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November 25, 2015

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Anytime, anywhere. Subscribe to our e-edition. VISIT MENDOCINOBEACON.COM KNOW IT. ALL. By Matthew Reed @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter The Mendocino College Fort Bragg Center hosted a Q&A event on Monday, Nov. 16, for commu- nity members and students to learn about classes and plans for the center. Pizza and vegetables were pro- vided for refreshment. Debra Polak, Dean of Instruc- tion, was present for questions from students and teachers. About a dozen people attended. Polak will be transferring to Dean of Campuses in January, she said, and will be spending more time at Fort Bragg and Willits lo- MENDOCINO College hosts Q&A Dean of Instruction answers student questions Classifieds ......B5 Crossword ....... A8 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports ..............B3 Weather .......... A3 INDEX By Matthew Reed @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter On Tuesday, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to appoint Dan Ham- burg, 5th District supervisor, and Dan Gjerde, 4th District su- pervisor, to work with county staff and fire districts to look for sustainable funding of fire and emergency services. The new focus by the board results from a collaboration of the county's fire protection dis- tricts as the new Mendocino County Fire Protection District Association, which seeks in- creased funding support even as fire department budgets are squeezed from increased state requirements. "Supervisor Hamburg and I want to look at all aspects of funding for fire and emergency medical services," Gjerde said. "The new fire district associa- tion has focused public atten- tion on the distribution of Prop- osition 172 funds, so that will be part of the conversation. But our primary interest is in getting everyone in the same room where we can all look at the same financial information, not limiting the conversation to Proposition 172 funds. Our hope is we can reach an agreement on how fire and emergency medi- cal services can be provided in COUNTY Supes look at fire district funding Appoint ad hoc committee to work with fire districts FRANK HARTZELL — ADVOCATE PHOTO Turkey Marty (Johnson), a Fort Bragg Food Bank board member, staff member Debby Nicolson, Executive Director Nancy Severy and volunteer Nancy Milano helped raise money and food donations outside Safeway on Saturday. By Frank Hartzell Among holiday clichés, a re- porter asking the question "what are you thankful for?" is as clas- sic as a retread can be. I used it anyway on Terri Lee Gentry, who smiled and laughed at my quintessential question. Gentry arrived that day at the Fort Bragg Food Bank frowning in a melancholy funk but left laughing. Funny? I hadn't ex- pected that from the question. Long time Food Bank vol- unteer Lupe Arreguin had just made all the difference for Gen- try with a better question. "What's wrong with you to- day? Where is your usual smile?," Arreguin had asked. "She noticed. That meant so much that she knew me well enough to see that I was off. And to be concerned. This place is re- ally a big family. They give me so much more than food here. But the food is great too," she said. Both women have been com- ing to the Food Bank for more than a decade. They are the type of great human stories I like to find inside the North Franklin nonprofit. The Fort Bragg Food SEASON OF SHARING Food Bank counters fear with giving By Matthew Reed @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter Jug Handle Creek Farm and Nature Center in Caspar has been awarded a $600,000 grant by the California State Coastal Conser- vancy. Helene Chalfin, Jug Handle ex- ecutive director, announced the Coastal Conservancy made the decision at its October meeting in Fort Bragg. The grant will allow Jug Han- dle to construct new afford- able visitor serving accommo- dations with access to the coast and ocean, which is a need in this coastal area, Chalfin said. Jug Handle's campground will be en- hanced with showers, sinks and f lush toilets--something never before offered in this primitive camping spot. A new bunkhouse with four large rooms has been designed to serve large school or service groups such as AmeriCorps and the California Conservation Corps with up to 30 people and family groups and other smaller group- ings. The facility will provide visi- tor accommodations year-round, Chalfin said. Jug Handle previously received two grants from the Coastal Con- servancy to complete required studies, planning and visioning meetings and preliminary sur- veys. Included in the planning were a permaculture site design plan, two public design meet- ings, an architectural program- ming report, cost estimates, map- ping and site plans, Chalfin said. Construction design is still being completed. Jug Handle hosts several lo- cal and regional school groups throughout the year and has hosted several environmental re- source groups such as the Coho Confab and Salmon Restoration Federation's field school. A new 915-square-foot teaching room at- tached to the bunk cabins is de- signed to hold classes and work- shops and provides a needed sheltered space for teaching and presentations. To date, there has been no in- door teaching space or large meet- ing room available at Jug Handle NATURE Jug Handle Farm awarded state grant $600,000 grant will go toward improvements KELCI PARKS — BEACON PHOTO Jug Handle Creek Farm was awarded a grant from California Coastal Conservancy to begin critical work on improved facilities. SPORTS » PAGE B3 Thankswimming classic held HISTORY » PAGE A5 Black Bart still celebrated KELLEY HOUSE » PAGE A6 Thomas Petersen, master shipbuilder THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Check out our Facebook page Special Black Friday pages. Pages B1-B2 Special pages: Health+Wellness and Senior Living. Pages A9-A10 INSIDE THIS WEEK SHARING » PAGE 11 FIRE » PAGE 12 COLLEGE » PAGE 12 GRANT » PAGE 12 » Wednesday, November 25, 2015 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON Volume 138, issue 8 8 52659 03865 7

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