The Mendocino Beacon

May 21, 2015

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Check us online daily for news, sports, photos and more. VISIT MENDOCINOBEACON.COM WE'RE MORE THAN A WEEKLY By Ukiah Daily Journal staff A 7 1 -y e a r - old C o mp t c he man was arrested Wednesday morning af ter being caught w ith more than 1,200 mari- juana plants and approximately $484,000 in cash at his prop- er t y, according to the Men- docino County Sheriff's Office. At 10 a.m., deputies from the County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Team, assisted by agents from the Mendocino Ma- jor Crimes Task Force, served a search warrant at a residence in the 10600 block of North Fork Drive, where Fredrick Soderlind was suspected of operating an indoor and outdoor marijuana grow. Deputies were able to lo- cate Soderlind as he was driving away from his residence. Soderlind was arrested and while officers were searching his vehicle, he attempted to discard a car key that was in his posses- CRIME 1,200 pot plants seized $484,000 in cash allegedly found in car Classifieds .....A12 Crossword ..... A10 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. A9 Weather .......... A3 INDEX The Mendocino County Plan- ning Commission will meet to- day, May 21, at 9 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors Cham- bers at 501 Low Gap Rd., Ukiah. Public hearing applications include: California State Parks A request for a Coastal De- velopment Use Permit to exca- vate existing road fill close to Big River to reduce river sed- imentation and to convert the road to recreational trails. Other activities include vege- tation removal, aquatic habitat restoration and stream crossing improvements. The activities principally involve repairing or replacing failing or dysfunc- tional water-course crossings, removing excess road fill, stabi- lizing failing road cuts, restor- ing pre-disturbance hydrologic processes, removing non-na- tive/invasive vegetation and re- vegetating with native species. The proposed amendment adds the 1.5-mile M2 legacy logging haul road to the origi- nal Big River Watershed Resto- ration Project, at the Big River Unit of Mendocino Headlands State Park. The M2 road is lo- cated just past the old quarry on the main haul road. Verizon Wireless A request for a use permit for the construction and oper- ation of a wireless communi- cation facility about four miles west of Philo at 21600 Philo PLANNING COMMISSION State Parks expand Big River project FRANK HARTZELL - BEACON PHOTO Diver Bill Hayes tests out video and scuba gear in a cove off the Mendocino Headlands. By Frank Hartzell A gray whale cow and calf lolled just 100 feet offshore at the Mendocino Headlands big rock arch. From another towering rock across the way, black cormo- rants with orange bills watched the show. The two-legged creatures were doing something entirely differ- ent. One of them jumped into the water wearing a giant piece of headgear with a huge tangle of cords attached. Up on the rocks above, the Mendocino Coast Rec- reation and Park District had a television monitor set up. Bill Hayes, a local construc- tion company owner and district board member was the man to test out the gear in the ocean. Hayes and friend and fellow vol- unteer Rick Smith got all the way down to the water with the com- plex gear attached to Hayes when a big wave suddenly sloshed the rocks. The day was fairly clear with no whitecaps. After the mild scare Hayes and Smith elected to wait and watch. After ten more RECREATION Underwater program gets its feet wet By Matthew Reed reporter@mendocinobeacon.com @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter The Joshua Grindle Inn will re- open for summer, if Lindsey and Jeffrey Myers have anything to say about it. The new owners are currently working on cleaning up the estab- lishment, first by pulling weeds outside and then fixing some plumbing issues inside. Taking possession of the keys in early April, the Myers hope to have the inn open for business by mid-June. Jeffrey said that means taking reservations before then to ensure filled rooms. Already Mendocino residents are stopping at the inn as they notice the property looking more cared-for than it has in the last year-and-a-half. Lindsey said she has been look- ing for an inn to own for about five years, but was not able to find the right one for the right price. They looked at the Joshua Grin- dle Inn, an inn in Fort Bragg, and inns at different locations in the inland area of Northern Califor- nia. "We didn't think the coast would be affordable," she said. Eventually, the price of the Mendocino inn dropped into their range, she said. The former Long Beach resi- dents are first-time inn owners, but have many years of customer service experience. Before buying the Joshua Grindle Inn, Lindsey worked first in customer relations and then government relations for Yamaha. Jeffrey, a mechanic by trade, worked on Yamaha's Super Bike racing team. They tired of Southern California and its traf- fic and decided to relocate north. "I've always wanted to return to Northern California," said Jef- frey, a one-time Lake Tahoe res- ident. They are still learning about the Mendocino community, but want to participate in commu- nity events, Lindsey said. Currently, they are still work- ing on their website, but they have taken over the inn's Face- book page and will be posting up- dates on their progress as well as HISTORIC Joshua Grindle Inn to reopen this summer Lindsey and Jeffrey Myers hope to reopen Mendocino's first B&B by mid-June MATTHEW REED - BEACON PHOTO The Joshua Grindle Inn in Mendocino was recently bought and will reopen this summer. ZEV » PAGE A7 More charging stations may come SPORTS » PAGE A9 Ultimate frisbee in Mendocino KELLEY HOUSE » PAGE A6 Maine roots of "dry" Mendocino THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Check out our Facebook page 2015 Mendocino Coast Visitor Guide. See inside Comptche man arrested for 1,200 pot plants. See below. INSIDE THIS WEEK B&B » PAGE 14 POT SEIZURE » PAGE 14 UNDERWATER » PAGE 14 PLANNING » PAGE 14 » mendocinobeacon.com Thursday, May 21, 2015 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON 8 52659 03865 7 A NEWSPAPER Volume 137, issue 33

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