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:i i Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Vol. 147, No. 35 Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 530-283-0800 www.plumasnews.com 50 CENTS Empty corner in downtown Quincy to remain vacant for some,time Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Four months after the Dec. 15, 2013, fire that destroyed a hall-block of downtown Quincy, the corner sits empty and will likely remain that way for a while. Tommy and Carol Miles, who had been refurbishing the former Great Northern building (one of the two structures destroyed in the fire), hope to have building plans and permits completed within a month, but don't anticipate construction 7 beginning anytime soon. rebuild as soon as possible." "We're in the middle of a Miles had been renovating legal process regarding the the former hair salon and rebuilding costs," Tommy clothing store to be the l~ome Miles said during an of Cornerstone Learning "interview last week. "We Center. probably won't be able to The fire also destroyed a rebuild this season, but we building owned by brothers are absolutely determined to Sonny and Mo Khalid that housed the Pizza Factory, remains unknown. The High Sierra Vapor and investigation ruled out all Quincy Thrift. but three potential causes: High Sierra has decided arson, electrical or heat not to reopen, and Quincy sources. Thrift is now open in the Quincy Fire Chief Robbie former La Casa Bella Cassou said, "The fire is still location opposite the post under investigation pending office, new evidence coming In the immediate forward." aftermath of the fire Sonny In the interim the future of Khalid pledged to rebuild, the corner of Main and but those plans are now Bradley, across from the uncertain. Khalid did not courthouse in downtown respond to requests for an Quincy, remains in limbo. update. Nearby businesses lament the vacant lot because foot Cause of the fire traffic in that portion of The cause of the fire downtown has slowed. Today: Fundamentals of Social Media workshop, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Plumas Arts Gallery on Main Street. Hosted by Community Connections; featuring Michael, Patty Clawson from Big Fish Creations in Graeagle. Costs 2 time credits for CC members, $10 for nonmembers. Space limited. To RSVP (required): Leslie Wall, 283-3611, ext. "818. Tomorrow: California's Water Issues, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., library conference room at 445 Jackson St. Free presentation by environmental lawyer Michael Jackson offers New spring arrivals Mares and their foals grace one of Feather River College's horse pastures off Highway month ~ one was born the morning of April 9. Photo by Laura Benton 70 April 9. The first four foals of the season were born in the past information on California's current water crisis, how it affects county, state. Friday: All-you-can-eat ham dinner, 5 p.m. until food runs out, Feather River Grange 440 at 55 Main St. $8. All proceeds support Grange efforts to restore building as community meeting center. Saturday: Waffle breakfast, 8 - 11 a.m., Feather River Grange 440 at 55 Main St. Waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, beverage for $6. All proceeds support Grange effort~?~o restore building as community meeting center. Monday: Local kids' Earth Day Celebration, 1:45 - 3:45 p.m., Alder Street Garden at Quincy Elementary School. Garden activities, Cecycled See Q, page 4A To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 Agency wants the pub ic to understand benefits of the statewide program Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.corn Cal Fire had been scheduled to begin property inspections last week, but decided to wait until the public could better understand their purpose. "We are not asking anyone to clear cut," said Rich Martinez, of Cal Fire. "We just want to assess the house to ensure that it's defensible in case of a fire." Ever since Cal Fire Capt. Shane Vargas announced that inspections would begin in Plumas County, the public has voiced some concerns. Objections covered topics ranging from private property rights to the amount of clearing that would be required. The objections surprised Vargas, who said that inspections are regularly carried out in 55 of the state's 58 counties. Cal Fire is not in San Francisco or Sutter counties, and this is the first year for Plumas. "It seems new here because we haven't done them," he said. Like Martinez, he said the goal is to make the properties more resistant to fire, not only for that homeowner, but for neighbors and firefighters as well. Vargas gave the example of a fire approaching a residential area. "If there are 20 houses and we only have five trucks, we have to make choices. We are going to position ourselves at the homes that we think we can save," he said. But it's not just about property. "It's for the protection of fire fighters too," he said. "It's always life before property," Martinez said. "If there's a lot of snags and debris, we aren't going to be able to protect the structure," Chris Robinson said. Vargas and three other See Cal Fire, page 4A heriff s!ill, pushi plan for lolnt fac gy Dan McDonald identify the site's location Managing Editor because it said negotiations dmcdonald@plumasnews.com with the landowner were still taking place. The sheriff isn't giving Despite the CHP's up on a proposal to build a annourtcement, the sheriff joint facility with the local said he is working the California Highway Patrol. political channels to garner "Just because the initial support for the joint-facility reply was negative, that plan. He said he wants to doesn't mean I'm done give the state an pursuing something that opportunity to reconsider. will benefit the citizens of "I'm working with the this county," Sheriff Greg Board of Supervisors and Hagwood said last week. enlisting the support of Hagwood was referring Assemblyman Brian Dahle to the recent decision by and Sen. Ted Gaines to the CHP commissioner's encourage the state to office to scrap the revisit the issue," Hagwood joint-facility plan. said. "I want to sit down, The commissioner's discuss this and detail the office said March 28 that benefits it will bring to the the CHP decided to go county." ahead with plans to build The sheriffs plan, which its own office in the Quincy was hatched with the help area. of Quincy Area CHP The commissioner's Commander Lt. Joe office said it already spent Edwards, called for a ,time and money to choose a facility that would house site for a new CHP office the local CHP, sheriff and and was committed to that site. The state declined to See Facility, page 4A I