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Mendocino County Today: August 21/22

OUR SHERIFF ALLMAN was quoted by Glenda Anderson of the PD that he “agrees with Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio's tough stand on illegal immigration,” a statement the Sheriff indignantly denied Monday afternoon and wasn't exactly clicking his heels in delight that we'd repeated it in our on-line edition. "Glenda Anderson was NOT correct in her quotes she attributed to me," Allman said. The Sheriff went on to say that he thought the federal government should be responsible for the cost of detaining illegals and that illegals who commit crimes here should be turned over to ICE. Those are positions most of us, the AVA included, agrees with. Arpaio's other, more extreme views and actions are not shared by Sheriff Allman.

THE CAUSE OF DEATH on Susan Keegan's death certificate has been changed from "accidental" to "homicide," meaning that Doctor Peter Keegan better have the criminal defense lawyer he hired soon after his wife's highly improbable death all paid up.

DR. KEEGAN is represented by Keith Faulder, one of the best criminal defense attorneys around. Faulder, based in Ukiah, was hired by Keegan soon after Mrs. Keegan's death. Ordinarily, if a spouse dies in an accident his or her survivor doesn't feel the need to hire a criminal defense attorney to do nothing but wait around for charges to be filed.

Peter & Susan Keegan

YOU WILL RECALL that Mrs. Keegan allegedly died in a late night bathroom fall in November of 2010, managing to twice lacerate the top of her head in a vertical drop. Her gallant husband, the only other person in the house at the time of death, said Mrs. Keegan was drunk, and probably had been drinking on top of the medication he said she took. The doctor said his wife was addicted to both drink and pharmaceuticals, addictions that went unnoticed by Mrs. Keegan's many friends and unlikely in an active woman who got up early every morning and did things and was always busy in her Ukiah community.

THE COPS, perhaps operating on the assumption that Nice People like doctors don't murder their wives, seemed to take the doctor's word for the death of Mrs. Keegan rather than go carefully through the house on the usual cop assumption that things may not be what they seem, and the informant may be lying. One wonders if the responding officers even instituted the basic protocols professional investigators institute at an unlikely death scene? Probably not, because they saw nothing suspicious in Mrs. Keegan's death. Subsequent investigations have concluded the poor woman appears to have been bludgeoned to death.

WHICH EXPLAINS WHY the death certificate has been changed from accident to homicide. The DA has said the investigation is ongoing and the change means he's not just blowing smoke to keep Susan Keegan's many friends quiet. He'll have to proceed against the Doctor now.

DOCTOR KEEGAN wasted little time mourning the loss of his wife of 32 years, the mother of his two sons. He quickly hooked up with Elizabeth 'Libby' Crawford of Ukiah's old line ranch family. Ms. Crawford is active with the County's mental health advisory board so she's not unacquainted with aberrant behavior. But I wonder if she knows about the amended death certificate declaring that her predecessor in the affections of the Doctor had been murdered?

THE DOCTOR, who works at the Indian Health Center in Covelo, had been quick to brandish the old death certificate that said his wife had died in a bathroom fall. He isn't likely to brandish the re-write that strongly suggests he's a killer.

THE GREAT SPEAKERS of truth to power clustered at the Mendocino Environment Center like fruit flies on month old organic bananas are “roasting” Darryl Cherney on September 7th at Ukiah's Saturday Afternoon Club. For $25 you also get to watch Cherney's crude falsification called Who Bombed Judi Bari.

EVER WONDER why these ghouls never sponsor a discussion of the case, never debate it with a view to finding out the whos and the whys of the attack on Judi Bari? Answer: These people don't do argument. The truth is that Cherney literally can't afford to find the bomber, and the people who sponsor and attend these things — the same small grouplet of glassy-eyed stoners with political pretensions — too spineless to argue the case.

ONCE MORE for the slow kids in the back of the room: The Bari Bombing can be solved by the known DNA from the confession called the Lord's Avenger Letter. If law enforcement would subpoena DNA from a dozen or so people close to Bari, including members of her family, we'd know who did it. Darryl Cherney and his posse of jive “movement” lawyers have never made that demand. And they won't make that demand because they made and continue to make money pretending it's all a great big ass mystery.

IF IT'S STILL necessary to remind the intrepid “activists” of the MEC that an honest film on the Bari Bombing was made way back by Steve Talbot for KQED Television, there it is again. (On the off chance a glassy-eyed stoner is interested, he or she can borrow my copy.) Talbot subsequently made documentary films for the Frontline Series on PBS. He's one of the best investigative reporters in the country, if not the best. His film is called “Who Bombed Judi Bari?” Cherney deliberately titled his film Who Bombed Judi Bari to confuse the easily confused, and if there's a more credulous group of easily confused persons in all Mendocino County than the lockstep slo-mo's at the MEC they're probably out at the Mendocino County Office of Education.

TALBOT is on the record as saying that Bari herself told him she was bombed by her ex-husband, Mike Sweeney. You can believe him or you can go with the mythologists of the Cherney type. She told me she was afraid of Sweeney, but not knowing her ex, and knowing Madam Bari to not be a particularly reliable informant, I had no way of assessing the truth of her statements about Sweeney. But her fears seem to have been borne out by events, haven't they? I doubt Sweeney and Glenda (Anderson, the Ukiah reporter for the Press Democrat and Sweeney's love interest) will attend the Cherney roast.

SWEENEY, of course, is presently Mendocino County's lead garbage bureaucrat. I say “of course” because Mendocino County is the self-reinvention capitol of America where you are whatever you say you are and history begins all over again every day.

IN MONDAY'S PRESS DEMOCRAT, we find this telling paragraph: “For 564 pensioners who entered the system since the start of 2010, the breakdown is more detailed. For data on the rest, the retirement association charged The Press Democrat about $8,500 to generate records the system did not have.”


CLOSER TO HOME, the Supes argued at length last week whether or not their new pension fund manager should get an expensive assistant. The answer was no. But Mr. White's alleged oversight board at the County's pension fund told their new administrator to go ahead and get an consulting accountant to help him out. White's plea for a full-time assistant was not, to put it mildly, convincing. The accountant he will get anyway from his own board will cost the fund about as much as the assistant would have cost. The fund, by the way, is heavily invested in the stock market on the assumption that their investments will yield 7.75 percent over the long haul. As Supervisor Pinches pointed out, the pension fund pays more than 33 advisors to point the fund's money at the most lucrative stocks. Rockefeller doesn't pay 33 stock advisors. The Rockefellers, like most of the One Percenters, have a small team of very smart lawyers with accounting degrees managing their money. If I were a County employee under the age of 60 I'd be planning my retirement on the assumption that the County's pension fund won't be paying anyone a nickel five years down the line. Yes, the stock market is up right now. No, it won't stay up much longer, especially with the European banks falling like the proverbial dominoes.

FROM LAST WEEK’S Fort Bragg Advocate Court Report: “Shen C. He, Soky Peav, Hong Q. Zhang, and Vivian H. Zhang all were charged with starting to take abalone before starting time and also for altering their report cards. Judge Brennan dismissed the early start time in the interest of justice but either forgot about the altering of the abalone report cards or intended that they be dismissed too. The deputy DA did not remind him of the second charge; so, everything was dismissed.”

FRIENDS of the Gualala River (FoGR) has received a grant to protect redwood forestland from conversion to vineyards. Since its inception a decade ago, there has been considerable opposition to the clearcutting of a redwood forest for a future vineyard by the Spanish-owned Artesa Winery. Their “vineyard conversion permit request has been wending its way through the permit process, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) which gave final approval for the 154-acre clearcut earlier this year. Friends of the Gualala River (FoGR), an affiliate of the Redwood Coast Watersheds Alliance, has opposed the project from its inception. Becoming a “party of interest” and citing legal issues, FoGR, along with Sierra Club Redwood Chapter and the Center for Biological Diversity, has sued CalFire, challenging their approval of Artesa’s large forestland-to-vineyard conversion project. The Mennen Environmental Foundation has awarded a grant of $10,000 to support FoGR’s efforts “to protect redwood forestland from vineyard conversion.” The Mennen Environmental Foundation works to protect native biological diversity, including species, forests and watersheds. Public opposition to the project is widespread and growing. In the past year, over 100,000 members of the public from California to Europe, including  about 40,000 Spaniards, have signed petitions opposing the project. But public opposition cannot be and is not the legal basis for the lawsuit. The intent of California’s Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is to prevent or prohibit a project from despoiling the local environment. The lawsuit challenges the manner and findings made by CalFire. In preparing the Environmental Impact Report (EIR), the agency failed to adequately consider the project's environmental impacts and did not properly analyze alternatives less damaging to the environment, in violation of CEQA. The agency only considered alternative vineyard sites that are also forested to reach the flawed conclusion that the project would be equally damaging to the environment at other sites. Buying forested land with the intent to clearcut and destroy its forest to plant grapes is unnecessarily environmentally damaging, since there is suitable nonforested land available. Friends of the Gualala River is a volunteer nonprofit group that advocates for preservation of the Gualala River watershed in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. For more information on FoGR, please visit: The Redwood Coast Watersheds Alliance (RCWA) is composed of affiliates along the length of the Redwood Coast. A non-profit corporation since 1989, over the years it has been the umbrella organization for Friends of the Gualala, Garcia, Big River and Ten Mile River, Friends of Salmon Creek, Albion River Watershed Protection Association, Greenwood Watershed Protection Association, Ocean Protection Coalition, Toxic Trespass, Environmental Commons and Coast Action Group. More information on RCWA can be found at:

THE PASS COMPLEX FIRE northeast of Covelo has now burned some 5,700 acres and remains at 10 percent contained. The blaze was begun by lightning Friday night. It was 97 degrees in Covelo on Monday, and the fires, which are really two fires burning in the same general area, are located in hard-to-reach, steep terrain. CalFire says the nearly hundred degree heat makes for “extreme fire behavior.” As of Monday morning, 618 firefighters were battling the blaze, smoke from which had drifted to the Ukiah Valley by Monday afternoon triggering an Air Quality Advisory.


FROM THE HUMCO office of the CHP: “On Sunday, August 19, at approximately 1:20 pm, 36 year old Robert Jared Sochor of Willits was the driver and only occupant of his 1990 Toyota Camry while traveling northbound on US-101 near Ryan Creek Road in northern Mendocino County. Due to Sochor’s level of impairment, he allowed his vehicle to cross over the double yellow lines directly into oncoming southbound traffic. Sochor’s vehicle subsequently sideswiped a southbound traveling 2009 Honda Civic driven by 17 year old Mitzi Hu Pierson of Laytonville. Sochor’s vehicle continued out of control traveling northbound in the southbound traffic lane and collided into a 2009 Kia Rondo driven by 54 year old Duane Richard Tims of Fontana. Pierson and her passengers, 17 year old Colton Gover and 17 year old Joseph White, both of Laytonville, were transported by ground ambulance to Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits with moderate injuries. Sochor was transported by air ambulance to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with moderate to major injuries. Sochor was subsequently placed under arrest for felony DUI. All parties had their seatbelts on at the time of the traffic collisions. US-101 northbound and southbound were shut down for approximately one hour while the collision was being investigated. The California Highway Patrol Garberville Area office is investigating this traffic collision.”





Massage Therapist Trishonna Benton is on duty at the Ukiah Valley Medical Center

THE CSPOA (Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association) is a co-sponsor of the next meeting in Redding. They seem to be the real drivers with Support Rural America just being a tag along. Once they have their members properly trained up, they intend to issue a “…new Declaration to the Federal Government regarding the abuses that we will no longer tolerate or accept. Said declaration will be enforced by our Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers. In short, the CSPOA will be the army to set our nation free.” Again, this is the dream militia of the delusional right. Why form a militia to fight established authority if you can convert established authority into a de facto militia that champions your agenda?

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The Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association

To Serve The People and Protect Their Rights

Our mission: To equip sheriffs, peace officers and public officials with the necessary information and public support to carry out their duties in accordance with their Oaths of Office.

To Serve and Protect — Almost every state and county have some form of this slogan on their badges, patches, uniforms or the side of their patrol cars. It is intended to inspire motivation and courage within each officer or official to do his or her best. But how often do we really stop and think about what it means?

To serve: Who? The People. Other possible answers that may have been implied our stated outright may include "To serve the government", "To serve the law" or "To serve your commanding officer". While there may be a grain of truth in there somewhere, let's remember who we're all REALLY there to serve: The People.

And Protect: What? The Rights Of The People. Wait a minute, isn't our job to write tickets and catch bad guys? We may do a lot of that on a day-to-day basis, but never lose sight of what we are really all about. We are about keeping our communities (and thereby, the nation as a whole) a free, happy, safe place to live. Why do we catch and punish lawbreakers? Because if our laws are constitutionally correct, they prohibit us from doing only those things that infringe on the rights or freedoms of others.

But all too often, our lawmakers enact more laws in a supposed effort to protect everyone from everything, even from ourselves. Lawmakers cross the line when they attempt this by violating one of our most precious constitutional rights of all: The right to determine our own destiny. We often do not realize how blessed we are to live in a land where each of us can choose:

What job we will take, and under what conditions, and when we will change jobs

What education we will gain

Where we will live

How big of a family we will have (or whether to have one at all)

What kind of house to live in

What kind of vehicle to drive

How to restrain ourselves and our passengers while operating a vehicle

What religion we will follow

How, where and when we will invest our earnings

Where, when and what type of medical care we will seek

What medicines we will use

What kind of foods we eat

What kind of milk we drink

What we will spend our money on

How we will use our own property

How we defend ourselves, our families and our property

How we care for the poor and needy in our communities

How to educate our own children

What values/morals to teach our children

Oh, Wait A Minute...

We have already lost our rights to do at least half of the things on that list as well as many others, to some extent! What is going on here? Simply this: Power-hungry government officials - backed by people with hidden agendas - have convinced us to sacrifice our freedoms bit by bit, always in the name of some supposedly noble cause (usually something to do with protecting us from some imaginary or greatly exaggerated danger). And with every change they gain a little more power; a little more control.

But what does this have to do with the CSPOA?

The county sheriff is the line in the sand. The county sheriff is the one who can say to the feds, "Beyond these bounds you shall not pass." This is not only within the scope of the sheriff's authority; it's the sheriff's sworn duty.

Remember to ask yourself, "What is the purpose of this law I am enforcing? Am I helping to serve the people and protect their rights by doing this, or am I doing something else entirely?"

This is why we encourage you, the next time you hear "Serve and Protect" to repeat in your own mind the true meaning, embodied in our slogan: To Serve The People And ProtectTheir Rights.

The Purpose of the CSPOA - An introduction by Sheriff Richard Mack

Dear Friend of Freedom:

Back in 1988 I left a job I loved to move home to AZ to run for Graham County sheriff. Nobody thought I could win, as I had never been a cop in Arizona or in my home town and hadn╒t even lived there for nearly twelve years. I won. I ran for re-election in 1992. I won again. Soon thereafter, the Brady bill was signed into law by Bill Clinton. Three federal agents showed up at our AZ Sheriffs Association meeting and handed us each a document from the Dept. of the Treasury, which detailed what our "orders" were to comply with the Brady bill. All the sheriffs were shocked and against it. However, each sheriff said there was nothing we could do about it, "you can't fight city hall" was the frequent comment. I disagreed and decided to sue my own government. Everybody said I was crazy and that I could not win. Six other sheriffs from various parts of the USA joined the lawsuit. The case went all the way to the U S Supreme Court and miracle of miracles, WE WON!

Listen to Sheriff Mack describe the problems we are facing, and the solution! (Audio, 7 min)

Now, today, our country is dying and all the experts say we're on the right track or if we are not, that there's nothing we can do about it. I disagree; there is something we can do! Our "leaders" continually urge us to stay on the Titanic and they count on our ignorance and apathy to keep us on board. The questions are: 1) Can we save America? And 2) Will enough people get involved and dedicate themselves to make this dream a reality? The answers lie within our grasp and come from the foundation of our country. The principles are embodied within the Declaration of Independence and outlined in the Constitution.

Yes, America is in deep, deep trouble. The good news is that there is hope and my victory at the U S Supreme Court proves that it only takes a few to stand to make monumental changes. We do not have to stand by and watch while America is destroyed from within. If our counties, cities, and states and all local officers keep their oaths to protect us from tyranny, we can win this battle to take our country back. This is our plan, our goal and our quest.

We are forming the Constitutional Peace Officers Association which will unite all public servants and sheriffs, to keep their word to uphold, defend, protect, preserve, and obey the Constitutions of the United States of America. We already have hundreds of police, sheriffs, and other officials who have expressed a desire to be a part of this Holy Cause of Liberty. We are going to train and vet them all, state by state, to understand and enforce the constitutionally protected Rights of the people they serve, with an emphasis on State Sovereignty and local autonomy. Then these local governments will issue our new Declaration to the Federal Government regarding the abuses that we will no longer tolerate or accept. Said declaration will be enforced by our Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers. In short, the CSPOA will be the army to set our nation free. This will guarantee this movement remains both peaceful and effective.

In the Mack/Printz ruling, the Supreme Court ruled, "But the Constitution protects us from our own best intentions." The only thing we lack to make this principle a reality is the people who are devoted enough to make it so. The sheriffs and police are the answer.

The Founders of America pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to establish liberty here in the USA. To keep it, we the People must do likewise.

Thomas Jefferson said, "Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty." The CSPOA will unite the sheriffs, police, and local officials who are willing and courageous enough to join us in the "tempestuous sea of liberty." I am asking you to join with us.

"If we fail, we fail while daring greatly, so that our posterity will never place us among those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."

For God, Family, and Country, Sheriff Richard Mack, CSPOA Founder and Executive Director

WILLITS IS HOSTING the first ever Kinetic Carnivale this Sept. 8th & 9th. All of my friends need to come. It has the potential to be a lasting event for Willits capitalizing on our railroad history and bringing a whole new segment of the public to here to enjoy it. This event is inspired by the Handcar Regatta in Santa Rosa and is going to be amazing. We will have a Grand Ball Saturday night with costumed finery. A Carnivale both days with performers and sights and people powered rail contraptions racing for glory on Sunday. Not to be missed. Tickets and information See you there. — Holly Madrigal

REGISTER NOW for the 8th Annual Gualala River Run. For weekend warriors and families of all ages, the eighth-annual Gualala River Run, a 5K or 10K run with electronic timing and official results, and/or 5k walk through a majestic redwood forest, strollers welcome, Coastal Creations Brunch, incredible raffle, plus family fun on Saturday, October 13, 8:45am-11:30am. Proceeds help Action Network Family Resource Centers youth leadership programs. Costs range from $10-$30 (for walk/run), and $3.50-$7.50 (for brunch). Join us at Gualala Arts Center – where the river meets the sea. Register through,, on the Action Network website, Or call 707-884-5413 for more information. Action Network is a 501(c)(3); non-profit corporation EIN #45-0479312

SALAD UNIVERSITY starts Sept 9. Are you a gardener tired of pulling weeds? Does the crop you plant languish while wild plants overshadow it? Are you bored with plain salads and want a little pizzazz in your greens? The right foods provide an energized feeling combined with a stronger constitution with which to fight off disease. There is an opportunity to learn 40 plants that will put flavor, color, and more vitality in your salads at a class on Sunday September 9 in Redwood Valley, meeting at 12:30 at Lion’s Park (Farmers’ Market location) and caravanning to a nearby farm on Laughlin Mountain. Based on the ingredients used in Floodgate Farm’s Salad Mix, known to folks at the Boonville or Redwood Valley Farmers’ Markets, this class will introduce both wild and cultivated plants, and cover some of their health-giving properties as well as secrets for growing and using them. Many who eat this type of salad say it energizes them and that it needs no dressing. One secret is blending the flavors and textures, and that will be shared via discussion, tasting and information sheets. We will also gather and taste a green smoothie made from a variety of plants, a gentle energizing way to start the day or for a boost later on. For a modest fee ($20) or work trade (2 hours), you will also share in a potluck meal (we gather the salad and will also provide kimchee and smoothie) and get some seeds to take home. There are quarterly classes, one each season, to cover the seasonal variations in salad and smoothie plants. The late summer class is again as follows: Redwood Valley Summer Salads: Sun. Sept. 9, 12:30-4 PM, with Bill Taylor and Jaye Alison Moscariello. Meet at Lions Park at the Farmers’ Market. We will caravan/carpool up to the farm on Bakers Creek Rd. so please be there no later than 12:45. Please call or email: Bill Taylor at 707-272-1688 or The website “Salad University” page lists this along with some of the information sheets, and will list future classes and projects (we are working on a video). — Bill Taylor, Redwood Valley

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