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July 24, 2014

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Almanac .......... A6 Calendar ........ A10 Classifieds ......B6 Crossword ..... A10 Spiritual...........B5 Sports ..............B4 Index ............... ## INDEX Anytime, anywhere. Subscribe to our e-edition. VISIT ADVOCATE-NEWS.COM KNOW IT. ALL. Status report on drought's impact on city's water supply. Page A5 Transitional Housing: Helping the homeless off the streets. Page A3 Inside this week By Matthew Reed reporter@mendocinobeacon.com @MendocinoBeacon.com on Twitter The Mendocino Coast Recre- ation and Park District board of directors approved a preliminary budget for fiscal year 2014-2015 at the July 16 meeting. The financial forecast is positive for the district, but the budget remains conserva- tive because of continuing efforts by the board to resolve the dis- trict's Chapter 9 bankruptcy sta- tus. The estimated cash balance for the end of next year is $126,567 with a projected net revenue of $28,632, both positive. This year, the district ended 2013-14 with a cash balance of $107,000 in the black, according to financial doc- uments supplied at the meeting. C.V. Starr Ethan Newton, C.V. Starr Com- munity Center director, reported on activities at the center in June. In all, there were 9,932 people MCRPD BOARD OKS PRELIMINARY BUDGET Outlook positive as finances stabilize By Matthew Reed reporter@mendocinobeacon.com @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter Mendocino County is home to a branch of the Society for Cre- ative Anachronism, an organiza- tion dedicated to the research and demonstration of medieval Euro- pean cultures. Members adopt names and develop a wardrobe around a specific period and lo- cation. The period covered by the SCA is about 900 to about 1650. For per- spective, think of it as the era from the fall of Rome to about the Eng- lish Civil War and Oliver Crom- well. Ravenshore The SCA is organized into lev- els roughly similar to Middle Ages fiefdoms, including kingdoms, principalities, baronies and shires. The local group is known as the Shire of Ravenshore, with the geo- graphic boundaries of Lake and Mendocino counties. Ravenshore hosts some activities on the coast, but many gatherings are in other parts of the region. There will be an major event on the coast in Sep- tember. The local contact for the Shire is Adis of Ravenshore, mundanely known as Adie Bazor. Modern re- ality is referred to as "mundane," Creative anachronism VERILY, THE MIDDLE AGES LIVE ON THE COAST From fiefdoms to fencing, local SCA group allows members to experience history MATTHEW REED ― ADVOCATE-NEWS PHOTO Justin Dickson (mundanely known as Justin Roland), le, teaches Steve Bazor the art of fencing at Bainbridge Park. Dickson is fencing marshall for the Shire of Ravenshore. By Kelci Parks Correspondent In an effort to further Fort Bragg's economic development, the City Council heard a report on the implementation of the 2014-2019 Economic Develop- ment Strategy which was ap- proved at the end of April. The report, which was given during the July 14 meeting, is meant to further define and reach goals specifically related to the busi- ness community. A draft Busi- ness Retention and Expansion Program (BRE) was proposed. Housing and Economic De- velopment Coordinator Jenni- fer Owen and Community De- velopment Director Marie Jones presented the draft BRE. They will continue to play key roles in its implementation. "I went to a conference in April and one of the sessions I went to was about success- ful strategies for business re- tention and expansion and it was pretty unanimous that we should have a [BRE] program if we really want a way to im- plement these steps, several of which are already in our strat- egy," Owen said. Components The BRE contains three ma- jor components. First is a cus- tomer service focus. This will involve expeditiously provid- ing services and streamlining processes. Two business liai- sons will be appointed to help with this. The liaisons will be Owen City Council CULTIVATING BUSINESS COMMUNITY Retention, expansion program proposed SPECIAL » PAGES B1-3 We Love Our Pets, and so do you! SPORTS » PAGE B4 Girls Soball wraps up season RAVENSHORE » SEE BELOW Verily, SCA keeps Middle Ages alive THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Join the chat on our Facebook page By Frank Hartzell frankhartzell@gmail.com Has the king really returned? A look at the big line of sport fishing boats lined up a few hun- dred feet offshore from Albion to Westport would indicate a ban- ner season of catching king (Chi- nook) salmon is underway. Stop- ping at the docks in Noyo Harbor gives mostly the same impres- sion. Fisherman Ken Fennell says this is the best year he has seen for the king. "Not just in the number of fish but the size of the fish. We are getting much bigger fish this year," said Fennell. Rowin Breaux went fishing for the first time this year. Each trip he caught a salmon, a bigger fish each of three times. Similar happy reports have been found during much of July. Among those watching the fish coming in was Joe Caito, who has seen decades of disappointed and delighted fishermen. Caito said choppy weather during open sea- sons to the south made fishing difficult and may have resulted in more boats in Fort Bragg this July. Yes, the fishing is good this year. Yes, there are more sport boats than ever out there. "I think there may have been more fish last year," Caito said. King rules T he silver (Coho) salmon helped power a Noyo Harbor- based economy for most of the 20th century. From the 1980s on, the Coho vanished to the point of becoming a threatened/ endangered species while the king salmon became the sta- ple of fishing. A slow decline in king salmon numbers began in the 1980s. From 2005-2009 king salmon numbers in first the Klamath and then the Sac- ramento River system suffered unexpected catastrophic crashes. Salmon Fishing FISHERMEN ARE SMILING OVER EARLY 2014 SALMON RETURNS Pacific Fisheries Management Council try fix for persistently inaccurate forecasting methods CHRIS CALDER ― ADVOCATE PHOTO A steady stream of sport boats passing bigger fishing vessels moored three and four abreast is a welcome sight in Noyo Harbor. SALMON » PAGE 11 MCRPD » PAGE 12 MEDIEVAL » PAGE 12 ECONOMY » PAGE 8 » advocate-news.com Thursday, July 24, 2014 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/FORTBRAGGADVOCATENEWS Volume 126, issue 8 8 52659 03864 0 A NEWSPAPER

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