How important is fire news to you?
This weekend, a large column of smoke over the hills east of Redwood Valley spooked a lot of people. We got messages from readers, and within a couple minutes we’d published this article explaining what was happening. In just the past two weeks, we’ve published more than 10 articles about fire season, and in 2018 we published over 150 fire related articles — along with tons of videos and live updates from the largest and deadliest fires to hit our county in modern history.
But here’s the deal — The Mendocino Voice is run by just two people, and we work side jobs to pay the rent. We believe independent local news is important to our community, but we cannot provide the level of coverage that Mendocino deserves, with such a small staff, stretched so thin. We want to be there for you when you need us, but we need your help.
So let us ask you a question: If fire news is important to you, how important is it? For a monthly amount of your choosing, the cost of a cup of coffee, you can ensure your community has essential fire news, when you need it — by becoming a supporter today.
With your support, we’ll keep reporting on essential information, without having to put up a paywall like other newspapers. You know we cover everything from new fires, evacuations, and power shut-offs, as they happen, to important community meetings, resources, and wildfire recovery efforts.
So if you’ve come to our website in the past two years looking for info about what a column of smoke meant, or where an existing fire was moving, or what parts of our area had been evacuated, consider pitching in to support our ongoing coverage.
And to all the people who already support us, we give a heartfelt thank you — we couldn’t have gotten this far without you.
Adrian Fernandez Baumann, Managing Editor
Kate Maxwell, Publisher