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Let’s begin with the absurd: Federal and state agencies (the US Wildlife Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and the California Department of Fish and Game) are allowing the public only 90 days to comment on permits that, if granted, would apply to Mendocino Redwood Company for […]

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Federal authorities arrested five Mendocino area residents last month, charging each with one count of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute drugs. This is part of a larger drug trafficking case involving the Bay Area and Kansas (USA v. Dahda), with more than a hundred counts charging 30-40 individuals from Kansas to Hayward to […]

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This time of year always puts me in mind of World War II. A little known story of that “good war” concerns Wake Island. The entry of the United States into the war seemed a certainty to our government long before December 7, 1941. The US Navy funded something called CPNAB in 1939. CPNAB stood […]

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During World War I, my maternal grandmother grew up on a ranch in the sand hills above the North Platte River of Nebraska. My great-grandparents, Dennis and Mary Emily Ward, raised my mother’s mother as well as her five sisters and five brothers. The “war to end all wars” allowed them to prosper as prices […]

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Autumn turns toward winter and Thanksgiving is upon us. At this time of year the old timers of this area, the Pomo, gathered acorns, storing them in watertight baskets inside huts made from brush, willow saplings and leaves, lashed together with tule. Pomo closer to the coast sometimes used redwood bark slabs to construct acorn […]

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Last week’s column touched on Pomo sites near Fort Bragg, which in turn sent me to Samuel Alfred Barrett’s The Ethno-Geography of the Pomo and Neighboring Indians, first published in 1908. Much of the field observation for Barrett’s work was performed in the 1890s, less distant from a time when white people were unknown to […]

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On October 28th I attended a presentation by archeologist/historian Thad Van Bueren at the Kelley House in Mendocino. If you missed it and are curious about the early history of this County I’d recommend Mr. Van Bueren’s book, Belonging to Places: The Evolution of Coastal Communities and Landscapes between Ten Mile River and Cottoneva Creek. […]

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Update on the case of the homeless man acquitted of charges he intentionally injured his pit bull, Frankie, on August 19th of this year. First, we must go back to the only member of the public, outside the jury, who watched the entire court case of September 26th and 27th, the founder of a pit […]

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October 24th marks the birthday of Sarah Josepha Hale 224 years ago. Practically every English speaker recognizes her eight line poem by its first five words: “Mary had a little lamb…” Sarah Josepha Hale was the Oprah of the mid-1800s. As editress of the Ladies’ Magazine and later Godey’s Lady’s Book she influenced literary tastes […]

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The first white people to settle this place alongside the Albion River were treated with kindness by the Pomo who periodically camped on a portion of what came to be called the Macdonald Ranch. Those campsites dated back hundreds if not thousands of years. Despite the mutual friendship of the settlers and the Pomo, the […]

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Last week’s column provided background to the case of a homeless man accused of injuring his dog, Frankie. On August 19th the defendant woke at the Hare Creek beach, south of Fort Bragg. He admitted spending much of the morning drinking. In the early afternoon the defendant leashed Frankie, who he’s had since Frankie was […]