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v FEATHER RIVER Areas Since 1866 Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 Vol. 147, No. 23 Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 530-283-0800 www.plumasnews.com 50 CENTS ll Property owners say they want to use local companies in rebuilding process Debra Moore until an environmental study cleanup plan and Sipe saidcertified to remove Staff writer could be completed, that as soon as a demolition hazardous debris. dmoore@plumasnews.com Jerry Sipe, the county's permit is requested, one will Tommy Miles, the owner of environmental health be issued, the former Great Northern Cleanup work will soon director, said that the report Although the owners have building, is working with begin on the half-block of is now complete and said that they want to useBen's Trucking out of Quincy's Main Street indicates that there is local indiyiduals and Redding. destroyed by fire Dec. 15, asbestos and lead present businesses as much as "I am in the process of 2013. in the debris, possible in the cleanup and developing a debris removal Property owners couldn't The property owners are rebuilding process, there plan," Miles said, adding that proceed with debris removal responsible for developing a isn't anyone in the countyhe is only working on his' 'portion of the block. Miles plans to have the Redding company remove the debris down to the foundation and then use a local cbmpany to dig out the foundation. Miles has selected Houston Con tr et{6 i OUt of Meadow Valley for the rebuilding process. General contractor Mark Houston will help with design and build the new structure for his business, Cornerstone Learning. Miles had been in the process of renovating the Great Northern building when it burned down. Sonny and Mo Khalid, the See Fire, page 5A overnor roug emergen The impact on Plumas County not yet clear Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Gov. Jerry Brown issued a drought emergency proclamation for the state " Jan. 17, but how that will impact Plumas County remains to be seen. "I'm not sure of all the impacts to the upper watershed, but it certainly bears watching," said Jerry Sipe, the county's off.ice of emergency services director, in a written update to the Board of Supervisors. Sipe also included a long-range weather forecast, which predicts below-normal precipitation for California and Northern Nevada through April. "We're facing perhaps the worst drought California has ever seen since records began being kept about 100 years ago," Brown said in declaring the emergency. The governor called for a voluntary "20 percent conservation of our water use" by the state's residents in both urban and rural areas, but mentioned the possibility of mandatory conservation. "Hopefully it will rain eventually," Brown said. "But in the meantime we have to do our part." Sipe said that it's difficult to implement a conservation program in rural areas. "How do you measure it?" he asked during an interview last Friday. "About 50 percent of the parcels rely on wells; there's no way to determine volume." The remainder of the county resides within water districts. "Each individual water district will have a water contingency plan," Sipe said. The Quincy Community Services District board of directors is scheduled to discuss the issue at its monthly meeting in February. Last year the district developed a schedule for outdoor watering in an effort to conserve water. "We are always talking about conservation," said Shawneen Howe, the acting general manager of the East See Drought, page 4A , I! :b To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 Winter reflection Reflections of trees growing along a creek in American Valley on Jan. 15 are clearly depicted in the still waters. Thick green grass lines the creek bottom while ice-frosted dried grasses line the banks. Sporadic patches of ice and snow remain in shady areas along the Creek and its banks. Photo by Laura Beaton il CO I nng nng nnve Dan McDonald Managing Editor dmcdonald@plumasnews.com "Quite frankly, I wish this was done The investigation into the I VO months ago. fatal Oct. 20, 2013, sho ting of It's not fair to the a hospital patient by a Plumas County sheriff's public. It's not fair deputy is not finished, to the deputy." More than three months after the fatal encounter at David Hollister Eastern Plumas Health Care District Attorney in Portola, investigators are still waiting for results of the " autopsy and toxicology has been assisted by the report on Mariano Mauro.Department of Justice, the According to the sheriff's California Highway Patrol office, Mauro, 53, was shot and the sheriffs office. and killed by a deputy during Hollister said the main a violent middle-of-the-night investigation has been done struggle the ended in the for weeks. hospital lobby. "As far as interviewing The delay has further witnesses, reviewing upset Mauro's family andphysical evidence, doing the heart and soul of the friends, who said they want .... to know how and why the .... investigation.., that part of shooting happened, it is done," he said. P1umas County District However, Washoe County Attorney David HollisterinNevada is in charge of the Said waiting for the results autopsy report and which he said constitutes the toxicology scan. Hollister said he final piece of the investigation -- is understands the Washoe frustrating. County Medical Examiner - "Quite frankly, I wish this Coroner's Office has "a huge workload." He said the was done two months ago," -Hollister said. "It's not fair to Washoe office has assured the public. It's not fair to the him the test results will be deputy." ready soon. , "We have called them to The district attorney s office is the lead agency in the investigation. The DA See Investigation, page 4A les on ime soon Hiring, training could take a year Dan McDonald But the green light to add Managing Editor deputies doesn't mean the dmcdonald@plumasnews.com new officers will be on patrol anytime soon. When the Plumas County In reality, it could be six Board of Supervisors voted months to a year before the recently to add three new new officers are on the job. deputies to the sheriff's That's according to sheriff's force, residents welcomed . Sgt. Todd Johns, the person the news. responsible for recruiting Sheriff Greg Hagwood, and training new deputies. whose department is nine Unlike 20 years ago, it's deputies short of being fully not as easy to find new staffed, thanked the officers. The sheriff said supervisors for'dedicating it's a problem facing law funds to bolster his depleted staff. See Deputies, page 5A Today: Plumas CASA Program Orientation, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., 591 Main St. Court-appointed special advocates are specially trained volunteers appointed by judge to advocate for abused, neglected, abandoned children. For information: 283-2227, 283-5515. "Tomorrow: Winter Wildlands Backcountry Film Festival selections; doors open 6:15, show at 7 p.m.; Town Hall Theatre. Presented by Feather River College Outdoor Recreation Leadership program as fundraiser, with support from Plumas Arts, FRC Foundation.Tickets $8/adult, $3/student; libations, treats available in theatre lobby. Drawing for custom skis. Wassail winners recognized Quincy Chamber of Commerce president Kent Barrett' presents Kris Miravalle and Holly Nordt Callahan with certificates from Sen. Ted Gaines for recognition of their Wassail awards at the Jan. 15 chamber mixer held at Moon's Restaurant. Miravalle won Citizen of the Year while Callahan's business, Pangaea Caf~ and Pub, was awarded business of the year at the annual Wassail Bowl held in December 2013. The mixer was co-hosted by the Feather River College Foundation. Photo by James Wilson