Mendocino County Will Miss This Guy

Shane McCarthy, Paul’s son, announced his father’s death on Saturday: I don’t know how to best post this, and truthfully, I wish more than anything I didn’t have to. But I would rather you heard it from me. Sometime last night, my father, Paul McCarthy, Passed away. I’m in shock, and … disbelief. Part of me […]

Off the Record (September 23, 2020)

THAT HOME INVASION/POT ROBBERY last week in Laytonville in the Black Oak Ranch area just happens to have occurred on the same property as the awful Settler stabbing murder a few years ago. Same old boy owns the place, which he leases to marijuana farmers whose pot ops tend to go seriously awry. The second old […]

Volunteer Station Eases Fears as Wildfire Nears Covelo

It wouldn’t take much for the remote Mendocino County town of Covelo to be cut off completely from the rest of the world. “There’s one paved road, one power line, one phone line and one cell tower,” said longtime resident Lew Chichester, one of the founders of the town’s all-volunteer radio station, KYBU Round Valley […]

The Most Modest of All Stars

Arky Vaughan might be the most famous Potter Valley resident ever, and he’s not famous at all. Ask the next hundred people you meet about Arky Vaughan and you’ll get a whole lot of blank stares in response. And that’s just how Arky would’ve liked it. He was a quiet man who took pains not […]

Wap It Good

Don’t run, walk, or crawl towards the Apocalypse. Dance. This most curious form of human movement, unlimited in its variety and meanings, and instantly recognizable even by other species (our dog would go berserk when her masters began shimmying across the living room of an evening) seems as pleasant a way as any to tip […]

A Farm in the City

“My liaison to the medical marijuana community” is how District Attorney Terence Hallinan sometimes introduced me. “Public Information officer” was the job description, and I gave the City and County of San Francisco their money’s worth. I returned every phone call and answered every email, and not just from the media types and pot partisans. […]

Terrible News From Elk. Paul McCarthy Has Died.

Shane (his son) just announced his death. He died during the night. I don’t know how to best post this, and truthfully, I wish more than anything I didn’t have to. But I would rather you heard it from me. Sometime last night, my father, Paul McCarthy, Passed away. I’m in shock, and … disbelief. Part […]

Fort Bragg’s Microgrid

On August 13, 2020, the Fort Bragg City Council met in a special session. The obvious item of interest on that evening’s agenda was the appointment of Mayor Will Lee and Vice Mayor Bernie Norvell to serve second full four year terms on the council. Both originally won their seats in the November, 2016 election. […]

Off the Record (September 16, 2020)

AS OF SUNDAY NIGHT, people evacuated from areas in and around Brooktrails because of the Oak Fire, were allowed to return to their homes.  SHERIFF MATT KENDALL’S prompt evacuation order was crucial in keeping the Oak Fire chaos to a minimum, giving sensible residents of the imperiled and heavily populated Brooktrails-Sherwood Road subdivisions plenty of […]

Kayo v. DiFi

Trying to breathe life into the extinct mammoth Republicanus Liberalis, former Congressman Tom Campbell recently launched a start-up called the Common Sense Party. Campbell served five terms in the 1990s representing Silicon Valley. When he resigned in 2000 to run for the Senate against Dianne Feinstein, Kayo was keen to endorse him. I pointed out […]

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