One of the first places that Ruth and I visited when we moved to Northern California in 1985 was the Mendocino Coast. We stayed at a place called Mar Vista Cottages at Anchor Bay, just north of the village of Anchor Bay, which is just north of the town of Gualala. The place is still there, though under different ownership.
We loved the people, the area, and the culture, and went back a few times. After Ruth's death I went there one December for a sort of healing personal retreat (the place did its job very well). Terry and I went there once as well before the owners that we knew moved on.
Ubiquitous in the area was a magazine printed on newsprint called New Settler Interview. We were so taken by the magazine and by the area that we subscribed after our first visit to have a reminder of the North Coast at home.
In those days the magazine was published regularly, once every two or three months, give or take. Today the magazine is published less frequently due to editor and owner Beth Bosk's involvement in other projects, but it's still very much there. I just received issue 148 the day after Christmas.
In spite of the changes in technology since 1985, when I was new to the Mendocino Coast and New Settler was a much younger publication, little has changed with the magazine. It is still printed on newsprint, is still full of interviews with locals who have interesting stories to tell, and contains plenty of ads for local businesses in Mendocino, Gualala, Willits, Ukiah, and the like.
The magazine has no Web site, and Beth has no blog. She is (or was) reachable by email (that of her husband, New Settler publisher R.D. Deines), though the email address is not listed in the current issue. Many of her advertisers list Web sites and email addresses, but there's not a lot else to distinguish my issue 148 (labeled as 2010) from the copy I first saw in 1985. Even the in-house subscription ad is the same as it was then.
If you want a reminder of a slower lifestyle, a mentality of sustainability, and 1960's values that live today, check out New Settler Interview. It's a great value at $25 for 10 issues. Just don't hold your breath waiting for the next one.
New Settler Interview
PO Box 702
Mendocino, CA 95460