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Serving Quincy and Surrounding Areas Since 1866 tradition, the Board of Su- lnted Don Clark [IPman for the second Supervisor was appoint- d Meacher were a joint motion Bill Detmison, newcomers, B.J. lml Ken Nelson, from e meeting' it ap- Nelson would for the vice chair name clear that interested in the post when he son's motion. 118 attempt to have l 'One for chair and r elf[r-was turned the chairman of des not have any B wer than the oth- lSors, he directs land does sign letters, and otl er docu- all" of the board. the nomination, l ised Clark's lead- skill at running sPbeelark has done a hag the super- task Den- n difficult ined from voting board to avoid lsors serve two as chairman in eClark said he the appointment oddity of having wbers on the board. Ysare not the easi- (local) govern- said. made a reference vember election, two-term incum- i l resclani and Fran Ousted by the elec- Nleacher narrowly term. that many vot- r local government [ r trol and has not ible. l ave been impact- eXPerience," Clark the supervisors to their convictions, flexibility. rks the first time r Supervisor Joyce i Id the position in 992 that someone Selected to the post years: h chairs ol board tidebush (1995 and ison (1998), Bres- Meacher (1996), n (1994) and Bill Big, fluffy snowflakes fell as these babies ex- perienced the fun of playing in the snow Jan. 11. At top, Ane Soeres guides Kystlna Ornvotz, both 1 1/2, down the slide In her front yard. Five-year-old Chloe Thurston didn't need a bit of help. Bundled up for the cold, she headed right down the little slide, made snow angels and even tried her hand at making a snowman. See inside for more phw tos. Photos by Victoria Metcalf / Coates According to the Forest Ser- Managing Editor vice, that figure will be ap- The Forest Service plan to proximately 140 million board manage the 11 national forests feet annually. of the Sierra Nevada will "The Regional Forester "kill" the Quincy Library doesn't have the authority to Group (QLG) plan, according change the pace and scale set to Linda Blum, a member of by the U.S. Congress," Blum the QLG. said. Reaction to the record of de- But, Powell said, he devoted cision on the Sierra Nevada "particular attention to the Framework, released Friday, QLG area," in making his deci- Jan. 12, was mixed. Locally, sion. members of the Quincy Li- "We were able to implement brary Group, attacked the de- the key elements of the pilot cision, while nationally, mem- project, while also fulfilling bets of environmental organi- our legal responsibilities to zations lauded the Forest Ser- protect wildlife habitat. I be- vice action, lieve the pilot project can now Regional Forester Brad Pow- proceed, although at a smaller ell explained the Forest Ser- scale than originally con- vice decision to QLG co- ceived." founder Bill Coates in a con- The smaller scale is what versation the day of the re- concerns members of the QLG. lease. Powell told Coates he After reviewing the Forest had no choice but to sign the Service choice, member Record of Decision on the George Terhune said, "The ac- framework because of the tivities that can occur will be available science and threats so inefficient to produce, that by other federal agencies to it will be a perversion of the list the spotted owl as an on- process." dangered species. John Sheehan, director of The Sierra Nevada Frame- Plumas Corp and a QLG mere- work proposed eight alterna- ber, likewise, had economic tives to manage the Sierra concerns. "The National Envi- forests. While the QLG pre- ronmental Policy Act calls for ferred Alternative 4, the plan reconciling the economy and which relied heavily on fuel- the environment into a 'her- breaks and mechanical thin. monious balance.' In this ef- ning to treat the forests, the fort, the Forest Service utterly Forest Service preferred Alter. fails in fulfilling the act." natives 6 and 8, both of which The Sierra Nevada Frame- advocated prescribed fire for work becomes effective Feb. forest health. And, while A1- 11. The public has 90 days to ternative 4 provided the most appeal the decision. Appeals commercial opportunity for must be filed with the review- timber harvests, Alternatives lng officer and should be sent 6 and 8 provide a third of'what to: Chief has been harvested in recent USDA Forest Service years. Attn.: Appeals.Barbara Tim- While the Quincy Library berlake (Mall Stop 1104) Group five-year pilot project PO Box 96090 will proceed under the Sierra Washington, D.C., 200904 ) Nevada Framework, it will be A copy must be sent to: drastically reduced. The plan, Bradley E. PoweU, Regional authored by Rep. Wally Herger Forester and U.S. Sen. Dianne Fein- USDA Forest Service stein, and passed by Congress, Pacific Southwest Region called for the harvest of 286.3 1323 Club Drive million board feet annually. Vallejo, CA 94592 By Debea Coates Rodrigues said the negotlat. Ma agingEditor ing team was scheduled to Teachers and administra- meet Tuesday, Jan. 16, with tors from Plumas Unified Tamara Drean, a representa- School District met late into tire from the California the evening Friday, Jan. 12, Teachers Association. but failed to reach a settlement The meeting is to study all for the 2000-2001 contract, of the ramifications of the pro- The negotiations, which be. posed contract. "It looks good gan at 9 a.m. and lasted until to me," Rodrigues said, noting approximately 9 p.m., were that he would probably ask for spent studying each other's of- another meeting with the fers and then discussing the school district later this week. sticking points. "I would describe our nego. Art LaCues, the school dis- trict's director of personnel tiations as very close," Ro- and chief negotiator, was opti- drigues said, "but we have a mistic when he talked about lot of people we're represent. the negotiations in an inter- ing and we're using this time view Monday, jan. 15. He said to answer their questions." another meeting had been Steve Cokor, president of scheduled for Friday, Jan. 26. the Plumes County Teachers Michael Rodrigues, the chief Association, said he was also negotiator for the teachers, very optimistic, "but we can't said he was hopeful that a set- start hooting and hollering un. tlement would be reached be- til we have the approval of our fore the Jan. 26 data. membership." Snowball planned for Jan. 27. see page 11 B. i, Skiers race to first place. tee page lC. Nt arles. Page 2B Page 8B Classifl ls: Page 2D Letters: Page 9B By Debea Coates Managing Editor The county's plan to hire a natural resource specialist hit a snag last week--new super- visors B.J. Pearson and Ken Nelson. Nelson said he refused to ex- pand government his "first day on the job," and Pearson believes that providing for health and safety comes before adding a new position that is "wanted, not needed." m that portion of the meeting, water projects, CalFed Bay Delta issues and fisheries). For several months, the su- pervisors have discussed the The new position would pay need for a natural resource approximately $30,000 annual- speclallst--someone who ly. II I I I I III I I I III II III I III )eople don't like growth in government." I lll Ken Nelson During the Plumas Board of Supervisor Supervisors' Tuesday, Jan. 9 meeting, the board discussed a job description and salary for could assist various depart- Meacher said, "I have no prob- the new position. Supervisors ment heads with resource-re- lem with the job description. Pearson, Nelson, Don Clark lated issues. Most of the indi- But, are we going to get this and Robert Meacher were pre. vidual's work would focus on person for $30,000 per year?." sent for the discussion. Super- water (i.e. rellcensing the hy- Human Resburces Director visor Bill Dennison, who dro facilities in the Feather Bob Conen said the position helped write the job descrip- River Canyon, watershed man- could evolve into a $70,000 a tion, was not present during agement, water rights, state year job, if their job duties ex- panded. "Dennison said he'd want to see that down the road," Co- hen said. "Thls might be the begin- ning of a whole new depart. ment," Meacher added. Nelson balked. "People don't like growth in government. My first day on the Job, I'm not going to hire another person." Pearson said he was not con- vinced that the position was really necessary. "This might be something we want, but is it something we need?" Pearson said his priorities were health and safety. He said until the fire departments had everything they needed and the sheriff and the hospitals, he "was against spending mon- ey in this area." "This will make for a See Staff, page 15A