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lOB Wednesday, July 9, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter I Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and Cal Fire recently announced a partnership to help stop wildfires before they start in California. Cal Fire's "One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire" public safety campaign is a multi-agency effort to minimize the frequency, size and cost of wildfires started by human ignition. PG&E is joining the campaign by reminding its 22,000 employees and encouraging the 15 million Californians it serves to practice safe outdoor equipment use, and to properly use and maintain all vehicles. According to Cal Fire, nearly 90 percent of all wildfires in California are caused by people, often when they are engaged in routine activities. Simple tasks like mowing the lawn, or using a weed eater or chainsaw, can spark a wildland fire. Similarly, driving on Worn brakes or on exposed wheel rims while towing can cause the tow chain to spark and ignite a fire. "At PG&E, there's nothing more important to us than public safety,'; said Barry Anderson, PG&E's vice president of emergency preparedness and response. "Wildfires are a huge risk in our service area of Northern and Central California, and PG&E is serious about working with Cal Fire and other state and local agencies to do our part to reduce that risk-- including helping educate our customers about fire safety, operating our own equipment responsibly and being prepared to respond." "This year's drought has led to a significant increase in wildfires across the state," said Chief Ken Pimlott, Cal Fire director. "It is critical that every Californian do their part and take precautions outdoors to prevent sparking a wildfire." Along with promoting safe outdoor equipment use, and proper vehicle use and maintenance to prevent fires, Cal Fire urges all Californians to learn more about debris burning and campfire safety. Here are some simple safety guidelines. Equipment use safety --Mow before 10 a.m. but never when it's windy or excessively dry. --In wildland areas, spark arrestors are required for all portable gas-powered equipment including tractors, chainsaws, weed eaters and mowers. --In wfldland areas, grinding and welding operations require a permit and 10 feet of clearance. Burning landscape debris --Landscape debris to be burned must be in small 4-by-4-foot piles. --Clear all flammable Chester: Summer Reading Club Wed begins, 10 a.m., Chester branch of Plumas County J~J~,~ 9Library. Program for kids 5 - 12 continues through 30. Paws to Read theme includes visits from animals, those who work with them. For information: 258-2742. Graeagle: Free live music, 6.'30 p.m. - dusk, the Outpost. Portola: Summer Reading Club begins, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Portola branch of Plumas County Library. Program for kids 5 - 12 continues through July 30. Paws to Read theme includes visits from animals, those who work with them. For information: 832-4241. Quincy: ~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 Chris and Keely, Marty Mitchell. Includes Lexicon of Sustainability art show. For information: QuincyFarmersMarket'rg' 487-4386. Green Thumbs Garden Group membership drive, 7 p.m., Variel House. Meet and greet members, enjoy refreshments, learn about group. Bucks Lake: Quincy: Bucks Lake Bird and Plant Second annual Plumas County Senior Summit, Sat Walk, meet 8 a.m. at Mill 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Senior Nutrition Site. Creek trailhead. Coming Includes refreshments, keynote speaker, J~-~ ~" from Quincy, trailhead is presentations, question-and-answer session. on right side of Bucks Lake Hosted by Plumas County Health Services. Road 0.3 mile past Whitehorse campground. Lunch available for $2.50 seniors, $6.50 under Plumas Audubon Society walk led by Scott, 60; call 283-0643 to make reservations before Amber Edwards. Length of walk optional. July 15. For more information: Plumas County Bring pack with lunch, drinks for optional Health Services, 283-6337; Nancy Lund, group picnic on lake shore. For information: 284-7206. plumasaudubon.org. Graeagle: Art reception, 3 - 5 p.m., Red House Art Gallery. Featuring Patricia Wallis, Reno artist who specializes in paintings on copper. Lake Almanor: Women's Luncheon, 11 a.m., Greenville: Lake Almanor Community Hooping and jump-roping, 10 a.m. - noon, '~LI Church at 2610 Plumas Lupines. Adults, children welcome to learn County Road A13. Bring about health benefits of fun, classic fitness J~'~ ~'~ deviled eggs, salad, fruit, practices. Skilled hula-hooper Aimee Hamilton dessert or muffins; arrive teaches simple movements, dynamic tricks, early for introductions. Includes featured Provided: hoops, jump ropes, upbeat music, speaker. For information: Denise Porter, smoothies. Free. 256-3401. Ishi Wilderness: Ishi Trail and Marker. Sierra Institute for Community and Environment Center of Forestry tour led by Beverly Ogle. $50 per person. For information: 284-1022. Plumas County: Behind the Seeds Farm Tour, includes stops in Quincy, Graeagle.Quincy Certified Farmers' Market, High Altitude Harvest CSA, Plumas Rural Services present chance to visit local farms. Participants drive personal vehicles. Tickets $40, must be purchased ion advance at Quincy Natural Foods. Space is limited. For information: Hannah Hepner, 487-4386, manager.qcfm@gmail.com; QuincyFarmersMarket.org. Portola: Portola Area Historical Society meeting, Portola Methodist Church social hall on corner of Pacific Street, Second Avenue. Ray Donnenwirth presents program on Portola area in World War II. Free; all are welcome. Quincy: 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 Stone and Straw; Bombastic Strings at 6 p.m. Crafts with Plumas Christian School. For information: QuincyFarmersMarket.org, 487-4386. Chester: FI'I Taco night, 5:30 - 7 p.m., J~l,~ ~ Lake Almanor Elks Lodge at 164 Main St. $8 per person. Greenhorn: All-you-can-eat barbecue, 5 - 8:30 p.m., Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch at 2116 Greenhorn Ranch Road. For information, reservations (appreciated): 283-0930. Portola: Concert in the Park, 7 p.m., Portola City Park. Free live music featuring blues by Blue Haven. Sponsored by Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce, city of Portola. Food, drinks available from 6 p.m. 50/50 giveaway, prizes, family fun. Quincy: Artist's opening reception, 5 - 7 p.m., Plumas Arts Gallery at 525 Main St. Featuring Lori Boersig. Complimentary refreshments. For information: 283-3402. Artist's opening reception, 5 - 7 p.m., Main Street Artists Gallery. Featuring George Fluke. Complimentary wine, appetizers. Greenville: ~:l'~-Stllt Swing dance lessons, 6:30 - 8 p.m., Indian JIJ~.~ ~-~3 Valley Community Center at 209 Crescent St. Three Julie Lewis for $25 per person; partners encouraged but not required. For information: Marjie Meeker, 284-7279. ! Greenhorn: , SUIt Fly-fishing clinic, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Greenhorn Creek J~J~,~ ~3Guest Ranch at 2116 Greenhorn Ranch Road. For information: 283-0930. Blairsden: Swap Meet 'N' Eat, 5:30 - 7 OIt p.m., Mohawk Community JUL~ ~ Resource Center. All are welcome to Plumas Rural Services Community Connections information event; to participate in optional potluck, swap meet bring up to 10 swappable items, food to share. For information: Leslie Wall, 283-3611, ext. "818; Heidi Rose, 836-0446; www.plumasruralservices.org/cc. Mountain Music and Barbecue, Bontaful Gardens. Featuring Steve Leal. Quincy: Midsummer Night Astronomy, 8:30 - 11:30 p.m., Feather River College Observatory between baseball, football, soccer fields (park by equine building). Observatory open to the public for general observing followed by asteroid occultation event with Quincy RECON project team. For information: Charles Arrowsmith, CArrowsmith@frc.edu; google.com/+QuincyRECON. Free food, Chester: Public prayer service, 7 p.m., Our Savior Lutheran Church at 161 Aspen St. Service, offering supports Pacific Crest Trail hikers. water, Wi-Fi for hikers. Greenville: Gold Digger's Contra Dance, ~l'l 6 - 9 p.m., Downtown Farms behind sheriff's J~J~.~ ~8substation: The Gift of Music program offering includes live music by The Lost Sierra Ramblers, dance instruction. All are welcome; practical footwear suggestedl Nonalcoholic beverages served. Admission donation-based; proceeds support The Gift of Music program. Lake Almanor: Annual Fashion Show and Boutique, starts 10 a.m., Lake Almanor Country Club. Women's Club provides fashion event including vendors, lunch, auction. Open to everyone. Tickets $20. For information, to purchase tickets: Donna ' Smith, 259-2090; Peggy Lentz, 259-5478. Portola: Concert in the Park, 7 p.m., Portola City Park. Free live music featuring Proxy playing '60s, '70s, '80s, rock, R&B, jazz. Sponsored by Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce, city of Portola. Food, drinks available from 6 p.m. 50/50 giveaway, prizes, family fun. Lassen-Applegate Emigrant Trail: 200-mile SUV and four-wheel drive trip ~l'~-W~On offered by High Rock Trekkers Four-Wheel Drive Club begins near Imlay, Nevada, ends in Surprise Valley. Bring tents, sleeping bags, snacks, water. Meals provided. Adults $275, children 7 - 14 $150, children under 7 free. Proceeds support California Association of Four-Wheel Drive Clubs' Conservation and Education Foundation. Limited to first 25 vehicles. To register: Warner Anderson, 775-629-9232; Ron Vance, 775-246-4099. material and vegetation from within 10 feet of the outer edge of the pfie. --Keep a water supply and shovel close to the burning site. Vehicle use safety --Practice safe towing. --Make sure the vehicle is properly maintained with nothing dragging on the ground. --Properly maintain tire pressure and brakes. Campfire safety --Obtain the proper permit. --Select a level location away from heavy fuels. --Keep a bucket of water and shovel nearby at all times. --Completely extinguish any open campfires. In addition to supporting Cal Fire's "One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire" campaign, PG&E recognizes the importance of creating and maintaining defensible space to slow or stop a wildfire, and to help firefighters defend property. PG&E continually monitors fuel conditions to prepare for this risk, and works closely with public safety organizations to assist in fire response activities. About PG&E Pacific Gas and Electric Co., a subsidiary of PG&E Corp. (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit pge.com and pge.com/about/newsroom. local Ever wondered why farmers get so excited about compost? Have you longed to learn what cover crop is? Or maybe you've wondered just how lovely it is to wake at the crack of dawn to bring in the harvest? The new Behind the Seeds Farm Tour on Saturday, July 12, will provide the opportunity for folks to get the inside scoop on the farms of Plumas County. The Quincy Certified Farmers' Market, High Altitude Harvest CSA and Plumas Rural Services are teaming up to launch this event with the goal of helping people get to know their growers. Local communities have experienced a surge of growth in direct market farms over recent years and Behind the Seeds offers eaters a chance to get a deeper took at where their food comes from. Tour participants will be provided with a schedule and will drive their own vehicles to each farm. Farm destinations on this year's tour include Five Foot Farm's brand new 2.5-acre site run by Elizabeth Powell and Cody Reed in Quincy. The tour will continue on to visit seasoned grower Abby Edwards at The Stump Farm, also in Quincy. Finally, participants will trek to Snowy Pine Ranch in Graeagle where farmer Terry Popish will share her finely tuned systems for growing baby greens and other mixed vegetables. Each farm site will offer a taste of what their farm grows. Tickets are $40 per vehicle and are available at Quincy Natural Foods Co-op. Tickets must be purchased in advance and space is limited. Contact Hannah Hepner with questions at 487-4386, em rilmanager.qcfm @gmail.com or visit QuincyFarmers Market.org. HAMILTON. from page 9B outside government, and there are a number of recommendations he and others make: --We have to cut the number of political appointees. In the federal government alone, they number roughly 3,000, and often don't win their positions by merit. --We have to reduce the layers of management, and reduce the sheer number of people employed by government.. --Outsourcing has gotten out of hand. In theory, private-sector contractors save taxpayers money. In reality, Light's research shows, they can cost us twice as much. --Current civil service rules make it almost impossible to hire, promote and fire based on merit. That has to change. Government today is highly pressured and deals with tough, complicated problems. It needs to be able to recruit and retain first-rate talent; you don't want a second-rate lawyer negotiating a nuclear arms treaty. Unless we deal with these problems, failure is baked into the system. The American people have to demand that the president and the Congress not just enact legislation, but also implement and manage government programs effectively and efficiently. Lee Hamilton is director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years. p I I I I I I SENIOR. MENU Monday, July 14 | Greek zucchini casserole, Thursday, July 17 tossed green salad, wholeHealthy heart: stuffed green | grain roll, strawberries, ice pepper, carrot/pineapple | I cream salad, bran muffin, half| banana u | Tuesday, July 15 Friday, July 18 Beef & turkey burger, Baked chicken, steamed | | spinach/orange salad, sliced summer squash, oat muffin, Nutrition sites: Chester, 394-7636; Quincy, 283-0643; Greenville, 284-6608 (day before for reservation); Portola, 832- | 4173; Blairsden open Wed. only, call 832-4173 Tuesday for| reservations. Suggested donation $2.50 for 60 yrs & older. One guest may accompany each senior, $6 mandatory | charge. Menus may change. Hours: Noon at all sites. I I I I I I Wednesday, July 16 Oven bbq short ribs, sweet | potato,' mixed green salad, ww dinner roll, apricots | I I I I I I I I I mum I I i