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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 3A Town rallies for fire victims Theresa Humphrey Staff Writer thumphrey@plumasnews.com The Barclays are slowly re- cuperating after the loss of their Portola home and a family member in a fire Dec. 21. With four of the children in the Shriner's burn center and the parents in the UC Davis burn center, it will take time to heal physically and emotionally. The burns are not life- threatening but require a lot of cleaning and dressing and are very painful. Makiah Barclay, 9, has required skin grafting. Eastern Plumas Health Care mobilized its disaster response to handle the surge of critically injured patients from the fire. With the help of the City of Portola and CareFlight, the hospital mo- bilized multiple helicopters in a well-coordinated effort to get the Barclays on Care- Flight and out in less than one hour from the time the first severely injured patient arrived until the last one was airlifted. A fifth child was treated at EPHC and re- leased. Family, friends and church members from the Assembly of God Church in Loyalton have been visiting the family in Sacramento. Pastor Joel Armstrong has been visiting regularly and has updates on Facebook un- der the Loyalton Assembly of God Church profile page. People have donated clothes and the Firehouse Thrift Store in Portola has pledged tohelp the Barclays when they are rady. Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch will host a benefit potluck dinner for the Bar- clay family Jan. 13 beginning at 6 p.m. All ages are wel- come. The evening's events will cost $5 per person and will include live music by Kelly Ann Miller. Fundrais- ing games and giveaways will take place throughout the evening and a donation jar will also be available with all proceeds being donated to the Barclay family. For more information about the potluck, contact Sara Patrick at Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch: 2116 Greenhorn Ranch Road, Quincy, 'CA 95971; 283-0930; Sara@greenhornranch.com. There is a fund set up at the Portola branch of Plumas Bank to accept donations for the Barclays. Ashley Stevenson, manag- er of Ayoob's Main Street Styles in Quincy, has assem- bled outfits for each family member to donate. She has also designated her Main Street store as a drop-off lo- cation for donations of gen- tly used clothing and house- hold items. The Millers, who lost their Portola home in a fire Dec. 19, have been struggling to find a place to live. David and Lynn Miller and daugh- ter Samantha Townsend lost everything in the fire. Right now they are living in a mo- tel room. According to Kathy Brown, who has been answering questions on the family's behalf, they have suffered many hardships this past month. A week be- fore the fire, they were in an accident, which rendered their vehicle useless. Then they suffered the loss of all of their belongings and house. A week later, Lynn Miller rolled another vehicle in Sierra County while driving her granddaughter home from the hospital. They have a chance to get another trailer but it is in bad repair and needs work. Brown say s that Lynn Miller has received some vouchers for food. She has also re- ceived help from the Fire- house Thrift Store and some other organizations that pro- vide service to her daughter because she is disabled. There is a fund set up through the Quincy Seventh- day Adventist Church, P.O. Box J, Quincy, CA 95971. Those offering donations should indicate Miller Fund or call Kathy Brown at 832- 4988. Almanor thermal curtain resurfaces M. Kate West Chester Editor chesternews@plurnasnews.com After what have been sev- eral years of silence well not. ed by Plumas County offi- cials and the grassroots Save Lake Almanor Committee, the California State Water Resources Control Board has communicated through an end-of-year release of a Level 3 Report involving tempera- ture control alternatives that may impact Lake Almanor. This September 2009 report is the third installment of re- ports and contains analysis of temperature control alter- natives advanced from the Level 2 Report that addresses a stated need to met.w,aer quality regp, i',,ements ant protect col(jfreshwater habi- tat alongthe North Fork Feather River. The report, which can be found on the official Plumas County website (plumas- county.us/civicalerts) should not be misconstrued as the long-awaited Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which was originally anticipated for release in April 2006 and again in October 2006. As of this date, it still has not been released. The need for the EIR was first announced in September 2005 during a public scoping hearing on the California En- vironmental Quality Act process for water usage at Lake Almanor hosted by the state water board in Chester. The three primary water uses planned for review dur- ing the state board's CEQA process are recreation, pow- er generation and water tem- perature as deemed neces- sary by the agency when the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. submitted an application the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the relicens- ing of the Upper North Fork Feather River Project 2105. Procedurally, before such a license could be issued to PG&E, the company had to obtain a Clean Water Act Section 401 water quality cer- t:i,c.ti0 from:th:,st0te wa- During the scoping process, the state board de- termined that portions of the North Fork do not meet the water quality objective for temperature as set forth in their Water Quality Control Plan for the Central Valley Region, also known as the "Basin Plan." In the executive summary of the Level 3 Report the state board said a determination was made "that elevated wa- ter temperatures are impair- ing the cold freshwater habi- tat beneficial use of the Forth Fork Feather River," which may or may not mean the agency is continuing to seek to lower downstream temper- atures throughthe use of a thermal curtain on Lake A1- manor. The 2009 report does state that the water board is in the process of preparing an EIR that "includes water temper- ature reduction proposals which are designed to achieve compliance with Basin Plan objectives." Despite the release of the report, the state board's po- tential purpose for doing so remains unknown, according to Plumas County District 3 Supervisor Sherrie Thrall. "Although they refuse to even discuss it, I believe they sent it to us as a heads-uP: ,to, what they are thinking," she said. The report contains more than 260 pages of technical text, graphs and maps-- cer- tainly not light reading for even the most informed. Thrall said copies of the re- port have been sent to former Pinmas County Public Works director Tom Hunter and to Brian Morris, both of whom have been heavily involved in the PG&E 2105 relicensing project from the ground floor. She also said local consultant Leah Wills had additionally been provided a copy and said each was "wading their way through the report" and would be offering their inter- pretations to the Board of Su- pervisors. Thrall said the state water board has, in the past, attrib- uted much of the EIR delay to state budget and personnel cuts. "They now have staff on board and we are hoping the EIR will be out in the spring. The county has already writ- ten a letter requesting the comment period be extended to 120 days. (The state board) has said they would enter- tain the possibility of 90 days," she said. Wendi Durkin, who chairs the' Save Lake Almanor effort, is also reviewing the report and plans to make public comment in the near future. Low-Cost Lab Testing Just 6ot Better! Now you can get the tests you need when you need them! Choose from the following list, every month, all year long. BEST,. 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