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May 25, 2017

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Like The Mendocino Beacon and stay in the loop on local news, sports and more. VISIT FACEBOOK.COM/ MENDOCINOBEACON LIKE US ON FACEBOOK Look who's coming to the Film Festival. Page A5 Crowd-sourcing may illuminate medical costs. Page B1 INSIDE THIS WEEK SCHOOLS CULINARY SHOWCASE A GRAND SUCCESS MARY ROSE KACZOROWSKI — BEACON PHOTO From le, Amelia Aum, Kaiana Peters, Christopher Hayes, Jacob Nielsen, Kyle Hayes, Evan Cole, Jaycee Hendricks, Carolen Barrett, Raina Harbour, Lauren Bischop, Serenity Bingen-Dodson and Allegra Geiger. Full story in the June 1 edition. Classified ........B6 Crossword .......B4 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. B2 Weather .......... A3 INDEX By Mary Rose Kaczorowski The advertised opening for the Albion School K-3 teacher position is now online at Ed- Join and in local newspapers, the Mendocino Unified School District Board learned at its reg- ular meeting on May 18. Applica- tions are available at the district office and the deadline is June 2. During public comment, a number of individuals spoke against keeping the Albion School open for the five students who are expected to attend dur- ing the 2017-18 school year. The trustees acknowledged their concerns about the qual- ity of the experience and bud- get impacts. Members of the Albion community indicated that with the advertising of the teacher position, there might yet be additional students added to the roster. Student Wellness The first reading of the MUSD Student Wellness program took place with discussion about normalizing nutritional qual- ity standards and designating all of MUSD sugar-free includ- ing school activities and class parties. Trustee Charlie Acker sug- gested that for the second read- ing food served within the school district be pesticide-free and any food donated by the government also be pesticide-free. He asked, "Is GMO-raised food worth any savings with something known as a carcinogen?" MUSD Board moves forward with Albion School Applicants sought for school; discussion starts on MUSD student wellness standards STUDENTS » PAGE A2 Adopt a 5th grader program STATE PARKS » PAGE A8 CalFire crews clear brush SPORTS » PAGE B2 Abalone restrictions meant to help THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Find us on Facebook By Kelci Parks @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office is investigating the homicide of Jaimie Dawn Shipman, 57. She was found at her residence in the 42900 block of Caspar Little Lake Road, also known as Road 409, in Mendocino on Tuesday, May 23. Suspect The victim and her husband had lived on the property for sev- eral years, as did the suspect, Kel- ley Coan, 39, and her 20-year-old son, according to the MCSO. Coan is described as a white female, 5'6" tall, weighing about 140 lbs. with brown hair and hazel eyes. A u t h o r i t i e s say Coan was up- set with the vic- tim and her hus- band about a dis- pute related to the property. Evidence at the scene led de- tectives to believe Coan was re- sponsible for the homicide and a warrant was being sought by Wednesday morning for her ar- rest on a charge of murder. Timeline A call came in to the Men- docino County Sheriff's Office at INVESTIGATION Homicide in Mendocino Authorities searching for suspect Kelley Coan CONTRIBUTED Authorities are looking for this vehicle, which was missing from the location where a woman was found dead under suspicious circumstances. By Ashley Tressel @ashleytressel on Twitter Gov. Jerry Brown is setting aside $1.5 million in the state budget to fund the cleanup of illegal marijuana grow sites in Mendocino, Humboldt and Trin- ity counties, according to a press release from Assemblyman Jim Wood's office. "Our beautiful pristine forests have become havens for these illegal grow sites," said Wood, who represents the three coun- ties. "These illegitimate growers have continued to ignore not only state laws for farming cannabis, but have left these sites ravaged by lethal chemicals, clear cut- ting and thousands of pounds of trash." Illegal sites often use banned rodenticides to keep animals away, the release said, and those chemicals frequently kill deer, bears and fish, among other woodland fauna. "These funds will go to our well-established Fisheries Resto- ration Grant Program, which was created to address declining pop- ulations of wild salmon and steel- head trout and deteriorating fish habitat in California," said Cal- ifornia Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham. "The $1.5 million will help us continue to clean up the egregious environmental dam- age, specifically to California's waterways, caused by illegal mar- ijuana cultivation sites." Not only are pesticides a con- cern at these sites, the release said, but also are other negligent practices like leaving timber af- ter cutting down trees (a fire haz- ard), digging chemical ponds to fill with hazardous liquids, and leaving behind trash (fuel canis- ters, piping or abandoned weap- ons). "These illegal grow sites do un- told damage to forests and wild- life along the North Coast and with Assemblymember Wood's leadership, we're doing some- thing about it," said Brown. Mendocino County Supervisor John McCowen said the money is nice, but not quite enough to make a difference. "It's a great start, but it's re- ally a drop in the bucket," he said. "Frankly, state agencies have not been doing a good job of prevent- ing environmental damage." McCowen said the state has a tendency to overregulate those lining up for permits, and has not done a good job going after those who are not coming forward to participate in the legal market. Unless the state ramps up its ef- forts against "outlaws," he said, the environmental damage will continue. The funding will be included in the governor's revised budget on Thursday. LEGISLATION North Coast getting $1.5M for marijuana cleanup CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE A chemical pond from an illegal cannabis grow site. ALBION » PAGE 8 HOMICIDE » PAGE 8 Coan » Thursday, May 25, 2017 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON Volume 139, issue 34 8 52659 03865 7

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