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6A Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Feather River Bulletin Dr. Eric Wattenburg, with his father, Bill Wattenburg,. is continuing in the family tradition of talk radio. Eric is taking over his father's Sunday night slot on the Talk Radio Network. Photo submitted Dr. Eric Wattenburg takes over father's radio talk show Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com On Sunday nights between 8 and 11 p.m., Dr. Eric Wattenburg puts down his stethoscope, turns on his microphone and takes to the radio. For three hours he accepts calls from all over the United States and beyond. Given his background as a physician, many of the callers ask medical questions, but it's not all about health. "I have a folder of topics that I draw from each week; ideas that I think are interesting," Wattenburg said during a recent interview. But sometimes he turns to events from his. day-to-day life, like a recent getaway to the Oregon coast. Wattenburg was raised in Greenville and attended the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He began his medical career in 2002 at Quincy Family Medicine, but now he and his family live in Oregon, where he owns an His wife, Debora, assists him at the center, and is also his executive producer for the first two hours of his weekly radio show, which is carried by the Talk Radio Network. Wattenburg hopes that eventually it will be carried in Plumas County by a local radio station, but for now listeners can listen via trnl.com/wattenburg-audio. Those who want to participate on air can call 800-449-8255. While Wattenburg broad,casts from the second floor of his Oregon home, the studio is in Medford. "I'll have someone in my ear telling me when I'm all clear," Wattenburg said. He sits behind three computer screens, one that queues the callers and the others for research. Despite the distance between his home and the studio, and his relative novice status, Wattenburg says there "haven't been any real hiccups." Maybe that's because being urgent care center in .................... a_radio talk. show host is in Redmond. his blood. His father, Bill Performance Workshop "i Mohawk Community Resource Center is a sendce of __.e',%__ PLIJMA$ RURAL SERVICES cutting-edge Bruka Theatre of the Sierra, based in Reno. She has over 40 years of experience performing, directing, and participating in well over a hundred stage productions. The workshop will provide attendees traditional and innovative tools to use for any style of performance, whether it be on the stage or in your professional life. Call Gottas Productions for information or private lessons (775) 843-6858 Wattenburg, hosted a weekly radio show on KGO for four decades and then turned to the Talk Radio Network when KGO changed its format. "I'm not the nuclear physicist that my dad is," the younger Wattenburg said when asked about following in his father's footsteps, but he did take over his father's Sunday time slot. Wattenburg likes his new role and the open format of the show, which allows him the freedom to tackle a variety of topics. Recently he tackled depression and Wattenburg was surprised by the candid questions he received. Though his show covers many subjects, Wattenburg said he does have a mission in life: "To get government where it ought to be in health care -- make sure that people don't fall through the cracks -- but don't try to run the whole system." Wattenburg likes life in Oregon, where his 16-year-old daughter can practice ballet and his 19-year-old son attends junior college and is a paramedic, but he doesn't rule out a return to Plnmas County. APRIL 30 Feather River College board appoints Meyers as new trustee James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plumasnews.com There's a new face on the college's board of trustees. At the Feather River College board of trustees' regular meeting April 16, board members appointed James Meyers, of Clio, the new trustee for District 1. Former FRC trustee Leah West announced her resignation from the board during the regular board meeting in January. Last month's meeting was officially her last. Rather than go through the costly and lengthy process of an election, the board decided to select a replacement through a provisional appointment process. The position was flown, and the board ultimately received five applicants who lived in the district: Meyers, Jason Christian, James Miller, Trent Saxton and Ralph Taylor. Meyers was raised in Plumas County himself, a graduate of Greenville High School. After graduating from high school, Meyers turned to the California community college system, attending Sierra College. It was at Sierra College that Meyers began to take education more seriously, he . wrote in his cover letter to the board. Professors took special interest in his studies and encouraged him to transfer. Meyers then transferred to UC Davis, where he earned a 'bachelor's degree. Shortly after that he earned a master's degree in education at Davis, then a doctorate in education from Harvard University. For 34 years, Meyers taught agriculture for the University of California at Berkeley and Davis. Recently, he moved back to Plumas County where he resides in Clio. In his cover letter, Meyers pointed out that h6 hoped opportunities would be greater for youths in the county now than they were when he grew up here. "I would like to contribute what I can to improve educational opportunities for Plumas County youth;" he wrote. Guy McNett made the motion to provisionally appoint Meyers to the board. "Since we're going to be offering a bachelor's degree for equine and ranch management, I think this man would be a huge resource for FRC," McNett told his fellow board members. The board discussed the other candidates' merits before ultimately voting on Meyers, unanimously approving the new trustee. Meyers was not in attendance at the meeting, and will be sworn in at the board's next regular meeting May 21. The big move In his monthly report to the board, FRC President Kevin Trutna updated board members on the various departmental moves on campus. The Equine Studies Department is in the final stages of turning the former outdoor recreational leadership boathouse into a meeting room. The courts for the new sand volleyball team are complete and in use. A campus building currently used for metal storage will soon be turned into a welding shop. Currently, the welding shop is in the "underutilized" vocational ed building. Last, the Facilities Department will soon have a brand new building behind the soccer field. The college is in the process of interviewing construction companies interested in taking on the project. "I am my father's son," he said. "I grew up in the mountains of Northern Mobile phone service restored in Quincy Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com AT&T mobile customers in Quincy were without service for nearly a week from April 9 through April 15. According to company technical service representatives who responded to a barrage of complaints from the Quincy area, the culprit was a malfunctioning connection node on a transmission tower, complicated by an expired lease. By Tuesday, April 14, the Plumas Board of Supervisors became * Mowing Lawn Aeration Fertilizing  I ~ Free Estimates ~ Pruning _,/ 1 ~ Competitive Rates ~ Weed Eating Now serving Graeagle! * Spring Clean-up W  283-2921. Bob concerned that it could become a public safety issue because so many people rely on cellphones as their primary means of communication. Jerry Sipe, the director of the Office of Emergency Services fob PlumaS County, also became involved in rectifying the situation. The supervisors don't have government liaisons with AT&T, unlike other utilities such as Pacific Gas and Electric Co. Supervisor Lori Simpson, whose district was severely impacted by the outage, said she decided to go to the top. "I Googled AT&T, found the headquarters link and a number for the president of the company," she said. "Of course it went to voice automation where it tells you to state your problem, so I said I was an elected official and began telling my story." As she was talking, she said "someone live came on" and she explained the problem again, and eventually spoke to a supervisor in the technical department. Customers .had been told not to expect service to resume until May 1, but Simpson was told it would be restored by 9:30 a.m. April 16. Service was restored to most customers during the evening of April 15. Those who called to report their service outage received various explanations, estimated restoration times and compensation quotes ranging from $25 to a month of free service. A formal response to an inquiry made by Feather Publishing was received the afternoon of April 16, nearly 24 hours after service had been restored. It read: "Due to weather-related tower damage, some customers in the Quincy, CA area may be experiencing issues with their wireless services. Technicians are currently working to assess the damage and determine when services will be restored. We apologize for this inconvenience:" Generator Installs (530) 617-0469 Rick Deacon, Owner CA Lic #978127 n,c00s00000000ncEs 311 First Street Greenville Brighten Up Your World with aNew Coat of Paint! 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