Crime Stats On Quarantine

Domestic violence and child abuse is way up in Mendocino County during the shelter-in-place orders due to the nationwide coronavirus crisis. According to Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall, in the month of March, compared to March 2019, physical domestic violence is up 25 percent, child abuse cases are up 36 percent and general assaults are […]

Downtown Ukiah Hotel Would Be Nice, But…

The recent conversation among Ukiah City Council members about attracting a downtown hotel should send shivers up the spines of local restaurants and existing hotels. The city seems determined to have a downtown hotel and the $25,000 study the city now has in hand says they should try to attract a major upscale chain hotel, […]

Mendocino County Road Damages In The Millions

Getting Orr Springs Road reopened is a priority for Mendocino County Transportation Director Howard Dashiell, but he warns that making sure the solution will be safe is paramount. Orr Springs Road, oddly enough, is part of the Federal Highway System, as it connects major thoroughfares in the county. That means Dashiell can appeal for special […]

“Militarization” Not The Norm Here

The tragedy and violence in Ferguson, Mo. has sprouted a new conversation about the “militarization” of police forces in the nation. After the 9-11 terrorist attacks in 2001, the Department of Homeland Security was created and while beefing up security against terrorism in the nation, it has also served to equip local law enforcement agencies […]

County Medical Examiner Recants. Again.

The Mendocino County medical examiner’s credibility was called into serious question and the Mendocino County public defender was put on the stand over the possible bungling of a murder case, in an unusual all-day hearing in county Superior Court Friday. At issue is whether Timothy Slade Elliott, 40, of Hopland, got a fair trial in […]

MTA Response Not Enough

We were disappointed with the sarcastic and downright snotty letter to the editor in answer to concerned taxpayers from Jim Mastin, chairman of the Mendocino Transit Authority and the MTA’s general manager Bruce Richard about the proposed $22 million new administration building and bus facilities for MTA. Mastin wrote, “Too bad great, forward-looking projects face […]