrements of the whale. He talked all the night, and when I came in the morning to check in, they were all still talking. Anyway, then he became our good friend, and never minded to ask me to do anything for him anytime (haha). He was a very giving person, too. Every Christmas, he gave my children loads of books, old taxidermied fishes, etc. One day, it was Sunday afternoon, he called and said loudly on the phone, “My bees are swarming! Can you come?” “You mean, right now, yeah?” “Yeah!” I came to Dan’s little cabin on Little Lake and saw the biggest swarm of bees you can imagine on just a skinny, very tall fir tree. “How we are gonna get them?” Dan was holding two trash bags, and said “Just like this! Cut the branch, and put them in!” (haha) Then he showed me his rickety old ladder and I decided to climb on the other tree next to it, better than using that ladder. Well, I knew a little bit about the bees from before, and that when they swarm they are pretty calm, so I wasn’t nervous and just climbed, cut the branch as Dan instructed me, and slid them down in the plastic bags to Dan with the rope. We opened the hives, found the queen, and put the bees into the box. Dan was so happy. I left immediately because I had something else to do; it was around 5:00 in the afternoon. When I got home, I got another call from Dan, with a similar message: “The bees are swarming again! Can you come?” And I said again “You mean right now?” So I jumped into the car and went there. I already knew the way to take them down (haha) we did the same thing; this time, we made sure they had enough extra food around, and then Dan told me, “Great job, man. Remember that old guitar from Susan Swansea, which is still here? You can have it, for the help with the bees.”Radek Tuma
Dan was practicing Nichiren Buddhism for some years while living on a houseboat. Matthew Miksak and I visited him on the Albion River to chant Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo together and talk about Buddhist philosophy. He had a keen, inquisitive mind and a huge heart. He was loved and will be missed.Sue Zipp
One day when I was visiting Dory Dan he introduced me to one of his little chickens. She was his pet and she slept with him at night like a dog or a cat would. Dory Dan loved people and he was lonely and that little hen kept him company.Sakina Bush
I knew Dan for many years. He once told me that he had been in a severe automobile accident when he was younger and almost died. When he recovered he felt that he was given a new lease on life. He no longer felt bound by the constraints of the society that he had grown up in and want to live his life as free as possible, which he did with great skill and joy.
One day in the mid '70's, Dan pulled into our driveway in his old Jimmy truck he called "Yellow Peril." He held up a big dead skunk and said "Look what I found!" He laid the skunk on the hood of the truck, pulled out his pocket knife, and skinned it. By the time he was done, he had tears streaming down his face. He looked at his knife and threw it into the woods. After he tanned the hide, he made a hat out of it and wore it for years. He always said nothing gets past a skunk, including rain.
In that same era, I stopped in to see Jan Me and her daughter Yonana when they lived in the hippy shack in the middle of the eucalyptus grove by the Point Cabrillo lighthouse. Dan was there and they were eating a raccoon he had picked up at the side of the road. He had a reverence for life and wanted nothing to go to waste.
Dan was a good man and one of more unique individuals I have ever met.Dick Whetstone
Sorry to hear about Dory Dan…Old Hippies never die, they just go up in smoke.
The first time I formally met Mr Dan was around the turn of the century or right before diving urchins out of Albion. Carson Bell asked for some help up the river where Dory Dan lived on his homemade houseboat anchored in the middle of the channel of the river, rent free, for like 25 years! He needed some diving help to secure cables for the house to some logs or something. Dan spoke really highly of Carson and from there I would run into Dan occasionally, give him rides. He could talk it up. One thing I noticed was how much he was admired by the younger generation, he was a pioneer, one of a kind.Eric Wilcox
I fished salmon off the California Coast and lived with Dan for 20 years, and in the winter we anchored our boat up the river by the houseboat. We fished salmon at the Cordell Banks, the Farallon Islands, Half Moon Bay and Monterey, Shelter Cove and Noyo undersea Canyon.
Escorted by dolphins through the friendly fog, the swishing waves and birds all around, we shimmered with the light on the water, landing the big slabs and bringing them fresh to market-- in Oakland, Bodega Bay, in Noyo when the river was so packed with boats that you could hardly make your way up the channel. From the time we sailed the dory into Fish Rocks anchorage with her propellor spinning freely, to the fabulous flying Ceaac [Cecilia-Isaac] with her walk-in engine room and 471 Jimmy-- many, many days upon the rising, shifting water.
Blessings to all of you who loved Dan, or simply found him odd or fun for a day.Shadoh
One evening Dan and Shadoh came to my barrel house cabin for dinner at Spring Grove Coop, the old Bo's Land Commune on Albion Ridge. I don't remember much about the evening but I'm sure we had had a great time amidst clouds of Purple Haze, Tai Sticks and maybe some homegrown that was considered trash in those days because no one yet knew much about growing weed.
So after our hours together Dan and Shadoh left for the houseboat and time for bed I thought. But as soon as they pulled away in Yellow Peril I heard a noise at the door. I opened it and Ott their river otter came rambling in as they couldn't find him so figured they'd come back tomorrow for Ott. First I tried to shoo Ott back outside with a broom, soft end. Well, that didn't work so I turned the broom around and gave him a little of the other end. All good I thought and climbed into the loft for bed but all night long Ott was down below making a load of noise and I could see him in the sink cleaning the dishes for scraps, more noise.
So in the AM I had revenge on my mind and lured old Ott into an empty dog house laying about and when I threw the drumstick in he went and I had a hammer and nails at the ready so Ott was quickly boarded inside. After a while Dan showed up looking for his pet and this is just one day in the many Moons that Dory Dan and I spent together. I'm so grateful for these memories dear Dory Dan Bolin and hope we meet up again someday.Gary Moraga
I met Dory Dan in 1976 in Noyo Harbor. We were chasing King Salmon, and he was exuberant about the endeavor. He was fishing a tiny dory, which he and Shadow also lived on. We tied up at the logs below Casa del Noyo, along with the rest of the hippie fleet.
One day I was talking with a fellow fisherman and Dory Dan's name came up. The guy said he didn't think much of Dory Dan so I asked him why. He said "I think he ate my dog." Hmmm. I asked Dory Dan about that and he scoffed, saying that the dog was already dead when he got it.
After I quit fishing I rarely saw him. When he moved to Little Lake Road Liz and I would visit, share smokes and fish stories. We got eggs and veggies from him.
He was generous and good hearted in every way. I'll really miss him.Frank Letton (F/V Delgada '76-'83)
"We die to each other daily. What we know of other people is only our memory of the moments during which we knew them. And they have changed since then. To pretend that they and we are the same is a useful and convenient social convention which must sometimes be broken. We must also remember that at every meeting we are meeting a stranger." -T. S. Eliot, The Cocktail Party
A few days before fire took my treasured friend/neighbor Dory Dan, he hobble-lurched ahead of me to his garden, a madly flourishing oasis carved out of Pygmy transitional hardpan. He directed me to harvest the wealth of tomatoes exploding under a sprawl of hefty vines, & hove his scarecrow frame into a weathered chair, glorying in the late summer exuberance, especially the marigolds.
Next year, he said, he wanted marigolds in every row. Would I like some seeds?
I walked home from our final visit laden with ripe tomatoes, bouquets of kale, monumental carrots, & that day's eggs, some to be delivered to another of his friends along the way.
Since the early '70's we had casually crossed paths, both of us part of the fishing fleet/hippiedom cast of coastal characters. A few years ago, delighted to discover we were neighbors, Dory Dan & I became the kind of friends who checked in with each other every few days, age-appropriately.
I was honored to be a close enough friend to disclose his secret chanterelle patches to. He would gallantly open the door of his pickup for me before driving to his mycelial goldmine. I was honored to be called late at night after he fell from his sleeping loft.
I would flash by for brief but juicy visits. Dory Dan was too deaf for actual conversation or argument, so he would treat me to wellhoned yarns, diatribes, elegies, & manifestos, often cuddling a pet chicken. The cabin where he had lived with his beloved Petra until her death would be shipshape despite the free flow of chickens in & out. I marveled at the resourcefulness & creativity expressed in his fully stocked machine shop, the sauna, the redwood-shaked chicken house. The touches of elegance like the piano (bought for a heartthrob) & the art on the wall.
I would hear his hoarse whispery voicemails wondering if I was OK, reporting his howabouts. He would call me when the pain of living in his stove-up body was too much or the balance of his marginal living situation tilted toward ruin or his expansive generosity backfired or when he was just bone lonely. A little respectful loving attention would restore him.
As wracked & armed as he was in his last days, Dory Dan admittedly & literally lived for his friends.
What & who we gather around us reveals us.Late Night Liz
CATCH OF THE DAY, October 20, 2020
DONALD BOWMAN, Fort Bragg. Probation revocation.
ROBERT BROCKWAY III, Albion. Murder, county parole violation.
AMBROSE FALLIS, Covelo. Community Supervision violation.
VIKTORIA LADD, Clearlake/Ukiah. DUI, no license.
HARVEY MCCARTY, Ukiah. Trespassing.
NOE RODRIGUEZ-RAYAS, Failure to appear.
FEDERAL JUDGE STRIKES DOWN TRUMP PLAN TO SLASH FOOD STAMPS FOR NEARLY 700,000 UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS
A federal judge on Sunday formally struck down a Trump administration attempt to end food stamp benefits for nearly 700,000 unemployed people, blocking as “arbitrary and capricious” the first of three such planned measures to restrict the federal food safety net.
DURHAM’S $195 PLACE NAME TOME
I think Katy Tahja would be interested in the following:
I read Katy Tahja’s article about Mendocino Coast Place Names in the Oct. 7 AVA and noticed she referenced “Durham’s Place Names of the California North Coast.”
By chance, two days later I bought “Durham’s Place Names of the SF Bay Area.” (2000) at a used bookstore in downtown San Rafael run by the San Rafael Library. The author is David L. Durham, a former USGS geologist.
In the back of the book are listings of several books offered by the publisher, Word Dancer Press of Clovis, CA, including Durham’s “definitive gazetteer of California,” California’s Geographic Names — A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State,” a 1,680 page 85 x 11 hard cover book for $195 (in 2000 dollars).
WHY ARE PEOPLE WATCHING LESS SPORTS?
by Dave Zirin
This week we speak to Jane McManus, New York Daily News sports columnist and director of the Center for Sports Communication at Marist College. We talk about a new survey from Marist College on recent sports viewership. We dive into theories on why there has been a drop in sports viewers since the pandemic as well as the broader American sports world’s response to the virus and why it’s been found to be lacking.
We also have Choice Words about the NBA’s Bubble, the effectiveness of it, as well as its impact on protest. In addition, we have Just Stand Up and Just Sit Down awards to the legendary John Carlos and Tommie Smith on the anniversary of their iconic protest at the 1968 Olympic games in Mexico, and the Tennessee Titans for their irresponsible behavior in the wake of large scale coronavirus diagnoses on the team. All this and more on this week’s show!
MCCAAC MEETING MINUTES -- A STUDY IN IRRELEVANCE
(via John Sakowicz)
Climate Action Mendocino
October 10, 2020 Meeting Minutes
Attendees: Crispin Hollinshead, Sharron Thomas, Maria Gilardin, Peggy Backup, Steve Scalmanini, Susan Sher, Maureen Mulheren, Margo Frank, Judy Luria, Sandy Turner, Phyllis Webb, Polly Girvin, Sande Marshall and Eileen Mitro
Keep The Lights On - Ukiah
Crispin shared that Sol Systems is moving along with a proposal to the Northern California Power Authority to invest in a solar array and battery backup for the City of Ukiah. A personal delay on the part of Sol Systems through much of September has caused a delay in presenting the proposal, but it is on track at this point.
Some investigation is occurring to consider Hydrogen powered energy for buses and trucks, which may affect some of our future energy solutions locally.
Mendocino County Climate Action Committee
The group is focusing on what they can accomplish beyond a Climate Emergency Declaration by the Board of Supervisors as well as an improved, more energy efficient heating system at the County Jail. The BOS has been presented with the First Recommendations that MCCAC has offered.
Now the task is to work with the BOS to begin to take action on those recommendations and their priority.
The baseline work for tree cover has been completed and will provide the county with knowledge about ongoing tree cover and the carbon sequestration benefits. Another baseline needs to be developed on transportation in the County and the greenhouse gas emissions that transportation involves.
Susan Sher continues to ask businesses to post signs about the carbon costs of idling cars. Phyllis may work with Susan on anti-idling, especially big delivery trucks at Westside Renaissance Market.
Calpella Wood Pellet Plant
Maria reported on investigations to install air quality monitors near the Wood Pellet Plant since the data that the plant and Mendo County Air Quality District are not available to the public. Members of the Climate Action Mendocino have offered to contribute some personal funds to help buy a $250 monitor, but more funds are needed to cover that cost.
Polly reported on all the work that she and the many people concerned about the Wood Pellet Plant’s safety have done. Please see the attached letter to the Board of Supervisors about this issue and the attached explanations of concerns about the plant. It’s a thorough and succinct presentation.
Planning for next year’s focus
The group suggested the following considerations for our focus next year. More discussion will follow at the November 14 meeting.
Power Resilience: renewable energy/battery storage
Housing: more charging stations at new housing developments, solar also, all electric housing
Truck Idling Law
Education: washing cars at home pollutes waterways (ocean), compost making is easy, flyers or talks at apartment buildings, farmers markets, schools (Michele Goodman at C & S Waste Solutions)
Paving: more permeable surfaces
City of Ukiah passing a Climate Emergency Resolution
Working to reduce poverty and a more inclusive community - need bilingual help. Peggy and Polly may team up to work on this
Fast chargers for Electric Vehicles in Ukiah: brings in revenue. Needs to research grants to pay for this.
TELEVANGELIST PAT ROBERTSON PREDICTS TRUMP WIN, THEN CHAOS, THEN THE END OF THE WORLD
HEALTH CARE: THE BEST & THE REST
by David Oshinsky
“Bow your heads, folks, conservatism has hit America,” The New Republic lamented following the 1946 elections. “All the rest of the world is moving Left, America is moving Right.” Having dominated both houses of Congress throughout President Franklin Roosevelt’s three-plus terms in office (1933–1945), Democrats lost their majorities in a blowout. Some blamed it on the death of FDR, others on the emerging Soviet threat or the bumpy return to civilian life following World War II. The incoming Republican “Class of ’46” would leave a deep mark on history; its members, including California’s Richard Nixon and Wisconsin’s Joseph McCarthy, were determined to root out Reds in government and rein in the social programs of the New Deal.
One issue in particular became fodder for the Republican assault. In 1945 President Harry Truman had delivered a special message to Congress laying out a plan for national health insurance—an idea the pragmatic and immensely popular FDR had carefully skirted. As an artillery officer in World War I, Truman had been troubled by the poor health of his recruits, and as chairman of a select Senate committee to investigate the defense program during World War II, his worries had grown. More than five million draftees had been rejected as “unfit for military service,” not counting the 1.5 million discharged for medical reasons following their induction. For Truman, these numbers went beyond military preparedness; they spoke to the glaring inequities of American life. “People with low or moderate incomes do not get the same medical attention as those with high incomes,” he said. “The poor have more sickness, but they get less medical care.”
Truman proposed federal grants for hospital construction and medical research. He insisted, controversially, not only that the nation had too few doctors, but that the ones it did have were clustered in the wrong places. And he addressed the “principal reason” that forced so many Americans to forgo vital medical care: “They cannot afford to pay for it.”
The facts seemed to bear him out. Close to half the counties in the United States lacked a general hospital. Government estimates showed that about $11 million was spent annually on “new treatments and cures for disease,” as opposed to $275 million for “industrial research.” Though the nation claimed to have approximately one physician per 1,500 people, the ratio in poor and rural counties regularly dipped below one per 3,000, the so-called danger line. On average, studies showed, two thirds of the population lacked the means to meet a sustained health crisis.
The concept of government health insurance was not entirely new. A few states had toyed with instituting it, but their intent was to replace wages lost to illness or injury, not to pay the cost of medical care. Truman’s plan called for universal health insurance—unlike the Social Security Act of 1935, which excluded more than 40 percent of the nation’s labor force, mostly agricultural and domestic workers. Funded by a federal payroll tax, the plan offered full medical and dental coverage—office visits, hospitalization, tests, procedures, drugs—to all wage and salary earners and their dependents. (“Needy persons and other groups” were promised equal coverage “paid for them by public agencies.”)
People would be free to choose their own doctors, who in turn could participate fully, partly, or not at all in the plan. Private health insurance programs would continue to operate, with policyholders required to contribute to the federal system as well—a stipulation the president compared to a taxpayer choosing to send a child to private school. “What I am recommending is not socialized medicine,” Truman insisted. “Socialized medicine means that all doctors work as employees of government. The American people want no such system. No such system is here proposed.”
(New York Review of Books)