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FEATHER RIVE.R :y and Surrounding Areas Since 1866 Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 Vol. 147, No. 24 Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 530-283-0800 www.plumasnews.com 50 CENTS Sheriff, CHP seek support for joint venture Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com The Plumas County Sheriffs Office needs a new correctional facility and administrative space and the California Highway Patrol is looking for property to build a new office. "It seemed redundant to pursue parallel projects," Sheriff Greg Hagwood told the Board of Supervisors on Jan. 21. Hagwood and CHP Lt. Joe Edwards asked the supervisors to endorse a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown supporting a joint venture. "The concept of developing one facility for both agencies is very much in keeping with emerging trends that relate to county/state collaboration in the public safety arena and would serve as a tangible "It will take the county, state and federal governments to carry this off." Lt. Joe Edwards Local CHP Commander example of efficiency, cooperation and commitment to our shared responsibility to our citizens," the letter read in part. "This isan exciting prospect," Edwards said, noting that it accomplishes two goals -- improving service and saving money. "The governor has said that he wants to consolidate government efforts," Edwards added. He said that the Truckee CHP office and police x department are also looking at a joint facility, but this would be first CHP/county venture. "This totally makes sense," Board Chairman Jon Kennedy said. In addition to sending a letter to the governor, the supervisors discussed including the area's state and federal legislators. "It will take the county, state and federal governments to carry this off," Edwards said. Hagwood said he was also sending a personal letter to the CHP commissioner as well as state and federal representatives. While this would be a See Venture, page 5A Tomorrow: "Entrepreneurial Aspects of the Montgomery Bus Boycott," 7 -9 p.m., Town Hall Theatre. Free presentation by Charlie Hardy kicks off lack History Month. Part of Arts & Entrepreneurship Speaker Series. Friday: Farmer informational meeting, 5:30 p.m., Quincy Natural Foods Cooperative Learning and Resource Center across the street from QNF. Local farmers who would like their farm, produce featured in the co-op invited. For information: Presley Sundberg, 283-3528. Saturday: Bimonthly Pancake Breakfast, 7 - 10:30 a.m., Masonic Hall at 70 Harbison St. Menu: scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice, coffee, hot chocolate, all-you-can-eat pancakes. $6 adults, $3 children under 12, $5 students with ID. Proceeds go to scholarship fund, other fraternal purposes. Second annual Groundhog Fever Fest, 1 - 5 p.m., in front of courthouse. Presented by Quincy Revival Committee. Chili cook-off offers prizes for people's choice, judges' choice; $30 to enter. Chuck Wood makes weather prediction at 3 p.m. For information: groundhogfeverfest.com; James Wilson, 510-230-9442. Barbecue hoagie sandwich lunch, 2 p.m., Feather River Grange 440 at 55 Main St. $6. All proceeds support Grange efforts to restore building as community meeting center. Freedom Concert, 6:30 p.m., Quincy Elementary School. Featuring composer, pianist Sylvia Wood. Suggested donation $7/adult, $5/kid, $10/family. Young musicians donate proceeds to organization providing business opportunities to help women in India escape prostitution. Tuesday: Resume Building, 10 a.m.- noon, BusineSs and Career Network office in Courthouse Annex at 270 County Hospital Road. Free workshop presented by Alliance for Workforce Development. Movie and discussion, 5:30 p.m., Alley Cat Caf. Transition Quincy presents "The Story of Stuff," which explores the way we make, use, throw away stuff. To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 ALL ;:IEPAiI:iS A Plumas County the. handcu.oa, MkJael,;adb)t who was arreste on drag: Wednesday after Jam22, at Mi Automotive in East Quincy. Photo by Dan McDonald Three arrested on meth charges Drugs found during search of Mikey's Automotive Dan McDonald Managing Editor dmcdonald@plumasnews.com Three Quincy men were arrested on drug charges after a Plumas County sheriffs SWAT team and detectives served a search warrant at Mikey's Automotive in East Quincy on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The business owner, Michael Joseph Godby, 34, was charged with possession of methamphetamine for sale, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled "1 would say this was a mid-level (operation). There are always bigger fish." Steve Peay Sheriff's Investigations Sergeant substance (hydrocodone). Two other men, who were at the auto shop when officers arrived, were arrested on charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The men are Ryan Kaumans, 21, and Chad White, 21. Kaumans was also charged with possession of hydroc(done. Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic opioid derived from codeine. According to Investigations Sgt. Steve Peay, the sheriffs operation was in the works for a couple months. He said his office began investigating after receiving numerous resident complaints about suspected drug activity at the shop. Peay said the arrests don't necessarily mean the investigation is finished. "I would say this was a mid-level (operation). There are always bigger fish," Peay said. Peay encouraged residents who have informationabout suspected drug activity to call the sheriff's investigation unit at 283-6363. "It might not always seem See Arrests, page 5A SPI begins work on new log mill Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com The unseasonably dry weather has been a help and a hindrance as Sierra Pacific Industries moves forward in building a new $10 million large-log sawmill. During an interview Jan. 20, plant manager Chris Skinner said that the lack of snow has enabled work to begin on the pad for the new . building. "We are excavating now and then will be bringing in fill and compacting it," Skinner said. "We were able to start that work ahead of time." But though the dry weather has enabled some work to begin early, it will delay other tasks, because logs are continuing to be hauled to the mill. "We will be processing logs through mid-March," Skinner said. Original plans called for that work to be completed by mid to late February. Once the last of the large logs are processed, the old mill will be torn down. "Since we have a head start on the foundation, we still hope to be finished and starting up the new mill by the end of the year," Skinner said. SPI is replacing the old mill because it is outdated See Mill, page 5A Lawsuit over county's general plan Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.corn When Plumas County adopted its updated general plan Dec. 17, 2013, it opened up a 30-day window for challenges, and there wa one. High Sierra Rural Alliance filed a lawsuit Jan. 16, 2014, in Plumas Superior Court. The lawsuit challenges the portion of the general plan update that pertains to timber production zones, maintaining that it conflicts with state law. High Sierra Rural Alliance is also challenging the general plan update's environmental impact report as it pertains to timber production parcels and the county's failure to recirculate the document after changes were made. Stevee Duber, the chief executive officer of the High Sierra Alliance, outlined the agency's position in a press release: "The GPU (general plan update) is inconsistent with the state law requirement because it allows a residence and structure, on a TPZ parcel of 160 acres without any assessment of whether such development is necessary for, or compatible with the management of TPZ land. "Providing services for residential development far from established communities is expensive for the County. Because the taxes paid on TPZ land do not cover the cost, taxpayers living within established communities would have to foot the bill to provide police and fire protection, among other services, to residences on TPZ land." Duber also noted that the general plan pertaining to TPZ land doesn't "make any provisions to protect streams and other water resources from encroaching development." Planning Director Randy Wilson said he couldn't comment on the lawsuit, and directed all questions to County Counsel Craig Settlemire. Settlemire said he could only comment on the process, which first will involve preparing the administrative record. That is the record of all documents and meetings that pertain to the general plan update since the process began. High Sierra Rural Alliance has elected to prepare the record and the county will review it for completeness once it is submitted to the court. Settlemire said that a meeting would be scheduled to see if it's possible to settle. If not, the challenge will go to court. "It can be a long pr0cess," Settlemire said. The general plan update is adopted and remains in place as the legal challenge proceeds. Top spellers 5 The top three spellers in the Quincy Elementary School Spelling Bee held Jan. 24 stand for a photo. William Ross, left, took second place, Emma Left won first place and Rebecca Caporale clinched third place. The top four spellers from each third- through sixth-grade class competed in the event (28 students-total). Left advances to the regional competition in Redding on Saturday, March 8. The last words spelled were charioteer, panache, prognosticate, ostracism and the winning word: monochrome. Photo by Kristy Warren