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Mendocino County Today: Saturday, Apr 9, 2016

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DAKOTA LEE MILES, 21, of Louisville, Tennessee, raped a local teenage girl last November while she was unconscious. The press release from the Fort Bragg Police Department issued at the time, and re-printed below, described a set of felony circumstances. But Miles will be released this month after serving barely five months in the Mendocino County Jail.

THE VICTIM'S FAMILY is understandably outraged that the apparently unrepentant Miles is being released after being convicted of a major crime. His victim is so frightened of him she refuses to leave her home.

WHEN THE MALE FRIENDS of the rape victim discovered what had happened they beat Miles and paraded him around public areas of Fort Bragg, hence his appearance in his booking photo.


WE'VE ASKED the DA's office for an explanation of the handling of the case.

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(It seems accurate to say that the judge went for the lesser sentence.)


This is what I have found:. Nothing went wrong. Everybody did their job as required. Upset victims likely caused by expectations — reasonable or not — that did not correspond with the reality of the current state of the law. — C.David Eyster

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The Explanation …

In short, the explanation is that most people do not appreciate that the jail time people are sentenced to by the Court (“sentencing time”) is not the same as the jail time that defendants actually serve (“real time”).

The crime occurred on or about November 22, 2015. It was reported to the Fort Bragg Police Department on November 23, 2015. The defendant was subsequently arrested by the FBPD on November 25, 2015. The reports were submitted by the FBPD to the DA for charging review on November 30, 2015. Charges were approved by the DA that same day for a felony 261(a)(3) [rape of an intoxicated person] and a felony 243.4(a) [sexual battery while victim restrained].

The defendant was arraigned on the felony complaint on December 1, 2015. The Public Defender was appointed to represent him. The defendant entered not guilty pleas and a probable cause hearing was calendared for December 15, 2015. That hearing was later continued to January 12, 2016. On January 12, 2016, the defendant entered a no contest plea to the felony sexual battery count. The other count was dismissed as it covered the same criminal misconduct. A no contest plea is exactly the same as a guilty plea for all purposes when entered to a felony charge. The defendant was referred to the Adult Probation Department for a social study and sentencing recommendation. Formal sentencing was calendared for February 5, 2016 in Department B before Judge David Nelson.

On February 5, 2016, the defendant was ordered placed on formal probation for a period of 36 months. He was sentenced to 280 days in the county jail. The probation report was recommending a jail sentence of 240 days. The probation department believed the facts of this case to be mitigated. Deputy District Attorney Shannon Cox disagreed and said so.

Due to increased credits authorized by Realignment, a 280 day jail sentence requires that the defendant only serve half the total jail time, or, in this case, 140 days, with pre-sentence credit given for actual days served from the date of arrest to date of sentencing. The defendant was placed in the jail on November 25, 2015. He was released at 1:30 on the morning of April 7, 2016 after serving 137 actual days (“any part of a day is considered a whole day.”). The difference of 140 and 137 is three days. This is often referred to a a “three day kick,” meaning the defendant was released three days early in order to open up jail bed space for incoming defendants.

As examples of some of his terms of supervised probation, the defendant is required to register as a sex offender in the city or county where he lives. He is also required to participate in the SAFER Program. The SAFER Program provides psychotherapeutic services to court-ordered individuals who have perpetrated sexual abuse within their communities and require extensive, long-term, out-patient "sex offender treatment." The defendant was ordered to have no contact with and to stay away from the victim of his criminal misconduct. He must also stay away from all individuals who are less than 18 years of age unless there is a responsible adult present who has been pre-approved by the defendant’s probation officer.

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WHERE ELSE can you find 40,000 happy Americans united behind a single entity? The San Franciso ballpark on opening day, that's where. A perfect Frisco afternoon for baseball where the day was plenty warm for the first six innings, fog-cooled by the time Hunter Pence hit a grand slam in the 8th, and quite cool by the time Tony Bennett was making his signature cable car climb that takes him half-way to the stars whenever the Giants win, and spilling us joyous 40 thousand out on to the late afternoon city streets.

I'D WALKED to the ballpark from North Beach, a straight shot through the Stockton Tunnel, across Market and on down to the Willie Mays statue, maybe three miles through the city's inevitable construction projects. I took the 30 Stockton back. Kind of. Traffic was gridlocked, and when the 30 finally showed up it was empty but drove on past about thirty waiting passengers as an irate would-be rider commented to no one in particular, "That's what they do. Drive empty buses around town without letting anyone on." One does wonder about Muni policy.

PAC BELL PARK is much better managed than Candlestick ever was. Obnoxious drunks, foul language, fighting, gets you bounced right fast from PacBell. At Candlestick you had to commit a crime to even draw police curiosity.

ON THURSDAY, I sat next to a fat kid who drank beer all afternoon. Beer in the hot sun makes for major discomfort, and he was often in and out to the pissoir. "Excuse me, sir, I notice you haven't gotten up once."

SIR? Yes, more than old enough to be so addressed but not requiring it, and even young women offer to stand so I can sit on the bus. The worst is when other old people hold the door open for me, most of them far more decrepit than I am. So I said to the kid, "No beer, no bathroom."

ON THE WAY to the exit after the great Giant fireballer Hunter Strickland had whiffed an overwhelmed Yasiel Puig on 98-mile-an-hour fastballs, a kid says to me, "That ain't Dodger blue, is it Pops?" I was wearing a blue dress shirt. They laughed, as the girl with the joker assured me, "He's just playin', sir."

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FORT BRAGG'S two-person ad hoc committee of Mayor Dave Turner and Vice Mayor Lindy Peters have agreed with local businesses who say any transient occupancy tax should go to the voters to decide. The County already imposes a bed tax. A two percent TOT tax on top of the County's ten percent bed tax would raise an estimated $400,000 annually for Fort Bragg but a total tax of 12% is getting close to onerous.

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Urgent Public Notice for Mendocino Residents

Municipal Advisory Committees = town councils (close as we are going to get) for unincorporated areas of the county

Unfortunately for the majority of Mendocino County residents, there is an awful proposed 1,451 word policy, originating from a BOS subcommittee and written by the Executive Office, which if approved by the BOS April 11, would neuter, gut, and render ineffective the county's four established MACs, as well as limit any future MAC from forming in a way that would actually benefit residents. Some of the ridiculous suggestions in this document include clearly stating that any Mac would no longer be in the position to "interpret the county zoning ordinance, the county general plan, or local community plan."

This ill conceived document suggests violation of the Law, and devises to take away in almost every capacity a community voice in MAC structure, organization and function. Its intent is to give the Board of Supervisors SOLE discretion and authority to define member requirements, screen and appoint MAC members, name term limits, and to dissolve the MAC at any time if the BOS alone determines the MAC is "not functioning consistent" with county policy, and (county interpretation of) government code 31010. This offensive policy deserves to be put into the shredder and laid to rest. CA law section 31010 enables us as a community to establish fair checks and balances that prevent gross neglect, fraud, and dictatorial-like behavior of those in power who are far removed from our daily lives.

This proposed policy was rejected outright by LAMAC, with public approval, at a special LAMAC meeting April 5th. Please contact our voted in/sworn to protect Public Servants on the County Board of Supervisors and let them know California Government code, section 31010, is perfect just the way it is.

This policy would give the Board of Supervisors the jurisdiction to effectively be the "judge, jury, and executioner" on issues concerning public health, safety, welfare, public works, and land-use planning issues. Every resident should be deeply concerned over this policy, especially in conjunction with the repeated failure of BOS decisions regarding the fast tracking of a new asphalt plant, at the behest of at least 700 county residents. The BOS insisted on keeping public comment as far removed from this decision as possible, and twice unanimously voted to upkeep their decision which many have regarded to be in favor of saving money and benefiting private businesses (3/17/15 & 6/16/15).

"Authority to Establish a Municipal Advisory Council," enacted in 1971, is California Government code, section 31010." At 287 words, it is believed to be one of the shortest laws ever enacted in California history. In its brevity, it allows for a great range of freedom for each individual community to shape and form a MAC to its unique specifications. No MAC is exactly the same, and to force them, by county policy, to be the same would be a great disservice to the public, exhibiting a disconcerting lack of regard for the unique characteristics of each community here in Mendocino County.

Municipal Advisory Councils are the offical government entity for the residents of unincorporated areas of counties within California. The majority of Mendocino County's population lives in unincorporated areas. MACs provide two-way governmental gateways between County Government and unincorporated communities. They are effectively town councils. According to California Government Code 31010, established by an enabling resolution by the Board Of Supervisors, Macs may advise the County Board of Supervisors concerning services which are or may be provided the unincorporated area, including but not limited to, advice on matters of public health, safety, welfare, public works, and land-use planning issues. Often MACs become established before or during general plan updates, in order to give the County Gvt. clear specific community desires regarding planning.

The LAMAC, in Laytonville, has a long successful history in working to encapsulate Laytonville's needs and reflecting them back to the county. The most recent General plan reflects this success, as Laytonville's community specific policy within the 2009 General Plan reflects almost verbatim LAMAC's suggestions and input, gleaned from the public. The general plan also includes Laytonville's Traffic Calming and Revitalization Plan, a community created project. More at

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ED NOTE: I have not yet reviewed every detail, but the BOS, whether stated in a policy or not, already has all the powers complained of. We form the MACs, appoint the members, and yes, could disband them at any time. The ability of the MACs to comment to the BOS on any issue is being recognized as well as the ability to comment on virtually any issue to any entity with the only caveat being that they do so by resolution and clearly state that it is the opinion of the MAC.

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SOD ALL! The rains returned this year but Sudden Oak Death may have returned with them. According to the Forest Pest Council, some 500 miles of coast woods are in danger of SOD. Check this website for details.

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"BERNIE SANDERS is a very big threat to the wealthy crooked elite who back Hillary. If he wins NY she is finished. Keep your eyes on Bernie and help keep him safe. The sudden trip to Rome before the NY primary has me as a citizen concerned for his well being. Bernie is the best thing to happen for Americans in over a hundred years. We need his honest leadership."

Mike Wright

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"I AGREE! If you have nothing nice to say — please say nothing! We have enough hate in the world. Remember — LOVE is the governing force of the universe, the divine energy of life made visible and tangible. In other words: Give love to all things and people, under all circumstance, and thereby you will be a light unto the darkness!"

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THE ABOVE was from a person calling him or herself Shanti on the MCN chat line. Your mom and your grandmom would simply say, "If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything." But in Mendo the advice comes from roughly half the population, and the advice is expanded to include the universe and a few utterly false words on the nature of the universe itself, which, all the evidence established from the beginning of time until now, demonstrates is, at best, indifferent to us, at worst, and you can make a strong case for the latter, actively hostile.

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A little more than four years after it was sold for $620,000, Ukiah’s historic post office downtown is up for sale again.

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Board of Supervisors Appoints Katharine L. Elliott as County Counsel for Mendocino County

Dan Gjerde, Chair, Mendocino County Board of Supervisors announced that the Board of Supervisors has unanimously appointed Acting County Counsel, Katharine L. Elliott, as County Counsel. The appointment was made on March 15, 2016, with the Board approving the Employment Agreement on April 5, 2016.

Chair Gjerde, representing the 4th District, commented on the Board’s action stating, “Ms. Elliott is actively involved in the local community, and her dedication to this community is reflected in her work as County Counsel.”


Ms. Elliott has over 27 years of legal experience, including private and public sector work. In addition to serving as a Deputy County Counsel in Mendocino County, she served as Deputy Public Defender in Tulare County for 10 years, Assistant Public Defender in Mendocino County for four years, and had a private law practice for 13 years in which she handled both criminal and civil cases, dependency and juvenile matters, and state and federal matters.

Ms. Elliott graduated from Santa Barbara College of Law and resides in Redwood Valley, CA.

For more information, please contact the Mendocino County Executive Office at (707) 463-4441

Carmel J. Angelo, Chief Executive Officer

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To the Editor:

The following was written in June of 2015. Since then, I have had many conversations with librarians from Sonoma County to Mendocino County. It seems that the simple task of getting a local author’s work listed and put on the shelf is quite complex, and the three books that I have donated are lost in the system; or, as suggested above, passed along to our local friends, and therefore not shelved locally.

There has been talk of a shelf for local authors, but this seems to be lost in time. I have been trying to get someone to describe the process in concrete terms so that I can understand what went wrong. At the present I have spent $69.80 trying to get my book on the shelf in the local libraries. A most involved process.

I think that we need to have at least one person with the knowledge to make the process understandable and give an honest effort to assist one in need; the above letter was little more than sweet verbal flatulence.

William J. Russell, Ukiah

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Hello Mr. Russell,

First off, thank you for your book contribution to our library system. Almost every day we get are gifted with a wide variety of donations, many used, some new and some, like yours, from authors. Each branch has a manager in place who is ultimately in charge of building and maintaining their particular branch collections. Because of the large volume of donated books that come to us each and every day we cannot possibly use all of them. Once a book is donated it is up to the discretion of the library as to how to use it. Now, not having your donation in hand at the beginning of this transaction puts me in a bit of a bind as I don’t know exactly where they are at this time or if any or all of our branch librarians intend on adding to the title to their respective collections.

Regardless of the outcome your book, added to the collection or passed along to our local Friends groups, will go towards adding vitality and interest to our collections.

Thank you again for you donation and your support of the Mendocino County Library!

Wally Clark, Mendocino County Librarian, Ukiah

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ED NOTE: At the Mendocino Book Company, there's a table set aside for local authors and/or books about local subjects. The County Librarian should keep an eye out for local stuff, especially now that the County Library has guaranteed funding which they seem to be squandering on a range of events only tangentially related to books. We long ago gave up on the County Library as repository of local matters. For that we go straight to Held-Poage, Ukiah.

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CRIME UP in the Golden State. The state’s 68 largest cities saw an 11% increase in property crimes for the first six months of 2015 compared to the same period a year before, but violent crime is down a little. In a conversation Tuesday with DA Eyster, Eyster said realignment and Prop 47 have sent more petty criminals back to their home bases here in dear old Mendo without causing all that much of a spike in violent crime.

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CAPSULE BOOK REVIEW of the book “Marked For Death” by Tim Stoen:

Slippery character then, slippery character now. Remember him running for supervisor on his "Green Capitalism" platform? A character flaw as immense as his in the People’s Temple era won't be fixed by time. "Young and foolish," is how, according to his present wife, he characterizes himself then. Young? He was in his late thirties. He was forty when Jim Jones turned his community in South America into a shocking field of bloating bodies. Young?

Stoen cleans up nice. You can readily take him at face value and decide he's a fine fella. That would be relying too much on a shallow impression. When I can buy his book next year at for a penny, I'll skim it with interest. I want to see what form his mea culpa takes. Creepy.

Mitch Clogg, Mendocino

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UC BERKELEY'S Center for Labor Research and Education says lots of eligible people remain uninsured under ObamaCare, pointing out that many working people can't afford the premiums. Which was obvious from ObamaCare's fraudulent beginnings. I mean really. Health insurance corporations wrote the enabling legislation then the great liberals of government made it mandatory! And now they wonder why so many people remain uninsured when it costs a minimum of several hundred dollars to enroll with big deductibles when you find an insurer.

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Not sure if you knew about the link below or the rural health rocks event but it would be great to let the community know that this year’s Rural Health Rocks fundraiser is honoring AV’s own Dr. Mark Apfel (along with a few other notable locals). AVHC is proud of the work Mark does for the community!


Chloë Guazzone-Rugebregt, MPH. Executive Director | Anderson Valley Health Center. P.O. Box 338, 13500 Airport Rd. Boonville, CA 95415 | 707-895-3477

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BirdCafeBird Cafe & Supper Club is pleased to announce our GRAND OPENING Friday, April 15th. We are currently accepting reservations for opening night and beyond. 
 190 Main St. Point Arena, CA 95468 
~ Located in the historic Point Arena Hotel ~
Wednesday ~ Saturday 5:30-9pm
We offer a full bar & a new wine list featuring Anderson Valley's finest. Bird exemplifies our passion for community, food and art through unique dining experiences that emphasize TERROIR - or the taste of place. To this end, chef Aaron Peters works with local farmers and ranchers to create local, seasonal, Mendocino country cuisine.

We've worked hard to renovate the space, including new murals by Nicole to be unveiled opening night. Seats are filling up, so please call 882-1600 to make your reservations. THANK YOU ALL!

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CATCH OF THE DAY, April 8, 2016

Allen, Bean, Berry
Allen, Bean, Berry

AURORA ALLEN, Fort Bragg. Domestic assault.

LELAND BEAN JR., Willits. Controlled substance, probation revocation.

LACEY BERRY, Ukiah. Under influence, resisting.

Caron, Davila, Girard
Caron, Davila, Girard

ROBERT CARON, Fort Walton Beach, Florida/Ukiah. Drunk in public.

KOURTNEY DAVILA, Laytonville. DUI-drugs, under influence, controlled substance, no license.

JASON GIRARD, Fort Bragg. Domestic assault.

Haley, Kloiber, Leitz
Haley, Kloiber, Leitz

ASHLEY HALEY, Ukiah. Failure to appear.

ANTON KLOIBER, Fort Bragg. Honey oil extraction, possession for sale, parole violation.

CRAIG LEITZ, Potter Valley. Pot sales.

McCoy, Pike, Rantala
McCoy, Pike, Rantala

ANTOHNY MCCOY, Ukiah. Community Supervision violation.

CARMALINDA PIKE, Hopland. Failure to appear, probation revocation.

MATTHEW RANTALA, Fort Bragg. Probation revocation.

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MANHATTAN’S ANSWER to Götterdammerung is the fissure between the Trumps (Donald and Ivana), and its Wagner is Liz Smith. An age — the great eighties speculative boom, particularly in real estate — is dying, and the atmospherics of this decline are being appropriately reported in the genre revised in the mid-seventies to honor the great boom: gossip columns.

Trump flourished exactly in step with the reordering of resources and consumption that began to take shape at the end of the seventies. From a desperate city, he exacted tax concessions, as did all other developers. To New Money, he offered sanctuary without shame. “From Day One,” he wrote in The Art of the Deal, “we set out to sell Trump Tower not just as a beautiful building in a great location but as an event. We positioned ourselves as the only place for a certain kind of very wealthy person to live — the hottest ticket in town. We were selling fantasy.” Trump gives an entertaining account of our times simply by reporting who bought the 263 apartments on offer:

“At first the buyers were the Arabs… Then, of course, oil prices fell and the Arabs went home. In 1981 we got a sudden wave of buyers from France… François Mitterrand had been elected president… After the European cycle, we got the South Americans and the Mexicans, when the dollar was weak and their economies still seemed strong… During the past several years, we’ve had two new groups buying, One is American — specifically Wall Street types, brokers and investment bankers who’ve made instant fortunes during the bull market frenzy… The other new buyers are the Japanese.”

Trump Tower stands at the center of an island that now famously displays its linked dioramas of wealth and misery: the rich in their castles, the homeless on the subway gratings, and indeed in the old rail tunnels below the gleaming bulk of the ci-devant Commodore — one of Trump’s early real estate ventures.”

There’s always been harmony between real estate and the Fourth Estate. As Trump fondly recalls, the City Planning Commission once frowned on his plans for Trump Tower. Then he invited the Times’s chief architecture critic, Ada Louise Huxtable, to look at his model. On July 1, 1979, she wrote a column in the Arts and Leisure section that contained what Trump gratefully calls “several terrific lines,” including the observation that “it is a undeniably handsome structure.” In Trump’s view, “perhaps no one had a more powerful influence,” and four months later the City Planning Commission unanimously approved his plans.

— Alexander Cockburn (The Golden Age Is In Us, 1996)

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WHEN BILL CLINTON took on the Black Lives Matter hecklers yesterday, he seemed truly indignant, basically saying that the Black Lives Matter movement should be agitating against young black men shooting each other. Clinton sounded like an innocent bystander caught in a crossfire, not the guy who was at the power levers for eight years who made black lives much more difficult. Ditto for Mrs. Clinton. A federal jobs program would help tamp down the gunplay, and a Sanders administration generally, with its emphasis on the economic war that people like the Clintons are waging against the majority of Americans of whatever race, assuming he reverses it, would do wonders to cool the passions we see rising all round US. (Thank you, Mr. Pundit. Any other trite observations you may care to share, we're all eyes.)

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The real lies are the ones we tell ourselves. That we can continue to burn a finite resource to drive 20 miles each way to work every day. That we can continue to heat (and/or cool) every one of the 2000 square feet in our homes forever by — yep — burning a finite resource. That we will be able to enjoy a “retirement” on the backs of our children at a rate of one retiree per two workers without crushing their prospects for a decent economic life. That “every man for himself” is a sound basis for a society and an economy. And — perhaps most delusional of all — that those in positions of leadership are going to miss even a single minute of their yacht parties even thinking about any of these.

We can only address a whole host of the dilemmas facing us from the bottom up. Unless and until we ourselves are willing to take action, we’ll continue to be a society and an economy based on lies — crash or no crash.

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by Manuel Vicent

(Translated by Louis S. Bedrock)

From the beginning of time, long before Homer conceived them, the verses of The Iliad were already in the air; the voices of the choirs of Greek tragedy were also in the air before Aeschylus imagined them.

Geometry and all the theorems, the three monotheistic gods, the serenity of Buddha, the stories of A Thousand and One Nights, the figures of The Final Judgement in The Sistine Chapel, Rousseau’s theory of the noble savage, Kafka’s beetle, Proust’s fairy cake, and all of Newton’s apples—bitten by the serpent of Paradise, were already in the air for the benefit of the few privileged beings who would arrive to create them.

Inspiration is the action of introducing air into the lungs; but it also refers to the sudden stimulus that the artist, scientist, or philosopher experiences before producing a work of art, a project, or an idea. Electricity, the telephone, the airplane, the Ford Model T, the splitting of the atom, and the hydrogen bomb arrived at this planet through the combination of the mechanics of breathing and the creative impulse, which descended like a gift from the spheres.

This process also produced the olive, which sails through the martini beyond the realms of good and evil.

This inspiration will continue into the future, capturing all the science and beauty that is already in the air. There remain countless battles for the mind to win, unfathomable mysteries to be unraveled.

Without any doubt, in the future some genius will figure out how to annihilate time and space and thus humans, freed from the stupidity of matter, will have the power to be invisible, pass through walls, be in two places at the same time, and achieve immortality.

But perhaps the final conquest, without which nothing else will have any meaning, will be realized when the poet is capable of retrieving from the ether that most sublime verse that eluded Homer.

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Watch out!

We will be hosting our first "Bioblitz" with around 100 academics and naturalists on site recording as many species as they can in a 48 hour period! Having all these experts here at one time will allow us to get a really good idea of the kind of plants and animals that we share Hopland with.

The public can participate by joining our "Birding Bioblitz" hike on Saturday from 10am-12pm - led by expert Peregrine Audubon birders Chuck Vaughn and Bob Keiffer, this is a free event but they would need to register online (we have limited space):

HELP US OUT. Many people will be using iNaturalist to make and share observations. Helping out the effort is easy if you look for observations at the iNaturalist site by searching for "Hopland" in the "Projects" pulldown menu and choosing "Hopland Research Extension Center". Once there you can browse the plants and animals needing identification and needing confirmation. Every identification counts toward our goal of massively increasing the knowledge of the HREC's flora and fauna. VOTE ON IMAGES. We are hosting an image contest for the plants and animals of HREC. Great prizes will be given (REI gift cards and a GoPro grand prize!) for images that get the most votes. Please visit the site and vote for your favorites frequently during the weekend and share them and then sit back and what the slide show. CHECK US OUT.<> Our new app will graphically show you our progress for the bioblitz observations. Results will be updated every 15 minutes. See how your favorite groups are doing in the challenge to document as many species as possible. Look for #HoplandBioblitz on Twitter and Instagram Follow along on Facebook

Let me know if you are interested and I'd love to share more or speak to you or one of your staff - my cell is (707) 391 0044

Hannah Bird
Community Educator
Hopland Research & Extension Center

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Mendocino Cannabis Resource 2016 Conference
Schedule of Events

Friday April 8th

9:00 am — WELCOME: Karen Byars, Mendocino Cannabis Resource,

9:15 am — KEYNOTE: Elvy Musikka, Federal Marijuana Patient
. EMCEE: Kerry Reynolds, Keynote Interviewer

10:00 am — Environmental Regulations
. Adona White — CA Regional Water Quality Control Board
. Hannah Nelson — Cannabis Law
Noah Cornell — Eel River Recovery Project
Julia Carrera — Julia Carrera & Associates — Third Party Veri cation

11:30am — Mendocino County Medical Cannabis Regulations. 
Mendocino Ad Hoc Committee Chuck Morse — Mendocino Dept. of Agriculture Jude Thilman — Heritage Initiative

1:00 pm — Lunch and Networking

2:30 pm — Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA)
 — and Current Legislation
. E.D. Lerman — Attorney at Law
Don Duncan — ASA, CA Dir. — CA Legislative Report

4:00 pm — Medical Cannabis Legislation Work. 
Casey O’Neill — California Growers Assn./CGA — Mendocino Chapter Julia Carrera — Small Farmers Association
. Dr. Dale Geiringer — CA NORML

6 — 9 pm FARM TO TABLE Dinner Reception. 
Sponsored by Women’ Grow Mendocino Chapter

Saturday April 9th

9:00 am — WELCOME: Karen Byars, Mendocino Cannabis Resource

9:15 am — KEYNOTE: Linda Jackson, Natural Remedies Health Service. 
EMCEE: Sherry Glaser, Performance Artist

10:00 am — Fundamentals of Building Your Cannabusiness. 
Zeta Ceti — Green Rush Consulting — business plan. 
Liana Held — Liana Limited — Bookkeeping/Taxes

11:00 am — Developing your Cannabusiness for Marketing, Amber E. Senter — COO at Magnolia Wellness Collective — Branding Shiloh Wisham — Social Media

Noon — Lunch Demonstration
. Chris Conrad will demonstrate how to measure your cannabis plant — to determine your gardens square footage.

1:30 pm — What the Market wants from the Licensed — Cultivation Community
. Karyn Wagner — Paradigm Cannabis — CO2 Oil Producer
. Cody Bass — Tahoe Wellness Cooperative — Dispensary. 
Sarah Russo — Project CBD — Medical Cannabis CBD Market

3:00 pm — Funding Your Cannabusiness
. Ben Larson — co-founder, Gateway Incubator
. Good Farm Fund — alternative fundraising for your Cannabusiness

4:00 pm — Additions for your Cannabusiness
. Kristin Nevedal — ASA Patient Focused Certi cation
Melissa Moore — Emerald Triangle Analyics
. Andrew Black — Certified Kind founder and Certification Director Amber E. Senter — Supernova Women
. Casey O’Neill — Emerald Grown

5:00 pm — California Adult Use Initiatives
. Chris Conrad — Author, Adult Use Marijuana Act (AUMA) Mikki Norris — co-founder, The Leaf Online
. Lauren Vazquez — Fired Up Lawyer

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Subject: American Capital Stupid

I'm sitting here at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Public Library in Washington, D.C., this being my 66th year in a spiritually pointless, materialistically desperate society, (lately with bizarre technological lifestyles), and everybody I meet is complaining. Nobody wants to die lacking knowledge of what they ultimately are, beyond the body and the mind. This is in addition to the deranged local environmental situation, beginning with fracked gas activity being forced on east coast landowners, so that U.S. energy companies can keep their market share in other countries where the liquified natural gas end product is being exported. I wonder: why doesn't a landowner here just open fire with an automatic weapon and kill the energy company and pipeline company employees, who are being accompanied by armed government agents, when they show up to install the pipelines using the ridiculous legal argument of "eminent domain"? Just a simple philosophical inquiry this morning, before I check in with the 35 year old anti-nuclear vigil in front of the White House. Last thought: most of the passersby yesterday are unsure if it would be better to padlock the building after the Obama's move out, or vote for the Clintons to move back in. Not ignorantly stuck in postmodern America,

Craig Louis Stehr

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RADIO TAX ADVICE (was) Re: a cash reward?

On 4/8/2016 2:46 PM, Chris Hayter wrote (of the lost wallet):

No telling where it's at with the tides

…and the crocodiles. People get them for pets for their kids for Easter, and they're cute and tiny, but when they get big enough to almost not be flushable, that suddenly occurs to the parents, and that's what they do -- flush them -- and they end up in the rivers and they really get big. A wallet is like a peppercorn to them. It might be in the Other World by now.

Speaking of which, I'm doing Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio by live remote from away, tonight. So if you were thinking about coming to KNYO (325 N. Franklin, Fort Bragg) and showing off your musical chops or showing-and-telling your otherwise show-and-tell, don't try it, but rather come /next/ week (April 15), when I'll be there with the door unlocked. After 9pm. And just walk in the front door and head for the lighted room at the back.

And, unless you want to give me a heart attack, don't sneak up and stand behind me waiting for me to reach a stopping point in the narrative. Say something as you approach, or cough, or click one of those clicker things.

I can give you tax advice, such as: go to and just start, and you'll be done and returns filed in an hour, and less than a week later both Fed and State refunds will be in your bank account.

Marco McClean


  1. Jim Armstrong April 9, 2016

    You guys are really going to have to start attributing such pieces as the one quoted from above.
    In this case there may be two writers, but who knows?
    And, without knowing, who cares?

    “WHEN BILL CLINTON took on the Black Lives Matter hecklers yesterday, he seemed truly indignant, basically saying that the Black Lives Matter movement should be agitating against young black men shooting each other. Clinton sounded like an innocent bystander caught in a crossfire, not the guy who was at the power levers for eight years who made black lives much more difficult. Ditto for Mrs. Clinton. A federal jobs program would help tamp down the gunplay, and a Sanders administration generally, with its emphasis on the economic war that people like the Clintons are waging against the majority of Americans of whatever race, assuming he reverses it, would do wonders to cool the passions we see rising all round US. (Thank you, Mr. Pundit. Any other trite observations you may care to share, we’re all eyes.)”

  2. Bruce Anderson April 9, 2016

    As a matter of cold, hard fact, Mr. Armstrong, I wrote that all by myself. I also wrote the parenthetical at the end because I don’t like punditry on the Big Issues and made a little fun of myself. Unsigned stuff is me. We try to attribute accurately and we try to promptly correct errors. Maybe you ought to have a couple of cups of coffee before you wade through all that Potter Valley free water and on into the public arena.

  3. Harvey Reading April 9, 2016

    Re: “BERNIE SANDERS is a very big threat to the wealthy …”

    Dream on.

  4. Harvey Reading April 9, 2016


    It’s already too late, far too late. We’ve known for decades what the outcome would be, and we did nothing of significance to avoid it. Now, we “reap what we’ve sown”, and sooner than most of us expect.

  5. Jim Armstrong April 9, 2016

    Gee, if there is someone who seems to have needed his coffee this morning, it was anonymous Anderson at his snidest, rudest and juvenile worst.

    Potter Valley, by the way, gets its free water from the same place Anderson Valley does: the rain.
    Otherwise we pay for it.

    • Bruce Anderson April 9, 2016

      Not enough.

      • Bruce Anderson April 9, 2016

        Rude, snide, worst?

        • Jim Armstrong April 9, 2016


          • Eric Sunswheat April 9, 2016

            Calm down you two… don’t think anyone wants to see arm strong Anderson at his worst, pulling out all stops. We have him back from Oregon, and now with some positive weekend refreshment in San Francisco.

            The Potter Valley geographical area perhaps covers much more than 40 times that of the water district being bandied about, according to post office zip code. So get over it, every drop counts in this Cadillac desert.

  6. Craig Stehr April 9, 2016

    Meanwhile, I attended the newest production of Bread and Puppet Theater last night in Washington D.C.: “The Public Access Center for the Obvious Presents: The Situation”, written and directed by founder Peter Schumann. This musical and dark clown-show features cardboard horses, an anti-extinction angel, proletariat broom dancers, a 100 watt lightbulb, a ship of fools, and a swinging brass band: all of whom are urging the Not-Yet_Existing-Upriser-Masses into reality. More info at

    The situation of sweeping up the debris of this civilization while awakening the postmodern population from its consumer trance, before all hell breaks loose, more or less describes the basic plot; and the performance is artistically fantabulous, which is what we expect from the puppetistas. They’re going on to New Orleans next.

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