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August 27, 2015

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Anytime, anywhere. Subscribe to our e-edition. VISIT MENDOCINOBEACON.COM KNOW IT. ALL. Abalone diver dies near Little River. See below Mendocino Coast Writers Conference wraps up. Page A6 INSIDE THIS WEEK Kim Humrichouse, le, Mendocino K-8 School principal, helps Keira Emery, 6th grade, find her next class on the first day of school. Con- fusion, excitement, high energy and controlled chaos marked the return of students from summer vacation. Even as students, parents and faculty were excited, there were also plenty of worried expressions on students' faces as they tried to navigate new class schedules. BACK TO SCHOOL CAN YOU HELP ME? WHERE'S MY CLASS? MATTHEW REED - BEACON PHOTO Classifieds ......B4 Crossword ....... B2 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. B1 Weather .......... A3 INDEX By Matthew Reed @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter The Mendocino Town Plan update public hearing sched- uled for Aug. 18 in Ukiah was continued until October. The move came after the Board of Supervisors received a late letter from California Coastal Commission staff re- garding the proposed update. Dan Gjerde, 4th District su- pervisor, said the ad hoc com- mittee of Dan Hamburg, 5th District supervisor, and Carre Brown, 1st District supervi- sor, met to analyze the com- ments during lunch recess at the Tuesday, Aug. 18, board meeting. Hamburg and Brown rec- ommended to the board that the supervisors move forward with submitting the approved update from December 2014 to the Coastal Commission rather than rescind that approval and approve another version, Gjerde said. The move is intended to keep the town plan update on sched- ule to be heard by the Coastal Commission this year, he said. The Board of Supervisors' public hearing on the town plan was continued to Oct. 20 at 1:30 p.m. in Ukiah. "If the Coastal Commission holds its December meeting, which is in their schedule, it is hoped the Mendocino Town Plan will get a hearing in San Francisco," Gjerde said. UPDATE Town plan public hearing continued VETERANS » PAGE A5 Choice program on the coast SPORTS » PAGE B1 Ales soball tourney is a hit KELLEY HOUSE » PAGE A6 Val Pawek: one of a kind THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Check out our Facebook page By Frank Hartzell Around 120 local residents packed the Caspar Community Center's meeting past full Tues- day night and everybody who spoke up was critical of Men- docino Redwood Company (MRC) and/or the process used by the Rainforest Alliance over the past 15 years to grant the timber com- pany 'green" certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). "I don't see a lot of support for what MRC is doing," said Bill Heil, longtime activist on local and na- tional environmental issues. Stephen Grado, socioeconomic auditor for Rainforest Alliance, led the meeting for a three-person team spending the week looking at whether MRC will be certified by the Forest Stewardship Coun- cil again. The company was first certified in 2000 and has been re- certified every year with a full in- spection process every five years. John Andersen, director of for- est policy for Mendocino/Hum- boldt Redwood Companies, gave a short speech at the start of the meeting. Andersen invited any- one in the audience to contact FORESTRY Green group hears criticism of MRC Rainforest Alliance certification draws crowd to Caspar, questions about process FRANK HARTZELL — BEACON PHOTO Stefan Bergmann, le, manager for Rain Forest Alliance and lead auditor Karen Brenner listen as Stephen Grado, Rainforest Alliance socioeconomic auditor, addresses the audience at Tuesday's meeting. By Matthew Reed @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter Jason Morse, Mendocino Uni- fied School District superinten- dent, reported on the state of the district to the MUSD board of trustees last week. During the Thursday, Aug. 20, meeting, Morse addressed a range of topics and issues fac- ing the district, including the status of district programs and infrastructure. He said wireless Internet is now available at all the district's schools and the fo- cus now is on how to best use the technology. Mendocino High School has Chromebook laptops in classrooms where teachers requested them and the Men- docino K-8 School will also be receiving more Chromebooks, he said. While on the subject of the high school, Morse said he was work- ing with the school to increase MENDOCINO SCHOOLS Superintendent gives state of the district By Matthew Reed @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter A Pleasanton man died last week while diving for abalone near Little River. Yoshihiro Ohhashi, 57, went missing while diving with a friend near Cobblers Point. Ac- cording to Capt. Greg Van Pat- ten, Mendocino County Sher- iff's Office public information of- ficer, the friend became ill from the rough ocean conditions and exited the water, losing sight of Ohhashi. When Ohhashi's companion looked for him from the top of a bluff, only Ohhashi's overturned flotation device was visible, Van Patten said. The friend, who was not identified, went for help from Van Damme State Park staff, who contacted emergency services. Sheriff's deputies and Men- docino Volunteer Fire Depart- ment personnel began a search. Firefighters responded with two jet skis, two rescue swimmers and a rescue boat, said Capt. Sally Swan, MVFD public infor- mation officer. Other firefighters searched from the top of the cliff. The U.S. Coast Guard, State Park Rangers, CalFire, and the RE ACH air ambulance also joined search efforts, she said. The search was suspended when it became dark. Searchers planned to resume the following morning, Van Patten said. On Saturday, Aug. 22, search efforts continued with improved visibility. An additional 15 fire- fighters joined the search and at around noon rescuers found Ohhashi in an area close to where he was last seen. He was in about FATALITY Ab diver dies near Little River MVFD/CHIEF ED O'BRIEN - COURTESY PHOTO Mendocino Volunteer Firefighters search for a missing abalone diver in Little River on Friday. UPDATE » PAGE 10 FATALITY » PAGE 10 SCHOOLS » PAGE 10 FORESTRY » PAGE 10 » Thursday, August 27, 2015 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON Volume 137, issue 47 8 52659 03865 7

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