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MCT: Thursday, September 26, 2019

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WARM AND BREEZY weather will give way to cooler conditions this weekend into early next week as a cold upper-level storm system drops south across the western United States. Freezing overnight temperatures will be possible across wind sheltered valleys in Trinity County by Sunday morning. (National Weather Service)

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by Jake Jones

In light of the recent, multiple, one sided negative articles regarding my time at EPD [Eureka Police Department], I would like to use this platform (as I have no other) to defend myself.

In regards to my alleged "dishonesty," I will lay out the events for you. I responded to a call of a deceased dog and spoke with the owner, who I expressed my sympathy to. (It did not seem to come across to him. I can assure you that I was saddened that his dog was dead, however, I had a job to do while I was there.) During the investigation, I found no physical evidence other than the deceased dog and there was no suspect. There was nothing to go on. As the original article stated, there was a report of a subject with a firearm posing a threat elsewhere, so I would imagine I was hurriedly trying to get to that call to keep the public safe and make sure I was there for my partners.

Some time later, while completing other reports that were in my queue, my Sergeant asked me if I had taken pictures of the deceased dog and I told him I had (because I remembered making an attempt to). Later, after I had realized I hadn't taken any pictures, I was ABSOLUTELY FORTHCOMING and went to my Sergeant to tell him I had been mistaken and that I was sorry that I had given him the wrong information. I told him I couldn't find any pictures, so I obviously didn't take any, although I remembered trying to.

I did not hear of this alleged "dishonesty" again, until over a month later. Coincidentally not until AFTER I had told this Sergeant and a Captain of my being in the background investigation process with Willits Police Department.


As the original article stated, it took the Sergeant SIX WEEKS to file a "letter of concern" because he perceived that I had been dishonest with him. I must assert, with everything I have, that it was not my intention to be dishonest. The trust of my peers, supervisors and the public is of the utmost importance to me and I would not jeopardize that (let alone my career), especially over something so inconsequential.

In regards to the use of force investigation. I will not give specifics, however, I will offer facts that should help clarify the validity of the accusations. These charges (criminal in nature) were sent to the Humboldt County DA and reviewed for months. The Humboldt County DA DID NOT file criminal charges against me (because I didn't act in a criminal manner). I was within the scope of the law (even though my department asserts that I violated their policies).

After all of these allegations, I was put on Administrative Duty for NINE MONTHS, until this investigation was complete. Afterward, I served a suspension (without pay) and returned to FULL DUTY for EPD (wearing a full uniform and in a patrol car, enforcing the laws of the state of CA).

I submitted my letter of resignation the same day I returned to full duty, AFTER I served my suspension. I did not surreptitiously leave EPD in an attempt to start my career elsewhere without anyone knowing. In fact, to anyone who has ever asked, I have given my side of the story gladly, because I did not and still do not agree with EPD's allegations against me.

I suspect that this post will do very little in the minds of those who have decided that I am a corrupt, dishonest Police Officer (or person, for that matter). I would like to say this to those people: Do not let this incident skew your perception of Police Officers. These are the people who heard the calling to protect and serve you and they would lay down their lives for you (likely a complete stranger) if need be. They sacrifice their safety, health (physical and mental) and oftentimes, their personal relationships in order to answer this calling.

Thank you for considering my side of the story and again, please do not let this cast Law Enforcement in a negative light in your mind. They deserve your utmost respect for the dangerous, stressful and often times thankless job they perform.

— Jake

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At 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25, our crews began conducting safety patrols and inspections in Butte, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sonoma and Yuba counties, where power had been turned off for safety. In some areas where patrols have been completed, we are beginning to re-energize the power lines.

As of 4 p.m. on September 25, PG&E equipment in Napa, Sonoma, Placer and Plumas Counties impacted by the PSPS had been patrolled and electric service has been restored to essentially all customers in those counties.

Restoration activities can only take place during daylight hours.


Ed note: by Wednesday evening (11:30) PG&E reported power had been restored to all customers except 11% in Butte County.

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Thursday, September 26 - Evening Jazz at the Ukiah Brewing Company - 6-8pm
Join us for great food & brews and cool Jazz at the Ukiah Brewing Company
& Restaurant this Thursday featuring cellist Clovice Lewis with Dorian May
on piano and Dorothea May on bass from 6-8pm.

Saturday, September 28 - Jazz Night at the Crush Italian Steakhouse - 6-9pm
Francis Vanek (sax),  Dorian May (piano) & Dorothea May (double bass)

Sunday, September 29 - Jazz at the Ledford House in Albion - 6-9pm
Terry Simcik (guitar), Dorian May (piano) & Dorothea May (double bass)

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THIS DRAMATIC CRIME AGAINST NATURE is the work of the Napa-based V. Sattui Winery. wholly visible from Highway 128 just north of Boonville. Sattui's land massacre has been accomplished without permits.

AROUND THE COUNTY COURTHOUSE the Kenneth Rogers case is known as the "immaculate conviction" because Rogers (of Westport) was, after major betrayals by his attorneys and the cretinous trial judge (the late Ron Brown), packed off to state prison on the basis of zero evidence against him. All surmises and assumptions, but not a single fact that Rogers orchestrated a shooting attack on the home of a Westport political rival.

THE ROGERS case has been docketed in the United States Supreme Court on three issues including, Can the State of California deny a criminal defendant his rights to legal representation at a critical stage of the proceedings where the State refused to hold a hearing on the release of a Rogers' property worth some $128,500.00, so Rogers could retain legal counsel of his choice under the Gonzales-Lopez decision? And does the State of California have a legal duty to protect the public from the risk of attorneys like Donald Masuda who literally stole Kenneth Rogers money, preventing Rogers' ability to retain legal counsel of his choice?




New Trial?:

USED TO BE on extremely hot days the newspapers would run photos of eggs frying on sidewalks, a guy in a cook's hat holding a spatula and grinning into the camera. That's my memory anyway. But when I googled the alleged phenomena, that very fount of irrelevant information on subjects large and small, and source of much information for people educated beyond their capacities (cf the anti-vaxxers and Building 7 brigades), I learned that it’s possible, but not probable, that you could fry an egg on a sidewalk during a hot day. Source: Library of Congress! According to our national librarian, eggs need to reach a temperature of 158°F to cook through. Sidewalks can usually get up to 145*F. The hotter the day, the more likely your egg will fry. Using a good heat conductor (i.e. a frying pan) is also important. A concrete sidewalk isn’t the best conductor of heat. Neither is blacktop pavement, but it will get warmer than the sidewalk. Even hotter still is the hood of a car, which is more akin to a frying pan. It was 107 in the shade outside our office door, but I couldn't find an egg to crack on the hood of the Silver Bullet, and anyway didn't want to provoke my loyal transportation for 295,000 miles.

A BRIT JOURNALIST, rightwing divisions, called Toby Young told an English tv show that Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, was "terrifying children around the world with her catastrophic and alarmist language." And other pundits, Fox News types, are suggesting the kid is nuts or, at a minimum, needs therapy for depression. The crowds of young people I saw on tv seemed mostly jubilant in the face of the looming apocalypse, but joy and enthusiasm are the nature of the young beast, right? The apocalypse remains on the periphery for most first world youth; they experience it in the mass aberrant behavior they see everyday outside their bubbles, and if they're poor, as millions of their American peers are, they experience personal apocalypse in family collapse and the social chaos they grow up in. The young participants in last Friday's demos were mostly the children of privilege, the beneficiaries of private educations and insulation from the daily menace faced by their global age equivalents. I think Greta Thunberg has done a good thing in calling attention to the accelerating catastrophes she and the rest of the young will confront, and given a mental health match-up between her and the average Republican, my money would be on Greta.

NEW YORKER FICTION, in this lowbrow's opinion, is mostly unreadable. Check that: readable but so extremely hothouse PC or didactic in the new snowflakey ways that it's of no interest, at least to this outback savage. If I was alone in my opinion I'd doubleback and read some of the unreadable, but lots of people tell me they feel the same way about New Yorker short stories. Every couple of months they run a good one, which I suspect they do out of pure deference to the reputation of the author not that the editors care much or even recognize a good story when they read one. Anyway, Tom McGuane's "Wide Spot" in the September 23rd edition of the mag is the real deal. Perfectly told little gem. I want you to read it class, and report back.

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AROUND 5,000 so-called Earthquake Cottages were built as part of aid to SF following the disaster. A few are reported to still be standing in various (& unnamed) neighborhoods…ca.1906.

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Wind & Water: The Nautical Collection of Norman de Vall

This current exhibit showcasing the nautical collection of coast resident Norman de Vall is ongoing at the Kelley House Museum in Mendocino NOW through November 11th, you can see antique coastal charts dating back to the 1700’s, sextants old and new, a large brass compass from a sailing ship, taffrail logs that were pulled behind the ship to calculate its speed, a caulking mallet and irons, and other navigational implements needed to travel upon the seas in the age of sail.

Kelley House Museum

Friday thru Monday 11:00am - 3:00pm

Members $5.00 Non-members $7.00

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Peters challenging Gjerde in the 4th District Supervisor race has finally got Gjerde off his duff. Dan is suddenly taking his job seriously! We've seen more and heard more from him in the past week than we have in the past three years. Seems Peters is all ready getting things done. Thank you Lindy!

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DR. BURNS FROM MENDOCINO ANIMAL HOSPITAL will be at the Anderson Valley Farm Supply seeing patients on Thursday, October 24th and again on Thursday, November 14, 2019. She's there between 2:00 and 4:00 pm. People can always check the events section of our Facebook page for more information - it's always posted when we're going to be there.

Michelle Fetzer, Mendocino Animal Hospital

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Took a drive down memory lane this afternoon. Once, when rents were amazingly cheap, I lived right smack dab in the village of Mendocino. Rents were so cheap that when I went on tour for six months, I did not have to even get someone to sub-let. I just paid the rent and said, what the hell. I mean 325.00 bucks per month cheap (which was the final rent--I started by paying 225.00 per month), for a two bedroom house with a dining room, living room, kitchen, etc. front and back yard and garage. That garage guaranteed I would never be lonely. I must have stored half of Mendo's transient (and not so transient) populations goods at any one time. Lots of great parties at this house, many great memories and my second siamese cat, Zack, is buried in the back yard. Rod Cameron bought it in 1999 and turned it into an artist's studio. Rod builds flutes. His nephew, by the way, wrote "Hedwig and the Angry Inch". Anyway, loved this house. Lived there for years. 1987 to 1999. The plum tree in the front had horible tasting plums. Me and Laurie Dingler used to throw them against the wall of the A. T. and T building across the street. 44930 Pine Street, Mendocino, CA.

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On an old subject that I have been giving some thought to: I assume the AVA still has an ant problem. I have suggested in the past to get rid of their food, and they will go away. Around my fort, there is a lot of ant food, but I don’t have ants. What I do have is a large population of western fence lizards (outside). Western fence lizards will feast on diurnal ants. Those are the ants likely seen at the AVA.

I do what I can to encourage western fence lizards because they have an unknown substance in their blood that kills the Lyme’s disease spirochete. Anyone who is concerned about Lyme’s Disease, should be encouraging western fence lizard habitat in their environment. A side benefit is possibly no ant invasion in your home.

A large rock pile in your yard, that gets lots of winter sun is a good way to start. Western fence lizards love those piles. I believe it is helpful to place this rock pile in top of some discarded metal roofing. This keeps ground rodents from moving in. A roofed stack of firewood that remains undisturbed, and gets winter sun is another place for fence lizards. These lizards will consider these piles as home base, as they venture out into your yard eating insects.

Pets, like Skragg, might be a problem for fence lizards. Little Dog is likely too slow to matter.

Just some thoughts on how to control the common “sugar” ants we see in our homes, and help control Lyme disease at the same time. Nocturnal ants are another matter all together. We have many of those, too. But they are not necessarily a problem in our homes. Some can be.

(George Hollister)

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A READER WRITES: I see where Sister Yasmin thinks Mendolanders should send $25 to KZYX to achieve “simple living” membership status.

Which got me wondering what exactly is the point of “membership” — simple or complicated? I searched around on KZYX’s website and found:

“As a member you can vote for our Board of Directors.”

And: “We're a member-owned public radio nonprofit.”

And: “As a member you shape who we are and where we're going.” Although they don’t say so specifically on their website, membership also qualifies someone to run for the Board of Directors should they choose.

KZYX’s bylaws also provide that “Members shall have the right at all reasonable times to inspect all of MCPB’s records which are or should be maintained at the principal office except personnel records and other items that would violate the privacy of a specific individual or are otherwise protected under Federal or California law.”

For comparison I checked out KMUD’s “membership” info.

They have a page called “membership or donation — it’s your call.” It adds, “If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase (donation), you can request a full refund within 30 days.”

KMUD also says, “Sometimes you don't have much, but you do want to share and contribute. $12 makes you a member of KMUD!”

KMUD also says, “Each Member is entitled to one vote in Member elections.”

At least KMUD seems to realize that “membership” isn’t all that important nor costly.

I can’t find anything that says that either station offers any tangible benefits to members like discounts on stuff, or a newsletter, or free stuff for members, or special get-togethers for members or anything else.

Whatever one’s opinion of KZYX may be (I personally find them mostly boring with occasional bits of listenability which I might be willing to send them money for. But I see no particulare reason to be a “member.”)

I also see no evidence that “members” “shape who [they] are” because the station seems controlled by staff and the Board simply rubberstamps whatever the staff says.

So the “membership” idea seems more like a way maintain the fiction that if you can afford to throw away $50 for a radio station that mostly goes to pay that staff that controls the station and the programming, 2) is not very good, and 2) is thoroughly unshapable, then you can pretend you’re supporting something vaguely in the public interest when in fact you’re just perpetuating whatever they already do. (Not that I’ve seen any indication that anyone wants to “shape” KZYX much.)

PS. It does seem like the right to “inspect records” might be a slight increase in the value of membership, but, assuming Sister Yasmin is a member, I don’t see much evidence that even she’s using that important right to repair whatever broken relationship she may have with the station or to expose what they’re doing that’s keeping her off the air.

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Berg, Boone-Denhem, Brunk, Camacho

ROBERT BERG, Ukiah. Disorderly conduct-loitering in private property, paraphernalia, resisting.

MEREDITH BOONE-DENHEM, Ukiah. Assault with deadly weapon not a gun, vandalism.

JOHN BRUNK, Fort Bragg. Failure to appear, probation revocation.

DAVID CAMACHO, Ukiah. Smuggling firearms, deadly weapon or tear gas into jail, paraphernalia, disobeying court order.

Cook, Crouch, Lopes, Myers

TONI COOK, Fort Bragg. Criminal threats.

ERIC CROUCH, Ukiah. Parole violation.

ANTHONY LOPES SR., Willits. Probationi revocation. (Frequent Flyer)

DONNA MYERS, Ukiah. Failure to appear.

Starrett, Vansant, White

SHANNON STARRETT, Willits. Stolen property, resisiting.

WALTER VANSANT, Ukiah. Criminal threats, probation revocation.

ARIANA WHITE, Ukiah. Domestic abuse.

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by Greta Thunberg

Recently I’ve seen many rumors circulating about me and enormous amounts of hate. This is no surprise to me. I know that since most people are not aware of the full meaning of the climate crisis (which is understandable since it has never been treated as a crisis) a school strike for the climate would seem very strange to people in general.

So let me make some things clear about my school strike.

In may 2018 I was one of the winners in a writing competition about the environment held by Svenska Dagbladet, a Swedish newspaper. I got my article published and some people contacted me, among others was Bo Thorén from Fossil Free Dalsland. He had some kind of group with people, especially youth, who wanted to do something about the climate crisis.

I had a few phone meetings with other activists. The purpose was to come up with ideas of new projects that would bring attention to the climate crisis. Bo had a few ideas of things we could do. Everything from marches to a loose idea of some kind of a school strike (that school children would do something on the schoolyards or in the classrooms). That idea was inspired by the Parkland Students, who had refused to go to school after the school shootings.

I liked the idea of a school strike. So I developed that idea and tried to get the other young people to join me, but no one was really interested. They thought that a Swedish version of the Zero Hour march was going to have a bigger impact. So I went on planning the school strike all by myself and after that I didn’t participate in any more meetings.

When I told my parents about my plans they weren’t very fond of it. They did not support the idea of school striking and they said that if I were to do this I would have to do it completely by myself and with no support from them.

On the 20 of august I sat down outside the Swedish Parliament. I handed out fliers with a long list of facts about the climate crisis and explanations on why I was striking. The first thing I did was to post on Twitter and Instagram what I was doing and it soon went viral. Then journalists and newspapers started to come. A Swedish entrepreneur and business man active in the climate movement, Ingmar Rentzhog, was among the first to arrive. He spoke with me and took pictures that he posted on Facebook. That was the first time I had ever met or spoken with him. I had not communicated or encountered with him ever before.

Many people love to spread rumors saying that I have people ”behind me” or that I’m being ”paid” or ”used” to do what I’m doing. But there is no one ”behind” me except for myself. My parents were as far from climate activists as possible before I made them aware of the situation.

I am not part of any organization. I sometimes support and cooperate with several NGOs that work with the climate and environment. But I am absolutely independent and I only represent myself. And I do what I do completely for free, I have not received any money or any promise of future payments in any form at all. And nor has anyone linked to me or my family done so.

And of course it will stay this way. I have not met one single climate activist who is fighting for the climate for money. That idea is completely absurd.

Furthermore I only travel with permission from my school and my parents pay for tickets and accommodations.

My family has written a book together about our family and how me and my sister Beata have influenced my parents way of thinking and seeing the world, especially when it comes to the climate. And about our diagnoses.

That book was due to be released in May. But since there was a major disagreement with the book company, we ended up changing to a new publisher and so the book was released in august instead.

Before the book was released my parents made it clear that their possible profits from the book ”Scener ur hjärtat” will be going to 8 different charities working with environment, children with diagnoses and animal rights.

And yes, I write my own speeches. But since I know that what I say is going to reach many, many people I often ask for input. I also have a few scientists that I frequently ask for help on how to express certain complicated matters. I want everything to be absolutely correct so that I don’t spread incorrect facts, or things that can be misunderstood.

Some people mock me for my diagnosis. But Asperger is not a disease, it’s a gift. People also say that since I have Asperger I couldn’t possibly have put myself in this position. But that’s exactly why I did this. Because if I would have been ”normal” and social I would have organized myself in an organisation, or started an organization by myself. But since I am not that good at socializing I did this instead. I was so frustrated that nothing was being done about the climate crisis and I felt like I had to do something, anything. And sometimes NOT doing things - like just sitting down outside the parliament - speaks much louder than doing things. Just like a whisper sometimes is louder than shouting.

Also there is one complaint that I ”sound and write like an adult”. And to that I can only say; don’t you think that a 16-year old can speak for herself? There’s also some people who say that I oversimplify things. For example when I say that "the climate crisis is a black and white issue”, ”we need to stop the emissions of greenhouse gases” and ”I want you to panic”. But that I only say because it’s true. Yes, the climate crisis is the most complex issue that we have ever faced and it’s going to take everything from our part to ”stop it”. But the solution is black and white; we need to stop the emissions of greenhouse gases.

Because either we limit the warming to 1,5 degrees C over pre industrial levels, or we don’t. Either we reach a tipping point where we start a chain reaction with events way beyond human control, or we don’t. Either we go on as a civilization, or we don’t. There are no gray areas when it comes to survival.

And when I say that I want you to panic I mean that we need to treat the crisis as a crisis. When your house is on fire you don’t sit down and talk about how nice you can rebuild it once you put out the fire. If your house is on fire you run outside and make sure that everyone is out while you call the fire department. That requires some level of panic.

There is one other argument that I can’t do anything about. And that is the fact that I’m ”just a child and we shouldn’t be listening to children.” But that is easily fixed - just start to listen to the rock solid science instead. Because if everyone listened to the scientists and the facts that I constantly refer to - then no one would have to listen to me or any of the other hundreds of thousands of school children on strike for the climate across the world. Then we could all go back to school.

I am just a messenger, and yet I get all this hate. I am not saying anything new, I am just saying what scientists have repeatedly said for decades. And I agree with you, I’m too young to do this. We children shouldn’t have to do this. But since almost no one is doing anything, and our very future is at risk, we feel like we have to continue.

And if you have any other concern or doubt about me, then you can listen to my TED talk, in which I talk about how my interest for the climate and environment began.

And thank you everyone for you kind support! It brings me hope.


PS. I was briefly a youth advisor for the board of the non profit foundation “We don’t have time”. It turns out they used my name as part of another branch of their organization that is a start up business. They have admitted clearly that they did so without the knowledge of me or my family. I no longer have any connection to “We don’t have time”. Nor has anyone in my family. They have deeply apologized and I have accepted their apology.

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THE UNITED NATION'S-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns of “severe damage” to the world’s oceans and icy regions. The 42-page summary published Wednesday morning says Earth’s oceans are under such severe strain from climate change that everything from seafood harvests to the well-being of hundreds of millions of people along the coasts will soon be in jeopardy. Rising temperatures are to blame for a drop in fish population and an increase in acidity levels threaten marine ecosystems. The rising temps also contribute to ice melt, meaning oceans have risen about 16 centimeters since the beginning of the 20th century—more than double the rate of the previous 100 years. The warmer oceans will continue to fuel harsher tropical storms and floods, which poses the greatest threat to coastal populations. “The oceans are sending us so many warning signals that we need to get emissions under control,” said leader author Hans-Otto Pörtner, a marine biologist at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany. “Ecosystems are changing, food webs are changing, fish stocks are changing, and this turmoil is affecting humans.”

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Re: Dehydrated Water

My dad, a supervising cook for a Youth Authority facility in Calaveras County–not too bad a way to grow up, given the rural setting at 1800 feet above sea level, and the relative isolation, 10 miles from the nearest town–took the family to a couple of institutional cookware shows in San Francisco during the early 60s.

Those shows, both held in Brooks Hall, which looked like a sort of humongous underground parking garage, were where I first beheld microwave ovens and convection ovens, both much talked about by Dad and both destined to become consumer items within the next 30 years, but real wonders then. There were lots of giveaways by corporate peddlers of various devices, like free soft drinks, dispensed by handheld devices that could dispense any of a number of flavors with just the press of the right button on the nozzle, now common too, and all manner of cooked snacks.

At one of the booths, my dad was given a can identical to the one pictured. I thought it was best of show. I was so aggravated when we returned home and he gave it to his boss, the business manager of the institution. I’d wanted to show it to my friends at school. Never thought I would see one again, and at that, it’s taken damned near 60 years.

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NEW YORK TIMES PUBLISHER declares Trump a threat to journalism; forgets to mention Obama’s war on whistleblowers and Julian Assange. The Trump administration is admonished as a threat to journalism worldwide in a new oped penned by New York Times publisher AG Sulzberger. It’s just a pity that in the 3,200-word screed, he found no time to mention Julian Assange. Perhaps a worse sin than his purposeful omission of Assange’s pertinent case, though, is Sulzberger’s utterly disingenuous claim that before Donald Trump came along, the US government was “the world’s greatest champion of the free press.” Readers who make it to the end of the piece would be none the wiser as to the fact that Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, waged a war on whistleblowers, prosecuting more of them than all previous US administrations combined and paving the way for Trump’s further attacks.

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Craig Stehr Asking for Help in Getting Placed with a Spiritual Service Group

Warmest spiritual greetings. Whereas I now have SSI and will begin receiving increased social security benefits in October, and also have Food Stamps and Medical, I am able to maintain myself. I want to live with a spiritual service group on earth, and devote myself to doing that which is pleasing to God. I need help in getting placed with such a group. My friend Andy Caffrey said to me that if we weren't living in the American social experiment which is capitalistic, materialistic, and confused, it would not be difficult for me to get a basic situation which would allow me to live the remainder of my life doling that which is pleasing to God. At present, I am in northern California. I am willing to relocate if necessary. I do NOT wish to struggle on the edge of homelessness simply because I am in the United States of America. I am asking you to do whatever you can to assist me in getting placed in order to do service oriented work which is pleasing to God. I am praying for this continuously. God is hearing me. Are you? Thank you very much.

Craig Louis Stehr


Telephone messages: (707) 923-2114

Current mailing address: c/o Andy Caffrey

816 Locust St. #C, Garberville, CA 95442

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  1. Lee Edmundson September 26, 2019

    Dear Mr. Bullock,

    Wasn’t it the PG&E sub station, not an AT&T?

    Remembering back in the days when so many of my friends could hold a single day job, make rent, and spend weeks and months at a time making music and doing theatre.

    Auld lang syne.

  2. Bruce McEwen September 26, 2019

    Doggerel For Teacher’s Pet

    ‘Tis morning in the comment page class
    All the scholars are conjuring en masse:

    What gems of wit, what jewels of truth,
    What observations will they post forsooth?

    Harvey Reading, the misnamed dunce,
    Sits in the corner, being quiet for once.

    In a seedy old housecoat and a conical cap,
    An open book for a prop, he’s taking a nap.

    In comes the teacher, Louis Bedrock by name,
    An atheist by faith, but a preacher all the same.

    Old Bedrock’s in a foul humor, his visage is grim,
    His nasty little comfort dog must have bitten him.

    Then there’s a commotion from behind the door–
    Wait-wait, don’t tell me, it’s that mean old boor

    Bruce McEwen, and you can tell that he’s drunk,
    His tongue is all tangled and his jibes are all junk.

    But hush now everybody, shut up and listen,
    The yap-dog’s awake, and his eyes are a-glisten!

    • Michael Koepf September 26, 2019


      • Harvey Reading September 26, 2019

        From your pictograph-like comment, I conclude that the old saw, “Birds of a Feather Flock Together”, is true. come to think of it, you and McEwen make a perfect pair.

        • Michael Koepf September 26, 2019

          Of course, Harv, I can’t speak for diligent, crime reporter McEwen, but I’d rather be a bird with a friend, then, sadly, an old crow all alone by myself.

          • Bruce McEwen September 26, 2019

            “The trouble with a cynic is he knows neither the price nor the value of a friend” — Grandpa McEwen’s intentional misquote of Oscar Wilde’s famed line (that a cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing), and I’d like to go out trapping cynics with you again sometime, Michael — we”ll decoy ourselves in these matching “feathers” our mutual antagonist pinned on us!

          • Harvey Reading September 26, 2019

            Even if that “friend” would stab you in the back the first time you failed to bow or do as you’re told? No thanks, I’ll stick to solitude and a small number of REAL friends.

      • Bruce McEwen September 26, 2019

        Nice touch, Michael, putting that bait on my little Have-A-Heart trap — the intended varmint — although he couldn’t read the signs, he was suspicious enough not to spring the trap until you put that emoji on there!

        Then see how he howls with pain and surprise, once he’s caught!

        Doesn’t bother to look up pictograph — doesn’t have the mother wit to care that it’s an absurd misnomer — can’t think to put his comma inside his quotation marks –just goes blithely off, unconscious of blundering into a run-on sentence — just goes blundering off ridiculing James Marmon’s writing (who has improved, incidentally, quite a lot), projecting his own worst failings on everyone else, blissfully ignorant, a resentful dullard of the first magnitude — quite a catch, really, a trophy specimen, and once I’ve had a qualified taxidermist mount his empty head on a block of wood, I’d like you to have it — since you tried so earnestly to befriend the obstinate old curmudgeon a few weeks ago.

        • Harvey Reading September 26, 2019

          LOL, Sad Sack. “Trapping”, as you call it is a cowardly, primitive, inhumane practice that kills or maims children and pets and should be outlawed.

          You would never cut it as an English teacher or a real writer.

  3. Harvey Reading September 26, 2019


    Well, James, what have you to say to that? She writes better and thinks more clearly than you and McEwen put together. Picture that!

      • Harvey Reading September 26, 2019

        Did you not see the word, “Asperger”, James? Twice? I would say that young woman is more aware of reality than most “normal” adults, you included, maybe you, especially.

        • James Marmon September 26, 2019

          That’s just a diagnosis, it doesn’t address her mental health status.

          • Harvey Reading September 26, 2019

            Good lord, James. There are none so blind as those who put on blinders to block out reality. Shame on you.

            • James Marmon September 26, 2019

              Teens: Anger, Depression, and Asperger’s


              “A parent asked: “Is it normal for a teen with Asperger’s to become increasingly angry, irritable, and almost violent while also becoming more suicidal? These behaviors don’t seem connected to Asperger’s.”


              “… to address the question about whether or not this combination of feelings is typical with teens with Asperger’s, the answer is yes. As they become teenagers, it’s very common for our children with Asperger profiles to become more anxious, and even seriously depressed, as new social and academic pressures increase their stress levels. Keep in mind that most teens experience turmoil—and that our sons and daughters are less developmentally ready than neurotypical teens to handle the multiple challenges of their high school years. With less awareness of their feelings than other teens, and fewer strategies for resolving their problems, they may act out, or vent their worries in hostile speech, withdrawal, surliness, or refusal to engage or co-operate.”


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

              • Harvey Reading September 26, 2019

                James, your silly responses make me feel reassured to know that you are far removed from practicing anything remotely related to the fields of social work or psychology. It would be interesting to talk with your former employers, but they, unlike you, are bound by confidentiality laws.

      • Lazarus September 26, 2019

        Speaking of Mental Health, I just viewed some of the most recent Measure B meeting.
        As always, it will be interesting to get AVA and James Marmon analysis.

        As always,

  4. Marshall Newman September 26, 2019

    My parents had a can of Dehydrated Water – just like the one in the picture – for at least a decade in their office at El Rancho Navarro in Philo. My mother received it as a promotional item at an American Camping Association conference. She was highly amused when another camp director approached the table to ask if he could buy a couple of cases, thinking it would be a great thing to have at his camp in case of an emergency.

    • George Hollister September 26, 2019

      In case of an emergency it’s important to have stone put away for stone soup, too.

      • Harvey Reading September 26, 2019

        And a crow or two for when eating crow is called for, perhaps?

  5. chuck dunbar September 26, 2019

    Thanks, AVA, for printing:

    1. Officer Jake Jone’s side of his story, pretty compelling.

    2. Greta Thunberg’s personal essay on her climate change advocacy. (And shame to those who so pathetically chastise her.)

    And also, thanks to Bruce McEwen for his very cool poem on those who–very often– inhabit the AVA’s comments pages– made me smile!

  6. chuck dunbar September 26, 2019


    “Thug stylin’ “

  7. George Dorner September 26, 2019

    The only thing missing from Mr. Jones’s account was the fact he can no longer testify in court as a police officer. Which effectively restricts him to desk duty.

  8. Craig Stehr September 26, 2019

    In my posting, the zip code s/b 95542. Otherwise, am praying and chanting to keep the mind spiritually focused, and today taking a blank writing book to the Garberville library to fill up with whatever is written down automatically. Obviously, I would appreciate living with a group who are both creative and spiritually focused. In a society which appears to be losing its moorings altogether, this is an anchor. If you believe that we could do greatly creatively, feel free to contact me. It must be obvious that I can maintain the body-mind complex now, and the doors of opportunity are opening. What would you do in this world if you knew that you could not fail? Craig Louis Stehr, Email: Telephone messages: (707) 923-2114 ;-)))

  9. Stephen Rosenthal September 26, 2019


    Thanks for providing the info on western fence lizards. I have a couple of questions.
    1) Wouldn’t a rock or firewood pile near the house attract rattlesnakes and/or black widow spiders?
    2) I know these lizards eat insects. Do they also feed on black widows, or is a bite from a black widow lethal and a deterrent to them?

    • George Hollister September 26, 2019

      Rock piles do attract snakes. In my neck of the woods we don’t have rattle snakes, so no problem for me. If you have rattlers, I imagine rock piles would be a problem. Black widows? Comptche has free range black widows, but I have not seen them in the same same rock pile occupied by fence lizards. I don’t see any spiders in these rock piles. I don’t think downtown Boonville has rattle snakes.

      Fence lizards also like masonry construction. That is an expensive alternative. I am trying to think of some other easy measures that can be taken to encourage western fence lizards in rattle snake country, and can’t think of any. Good question.

  10. Randy Burke September 26, 2019

    Found object: isn’t that the guy from Goldfinger?

  11. Lazarus September 26, 2019


    You the guy that picked on me in school.

    As always,

  12. Lazarus September 26, 2019

    “MY SIDE OF THE STORY, by Jake Jones”

    So who leaked this ass kick’n of the Chief of Police concerning Officer Jones? Somebody had to of told the AVA it was there for the pick’ns. Or is Mr. AVA or the staff a psychic?
    Seems to me somebody wanted it made public.

    “There’s something happening here, but you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones?’” …
    Bob Dylan

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