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April 30, 2015

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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 Classifieds .......13 Crossword ......... 9 Obituaries ......... 6 Opinion .............. 4 Sports ................ 8 Weather ............ 3 INDEX PLANTS » PAGE 3 Frey to lecture on veggie gardens SPORTS » PAGE 8 Mendo squad in rec league playoffs ART » PAGE 5 Art Explorers observes 20 years THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Check out our Facebook page Lake and Mendocino counties Contractors Guide. See inside Special pages: Senior Living and Health + Wellness. Page 10-11 INSIDE THIS WEEK By Adrian Baumann The county continued its ef- forts to grapple with the is- sue of hack-and-squirt, other- wise known as frill-treatment, at a lengthy board of supervisors meeting Tuesday, April 21, that ran well into evening. Before the board was a non-binding resolu- tion asking Mendocino Redwood Company for a voluntary 6 month suspension of the practice of kill- ing and leaving dead trees stand- ing, due to potential fire risk, un- til a third party could evaluated the risks. The resolution failed with Supervisors Dan Hamburg and Dan Gjerde voting yes, and John McCowen, Carre Brown and Tom Woodhouse voting no. Emotions ran high in the packed gallery, with some people sitting on the floor, boos and ap- plause peppered through the day, with frequent shouts and heck- ling directed at the supervisors. Said Gjerde in an interview, "I think it wasn't helpful that there were a few vocal people in the room who were basically heck- ling from the crowd and drawing attention away from the issue and towards themselves." While the resolution was not approved it should be noted that this is neither a vote for or against the herbicide treatment, or the practice of leaving dead trees standing. As Gjerde noted "This was really the first public airing of this issue at a board of supervi- sors meeting in at least a decade. So on that score it was helpful." But Gjerde believes there is sup- port on the board for a working- group, comprised of supervisors, local fire chiefs, scientists, indus- try and public, that could exam- ine the issue and come back with a real plan to deal with the situ- ation. He cautions the timber in- dustry that this may be their best option. During the meeting more than one person suggested that if the Board failed to act activists would mobilize to pass a measure along the lines of the anti-frack- ing Measure S, that would out- right ban hack-and-squirt. Hack-and-squirt, also known as frill-treatment, is a forestry practice used to eliminate trees deemed unsuitable. In the case of Mendocino County ecological succession following the clear- cutting of the last century has re- sulted oaks and Manzanita grow- ing in areas formerly dominated by Douglas Fir and Redwood. To eliminate these trees, forest- ers typically hack into the bark of FORESTS No clear-cut answers in hack and squirt debate CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS An area treated by the hack and squirt technique. An entire area treated by hack and squirt. By Matthew Reed @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter The meeting of the Men- docino Unified School District board of trustees was punc- tuated by the sounds of small children playing at the rear of the Greenwood Preschool class- room while their parents ex- pressed strong support for con- tinuing the operation of the school for another year. The Thursday, April 23 meet- ing was attended by a number of Elk residents, parents and grandparents who wanted to let the school board know the importance of the school to the community. When the chil- dren became too loud, parents attempted to quiet them, with moderate success. "Don't shush me, mommy," said a girl, reflecting the deter- mination of the adults of the community to keep their school running. Greenwood Preschool Charlie Acker, Elk area trustee, addressed criticism of the board by school district resi- dents who were concerned with using limited resources to open the Greenwood Preschool. He said the question of the cost to educate children in the outlying areas other than the central school has been raised repeatedly by members of the public. SCHOOLS Elk residents maintain support for preschool School becoming magnet for new families MATTHEW REED — BEACON PHOTO Douglas Losak, Mendocino County interim County Counsel, explains conflict of interest laws to the public at a special meeting of the Mendocino Historic Review Board. By Matthew Reed @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter A handful of members of the historic district attended a special meeting of the Mendocino Histor- ical Review Board Monday, April 27, to hear a presentation by the County Counsel's office on conflict of interest laws. Douglas Losak, interim County Counsel, and Matthew Kied- rowski, Deputy County Counsel, explained a recent opinion writ- ten by Kiedrowski on the appli- cability of the Fair Political Prac- tices Act to the MHRB. The April 6 opinion caused confusion for the members at the meeting on the same day it was released. Deirdre Lamb, board member, commented that the opinion was given to the members only a couple of hours before the MHRB's regular meeting, which was not enough time for the mem- bers to understand the opinion. She said the timing could have been better. Immediately prior to the pre- sentation, the board voted to waive attorney-client privilege and release the opinion to the public. Copies of the opinion were available for any member of the audience who wanted one. At issue is the standard for es- tablishing a conflict of interest. MHRB County Counsel explains conflict of interest PRESCHOOL » PAGE 16 FORESTRY » PAGE 16 MHRB » PAGE 16 » Thursday, April 30, 2015 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON 8 52659 03865 7 A NEWSPAPER Volume 137, issue 30

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