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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, March 21, 2012 7A : [ Brian Kingdon and Van Probst hang onto a monster tomcat killed Tuesday, March 13, one day after a full-scale slaughter of goats was discovered when the young boy who owned them went out to do the morning chores. Photos by Heather Kingdon LION, from page 1A groups, that is one thing he and the experts at the Depart- ment of Fish and Game agree on. DFG public information officer Andrew Hughan was emphatic about that and refus .~ to vakidate the possi- bility of a2group hunt by other than a mother and her young. "There is no history, sci- ence or evidence to support that," he said. "Mountain lions are solitary animals." This makes the sixth moun- tain lion killed in Indian Valley since late January. The fifth one was killed in the Williams Valley area of Greenville in late February. To learn more and find safety tips, visit the DFG mountain lion information page at dfg.ca.gov/news/ issues/lion. Heather Kingdon authored a guest post about this ex- perience Thursday, March 15, on thebeefjar.com. Scroll down the page to see her story titled "Guest Post: Hand and paw profiles demonstrate the size and power of the lion, estimated to weigh 200 pounds. Active Environmentalist." Family friends set up a bank account for those interested in helping young Astles re-start his goat busi- ness. Donations may be sent to Fundraiser for Paul Astles, c/o Plumas Bank, Greenville Branch, P.O. Box 612, Green- ville, CA 95947. Those who see a mountain lion near their homes or barns may call 911, or (888) 334-2258. The Committee for Indian Valley Ducks Unlimited would like to announce that due to other organizations using these Winter/ @ Spring months for their event banquets, it would be in our best interest to re-slate our banquet for another date. Our event has been in April for the past 15+ years with great success, thanks to all of you. But times have changed, as everyone knows, and we feel that a change of date will help us keep our dinner a success, if not exceed past events! Our new date for the Indian Valley Ducks Unlimited Banquet is Saturday, Sept. 8th, at the Greenville Town Hall in Greenville. We hope that all of our attendees and supporters will continue to help us keep this event a great success! Again, thank you to all of you for helping us preserve wetlands for waterfowl for generations to follow. We are also looking for new committee members, young or old, motivated to help us with our event! If interested, we will be meeting on Saturday, April 7th, at the Way Station in Greenville at lpm. For more information call 284-1355. Look for our banquet flyers in July or August. Have a great Spring/Summer and we'll see you in September! DUCKS UNLIMITED Thanks, The Committee for the Indian Valley Chapter of Ducks Unlimited Up-to-the-minute forecast and road conditions at plumasnews.com I PEW, from page 1A a devastating effect on the Greenville community. He said it would amount to a loss of 30 jobs and more than $1 million in revenue for local businesses. Pew and his son Jared Pew, along with consultant Bill Wickman, presented their case to the arbitrator March 7. The testimony was present- ed via a video conference with Vergilio in Washington. The Forest Service was rep- resented by attorney James Rosen, and also received tes- timony from its contracting officer, Elaine Gee. Gee rejected Pew's original claim Oct. 13, 2011. At the request of Crabtree, the Forest Service conducted another cruise, using one of its inspectors from Oregon. The results of that cruise, which were released Dec. 16, 2011, found the Forest Ser- rice's original 2008 cruise estimates were within its established margin of error, although the inspector re- ported, "Incense cedar defect was most likely under- estimated by 10 to 15 percent." The inspector also reported, "The incense cedar appears to be more .variable acrossthe sale area than the major species. The sampling error, just for incense cedar, is esti- mated at 34 to 37 percent, compared to 13 to 18 percent for the rest of the species." Pew said the cedar esti- mates were closer to 75 percent short. He said the absence of that valuable timber accounted for much of his losses. Pew said in January 2012 that his biggest regret was trusting that the Forest Ser- vice's cruise was accurate. "I had no reason to ques- tion their cruise, because they have always done such a good job," Pew said at the time. "But I've never been in- volved in a timber sale that had 8 million feet of cedar in it," he said. "I will say that is one thing we didn't have a lot of experience in. If we had an 8 million foot cedar sale in the past, we would have prob- ably known that the Forest Service's way of cruising it is wrong." Pew critical of the process Pew said he was "misled by the Forest Service." He said he was encouraged to enter the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process after meeting with Regional Forester Randy Moore in December. Pew said he believed Moore and the Forest Service's attorney James Rosen were "sincerely trying to help" him. He said that was the reason he agreed to the ADR process. "I came out of that meeting with Randy Moore feeling really good," Pew said. "He said they (Forest Service) would try to find some timber for us to log to help offset our losses. "He said we needed to do the ADR. He said that was the best answer to solving this, and that he would do every- thing he could to expedite the process." arbitration ruling against Pew Forest Products. Pew said he "knew he was in trouble" when he traveled to San Francisco to meet Forest Service attorney Rosen. "(Rosen) was totally differ- ent than he was on the phone (during the meeting with Moore)," Pew said. "That guy was as cold as cold could possibly be. "Rosen said, 'I don't care about you, I don't care about your family, the people who work for you or your coun- ty,'" Pew said. "He said, 'I don't care if the Forest Service estimates were 100 percent off.' He said it was his case now and he was going to win it." Rosen disputed Pew's recol- lection of their meeting. "(Rosen) confirmed for me that he did not say that," Forest Service spokesman ,John Heft said. "He said, 'We do care. However, there is a body of law that deals with how contracts are carried out.'" Pew said he left the meeting with Rosen "shell- shocked." "Trying to go against (Rosen) at that point was probably foolish," Pew said. "I felt like I had been set up. But I didn't think there was any way to get out of it. "If (Rosen) came up here and tried to be a logger, he wouldn't be very good at it," Pew said. "And me trying to go against him before a judge was pretty much the same thing. I wasn't very good at Pew said based on Moore's it." recommendation, he agreed Pew said he didn't hire an to the process, which ulti-attorney because he couldn't mately resulted in the affordone. EUREKA, from page 1A McMaster said he definitely noticed a drop in business last summer when the park was closed for a cleanup of toxic materials, primarily arsenic, lead and mercury left over from the days when the site was a working gold mine The cleanup came after several years of uncertainty and setbacks at the park. In 2008, PESP made then- Gov. Schwarzenegger's list of 28 parks to shutter. But locals protested en masse to save their beloved state park. The California parks department said it received more letters regarding PESP than any other park. In August 2010 the park's fully booked campground was closed when a plague- carrying rodent was discov- ered at the park. That closure occurred immediately before the popular Railroad Days weekend, but officials were able to reopen the camp- ground in time for the fully booked Labor Day weekend. That success was short- lived. In 2011, the park once again appeared~,gn the list of proposed closures. But clo- sure became a moot point last summer when a long-planned hazardous materials cleanup commenced. The cleanup took longer than expected because late and heavy snows delayed the start of the Environmental Protection AgenCy's planned work. Skutt said a little bit. of the EPA work still needed to be finished, but the park is now on schedule to open by mid-June. The Plumas-Eureka deal is the latest in a series of agreements between the state parks department and community groups or local governmental entities. In February, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors unani- mously supported a depart- ment plan to use parking fees to keep South Yuba River State Park open. Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve and Henry W. Coe State Park are among the other state parks that will remain open thanks to negotiated agree- ments. Also in February, the parks department offered a series of workshops to find partners and released a "Partnership Workbook for Operating Agreements" to guide groups through the process. It appears old man winter may have passed us by, but at any rate, is your family car ready for the cold and the coming warmer weather? I *Change Oil & Filter (up to 5 qts) *Rotate Tires needed) *Brake Check (w ' ut.heen puu0 *Cooling System Check *50 pt. General Inspection & lube "' A$100.00 VALUE I -.