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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter, Wednesday, May 29, 2013 lC AND I INSIDE SE ION C: F[ I Modern day treasure hunting in Plumas,County James Wilson Sports Reporter sports@plumasnews.com As a former g01d rush area, it's fitting that Plumas County has become such a popular spot for geocaching. In the same way that forty-niners caught the fever, so have modern day geocachers. The recreational activity is gaining more and more po larity in Plumas CoUnty, with additional qaches popping up all the tlm ; CurrentlY, there are more:than 3,000 caches in Plumas County just waiting to be discovered. "It's really a blast," said Valerie Grammer, geocaching enthusiast. Grammer started geocaching about six months ago and now does it nearly every weekend. "It's really addicting. Once you find your first cache, you're hooked." What is geocaching? Geocaching began when selective availability on Geocaching enthusiast Valerie Grammer finds a cache located in Meadow Valley. Grammer Global Positioning System .used a GPS to find the general location, then followed clues to locate the cache inside a (GPS) was removed May 2, fence post. Caches are hidden all over the county. Photos by James Wilson 2000. Selective availability was a feature on GPS that How it works smartphones, but either Grammer. "It's more about added intentional errors to There is one specific can be used based on thetaking the journey than it locations of up to 100 meters. It was meant to website geocachers use to location and difficulty of is about the prize." protect the United States gain access to cache the cache. Grammer will plan an from enemies using GPS for locations: geocaching.com. If the cache is hidden out entire day around finding The site offers information in the middle of the forest, different caches; She weapon guidance. It was removed from GPS on all the caches that are it's unlikely a smartphone programs her GPS with due to the inaccuracy itscattered around, will have the service several cache locations and allowed. The day after it Along with the GPS needed to work, and a GPS she and her family go from was removed, May 3, 2000, coordinates the geocachers would be more helpful. In one spot to the next finding upload to the site, most also downtown areas, them. the first cache was set up provide Clues and often smartphones work "We do it as a team, but and geocaching as a recreational activity began, pictures, perfectly fine. In Plumas Ws competitive as well. It's Geocachers will hide a Users search for caches county there are plenty of also a great way to get in small cache, usually they want to find based on caches for users of bothshape. It gets you outside, the area they want to devices, hiking around and scaling containing a little prize and search. A list of different The GPS will give the mountains and you don't hidden from sight, in a public area. The geocacher caches pops up with details location of the cache, even realize it. You're will then save the about each cache. Cachesaccurate to between 20 and focused on finding the are rated based on the size 30 meters. Once the cache and end up getting in coordinates and put them of the cache itself, thegeocacher gets to the area, a great workout." online for others to find. The recreational activity difficulty in finding it and it takes brainpower to find Since the GPS only points quickly blew up and there the difficulty of the terrain, the cache, the user within 20 - 30 Once a user picks a cache meters, the real hunt are now more than 5 million geocachers to search for, he or sheThe hunt, the journey, begins at the location. The searching for more than 2 downloads the coordinates the treasure cache is often extremely million caches, to a GPS or smartphone. A "Geocaching really is like GPS system is more a giant Easter egg hunt for accurate than most adults," explained See Geocaching, page 6C II Longtime Quincy High Athletic Director and football coach Jeff Ray shows off the Gold Lifetime Pass he received from the Northern Section California Interscholastic Federation on May 15, Ray was chosen by his colleagues to receive the award in recognition of his years of hard work. Photo by James Wilson James Wilson Sports Reporter sports@plumasnews.com Two Plumas County residents were honored May 15 at an awards breakfast at Butte Creek Golf Course hosted by the Northern Section California Interscholastic Federation. Quincy High School's athletic director., Jeff Ray, was given the Gold Lifetime Pass, while one of Chester High's star athletes, Bailey Smith, received the Charlie Nelson Memorial Scholarship. Rather than a giant plaque or trophy, the award Ray received is shaped like a credit card. The card is gold covered and allows Ray free access to any sporting event hosted by the California Interscholastic Federation. Overall, the card acts as a sign of appreciation for all of Ray's hard work throughout the years. "It was quite an honor to get recognized by my See Awards, page 2C James Wilson course." Sports Reporter Brush cutting, trail sports@plumasnews.com building and basket setting was all accomplished during Plumas County's first disc the work day. Volunteers golf course with regulation were rewarded with beer baskets was opened May 18 from the brewery and lunch after a crew of volunteers provided by Pangaea Caf6 helped the Sierra Buttes and Pub. Trail Stewardship with some While building one of the trail building to complete the trails, Sierra Buttes Trail course at The Brewing Lair Stewardship staff member in Blairsden. Mandy Beatty discovered a Building the course was a nest of robin eggs right in two-year endeavor for Rich the middle of the trail on the DeLano and Susan third hole. Trail work was Duniphin, owners of the then directed around the brewery. They recently nest, so as not to disturb the obtained all the baskets they mother bird and her eggs. needed to finish the course. The course includes nine The Sierra Buttes Trail holes over a 15-acre area. Stewardship decided to help Many challenging aspects The Brewing Lair, as the including turns, dips and brewery has been oneof the traps are included in the stewardship's strongest course. The course is open to supporters in the past. the public and free to play. Fifteen volunteers came out Duniphin and DeLano's to turn the little piece of future plans include putting paradise into a fully , in a second set of tee boxes to functional course, essentially make the course "It was amazing/' said 18 holes. Duniphin. "It turned out way Those interested in more better than I ever imagined information or in starting a it would. It took only half the tournament can call The time we allotted to finish the Brewing Lair at 394-0940. Rich~ DeLano tests out the completed course May 21, after all nine holes were opened. Plumas t ack James Wilson players to place were Sports Reporter Shawn Hughes and Rachel sports@plumasnews.com Hanna. Hughes took the gold in the discus event Both the Quincy and and Hanna placed first in Portola track teams the triple jump. Hughes competed at the Division tossed the discus and III championship meet at impressive 139 feet, 9 Shasta High School on May inches. 17. Though neither school's "I was very proud of varsity teams placed, the Shawn Hughes winning junior varsity athletes the championship for from both schools excelled. The only two varsity See Track, page 2C EVERY DROP RECYCLED HELPS A TAD BOG FROG SAYS: "Don't dump used oil down storm drains, which commonly lead to streams, bays, r vers and oceans." "Used oil is the largest source of oil pollution in our nation's waterways." Advertising funded by a Grant from CalRecycle. Managed by Plumes County Dept. of Public Works. i }