Valley People

BILL MANNIX has died in Santa Rosa. Bill, who was 94, wasn’t as well known in the Anderson Valley as his brother Homer, but Bill was quite well known in the outside world as one of the writers of the Forests Forever initiative and the only Air Force colonel known to have joined the Peace […]

Awesome Wordology

Dear AVA, I don’t know what all the fuss is about. “Awesome” is the most phenomenally iconic word ever. Actually I buried and mourned it long ago, interred it with a host of other cheapened, diluted, inflated, and perverted superlatives, though not without some serious regret and resentment. I’m a word guy and I will […]

Letters To The Editor

SMARTMETER OFF Editor, Recently PG&E initiated two versions of Robo calls to PG&E users, who either do not have a SmartMeter yet or on the SmartMeter Delay list. In the former situation, Willits folks received a call if they did not have a SmartMeter that threatened power interruption if a new Smartmeter was not installed. […]

Valley People

A DRUNK, still not identified because he refuses to reveal his name, was driving a 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup truck he’d stolen in Fort Bragg when he and another vehicle were pulled over by a CHP officer Saturday afternoon in Boonville. The truck thief apparently thought the other vehicle was the one being sought by […]

Letters To The Editor

OCCUPY OBAMA Editor, The Occupy Wall Street protest movement that emerged this summer in New York City as a public rebuke of corporate greed, fat-cat government bailouts, and the decimation of social programs is the best thing that’s happened in America since the yippies surrounded and then levitated the Pentagon in the 60s as an […]

Valley People

THE GOOD NEWS. Garrett Mezzanatto, three-sport star athlete at Anderson Valley High School, sustained an ugly-looking knee injury in the final football game of the year versus Point Arena. He’s been on crutches ever since, but when he finally got seen for an MRI, nothing in the knee was found to require surgery. Garrett remains […]

Valley People

ED SLOTTE, high school basketball coach, is breathing easier this week. Last week he had exactly five guys out for the varsity, this week he’s got seven, none of them named Garrett Mezzanatto, at 6’4” the Panther’s go-to big guy. Garrett is still on crutches from a bad knee injury sustained in the last football […]