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Peather Htver Bulletm Wednesday, March 12, 2014 9A Rotary speech contest contestants Students participating in Rotary's 2014 Student Speech Contest gather March 3 during the Quincy service club's weekly lunch meeting. "Engage Rotary, Change Lives -- Living a Life of Service Above Self" was the topic. Gracie Yates, a freshman at Plumas Christian School, won first place and $100. Josh AIIred, a junior at PCS, took second and $75. Cameron Rose, a senior at PCS, won third and $50. The other participants each received $25. Yates moves on to represent the Quincy club in Rotary's regional competition in Loyalton on April 12. The winner of that competition then moves on to compete in the districtwide competition in May at John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks, Nev. From left: Matt Beeson, a junior at Quincy High School; AIIred; Brianne Tumer, a senior at PCS; Yates; Lindsey Jensen, a junior at PCS; Katherine Lee Ann McQuade-Sturley, also a junior at PCS; and Rose. Photo by Dwight Pierson Lassen plans centennial celebration Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Plans are already underway for the 2016 centennial celebration for Lassen Volcanic National Park and the National Park Service. Lassen Park Superintendent Darlene Koontz appeared before the Plumas County Board of Supervisors on March 4 to discuss the celebration and share other information about the park, including the impact it has on the surrounding area. But though LVNP is in Plumas County's backyard, only 2 percent of the county's residents visited it last winter. That compares to 27 percent each for Shasta and Butte counties, and 7 percent for Tehama. Visitors represented 29 states and 14 countries, with Germany leading the way with the most number of foreign visitors. Koontz said that people who stay in the park for more than 24 hours tend to spend 3.1. days visiting the area, with an estimated $291 per day being pumped into the economy. Koontz said that Redding benefits significantly from the park because that is the most popular choice for people to stay. Board Chairman Oon Kennedy jokingly suggested that "road closed" signs be used to direct traffic toward Plumas County. Those who travel to the park most often pass through Red Bluff, followed by Chico, Redding, Shingletown and, lastly, Chester. And it was in Redding, Red Bluff, Chester and Chico that scoping meetings were held to develop the park's first wilderness and backcountry stewardship plan. According to Koontz, 74 percent of the park is designated as wilderness. Koontz also addressed drought conditions in the park, where just 25 percent of average precipitation fell in December. Thinning and prescribed burning will be used to temper the threat of wildfire. "There has been a 40 percent cut in fire staffing," Koontz told the board. While fire and wildland planning are priorities, staff is also working on the centennial celebration, which will include a birthday party, an outdoor dinner, a special commemorative coin and more. But visitors don't have to wait for 2016 to celebrate; a host of activities are planned for 2014. Supervisor Sherrie Thrall thanked Koontz for the update. "I really appreciate the relationship with the park," she said. "It has been very beneficial." Lassen Volcanic National Park 2014 special events May 15: Annual photo contest begins June 14: National Get Outdoors Day - Trail Challenge Kickoff July 20: Migratory Bird Banding Demonstration Aug. 1 - 3: Dark Sky Festival Sept. 27: National Public Lands Day (Art & Wine Festival) Oct. 10- 12: 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act r - C00'm00uni00y S00tai00bili'00y AwardT -I I I wish to nominate for the 2014 Community I I Sustainability Awards. They contribute to sustainabilicy (environmental/social/economic) in the I I following ways: I I I I am nominating them as (check one): I _ Individual I I Student : Group (non-proflt, club) Submit nominations by April 4th: I I - Business • Online at qnf.coop • At Quincy Natural Foods Co-op I I or Feather River Food Co-op • E-mail to memberservices@qnf.coop I I  Nominator name: Phone: E.mail: J Nominations sought for sustainability awards Quincy Earth Days Committee is excited to announce the sixth Community Sustainability Awards. All community members are invited .to nominate local (Plunas County) individuals, students, businesses or groups who contribute to environmental, economic or social/cultural sustainability. Nominations can be submitted at Quincy Natural Foods Cooperative or Feather River Food Co-op. Nominations can also be completed online at qnf.coop or emailed to memberservices@qnf.coop. All nominations must be submitted by April 4. The recipients of the awards will be announced at the West End Theatre in downtown Quincy on April 22 at 7 p.m. Recipients will be chosen by a panel that includes students, members of local organizations and other members of the community. Past winners include Ada's Place, Pamela Noel, Digging In, Mr. Morrison's sixth-grade class, Quincy Natural Foods Cooperative, Tiffani Wilson, Elizabeth Powell, Wilbur Vaughn, Collins Pine, Bill and Mel Rockett, Feather River Coordinated Resource Management, Thompson Valley Ranch, Dale Ready, Sierra Park Homes, Quincy Thrift, Sierra Valley Farms, Plumas Arts, Bill Battagin, Dan Brown, Simple Fuels, Community Connections and Abby Edwards. Questions about nominations or other Earth Days events may be directed to Darla DeRuiter, Feather River College environmental studies instructor, at 283-0202, ext. 262, or dderuiter@frc.edu. Shanghai Shindig tickets on sale now Samantha P. Hawthorne Staff Writer shawthorne@plumasnews.com A traditional Chinese feast surrounded by festive Asian d6cor has been the cornerstone of fundraising efforts for the Indian Valley Community Center in Greenville and continues to be so for another year. Hosted annually by the "Indian Valley Recreation and Parks District at the community center, the annual Shanghai Shindig is returning for another year March 22. Fine Chinese cuisine provided by The Happy Garden in Chester will be served starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are only available in advance and cost $30 each. Dinner tickets will not be sold at the door. Included with dinner is admittance into the 7 p.m. talent show. Tickets are available at Sterling Sage and Lupines in Greenville, as well as on the district's website at ivrpd.com. Local acts have been preparing for the show for several months and after the show, the audience members will have the chance to vote for their favorite. Votes cost $1 each. Tickets for the show only can be purchased separately for $10 at the door. The fundraising event started in 2003 with the idea of raising money to help build the community center. Between admission and auction bids, $10,000 was collected the first year. The event allowed community members to mingle with friends while immersing themselves in the Chinese culture. Some guests even dressed in traditional Asian garb. In addition to providing funds to pay off community center loans and continue building plans, the fundraiser helps finance the unfunded Indian Valley Recreation and Parks District. For more information about the district and its activities visit ivrpd.org. Graeagle Lighting Now HAS LANE FURNITURE! Lighting • Carpets ° Blinds • Wood Flooring www.graeaglelightingc0mpany.c0m Hours: Open Wed-Sun, 9:30AM - 4PM SMALL-TOWN SERVICE VALUE BICI-TIME ..... %" ....... ......... 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