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0 .;4. ~ : , ,,~ Serving Quincy and Surrounding Areas Since 1866 of knowled I gle.ist Photo by V'~oriaMetcalf Paul== ftem the Pluma= Di urict Ho ltl l Dental CIi c been malting Ute teuml once students to brush up on their knowledge of their teeth and adn~ for them. With Orr m PIo- School students Kaeanna Chilton, Cody Wilson and Justina Anderson. See Inside fer mo~ pho- By Dave Keller Staff Writer Friday, Jan. 6, 1984, was the last time that Heidi Marie Fre- dette's family saw the 13-year- old girl alive. Fredette, trying to blow off some steam after a family squabble, went for a walk at about 5 p.m., trekking along County Road A-15 to Highway 70 from her home in Iron Horse, a small Portola village. Fredette's family believes she had gone to nearby sta- bles, where she sheltered her two horses. Eight hours liter, Fredette's family called the Plumas County Sheriffs Department to report the disappearance of the girl. Meanwhile, in the Payne's Creek area, about 20 hours af- ter Fredette left her home, a man collecting aluminum cans discovered the body of a young female teen along Highway 36. Because the girl's body was mutilated, it took more than a day to make a positive ID, but it was Fredette's body, aban- doned more than 120 miles from her home. Law enforcement in Plumas County and Tehama County investigated the case. They searched for answers and put in hundreds and hun- dreds of hours, interviewing possible suspects and witness- es. "A lot of investigative work Murder victim Murder suspect went into it," said Plumas County Undersheriff Terry Bergstrand. But the murder, its brutality and solemnity still resonating for nearly two decades with Fredette's family and law en- forcement officials, remained a mystery. Until list week. That's when law enforce- ment officials, 17 years and one month after an unknown assailant abducted, sexually assaulted and killed Fredette, announced that they had ar- rested a suspect. They arrested David James McIntosh, 53, a Greenville na- $ee Murder, page 12A Industries is sawmill in Loyal- the jobs of 100 cogeneration OUncement con- which had been Since the mill's in January. Spokesman Ed the closure on the Forest Ser- to implement the Group (QLG) influx of foreign United States. that the Loyalton retooled to ac- II sawml commodate the small logs an- has stalled the implementa- representative for the sawmill and the Canadian Lumber Tar- ulations here, the foreign ticipated by work from the tion, QLG members believe workers, is also scheduled to iffagreement, which limits im- countries don't, thereby flood- QLG plan. that the new administration be on the trip with Coates and ports of Canadian lumber into ing the market with timber," "Even though the QLG bill will change all that. Nelson. He said he is disap, the U.S., expires at the end of he said. He noted tt at this was overwhelmingly passed in During a presentation before pointed by the timing of SPI's March and we don't know if it practice harms the worldwide Congress in 1998 and signed in- the Plumas County Board ofannouncement because he was will be renewed or strength- environment, while locally, to law by the President, it still Supervisors last week, County hoping the trip would push the ened," Bond said. the environment is being has not been implemented. Forester Frank Stewart said implementation of the QLG He added that nearly 38 per- harmed because the restric- Now the over-riding Sierra the administration is commit- plan, so that the closure could cent of the softwood lumber tions are too tight. Nevada Framework further ted to the QLG plan and it will have been avoided, used in the United States "We're growing more timber impedes its implementation," be a model for all western comes from Canada, which is everY year than we harvest," Bond said. forests. Fer ig timb subsidized by the CanadianCoates said. "This overcrowd- The QLG plan is designed to Bill Coates and Tom Nelson, Foreign timber, especiallygovernment, ing creates severe fire danger." promote forest health by thin" cofounders of the QLG, arethat imported from Canada,Coates said the situation ning the forests to create de- scheduled to be in Washington, was mentioned by Bond as awith foreign imports of timber ol ion$, rumo fensible fuelbreaks. The thin- D.C., in mid.March to meetreason for the closure: is "particularly unfortunate When asked about rumors ning will provide small logs with members of the adminis- "To make matters worse, for rural counties" throughout that the Loyalton mill will be that the Loyalton mill had tration to ensure the bill's ira- lumber prices continued to de- the country, dismantled and relocated to been geared to accept. While plementation, cline after we announced the "While we continue to follow the state of Washington to take the Sierra Nevada Framework Paul Harris, the local union temporary layoff in January very strict environmental reg- See Mill, page explain to the board what had County Mental Health Interim concern that it might not be the building when the new taken place. Director John Sebold, who worth it if the A&D building part was installed and the fur- to discuss Stretch indicated that theoversees A&D, met with mere- was included in the proposed nace malfunctioned. experienced furnace had quit on Thursday, bets of the department, and of- Annex upgrade project. Only four employees re- County Depart- Feb. 22, and he had given mere- feted surplus space for employ- "We have to get on with that turned to work Feb. 16, and and Drug hers of the staff permission to ees in the Courthouse Annex. Health and Human Servicessome of them still felt the ef- Administrative go home in the afternoon. Supervisor Don Clark said thing," Clark said. "And this is fects of the previous day's Jim Stretch said He told the board that main- he didn't understand why de- just another example," of why Runes. Was handled, tenance had the new parts in partment heads weren't con- the county couldn't delay the *Stretch told the board the in the supervisors' to fix the furnace and thetacting the supervisors orproject, situation washandled, yet, two Tuesday, Feb. building had heat. Stretch, but were going direct- employees worked Saturday, the days that fol-Addressing the building's ly to other sources (county fire Poi Feb. 17 and Monday, Feb. 19, in clear that not needs for upgrades to the tele- marshal) to voice their corn- *While Stretch said the A&D an attempt to catch up on work were fixed, as phone system and wiring toplaints, building was without heat on missed due to the cold during Was still without handle computer demands, Feb. 15, in reality, the furnace the week. On both days, the Stretch said no one had antici- Dit 'tio quit two days earlier. "building was without heat. pated the building being used The board of supervisors in- ,Stretch also indicated that By Wednesday, Feb. 21, the to the capacity that it is re- structed Stretch to have Build- he sent employees home on the building was again without Ken Nelson said quired. He said no one thought ings and Grounds Interim Di- afternoon of Feb. 15 because of heat, although maintenance about the prob- that so many employees would rector Oran Morrison draw up the cold. was routinely there attempting - rienced at A&D have computers, which werea list of what it would cost to In reality, employees said to solve the problem. quit working taxing the old system, upgrade the building, they went home because of ill- .Several supervisors indicat- asked Stretch to Stretch said that Plumas However, there was some ness due to fumes that invaded See Problems, page S COU Metcalf berg's smile widened. As aother NativeAmericans. sign of victory, he clenched his Members of the board also "I am tribal chair and repre- Proud moment for fists and shook them to show agreed to consider supporting sentative of the 131-member -', as he listened to his enthusiasm in the realiza- the tribe's bid for a land base, Tsi-Akim Maidu Tribe, ap- members of the tion of part of the dream he as required by the federal gov- proximately 40 percent of approve and other members of the Tsi- ernment, which live in Plumas County," recognizing a Akim Maidu tribe have shared While the Tsi-Akim Maidu Ryberg said in his address to Maidu nation in their struggle for federal are considering a piece oftheboard. been legally ig- recognition, property near Taylorsville, it "The Maidu culture were Once that recognition is ful- was also suggested that a por- strong and flourished in this ,ting closed, andly realized, members of the tion of the 38,000 acres former- their traditional territories for his tribe will gain their rights and ly controlled by PG&E and re- 10,000 years," Ryberg said. resolution, Ry- privileges received by many turned to the state beconsidered. Ryberg said his branch of m the Maidu nation has been at- tempting to gain federal rbcog- nition for the last 150 years, His personal effort began five years ago Originally, when Maidu tribes were being recognized by the federal gov- ernment and given tracts of land and federal benefits, Ry- berg's tribe, which ranged from Taylorsville to American See Maidu, page tlA Quincy grapplers compete at tourney. See pa e lC. Weather provides challenges at event. See page XB. Obituaries: Page 2B Classifieds: Page 2[3 Opinion: Page 8B Letters: Page 9B