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October 30, 2014

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Anytime, anywhere. Subscribe to our e-edition. VISIT MENDOCINOBEACON.COM KNOW IT. ALL. By Justine Frederiksen udjjf@ukiahdj.com @justfrederiksen on Twitter An ad-hoc committee tasked with exploring options for the Point Arena Field Station recom- mended last week that the Men- docino College Board of Trustees consider a compromise: sell the property, but not the buildings. "I hope those who are buying it are right, that they can protect it, but I fear that's not possible," said Biology professor Alan West at the Oct. 15 meeting, telling the board that he would "not want to be associated with a decision that has such a huge risk. There will be some damage, and there will be no going back." West has been teaching at the college since 1981, right about the time the college acquired MENDOCINO COLLEGE Committee supports Point Arena bargain Classifieds ......B4 Crossword ..... A10 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. B2 Weather .......... A3 INDEX By Frank Hartzell frankhartzell@gmail.com The Albion River Bridge's deck needs immediate repair and the bridge needs seismic retrofit, the UC Berkeley bridge engineering professor hired to critique the replacement of both Albion's tall highway bridges said on Thursday, Oct. 23. "The most important and urgent safety item is the public safety hazard posed by the con- dition of the roadway asphalts ( potholes and numerous seri- ous cracks) and the lack of any seismic retrofit added to this bridge," Dr. Hassan Astaneh told a gathered crowd of the Albion community organiza- tion that has dedicated itself to monitoring the bridge projects. Caltrans proposes to replace both the Albion River Bridge and the Salmon Creek Bridge over the next five to 10 years. Most Albion residents agreed with Caltrans that the bridges needed replacing until Astaneh was hired by a community member to do an independent critique. The respected pro- fessor and engineer found the bridges could instead be reno- vated for far less cost and in- convenience. The Albion River Bridge has a rich history. Built from recy- cled materials during World War II, it has a legacy as the last tall wooden U.S. highway bridge anyone can name. After Astaneh appeared on the scene, Albion residents be- gan to split on the idea of re- BRIDGE UPDATE Major issues with Albion Bridge Structure headed toward historic status NICOLE LAUMB PHOTO Runners and walkers return triumphantly at Big River Walk and Paddle for Cancer. Submitted Article The positive energy was pal- pable Saturday at Big River State Park, though the morning was wet. There were runners, walk- ers, paddleboarders, an out- rigger, dogs, strollers, families, teams and cancer survivors. Al- together, 167 people were there to show solidarity with those who have faced cancer. Sara O'Donnell, executive di- rector of the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County, began with our traditional Hon- oring and Remembrance Cere- mony. In memory of those lost, Sara led participants in a tribute at the banks of Big River. Sprigs of rosemary, representing re- membrance, strength and en- durance, were gently placed on FUNDRAISER Rain doesn't stop Big River Walk and Paddle for Cancer The Captain Fletcher's Inn Stabilization Project received the 2014 Preservation Award from the California Preservation Founda- tion presented at a gala event at the Cicada Club in Los Angeles on Sept. 26. The California Preservation Foundation is the preeminent nonprofit organization focused statewide on historic preser- vation. Winning projects from across California were honored for their work in preservation. The Navarro-by-the-Sea Cen- ter for Riparian and Estuarine Re- search is working with California State Parks and private and busi- ness donors to complete the re- habilitation of the inn at Navarro River Redwoods State Park. The historic inn was on the verge of collapse before stabili- zation work began in 2012, after more than ten years of planning, permitting and fundraising. The hope is to complete the rehabilita- tion work by the time the inn turns 150 years old in 2015. Work yet to be completed in- cludes a permanent roof, restoration of the upstairs windows and recon- struction of the fireplace for heat. There were 24 award winners statewide, including the design guidelines for Yosemite National Park, restoration of San Francisco's Coit Tower, and rehabilitation of De Turk Round Barn in Santa Rosa. The Captain Fletcher's Inn Stabili- zation Project was the only Preser- vation Award winner in 2014. And we're honored that the joint efforts to save the Inn have been recognized by such a impor- tant organization, and thankful to all the support we've received over the years for making it pos- sible. It wouldn't have happened without the combined efforts of all the specialists working on the project, State Parks, the Califor- nia Cultural and Historical En- dowment, Mendocino County, all the business and individual do- nors, and the hard work of the all-volunteer NSCR Board. For more information or to find out how you can help com- plete the rehabilitation work, visit www.navarro-by-the-sea- center.org or contact Board Pres- ident Jim Martin directly at 707- 877-3477. HISTORIC Fletcher's Inn wins preservation award COURTESY PHOTO Members of the board of directors of the Navarro-by-the-Sea Center, from le, President Jim Martin, Treasurer Ericha Heinsohn-Sevy, Secretary Kathleen Cameron and Vice President Pete Kalvass with the Preservation Award for Captain Fletcher's Inn. FUNDRAISER » SEE BELOW Big River Walk and Paddle successful HOMECOMING » PAGE B1 Mendocino's team photos for the fall KELLEY HOUSE » PAGE A6 The fire of 1870 and the Kelley pond THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Visit our Facebook page for daily posts Don't forget: Daylight saving time ends this Sunday Special pages: Health + Wellness and Senior Living. Page A8-9 INSIDE THIS WEEK BRIDGE » PAGE 7 CANCER » PAGE 12 BARGAIN » PAGE 12 » mendocinobeacon.com Thursday, October 30, 2014 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON 8 52659 03865 7 A NEWSPAPER Volume 137, issue 4

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