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6A Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 Feather River Bulletin Kids get free dental service Friday Feather River Family Dentistry (Plumas District Hospital's hospital-based dental clinic) and the Healthy Smiles Program will provide free dental services to children ages 6 months - 10 years of age during their annual National Children's Dental Health Month event. The annual Children's Dental Health Fun Day is set for Friday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Feather River Family Dental, on Bucks Lake Road across the street from Plumas District Hospital. Free services including educational materials, screenings and, where possible, free dental care such as cleanings, sealants and fluoride varnish. Services will be provided to children ages 6 months - 10 years. During the event, young patients will meet fun safari animals. Appointments are recommended and can be scheduled by calling 283-3915. Annually, National Children's Dental Health Month is sponsored every February by the American Dental Association to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. For more :information on Children's Dental Health Fun Day contact Tiffany Leonhardt, Plumas District Hospital, at 283-7971. Library gets high-speed Internet service Laura Beaton Staff Writer Quincy library patrons can kiss their Internet woes goodbye now that high-speed fiber optic Internet service has arrived. County librarian Lynn Sheehy announced the arrival Feb. 5 of new high-speed service made possible by the installation of Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications' fiber optic network. The revolutionary fiber optic communications system was first developed in the 1970s. It transmits information from one place to another by sending pulses of light along fiber optic cable. Researchers say information can be transmitted at speeds up to 99.7 percent of the speed of light, or 73.7 terabits per second. Sheehy said the fiber optic network provides 50 megabytes of broadband service to the library. She said the bugs have been worked out and high-speed Internet access is now available in the community meeting room at the library as well as at its bank of public computers. Wi-Fi and the computers are now much faster than they have been over the past few months. Sheehy invites the community to come to the library and check it out. .00I.U.00I,IIER PLUMB I N G It's Time to Remodel! Priced to fit any budget We offer all brands Design Consultant services We accommodate custom requests, call us today! Protect Your Investment/ CA Lic. #C-36 396522 Hire a Licensed Contractor CA Lic. #C-20, C IO 963154 (s3o) 258.3474 (53o) 257.8274 Valentine's Day Filet mlznon and lobster dinner special, romantic cocktails and decadent chocolate desserts SPI, from page 1A proved an SPI subcontractor didn't start the fire. Judge Nichols agreed with SPI. In a 28-page order issued Tuesday, Feb. 4, Nichols echoed, sometimes word for word, an order proposed by SPI. The judge blasted the behavior of CalFire and two of its attorneys. "The court finds that CalFire's actions initiating, maintaining and prosecuting this action, to the present time, is corrupt and tainted," Nichols wrote. "CalFire failed to comply with discovery obligations, and its repeated failure was willful." The judge said CalFire withheld documents and destroyed evidence critical to the case. CalFire spokesperson Janet Upton told the Sacramento Bee that the agency "vigorously disputes many of the facts and legal findings in the orders." She said CalFire is considering an appeal. Judge Nichols said he calculated the cost of SPI's attorney fees and then added 20 percent to punish CalFire. "This is a significant victory for SPI and the other defendants in the case," SPI spokesman Mark Pawlicki said. "Although the vast majority of CalFire employees conduct themselves with professional integrity, the investigators on this fire did not live up to that high standard." Pawlicki said that during depositions, CalFire's own expert on wildland fire investigations concluded that it was "more probable than not" that the Moonlight investigators engaged in acts of deception while testifying about the primary aspect of USDA Farm Service Agency un(t, With the passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014, farm support programs administered through the USDA Farm Service Agency will be undergoing many changes, reports Chris Lauppe, county executive director for the FSA office in Alturas serving Modoc County and the FSA office in Susanville serving Lassen, Plumas and Sierra counties. Lauppe has no information to release on new farm support programs at this time but recommends that all farmers and ranchers in the four counties sign up now to obtain program updates by email. Mailed newsletters from local FSA offices are a thing of the past, Lauppe stated. News releases to local newspapers will continue to be made; however, the agency has transitioned to notification by social media modes including email as its primary method to reach farmers with program information. Lauppe stated that the process is simple. Go to the Carpet their investigation. Sierra Pacific's lead attorney in the case, William R. Warne, said, "After four years of litigation, we are relieved and thankful that justice has finally been done. The court's orders speak for themselves." Dun said it took a "tremendous amount of courage and money" by the Emerson family (owners of Sierra Pacific Industries) to defend this case. He said it is very expensive to take on the state of California. Dun said the actual judgment against the state was about $32 million. It represented the largest sanction ever made by a judge in the state. He said SPI was awarded close to $25 million. Approximately $7 million was awarded to other, perhaps as many as 20, defendants in the case. .00rgoes changes FSA home page at; go down the right-hand column to "Stay Connected" and press the "go" button. Enter the email address to be subscribed and press submit. A list of newsletters will come up. Lauppe recommends checking the California State Office Newsletter, the Modoc County or Lassen/Plumas/Sierra County Newsletter, FSA Fence Post, Conservation Programs, Disaster Assistance Programs, and Farm Loan Programs. County offices in California will be issuing monthly newsletters in addition to bulletins for FSA programs of interest and program deadlines. With the new farm bill there will be plenty of information to disburse, Lauppe concluded. Lauppe may be reached at christopher.lauppe@ca.usda.g ov or by phone in Alturas at 233-4137, ext. 101. 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Thanks to all the merchants who donated prizes, we appreciate your support/ Raffle Tickets will be available for $1 each or 6 for $5. Helmets are required, Registration 9 - 1 1am. Awards at 2pm. FOUR BEST POKER HANDS WIN! $12 Entry Fee per person/2 or more hands per person, $8 each at time of purchase. SKI-DO0 Rotax Summit 600 Snowmobile Supplied by Tom's, Snowmobile and Service, Sierra City, Ca. Snowmob,le Raffle T,ckets 820.00 , Proceeds to benefit the Rotary Endowment Scholarship Fund. ,,,ilr