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FEATHER RIVER icy and Surrounding Areas Since 1866 Wednesday, May 26, 2010 Vol. 143, No. 42 50 CENTS School closure process outlined Mona Hill Staff Writer mhill@plumasnews.com At the Plumas Unified School District board meet- ing May 11, Superintendent Glenn Harris made two key presentations on the school facilities evaluation process and the school closure plan process. A closure plan would be dependent on the results of the evaluation. In his backup material, Harris indicated a school fa- cilities evaluation is con- ducted to protect facility in- tegrity, reduce costs and improve cost effectiveness, monitor district trends and facility impacts on program needs now and in the fu- ture, as well as to improve the district's financial sta- bility and develop a master plan. See Schools, page 14A Holiday deadlines 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 fol- lows for the Wednesday, 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. THIS WEEK i " 7":  "i::!! : ;:. t, '" " Great seats Special train will cater to locals See page 1B Post-season results Spring sports wrap up. See Sports i ............................................................. II1! !!!! II1! !!!! II To subscribe to the Bulletin, call o30-28b-0800 Upset takes Trojans to finals Quincy shortstop Sarah McKenzie shares her enthusiasm'with pitcher Kd Drybread during the Northern Section champi- onship game in Etna last Saturday, May 22. The Quincy Trojans lost 4-3 to finish as the second-place team in Division V, after upsetting top-seeded Hamilton in the semifinals. For the complete story, see Page 1C. Photo by $ha0non Morrow County proposes funding cuts for economic development groups Joshua Sebold Staff Writer jsebold@plumasnews.om A baffled and incredulous group of local economic de- velopment agency represen- tatives gathered for an im- promptu meeting Monday, May 17. The group included lead- ers from the Chester/Lake Almanor, Indian Valley and Eastern Plumas chambers of commerce; the Graeagle Plumas Alliance; Plumas Corporation; the Plumas County Visitors Bureau; and Plumas Arts, along with a couple of Concerned county employees/citizens: John Kolb of public works and Plumas County Museum di- rector Scott Lawson. In an e-mail, County Ad- ministrative Officer Jack In- gstad said he was asking fair manager John Steffanic to convene the meeting in re- sponse to a grand jury report on economic development in the county. The scope of the report was relatively limited; it named Plumas Corporation, the visitor's bureau and the chambers of commerce as the county's economic devel- opment agencies. In a response to the report, Plumas Corporation Execu- tive Director John Sheehan pointed out that groups like the Plumas County Econom- ic Recovery Committee, Plumas County Realtors, Quincy Library Group, Plumas Ski Club, Alliance for Workforce Development and many others were also involved in that area. Even if the report's inten- tion was to focus solely on groups that receive county funding for economic devel- opment, it left out the county fair and Plumas Arts, al- though Ingstad included both those groups in the meeting. The Grand Jury also made a major error in claiming the county chose not to pay for an economic develop- ment element in the General Plan revise. In a short phone inter- view, County Planning Di- rector Randy Wilson ex- plained the original pro- posed contract had three op- tional elements: water, agri- culture/natural resources and economic development. He said the county funded all three optional elements, although the economic de- velopment element was named the economic ele- ment in the final contract. Steffanic chaired the meet- ing, which Ingstad's e-mail said was intended for the various representatives to agree on possible criteria for selecting economic develop, ment projects that should be funded in the future from a pool of "grant money." Ingstad told the group the money would be collected by cutting the county's general fund contributions to the as- sembled groups in half, al. though Steffanic clarified that it was his impression that the chambers of com- merce would keep their full contributions. Many of the people attend- ing the meeting voiced vary- ing levels of wonder in terms of the connection between the Grand Jury report and Ingstad calling the meeting. The one most obvious con- nection between the report and the CAO's reaction ap- pears to be the different ap- proaches in addressing the chambers and the rest of the agencies. The report commended all the agencies it addressed (Plumas Corporation, the visitors bureau and the chambers) for their work: See Cuts, page 6A County wants to use more volunteers loshua.Sebold Staff Writer jsebold@plumasnews.com The Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, May 4, fea- tured two major steps to- wards bringing back previ- ously popular programs that allowed volunteers to drive mobility-challenged county residents to medical appoint- ments. Risk Manager Shawn Montgomery told the super- visors she was working with the human resources depart- ment to create an organized and defensible program for supporting the use of volun- teers in county departments. Montgomery said there were more volunteers work- ing for county departments than she had been aware of. "Volunteers are supposed to be treated in essence like a county employee. They have to fall under work- man's comp by law and they're supposed to show they're a citizen and all that kind of stuff." She and Human Resources Director Gayla Trumbo had been working on developing some forms and a process to officially enroll volunteers into authorized agreements with county departments and programs. The risk manager said there was a balance that had to be struck between having a formal policy and not mak- ing it so onerous that it drives people away. BOS Chairwoman and Chester Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said it seemed ironic the board had been advised by its previous insurance provider to not use volun- teers and took efforts to avoid using them in some ar- eas, "and then you find out we have already been doing it anyway." Supervisor Robert Meach- er added that this is an im- portant time politically for the battle to maintain the right for government agen- cies to use volunteers. "Every now and then, as much as I am a Democrat, la- bor unions try to get in- volved in this. "A lot of times the fire- fighters associations or oth- er political means try to get the Division of Labor Stan- dards, or whatever it is at the state, to nail nonprofits and other organizations for using volunteers, so we need to be vigilant." "The reason I know about it is a lot of watershed pro- grams use volunteers on weekends and beaches, state parks, for clean-ups, and they were all hit with a bill by the state to pay these peo- lle prevailing rates." "So we got an exemption and that sunsets this year. "So someone's obviously going to carry a piece of See Volunteers, page 11A Memorial ceremonies planned Quincy The fifth annual Plumas County Veteran's Memorial Day Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, May 31, at the veterans' memorial in Dame Shirley Plaza in Quincy. The service includes a vet- erans' parade, refreshments, patriotic music, a flag cere- mony, a keynote address and special speakers. Veteran memorial commit- tee chairman and veteran Robert Zernich will give the welcoming address. Rev. George Tarleton will lead the invocation and Andy Ander- son will deliver the keynote address. Supervisor Lori Simpson will also speak. Boy Scout Troop No. 151 will raise the flag, the Quincy Elks Lodge No. 1884 will pre- sent the flag ceremony, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Portola Post, will offer a gun salute. John Flanigan will sing the national anthem, and J.P. Reynolds will play "Taps." The ceremony is dedicated to the memory of Spc. Jeremi- ah P. McCleery, who was killed in action May 5, 2009, in Iraq. For more information, call Robert Zernich at 283-1010. Chester The Lake Almanor Ameri- can Legion, Harry noble Post No. 664 will host the annual Memorial Day Ceremony Monday, May 31, at the Chester Cemetery. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. and will include a Gold Star Mother presenta- tion, a program by keynote speaker Sheriff Greg Hag- wood and memorial speaker Pastor Ken Goodban. "As for our Gold Star Moth- er presentation, if there are any persons with this special distinction, please let us know about it so we may rec- ognize you,' Post Commander Greg Scott said. He also said, "It doesn't matter whether you are a lo- cal resident or a Memorial Day guest, if you are a Gold Star Mother give me a call." Boy Scout Troop No. 36 will be on hand early to set up the Avenue of Flags and will par- ticipate with the color guard. Members of American Legion Boys State delegates will par- ticipate in playing "Taps." Scott said there would be at least three musical selections by the Lake Almanor Commu- nity Church. For more information about the Memorial Day cere- mony, call Post Commander Greg Scott at 258-3212. Indian Valley Indian Valley American Le- gion members will conduct special Memorial Day cere- monies Monday, May 31, at five Indian Valley cemeteries. They will begin at 10 a.m., with a ceremony under the flag at the Greenville Ceme- tery. Then they will stop at the Gorbet Family Cemetery, the Crescent Mills Cemetery, Taylorsville Cemetery and the Chico Jim Cemetery on North Valley Road. There is usually about a 30-minute pe- riod between ceremonies. Portola Local veterans' groups will mark veterans' graves with flags and honor them with a 21-gun salute, a prayer and a rendition of"Taps" at 11 a.m. Monday, May 31, at Shady Rest Cemetery. Congressman Tom McClin- rock will be the keynote speak- er Thursday, June 3, for a cer- emony to re-name the Portola post office after Specialist Je- remiah P. McCleery, 24, of Portola, who died last year while serving in Iraq. The cer- emony begins at 2 p.m.