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December 17, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A former drifter linked by DNA on a discarded cigarette butt to a Mendocino County homicide that remained unsolved for three decades has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Robert Vaughan, 49, also pleaded guilty Wednesday to using a firearm to kill Gerard Vincent Sullivan, 20, in Navarro in 1975. Vaughan, who already is serving a 15-years-to-life sentence for killing a woman in Lake Tahoe in 1991, will get another seven years to life under a plea agreement.
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July 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Oil giant Chevron Corp. is seeking permission from federal regulators to build a wave energy project off Mendocino County. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced plans this week to speed the licensing process for new wave and tidal energy projects, citing the benefits of the emissions-free sources of power. There are about 57 applications pending before the agency. Chevron said its facility would be capable of generating enough power for 48,000 U.S. homes. The San Ramon, Calif.
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BUSINESS
July 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Oil giant Chevron Corp. is seeking permission from federal regulators to build a wave energy project off Mendocino County. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced plans this week to speed the licensing process for new wave and tidal energy projects, citing the benefits of the emissions-free sources of power. There are about 57 applications pending before the agency. Chevron said its facility would be capable of generating enough power for 48,000 U.S. homes. The San Ramon, Calif.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the shooting death of a man believed to be his sister's boyfriend. The victim's body was found in a van Tuesday with multiple gunshot wounds, Mendocino County Sheriff's Lt. Kurt Smallcomb said. The teen, whose name was not released, was arrested a few hours later. Investigators are seeking additional possible suspects. A tribal spokesman said the suspect is a member of the Manchester Band of Pomo Indians, but the victim was not.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Retired firefighter Jim Wattenburger came from behind to edge incumbent Richard Shoemaker by five votes in a hard-fought runoff for the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors. Shoemaker, who held a 20-vote lead on election night, saw his victory disappear after county election officials tallied 377 absentee ballots that were not counted Nov. 2. The final count, released Monday, showed 3,113 votes for Wattenburger and 3,108 for Shoemaker.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The Ukiah Unified School District has lost millions of dollars in state aid because area schools have lost 600 students in the last five years, officials said. "The impact is really being felt," said Supt. Ray Chadwick. Enrollment in Mendocino County's largest school district has dropped 9% during the last five years, falling from 6,923 students in the 1999-2000 school year to 6,349 this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A popular Mendocino County tourist train could be rolling again by next summer. A federal bankruptcy court has accepted a $1.4-million bid from the Sierra Railroad to take over the "Skunk" train. The Skunk shut down its 40-mile run through the redwood forests of the Mendocino coast after Labor Day when its parent company went broke. If the new owner gets the train running as planned, it will be good news for the financially struggling Fort Bragg area.
NEWS
January 15, 1989
Unapologetic Boonville editor Bruce Anderson has begun serving a 55-day jail sentence for socking a school administrator during a board meeting in Pt. Arena. Anderson, 48, entered the Mendocino County jail in Ukiah rather than write an apology to the people of the county.
NEWS
August 5, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
While federal agents prowled remote mountain areas on a sweep to uproot marijuana, local authorities were forced to send their eradication teams home because of funding problems. Mendocino County is disbanding its marijuana team today because the state has not renewed its funding. The sheriffs of Trinity and Humboldt counties plan to dissolve their teams unless they get state help.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A skateboarder was killed while being towed by a vehicle on the road, police said. Robert Powers, 20, of Monte Rio was found lying on the road unconscious with head injuries. He died after being airlifted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital about 2:15 a.m. Sunday, police said. James Crowl, 22, of Monte Rio was allegedly driving the car that was pulling Powers. Crowl was found nearby after authorities arrived.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A former drifter linked by DNA on a discarded cigarette butt to a Mendocino County homicide that remained unsolved for three decades has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Robert Vaughan, 49, also pleaded guilty Wednesday to using a firearm to kill Gerard Vincent Sullivan, 20, in Navarro in 1975. Vaughan, who already is serving a 15-years-to-life sentence for killing a woman in Lake Tahoe in 1991, will get another seven years to life under a plea agreement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Retired firefighter Jim Wattenburger came from behind to edge incumbent Richard Shoemaker by five votes in a hard-fought runoff for the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors. Shoemaker, who held a 20-vote lead on election night, saw his victory disappear after county election officials tallied 377 absentee ballots that were not counted Nov. 2. The final count, released Monday, showed 3,113 votes for Wattenburger and 3,108 for Shoemaker.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The Ukiah Unified School District has lost millions of dollars in state aid because area schools have lost 600 students in the last five years, officials said. "The impact is really being felt," said Supt. Ray Chadwick. Enrollment in Mendocino County's largest school district has dropped 9% during the last five years, falling from 6,923 students in the 1999-2000 school year to 6,349 this year.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2004 | Paul Elias, Associated Press
The center of the nation's anti-biotechnology movement these days is in Northern California, where Mendocino County voters will decide March 2 whether to ban genetically modified organisms. Measure H would prohibit genetically modified plants and animals from being raised or kept in the county, although processed food made with genetically modified ingredients would be allowed on store shelves. Success could galvanize similar movements from Vermont to Hawaii.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A popular Mendocino County tourist train could be rolling again by next summer. A federal bankruptcy court has accepted a $1.4-million bid from the Sierra Railroad to take over the "Skunk" train. The Skunk shut down its 40-mile run through the redwood forests of the Mendocino coast after Labor Day when its parent company went broke. If the new owner gets the train running as planned, it will be good news for the financially struggling Fort Bragg area.
TRAVEL
August 11, 2002 | JOHN McKINNEY
California may have a mighty long coast and millions of acres of wilderness, but it has only one wilderness coast: the Lost Coast in Mendocino County. The Lost Coast is so rough that it thwarted even the state's road engineers, forcing them to route the Redwood Highway (U.S. 101) more than 20 miles inland. Towering shoreline cliffs rise abruptly like volcanoes. Black sand beaches are strewn with driftwood and small stones.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the shooting death of a man believed to be his sister's boyfriend. The victim's body was found in a van Tuesday with multiple gunshot wounds, Mendocino County Sheriff's Lt. Kurt Smallcomb said. The teen, whose name was not released, was arrested a few hours later. Investigators are seeking additional possible suspects. A tribal spokesman said the suspect is a member of the Manchester Band of Pomo Indians, but the victim was not.
NEWS
October 27, 1988 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, Times Staff Writer
The State Lands Commission, in a slap at Gov. George Deukmejian, voted Wednesday to prohibit offshore oil drilling in state waters off Northern California by declaring the region an ocean sanctuary. Lt. Gov. Leo T. McCarthy, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, and state Controller Gray Davis--who together form a majority of the three-member commission--moved to ban offshore oil drilling along 214 miles of the Mendocino and Humboldt County coastline.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A skateboarder was killed while being towed by a vehicle on the road, police said. Robert Powers, 20, of Monte Rio was found lying on the road unconscious with head injuries. He died after being airlifted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital about 2:15 a.m. Sunday, police said. James Crowl, 22, of Monte Rio was allegedly driving the car that was pulling Powers. Crowl was found nearby after authorities arrived.
NEWS
August 5, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
While federal agents prowled remote mountain areas on a sweep to uproot marijuana, local authorities were forced to send their eradication teams home because of funding problems. Mendocino County is disbanding its marijuana team today because the state has not renewed its funding. The sheriffs of Trinity and Humboldt counties plan to dissolve their teams unless they get state help.
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