Off the Record (July 17, 2019)

CEO CARMEL ANGELO does not own or drive a Tesla, as incorrectly reported here last week with the implication that the lushly compensated county CEO was high hattin’ it over  the county’s under-compensated line workers. We regret errors of fact and make haste to correct them, which isn’t to say that we’re particularly mourning this […]

The Summer of Apollo 11

The fast approaching 50th anniversary of the successful launch, landing upon the Moon, and recovery of Apollo 11 this week seems an auspicious and fitting occasion to remember my father and some of our times. My father is 87 years old. His name is Skip, and odds are will turn 88 on the 27th of […]

Two Mendo Kids Run Off to Join the Circus

The world, filled as it is with war, poverty, corrupt officialdom and all manner of skullduggery, doesn’t often give us reporters the chance to set aside the necessary cynicism of our chosen profession to write about something joyous, and maybe even have a bit of fun in the process. So it was with a light […]

Valley People (July 17, 2019)

BOONVILLE is getting a marijuana dispensary in the rejuvenated Live Oak Building, which seems like a clear case of Coals to Newcastle given the abundance and availability of home grown. Nationally, the unlicensed sellers are thriving, the licensed store fronts not doing so well. Given the choice between the more expensive legal pot and the […]

Reporter Kelci Parks Passes Suddenly

Kelci Parks, 34, a Fort Bragg resident and a reporter for the Advocate-News and The Mendocino Beacon, died unexpectedly early Friday morning at her home on Cedar Street. After a 911 call was placed from Parks’ home around 8:30 a.m. Friday, EMTs found her unresponsive. Life-saving efforts failed. According to family members and an individual […]

Wrong Way Dope

Officer Jason Hinds of the Highway Patrol arrived on the scene of a collision on Highway 101 at about ten after nine the evening of January 7th. The collision had occurred in the northbound lane and the large Dodge Ram 1500 truck that Ransome Fred Anderson, 51, of Covelo, had been driving was blocking the […]

The Cost of Independence

In April, Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) sent out a request for proposal (RFP) to five different hospital groups in California offering to affiliate in a buy or lease scenario. As of June 27, MCDH had received only one formal reply. The sole response to that date came from American Advanced Management Group (AAMG), which […]

The Road Back

Although my supervisorial candidacy ended abruptly in calamity as I was struck by a near fatal hemorrhagic stroke on June 26 of 2018, as I approach the anniversary of the event I reflect back at the time I spent on the campaign trail and realize that I have no regrets as I learned more about […]

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