Mendocino County Today: February 5, 2012

IN OTHER exciting highway news, a naked man, hurling himself into the paths of frantically braking traffic, was finally subdued near the Mendo-Sonoma line Wednesday evening by a half dozen cops. Naked Man was struck by several vehicles after he was first seen dashing into the road at 6:20 p.m. At 6:29 p.m., he was […]

Mendocino County Today: February 4, 2012

AS PART of the Fort Bragg Police Department’s all-out effort to roll back a gang foothold in the seaside Mendocino County town of 7,000, Alejandro Grijalba, 20, has been sentenced to a year in the County Jail and three years of supervised probation for a felony battery and attempting to dissuade a witness. District Attorney […]

Mendocino County Today: February 3, 2012

WITH AT LEAST another week of summer-like weather predicted for this very dry Northcoast winter, the Sonoma County Water Agency has formally declared the Russian River as “dry.” Prior to Wednesday the overdrawn and perennially embattled river’s winter flow had been considered “normal.” Declaring it “dry” means more water will be stored in Lake Mendocino […]

Mendocino County Today: February 2, 2012

THE MENDOCINO Coast Recreation and Parks District Board has voted to close the CV Starr Aquatic Center pending a special election to fund it. The spiffy indoor pool and exercise facility opened in 2009. “The district does not have sufficient capital to continue operating the swimming pool,” said the Center’s Executive Director Jim Hurst (who […]

Valley People

THE ODDLY premature communiqué a few paragraphs below was e-mailed to us Tuesday as a press release, and sent home the same day in bilingual form with elementary school children. Edu-prose ranging from fuzzy to impenetrable, I read it twice before concluding that it said some money is missing from the PTA fund but we […]

Letters To The Editor

KEEP THE CODE Editor, Something Wicked This Way Comes is, of course, the famous line from the Shakespearean play Macbeth, which forewarns of an impending ominous, dangerous and traitorous entity. Fast-forward from the seventeenth century, to a real threat we now potentially face in Mendocino County, which is perhaps no less insidious or alarming; with […]

Off The Record

FOX NEWS and related rightwing blowhards aside, during WWII the national debt was more than 100% of Gross Domestic Product, which it will probably be again soon. To beat back crippling debt, FDR, a member of the One Percent in the days the One Percent believed in at least a modicum of noblesse oblige, raised […]

Mendocino County Today: February 1, 2012

SHOULD THE WINEGRAPE and Wine Commission be disbanded? Absolutely. But a hearing sponsored by the California Department of Food and Agriculture began at 9am Wednesday (today) at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center at 200 South School Street will allegedly determine if the tax-subsidized industry promo outfit be continued. What will the inquiry find? What else […]

Mendocino County Today: January 31, 2012

THE USUALLY INVISIBLE State Senator, Noreen Evans of Santa Rosa, normally a kind of female Wes Chesbro, has her moments. Her alarmed letter over the looming privatization of state parks, a bunch of them here in Mendocino County, is right on the mark: “It’s like they’re offering our state parks up for sale to the […]

Mendocino County Today: January 30, 2012

THE UKIAH Police Department wants to buy a $30,000 robot, one of those things you send in to an armed tweeker’s lair, say, in lieu of an automaton, er, police officer. Some of the money for the robot would come from the Mendocino Public Safety Foundation, some from the Willits and the Fort Bragg police […]

Letters From The Editor

POINT OF FACT Editor: Although I cannot speak to the incident regarding a phone call to John Coate as I was not present, the procedures of the Board of Directors of MCPB follows strict Robert’s rules and public comment on the agenda is limited to just that, public comment. Ms. Dawn was not the only […]