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,/~" L:~.,/~i~~Z: -~ - Serving Quincy and Surrounding Areas Since 1866 Robert Chandler La Porte? represent all Supervisor district move One knows what agrees But just how depends on the results have but the states are still waiting Steve Allen, local census di- statistics must state by April 1 be forward- will receive results sooner, one of the most to tabulate, is last. Census results will g of the districts--work to be com- 31. If the Board has not rede- by that date, a committee is the task. must include attorney, the coun- and the county If the county isn't elected, falls to the county of schools. superintendent then the job goes sheriff. In the election the county clerk is elected. has until the dis- unlikely," Allen that the su- the Though, the discussions results of the 2000 known for sure, that, once again, need to grow ge- That's because rate in Indian Val- pace with county, and, by Cllstrict must have population. , Imge Ken Nelson (front left), Robert Meaeh (froat right) and BJ. Pearmm took the oath of offloe Tuesday, Jan. 2, in the courthouse foyer. m By Dave Keller Staff Writer Superior Court judges Ira Kau an and Garrett Olney were sworn in Tuesday, Jan. 3, for six-year terms. County Clerk Judith Wells gave the oath of office to Kaufman and Olney inside the courthouse's main court- room on the third floor. Minutes later, in his first duty as the Plumas County courts' presiding judge, Kauf- man swore in newly elected county supervisors Ken Nel- son and B.J. Pearson and in- cumbent Robert Meacher. For Kaufman, it was the second time he was sworn in Jud ee GmTatt OIn mid a bdof cemncey in the ceurthouas. were vom Into Tuesday, Jan. 1, during m m By mdml mmm Mana ng Ed of Just a few days after work- ers at the mill in Loyalton showed up for work, 150 of them were told to go home again. This marks the second time they have been laid off in the last month. In December, workers at the Sierra Pacific Industries' (SPI) mills in Loyalton, Quincy and Susanville were laid off for two weeks. But, the new Loy. alton shutdown is expected to last three months. SPI spokesman, Ed Bond, blames the closure on sagging lumber prices and a lack of small logs for the mill which had been retooled to process small timber. The mill was re- tooled in anticipation of the thinning projects, promised by the Quincy Library Group legislation, which produce small timber. "To date, the QLG has pro- vided an insignificant volume of logs and the company finds. itself with a major shortage of logs for the coming years," Bond said. While the other mills will continue to process small tim- ber from SFI's private land, the Loyalton mill was ear- marked to process the small timber harvest from federal land--the land included in the Quincy Library Group plan, Implementation of that plan has been delayed. Bond said that SPI planned to use the QLG-generated tim- ber in all of its mills, but Loy- alton was most adversely ira. pacted. As for the future of the mills in Quincy and Susanville, Bond said "SPI will continue to monitor the situation." Even though the mill clo. sure is in Loyalton in Sierra County, Plumas Corporation Director John Sheehan said it will have an impact on Plumas County. "There are many people who live in Portola and East- ern Plumas County who work at the Loyalton mill," Sheehan said. "This will hurt everyone in Sierra and Eastern Plumas counties." Sheehan said that, in a study completed in 1995, Plumas Corporation discov- ered mill closures can have a -depression-like effect on the See SPI, page IlA z r Photo by Y t0na Metcalf Rogers became the first baby of 2001 Greenville and Quincy areas. Bryce made M 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, at Plumas in Quincy. Born to Jennifer Rogeflk of Bryce weighed 9 pounds 12 ounces and was long. Welcoming their first grandchild and Lany Craa= of emmvme, and grout- Badlara FeatStwatoae, also of mnville. By Ten1 Nao serve its customers. He also said that California Sierra Pacific has filed for P0rtola Editor Walquist said that, although has not built any new power increases in Nevada rates, While the rest of California's Nevada customers have seen plants since the '70s, unlike which will enable them to in. electric customers are seeing small increases in rates, Call- Nevada, which has seen two crease prices monthly based large increases in their power fornia customer rates are new generation plants go on- on what the company has to bills and the threat of rolling fl-ozen until March 002 or un- line last year and another one pay for fuel. blackouts, those receiving til R sells its last power plant, underconstructlon. Nevada's utility deregula. electricity from Sierra Pacific He said one of the differ-The demographics are quite tion has been delayed a couple and Plumas Sierra Rural Elec- ences causing problems with different in the two states, of times, according to tric Cooperative are safe for California utilities is that they with California using 30,000 to Walquist. the moment, are required to go,through the 35,000 megawatts, compared to The Nevada State Legisla. Karl Walquist, public infor- California Independent Ser- Sierra Pacific at 1,200 ture, which meets every two matlon officer for Sierra Pacff- vice Operator system, which megawatts, years, passed a deregulation ic, said the company's policy has had to buy on the spotThe company's California plan in 1997, changed it in 1999 of setting up long-term con- market, customers paid, and are still and will revisit the issue again tracts, and the fact that 80 per- "Sierra Pacific has been paying, 8.3 cents per kilowatt this year. cent of power delivered to buying on contract giving us hour. The governor formed a panel Nevada and California cus- more purchasing power," hePG&E's customers were pay- to study the issue and will tomers is produced by three said. "The company bases our ing 10.7 cents per kilowattmake its recommendation Fri. generations plants still owned expected usage on average hour in 1999 and that is expect- day, Jan. l& by the company, enables them temperature, past history and ed to skyrocket in the coming Plumas Sierra Rural Elec. to obtain enough power to expected growth." months. Power, page The present of choice this holiday: Scooters. seepage lB. GHS takes Its game to "Hawaii. see page 1C. Obltumrlem Page 3B Cluelfled=: Page 2D Opinion: Page 8B Letters: Page 9B