An Encounter

My female companion at the water mentioned it first. The closeness. But I had also seen the girl and a man, almost certainly her father, as they waded in the stream 25 feet away. She was about 12, he in his 40’s, and they were were barefooted in the cold water of the one of […]

Mural, She Wrote?

Mendocino, CA. July 17, 2017 — It had all the trappings of the shopworn and thread-bare 1980-something NBC-TV mellow-drama “Murder, She Wrote.”  Strange stuff indeed.  The only reason that the old bird has any wings at all in these parts is that it was set at our lovely and authentic Hill House here in Mendocino-town. […]

Alex Osorio, Requiescat in Pace

Alex Osorio died on April 24, 2017. He was killed in the woods. He was 22 years old. When Alex was three his mother moved from Mexico and singlehandedly settled her family in Fort Bragg. Just her, Alex, and older sister Jasmin, then 10, now a young woman of 29. Alex attended the local schools […]

Cardinals Place Second, and Move On

The Mendocino High girls varsity basketball squad continued their extraordinary season last week  in mixed fashion last week, convincingly beating Emery in the opening game of NCS playoffs before losing the League title match against Rincon Valley Christian in Santa Rosa Saturday night. One result of last week’s action is a new banner for their […]

Cardinals Advance to Championship

The Mendocino High school girls Varsity basketball team delivered an after-school lesson in the fundamentals of the game to Emery High school as they thrashed the visiting Spartans 58-34 in the second round of Division 6 NCS League playoffs on March 1. And now the Cardinals will travel to the big city – to Santa Rosa – on Saturday night as they carry the hopes of Mendocino County with them into the Championship game of the CIF NCS League Division 6.

Gunfight At The Boonville Corral

One thing is certain about the first meeting between these two cross-county rivals, which Mendocino won when they hosted Anderson Valley on the stormy coast last month: The game was far closer than the 61-48 final score suggested.  And there was no way to rate the sheer physical intensity of the game on the scoreboard. […]

Concert With A Catch

I took a journey last night. I pulled on my 4th layer of clothing and prepared to buck into the nearly horizontal rain of a dark and stormy Mendocino night. As I stepped out into the darkness that seemed crowded by the howling winds, and the even darker storm clouds concentrating at that very moment in the National Capital, I wondered for a moment if it might be better to drive.