August 11, 2002 |
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.
July 12, 2000 |
Mendocino County really wants to refinance some of its bonds. So much so that it's offering investors locally produced wines as an incentive for exchanging their debt. The county, about 90 miles north of San Francisco at the edge of California's wine country, is throwing in wine in a bid to lure individual investors, who own about half the remaining $6 million of lease-backed certificates of participation it sold in 1998 for a refinancing.
January 12, 2004 |
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.
July 14, 2003 |
Grapes have overtaken lumber as the leading agricultural crop in rugged Mendocino County, the Northern California region associated more with redwoods than red wines. Recently released figures show that the 2002 Mendocino grape crop was valued at $81 million, compared to $54 million for Mendocino logs delivered to local mills, said Dave Bengston, county agricultural commissioner. It was the second year in a row that grapes crushed the competition.
April 1, 2007 |
Even the silence is different here. Despite a woodpecker working furiously on the eaves of a not-too-distant water tower and the buzz of tractors trolling, the quiet--like the canopy of fog--settles around you, pulls you in and ultimately disorients you. I wake early to a dense, poetic mist on the vineyards and the local folk and bluegrass show "Humble Pie."
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June 15, 2007 |
With 100% financing from the Bank of America, a nonprofit conservation group has purchased 50,000 acres of redwood forest along the Mendocino County coast north of Fort Bragg for $65 million and plans to use it for commercial timber harvesting while shielding the land from development.
March 28, 2004 |
Funny how one can get lost, even before leaving home. While planning a trip to Mendocino County, I got sidetracked by details on the website for the Other Place guest ranch. It said the property's first cottage had a great room with a wood-burning stove. A second cottage came with an oversized tub in the bathroom. The last cottage boasted a dining room with pastoral views. Decisions, decisions. In the end the choice didn't matter.
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June 2, 2005 |
In 1982, a Vietnamese farmer plowing his field unearthed two human leg bones and what he thought was a sock. A practicing Buddhist, the farmer took a small piece of bone and placed it in the household ossuary, honoring the dead.
September 27, 2006 |
NARROW roads twist and turn alongside streams and past apple orchards, redwoods tower over everything, and you have to keep a sharp eye out for deer and wild turkeys. In Mendocino County, vineyards do not yet dominate the landscape but decorate it, scattered here and there rather than being crammed one on top of another. This is California wine's northern frontier. Tasting rooms are uncrowded and friendly and, though mostly bare bones, the wines poured are often of astonishing quality.
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August 7, 2007 |
Four boaters forced to abandon ship when their vessel began taking on water in churning seas were rescued Monday morning by the U.S. Coast Guard a dozen miles off the Mendocino County coast. The Coast Guard reported receiving a call from the four men, who had been sailing from San Francisco to Seattle, about 1:30 a.m. as they prepared to board a life raft in 10- to 15-foot seas.