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May 21, 2015

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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 New Mendocino Coast Visitor Guide. Inside Deputies find half a million in Comptche car. Page A3 INSIDE THIS WEEK By Kelci Parks reporter@advocate-news.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Food trucks could soon become a regular sight in Fort Bragg, with changes to the current mobile food vending regulations being considered. The Community Development Committee has been discuss- ing and receiving input regard- ing proposed changes that would make local mobile vending easier on vendors. The idea first surfaced in Jan- uary, on a CDC agenda. Commit- tee members Scott Deitz and Mi- chael Cimolino, both also cur- rently serving on the City Council, heard a report regarding mobile vending from Associate Planner Sean O'Rourke. O'Rourke noted at the meet- ing that the city's current mo- bile vending policy is restrictive, which is most likely the reason Fort Bragg rarely hosts mobile vendors. City staff estimates that over the past eight years, about four entrepreneurs per year have ap- proached the city to obtain a ped- dler's permit for mobile vending. None of the interested parties have followed through on ob- taining the permit because of dif- ficulty complying with the strict regulations. The most inhibiting aspect of the current policy is a 30-min- ute time limit per location, which doesn't realistically allow enough time to set up, vend and tear down. After much discussion, the committee agreed on several pre- liminary ideas for changes to the parameters for peddler permits. One proposed change would bump the 30-minute time limit up to five hours. CITY Food trucks in Fort Bragg? Proposed policy changes would make permit process easier, encourage mobile vending locally Mitch and Mike White unveil the statue and sign dedicated to their father, Charlie White, in south Noyo Harbor. A well-attended dedica- tion ceremony for the Charlie White Memorial Area was held Saturday. Story on A2. CHARLIE WHITE ART AND FRIENDSHIP CHRIS CALDER - ADVOCATE PHOTO Staff reports With sport and commercial salmon seasons and sport ground- fishing all open, boat captains are reporting spotty luck with salmon, but good results when hunting cod, snapper and other groundfish. Crews on commercial salmon boats unloading at Ocean Fresh Seafood's docks over the past week reported that salmon are present, but have yet to school up in water that is colder and clearer than is ideal for catching chinook. Mel Arnold, captain of the Eu- reka-based Leona C, said Friday that he and his crew brought in 30 fish after a couple of days fishing north of Fort Bragg. Arnold said he was re- turning to Eureka for a few days to wait for conditions to improve. On Monday, Christophe Nicolas, captain of the Kelly L. based in Cres- cent City, delivered 50 fish after four days fishing near Shelter Cove. Nico- las said the salmon bite along the North Coast is "light" so far. Groundfish boats heading out after the May 15 opener reported plenty of action close to shore. WATER Seasons underway Salmon fishing spotty, bottom fish consistently good Calendar ........ A10 Classifieds ......B3 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. B1 Weather .......... A6 INDEX By Chris Calder sports@advocate-news.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Mendocino Coast District hospital is considering a change in its hospitalist program, meant to make sure a doctor is available at the hospital at all times. Since Jan. 1, the service has been run by Dr. James Gude, a Healdsburg physician who has contracted with the hospital us- ing a combination of local doc- tors in the daytime and a tele- medicine robot with a audio/ video link at night. At a meeting May 12, hos- pital board members heard a presentation by Rural Physi- cians Group, a Fallon, Nevada- based company that contracts with smaller, mostly rural hos- pitals to provide hospitalist services. Mendocino Coast District Hospital CEO Bob Edwards said he recommended that the board hear the presenta- tion because there have been some gaps in hospitalist cov- erage since January at MCDH, and he believes the company may be able to improve qual- ity and save the hospital some money w ith a different ar- rangement. Rural Physicians Group sets up teams of four doctors per hospital who alternate in 7-10 day shifts, with each doctor re- sponsible for 24-hour coverage while they are on duty. MCDH Board considers new M.D. contract TRIBUTE » PAGE A3 Super Skunk celebrates 50th SAFE PASSAGE » PAGE A5 Mother's Day event a success SPORTS » PAGE B1 Lady Wolves take championship THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Check out our Facebook page COURTESY PHOTO Students involved in the CX3 Program await their time at the podium during the May 11 City Council meeting. Le to right: Josepha Sugrue, Yamilet Garcia, Zulaimy Garcia, Ruth Trujillo. By Kelci Parks reporter@advocate-news.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter A group of local students is work- ing hard to improve the health of their community under the direc- tion of Fort Bragg High School's nu- trition educator, Petra Schulte. The students are involved in CX3, a state-wide program of- fered through the California De- partment of Public Health. The program's name stands for "com- munities of excellence in nutri- tion, physical activity, and obe- sity prevention." The group gave a presenta- tion on their progress to the City Council at its May 11 meeting. Student Josepha Sugrue ex- plained that the group had contin- ued its work from last year, start- ing with container gardening. "Essentially, it's a portable gar- den," she said. "It's very small, you can put it in your apartment. We started planting them, and hav- ing places where you could plant them, at the food bank." The local group also focused efforts on improving the avail- ability of healthy options at lo- cal store check stands. They started researching their options online and were inspired by a story from Shasta County in which a group of students con- vinced a Wal-Mart store to fea- ture healthy items at two of their check stands. LIVING Students work to improve community's health Initiate healthier check stands at store, offer portable gardens to food bank clients TRUCKS » PAGE 12 CONTRACT » PAGE 12 HEALTH » PAGE 12 » advocate-news.com Thursday, May 21, 2015 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/FORTBRAGGADVOCATENEWS 8 52659 03864 0 A NEWSPAPER Volume 126, issue 51

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