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6B Wednesday, June 9, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Grand opening June 10 ': Community members will ! celebrate completion of the :first multi-jurisdictional courthouse in California, the new Plumas-Sierra Re- gional Courthouse, June 10, in Portola. The building allows re- Source sharing between the superior courts of Plumas and Sierra counties and will minimize travel for court users. ' The program for the cere- mony, noon - 1 p.m., includes remarks byPresiding Judge Ira R. Kaufman, Superior Court of Plumas County, and Presiding Judge William W. Pangman, Superior Court of Sierra County. Mayor John Larrieu, city of Portola, and David Goioechea, chairper- son of the Sierra County Board of Supervisors will al- so speak. The building is the first tri- al courthouse wholly com- pleted by the California Ad- fninistrative Office of the Courts. Accordingly; speak- ers will also include Ronald G. Overholt, the AOC chief deputy director, and Jody Pa- tel, regional administrative director of the AOC North- ern/Central Regional Office. Tours of the new courthouse for invited guests and the me- dia will follow the ceremony. The new courthouse, at 600 South Gulling St., replaces a deficient part-time court- house ifi Portola and a leased court service center in Loyal- tbn. The building features a prominent entry vestibule, a clerestoried lobby that brings in views and light, and a spa- cious and carefully designed wood-paneled courtroom. The building was designed to use local materials and la- bor during construction. The project was completed on budget and eight months ahead of its original sched- ule. Planning started in 2006; construction began in Octo- ber 2008 and was completed in November 2009. For more information and images, visit courtin- fo.ca.gov/programs/occm/pr oj ects_.plumassierra.htm. The first of its kind in the state, the Plumas-Sierra Regional Courthouse opens June 10 in Portola. Sierra County Sheriff's Office raids pot farm Sierra County Sheriff John Evans reported that Tues- day, May 25, the Sierra County Sheriff's Office re- ceived information regard- ing a possible large-scale commercial marijuana grow located in southwestern Sier- ra County. The reporting party provided the sheriff's office with detailed informa- tion about the location. An investigation revealed the commercial marijuana grow operation was being conducted illegally on pri- vate property, without the private property owners knowledge. Officials believe the sus- pects did not know they were on private property and thought they were in the na- tional forest. The sheriff's office and the United States ForEst Service routinely work together re- garding these potentially dangerous illegal growing operations. Both agencies are concerned for the pub- lfc's safety regarding the pos- sibility of someone being ac- cidentally confronted by armed guards of these com- mercial gardens while using and enjoying the public lands, or even their own pri- vate property. The sheriff's office acted quickly and Friday, May 28, members from the Sierra County and Nevada County sheriff's offices conducted a raid on the illegal marijuana cultivation site. Sierra and Nevada coun- ties have a joint drug task force arid work routinely to- gether through a state-ad- ministered illegal drug en- forcement grant known as the Anti-Drug Abuse Pro- gram from which both coun- ties receive operational funding. During the investigative and enforcement contact two heavily armed Hispanic male adults, suspected of guarding and maintaining the illegal growing site, were located in a nearby tent within the marijuana garden and arrested without inci- dent. Law enforcement officers conducted a search of the tent, and found they were armed with five firearms, as well as a large amount of am- munition, including: a loaded SKS asault rifle, a .45 caliber pistol, a .22 caliber ri- fle, a 12-gauge shotgun, and a .308 caliber rifle. Last season, a record 17 similar gardens -- with some 60,000 plants -- were found in Sierra County and it ap- pears the cartels are back again. The sheriffs office is deter- mined to keep such criminal organizations from getting a foothold in the county with the smallest sheriff's office in the state. In addition to the firearms, some 555 immature marijua- na plants were located and eradicated, along with ap- proximately 1,500 seedling beds not yet sprouted. The size of the garden would have been in the area of 5,000 adult plants. The suspects were arrested and transported to the Sierra County Jail in Downieville for booking and confine- ment. The names of the suspects are not being released at this time due to the ongoing in- vestigation. One is believed to be a Mexican national and the other with strong ties to Mexico. They are believed to have been employed by a cartel operation. There is an Immi- gration and Customs En- forcement hold in. place on one of the suspects; the other has also been referred to ICE to confirm his citizenship status. Both were arrested on the following felony state charges: cultivation of mari- juana, possession of marijua- na for sales, criminal con- spiracy and possession of a firearm during the commis- sion of a felony. Sudoku Puzzle #1830-D 1 2 3 4 6 7 8 7 9 4 7 6 8 4 5 2 8 3 8 4 1 Difficult' 4 5 3 8 2 3 9 "lkf" B A S A O E R I C A N T lib D E M A M ! D I C A R K A T A L E G L AG I $!E N Ela N T S I E N C H E K E R L E O ;|| C P O HOP F C i= YON III A P E T t N T E D U D S Sudoku Sol.ion #18-D 861723945 342965817 597418362 638254179 729831456 415679283 186592734 254387691 973146528 ACROSS 1. 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