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July 02, 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 ......B5 Crossword ....... A7 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports ..............B4 Weather .......... A3 INDEX RELIGION » PAGE A8 New pastor at Presbyterian church DANCE » PAGE A6 Flamenco comes to Mendocino KELLEY HOUSE » PAGE A6 Celebrate the 4th on the lawn THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Check out our Facebook page Special 4th of July pages. Page B1-B3 Greenwood State Beach is coastal monument gateway. See below INSIDE THIS WEEK By Matthew Reed @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter The grand opening of the Hendy Woods State Park day use area was a grand fete, complete with speeches and live music. More than 100 people gathered to celebrate the reopening of the day use area on Sunday, June 28. Present for the festivities were Sam Hodder, president of Save the Redwoods League.,Liz Burko, So- noma Mendocino Coast District su- perintendent for State Parks.,Loren Rex, Mendocino Sector superinten- dent for State Parks, and Kathy Bai- ley, chair of Anderson Valley Com- munity nonprofit group. Steve Jahelka, the new Hendy Woods State Park interpreter, led the audience in a sing-along, including versions of Country Roads and Oh Susanna. Burko lauded the work at Hendy Woods. "This is a great result of good planning and collaboration," she said. Hodder said the collaboration is not over. "Conservation isn't done when the transaction is completed," he said. "Protection is in perpetuity. These forests are a critical ingre- dient in fighting climate change." Redwoods remove carbon from the environment more than any other species, he said. Bailey said that for the rest of 2015, every second Sunday was a free admission day for residents of Anderson Valley. "These are the most easily ac- cessed redwood groves," she said. "This is Anderson Valley's only open space." Admission was free to the park and visitors were able to enjoy the re-graded all-access trail, which provides easier pas- sage to the two virgin redwood groves that live in the 850-acre state park. The $183,000 proj- ect was a joint effort by Cali- fornia State Parks, San Fran- cisco-based Save the Redwoods League land trust and Hendy Woods Community group. Other improvements include two ramadas with barbecues, A DA- c ompl i a nt bat h r o om s , drinking fountain and faucet, interpretive trail signs, a re- paved and striped parking lot, a new bike rack and more prom- inent and accessible trash col- lection area. The Hendy Woods State Park upgrades will enhance visitor experience and increase acces- sibility for people with disabil- ities. STATE PARKS Hendy Woods reopens day use area to public Free day use on second Sundays for Anderson Valley residents MATTHEW REED — BEACON PHOTOS Visitors to Hendy Woods State Park had the opportunity to take a guided walk of the redwoods during the reopening of the park's day use area. Sam Hodder, president of Save the Redwoods League, speaks during the reopening of Hendy Woods State Park's day use area. Staff report A Fort Bragg man attempted to evade Mendocino County Sheriff 's Deputies during a high-speed chase last week. On Saturday, June 27, at about 12:28 a.m., deputies were travel- ing southbound on Highway 1 near Caspar. The deputies' at- tention was drawn to a white Acura sedan, with equipment violations. They began pacing the vehicle and saw it was trav- eling at about 65 miles per hour, in the posted 55 miles per hour zone, according to a Mendocino County Sheriff's Office statement. The driver of the vehicle, Johnny Delgado, 19, of Fort Bragg, turned on to Point Ca- brillo Drive from Highway 1. He had difficulty maintaining the vehicle in his lane of traffic and deputies believed that Delgado was possibly driving under the influence, the MCSO said. A traffic enforcement stop was attempted at Caspar Beach, but Delgado refused to yield and con- tinued to drive southbound on Point Cabrillo Drive. The dep- uties activated their emergency lighting and siren, but Delgado increased his speed to about 70 miles per hour in the residential area of South Caspar. Delgado drove to the south intersection of Point Cabrillo Drive at Highway 1, failing to stop for the posted stop sign and turned northbound onto Highway 1. He continued north- bound on Highway 1 at speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour, until turning east onto Simpson Lane, the MCSO said. CRIME Deputies: Man leads high-speed pursuit MATTHEW REED — BEACON PHOTO Loren Rex, Mendocino State Parks sector superintendent, le, and Jim Kenna, California BLM state director, hold the new sign for the Greenwood State Beach visitor center during the dedication on Saturday, June 27. By Matthew Reed @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter The Greenwood State Beach vis- itor center is now a gateway to the California Coastal National Mon- ument. In a collaborative dedication ceremony set against the back- drop of a vibrant North Coast summer day, Jim Kenna, Califor- nia director for Bureau of Land Management, and Loren Rex, Mendocino sector superinten- dent for California State Parks, unveiled the new visitor center sign, which emphasizes the part- nership between the two agen- cies. "This is a great example of a vis- itor center that means a lot to the community," Rex said. "Working with BLM has been a pleasure." When asked about the collab- oration between BLM and State Parks, Kenna said it is how the land is going to be protected in the future. "It's the new model of conserva- tion in the United States," he said. "In each of these places there's a core of community members who step up and work hard," Kenna said. "Thank you to the community." GREENWOOD Visitor center is gateway to coastal monument PURSUIT » PAGE 10 State Parks and BLM hold joint dedication CENTER » PAGE 10 » Thursday, July 2, 2015 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON 8 52659 03865 7 A NEWSPAPER Volume 137, issue 39

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