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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, April 8, 2015 3A Fire Saf00.00 Council to hold monthly meeting April 9 The Plumas County Fire Safe Council's regularly scheduled monthly meeting will be held tomorrow, Thursday, April 9, at the Plumas County Planning & Building Services office, located at 555 Main St. in Quincy, from 9 to 11 a.m. The council will be discussing its numerous wildfire mitigation and hazardous fuel reduction projects. Members welcome everybody to attend including community members and individuals interested in forest restoration and in making Plumas County less vulnerable to wildfire. The Fire Safe Council encourages residents to work to maintain and improve the defensible space around homes and properties. "When burning on these Plumas school districts ranked high for affordability, education James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plumasnews.com According to study results released last week, Plumas and Sierra counties have two of the best school districts in California. Plumas Unified and Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified both made the top 25 of 375 districts analyzed to find the best school districts for , your buck in California. The study was condicted by NerdWailet.com, a personal finance website that states its goal is helping consumers make money decision. NerdWallet set out to discover which districts have the best blend of affordability and Str0ng schools. To fmd outl researchers took into consideration the affordability of homes, standardized test scores, college readiness and class size. Researchers discovered that rural districts tended to score higher on their list than districts in metropolitan areas. Plumas Unified School District ranked 23rd of the 375 districts examined. Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District ranked even better, at the No. 12 spot. Areas that hit the bottom of the list tended to be more urban, where the cost of living is higher but standardized test scores, graduation rates and the number of teachers are lower. Those districts included Oakland Unified, Los Angeles Unified and San Francisco Unified. To see complete data on PUSD, SPJUSD and the other California school districts, go to nerdwallet.com. beautiful spring days it is important to do so safely and in a way that reduces Smoke in your community," said Nils Lunder, council coordinator. Residents should follow these basic rules: --Only green waste Originated onsite can be burned on your property (you cannot transport green waste from somewhere else and burn it on your property). --Anything other than residential burning (preparing defensible space for a one- or two-family dwelling) requires an air pollution permit. Questions about obtaining this permit can be directed to Julie Ruiz at the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District Portola office at 832-0102. --Choose a safe location; take time to rake away flammable materials in a 20-foot ring around the burn area. --Be sure to have appropriate hand tools and water available. Lay out hoses before you begin the burning process and make sure that you have a few extra sections of hose connected in the event of an escaped burn. --Burn only on permissive burn days; call your local air quality hotline before you burn. Residents can hear recorded phone message information on permissive burn days from the Northern Sierra AQMD in Chester (258-2588), Greenville (284-6520), Portola (832-4528); Quincy (283-3602); and Sierra County (994-3561). --Burn only cured (not green) materials; dry materials and piles will burn hotter and produce less smoke. --Do not burn tires, pressure-treated wood, plywood, painted wood, plastics or garbage. --Completely extinguish your pile when you have Emished burning. This means that there are no more "hot spots" in the burn area. Apply water and stir the burned area until the f]re is dead out and the entire burn area is cool to the touch. --In the event of an escaped burn pile, do not hesitate to call 911 to request assistance. The quicker you act, the better. "Unfortunately, every spring in our county we have early-season wildfires caused by unextinguished piles that Countywide network invites residents to get involved Plumas Rural Services, Community Connections program invites residents throughout Plumas County to consider what they can do to get involved in their community. Next week, April 12 - 18, is National Volunteer Week; organizers said this is the perfect time to get engaged, supporting something that is personally meaningful. Community Connections leaders say the organization helps Plumas County residents identify what they are interested in doing and connects them to those who might be looking fo r that kind of service. It has taken the concept of volunteering in the community and redesigned what that looks like. Instead of concentrating on just what one person can do for another, said program coordinator Leslie Wall, the program focuses on how community members can exchange services with one another, so that all have the opportunity to contribute and everyone can get wants and needs met. Community Connections is a time bank, tracking the number of hours exchanged and connecting members with service opportunities. "One member might do some gardening for another, earning credits for her time," said Wall. "She can then use these credits to request any other service available from the network of members -- transportation to an appointment, guitar lessons, child care, etc." There are now over 260 Community Connections members, and combined they offer more than 400 different services. Community Connections is funded, in part, by a grant from the Sierra Health Foundation, an independent foundation committed to supporting h6alth-related activities in Northern California. Wall said this funding aims to promote the healthy aging of Plumas County seniors by reducing isolation, strengthening social ties and increasing access to services. "A key part of these goals is the enormous level of engagement Community Connections sees from its senior members, and the same is reported by members of all ages who regularly participate in service exchanges," said Wall. Local funding to support Community Connections comes from Plumas County Public Health Agency's 20,000 Lives targeted grant program. 20,000 Lives seeks to create thriving communities in Plumas County, said Wall. The program, like Hazardous Tree Removal Bolcat Service Trimming Tree Falling Free Estimates FULLY INSURED John Wharton, Owner (530) 258-2895 or (530) 816-0579 Almanor Stump Grindin GO L F O U, R $ E NOW OeN!!! Dust offyour clubs and come join us at the Graeagle golf course! Become a Member at Graeaple Meadows and discover the area's best value!  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The Plumas County Fire Safe Council is a coalition of citizens, businesses, local residents and representatives from local, state and federal government agencies. They share a common interest in preventing loss of life and minimizing the loss of property from wildland fires. The mission of the Fire Safe Council is "to reduce the loss of natural and human made resources caused by wildfire through Firewise Community programs and prefire activities." The Fire Safe Council is available to assist local communities in a number of ways with the goal of increasing the county's resiliency to wildfire. For more information on the council, Plumas County's Community Wildfire Protection Plan and other fire safe information visit plumasfiresafe.org. hosting." 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