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September 25, 2014

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Follow The Mendocino Beacon on Twitter to keep pace with breaking news and events. @MENDOCINOBEACON FOLLOW US ON TWITTER 'Mendocino Our Town in Art and Film.' See below October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Page 9 INSIDE THIS WEEK By Frank Hartzell Legend says a soldier who de- serted from the Russian base at Fort Ross lived out his days liv- ing off the land in Russian Gulch — perhaps including meals from a mysteriously burgeoning red ab- alone population. That lone early 19th century white settler is said to be the source of the name for Russian Gulch State Park, the of- ten told story says. In any case, Russians who came and left before the West was wild are believed to be the source for the abundant modern abalone population. Ruthless Russian pelt hunters, who killed every sea ot- ter and most of the seals along the California Coast between the American Revolution and the Civil War, accidentally helped create the world's greatest aba- lone sport fishery in Mendocino County that has lasted more than two centuries. At a Friday, Sept. 19. workshop at the meeting hall in Russian Gulch State Park about the future of red abalone fishing, the ironies and mysteries of the past, present and future of the coveted mollusk were discussed to help illuminate the road ahead. Department of Fish and Game Abalone Program Director Ian Taniguchi showed the audience ABALONE PLAN State seeks to reverse Sonoma abalone decline At the Sept. 16 meeting, the Order of the Eastern Star welcomed Ellen and Robert McKay, past Grand Matron and Patron from Massachu- setts. From le, Gee Gee Querry, Ellen McKay, Robert McKay, Mary Danchuk, Linda Fuentes See story on page 2. ORGANIZATIONS Eastern Star welcomes East Coast visitors to historic Mendocino temple By Sally Swan Captain, Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department At 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, the Mendocino Volun- teer Fire Department received a dispatch for a structure fire near the 5.5 mile marker on Comptche Ukiah Road. The dispatcher re- ported a "residential structure fire" that was "fully involved". A first responding firefighter who lives nearby confirmed over the radio that the single-family residence was fully engulfed and relayed information of a possible threat to nearby vegetation. Just minutes before this dis- patch, the Mendocino VFD was paged for a medical aid in town. Because firefighters were already at the station attending to the medical aid, response to the fire call was swift. Engine 8481, carrying 2,000 gallons of water, was staffed and headed to the fire scene shortly af- ter the emergency siren went off. A water tender carrying 1,800 MVFD Fire totals residence Comptche Ukiah Road structure destroyed Classifieds .......14 Crossword ........12 Obituaries ......... 6 Opinion .............. 4 Sports ............... 11 Weather ............ 3 INDEX By Matthew Reed @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter Jason Morse reported on the status of the new Greenwood Preschool in Elk at the Men- docino Unified School District board of trustees meeting on Thursday, Sept. 19. The superintendent said the preschool currently has seven students enrolled, with five at- tending five days and two at- tending two days for an aver- age attendance of six students per day. The preschool opened Sept. 2. The board had hoped for a target enrollment of eight stu- dents. Morse invited Diana Taur, preschool site supervisor, to give a presentation on the new preschool. Taur said she wanted to "bring a little bit of Elk" to the board because all of the trust- ees could not visit the school. During her presentation, Taur ran a slideshow with video clips of children in different activi- ties. The school has 2-year-olds and 4-year-olds as students. She said that people come by frequently to thank her for run- ning the preschool. Morse also thanked Denise Lovdal-Johnson, program man- ager at Mendocino County Of- fice of Education, for the state preschool consortium. Johnson was present to talk to the board about the impact of preschool attendance on early education when kids enter kindergarten. SCHOOLS Greenwood Preschool begins well Will likely grow TRASH» PAGE 2 Coastal Clean Up Day results SPORTS » PAGE 11 A run along the coast to Argentina COASTAL SCIENCE» PAGE 5 Thinking about water in a drought THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Visit our Facebook page for daily posts BOB SILVA PHOTO James Dean during filming of "East of Eden" in Mendocino. The Mendocino Art Center and the Mendocino Film Festival announce "Mendocino Our Town in Art & Film," a program made possible by a grant from the Cal- ifornia Arts Council. "Mendocino Our Town in Art & Film" is a six-week, town-wide immersion in the legacy of the arts in Mendocino, produced in partnership between the Men- docino Art Center, the Men- docino Film Festival and the Prentice Gallery, with the sup- port of many of the town's busi- nesses and nonprofit organiza- tions. The program begins on Second Saturday, Oct. 11, with the open- ing at the Art Center of "Men- docino Our Town," an exhibit of photos and paintings compar- ing and contrasting historic and contemporary views of the town. New works by local painters Suzi Marquess Long and John Hewitt were commissioned for this ex- hibit. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Exhibits Two related exhibits also open THE ARTS Art and film program begins Oct. 11 ABALONE » PAGE 10 EDUCATION » PAGE 16 FIRE » PAGE 16 ART » PAGE 16 » Thursday, September 25, 2014 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON 8 52659 03865 7 A NEWSPAPER Volume 136, issue 51

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