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uuHezm, Kecoro, vrogresswe, Keporter Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 9B Amazing animals Banjo the German shepherd is doing what he loves: carrying a "stick" he retrieved at Lower Bucks Lake. Carl Seifried snapped this shot during the summer months. [)ental insurance available to vets For the first time in history, the U.S. government has authorized a national dental insurance program for veterans enrolled in VA's health care and individuals enrolled in VA's Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA). CHAMPVA isthe insurance program for family members such as spouses and dependent children and surviving spouses of veterans. This new dental program is through Delta Dental and it is called Veterans Affairs Dental Insurance Program (VADIP). Program coverage started in January. Eligibility for VADIP beneficiaries includes any veteran enrolled in VA health care, and any individual enrolled in VA's CHAMIW-A.,, ,i ,: ..... ...... VET Tmax JIMMY LAPLANTE Veterans Services Officer, Plumas Co. Dependents who do not qualify as CHAMPVA beneficiaries are not eligible. For CHAMPVA entitlement you must be one of the following: --The spouse or child of a veteran whom the VA has rated permanently and totally disabled due to a service-connected disability. --The surviving spouse or child of a veteran who died from a service-connected disability, or who, at the time of death, was rated permanently;ands: totally disabled. --The surviving spouse or child of a veteran who died on active duty service and in the line of duty, not due to misconduct. However, in most of these cases, these family members are eligible for TRICARE, not CHAMPVA. To enroll in VA health care or to get answers to VADIP eligibility questions, visit the Veterans Affairs website at va.gov/healthbenefits or call 877-222-VETS (8387). To enroll as a CHAMPVA beneficiary, visit the CHAMPVA website at http://bit.ly/lfGnaQO or call 800-733-8387. Those who do not have Internet access may call 283-6275 to receive an application that they can Amateur radio training, tests available The Plumas Amateur Radio Club will be holding a technician license class free to all interested parties. This is the entry level of the three amateur radio operator licenses. Classes for the technician license will be held Wednesday, March 12, and Thursday, March 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. afthe Zygner Allied Health building on the Feather River College campus. The building is on the lower level of the campus, across the street from the fish hatchery and adjacent to the practice field. Parking is available in front of the building. The review/test day is Saturday, March 15, at the Plumas County Library at 445 Jackson St. in Quincy. Review will begin at 8 a.m. and testing begins at 1 p.m. Those with technician or general licenses who wish to upgrade are also welcome to attend the Saturday testing. For more information, call Judy at 616-0679. 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Main St., Quincy I e To send a legal: typesetting@plumasnews.com  To send an advertisement: mail@plumasnews.com What's the proper gun protocol when approached by wildlife officer? Firearms around officers Question: What should a person do when approached by a wildlife officer for inspection? Should they put the gun onto their car so that it's in plain sight? Should they tell the officer to wait while they unload the gun? Should they place the gun on the ground? What is the proper protocol in this type of situation? Please advise. --Rheannon O. Answer: First of all, placing a loaded long gun in or on a vehicle which is in a place open to the public is a violation of the law. Vehicles should automatically be considered a poor choice to place or to store a loaded firearm. When a wildlife officer approaches, the first thing you should do is follow the directions that the officer gives you. Absent any directions, here are some good options: 1) Some people unload their firearm in a calm manner to show respect for what a loaded firearm can do and respect for the officer. This shows the officer you are handing him a safe unloaded firearm. If you are within talking distance, ask the officer if he/she wants you to unload the firearm. If directed to unload, make sure to control the muzzle away from anyone. 2) Many folks simply hand the firearm to the officer, and that is also acceptable. If you do, make sure to tell the officer the gun is loaded. 3) Setting the gun on the ground is acceptable so long as the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction, but depending on the terrain (mud, sand, etc), this may not be a prudent choice. Transporting lobsters Question: There will be three of us going to Catalina to hoop for lobsters with a CALIFORNIA OUTDOORS CARRIE WILSON California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife CalOutdoors@wildlife.ca.gov multiday permit. One guy wig only be able to hoop two of the three days and then wilt have to take the Flyer back to go to work. Can my friend and I transport this guy's catch back for him as long as we have his license/.Feport card with us without being in violation of limits? He will not be able to take his catch with him. --Larry H. Answer: No. Multiday permits require that "all passengers must disembark at place of return as stated" on the permit (California Code of Regulations Title 14, section 27.15(b)(5)). Your friend can "gift" you his lobsters, but they will count toward your overall take/possession limit. You and your friend are allowed to take/possess only your own limits. In this situation, your friend must go home with his catch or else all three of you are allowed to catch no more than a limit for two people. Retaining just one claw Question: Our fishing club is planning a fishing trip for local crab out of the Santa Monica Bay area. Some people in the group insist we should only keep one claw from each crab so they can be put back to grow another claw and still live. I know with lobsters we are instructed to leave them whole until they are ready for consumption to allow the wildlife officer to verify it's a legal catch. Is it legal to keep only one claw or do we need the entire crab to allow the wildlife officer to verify? /erry E. Answer: You are required to take the whole legal-sized crab to prove your crab is of legal size. Possessing just claws would be a violation because the size of the crabs they came from cannot be determined (Fish and Game Code, section 5508). Crabs also carry a lot of meat in the body. Crab season for all crabs of the genus Cancer (except Dungeness crabs) is open all year. The size limit in Southern California is 4 inches and the part of the crab that we measure is the main body shell (edge of shell to edge of shell at the widest part). While crabs may be able to regenerate lost claws under good conditions, crabs with only one claw have a far tougher time fending off predators than if they had both claws for protection. Predators will go after any weakened animal, so just removing a claw may be considered a waste of fish -- also a state violation. Deer drawing age Question: Can you apply for a deer drawing if you are only 11 but will be 12 before the hunt starts or do you have to be 12 before you put in for the drawing? ---Jamb W. Answer: You must be 12 years old bY July, 1 to apply. Carrie Wilson is a marine environmental scientist with the California Department ofFish and Wildlife. While she eanno personally answer everyone's questions, she will select a few to answer each weekin this column. Contact her at CalOutdoors@wildlife.ca.gov. "Advertising in the Plumas County Book of Maps has paid off! Thanks to the beautiful color photos and layout that perfectly capture the flavor of our store, people from out of town make it a point to find us." Holly Patton 135 Main Street, Chester, CA 258-3115 ! MT01,1 Ill0.1TII 96 E. Sierra (Hwy 70), Portola, CA 832-4646 l ............. U2;LETiN 287 Lawrence Street, Quincy, CA 283-0800 RgCORD Greenville, CA 284-7800