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By Chet Anderson Habitat for Humanity A team of six young AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Commu- nity Corps) volunteers from around the country converged on Fort Bragg in the past few weeks and began making an impact on the community. They have been assigned to the Mendocino Coast Habitat for Humanity for two months to "lend a hand" to Habitat's efforts to provide affordable housing for local deserv- ing families. These young adults, who come equipped with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and skills, have shown a great enthusiasm for hard work and for learning "how to build a house"— literally from the ground up. The Corps members have varying degrees of college behind them: sev- eral with a degree, others with a year or two, and all have future plans for more education and work experience. They come from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Ohio, Oregon and New Hampshire. They have worked on several other community improvement projects in California and Oregon. Habitat's construction manager, Robert Van Peer, has been very impressed with the young adults' work ethic and their willingness to learn new skills. Robert says, "So far the experience has been very, very positive. We are well ahead of any schedule or goals I had set up. Although they are all absolute amateurs in construction, they have a great deal of heart and do whatever is asked of them. Their atti- tudes are great. It is a real treat to be around young people who are 125 years of Fort Bragg headlines Page 5A Going Green on Earth Day & every day Page 8A Little League Long day for Royals Sports, Pages 1-3B An Award-Winning Newspaper Serving Fort Bragg and The Mendocino Coast Since 1889 75 ¢ Includes Tax 125th Year, No. 42 www.advocate-news.com Thursday, April 17, 2014 Sky clears for blood moon eclipse While some coast residents were able to watch the entire annular lunar eclipse Monday night, others had to wait for fog and clouds to subside. The Earth's shadow first touched the moon's edge at about 11 p.m. and completely covered it by about 12:20 a.m. The moon was completely visible again at about 2:30 a.m. and set over the Pacific Tuesday morning just before 7 a.m. Tony Reed photo. Army Corps seeks solutions to infamous pile Noyo Harbor By Frank Hartzell firstname.lastname@example.org Bill Hayes, chair of the Mendocino Coast Recre- ation & Park District, heard the good news that the Noyo Harbor District would benefit from $500,000 in federal money and suggested at last Thursday's monthly NHD meeting a revival of an old deal between the two. MCRPD previously explored using dredged material from Noyo Har- bor as fill on the property where a golf course was once planned. "The district still is title- holder of the property at Highway 20 and Summers Lane. We are still inter- ested in pursuing any kind of agreement with the Har- bor District for disposal of See PILE on Page 12A Winesong's auction chairs Harbisons are longtime supporters Hospital Foundation W i n e s o n g 2 0 1 4 a n n o u n c e s h o n o r a r y a u c tion chairs, Joseph F. Harbison, III and Patricia A. Harbison, to lead a stel- lar cast of participants. Joe, an AV-rated attorney in Martindale-Hubble, and Certified Specialist in Civil Trial Advocacy (who has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court), and wife Pat, a Mentor Teacher and education specialist in gifted and talented educa- tion, are prominent Oakville owners of Harbi- son Estate Wines. As avid wine collectors and serious gourmets, they have trav- eled the world to wine and dine in the most remarkable restaurants and locales. "We've bought our vaca- tions at Winesong — France, St. Barts, etc. — also purchased some great dinners and lots of wine!" enthused Pat and Joe. "We first attended in Winesong's second or third year. It became a great social event for a big group of our wine collector and foodie friends from San Francisco, Napa and Sacra- mento who would gather together each year as the event became more and See AUCTION on Page 12A Blue whale tale becomes book County Museum Ann Maglinte, Jed Dia- mond, and Martin Mileck cordially invite you to attend a party in celebra- tion of the publication of their new book, "Compost- ing Abbie: A Whale of a Story." on Friday, April 25, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Mendo- cino County Museum, 400 E Commercial St., Willits. This is the true story of a whale, a tragic accident and a man who had a bril- liant idea that turned a tragedy into an opportunity to grow food and flowers for children. The story was first reported on Oct. 19, 2009, when a massive blue whale washed ashore just south of Fort Bragg, not far from the world-famous Mendocino Coast Botani- cal Gardens. Ann See BOOK on Page 11A AmeriCorps teams with Habitat See TEAM on Page 12A The AmeriCorps, NCCC Silver 1 Team in front of their handiwork for Habitat for Humanity. Team members are, from left, Mac Kirby, R.I., Team Leader Kara Snyder, Ore., Mandy Withrow, Ohio, Sarah McGonigle, Mass., Katie Ryer, Mass., and David Schwartz, N.H. Chet Anderson photo. 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 2013 abalone season ended last Nov. 30 and began again this year on April 1. And, as has been the case for the last several years, the 2013 season was marked by turmoil, tedium and ultimately triumph, especially in the sentencing phase at Ten Mile Court. As interviews were conducted and research was being done for this series of articles, the working title was, "Abalone: The convoluted sentencing debacle at Ten Mile Court." Because the season ended on a happy note with standardized sentencing becoming the norm rather than the exception, those who were in tune with the music actually began to feel a bit relieved about the whole sentencing conundrum and the aforementioned t i t l e w a s j e t t i s o n e d f o r o n e m o r e a p p r o p r i a t e a n d l e s s a c c u s a t o r y. However, not everyone was dancing to the music. Forrest Gump sentencing Because he was fairly new on the job and because there is clearly a "learning curve" including an educational com- ponent concerning abalone sentencing, Judge Clayton Brennan had everyone from Mendocino Abalone Watch (MAW) to the Department of Fish & Wildlife (DFW), as well as honest abalone pickers and divers, upset with his on-again off-again sentencing. In the classic movie "Forrest Gump," Forrest was fond of saying, "My momma always said, 'Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.'" Sentencing at Ten Mile Court for much of the 2013 season was much like Forrest's box of chocolates. Those accused of violating abalone rules and regulations never knew what they were going to get. Inconsistent "Forrest Gump" abalone sentencing has been the norm rather than the exception at Ten Mile Court since the Abalone: From the ocean floor through the courtroom door Part 3 of 4: Sentencing Mendocino Abalone Watch co-founder Rod Jones, left, smiles at a diver happily holding a 10-inch abalone during the 2013 season. MAW photo. See ABALONE on Page 11A