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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter ' Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 9B 009og l z,0000zr, c cr00pi00,tion, cat hammock:; bring fun We're about two weeks into  re p " you are an on inside the building. We making us eight and another our new year and there are early riser and Want a had a cat hammock donated CC member is also making a Stnat n: lP010Ugt s Cr "nt Ytanadt already many positive  morning walking companion, to Friends by Karen Powell of few for our cats. any food store in the county. changes at our rescue and come to one of our volunteer Main Street Sports Bar and We strive to keep our cats What fun! The tickets will be adoption site. Our dog orientations and join the Lounge and our kittens love and kittens healthy, happy ready for sale by the end of kennels have been installed ANIMAL TALES wonderful and helpful it! They play and wrestle in it and socialized and are always January and will be available and we will be working on the outdoor dog runs as weather permits. Hopefully we will be able to re-home canines, as well as felines, from the site in the very near future. This project has been ongoing for the last year and is the culmination of the work and good deeds of many. Our sincere thanks to the Common Good Community Foundation for granting us the initial funds to start the process. Also, many thanks to Kunsman Fence for building FRIENDS OF PLUMAS COUNTY ANIMALS the indoor cages, to Dr. Klement for his donation of outside fence panels, to Bill Timms for his expertise in putting it all together and to all community members who sent funds specified for the dog project. We have a few volunteers who are willing and able to come around 8 a.m. to feed, walk and play with the dogs but we are always needing volunteers of Friends. Our volunteer orientations are held every first Saturday of each month at 1 p.m. at the building site: 2163 E. Main St. in Quincy. We are also installing some outside lighting at the site. Our lovely overhead sign, which was donated by Wild Hare Signs, will be illuminated and we will have a new porch light to keep things safe and cozy for our volunteers who work in the evenings. We also have changes going -- hang from it -- hide and pounce on each other from it and get a lot of inental and physical stimulation all day long and then curl up on each other and laaD xxmrrnly together in it. We immediately wanted one for each cage and a few for the large playrooms. Friends put a request out to Community Connections for help making cat hammocks and we are very happy to say we got responses from a few people. A Girl Scout group is seeking new creative ways to keep them interested in life until they get permanent new homes. If you haven't been in to our facility please come by. We are very proud of our accomplishments in the past year and would love. to.show you our four-legged friends and share with you our plans for the future. We have a new drawing that will run until the end of May. The "Gas 'N' Grub" tickets will be for a $100 gift certificate at any fueling at our site and from any Friends volunteer. Friends of Plumas County Animals is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and all donations are tax-deductible. No one in Friends gets a salary and no money is spent on administrative fees. Friends is not a county entity. Donations can be sent to Friends, P.O. Box 182, Quincy, CA 95971 or brought to the site at 2163 E. Main St. Thank you for your continued support. Hearings on habitat designation announced The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently released a draft economic analysis of its proposal to designate 1,831,820 acres of critical habitat in California for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, the northern distinct population segment of the mountain yellow-legged frog and the Yosemite toad. The draft economic analysis estimates the costs associated with the designation of critical habitat to be $630,000 to $1.5 million over 17 years (2014 to 2030). With 97 percent of the proposed critical habitat designated on federal lands, the estimated costs of the designations are largely associated with federal agency consultations for actions on federal lands such as fish stocking, water operations, grazing and recreation. On April 25, 2013, the service published in the Federal Register two proposals to list and designate critical habitat for the three amphibians and opened a 60-day comment period. During and after the initial comment period, the service received several requests from the public to extend the comment period. On July 18, 2013, the service reopened the public comment period for 120 days, which closed Nov. 18, 2013. The release of the draft economic analysis opens a new 60-day comment period that will close March 11, 2014. The public is invited to submit information on the draft economic analysis as well as the proposals to list and designate critical habitat. "Comments from the public help the service make a final decision that reflects the best information available," said Jennifer Norris, field supervisor for the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office. "We especially want to invite businesses and economic stakeholders that operate in and around proposed critical habitat areas to carefully review and submit comments on the draft economic analysis." Comments may be submitted online at the Federal eRulemaking Portal at regulations.gov. The docket number for the proposed listing rule is FWS-R8-ES- 2012-0100 and for the proposed critical habitat rule and draft economic analysis is FWS--RS-E S-2012-0074. Comments can also be sent by U.S. mail to: Public Comments Processing Attn: FWS-RS-ES-2012-0100 or FWS-RS-ES-2012-0074 Division of Policy and Directives Management U.S, Fish and Wildlife Service 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042- PDM Arlington, VA 22203 The service will hold a public hearing on the proposed rules and draft economic analysis Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at the Sacramento Horsemen's Association, 3200 Longview Drive, Sacramento, CA 95821. The first hearing session will start at 1 p.m. with doors opening at 12:30. A second hearing session will start at 6 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30. Written and verbal testimony will be accepted at the public hearing. People needing reasonable accommodations in order to attend and participate in either of these public meetings should contact Robert Moler, external affairs supervisor, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, as soon as possible by calling 916-414-6606. Beginning rarrners pr,)grarn seeking Ioc:al land to utilize The Sierra Intensive Farmer Training program is entering its second year of educating the next generation of Plumas County farmers. The program has just accepted an enthusiastic group of beginning farmers who will soon be seeking land where they can put down roots. The SIFT program helps to connect these farmers with local landowners who are interested in leasing space for food production. Ideal plots of land can be as small as one-eighth of an acre, o.r up to 5 acres or more. Access to water and decent sun exposure is essential, and fertile soils are a plus. Land can be flat or on a moderate slope, and even somevhat rocky softs can be usable. The SIFT trainees aye launching into an intensive 10-month training program starting this month, through which they will gain the business and hands-on skills needed to launch their own diversified farms. Each trainee will build a hoop house, set up irrigation systems, amend softs and possibly even plant crops and raise livestock during their first year. Though most of the farmer trainees in this year's program are located in the Quincy area, SIFT is interested in cataloging available land across Plumas County for future reference. Interested landowners are encouraged to contact Elizabeth Powell at Plumas Rural Services to learn more about farmers' needs and arrange for a site visit. Call 283-3611, ext. *839, or email food@plumasruralservices.or g for more information. 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