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Mendocino Redwood Company, the largest timberland holder in Mendocino County, has applied for permits that would run for eighty years. History stands in opposition to this corporate pipedream. Mendocino Redwood Company has submitted thousands of pages of documents, charts, and maps in an effort to obtain a Habitat Conservation Plan from the U.S. Fish and […]

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The newspaper that William and Augie Heeser published for nearly 90 years, The Mendocino Beacon, has become nothing more than a profit margin on the ledger of the corporate conglomerate, Media News Group.

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It’s Boxing Day, the day for servants and the working class to receive presents from their employers. That centuries-old tradition sounds a lot like the 1% vs. 99% divide we face in the present. Boxing Day is a remnant of the British Empire. It is still celebrated in many countries that were once British colonies. […]

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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 […]