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.
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.
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December 20, 2003 |
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.
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.
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.
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July 10, 2002 |
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.
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.
August 5, 1990 |
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.
October 27, 1988 |
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.