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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, June 18, 2014 7A EQSD, from page 1A after being nominated and voted in by a 3-1 margin. Chairman Ernie Eaton was the dissenting vote. The district received one other letter of intent, from former director Howard Hughes, who did not attend the June 10 meeting. Kolb jumped right into action, joining the other directors -- Eaton, Margason, Kathy Felker and Bill Martin -- on the business side of the table. Water conservation kits In an attempt to help customers conserve water, the district will soon be offering water conservation kits comprised of a mechanical hose timer and a moisture meter. Because most customers&apos; water use skyrockets during summer months, offering outdoor water-conservation tools and tips is a way to educate and assist residents in reducing water consumption, board members said. The kits will soon be available at the district office at 179 Rogers Ave. for a nominal fee of $5. Will the state step in to manage groundwater? The district's attorney, Robert Zernich, posed the possibility of the state stepping in to regulate groundwater usage and cautioned directors to be aware. Zernich said he heard on the radio that the state is working on legislation that could dictate how much water can be drawn from the ground. Capital Public Radio's headline "The 'Deepest Straw Wins' in Central Valley Scramble for Groundwater" aptly describes the conundrum of depending on groundwater. Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, said that groundwater usually accounts for 30 percent of water use, but this year the rate is 60 percent. Years of groundwater depletion coupled with an increase in drilling permits John Kolb is the newest director for East Quincy Services District after being appointed at the district's June 10 board meeting. Kolb, who retired June 2012 from the county's public works department, has a background in civil engineering and is currently the president of Plumas Corporation's board. He replaces director Mike Green, who resigned last month to clear the way for possible career advancement. Photo by Bill Martin have led to an alarming decrease in groundwater. Capital Public Radio reports that state studies show groundwater levels in the area are 100 feet below the historical low. Well water is not consistently monitored or regulated, according to Laurel Firestone, co-executive Screening reveals high diabetes rate in Quincy Debra Moore ----- ---_ -,... -- Quincy library meeting room. Staff Writer KISK Tactors mr amnees Those who missed the dmoore@plumasnews.com • Overweight, with BMI >25 spring healthscreening will • Inactive have another op,portunity It isn't sweet news, though • Age 45+ duringthis year s fall event. sweets are Contributing to it • Family history of type 2 diabetes Money for the testing and --the Centers for Disease • Ethnicity: African-American, Hispanic, American Indian, ongoing education was made Control estimates that Asian-American, Pacific Islander possible by a grant from roughly 20 percent of Plumas • Gestational diabetes, or gave birth to a baby more than 9 pounds United Healthcare. County's population has • Polycystic ovary syndrome Diabetes is a disease in prediabetes. • Dark velvety skin in skinfolds (such as neck) which high blood sugar levels And a recent screening • High blood pressure continue over a prolonged offered by Plumas District Hospital indicated a much higher percentage among those tested during the hospital's spring health fair, where participants could opt for a free A1C screening to test for diabetes and prediabetes. Of the 452 individuals screened, there were 22 new diabetes diagnoses, and 219 were discovered to have prediabetes. The latter represents 48 percent of those screened. The results, which are gleaned from a pinprick test, were shared with the individuals as well as their primary care providers. "We were very proactive in following up," said Dr. Jeff Kepple, the hospital's interim chief executive officer. Intervention is key because director of Community Water Center, an advocacy group concerned with water issues in California's Central Valley. The problem is severe near Fresno, where some homeowners' wells have run dry. Their relatively shallow wells, frequently 300 feet deep, can't compete with the deeper wells of commercial farmers, who sometimes drill down 1,000 feet or more. Firestone says the situation has turned into "a free-for-all. Anyone that can afford to stick a straw into the ground and drill a well can pump close to as much as they need or want," she said. Two bills on sustainable groundwater management are now making their way through the state Legislature. Regular board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting is set for July 8. QCSD, from page 1A the supervisors a necessity in order to utilize this "free money." Income survey In the next month -, customers can expect to receive notification of an income survey that will be distributed randomly to residents in both East Quincy's and Quincy's service districts. The survey is being conducted on behalf Of the two districts by the Plumas County Community Development Commission in order to qualify for a block grant that would fund a feasibility study for a wastewater treatment solution for American Valley. Currently, QCSD's agh'xg wastewater treatment plant Recycle Your E-Waste for Free! TVs, Monitors and Electronics (no hazardous waste or appliances) Saturday 28, 2014 9am to 4pm • Good cholesterol (HDL) <35 and/or triglycerides >250 • Regularly sleep fewer than six hours per night or more than nine hours per night • Irregular work schedule or graveyard shift • Frequent urination • Increased thirst and hunger (despite eating or drinking) • Fatigue, blurred vision • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal • Tingling, pain or numbness in hands and feet • Possible hypoglycemia symptoms -- for example, shaky, sweaty, irritable prediabetes does not have to result in diabetes; exercise and proper nutrition are key to reversing the risk in most cases. And most people aren't aware that they have prediabetes. "The symptoms are so vague, that's why the testing is so valuable," Kepple said. "It's good to be aware while things are still in your control." serves both districts. However, increasingly stringent standards and new permitting regulations make operations very challenging. In order to be eligible for a community development block grant, which can be as much as $2 million, the valley must fall into a certain household median income. "We have to ratify the fact that we're poor," Churchill said. If the income survey, with the required number of valid responses, results in the residents of American Valley being declared a disadvantaged community, then the criteria to apply for a block grant will be met. The next funding cycle begins in January 2015; typically applications are due in April and grant awards are made in July. A tentative date of July 7 was set for an American Valley each of the following Feather River Disposal sites: Quincy- Abernethy Lane Chester - Hwy 36 & A- 13 Greenville -Greenville Dump Road Kay Lund, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, is working to alert the community about the warning signs of prediabetes and how to avoid developing the disease. She has been speaking to various community groups and is offering two complementary one-hour classes for the public: Wednesday, June 25, and Wednesday, July 29, both to be held at 6 p.m. in the period. Untreated, diabetes can cause many complications, including heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, foot ulcers and eye damage. There are two main types of diabetes: --Type I results from the body's failure to produce enough insulin. This was previously referred to as "insulin-dependent diabetes" or "juvenile diabetes." The cause is unknown. --Type 2 begins with insulin resistance, a condition in which cells fail to respond to insulin properly. This was previously referred to as "non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus" or "adult-onset diabetes." The latter is the type that can be addressed by diet and exercise. From everyday collection to environmental protection, Think Green,ฎ Think Waste Management. Feather River Disposal, Inc. * 283-2004 Serving Quincy, Greenville, Chester/Lake Almanor waste WASTE MANAGEMENT Think Green: Community Services Authority meeting where community members can learn more about the survey. High school well By a 3-2 vote, the board approved drilling an exploratory test well next to the currently unused well located on Quincy High School grounds. The board authorized general manager Sullivan to contract with Dickens Drilling to drill a 400-foot 6-inch exploratory well. In the old days, Sullivan said, the well generated about 400 gallons per minute of water -- an amount the majority of the board felt would be valuable to add to the district's water capacity, especially as drought conditions continue. Board meetings are held the second Thursday of the month at 9 a.m. The next meeting is set for July I0. Reno Introductory Offer 3mont.,,or $18 per mo. (reg. 24 per mo.) delivered to your door! HOME DELIVERY of the . 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