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2A Wednesday, May30, 2001 Water Over the past three months, Crystal Springs, Woody's and the houses located on the flat east of Woody's have lost water a total of five times. The situa- tion has left residents upset and the Feather River Canyon Community Services District (FRCCSD) scratching their heads. Part of the problem is a sand buildup in the well from which I dries up Canyon communities.as woes contir these communities draw theirFinding the leak has been frus- the FRSCCD, has shut water CCSD is already financiallyOn other frontS, water, but the main problem is trated by the nature of Canyon off to customers twice and al- strapped trying to comply with other fronts and a recurring leak somewhere on ge?graphy, lowed the 10200 gallon holding the latest demands from state those items as theP private property in the three W ter leaks in the Canyon tank to fill. In both cases, it has entities, and they don't have cal mass or beyond- communities that share the do not ritually show up as wet been emptied overnight, the personnel to search out the same well. spots in the ground. Because The FRCCSD is made up of problem, i As is the case in all of the the ground is so porous, most volunteers, most of whom areNeither is it the district's re- I • water systems that FRCCSD leaks just head str.aight down. very busy with other matters sponsibility to monitor sys-It was maintains, this one was cob- What has to be done to findthis time of year. Dryer him- terns on private property. The in last week's bled together with the help of this particular leak is to puzzle self has been laid out with a se- other issue at stake here is the Canyon" the state to comply with past out the myriad valves in the vere back problem for days massive amount of electricity Plumas CountY1 regulations that went into ef- system and find out what they when he should be getting the the pump is using by running fect regarding rural water sys- do and what lines are affected numerous campsites he man- 24 hours a day, the cost thereof spector closed in the middle terns, by their on/offpositions, ages ready for the season, and the excessive wear that fact, the lodge This particular system is fed Until the leak is found, the What is needed in this situa- this extended use is causingby Pat from a well that is situated on pump at the originating well is tion is a concerted effort by the pump. mental Health the opposite side of the river going to be running nonstopprivate landowners to search We need a little help with lic safety and plugs into a rats nest of ex- and water outages will contin- for and find the leak that is this thing, folks. These arethe use of a pot isting private water lines, ue. Pete Dryer, chairman ofdraining this system. The FR- your water systems, tot. Feather gizes for any this error has m Y Will FIds Staff W~er ', The dramatic closure of Belden Resort in the middle of Brandi's Run, Friday, May 18, has created a flurry of finger ipointing and denials between ithe Plumas County Building !Depai'tment and Belden man- agement. On that day, at approximate- ily 4 p.m., Belden's manager re- Iceived a call from Scott Hows- den of the building depart- ment, informing her that she :did not have a permit to ener- :glze the lodge with a portable ,power source and she must ;close immediately. i : Howsden described his tone :used in his message as, "as- ',sertive," in a telephone inter- ',view on Wednesday, May 23. '.The manager, however, stated ithat Howsden was extremely !aggressive and that she, "was ifloored when he threatened to ,have me arrested and jailed." :But she immediately ordered the lodge cleared and cut the 'lights. Upon finishing the conversa- tion, Howsden called Environ- mental Health and informed them that Belden was operat- large party and alcoholic bev- responsibility to repair the electrical work finished inBut he also has stated that erages were involved, he damaged wiring, time for the May 18 Brandi he would have had no problemKegan Marcus arranged with the sheriffs de- When he attempted to hire aRun or the subsequent Memor- paying the required $50 and ated on May 21 partment for a couple of contractor in early April to ial Day weekend, Coffman de- having the unit inspected had from U.C. deputies to meet him. All par- make repairs, he was informed cided that he would try to open he known that it was a require- Berkeley ties agreed in retrospect that that the work was extensivefor these events, even if he had lent. "Considering the moneywith a this was not only a reasonable enough to require a permit to do spat aloss. I've already spent on this bachelors' precaution, but was mandatedfrom the building department.He approached Howsden thing, the permit fee is in-degree in by the situation. . , • • ,, political The building mspector s of-about the possibility of using a significant, he said. science. But the reaction of those at- fice was called in and whengenerator to power the lodge so As of Friday, May 25, BeldenHe is a tending and running the event Scott Howsden made his initial that he could at least protect had been issued a temporary,1995 gradu- was one of outrage that lawen- inspection, he was upset be- his return business. In theconditional permit to run the ate of Quin- forcement was involved at all. cause Coffman hadn't notified weeks leading up to these business with an approved cy High Sanders made his inspection him immediately upon discov- events, Coffman enlisted the portable power source. But School, and a and, while he did not find any ering the damage. Coffman aid of his consultant and Su- Coffman has not been able toFeather River pervisor Robert Meacher forobtain a generator large health violations, he deter- claimed ignorance, but as- He is .the son mined that, because the gener- sured Howsden that he wouldobtaining permission from the enough to do the job and didRobin Hood, ator hook-up had not been ap- do everything necessary to building department to run his not know if he would be able to proved, he had no way of comply with county regula- business using a portable pow- open for Memorial Day week- knowing if food was being tions, er source, end. stored at the proper tempera- Howsden gave Coffman two An inspector from the build- When questioned on Mon- ture, or if the power was not days to comply with county ing department was taken for a day, May 21, about the events "back flushing" into an area or codes and when that didn't tour of the lodge on Friday, of the previous weekend, Coff- into equipment where it might happen, he shut off power to May 18, and was quoted as say- man said, "You know, I don't present a life threatening most ofthe town. ing he did not see any problem know why Scott (Howsden) shock or fire hazard, with using a generator. At that didn't just walk across the In order to obtain a permit, time, Coffman, his manager,street from the courthouse and Coffman hire a noncertifiedhis consultant and Meacher all tell me that I had to close contractor to determine what had the impression that down. As an established busi- wiring was necessary to bring portable power could be used ness owner, I would have had Belden up to code. The contrac- to hold the event, despite the no option but to comply." tor calculated out what was re- fact that no formal approval quired and submitted the re- had been given. sults with schematic diagrams to Howsden, who refused to re- view the material, according to Based on this premise, Sanders ordered the lodge closed. The event continued as a private party. A citation from the building department was issued to owner Ivan Coff- man on Monday, May 23, for using a portable power supply to energize a public building These individuals denied that they had ever been told ing the restaurant and bar in a without a proper inspection. Coffman. about the permit and inspec- tion process required for gen- manner that endangered pub- The events leading up to the Coffman then hired a consul-erator use. Again in retro- lic safety, closure stemmed from a snow- tant to expedite the permit spect, Coffman admits to the Pat Sanders, of Environmen- storm in February 2001, when process, but has not yet been w isdo a ’.Jlsurir .a-m:o ex Health, was sent down to a building collapsed, exposing . able to receive an electrical dn- 44en.4o inspect the opera ..... unsafe electrical wiring: Coff- permit to begin work. Realiz: tion. Because the event was a man assumed that it was his ing that he would not have his public event. J OCUDIm Located in downtown Graeagle (530) 836-1234 Leah West BE PREPARED! Once you've decided to sell action and move-in within ten your home, and have chosen a days. Realtor to represent you - be Finally, be prepared to prepared. During the time your receive and consider less than home is for sale, a variety of perfect purchase offers. Never situations will arise which will reject an offer outright as there may be a hidden benefit to accepting it. Take time to require a prompt and positive response. First, be prepared for show- ings on short notice. Although your Realtor will attempt to provide reasonable notice before a showing occurs, the very best and most qualified prospects are often in a hurry. Those same qualified buyers may impose another deadline. They may offer to l urchase your home, at your price, pro- vided they can close the trans- Kay Farris review all aspects including price, terms, closing date, and any special conditions. Know your "bottom-line" before you're faced with a low offer. Selling a home involves many decisions. Some of them may be required unexpectedly. Avoid crisis thinking and reac- tions. Be patient, stay calm, and take them as they come. Call Kay or Leah today! ' IES Quincy: (530) 283-3386 email: krealtor@jps.net May 28 to June 2 Be ready for summer! Great Hair Co. 458 Main St., Quincy 283-3302 • 283-3760 EverY you'll Camino Real the marriage In Loving Memory Aunt Helen Elizabeth HALL ; ~Wl~lei~sided in Quincy for over eighty 1 was born Apn126, 1907 to Mr. & Mrs. Phelps) HALL in Campbell. Educated in i graduated from Chico State in 1927. She John Franks. They ranched until he near L.A. Helen applied to the Quinc~ ended. George Lawry married her in 1934 During the 1940's she 'moon-lighted' as a news agent for Bee. Many nights were spent rushing to Quincy Junction also helped the Feather River Bulletin with a cranky needed coaxing to finish a deadline. Helen resided at 60 Bradley Street for years. The residence her grandmother, Ella PORTER Hall. Helen envisioned the l homestead is now Plumas County property. May he serve the town. A descendant of pioneer families, she was preceded in dea~ brothers, Arthur and Harold, husband, George B. Mary HALL Conklin. Helen was active in service clubs. She was a charter Soroptimist International and the Plumas Co. Historical served as the 10th President of Soroptimists: life". Other groups were Quincy Rebekah Lodge, N.D.G.W., the Plumas Chapter of the Order of Eastern star, and the Ladies Auxiliary Canton of Nevada No. 1. Helen played accordion, saxophone, and piano. After retiring volunteered as a pianist for the Order of Eastern Star, White Shrine and Rebekah Ledge. She was a director of the County Museum and secretary for the Town Hall Association" -- Her niece, Coleen CONKLIN Ede C a55 Reunion The Quincy High School Class of 1951 is having their 50th class reunion on July 28, 2001 at the Feather River Inn. Please contact Barry Hollenbeck at (530) 872-4415 if you'd like to attend. Please respond by June 12. mm ,m m mW mm [] \ Under New Welcomes P.J_CII|L IIKKING as the new manager o[ our Quincy store l l Management 56 "We're all our name implies" E. Main St. • Quincy * 283-0595 In the Phmas Pines Shopping Center next to Round Table Pizza • • • • • • • • • • • • [] / ~pt~ HALLMARK. WHERE GREAT GRADUATION GIFTS COME TOGETHER. ,uINCY DRUG STORE E~T 1875 493 W. Main, Quincy • 283-0480