River Views

The main office of Mendocino Redwood Company in Calpella contains a concrete enclosed room referred to as “the vault.” Along the wall opposite the vault’s doorway sit a long line of filing cabinets, each several feet deep with papers. Most of the cabinets are labeled with the names of current or past neighbors of Mendocino […]

River Views

The Macdonald ranch, totaling about 180 acres, is surrounded on the east, south and west by Mendocino Redwood Company timberland. Mendocino Redwood Co. owns close to a quarter million acres within Mendocino County. Its corporate companion, Humboldt Redwood Co. owns more than two hundred thousand acres of Humboldt County. It’s worth noting that six timber […]

River Views

It’s hard to believe that Vern Piver is gone, especially with baseball season coming on. He was one of the last links to a now forgotten world on the Mendocino Coast. Vern played ball for my father’s first cousin Archer (Andy) Anderson at Fort Bragg High School. Arch (as family members called him) played baseball […]

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March is a month of change. Winter often goes out holding a thunderous grudge. Sometimes the wild weather brings in exotic birds, blown dramatically off migratory course by El Nino-like storms. The “Big Year” record for most birds sighted in North America (745) occurred in 1998 during El Nino conditions. Earlier this month a snowy […]

River Views

The river rolls on, but time and circumstance have a way of altering the river’s course. Some of you may be reading my words for the first time. Others may be familiar with a similar column that ran in another Mendocino County newspaper for a quarter century, authored first by my mother, Margaret Macdonald, and […]

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