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 […]

Roy Laird’s Shop Burns Down

Pam Miller was in the house and Roy Laird was out working on the other side of his 20-acre Holmes Ranch property on his four-wheeler last Tuesday night a little before 7pm when they both heard “a slapping, popping sound.” Laird’s old barn, which he had painstakingly converted into a mechanic’s shop and garage over […]

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 […]

State Attorney General Opposes North Cliff

The City of Fort Bragg, the Coastal Commission and the State Attorney General’s office have combined to answer Dominic Affinito’s suit against Fort Bragg alleging that Fort Bragg has arbitrarily refused to allow Affinito to open his North Cliff Motel. Fort Bragg, the Coastal Commission and the Attorney General, acting on behalf of the Coastal […]

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. […]

Rossi Recall Attempt Announced

Director Emil Rossi was absent again at last week’s CSD meeting, but his presence was felt nevertheless. The recently formed group Friends of Anderson Valley Emergency Services (FAVES) formally announced their intent to begin the formal recall process of Director Rossi. The bluntly worded “Notice of Intent to Circulate Recall Petition” (see Legal Notices) was […]

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