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Board declares end of emergency- Page 2A Fire forces Belden Town evacuations- Page 7A Vol. 148, No. 37 www.plumasnews.com 530-283-0800 Wednesday, April 22, 2015 0 School district faces $3 m Ilion deficit Plumas Grown -- A group of local farmers plans to use a Plumas Grown label to distinguish its products from the rest./Page 1B Dispatchers praised The county's 911 dispatchers received heartfelt thanks from their emergency responder peers last week./Page 5B Conference champs -- The Feather River College baseball team won its ninth straight conference title after a doubleheader split with Butte College./Page 1C Today: Trash pickup contest, 1 - 2 p.m., Feather River College. Meet at greenhouse. Celebrates Earth Day with prizes for most trash, biggest piece, most unusual piece. For information: Darla DeRuiter, 283-0202, ext. 262; Bridget Tracy, 283-0202, ext. 308. Jazz Night Concert, 7 p.m., Town Hall Theatre. Plumas. Arts hosts showcase for county's high school musicians. Donations at the door support music programs. For information: Plumas Arts, 283-3402. Tomorrow: Earth Week activities, Town Hall Theatre. Information/art fair outside, inside theatre starts 5 p.m.; Community Sustainability Awards announced 7 p.m.; followed by screening of "OR-7: The Journey." Beer, wine, treats, prizes. Presale tickets, $10, available at Plumas Arts, Epilog Books, Quincy Natural Foods, Carey Candy C 0. Tickets $15 atthe door. For information:.Dr. Darla DeRuiter, 283-0202, ext. 262, dderuiter@frc.edu. Friday and Saturday: "Aladdin Jr.-; 7 p.m. Fri, 2 and 4!30 p.m; Sat; West End Theatre. Magic Beanstalk Players present spring musical. Tickets, $10 adults, $5 students, on sale at Carey Candy Co., Epilog Books, dramaworks.us. I i ! i See Q, page 4A To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 The Plumas Unified School District board looked at some hard numbers and made some hard decisions at its regular meeting held at C. Roy Carmichael Elementary in Portola on April 16. PUSD is looking at a deficit of $3 million for the next school year, which will result in funding cutsin many areas. Yvonne Bales, director of business services, presented the board with projections for the next school year. The presentation, Bales explained, distilled the entire budget down to bare essentials. PUSD has a net revenue of $17 million. After operating expenses, which include salaries, contributions, liability insurance, utilities and fees for service, the district exceeds the budget by $594,444. The district also spends close to $3 million on supplies, professional development, memberships, service contracts and other expenditures. After adding in a tax projection increase, the adjusted annual deficit sits at just over $3 million. Bales then presented the board with a best-case scenario. Anticipated cost reductions for next year put the deficit at $2.27 million. If Fair Share, about $1.2 million paid to the state every year, is eliminated the deficit would be just over $1 million. If Secure Rural Schools is reauthorized, the deficit would drop to just $152,656. Trustee Dwight Pierson pointed out there is no bill See PUSD, page 5A Class of 2028 Erin Lal checks future kindergartner Kyler Senter's blood pressure at Quincy Elementary School on April 16 during the annual Kindergarten Roundup. The roundup helped get students in the Class of 2028 prepared to start kindergarten next year by giving them free medical exams,backpacks, bicycle helmets and school supplies. Photos by James WHson Dillon Eason shows off the new gear he got at the Kindergarten Roundup, including a new backpack, bike helmet and school supplies. Local dentist Dale Harris examines Izabella Nunez's teeth at last week's Kindergarten Roundup. Jefferson backers continue to seek support Supervisors listen, don't take action Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Proponents of the state of Jefferson packed the Board of Supervisors room for the third time April 14, but once again did not walk away with a declaration that committed Plumas County "to have a seat at the table" as many audience members requested. Even if the supervisors had wanted to approve such a declaration, they would have been precluded from voting on it, because it was not listed as an action item on the board's agenda. Rather it was to be simply an economic presentation. The supervisors have repeatedly asked for more fmancial information from supporters of a 51st state, and last Tuesday they received it from Steve Baird, an information technology specialist, who works in Sacramento. (Steve Baird is no relation to Mark Baird, who has previously appeared before the board as the group's organizer and spokesman.) Baird told the supervisors that based on his calculations the county would receive $171 million annually to conduct See Jefferson, page 5A Genesee wildfin.00 signals the start of fire season Dan McDonald Managing Editor dmcdonald@plumasnews.com A substantial wildfire in Genesee Valley last week signaled an early arrival of fire season in Plumas County. The Ward Fire, located about 10 miles southeast of Taylorsville, burned 137 acres in steep terrain before it was fully contained late Friday. The fire was initially estimated to be more than 190 acres in size. But after detailed mapping was completed by the Forest Service the burn area was reduced. Mop-up operations began late iast week and were expected to continue this week. Nearly 200 firefighters from several Northern California forests battled the f'e, which was first reported late Monday afternoon, April 13. Crews were supported by an air tanker, which made several drops Tuesday. There were no reports of injuries or structures burned. The U.S. Forest Service said the cause of the. fire was still under investigation. A 911 caller who first reported the fire indicated a burn pile might have escaped its boundary near the Heart K Ranch. Fanned by wind gusts, the fire quickly spread from private land to the Plumas National Forest. PNF Fire Information Officer Elizabeth Sousa said the Ward Fire showed characteristics of wildfires that usually happen in June or July. See Wildfire, page 4A Derailed'l Two Burlington Northern Santa Fe engines, along with a pair of cargo containers they were pushing, are tilted after derailing near Forgay Road in Greenville on Monday, April 20, at approximately 5 p.m. The train was headed southeast out of Greenville at the time of the derailment. Although there is considerable damage to the track and ties behind where the derailment occurred, no injuries were reported. The BNSF hasn't released the cause of the derailment or when the route may reopen. Crews were working at the scene Tuesday. Photo by Greg Knight J .