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Prosecutors deny Moonlight Fire cover-up -- Page 2A Dellinger's Pond to be restored -- Page 8A Vol. 148, No. 29 www.plumasnews.com 530-283-0800 Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 50 debate -- Indian Valley residents have mixed feelings about potentially selling Round Valley Reservoir water./Page 1B Editorial: CAO needed -- It's time for the county to abandon its crisis-management model and hire an administrative oflmer./Page 6B Perfection -- The Indian Valley boys' basketball team beat Loyalton to finish with a 10:0 league record./ Page 1C ..... ...........  - :: The fate of Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation with its 60 employees and 32 residents was decided yesterday afternoon. Following an emotional public meeting and a closed session of the Plumas District Hospital Board of Directors, CEO Dr. Jeff Kepple announced that the hospital would be unable to acquire the facility. Plans are underway to relocate the patients. Photo by Debra Moore PDH can't save nursing home 0000.OijA/00 Acquisition would threaten the financia future of the hospital Kepple told the crowd, be feasible.  l:bJ: re "trOis is o delDite mclrl]tude of losses that referring to how he felt when Initially Cambridge Health Today: "Koyaanisqatsi," 6 p.m., Science 104 at Feather River College. FRC Sustainability Action Team presents cult classic as part of spring Environmental Film Series. Free, open to the public; beverages, popcorn provided. For information: Dr. Darla DeRuiter, 283-0202, ext. 262, dderuiter@frc.edu. Today and tomorrow: "Selma" screenings, 7 p.m., Town Hall Theatre. Film presented by Plumas Arts, Feather River College, Plumas National Forest in celebration of Black History Month. Tomorrow: Forest project open house, 6 - 8 p.m., Plumas County Library conference room at 445 Jackson St. Plumas National Forest Fuels Ecologist Dave Ki0ateder discusses Butterfly Twain Fuels Reduction and Forest Restoration Project. For information: 283-7673 Friday: "The Wireless Generation'; doors open 6:30 p.m., film starts 7 p.m.; West End Theatre. Q&A session with filmmaker/National Geographic Traveler of the Year follows. Free, For information: Tiffiney Lozano, 394-0281. Saturday: Wafflebreakfast, 8 - 10 a.m., Feather River Grange. $6. For information: 927-8879. Live music, 9 p.m., Main Street Sports Bar and Lounge at 395 Main St. Featuring high-octane rock from Blackout Betty. For information: 283-9788. dmoore@plumasnews.com Plumas :District Hospital will not be taking over Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation. Hospital CEO Dr. Jeff Kepple made the announcement following a somber public meeting yesterday afternoon and a closed session with his board of directors later in the day. From the time Kepple and other healthcare leaders learned Jan. 14 of the proposed nursing home closure, they investigated couldieopardize our hospital." Dr. Jeff Kepple CEO, Plumas.District Hospital various ways to take Over the facility that employs 60 and provides a home for nearly three dozen residents. By Tuesday meeting, the census had dropped to 28. Kepple and Public Health Director Mimi Hall led the meeting, as they did at the first public forum on the topic 20 days ago. But in contrast to the number of residents who spoke then, by the end of Kepple and Hall's remarks, most seemed resigned to the outcome. Both Kepple and Hall described themselves as optimists who thought they could make it work. "There's no possible way we could have this town suffer a loss to perhaps our most vulnerable citizens," the closure was first announced. He said he knew that the community looked to the hospital to solve the problem because of its dedication to healthcare and the fact that there were "no other buyers." "My thought process was 'of course we can,'" Kepple said and set out to accomplish it. For days, the news' seesawed between positive and negative, and late last week it appeared that all of the pieces had fmally settled into place and it would Care sought $950,000 for the facility. When Kepple said that he offered $200,000 and asked Cambridge to make a $750,000 donation, the crowd laughed. But the offer was accepted. Cambridge CEO Doug Easton called Kepple last Friday to deliver the company's decision, and'said it was due to the "fair and professional" manner of Kepple and Hall. The Public Health Director has been See Closure, page 5A Joan Mills stitches thefinishing touch  a label with the words "Dress A Girl Around the World"  onto a just-completed dress. Photo by Debra Moore Ladies dress girls around world Debre Moore Staff Writer dmre@plu masnews'cm The colorful fabric is being transforraed into more than just a pretty dress; it also provides protection for the little girl who will be wearing it. During the afternoon of Feb. 17, a group of ladies gathered in the Quincy library meeting room on behalf of Dress a Girl Around the World, a campaign under the nondenominational Christian organization Hope 4 Women International.  At their center is Greenville resident Leah Almquest, who first learned of the program through her grandchildren who attend the Bayside Church in the Sacramento area. Her grandson is a Boy Scout and when his troop traveled to Haiti, members took dresses to distribute to the girls in the area they visited. "Grandma, you should have seen those girls, they were so happy," Almquest recalls her grandson telling her, .... Almquest researched the organization and liked the concept. "By providing a new dress you may well be changing a young girl's destiny," information on the website proclaims. "Village pastors tell us that a girl wearing a new dress presents an appearance that she is well cared for and may discourage would be predators. We attach our Dress a Girl label on the outside of each dress sending an additional message that each girl is under the care of an organization, giving her additional protection from See Dresses, page 4A Empty Quincy lot to see firstsigns of rebuilding since fire James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plurnasnews.com Though foundations might not be poured in the immediate future, the fin'st sign of rebuilding at the empty lot in downtown Quincy will be visible in the next week. An order was placed to Quincy Community Services District to Install a new sewer line at the location of the old Great Northern building. The old Pizza Factory building site has an existing sewer lateral and water meter, said QCSD Manager Larry Sullivan, so work will solely be done on the site of the old Great Northern building. The buildings were destroyed by fire in December 2013. The sewer installation is tentatively scheduled for the week of March 2. Lot owner Tommy Miles warned that the installation will entail cutting into the sidewalk and at least the right lane of Main Street. : Both Miles and Pizza Factory owner Sonny Khalid said they are still unsure when actual rebuilding will commence. Both owners are currently involved in litigation with their insurance companies. "Lots of news on the litigation, but nothing I can share specifically other than to say that we're making progress," Miles commented. Khalid mentioned last week that his insurance company is continuing to give him the runaround. In a previous interview from December 2014, Khalid said his insurance company offered him a settlement of roughly $400,000 less than what is needed to rebuild. Last week, Khalid checked in on an investigation his insurance company is conducting. "I asked them for a timeline, and they told me it could be a week, it could be three months," said Khalid. Until then, Khalid said he is playing the waiting game. "I need some sort of green signal from the insurance company to move forward," Khalid said. "If they deny my claim, we'll have to proceed from there." An indication that building may start this summer, at least on Miles' lot, can be construed from the relocation of the downtown Quincy artists' See Lot, page 4A To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800