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16R Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter PAROLE from page 1B He is never getting out,'" , Hollister said. "But times have changed. A lot of people are getting paroled. Second strikers are getting out early. It's a different world." The district attorney said there are two major factors that are allowing more violent-crime convicts to be released: First, in 2008, the law changed. And, second, California is releasing more inmates because of a federal mandate to reduce prison overcrowding. "Up until 2008, the law used to be you could talk about how bad the crime was. If it was a horrific crime, that was all you needed (to deny parole)," Hollister said. "Now you have to show the person is a currentthreat. That can be hard to prove." Statistics compiled by the Alameda District Attorney's Office reveal a dramatic increase in the number of priSoners freed on parole. In 1995, just six inmates serving life sentences in California prisons were granted parole. By 2011 (the last year statistics are available) that number increased to 341. Holhster said, with the implementation of AB 109 (Inmate Realignment), the current numbers are much higher. "I bet they are huge," he said. Richardson's future Hollister said there were two negatives against Richardson that caught the parole board's attention: The fact that he married the woman who was accused of being an accessory; and his new claim that they planned the murder together. "In the (1992) trial what he said was that (the murder) was just a rash decision," Hollister said. "The reason he was'saying that was, if you believe that it was a heat of passion type thing, it could Ed Ward, sitting at the counter of his family's Graeagle Restaurant, talks about his sister, Linda, who was murdered by her husband, Robert Richardson, on Dec. 21, 1991. Photo by Dan McDonald "She is probably sitting up there telling us to just forgive him and move on But I just don't think that we're ready." Ed Ward Linda's Brother become a voluntary manslaughter. "Now that that's out the window, he's trying to push away the responsibility. He's saying 'It wasn't really my idea, it was Michele's idea'." The ;aext parole hearing Although Richardson's next hearing is scheduled in five years, he can request to have it sooner. That will mean another agonizing day at Folsom Prison for Linda's family. "I can not imagine a worse day for them," Hollister said, adding that he plans to attend the next hearing as well. Ward said he knows what Linda would want for the family. "She is probably sitting up there telling us to just forgive him and move on," Ward said." But I just don't think that we're ready." / Niwa is the wolf "actor" who plays OR7 in the film "OR7 ~ The Journey," to be screened Wednesday, April 23, at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall Theatre. Photo submitted All are welcome to join Feather River College's Sustainability Action Team and Quincy's Earth Days Committee in welcoming Oregon filmmaker Clemens Schenk for the Quincy premiere of the documentary "OR7 The Journey," an inspiring film about Oregon's famous wandering gray wolf. The showing will be held at the Town Hall Theatre at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23. Tickets are $10 in advance, $5 for all students and $15 at the door Tickets are available now through Plumas Arts, Quincy Natural Foods, Epilog Books, Carey Candy Co. and FRC Bookstore. There is limited seating, and the show is expected to sell out. Director and producer Schenk will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions afterward. Before the film, an information fair with an upcycle art show and bake sale runs from 5 to 7 p.m. on the sidewalk in front of the theatre and in the lobby inside. Contact Lauren at or Margie at for more information or booth space. BS The Community Oregon. All of Oregon's Sustainability Awards will be wolves were conffmed to the announced just before the northeast corner of the state film. Since 2008, the awards until one male dispersed from have recognized individuals, his pack in 2011 and made businesses and groups that history by becoming the first contribute significantly to the wolf in California in nearly a economic, community and century. environmental sustainability In the process, he both of Plumas County. Four inspired and created categories will be announced: controversy, and has become individual, business, an ambassador for recovering organization and student, native wildlife. This wolf, A giveaway featuring a dubbed OR7 by biologists, was truckload of prime compost, a given the name "Journey" by cord of mixed firewood, gift schoolchildren in a naming certificates and other items contest. will be happening throughout "OR7 The Journey" tells the event. Proceeds go toward the story not just of OR7, but FRC's Student Environmental also of his species. It is a story Association's projects and of survival and inspiration. next year's Earth Week But even as most Americans events. Beer, wine and baked have come to appreciate goods will also be for sale. native wildlife and wild California's last wolf was places, 21st-century science shot by bounty hunters in and values are coming head to 1924. Wolves have begun to head with old prejudices that rebound after they were put the future of wolves and granted protections under the OR7 in jeopardy. federal Endangered Species This is the fourth and final Act in 1973, and gray wolves film in the FRC Sustainability were reintroduced into Action Team's Spring Yellowstone National Park Environmental Film Series. and Idaho wilderness areas in For more information about 1995. this or any Earth Week event, These wolves have since contact Darla DeRuiter at expanded their range into or 283-0202, surrounding states, including ext. 262. Dock at Antelope Lake boat launch open The dock at the Lost Cove boat launch at Antelope Lake is in the water and ready for use: There will be no fees until mid-May as the launch facility does not have trash and restroom services. Visitors should be prepared to pack out their trash and waste. Royal Elk Park Management will begin maintaining the facility from mid-May through the end of September. Single-use fees are $7 during that period; regular visitors can obtain annual passes for $35 from REPM. For more information about Antelope Lake, nearby recreation opportunities or accommodation of special needs, contact the Mt. Hough Ranger District office at 283-0555 or visit the forest website at INCORPORATED "llundrKIB of Im Sold Weakl" Auctioneer's Note: ! Massive estate auction to be held this weekend! Approximately t ,000 !lots will be sold to the most inspired bidders! Collections of highly i sought after art, desirable train sets and cars, antique collectibles, i contemporary furniture~ antique washing machine, yard art for the i summer, bedroom furniture, glassware, U.S. gold and silver coins, fine jewelry, costume jewelry and so many more fine estate items. If you can't make it down in person to the live preview there will be i plenty of photographs online of each item with a full description. Lightning Auctions Inc. 870 S. 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