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Serving Quincy and Surrounding Areas Since 1866 ( 14erra Fox Fldler, of vegas, sips a Pepsi, while Photos W Det Coates her friend, Matthew Calcagno, of Uvermore, showsCertain Klttei, of Reno, was one of the y qgeat pa- his new flag. The youngsters were In town visit-trlots at the Mohawk Valley Day in the iq their IPlulMl Plwl(, Though Clwrlle Brown was ddwm and asmwted by siowas, the Mohawk Valley wasn't clowning around with Its "Trllmte to Vetermm." llr m, votenm aml known in the area and was saleeted to ride tlmmgh town In F mrth of July style. By Debra Coates Mohawk Valley led off Plumes County's Fourth of July celebration with a bang this weekend--actual- ly many bangs, as revelers gathered at the Mill Pond Saturday, June 30, for a spectacular fireworks cele- bration. Then on Sunday, July 1, Highway 89 through Graea- gle was lined with people awaiting the start of the 29th annual Mohawk Valley independence Day Parade. . Tl~ose who came early for tne I P.m. start were not dis- t appointed The Graeagle Park was fllled with active- tMk u m. Oty I eto r Jkkmt, Io woe ty booths and other offer- ons were serving up rootflag, followed by an assort- ings such as cold drinks and beer floats, ment of floats, bands, cars, good things to eat. The Portola High School dignitaries and other It was an opportunity for Cheerleaders scored twice: unique entries. local service organizations selling ice cold bottles of The Orphir Prison and other groups to raise water and offering a chance Marching Band, now a pa- funds for their activities, to rappel a wall. rade tradition, is always en- The Plumas Swim Team More fun was available tertaining, and the group booth was popular, as the through an obstacle course performed after the parade members scooped up re- and a bean bag toss, andinthepark. freshing snow cones, many could be seen sport- The Reno High School Those wanting more sub- leg temporary tattoos, cour. Marching Band also sup. stantlal fare could purchase tesy of Plumes Sierra Rural plied some patriotic tunes. a taco salad from Feather Electric and the Soropti- The St. Mary's Chinese River Gymnastics or buy mists of Portola. and Bell Drum Corps of San barbecue from the Portola PromptIy at I p.m., the pa- Francisco brought a differ- Assembly of God's Youth rade left Goldridge Estates ent type of music to the re- Ministries. and marched through down. tivities. Something sweet?. The la- town Graeagle. The Veter- dy Elks were selling cotton arts of Foreign Wars led the candy, while nearby, the Li- way carrying the American M4m PamMbv IOA e By Dave Keller In some respects, the pan- Sta Writer ers findings differ from last The Plumas County Board year's grand jury report, of Supervisors and other lo- which discovered "a break. cal agencies have tried to re. down" in local government. form local government, but Last year's findings played they still face challenges, a role in the eventual ousting Those were among the of two incumbent supervi- findings by the 2000-2001 sore, the removal of three de Plumas County grand Jury, partment heads and the res- which released its year-end ignation of the county admen. report last week. istrative officer. The report praises the su- Not surprisingly, the latest pervisors for their attempts report focuses informally on to provide training for man- the fallout of last year's re- agers, to scale back the role port and subsequent events. of the county administrative "With the result of the No- officer and to increase de- vember election, it became partment head access to clear that some changes in them at public meetings, county management prac- Even so, the 2000-2001 tices were likely," the report grand Jury found existing states. problems that "bedevil the el- One of the key changes, the forts to provide the best ser- report notes, has been an el- vices to the people of Plumes County." Sne Re wt, Ng. Dave Keller Sheriff Len Gardner gives Staff W~er virtually nil the credit to Set" A year ago, Plumes Coun- Tim Mareina, who made a se- ty's animal control depart- rles of improvements. ment was a disaster. "We put somebody in Among the problems: no charge who made changes, leadership, paperwork sna- who holds everyone account- fus and poor record-keeping, able and who runs it like a In other words, the agency business," Gardner said. had gone to the dogs. Of equal importance was But all that changed when improving morale. the sheriffs department res- "We did that by letting era- cued it from the county ad- ployees know we care about ministrative officer, the 2000- them," Gardner said. 2001 Plumes County grand Ju. "When they have problems, ry says. we assist them in resolving Animal control "is being them We've created a good run on a professional basis," environment for them to the grand Jury's year nd re- work in." port stated last week. The efforts have paid off, The panel also discovered the grand jury states. that employee relations have Despite crowding in the an- improved, imal control facility, which is The only drawback the scheduled to be replaced in grand jury discovered was an the future, the grand Jury- "urgent need for more animal and office space." Dogs, page 14A By Dave Keller in sewer costs. Staff That's because the two dis- Residents will be spared tricts share one sewer treat'- under a plan that will In. ment plant. crease the average water Quincy Community Ser- rates in Quincy by about 10 vice District officials don't percent, know for sure what every- But high-volume water thing is going to cost cus- users--some businesses and tomers, but they have a basic some government agencies-- idea, Sullivan said. will bear the brunt of the pro- Water rates for Quincy res- posed hlke. idents, which range from The changes are being pro- about to $38 a month, will posed by the Quincy Commu. probably stay about the same nity Services District to help or possibly decrease under pay for improvements in the the current plan, Sullivan community's rapidly decay, said. ing water system, GeneralBut they will see their Manager Larry Sullivan said. sewage rates increase from In addition, the increases about $14 0 a month to about will assist the district's flnRn. 115.30. cial stability. Numbers for East Quincy The water rate increase are not known. Sullivan said. will not affect water users in Final details should be East Quincy, because theyavailable at a 7 p.m. public get their water fl'om a differ- hearing at the Quincy Ll- ent source than other Quincy brary meeting room on residents. Thursday, July 19. But East Quincy residents, The cost of improvements like their counterparts in has decreased nearly 12 per- Quincy, will be asked to share some of the increases 1kin Wst p g4A IB mY coates Mana W The Plumes Unified School District has to draw up a new Organizational chart, but it ~abably should be in pencil. t's because there are still nore changes in store for a School district that recently has seen three of its five ad- mh lstrators change. For a time, it looked as if both the assistant superinten. dent and the superintendent were going to resign, vacat- in_g the district's top two posi- tions. And though Assistant Superintendent Randy Meek- er has accepted a position with the Chico Unified School District, Superinten- dent Dennis Williams will See PUSD, page 14A American bald eagle makes return. See page lB. Event draws cowboys and dollars. ObituRiem= Page 5B llllffl=ll Page 2D Oplnlen: Page lOB La4tw Page 11B