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May 18, 2017

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Anytime, anywhere. Subscribe to our e-edition. VISIT ADVOCATE-NEWS.COM KNOW IT. ALL. Calendar ..........B3 Classifieds ......B5 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. B1 Weather .......... A6 INDEX FUNDRAISING » PAGE A2 Hospitality House to get fresh paint EVENTS » PAGE A5 Art Center's Garden Tour approaches SPORTS » PAGE B1 Big games ahead for Timberwolves THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Find us on Facebook New and improved Tourist Guide released. Inside Coast Democratic Club to offer citizenship scholarships. Page A3 INSIDE THIS WEEK By Kelci Parks @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Within just two days, a trea- sured keepsake that was lost on a sandy beach made its way back where it was supposed to be. A young girl playing at Sea- side Beach north of Fort Bragg made an unusual find on Moth- er's Day in the form of a small, engraved bullet that had been fashioned into an urn. The girl's father identified the necklace as a spent .45 caliber round. R hyan Holder wa s enjoy- ing the beach along with her brother, sister, dad and step- mom when she noticed the shiny object in the sand. "In lov- ing memory of Matthew 1993- 2016," was delicately inscribed on its surface. At first she wanted to keep it, but when her dad explained what it might be and its signif- icance she quickly changed her mind. "It would make me really happy if I could find the person this belongs to so I can give it back to them," said 9-year-old Rhyan on Monday. "She is set on finding the per- son who lost it," added dad, Scooter Holder. The journey home The two took to Scooter's Face- book page in an attempt to help locate the urn's home. Sunday evening, after arriving home from the beach, they posted a picture of the bullet and a little about the situation. "By the time I went to bed that night it had been shared a thou- sand times," he said. The post was shared nearly 9,000 times in the first 24 hours. By Tuesday, 25,000 times. There were shares from all over the United States – Ohio, Tennessee, Alaska, Ala- bama, Washington, Oregon and Texas, to name a few. As of Monday, three possi- ble families had been identified through social networking that could be potential owners; one in Florida, another in California and one from Oregon. At first, the Oregon connection was the most promising. Scooter made contact with the mother and brother of a man who could have been the Matthew refer- enced on the bullet based on the dates. "Nobody knows for sure yet," he said in an interview Monday. "It's hard because it's a broken family. The mom knows she still has all of her half of the ashes but doesn't know what the dad did with his half, so we're still trying to get specifics that will pin this down to an owner. I want it to be them so badly so that they can have this little piece of closure, but I also want to make sure it's the right people. We're not going to mail it off just because the dates match, we're going to be sure." The Holders' instincts were right. T he tr ue ow ner was tracked down w ithin hours. Rhyan and her dad met a man who wished only to be identified publicly as John late Monday af- ternoon to return the bullet he had lost while skimsurfing at Sea- side Beach on Saturday. "It was a result of the Face- book shares and some mutual friends. I got a message from a girl that said it belonged to her friend that is visiting here from Florida," said Holder John said he'd rather not com- ment, but was thankful and re- lieved to have the keepsake back. He told the Holders that he had looked for it the day he lost it, but to no avail. BEACH DISCOVERY Urn found on beach returned Girl, dad use social media to make connection with Florida man CONTRIBUTED — SCOOTER HOLDER The urn belonged to Matthew Howell's best friend, John, from Florida. Rhyan Holder, 9, and her family connected with him through Facebook and met Monday aernoon to return the treasured pendant. Howell, 22, was killed in April 2016. By Ashley Tressel @ashleytressel on Twitter Mendocino County's tourism industry is healthy and grow- ing, according to a report by the county's Lodging Business Im- provement District, or BID. The report shows the county for the 2014 fiscal year col- lected more than $4 million in transient occupancy taxes (brought in by lodging busi- nesses) from only its unincor- porated areas, up 8 percent from the year before and 23 percent from 2010. "(The county's tourism in- dustry) is better than ever," said Wendy Roberts, one of the re- port's authors. Roberts and her husband own and operate Bever-Rob- erts Tower, a single-unit rental described as romantic vacation lodging, in Mendocino. She said their business is one that has reaped the benefits of the tour- ism surge. She credits outside economic growth for increasing the county's tourism revenue, as well as better promotion tactics, which had not been producing results in previous years, she said. "Aggressive promotion kept this remote area in the minds and hearts of visitors during the recession and contributed to a full recovery of the tourism in- dustry with revenues now ex- ceeding pre-recession highs," the BID reported. TOURISM Report: County tourism industry booming Business Improvement District wants to increase promotion funding LU DAVIS — CONTRIBUTED By Kelci Parks @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter The Westport Village Society hosts a number of events through- out the year, but the primary fun- draiser by far is the annual West- port Great Rubber Ducky Race and Barbecue. The event has been a coastal fa- vorite since its conception in 1992 and has occurred annually on Mother's Day since then, making this their 25th anniversary. "It was a beautiful day and a to- tal success," said organizer Elika Freeman. Sticking with tradition, attend- ees could enter the annual Deco- rated Duck Beauty Contest, as well as three separate ducky races. Cat- egories included handcrafted, kids and classic. Tri-tip barbecue was served from noon to 2:30 and baked goods and coffee were offered throughout the duration. Vegetarian options were also available upon request. Every mom was given a free flower and free flower seeds were given to children. This year, beauti- fully hand-decorated sun hats were paired with gift certificates to local businesses and raffled off. Look for race and beauty contest winner results in next week's edi- tion of the Advocate-News. WESTPORT Annual Great Rubber Ducky Race turns 25 Howell This image taken right aer finding the tiny urn was posted to Facebook in hopes of finding the owner. The original post, made Sunday evening and updated on Monday when the owner was found, had been shared nearly 27,000 times by Wednesday morning. Families flock to annual Mother's Day event URN » PAGE 8 TOURISM » PAGE 8 » Thursday, May 18, 2017 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/FORTBRAGGADVOCATENEWS Volume 128, issue 50 8 52659 03864 0

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