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The Mendocino Outlaws

October, 1879 — Four men rode into the woods east of Mendocino. They unsaddled their horses then set up camp in an old hay shed.…

A Big, Shiny, Hollow Puzzle

We’ve been hearing “change is good” for so long some of us believe it, but the more changes I see the more things get worse. …

First New Year, Floodgate Bar

New Year's Eve, 1971-2, my consort and my first in Anderson Valley.  We had moved here from San Francisco on April Fools Day, been in…

Rush To Misjudgment

The first time I heard Rush Limbaugh was on my father’s car radio decades ago. Rush was lecturing away on some topic, I think illegal…

Tracking Dana Gray

Ah, San Francisco…greatly beloved since the very day of my sixteenth birthday, when, with the ink barely dry on my driver’s license, I sallied forth…

Mitch Twists Hart’s Gist

Last week’s adulatory piece on Carl Hart’s book “Drug Use for Grown-Ups” evoked disagreement from AVA reader Terry Miller. Her comment —”A horrible horrible book…

The Shot Heard Around the World

Ten-year old Robert, “Bobby B,” so-called, because there were two other Robert/Bob’s in his third grade class, was seated in the first row in Miss…

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

It was a Pat Benatar kind of day, a day when I knew I would say, at least once, “Hit me with your best shot.”…

He Had A Hammer: Henry Aaron Presente

When you write for a living, you invariably pen obituaries in advance so they are ready to be published as soon as the death knell…

County Welcomes Trojan Horse

Last week, we discussed that the Board of Supervisors in October gave the provisional go-ahead to expand pot cultivation in Mendocino County despite opposition from…

Houses Where Nobody Lives

Many things puzzle me about Ukiah and someday I’ll write a 25,000 word column listing them. For today, let’s limit ourselves to asking why so…

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