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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, May 23, 2012 7A FRC students pre nt internship results Jessie "Brown Bear" Hernandez, Ricky Haworth, Kelly Goldberg and Delaney McFarland chose to work with Feather River Land Trust's Gabe Miller on the trust's Heart K Ranch, Maddalena Ranch, Leonhardt Ranch properties and with Greenville Rancheria. The team did mapping work on a Maidu heritage trail to Mount Ingalls; studied traditional Maidu land management techniques on the Heart K and with the Rancheria; cleaned up the Learning Landscape's outdoor classroom on the Leonhardt Ranch; and studied bird habitat at Sierra Valley's Maddalena Ranch while maintaining trails and infrastructure. Photos by Mona Hill College trustees approve 2012-13 tentative budget Mona Hill Staff Writer mhill@plumasnews.com It was all about the money at the May 17 meeting of the Feather River Community College District trustees. Director of Finance Jim Scoubes emphasized the word "tentative" as he presented the budget to trustees. Re- Viewing the college's budget development, Scoubes said the strategic plan and budget committees began planning last August. The committees asked departments to submit 2012- 13 budget requests at the current fiscal year's level. Scoubes said department requests for exception were approved as funds were avail- able. After months of work, three tentative budget models emerged, distinguished pri- marily by the estimated total deficit spending in 2012-13: $22,086, $136,010 or $167,592. Known as the February Surprise, state-triggered budget cuts left FRC with an unplanned "$383,000 shortfall. Last week Gov. Jerry Brown's May budget revision for the 2012-13 fiscal year revealed state revenues had not met targets. Although Brown has spared K-14 educa- tion the dire cuts other state agencies face, FRC expects its projected 2012-13 shortfall to increase another $65,000 from $408,000 to about $473,000. Add the state!s perennial education apportionment deferrals, at the rate of $1.6 million per year for FRC for Air00di.strict seeks project proposals The Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District is requesting screening pro- posals for projects in Nevada, Plumas or Sierra counties. Project proposals must result in reduced motor vehicle emissions or help the district meet the requirements of the California Clean Air Act of 1988. On April 23, the dis- trict's board of directors made a tentative budget allo- cation of $212,000 for external projects. Of that, $34,763 has been allocated for Plumas County. Interested parties are re- quired to submit a two-page (maximum) screening pro- posal before 5 p.m. June 4. Proposals that are selected from this screening round will be sent a Request for Proposal (RFP) by July 9 that provides the requirements for a detailed proposal. The final proposal deadline is Aug. 13. Board approvals occur in September or October. The funding cycle begins Jan. 1, 2013. Work must be completed by Dec. 31, 2013. Further questions regard- ing these screening proposals should be directed to Ryan Murano at 550-7872. Send screening proposals to Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District, Truckee Field Office, P.O. Box 9766, Truckee, CA 96162. the last three years, and Scoubes has a big cash problem. By law -- the same law that requires the California Legis- lature to have a balanced budget by July 1 every year -- FRC trustees must approve a budget by July 1 without knowing fall enrollment numbers or if Brown's tax measures pass in November's general election. President Ron Taylor recommended the trustees approve the $136,010 deficit budget, which they did, unanimously. Budget time in California is a time of almost paralytic uncertainty. What Scoubes does know is that if the tax measures fail, there will be more cuts and more deferrals. Check 0 e to the Graeagle Mercba C  lemorial Day Weekez2d "- Shop Hop Saturday, May 26 - Monday, May 28, 2012 - Pick up your "passport" at any participating shop, - visit every shop and get your passport stamped, - qualify to win great prizes, - have a wonderful time in Graeagle ! On Sunday, shop the Spring Arts Fair (at the Oraeagle Fire Hall) and qualify for another prize! GRAEAGLE ME,.CHANT5 Lizz Hauner worked with David Arsenault and the Plumas Audubon Society, as part of Feather River College's pilot CTE Internship Program, to survey the status of bird nesting boxes on the trail around the campus; build an d install new nest boxes; and collect available data from faculty members Darrel Jury and Darla DeRuiter for an ongoing data table. Students presented reports on their projects to the campus community Friday, May 18. Thirty interns took part in the grant-funded projec t this semester. Program director Amy Schulz said the program would be repeated in the fall. PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT Re-Elect Lori Simpson Supervisor District 4 Dear Citizens of District 4, There are many factors to be considered and researched when making decisions and policies for the Plumas County and its citizens while holding an elected office. I do not believe in making false promises. 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