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prepares to m Five arrested in drug busts -- i NC:. SMF:fl...L_ "I"(3Ni",I l::'i:~~ Servln and ,S J ~" - Vol. 148, No. 33 www.plumasnews. . ,,, - ,,,,arch 25, 2015 Fai~ and Today: League of Women Voters of Plumas County meeting, 6 p.m., Plumas County Library. Featuring presentation by Bob Kingman, of Sierra Nevada Conservancy, reporting on recent statewide meeting. For information: Susan Christensen, 283-2424; Jane Braxton Little, 284-6516. -:-.. Inaugural Seed Film Festival, ~'iI 7 p.m., Science 104at Feather River College. FRC Sustainability Action Team presents event as part of spring Environmental Film Series. Free, open to the public; beverages, popcorn provided. For information: Dr. Darla DeRuiter, 283-0202, ,. ext. 262, Tomorrow: Evening of wine, spirits and chocolate; 5 - 8 p.m.; Carey Candy Co. at 91 Bradley St. Fundraiser for KQNY 91.9 Plumas Community Radio. Suggested donation $10 per person; must be 21 or older. Show event wristband at Moon's Restaurant to receive 10 percent off meal. For information: Friday: Townhall meeting, 11 a.m., Plumas County Library at 445 Jackson St. Sen. Ted Gaines, Assemblyman Brian Dahle discuss goals. For inform ation: v, 916-933-7213. See Q, page 5A To subscribe to the Bulletin, i call 530-283-0800 James Wilson Staff Writer When the Forest Service passed the Travel Management Rule i0 years ago, it resulted in restricting access to thousands of roads and trails previously used by motorized vehicles. Now, a legal team and a group of plaintiffs hope to get that ruling reversed. Pacific Legal Foundation, a nonprofit legal organization, a lavcsuit Forest Service on March 18 for blocking recreational "When they start closing off access to the forest, they're denying access to the owners -- us. The public is the forest's owner; the Forest Service is its steward." Sherrie Thrall District 3 Supervisor routes in the Plumas National Forest. PLF listed Plumas and Butte counties, the Sierra Access Coalition, the California Off-Road Vehicle Association, Pleas resident Corky Lazzarino and Yolo County resident Amy Granat as plaintiffs in the 46-page court document. The document lists all levels of the Forest Service as defendants ~ from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to current Plumas National Forest Supervisor Earl Ford. In 2005, the Forest Service issued the Travel Management Rule, requiring each national forest to identify and designate roads, trails and areas that are open to motor vehicle use. PLF senior staff attorney Ted Hadzi-Antich said this set the Forest Service in motion to deny accessibility to certain areas. "Before 2005, any roads not specifically prohibited to motorized vehicles were allowed. After 2005, any roads that did not specifically allow motorized vehicles were prohibited." In 2010, the Plumas National Forest issued its public motorized travel management record of decision and environmental impact statement, which showed which roads and trails were designated for See Lawsuit, page 4A For the love of books Third-grader Tyson McGirr purchases another book at the Quincy Elementary School Book Fair held last week. In all, he bought seven books, including some for his friends. The event is hosted by the'Parent Cooperative Organization. Photo by Debra Moore Debra Moore Staff Writer Plumas County supervisors avoided split decisions March 17, and that proved fortuitous for agenda items that required a four-fifths vote, since there were only four board members in attendance. District 1 Supervisor Terry Swofford was not present. In all, the supervisors approx~ed four agenda items requiring four "yes" votes, involving money transfers or supplemental budgets for the following departments: Mental Health, Facility Services, Public Health and Building. The board authorized the Mental Health Department to use $3.1 million of its fund balance to implement the three-year Mental Health Services Act plan previously approved by the supervisors. Facilities Director Dony Sawchuk sought and received authorization to replace the roof on the armory building at a cost of $100,000. Insurance will pay for the damage caused by the Feb. 6 windstorm, but until the check arrives, money will be taken from the county's general fund and then reimbursed. "It's absolutely critical; we need to maintain the armory," said Supervisor Sherrie Thrall. She said the county purchased the building as a potential site for a new courthouse and thus did little to maintain it over the years because it was thought the building would BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ROUNDUP be torn down. But since that is no longer probable, and the SherifFs Office is using the building to store evidence and equipment, it needs repairs. The board also approved a contract with SHI Roofing out of Greenville to do the work. Public Health presented a supplemental budget for money it received but didn't anticipate in its original spending plan. The money will be used to augment services for veterans and seniors. The building department received $20,000 more in construction permits than originally budgeted and the board authorized the funds to pay for contract engineers. 60 days better than 30 The supervisors are supporting an effort by state Assemblyman Jay Obernolte to give residents more time to pay the annual California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection fire prevention fee. "Due to the rural nature of those being billed, many individuals do not receive their bills in a tirnely manner," read a portion of See Board, page 4A Building official defends requiring engineer review Debra Moore Staff Writer Building Official John Cunningham's request to spend $20,000 of unanticipated revenue to pay for contract engineers raised the question: Does the county need them? Initially Cunnihgham's request during the board's March 17 meeting drew positive responses. "Unanticipated revenue gotta love that," said Board ChairmanKevin Goss. "We're always happy to get more money," said Supervisor Sherrie Thrall. But then the tone changed. "Is this to cover contract engineers?" asked Supervisor Jeff Engel. When he learned that it was, he said, ".I've had a problem with this for 20 years. When you take a set of plans to the building department, it already has an engineer's stamp on it." Thrall said she has heard the same complaint from her area. "It's a pretty common question," Cunningham responded, and said that there are often "significant structural errors" in the plans that the department reviews. He cited an example of a recent submittal: if the structure had been built as See Building, page 4A Spring is springing Flowering plums near the corner of Main and Church streets in downtown Quincy come alive with color on the first day of spring, March 20. Photo by James Wilson