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8A Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001 SchOOl Hews i i I Oy Comte== cavities." • that the superintendent- h ade Managing Editor According to Strailey, three an offhand remark that the When some teachers began sought medical attention and teachers could be the "ca- feeling sick at Quincy High one was hospitalized, naries," in testing whether School, they asked the school Strailey said that thoughthe problems still remained in district for help. When the the teachers' union supplied the classrooms. teachers felt they were ig- the district with information A PCTA newsletter, re- nored, they filed a grievance, about the dangers of mold, the leased Feb. 13, quotes a During the Plumas Unified district did nothing until a teacher as hearing Williams School District Board of formal grievance was filed say, "We'll let the teachers be Trustees meeting in last October. the canaries." Greenville Feb. 13, Plumas Strailey told the board that The newsletter went on to County Teacher Association the district promised to re- explain the canary reference. (PCTA) representative Piers place the carpet during the "This reference of course is to Strailey read a two page letter Christmas break, and the the old mining technique of chronicling the problem teachers were "verbally as- taking canaries into the which he said began in the sured that air, carpet, walls mines, and having the ca- spring of 1999. and ceiling would be inspect- naries be the litmus test with According to Strailey, it ed." which the miners were alert- was then that teachers in the The carpet was replaced ed to toxic gases, and lack of main building at Quincy High with tile, but, according to air." School began complaining of Strailey, some teachers are Williams, in a statement re- health problems which they still getting sick. The teachers leased Feb. 15, denies making attributed to moldy carpet, maintain that adequate test- that statement. The problems included "con- ing has not occurred, and"I didn't say anything even gestion, watery eyes, work still needs to be done. close to what I am accused of headaches, sinus infections, But, what is most up.setting saying, and I certainly would and mold growing in nasal to the teachers is the belief never put staff or students at risk. I am very disheartened to see tactics such as this. I .. have a high opinion of teach- ers and don't feel this attack is worthy of them," Williams said. Rumas National Forest Mount Hough Ranger District USDA FOREST SERVICE Kir~gsbury-Rush Project Rumas National Forest Defensible Fuel Profile Zone ProjectMr. Hough District The Mount ~ Ranger Distrid is beginning Plumas County, California the sco~ng process for the Kingsbury-Rush Mt. Hough Ranger District is seeking public defensible kieL Profile zone project (DFPZ). input on a proposal to mine in accordance with The purpose of scoping is to determine what the U.S. Mining Laws. A plan of operation for will be covered, and in what detail, in the mineral activities has been submitted for environmental analysis. We are requesting review and approval. written comments from the public regarding The operator is proposing to excavate the river issues, opportunities, concerns, and channel of the East Branch of the North Fork suggestions associated with the proposed of the Feather River just below Rich Bar to project remove valuable minerals. A dragline with a Resource specialists examined the project bucket will be used to remove the gravel area in the summer and fall of 2000, to overburden exposing valuable placer deposits determine the existing condition and to identify of minerals. The mining claim is located in opportunities and specific management T.25N., R7E, Section 21, MDM. practices that could be implemented to For further information or to comment, please accomplish some goals described in the contact Michael A. Hall, Assistant Resource Plumas National Forest Land and Resource Officer, Mr. Hough Ranger District, Plumas Management Ran, 1988, as amended by the National Forest by February 28, 2001. August 1999 Record of Decision for the Address: Michael A. Hall, Mt. Hough Ranger Herger-Feinsteln Quincy Library Group Forest District, 39696 Highway 70, Quincy, CA Recovery Act, as well as the recent Sierra 95971. Phone: (530) 283-0555. Nevada Forest Ran Amendment of February Published in FRB, IVR 2001. Feb. 21, 2001 A need to reduce fuels to avoid catastrophic fire has been identified within the proposed project area. The purpose of the proposed project is to meet that need through treatments Woodsmoke , prescribed in the ACT, within DFPZ's identified meeting in the ACT and to demonstrate the ....... ' ' . NUIICE OF PUBLIC MEETING : effectiveness of those treatments as requireo ............. " -T ' a pun c meetng w De nero on/nursoay ' by the AG M ' ~Z'Z=" ' ' .... i ..... T A DFPZ is -arch 8 at 5:30 p,m at the Graeagle Fire Hall nme~, ~ to " ' ~',.~,~=~;~o~i~;,~i]'~,;~,,, ~ discuss and gather mput-~,gard~gthe ~~,P.~tVI~Ibo~; effects of wood smoke from woodstoves, m ~ fireplaces and other wood b'omlng devices on edified 'n order to reduce the I~tantial for ' ' ' air quality in the region. Currant air quality, sustained crown fire and allow fire suppression !personnel a safer location from which to take action against a wildfire. The 3800-acre Kingsbury-Rush Project lies within the pilot project area defined in the ACT The Kingsbury-Rush Pro~ect is located in the Rush Greek Watershed, bounded on the north by Lake Almanor and on the south by Highway 70. The project area is further defined as within Township 27N, Range 8E, Sections 33-35, Township 26N., Range 7E., Section 25, Township 26N., Range 8E, Sections 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 13, 14, 23-36, Township 26N., Range 9E., Sections 30, 31, and Township 25N., Range 8E., Sections t-6, of the Mount Diabto Base Meridian. A map is available at the Project U~sor,'s address that folk:ms. The project will pretreat excessive wildland fuels by machine or hand and then bum with [ prescribed fire. A limited amount of small trees and biomass may be available for removal. We expect to complete the environmental analysis process, resulting in an assessment document available for public review and comment by early April 2001. During the analysis process, we may develop and evaluate aitemative courses of action within the scope of our purpose and need, to address any significant issues raised during public scoping. A decision on whether to proceed with the proposed action or an alternative health issues, and regional growth trends ,will be discussed. Comments will also be encouraged regarding the Plumas County Board of Supervisor's consideration of an ordinance which may include: limiting the number of wood burning devices per home, requiring fireplaces to meet EPA Phase II standards, and county-wide adoption of the current American Valley woodstove change- out program. For further information on the above meeting contact: James Graham, Plumas County Ranning Department (530) 283-6210. Published in FRB, PR Feb. 21,28, 2001 Summons filed No. 21828 SUMMONS Notice to Defendant (Aviso a Acusado): Kazue Candice Keeler. YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF (A Ud. le est& demandando): Cathy Castodio. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons is served on you to file a typewritten rssponse at this court. A letter or phone call will not protect you; your typewritten response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. action is expected in late-May. . If you do not file your response on time, you Personnel from the Feather River Ranger may lose the case, and your wages, money District of the Plumes National Forest are and property may be taken without further initiating the proposal for this project, warning from the court. .Following scoping, the analysis for the project There are other legal requirements. You may will be conducted under contract to the USDA want to celt an attorney right away. If you do Forest Service. The District Ranger for the Mr. not know an attorney, you may call an Hough Ranger District will be the Deciding attorney referral service or a legal aid office Official for the project. Your comments and (listed in the phone book). suggestions regarding the proposed project Despues de qua le e~mguan esta dtacibn must be received by March 13, 200t. Rease judicial usted tiene un plazo do 30 DIAS address your comments to: CALENDARIOS para presentar una Bill Smith, Project Uaison respuasta escrita a maquina an esta corte. Feather River Ranger District Una carla una Ilamada telefbnica no le 875 Mitchell Avenue ofrecerfi protecci6n; su respuesta escdta a Oroville, CA95965 maquina tiene que cumplir con los If you have questions or would like further formalidades legales afopiadas si usted Information, please contact Bill Smith at (530) quiere clue la corte escuche su case, 534-6500. • usted no presanta su respuests a tmmpo, Pul~ished in FRB puede perder el casc, y le puedan quiter su Feb. 21, 2001 salario, su dinero y otras cosas de su propiedad sin arise adicional per parle de la Applies for corte. Existan otros requisites legales. Puede ClUe liquor license usted quiera Itamar a un abogado NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO immediatamente. Si no conoce a un SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES abogado, puede Ilamar a un sarvicio de )ate of Filing Application: Januaw 24, 2001 referencia de ebogados o a una oficina de re Whom It May Concern: ayuda legal (yea ol dimctorio telef6nlco), The Name(s) of the Applicant(s) is/are: The name and address of the court is: WlLBURN, PATRICIA GALE and WlLBURN, PlOmas County Superior Court, 520 W. Mmn RALPH DEAN St., Quincy, CA 95971. The applicants listed above are applying to the The name, address and telephone number Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to of plaintiffs attorney, or plaintiff without an Sell alcoholic beverages at: 2116 Greenhorn attorney is: Robert R. Jansen, Esq., 222 Rd,, Quincy, CA 95971. California Ave., Reno, NV 89509, (775) 333- Type of license(s) Applied for: 7555. 41 - ON-SALE BEER AND WINE- EATING Dated: Dec. 4, 2000 PLACE Shed Wart, Clerk, by L Gibson, Deputy Published in FRB Publishad FRB Feb. 7, 14, 21,2001 Feb. 14, 21, 28, March 7. 2001 Williams then released his own time line of what oc- curred at the high school. He said in the spring of 2000, teachers complained to Principal Tim Gallagher about moldy carpets. Last September, Gallagher asked the district to replace the carpet and test the air. In October, the school dis- trict provided a vacuum with a Hepa-Filter to prevent spores from being discharged into the air. At the same time, maintenance workers re- versed the air flow into the classroom. Pizza, Sandwiches, Soup, Salad Bar • PLUMAS PINES SHOPPING CENTER • 283-2320 By II)eil a Coates Managing Editor No developer fees and a counselor for Portola High School--those were two pleas the Plumas Unified School Dis- trict Board of Trustees heard during the public comment portion of their day, Feb. 13. Gallagher explained that the air had been pulled in from underneath the building over the dirt, then released through vents to the outside. Workers reversed that flow. On Oct. 27, PCTA filed a Level 1 grievance requesting that the carpet be replaced. According to Williams, the district hired a certified in- dustrial hygienist to test the facility for abnormal mold spores. Hazard Management Services completed the tests and found no problems, Williams said. According to those results, "Mold spore lev- els were less than half of those found in the fresh air sample taken outside." The test was performed before the carpets were replaced. Williams said the carpets were replaced as planned dur- ing the Christmas break and cleanup continued into Janu- ary. He reported no known problems since. Gallagher's recollection of the events mirrors Williams'. He said that the school dis- trict tried to make some ad- justments to the venting sys- tem before it replaced the car- pet. "When the grievance was filed, the district at flu'st tock minimum steps, then took some big steps," Gallagher said. He believes the air ducts still need to be cleaned out professionally and then more tests can be completed to en- sure that the classrooms are safe. Gallagher said that, while some teachers have described health problems, no students have complained. omany someone to Miriam Stanton PHS student meeting: ,.. ......... ,',:r' .... Pm= ’ouW A parent, a teacher and two students asked the board to provide a counselor for Portola High School. Parent Laura Ashkin, who is also the school site president, told the board there is "an acute need for a counselor." Ashkin sees the need as twofold: to provide academic counseling as students prepare for college, and to help stu- dents deal with "ongoing, seri- ous personal problems." She named a suicide attempt and drug and alcohol abuse as ma- jor concerns. "Academic and crisis coun- seling can go together," Ashkin said. She noted that research indi- tg your bill! Developer fee= Quincy resident Jack Scheer asked the school beard to abol- ish all developer fees. Develop- er fees, are assessed on build- ing projects to help fund schools. Scheer said the fees, which were established in 1991, are no longer valid. "The California government codes don't have anything to justify increasing fees for the whole district," Scheer said. He asked for a written re- sponse from the school dis- trict. Instead, Superintendent Dennis Williams will meet with Scheer to discuss the is- sue. Rates as low as $13.81 per month and no signup fees! E-mail & Internet Connections from a local provider • Local number Susanville Quincy. Portola • Loyalton Chester • Lake Almanor Greenville • Sierreville Surrounding Areas E.nall • hdenlot • = ,,we .... w tell tree (gM) 111-1H4 opoe L er7 nay • Street, eroeevmo By Oebr8 Coates Managing Editor What happens to Plumas County students after they graduate from high school? An annual study conducted by the Plumas County Office of Education is trying to find out. Since 1992, an annual sur- vey has been sent to the grad- uates of Chester, Greenville, Portola and Quincy high schools. Most recently, the Plumas Charter School has been added. Jeanette Fregulia, who has conducted the survey for the last several years, said she usually receives a 60-63 per- cent response rate. She attrib- utes the relatively high re- turn rate to the fact that she sends the survey with a stamped and self-addressed return envelope, and follows up with a phone call. This 2000 survey, which in- cluded graduates from 1992- 1999, had a 78 percent return rate--584 of the 750 surveys sent. Fregulia said there are more than 1,000 graduates since 1992, but she does not send surveys to those who have not responded in the past. The survey asks 13 multiple choice questions and pro- vides two areas for an essay response. There were 89 respondents from Chester, 82 from Greenville, 197 from Portola, 213 from Quincy, and one from the Plumas Charter School. The respondents reported they were doing the follow- ing: "Vocational/technical school, 10 • 2-year college, 66 • 4-year college, 160 • Graduate school, 26 • Other, 24 Fregulia said currently enrolled those not ucation, or ready graduated. Most school reported time. Those in variet) .Associate's • Bachelor's degree, • Master's or Ph.IL .Vocational • Other, 6 When those working were were working in they attended said no. Forty-nine gra ported going after graduation, still serving. Thirty-four chosen to be parents. Fregulia formation to during its meeting Feb. 13. Fregulia said ing that two-thirdS spondents don't gree or certificate high school, but jobs require them. School board Jonathan Kusel two or three things learned from the what is being done to them. Fregulia said to let students know their options a bachelor's what's best for She said that know that they tion to get a be college or school. And finallY, lieves the schools fer a wide array oft from vocational don't feel they taik to. " cated that Portola High School has the highest student teacher ratio and the least amount of counseling help. The district maintains that funding is available, but Porto- la High-School has elected to have a vice principal rather than a counselor. "We shouldn't have to sacri- fice other positions to have a counselor," student Viola Wilbanks said. Klytia Dutton, a teacher at the high school, agreed with Wilbanks. "We shouldn't have to sacrifice our vice princi- pal," she said. Dutton noted that, now, teachers pick up the slack and "they shouldn't have to." She said, when she asked district personnel need for a counselor, told that teachers got instead. "As a teacher, I right to ask for a and a raise," Dutton Senior Miriam peer does the best she other students. "So many studentS c they have she said. "There are home. There should body on site to help," The school board uled to discuss the counselors at their treat Feb. 24. The school district; money to each school, spent at the school site councils. other high schools portion of their funds seling services School has a principal. The will discuss selor position sh0 mandatory. dramaworks presents an Earl Thompson Production TOWN HALL THEATRE Wednesday, February 28th Thursday thru Fdday March 1-3 at 7 pm Sunday, March 4th at 2 pm Adults- $10 Children- $5 Tickets available at the Bookshelf, Quincy Foods and Plumas County Arts CommissiOn" For dinner and a show package, call Moon'S; 28343765. Adults - $20.00 and children - $10 special menu (drink and tax not included)