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August 28, 2014

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Paul Bunyan Days special 24-page guide to events. MCN is in the black, school district will not sell. See below. INSIDE THIS WEEK By Matthew Reed reporter@mendocinobeacon.com @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter Sage Statham, Mendocino Com- munity Network business man- ager, presented information at the Aug. 21 Mendocino Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting about the recent Internet service outage on the Mendocino Coast. On Sunday, Aug. 3, an aerial fiber optic line along Comptche- Ukiah Road was broken by a passing vehicle, interrupting telephone, Internet, cell phones and 911 service to many area res- idents, not only on the coast but inland as well. Statham said the fiber op- tic line runs from Ukiah, across Highway 253 to Boonville, along Highway 128, then along Flynn Creek Road to Comptche and west along Comptche-Ukiah Road to Mendocino. From Mendocino, the line continues along Highway 1 to Fort Bragg. "This allowed MCN to provide high speed DSL for homes and businesses within three miles of Fort Bragg and Mendocino," he said. "The new DSL services work right over an existing [plain old telephone service] line." "One of the most important questions to us is why did the 911 service fail for Fusion phone and Internet customers even though it is still a POTS line," Statham said. POTS means plain old tele- phone service. He said the answer has to do with how calls are routed. MCN's Fusion ser vice only has ac- cess to the fiber optic line along Comptche-Ukiah Road. When the line was cut, phone calls could not be routed to the 911 dispatch cen- ter or anywhere else. The same was true for many people with cell phones, customers of Com- cast Internet with VOIP phones and AT&T U-Verse phone custom- ers, Statham said. INTERNET AT&T has second fiber Company refused MCN access to existing redundant line, could have prevented Internet outage Alioscha Hug feeds an antique apple press while Mickey Kitahara turns the crank to produce fresh pressed apple juice at the Great Day in Elk. Everett Taylor and Lynda Aubrey chat in the background. See page A2 for more photos and Charlie Acker's column. IT'S A GREAT DAY Gray skies cannot hinder high spirits and large crowds from best ever Great Day in Elk COURTESY OF TED BERLINCOURT By Matthew Reed reporter@mendocinobeacon.com @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter The Mendocino Unified School District board of trustees was back in action Thursday, Aug. 21, to hear number of largely admin- istrative matters, including: • The approval of employ- ment of two certificated employ- ees, including a K-8 School head teacher and a high school re- source teacher. • The approval of employment of four classified employees, in- cluding the Greenwood Preschool site supervisor, a state preschool teacher, a high school custodian and a temporary summer main- tenance worker. • The approval of an increase in hours for the high school mul- timedia teacher and the high school counselor. The board also received news that the high school is adding an MUSD Administrative items heard by board of trustees Approve employee hirings and welcome new SELPA rep Classifieds ......B5 Crossword .......B3 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. B2 Weather .......... A3 INDEX By Matthew Reed reporter@mendocinobeacon.com @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter T he Mendocino Unif ied School District Board of Trust- ees supported the district su- perintendent's recommenda- tion to not sell Mendocino Com- munity Network at the Aug. 21 meeting. Jason Morse, MUSD super- intendent, said he is encour- aged by news from Sage Sta- tham, MCN business manager, that the district-owned Inter- net service provider is and will be profitable for the next few years. He also said that strong community support and MCN's leadership role in communicat- ing with the public during the Aug. 3-5 internet outage showed that the business is a valuable resource that needs to be kept. The district was considering selling MCN last year when it was showing budget deficits. Following a rate increase in September 2013, however, the financial footing of the busi- ness improved and Statham said MCN is expecting to show a positive cash flow in the 2013- 2014 fiscal year. Statham said the business fell short of budgeted revenues by about $2,000, but expenses were also less than expected for the year by about $13,000. He said the figures are prelim- inary until after a final audit is released in October. The preliminary income for 2013-14 is about $1.8 million MCN MUSD will not sell ISP Expects surpluses SPECIAL PAGE » PAGE A9 Health and wellness SPORTS » PAGE B2 Jellyfish messing with local fisheries MCKEOWN » PAGE A5 Conserving money, conserving water THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Visit our Facebook page for daily posts MATTHEW REED - THE MENDOCINO BEACON The sound wall is being installed around the PG&E substation on Little Lake Road in Mendocino. PG&E is installing the sound wall around the Little Lake Road substation in Mendocino, sur- prising residents with how big it really is. Jason Morse, Mendocino Uni- fied School District superinten- dent, wondered after the Aug. 21 MUSD board of trustees meet- ing that perhaps PG&E would al- low a mural to be painted on the plain gray surface. The substa- tion is located next to the north- west edge of the Mendocino K-8 School campus. Other issues that have given lo- cals pause are traffic disruptions and radiation. Morse said he has been in reg- ular contact with PG&E about PG&E Work continues on PG&E substation Height of flat gray sound wall surprises residents, creates imposing structure OUTAGE » PAGE 10 APPROVAL » PAGE 10 PG&E » PAGE 10 MCN » PAGE 12 » mendocinobeacon.com Thursday, August 28, 2014 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON Volume 136, issue 47 8 52659 03865 7 A NEWSPAPER

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