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6B Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001 Regional News By Woody Morgan idea of fighting over it is ludi- Staff Writer crous to me." The county of Lassen says Sorenson said even if the court decisions could put the court decides on the side of city of Susanville, the Commu- the county, the redevelopment nity Development Agency and project would not necessarily the Susanville City Council at be finished. a disadvantage when it goes to "If they were to prevail in court against the county of court," Sorenson said, Lassen. "against the redevelopment But Susanville City Admin- project, then what would hap- istrator Newell Sorensen does pen is, the court would say not agree with the county's you are flawed and flawed in point of view and ultimately this point. So you turn around says a court will have to de- and bring it back with those cide the redevelopment issue, points solved and you still "It verges on a frivolous have a redevelopment pro- lawsuit," Sorenson told the ject." Times. "Forming of a redevel- While Bixby tells the Times opment agency and a project "the courts are striking down is allowed by the legislature, redevelopment," Sorenson There is case law behind it says recent decisions by the and there is nothing they can court in no way apply to the do to preclude that. city of Susanville and its rede- "Which also shows why the velopment project." county is ready to form its "The cases that are being own redevelopment agency," cited right now have nothing Sorensonsaid. to do with the city of Su- The county filed suit Friday, sanville," Sorenson said. Dec. 15, to halt the redevelop- However Bixby says, "The merit effort in Susanville after legislature has recently the two sides failed to come to passed legislation that essen- an agreement after two tially sets these things up to months of negotiations, be blocked by the county." County Administrative Offi- Sorenson says Susanville is cer Bill Bixby was not at all the perfect example of what surprised that the redevelop- the state meant when it passed ment issue has ended up in the redevelopment laws. court. "I'm sure no one in the "The litgitation was a culzni- county is familiar with rede- nation of the past six months velopment," Sorenson said. of activities between the city "Mr. Bixby has some histo- and the county," Bixby said. ry with it but the rest of them The county is concerned didn't. That's not the case with the potential loss of rail- with me. I have been through lions of dollars during the life this before." of the redevelopment project. Sorenson said despite the "They don't want any funds county's attempt to halt rede- that may have gone to the velopment through the courts, county to go to the city,'" the city is moving ahead. Sorenson said. "They don't The city of Susanville and lose any funds in the short the Redevelopment Agency ex- term and the potential is that pect to reap as much as $49 they may lose $13 to $18 rail- million dollars during the life lion over 40 years. That is of the project. such a pittance that the whole By Victoria Metcalf Staff Wnter Low and fLxed-income fami- lies are in for a financial break as they are encouraged to have their cats spayed or neutered. For a limited time, the Plumas Animal Shelter and the Plumas Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) are offering vouchers for cat owners who want to get their pets altered. The vouchers are good at par- ticipating veterinarians in Plumas County. Those interested in receiv- ing a voucher are asked to contact the Plumas Animal Shelter in Quincy at 283-3673. Only a limited number of vouchers are available through the month of Janu- ary, so those interested in par- ticipating in the program, are asked to contact the shelter staffas soon as possible. Once the voucher is re- ceived, participants are then asked to contact their veteri- narian quickly. A list of those veterinarians participating in the program is available at the shelter. "This is a way to end the senseless spread of unwanted animals," said PAWS Presi- dent Stephanie Leaf. And, believing that only having female cats altered solves the problem is a fallacy, Leaf added. Male cats, left un- neutered, go on to contribute to the over-population prob- lem. While members of PAWS take in many cats and board them until good homes are found, the sad fact is that many cats go unadopted, Leaf explained. Each year, animal shelter employees are forced to put down hundreds of cats. Nationwide, the problem is even bigger, as 12 to 17 million animals are put to death each year, Leaf said. For those who are interest- ed in "doing the right thing," and having their pets altered, Leaf said the surgery can be performed on kittens as early as two to three months of age. Cars As Low SHADETREE AUTO I II I I ;. 11hi$ lu~nville re~Ide~,e i$ one of IL~I~ exmpl~ of -~ blig~ i~lucll~l in the Redevelopment Plan lu~ville Cit~ Cou~il by Uri~n Futures, I~, By Victoria Metcalf Staff Writer When 17 abandoned cats found themselves at the Plumas Animal Shelter in Quincy last month, members of the Plumas Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) began scram- bling to find homes for them all. "We still have several left," said PAWS President Stephanie Leaf, although the response to adopt the cats has been good. In the early days of the on- slaught of cats, Leaf said there was only a small amount of funding available from the nonprofit organization to help with sPay and neuter costs. But, thanks to a "kind- hearted Christmas angel," more fundin~ has been made available to have more of the unaltered cats fixed and given their shots. "This helps us tremendous- ly," Leaf said about the dona- tion and concern one individ- ual has shown toward the care of the cats rescued from a But- terfly Valley home in early December. But, the l~roblem still re- mains that more cats are com- ing into the shelter and space is at a premium. It is impor- tant, Leaf said, to get the ani- mals adopted as soon as possi- ble. 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Child care will be provided for younger children at no cost. For registration & informatio~ call PCIRC at 530/283-5515 "There is definitely a time element with the shelter and funding," Leaf said. "The shel- ter simply cannot do it based on the great number of cats that are coming in." "Everybody wants the little kitten," Leaf said, about some of those who are considering cat adoption. "People still want the little kitten, but even cats that are somewhat older can be just as playful, just as adaptive, just as funny." Those cats that still remain to be adopted range in age from about 10 months to two years, Leaf said. But, Leaf also added caution to her plea for good homes. It is important for prospective pet owners to be prepared to make a home for the pet for the duration of its life. 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