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A couple of weeks ago this column took the Sierra Club to task for stating that wolves kill no more than the small amount of cattle that vultures, or buzzards, do. Let me make this clear again for any reader, even one who might use “Vulture” as part of their nom de plume: Vultures do […]

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In late summer, if you walk west along Madsen Lane in Fort Bragg and follow the dirt road to Madsen’s Hole you can splash across the Noyo River without getting your feet wet. From there it’s a short bushwhack to the railroad tracks then a couple of miles up the rail line to the six […]

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I belong to the Sierra Club and support most of the environmental stands they take. However, they also have a way of shooting themselves in the foot, publicly. Take the January-February issue of Sierra magazine. In that publication Paul Rauber questions removing wolves from Wyoming’s endangered species list. He declares that vultures are responsible for […]

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Two hundred twenty-five years ago this week Thomas Jefferson wrote to his more conservative friend, James Madison: “I hold it, that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical world.” The 1787 rebellion Jefferson referred to occurred in Massachusetts and came […]

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Two items from the first week in January that barely registered faint blips on the media radar: First, Huell Howser has died. If he is unknown to you, I’m sure PBS stations throughout California will run his California Gold series until the DVDs wear out. That program, and Videolog before it, celebrated some of the […]

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January 16th marks 225 years since Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” Unlike some Mendocino County newspapers, the AVA did provide notice that Mendocino Redwood Company would be […]

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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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