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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 .... Vo._.!  !47, No. 36 .-.iFe.ather Publishing Co., In . S30-283-0800 , WWW.p!umaspewsLcom ................... 50 CENTS Today: Family Walk at Feather River Land Trust Leonard Learning Landscape, meet 5 p.m. at Quincy High School parking area near gym. Rob Wade, Paul Hardy share information about public access, use of area. For information: Vanessa, 283-5758. Tomorrow: Plumas Corporation community stewardship project, 5 p.m., Greenhorn Creek. Learn about stream restoration, help with willow planting and weeding For information, directions: Gia, 283-3739. Friday - Saturday: "Godspell Jr."; Fri 7 p.m.i Sat 2 p.m.; Town Hall Theatre. Dramaworks' Magic Beanstalk Players kindergarten - eighth grade present musical. Tickets $8 adults, $5 students. Tickets on sale at Alley Cat Cafe, Epilog BoOks, dramaworks.us. Saturday: Country style breakfast, 8 - 11 a.m., Feather River Grange 440 located at 55 Main St. Choice of eggs "your way," potatoes, bacon or sausage, beverage for $6. All proceeds support Grange efforts to restore building as community meeting center. See Q, page 4A To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 I i Kennedy bows out of race for District 5 Supervisor says spend more time Debra Moore Staff Writer. dmoore@plumasnews.com wants to with family A short hike takes an adventuring soul to a viewpoint of Fern Falls along Graeagle Creek. An overlook and picnic table offer a peaceful place to enjoy some of the incredible views in Lakes Basin. A word of caution to hikers -- the trail to this viewpoint is narrow, choked with brush and difficult to navigate, but the trail to the picnic table is in much better shape. Photo by Laura Beaton Jon Kennedy, chairman of the Plumas County Board of Supervisors, announced Monday that he is bowing out of the June election and will not seek a second term. "I love this job; I love the problem solving,'! Kennedy said, "but I can't continue to put the needs of the county before those of my family." Kennedy has been waffling about this decision for some time and spent spring break with his family exploring the alternatives. "Everybody wants to leave," he said. He said his three sons want to attend school in Ukiah where they had been students before moving to Plumas County. And his wife wants to escape the vitriol that has surfaced during this campaign. Kennedy said as much as he enjoys his work as a countysupervisor, he has been offered a well-payin " private-sector job in Sonoma County. "I'm near 50 and I did a lot of soul searching," he said, adding that he compiled a pro-con list to make his decision, "There were way more cons for my family," he said of staying. "There were Jon Kennedy more reasons for me and my {amily to leave and more reasons for other people for me to stay." Kennedy spoke candidly during a 30-minute conversation, sharing the turmoil that precipitated the decision. While he knows that a See Kennedy, page 4A J PUSD to lease former probation building he said. "I'm not going to approve a lease until I see it," Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said, prompting Supervisor Lori Simpson to suggest that a special meeting might be needed because the board won't meet again until May 1. To avoid delay, Kennedy began ticking off the necessary items -- $1,400 per month rent; one-year lease; district to assume all maintenance and upkeep, as well as provide insurance. Ultimately, it was decided that the county will continue to insure the structure as well. Pending approval by the school district's legal counsel, the administrative offices will move immediately. Still looking With the probation offices no longer available, Hollister will consider other options for the Day Reporting Center, which is administered by the Alternative Sentencing Program. "Dony will do his best to find another property for us," Hollister said. "Our policy has always been that if the county can realize revenue they should." The reporting center serves as a one-stop shop for offenders to access needed services such as alcohol and drug, mental health, literacy and career counseling. The center has been housed at the Resource Center on Main Street, but has outgrown the facility. The lease is set to expire April 30, but HoUister hopes to continue on a month-to-month basis until alternative space is found. Plur 00bing exit l:rorn Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews,com Plumas Unified School District will pay the county $1,400 monthly to lease the former probation department building in East Quincy, and pay for insurance and maintenance. The deal was struck April 15, the same day that District Attorney David HoUister was scheduled to ask the supervisors for approval to move the Day Reporting Center into the building. "I said, 'Don't worry, we're not in danger of leasing the building,'" Board Chairman Jon Kennedy recalled saying during a conversation with the county's facility services director, Dony Sawchuk. But that was before the plumbing failed at the school problems force quick historical location district's Church Street administration building, overflowing toilets and forcing the water to be turned off. "We suffered a series of flooding due to the sewers," Superintendent of Schools Micheline Miglis told the supervisors. "Fortunately Dony responded to our phone call," Miglis said. "Unfortunately for the district attorney ..." and thus began a series of "fortunately, unfortunately" as she described the series of events that led her to the board of supervisors' chambers last Tuesday. "We need something to happen very quickly," Miglis said. Kennedy asked Miglis if the district intended to return to its building when the problems were fixed. "Insurance will take care of the immediate situation," Miglis said, but added that she and the board would evaluate what to do for the long term. She sees it as an opportunity to update the facility, but knows that it I would be very costly and would take a while, "We're looking at months," Miglis said, adding, "Maybe we would purchase if the price is right." County Counsel Craig Settlemire said that the county could lease to the school district without having to meet a lot of requirements because it is another public agency. "If the third party is a private entity, we would have to do notices, etc." .Cign 'rom God or scientific wonder? Samantha P. Hawtlorne Staff Writer shawthorne@plurnasnews.com The night of April 14 marked the first of four total lunar eclipses expected to occur over the next two years. The tetrad, as it's scientifically called, is being referred to as a "Blood Moon," due to its apparent link to a Christian prophecy indicating the end of this system of things. Minister John Hagee coined the term in 2013, when he wrote the book "Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change." In his book, Hagee said the tetrad represents a fulfillment of Joel 2:31 and other scriptures like it, where the biblical prophesy stated, "The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the coming of the great and awe-inspiring day of Jehovah." Although there are a total of eight tetrads occurring in the 21st century, the 2014 and 2015 tetrads are said to be significant based on all four occurrences falling on important religious events, including Passover and the Feast of the Tabernacles. On the Contrary, National Aeronautics and Space Administration eclipse expert Fred Espenak said, "The most See Moon, page 4A By 1:57 a.m., only a sliver of the full moon retains its usual bright white color as the April 15 "Blood Moon" continues into a full lunar eclipse, Enhanced photos by Samantha P. Hawthorne i  .,