Confessions of a Square and a Zombie

For much of my life, I have been a square though I am sure that many people, including myself, have been fooled by the company I kept and by the gestures I made. They might have been taken to be those of a hipster, a bohemian, a radical. All I really wanted was for people […]

An Encounter

My female companion at the water mentioned it first. The closeness. But I had also seen the girl and a man, almost certainly her father, as they waded in the stream 25 feet away. She was about 12, he in his 40’s, and they were were barefooted in the cold water of the one of […]

It Could Have Been Worse

WHAT A DIFFERENCE a year makes. Last year, heavy rains pounded down on an already saturated Mendo most of January and February, flooding areas of Hopland, filling Lake Mendocino past its maximum capacity. A year later, people are talking drought. IN THE USUAL judicial capitulation to big biz we expect from Mendo judges, Judge Henderson, […]

Mendo Court Predictions For The Coming Year

At the Office of the Public Defender Mary LeClair will become the new Public Defender. Anthony Adams will be the new Assistant Public Defender. Eric Rennert will be murdered by his client Caleb Silver. Linda Thompson, after a few weeks of retirement, will demand her old job back. At the DA’s Office David Eyster will […]

County Notes (Jan. 3, 2018)

Ukiah City and Valley sewer system ratepayers may finally have some long sought hope of ending years of expensive litigation filed by the Ukiah Valley Sanitation District against the City of Ukiah beginning in 2013, which saw the Sanitation District demand between $15 and $30 million (depending on which of several versions of the demands […]

Raising Chickens

[Jan 27] Back by popular demand – this workshop will help you take the first steps to having your own backyard farm! Instructor Ben Nicholson’s love of raising chickens can be traced back to his upbringing on the family farm in the Santa Clara Valley. This class will provide you with the basic knowledge on […]

Valley People (Jan. 3, 2018)

PERIODIC BURSTS of gun fire and firecracker poppings began about 8:30pm New Year’s Eve in Boonville, and continued at random intervals until the first minutes of 2018. Much of explosive merriment seemed confined to South Boonville, perhaps coming from the Confederate Army headquarters off Hutsell Lane, but North Boonville (NoBo) held up its end with […]

But It Was Suicide

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Investigative Services Office reports that, save for one final ongoing review by two county homicide detectives, the final cause-of-death report for pot grower Leo Hartz, owner and manager of Shine On Farms in the Upper Peachland, north of Boonville, is almost complete. Hartz, 39, a native of Pennsylvania, died at the […]

Off the Record (Jan. 3, 2018)

THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS this Tuesday (2 January) will solidify the huge pay raises they voted to give themselves for their unimpressive, part-time “work” as elected officials. They’ll begin the new year at $85.5k, up from $61.2k. It will be interesting to see what kind of commentary they get during public expression. We predict none, such is demoralization […]

“Gimme A Cigarette!”

Jasper Clark lives near Ukiah’s nice Vinewood Park on Magnolia Street in Ukiah. On the night of Sunday, December 10th, he was standing outside chatting up a young beauty by the name of Sammy. Sammy was parked in one of the parking spaces provided by his stylish digs, when along comes one of the those […]