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September 14, 2017

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Anytime, anywhere. Subscribe to our e-edition. VISIT ADVOCATE-NEWS.COM KNOW IT. ALL. 78th Festa Espirito Santo celebration approaches. Below Preparing for a natural disaster: Are you ready? Page A5 INSIDE THIS WEEK By Kelci Parks reporter@advocate-news.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter The Fort Bragg City Coun- cil has decided to hire a pro- fessional executive recruitment firm to conduct the process of finding a new city manager. The city manager is respon- sible for overseeing day-to-day administration of the city gov- ernment and for ensuring that the policy direction provided by the council is implemented. Hir- ing a new city manager can be done by appointing one with- out a recruitment process, uti- lizing an in-house recruitment CITY City to hire recruitment firm for manager search DawnMarie Kotsonis conducts one of the auctions during Winesong, the chief fundraiser for the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation, Saturday at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. The event raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Mendocino Coast District Hospital Foundation. Story on A9. EVENT WINESONG EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS LARRY R. WAGNER — CONTRIBUTED By Kelci Parks reporter@advocate-news.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Jerry Murphy, president of the newly-formed Greater Fort Bragg Fields Improvement As- sociation, gave an oral report regarding the local playing fields at Monday's City Coun- cil meeting. Tournaments Murphy explained that local fields previously had hosted three youth soccer tourna- ments every year, bringing about 4,000 out-of-town play- ers to Fort Bragg over the summer. Many of those play- ers brought parents and other family members with them. The tournaments undoubtedly brought plenty of dollars into town. This year, however, there were no soccer tournaments in town and none are planned for the near future. The condition of the fields has been blamed for this dras- tic change. "From our perspective, the fields went from a showplace to a health hazard in about 30 years," said Murphy. He referenced the Field Con- dition Report from January YOUTH Fields getting back on track Greater Fort Bragg Fields Improvement Association gives report Calendar ..........B4 Classifieds ......B6 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. B1 Weather .......... A6 INDEX Staff report A logger was killed Sept. 8 near Camp 19 east of Fort Bragg when a yarder cable that a crew was us- ing to haul them up a steep hill- side stopped suddenly. Jose Antonio Arenas Flores, 31, of Fort Bragg died when he lost his grip on the cable and fell into a pile of logging debris, according to Mendocino County Sheriff's Lt. Shannon Barney. The incident happened in Jack- son Demonstration State Forest northwest of McGuire's Pond in steep terrain, according to Bar- ney. A choker-setting crew was finishing work for the day down a steep slope from the landing from which they would leave the job. Rather than walk up the slope, Barney said, the crew caught a ride on the yarder cable, normally used to haul logs to the landing. Two of the men fell, Barney said, and when the operator started to lower the cable to pick them up, the ca- ble jerked and Arenas Flores fell as well, sustaining fatal injuries. FATALITY Logger killed in accident EVENTS » PAGE A2 Harmonyus fest is a huge success FOOD POLICY » PAGE A5 Council says local food is better SPORTS » PAGE B1 Soccer teams off to a good start THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Find us on Facebook CONTRIBUTED Talisa Azevedo, center, accompanied by attendants Alex Azevedo and Paulo Nunes, is the Main Queen for this year's Holy Ghost Festa. By Alina Ornelas Fort Bragg's Portuguese com- munity is celebrating the 78th anniversary of the formation of its Holy Ghost Society during this week's Festa, which contin- ues through Sunday with a Mass, a parade, dances and dinners. Festa de Espirito Santo dates back to the mid-13th century when Portugal was suffering a great famine. In the seventh FESTA 78th Festa Espirito Santo celebration coming this weekend FESTA » PAGE 9 FIELDS » PAGE 10 LOGGER » PAGE 10 CITY » PAGE 10 » advocate-news.com Thursday, September 14, 2017 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/FORTBRAGGADVOCATENEWS Volume 129, issue 15 8 52659 03864 0

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