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Community News W ,es=y. Feb. 2,. =A Ihtcalf are pros and cons, of the Plumas Coun- real- approved a con- Offender Dri- Influence pro- a private the pros is that, with of the agreement, now in corn- state law requir- be offered to have lost their li- to driving under cons is that, in- classes scattered Plumas County, operator will only in Quincy--un- County is willing to the issue and pro- to make the pro- -= accessible to those years, the Department of offered regu- to fulfill state re- for those sen- attend them. The by the De. Vehicles in to regain s license. County is no t Position to offer the state law, coun- Population of more must op- Program at cost. And, County's slight now must meet Director John Se- in continuing to in house, run A&D more Over budget. And, meet with state re- the program next feasible solu- a recovery pro- program to Tehama forward to fill m m 'ttOese peo e it?" Jim Stretch CAO With the approval of the Board of Supervisors, Right Roads agreed to fulfill state mandated first, and second, Of- fender Driving Under the In- fluence program classes in Plumas County. Those sentenced by Plumas County courts to attend the first offender classes must pay a fee of $446, paid by the client. Those sentenced to the second offender classes must pay a fee of $1,096. These fees go toward state enrollment costs and the cost of the classes. But, under this break-even program, Right Roads can only offer the classes in Quincy, making it necessary for those in outlying areas to seek rides to them. Supervisor B.J. Pearson said he was concerned with one el- derly Portola resident who has been participating in the pro- gram. He still has several months to complete in the sec- ond offender program, and has no one to drive him to Quincy to complete the course. The Plumas Transit program doesn't operate at night or on weekends, presenting prob- lems for those who find them- selves in similar situations. Classes, on the other hand, are held on weeknights to make them accessible to those who work during the day. While it was pointed out that the Portola resident could con- tact senior services for trans- portation, or since he is a vet, he could enlist the help of vet- erans' services, this leaves some residents who don't qual- ify for either program with no means of assistance. Sebold said that A&D cannot help fund the program to make it more readily available in other parts of the county. As members of the board dis- cussed their options, Pearson asked, "Do we have to pass this today?" "I would like to move for- ward," said William Beckley, executive director of the Right Roads program. Supervisor Bill Dennison said that it defeats the purpose of the program if the clients sentenced to the classes can't attend. Pearson asked if there was a way to phase in the program to accommodate those who are al- ready enrolled in other areas. But, Beckley said that's not possible. Supervisor Robert Meacher asked if the previous program could continue until those clients are served, while Right Road begins its new program in Quincy. Beckley said the state wouldn't accept having two programs in one county. Supervisor Ken Nelson asked if the classes could be held at a time that meets the bus schedules. Beckley said that it could, but that would mean the pro- gram is inaccessible to another set of clients who work during the day. Beckley added that the state requirements concerning the program are relatively strin- gent. Right Roads must show a profit of not more than 10 per- cent, in operating the program. Therefore, it can't offer addi- tional services. Public Health Agency Direc- tor Rita Scardaci said the county could contribute to the program. "You've been making contributions anyway," she said. Scardaci added that the county must make transporta- tion available to everyone: Considering a legal opinion, Supervisor Don Clark said that since Judge Ira Kaufman was scheduled to make a presenta- tion for the Probation Depart- ment later in the day, they could ask him about the pro- gram. During the afternoon meet- ing, Clark asked Kaufman if there were things the judge could do to help the county work through the transition. Kaufman explained that there are two parts to the dri- ving under the influence law. There is the justice part, in which judges, like Kaufman, make their sentences, imple- ment the fines, and sentence offenders to attend the offend- er programs. There is also the DMV por- tion of the program. Kaufman said that it makes no differ. ence what he does as a judge, the DMV will not reissue a dri- ver's license until the offender has completed the full class. In looking at distances, Kauf- man said he could sentence of- fenders to attend classes in Su- sanville, but that takes the frees out of the county. At length, Clark said it seemed the only answer to solve the problem is a creative transportation program. County Administrative Offi- cer Jim Stretch asked, "Why don't these people pay for it?" meaning those who are sen- tenced to participate in the program. When it seemed the Board of Supervisors was delaying a de- cision until the question of transportation could be more fully considered, A&D Pro- gram Director Lia Bruno told the supervisors that the pro- gram is now out of compliance. Further delays would mean risking fines imposed on the county by the state, Bruno ex- plained. "This group can get us in compliance," Bruno said about the Right Roads program. Katie Powers to wed Joe Qillm, Katie Powers and Joe Giller, both of Sonoma, have set a wedding date of March 24. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Jack and Karen Powers of Sonoma. She is a 1992 graduate of Sonoma High School and a 1997 grad- uate of Chico State Universi- ty. She is currently employed as a bookkeeper at McClure Electric in Petaluma. The future bridegroom is the son of John and Diane Giller of Quincy. He is a 1990 graduate of Quincy High School and is a graduate of Chico State University. He is currently employed as a sys- tems administrator at Alca- tel, Inc., in Petaluma. The wedding ceremony will be held in Sonoma. m Placer Sierra Bank invites local graduating high school seniors to enter the Education Exchange 2001 College Grant Program, which will award $100,000 in college grants to qualified students. Sponsored by TransAlliance this annual program honors hardworking and academically talented stu- dents nationwide. The Education Exchange College Grant Program is open to graduating high school se- niors who plan to attend col- lege in the fall of 2001. Appli- cants are judged based on ex- ceptional scholastic achieve- ment, community involve- meat, qualities of character and leadership, essay respons- es and financial need. A total of 44 college grants will be awarded nationally-- four $5,000 grants and 40 $2,000 grants. To receive an Educa- tional Exchange 2001 College Grant Program application form, which includes complete rules and eligibility require- ments, visit the nearest Placer Sierra Bank branch. Pizza, Sandwiches, Soup, Salad Bar PLUMAS PINES SHOPPING CENTER 283-2320