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September 18, 2014

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Check us online daily for news, sports, photos and more. VISIT MENDOCINOBEACON.COM WE'RE MORE THAN A WEEKLY Classifieds ...... B7 Crossword ....... A8 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports ..............B5 Weather .......... A3 INDEX A previously convicted abalone poacher is facing a lengthy prison sentence after pleading guilty to new poaching charges, according to a Sept. 12 California Depart- ment of Fish and Wildlife news release. Dung Van Nguyen, 41, of Sac- ramento, was charged w ith poaching abalone along the Men- docino Coast and selling them for personal profit. On Sept. 11, Nguyen appeared in the Men- docino County Superior Court and pleaded guilty to one felony count of forging an abalone re- port card and one misdemeanor count of taking abalone for com- mercial purposes. Nguyen is a repeat offender with multiple convictions for similar poaching crimes. As a condition of his plea, he will be required to return to the court for sentencing on Nov. 11, where he will be remanded into custody. The conditions of his sentence will include 32 months in state prison, a fine of $15,000 and a lifetime revocation of his fishing license. Wildlife officers obser ved Nguyen take at least 35 abalone over a period of months in 2013, which is 17 in excess of the an- nual limit. "We have been investigating him for many years," said an un- dercover DFW warden who said Nguyen was associated with sev- eral other poachers, who also have lifetime revocations of their abalone permits. The case was investigated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Special Oper- ations Unit, a unique team of of- ficers tasked with investigating persons involved in the black market sales of California's fish and wildlife resources. "Our team exists to stop peo- ple from stealing the state's fish and wildlife for profit, and to stop people like Nguyen from engag- ing in this type of behavior," said Capt. Nathaniel Arnold, head of the Special Operations Unit. After observing poachers like CRIME Poacher headed to prison Sacramento man repeatedly violated abalone rules Submitted Article The California Coastal Com- mission is proud to announce that the 30th Annual Califor- nia Coastal Cleanup Day, the state's largest volunteer event, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will take place at more than 850 locations around the state, comprising the largest single effort to re- move the debris that has ac- cumulated on Califor nia's beaches and inland shorelines over the past year. The Mendocino Land Trust, which has organized Coastal Cleanup Day in Mendocino County for over 10 years, in- vites everyone to help protect our fragile marine environ- ment by joining together with families, friends, students and service groups to clean Men- docino County's beaches. With more than 20 cleanup locations along the Mendocino coast, stretching from West- port to Gualala and even out to Orr Creek in Ukiah, volun- teers can choose to clean a site most convenient for them. While all supplies will be provided, we encourage partic- ipants to bring their own work gloves and bucket or other re- 30 FOR 30 Coastal Cleanup Day Mendocino Land Trust invites your participation at 30th annual event By Adam Randall udjar@ukiahdj.com @udjadam on Twitter Mendocino County 5th Dis- trict Supervisor Dan Hamburg has been appointed as a county representative on the North Bay/ North Coast Broadband Consor- tium Oversight Board. The NBNCBC will be a joint c om m it t e e b e t we en Men- docino, Marin, Napa and So- noma counties. The California Public Utilities Commission has also approved a resolution that would provide the group with a $250,000 grant for two years. According to the CPUC reso- lution, the counties have joined forces because "substandard broadband access threatens the economic health and quality of life throughout the region." Men- docino County's membership in the NBNCBC was approved dur- ing a December 2013 Board of Su- pervisors meeting. The Board of Super visors meeting agenda stated the com- mittee will meet quarterly to monitor progress with the grant work plan, interface with the var- ious boards and facilitate com- mon issues affecting all member counties. Specific goals of the NBNCBC include: conducting ground truth surveys in each county resulting from the broadband issue that is said to provide inadequate detail and misleading information, like maps, in national broadband da- tabases; identify specific prior- ity areas; develop a regional in- frastructure plan; work with pro- viders to expand deployment and develop projects and progress re- ports assessing adoption needs and availability in each county. "Mendocino and Sonoma counties have developed a strong alliance," Hamburg said Tuesday. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS Hamburg chosen as county rep for broadband board Represents county on regional committee CHRIS CALDER — BEACON PHOTO The iconic Time and the Maiden sculpture and the rest of Mendocino's Masonic Hall building at the corner of Lansing and Ukiah are receiving a new coat of paint in time for winter. By Chris Calder sports@advocate-news.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Painters are at work this week on Mendocino's most famous structure, which goes by a vari- ety of names. 'The Bank Building' is informal but might be the most common. Officially, it is called Mendocino Lodge No. 179. For the first time in about eight years, the nearly century- and-a-half-old building is get- ting a touch-up, with some extra weather-proofing and a new type of acrylic-based exterior paint be- ing applied by local contractor La- toof Painting. Earlier this year, the interior of the building got some attention: old wood got oiled and the walls painted. Also, local cab- inet maker Richard Norgard built new wood partitions for the lobby and matched them to the original wood and style. The Savings Bank of Men- docino County bought the old building when Lodge No. 179 sold it in 1977. The Mendocino Lodge was built over a number of years, chief designer and builder be- ing Erick Albertson, first Master of Mendocino's Masonic Lodge. Construction started in 1865 or 1866, but was not finished by the time the following was writ- ten in 1880: "When all the pro- jected plans for the building are fully carried to a successful is- sue, it will be one of the hand- somest lodge buildings of any in the interior of the State. The dif- ferent styles of architecture are handsomely represented by pil- lars on the sides of the wall which seem to be sustaining the dome of the 'starry heavens,' in which are represented two of the great lights of the Order. On the pinna- cle of the dome there is a beau- tiful piece of sculpture carved from a block of the indigenous redwood. It represents the beau- tiful Masonic emblem, the broken pillar, the maiden beside it, with the sprig in her hand, and old fa- OLD MADE NEW Centerpiece gets faceli in time for 150th b-day 1865 Masonic building, renowned statue from single redwood block, given new coat of paint YOUNG WRITERS » PAGE A2 MCWC awards scholarships SPORTS » PAGE B5 Gold medalist gives kids swimming tips KELLEY HOUSE » PAGE A6 How to talk like a real lumberjack THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Visit our Facebook page for daily posts BUILDING » PAGE 10 POACHER » PAGE 10 BOARD » PAGE 10 CLEANUP » PAGE 10 » mendocinobeacon.com Thursday, September 18, 2014 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON 8 52659 03865 7 A NEWSPAPER Volume 136, issue 50 Volume 136, issue 50 Fall Home and Garden: Tips from the experts. Pages B1-4 California Coastal Clean-up Day is this Saturday. See below INSIDE THIS WEEK

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