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County Picnic set for Saturday -- Page 3A QHS celebrates centennial anniversary --Page 10A I I Vol 148, No 43 wwwplumasnewscom 530-283-0800 Wednesday, June 3, 2015 0 ii!ij!!i!ii Jiliiiii Primed for disaster -- The Plumas County Grand Jury outlines the !ii! : hazards of transporting i:iii]i volatile oil though the iiiiiii i :i:i:!i county by raiL/Page 6B ::i: Editorial: Meaningful !i recognition-- Feather ............ i Publishing's award for general excellence is a reflection of the community it serves./Page 8B ............. Set for an encore- ..... Running back Tonio iiiii Burton plans to continue :i:ii  where he left offlast i:ii:: ::; season as FRC's leading :"iii ...... :i:i:::! rusher./Page 1C Tomorrow: Plumas Rapids Swim Team preseason potluck and parent information night, 5:15 p.m., Pioneer Park pavilion. Learn about team, meet coaching staff and board of directors, register swimmers. Swim practices begin Monday, June 8. For information: board president Shannon Little, 927-7990; head coach Paul Vaughn, 928-600-3134. Friday: Forest Management with Sierra Pacific Industries. Sierra Institute for Community and Environment tour views SPI mills, forests. Includes handouts, tour host, transportation, morning refreshments, snacks, beverages, lunch. $50 per person. For information, reservations: Camille Swezy, 284-1022, Opening reception, 5 - 7 p.m., Capitol Arts Gallery. Featuring examples from Plumas Artisan Made members, SierraScapes artist group. For information: 283-3402. Opening reception, 5 - 7 p.m., Main Street Artists Gallery. Featuring Michael Kerby. Includes live music, free refreshments. Quincy Elks Lodge annual Graffiti Night, 4- 10 p.m., 2004 E. Main St. Classic cars, barbecue, no-host bar, music, prize drawing, family fun. For information: Patrick, 394-6019; Tracy, 283-2265. See Q, page 4A To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 SPI shows off new large-log sawmill Dan McDonald Managing Editor A group of more than 50 community leaders and elected officials,, including Congressman Doug LaMalfa, received a firsthand look at Sierra Pacific Industries' new large-log sawmill in Quincy on Friday, May 29. SPI owners Red and George Emmerson were on hand to field questions and emphasize their commitment to keeping jobs in Plumas County. "We would not have made this investment if we didn't plan to be here for the long haul." George Emmerson Owner Sierra Pacific Industries "We are really happy to be here today," George Emmerson told the group during a post-tour luncheon. "We would not have made this investment if we didn't plan to be here for the long haul." SPI spent more than $14 million to build the new sawmill. Emmerson said the mill currently employs about 300 people. Hourly wages at the mill start at $14 and can grow to the mid-20s as workers gain experience. "The 300 jobs at this mill support a lot of other jobs in the community," Emmerson said. "I believe every job we have supports seven to nine other jobs." The Emmersons made a point of keeping workers employed during the 10 months while the new sawmill was under construction. According to SPI spokesman David Little, who led one of the three tours, the last log ran through the old mill April 8, 2014. The new mill opened Feb. 23. Instead of laying off the sawmill crew, SPI had the crewmembers help build the new mill. Little said the new mill was a necessity. The old large-log mill was built in the 1960s and wasn't efficient by See Mill, page 4A Quincy Petersen stands in front of the quilt made by her great:grandmother. The quilt, on display at Carey-Candy Co. in Quincy, is part of the fundraisingfor Team QUincy. Tickets to win the quilt are available at Carey Candy. Photo submitted i Qu Its for a cause Teams-hope to raise funds for Relay TOr Life Debra Moore Staff Writer Relay for Life teams undertake a variety of fundraising efforts to raise money for the American Cancer Society and this year is no different. Two teams are selling tickets to win striking quilts -- one is a family heirloom and the other is the handiwork of Graeagle quilter Donna Meyers. A third quilt that is a compilation of Relay for Life T-shirts will benefit the county's entire Relay for Life effort and will be awarded following a silent auction June 27. Heirloom quilt Team Quincy, organized in support of 5-year-old Quincy Petersen, who is fighting cancer, is selling tickets to win a quilt that was crafted by her great-grandmother. The fan-design quilt, done in varying shades of blue, is on display at Carey Candy Co, in Quincy. Dante Meyer, Quincy's mother, said that the family is donating one of their heirloom quilts to spur interest in Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society and to raise funds for Team Quincy. "My grandmother, Lila Gasser, made over 50 quilts," Meyer said. "Each one is hand stitched and took about a year to make." Tickets to win the traditional friendship fan quilt sell for $5 for one ticket, or three for $10. Tickets may be purchased at Carey Candy Co., at the weekly Quincy SeeQuilts, page 5A This quilt is currently on display at Main Street Styles, but will be moved later in the month to 131umas Bank in Quincy. The bank's Relay for Life team, The Dream Team, is selling tickets to win this quilt to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Photo by Debra Moore PUSD begins search for new chief James Wilson Staff Writer The Plumas Unified School District held a special board meeting May 27 to review proposals from firms that specialize in filling administrative positions for school districts. Superintendent Micheline Miglis turned in her resignation May 11, and Chief Business Officer Yvonne is set to retire at the end of the school year. Miglis was hired as superintendent of Carpinteria Unified School District in Santa Barbara County last month. To fill the positions,the PUSD board plans to hire outside help to widen the candidate pools. PUSD received seven proposals for the superintendent search and,three for the CBO search (two from the same firm). Proposals for the search for a superintendent ranged from $7,000 to $21,500. Two proposals omitted a cost, but mentioned the firms could provide a price quote if required. Proposals were submitted by Dave Long & Associates, DMP Small School Districts' Association, Douglas and Associates, ELS, Leadership Associates, Nevada COE and Ray & Associates. ELS was the firm that recruited Miglis to PUSD and Dave Long & Associates recruited her for the Carpinteria district. The board decided it needed more time to review the proposals and research the firms. PUSD board president Leslie Edlund and director Traci Holt See Search, page 4A Feather River Bulletin wins award f, r neral excellence Feather Publishing walked away with the California Newspaper Publishers Association's highest honor at an awards ceremony in San Diego last month. Newspaper industry peers awarded the newspaper with first place for general excellence in its circulation category. In addition to the top prize, Feather Publishing garnered two second-place and three certificate of achievement awards from the CNPA's Blue Ribbon panel of judges. The newspaper earned second place for environmental reporting and breaking news. It also received achievement awards for feature writing, coverage of local government and best special section. "This is a tremendous accomplishment for the entire Feather Publishing family," said Publisher Mike Taborski. "We like to believe we are producing the best possible newspaper for our readers and advertisers. The general excellence award from CNPA confirms that we are doing a lot of things right." More than 175 newspapers contributed over 4,000 entries to the prestigious contest. Feather Publishing was voted the best weekly newspaper of its size based on circulation. "In our industry, winning the general excellence award is like winning the Oscar for Best Picture," Taborski said. "Judges take everything into consideration -- local content, writing quality, photography, page layout and advertising design and even the quality of the presswork and color reproduction." Judges said the paper showed "a great breadth of coverag e of the community." The panel highlighted Feather Publishing's "strong editorials" and the quality of community feedback the " paper receives in its Letters to the Editor section. The panel also praised the newspaper's election coverage. "Overall, an excellent community newspaper," the judges wrote. The paper's coverage of the December 2013 fire that destroyed several buildings in the Quincy business district earned second place for breaking news as well as a certificate of achievement for best special section. Reporter Debra Moore's July 2014 story about rail shipments of volatile Bakken oil traveling through Plumas County won second place for environmental coverage., Reporter James Wilson ] : and Managing Editor Dan McDonald received certificates of achievement. Wilson was recognized for a feature story about a Civil War veteran that finally received a proper burial. McDonald received mention in the coverage of local government category '" for a series of stories about  embezzlement by the Indian Valley Community Services District general manager. Representatives from participating newspapers in the state conducted the initial round of judging. The top four entries in each category were then judged by a panel of veteran ournalists. !