Valley People 8/19/2009

DICK SAND said he was trying to get his weight down the last time I talked with him. Dick was puffing long 128 toward Bradford Lane south of Boonville as I trudged in the opposite direction. “I try to get up and back every afternoon,” Dick said, taking a good twenty minutes out of his […]

Off the Record 8/19/2009

A VERY CRAZY MAN, a literal tin foil hat guy, named Anthony James Pelfrey, has been sentenced to 13 years in state prison for attempted murder. Pelfrey was chattering to imagined presences at the defendant’s table last week just before Judge Ron Brown packed him off to 13 years in the state pen. Pelfrey is […]

Valley People 8/12/2009

MANY LOCALS will remember Don Pierce, and remember him fondly as a friendly, neighborly man who always made time for his community in the years he lived in Anderson Valley. Don died last week in the state of Washington of liver cancer. A Vietnam vet of especially grisly experience, Don, and his then-wife, Judy, and […]

Off the Record 8/12/2009

CHIEF DEPUTY District Attorney Jill Ravitch, pronounced Ravvvvvvitch! with teeth bared through the v’s, Mendo’s most experienced trial attorney, came to us from Sonoma County where she had SoCo’s criminal scumdogs quivering in their paws. Ravitch told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat last week that she intends to run against Sonoma County DA Steven Passalacqua […]

AV FFA Wins At Redwood Empire Fair

Six members of the AV Future Farmers of America represented the chapter well both in and out of the show ring. The six boys showed meat pens of poultry and market meat goats. The results: Carlos Espinoza: Grand Champion Chicken Meat Pen, 1st in Novice Poultry Showmanship, Old English Game Bird hen placed 1st. Jonathan […]

Valley People 8/05/2009

THERE ARE PEOPLE we all assume are indestructible, indomitable people who seem to go on and on, but whose passings, when they come even at an advanced age, are still unexpected. Rosalie Reynold’s death in Ukiah last week at age 92 surprised me because the last time I saw her she had been her usual […]

Off the Record 8/05/2009

WE’LL GIVE CLINT SMITH next week’s front page because, as we went to press Tuesday afternoon, Judge Brennan hadn’t announced his likely finding that Smith be spared prison time for his months-long sexual relationship with one of his 15-year-old female students. Smith’s supporters packed Brennan’s Willits courtroom Tuesday, outnumbering the victim’s family ten-to-one. At one […]

Valley People 7/29/2009

  SHERIFF ALLMAN and everyone in Anderson Valley wants to keep our new deputy, Craig Walker, but County administration keeps on saying that Allman’s going to have to make personnel cuts, making it clear that they want the Sheriff to lop off his new hires. Supervisor Colfax needs to hear from the community on this […]

Off the Record 7/29/2009

THE CLINT SMITH case will be back in the haphazard Willits courtroom of Judge Clay Brennan on August 4th. Smith is the charter school teacher who has pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with one of his students, a 15-year-old girl. He’s supported by a large bloc of morally blind Willits Nice People, pardon the redundancy, […]

Valley People 7/22/2009

DR. APFEL of the Anderson Valley Health Center called Tuesday to say that the late Salvadore Aguilar, only 20 when he died, had not been seen at the Anderson Valley Health Center, let alone informed there that he had AIDS. Aguilar was found dead at the Greenwood Bridge two weeks ago. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s […]

Off the Record 7/22/2009

CLINT SMITH appeared in court last Thursday, the Honorable Clay Brennan presiding, presiding in the Willits branch of the Mendocino County Superior Court over what’s shaping up as an Only In Mendo Classic. Smith is the Willits teacher who, for months, had regular intercourse with a 15-year-old female student, downing Viagra for daylight sessions with […]