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Reportedly anyway. In about 20 minutes.
Addendum: Now maybe Edwards will take back his voice messages to Kerry after the latter endorsed Obama. Language caution – Edwards was obviously very upset.
Second addendum: It happened.
And yes dear readers, I know the above audio sequence is a joke.
At 7:00 p.m. on Keet TV (channel 13). You can also live-stream at the KEET site.
Addendum: Today’s Time Standard editorial addresses the dilemma and awkwardness of the Second District race. It was spurred by Johanna R.’s letter which appears on the same page, but it’s not up online yet. What is curious about her letter is that it makes no promise that she will be offered the 2 year position should Roger’s name win in June, nor that she would accept it if offered. The TS’s reference to her as a “shadow candidate” is an understatement, or perhaps an overstatement if Johanna doesn’t really want the position. It’s really unclear. But maybe I’m not supposed to point this out. Am I being insensitive for doing so? Is any criticism of the campaign improper?
There is also an endorsement letter for Clif posted a few days ago, emphasizing his position with regard to Eel River water diversion.
Second addendum: the final campaign debate will be tomorrow. Another League of Women Voters live debate, Van Duzen Grange Hall, 5250 Highway 36, Carlotta, 7-8:30 p.m. No word on whether there will be any broadcast coverage.
My partner and I spent the past couple of days in Siskiyou County. We had a settlement conference which took two days and resulted in a very satisfactory settlement with parties which had been at each others’ throats making very legitimate overtures of friendship by the time it was done. It took a very dedicated retiring judge, some very creative solutions, and some head-ache inspiring hard work. I can’t always say this, not even when I win, but justice was done today. Truly.
We traveled to Yreka Sunday afternoon. It’s a long haul. I’d never really been to Yreka other than stopping there for gas on my way to or from Washington State. I think I bought a candy bar there once.
Before Sunday I knew two things about Yreka.
1. Yreka Bakery spelled backwards is Yreka Bakery (unfortunately, the bakery is closed.
2. My partner’s story on the way – years ago Jazz drummer Buddy Rich had a gig scheduled in Eureka. Rich was asleep on his bus when he woke up in unfamiliar surroundings. He asked the driver where they were and the driver responded that they were almost to their destination of Yreka. Rich reportedly had to be restrained as he screamed “not Yreka you idiot, YOUReka!!” They barely got to Eureka in time for the concert and Rich was spared homicide charges.
Actually, I still don’t know that much about Yreka even today except that their courthouse has security screening after a shooting in the building last year. Some guy accused of sexual abuse shot his alleged victim in the leg then did himself in.
Beautiful country. One thing I noticed was an abundance of cell phone towers. Perhaps when you don’t have many trees or buildings to obscure them they are just more apparent.
We adjourned the settlement discussions in court to reconvene this morning at our opposing attorneys’ offices in Mt. Shasta, where we spent last night. I strongly recommend the Woodsman Hotel. The current owners have been there for a year and the main lobby is decorated by an assortment of Americana as well as game heads and furs.
Mt. Shasta is considered a “power point” in certain New Age traditions (can we still call it “new” if it has traditions?) and this weekend something called “the Wesak Festival” takes place in Mt. Shasta. I was speaking to the manager and apparently an organizer informed them that many of their guests will be “vegans and animal rights supporters.” That means all the moose heads, bear rugs, and stuffed foxes are going into storage for the week.
Oh, and we had a great meal at a terrific family style Italian restaurant – Mike and Tony’s, which reminded me of the old North Beach fare I’ve written so fondly about. Try the chicken parm.
I only spent a day there, but for some reason Mt. Shasta city is an island, not quite dominated by, but heavily influenced by young hippie types who wouldn’t look out of place in Arcata. We needed lunch today and our clients introduced us to the Berryvale Grocery Store. But for the big glacier rock outside the front door, you might think you were in the Coop or Wildberries.
There’s a junior college in nearby Weed, but I have no idea what is attracting young educated people there. Berryvale was full and busy. Delicious vegetarian (and not) food. I recommend the eggplant hoagie (with a spicy aoli!). They all look very healthy and maybe it’s the skiing and outdoor activities which attract them. Maybe it’s the power point. But Mt. Shasta is not the small town I remember from my brief visits as a child.
There are two bookstores in that small town. Two!
One of the locals did tell me that politics are very polarized in that town, between the hippies and other newbies and the old guard. Imagine that.
We may take a family trip over there in June for some summer sledding. It’s gorgeous country. A little stark and empty for me to want to ever live there (couldn’t be that far from the ocean anyway), but it looks like a great place to spend a few days.
I should mention that the development of ski resorts is a serious point of controversy there. There is a kind of uneasy alliance between “newbie” environmentalists and old guard who don’t want their lifestyles changing. But they both face the prospect of a declining resources based economy while looking for something else to sustain it.
Most of the grasslands are used for cattle, but just north of Weed I witnessed some plowing of ground for some sort of crop. Does anybody know what actually grows up there?
If you’re ever heading down I-5 to get onto 299, don’t believe the first sign which directs you off the freeway promising the route to Weaverville. It lies. Wait until you are in Redding City limits then follow those signs.
The photo comes from the Woodsman site gallery, linked above.