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January 18, 2018

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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 Regulators balk at millsite dam removal. Page A5 Ask the Vet: new caution over rat poison and pets. Page B8 INSIDE THIS WEEK By Kelci Parks reporter@advocate-news.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Fort Bragg celebrated the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with the annual march through town and gathering at Trinity Lutheran Church. Monday morning, the large crowd held banners and signs as people of all ages marched in the rain with drums, sing- ing and smiles. Once back at the church, the main hall was filled to standing-room-only ca- pacity for a full program that included lunch, a recitation of part of the "I Have a Dream" speech by Will Smith and per- formances by Ui Wesley, Kar- ina Beccera and The Fort Bragg Freedom Singers. The event also featured a panel of youth from varying backgrounds and ethnicities. They were asked questions about their future and how the current administration might affect it, about similarities in today's world and the times of Martin Luther King Jr., about aspects of today's youth that make them especially adept at fighting injustices, and many other thought-provoking ques- tions. "When a particular youth sees something that they want to accomplish, they stick to it and they get it done," said pan- elist Derrick Robinson. "I see that in myself and I see it in my peers. When we lock onto some- thing, we go for it and we get it." Climate change, the gender pay gap and the Trump admin- istration were among the topics discussed. To see video footage of the panel answering ques- COMMUNITY FORT BRAGG CELEBRATES MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PHOTOS BY KELCI PARKS — STAFF Ui Wesley leads the marchers in inspirational singing as they return to the church. Calendar ..........B3 Classified .... B6-7 Crossword .......B3 Obituaries ... A6-7 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. B1 Weather .......... A6 INDEX OCEAN » PAGE A2 Noyo Center's work on urchin barrens ARTS » PAGE A3 Unusual trio coming to coast SPORTS » PAGE B1 Wrestlers progress at invitational THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Find us on Facebook By Chris Calder editor@advocate-news.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Mendocino Coast District Hos- pital board members approved changes and a new bid to several renovation projects at a special meeting on Jan. 15. Replacement of the hospital's automatic transfer switch, which puts the facility on a backup gen- erator, received a single bidder, Fort Bragg Electric, which was ac- cepted unanimously by the board. T he amount of the bid, $709,775, was significantly higher than a 2015 estimate of $573,487. Nancy Schmid, the hospital's quality/risk manager who is over- seeing several long-term projects, said the higher cost is driven by basic inflation, but also by the dif- ficulty (and added cost) of finding contractors for large projects in the midst of widespread rebuild- ing projects after last fall's fires in Northern California. She said recovery efforts as far away as Texas and Florida are driving up prices and making bidders scarce for the kinds of projects MCDH is engaged in. Schmid told board members they can expect 25 percent in- creases over previous estimates on most of the projects. The increased costs mean a $1.5 million loan from the State of California' Healthcare Expan- sion Loan Program that MCDH secured last summer will not be enough to pay for the projects. Schmid suggested the district ask for the loan, which is meant to cover the automatic transfer switch replacement, repairs to the air treatment system for the hospital's operating rooms, and renovation of the hospital's cen- tral sterile enclosures that sepa- rate sterile and non-sterile equip- ment used in the OR, be increased to $2 million. Board members di- rected district Chief Financial Of- ficer John Parigi to look into in- creasing the amount of the HELP loan, as well as other forms of credit to keep the capital proj- ects on schedule. After the meeting, Schmid noted that hiring a local com- pany to do the work will proba- bly save on costs, and that Cal- ifornia's stringent healthcare fa- cility regulations are driving the high price of the projects. HOSPITAL Board wrestles project costs By Chris Calder editor@advocate-news.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Crab fishermen in Fort Bragg were cleared to set their pots on Friday last week, but decided to wait for a new round of testing, urged by Eureka-area crabbers who are hoping to see a higher meat percentage that would lead to higher prices, before bringing in their catches. A forecast of heavy weather on the ocean this week also gave fishermen pause. Bill Forkner, Fort Bragg Salmon Trollers Marketing As- sociation officer, Noyo Harbor District commissioner and cap- tain of the Shirley, said Fri- day that meat content for crabs around Noyo seems good, but tests done by the Department of Fish and Wildlife farther north have consistently come in be- low 25 percent. The state has FISHERIES Long-delayed crab opener hits more hitches: weather and weight Noyo crab fleet waiting on new tests of meat content in Eureka fishing grounds Bill Forkner and crew readied crab pots last week on the Shirley. STAFF By Kelci Parks reporter@advocate-news.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter The Fort Bragg City Council conducted a public hearing Jan. 8 to summarize projects funded by the 2014 Community Devel- opment Block Grant. The grant was for $2 million and funded five main activities. The Hospitality Center got a little more than half of the funds, and the rest went to three public service programs and one micro-enterprise assis- tance program. The public hearing is a re- quirement anytime a CDBG grant is closed to let the pub- lic know what the city did with the funds. The deadline for the 2014 funds to be expended was October. Most of the public comment was centered around West Company, a non-profit focused on helping local people create small businesses, which was ap- proved by the City Council in 2015 to operate the micro-enter- prise program. West Company CEO Mary Anne Petrillo addressed the council during the public hear- ing. "I'm here today to really thank you for the funds that you have distributed through this community with the commu- nity development block grants, and to thank Jennifer Owen who has been a mentor and a CITY 2014 grant funds closed out West Company praised by clients A highlight of the program was a youth panel moderated by Mendocino High School student Evan Bruce, far right. Panelist, from le, were Shalaya Nagle, Celeste Munoz, Destiny Sagurit, Felipe Ahumada Alcocer, Derrick Robinson and Devin Otis. Marching rain or shine was a given on Monday. As one participant near the front of the line put it, "He marched 10 miles a day," referring to Dr. King. 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