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February 23, 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 Nausea syndrome tied to pot use. Page A8 Transient issues in downtown discussed. Page A11 INSIDE THIS WEEK By Kelci Parks @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Several laptops, monitors and keys were stolen from the Fort Bragg Unified School District of- fice earlier this month. Evidence collected at the scene is now be- ing analyzed. District office personnel ar- rived at work on Friday, Feb. 10, to discover that the office had been broken in to. "First, let me assure you that all the information on the comput- ers are password protected and that vital student records are not maintained on any of these com- puters," said Superintendent Re- becca Walker in a letter sent home with students last week notifying parents of the situation. According to Walker, student records are maintained on AIR- IES, a cloud-based system de- signed to protect student data. The Fort Bragg Police Depart- ment is currently working the case. Police say there were no sur- veillance cameras or witnesses at the scene, but some evidence was recovered that may prove helpful. FORT BRAGG UNIFIED Computers, keys stolen from district office KELCI PARKS — ADVOCATE PHOTO A group of sea lions enjoys the sun for the first time in several days aer heavy rains fell on the region. The water in Noyo Harbor is murkier than usual and noticeably higher than normal, with the river coming all the way up to the bottom of the docks. NOYO HARBOR A BREAK FROM THE STORM By Kelci Parks @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter The Fort Bragg City Council is expected to give direction to staff regarding a policy for host- ing special events at coastal parks on Monday at its regularly sched- uled meeting. The issue has been considered by the Public Works and Facilities Committee on several occasions, including meetings in June, August and January. The committee will now bring their recommendation to the full council for consideration. While the focus will be on the large and popular Coastal Trail, the entire Noyo Headlands Park, as well as Pomo Bluffs Park, are intended to be part of the policy. CITY Council to discuss Coastal Trail for event location Fees to be based on event size and impact on public's use of park Calendar .......... B2 Classifieds ......B4 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. B1 Weather .......... A6 INDEX By Chris Calder @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter The third meeting of Men- docino Coast District Hospitals Obstetrics ad hoc committee was spent trying to reach agreement on the form of a final report to be sent to the hospital's board's planning committee, which will in turn make recommendations on the department's future to the board. While some committee mem- bers pushed for more emphasis on exploring potential solutions that would allow the hospital to keep OB open, and negative con- sequences of eliminating the ser- vice, others maintained that what solutions there may be have al- ready been identified. Committee chair Dr. Kevin Miller discouraged broadening the committee's report to include experiences of other hospitals, both in closing OB and in keep- ing it open, and affiliating with nurse training programs through Mendocino Community College or Ukiah Valley Medical Center. Committee members Tanya Smart, Carole White and Dr. Jack Bellah urged that the committee paint a broader picture of possi- ble solutions, such as increasing recruiting efforts or looking into establishing a nurse training pro- gram as a way to increase staff. Miller replied that the need to recruit staff is already part of the committee's report, but that ex- ploring a residency program is a bigger and more time-consum- ing issue than the committee can MCDH OB ad hoc discusses form of final report NOYO CENTER » PAGE A2 Orca articulation workshop planned COMMUNITY » PAGE A3 Socks donated to Hospitality House SPORTS » PAGE B1 Students celebrate senior night THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Find us on Facebook Staff report At their meeting last week city council members approved a let- ter supporting Mayor Lindy Pe- ters for a seat on the California Coastal Commission, joining the mayors of the other incorporated cities in Mendocino County, as well as the Board of Supervisors in urging his appointment by the governor. The Commission seat came open last year after longtime oc- cupant, Humboldt County Super- visor Martha McClure, was de- feated in her bid for reelection. Currently, there is one other candidate for the job, Ryan Sund- berg, a Humboldt County Super- visor and a tribal council mem- ber of the Trinidad Rancheria. The commission seat is ap- pointed by Governor Jerr y Brown, with no set deadline on when the appointment will be made. In recent weeks, the mayors of Point Arena, Ukiah and Willits, as well as the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors, have writ- ten letters in support of Peters' candidacy, joined by the Fort Bragg council's letter last week, which read in part: "Mayor Pe- ters has been an elected official in Fort Bragg for 14 years. He participates in countless land use decisions directly involving coastal projects. One such project includes a privately owned 400- acre parcel that sits on the ocean bluff and will virtually double the geographical size of Fort Bragg as it is developed. Neither Hum- boldt nor Del Norte Counties have a site of this magnitude and importance to consider for development. This opportunity and experience makes his nomi- nation unique to all others seek- ing confirmation." The letter also mentions Pe- ters' involvement in coastal is- sues dating back to 1972, when as a student at University of Cal- ifornia at Santa Barbara, he col- lected signatures in support of the legislation that created the Commission. In an interview last week, Pe- ters noted that former Fort Bragg resident Zeke Grader was a com- mission member decades ago, but since then, there have been no representatives from Men- docino County on the board. He said he would seek a bal- ance between coastal protection and the needs of those who want to build on property within the coastal zone, saying his experi- ence on the council has famil- iarized him with both sides of those issues. He added that there would be no obstacle to him vot- ing as a Coastal Commissioner on issues affecting Fort Bragg. "What I would like to see is the commission getting more in- volved on the front end of proj- ects," he said, rather than waiting for local environmental reviews to COASTAL COMMISSION Peters gets city, county support in bid for seat Lindy Peters Evidence sent to DOJ for analysis COUNCIL » PAGE 12 PETERS » PAGE 12 MCDH » PAGE 12 DISTRICT » PAGE 12 » Thursday, February 23, 2017 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/FORTBRAGGADVOCATENEWS Volume 128, issue 38 8 52659 03864 0

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