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FEATHER RIVER INC. SM(:I_L_ TOWN PAPE:F:i3 217 WEST C[]TA STREET SI-IEI_T(]N W(:-I 9 , 5,%(-- 226 :'{; nding Areas Since 1866 Wednesday, May 2, 2012 School closure guide inside See page 7A WEEK'S !7 SPORTS APPEARS IN THE BUSINESS AND CLASSIFIEDS SECTION Wednesday - Thursday: Feather River College Outdoor Recreatio0 Leadership gear sale, noon- dark, Feather River Fitness. Event includes music, pizza, beverages, prize giveaways, kayak rolling practice (weather dependent). Proceeds support ORL stud ent expeditions, student scholar- ships, Swiftwater Rescue class, Wilderness First Responder certifications. For information, to don ate: 304-9723. Thursday - Saturday: Friends of the Library book sale, Plumas County Library Proceeds benefit book purchases, library programs, supplies. For information: Lin Bixby, current library board president, 283-9102. Friday: Art Walk, 5 - 7 pm., down- town. Opening reception for Carr Clifton at Capitol Arts Center at 525 Main St.; group show at Main Street Artists gallery; Plumas County Museum presents work by Harry Reeves and Linda Blum; Sara Conklin of Mountain Glass Lampwork Beads demon- strates bead making in front of 505 Main St.; Pangaea Care and Pub hosts show by Feather River College art department students; live music at The Drunk Brush Wine Bar; local barn quilt information, drawing for miniature barn quilt, refreshments at Quincy chamber Friday - Saturday: Electronic Recycling, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Drop off follow- ing items for free recycling: televisions, monitors, LCD screens, plasma screens, laptops, computer towers, printers, copiers, fax machines, calculators, stereo systems, keyboards, mice, speakers, cellphon'es, telephones, microwave ovens No other devices allowed. No batteries. For information: fair office, 283-6272. See Q, page 4A To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 Vol. 145, No. 38 Feather Publishing Co., inc. .u-ze-ueuu - www.v,u,,m=,,= ......... 50 CENTS HSUpERINTENDE'NT NO MORE 00iris leaves with $140,460 severance a . . " " " . . DM:'ae::;dg:l' eT:ce'a'atwtharequest fthe "Vecon nowturn voted to authorme a separa the document, the board felt tion agreement, approved the it was in the best interest of A foursome of top adminis. trators has assumed day-to- day operations of the district and county office. Bruce Williams will serve as acting superintendent for the dis. trict, while Terry Oestreich takes that post for the county office. Business director Yvonne Bales and special education director Tori Willits will assist. In a prepared statement the board said it would soon begin the recruiting process for a new district superinten- dent. "We can now turn our attention to the 7-11 (school closure) process," board chair. man Chris Russell said Friday. "I look forward to moving in a different direction." The board is scheduled to hold a workshop on the 7-11 committees' recommendations our attention to the 7-11 (school closure) process. I look forward to moving in a different direction." Chris Russell Chairman, PUSD board tonight, Wednesday, May 2. (See Citizens Guide to School Closure for details of the recommendations.) Harris' departure comes after months of turmoil over the bungled school-closure process that culminated in a no-confidence vote from teachers and an effort to recall him from his elected county office. After a three-hour closed session April 18, the board reported it had unanimously As of yesterday, May 1, Glenn Harris ceased to per- form any duties as superin- tendent of Plumas Unified School District or Plumas County Office of Education. But he'll continue to get paid for another year: $10,775 in compensation and $930 for health care each month for 12 months, for a total severarree package of $140,460. In an agreement announced Friday, April 27, Harris "irrevocably" resigned from both posts. His last day of work was Monday, April 30. He will use his 35 days of accumulated vacation leave, and unused sick leave as needed, until his resignation is effective June 30. During that time, Harris may provide some "necessary Artfully arrange',::t Lara and Bill Eichenberger's 1950s deco-style Lucite chess set is one of the many beautiful things artfully arranged throughout their house. Bill, a master woodworker, created all of the cabinetry, shelving and finish work. tara, who manages the Main Street Artists gallery, has filled the house with fine art for an eclectic display. For the story and more pictures, see the Spring Home and Garden suppi0ment inside this week's newspaper. Photo by Mona Hill terms and designated Russell to sign a final agreement. The final agreement shows that Harris andRhssell signed the next day, April 19. Harris alsosigned his two resignation Ietters April 19. The agreement became final Thursday night, April 26, following elapse of a seven- day grace period. The board released the document the following morning. The separation agreement pertains only to Harris' employment with the school district. His county office position is an elected posi- tion, so there were no terms to negotiate. Although all parties reported that the negotiations were cordial, the agreement clearly states that they were "in dis- pute" .over Harris' continued employment. According to the district to "bring these disputes and controversies to a conclusion and to avoid liti- gation, costs and expenses?' Under Harris' latest contract, which the board approved in August 2011, if the board determined it was in the best interest of the district for him to leave, the district had to pay Harris his monthly salary for the remainder of the term of the contract. The contract was a four-year agreement running July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2015. However, the contract capped his severance at one year. As part of the separation agreement, Harris agreed not to reapply for or seek future employment with the district. Harris did not return a request for comment by press time. Woman's body found in river Dan McDonald Staff Writer On Friday, April 27, two men preparing for an after noon of kayaking saw an "unconscious woman"..float- ing face-down in the Feather River at Rich Bar. "We weren't sure if the person was alive," said Quincy resident Kurt Sable. "Conner (Herdt) yelled at the person and was prepared to throw a rope." But there was no response. Sable said the body appeared to be lifeless. He was right. The body of Anne Edgar- Soto Zada, 66, of Tucson, Ariz., was recovered later that day by a search and res. cue team from the Plumas County Sheriffs Office. A California Highway Patrol helicopter, as well as the kayakers themselves, assisted in the recovery. Zada's body was recovered about one-quarter mile down. river from where Sable and Herdt saw it floating. "We are awaiting an autopsy. But it doesn't look like anything suspicious," Sheriffs Detective Steve Peay said. According to the CHP, Zada was the victim of a single-car accident. Her 2010 Toyota was found upside down in the river about one-half mile from where she was seen floating. With aid from its heli- copter, the CHP was able to find evidence Of where Zada's car went into the river. The CHP said the car was traveling east on High. way 70, approximately one- half mile east of the Rich Bar See Body, page 3A Foru rn featu res. su pe Dan McDonald Staff Writer I#II IJ District 4 Supervisor Lori Simpson didn't mince words during last week's candidate forum. "You need to elect me again. No bones about it," Simpson said. "I admire these two (challengers Barry Gossett and James Huffmon) and I will appoint them to some commissions and let them get up to speed. I'm already up to speed." Simpson's closing remarks before a group of about 35 people at the Quincy library were the most emphatic of the one-hour forum. They were a contrast to the rest of the evening's dialogue that saw the three candidates agree on many of the issues facing the county. Gossett and Huffmon, both local businessmen, empha- sized their experience in many of their answers to questions prepared by the " audience. About adozen questions were read by moderator Norberta Schmidt from the League of Woman Voters, who sponsored the forum. Gossett and Huffmon were critical of Simpson and the current supervisors for not paying enough attention to tourism and economic isor candidates Challenger Incumbent Challenger James Huffmon Lori Simpson Barry Gossett said, "Andwe are going to have to figure out how to fund it. And I will work hard on that." The three candidates agreed on the importance of making sure the county had goodfunding for law enforcement. They agreed that modernizing the PlUmas District Hospital should be a priority. While the challengers out- lined changes they would make if elected, Simpson spent most of her allotted time highlighting her accom- plishments and defending her record. She said being a county supervisor isn't as easy as people might think. She said she hasn't had a vacation during her four years in office. development. They said they wanted to see a portion of the transient occupancy tax (TOT) used to advertise tourism. "As a business owner, I know that when things slow down, the first tendency is -- like the county-- to cut your advertising expenses," Huffmon said. "As soon as you do that, there goes your revenue and you fall further. In business we've learned that the slower it ets, the more money we spend on advertising." Gossett said that if he were elected, he would try to make sure the fairgrounds, visitors bureau and chambers of com- merce received adequate funding from the county. "It's an important part of our community," Gossett "You think you know everything when you become a supervisor, but you find out you don't know any- thing," said Simpson, who has worked 20 years for the county. "I thought I knew everything, until I became a supervisor and had to learn even more." Simpson said the institu- tional knowledge she's gained is important, "because we have a fairly new board. "And I need another term to get stuffdone. Quincy doesn't need-- with all due respect -- a new training team." Several of the questions from the audience concerned the recent firing .of County Administrative Officer Jack Ingstad. Following are some of the questions and answers from the forum: What are the three top issues you would address if elected or re-elected? GOSSETT: I'm concerned with how the TOT is being used. The visitors bureau is closed. I feel like everything that is related to tourism and economic development has been cut. We need to revisit that so we can get our economy headed in the right direction and attract tourism. I would like to see a board of tourism and commerce that oversees the museum, the fairgrounds, chambers, economic development and possibly have someone to re- cruit new business to our county. It could possibly be funded through a business license tax and the TOT tax. But we have to use the TOT responsibly. HUFFMON: Economic development is definitely where a big part of my focus is. The first thing I would work on is developing what our economic development strategy is. A lot of that is going to have to deal with the TOT and how it is spent and how it is collected. See Forum, page 2A