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Mendocino County Today: Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021

Showers | 66 New Cases | River Resurgence | 128 Open | Muddy Noyo | Rainfall Amounts | Missing Lauren | Fabric Frolic | Harold/Maude | Death 88 | Gravel Job | Beach Surf | Pomo Massacres | Ed Notes | Gas Prices | Pot Futures | Yesterday's Catch | Silhouette | Hive Life | SJ Athletics | Woke Bookshelf | Vulgar Pansexual | Two Droughts | Ukiah Wall | Niner Washout | Space Oligarchs | Scattered Left | Lights Out | Baldwin Shooting | Chicken Ranchers | Heaven Sent | Kyrie's Name | Seminary Ave | Fishery Issues | Ukiah 1993 | Homeless Animals

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SCATTERED TO NUMEROUS SHOWERS will spread across the area through Wednesday morning. Warmer and drier conditions are expected on Thursday, followed by additional shower activity north of Cape Mendocino on Saturday. (NWS)

UKIAH received a record breaking 4.68 inches of rain on Sunday (October 24, 2021) the previous record being 3.27 inches in 2010.

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66 NEW COVID CASES and 1 death (since last Friday) reported in Mendocino County yesterday afternoon.

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by Anne Fashauer

What a glorious rain storm we had. We had 7 feet inches of rain at our house between when it started and 6pm Sunday night. Everywhere was soaking wet and water was running all over the place.

We went to Redwood Valley on Saturday afternoon to attend a friend’s mother’s memorial. We took the new RV because we knew from past events with this family that it would be better to stay over than drive home. Given the quantity of rain that came down overnight it was the right decision. I woke a few times in the night and the quantity and intensity of the rain never seemed to change — it just poured.

When I drove down the hill from our home Sunday I looked at the Navarro River. Despite what rain we have had it was still pretty sad looking. On my way back home yesterday I stopped and looked at the swollen river: bank to bank in 24 hours! Glorious. I wasn’t the only one to stop and gawk. So many of us love this river and have been pained to see it suffer with the drought. I believe folks were stopping throughout the day to take a look.

I stopped Monday morning again to take some photos. One thing I noted was the erosion caused by the power line decimation. I’m surprised they weren’t required to spread straw and plant grass seed like anyone else would be. The amount of silt that fed into the river is significant.

South side of the bridge
Looking south from the bridge
Looking north from the bridge
PG&E erosion into the river

I hope this is a sign of the rains to come. My father always said the rain that matters is the rain we get after the new year. At least this puts the fire season to bed and that is something. 

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It looks like all is well on Hwy 128 and flood danger is past.

The river crested at 21.36 ft. at 7:30 PM Sunday night, which is below the 23 ft. official flood stage, meaning that probably the only flooding was at the low section at 0.18 mile marker near the Hwy 1 bridge. The river level dropped pretty rapidly and was down to 12.01 ft. at 11:15 AM today.

The Caltrans highway information website shows no traffic restrictions on 128 right now, and Hwy 1 at the Garcia River is open again after a closure due to flooding Sunday afternoon.

I don't know if Hwy 128 was closed at all last night, but if so it's open now. The water was beginning to flow over the road at 0.18 mile marker at 6 PM when I was last on site. (see previous post copied below.) 

There is very dangerous surf along the coast today, starting at 28 ft.! at 2 AM, falling to 23 ft. at 11 AM and forecast at 21 ft. at 2 PM, for Big River.

There was a power outage on Little River Airport Rd from about 8 AM to 11 AM this morning. The PG&E outage map shows power still out around Comptche and Flynn Cr. Rd.

I recorded 9.45” rain storm total including Monday 10/18 through Monday morning 10/25. Yesterday alone produced 5.03” recorded 3 mi. inland on LR Airport Rd at 600 ft. elevation.



At 07:15 PM 10/24/2021, I wrote:

At 6 PM the flooding of the low spot on 128 at the 0.18 mile marker had just begun flowing onto the pavement, covering 3 ft.. of the eastbound lane and 1 ft. of the westbound lane, with the level still rising.

About 5 PM the river started flowing over the sandbar at the mouth in a wide but shallow channel. Between 4 PM and 6 PM the river rose about 5 ft.

The latest NWS Navarro River forecast chart shows a severe crest at 25.1 ft. by 8 PM tonight. That's much higher and sooner that the forecast earlier today.

That's more than the 23 foot official flood stage, meaning there will be substantial flooding of miles of Hwy 128 about 5 miles inland, not just at the low spot by the bridge.

The level is forecast to fall back below 23 ft. around 11 PM tonight. The highway will most likely have to be closed very soon if it is still open., and it will probably stay closed until some time Monday, after CalTrans crews clear mud and debris off the roadway.

A lone CalTrans guy was watching the rising water start covering part of the pavement at the 0.18 marker. He said last summer CalTrans put a 6” asphalt overlay over the roadway through the low spot to raise it up and reduce flooding. He said his boss was on the way to assess the situation and decide what to do. However if the forecast 25.1 ft. crest is reached, that would put parts of the highway under 2 ft. depth of water with mud and flotsam. So I think the road will be closed overnight.

The state highway website for 128 shows no closures as of 7 PM. However that site often lags a few hours behind reality. Here's the link:

My rain gauge shows 4.90” of rain since midnight, with little change in the past 2 hours and 9.72” in the past 7 days. 

N. Wilson

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(photo by Dick Whetstone)

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Dear AVA,

Just a little note to say how much I miss Lauren’s. It really was a community center for the whole Valley — New Year’s Eve, the Variety Show after-parties, the great live music — all of it. But what I miss most about Lauren’s was Lauren.

Fred Wooley


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… at Coast Cinemas next Wednesday, November 3rd at 7pm. Tickets at the door, on the theater's website or on Don't miss the chance to see this classic movie on the big screen!

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A Mendocino County resident has passed away from COVID-19. Our thoughts are with all of their family and friends. 

Death #88: 81 year-old woman from Willits area; not vaccinated. 

Public Health asks all Mendocino County residents to think about the ways they are protecting themselves and their families from COVID-19. When in doubt, consult with and follow all CDC and CDPH guidance. Vaccination, masking, and social distancing remain the best tools for combating COVID-19. 

Fully vaccinated people (with Pfizer) over age 65 (or over age 50 with certain health conditions) should strongly consider getting a COVID-19 vaccine booster to improve immunity. Boosters should be given at least 6 months after completion of the initial Pfizer series. If you have questions about boosters, speak with your doctor, or call Public Health at 707-472-2759. To find the nearest vaccine clinic in your area, please visit the Public Health website at:

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Small gravel job needed.

Hello. I need 1 maybe 2 p/u loads of gravel moved to a property in Fort Bragg where I will be parking a 26-foot trailer, and small bits of the gravel moved onto a garden path between some flagstones. I would of course pay a reasonable hourly rate for the work, the property is on S. Sanderson St. Fort Bragg, please call Chris Skyhawk 707-409-4789 or email 

Thank you.

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Contours of beach shifted by storm (photo by Sam Edwards)
Surf Monday (photo by Sam Edwards)

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A VERY SPECIAL LECTURE / video recording available

Betsy Cawn writes: Lake County's premiere archeologist, Dr. John Parker, presented the history of Pomo Indian massacres in Lake County at the Ely Stage Stop Museum, and the recording is available on the Facebook page for Sam Euston (with other links displayed in his recent post, as shown in this screenshot). 

Well worth the hour of your time, if you really want to understand the dark history of this extraordinary place. 

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THE PRICES of everything everyone needs to live are going up and up. The people who don't do their own shopping, those fortunate few whose wealth puts them beyond economic squeezes, call this “inflation.” The rate of inflation is measured by the consumer price index which, the “experts” tell us, officially rose by 0.4 per cent last month for a 5.4 percent rise compared to 2020, which is a lot even by the experts’ conservative calculations. The consumer price index examines the average prices of groups of consumer products and services such as transport, food and medical care. It reflects money's purchasing power over time, or more simply, the general rise of prices of everyday goods. Food and fuel have gone up the most, meat and gas at the pump especially. In a government by and for limo people it is unlikely the top limo person, especially the incapacitated Biden, is unlikely, when prices of basic goods get totally beyond most people, institute price controls. The overall economic situation approaches dire.

A YOUNG FAMILY was standing at the west end of the Greenwood Bridge on Sunday afternoon gazing at the swollen Navarro River as it made its suddenly turbulent way to the Pacific. It occurred to me that the family’s young children who looked to be in the 8-9 year-old cohort, had never known a big rain like we saw on Sunday, and mom and dad had made a special effort to show them what used to be a common sight.

AMONG the many people we take for granted, count the road crews of both CalTrans and Mendocino County, without whose vigilance and work Sunday kept our roads clear and traffic moving. 

INTERESTING PRESENTATION before the Supes last week came from the county's chief probation officer, Izen Locatelli who said that state facilities for super-delinquent youth — killers, rapists, the ultra-vi — are no longer an option, that Mendocino County's two super-delinquents are coming home where they will be housed by themselves in a fortified area of Juvenile Hall on Low Gap Road. The authorities won't identify or tell us who or what this pair of must-be-sequestered youth are and did “to protect the well-being” or some such dodge “of the child.”

BLACK AND BROWN youth get the super-dangerous designation a lot faster than white kids and, I would guess, our pair of homegrown delinquents are more than likely of Native American and or Mexican descent. And they will come from impoverished backgrounds, as do their older brothers-in-crime.

HOW INTRACTABLY CRIMINAL are these two? Very, probably. You don't get a state ticket if you're not irretrievable. So Mendo, like all counties, has gotten a state grant of $167,000 to arrange for the special housing, care and feeding of these two and, one supposes, the irretrievable to come.

WE'RE TALKING a closed system here so there's no way for the interested public to meet these two lads to evaluate them from the merely “concerned citizen” perspective but, having spent a decade with the irretrievable myself, the only way the irretrievable are ever retrieved is via some self-revelation that they don't want to be criminals, a self-revelation that typically arrives, if it ever does, in adult prisons with good libraries. (I know a guy who did two terms in Pelican Bay's “special housing unit” where, he told me, “I read a lotta fuckin' books,” but this particular guy, last I heard, was back in prison. Knowing him, he probably read the wrong fuckin' books.) These two Mendo boys are lost now, and will probably remain lost. If it's any consolation, there are thousands of them out there, most of them un-incarcerated.

I LIKED this on-line description by ‘Notty’ of yesterday's high surf: “I kid you not, this happened last night around 2 AM - doggo jumped on our bed trembling, wouldn't get down. I noticed she was in a very agitated state, then heard a loud roar. I thought it was wind and rain, but when I stuck my head outside, no wind, no rain, but the roar was even louder, like it was right across the street. Then realized it was surf, BIG ass waves - one mile away. Mind, blown. You could feel the vibrations through the ground in concert with the sound. Pretty amazing, except from doggo's POV. Had to stay up with her for two hours before the roar finally softened. Anybody know how big those waves were?” 

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THE FUTURE OF POT, an on-line comment: 

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but federal-level legalization is looming. I say bad because Moms-n-Pops think they have it bad now, with state legalization – when the big corporations step in they’re not gonna know what hit ’em. Penalties and fines for black market growing will be brutal – just do a little research into what R.J. Reynolds does to small “artisanal” tobacco farmers who dare to grow beyond their piddling legal limits. Do you imagine they will come up here, on our winding roads, and buy our pot for a nice fat price, and then we’ll all be done with the crime and the struggle to grow and then to transport and sell, everybody sing Kumbaya? The almond groves in the Central Valley will be replaced very quickly. Holes are dug, lines are laid. Be careful what you wish for.

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CATCH OF THE DAY, October 24, 2021

Basaldua, Forest, Gentry, Godinez

THOMAS BASALDUA, Ukiah. DUI, failure to appear.

JARED FOREST, Mendocino. Domestic abuse.


LUIS GODINEZ-MARTIN, Oakland/Ukiah. Failure to appear.

Higgins, Joaquin, Neidenbach

RONALD HIGGINS, Ukiah. Disorderly conduct-alcohol.

WENDY JOAQUIN, Covelo. Controlled substance, felon-addict with firearm, false personation of another, probation revocation.

DAVID NEIDENBACH, Ukiah. Disorderly conduct-alcohol.

Rodriguez, Smith, Wright

MARCOS RODRIGUEZ-TURNER, Ukiah. Domestic battery, protective order violation, probation revocation.

ALWOOD SMITH, Ukiah. Probation revocation.

AVRIL WRIGHT, Clearlake/Ukiah. Failure to appear.

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FOR THE WORKER BEES of Silicon Valley — rich beyond the wildest dreams of the workless and hiveless bees out in flyover country, weeping over their childrens’ Happy Meals — San Francisco is the big city hive, the center of their universe, the place where all the honey is stored. Yet the sidewalks outside San Francisco’s fabulous restaurants, where honey is dispensed, are littered with the human equivalent of dung beetles. But what is the insect kingdom without diversity? Likewise, Seattle, home-base of Bill Gates’s Microsoft and Jeff Bezos’s Amazon, celebrates especially the diversity between stupendously wealthy creatures of the board-room and the filthy, reeking scavengers of the bottoms and margins, huddled in their miserable tent encampments under the freeways in Seattle’s eternal rain. At least those poor creatures get to stay zonked on fentanyl so they don’t suffer so much when the sandflies chew their snouts off.

— James Kunstler

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When the Giants were looking for a new ballpark, the A’s helped them out by relinquishing rights to Santa Clara County. However, the Giants have used these rights to block the A’s from moving to San Jose. San Jose tried to get these rights overturned in a 2015 lawsuit against Major League Baseball that reached the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Now, with the A’s possibly leaving for Las Vegas, it is time for the Giants to return the favor and allow the A’s to pursue a San Jose ballpark. 

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said he is “not sure we see a path to success” for a new A’s ballpark in Oakland. If the A’s are not allowed to pursue a San Jose ballpark, the Giants will have essentially driven the A’s out of the Bay Area since, based on the lawsuit, San Jose was clearly willing to build the A’s a ballpark. 

Bruce Maigatter

Santa Clara

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How can anyone be bisexual when there are so many sexes? The count seems to change daily.

They’ve come up with the term “pansexual” which is generally portrayed favorably, although it sounds like the sick fetish of demented chefs.

Shunning understatement, North Korean News once posted this colorful observation: Vulgar pansexual slovenly Imbecile Roger Stone latest to fall out of favor of Noted Idiot Trump in Latest Fecal Palace Intrigue.

Top that, Rachel Maddow!

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In Mendocino County, one town is urging residents to collect rainfall, while another is sending them water by the truckload, The Washington Post reports.

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The Toggery / Owl Cigars, Ukiah

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by Ann Killion

And you thought “bomb cyclone” was the name of the weather system that hit Northern California on Sunday.

It was actually the name of the 49ers’ performance.

In a firehose-like downpour, before a national television audience, the 49ers bombed. They lost their fourth straight game, blown to smithereens at home by a mediocre Colts team, 30-18.

And, even though it is only October, it looks like their season has been swept away as well.

An early metaphor for the Sunday night game started circulating on social media hours before kickoff: a video of portable toilets sliding across the soaked Great America parking lot, pushed by the wind.

Yep. That was pretty much the 49ers’ performance at Levi’s Stadium. A skidding toilet.

“They’re pretty down in there,” head coach Kyle Shanahan said of his drenched team in the postgame locker room. “Four games in a row. It’s been a month.”

Sunday’s game was a comedy of errors, penalties, fumbles and weirdness, for both teams. But somehow the dome-dwelling Colts, in their first-ever visit to Levi’s, departed with more wins in Santa Clara this season than the 49ers have.

The 49ers haven’t won at Levi’s Stadium in more than a year, since they beat the Rams last October. They have lost all three of their games at home this season.

The loss drops the 49ers to 2-4. Arizona remains undefeated, at 7-0, atop the NFC West and the Rams are right behind the Cardinals at 6-1. (Seattle, at 2-4, play on Monday night. ) The playoffs seem like a pipe dream for the 49ers right now.

The Levi’s stands were about 40% full, which seemed more than the circumstances and conditions would warrant. But even the reduced crowd could make their unhappiness known. They booed loudly when the team took a knee at halftime rather than attempting to get yards. And again when the 49ers had a terrible third-and-long. And when there was a Jimmy Garoppolo sack and fumble. By the end of the game, the remaining folks were too soaked and unhappy to even express their displeasure.

Shanahan is starting to take some serious heat from the fan base. And he says he deserves it.

“We’ve lost four games in a row,” Shanahan said. “I’m the head coach of this team. … I expect it and I deserve it.”

With this season going more sideways than a parking lot toilet, everyone is under the microscope. And that includes the 49ers’ brass.

Even before the game was played, the subtext of the Colts’ visit was a story that casts some doubt on the 49ers’ decision-making. The game marked the return of defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, the former 49ers captain, popular team leader and defensive force. He made it clear that facing his former team was “personal”

“I poured my heart and soul out in that organization,” Buckner said last week.

Back after the Super Bowl season, the 49ers opted not to pay Buckner, and instead traded him to Indianapolis in March 2020 for a mid-first round draft pick. The 49ers used that pick on Javon Kinlaw, who had knee issues when he was drafted and continues to be plagued by knee problems. On Sunday, Kinlaw was inactive, the third game he has missed.

The 49ers’ other first-round pick from that 2020 draft, Brandon Aiyuk, continued to mystify with his lack of production. The second-year receiver was targeted just once, in the third quarter, and made a 6-yard reception. He also had a rush for 3 yards. And Aiyuk was the participant in one of the strangest plays, when — back to return a punt — he let the ball get past him, kicked it and then controlled it by the time he was in the end zone. The Colts thought they had a safety but it was just a really ugly, messy touchback.

Everything about the game was ugly and messy. The weather forecast had led one to expect a level of sloppiness, but the 49ers took it to a different level.

Colts QB Carson Wentz’s most effective offensive play was heaving the ball downfield where — almost like clockwork — a 49ers defensive back would be flagged for defensive pass interference.

Shanahan dialed up an effective first drive, when the 49ers marched downfield and scored a touchdown. But then things fell apart. He threw the red challenge flag on a play that seemed to have little ambiguity — he said his headset had shut off — and was left with just one time out in the final minutes of the game.

Garoppolo, who returned as the starter after missing the past game and a half with a calf injury, had a thoroughly forgettable day. He had a fumble and two interceptions, including one inside the two-minute warning that effectively ended the 49ers’ hopes of a comeback. His performance did little to settle the quarterback controversy that the 49ers have fueled since drafting Trey Lance. Lance was inactive Sunday with a knee injury suffered against Arizona before the bye week. Shanahan didn’t fully commit to Garoppolo when asked who would start against the Bears next week.

Expectations were very high for this team at the start of the season. But conditions have changed. And those expectations have washed away in a bomb cyclone.

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THE BIG MYSTERY is why the majority consent to be ruled by the few. Why does the slave love the master? Anyone who self identifies as an instrument of the master's will is by definition a slave. When a black person identifies with the white oppressor and mimics his values, he is known by black people themselves as an Uncle Tom. 

Likewise, working class people who identify with the billionaires and legitimate their right to rule become masochists to power and sadists to the powerless; i.e., fascists. 

Marxists and socialists have been cancelled long ago. The only ones left are scholars and academics, intellectuals, not known for violently acting out. I still read them because I am addicted to the truth. 

I think it is a good idea to have many parties, each with a clearly defined ideology of government so that we know exactly what we are voting for, and debates can be about substance rather than personality and hype. The idea of a radical center is either oxymoronic or just plain moronic, but it needs clarification. Certainly, the Left needs a party of its own because we are currently scattered to the winds. 

— Carol Mattessich 

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ALEC BALDWIN believes passionately in gun safety and wants much tighter controls over who can have a gun. The actor thinks fellow Americans should only be allowed to exercise their constitutional right to own firearms if they go through a lengthy stringent procedure to ensure they are fit and proper enough citizens to possess a deadly weapon. It seemed barely believable that a star of his experience and stature could do something so lethally stupid as to fire a loaded gun towards co-workers, especially given his advocacy of gun safety and awareness of hazardous movie sets. But it quickly became clear that Baldwin didn't realize the gun had real ammunition inside it. However, the more we've learned about this appalling incident, the more questions have been raised about Baldwin's own culpability for the chaotically dangerous and amateurish working culture on the set of ‘Rust’ that led to the shooting. 

— Piers Morgan

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IRV SUTLEY WRITES: This film works as a companion piece to the book "Comrades and Chicken Ranchers" by Kenneth Kann.

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by Dave Zirin

When strung together, four monosyllabic words make one of the most powerful sentences in the English language: “Not in my name.”

It’s what protesters shout when US bombs are dropped on civilian populations thousands of miles away. It appears on the signs of anti-war feminists who refuse to accept a war in Afghanistan for “women’s rights.” It is what brave Jewish demonstrators chant when Israel says it must occupy and oppress Palestinians for our collective safety. It is a call for political clarity and justice in the face of ugly, manipulative opportunism. Now, it is Kyrie Irving’s turn to say those four words.

On Sunday, more than 100 protesters showed up at the Barclay’s Center before the Brooklyn Nets home opener to hold an anti-vaccine demonstration on behalf of All-Star guard Irving, chanting, “Let Kyrie Play!” For those living beneath the largest nearby rock, the All-Star guard hasn’t played a game yet this season for the Brooklyn Nets because he refuses to get vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus, and as a player in New York City, he therefore cannot work in the team’s facilities. Irving has responded to the move by proclaiming himself a victim of a great injustice—going so far as to call himself “the voice of the voiceless.” His self-appellation is ironic, because if there is one thing Irving is not, it is voiceless. His every utterance has been reported by a thirsty media who would rather tell his story than state the fact that more than 95 percent of NBA players have decided to get the vaccine.

As happened at a similar anti-vaccine demonstration several weeks back in New York City’s Union Square, things got ugly. Protesters stormed the arena and attempted to break through the doors.

Whatever Irving’s motivations, it is certainly his right to refuse a vaccination. Given the history of this country and the lies that pour out of Washington, mistrust and skepticism are understandable. But it is also New York City’s right to say that his action has consequences and the Nets’ right to say that the safety of team employees and their children matter more than Irving’s personal beliefs. Despite this, his stance has had a ripple effect that one cannot imagine he ever intended.

First, right-wingers like Ted Cruz, Tucker Carlson, and Don Jr. rushed to extol Irving as a principled hero of their movement. This was not too surprising. These vaccinated politicians and media millionaires do not care about community health, and they also hate the NBA because of the players—Kyrie included!—who have stood with the Black Lives Matter movement. When these political opportunists embraced Irving, that would have been a good time for him to utter those four magic words, “not in my name.” Then, the underbelly of open, organized online fascists started to hold him up with reverence: the Bannons, the Candace Owens, the YouTube insurrectionists, the anti–“critical race theory” thugs, the people who have an open political project that involves celebrating the January 6 efforts to overturn the last election and an even bigger project of using violence to tear down any semblance of popular democracy. They are the ideological backbone of the backlash that has been coursing through this country since the massive 2020 demonstrations following the police murder of George Floyd. 

Kyrie Irving, a man who bought a home for Floyd’s family, is their new hero. As soon as these folks started to shower Irving with the affection they usually have only for missing white children, he should have said “not in my name.” He didn’t. But hopefully after yesterday’s melee, he will.

Will this happen at future Nets home games? What about when the team is on the road? How long before someone gets hurt in the bloodlust of our current political moment? Irving now has an urgent responsibility to say those four words, “not in my name,” as loudly as possible. We know that if it weren’t Irving, these people would find some other issue to get enraged and violent about. It’s the tenor of the times. But Irving could still fight for his name: the name that has been associated in recent years with issues like Palestinian solidarity, Standing Rock, and Black Lives Matter. 

Here’s hoping he does. Here’s hoping that Irving wants more for his legacy than being a rallying cry for those who would crush every cause he claims to hold dear.

Let’s hope we hear soon from Kyrie Irving. It he stays silent, the only conclusion would be that he is happy to see these forces use his name to advance a broader social agenda of bigotry and reaction.

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(way back when people cared what the town looked like)

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NATION’S FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCILS Find Consensus on MSA Changes, Advocate for Efforts to Address Environmental Justice Issues

PORTLAND, OR (25 October, 2021) Leaders of the nation’s eight Regional Fishery Management Councils concluded their second biannual meeting in 2021 last week by videoconference. The Council Coordination Committee meeting provides the Councils and heads of the National Marine Fisheries Service an opportunity to discuss issues relevant to all of the Councils. The three-day meeting was open to the public and hosted by the Pacific Fishery Management Council. Among the issues discussed were proposed changes to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the need to more fully address environmental justice for underserved fishing communities. Please view the full press release and a comprehensive summary of the meeting by visiting the U.S. Regional Fishery Management Councils website at:

(Fishery Management Councils Presser)

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Ukiah, 1993

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We used to be a country that loved freedom. The first coins of the US had the motto “mind your business.” If those people could see America today? I believe one of the first wrong turns was having an IRS. It was sold to the American public as a scheme to soak the rich. Now it soaks the working class and pays the non-working class. People love socialism but seldom talk about the Police State necessary to support free stuff and pyramids of parasite administration. Well paid by their own design.

Did you say there are 31 agencies taking care of the local homeless? If you are one of those homeless cases, please start your own non-profit organization and stop letting these parasites use you to enrich themselves at our expense. 

Did you ever read that sign at the park that says, “Please don’t feed the animals”? I hope it makes sense. It must make sense to whoever put the sign up. So just apply that same principle to the homeless situation. That’s the cure. Sometimes when you’re talking to people you realize everything is inverted, upside-down, down is up, good is bad and bad is good, sick is well, and well is sick. You get the idea. These are the type of people who are getting elected in this state. Have you ever shaken hands with one? It’s like dipping your hand in septic juice; bring the alcohol to your town meetings.

If I am right about this, the homeless will be barbecuing people on street corners when their homeless stage is over. And if I’m totally wrong, the homeless will be housed, fed, drunk, drugged, clothed, etc. at great expense and will all live happily ever after.

Tom Madden



  1. Eric Sunswheat October 26, 2021

    RE: Anyone who is 18 or older and received the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine should receive a booster of any of the three available vaccines after at least two months have passed since their initial dose.

    ->. Costco Ukiah
    1275 Airport Park BLVD Ukiah, CA 95482

    Costco membership not required for Covid vaccination (nor alcohol sales.)

    • Eric Sunswheat October 26, 2021

      False flag.
      None of Costco pharmacies in region have J&J vaccines, even though websites appear to show appointment slots, and generate confirmation emails.
      Welcome to get the other Covid vaccines, available at locations now.

  2. Stephen Dunlap October 26, 2021

    Anne Fashauer – 7 FEET of rain is likely a typo ? :-)

  3. Harvey Reading October 26, 2021


    One of the first things I was taught about guns as a kid was always to check the gun myself to see if it was loaded and NEVER to take the word of someone else in that regard.

    • Marmon October 26, 2021

      You’re right Harv, a simple gun safety class would have taught him that. My dad also taught me that there was no such thing as an empty gun.


    • George Dorner October 26, 2021

      Amen! I was taught to stick my finger in the breach to confirm the gun was empty.

    • Bruce McEwen October 26, 2021

      Long ago and far away, I tried out for an extra in the movie, Heaven’s Gate, up in Montana. I didn’t get the part but I recall the firearms expert on the set killed himself with a blank. Showing off for a cute director’s secretary, he put a Colt .45 revolver to his temple and pulled the trigger. He certainly gave the secretary the shock he expected; but then he didn’t get the last laugh, after all. Instead, he fell down dead; no, he wasn’t acting; the wad from that blank must have looked like confetti inside the “expert’s” (otherwise) empty heard.

      • k h October 26, 2021


      • Jeff McMullin October 26, 2021

        one of the weirdest, most contoversial movies and productions of all times…complete with a self appointed coked up “auteur” director!

    • George Hollister October 26, 2021

      The second time ever I have agreed with Harv.

  4. Joe October 26, 2021

    If you want to know the truth about money and the creation of the IRS then read the book;

    “The Creature from Jekyll island”

    “The quintessential treatise on economics. Cussed and discussed by all from notable politicians to academicians to laypersons. Do you want to know the truth about money? Creature from Jekyll Island will give you the answers to these, and other, questions: Where does money come from? Where does it go? Who makes it? The money magicians’ secrets are unveiled. ”

  5. Bill Pilgrim October 26, 2021

    re: The Big Rains, Mendo

    And what is Philo, extraterrestrial?

    Friday through Sunday total: 16 inches in the hills.

  6. Stephen Rosenthal October 26, 2021

    “MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said he is “not sure we see a path to success” for a new A’s ballpark in Oakland. If the A’s are not allowed to pursue a San Jose ballpark, the Giants will have essentially driven the A’s out of the Bay Area since, based on the lawsuit, San Jose was clearly willing to build the A’s a ballpark.”
    Bruce Maigatter
    Santa Clara

    I guess you’re one of the 273 A’s fans who care. Truth is, the Giants have nothing to do with the A’s dilemma. Point your finger at the penny-pinching, greedy multibillionaire owner, sixth wealthiest in all of North American sports, who, btw, recently listed one of his reported 11 mansions for sale for $100,000,000 in Atherton. That’s ONE HUNDRED MILLION. While the Giants and (I know this will piss off Fred Gardner) Warriors built their facilities without public money, A’s owner John Fischer (Mendo residents know of his greedy dirty deeds quite well) wants Oakland to pony up a reported $850,000,000. Bye, bye to a completely irrelevant baseball franchise.

  7. Marmon October 26, 2021


    He said he would entertain running for Sheriff

    “Walk tall and carry a big stick”


  8. Rye N Flint October 26, 2021

    RE: Conservatives, conspiracy, and socialism

    Conservatives are prone to black and white thinking. This is also why conservatives are more susceptible to cults and orthodox religions. It was pointed out by George Lakoff in his books, “Moral Politics” and “Don’t think of an elephant”, but the left never really took his advise seriously.

    Check out the latest from Germany:

    “In her office in Freiburg im Breisgau, a town in the sunny southwestern corner of Germany at the foot of the Black Forest, Sarah Pohl is overwhelmed. A woman has called in distress after her husband said he would divorce her if she got vaccinated. A man has lamented that his wife refused to send the kids to school, fearing that wearing masks would damage their brains. Another woman was alarmed after her partner insisted that they migrate to Paraíso Verde, a Paraguayan community offering newcomers a life “outside of the ‘matrix’ ” without 5G, chemtrails, and mandatory vaccinations.

    Tending to such calls is Pohl’s job. A blond-haired, soft-spoken therapist in her 40s, she holds what must be one of Germany’s most peculiar taxpayer-funded jobs: She’s a counselor on cult duty…

    Zebra (“not everything is black or white,” its website reads) was founded on Feb. 15, 2020, just a few weeks before the German government introduced the first restrictions to contain COVID-19. Michael Blume, the antisemitism commissioner of Baden-Württemberg, advised the state government to set up the center because he “predicted that digitalization would turn conspiracy myths into a great danger.” He thought of it as a public service: Whenever citizens were confused about any theories they heard or worried about a relative’s engagement with them, they had a place they could turn to, with someone who would listen and help them make sense of the situation. “Anyone who is affected by conspiracy beliefs or is in danger of losing close relatives should find open ears and advice from the state and churches,” Blume says.

    At first, conspiracy theories were supposed to be only one of Zebra’s focuses, alongside other problems like cults. But the pandemic and the explosion of disinformation that accompanied it meant conspiracy theories quickly came to dominate the requests that reached Zebra. “I have never seen conflicts escalating like this,” Pohl says. As the pandemic forced people to take positions on restrictions, vaccines, and the new normal, calls began to pour in from confused people wondering if they should break off contact with conspiracy theorist and pandemic-denying relatives or friends. Frequently, after offering an initial explanation of the situation, clients would break down on the phone, asking “What should I do?””

    • k h October 26, 2021

      Have you read “The Reactionary Mind” by Corey Robin?

  9. Rye N Flint October 26, 2021

    The buffer zone between the rich and the poor.

  10. Rye N Flint October 26, 2021

    RE: The Ruling Class and the Buffer Zone
    by P a u l K i v e l

    Copyright 2004 by Paul Kivel

    OVER THE YEARS THE RULING CLASS has created a series of jobs
    and occupations for people who will help them maintain their
    power and wealth. We refer to this as a buffer zone because it acts
    as a buffer between those at the top of the pyramid and those at the
    bottom. The buffer zone is not an economic position indicating
    income or wealth; it is a role that some people perform through
    their work that helps the system run smoothly and without change.
    The function of the buffer zone is threefold

    1- Taking Care of People
    There is so much concentration of wealth by the ruling class that
    there is not enough to go around for the rest of the population,
    especially those who are poorest. Millions are hungry, homeless,
    without health care, decent jobs, or opportunities for education.
    Every year hundreds of thousands of people die from the effects of
    poverty, racism, sexism, and homophobia. If these people died in
    the streets, there would be constant mass uprisings.
    If most people receive minimal levels of care and those who die do
    so in hospitals, at home, in rest homes, or in prisons, it is less likely
    that people will add up the total impact of the concentration of
    wealth. So there are many jobs for people to take care of those at
    the bottom of the pyramid: nurses, attendants, social workers,
    teachers, youth workers, child care workers, counselors—poorly
    paid jobs that are primarily done by women and that provide
    minimal services to those in need.

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