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A Bit Battered, Perhaps, but It’s Not Outer Mongolia
Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

The New Year has started out with a bang, as Mother Nature decided to celebrate the occasion with the wildest storm in several years. I was reading the Santa Rosa paper this morning about someone who said they were going to file a complaint with PG&E because their power was out in their neighborhood longer than the rest of the surrounding area. She says, “We’re in town. It’s not like we’re in Outer Mongolia.”

At least she had the choice of walking a few blocks to electricity. That wasn’t a choice for the entire Mendocino Coast, lovingly known as “Outer Mongolia”, as we lost power last Friday morning. At my house, we didn’t get our power back until last night — 4 days and 4 nights of no power, and howling winds, and driving rains. I recorded 4 inches of rain in my gauge. During the worst of it, the highways into the area were blocked by large trees. Of course, many of the roads on the coast were blocked, as well, so the authorities told everyone to stay put as much as possible.

Our driveway was blocked when 2 trees went down.

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Our driveway was blocked when 2 trees went down.
Unusual hail on deck.
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Unusual hail on deck.
We didn’t have much choice at our house. The big winds came early Friday morning, and knocked 2 trees down across our driveway. Somewhere in there, we got a bunch of hail that actually covered the ground.

The first week of 2008 has been a wild one. It started out with gorgeous weather, with wild turkeys and deer parading around everywhere in the sun. And then the bank of 3 storms came in, and it all changed.

Wild turkeys in my driveway.

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Wild turkeys in my driveway.
Swirling waters off the Mendocino Headlands.
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Swirling waters off the Mendocino Headlands.
It sounds daunting if you’re not from around here, but people really pull together when we have a massive outage. Kudos go to Tom Yates and Vicky and Joe and all the gang at KOZT-FM, who broadcast throughout the storm. They pull together updates from PG&E and the County and Highway Patrol and the phone company, and give updates every half hour about the progress of the recovery. When you’re stuck in the dark, hearing friendly voices keeping you abreast of developments is a wonderful thing. Many restaurants and stores have generators, so you can stay warm and well-fed.

If you are up here when something like this happens, you have to go with the flow. On the plus side, the waves are magnificent after the storms. If you want to take your own postcard pictures, that’s the time. You have to stay away from the blufftops, of course, because of sleeper waves and winds. In between the storms, the weather this time of year can be surprisingly warm (mid-60s even), and you can check out the migrating whales.

Welcome to 2008!


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Another Dine-Out Opportunity
Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

On Wednesday, November 28, you can support the Mendocino Cost Humane Society and have a fabulous meal by attending Dine-Out Night at the MacCallum House Inn and Restaurant in Mendocino. MacCallum House donates all of the proceeds to the non-profit organization it’s honoring for that evening. The MacCallum House (45020 Albion Street, Mendocino) will be serving their regular menu on November 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Please make your reservation as soon as possible by calling 937-5763.

“Mendocino Coast Humane Society was created by Coastal residents who wanted a “no-kill” alternative to the County’s Animal Control. The new Shelter was completed in July 2001 with the help of many donors and the tireless efforts of staff and volunteers. The Shelter provides a warm, comfortable and secure home for our animals.  ” Visit the Mendocino Coast Humane Society for more details.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

Dine-Out for Your Favorite Charity
Sunday, November 11th, 2007

On Wednesday, November 14, you can support the Mendocino Land Trust and have a fabulous meal by attending Dine-Out Night at the MacCallum House Inn and Restaurant in Mendocino.

Dine-outs are an ongoing series of dining fundraisers hosted by MacCallum House Inn & Restaurant to support our community. The concept is very simple; MacCallum House donates all of the proceeds to the non-profit organization it’s honoring for that evening. The dine-out is an amazingly clever way to capture a donation for a well-deserving charity from both tourists and locals.

MacCallum House hosted their first dine-out in 2004; it was a St. Patrick’s Day event for KOZT. Jed explains, “We have tried to make it part of our culture and now do several events every month during the slower season. It is a great way for us to connect with the community. We have done dine-out’s for so many different organizations I have lost track.” But as Jed rattles off the names, I could tell there were not many missing from the list.

There are lots of dine-outs coming up, taking us through the holidays, such as the Mendocino Coast Humane Society, College of the Redwoods Community Choir and Project Sanctuary. With more to come in 2008!

Many thanks to MacCallum House for sponsoring so many community activities. MendocinoFun.com is also doing our part by listing these events on our Calendar of Events. You can do your part. Get together a group of friends to celebrate the holiday season and give to your favorite charity at the same time.

The MacCallum House (45020 Albion Street, Mendocino) will be serving their regular menu on November 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Please make your reservation as soon as possible by calling 937-5763.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

Local Licks Live 14 in Ft Bragg on Saturday, Nov 10!
Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Logo for Local Licks Live 14 by the Coast KOZTHaving traveled across the US (especially the Southwest and West) by car a lot, I have to say it’s always amazing to find a great radio station in a small town. In fact, it’s exceedingly rare — but we have such a rarity here. The Coast (KOZT at FM 95.3 or 95.9 or over the Web at www.kozt.com) has been broadcasting the music and the news and the power outage notices and everything else for years now, while winning multiple Crystal and Marconi awards in the last few years. Owners Tom Yates and Vicky Watts are huge supporters of the community in a lot of ways, and they keep people in touch with events happening in the area. Trust me, when the power goes out during a wild storm, every radio is tuned to the Coast for their frequent detailed updates on the situation directly from PG&E! And when the power’s on, they’re rocking out and talking about happenings in the community.

One of the features at the Coast for 14 years is Local Licks — a chance for local musicians to get their music on the air for free on Wednesday nights. This Saturday, November 10, 2007, the Coast is producing Local Licks Live 14, showcasing acoustic performances by local musicians: Acoustic Serenade, Coast Celtic Band, The Freys, David Hayes, and Holly Tannen. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. The show starts at 7:30 pm at Cotton Auditorium in Fort Bragg, located at the corner of Fir and Harold streets. The proceeds from the show go to benefit music in local schools.

The Coast KOZT radio on the Mendocino CoastYou can find out more about the LLL XIV show on the Coast Web site, and you can even check out their live feed over the Web. Tom and Vicky and their crew are accomplished radio people who left major markets in the Bay Area and L.A. to live up here, and the quality of their work and commitment to the area are evident in everything they do.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

Out of this World Gives the Stars
Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Jenny Heckeroth, Fred Andrews, James Blackstock, Carolyne CatheySubmitted by Carolyne Cathey, Executive Director, MAPA

The Star Party at the Ford House Visitors Center on Saturday, November 17 will have a new sparkle with the gift of two new telescopes. Out of this World owners, James Blackstock and Marilyn Rose, donated the scopes to the Mendocino Area Parks Association (MAPA). A Celestron 90mm refractor, chosen for ease of use and better lunar and planetary views, will replace the 6-year-old refractor telescope at MacKerricher State Park. The second scope is a Celestron 130mm computerized reflector, allowing greater light capture, and a “go-to” motor system controlled by an on-board processor with a 4000 celestial object database. After a simple alignment procedure, you can pick a planet, galaxy, nebula, or star cluster, and the telescope will locate and track the object. MAPA will use this scope in their interpretive programs. Celestron telescopes were chosen because they are lightweight and easy to operate. Blackstock has also volunteered to get several of the older scopes back into working order. Staff members, Jenny Heckeroth, Fred Andrews, John Millott, Scott Lewis, Charles Poplinger and Carolyne Cathey, were provided two training sessions by James Blackstock and John Wilder.

At the next Star Party on Saturday, November 17, interested gazers should gather at Ford House Visitors Center for a chance to talk with astronomers while observing the night sky. Meet behind the museum at 7:00 p.m., 735 Main Street, Mendocino. Bring your own telescope and flashlights! Be sure to dress warmly. In case of rain or fog, our backup plan is an indoor program. Sponsored By: Ford House Museum/Visitor Center; Out of This World in Mendocino; Mendocino Area Parks Association (MAPA); and California State Parks. For more information: 707-937-5397, mapa@mendoparks.org, http://www.mendoparks.org


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

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