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Valley People 7/15/09

CHRISTIAN CAMARILLO, 17, of Boonville was seriously injured early Tuesday morning when Agustin Balandran’s 1989 Honda, with Mr. Balandran, 18, apparently asleep at the wheel, ran into a tree, causing the Balandran's vehicle to roll over several times, throwing young Mr. Camarillo from the vehicle before it came to rest on Mountain View Road near the High School. Mr. Camarillo had been asleep in the back seat when the Balandran car began rolling over. He and Mr. Balandran at first called friends to pick them up, but Mr. Camarillo’s condition worsened in the ensuing hours and he was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for treatment of serious internal injuries.

ANOTHER SINGLE CAR accident in Yorkville which occurred Monday afternoon about 3:20 not far from the Yorkville Market, also ignited a brief, one-acre wild fire. The female driver of the vehicle, identified by the CHP as Betty Taylor, was carried off to Ukiah for treatment of minor injuries. The fire was quickly extinguished by passersby and the Anderson Valley Volunteer Fire Department.

AIRBORNE pot raiders seized multiples of devil weed last week from gardens on the north side of the Ukiah Road above Bell Valley. Large gardens on Fish Rock Road west of Yorkville and in Ham Canyon west of Boonville were also raided. 8,000 plants were uprooted at Ham Canyon alone. No arrests were made.

REPEATED VOLLEYS of complaints about the eyesore shipping container beside the Ukiah Road at Bell Valley have finally resulted in its removal, and hats off to the County's Planning and Building Department's McCleary for getting it done.

WHAT GENE HERR describes as likely the final hearing on the General Plan update will be held at County headquarters, Ukiah, on Monday, August 17th.

AND DON'T FORGET Guitar Shorty, Friday night at the Navarro Store, “a guaranteed spectacular show,” says impresario Dave Evans, a guy whose guarantees are always guaranteed.

THE TIMES keep on getting tougher. Rumor out of Fort Bragg says Anderson Trucking is running only seven of its twenty-three trucks and employee health insurance is a thing of the past.

RONALD WILLIAM BEAN and Tammy Leona Hiatt were married June 27th in sunset ceremonies on the shores of Lake Tahoe. The bride is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Kay Hiatt of Boonville. The groom is the son of the late Mr. Ronald Bean and Mrs. Ronald Bean of Carmel Valley. The new couple is living happily in Healdsburg where Mr. Bean is a graphic designer with his own company, Bean Graphics.

ON DISPLAY at the Grace Hudson Museum as of July 11th are the wonderful photographs of Edward Curtis, who spent a large part of his life recording the traditional lives of Native Americans before the old ways disappeared early in the 20th century. This exhibit is worth even the suffering innate in any trip to that particular destination.

THE TRANSFORMATION of Tom Cronquist's property in central Boonville by the deft local planner, Wes Drumheller, prompts us all to pause to admire it. If you're an old timer you will remember when the front part of Tom Town, as it's called, was a diner. Forty years later Mr. D has transformed Tom Town to a thing of small scale beauty.

RAN INTO CLIFF LYONS last week in front of Lemons Market, Philo, where Cliff told me that he'd sold his place in Navarro and was going to live in Los Angeles to care for his aged mother. This is a guy all of us admire and all of us will miss. He took care of his severely invalided wife right up to her death two years ago, and now he's off to do the same for his mother. All the rhetoric about family values? This man is the real deal, and there aren't many like him. We all wish to heck Cliff wasn't leaving.

ANOTHER CRUCIAL departure is that of Don Pardini who's retiring from his long-time responsibilities at Evergreen Cemetery. What a lot of us probably don't know, or we've forgotten, is that it was Don Pardini who retrieved our graveyard from years of benign neglect. In what seemed like no time at all, Don had the cemetery secured from vandals, had it cleaned up and restored to its essential place as the central repository of local history that it is, the ultimate repository of local history I suppose you could say. Whomever succeeds Don has a huge legacy of meticulous care to meet. Don set the standard very high, and all of us are indebted to him for his unflagging devotion to the care and protection of our final resting places.

THE SUSHI DINNER at The Boonville Lodge last Wednesday night was a huge hit with diners, and a heckuva bargain at $55 for all the sushi you could eat plus the wine, all of it prepared and orchestrated by the multi-talented Tom Rodrigues of Maple Creek Winery, and here's hoping Tom will go to all that effort again. Soon.

LOCALS were both amused and impressed by the sudden roaring appearance in Boonville last Saturday of Riders For The Son, a Christian motorcycle club.

IF YOU'RE MISSING a black, gray and brown German Shepherd, a young female whose matted neck fur looks like it once was encircled by a collar, your dog was found way out Mountain View Road, and if you'll call 882-2214 or 489-8010 the lady who found her will return her to you.

THURSDAY NIGHT, watching the Giant's game on my 35-foot television set with zippity zoo zah high def resolution and foot massager, suddenly Krup or Kuip said, “Rich from Boonville wants to know what a cut fastball is.” Krup, as he is wont to do, went into such mesmerizing detail in his explanation that I'd dozed off by the time he'd finished, but I remember Krup asking Kuip, “Boonville?” and Kuip replying, “Sure, Boonville,” like he knew us well. So, who's Rich in Boonville? (Sit down, Jess Jackson. I said Rich, not rich. We know you're rich.)

A READER marvels at a Ukiah Daily Journal ad touting Charlotte Massey, RN, Clairvoyant, Intuitive Reader and Healer, 50% discount on first session. “How the hell can it be legal to run a business like this in 2010?” Easy. A Ukiah fellow called Richard Johnson, also known as The One True Green, used to publish, and perhaps still does, a thing called The Confluence Journal. It listed the head-slapping services of some two hundred Mendocino County quacks offering everything from whim wham therapy to latte enemas. There's a huge market out there for this stuff.

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