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Mendocino County Today: Friday, Dec 11, 2015

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STALAG CALFIRE (BOONVILLE) REPORTS 1.34 inches over the past two days (as of 5pm Thursday) bringing the season total to 6.42 inches. Later in the evening a loud thunderstorm accompanied by several small hailstorms arrived.

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(as of Wednesday night)

The purpose of this email is to share what information OES has at this time as a result of last nights storm.

We will keep you updated if/as new information comes in.

The PG&E outage website shows there are outages in the following areas:

  • Boonville 63 customers without power
  • Comptche Area 292 customers without power
  • Fort Bragg Area 193 customers without power
  • Branscomb Area 11 people without power
  • Willits Area 4 people without power

Information received this morning from PG&E:

It looks like we have multiple outages on the North Coast. Most in Mendocino County are being patrolled to determine the cause or have crews enroute/onsite due to objects on lines. Unfortunately I can't give you an ETA, but please know things will pick up with daylight.

  • Department of Transportation reported there were a couple of downed trees but no road issues at this time.
  • CalTrans reported there were a few small rock slides and limbs but nothing significant to report.
  • AT&T reported they have no outages at this time
  • US Cellular service is back on
  • The City of Fort Bragg had nothing to report-everything was good
  • The City of Willits, Ukiah and Point Arena had not reported at this time.

Please note there are sandbags and sand available to the communities at the following fire department locations (people are responsible to fill there own sandbags):

  • Albion Fire Department
  • Brooktrails Fire Department
  • Comptche Fire Department
  • Covelo Fire Department
  • Fort Bragg Fire Department
  • Hopland Fire Department
  • Potter Valley Fire Department
  • Redwood Valley-Calpella Fire Department
  • South Coast Fire Department
  • Westport Fire Department

Again if we have any new information we will be sure to get it out to you ASAP.

Stay safe

Tami Bartolomei
Office of Emergency Services Coordinator
Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
951 Low Gap Road
Ukiah, CA 95482
Office 707-463-5667
Cell Phone 707-367-0222

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Still closed but waves are washing over the berm.


PS. Philo residents report that the recent rains have washed away they gooey algae bloom sludge near the Philo-Greenwood Bridge at Hendy Woods State Park.

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20 MARCH 1936 — 9 DECEMBER 2015

She was known around Boonville as the Stick Lady, a gaunt, listing figure in hip-length khaki, high-water trousers, a leather Australian bush hat securely fastened to her head, a predictable sight every afternoon, rain or shine. On hundred degree days she'd walk in the morning. On rainy days Dolores would walk up and down the grandstand stairs at the Fairgrounds. Her daily effort may have extended her life, or abbreviated it. She refused to see a doctor, ever. I told her the story about my mother, a registered nurse in her working life who made it to 90. One day I heard a young neurologist ask my mother when she'd last seen a doctor. "Never!" she exclaimed. "Why do you think I'm still alive?" The story resonated with Dolores.

Dolores existed on a starvation diet of brown rice, kale, carrots, boiled eggs and cheese, and not even much of these austere viands, which she nibbled at all day rather than downed them as meals. How she could get her emaciated body out the door for three to four miles a day on foot amazed us for the five years Dolores lived with our odd collective, as you might call the several persons who shared our place with some ragged semi-feral cats and a bedraggled flock of chickens.

Dolores and her late husband, Jesse, had been friends of mine back to the middle 1980s when, from San Francisco, they subscribed to the Boonville weekly. Jesse was a heavily decorated veteran of World War Two and a retired school teacher. He was from El Paso, Dolores from Coldwater, Michigan. They'd met as substitute teachers in rural Michigan where Dolores' father was a newspaperman, her mother a Norway-born housewife. Jesse was somehow estranged from his family, but both he and Dolores, a pair of ascetic peas in a leftwing pod, were always, in my experience of them, very much of the present. They never talked of their families. Dissenting politics, literature, music sustained them. Dolores, when she began to seriously slip a month ago, blurted out the unbearable information that their son and only child had been claimed by the Golden Gate Bridge. We hadn't known she had a son. She'd never mentioned him, nor had his father. Her conversation was strictly political and, truth to tell, often tedious in the way only the religiously politically correct can be tedious. Dolores was all Big Picture business, and she was never, in my life with her, encouraged by the news.

When her husband Jesse passed in 2002, Dolores returned to the family home in Michigan where she cared for her brother until he died. She said she had two brothers, both of them special forces military men. Dolores was hardly a militarist, and it was one of the great ironies of her life that she was surrounded by veterans and went out of her way to hand out cash to the homeless vets she encountered in Ukiah. She viewed them all, including her brothers, as victims of delusional imperialism.

When her Michigan brother died, Dolores wrote to me to ask if she could come out and live with us. She said she felt more comfortable with us than with the few remote relatives she had, none of whom she was in touch with and none she wanted to live with. And she didn't want to stay in Coldwater where, she told me, "I can walk all day and I never see another person on foot." I assume she was the sole left winger.

When we met her at the train station in Emeryville Dolores was so much changed I didn't recognize her. It's not as if she'd been a robust person, but when I'd last seen her in San Francisco six years before, she was spry, and a great city walker. Lean but not emaciated. I asked her if she'd been ill. Her gait looked to me like that of a stroke victim. Her left side seemed frozen. "I'm fine," she said. She always said she was fine even when it was obvious she wasn't. "The train took three days and the food was so bad I didn't eat." Dolores had always had crank diet tendencies, but she clearly wasn't well. We drove to the city where she downed three orders of egg foo young, a concoction the Chinese had invented here to please what they perceived as occidental palates and to sell their leftovers.

Then it was on to Boonville where Dolores, a social isolate except for us, was quite happy for the next five years, traveling to Ukiah every Tuesday on the bus, folding papers for us every Wednesday, tottering out for her spectral walkabouts, every afternoon. That was her day, every day, that and reading and the radio. KZYX was a great comfort to Dolores, especially the more left talk of Democracy Now and Jeff Blankfort's bi-monthly program. And she was also absolutely transported by the classical music shows of Gordon Black, Susan Jewell, Richard Herr, and the knowledgeable young man who hosts Wednesday's classical morning hours. She told me once how, as a young woman just out of college, she and a female classmate had driven to California in an MG convertible! I always had trouble reconciling that carefree image with her frightening ascetism.

A month ago, her conversation began to become quite odd, and it was obvious senile dementia had set in. She was convinced that fracking had interfered with the efficient functioning of her body. One day she brandished my electric toothbrush and demanded, "How exactly is this consistent with our mission here?"

As recently as last week, she was coherent most of the time, but last Saturday Dolores hit the wall. She could no longer control her movements and she was incoherent. I called for help and Dolores was hospitalized. The doctor said her body was "shutting down" and she'd developed pneumonia which, hospital staff assured us, carried off the elderly with a minimum of pain to them. She had a few lucid intervals in the hospital after which her attendants came away saying, "She's quite a lady."

She was.

Dolores had repeated in her five years with us, and with an almost mantra regularity, that when it was "her time" we were not to keep her alive. We honored her wishes, and so did the hospital about which I can't say enough good.

Monday, three hospital staff had had trouble with Dolores. She had ripped out her lifelines and was trying to get out of bed when David Severn, a kind of old lady whisperer, walked into the room and Dolores was instantly calmed. But she was slipping, and slipping fast.

I'd seen her at noon Wednesday and was unable to rouse her. The day before she'd recognized me, said my name, and had gone back to sleep, which turned out to be the eternal one. Dolores passed seven hours later, Wednesday evening.

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"The Fort Bragg City Council will hold a special meeting on December 16th at 6:00 pm at Fort Bragg Town Hall to receive a report and public input, and provide direction to staff and consultants on the C.V. Starr Center Phase 3 development plan, Bainbridge Park improvements, and rehabilitation of the Athletic Fields at the local schools.

C.V. Starr Center Phase 3 Design. The original design of the C.V. Starr Center included a gymnasium and additional exercise, meeting, and storage space. These features were not constructed due to funding limitations. Glass Architects has gathered community input to define design options and cost estimates for a future Phase 3 at the C.V. Starr Center and staff has prepared an operating cost analysis. Council direction is sought regarding the preferred design option prior to preparation of a final conceptual plan and cost estimates for Phase 3.

Bainbridge Park Improvement Plan. At the November 17th Bainbridge Park Community Workshop, participants supported development of a new multi-use pavilion, petanque courts, volleyball courts, picnic tables, benches, signage, fencing and public art at the park. Council will review two park plan alternatives that incorporate these and other potential park improvements, and provide direction to staff for the Bainbridge Park Improvement Plan.

Athletic Fields Rehabilitation Project. After conducting field research and a community input process, Verde Design prepared a Draft Athletic Fields Master Plan. The Plan provides a thorough analysis of all of the Fort Bragg Unified School District’s athletic fields including current field conditions and field user data along with recommendations for field layouts, reconstruction options, costs and field maintenance. Verde Design will seek feedback from City Council at the workshop. Plan implementation will proceed as directed by the Fort Bragg Unified School District.

The special City Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 16th at 6:00 PM at Fort Bragg Town Hall. Please join us!"

For more information, please contact the Community Development Department at (707) 961-2827

or email

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CAMPOLINDO-MORAGA High School's football coach, Kevin Macy, nicely states the prob with NorCal high school football: "I just want kids to return back to their neighborhood schools. All the CIF does is preach player safety, but you can't tell me what we're going to put on the field compared to what they put on the field is part of any concern over player safety or competitive-equity formula. We don't have the size and mass to play all these big schools. The big schools like Milpitas can platoon. We simply don't have that kind of depth.

COACH MACY went on to point out that his team has to play off against Milpitas with "three 300-pound linemen, including 6-foot 7, 380-pound Christian Haangana.

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THE CITY OF UKIAH IS hiring a construction firm to build the new crosswalk near the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds. The city council considered the project after the Public Works Director presented the company at last week’s meeting. The new pedestrian friendly crosswalk was suggested after a student was hit by a pickup truck last spring. There had been no bids for the work so the city was able to go directly to local contractors and invite them to submit proposals, which they got two of. Gregg Simpson Trucking will be doing the work.

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THE UKIAH PLANNING COMMISSION is considering a state mandated process aimed at identifying affordable housing for the years 2014-2022, which may include 21 units for “very low” income residents, 21 units for “low-income,” and 28 units for “above-moderate” income levels. The federal department of housing reviewed the document earlier this year saying it had met the “the statutory requirement of state housing element law” but was not in full compliance because the city had to amend its zoning ordinance for year-round emergency shelters without discretionary actions.

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Additional Habitat Protection Urgently Needed to Compete with Barred Owl

by Tom Wheeler, Environmental Protection Information Center, (206) 356-8689,; and Kara Whittaker, PhD, Washington Forest Law Center, (206) 223-4088,

The northern spotted owl is in decline across its entire range and its rate of decline is increasing — that is the conclusion of a major demographic study produced by federal scientists, published Wednesday, December 9, 2015, in the journal “The Condor.” The study examined survey results from monitoring areas across the range of the imperiled owl.

This research indicated that since monitoring began spotted owl populations declined 55–77 percent in Washington, 31–68 percent in Oregon and 32–55 percent in California. In addition, population declines are now occurring on study areas in southern Oregon and northern California that were previously experiencing little to no detectable decline through 2009.

“This study confirms that immediate action is needed to protect all remaining spotted owl habitat and to restore additional habitat by maintaining and expanding the successful reserve network of the Northwest Forest Plan,” said Tom Wheeler, program and legal coordinator with the Environmental Protection Information Center.

While habitat loss continues to threaten the owl, new threats have emerged. Barred owls, whose range has increased in recent years to coincide with the northern spotted owl, can outcompete the northern spotted owl for food and territory. Additionally, rodenticide use by illegal marijuana growing operations on federal lands is negatively impacting northern spotted owls, particularly in its southern range.

Implications of the New Study

Dr. Katie Dugger, a research biologist at the USGS Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Oregon State University and lead author on the report, said that, “The amount of suitable habitat required by spotted owls for nesting and roosting is important because spotted owl survival, colonization of empty territories, and number of young produced tends to be higher in areas with larger amounts of suitable habitat, at least on some study areas."

Much attention has turned to the increased threat posed by barred owls since the northern spotted owl’s listing. Kara Whittaker, PhD, Senior Scientist & Policy Analyst at the Washington Forest Law Center, stresses that adequate habitat is the only long-term solution to barred owls. “Science shows that spotted owls and barred owls can coexist where there is enough high-quality habitat. A large amount of owl habitat will become available if the Northwest Forest Plan is allowed to continue working to restore the old growth ecosystem. Preserving as much high-quality habitat as possible on nonfederal lands is also needed to support the coexistence of both species.”


The northern spotted owl is a rare raptor often associated with the complex features and closed canopy of mature or old-growth forests. As the owl is associated with older forests, the spotted owl serves as an “indicator species”—their presence indicating that the forest is healthy and is functioning properly. Historically, spotted owl decline is traced to habitat loss caused primarily by logging. Because the owl is dependent on older forest types, once a forest is logged it can take many decades before suitable habitat can regrow.

The northern spotted owl was listed as “threatened” under the federal Endangered Species Act in 1990. The listing intensified the already simmering tensions over federal forest management. As a consequence of overcutting of owl habitat and a failure by the land-management agencies to comply with wildlife protection requirements, logging of federal forests was largely halted across the range of the owl.

In reaction to the stalemate over federal forest management, in 1994, the Clinton Administration established the “Northwest Forest Plan,” a landscape-level resource management plan that established a series of forest reserves across the range of the northern spotted owl intended to both protect remaining owl habitat and to develop future habitat. After 20 years, U.S. Forest Service monitoring reports indicate the plan is working as intended and meeting its objectives to improve water quality and restore wildlife habitat; Northwest forests are also now storing carbon instead of being a source of emissions.

“The system of reserves has slowed the decline of the owl,” said Wheeler. “But the spotted owl’s continued decline makes clear that this reserve system is not enough to stabilize the population. All spotted owl habitat on federal land should be protected from logging.”

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FEMA HOUSING is about ready for those who survived the Valley Fire but lost their homes. The first will be those who lived at the Lake Village Estates, a senior-living community in Clearlake Oaks. Rebuilding starting and as part of that 15 manufactured homes of varying sizes will be brought in for refugees of the fire and their caretakers. Nine units have arrived so far. Some may be able to move in this week, after a thorough inspection by California Human Development and FEMA. The fully furnished living spaces will also have a fully functional kitchen, dining table with a couch for a small living area. There’s also a bathroom, telephone and cable hookups. Each has different size bedrooms, closets and beds. They all have National Weather Service radios. FEMA has approved $3.4 million in housing assistance for about 600 homeowners associated with the fires.

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THE CLOVERDALE AIRPORT MAY BE CLOSED to make room for a resort hotel, equestrian center, and sports park. The Cloverdale City Council voted 3-2 to negotiate with Laulima Development and simultaneously apply to the FAA to close the airport. The Press Democrat reports there was strong disagreement among those who spoke at the Council meeting between those who think the airport is vital and those who think the hotel and sports park will bring jobs and boost the economy. The decision to close the airport is ultimately up to the FAA. The PD says an airport consultant hired by the city says it could take years to close it. The developer has said they will pay the costs of any lawsuits aimed at keeping the airport open.

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JURY TRIAL RESULT: A Superior Court jury returned from its deliberations Wednesday afternoon to announce its verdict that the defendant was not guilty of possession of methamphetamine for sale, a felony. Jamiu Okalekan Arogundade, age 28, of Goodyear, AZ, was acquitted of the single drug charge after a three-day jury trial that also saw several subpoenaed witnesses appear only to "take the 5th."

Given the verdict, the truth of whether or not Arogundade has previously been convicted of two separate Strikes, as well as whether or not the amount of the meth in question was greater than 57 grams, did not have to be decided. Though the charge and special allegations were originally filed against Arogundade in May 2013, getting to this week's trial has been tortuous due to repeated delays and continuances granted for various reasons including the untimely death of one of Arogundade's appointed attorneys.

The investigating law enforcement agencies in this matter were the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office and the California Department of Justice crime laboratory in Eureka. The prosecutor who presented the People's evidence and argued the case to the jury was Deputy DA Daniel Madow. The bench officer who presided over the three day trial was Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Ann Moorman.

(District Attorney Press Release)

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JURY TRIAL RESULT: A Superior Court jury returned Wednesday afternoon from its deliberations with guilty verdicts against Eva Blanca Villa Espinoza, age 27, of Santa Rosa. Villa Espinoza was found guilty of driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, as well as driving a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol of .08 or greater, both misdemeanors. The evidence presented at trial was that the defendant's blood alcohol at the time of her driving was .12.

The investigating law enforcement agencies were the California Highway Patrol and the California Department of Justice crime laboratory in Eureka. The prosecutor who presented the People's evidence and argued the case to the jury was Deputy DA Maria Gershenovich. The bench officer who presided over the two-and-a-half day trial was Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Jeanine Nadel.

(District Attorney Press Release)

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To the Editor:

In response to Linda Warden’s letter objecting to “tiny houses” for the homeless: I lived in Ukiah for nine years. My father and I moved there, to a pretty ratty trailer park, after over a year among the homeless. We did not, as you seem to think, prefer to live that way. The house I grew up in was sold and we did not have enough saved to move with two months notice. I was employed in town until two jobs laid me off in the space of a month, and then my dad — a disabled vet and senior citizen — went into kidney failure and I helped out with his care through the IHSS program. When he died, guess what? My rent doubled, I was once again unemployed, and my unemployment benefits amounted to $63 a week.

I lived off savings for as long as I could, but ended up with no choice but to move from room to room for the last two years, indoors but hardly stable and forced to scavenge for freelance gigs to stay afloat. I get that it’s tempting to hold up the most obnoxious system abusers and the trimmigrant population and say, “Ugh!” But you’re missing the big picture AND the small one when you do that. It’s considerably cheaper to house people, and uses far less taxpayer money, than it is to deal with constant calls to the police and trips to the E.R.; Utah has been housing the homeless and the results have been almost entirely positive, including substantial savings and lower crime rates. The right thing in this case turns out to be the cheaper thing as well.

On a personal level, the generalizations you’re throwing around hurt. It hurt me to read your letter, particularly while I’m once again trying to find a place to live as the weather gets colder, and realize how many people close off their hearts based entirely on false impressions and supposition; sit down with someone and listen to their story before deciding for yourself who they are and what they prefer. I keep forgetting that the real spirit of Christmas is more about having something drawn on our disposable coffee cups than concern for the welfare of others, but it’s disappointing to be reminded.

Heather Seggel, Santa Rosa

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CATCH OF THE DAY, December 10, 2015

Dick, Guerrero, Ishcomer
Dick, Guerrero, Ishcomer

JOSIAH DICK, Stockton/Ukiah. Burglary, grand theft, conspiracy.

SHAYLA GUERRERO, Ukiah. Probation revocation.


Rhodes, Thompson, Yanez
Rhodes, Thompson, Yanez

RAYMOND RHODES, Fort Bragg. Under influence, brandishing a gun, probation revocation.

DANIEL THOMPSON, Fort Bragg. Brandishing a weapon.

JESUS YANEZ, Salinas/Ukiah. Unspecified misdemeanor.

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All the radio stations in my area used to have independent ownership and had great local, regional, national and international news clips. Right before the news clip, they played a neat sequence of tones so you knew the news was coming on. The local news and community events coverage was most helpful and the overall programming quality was very good. They had a reasonable number of commercials and played a lot of good jams. There were no political talk stations then, in the 1960s in my area.

Boy how things have changed. None of the radio stations in the area are fit to listen to unless you like hearing the wall to wall propaganda and delusion. One or two mega corporations own all the stations, every one of them. They call themselves “sister stations,” these conglomerates of stations. Mostly the AM stations have a FOX news leaning and are totally biased and never play music or offer local news except from some satellite feed that was probably taken off of the internet. I’m quite certain there are no longer any local reporters for these “satellite feeds” going around the community reporting on actual events. The FM stations are more interested in replaying commercials over and over than playing music. You hear the same commercial twice in a row and other times you have a goofball mumbling off a whole paragraph of disclaimers for an advertisement that is essentially a bag of lies. How annoying!

Radio programming quality has really gone to the dogs. And with the event of HD programming, you get to hear all the crap in high definition – high definition crap all day!

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December 15, 6 p.m.

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Letter to the Editor

A few weeks ago in Off The Record, you had some unkind words about Humboldt attorney Ed Denson, calling him “an old crackpot,” who ran “some kind of half-assed music business with uber crook Darryl Cherney.”

I’ve known Ed Denson for many years. I would not describe him as a crackpot, he's a smart and dedicated person. And he never owned or operated a business with Darryl Cherney.

Ed Denson was the manager of the bands Joy of Cooking and Country Joe and the Fish in their heyday, and he was a major reason both bands were so successful. Denson and the guitarist John Fahey founded Takoma Records together and resurrected the careers of legendary bluesmen including Booker “Bukka” White, who was living in poverty on a dirt farm until Denson found him and gave him a new lease on life.

Denson and his wife Mary Alice founded and for years ran Kicking Mule Records, which helped the careers of dozens of blues singers and acoustic performers. The Densons' annual Eel River Music Camp, held at their property in Alderpoint, attracted hundreds of amateur and professional musicians. The Densons charged next to nothing for people to come to the camps, it was a labor of love.

Alas, it was at one of the Denson music camps where Judi Barry and Darryl Cherney first met, but neither one was involved personally or professionally with Denson.

Bear Kamoroff, Willits

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THAT CHARALATN KENDRICK LAMAR sampled this (from 1973) — very Spinal Tap: he (KL) just did a gig with National Symphony Orchestra. Saucy Jack, indeed! (— David Yearsley)

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Subject: If you’re ready to stand with me in 2016

Friend -- 

We are just three weeks away from 2016, and now more than ever, I need to know you’re with me. 

This campaign won’t be won or lost based on who receives the most checks from billionaires. It’s about whose team will take that volunteer shift, help a neighbor register to vote, or chip in $1 to help us cross the finish line strong. 

I think we’ve got the best team in this race. If you’re with me, will you chip in $1 right now to say you’re a part of it?

 Your donation is about much more than helping us hit our fundraising goals before the year ends. It’s about declaring proudly that we’re in this together, and we’re ready to do what it takes to win.

 I’m ready to fight as hard as I can. Chip in $1 right now to let me know you’re fighting by my side.

Thank you,


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Meg Courtney,

You write in your last email, "I see that John is communicating about this [GM interview] process on the KZYXtalk listserve. THIS NOT OK JOHN!"

Well. I'm not okay with a secret process, Meg.

I'm not okay with secrets at a public radio station.

And I'm not okay with the majority of Board Directors deciding on what questions we can ask. Bob Page insists on "...same questions...agreed upon by all board members." This is a sure way to generate trite, naive, simplistic, useless questions.

Slowpitch softball lobs? Is this what we want?

The majority often seems like mob rule around here at KZYX. We don't respect the 35% of Members who voted for reform in the last Board elections.

John Sakowicz, Ukiah

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You're just a stupid girl

You really got a lot to learn

Start living again

Forget about remembering

You're such a stupid girl.


You're such a beautiful fish

Floppin' on the summer sand

Lookin' for the wave you missed

When another one is close at hand

You're such a stupid girl.


You're such a stupid girl.


I saw you in Mercedes Benz

Practicing self-defense

You got it pretty good I guess

I couldn't see your eyes

You're really stupid, girl.


You're such a stupid girl.

— Neil Young


  1. Dave Smith December 11, 2015

    Good to see a comment from Bear Kameroff, author of the legendary Small Time Operator: How to Start Your Own Small Business, Keep Your Books, Pay Your Taxes and Stay Out of Trouble!

    Many small businesses were built around the basic, anchoring advice from Bear, especially in the late 60s and 70s. Still in print…

  2. Harvey Reading December 11, 2015


    Pretty much true. I rarely turn on the radio and only turn on the TV (which had independent stations through the 70s and 80s — and why KBHK 44 out of SF-Oakland didn’t grab Doda and become “The Perfect 44” is a burning question for me) only to watch movies on DVD. Here in the land of the welfare cowboy, the local NPR has HDRadio, which allows them to air a jazz channel (too much swing) and a classical channel, along with the usual NPR garbage. However, NPR is the only broadcaster here that adopted HDRadio. From what I’ve been told, it never really caught on big, in the way its developers expected.

  3. debrakeipp December 11, 2015

    Good obit on Dolores, Bruce. Thanks for that. She had one strong will. She was one of the persons of inspiration for the article I wrote about grief and losing a child. She had told me a few years ago her son had “walked” one day and never returned, giving little closure. We commiserated. ‘Didn’t tell me about the bridge, though. Poor dear. Bless her soul.

    I have a book to return to you when I’m done reading it. I just started it last Wednesday of all days. It’s from your library at El Rancho AVA and was Dolores’ fave. It’s about Marguerite Higgins, the WWII war correspondent and journalist (even though “journalist” wasn’t the term she was called back then). It was, I think, Dolores’s favorite book, which I’d find her reading most often when she was glued inside a book, reading at the kitchen table. She gave it to me to read several months ago when I stopped in to say hi. Told me it was important for me to read it.

    Thanks for taking such good care of her, Bruce, Ling and family.

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