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April 23, 2015

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Like the Advocate-News and stay in the loop on local news, sports and more. VISIT FACEBOOK.COM/ FORTBRAGGADVOCATENEWS LIKE US ON FACEBOOK Staff reports A citizens group opposed to lo- cating a homeless outreach center in the Old Coast Hotel filed notice this week that it means to pursue a ballot measure that would ban homeless services in Fort Bragg's central business district. The Concerned Citizens of Fort Bragg filed a notice with City Hall Monday that they will circulate a pe- tition calling for the ballot measure. In a press release the group says it will ask to clarify Fort Bragg zon- ing law to ban homeless services in the Central Business District while allowing them in the larger Gen- eral Commercial District. Anna Marie Cesario said the pur- pose of the ordinance would be "in- suring the fundamental historical and business character of the Cen- tral Business District be retained and that social services for the homeless and transitional housing be situated outside that small central hub in any number of alternative zones." OLD COAST HOTEL Ballot measure called for Calendar .......... B2 Classifieds ......B4 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. B1 Weather .......... A6 INDEX Submitted by the City of Fort Bragg Fort Bragg Police Lieutenant John Naulty has announced his retirement from the Fort Bragg Police Department after 35 years in law enforcement. Lieutenant Naulty has served as the Department's second-in- command since November 2011. "I would like to tha n k the community for their support of me and my fam- ily during this past year, as well as their support throughout my career in law enforcement," Naulty stated. "I have always taken pride in giving my best in every aspect of police work, and I've strived to teach others in law enforcement to realize that we work for the people, for the community. It is very important for me to stay active in support of officer training and safety." Naulty began his law enforce- ment career in 1980 when he was hired as a Reserve Officer by the City of Fort Bragg. After gradu- ating from the Police Academy the following year, Naulty be- came a Police Officer with the Fort Bragg Police Department. Over the next two decades, he held a variety of positions in the Department and rose up through the ranks. He was the first Fort Bragg officer assigned to the Mendocino County Major Crimes Task Force and he was named the Fort Bragg Police Department Narcotics Officer of the Year. He was also a Cali- fornia Narcotics Officer Associ- ation (CNOA) Al Stewart nom- inee, a Detective, a K-9 officer, a Field Training Officer (FTO), and a Firearms Taser instructor. SERVICE Longtime FB officer retires CHRIS CALDER - ADVOCATE PHOTO CalFire emergency responders carry a stretcher down the bluff during rescue and recovery efforts at Hardy Creek Tuesday. Staff reports Emergency responders were called to the steep bluffs above Hardy Creek Tuesday afternoon after a man was reported in dis- tress on the rocks north of the beach there. The location, where Highway 1 turns inland just south of Rock- port, was crowded with emer- gency vehicles until sundown as responders worked to reach the remote location. The man, who had reportedly been fishing and hiking with a companion, was injured in a spot made inaccessible by steep ter- rain and a high tide and rough surf. Volunteer firefighters from Westport and Fort Bragg, along with CalFire and state parks per- sonnel and Mendocino County Sheriff's deputies, worked for hours to get access to the site. At around 7 p.m., as the tide re- ceded, responders were able to get a stretcher around the rocky point and retrieve the man, who was deceased. No identification or official de- tails on the incident were avail- able by press time. It was the fourth fatality on area beaches in the past two weeks. On April 12, three visit- ing abalone divers drowned in rough surf at Caspar Beach. ROCKPORT Fatality occurs near Hardy Creek By Chris Calder @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter A 26-foot orca was found washed up on a state park beach three miles north of Fort Bragg Saturday morning. The crea- ture had a line and buoy from a crab-fishing pot wrapped around its tail and one side-fin, but re- searchers examining the carcass this week say they do not believe the entanglement was the cause of death. Biologists and marine mam- mal specialists, as well as a stream of onlookers, gathered on the beach next to the harbor seal rookery at Mackerricher State park after beach-goers reported the find at about 7:45 a.m. It was the second whale to wash up on a Northern California state park beach in a week. Tuesday be- fore last, a 49-foot sperm whale was discovered on Sharp Park State Beach near Pacifica. The male orca found near Fort Bragg Saturday was probably a young adult or a "sprouter" — a late juvenile — at least 17 years old, said orca specialist Jodi Smith of Naked Whale Research, who was at the site Saturday. Male orcas' dorsal fins grow quickly, or "sprout" when they reach adulthood. Smith said the whale did not look underweight, and she was not sure that it died from get- ting entangled in the line. She said orcas around the San Juan Islands often encounter fishing gear and are normally able to free themselves. Smith reported later that the orca was found to have a nearly-whole seal pup in its stomach, along with the remains of several others, and that the an- imal seemed well-fed and healthy. Work is continuing to determine the cause of death. Barbie Halaska, stranding coor- dinator for the Marine Mammal Rescue Center, had just completed work on the sperm whale beaching at Pacifica when she was called to MacKerricher State Park Sunday morning. Halaska was oversee- ing the orca's necropsy and more than 200 tissue and organ samples to determine the animal's health and genetics. Research and sam- ple-taking on endangered species like the orca is especially exten- sive, she said. OCEAN Orca beaches north of Fort Bragg on Saturday CHRIS CALDER - ADVOCATE PHOTO Humboldt State biologist Jeffrey Jacobsen, the Marine Mammal Center's Christine Fontaine, and volunteer Sarah Grimes examine fishing gear wrapped around the tail of a beached orca near Fort Bragg on Saturday. COMMUNITY » PAGE A5 McPherson mess meets its match SPORTS » PAGE B1 Rec district teams face off on court NEWS » PAGE 2 Charlie White remembered THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Check out our Facebook page Lake and Mendocino counties Contractors Guide. Inside Thieves harvesting historic state park fencing. Page A7 INSIDE THIS WEEK Naulty ORCA » PAGE 10 MEASURE » PAGE 10 NAULTY » PAGE 10 » Thursday, April 23, 2015 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/FORTBRAGGADVOCATENEWS 8 52659 03864 0 A NEWSPAPER Volume 126, issue 47

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