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Mendocino County Today: Monday, July 17, 2017

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BIG VEGETATION FIRE ON THE WILLITS GRADE: A vegetation fire named the “Grade Fire” was started by a truck-trailer fire a little before 3pm Sunday north of Redwood Valley which broke into open grass and woodlands Sunday afternoon about halfway between Willits and Ukiah on the Willits Grade. The California Highway Patrol said that a truck pulling a trailer caught fire destroying the truck and trailer. The trailer fire was extinguished fairly quickly, but flames soon spread to the roadside grass driven by heat, dry conditions and moderate winds. By around 6pm the fire had grown to around 50 acres. By 7:30 Calfire said it had spread to over 350 acres with only 10% containment. At their 9:15pm update, Calfire reported that the Grade Fire had grown to 900 acres and was still only 10% contained. Smoke billowed all over the north half of the County and was visible from even farther away. Traffic on Highway 101 was stopped for about an hour after the initial truck-trailer fire, but then opened to controlled traffic. Evacutions were ordered for the nearby Baker Creek subdivision and advised for areas north and above the fire toward Willits. One firefighter was treated for serious smoke inhalation, as units from around the County were dispatched along with several Calfire air tankers.

Around 8pm the wind had reportedly shifted and was partially blowing the fire back on itself which would aid in containment. Some speculated that the Grade Fire could grow to thousands of acres in the hilly, dry, wooded rangleland area east of the Willits Grade/Highway 101. Southerly winds in the area were expected to lighten up as temps lowered overnight, but then kick up again Monday afternoon. The Grade Fire was one of almost 20 formally named fires listed as burning up and down the state of California on Sunday.

Latest Calfire info at:

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On July 15, 2017 at approximately 1530 hours, Ukiah CHP Communications Center received a report of a collision involving a solo motorcyclist on Highway 128 near mile marker 48.96, east of Yorkville. CHP officers Toohey, Davidson and Chitty, and Sergeant Herrman responded to the scene. Upon arrival, it was confirmed as a solo collision with major injuries after running off the road at a high rate of speed. The rider, Sucik Ladislav Teshale, 34, of Imperial Beach, CA, was transported to Santa Rosa Memorial hospital for treatment. Sergeant Herrman was on scene as the Incident Commander. Officer Chitty is the Investigating Officer. The investigation is currently ongoing however, it does not appear that drugs or alcohol were involved.

(CHP Press Release)

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THE NEW AND IMPROVED VERSION of Sheriff Allman’s Mental Health Facilities measure is set to be approved for the November ballot by the Supervisors on Tuesday, July 18.

THE 2017 version is similar to the 2016 version, calling for a five-year, half-cent sales tax increase.

THE PRIMARY changes appear designed to mollify Supervisor Dan Hamburg and his small group of followers who worried last year that the 2016 version might have committed the County to more staffing than the County could afford when a local facility is built.

HAMBURG'S concerns ignored the fact that the Supervisors (including him) control general fund expenditures; the 2016 version didn’t commit the Supervisors to anything. The other four supervisors understood that if the measure had passed they’d staff it with existing Mental Health resources supplemented by the large savings that would result from significantly reduced out-of-county placement costs, and that the facility would not have been built with more beds than could be affordably staffed.

TO ADDRESS the Hamburg worries, the new version will specify that the half-cent sales tax increase will sunset after five years, but a 1/8-cent tax increase (25% of the half-cent increment) will continue and will be applied to facility staffing.

THE NEW 2017 measure also calls for a different kind of advisory board to oversee the sales tax expenditures; they're expected to include more involvement from the County’s helping agencies.

OTHER REVISIONS would combine last year’s two measures into one by including tax collection and distribution language that somehow got split off in 2016, which confused some voters.

ACCORDING to the County Counsel’s summary of the 2017 proposal:

“This ordinance adds Chapter 5.180 to the Mendocino County Code entitled the ‘Mental Health Treatment Act’ which would adopt a County special tax of one half cent per dollar for five (5) years and one eighth cent per dollar thereafter for the specific purpose of funding improved services, treatment and facilities for persons with mental health conditions. The ordinance applies to the incorporated and unincorporated areas of Mendocino County. The ordinance creates a Mental Health Treatment Fund entirely dedicated to the specific purpose stated above into which 100% of the revenue from this measure shall be deposited and dedicates the revenue in the following manner: for a period of five (5) years a maximum of 75% of the revenue deposited into the Mental Health Treatment Fund may be used for facilities, with not less than 25% dedicated to services and treatment, and thereafter 100% of all revenue deposited into the fund shall be used for improved services and treatment. This ordinance also provides for an independent eleven member advisory board to function as an oversight committee that will provide recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on the implementation of this ordinance. State law requires that all of the funds raised will only be used for the designated special governmental purposes of providing improved services, treatment and facilities for persons with mental illness and other behavioral health conditions and will take effect only if approved by two-thirds of the voters voting on the measure at the November 7, 2017 election.”

SEVERAL SUPPORTERS of the revised measure have already expressed concern that getting a two-thirds majority is typically a higher bar in an off-year election, but they hope that with the revisions and Hamburg’s belated support, they can still get it passed. Last time around, the in-county psych unit failed by a mere 287 votes out of 36,500 or so votes cast (less than one-tenth of one percent of the total vote).

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Redactor Poderoso,

Kindly explain why, if legal prostitution may be the only salvation for Ukiah, pornography must still be banned.

Jay Williamson

Santa Rosa

ED NOTE: I think we've danced this dance before. One more time, and in my opinion, of course: Pornography is the ritual humiliation of half the world's population for the titillation of the other half — the dumber, more generally pathetic half, the audience for pornography. Prostitution, in its less sordid, uncoerced manifestations, is the commercial exchange of a sexual act by mutually consenting adults. I was joking if I said prostitution is Ukiah's only hope. What I recall saying is that at one time there were legally tolerated or legally sanctioned brothels everywhere in Mendocino County, as there were in many American communities. (Humphrey Bogart lived in one in San Francisco for weeks at a time in the early 1950s.) The brothel in Ukiah was so popular there's a commemorative plaque on the sidewalk in front of where it once stood. Now that you bring it up, though, I'm sure a well-regulated brothel, or series of brothels, would draw many more male visitors to Ukiah than, say, the Grace Hudson Museum, presently the town's sole tourist draw.

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A READER WRITES: "The county is sending letters threatening fines and imprisonment to locals trying to make buck on Air BnB unless they pay a bed tax. These are folks hosting BnB overnighters to help pay their county taxes for roads that are never fixed and retirement packages for SIEU union members are all at risk. On the Air BnB website neither the full name of hosts nor their addresses are listed. The county demands a list of full names and addresses. Thus, the intimidating demands must originate from a home-grown snitch or group of snitches familiar with locals who charge 90 bucks a night for a room as opposed to 300 bucks in the high end inns along the coast. At this point, suspicions focus on one or several Inn owners dropping dimes in order that the rich bed renters can continued to devour the poor PS. In areas where Air BnB has made agreements with local tax authorities, like San Francisco, Portland, Chicago and other cities, Air BnB collects the bed tax and remits it to local taxing authorities. But not in places like Hicksville Mendocino County where rather than negotiate with Air BnB, our local, dysfunctional government and somnambulant tax accessor use the old tried and true snitch them off to pay method in order to build a sense of loving community solidarity.”

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MULTIPLE MALE SUSPECTS ROAMED 162 between Willits and Covelo after a foiled marijuana robbery Sunday morning.

About 2:30 a.m., the Mendocino Sheriff’s Department received a report that a marijuana robbery was in progress on Highway 162 south of the Eight Mile Bridge, according to Sheriff’s Lt. Shannon Barney. One of the victims had escaped the suspects by fleeing down the hill and calling for help. Barney said that the Sheriff’s Department had officers in the Covelo area and were able to respond fairly quickly. The officers arrived on the scene, scattering the suspects. Eventually, a SWAT team was called in as well as back up from other agencies. “We had the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office’s helicopter agency assisting,” Barney said. Attempts were made to block all escape routes but there were many roads in and out of the area, Barney said. However, between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., three adult male suspects were located along Hwy 162 and arrested. “There could be as many as eight more, likely five more, ” Barney said. The young men taken into custody are local, he added.

UPDATE 4pm Sunday afternoon: The three men in custody are from Covelo, Willits, and Ukiah.


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To the Editor:

I want to share my thoughts on the relicensing proposal that PG&E and FERC are proposing. I have been visiting Lake Pillsbury with my friends and family since 1969. My family is one of the home owners of the Rice Fork Lodge. As many others have noted, the perception we have of the management of the lake that we hear about and read about does not appear to put much emphasis on the recreational use of the lake itself or any of the wildlife that thrive above the Scott Dam. It appears much of what we hear about is how much water we send down the river and how the salmon and Eel River are doing. While I agree that those two species are important, there are also numerous others that are equally as important to many of us.

Lake Pillsbury itself is a fantastic resource for so many different forms of wildlife there it is amazing. The elk are fantastic, the bears and the deer are beautiful, there are river otters, even a beaver or two have been spotted. There are heron, osprey, and at least 2 bald eagles along with countless other species of birds and other wildlife. There is awesome fishing for trout, bluegill and bass, some of the best in the state from a quality perspective. There is camping, boating and endless ways to enjoy this beautiful reservoir.

The problem we are having is that in the last 10-plus years the volume of water in the lake has been unpredictable from year to year, month to month. None of us are aware of the impact that is having on all of the wildlife that count on Pillsbury for their survival. Two of the recent years accessing the lake was next to impossible in the later months of the summer. Droughts happen but water management plays a big part in that.

My request is simple – please consider the volume of water in Lake Pillsbury for all of its species and for the recreational use of the many, many humans that use it every year as a priority, equal to or even higher than the requirements of the species down the river.

During the meeting in Ukiah this spring one of the speakers said that the management of the water in Pillsbury is a balancing act. I would like to make sure the decision makers know that there are many of us that would like that balance tipped in favor of reducing the flow out of the lake and keeping the lake level as high as possible for as long as possible every year.

I’m not suggesting we ignore the water needs down river, just that the “balance” be more considerate of everyone’s needs not just those that favor the species down river.

In addition, there have been some that suggest that the dams be torn down to return the river to its original habitat. This is being recommended to FERC without facts to support that recommendation. And that recommendation is making absolutely no reference to how that impacts any life “above the dam” and all the plants, animals, fish, and humans that would be irrevocably harmed in doing that. That recommendation is appalling to me. It is disappointing that these people are allowed to voice their opinion on how the Dam should be managed without thoroughly understanding the implications of their recommendation. There are hundreds of hundreds of people who enjoy the Lake above the dam every week and all of them would lose that pleasure if this was to happen. Not to mention all the animals that would die or suffer! Ironically, these people are recommending eliminating one of the few water storage facilities in Northern California when all of us know how devastating California droughts can be.

If you do the research and have an opinion on this issue I urge you to go to the FERC website and comment on P-77 relicensing project. We recommend commenting in favor of water flow management that will support the people and animals both above and below the Scott Dam at Lake Pillsbury, what we consider to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the area.

Dave Luhrs,

Upper Lake

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by District Attorney David Eyster

Last November the voters passed Proposition 57, the so-called Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016. Some voters have candidly admitted after-the-fact that they really did not understanding the ramifications of what they had voted in favor of implementing. This, of course, is not surprising since Prop 57 was drafted to be intentionally misleading to better its chances at passing.

The early release regulations promulgated by the Department of Corrections have now kicked in, as of two weeks ago -- July 1st. The first batch of early release convicts -- 800 in number -- are now being vetted by the parole board, with local prosecutors allowed only thirty days to review each file and draft opposition letters, when appropriate, to the parole board.

More pointed is a recent letter to the Anderson Valley Advertiser authored by inmate Walter Miller, a letter which may best illustrate the threat to public safety that was approved. Miller was convicted by jury of the attempted murder of a deputy sheriff in 2013, along with several felonies, including residential burglary. Because of these crimes, the defendant's white supremacist gang-related background, and his lengthy criminal record, Miller was sentenced by Judge Behnke to 181 YEARS TO LIFE in state prison.

Here's what Miller is now saying about what should be a forever sentence, a letter that should make all law-abiding citizens sick to their stomachs at the very least …



So Proposition 57 has taken 23 years off my sentence. My release date is now June of 2160. And my first parole board date is, get this: February 27, 2033. That's only 16 years away. Who knows what else may happen since my first strike is before November of 1994 (March of 1994) and my second strike is no longer a strike. 136.1 is now a serious but nonviolent felony. Maybe by the time I am 60 or 65 I will be able to walk free again. I have my hopes of going back to Mendocino to be resentenced and. M.H. — I read your article. Homeboy, you know I send mine in full. Remember J.W. in that motel room in Willits? Nice night hook! Keep your head up and I'll see you on the flip.


Walter K. Miller

High Desert State Prison


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NOTE TO LITTLE DOG: The Office is your cooling station. Come on in. But the minute you start yapping out you go into the hot.

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CATCH OF THE DAY, July 16, 2017

Arnold, Ayala, Bengston

MICHAEL ARNOLD, Covelo. Oral copulation by means of force, violence, dureess, menace or fear of injury.

ANA AYALA, Ukiah. DUI, driving without a license.

BRET BENGSTON, Ukiah. Disorderly conduct-alcohol, parole violation.

Figueroa, Fillion, Hilliard

JESUS FIGUEROA, Redwood Valley. Domestic battery.

HAZEL FILLION, Ukiah. Under influence, paraphernalia.

SEAN HILLIARD, Fort Bragg. Vandalism, protective order violation.

Munoz, Palley, Reggad, Riley

ORLANDO MUNOZ, Ukiah. Disorderly conduct-alcohol, probation revocation.

MARK PALLEY, Fort Bragg. Disorderly conduct-alcohol.

KAMEL REGGAD, Paris, France/Ukiah. Petty theft.

WESTON RILEY, Covelo. Assault with firearm.

Sanchez, Spadaccino, Sutherland

SAMUEL SANCHEZ, Ukiah. Paraphernalia, resisting. (Frequent Flyer)

CHRYSTAL SPADACCINO, Vallejo/Ukiah. Pot cultivation greater than six plants, pot possession for sale.

JENNIFER SUTHERLAND, Ukiah. Disorderly conduct-alcohol.

Valentine, White, Wilson, Zubia

RONALD VALENTINE JR., Fort Bragg. Disorderly conduct-alcohol.

CARLOS WHITE, Ukiah. Under influence, paraphernalia, probation revocation.

ANTHONY WILSON, Lathrop/Ukiah. DUI, hit&run resulting in death or injury, domestic abuse, parole violation.

CHARLES ZUBIA, Leggett. Probation revocation.

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Jeff Costello

Saw an article about right-wingers' disdain for institutions of learning (Trump: "I love the poorly educated"). One suggestion was because universities have non-white people in them. Well, okay. In a country full of people who are certain a black president must be a muslim from Kenya with no birth certificate...

Not to go into the health care debacle, but what will the white people who want American Made Great Again do if they need surgery or any procedure or service from a hospital? Because there a lot of non-white people in hospitals. Really a lot. And if you aren't paying cash to your old small town white family doctor (is there such a thing any more?), the likelihood is pretty fair that Joe Six-Pack, the "real" American, needing his prostate examined will have it done by an M.D. who is not white. I would suggest that the urology clinic in general would be a place to avoid for self-styled patriots of the NRA persuasion. It gets up close and personal in there. Big city hospitals are where the so-called melting pot is in full force. I can't comment on small town facilities.

My chief oncologist was from India, the secondary was Korean. Pleasant fellows, both of them. The guy who did the biopsy was white and a self-absorbed little prick, too. The prince of his kingdom. I recall the term HMO being first used by Hillary Clinton. Health Management Organization. That's why I have a "primary care provider" who monitors my computer files, orders blood work and sends me to other doctors or clinics for specific treatment.  I've never lived in one place long enough to have a good ol' family doctor, and with what I've observed in the way of exploding population, the HMO thing is probably the best way to do it anymore, at least it works, for me anyway. No racism tolerated, either.

If you don't like the sight of people in muslim clothing or balk at the notion of a young black female doctor, I don't know where there is left to go for medical issues. And this is Colorado, a "purple" state with more red than blue in the mix. I don't know when all the muslims arrived, or from where. I'm not religious, and the only believers who get in my face, or try, are Christians. Catholics, Jehovah's Witnesses, (are Mormons Christians?) and of course the nasty evangelicals, have tried.

But at the hospital they're quiet as church mice, even when confronted with international mishmash that crowds the corridors. Right here in River City.

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The North Coast’s wine and cannabis industries find themselves facing a common question: Are they competitors or collaborators? The answer is complicated and depends on who you ask.

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Americans have lost the ability to deal with or interpret reality, largely because of the proliferation of media. By media I don’t just mean news media, I mean entertainment, photos, videos, etc. It means Americans live suspended in time, if you will. This explains why Americans don’t perceive the aging and deterioration of the country, or the aging of their own bodies, etc. Or if they do, they believe there’s a fix.

Americans live in a perpetual adolescence, a perpetual youth. This can be charming but also dangerous since they are incapable of growing up and dealing with reality. Imagine the fury this creates in the rest of the world, and then you can start to imagine the hatred. They correctly understand that they are being ruled over by adolescents, and there’s nothing they can do about it.

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AN OLDER MAN WRITES: From a man’s point of view, a 30 year old lady is definitely middle-age. The chances of getting married at 35 or 40 drop drastically. And if they do marry, it’s to a schlub. I’ve seen this with 3 ex-girlfriends, all of them pretty and slim. They hit ~32 and desperately grabbed the one guy who offered marriage. Two guys were in their mid-30s and had NEVER dated before, while the other had a failed marriage with two small children. Can you believe that? But these girls were desperate and knew, sub-consciously, that time was running out. Ladies have the 10 short years in their 20s to find their happiness: a good man, family, community. Or you can spend those years staring at Excel spreadsheets in a poisonous office, and being used as a sex object. The bitter old women over 40 without family, with estranged snowflakes, popping anti-depressants like jelly beans, are legion. Careers suck, let the man suffer through them, and take care of him as thanks. Be around those you love all day, not the hateful office people. Feminists hate the family, hate men, and hate young, happy, pretty girls. Remember that.

AN OLDER WOMAN RESPONDS: Whoever wrote this isn’t living in 2017. I am told the average age for marriage now is in the mid to late 30s. They hook up and I forget the name of the app (Meet Up?) for finding partners is rampant. I am told both men and women go out with hundreds of people over a year — one date, one hookup. Both sexes do this; the men in particular are trolling for a good lay. The whole sexual world is radically different than anything people our age can understand. Men are not just looking for young women. They are looking for sex — the perfect this, the perfect that. There’s some kind of trend toward getting married and then continuing to move through a sexual roulette after the first children are born. There's an array of apps for marrieds looking for affairs. It’s a pretty strange world out there. Both men and women are into all of this. Sex doesn’t mean much. Feminists have never hated young happy pretty girls. My God, whoever wrote this must be in their 70s. A real neanderthal.

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A few years ago, the Berkeley Police Department applied for and received a grant from the state of California to improve the behavior of local drivers. The grant came on the heels of data showing that Berkeley was perhaps the most dangerous city in the state in which to cross the street: The previous year more pedestrians had been struck by automobiles in Berkeley than in any of the 55 other comparably sized California cities.

But as anyone who lives here knows, the drivers aren't really the problem. Or rather, they aren't any more of a problem than they are any place else in California, and probably a lot less of one.

The Berkeley pedestrian, on the other hand, seems bent on his own destruction. In daylight hours you can find him sprinting from behind tall bushes into busy intersections, ear buds in place to ensure he remains oblivious to any danger; at night he dons dark clothing and slips, ninja-like, from shadows onto poorly lit streets.

It's California law that a pedestrian, when he arrives at a crosswalk, must stop and make eye contact with any approaching driver: Hardly anyone here pays that law any attention. If the Berkeley pedestrian glances up at all, it's to glare at any driver moving slowly enough to notice his sudden, almost magical appearance in the middle of the road.

Behind that glare lies the source of the peculiar danger on Berkeley's streets. The Berkeley pedestrian is propelled not just by his desire to get from one place to another but also by his sense that he's doing it in a morally superior way. He believes---even if he might not quite put it this way---that it is the duty of all fossil-fuel consuming, global-warming promoting, morally inferior users of the road to suffer on his behalf.

He's not suicidal. He doesn't want to be run over by a car. He simply wants to stress to you, and perhaps even himself, that he occupies the high ground. In doing so, he happens to increase the likelihood that he will wind up in the back of an ambulance...

Michael Lewis (Greece Saunters Across the Autobahn)

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METRIC TONS OF CARBON DIOXIDE per year saved per individual taking action (1 metric ton = 1,000 kg. or about 2200 pounds).

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by Manuel Vicent

Translated by Louis S. Bedrock

According to the sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, we live in a world of certainties that are liquid, volatile, ambiguous, and contradictory; they are composed of alternative facts and lack solid values. It is possible that this basic incertitude has its explanation in modern physics. Any word, spoken or written, materializes in sound waves through either the force of fingers upon paper or a keyboard. In either case, the word becomes matter and is therefore composed of subatomic particle and is governed by a principal of quantum physics according to which something may be in two places at the same time, fall upwards, or rise downwards.

If this is how things are, the particles of a word that transmits the truth contains its own anti-particles which may transmit a lie or emotional manipulation called a “post-truth”. It’s a question of opposite realities, both of which are valid and equivalent, which coexist and acquire one meaning or the other according to the place where they are observed. If one applies this quantum law to language, one enters a universe much more inconsistent, volatile, uncertain, and ambiguous than the liquid world of Bauman. A word and its opposite have the same foundation and all of philosophy from Aristotle to Wittgenstein ends up without the ethical support that governs our lives.

The truth and the post-truth, good and evil, are equivalent in different and changeable states. Only language by itself has value with its contradictory terms. This has probably occurred before in the 200,000 year history of Homo Sapiens, but now that thought has morphed into a liquid entity and we are governed by the new physics is when liars and propagators of nonsense become equivalent to the angels of ethics and recognized truths.

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It’s Fair Time again, and this year’s theme, “Fun and Games at the Redwood Empire Fair” will provide plenty of both for kids and adults of all ages.

The Fair runs from August 3rd to August 6th, and promises to be a jam-packed weekend filled with food, fun and entertainment.

Thrill-seekers will notice some new carnival rides in the midway, and on Thursday only, guests can enjoy a new carnival option with one-dollar rides- a perfect preference for those craving a spin on the Ferris Wheel. Carnival enthusiasts save $5 by purchasing unlimited ride wristbands that can be used Friday through Sunday. Wristbands are available now in Ukiah at Raley’s, Taco Bell, Chavez Market, Creative Workshop, Ukiah Grocery Outlet and at the Fair Office. In Willits, purchase wristbands at JD Redhouse and in Laytonville, at Geiger’s Long Valley Market.

Enjoy dinner, grab a funnel cake and head to the raceway, where guests will be treated to four nights of motorized action. Thursday night features motorcycles, side-by-sides and ATV’s, and Friday evening’s Mudd Boggs are a family crowd-pleaser. Truck and Tractor Pulls are slated for Saturday night. The motorized events conclude on Sunday evening with Dirt Nationals, Jalopies and the always-entertaining Boat Races.

Following the motor sports, head over to the Willow Tree Stage for music and dancing, with the Rebel Rousers on Thursday evening, II Big on Friday and Mike Furlong’s Tribute to Tom Petty on Saturday. Music begins at 9:00. On Sunday, enjoy El Nuevo Plan, Banda Pacifica and Los Nuevos Aventureros, beginning at 5:00 pm.

There will be plenty of free activities and entertainment throughout the weekend, including the return of Brad’s World Reptiles, Martial Arts demonstrations, Racing Pigs and Racing Dogs, Fire Juggling, Balloon Artists and more. Don’t miss CircusMecca, Mendocino County’s non-profit circus school, renowned for their aerialists, acrobatics and the scores of students they instruct throughout the county. CircusMecca will be performing at 8:30 every night.

Support local performers on Sunday at 2:00, when the winners of the Ukiah Idol’s Grand Final competition will be announced. “Little and Junior” Idol contestants will compete on Friday at 7:30.

The Show Rings will be busy all weekend, with Market Sheep, Swine Showing and Market Beef Showmanship and Breeding scheduled for Thursday. Swine Showmanship, the Goat Primary Exhibit, Pygmy Goat Show and Large Animal Round Robin Showmanship take place on Friday. For Auction buyers, note that the Saturday Livestock Buyer’s Breakfast will take place at 8:00 am- a schedule change from previous years. The breakfast is followed by the Junior Livestock Auction at 10:00. On Sunday, the Livestock Awards Ceremony takes place at 10:00.

Free admission for kids and seniors is available on Thursday until 6:00 pm. The Fair opens at 3:00 on Thursday and Friday and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Children under 5 are always admitted free. For more information phone (707) 462-3884 or visit



  1. Randy Burke July 17, 2017

    Little Dog, is your master tethering you in the photo with a coat hanger. Seriously? Looks like we will need to donate an actual leash.

  2. Harvey Reading July 17, 2017

    Re: “My request is simple – please consider the volume of water in Lake Pillsbury for all of its species and for the recreational use of the many, many humans that use it every year as a priority, equal to or even higher than the requirements of the species down the river.”

    Except that salmon and the other downstream species were there first, long, long before the reservoir and the bass anglers.

  3. Harvey Reading July 17, 2017


    1. The link doesn’t work. And, from what the writer stated, it would only provide DMV guidelines or suggestions for increasing the possibility of survival while crossing a street at best. For code sections pertinent to pedestrians, consult the Vehicle Code. That is the law.

    2. A crosswalk exists at EVERY intersection, signaled or not or whether the crosswalk is painted or not. Drivers are required to stop for pedestrians waiting to enter, or who have entered, crosswalks. That drivers fail to obey the law is nothing new, either in Berkeley or the state at large.

    • Harvey Reading July 17, 2017

      And not a word about making eye contact, at least not in the law.

      • sohumlily July 17, 2017

        Hard to make eye contact with tinted windows~

        Just one of my pet peeves as a pedestrian.

        • Eric Sunswheat July 17, 2017

          Front side door auto tinted windows are illegal, and driving hazard.

          • Randy Burke July 17, 2017

            Lots – o’- luck getting that one enforced anymore. Where is the law when you need it?

  4. james marmon July 17, 2017

    I have a new thought disorder to deal with, visions of 1000 tie dyed hippie girls in their 70’s dancing with no bras on. Otherwise the Eric Burdon concert at Stern Grove was great. So much for the 50th Anniversary of the “Sumer of Love”


    • sohumlily July 18, 2017

      Have you ever *worn* a bra? They are uncomfortable as heck–they cause PAIN.

      I don’t like looking at butt crack of old fat men, either; so sorry the old ladies failed to conform to your standard of acceptability.

  5. BB Grace July 17, 2017

    Watch Livestream, Tomorrow at 8:50 a.m. ET
    The Hill is convening state leaders, health officials, academics, and patient advocates for a conversation about mental health policy at the federal, state, and local level, and its impact on patients and caregivers.

    During the livestream, speakers—including Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D)—will discuss the role state leaders can play when it comes to issues of access, quality of care, and mental health coverage under Medicaid. Fred Osher, The Council of State Governments Justice Center’s director of health services and systems policy, and others will discuss how jurisdictions can ensure that prisons and jails do not continue to be the primary providers of behavioral health care in the country and what more can be done to provide caregivers with the support and resources they need. Speakers will also address what the replacement of the Affordable Care Act might mean for people with mental illnesses, and how mental health benefits and additional funding for care provided under the 21st Century Cures Act might be affected.

    To watch the livestream, click the button below at 8:50 a.m. ET on Tuesday, July 18. Join the conversation on social media by following @TheHillEvents and using #StateofMH.

    • james marmon July 17, 2017

      To not put a “work requirement” in place in order to receive Medicaid for abled bodied adults who are suffering with only mild to moderate symptoms would be disastrous.

      Millions and millions of people suffering the same level of symptoms drag themselves to work every day.

      If they are unable to work there is always SSI, if they can qualify.

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