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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, May 5, 2010 111B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE WHERE I STAND When Gold Mountain funding under Proposition 84, ceased operations at PESB, which funds improvements to PLUMAS SKI CLUB the PSC negotiated with the state park lands and infra- state park to retain the conces- structure. The Plumas County commu- sionaire's agreement. These reports and docu- nity has recently shown an in- After assessing the hill's ments were used by the PSC creased interest and willing- condition, PSC decided to not and MOU groups to establish a ness to get involved in the pro- reopen the hill for tl e follow- pl an to reopen PESB and de- ject to reopen the Plumas Eu- ing season due to the general fine the requirements that reka Ski Bowl in Johnsville. disrepair and unreliability of would be needed to continue The Plumas Ski Club wel- the equipment and facilities, with the project. comes this interest and would At this point the processDuring the following like to present an historical was started to obtain commu- months the PSC and MOU account of actions taken by nity and state parks support groups met and formulated ac- the club, and our current posi- and the necessary funding to tion plans on how to move the tion and plans as we move for- update the facility so that it process forward. Other initia- ward towards the goal of re- could reopen as a viable ski tives were completed, includ- opening the historic Plumas area business, ing the PSC writing a new Eureka Ski Bowl. In 2003, a PESB memoran- business plan, operating docu- Plumas Ski Club was dum of understanding was ments and capital improve- formed in 1950 and incorporat- signed by numerous federal, ment estimates. This docu- ed in 1953 as a 501(c)(3) non- state, county and local govern- mentation was compiled te profit corporation. The club mental agencies along with meet an October 2008 applica- operated the PlumaS Eureka other private entities and in- tion deadline that was be- Ski Bowl from 1955 onward dividuals to develop a coordi- [ieved to be the time that the with surface tows under a spe- nated and community orient- funding would become avail- cial use permit from the U.S. ed winter sports management able. Forest Service. The lodge was strategy that would lead to the Unfortunately, due to eco- constructed in 1958, and the reopening of the ski area with- nomic conditions and bud- existing Squaw Poma lift, in the regulatory framework getary issues within the state, which was purchased from and historical context of the which were not foreseen, the Squaw Valley after the 1960 area. Proposition 84 monies were Winter Olympic Games, was As a result of this group's not released and no applica- installed in 1963. In 1970, PESB formation, several very im- tions were accepted until was incorporated into the portant steps were undertak- March 2010. Plumas-Eureka State Park en. Snow Engineering Group Due to the fact that much of through a land exchange with was retained to compile and the plan had been predicated the USFS, and PSC continued publish the PESB Feasibility on receiving a major grant to operations under a conces- Report in December 2005. fund the upgrade of the facili- sionaire's agreement with the State Senator Dave Cox in- ty, no other major grant state park. tervened on behalf of PSCmonies were readily ave/liable A second Poma, Rainbow, which resulted in the state and no serious consideration was installed in 1975. With the park's help compiling and ap- was given to a "private fund- hope that a chairlift would be proving the environmentaling option" at that time, the installed, PSC sold PESB to document published in Au-MOU group's last meeting was the Gold Mountain Founda- gust 2006. in November 2008. tion in 1999, whi6h took over With donations from Graeagle Since that time the PSC has operation of the ski area and Community Service District, continued to meet and update operated the facility until its Eastern Plumas Recreationthe documentation required closure in 2002, after Gold District and a local business, for funding. Some of these ac- Mountain determined it could Plumas Corporation was re- tivities have included meeting no longer continue, tained to prepare the docu- with the state parks staff and mentation to submit for grant compiling an Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility generator and electrical up- the recent renewed interest in and feasibility report on up- grades, and we have started moving forward with the pro- grades needed at the hill to the process of applying for full ject. PSC will help facilitate a comply with state and federal funding from the recently re- project status meeting with requirements, obtaining new leased "Nature Education Fa- the original MOU group May 5 quotes and operational specifi- cilities Program." at the Mohawk Community cations for the power that will All of the plans and progress Center, and welcomes any be required, either generator to date has been predicated on new groups or individuals or Plumas-Sierra Rural Elec- receiving funding to complete (Graeagle Plumas Alliance tric Cooperative supplied, and the project in the approved and the newly created steer- continuing conversations form and in a way that will re- ing committee) who may want with SE Group and others sult in a fully operational ski to be involved to work togeth- about the possibility of in- area with a reasonable expec- er to attain this goal in a time- stalling a used lift vs. new and tation that it can be run reli- ly and cooperative manner. the precautions and monetary ably and at least break even. As these groups continue to expenditures that may be re- These plans have been meet and ideas are trans- quired to do so. somewhat tempered by the re- formed into actions, the PSC and Plumas Corpora- ality that this may not be a Plumas Ski Club believes that tion worked to update, pre- "lump sum" allocation and the it should continue as the lead pare and submit an applica- project may be eventuallyorganization moving forward tion for the full project fund. funded in several smaller in- with this project to maintain ing amount of $2,709,000 in crements which would also ex- the integrity of the project and PropositiOn 84 grant monies tend the timeframe towards avoid confusion. During this that accepted applications for completion. The club's intent timeframe other groups or en- this funding in March 2010. moving forward involves sub- titles may wish to consider op- PSC has also obtained $67,000 mitting applications for any crating the completed ski area in Proposition 40 grant grant monies, and pursuing facility, pending state parks monies from Eastern Plumas any other funding options that approval, and the club is very Recreation District for infra- may be available, opento that suggestion as long structure improvements at the How and when the project as the PSC can retain the his- hill and is waiting for clarifi- moves forward is directly cor- torical aspect of ski operations cation from the state on how related to the availability of including holding the "Long- these funds must be spent, this funding. To puta timeline board Revival Series" and oth- Currently PSC and Plumas together for a completion date er race events. Corporation are working on a is next to impossible, but sev- For more information, refer request for proposal to drill a eral of the infrastructure im- to other documents located on well at the hill to replace the provements including water, our website, plumasski- existing non-potable water lodge electrical upgrade, bath- club.org, or contact any board . supply and have also inquired room and lodge ADA upgrades member of the club. PSC about the possibility of con- should be completed over the would like to recognize and necting to the J0hnsville com- next several months. thank the community and munity water system for this The bigger parts of the pro- everyone involved in this pro- water source. Tentative plans ject: power supply, lift acquisi- ject over the years and as we have been drawn to upgrade tion and installation, and the continue to move forward. and remodel the existing bath- maintenance facility will de- rooms to ADA accessibility pend on when complete engi- Plumas Ski Club code and a much-needed re- neering approval and suffi- President Ron Logan model of the lodge as funding cient funding, whether from Vice President Doug Hart allows, public or private sources, is Treasurer Bob Burney Other grant applications acquired. Secretary Lisa Kelly have been made to Sierra The PSC is fully committed Board members Chris Murray, Pacific Foundation for possi- to the ultimate goal of reopen- Shannon Morrow, Mike Kelly ble funding of a standby ing the hill and has welcomed and Don Fregulia "1 Fu ture of Feather 2[" i~Ir~ -~yr:~,," .... , ~, : .~J - .... -- ~ .... .... WHERE' 'I' STAND KRIS MIRAVALLE PRESIDENT, FEATHER RIVER COLLEGE FOUNDATION DR. RON TAYLOR PRESIDENT, FEATHER RIVER COLLEGE We have heard that rumors are circulating concerning the future of Feather River Fit- ness and Recreation -- the fit- ness center located on the northwest outskirts of Quin- cy. With this article, we hope to dispel incorrect rumors and to answer questions citizens may have. Yes, Feather River College (the community college dis- r Fitness still under discusso trict) and the Feather River college is no longer able to in the last few years, being tions are successfully conclud- increased (ffferings and set- College Foundation are in dis- support the center operations run by foundation staff. After ed, the agreement that is vices at Feather River Fitness. cussions about the future of financially at the level that it discussing the numbers, both reached will have to be rati- So far, the'positive and the facility. This discussion has in the past. parties agreed that thig av- fled by the Feather River Col- constructive discussions be- essentially started in Febru- In the last month, represen- enue was not viable, lege board of trustees and the tween us have included plans ary, when the college's board tatives of the foundation and Consequently, the discus-board of the foundation. It is for improvements to the facili- of trustees approved a motion the community college dis- sions have shifted to whether hoped that this can be done in ty and a renewed focus on to renegotiate its agreement trict have held meetings to the college could operate the time for both boards' May making Feather River Fitness with the Feather River Col- .iron out what a new agree- center by achieving some meetings so that the transi- into a center for community lege Foundation for the opera- ment would look like. The dis- economies of scale, such as tion from foundation opera- education. tion of the center, cussions have been very con- utilizing the college's current tion to college operation can We are excited about the po- As the newspaper reported structive, and have been maintenance resources at the be as smooth as possible, tential for community input in February, the need for this aimed at finding a way to keep fitness center. There will likely be a short and the many opportunities change is in part due to shifts the center operating for the Our negotiations have pro- closure period, just to allow for the success of future offer- in state regulations related to benefit of the Quincy commu- ceeded very well, and we the college to clean up and get .ings at the center. If the corn- the curriculum that the col- nity. think we are very close to an organized, munity will continue to sup- lege has been offering through The first order of business agreement whereby FRC will, In spite of the fact that cuts port the center as it always Feather River Fitness and was to determine whether the lease the building and begin to state funding precipitated has, we think Feather River Recreation. college could provide suffi- operating the center as of July, these proposed changes to the Fitness will continue to be a As a result of those changes, cient support for the center to 1, 2010. way the center operates, we strong and vital asset to the and the state budget crisis, the operate more or less as it has When the ongoing negotia-actually foresee potential for community for years to come. LETTERS the EDITOR Guidelines for Letters All letters must contain an address and a phone number. We publish only one letter per week, per person and only one letter per person, per month regarding the same subject. We do not publish third-party, anonymous, or open letters. Letters must be limited to a maximum of 300 words. The ed- itor will cut any letter in excess of 300 words.The deadline is Friday at 3 p.m. (Deadlines may change due to holidays.) Letters may be taken to any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952, or e-mailed at mail@plumasnews.com Isn't broken I have known Chuck Leon- hardt for more than 25 years during my employment with the city of Portola as the deputy city clerk for almost 12 years, and for the County of Plumas working for the dis- trict attorney/child support division, in the administra- tive office/Board of Supervi- sors for 13 years, and I cannot imagine anyone other than Chuck Leonhardt as our coun- ty assessor. His knowledge of the laws, his care and compassion for his work, love of his staff and just people in general is not to becompared. He is one of the hardest-working, caring peo- ple I have ever known and al- ways so easy-going, making his position look so effortless time worrying about our years of appraising, evaluat- reactive to the problem. The nothing less. I will cast my -- believe me, it's not. He just rights, and more time think- ing and coming up with mar- whole county needs to be re- vote for Greg Hagwood, knows his job and has a deep ing about our responsibilities, ket valuation on land, com- assessed at 2010 value. I will Plumas County sheriff, on faith that keeps him going in In Quincy, we have a vi- mercial and real property, in- work with the supervisors but June 8. these tough times, brant and active communitycluding over 360 hours of edu- I will work for the "People." Joleen Cline Chuck is passionate when itwhere we try to help thosecation in the field. The state of Big difference. Portola comes to our wonderful coun- around us in need. The hospi- California didn't require an Bill, you are right in saying ty and his skills as an assessor tal is a vital part of that, and it appraisal license until 1997. incumbents have a big advan- Right course are outstanding: professional saveslives every month (if not When I asked the State tage over challengers. You The Shipp for Sheriff paid andhonest. Heis acarmg, lov- every week). It is apparent Board of Equalization if Iand the people now have thepolitical advertisement in last ing person -- all you have to that the $50 cap on our assess- needed this license to run for power to decide, week's paper uses a clever do is ask anybody that works ment won't save our hospital assessor they told me no. They Mike Gardner metaphor to imply that the for him or kn ows him and in the long run. would give me 0ne30 days af- Portola sheriff's office needs to change they'll tell you. He is always I believe that we need a ter being elected, its old ways and chart a new there to help anyone that grassroots effort to "Save Our You are correct that I be-Editor's Note: the Board of Su- course. Clever, but not really needs help whether it's an era- Hospital." Hopefully many of tieve many are paying too pervisors appointed Chuck true. ployee, the public or the you will step forward to help much in property taxes. It is Leonhardt as county assessor Mr. Shipp is a daylate and a Board of Supervisors. us do this. We are not locking apparent you support the cur- effective July 1, 1997. dollar short or just hasn't As the saying goes, "if it in to any group, and have the rent assessor. Yet, isn't it nice He sat for election June 2,been paying attention. We've isn't broken, don't fix it" and 'singular purpose of continuing that after 13 years of having 1998 and received 74.9 percent had a new sheriff in town for vote for Chuck Leonhardt for the excellent work being done the current assessor, who was of the vote. some time now; he long ago assessor, by our medical community, appointed by the supervisors, Leonhardt was re-elected incharted a welcome new course Joani Duncan As we get closer to the vote, that the people have an oppor- 2002 and 2006, with 99.41 per- for the department. Retired hopefully we will be able to tunity to elect someone ofcent of the vote and 99.96per- I've raced Flying Dutch- Plumas County hear from many different peo- their choice? cent of the vote, respectively, man, ICs and Cal 40s, and I Portola ple about how important the You are also correct in say- can tell you that you don't hospital has been to them or to ing that I complained thatNothing less want to reset the sails when Newer, safer, better their family. This can be a local elective office should not be I've been married to a sher- you're full-and-by and on the Lawsuits or hospital? ! community at its best -- band- seen as an entitlement posi- ifffs deputy for 22 years and it right on course. That's a sure think I would rather have the ing together to build its own tion where one makes a ca-is very important to me that wayto flounder. hospital. Many of us in the"slimmed down version" of a reer. The issue is about hav- our men and women in uni- Sheriff Hagwood has al- neighborhood s just want tonewer, safer and better hospi- ing someone in office too long. form have a leader who is de- ready proved l~e is on the make sure we have a hospital tal. We think that this will be The president of the United serving of their respect. Greg right course and has what it when all of these conflictssomething to be proud of, and States can only be in office for Hagwood has filled almost takes to be sheriff, which is clear up. it shoulfl be built by us, be- eight years! If I were in the as- every sworn position in thewhyhehas myvote. Our modern times seem to cause it is for our local pe`ople, sessor's shoes I would step Plumas County Sheriff's Of-Brenda Lantow feature lawsuits as a way to Bill Coates down. Seventeen years is too fice. He knows how the job Quincy have your way. Early in our Quincy long in any office, should be done, and he knows Straightforward country's history I believe we The assessor has a forest how to support the men and I've known Greg Hagwood had less time spent in the Power to decide fire behind him and he is women doing the job. for most of his life and believe courtroom, with more time This is in response to Mr.stamping out the embers drop- It's time for honesty, in- that he has the temperament, spent working things out, and Martin's letter. Yes, I have ping in front of him by only tegrity, and respectabilityexperience and character to we probably spent less money been involved as a real estate helping those who complain. I within the sheriff's depart- as a result. We also spent less broker since 1980. Thirty want to be proactive instead of ment and Greg will settle for See Letters. page 12B