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4/ VVeanesclay, Ivlarcn Z6, 2014 I-eatner Rwer Bulletin SEARCH: Three ,]ifferent d'ogs zero-in on well site from page 1A on their own. excavation at the well site team.' They are FBI agents evidence that it was there in Last October, a specially trained dog (known as a cadaver dog) zeroed in on abandoned well in Meadow Valley. The dog and its handler, which were brought in by friends and family of Wilson, were definitely on to something. The Sheriffs Office followed up by bringing in a cadaver dog of its own. That dog made "a positive alert" at the same location. In January, a third "highly credentialed" dog was enlisted by the sheriff. According to Sheriff Hagwood, the dog that specialized in the recovery of human remains picked up a scent in the same spot. "It was kind of a triple-blind test," Hagwood said. The sheriff emphasized that the three dogs weren't led to the site. They found it "We wanted to be completely objective about this," Hagwood said. "Given that three dogs have independently alerted to human remains at this site, and its proximity to the area where Mark Wilson was last seen, we have an obligation to find out what's in there." Hagwood said he didn't want to give the exact location of the well, which is on private property in Meadow Valley. "We aren't identifying the property specifically at this time in:the interest of the actual case and in the interest of the current property owners," Hagwood said. The sheriff also cautioned that because the dogs were trained to detect "historic and prehistoric" human remains, whatever attracted them could be more than 100 Mark Wilson was 13 when he disappeared in 1967. File photo years old. "That is important to bear in mind," he said. "We have no evidence at this point to be able to say the dogs are alerting on (Wilson's) remains. We don't have that." Excavating the well site Hagwood said an would likely happen in May or June. He said the team of experts needs to be assembled. And it is important to have relatively good weather, He expects the excavation to take seven to 10 days. "Once this process starts, it won't stop until it is completed," Hagwood said. "It's not a situation where we can work for a couple days and take a week off. Once it starts, it will go daffy until it's completed." The cost of such an operation, which could involve as many as a dozen specialists and technicians, could total more than $100,000, according to the sheriff. However, agwood said he has enlisted the help of FBI experts from across the country. "They have what is known as an 'evidence recovery and specialists and technicians whose expertise is in processing, recovering and excavating historical sites," Hagwood said. "And with that, it brings a level of expertise that is world-renowned at very little, if any, cost to Plumas County." The sheriff said his office is fortunate to have the expert help. But he said he would have dug up the well even without it. "I'm gonna find out what's in that well, come hell or high water," Hagwood said. "That's just the bottom line." Little known about the well Hagwood said there are no records to indicate when the well was dug or when it was last used. "I know it was there in 1926. I've got photographic '26," he said. "But that's about all we know." Hagwood said his office has been trying to contact local people who might have some knowledge of when it was built. Wilson remembered The sheriff said people in the community have been very helpful in the case. "There are a lot of people still in the Quincy area and Plumas County who knew the young man and who were close to the family," Hagwood said. "There is a high level of interest in a case like this. "I want people to know that regardless of how old the case is, we haven't forgotten about it. And the family hasn't forgotten about it. And we are going to take whatever efforts to conclusively determine what is at this site." MENTAL, from page 1A for a long time, and asked him if the waiting list had ecer included so many people. "No," he responded and guaranteed that he could address it once his department is fully staffed. Only S5 95 Served 8arn to I larn ANY Item on the Breakfast Menu Any omelette, chicken fried steak, steak & eggs and much morel *Limited time offer. Good through May 31. Don't forget about our I FULL lunch menu! I Friday Night Prime Rib starts at 5pro. Reservations recommended. [0031rmE00003n00 00E00;CAR 875 E. Main, Quincy 283-4755 FEATHER R.IVE R B :.... ,,,,,i: ,,:,.:..:;,,d,> ';; ........ 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 Mon. 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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Ik i m m m m == --. --- m m m m J The discussion turned to individuals who were presented with mental health as well as drug and alcohol problems. "Do we have staff that can handle co-occurring issues?" Kennedy asked. Livingston mentioned a couple of staff members, and then segued into salary. "To have truly specialized behavioral health staff, they should receive compensation," Livingston said. In his backup material for future agenda topics, Livingston addressed that need. "The Department continues to struggle with attracting, hiring and retaining qualified clinical staff," he wrote. "The most readily available change that can be made in this area is to implement a SALARY ADJUSTMENT that will make Plumas County Mental Health a competitive employer of licensed clinical staff on a state-wide basis." During the March 18 meeting, Livingston received authorization to hire for four positions: mental health program chief, systems technician, nurse and a technical services assistant. Funding for the positions comes from state and federal sources; there is no county general fund contribution. Livingston's future plans include hiring two case managers, three to four clinicians, an administrative assistant, a tele-psych nursing program chief and a coordinator for the Mental 00GET READY FOR PLUMAS CLUB'S zooth Birthday September 6, 2014 More information to follow Stop on by to ,get details Plumas Club C_t your Old Time Costumes ready 443 Main Street, Quincy * 283-4094 SAVE THE DATE PUBLIC NOTICES Inspection project Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative will be conducting inspections of its facilities throughout 2014. Specific vegetation man- agement projects planned within the tim- bered portions of its service area include but are not limited to, Chandler Road, the Cromberg area, Spring Garden area, Graeagle, and Calpine. We will also be inspecting for trees and other vegetation in proximity to the power lines as required by the California Public Resource Code Section 4293. Trees that come in contact with power lines are a major cause of outages on our system. PSREC strives to strike a healthy balance between our appreciation for trees and our obligation to provide safe, reliable electric service. Through our tree tdmming program, we redirect tree growth away from power lines and remove any damaged or diseased trees so we can limit potential damage to the power lines which could be caused by extreme weather conditions. If a tree grows too fast or if its proximity to power lines is a threat to our electdc system, our experts will trim the growth away from our equipment. Our vegetation management is conducted following best management prac- tices defined in ANSI A300 Part 7 (ANSI 2012) and the ISA companion publication to the ANSI A300 Standards (ISA 2007). Currently PSREC is doing a comprehensive mapping/inspection project that encompass- es the entire service area. These inspec- tions are part of our ongoing work to provide our members with safe, reliable electric ser- vice. We will be inspecting electdcal equip- ment as required by California General Orders 95 and 128 and determining the location and condition of our infrastructure. PSREC personnel require access to all of its facilities including meters. PSREC employ- ees will have company ID with them. Published FRB, PR Feb. 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May7, 14, 20141 emall Public Notices to: Plums County Public Health Agency Request for Proposal This Request for Proposal (RFP) is soliciting responses for 2 separate Statements of Work awarding one to two contracts. Offerors can propose for any number of the two (2) services; however, separate propos- als shall be submitted for the separate ser- vices. The requested services for this RFP are: Random Moment Time Survey (RMTS) Software Services To provide an RMTS software system that can be rapidly customized to the final RMTS regulations as approved by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a Federal Government Agency, at no addition- al cost to the School-based Medi-Cal Administrative Activities (SMAA) collabora- tive and quickly deployed to meet the requirements of the California SMAA pro- gram. This software system must be entire- ly web-based for the end-user, with no hard- ware or software installation required within the Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and shall not interface with any Plumas County IT system. Central Coding Services To provide Central Coding services in sup- port of the SMAA Collaborative. RMTS is a time tracking protocol. RMTS shall incorpo- rate a comprehensive list of the activities or moments performed by staff whose costs are to be claimed under Medicaid. Codes are used to reflect all Qf the time and activi- ties (whether allowable or unallowable under Medicaid) performed by employees partici- pating in the Medicaid administrative claim- ing program. Central coder staff must have the ability to view all Time Survey Participant (TSP) data related to a moment, assign the appropdate code to the moment, sand fol- low-up clarification email to TSP to request a response to an assigned moment, print reports and conduct quality assurance activ- ities. The complete RFP can be found on the Plumas County website: http://www.plumas- Published FRB March 26, 20141 Health Services Act. As with the positions approved March 18, they require no general fund money. Kennedy and Supervisor Thrall encouraged Livingston to return with his requests as soon as possible. During a follow-up interview, Livingston said he planned to return to the boardroom in mid-April. Livingston said he hasn't been in a hurry to seek additional positions because he can't fill those that he has available now, and he blames that at least partially on inadequate salaries. "We are definitely in the lower echelons of comparable counties," Livingston said, "and we are competing on a statewide basis." While he is short on staff, he is long on people who need assistance. Besides those on the waiting list, Livingston said he fears that there are more who haven't sought service because they are aware of the long wait time. And the implementation of electronic medical records requires more time from the staff that he currently has. Livingston is restructuring his department on a more decentralized model than has been used in the past. Doing so requires creating new job descriptions, but because that is a very time-consuming process, and both he and the supervisors want to hire staffas quickly as possible, Livingston said he will work with the job classifications that are currently available. "The ultimate goal is to minimize the wait time for service," Livingston said. Elks support local veterans The Calpine Elks Lodge recently sponsored a pot roast dinner with all of the trimmings for veterans at its lodge near Portola. The March 12 dinner was free of charge as a special thank-you for veterans' service and the sacrifices they and their families have made. Approximately 50 people attended the special event. There will be another Memorial Day tribute dinner honoring veterans at the Elks Lodge on May 20. The planned menu includes rib-eye steaks; the event will start at 5 p.m. It is also free of charge and the hope is that more veterans will be able to attend. The Elks invite all veterans in the Portola, Loyalton, Quincy and Greenville areas to attend. Call the veterans service office at 283-6275 or the Calpine Elks Lodge at 832-5785 to RSVP. In addition, a fishing derby for the veterans residing at the long-term care facility will be held at Lake Davis in June (date to be determined) and the last veterans' dinner for this Elk year will be July 23. ROSBY DRIVEWAY MAINTENANCE SLURRY SEALCOATING SSIH OIL HOT CRACK FILLING PATCHING FREE ESTIMATES SERVING ALL OF PLUMAS & LASSEN COUNTIES 1377 ARLINGTON RD. SP. 87 TAYLORSVILLE CA 95983 C-12 CA LIC. #762465 530 - 284 - 1474 c.It00s .Sprie00l _ leai00=i+g Tiime! Get your car ready for summer and your boat ready for the lake. PLUMAS MOTOR SUPPLY DOMESTIC - IMPORT AUTO - TRUCK 283-2350 85 West Main St., Quincy t