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In Search of Sacajawea

I'm guessing we all know something about her. Lewis And Clark, and all. I now know she was more interpreter than guide, but still there…

Army Arrogance

“My God, what a beautiful day” I thought to myself as I was flying southbound in my 1954 Piper because for once the California Central…

Travelers, Sour & Sentimental

Texas loosens, Italy locks down. With the skies mostly still clear and quiet, one can hear the collective champing at the bit before the gates open...

Gary Womack: RIP

Gary Womack, 1940-2021, was not of our Valley; he was born and raised in a small town in southern Oregon few of us have ever…

Wrap Your Cellphone In Tinfoil

The internet is the land of a million tongues and a thousand truths, many false. It’s a brightly lit shadowy world where facts are sometimes…

The Newmans of Comptche’s Keene Summit

Local history explorations often start with something as simple as a piece of paper. Walking into the Comptche store recently owner Belinda Pollack handed me…

Lucky Claud

As the stock market was rising to ever-higher heights in the summer of 1929, Claud Cockburn got assigned by The Times to its New York…

Mendocino Outlaws Backstory

The saga of John F. Wheeler did not come to an end when Chester Ford deposited him in the county jail at Ukiah. The rest…

Odyssey of a Boonville Cannabis Grower

Boonville, California, the town which provides a home for the Anderson Valley Advertiser — the newspaper you’re reading — has a population of about one…

Fat Lady Singing ‘Goodbye, Covid’

Sporadically deadly, choosy in its victims, the COVID-19 era is staggering into the dumpster of obsolete diseases. Luck and science will soon end it and…

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