- More Rain
- Impounded Horses
- Balo Sale
- Help Lorraine
- Lover's Leap
- Singers Wanted
- AV Village
- Hannah Hart
- Nixon Ukiah
- Cancer Group
- Quiz Night
- Golyer Guilty
- Fugitive Transport
- MCDH District
- Cannabis Hour
- Yesterday's Catch
- End Shutdown
- Flea-Market Future
- Democratic Roots
- Worthy Correspondence
- Propaganda Media
THE SECOND IN THE SERIES of New Year storms has delivered another couple inches to the Anderson Valley: 2.1 inches for Boonville and 2.8 for Yorkville. This brings their respective totals (rain season starts October 1) up to 15.2 (Boonville) and 19.2 (Yorkville). The forecast says today will be relatively dry before the next wave arrives Friday, with yet another in the wings after that.
MS. DELAQUADRA’S HORSES
One of the last items on Tuesday’s Board agenda was item 4q which newly seated Supervisor John Haschak had alertly pulled from the consent calendar for separate consideration.
“Approval of Second Amendment to Agreement No. PH-17-049, with Cole Creek Equestrian Center, Increasing the Amount from $50,000 to $100,000 to Provide Boarding and Care to Impounded Horses, Effective When Agreement Becomes Fully Executed through June 30, 2019.”
The item concerned the horses impounded from Anne Delaquadra who was charged with criminal neglect of the horses. AVA Court reporter Bruce McEwen covered the case when it hit the courthouse back in September of last year:
Newly seated Fifth District Supervisor Ted Williams, boldly jumped right into the issue, in the process making a clear and early distinction between himself and his somnolent predecessor.
Williams: How many horses are we talking about?
Animal Control Manager Rich Molinari: We have 19 horses. Four came in on October 19, 2017. 13 came in on January 3, 2018. And two foals were born in late March of 2018.
Williams: So we are talking about $5000 per horse?
Molinari: $4750 per horse on a monthly basis.
Williams: One of my concerns is I'm about to drive home through Anderson Valley. I know that if I do everything right and an act of nature puts me in a ditch and I need help, that ambulance has one EMT that is paid $30 for a 12 hour shift. Not $30 per hour, but about $3 per hour. No paramedic. No pain meds. And this is a large area of our county. We have several of these. We are disproportionately spending more money taking care of these horses than our people. I understand the situation that we're in and that maybe we have to do this. But I would like to suggest liquidating the horses immediately. And if the court won't allow that, then we should push back on the court. We need to focus our money more on our people than on horses that have been impounded.
Board Chair/Supervisor Carre Brown: Certainly, I am not a lawyer, but I believe we have legal hoops we have to jump through.
Deputy County Counsel Brina Blanton: There are some legal hoops, but I think we will be able to accomplish those probably this month depending on the court schedule and what we're able to accomplish. Part of the problem is that these horses are related to a pending criminal action. So we have to make sure that the court will let us release them because they are considered evidence.
Supervisor John McCowen: I certainly encourage us to review our practices in this area. There are civil proceedings, there are criminal proceedings, in terms of evidence for the criminal proceedings, medical records, photographic documentation, incident reports from our animal control officers -- to me it's kind of unconscionable that we still have these horses more than a year after the fact [Ms. Delaquadra’s first arrest was in the fall of 2017] and we are paying a lot of money for them. I'm very aware that often things kind of happen but I certainly hope that we do everything possible to make sure that this doesn't happen again. Again, my memory is, I believe we used to have volunteers who would take care of the horses. I understand this could be a special case because one of the involved parties would become a problem to anyone who would try to foster these animals. But there has to have been in another way to resolve this. To hear that we still have a couple of months to go, optimistically, is kind of disheartening.
Supervisor Dan Gjerde: Can we send the bill to the court?
Chair Brown: [Laughs.]
Supervisor John Haschak: Okay. I move to approve the Second Amendment to Agreement No. PH-17-049, with Cole Creek Equestrian Center, Increasing the Amount from $50,000 to $100,000 to Provide Boarding and Care to Impounded Horses, Effective When Agreement Becomes Fully Executed through June 30, 2019.” And I certainly hope this is done as expeditiously as possible.
Chair Brown: Public comment? [None.] Well I guess there wouldn't be, there's no one here. [Laughter.]
Clerk of the Board: Motion passes with supervisor Gjerde dissenting [without explanation.]
BALO WINERY of Philo is up for sale at $4,690,000, and had been in escrow for close to that amount for a while. Many people in the Anderson Valley are much more interested in the fate of the nicely re-habbed garage from the 1920s that was also the work of the Balo people. That old garage, now called the Live Oak Building in Boonville, sits in central Boonville. We hear rumors that something's in the works for the building which, ever since its tune-up, has sat only periodically occupied by a weekend wine sales booth.
FROM ITS MODEST BEGINNINGS as a handful of young, resident Anderson Valley winemakers in the early 1970s, the wine industry now dominates not only the Anderson Valley but Mendocino County, and has also inspired a large ancillary food and accommodations juggernaut pegged to wine tourism. Unlike the unorganized marijuana business, the in-County wine people jealously guard what they assume are their political perquisites, a fact of local life we knew only in theory until we got mugged by its reality when we sued to quiet Anderson Valley's wine industry frost fans. The entire industry mobilized against us, as we should have known it would, but has worked to tune down the annual spring time din.
THOSE LONG ROWS of $20-$40 bottles of wine we see in the supermarkets remain a mystery to me because I seldom see anybody buying a bottle or two at the checkout stand. The economics of wine is a larger mystery. I know grape growers get big Ag tax breaks, but as soon as Two Buck Chuck surfaced those mysterious wine economics came into sharp focus. As Chuck bluntly put in the famous New Yorker story about him, "All this stuff is pretty much the same. I'll sell a forty dollar bottle for three dollars." And he's made a literal fortune doing just that, meaning Chuck cashed in on the glut, which is ongoing.
I'M SURE BALO was and is some kind of massive tax write-off, and I'm just as sure another mini-mogul will soon snap up the property. It comes with a home built by a local guy, Johnny Peterson, who raised apples and sheep and cattle and worked on a road crew to supplement his farm earnings. Perched up a hill above Indian Creek, you can be sure Peterson built his modest retirement home for a lot less than the million dollar kitchen it now features.
AND CRAFT BEER is a mystery equivalent to wine. Breweries are popping up everywhere, and who would have thought the small brewery movement began right here in Boonville? (And a little earlier in Hopland.) We'll make the claim whether or not Ken Allen and David Norfleet's quality brew was among the first to revive community-based beer production, but from its modest beginnings in the basement of the Buckhorn Saloon, Boonville beer was soon on shelves everywhere in America, and on many shelves abroad. But the competition seems awfully crowded anymore, with several relatively new breweries in lightly populated Mendocino County competing with at least a hundred more in NorCal alone.
HERE’S A NAME that may be familiar to you: Lorraine Dechter. Many of you remember her program “The Good Old Fashioned Folk Music Show” which aired for 30 years on KCHO.
She came to Northern California in 1978, and since then she’s worked throughout the North State, delivering the news to communities through public television, newspapers, and, of course, radio.
Now Lorraine could use our help. After returning to Butte County from Mendocino County where she worked for community radio station KZYX, she moved to Paradise and yes, you guessed it — her home and possessions were all incinerated in the Camp Fire. She was renting and is now having difficulty getting FEMA assistance. Please donate to her through PayPal if you have a PayPal account you can just select pay and put in her email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also send assistance directly to: Lorraine Dechter, 5721 Scottwood Rd, Paradise CA 95969.
The Paradise post office is open so she will receive mail at that address.
HERE IS THE MUCH “INQUIRED ABOUT” legend of Frog Woman Rock (formerly Squaw Rock). Originally published in “History of Mendocino County” (1880), this version was printed in “Mendocino Robin” Vol. V, No. 6 (1966)
Please keep in mind this “legend” was written in 1880 and again edited in 1966, thus there are historical inaccuracies (including racial inaccuracies). This “legend” explains the anglo name for the rock and not the indigenous name.
OUR FIRST POP UP CHORUS at Lauren's. We're hoping this becomes a regular event, but now that we have the time, place, leader/teachers and song, we need the singers. You don't need to read music or have a great voice, you just need to commit to a bit of time on Wednesday evening (1/16) and I promise wonderful things can happen. We're learning and singing Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah.
Coroner's Investigation / Search & Rescue - Hart Family
Victim: Hannah Louise-Holiday Hart (AKA Scheurich) 16 year-old female from Woodland Washington
On March 26, 2018 around 4:15 PM the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office responded to the area of Juan Creek and North Highway 1, just north of the Town of Westport in Mendocino County to the report of a traffic collision resulting in five fatalities. These persons were later identified as all belonging to the Hart Family; Jennifer Hart (38 years of age), Sarah Hart (38 years of age), Markis Hart (19 years of age), Jeremiah Hart (14 years of age), and Abigail Hart (14 years of age).
As a result of this investigation three other family members were listed as missing persons; Devonte Hart (15 years of age), Hannah Hart (16 years of age) and Ciera Hart (12 years of age). An extensive investigation was initiated into the cause of the collision, the location of the three missing persons, and the cause and manner of death of the decedents. This investigation has been an ongoing effort with the cooperating investigatory agencies being; The Clark County Washington Sheriff's Office, the California Highway Patrol, and the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office.
On 04-07-2018 around 1:56 PM human remains were again discovered on the beach just north of where the original collision occurred. On 04-17-2018 the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office was notified the decedent had been identified. The remains were identified via DNA testing by the California Department of Justice Bureau of Forensic Services Laboratory (DOJ LAB). These remains were positively identified as belonging to Ciera Rose Hart (12 years of age).
On 05-09-2018 the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office again responded to this area after a citizen reported partial human remains found on the beach. These remains consisted of a partial foot located inside a shoe and attached to a pair of jeans. The jeans and shoe appeared consistent with those that would fit a smaller sized person. The remains were forwarded the to the DOJ LAB to see if a DNA profile could be determined and if so, could the remains be identified as one of the two remaining missing children, Devonte Hart or Hannah Hart.
On 06-08-2018 the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office was notified the results of the testing by the DOJ LAB were inconclusive and the remains could not be positively identified. The DOJ LAB personnel requested additional samples from known family members so additional testing could be conducted. In October of 2018 a woman who identified herself as the mother of Markis, Abigail, and Hannah Hart contacted the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office and indicated she had heard of this incident via a family member. She was fully cooperative in this investigation and with the assistance of Detectives of the Mobile Alabama Police Department, a DNA sample was obtained from this person and forwarded to the DOJ LAB for comparison testing.
On 01-08-2019 the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office received word from the DOJ LAB that the additional DNA test results showed a positive identification of the partial remains found on 05-09-2018 as belonging to Hannah Hart. Devonte Hart is still listed as a missing person with the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office. It is believed, the most likely scenario is that he too perished in this incident but the case remains open and active.
The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office is poised to follow up any viable investigative lead but has not received any indication of Devonte being located elsewhere.
NIXON IN UKIAH (1950)
(Photo courtesy, R.Parker, “Mendocino County Postcards.”)
NEW CANCER SUPPORT GROUP starts today [yesterday] in Ukiah
A new cancer support/book discussion group will have its first meeting today (Wednesday, January 9) at the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County Ukiah office, 5 to 6:45 p.m. The group will be led by Harvey Baumoel. Further meetings will be the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. For more information, phone Harvey at 391-1447.
BOONVILLE QUIZ, 2019
On Thursday, January 10th, the first General Knowledge and Trivia Quiz of the year will take place at Lauren’s Restaurant in Boonville at 7pm. Hope to se you there, Cheers. Steve Sparks: The Quiz Master
FIRST JURY VERDICT OF 2019.
A Mendocino County Superior Court jury returned from its deliberations late Tuesday afternoon to announce it had found the defendant guilty of both pending charges beyond a reasonable doubt.
Dustin Andrew Golyer, age 27, last known to be living a transient lifestyle in and about the Ukiah area prior to his arrest, was found guilty of vandalizing property in a value greater than $400, a felony, and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor.
Because defendant Goyler also has a second felony case pending trial scheduled for next week, the normal post-verdict referral of the defendant and verdicts to Adult Probation for a background study and sentencing recommendation is being held in temporary abeyance pending resolution of case #2.
The prosecutor who presented the People's evidence this week to the jury was Deputy District Attorney Tom Geddes. The investigating law enforcement agency was the Ukiah Police Department.
Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Cindee Mayfield presided over the two day trial.
ALICE AND MARV
On January 8, 2019 at approximately 12:30 P.M., Deputies with the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 2800 block of Ridgewood Road in Willits. It was believed that a subject with a felony warrant for his arrest was an occupant of the vehicle. Deputies ultimately contacted the rear passenger in the vehicle who was identified as Marvin Gibson, 34, of Willits. Gibson had a felony warrant for his arrest issued in Mendocino County for the charges of First Degree Burglary, Grand Theft, and Receiving Stolen Property. Gibson was placed under arrest without incident.
During the continuing investigation, Deputies questioned the driver of the vehicle who was identified as Alice Strang, 40, of Oroville. Deputies determined she provided false information to them multiple times and misidentified the subject who she was transporting in her vehicle. It was ultimately determined that Strang was attempting to conceal and aid Gibson in his efforts to avoid arrest for his warrant. Strang was placed under arrest for Harboring, aiding and/or concealing a Wanted Fugitive without incident. Strang was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail where she was to be held in lieu of $15,000 bail. Gibson was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $100,000 bail pursuant to the felony warrant.
HOW BIG IS THE COAST HOSPITAL DISTRICT?
What’s Up With Mendocino County Cannabis Code Enforcement?
Would you like to meet Mendocino County Interim Code Enforcement Division Manager Trent Taylor?
On the CANNABIS HOUR on KZYX Thursday morning at 11am, I'll ask Taylor how he spends his $500,000 contract with the county. Why do some members of the Mendocino Cannabis Industry Association think he should do more to stop black market cultivators? What kinds of complaints does Taylor receive about cannabis businesses and when does the Sheriff get involved? Tune in to KZYX at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 10, for answers. See you on the radio!
CATCH OF THE DAY, January 9, 2019
JOHN ACUNA, Hoopa/Willits. DUI.
RAYMOND CHAVEZ JR., Ontario/Ukiah. Suspended license.
BHAKTI DILLENBECK, Albion. Probation revocation, resisting.
SCOTT FABER, Ukiah. Trespassing, probation revocation.
MARVIN GIBSON, Willits. First degree burglary, grand theft, stolen property, offenses while on bail, failure to appear.
DANIEL NICHOLAS, Ukiah. Disorderly conduct-alcohol. (Frequent flyer.)
ALICE STRANG, Oroville. Harboring a wanted felon, failure to appear.
MICHAEL WOOLSEY, Ukiah. Assault with deadly weapon not a gun, criminal threats.
JONATHAN YOUNG, Trinity Center/Willits. Shoplifting, paraphernalia, resisting, probation revocation.
McCONNELL'S BEHIND IT
I am extremely worried about the shutdown. I strongly believe that ownership is equally shared by the president, the Democrats and the Republicans, especially Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. I have written to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Kamala Harris that this shutdown must be stopped as soon as possible, no matter what it takes. Each of these people and groups have the power to end this.
McConnell has two bills sent by the House on the first day of being run by the Democrats. He should bring these bills up for voting by the Senate, hopefully for passage by a veto-proof majority.
I have suggested that the Democrats offer $3 billion for border security, telling the American public they are doing this to end this hostage-taking of 800,000 federal workers and the resulting harm to the public.
Of course, the president should stop this now. Eventually there are going to be deaths caused by this nonsense. How many deaths is it going to take to get one or more of our leaders to act? They are acting like spoiled brats, but instead of holding their breaths, they are punishing the American people. They aren’t punishing their adversaries.
ON LINE COMMENT OF THE DAY
So-called “bargoon shopping” is built on an economic model which took years and a lot of money and legislation and international treaty-making to put into place, but which at its core is utterly un-workable, the proof of which you see day-in and day-out in places like K-Mart and the ones we see ourselves.
It’s not a figment of the imagination, the rise of Donald Trump had its roots in the destitution of the middle of the American land-mass, no matter the insistence of the idiocracy in their ivy-covered buildings that Trump was propelled by boogie-men in the heads of uneducated ignoramuses at the voting booth. We’ve seen it a thousand times in rags like Foreign Affairs and Atlantic and New Yorker and the NY Times, that there’s no reality to the gripes but if there IS some, then it’s all down to stubborn resistance to enlightenment and education, fear of change, xenophobia and all the other psychiatric maladies said to reside in the American hinterland.
The chief malady however is the one in the collective psyche of the Manhattan-Washington Axis, the adherence to the misbegotten idea that there’s such a thing as a free lunch, the bill for which can be inflicted on people somewhere else, who somehow won’t notice, or are just too dumb to figure it out. But, of course, this is plain dishonesty at play here, and dishonesty doesn’t comport with Reality, Reality being Mother Nature’s husband, who bats in the clean-up position.
Dishonesty isn’t better when the deception is one of self-deception, Mother Nature imposes itself no matter that the consensus among the ruling class is that the delusions are real. They’re not. Load the bases with baloney and nonsense and you’re not helping yourself, quite the opposite, Reality drives in the runs and woe betide if the fallacies make it round to home plate.
And what we’re seeing are the runs being batted in with the fall of Sears and the rise of this preposterous gig economy and internet-based business models like uber and airbnb, all grounded in economic desperation. Better if you don’t watch. It’s too discomfiting. Do something useful and if you can’t, put your head between your legs and kiss your ass good-bye, then at least you’ll have accomplished something. Flea markets may be a big feature of the emerging retail world. We have two in the county where you can buy almost anything. Most merchandise is used, but many stalls are stocked with new items. Stall rents are dirt cheap compared to commercial space, And no one pays royalties to a national franchise org.
THE UNITED STATES has the highest level of inequality amongst any of the advanced countries in the world. Disproportionately, the gains that have occurred in the last 50 years have gone primarily to the top 1%. The bottom 90% have seen their average incomes almost stagnate. And this high level of inequality has profound implications for every aspect of our society. It means that we will have slower growth. It's very hard to have sustained growth without shared prosperity. One of the reasons we have had the kind of volatility we've had, like the 2008 crisis, is the link to extremes of inequality in the United States. For an increasingly large fraction of Americans they will not be able to have a standard of living that is higher than that of their parents. In earlier decades something like 90% of Americans could have expected to be better off than their parents. That number has now dropped to about 50% which means that 50% of Americans will be no better off than their parents. The political ramifications of the destruction of the American dream I think we are only just beginning to realize.
— Joseph Stiglitz, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics
“I GREW UP IN AUSTRALIA. For the first 23 years of my life, I lived and worked and partied within the space of a mile. I had no goals. I went out every night of the week. But then in 2007 I went to visit a friend in Japan. It was my first time on a plane, and suddenly I became addicted to the feeling of seeing something new. I’ve travelled to fifty-one countries over the past ten years. From March to October I work as a bartender on a small Scottish island. I don’t take days off. And that allows me to save enough money for another six months of travel -- as long as I book far in advance. And stay in hostels. And limit myself to two meals a day. I always avoid the expensive attractions. My favorite thing to do is sit in parks. After this I’m headed to Niagara Falls. Then it’s up to Alaska. I’m not sure what the end goal is. I don’t have a bucket list. I don’t feel the need to see every country. In the beginning I was running away from my partying. But now I’m just addicted to the unfamiliar. Most of my friends are starting families and settling into their careers. And I don’t have any savings. So there are definitely times when I question if it’s worth it -- but never while I’m traveling.”
“Humans of New York”
DEMOCRATS AREN’T MOVING LEFT. They’re Returning to Their Roots.
Many on both sides are worried about the party’s leftward swing. They say it’s a deviation from the mainstream. It’s not.
I NEVER RECEIVED more than one or two letters in my life that were worth the postage.
— Henry David Thoreau
A VETERAN NATIONAL SECURITY JOURNALIST with NBC News and MSNBC, William Arkin, blasted the networks in a Monday email for becoming the prime propaganda instrument of the War Machine’s promotion of militarism and imperialism, writes @ggreenwald.