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September 25, 2014

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Like the Advocate-News and stay in the loop on local news, sports and more. VISIT FACEBOOK.COM/ FORTBRAGGADVOCATENEWS LIKE US ON FACEBOOK Adam Bremer carries baby Emmett, 1, through a mixture of mud and sewage inside the wrecked Riu Santa Fe resort aer Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas, Mexico the night of Sept. 14. Adam, his wife, Autumn Bremer, and their two young sons arrived at the resort on Sept. 12 for a vacation that turned into a true test of the Fort Bragg couple's survival skills. Story on page A12. TALE OF SURVIVAL Fort Bragg family survives Cabo hurricane COURTESY OF AUTUMN BREMER Classifieds . B4-6 Crossword ....... B2 Obituaries ... A6-7 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. B1 Weather .......... A6 INDEX Submitted by Mendocino Land Trust On Saturday, Sept. 20, 450 volunteers gathered at thirty cleanup locations to remove trash and recyclables from Mendocino County beaches, rivers and creeks as part of the 30th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. Volunteers covered over 76 miles of beaches, rivers and creeks, re- moving 5,300 pounds of trash and over 3,000 cigarette butts. This year's Coastal Cleanup saw an increased number of partici- pants with almost 100 more vol- unteers than last year. The state-wide effort brought over 54,000 Californians out to the beaches to clean up over half a million pounds of debris, about 343 tons, which is the weight of 45 elephants. As always, the success of Coastal Cleanup Day relies on the efforts and enthusiasm of our lo- cal communities, service groups, nonprofits, businesses, organiza- tions, and individuals. The Men- docino Land Trust, which has co- ordinated Coastal Cleanup Day in Mendocino County since 2002, expresses its appreciation to all of the volunteers and Site Cap- tains. Together, the efforts of our communities have helped to protect our rivers, creeks, and coastal environment, removing trash that would have washed into the ocean with the arrival of winter rains. Past Coastal Cleanup Day data tell us that between 60 to 80 per- cent of the debris on our beaches and shorelines comes from in- land sources, washed down storm drains or creeks, out to the beaches and ocean. The Califor- nia Coastal Commission asks all Californians to take responsibil- ity for ensuring that trash goes where it belongs – securely into a trash can, recycling bin or a haz- ardous waste dump when appro- priate. The biggest offenders this year were cigarette butts and dog waste. Both of these items are highly toxic and should always be disposed of properly. While the traditional coastal focus for Coastal Cleanup Day helps to project the marine envi- ronment, the event also provides an opportunity to care for in- land rivers, creeks and lakes. The large amount of trash found at inland creek cleanups in Willits demonstrated the importance of COASTAL CLEANUP DAY Volunteers remove more than 5,300 pounds of trash in Mendocino County By Frank Hartzell Each year, as the fire truck horns blare, the ugly dogs bark and the chain saws roar a com- paratively silent Labor Day weekend event fills Veterans Hall in Fort Bragg. Shhhh. T he For t Bragg Friends of the Library annual book sale happens during Paul Bunyan Days each year. Locals line up for the first chance to pick through thousands of do- nated and library-discarded books. This year, with more than 30 volunteers and 11 board members working for a very long Wednesday-Sunday weekend, the book sale raised $9,484. The Friends is one of the leanest nonprofits in town, ac- complishing much without spending hardly any money. The Friends have saved the Mendocino County Public Li- brary's Fort Bragg branch from closures, cutbacks and even fire while accumulating a war chest to buy future books and provide services in an ever-changing in- formation universe. Over Labor Day weekend, the room was packed all Fri- day night and much of Satur- day and Sunday, which was fill up a large bag for $5 day. More than 300 boxes went in to start. There were children's books, a whole table of bibles and scrip- tures and sections for every- thing from poetry to comput- BOOKSALE Annual event raises nearly $10K By Chris Calder @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter A two-year journey along the west coast of the Americas sounds like a complicated project, but Ja- mie Ramsay makes the whole thing sound simple. For instance, his motivation for running a marathon a day from Vancouver City to Buenos Aires over two years? "I just like getting out." Ramsay, a sturdy Londoner born near Edinburgh, Scotland, got his first glimpse of the Pacific Ocean in six days when he came out of the woods on Highway 1 near Rockport Sunday afternoon. "I gave a massive scream and shout of happiness when I saw the ocean again," he said. Ramsay spent Sunday night on the bluffs near DeHaven Creek and planned to resupply in Fort Bragg Monday before continuing south on the highway. It took him a little less than a week to run from Arcata to Fort Bragg. During a roadside chat at Kibesillah Monday morning, Ram- say said he can run, averaging a marathon-a-day pace, for five or six days straight. Then he has to rest. This is the second time Ramsay has run ultralong distance cross- country. The first was a 240 km trek across Vietnam. He entered a competition, but when the compe- tition was cancelled, he ran the jun- gle course by himself. Though Ramsay clearly has some unusual qualities, he says he had no special athletic talent or training growing up and has a low- key way of talking about the whole endeavor. Porridge, rice, tuna and pesto are his fuel. Pushing a three- wheeled carry-all decorated with logos for the charities his run is benefiting, Ramsay gets up in the morning and goes, talking to peo- ple and planning his exact route as he goes. Though his task seems all indi- MAN ON A MISSION Taking a jog down to Buenos Aires CHRIS CALDER ― ADVOCATE-NEWS PHOTO Jamie Ramsay pauses at Kibesillah during his run. By Kelci Parks @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Despite Fort Bragg residents' valiant effort to cut down on their water usage, the supply is dwindling at an alarming rate and city staff says to expect taste and odor issues. "The city's water treatment operators have found it neces- sary to use source water that is ordinarily avoided at this time of year due to dissolved solids and brackish taste," said Pub- lic Works Director Tom Varga in a press release on the matter. According to Varga, the wa- ter is fully compliant w ith all health standards and is safe to drink, but it's likely that taste, odor and appearance may be affected until there is signifi- cant rainfall. The situation is so severe that on Sept. 18 City Manager Linda Ruffing declared an immediate stage 1 water emergency in ac- cordance with Chapter 14.06 of the Fort Bragg Municipal Code. DROUGHT City institutes stage 1 water emergency HELPING » PAGE A2 Rotary elves lend a hand SPORTS » PAGE B2 Cross country gets started RESOURCES » PAGE A3 Red abalone study underway THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Festa photos on the Media Center A brief history of the GP v. Officemax litigation. Page A4 Tips for better living and good health at any age. Pages A8-9 INSIDE THIS WEEK Effort part of state-wide program to protect the ocean Friends help library overcome cutbacks, changes and even arson WATER » PAGE 10 LIBRARY » PAGE 10 CLEANUP » PAGE 11 JOG » PAGE 11 » Thursday, September 25, 2014 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/FORTBRAGGADVOCATENEWS 8 52659 03864 0 A NEWSPAPER Volume 126, issue 17

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