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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2010 15A DEMAND, from page 1A The document showed the food stamp case count flatten- ing out to around 340 for the last two quarters after hitting an ll-year high of 376 last May. It also indicated those 340 cases represented around 1,000 county residents receiv- ing food stamp benefits, with more than half of them children. Later in the meeting, Ole Olsen asked if the new credit card type system of food stamps made it easier to ensure people weren't getting aid from multiple counties at once. Smart said that was true and explained his depart- ment monitored that track- ing section of the system often, "because we're inter- ested in where people spend their money and I think it's good news that two-thirds of that money stays in the com- munity, is spent at local food distribution sites." He continued, "The place where they are likely to spend it out of the county is typically in Reno, Nev., and it's typically at Winco. "That's where we see those expenses going--big shops at Winco once a month--and to me that's smart management of your grocery money." The report indicated the county MediCal caseload "has grown by 22 percent in a span of 30 months" with a 12-year high of 959 cases in December. It also mentioned those numbers don't include people who receive MediCal benefits for being blind, disabled or over 65. The MediCal caseload chart accompanying this arti- cle shows some landmark months in the last 12 years that indicate the overall CORRECTIONS In our report in last week's newspaper on the house fire in Blairsden we got the tenant's first name wrong. Her correct name is Cheryl Spalinger. In our By the Numbers chart on school account- ability reports in last "week's newspaper; we attributed' the Plumas Unified School District source as Yvonne Bales. In fact, PUSD Curriculum Director Kest Porter pre- pared the reports for inclu- sion in the board packets. trend over that span. The Child Welfare Services section of the report indi- cated referral numbers ex- ceeded the 36-month average in 13 of the past 18 months, meaning there have been more bad months in the last half of the three-year period than the first. The report commented, "We have continued to expe- rience significant numbers of cases where the precipitating factors leading to abuse and neglect are associated with drug or alcohol use, in partic- ular methamphetamine but also alcohol abuse. "We have also had an unusual number of older children (children over the age of 10) referred during this period." It added that despite that fact, the department has continued its trend of getting children back into their homes with less than 70 children in the system for three of the last four months, which hasn't happened in morethan a year. Smart told the board, "I'm aware that some counties now have begun to question their practices of returning kids to homes too soon. "There have been some in- cidents in Los Angeles County and Sacramento County that have raised concerns about that. We've talked to our staff a little bit about that. Our number-one concern always is for child safety. "We want to make sure (that) if we're returning a child home that we're returning that child to a safe environment. "We can't be 100 percent as- sured of that, we can be 99.9 percent assured of that and that's what I ask my staff to do." At this point, County Administrative Officer Jack Ingstad asked the director about whether the county would have to fill the pay gap for In Home Health Services workers if the state decided to only reimburse the depart- ment for minimum wage. Smart responded, "The good news is that we, our contract with United Domes- tic Workers and California United Healthcare Workers has a provision in it that says that if the state reduces down to the minimum wage then we have the authority to make that reduction." "Oh, good," Ingstad re- sponded with a visible mix of surprise and relief. Supervisor Lori Simpson asked Smart how Plumas compared to other counties in terms of people needing help because of the recession. Smart said his department compared its trends to the other 20 small counties in the state and thought Plumas was about average right now. At the end of the discus- sion, Plumas Crisis Interven- tion and Resource Center Director Dennis Thibeault addressed the board about his agency's work with the county's public health, mental health and social RECRUIT, from page 1A teachers, seven elementary teachers, four SELPA (special education) staff and a nurse. The actual number hired would depend on several factors, including enrollment loss and the number of teachers, laid off in the last three years, who are recalled. Sheriff investigates dog shooting, seeks information Joshua Sebold Staff Writer The Plumas County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating the shooting of a domestic dog. ..... Offge,s ,hax ]etnh!d that Molly, a border collie, was shot with a high-power pellet gun. Friends of the animal's family said the crime occurred around 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, while the dog was inside a closed yard in East Quincy near Red- burg and Main Street. The family is offering a $670 reward for information that leads to the identifica- tion of the culprit(s). Sheriff Greg Hagwood said the case was being . pursued  vigorously, and public assistance would be appreciated. Hagwood requested any- one with information about the incident call the PCSO at 283-6375. He said requests for anonymity would be respected. Oil Change Special OIL & FILTER CHANGE * Change Oil & Filter (up to 5 qts) * Battery & Alternator Check * Cooling system check * 50 pt. 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