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April 10, 2014

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Page 0 of 19 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 137th Year, No. 27 Abalone: Violations & Violators Wheels & Automobiles section 75 ยข Includes Tax Thursday, April 10, 2014 Editor's note: Longtime court reporter Don Claybrook wrote this four-part series before resigning his position in order to attend law school. By Don Claybrook Staff Writer The Abalone Recovery and Manage- ment Plan of 2005 as well as all the new rules and regulations that have been adopted up to the present, still leave abalone taking in a state of flux and the takers and enforcers in a quandary about how best to handle the confusion that surrounds the much sought after mollusk. In order to preserve abalone for future generations and to deter poach- ers and cheaters as well as those pick- ers and divers whose greatest sin is ignorance of the law, there is still much lacking in the enforcement, pros- ecution and sentencing of violators, according to the many "players" inter- viewed for this series. Those "players" include private attor- ney Mark Kalina, conflicts' counselor Bart Kronfeld, game warden, Lt. Den- nis McKiver, marine biologist, Jerry Kashiwada, Bruce Leaman, a coordi- nator for MAW (Mendocino Abalone Watch), the presiding judge at Ten Mile Court, the Honorable Clayton L. Bren- nan, and a prosecutor, Deputy District Attorney Tim Stoen. In their accumulative and collective wisdom, they agree that sometimes the bad is still treated as good and the good are still treated as bad. Or, as Kalina said, "They are making law- abiding people into criminals." Kalina is in a good position to know. He has served as a public defender, a prosecu- tor and now as a private attorney. The former lead prosecutor at Ten Mile Court thinks the pendulum has swung too far. He believes the fees, fines and punishment have tilted from too lenient to too excessive. Abalone: From the ocean floor through the courtroom door Part 2 of 4: The Violations and the Violators Two fresh-caught abalone displaying the required Department of Fish and Wildlife tags. These were taken at Jug Handle State Reserve. Morgan Zeitler photo. By Matthew Reed Restoration of the interior of Fletcher's Inn at Navarro River State Beach is well underway. Jim Martin, Navarro-by-the- Sea Center board president, said Rosenthal-Thornton Construc- tion of Fort Bragg had finished critical stabilization work to save the inn last fall. Among the repairs completed were major demolition, lead abate- ment, seismic retrofitting, a new perimeter foundation, reconstruction of the original front porch, restoring the sid- ing, installing replica windows for the downstairs and repaint- ing the exterior. Then it was time to start on the interior. At the end of 2013, an anonymous donation allowed Navarro-by-the- Sea Center to hire restoration specialist Lori Kaye of Elk to work on the downstairs interior of the building, Martin said. Her work included lead paint containment, closing off openings in walls from the stabilization work, installing missing trim, fabricating a window and repainting. Much of the interior paneling remains intact. Kaye said numerous coats of varnish were required to restore the one-inch thick tongue-and-groove knotty pine. The original redwood bar is still intact and will be refin- ished, too, Kaye said. The historic inn was both built in the 1860s and, with Inn restoration progresses See ABALONE on Page 8A Bridge repairs Albion Bridge work underway By Frank Hartzell Caltrans started work on replacing bolts on the Albion River Bridge this week, with no timetable yet announced for how long the project will take. Caltrans says it is taking some extra measures to pre- vent the traffic snarls and angry Albion residents that emerged during last year's painting of the nearby Salmon Creek Bridge. Caltrans is planning to replace both bridges. The weak- ness of the Salmon Creek Bridge is that it is steel and requires constant painting, but wasn't engineered for painting. The weakness of the Albion River Bridge is the bolts that connect the World War II-era wooden timbers to the deck above and the steel structure below. "We recognize that traffic control is a real concern for the residents and we wanted to assure you that there will not be delays as there was during last summer's bridge painting operation," said Frank Demling, Caltrans project manager on the Albion River Bridge. "The bridge maintenance supervisor, Jason Hayes, let me know that the bridge maintenance crew will be using the UBIT ( 0inA) to install the cables for the scaffolding motors and then to reach as many bolts as possible while it is on site. Jason has assured me that there will not be any lengthy The downstairs interior of the former inn at Navarro-by-the-Sea as of April 7, above. The 1860s building is being restored through efforts by the nonprofit Navarro-by-the-Sea Center. Lori Kaye, below, explains some of the challenges of restoring old, damaged trim. Most of the upstairs still requires extensive restoration work. Matthew Reed photos. Quick meeting MHRB welcomes new member By Matthew Reed New Mendocino Historic Review Board member Dan Potash was present for his first meeting at the Commu- nity Center of Mendocino Monday night, April 7. Potash is a career land use attorney with experience in historic preservation projects. According to his applica- tion to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors, Potash has been a land use attorney for 24 years. He has worked on historic preservation projects around Califor- nia, including the former Agnews Developmental Center in San Jose and Yountville Veterans Home in Napa. "I have a deep interest in preserving the detail and char- acter of the Mendocino Historic District while assuring it's viable and livable," he wrote. Board President Beth Perrill was absent. Beck continued The board continued the application of Stuart Beck CR suspends marine science tech By Matthew Reed The College of the Redwood's marine science technology programs were suspended by CR's board of trustees at their meeting in Crescent City on Tuesday, April 1. Barbara Rice, Mendocino Coast area trustee, was the dissenting vote to suspend the science pro- grams at all campuses. CR has offered a marine science technol- ogy certificate of completion as well as an associate of science degree in the field. In response to a request for infor- mation from this newspaper, Kathy Smith, CR president, clarified how the suspension of the programs was decided upon and what the college intends to do with the science equip- ment and supplies at the Mendocino Coast campus. CR plans to suspend operations at the Fort Bragg campus effective fall 2014, citing ongoing budgetary issues college-wide. "The Marine Science Technology (MST) program was evaluated by a task force of faculty and administra- tors according to CR's Administra- tive Procedure (AP) 4021," she said. "It was recommended to align our MST program with [Humboldt State University]'s program, in order that our CR graduates could continue on to get a bachelor's degree without losing credits. It is being suspended CR President Kathryn Smith answers critics, clarifies process Wades receive Coleman Award Warren Wade taught Matt Coleman how to bird by ear at Big River until Matt "got very good and didn't need to be taught anymore," Warren says. Warren and Ginny Wade were friends of the young Mendocino Land Trust project manager who was mur- dered in August 2011. That friendship gave the occasion special meaning for the Wades when they received the Matt Coleman Environmental Service Award March 17 at the annual environmental potluck hosted by Mendocino Area Parks Association. The potluck recognizes and celebrates accomplishments by members of the environmental community. Sponsors are MAPA, Mendocino Land Trust, the Dorothy King Chapter of California Native Plant Society, and Mendo- cino Coast Audubon Society. MAPA Executive Director Carolyne Cathey was master of ceremonies and introduced the program for the evening: "MAPA, a Nonprofit Operating Standish- Hickey State Recreation Area," a slideshow presentation See CR on Page 10A See BRIDGES on Page 8A See MHRB on Page 10A See AWARD on Page 10A See INN on Page 8A

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