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Mendocino County Today: Monday, Jan 4, 2016

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On January 2, 2016, officers of the Fort Bragg Police Department conducted a welfare check at an address located in the 100 block of Morrow Street in the city of Fort Bragg. Upon making entry into the residence, officers discovered the resident, Dennis Boardman, deceased on the floor inside. Due to the suspicious nature of the discovery, officers secured the residence in order to obtain a search warrant and continue their investigation. Officers further discovered that Boardman’s dog “Bugsey,” and his red 1990 Chevrolet pick-up truck equipped with a homemade camper, were not at the location. A statewide BOLO (Be On the Look Out) was issued for Boardman’s vehicle.

Boardman's Pickup (Courtesy, mendocinosportsplus)
Boardman's Pickup (Courtesy, mendocinosportsplus)

In the early morning hours of January 3, 2016, the Fort Bragg Police Department received notification from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, that Boardman’s vehicle had been located and recovered near the community of Carpinteria in southern Santa Barbara County. It was reported that Boardman’s unoccupied vehicle had been located by Sheriff’s Deputies on December 30, and Boardman’s dog was removed from the vehicle due to lack of food or water. Upon the issuance of the BOLO for Boardman’s vehicle in regard to this case, Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Deputies recognized the vehicle based on the description, and returned to the location and recovered it as evidence in this case.

This investigation is ongoing, and the Fort Bragg Police Department will continue to update the public and media as information is received and becomes releasable.

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Boardman, c.2008
Boardman, c.2008

DENNIS BOARDMAN lived in the Anderson Valley for about a decade of what might be called his lost years. The late Homer Mannix gave Dennis a place to stay in the old Mannix Building, and some nights Dennis would sleep up on the hill west of town on property Homer owned and walk all the way into town from up there. I picked him up one rainy night as he staggered westbound past the high school. He was on his way up the hill. And he would have made it, too. A tall, handsome man, Dennis was a tough old boy. He'd been a star high school athlete at Fort Bragg, and even in middle age he had the upper body of a weight lifter although the only weight he lifted was his own. It's no discredit to Dennis's memory to say that he drank heavily and was often drunk in public. But drunk or sober he was a man of enormous personal charm. We all liked him, and we all wanted to see him stop drinking. And then he did, and everyone who knew Dennis rejoiced. With the steady help of the Philbrick family, among others, Dennis soon had his own place in his Fort Bragg home town, and the years passed and Dennis passed them sober, so thoroughly sober he got his driver's license back. He was proud of himself, and we were proud of him for pulling himself together. It was positively inspirational to see Dennis drive up in his new red pickup with his old dog as road company. A skilled wood worker, Dennis built a unique, hand crafted camper on the back of his truck, and everywhere he went his dog Bugsy went with him. Most of us had thought Dennis wouldn't survive his years at the bottom of the bottle, but that one magic day he got into one more rehab of the many he'd been through and darned if he didn't sober up and darned if he didn't stay that way. To know that he's died would be sad enough, but to know he was murdered is way past disgusting. And the killer will be someone he was good to because he was good to everyone, and it will be twice as disgusting to know that he died because he was good to people. To beat all his devils only to be murdered by one is not the way Dennis Boardman should have gone out.

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SEPTEMBER 2000 — Dennis Boardman, aka “Squint,” is one of Anderson Valley’s most enthusiastic tourist greeters. He and his raucous but invisible twin, John Barleycorn, often are the first persons visitors to our fair valley meet. And often probably the last because Dennis’s and John’s enthusiastic welcomes can be misunderstood. Last week a woman approached me in front of Otto’s Ice Cream Shop in downtown Boonville to ask where she and her husband might spend the night. I rattled off those accomodations I could recall off hand. The woman, in her 60s and dressed conservatively, listened politely. Dennis and John, listing in the background like a small boat in a rough sea, soon approached and entered the conversation. He pointed in several different directions, wobbled unsteadily and slurred instructions just inches from the tourist woman’s ear. Her husband looked on from the car parked nearby. He seemed only slightly amazed. The tourist woman looked alarmed, but her eyes really bulged when Dennis wrapped her in a friendly embrace. They swayed together, the woman wrapped up in a loose bear hug, the two of them seeming to slow dance in the Boonville sun. I smiled and went back inside the ice cream shop, then watched out the window as Dennis walked to the woman’s car, knocked on the window, and opened the passenger side door to talk to the woman’s husband, inserting his head just inches away from Mr. Tourist’s face, welcoming the man to Boonville. When the petrified couple finally drove off, Dennis stood on the sidewalk and waved goodbye. Boonville may be small but it makes a big impression. — Olivia Duggan

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RAIN CONTINUES TO DOMINATE THE FORECAST for the next week on the northcoast. Upwards of half an inch accummulation in the area on Sunday. Perhaps four more inches by the end of the week. Not much chance that Highway 128 will be closed as the Navarro River level was running under four feet late Sunday far from the 23 foot flood stage.

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The intoxicants industries continue to employ more locals than any other form of Mendocino County enterprise. Government, including the County's far flung school systems, is the County's third largest employer. Although our many narco-entrepreneurs are prospering in a context of state confusion and federal illegality on which the narcos depend for profit, our government systems are badly run by wildly over-paid, often incompetent people who've collectively achieved a kind of Mendo entropy, meaning nothing can be improved short of firing most department heads and school superintendents.

FOUR YEARS of drought has exacerbated water tensions. Both the Eel and Russian rivers are dangerously overdrawn while the dominant wine industry demands ever more of a finite resource and marijuana farmers add to shortages by stealing water, especially from the Eel and its tributaries. Water diversions and careless use of pesticides by pot growers are a problem everywhere in the County. Municipal water systems are precarious in Willits and Fort Bragg, but nothing much in long-term water saving and storage is occurring in either community. Ukiah is planning to dig two new deep water wells, but water planning is complicated in the Ukiah Valley by seven, including the City of Ukiah's, often competing water districts.

OVER THE LONG YEAR of 2015, a new County Courthouse for the congested foot of West Perkins Street in Ukiah is proceeding outside any formal oversight process simply because our 9 Superior Court judges want it. The wacky owner of the derelict Palace Hotel in the center of Ukiah has just received another extension from a visiting judge to rehab the unrehabbable property. The Palace's rehab has been under discussion for a decade now.

ARGUABLY THE LEAST CAPABLE PERSON in the history of public education in the state, Paul Tichinin, Superintendent of Mendocino County Schools, has finally retired, but not before extorting a final pay raise from his captive board plus a pair of tax paid jaunts to distant educational confabs.

MARK SCARAMELLA of Boonville, acting in lieu of any help, let alone interest from his supervisor, sued three neighboring vineyards to get them to muffle their frost fans. Scaramella finally negotiated, on his own, a settlement with those vineyards. Court hearings on the matter saw a large turnout from the wine industry whose collective stance is that their interests trump the general welfare. According to Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Richard Henderson, the loss of wine grapes by a few vineyard owners is somehow more damaging than the lost sleep of a thousand or so residents of the Anderson Valley.

FORT BRAGG plunked down a homeless center in the middle of the struggling tourist-oriented town. The town's government, with the usual over-compensated town manager leading a surreptitious charge, approved conversion of the Old Coast Hotel to a dubious, unevaluated, scheme aimed at reclaiming persons laid low by drug and drink.

DROP-FALL DRUNKS, free range drug addicts and a minority of mentally ill persons comprise almost all Mendocino County's homeless. This population continues to grow in the County despite some $20 million a year spent allegedly caring for it. Half that money goes to a private, for profit business called the Ortner Management Group. OMG "treats" only those persons who are reimbursable by state and federal agencies, meaning it's in Ortner's interest to provide as few services as possible.

2015 BEGAN with the collapse of the Willits Bypass viaduct, or a 150-foot-long of formed-up viaduct ready for concrete. When the concrete was poured, down went the superstructure. 2015 ended with the mass slaughter of ordinary Americans and citizens of France by Mohammedan fanatics.

LAND AND REAL ESTATE prices held steady over the year. Vineyard land remains at a premium. Bare land costs forty to fifty thousand an acre to convert to vineyard. Four hundred thou will get you twenty bare acres in Anderson Valley. $600,000 will get you a doublewide trailer on a third of an acre in Philo.

PUBLIC RADIO MENDOCINO COUNTY, a perennial focus of County-wide unhappiness, said goodbye to long-time program manager Mary Aigner and its manager, John Coate. Lorraine Dechter has been named station manager. We predict Dechter's installation is your basic lateral managerial move and that KZYX will continue to lose memberships.

AMONG many local signs of the Apocalypse, the Sheriff's Office offers the use of video cameras to warring parents as they exchange custody of children in the Sheriff's parking lot.

USE of methamphetamine, with prescription opiates coming on strong, continues epidemic in Mendocino County.

IN SEPTEMBER of 2015, an attractive young woman named Asha Kreimer, 26, a native of Australia, went missing from a cafe near Point Arena. Her boy friend, Jamai Gayle, subsequently drove into a redwood near Navarro. He died in a Santa Rosa hospital from his injuries. Miss Kreimer remains missing.

THE LATE SUSAN KEEGAN'S killer remains unprosecuted for the fifth year since Mrs. Keegan's death by bludgeoning to her head. Dr. Peter Keegan, the only person in the home when his wife was murdered, remains the sole suspect in a case ruled homicide.

THE HISTORICALLY TROUBLED Mendocino County Animal Shelter, Ukiah, was coveted by Petaluma Animal Services Foundation, but the Supervisors voted unanimously to keep the Shelter under the shaky management of the County's Health Department.

TWO WILDFIRES DEVASTATED Lake County, but Mendocino County was again spared major summer blazes.

THE MUCH DESIRED Costco outlet in Ukiah remained mired in legal murk as the year came to an end.

NORTHCOAST CRAB was found unfit for human consumption and the ban on fishing it remained in effect as the year ended.

THE SUPERVISORS, on a 3-2 vote, refused to support a “hack-and-squirt” resolution that would have asked timber companies to voluntarily suspend the chemical destruction of unmarketable tree species. Even purely advisory measures aimed at the timber industry seem to terrify three of our supervisors — Brown, McCowen, Woodhouse.

MENDOCINO COUNTY received an A for having zero high ozone days between 2011 and 2013 in the American Lung Association’s 2015 State of the Air report. Ukiah's summer air remains highly unpleasant if not toxic.

AS ONE OF ONLY A FEW Superior Courts in California that require traffic citation fees to be paid-in-full before the fined can stand in front of a judge and dispute the allegations of a violation, our Superior Court dropped the practice.

THE GRAND JURY pointed out that the County's failure to require agricultural landowners (vineyards, mostly) to file regular reports may be leaving tax revenue on the table. The County, of course, took no steps towards remediation.

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL appointed Assistant City manager Sage Sangiacomo to replace exiting City Manager Jane Chambers. Sangiacomo, with fringes, rakes in about $250,000 a year to "manage" a "city" of 16,000.

MENDOCINO COUNTY'S burgeoning homeless population showed a decline in 2015, according to the numbers from January’s unintentionally hilarious "Point-In-Time count," during which many "aggressive homeless people" refused to be surveyed. The total number of homeless people in the County is estimated at around 1300.

IN EARLY JUNE, and hard on the heels of the sudden appearance of thriving pot plants in a gro-bag garden adjacent to Highway 101 at Pinoleville just north of Ukiah, Sheriff Allman announced he will enforce the 9.31 ordinance, saying that the Pinoleville tribe comes under the law. The gro-garden soon disappeared.

(to be continued…)

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To the Editor:

I have heard the remorse and desperation in the local farmers’ voice regarding the impending legalization of the Herb here in California as it must be so in 2016.

“Vote no! No! No” they cry!

They have seen visions of the miles of neat green rows racing off in each direction from Highway 5, the seas of green crop destined to drop the price of the almighty pound to something along the lines of organic asparagus.

It is not their sense of righteousness which forces the issue of this yell, it is the anticipation of the death-knell of their way of life, cashing in on the inconsistencies of laws between states and governments silenced at last by a reasonable piece of legislation.

I am reminded of the slave owners who went to war over losing their cash crop. They were not necessarily pro-slavery as an ideal; rather, capitalism created the necessity of free labor to continue their luxurious way of life, one founded on an illegal precept (slavery was, after all, unconstitutional). Just as the slaveholders damned the liberation of their “property,” the ganja farmer begs we keep it illegal, we keep the price, the profits, high. Even though they, more than any, know there is righteousness in this step — it is a necessity in our evolution to decriminalize something as mundane and a part, I believe, of our promised freedom to choose whether or not we care to light the spliff.

But be sure, life here will change in ways none of us can expect. Restaurants, clothing stores, and new cars will be a thing of the past and we will all have memories of a bygone era when people threw out stacks of clean $100s to buy, baby, buy.

This was our roaring ‘20s before the depression. This was our tech boom. And it was a beauty while it lasted. But soon, we now know, it will be a memory of central-American escapades for Christmas and construction companies that never actually built. Where will Mendocino county employ these new hordes of farmers and their families desperate to maintain the semblance of a standard of living they have enjoyed for 15 years? They will have to scrap and dig in and look for professions consistent with their job-skills and education — and what have those been? Thus the rest of the world has long toiled.

The party will soon be over though much is unknown to us all.

Happy 2016 and work that green thumb one last season. The ride is about to end.

Ben Gold


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Dear all,

My Dead Rock Stars solo show opens at Beyond Baroque a week from today. I have collaborated with Walt Bartholomew at Eliot books to make a beautiful limited edition hand-bound book. It is bound in crimson asahi cloth with lokta endpapers. The image on the front was created just for this book and is set in a well. The letter on the cover is hand screened. The book contains all my art, essays, and prose-poem letters to dead rocks stars from the regular book ($45 hard cover. See image below); in addition, Dead Rock Stars + contains outtakes, offsizes and color images as well as images from my sketchbook the Rock Moleskine. This is a rare object of art. I'm so proud of it! See image attachment and watch this youtube video of me showing the book and talking about it:


The cost for the fine art book is $100 plus $20 shipping. There are only 25 made ever. There are 16 left.

The cost of the soft cover book is $45 plus $5 shipping.

You can order directly from me. I will personally sign and ship all books.

All revenue will help me recoup the cost for the show. I have also attached the opening essay to both books which will tell you more about the show, what it means, and why it's so important to me.

Thank You!

Kim Nicolini

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The latest Mendopia video is here:

The complete Mendopia playlist is here:

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On 12-23-2015 at approximately 11:00 PM, Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office observed a white Ford Ranger pickup with a partially obscured license plate on Branscomb Road near the intersection of Willis Avenue in Laytonville, California. A traffic stop was attempted for the equipment violation but the driver accelerated dramatically and fled southbound on Highway 101. The Deputies pursued the pickup truck through rainy weather at speeds between 80 and 90 miles per hour with emergency lights and sirens activated. At approximately MPM 61.53 on Highway 101, the driver lost control of the pickup truck causing it to careened up a hillside, spin in several tight circles and finally flip over onto its roof in the center of Highway 101. The driver, later identified as Ben Brooks, 34, of Redwood Valley emerged from a window and fled on foot, resulting in an extensive search that failed to locate him. Deputies subsequently discovered the pickup truck had been reported stolen from Lake County. In addition to the open charges related to the stolen vehicle and the vehicle pursuit, Brooks was wanted on a Mendocino County arrest warrant. The following morning at approximately 11:30 AM, a resident in the 35000 block of North Highway 101 discovered Brooks hiding in a storage shed and called law enforcement. Deputies responded and arrested Brooks for evasion and resisting arrest. Brooks suffered significant injuries in the traffic accident the previous night and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. On 12-27-2015 Brooks was medically cleared for incarceration and was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $120,000 bail.




On 12-29-2015 a Mendocino County Deputy Sheriff conducted as arrest warrant service at a residence located in the 22000 block of Henderson Road in Covelo, California. Upon arrival the Deputy contacted Sammi Leggett, 42, of Covelo, and arrested her on two outstanding arrest warrants. Leggett was found to be in possession of digital scales, packaging items that are commonly used to sell controlled substances and approximately 5.6 grams of methamphetamine. Leggett was transported to the Mendocino County Jail where she was booked on the two outstanding arrest warrants, possession of a controlled substance for sale, and violation of probation. Leggett was expected to be held at the Mendocino County Jail in lieu of $45,000 bail.




On 01-01-2016 at approximately 12:33 AM, Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a reported incident of domestic violence at a residence in the 44000 block of Stump Road in Laytonville, California. Deputies contacted a 31 year-old adult female and learned she intervened in an alcohol-fueled argument between her co-habitant boyfriend and a male guest. Her boyfriend, Michael Travis, 37, of Laytonville, grabbed her by the biceps and shoved her violently against a wall. Travis pressed the adult female against the wall until she scratched his face, causing him to release her. Michael Travis was arrested for corporal abuse of a spouse or cohabitant and was booked into the Mendocino County Jail. Information regarding Travis’s bail amount was unavailable at the time of this press release.




On 01-02-2016 at about 7:46 AM Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the Mendocino Coast District Hospital emergency room to contact a victim of a domestic violence incident. Upon arrival, Deputies learned that a 25 year-old adult female was cohabitating and in a dating relationship with Jared Hawkins, 33, of Fort Bragg. During the contact, Deputies learned Hawkins had awoken during the morning and started punching the adult female in the face and kicking her, causing injury to her forehead and left hand. Deputies observed visible injuries to her forehead consisting of a small raised 1 inch diameter bruise to the left side of her forehead. Deputies learned Hawkins was on probation out of Mendocino County and had been ordered to stay away from the adult female. Deputies subsequently contacted Hawkins in the 32000 block of Simpson Lane in Fort Bragg, California. Upon contact Hawkins was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. Hawkins was arrested for felony domestic violence battery, violation of probation, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hawkins was booked into the Mendocino County Jail for the listed charges and was to be held in lieu of $30,000.00 bail.

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CATCH OF THE DAY, January 3, 2016

Basurto, Berg, Davidson
Basurto, Berg, Davidson

JOSEPHA BASURTO, Covelo. Meth for sale, court order violation, failure to appear, probation revocation.

ROBERT BERG, Ukiah. Under influence, controlled substance, paraphernalia.

JOY DAVIDSON, Fort Bragg. Failure to appear.

Elza, Hale, Hesser
Elza, Hale, Hesser

TYLER ELZA, Willits. Controlled substance, paraphernalia, failure to appear, probation revocation.

PATRICK HALE, Santa Rosa/Covelo. Controlled substance, failure to appear.

LONNIE HESSER, Ukiah. Burglary, stolen property, failure to appear.

Hulsey, Linde-Carnes, Lindsley, Martin
Hulsey, Linde-Carnes, Lindsley, Martin

SHUDRAH HULSEY, Fort Bragg. Failure to appear.

KOLTON LINDE-CARNES, Ukiah. Domestic battery, robbery, probation revocation.

SHERRY LINDSLEY, Ukiah. Court order violation.

JENNIFER MARTIN, Covelo. Parole violation.

Maxfield, McCoy, Wake
Maxfield, McCoy, Wake

CHARLES MAXFIELD JR., Ukiah. DUI-drugs, under influence.

KIMBERLY MCCOY, Ukiah. Paraphernalia, child endangerment, court order violation.

TASHA WAKE, Covelo. Controlled substance, failure to appear.

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HANGING LAUNDRY, on-line discussion of:

Techno-narcissism is a dinosaur.

The Truth Is: Washing your dishes by hand

Growing vegetables

Raising animals

Shooting Deer & game

Slaughtering animals for food

Fixing and repairing what you you already own yourself

Sewing and creating or repairing your own clothes

Creating your own energy by yourself or with your 

Creating a sustainable community.

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Not to mention hanging out laundry on a clothesline, which, unbelievably, is against the law in some neighborhoods here in the Nutmeg State, as it most likely is in other parts of the US as well.

On the other hand, Natgas and petroleum is so cheap and seems so plentiful now that the measures you list in your post above appear, to most people, to be unnecessary and a waste of time. The prevailing notion now is we, quite literally, have ‘ energy to burn’, the hell with tomorrow or next week. That’s the way it appears to me anyway.

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I put up a clothesline earlier this year. Works like a charm. Hanging laundry – what a beautiful painting motif. (And nobody depicts “rustic” quite like the Russian Impressionists.)

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The problem is that the emissions just go someplace else. That’s what happened after Kyoto, and that’s what will happen again, if—as long as fossil fuels are the cheapest energy, they will be burned someplace. The Europeans thought they actually reduced their emissions after Kyoto, but what happened was the products that had been made in their countries began to be made in other countries, which were burning the cheapest form of fossil fuel, so the total emissions actually increased… European criminal investigators have determined that there is a tremendous amount of fraud occurring in the carbon trading market. … The same companies that made billions off of derivatives and other scams were bailed out on the taxpayers dime a few years ago and are now going to make billions from carbon trading. Why do you want big banks in this problem? Why should they be making money? Every cent they make is coming out of the public's hide. And they add absolutely nothing. What you want is a system which is very simple and makes things cleaner. A carbon tax. Taxing carbon pollution and returning the money to taxpayers, an approach often called "tax-and-dividend." The government should keep at least some of the money, perhaps using it to cut other taxes.

— Climate Scientist James Hansen, head of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies

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Through offsets, a company can pay to theoretically prevent emissions outside of the cap, instead of reducing emissions at the source. For example, a power plant in California could pay for a section of forest to not be cut down in Oregon. This would count toward the polluter’s required reductions even though emissions are not reduced in California but are in theory prevented in Oregon. … The supposed benefits that offsets are intended to provide often fail to materialize. … In reality, offsets allow polluters to substitute unverifiable reductions for real reductions.

— Food & Water Watch

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UKIAH CA. - Next Saturday, January 9th at 7 p.m and Sunday, January 10 at 2 p.m., the 24th annual Professional Pianist Concert will be held at the Mendocino College Center Theatre. Featured performers are Spencer Brewer, Elena Casanova, Tom Ganoung, Chris James, Elizabeth MacDougall, Ed Reinhart and “The Queen of Boogie Woogie” Wendy DeWitt.

Tickets are on sale at Mendocino Book Co. and dig Music! in Ukiah, Mazahar in Willits and Watershed Books in Lakeport. Tickets are $15 general admission and $25 "I ‘Wanna’ See the Hands" limited seating. For more information call (707) 707-391-8374.

This concert features all seven pianists on stage in a living room environment throughout the concert trading stories and songs with two pianos on stage to accommodate impromptu collaborations. This popular event is an annual sellout because of the diversity and quality of all the diverse music and humor that takes place throughout the evening. The musical selections can range from classical to jazz, boogie woogie to Cuban and.....who knows till that evening!

The Ukiah concert benefits the Ukiah Educational Foundation and the Allegro Scholarship Program. Sponsors are Sparetime Supply, Ken Fowler Auto, Savings Bank of Mendocino, Ukiah Civic Light Opera, Willits Furniture Center, Waterman Plants, K-WINE/MAX, KOZT-The Coast and KZYX/Z. There will be autographed CD's by the artists for sale in lobby. Refreshments will be provided by Ukiah Civic Light Opera.

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January is full of events for all ages!

"Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case" film & discussion.

Weds. January 6th @ 5:30pm

Join us for a film about Chinese artist and human rights/free speech activist Ai Weiwei. The film will be followed by an open community discussion that will be recorded by KZYX for later broadcasting. You are welcome to bring snacks or take-out dinners.

First Friday Art Walk - SoulCollage

Friday, Jan. 8th @ 5:00 - 7:30pm

We will be making collage art out of found images and creating cards that reflect aspects of ourselves with artist Dorothy Gayle Haas. Stop by and join in the fun! Sponsored by the Ukiah Valley Friends of the Library

Book Sales on Friday @ 4pm-7:45pm & Saturday @ 10am-3:30pm.

The Snow Queen Cometh

Saturday, Jan. 9th @ 10:00-11:30am

The Snow Queen will be coming to the Library with stories, a puppet play, snow picture collages, and sweet treats. All are welcome to attend this free, family-friendly event! Sponsored by the Mendocino County Library and River Oak Charter School.


  1. BB Grace January 4, 2016

    What day is it? The third again?

    • AVA News Service Post author | January 4, 2016

      Thank you

  2. BB Grace January 4, 2016

    re: “FORT BRAGG plunked down a homeless center in the… Old Coast Hotel to a dubious, unevaluated, scheme aimed at reclaiming persons laid low by drug and drink.”

    The Hospitality Whatever they call themselves refuses to serve alcohol and substance abusers, including medical marijuana patients, which leaves the trimmigrants on the streets.

    Perhaps you’ve read the headlines from NY, Cuomo declared an executive order to remove even the unwilling homeless off the streets and into shelters? Marshall Law on the Homeless.

    Does Mendocino County need Brown to make an executive order to force County social services to respect proposition 215 and serve trimmigrant marijuana culture stranded, needing temporary shelter? Fort Bragg has created a very serious community problem that undermines “tourist INDUSTRY”, as if paving Koch Headlands actually makes Fort Bragg a global destination. Dollyland is a Global distination for goodness sakes, Fort Bragg can’t even match a flippin amusment park when it comes to running a community, let alone a tourist INDUSTRY.

  3. Harvey Reading January 4, 2016

    His first answer, “Who knows,” is closest to the the correct one for an economist to give when asked about something far beyond his realm of knowledge.

    Why not ask someone who actually knows something about population dynamics, like an ecologist? A PhD in economics means nothing with regard to giving valid opinions on overpopulation. In that regard his opinion is no better than that of the man on the street. And, getting that PhD from UC Berkeley means a lot less than it used to, even in the non-science of economics. He is just babbling to make you happy.

    Do you have a thing for economists, or what?

    • Harvey Reading January 4, 2016

      Maybe for you. It was always thing for me.

      Tell me, when your car breaks down on a road trip far from home, do you take it to a shoe store for an opinion and repair? Or, to an economist?

  4. Jim Updegraff January 4, 2016

    Cap and Trade is a Gigantic scam; Dr. Hansen who is the top scientist in the world on climate change has it right.

  5. Jim Updegraff January 4, 2016

    Hi Susie: The comments you got from your professor were about what I thought they would be. Professors really shouldn’t make comments that ignore the facts. I went to U. C Berkeley and had advance courses in economics with 5 or 6 people in the class. Don’t judge economics professors at Berkeley by the fellow you have.

  6. LouisBedrock January 4, 2016


    I agree about Cap and Trade.
    Dr. Hansen, however, is a sham.

    Jeffrey St. Clair writes in COUNTERPUNCH:
    (“Fukushima Mon Amour” by Jeffrey St. Clair “)

    More surreal is the killer compact between the nuclear industry and some high-profile environmentalists, which reached a feverish pitch at the Paris Climate Conference this fall. Freelance nuclear shills such as the odious James Hansen and the clownish George Monbiot, who have le carbon footprints that would humble Godzilla by jetting across the world promoting nuclear energy as a kind of technological deus ex machina for the apocalyptic threat of climate change. Hansen has gone so far as to charge that opposition to nuclear power threatens the future of humanity.

  7. Jim Updegraff January 4, 2016

    “awaiting moderation” What does that mean????????????????????

    • AVA News Service Post author | January 4, 2016

      For some reason the computer did not trust you on that previous comment. I don’t know why.

    • james marmon January 4, 2016

      • james marmon January 4, 2016

        My 5 year granddaughter Emily auditioned for a play today in Crescent City. I wish I could figure out how to share that with everyone. I bought her the movie “Frozen” 2 years ago. She knows ever song by heart. This is the song she chose for her audition.

        Let it go

  8. Jim Updegraff January 4, 2016

    Hi Louis:

    I agree with Dr. Hansen on the nuclear power issue. When there a is no longer fossil fuel energy where does the energy come from? wind and solar farms can not do it, The apocalyptic threat of Climate change is real.

  9. Jim Updegraff January 4, 2016

    That should be interesting coming from a Wall Street Economist.

    • james marmon January 4, 2016

      These experiments were not contained to just inside the Mendocino State Hospital walls and our community is still suffering from the craziness of all this. We’ve never recovered.

      They fucked my hometown up.

      “Project MKUltra—sometimes referred to as the CIA’s mind control program—was the code name given to an illegal program of experiments on human subjects, designed and undertaken by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Experiments on humans were intended to identify and develop drugs and procedures to be used in interrogations and torture, in order to weaken the individual to force confessions through mind control. Organized through the Scientific Intelligence Division of the CIA, the project coordinated with the Special Operations Division of the U.S. Army’s Chemical Corps.[1] The program began in the early 1950s, was officially sanctioned in 1953, was reduced in scope in 1964, further curtailed in 1967 and officially halted in 1973.[2] The program engaged in many illegal activities;[3][4][5] in particular it used unwitting U.S. and Canadian citizens as its test subjects, which led to controversy regarding its legitimacy.[3](p74)[6][7][8] MKUltra used numerous methodologies to manipulate people’s mental states and alter brain functions, including the surreptitious administration of drugs (especially LSD) and other chemicals, hypnosis,[9] sensory deprivation, isolation, verbal and sexual abuse, as well as various forms of torture.”

      Senator KENNEDY: “Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman. We are delighted to join together in this very important area of public inquiry and public interest.”

      “Some 2 years ago, the Senate Health Subcommittee heard chilling testimony about the human experimentation activities of the Central Intelligence Agency. The Deputy Director of the CIA revealed that over 30 universities and institutions were involved in an “extensive testing and experimentation” program which included covert drug tests on unwitting citizens “at all social levels, high and low, native Americans and foreign.” Several of these tests involved the administration of LSD to “unwitting subjects in social situations.”

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