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Mendocino County Today: Friday, Nov. 18, 2016

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SANDBAR WATCH: It still hasn’t budged as of Thursday, November 17.

photo courtesy, MendocinoSportsPlus

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IT SEEMS LIKE every couple of years, the Anderson Valley Health Center, at the management level, creates a problem where none need exist. Let's hope this one, which has the HC reneging on a crucial part of its contract with its highly regarded, and universally popular young doctor, Logan McGhan, is resolved before it reaches crisis level.

THE DOCTOR is quite upset. He says if his contract isn't honored, he would have to leave, which is simply unthinkable in the Anderson Valley. Not only is the fluently bilingual McGhan and his young family a perfect fit for The Valley's diverse population, he would be impossible and very expensive to replace.

REACHED THURSDAY MORNING, Clinic administrator, Chloe Guazzone-Regebregt, said that she was "alarmed that's the message that is being put out there, [but] it's absolutely not the case." She said she couldn't discuss "human resource" matters, a statement suggesting that there is indeed a dispute between Clinic management and Dr. McGhan.

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WRITING ON, Eric Italiano says he knows Zachary Wuestery, the young “trimmigrant” man recently arrested in Willits for the murder of Jeffrey Settler in Laytonville last Friday after turning himself in on the advice of a local federal marshal.


“Wild story here, so settle in. A couple days ago, my buddy texts our group chat with a link. The link led us to an official press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, saying that a warrant had been issued for the arrest of Zachary Wuester. According to CBS, sheriff’s officials obtained an arrest warrant for the 24-year-old Haskell, New Jersey man, because detectives believe he is the main suspect in the killing of a California man, Jeffrey Settler. Now here’s the kicker: I know Zachary Wuester. Let me be clear: I KNOW him, he is NOT my friend. He is a hometown buddy of one of my college friends. We’ve met, had a couple cigarettes, and nothing beyond that. Last I heard of him, he had an addiction to Ketamine and had fled New Jersey after getting popped with a bunch of drug charges. Can’t legitimately confirm any of this, just what I’ve heard through the grapevine. Point being, this kid’s been on a downward spiral for a couple of years now, but I never thought it would end this tragically.

From a CBS news broadcast: ‘A San Francisco Bay Area man was found dead Thursday afternoon in Mendocino County and the county’s sheriff’s deputies are seeking five suspects who are at large. Deputies responded at 3:39 P.M. to a report of a man who had been allegedly killed on a remote property off North U.S. Highway 101 in Laytonville. Sheriff’s officials said deputies confirmed that a man had died in a violent assault and identified the man as 35-year-old Bethel Island resident Jeffrey Quinn Settler. Settler was allegedly growing marijuana for sale, which had nothing to do with medical uses, sheriff’s officials said. Deputies said the killing unfolded early Thursday morning when multiple suspects who Settler had hired as marijuana trimmers came to the property to rob Settler of some processed marijuana. Settler slept in the same structure where he stored the processed marijuana and the suspects knew this, according to sheriff’s officials. The suspects entered the structure and assaulted Settler so violently that he died.’

Wild shit, am I right? Welp, the story gets just a little more bizarre. Turns out, word spread through some online stoner forum, and now smokers across the country are coming out in droves to threaten him in the comment section of his Instagram.

So, yeah, overall a tragic, disgusting, weird story that will probably only get uglier and more bizarre.”

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Zachary Wuester, one of the trimmers who worked for the slain Laytonville grower Jeffery Settler, and arrested in Willits last night — he was arraigned first thing this morning before Judge David Nelson.

Mr. Wuester, of Haskell, New Jersey, stated that his parents were working on finding him a lawyer and the judge ordered him back on Monday at 9:00 a.m. for further arraignment on charges of first degree murder.

In California it need not be proved that Mr. Wuester himself murdered Settler, only that he was with those who did.

Mr. Wuester will be held on a no-bail status until further order of the court, and District Attorney David Eyster said new information would be forthcoming shortly on the apprehension of the other fugitives suspected of involvement in the case, the details of which, he said, he was not at liberty to divulge.

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Meanwhile, an earlier Laytonville homicide case went to prelim-exam (PX) yesterday and Jewel Dyer was bound over for trial on charges of murdering his father, Stafford Sternick, with a baseball bat, on or about last March 28th.

Mr. Dyer and his step-brother, Clayton Sternick, were living on their father’s property, ostensibly as caregivers, and under the Mendocino County In Home Care Givers program, they were being well paid to do so.

They had been working on an irrigation system that day, it being time to get the spring planting done at the family pot pharm, and about 3:30 a.m. Dyer came up to Clayton Sternick’s cabin to announce, “I’ve killed Pops, Dude, the stress is over, we can relax, now.”

(Full report next week.)

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WORD TRICKLING INTO THE AVA newsdesk on Thursday said that Coast attorney/senior prosecutor and former attorney for Jim Jones, Tim Stoen, is suffering from a “serious” case of brain cancer which could be terminal. Reportedly, Stoen is telling friends that Donald Trump reminds him of Jim Jones. And Stoen should know.

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LITTLE DOG SAYS, "So I asked Dalmo about an intro to his sister, and the supercilious prick says, 'She doesn't go out with little guys, especially little guys with no spots.’"

Digital Camera

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I was unable to personally attend the Fort Bragg city council meeting Monday and I missed a hell of a show.

Those who follow the city council know that David Gurney, in the face of raw contempt and gratuitous belligerence from the mayor, forced through an obvious and I thought innocuous reform of council procedure by moving the public comments to the beginning of the meeting.

Mr. Gurney and his supporters had researched the matter and found that most municipalities did it that way. He saw the value in it, stood up to the mayor and got them to cave in to common sense, a rare occurrence.

Last Monday we saw the difference that having the consent agenda first has made in the council meetings. The public comments coming first stimulated a meaningful dialogue and engaged the council with the citizens, which is what should happen at a public meeting.

Thus it was that this council meeting afforded an opportunity for a local public venting of the nationwide dismay, depression and anxiety which now afflicts millions of Americans following the election of The Donald to the nation's highest office.

Right off the bat Charles Brandenburg made a piteous appeal alleging that the maids he employs at his Inn were afraid and much distressed. I believe him. Then up popped the redoubtable Simon Smith, our new local champion of blended gender, politically correct, authoritarian dogmatism all in one package. She really put it to them. The Obama administration, she intoned, has made the world a better place by its relentless commitment to human rights and civil liberties, and now look what we are going to have to deal with.

I thought that it was nice of her to mention the outgoing president, although I am less sanguine about the Obama administration's achievements in the sphere of civil liberties than she is. This is the administration that sent the heroic Chelsea Manning to prison for 34 years, and the great Edward Snowden to exile.

Obama has jailed or prosecuted more whistleblowers than any US president. He did not live up to his eloquence as a candidate, killed a lot of people with drones, made possible the Saudi bombing of Yemen using US tanker planes to refill the American planes sold to the Saudis and which are now dropping American bombs on desert tribesmen, etc., etc.

Obama was a great improvement over his predecessor but it is a good thing he won the Nobel Peace Prize before he took office; he would not have gotten it afterwards.

Facts be damned. Simon Smith don't care. She has him down in her book as officially enrolled among the politically correct, and for that she is willing to forgive all. She only sings one song.

The great cry Monday night was that Fort Bragg should become a sanctuary city. The looming deportation of immigrants would greatly harm our community. The mayor was ahead of the game. He'd talked to councilman Lindy Peters about forming an ad hoc committee to investigate the possibility of becoming a sanctuary city and to determine if it could be done without undue inconvenience to city funding.

I must ask Simon Smith to tell me what the allowable name for the Mexican and Latin American immigrants to our city is. She certainly will know. Whatever they are called, there is no doubt in my mind or in the minds of any person in Fort Bragg that these are our fellow citizens widely respected and deeply loved.

There is not a more hard working, more highly respected segment of our Fort Bragg bone and marrow.

If they were being deported en masse. I and not I alone, would chain myself to the bus that was removing them. I am not exaggerating.

I wonder what the immigrant community thinks. One thing is for sure they were not represented at the meeting.

Now that what we can begin to call the old city council is on the ropes they are gasping at straws. The long list of failures, the empty toxic mill site, the collapsing infrastructure, the imploded economy — to name but a few — have awakened the people and Fort Bragg has kicked the bums out almost as fast as electoral process has permitted.

And their proposed replacement clone, Scott Menzies, has been roundly rejected by the voters.

I would be more impressed with a principled stand to protect our immigrant community if it were not an easy exception to the rule of doing nothing. It is very good to act on principle, but when acting on principle is a complete novelty it is less impressive.

I am simply observing that the new city council can hide the continuance of failure behind the declaration that we are a sanctuary city and hope for a good result at the next election. It has worked before.

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Hi Gene and Everyone on her list,

In order to improve health services for seniors in Anderson Valley, the AV Health Center has initiated a survey to help us understand the needs and desires of our seniors as we grow older. With a strong response from everyone over 55, we will be in a good position to go after funding to make the desired improvements possible.

So with this in mind, I urge you to either download and complete the questionnaire from the attached link or pick up a paper copy at the Health Center. Alternatively, if you email me and send me your address, I will see to it that you get a copy to fill out. Hard copies can be left at the health center. If you have any questions, please email me and I will try to help.

Don’t lose out by default, like in the recent election. Make your voice heard so you don't get left behind! Please make a point of filling out this survey and returning your answers asap. Your participation will help us all.


Heidi Knott Gundling

AVHC Board Member

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I have been away for several months due to Richard's illness which required being close to various medical facilities. We have been home now for some time and have help in the house. Since this has been a new and difficult learning experience, I thought it might be good to pass some information on regarding this part of Aging in Place.

If you don't need to know, or would prefer not to get these occasional notices please tell me to delete you from the list.

We have found an excellent agency that provides In-Home Care in Anderson Valley. Called Sequoia Senior Solutions, they serve Mendocino, Lake, Marin, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties. When we first got home, we needed help round the clock. Now we have help for 10 hours a day, and will reduce that to 8 hours soon. The personnel who have worked for us are all competent, some are fantastic. They provide supervisory companionship, meal planning and prep., transportation, running errands, light housekeeping, and help with personal care such as bathing and grooming. They are not certified medical personnel, but our helpers do verbal guidance and demonstration of necessary physical, occupational, and speech and swallowing therapy.

You can reach the Ukiah office at 462-3227, for additional information about their interview and assessment process, or go on line to The Agency provides the vetting and scheduling of the employee, they pay the employee and handle all tax matters, they bill you for service and will provide time records to your .

I talked to Chloe about this agency, and their area coordinator dropped off more informational material at the AVHC so you could also get written information there. The company is recruiting, and will be looking also to train care-givers who can speak Spanish, so if you know someone who might like to do this kind of work, or someone who might need Spanish-speaking care givers, please pass on the information

I found out also, when looking for therapy options that there is no one that does this in Anderson Valley. If you require therapy you have to go to Ukiah or Ft. Bragg. And if you require visiting nurse service, as for IV maintenance or other, even though UVMC says they serve Anderson Valley, in reality they serve only to the west end of Boonville and then, not off paved roads. So if you live up in the hills, or in Philo to Navarro, never mind, you have to figure something else out.

Improved "Senior" care is one of the topics listed on the AVHC strategic plan. So to find out what they have discussed, and what they intend, call your closest Board member or Kathy Cox who I believe chairs that committee effort. <> [I think they are supposed to meet next Thursday, July 28th, but despite my best efforts I cannot find an agenda for July]

Cheers, best wishes for continued good health, and for available continuum of care.

Gene Herr, Philo

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Dear Anderson Valley Community Members,

Anderson Valley Health Center (AVHC) is requesting your participation in a survey we are conducting to assess Senior needs in our area. We have heard through our strategic planning process the challenges that seniors face as they age in our valley and we are committed to doing our part to provide the services that we can to alleviate some of the hardship.

AVHC has prioritized new initiatives in senior care and we have convened an advisory committee made up of concerned community members and representatives of various senior advocacy groups (including “The Rest of our Lives” group, the Senior Center, The Elder Home etc.) who have guided our efforts to collect accurate data on the needs of seniors. With this data we hope to expand and improve our services around the felt needs of the community.

If you are 55 or older, we are asking that you take our survey, either online or on paper. I have included below the survey monkey links to both the English and Spanish surveys. We will be distributing paper copies at various events and have them available for pick-up at the clinic front desk. You may drop off or mail paper surveys back to AVHC at PO Box 338, Boonville, CA 95415.

To complete the survey online copy and paste the below links to your browser.

English link:

Spanish link:

We value your input and hope you understand that this is an opportunity to express your concerns about your current felt needs as well as your future anticipated needs. Thank you in advance for your time. Sincerely,

Chloe Guazzone-Rugebregt

Executive Director

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Is there anyway to look at one day, as an example, of Mendocino County Today, on your website without signing up for a year? Just read Mendocinosportsplus plug of this. Not being a facebook enrollee, I view msp as a 1/2 page shot since the advert for facebook remains.

Peter Lit, Elk

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by Justine Frederiksen

A group of Ukiah High School students walked out of their classes Wednesday morning and marched to the Mendocino County Courthouse to protest last week’s election of Donald J. Trump.

“F—k Donald Trump, F—k Donald Trump,” the group chanted, holding up several signs expressing the same sentiment, as well as others that did not contain profanity.

When the driver of a pick-up truck flashed his middle finger at the group, the students responded by running after him and swarming the vehicle, which had stopped for a red light at Perkins and State streets. Until the vehicle drove off again, the teens returned the driver’s gesture and yelled their chants at him.

Student Juan Gonzalez was one of the first to run after the truck.

“We don’t want a racist president,” said Gonzalez, who was holding up a sign that read, “Please don’t separate our families.”

“This is a beautiful country, and we don’t want him to destroy it,” he said of Trump.

When asked if he thought using profanity and obscene gestures was the most productive way to express his feelings about the president-elect, Gonzalez immediately said “No.”

“But he needs to let it out,” said fellow student Jessica Jimenez, who said she did not want Trump as president because he would “get rid of illegal immigrants and get rid of our jobs.”

School officials learned of the protest Tuesday after students began texting each other about their plan to walk out.

“Eventually, when they’re sent to enough people, those kind of texts make it to our office,” said Principal Gordon Oslund, explaining that the school notified parents using its automated dialing system. “It is our responsibility to share that information as soon as possible, and we urged parents to talk with their children about what was the right thing to do.”

During the morning message, school officials also reminded students that anyone walking out of their classes would face consequences, either detention or Saturday classes.

Oslund pointed out that Wednesday’s protest differed greatly from one last week, because the earlier protest had been organized by members of a school club and it was held after school let out.

“Our responsibility is to run the school and to keep the students in school, attending classes,” he said, explaining that he and staff members walked with the students last week as a safety precaution because classes were no longer in session and they could leave campus.

For Wednesday’s protest, Oslund said he notified the Ukiah Police Department of the students’ plans, and members of law enforcement followed the students on their march and were at the courthouse supervising. When the students mobbed the pickup truck, an officer led them out of the street and onto the sidewalk.

Oslund said Wednesday’s protest should in no way be considered a school-sanctioned event, and he also described the group as representing “only a small portion of the 1,600 students at Ukiah High.”

Mendocino County District Attorney David Eyster stepped out of the courthouse Wednesday to watch the protest, explaining that he had also been informed of the protest Tuesday and had been expecting a much larger group than the 20 or 30 kids who were there around 12:30 p.m.

When a woman watching the protest pointed at the group and asked Eyster if it was OK, he said, “They certainly have the right to express themselves.” The woman then walked over and joined the teens.

Ukiah City Council member Maureen Mulheren saw the group as she left her office for lunch and lamented, “If only I could channel their energy into city issues!”

(Courtesy, the Ukiah Daily Journal)

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CATCH OF THE DAY, November 17, 2016

Blackwell, Dahlund, Ellingwood, Franks
Blackwell, Dahlund, Ellingwood, Franks

ERIN BLACKWELL, Ukiah. Drunk in public, probation revocation. (Frequent flyer.)

KEVIN DAHLUND, Willits. Probation revocation.

EMERY ELLINGWOOD, Willits. Resisting, probation revocation.

SCOTT FRANKS, Ukiah. Failure to appear.

Jacobs, Johnson, Looks, Luna
Jacobs, Johnson, Looks, Luna

GREGORY JACOBS, Bakersfield/Ukiah. Unspecified misdemeanor.

BRANDON JOHNSON, Laytonville. Vandalism.

ALICIA LOOKS, Fort Bragg. Under influence, controlled substance, paraphernalia, probation revocation.

JEREMIAH LUNA, Ukiah. Protective order violation.

Martinez, Mitchell, Owen
Martinez, Mitchell, Owen

CHARLENE MARTINEZ, Ukiah. Probation revocation.

SUNEE MITCHELL, Ukiah. Unspecified offense.

NATALIA OWEN, San Francisco/Ukiah. Failure to appear. (Frequent flyer.)

Owens, Phillips, Sanchez
Owens, Phillips, Sanchez

WILLIAM OWENS, Ukiah. Criminal threats.

MARION PHILLIPS, Chico/Ukiah. Receipt of stolen property.

EDWARDO SANCHEZ, Hopland. Domestic assault.

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"While Trump country is vast, its edges have been eroded by coastal Democrats, and it is riddled with large inland lakes of Clinton voters who were generally concentrated in dense urban areas."

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AS THE CLINTON WELFARE REFORM BILL wound its way towards successful passage through Congress last summer, Marian Wright Edelman and her Children's Defense Fund uttered modest squeaks of protest. Squeaks rather than bellows, because Edelman was concerned about her “credibility,” which would be impaired if she did anything so vulgar as to chain herself to the White House fence. Various states are now challenging some of the more disgusting provisions of the bill signed by Bill. Hawai'i, for example, believes that “immigrant families should have protections equal to those of citizens.”

The woman designated by Clinton to make sure that the states bow to the dire commands of the federal government (the usual blackmail is withholding of highway construction funds, the amniotic fluid of all political life) is Olivia Golden, previously commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families. She is scheduled to replace Mary Jo Bane, assistant secretary of Health and Human Services (under the cozening Donna Shalala), who actually had the backbone to resign in outrage at McMuffin's okay of the welfare bill. Golden's position prior to 1993? She was a program and policy director at the Children's Defense Fund.

Michael Ratner, a radical lawyer at the Center for Constitutional Rights, tells me that when he was battling for Haitian kids living in the HIV camp on Guantanamo, he sought the assistance of Edelman to intervene with her friends, the Clintons. “Through friends,” Ratner recalls, “I had close connections with her, telephoned her at home, saw her a few months later. Those kids were there over a year in deplorable conditions yet she did zip. Nothing for real kids suffering real human deprivation.”

Although Bill betrayed a promise to put her husband, Peter Edelman, on the federal bench, and though Peter E. honorably resigned from the Heath and Human Services department in protest against the welfare bill, no doubt Marion Wright Edelman has been there for the inaugural too.

— Alexander Cockburn, January, 1997

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Remember, 80 to 90 percent of the Whitewater scandal had HRC’s fingerprints all over it. She was the corporate lawyer who finagled the lucrative land swaps and mortgage scams that had Seth Ward, Webb Hubbell’s father-in-law, acting as a money channel. It was the billing records from that phase of the Clinton’s property operations that first went missing and finally came to light in HRC’s private quarters. By her own admission, HRC was handling all the Whitewater financial work for the Clintons. HRC’s riposte to onslaughts from Republicans on such matters will no doubt be that she and Bill have emerged unscathed from the most ferocious scrutiny in American investigative history, by Ken Starr and his team. But Starr never did issue a report on Whitewater, and HRC narrowly escaped indictment for perjury committed in the course of her grand jury deposition testimony. Hickman Ewing was handling this aspect of Whitewater for the Starr probe. He found that HRC was safe under the statute of limitations for what she did back in the Whitewater era, but was open to a perjury rap. In the end Starr didn’t have the nerve. HRC’s erstwhile partner at the Rose Law Firm, Webb Hubbell, has now had Starr’s charges restored against him by a federal appeals court, and faces trial on the matter of whether he was bribed to silence when he got highly lucrative consultancy fees after he’d left the Justice Dept. and, in some cases, after he’d been indicted.

As a corporate lawyer HRC has plenty of unwholesome skeletons rattling in the closet, quite aside from Whitewater. The Rose Law Firm was not a charitable institution. Her work in the sale of the Beverly nursing home chain is perhaps something that Republican researchers will take a passing interest in, since the sale handled by HRC did leave a number of old folks facing higher fees and all the discomforts attendant on being kicked out in the snow.

Then there was the LaFarge cement and incineration business on whose board HRC sat. Any third-party Green candidate might take an interest in the conduct of this enterprise. And as HRC tries to muster the support of New York’s labor unions, Republicans will perhaps evoke her years on the Wal-Mart board, a company not noted for its admiration for the proud tradition of Gompers and Debs.

There’s also the matter of HRC’s inexplicable enrichment, to use a phrase that Mexican prosecutors hung around the neck of Raul Salinas. Salinas has had to explain how he got more than $120 million from Mexico to his Swiss bank account. In HRC’s case the sum was piddling by comparison, a tad under $100,000. But it was the manner in which, under the kindly guidance of Jim Blair, chief corporate counsel for Tyson Foods, and also of the futures magician “Red” Bone, Hillary’s modest investment of $1,000 in cattle futures bloated up to the $100,000 level that HRC has always had some difficulty in explaining.

— Alexander Cockburn, April 1997

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NOTE TO LITTLE DOG: Call me if you need any help with your neighbors, Dumb and Dumber. I'm 64 pounds and about 5 years old. I'm a mellow kinda guy, and I like the lady volunteers. I'm at the Ukiah Shelter and you can read more about me at


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Brenda Hall will once again be playing Songs for Shelter on the hammered dulcimer at the Ravens restaurant in beautiful Stanford Inn by the Sea (10051 S Big River Rd, Mendocino, CA 95460, 707-937-5615) Friday, November 18, from 6:30-8:30pm. The Ravens restaurant serves wonderful, tasty food in a beautiful setting. Or if you just want to come by for a drink, there is a cozy bar and friendly folks to serve you.

This is a free concert but Songs for Shelter is also a benefit for the non-profit, S.O.S.-Networking for Mendocino Coast Companion Animals. All tip jar donations for the evening go to S.O.S. to help lost and abandoned animals on the coast. So not only will you be serenaded, but you can donations help coast animals as well.

Please come and enjoy the melodic tones of the hammered dulcimer, relax as the music surrounds you and releases all the tensions from a long work week. Bring your friends and family and make this a fun night of music while helping animals on the coast. To learn more about S.O.S. and the work they do: for Mendocino Coast Companion Animals.

Songs for Shelter
Friday, November 18, 2016
Ravens Restaurant
Stanford Inn by the Sea
Mendocino, Ca

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The Mendocino County Ceramics Club presents its annual Holiday Ceramics Sale on Friday, December 2nd, from 12 to 2 p.m., in the Mendocino College Gymnasium. Affordable seconds as well as original works of all kinds will be on sale. Soup and other savory delights will be available for purchase, and the Art Club and Horticultural Club will be selling art and holiday decorations. For more information please call 468-3087.

Roberta Werdinger
Writer, Publicist, Editor

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We will be in the parking lot of the community center of Mendocino on Sat. The 19th from 12:30 - 2:30 to collect items. If this time doesn't work for you let us know and we will try to make other arrangements. If you have questions about the supply list call me at 562-882-7709 and I will do my best to answer you. Once you have reviewed the list and gather your items please email me so we know about how much to expect. Also, we found our camper shell - good news yes. But now we need snow chain. It's starting to snow there. So if anyone here has a pair to lend us for the journey. Well let us know. I have a Toyota Tacoma truck 4 wheel drive.

Thank you,

Ricci and Tiffany

Scared Stone Camp Supply List.

  • Batteries aaa and aa
  • Battery packs for charging phones
  • Banners they love to receive banners already made. Ready to go up.
  • Long burning beeswax
  • Winter tents
  • Sub zero sleeping bags
  • Winter coats for very cold weather, good condition only.
  • Long range walker talkies with batteries
  • Cb radios
  • Canvas heavy duty only
  • Heavy duty tarps
  • Tow straps
  • Rope and tie downs
  • Solar charges
  • Fur blankets
  • Cartharts insulated coveralls
  • Gift cards for Lowes, Menards, Amazon, Version, Tesoro gas
  • Fire extinguishers

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THE MENDOCINO COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICE is accepting applications for two anticipated vacancies on the Mendocino County Tourism Commission (2) One At Large Member and one Food/Beverage Business Member.

Anticipated vacancies include expiring terms: the incumbent of the expiring term may apply for reappointment and/or may continue to serve in their capacity until replaced. California Government Code requires public noticing for all expiring terms regardless of the incumbent’s intention to apply for reappointment.

If you are interested in serving on this Board or Commission, contact your District Supervisor, or the Executive Office, at 501 Low Gap Road, Room 1010, Ukiah, CA 95482 (707) 463-4441.

LAST DATE FOR FILING: November 30, 2016 or until filled.

(CARMEL J. ANGELO, Clerk of the Board of Supervisors)

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Commission welcomes Moss Chandler and elects new chair


The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors recently appointed Tammy Moss Chandler, Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency Director, as FIRST 5 Mendocino’s newest commissioner. Moss Chandler has over 15 years of experience in local government management positions and brings to the commission her proven track record of working collaboratively with a broad range of stakeholders to build consensus.

Moss Chandler most recently served as the Assistant Director of Health and Human Services in Placer County. Prior to that, she was the Assistant Director of Health Services in Sonoma County; Public Health Director in Merced County; and, the Executive Director for First 5 San Mateo County and First 5 Merced County. She has administered and partnered across a broad range of health and human service programs, and has a particular interest in working upstream to address the social determinants of health and community well-being. Moss Chandler also holds a Master of Public Health from San Jose State University with an emphasis in Health Education and Promotion and a Master of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

“We look forward to working with Tammy in her new role as a FIRST 5 Mendocino Commissioner,” said Roseanne Ibarra, Executive Director of FIRST 5 Mendocino. “Her valuable expertise and work with other First 5 organizations is an asset to our commission and will strengthen our work on initiatives that benefit our county’s youngest children,” said Paul Tichinin, FIRST 5 Mendocino Commission Chairperson.

Moss Chandler fills a position on the commission typically filled with a member of the executive branch of the Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency.

In addition to welcoming Moss Chandler at the October 17th meeting, the commission held its annual election for commission chair. Paul Tichinin, who has served on the FIRST 5 Mendocino commission since its beginning in 2002, replaces Commissioner Lucresha Rentería in the chairperson role. Tichinin is a retired educator and former Superintendent of Mendocino County Office of Education and has been an educator and child advocate for more than 40 years.

For more information on FIRST 5 Mendocino’s programs, call (707) 462-4453 or visit



  1. Lazarus November 18, 2016

    For such a small town Laytonville sure seems to have an excessive amount of violent crime…The victimless crime message does not ring true there…
    As always,

    • George Hollister November 18, 2016

      Prohibition of alcohol did the same thing. The act of drinking alcohol, or selling alcohol to a drinker were victimless crimes, as long as the transaction was between two consenting adults. But the alcohol prohibition economy brought criminal elements in that could become violent. It was this violence that motivated the country to end alcohol prohibition. The long history of violence associated with black market pot should motivate us to do the same.

      Does that mean that smoking pot is a good thing? In most cases, from my view, no. But we are a free country, where you are supposed to have the right to do and say stupid things, as long as you take responsibility for yourself. Legalizing pot is not a perfect way to handle a bad situation, only a better way. And, by the way, there is no perfect way.

  2. Alice Chouteau November 18, 2016

    Thanks Rex. i missed that meeting. Simon Smith needs to do some research; her praise of Obama omits the startling fact that he deported 2.5 MILLION people from 2009-15. This is more deportations than any other president in history, and more than were deported by all the presidents of the 20th century!!
    Fort Bragg, under Turner’s reign, is already a sactuary city, for an uncounted number of needy transients. Criminal background checks are not routinely run on this group.
    Of the 2.5 million deported under Obama, 91% had criminal records.
    The City Council, without Turner at the helm, can focus on doing more to help the disadvantaged, hard-working residents of Fort Bragg, including our hispanic community. Taco Bell?? Ha!
    They can establish limits on freebies to transients who do not want to contribute to society, commit crimes, degrade our quality of life, hurt business, and discourage tourism. They can also encourage FBPD to enforce existing laws.
    Hopefully the new council will stop blindly promoting the interests of the Democratic party, and think independly to improve the town.

  3. james marmon November 18, 2016

    RE: Catch of the day.

    Poor Emery Ellingwood, never knew what to do after the GP mill closed in Fort Bragg. It was his whole life. We found him sleeping in my mom’s laundry room in Nice last week. Happy to see him in a warm place, even if it is in jail. The man has a heart of gold and will give you the shirt off his back. Predators on the street take advantage of him. He receives a pretty good pension but lacks the capacity to care for himself. He is always calling us to tell us about somebody ripping him off. I had him here at my house for a while, but his drinking was too much.

  4. james marmon November 18, 2016

    Since the election, suicide hotlines have been ringing off the hook. I was an outreach worker in the 90’s for the Youth Project and I worked the suicide hotline for local kids in the community. Teenagers are very vulnerable and confused about many things during adolescence, they do not need more fear pumped in them by angry adults. In 1995 Mendocino County buried 6 children due to suicide. We do not need agitators. This is a high risk population.

    Bay Area Suicide Hotlines See Increase in Calls After Election

  5. Jim Updegraff November 18, 2016

    I wonder if Trump was aware that Dr. Oz was a Muslim when he was on his show and that Dr. Oz would be affected by the proposed Registry for Muslims. same question for Keith Ellison.
    Re comments by Elizabeth Kalbert on Greenland: There is ominous new information on the ice sheet as well as more critical news on climate change which I will address in a report in a couple of days following my previous letter on climate change.

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