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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, April 15, 2015 5A Local istration at FRC Feather River College announced that Plumas Unified School District seniors and Plumas County residents are invited to the upcoming Home Field Advantage event. Attendees will meet FRC faculty and advisors and receive priority registration for the fall 2015 semester. The event will be held Sunday, April 26, at noon. Lunch will be provided. Meet at the Feather River College Library/Learning Resource Center. Prior to attending Home Field Advantage all new students must complete the following: --Apply to FRC. Bring your student ID number, which starts with 900. --Complete the Accuplacer Assessment Test. Bring your test scores. If you have not completed an assessment test, schedule an appointment. --Complete online orientation: visit frc.edu, click on admissions, then popular links and resources, then online orientation. To sign up to attend, or to schedule a test, call 283-0202, ext. 313, or email kguess@frc.edu. Q, from page 1A Proceeds support sixth-grade Plumas to Pacific watershed education trip. For information: Kristy, 283-2208. Monday American Valley 4-H tacos to go fundraiser, 4:30 - 7 p.m La Sierra Lanes. Proceeds support pig project. For information: 283-1633. kids welcome. For information: Feather River Land Trust, 283-5758. California native plant gathering, 6 p.m Plumas County Library at 445 Jackson St. Meeting held to connect, learn with others interested in seeing, growing, propagating, sharing knowledge on natives. Main topics: field trips, plant ID. Bring knowledge, ideas to share. For information: David Popp, 283-1350. Cultural Fair, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m Tuesday Feather River College. Students show off their cultures and countries Bike to Beaver Tour. Meet at Feather River College Bike Barn 4 of origin with informational booths p.m. for silkscreen clemonstration, set up on the campus' lower green. free shirt. Rent or bring bike for ride Booths include music, dances, to Leonhardt Learning Landscapes games and food. For information: for beaver presentation. Families, Jan Prichard, 283-0202, ext. *322. FLOWERS, from page 1A the flowers downtown. This will alleviate many of the difficulties (like dead and donation, must be made by Thursday, April 30. Donations can be made out to Plumas Arts, which is the fiscal sponsor, making all donations tax deductible. HALL, from page1A assessed seven areas of the program chief in the and Other Drugs. department and made a department, asked the board "Sherrie (Thrall) is series of recommendations,to delay its decision on absolutely transparent about Board Chairman Kevin Supervisor Sherrie Thrall hiring Kemper. transitioning to behavioral Goss0 the interim chairman also supported Kemper. "I "I'm really disappointed health," Steenkamp said. of the Mental Health want that purely outside and saddened by the process "During my interview she Commission, has been look," she said. "And we that has taken place," sheasked how I felt and I working with the mental don't have to pay somebodysaid. "Mental health staffresponded that it's proactive health department and the to start from scratch." hasn't been invited to thinking and it makes sense Kemper Group. "I had to beg However there were those participate, while other from a fiscal perspective." and plead with Mimi to do in the audience who spoke departments clearly have."Steenkamp voiced her this. She has no want or out against the choice andSchaffer enumerated some support for Kemper because desire to continue as the some of the supervisors also of the improvements that of the group's expertise and mental health director,"- he had questions, have occurred within the familiarity with the county, said. department, including and suggested that the work Goss said his initial Consultant contract hiring new therapists and not be delayed any further. thought had been to ask Using mental health funds,case managers. She said she Jacque Martinez-Blanton Social Services Director the county would enter into doesn't object to the workechoed the concerns of Elliott Smart to assume the a contract with the Kemperthat the consultants wouldcoworker Schaffer and role, but he couldn't because Consulting Group, not to be doing, but rather that suggested that rather than of the education level and exceed $250,000. mental health had been left pay a consultant $250,000, the background required for the "Consulting services shallout of the process, funds would be better spent position, focus on a review of the core "It's all about increasing the salaries at "She is the only employee organizational components collaboration, but you guys mental health. qualified to serve in this of the Plumas County Mental aren't collaborating," she"Competitive salaries are role," Goss said. Health Department and the told the board, important," interim director It's hoped that by the end Plumas County Department Schaffer also suggested Livingston agreed. "We're in of three months, the of Alcohol and Drug that alternates to Kemper the basement for directors consultants would have Programs and development should be considered. "I and therapists." provided a model for the of a plan for a combined don't have confidence in the Though Thrall and Goss department and helped Plumas County Department Kemper Group," she said. were poised to approve the recruit a new director, of Behavioral Health," read She called the report contract, the remaining Hall was on vacation with the initial paragraph in the "biased" and said it "catered supervisors asked that the her family and was not scope of services, which was to the criminal justice decision be delayed for one present for the meeting, followed by five pages of system." week. However, when reached for specific tasks. "You're going to pay them "I want to talk to more comment, she shared The supervisors have a quarter of a million dollars people," Supervisor Jeff thoughts similar to those discussed combining and you haven't looked at Engel said. that she sent to her staff at departments for some time.anyone else," she added. Supervisor Simpson asked public health. "I brought this forward after Schaffer said that the that representatives from "My shared goal with the several weeks of talking with consultant spent little time the consulting group be Board and health and human Kemper," Goss said. "We'vetalking with mental healthpresent either in person or service partners is to been in kind of limbo." staff or clients, and that she by phone to answer provide administrative The department has had a knew "other departments questions. support and stability, series of directors for the heads are driving this." "Ever since I've been on putting the county in a past couple of years "I have not been aware the board there's been better position to recruit a following the retirement of of any ulterior motive," problems with this permanent director," she long-time director John Supervisor Thrall said. department," Supervisor responded in part. "Being of Sebold. "This is a window of Terry Swofford said, adding, service to the staff is an "We need to stop that opportunity," and reiterated "Give it a week." important value in order for cycle; this was my answer," her desire to combine The board was scheduled all of us to improve services Goss said. departments, to discuss the issue again to clients and the But it's not the answer Louise Steenkamp is yesterday, after this community." that some in the mental the director of one of newspaper went to press. The bulk of the April 7 health department want. those departments -- the The decision will be printed discussion was devoted to Pamela Schaffer, a Department of Alcohol in next week's newspaper. Goss' recommendation that the board hire the Kemper Consulting Group to review droopy flowers)experiencedinAlthough past years.this is a great Jenellidelivered Donations can be hand, s or to Quincy Plu m aSchamber Arts, the organization and make recommendations He said" he chose" "Kemper pen solution and provides a job of Commerce at Plumas because the group, which forthe 201 5 season " Plm produced the Kemper i " for someone, it increases the Bank or marled to u as ,AoO e, ce P Box uinc" Report, was familiar with baskets.eXpense ofA minimumthe flower of A L ,CA 95971'-' ' the department and was $4,300 is needed to have ~ " unbiased. flower baskets' this year. more mmrmauon^ The report, which was contact aren at s4-uz s her of 2014 lssueQ in eptem Donations, or a promise of a kkleven@frlt.org. 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