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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Vol. 147, No. 34 Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 530-283-0800 www.plumasnews.com 50 CENTS Avian grace A pair of sandhill cranes walks in the wetlands of Thompson Valley on April 2. Sandhills mate for life and usually begin breeding after 2 or more years of age. The birds are omnivorous, and often build their nests in isolated wetlands. With wingspans up to 7 feet, these cranes are known for their dancing skills as they stretch their wings, dip and pump ......... their heads and leap gracefully into the air during ourting. A sandhill crane fossil estimated to be 2.5 million years old was discovered in the Macasphalt Shell Pit in Florida. Photo by Mike Nellor ,, :. - Doctor named interim CEO at hospital Dr. Jeff.Ke pie seen as a unifylng00eader at PDH Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Less than a week after Plumas District Hospital parted ways with its former CEO, Doug Lafferty, the board appointed an interim replacement, Dr. Jeff Kepple. "If there is anyone on staff who can be a lightning rod for trust and change, it's Dr. Kepple," said Dr. Mark Satterfield, who serves on the board of directors. Lafferty oversaw a number of changes during his nearly three-year tenure, including implementing electronic medical records, but lis decisions and manageinent style weren't universally appreciated and both Lafferty and the board agreed it was time to make a change. Board chairman Bill Wickman announced Kepple's selection April 3 during the hospital board's regular monthly meeting. Kepple, who had been sitting at the back of the room with his wffe, Tracy, joined the directors sitting at the head table. He began his remarks by noting that this October will mark the 20th anniversary of their decision to call Quincy home. "I am more committed to this hospital than ever, and I want to see it prosper and thrive," Kepple said. He then laid out the five biggest challenges facing the hospital: --Providing a full spectrum of services with fluctuating patient volume. Satisfying a growing number of mandates with limited staff. Meeting the growing burden of documentation. Providing timely and accurate billing. - See Kepple, page 5A Today: Community Supper, 6 - 7 p.m., United Methodist Church. Hosted this week by Community Connections. Weekly dinner open to all; free, donations accepted. "Local Women Making a Local Difference"; social hour 6 p.m., dinner 6:30; Tulsa Scott Pavilion at Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Sixth annual recognition dinner hosted by Quincy Soroptimist. Tickets $25, public invited. For information, reservations: Joyce Scroggs, 283-0795. Tomorrow: Presentation on bee population declines, 9:45 - 10:30 a.m., library conference room at 445 Jackson St. Featured by Green Thumbs, Quincy gardening group that mbintains gardens around library. Also included: presentation by Gray's Flower Garden on organic plants grown in its greenhouses. Public encouraged to attend. Forest Management with Traditional Ecological Knowledge, 7 p.m., Quincy library. Presentation by Danny Manning, assistant fire chief of Greenville Rancheria, on how Maidu people traditionally used fire to manage forests. Words & Music, 7 p.m., Patti's Thunder Cafd. Featuring Kelly Ann Miller. Sign up at the door for open mic. Admission $3. Sponsored by Plumas Arts. For information: 283-3402. See Q, page 4A .............................. II. To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 County considers green waste options Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com As county residents begin spring cleaning their yards, and CalFire inspectors make their rounds, county officials are scrambling to provide green waste disposal options. "We're really trying to work to get this done," Supervisor Lori Simpson said during the April 1 Board of Supervisors meeting. Public Works Director Bob Perreault said that a newly released request for proposals has yielded few results, but presented two options for the board's consideration: chipping and air curtain burners. The chipping option would :i!,:" allow for green waste disposal on Fridays and Saturday for eight hours each day at a location to be determined. Cemetery Hill in Quincy has been suggested as a possible site. Perreault is hopeful that Sierra Pacific would accept the chips for its co-generation facility. But renting a chipper/grinder is expensive -- $2,950 per hour. Perreault estimated that it would cost $13,429 per cycle, which is defined as one day of processing waste. It would cost $2,922 for one cycle of using air curtain burners, which would incinerate the green waste. "That's the better option," Perreault said. "It's more cost-effective." But all of the options cost money, with no identified funding. During the meeting, Simpson was optimistic that the county could receive funds from CalFire, especially since its inspectors would be creating a steady stream of yard debris as residents cleared property to their specifications. However, during an interview following the meeting, Simpson said she learned that the request had not been funded. The county is also pursuing funding through the air quality district. The local solid waste franchises could offer a solution as well. Ricky Ross, of InterMountain Disposal, plans to submit a proposal and Perreault is hopeful that Feather River Disposal will do the same. Residents throughout the county have various choices for disposing of green waste, but Quincy area residents, who had been used to taking yard debris to Sierra Pacific Industries' mill, have limited options. All outdoor burning is prohibited in the downtown See Options, page 5A Businessman claims attorney looking for possible ADA violations M. Kate West Staff Writer chesternews@plurnasnews'cm A Chester business owner said last week that his business was the latest target of a predatory attorney looking to cash in on possible Americans with Disabilities Act noncompliance. M&M Mini Mart owner Bill Cofer said the situation began when a woman in a wheelchair supposedly arrived in a specially equipped van and then entered his business to shop. "This woman in the handicap van is making her rounds of Chester and other Plumas County communities as well as neighboring counties in the North State," he said. "Following her visits she sends a letter of complaint to both the business owner and her attorney in which she states that the store shelving, ADA parking and restrooms did not accommodate her as she tried to shop," he said. Cofer said the attorney then requests $4,000 in compensation for the woman and $2,500 in attorney fees. "This attorney claims the woman was in my store twice so he is demanding $4,000 for each visit and his fees," he added. Cofer said he hired Certified Access Specialist Mike Gardner of Portola to review his ADA compliance and said he has since made several changes. "I purchased a new toilet See ADA, page 5A Filling Llp As winter fades into spring, the mountains behind Silver Lake hang on to their thinning coats of snow. The still waters reflect the snowy mountains where the Pacific Crest Trail weaves its way through 2,663 miles of wild and rugged terrain from Mexico to Canada. Photo by Laura Beaton : t