Harvest Time (Sep. 24, 2003)

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 […]

Newspaper Politics in a Small Town (Jan. 14, 2004)

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 […]

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 […]