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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 […]

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By the time this is published I should be back from my second backpacking trip of the summer; unless a bear or snake or foolish step on a mountainside gets me first. As in many outdoor excursions of any length, my old pal Steven Steelrod will be along for the ride. As an aging cowboy […]

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On the Fourth of July the branches of the chokecherry trees in the yard bent nearly to the ground, heavy with fruit. The next morning proved to be a race against robins, warblers, blue jays and woodpeckers for the spoils. The birds squawked and whined in protest as humans salvaged the last quart of tiny […]

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In this time of economic crisis, in this time of war and unrest, would you sign a petition which uses the following provocative language? Whenever any government becomes destructive of the rights of its citizens it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its […]

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The May 30th AVA contained an article describing the bureaucratic mess one person (Gregg Stevens) went through dealing with the Coastal Commission after winter weather blew a tree over; leaving a hole in the ground that needed filling. The regulatory run-around the article’s author experienced with the Coastal Commission cost an untold amount of time […]

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The June primary election is behind us. Ravens and blue jays perform stealth attacks on the cherry trees. Summer is here. Schools are out and reunion season begins this weekend when the Ukiah High School Class of 1972 celebrates its 40th. Friday and Saturday gatherings will be held at the Barra and Parducci Wineries, which […]

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It’s June and I can see trees falling on the steep slope south of the Albion River, part of a Mendocino Redwood Co. timber harvest. Fir and redwood crash to the ground in McKay Gulch to my west as well. As close as a hundred feet from this house Anderson Logging, contracted by Mendocino Redwood […]

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As if the sound of chainsaws in the six a.m. hour wasn’t bracing enough, bare feet on the kitchen floor stepped nearly toe to pincer with a scorpion. There are dozens of species of scorpions; ours are forest scorpions, Uroctonus mordax.

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Your average Mendocino County shopper probably wouldn’t think twice about purchasing naturally flavored incense. The key words are “naturally flavored.” The natural flavor in some incense is castoreum, made from the secretions of the sacs between the anus and the external genitals of beavers.