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ressive, Record, Reporter Metcalf Addressing the issue, Gold- smith said a questionnaire was vote, members of the sent out to those interested in County Board of Su- agriculture. The resounding chose not to official- answer came back that the in- a bi-county Agri- dustry needed local represen- Advisory Group tation. In an effort to make their some of the reasons concerns known, they formed no votes may re- the AAG, working with the speculative, one supervi- Plumas-Sierra County Farm havinga special Bureau and the UC- Coopera- group that did not rep-tive Extension program. Two diversity--specifically, other organizations that have interests; another supported the formation of the to object to how the AAG include the Natural Re- board was divid- source Conservation Service, the majority from Sier-and the High Sierra Resource Development and Conserva- the supervisors support- tion District. one voted yes in or- The first public meeting was agriculture a voice, held July 20 in Vinton. Goldsmith, chairman As the board took shape, for the Sierra Val- AAG gained momentum in Resource Conservation representing the nearly 194,000 and a driving force be-acres of agriculture land in E the formation of the AAG, both counties. members of the In a letter submitted to the i of Supervisors Tuesday, both boards of supervisors, requesting approval Goldsmith said the function of AAG "would not only provide ranchers in Sierra input to county government, of the top but as a two-way information listed in a Plumas channel, county government Vision 2020, and agri- could also direct the AAG to was not among them, conduct queries or investiga- said they became tions into a proposed action's effect on agriculture." to Goldsmith, A basic function of the AAG eappeared to be a "lack of was to support and protect and a "lack of agriculture interests in both ~rn," regarding agricul- counties. This could be carried out -' first ever "Sierra Neva- lies." Awareness Confer- "The goal of this full two-day and Action workshop is to make people for Rural Mountain aware that hunger is real, it is will take place in their backyard, and to offer 10-11 at St. Patrick's creative, viable solution," Church Hall on Main Westernoffsaid. Camp. Thursday will focus on edu- bank personnel, com- cation and awareness. Susan leaders, and everyone Cramer, one of the country's in ending hunger in leading activists on hunger is- are invited, sues, will headline the confer- invitations are being ence, "Moving from Charity to :to the 12 Sierra mountain Justice: The Role of Advocacy including Alpine, in Addressing Hunger." Fol- Butte, Calaveras, E1 lowing Ms. Cramer is Autumn Mariposa, Placer, Arnold of the San Francisco ~as, Nevada, Sierra, Food Bank, "Hunger 101--A and Yuba, but par- Hands-on Approach." is open to all. Friday's focus will be "where conference is hosted by we go from here." Jessica ty Emergency Bartholow from the Alameda Programs, a project ofFood Bank will speak on Resources Council, "Bringing Families in as Part- of serving fami- ners," and the California Court- -&ames understands. And we can help. home equity loans in as few as 7-10 l:xJsiness days and longer payment terms than most small business loans I Call Aames today at I z-8oo-643-6368I Sm , L~ ~ the CA C,~t ~f Cor~a~ons ~ the (~ This Brindle Pitbull/cross is such a well behaved dog. A young adult male, was found in the Greenville area. Come take a look. We also have a 5 month old Lab pup. Shadow is a male, owner release. This pup is great with kids and is house broken, don't wait. Stop by today! our Website at www.plumas.ca.us/pcac The shelter is in need of blankets. If you have any spares, please drop them by. For more information call the Plumas County Animal Shelter in Quincy at 283-3673- This public service announcement brought to you by: HEAT TRANSFER SYSTEMS Cooling & Refrigeration Specialist 818 Quincy Junction Road, Quincy Wednesday, March 28, 2001 SB Don Clark Supervisor through a joint powers agree- ment between the two coun- ties, similar to that in place with the agriculture commis- sioner's position. The AAG, in turn, would operate under the agricultural commissioner and would be supported similar to the Land Conservation Adviso- ry Board, known as the Williamson Act. As the board formed, nine members (not appointed by the boards of supervisors but by Ag Commission Karl Bishop), would include one member from Indian Valley, four from Sierra County (of which three of those positions would be from Sierra Valley, the largest agricultural land base), a mem- ber from American Valley, and three additional members from the Plumas County side of Sierra Valley. That would make a total of six members from Sierra Valley, and three representing other parts of the two counties. To be considered for mem- cil of Churches will present "The Do's and Don'ts of Effec- tive Advocacy." The final presentation will be made by George Manalo-LeClair, executive leg- islative director of the Califor- nia Food Policy Advocates, "Food Stamps Work: Outreach and Advocacy to Get Hungry Folks the Food Assistance They Need." To date, conference sponsors include Goldrush World Ac- cess, Vintage Realty, Treat's General Store, Native Daugh- ters of the Golden West- Mur- phys, Angels Food Market, the Gold Country Inn, Jumping Frog Motel, Vaughn Tribble C.P.A., and Best Western Cedar Inn and Suites. Cost for the two-day confer- ence is $25 per person, which includes light breakfasts, box lunches, and all materials. i: by PlumasCountyresidents. the supervisors, and to let Supervisor Ken Nelson ques- them know the AAG was a R happen as a tioned the reason for the high group they could turn to about number of the AAG members questions concerning agricul- representing Sierra Valley. ture. Goldsmith responded that is Bishop explained there are the largest agricultural land two formal organizations, the base in the two counties. Farm Bureau and the Cattle- Bishop said that, as the agri- men's Association, but the culture commissioner, he sup- AAG would appeal to both ported the AAG. He said his groups, "and bring everybody department's in~colvement together underone roof." with the group was really on a But Pearson wouldn't give bership, an interested person minor basis, up, stating that the "Realtors must be engaged in production Supervisor B.J. Pearson, re- would never ask the board for agriculture as defined by the ferring to the all-rancher anofficialsanction." California Food and Agricul- group, said, "The fact is it's PO- Pearson said that he also ture Code. The terms would be litical." held a letter, copies of which at least one full year and gen- Pearson said he saw it as a he had distributed to other su- erally staggered two-year or move to take control of the pervisors, from a Sierra Valley four-year terms. The AAG land in Sierra County "and do rancher who was against the would serve in an advisory ca- what you see fit." AAG. As a taxpayer, and major pacity and have no voting pow- Goldsmith said the AAG is landowner, Pearson said he er, Goldsmith explained. It non-political, but its interests needed to represent that ranch- would also not involve itself in are wholly agricultural. The er's interest. political interests, ranchers are concerned with Following the meeting, Dave The AAG determined that seeing Sierra Valley remain as Roberti, a major Sierra Valley the best approach to make was it is now--agricultural, and agricultural land owner and in requesting the adoption of a not succumb to development, native, said the letter Pearson resolution by Plumas and Sier- Pearson countered that both referred to was from a rancher ra County boards of supervi- sides need to be heard, refer- who actually lives in Sacra- sors. Earlier on the same day ring to the developers' side, mento, and who holds agricul- that Goldsmith approach the but Goldsmith held firm that ture land in Sierra County, not Plumas board, he had been be-the AAG is an ag committee, in Pearson's district. , fore the Sierra County Board Holly George, representing . Following more discussion, of Supervisors. They had ap- the extension program, said in which Pearson explained proved the group in concept, the number of people eligible that he saw the move to form and waited to see what the to be appointed to the AAG the AAG as another move Plumas board determined, may be few, but that they rep- against him, the board voted. resent the majority of the pri- Following the vote, Roberti Di~u~4on vate land in both counties, said members representing the Supervisor Bill Dennison George added that there are AAG and its official recogni- said that the omission of agri- other special interest groups tion, were confused about what culture in the top seven topic around, the Plumas County Board of categories was not the fault of Supervisor Don Clark Supervisors expected of them. the Vision 2020 project, agreed, pointing out that there They didn't know whether Health Services Director Ri- are homeowners groups, fire they should examine issues of ta Scardaci explained that district groups and many oth- financing as addressed by Den- agriculture was originally ers. nison, who didn't want the omitted from the topic areas, Clark did question the need AAG to approach the board for but that was rectified when the to formalize the AAG. funding; or whether their omission was discovered. It is "Wouldn't it happen as a nat- group should meet without the now among the 21 topic areas ural consequence anyway?" board's blessing; or disband. covered in the study, but not in Goldsmith said it was impor- the top seven priorities listed tant to have recognition from Are you guilty of deflating our community's economy, slowing street repairs, There will be a few scholar- ships available for low-income participants. Seating is limit- ed; the deadline is April 15. For an application or for more information, contact Bil- lie at (209) 754-1257, or e-mail cesp~goldrush.com. CESP is taking a resolution to the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors in April to pro- claim May "Hunger Awareness Month." In addition to the con- ference, HRC is hosting the Concert for Hunger on May 5 at Black Bart Playhouse in Murphys, as well as Raffle for Hunger. restricting education or eliminating your child's local clubs and teams? You are if yOu don't shop at home. The dollars you spend right here improve your community, not somebody else's. This theft from our community isn't intentional, but that doesn't relieve the guilt. Money spent with hometown merchants keeps bouncing around the community.., and finally comes back to you. Don't plead guilty to big city shopping charges... SHOP AT HOME and avoid the guilt! KEEP THE DOLLARS YOU SPEND AT HOME.. SHOP LOCALLY IIII Sunday 1 Tell your child I LOVE YOU every day. 8 Have a family carwash- everyone has a job. 15 Share your blessings- volunteer with your child. 22 Talk about recycling & our planet on Earth Day. 29 Mark your calendar- Children's Faire onMayl2. Child month Monday 2 Make a list of the reasons your child is special. 9 Plant a seed- watch it grow. 16 Paint a picture with your child. 23 Attendscho events, open house, teacher meetings. 30 Make a fort with chairs & blankets. Abuse Prevention Mord:h of FUN for you and your kids. Tuesday 3 Make a necklace using macaroni and string. 10 Take a family walk-count the birds you see. 17 Help your child write a letter to a friend or relative. 24 I Wednesday Thursday 4 Let your child read to you. 11 Read to your child. 18 Bake a cake or cootdes together. 25 Plan & prepare a meal together. Sing a song as you ride along in the car. 12 Look at family photos and share memories. 19 Take a bike ride with your child. 26 Plan a weekend to your local park. Take time out to answer your child's questions. VISIT THE PRS TOY LIBRARY IN YOUR TOWN Quincy - Mondays (2-6), 4th "l'hurs (11-2) ,536 Jackson Greenville - 1 st Thursdays (11-2) Methodist Church Portola - 2nd Thu (11-2) Public Ubrary Chester - 3rd Thu (11-2) ABC Center II Friday 6 Hang your child's art work around your house. 13 fmit the local museum in your town. 20 Pmc0ce your home safety fire drill. Saturday 7 Ask your child to teach you a favorite game. 14 Look at the stars. Find the Space Station in the SW sky. 21 Have a picnic in the back yard. 27 Help your child sign up for a library card. 28 Play catch in the back yard. For more information about iJreven, tJng child abuse call: PLUMAS RURAL SERVICES FAMILY FOCUS NETWORK 283-0866 or 1-800-942.4093 II