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FEATHER RIVER Vol. 143, No. 22 cy and Surrounding Areas Since 1866 50 CENTS County settles suit for $230,000 Joshua Sebold Staff Writer The Plumas County Board of Supervisors re- cently approved a $230,000 settlement with former county employee Tim Ball, stemming from his layoff in 2005 and the subsequent 2008 closing of the county's alcohol and drug depart- ment, where Ball worked. Ball agreed to dismiss any lawsuits, allegations or complaints, including those filed with Equal Employ- ment Opportunity Commis- sion and the Department of Fair Employment and Hous- ing, against the county ex- cept for workers' compensa- tion claims. The settlement also indi- cated Ball discharged the county from any other lia- bility or obligations' from the time he was employed to the date of the settlement. The settlement stressed Ball could never work for the county again: "Ball See Settle, page 8A Blue moon over Quincy Blue moon over a pink mountain in Quincy marks the end of the old year, the first such moon on New Year's Eve since 1980. Babies born this year will have to wait until 2028 for a repeat performance. Photo by Linda Satchwell SPI to re-open Loyalton co-gen } :' Diana Jorgenson Portola Editor Sierra Pacific Industries announced last week that it will reopen its Loyalton co- generation plant, now known as a biomass electri- cal power plant, Jan. 4. "SPI has resolved contrac- tual issues with its power purchaser, allowing the plant to begin operations in early January," said plant manager Jim Turner. "We will be bringing more fuel to the plant and will make an effort to call em- ployees back to work who were terminated." Turner spent last week get- ting the plant ready to re- open: snow plowing, clearing the scales and fixing breaks from the last cold spell. The Loyalton facility closed for repairs in Septem- ber. Instead of reopening in November, it closed alto- gether, citing poor economic conditions, and laid off 19 employees. Sierra County Supervisor See Re-open, page 8A Po-tola wants full EIR for reCycling plant Diana Jorgenson Portola Editor Intermountain Disposal's materials recovery facility has begun the county's per- mitting process with an ap- plication to building and planning services requesting a special use permit for the MRF. Rebecca Herrin, senior planner for the county, in turn, has solicited comment and recommendations from a number of interested parties and agencies, including the city of Portola, regarding whether "an environmental impact report or a negative declaration should be pre- pared." The city held a special meeting,Dec. 22 to discuss the subject and to agree on a response in time to meet the county's Jan. 5 deadline for responses. The application for a spe- cial use permit requests ap- proval to construct the pro- ject at two locations: 73836 Delleker Rd., where IMD's maintenance shop is also lo- cated, and 74260 Humbug Lane. The parcels are near, but not adjacent to, the present transfer station. Plans are to locate the MRF on Dellek- er Road and an outdoor storage area for large appli- ances and other items on Humbug Lane. Both parcels are already zoned heavy industrial. Owners of Intermountain Disposal, Ricky and Candice Ross, propose to build a facil- ity that is open to the public and processes solid waste to remove recyclable materials, such as cardboard, 'metals, mixed newspapers, plastics and wood, from the waste stream and reduce the amount going to landfills. The remainder would be hauled to Lockwood, Nev., as is currently the case. The Rosses anticipate the facility will process material seven days per week, 24 hours per day. They expect to require three employment shifts, each with 12 person crews. The 53,000-square-foot building will house elevated conveyor lines where recy- clables will be processed and baled for the commodities market. The application points out there is a 100-year floodplain associated with Humbug Creek, but the storage area does not occupy that portion of the property. Other activities on that parcel will include sorting metals and wood, particular- ly construction debris. IMP intends to close the current transfer station when the project is complete, as the MRF will replace the facility. Accordingly, the company does not anticipate an increase in public traffic, estimated to be 17 trips per day. However, since the facility hopes to process solid waste from all parts of the county, IMP anticipates vehicles us- irig the roads to the MRF will increase to 24 trips per day when the facility is complete. At the special meeting of the city council, planner Karen Downs and City Attor- ney Steve Gross led the dis- cussion and narrated the history of the project. John Kolb, Plumas County Department of Public Works, also attended to offer com- ments from the county's per- spective. "The main thrust (of the MRF) is to meet the state of California's demands that we increase our amount of di- version from the solid waste stream," he said. Council member Bill Kennedy wanted to know whether Quincy's solid waste would be re-routed through the Delleker MRF and long- hauled to Lockwood from there. See Recycle, page 8A Slice of Plumas passes with Stanley Young Former judge Stanley C. "Spike" Young, Jr. Mike Taborski Publisher Former judge Stanley C. Young Jr., "Spike" as he was most commonly known, died peacefully in his sleep Jan. 1, 2010 in Reno, leaving the county with a lifelong legacy of both professional and com- munity service. He was 84. He leaves behind his wife of 31 years, Louise, and seven children. Young's life was a slice of Plumas County history. His grandfather, John C. Young, owned and operated several businesses and a dairy in In- dian Valley in the 1660s, after he and two of his brothers migrated from Canada to stake their claim during the Gold Rush. Young's Market in Taylorsville carries the family name. As a youngster, Young's fa- ther, Stanley Sr., worked at the family dairy. Eventually, Young Sr. obtained his law degree and began practicing in Quincy. After graduating from Quincy High School in 1944 and San Jose State in 1948 with a degree in history, Young Jr., who always ad- mired and respected his fa- ther, also decided to pursue a career in law and went on to earn his degree from Hast- ings School of Law in 1952. After passing the state bar exam, Young returned to Quincy in 1958 to establish what became a distinguished career as an attorney, prose- cutor and Plumas County Su- perior Court judge. He started out as a partner in a law firm with his father until 1964, when Young Sr. began phasing himself out of the practice. About that same time, Young Jr. was offered and accepted a position as deputy district attorney and was subsequently elected the county's district attorney in 1965. While serving as Plumas County's DA, Young prose- cuted the case involving George Parell, who was ac- cused of arson in the infa- mous fire at the historic Quincy Hotel. Young often lamented to friends that it was a trial he felt he should never have lost and one, as it turned out, he would never forget. In 1969, Young Jr. was ap- pointed Plumas County Su- perior Court judge by then- Gov. Ronald Reagan, suc- ceeding Bertram Janes, who was appointed to the Third District Court of Appeals. Judge Young presided over the court running unop- posed for re-election every six years until 1989, when he felt it was time to step aside and let someone a little younger take his place. That paved the way for what be- came the county's first con- tested election for judge. But Young, who was quot- ed once as saying he loved the "fascinating dilemma law presents," wasn't quite ready to completely retire, so he spent the next two decades as a sitting assignment judge, mediator and arbitrator. He told friends his last and most daunting trial a few years ago took him to Mendocino County to preside over a gruesome 1986 murder involving four members of the Hells Angels who were ultimately convicted. Young's list of accomplish- ments was long and impres- sive. He was very active in the community. Rarely was there a public or private event where he wasn't asked See Young, page 8A INSIDE THIS WEEK Winter's beauty Scenics of the season. See page 1B Learning his chops Plumas man earns his black belt. See page 1C