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October 23, 2014

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Anytime, anywhere. Subscribe to our e-edition. VISIT MENDOCINOBEACON.COM KNOW IT. ALL. Highway to be dedicated to deputy's memory. Page 3 Candidates for State Senate state their case at forum. See below. INSIDE THIS WEEK Five candidates are running for three seats on the Mendocino Coast Hospital Care District board of directors in the Nov. 4 election: Incumbent John Ker- men and Kitty Bruning, Michael Carroll, Peter Glusker and Wil- liam Rohr. The Beacon and the Advocate are continuing the tradition of asking candidates to respond in writing to our questions. Their responses, which were limited to 150 words for each question, are printed verbatim. If an answer exceeded that leng th, it was shortened. The candidates were asked two additional questions during short inter views with Publisher Sharon DiMauro, Ed- itor Kate Lee and reporter Kelci Parks. All but Bruning did so. Bruning said she was unable to participate in either the written assignment or interview due to the demands of work and family. The entire Q&A is posted on- line at w w w.advocate-news. com and w w w.mendocinobea- con.com. 1. Please state your qualifications. MICHAEL CARROLL » I have lived in this area for the last 21 years, making my living working with local organizations, professional practices, businesses and indi- viduals as a business coach and consultant. Long-term local cli- ents include Gallery Books, Pa- cific Physical Therapy, Good Life Café and recently Trillium Café in Mendocino. I help them with the business related parts of their organization: leadership and people management, market- ing and customers, financial man- agement and planning. I use all the usual tools for marketing, fi- nance and accounting, planning, but my priorities may be a little different. For example, most busi- ness consultants measure suc- cess by growth rate and profit. To me while profit is important, even essential, I focus on things like job satisfaction and compet- ing by first focusing on the best products and services before go- ing to the communications chan- nels through promotion and ad- vertising. It is the same tool set, just different priorities. • PETER GLUSKER » My qualifica- tions are 36 years of working as ELECTION Hospital board candidates respond to Q&A Four people were stranded Saturday aernoon in the ocean near the mouth of the Albion River, when their 17-foot vessel suddenly suffered from mechanical failure. The boaters were visiting the area, according to Ted Williams, chief of Albion-Little River Volunteer Fire Department. No one on board the stranded vessel was injured. ALRVFD was dispatched by the Coast Guard and rescuers made visual contact with the stranded vessel four to five minutes aer dispatch, Williams said. The fire department deployed two jet skis and a motor boat to tow in the vessel. CALSTAR also responded and monitored the rescue from the air. ALBION-LITTLE RIVER FIRE DEPARTMENT RESCUERS TOW IN STRANDED BOATERS WALT MCKEOWN PHOTO By Matthew Reed reporter@mendocinobeacon.com @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter The candidates for Califor- nia State Senate addressed Men- docino Coast voters at the League of Women Voter's forum on Fri- day, Oct. 16. They are running to fill the seat held by Noreen Evans. Mike McGuire and Lawrence Wiesner set out distinct platforms from each other at the event, re- flecting the wide ideological gulf between political parties. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan nonprofit organi- zation that seeks to educate vot- ers on electoral issues through events such as the candidate fo- rum held at the C.V. Starr Com- munity Center. Opening statements McGuire is a third generation resident of Healdsburg. He was the youngest member elected to the Healdsburg Unified School District board of trustees. He was ELECTIONS Hopefuls vie for support Classifieds .... 13 Crossword .... 10 Obituaries ....... 6 Opinion............ 4 Sports ............ 11 Weather .......... 3 INDEX By Matthew Reed reporter@mendocinobeacon.com @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter The issue of the Mendocino High School's rescheduling of homecoming was raised dur- ing the school district's board of trustees meeting Thursday, Oct. 16. Originally scheduled for late September, it was moved to the end of October. Paul McCarthy, a coast resi- dent and father of a MHS alum, said it was unacceptable that the high school would postpone homecoming only a week be- fore it was planned for the pur- ported reason of Yom Kippur. He spoke during the portion of the meeting set aside for public comment on non-agenda items. "This is unprecedented. And it's for religious reasons," he said. "Religion doesn't belong in public high school." He said he wanted to see the issue of school events schedul- ing around religious holidays on the November meeting agenda. McCarthy said he researched other circumstances for schools cancelling events for religious holidays. He said that other dis- tricts cancelled events only af- ter community religious leaders appeared at a board meeting. He noted that did not happen for Mendocino's homecoming. "Your board meeting next year is scheduled for Ramadan," McCarthy said. "If you cancel for Yom Kippur, you should can- cel for Ramadan." McCarthy sent the newspa- per a copy of a letter Principal Gail Dickenson sent to Men- docino High School parents that he had obtained. In the letter, Dickenson states "a vari- ety of reasons" for moving the HIGH SCHOOL Homecoming spurs religious holiday debate HEALTH» PAGE 5 AV health center energized by staff SPORTS » PAGE 11 Spookfest this weekend KELLEY HOUSE » PAGE 6 A Sunday aernoon with shipwrecks THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Visit our Facebook page for daily posts PHOTO COURTESY THE WOODLANDERS Ted Williams, ALRFPD chief, le, holds a check presented to the department by the Woodlanders, a community group at The Woods in Little River. Submitted by Greg Schellhase Citizens for Yes on Measure M sponsored a public meeting at The Woods to allow residents to gather information, ask ques- tions and discuss issues related to the Albion-Little River Fire Protection District (ALRFPD). The meeting was well attended by residents of The Woods senior residence community as well as others from Albion and Little River. Chr is Sk yhawk, A LR FPD board member, opened the meet- ing and introduced Tim Bray, president of the Citizens for Yes on Measure M committee. Bray explained the structure of Mea- sure M and how it would apply to residential homes as well as unimproved timber and range lands. The biggest difference in Measure M from the previous parcel tax is that unimproved range and timber lands, excluded under the previous parcel tax passed in 2002, will now be in- cluded. Such lands constitute 54 percent of the district. Ted Williams, fire chief, pro- vided an informative presenta- tion on the district's responses to fire, accidents, rescues and med- ALRFPD Measure M explained Carroll, Glusker, Kermen and Rohr comment on present, future challenges Oct. 12 Citizens for Yes on M public meeting draws questions and support Q&A » PAGE 7 SCHEDULE » PAGE 16 MEASURE » PAGE 16 ELECTIONS » PAGE 16 » mendocinobeacon.com Thursday, October 23, 2014 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON 8 52659 03865 7 A NEWSPAPER Volume 137, issue 3

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