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August 17, 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 Cheers greet orca skeleton unveiling. Page A2 Coast adventures: new Pelican Bluffs trail. Page B2 INSIDE THIS WEEK By Mary Rose Kaczorowski Meeting on Aug. 7, the Men- docino Historic Review Board heard public comment on matters from staff regarding sidewalks, the striping of streets, and commercial and recreational vehicles parking in town. Board member Cindy Arch an- nounced that her term expires in December and that the November meeting will be her last. "To serve is an important civic capacity, it is a privilege to live here," Arch said, adding that others need to do their part. Board member Dan Potash's term was up in March and his term was extended. Sidewalks on Kasten The dangers of a lack of sidewalk on Kasten Street and the drainage ditch and culvert were concerns raised during the public comment period on this matter from staff. The MHRB directed staff to sched- ule the issues around the pedes- trian walkways on Kasten between Ukiah and Albion streets as a fu- ture agenda item. "Do whatever to ask the public to weigh in, we need some buy-in," Board member Carolina Robb said. "Since this is a historical town, can we identify some resources of reve- nue? It may not be our [MHRB] job but it's something for the commu- nity to look at." The MHRB acknowledged the financial burdens regarding costs for property owners, that deferred maintenance is a code violation, and questioned if there could be some type of property tax break in exchange for improvements. MHRB Ramp gets handrails, parking stripes go forward, Arch terms out On Aug. 9, the President of Mendocino College, J. Arturo Reyes, officiated at the ribbon cutting ceremony held at the former College of the Redwoods. The ceremony marked the transfer of the property and buildings to the Mendocino-Lake Community College District. Mendocino College has been offering courses at the former College of the Redwoods campus since 2014 and officially started operations there on July 1. The Board of Trustees joined Reyes for the ribbon cutting. An open house reception followed the ceremony. RIBBON CUTTING MENDOCINO COLLEGE CELEBRATES TRANSFER MARY ROSE KACZOROWSKI By Mary Rose Kaczorowski Two California state agency proj- ects were reviewed at the Coastal Permit Administrator hearing in Fort Bragg on July 26. Caspar Crosswalk The California Department of Transportation submitted a re- quest for a permit to install two speed radar feedback signs, and to add lighting and paint pave- ment markings in order to im- prove safety by alerting drivers of a pedestrian crossing at the inter- section of Highway 1 which divides Caspar Frontage Road and Fern Creek Road. There are currently two unlit signs. According to submitted plans, "The project would have minimal changes in visual character. The COASTAL PERMITS Caspar Hwy 1 crosswalk, electric vehicles at State Parks Classified ........B6 Crossword .......B4 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. B2 Weather .......... A3 INDEX By Mary Rose Kaczorowski On Monday, Aug. 7, the Men- docino Historic Review Board reviewed project applications at their regular meeting. Proj- ects included Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant path- ways for public restrooms near the Ford House Visitor Center, a barn structure and building foot- print on the Spencer Hills prop- erty, and the Kasten Street ADA ramp. The MHRB also heard public comment on matters re- garding sidewalks in town, the striping of streets and commer- cial and recreational vehicles parking in town. (See additional article in this edition of The Bea- con.) Ford Carriage House restrooms The board voted 4-0 to ap- prove State Parks' application MHRB 2016-0032 to remodel the existing public restroom and establish ADA compliant path- ways adjacent to the public re- stroom and the Ford House on Main Street. The proposal also includes installation of low-watt downcast LED path lights, exte- rior lighting and signage. Two conditions were added. Prior to the issuance of a building per- mit, State Parks needs to ob- tain MHRB's approval of exte- rior lights and pavement mate- rial for the paths adjacent to the public restroom. The discussion also rested on the merits of proposed path mate- rials. Board member Dan Potash said, "Concrete is problematic." MHRB Barn permit violations, OK on restroom remodel HEALTHY EATS » PAGE A2 Farmers Market heads into Fall FUNDRAISER » PAGE B3 Art in the gardens PETS » PAGE B1 Ask the Vet column THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Find us on Facebook By Mary Rose Kaczorowski Young Adult Sci-fantasy au- thor Emily Lloyd-Jones works at a bookstore during the day and writes at night. Her latest novel, "The Hearts We Sold," published by Little, Brown and Company, is listed on Entertainment weekly's list of the 35 most anticipated YA novels of 2017. A book release cel- ebration and signing was held at Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino on Aug. 12. "This novel took four months to write and four months to edit," Lloyd-Jones said. "I wrote it on my couch next to my cat. My cat likes to think she is my editor. She ac- tually gets on the keyboard and taps a key here and there to help me out." Lloyd-Jones grew up in rural Oregon, and spent summers with her grandmother in Fort Bragg. She is on staff at Gallery Book- shop and lives in Fort Bragg. "My family is fifth generation Fort Bragg, the Jackson Family," said Lloyd-Jones, "and this coast is a magical place and I came back here to live in my grandmother's house. Unfortunately, she has passed on." When she was 12, her cousin gave her a copy of Lloyd Alexan- der's "Prydain Chronicles" and triggered her lifelong addiction to genre fiction. She went on to read all the usual suspects, Tolk- ien, Lewis, McCaffrey, etc. When she was not immersing herself in someone else's fantastical world, she was usually creating her own. In "The Hearts We Sold," her third novel, Lloyd-Jones blends sci-fi, paranormal horror and ro- mance. The central character, Dee, makes a deal with a cunning de- mon in order to escape her home life — only to fall for a boy who's made a deal of his own. "The Hearts We Sold" is a Faus- tian tale for the modern age that will steal your heart and break it, and leave you begging for more. "My next book is in process," said Lloyd-Jones, "and it is an- other Sci-fantasy for teenagers." In September , Lloyd-Jones will appear at the 2017 Atlanta Jour- nal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival, which is the largest in- dependent book festival in the country. LITERATURE Author makes a splash in young adult fiction MARY ROSE KACZOROWSKI - BEACON PHOTO Emily Lloyd-Jones graduated from Western Oregon University with an English degree. She is the author of two other novels, "Illusive" and "Deceptive." MHRB » PAGE 7 MHRB 2 » PAGE 7 PERMITS » PAGE 8 » Thursday, August 17, 2017 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON Volume 139, issue 46 8 52659 03865 7

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