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Shop at home on Black Friday Holiday Health and Wellness Sea Dragon swim meet results Pages 1-3B Page 11A Sports, Page 4B 75¢ Includes Tax An Award-Winning Newspaper Serving Fort Bragg and The Mendocino Coast Since 1889 www.advocate-news.com 124th Year, No. 24 A NEWSPAPER The Spirit of Thanksgiving empowers lives at Food Bank By FRANK HARTZELL Staff Writer Benjamin Franklin said, "If you want to get something done, find a busy person to do it." Poor Richard would be proud of Fort Bragg Food Bank worker Patsy Moore. Moore was working and having fun at an exhilarating pace the week before Thanksgiving, as the Food Bank endures a shortage of volunteers. Besides working without pay at the Food Bank, Moore has three paying jobs, doing yard duty at a local school, working with the English as a second language program and doing in-home support service work. Founding Father Ben, who pushed hard to make the turkey, not the Eagle, America's national bird, made a living out of his good quotes, such as, "It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man." There was no misery or denial in Moore. Unlike most others doing community service who call themselves volunteers, she wasn't shy about the fact she came to the Food Bank as a court referral. "Yes, I had a DUI. I am working it off, but I'll consider coming back to volunteer," she said. "It really feels like we are making a difference in people's lives. This place has such a great spirit. And I love Yukie's [Holand] lunches, they are the best." The Food Bank got 4,015 hours out of people doing community service by court order last year, nearly 40 percent of the total volunteer hours. See SEASON on Page 8A Daughter plans legal action against MCSO By TONY REED Staff Writer The daughter of a man whose body was found with a gunshot wound at the bottom of a coastal cliff a week after he was reported missing says she will be taking legal action against the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office. Traci Guzman, daughter of Patrick Guzman, says she feels the missing person and post-mortem investigation was poorly executed. She also disputes the MCSO determination that her father's death was accidental and will be asking for a grand jury investigation. She believes his death was homicide. Background A car owned by Patrick Guzman, 70, of Fort Bragg, was found idling and abandoned along Highway 1, north of Westport on Sept. 2. A search of the area that day by Sheriff's deputies, a Highway Patrol officer and a small plane was unsuccessful in finding Guzman. A week later, on Sept. 8, a handgun was located on a steep bank of the coastal bluffs near where the car was parked that led officials to find Guzman's body at the bottom of the cliff above the water line. An autopsy was performed and blood alcohol tests were See ACTION on Page 12A Patsy Moore gives a hearty laugh as she works at the Fort Bragg Food Bank, where volunteers work hard and fast, have lots of fun and great lunches. Frank Hartzell photos. Volunteers with the most hours Holland, Yukie Schmidt, Michael Ybarra, Jesus Milano, Nancy Whipple, Gary Halvorsen, Stan Kelly, Bruce Jepsen, Mark Wolfe, Debbie Gibney, Laura Harbour, Shirley "but to lay on the little league or youth soccer or other groups a substantial fee would shoot them out of the water. There's no way they could keep up with that." Another idea would be for "someone" to provide an alternative field for awhile, so that repairs could be made to district fields. "I'm not sure what the solution is," he said, recalling the Nov. 4 meeting. "There was a lot of talk about the various businesses, and the Chamber of Commerce pitching in, because they make a lot of money from people coming in from out of town ... We [the district] get virtually nothing from those events, except a used field." Burrowing rodents have also caused a great deal of damage. Armstrong See FIELDS on Page 12A See HEALTHY on Page 8A Arreola, Jennifer Felger, Charlotte James, Maureen Flannery Kraut, Mary Byers, Donna Surak, Stephen Garrotto, Angela Goldfarb, Bette Cudney, Kelli Polacek, Dorie Lopez, Miriam "We're supposed to be putting 7,000 gallons on that [middle school] field, and we're not," he said. He said current drought conditions mean that when the sprinklers are turned on at Dana Gray School, it takes about 30 minutes for the wells to run dry. One suggestion is to add tanks that could be filled during the day and used to water the fields at night. Using Dana Gray School's fields as an example, Armstrong explained that a complete repair would cost the district over $300,000 and result in $80,000 in yearly maintenance and also additional irrigation costs. Most teams and organizers don't have that kind of money and the district makes nothing for hosting events and tournaments, he said. "We want to see kids running around out there and playing sports," he said, Council supports improving healthy food accessibility By TONY REED Staff Writer The Fort Bragg City Council was supportive of a local movement that looked at the availability of, and how to make healthy foods more accessible to low income families. The study was conducted by local students as part of the state's CX3 (Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention) program, which offers the tools to look at local food quality and availability and use that data to promote healthier communities. Petra Schulte, the school district's nutrition education coordinator, along with students Josephina Sugrue and Ronnie Misuraca, presented preliminary data from the three-year program. Schulte explained that local youth partnered with Safe Passage and used a grant from Public Health to conduct the state-written survey. The survey uses several factors to determine a community's food environment. "Lower income populations are disproportionately affected by environmental conditions that don't support healthy eating and physical activity," according to the state's CX3 website. "Indicators and assets pay special attention to low-income neighborhoods where people live, work, recreate, socialize, go to school and shop for food. And, at the heart of CX3 concept is that people, residents, can change their communities to become healthier places to live." Schulte said 79 percent of the population in southeast Fort Bragg qualifies as being within the federal poverty level. She also noted that about 40 percent of the city's adults are overweight, while anther 20 percent are obese. "That's about two-thirds of the population," Schulte said. "For children it's lower, but that's some pretty harsh statistics for Mendocino County." In Fort Bragg, the survey also looked at stores in Boonville, Round Valley and Laytonville. The survey determined that the population south of Oak Bail, Dolly Whitfield, Cynthia Kreienhop, Denise Garcia, Barbara Roussan, Rene Cronin, Dennis Romo, Jess Fazenbaker, Norman Smith, Dennis Nandecchia, Paul Gomez, Angela School board discusses fields, repair, costs By TONY REED Staff Writer "I'm sure you all read the [Nov. 6] paper this week," said Don Armstrong , superintendent of Fort Bragg Unified School District, to the board of trustees Nov. 14, referring to the front-page story about a Nov. 4 community meeting about local soccer fields. He said some visiting soccer teams have said they do not plan to return to Fort Bragg because of the fields' poor condition. Armstrong said the fields' state is not because they are poorly maintained, but that they are over-used. Several teams of varying sports use the field almost daily. The fields would have to be closed for about six months to effectively repair them, he said. Another issue is one of water and the amount needed to irrigate a soccer field Wednesday, November 27, 2013 Ceremony 'Lights Up A Life'at Mendocino Coast District Hospital Annual ceremony honors loved ones, raises money for hospice program Hospice Thrift Shop in the Boatyard Shopping Center. Submitted by MCDH The holidays are rapidly approaching, and once again Mendocino Coast District Hospital's Hospice is holding its annual "Light Up A Life" memorial ceremony and fundraiser on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. in the hospital registration lobby. "Our goal is to build awareness for the hospice program and raise funds to help our friends, family and neighbors deal with end of life," says Hospice Coordinator Arlene Case, R.N., who notes that the hospice program is supported entirely by donations and sales at the For $25, the name of a loved one, or beloved pet, will be written on a silver star and placed on one of several beautiful "Memory Trees" in the lobby. Stars can be purchased at the ceremony, by mail (700 River Road, Fort Bragg 95437), online (MCDH.Org/light) or by calling 961-4617. You can also buy a star honor someone special in your life. Their name will be added to the Honor Tree. "The Memory and Honor Trees are already filling up with beautiful stars," says Case. "Everyone is invited to the Purchase a star See LIGHT on Page 8A Kicking off this year's annual MCDH hospice fundraiser are, from left, Hospice Coordinator Arlene Case, R.N., and volunteers Jacque Moore, Heidi Olson, Junice Wilson, R.N., Betty Adams and Monte Moore. Donations from the sale of stars for the Honor and Memory Trees help fund the hospice program. Bruce Lewis photo.