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MCT: Thursday, January 17, 2019

A STRONG STORM OFFSHORE will bring bouts of heavy rain and strong gusty winds through Wednesday evening. Unstable conditions behind the front will bring a threat for locally heavy downpours, isolated thunderstorms and periods of gusty winds later tonight through Thursday. The offshore storm has also generated a huge swell that will pound NorCal beaches on Thursday. Periods of rain will continue into the weekend, followed by high pressure and dry weather next week.

Widespread moderate to heavy rain spread across the region Wednesday afternoon in advance of an approaching cold front. The plume of high precipitable water values will quickly shift southeast of the forecast area later Wednesday evening. This southeastward progression should reduce the duration of widespread heavy rain. There is still a concern for locally heavy downpours with showers and isolated thunderstorms late Wednesday night. There is still a threat of localized flooding and debris flows over recent burn scar areas.

South to southwest winds around 30-40mph expected to ramp up again late Wednesday night. Therefore wind advisory for the coast and the higher elevations continues. Winds have already been gusting to 45 to 50 mph along the extreme northern coast and around 50 to 60mph over the higher elevations of Humboldt county. Instability and showers will persist through the day on Thursday, though gusty winds should steadily decrease as the surface low heads northeast toward the British Columbia coast.
(National Weather Service, Eureka)


A BOONVILLE READER COMPLAINS: "My Mexican friend who wants to learn better English, and works at Mosswood, told me she took the English class for $11/semester. But if you want to take the Spanish class, it's $259.00 now! At the Elementary. So we're all shit canning the Spanish class at the elementary and buying the Lyrica App instead. That's some bullshit!"


We understand there is some confusion about why AV Adult School English classes cost $11 while Spanish classes cost $200, and we are happy to explain why this is the case.

The state has targeted specific objectives for adult education, and we are only allowed to use state funding for those purposes. The state-funded classes/services we provide are: English, High School Equivalency, Citizenship, Basic Computer Skills, Reading and Writing, and Parent Education. These programs are fully funded by the state and thus free to students. (Note that we do administer many of these programs in partnership with Mendocino College, and the college charges $11/semester). Additional state-funded objective areas include Adults with Disabilities and Career Technical Education.

The Adult School strives to respond to needs in our community and provide classes that will be of use to all community members. Unfortunately, many services we’d like to provide -- including Spanish classes for English speakers -- are not eligible for state funding. We thus created “Community Enrichment” classes -- fee-based classes where the amount of money that participants pay is used to cover the cost of the class.

This semester’s Beginner and Intermediate Spanish classes run for 2 hrs/wk for 15 weeks and cost $200 each. This cost covers the following:

A certificated teacher for 30 hours of instructional time + ½ hr planning time/class, a Native-Spanish speaker assistant for 30 hours + ½ hr prep time/class, administrative costs (marketing, facility coordination, human resources, payroll, facility overhead) with a total semester cost of $1,997 ($200/student, if 10 students enroll).

If we have ten students this means each person pays $6.70/hr for a class with fellow community members offering hands-on learning in an Elementary School classroom. As with all of our classes, free childcare is available.

We calculate the cost based on a goal of ten students enrolling per class. If we get more than 10 students, the price goes down. We also offer payment plans and are happy to dialogue with people for whom the cost of the class is a barrier. We know learning a language and taking a weekly class requires a lot of effort and initiative from the students, and seek to make the class as accessible as possible.

The workbook for the class is $56. Students in all of our programs are welcome to either borrow or purchase the corresponding materials. (We don’t provide free books to our English students either.)

We wish the state of California was able to offset the cost of the Spanish classes, as it can be very helpful in CA (and particularly here in AV) to communicate in Spanish, but sadly that is not the case. If you are interested in motivating our representatives to increase funding for Adult Education in this regard, we encourage you to contact them here and here.

The Adult School exists to increase opportunities for adult learning, however possible. We encourage community members to seek cost-effective ways to learn a new language. Individuals who wish to use online language programs and need an internet connection and/or computer access are welcome to use an Adult School computer during the hours of our Computer class.




ON JANUARY 12, 2019, at approximately 2:50 p.m., Officers were providing scene security and traffic control for the structure fire at Chapel by the Sea when they were diverted for a hit-and-run collision in the intersection of Pine Street and N. Main Street. Due to Officers being delayed in their response due to the structure fire, Officers from the California Highway Patrol located and detained the suspect driver at her residence.

When Officers arrived on scene, they contacted multiple witnesses who identified Shelly Azmi as the driver of the suspect vehicle. Azmi had collided with another vehicle on N. Main Street, and then fled the area to her residence on W. Bush Street. The collision caused moderate damage to both Azmi’s vehicle and the victim’s vehicle. No injuries were reported related to the collision. When Azmi was contacted by Fort Bragg Police Officers, she displayed suspected symptoms of alcohol/drug intoxication and she was initially placed under arrest for 20002 CVC (Hit-and-Run Collision). While secured in the back of a patrol vehicle, Azmi attempted to kick out the back bars of the vehicle while also striking her head against the interior of the vehicle. After repeated warnings, Azmi was removed from the patrol vehicle and secured in an additional restraint device for her safety.

Once Azmi was secured in additional restraints, she was immediately transported to the Mendocino Coast District Hospital Emergency Room to be medically cleared for incarceration in the Mendocino County Jail. During the medical clearance process, Emergency Room staff placed Azmi on a medical hold for her safety while declining to clear her for incarceration. While on that medical hold, Officers obtained a search warrant for a forced blood draw in order to determine the presence of drugs and or alcohol in Azmi’s system at the time of the collision. That blood sample has been forwarded to a Department of Justice laboratory for processing. Charges of 20002 CVC (Hit-and-Run Collision) will be forwarded to the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office pending the results from the Department of Justice.



My wife works in the hospital. She frequently comes home completely dejected by the petty way that she is treated - nickel and diming her hours and vacation time and arbitrarily assigning tasks that are beyond her position. The hospital administration has frozen her wages for six years, they want to take back paid vacation days, increase the amount that she has to pay to maintain her benefit package, reduce their contribution to her retirement plan, and eliminate daily overtime pay. During the same period the CEO’s pay has increase from $237K in 2012 to $362K and the CFOs pay has increased from $180K to $294K.



I was getting out of my car to get gas when my phone rang. I thought it might be my youngest son who has been sick. I was already in motion to get out the car and I didn’t look at the number before I answered it. Not typical of me.

The man said he was Officer…. and that there had been an incident and that he had my son in custody. He wanted me to talk to my son to verify he was ok before we continued our conversation.

A crying child came on the phone and said, “Mom, there’s been an accident and I’ve been taken Mom…” crying.

The guy took back the phone and told me that he had my kid ( he used a name but I didn’t quite catch it because he was talking fast and I was scared) in a truck and that truck was going to Mexico and if I wanted my kid back I would have to do exactly what he told me to.

At this point I screamed “WTF are you talking about?” He told me that if I didn’t calm down and listen or if I hung up on him, my kid would be on that truck to Mexico and I would never see him again. He wouldn’t let me ask questions. He wanted me to wire whatever money I had through western union. He said he got paid for my kid either way and that he was giving me the opportunity to pay him before the guy in Mexico. It was just business, nothing personal.

I drove to Ray’s in Garberville. I needed to get someone’s attention to call my kids’ school for me. I was beyond freaked out.

He had me write detailed information about where to wire the money and how to do it. He instructed me to leave my phone on so he could listen. One word to anyone and he would just leave my kid on the truck to Mexico and that would be that. So I put my phone in my pocket and went inside. I looked around. Trying to decide what to do.

I waited in a line and I wrote a note on a piece of paper that said “Please don’t say anything. I have a weirdo on my phone that says he has my kid. Please call 943-3144 Child’s Name to see if he is in class.”

I noticed a manager I did not know nearby. I asked him where I should go for Western Union and held up the note pointing to it while talking. He told me WU was over there. WU is that way I asked and again held up the note pointing at it. Yes and he sort of pointed in the direction of a check stand. I asked him again if it’s over there and shoved the note in his chest, then held it in his face. I was starting to cry and about to completely loose it.

He realized what was happening took the paper and ran off. I just stood in line not knowing what to do or think.

The manager came running back and said the school has your kid! He’s fine! It’s a scam.

I hung up, cried in the the drink aisle, and gave the manager a big hug. I called the school back to make sure all my kids were accounted for.

The guy called me back 17 times after I hung up. I am grateful it was just a scam. It was terrifying. He called from two different numbers both from Mexico 011 52 998 459 5029 and 011 52 775 196 2318.

I talked to the Sheriff, but because the money was never sent, there is nothing to do really and that they would send out a press release because this kind of scam happens all the time.

I want to thank the manager at the Garberville Rays, Pablo, for paying attention to the crazy lady that was rudely shoving a paper in his face and realizing that I needed his help.

Thank you to the other people at Rays, workers and customers, who let me hang out, vent, and make sure I was ok.

And thank you to SFHS office staff for recognizing that the store manager calling with this odd request on my behalf was so ridiculous that they should definitely check on all my kids and hold them until we all knew things were ok. Truly grateful for our tight community.

So, please teach your kids a code word! Talk to your kids about what to say if the worst ever does happen. And hold them all tight tonight because you can.

(Via Humboldt County Sheriff)



Poss Of Firearm

Person Prohibited Fr

Possession For Sale

Sa Personal Arming

Sa Cont Sub Prior

Sa Pri Cont Sub

Bail – $120,000

Age: 59 years old

Height: 5′ 09″

Weight: 110 lbs

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Blue

Last Seen in: Laytonville.

If you recognize this individual or have information which could lead to their arrest, please contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 463-4086.


COAST HOSPITAL, an on-line comment:

We are told it is necessary to pay extraordinary salaries to the CEO and the CFO to get them to come here. I think that is a cover story. Their salaries are unfairly high because they were hired to nickel dime employees and reduce patient care. They are hurting many people and they know it, so they demanded to be paid well. Look behind them to see who made this deal. Their marching orders came from above.



Resolution would help fund RCS, Project Sanctuary projects

by Justine Frederiksen

The Ukiah City Council Wednesday will again consider whether to declare a homeless shelter crisis in order to receive grant funding from the state for two projects.

Having the city pass a resolution declaring a shelter crisis is needed for certain projects to qualify for Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) grant funding being allocated by the state of California, of which Mendocino County is set to receive about $5 million.

“This is a unique opportunity, because usually rural areas like ours have very competitive funding opportunities,” Deputy City Manager Shannon Riley told the City Council when the declaration was first discussed at its Dec. 19 meeting. “In this case, there are very few restrictions, and they are one-time monies being allocated very, very quickly.”

Riley said only Continuums of Care are eligible to apply for the funding and use it for homeless services, rental assistance and capital improvements. However, to use funds for capital improvements, the governing body of that jurisdiction must declare a shelter crisis by resolution.

Riley said the county’s Continuum of Care asked for proposals and six projects were then recommended for funding, two of which are in the city limits: the completion of the Redwood Community Services shelter at 1045 S. State St., and construction of an additional bathroom for the shelter provided by Project Sanctuary.

Two members of the audience then addressed the council, both urging the board to declare a shelter crisis.

“If you don’t declare a shelter crisis, I’m just going to be frank: There is not another revenue funding stream for shelters. I don’t know how we would fund this construction without this HEAP funding,” said Sage Wolf, the manager of homelessness and housing for RCS. “You need a place for people to land when they’re having a shelter crisis, and the intention of the HEAP funding is for communities to have quick response to shelter crisis.

“We need to figure out how to build this building; we are asking for your help in funding the construction,” said Wolf, adding that the second capital improvement project being recommended for HEAP funding would provide a second bathroom for a shelter that “houses 11 families with children, and currently only has one bathroom.”

“It is important, I believe, for the city to adopt a shelter crisis resolution, because that will enable the completion of the structure at 1045 S. State Street that currently houses the winter shelter, and will house the community center,” said 2nd District Mendocino County Supervisor John McCowen.

At first Riley said that city staff hoped to be able to explore using some of the funding for housing projects, then said that the resolution hadn’t been brought forward in December because they “didn’t have the information on the capital projects proposed beforehand, and we wanted to be able to narrow the scope of the crisis declaration so it specifically applies to the two projects.”

For the Jan. 16 meeting, staff is recommending that the City Council pass a resolution “specifying its support for the RCS and Project Sanctuary projects,” and that “limits the span of the ‘shelter crisis’ to a period of one year, during which time both projects are expected to be completed.”

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the City Council chambers at 300 Seminary Ave.

(Courtesy, the Ukiah Daily Journal)



We had a power outage here this morning and my PC, laptop, TV, DVD, iPad and my new surround sound music system were all shut down. Then I discovered that my iPhone battery was flat. To top it off, it was snowing and icy so I couldn't go for a walk, bike or run. The garage door opener needs electricity, so I couldn't go anywhere in the car. I went into the kitchen to make coffee and then remembered that this also needed power, so I sat and talked with my wife for a few hours. She seems like a nice person.



Did you see that initial list of senior appointments announced by California’s new governor Gavin Newsom? Besides being an average age of 36, a close reading of their credentials for these well paid positions shows they don’t have much experience for their positions. Mr. Crowfoot’s background as National Resource Agency Secretary is an enviro staff job; Ms. Su’s legal experience is more in civil rights than labor law; Mr. Chida’s limited experience for his position as “Secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency” is in a nebulous "advisory" position in an agency called “Cradle to Career." He has also functioned as a law clerk. Giannina Pérez is now “Senior Policy Advisor for Early Childhood,” another pretend job: Gina Da Silva, 32, of Sacramento, is now Senior Policy Advisor for Immigration, which looks like a semi-legitimate position in which she has some actual experience. But she’s only 32 and is pulling down $130k plus generous state perks. Lande Ajose, 52, of Oakland, is Senior Policy Advisor for Higher Education — a position which looks highly redundant (and vague) since there’s the already bloated UC system and Department of Education. Alice Busching Reynolds, 50, of San Francisco, is Senior Advisor to the Governor for Energy; Ms. Reynolds — “Senior Advisor to the Governor for Energy” — is an attorney with no energy sector experience at all. Tracy Arnold, 44, of Sacramento, is Director of Research, presumably she can find her way around in cyber-space. Jesse Melgar, 31, of Riverside, is Deputy Director of Media and Public Affairs in the Office of the Governor. “Deputy” director? One’s not enough, apparently. Anastasia R. Carney, 33, of Sacramento, is “Deputy Director of Civic Engagement and Strategic Partnerships,” clearly an extremely important function that needs a 31-year old to preside over. Janine Shimomura, 28, of Sacramento, is “Assistant Director of Strategy and Communications in the Office of the Governor” — another redundant media person. And last, Lande Watson, 21, of Sacramento, is Assistant Director of Research in the Office of the Governor.” Ms. Watson’s primary qualification seems to be that she’s female and pro-choice. (Mark Scaramella)


CATCH OF THE DAY, January 16, 2018

Andrews, Bolton, Bowman, Carter

DAVID ANDREWS, Ukiah. DUI, parole violation.

JOSHUA BOLTON, Covelo. Vandalism, reckless driving, suspended license (for DUI), probation revocation.

JOHN BOWMAN, Fort Bragg. Probation revocation.

JASHON CARTER, Talmage. Driving without license, failure to appear.

Dennison, Gahm, Henry

CLORISSA DENNISON, Ukiah. Controlled substance, paraphernalia, probation revocation.

ARNOLD GAHM, Ukiah. Burglary, bad check, controlled substance for sale.

ROGER HENRY JR., Willits. Failure to appear.

Jump, Lopez, McGuire, Misita

ROBERT JUMP, Covelo. Concealed weapon in vehicle.

ANTONIO LOPEZ JR., Cloverdale/Hopland. DUI, resisting, probation revocation.

JASON MCGUIRE, Fort Bragg. Witness intimidation, disorderly conduct-loitering, probation revocation.

JOSEPH MISITA, Cloverdale/Ukiah. Disorderly conduct-alcohol, trespassing.

Quintero-Preston, Verdell, Zurita-Paz

ANTONIO QUINTERO-PRESTON, Santa Rosa/Laytonville. Probation revocation.

JENNIFER VIRDELL, Ukiah. Suspended license, failure to appear, probation revocation.

MARCELINO ZURITA-PAZ, Ukiah. DUI, suspended license (for DUI).


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It must be great to be a Democrat and have the mainstream media in your pocket. Thirty congressional Democrats and 109 lobbyists went to Puerto Rico for a weekend “retreat.” Supposedly they were checking on the progress of restoration after the 2017 hurricane. They also attended a special production of “Hamilton.”

There have been a few news stories about this retreat. Now, let’s suppose that it was a group of Republican legislators. The story would have been all over the news, with accompanying stories about government employees not working and not getting paid.

It appears that Democrats in Congress don’t believe the information about the incredible drug smuggling, human trafficking and people from all over the world coming to the United States through the southern border. It is a fact that everyone who comes across the border illegally is known by the drug cartels, because those people have paid the cartels.

Another caravan has started in Honduras. Mexico is planning to make sure this caravan doesn’t cross into Mexico.

Congress needs to deal with the entire immigration system, so that our country is safe and we know who is entering. Maybe they should meet in Puerto Rico.

Edelweiss Geary

Santa Rosa


“Wow, I wonder what the losing team got.”



I dunno about you, but I am getting kinda bored with the whole Mueller thing and the whole shutdown thing. I never get to have a shutdown lol. And these congressional people are getting paid and going to the beach and everything! What the hell? They are all a whole lot of words and a whole lot of nothing. I am so ready for something different.



Their smiling, nearly universally pleased expressions accompanying news of of timely (or untimely) death leave the strong impression that most of them, although they would probably not have copped to it, are pleased enough to be done with it all. This may, in many cases, leave the wrong impression. In any event, few are much moved to comment further. Those of us left to turn to the sports page or the market reports will read of men, mostly white, who have somehow worked (or been born) into positions of vast power, which almost always make them wealthy. Most of those of us who read the sports page and the market reports over coffee are the losers in these stories. We read of our country being, clod by cliff sized clod, washed into endlesss seas. As it goes, of course, there is less and less to stand on. Looking at the smiling just-deceased, it is hard not to feel just a bit jealous. These folks, at least, will not be witness to the final descent. True, they will not know how the story ends, but neither will they risk seeing the supporating boil on Lady Liberty's butt.

(Bruce Brady)



We will continue into the new year on the schedule of 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month. Therefore the next Quiz will take place on the 4th Thursday - January 24th. Hope to see you there.

Cheers, Steve Sparks, The Quiz Master


ON JANUARY 19, 2019 cities across California and the United States will unite to reaffirm our commitment to building a positive and just future for all, and to celebrate the spirit of resistance efforts over the past year. This day of action is designed to engage and empower all people to support women's rights, human rights, social and environmental justice. WOMEN RISE UP!

For More Information Contact: Inland Mendocino Democratic Club (707) 485-2068 Mendocino Environmental Center (707) 234-3236



As Told to Jonah Raskin

While I was still living in SF I tried to grow weed on Mt. Tam. I was in my late 20s, but still pretty much of a teenager. My plants got to be one foot tall and then someone cut them down and just left them there to die. Must have been law enforcement. So, I was back to zero as far as growing goes. I didn’t want to work in construction, which I had been doing. I wanted to work for me, and my wife, Ako, not for someone else.

We moved to Nice in Lake County and found that there were more fuckin’ drugs there than in the city. We both got jobs at Cobb Mountain Spring Water. I was on the loading dock and Ako was on quality control. By then I had given up selling coke. I could see that it wasn’t doing anyone any good. But I was still selling weed. I didn't have a moral dilemma with weed as I did with coke. We left Cobb Mountain Spring Water because quality control on the assembly line made Ako dizzy.

So she got a job as a housecleaner at the condo place for rich people in Nice. I bought a dirt bike and went into the woods and looked for a good spot to grow. I had no insurance and no registration on the bike and was setting myself up for disaster. One day, I came out of Lake Pillsbury and hooked a left on Highway 20 and headed east when a cop came up behind me. After tailing me for ½ mile, he put on his lights and siren. I took off. He chased me and then two more cop cars joined him, but I kept going, off the highway and on unpaved trails.

I thought I had eluded all of them, but I came down a dirt trail and there was a cop standing with a Billy Club in his hand. “Get off the bike,” he shouts. I say, “Out of my way. I’m coming through.” I gunned the bike; the cop hit me over the head, but I got away and went back to Highway 20. I stashed the bike in some guy’s yard and walked up to the house, and there was a cop sitting and waiting for me.

“We know it's you,” he says. “Where’s the bike?” I say, “I don't know what you’re talking about.” I was about to get away when one of the cops shows me the backpack I’d tossed. He reaches inside, comes out with a little bag and asks, “What's this?” I said “rat poison,” and he dropped it immediately.

I was using it to keep rodents away from my plants, just a few pellets at a time so the poison didn’t get into the food chain. The cops found my bike, arrested me and charged me with evasion and assault with a deadly weapon. My lawyer advised me to cop a plea. “You’ll get a month in jail,” he said. The judge sentenced me to a year in Lake County jail, which was full of guys like me who weren’t really dangerous but who were caught doing something stupid. I did 210 days behind bars. During that time they threw me into solitary because I talked back to a big, fat, nasty, evil woman named Sondra Miller who was jail staff and who called all of us inmates, “losers.”

I worked in the kitchen peeling carrots and making muffins for all the inmates. One day a muffin turned out imperfect, which was a big no-no. “Get rid of that muffin, Munson,” Miller says. I threw it into the garbage can where it broke into pieces. “That’s it Munson,” she says. “You’re outta here.” Cops come into the kitchen, pat me down and find the porno playing cards that I had in my pocket and that I’ve been trading with other inmates for their cards. I forgot I had them in my possession. They confiscated the cards, charged me with disrespecting jail staff and for possession of pornography and put me in solitary.

After two days I was cracking up. I’m hard of hearing and couldn’t hear anything at all, and the only thing I could see through the keyhole was a payphone on the wall outside my cell about 30 feet away. There was one light in the cell that came on at 6 a.m. and stayed on until 10 p.m. I snapped, started screaming. The jailer unlocks the door and comes in and I tell him, “You gotta give me something to read or I’ll go totally insane.” He gives me a booklet with all the jail rules. I read it so many times that I memorized it.”

I was still pretty bad off. Next time I see him, I tell the jailer I’d do myself in by banging my head on the wall unless they give me a real book to read. He gave me a paperback romance, which I read four times in six-and-one-half days. It was stupid but it distracted me and then they let me out of solitary. From then on, until I was released, they called me “Muffin.”

In April the cops let me out of jail just in time to start my crop. I also had a sponsor, a guy with money. He tells me, “You’re a miserable failure, Munson and I’m a born gambler. You never give up, so I’m going to back you.” He gave me a Kawasaki 650. I got insurance and registration. “When you get money,” the guy says. “You can pay me $4,000.” Now I had wheels to get into and out of the mountains and I had seeds, too. I was raring to go.”


This time I’m gonna talk about “Scrappy,” who got his nickname because he collected and sold bottles and cans at the camp ground near Lake Pillsbury, and maybe for other reasons, too. I'd see Scrappy picking up the garbage and the recyclables that the Yahoos from the city would leave. That part was easy. But Scrappy had a problem with Phil Mohica, a big Indian from Michigan who also collected bottles and cans and so they had a territorial dispute. Scrappy could only pick up cans under fear of death.

I liked Scrappy and had more work than I could handle on 320 acres known as Toe Head Flat above Lake Pillsbury. I asked Nick at Soda Creek if Scrappy was okay and he said, “Yes, except the doctor told him not to do anymore drugs or he’d die.” Scrappy had given up drugs to move in with Nick at the back of the store. When I offered him a job he jumped at it like an ex-tweaker rabbit. I paid him $20 an hour. He collected garbage on the land and he also organized the small pots with marijuana that I had. Forty acres was in Mendocino and two hundred and eighty acres were in Lake. One day, he went up to the top of the property, about 6,500 feet above sea level, where we had a fire lookout in case we had to evacuate, and also where I had been growing a big garden. I could straddle the county line, with one foot in Lake and the other foot in Mendocino. I was up there with Scrappy. We were both in my truck. I turned to him and said, “You’re in Lake and I’m in Mendocino.”

Right then and there he had a heart attack and died. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t want the cops around. Hide the body? Take him to Soda Creek Store? “Oh shit, he’s dead, I said out loud. I kept working and while I worked I figured out that the only thing to do was to take Scrappy down hill. I had to put the seatbelt around him because he kept falling on the gearshift. Then his head began to bang against the window. I was afraid the cops would think I had beaten him to death, so I stopped and put a pillow between his head and the window.

I got down to Soda Creek and told Nick, “Scrappy is in the truck and he’s dead.” Nick says, “Oh,” and walks away. Nick’s son-in-law Big Mike comes out of the store and says, “Oh, bummer, I guess we should call the cops.” Nick comes out with Scrappy’s wife. Tears are running down her cheeks. She picks up his hand and holds it and she freaks out. By then, Scrappy’s hand was ice cold. Nick tells me that Scrappy has had heart attacks before. “Why didn’t you guys tell me,” I said. “ You all suck.”

I went up the road to my place and locked the gate so no one could drive in and rip me off and then I came back down again. At the store, there was a big jarhead cop, very cool and laid back. “What happened?” he asked. I told him exactly what happened, though I left out certain details. “No worries,” the cop says. “You did the right thing. Hang for a bit because the coroner is coming.” He gives me his card and says he saw a lot of death during Desert Storm.

Two guys in suits arrive in a mini van. They didn’t ask me any questions and the cops didn’t go up to see where Scrappy had his heart attack. I gave his wife $500—his “death benefits.” After that, she went out with a tow truck driver and moved up in the world.

I went back to my plants up on the hill and harvested soon after that. I have always thought of that crop as “Scrappy’s Crop.” Later, my wife and I enrolled in a class in CPR in Ukiah, so we’d both know how to try to revive someone who was having a heart attack. I didn’t realize it was an advanced class in CPR until the end of the session when the teacher handed out our certificates. So I can thank Scrappy for them, too.



Opus Chamber Music Series is presenting the Neave Trio; violin, cello, and piano. They are back to the coast by popular demand and we can't wait to hear them play compositions by Haydn, Shostakovich, Debussy, and Piazzolla. Google them and you will find out why! Come join us this Sunday, January 20th at 3 PM in Preston Hall. $25 at the door, $22 in advance at Harvest Market in Fort Bragg, Out of this World in Mendocino and online at

Eva von Bahr

Opus Chamber Music Coordinator

Symphony of the Redwoods



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— Craig Louis Stehr





Attention ye old jailhouse periodical,

My name is Jewel Dyer and I am rotting through the sixth year of detainment for the pending involuntary manslaughter case of my knife-wielding father. The trigger-happy one who liked to tell other people's machete-wielding related war stories of robbery over and over in Laytonville.

I noticed I'm not allowed to be my own attorney or file motions for appointment of indigent medical/water treatment experts to investigate the Low Gap infirmary.

USA v. Marion says that in appropriate cases evidence concerning poor jailhouse conditions is one of the four factors used to determine a denial of six amendment speedy trial violation along with: physical delay, responsibility of the cause of the delay, and the assertion at court on the right by refusing to waiver your quick trial.

Upon submission of my motion all the court did was entertain an unrelated argument between the judge and prosecutor regarding whose fault it was to be that documents were being withheld from me.

As for the reason that I am experiencing substandard medical conditions: since my detainment the bombardment of antibiotics has incrementally increased my body’s repair time and immunities for simple cuts and scrapes, among other weird problems such as permanent rashes, bloody mucus, et cetera.

Back to my attempted constitutional motion: the court then proceeded to tell me that they all of a sudden can't read my handwriting after several approved "foreplay" motions that successfully changed my plea, granted pro per status, etc.

My new public defender, Jeffrey Aaron, even says this revocation was shady but alas I am denied trial again well into May.

I am convinced this is all an elaborate plot to punish the victim.

Jewel Dyer A#20559

951 Low Gap Road Ukiah, CA 95482



Ukiah’s Women’s March Attendee’s Asked to Wear Red to Bring Attention to Missing/Murdered

"March attendees are asked to wear red to support…Missing and

Murdered Indigenous Women.Across the country and locally, Indigenous women face an epidemic of murder and disappearance. MMIW draws attention to this tragedy and calls for it to end."




Welcome Their Hatred


BORN MONDAY… Yukio Mishima (Kimitake Hiraoka) … January 14, 1925, Shinjuku, Tokyo

"Magagoto" ("Evil Things"), an evocation of


Standing by my window

I waited each evening

For strange events.

I watched for evil omens

A sandstorm surgin across the street

A rainbow at night

written by Mishima as a young boy

“Perfect purity is possible if you turn your life into a line of poetry written with a splash of blood.” ― Yukio Mishima



Senator Mike McGuire couldn’t be more excited to host a McKinleyville Community Coffee THIS Saturday, January 19.

The interactive community coffee will be an opportunity for neighbors to have a collaborative conversation about the most important issues facing Humboldt County and all of the North Coast.

“Great coffee stimulates great conversation. That’s why we’re really looking forward to hearing from neighbors this Saturday and sharing updates on some of the most important issues facing Northern California and Humboldt County,” Senator Mike McGuire said.

Here are the January 19 Community Coffee Details:

This Saturday, January 19 at 10 am

Azalea Hall (in the Hewitt Room), 1620 Pickett Road in McKinleyville

Complimentary coffee and morning goodies will be provided.

Office of Sen. Mike McGuire



AT HOME WITH HOWARD: "After the screening room incident, Hughes moved into a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel where he also rented rooms for his aides, his wife, and numerous girlfriends. He would sit naked in his bedroom with a pink hotel napkin placed over his genitals, watching movies. This may have been because Hughes found the touch of clothing painful due to allodynia. He may have watched movies to distract himself from his pain—a common practice among patients with intractable pain, especially those who do not receive adequate treatment. In one year, Hughes spent an estimated $11 million at the hotel."



GRACE HUDSON MUSEUM hosts panel on current exhibit: Jan. 26 On Saturday, January 26th at 2 p.m., the Grace Hudson Museum presents a panel discussion on the making of its current exhibit: "Artful Liaisons: Connecting Painters Grace Carpenter, Edward Espey, and Grafton Tyler Brown." Museum Director David Burton will moderate a discussion with curators Karen Holmes and Mark Humpal, with book signings to follow the program. The event is free with Museum admission. The Grace Hudson Museum is at 431 S. Main Street in Ukiah. Admission is $4 general; $10 per family; $3 for students and seniors; free to all on the first Friday of the month; and always free to members.

Roberta Werdinger

Writer, Publicist, Editor


THE ROAD TO HELL is paved with ‘Works In Progress.’

— Philip Roth, 1979


  1. Harvey Reading January 17, 2019

    Any word yet on whether the “hero” vigilante will be prosecuted?

    • Bruce Anderson January 17, 2019

      The would-be robber is still hospitalized. When he’s well enough to appear, as we understand it, we’ll get the whole story. It’s in process, Harv, and the mighty AVA is on the case!

      • Harvey Reading January 18, 2019

        Thank you for the update.

  2. james marmon January 17, 2019

    More on the Highway 101 bandits (Rohnert Park’s police)

    “A federal judge Wednesday ordered Rohnert Park’s police force to overhaul its training of officers to ensure they follow the law in probation searches. The ruling comes in the wake of a jury’s decision that three of the city’s officers violated the rights of a local family during a 2014 warantless home search.

    Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim ruled “that there are systemic problems in the way that the City of Rohnert Park fails to train its police officers,” according to her 14-page decision filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

    Kim’s order follows the Nov. 1 verdict by a federal jury in favor of longtime Rohnert Park residents Elva and Raul Barajas, who sued the city and three of its officers on claims that the police violated their civil rights when officers searched their home Nov. 4, 2014.

  3. james marmon January 17, 2019

    Angelo tried disappearing me, but thanks to the AVA she didn’t get away with it.

  4. Bruce Anderson January 17, 2019


    • Harvey Reading January 18, 2019

      Maybe some young blood is just what is needed. The oldsters have managed to screw up everything. Look at pitiful Pelosi and schemer Schumer, not to mention the horrid Clintons; and throw in most of the rest of the democrats, not to mention ALL of the republicans. I’m leery of Newsom but am willing to wait a while and see just what he’s really made of. In case you haven’t noticed, the country is swirling around in the toilet bowl at the moment, on its way to the sewage treatment plant!

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