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Valley People (December 21, 2022)

JEANNE NICKLESS you will always be remembered.

Jeanne passed away few days ago at the age of 92. 

Jeanne Nickless

I learned a lot from her!

She was active, kind, lovely, sweet, always smiling and always positive. 

I lived in her house as a guest for years, and years later I bought her house to live her memories and I have never seen her frowning or upset. She practiced yoga till the last day of her life. She taught me that life, no matter how tough it gets, is not worth worrying about. She also taught me that age is nothing but numbers. 

You will always be remembered as a good mother as a good patient and as a good friend.

Rest in peace Jeanne, I love you and you will be missed.



The final Quiz of 2022 is set for Thursday, 29th December, a special holiday event held as usual at Lauren’s at The Buckhorn in downtown Boonville beginning at 7pm. Hope to see you there. Cheers,

Steve Sparks, Quizmaster.


Christian Church Service and all are invited. 

Time: 6 PM Date: Christmas Eve, 12-24-2022 

Place: The Boonville Methodist Church, 13850 Highway 128, Boonville. 

Boonville Methodist Church and Country Bible Church are hosting this for the entire Valley. Come join us for a time of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. There will be hymns, prayer, fellowship, refreshments, and reading of the Bible (the nativity account). 

No admission and no offering will be taken. For information call Pastor Dave Kooyers at (707) 895-2325 or the Boonville Methodist Church 


(1) A mountain lion was spotted by a teacher Friday afternoon about 4:30 at the west end of the elementary school site, near the solar panels. 

(2) Beautiful night time Christmas lights throughout downtown Boonville, and a real spectacular at the Deepend produced by Dave Evans of the Navarro Store.

(3) OUR INDEFATIGABLE School boss, Louise Simson, reports: “I am working with the Anderson Valley Housing Association to see what we can do for teacher housing. We have our next meeting 12/19. We have zoning on the high school already for a few units. This would allow me to attract some hot shot talent to the valley.” Ms. Simson, noting the following message from Mr. Chichester of Covelo, says Governor Newsom has loosened the bureaucratic knots to make it easier for school districts to erect teacher housing. 

LEW CHICHESTER: Regarding Anderson Valley schools and the idea to develop some housing: with a recognition that the lack of affordable, attractive housing locally was a detriment to hiring attempts, in Round Valley about eight years ago the school board and administration pursued an option to create a little housing development, maybe four units, on a lot across the street from the high school and next to the tennis courts. We already owned the lot. What seemed affordable was the purchase of manufactured housing, single wides, of a modest description. These would cost about $60,000-$70,000 each and were fairly attractive, not bare bones hideous things. We were stopped cold when informed that this development was “public housing” and would need to conform to all the ADA requirements. The affordable, single wide manufactured units do not have ADA bathrooms, or really any of the necessary dimensions for ADA compliance. Units which meet this requirement were about 100% more expensive. We decided rather quickly that if such a housing development was to be financially viable an outfit other than the school would have to be the lead. Good luck Anderson Valley. You might have more money, or be smarter, but we just bailed on the idea of being real estate developers and we needed to stay focused on providing school facilities, services, and support. You have a good district architect, he might be able to sort through the “you can’t do this” response from the authorities with jurisdiction and get some housing for teachers built.

PETIT TETON has a wonderful selection of unique, farm-grown and farm-made local gifts which we are happy to ship for you. We would love to see you come by to select them or we can email you a complete list of our offerings and we'll ship whatever you want to wherever you would like. The selections range from almost all imaginable jams (and a few you've not yet dreamed of), to soups, a range of hot sauces from hot to hotter, and a wide selection of pickles and sauces. 

Give us a call 707.684.4146, email us at, or stop by 8:30-4:30 any day but Sunday when we're open 12-4:30.

BILL KIMBERLIN: Several years ago I remember someone asking Linda Rohnstadt what it meant to her to become rich and famous. Her reply was…

“The biggest thing is, I don’t have to go to the Laundromat anymore.”

Anybody else remember that fateful transition? (The washer dryer part, not the rich and famous part).

“When we first got our washer, I kept looking for the coin slot,” remembers Jeff Doran.

CHRIS ‘CJ’ JONES WISHES All His Old Friends In The Anderson Valley And Ukiah A Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year! 

“I love it here in Portland, but I miss Mendocino County.”


Sunday, January 8th

3 to 4:30 PM

Anderson Valley Senior Center

Refreshments served 

Door Prize awarded to the lucky winner! 

Come and get acquainted with several of the wonderful nonprofits in our Valley, some you may know and some you may not. Each organization will give a brief overview of what they do and how you can pitch in, if you feel so inclined. The following organizations will be participating: Anderson Valley Adult School, AV Foodbank, AV Grange, AV Historical Museum, AV Lions Club, AV Parks and Recreation, AV Senior Center, AV Unity Club and Hendy Woods Community. There are a lot of nonprofits in the Valley and we hope to host another one of these with a whole new group later in the year, stay tuned. Help make this community building attempt a success!

Please Note: Our gatherings are open to everyone, but COVID Vaccinations are now REQUIRED - please bring your vaccination card (one time) as proof. Masks are required inside. Thank you in advance for your understanding. 

Please RSVP with the coordinator – Anica Williams; thank you! (

BOONVILLE ARMED ROBBER arrested in New York. Take it way, Sheriff: “During the course of this investigation, Matias Tomas Vietto was identified as being the suspect in this case. Sheriff's Detectives learned Vietto told friends that he was leaving California to return to his country of origin, Argentina. Using this information, Sheriff's Detectives discovered Vietto had an international flight booked from the state of New York to Argentina on the evening of Saturday, December 10, 2022. An arrest warrant was obtained for Vietto and New York law enforcement authorities were alerted. On Monday, December 12, 2022 at approximately 9:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time), Vietto was arrested by the New York Police Department attempting to travel to Argentina. Vietto will be held in New York pending extradition back to Mendocino County.

WE UNDERSTAND that young Mr. Vietto was working with a local winery as an intern. We further understand he was identified by the terrified woman he pulled a gun on by his accent, which is different than the Spanish spoken by local Mexican immigrants. Ms. Maria Guadalupe Farias, although confronted by a masked, armed bandit, remained calm enough to provide the identification that soon nabbed him.  If Mr. V had made it back to his native Argentina, doubt he would have been extradited given the small-ish amount of money he took, said to be about 20k, which is smallish only by today’s extravagant criminal standards, and the expense of the extradition process. At least Mr. V can console himself with Argentina’s victory in the World Cup, but his Boonville adventure is going to cost him at least ten years in the state’s time-out room. 

OLDER OLD TIMERS will remember the famous 1948 laugher when ”Dewey Defeats Truman” appeared as the headline on the front page of the Republican Chicago Daily Tribunethe day after incumbent US President and Democrat, Harry Truman, won an upset victory over Dewey, then governor of New York. The Tribune had insulted Truman as a “nincompoop,” which made Truman's upset victory over Dewey so delicious that Truman famously brandished the errant paper the next day. 

LAST TUESDAY, I FELT like the Tribune that day in '48 because about ten minutes after we’d sent the paper-paper off to the printer, we got the news that the Boonville bandit had been arrested in New York, thus making our lead story that he was still being sought, irrelevant. (We also had him down as a Chilean when his nationality is Argentinian. Hey, that’s life in the newspaper business.)

CYBER imperatives demand that we get the paper-paper to our Hayward printer as early as possible on Tuesdays. As always, on that very Tuesday, we'd finished our end of the complicated techno-process of producing the paper-paper, and had sent it off through the ethers to Renee Lee, the wizard who assembles the jumble of prose we send her every week. Renee worked her magic and off it went to the Hayward printers. Incidentally, Renee, lives and works, as the proverbial crow flies, maybe a quarter mile from the AVA's shrunken headquarters.

AS SHE MIRACULOUSLY manages every week, Renee worked her electronic magic, and off flew the cyber version of Boonville's beloved weekly to the distant paper-paper printer an hour before we got the news that Pampas pistolero had been rounded up in New York. 

LAST WEEK’S PAPER, by the time it reaches the print dinosaurs who still get their information the old fashioned way, will see our story, our lead story, number one above the fold, that does not contain the crucial news that the bandido has been caught.

USED TO BE, before the alleged geniuses of the Silicon Valley took over the world, we did the whole process of newspaper production by hand. Late-breaking news? No prob. The old story came down, the new story went up, and the whole show was completed in one long day in our office, and then we drove the flats, 12 big sheets of paper with the stories pasted on to it, to Healdsburg (or Willits before Healdsburg) to be run off on a giant web press.

NO MORE. The great time-saving electronic process means our paper-paper, which appears locally on Thursdays, has got to be wrapped up by early Tuesday morning, almost three full days before we get it back in Boonville. The Boonville bandit might even be back in the Mendocino County Jail by the time our paper-paper readers — all those ancient bush hippies way to hell and gone up Spy Rock Road, up by the Mendocino Pass and all remote points hither and yon — will get the news that Mr. Vietto was busted days ago. I think technology is taking us backward. 

MY PRIMARY PREDECESSOR in this dying business, the late, great Homer Mannix, wrote the paper, composed the paper, printed the paper, all in his museum-quality shop in the center of Boonville. Then came progress. 

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