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Feather River Bulletin Amie Kreth and her border collie, Sparkle, recently earned their Type II Wilderness Area search dog certification, becoming the fourth canine team to serve Plumas and Sierra counties. Photo submitted Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 13A New rescue-dog team Julie Aguiar Special to Feather Publishing If you know Amie Kreth, then you've probably "hid- den" from Sparkle. Sparkle is a 2-year-old border collie that also happens to be classified as a Type II Wilderness Area search dog. Kreth and Sparkle passed their mission-ready test Jan. 5. Sparkle makes the fourth mission-ready canine to serve the Plumas-Sierra counties re- gion. There is another dog in Portola, one in Loyalton and one in Chester. It takes a long time to be- come a certified search and rescue dog team. The dog and handler must put in countless hours of training and meet many requirements before they can take their final test. The training doesn't stop there. They'll continue honing their skills and working to- ward acquiring other certifi- cations in different disciplines to be qualified to respond to many different kinds of searches. Sparkle is already working toward her next goal: Cadaver I team certification. Her cur- rent Area Search and Cadaver II certifications make her eli- gible to be called for service around the world. However, in certain disas- ters, such as the recent Haiti earthquake, officials are specifically requesting Cadav- er I certified canines. Sparkle i~ an Area Search non-scent discriminating dog: She sniffs the air to detect any human scent. Kreth com- mands her using directed send-outs, hand signals to tell her where to search. The tricky part is teaching the dog to return to her train- er. and signal that she has found something. Sparkle uses a jump alert, jumping up on Kreth, and then leading her to the find. The training process begins at an early age, with easy hide-and-seek games and basic obedience training. The game then advances in difficulty and includes more advanced training for both canine and trainer. Kreth said if the dog isn't extremely motivated, you might as well give up. Kreth has wanted to train rescue dogs since childhood. She is a fourth-generation fire- fighter and recalls that volun- teerism was modeled and en- couraged by her family. Kreth laughs now at her childhood naivet6: She planned to do search and res- cue for a living. Once she grew up, she realized it was com- pletely voluntary. Now, she works full time as an emergency medical techni- cian to pay the bills and fund her volunteer efforts. The canine search effort is completely self-funded. The trainer does all training, certi- fication and travel at her own expense. Kreth doesn't know of any scholarships or grants available for this purpose. Even when responding to a call-out, volunteers are lucky to be fed and have their gas tanks refilled. It is truly a call- ing, a labor of love. The bumper sticker on Kreth's old pickup says it all: "This vehi- cle contains rescue, medical, and emergency equipment, and one impoverished volun- teer." Kreth has worked for East- ern Plumas Health Care for more than nine years and is grateful EPHC encourages vol- unteerism and community in- volvement. In addition to working as a full-time EMT, Kreth is also a volunteer for the Beckwourth Fire Department, Plumas County Search and Rescue, Sierra County Search and Res- cue, and the California Rescue Dog Association. She said, "I would like to ex- tend a heartfelt thank-you to everyone in the community who has helped us get this far. There are so many wonderful people that work at EPHC, and without the support of my fel- low employees who have giv- en us encouragement, helped with training or were willing to cover shifts so we can re- spond to searches, we could never have fulfilled this dream. Thank you to everyone that has helped us on this journey." COMMUNITY CORNER COMMUNITY CALENDAR Thursday, Jan. 28 AA, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House. Quincy. Women's Support Group, Every Thurs., 1-2 p.m., Plumas Crisis Center, 591 Main St., Quincy. Call 283-5515. AI-Anon, 5:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, upstairs in back. For families & friends of al- coholics. 283-1568. Plumas County Republican Women, every 4th Thurs. for lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Locations change monthly. Call Joy Klein, 283-2719. Explorer Post 81, Quincy Volun- teer Fire Dept. Explorer Program, meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays. For info call Sarah Anderson, 530-276-1503. St. John's Cribbage Club, 2nd Orchard House. Quincy.. AA, 8 p.m., 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House. Quincy. Saturday, Jan. 30 NA, 6:30 p.m., 260 County Hos- pital Road, Courthouse Annex - Orchard House. Quincy. AA, 8 p.m. 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House. Quincy. Women's Cir~!e~6:7;30 p:m., PRS offices, 71 ~. E. Main, Quincy, 283-0866. NA, 7 p.m., 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House. Quincy. Troop 130, 7 p.m., Church of Je- sus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 283-3953. Cub Scout Pack 151, various times & locations. Dave Saltel, (916) 425-9489; Inez Robbins, info, call Lin Bixby, 283-9102, or Sherry McKee, 283-4066. Sept. thru May only. and 4th Thurs., noon, St. John's Dukes of Plumas Cribbage church hall, 176 Lawrence St. Fo-r ; ~ang: Meet i o:30=alm,is~art play 11 a.m. 1st; 2nd, 4th Satur- days at Mt. Tomba, Cromberg; 3rd Saturdays at Coyote Bar & Grill, Graeagle. SH()P LOCALLY 1. You'll Save Gas 3. You'll Save Money Friday, Jan. 29 AA, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House. Quincy. NA, 6:30 p.m., 260 County Hos- pital Road, Courthouse Annex - 46/31 Pertly cloudy. Highs in the mid 40s and lows in the low 30s. Sunrise Sunset 7:16AM 5:17 PM 2. You'll Save Time 4. You'll Help Our Local Economy 47/33 44/34 i Pertly cloudy. Highs Cloudy. Highs in the in the upper 40e and mid 40s and lows in lows in the low 3Os. the mid 3Os. 45/31 47/31 Few showers. Highs A few clouds. Highs in the mid 40s and in the upper 40s and lows in the low 30s. lows in the low 30s. Sunrise Sunset Sunrise Sunaet 7:14AM 5:21 PM 7:13 AM 5:22 PM Sunrise Sunset Sundae Sunset 7:16AM 5:18PM 7:15AM 5:20PM California At A Glance Sunday, Jan. 31 NA, 7 p.m., 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House, Quincy. Trap Shoot, sponsored by Quin- cy Sport Shooting Assoc., Go- pher Hill site, 11 a.m., weather permitting. Call 283-1145. Every other Sun. Monday, Feb. 1 Spanish Peak Lumber #2 Restoration Project, meets each Mon. & Wed., 9 a.m., Art Barn, Plumas/Sierra Fairgrounds. Call 283-6320 or 283-1978 for info. NA meeting, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse An- nex - Orchard House, Quincy. Rotary Club, Mineral Building, I fairgrounds, noon. Call 283- 2127. Boy Scout Troop 151, Mon., 6 p.m. Scoutmaster Rob Robinette, 283-0858 for location. Duplicate Bridge. Every Mon- day, 6:30 p.m., Resource Center, Blairsden, corner of hwys 70 and 89. Call Ruth Bright, 836-1454 or Jackie Lucky, 836-2232. A,A, 7 p.m., Methodist Church in Quincy, upstairs at the back 282 Jack_son. ~ : ....... Tuesday, Feb. 2 PRS-WlC, Supplemental food & nutrition education for children under 5 & pregnant-nursing women. Every Tues., 10 a.m., Quincy. 283-4093 or (800) WIC- 4093. Board of Supervisors, 10 a.m., Courthouse, Quincy, 1st 4 Tues. AA meeting, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse An- nex - Orchard House, Quincy. Soroptimist International of Quincy, Moon's, noon, JoAnne Prince, 283-3302. Overeaters Anonymous meet- ing, 5:15 p.m., 260 County Hos- pital Road, Courthouse Annex - Orchard House, Quincy. Quincy Weight Watchers Two meetings: 9:30 a.m. weigh- in, meeting at 10 a.m.; and 5 p.m. weigh-in, meeting, 5:30 p.m. Our Savi'or Lutheran Church, 298 East High Street, Quincy. 1-800-621-6000. / s5/4o~.:', ii!iTi~iii':i'i %~ /: :i:i: i ~ac~ento San ;r ~iscO 56/4~o. San Dieg 62/49 Area Cities Anaheim 64 44 rein Mndasto 56 40 pt sunny Bakersfield 54 41 pt sunny Mojave 56 34 rain earetew 57 31 rain Monterey 59 43 pt sunny Blythe 65 41 rain Nasdlas 61 44 rain Chico 56 37 pt sunny Oakland 57 42 pt sunny Costa Mesa 64 45 rain Paimdele 56 33 rein El Centre 69 42 rein Pasadena 66 44 rein Eureka 56 43 cloudy Rndding 61 39 rain Fresno 57 39 pt sunny Riverside 63 39 rain LOS Angeles 64 46 rein Sacramento 57 40 pt sunny National Cities Atlanta 54 32 sunny Houston Boston 40 25 mst sunny Los Angaias Chicago 27 10 sn shower Miami Dallas 66 53 cloudy Minneapolis Denver 43 25 cloudy New York Moon Phases First Full Jan 23 Jan 30 Last New Feb 5 Feb 14 UV Index Wed 1/27 2 Low Thu 1/28 Moderate Ffi 1/29 1 Low Sat 1/30 2 Low Sun 1/31 3 Moderate Tbe UV I~lex hs ~red on s 0-11 number scale, with a higher UVdndex showing the need fort greater.rearer skin pro- U~lion. 0 ii::::::~::~!i~i~l~!~/11 I.]. nalvlpI;]~, Salines 62 42 pt sunny San Barnardino 62 40 rein San Diego 62 49 rain San Francisco 56 42 pt sunny San Jose 59 41 pt sunny Santa Barbara 63 45 rein Stocinon 57 39 pt sunny SusanvUle 40 21 ptsunny Truckee 37 18 cloudy Visaiie 54 39 pt sunny ;rm ,~][,FTtrI[.~J' ;~nK,aRF 70 60 pt sunny Phoenix 55 45 rein 64 46 rein San Francisco 56 42 pt sunny 72 61 pt sunny Seattle 51 42 cloudy 12 0 cloudy St. Louis 42 21 mixed 43 31 pt sunny Washington, DC 45 33 mat sunny Regional earthquake activity remained at the single-digit level for the fourth week in a row. The last time a streak long occurred was in September and October of 2007. A five week period of single-digit activity has not occurred since the Spring of 2006. Long seismic quiescent periods have occurred several time in the last ten years, just none in the last three years. This week's total of only four quakes was the fewest number recorded since in June of 2006. Not once in the past ten years has no activity been recorded dur- ing a seven clay period. The intensity of seismicity waned to just a single quake registering in the M 2 range. It measured M 2.0 and occurred at 2.14 a.m. Saturday morning in a re- mote area between Chester and Chico, near Inskip. On January 12, a M TO earthquake hit Haiti, killing more than llO,O00 people and destroying the capital of Port Au Prince. A M 5.9 aftershock on January 20 caused more damage ~ no more deaths. NA, 7 p.m., Methodist Church, 282 Jackson St., Quincy. California Women in Timber, Plumas Cafe (subject to change), Quincy, 1st & 3rd Tues., 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3 Spanish Peak Lumber #2 Restoration Project, meets each Mon. & Wed, 9 a.m., Art Barn, Plumas/Sierra Fairgrounds. Call 283-6320 or 283-1978 for Center. Call 836-0446 for reser- vations. Quincy Community Supper, 6 p.m. every Wed, United Methodist Church. Free. Women's Circle, 6-8 p.m. every Wed, 586 Jackson St., Quincy. AA, 7 p.m., upstairs in back, Methodist Church, 282 dackson St., Quincy. Dutch Treat Lunch Group, every 1st Wed, 11:30 a.m. For in- Library preschool story time, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Toastmaster's International, American Valley Chapter. Every Wed., 12-1 p.m., Plumas Bank Credit Administration Confer- ence Room, 32 Central Ave., Quincy. For more info, contact Jacky Madarang, 530-283-3970. AA meeting, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse An- nex - Orchard House, Quincy. Senior lunch, Blairsden, noon, Mohawk Community Resource ~fq, Mary Weddle at jmwed- or Mary .tune CHURCHES Center for Spritual Living, 283-9690, 304 Lawrence & Church St., Christian Life Fellowship, 283-0345, 317 First St., E. Quincy. German, 283-4805. Quincy Caregivers Support Group, every 1st & 3rd Wed., 2- 3:30 p.m., "Back Room," Dunn's Coffee. People caring for loved ones with long-term illnesses welcome. For more info, 283- 0891. Gastric Bypass 8= Lapband Surgery support group, 1st Wed., Curves, Hwy 7~ E. Quin- cy, 6:30 p.m. For more info, Can- di Miller, 283-2911. International Order Q!Rain- bow Girls, 7 p.m., Masonic Temple, 1st & 3rd Wed. Sober Sisters, 1st & 3rd Wed., 270 County Hospital Rd., Ste. 128 in Quincy from 5:30-7 p.m. To change information on this calendar page, please call Eva at the Feather River Bulletin: 530-283-0800 or email Christ the King Episcopal Church, 283-1608, 545 Lawrence St., Quincy. Christ The Redeemer of Indian Valley Episcopal Church, 284-6317, 120 Bush St., Greenville. Church of Christ 283-1191, 152 E. Jackson St., Quincy. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 283-2170 or 283- 5175, 55 Bellamy Ln., Quincy. Community United Methodist, 283- 1740, 282 Jackson St., Quincy, First Baptist, 283-1160, 74 Reese St., Quincy. Meadow Valley Community Church, 283-4259, 48 Cemetery Rd, Meadow Valley, office: 353 Jackson St, #100, Quincy. Our Savior Lutheran, 283-2546. Church & High Sts., Quincy. Seventh-Day Adventist, 310-2042 or 283-3092, 233 Pine St., Quincy. Springs of Hope Christian Fellow- ship, Pete, 283-1613, or John, 927- 7626, 59 Bell Ln., Quincy. St. John's Catholic Church, 283- 0890, 176 Lawrence St., Quincy. Starlight Mispionary Baptist, 283- 1505, 171 Redburg Ave., Quincy. Truth Tabernacle of Quincy, 260- 8006, 2205 East Main St., Quincy. LAST WEEK'S TEMPERATURES Date High Low Precip. Snow Jan. 18 41 33 1.1" tr. Jan. 19 41 34 1.73" Jan. 20 38 32 .78" .5" Jan. 21 35 32 1.44" 3" Jan. 22 39 30 .52" 5" Jan. 23 43 29 .09" 1" Jan. 24 33 27 .03" tr. Jan. 25 37 31 1.1" tr. Jan. 26 -- 33 1.15" 25 inches of snow to date and 19.93 inches precipitation to date Compiled by Ron Trumbo LAKE LEVELS Lake Almanor *Elevation 1"Current 4,480.67 1 Year Ago 4,476.77 Lake Almanor **Capacity tCurrent 803,179 1 Year Ago 712,479 Bucks Lake *Elevation tCurrent 5,131.82 1 Year Ago 5,126.15r Bucks Lake **Capacity 1"Current 62,799 1 Year Ago 54,280 "Elevation above sea level in ft. "'Storage in acre ft. tJan. 24, 2010 YJan. 17, 2009