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Does it seem like more and more of the homeless are accompanied by a dog or dogs? The City of San Francisco has just initiated a program that pairs the homeless with abandoned puppies. The City pays the homeless person to take care of problem puppies until they are ready for adoption, but the homeless […]

The Backdoor Tax

An envelope marked “Urgent Notice” arrived in the mail last Friday. The return address said: State of California. Inside were four identical slips of paper with “Advance Notice” boldly printed across the top. Advance Notice for the bill that will soon follow from the state Board of Equalization; a bill for $150 for every habitable […]

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Fifteen years ago a South African music enthusiast established aweb site that he called “The Great Rodriguez Hunt.” Rodriquez was an obscure singer/songwriter from the Detroit area whose two albums disappeared into the dustbin of the American corporate music business. Rodriquez vanished completely from the music scene and the only thing the South African had […]

River Views

On Labor Day the Albion River moved at less than a trickle. Gravel covered much of the riverbed and the tiny flow of water could be dammed to a halt with a few kicks of a boot. This is not a tributary of the river or somewhere on its north or south forks, just a […]

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My name is Malcolm and I’m an ice cream addict. During summer and fall I’m often able to sate my needs with homemade product made from a recipe in the 1941 edition of America’s Cook Book given to my mother as a wedding present by her maternal grandmother. Page 716 gives the short, sweet instructions […]

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This edition of the AVA hits the streets on August 29th; on the same day in 1892 traveling salesman Whitcomb Judson was issued a patent for his shoe clasp locker, a metal fastening device for boots and shoes. Today we would say that the device zipped two sides of the shoe together. Judson gained some […]

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In the 1920s the Albion Lumber Company hired one of the first college educated foresters. On his initial day on the job he rode the train east several miles and strode up a steep hill to one of the company’s logging operations. He surveyed the work being done for the better part of an hour […]

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Last week in the Mendocino County Clerk-Recorder’s office a great grandfather was not permitted to pick up a birth certificate for his great grandchild because the rules only allow a parent or grandparent to do so. This small incident speaks to the overregulation of ordinary things as well as the increased longevity of our citizenry, […]

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Bruce McEwen’s July 18th article in the AVA detailed the ill-fated trip of Kevin Dirksen and his two children after parking their van near Ukiah’s Walmart on the way to the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in Boonville. As my long haul trucking sister knows, most Walmart stores allow weary travelers to park overnight. In […]

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Quicker fellows than me at the AVA noted online in the July 14th “Mendocino County Today” (“Mendocino County Today” appears in the AVA’s print version as “Off The Record”) that the comment section of the Fort Bragg Advocate-News needed editing to stop racist remarks from going out over the worldwide web. The comment in question […]

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When I came home from a backpacking trip to Desolation Wilderness one of the temples of my eyeglasses was drastically out of balance with the other. I learned that term, “temple” (for the sidearm of a pair of spectacles) when I took the glasses into Dr. Wolfman’s office in Fort Bragg. Dr. Wolfman, who once […]