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O. Hope McKenney

Over the weekend, hundreds of people gathered at the annual Mendocino County Fair and Apple Show to watch the sheepdog trials. The herding event is a competitive dog sport that began in the 1860s in New Zealand. Highly trained herding dogs move sheep around a field, fences, gates, or enclosures as directed by their handlers. There is a specific type of sheepdog trial unique to the Redwood Empire region of Northern California, developed by ranchers in the 1940s because of the area’s rough terrain. 


Mendo/Lake Veterans Resource Fair in Lakeport

Sep 20, 2018

Sep 20, 2018 -- On September 19 and 20, there is a veterans resource fair at the Lakeport fairgrounds from 9-4. Veterans' organizations have gathered clothing, boots, and camping supplies for homeless vets, and Fritch Hall is packed with representatives from veterans' organizations all over Lake and Mendocino Counties. We'll hear from some of the organizers and people offering legal services, supplies, employment assistance, and advice on how to gain access to various benefits.

 On Sept 16th 1810 Father Miguel Hidalgo rang the bell in the town of Dolores, Mexico and delivered a speech known as El Grito, or the cry for independence. Hidalgo is considered the father of his country and the event is reenacted annually on the eve of independence day in Mexico,. This year the celebration came to SPACE, the school of performing arts and cultural education in Ukiah.

Memorial Ceremony For State Hospital Patients

Sep 18, 2018

Sep 18, 2018 -- The third Monday of September is the day to honor patients who died in California State mental hospitals and whose remains were unclaimed. The ashes of 1200 such patients are buried in one plot at Ukiah's cemetery, just a little way into the trees from the southwest end. Another 400 patients are buried there, to, memorialized with a large stone monument. We'll talk with Debi Davis, of Disability Rights California, about the California Memorial Project, and Julia Wood, who stayed at the Mendocino State Hospital in Talmage during her pregnancy in 1959.

Jim Heid

 The California Coastal Commission held three days of hearings at Fort Bragg town hall last week to review several pending coastal projects. Most controversial was the Commission's approval of the Cal Trans permit application for a geotechnical survey at the historic Albion River Bridge, the last wooden trestle bridge on the California coast.  According to Cal Trans, the survey is necessary in order to determine if the aging bridge should be rehabilited or replaced.