Few people in Mendocino County, who are not elected officials, have created as much enmity and as many disruptive relationships as has Richard W. Johnson, Jr., who was the owner, editor and publisher of four local news papers under the banner: Mendocino Country. Johnson died Wednesday March 16th, 2011, in hospice care. He was 66 years old and will be remembered by his stalwart stance activist vigor and irascible nature.
He was an original organizer of California Certified Organic Farmers, the recipient of the Mendocino Environmental Center’s ‘Walking Stick Award’ in 1992 for promoting an ocean sanctuary off the Mendocino Coast, and as an original proponent of Measure G on the Mendocino County ballot in 2000, which legalized marijuana in Mendocino County. When we visited he said he wanted to discuss the misunderstood and seldom appreciated Richard Johnson, his life and times. And he does.
The interview was recorded at the studios of Radio Curious in Ukiah, CA on February 19th , 2008. Richard Johnson’s papers will continue. Radio Curious Associate Producer, Christina Aanestad and Annie Esposito are publishing Mendocino Country Independent, Vistas and Confluence. Augusto “Zezzy” Chirre will publish El Sol.
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