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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, March 21, 2012 51B On ooling with the b r ASK GEORGE GEORGE VALVERDE Director. CA, Dept of Motor Vehicles Do you have questions about general driving-relat- ed requirements like regis- tration and insurance? Are you unclear about laws and restrictions related to dri- ving? The California Depart- ment of Motor Vehicles has answers. Save time by going online at Q" I commute more than 60 miles daily for my job. My wife and I just had a baby and are considering a day care center near my place of work where I can drop off our baby and pick him up af- ter work. Will it be legal for me to use the carpool lanes while he's riding with me in his car seat? A: Congratulations on the A: You will be required toA: Slow down there, cow- birth of your baby! I have complete a vision test and a boy. While it is perfectly le- good news for you; there is written test. Whether or not gal to ride your horse on Cal- no age limit for the carpool you have to take a drive test ifornia's roadways, accord- lane. It is perfectly legal for will be determined by the ing to Vehicle Code 21050, you to drive in the carpool field office personnel where you are subject to the same lane with a newborn in your you apply. A number of fac- rules as motor vehicles, car, and still be in compli- tors, such as the results of when applicable. This means ance. However, many car- ' your vision test and your that it is illegal for you to pool lane requirements now written test, as well as the ride in excess of the posted dictate that three people answers to the health ques- speed limit. Conversely, the must be in the vehicle fo be tions on the Driver License same law applies if you are able to legally access the car- Application, will determine riding too slowly for the pool lane; make sure you the need for a drive test. A posted speed limit, e.g., rid- check what the occupant re- full-term license expires on ing 35 mph in a 65 mph zone. quirement is for the area you the fifth birthday from the You can find more informa- travel. Good luck on your date of application, tion about this and other speedier commute and re- You may wish to review state vehicle codes online at member that you can find California's Senior Happy trails, more information on carpool Handbook available on our partner! lanes and other California website, Q: I have a Chevy Vega road laws online at Q: I live in a very rural that is currently registered, area and like to ride my but not operational. I plan to Q: I am 84 years old and horse around town for fun.keep it parked, but want to will be moving to California There are some areas with a cancel my auto insurance. from Arizona. Will I have to posted 25 miles per hour Do I need to report this to take a behind the wheel test, speed limit and my horse DMV? a written test and an eye test can actually gallop at 35 A: Yes, prior to canceling to get my driver license? mph. Am I subject to the your insurance, the vehicle How long will my California same speeding laws while must be currently regis- license be valid? riding a horse? tered, and you must file an TALES FROM THE SHELTER PLUMAS COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER 283-3673 lunte We know many people who won't come into the shelter to voluntee/" with the ani- ,m-a!, .~ b~cau~j ust too sad to experience. Too sad to see those eyes and hear the vocalizations of animals who desperately need the contact of people. But to the core of people who do enter and en- gage with the lost souls there sometimes most times -- the rewards outweigh our personal discomfort, Each of us are there be- cause we feel each animal deserves to have some kind human contact; some digni- ty; some exercise; the right to live in an unfouled envi- ronment and to not be locked away for hours a day in the dark with no human interac- tion. The volunteers do it for the good of the animals pe- riod. The only benefit our volunteers receive is the urge tuniti thanks of the caged and ken- neled cats and dogs. Many times people will tell us they are too "sensitive" to come to the shelter and that they couldn't bear to see the animals. We understand, but life is messy and sometfmes uncomfortable and what so- ciety produces we feel we all need to take responsibility for. Believe us there is great satisfaction in going into the kennel area and knowing all the bodies there are really happy to see you! We do have dogs that won't be released again dogs mandated in "lock-down" by the sheriff and staff and who may be headed for euthanasia -- but even those lost lives respond positively to a cookie slid un- der the door or a chew stick to make an hour pass more normally. Many times people tell us they don't want to deal with staff or the powers at the sheriffs department and they won't volunteer for those reasons. After the ini- tial interview by the AC offi- cer and the background check by the assistant sheriff the opportunity to work with the other volunteers solely is always viable. Volunteers staff the shelter every night from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and our OLD COIN COLLECTIONS... Pre-1965 Silver Coins, Proof Sets, Old Currency, Pre-1936 Silver Dollars, 10k-24k Gold, All Gold Coins FREE APPRAISALS CASH PAID We come to you Over 20 years in coin business References available Call 530-589-3585 leave message : . or 530-370-0101 for appointment at t .,.and much more is just I lter Saturday program from 10 cat and dog surgeries so far a.m. to 2 p.m. has been ongo- and we still have another ing for close to two years. If seven to distribute. Please you care about the animals call Rose at 283-1345 if you but aren't physically able to need to take advantage of help, Friends has opportuni- having Friends pay $30 of ties for everyone fundrais- your animal's surgery costs. ing, grant writing, clerical, We are most happy to help staffing the desk, etc. those who might find the Right now we luckily don't surgery costs daunting and have a lot of animals in the we are excited to be part of shelter to care for, but that the solution of animal over- can change swiftly and the population in the county. more volunteers who are Friends of the Plumas signed up and ready to help County Shelter Animals is a the better for the animals. So 501(c)(3) nonprofit corpora- comeby the shelter, pickup -- tion and all'donations are a volunteer packet and make ..... ~tax-deductible. All monies the first step toward better- donated go directly to the ing the life of an animal! care and comfort of the shel- The initial response to the ter animals; no money goes spay/neuter vouchers of- toward salaries or adminis- fered by Friends of the Shel- trative fees. Friends is not a ter Animals and the other county entity. Donations can rescue groups in the county be sent to Friends, P.O. Box was wonderful. Friends has 182, Quincy, CA 95971. given out 17 "vouchers" for Thank you. It's our 5th andthe Sunday, April 1 st Take advantage of our Easter Egg Extravaganza Pick an egg and save 10-25% off regularly priced merchandise. Drawing Prizes Refreshments * Local Musicians MAIN STREET STYLES 515 W. Main St., Quincy * 530-283.0940 Tues.-Fri.: 10am-6pm Sat.: 10am-4pm Sun. & Mon.: Closed Affidavit of Non-Use with the department. This can be filed online at sblS00anu.htm or a REG 5090 can be completed and mailed to DMV. If you decide to op- erate your vehicle again, you can use this same process to notify DMV. Note that filing this affidavit is different than filing a Planned Non- Operation (PNO) status. The PNO must be filed in lieu of paying registration fees pri- or to the vehicle registration expiration date or within 90 days of the registration expi- ration date. For more infor- mation, visit sbl500anu.htm. Q: Vehicle license plates in New York have an image of the Statue of Liberty, Pennsylvania has the Liber- ty Bell, while Georgia's plates have peaches, the state fruit. Why don't Cali- fornia license plates show a bear, which is our state ani- mal? A: In the past, California license plates such as the Sun Plate have contained graphics, but such graphics were eliminated to reduce the cost of producing stan- dard license plates. There are a number of special plates with graphics that can be purchased for use on a vehicle. Additional infor- mation on this subject is CLICK AWAY .... available at Q: I received a notice that it is time for my car to get its biennial smog check. I know that due to some mechanical issues it will not pass the test. Can I hold off paying the fees that are due if it can't be smogged? A: This is a great question. However, while it is reason- able for you to assume you can wait to pay your regis- tration until you have your smog certificate; the fee is due regardless of the smog check results. Failure to pay on the due date will result in late fees. If your vehicle does fail the smog test you can ob- tain a $50 temporary operat- ing permit (TOP). This will allow you to continue to op- erate your vehicle for up to 60 days from the date of reg- istration expiration, allow- ing you time to make repairs and have your vehicle retest- ed at the smog station. You may also qualify for the Bu- reau of Automotive Repair (BAR) Consumer Assistance Program and if accepted, the $50 fee can be waived. For more information on how you can acquire a TOP, visit us online at and BAR at The DMV is a department under the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, which is under the direction of Acting Undersec- retary Traci Stevens. It's never too early or never too late to think about the warmth a Wood. Gag .......... 2019 East Main St., Quincy ~~a~!~, 283-2929 And Oil Filters Chester Transfer Station 3 Chester Dump Road at Hwy 36 & A- 13- Greenville Transfer Station 300 Greenville Dump Rd. Hwy 89 Greenville East Quincy Transfer Station 39 Abernathy Lane Hwy 70, East Quincy .... Graeagle Transfer Station 920: ..... Delibker Transfer Station ?3980 Industrial Way : Delleker