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m ",m FEATHER RIVER , rrounding Areas Since 1866 Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Vol. 143, No. 41 50 CENTS lames IS Linda Satchwell Staff Writer Isatchwell@plumasnews.com Ever since New Day Broadband sent letters to its Quincy customers announc- ing that it would discontinue Discovery Network channels, including The Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, while at the same time hiking rates from $40 to $44.95, resident subscribers have been calling the broadband company and threatening insurrection. Neal Schnog, chief execu- tive officer at New Day is out- raged himself that companies like Disney and ESPN "have been charging Comcast much less than small operators." In much the same way, he said, "Discovery has realized they can use their monopoly." According to Schnog, Discovery is refusing to sell its programming through the national cable television buy- ing co-op, which is where New Day gets its program- ming. It doesn't have to honor the co-op for new operators he said. Schnog's contention is that New Day isn't a new operator, because the Quincy cable system has been a part of the national buying co-op since 1963: ......... Discovery doesn't agree and, further, like many com- panies, it forces "bundled" buying--which means New Day has to take Discovery's See Cable, page 10A A buckle and a benefit ample Jedidiah Lusk, a 9-yearoold boy undergoing treatment for a brain tumor, holds a championship belt buckle given to him by Feather River College rodeo student Mert Bradshaw (not pictured). Lusk is flanked by FRC rodeo members Amanda King (left) and Noel Hannon. Join Jedidiah for an evening of good friends, good food and good fellowship at Pangaea's CaM, 461 W. Main St. in Quincy, Saturday, May 22. There will be three seatings for dinner at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and are available in advance at Pangaea's Caf~, Epilog Books and Quincy Natural Foods beginning on April 20. Immediately fol- lowing dinner, join Jedidiah with family and friends at the Quincy Vets Hall for live music, dessert and a silent auction. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the event is free. Music will begin at 7 p.m. Jedidiah has been undergoing chemotherapy and radia- tion treatment for brain cancer. For more information, call 283-0576. Photo submitted incomplete Delaine Fragnoli Managing Editor dfrag noli@plumasnews.com When they received their voter guides and sample bal- lot booklets last week, sharp- eyed voters were quick to re- port missing information to county election officials. Specifically, information about the U.S. Senate race was omitted. The Plumas County Clerk- Recorder Office sprang into action and marled out a sup- plemental guide by Tuesday, May 11. County clerk- recorder Kathy Williams said she expected voters to receive those by the end of last week. "We wish to thank the vot- ers who called this to our at- tention so quickly," Williams said. "While we strive for per- fection, working under such tight timeframes can cause something to be missed in proofreading, as was the case in this situation." She pointed out that all offi- cial ballots and vote-by-mail ballots include all the candi- date races. Williams reminds voters that if they have moved since they last voted and have not re-registered, they need to do so by May 24. Also, those voters who have requested a ballot and not re- ceived one within one week should contact the elections office at 283-6256. Those with any other vot- ing questions may call that Mona Hill intruder at the campus. 911 call being made to swept the Quincy communi- ,Copy Editor Following McGowan's pre- dispatch, ty, he said it illustrated a mhill@plumasnews.comsentation, SuperintendentIn a follow-up telephone in- communication dynamic that Glenn Harris interrupted terview, Hagwood said there also needed to be addressed Although not listed on proceedings to say Hagwood was a delay of approximately to ensure adequate response. the agenda, sheriff Greg was present at the board 15 minutes before on-site In a telephone interview Hagwood appeared beforemeeting expressly to inform faculty called dispatch. Monday, May 17, Harris con- the Plumas Unified School the board about the incident. He thought the cause of the firmed the delay, citing a District board at Chester Hagwood told the PUSD delay was probably alack of "lack of automaticity" in Elementary School Tuesday, board the incident had clear understanding of policy school staff's response to the May 11. served as a wake.up call and and procedure, essentially a incident. He said the incident CES Principal Sally that he and district personnel training issue. He said the highlighted a need for more McGowan opened the Re- were working to make longdistrict and involved law en- comprehensive training. ports tO the Board portion of overdue corrections to proce- forcement were taking the Principal Bruce Williams the meeting with a discus- dural deficiencies, opportunity to evaluate and was off-site attending a meet- sion of the achievements at He said Quincy-area SWAT learn from the incident, ing at the district office. The Chester Elementary. members, whether on- or off- Hagwood added that in school secretary drove to the During her remarks, sheduty, also responded. There instances of campus safety, district office and reported to alluded to the recent incident were officers on site within he would like to see the Williams and Harris, who at Pioneer-Quincy Elemen- five minutes of receiving the 911 system activated immedi- instructed her to call the tary when the Plumas 911call. ately while simultaneous sheriff's office and they went County Sheriff's Office, the Responding to a ques- action was taken to secureto the Quincy Elementary California Highway Patrol tion from board member classrooms, students and campus. and U.S. Forest Service law Jonathan Kusel, Hagwood personnel. Once on site, Williams and enforcement personnel re- confirmed there was a delay Discussing the speed at sponded to reports of an between the incident and the which reports of the incident See Delay, page 10A number or 283-6129. Early deadlines for Memorial Day holiday Due to the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, all Feather Publishing offices will be closed Monday, May 31. This will affect the dead- lines for the newspaper. Deadlines are set as follows for the Wednes- day, June 2, Plumas- Westwood editions: Display advertising is due by Wednesday, May 26, at noon. Display classified ads are due by Wednesday, May 26, at noon. Legal advertising is due by Wednesday, May 26, at noon. News releases/letters are due by Thursday, May 27, at noon. Classified reader ads are due Friday, May 28, at 9 a.m. team takes first place. : See page 5C .... .. ('- to life Watershed group marks quarter-century of restoration. See page 1B II1[!![! !11! !! !! rl To subscribe to the Bulleth], call 530-283-0800 COU eal eClslon Linda Satchwell the community, we will move Staff Writer forward with an election on Isatchwell@plumasnews.comAug. 31, to decide the future of health care in Quincy. The Plumas District Hospi- "We eagerly wait to hear tal board met in closed ses- from the hospital opponents sion Thursday, May 13, and in detail how their tax limita- decided not to appeal thetion initiative will secure the court decision announced long-term viability of health .Monday, May 10. care in Quincy. They put this The board reported out initiative on the ballot and with the following written the community deserves to statement in response to hear their plan." Judge Kelly's order for aInitiative proponent Bob mail-ballot election Aug. 31 Zernich responded, "I take using the tax initiative propo- exception to the term 'hospi- nents' ballot language and for tal opponents.' We are not op- an injunction prohibiting the ponents, we support the hos- district from issuing anypital resoundingly ... It's the more bonds: tax on bonds that we take ex- "Although we were ex- ception to. The issue is the tremely disappointed and feel tax, not the hospital ... I love the judge's ruling on the Writ the hospital." of Mandate was contrary to Board member John Kim- California law, the (Plumas mel said later the boar ,and District) Hospital Board rot- the hospital's attorneys felt if ed today not to appeal the rul- they appealed, they would ing, although we feel confi- certainly win on two of the dent we could prevail. "Instead, in the interest of See PDH, page tOA C O dl C h Jesse Segura, the rodeo coach at Feather River College, in the West Coast Region. Photo by Shannon Morrow was honored as Coach of the Year