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4A Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Feather River Bulletin SUPERVISORS, from page 1A devoted a lot of his timeto dealing with Medi-Cal and health care issues. Supervisor Lori Simpson was in Washington, D.C., to attend a legislative conference hosted by the National Association of Counties: Life's a picnic At least it will be June 7 when the annual county picnic is held at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Fair manager John Steffanic told the supervisors that this year there will be a new addition -- a Friday night concert featuring a funk band out of Grass Valley -- to kick off the event. Steffanic also announced that May 2 - 3 the fairgrounds will be a drop-off location for e-waste. "Bring electronic waste to the fairgrounds," Steffanic said. And while all electronics will be accepted, Steffanic said that monitors and television screens are particularly valuable for the fair. Steffanic told the supervisors that plans were well underway for the 2014 fair with the theme of "Fun and Games." The Sweetheart of the Mountains pageant is set to return after a 15-year hiatus, and new attractions will include beach volleyball and redneck games. One-month anniversary Louise Steenkamp, the county's new alcohol and drug director, celebrated her one-month anniversary on the job by appearing before the board. Steenkamp briefly updated the supervisors on what has been happening in her department and stressed that she is focusing on collaboration with other departments, such as mental health. Speaking of mental health At the request of Hank Eisenman, the chairperson for the Plumas County Mental Health Commission, the supervisors appointed Traci Ingle, Nansi Bohne and Heidi Wakefield to the commission. "Two of the ladies are from Greenville," Eisenman said, noting that they were the first from outside of Quincy to sit on the 17-member commission. Going once ... A public Internet auction will be held May 10 - 13 to sell tax-defaulted properties. Tax Collector Julie White received authorization from the supervisors to conduct the sale.and now begins the process required by the state, which includes notifying parties of interest, conducting searches, sending'certified notices, making personal contact and more. Potentially 65 properties will be available for sale. White posts the information that she uncovers, including Internal Revenue Service liens, special assessments and estimated values. Some listings include photographs. Properties are located throughout the county including several in Portola that represent a subdivision. Check the website Bid4Assets.com for information as it becomes available. BEARS, from page 1A bear came into a lady's kitchen," Weist said. Weist and Horton both stressed the importance of residents removing any incentive for the bears to visit. "If they can get all of their calories from a garbage can, why stay in the woods?" Weist said. The pair asked the supervisors to strengthen the county's current ordinance dealing with trash containers and wildlife. Jurisdictions that have implemented stiff fines for breaking trash laws have seen a marked decrease in bear problems. The supervisors asked county counsel to work with the county Fish and Game Commission and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to draft an ordinance. The problem During interviews following the board meeting, both Horton and Weist described the bear problems they have encountered and what the public can do. "If it's an emergency call 911," Weist said, and used a bear breaking into a home as an example. It's not an emergency if the bear has disturbed a trash can. To report a nuisance bear, call Weist at 836-0889 or the regional office at 225-2300. Weist or a game warden will assess the situation, make recommendations to the homeowner and issue a depredation permit if necessary. Bears are no longer relocated, they are killed; thus the slogan "A fed bear is a dead bear," which the commission uses on an educational brochure. A depredation permit is issued when a bear causes significant damage. It's estimated that there are 33,000 bears in the state. How many of those live in Plumas County isn't known, but "We live in prime bear habitat," Weist said. Each year the state allows a certain number of bears to be harvested, but last year, fewer than half of that number were taken. Bears are attracted to angthing that is edibte or smeUg. Use the checktist betmu to hetp bear-proof gout home: [] Garbage problems can be solved with the purchase and correct use of a bear-proof garbage container, Save money by sharing one with a neighbor! For bear-proof containers and where to buy them visit wwwxlfg.ca.gov/keepmewtld/products.html. [] Wait to put trash out until the morning of collection day, [] Don't leave trash, groceries or animal feed in your car. [] Keep garbage cans clean and deodorize them with bleach or ammonia. [] Harvest fruit off trees as soon as it is ripe, and promptly collect fruit that falls. [] Only provide bird feeders outside during November through March and always hang feeders so they are inaccessible to bears. [] Don't leave any scented products outside, even non- food items such as suntan lotion, insect repellent, soap or candles. [] Keep barbecue grills clean. [] Keep pet food and pets inside. [] Securely block access to potential hibernation sites such as crawl spaces under decks and buildings. [] Keep doors and windows closed and locked. Scents can lure bears inside. [] Consider installing motion-detector alarms, electric fencing or motion-activated sprinklers. [] Remove all food from homes and cabins that will be unoccupied for an extended period of time. "The bear population is growing too fast," said Horton, who blames the situation on Senate Bill 1221, state legislation that prevents hunting with hounds, unless a depredation permit has been issued. Bear can still be hunted, but without hounds it is more difficult. An added problem is that fewer people are keeping hounds because they can't hunt with them, so there is a shortage when hounds are needed to enforce a depredation permit. Horton has often been called in to help with problem bears and he has seen firsthand the damage they can cause. In one instance a bear "tore a hole through the wall of a cabin and dragged a refrigerator through it." He has also arrived on scene to see a bear tearing the roof off a mobile home. In another situation a woman had been feeding a bear, but when she went out of town for an extended period of time, the bear ravaged a neighbor's vehicle, his barn and eventually his home, looking for food. "You signed the bear's death warrant when you fed it," Horton told the woman who objected to the bear being killed. Horton and Weist hope to minimize the number of depredation permits that will be issued this year and are calling on the public to do its part. A list of recommendations provided by the Department of Fish and Wildlife is printed adjacent to this story. This bear helps himself to a little birdseed on the deck of a Lake Almanor home. The state Fish and Wildlife Commission recommends only providing birdfeeders from November through March and hanging them so that they are inaccessible to bears. Photos submitted ST. PT00TRICK'S DINNER ; St. John's Catholic Church ; ; annual St, Pat's Dinner F w A  H w  v  n Sunday, March 16 -:: i: ,,:' " :i ........ ::: .! :!!. :,  5 p.m., in the church hall on Lawrence Street. B ,1, Adulttickets$12, children 10yearsandunder$5. '   ' Children under 5 years of age are free. Postal Service: USPS (No. 188-550.) 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