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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 […]

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October 24th marks the birthday of Sarah Josepha Hale 224 years ago. Practically every English speaker recognizes her eight line poem by its first five words: “Mary had a little lamb…” Sarah Josepha Hale was the Oprah of the mid-1800s. As editress of the Ladies’ Magazine and later Godey’s Lady’s Book she influenced literary tastes […]

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The first white people to settle this place alongside the Albion River were treated with kindness by the Pomo who periodically camped on a portion of what came to be called the Macdonald Ranch. Those campsites dated back hundreds if not thousands of years. Despite the mutual friendship of the settlers and the Pomo, the […]

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Last week’s column provided background to the case of a homeless man accused of injuring his dog, Frankie. On August 19th the defendant woke at the Hare Creek beach, south of Fort Bragg. He admitted spending much of the morning drinking. In the early afternoon the defendant leashed Frankie, who he’s had since Frankie was […]

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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 […]

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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 […]