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September 22, 2016

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Anytime, anywhere. Subscribe to our e-edition. VISIT ADVOCATE-NEWS.COM KNOW IT. ALL. Central Coast Transfer Station EIR approved. Below New Home and Garden special section. Pages B1-4 INSIDE THIS WEEK ADVOCATE PHOTO The Fort Bragg High School Interact Club participated in California Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, collecting 28 bags of trash from Noyo Beach. Included in the haul were a car axle, a bicycle, 125 food wrappers, 25 takeout containers, 65 glass and plastic bottles and more than 800 cigarette butts. Story on the coastwide event on Page A2. COASTAL CLEANUP INTERACT DOES ITS SHARE Calendar .......... A9 Classifieds ......B8 Opinion ............A4 Obituaries ....... A6 Sports ..............B5 Weather .......... A6 INDEX By Kelci Parks reporter@advocate-news.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Plans for a long haul trans- fer station are moving forward after more than two decades of operating in what officials call a "makeshift" manner. On Mon- day, in a joint meeting between the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors and the Fort Bragg City Council, the Central Coast Transfer Station project's Envi- ronmental Impact Report was certified as adequate. A public hearing was opened shortly af- ter 10 a.m. in Town Hall. The project site is located about 3.5 miles southeast of downtown Fort Bragg. The 17-acre site will be removed from Jackson Demonstration State Forest off of Highway 20. AB 384 was enacted in 2011, which includes provisions au- thorizing a multi-party/multi- property land swap whereby the state would transfer own- ership of the JDSF site to the County and City. The final EIR includes four documents; the draft EIR from February 2015 and its response to comments document from June 2015 as well as the revised DEVELOPMENT Transfer Station EIR approved County will acquire 17 acres from Jackson Demonstration State Forest for project VOLUNTEERS » PAGE A2 Another coastal cleanup success BOAT TO FORK » PAGE A3 Local flavors celebrated SPORTS » PAGE B5 Lady Wolves win against Cloverdale THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Find us on Facebook By Kelci Parks reporter@advocate-news.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter The City of Fort Bragg has hired a consultant to prepare an Environ- mental Impact report for the pro- posed Hare Creek Center project. A public scoping session was held on Monday at Town Hall to receive input from the community to identify what environmental im- pacts should be studied in the EIR. Florentina Craciun, of the consult- ing firm Michael Baker Interna- tional, was on hand to receive the public comments. Concerns raised included the condition of Hare Creek Bridge and what having a shopping center there might do to its speed of dete- rioration. At least five commenters mentioned the state of the bridge. Perhaps the most prevalent con- cern, repeated about 15 times, was that Grocery Outlet, the proposed anchor store of the shopping center, sells "cheap booze." Time after time commenters focused on the prob- lems caused by cheap liquor. One commenter requested that a bird study done in 2004 on the prop- erty be redone. Bright lights com- ing from the facility at night was another concern, both for the peo- ple and the animals in the area. Many residents from Todd Point came to comment on their con- cerns for how the project will af- fect the water. "I have a nice well out there, it still has some water in it and I'd like it to stay that way," said Todd Point resident Mark Farver, who also voiced concerns about traffic, displaced deer and an increase in beach trash. It was asked that the city or de- veloper pay for a water analysis to CITY Hare Creek scoping session draws crowd Public comment was taken on perceived environmental impacts CONTRIBUTED The proposed Hare Creek project consists of three buildings, with a Grocery Outlet as the anchor store. By Kelci Parks reporter@advocate-news.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter An accident occurred on Simp- son Lane Tuesday night, causing many in Fort Bragg to lose power for just over two hours. According to a PG&E representative, a vehi- cle collided with a power pole and caused the blackout at 9:38 p.m. By 9:40 the newspaper started receiving reports from readers that their power was out. A total of 2,344 Fort Bragg cus- tomers were affected in the vicin- ity of the accident. According to PG&E, the power was restored to all affected cus- tomers by about 11:44 p.m. The extent of injuries sus- tained, if any, and the number of people in the car involved, was unclear as of press time. ACCIDENT Car vs. pole causes outage for many Sharon DiMauro, publisher of the Advocate-News and The Mendocino Beacon, will be hon- ored during the National News- paper Association's 2016 Annual Convention this week in Frank- lin, Tennessee. She will be pre- sented with the NNA's Emma C. McKinney Award on Sept. 24. Recog nized a s the high- est and most dignified trib- utes in community journal- ism, the Amos and McKinney Awards are presented annually to a working or retired newspa- perman and woman who have provided distinguished service and leadership to the commu- nity press and their own com- munities. "It's such an honor to receive this award and I give my heart- felt thanks to all of the people I get the privilege of working with presently and those who have gone before for all they've done to keep the mission of community journalism strong," said DiMauro. "I feel humbled by them and want them to know the impact they've made on my life and the community through their tireless efforts." RECOGNITION DiMauro honored for her work in community journalism Sharon DiMauro PROJECT » PAGE 11 TRANSFER » PAGE 11 DIMAURO » PAGE 12 » advocate-news.com Thursday, September 22, 2016 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/FORTBRAGGADVOCATE- Volume 128, issue 16 8 52659 03864 0

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