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4A Wednesday, March 25,201 5 Feather River Bulletir BUILDING, from page 1A engineered, the building would have failed under heavy snows. "I've been on both sides of the counter," Cunningham said. "if I were submitting a set of plans, I would want them reviewed by another engineer." Engel said he was concerned by the redundancy as well as the time it takes to turn around a set of plans. Cunningham said that if the plans are complete, the turnaround can be swift, but often the building department is blamed when the fault lies with an incomplete set of plans. Roberta Allen, the county's risk manager, asked if the county would be liable if a structure failed after a permit had been issued by the building department. "No," said County Counsel Craig Settlemire. "The lic Plumas County Public Health Agency is organizing $4-a-Day Challenge to raise awareness about what life can be like for millions who struggle to maintain, a balanced, healthy diet on a limited budget. Community members from all Walks of life in Plumas County are encouraged to accept the challenge to eat healthfully on just $4 per day for one week. Challenge participants might find they have to make difficult choices in the grocery store, and eating well on a limited budget can be difficult. One purpose of the $4-a-Day Challenge is to highlight how difficult it can be to avoid hunger, afford nutritious foods and stay healthy when money gets agency tight. The 2015 U.S. Federal Poverty Guidelines define poverty as an annual income of $11,770 for a single person or $24,250 for a family of four. But even people not living within this defmition of poverty may not have enough to make ends meet. The USDA defines food insecurity thus: "At times during the year, the food intake of household members is reduced and their normal eating patterns are disrupted because the household lacks money and other resources for food." In other words, food runs out before a family has money to .buy more, balanced meals are not affordable or meal sizes are purposely reduced to make food last longer. This is the experience for 1 in 6 announces i Plumas County residents and 1 in 4 children living in the community. The goal of the challenge is to start a conversation about this reality in Plumas County. A common misperception is that people who are food insecure are unemployed and homeless. But today's reality is that the hungry are almost always employed. In 2012, 60 percent of all food-insecure Americans lived in households with a full-time worker; another 15 percent lived in households with a part-time worker. In today's economy, the costs of transportation, heating, housing and medical care have alI gone up relative to the cost of food. It is now far too common for people to be both employed and hungry, said the Public Health Agency. Participants of the $4-a-Day Challenge are encouraged to share their experiences, thoughts and reactions to the challenge on the Plumas Health and Wellness Facebook page. Photographs, inexpensive healthy recipe ideas and food budgeting tips are encouraged as postings. Staff members of Plumas County Public Health Agency, including Public Health Director Mimi Hall and her family of five, will be taking the challenge. They will all share their experiences throughout the challenge, and will make a variety of resources available through the Plumas Health and Wellness Facebook page. The $4-a-Day Challenge begins Sunday, April 5, and allenge ends Sunday, April 26. Participants are invited to Choose any seven consecutive days during this period to take the challenge. Visit Facebook.com/PlumasHealth to review challenge guidelines and share experiences. To learn more about the $4-a-Day Challenge, join the conversation at the free screening of the documentary "A Place at the Table" at the Town Hall Theatre on Wednesday, April 1, at 7 p.m. This film explores hunger and food insecurity in America, and deals with many topics the $4-a-Day Challenge seeks to address. Those unable to attend the event can direct questions to Zach Revene at zachrevene@county ofplumas.com. i,.- building department's liability is to enforce the building code." Cunningham said that his department is responsible not just to the original owner of the structure, but also to, first responders and subsequent owners to ensure that a building is sound. "It's not a liability, but a responsibility," Cunningham said. "We have a moral obligation not to shirk our responsibilities." That being said, Cunningham said he is required to enforce some rules that he would prefer not to. "If it were my choice, I wouldn't Tequire residential fire sprinklers, but it comes to us as state law." The request required a four-fifths vote to pass and Supervisor Terry Swofford was absent from the meeting. In the end, Engel joined the other board members present to approve the request. LAWSUIT, from page 1A motorized use. Not listed on the 2010 statement were thousands of user-made trails and roads previously used by motorized vehicles. The statement made those roads off limits for motorized vehicles. A press release issued by PLF states that the lawsuit argues the U.S. Forest Service violated the National Environmental Policy Act and the Administrative Procedure Act by blocking access to much of Plumas National Forest without a careful, factually specific review of environmental impacts, including consequences for the public. Hadzi-Anticttsaid the Plumas National Forest did not consider the effect the 2010 statement would have on recreation in the forest, accessibility for disabled people and access for residents that depend on the DRIVEWAY MAINTENANCE SLURRY SEALCOATING SSlH OIL HOT CRACK FILLING PATCHING STRIPPING FREE ESTIMATES SERVING ALL OF PLUMAS COUNTY 29581 HWY 89, CANYON DAM, CA 95923 C-12 CA LIC. #782465 530 - 284 - 1474 Postal Service: USPS (No. 188-550.) Periodicals postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Location and hours: 287 Lawrence St.; Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Office is open Men. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. How to contact us: All departments: (530). 283-0800. FAX: (530) 283-3952. 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"It also adversely affects numerous commercial interests in Plumas and Butte Counties that derive income from providing services related to motorized vehicle use and recreation," Hadzi-Antich stated in the PLF press release. The lawsuit lists 12 claims for relief against the Forest Service. The PLF court document presents its case regarding accessibility for disabled people through the situation of one of its plaintiffs, Amy Granat. Granat is the managing director of the California Off-Road Vehicle Association, a nonprofit that advocates for responsible recreation on public lands. Granat has an autoimmune disease known as pemphigus vulgaris. Granat underwent chemotherapy treatment, which caused infections in her legs and limited her ability to walk. Granat said she found that engaging in various activities in Plumas National Forest helped her deal with her disease. "The mountains fulfill something in my soul," she said. "The forest is not meant to be off limits to humans, it's supposed to enhance our lives." Due to her trouble walking, some of Granat's favorite areas to recreate were only available to her by using motorized vehicles. Once motorized use in those areas was banned, the areas were essentially closed offto her. "The Forest Service was callous in their disregard for how this would affect people," Granat said. "It became clearer and clearer these past years their goal was to eliminate motorized access." Corky Lazzarino and the Sierra Access Coalition have fought for access to public lands since 2006, when Lazzarino's husband, Mike Lazzarino, formed SAC. After Mike died in 2010, Corky took on the role of SAC executive director. Lazzarino, along with Granat, are named as individual plaintiffs in addition to their organizations being named. "Our legal counsel wants to demonstrate to the judges how individuals are affected by the Travel Management Rule as well," Lazzarino explained. She'said SAC had planned to file suit against the Forest Service for quite some time, but hit some major roadblocks on the way. "We were originally going to Eile alone," Corky noted. "We found an attorney, but he was going to charge us something like $300,000." SAC approached Plumas and Butte counties about joining forces. County supervisors got involved due to residents' continued levels of frustration with the Forest Service. "We feel the forest didn't adequately fulfill the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act," said Sherrie Thrall, Plumas County District 3 supervisor. "At that time (the Forest Service) did not coordinate with the county." Thrall said Plumas County has disagreed with the Forest Service's decision since 2005. "When they start closing off access to the forest, they're denying access to the owners -- us," she said. "The public is the forest's owner; the Forest Service is its steward." The cost involved in filing a suit was always the main issue for all plaintiffs. Eventually, they found PLF: PLF is not charging any of the plaintiffs for its services. If PLF wins the suit, it will be compensated for the time spent on the case. "We looked carefully at the case, and it was one that conforms to our values," said Hadzi-Antich. The plaintiffs hope the courts will rule that the record of decision and final environmental impact statement are unlawful and void. None of the plaintiffs are seeking any monetary gain. "They're not asking for any money at all," Hadzi-Antich said. "They're just hoping to strike the federal decision as legal." All the plaintiffs said they are preparing for a long battle. PLF is still working on a similar lawsuit it filed against the Forest Service almost three years ago. In July 2012 PLF filed a suit against the federal agency for halting Tahoe National Forest access for off-road recreationists. The case is currently in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Lazzarino said PLF agreed to take the case only if all the plaintiffs were willing to take it up to the Supreme Court. More information on the lawsuit can be found on PLF's website, pacificlegal.org. BOARD, from page 1A the board's letter. "Additionally, many of these individuals are on fixed incomes, making it nearly impossible for them to pay their Fire Prevention Fee by the 30-day deadline." Obernolte's legislation would extend the timeframe from 30 to 60 days. Created in 2011, the fire fee is levied on homeowners who live in a state responsibility area for fire protection -- $152.33 for each habitable structure with a $35 reduction if the owner lives within the boundaries of a local fire protection district. Supervisor Lori Simpson said she is still hopeful that litigation will lead to the fee being overturned, but in the interim, she favors giving people more time to pay it. Joint venture As the result of a year-long effort, the Board of Supervisors signed an agreement with the Forest Service for road maintenance o our renOwn keynote speaker and T retired SR71 pilot Brian Shul for taking time from his busy schedule to speak. ChuCk Franck Jack Harris, Sr Duane Benedict Lonnie Nafzgar Marlene N etson Brenda Correil Do cte Frazier Brian Mudd Gary VanTceese jordan wade Tom smith Dave Karau and Sea- Conry from Longboards Bar and Grill If we've missed anyone, lease know we ::ell. an:aPpreciate your u ,v -'- projects. Describing it as a "test case," Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said that by implementing an old road agreement that already exists, the county and Forest Service can work together without the county having to pay matching funds. "Between our road department and Plumas National Forest engineers, we can identify the roads that need work," Thrall said. County staff time would be reimbursed for any work done on the project. According to the memorandum of understanding signed by both entities, the Forest Service benefits because "The Plumas National Forest has been asked to increase the pace and scale of the Fire Restoration Program from 2014 through 2019. This is an opportunity for the Plumas National Forest to increase the pace of road maintenance." And the county benefits because "The Plumas County Board of Supervisors has an interest in the economic health and economic resiliency of the local economy. A goal of the Plumas County Board of Supervisors is to help those under employed." Tire amnesty The board authorized Public Works Director Bob Perreault to apply for a grant from CalRecycle. If awarded, the county would be able to offer four tire amnesty events for the public during the next two years. "Tire amnesty programs are very popular with the citizens of Plumas County," Perreault said. 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