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 […]

Tomlin Out! Turmoil Roils The Valley

A 3-2 majority of Anderson Valley school trustees, meeting in closed session a week ago, had informally stated their intention not to renew the contract of Boonville high school principal, James Tomlin. Monday night, before a large crowd in the high school cafeteria that was so large it spilled out the door, the 3-2 board […]

The Boonville-Jonestown Connection

A Thousand Lives — The Untold Story of Jonestown by Julia Scheeres isn’t what the mighty AVA would recommend as must reading, but for those of us who remain fascinated by a mass murder that got rolling in Mendocino County by way of Indianapolis, A Thousand Lives is an interesting book. Ms. Scheeres has gone […]

Presenting Madam Luke Breit

Still as crooked as a brokeback snake, Luke Breit, is again in the news. An occasional resident of Mendocino, and a former chief aide to then-assemblyman Dan Hauser, Breit was last in the news when the State of California paid a former state worker, a married woman, a large amount of money when it was […]

It’s Not 1955 Anymore

A senior female paused to look at the AVA shirts we were selling, reading out loud to herself, “Fanning the Flames of Discontent.” Then she asked, “What am I supposed to be discontented with?” A young barefoot woman asked us where she could find marijuana and a job trimming marijuana. “Isn’t this supposed to be […]

False Arrest

Juan Orr, 26, maybe of Chico, has libeled two Albion men every which way. Not only libeled them, got them arrested, thrown in jail and, briefly, charged with major felonies. It all started when Orr appeared at the Redwood Drive-In in Boonville a week ago Saturday, which would have been the afternoon of September 8th. […]

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