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New wneels: The local CliP is looking good in its four new Ford Explorer SUVs/2A "we are nappy': That's what Feather River College students are saying, according to a recent survey/7B Serving Quincy and Surrounding Areas Since 1866 Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 Vol. 147, No. 28 Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 530-283-0800 50 CENTS Tomorrow: Wine, Spirits & Chocolate, 5'- 8 p.m., Carey Candy Co. at 91 Bradley St. Suggested donation $10/person; proceeds benefit KQNY Community Radio. Friday: Georgia's Open Mic; doors open 6:45 p.m., show at 7; Plumas Arts Gallery. Greenville High School student Georgia Tomaselli's senior project features main set by Ken Cawley and friends, open mic, hors d'oeuvres. Admission $3, beverages available for purchase. Sponsored by Plumas Arts. For information:, 616-1340. Peter Lassen presentation, 7 p.m., Plumas County Museum. Local author Ken Johnston speaks on recently released book "Legendary Truths -- Peter Lassen & His Gold Rush Trail in Fact & Fable." Free; refreshments served. :_ For information: -6320. Saturday: Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship volunteer day, meet 9 a.m. at swimming hole near Oakland Camp. Volunteers help build multiuse trails. Tools, breakfast, sack lunch, instruction provided; bring backpack, layers, hat or sunglasses, work gloves, closed-toed shoes, sunscreen. Quincy Rainbow Girls annual taco dinner, 4 L 7 p.m., Masonic Lodge at 70 Harbison St. $6 gets two tacos, rice, beans, drink; dine in or take home. Tuesday: Free resume workshop, 10 a.m. - noon, Business and Career Network office in Courthouse Annex at 270 County Hospital Road. Presented bY Alliance for Workforce Development. Annual pancake supper and silent auction, 6 - 8 p;m., Fellowship Hall at the Community United Methodist Church. Different varieties of pancakes, sausage, beverages; silent auction; children's pancake decorating; surprise giveaway; prize for best costume in Mardi Gras theme. Free; donatibns accepted. All proceeds benefit Vacation Bible School program. Capt. David Schmid is named the 2014 Firefighter of the Year for the Quincy Volunteer Fire Department. Commissioner Chuck Leonhardt made the presentation at the department's annual awards banquet Feb. 15. Photo by Maureen Forster Schmid earns prestigious Firefighter of Year award Staff says the county doing fine without a CAO Debra Moore Staff Writer Supervisor Jon Kennedy was so impressed with what Facilities Director Dony Sawchuk had to say about the lack of a county administrative officer (CAO) that he asked him to repeat it. "The operating relationship between the department, heads and the supervisors is functioning very well due to the cooperative effort of all," said Sawchuk, speaking as chairman of the county's management council. Such was the consensus of the 20 department heads and elected officials who attended the last council meeting. Sawchuk addressed the topic during the supervisors' Feb. 18 meeting. Mike Taborski Publisher Every February, the firefighters at the Quincy Volunteer Fire Department select the one member who best embodies the mission and values of the ' department as their choice for Firefighter of the Year. The announcement is made at the department's annual installation of officers banquet, held Feb. 15 this year. The remarks made by Fire Commissioner Chuck Leonhardt as he was making the presentation made it abundantly clear why they nominated Capri David Schmid as this year's choice to receive the prestigious award. Leonhardt highlighted many of Schimd's accomplishments since joining the department in 2006. He noted the 300-plus hours of voluntary service he has accumulated during his time with the department. Leonhardt "The current management structure has been successful," he said, noting difficult economic times. The supervisors have been operating without a county administrative officer since April 2012, when the board terminated its contract with Jack Ingstad. During a Feb. 21 interview, Kennedy credited the county counsel, clerk tO the board, BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ROUNDUP his fellow supervisors and the department heads for picking up the slack. "A CA0 has two main duties -- to handle the budget and to handle day-to-day business," Kennedy said. With regard to the budget, Kennedy praised the work of budget consultant Susan Scarlett for providing neutral guidance and presenting a clear and concise budget picture. As for the day-to-day work, "It's been a collective team effort," Kennedy said, "and even though it's been a hard time,it's been good for the county." Sawchukalo reported on other council discussionS including orientation packets for new department heads, procedures to follow when hiring new employees, and drug testing. See Supes, page 4A District 5 supervisor race swells to four also spoke to the added value of that time since See Awards, page 5A Chief Cassou presents Julie Cassou with the first-ever award for Support Team Member of the Year. He commended her for all she has done to ensure that the department has an active and well-trained support team. Photo by Kimberly Eliason Debra Moore Staff Writer foundation to address the issues facing the county. But those who support his candidacy weren't happy with that decision and pressed him to reconsider. Following a Feb. 21 meeting with his supporters, Judd re-entered the race. Judd is a businessman who operates his Sonoma-based company from his Clio home. The other candidates are Clio resident Mark Dougan, College notified of $418,000 windfall Laura Beaton Staff Writer The state received more property tax revenue than expected, and as a result, Feather River College will receive a check for at least $418,000. Chief Financial Officer Jim Scoubes reported the good news to the board at its Feb. 20 meeting. He explained that each year the state does what it calls a recalc, wherein actual property tax revenues are counted and measured against what was already apportioned, and then final recalculations are made. This year, that recalc resulted in the windfall to FRC's unrestricted general fund. Additionally, Scoubes reported that the college is 58 percent of the way through the school year and has expended just 54 percent of its budget. r-- ..................... Curriculum news To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 There was good news in the curriculum department as well. Dean of Instruction Derek Lerch said the college submitted 10 transfer degrees to the state chancellor's office for ratification, five more than the department's initial goal. Lerch said he hopes,all 10 degrees will be ratified by the end of the spring semester. Two new certificates were also established: forensic crime scene and accounting management. Lerch told the board about collaborating with Plumas Unified School District on planning for adult education. The chancellor'soffice provided money to address adult education needs and services. Student success scorecard Feather River College received an average scorecard from the chancellor's office. Brian Murphy, coordinator of institutional research and See FRC, page 4A As the March 7 deadline to file papers for the June election approaches, it appears that four men will be running for District 5 supervisor: incumbent Jon Kennedy and challengers Mark Dougan, Jeff Engel and Jim Judd. Judd had indicated that he would seek the position, but then withdrew that intention, citing a lack of time to adequately build a Hear them roar !i:.'! ....... See Election, page 4A Quincy Lions Club speech competitors line up to give heir speeches Feb. 19. The topic of this year's speech was "Community Service -- What Does It Mean? Why Does It Matter?" From left: Cara Robinette, Brianne Turner, Kirsten Klement, Katherine McQuade, Gracie Yates, Caleb AIIred and Josh AIIred, all from Plumas Christian School, as well as Daniel Haygood and Matt Beeson from Quincy High School. Photo submitted