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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 5 R CHP REPORT The following incidents are submitted by the Quincy Area California Highway Patrol as a tentative summary pending the conclusion of the investigation(s). Highway 70, Jan. 19 About 2:45 p.m., Timothy Murray, 60, of Reno, Nevada, was pulling a loaded car trailer with his 1980 Jeep Wagoneer on Highway 70, just east of Highway 89. He was pulling a load that exceeded the maximum limit specified by the manufacturer of the hitch and ball being used. The trailer was poorly loaded, according to the CHP report, which also contributed to the unstable condition of the vehicles. As Murray accelerated, the trailer began to sway and eventually forced the Jeep out of control. The combination did a full rotation and entered the road's west shoulder. The vehicle detached from the trailer and rolled onto its left side. The driver was wearing his seat belt and was uninjured. He declined any medical attention, Quincy, Jan. 20 Monique Joy, 39, of Portola, was driving her red 1983 Honda Accord southbound on Bradley Street. At approximately 8:59 a.m., she came to a stop at the intersection with Jackson Street and was preparing to turn left (east) onto Jackson. There were several vehicles parked on the north shoulder of Jackson, in front of the library. These parked vehicles blocked the view from Bradley to the east on Jackson. Seth Elledge, 21, of Quincy, was driving his silver 2002 Ford Focus westbound on Jackson approaching Bradley. After stopping at the intersection with Harbison, he accelerated up to about 25 mph. Joy failed to see the Focus approaching from the east and began turning left directly in front of the oncoming vehicle. Elledge forcefully applied the brakes, but couldn't stop before the left front corner of the Focus hit the left rear side of the Accord. After the collision, Joy stopped her vehicle on the south shoulder of Jackson, east of Bradley, facing east. Elledge stopped his car at the northwest corner of the intersection of Jackson and Bradley facing northwest. All of those involved in the accident were wearing seat belts, which prevented them from suffering serious injuries, said the CHP. Joy was treated for minor injuries at Plumas District Hospital. Quincy, Jan. 21 A single-car accident occurred at about 7:51 a.m. on Lee Road. Aaron Race, 17, of Quincy, was driving his mother's gray 1968 GMC pickup westbound on Lee Road, just west of Bresciani Circle at a stated speed of 35 mph or less. The pickup was not equipped with supplemental traction devices. The road at that location was coveredwith a thin layer of ice. The Plumas County Road Department had been out previously and had deposited aggregate material on the roadway in order to give passing traffic better traction. Traffic had dispersed the aggregate to the shoulders and center of the roadway. As the truck was exiting a slight left curve in the road, its tires lost traction. The vehicle slid off of the road onto the north shoulder of Lee. Race tried to bring the truck back onto the roadway but overcorrected. The pickup slid across both lanes of the road and went onto the south dirt shoulder. Then the front of the vehicle hit a dirt embankment on the south shoulder, which caused the truck to flip onto its right side. The GMC came to rest on its right side facing east. The driver was able to exit the truck on his own. He then made arrangements with family members to take him to school and have a tow company come get the overturned pickup. Race had been wearing his seat belt and was not injured during the collision. Bucks Lake Road, Jan. 21 East of Slate Creek Road, at about 12:01 p.m., Shelby Wood, 19, of Quincy, was driving her gold 1999 Chevrolet Blazer eastbound on Bucks Lake Road. A thin layer of ice covered the road. This condition is normal for the time of year and time of day. The Blazer was not equipped with supplemental traction devices. The Plumas County Road Department had been out earlier in the day and spread aggregate material on the roadway to afford traffic better traction. Passing traffic had dispersed the aggregate material to the shoulders and the center of the road. As the Blazer was entering a moderate left curve, Wood slowed down. The tires lost traction with the road and the vehicle began sliding toward the south shoulder of Bucks Lake Road. In an attempt to bring the Blazer back onto the road, the driver overcorrected. The car skidded across both lanes of Bucks Lake Road, and across the north dirt shoulder. At that point the right front of the vehicle hit the guardrafl, then the vehicle spun around and the right rear corner of the Blazer hit the guardrail. The car slid across Bucks Lake Road again and came to rest blocking both lanes of the road facing south. A Plumas County deputy sheriff witnessed the collision and directed Wood to drive onto the south shoulder of the road to prevent being struck by another passing vehicle. Wood sustained minor injuries; she had been wearing her seat belt, which protected her from being seriously hurt. Portola, Jan. 21 Kelly Colletti, 41, of Portola, was driving a gold 1995 Nissan Maxima northbound on Grizzly Road, north of Highway 70. Her rate of speed was approximately 50 mph. It was about 4:05 p.m. The driver made an unsafe turning movement to the right. The driver allowed the vehicle to travel onto the unpaved east shoulder. She swerved to the left and the Nissan traveled out of control across the northbound and southbound lanes. The car started spinning counterclockwise and then started to roll as it traveled over the unpaved west roadway shoulder. The vehicle finally came to rest on its top, facing west on the dirt and grass embankment. After the collision, CoUetti exited the Nissan through the driver's window. She was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. She was wearing her seat belt and was treated for moderate injuries at Eastern Plumas Health Care in Portola. Anderlini & McSweeney LLP Terry Anderlini is a Northern California Super Lawyer, a Martindale-Hubbell AV rated attorney and Past President of the State Bar of California. We specialize in litigation including wild fire litigation and serious personal injury cases. Local References Call 650-212-0001 and ask for Terry Anderlini or Chris Andersen tanderlini@amlawoffice.com candersen@amlawoffice.com Lassen National F(:,rest liaison retires The new year is marking a fresh chapter in the life of longtime Forest Public Affairs Officer Heidi Perry-McCourt, who retired at the end of the year after nearly 35 years with the U.S. Forest Service. Perry-McCourt came to the Lassen National Forest in 2002. During her tenure on the Lassen, she established a multiagency county collaborative fuels treatment program. It was the first local memorandum of understanding in the nation for fuels management. She also coordinated the national fire plan grant program at the regional and forest levels, working with state and local partners to put millions of dollars to work in the north state. As the Lassen County Resource Advisory Committee coordinator, Perry-McCourt supported continued research and implementation opportunities in resource management, ranging from native grass development for the reduction of noxious weeds to fuels treatment projects to help protect communities from fire. The last year and half of her career, Perry-McCourt led another multiagency and partner effort. She organized the "Wilderness Treasures" event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and to highlight wilderness areas in northern California, which gave local students and communities an opportunity to learn more about these primitive areas in their own backyards. Lassen National Forest Public Affairs Officer Heidi Perry-McCourt prepares to retire after almost 35 years with the Forest Service. Photo courtesy Lassen National Forest Perry-McCourt left the Midwest a farmer's daughter with dreams of growing trees, protecting what was left of the big ones and managing the rest. She earned a degree in forestry from Humboldt State in her first years of working for the Forest Service. She said she soon realized that, much like herself, many western communities live and breathe their forests. She embraced rural development and public affairs with the goal of involving the community in natural resource management. While on the Klamath National Forest, where she began her Forest Service career in 1980, she served as one of 10 adaptive management area coordinators under the Northwest Forest Plan, helping to expand community involvement and strategizing ways to recover after changes in the timber industry. She also planned the biomass-to-energy conference in Siskiyou County, which hosted presenters from across the nation who shared ideas for biomass options for fuels reduction alternatives. Transitioning to smaller ventures, Perry-McCourt said she and husband Mike plan to put their enthusiasm for resource management to work on their own 80 acres. In retirement, she also has designs to pair natural resources values with the passions of local community members, such as the volunteers of Back Country Horsemen of California. With all her new-found free time, Perry-McCourt would like to explore as many wilderness areas as possible in the company of Mike and their four horses. In the spirit of community involvement that Perry-McCourt embraces, the community is invited to celebrate with her. A retirement party is planned for Saturday, Feb. 7, at Lassen Ale Works in Susanville. Guests are asked to RSVP. For more information call the Lassen National Forest Supervisor's Office at 257-2151. '00SIR[SS-[R[[ Don't wait until the last minute! TODAY! John Roman, C.P.A. Tax preparation for individuals, corporations, partnerships and trusts. Phone: 530-414-0573 Fax: 530-645-0212 e-mail:jr, l cpa @ yahoo, cam BK BEQUETrE & KIMIVlEL Accountancy Corporation John A. Kimmel C.P.A. CPA TM The CPA. Never Underestimate The Value. 307 W. 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