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Serving Quincy and Surrounding Areas Since 1866 i? SWAT participate dangled in by a harness, COnnected to a a sheriffs a member of SWAT, was sky, he was Gansner Field to a dozen of the de- last a training exercise assistance of the Sheriffs De- Which provided and the aircraft. mem- in a year. t eploy hell- it mounts eradication cam- missions and matters, Jer- awareness and he said. team has members in re- and it's impor- SUre they have to practice require said. new guys, to go through to (emphasize) mDge (ii ) Photos by Dave Ketlef in an exercise Utat Usem to load onto a hellcopt moments before it takes M mbers of tho Co4uetY SWAT team, eempl the cona im edm 4 IJmt am uud for madJu ara'm tk By Dave Keller Staff Writer Many of the residents who attended last week's Indian Valley Health Care District board meeting called Dr. Richard Paul Musselman a healer. They recalled that the 53- year-old Indian Valley surgeon has saved lives, restored the health of the afflicted and in. spired trust and confidence in residents. That favorable portrait of Musselman, who is accused of too quickly and making a seri- ous mistake. 'Hasty decJ on' David Schramel, who was a member of the hospital board when Musselman was hired by IVH, accused the board of "short-changing" the doctor. Schramel said the board's decision could have far-reach- ing implications, and urged board members to avoid "a hasty decision.'* "This thing could lose us our hospital," he explained. fhing cou/d/ose our David Schramel Board member when Dr. Musselman was hired by IVH feloniously beating Greenville The future of the hospital ap- chiropractor John Bergstrand, peared to be an underlying is- contrasts sharply with the pic- sue among the residents and ture that has emerged since he employees. was arrested April 14 in Quin- One of the supporters in. cy. cluded Randy Pew, who told Because of the arrest, the the board that its decision puz. district's board of directors zledhim. ousted Musselman last week, Pew said that Musselman scrapping the doctor's con- has played a key role in keep- tract, which paid him nearly ing the hospital buoyant dur- $245,000 a year. ing troubled times. The decision, made at a pub- Resident Nansi Bohne wor- lic meeting that drew more ried that the board was pro- than 50 residents and hospital nounctng the doctor guilty be- employees, was met with a fore the courts had a chance to mixed reception, weigh in on the felony a mult, Some residents thought it battery and burglary allega- tions. was the right decision, even The woman encouraged the though they expressed warm sentiments toward Mussel- board to suspend Musselman, but board chairman Steve man. Quinby told Bohne that her Many others told board members they were moving Dooter, XL4 By Victoria Motcalf canyon. Staff Writer According to Myers, it Plumas National Forest burned through sagebrush, ju- (PNF) and California Depart- niper and mixed conifer ment of Forestry (CDF) fire stands. The terrain proved too crews responded to a 12-acre steep to use a bulldozer effec- blaze near Doyle Mountain, tively. making it the third wfldland Two crews tended the con- fire fought this year, and it's tained fire throughout the just April. night, according to Joe Wood, PNF fire and aviation chief. Reported initially at 5:05 Two more crews were as- p.m. Wednesday, April 25, by a signed as it was controlled on private party, a second call April 26. came in from the Minden area Although the origin of the Bureau of Land Management. blaze is still under Investlga- Eventually a PNF law enforce- tion, an escaped debris burn is ment official reported smoke, suspected. visible on Highway 395, said Two other fires have been Steve Myers, assistant emer- reported this month. One was gency command center leader reported near the old sawmill at PNF dispatch, near Greenville, and proved to Four engines from the PNF be an escaped debris burn. An- and two from CDF fought the other incident ,was reported fire that spread along both near the old mill in the Sloat sides of a road and up a area. ng a Page 3B Page 8B Clash of the ball clubs. See page 1C. I Classifieds: Page 2D Letters: Page 9B Staff W ter "We don't want any more ce Members of the Plumas-Sier- ment," Long said, about the ra County Fair Board of Direc- proposal and its use conflict tots said they couldn't support with the goals of the fair- a county-financed master plan grounds. for a skate park on Fair- Long added that the plans grounds Road- are confusing, placing basket- That was the unanimous de- ball courts in an area that also cision of the board April 18, fol- serves as a roadway. lowing a report from Director In Long's presentation, the Bill Long, who had attended a nature of the master plan goes meeting concerning the master against the philosophy and plan completion, goals of the fairground in pre- "We don't want any part of senting a clean, green area. He that skateboard park," Long said he could imagine sending told directors, referring to a future campers out to pitch study that could mean the ap- their tents and undo their proval and building of a skate bedrolls on a roadway/basket- park on an eight-acre parcel of ball court, or to sleep in a soc- land traditionally controlled cer field, also outlined in the by the fairgrounds. If built, the master plan. recreation services would be Members of the board voted put under the direction of the against the master plan, and Central Plumas Recreation agreed to send a letter to the District. Plumas County Board of Su- pervisors, with the intent to be on the board's agenda at its first meeting in May. The county approved of funding a master plan with Land Image in Chico last year, as it became clear certain pub- lic groups were interested in building a skate park in Quin- cy. Initially, the Central Pltmms Recreation Department (CPRD) was going to finance a Members of the Plumas-Sler- ra County Fair have protested giving up the site for a skate park because it's the last avail- able land left for the falr's ex- pansion. Neighbors around the site have protested the land being used as a skate park and other recreational uses, indicating they didn't want the additional noise. A public hearing in the board of supervisors' room is master plan, but the board of scheduled Tuesday, MaY 15, at supervisors decided to tnvestt- 1:30 p.m., for others who woum dngate other locations before like to learn the results ofa ra- a decision, cent recreation survey con- The property that was even- ducted as part of the master tually earmarked for the site-- half to all of an eight.acre sec- tion between CPRD and the falrgrounds--has traditionally been used by the fair for park- and camping. plan. For more information on that meeting, contact Jim Gra- ham in the Plumas County Planning Department at 283- 6210.