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4A Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Feather River Bulletin Preliminary PUSD recall election calendar March 9 Notice of intention and proof of service served on recallees March 9 Notice of intention and proof of service filed with elections official by this date March 14 Proponents publish notice of intention, file proof of publication of notice of intention with elections official March 16 Recallee may file answer by this date; answer must be served on one proponent and proof of service filed with elections official March 26 Petition for recall must be submitted to elections official for approval as to form by this date (must bellied within 10 days after officer being recalled files answer) March 30 (est.) Circulation of petition may begin following certification of form by elections official May 29 (est.) Within 60 days from date elections official approves petition for circulation, signed petitions must be filed June 28 (est.) Elections official has 30 days from day petitions are filed to verify petition signatures (if sufficient number filed, recall effort proceeds to election) According to the county clerk, this calendar indicates preliminary maximum dates. It will probably change as the procedure progresses. BAKER, from page 1A that their educational needs are met." After LaVerne Strate handed the notice to Baker, Quincy resident Dave Keller delivered the same notice to Sonja Anderson. Just one more public com- ment Was taken, and then Baker handed a yellow piece of notepaper on which he had jotted his resignation to fellow trustee Bret COok, stood up, and announced that he was quitting. As he rose, he told those as- sembled in the Quincy Ele- mentary'School cafeteria that they could "run this man out of town" referring to Harris, but the next superintendent would have the same prob- lem: "not enough students; not enough money to go around." Reached for an interview the next morning, Baker said that he "wasn't intending to do that," but he was standing by his decision. Baker said he was frustrated by people believing that there was some hidden money. "These people, the complainers, they're waiting for some magical solution," he said. Baker restated that there aren't enough kids so there isn't enough money, unlike 10 years ago when he was first elected to the school board. He also noted 'that the situation isn't unique to Plumas County, that there are school districts "from San Diego to Redding" that are closing schools and cutting teachers. Even though he resigned, Baker said he must continue to attend meetings until a replacement is found. Because of personal travel plans, the next meeting he plans to attend is at the end of the month. William Scott, of Chester, reads a notice of intention to recall school Superintendent Glenn Harris, as the superintendent looks on. Harris responded with a simple "Thank you." Photo by Debra Moor The morning after receiving her recall notice, Anderson admitted to being "shocked," even though she had heard some grumblings. Unlike Baker, Anderson plans "to ride it out as best I can." For Anderson it was partic- ularly difficult to see friends involved in the recall effort. "One lady up there, our friends played together," she said. "It made it hurt more." Both Anderson and Baker are midway through their third terms as school board trustees. "I've been involved in schools for 21 years, with nine years on the school board, PTAs, Boosters ..." Anderson said, adding that she and her husband have devoted so much to the schools over the years. Harris, who spent Friday in Sacramento meeting with other superintendents and state officials on funding issues, said he was not surprised to be the subject of a recall effort. Harris said he doesn't pay attention to social media, but was aware that "there was a lot of talk about wanting to recall." "If you're angry at the fiscal situation of California --you can't change it," Harris said. "You take your frustration out where you can." He also wasn't surprised that Anderson and Baker were targeted for recall because "they were the two board members that were involved in hiring me." However, he said he was saddened by the recall attempts because "it ignores all their involvement" for many years working on behalf of the schools. Harris said he plans to keep working and actually sees a bright side to the situation. "I can understand why people are upset," he said. "But the good thing is that it's actually creating more awareness of the seri- ousness of funding levels. I think it will lead to more productive discussions about the future of education." County Clerk Kathy Williams said that serving the notice of intention to recall triggers a series of actions and timelines before a recall election can be held. Those initiating the recall drive have seven days to file proof that they served the notices and then must publish their intentions to recall in the newspaper. After some additional terms are met, petitioners have 60 days to collect 2,563 valid signatures from throughout the county, except for a small portion of the Sierra Valley, which is in a neigh- boring school district. Once those signatures are deemed valid by the county clerk's office, an election is scheduled. Since Harris is an elected official for the county board of education, but is appointed on the school district side, the recall only affects his role as county superintendent. The school board would need to take action to remove him from his role as school - district superintendent. Belden project to protect communities from wildfire Alicia Knadler Indian Valley Editor aknadler@plumasnews.com .... Several people interested in timber work on the Plumas National Forest attended the first scopng meeting for the Belden Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project. The Belden Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project may be tagged with a misnomer, but intentions are to protect .and improve critical wildlife habitat and forest health. Seneca is actually near the project center, and its west- ern border doesn't even stretch as far as Caribou, though that is one of the communities that would be r z x T H z   a..a.z++v z R " B U !''  " :,,,, :4,   , , :.. ....,.  .... ... Poetal Service: USPS (No. 188-550.) Periodicals postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Location and hours: 287 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Office is open Men. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Now to contact us: All departments: (530) 283-0800. FAX: (530) 283-3952. E-Mail mail@plumasnews.com Web Page http://www.plumasnews.com 0wnsrshl p  Heritage: The Bulletin was established Aug. 11, 1866, as the Plurnas National (later changed to Plumas National Bulletin, May 16, 1892) subse- quently changed to its present name May 7, 1931, which merged with the Plumas Independent (1892-1945) on June 7, 1945. Published weekly. It is part of the Feather Publishing family of newspapers serving Plumas and Lassen counties. Deadlines: Display Advertising: Thursday 4 p.m. Display Classified: Thursday, 3 p.m. Classified: Monday 9 a.m. News: Fridays, 3 p.m. Legals: ThiJrsday 4 p.m. Breaking news: Anytimef TO Subscribe: Call (530) 283-0800 or come to the Bulletin office, or use the handy coupon below, or send e-mail to subscriptins@plumasnews'cm Adjudication: The Feather River Bulletin is adjudicated s legal newspaper by Superior Court Decree No. 4644 (1953) and qualified for publication of matters required by law to be published in a newspaper. Postmasten Send change of address orders to the Feather River Bulletin, P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. p l I I I Name Michael C. Taborski Co-Owner/Publisher Ked Taborski Co-Owner/Legal Advertising Kevin Mallory Vice PresJAdmin. Delaine Fragnoli Managing Editor Jenny Lee Photo Editor Mary Newhouse Classified, Circ. Manager Sherri McConnell Display Advertising Manager Cobey Brown Vice Pres./Operations Tom Fomey Production Manager Elise Monroe Bookkeeper Eva Small mposing Manager Sandy Condon I Human Resources Dir.. Office Manager Subscription Order Form Feather River Bulletin | P.O. sex B, Qui00, CA 9S971 I Please enter my subscdptlon for Years. l Enctessd find my check for S I [1 in County t26 per year i Out of State $44 per year l In Collfomla $37 per year. I I I Addreu I I fcd m I nnsh,m, I nol mlumlL lm  m  m m  m   .Jm protected by this project. Other communities that would be protected are Canyon Dam, Seneca, Twain, Hot Springs and Paxton. Encompassing about 52,000 acres, potential treatment units include 7,400 acres in patches spread out between Canyon Dam, Lake Almanor and Butt Valley Reservoir in the north to Rush Creek and Twain in the south. One map on display dramatically illustrated one reason for the project -- all treatment units are located either adjoining or wit.hin areas of special concern, such as spotted owl and northern goshawk protected areas, critical willow fly- catcher habitat and bald eagle territories. Since many such areas were burned in the Moonlight Fire of 2007, it's a no-brainer that the biggest concern is fire starting in the Canyon and working north and up-slope into these kinds of areas, like the Storrie, Rich and Rush fires did in the recent past. Discussing these concerns and explaining the proposed projects were several Forest Service employees, including Mt. Hough District Ranger Michael Donald, wildlife biologist and monitoring team leader Colin Dil!ing- ham, district silviculturist Maurice Huynh and others. Other maps included loca- tions of rare plants and noxious weeds, simplified slope ratios, stand density and past and future projects. Two roads are proposed for decommissioning, though both resemble short spurs, or offshoots of nearby forest roads, one of which leads into a non-system parcel. Many roads marked as highest priority for needed work are those that lead to or past mines in the area. Forest-Service personnel will develop a formal pro- posal now that professional foresters and other members of the public have had this first chance to offer input. It may be another month before the proposed action is published, and possibly a year before a final decision. Although some projects have taken much longer to implement, officials seemed hopeful this one would move faster due to the potential loss due to wildfire. 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