California Burning

California is disappearing in smoke and flames.  Global warming sits on us like a smothering blanket.  Out my window I see two fires and there are at least seven ongoing fires in the state.  Triple digit heat is unrelenting.  Leaves are falling from the trees ahead of schedule as a result of a six-year drought with only one year of significant rainfall.

Jerry: A Scrappy Little Dog

In my mind’s eye, I see Jerry running along the fence line, snapping at the tolerant Malamute neighbor. An incongruous pair, Jerry is a 12-pound short-legged Jack Russell with a coat somewhere between broken and smooth. A geometric dog, his coloring is white with a big light brown circle on his back. Perky, mostly light […]

MendoVito: Salvation Or Fantasy?

Thursday night, November 20, the University of California and the Hopland Band of Pomo Indians hosted a community conversation about the proposed MendoVito settlement. Bill and I attended, and these are my thoughts. For information on the ideas and the site plan you can go to the MendoVito website http://mendovito.com/. What is it? A new […]

Looking For Elusive New Deal Art

Determined to see another example of mural art by Ben Cunningham, the artist who painted the mural in the Ukiah Post Office, I trekked to Coit Tower in San Francisco. There, my Internet research assured me, was another example of Ben’s art, a mural entitled “Outdoor Life.” No mention of the fact on the Internet that […]

Raising Coyote Dam

Last night representatives from the local water agen­cies met to hear a presentation by the Corps of Engineers on its plans for the Coyote Dam at Lake Mendocino. The public was invited. Bill and I attended, as did Fifth Dis­trict Candidate for Supervisor, Dan Hamburg. Below I report the gist of the meeting. Local water […]