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Food challenge feedback-- Page 2A FRC named top small community college -- Page 5A Are 1866 Vol. 148, No. 39 530-283'0800 Wednesday, May6, 2015 Communication problem -- The Plumas Today: "Into the Woods" opening night, 7 p.m., Town Hall Theatre. Feather River College production runs through May 10. Tickets $12 general admission, available at Carey Candy Co,, Epilog Books, Great Northern Hair Co. Today and tomorrow: Annual spring low-cost health screening continues, 6:30- 8:30 a.m., North Fork Family Medicine Building on Valley View Road behind Plumas District Hospital. No appointments necessary. Do not eat for 12 hours prior to blood draw. Costs $75, payable by cash or check. Today - Friday: Bike to Work Week Continues, 7- 9 a.m., meet at post office parking lot. Presented by Feather River College outdoor recreation leadership program, Bicycle Barn. Treats, coffee. Tomorrow: Sentences & Songs, 7 p.m., West End Theatre Students in Margaret Garcia's creative writing class showcase their work. Free, open to the public. Tomorrow - Saturday: Book sale, Plumas County Library meeting room. Open to Quincy Friends of Plumas County Library members only Thu 3 - 7 p.m., general public Fri 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. All children's books free. Proceeds support See Q, page 5A I ! 'I I i James Wilson district was facing a $3 27 it would distribute $285 Staff Writer million deficit, million to 41 states and Since then, that amount Puerto Rico. has been reduced to less than Bales said PUSD can expect With the renewal of the half that, partially due to approximately $860,000 next Secure .Rural Schools Act, close to $900,000 expected year, which greatly reduces Plumas Unified School from Secure Rural Schoolsthe deficit. District's deficit in its 2015-16 payments. Additionally, the district budget shrank drastically in On April 14, the U.S. Senate can shave nearly $500,000 off the last couple weeks, passed legislation to renew next year's budget in Yvonne Bales, the district's the Secure Rural Schools Act one-time cost reductions. director of business services, for two years. The UnitedBales said she anticipates alerted the PUSD board at its States Department of increased tax revenues of 1.5 April 16 meeting that the Agriculture announced April percent to the district for next year, decreasing the Between anticipated deficit even further by close Secure Rural Schools {o $.230,000. payments, one-time cost Plumas County.Tax reductions and the projected Assessor Chuck Leonhardt increase in tax revenues, the said he is not sure what the deficit is reduced by more actual percentage will be for than half-- to $1.4 million. next year, but various factors The board already voted on indicate an increase in tax additional cuts during the revenue. April 16 meeting, which were ,'I think we're going to see projected to result in $480,000 some Positive' growth in tax in savings. revenue," he said. "I'm optimistic we'll be there." See Funding, page 5A Student exhibit ..... "i~'~ ,2, ..................... ~'" ~"7"'~,, ~,..~ ........ This interpretation of Pablo Picasso~s famous mural-sized antiwar painting "Guernica" invites vi~ors to step inside the Plumas County Museum and view the rest of the artwork created by Feather River College students in interim art teacher Charter school director wants to dispell myths James Wilson Staff Writer In their annual joint meeting held April 27 at Greenville High School, the Plumas Unified School District board and Plumas Charter School board discussed to -make a- stronger partnership. PCS Director Taletha Washburn started the joint meeting dispelling myths surrounding the charter school, which has students in Chester, Greenville and Quincy. ~:?, Washburn said that even though the school was founded back in 1998, there is still a lot of misinformation surrounding its teachers and curriculum. The first myth Washburn addressed was that PCS' teachers are not credentialed. Washburn told See Partnership, page 5A if Young patient wants to raise awareness of childhood cancer Debra Moore Staff Writer dmre@plumasnews'cm "Give us 2-1/2 years and then you'll have your daughter back." That's what doctors at University of California San, Francisco Medical Center told Dante Meyer after her daughter, who was not quite 4, had been diagnosed with leukemia. The past two years have been filled with blood tests, hospital stays, continuous chemotherapy and procedures that no child should have to endure. The timeframe the doctors quoted-her mother is drawing to a close. At the end of November, coinciding with Quincy Petersen's sixth birthday, the treatments are scheduled to end. "No more chemo!" Quincy said and she bounced in her chair for emphasis during an interview last week. The diagnosis Dante Meyer and her husband Richard Petersen were living in Malaysia, their home of 10 years, with' their two children, Carter During her time in the pediatric oncology unit at UC San relationships with her nurses and other caregivers., She likes to book that her mother made to commemorate Quincy,s Photo by Debra Moore Francisco, Quincy formed look at their pictures in the fight against leukemia. and Quincy. Dante and Richard both taught at the International School. Carter, who was 5 at the time, was attending the school, and his little sister, Quincy, 3, was . in preschool. At the beginning of September 2013, Quincy wasn't feeling well. She had random fevers, tonsillitis and various viruses. The first doctor prescribed antibiotics, but Quincy didn't improve. "She became very lethargic," Dante recalled. A second doctor ordered blood tests and said, "Let's just hope it,s dengue fever." "And I thought, 'That's the best scenario?'" Dante said. : The next few days were a blur of tests, hospital stays, a diagnosis of leukemia and initial treatment. Dante described the cancer hospital in Malaysia as very depressing; her father, Donald Gasser, who lives in Quincy, called stanford and UC San Francisco. Dante's mother, Davney, was already en route to Malaysia. She wasn't aware of the leukemia diagnosis, but was coming to take care of her sick granddaughter while Dante and Richard worked. During this very difficult time, exacerbated by language differences, Dr. Mignon Loh, a pediatric cancer specialist for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, called. She told Dante and Richard something they didn't know: the doctors in Malaysia had already begun chemo. Arrangements were made for Dante and Quincy, accompanied by Davney, to fly to San Francisco immediately. "UCSF was really responsive," Dante said. "The next day there was a biopsy, picc line See Relay, page 4A 'r % "r 3