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Record, Reporter Animal Res- which is currently received $1,300 in spite of of snow which attending the Animal Rescue more than 50 peo- the driving snow attend the affair Sat- 10, at the Graeagle the evening the was lively, much pets and the anticipated opening of the new facility. . Pam Gottas, HSAR board member, was chair of the event for the second straight year and many were overheard saying it was even better this year. In addition to the high-end hors d'oeuvres, there was dancing to music from the '30s to the '90s, door prizes, draw- ings and a silent auction. Doug Rodrigues, one of the founders of HSAR, said it is ex- citing to watch the progress of the organization and to see his dream come closer to reality. M calf war against ciga- sales is show- of victory, the battle tobacco is los- tobacco in- ;150.4 million their product in t increase lous year, accord- Street Journal. dip tobacco prod- more than dou- Past decade, while have dropped according to the Department of fight the battle Spreading popular- tobacco on the It, members of the Public Health Use Reduc- are joining the hew Week," Feb. "Quit Day" is Feb. 22. Is sponsored by Foundation. to right 27,000 Americans with oral Cancers every year, g to Kathleen t.he~ Tobacco Use People diagnosed cancers, 9,000 die, of these cancers linked to using The use of and snuff by is one of the na- Publicized health average age of for smokeless to- is nine-and-a-half aaore than one quar- USers start dipping ', O'Bryant said. Cases, according to For information, call 283-6427, or 1-800-801-6330 O'Bryant, it takes only six to seven years for mouth cancer to develop in habitual chew- ers. Treatment of this type of cancer usually requires chemotherapy, radiation ther- apy and surgeries. The surgeries, depending on how far along the cancer is, re- quires the removal of some or part of the teeth, gums, throat, parts of the tongue and face muscles. Along with cancer, chewing tobacco causes severe bad breath, tooth decay and diar- rhea. And, for those who think us- ing chew is safer than smok- ing, snuff contains three times the nicotine as found in a pack of cigarettes. Campaign The "Lose the Chew Week" campaign is geared toward ed- ucating both adults and school-aged children about this fatal habit, O'Bryant said. Quitting is as difficult as for a cocaine habit, she added. The University of California, San Diego Cancer Center of- fers a confidential Tobacco Chewer's Helpline at 1-800-844- CHEW (2439). The helpline, which has helped over 40,000 people, of- fers free telephone counseling and quit kits. For help or more informa- tion on a cessation program of- fered locally, contact the Plumas County Public Health Agency Tobacco Use Reduc- tion Program at 283-6427 or 1- 800-801-6330. Gross, MeD. Diplomate American Board of D~n~tolooy Fellow American Academy of Dermatology Board Certified in Dermatology Cancer Surgery Ache Moles Skin Diseases & Skin Growths Fruit Peels Vein Treatments t,,, 257- 73 35 Appointments Now Available 1810 First St. Susanville NURTURING ........ ............ )NSHIPS WITH S AND TODDLERS l-l do feeding, diapering and napping become times with infants and toddlers? children's individual temperaments influence tips with them? What are some effective Ways of providing guidance for this age group? l)esigned for parents and those who Work with infants and toddlers. February 27, 2001 in Greenville February 28, 2001 in Portola 6:30 to 8:30 pm Presenters: Jeanne Adoradio & Susie Wilson For reservations call 1-800-284-3340 or 283-4453 Rural Services, Child Care Resource & Referral 536 Jackson Street, Quincy, CA 95971 Wednesday, Feb. 21,2001 3B I HSAR, which was formed in They are temfmrarily placed 1999, is focused on putting an in foster homes while the end to unnecessary euthanasia group searches for permanent in Plumas County. homes. When the facility is com- The day of the Fur Ball, Ex- plete, it will provide tempo- ecutive Director Roger rary lodging and care for res- Williams took four rescued cued dogs and cats, as well as dogs to Reno, where he adopt- day care and boarding, ed out three of them. Rodrigues said there will be Since it began, HSAR has 22 boarding kennels, 20 canine adopted out more than 100 dogs rescue kennels and 10 to 20 cat and a few cats, giving them all rescue/boarding kennels, a second chance at life. HSAR will offer classes onRodrigues said the number pet care, spay and neuter pro- of animals being put to death is grams, vaccination clinics, still exceedingly high, and puppy classes, dog training, with more people moving into and behavioral and pet identi- Plumas County, the number of fication services, dogs and cats ending up at the "The facility will have some county's facility is expected to unique features designed to grow. minimize health risks to both "We'll keep working until the animals and the staff, such we've reached our goal and as heated floors, special venti- then will continue to make lation systems, and a special- sure Ptumas County's adopt- ized finish on the floors for able dogs and cats have a lov- health benefits and ease of ing environment and live a care," he said. long life," he said. HSAR is not waiting until Anyone interested in help- the facility is finished to try ing the efforts of HSAR, or and reduce the number of un- wanting more information, necessary euthanizing, may call Rodrigues at 836-4254 Animals rescued from the or any board member. Plumas County Animal Shelter In addition to Williams, Ro- are evaluated, receive medical drigues and Gottas, board treatment if needed, vaccinat- members are: Andi Barnard, ed, spayed or neutered, Betty Rodrigues, Donna groomed and exercised. Waugh, and Bob Livengood. facility will have some unique features designed to minimize health risks to both the animals and the staff." Doug Rodrigues HSAR Suzi Brakken, from Plums Corp, and Scott Larson, from the Plumas County Museum, didn't let the more than two feet of new snow stop them from attending this year's Fur Ball. The two conversed with friends and cut the rug to music from the '30s through the '90s. Less people turned out for High Sierra Animal Rescue's Fur Ball this year, but those oughly enjoyed the evenip4 feasting on good food and dancing well into the night. Photos by Terri Nacar who braved the driving snows thor Jim Stretch's letter as sent to Rose's home address COUNTY ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE ~:,:~ Comtly CAm~ 520 Mah~ St., Room 309 ,.,~,v (~la~-y, CJllfomJa 95971 ($391 283-63415 Fix: (530~ 283-6288 ~/(~'~ December 26, 20(D Dear Rose: Apparently you prepared for PCHA a point of issue memo dated December 18, 2{X)0 concerning the use of the Fairgrounds and Equestrian Center for the meeting with Mike Clements and others on December 18, 2000. A copy of the memo was sent to the Plumas County Board of Supervisors and one of them was kind enough to give me a copy. 1 note under paragraph 4 with the heading of "Fostering Integrity and Honesty" you indicate " a lessor extent...there have been issues of non- communications, poor communication or mi~ommunication...with County Administrative Officer, Jim Stretch." I take strong exception to that. Over the years 1 have returned your phone calls and have tried every time to facilitate (through the proper administrative process) the issues that are of concern to you. On a number of occasions 1 have even set up meet- ings for you and contacted all of the parties so that you could address your issues. Most recently, I have referred matters that you wanted to place on the Board of Supeivisors agenda to the Plumas-Sierra County Fair Board and Fair Manager so that they might be resolved administratively, if possi- ble. If that's the basis for your criticism, it's without merit. The cheap shots that you have taken at Supervisor Bresciani and others are unwise and unnecessary, it is that reckless and abrasive approach that you continue to follow that has made it difficult for me to arrange meetings with almost anyone to resolve your issues. That approach continues to alienate people and make working with the PCHA even more difficult, if not impossible. As the result of your rude and thankless approach to issues important to your club, you have finally alienated me also. Please be advised that I will not be available to address issues of the PCHA or to facilitate any meetings with County officials as long as you are their spokesman or actively asso- ciated with the issue in any way. Rose, there is a lesson to be learned here. Sincerely, Jim Stretch County Administrative Officer In response to #4 of December 18 memo PCHA has an interest in: 4....fostering integrity and honesty in dealings with the fair manager and boards. lcatlon r communication Issues of non-commun" ' , poo , mis-communication have been ram-ant with the fair manager and have occurred to a lesser extent with the cur- P - " -: ""d' CAO Jim Stretch. Members of our group have rent supervisor Phil Bresoam o,, -- ' --:---s and meetings, have been verbally abused and have oeen refused phone conversauu- ..... e "-u ..... of '-inin- one ,,-oup against been given false informa!i .on seem~fli:n f~li't~. 7;~'a:e ~:'~n d'i~vided ~a commu- the other as to the use ot tlae ett uc~_ .o~1 needs of others who wish to use the fair- nity and kept "in the dark" as to tn~ ..... grounds facilities. SOLUTIONS: Have County and fair officials seek input from local groups before final decisions. This to he to done to gain expertise from those who actually participate and are interested in the particular event and who have first hand knowl- edge of event/facility needs to be successful. Respect locals ms credible and knowl- edgeable in their area of expertise. Rose's notes as presented to Board Feb. 6, 2001 Jim Stretch's letter of 12/26 is more than just an assault on my character. There are larger issues than that and then there is the largest issue and then there is the question of why it was written. Issues of: Abuse of power Intimidation of a private citizen by a County official We have an Administrattve officer who threatens/refuses to work on County business Gender bias and condescending language Use of poor judgment by a high ranking public official The largest and most important issue this letter raises for me is who does Jim Stretch perceive is running the local government. The Board or the CAO? This letter is and should be a huge embarrassment to the Board and each individual Board member This letter is more than just an overreaction to #4 of PCHA's interests as written in the December 18 memo - The document was written at the request of Mike Clements; it was composed by the group, not me as an individual; this section was never read or addressed at that meeting and Jim Stretch was not even in attendance at the meeting of Dec. 18. The issues are true. I ask WHY was this letter written to me? What did Jim hope to achieve by his letter to me? The only possible rea- son I see for him to write this letter is that he hopes to limit PCHA's capacity to deal with the issue of the public eques- trian faciliyt. PCHA currently has a binding agreement with the County over that facility. I feel Jim Stretch has burst the limits of his position; he has damaged the credibility of the Board; attacked a pri- vate citizen .and opened the County to legal repercussions. His letter is unacceptable and should never have been written. As resolution to this matter I feel Jim should be direct- ed by the Board to write a formal written apology to me for his offensive and inappropriate remarks---with cc to the Board and Fair Board members--in addition to whatever action the Board may feel is warranted. 1 never want another private citizen to go through the emotional turmoil i have gone through this last month after receiving Jim's letter. --- The finale. I have had no apology from Jim Stretch or any cor- respondence from Board members as of February 16. This issue is a real "Head's Up" for me and should be for all citizens who feel government should work for and represent the needs of individuals/groups. We need County officials who aspire to do the right thing---not just a panel of good o1' boys who cover for each other, at the expense of individual rights and free- doms. 1 urge you to call your local supervisor and voice your concerns.