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October 20, 2016

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Anytime, anywhere. Subscribe to our e-edition. VISIT ADVOCATE-NEWS.COM KNOW IT. ALL. Recently opened Care Clinic will expand hours. Page A2 Study says climate change has doubled forest fires. Page A10 INSIDE THIS WEEK By Kelci Parks @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter The five candidates running for City Council, two of whom have withdrawn from the race, were in- vited in for a sit-down interview by the editorial board at the Ad- vocate-News recently. We learned of Curtis Bruchler's intentions to withdraw during his interview, and Rex Gressett had said in pre- vious forums that he didn't want to win but wanted to continue his campaign to talk about the is- sues. We've included some of their thoughts, as well as allowed Gres- sett to explain his first responder claim from his candidate profile posted on the city's website. The three candidates still ask- ing for your vote are Scott Men- zies, Will Lee and Bernie Norvell, we'll start with them. When did you decide to get into politics? Lee: Growing up in New Orleans, a neighbor of mine told me that I said I was going into politics at age 7, but I don't remember that. I actually just decided for this race in the middle of August. I'm at an age in my life when I want to give back to Fort Bragg. I turned 50, so I bought a sports car and I figure that's the time to go into politics. Norvell: Being a politician is my son's dream, not mine. I would say probably in the last seven or eight months, when we sold our home and moved into town, I had a lot of people coming by and asking me to get involved and run for City Council. With both my children now being gone, the timing was right for me. Menzies: My eighth grade science teacher kind of introduced me to environmentalism and that sort of started me down that path of wanting to save the world. Aer being in Asia for about six years I decided I really wanted to get involved and in fact that's one of the reasons we came back to the states, because I didn't feel it was right for me to be politically active and save the world from a country that was not my culture. I wanted to change the world and I felt like I couldn't do it unless he I was back in my own country with my own roots. Q&A Council candidates in the spotlight ADVOCATE PHOTO The Mendocino Coast Recreation and Parks District and Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens renewed a longstanding relationship earlier this month when the two organizations signed a new 25-year lease agreement. MCRPD, which owns the Gardens' property, first leased it to MCBG in 1991. Gardens executive director Molly Barker and MCRPD executive director Dan Keyes (above) worked out the details of the lease, in which the Gardens pays the district $1 a year and got approval from their respective boards earlier this month. Both Keyes and Barker said they will be looking to expand cooperation between their organizations. Keyes added that the more than 65,000 visitors who come to the Gardens each year are an important part of the local economy, and therefore his organization's tax base. "As far as being partners, we're stronger than ever," Barker said. PARTNERS GARDENS, REC DISTRICT RENEW LEASE By Chris Calder @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Candidates for two seats on the Mendocino Coast District Hospi- tal board met last Thursday to in- troduce themselves and answer questions from the audience, which tended to focus on hospi- tal finances. On whether they supported a recent decision for the hospital to engage a $1.4 million bond to pay for needed ventilation equip- ment in the hospital's operating room, a nurse call system, and a backup generator, five of the can- didates, Tanya Smart, Tom Bird- sell, Steve Lund, Kaye Handley and Kevin Miller, said they ap- MCDH Candidates panel focuses on finances Calendar ......... A11 Classifieds ......B3 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. B1 Weather .......... A6 INDEX By Kelci Parks @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter A local convicted sex offender was arrested for failure to regis- ter after exhibiting some disturb- ing behavior that put him back on police radar. His second arrest in a month for fail- ure to register occurred on Mon- day. On September 25 officers with the Fort Bragg Police Department were dis- patched to the 200 block of West Elm Street for a report of a sus- picious male following a 15-year- old jogger. The victim reported that the suspect, Derrick Heater, attempted to talk with her in a secluded area near the North Coastal Trail. The juvenile fled the area in fear, according to po- lice, and ran to Denny's to call au- thorities. Heater was contacted and in- terviewed that day regarding the incident, but due to a lack of evi- dence of criminal activity, he was released at the scene. Upon further investigation it was learned that Heater had continually failed to register as a sex offender with the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office since 2013. Based on the new informa- tion, Heater was arrested at his residence in the 200 block of South Harold Street on Sept. 27 and charged with failing to reg- ister with a previous conviction. CRIME Convicted sex offender back in jail Heater failed to register with MCSO since 2013 HOSPITAL » PAGE A3 Bedtime stories for every newborn TECHNOLOGY » PAGE A2 Hall of Horrors to be filmed in VR SPORTS » PAGE B1 Wolves continue to dominate THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Find us on Facebook CONTRIBUTED Officer Angie Wilder, Sgt. Oscar Lopez, Officer Brandon McGregor, Takoda and Officer Anthony Meledez. By Kelci Parks @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter K9 Takoda, of the Fort Bragg Po- lice Department, was given a badge at last week's City Council meeting. Takoda was one year old when he joined the department in Febru- ary and has been an effective addi- tion to the force. In April, on his first deployment after training, he and handler Bran- don McGregor had their suspect in custody within minutes of their ar- rival at the scene. Since Takoda's arrival at the POLICE Takoda gets his badge Gressett tells his 911 story COUNCIL » PAGE 8 Additional dog starts tomorrow Heater TAKODA » PAGE 14 CRIME » PAGE 14 BOARD » PAGE 13 » Thursday, October 20, 2016 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/FORTBRAGGADVOCATENEWS Volume 128, issue 20 8 52659 03864 0

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