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November 16, 2017

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Check us online daily for news, sports, photos and more. VISIT ADVOCATE-NEWS.COM WE'RE MORE THAN A WEEKLY By Chris Calder @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Following a second closed ses- sion meeting to review the per- formance of Chief Financial Of- ficer Wade Sturgeon, Mendocino Coast District Hospital Board President Steve Lund announced Sturgeon's resignation Tuesday night, Nov. 14. Sturgeon was confronted with accusations of workplace harass- ment by the hospital's business manager, who is currently on stress-related leave. He was also accused by board member Dr. Peter Glusker of de- ceptive presentation of hospital finances following a hospital au- dit that showed a $700,000 loss where the hospital's annual re- port last June showed MCDH $400,000 in the black. Lund said Sturgeon's resigna- tion would go into effect in Jan- uary. Prior positions Accusations of mistreatment against Sturgeon surfaced at two other hospitals where he served as chief financial officer, one in Big Bear, California, and the other in Goldendale, Washington. In a statement last week, Sturgeon said friction at those hospitals was caused by making rapid changes in Big Bear's financial practices, and tense union nego- tiations at Goldendale. "Regarding the articles refer- enced I will say that no one wins battling what's a fact in the me- dia. History of fact is determined by those who write it," he wrote in an email last Friday, Nov. 10. Comments Several people at Tuesday's meeting, and one on Nov. 9, made statements before the closed ses- sion. Some supported hospital ser- vices and administration, others called for change and more trans- parency in how MCDH is run. Some referred to resignations of hospital managers, including that of former Human Resources Manager Ellen Hardin, who has filed a federal lawsuit against the hospital naming Sturgeon, CEO MCDH Financial officer resigns, debate continues Carol Brown, president of the American Legion Auxiliary Sequoia Post 96, speaks during the Veterans Day ceremony at Veteran Memo- rial Hall in Fort Bragg. The event filled the hall with veterans, their loved ones, officers of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, and guest speakers including Fort Bragg Mayor Lindy Peters, Fourth District Supervisor Dan Gjerde and Heather Gurewitz, repre- senting Congressman Jared Huffman. COMMUNITY HALL FILLED TO HONOR VETS ADVOCATE By Kelci Parks @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter A 42-year-old man died Tues- day, Nov. 14, after falling from Noyo Bridge. His identity had not been released as of press time. The Fort Bragg Police Depart- ment responded to a report that a man had jumped off the bridge at 12:25 p.m. Upon arrival, they lo- cated him on the southwest side of the bridge, face down in the river. "Officers ran to the location, en- tered the water and pulled him to land," said FBPD Lt. Charles Gil- christ. "CPR was started and main- tained until the subject was trans- ferred to the Coast Guard lifeboat that responded to the scene to as- sist. Medical met the lifeboat at the Coast Guard station where the sub- ject was pronounced deceased." Firefighters with the Fort Bragg Volunteer Fire Department also re- sponded and assisted with CPR ef- forts. The incident appears to be a sui- cide, according to police. FORT BRAGG Man dies from fall off Noyo Bridge Police: Incident appears to be suicide Calendar ..........B5 Classifieds ......B8 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. B1 Weather .......... A6 INDEX By Kelci Parks @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Parents and Friends, Inc. may soon be operating a resi- dential care facility for the el- derly at their property on Cy- press Street thanks to Commu- nity Development Block Grant funding, if approved. The Fort Bragg City Council unanimously voted in favor of approving the CDBG applica- tion during their Monday, Nov. 13 meeting. Fort Bragg can apply for one shovel-ready project this cy- cle. The residential care facil- ity for the elderly project was chosen as the council's highest priority, with a sewer lift station project waiting in the wings as a backup option. Facility Residential care facilities are non-medical facilities that pro- vide room, meals, housekeep- ing, supervision, storage and distribution of medication, per- sonal care and assistance with basic activities like hygiene, dressing, eating and bathing. The local project would con- sist of three new 2,092 square- foot residences with four bed- rooms and three bathrooms each, as well as up to 17 parking spaces total. Each residence will include full interior and exterior handicap access and specialized care accessories, according to a HOUSING CDBG funds could build care facility for elderly Grant awards are announced in March HELPING HANDS » PAGE A3 32 quilts donated to young fire victims GARDENS » PAGE A2 Gearing up for Festival of Lights SPORTS » PAGE B1 Lady Wolves gather for Awards Night THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Find us on Facebook KELCI PARKS — ADVOCATE Instructors Susan Larkin (le) and Kim Beard (right) help locals celebrate Worldwide Aquathon Day at the C.V. Starr Center. Kathy Marden (not pictured) was also an essential part of the organizing team behind the event. By Kelci Parks @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Worldwide Aquathon Day was celebrated locally Saturday at the C.V. Starr Center. T he i nt er nat iona l event , which was originally started by a woman in South A frica five years ago, is meant to ed- ucate people on the benefits of water aerobics. Today, about 80 different countries partic- ipate. This was the C.V. Starr Center's second year to host a local Worldw ide Aquathon Day. Susan Larkin, Kathy Marden and Kim Beard were the orga- nizers and teachers behind the local event, which takes place on the same day and at the same time for everyone around the world (factoring in time zones). It lasts three hours and is usually divided into three segments, like a triathlon. No fee was charged for Satur- day's event, but donations were taken to raise money for swim- ming lessons for second graders in the district. For more information on the event and pictures from World- wide Aquathon Day around the world, visit www.worldwidea- C.V. STARR CENTER Water aerobics: fitness and fun Worldwide Aquathon Day celebrated locally Election results: More than 4,100 ballots le to count. Page A8 Ask the Vet: Learn the basics of feline nutrition. Page B10 INSIDE THIS WEEK FACILITY » PAGE 9 MCDH » PAGE 9 » Thursday, November 16, 2017 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/FORTBRAGGADVOCATENEWS Volume 129, issue 24 8 52659 03864 0

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