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B I atom m Vol. 148, No, 32 www.plumasnews.com 530-283-0800 e Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Trail stewards--- Since its formation in 2003, the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship has transformed accessibility in Plumas and Sierra County forests. Already accomplished, the organization has much more planned./Page 1B Perspective: Sunshine Week -- A week built around the birthday of James Madison celebrates public knowledge and promotes open government./Page 6B Greenville angels: A Greenville club volleyball team honors the memory of its former coach./Page 1C tlllmmumlm Bo rd balks at Bucks, trails Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Four months after the Plumas County Board of Supervisors heard arguments fo]" and against proposed trails at Bucks Lake, they heard many of the same pros and cons again. Cabin owners and recreation enthusiasts packed the boardroom March 10, just as many had during the last go ! nt will II Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com The California Energy Commission is awarding $2,6 million to the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment to build a small biomass plant between Feather River College and the county's health and human services building in Quincy. "I was thrilled," said Jonathan Kusel, executive director of the Sierra Institute. Kusel has been working on building a network of small biomass plants throughout the county that would provide heat and power to local entities. "We had the second highest rated prop.osal in the state," Kusel said. "I take pride in this." When the plant is built, it will provide heat for the Feather River College dorms, and will provide electricity and heat to augment the geothermal system at the health and human services building. Kusel estimates that it will save the county $40,000 to $45,000 annually in electric bills. Though deriving heat and power from biomass is a proven concept, this will be the first of installation of its type in the state: "That's why the CEC is supportive," Kusel said: Construction should get underway this year and Kusel is hopeful that the plant will be operational in 2016. Facilities Director Dony Sawchuk, who is responsible for the health and human services building, is enthusiastic about the potential for utility savings. "This is perfect timing," Sawchuk said. "We were looking at propane." Forest debris and green waste will fuel the biomass plant. "It's a way to improve the forests, save the county money and produce jobs," Kusel said. Supervisor Lori Simpson, who has been involved in the process, said the notification of the award "was really good news." "I was just so excited," she said. "The grant being funded is going to bring a lot of new opportunities. I'm real excited to see the possibilities." This fa~;adecourtesydeSign fOrTommythe '_" ":, ,'~ !' ~'; '. '~ 1~~t/ ~ V Y~-~ building to be constructed 'i in the burned empty lot in downtown Quincy was "'" : " :.. '. ".i - ." :: : approved by the Quincy Design Review Committee ~' . ' . ' " .. " .... . on March 12. Tommy and :"; "... :" ,.',' "'".': " ": . '. "" ". $1GI G.E. . ";" " ":: "" v .. ' ... " ...: , m CarolMiles, owners of thelot, hopeto begin ~ ~" ;::"i:' ":: I" I i! ["ii l'lil"t''~ 'il;l: 'i ~ 'i'i'l"':ii-I~'ij'~i"" I _l.'. I' i; i' ";': "." -4I~ construction this spring, but are waiting for a settlement i'. "'.. i i,,,i, /S I.ll'l',i..i.'.'.','.',:.""J.!/~ ..."y., from their insurance ' ~" "I " " ",, " '; ' " ~ company. Design plan ""' .., , i~ ..,t/d,.l - ": I " "".:,' i" ". ",: . ' ,,/, ' i "" " ' // # I and.Carol Miles I~i / " ~" S~ /~ ":" " ~ ~U. James Wilson building that burned during a for a one-story building to be before happen again, still unsure about is'what Staff Writer December 2014 f'n'e, built in the same footprint as "It's going to be amazingly colors he will use on the new jwilson@plumasnews.com "We're excited to finally be the old Great Northern fire resistant," said Miles. building. moving with this," Tommy building. The ceilings will be The facade that faces Main "I haven't picked out colors The Quincy Design Review Miles said. slightly higher than those in Street will feature rockwork yet," he said. "What I can tell Committee approved a Though the design is a go, the last building, on the bottom, windows in you is I like muted colors. I building design March 12 Miles is still waiting on Another feature is it will be the mid-section and a stucco don't like stark colors and I presented by Cornerstone litigation involving insurance constructed with all masonry finish on top. The top-middle don't like trendy colors." Learning owners Tommy and companies to be resolved. He walls. The front and back will will arch, with a decorative An extra feature Miles said Carol Miles. The learning said he hopes construction have a stucco finish, and both art feature made from stained he plans to install is a center will be built in will begin this spring, sides will feature exposed glass paralleling its curves, video-monitoring system on downtown Quincy on the site The building design, brick and grout. The aim is to Though plans are of the former Great Northern unanimously approved, calls not let what happened to it completed, one aspect Miles is See Design, page,4A around Nov, 12, 2014. The county's facilities director, Dony Sawchuk, summed up the concerns voiced by cabin owners as parking, traffic congestion, motorized use, water supply and stream damage. Expressed benefits included access to better vistas, improved economy, safe travel routes, increased tourism and organized traffic and parking. Following Sawchuk's remarks, Board Chairman Kevin Goss invited the public to speak about the proposed trail system that would connect the existing Bucks Creek Loop to other areas, including Lakeshore, Rocky Ridge, Inspiration Point and Big Trees. The proposed nonmotorized trail system would run 6.19 miles. The Stewardship Council, a private nonprOfit formed in 2004 as part of a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. settlement, gave funds to the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship to conduct a feasibility study on building See Bucks, page 4A To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 escuers respond to On Monday morning, just after 5:30 a.m., a logging truck accident on Highway 89 between Canyon Dam and Greenville resulted in a fatality. Terence Eck, 40, of Princeton, was pronounced dead at the scene. At approximately 5:35 a.m., Eck was driving a fully loaded 2014 Kenworth logging truck southbound, just north of Greenviile-Woif Creek Road. According to a report Deputy Phil Shannon and local emergency responders work together to free the victim's body after a fatal truck accident on Highway 89 between Greenville and Canyon Dam on March 16. Photo by Miriam S. Cody I logging truck "dent Mond y provided by the California Highway Patrol, Eck was driving at a speed greater than.is reasonable or prudent for the descending and winding roadway. Eck lost control of the truck as he attempted to negotiate a curve to the right, crossed over into the northbound lane and overturned the truck, causing the load to spill onto the east dirt shoulder. The vehicle continued forward and traveled off the east road edge and onto a descending dirt shoulder and ditch. Trapped in his vehicle, Eck was declared deceased by responding paramedics at the scene.