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City manager's supporters speak up at council meeting. Below Past Belles of the Redwoods pose for group portrait. Page A12 INSIDE THIS WEEK By Matthew Reed email@example.com @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter The Mendocino County Repub- lican Central Committee hosted a group of GOP candidates for state offices in the Nov. 4 election on Sunday at the Cliff House res- taurant in a first-ever event for Fort Bragg. While the event was decidedly low key, with candidates and members of the public in casual dress, the fact that gubernatorial challenger Neel Kashkari, lieuten- ant governor Republican nomi- nee Ron Nehring and Ron Gold, nominee for state attorney gen- eral, were all on the Mendocino Coast was significant. Matt Heath, Assembly candi- date to replace Wes Chesbro, Dale Mensing, who is challenging Rep. Jared Huffman, Greg Conlon, can- didate for state treasurer and sec- retary of state hopeful Pete Peter- son also participated in the meet- and-greet. Also present were Harmeet Dillon, vice chair of the Califor- nia Republican Party, and Elissa Wadleigh, vice chair for the north- west region of the California Re- publican Party. About 65 people attended. Stan Anderson, chair of the Mendocino County Republican Central Committee, said the event ELECTION County Republicans host visit by state, national candidates First-time GOP candidates for state offices stop in Fort Bragg during North Coast sweep A steady stream of trucks began carrying dredge sand from Noyo Harbor to the Coastal Trails Project site at the north end of the Georgia Pacific mill site last week. A bulldozer pushes sands from the dredge pond at Noyo Harbor to an excavator, which then loads the large trucks. A new truck pulls in to be loaded every few minutes. See story on page A8. COASTAL TRAIL PROJECT Long-stored dredgings from harbor are being put to use as base for Coastal Trail Project KELCI PARKS ― ADVOCATE PHOTO By Kelci Parks firstname.lastname@example.org @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Town Hall was filled to capac- ity again on Monday evening. The crowd was reminiscent of the Aug. 11 meeting, during which a group of community members staged a protest against city staff; the city manager in particular. The ma- jor difference between that night and this week's meeting was that most of the crowd was there to voice support for City Manager Linda Ruffing. Ruffing has served as city man- ager since 2006. Neither Mayor Dave Turner nor Ruffing spoke on the matter dur- ing Monday's meeting, but both provided response statements via email correspondence with the newspaper. "She is a smart and competent administrator who is dedicated CITY COUNCIL Supporters speak up Classifieds ......B4 Crossword ....... A9 Obituaries ... A6-7 Opinion ............A4 Sports .......... B1-2 Weather .......... A6 Index ............... ## INDEX By Dennis Taylor email@example.com @mchdennistaylor on Twitter MONTEREY » The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch pro- gram announced Sept. 2 that it has removed 21 commercially important species of West Coast groundfish from its "Avoid" list, upgrading those species to ei- ther "Best Choice" or "Good Al- ternative." Among species that have been upgraded are sablefish, rockfish typically sold as snap- per, and popular flatfish spe- cies caught by bottom-trawl and other methods. West Coast groundfish have been regarded as a commercial fishery failure since 2000, when they were declared a federal di- saster due to overfishing. The turnaround from "Avoid" sta- tus to a sustainable ranking is attributed to management im- provements implemented since 2000. "This is one of the great suc- cess stories about ecological and economic recovery of a commercially important fish- ery," said Margaret Spring, vice president of conservation and FISHING Seafood Watch revises ratings MILESTONE » PAGE A2 Eileen Hawthorne Fund celebrates SPORTS » PAGE B1 Cubs open with tough Kelseyville GRAND JURY » PAGE A5 DA responds re animal control THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Visit our Facebook page for daily posts Submitted Article Continuing what has been a very good auction fundraising season, Winesong 2014 joined in last weekend. Significantly more funds were generated than last year, including a record fund-a- need of $174,000 in what was a poignant tribute to late auction- eer David Reynolds, and to di- rectly support cardiac care at the Hospital. Winesong 2014 kicked off with a sold-out insider's view of spec- tacular Anderson Valley Pinot Noir's at "Winesong and Ander- son Valley Winegrowers Asso- ciation Pinot Noir Celebration" hosted by the Little River Inn. Guests enjoyed Pinot Noir tast- ings and delicious passed hors d'oeuvres from Executive Chef Marc Dym of Little River Inn, along with a chance to "talk shop" with the winemakers from the now storied region. About 20 wineries were there, including such greats as Golden- eye and Handley Cellars, along with some newcomers such as Witching Stick, Lichen Estate and Frati Horn, pouring to a crowd of happy Pinot Noir lovers. The exclusive Friday evening top bidder reception was held at a beautiful private home on a bluff overlooking the coast. The fare was French-inspired and lovingly created through the cu- linary talents of acclaimed chef Margaret Fox of Harvest Market. On Saturday, nearly 1,800 guests strolled through the en- chanting Mendocino Coast Bo- tanical Gardens, enjoying food and wine from many winemak- ing regions. With producers com- ing from Mendocino, Napa, So- noma, the Central Coast, Sierra Foothills, Oregon, Washington State and South Africa, the tast- ing was truly a world-class event. More than 45 fine restaurants and food purveyors from North- ern California provided a won- derful variety of culinary fare. There was everything from an uni shooter with sake to barbe- cued pulled pork on homemade potato chips. The performances of acoustic music ensembles throughout the venue completed this stellar and unparalleled event. Bidders at the sold-out live auction helped raise significant funds, with a projected gross of over $650,000 coming in from the two-day event. After cover- ing production expenses, the Wi- nesong net return will be used to assist the Mendocino Coast Hospital in purchasing needed equipment. Fund-A-Need The highlight of the auction was the "Fund-A-Need" lot which brought in $174,000 in a matter of minutes, with nearly every paddle raised to donate a record amount toward the purchase of new and much-needed cardiol- ogy equipment. Executive Director Jeri Erick- son enthused, "Our cardiology team has extensive experience and the highest accreditation but we are in need of new life-saving equipment. The replacement of our aging cardiology equipment will have an enormous impact on the health of our community and provide hope in a healing envi- ronment." The original 2014 Winesong Artist of the Year was Low- ell Herrero, who donated four etched, painted bottles that went for $22,000. Highlights The highlights of the auction FUNDRAISER Hospital Foundation's Winesong experiences record-breaking year Mayor, vice mayor, various city employees and others voice confidence in Ruffing ELECTION » PAGE 11 SEAFOOD » PAGE 12 WINESONG » PAGE 11 SUPPORT » PAGE 11 Turnaround to sustainable ranking attributed to management improvements since 2000 » advocate-news.com Thursday, September 11, 2014 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/FORTBRAGGADVOCATENEWS Volume 126, issue 15 8 52659 03864 0 A NEWSPAPER