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July 31, 2014

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Anytime, anywhere. Subscribe to our e-edition. VISIT ADVOCATE-NEWS.COM KNOW IT. ALL. City gearing up to celebrate 125th anniversary. Story Below Melo Foundation, Blacktail Assoc. co-host pot grow cleanup. Page A3 Inside this week By Kelci Parks reporter@advocate-news.com Mendocino Coast Healthcare District has begun a search for new chief executive and chief fi- nancial officers after the current Interim CEO/CFO, Wayne Allen, announced his plans to leave the hospital in December. Allen is retiring from full-time employment after more than 40 years in healthcare. He worked for MCDH for about three years before going to Hawaii to help a hospital there through a finan- cial crisis. In July 2011, he was asked to come back to Fort Bragg for what he lovingly refers to as his "second tour of duty." He was hired on as CFO and after about a year, when the prior CEO's con- tract was not renewed, Allen took on that job in addition to his fi- nancial officer duties. He's car- ried the dual titles for the last two years. Several options were discussed to ease the transition to new CEO and CFOs during a special meet- ing of the MCHD board of direc- tors on July 15. Allen is in discus- sion with St. Joseph Health to try and establish a management agreement, which is expected to be finalized in the next 45 days. While searching for a permanent replacement, proposals from search firms for an interim CEO Leadership HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BEGINS SEARCH FOR NEW CEO, CFO Interim leader Wayne Allen will retire in December; ad hoc committee formed to analyze position Spectators and professional competitors from across California gathered south of Fort Bragg last weekend for the annual Shoreline Riders Two-Day Rodeo. The local drill team, above, stole the show. More pictures, rodeo results in Sports, Page B1. Shoreline Riders Practice makes perfect ... Drill Team wins over the crowd at successful weekend rodeo CHRIS CALDER - ADVOCATE PHOTO On Tuesday, Aug. 5, neighbor- hoods throughout Fort Bragg are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nation- wide for the "31st Annual National Night Out" crime and drug preven- tion event. National Night Out is spon- sored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Fort Bragg Police De- partment. The event will involve over 16,124 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world, said the FBPD in a July 29 statement. Over 37.8 million people par- ticipated in "America's Night Out Against Crime" in 2013, the FBPD said. This year's "31st Annual Na- tional Night Out" is expected to be the largest ever. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug pre- vention awareness, generate sup- port for, and participation in, local Meet Your Neighbors NATIONAL NIGHT OUT Community invited to multiple block parties, barbecue at police station next Tuesday Calendar ..........B3 Classifieds ......B5 Spiritual...........B4 Sports .............. B1 Suduko ............B3 Weather .......... A6 Index ............... ## INDEX The City of Fort Bragg is ob- serving an important anniver- sary this year! Aug. 5 will mark the date of the official incorpora- tion as a city, which occurred on August. 5, 1889. In celebration, the city and the Fort Bragg Pro- motion Committee have planned a series of community events, with participation from various historical and civic organizations and businesses. C.R. Johnson, president of the Fort Bragg Redwood Com- pany, was named the first presi- dent of the board of trustees, and the town was laid out much as it exists today – with a uniform street grid and mid-block alleys. The city was established on the site of the historic military post, established in 1857 about a mile north of the Mendocino Indian Reservation. Native Americans of the Pomo tribe have inhab- ited the area for approximately 10,000 years, with their seasonal villages, located along the coast. The military post was short- lived, and records show that in 1864, after the forced relocation of the Native American popula- tion, commemorated as the Trail of Tears, the military post was formally abandoned. However, the booming logging industry ensured the continued existence of the settlement. Milestone CITY SET TO CELEBRATE 125TH BIRTHDAY Yearlong celebration begins next week with Town Hall exhibit, Community Picnic FORT BRAGG-MENDOCINO COAST HISTORICAL SOCIETY PHOTO The bank building under construction at the corner of Main and Laurel, which later became Town Hall. Note the Johnson family's home in the background, today's Guest House Museum. By Kelci Parks reporter@advocate-news.com Although officials report that there is no significant increase in services being rendered, the general consensus among those heavily involved in helping the homeless is that the population has increased in recent years. The network of entities known as Love in Action (LIA) met re- cently to discuss the potential problems they see arising and brainstorm on possible solu- tions. Representatives from the city, the police department and the county, as well as local churches and outreach groups convened at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church July 17 to share information. So where is this new group coming from? No one seems to know for sure. Some concern was expressed over the Buddy Ehler Center in Ukiah closing and how it might be affecting homelessness on the coast, but most agreed that it's too early to tell whether or not that has had any significant impacts here. The Buddy Ehler Center cost about $9,000 per month to op- erate. Fourth District County Supervisor Dan Gjerde said de- spite his best efforts to see the facility re-opened immediately, Ukiah will be without a home- less shelter of any kind through the summer. There are plans to reopen the Ukiah shelter on Nov. 1 in a new location. However, on top of of- Outreach INFLUX OF HOMELESS Leaders discuss Ukiah shelter's closure, stretched resources NOTEWORTHY » PAGE A2 Officer of the Year Chris Awad, FBPD SPORTS » PAGE B1 Shoreline Riders Rodeo results YOUR HEALTH » PAGES A8-9 Tips for better living at any age THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Don't miss our Facebook photos! HEALTH » PAGE 11 BIRTHDAY » PAGE 11 HOMELESS » PAGE 12 PARTIES » PAGE 11 » advocate-news.com Thursday, July 31, 2014 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/FORTBRAGGADVOCATENEWS Volume 126, issue 9 8 52659 03864 0 A NEWSPAPER

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