Where Are the Fish?

Every late winter or early spring a great migration takes place from Clear Lake into some or all of it’s 17 main tributaries, involving mainly two species of it’s inhabitants, the Sacramento Suckers and Clear Lake Hitch. The Sacramento Suckers lead the way, heading upstream roughly a week or so ahead of the smaller Hitch, […]

More Reasons to Hate PG&E—Sometimes

(Lakeport) — It may seem like going after low-hanging fruit to take a shot at PG&E these days, but there is an aspect of their multi-faceted failures that isn’t being talked about much, other than  usually just repeating the talking points coming from PG&E. I’m not an expert on how PG&E maintains the vegetation around […]

How I Got Fired From KPFZ

Part 2: The Inquisition  Now the dies were cast — I was out of the station and forever labeled a white supremacist/misogynist. There was of course the usual ritual finger-wagging session scheduled with the programming committee, which had been whittled-down to four members this time with the unexpected and unexplained forced departure of one of […]

How I Got Fired From KPFZ

Part 1: The Descent “Oh boy, you’ve really done it this time”, I thought to myself as I walked down the darkened hallway to the back door of the KPFZ’s Lakeport studio. I had just finished my regular hour-long Monday evening shift, and was also certain I had just ended my job as a programmer. […]

How Not To Grow Pot

“Oh crap,” I thought to myself as my old pickup truck rattled to a stop in front of the barn, “This ain’t good.” It was early morning on November 2nd, 2015, and the reason for my alarm was that the barn door was wide open and the lock was laying on the ground-there had obviously […]

Lake County’s Summer Of Pain

There has never been a summer of wildfires like the one residents of Lake County endured in 2015, both in number and in size. It began with the July 29th Rocky fire, which burned 69,438 acres and destroyed 43 homes. It was followed by the August 9th Jerusalem fire, which burned 25,118 acres, and the […]

The Uglification of Lakeport

On paper, the city of Lakeport should have a picturesque quality that makes its citizens proud and neighboring towns envious. In reality, Lakeport is a textbook example of how terribly wrong the design of a town can become when the people running it are lacking both the art and common sense chromosomes. Lack of planning […]

Lakeport City Council Race 2005

No less than five candidates are vying for the one seat that has opened on the Lakeport city council due to the untimely demise of council member Dick Lampkin late last year. This stands in stark contrast to the fall election, when only incumbent Lampkin ran for the job, and the two other council slots […]

Dissecting the North Coast Greens

Former AVA editor Bruce Anderson summed up the local Green Party leaders last year as well as anyone, when he said that that while he thought they were basically a bunch of nice and well intended people, collectively they sure didn’t have a clue as to what running an effective political party entailed. While I’m […]

Newspaper Politics in a Small Town

One thing people never seem to get tired of is wondering what evil forces are at work behind the scenes that shape the reporting of local news events in our village newspapers. Any controversial subject that finds its way into print usually generates a rumor that someone down at the paper (any paper) has an […]

Harvest Time

One of the most heated debates in the recall election centers on whether or not illegal immigrants should have California driver’s licenses, with detractors of the plan already gathering signatures for a ballot measure to overturn the legislature and governor’s recent decision to grant the licenses to undocumented residents. In an anti-license/immigrant editorial by columnist […]