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12B Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Events, services available for veterans Memorial Day free veteran golf tournament All veterans that would like to play in a free golf tournament with a free dinner afterward should plan on signing up for this event at Mt. Huff Golf Course, 284-6300, starting April 1. We have to limit the number of teams to 11 four-person teams, so the first 44 veterans that sign up will be in the tournament. The format will be four-person best ball scramble. Details on the tournament with start times will be posted at the golf course and you can call for more info. Military/veteran venue Sierra Cascade Street Rodders celebrate their "Silver Anniversary" Saturday, June 7, at the Plumas-Sierra County ........ %:  : VET TR,X JIMMY LAPLANTE Veterans Services Officer, Plumas Co. Fairgrounds in Quincy, along with the 26th annual Old-Fashioned County Picnic. We want this to be a venue for all military and veterans. We want to get stock class cars/trucks, modified class cars/trucks/rat rods/sports cars/under construction etc. Includes pancake breakfast, vendors, food, Little League barbecue and auction, and more. Contact Curt McBride at 832-1049 or Tom Mareina at 283-4359 for more info. Free rib-eye dinner for veterans and spouses The Elks Lodge located in Maybe is providing a free rib-eye dinner for all veterans and spouses May 20, 4:30 - 7 p.m. RSVP to Tom Mareina, 283-4359. Veterans van to Reno VA Hospital Service will be coordinated out of the veterans service office, second floor of the Plumas County health department, effective April 1 until we fred another coordinator. To make your reservations to ride the van to the VA Hospital in Reno call 283-6271. Hours to call to get your reservations will be 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday - Wednesday. For more info call 283-6275/6271. TUERCK, from page 9B under $60,000. 7. The state requires PUSD to hold a minimum reserve of 3 percent of our total budget, which would be approximately $686,000. 8. However, in light of the reduced funding received by the district, and the uncertainty of current funding sources, PUSD has set a reserve at 17.5 percent of the total budget, in addition to the required minimum of 3 percent set by the state. Salary negotiations 1. In collective bargaining, once an offer is communicated from one side to the other, the offer becomes a matter of public record. Offers have been exchanged between PCTA and the district. 2. The existing collective bargaining agreement currently in place has a "step Events Around Plumas County Quincy: uincy: 18th annual Women's Two mystery one-acts, History Luncheon, begins Quincy High School small promptly at noon, Mineral  gym. Fri, Sat doors open Building at Plumas-Sierra 6:30 p.m., showtime 7; County Fairgrounds. Sun doors open 1:30 p.m., Presented by Plumas County Museum, . showtime 2. QHS senior Brian Wood presents Plumas National Forest. Featured speaker Mrs. Elda Fay Ball discusses historical ranch life in Sierra Valley. Menu by Back Door Catering Co.: grilled Monterey chicken, roasted vegetables, Caesar salad, fresh baked bread, gingersnaps, shortbread cookies, iced tea, lemonade, coffee, hot tea. Tickets $20; seating limited. For information, tickets: Plumas. County Museum, 283-6320. Dinner With a Doctor, doors open 6 p.m., St. John's Hall on Lawrence Street. Community education forum presented by Plumas District Hospital features general/vascular surgeon Dr. Lawrence Milne. $10/person, includes healthy meal. Question-and-answer seSsion fotlows. Tickets avaitablnhbspital IobbyS caty "i: Candy Co. on Bradley Street. " Dinosaurs & Fossils, 6:30 p.m., Plumas County Library. Free presentation for all ages by Don Dailey, retired science teacher. c Quincy: Dare to Dodge community dodgeball tournament fundraiser, 6 p.m., Quincy High School large gym. Spectator admission $5; essions available. Proceeds benefit student body; concession sales benefit sophomore class. Eight teams compete. For information: Daniel,, 616-1006. original plays for senior project. Tickets $5 presale, $6 at the door, Tickets available at Moon's, Epilog Books, Carey Candy Co., QHS library. Greenville: Around the Kitchen Table event: smoothie workshop, 10 a.m. - noon, Lupines Natural Foods. Open to community. Includes tutorial, recipes, cost and nutrition analyses. For information, to resen/espaee: ,284-6959 or sign up in [e., j i q . Quincy: Building Relationships and Creating Supportive Environments in Early Education, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Free workshop examines attitudes about challenging behaviors, understanding social emotional development. Preregistration required. For information (including location): Pare Becwar at 283-6500, ext. 234, Fundraising activities, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Pet County Feed-N-Tack. Feather River College equine studies students provide pony rides, bake sale, hot dogs and soft drinks, saddle cleaning service, roping demonstrations. Proceeds support field trips. For information, to donate: Crystal Anderson, 283-0202, ext. 272. "Pure Dead Brilliant Fiddle"; doors open 6:30, showtime 7 p.m.; Town Hall Theatre. Concert by Hanneke Cassel Trio features Celtic, folk fiddle based on Scottish, Cape Breton strains. $15 general admission, $10 Plumas Arts members (presale only). Tickets available at Ptumas Arts Gallery (Wednesday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.), Quincy Natural Foods, For information, to charge tickets by phone: 283-3402. Taylorsville: Public forum addressing forest and fire restoration in Genesee Valley, 5:30 p.m., Taylorsville Grange. Panel of experts hosted by Plumas Audubon Society, Feather River Land Trust. Followed by question-and-answer session. People interested in forest, fire management on public, private lands encouraged to attend. For information: Gabe Miller, 283-5758. Chester" Fish fry, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Lake Almanor Elks Lodge at 164 Main St. $8 per person. Portola: Third annual P.lumas Business Summit, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Grizzly Creek Ranch at 5900 Grizzly Road. Theme: "Capturing the Culture of Progress through Action." Presented by chamber of commerce, Feather River College Enactus to bring together Plumas County business community for professional development, networking. Includes business plan competition. Costs $70. Includes breakfast, lunch. For information: Audrey Ellis, 836-681 I, Greenville: Costume workshops; 2 - 4 p.m., 5 - 7 p.m.; Greenville Methodist Church. Attendees plan, work on costumes for upcoming Gift of Music Program events. Workshops follow on next two Wednesdays. Free; donations accepted. No experience, equipment, supplies needed; sewing equipment welcome. For information: Kathleen Copson, 518-5661, t Quincy: ' Fish and Dust: Legacy Impacts from the Gold Rush"; 7 p.m.; Mineral Building at Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds, 204 Fairgrounds Road. Information meeting pres.,ented by The Sierra Fund and Plumas ,, County includes advice on:avoiding heavy , metals, regulating fish consumption. Includes light refreshments. For information: Amber Taxiera, community outreach coordinator, 265-8454, ext. 216, Portola: Second annual Father/Daughter Dance, 6 - 8 p.m., Portola Station Baptist Church at 171 S. Gulling. Dinner, dessert, music, dancing with disco theme. Free admission. For information: 832-4334. 13th annual Quincy Friends of the National Rifle Association fundraising banquet, 5:30 p.m., Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Dinner, no-host bar, live auction, silent auction, special drawings, games. Dinner tickets $45, not sold at door. For information, tickets, to donate: 283-4607. Taylorsville: Spaghetti dinner and talent show; dinner 4 - Quincy: Heidi Hall comes to Quincy, 3 - 6 p.m., library conference room at 445 Jackson St. Participants meet Democratic congressional candidate for District 1. Artist's Opening Reception, 5 - 7 p.m., Plumas Arts Gallery at 525 Main St. For information: 283-3402. Grand Reopening, 5 - 7 p.m., Main Street Artists Gallery. Featuring a group show. 5:30 p.m., show 6 - 8 p.m.; Taylorsville The Railflowers concert, 7:30 p.m., West End Grange. Indian Valley Elementary School Theatre. Women singer/songwriters present students kindergarten -sixth grade contemporary folk revival sound. Tickets $10 participate. Tickets $6 adults, $4 children, $20 in advance, $t 2 at the door. Tickets on sale at family of four. Proceeds help purchase new Alley Cat Caf6, Epilog Books, playground equipment. For presale tickets: Anna Lawson, 394-7767. _ Greenville: ,lnaugural Pheasants Forever fundraising : Chester:  Sat, I banquet; doors open 5 I SlIilR  Chester Community Chorus I a,|l I I p.m., dinner and auction u,rt]11 30 I meeting, 2 p.m., Chester  Ipi u,., J 6:30; Greenville Town  United Methodist Church.  Hall at 152 Green Event kicks off season, Meadows Lane. Proceeds support new Indian welcomes new members. Open to anyone interested in joining, meeting group. Includes refreshments. t Greenville: Community Supper, 5:30 p.m., Greenville Community United Methodist Church on Pine Street. Featuring enchiladas by Indian Valley Recreation and Parks District. Indian Valley Resource Center dinner hosted by different organization each month. Free; optional $2 - $5 donation suggested. To sponsor a supper: Marsh Roby, Valley Pheasants Forever Chapter 0920. Open to everyone; seating limited. $80 per couple, $50 per person, $15 per youth 0 - 16. Tickets include chapter membership. Tickets not available at door; purchase before April 1. For tickets, information: Beverly Hardesty, 394-7276; Karen VanZandt, 284-1536; Kelly Wilkinson, 394-7151. Quincy: Masonic Pancake Breakfast, 7 - 10:30 a.m., Masonic Hall at 70 Harbison St. across from library. Menu: scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice, coffee, hot chocolate,   all-you-can-eat pancakes. Donations at the door: $6 adults, $3 children under 12, $5 students with ID. Proceeds support scholarship fund, other fraternal purposes. and column" salary schedule, in which staff-- certificated and classified (including management) -- can receive an average annual 1 - 2 percent step raise based on their placement on the salary schedule. In some cases, individuals can move to the next column, thereby increasing their raise further than the average. 3. The last on-schedule salary increase (i.e., an ongoing raise) given to PCTA was in the 2009-10 fiscal year. This raise was given to all staff, certificated and classified (including management). The recent history of salary and benefit increases include the following: a. 2000-01:1.0 percent on-schedule raise b. 2001-02:1.0 percent on-schedule raise c. 2002-03:1.5 percent on-schedule raise d. 2005-06:4.0 percent on-schedule raise e. 2006-07:6.0 percent on-schedule raise f. 2008-09:1.0 percent one-time, off-schedule raise g. 2009-10:1.0 percent on-schedule raise h. 2012-13:2.0 percent one-time, off-schedule raise 4. In 2008-09 PUSD also provided a 1.0 percent increase in health and welfare benefits, which reduces the amount of money that employees have to pay for their benefits. In 2010-11, PUSD provided an additional $1,000 increase in health and welfare benefits. 5. To begin this year's CBA negotiations, PCTA's opening offer to PUSD was a 10 percent on-schedule raise plus a 10 percent increase to their health and welfare benefits. 6. The total cost of this raise would have translated into $775,000 this year for the PCTA unit alone. The raise would be an ongoing expense that would increase at a rate of 2 percent per year (approximately $147,000 more each year) based on the annual step and column increase that PUSD staff is , already guaranteed. 7. After PCTA's offer, PUSD offered PCTA a raise this year of 3 percent on schedule, which would be effective this year. The offer also included a 2 percent off-schedule (or "one-time") raise for next year and the year after. If accepted, that offer would have meant PUSD staff would receive an ongoing salary increase of 5 percent this year (3 percent plus 2 percent step and column), 2 percent next year (step and column) and 2 percent th e following year (step and column), plus a one-time/off-schedule raise of 2 percent in 2015 and another 2 percent in 2016. In total, over the next three years PUSD staff would receive a 13 percent increase in salary. This counteroffer was rejected by the PCTA. 8. Negotiations are ongoing, and the current offer on the table from PUSD includes a 5 percent on-schedule salary increase and three days of professional development for PUSD staff. 9. New financial obligations for the district are ongoing. For example, under the new Local Control Funding Formula that is mandated by the state, PUSD is projected to increase its contributions to other local education agencies (e.g., the charter school) by approximately $135,000 per year for the next four years. 10. PUSD has also committed approximately $1.5 million this year trying to maintain heating systems in our aging schools. 11. The new Common Core education program mandated by the state requires computerized, adaptive testing for all of our students. PUSD is currently not well-equipped to handle this requirement. The cost of providing our schools with the recommended infrastructure to do so is $1.6 million. As a trustee and community member, I believe the PUSD teachers and staff are the backbone of our education system, and they are invaluable. No amount of money can adequately compensate them for what they do. However, as a fiduciary for the district, I have a responsibility to the financial stability of our schools for today's students as well as the students of tomorrow. That responsibility requires me to take into account the financial picture for both the district and the state. We are still recovering from the economic downturn. We are, as a district, still spending more money than we are taking in. PUSD's budget concerns are not unique. Plumas County employees have not received a cost of living raise since 2007, although general and mid-management, crafts and trades, the sheriff units, and confidential and department heads did receive a cost of li|iiustrhilf'i:": 2008. County '"'epoyees not in a public safety field were also furloughed (not paid) one day per week in 2012-13. Forest Service employees in Plumas County received a 1 percent raise in 2014, which was their first raise since 2009, and they were furloughed in 2013. Plumas District Hospital just recently came out of a wages freeze as well. When I look at the economic picture for our district and county, when I see that there is good cause for concern over the stability of Forest Service reserve dollars, and when I see the current condition of our buildings and heating infrastructure, I am concerned. If we hope to provide for our children in the future; we must balance the wants of today with the needs of tomorrow. p I I I I I I I  I I I I SNXTC-D Wednesday, April 2 * ''*' Turkey sandwich, vegetable | - IVIN- barley soup, tossed green . | ....  salad, sliced tomatoes, orange | vtonuay, xlarcn 1 slices | Vegetarian: quiche, spinach " | . salad, mixed fruit cup, whole Thursday, April 3 | orain ron, oatmeal cookie." Meat loaf, cauliflower, mashed | _ sweet potatoes, whole-wheat - roll, shced apples | Tuesday, April 1 " ' " | | Orange juice, flank steak, Friday, April 4 II baked potato, steamed Ethnic: sweet & sour pork,. | zucchini, whole grain bread, carrots/peppers, white rice, l pudding, cubed pineapple, fortune I cookie. I i Nutrition sites: Chester, 394-7636; Quincy, 283-0643;| Greenville, 284-6608 (day before for reservation); Portola, 832- 4173; Blairsden open Wed. only, call 832-4173 Tuesday for 1 reservations. Suggested donation $2.50 for 60 yrs & older. I One guest may accompany each senior, $6 mandatory I charge. Menus may change. Hours:Noon at all sites. III I I m Iii ll n i i lmn i i i I Invest in PLUMAS COUNTY t