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FEATHER RIVER Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Vol. 145, No. 37 ' t Surrounding Areas Since 1866 50 CENTS SUPERINTENDENT ON .HIS WAY OUT Debra Moore Staff Writer The Plumas Unified School District superintendent and school board members were available to talk the morning after they agreed to part ways, but they weren't saying much. "We have a duty to con- fidentiality that we take very seriously," said school board trustee Bret Cook, adding that he and the other board members would be able to share more after the "agreement becomes public." "When the agreement is finalized, I'll be happy to share my personal plans," said Superintendent Glenn Harris. What the men are referring to is the separation agree- ment that both parties agreed to in principle during closed session at the April 18 school board meeting. Following the closed ses- sion, school board president Chris Russell issued this statement: "The board took action, by a unanimous vote, to authorize a separation "We do have a separation agreement, but it is not finalized The attorneys are working on the details." Glenn Harris Superintendent Plumas Unified School District agreement between the dis- trict and superintendent that contemplates his resignation as district and county super- intendent. The board has approved the terms and authorized the board to sign a final agreement subject to those terms." "We do have a separation agreement, but it is not finalized," Harris said. "The attorneys are working on the details." However, what all parties involved could say was that the process bad been cordial. Board member Bob Tuerck gives a lot of credit to the superintendent. "This has been a pretty rough period," Tuerck said. "Mr. Harris has come under attack both professionally and personally, but I am thoroughly impressed by how he has handled himself." Tuerck is also impressed by how the board conducts business. He said that mem- bers don't always agree, but they work through the issues without any hostility. "Everyone has been cordial and professional through the process," Tuerck said. And it's a process that isn't over. Following the closed ses- sion announcement, when asked about a timeframe, See Harris, page 10A Garden helper "Butterscotch Helps in the Garden," by Linda Blum, offers a perfect play on bright colors for the spring art walk. Downtown Quincy will fill with art, music and special business events Friday, May 4, between 5 and 8 p.m. Blum will join husband Harry Reeves in a joint show at the Plumas County Museum. For more information, see page 11B. Artwork courtesy Plumas Arts I Tourism site goes to East Plumas outfit Dan McDonald Staff Writer Plumas County will soon have two websites dedicated to attracting vacationers. By a 3-2 vote, the Board of Supervisors chose a Graeagle company to build and main- tain a new tourism market- ing website for the county. Big Fish Creations won the $7,500 county contract, narrowly edging out a bid submitted by a coalition comprised of county cham- bers of commerce "and Plumas Arts. The new site will join the former visitors bureau website, ' which has been revived with local donations, in an effort to market the county as a vacation destination. Big Fish Creations, owned and operated by Michael and Patty Clawson, has been in the website and marketing business for 15 years. They operate 25 websites for busi- nesses and have about .90 clients, according to their company website. "I think this is a real exciting opportunity for the county," said Patty Clawson. "Plumas County is getting more than a website. We can help (the county) establish a brand. It will have autonomy and ownership that it never had before." Ownership was a factor in the county's decision t build a new vebsite. The visitors bureau's site is the property of nonprofit Plumas Corpora- tion. After county funding for the Visitors bureau ended in January, the bureau nearly shut down the website. Although it was still online, the site received only minor updates from former visitors bureau director Suzi Brakken on a volunteer basis. See Website, page 8A pt00ouJvo Health director wi'thd.raws resignation Wednesday:. "Marten Research, Ecology and Identification," 7 p.m., Phmpas County Library meet- ing room. Talk on small weasel-like forest carnivores by Katie Moriarty, Ph.D. student. Presented by Plumas Audubon Society. High School Jazz Night, 7 - 9:30 p.m., Town Hall Theatre at 469 Main St. Featuring jazz/pop performing groups from local high schools. Plumas Arts hosts. Donations at the door appreciated. For information: Plumas Arts, 283-3402. Thursday: League of Women Voters Forum, 6:30 p.m,, Quincy library. Featuring tle three candidates running for Quincy-area supervisor: incumbent Lori Simpson and challengers James Huffmon :,;nd Barry Gossett. '' Thursday - Saturday: Quincy High School spring drama production of "Bye Bye Birdie, 7 p.m., small gym. Presale tickets, $6, from Carey Candy Co. and Epilog Books; at the door, $7. See Q, page 9A Dan McDonald Staff Writer dm Plumas County Public Health Agency Director Mimi Hall formally withdrew her resignation Wednesday, April 18. A month after reading an emotional resignation letter during a Board of Super- visors meeting, Hall sent a letter to the supervisors saying she wanted to come back, if they would have her. "Two things that have not changed are my love for the Plumas County community and my desire to contribute to our residents through my dedication and expertise as a public health professional," Hall wrote in the letter to the board. But two things have changedin the month since Hall resigned. The super- visors ousted county admin- istrative officer Jack Ingstad April 10, and the nonprofit health care organization that hired Hall was sold. Hall said she decided not to accept a job with Dignity Health's Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center in Reno. On March 30, Saint Mary's was purchased by Prime Healthcare Services, which has a for-profit busi- ness model. Hall said the change wouldn't eliminate her job. But she said it wouldn't be the same job she agreed to accept. "My department (at Saint Mary's) would remain intact," Hall said. "But, in my eyes, the organization will be changing dramatically in structure and culture." It was the culture within Plumas County's administra- tion that prompted Hall's resignation. Hall cited Ingstad's treatment of county employees for creating a "toxic" work environment. Hall, who was praised by the supervisors for her effort to bring back alcohol and drfig services to the county, said she received "a tremen- dous amount" of public sup- port in the weeks following her resignation. "I was overwhelmed," she said. "There were emails, phone messages. I really couldn't believe it." Hall said her decision to rescind her resignation began.forming Monday, April 16. She said she had second thoughts after going through a disappointing full-day orientation for her new posf- tion at Saint Mary's. Later that evening, she re- ceived a phone message from Supervisor Lori Simpson asking Hall to "seriously reconsider" her resignation. The Board of Supervisors never formally accepted See Hall, page 9A Assigned watering days are voluntary Dan McDonald Staff Writer Customers of the Quincy Community Services District might have done a double- take when they received a brochure from the district last week. ' The flyer outlined the district's plan to institute assigned watering days from Memorial Day (May 28) to Labor Day (Sept. 3). QCSD spokeswoman Katie Gay said there is no reason for alarm. She said the water conservation plan is not mandatory. "It's totally voluntary," Gay said. "We are just trying to do our part to conserve water and help our cus- tomers save money on their water bills." The conservation plan calls for customers whose address ends in an'even number to water only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Those with odd-numbered addresses are asked to water on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The district is asking all customers to avoid watering their lawns and plants on Monda'ys. They are also asking everyone to not water between noon and 6 p.m. on any day. Gay said the district has received a few calls from cus- tomers about the assigned days. She emphasized the brochure was meant to help educate people on water conservation. Other cities in the state have mandatory assigned watering days already in place. Gay said that sort of regulation wouldn't be practical in Quincy. At least not right now. "For one thing, we don't have the resources to police it," Gay said. Shawneen Howe, general manager of the East Quincy Services District, said her district is encouraging wIter conservation as well. She said there were no plans for a mailer similar to the one Quincy sent out. But she said EQSD plans to focus on water conservation duringthe Plumas-Sierra County Fair. "The main focus of our booth at the fair is going to be on conservation," Howe said. "We want to educate people about their landscaping and putting in plants that are drought resistant." While residents are being asked to do their part, Gay said some of the district's biggest water users didn't offer any feedback when they were notified of the plan two months ago. The Quincy district asked for input from the county's Board of Supervisors, the school district and Plumas District Hospital. She said only Supervisor Loci Simpson responded. And she was in favor of the idea. "This looks like an excellent brochure to me," Simpson said. "Thanks for your preparedness for water shortages." THIS WEEK'S SPORTS APPEARS INTHE BUSINESS AND CLASSIFIEDS SECTION To subscribe to the Bttlletin, call 530-283-0800 A