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January 12, 2017

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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 Juried show at Art Center. Page A7 Hospital committee tackles OB issues. Page A10 INSIDE THIS WEEK By Julie Parker @mendocinobeacon on Twitter On Sunday, Jan. 8, a storm slammed the Mendocino Coast with gusts of wind reaching up- wards of 60 m.p.h., causing downed trees and outages leaving, at one point, nearly 4000 people without power along a wide area. By Wednesday morning the storm had passed, but hundreds of households in the area remained without electricity for the fourth day, many of them still with no estimated time of restoration. By PG&E's count, there were 350 households without power on the coast Wednesday morning — 118 in Mendocino, 36 in Little River, 27 in Albion and 16 in Caspar. Rainfall totals for the week in- cluded 5.08 inches in Mendocino, 4.74 inches in Caspar, 5.73 inches in Comptche, 4.9 inches in Little River and 6.58 inches on the Al- bion Ridge. The Albion Little River Fire De- partment received seven calls in- volving 15 firefighters across the entire fire district involving elec- trical hazard with trees and power lines down beginning at 7:23 a.m. and lasting well into the evening. The Comptche Fire Department advised there were no major flood- ing issues, and the strong winds did not hit that area. Due to the closure of Highway 128, there was the usual increased vehicle traffic through Comptche. The Elk Fire Department re- sponded to four storm-related calls, all involving downed trees blocking roadways, and three in- volving downed power lines. As of Monday afternoon, power was still out on most of Greenwood Ridge. The Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department received 15 calls, close together. "Our guys and gals worked very hard to help clear the roadways and mark electrical hazards, working with PG&E and county road service to do so," said Chief Ed O'Brien. Businesses like Harvest at Men- dosa's and the Little River Inn were prepared with generators. Reuben Alcala, service manager at Harvest at Mendosa's, indicated the store was extremely busy with custom- ers stocking on essentials, such as water, ice and batteries." Claudine Williams, lodging manager at Lit- tle River Inn, indicated a couple of trees fell on the golf course, and they lost a tree on an off-property site, but otherwise, the restaurant was open, and rooms are ready for lodgers. By the time a second storm hit just 48 hours later, PG&E had set up a base camp in Fort Bragg T he Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department sent out a mes- sage reminding people to not try and speak with firefighters STORM Storm slams coast; thousands without power in lingering outage By Julie Parker @mendocinobeacon on Twitter On Jan. 9 at 5:39 p.m., Joshua Hoefer, 38 years of age, was driving his 1997 Honda Accord northbound on State Route 1, just north of Albion. Driving at approximately 60 m.p.h., un- der wet conditions, he entered the sharp right hand curve just south of Dark Gulch. Heading southbound on SR-1 was 62-year-old Roberto Gloria, driving a 1996 Volvo 850, head- ing into the same curve. Driving with excessive speed under wet conditions, Hoefer continued straight into the curve, instead of turning into it, lost traction, and crossed the double yellow lines into the southbound lane. Gloria did not have time to react, and collided into the Honda. Both vehicles came to rest within the south- bound lane of SR-1. CHP was called to the scene. Both drivers were transported to Mendocino Coast District Hospital. ALBION Two-car collision Classified A13 Crossword ..... A13 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports ............. A11 Weather .......... A3 INDEX By Julie Parker @mendocinobeacon on Twitter Beginning in 1993 with Pres- ident George H.W. Bush, each year the President of the United States declares Jan. 16 to be Religious Freedom Day and stresses its importance. In his 2016 proclamation, President Barrack Obama said "the United States stands for the protection of equal rights for all people to practice their faith freely, without fear or co- ercion, and as Americans, we understand that when people of all religions are accepted and are full and equal members of our society, we are all stronger and freer." On the occasion this year, we invited diverse regional faith groups to share their thoughts on religious freedom. "The coast is religiously and culturally diverse. It's an impor- tant part of being in a commu- nity that everyone be supported in worshiping in their own way. Different religious groups each rising helps the whole com- munity to thrive. If any group is threatened or belittled,it makes everyone less safe and less whole. Whether or not you are religious yourself, you ben- efit from a community and a country where people are free to practice their religions." Rabbi Margaret Holub Mendocino Coast Jewish Community "A keystone belief of our Prot- estant ancestors was the right FAITH The meanings of Religious Freedom Day COMMUNITY » PAGE A2 MCRPD boosts new mission ARTS » PAGE A7 FBCA at Preston Hall SPORTS » PAGE A11 Cards take two from AV THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Find us on Facebook By Julie Parker @mendocinobeacon on Twitter When schools need to make budgetary cutbacks, arts pro- grams are usually the first to go and Mendocino Schools were no exception. Over the past sev- eral years, the $772,726 raised by Mendocino Unified School Enrichment (MUSE) since 2001 have helped tremendously. Yet, sadly, even though the Men- docino Music Festival attracts visitors from around the coun- try, Mendocino's middle school has lacked an instrumental mu- sic program. That is about to change, due in part to the efforts of the Rev. Matthew Davis of Mendocino Presbyterian Church. "Mendocino K-8 has a great vo- cal program that my kids dearly love. But, instrumental music is a key to being human, I think," said Davis. Aware that hiring a full-time instructor was not a financial op- tion, Davis searched for creative ideas. "It was exciting," he said, "be- cause the school was open to hav- ing conversation partners." Davis also spoke with his father, a provost at the University of Ari- zona, who happened to be on the board of Lead Guitar, and he sug- gested contacting its co-founder, classical guitarist Brad Richter. EDUCATION 'Lead Guitar' brings music to K-8 school JULIE PARKER — BEACON PHOTO JODY STICKELS — CONTRIBUTED Neighbor Noah Gold stands on the bumper of Daniel Sutherland's truck, assessing the damage caused by a downed tree during recent storms. Rev. Matthew Davis stands next to a shipment of guitars for the new Lead Guitar music program at Mendocino K-8. FAITH » PAGE 16 MUSIC » PAGE 16 STORM » PAGE 16 » Thursday, January 12, 2017 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON Volume 139, issue 15 8 52659 03865 7

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