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Serving Quincy and Surrounding Areas Since 1866 3,137 to 2929. people who consider them- that the county will need to ad- supervisors can make some de- included as well, a suggestion American Valley (Quincy) selves permanent residents of just supervisorial districts, cisions about how the districts that Dennison said his con- population remained almost static with an area. Based on the county's popula- can be reconfigured, stituents strongly oppose. 19,739 in 1990 to5,445 recorded in 1990 and 5,441 "The population doubles intion, each of the five districts "Looking at the possibilities Changes to supervisorlal dis- according to the recorded in 2000. some areas during the sum-should contain 4,164 people, for the district boundaries, tricts historically cause heated In 1990, Bucks Lake, Meadow mer," Allen said. "Obviously we have some there are some obvious solu- debate. problems," Allen said. tions," Alien said. "But, some The new districts must be growth occured Valley, Keddie, Cromberg, Mo- Allen said the county is still While the areas represented that are obvious, are not ac- formed by the supervisors by in the eastern hawk Valley and Johnsville in- receiving census data and he by Supervisors Bill Dennison ceptable." the end of October. If they fail county--includ- cluded 2868 residents. In 2000 will be prepared to issue a full and B.J. Pearson exceed that For example, Dennison's ter- to do so, then the decision is and the Sierra Val- that number climbed to 3,115. report in May. number of residents, the dis- ritory has to decrease, while turned over to a committee. By Lake Almanor Steve Allen, the planning de- former grew from The population statistics are trict represented by Supervi. Meacher's needs to expand,law, the committee must in- partment employee responsi- broken down into areas as sor Robert Meacher has fewer Meacher's district already in- clude the district attorney, the while the latter ble for the census in Plumas small as street blocks, with de- residents, cludes a portion of the east county assessor and the coun- to 4,680. County, said that while some mographic information suchAllen said his department is shore of Lake Almanor and it ty election official. The com- lian Valley and of the numbers may seem low, as age and race, also provided, in the process of transferring has been suggested thatthemittee has until Dec. 31 to saw a drop from the census counts only those The new census also means the data onto maps, so that the west shore of Lake Almanor be reapportion the districts. 'n, the county's will be the appointed a closed ses- Tuesday, April county offi- the supervi. to help until hired, only Co- other county em- Bill Dennison Pleased that Co- to do the job. Bob Co- haufOr this job. We to hire some outside and that aken awhile," And, Dermison coming into the have a learning Robert Meacher said what while realize that familiar with all CAO's job, he is the county and le to drop a A flshenmm works Ids Une out into streams Is line the Feathor Rivet, hoping to attract flOh. Photo by Tom llllte tl e t ell=eaor I'or =dlrJln Dave Keller Staff Writer The Indian Valley Health Care District's board of direc- tors ousted Dr. Richard P. Musselman Monday night, singling out its concerns about the surgeon's felony ar- rest last week. Although most of the more than 50 people who attended Monday's meeting appeared to support Musselman, board members said the doctor's al- leged conduct posed serious problems for IVH. Board member Steve Quin- by said he is "deeply dis- turbed" by the seriousness of the allegations against Mus- selman. Still, Quinby said he was committed to avoiding "a knee-Jerk reaction" and thought long and hard before urging Ills fellow board mem- bers to banish Musselman. But many residents urged the board to give Musselman a second chance. Residents, such as Randy Pew and David Schramel, raised concerns that IVH's fu- ture could be compromised by Musselman's ousting. For details on the criminal case, see the story on Page 4A. to hire in said. "But this issue on said that's when decide what ad- to be hired and receive an budget process. ,rs are con. the transition --from Jim last day on the 30 to Conen, or permanent re. will be--comes as must prepare the when the su- reconfigure districts as a 2000 census. Imp 14#t Staff WrTter Plumas County Tax Collec- tor Barbara Coates warned members of the Board of Su- pervisors April 17 not to make deals with PG&E. Coates said representatives of the utilities company, now in bankruptcy, have been con- tact _ supervisors fi'om other InVolved counties, asking them to waive penalties on late property tax payments. But that decision doesn't rest with the board, Coates said. Even her authority as the un.ty's tax collector is limit. , sne reminded them. f"A bankruptcy is not reason or lifting the penalties," Coates told the board. "I don't believe they should be treated any differently than any other Plumas County tax- payer," she said. Coates said she has been in frequent contact with the new bankruptcy attorney, Martha Romero, who is not only repre- senting Plumas County's inter- est in PG&E's financial diffi- culties, but a number of other California counties faced with the same problems. Coates said that the power of waiving penalties lies with the federal judge who will be hear- ing the case. She said that if the judge decides to waive the penalties, then that decision is final, but until then, the penal- ties are firm. Penalties began to accumu- late when PG&E's full property tax payment of more than $1.7 million didn't arrive on sched- ule to Plumas County, Coates explained. The company paid $762,519.07 of its debt, but Coates wants the full amount. "I would concur with you re- gardiug penalties," Supervisor Robert Meacher said. He added that if the company is so strapped for cash, it should re- verse the bonuses it gave to de- partment heads before the bankruptcy process began. Continuing her report to the Board of Supervisors under de- partment head comments, Coates said the county can an- ticipate a drop in the Tran- sient Occupancy Tax (TOT) funding anticipated. PG&E owns eight camp- grounds in Plumas County, and funding from those facili- ties due to the county are be- ing held up because of the bankruptcy filing. The utilities company col- lected $25,000 last year fl-om its facilities, and now owes the county its share of the TOT tax. Coates said this is just a small amount of TOT money owed, but it affects the bottom- llne. Coates said the campground fees aren't supposed to be con- sidered an asset of the compa- ny, and Romero has been made aware of the regulations. Investigating what could happen to PG&E property leased to private parties who own homes on that land, Coates said Romero believes those parcels are safe. If the company is forced to sell the land, property owners and the county must be con- tacted first, Coates said. Supervisor B.J. Pearson asked Coates, -Could the Judge allow people to buy their proP" ertY?" Coates said she wasn't famil- iar with that area, and would ask Romero for more informa- tion. season begins. lmp leB. Page 3B Page 10B Bailey Creek opens back nine. See Page 1C. Cl 4dfledm Page 2D Page 11B Ily vllete It l= ' Staff Wrttor It's mid-April and Plumas National Forest (PN1D has al- ready responded to two fires. That means it's dry, accord- Ing to Joe Wood, PNF chief of fire and aviation. And as the season moves from what is traditionally known as wet, into the dry summer months, only about half the normal amount of pre- cipitation has fallen on the Plumu0 Wood said. "It doesn't look real good," Wood said, as he reached for his imaginary crystal ball and tried to predict the upcoming season. "It's starting fire sea- son off pretty dry." But what will actually hap. pen, fire wi , is a hard one to call, Wood explained. During the past two summers, the Plumas has had wetter than average seasons, and large wfldland fires still took their Plumas NF 2000-2001Predpitatton Averal Lecadoa Brush Creek Ceeery Ltafn Mohawk Quay Sommud Avmlse 6&69" 67.$5" 39.46" 18.32- 31.76" 40.12" Curreut Total 40.67" 35.1" 18.55" 6.47" 14.28" 16_~ff' e p~r C.~t of Snnual A~_ 59.21% 51.73% 47.o1% 35.32% 44.96% 40.511% ~ Irde~ lUm~l ymn d d=m= Bm~ Crook 19q0..199S PilmCOttWy 1936-1996Gt, mm, tlle 1931,-19~ !@ 19,(1~$,19~7] ~ |1195-1~$ QUt~'y 11195~1~$ Ill way to ,11,11t111. 1111do Iovol wMeb ==re Imlf of "what tlboy olm, l im for ffm ymm Imd'uhm Im4 n'Im toil. decade, the Hum has experi- And historically, for the past encel far fewer fires per season. According to Wood, histori- cally, PNF experienged 200 fires a year. During the 19 _s and into recent years, 68 to fires have occurred. "I can't explain why it's low- er," wood said. .... -ug mlng is our bigge t__m'?. maker," said Lee Schramel Taylor, PNF public information officer. And the forest hasn t been hit with lightning like it has in the years before the 1990e. Reporting to the Plumas County Board of Supervisors April 17, Schramel said two fires have already been repC_J_ ,l,; One was conta.Lned to a nau- acre near Oreenvflle. It was caused by a debris burn that got away during windy condi- tions. A second fire was in the Sloat area near the old mill. That fire is still under investiga- tion. t