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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11A . Agency, residents agree on plan By Will Farris Staff Writer Black sticks coming up from the ground are all that's left of the once thriving forest on the slopes above Rush Creek Road. In spring 2009, the Forest Ser- vice held a meeting and invit- ed the residents of Rush Creek to attend for comments on the rehabilitation effort due to be- gin that fall. In spring 2010, a letter is- sued by the Forest Service stated that there was nothing "significant" that came out of the 2009 meeting. A large part of the rehabili- tation involved a timber sale. This prompted concerns from residents about a number or safety issues -- mainly log- ging trucks driving up and down the one-lane Rush Creek road. At the 2009 meeting all of the residents voiced their con- cern about speed limits, rogue truck drivers and dust con- trol. The word "significant" raised hackles among the res- idents who interpreted it to mean that their concerns were "insignificant." Residents wrote letters and made calls to the Forest Service demanding an explanation. Thursday, May 13, a meet- ing was held at the Mt. Hough Ranger District to address resident's concerns. District Ranger Michael Donald chaired the meeting in a roundtable venue attended by Forest Service personnel and residents. One of the first topics dis- cussed was the use of the word "significant:" It applies to the requirements of the Na- tional Environmental Protec- tion Act and addresses envi- ronmental issues only. Donald explained most of the issues involving traffic and dust were covered under existing state and federal laws. There would be water trucks running the road throughout the timber har- vest, both the paved and dirt portions. Speed limits and driver safety then became the main topic of conversation. Resi- dents wanted a 15 mph speed limit and some sort of warn- ing system for trucks going up and down the road. Donald's staff responded with concerns about drivers maintaining that sPeed with- out exceeding the noise limi- tation of air brakes (jakes). Residents took a quick con- sensus and decided the noise was not as important as main- taining a slow speed limit without the drivers burning out their main brakes. The next issue to hit a snag was the use of a pilot car to run ahead of the trucks. In a previous timber harvest, the landowner had driven his car ahead of the logging trucks to clear the road. Residents could safely drive to the side of the road before the loaded trucks got there. The system worked well and they wanted it to be utilized in this project as well. Forest Service concerns were another cost factor would make an already small timber sale even less attrac- tive to bidders. They proposed the Forest Service could bear the cost, but would have to cut back on other parts -- hand thinning and planting -- of the rehabilitation effort to do so. The meeting ended with the Forest Service's promise to present different options to deal with the pilot car issue and a request for a resident to attend a meeting with the suc- cessful bidder to cover safety issues briefly. Both parties felt that the meeting had covered all "sig- nificant" points. VOLUNTEERS, from page 1A legislation to reinstate it and one to continue the ex- emptions; so we just need to track that." The second half of the medical transport puzzle came together when Public Health Agency Director Mi- mi Hall appeared before the board asking to use approxi- mately $7,.000 of contingency funds from the Senior Nutri- tion program to match $36,000 from the U.S. Depart- ment of Agriculture to buy a wheelchair accessible van that didn't require a special license to drive. She added the bus had ca- pacity for two large wheel- chairs at once. She said the vehicle could be used specifically for transporting seniors to events relating to the pro- gram, but that it would also be available for other de- partments to use for similar purposes when it wasn't be- ing used for its primary function. Thrall said she thought this was "really good lever-- age of money. "Secondly, I see it as a key part of this volunteer pro- ,i gram that we've been talk- r ing about to have a vehicle that a volunteer could drive without having to have a '7 special license, and also the ] wheelchair accessibility is, very important, and econo- my of scale of having a .van i rather than the bus trying / to drive two people around. ) "Those of us that are on the transportation commis- sion know that we've just stopped any service to Reno l and that has created a big problem for people seeking non-emergency medical." Hall said the vehicle was an 2008 model withionly 200 miles on it and Senior Nutrition Coordinator Martha Heezel said every- one she talked to said trying to buy a more used van of that type for less money would get you a "very well- used" vehicle. School nurse retires after 28 years at Plumas schools Stephanie Webb began her career as a school nurse with Plumas Unified School Dis- trict 28 years ago. Starting in the Portola schools, she has worked in each Plumas com- munity during her tenure. She brought a vibrant and highly professional persona to the ranks of school nurses in Plumas County. She has provided a myriad of direct services to students; developed protocols for man- agement of students' medical needs; presented expert opin- ion on health issues; provided first-responder care for minor to major injuries occurring at school; completed countless mandated school health as- sessments; and she's been a resource to students, parents, teachers and administrators. She has served as a mentor and preceptor for. school nurse colleagues and stu- dents. She has been involved with organizing and refining the countywide Kindergarten Roundup into a well-coordi- nated collaborative, which has provided hundreds of in- coming kindergartners with quality school-entry health as- sessments. Nurse Webb is fluent in Spanish, which has allowed her to serve the health care needs of Spanish speaking families in Plumas County. Webb (known as "Stephie- Lou to her colleagues) has out- side interests as well. She at- tended pastry school in the Napa Valley and is renowned for her scrumptious desserts. She is also an accomplished sailor and first-mate to Cap- tain Brent aboard the Sidonia. She clearly believes in the healing power of love and laughter. She was recog- nized by a group of co-workers and friends May 14 at a gath- ering at Courtyard Suites in Quincy. summer is Coming! 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For appointments 283-1506 Services Cardio-Pulmonary Services For appointments 283-7108 Counseling Services Kathleen Hughes, LCSW For appointments 283-5640 Doppler/Echocardiography Thursdays. June 3,10,17, 24 For appointments 283-7108 Emergency Room Services For information 283-7110 Hospice Services For information 394-7228 Medical Nutrition Therapy For appointments 283-5640 MRI Services June 1,7,8,14,15,21,22,28,29 For appointments 283-7155 Laboratory For information 283-7132 Radiology & Mammography For appointments 283-7155 Telemedicine In partnership with UC Davis For appointments 283-7133 Ultrasound For appointments 283-7155 Mid-Level Providers Edie O'Connor, P.A.C Stephen Johnson, F.N.P., P.A.-C Foy appointments 283-0650 Elizabeth McGee, A.G.N.P. Janet Thompson, R.N.P. For appointments 283-5640 Oral Health Care Providers General Dentistry David Reed, D.D.S. Pooja Patel, D.D.S. For appointments 283-3915 Dental Hygienist Cynthia Warner, R.D.H.A.P. For appointments 283-3915 Specialty Clinics Cardiology Thursdays. June 10, 24 Milind Dhond, M.D. For appointments 283-5640 Gynecology & Gynecologic Urology Saturdays. June 12 Norman C. Nasise, M.D. For appointments 283-7951 Ophthalmology Wednesdays. June 2 Thomas R. Conklin, M.D. 68 Central Ave., Quincy For appointments 283-2206 Orthopedics Tuesdays. June 8,15, 29 John V. Foley, M.D. For appointments 283-7988 Podiatry Fridays. June 4,18 Kennon J. Martin, D.P.M. For appointments 283-3904 Mondays. June 7,14, 21, 28 Kathleen Halat, D.P.M. For appointments 283-5640 Urology. Thursdays. June 3 Angelo Kanellos, M.D. John Freeman, M.D. For appointments 283-7990