Category Archives: History

Thanksgiving For The Time We Had

One year ago this week, Doc Halstead passed away in Penn Valley. He had been at our home for Thanksgiving just two days earlier. We spent the afternoon reminiscing about our years in Atlanta with the Carrie Nation band, and … Continue reading

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Nevada City News

Nevada City News was one of a long line of weekly newspapers that I cut my teeth on while learning the craft of cartooning. Editor Steve Cottrell commissioned this cover and several others, most of which have disappeared from my … Continue reading

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Troublemaker

These darn comics have been getting me in trouble most of my life. It started in Catholic school, with Sister Mary Hillary slapping my knuckles for doodling on my homework. It continued during my stint with The Nevada City Independent, … Continue reading

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Water, Then And Now

My first comic strip, Junior Jackalope, was a regular feature in The Nevada City Independent in 1982. We not only had a comics page, it was a color comics page, something you didn’t see much in those days. The page … Continue reading

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The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

A little late for Veteran’s Day, but a beautiful, tragic indictment of war. In the great wars of the 20th Century, millions died, and today’s conflicts only number in the thousands. I suppose that’s progress, but we have so far … Continue reading

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Thank You!

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Old Grudges

Grass Valley politics tend to be on the boring side…well, most of the time. It’s always been cliquish, and very few have been able to break through the hometown hegemony. That is, until Dean Williams joined the council and appointed … Continue reading

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A Funny Thing Happened To Me On The Way To The Voting Booth

As I was finishing my contribution to the democratic process on Tuesday, I ran into Elizabeth (Izzy) Martin, who was likewise engaged. Izzy and I go back a ways in Nevada County politics. The year was 1998. Izzy was running … Continue reading

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Fruitcake For Christmas

Nevada City’s own force of nature, Reinette Senum, has launched a kickstarter campaign to fund her documentary, They Call Me Fruitcake. It is the amazing story of Reinette’s quest to cross the Yukon all by her lonesome. The journey alone … Continue reading

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Election 2000

We’re still wondering who won this one. From the files of David (Trusty) Parker.

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