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Mendocino County Today: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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WE ARE ALL INDEBTED to James Marmon for this one:

Finally, the Mendocino County Superior Court has updated their website. It no longer states that you have to post bail before requesting a court trial on traffic infractions. I am still somewhat confused about Mendocino County Superior Court CEO Chris Ruhl reporting that the Court website did not reflect the Court’s “actual practices” of collecting fines and fees. Is that true? If so, why the discrepancy, and why did it take the Court 26 days to correct it after the ACLU contacted them? I personally don’t believe that the Court is being truthful about what was really going on with this issue, nor do I believe that that the court wasn’t charging bail upfront for hearings. Since this story first broke it has been discovered that almost every county in the State had this bail requirement going on. Now I’m supposed to believe that Mendocino County was the only one that didn’t, even thought their website stated otherwise? Anyway, below are the court’s new instructions.


Requesting a Trial in Person or by Mail

Any person who has received a written Notice to Appear for an infraction may, prior to the time at which the person is required to appear, enter a plea of not guilty.

Any person may enter a plea of not guilty in person in court at the arraignment. Arraignments are scheduled by contacting the clerk of the court named in the Notice to Appear. Deposit of bail is not required if you appear in person for arraignment to enter a plea of not guilty and request a court trial.

Any person may plead not guilty and request a trial in writing in lieu of appearing in person for arraignment. The written plea can be prepared on local form MTR-140 - Advisement of Right and Plea of Not Guilty, which shall be directed to the court named in the Notice to Appear and shall be accompanied by a deposit consisting of the amount of bail listed on the courtesy notice for the offense(s) charged. Upon receipt of the plea and deposit, the case shall be set for arraignment/trial pursuant to California Vehicle Code section 40519(b).

Any person using the written procedure set forth above shall be deemed to have given a written promise to appear at the time designated by the court for trial, and failure to appear may result in the trial going forward without an appearance.

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SUPERVISOR WOODHOUSE visited the AVA office last week for the purpose of, as he laughingly confessed, "To see for himself the jerks who've been insulting me every week" since he took office. Nice man, clearer on the issues face-to-face than he is at public meetings. We agreed with him on some stuff, disagreed on other stuff. We came away impressed by Woodhouse's willingness to engage, and to argue without getting angry. His 5th District colleague, Lord Hamburg, could take lessons.

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Everywhere MendocinoSportsPlus went over the Memorial Day holiday we were asked about the "body found in the dumpster by Staples in Ukiah." 
Even though this was a "non-coast" event, we thought we'd quell the coast rumor mill and sent an email into the ever-efficient Captain Gregory L. Van Patten over at the Mendocino County Sheriff's office.
 Wild rumors circulated on the body discovery ranging from it being a "tied up" teenager to a "tortured grandpa" and just about everything in between.
 This is what Captain Van Patten emailed back to MSP Tuesday morning:

"The Sheriff's Office is conducting a secondary coroner's investigation into this death but the lead investigative agency is the Ukiah Police Department. They are the agency that would need to be contacted for information at this point in the investigation as the Sheriff's Office would only be able to comment on the case after its conclusion.
 An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow morning and the decedent has been identified as George Chambers a 46-year-old male from Ukiah."

We appreciate the Sheriff's office prompt response and will post updates as we find them.
 There was only ONE mention of the fatal discovery (besides MSP) over the weekend. A post to the Ukiah Daily Journal Facebook page stating: “According to UPD reports, a body was found in a dumpster near Staples on Airport Park Boulevard at 9:04 p.m. Saturday night. No further information was given.”

That post led to many, many comments such as:

"I talked to someone who was at work near there when the body was found and they told me it was a teenager and that they were also tired up... Just what I heard though."

"I heard it was the guy from the bike shop on Waugh lane... George Chamber."

"He was my friend a good man fighting cancer but someone that didn't deserve this."

"George hella helped me with bike parts lol. He didn't deserve to end up in a dumpster. Cruel. I hope they catch up whoever did it quick!!"

"Probably saw the prices of stuff in Staples."

"Kinda crumby to make a report like this with no info…"

(Courtesy MendocinoSportsPlus)

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AN ABALONE CHECKPOINT was set up at the Boonville Fairgrounds last Wednesday morning by Fish & Game. About 50 armed officers were checking southbound through-traffic much of the day. Motorists who said they'd been diving, and motorists who said nothing but possessed diving gear, were pulled into the Fairgrounds parking lot where their vehicles were searched. No reports yet on arrests or the number of abs confiscated.

THESE EVENTS conjure up images of what a police state would look and feel like, with many more armed and uniformed people than seemed necessary for a simple ab interdiction. Officers arrayed themselves at strategic intervals in Boonville to chase down people who copped panicked u-turns when they saw the mandatory stop ahead. One year, three young doofi, with some 150 pounds of processed marijuana in their car, did a sudden U at Anderson Valley Market, only to be chased down and relieved of thousands of dollars of product. Is all this necessary? Yes, because poachers are looting the resource, and if their thefts continue at the rates we've seen lately, the state will be forced to close down the Mendocino Coast to abalone fishing entirely.

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SPEAKING OF STONERS, last week we fielded about ten phone calls, some of them lengthy, from various persons associated with a marijuana ballot measure. And it was our deadline day, a day we don't have the time to listen to repeat versions of, “Ah, um, like you do legal ads?” The callers wanted to know deadlines for an ad announcing their electoral effort. Then costs. Then sizes. Then, “I'll talk to the committee and get back to you.” Then sizes again. And cost again. And back to the committee. One phone call at a time. And then nothing. The pot brigades who claim the drug doesn't hinder performance and general mental functioning are like drunks who claim they aren't drunk.

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ANDERSON VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE is hosting their annual Home Run Derby / Tri-Tip BBQ in Sunday June 7th starting at 11am. There will be raffle prizes of all kinds and the chance to win a set of Giants Tickets (and bragging rights) for the most home runs. Come on out and support our Little League and have a fun day at the baseball field!

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Many thanks to Health Center Board Secretary Heidi Knott Gundling — we now have draft minutes of the last meeting (April 30) on the website: Scroll over to the far right, and down to: Meeting minutes and financials.

After you read the minutes, go left to Financial Statements and read the March Financial Summary and the March Company Snapshot. The Financial Summary shows budget to actual for this year, and last year. The Company Snapshot shows balance summary and income and expense summary. Those of you who have been requesting financial information should note that the proposed 2015/16 annual budget will be presented for approval at the meeting on Thursday. I hope that especially those of you with financial credentials and background will be able to review these on line reports and come to the meeting and ask questions. I think an explanatory note with each line item would be very helpful. How has the cover California campaign affected our uncompensated visits, for example? And what is the problem with Accounts Recievable?

The finance committee was supposed to meet on Friday, the 22nd. I hope we have a written report of that meeting available. (So far we have not been able to get the Board and Management to attach committee minutes and staff reports to the minutes on line. We usually don't get enough printed at the meeting to go around. However this information is supposed to be available, as is the last audit. Best guess on how to get it, and the newly adopted policies for Board and for Employees is to notify Favi Cornejo, Operations Officer, that you want to see this matierial and which date you will be coming to see it. I think it should be possible to get it sent to you electronically, but it is not clear how. For some reason, it has not been cleared for posting on the web site. So just keep asking.

You will note in the minutes that last month the Board held a closed session to discuss billing issues, and a plan to deal with them, with Judy Waterman, our Financial Officer, and Larry Garcia, the Board's lawyer. "The Board agreed to the plan and will be briefed as to the status periodically." Various proposals to improve billing have been discussed for the past three months. Apparently this is still a major problem, but we don't know what or why, and we can only hope that all will be made clear soon and that the plan will be revealed. The clinic administrative operating expenses for the year to date appear to be some 20% over budget. (— Gene Herr)

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A READER WRITES: Are there tons of wires attached to your home or building? Do you have that many services coming into your home? Well I didn't realize how easy it is to have the service provider come out and remove unused lines until this past week! A couple of weeks ago Comcast sent a woman out in her bucket truck to clean up the wires on the pole across from our house. I asked her about all the wires attached to our house. She informed me that they were AT&T lines but we don't have any service from them. So I called AT&T at (800) 288-2020 and got to the service request folks. They scheduled a team to come out the next day and all 8 wires were removed from our house. It looks so much better and there is less visible clutter on the street! So if you don't happen to live in a neighborhood where your utilities are under grounded and you think that lines connected to your building or house are not in use, call the service provider, have them removed them for free and reduce the visual clutter on you block! Oh and the ATT folks said if we want service in the future they will put a wire back for free. How about that!

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Dear Skunktown Don:

I enjoyed reading your letter (5/13) regarding us Irish/Slav half-breeds. I trust you and the missus are doing well. My belated condolences for the Cal Trans freeway viaduct that, without warning, up and keeled over a while back. Makes me wonder what happened to the poor foreman who oversaw that particular fiasco. Maybe they promoted him to full bird Colonel: there’s cost and then there’s the plus.

To quote Aristotle, rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated. My heart’s fine and I’m about as healthy as a broke down old mule put out to salad bar pasture and brought in every night to keep me all safe and comfy. If ever I do need heart surgery, or hafta face some other kind of Major Medical Procedure, I’m gonna ask how much money it’ll cost my family to hopefully make me drop dead of a heart attack. Remember that old Tennessee Ernie song: “St. Peter don’t yaw call me ‘cause I can’t go, I owe ma soul to dah H…M…OOOOOO.”

On the bright side, there’s no evidence of a Celtic invasion — much less a conquest — of Ireland. But that doesn’t mean the Celts didn’t have an impact via trade and what they call “cultural diffusion.” Like, whether or not there were any real live Mexicans in Willets back in 1970, I know there were eateries serving burritos. And if a Mexican came up from Oaxaca and sampled the burritos, he’d likely be impressed: lotsa real beef, interesting flavors, nice texture and color. But was it a real burrito like he got back home? Fat chance.

What’s Mulligan stew or Hungarian goulash, cowboy pizza, Hawaiian chili dogs, kosher chop suey, Louisiana sushi, vegan BBQ? Reminds me: if So. Cal’s taco burgers weren’t invented in my beloved district of El Lay, we sure enough helped make taco burgers world famous. Why right here in little old backward Prineville at Taco Time (think Taco Bell for poor folk) they serve taco burgers. They ain’t on the menu but they keep X-Lg sesame seed hamburger buns in stock for when some customer comes in with a hankering for some authentic Western cuisine.

Maybe 20 years ago I drove up to Willets to fetch Buckhorn Bob out of Howard hospital. He was famished and we caught lunch at nearby a pizza joint. The waitress brought us a big-assed pie and — I was shocked and appalled — it had been carpet-bombed with cheddar cheese. While I’d never imagined I’d ever see such a thing, old Buckhorn he’d been raised up there on the Sacramento River north of Lake Shasta in a town called Dunsmuir and he liked Lumberjack pizzas and thought the cheddar cheese was normal. Cheddar cheese, bacon, hamburger, Jimmy Dean’s original pork sausage, chicken wings — what’s a pizza’s for anyway?

The Danube River is to the European Heartland what the Mississippi is to North America’s. Above the Danube all the rivers run north like a picket fence and they present a major obstacle to mounted barbarian hordes galloping in from the east and bent on plunder. Especially when the local barbarians are massed on the opposite riverbank, jumping up and down and hurling threats and insults at you, your momma and the horses you rode in on.

In 1970, after a couple months spent touring in a VW bus, my lover and I ran out of money in Germany’s Black Forest. Awaiting a wire transfer, we camped outside a city called Freiberg. If, after sampling some of that Black Forest beer, you get up to a ridgetop outside Freiberg and piss toward the west, you’ll be adding sustenance to the mighty Rhine River. Turn around and piss eastward and you’re helping to replenish the Danube, which is called “blue” because its lower reaches are so wide they look like a swath of sky. Best regards, pat

Bruce Patterson, Prineville, Oregon.

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CATCH OF THE DAY, May 26, 2015

Adams, Campbell, Coleman
Adams, Campbell, Coleman

KELLI ADAMS, Boonville. DUI, suspended license, probation revocation.

MICHAEL AMMERMAN, Ukiah. Unspecified misdemeanor. (Photo not available.)

WAYNE CAMPBELL, Redwood Valley. Drunk in public, petty theft.

MICHAEL COLEMAN, Willits. DUI-causing injury.

Faber, Johnson, Lee
Faber, Johnson, Lee

SCOTT FABER, Ukiah. Domestic assault, possession of ammo by prohibited person, probation revocation.

ALEXANDER JOHNSON, Fort Bragg. Possession of meth, controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, offenses while on bail, resisting arrest.


Lopez, Perez, Sossaman, Wilson
Lopez, Perez, Sossaman, Wilson

PHLLIP LOPEZ, Ukiah. Parole violation.

DANIEL PEREZ, Point Arena. Assault with deadly weapon not a gun, battery, fighting, use of offensive words likely to provoke violent reaction, probation revocation.

BOBBY SOSSAMAN, Willits. Dirk or dagger, switchblade in a vehicle, probatioin revocation.


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Spray Permit Cancelled After Public Outcry!

Recent controversy over the application of the neurotoxic insecticide imidacloprid to Washington’s coastal oyster beds highlights the pivotal role consumer sentiment now plays in demanding sustainable food and clean water. In the oyster case, the EPA approved the use of the highly persistent and mobile imidacloprid on shellfish beds to manage burrowing shrimp. This occurred despite the fact that imidacloprid’s regular label warns that the product should not be applied to water. The Washington Department of Ecology then issued its permit even after receiving pointed written warnings from the National Marine Fisheries Service that the use of the pesticide would kill nearly all benthic (bottom dwelling) organisms in the treated areas. The impacts would reach beyond the treated areas to be felt by Pacific salmon, groundfish, smelt, and endangered green sturgeon. It was only when chefs and community members became aware of the issue that the oyster growers backed off, and Ecology cancelled the permit.

NCAP submitted comment with other partners last year to implore the Department of Ecology not to issue the permit. We urged them to seek options that did not involve pesticides toxic to a vast ecosystem that includes shrimp, fish and birds. We informed our network through social media when the spray was scheduled. You responded with many calls and emails urging the oyster industry and the Department of Ecology to find other options and cancel the permit.

Imidacloprid, together with its neonicotinoid cousins, was already under scrutiny from the EPA and the USDA due to documented impacts from this group of pesticides to pollinators.

Alternatives exist. And there is serious doubt about why pesticide uses are justified when oyster productivity has expanded despite shrimp populations remaining steady.

Protecting community and environmental health is one of the most fundamental responsibilities of democratic governments. But all too often, decision-makers hear primarily from those who have a direct economic stake. The oyster crisis showed that agencies will listen to public voices. It’s time to let the EPA know that these pesticides pose too great a risk to our environment to allow business as usual. Federal action is necessary. Neonics should be suspended while complete safety studies are completed.

— The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides

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Dear Jay Williamson,

Earth to Jay, Santa Rosa:

The clearcut is clearly illegal on land, as I clearly wrote, granted to remain in perpetuity in its natural state by the developer of the community of Port Ludlow. Also, the “inherently worthless” bonds to which you refer finance roughly four trillion dollars of education and public services that would otherwise be paid for by taxpayers like you. The only gory detail here is a remedial reading problem. Thanks for your response.

Denis Rouse.

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The Planning Commission meeting agenda for Thursday, June 4, 2015, is now available on the County website:

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Waits-Mast Mariah Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

by Darren Delmore

Sure Jim Jones was a janitor at Anderson Valley High School and Charles Manson lived off Wendling Lane, but no one talks about how pop sensation Mariah Carey was among the first to grow Pinot Noir on Mendocino Ridge… until now.

Backstory: Mariah Vineyard was first established by Dan and Vicki Dooling, growing Zinfandel, Syrah, and Petite Sirah high above Point Arena. When they leased their brand and vines to Brown-Forman (aka Jack Daniels), their delicious unfiltered wines (that former Fetzer CEO Paul Dolan championed) were eventually banished from the corporate regime (I first scrapped a dusty bottle from an inventory closeout cart in a grocery store in Eureka back in the day). However, pop sensation Mariah Carey bought her namesake vintages by the pallet, with the murky purple drink flowing its way through Miami high-rises and her rocky matrimonial years with Nick Cannon. Reports indicate she visited the ridge on her promotional tour of the flop film “Glitter” in 2001 in pursuit of sour diesel and white rhino, and brought along suitcase selections of DRC Pinot Noir clones from Burgundy. Now, with these heirloom varieties in place at 2400 feet elevation and the Doolings back in the skid steer, two of my favorite urban micro-winemakers, Brian Mast and Jennifer Waits, are making a very Burgundian concoction off these notorious vines. And baby, all I want for Christmas is you: a bottle of 2012 Waits-Mast Mariah Vineyard Pinot Noir.

Tastes like: Oregon Pinot, and looks light like it too. Anderson Valley Pinots get close to being Willamettey (more savory than sweet), but it’s just cooler in those islands in the sky which must keep ripeness levels down and natural acids up. Maritime influence in the form of subtle seaweed, coast range raspberry, redwood leaves, and dried up grasses waft out of the glass. The taste starts out tart and fills out quickly, with sparks and a layer of wood to gloss it up enough to remind you that you’re in Mendocino not Monthélie.

Wine Education: The Mendocino Ridge American Viticultural Area was approved for use on labels in 1997 thanks to the Doolings and Steve Alden, and includes some of the oldest producing vineyards in the county (or state for that matter). It is the world's first non-contiguous appellation that starts at an elevation of 1,200 feet and goes up from there to Mariah Vineyards at 2,600 ft. To be a part of it, your vineyard has to be within 10 miles of the sea.

Buy it at: Boonville Hotel Wine Shop, or for $42 at

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CALIFORNIA INDIAN HISTORIES & MEMORIES OF THE CIVIL WAR On Saturday, May 30, at 3:00 pm, Mendocino County Museum Presents Dr. William Bauer, Assistant Professor of History at University of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Round Valley Tribe member, will be giving a FREE talk on California Indian histories and memories of the Civil War at the Mendocino County Museum.


This discussion is presented in conjunction with the Museum’s two new exhibits which chronicle the Civil War years from both a national and local perspective. Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War is a nationally-touring exhibit that tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s struggle to meet the constitutional challenges of the Civil War. Uncivil Homefront: Mendocino County during the Civil War, curated by Rebecca Montes, Assistant Professor of History at Mendocino College, focuses on the local effects of the Civil War through politics, the military experience, and the indentured servitude of Native Americans. The Museum will be offering free admission from May 16-June 21. For more information visit or call 459-2736. The Museum is located at 400 East Commercial Street in Willits.

Paloma Patterson, M.A.
Mendocino County Museum
400 East Commercial Street
Willits, CA 95490
(707) 459-2736

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A Civics Lesson

by Ralph Nader

As a high school student, I came across an observation by Abraham Lincoln who said that “With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed.” Today “public sentiment” would be called “public opinion.”

Over the years, I have been astonished at how less than one percent of the citizenry, backed by the “public sentiment,” have changed our country for the better by enacting reforms to protect the people from abuses of power, discrimination and deep neglect.

Specifically, if – one percent or less – were to dedicate a modest amount of their time and money working together for much-needed changes that are overwhelmingly supported by public opinion in each congressional or state legislative district, they would prevail against the government and corporate power structures.

There are obstacles, such as a corporate influence over City Hall and wavering politicians who insincerely pledge support, but defer and delay action. But, if people work together, almost any problem can be solved.

History shows that it only takes a dedicated few to gain the momentum from many more to enact change. The major drives to give women the right to vote, workers the right to form unions and secure numerous protections, and farmers regulation of railroads and banks did not require more than one percent of seriously active champions. Those in power understood that there was overwhelming support for these reforms by affected populations.

Even the abolition movement against slavery was well under way in our country before Fort Sumter and did not involve more than one percent of the people, including the slaves who fled via the Underground Railroad. By 1833, the British Empire, including Canada, had already brought slavery to an end.

More recently, the breakthrough laws in the late sixties and early seventies regarding auto and product safety, environmental health and occupational safety drew on far less than one percent of seriously engaged supporters. The air and water pollution laws were supported by widespread demonstrations that did not require a large burden of time by the participants. These air and water pollution laws, not surprisingly, were very popular when introduced and the public made its support known to lawmakers with numerous phone calls and letters. Other reforms (auto safety, product safety and occupational safety measures) were pushed through with far less than one percent of engaged citizens, as was the critical Freedom of Information Act of 1974.

Along with the small full-time advocacy groups, a modest level of visible activity around the country aroused the media. The more citizen power the media observed, the more reporting, and this in turn led to greater public awareness.

Lately, this pattern can be seen in the efforts to enact civil rights for the LGBTQ community and to pass a substantially higher minimum wage for tens of millions of workers being paid less now than workers were paid in 1968, adjusted for inflation. The latter has become a front burner issue at the city, state and congressional levels with picketers in front of McDonald’s, Burger King, Walmart, and other giant low-pay chains over the past two years. Those pushing for higher wages number less than the population of Waterbury, Connecticut (approximately 110,000). The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), some think tanks, organizers, writers and economists rounded out this less than one percent model of action for justice.

It is important to remember that the active one percent or less, with the exception of a handful of full-timers, are committing no more time than do serious hobbyists, such as stamp and coin collectors, or members of bowling leagues and bridge clubs, or birdwatchers.

Why is all this important? Because in a demoralized society full of people who have given up on their government, on themselves and are out of the public civic arena, learning that one percent can be decisive, can be hugely motivational and encouraging, especially with emerging Left-Right alliances. Prison reform, juvenile justice, crony capitalism, civil liberties, unconstitutional wars, and sovereignty-shredding and job-exporting trade treaties that threaten health and safety protections are all ripe for Left-Right action (see my recent book Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State).

Youngsters grow up exposed to numerous obstacles that tell them they “can’t fight City Hall” or the big corporate bosses. Unfortunately, they are not taught to reject being powerless because they learn myths, not reality, and they graduate without civic skills and experience. Small wonder why so many of them could easily be members of a Society of Apathetics.

But lawmakers want to retain their jobs. Companies want to keep their customers. On many issues that could so improve livelihoods and the quality of life in America, it is important to bring to everyone the history and current achievements of the one percent who stood tall, spoke and acted as the sovereign people our constitution empowers them to become.

Send more 1% examples to

(Ralph Nader’s latest book is: Unstoppable: the Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.)

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WILLOWS, Calif. – The Mendocino National Forest will be hosting two open houses next week for community members and partners to meet new Forest Supervisor Ann Carlson.

The open houses will be:

Monday, June 1, 3 to 5 p.m. at the Forest Supervisor’s and Grindstone Ranger District Office, 825 N. Humboldt Ave., Willows.

Wednesday, June 3, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Upper Lake Ranger District Office, 10025 Elk Mountain Road, Upper Lake.

Please note the change in dates for the Willows and Upper Lake Open Houses.

Carlson started on the Mendocino National Forest in April and has spent her first few months getting to know the employees and learning about the Forest.

“I’m looking forward to spending some time in our local communities, meeting new people and learning more about the area,” Carlson said.

For more information, please contact the Mendocino National Forest at 530-934-3316 or visit

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South Coast People For Peace & Justice will continue our demonstrations in front of the Gualala Post Office every FRIDAY at noon. That is THIS Friday, May 29, and continuing every Friday in June. All are welcome to join us, all ages, especially The Youth! We are standing in solidarity with the people of Palestine, and oppressed people worldwide, for Racial Justice and Black Lives Matter, for reparations and restorative justice, and an end to police torture, racisim and brutality. We are against all ongoing wars and occupations. We stand for racial and economic justice, for Human Rights, Justice and Equality for all people everywhere, for workers, students, the elderly and disabled. For information call 707-884-4703 and visit our Facebook Page at Dissent is patriotic. Working for Justice is a Holy Task.

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Ukiah, CA The Mendocino County Youth Project's 5th Youth Art Show will take place Friday June 5th at 208 S. State St. during downtown Ukiah’s First Friday Art Walk. This 5th annual show will be across the street from The Corner Gallery on State Street. Previous shows were a grand success with dozens of art pieces being sold, all for a good cause. This is a juried show complete with unique prizes and homemade awards. It is a win/win art show where everyone benefits.

This unique show features the art of Mendocino County youth and adults to raise funds through a silent auction for the Jim Levine Scholarship Fund for at risk youth. Guest artists include Spencer Brewer, Esther Siegel and others who will also be contributing works of art for this fun and engaging community art happening.

There will be live acoustic music by Ukiah High’s "Two Above Demise", appetizers and beverages. Drop by and support the artists in our community!

For more information contact Carter Grissom at 463-4915.

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Big River Beach in Mendocino, CA, June 13, 2015.

Mendocino, CA – Supported by Bay Area Disc Association, Mendocino Coast Ultimate Frisbee is hosting our very first Beach Ultimate Tournament!

What: First Annual Mendocino Mix Hat Beach Ultimate Tournament

Where: Big River Beach, River Side, 10066 N. Highway 1

Mendocino, California 95460

When: June 13, 2015 8a.m.-6p.m.

Ultimate, a self-officiated, non-contact sport that combines soccer, football, and basketball together, but with a frisbee! Local pick-up games have been played every Sunday afternoon at Big River Beach, river side. This tournament is "hat" style, meaning draw names from a hat and create teams. This is a great way to learn a new sport, meet new people, share skills, and just HAVE AN AMAZING TIME in MENDOCINO!

EVERYONE is welcome to sign up for this tournament, beginners to advanced, and anything in between!We invite you all to come early for Friday Frisbee! Stick around for Sunday outings around the area, as well as joining us for Sunday Funday Pick-Up on the very same beach!

Don't want to play, but want to check it out? PLEASE COME! WATCH! HECKLE! CHEER! Toss a frisbee yourself!

Come for the Ultimate, stay for the vacation!

For more information on the tournament please check our website at:


  1. debrakeipp May 27, 2015

    Pesticide/insecticide/herbicide use has guidelines which are supposed to be followed when used. It’s right on the label, for instance, that when using Round-up, notice must be posted 24 hours before and after use, as children, at least, should not walk through it for up to 24 hours after use. Why? Endocrine disruptors cause xenohormones in offspring. If you argue that Round-up is safe, YOU drink it! Some poisons are worse than others.

    Drove by the fairgrounds a few days ago to see fair grounds personnel spraying Round-up on the cracks in the sidewalk in front of the Fair Grounds office entrance on 128. Didn’t see any notice posted thereabouts alerting pedestrians as to its use in a public place. Mendocino Ag Dept. regs require that the users of Round-up who are applying it to public places where unsuspecting individuals may be walking (when exposed/poisoned unexpectedly)must post notice 24 hours in advance of the intent to use Round-up, and post notices at the site when used for 24 hours after, so that those not wanting to be exposed to Round-up have a choice to avoid the area altogether – or not. Heads up Fair Ground personnel, because you did not post notices when the two women were seen spraying it onto the sidewalk weeds in the cracks.

    Also, Dan Dooling’s Mariah Vineyards was once the 1200+ acre home of Ida Jackson, originally of Mississippi, who championed birth control in the deep South, has a sorority house named after her at UC Berkeley, wrote a book, was friends with Marcus Foster, Oakland Supt. of Schools, who was shot down by the Black Muslim Bakery, Bai.

    Ida was a gracious woman of black heritage with a Japanese house keeper who lived with her at the ranch. She and her brother were neither ever married, and he bought the ridge top sheep ranch on Mountain View Road for her, after a life-long of hard work and activism for the rights of Black women in education. From the ranch, it was 16 miles each way to Point Arena and Boonville. She has a narrative interview about those days on Mountain View on the internet. Very interesting. She said she came here to get away from it all – not socialize. She carried a pistol with her here “just in case” and fought a long battle with local loggers for the rights to log some of her property. She went through the courts here and in SF to finally win her case and she hired a logging company not from the Valley or Coast to log her property. Ed Slotte’s grand-father was telling me the story the other day saying, “She was smarter than all of us!” Several old-timers will remember her.

    Ida Jackson was at the opening to Hendy Woods where her good friend and famous gospel singer, Ethel Waters, sang at the original opening to Hendy Woods State Park.

    Several years prior to her death Ida Jackson suffered a home invasion and beating in her home in Oakland, at the hands of some local punks whom she implied she knew. They took the rings from her fingers when they robbed and beat her in the robbery and assault. She lived and died in her home in Oakland at the end of her years (well into her 80’s), leaving the bulk of her estate to UC Berkeley for housing for women attending university.

  2. Lazarus May 27, 2015

    I’m pleased Woodhouse paid a visit, gives you a little more perspective the next time you bash him…nice report.

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