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10k Wednesday, March 17, 2010 Feather River Bulletin Rural electric co-op to lay off nine-10 employees Diana Jorgenson Portola Editor djorgenson@plumasnews.com Citing the country's eco- nomic downturn, Plumas- Sierra Rural Electric Coop- erative, which provides electricity to many rural ar- eas in Plumas, Sierra and Lassen counties, announced Friday it would lay off be- tween nine and 10 employ- ees, effective March 31. General Manager Bob Marshall issued the follow- ing statement. "Recently Plumas-Sierra Rural Elec- tric Cooperative went through a reduction-in-force process. We have reduced our staffing levels over the past 18 months through re- tirements, attrition and now voluntary and involuntary layoffs. The downturn of the economy affected both the electric side of our business Check  .............. Out Our ' .............. I PLUMASNEWS.COM i and the telecommunications subsidiaries. I'd like to thank the affected employ- ees for their hard work over the years." PS-REC is one of the largest employers in eastern Plumas County and em- ployed 76 employees at its peak, some hired in antici- pation of upcoming retire- ments. High unemployment rates and the general downturn in the county impacted telecommunications sub- sidiaries, while the loss of local construction upended expected growth in electri- cal usage. Six jobs were excised in the past 18 months through attrition and retirements, leaving 70 employees cur- rently. Marshall said he was working with the Interna- tional Brotherhood of Elec- trical Workers to develop a "soft landing" plan for af- fected workers, a plan that includes a severance pack- age. In addition, he said the company was actively try- ing to place workers with other local employers. One, possibly two, employees found employment with Eastern Plumas Health Care thus far. "It's purely economic," Marshall said. "These are good workers." PSREC looked first to em- ployees who might choose an early retirement, or even choose to be laid off. Mar- shall is currently working through the union's process, sorting through seniorities to make the cuts. As it has worked out so far, co-op staff in Lassen County and in Quincy will not be affect- ed. Marshall estimated he is still a week away from knowing the exact number of the layoffs or which workers will be affected. Marshall was hopeful about the future, saying the co-op applied for stimulus funds and was actively pur- suing greater broadband ca- pabilities, which he thought were critical to attracting businesses and new employ- ers to the area. If the economy does a turn around, the co-op will re- place those lost jobs, Mar- shall said, but cautioned it would be awhile. Forum addresses weeds Many readers may already be familiar with the spiny, noxious weed bearing yellow flowers seen along roadsides and trails and taking over entire fields and pastures. It is known as yellow star this- tle, or Centaurea solstitialis L., one of several noxious weeds showing up in Plumas County in increasing num- bers. Invasive plants use more water and displace native plant species, degrade pro- ductive range and timber- lands and reduce access to recreation areas. In response to this inva- sion, the Plumas Sierra Nox- ious Weeds Management Group, a consortium of local agencies and nonprofit orga- nizations, has been working to control the spread of these weeds. Landowners and the pub- lic can be an important part of the effort by learning to recognize certain weeds and how to prevent their spread. The Weeds group has invited Wendy West of the E1 Dora- do Cooperative Extension to give a presentation on Yel- low Star Thistle Control and Preventing the Spread of Noxious Weeds. The two-hour presentation will include a question and answer period, be followed by a herbicide safety and ap- Yellow star thistle, the subject of a free presentation Thurs- day, March 25, at the fairgrounds in Quincy, is making inroads in many of the drier sites in Indian and American valleys. Drier parts of the Crescent Mills Wetland site have been heavily infested, as shown in this photograph. Photo by Terri Rust plication training by the Plumas-Sierra Department of Agriculture. The event will be in the Mineral Building at the Plumas/Sierra County Fair- grounds March 25, starting at 10 a.m. The presentation and training are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tim Gibson at the Department of Agriculture, 283-6365. COMMUNITY CORNER COMMUNITY CALENDAR Thursday, March 18 AA, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House. Quincy. Women's Support Group, Every Thurs., 1-2 p.m., Plumas Crisis Center, 591 Main St., Quincy. Call 283-5515. AI-Anon, 5:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, upstairs in back. For families & friends of al- cohOlics .... Women's Circle, 6-7:30 p.m., PRS offices, 711 E. Main, Quincy, 283-0866. NA, 7 p.m., 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House. Quincy. Troop 130, 7 p.m., Church of Je- sus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 283-3953. Cub Scout Pack 151, various times & locations. Dave Saltel, (916) 425-9489; Inez Robbins, 283-1568. Out & About in Quincy. Group meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday at 9 a.m. in the conference room of the Quincy Library. For more information Mary Weddle, 283-5351. Lions Club, 1st & 3rd Thursdays, noon at Moon's, Quincy. Call 283-0495 Meeting of the Moms play- 64/39 "1 Of sun arid clouds. Hig In the mid 60s mlcl kvs In lhe upper 30s. 8undse Summt 7:12 AM 7:13 PM 61/38 Shlne. Higln8 Idrm  60s and lows In tits upper 3Ol. Earthquake Report February 2S-March 3, 201( By: Charles P, Watson, California Professional Geologist No, 7818 8undlm Ikmaet 7:I0 AM 7:14 PM 59/4O M=my nny. H In  uplt  Imd Ios In  low 40s. Sundae lmmt 7:0Q AM 7:15 PM group. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Episco- pal Church, Lawrence St. 1st & 3rd Thurs. Call Pam Becwar, Women's Mountain Passages, 283-0859 for info. Second Horizon Club, Veteran's Hall, 1 p.m. 1st & 3rd Thurs. Juvenile Justice Commission, noon, every 3rd Thurs., 1446 E. Main, Quincy. Open topublic. Vik- ki Tuck, 283-I 136, for more info. chard House. Quincy. NA, 6:30 p.m., 260 County Hos- pital Road, Courthouse Annex - Orchard House. Quincy.. Emotions Anonymous, 7 p.m., 711 E. Main St., (formerly Drug & Alcohol building, Cemetery Hill, Quincy), 3rd floor confer- ence rm. For all ages struggling with their emotions. For more in- fo: Janae Hutchins, 530-638- pher Hill site, 11 a.m., weather permitting. Call 283-I 145. Every other Sun. Monday, March 22 Spanish Peak Lumber #2 Restoration Project, meets each Mon. & Wed., 9 a.m., Art Barn, Plumas/Sierra Fairgrounds. Call 283-6320 or 283-1978 for info. Commission On Aging,:l p.m. 591 I, jan,.a, elu, tchi0,s@hgtmqi j :,IA, ,meeting, noon, 26QCg.ulty , 284-7206. 3rdrs. each 2nd i .do.' i:irst'rfiting Feb: 191'Cof' .... Hospital Road, Courthous sAn, month, rotates between the four fee & cookies, nex- Orchard House, Quincy. nutrition sites. People 1st, self-advocacy for people with developmental dis- abilities. Champions Pizza, Quin- cy. Social time: 4-5:30 p.m.; meeting, 5:30-7 p.m. Cost for pizza. 3rd Thurs. Quincy Crazy Quilters, 3rd Thurs., 6 p.m., St. John's Catholic Church, 176 Lawrence St. Business meeting, quilting demo or activi- ty, show & tell, refreshments. Call 283-1736. Plumas County Search & Res- cue, 7 p.m., Mineral Building, Plumas County Fairgrounds. 3rd Thurs. Friday, March 19 AA, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- 57/38 More louds then sun. Highs In the up- )er 5(hl lind Iowl In 81e upper 30s. llundOe Sunset 7:07 AM 7:16 PM 5,5/34 Mlx of sun md lotldl. Hlghl In Ihe mid 50s end lows In ne mid 30e. Sundae 8unlet 7:05 AM 7:17 PM California At A Glance Moon Phses :,  ,,, ,n Friiso ,,. -- ..... ...... v. inaex 68/4% ....... : w, 7  .,te Thu 3/18 ; Moderate ', Fd 3/19  Moderate  : Sat 3/20 :::: Moderate '- S-n   ,te Area CItle Anaheim 80 55 ptsunny Mode 75 51 mny ,S'i 72 47 claudy Bakemflekl 78 53 lsunny Moj 77 48 ptmn Sanmmdo 00 52 pew.tony BImtow 80 47 pl luny Imy (14 49 cloudy Sm Diego 711 5(I 131 sunny Bhe 87 57 mstsunny Needles 84 60 1011=army SimFnl (18 4111sumty Chlo 76 47 mid sunny Oetdand 611 50 pt sunny San  71 50 I gunny Coltl Me 78 57 pl sunny Pldmdlle 77 47 pt sunny Sitars  74 53 131 ilunny El Clmlm 87 56 lunny pluladene 82 55 pt sunny Sto 74 48 IX sunny Eurld 59 44 tot sunny Reddlng 79 51 pl lurmy Sulunvlle 62 32 pl sunny Fnmno 75 50 lot sunny RIvenlide 81 51 pt sunny Truckee 50 32 I sunny Angeles 79 56 pt sunny Slctwmeeto 75 49 pt sunny Vlulhl 711 49 pl sunny National Cities AUants 55 42 fl Houston 72 45 rmst sunny Pt B1 54 nt sunny Bo4toe 57 38 sunny LoAngeloe 79 66 ptsueny mFrlmdo { 41} pt''ly Chicago 56 37 pt sunny Mklml 70 52 rldn S4Mlffie 61 37 111111 Didkls 67 42 rrmt sunny IVr*mp 51 35 pt sunny 81. Lols 60 38 pt lunny Denver 64 37 m4t sunny New Yod( 61 41 sunny WMWalg, DC 64 43  lunny AA, 8 p.m., 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House. Quincy. Saturday, March 20 NA, 6:30 p.m., 260 County Hos- pital Road, Courthouse Annex- Orchard House. Quincy. AA, 8 p.m. 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House. Quincy. Dukes of Plumas Cribbage Gang. Meet 10:30 a.m., start play 11 a.m. Ist, 2nd, 4th Satur- days at Mt. Tomba, Cromberg; 3rd Saturdays at Coyote Bar & Grill, Graeagle. Animal Adoptions. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Plumas County Animal Shelter, Quincy. Sunday, March 21 NA, 7 p.m., 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House, Quincy. Trap Shoot, sponsored by Quin- cy Sport Shooting Assoc., Go- Rotary Club, Mineral Building, fairgrounds, noon. Call 283- 2127. Boy Scout Troop 151, Mon., 6 p.m. Scoutmaster Rob Robinette, 283-0858 for location. Duplicate Bridge. Every Mon- day, 6:30 p.m., Resource Center, Blairsden, corner of hwys 70 and 89. Call Ruth Bright, 836-1454 or Jackie Lucky, 836-2232. AA, 7 p.m., Methodist Church in Quincy, upstairs at the back 282 Jackson. Tuesday, March 23 PRS-WIC, Supplemental food & nutrition education for children under 5 & pregnant-nursing women. Every Tues., 10 a.m., Quincy. 283-4093 or (800) WIC- 4093. Board of Supervisors, 10 a.m., Courthouse, Quincy, Ist 4 Tues. AA meeting, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse An- nex - Orchard House, Quincy. C,,eMU..*00u00kem00,0] :--r ": j ,2"_'---r  ._-1"2  . I :uqp . 1U:2U p.m. 11 12:3_Tp.m. 3/2 Burr lt 3/2 kS:,,P=m" : 9:34 p.m. | Ieoaing ,".  :-']|""/Susaville. 2/28 .' " 1.3 .__..,a===--l t---[! "-3/" ..... "' * t/11:30p.m. 12:40p.m..,,..,.Lpm' l , Iplete.r." ". " It, 2/28 " I. %.   "" ";T,'7 /" 3.1 7:10p.m. | N r" (I "Quincy  " 2/25 2../27 w I :-y q. " ,o00o,o./Nit\\; ,, | 'xeCioo. I \\; A %:,/ ; tl...5:17"a.m 12:03 a m "  " . . a .- Reno Magnitude 2.7 1.2 1.0 /  I lCarson City 11.Hp.m. S:2Sp.m. 3:41 p.m. O1 [12 03 e4+ 2/26 /6 2/27 '" I, I Regional 14 2 1 j 18 prevlousweek 14 30i 17 Earthquake activity remained in the upper teens for the second consecutive week and at double-digit figures for the fifth consecutive week. It was also the highest tally in three months. This re- gional elevated condition coinsides with an elevated global seismic state during which the planet experienced a powerful M 8.8 earthquake off the coast of Chile on February 27. Seismic waves from that earthquake arrived here roughly two hours after the initial shock in Chile, shaking the region with a seismic inten- sity of roughly a M Z.5 earthquake for over two hours. The largest earthquake measured M 3.1 and occurred at 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Febru- an/28, along the California-Nevada bor- der near Halelujah Junction. It was cen- tered at a depth of TA miles and passed without any official reports. It was the second M 3 earthquake this year and the third in three months. A string of eight earthquakes occurred between Chester and Highway 32 at Deer Creek. Two measured as large as M 2.7. Soroptimist International of Quincy, Moon's, noon, JoAnne Prince, 283-3302. Overeaters Anonymous meet- ing, 5:15 p.m., 260 County Hos- pital Road, Courthouse Annex - Orchard House, Quincy. NA, 7 p.m., Methodist Church, 282 Jackson St., Quincy. Creative Writing Group, every 4th Tues, 2 p.m. For info, Mary Weddle at jrnwed- dle@earthlink.net or Mary June German, 283-4805. Wednesday, March 24 Spanish Peak Lumber #2 Restoration Project, meets each Mon. & Wed, 9 a.m., Art Barn, Plumas/Sierra Fairgrounds. Call 283-6320 or 283-1978 for info. Library preschool story time, I0:30-I 1:30 a.m. Toastmaster's International, American Valley Chapter. Every Wed, 12-1 p.m., Plumas Bank Credit Administration Confer- ence Room, 32 Central Ave., CHURCHES Calvary Chapel of Quincy 283-4463, 2335 East Main St.,Quincy. Center for Spritual Living, 283-9690, 304 Lawrence & Church St., www.cslquincy.org. Christian Life Fellowship, 283-0345, 317 First St., E. Quincy. Christ the King Episcopal Church, 283-1608, 545 Lawrence St., Quincy. Christ The Redeemer of Indian Valley Episcopal Church, 284-6317, 120 Bush St., Greenville Church of Christ 283-1191,152 E. Jackson St,, Quincy, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 283-2170, 55 Bellamy Ln., Quincy Community United Methodist, 283- 1740, 282 Jackson St., Quincy, www.psln.com/methodist. First Baptist, 283-1160, 74 Reese St., Quincy. Meadow Valley Community Church, 283-4259, 48 Cemetery Rd, Meadow Valley, office: 353 Jackson St, #100, Quincy. Our Savior Lutheran, 283-2546 Church & High Sts., Quincy. Seventh-Day Adventist, 310-2042 or 283-3092, 233 Pine St., Quincy. Springs of Hope Christian Fellow- ship, Pete, 283-1613, or John, 927- 7626, 59 Bell Ln., Quincy. St. John's Catholic Church, 283. 0890, 176 Lawrence St., Quincy. Starlight Missionary Baptist, 283- 1505, 171 Redburg Ave., Quincy. Truth Tabernacle of Quincy, 260. 8006, 2205 East Main St., Quincy. Quincy. For more info, contact Jacky Madarang, 530-283-3970. AA meeting, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse An- nex - Orchard House, Quincy. Senior lunch, Blairsden, noon, Mohawk Community Resource Center. Call 836-0446 for reser- vations. Quincy Community Supper, 6 p.m. every Wed, United Methodist Churc Free. Women's Circle, 6 p.m. every Wed, 586 Jackson St., Quincy. AA, 7 p.m., upstairs in back, Methodist Church, 282 Jackson St., Quincy. La Leche League, 4th Wed., noon, Quincy WlC Clinic. Hope, 993-4813. Elks meeting, Elks Lodge, Hwy. 70, E. Quincy, cocktails 6:30 p.m.; dinner 7 p.m.; meeting 8 p.m.; 2nd & 4th Wed. To change information on this calendar page, please call Eva a t the Feather River Bulletin: 530-283-0800 or email esmall@plumasnews.com. LAST WEEK'S TEMPER.ATURES Date High Low Precip. Snow Mar. 01 61 31 .... Mar. 02 45 40 .12" -- Mar. 03 41 32 .63" tr. Mar. 04 46 28 .5" tr. Mar. 05 49 30 .... Mar. 06 57 32 tr. -- Mar. 07 60 28 .... March 8- March 14 unavailble at press time inches of snow to date and inches precipitation to date. Compiled by Ron Trumbo LAKE LEVELS Lake Almanor *Elevation tCurrent 4,483.12 1 Year Ago 4,480.78 Lake Almanor **Capacity 1"Current 862,149 1 Year Ago 805,795 Bucks Lake *Elevation tCurrent 5,131.15 1 Year Ago 5,136.39 Bucks Lake **Capacity tCurrent 61,763 1 Year Ago 70,020 ,,W rock!" Advanced Geologic Exploration, Inc. Scientists of rhe Earth r 180 Main St. P.O. Box 1956 * Chester * CA 96020 (530)258-4228 m See an archive of ast earthquake reoorts at advancedqeotoqic.com I1 *Elevation above sea level in ft. **Storage in acre ft. tMar. 13, 2010 YMar. 15, 2009