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  • Karen Monroe

    Karen Wincott met [[:ben-monroe]] while writing a story about outsourcing in California. The hard-nosed reporter from upstate New York old money knew how to face facts: she’d fallen utterly in love. She quit the Times, bought the local newspaper, and …

  • Ben Monroe

    In another age, Benjamin Monroe would have been considered a hippy. While he didn't necessarily believe in peace, love, and happiness for all mankind; he did feel a tangible connection to the world. A sense that Mother Earth was a living, animate life …

  • Morris Alesti

    Morris Alesti grew up upper-middle class in Ukiah and never left town, going to community college and becoming a realtor. A very successful realtor, as it happens. He is the very reasonable broker for some of the wealthiest people in town, and barely …

  • Tamina Wilkinson

    If she’d been born in the middle ages, Tamina Wilkinson would make one hell of a feudal lady. As it stands, she is perfectly suited to running a ruthlessly efficient corporate franchise in the era of balkanized business. A black woman from a lower- …

  • Aaron Rodgers

    The ultimate local-boy-made-good, "Aaron Rodgers":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Rodgers left Ukiah and spent ten years (seven starting) as quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, leading the team to two Superbowls, one of these a win, and being …

  • Greg Bitterman

    Greg Bitterman doesn’t talk about Vietnam because “nothing happened worth wasting an honest man’s breath on.” He served his country, he wore a funny little green hat, he lost a best friend and an arm in the same mine blast. He’s over it. Drifting …

  • Madeline Song

    Madeline was born in Japan, an army brat with a Chinese-American father, though her family eventually returned to her parents’ home in Ukiah and she attended Ukiahi. She was an A-student, track star, and a very gifted dancer plucked right out of high …

  • Dax St. Jaques

    Dax St. Jaques (pronounced "Saint Jax,") was always into hip-hop, and is something of an amateur rapper, which complements his profession as a full-time pot dealer. The son of working-middle-class parents, Dax dropped out of Ukiahi in his junior year, and …

  • Piper Comrie

    * The Comries made their fortune in the lumber business, but Piper's father Daniel is a civil engineer. * Piper was and is a major party girl who likes a very lavish lifestyle; she is one of the only people in town her age who still uses a cell phone * …

  • Dr. Alison Bell

    _"Just because the patient assumed I was a stripper-gram doesn't mean I have any idea how that laxative got in his drip."_ Everyone at Evanescent Hospital agrees that Dr. Alison Bell is a gift. Warm and sarcastic, with a no-nonsense bedside manner, she …

  • Paolo Brutocao

    People rarely see Paolo Brutocao in Ukiah for more than a few days back-to-back, and that includes his family. The man does business up and down the west coast, and prefers a personal touch, especially now that phones are so expensive. Planes are …

  • Larisa Brutocao-Mendoza

    There are literally dozens of people in Mendocino Valley with the surname Mendoza, but only Larisa’s family claims descent from the original Mendozas for whom the valley is named. This makes her something of an unofficial aristocrat, especially with the …

  • Cesaré Brutocao

    Cesaré is a hale ninety-nine years old, the twice-elected mayor of Ukiah and elder statesman of the Brutocao vineyard. More popular with rich and poor alike than his cold, jet-setting son, Cesaré inherited the family business when his elder brother …

  • Rachel Brutocao

    The Brutocaos are the most influential vintners in Mendocino. The Mendozas gave the county its name. As the heir to both families, that puts a lot of pressure on young Rachel Brutocao. Thus far, she has risen to the demands of her birth, but people around …