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Mendocino Redwood Company remains chained to the practices of its predecessor-in-interest, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, 15 years after purchasing more than 200,000 acres of Mendocino County timberland from L-P. At its inception, Mendocino Redwood Company continued to employ many of the same people as its forerunner. One of those was Jon Woessner, the former Albion area forester, […]

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More than 50 denizens of the area around the Albion River crowded into the Albion School during the evening of April 11th to discuss the 586-acre timber harvest plan Mendocino Redwood Company has proposed for the lower Albion. The headline of the evening came from MRC’s Albion forester, John Andersen, and MRC’s president and chief […]

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April 10th is our publication date, quite a day in journalism history. First we have to go back to 1866, when a gangly 19-year-old Hungarian immigrant handed his last five dollars to a slick, fast-talking promoter; a man who promised high wages for work on a Louisiana sugar plantation. Dozens of others seeking employment joined […]

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One hundred seven years ago this spring, my oldest uncle, Jack Macdonald (then 18), woke in the house he’d grown up in here at the family ranch. He ate his breakfast hours before dawn, packed lunch in a gunny sack, and set off afoot on the railroad tracks with a kerosene lantern. He walked west […]

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I read Bruce Patterson’s recent letter to the AVA with interest, particularly his reference to the possibility of Mendocino Redwood Company turning one of their stagnant mill sites into a biomass fueled power plant. MRC has not publicly taken steps toward biomass regeneration, but there does exist a diverse group of landowners, foresters, and concerned […]

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The dog that wouldn’t die and the dog story that won’t quit — that’s what is currently bedeviling the Fort Bragg Police Department. The good news: a long time flophouse/drug house has been cleaned up by the Orsi family of the Fort Bragg Fire Department. The good news/bad news at the same time news: Fort […]

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Last week’s column recounted how Fort Bragg police officer Craig Guydan shot a dog on December 21st, the only officer-involved shooting in the coastal town last year. Guydan also drew his gun on a group of Fort Bragg teens playing football by streetlight on January 7th of this year. Despite the two gun incidents, Fort […]

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On January 7th Fort Bragg police officer Craig Guydan pulled his gun on a group of teens, who turned out to be playing football on the street. Reportedly, Guydan kept the weapon pointed earthward while he ordered the youths face down on the ground, but in Fort Bragg it is news any time law enforcement […]

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Last week’s AVA contained a letter to the editor from a spokesperson for a group that calls itself “Friends of Enchanted Meadow (FOEM).” FOEM presently seeks $15,000 in donations for a matching grant to preserve the Albert Cattalini Conservancy, ten acres of land on and near Deadman’s Gulch close to the Albion River. The Cattalini […]

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A couple of weeks ago this column took the Sierra Club to task for stating that wolves kill no more than the small amount of cattle that vultures, or buzzards, do. Let me make this clear again for any reader, even one who might use “Vulture” as part of their nom de plume: Vultures do […]

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In late summer, if you walk west along Madsen Lane in Fort Bragg and follow the dirt road to Madsen’s Hole you can splash across the Noyo River without getting your feet wet. From there it’s a short bushwhack to the railroad tracks then a couple of miles up the rail line to the six […]

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