Off the Record

LAST WEEK’S COVELO pot sweep netted more outsiders than Covelo people at modest grow sites. Included in the lengthy roster of arrests were a German national; two Vietnamese; a Laotian; a couple of dudes from Boonville; a group of growers from San Gabriel; several Native Americans from Covelo growing on rez land (charges which will […]

Sheriff’s Log

9/20 10:08pm A man in one vehicle was following a woman in another as both raced down Highway 128 in what seemed to be a motorized domestic dispute. 9/20 9:56am An area off deep Mountain View Road west of Boonville was reported to be “occupied by several Hispanic Male Adults” engaged in marijuana cultivation. Marijuana […]

Valley People

5-YEAR-OLD Leslie Bucio Solano of Philo has been diagnosed with leukemia. This Saturday Oct. 2nd 4-11 PM at the Philo Grange there will be a dinner and dance to help the child’s family meet expenses. The Estrellas (Stars) will play, Alex Favela will D.J, many people will cook, and everyone will have a good time […]

Letters to the Editor

ABUSED & HAUNTED Editor, Lifting the lid on Fort Bragg Elder abuse: I have been the e-victim of mental elder abuse from slumlordies (M/F) three times in succession, all involv­ing water problems and effective heating at the latter two homes. I had the water tested at our rental at 42243 Road 409 for parasites. That […]

Letters to the Editor

LOSE’EM-ALL LOSES AGAIN Dear Editor, Hello to the great readers of the AVA. This is Timo­thy Elliott once again. I would like to ask for a moment of your time. Again, I am writing to voice my concern and frustration with Linda “Lose’em-all” Thompson of the Mendocino County Public Defender’s office. I would like the […]

Valley People

TWO MEN wanted on charges that they kidnapped and raped a 14-year-old girl who managed a daring escape two years ago in Boonville will be featured on “America’s Most Wanted” television show this Saturday night (September 25th). Mendocino County Sheriff’s Detective Andy Whiteaker will return to the show’s Washington DC headquarters to field calls on […]

Off the Record

ANNE MOLGAARD of the cigarette tax-funded First Five umbrella Do-Good organization, got off a completely unfounded memo earlier this week that has everyone who’s seen it shaking their heads. “Dear Commissioners: I hesitate to tell you this because things can so easily get blown out of proportion, but thought you should know. During the budget […]

Valley People

CHARMIAN, like Cher and Madonna, achieved single-name renown on the Northcoast partly, perhaps, because her column in this publication seemed an anomaly, a little old lady writing little old lady prose in a weekly newspaper, ahem, heavily reflective of its boisterous times. Charmian expressed no hesitation whatsoever at her dubious journalistic company, plunging right in […]

Obituary: Charmian Blattner

Charmian Ruth Blattner passed peacefully in the early morning hours of September 9, 2010, at the age of 90, dying in Ukiah not far from where she was born on April 5th, 1920. The youngest of the four children born to Frank and Goldie Ward, Charmian lived all her life in Mendocino County, and mostly […]