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8A Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001 County and Court News By Dave Keller The verdict was reached Staff Writer Jan. 10 after only 90 minutes of A 36-year-old Reno man was deliberations. convicted by a jury last week Miles is scheduled to be sen- of sellingmethamphetamine at tenced March 5 by Plumas the conclusion of a two-day tri- County Superior Court Judge al. Garrett Olney, who could pun- But, Robert Miles, a former ish the defendant by ordering Quincy resident, was also ac- him to serve time in prison• quitted of a similar charge by The jury went along with the jury• Deputy District Attorney Jeff By Dave Keller death of a 16-year-old girl, who Staff Writer was a passenger in the 1997 An 18-year-old Portola man Jeep Wrangler he was driving has entered a no contest pleaon Highway 70. to an allegation of vehicularAt the time of the accident, manslaughter--an offense thatPerez was driving west near could net the defendant be- Vinton when the Jeep ran off tween two to seven years in the north side of the road and state prison, overturned• The felony plea was entered Perez, the 16-year-old girl Jan. 11 by Sito Tejeda Perez in and 20-year-old passenger front of Plumas County Supe- Jacqueline Price were not riot Court Judge Garrett O1- wearing seatbelts and were ney. ejected from the vehicle. Perez, who was originally Price sustained major in- charged with felony drunk dri- juries, while Perez was only ving, along with charges of slightly hurt in the crash, ac- manslaughter, will be sen- : cording to a CHP report. tenced Feb. 21 by Olney. The plea was negotiated last By pleading to vehicular week by Deputy District Attor- manslaughter, Perez took re- hey Jeff Cunan and defense at- sponsibility for the June 29 torneyRichard Young• By Debra Coates get hearings, they didn't fore- Managing Editor see the extra expenditures for A $27,000 transfer from thespecial investigations. county's contingency fund to Supervisor B.J. Pearson said the public defenders' budget, he was concerned that the leaves Plumas County with county's contingency fund was $418,000 for unplanned ex~n- dropping. But, Chairman Don ditures. Clark said that, at this point in The board of supervisors the year, he was comfortable voted to make the transfer af- with the balance. ter County Administrative Of- Stretch reminded the super- ficer Jim Stretch told themvisors that money would be they had no choice, taken from the fund to pay for While the supervisors allo-new contracts due in April and cated $54,000 to the public de- to pay for the results of a clas- fenders during last year's bud- sification study. Pizza, Sandwiches, Soup, Salad Bar- PLUMAS PINES SHOPPING CENTER • 283-2320 Cunan's argument that Miles proving the allegations. Prouty also attacked the in- half, sold two quarter-gram bindles Cunan told the jury that, formant's reliability, calling to the informant. 1 of metht9 an undercover infor- while there were ,problems him "a convicted felon" with He said the inf.0~ mant. with the informant s testimo- the motivation to cooperate itsto his Quincy with law enforcement, cial, chiefly focusT Cunan told the jury that the n ' " y, gave you a flavor of the evidence--chiefly consisting of truth." "A!I we have is (the infor- years, on watching: an the informant s testimony and Miles' attorney, Doug mant s) word," Proutysaid.television .... • d tapes that documented the sale Prouty, disagreed with Cunan. In addition, Prouty said, Miles remaine bri of meth--'leaves nothing to telling jurors that "a leap of "Something is not right" with own recognizanCe '/ ! ngs E.~ngs anq the imagination"'in terms of faith' was r " awaits sentencing. Jille S~outh, eqmred for a con- the evidence against Miles. the prosecution's burden of viction. Miles testified in his own be- He was warned u [ esday' j l~ri is w =- - - e pper, [] m ~ntal skil 65 different spec,es observed in Si erra vaL~Di~bum:'m _Faridfidd:rple tr r rents' C By Jim Paruk greatly influence the number What about those colorful a great way to me,et. ward. Sp~attoFeatherPubtis~ing of raptors wintering in the hummingbirds? Zero. Not a pie. This year perforr Across the nation, despite 5ierraValley. one. They migrate south topants were: Lindal lUrches, an inclement weather, devout and What was the most common warmer climates, like many Reeves, Vreni, Mi]~rememb hirer Welser, ShoS F: holm, Daniel De.Ke ll._ e, bani Battagin, Rob Wade, dl have" Amanda Grover, sing• Richard Hardy, .0]_ Jeanene Hafen, DaV r has it Rich Cimino, Bob~r~ised tq Deborah Fitzpatrig and Gregorio SaU McCormick, Willis Gellerman, Jim and enthusiastic bird watchers bird observed? The Canada gather together over the holi- Goose (664 individuals)• The day season to celebrate birds second and seventh most com- by counting and recording mon bird species were the Eu- them. This tradition began in ropean Starling and House 1900 and is known as the Sparrow. Both bird species Christmas Bird Count, orCBC, were introduced into this Plumas County started its country in 1890 and 1850, re- own CBC in 1991, in the Sierra spectively, from Europe into Valley, and the number of peo- New York City. Since then, ple participating in the count their Populations have spread has steadily increased over the like wildfire across the conti- years, nent. This past year, a record 29 Along the way, they compete people showed up to count with native species for valu- birds on Dec. 16. Many were able and limited nesting sites first-time bird watchers and and, unfortunately, usually some were veterans who had win out. Other common native been doing CBCs for over 40 bird species observed this year years• Some came from San included American robins, Francisco just to count birds western bluebirds. in Sierra Valley! Our youngest black-billed magpies, Ameri: participant was 11 years old. can crows, common ravens. At the end of the day, 65 dff- and Brewer's blackbirds. Less: ferent species of birds were oh- er common species observed served and 2,539 individual, included golden-crowned and Some of newer bird watchers white--crowned sparrows, song tO the group were surprised to sparrows, and spotted towhees. see both bald and golden eagles The count includes not just in the valley. In total, 12 bald the valley floor, but some of eagles and eight golden eagles the adjacent forests; each year, were observed• Last year, 139 birds that inhabit woodlands red-tailed hawks and 43 are observed, such as moun- rough-legged hawks were rain chickadees, nuthatches counted, but this year, those (three species), Stellar's jays numbers were down (32 and 29 and dark-eyed juncos. In addi- red-tailed and rough-legged tion, a few woodpecker hawks, respectively). The large species, downy, hairy, decrease in numbers for both white-headed, and northern these hawk species may seem flickers are observed. This drastic, but, by collecting data year, for the first time. some for 10 years, a picture emerges birders observed a pileated that suggests snow cover and woodpecker (North America's food availability to the north largest woodpecker). bird species• Did anyone see owls? Yes. Three hardy and sleep-deprived birders got up long before dawn to walk in the snow and listen for owls. They heard two saw-whet owls (tiny owls, no bigger than your hand) and a great-horned owl (our heaviest owl). During the day, some birders spotted a barn owl and a northern pygmy owl (which is even tinier than the saw-whet!). All in all, the group had a grand day and there is no limit to the number of people who can enjoy this activity• It is a fun community gathering and By Dave Keller Staff Writer A Quincy woman accused of depriving her two dogs and 17 cats of food, water and shelter pled no contest last week to a misdemeanor count of animal abandonment. In return for the plea, the Plumas County District Attor- ney's office will not seek jail time for defendant Nancy K. Schmersey. SHADETREE AUTO McDonald, Wayne Mike Yost and you have any this year's CBC, Paruk at 283-1882. Instead, placed on r dered to perform service• She will be Judge Alan H. in Plumas County Court. The animals were custody earlier last Plumas County trol. 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