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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010 13A County ready to OK Lake Front EIR Development has already spawned one lawsuit Delaine Fragnoli Managing Editor County supervisors moved one step closer to approving the environmental review for the proposed Lake Front at Walker Ranch development at their Tuesday, Feb. 2, meeting. They unanimously mo- tioned their intent to deny an appeal of the zoning adminis- trator's approval of the envi- ronmental impact report. Planning staff is to bring final "findings" back to the board, probably for the last meeting of the month, Feb. 23. The developer proposes to build 1,674 residential units, 100,000 square-feet of retail and commercial space, a 150-room hotel/spa and an 18- hole golf course on a 1,397-acre site on the Lake Almanor Peninsula. The site is adjacent to Bai- ley Creek and Foxwood to the east and to the Lake Almanor Country Club to the south. Lake Front would also in- clude 410 acres of open space, its own wastewater treatment plant and recycled-water stor- age ponds---to be managed by the Walker Ranch Communi- ty Services District--a water supply system including wells, also to be managed by Walker Ranch CSD, and road- ways and storm drainage in- frastructure. The development has been in the works since 2003, when Lake Almanor Associates filed an application with Plumas County. The environ- mental review process spanned March 2004 through August 2009. Zoning Administrator Randy Wilson held a public meeting Oct. 21, 2009, to an- nounce he was "certifying," or approving as adequate, the environmental impact report for the project. Bruce Thayer of Lake A1- manor and David Brayshaw of Westwood appealed that de- cision Oct. 30. In their appeal, the men claim the EIR does not comply with the California Environ- mental Quality Act; it does not constitute a good-faith, full-disclosure of the environ- mental impacts of the project; and the mitigation measures are not sufficient. They argue the EIR does not adequately address cumulative "That's what I hear most in the community. Why create more vacant lots when there are already so many?" Sherrie Thrall, Chairwoman, Plumas County Board of Supervisors impacts and question its treatment of topics ranging from air pollution to Native American sites, water quality and sufficiency, community services and deforestation. Thayer and Brayshaw also say county approval of the development would violate the terms of its General Plan extension from the state. While the county is updating its General Plan, the exten- sion prohibits planning deci- sions that could eliminate planning options that should be available for considera- tion during the update process. The men reiterated their arguments during last week's public hearing. Brayshaw characterized the development as "high-densi- ty" and "urban" and said the EIR had "many flaws." "It's incomprehensible the county would even consider approv- ing this project ... there's a zero percent chance it will succeed," he argued. Richard Floch, speaking for Almanor Associates, respond- ed by caning the EIR "volumi- nous," noting that producing it had been a four-year process that his group had funded. He said the developers agreed with county staffs rec- ommendation that the appeal be denied and hoped the su- pervisors would do just that. According to planning de- partment records, Almanor Associates paid $315,000 for the EIR, not counting numer- ous supporting studies, par- ticularly water analyses. No members of the public commented at the public hearing. During the rebuttal period, appellant Thayer called Lake Front "the largest develop- ment under consfderation in Plumas County. To evaluate it without a General Plan (up- date) is precarious." Senior planner Jim Graham responded on behalf of county staff. He agreed with the ap- pellants that the EIR con- cludes that some of the devel- opment's environmental im- pacts cannot be mitigated. He said many of the appellant's comments were more on the project itself than on the EIR. Overall project approval will come at a later date. At that point, supervisors will have to weigh the benefits against the costs of the development. "That's what I hear most in the community," said Super- visor Sherrie Thrall, who rep- resents the Almanor Basin. "Why create more vacant lots when there are already so many?" Still, the supervisors' mo- tion of intent to OK the EIR is a step forward for the project, which has already spawned one lawsuit. Almanor Associates sued Huffman-Broadway Group, the first consulting firm to work on the EIR, for damages for failure to complete the re- view in a timely fashion. The development group sought re- imbursement for fees it paid HBG. It also asked for $50 mil- lion in damages when, it claims, a sale of the project fell through because the EIR was not complete. Both a trial court and an ap- pellate court found against A1- manor Associates. Plumas County was not named in the suit, although the planning department was responsible for hiring HBG and for collecting payment from Almanor Associates for HBG's work. HBG was supposed to sub- mit an administrative draft EIR to the county by Nov. 14, 2005. The consultants failed to meet that deadline, and the county sent the firm a notice of termination in June 2006. HBG sought more time to per- form and delivered to the county a "preliminary work- ing draft EIR." In September 2006, the county rejected the draft report as unacceptable and sent a second notice of termination. HBG submitted invoices to the county seeking payment for its services; the county turned around and demanded reimbursement from A1- manor Associates, who also had to reimburse the county for the services of a second consultant to prepare the EIR. COMMUNITY CORNER COMMUNITY CALENDAR Thursday, Feb. 11 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 alcoholics. Women's Circle, 6-7:30 p.m., PRS offices, 711 E. Main, Quincy, Corp. office, Quincy. Public wel- come. Does not meet July/Aug. 283-7512 for more info. Explorer Post 81, Quincy Volun- teer Fire Dept. Explorer Program, meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays. For info call Sarah Anderson, 530-276-1503. Friday, Feb. 12 AA, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House. 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, 283-1568. League of Women Voters, 2nd Thurs., 10:30 a.m. - noon, Quin- cy library meeting room. Call 283-0485 for more info. St. John's Cribbage Club, 2nd and 4th Thurs., noon, St. John's church hall, 176 Lawrence St. For info, call Lin Bixby, 283-9102, or Sherry McKee, 283-4066. Sept. thru May only. Feather River Resource Con- servation District Board meet- ing, 2nd Thurs., 7 p.m., Plumas ................ NA, 6"3._0 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. Painting Class. Meets 2nd Fri- day at Mountain View Manor recreation room in Quincy at 1 P.M. For more information con- tact Nansi Bohne 283-3395 or e- mail: Saturday, Feb. 13 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. Dukes of Plumas Cribbage Gang. Meet t0:30 a.m., start play 11 a.m. 1st, 2nd, 4th Satur- days at Mt. Tomba, Cromberg; 44/32 Snow ~owom urly. i Hlgiw in the mid 40e and low8 in the low ~m. $undm Ikammt 7:02 AM 5:34 PM 46/35 Rain and u M.H~h0 ~ ~e mid 4OI Imd Io~m in the mid 30o. SumlN 7:01 AM 5:35 PM 47/33 Showe~ posJb~. Highs In the upper 40s and lows In ~ae low 30s. Sunrloe Sunl~ 7:00 AM 5:36 PM 51/35 Mb~ Of sun ~I clouds. Hig~l in the low 501 amd Iowl in the mid 30s. IkmrlIN Summ 6:59 AM 5:37 PM California At A Glance ::[ i~i~ to Area Cities ...~.. ..,, -.-~.,.~, 61 44 rldn Modelto 59 39 ptlunny Balmmfield 54 41 rain Mojavo 53 34 rain Bamtow 54 31 rain Mon~ 58 44 pl unny BMhe 63 43 rain Neodl~ 59 44 rain Chlco ;7 40 pt iunny ~ 50 43 pt COSta Mm 59 45 rain PiImdale 52 33 rain B ~mlro ~5 4,?. ~ PUldlnll 114 44 ndn Eureka 53 47 p~ Imlny Rodd~ 5~ 38 nlin Frmmo 56 40 rain ~ e0 39 rain Lo~ Angokm 81 46 rain ~urmmeflto 58 43 pt lunny Netionsl Citle~ A.Bnli 42 26 windy Houllon ------.--40-oloudy Boron 35 24 Irmw Lo~ ~ 61 46 rain Chicago 25 10 ImMtowor Miami 68 50 ptunny D~I~ 4S 34 ck~t/ MIne~ 20 3 ptmmny Den~r 44 23 pt |~ NOw Yo~k 34 28 Imow 51/35 Ck~y. H~ ~e low 50s and k~ws in the m~130s. SunrlN Summt 6:58 AM 5:39 PM Moon Phases Last New Feb 5 Feb 14 Flmt Full Feb 22 Feb 28 UV index Wed 2/10 ~ Moderate ~u ~. = to. Frl 2/12 ~ Low Sat 2/13 ~ Moderate Sun 2/14 ~ Low "rho UV IndQ~ II mollumd o~ ~ O-11 80 pt sunny San Bomardlno ~ 3~ rain San Diego ~:~ 48 rain San Fmnclll~ 58 48 pt lunny ,S~n Jooe 80 42 p~eunny San~E~ 80 44 rain Stockton 5~ 40 pt sunny fA~mn~le 42 25 pt sunny Tru~koe 39 21 sn ~Ner 55 40 rain m,-,- ,mml~ Phoen(~ 56 ~raJn F~ 54) 43 ~ unw ~t~km 52 ~ ,raln SLLoull 25 12 windy Wuhk~ DC 32 27 ~n~mx 3rd Saturdays at Coyote Bar & Grill, Graeagle. Arts, Crafts, Hobbies & Col- lectibles, every Saturday, Quincy Grange Hall, 55 Main St. 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Vendors welcome. Call 283-1940. Waffle Breakfast, fundraiser for Grange community programs. $6 per person. Quincy Grange Hall, 55 Main St. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Call 283-1940. Sunday,:Feb. 14 ..... NA, 7 p.m., 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House, Quincy. Trap Shoot, sponsored by Quincy Sport Shooting Assoc., Gopher Hill site, 11 a.m., weather permitting. Call 283-1145. Every other Sun. Monday, Feb. 15 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, Codrthouse An- nex- Orchard House, Quincy. Rotary Club, Mineral Building, 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. AA, 7 p.m., Methodist Church in Quincy, upstairs at the back 282 Jackson. Tuesday, Feb. 16 PRS-WlC, Supplemental food & nutrition education for children under 5 & pregnant-nursing women. Every Tues., 10 a.m., Quincy. 283-4093 or (800) WlC- 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 am. weigh- in, meeting at 10 a.m.; and 5 p.m. weigh-in, meeting, 5:30 p.m. Our Savior Lutheran Church, 298 East High Street, Quincy. 1- 800-621-6000. NA, 7 p.m., Methodist Church, 282 Jackson St., Quincy. Plumas-Sierra Cattlewomen, 3rd Tues. location varies. Claudia Barnes, 283-2247. Quincy Provider Support Group, meets 3rd Tues., VA Conference room, Social Services building, Quincy. Share concerns, Earthquake activity increased from last week, rising by four and reaching dou- ble-digit figures for the first time in six weeks. It broke the longest streak of sin- center) was at 17 miles deep and the type of fault motion was thrust (up and over). Although it was centered close to the surface trace of the Chico Monocline Fault, the orientation of the slip move- ment was northeast and southwest. That suggests the earthquake occurred on a nearby perpendicular.fracture or splay. gle-digit totals since the Spring of 2006. Mild ground shudders were felt from Par- The largest earthquake measured M 3.0 adise to Shasta Lake but it was too weak and occurred at 12:38 p.m. Sunday, Janu- to topple items from tables and shelves. ary 31, about 6 miles east-southeast of It was the first M 3 event in 2010. Six Red Bluff and just east of Highway 99 were recorded last year. Also in the Sac- near the base of the Sierra the mouth of ramento Valley was a M 2.4 temblor- Antelope Creek. The focal point (hypc- between Chico and Orland. & stories related to home care. Surplus Commodities. Distrib- uted free, 3rd Tuesdays of the month. CAN building, behind St. John's Catholic Church on Lawrence St., Quincy, between 10-10:30 a.m. Call 283-5628 for more information. California Women in Timber, Plumas Cafe (subject to change), Quincy, 1st & 3rd Tues., 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17 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. Library preschool story time, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Toastmaster's International, American Valley Chapter. 12-1 p.m., Plumas Bank Credit Admin- istration Conference Room, 32 Central Ave., Quincy. For more info, contact Jacky Madarang, 530-283-3970. CHURCHES Center for Spritual Living, 283-9690, 304 Lawrence & Church St., Christian Life Fellowship, 283-0345, 317 First St., E. Quincy. 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 Missionary Baptist, 283- 1505, 171 Redburg Ave., Quincy. ,,We i~odd" Advanced Geologic Exploration, Inc. Scientists of the EarthTM 180 Main St. P.O. Box 1956 Chester * CA 96020 (530) 258-4228 BB See an archive of past earthquake reports at BB Truth Tabernacle of Quincy, 260- 8006, 2205 East Main St., Quincy. AA meeting, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse An- nex - Orchard House, Quincy. Senior lunch, Blairsden, noon, Mohawk Community Resource 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 Jackson St., Quincy. Quincy Caregivers Support Group, 1st & 3rd Wed., 2-3:30 p.m., "Back Room," Dunn's Cof- fee. People caring for loved ones with long-term illnesses wel- come. For more info, 283-0891. International Order of Rain- bow Girls, 7 p.m., Masonic Temple, 1st & 3rd Wed. Science of Mind study group, 1st & 3rd Wed., 6-8 p.m. Hannah Rothlin, 283-1052 or e-mail han- nah@plumascounty 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 a t the Feather River Bulletin: 530-283-0800 or email LAST WEEK'S TEMPERATURES D~e High Low Precip. Snow Feb. 01 46 30 Feb. 02 44 29 tr -- Feb. 03 49 33 .28" -- Feb. 04 46 34 .03" -- Feb. 05 48 36 .56" -- Feb. 06 44 36 .3" -- Feb. 07 49 33 .04" -- Feb.08 -- 29 21.56 inches precipitation to date. 25 inches snow to date. Compiled by Ron Trumbo LAKE LEVELS Lake Almanor *Elevation tCurrent 4,481.39 1 Year Ago 4,477.87 Lake Almanor **Capacity tCurrent 820,356 1 Year Ago 737,641 Bucks Lake *Elevation 1"Current 5,132.21 1 Year Ago 5,128.18 Bucks Lake **Capacity 1Current 63,405 1 Year Ago 57,215 *Elevation above sea level in It. **Storage in acre It. tFeb 07, 2010 Feb. 08, 2009