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August 18, 2016

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Anytime, anywhere. Subscribe to our e-edition. VISIT ADVOCATE-NEWS.COM KNOW IT. ALL. Rohr's hospital board seat filled on interim basis. See below KZYX general manager steps down aer seven months. Page A10 INSIDE THIS WEEK SCHOOL IN SESSION BACK TO THE BOOKS KELCI PARKS — ADVOCATE PHOTO Fourth-grader Ky-le Heim goes in for a hug from her third grade teacher, Melissa Pyorre, aer the first day of school on Monday. Students and staff started the year off with seven new administrators, including new principals at the four largest schools in Fort Bragg Unified School District. See our related editorial and article in this edition. Calendar .......... A8 Classifieds ......B4 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. B2 Weather .......... A6 INDEX By Chris Calder editor@advocate-news.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Steve Lund, a former Fort Bragg school superintendent and current president of the Mendocino Coast District Hos- pital Foundation, was chosen Wednesday from among five candidates to fill the seat va- cated by Dr. Kate Rohr. Lund, who said he will run for a board seat in the No- vember election, came out the winner in a vote by the four sitting board members, who each ranked candidates using a point system. The other candidates were Tanya Smart, current pres- ident of the Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers association, Dr. Donovan Spencer, currently employed as a 'locum tenens' physician at the hospital, Phil- lip Ross, a former Coast Guard chief who has spent time work- ing as an engineer at MCDH, and Eric Frey, a software en- trepreneur who said he had specific experience with com- puter programs used to code medical treatments for reim- bursement. T he four current MCDH board members voting for the new member chose Lund, awarding him a total of 21 points. Smart, who is also running for a two-year seat in November, received 15 points. Frey received three points and Ross one. Answering a series of ques- tions from moderator Charlene MCDH Lund chosen to fill seat until election Six others file papers for November vote GRASS ROOTS » PAGE A2 Progressive Alliance continues COMMUNITY » PAGE A5 Chamber recognitions SPORTS » PAGE B2 Timberwolves prep for season THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Find us on Facebook Staff reports Congressman Jared Huffman visited the Mendocino Coast last week to do a little camping with his family and meet with constit- uents. He stopped buy the news- paper office for an hour's question- and-answer session that covered a range of subjects. Broadband Congressman Huffman is cur- rently working on passing a bill he introduced called the Rural Broadband Infrastructure Invest- ment Act, which promotes new op- portunities for broadband deploy- ment on California's North Coast. Contents of the bill include making North Coast communities eligible for $670 million in federal broad- band financing; permitting the Ru- ral Utility Service to offer, in addi- tion to loans and loan guarantees, broadband grants; and increasing the overall RUS broadband invest- ment from $25 million to $50 mil- lion annually. Huffman's bill builds on the Rural Electrification Act, which brought power and telephone ser- vice to rural communities across America during the New Deal. "I think it is a good idea to build on the program that brought us ru- ral electrification and give it some modern application to help fulfill this critical need of rural broad- band. I haven't had a hearing, and I haven't been able to get a vote on this bill ... I have a bill that would INTERVIEW Huffman addresses district issues SHARON DIMAURO — ADVOCATE PHOTO Congressman Jared Huffman and his field representative Heather Gurewitz talk with Editor Chris Calder and reporters Zoe Yudice and Kelci Parks last week in the Advocate office on Main Street. By Kelci Parks reporter@advocate-news.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter The Fort Bragg City Council has two seats up for grabs in the com- ing election and as of this week no one has put their name in the hat. City Clerk June Lemos said Monday that five people had re- quested and received candidate papers, but no one had turned them in. Incumbents Scott Deitz and Doug Hammerstrom, whose terms expire in December, have both expressed publicly that they don't intend to run for reelection. Since neither incumbent filed pa- pers, the deadline was extended to yesterday. CITY COUNCIL Deadline extended, no candidates yet Five people have requested papers, but none had returned them as of early this week By Kelci Parks reporter@advocate-news.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter The Fort Bragg Unified School District started off the year on Monday with several new head honchos in the administrative lineup. The High School, Mid- dle School, Dana Gray Elemen- tary and Redwood Elementary all have new principals. The high school has a new vice principal and the vice principal position at the middle school was rein- stated, meaning Chuck Allegrini is back in his desk. FBUSD also has a new director of special pro- grams, Carolyn Carine. Superintendent's message From For t Bragg Unified School District Superintendent Becky Walker: "Fort Bragg Unified School District is excited to begin an- other year of learning for the youth of our community. We have many new programs and new faces in the district and we are eager to make the 2016- 17 school year a year filled with academic growth and enriching experiences. "Redwood and Dana Gray schools have adopted new Eng- lish-Language Arts (ELA) curric- ulum for this year so the teach- FORT BRAGG UNIFIED School District hires several new administrators Middle school's vice principal reinstated, four schools have new principals CONTRIBUTED Vice Principal Jaime Alexander and Principal Bruce Triplett look forward to their first year in these positions at the high school. Triplett, formerly the vice principal, is married with four children. He grew up in Fort Bragg and graduated from FBHS. Alexander moved to Fort Bragg with her family in 1979 from Australia. She lives in Fort Bragg with her two sons who will be attending the high school this year. HUFFMAN » PAGE 12 COUNCIL » PAGE 11 STAFF » PAGE 3 LUND » PAGE 11 » advocate-news.com Thursday, August 18, 2016 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/FORTBRAGGADVOCATENEWS Volume %vol%, issue 8 52659 03864 0

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