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October 16, 2014

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Follow the Advocate-News on Twitter to keep pace with breaking news and events. @FBADVOCATENEWS FOLLOW US ON TWITTER Crewman Tyler Sevey, le, and Skipper Bill Forkner with the On-Bottom Seismograph before it was returned to scientists in British Columbia. The pair found the buoy while fishing for albacore 60 miles off the Southern Oregon coast. See story on page A3. FOUND AT SEA Local fishermen recover seismologic buoy PHOTO COURTESY OF DFW Calendar .......... B2 Classifieds . B4-5 Crossword ....... B2 Opinion ............A4 Sudoku ............ B2 Weather .......... A6 INDEX Five candidates are running for three four-year terms on the Fort Bragg City Council in the Nov. 4 election. Incumbents Heidi Kraut and Dave Turner are running for re- election. If returned to office, this will be Turner's third term and Kraut's first full term. She was elected mid-term when former council member Dan Gjerde was elected to represent the Fourth District on the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors. Council member Meg Court- ney decided not to run for re- election, so Mike Cimolino, Mark Iacuaniello and former council- man Lindy Peters are running for her seat. Members of the City Coun- cil elect the mayor following the seating of new council members in even-numbered election years. Mayors serve two-year terms; Turner is the current mayor. Newspaper Q&A The newspaper is continuing its tradition of inviting candi- dates to respond in writing to our questions, which include the eight questions below. Their re- sponses, which were limited to 150 words for each question, are printed verbatim. If a candidate's response exceeded that length, it was shortened. ELECTION Council candidates respond to Q&A Cimolino, Iacuaniello, Kraut, Peters, Turner state their visions for city's future The United States Coast Guard is standardizing aids to navigation for harbor approach buoys with light emitting diode lanterns, which provide a more modern, efficient and reliable light, according to Lt. j.g. Les- lie Stenkamp. For Fort Bragg, this means the lighted whistle buoy mark- ing the approach to Noyo Har- bor. The buoy had already been changed to an LED lantern in 2012, but the Coast Guard is pro- posing to permanently reduce the current output by 25 can- dela, or to a range of four nau- tical miles, Lt. Stenkamp said. "A review of our solar power calculations indicates there is a risk of the light becoming ex- tinguished at the existing can- dela setting due to the load on the solar battery," she said. "Ad- justing the candela setting will reduce the risk of the light be- coming extinguished due to the load on the battery. "We do not expect mariners to notice a significant differ- ence as the light will be visible at nearly the same distance as before." Candela is the unit of power emitted by a light source in a particular direction. A common candle emits light with a lumi- nous intensity of roughly one candela. Stenkamp said if mariners are concerned about the pro- posed change, they can com- ment until Wednesday, Oct. 22. The Coast Guard will consider any comments received before NOYO Reset for buoy light Coast Guard taking comments on range of LED beacon By Adam Randall @udjadam on Twitter Tourism marketing agency Visit Mendocino County's pres- ident and CEO Scott Schneider has sent out an alarm to county tourism businesses that the Men- docino County Lodging Associa- tion decided to suddenly termi- nate its contract with Visit Men- docino on Oct. 1, a move that could mean a loss of 60 percent of VMC's funding. The hotel group — run largely by coastal B&B owners — complains that Visit Mendocino did not put one of the lodging group's members on its board and then changed the board make-up, which led to the lodging owners pulling out. Scott Schneider said he didn't know what affect this move will have on tourism in the county, or other businesses who depend on Visit Mendocino dollars. In an email from Schneider to other tourism-related businesses, he said the lodging group gave no notice it was about to do this. "MCLA did not notice its general membership either before or af- ter taking this action, and MCLA has no alternate marketing plan despite Business Improvement District funds being expressly meant for marketing lodging," Schneider wrote. Visit Mendocino also believes the termination may be a breach of a negotiated MCLA and Men- docino County contract, which could jeopardize the county match to the Mendocino County Promotional Alliance, another county tourism agency, which combined with Visit Mendocino in 2009. Both the promotional al- liance and the lodging group are made up of county businesses in- cluding hotels, bed and breakfasts and restaurants. "We're still waiting to see if what they did is even legal," Schneider said. "We're waiting on an opinion from county coun- sel to see how to proceed on the matter." The contract issue, which may eventually end up in the hands of the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors, was essentially terminated because of a bylaw change that happened 10 months ago, Schneider said. "This is not fatal, but it would hurt us," Schneider said. In a written statement pro- vided by MCLA President John Dixon, the MCLA Board of Di- rectors along with its executive board took this action to spend their BID — tourism tax — dol- TOURISM Groups at odds Lodging Assoc. ends contract with Visit Mendocino County By Frank Hartzell Why did Shane Murphy's cell mates think the 36-year-old Cle- one man had committed suicide last Wednesday? Was Murphy a mentally ill person who slipped through the Mendocino County Jail's screening process? These and all other questions remain unanswered in a case involving five law enforcement agencies, but virtually no facts released to the public about the in-custody death on Oct. 8. Nobody remembers Shane Al- len Murphy as a saint. He was a gentle and kind animal lover with a persistent problem with drugs. Those who knew him said he was most of all a father who really loved his two kids. Al- though Murphy, 36, didn't have custody of his son or daughter, it was hard to miss them. One forearm was tattooed with the name of his daughter, the other with his son's name. IN-CUSTODY DEATH Did Cleone man kill himself at county jail? FOLLOW-UP » PAGE A3 MCDH Wellness Fest was a big hit SPORTS » PAGE B1 'Wolves win in Kelseyville GOING GREEN » PAGE A10 How to have a green Halloween! THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Check out our Facebook page Newspaper's Q&A with City Council contenders. Below Police are taking two recent flasher incidents seriously. A8 INSIDE THIS WEEK Sheriff releases few facts about case Q&A » PAGE 5 BEACON » PAGE 8 TOURISM » PAGE 8 DEATH » PAGE 9 » Thursday, October 16, 2014 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/FORTBRAGGADVOCATENEWS 8 52659 03864 0 A NEWSPAPER Volume 126, issue 20

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