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ReCOrd, Reporter PUBUSHER LOWERS, NEW FORMS AVAILABLE I, 2001, the statewide sales and use a quarter of a percent, from 7.25 % tax charts are included in our this month for both our newspa- book customers, compliments of The Publishing. Additional . available for free at any of our newspaper WAGE INCREASES JAN. 1, 2001 workers who earn minimum wage will increase to $6.25 per hour starting i, 2001. The minimum wage is set to in- cents for each of the next two years. Em- their workers the new minimum work performed on and after the effec- the wage rate increase. mm Wednesday, Jan. 3,2001 Area Classifieds By Mary Kathleen West of merchant responses dealt sons. The New Year will bring from consumers who will have StaffWnter with a lack of trade for the fol- the federally mandated in-less income to spend due to Depending on whom you ask lowing reasons: crease in the minimum wagethose same increases. about the economy for the year .Too many of the schools are up to $6.25 an hour. Larger There may also be increased 2000, you are going to receive a converting to a year-round for- businesses with high traffm re- merchant costs for items deliv- mix of responses from the mer- mat. Instead of having theport that this will have next to ered: the cost to run the chants of the Lake Almanor standard tWO and a half no impact, that most of their garbage truck; or anyother as- Basin. months of family vacations, employees are paid above this sociated costs of businesses Tell them that the nation is vacations are now shorter and scale. Smaller businesses are that r lyona utility. reporting a dismal picture for spread throughout the seasons, concerned with the increase to Some businesses have been the year and you have those causing a shift in what may be their overhead, proactive in seeking reduc- that will concur, stating that plannedas revenue periods;Several merchants com- tions through the use of energy business is the same or experi- .The summer business was hit mented that, with the economy conservation. They are run- encing a small reduction, yet hard by smoke from the fires; slowing down, it can't help but ning store lights on low or others report a bonanza year .The summer weather was hurt them. However, no mer- high beams by the aisle or in- with revenue increases up to cool; chant failed to say that an in- stalling energy-saving lighting 30 percent. .Winters are lacking snow;crease in wages would be good throughout their businesses. Realtors are reporting very .Extreme gasoline pricing;for local employees. Others facing the possible util- little slow down for the winter .With layoffs, or threat of lay- The recent energy crisis in ity hikes are considering turn- season and parking lots at the offs, locals don't have, or don't the State of California opens ing out all of the lights but the markets are seldom empty. Re- want, to spend the money to up a new realm of discussion open sign. sorts, of course, are closed at recreate;and for merchants. For local mer- A common concurrence this time of year and not avail- .Inflation, coupled with a fluo. chants, this may be likened to among the merchants is that able for response, tuating stock market and un- falling on a double-edged 2001 promises to be a hard Identifying indicators for the sure election process, sword. Higher utility costs year, unless resolution for the rise or fall in trade brought Looking at the year 2001, may result in higher costs for energy crisis receives a rea- about mixed, but very thought- merchants are facing issues goods, yet those same mer-sonableand quick resolution. provoking, answers. The bulk beyond the routine of the sea- chants will be relying on trade STRAIGKIr,.. By Terri Nacar did the Sculpture Studio. reported on a new product on the Porto/a Editor Mary Little from Ace Hard- "Love In A Box", manufactured by Many large retail stores are ware said Christmas seemed a Design. Locally, I said they were avail, reporting that sales were down bit slower this year, but busi- People in Quincy. My mistake, they this Christmas and some area hess was up for the year. at Quincy Drug Store. My apologies to merchants also experienced a She said it seems the weath- drop in sales during the sea- er plays a part during the win- son, but overall the year was a ter months and this year the good one for many. area experienced a rather dry TIP OF THE WEEK The Village Green reported December. seem to matter anymore when it they saw about a 10 percent in- "When the weather is good However, when going on a job in- crease this year and owner more people head for Reno, and women Mike, need to be cautious Jeanne Riggs said she wasplus the fact Christmas fell on l kinds of pieces to wear. In most instances very pleased not only with the a Monday and we were closed leave their earrings at home while season but the year. Sunday as well," she said. wear simple, non-distracting ones. Aggie Keese, owner of High Radio Shack said they saw to other accessories, such as bracelets, Sierra Books, said she saw about a 30 percent decrease in about a 10 percent decrease in sales this year. remember you're going December, but the total for the Owner Dave Seller said he not clubbing, year was considerably higher, spoke with other Radio Shack "Overall the year was great', dealers throughout the coun- -- WEEK, SO HERE'S ANOTHER TIP especially the summer months, try and they were also report- eItective communicator, whether orallyand I owe my success to the lo- ing lower sales. zs an essential key in climbing any cal residents who have shown Kathleen Perazzo, owner of Failure to get your message under-overwhelming support," she BK Brazzo, reported an excel- also shine a light on you, but not in the said. lent year with marked in- Yott desire. To avoid this, do the following: Gina Prince, owner of Lila's crease in sales, including in- Flowers and Gifts, said they creased sales in December. to what someone says to you were extremely busy during A total of five out of eight is being said to you the holidays and saw an in- gift oriented stores contacted crease over last year. reported an increase in sales, all your facts She said December is always not only for December but for interrupt the person who is talking her second best month of the the entire year. year, but she saw a tremen- Two saw decreases but said a, hat the purpose is behind the corn- dous growth throughout the sales volume and revenue for entire year. the year was better than previ- responding, mentally review the salient Graeagle's Eco-Centric saw ous years. an increase this season accord- The merchants said they are ing to owner Kathy Abar, as looking forward to the new CalFarm's No-Deductible Primary 45 Health Plan should be clear, concise and by Employment Review and Inventory Reduction Sale 112 Hwy 89 Graeagle is right for you? l / IAn Education IRA can help you save J Ifor higher education expenses./ II can help you choose the IRAJ IRA or Roth unique tax Can help you build nest egg. 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