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4B Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 UUlletm, Record, Progresseve, Reporter Lots of cats, one up for adoption Our volunteers have been really busy this past month. We've been selling tickets for our new "Gas N' Grub" drawing at the site and in front of Safeway. We were also at the festivities at the courthouse lawn on Groundhog Day. Many thanks to those who gave donations, bought tickets and gave us such positive feedback. We love to hear how appreciative the community is for the work we do and never tire of your kindnesses. The drawing prize is two $100 gift certificates -- one for food and the other for gas -- anywhere in Plumas County. Another of our volunteers got our Facebook page up and viable again so be sure to "like" us on Facebook. We'll be posting our animals, events and projects on the site so please check it often for all our updates. Our rescue site currently ANIMAL TALES . FRIENDS OF THE ANIMALS has a healthy selection of lovely cats and older kittens and they are all posted on the Adopt-A-Pet website. It seems each one who comes in is cuter, sweeter or funnier than the last! Our last guest, Bobbi, is an adorable 3-month-old calico with a tremendous purr and a corkscrew bob tail. She is a love. She and her tabby brother are wonderful, friendly babies, are spayed and neutered and are ready for new'homes. Come by and meet all our feline characters --Ailie the sweetest Maine coon; the three sisters, Honey, Got Milk and Samantha; Spitzy, Public warned about scam The California Department of Education recently received information about a possible telemarketing scam and is warning the public not to share any personal information on the telephone with unsolicited callers. Concerned citizens have been calling the CDE to ask whether the state agency has called their homes asking about the Preliminary SAT (PSAT), a standardized test that gives students firsthand practice for the college entrance examination. The caller asks for personal information, credit card numbers and more. The caller' ID seems to show the call is coming from the state of California or the main telephone line of the CDE. These calls do not come from the CDE. The CDE has contacted the proper law enforcement agencies to look into this potential scam. If you receive such a call, do not answer any questions and hang up immediately. You may also file a complaint online directly with the Federal Trade Commission using the FTC complaint assistant, also in Spanish. ,p i the cat with a foot fetish and his beautiful sister, Spook (who is not spooky anymore). We also have some great adult cats who would love to get warm in your house and then keep your yard pests down -- call on Ranger and/or MacGregor for those chores. These two neutered males are friendly, quirky, healthy and fast! We also have a German shepherd in our care. This lovely young female will need an exceptionally understanding home as she is light sensitive after being played with using a laser light. A knowledgeable, calm adult home is a must for this girl. Her photos are on Facebook and on the pet website. She is currently in a foster home, receiving lots of attention and personal care to help her adjust to a new home. Please call Rose, 927-8057, if you would like to meet this deserving dog. Our next volunteer orientation is Saturday, • March 1, at i p.m. at the rescue site: 2163 E. Main St. in Quincy. Orientations take about an hour and then you will be able to come and care for our animals. We would love to have your help, so please mark your calendar and come to the orientation. The work is rewarding and the working group of volunteers is a varied mix of personalities whose only goal is the comfort and health of the animals -- all good people. Friends of Plumas County Animals is a 501(c)(3)' nonprofit corporation and all donations are tax-deductible. No one in Friends gets a salary and no money is spent on administrative fees. Friends is not a county entity. Donations can be sent to Friends, P.O. Box 182, Quincy, CA 95971 or brought to the site at 2163 E. Main St. Thank you for your continued support. PDH scholarship available The Plumas District Hospital Volunteers group is offering a scholarship to someone pursuing a career in a health-related field. The award will be in the amount of $2,000. To qualify, applicants must have completed a minimum of one year of academic studies in a health-related program and be a resident of the Plumas Hospital District or Indian Valley, or a graduate of a high school within the Plumas Hospital District or Indian Valley. Completed applications must be received or postmarked by April 15. Applications are available online at pdh.org. Select "Volunteers" from the left menu, then "Scholarships" from the right menu. Applications are also available at frc.edu, via the financial aid page, at Plumas District Hospital and at the Bargain Boutique on Main Street in Quincy, For more information, call Bonnie, scholarship chairperson, at 283-2706. Don't wait until the last minute! TODAY! ]l Marlene Bienhof f Bookkeeping & Tax Service CTEC Registered Tax Preparer • Income Tax - Individual & Business • E-File • Sales Tax • Bookkeeping • Payroll (530) 284-8284 400 Main St. • Greenville, CA 95947 marlenebienhoff@aol.com BK BEQUETFE & K.IMMEL Accountancy Corporation John A. Kimmel C.RA. CPA TM The CPA. Never Underestimate The Value. 307 W. Main St., Quincy • 283-0680 and Graeagle • 836-0193 I I (530) ,,300-5900o Kathi Burtoa & Associafes • Bookkeeping Services • Secretarial & Billing Services • Payroll Tax Preparation • IncomeTax Preparation FREE E-FILE with Tax Preparation 81 -East Sierra Highway Kathi Burton P.O. Box 2137 Owner Portola, CA 96122 featherz; financial • Tax 'md i.-'ronce Sev.c Lori Morrell Lomas, E.A. CA Ins. License #OBO6912 • Curtis C. Lomas CTEC #A160713 20 A Crescent St., Quincy, CA 283.2341 taxandinsurance@aol.com a" - II K.N. JOHN BREAUX, CMA, EA I_m00tmi00l BARNARD & ASSOCIATES Business and Tax Consultants Enrolled Agents -- The Tax Experts kenbarnard@sbcglobal.net johnhbreaux@sbcglobal.net 372 Main Street Bus: (530) 283-3965 Quincy, CA 95971 Fax: (530) 283-4369 Linda Beeson Offices in Loyalton & Truckee Income Tax & Bookkeeping Services 530.913.8081 530.993.4916 lbeesonrust@yahoo.com 12242 Business Park Dr #2 Truckee, Ca P.O. Box 599 Loyalton, CA 96118 NnMAREINA Business Consulting Payroll CRTP #A138305 CTEC Registered Tax Preparer 2085 E. Main St., Quincy, Ca 95971 FREE E-FILE Rapid Transfer Available Cell 530-927-7015 Office 530-283-0184 Fax 888-554-0183 kemareina@jps.net P.O. Box 1988 PUSD responds to grand jury recommendations The Plumas County Office of Education, Plumas Unified School District and superintendent of schools responded to 2012-13 Plumas County Grand Jury recommendations regarding safety of children in school. Their response was received within the required 90 days required by law. Overall, their response stated, "... agree(ing) in every respect that members of the school staff and school administration accept personal responsibility for the heavy burden of the safety of every child and adult at our schools .... "and "Will continue to conduct safety assessments at every school.., to ensure that our school buildings are as safe and secure as we can make them." The 2012-13 grand jury noted in its report, "... was impressed with the due-diligence put forth in the area of student safety by personnel at each school within the Plumas Unified School District (it)... was found to be exemplary." However, the grand jury found PUSD's emergency action plan was outdated by eight years. This outdated plan was the focus of the findings and recommendations. Of the findings, PCOE, PUSD and the superintendent disagreed with all but one. PCOE, PUSD and the superintendent responded that they have reviewed and updated the emergency action plan, "remind principals to regularly review the duties pertinent to emergencies,:' "... schools emergency evacuation drills or shelter-in-place drills by the end of 2012/2013 school year," and "off-campus Evacuation Centers are secured for each school location as the completion of the 2012/2013 school year." PCOE, PUSD and the superintendent did agree that emergency supplies are not inventoried on a regular schedule. Several of the grand jury recommendations were implemented by Nov. 15, 2013: "Each member of the Safe School Leadership Team is to review the responsibilities for the position they are assigned to ensure they fully understand and accept the responsibility of that position," "... establish regular system to inventory and restock Emergency Supplies" and "Revise(d) Gun/Weapon on Campus procedure to include more detail and ensure student,and personnel safety. "Further analysis and review is needed to create "Plan in place to secure funding for automated alert system" and investigation required to "Provide additional onsite • communication radios to school sites, particularly to classrooms located on the perimeter of each campus." PCOE, PUSD and the superintendent say "a regular schedule is calendared for meetings with principals and the Superintendent of Schools ... Site Leadership Team and/or the Safe School Leadership Team .... and will continue to collaborate regularly with law enforcement and pertinent agencies regarding school safety." The PCOE, PUSD and superintendent of schools have "... safety measures in place in our schools... (and) are committed to continuing The Grand Jury's, Report will serve as a tool for continuing to improve services and further enhance the physical safety and security of our children and staff." County earns state award for performance On Feb. 11, the CMifornia Department of Child Support Services presented awards to local child support agencies that met or exceeded performance goals during federal fiscal year 2013. "I congratulate each and every one of you for your deep commitment to putting children first," said Kathleen Hrepich, interim director of DCSS, during the awards ceremony. "I am especially proud of the remarkable accomplishments of agencies we are here to honor today." Micheile Blackford, director of Plumas DCSS, congratulates her staff and shares the following: The Top Ten Award for top overall performance in the five federal performance measures went to San Luis Obispo, Marin, Plumas, Sonoma, Ventura, E1 Dorado, Glenn and Lassen counties, as well as the Central Sierra region and the Sierra Nevada region. The Central Sierra Department of Child Support Services is made up of Alpine, Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne counties. Plumas County child support also ranked No. 3 among all local child support agencies in overall performance based on the five federal performance measures. Three agencies earned the Director's Challenge Award, by meeting the challenge to increase distributed collections by 5 percent or more dtlring the prior year. Those were the agencies serving Trinity, Plumas and Marin counties. The Plumas County Department of Child Support Services holds the honor of having the second highest percentage increase in distributed collections from the previous year. Plumas increased distributed collections by 5.45 percent or $99,483 in federal fiscal year 2013 for a total of $1.9 million in distributed child support. The DCSS and the 51 local child support agencies operate the second largest child support system in the nation with 1.3 million cases in the California Child Support Program. In FFY 2013, California's child support program collected and distributed more than $2.3 billion in child support payments. More information is available online at the DCSS Newsroom Web page at http://bit.ly/lgitteM. Invest in PLUMAS COUNTY