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News, The Snitch Dying for Abalone: Why a California Delicacy Has Become Lethal

Dying for Abalone: Why a California Delicacy Has Become Lethal

A 56-year-old San Francisco man (still unidentified until the family is contacted) drowned while diving for abalone near Mendocino on Sunday, according to Santa Rosa’s Press Democrat. It’s the eighth abalone death of the Northern California season, which is…
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News, The Snitch Cartels Abandon National Forest in Mendocino County

Cartels Abandon National Forest in Mendocino County

Hikers, campers, and hunters were, for years, warned to stay away from public lands in certain California counties. Because, in addition to spectacular redwoods and hidden creeks, places like the Mendocino National Forest were full of Latino gangsters with machine…
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Dining, Eat

San Francisco Mead Company Brings Back an Old Beverage

They say everything old becomes new again. I mostly associate mead with medieval times — large halls full of burly men hoisting flagons of the stuff as they gnaw on haunches of meat and throw the bones over their shoulders…
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News, The Snitch Federal Grand Jury Digs Into Mendocino Marijuana Growers

Federal Grand Jury Digs Into Mendocino Marijuana Growers

Maybe it's the helicopters flying overhead from April to November, or maybe it's their cash crop. Whatever it is, marijuana growers love rumors. And a big one -- that the United States attorney had convened a grand jury, and was…
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Dining, SFoodie Mendocino Beer, Wine & Mushroom Festival Starts Today

Mendocino Beer, Wine & Mushroom Festival Starts Today

Mendocino Beer, Wine & Mushroom Festival Where: Locations throughout Mendocino County (check here for full festival schedule) When: Nov. 2-11 Cost: Varies, but many events are free The rundown: If you're considering a road trip up to Mendocino County, consider…
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News, The Snitch Marijuana Sweep: Feds Mostly Ignore "Emerald Triangle"

Marijuana Sweep: Feds Mostly Ignore "Emerald Triangle"

Another year, another fleet of helicopters hovering overhead and federal agents tramping through publicly owned woods in search of illegal marijuana plots and the (Mexican) people who grow them.In 2011, there was Operation Full Court Press; in 2012, we had…
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Music, Hear This White Hills: Show Preview

White Hills: Show Preview

The Brooklyn-based psych cosmonauts of White Hills have established themselves as some of America's foremost proponents of fuzz-driven space rock since coming together in 2005. Founded by guitarist, principal songwriter, and onetime S.F. resident David W, the band has released…
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Culture, The Rolling Paper

Rolling Paper: Looking at the Current State of Safe Access

The issue of safe access is constantly changing, and could change for the worse. Here's a peek at what's afoot, from Mendocino mountaintops to the halls of Congress. Keeping tabs on the U.S. medical cannabis movement can be challenging. Sixteen…
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Dining, SFoodie Monday: Mendocino Seduces You with Its Exceptional Food and Booze

Monday: Mendocino Seduces You with Its Exceptional Food and Booze

Taste of Mendocino Where: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center When: Mon., June 13, 5-8 p.m. Cost: $35 in advance, $45 onsite, enter discount code of "alice" or "KGO" to save $14.75 on online admission fee. The rundown: Experience the "Mendo…
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Dining, Eat Cotogna Complements Parent Quince With Simple Italian Fare

Cotogna Complements Parent Quince With Simple Italian Fare

Every year since it opened in 2003, Michael and Lindsay Tusk's Quince has seemed to grow a little more polished. Last year, the Tusks moved Quince from its serene, close quarters in Pacific Heights to a palace near Jackson Square.…
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Culture, Summer Guide A literary road trip up the Mendonoma coast

A literary road trip up the Mendonoma coast

A half-century ago, beatniks and hippies fatigued by the heaviness of the San Francisco scene began a northward migration toward a quieter life amid the redwoods. Artists and poets like Richard Brautigan, Joanne Kyger, Robert Creeley, and many who are…
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Culture, Summer Guide

If you go:

Smiley's Schooner Saloon & Hotel rooms $84-$94. 41 Wharf (at Brighton), Bolinas, 868-1311, www.coastalpost.com/smileys. Bolinas Book Exchange 22 Brighton (at Wharf), Bolinas. Whale Watch Inn, rooms $180-$300, 35100 Highway 1 (at Ohlson), Gualala/Anchor Bay, 800-942-5342, www.whalewatchinn.com. Gualala Arts Center 46501…
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News, The Apologist

Ready to Rumble

Have you heard? The great San Francisco earthquake hit at 5:12 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 1906, and the past several weeks have seen the city "celebrate" the centennial anniversary with a mixture of pomp, somber reflection, and promises of…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Microbrew

White Hawk IPA isn't for wimps. Its bracingly bitter flavor and puckery finish take India Pale Ale to a new level of intensity, and aficionados of Asahi, Corona, and their pallid ilk should keep their distance. This variety of suds…
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Best of San Francisco, Sports & Recreation

Best Sporting Goods Store

You won't find a basketball at the Bay Area's best sporting goods store. Or a baseball glove. Or a tennis racket. So why is REI the best? Because you'll see things here that you won't at other sports stores: possibilities.…
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Dining, Eat The Homespun Hipster

The Homespun Hipster

It looks like spring has finally sprung in Northern California -- or at least it has in the Duboce Triangle, where an evening stroll to the crossroads of the F and the J does not require a jacket and the…
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Best of San Francisco, Shopping & Services

Best Musical Museum Where You Can Touch (and Buy)

Irish drums, inexpensive guitars, lyres, mandolins, hurdy-gurdies, musical saws, electric bagpipes, bodhrans, ocarinas, dulcimers, and all types of bells and whistles clutter this music shoppe, founded in 1974 and now the force behind a mini-world music and dance festival and…
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