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February 22, 2018

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Check us online daily for news, sports, photos and more. VISIT ADVOCATE-NEWS.COM WE'RE MORE THAN A WEEKLY Health and Wellness: a look at stress and distress. Page B2 Local first responders to speak about risking it all. Page A3 INSIDE THIS WEEK Last week, while pulling up crab pots north of Usal Beach, the crew of the Gloria II got a surprise when they discovered a Maine lobster hanging off the side of one of the pots. While no one was exactly sure what a Maine lobster was doing in the Pacific Ocean (Spiny lobsters range as far north as Monterey, but look quite different from their East Coast cousins), they have been caught very occasionally along the North Coast in the past. A Sept. 5, 1979 article in the New York Times entitled "Aquaculturists Envision Lobster Ranches and Salmon Ranges" mentions that the Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory was experimenting with lobster living arrangements at that time. Gloria II skipper Richard Daniels, pictured center with crewmen Austin Stillwell, le, and Mike Daniels, right, said the catch was a first for him in five years of crab fishing, and a first for the Gloria II, which he said has been fishing out of Noyo for the past 90 years. OCEAN UNUSUAL CATCH AT USAL ADVOCATE Classified ........B5 Crossword .......B3 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. B1 Weather .......... A6 INDEX Staff Report Fort Bragg Unified School District and the Noyo Food For- est have no plans to part ways as the district makes plans to dispose of surplus property and lease buildings recently trans- ferred to it by the Mendocino County Office of Education. Following an article last week on plans to dispose of surplus property, Fort Bragg Unified School District Superintendent Becky Walker said the district received many calls from peo- ple alarmed that the Food For- est's future might be in doubt. Walker said that the dis- trict has no plans to sell the Noyo Food Forest property, but must put the lease of the buildings there out to bid af- ter the County Office of Educa- tion turned over the buildings to the district. "We're not kicking Noyo Food Forest out," she said. "But there are legal procedures we have to go through ..., we can't lease the buildings to someone we like. Emily Forster, Noyo Food Forest executive director, said the program is planning on staying in its location. "We fully intend to bid and we're working with the dis- trict," she said. "We're moving forward." The Food Forest provides hands-on experience for be- tween six and 10 students, de- pending on the time of year, and provides fresh greens and vegetables to Fort Bragg school cafeterias on a regular basis. SCHOOLS District: no plans to remove Food Forest COMMUNITY » PAGE A2 Teens pitch in at river cleanup EMPLOYMENT » PAGE A3 Duran joins college staff SIGN UPS » PAGE A7 Whale Run approaches THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Find us on Facebook By Chris Calder @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter The Fort Bragg Planning Com- mission on Feb. 14 denied the ap- plication of Root One Botanicals to build a cannabis processing facility on North Franklin Street, splitting 2-2 on the proposal. If applicant Jon McColley ap- peals the decision, it will be taken up by the City Council. Commissioners who voted against the proposal, which in- cludes three buildings at 845 N. Franklin St., said they are con- cerned about a possible federal crackdown on cannabis and the potential effect of the facility on business neighbors and Calvary Chapel, which is within the ra- dius set for "sensitive sites" like churches and schools, that are set out for special consideration in the ordinance allowing cannabis man- ufacturing in town, passed by the City Council in November 2016. Commmissioners Stan Miklose and Mark Hannon voted in favor of the facility. Miklose, in making the motion to approve it, said the proposal — the first under the city's 2016 ordinance — is in an "ideal" location, and noted that the ap- plicants had worked extensively with city staff, police and fire de- partments, to make sure the pro- posal complied with the ordinance. CANNABIS Planning Commission denies North Franklin cannabis proposal By Kelci Parks @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Retail cannabis sales are an- other step closer to being reg- ulated in Fort Bragg. The City Council discussed retail sales in town last week, once again giving direction to staff to further shape an ordinance. Discussions started about a year ago when, in January 2017, the council directed staff to de- fine, establish and regulate retail cannabis uses. Further discus- sion was directed to the Public Safety Committee. The commit- tee received a presentation from the League of California Cities in May on the anticipated state reg- ulations and formulated a report with suggestions for the council in June. Direction given to staff and added to the draft ordinance in- cludes striving to create one retail cannabis ordinance applicable to both medical and adult use pur- poses for ease of administration and compliance, allowing can- nabis locations to sell accessory retail like shirts and mugs, ad- hering to the same odor require- ments as listed in the manufac- turing ordinance (submitting an odor control plan and complying with odor control requirements), CITY Council discusses retail cannabis Dra ordinance in final stages Submitted by Ellen Persa Michelle Roberts, executive director of the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation, recently presented a check for $218,000 to Mendocino Coast District Hospi- tal for the purchase of a new Mer- cedes-Benz Sprinter Ambulance. The new ambulance replaces an 11-year-old vehicle that had traveled well over 200,000 miles and had reached the end of its useful life. "It is difficult to switch from one ambulance type to another. The new ambulance is very sim- ilar to our other ambulance, al- lowing our caregivers to be more efficient and effective. This will ensure that we will be able to quickly respond to medical emer- gencies for many years to come," commented David Beak, direc- tor of MCDH Ambulance Service. T he Hospital Foundation maintains an Ambulance and Emergency Services Fund for the purchase of vehicles and emer- gency equipment necessary to re- spond to emergencies throughout the healthcare district. Funded through community donations, the "911" raffle, and by contribu- tions from the Mendocino Coast Ambulance Support, the Ambu- lance and Emergency Services Fund has purchased the last four ambulances in the fleet. "The purchase of this ambu- lance ensures that we will have a reliable vehicle to provide much- needed EMS service through- out our area. We can't thank our Foundation and the Mendocino Coast Ambulance Support Fund enough for all of their contribu- tions to support the hospital and HOSPITAL CONTRIBUTED Commissioners cite fears of a federal crackdown, effect on neighboring businesses, church From le, Mendocino Coast District Hospital CEO Bob Edwards; Michelle Roberts, Mendocino Coast District Hospital Foundation executive director; Lynne Finley, MCDH director of nursing; and David Beak, director of MCDH Ambulance Services. Hospital Foundation donates $218,000 in community giving for new ambulance PLANNING » PAGE 7 AMBULANCE » PAGE 8 COUNCIL » PAGE 7 » Thursday, February 22, 2018 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/FORTBRAGGADVOCATENEWS Volume 129, issue 38 8 52659 03864 0

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