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FEATHER RIVER urrounding Areas Since 1866 Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 Vol. 147, No. 22 Feather PJblishing Co., Inc. 530-283-0800 50 CENTS Two men arrested in burglary case Recent rash of burglarie.,, vehicle break-ins prompts emergency alert Dan McDonald Managing Editor ! ! Two Quincy men were "arrested in connection with the Jan. 7 burglary of a Quincy antique store. According to the Plumas County sheriff, Ralph Chico Cardiel III, 37; was arrested Saturday afternoon, Jan. 11, and charged with burglary and a probation violation. On Monday night, Jan. 13, deputies arrested Robert Appley, 25, at a residence on Lee Road. Appley was charged with being in possession of stolen property and violating probation. Cardiel and Appley are suspects in the burglary of the Pinache antique store. According to Investigations Sgt. Steve Peay, Appley was in possession of jewelry and coins that were stolen from the antique store. The property was valued at about $2,000. "1 will say there are striking similarities in all the burglaries that have happened." Greg Hagwood Plumas County Sheriff The arrests came after a series of at least four burglaries and 20 vehicle break-ins over the past two weeks in the Quincy area. Sheriff Greg Hagwood said the investigation is ongoing. He said it is too soon to tell if Cardiel and Appley were associated with any of the other break-ins. "I will say there are striking similarities in all the burglaries that have happened," Hagwood said. All four of the reported burglaries were suspected of taking place in the pre-dawn hours. The most recent break-in happened Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Plumas Charter School's Quincy office in East Quincy. Cornerstone Learning, Great Northern Hair Co. and the antique store have also been burglarized. In the Great Northern and Pinache break-ins, the burglar (or burglars) stole jewelry. Coupled with the high number of vehicle break-ins, the sheriff activated the county's new "Code Red" emergency alert system about noon Saturday, Jan. 11. The rapid emergency notification service sends messages via telephone, email and text to residents who are signed up to receive the alerts. Saturday's alert warned residents of the "recent rash See Burglaries, page 5A Skaters enjoy a magnificent day of skating at Silver Lake near Meadow Valley on Jan. 4. From left: Dave Hartwell, Della Rabb, Laura Beaton, Sandy McKee and Diann Jewett. Sandy and photographer Dave McKee were closing in on breaking their seasonal skating record of 17 days on the ice. Photo by Dave McKee On thi ice To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 On Jan. 5 a hole is visible in the ice in the middle of Silver Lake. Larry Gustafson, left, Jim Battagin and Dave McKee carefully check it out. With recenttemperatures in th9 50s and 60s, the skating prognosis does not look good and people should exercise caution if venturing onto the ice. Photo by Sandy McKee PDH addresses flu, bad debt, billing changes Debra Moore Staff Writer "The flu is here," announced Doug Lafferty, chief executive officer for Plumas District Hospital, during the hospital's monthly board meeting Jan. 9. "Last weekend we got slammed." Even though many county residents have already. contracted the flu, Lafferty encourages those who have not received a flu shot to do so as soon as possible. Board member Dr. Mark Satterfield also encouraged the public to get a shot, noting that even young, healthy people are susceptible to this strain of flu. Lafferty said that flu season is strongest in Plumas from January through March, and a flu vaccine is good for six months. He worries that sometimes individuals receive a vaccine too early in the season so it isn't effective when they are exposed to flu. The public health department is conducting another round of flu clinics throughout the county. In Quincy, a walk-in clinic is being held at the courthouse annex Thursday, Jan. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Flu shots also are available by appointment at either of the hospital clinics. While hospital employees are encouraged to get a flu shot, and 91 percent have, some employees have opted not to get the vaccine. Those individuals are required to wear a mask ffthey come within 6 feet of the public. See PDH, page 5A District signs off on wastewater project Laura Beaton Staff Writer After a year and a half of construction, the Quincy Community Services District board approved a resolution accepting the wastewater collection rehabilitation project. As of Jan. 2, the project costs were almost $4.8 million. The bulk of the project was funded by USDA loans and a USDA grant of $1.4 million. The district's contribution was initially estimated to be $600,000, but general manager Larry Sullivan told the board during its Jan. 9 meeting, that the cost would end up to be a little more than $800,000. Project engineer PACE Engineering certified that "except for some punch-list items and paving repair that will be completed as warranty items in early summer 2014," it has accepted the project as complete. Members of the board commented that current wastewater treatment and See QCSD, page 5A Today: After-School Kids Club, 3 - S p.m., Pluma s County Library community meeting room at 445 Jackson St. Activities include arts and crafts, science activities, games, stories, snacks, more. Open to kids in second - sixth grade; younger kids may attend with adult. Free; continues weekly through school year. For information: 283-6310. Tomorrow: Labor law update workshop, 9 - 11 a.m., Business & Career Network at 270 County Hospital Road Suite 206. Costs $39; preregistration required. All mandatory posters, pamphlets available for order. For more information, to register: gSBHhK. Flu vaccination clinic, 2 - 4 p.m., 270 County Hospital Road. Walk-in clinic; no appointment needed. See Q, page 10A i