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June 25, 2015

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Check us online daily for news, sports, photos and more. VISIT ADVOCATE-NEWS.COM WE'RE MORE THAN A WEEKLY New Albion postmaster has arrived. See below Special pages: Health + Wellness and Senior Living. Pages A10-11 INSIDE THIS WEEK By Matthew Reed reporter@mendocinobeacon.com @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter A Fort Bragg man was arrested last week for allegedly stealing 41 redwood split rails from a Caspar residence. On Saturday, June 13, a Cas- par resident on Caspar Orchard Road reported to the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office that some- body had stolen redwood split rails from the fence along their private road during the night, ac- cording to a statement from the MCSO. The victim provided the inves- tigating deputy with a description of the rails and the deputy was also able to examine rails that had not been stolen. The deputy pro- vided a description of the stolen property and details of the theft to other deputies. On Tuesday, June 16, at about 5:30 p.m., a deputy saw a black Dodge Durango loaded with red- wood split rails parked alongside Highway 1 at the intersection with Simpson Lane. The deputy contacted the occu- pant of the vehicle, John Cooley Jr., 38, of Fort Bragg, and exam- ined the redwood split rails. The redwood split rails matched those stolen both in dimension, appear- ance and also in number stolen. Cooley was detained and the victim was called to the scene and he positively identified the lum- ber as previously composing his fence. Cooley was also found to be in possession of a pipe for smok- ing methamphetamine. The redwood split rails and methamphetamine smoking pipe were seized, MCSO said. Cooley was issued a citation for alleged possession of stolen prop- erty and possession of a device for ingesting methamphetamine and released on his signed promise to appear in court. Cooley is also a person of inter- est in a series of thefts of redwood split rails from State Parks on the CRIME Lead in split rail thes It was family fun at the annual Comptche Father's Day BBQ on Sunday, June 21. The event drew Mendocino County residents from all around the region for grilled chicken, homemade pie and a chance to win the famous quilt. For more photos, see page A2. FATHER'S DAY ANNUAL COMPTCHE BARBECUE MARKED BY FUN AND SUN MATTHEW REED — BEACON PHOTO By Ukiah Daily Journal staff The Mendocino City Commu- nity Services District recently re- sponded to a grand jury report, with the chief complaint being that the district was committing Brown Act violations of agendiz- ing its board meetings. The MCCSD board of direc- tors agreed with all six find- ings, which included not posting meeting agendas online within a timely manner, and that the dis- trict office is currently too small for where the meetings are held. Although the board of directors stated in its response that notices and agendas are already posted in three locations prior to meetings, it said it has instructed staff to do the same on its website as well. In its previous report, the grand jury stated a juror had been unable to find a past meet- ing that was supposed to held at the MCCSD District Office, but upon arrival, found the building locked and empty. Days later, the juror found the meeting had been canceled, ac- MCCSD District responds to Grand Jury Classifieds .... A14 Crossword ......A12 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. A9 Weather .......... A3 INDEX By Frank Hartzell frankhartzell@gmail.com The biggest algae bloom ever recorded along the Pacific Coast has been widely publicized in the media, but might not be no- ticed in Mendocino County. "Toxic blooms tend to be more common in reg ions where there is sluggish circu- lation over relatively flat por- tions of the continental shelf, like Monterey Bay, Heceta Bank just south of Newport, and the broad shelf off of most of Washington State. Given this, my guess is that toxic blooms could not develop off coastal Mendocino due to the very nar- row and steep shelf," said Bill Peterson of the National Oce- anic and Atmospheric Admin- istration (NOAA) SoCal to Alaska The 2015 Eastern Pacific toxic algae bloom has been found from Southern Califor- nia to Homer, Alaska, the big- gest area ever recorded. Toxic algae blooms happen every few years (recent big ones were in 2005 and 2011) for both natu- ral and man-made causes. This year, the toxic bloom appears to be following unusual currents of warm water that have been PACIFIC COAST Algae bloom hits anchovies, shellfish Obvious effects will likely not be seen in Mendocino County's deeper coastal waters ART » PAGE A8 Art in the Gardens returns in August CANCER BENEFIT » PAGE A7 Zombie walk for 4-year-old girl KELLEY HOUSE » PAGE A6 History mystery solved THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Check out our Facebook page MATTHEW REED — BEACON PHOTO Shari Hetzler is Albion's new postmaster. She will be sworn in on July 10. By Matthew Reed reporter@mendocinobeacon.com @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter Albion's new postmaster is al- ready at work, but Shari Hetzler will not be sworn in until Friday, July 11. The delay in her swearing-in is due to timing. On Friday, she will travel to Washington, D.C., for 10 days of training and advocacy of postal issues. Hetzler's swearing-in at the Al- bion post office will follow in the tradition that stretches back to when James Townsend was the first Albion postmaster in 1859. As Albion postmaster, Hetzler supervises three employees and the office averages 2,440 pieces of mail to 500 customers per day. Hetzler's responsibilities also in- clude overseeing the Comptche post office, which is remotely ad- ministered. In addition to spending a lot of time along the ocean, Hetzler is looking for ways to become part of the Mendocino Coast commu- nity. "There are a lot of things that are fun to do," she said. She volunteered at the pie ta- ALBION New Albion postmaster arrives Fort Bragg man possesses fencing in the back of his truck Shari Hetzler will take oath of office July 10 THEFTS » PAGE 18 MCCSD » PAGE 18 POSTMASTER » PAGE 18 ALGAE » PAGE 18 » mendocinobeacon.com Thursday, June 25, 2015 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON 8 52659 03865 7 A NEWSPAPER Volume 137, issue 38

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