Balo’s Barn

When the dirt started moving on the parcel of land that had been recently sold by Bryant Whittaker between the “Big Dig” pond and the vineyard on the far end of Anderson Valley Way, the speculation was that it was going to be another huge pond with riparian rights to Anderson Creek’s struggling fish population’s […]

The Danes are Coming! (Who?)

Being fully retired after a 12-year stint as a volunteer EMT responder while consecutively serving most of that time as operations manager for the Anderson Valley Ambulance Service, I feel I can speak my piece about Mendocino County’s emerging ambulance controversy. In 2009, Mendocino County hired the consulting firm Fitch and Associates, LLC for assistance […]

Yahoo For YES Camp!

For those of you that don’t already know about YES Camp it is a one week summer camp for young people ages 14 to 19 years old that introduces them to all aspects of emergency response: Emergency Medical Services, Fire Services, Law Enforcement, and Search and Rescue.

Caught With Their Pumps Down

Finally some clarity. After years of scratching my head in bewilderment at the seeming ignorance, greed and hypocrisy of both the wine industry and the general public that so lavishly supports it, I think I’m starting to get it, thanks to Russell Crowe and Darren Aronofsky. The roots of wine are Biblical. And that great […]

Ambulances Chasing Each Other

About a year ago I talked with Leonard Winter, the operator of Ukiah Ambulance, about ambulance operating procedures. During the conversation Winter mentioned that he was working to roll Ukiah Ambulance into a nonprofit so he could get grant funding to provide paramedic-ALS (Advance Life Support) service to outlying areas like Anderson Valley. He subsequently […]

‘Go Back Where You Came From, Safely Please’

Thirty years ago, in 1982, when we moved to Rays Road in Philo I started visiting the Navarro River just a short distance down the road on a regular basis. Many people did, though mostly in the summer. Access off the county road was on a road on the edge of the Van Zandt Resort […]


Last year we got a rescue cat that my son-in-law named Barako — hoping, I think, that the animal would clean up the right-wing rodent population around the place. I’m not very good with names and found myself often calling the cat Obama. Recently two little puppies came on board. One my son-in-law named Banjo, […]

Mountain Lions In Our Midst

One of the more rewarding aspects of this job is to discover the myriad and remarkable ways that people’s buttons get pushed. With regards to Nancy Mayer’s comments (see below) about last week’s tidbit on the mountain lion shot on Rays Road. I would have to agree that my thrown together coverage was somewhat "bereft […]