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E&B Auto Repair earns state award Page 2A Move afoot to reopen Old Coast Hotel Page 5A Sea Dragon swimmers at all-star meet Sports, Pages 1-2B An Award-Winning Newspaper Serving Fort Bragg and The Mendocino Coast Since 1889 75 ¢ Includes Tax 125th Year, No. 38 www.advocate-news.com Thursday, March 6, 2014 The Beaty Biodiversity Museum in Vancouver, B.C., hosted a series of previews of the whale exhibit before the rest of the museum opened. BBM/David Gilbar photo. CR, Mendocino College will pursue MOU Coast meets Beaty whale By Matthew Reed Staff Writer The board of trustees of the Redwoods Community College District unanimously approved a recommendation from Kathy Smith, president of College of the Redwoods, to negotiate a memorandum of understanding with Mendocino College to allow classes to continue at CR's Fort Bragg campus in the fall. Several Mendocino Coast resi- dents traveled to Eureka to address the trustees during the Tuesday meeting. Dan Gjerde, Mendocino County 4th District supervisor, and Tom Allman, Mendocino County Sheriff, both spoke, in addition to several stu- dents who urged the board to reverse the announced transfers of three full-time faculty from the Fort Bragg campus. Coast students who addressed the trustees included Caroline Iacuaniello, Kathy Hallenbeck, Emily Scott and Todd Rowen. Smith recommends negotiating a memorandum of understanding with Mendocino College to offer classes in the Mendocino County portion of the Redwoods Com- munity College District for the academic year 2014-2015. The board also approved Smith's recommendations to begin immediate discussions with Mendocino College about the potential future transfer of the Mendocino County portion of RCCD to the Mendocino Community College District. "This is a great new develop- ment," said Barbara Rice, Men- docino Coast trustee. "It paves the way for Mendocino College's administration and board of trustees to discuss whether or not they would like to pursue opera- tion of the Mendocino Coast Campus." By Tony Reed Correspondent A Town Hall crowd of a b o u t 7 0 p e o p l e , including local public officials, stayed put in their seats for 90 min- utes Tuesday night to hear a story that shares m a n y s i m i l a r i t i e s t o o n e t h a t u n f o l d e d locally in 2008. Master skeleton articu- lator Mike deRoos and Project Manager Michiru Main are the biologists who headed up an effort to reassemble an 85-foot- long Blue Whale skele- ton inside the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at the University of British Columbia, in Vancou- ver, B.C., after it was exhumed, cleaned and trucked across the country. Main said that just as they had completed the massive project in 2010, they received a call from Fort Bragg Community Develop- ment Director Marie Jones that started with, "So, we have this whale skeleton ...." The two have been counseling city officials since 2010 about how to move for- ward with the project of reassembling the skele- ton on earmarked city property on the former mill site. Sheila Semans was recruited to head up the local project, which she said, was still in its infancy. She explained that the Noyo Center for Sci- ence and Education will be a marine research lab, with several public exhibits and educa- tional components. A fundraising campaign will start soon and it's Whale skeleton experts share successes, advice By Frank Hartzell Staff Writer Fort Bragg resident Laurel Krause is on her way to Switzerland to ask the United Nations to take a closer look at the Kent State killings. Krause's older sister was among the four students shot on May 4, 1970, during a protest of the Vietnam War and Presi- dent Nixon's new Cambodia Campaign. "Allison, my only sibling, was killed when I was 15 years old and back then I couldn't do a thing about it," said Krause. National Guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 sec- onds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis, history books report But Krause believes many important facts remain to be dug out, particularly about a student FBI informant who some believe fired the first shot. Krause believes the government got away with something at Kent State that has led to the continuance of a dangerous pol- icy toward dissent. Krause has been a driving force behind the Kent State Truth Tribunal, which has helped unearth some important new revelations about the killings, many of which have been printed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper. Project Censored named the Kent State Truth Tribunal among stories the news media has failed to cover adequately. Krause's trip is part of a request for a U.N. panel review of the United States' record on investigating Kent State and dealing with protesters — as possible international human rights abuse matters. Better known are investiga- tions of human rights abuses in places like China or Syria. The U.S. 4th Periodic Human Rights Review before the U.N. Human Rights Committee is March 13 and 14. There will be meetings throughout the week in Geneva from March 10-14. "With more evidence pointing to FBI involvement in the Kent State massacre and the fact that four young American student protesters were killed at the state-instigated event, we hope members of the Human Rights Committee will regard Kent State as a unique case of impunity. It is imperative to hold the United States govern- ment accountable for these Fort Bragg woman asks U.N. to investigate 1970 shootings By Frank Hartzell Staff Writer Weapons testing is what is new in the Navy's plans for offshore military activity during 2015- 2020, but there is a lot to read about whales. The Navy will hold an open house in Fort Bragg this Friday, March 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Redwood Coast Senior Center to explain its plans for using off- shore areas of California, Ore- gon, Washington and Alaska for continued military training and increased weapons testing. The two-volume 1,828-page Northwest Training and Testing Draft Environmental Impact State- ment/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement is online at www.NWTTEIS.com. Public comment is due by Tuesday, March 25. Eight public meetings are being held in Wash- ington, Oregon, California and Alaska between Feb. 26 and March 11. The first part of the local scop- ing meeting will give the public a chance to talk to Naval staff and consultants about different aspects of the EIS/OEIS. At 6:30 p.m., Navy project team members will give a pres- entation on the draft document. "At this time, and throughout the entire meeting, the public will be able to ask questions to the Navy project team, and sub- mit comments vocally (we will have a court reporter there recording oral comments) and in writing. Public comments are important to us," said Liane Nakahara, Public Affairs Spe- cialist, Navy Region Northwest. The meeting will end at 8 p.m. The Northwest Training and Testing Area will extend from Alaska to the southern boundary of Humboldt County. Areas off Mendocino County are not included in the plan. But that was also the case four years ago when roughly the same area was being considered only for training — not weapons test- ing unless it was part of training. Back then Mendocino Coast residents led the opposition to the Northwest Range plan, creat- ing several delays and extensions of the process. The Navy ulti- mately held several meetings in Fort Bragg and Ukiah back in 2009 and 2010. Those were the best attended of any meetings about the plan. Most of the testing and training will be focused in the Puget Sound area. Residents here were mostly upset about impacts on whales. The draft EIR includes a moun- tain of information about marine mammals, including one of the most comprehensive looks at the different kinds of sonar and their impacts on whales. Navy returning Friday to listen, talk about testing, training See SISTER on Page 12A A Kent State Truth Tribunal poster bears a drawing of Allison Krause. Laurel Krause's sister was one of four students shot during protest at Kent State See MOU on Page 12A See WHALE on Page 12A