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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, June4, 2014 7A Tour focuses on Lake Almanor birds Sierra Institute's Center of Forestry presents a new tour about the Birds of Lake Almanor on June 21 with Nils Lunder (formerly of Plumas County Audubon Society). This early morning tour around the lake will afford participants the opportunity to see and learn more about the birds that migrate throughthe area and those that live here. Lake Almanor can boast on its varied population of birds. From the majestic bald eagles, golden eagles and ospreys to the tiniest of flycatchers and finches, Lake Almanor is the perfect place for bird watching. Lunder, with his extensive knowledge of birds, and particularly the western grebe, will show participants the best bird-watching areas and tell them where to go to see what birds. He will also talk about the western grebe and the importance of Lake Almanor to its population. The cost of the tour is $50, which includes air-conditioned bus transportation, morning refreshments, snacks and beverages throughout the day, a tasty lunch, pertinent handouts and the expert knowledge of the guide. Only 10 spots are available for this tour. Call Lauri (284-1022) to make reservations. Lauri is also available by email at LRawlins@SierraInstitute.us For more information on all the Center of Forestry tours, visit SierraInstitute.us. WORKERS, from page 1A more cost-effective way for the state to care for its physically and mentally disabled. County social workers assess people making a request for help and, based on their needs andif they qualify financially, recommend the number of hours and types of service to be provided. Services range from housekeeping, cooking and shopping to personal care such as bathing. The care provider can be a relative, a friend or a person who is registered with the county. Statewide, 70 percent of caregivers are family members, but Smart said the percentage is lower in Plumas County. His department maintains a registry of people who have been qualified to provide service, which includes performing background checks. "The person who is the recipient may have someone in mind or we offer someone off the registry," Smart said. "The care provider sends in the time sheet and we authorize payment." The checks are sent by the state. Salary not the only issue When Moser presented the supervisors with quarters, Board Chairman Jon Kennedy said that the Plumas supervisors had approved a $1 per hour raise. S why did the workers receive 25 cents? Plumas is a member of a three-county consortium with Nevada and Sierra counties, and the IHSS workers' union bargains with the Nevada-Sierra Regional IHSS Public Authority. The two entities are continuing to negotiate the pay rate. Moser and Teri White, the Plumas County chairwoman of the California United Home Care Workers, appreciate the Plumas supervisors' willingness to approve the greater increase. "Our board supports us and said they would give us more," White said. "But Nevada (County), since it is bigger, has the most pull." The salary range for IHSS workers across the state is between $8 and just over $12 per hour. They do not receive overtime pay, but regularly work 40-plus hours a week. An IHSS worker typically cares for more than one individual. Moser provides services for six people and works more than 40 hours per week. Although she doesn't receive overtime, she counts on the added weekly hours to pay her bills. CTOV. Jerry Brown's new budget would limit IHSS workers to 40 hours per week, to avoid paying overtime as required by a new federal mandate. "That's a huge problem for Hazardous waste accepted for free on Saturday Feather River Disposal Inc. is hosting a free household hazardous waste collection event June 7, 9 - 2 p.m., at the Quincy Transfer Station on Abernethy Lane. The event is intended for residential waste only. Commercial waste will be collected for a fee. Acceptable household hazardous waste includes acetone, alcohols, ammonia, strippers, paint thinners, petroleum, poisons, shellac, transmission fluid, tree root/stump killer, used oil filters, wallpaper cement, weed killer, window cleaners, windshield wiper fluid, wood preservatives and wood stains. The following items are not accepted: radioactive material, cylinders (gas), explosive material and people needing care 24/7," said White. Those people would need to fred a minimum of three full-time workers, or be subject to a parade of different caregivers. "We become family to the people that we care for," Moser said. Statewide there is already a shortage of IHSS workers, and the governor's plan could force more to leave the job. As it is, Moser said it's difficult for home health workers to take vacations because there is no one to fill in for them. Moser and White worry that it will force more people into institutions. They aren't alone. Detractors of the governor's plan say that it will ultimately be more cosily to the state, as well as disruptive to individuals and their families. "These providers work so hard," said 77-year-old Phyllis, who relies on Moser's help. She is standing in the area in front of her Quincy apartment. "They would probably stick me over there," she said nodding in the direction of the nursing home. Moser produces letters from other people that she cares for, all attesting to the fact that they need her and her services. White plans to be among the hundreds of health care workers expected to descend on the Capitol June 5 to push the state Legislature to deny the portion of the governor's spending plan that limits IHSS workers' hours. She and Moser also promise to be regular visitors to the Board of Supervisors. "They have acknowledged us in a kind way," White said, but they want the board to provide more help in securing more pay. Enjoy FREE... Samples of Donuts NEW Pastries June 6 8am- 12 noon f DONUTS Celebrates National Donut Day CALL IN ORDERS APPRECIATED 530-283-91H l] FAIR, from page 1A Lost Sierra Trail Daze In conjunction with the county picnic and National Trails Day, Sierra Buttes is hosting Lost Sierra Trail Daze beginning Friday, June 6, at 3 p.m. A host of games, demonstrations, a fire engine, visits from Smokey Bear and fair mascot Chipper, a bouncy castle, pie-eating contest and more are on hand for all to enjoy. Local band Stone Soup kicks off the live music from 3 to 5 p.m. At 6 p.m. headliners Joy and Madness, a soul and funk band from Nevada City, will take the stage. Admission is $20. Camping is available at the fairgrounds. On Saturday, a trail workday is scheduled on the South Park trail network. Volunteers should meet at the horse arena at 9 a.m. for bagels and a sack lunch before proceeding to trail work sites. Beverages from the Brewing Lair will be provided after the workday. Go to sierratrails.org to register or learn more. Fair exhibits This year, the 150th , anniversary of California State Parks inspires three new exhibit categories. The first of two photography categories consists of photos taken at any state park while the second features Plumas-Eureka State Park photos only. The third category is a coloring contest for children. Official coloring pages will be distributed at all Plumas and Sierra elementary schools to interested students, and are available at the fair office. Exhibit guides listing the hundreds of categories available for entry may be obtained at the fair office or viewed and downloaded online at plumas-sierracountyfair.net. Fun and games The 2014 Plumas-Sierra County Fair theme this year is Fun and Games. Opportunities to play various games will abound both inside Serpilio Hall and outside on beach volleyball courts and other venues. The Sweetheart of the Mountains contest is taking place this year after a 15-year hiatus. Contestants from Loyalton, Portola, Quincy and Chester entered the contest and will vie to be chosen as Sweetheart of the Mountains, an ambassador for the county fair. The county fair parade, street drum corps, pig racing, pedal tractor pulls, carnival, vendors, 4-H shows, speedway races, grandstand performances and much more await visitors to the Aug. 13 - 17 county fair. The next fair board meeting is scheduled for June 25, 5 p.m. BARBER SHOP BARBER GEORGE A. SCHEUCHENZUBER I  Start your summer 00With A BUZZ ... $0.00 (no scissor cuts) I " - at the .... ........ . - .... :: Plumas County Picnic Saturday, June 7th , At the Gazebo Proceeds donated 50/50 to the Plumas County Museum &the Fairgrounds Keep it Local antifreeze, automotive oil, barbecue and lighter fluid, batteries, bleach, cesspool cleaners, chlorine, drain cleaners, dyes, fertilizers, insecticides, oil, paint, paint medical waste. Feather River Disposal Inc. serves Quincy, Greenville and Chester/Lake Almanor. Contact the company at 283-2004. Open Gv , NoCharge 3:30pm-6:OOpm " SpHn p " " owship 59 B:10.91n2;,7Q:incy ill !- Fertilizing - Free Estimates- Pruning t// ~ Competitive Rates ~ * Weed Eating Now serving Graeagle! * Spring Clean-up --r 283-2921. Bob Jones PUTTING AMFJRICA24S BACK To WORK ONE YARD AT A TIME Driveway, Slurry Sealing Hot Melted Crack Filling Small Patch Work Free Estimate Beck Seal Coating 15301 532-1470 Serving Plumas County since 1993 3454 Hwy 70 Oroville, CA 95965 Lewis P. Beck Jr. Lic. #669409 Making the Right Choice Few decisions are more complex or emotional than placing a loved one in a skilled nursing center. At Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation Center we recognize the difficulty of your decision and do everything we can to make it as informed and easy as possible. We transport patients at-no : !!!ion !J i!!i1 charge from all outlying areas, including Reno, Carson City, tlon Truckee, Redding and Chico. The admissions coordinator at our Alzheimer's Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation Center can help you make the best and most educated choice. Call Denise Huggins, Administrator, today. 530-283-2110 m PIursing & Rehabilitation Center Denise Huggins and her staff 4