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4A Wednesday, April 2, 2014 Feather River Bulletin NTURE: S eriff disappointed by state' from page 1A proposal." Hagwood has been Feather Publishing on aggressively working to Friday afternoon, garner support for a joint "While we appreciate the project that would entail Sheriffs interest in this area, building a campus to house the lengthy process to the CHP, sheriff, jail and construct a new CHP Area other law enforcement office in Plumas County is offices together. well underway," Clader The sheriff said he recently wrote. "After a considerable talked about the plan with amount of time and money Gov. Jerry Brown. Hagwood have been invested, a site has said the governor told him he already been selected. As liked the idea of the state and such, at this point, it would county working together to not be feasible for us to start save money• the process over with Plurnas State Sen. Ted Gaines was County, or any other a strong supporter of the plan agency." that was devised by Hagwood Sheriff Greg Hagwood said and local CHP Commander he was shocked after Lt. Joe Edwards. It was receiving a call from the strongly endorsed by the commissioner's office county Board of Supervisors. • Friday. Just two days before the "I'm disappointed about CHP announced it was this, as are a lot of people in pulling out of the deal, Plumas County," Hagwood Gaines told Feather • said. "It really flies in the Publishing, "I support this face of common sense. Our joint venture and believe it elected officials in the county will greatly benefit the and Sacramento recognize people of Plumas County." the benefit in doing this Gaines explained that "The result of this decision is it will be a lost opportunity and a waste of money." Greg Hagwood Plumas County Sheriff "allowing Plumas County and the local CHP office to join efforts will provide a higher level of service to their communities, reduce overall construction/operating expenses and develop enhanced state and local working relationships." The governor's off"me declined to comment two days prior to Friday's announcement. "Generally, we do not comment on these sort of proposals," said Evan Westrup, a spokesman for BrcLwn. Plumas County Supervisor Lori Simpson said she was surprised because she believed the state was seriously considering the proposal, "especially considering there are fewer resources available throughout the state," she said. "It's disappointing," Simpson said. "It's like being asked to go to the prom and then your date doesn't show up." Local CHP Commander Lt. Edwards said last week that although he was very excited about the possibility of working with the sheriff on this project, the ultimate decision was obviously out of his hands. It is widely accepted that both the sheriff and local CHP need new facilities. And the long-outdated county jail has been a source of concern for more than two decades. Several grand juries have called the jail unsafe for both inmates and corrections officers. Perhaps no one is more disappointed than Hagwood. A week before Friday's announcement, the sheriff sat down with Feather Publishing to outline his vision for the new offices and jail. He said he had identified a 13- to 15-acre property in East Quincy and had begun the appraisal process. Hagwood said he anticipated the total cost of the project would be about $30 million. He added he was looking at grant funding and planned to meet with the governor's staff in an effort to get manyof the county's costs waived. In short, Hagwood said the innovative idea to have the county and CHP work together just made sense• And he said it fit the governor's vision of consolidating efforts. Hagwood said he didn't get decision a good explanation for the decision during his Friday phone conversation with a deputy CHP commissioner. "There was really no meaningful explanation," Hagwood said. "It was just a blanket refusal. "The result of this decision is it will be a lost opportunity and a waste of money," Hagwood said. "They (CHP commissioner's office) are a slave to bureaucracy. And taxpayers will end up spending more money because of it." Although the CHP said it has identified a local site for a new office, its spokesperson didn't disclose the location. Michael Liang, a spokesman for the state's Department of General Services, acknowledged that a site had been picked. He said the department wouldn't disclose the location because the state was still in negotiations with the property owner. Only • Served 8am to 1 lain ANY Item on the Breakfast Menu Any omelette, chicken fried steak. steak & eggs and muc morel *Limited time offer. Good through May 31. Don't forget about our FULL lunch menu! Friday Night Prime Rib starts at 5pm. Reservations recommended. T, le, , = m EXVCAR FEATHE ER 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. Email: mail@plumasnews.com Website: plumasnews.corn Ownership and heritage: The Bulletin was established Aug. 11, 1866, as the Plumas National (later changed to Plumas National Bulletin May 16, 1892) subsequently changed to its present name May 7, 1931, which merged with the Plumas Independent (1892 - 1945) June 7, 1945. Published weekly. It is part of the Feather Publishing family of newspapers serving Plumas and Lassen counties. Deadlines: Display advertising: Thursday 4 p.m.; display classified: Thursday, 3 p.m.; legals: Thursday 4 p.m.; news: Fridays, 3 p.m.; classified: Monday 9 a.m. Breaking news: anytimel To subscribe: Call (530) 283-0800, come to the Bulletin office, use the handy coupon below or send email to subscriptions@plumasnews.com Adjudication: The Feather River Bulletin is adjudicated a legal newspaper by Superior Court Decree No. 4644 (1953) and qualified for publication of matters required by law to be published in a newspaper. Postmaster: Send change of address orders to the Feather River Bulletin, P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Front page flag photo courtesy Suzi Brakken Name_ Michael C. Taborski , Jenny Lee Cobey Brown Co-0wner/Publisher Photo Editor Vice Pres./ Ked Taborski Mary Newhouse Operations Co-Owner/Legal Classified, Circ. Manager Tom Fomey Advertising Sandy Condon Production Manager Kevin Mallory Human Resources Dir., , Elise Monroe Vice Pres./Admin. Office Manager Bookkeeper Dan McDonald Sherri McConnell Eva Small Managing EditorDisplay Adv. Manager Composing Manager Address I City, State, Zip B-me Member, California Newpaper Publishers Assoc. i m m Feather recycled paper i I I I I i I l I • SubscriptionOrder Form River Bulletin • P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971 Please enter my subocdption for ~_ years. [~l Endoead find my check for $ ..,,,,' [~ In County $26 per year [~ Out of State $44 per year [~1 In California $37 per year. I I Subscriptions can be transferred, but not refunded. I l In l | H | H l l II LAFFERTY, from page 1A implementing electronic medical records• "Has it been easy?" Wickman asked. "No." While electronic medical records have been implemented, the hospital is still struggling to turn a profit, and despite many changes in billing and costly write-offs, the accounts receivable days remain nearly triple the state average• "We've got to take a look and ask how we can get our finances turned around," tying up loose ends. His last day in the office was March 27. Lafferty looks back While Lafferty wasn't quite ready to leave -- there was more he wanted to accomplish -- he said it was time. "About three weeks ago I approached the board and said 'we need to be on the same page,'" Lafferty said during an interview March 28. While Lafferty wanted to push to get more done, he said he sensed that they "were concerned that it was Could monitor its own expenses and revenue, and an overhaul of the hospital's policies and procedures that were seriously outdated. "The whole house has been converted to new automation," Lafferty said. "Everything is current and state of the art." Lafferty emphasized that the process was at times painful, converting employees who had used paper for 35 years, but it was mandated, as were many of the changes that Lafferty pushed forward. Lafferty is proud of what has been accomplished and Wickman said. a little too fast." thinks that the hospital is The board will announce Despite a parting of the poised to move into the an interim leader April 3, but ways, Lafferty said that there future. Wickman said the directors are no hard feelings. But he doesn't take all of are in no hurry to ffmd a "The board is a good the credit. "The team did it; permanent replacement, board," he said. "They are . they all worked hard," he "We think we are headed my friends. I value them and said. in a good direction with what they re doing for the Laffe,rty told his staffthat interim leadership and we h " " osp!tal. .... he won t be on the hospital are going to develop a good When asked about his campus, but that he is plan," he said. "We want to accomplishments during his available ffthey need him. work as a team and work as a tenure at Plumas District "I want them to focus on community." While the board made plans, Lafferty spent the latter part of last week cleaning out his office and Hospital, Lafferty cited implementing electronic medical records, introducing a new cost accounting system so each department the future," he said. "My goal is for them to take the foundation that we built and move it forward." As for his own plans, he said it would be an adjustment for his wife of 38 years to have him around full time. In the immediate future his son will be getting married and he has plans with friends. "I turn 67 next month, so I don't need to be working full time," he said, but added that it's hard for him just to relax and put his feet up. Though details of the agreement haven't been revealed, it appears that Lafferty's departure is a mutual decision and some of the directors weighed in on his tenure. "I am grateful and appreciate all the great things Doug has done in the time he has been with us," director Valerie Flanigan said. "He really has accomplished a lot." ' Director Kathy Price said, "I am thankful for the three years of leadership Doug has given Plumas District Hospital. I want to reassure the community that the board, senior management team and all of the employees will continue to provide them with excellent he .alth care and services•" MAIN STI EET A TISTS ......... ' ...... I .... announces their GRAND RE-OPENING Fri., Apr. 4 • 5pm-7pm ~ Group Show ~ • Oils • Water Colors • Collage • Photography • Woodwork • Jewelry & much more! 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