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Mendocino County Today: Sunday, Nov 9, 2014

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HelenLibeuThe adage says: “Well behaved women seldom make history.”

Well, Helen Libeu certainly left an impression. She died Halloween night a few days after her 95th birthday. Helen was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on October 27th 1919. Her parents were Donald and Emma Cheatham. Raised to be a proper southern lady, she graduated in 1941 from the College of William and Mary with honors and a degree in modern languages. With the outbreak of World War II, she was head-hunted by the Department of the Navy and went to work as an auditor, initially in Norfolk and then later at several naval facilities around the US including the West Coast. Rebelling against her family's expectations, she moved to San Francisco in 1948 and later settled in Sebastopol, starting a commercial nursery called “Plant Horizons.” Helen's considerable intellect and energy were soon turned to civic affairs, especially those related to schools and the environment. She worked to pass measures and get people elected to various posts. She also ran for school boards herself, serving on the Oak Grove Elementary and Analy High school boards in the 1970s. Later on, she parlayed that experience into a role on the California Teacher's Credentialing Commission.

Her biggest public contribution was decades of tireless work on the regulation of forestry in California. Initially with her husband Leon Libeu and then alone after his death, she was instrumental in several lawsuits that forced lumber companies in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties to follow state and federal environmental regulations. Her mission was to protect coastal watersheds by preventing overlogging. Helen passionately believed that the large timber companies should follow the same rules as small owners rather than use their influence to obtain exceptions to the regulations. Into her late 80s, she was a consistent attendant of Timber Harvest Plan Review meetings and regularly made the trip up to Sacramento to lobby officials.

A timber-owner herself, she had a particular fondness for coastal redwoods. Second only to her son Peter, she loved a small grove of redwoods that she owned outside the town of Boonville. In managing her property, she was a pioneer in sustainable timber management and a staunch supporter of independent loggers who practiced sustainable logging techniques. To accomplish her goals, Helen worked with everyone from local politicians to members of Earth First! In the environmental community, she was known for her intolerance of incompetence and her humor.

In one memorable incident, she obtained a State Forester’s license for her dog, Iggy, to demonstrate weaknesses in the licensing system. She was eventually appointed a member of the State Forester’s License board and worked tirelessly to improve the quality of the California's Licensed Foresters.

Helen was an active, independent thinker who did things her way. Widowed at 63, she turned her hobby of collecting antiques into a successful business while maintaining her civic involvement. For 14 years, she was the proprietor of “Apples, Antiques and Art” in Railroad Square in Santa Rosa and was active in the Railroad Square Association.

As a daughter of segregated Virginia who was raised at a time when former confederate soldiers were still active in civic affairs, she took great pleasure in being able to vote for Barack Obama. In retirement, Helen was a voracious reader and she left her family a library of books on every imaginable topic.

Along with her husband and parents, she was pre-deceased by her brother Richard, her stepson David Libeu and stepdaughter Marilyn Kercher. In addition to her son, she is survived by her long-time daughter-in-law Clare Peters-Libeu and by two grandsons. She is also survived by her stepsons Paul Libeu (Joyce) and Jack Libeu (Alice) and their children. There will be a life celebration event at a later date.

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The Anderson Valley Panther football squad beat the second place/division rival Mendocino Cardinals Saturday evening at the Redwood Bowl at the Fairgrounds in Boonville 50-30, to win the Redwood Bowl and go undefeated for the season. It was a hard fought game with more than average penalties and turnovers — including three exciting Panther interceptions, one a “pick-6” for touchdown. AV’s star running back Cesar Soto made several impressive runs that left the crowd gasping, as did Mendocino’s stand-out multi-tool quarterback, running back, kickoff returner Preston Salmans. But in the end the Panthers were the better team and took home the league championship and the coveted Redwood Bowl trophy. Only two of AV’s starting squad are seniors, so next year promises to be another good year for the Panthers.

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To the Editor:

To Holly Madrigal: As Mayor of Willits, you mention you are a graduate of Leadership Mendocino; sit on the KZYX Board, a non-profit entity; and, have been involved with the Mendocino Community Foundation. Leadership Mendocino brings knowledge about all business sectors including the workings of non-profits, both generally and specifically.

How do you reconcile what you have learned as Mayor of Willits and specifically about non-profits with the lack of KZYX's fiscal accountability by the Board; the absence of a Board Nominating Committee; the absence of a Development, Personnel and other key KZYX committees?

As a KZYX Board member and someone who has been exposed to the working model of all non-profits, how do you reconcile what you have learned about the lack of oversight of management/staff by the Board; and, expending $325,000 (half the station's operating budget) from our county's listeners without full disclosure from the GM to you as a sitting board member?

M Kathryn Massey, KZYX, Members for Change, Mendocino

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by Kym Kemp

The signs people sport on the corners no longer have hand drawn pictures of scissors to confuse the tourists passing through. The wildly painted buses are disappearing. Foreign accents, while still found here and there, no longer nudge their way into hill parties in the same quantities. Trimigrant time is sliding into the quiet of fall after harvest. A local driver heading to the post office along a quiet, curving country road is unlikely now to sight a converted school bus painted bright blue or pink flanked by festive folk juggling hula hoops and waving signs proclaiming their trimming talent.

The cooler, darker days mark a traditional time for stories and we’d like to hear your memories of trimmer times or see your photos. The scissor drifter culture is ephemeral. It will likely trickle away slowly like trails of cannabis smoke on a quiet evening. We welcome your tales and your images — positive or negative — so this very unusual phenomenon will be recorded in the vast memory chain of the interwebs.

KYM KEMP NOTES: The video contains a slideshow of photos that I suspect might appear without the knowledge of the photographer. If you recognize yours, let me know (at and we’ll give you credit. Several of mine appear and I don’t recollect giving permission but I got my payment with the pleasure of seeing this fleeting moment in time documented. Also, thanks to the Camo Cowboys, the local musicians who perform the song, Scissor Drifters. More of their music can be found here. My favorite song is Family Felony.

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OFFICERS FROM THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE have arrested three San Francisco men for combined possession of 59 illegally harvested abalone. The suspects, Jin He Li, 35; Wei Q Wu, 27; and Jinfu Wu, 43, all of San Francisco, were booked into Mendocino County jail in Ukiah.

Li, J.Wu, W.Wu
Li, J.Wu, W.Wu

On Nov. 5, wildlife officers observed a suspicious van with one man inside parked on the side of the road near the town of Elk in Mendocino County. The officers began surveillance on the van and ultimately observed two divers in the water near the location where the vehicle was parked. The divers appeared to be taking gross overlimits of abalone. The officers observed the suspected poachers make multiple trips into the water and appear to hide illegally harvested abalone on the shore. The officers allowed them to gather their catch and leave the scene.

Officers later contacted the suspects at their San Francisco residence and arrested all three for conspiracy to illegally harvest abalone and combined possession of a gross overlimit of abalone.

Wildlife officers seized all 59 abalone, the van and dive gear as evidence. The suspects had removed all abalone from their shells which is an additional violation.

Lt. Patrick Foy, CDFW Law Enforcement Division, (916) 508-7095

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TEXAS AIR AMBULANCE GIANT TO BUY REACH AIR AMBULANCE SERVICE. The below news article reports that REACH Air Ambulance out of Santa Rosa is in the process of being purchased by Air Medical, which Bain Capital acquired in 2010 for about $1 billion. Mitt Romney was Cofounder and CEO of Bain Capital (1984-2002) and holds a significant share of the company. … Keep the Code, at this time, is neutral on the proposed REACH project, but insistent on compliance with building and environmental laws and regulations, in spite of their connections. Best regards, Bob Whitney, Willits

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Texas air ambulance giant to buy REACH

Dan Verel, Business Journal Staff Reporter

Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 12:12 pm

SANTA ROSA — Air Medical Group Holdings Inc., an air ambulance company that operates in 27 states, has signed an agreement to acquire REACH Medical Holdings LLC of Santa Rosa. A REACH spokeswoman said the sale has not yet closed and didn’t know when to expect it to be finalized. Air Medical will incur roughly $250 million in debt from the acquisition of REACH, according to a Moody’s Investors Service report. The company operates through three subsidiaries — Missouri-based Air Evac Lifeteam, Dallas-based Med-Trans Corporation and Kansas-based EagleMed. In 2010, Bain Capital acquired Air Medical from Brockway Moran & Partners and MVP Capital Partners for roughly $1 billion, according to Dow Jones News Service. REACH, short for Redwood Empire Air Care Helicopter, was started in 1987 by the late John McDonald, a Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital emergency room physician. It currently is backed by Boston-based New Heritage Capital and operates a fleet of 17 helicopters and three planes out of 12 bases in Northern California, Oregon and Texas. By comparison, Air Medical Group companies operate more than 200 helicopters and airplanes from 180 bases in 27 states. The company reported revenues of $441 million for the fiscal year ended June 30, according to Dow Jones, citing the Moody’s report. REACH employs more than 100 people in Northern California. Its local chief executive is Jim Adams.

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OPPONENTS OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS alarmed at state law — “…a city, county, or district, including a charter city or county, shall not adopt or enforce an ordinance that regulates plants, crops, or seeds without the consent of the secretary. An ordinance enacted before January 1, 2015, shall be considered part of the comprehensive program of the department and shall be enforceable.”

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CATCH OF THE DAY, November 8, 2014

Bacon, Couthren, Davis, Delgado Jr.
Bacon, Couthren, Davis, Delgado Jr.

JESSE BACON JR., Willits. Possession of drug paraphernalia, dirk/dagger, probation revocation.

ZEBULON COUTHREN, Willits. Domestic assault, possessions/under influence of controlled substance, court order violation, child endangerment, probation revocation.

DARLENE DAVIS, Covelo., DUI, driving without valid license, probation revocation.

JESUS DELGADO JR., Fort Bragg. Possession of meth for sale.

Delgado Sr., Dreifuss, Esquivel, Fleck
Delgado Sr., Dreifuss, Esquivel, Fleck

JESUS DELGADO SR., Fort Bragg. Possession of controlled substance, vandalism, probation revocation.

ROBERT DREIFUSS, Willits. False imprisonment, probation revocation.

EDWARD ESQUIVEL, Willits. Burglary from vehicle, possession of controlled substance, failure to appear.

ADAM FLECK, Willits. Under influence of controlled substance, resisting arrest.

Gonzalez, Granados, Gregorio, Gunby
Gonzalez, Granados, Gregorio, Gunby

MARCO GONZELEZ, Hopland. Possession and under influence of controlled substance.

ANTHONY GRANADOS, Ukiah. Petty theft/retail, possession and under influence of controlled substance, probation revocation.

JUSTIN GREGORIO, McKinleyville/Ukiah. Probation revocation.

TREVOR GUNBY, Ukiah. Vandalism, resisting arrest.

Johnston, Lehnherr, Mariani, McGee
Johnston, Lehnherr, Mariani, McGee

JESSE JOHNSTON, Fort Bragg. Vandalism, probation revocation.

MICHEAS LEHNHERR, San Francisco/Ukiah. Pot possession for sale, transport, furnish, possession of more than an ounce, DUI-alchohol & drugs, driving on DUI-related suspended license.

PATRICK MARIANI, Ukiah. Parole/Probation violation/revocation.

MASON MCGEE, Ukiah. Loitering/prowling.

Mendoza, Satnsiloo-Swensen, Stevens, Taylor
Mendoza, Satnsiloo-Swensen, Stevens, Taylor

JESUS MENDOZA, Ukiah. Pot cultivation, processing, possession for sale; probation revocation.

DAKOTA SATNSILOO-SWENSEN, Ukiah. Drunk in public.

MATTHEW STEVENS, Ukiah. Probation revocation.

GARRETT TAYLOR, Redwood Valley. Drunk in public.

Williams, Tibbet, Winter
Williams, Tibbet, Winter

CRYSTAL WILLIAMS, Redwood Valley. Failure to appear.

TRAVIS TIBBET, Mendocino. Possession of controlled substance, sale of meth, Possession of more than an ounce of pot, possession of meth, pot sales, transport, furnish.

JOHN WINTER, Ukiah. Possession of controlled substance, destroying/concealing evidence, resisting arrest, parole violation.

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HOFJ: US silver coin sales suspended yesterday; rampant currency manipulation

This is just a word to the wise...

Today's article by Paul Craig Roberts, former US Treasury official, tells us that on Friday 11/7/14, the US Mint announced the suspension of silver eagle coin sales, and the Royal Canadian Mint is now rationing the supply of silver maple leafs both because they don't have and can't get enough silver to meet the exploding demand... even though silver/gold prices have been manipulated to recent lows. I predict we'll see the suspension of gold eagle coin sales in the relatively near future for the same reason, and eventually the closing of the COMEX market for the same reason... total corrupt manipulation by the Fed and their agent banks designed to stave off the effects of trillions of counterfeit currency the Fed has generated the past few years, which in the end, will ruin the currency we use. So I believe now is the time to trade our fiat FRNs (federal reserve notes aka US dollars) for real assets - stuff that can be bartered with and/or feed and warm us in the future. I believe this is the beginning of the end of the currency we are used to. Rumors seem to indicate the actual currency collapse will be next sept-oct 2015, but who knows?   will we experience hyperinflation or deflation between now and then? nobody knows. However, being forwarned can help us to be better forearmed. Very best to you.

CJ Holmes, Homeowners for Justice, Santa Rosa

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KARIN WANDREI, formerly the long time Executive Director of the Youth Project, and who recently served as interim ED following the departure of Kate Gaston (who is rumored to have been canned for not getting a grant application in on time) has sent out the following notice for a Program Director position at the Youth Project. The position opened up when Joanna Olson was named the new ED of the Youth Project. Based on years of observation, it is not clear if the many do-gooder programs operating locally and across the nation really accomplish any measurable good, beyond keeping an impressive cadre of Poverty Pimps employed and off the streets.

From Karin Wandrei: Now that Joanna Olson has become Executive Director of the Mendocino County Youth Project/Mendocino Family and Youth Services, we need to fill her old position.  This is a full-time Program Director position in Ukiah, California.  The position will oversee countywide prevention and early intervention services for children & youth up to age 18.  Requires BA/MA or equivalent experience, 2-4 years management/staff supervision experience.

$47,840-55,993 DOE per year with outstanding benefits. For an application package email

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RAIN FELL AT A SLANT on concrete baffles

armoring a sand foundation against

constant and repetitive inundation,

pressure, and erosion; rain slanted close by,

curtains of it sagged over the rolling sea,

all I could compass

— Crawdad Nelson

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The Ebola outbreak is a good reminder that there are other viruses in our midst (swine flu, bird flu, meningitis) that can cause a similar severe immune response (called a cytokine storm).  Here is info posted on Stephen Buhner’s facebook page - read more about the virus on the link below.  Stephen Buhner will once again be our guest on Holistic Health Perspectives radio/kzyx Nov.18th to discuss this topic further! 

“The onset is flu-like with the usual fever, chills, and so on, generally after a 4-10 day incubation period. A rash often appears around day five which is the only way to differentiate it, in its early stages, from the flu. Generally, the liver, spleen, kidneys, adrenals, and endothelial structures are heavily infected, often leading to organ necrosis and failure. During fatal infections the endothelial structures of the vascular system fail with accompanying blood loss. The virus inhibits and modulates the immune response, ultimately producing a powerful cytokine storm, leading to septic shock. The latter stages of the infection are, in fact, nearly identical to the 1918 flu. Protecting the affected organs, reducing the cytokine cascade and enhancing immune function are essential.”
 Protocol suggested by Stephen Buhner: 
Note the following dosage guidelines are, at the lower end protective, at the higher end, for use during early infection.  Long-term use of these amounts is contraindicated! 
General antiviral formulation: Isatis (known as Indigo), Baikal skullcap rt (Scutellaria baicalensis), licorice (equal parts): 1 TB 3-6x/day.  Broad-spectrum antiviral combo is: Baikal skullcap and licorice (licorice enhances IFN-a production and both act in various ways to reduce ebola cytokines). 
Elder tincture: Needs to be produced from stem, leaf and berries as outlined in his Antivirals book.  Dose to bowel tolerance from 1 tsp-1TB 3-6x/day. 
Genistein powder: 1 tsp, 3-6x/day.  Inhibits both infection with the virus and transduction in infected cells. 
Milk Thistle Seed standardized capsules: 2,500mg, 3-6x/day. Protects liver and reduces viral replication and penetration of cells. 
Salvia miltiorrhizae (red sage root) tincture: 1 TB 3-6x/day to protect spleen, up immunity and reduce cytokine cascade.
 Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum): 1 TB powder or tincture 3-6x/day to protect endothelial cell integrity and reduce cytokine cascade.

To reduce cytokine storm/septic shock take this set of tinctures each as listed by the tablespoon every hour in crisis:

  • Angelica sinensis (Dong quai root) and Astragulus root in equal parts
  • Salvia miltiorrhizae
  • Pueria lobata (Kudzu) and Cordyceps mushroom in equal parts
  • Licorice root and Baiikal skullcap in equal parts

— Karin Uphoff, Holistic Health Perspectives/Rainbow Connection.

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by Rosa Montero, 12 October 2014

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Translator’s note: I started reading Rosa Montero’s articles in El País when I lived in Spain from 1977 through 1980. She is an amazing writer and an intrepid journalist. In one of her articles, railing against adult illiteracy and disinterest in books, she wrote “one cannot avoid asking that old, sad question as to whether a country is ignorant because it’s Catholic or Catholic because it’s ignorant.” This in Catholic Spain, not long after Franco had died.

She was never afraid of making enemies. She had many of them, including author Camilo José Cela. She was a feminist but didn’t like the word “feminist.” She was born in 1951, so she’s a bit younger than we are, but roughly is a contemporary. She started working as a journalist when she was 21, and earned a lot of “envidia” as a result.

I wrote to her several times in the 70s and 80s. I addressed her as “tu” — a breach of good manners on my part, but she responded, addressed me as “tu” and signed her letters “Con un besón,” Rosa. (beso=kiss; besón=big kiss).

When I read the attached article, I was profoundly moved. When I was eleven years old, my parents bought me a three inch reflector telescope with which I could see the moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, and the surface of the moon with great detail.

I too was thrilled by the Sputnik — despite the hysteria of the Cold War; and like Rosa Montero, I was blown away by the moon landings. I was convinced that by the time I was 60, we would have men on Mars and perhaps the moons of Jupiter.

But no. What we have is a planet perilously close to disaster, internecine warfare, and Obscurantism raising its ugly head and threatening The Enlightenment:

Lo! thy dread empire Chaos! is restored:
Light dies before thy uncreating word;
Thy hand, great Anarch! lets the curtain fall,
And universal darkness buries all.

The attached translation has not yet been reviewed and edited. I’m in a library because I no longer have internet at home. Comcast raised their monthly charge to $85 and I told them to fk themselves. I wanted to share this with you and other people our age immediately and ask if others share my disappointment and the disappointment of Rosa Montero.

—Louis Bedrock, November 4, 2014

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The other day I was speaking to a young friend about certain memories of my childhood. One arrives at an age at which you become a legendary storyteller and the unsettling thing is that the most remote legends you relate are mere fragments of your own life. Anyway, the fact is that for I don’t know what reason, I began to tell her about that absolutely magical moment when I saw, spinning in the sky over my head, Sputnik I. The Russians launched it in October of 1957 and it was the first artificial satellite in history, that is, the first object put in orbit by human beings.

Today the terrestrial orbit is infested with space junk and tons of rubbish that make circles up there, so to have sent a small metal ball of 83 kilograms into the stratosphere seems truly insignificant. But we should bear in mind that it marked the first time in human history that humanity managed to overcome the earth’s ring of gravity: the first time we escaped the confines of our planet. It was like putting a star in the sky.

And it was truly like a star. I remember in that winter of 1957, on a very cold night, going outside with my parents and my brother to observe the passage of the Sputnik. It was very late — or at least late for the six year old that I was at the time, and the excitement of going out at night blended with the excitement of seeing this miracle. We were on the Avenue of Queen Victoria in Madrid; I was holding my mother’s hand and the four of us were dislocating our necks out looking up at the sky. And we weren’t alone: the street was filled with small groups like ours, parents with their children or people by themselves. Everyone was crunching his or her cervix looking up at the firmament.

And then, in the middle of that clear and radiant night, that frosty night that licked the cheeks with its icy tongue, we saw a small, a tiny star cross the sky above, far above; a spark of light that moved among the other unchanging stars, while half of the Avenue Victoria raised its hand and hundreds of index fingers pointed upward. I remember perfectly that moment and the sense of wonder and enchantment. Despite my age, I understood perfectly that that shining dot was an achievement of human beings; that flash of light opened a gigantic world. I wanted to fly to that distant realm and that very instant I decided to become an astronaut when I grew up.

Well, I know that I have never become an astronaut, but I have written science fiction novels; and it’s very probable that this is related to that transformative moment of my existence.

I was telling all of this to my young friend who was astonished and envious. Encouraged by my success, I began to tell her about my next sidereal moment, namely the arrival of humans on the moon. At that time, 21 July 1969, I was 18 years old and I was on vacation in Alicante and was staying in a small apartment belonging to my aunts, who did not have a television. The exit of the astronauts from the capsule was anticipated for about 3:30 in the morning, so I set the alarm for midnight and then went downstairs to the corner bar, which did have a television and had announced it would stay open. It was a working class neighborhood and the bar was quite dingy, and the place was filled with men sipping “carajillos” — black coffee with a shot of liquor. Beneath the illumination of neon lights, on a black and white screen, we saw, at 3:56 in the morning, the unsteady emergence of Armstrong, and listened to his tense, emotional words. I remember that I stuck my head out the door of the bar and looked up. There was the moon, like always, but there were also two men who at this very moment were walking on its surface.

The idea was so mind-boggling, so immense that it was almost impossible to assimilate. That’s why so many people believed it was staged. After thousands of years of venerating and mythologizing our satellite, it was inconceivable that we had managed to travel there.

The envy of my adolescent friend swelled as she listened to this and I was once again grateful for the luck I’ve enjoyed to have lived during the era I’ve lived in. The optimism of the counterculture, free love without AIDS, the delirium of the Transitionál had already thought about this many times, but never before had I understood that my generation grew up looking at the stars. And contemplating the Cosmos gave us a more exact measurement of our own insignificance.

But then the space race reached a crisis and we lowered our eyes. Today we see the rise of extremism and fanaticism. We see the butchery of the Islamic State, the growing ferocity and atomization of the human race. A few decades ago, there was room in our head for the Universe, but now we roll around in small mud puddles like bloodthirsty leeches. We are blind.

(Courtesy, El País Semanal. Translated by Louis Bedrock.)

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