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February 11, 2016

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Check us online daily for news, sports, photos and more. VISIT MENDOCINOBEACON.COM WE'RE MORE THAN A WEEKLY Judge halts fire district ballot measure. Page A5 Fourth Annual Farmers Convergence coming up. Page A7 INSIDE THIS WEEK Ukiah Daily Journal staff A report on the condition of the Mendocino County mental health system has been released which is critical of how the county con- tracted out mental health ser- vices and critical of Ortner Man- agement Group's delivery of adult mental health services. The report provides numer- ous suggestions for improvement but says the county should never have signed the contract it was presented almost three years ago. The report was compiled by the Kemper Consulting Group and paid for by the county. It de- tails information gathered over months of interviews with dozens of people throughout the county who are concerned with mental health services. The report concludes that chil- dren's and young adult (up to age 24) mental health services pro- vided by Redwood Quality Man- agement Group, are generally in good order with some minor sug- gestions for improvement. For adult services, however, the report finds Ortner Management Group lacking in a number of ar- eas - even though the people Kem- per talked to said overall, adult mental health services were better than when the county ran things. MENDOCINO COUNTY Report: County shouldn't have signed agreement ZOE YUDICE - ADVOCATE PHOTO Students in the adult silks class at the Community Center of Mendocino taught by Judy Stavely learn an acrobatic form of exercise. The center is planning renovations, has just put out a new program directory, and is looking for input on its future plans. COMMUNITY Silks at the center By Zoe Yudice reporter@amendocinobeacon.com @Mendocinobeacon on Twitter The Mendocino Unified School District board of Trustees will meet tonight at 5 p.m. in the Men- docino High School Library. During the meeting, the board will hear from Mendocino High School Principal Gail Dicken- son on the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation process for Men- docino High School, and Corne- lia Reynolds, Executive Director of the Community Center of Men- docino (CCM) giving a report on CCM. CCM was awarded a grant of $9,670 in Dec. 2015 by the Men- docino County Community Bene- fit fund to use for storage and fur- niture improvements to create a more flexible space for classes and work projects. They also recently published a new program director y of classes and support groups, in- cluding long-time and new of- ferings. SCHOOLS Trustees to discuss CCM, labor Classified ...... A13 Crossword ..... A10 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports ............. A11 Weather .......... A3 INDEX By Adam Randall udjar@ukiahdj.com @theadamrandall on Twitter Representatives from tele- communications provider AT&T were in Mendocino County Tuesday to update the Board of Supervisors on the company's plan to strengthen the commu- nity's service in the event of an- other major outage. Marc Blakeman, AT&T vice president of external affairs for California, and Rhuenette Al- ums, area director of external affairs for the North Coast, said the company is working on a "fi- ber ring" that would hopefully address the issue of when a line goes down. Currently, if there is a sin- gle point of failure, for exam- ple, like the most recent outage in September when a line was severed by vandals near Ukiah, it's likely that service would be disrupted for most of the peo- ple, if not all, who are receiv- ing service from that particu- lar line, according to Blakeman. By re-engineering fiber paths not only through Mendocino County, but in surrounding counties where similar prob- lems have occurred, AT&T BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AT&T has plan to address outages Company didn't respond to requests previously made by state, local legislators ART » PAGE A8 New work on display at MAC NATURE » PAGE A8 Naturalist program offered SPORTS » PAGE A11 Cardinals take league title THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Check out our Facebook page Chili party fundraiser at the Mendocino Art Center for the ceramic artists in residence last Friday. By Zoe Yudice reporter@amendocinobeacon.com @Mendocinobeacon on Twitter Last Saturday, ceramic artists in residence at the Mendocino Art Center hosted a chili party to raise money for their trip to the leading annual ceramics con- ference, the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), held in Kansas City, Missouri later this year. Visitors were encouraged to buy one of their bowls to fill with chili or a cup to fill with bottom-less beer. Every year, the center invites artists to spend October through May in Mendocino as part of the MAC's residency program. This year the center has three new ce- ramic artists: Bruce Kitts, Brooke Armstrong, and Jacque Adams. Bruce Kitts When Kitts decided to come to Mendocino for a ceramics res- idency he was living in central Illinois, working full-time for a tire distributor and renting stu- dio space. "I wasn't totally sure what I was getting myself into, but I knew it was better than where I was," Kitts recalled. Kitts found out about the Art Center programs when he met Evan Hobart, ceramic/sculpture program manager for MAC at last year's NCECA conference in Providence, Rhode Island. Kitts has 10 years of experi- ence working with ceramics. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois Uni- versity in 2009, followed by a res- idency at Terry Incognito in Oak Park, Illinois. Later he received his Masters of Arts from Eastern Illinois University. ARTS Chili, ceramics a fine pairing at MAC Mental health outsourcing needs big fix REPORT » PAGE 16 ZOE YUDICE - ADVOCATE PHOTO MAC » PAGE 16 MUSD » PAGE 16 AT&T » PAGE 15 » mendocinobeacon.com Thursday, February 11, 2016 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON Volume 138, issue 19 8 52659 03865 7

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