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FEATHER RIVER 'urrounding Areas Since 1866 Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Vol. 147, No. 30 Feather Publishing Co., Inc. * 530-283-0800 * 50 CENTS It's official: Three to vie for District 5 Debra Moore Staff Writer All incumbent county office holders, as well as two challengers for District 5 supervisor, met the March 7 deadline to file nomination papers and declarations of candidacy for the June election. Clio residents Jeff Engle and Jim Judd are challenging incumbent Supervisor Jon Kennedy to represent Graeagle, Mohawk Valley and East Quincy. Another Clio resident, Mark Dougan, also had announced his intention to run, but decided against it just hours before the deadline. Dougan said he bowed out for family reasons. He has four sons: one in medical school, two in college studying premed and a fourth in high school. "My family has to be the" priority at this time," said Election day, ' June 3: Dougan, who Couldn't justify mounting a costly campaign at the expense of college tuition. As a former grand jury member, Dougan said he "saw a huge need for someone who knew what was going on" to be on the board. Dougan thought his grand jury experience combined witl his background in planning and management, as well as a master's degree in business, could benefit the board. The county officials who will appear on the ballot unopposed are as follows: District 3 Supervisor Sherrie Thrall Sheriff Greg Hagwood District Attorney David Hollister Clerk/Recorder Kathy Williams Treasurer Julie White Assessor Chuck Leonhardt Auditor Roberta Allen County Superintendent of Schools Micheline Miglis It has been a long time since all seven countywide elected officials have not been challenged. As far back as 1990 at least one -- and up to five -- has faced opposition. Election Day is June 3. The elections office will send out vote-by-mail ballots May 5. A look back -- Alook at the past and what people and events shaped Indian Valley/Page 1B Editorial: Paper drive -- This edition marks an eight-week effort to put reacquaint county residents with their community newspaper/Page 8B To the finals -- Chester High boys basketball travel to Chico State for Division VI Championship/ Page 1C Today - tomorrow: Technician license class, 6 - 9 p.m., Zygner Allied Health building on Feather River College campus. Plumas Amateur Radio Club offers free entry-level training. Review/test day Sat, March 15, at Plumas County Library; review 8 a.m., testing 1 p.m. Testing also available to upgrade current licenses. For information: Judy, 616-0679. Tomorrow: One-year anniversary celebration, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., The Knook in Grover Alley behind the library. Free chili. Workshop on planning and recordkeeping tools for a successful small farm, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m., Plumas Rural Services' conference room at 711 E. Main St. on top of Cemetery Hill. Presented by Alan Haight, of Riverhill Farm in Nevada City. Hosted by Sierra Intensive Farmer Training program through Plumas Rural Services. $5 donation at the door, preregistration not required. For information: Elizabeth Powell, 283-3611, ext. *839, food@plumasruralservices. org www.plumasrural Words & Music, doors open 7 p.m., Patti's Thunder Caf. Featuring Todd Reasor. Sign up for at the door for See Q, page 2A To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 A Veritable birders' delight awaits viewers in Thompson Valley as Canada geese swim and bathe in a vernal pool created by recent rains. A pair of sandhill cranes appears to be right at home with the large flock of geese. The most common cranes in the world, sandhills emit a unique bugle-like call that harkens back to prehistoric'times. Photos by Laura Beaton Feed a bear, pay a fine Fish and Game fears dangerous season Debra Moore Staff Writer It's being described as a perfect storm. A surging bear population, budget cuts for trappers and drought conditions are leading local and state wildlife experts to predict danger. "We are trying to do a pre-emptive strike," Ron Horton told the Plumas County Board of Supervisors during its March 4 meeting. "The bear problems are about to become burdensome and cumbersome," said Horton, a county Fish and Game commissioner. "There already have been problems on Jackson Street (in Quincy)." Terry Weist, local biologist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, joined Horton in making the presentation. Weist works in Plumas and Sierra counties and warned the supervisors about the danger. "I live in Graeagle and a See Bears, page 4A Supervisors offer video technology to other groups Debra Moore Staff Writer Now that the Plumas County Board of Supervisors live-streams its meetings, Sherrie Thrall hopes other entities will follow suit. Supervisor Thrall suggested that other boards and commissions could benefit from the technology BOARD .OF SUPERVISORS IOUNDUP that the county has procured. The groups would need to meet in the Board of Supervisors chambers and provide a laptop computer. "If we make something available and they don't avail themselves of it-- it's on them," Thrall said of the offer. Thrall was such a proponent of live-streaming the board meetings and then archiving the video for later viewing that she paid for the camera. During their March 4 meeting, the supervisors shared some of the work that they did outside of the boardroom during the past two weeks. While all interacted with their constituents and attended a variety of meetings, Terry Swofford and Jon Kennedy dedicated time to drought concerns. "I attended several drought meetings," Swofford said. "The ranchers are concerned about wells going dry." Kennedy described ranchers as a resourceful group who can figure just about anything out with "baling wire and duct tape," but said, "It's a little bit different with water." Supervisor Kevin Goss See Supervisors, page 4A Quincy nurse works in African O.R. Debra Moore Staff Writer Joan Woods Gately, an operating room nurse in Quincy, has two passions -- travel and surgery -- and she experienced both during her recent month-long trip to Chad, a country in north central Africa. The journey was long and the operating room short on technology, but Joan can't wait to return. Joan assisted three doctors in a 70-bed hospital that serves a population of approximately 200,000. To describe the facilities as primitive might be an overstatement. See Nurse, page 6A Dressed in matching outfits, a tradition in the African nation of Chad, Joan Woods Gately and her son, Zach Gately, hold two local children: Diana and Raisa. Photos submitted Plumas Christian School cuts the upper grades The board of Plumas Christian School announced Tuesday, March 4, that the school will only be offering kindergarten through sixth grade beginning this fall. The reluctant cutback comes as a necessary economic response to countywide low enrollment among upper grades. However, the Quincy school says enrollment is robust in younger grades, and the board is both open and hopeful regarding reinstituting grades seven through 12. In a letter handed out during a special parents meeting Tuesday, the board said reinstituting upper grades will depend on adequate enrollment, availability of qualified teachers and the overall funding picture. There is no danger of the school closing altogether, but the letter explained that upper grades were having to be subsidized by lower grades, and that that could not continue indefinitely. The announcement was received with some tears. Immediately after the meeting several parents began preliminary work to explore an independent-study option that might allow students to utilize texts, study space and possibly tutoring services from Plumas Christian. The board requested any proposals be delivered in writing for evaluation. John Sturley, who will be retiring as administrator in spring 2015, said he is very interested in helping coordinate a program for independent-study families and students, should one materialize. Graham Shea (alumnus 2002) announced he would be encouraging other alumni and friends of the school to donate to the Plumas See Grades, page 2A