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Vol. 147, No. 46 530-283-0800 Wednesday, July 2, 2014 5O 00Hikers solve water case Laura Beaton: - Staff Writer After reading the local newspaper story about millions of gallons of water gone missing from East Quincy Services District on, Danielle and Jesse Frid put two and two together. They had noticed on several different hikes in their neighborhood that ater was gushing out of an overflow pipe near a water tank off Clough .Street in See Leak, page 5A All Feather Publishing offices will be closed Friday, July 4. This will affect deadlines for the July 9 newspapers. Classified display ads were due by 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 1. " All other display advertising and legal (public) notices are due Wednesday, July 2, by noon. i News releases -- including letters to the editor, births, Obituaries and cards of thanks --are due Thursday, July 3, at noon. Classified reader ads are i due at their normal time, : Monday, July 7, at 9 a.m. . o olll!iJ!l!i! : il i To subscribe to the Bulletin, I call 530-283-0800 Crowds of people await a performance at the Grandstand Meadow at a prior year's High Sierra Music Festival. The annual event draws enough people to Quincy to nearly triple the population for the Fourth of July weekend. This year's festival starts tomorrow and continues through Sunday. Photo courtesy Suzi Brakken More than James Wilson Sports Editor Known as the only time of the year that traffic jams occur in Quincy, the High Sierra Music Festival is upon us. Last year's festival brought in around !0,000 people, and this year's estimate is similar. Quincy's population will triple over the weekend, 10,000 expected for High Sierra Festival with the majority of people densely filling the Plumas/Sierra County Fairgrounds. This year's festival has something to offer for people of all ages and tastes. In the past years, festival organizers have naturalist-led hike around Bucks Lake, a kid-zone with children-orientated performances and art projects, parades, games and even child-care providers. Main acts at the festival include Ms. Lauryn Hill, really pushed for theevent Widespread Panic, Sound to evolve into a more TribeSector 9, Beats family-friendly affair. Antique, Trampled by This year's family Turtles and Lord Huron. activities will include a Multiple other performers will take the stages located around the fairgrounds. As a show of appreciation to Quincy and Plumas County residents for sharing their town, festival organizers are offering discounted prices for locals. Local prices, and neighbor prices (for those who live ..... directly around the See Festival, page 4A Sheriff, CliP set for busy weekend Public safety will be the top priority Dan McDonald Managing Editor They will be on the roads. You will see them patrolling the lakes. They will even take part in our local parades. For police officers in Plumas County, the long Fourth of July weekend is easily their busiest time of the year. Just about every California Highway Patrol officer and Plumas County Sheriff's deputy will be on duty. The sheriff even plans to call on his reserves. "We will very likely quadruple the county's population over the course of the Fourth of July weekend," Sheriff Greg Hagwood said. "And there's really no significant difference in my available staffing for this weekend than there is any weekend of the year." The sheriff will have boats patrolling the See Safety, page 5A Some of the boat slips at the Lakeshore Marina on Bucks Lake are unusable due to low water, a Bucks Lake business owner stated. The lack of snowpack last winter has severely impacted runoff into the lake, which PG&E reported was the lowest since June 1977. Photo by Laura Beaton Residents concerned about Bucks Lake water levels Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeatn@plumasnews'cm If the water level of Bucks Lake dips down to 5,134 feet, the two marinas on the lake will be forced to close up shop. That's what Ken Nelson, owner of Haskins Valley Inn, Store and Deli said last week. At that depth, the water is too shallow for boats to moor. Nelson's daughter and son-in-law, Kim and DeWitt Henderson, own and operate the two businesses on the lake: Bucks Lake Marina and the Restaurant and Store at Lakeshore Resort. Both marinas are . restricted by the low water level, which Nelson says is the lowest since 1976. Some docks at the Lakeshore already can't be rented, Nelson said. And the water level keeps dropping. He said that every week, PG&E, which manages the lake as an energy source for its Bucks Creek Powerhouse, releases a few inches of water, as mandated, to keep Bucks Creek flowing. Nelson said an economic survey conducted in 1985 showed that Bucks Lake businesses and recreational use generated $13 million in revenue for the county - albeit mostly for Quincy. But now? Nelson said that the last two years were bad ones for businesses. This past winter there was so little snow that snowmobilers were severely limited and barely able to ride. He said last fall saw an early end to its boating season because of a 20,000 acre-foot draw down by PG&E last September and October. That 20,000 feet is ..... normally split between See Bucks, page 5A Pieces coming together for green waste solution Debra Moore Staff Writer Those who are waiting for a place to haul their yard waste, will have to wait just a little bit longer. Equipment is ordered and permits are fried, but there's no date yet for when American Valley residents will have a more economical place to haul green waste. Public Works Director Bob Perreault is orchestrating the many facets of a project that will allow private and commercial parties to bring green waste to the Feather River Disposal site on Industrial Way, to be disposed of by incineration. While a small loader and incinerator have been ordered, there are still many other tasks to be completed including signing agreements with Feather River Disposal, obtaining a special use permit, hirifig a part-time worker and establishing a fee for disposal. During an interview last week, Perreault said it was premature to discuss a possible opening date because of all of the variables that still exist, including the fee. "It would be about $5 per cubic yard, which is a full pickup load," Perreault said. American Valley residents had been able to dispose of yard waste for free at Sierra Pacific Industries, but since the timber company halted that program while it builds a new large log mill, the only local option is the East Quincy transfer station, where pickup loads can cost $22. Perreault said he expects to have more information after he meets with the Board of Supervisors early this month. Some critical portions of the project are already completed including receiving a permit from the air quality control board. Forensic dig yet to begin Dan McDonald Managing Editor A forensic excavation in Meadow Valley will begin later and cost more money than originally expected. The project, spearheaded by the Plumas County Sheriffs Office, entails digging up an old well to search for possible human remains. The dig, originally planned to begin last month, was scheduled after three different cadaver dogs zeroed in on an abandoned well in the area last fall. The well is close to where a 13-year-old Meadow Valley boy went missing on November 4, 1967. Sheriff Greg Hagw0od said the dig will still take place, likely this summer. He said the delay is partly a matter of logistics. Experts are being assembled from around the country. The sheriff said many of the experts are being provided by the FBI, which has been reviewing the case. Two FBI specialists from Virginia were at the dig site June 25. "The facts and circumstances surrounding See Dig, page 4A