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Wednesday, April 11,2001 Although it has already fried for bank- ruptcy, Pacific Gas and Electric wants to raise everyone's electric rates. PG&E sells power to the Western Area Pow- er Administration. It has a 30-year contract to sell that power at 85 percent of its costs. Now PG&E wants Federal Energy Regulato- ry Commission approval to raise the rate it charges Western, which supplies much of northeastern Cali- fornia's electricity. The rate increase will net $3 billion for PG&E in the next four years, and translate into higher rates for customers up and down the state. Though a FERC decision may take 60 days, PG&E wants the rate increase retroactive to April 1. The Lassen Municipal Utility District gets about 10 percent of its peak power needs from Western. Part of the power LMUD buys from the City of Redding also comes from Western. Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Coop- erative gets most of its power from Western. W.e agree with Bob Marshall of Plumas- Sierra, who said if PG&E walks out on its contract, no long-term power contract in the nation is safe. Neither is any hope of escap- ing even greater power cost increases than the 41-percent hike already imposed by LMUD. PG&E's poor planning and corporate greed is at least partially responsible for the state's current energy woes. Instead of biting the bullet, telling stockholders to expect no dividends and sticking to its contract, the mega-utility wants hard-working Calfforni: arm to Bear the brunt of it's mistakes. PG&E claims it could lose $1.2 billion by the time the contract signed in 1967 expired in 2004. For years, the deal was a good one for both companies. PG&E sold Western cheap power during the winter. In exchange, Western sold PG&E cheap power from its Central Valley hydro- electric plants that only run in the summer• PG&E got extra power during peak sum- mer demand. Western had access reasonably priced power even when its hydro plants weren't running. PG&E and Southern California Edison just got a three-cent-per-kilowatt-hour rate increase from the California Public Utilities Commission. The interim increase com- bined with the one-cent-per-kwh increase granted in January will generate more than $3 billion for the utilities. The PUC said it won't grant another in- crease until the utilities actively seek re- funds for overpriced power from out-of-state generators. Experts agree that the state needs new power plants to provide lower-cost energy. None have been built in the last decade be- cause of protests from environmental groups. Now the Burney Resource Group is try- Ing to stop construction of the 500-megawatt Three Mountain Power Plant Ogden Power plans to build in Burney out of concern for particulate emissions. Its appeal of the Shas- ta Air Quality Control Board's certification of the plant could delay construction for up to two years. One Ogden Power official quot- ed in the Mountain Echo newspaper said the appeal is an attempt to delay construction until it's no longer feasible to build. It's almost as though the Burney group is in league with PG&E to insure higher elec- tric rates for northstate customers. g Michael C. Taborski Publisher Keri B. Taborski Legal Advertising Department Dobra Coatea Managing Editor Alicla Higbae Indian Valley Editor Terd Nacar Portola Editor Chrlati Sevtap Chester Editor Shannon Morrow Sports Editor Jenetta Meneely News Proofreader, Kid's Page Editor Staff writers Keller, Gall Brown, Victoria M etcalf, Will Farris, Woody Morgan, Pete Margolies, Rob Brockmeyer, Shayla Ashmore, Sam Williams. ~rogressi Bulletin, Progressive, Re(:~l--,.,-.. I I II II I Ust what do • Pearson, Weeks ago, when snow still covered our landscape and spring se med like a distant song whose tune was un- known, B.J. Pearson asked the other members of the Plumas County Board of Supervisors to hold their horses. Riding on these horses, like William Shoemaker on a Kentucky Derby win- ner, was a plan to renovate the jail. The supervisors, brushing their hands across pieces of paper to whisk away the dust that had gathered on the renovation plans for more than two years now, wanted to release $750,000 to pay for a big chunk of the project. Given the terrible condition of the jail, it appeared to be a reasonable de- cision--far more reasonable than hold- ing a county supervisors' conference in Disneyland. But Pearson, concerned that the board was overlooking another press- ing need, reminded the supervisors that the courts needed help, too. Anyone who has spent any time in the first-floor courtroom will admit, without any serious prompting from anyone, that the room is uncomfort- able, way too small, too cold during the winter, too hot during the summer and poses a serious security risk. In other words, it's no place to take the wife and kids on a vacation, unless horses and Dr. Grosse have in comnflJI traded from the New York Mets Cincinnati Reds. The problem I Seaver was always a Met, but tlh ¢ were not willing to meet his sala mands. They snapped their f'm II traded him to the Reds, who paiCl 1 of his salary, but the Mets were = K[L[[R sible for paying for some of his STAFF WRITER tract even though they received, of the benefits of his free pitch ER Mli This photOMal was taken of the first Feather River Canyon in 1910. they enjoy observing the incomparableskills.. "t skills of Judge Ira Kaufman as he While you may not be terribly £ hands out justice, pressed with this comparison---¢ , I tl If that is their idea of a fun vacation, must admit it's a stretch you'.V ought perhaps they would be better off to be impressed that I could SU ven watching the criminal justice system recall that Tom Seaver was trade,ore from the Mets to the Reds and tl ., .as w, thatUnfurlis saferinSideanda betterbigger•COurtoom---one saw a need to somehow work it That's the point Pearson was mak-this column, keep ing, although he said it differently. One person who is bound to addr The courts are in an odd position, pressed is baseball triviaex 2 inW They were once the responsibility of Grosse, a professional healer • " WI only the county. And now they're theso skilled m the arts of predmti , they'reresponsibility not. of the state, except when For example, the county is still re- sponsibile for the costs of housing the courts, even though the courts are Dead last hJ rces) • , .. viol completely a state function. Of course, I m not suggestmg nce, It's confusing to everybody. Heck, I Dr. Steve was gambling. Gambli s tre' cover county government and the would be wrong; it s not legal i Im aro ..... ÷ dthe courts, and I'm a little unclear, fornia. He would never ao mat. It was like when Tom Seaver was God-fearing man who respects t[Satvt.h!' chance of winning the pool. t") But, let's assume for the sake in [ had b lSt gurnent that Dr. Steve gain report which he did not do, and someha ed up in court because of it. Do think that he would want to go F courtroom that is smaller and | more dangerous than the office J in his professional career? I don't think so. ffM It's not being suggested that | ] pervisors should have allocatedl $750,000 to the courts. It is bein_ 1 gested that Pearson was possibl. .W II The supervisors, showing their ness to be open-minded, sho d![l[ Ib[ least.given Kauf a chance C0UN cuss it as a posslbihty. VENTK It was suggested in a recent in this newspaper--a brilliant( al that has rightfully receivea from many people---that the st If"y sors have lacked genuine leade recent times by failing to set minister priorities• ,. ,p es fol How do we know this is true. rn Based on the results---the reS le c Photo courtesy of the Plumas County Museuming that there were winners and tt u Im==e er trai. an it made its way .p the when it came down to how the sfm y One sors spent that $750,000. th reg !We do HISTORIAN 78 Years Ago ................ 1926 What is believed to be the first aeroplane to be used in the county by a commercial traveler in covering territory, made a landing in a field upon the outskirts of Quincy Monday after- noon, where it rested while its occupants, a tractor salesman and inspector continued upon foot into the woods nearby to inspect tractors recently placed in operation by the F.S. Murphy Lumber Company. Though over the last few years aeroplanes in use by the United States Forest Service upon patrol duty during the summer months were no uncommon sight in If wishes were fishes, this part of California, the arrival of the com- mercial aeroplane Monday created much ex- citement. School children stopped their play, merchants abandoned their counters and oth- ers paused about town to gaze in wonderment at the machine as it circle town looking for a landing space. 50 Years Ago ................. 1981 Quentin Philpot of Greenville was elected president of the Plumas County Chamber of Commerce this week. Also elected to the board was Louis De Armond of Portola, Wade Rowse of Quincy and E. Norman Johnson of Greenville. Advertisement: Beautiful bonnets for your Easter elegance. Many to choose from $3-$10. lett Plumas County Sheriff Deputies to a r Quincy juveniles. An estimated 60-7~y lette lights costing $3.50 each have been de$111 be the Gansner Airport. Iline is hay be 19 Years A#.,,o. ................ 1991 blishir Ashes were all that was left follO]283.RQ, Sunday morning fire and total the dining hall at Greenhorn Guest estimated $100,000 damage result edJmring fire of the 30 year old dining hall, rmer] electric malfunction. I lo Plumas County residents were off, news side look at the recently acquired see wt East Quincy now housing the Pltu ed the Sheriff's Department as Sheriff Stoy Vas m; Come in and see our lovely flowers and rib- open house last week., jamily bons--we do remodeling, retrimming and cus- NOTE: Items included in the weekly goc tOmQuincy•hats. The Polka Dot Women's Apparel, newspaperWhen columnarchivesare takenandfrOmrepresentOUr bo . 'tht Dolph m style of that particular period. The sI an's m 215 Years Ago. ......... , ...... 1976 grammar are not edited, so the copy h( Four months of vandalism of runway lights as it actually appeared in the or/g/n Uquet at Gansner Airfield was solved this week-when pers. lls" on ~COWgi Indian Valley would have an ocean's wo US, then be about $30, or about the mere( minimum cable or mini-dish sat kever. vision bill. And, that is only for I sti] Imagine what this would costhg tha STAFF WRITER landowners, of tl hen L For those who live from payche ] check, and those on fixed incoL , old. c ish yo, monthly cost is an important ....' If wishes were fishes, Indian Valley would be like a coastal town with waves of money and volunteers lapping at the shore. It would be time for the spring run, tOO. As soon as the sun came out to herald springtime, more than the usual mosqui- toes came out--volunteers and community activists did, too. It happens every year. There was one meeting after another for a while, and it was pretty exciting being surrounded with so much energy and en- thusiasm. At the forefront of all the hustle and bus. tle are those whose wishes include a new hospital, a new fire hall, a community cen- ter and a public radio station. The only es- timated costs available were those for the community center and a new fire hall in Greenville. Community center spokeswoman Sue Weber said that, if all residents would do- nate $5 per month, no grants or other fund- ing would be needed for a community cen- ter or all the programs it would provide to residents and their families. For the fire hall, a proposed bond measure would have taxed property owners $40 per year for 40 years. There is not enbugh support or lead- ership for this, so Indian Valley Communi- ty Service directors will probably not try for a bond measure this year, according to director Don Williamson. Note the word probably. How much is all this going to cost, I won- dered. Others did, too. Suppose a new hos- pital would cost about the same as a new fire hall, and suppose a radio station would cost the same as a community center. The cost per month, per parcel would tion. 1 - d When my children were still had my monthly budget down_] line. I even counted the times l to th the oven on for a big family meal, m an( I planned how to make the most was ] ing time. Let's see, how many ns am we fit in there at a time? ~ stalT and I'd give" up satellite televis a'--,a turkey or two for all these wish go true--would you? Maybe we coU porta at the new community center fo and it of morning and evening news, c again for movies on the wee take bring the popcorn.