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May 25, 2017

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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 Can you detect fake health news? Page B1 Westport's Rubber Ducky Race winners announced. Page A3 INSIDE THIS WEEK The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office is investigating the murder of Jaimie Shipman, 60. The suspect being sought in the case had lived with Shipman and her husband for years. Shipman's vehicle, a highly-recognizable company car, was missing from the scene. See details in our story on page A5. MURDER Authorities seek vehicle, suspect in homicide KATE LEE — ADVOCATE PHOTO Calendar ..........B4 Classifieds ......B5 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. B2 Weather .......... A6 INDEX By Kelci Parks reporter@advocate-news.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Shayne Carlson is tackling what most would consider a major feat; bicycling from the Canadian to the Mexican bor- der. The task, he says, is a vi- sion quest of sorts in honor of his father, Chief Carlson, a dec- orated special operations sol- dier killed in Afghanistan in 2003. Carlson hopes the trip will raise money and aware- ness for veterans. "As someone who has been personally affected by war, I know what a lot of these guys and girls are going through," said Carlson last week while stopped at the Starbucks in Fort Bragg. The bike he's using, a 1970s model, belonged to his father. The trek, which started at midnight on April 28, will raise funds for the nonprofit organi- zation Team Red, White and Blue. The group's mission is to enrich the lives of America's vet- erans by connecting them to their community through phys- ical and social activities. Carlson was ahead of sched- ule and said he thought the en- tire trip would end up taking him about five weeks. "This has been a sincere sen- timental journey for me. It has given me a lot of time to reflect on what my father taught me through his examples, through the way he lived and even the way he died — my dad died in battle, he sacrificed himself for the medic in his convoy. So VETERANS Man to cruise the coast on bike Trek to raise money in honor of war hero father COMMUNITY » PAGE A2 Day in the Park is a sunny success ACTION » PAGE A7 Group raising funds for citizenship SPORTS » PAGE B2 Timberwolf track star breaks record THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Find us on Facebook Submitted by Peter O'Donohue Give a thought to the humble abalone, particularly to the species North Coast residents know best, the California red abalone. Life has been tough in recent years for the succulent mollusk. The once- abundant creature, familiar to generations of Mendocino County residents who have dined on its flesh or made jewelry from its lus- trous shell, is in decline. New re- strictions on the fishery are in ef- fect for 2017. As in most environmental cri- ses where an animal or plant spe- cies falls at risk, several environ- mental factors combined to re- duce population numbers. The abalone's decline is indirectly re- lated to the massive recent die- off of the sea star, now known as a keystone species. Huge num- bers of sea stars of many differ- ent species have been killed off in recent years by a mysterious ail- ment known as sea star wasting syndrome, a poorly-understood phenomenon that has devastated sea star populations all along the California coastline and beyond. Double trouble As the sea stars decline, popu- lations of some of their preferred OCEAN LIFE New restrictions intended to give red abalone a chance to recover CONTRIBUTED Charlie Lorenz, a founder and coordinator of Mendocino Abalone Watch, has been a diving instructor and guide since 1989. He also docents at the Crow's Nest. The visitor center is located on the south Coastal Trail, not far from Noyo Center's new office on Cypress Street. Staff Report The City of Fort Bragg re- cently advised business owners to check on whether their es- tablishments meet the require- ments of the Americans With Disabilities Act. "Small business owners please be aware … There have been sev- eral lawsuits recently filed against small businesses in Willits re- garding ADA compliance. The lawyer filing the suits may make his way to Fort Bragg," the City's website reports. "It is always a great idea to comply with ADA; it limits your liability and helps you to serve our community." BUSINESS Is your business ADA compliant? By Kelci Parks reporter@advocate-news.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Police are investigating a fire that took place in the early morn- ing hours last Sunday, May 21. At about 5:40 a.m., firefight- ers were called to a location at 311 N. McPherson. The rear ga- rage was on fire. According to Fire Chief Steve Orsi, the north end of the storage garage, where the fire is believed DOWNTOWN Fire being investigated CONTRIBUTED This photo, taken by FBPD Sgt. Jonathan McLaughlin, shows the early-morning scene as firefighters quickly extinguished a storage garage on McPherson. The fire is being investigated by police. Quickly extinguished, no damage to surrounding buildings Sea urchins, warmer water, humans all make life hard for ab population ABALONE » PAGE 8 ADA » PAGE 8 FIRE » PAGE 8 TREK » PAGE 7 » advocate-news.com Thursday, May 25, 2017 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/FORTBRAGGADVOCATENEWS Volume 128, issue 51 8 52659 03864 0

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