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FEATHER RIVER v '?i i:urrounding Areas Since 1866 Wednesday, June 20, 2012 Vol. 145, No. 45 * Feather Publishing Co., Inc. * 530-283-0800 www.plumasnews.com 50 CENTS CHP trial resum this week Dan McDonald Staff Writer dmcdonald@plumasnews.com A civil trial pitting a Quin- cy woman against the Cali- fornia Highway Patrol was scheduled to resume Monday morning, June 18. The jury trial, at Plumas County Superior Court in Quincy, began Wednesday, June 13. It is expected to last until at least Tuesday, June 19. Ruth Jackson's lawsuit stems from her Sept. 12, 2009, arrest and jailing by the CHP on charges of driving under the influence. Jackson's civil complaint against the CHP said she had a blood alcohol level of 0.00 and had no drugs in her sys- tem at the time of her arrest. The jury selection process took place Tuesday, June 12. There are 10 women and three men hearing the case. Visiting Judge Thomas E. Warriner is presiding over the trial. Jackson's lawsuit names CHP Officers Lacey HeRman, Jim Wheaton and former Quincy Area Commander Paul Davis as defendants. The civil complaint listed seven causes of action: "false arrest; false imprisonment; battery; intentional inflic- .tion of emotional distress; negligent hiring, training and supervision of officers; negligent infliction of emo- tional distress; and unlawful search and seizure." In the complaint, Jackson said she was pulled over af- ter she exited an Oktoberfest event at the Blairsden Barn, where she was working as a volunteer. The complaint indicated Jackson drove 150 feet to a stop sign and turned left onto Highway 70, .before being pulled over less than half a mile later. The brief said Jackson was told she failed to make a com- plete Stop at the intersection, which she said was not the case. The narrative said that the officers noticed bottles of al- cohol in the trunk of Jack- son's car when she opened it to get her driver's license out of her purse. According to Jackson's complaint, the officers ignored, her explanations that she was volunteering at the event and was bringing the bottles home to be recy- cled. The brief stated that a portable breathalyzer regis- tered Jackson's blood alcohol level at 0.00. Jackson said she told the officers she hadn't taken a prescription drug in more than 12 hours and had never used narcotics. The complaint alleged the officers didn't take into ac- count that Jackson had had 12 foot surgeries when she had trouble with "fine bal- ancing" during the field so- briety tests. According to the narrative, Jackson was arrested at 10 p.m. and was never contacted by a certified drug recogni- tion expert at any point dur- ing her encounter with the CHP. The complaint said that af- ter Jackson was taken to the CHP Office in Quincy, her re- quest to call her husband, lo- cal attorney Michael Jack- son, was denied. See Trial, page 10A Wednesday: Footloose Studio of the Arts dance recital, 6 p.m., Quincy High School small gym. All ages and dance styles. Free event, but donations appreciated. Thursday: Quincy Certified Farmers Market, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m., corner of Church and Main streets. Features local, regional farmers, artisans, live entertainment. Runs through Sept. 13. For infor- mation: QCFMmanager @yahoo.com. Saturday: Second annual Kayak Poker Run, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Bucks Lakeshore Resort at 16001 Bucks Lake Road. Kayak around the lake to designat- ed stops to receiye numbered poker chips, which match cards. Best poker hand wins; prizes for first, second, third place. $10 per entry, includes lunch. Fun for all ages. For information: Kim Henderson, 283-2848. Masons Pancake Breakfast, 7 - 10:30 a.m., Masonic Hall at 70 Harbison St. across from library. Menu consists of scrambled eggs, sausage, O J, coffee, hot chocolate, all-you-can-eat pancakes. Adults $6, children under 12 $3, students with ID $5. Proceeds benefit scholarship fund, other fraternal purposes. Antiques and collectibles pickers' fair, Village Antiques & Associates at 585 Lawrence St. Booths available for sellers 58 graduate from Quincy High The Quincy High School Class of 2012 graduates Friday, June 15, at Feather River College. For more photos, see page 6A. Photo by Laura Beaton Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com The Quincy High School graduating Class of 2012 was 58 students strong. The ceremony was held at Feather River College (FRC) June 15. Students were resplen- dent in gowns of red and white. The Quincy Trojans had three valedictorians, two mistresses of ceremonies and one salutatorian who spoke earnestly and confi- dently to their classmates, teachers, families and friends. Principal Dr. Sue Segura gave her opening remarks, lauding the graduating class for their talents and determination. While the QHS band entertained the audience with the req- uisite processional, Janet Radtke introduced the Class f 2012, who ceremo- niously approached the au- dience while Radtke read highlights of the students' school years. Mistresses of Cere- monies Mariah Hopkins, senior class president, and Bailey Beeson, vice presi- dent, introduced the next performers: Dottle Hall, Natalie and Claire Kepple, singing the national an- them. Senior Alexandra McKay followed, with her rendition of "Somewhere Only We Know." Salutatorian Luis Cunan- Rubalcava spoke next, say- ing to the audience, "The thing you've given us that is more important than that (sober grad night and gifts) is community." Cunan- Rubalcava praised the com- munity for teaching the Class of 2012 "a lesson that will stay with us for our en- tire lives: how to get along with people who are differ- ent than you. All we have is each other," he said, "and we truly know each other." Cunan-Rubalcava urged his classmates to "go out there -- know what you want to do in life and go and do it!" The first valedictorian to speak was Lauren Brad- dick, who spoke of the di- chotomy of contradictions. She said that her generation felt the pull between the See QHS, page 8A in yard and parking lot. For information: 283-3699. Elks All-American Barbecue Night, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Burger, fries and soda, $10; hot dog and fries, $7; nachos and cheese fries, $4. Proceeds support youth activities. Saturday'-sunday: Relay For Life, Feather River College track. Opening ceremony 9 a.m. Sat morning. Members of local teams walk track continuously for 24 hours in support of cancer patients and research. Music, movies, games, food, prizes. See Q, page 10A .... , .... .,::. ...... : ..... 7i To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-.0800 Faster Internet coming hy year,s end Dan McDonald Staff Writer d mcdonald@plumasnews.com A local telecommunica- tions company said it plans to start "lighting up" Plumas County by the end of the year. "Lighting up" is tech speak for flipping the switch for super-fast Internet ser- vice. "We are barreling along at a really good pace," said Plumas-Sierra Rural Elec. tric Cooperative General Manager Bob Marshall. "Our line crew has been working like demons." Marshall was bubbling over with optimism during a Tuesday, June 12, presenta- tion to the Plumas County Board of Supervisors. His vision of a high-speed Internet for the county was received with cautious en- thusiasm by the board. The supervisors know that faster Internet is a critical piece of infrastructure the region needs to help attract busi. nesses. But it's not here yet. "People who work behind the computer, who can earn their income anywhere they want, those are the people we need to bring in here," Supervisor Jon Kennedy said. "So, if we don't have this 'end mile' thing worked out with a decent high-speed Internet, we can't attract those people." The "end mile" -- bring- "ing fast Internet to county homes and businesses -- will require cooperation from third-party providers like AT&T. Marshall's PortoIa-based company is building the broadband backbone that he said would circle the county. He said the fiber project, which he calls "the middle mile" is ahead of schedule. "In the next month we are going to hook up the last piece and that will put us in- to East Quincy," Marshall said. "And at that point we've got work to do still with AT&T. But we've got an agreement with them, which is good. Frontier (Communi- cations) is playing nice, which is good. "We hope to be lighting up the first pieces of our puzzle in late fall," he said. ,'We would love to see Quincy on very early in 2013. By 'on,' I mean being able to come in- to Plumas County where everybody wants it. So we will actually start lighting up customers right at year's end." Building out a broadband fiber system is expensive. It's the main reason rural ar- eas don't have fast Internet. There simply aren't enough customers to pay for it. That's why Marshall thinks the most cost-effec- tive way to bring quick In- ternet from his company's fiber network into the homes will be through cable modems or phone lines (DSL). One of the ways to help pay for the broadband is through grants and subsi- dies from the federal govern- ment. Cathy Emerson, program manager for Chico State See Intemet, page 10A Early holiday deadlines All Feather Publishing offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in ob- servance of the holiday. This will affect the dead- lines for that week,s newspaper. Deadlines for the Plumas-Westwood edi- tions: All Display Advertising and Legal (Public) Notices for the classified and all other newspaper sections is due by Wednesday, June 27, at noon. News releases -- in. cluding letters to the edi- tor, births, obituaries and cards of thanks --are due by Thursday, June 28, at noon, Classified reader ads are due Friday, June 29, at 9 a.m. }