Welcome Home, Sgt. Berry

Steven Berry is a Marine. He barely survived heavy fighting in both Iraq and Afghanistan, suffering such horrific injuries in Afghanistan that he was medically retired after ten years of service, four of those years as a Marine recruiter. The young father is now classified as one hundred percent disabled. Barely emerging from the Middle […]

The Health Center Meeting

DISGRUNTLED locals filled the high school cafeteria late Monday afternoon for a meeting of the Anderson Valley Health Center’s board of directors. Complaints about the ominous direction of the Center, which seems to be lurching inexorably in the direction of bankruptcy, echoed those expressed in a recent public letter by Eric Arbanovella, a volunteer with […]

My Grapes Or Your Sleep

Sleepless people are unhappy people, and there are lots of sleepless, unhappy people in the Anderson Valley these days. Many of Anderson Valley’s grape growers, large and small, have installed giant propellers that raise vineyard temperatures a few degrees to protect budding vines against frost. There are now about 50 of these propane-fueled machines strung […]

Mendocino County Today: December 27, 2013

WE HAVE LEARNED that our friend Dannie Martin has died. Many of you will remember Dannie from his column in the San Francisco Chronicle, the first by a prison inmate to appear regularly in a major American newspaper. Some of you may also remember the writer from his letters to the AVA describing life in […]

Johnny Pinches’ Last Act

Johnny Pinches has announced he will not run for another term as Third District Supervisor. Pinches, a Laytonville rancher, has always put the broader interests of Mendocino County ahead of personal advantage. He wants to do one more big thing for the County before he retires, and it’s a very big thing indeed. Lake Sonoma […]

Lenny Leum’s Dope Dossiers

Mike Biaggi runs Manchester Storage. Some people don’t pay to store their stuff, so Biaggi, after proper notice, auctioned off the contents of several abandoned storage units. On September 5th a certain Point Arenan bought the contents of Leonard John Leum’s locker. Inside was a kind of snitch’s mother lode, and a big surprise that […]

Mike Langley, A Euology

Mike and Patti Langley, and their daughter Beth, were my neighbors for 30 years. My daughter was often Beth’s baby sitter. And before Mike, Patty and Beth, Mike’s parents, Denver and Zola, had built a home at the north end of what had been a Shoenahl apple orchard. My long history with the Langleys explains […]

Case Closed

Accompanied by a DNA analyst from the state’s Department of Justice office in Eureka, Sheriff Tom Allman announced Tuesday that the 1988 rape and murder of Georgina Pacheco had been solved. Robert James Parks, a Fort Bragg fisherman, and a brother-in-law of the victim, has been identified as the killer. Parks committed suicide in 1999 […]

The Battle For Carrie Hamburg’s Remains

Sheriff Allman confirmed late Monday afternoon that an investigation by the Sheriff’s office is underway to determine if Carrie Hamburg, the late wife of 5th District supervisor Dan Hamburg, was illegally buried on the Hamburg family’s property southwest of Ukiah. “It’s under investigation but I’m not prepared to publicly discuss it right now,” the Sheriff […]

Mendocino County Today: March 6, 2013

IN A BRIEF conversation with Supervisor Pinches on Monday, the Supervisor said the recent study confirming that predators are largely responsible for a reduction in the state’s deer herds, is consistent with his views. “For years, Fish and Game said coyotes did not kill fawns. I guess they’ve changed their minds on that one.” The […]