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,l~gressive, Record, Reporter Area News Wednesday, March 28, 2001 7B Matcalf tually since 1922) and easy to read, but Paoli has discovered of minutes from another problem--references worth of boards of su-to bridge work or construction meetings have re- seems to have disappeared. [ a wealth of information Paoli hasn't learned of a rea- Valley resident son that has satisfied her cu- Paoli has undertaken ariosity as to why references to the history of Plumas most bridge work dropped from the minutes, but she as- g the research sumes there must have been for the Plumas County some timelines created that Paoli became frus- didn't require the board's in- when it came to locating volvement. on dates, con- Early Plumas County periods and other bridges were made of wood, neces concerning Paoli explained. Yearly storms of the past. generally left their marks on exhausting local these structures, from damag- including the road de-ing them to actually tearing and museum, and af- them off their foundations. sum- This required work to repair information from rest-or replace them. Paoli learned that much The six to seven hours a early information sheweek Paoli has spent scanning had passed, at variousmeeting minutes has brought through the board of forth some interesting infor- mation. If not complete, how- that brainstorm, Paoliever, it has given her ideas to reading the minutes ofcontinue to check other re- beginning with Vol. 1 sources for information. adventure has been in- according to Paoli. inal minutes were in longhand, begin- the formal copper- script popular in the said that style of writ- actually fairly easy to but when that style with the times, hand- styles became a little difficult to decipher, her research progress adjusted to writing also became adept the pages, alert to of bridges, construc- other clues that might the information she now currently on Vol. That means she minutes of meetings took place in the early are typed (ac- Keddle Bridge Paoli's research through the board of supervisor's minutes revealed mention of the Keddie Bridge--from Highway 70, across the small railroad com- munity-in 1926. Believing it had to be older, she learned through the coun- ty road department records that it was built in 1914. "There is a slim possibility that bridge was built by the Western Pacific Railroad, how- ever," Paoli further learned about its source. Checking through some round-about contact with Western Pacific sources re- vealed that the company was experiencing financial difficul- ties at the time and wasn't like- ly to have spent funding on a bridge. The only other information Paoli learned about the area was that the property was deeded to Plumas County by a Photo submitted ~ Carol Paoli discovered resources in some interesting places. Encountering a summer resident of the Twain area who lives in his truck, Paoli said she was surprised when he not only provided a missing link to a mystery over the Grays Fiat Bridge, but produced photographs indicating the source. Paoli said she had attempted to track down why the bridge was changed in the early 1940s. it was this truck going through the railing that prompted the work. private party in 1906. was fully restored in 1915. In Paoli's research into that 1920, a new pile bridge was particular bridge isn't conlud- built, repairs were made in ed, but at this stage, she has ex- 1937, and subsequent repairs hausted her resources, came in 1946 and 1949. By this time, some bridges Clio Bridge were still wooden and others The construction of the first were made of steel. But, the Clio Bridge may be a mystery, decks were made of wood and but Paoli has learned that it required quite a bit of upkeep, Photo by Carol Paoli In her quest for information on Plumas County's hridges, Carol Paoli is particularly Interested in finding residents who might have information on the whereabouts of the plaques that once adorned local bridges. This one is from the bridge at Bolden. Paoli explained, finally replaced in 1975. Nelson Creek Slate Creek The Nelson Creek area was Paoli learned that $306 was one of the first settled by gold approved from the general miners as this section of the fund in 1867 to build a bridge Sierra was opened in the late over Slate Creek, between La 1840s-early1850s. Foot and Porteand St. Louis. mule trails were the way to A toll bridge at this location travel in the earliest years, but followed two years later. Paoli eventually, a wagon road to even found a record of the tolls carry larger quantities of sup- charged to those who wanted plies and people in and out of to access the bridge. A man the area weas opened up. The and horse were charged 25 wagon road from Quincy to La cents, a man on foot 12".5 cents, Porte was completed in 1867. pack animals 10 cents, light an- In a reference in the Plumas imals 5 cents, and sheep and National newspaper in May, hogs cost 3 cents to cross over. 1877, Paoli found mention of In the 100 pages of research two toll roads at the Nelson notes Paoli has accumulated Creek and Feather (Red) since last August, she has Bridges. According to the su- recorded documentation on pervisors' minutes, the bridges the activities of the bridge up were in need of repair and, if until 1889. they were made, the bridges For more information on would then last a few years Paoli's research project, or to more. provide her with some infor- In the early 1880s, an arch- mation, call 283-9669 at her truss bridge was erected home, 283-6320 at the Plumas across the Middle Fork near County Museum, or reach her Nelson Point. via e-mail at Bids opened for construction of a steel bridge in about the same location in 1907, and was built in t909. That bridge was Williams will face three options-- sign- ing the permit, making further County's Air Poilu- modifications, or the U.S. EPA District received will write its own permit. comment on a revised Written comments received V Permit for Sierra Army by the district covered a hum- at a March 20 meeting ber of areas, including the at the Lassen County amount of munitions processed at SIAD, the use of than 50 county resi- alternative technologies, meet- including many SIAD ing county opacity require- attended the meet- ments, the use of meteorologi- cal data, removing the permit County Air Pollution shield from the permit, and re- Ken Smith said stricting the demilitarization permit must be of rocket motors containing and delivered to the beryllium and depleted urani- Protection urn. by March 30. The U.S. Complaints about the opera- !then has 45 days to ap- tions at SIAl) began more than the permit. Smith ex- two years ago regarding sound a revised permit by and shock waves. 14. According to a letter from said the local district Frank Cady, the district's gen- eral counsel, it's still unclear whether the sonic and shock waves generated by the blasts at SIAD fall under the jurisdic- tion of the Title V permit. SIAD's Paul Fulkerson told the board that restricting open burning/open detonation ac- tivities during inversions would result in a 44-percent re- duction in SIAD's business. He complained about over regula- tion. Larry Rogers, SIAD's public information officer, suggested that much of the criticism of SIAD is based on "emotion" and not facts. Rogers said the perception that SIAD may not be able to continue has already hurt the operation. Corrine Mendell, who said she lives across Honey Lake from SIAD, said she sees the balls of fire and feels the shock creased in the past couple of were occurring. waves from the blasts. She en- years but insisted her home Residents Against Muni- couraged the board and SIAD had been damaged by the tions' Jack Pastor said-RAM oWmials to "see the focus of the blasts, has established a community little people." She said she has a right to hotline. Interested residents Mendell acknowledged the "sit at my desk and not know" should ca11257-9400. effects of the blast had de- the demilitarization activities The Veteran's Hall in Quin- any indication, the teens want NewSpace Media, Qnet Com- cy was packed Friday night, the same thing, puters, the Pizza Factory and March 23, as teens from 14 to From 8 p.m. to midnight, AlltheBest Video. 19 enjoyed Club Quincy. teens danced to the music In addition to the sponsors, Club Quincy is the dream of played by a disc jockey. They Club Quincy received help three local teens: Mitchell El- also enjoyed a variety of from parentchaperones. sten, Cody Kratz and Paul snacks and won prizes. Elsten said Club Quincy Fink. Elsten said the trio "This is a dream I had," said plans to host a dance once a wants to provide entertain- Elsten. "And I have friendsmonth. Plans are already un- ment for Plumas County teens who were totally motivated to derway for the April dance in a safe, and alcohol and drug help me and a lot of communi- with a date to be announced free place, ty support." soon. If Friday night's turnout is The event was sponsored by the satisfaction building your home, or the ect out. We all the Lg materials. "We'll help Help From Finance to Finish" plumbing & foundation not included We'll help you from planning to painting. Save $1,O00's in Sweat Equity from finance to finish." or 1-888-299-3227 Home Office 1-600-482.8453 P.O. Box 156, Adin, CA Ernest Ramirez (Service Rep.), Robert Simon (Service Rep.), Samantha Tapia (Customer Service Rep.), Tammy Tyler (Health Care Clinician), Tisha Roberts (Center Manager), Allen W'dkerson (Service Rep.). 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