BREAKING NEWS: Fourth drowning at Lak...

BREAKING NEWS: Fourth drowning at Lake Mendocino

There are 34 comments on the The Ukiah Daily Journal story from Aug 26, 2009, titled BREAKING NEWS: Fourth drowning at Lake Mendocino. In it, The Ukiah Daily Journal reports that:

A 20-year-old Ukiah man drowned while swimming at Lake Mendocino Tuesday evening.

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bug eyes

Petaluma, CA

#1 Aug 26, 2009
It's the Mendo Mud Monster that is taking these people under. It lives is the lake and when the lake gets too low, the monster hides in the mud to stay out of sight. Out local Pomo tribe knows of this monster and information on it is just starting to surface due to the numerous drownings this year.
Matai

Marina, CA

#2 Aug 26, 2009
Well, that sucks. Sucks for his family to be so far away, too...what a sad thing.
Mexican guy

Marina, CA

#3 Aug 26, 2009
Rip
code three

San Francisco, CA

#4 Aug 26, 2009
bug eyes wrote:
It's the Mendo Mud Monster that is taking these people under. It lives is the lake and when the lake gets too low, the monster hides in the mud to stay out of sight. Out local Pomo tribe knows of this monster and information on it is just starting to surface due to the numerous drownings this year.
I know what you're saying. I have a brother who works as a park ranger at the lake. He says there have been at least three sightings of the monster this year and numerous rumors the last several years. He said all the descriptions have been manlike, about 8'tall, thin body and dark gleaming skin. Its head looks like a dolphin but has no fins but large web like feet.

“never stop asking questions”

Since: Apr 08

willits

#5 Aug 26, 2009
did this one involve alcohol, like the previous 3 did?

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#6 Aug 26, 2009
According to the story,alcohol wasn`t involved.
bug eyes

San Francisco, CA

#7 Aug 26, 2009
stingman wrote:
According to the story,alcohol wasn`t involved.
You guys don't get it. It was Tri-M that did it (Mendo Mud Monster). Unless the Lake drys up and Tri-M goes into hiding, there will be more drownings.
Two Feathers

San Jose, CA

#8 Aug 26, 2009
Wasn't everyone just a few months ago just stunned about how many people died on the coast this year? Take take take...but no one wants to give... And now this? Calling all Pomo's! AYE! Sorry for the Family(s) loss so tragic. I can't help but to think of all the lives lost in the Village of what was then Coyote Valley before it was "Lake Mendocino" or all the lives taken in this county "estimates". Come’ on any "Indian" knows a Lake is not one made by man! lol. I faintly remember my Great Grandmother talking about the things that had turned up in the lake over time. I was told one day it would dry up! It must be soon? IDK? Four lives in Seven Weeks one said. It's hard to know exactly how many Indians were killed in Mendocino County alone but it was way more than 4 every 8weeks or so. Does anyone remember the people at the bottom of the lake? Does anyone know them? The paper just showed you photos of "them" living life photographed in front of their hut/homes. If you read the article it did mention where they lived!! I never swim in the lake. I never wanted to swim with my ancestors in a man made hell hole of a pond. But hey that's just me! How about those Abalone this year?*thinks* Take the fish, Take the seaweed/kelp, take the abalone, take the water, take the land & the money!! hell everyone sacrafices!
Two Feathers

San Jose, CA

#9 Aug 26, 2009
Anyone remember the stories of Dos Rios...Fishermen?

“Request Denied”

Since: May 09

Ukiah, CA

#10 Aug 26, 2009
You have come a long way, young one. But these waters belong to the paleface now. It is their way we must observe until the voices from the valley cry for fresh air again. Then will the people of the corn and the wide-brim hat begin to swim in waters too deep no momre. Then will the young squaw once again trample the fresh cow-pie under foot in the valley of the coyote.

Let us join hands.
lisa

Marina, CA

#11 Aug 26, 2009
It is weird i heard the teacher that died due to the fire was self inflickted.That she poured gas all in her car at the gas station.Humm sure is weird how the journal and the press does not put the fullfacts out.I feel very sad for her that she could not ask for help before she had to resort to suicide.God bless her family my prayers are with all of you.

JustaAngel1488

“Sweet as a Lollipop”

Since: Dec 08

Licking, MO

#12 Aug 26, 2009
lisa wrote:
It is weird i heard the teacher that died due to the fire was self inflickted.That she poured gas all in her car at the gas station.Humm sure is weird how the journal and the press does not put the fullfacts out.I feel very sad for her that she could not ask for help before she had to resort to suicide.God bless her family my prayers are with all of you.
First of all...what the hell does that have to do with a drowning at the lake?

Secondly...you have no idea what you are talking about. There was no suicide. The whole story is ridiculous.It made up by a teeny bopper working at the Redwood Valley station where she filled her gas can.
If any of the story was true then that teeny bopper is responsible for his inaction. If he really believed that an individual was deliberately spraying gas into their vehicle and did not call the police then he is more responsible than a troubled person who would do such a thing.

That being said...

It was an accident plain and simple. Why don't you grow up and have a little respect for the family and the many people in the community who are mouring this tragic accident.
lisa

Marina, CA

#13 Aug 27, 2009
JustaAngel1488 wrote:
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First of all...what the hell does that have to do with a drowning at the lake?
Secondly...you have no idea what you are talking about. There was no suicide. The whole story is ridiculous.It made up by a teeny bopper working at the Redwood Valley station where she filled her gas can.
If any of the story was true then that teeny bopper is responsible for his inaction. If he really believed that an individual was deliberately spraying gas into their vehicle and did not call the police then he is more responsible than a troubled person who would do such a thing.
That being said...
It was an accident plain and simple. Why don't you grow up and have a little respect for the family and the many people in the community who are mouring this tragic accident.
why dont u go to he.. and mind your own business.I seen the video myself and know a hell of alot morethan you do.

“this is now”

Since: Aug 09

across the grid

#14 Aug 27, 2009
what the heck are you people snorting;mud monsters,suicides,vengence?!?A man drowned deepest regards for his family.
Just wondering

Mill Valley, CA

#15 Aug 27, 2009
Were all of the victims Mexicans?

Since: Jun 09

Sacramento, CA

#16 Aug 27, 2009
Hopefully a tragic accident like this can become an inspiration for more awareness of water safety and a more frequent practice of safety measures like wearing life vests, for example. California’s Department of Boating and Waterways offers more information on their website: http://bit.ly/uZ3ZA . Also, visit the website presented by Cal Boating’s Safety Team for additional tips on boating safely: http://bit.ly/3yJNB7 .

Since: Nov 08

West Tehama County, CA

#17 Aug 27, 2009
Back in the 70's a friend of mine told me he saw Jesus walking on lake Mendocino. But he was on 2 hits of windowpane at the time. So who knows? RIP buddy.
Native Curse

Honolulu, HI

#18 Aug 27, 2009
"The Pomo Indians at Clear Lake are witnessing the destruction of their sacred lake. The waters are no longer clear but murky, as they became polluted from the wastes of the thousands of homes, resorts, and new subdivisions. Gas-powered boats race all over the lake. Bulldozers are eating at the base of sacred Mt. Konoceti to create more housing, mountainsides are being stripped to provide gravel. Neat plots of plastic grass and shrubs are being laid out in a Disneyland nightmare.

"At Sulphur Banks Rancheria, the El-Em Band of Pomos have watched the rape and destruction of their lands since the coming of the whiteman. Very close to their homes is a small lake of sulphur-infested waters left by a mining company. It is a pit hundreds of feet deep which lies above the level of Clear Lake less than 200 feet from the shore [contaminating the lake by seepage]. All around this contaminated water, lies a stripped and barren land, plundered for mercury, to supply two world wars. Very few things grow here.

"A hundred feet offshore from Sulphur Banks is Rattlesnake Island, ancient burial ground and village site of the El-Em Pomo. It is a rocky island, thickly overgrown. It has always been a part of their lands
Native Curse

Honolulu, HI

#19 Aug 27, 2009
Indigenous peoples occupied the lands of present day Lake, Mendocino and Sonoma Counties for thousands of years. Their communities scattered across the landscape from the present-day city of Willits in northern Mendocino County, to the south at the present-day city of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County and from the coastal shorelines in the west to the eastern shores of Clear Lake in Lake County. They called themselves “people”1 or “the ones from”2 a distinct place, they spoke many distinct languages, they shared common territory and traditions and several times a year they would gather together with other communities for festivities, to trade, dance and feast.



Their traditions reflected an understanding and respect of the interrelationships to the environment, making them experts in protecting and honoring the native flora and fauna species in their territories. Their surroundings provided them nourishment, protection from the elements and materials from which to make tools for survival and, in return, the people learned to use these gifts carefully and selflessly. Their lifestyles followed the changing seasons. They shaped their surroundings, improved their circumstances by burning, pruning, sowing, and using harvesting techniques to encourage new growth of certain plants and they learned to conserve the animals and birds that they hunted for food.



The indigenous people learned how to manage the lands within their territories with the use of fire as a life-supporting tool. Annual burning of grasses and underbrush allowed new growth to thrive, renewed forage areas for wildlife, restored sustenance to the earth, and eradicated wasted plants and grasses that provided tinder for nature’s wildfires.[THE INDIANS OF CALIFORNIA, pp. 19-20]



Indigenous “Pomo” communities reflected the local circumstances within “Pomo” country ranging from hunting, fishing and gathering in approximately 50 completely autonomous groups whose ancestral main settlements were spread throughout the tri-counties region of Mendocino, Sonoma, and Lake Counties. The groups had their own distinctive territories which were recognized by other groups. They were respectful of their neighbors, always requesting permission to travel across boundaries, and they never walked where it wasn’t necessary for their livelihood, all of which allowed them to live contented lives.
Native Curse

Honolulu, HI

#20 Aug 27, 2009
A curse was caste on Coyote Valley,(Lake Mendocino) the day the Oak Trees wre cut down and the valley (Shoda Kai) was flooded, ever wonder why there are so many yearly drownings?

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