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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, March 5, 2014 7A Getting ready Quincy's junior varsity girls' basketball team members hold up their fingers, signifying their No. 1 spot in their league. The team went 10-0 in league play this season. Photo submitted Feather River College equine studies students ride their mounts in the big ring in late February. Students are gearing up for the 16th annual Production Horse Sale to be held May The Quincy junior varsity City to Mount Shasta in a personal skill and 17. FRC is one of a handful of California junior or community colleges of~ring an associate girls' basketball team tightly contested 23-21 game. athleticism within this degree in equine studies. Photo by Laura Beaton finished its season this past Head coach April Gott saidgroup, and they really gelled Friday with just one loss in she sees a bright future as a team towards the end of all competitions. The teamahead for not only these preseason, and that was a ran the table in league play, young ladies, but also girls' huge factor in our success Tempers are going 10-0 for the season, basketball as a whole for during league play. I The team was dominant Quincy High School. couldn't have asked for a throughout its regular "This is one of those better group of girls to work Carolyn Shipp board Vice President Daverate increase at the meeting. He season campaign, recording groups of girls that have a with as far as character and Staff Writer Roberti. explained that 36 percent of the an average margin of victory chance to be a coachability, and I'm really "This has nothing to do with a company's power supply comes of 16 points, once-in-a-generation team if excited to see what they can rate discussion or a ratefrom hydropower in various The only loss of the yearthey continue to work hard accomplish in the next A heated dispute with an meeting," he said. "That's watersheds. came at a preseason and progress together," Gott couple of years." angry customer overshadowed enough of this discussion." However, he said because of tournament in Hamilton said. "There is a ton of regular business at an electric The Harts packed their things the drought, the co-op will only company meeting in Delleker and headed toward the door, still receive enough hydropower to last week. expressing their disdain for the cover 22 percent of the power During the Plumas-Sierracompany, supply for its 6,600 Rural Electric Cooperative - "Cooperative, yeah right,"member/owners in Plumas, meeting Tuesday, Feb. 25, a Clio Josh Hart said as they left. Lassen and Sierra counties. couple blasted the co-op over a Marshall apologized to theAs a result, Marshall said the disputed meter, members and public in cooperative will have to raise The confrontation ended after attendance, saying PSREC has rates by 3.7 percent in order to PSREC General Manager Bob been in an ongoing dispute with seek more expensive sources of Marshall told the couple to leave the Harts for the last few weeks, power in the market. for shooting video during the He explained in an interview members' meeting, after the meeting that theFiber optic update The meeting also included "opt-out" fees cover the cost of Marshall also provided an discussion about labor and manpower to go to a update on the status of the fiber drought-related rate increases house and check the meter,optic program that will bring and fiber optic progress. But the "At the request of Mr. Hart we high-speed Internet into the unexpected confrontationdeveloped an 'opt-out' program county. caught those in the cooperative's , for our radiometers," Marshall After a 34/2-year project, a conference room by surprise, explained. "It has some grant, which provided for the components, and we tell installation of the fiber optic Tempers flare everyone up front that we system, is complete. During a feedback session at charge for a meter change-out... The co-op has started the meeting, Clio resident Heidi and they pay us $15 a month for construction and, according to Hart spoke about a dispute she us to send a man to drive by and Marshall, the main goal is to add and her husband, Josh Hart, do a manual read." carriers to the program. have with Marshall and the He said the fee is meant to He said the company is cooperative, fairly allocate costs to the focusing on the bigger She said the cooperative cut members. Without it "the other customers right now so it can off their electricity after they members would have to pay for generate revenue. But he said refused to pay an "opt-out fee" the cost of manually reading the they "have not forgotten about for the use of an analog meter, analog meter." the residents" and they would An analog meter must be read like to start spreading into the personally, unlike the co-op's Drought causes rate increase Portola area by the end of March new advanced reading meters, Marshall also addressed or beginning of April. which send out a radio frequency documenting the electricity usage. Josh Hart is an activist against "smart meters," or meters that emit microwave radiation, and is the director of a website and advocacy programs against the usage of those meters. Heidi Hart said that wireless device emissions negatively affect her husband's health. They said they did not want one of the new meters installed at their residence. "PSREC refuses to work with us," she said. "Threatening instead to install a wireless transmitting meter on our home ... I am shocked and appalled by PSREC's behavior and their decision to cut us off." In the midst of Hart's comments, Marshall saw Josh Hart shooting video with a small camera. "Out!" Marshal] exclaimed, pointing Josh Hart toward the door. "You are filming me without my permission, and that is a crime in California." "It is a public meeting," Josh Hart said. "No it's not, it's a member meeting. Out, please, or I'm getting the sheriff," Marshall replied. Then the Harts and Marshall got into a fiery discussion about the meters. "We disagree strongly with everything you just said," Marshall said to Heidi Hart. "We disagree with your statements. We disagree with your bullying, and your husband's threats." Josh Hart rebutted with a raised voice. He said the meter situation was not fair, and added that he thought Marshall was behaving poorly. All of the proceeds from this event will benefit programs and services at Plumas District Hospital. It was finally put to an end by