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A Stringfellow trial to begin next week -- Page 2A Wrestlers advance to section tourney -- Page 5A Vol. 148, No. 30 530-283-0800 Wednesday, March4,2015 Friday: Artists' opening reception, S - 7 p.m., Main Street Artists Gallery. Featuring John Sheehan, Stanford Rose. Complimentary wine, appetizers. Artists' opening reception, 5 - 7 p.m., Plumas Arts Gallery. Featuring "wildlife" theme, entries in Black Mountain Lookout Artist in Residence program. Contest winner chosen by juried process, people's choice. For information: 283-3402. Whiskey tasting, upstairs lounge at Main Street Sports Bar and Lounge at 395 Main St. For information: 283-9788. Tuesday:. Community blood drive, 6 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Dro p-ins welcome; priority given to those with appointments. Eat good meal, bring ID. For appointments: Susan Christensen, 283-2424;, sponsor code "Quincy." Wednesday, March 11: Two-year anniversary celebration, The Knook. Dell-style restaurant offers free cupof soup from 11 a.m. until supplies run out. For information: 283-0300. To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 Local health care leaders working on ong-term so ution Debra Moore Staff Writer "My mind is continually spinning and brainstorming on how the community can meet this vital need and how the hospital can help." Just two days after Dr. Jeff Kepple Plumas District Hospital Chief Executive Officer announced that it couldn't Plumas District Hospital take over Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation, several residents of the facility have residents have been home to 34, but that number found new homes, paramount to all involved had dropped to 28 by the "We do have about six or since local health officials time Dr. Jeff Kepple, the seven patients moving out learned Jan. 14 that the CEO of Plumas District next week," said Denise facility was closing. Hospital, announced during Huggins, the facility's Cambridge Health Care, a community meeting Feb. administrator, during an the facility's management 24 that PDH couldn't take interview Feb. 26. "Some company, posted losses of over the nursing home are on waiting lists." $700,000 in 2013 and $1.2 without jeopardizing the The health and well-being million in 2014. financial viability of the of the nursing home's Initially, the facility was hospital. Huggins said that facility representatives have met with the residents' family members to explain options, and she credited the facility's social worker, Gayle Vieira, with easing the transition. "We have a wonderful clique of residents who like . to do things together, and the facility in Paradise took all of them," Huggins said. "We're logking to move people together so that they see familiar faces." But not all placements are going to be easy. "We have our challenges," she said of some residents who are proving difficult to place. There were a limited number of beds located elsewhere in the county -- Seneca in Chester had a couple of beds, and Eastern Plumas had just one available at its Portola location. It had six or seven See Closure, page 4A Day at the beach -"" .... : .... g* -4~,- ..... " "c ;~"!" i Dan McDonald Managing Editor Local California Highway Patrol Commander Lt. Joe Edwards announced last week that he will be retiring in July. Edwards, 50, has been the Quincy since April 2013, when he replaced Lt. Bruce Carpenter. The CHP hasn't Edwards named a replacement for Edwards. "l will let you know who will be replacing me as soon as I know," Edwards said. Edwards, a native of Fallon, Nevada, said he and his wife Debbie plan to move to Reno. He said he wants to start a new career, although he's not sure what it will be. "It has always been a goal of mine to reinvent myself when I turned 50," Edwards said. "All I know is that I will be doing something that is less stressful." Commander Edwards, who has more than 25 years with the CHP, said he could have retired sooner but he said he Wanted to stay in Plumas County.through the July 4 holiday. His official retirement date will be July 10. Edwards, a bicycle enthusiast wh~) bike-patrol officer early in his career, said he plans to be on a bike at local July 4 events. "I want to go out (with the CHP) the same way I came in," Edwards said. "And that's on a bike." Edwards joined the Highway Patrol in 1990 after serving in the Army. He began his CHP career in East Los Angeles before spending the majority of his See Edwards, page 4A Feather River College adds sand volleyball to its intercollegiate athletics program. Above, Golden Eagle freshman Mariah Diaz returns a volley in practice as the team prepares for the upcoming season.The first California Community College Athletic Association match for the squad, which is coached by Sarah Ritchie, will be in Saratoga on Friday, March 6. Photo by Greg Knight Hospital clinics shuffle office Debra Moore Staff Writer To accommodate the arrival of new physicians and expanded hours for specialists, Plumas District Hospital health care providers have played a game of musical chairs or, more accurately, off.lees. Patients are being alerted to changes in their physicians' locations when they schedule or confLrm an appointment. Hospital CEO Dr. Jeff Kepple has discussed the relocations during the past several board meetings, and now they are underway. There has been movement between the two clinic buildings, as well as within the buildings themselves. The names of the buildings have also been shortened. They are now simply the North Fork building and the Quincy building, both under the umbrella of Plumas Rural Health Care, the organization's official title. A third structure, the Feather River building, is located across from the hospital on Bucks Lake Road and houses the dental clinic. One of the major moves involves Dr. Rachel Hurlburt and physician assistant Amber Freeman, moving from North Fork to the See Shuffle, page 4A Debra Moore Staff Writer For 25 years attorne.y Robert Zernich advised the East Quincy Community Services District, but beginning in March, a new face will appear in the boardroom. During a special meeting Feb. 23, the EQSD directors selected McQuarrie - Jennifer ..... applications three from local attorneys and one from a Sacramento-based firm. General Manager Mike Green said the board selected McQuarrie after a short discussion and said she was selected partially for her favorable rates, but mostly for her good references. McQuarrie grew up in Quincy and moved to Reno in 1988. She received a bachelor's degree in political science from University of Nevada, Reno, and her law degree from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She has worked for law McQuarrie to replace ............ firms in Sacramento; as well Zernich, who retired from as served as general counsel the position, for educational institutions. The board received four See McQuarrie, page 4A 'il '' i:! ., i~ i ~" .~ i ~i Turn your clocks FORWARD one hour / I