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."