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FEATHER RIVER :y and Surrounding Areas Since 1-866 Wednesday, May 5, 2010 Vol. 143, No. 39 50 CENTS [] Linda Satchwell the initiative itself, rather they were bringing an "exopted for putting the initia- Colantuono's "opposition"petitioners' application." Staff Writer than the PDH rewrite; parte" application, which is tire on the ballot in thepointed to the "woefully inad- In addition, Colantouno's that the court order PDH to anexpeditedjudicialprocess, November general election, equate notice" (less thanresponse asked the court to hold the election at the because they're almost out of the petitioners are asking 48 hours) that this ex parte "deny the application on the A packed courtroom, soonest possible time, which time for the Aug. 31 election the judgeto force an earlier petition afforded the hospital merits." He pointed out that presided over by a retired would be a combined (withdate. election, to respond, the initiative doesn't qualify judge of Butte Superior Peninsula Fire District) Ex parte judicial proceed- They state, "PHD has failed Further, Colantuono for immediate submission to Court, the Honorable Thomas special election Aug, 31;ings are usually reserved for to follow the applicable charged the petition requires the voters: It is the hospital Kelly, listened April 27 as and that the court issue a urgent matters when requir- law and has engaged in a the judge to decide on issues district's decision whether or petitioners for the Plumas temporary restraining order ing notice would subject one pattern of delay to prevent that weren't in the original not to go ahead with the next District Hospital Tax Limita- to keep the district from sell- party to irreparable harm. petitioners' initiative from petition, including the Aug. special election or opt for the tion Initiative brought an ing any more bonds until this The petitioners argued here coming before the voters 31 election and the temporary next general election. exparteapplication, issueis settled, that if they waited for the of the district in a timely restraining order, detailed The respondents also The petitioners asked forJudge Kelly was brought time required to file a normal manner." above, pointed to the fa t that the three things: that the court in from Butte County whencase where the affected party, In response, Plumas Dis- He asked for the case to be petitioners "cite no case law issue a writ of mandate local judges Ira Kaufman and the hospital, had t me to pre- trict Hospital's special legal dismissed or, barring that, or statutory" to support any ordering Plumas District Janet Hilde recused them-pare a response, they would counsel, Michael Colantuono, for an extended time period of the three applications for Hospital to amend its Resolu- selves from hearing the case. miss the August election filed documents opposing the so that the respondents have judgment they have before tion No. 2010-5 to use the Initiative proponents ex-date. petitioners' application for a "an present ballot language included in plained in their petition that Though the hospital has temporary restraining order, evidence in opposition to See Court, page 12A 'People painter' opens show li Mike Taborski Publisher Quincy Fire Chief Robbie Cassou was airlifted to Reno's Renown Hospital Saturday, May 1, after suffering a heart attack. He was at the fire station preparing for a day of training with the Fire Academy when the attach occurred. Fortunately, Quincy volun- teer firefighter and Plumas District Hospital paramedic Dean Eaton was at his side when he noticed Cassou hav- ing some difficulty breathing. Eaton quickly put him on an advanced life support cardiac monitor -- carried onboard the fire rescue truck -- and confirmed his condition. Cassou, 48, is reported in good condition after having a stent inserted to open a blocked artery. He is expected to be moved out of ICU yesterday, Tuesday, and should return to work in four to six weeks. See Cassou, page 12A peal ails Joshua Sebold Staff writer Former Plumas County Deputy Jeff Bergstrand's effort to challenge his termi- nation, which originally occurred in 2008, has come to an unsuccessful end. When asked whether the grievance process had concluded. Acting Plumas County Counsel Brian Morris indicated, "In the county's view this matter is closed." He explained, "When a pub- lic employee is terminated they have certain rights to appeal a termination," and in this situation "any rights to review or appeal the termination have been exhausted." See Bergstrand, page 12A Plumas Arts Gallery opens an exhibition of figure paintings and drawings by Russ Flint during this Friday's Art Walk in downtown Quincy. Flint calls himself a "people painter." This work is called "Popcorn Girls." For more information, see page 13B. Photo courtesy Plumas Arts Joshua Sebold Staff Writer jsebld@plumasnews'cm The Plumas County Board of Supervisors demonstrated its intent to stay with its current local emergency medical service authority, NorCal EMS, with a minute order at a Tuesday, April 20, meeting. All counties are required to have a LEMSA, an inde- pendent agency that keeps 141[!)!!r11! !!!! Ir track of first re pond ers and other medical workers' compliance with rules re- garding licensing, certifica- tions and training. NorCal's status as Plumas' I local provider became a topic To SUh ,',-,hot ,tho --lletm of interest for the supervisors when several counties suddenly jumped ship and Joshua Sebold Staff Writer jsebold@plu The League of Women Voters' recent candidate forum in Quincy was chock full of interesting statements and arguments from candi- dates in the sheriff, assessor and District 5 supervisor races. Assessor In his opening statement, Assessor Chuck Leonhardt highlighted his experience as county assessor for 13 years, adding that he has worked 22 years total as a professiortal appr mer. He also pointed to his work lowering property taxes. "Two years ago we lowered 3,600 properties. Last year we lowered 5,000 properties." The assessor added that his office used the newspaper and county website to try to help people understand what properties were eligible for lower assessments. Challenger Mike Gardner opened by pointing to his "extensive schooling in land and real estate appraisals and all facets of real estate for the past 30 years." " He reported moving to Plumas in 1989, where he has "worked with developers to establish land and home values along with selling those properties." "Having been involved in all phases of development, I know the risk of using my own dollar in order to make a dollar under the tremendous burden of taxation." Gardner said one of the dif- ferences between him and the current assessor was that was "a Vietnam veteran." He also said being brought up by a father and uncle who were vets "gave me a perspective kids seem to have lost today." Asked by an audience member how being a vet re- lated to the assessor's office, Gardner responded, "turning 21 on a bunker" was "a little different than playing at your local playground" and "it's a matter of character." When asked how the two competitors were different, Gardner said he'd never been in government and didn't have a politician's perspec- tive, "So I'm trying to represent you folks as a regular person out here in the community.!' Leonhardt reiterated he had also worked in the private sector and owned several businesses at various times. He said the main difference between the two was ex- perience, and being a profes- sional appraiser in the private and public sector was "very different from market- ing real estate and large developments." On a later question, Gardener gestured to a picture in the newspaper of a Plumas County Economic Recovery Committee meeting Leonhardt attended and com- mented the assessor was of- ten "doing things that really are not his job." He continued, "Because Chuck has a lot of different See Forum, page 14A For the went to another provider, Public Health Director Mimi the board if any of them Sierra-Sacramento Valley Hall have repeatedly told the were considering making an EMSAgency. board the movement away argument for switching the The supervisors and County from NorCal seemed to be county'slocalservice. Administrative Officer Jack political. The other supervisors Ingstad discussed the topic They also reported that shook their heads and Cabin Fever at several meetings and Glenn, Modoc and Sierra Meacher said he agreed Guild hosts repeatedly reported their counties seemed open to stay- and thought the exodus from inability to get reasonable ex- ing ifPlumas County did. NorCal by other counties quilt show. planations from the counties Spiess told the board was strange and politically See page 1B who were leaving as to why NorCal would be able to hold motivated. they were making the switch its fe6s steady for fiscal year Graeagle Supervisor Ole and lobbying for all counties 2010 - 11 with those fourOlsen agreed and added it previously working with counties and they would have would be nice to give NorCal NorCal to leave, the option of leaving theEMS "some horsepower" in Local emergency services following year if prices went its discussions with other providers have also appeared up. counties. at each of these meetings He also indicated twoofthe The board listened to a to voice their support for counties that left for Sierra: report by local emergency FRC heads NorCal. Sac would actually be facing service providers, who to super- NorCal Executive Director a fee increase this year in explained the Sierra-Sac Dan Spiess has also been at their new deals, group was mostly an urban regional. two of the meetings to answer At this point Indian Valley agency, while NorCal was See page lC questions. Supervisor Robert Meacher He and Plumas County asked the other members of See EMS, page 14A