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County Mental Health director resigns -- Page 2A Building department struggles to keep up -- Page 3A Vol. 148, No. 27 530-283"-0800 Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 50 State of emergency J Storm photos --. No area of the county was spared from the Friday's hurricane-force wind gusts./Page 1B Cmasider vaccination i!!ii!! Your decision could  affect the lives of everyone around : you./Page 8B i Trojan,scores 44 -- !:iz! i I Quincy s Brady Rick ii  ii was on fire during the iii :: Trojans' 79.65 victory iiii!!  over Greenville./ !ii:i !::i Page C titil Today: Quincy Little League sign-ups, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Quincy High School library. $50 per player, $125 maximum per family. After Feb. 13 all sign-ups $70. Prospective players must bring birth certificate, parent. Registration packets available at Carey Candy Co. For information: Michelle Morrison, 283-3322; Holly Buus, 283-1522. Forest restoration meeting, 6 - 8 p.m., Plumas County Library. Plumas County Fire Safe Council, Plumas National Forest invite all interested groups, individuals to participate in new collaborative. For information: plumascollaborative.wordpre; Mike De Lasaux, 283-6125, Tomorrow: Words & Music, 7 p.m., Patti's Thunder. Featuring love song challenge. Sign up for open mic at the door. $3. Sponsored by Plumas Arts. For information: 283-3402. Friday: "Dancing With the Stars," 7 p.m., Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Local "celebrities" dance in Feather River College Foundation fundraiser, Quincy High School senior project. Tickets $10 general seating, $25 individual See Q, page 4A 1 .. 1 I To subscribe to the Bulletin, 1 call 530-283-0800 An uprooted tree takes out a fence near the corner of Quincy Junction and Chandler roads in Quincy after a powerful storm with 76-mile-per-hour wind gusts hit the county on Friday, Feb. 6. The storm brought more than 5 inches of rain to Quincy and knocked out power until Saturday afternoon. Tree branches block the entrance to a home on South Mill Creek Road in East Quincy. Powerful storm pounds county Quincy in the dark after 70-mile-per-hour gusts topple trees Trees on Homestead Lane topple during the round of storms in the early morning hours Monday. narrowly missing a sleeping resident. ?hotos by Kevin Mallory Most of the damage in the county -- initially estimated at $2 million  was caused by trees falling on homes, vehicles and other structures. Jerry Sipe, the county's director of the Office of Emergency Services, was still tabulating damages and was expected to present an initial list to the Board of Supervisors during its Feather Publishing Staff dmcdonald@plumasnews.corn A powerful storm pounded Plumas County with strong winds and heavy rainfall last week, leaving millions of dollars of damage in its wake. County offmials declared a local state of emergency Friday, Feb.6even before the full extent of the damage could be assessed. Virtually the entire county was in the dark over the weekend as hundreds of downed treesknocked out power to the region. Local phone service was also disrupted. Crews worked around the clock and power began to be restored Saturday afternoon. However, some homes were still dark Sunday evening as the second round of heavy rain hit the region. The storm packed wind gusts of up to 76 miles per hour Friday morning. The wind was followed by four days of rain that totaled up to several inches in some areas. Downtown Quincy accumulated 5.9 inches by Monday morning. A number of fires were also attributed to the weather event, including structure fires in Quincy and Twain. Two fires fanned by the wind combined to burn about 100 acres in private forest land about a mile west of Spring Garden. U.S. Forest Service crews, aided by the rain, quickly put out the fires. Community discusses nursing home's fate attend meeting District Hospital to take it over, as well as give the public a chance to voice their concerns. Hall was joined by Jeff Kepple, the chief executive officer of Plumas District Hospital, and Doug Easton, of Cambridge Healthcare, the nursing home's current management company. Plumas CounW Supervisors KevinGoss and Lori Simpson, Feather River College President Kevin Trutna, Assemblyman Brian Dahle's District Director Bruce Ross and many other county leaders attended the community forum. See Closure, page 4A 5O Mo,00e.than 1 Debra Moore StaffWriter Feb. 10 meeting. In addition to structural damage, Sipe is assessing the loss of perishable goods. "A lot of the damage won't be fully recognized for some time," Sheriff Greg Hagwood said. He said that is because many residents live in the area seasonally. They won't notice the damage until they return in the spring. "We are fortunate there has been no loss of life," Hagwood said. Powerless Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative both reported systemwide outages from the storm. PG&E reported about 18,000 customers in Plumas and Shasta counties were powerless at I p.m. Friday. The company said its crews were hampered by strong winds, downed trees and large rocks in many roadways. The company brought in an additional 96 line workers from as far south as Fresno, and as far north as Washington state. Damage to the PG&E transmission system also cut power to PSREC, according to PSREC General Manager . Bob Marshall. PSREC was able to provide some temporary power using a backup power supply. However, Marshall said the backup power supply line was also damaged about 11:30 a.m. Friday, leading to an extended systemwide outage. Both power companies reported many broken poles damaged by the high winds along with debris tangled in lines. Portola's power was the first to return Saturday in the early afternoon. Electricity returned to Quincy shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday. East Quincy's power returned minutes later. A domino effect swelt through the county, returning power in an eastward direction. At press time, power was not fully returned to Indian Valley or the Lake Almanor Basin. School closures Plumas Unified School District held classes Friday, but sent students home early See Storm, page 5A One man offered a $1,000 check and a woman suggested a Kickstarter campaign community members want to save their nursing home. They were just a few of the 150-plus who filled the Mineral Building at the P!umas-Sierra County Fairgrounds beyond capacity Feb. 4. Public Health Director Mimi Hail coordinated and led the meeting designed to provide information about the closure of the Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, and the potential for Plumas Dr. Jeff Kepple, the chief executive officer of Plumas District Hospital, addresses the standing-room,only crowd at a community meeting held Feb. 4 to discuss the closure of the Quincy Nursing& Rehabilitation Center, With him at the head table are Public Health Director Mimi Hall and Cambridge Healthcare's DougEaston, Photo by Debra Moore