CalTrans Destroys Archeological Site

A federal historic preservation agency called out Caltrans last week for a “major breach” of its commitment to protect historic properties, as required by the project’s environmental impact statement. The Sherwood Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians (SVR) got a notice from Caltrans on Friday, September 13 that an archaeological site with Pomo cultural resources known […]

Can The Warbler Stop Big Orange?

A young woman perched high up in large pine tree marked for “topping” at the south end of the Willits bypass route — and a group of about 60 protesters supporting her — apparently stopped plans by Caltrans contractors to begin the tree work Monday morning. A Caltrans truck did come in soon after 9am […]

NorCal Media Consolidation Mantra: We Want It All Now

Yet another important story getting buried in these days of War and Patriotism is the Federal Communications Commission’s continuing campaign to get rid of regulations hindering the increasing monopolization of the news industry.  On Sept. 13, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced it was considering changes to its 1975 rule that barred common ownership of […]

Doing It for the Kids

Gov. Gray Davis “steered public schooling in a decidedly pro-business direction yesterday” with his appointment of Donald Fisher, big daddy of The Gap, Inc., to the California Board of Education. So wrote SF Chronicle reporter Nanette Asimov in her Friday story on Davis’ two March 15 education appointments: Fisher, 72, and Suzanne Tacheny, 36, director […]

Berries & Burgers

A friend from the city and I drove out to Round Valley Saturday, to admire the scenery and check out the annual Blackberry Festival in Covelo. As always, the drive along the Eel River was beautiful, as were Round Valley’s majestic oaks and the lovely weeping willows that grow near the old farmhouse wells. The […]

Loophole Lucier

Despite opposition from supervisors Tom Lucier and Michael Delbar, the Board of Supervisors Tuesday finally adopted a resolution sent to them by the county’s Forest Council reaffirming that growing trees was the “highest and best use” for Mendocino County timberlands. The resolution will be sent to the California Department of Forestry in Sacramento, to “provide […]

Cut ’n Run, The Sequel

Goodbye, Georgia-Pacific. Or should we say ta-ta “The Timber Company”? — the pretentious name G-P gave its publicly traded timber division after spinning it off from the main group at the end of 1997. Last week, G-P made it official — “the paper company” is leaving California as fast as it can find a buyer […]