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MCT: Saturday, July 13, 2019

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FIVE SENIOR Mendocino Redwood Company foresters for Mendocino County have reportedly resigned under as-yet unexplained circumstances, but sources say there's been a major shift in the Fisher family's attitude about their huge holdings in Mendocino and Humboldt County. From what we've gathered, the Fishers have brought in a crew of young forestry managers from Red Emmerson's Sierra Pacific company. For decades, Emmerson has been famous for his high cut rates in the Sierras, particularly lately with the heavy logging of burned out and dead and dying forests. Last we heard Emmerson was the fourth biggest land-owner in the United States, much of it forest. In addition, he's dominant in National Forest logging these days, especially fir and the less commercial species. His crew has a well-deserved reputation for their contempt for government and environmentalists and regulations of any kind.

Harry Merlo, Red Emmerson, and Mr. Mhlanga at a World Forestry Institute meeting in 2011

MRC NEIGHBORS who have had reasonable relationships with the company in recent years are worried that the new regime will make it difficult for them to deal with MRC on roads, easements, property lines, harvest plan reviews, etc. Recent price increases for redwood lumber have further changed the local timber industry, leading to rumors that MRC is refusing to buy already cut timber from existing logging jobs in an effort to force down their cost and give them higher margins for finished milled lumber.

THE FIRE HAZARD implications for the standing dead tree issue also worries neighbors, and outstanding legal questions from the State Attorney General about the legality of Mendo’s ballot measure declaring standing dead trees to be a nuisance leave many unsure what the new regime at MRC may mean for fire prevention plans, evacuation routes (through MRC land?), and the extent of help MRC may offer if or when there's a fire on their vast Mendo holdings.

MRC’S SHIFT to the Sierra-Pacific model of forest management has been going on for several years now, going back to MRC’s 2014 hiring of Bob Mertz, former Sierra Pacific executive, followed by Dennis Thibeault, famous climate change denier, also from Sierra Pacific. This latest series of departures and new recruits is not likely to endear Mendocino Redwood to locals no matter what their political persuasion.

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WE’VE HAD TROUBLE keeping up with the Golden State Warriors’ trades, acquisitions and signings since the playoffs ended, but the new lineup is now taking shape.

Gone are quite a few familiar names: Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Jordan Bell, Quinn Cook, Shaun Livingston, Demarcus Cousins, Andrew Bogut and Damian Jones.

Retained: Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney and Alfonzo McKinnie. (However, Klay Thompson is injured and isn’t expected back in the lineup until 2021.)

New names include several we don’t recognize and will have to wait to see how they develop into the 2020 season: D’Angelo Russell (former all-star for the Brooklyn Nets), Willie Cauley-Stein (a solid Center for the Sacramento Kings), Glenn Robinson III, Alec Burks, Jacob Evans, Omari Spellman, plus rookies Eric Paschall, Jordan Poole and Alen Smailagic. Several of the non-rookie new names are very young. So the Warriors who begin pre-season next fall at their fancy new SF stadium will be a much younger team overall than we’ve been accustomed to watching.

The roster for now is:

Guards: Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, D'Angelo Russell, Jacob Evans, Jordan Poole.

Wings/Forwards: Alec Burks, Alfonzo McKinnie, Glenn Robinson III.

Wing/Bigs (i.e., could play center): Draymond Green, Eric Paschall, Alen Smailagic.

Bigs: Willie Cauley-Stein, Kevon Looney, Omari Spellman.

The new players certainly have good records and lots of potential. The new all-star D’Angelo Russell was known more as a shooter, driver, and “pick and roll” specialist than for his passing which the Warriors have been good at. Omari Spellman may be the most interesting player to watch. He’s 6-9, and weighed as much as 293 while playing for the Altanta Hawks in his first NBA season last year. He’s reportedly trying to lose weight because he and his coaches think extra weight makes him injury prone. But even if he gets down to his target 245, he’ll still a big fellow. How well he can play back-up center at 6-9 assuming he loses the weight will be one of the things fans will be looking closely at next season.

So the Warriors are no longer the “super-team” of the recent Curry-Thompson-Durant-Green era. And the much of the loyal, predominantly Oakland-centric fan base will not follow the team to San Francisco where the fans who can afford the pricier tickets will be a whiter, more techied, less boisterous bunch — and the home-crowd energy at the home games will not give the Warriors the advantage it has in the past.

All in all, an interesting season ahead — if the Golden State itself survives the wildfire season and economy doesn’t tank.

(Mark Scaramella)

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"This is the opening weekend for the Little River Museum. This summer's featured exhibit is the Littleriver Pioneer Cemetery.

We've also got free local Pomo trail maps, our featured Little River artist is photographer James Garretson, we have the Woodlands Wildlife natural history display, Pomo arrowheads and a recording of the spoken Pomo language, a new genealogy library, and numerous other local exhibits.

We're 8185 Highway One in Little River, the little white house with the red geranium at the top of the Van Damme 'S' curve, across from Cobbler's Walk Inn.

The building has been the town's community center since 1885 and features a domed architectural ceiling from when it was the Good Templars Hall.

Open summer weekends from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Free admittance - free coffee/tea and cookies."

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Drive-thru briefly closed; nearby businesses lose water and some fire alarms sound

A sheared off fire hydrant at Jack in the Box closed the drive up window Friday morning. (Photo by Peter Armstrong)

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Next Friday 7/19: Fiesta night with live music from Coastal Legend Keeter Stuart. Happy Hour starts at 5:30 and delicious homemade Mexican food served at 6:00ish.

Saturday 7/20: 4th Annual BBQ Competition! Join us for a fun evening of delicious BBQ and decide who is the best griller in town. Eating Starts at 5:00pm, $27.00/person includes Ribs and all the sides. Please RSVP for this one so I can make sure we have enough ribs for everyone.

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Letter to the Editor

The best thing that could happen to Coast District Hosptial and our community is if Adventist Health (AH) takes them over. Ask anyone who works for AH or has been a patient there, and you will hear much that is positive. AH seems to have thought of everything to support employees and patients. Patients feel the extra care that comes from compassionate medical teams working together.

Multiple people in the same family and multi-generations of families work there because AH is such a good employer. They look for talented employees and support their career development. I know an RN who was selected for Nurse Practitioner training and another woman who began in Housekeeping where her ability was recognized and she was trained to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. AH paid for her certification program. They offer fellowships to their employees.

Other advantages are the easily accessible AH portal to your medical records. You can get lab results in an hour, same as your doctors. Your appointments are all there and you can ask questions of your medical providers. You can click on your illness and get in-depth information to help you understand your condition.

Please think about this and talk up Adventist Health as the best solution for us and our coast hospital.

Sonya Nesch


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WE HAVE BABY MINKS on the South Fork of the Eel (Redheaded Blackbelt)

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by Jeffrey St. Clair

If you drive around the Klamath River basin for a day or two as I did, you’d be forgiven for wondering how there are any salmon, trout or short-nose suckers left in the river at all. The Klamath “Project”, initiated by the Bureau of Reclamation in 1906, drained more than 225,000 acres from Lower Klamath Lake and Tule Lake, reducing their size by nearly 2/3s, sucking and diverting water from Link River, Lost River, and the Klamath itself into 717 miles of canals and diversion ditches to irrigate potato, alfalfa and sugar beet fields on lands stolen from the Klamath and Modoc Nations and given to “settlers”, many of them GIs returning from WWII who were given land and later houses made from the chopped up barracks of the Tule Concentration Camp. The irrigators are immensely proud of their thievery and have further blotted the landscape with propagandistic billboards and signs proclaiming their triumph over what was once one of the world’s largest desert marshlands.

Sign celebrating the “settlement” of the drained lakebed of Tule Lake, largely by returning GIs.
Cracked lakebed of Tule Lake.
Irrigation of potato fields on the old Tule Lake bed.
Tule Lake, reduced by 2/3s of its original size since 1906.
Newell Potatoes, near the site of the Japanese-American concentration camp.
Winema Growers grain elevator on the old Tule Lake bed.
Irrigation pumps along Tule Lake.
Irrigators demand the public pay obeisance to them for committing ecocide in the Tule Lake basin.
With all the money the Klamath irrigators are raking in, you’d think they could afford a better sign.
Irrigation canal, near Merrill, California.
Diversion dam, Lost River.

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JULY 12, 2019

According to a draft of the much-anticipated plan released Thursday, the Digital Opportunity Data Collection will base a new broadband map on so-called polygon files that outline where carriers actually offer internet, as opposed to the current regime that indicates entire communities are connected even if only one building has web access. Then, people will be able to submit information about their communities' internet availability through a new portal.

"The commission's current census-block level broadband deployment reporting has been an effective tool for helping the commission target universal service support to the least-served areas of the country, but more granular data is needed to direct funding to fill the 'gaps' in broadband coverage — those areas where some, but not all, homes and businesses have access to modern communications services."

This "all-new approach" will help the FCC stretch subsidy funds that pay for connectivity programs and help carriers afford to extend their service in remote areas, Pai wrote in a Wednesday blog post. "If a provider can't provide the service shown on its map, you’ll be able to tell us directly. This process will let us better target our scarce universal service funds where they are needed most," he said.

The draft order would tweak the current Form 477 reporting process, through which carriers currently inform the FCC of their service offerings, but it contemplates scrapping the system in the future. The agency noted that Form 477 started as an internal monitoring mechanism that morphed into the main way that both the FCC and the public track broadband availability, and it acknowledged that the self-reporting system has clearly left a lot of gaps.

The plan appears to sidestep another idea put forth by trade group USTelecom that would base the map on street address information. "We also agree that the mandatory collection of broadband coverage polygons best achieves the objectives of greater granularity in fixed broadband reporting within the shortest time frame," the agency said, citing comments that discussed the drawbacks of relying on street addresses.

In a Thursday blog post, USTelecom President Jonathan Spalter pushed back on the notion that the FCC must choose either shapefiles or an address-based plan, saying the commission can always make the mapping even more granular. "Policymakers can and should use both approaches to improve the maps, but we urge them not to stop with shapefiles and get this done," he said.

The agency is slated to vote on the item at its Aug. 1 open meeting.

The packed August agenda will include a vote to streamline the application procedures for small satellites, or smallsats, which generally weigh less than 1100 pounds. The technology, with its shorter life span and easier launch logistics, is expected to offer more access to satellite internet service, and Pai said there's no reason for such services to be delayed because of regulatory red tape.

Further, the agency plans to vote on rules that would ban masking the true identity of callers in international calls and over text. Pai said the proposal is another facet of his plan to crack down on unwanted and illegal phone traffic.

Also on tap for August is a vote to limit the authority of local cable franchise bodies, which levy fees on communications providers in exchange for offering access to a community's rights of way. The plan would dial back the value of fees and in-kind services that the bodies are allowed to request.

Update: This story has been updated to include comment from USTelecom.

(Additional reporting by Nadia Dreid. Editing by Connor Relyea.)

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Third grade teacher Mark Sanchez laments students having to walk past the Works Progress Administration mural depicting the life of George Washington with slaves. Were our teacher-education curricula more vigorous, instructors would recognize a marvelous teaching moment.

There would be a unit on the inhumanity of African slaves being marketed to the colonies.

There would be a cross-disciplinary unit on the vigorous melding of politics and all the arts in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s WPA years — featuring Paul Robeson, Diego Rivera and the splendid Washington mural by Victor Arnautoff, whose life as a Russian-born Stanford professor exemplifies an era in American thought and the arts.

The third part of the lesson would be a survey of contemporary American cultural sensibilities — Pride, Confederate general statuary and contemporary response to 1936 WPA murals depicting 18th century attitudes right here at home.

Peter F. Neumeyer

Santa Rosa

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"Will he know what this is in reference to?"

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Beers, Bowes, Eaton, Halvorsen

MICHAEL BEERS, Ukiah. Disorderly conduct-alcohol, probation revocation. (Frequent flyer.)

GABRIEL BOWES, Covelo. Controlled substance for sale, transportation, parole violation.

KENNETH EATON, Ukiah. Disorderly conduct-alcohol.

NICHOLAS HALVORSEN, Fort Bragg. Disorderly conduct-alcohol, probation revocation. (Frequent flyer.)

Hill, Johnston, Medina

MICKEY HILL, Willits. Under influence, resisting, county parole violation.

DAVID JOHNSTON, Ukiah. Probation revocation. (Frequent flyer.)

JOSHUA MEDINA, Fort Bragg. Battery, probation revocation.

Moreles, Parkinson, Thompson, Williams

RAYMUNDO MORELES, Gualala. Over an ounce of pot, loaded firearm, criminal threats.

ADAM PARKINSON, Leggett. Probation revocation.

CLIFTON THOMPSON, Ukiah. Contempt of court, concealed dirk-dagger, offenses while on bail, failure to appear.

TYLER WILLIAMS, Redwood Valley. Lewd/lascivious acts upon a child under 14.

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by Marilyn Davin

Years ago I did a mercifully brief stint as a management development facilitator (an oxymoron if ever there was one). One of my regular co-trainers, a young black woman a few years younger than I was, was looking through my home library one evening when she came to a dead stop in front of my very old and tattered edition of Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell, who won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer for Fiction for the classic novel, the only one she wrote in her short writing life. My co-trainer and friend was appalled that I owned the book, and condemned it roundly for racism of the foulest order. To which I countered, “How would you expect the great granddaughter of a southern plantation owner to write about the pre-Civil-War, antebellum South?” I brushed her comment aside as a one-off, only to today watch this censorious and revisionist thinking spread into all forms of written, spoken, and artistic expression faster than the mythical many-headed Hydra.

Many liberals I know support and even champion this slippery-slope thinking, as evidenced by the 2011 flap over Mark Twain’s coming-of-age novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, published in the U.S. in 1885. The word “nigger” appears 219 times. CNN guest commentator Boyce Watkins, founder of the Your Black World Coalition and resident scholar for AOL Black Voices at the time, stated that the change is “not censorship,” further stating that “filtering” content is ethical because “parents do it all the time.” Huh? After this “filtering,” the 219 “niggers” were turned into “slaves” into an alternate version of Huck that has been published minus the n-word. First of all, the two words bear only a passing resemblance to one another. Human nature and its history being what they are, slaves have existed in all ethnicities since the Dawn of Time. The word “nigger” is very specific to the novel’s time and context, and would have been the usual spoken slang reference to American blacks over 135 years ago when the book was written. That’s the way it was, and retroactively changing it to a word that would never have been spoken then does not change the tenor of the times, no matter how today’s sensibilities may wish it so. That’s the way it was; it’s why it’s called history. Culturally aware parents might more honestly discuss the real novel with their kids as an illustration of the evolving nature of racism and its expression instead of handing down a dishonestly doctored version of the book. And what about Twain’s right to free speech? Huckleberry Finn’s words flowed directly from his pen to the page. No one should be able to change it. Ever. Shout to the heavens that he was a racist, write op-eds or books about how terrible the book is. Be thankful that you’re free to do it.

But don’t ever touch the text.

Assaults like this one on freedom of speech, expressed through revisionist history, have spread like a plague beyond the written word to the names of streets, buildings, bridges, and other physical structures named after persons, places, or things that have fallen out of political favor in our hyper-sensitive times. Mendo is not immune, though it appears cooler heads have prevailed in the dust-up over renaming Fort Bragg, named after Confederate brigadier-general Braxton Bragg. The ongoing attempt by helpful liberals to distill the Civil War into a conflict solely over black slavery is a disingenuous and dishonest view of its origins seen through a modern liberal political prism. All wars are fought over power, and the stain of slavery was an important part─but only a part─of the states’ rights dispute at the root of the Civil War. Banning the Confederate flag and toppling statues of General Robert E. Lee did little but fuel the passions of white supremacists and swell their numbers. They did no more to erase racism than the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s statue did to erase partisan violence in Iraq.

The beat goes on. Just last week the Dixie School District board voted to change the district’s name to the Miller Creek Elementary School District, and the San Francisco Unified School District recently voted (unanimously, no less) to destroy the Depression-era 1,600-square-foot mural entitled "Life of Washington" at George Washington High School because two scenes truthfully depict Washington as a slave owner and supporter of violent expansion into native tribal areas. I suppose the fear is that a culturally sheltered high school student could be irreparably traumatized by seeing an accurate depiction of the violence and persecution of his or her country’s real history-including by its first founding father.

Art in all its forms illuminates life, and artists play a critical and irreplaceable role in exposing politically motivated versions of history, including the accepted heroism of its victorious oppressors, for the hypocrisies they are. Writers, poets, painters, sculptors, and all depicters of the world as they see it must be protected from the clutches of political leaders who recognize their power and strive to eliminate or change it through claims of perceived cultural sensitivity, political correctness, or (the latest) national security.

Two years ago UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol T. Christ declared that year “Free Speech Year” and has frequently written and spoken about it ever since. I have both heard and read many of her thoughts on the subject, which generally reflect how puzzled she is that today’s young students seem so willing to repress free speech in favor of the make-nice values of their times like politeness, anti-bullying, and other passive views that, by their nature, limit the passionate activism the campus is famous for. Christ wrote in an interview with the Los Angeles Times that, “I believe…that it’s really important that all speech, with some very limited exceptions, be permitted and be open. Only in that way do you reveal its mendacity, its triviality. Our belief in free speech is most tested when it is speech that’s odious or abhorrent. I wish our community could not only hold that value but also understand that it’s by showing it up for what it is that we move forward.” Wise words to live by.

The history of us sorry humans is a miserable slog through tales of the strong destroying the weak. Preserving its many manifestations is better as a cautionary tale than reframing it as a politically pleasant fairy tale – absent the monsters.

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by James Kunstler

Where are Clintons, these dog days of summer? The Hamptons? Salty, sunny Martha’s Vineyard? Under a rock somewhere in the Chappaqua woods? Fate is turning in more than one uncomfortable way for the once-charmed couple of Boomerdom.

There is, of course, the freshly re-issued Jeffrey Epstein underage sex scandal, come ‘round again with a vengeance this time because there are fewer Clinton partisans left in the Department of Justice where the matter has festered for decades like a fistula slowly seeping its rot through the body politic. The vengeance emanates from the Clinton’s nemesis, the uppity Golden Golem of Greatness who dared to “steal” Hillary’s place in the Oval Office (and history). To put it plainly, Mr. Trump had enough of the two-year-plus persecution he endured from the Clinton-inspired Mueller investigation into the Clinton-propagated Russia Collusion flim-flam. And having patiently survived this audacious, seditious effrontery, is now out to squash the Clintons like a pair of palmetto bugs.

At this fraught hour of a frightful age, one turns to a metaphysical contemplation of these two Clintons, Hill-and-Bill, and just what it is that they represented in our national life these many years. Mainly, what I wonder is just how much power and influence they exerted behind-the-scenes in Washington since their exit from the White House in 2001. For example, starting with the most recent shenanigans, the curious composition of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel team, spiked with obvious Clinton insiders such as Andrew Weissmann, present at HRC’s aborted victory party on election night 2016, Jeannie Rhee, a lawyer for the Clinton Foundation, and several other former Obama-era DOJ staffers. How did that happen? How did Mr. Mueller get away with that?

One obvious answer: the media titans ignored it. This leads the casual observer to ask; how did it work that revered pillars of The News, like The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC, CBS, and so many others became captives of the Clinton narrative? What is the reality there? Probably not so much that the Clinton’s actually control persons and agencies, but that they are figurehead monarchs of the bureaucratic monster called the Deep State; and that this Deep State has been doing everything possible to preserve its increasingly corrupt perquisites against the call to dismantle them — a.k.a. “draining the Swamp.”

Can there be any shred of doubt left in this land that if anyone “colluded” with Russians to interfere in the 2016 election it was the Clinton Campaign’s Fusion GPS disinformation unit, which assembled The Narrative, with the assistance of CIA Director John Brennan, and peddled it to the willfully credulous FBI led by James Comey and the news media. We won’t rehash any more of this excruciatingly complex criminal project, except to note that it is now unraveling with equally painful blowback to the people responsible, including Hillary Rodham Clinton who may be liable for a heap of felony charges in the matter.

All of that nasty business may redound to the various intrigues emanating from HRC’s years as Secretary of State, namely the fantastic hoovering up of hundreds of millions of dollars by the Clinton Foundation from foreign parties doing business with the State Department, including the Russian Federation. How did all that indecency slip through the cracks? Once again, the media ignored it because it would not advance their interests in gender and identity politics to investigate the avatar of the party promoting those crusades. And because the Obama Justice Department under Loretta Lynch deliberately looked the other way for similar reasons.

And now there is the Epstein matter, which threatens not only former president Bill Clinton, but a cosmos of political, financial, and entertainment “stars” in countless ugly incidents that involve a kind of personal corruption that has no political context but says an awful lot about the obliteration of moral and ethical boundaries by the people who ended up running things in this fretful moment of US history. President Clinton has already kicked off this debacle by lying to the media about the number of rides he took on Mr. Epstein’s notorious airplane.

I voted for Bill Clinton twice. When they came up from the backwater of Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1992, they seemed like the fresh, bright antidote to twelve years of fusty Reaganism with the GHW Bush moldy cherry-on-top. Governor Bill, so glib and charming. Tall and catnip to the ladies, too! And almost immediately he was in deep shit over that part of his act, but he wiggled through it all with the aid of his perky, stalwart wife and partner, who defended him sedulously on nationwide TV. (America had never even heard about her misadventures on the Watergate Committee, where, age 27, she gained a reputation for being less than honest.) And that was followed by the first instance of Hillary moneygrubbing when she turned a few thousand bucks into a six-figure bonanza almost overnight in a wired commodities trade.

After all that bother they mostly minded their manners in the White House until Bill got all sexed up by Miss Lewinsky, and they managed to slip through that fiasco without penalty. It was really in the years following — after they left the White House copping some historic GI furnishings, and got caught doing it — that they put together their fabulous empire of grift known as the Clinton Foundation, with its do-good cover act called the Clinton Global Initiative. Curiously now, we learn that Bill was pretending to be on various world-saving missions during many of those trips he took on the Epstein Travel Service plane. We’ll see how that pans out going forward.

When all is said and done, the official business of going forward with these various scandals and their unwindings may prove to be the most nauseating and destabilizing period in our nation’s history. Nemesis is rising.

(Support Kunstler’s writing by visiting his Patreon Page.)

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REAL HEDGE-FUND MANAGERS Have Some Thoughts on What Epstein Was Actually Doing

Long before Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to prostitution charges in Florida more than a decade ago, his fellow Palm Beach resident and hedge-fund manager Douglas Kass was intrigued by the local gossip about his neighbor.

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ELIZABETH WARREN Unveils a Sane, Humane Immigration Plan

The United States is a materially prosperous, physically large, and rapidly aging country with a centuries-long history of successfully assimilating immigrants. In a rational universe, the idea that America should expand legal immigration — and welcome a share of the world’s refugees proportionate to our nation’s size and resources — would be uncontroversial.

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You will remember all this: "At the end of your life, your heart will break into a thousand shard-like wounds, and each of these will become a form, a body, a water moon, a magical appearance, a rainbow form, a mirage, a dream, and a moment's hope."

I replied: "There will be no rainbow, no mirage, no water moon, because there will be no one to tell of the things I have seen. There will be only death."

(John Sakowicz)

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The Mendocino County Farm Bureau (MCFB) Scholarship Fund was established in 1988 and has helped many local high school, college and trade school students obtain higher education in production agricultural or an agricultural related field. To be eligible to receive a scholarship, a candidate must be a resident of Mendocino County currently accepted or enrolled in a four year college/university program, junior college or accredited trade school and seeking a degree in a qualified field of agricultural related education. The MCFB Scholarship Committee interviews eligible candidates and the committee’s recommendations are submitted to the MCFB Board of Directors for final approval.

This year, with generosity from donors and proceeds from our annual fundraiser, we were able to provide $30,000 worth of scholarships to local high-school graduates and students continuing in higher education programs.

Students who plan to pursue a career in an agricultural related field are encouraged to submit an application no later than March 15th each year. Students can get the application from the MCFB website at:

2019 Scholarship Recipients

Fort Bragg High School

  • Sunny Andersen—Cal Poly—Ag Communications
  • Cassidy Daniels—Washington State—Biology

Potter Valley High School

  • Kenneth Glentzer—Mendocino College—Forestry

Ukiah High School

  • Morgan Clark—CSU Chico—Ag Education/Science
  • Molly Anderson—Montana State—Equine Science
  • Hailee Shipley—Mendocino College—Animal Science/Teacher

College Students

  • Casey Looney—CSU Chico—Crop Science/Horticulture
  • Ashley Hautala—CSU Chico—Ag Science/Education
  • Julie Brown—CSU Chico—Animal Science/Business
  • Katie Penry—San Jose State—Chemistry
  • Cassandra Renteria—Butte College—Forestry
  • Jocey Thieman—Fresno State—Ag Communications
  • Quinn Hougland—Shasta College—Ag Business

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$37,500,000,000 (Sheldon Adelson)


  1. Bill Pilgrim July 13, 2019

    RE: Know your oligarchs.

    This walking advertisement for the next ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ installment is Sheldon Adelson. Casino magnate billionaire who is Trump’s major donor and the ‘man behind the curtain’ for US policy in the Middle East. Loyal only to Israel and it’s eventual annexation of all Palestine. He is pushing Trump to nuke Iran.

  2. Harvey Reading July 13, 2019

    VW “Beetles” were truly god-awfully ugly things. I hated them with a passion, especially while growing up in the Sierra foothills. Their drivers would NEVER pull over to let people pass, as their monstrosities plodded up hills at 40 miles per hour in 65 mile-per-hour zones. The :buses were even slower. I’m glad they’re gone.

  3. Harvey Reading July 13, 2019

    “The ongoing attempt by helpful liberals to distill the Civil War into a conflict solely over black slavery is a disingenuous and dishonest view of its origins seen through a modern liberal political prism.”

    Without slavery, there would have been no civil war (it does not merit capitals, nor does any war), all conservative rationalization aside.

  4. Harvey Reading July 13, 2019

    Huckleberry Finn was a great novel, right up to the point where Tom Sawyer entered as a character. From there on it was trash: childish, Tom Sawyerish trash in my opinion. From what little I’ve read, Twain wrote the first (good) part of the book, then put the manuscript aside for several years before taking up the task again. A damned shame. I never did like ol’ Tom. Too much of a sissy and con artist.

    A few years back, a writer named Norman Lock produced what was for me a much better ending to Huckleberry Finn than the one Samuel Clemens threw together. Lock’s book is called The Boy in His Winter.

  5. Harvey Reading July 13, 2019


    Exactly. Let the brats learn at an early age just what this country is really all about, and where it came from. Leave the mural where it is, and keep it maintained. Kids are fed far too much baloney in primary and secondary schools as it is.

  6. Harvey Reading July 13, 2019

    “When will people wake up?”

    Never. Humans are too stupid and greedy. They will be money-grubbers right up to the bitter end … which is near.

  7. Marshall Newman July 13, 2019

    Regarding the “Darlene” cartoon, I’ve always wondered why those voices don’t tell the people who hear them to clean the house, pick up litter on the street or do a good deed.

  8. James Marmon July 13, 2019


    I think it’s great that Brother Tom wants to teach cops not to shoot or strangle mentally ill people, three quarters of the county’s citizenry would be in danger.

    James Marmon MSW
    Former Mental Health Specialist
    Sacramento, Placer and Lake Counties.

    • Lazarus July 13, 2019

      After watching the movie of the latest measure b meeting I did find it interesting that there was a mention, ever so slight, of public input from Redwood Valley citizenry.
      I do seem to remember the “Dollar General” fiasco a few years back, that went south in a heartbeat. Seems there may be a traffic issue around the JW Hall? The latest proposed project for law enforcement and the sheriffs legacy.
      Could be a difference of opinion a brew’n in the Redwood Valley…
      As always,

      • James Marmon July 13, 2019

        Yeah, the folks are still mad that they put that big storage business right on main street in Redwood Valley. The County approved that without public input, caught everyone by surprise.

        James Marmon MSW

  9. George Hollister July 13, 2019

    For anyone who does not know who Jeffrey St. Clair is; the assumption would have to be that he didn’t grow up in a rural town, he doesn’t like sweat or dirt, being of the land is not his thing, and he’s not a farmer.

    • Harvey Reading July 13, 2019

      You mean welfare farmers, the sort who benefit monetarily from Bureau of “Reclamation” welfare projects, paid for by general taxpayers, at the expense of habitat and fish and wildlife populations, not to mention their low-paid, brutalized laborers, don’t you, George? Or perhaps you mean tree “farmers”.

      Your romanticized characterizations are typically conservative, embedded in the utter fantasies about life that characterized the 18th and 19th centuries in the minds of slave rapers like Jefferson and other high-born hypocrites. Rural towns are far overrated for all the idealizations of them created by conservative fantasizers. I haven’t met a farmer yet who actually liked sweat or dirt (they leave that part to “the help”).

      • Alethea Patton July 13, 2019

        Harvey – I am a small scale farmer in Point Arena and I can assure you that I like both the sweat and the dirt. In fact, we tenderly love the dirt. I would hope all farmers love the dirt.

        • Harvey Reading July 13, 2019

          They don’t, though many bellow on to the contrary. They like bars and country clubs.

        • Harvey Reading July 13, 2019

          A question: you say you are a small-scale farmer; does that mean that you rely entirely on farming for a living? Or do you have a day job as well? I’m making the (perhaps incorrect) assumption that you are not a pot farmer.

          • Alethea Patton July 14, 2019

            I do subsidize my farm income with better paying work. My son, however, supports his small family solely on his income from organic vegetable farming.

          • Harvey Reading July 14, 2019

            Thank you for your response.

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