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Serving Quincy and Surrounding Areas Since 1866 flared, but ulti- supervisors ap- some initial to the Dame , for- Quincy Hotel the street from the has been the sub- since it was by the county in originally ab- Used as the future have to delay such in the inter- Use the site for a the design of the CaUsed controver- Some favoring a Hike setting, cam- and others parking. Plumas County Feb. 13 Works Direc- asked the :Znmended a plan lid be 70 percent percent parking. similar to a pre- approved by the this version pre- and includ- not 48. Ken Nelson liked "This is a better de- Saves the trees," he had questions and recom- work this year with allocated, but the work be re- or B. J. Pearson shouldn't go for- Said. "The property to private reasoned that since Was not building a told to the public, should be re- use, Pear- Airport Commis. the site might be nOtel that is now be built near the SUggestion was met thusiasm, either supervisors or ttrder involving a and sexual- Portola teen has Fredette was 1984, on the side 36 near Paynes Tehama county were unable to is Greenville's a Folsom inmate, Sheriff Tuesday. Was arrested Mon- Prison and was Tehama County Who is in his 50s, through testing Ired the suspect's L Sperm sample tak- redette, Gardner 13, was last seen Highway 70 in day before her in Paynes Terry WOrked hundreds the case and once picture of robably think day. I still get Photos by Victoria Metcalf Throughout much of last week, employsos and clients at the Mama= Oounty Depart- merit of Alcohol and Drag were without heat. On Thursday, Feb. 16, employees showed up to endure a hulling. Portable heaters were avadlable, but an outdated systom moamt they oouMn be u4d at the uuno time am the computers. Pictured are some of the staff, Audrey Davis, Tim Ball, Kathy Schwartz and Nancy Yager, with the Indoor reglstedng the of building. itbe Mstcalf and Dave Keller Staff Writers The courthouse annex building that houses the Plumas County Department of Alcohol and Drug (A&D) may be condemned by coun- ty officials who are con- cerned about employees' safety. The main concerns include faulty electrical wiring, which has burned up com- puter equipment and makes it impossible to plug in more than a handful of items at once. A faulty telephone sys- tem has also been listed and creates its own set of prob- lems. CocKl mmd, lingo A furnace, that's probably seen 30 years or more of use, Is the heat amute for the Mum County Alcohol and Oepadmeet b kUag qu cy. .:ted tbe mmmU bmsomml d the l==lldlml5 tlw In= been n problem for some time. When It finally quit, and coukln be restarted last week, employees of the de- pertmeut pointed out its weary condition. Asbestos, cracked and inken in some areas, sun wraps tbe pipe f rom tbe beater into the b dkh I Supervisors get behind state takeover of hydro facilities By Debra Coates Energy Regulatory Commis- Managing Editor sion. It is regulated by both The Plumas County Board that federal agency and the of Supervisors found itself California Public Utilities saying something it never Commission. thought it would: it wants aIn addition to providi g state takeover of California's power, the utility has main. hydro facilities, tained fish and wildlife habi- That's because the board be-tat, and operated picnic areas lieves it will have more influ- and campgrounds near its ence over state legislators reservoirs. It also pays a sub- than it will over a Texas-based stantial amount of property power company, tax to the counties where it "I prefer the devil we maintains operations. know," Supervisor Bill Denni- At times, the relationship son said. between PG&E and the coun- "It's the lesser of two evils," ties it operates in has been County Administrative Offi- strained. Plumas County has cer Jim Stretch agreed, been no exception. But, The decision came during through ongoing discussions, the board's Feb. 13 meeting, as the utility company has gener- it discussed PG&E's possibleated power, while maintain- bankruptcy and what that ing the lake levels to support could mean for the future ofthe lifestyles of local resi- hydroelectric power in the dents, tourism and the local state and its impact on Plumas economy. County. The board of supervisors PG&E's hydroelectric sys- worries that another entity tern is built along 16 rivermay not be amenable to main- basins, stretching nearly 500 taining the lake level--prefer- miles from Redding in the ring to maximize profits dur- north to Bakersfield in the ing the summer months by south. Its 68 powerhouses can drawing down the lake, at the generate 3,889 megawatts, expense of the local economy. enough power to support fourSo, the supervisors joined million homes, other counties in supporting a Hydroelectricity is generat-proposal by the Regional ed by the force of failing wa- Council of Rural Counties ter. One hundred major reser- (RCRC). voirs in the Sierra Nevada col- In its background informa- lect and store water. The wa- tion, RCRC wrote: "The poten- ter is then released throughtial ownership transfer of hy- large pipes, called penstocks, droelectric or transmission fa- then through turbines that cilities, whether to the state or spin generators to collect elec- some other entity, is an issue tricity, that RCRC has discussed Lake Almanor and the many times in the past. There North Fork of the Feather Riv- are many conflicting concerns er are part of the DeSabla wa- about the impact in rural tershed. This watershed pro-counties, which can range rides a little more than one- from declining water supplies half of PG&E's reservoir ca-and tourism/recreation op- pacity, portunities to changes in Several powerhouses, which property taxes and investment line the the Canyon from Lake revenue. Alman0r to the Oroville reser. "The issue has been raised voir, are part of this system: again out of grave concern Butt Valley, Caribou 1, Cari- that, if utilities enter bank. bou 2, Belden, Oak Flat, Rock ruptcy, the fate of these assets Creek, Bucks Creek, Cresta, will not be decided by the Call- and Poe. fornia legislature or the Cali- PG&E has operated these fa- fornia Public Utilities Com- cilities through a license mission, nor will the fate of agreement with the Federal See Hydro, page 12A By Dave Keller Staff Wntef Plumas Corp, the county's economic development agency, has found a way to sidestep spending $53,000 in county funds for a consultant The Plumas County Board of Supervisors was poised last month to give Plumas Corp the money to help it figure out how to implement what the agency calls "economic vitali- ty." But Supervisor B. J. Pear- son intervened, convincing the board that he and fellow Supervisor Ken Nelson could save the county moneY by working with Plumas Corp. Plumas Corp board member Don Donato hailed PearSon's and Nelson's involvement as "extremely preductjve." The results of that endeavor were reported Feb. 13 to the supervisors, who learned that Plumas Corp most likely will enlist a consultant for $41,000. But, the money will not be coming from the county gen- eral fund because Plumas Corp found the funds in its ex- isting coffers. In essence, Plumas Corp and the supervisors appear to be headed for a compromise, with additional meetings planned. It will permit Plumas CorP How they found the money The Plumes County Board of Supervisors delayed a request last month to give Plumas Corp $53,000 m hire a consultant. But ef- forts by two of the supervisors and Plumas Corp resulted in a de- crease in the amount to $41,000. In addition, Ptumas Corp found the money in its exLsting budget. Amount neol l for a ltant In January: $53,000 urce of the funding: Plumas County General Fund Amount needed fora consultant In February: $41,000 Sources for funding: $10,000 in budget savings; $20,000 in grant; and $10,000 in previously dpproved county matching funds for grant. to hire a consultant--the in the "economic vitality" agency's chief goal all along-- plan. while allowing Pearson andAs a result of Pearson's and Nelson to have a larger say-so Nelson's involvement, the task of outlining Plumas Car- p's future has been lessened, potentially reducing the work- load of the consultant. Even so, Pearson and Nel- son expressed anxiety about using a consultant. Nelson said he is typically opposed to a consultant, but he believes that, in this one instance, it might be helpful. 'Tm reluctant, but I'm not against it," Nelson said. Pearson was not so obliging, contending that Plumas Carp has used consultants in the past time and time again-- with limited success. "We have the expertise right S'J4 Plumas Corp, pagu 12A By Aiicia Hlgbee Indian Valley Editor A goose-grabbing lion was killed near Quincy Friday, Feb. 16. Meadow Valley resident Donna McElroy reported the lion after she saw it grab a goose from a pen in her neighbor's yard just before lunch time A depredation permit was issued, and by 4 p.m., local tracker Jimmy West found and shot the lion under a barn about 125 yards away. While lions are mostly nocturnal an. lmals, it is not unusual for them to be out during the daytime, according to Department of Fish and Game Warden Bob Orange. A new mountain lion was unofficial- ly reported in the Twain area last week, where two house cats are sup- posedly missing. Orange had not re- ceived official notification about the li- on by press time and was unable to re- spond.. Meanwhile, several lions are still roaming the Indian and North Arm valleys. The lioness and two cubs hanging out in Greenville three weeks ago have not been seen again, but three differ- ent lions were seen moving from Tay- lorsville toward North Arm last week. The three lions were first seen near the rodeo grounds Sunday, Feb. 4. The next sighting was reported mid- week by area resident Bob Stay, who saw them near the home of Loren and Carol Kingdon on North Arm Road. The same three lions were seen again over the weekend, about two or three miles further down the road, by resident Kevin Goss. Orange and local trackers Jerry Spurlock and Van Probst were called to the Wangsgard Ranch in North Arm the morning of Monday, Feb. 19, where a mountain lion had been killing chickens in two separate coops. Lio tracks were found near more than one home on the ranch, so Or- ange issued a depredation permit. See Mens, page 12A