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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Vol. 147, No. 45 Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 530-283-0800 www.plumasnews.com 50 CENTS already? - Today: Family Garden Night, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Alder Street Garden. Family-friendly all-ages Digging In event includes kids' activities, master gardener demonstrations, hands-on gardening, harvesting, learning about healthy eating. Continues Weds through Aug. 13. For information: program director Cody Reed, 927-8497. Tomorrow: Quincy Certified Farmers' Market, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m., corner of Church and Main streets. Vendors offer local produce, handcrafts, prepared food; two prize giveaways. Live music by No City Boyz. Performance by Kristina's Gymnastics Show Team at 6 p.m. "Family day" includes plein air student art show, Digging In gardening activities, crafts with Plumas Christian School. For information: QuincyFarmers Market.org, 487-4386. Friday: Connections in a Culture of "Never Enough," 6 - 8 p.m., West End Theatre. Free workshop with facilitator Anne Gaudet, The Resource Center. Sponsored by 20,000 Lives, For information, to sign up: 283-6337. Saturday: Courthouse Lawn Art Show, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., courthouse lawn. Handmade arts and See Q, page 5A To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 Leanna May Moore faces up to 10 years in, prison after 'no contest' plea Dan McDonald Managing Editor dmcdonald@plumasnews.com Former Indian Valley Community Services District General Manager Leanna May Moore pleaded "no contest" to felony embezzlement and forgery charges last week. When Judge Ira Kaufman asked Moore if she understood the court would treat a "no contest" plea the same as "guilty" Moore quietly responded "yes." According to the district attorney's office, the case represented the largest embezzlement of public funds in the history of Plumas County. Moore, 42, was accused of stealing $676,375 when she worked as the district's GM from 2006 to 2012. She pleaded "no contest" to taking $626,000. Moore, who lives in Winnemucca, Nevada, entered her pIea on Friday .................. ....... . afternoon, June 20, in Plumas to be tried on four felony County Superior Court in charges and an enhancement. Quincyl The charges consisted of She originally pleaded "not one count of embezzlement, guilty" following her three counts for fqrgery and November 2013 arrest, an aggravated white-collar Her "no contest" plea came crime enhancement. two days after Judge Moore is scheduled to be Kaufman ruled there was sentenced Sept. 12 when she sufficient evidence for Moore faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Moore's attorney Jeff Cunan said his client "fully acknowledges guilt" of embezzlement and forgery. He said Moore was surprised by the total amount. "She was doing this misconduct over a period of time.., and she really didn't keep track," Cunan said. " "When she was confronted with all of it added up ... She was shocked." See Moore, page 7A Full again Silver Lake in the Bucks Lake Wilderness Area is all filled up after being partially drained for dam gate valve repairs last fall. The new structure, at right, supporting the more than 100-year-old gate valve makes a lovely viewing platform to take in the beauty of the Sierra Nevada range. Photo by Laura Beaton un Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com The Plumas Board of Supervisors focused on the process, not the project, in a June 17 letter sent to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife requesting a halt to the remov of trout from Gold Lake. The letter lists six areas'i which the state agency violated environmental law -- five times with regard to the California' Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and once for its national equivalent, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Both acts are designed to include local jurisdictions and the public in environmental decisions. Public Works Director Train oil roug Chang. es in nation's production affecting Piumas County Debra Moore derailment, Staff Writer As the United States shifts drnoore@plurnasnews.com from external sources of oil, and oil companies embrace From pipeline to railcar, the flexibility that rail the nation's oil companies provides, the amount of oil are making a transition that delivered by rail has has federal, state and local increased dramatically. officials worried about According to the public safety and Association of American environmental disasters. Railroads, trains And that worry extends transported 97,135 carloads right here to Plumas County of crude oil during the first where the threat of disaster quarter of 2013, which was a is literally rolling through 166 percent increase from town. the first quarter in 2012, and The Burlington Northern 922 percent more than for all Santa Fe is carrying tanks of of 2008. Bakken crude oil on its line As crude shipments have that runs along the east increased so have spills and shore of Lake Almanor to derailments. Greenville and then down According to the Office of the Feather River Canyon. Hazardous Materials Safety, Bakken oil, a product nationally more crude oil obtained through fracking, was spilled in rail accidents is considered more volatile in 2013 than was spilled in than other forms of crude the nearly four decades oil. prior. The oil's danger was In California, incidents revealed during last July's involving oil carried by rail accident in Lac-M gantic, increased from three in 2011 Quebec, where half of the to 25 in 2013, with 24 to date town was leveled and 47 people killed when 63 tank cars ofoil exploded during a See Oil, page 6A Mountain pride Pink penstemon, also called mountain pride, flourishes in an advantageous environment at the base of Granite Gap below the Pacific Crest Trail. Wildflowers are out in abundance in mid-June, despite a below-average snowfall last winter. Photo'by Laura Beaton Bob Perreault presented the letter during the Board of Supervisors' June 17 meeting and the board voted unanimously to send it to Charlton Bonham, the department's director. The letter asks Bonham to halt the proposed removal of See Letter, page 5A All Feather Publishing offices will be closed Friday, July 4. This will affect deadlines for the July 9 newsPapers. Classified display ads are due by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1. All other display advertising anal legal (public) notices are due by Wednesday, July 2, at noon. News releases -- including letters to the editor, births, obituaries and cards of thanks --are due by Thursday, July 3, at noon. Classified reader ads are due at their normal time, Monday, July 7, at 9 a.m.