The Mendocino Beacon

April 28, 2016

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Like The Mendocino Beacon and stay in the loop on local news, sports and more. VISIT FACEBOOK.COM/ MENDOCINOBEACON LIKE US ON FACEBOOK Contractors Guide inside New Health & Wellness and Senior Living special. Page 9-10 INSIDE THIS WEEK FIRE FIREFIGHTERS TAME DEBRIS BURN GONE ASTRAY CONTRIBUTED Albion firefighters get debris burn under control at Little River Airport. See story on page A2. Classified .......A12 Crossword ....... A7 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. A8 Weather .......... A3 INDEX By Zoe Yudice @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter At the Mendocino City Com- munity Service District board meeting on Monday, the MCCSD and Hill's Ranch Owners' Asso- ciation were finally able to re- solve their five-month dispute. At the meeting, the board ap- proved a reimbursement agree- ment dated April 25 that would require Hills Ranch Owners' Association to pay $16,268.28 to cover the cost for past equip- ment the district had purchased for the Hills Ranch lift station. At the last meeting on March 28, the board and Hills Ranch residents agreed to the service agreement and it was approved, but they were unable to come to consensus on the reimburse- ment agreement, pushing ap- proval of the agreement to this month's meeting. On Monday night, Hills Ranch residents were ready to sign after language for the pay- ment option was incorporated. At the end of the resolution, board member Harold Hauck commented saying, "I think a lot of the controversy resulted from the fact that Hills Ranch got a letter from the sewer dis- trict prior to the board ever hav- ing the opportunity to discuss that letter. This board needed to have a position ... prior to going to HIlls Ranch, and we didn't have that because we didn't have the opportunity to dis- cuss it. I hope that never hap- pens again." Roger Schwartz and Jeffrey SEWER DISTRICT Hills Ranch and MCCSD finally come to terms COLLISION » PAGE A2 Driver veers off Highway 1 WOODWORKING » PAGE A6 Students show off their cra FESTIVAL » PAGE A8 Goat festival brings out the unusual THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Check out our Facebook page By Zoe Yudice @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter Walking into Ilja Tinfo's stu- dio it is hard to imagine all of the work comes from the same artist. There is a wide range of pieces from abstract surrealist paintings to still-lifes to sculptures. Tinfo has been painting ever since his uncle, who was an ani- mator, gave him a set of oil paints as a teenager, and he has contin- ued to paint off and on through- out his life. For the last seven or eight years now since he's retired from construction work, Tinfo has been able to focus exclusively on painting. Some of Tinfo's best known work is his abstract surrealist paintings, which he is attracted to for its creative freedom. "I have always liked to see what happens. Soon as you make a brush stroke that will lead to something else, and that will lead to something else and it keeps building until you get something or you don't," said Tinfo. Since coming to Mendocino, his work has evolved in style, me- dium and subject matter. Tinfo moved to California from Manhattan in 1975 after a high school friend, who had purchased 20 acres in Philo, invited him to come help him on his land. "I was ready to get out of New York. I was living a hard, fast life. I had a good job, made good money but I wanted go to Califor- nia and I wanted another motor- cycle, and where is a better place than California to have a motor- cycle?," said Tinfo. After spending some time in Philo, he made his way up to Men- docino when his money ran out, and found a job at the Sea Gull Cafe. "I came out here and found all these interesting objects on the beach and I started putting them together to make paintings, and then I discovered the rocks down in Salt Point and I started paint- ing them," he said. Tinfo will be exhibiting a col- lection of his rock paintings - old and new work - at The Restaurant in Fort Bragg in May. When asked what it is about these rocks that attract him, he ART Tinfo, painter with many hats BEACON PHOTO — ZOE YUDICE Ilja Tinfo with some of his most recent work. Staff reports Jacob Steely, the Lake County Sheriff's deputy rescued off the Mendocino Headlands on April 18 with his 11 year-old son af- ter being swept out to sea by a rogue wave, was pronounced brain dead at 2:40 p.m. April 21. Steely had been floating face down for ten to fifteen minutes before rescuers reached him, and it took them about half an hour before they were able to revive him and place him on life sup- port. He was then flown to Enloe Hospital in Butte County where he remained on life support un- til his organs were removed for transplant. According to the Butte County Coroner's Office, Steely's death was caused by asphyxiation from DROWNING Deputy rescued from ocean fall succumbs By Zoe Yudice @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter After returning from the hol- idays, the Mendocino Unified School District board of trustees met for their regular board meet- ing last week at the Albion School. Student trustee Emily Symonds started off the meeting by saying Academic Enrichment week was once again a huge success. Sy- monds had gone to Mexico for lan- guage immersion, and it was obvi- ous she had enjoyed it immensely. Board President Michael Schaeffer also informed the public that there are several events com- ing up including a visit from our Sister City, Miasa-Omachi from May 13 through May 18. Activities for their visit include Taiko drum- ming Saturday, May 14 at 3 p.m. on the Kelley House lawn, and on Monday, May 16, a "See you Again" dinner at Crown Hall at 5 p.m. Schaeffer also announced there will be a benefit for Lynda Aubrey, an instructional assistant at Al- bion School who is undergoing treatment for throat and tongue cancer, at the Greenwood Commu- nity Center on Saturday, May 21. K-8 Principal Report Kim Humrichouse, K-8 Princi- pal, notified the board that Men- docino K-8 students are in the midst of California Assessment of Student Performance and Prog- ress testing. This is the second year that the school has implemented CASPP after replacing Standardized Test- ing and Reporting as a measure- ment of student performance, and according to Humrichouse, stu- dents overall are performing bet- ter on the test than the previous MUSD Board hears testing results, cafeteria plan BEACON PHOTO — ZOE YUDICE Board trustees le to right: Emily Symonds, Katherine Wylie, Mark Morton, Charlie Acker, Jessica Grinberg, Michael Schaeffer, and Jason Morse. TINFO » PAGE 11 DROWNING » PAGE 11 MCCSD » PAGE 11 BOARD » PAGE 14 » Thursday, April 28, 2016 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON Volume 138, issue 30 8 52659 03865 7

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