The Disappearance of Mrs. Strong

Sherwood, or Sherwood Valley if you like, lies sheltered from both the dense fog and high wind that can bedevil the coast of Mendocino County. While it can swelter on summer afternoons, it still rests near enough to reap the benefit of cool night and morning sea breezes wending through to the interior. The first […]

Mr. Mudgett’s Murder

The year, 1896. The season, autumn. The time, murderous. A neighbor discovered the half cremated body of John Mudgett, a wealthy rancher of Usal, among the embers of his partially burned home. The passing neighbor noticed the altered appearance of the house from a distance. Riding closer he saw the Mudgett place had been at […]

Counting Crows

At its February 10th meeting, the Fort Bragg City Council unanimously approved sending a letter to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors.  The first two paragraphs: “Mendocino County’s reliance on Redwood Quality Management Company (RQMC) and Redwood Community Services (RCS) for Behavioral Health and Recovery Services appears to increase each year. As the services that […]

A Cow Called Wanda

Dawn belongs to the heifers. Six of them wait every morning near the bottom of the hill. In fair weather a pickup truck brings alfalfa and sometimes meadow grass. On rainy days, the man tugs a cart full of the same down to them. They range from just under a year old to three. The […]

Hospitality House Looks the Other Way

On September 5, 2019, the night manager at the Hospitality House, on North McPherson Street in Fort Bragg, heard what sounded like a dog crying in pain. Stepping outside to a dirt area alongside the building, the night manager spotted Nathaniel Secker and his dog. Secker was beating and yelling at the animal.  The manager […]

Obstetric Cuts at Coast Hospital

At its Thursday, January 30th meeting the Mendocino Coast Healthcare District’s Board of Directors voted to transition the Labor & Delivery (OB) Department at Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) to a “stabilize and transfer” model. Board Vice-President Steve Lund made the motion “to transition from [the] existing Labor and Delivery model no later than June […]

Mom’s Away

The Board of Directors of the Mendocino Healthcare District held a “Study Session regarding the Future of OB Services on the Mendocino Coast” on Thursday, January 23. Whether new Board President Jessica Grinberg sprinkled happy dust or it was simply the way the meeting had been organized, for the first time in recollection this particular […]

The High Cost of Labor & Delivery

On January 23, the Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) Board of Directors will hold a special meeting. It will entail a period for comments from the community, three minutes per speaker, followed by a “Study Session regarding the Future of OB Services on the Mendocino Coast.” That item is listed as “Information,” meaning no action […]

John Naulty Returns!

On Wednesday, January 15, the City of Fort Bragg announced John Naulty as the Interim Chief of its police department. Naulty served with the Fort Bragg Police Department (FBPD) during two different stints in the past. He began his career in law enforcement with the FBPD in 1981, rising to the rank of sergeant and […]

The Year Was 1878…

One doesn’t run across references to streptococcus bacteria in news accounts of the 1870s very often. Nevertheless, in a July, 1878 edition of the Russian River Flag, a Nicholas Klink is cited as carrying a hand in a sling due to his being afflicted with erysipelas. That word comes to us from the Greek, meaning […]

Lessons in Skepticism

There might be a significant plot twist coming in the tale of the seemingly impending affiliation of the coast hospital with Adventist Health. Or it might just be a tease to get you to read beyond the autobiographical meanderings.  I sometimes tell people I was born with a skeptical spoon in my mouth or with […]