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6A Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 ~ Feather River Bulletin Longtime Plumas County he is a unique breed: a rural supervisor Robert Meacher Democrat. officially announced his "Along with the Klamath candidacy for the lst Assembly River and our national District of the California State treasure of Lake Tahoe, the Assembly Feb. 1. "We have 1st Assembly District. been looking at this for several contains two very strategic months," Meacher said, "and watersheds (Sacramento/Pit now is the time to make this and the Feather River) and race official." many other smaller With 13 years of service in watersheds that provide for the United States Merchant California's economic well- Marine, 20 years of local being, and are the drivers of government service (elected to the state's economic engine. the Plumas County Board of "The people who live and Supervisors at the age of 39 in work in these watersheds are 1992), a prelaw background and the stewards of these valuable a vast understanding of the landscapes. Without the people natural resource issues facing in the 1st Assembly District, the Northern California's 1st rest of the state would be hard Assembly District, Meacher pressed to maintain a reliable says he is well-qualified to water supply. Therefore, we serve the people of the district must maintain the rural and California. character of the 1st Assembly Meacher has been married District while providing an to his wife, CarOl, for 29 years, increased opportunity for They hav.e raised three economic growth, education children (Ryan, Robin and and health care. Arlan) in Plumas County. As "We need to have a a life-long Democrat and a representative that knows veteran rural legislator, how to say, 'Together we can Meacher has cultivated an do this' instead of the old excellent relationship with worn out 'No' that we have state and federal agencies, been hearing for decades. The business professionals and time has arrived to elect a north-state leaders. Meacher well-known rural Democrat is known from Siskiyou to with the knowledge and San Diego for his advocacy on commitment to represent the water issues facing the state social and economic values of of California. Meacher says the 1st Assembly District: ncil to meet The Plumas County Fire Safe Council's regularly scheduled monthly meet- ing will be held tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Plumas County Planning and Building Services of- rice, located at 555 Main St. in Quincy, from 9 to 11 a.m. At the February meeting the council will be dis- cussing progress toward cur- rent wild/we mitigation pro- jects and implementation progress on the Community Wild/we Protection Plan. Fire Safe Council mem- bers are encouraging resi- dents to take advantage of this excellent weather to be outdoors, plus get a little exercise, by beginning to create and maintain their defensible space. California residents are required to have 100 feet of defensible space around all structures, or to their property lines. For additional information on defensible space, visit plumasfiresafe.org and click on the link to Defensi- ble Space. If members of a community would like to learn more about how to mitigate adverse impacts from a wildfire, they may contact the coordinator from the website. The Ptumas County F re Safe Council invites resi- dents with an interest in preventing and mitigating impacts from wildland fires to their homes or com- munities to become mem- bers. The coutfEiI is a coali- tion of citizens, businesses, fire departments and repre- sentatives of local, state and federal government agencies. The mission of the council is: "To reduce the loss of natural and manmade resources caused by wildfire through Fire- wise Community programs and pre-fire activities." FE&THg VBR Postal SIwvice: USPS (No. 188-550.) Periodicals postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Location and hours; 287 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Office is open Mort. through FrL, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. How to centagt tie' All departments: (530) 283-0800. FAX: (530) 283-3952. E-Mail mail@plumasnews.com Web Page http://www.plumasnews.com Ownership and Heritage: The Bulletin was established Aug. 11, 1866, as the Plumas National (later changed to Plumas National Bulletin, May 16, 1892) subse- quently changed to its present name May 7, 1931, which merged with the Plumas independent (1892-1945) on June 7, 1945. Published weekly. It is part of the Feather Publishing family of newspapers serving Plumas and Lassen counties. Deadlines: Display Advertising: Thursday 4 p.m. Display Classified: Thursday, 3 p.m. Classified: Monday 9 a.m. News: Fridays, 3 p.m. Legals: Thursday 4 p.m. Breaking news: Anytime1 TO Sul~Peribe: Call (530) 283-0800 or come to the Bulletin office, or use the handy coupon below, or send e-mail to subscriptions@plumasnews.com AdjudicaUon: The Feather River Bulletin is adjudicated a legal newspaper by Superior Court Decree No. 4644 (1953) and qualified for publication of matters required by law to be published in a newspaper. Postmaster: Send change of address orders to the Feather River Bulletin, P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Michael C. Taborski Co-Owner/Publisher Ked Taborski Co-Owner/Legal Advertising Kevin Mallory Asst. Vice Pres./Admin. Delaine Fragnoli Managing Editor Jenny Lee Photo Editor Mary Newhouse Classified, Circ. Manager m i m Sherri McConnell Display Advertising Manager Cobey Brown Asst. Vice Pres./Operations Tom Fomey Production Manager .... Elise Monroe ...l~gkkeeper Eva Small Composing Manager Sandy Condon Human Resources Oir., Office Manager Subscription Order Form i m i Feather River Bulletin P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971 Please enter my subecdpfion for " years. Enclosed find my check for $, In County $26 per year [~ Out of Stata $44 per year [~ In California $37 per year. Name ~kll'Eis4i City, Stm, Zip ,T~ can be bansfened, but not refunded. Robert Meacher. He can, andadministrations he wiU, get the job done?" Resources Agency and the Republicans Brian Dahle, a Department of Conservation, co- Lassen County supervisor, and chairman of statewide steering " committee Rick Bosetti, a Redding City Sacramento River Watershed Council member, have also Program (501(c)(3)), board announced their candidacies member for the newly redrawn 1st water for California (501(c)(3)), Assembly District, which board member stretches from south Lake California Watershed Network Tahoe to the Oregon border. (soi (c)(3)), board member Other races SUPERVISOR DISTRICT 1 Michelle Gault Bill Powers Terry Swofford (incumbent) SUPERVISOR DISTRICT 2 Kevin Goss U.S. REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 1 James Reed SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE DEPARTMENT 2 Ira Kaufman (incumbent) ! SUPERVISOR DISTRICT 4 SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE James Huffmon DEPARTMENT 1 Mike McLeod Janet Hilde (incumbent) Lori Simpson (Incumbent) Community, political, volunteer Regional experience experience Plumas County supervisor, 2nd CSAC Government Operations and District, 1992 through currentFinance Subcommittee, 1993 - fifth term (20 years) present Authority vice chairman, 1994, Settlement board of directors, Plumas County Transportation 'Regional Council of Rural Counties chairman, 1995 - 96 2002 Commission board of directors, 1993 - present RCRC Solid Waste Local Area Agency on Aging Economic Development Nor-Cal Neva Resource Government Technical Advisoryrepresentative, 2002 Commission Conservation and Development Committee, 1994 - 95 PG&E Lands Stewardship Flood Control and Water Council representative, 1993 - RCRC California 8iodiversity Council board of directors, Conservation District, director present Council representative, 1995 - 2004 and spokesperson Sierra Nevada Research Project present Plumas County Commission on Plumas County Local Agency representative, 1994 - 96 RCRC Water Policy Committee Aging representative, 1993 - Formation Commission RCRC Fire Task Force chairman, 1996- 99 present Regional Council of Rural Subcommittee chairman and Bay Delta Advisory Council source Plumas County Community . Counties, chairman Resources Agency's State Firecounty representative, 1996 -Development Commission Nor-Cal Nevada Resource Strategy Committee, 1994 present governing board member, 1993 Conservation and Development Sierra Nevada Eco-System Project Quincy Library Group Steering- present Council, three-term chairman rural contact, 1996 - 97 Committee, 1994 - present Local Agency Formation Nor-Cal Neva RC&D vice president, RCRC board of directors chairman, Commission representative, State experience 1994, chairman, 1995 2000 - 2001 1997 - present Calfed Bay-delta Program's Public RCRC Executive Committee, 1994 - BDPAC's Watershed Working Plumas County TranSportation Advisory Committee, appointed 2003 Group co-chair, 1998 -presentCommission representative, by three state and federal RCRC Solid Waste Joint PowersWater for California - Monterey 1997 - present ! Mona Hill fiscal year 2010's $1.2 million accrued on an estimated basis structure ratios, such as long- Staff Writer in net assets, in the period the related ser- term debt to capitalization mhill@plumasnews.comPDH board member John vices are rendered and adjust- and equity financing, indicate Kimmel argued that while the ' ed in future periods as final the hospital is in a strong po- Despite slightly decreased adjustment was necessary,settlements are determined." sition to incur debt on pro- revenue, slightly increased not all.of it was based on the In another portion of its re- jects such as electronic expenses and alarge year-end hospital's financial perfor- port, the firm noted thatrecords implementation and adjustment to revenue, mance in fiscal year 2011. He Medicare and MediCal cost re- upgrading the hospital. Plumas District Hospital's au- said prior years' revenue ad- port audits for services billed In her financial report, Fi- ditor, Bill Peterson of Matson justments were probably also are running three and five nance Director Cindy Crosslin and Isom, was encouraged by reflected in the $665,000 ad- years behind, reSpectively, told directors that while the the direction of the hospital's justment to revenue. Peterson likened the cost re- number of days in accounts re- financial position. He also said the fact that port audits to having tax re- ceivable remains at 95, the hos- Historically, PDH has re-revenues and expenses have turns audited annually and pital had collected $3.2 million served about 50 percent of its been fairly steady year-on- warned that cost report audits for December and January. revenue to allow for disal- year was also an indicator of are being "very aggressive, Crosslin said that with the lowed charges or low reim- the hospital's relatively good borderline unreasonable."help of consultant Fred bursement rates from financialposition. Peterson also noted that Binczewski of Jacobus Con- Medicare and MediCal. In the In a later telephone conversa- while most small rural health sulting, she expected collec- audit firm's opinion, that tion, Kimmel said, "Accounts care facilities often show an op- tions to continue to improve. amount needed to be adjusted receivable is the most uncer- erating income loss, PDH has In addition, the hospital has upward to $568,000 at the end tain portion of the bad debt rev- historically shown a profit, hired a new manager for pa- offiscalyear 2011. enuedeductioncalculations." The auditor was also en- tient financial services, who The result is a $665,000 loss :The,a~t~it firm's notes-,tt~ coura.ged b.y the .recent im-. assumes her'r0i~ Feb. 17: Un- for the year ended June 30, the financial statements ap- provements to the hospital's til then, HumaW~esources 2011. That represents an al- peared to support Kimmel:patient billing and collections, has declined to provide the most $2 million swing from "Retroactive adjustments are He added that PDH's capital new manager's name. nty i rts wish list iI dozens of proJects over a 15- shelf ready to go," Wilson Dan McDonald Wilson told the supervisors. Staff Writer "In fact this last year we re- year timeline, said. "At the end! of the fiscal dmcdonald@plumasnews.comceived almost a million dol- It includes 27 projects for year, if (the F/~A has) any lars from the Federal Avia- Rogers Field in Chester, eight money left over,/we are able Good,airports are widely tion Administration for air- for Beckwourth-Nervino Air- to say, 'Hey, we could get it to considered to be a vital part of port improvements." port and 14 for Gansner Field bid in a month. Will you give any community's infrastruc- The board was pleased within Quincy. us the money?' And we have ture. Wilson's plan. Members The projects are funded bybeen pretty successful doing Plumas County's airports unanimously approved it be- FAA grants with revenue that." director, Joe Wilson, has been fore asking about the details, from a passenger facility fee Some of the projects ready working to keep the county's "When you ultimately fin- that travelers pay when they to go include extending the three airfields in the best pos- ish the weather reporting sta- buy airline tickets. Rogers Field runway by 500 sible shape, while also focus- tions and increase load capac- Wilson said Plumas County feet. That will allow larger ing on future expansionl ity, there will be more people has been successfully getting jets to safely use the facility. On Jan. 17, Wilson asked flying here and getting in- FAA money because it makesThere are also weather the county's Board of Super- volved in tourism and corn- sure to have a number of stations ready to go up in visors to approve an ongoing merce," said Supervisor Jon shovel-ready projects whenQuincy and Beckwourth improvement plan that willKennedy, who is also a pilot, the government funds are that will give incoming pi- be submitted to the Federal Wilson said he expects "toavailable, lots access to real-time Aviation Administration. hear about some more money"The FAA has been giving weather conditions. Wilson "We've had a lot of success from the FAA by August." us grants based on bids. So we said they should be online over the last few years," Wilson's plan includes have several projects on the by May. NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING California Forest Highway 177, Beckwourth to Clover Valley The Federal Highway Administration, Central Federal Lands Highway Division (FHWA-CFLHD), in cooperation with U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, California Department of Transportation, and Plumas County, has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed improvements to a portion of California Forest Highway 177 in Plumas County, California. The proposed action would improve a 9.6-mile portion of Forest Highway 177 from Beckwourth to Clover Valley. Copies of the EA are available for review at the following locations: Plumas County Library (Quincy Main Branch and Portola Branch), Plumas County Department of Public Works (134 E. Main St., Quincy), and On the web at www.cflhd.gov/beckwourth A public hearing will be held to provide an opportunity for citizens to learn more about the environmental process, considerations, and findings. The public hearing will be held at the Portola Branch Library, 34 Third Avenue, Portola, California, 96122 on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2012, PORTOLA LIBRARY 6:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.Open House 6:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.Presentation and Question/Answer Period 7:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.Open House Attendees are welcome to present oral and/or written comments. Displays will show proposed align- ments, road design, and preliminary right-of-way requirements. Representatives from the FHWA, Plumas County, and the.Forest Service will be available to discuss the project and answer questions. We encourage all interested persons and affected landowners to attend this meeting. Comments may also be sent to: Mr. Allen Grasmick, Federal Highway Administration, 12300 W. Dakota Avenue, Suite 280, Lakewood, CO 80228, or emailed to allen.grasmick@dot.gov. Comments received by March 2, 2012 are considered to be within the official public comment period. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grasmick at 720-963-3664.