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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, May 7, 2014 7A CAL FIRE, from page 1A responsibility areas. Following the presentations, the public will be invited to ask questions of the Cal Fire representatives. Inspections Cal Fire routinely makes property inspections throughout the state, but this is a new program for Plumes County. When Verges initially announced the plan to make inspections, he met with mixed reactions. Some people welcomed the expert advice, while others called it a violation of private property rights. The plan called for two inspectors to visit homes and assess what could be done to make them more resistant to wildfire and render them more defensible for fire crews. In the process, property owners would receive an inspection sheet with a list of items to complete. Cal Fire would return to ensure that the corrections were made. The suggestions "could range from moving woodpiles that were too close to structures to limbing trees to a height of 10 feet from the ground. Capt. Vargas continues to stress that this is meant to be positive and not punitive. He and four inspectors attended training with others from across the state last month. Vargas promises that the local inspectors have firefighting experience and will use sound judgment when advising residents. The purpose is to protect individual homes, neighborhoods and the firefighters themselves. "If there are 20 houses and we only have five trucks, we have to make choices," Vargas said during a recent interview. "We are going to position ourselves at the homes that we think we can save. It's for the protection of the fireflghters, too." But the inspectors won't go where they aren't welcome. If there is a locked gate or a no trespassing sign, the inspectors will move on to the next location. Cal Fire has come under fire, no pun intended, for collecting a $150 annual fee from homeowners and not providing service in Plumas County. The statewide fee is for educational and not firefighting purposes. The nearest Cal Fire station is located in Westwood and serves the Lake Almanor Basin. For that reason, the inspections will be conducted in other areas of the county and are limited to properties where the fee is assessed. Cal Fire will work with the local En-e districts and elected officials as they enter an area. More details will be shared at tonight's meeting and those with specific questions will have an opportunity to ask them. PDH, from page 1A room upgrades. Kepple said that the hospital has a "talented facilities crew" that is very capable of making the improvements. What's next Dr. Kepple is working as CEO under a two-month contract that can be extended. "We are hoping that Dr. Kepple will remain beyond two months," said Bill Wick|an, the board's president. "Dr. Kepple is doing an outstanding job." April 11. Under the agreement he will continue to receive his salary and health benefits for six months. Board chairman Wickman said that Lafferty's contract would have taken him to August, so the severance includes one additional month of pay. Lafferty spent nearly three years at PDH and oversaw a number of changes, including the implementation of electronic medical records, but his decisions and management style weren't universally appreciated and Human remains discovered It's now a little more convenient to turn in a ballot at the Plumas County Courthouse. County elections officials ordered this ballot box, which was bolted into place last week by facilities staff. Those who vote by mail will receive their ballots this week and may either mail them back in or hand deliver them to the county courthouse. Staff will check the box several times a day. FrOm left: Tina Terrazas, County Clerk Kathy Williams, Melinda Rother and Marcy DeMartile. Photo by Debra Moore Ballots should arrive this week Debra Moore Staff Writer With less than a month to go before Election Day on June 3, ballots are in the mail and should be arriving at Plumas County residences this week. "Anyone who doesn't receive a ballot by May 9 should call this office," said County Clerk Kathy Williams, who is the county's chief elections official. The number to call is 283-6256. "We love to get those calls early on so we have time to cancel the original ballot and issue another," Williams said. She explained that voters who divide their time between Plumas County and another place of residence sometimes forget to change their address. Because 75 percent of the county's voters are registered as permanent vote by marl, Williams stresses the importanc e of ensuring that all ballots have been properly delivered. "A huge chunk sends them back in immediately and then there is a lull," Williams said, with a good number actually being turned in to local polling places on Election Day. The latter poses a problem for Williams, because those ballots can't be processed until the following day. "When people bring them to the polling place it delays the results and defeats the purpose," Williams aid. Vote-by-mail ballots delivered to the clerk's office or mailed in advance of Election Day can be processed and are simply waiting for tabulation at 8 p.m. when the polls close. Williams encourages voters to mail in their ballots in a timely manner or to hand carry them to the clerk's office. Since the courthouse has implemented increased security, including a metal detector and guards, Williams arranged to have an exterior ballot box installed to make it easier for voters to drop off their ballots. "We are doing everything we can to make it convenient,,' Williams said. The June 3 primary ballot includes the county's elected positions of sheriff, district attorney, auditor, treasurer, assessor, clerk-recorder, county superintendent of schools, and District 3 and District 5 supervisors. Only for District 5 supervisor is there more than one name on the ballot: incumbent Jon Kennedy and challengers Jeff Engel and Jim Judd. Kennedy has withdrawn from the campaign and plans to relocate out of the area at the end of this term, but his name will still appear on the ballot and voters could opt to vote for him. A candidate needs 50 percent plus one vote in the June 3 primary to avoid a runoff in November. The top two vote earners will be in the runoff. Dan McDonald Managing Editor Bones discovered by mushroom hunters near Canyon Dam last month have b determined to be humag Plumis County Sheriffs Investigations Sgt. Steve Peay said the identity of the person was still unknown as of Monday, May 5. He said the bones are being sent for DNA testing. "We are treating this as a suspicious death, obviously," Peay said. Peay said a human skull was found by people hunting mushrooms in "a very remote" area off Highway 89 near Canyon Dam on the morning of April 22. The Sheriffs Office dispatched a search and rescue team that included cadaver dogs, and uncovered more bones in the immediate area. Peay couldn't say how long the bones had been there. But he said they were found in an area that was burned during the 2012 Chips Fire. "It looks like they were there after the fire," he said. Peay said more information would be released as it becomes available. He said results of the DNA testing would be entered into a missing persons database. Although clothing was foundat the scene, Peay said there was not enough evidence to determine whether the person was male or female. Anyone with possible information about the case is encouraged to call the Plumas County Sheriff at 283-6300 or 283-6363. 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