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October 8, 2015

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Anytime, anywhere. Subscribe to our e-edition. VISIT ADVOCATE-NEWS.COM KNOW IT. ALL. Special pages: Wheels and Autos. Pages B1-3 AT&T outage investigation ongoing. Page A7 INSIDE THIS WEEK By Kelci Parks @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter In an emergency meeting held at City Hall last week, the City Council declared a stage three water emergency. Unprecedented drought condi- tions combined with high tides and the saltwater associated with them have resulted in only brackish water being pumped from the Noyo River diversion, which provides about 40 percent of the city's water supply. Desperate times The water supply is provided by diversions on the Noyo River and two local streams. As of last Wednesday morning, the Noyo River diversion has been out-of- service. During the emergency meeting city staff reported that Fort Bragg water consumers use approxi- mately 600,000 gallons of water per day. That number was down to 550,000 within two days of the emergency declaration. Public Works Director Tom Varga said water operations staff has been maximizing the city's modest storage capacity — three tanks, two raw water ponds and a very small reservoir. More storage will be available once the Summers Lane Reservoir project is completed. "We've been doing this just in case," he said. "And just in case happened this morning. We can manage this shortfall with this water that's been set aside for maybe up to a week. That gives us at least a little bit of time for people to transition into the re- quirements of the stage three wa- ter emergency," said Varga. According to Varga, "The Noyo River is now so strongly influ- enced by high tides that it can- not reliably supply water. The City needs to rely on its two re- maining water sources, New- man Gulch and Waterfall Gulch, which are also at record low lev- els." WATER Council declares stage 3 in emergency meeting This year's Abalone Cook-off, benefitting the Mendocino Area Parks Association, is scheduled for Saturday at South Noyo Harbor. Last year's event (pictured) was well-attended and filled with music, events, and some of the best abalone recipes on the planet. Story on A3. ABALONE COOK-OFF CALLING ALL MOLLUSKS ADVOCATE PHOTO Staff report City staff will be hosting an- other city dialogue meeting, hop- ing to engage the community in a conversation about anything and everything that's going on within city government, the local econ- omy, public safety, local parks, city services, and more. To enable informal yet informa- tive dialogue, the city holds peri- odic round-table discussions to hear from residents and update the community on the current happenings within City Hall. COMMUNITY City hosts dialogue Staff will be on-hand for questions Calendar .......... A9 Classifieds ......B4 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. A8 Weather .......... A6 INDEX By Kelci Parks @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Everyone got a little nervous last Wednesday afternoon when a slew of choppers and fire en- gines were seen racing out High- way 20. A fire had started near the 20,000 block of Hanson Road around 3:40 p.m. CalFire and Fort Bragg Volunteer Fire De- partment launched an all-out attack. Resources included one helicopter and two tankers, four engines, three crews and one dozer, according to Julie Cooley of CalFire. She also said the cause of the fire is currently under investigation. It was fully contained just before 5 p.m. FBFD Chief Steve Orsi said it was a small fire, only 30 feet by 30 feet or so, and had a slow rate of spread. The response, how- ever, reflects that old saying, it's better to be safe than sorry. "This time of year, with the larger fires happening all around us, the response motto is to hit every fire hard with as many resources as you can," he said. "This is a good way of stopping the fires before they become headline news. CalFire hit it hard with engines, crews, a plane and their helicopter. We sent in an engine and water ten- der. The fire was controlled very quickly. Most of the resources were cancelled early." Recent fires have residents on edge, with thousands of acres of land being burned around them by rampaging wild fires. The Valley Fire, which af- fected Lake, Napa and Sonoma Counties, is now 99 percent con- tained, but not before more than 76,000 acres and hundreds of family homes went up in flames. FIRE HW 20 fire extinguished ENTERTAINMENT » PAGE A3 Singer, pianist open chamber season DOT OR NOT » PAGE A10 Dot alert system scrutinized HISTORY » PAGE A4 See weekly photos from way back when THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Find us on Facebook Today, Mendocino County A ssessor, Count y C lerk-Re - corder Susan M. Ranochak an- nounced Sample Ballots for the Nov. 3, 2015 Consolidated Dis- trict Election were mailed out beginning Thursday, Sept. 24. The Official Ballots were set to be mailed Monday, Oct. 5, to all vote by mail voters in the dis- tricts listed below. Ms. Ranochak would like to remind voters to look at the back cover of the Sample Ballot to see where they will be vot- ing. There have been changes to some polling locations. Not all Mendocino County residents will be getting a ballot because not all districts in Mendocino County are going to Election. T he follow ing Mendocino County Polling Places will be open in Fort Bragg on Election Day — Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 — from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.: C. V. Starr Center located at 300 S. Lincoln St. and Fort Br a g g Ve t e r a n s Me mor i a l Building located at 360 N. Har- rison St. The last day to register to vote in this election is October 19, 2015. Your voted ballot must be postmarked on or before Elec- tion Day, and must be received in our office within three days af ter Election Day. You also have the following options to return your voted ballot: 1) Mail in your ballot like you normally have in the past; 2) Hand deliver your ballot prior to Election Day at the Men- docino County Elections Office, during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or; 3) Hand deliver your ballot to any of the Men- docino County Polling Places listed above on Election Day between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. If you have any questions, please call the Elections Office at (707) 234-6819. ELECTION Sample, official ballots on their way HOW TO RETURN YOUR BALLOT Option 1: Mail in your ballot like you normally have in the past Option 2: Hand deliver your ballot prior to Election Day at the Mendocino County Elections Office, during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or; Option 3: Hand deliver your ballot to any of the Mendocino County Polling Places listed above on Election Day between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. More info: If you have any ques- tions, please call the Elections Office at (707) 234-6819. Protocol requires restaurants switch to disposable dishes, all irrigation prohibited city-wide EMERGENCY » PAGE 12 Q&A » PAGE 12 FIRE » PAGE 12 » Thursday, October 8, 2015 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/FORTBRAGGADVOCATENEWS Volume 127, issue 19 8 52659 03864 0

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