Alternate Realities at Coast Hospital

There are two dramatically different views of the Mendocino Coast District Hospital’s financial problems. The administration, lead by CEO Bryan Ballard, says that it is operating too many “money losing” programs and that if the District’s residents won’t tax themselves to the tune of $96/parcel to fill the gap, the Hospital will be forced to […]

The Dangerous Lessons of the Tobie Case

In 2003, Lifeworks group home manager Jack Graves recruited a known juvenile criminal named Kevin Tobie, who had been kicked out of San Francisco public schools because he’d been convicted of serious juvenile weapons crimes, and placed him right into Anderson Valley High School with no questions asked and no restrictions or conditions imposed. The […]

Felipe’s Protest

Is the Mendocino County justice system out to get Mexicans? Do Mexicans suffer more than their share of unfair treatment at the Mendocino Courthouse or from Mendocino County’s public servants? To make an official case for bias, not to mention bias’s big brother, overt racism, you’d need a boodle full of statistics showing that Mexicans […]

The Freedman Follies

When last we tuned in to the Freedman Fiasco, Ralph Freedman, Mendocino County’s former Director of Child Support Services (aka the Deadbeat Dad office), had been fired by the County and was being prosecuted for making sexual overtures to one of his single-mother staffers. The sexual harrassment charges were piled on top of earlier charges […]

Does Georgia-Pacific Have a Secret Plan for Fort Bragg?

A Mendocino Coast community group is meeting with Georgia-Pacific consultants to discuss the future of the Atlanta-based corporation’s 434 seaside acres in the center of Fort Bragg. Once the site of a thriving lumber mill that employed generations of Fort Bragg residents, it now represents the last parcel its size available for private development anywhere […]

General Plan Roadshow Visits Anderson Valley

One act of the show, that is. The Mendocino County General Plan Update is the full name of the touring extravaganza, but Saturday afternoon’s Boonville presentation at the Fairgrounds cafeteria addressed only the Plan’s “housing element,” which, it seems, is being considered first-est and fast-est to meet State of California planning deadlines. Saturday’s session was […]

Mendo Hometowns a Little Guy Logger

On September 5th, the Mendocino County DA’s office issued this press release called: “Timber Operator Convicted of Violating Forest Practice Rules.” “On August 31, 2001, Licensed Timber Operator CURTIS JOHNSON, of Tri-Tower Logging Company, was found guilty, pursuant to a plea of no contest, to two counts relating to forest practices. The first count was […]

Holmes Ranch Pastoralists Duke It Out

Anderson Valley’s neo-Thoreauvians, Holmes Ranch division, came down out of the hills for last Thursday’s Planning Commission meeting determined to stop two of their neighbors from establishing County-sanctioned wine tasting rooms on the premises of their existing wineries. On one level the hearing was a straightforward bureaucratic process that allowed people for and against to […]

Millennium Fever

A transcript of the KZYX radio show “Two Girls on the World” which aired on February 3, 1999. Clarissa Shaeffer: We have been talking about the Y2K matter. Barbara Lamb: We certainly have. I’ve been trying to raise a lot of hysteria around here. I think some things will go seriously wrong. Shaeffer: I’d like […]

Guns, Butter and Inner Preparedness

Mendoland is gearing up for Y2K, stockpiling rice right along with apocalyptic homilies in a sort of mounting purplish frenzy. KZYX is abuzz with end-of-the-world speculations and even the normally well-grounded Ukiah Chamber of Commerce sponsored a day-long seminar chock full of advice for the Big Day. We, meaning the secure middleclass, need not be […]

Supervisors Pay Panel Wraps Up

Do they deserve more money? Should it be put to a vote? Does the law say only the Grand Jury has the authority to raise the pay of the five-person Mendocino County Board of Supervisors? The Supes presently make $33,656 per year, having given themselves a 4% raise without much notice on June 2, 1998. […]