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Your Holiday Gift Guide Food Bank fund drive: $1,270 75¢ Includes Tax A N AWA R D - W I N N I N G C O A S T PA P E R F O R C O A S T P E O P L E S I N C E 1 8 7 7 www.mendocinobeacon.com Thursday, December 5, 2013 137th Year, No. 10 Missing Roseville man is found dead Beacon Staff The remains of an individual found in the ocean near Gualala have been identified as Stephen Pease, 57, of Roseville. Pease was reported missing to the Roseville Police Department Oct. 23. Their missing person's investigation determined he had checked out of a Fort Bragg motel on Nov. 3. On Saturday, Nov. 23, recreational divers discovered a man's body floating offshore near Pease milepost marker 3.89 South Highway 1, Gualala, according to a Mendocino County Sheriff's Office press release. The divers called the MCSO. Pease's body was recovered by a Sonoma County Sheriff helicopter, members of the South Coast Volunteer Fire Department, a California Highway Patrol officer and a California Department of Fish See PEASE on Page 16 Firefighters Casey and Jones are raised up the cliff carrying the victim, who is safely secured in the stokes basket. REACH 6 air ambulance is standing by to transport the patient to Santa Rosa. MVFD/Walt McKeown photos. Thanksgiving Day rescue Submitted by MVFD Shortly after 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving day, the Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department received a 9-1-1 dispatch for a cliff rescue in South Caspar. A 27-year-old male was climbing on the cliffs near Cypress Drive when he tumbled from a perch onto the rocks close to the surf line. First responders come to the aid of visitor in Caspar South The victim sustained a head injury from the fall. Once at scene, firefighters assessed conditions to determine whether to deploy jet skis for a water rescue or use the special "cliff truck" for a rappel rescue from above. "We quickly decided on a cliff rescue because there was a great site for us to position our cliff rescue truck," explained Chief Ed O'Brien. "The rough sea would have made a boat or jet ski rescue very difficult." The REACH 6 air ambulance was also dispatched, and an open meadow close to the emergency site was selected as a landing zone for the helicopter. Mendocino firefighters See RESCUE on Page 16 Is pot smoke safe? Buyers beware: Study finds that pesticides transfer to marijuana smoke By THADEUS GREENSON The Times-Standard EUREKA — When you take a hit of marijuana, you might be inhaling a lot more than pot. During a recent presentation at Humboldt State University, Jeffrey Raber said a study he conducted found that up to 70 percent of the pesticides found on a marijuana bud can transfer to the smoke being inhaled. "I think that what's so alarming to us is that such a huge amount of pesticide material could be transferred," Raber said. "And, you have to consider that when you inhale [something], it's much like injecting it directly into your blood stream." Raber — who holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Southern California and runs The Werc Shop, a medical cannabis testing laboratory in Los Angeles — spoke at HSU in November as the latest speaker in the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research's lecture series. Titled "Medical Cannabis Quality Control in California: Keeping a Weed Free Garden," Raber's talk covered an array of topics focused on laboratory testing of marijuana, including the See SMOKE on Page 8 Family celebrates Frances Teague's 100th birthday The victim fell onto rocks, lower right, near the shoreline. The rocky and steep cliff required high angle rope rescue equipment to raise the victim to safety. Submitted by Carol Freeman The Mendocino Coast has a new centenarian: Frances Amelia Teague turned 100 years old last week and celebrated at her home near Mendocino where she lives with her daughter, Vanessa, and again with friends and family in Palos Verdes Estates at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Ian and Jan Teague. She also celebrated recently with a party put on by her friends at the Redwood Coast Senior Center. See 100th on Page 8 Frances Teague Season of Sharing: Food Bank offers a working 'Gift Economy' By FRANK HARTZELL Staff Writer The underclasswomen were having a blast finding stylish clothes at the Fort Bragg Food Bank on the day before Thanksgiving. The days before Thanksgiving and Christmas are like the "Super Bowl" every year for the North Franklin nonprofit. Everybody turns out to serve clients all the fixings for a truly spectacular holiday meal. The pace is frantic, seeming like this is the great finale, the event everybody has been practicing for all year. In reality, of course, hunger never ends and everything starts up again as soon as the holiday dinner fest passes. Clients waited in long lines on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, as the Food Bank struggles with a volunteer shortage this year. The Fort Bragg High School Kiwanis Key Club students were a big help. 'For a small town, seeing this many people is really surprising to me …. I like to help people get their food and it's good to get the experience from doing this.' — Victoria Yanez FBHS sophomore Several high school sophomores had their first look inside the Food Bank while working at the fast, big game pace to pass out food to families. Several of the girls from the Key Club said it was the first time they had been to the Food Bank and they were surprised at the number and diversity of the clients. "There are a lot more people who need food here in Fort Bragg than I would have thought," said Victoria Yanez, a sophomore, who was clearly both working hard and thinking while she did her volunteer service. "For a small town, seeing this many people is really surprising to me …. I like to help people get their food and it's good to get the experience from doing this" she said. Her father is Spanish speaking, so I asked her why more Latino people do not use the Food Bank. People of Hispanic origin comprise 32 percent of the population in Fort Bragg. Just 10 percent of Food Bank clients are Latino/Hispanic. We talked about the question for a while. "It may be cultural, people may be hesitant to ask for help," Yanez said. Somehow word got back to the high school that there was great stuff to be had at the Food Bank. I've seen leather jackets, antiques and lots of useful things dropped off. Many people give good stuff that fits on the shelves inside, especially clothes and books. Apparently one of the high school student volunteers wore a real designer prize found at the Food Bank, bringing the crowd of four nameless freshmen girls I met the See FOOD on Page 13 Victoria Yanez, left, and Madisyn Pyorre, volunteers from the Fort Bragg High School Key (Kiwanis Educating Youth) Club work the line before Thanksgiving. Frank Hartzell photo.