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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 3A Miriam S. Cody Staff Writer mcody@plumasnews.corri Organizers of a streetscape beautification project in Greenville are wrestling with Frontier Communications to. get their project underway. Meanwhile, the Indian Valley Community Services District is planning the use of other money it received from Proposition 50 to repair pipes and sewers. The repairs done with the approximately $2.2 million that became available through Prop 50 will be complementary to the overall streetscape plan, which is intended to improve infrastructure and beautify the town. The funds will also help repair sewage and water line failures throughout Greenville, and a sewage leak in Taylorsville that has become problematic, said District 2 Supervisor Kevin Goss. A grant agreement signed in 2005 provided over $2.7 million for a "pond-and-plug" project through Prop 50. The pond-and-plug technique of streambed restoration moves an old, "gullied" stream and redirects flow to a stable channel. This is meant to improve wildlife habitat and steady the flow of the streams, which maximizes watershed potential, say proponents of the practice. But according to Heather Kingdon, a property owner downstream of many pond-and-plug projects started in Indian Valley, it doesn't work. She observed the failure of the Red Clover streambed restoration project near her property, which caused massive erosion and killed the stream's flow, she said. Thus, she hired a lawyer to put a stop to the Last Chance II pond-and-plug project. The Last Chance H project ended in November 2013, when the county decided to withdraw funding due to "local controversy" and the "possibility of lawsuits," according to the Feather River Coordinated Resource Management 2012-13 annual report. Over $500,000 was spent on the project before it ended. Once the remaining balance became available for other use, IVCSD general manager Jesse Lawson put in a request to use the money for district repairs. The sewers in Greenville especially need to be repaired, he said. IVCSD secretary/treasurer Jeff Titcomb told Feather Publishing, "It has been bantered about on social "It has been bantered about on social media that the IVCSD will reap the rewards of the failed pond-and-plug project and $1.2 million will come to the district through Prop 50 funds, but I think it should be clarified and shared with the public that these funds only bring us more work.., not a saving grace from heaven to pay accountants, auditors and the fike." Jeff Titcomb Indian Valley Community Services District secretary/treasurer media that the IVCSD will reap the rewards of the failed pond-and-plug project and $1.2 million will come to the district through Prop 50 funds, but I think it should be clarified and shared with the public that these funds only bring us more work and, yes, funds to complete a vital infrastructure need, but not a saving grace from heaven to pay accountants, auditors and the like." IVCSD is still over $400,000 in debt after its former general manager embezzled over $600,000 over the course of several years. "Yes, we may get some equipment and tools from it but it won't naean our Deaths consid ired double homicide Last month's deaths of a husband and wife from Cromberg are being investigated as a double homicide. The bodies of Mike and Olga Kroencke were discovered by Butte County sheriff's deputies Saturday, Dec. 20, in the foothills north of Oroville. Deputies found the bodies in a vehicle off of Galen Ridge Road in the Berry Creek area Where in the world? Dave and Sandy McKee spend Christmas with their grandson Lennon in Santa Barbara at the beach. "It was one of the lowest tides they fiad seen a long time," they said, "85 degrees and beautiful!" after relatives reported the Kroenckes were late in arriving. The Kroenckes owned a cabin in the area. According to a report in the Chico Enterprise-Record, the Butte County Sheriff's Office confirmed last week the Kroenckes were likely homicide victims. Citing the ongoing investigation, the sheriff declined to comment on.the cause of death, or identify possible suspects in the killings. Investigators reportedly found an explosive device while searching a property adjacent to the crime scene. However, the sheriff said the device did not appear to be related to the homicides. The Kroenckes were both Plumas County employees. A family member said a memorial would be held later this month. project, which is not entirely cosmetic -- it will also improve function of the lines included in the plan. He said, "IfI had a bunch of money, I would not use it for the streetscape project." He saidthe imminent concerns over the failing sewers in Indian Valley are a much higher priority for him. But it isn't up to him, he said, and since the money is there he doesn't want to pass up the opportunity. All of the funds from Prop 50 for these projects must be used by Dec. 31 2015. According to Goss, the Board of Supervisors has granted that some of the money be used for sewer systems and water systems too. Kingdon said, "What happens to the money doesn't really matter to us. It just seems that DWR (Department of Water Resources) would want it to go toward water quality and quantity and they gave the money to ' Plumas County for that reason." She said she'd like to see someone take accountability for the damage done to her watershed by the pond-and-plug projects. Any pair (W/de financial burdens are lifted, and that new employees can be permanently hired, it simply means that there will be funds to accomplish a project and then we will still be left with crumbling infrastructure elsewhere in town." Lawson said he is fully supportive of the streetscape Fire, Water or Wind have you frustrated? Don't be misled: It's ultimately your choice what contractor you use for repairs, not your insurance company's choice! Insurance- related repairs are one of our specialties. Emergencies 24/7 CONSTRUCTION SINCE 1984 General Building Contra'ctor Calif. 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As a single mother of three (Cheri, Kristie and Mikel Teeter), she understands the struggles of raising children alone. Now she's a grandmother with seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Her past achievements include: 'director of the crisis pregnancy center, and secretary of Woman's Aglow International. She also worked in whatever capacity she was needed at the Upper Room in downtown Quincy. Irene described the Upper Room as an ice cream parlor/luncheon spot, which also provided the community an up- stairs meeting room for ministry, hosted Bible studies and even housed travelers from the Greyhound bus station who needed to rest overnight. In 1984 Irene married her husband and spiritual partner Chuck Walkemeyer, who is fondly remembered as the "Hallelujah Man". Irene said the he would frequently open a window from the Upper Room loft and yell out as loud as he could "'Hallelujah'" dpwn the streets of Quincy. She loved his faith and boldness. To date, Irene shows no signs of slowing down. At the age of 82, she is still a feisty go-getter. To know her, is to know that she is a strong, sincere, positive and compassionate woman. She unselfishly volunteers at the local PDH Boutique, the Quincy Convalescent Hospital as a Pink Lady, who helps out during Bingo Days or birthday celebrations for the residents. Irene is also a member of Toastmasters International and a member of the local Springs of Hope Church. Besides Springs of Hope, she attends services at both the United Methodist and Catholic churches. More importantly than what Irene does for Quincy, is what people do not see; Irene is an Earth Angel at work. While Irene is walking along the streets of Quincy conducting her business, this mighty warrior is interceding and praying for her beloved community and for various people. Irene's gentle spirit has touched and blessed many hearts and souls, including mine. So as Irene prepares for her new assignment to move closer to her children and grandchildren, I personally want to acknowledge and honor thisbeautiful woman (my #2 mom) because she exemplifies what God has asked us all to be and do, and that is: to teach others, to show love and compassion through forgiveness, demonstrate integrity through example, and be the salt and light of the world. When your life has been touched by an angel, you'll never be the same. I know my life has been greatly enriched by knowing her. Irene, I just want you to know how greatly appreciated and loved you are, and as you move forward into your new adventure, there's no doubt in my mind that you will touch many more lives. Your lovehas given me great joy and encouragement, because you have refreshed my heart. The journey continues. Blessings to you my dear friend. Cyndi Stockton Whiting 1 i V