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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, March 26, 2014 5B This column created to answer your questions Modern technology brings information, knowledge and opportunities unimaginable by previous generations. An enjoyable aspect Of a rural lifestyle is learning to mesh technology with old-fashioned, personal connection. While an urban environment tends to isolate families and individuals, here most locals can identify with the concept of everyone knows your business! Members of the Quincy California Highway Patrol squad understand this concept well. Most community members are keenly aware of CHP officers' conduct, even off-duty, and expect higher standards. A rustic heritage and self-reliant nature engenders strong opinions that we quickly and freely share. Opinions are appropriately poignant when shared with those who serve as peace officers. For example, opposing views after major police events are quite common. Sentiment either leans toward the police not performing their duties well enough or that the police overreacted with their response. Fortunately, our local newspaper provides coverage about police and court events. This affords public review and input for local criminal justice conduct. Physically touching the newspaper is consistent with our small-town lifestyle. Each week, we look forward to flipping through the paper pages to see the topics. Then, slowing down, we delve into the articles allowing a later profession of our sentiments with exact knowledge! COMMANDER'S CORNER JOE EDWARDS Quincy Area CHP Commander Indeed, the Quincy CHP squad is a state agency; however, citizens of Plumas County desire CHP to act as a local police department. This statement is not meant to have us replace our tremendous Plumas County sheriffs squad. The deputies and my officers work as a team, have separate missions, but are united with the common goal of keeping our county safe. My understanding of acting as if we are a local police department only means we must better mate the mission of the CHP with the culture of our small communities. To better meet this desire, I will begin writing a recurring article in a question-and-answer format. You are encouraged to email questions relating to the CHP to I will answer your questions in future articles. Include your name in the email to receive acknowledgment for your contributions. Answers to your questions will include not only state law and CHP policy, but also how it applies to us locally. If you prefer not to use email, I am happy to meet with you at the Quincy CHP office. Stop in and share your question with me. If I am away for a meeting or community event, my staff When you need a tax professional... Meet the April 15th deadline and make an appointment today. Governement and Special District Law THE COUNTY OF PLUMAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS SOLID WASTE DIVISION has issued a REQUEST FOR NONBINDING PROPOSALS pertaining to GREEN WASTE DISPOSAL ISSUES The Request is available at the Department of Public Works, 1834 East Main Street, Quincy, CA. It is also available for viewing on the Plumas County website, under"County News," at: [ http:llwww.countyofplumas.coml f WANTED OLD COIN COLLECTIONS... Pre-1965 Silver Coins, Proof Sets, Old Currency, Pre-1936 Silver Dollars, 10k-24k Gold, All Gold Coins FREE APPRAISALS will ensure I receive your question or recommendation. To begin this process of sharing information and opinions, let us focus on a topic that has touched all of us in Plumas County, some indirectly and some in a painful way. My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones from traffic collisions. Specifically, I want to address those collisions where a tire drifted off the roadway and the driver overcorrected, causing a disastrous event. On other occasions, drivers have caused serious injuries while swerving to miss animals or rocks in the roadway. While speaking on these types of collisions, I do not wish to disparage any past drivers or incidents. My sole desire is to describe the cause and prevention of these types of collisions. A typical collision down the Canyon on State Route 70 involves a motorist driving too fast and/or being inattentive. Some drivers are using their cellphone, others are looking away from the roadway and a few are grooming themselves while driving. Living in the mountains requires its inhabitants to endure harsh conditions. One of those conditions is the necessity to concentrate on your driving without any interference. The consequences for leaving the roadway can include striking another vehicle, a cliff or finding yourself in the cold water of the river. Allowing your car to drift off the roadway, then sharply turning the steering wheel, will cause your front tires to violently throw your car to the opposite side of the road. In the east end of our county we have a similar problem with straight and flat terrain. Wide open space allows for much higher speeds. The cost of speeding and distracted driving, on long stretches of highway, increases the disastrous consequences when a tire drifts off the roadway. Rollover collisions are painfully intense. If you find yourself with a front tire drifting off the pavement, do not panic. Slowly turn your steering wheel back toward the lane of travel. I mean slowly. While directing your car back onto the roadway in a slow manner, you might hit a few rocks or small road signs. That is OK! More importantly, you have prevented a major collision and put your car back on course. Please practice this scenario in your mind, allowing you to be mentally prepared if the real event were to occur. As my friends and neighbors, I ask that we all recommit ourselves to slowing down and giving full attention to driving, especially down the Canyon. The Quincy CHP squad's goal is to not have anyone injured or killed this year. We want all of you to come home safely. As the majority of collisions are caused by oSIRESS-FrE[ locals, our safety campaign begins with those we care about most. Issuing citations will never be popular. Tickets are just one avenue the CHP uses to reduce traffic collisions. Another is education. If the response to traffic safety education is overwhelming, it will reduce the need for the CHP to issue citations. I am pleased that our department does not have ticket quotas or receive funds from citation fines. This allows us to write tickets as needed to save lives instead of issuing citations to generate income for CHP. Appropriately, your local CHP squad is funded by registration fees, allowing us to serve and protect for the correct reasons -- to save lives. Please stop by and talk to one of your CHP officers if you have any questions about traffic safety. Likewise, if you see an officer having lunch, taking a break or purchasing fuel, ask him or her questions about mechanical violations. We prefer to informally help you make your car safe and compliant with state law instead writing you a ticket for the same. Our squad cares about your safety, we want to treat you well, we are committed to being available for ervice in Plumas County and desire to do all we can to help bring everyone safely home. I look forward to meeting you and answering your traffic safety questions. CHP REPORT The following incidents are submitted by Quincy CHP as a tentative summary pending the conclusion of the investigation(s). Kinder Avenue, Greenville, March 14 At approximately 8:30 a.m., a white 2003 GMC Yukon was parked in front of 255 Kinder Ave. on the east shoulder. Kenneth Litchfield, 76, of Greenville, was driving his 2007 GMC Sierra 1500 northbound on Kinder, passing the parked Yukon. According to the CHP report, as Litchfield passed the Yukon, he madea slight steering input to the right, allowing the Sierra's right rear to sideswipe the left side of the Yukon. Litchfield continued driving north on Kinder, parked at his residence and was later contacted by the CHP. No injuries were reported. Dean's Valley, March 15 At approximately 4 p.m., two juvenile males, ages 14 and 13, of Quincy, were riding ATVs off-road on a dirt trail near Dean's Valley Road, southwest of Quincy. The 13-year-old's ATV started to slide back toward the other one, a 2008 Arctic Cat. The second juvenile turned to avoid the sliding ATV and his own ATV began to slide backwards, then overturned onto him. Both boys walked to Dean's Valley Road and were taken to the hospital by an unknown passing motorist. The 14-year-old received minor injuries. LaPorte Road, March 15 Between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., Adam Bruzza, 20, of Quincy, was driving his 2004 See CliP, page 7B Don't wait until the last minuteE Marlene Bienhoff Bookkeeping & Tax Service CTEC Registered Tax Preparer Income Tax - Individual & Business E-File Sales Tax Bookkeeping Payroll (530) 284-6264 400 Main St. Greenville, CA 95947 feather00:00 financial Lori Morrell Lomas, E.A, "'--" ' CA Ins. License 0OBO6912  Curtis C. Lomas --i CTEC #A160713 " 20 A Crescent St., Quincy, CA . \\; 283.2341 taxandinsurance C We come to you Over 25 years in coin business References available K.N. 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