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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Mar. 3,2010 11A Full steam ahead: City lays down $10,000 Diana Jorgenson Portola Editor djorgenson@plumasnews.corn Railroad Days Committee members Donna Mills and Cindy Wood recently appeared before the city council to re- quest support from the city for this year's Railroad Days. In an earlier report to the council, Wood had summa- rized the previous year's Railroad Days finances, which had ended in a $1,500 deficit for the event. The city had covered that final out- standing invoice and request- ed that the committee re-ap- pear after the six-month fi- nancial report. Reappear they did. Mills addressed the council, "Total annual investment cost of Railroad Days--at least for the last couple of years--has been in excess of $30,000. We've trimmed everywhere we could and are trying to do economies of scale; we're working with John Steffanic, trying to piggyback on things that are happening at the county fair." She went on to say, "Our town, like many small towns, is struggling right now to hold on to the few annual events that market Portola as a visitor attraction. In reali- ty, it's just not possible to put on an event of this magnitude without the continued sup- port of benevolent local and corporate sponsors." Even with volunteer labor and fundraising events, Raft- road Days r, elied on merchant contributions and donations from private citizens and needed the Support of the city of Portola, she said, but added that interest in the event has grown in recent • years and Railroad Days had become "a signature event" for the town of Portola. The Railroad Days Com- mittee was working with Graeagle Plumas Alliance, the Western Pacific Railroad Museum of Portola, and other organizations to showcase the rail industry and its his- torical importance to the town. She requested support in the amount of $10,000. Wood added that this year was the 100th anniversary of NEWSMAKER Judith Andrews, instructor of the Administrative Office Management Program at Feather River College, was selected by the CalifOrnia Business Education Associa- tion as a delegate to the llth annual Western Business Ed- ucation Association Profes- sional Development Institute, held at the Circus Circus Hotel in Reno, Nev., Feb. 12. The Western Business Edu- cation Association is a pro- fessional business education association that includes business teachers from 10 states and seven territories and provinces: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, ,Alberta, American Samoa, British Columbia, Guam, Northern Marianas Islands, Northwest Territories and Yukon. Based on leadership poten- tial and professional endeav- ors in, delegates were selected from each state and province. Mary Ann Lammers, Nation- al Business Education Asso- ciation past president from Oregon, directed the Profes- sional Development Institute. "Center Stage -- Business Education" was the theme for the institute, which focused on leadership qualities and skills, an inside view of the regional and national organi- zations, and other areas that impact meeting needs in business education leader- ship. From these topics, the delegates received many new ideas and gained new experi- ences to share personally and professionally. i!  N mad more N i. • • : Family Hair Care I!', .... Ped=cures • Manicures I! Products I!! CalIfor an appointment 283-5284 2176 E Main St Quincy li  • I I'm a wreck! 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We've watched the doors of commu- nity stores and shops close and we've watched families move and this is something we can get excited about. There's an outside interest coming in and it's an oppor- tunity," Mills said. She pointed out there was currently no merchant group in Portola and the Railroad Days Committee now acted as an umbrella organization for businesses. She agreed stores needed to be open to benefit. City Manager Jim Murphy said the city had struggled with businesses on this point for the past 14 years of his in- volvement. He said business- es did not feel the celebration benefited them, aside from lodging and food purveyors. Cindy Wood pointed out the committee was in better financial shape going into this fiscal year than it had been in years past, and Mur- phy agreed. Murphy also pointed out the city had given financial grants twice per year in the past, amounting to a total of $20,000. Council member Curt McBride enthused, "We've got one heck of an opportunity with that train coming in Au- gust. We need to go national with this thing." He made a motion to fund $5,000 this fiscal year, plus the $1,500 the city had cov- ered from last year's event and another $5,000 in the new fiscal year this summer. The motion passed unani- mously. Value Menu is Back! 1 Topping Mini Pizza $ 2 Topping Individual Calzone $ ralnx Underbody Flush First Soap Pass Second Soap Pass . High Pressure Wash Irallll Complete Blue Coral Triple Polish Blue Coral Velocity Clear Coat Protectant Spot Free Rinse Blow Dry [ • Underbody Flush ..... First Soap Pass Second Soap Pass  High Pressure Wash Blue Coral Triple Polish Blue Coral Velocity Clear Coat Protectant Spot Free Rinse Blow Dry Have you tried our new FOOD COURT ice or bake! 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