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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Vol. 147, No. 40 Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 530-283-0800 50 CENTS ! side Body of missing Quincy man found Editorial: Education gap -- The county needs a place for people to take the GED test./Page 10B Perspective: No tax bill -- That could someday be a reality for big corporations, but not the rest of us./Page llB Trojans win -- The Quincy High School baseball team advanced in post-season play with a victory over Portola./Page lC : i,]!  :::': Today: Free Shaved Ice Party, 4 - 7 p.m., Carey Candy Co. Amy Carey hosts party to thank community for helping reach Kiva Zip loan goal. Rwanda travel program, 7 p.m., Plumas County Library at 445 Jackson St. Plumas Audubon hosts Julie Newman, Terri Weist discussing travel experiences. Tab Benoit in concert, doors open 7:30, showtime 8 p.m., Town Hall Theatre. Award-winning blues musician presented by Plumas Arts. General admission $25; Plumas Arts member advance tickets $20; tickets at the door (if available) $30. Tickets available online at See Q, page 7A Early deadlines All Feather Publishing offices will be closed Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day. This will affect the deadlines for the May 28 newspaper. Deadlines for the Wednesday, May 28 Plumas-Westwood editions: All Display Advertising and Legal (Public) Notices for the classified and other newspaper sections is due by Wednesday, May 21, at noon. News releases -- including letters to the editor, births, obituaries and cards of thanks --are due by Thursday, May 22, at noon. Classified reader ads are due Friday, May 23, at 9 a.m. To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-08O0 Troubled 35-year-ol.d repc00rtedll' haa mental health problems Dan McDonald Managing Editor A missing Quincy man, who suffered from mental health problems, was found dead under a culvert on Quincy Junction Road on Friday morning, May 16. The body of 35-year-old Jason Root was discovere d by a near-by property owner, according to the Plumas County Sheriffs Office. Sheriff Greg Hagwood said it appeared Root had been dead for quite some time. He said the cause of death is under investigation. Root reportedly had numerous encounters with law enforcement since 2008, including the local sheriff and CHP. He was reported missing just after midnight on April 21 by a staffer at the Sierra House. The house, located at 529 Bell Lane, is a board and care facility for mental health patients. The sheriff said at the time Root was reported missing, staff at the Sierra House, discovered a variety of prescription pills -- nearly 400 in all -- were missing from the house. Root's body was discovered between Lee Road and Bell Lane at 9:37 a,m. The location is less than a couple hundred yards from the Sierra House. "This is obviously a tragedy. Mr. Root suffered from some challenges," Sheriff Greg Hagwood said. "His passing in this fashion is incredibly unfortunate. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends." Hagwood said it was too soon to tell if Root died of a drug overdose. He said a toxicology report is pending. The sheriff said he was committed to conducting a "thorough investigation." Plumas County Mental Health Director Peter Livingston said because of privacy rules (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) he could not comment directly. "I can say that whenever a tragic event occurs -- whether it is a client of the department or not -- our employees, and the department itself, have compassion for people's loss and difficulty," Livingston said. State fiower The California poppy is our official state flower. It beat out the mariposa lily and the Matilija poppy in December 1890 when it was selected by the California State Floral Society. However, it wasn't awarded official state flower status until 1903. The California poppy was deemed a fitting symbol for the Golden State because of its golden yellow and orange blooms. Photo by Laura Beaton Fourth candidate enters District 5 Supervisor race Clio resident Alice Berg says she provides alternative for voters Debra Moore returned to the county Staff Writer elections office. Following are the questions that the other Three names appear on candidates answered at the the ballot for District 5 beginning of the campaign. supervisor, and now a In the weeks after they were fourth has filed to be a printed in this newspaper, write-in candidate, incumbent Jon Kennedy Clio resident Alice Berg announced that he has knows that she is entering decided to relocate out of the the fray late in the process, area and ceased but wants to give voters an campaigning, and alternative, candidates Jeff Engel and She plans to campaign via Jim Judd have campaigned social media and personal and met in three public contact, and won't be forums. putting up yard signs. Election Day is June 3, but Name: Alice Berg vote-by-mail ballots, which Age: 53 account for 75 percent of Family: Husband Quentin; Plumas County's registered son Sam, age 24 voters, were sent out May 5, and many have already been See Berg, page 6A Plumas National Forest begins fire restrictions Fire restrictions go into effect today, May 21, within the Plumas National Forest (public land) according to Earl Ford, forest supervisor. Fire restrictions --No open fires, campfires or charcoal fires will be allowed outside of designated areas (see attached list) even with a valid California campfire permit. Bucks Lake Wilderness is included in this restriction. However, lanterns and portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed as long as the forest visitor has a valid California campfire permit available from Forest Service offices during normal business hours (Monday - Friday; 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.). --No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, building or designated recreation site. --Internal combustion engines are restricted to national forest system roads, routes, trails and areas as identified on the Plumas National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map. Cross-country travel between roads, routes, trails and areas is prohibited; trail riders are urged to be careful. Some people may be exempt from these restrictions if they have been specifically allowed by the Forest Service via a permit or approved plan of operations. Additionally, any federal, state or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of official duty, is exempt. For information about private land fire restrictions (regulated by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) call 310-2226. See Restrictions, page 7A Cal Fire increases staff to prepare for fire season Cal Fire is increasing its staffing in Northern California in continued preparation for fire season. Cal Fire transitioned into fire season in the counties of Butte, Tehama, Glenn, Shasta, Trinity, Lassen, Modoc and Plumas last week. Cal Fire transitioned into fire season across the Bay Area and Sacramento region May 5. Since late January, Cal Fire has been hiring and training seasonal firefighters well ahead of schedule in order to augment its full-time firefighting force. , "We have been increasing our staffmg levels since January as drought conditions have continued to leave our region in an elevated threat for wildfires," said Keith Larkin, Cal Fire Northern Region chief. "As we are staffed up, we continue to ask the public to ensure they too are prepared for this year's fire season." This year, Cal Fire has already responded to nearly 1,300 wildfires, more than twice as many fires as average. With fire season now officially underway in these areas, Cal Fire is asking homeowners to ensure that they are prepared for wildfires and that every home has 100 feet of defensible space. Here are some tips to help prepare your home: --Maintain 100 feet of defensible space. --Clear all pine needles See Cal Fire, page 7A Purple glory Purple lupine bloom along Highway 89 near Indian Falls. For thousands of years the seeds of the plant were used as food. The seeds, commonly referred to as beans, are prized for their high protein content and are used as fodder for stock animals. There is a growing interest in cultivating lupine for human food: like other legumes, lupine fixes nitrogen and fertilizes soil. It is also prized as an ornamental plant for its beautiful, prolific flowers and whorled foliage. Photo by Laura Beaton