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FEATHER RIVER W A 9 8 1 3 6 - 1 ~i~ZIE~ reas Since 1866 Wednesday, July 14, 2010 Vol. 143, No. 49 50 CENTS Joshua Sebold County Counsel Brian Staff Writer Morris said the penalty jsebold@plumasnews.com for breaking the itinerant vendor rules would remain at The Plumas County Board the infraction level. of Supervisors approved the Infractions are considered first reading of an ordinance less severe than misde- to amend the county code in meanors and usually consist areas relating to itinerant of fines that grow if offenses vendors at a Tuesday, July 6, are repeated. meeting. Finally, background infer- The ordinance changes the mation for the ordinance itinerant vendor license cost indicated that sales "benefit- from $25 per day or $100 per ing a charitable or public month to $200 per month,purpose where the seller is For most vendors who not paid" would be exempt follow regulations and spend from the rule. more than eight days selling Morris told the board a in the county, that should committee composed of constitute a savings, himself, chairwoman Sherrie The ordinance also elimi- Thrall, treasurer Susie nares requirements to finger- Bryant-Grant, environmental print vendors, but requires health director Jerry Sipe, them to present identifica- sheriff Greg Hagwood and tion and to provide names of auditor Shawn Montgomery all individuals authorized came up with the proposal. under the license for that He said itinerant vendors year. would have to display their The treasurer's depart- license and get written autho- merit, which will issue the rization from the property licenses, will provide this owner of the land they were information to the sheriff's selling on. office for background checks. After the meeting, Acting See Vendor, page 16A your grandfather's, Oldsmobile Helen and Rich Fripp thought they'd have a car show and invite some'of their friends -- approximately 50 people showed up all of them with first-class classic cars. Bill Paul's 1932 Oldsmobile Sports Coupe (pictured here) won "High Mountain Produc- tions" pick of the show. The gorgeous red car was one of only 164 produced. The weekend festivities included two bands, a cow patty toss, a hayride and plenty of time to sit under tents out of the searing sun and talk about ... cars, of course. The Fripp Ranch house and beautifully[ landscaped grounds provided the perfect venue for the show. Photo by Linda Satchwell Joshua Sebold Staff Writer jsebold@plumasnews.com The Board of Supervisors approved Information Sys- tems Manager Dave Preston's plan to comb the county phone system for potentially unused or redundant lines at :the June budget meeting, of full time, with savings to could then reduce the phone everywhere else. just have one phone and Preston said he had made spare. ,~, tech position. Back at his presentation,all use it. cuts in various line items to He predicted the county Quincy supervisor Lori Preston told the board he"Or they could each have a save a telecommunicationscould save $30,000 - $60,000 Simpson asked ff it would be eliminated $10,000 in unused phone and they could share a support technician position, per year by following this cheaper to just put all county phone lines the year before, single number," Preston but could only find imme-strategy, employees on cell phones.He said that was when added. diate funding for three-fifths He explained the .8 position Preston said he didn't department heads asked In the afternoon session, of a full-time position that cost $50,000 total, andhe only think there was sufficient him to look for savings, Meacher asked County was staffed at four-fifths, needed the board to spot him infrastructure in the county and if the board gave himAdministrative Officer Jack Preston said the county .2 in h()pes he would come up todothat, authorization to be more Ingstad how confident he had 393 landlines and an with the savings. Later in the meeting, proactive in finding them, was that the savings would annual phone bill of $134,000. Indian Valley and FeatherVeterans Service Officer the savings would go up. materialize and pay for .2 of He suggested the board River Canyon supervisor Sheryl Austin agreed, telling Simpson like that idea, the phonetechposition. . allow him to search actively Robert Meacher asked the the board she barely got "I would really like you to Ingstad said he'd talked to for inefficiencies in thedepartment head how confi- any cell service in her look at eliminating some of Preston severaltimes about system and point them out to dent he was that the savings office, these phone lines. That'sthis idea and "I think tha.t the relevant departments;would materialize, East Quincy and Graeagle ridiculous. Dave can do it." he could find enough savings Preston said he would be supervisor Ole Olsen asked "If you have a pool of The board agreed, approv- to pay for the extra .2 of able to show the board byher why she had a cellphone people and they each haveing the plan and restoring his phone fech position, mid-year that the plan was if that was the case and she a phone on their desk that's the partial position to its keeping it at four-fifthsworking. If not, supervisors responded that it worked taxpayer waste. They can previousfundinglevel. Campgrounds get facelift Campgrounds of the Ante- and family campgrounds. Royal Elk Park Management, lope Lake Recreation Area The toilets are called sweet- really cares and it shows." have new, "sweet-smelling" smelling, according to Assis- The hosts are the people vault toilets installed, some tant Resource Officer Lisa who make the real difference, of which are fully accessible, Sedlacek, because they she added, and they are and campers are invited to are engineered so the vents passionate about what they witness the quiet beauty of face south, which allows the do in service to campers. the burgeoning vegetation sun to warm the pipe, elimi- "The lake is full and the and wildlife, nating the nasty smells fishing is good," Sedlacek A total of 11 new toilets that permeate the old-style noted. "The best way to expe- were installed at Antelope restrooms, rience Antelope Lakeis in a Lake campgrounds, includ- "The campgrounds are in kayak or canoe, exploring ing eight at Lone Rock and beautiful shape," Sedlacek the small islands, floating on said. "The concessionaire, the quiet waters." i : : : three at Long Point group O ,ii!! ila iii a i ii iii ilI Iiii: / iiiiiiiiiiii !iiiii iiiii:iiliiiii! ii i,i .... .. To subscribe to the Bulleth~, call 530-283-Q800 Joshua Sebold nonprofit would cover the county funding with quar- Staff Writer $33,500 base salary for the terly audits and perfor- jsebold@plumasnews.com assistant museum director mance reviews. position, with the county Ingstad said ,a 90-day The BoardofSupervisors picking up the benefits termination clause would unanimously approved the package, a total of $23,900. also be included,-but told final draft of the 2010-11 Ingstad also said a the board Plumas Corpora- Plumas County budget sub-committee working on tion had not seen the draft at its meeting Tuesday,the new Plumas Corpora- of the agreement yet. July6. tion contract had comeThe budget background The draft resembled theup with a proposal. The information indicated the version approved by thecommittee recommended board directed Ingstad to board at its June 15 budget keeping the nonprofit's explore options for "corn- workshop, with a few general administrationbiningand/oreliminating significant changes, costs down to $1,000 per management positions to County Administrative month, instead of lastsave administrative costs." Officer Jack Ingstad told year's $35,000 total in that / The document said the the board he acquired aline item. CAO would bring recom- signed contract from the The proposal called for mendations forward on Plumas County Museum a separate bank account that topic at the midterm Association, ensuring the for Plumas Corporation's budget review. Although many people Indian Valley Community might think the MoonlightServices District, the U.S. and Wheeler fires of 2007Forest Service and the destroyed the beauty of the Antelope Camp Correctional area, the trees in the recre- Facility. ation sites were spared from Throughout the weeks of those wildfires, early spring, crews were The evergreentrees in thebusy with a variety of campgrounds are green andprojects needed to get the provide shade cover, campground in good working Those who visit now will order. find a special, quiet beauty The community services and lots of the big, round district is the concessionaire granite rock formations that that operates the camp- kids love to climb on. ground under a special use "Hike to the mountain toppermit issued by the Forest to take a overlook into the Service, for the purpose of Great Basin," Sedlacek operating and maintaining suggested. "The birds arecampground. alive -- mountain bluebirds, The most recent partner: white pelicans, western ship between the district and tanagers, baId eagles andthe Forest Service began osprey fishing f or trout." in 2009 and will continue The wildflowers are in through2012. bloom, as well, and new grass District crews operate 20 is growing on the burnt campsites, the water system, sl'ope, which is inviting to a picnic area, horseshoe pits herds of deer that feed on the and the barbecue area, and fresh shoots, employ hosts who pay atten- Future plans at Antelope tion to the daily needs at the include an accessible fishing campground. ar a at the Lost Cove Boat Antelope Camp crewmem- Ramp, maybe as soon as next bets spent three days raking year. pine needles, cutting hazard Camping at the Antelope trees, installing bollards to Lake Recreation Area is identify camping spurs and by reservation through cleaning fire rings. reserveusa.com, or on a first- The Forest Service fire and come basis, recreation crews installed The Greenville Camp- new fire rings and a gate ground recently received for campground protection a facelift, thanks to the cooperative efforts of the See Camp, page 14A