The Mirene’s Last Ride (1975)

I first saw her early one morning looking down from the Noyo Bridge in Fort Bragg, California. I was on my way to town and it stopped me in my tracks. I’d never seen such a large vessel in that tiny little harbor. Her “house” looked to be three stories high, and she was at […]

Political Night Out For Coastal Libs

If you want a really good look at the depressing situation we’re in this election season, you need go no further than a political night out in good ol’ Fort Bragg CA, as I did on Thursday evening. There were two meetings happening for left-leaning coastal libs. Naturally, they were occurring simultaneously. The first was […]

The Trouble With Fort Bragg

The trouble with the City of Fort Bragg, apart from its unfortunate name, can be summed up in three words: location, location, location.  From putting a mental health facility downtown at the Old Coast Hotel, to placing it’s vaunted Noyo Center for Marine Science next door to a rickety sewage plant, to proposing a strip […]

Fracking California

California’s best kept secret since leaky pipes at San Onofre, earthquake faults under Diablo Canyon, the $54 million hidden slush fund at State Parks, and the Governator’s maid, is that the state already hosts at least 628 “fracked” oil wells. While the rest of the nation is in an uproar to immediately ban a practice […]

More Offshore ‘Seismic Testing’

At last Friday’s Coastal Commission meeting in Caspar, California, Deputy Director Alison Dettmer delivered a bombshell. She announced that seismic testing plans for the controversial Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant are not the only high-energy surveys proposed for studying potential earthquakes off the state’s two active nuclear facilities. According to Dettmer, the Diablo air-gun survey […]

The PhDs Collect Their Prize

On Monday evening, August 13, the “Monitoring Enterprise” (ME) for the privately funded Marine Life Protection Act Initiative (MLPAI) came to Fort Bragg, the first of three stops on a vast stretch of California coast from Point Arena to the Oregon border. All told, 35 souls attended. The trio of PhD’s for the “ME” was […]

Fort Bragg’s Redwood Health Club Closes

The Redwood Health Club, an icon of the greater Mendocino/Fort Bragg area, closed its doors for the last time on Saturday, June 30. Owner Don Pollard had kept the place going through thick and thin for over 30 years. He blamed the club’s demise on two things: the Starr Center, and the Bank. When the […]