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FEATHER RIVER Ind Surrounding Areas Since 1866 Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Vol. i45, No. 39 Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 530-283-0800 50 CENTS Sheriff's office shares the wealth Today: Taco dinner, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m., La Sierra Lanes. Benefits Quincy High School yearbook, desktop publishing class spring field trip. Adult meal $8 (two tacos, beans, cookie, drink), child meal $6 (one taco, beans, cookie, drink), $2 per extra taco. To-go orders available. Tonight - Sunday: "Hairspray"; 7:30 p.m. Wed - Sat, 2 p.m. Sun; Town Hall Theatre. Feather River College production of Broadway musical. Pre-sale tickets, $10, available at Carey Candy Co., Epilog Books, The Finishing Touch. Shows usually sell out; if not, tickets $12 at the door. Thursday: "Mountain Bounty: Three Years of Community Food Projects," 5:30- 6:30 p.m., Alley Cat Cafe. Plumas Rural Services' Community Food Network staff share free pre- sentation about three years of success and challenges with the Mountain Bounty project. For information: Elizabeth Powell, 283-3611., ext. *839. Words & Music, 7 p.m., Patti'S Thunder. Open stage follows featured artist; sign up at the door to perform. Tickets $3. Beverages available for purchase. For information: Plumes Arts, 283-3402. Friday: Orders due for sixth annual, Community Supper Take-Out Lunch Benefit. Pickup 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Methodist church Fellowship Hall at corner of Church and High streets, Thursday, May 17. Lunch of smoked turkey and cheese on freshly baked croissant, fresh fruit salad, chocolate chunk cookie, bottled water pre- pared by Caron Chance of The Back Door Catering Co. Orders for 10 or more lunches delivered free of charge. $9 per lunch; all proceeds benefit Community Supper program. To order: Gayla, Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., 283-1740; or order via Saturday: Sierra Park Homes open day. Tours of show home, informa- tion about Almanor Energy Plus, solar, Energy Star, energy savings. Food, beverages, bounce house, special Green- Dan McDonald Staff Writer dmcdonald@plu rnasnews.corn ' The Plumas County Sher- iff's Office is spreading the wealth. Last week the department doled out more than $80,000 worth of new high-tech equipment to more than a dozen of the county's emer, gency responders. The recipients said the com- munications and life-saving gear was sorely needed. And they were quick to show their appreciation. "You don't see this kind of cooperation anywhere else. You really don't. We are very thankful," said Plumas Dis- trict Hospital Safety Officer Steve Tolen. "The sheriff's office is looking out after the health department, looking out after the hospitals, look- ing out after the fire depart- ments[ Everybody's on the same page with the same goal." The money to purchase the equipment came from numer- ous Homeland Security grants. The man in charge of landing the grants was the sheriff's computer and deputy administrative sher- iff, Mike Grant. He had help from the sheriffs civil clerk, Che Shannon. Together Grant and , Shannon were able to secure $55,255 worth of pagers, $6,110 for radios and $19,211 for life-saving ventilators. Sheriff Greg Hagwood said he was extremely apprecia- tive of Grant and Shannon's effort. "Mike and Che just did a great job coordinating with the agencies," Hagwood said. "It's a great example of inter- agency cooperation. And the end result is a better service to the citizens in the county." The pagers and radios were needed to meet the new Federal Communications Commission mandate for narrow-banding the county's public safety frequencies. Without this equipment, fire departments would have difficulty reaching their personnel in emergency situ- ations. "We just want to-say, 'Thank you very much,'" said Quincy fire's assistant chief, Frank Carey. Tina Venable, director of nursing for the county's public health department, echoed Carey's appreciation. "As a small community, we rely on each other to help out where we need," Venable said. "And all of ds pulling together to make things happen, and make our county prepared, has been wonderful to witness and be a part of." Tolen said the two mass casualty ventilators the hospital received are very versatile. "We can use them for patient transports from here to a critical care facility in Reno or Chico or Sacra- mento," he said. "And if we had a pandemic event where people were having wide- spread respiratory issues, this would allow us to keep patients here under more austere conditions." Grant said he contacted the various county emergency responders to determine their "wants and needs." See Wealth, page 6A Un-bee-lievable During the,morning of Monday, AprU 30, Sweet Lorraine's owners Gary Cerpovicz and Bea Collignon noticed an unusual number of bees flying around their patio. By mid-afternoon, about 3,000 Of the wandering honeybees had settled into this swarm on the fence. A call to the county ag commissioner's office broughi the scene to relieve the; restaurant of its temporary tenants. Vieira suited up and carefully collected the bees. If she decides not to keep them on her East Quincy ranch, she said she plans to pass them on to another local beekeeper. Vieira be- lieves these are domesticated honeybees that weren't long out of the hive. Notice the fanning action of some of the worker bees. According to Vieira, a hive will raise an extra queen when there is a light winter and plenty of honey. When the new queen hatches, the hive splits and the old queen leaves the hive. Photos by Mona Hill 7-11s give final reports Delaine Fragnoli Managing Editor School board members had 'lots of praise and a few questions for the fottr 7-11 committees as they gave their final reports Wednesday, May 2. The reports were the culmi- nation of four tumultuous months of research, analysis and report writing for the school closure committees. The trustees were unanimous in their praise of the volun- teer committees and their substantive reports. Shelley Callahan of the Portola committee began the reports: She noted that Portola had already gone through a school consolida- tion when Feather River Middle School and Jim Beck- wourth Continuation High School were moved to the Portola High School campus. Callahan said her commit- tee chidn't make any recom- mendations for other areas because "if it were us, we See Reports, page 6A I Sitting on hope horn Guest Ranch Mother's Day packages, furnishings on display by La Casa Bella. For information: Les Ellis, 283-9301. Saturday - Sunday: Second annual Art Show at the Hot Springs, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., California Sister at 29186 Highway 70 in Twain. Art show is free, includes local artists. Tickets for $15 include food prepared by local chefs, beverage, music by local musicians, 10 percent off displayed art. Portion of proceeds benefits local artists. Tickets available at California Sister (look for big red truck at entrance), various stores in Quincy. RV and tent camping available. For information: 283-1589. See Q, page 7A .!1!!! !11!1!!!!1, To subscribe to the Bulletin, call o30-283-0800 Luis Rubalcava-Cunan told fellow students, "Despite all the bad news this spring, you are sitting on hope." Nearly the entire Quincy Junior-Senior High School student body turned out for the dedication of QHS' new outdoor classroom, part of Plumes Unified School District's Learning Landscape program. Working in conjunction with the Edwards, Leonhardt and Williams families, Caltrans and the Stewardship Council, Feather River Land Trust purchased 42 acres from the Leonhardt Ranch, with four additional privately owned acres dedicated for educational use. Students will participate in environmental, habitat and other' land management studies. Rob Wade, Learning Landscape coordinator for PUSD, told students, "You can have all the great ideas in the world but unless you have the people to make it happen, it goes nowhere." In addition to the walking trail and outdoor seating, Wade said there are plans to build a 1,200-square-foot barn this summer and begin a 4-acre farm with a greenhouse in summer 2013 to support the return of agricultural and Future Farmers of America activities to the campus. He encouraged teachers, regardless of subject, to bring students tothe outdoor classroom. Photo by Rob Wade