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2A Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 Feather River Bulletin Debra Moore Staff Writer Last year Plumas County roads and schools split nearly $3 million in federal payments from the Secure Rural Schools Act, but this year they will receive a fraction of that amount. That's because Congress failed to extend the legislation authored in 2000 that was designed to offset the loss of timber sales and other revenue from, federal lands, which historically funded rural counties' roads and schools. Without the reauthorization of Secure Rural Schools, the funding formula reverts to 1908 legislation that allocates 25 percent of national forest revenues earned in a county to that entity's roads and schools -- or $400,000 for this funding year. For the county road department that means a drop from more than $1.4 million last year to roughly $200,000 this year. Because each year has proved to be a waiting game to see if the funding is renewed, Public Works Director Bob Perreault has stopped budgeting it. "We don't have any certainty, so I assume 'zero,'" he said during an interview last week. When it does come in, it results in a higher cash balance and then becomes part of the reserve to be budgeted for the following year. "With the existing "If we don't get it, it doesn't affect the budget. If we do, it's a surplus." Yvonne Bales Director of Business Services Plumas County Office of Education reserves, we can do it for a while," Perreault said, but if the legislation isn't renewed or imber revenues increased, eventually the reserves will disappear. "Hopefully we,ll see some positive action," he said, and added that the legislation could be attached to another bill or even passed as a separate'budget. The schools adopt a similar approach. "We do not budget for Secure Rural Schools funds," said Yvonne Bales, the Plumas County Office of Education director of business services. "If we don't get it, it doesn't affect the budget. If we do, it's a surplus." The Plumas County Office of Education and Plumas Unified School District receive the largest portion ofthe school funds, with Feather River College also receiving an allocation. Last year the schools received $1.49 million. According to a funding formula, the county office receives 15 percent; the college gets 14 percent; and the remainder (71 percent) goes tO the school district. A small fraction of that amount, based on land base and average daffy attendance, goes to the Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District. Feather River College also didn't include funds from Secure Rural Schools when budgeting for the 2014-15 year. "Our past practice was to not use the money and put it into salaries or anything like that," said FRC Chief Financial Officer Jim Scoubes. "If we got it, great. If not, oh well." Plumas County isn't alone in preparing for a loss. Last year $300 million went to 41 states and Puerto Rico; this year that amount will be $50 million. Oregon is experiencing the greatest drop, going from $68 million to $6 million. California's payments will fall from $36 million to $9 million. Staff Writer James Wilson vontributed to this report. UI hi Debra Moore Staff Writer Laura Lazenby has returned home and she is now caring for patients at Quincy Family Medicine. "I became a nurse practitioner with the intention of coming back here," the 56-year-old said. But her journey took a while, leading her through Reno where she worked in the neonatal intensive care unit for 22 years, first at Washoe and then when it became known as Renown Regional Medical Center. She then spent several years w, orking at a clinic that specialized in workers' compensation cases, but included other patients as well. "I wanted to get experience before coming back here," she said, but now realizes that the most varied experience can be found right here in Quincy where she sees a variety of patients from babies to geriatrics. She said part of her job is educating people, and as an example said she might tell a patient, "You're in good shape; let's talk about how to keep you in even better shape as you age." Often that means talking to people about better food choices or how to stop smoking. Lazenby has personal experience with the latter; she is a former 17-year smoker. "When I started (working), doctors smoked at the nurses station," she said, but times have changed. "It's difficult, but it's possible to do,, she said of stopping smoking. When it comes to other aspects of their health, she said people can make simple changes such as not drinking a second soda or incorporating more walking into their daffy routine. Lazenby is pleased that her patients have access to the hospital's registered dietician, Kay Lund. Lazenby graduated from Quincy High School and planned to enter the military, but when she won seven scholarships, she changed her mind. She attended Troy State University's School of Nursing located in Alabama because her scholarship money would cover her tuition and she could live with her father, who had moved there. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1995, and then received her master's in 2002. But Lazenby never stops studying. She wants to expand her knowledge of pediatrics and rheumatology. "I also want to learn methods to help patients that don't require medication," she said. Currently Lazenby works in the Quincy Family Medicine building, but that could change as Plumas District Hospital rearranges Laura Lazenby is a nurse practitioner who sees patients at Quincy Family graduate of Quincy High School, but it took her more than 40 years to considers home. Pho;to submitted offices to accommodate the growing number of doctors and nonphysician providers that have been hired. While currently medical staff is deemed to work at either .Quincy Family Medicine or North Fork Family Medicine, that will change. The entire campus will be officially known as Plumas Rural Health Center, with signage to reflect the change. Lazenby works full time at the clinic, but still finds time for o er pursuits such as i :: reading, travel andspending time with family. "I love international travel, but I want to do more travel in the United States," she Medicine. She is a 1972 return to the place she said, and added that her continuing education has taken her to Nashville, Palm Springs and Albuquerque. But she is most:happy to be back in Quincy. "I like goixl:g' int0St6 eS Where pe( p! know my name," she said. "My roots are here in Quincy and.I love being back in the community." # OIL CHANGE SPECIAL OIL & FILTER Change plus: .Check antifreeze & all fluids 50 pt. 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