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10A Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 t Feather River Bulletin COMMUNIT v CORNER WEEKLY GATHERINGS, MEETINGS AND CLUBS Thursday, Feb. 26 "Window Between Worlds" Workshops. Designed to use art as a healing tool. 11 am -12 pro. Plumas Rural Services 711 E. Main St., Quincy For more info, Beth or Stacie, 283-5675. AA, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Orchard House. Quincy 24-hour info: (877) 880-3880. Quincy Cribbage Group. Every Thurs., 12:30 sharp. Come early and have lunch. Round Table Pizza. No dues or fees. Women's Support Group, Every Thurs., 1-2 p.m., Plumas Crisis Center, 591 Main St., Quincy Call 283- 5515. A1-Anon, 5:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, upstairs in back. For families & friends of alcoholics. Boy Scouts Troop 130, 6:30 p.m., LDS Church, 55 Bellamy Ln. Call Dale Stokes, 283-3661. Blue Star Morns, 7 p.m., Masonic Lodge, Harbison Street, Quincy Explorer Post 81, Quincy Volunteer Fire Dept. Explorer Program, meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays. For info call Sarah Anderson, 530-276-1503. Plumas Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Coalition. Focused on reducing alcohol, tobacco and other drug problems in Plumas County. 4th Thursdays, 1 p.m., Courthouse Annex, Quincy plumasatodcoalition@yahoo .com. League of Women Voters, fourth Thurs., 6 p.m. Quincy. Call for location: 530-283- 0795. Plumas County Republican Women, 4th Thurs. lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Locations change monthly March to November. Call Friday, Feb. 27 AA, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex- Orchard House. Quincy. 24-hour info: (877) 880.3830. NA, 6:00 p.m., 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Orchard House. Quincy. AARP, at Mountain View Manor community room, 4th Sat., 116 Circle Dr. i p.m. New members welcome. Call Greg Margason, 283-0686 for more info. Dinner at the Grange, Feather River Grange Hall, Quincy, 4th Fridays, 5 p.m. until food is gone. Fundraiser to restore the building. Call 283-2782 or 283-2930. Saturday, Feb. 28 NA, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Orchard House. Quincy. AA, 6 p.m. 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Orchard House. Quincy. 24-hour info: (877) 880-3880. Dukes of Plumas Cribbage Gang. Meet 10:30 a.m., start play 11 a.m., every Saturday at Mt. Tomba, Cromberg. Sunday, March 1 NA, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Orchard House. Quincy. NA, 5 p.m., women only, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Orchard House. Quincy. Madene Nelson, 8flG-,:M'h. , ,, Orchard House, Qui_ncy, Monday, March 2 Soroptimist International of Quincy, noon to I p.m. Moon's restaurant. NA meeting, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - LAST WEEK'S TEMPERATURES Date High Low Precip Snow Feb..16 62 29 .... Feb. 17 63 29 ..... Feb. 18 64 29 .... Feb. 19 64 34 .... Feb.20 62 34 .... Feb.21 62 25 .... Feb.22 51 26 .... Total precipitation, July 1,2014, to date: 28.13" precip; snow 6" This date 2014: 9.05" precip, 6" snow. 2013-14 totals: 21.91" total precip, 7" snow. 2012-13: 37.93" total precip; 23.75" snow. (Weather year is July 1 to June 30) Compiled by Ron Trumbo LAKE LEVELS Lake Almanor *Elevation tCurrent 4,482.52 1 Year Ago 4,480.96 Lake Almanor **Capacity tCurrent 847,347 1 Year Ago 810,042 Bucks Lake *Elevation "lCurrent 5,143.84 1 Year Ago 5,126.69 Bucks Lake **Capacity tCurrent 82,302 1 Year Ago 55,046 *Elevation above sea level in **Storage in acre ft. tFeb. 22,2015 Feb. 17, 2014 ft. To update information on this page, contact Eva, 283-0800. email typesetting@plumasnews.com Weather Forecast for Quincy Wednesday, Feb. 25 Sunrise 6:46-Sunset 5:54 Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. Wednesday N,ght Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. Saturday, Feb. 28 Sunrise 6:41--Sunset 5:57 A chance of rain/snow showers Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. Thursday, Feb. 26 Sunrise 6:44--Sunset 5:55 Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, low around 32. Sunday, March 1 Sunrise 6:40--Sunset 5:58 A slight chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. Saturday Night: A chance of rain and snow I showers. Mostly cloudy, Sunday Night: Partly low around 26. cloudy, low around 28. Friday, Feb. 27 Sunrise 6:43-Sunset 5:55 d dd 50% chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. Friday Night: A chance of rain and snow show- ers. Cloudy, with a low around 29. Monday, March 2 Sunrise 6:38--Sunset 5:59 4) Partly sunny, high near 45. ,, ,, i,,c!" Advanced Geologic Exploration, Inc. Scientists of the Earth T'` 780 Main St. P.O. Box 1956 Chester CA 96020 (530) 258-4228 mB Professionals providing better science, better service, better results! m Tuesday, March 3 unrise 6:37-Sunset 6:01 Rotary Club, Mineral Building, fairgrounds, noon. Call 283-2127. Boy Scout Troop 151, Mon., 6 p.m. Scoutmaster Jan Jensen, 283-2209 for location. Duplicate Bridge. Every Monday, 6:30 p.m., Resource Center, Blairsden, corner of hwys 70 and 89. Call Ruth Bright, 836-1454 or Jackie Lucky, 836-2232. AA, 7 p.m., Methodist Church, 282 Jackson St., Quincy, 24-hour info: (877) 880-3880. Girl Scouts, all levels: Daisies, Brownies and Juniors, K-5 grades. First and third Mondays, 5:15 p.m., Quincy Elementary Cassie Cooper, 530-249-6165. Tuesday, March 3 Knitting and Crochet group, 12 p.m.-l:30 p.m., Quincy library meeting room. All skill levels welcome. For more into, Lynn Sheehy, 283-6310. AA meeting, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Orchard House, Quincy. 24- hour info: (877) 880-3880. Overeaters Anonymous meeting every Tuesday. Call 2834991 or 836-2421. NA, 7 p.m., Methodist Church, 282 Jackson St., Quincy. Bible Study. (King James version) 7-8 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 55 Bellamy Lane, Quincy Open to all. Bibles available. Call 530-953-7790 for more info. Wednesday, March 4 Baby Bounce Story Time. Infants 0 to 24 months, Wednesdays 10 a.m., Plumas County Library Quincy branch. 445 Jackson St. Preschool Storytime. Stories, songs, crafts and games. 10:30 a.m., Community Meeting Room, Quincy Library, 445 Jackson St. For information, call the library, 283-6310. American Valley Toastmasters. Every Wed., 12-1 p.m., Plumas Bank Credit Administration building, 32 Central Ave., Quincy. (Behind Safeway.) For more info, contact Kathy, 283-7618. Open to all interested in developing their speaking and leadership skills. AA meeting, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Orchard House, Quincy. 24- hour info: (877) 880-3880. Senior lunch, Blairsden, noon, Mohawk Community Resource Center. Call 836- 0446 for reservations. Grief Group, Community United Methodist Church. Join Pastor Donna at noon to begin or continue the process of healing. Open to everyone. Call the church office, 283-1740, for more info. Quincy Community Supper, 6 p.m. every Wed, United Methodist Church. Free. AA, 7 p.m., Methodist Church, 282 Jackson St., Quincy. 24-hour info: (877) 880-3880. International Order of Rainbow Girls, 7 p.m., Masonic Temple, 1st & 3rd Wed. L4TES00 CHURCHES Calvary Chapel Quincy 283-4463. 1953 E. Main, Mill Creek Shopping Center, E. Quincy. Christian Life Fellowship 283-0345, 317 First St., E. Quincy. Christ the King Episcopal 283-0254, 545 Lawrence St., Quincy. christthekingquincy.org Church of Christ 283-1191, 152 E. Jackson St., Quincy. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 283-2170, 55 Bellamy Ln., Quincy. Community United Methodist 283-1740, 282 Jackson St., Quincy, quincymethodist.org First Baptist. 283.1160, 74 Reese St., Quincy. lbcquincy.org. facebook.com/firstbaptistquincy Meadow Valley Community 283-4259, 48 Cemetery Rd, Meadow Valley, office: 353 Jackson St, #100, Quincy Our Savior Lutheran 283.2546. Church & High Sts., Quincy. quincylutheran.org Seventh-Day Adventist 310-2042 or 283-3092, 2333 Pine St., Quincy. Springs of Hope Christian Fellowship Pete, 283-1613, or John, 927-7626, 59 Bell Ln., Quincy. St. John's Catholic Church 283-0890, 176 Lawrence St., Quincy. Starlight Missionary Baptist 283-1505, 171 Redburg Ave., Quincy. Truth Tabernacle of Quincy, 260-8006, 2205 East Main St., Quincy. The number of earthquakes increased sharply from the previous week, produc- ing twice as many events and reaching the 30 quake-per-week mark for the Las- sen Peak swarm in mid November. The intensity of seismicity increased as well as five events registered in the M 2 range, but none hit the M 3 level. The most notable activity was a series of nine events centered about nine miles south of Reno and a mile northeast of 2.6 1:57 p.m. 1/26 1.9 6:13 a.m. 1/28 Galena at the base of Mount Rose. The sequence started with a M 2.4 jolt at 1:29 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27, and was fol- lowing 28 minutes later by a M 2.6 event. The other seven events sputtered out dur- ing the next two days, including a M 2.3 Wednesday night. The two largest quakes were felt by several people throughout the Truckee Meadows. The activity happened at 3.4 miles (shallow) below the surface and the type of fault motion was strike-slip. Two quakes measuring M 2.1 and 1.3 triggered at Lake Almanor and a 22 was detected at Eagle Lake. A series of five quakes was detected at Lassen Peak. Indian Valley CSD manager educates LAFCo Miriam S. Cody Staff Writer mcody@plumasnews.com The Indian Valley Community Services District had more than one order of business with the Local Agency Formation Commission at the commission's Feb. 9 meeting. First, the district announced that it will consider adoption of a resolution to reorganize the fire districts in Indian Valley. No action was taken and the issue was continued until the April 13 meeting of LAFCo. IVCSD legal counselor James Reichle said he realized there might be an easier way besides going through LAFCo to consolidate, information he  received just minutes prior to the meeting. Also on the agenda was a presentation by Jesse Lawson, IVCSD general manager, on the direct and indirect impacts of improper financial management within special districts. During Lawson's early years of employment by IVCSD, then General Manager Leanna Moore embezzled over $600,000 from the district over the course of several years. Indian Valley is still recovering from the blow, and the district still owes money for loans Moore took out in its name. Lawson began his presentation with the history of the IVCSD, which was formed in 1972 as the Greenville Community Services District. In 1993, the district took on fire, sanitation, pool, lighting and more and became IVCSD. The district faced federal receivership, which basically meant it was totally broke and out of line with state regulations, in March 2006. Moore was hired the same year. Budget cuts left Lawson and one other person responsible for the operation of two water treatment plants and two sewer plants. Meanwhile, Moore dipped into the district's funds through what District Attorney David Hollister has called a "sophisticated crime," skimming money off the books and taking out loans without telling anyone. She reportedly told her colleagues at the district that there was no money at all. "I was in the emergency room with my son when I found out my family's insurance had been cancelled," said Lawson. "Overtime was denied, again and again. No money, no money, no money." Moore was sentenced in 2014 to 10 years in prison and a wealth of restitution.fees., The purpose of Lawson's presentation was to outline the kinds of controls that need to be in place in special districts to prevent such a crime. More importantly, he said, checks and balances should be used to detect any suspicious activity before it gets out of hand. One thing the IVCSD has done is assign a post office box solely for delivering bank statements to board directors. Audits have been done for many years that were previously overlooked, and an outside financial consultant has been hired. Members of the Indian Valley community have expressed dissatisfaction with the board that was in place during the active embezzlement, going so far as to petition for recall of three directors. Petitioners for recall have blamed ignorance and misunderstanding of the political process for the board's "incompetence." Lawson mentioned during his presentation that getting audits done, a responsibility of a district's general manager to coordinate, was never brought up to the board. He illustrated how busy and stressed he was in particular during that time, but also how the whole of the district was under pressure. Lawson emphasized the importance of moving forward and focusing on progress. The district is now in a much more stable condition financially, said Lawson. The LAFCo board members said they were thankful for the speech and asked if Lawson could go around to other special districts and spread the message. This was met with several chuckles around the room. IVCSD board chairman Brad Smith said, "Jesse's really busy, and if you could pick your demands of him respectfully, we would appreciate it." District 3 Supervisor Sherrie Thrall told Lawson, "You just verified that you cannot assume that the board knows what's going on." Reichle emphasized the importance of having checks, balances and controls in place to protect a district's money. The IVCSD continues to educate its board and have new ........ board members trained well, especially in fraud prevention. The repeated conclusion is that vigilance is key, as is making sure more than one person is watching. Reichle said, "There has to be some kind of segregation of duties. You can't leave it all in control of one person. (Moore) was basically given an ATM card and she used it." Reichle said he plans to be a part of further educational opportunities around the county to help special districts stay in shape against fraud. Lawson said he is supportive of an effort to educate more districts about fraud prevention, but said he may not be able to get away from his constant work maintaining the Greenville water and sewer systems in order to present further seminars. Talent Show: Next Wednesday, February 25th Students have practiced, auditioned and are rehearsing for the annual QES Talent Show. There will be a school performance on Wednesday, February 25th at 1:30 andan evening performance at 6:30. Thank you to Mrs. Lemnah for organizing and supporting all of our performers. Our Kindergartners celebrated the 100th day ofschool! Our Kindergartners celebrated the 100th day of school this week! They were a week later than our frst graders this year due to the delayed start in September. They participated in many fun activities in the classroom including Sorting, counting, reading and writing, all involving around the theme of "100." February Survey: Please answer two questions Our February Survey for you focuses on Standard 5 from the national PTA standards: Sharing Power. Please take two minutes to answer two questions: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CMDHLSM Upcoming non-student day: Friday, March 13th Please mark your calendars for Friday, March 13th- there will be no school for students. All PUSD staff will participate in a day of professional learning. Also, looking ahead, Spring Break is April 6th-10th. Enjoy! Read to Your Child Night -- Thursday, March 5th, 6:00 Please join. us for our annual Read to Your Child Night on Thursday, March 5th at 6:00. As we celebrate Read Across America Week, this annual event features student performances, community readers and a free book giveaway. New this year is the addition of the "Reading Fair." Students can create trifold boards for a book of their choice and enter it in the Reading Fair, on display at Read To Your Child Night. t I