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FEATH R R V / I 1"4C. SM~L.L.. "T',-:, ,,, b " '- .... -r"-' .'=:yF c~HI:-~ t .J ,-i b'..J{:i '9,[i,5(/,g--h:i-L:.,.,?_; nding Areas Since 1866 Wednesday, March 21 2012 Vol. 145, No. 32 Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 530-283-0800 www.plumasnews.com 50 CENTS In the limelight Proprietor Earl Thompson went all out for the opening night of the West End Theatre Friday, March 16, by renting giant Klieg spotlights. The two beams of light crisscrossing the sky could be seen from all over American Valley and beyond. Operating on a generator, they were the only lights in town during a power outage Saturday night. "Parallel Lives," starring Kim Carroll and Tina Terrazas, continues at the theatre March 23 - 25 and March 30 - April 1. Shows start at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $10 for Feather River College students; they are available at Alley Cat Cafe, Epilog Books and Carey Candy Co. Photo by Shannon Morrow Local eal group sa Delaine Fragnoli Managing Editor dfragnoli@plumasnews.com Plumas-Eureka State Park will be open this summer with a full range of services thanks to an agreement between the Plumas-Eureka State Park Association and the California Department of Parks and Recreation. "We're very excited," said Jay Skutt, president of the park association. "It's good for the community. To see the park sit there and not be used would be a tragedy." The park is one of Plumas County's biggest tourist attractions, drawing 50,000 visitors a year, and home to one of its premiere camp- grounds. Under the donor agree- ment, the association will contribute $70,000 over the next two years to park opera- tions. The parks department will continue to provide a ranger, perform needed maintenance and operate the campground. Skutt said the association had enough cash on hand for this year's contribution but will need to raise funds to cover next year's payment. ve par The association will con- tinue to operate the museum store, the source of most of its revenue, along with member- ship dues and donations, and proceeds from Gold Discovery Days, a living history celebration. Skutt emphasized that, un- like a concessions agreement, the donor agreement is a partnership between the two entities. Reaching the agreement was "a long process," Skutt said. "It was nip and tuck," He credits park ranger Scott Elliott and the Graeagle Merchants. Association for their help and support. Among other efforts, the Graeagle merchants sub- mitted a petition with 760 signatures to Gov. Jerry Brown protesting the pro- posed closure of the county's only state park. Ken McMaster, owner of the Gold Rush Gallery in Graeagle and active in efforts to save the parkl said, '~Obviously this is great news. It (the camp- ground) gives us more of a bed base. Hopefully more folks will come up and that will trickle down." See Eureka, page 7A Today: Women's History Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m., Mineral Building at Plumas-Sierra County Far:grounds. Plumas County Museum's annual "March is Women's History Month" program features Maidu educator Trina Cunningham. Menu includes apricot glazed chicken, wild rice pilaf, salads, bread, dessert. Tickets $20, reserva- tions required by March 16. For information, tickets: museum, 283-6320. All-you-can-eat spaghetti feed, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Quincy Elks Lodge No. 1884. Includes salad, French bread. Adults $8, children ages 5 - 12 $5, 4 and under eat free. Tickets avail- able at the front office of the Ranch:to Motel from John and Tracy Wixted, and at the door. Reservations appreciated. For information: the Wixteds, 283-2265. Saturday: Intro to Nia Playshop: Joyful Whole Body Fitness, 9- 11 a.m., Quincy Yoga & Wellness Center at 1690 E Main St. Introduction to principles and craft of Nia, followed by fun, whole body workout. $15 in advance, $20 at the door, or one YWC card punch plus $5. For information: Katie Bagby, 927-8599, kabagby@ yahoo.com. Tuesday: Antarctica slideshow, 7:15 p.m., Townhall Theatre. Linda McDermott will present a See Q, page 6A ,[It!J!i[l[!!llll!!!!!l!!ll, To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 53{}-283-0800 Dan McDonald as a result and is on the brink Staff Writer of bankruptcy. dmcdonald@plumasnews.com In siding with the Forest Service, the arbitrator- An Indian Valley logger Judge Joseph A. Vergilio -- lost another appeal last week said the government agency in his quest to get financial wasn't responsible for Pew's help from the government,losses. Vergilio said Pew's A binding-arbitration ruling bid to log the timber "indi- from a judge in Washington, cates an acceptance of the D.C., sided with the U.S. Forest terms and conditions of the Service in a contract dispute solicitation and contract." with Pew Forest Products.The Forest Service said it The ruling was made was Pew's responsibility to Monday, March 12. do his own cruise (estimate) Owner Randy Pew has of the timber and not rely on been asking the Forest theForest Service's cruise. Service to cover some of the The judge agreed. losses he said his company Pew said he didn't do an sustaineff while trying to independent cruise because salvage timber after the 2007 there wasn't enough time Moonlight Fire. (seven days). He added the Pew said there was much Forest Service had a long less harvestable timber -- history of accurately estimat- particularly valuable incense ing, even underestimating, cedar -- on the site than the timber in its fire sales. Forest Service estimated.So Pew bid for the jOb He said his company lost based on the Forest Service's more than a million dollars cruise. "If (the Forest Service attorney) came up here and tried to be a logger, he wouldn't be very good at it. And me trying to go against him before a judge was pretty much the same thing, t wasn't very good at it." Randy Pew Pew Forest Products The judge ruled that despite the short window of time, Pew was not obIigated to bid on the timber, and that doing so was "a specific business decision." The judge said Pew's claim that he lost more money by purchasing additional units was also a business decision. Sinkhole Caltrans crews establish one-lane controlled traffic through their work site Monday, March 19, after rainstorms caused a sinkhole to open in the westbound lane of Highway 70 about one mile east of Belden. They expected work to be complete by the end of the day, arid delays to be minimal through the short stretch of road involved. Photo by Will Farris "A purchaser dissatisfied with the volume of timber harvested under the original contract areas, or at any time, was not compelled to purchase additional units." Vergilio said the Forest Service contract clearly places the cruise responsi- bility on the bidder. In summarizing the ruling, Vergilio stated Pew "bought included lumber without a guarantee of obtaining the estimated volume of incense cedar or any other, or all, species." He added that Pew "has identified no viable basis for relief related to the alleged shortfalls in volume under the terms and conditions of the contract." Vergilio's decision is expected to go before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals this week. But Pew said he didn't hold out much hope. "I'm assuming they li Alicia Knadler Indian Valley Editor aknadler@plumasnews.com Blood and gore and the blank stares of his baby and adult goats is what greeted Genesee youth Paul Astles when he went to do his chores in the barn before school Monday, March 12. It was a full-scale slaughter of kids and adults. "It was a mess in there," said a fellow rancher who saw it. Astles is the same young man who lost several goats to mountain lions in late January: There were four lions together on that hunt, accord- ing to Heather Kingdon, the neighbor whose border collie puppy was snatched off .the porch by a lion the day before: That lion was killed with the dog's body still in will accept the judge's deci- sion," he said. However, Pew said, "we're not done." He said his company has another claim against the Forest Service for losses incurred during the helicopter portion of the salvage operation. Plumas National Forest Deputy Supervisor Laurence Crabtree, who has been openly sympathetic to Pew's predicament, declined to com- ment about the arbitration ruling. In an email to Forest Ser- vice staff members, Crabtree said "(Supervisor Earl Ford) and I again want you to know that we appreciate all the work that was done on this difficult situation. These are trying times for many in our communities." Pew said if his company goes bankrupt it would have See Pew, page 7A ill In its mouth. Kingdon saw three lions that were probably a mother and her young, and another adult, a rather skinny female. She was afraid this new kill was another group hunt, unheard of in mountain lions, but a professional tracker doesn't think so. "I saw one track, a big one," he said before preparing for yet another night hunt Tuesday, March 13. A lion's modus operandi is to partially bury its kill and return to feed at a later time, probably the next night. And that is exactly when the hunter met the biggest tomcat he'd ever seen in his life. "It was a monster cat," he said. Estimates were that it weighed close to 200 pounds. Lions do not hunt in See Lion, page 7A j,,